Recent Posts

Steps You Can Take to Remediate Fire Damage in Your Sarasota Condo

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Steps You Can Take to Remediate Fire Damage in Your Sarasota Condo This damage looks easy enough to clean, but wiping it down without the correct cleaners and equipment will just cause the soot to spread.

Restoring Your Condo After a Kitchen Fire

If you search the internet for fire damage to a condo, it is surprising how often accidental fires occur. Although there certainly are those cases where the whole apartment building burns to the ground, there are many more that receive little attention from the media. However, it often a stove that is left on by accident, or a candle burning too close to a billowing curtain, causing a small fire to erupt and trigger the water sprinklers. Your condo is now wet, full of smoke and soot on the ceiling, and it has an awful smell.

Your condo in Sarasota may lead in this fire damage story. When your place is in disarray, reach out to SERVPRO for our expert restoration services. Our technicians hold certifications by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and our field experience prepares us to handle restoration jobs of any size. Just reach out to our 24/7 hotline, and we dispatch crews as soon as possible.

Even when the fire damage appears small, a professional team is your best option to restore your condo. Not only does our SERVPRO staff know how to clean and disinfect your belongings, but we also know how to prevent further damage. For example, the sprinklers may have saturated your dry-wall, leaving it weak without your knowledge. Our crew can gauge moisture levels by using infrared technology or hygrometers and determine next steps. If we need to enter the cavity behind the wall to speed up the drying process, we can do so with advanced equipment built specifically for that purpose. A rented dehumidifier or wet/dry vacuum may not completely dry the hidden areas, leaving you vulnerable to more damage in the long term.

Fire damage is serious. SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here to help, even if your needs seem small to you. Just call us at (941) 552-6319 and let us leave your condo “Like it never even happened.”

More about Sarasota.

When Your Water Heater Causes Water Damage To Your Sarasota Home, We Can Help!

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage When Your Water Heater Causes Water Damage To Your Sarasota Home, We Can Help! Reach us at (941) 552-6319 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Water Heater Surprise In Sarasota

Your home has its noises and rhythm. Once you live there long enough, you recognize every smell, creak and squeak, which is why the sound of running water may surprise you when you hear it. When you follow the sound to the laundry room, you discover that your water heater broke and there is water on your floor, reaching under the appliances and storage closet. As manageable as it may seem, this water damage can cause significant trouble if left unattended.

If this water damage story from Sarasota sounds familiar, you are in great hands. No water job is too big or too small for SERVPRO and our team, and we’re available 24/7. Aside from fixing your water heater, it is essential that we remove all the water from your home. Water extraction will help anticipate future complications in the form of mold or a compromised structure if your drywall saturates with water. Home improvement stores typically rent equipment to help with the extraction, but they do not monitor optimal air humidity in the same way our professional water removal technicians (WRT) do. By using infrared moisture sensors, we can detect water remains even if they are not visible.

To extract all the water from your laundry room, we may use a variety of tools depending on the severity of the damage. Our submersible pumps help extract water of a certain depth, and we complement their work by utilizing handheld extractor wands which access hard-to-reach crevices. In more extreme cases when wall cavities withstand extended exposure to water, our SERVPRO team may resort to injectidry technology, which allows us to access your baseboards and insert air into the wall cavity to help it dry.

A water heater leak can happen to us all, and SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here to help. Reach us at (941) 552-6319 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

For more about Sarasota click here.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota and Compete Mold Damage Solutions

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO of South Sarasota and Compete Mold Damage Solutions SERVPRO Provides Mold Remediation and Reconstruction Build-Backs for Our Sarasota Area Neighbors

Mold Remediation and Reconstruction for SERVPRO of South Sarasota

Whether it appears in small clusters on sheetrock or announces its presence by a musty odor, both of these can lead to the need for professional mold remediation in a residential or commercial property. A fast response and engaging professional remediation efforts when mold is suspected can save both contents and building materials from loss and further damage, and help protect human health.
When property owners require assistance with mold damage in South Sarasota, it is worth noting that the State of Florida has strict standards that require a state license for companies offering assessment and remediation. We have posted a copy of our Florida State License for Mold Remediation (license #MRSR3181) in the accompanying photo. We provide a full package of services for complete mold restoration, which includes scoping the premises as well as remediation and reconstruction as needed to return the property to its preloss condition. We offer our customers the option of a ‘one-stop shop’ mold remediation and build-back reconstruction, for a seamless service.

