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Immersion Cleaning Saves the Day After Fire Damages Your Sarasota Boutique

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Methods to Renew Your Business and Merchandise After Fire Damage

Knick-knacks and trinkets vie with elegant gifts at your Sarasota retail shop. Residents and visitors to the city find just the perfect present, with local artisans filling your shelves with beautiful wares. All is good until a quickly quelled blaze coats pottery, jewelry, and other mementos with sticky soot and extinguisher chemicals. Swiftly get back into the business of memorializing the time spent on the beautiful beaches and enjoying our community’s cultural and dining opportunities with help from our content’s restoration experts.

Challenges of Soot Removal for Decorative Items

Fire damage experienced by Sarasota retailers can include harm to both structures and inventory. The intricate details and recessed areas of the gift items you sell collected sticky, malodorous soot during even a brief fire and smoke loss. Many of the articles are one-of-a-kind, the skilled artists happy to share their vision with your customers. Other mass-produced items are cherished for the memories and used as small thank you gifts in an effort to include family and friends in a travel experience. The soiling makes the articles unsalable as is, which can be a hit to your profitability. Dusting or vacuuming are ineffective as cleaning methods, and