Because Florida regulations prohibit the same company from doing mold testing and the mold remediation work on the same project, if the situation requires mold testing by a Florida licensed mold assessor (indoor environmental specialist or industrial hygienist) from an independent company, we will manage that aspect of the restoration process. The need for formal mold testing varies from project to project. We will help you determine your needs during our initial inspection.  When you see mold or smell it, it is time to call in SERVPRO.
No company can remove all the mold or microbial growth from your home; that is a misconception. Mold occurs naturally both indoors and outdoors. The microscopic spores enter residences and commercial properties through doors, windows and may even hitch a ride in on a pet. The key to whether or not spores develop into a mold problem in a residential or commercial property in Sarasota depends on the temperature, moisture levels, and the availability of something organic to consume such as wood or sheetrock with its cardboard backing.  

The remediation process for mold is a multi-layered process. One of the first actions our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) perform is scoping the affected areas and containing areas that harbor mold colonies to stop any further spread of spores (sporulation). This initial application can include placing dehumidifiers and several methods of containment, including establishing negative air pressure, sealing-off vents to inhibit contamination by spores in the ductwork, and placing plastic sheeting over doorways.  

Then, our SERVPRO  technicians determine the cause of the conditions in the home or commercial property harboring mold. Common issues are undetected leaks in plumbing or the roof, poor ventilation, failing HVAC systems or slow, and clogged drains; all of these present conditions that can lead to a conducive environment for mold growth. Sarasota is home to some Old Florida architecture, and these older architecture and property designs can create unique situations for fungi proliferation. Since our teams are local, we are well-acquainted with discovering the areas where mold can take hold in homes within older construction.  

The training, certifications, and experience of our Water Damage Restoration Technicians enable our team to uncover the root cause of the excess moisture or humid conditions that support mold growth, and with permission from the property owner or adjuster, to undertake the required steps to correct it. Stopping the source of the moisture can proceed to a controlled demolition of mold affected or non-salvageable building materials.

Although SERVPRO strives to restore rather than replace personal contents, it is not always possible to save mold-damaged items. Porous and semi-porous items such as carpeting, upholstered furnishings, and sheetrock in many cases are not restorable through cleaning and disinfection. In extreme cases, our SERVPRO team may need to perform controlled removal of damaged sheetrock or wood damaged by rot. These structural and cosmetic building materials we can reconstruct as the final step in the mold restoration service. The outlook for saving non-porous items is much more positive on a case by case basis, and our technicians use both industrial washing as well as hand detailing to ensure they have sanitized all surfaces.

We work carefully to limit airborne contaminants even within the isolation barriers, and air scrubbers are a vital piece of the puzzle for mold remediation. Within this machine are layers of High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestance (HEPA) filtration.  The various mechanical means we employ to remove mold from materials within the containment area results in mold and spores becoming airborne. These are extracted from the air by the air scrubbers within the containment area. The air scrubbers capture airborne particulates that are smaller than the human eye can see, as tiny as .3 microns, collecting virtually all dust, debris, mold spores, and broken up fungi that can circulate during the cleaning and scraping process.

If there are odors left behind after drying and abatement, we have a variety of means to eradicate odors at the source, down to the molecular level. Our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) know that sometimes neutralizing musty mold odors can take more than one method. Hydroxyl generators use UV rays much like the Sun and kill airborne spores and odors without adding any moisture to the affected areas, and this machine is safe to use while performing other damage restoration tasks.  We can fog affected areas with our ULV ultra-low volume portable device which can neutralize odors and also provide masking during the initial implementation.

Upon completion of remediation efforts, SERVPRO technicians give the property owner a detailed listing including photos of the mold damage cleanup and restoration efforts. A separate report provides a listing of the necessary repairs and restorations needed to bring the mold affected areas back to their preloss condition. Because our location offers full restoration services, we can handle both the mold remediation and the complete restoration of structures of all types.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota handles all aspects of residential and commercial mold remediation and rebuilding to preloss condition. Contact us at (941) 552-6319 and our experienced, licensed technicians can restore your property and make it, "Like it never even happened."

Here is our City Gov't.

Why You Shouldn't Take a 'Siesta' After Flood Damage to Your Siesta Key Home

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why You Shouldn't Take a 'Siesta' After Flood Damage to Your Siesta Key Home Mold growth can occur if flood water is not removed quickly.

Flood Damage Efforts To Restore Siesta Key Homes

As a barrier island on the west coast, Siesta Key is a fantastic place for residents and visitors. Unfortunately, that location on the Gulf of Mexico also leaves it open to flooding with every storm that passes through.  

Restoring Siesta Key flood damage means stepping in quickly to remove water from the home, and then clean and dry it as quickly as possible. SERVPRO remediation teams train to meet all requirements of the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the industry standard for residential and commercial cleaning. With flooding, there are always contaminants that flow in with the water. These include soil, sand, waste from overwhelmed sewers, and more, which cause health problems and make cleaning operations more difficult.  

Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians’ (AMRT) first step is to spray standing water and affected surfaces with an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal cleaner. It neutralizes the health threat and reduces the risk of mold growth as well. After spraying, team Water Restoration Technicians (WRTs) use a combination of pumps and water extraction devices to draw it out of the home and either into a sewer opening or a tank truck for disposal at a water treatment facility later.  

Team members now set up fans to increase air circulation and natural evaporation, and begin removing every carpet off the floors. If the interior of the home is very damp and humid, WRTs also install dehumidifiers to draw water out of the air to further enhance evaporation. SERVPRO teams cannot promise that cleaning efforts return a contaminated carpet to a usable condition, so removal is their only option.  

After removing the water, AMRTs spray every flooded surface and item with another cleaning agent. Technicians next wipe down everything to remove the contamination and examine it all to make sure they are clean and usable.  

For SERVPRO of South Sarasota, the goal is to return every flooded Osprey and Vamo home to a clean, dry, and safe condition for owners and residents. If you have suffered through a recent water intrusion to your home, call us today at (941) 552-6319 for assistance. We are here for you.

More about Siesta Key.

The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation In Sarasota

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation In Sarasota Fire damage in your Sarasota home can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO today for all your remediation needs.

Removing Stubborn Soots and Odors after Fire Damage in Sarasota

The problematic aspect of most fire restoration jobs is in removing stubborn soots and odors rather than replacing structure or appliances. We call this process returning the property to its preloss condition. Doing so requires deodorization as well as a full range of chemical agents to remove all signs and smells of soiling professionally. Our service uses local technicians that are highly trained in the safe access, assessment and application of property restoration.

You can arrange a service to remediate losses after fire damage in Sarasota by reaching out to us on our twenty four hour emergency line. Notifying us of the extent of damages allows us to tailor the skillset of technical support. SERVPRO staff hold Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) in a range of property restoration areas. We can send both Odor Control Technicians (OCT) and Fire Restoration Technicians (FRT) to your property within four hours of notification of loss.

The types of smoke damage caused by fire are as variable as the fire itself. A slow burning fire typically causes massive buildup because there is more time for the smoke to erode finishes and become embedded in the surface. Synthetic materials, for example, burn slowly and create unpleasant odors. SERVPRO use abrasive cleaners with corrosive chemical agents that can prove useful in removing stubborn stains without risking the spread of soiling to unaffected areas or surfaces.

High-temperature fires that involve the burning of natural materials can spread soots quickly across the home. As these soot travel, they can drop onto surfaces, mattresses, and upholstery. A SERVPRO technician can use a foam cleaning technique on soft surfaces that reduces the risk of shrinkage or bleeding dyes. We can also apply a liquid deodorant solution to find and neutralize odors from inside fabrics or soft furnishings.

As a rule of thumb, deodorization works best by recreating the conditions that spread the odor in the first place. Since fire odors are caused by smoke, we use thermal foggers to vaporize deodorants and fumigate the property. Since vapor behaves in a similar way to smoke, this method can be particularly useful in clearing ventilation shafts or other cavities in the home.

Return your home to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 to arrange a service.

Click here to see more about Sarasota.

You Need The Experts At SERVPRO If Your Sarasota Business Experiences A Water Damage Emergency

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial You Need The Experts At SERVPRO If Your Sarasota Business Experiences A Water Damage Emergency For SERVPRO of South Sarasota, our goal is to return each business to a dry, clean, and comfortable environment for customers.

Professional Commercial Water Removal For Businesses In Sarasota

Sarasota’s location on our state’s west coast makes it an excellent place for residents and tourists. Shopping for, and sending out memories to family and friends is an important part of life for all of us. When flooding flows through area businesses, it affects shoppers and employees alike.

For a packing and shipping service, rapid, and efficient commercial water removal in Sarasota is essential to reopening their doors. SERVPRO restoration teams respond quickly to pump out standing water, reduce the humidity, and otherwise restore the facility to its pre-flooded, dry condition.

Water restoration technicians (WRTs) begin removal with commercial grade pumps. In a large facility, several inches of water can be hundreds of gallons. The pumps in our equipment inventory can remove that and more, often in a single day or less. If the power has been interrupted, team members can also bring in a generator to provide electricity for the duration of their efforts.

Pumps cannot remove all of the water, however. SERVPRO technicians next use extraction wands and other devices to draw surface water off floors and out of carpets. For concrete floors, WRTs follow-up with long-handled squeegees to push off any traces of water. Team members then spray a cleaning agent if needed, mop it up and allow the floor to dry.

If the flooding came from a broken inlet pipe or sprinkler system, then the water is considered clean, and the carpets can be dried and left in place. If the water came from outside the building, then it contains soil and other contaminants. Although a commercial-grade carpet has no pad, technicians cannot guarantee that it is safe for continued use even after cleaning it with a shampoo that contains an anti-bacterial chemical. The team leader always recommends removal and replacement.

Regardless of the source of the water, large amounts increase the humidity level inside the business. As technicians remove the water, other team members use dehumidifiers to draw the excess from the air and fans at the entrances and exits to force damp air outside.

For SERVPRO of South Sarasota, our goal is to return each business to a dry, clean, and comfortable environment for customers. If your business has had a water intrusion of any type, call us today at (941) 552-6319 to schedule a service call and begin the restoration process.

Click here for more about Sarasota.

Siesta Key Professionals Talk About Flood Restoration

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Siesta Key Professionals Talk About Flood Restoration Looks like it is time to call SERVPRO!

Restoring Siesta Key Homes After Flood Damage

With instant access to the Gulf of Mexico, Siesta Key residents and visitors can enjoy boating and fishing in some of the most fantastic water anywhere in the world. That same access, however, also puts neighborhoods at additional risk for flooding and other storm-related issues.  

Clearing out and restoring a Siesta Key home after flood damage requires a quick response to halt continuing issues, halt future damage, and return homes to their original, pre-flood condition. Each SERVPRO water restoration technician (WRT) trains to perform each task as quickly as possible with an eye to preserving everything possible and keep the final cost as low as possible.  

Removing standing water helps stop damage, but it is only the first step. WRTs can remove standing water from most homes in only a day, then move quickly to drawing it out of the personal and structural property.  

For large or bulky items like sofas and heavy curtains, they remove them to an unaffected area of the home like the garage and set them on blocks or pallets to drain trapped water. If a piece of furniture is soaked through, the WRTs use an extraction wand to remove water without harming the fabric.  

As the items drain, other SERVPRO personnel set up fans to increase air circulation and speed up natural evaporation. Where needed they also use dehumidifiers to pull moisture from the air and space heaters to slowly raise the temperature and further speed up evaporation.  

For inside the home, WRTs use the same extraction wands to pull water out of carpets and from between floorboards. Since this is floodwater, there is an increased amount of soil and other contaminants. That requires personnel to dispose of all carpets and pads since they cannot guarantee they are safe for use again. Regardless if the floor is wood or concrete, WRTs spray the surface with a sterilizing agent to prevent the growth of mold and bacteria.  

If you have had any flooding to your home, our goal at SERVPRO of South Sarasota is return your residence to a clean, safe condition as fast as we can. To schedule an inspection or service call, call us at (941) 552-6319 today. We are here for you.

Read more about Siesta Key here.

Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water Damage in Sarasota

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water Damage in Sarasota Routine maintenance is essential to keep your gutters clear. Make sure to clean them out once per year to help prevent water damage.

Water Removal for Your Sarasota Home

You might think that clogged gutters on your Sarasota home are not that big of a deal. It is dirty work that is a hassle to deal with and can be slippery and unsafe to climb up there to clean them out. However, you don't think that way when you have water damage in your home, which might not have happened if your gutters had been functioning correctly.

Gutters on homes which do not have regular upkeep can create several different issues for your structure. When you have water intrusion of any kind in Sarasota, you need the help of a professional remediation specialist, such as SERVPRO, to help you clean everything up. Water removal can be tricky so you can trust our experienced and trained staff to do the job right.

If water backs up into your gutters, your roof can be the first victim. The edge of the roof surface and the materials underneath can be damaged by continually being in contact with water. The wood and surface materials start to rot and become weak, and eventually, the surface plus the wood underneath needs replacing. You can also deal with water leaking into your home and running down the walls.

SERVPRO techs are careful to thoroughly dry the affected areas of your home after a water damage emergency. Air movers are useful tools in completing the drying process after removing any standing water. In the case of gutter failure, drying the ceiling of your home may be necessary. We need to direct airflow across the wet ceiling to evaporate the moisture. We do so with the air mover to circulate the warm air which has risen to the ceiling.

Another issue that clogged gutters can cause is water damage to your wood fascia. Backed up water can make the gutter attachments pull away from the fascia, and water that spills over the edge onto the fascia also causes the wood to weaken and rot.

The water which has spilled over can also damage window frames, walls doors, and any other surface below your gutters. These features were not made to have much contact with water, and they rely on your gutters and downspouts doing their job to keep the water away. The excess water can cause warping, rotting, and wakening.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is always ready to help you restore your home in Osprey, Siesta Key, or Bee Ridge after any water damage emergency. If your gutters have failed, call us at (941) 552-6319 so we can clean up the mess and prevent further damage.

Read more about Sarasota here.

Proof That Fire Damage Remediation Services Are Exactly What You Are Looking For in Sarasota

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Proof That Fire Damage Remediation Services Are Exactly What You Are Looking For in Sarasota Restoration after a fire can often seem overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for fire damage remediation services.

Why You Should Let SERVPRO Handle Debris from Fire Damage in Sarasota

Removing the debris from your home after fire damage strikes might seem like the first logical step to take before calling in a professional damage mitigation and restoration company like SERVPRO to take care of the more challenging aspects of fire damage recovery. However, we generally recommend that you allow our technicians to handle the removal and processing of debris unless it is vital that you retrieve something. Not only can the aftermath of a fire be dangerous, but you could even end up causing additional damage to the building if you are not careful.

The Safety Risks of Fire Damage Debris

Fire damage in Sarasota is not something to be taken lightly. Fire can carry with it a wide variety of health and safety hazards even long after the flames have been put out. Fires can cause physical and chemical changes in materials that may make them hazardous to the touch. Also, many electrical systems and appliances in your home (including modern stovetops and kitchen appliances) may suffer damage to their electrical systems when exposed to open flame or high heat. SERVPRO technicians don heavy protective equipment whenever they handle debris from fire damage because the risks associated with any given object may be difficult to identify and predict.

Do Not Cause More Damage

Any movement in and around the fire-damaged area can cause further problems for your home even if you are exceptionally careful. Touching items covered in ash can transfer fire residues to other parts of the home, and in many circumstances, it may be almost impossible to prevent your shoes from picking up ash and spreading it to undamaged floors. By staying away from damaged areas and allowing SERVPRO professionals to handle as much as possible, you decrease the risk of causing any further harm to your home.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota has the tools and experience necessary to mitigate and reverse the effects of fire damage without creating additional damages in your home. Call us at (941) 552-6319 to find out how we can help.

Click here for more information about the city of Sarasota.

Choosing the Right Strategy for Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Siesta Key

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Choosing the Right Strategy for Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Siesta Key Don't let water damage take over your business. Contact SERVPRO for all your remediation needs.

Avoid Serious Commercial Water Damage to Your Siesta Key Retail Store Through Restoration

In a retail store, the risk of financial loss is great if water from a faulty sprinkler system damages the products bought for resale. Smoke or fire can also set off the sprinkler system. Water damage in a retail shop also poses the risk of significant disruption to operations.

If your business does not recover from water loss quickly, it can lose customers, which can affect your finances. After a commercial water damage incident in your Siesta Key retail store, you need to get cleanup services to prevent additional destruction like mold growth in the affected areas. You can count on SERVPRO Franchise professionals to assist you with extracting the water and drying the affected structures and contents.

Our water extraction and restoration professionals can handle your emergency at any time of the day or night. We can use advanced extraction equipment like industrial grade wet/dry vacuums to handle the water removal job. We offer complete water extraction and drying services to remove every drop of water and moisture from retail stores.

Our SERVPRO technicians use moisture detection and monitoring devices to locate the wet areas in a structure and define how wet they are compared to typical moisture levels. We use moisture sensors to detect moisture in soft materials, enabling us to know how far the water has migrated. We also use moisture meters to determine the actual moisture content in various materials and to find out if a structure is dry. Our technicians can use penetrating moisture meters with probes to test for moisture within wall cavities. We can also use non-penetrating moisture meters with sensors to test for moisture in materials. These devices produce readings when placed on the surface of materials. We use the right moisture meter for the surfaces we are testing.

Our technicians can also place heavy duty drying equipment in your retail store like air movers and fans to dry out the affected area thoroughly. We can then clean, sanitize and disinfect the affected area to restore your store to its normal condition.

If there is water in your retail store, SERVPRO of South Sarasota can assist you to remove it. We can efficiently deal with the water damage, making it look “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (941) 552-6319 for water damage restoration services.

Click here for more information about the city of Siesta Key.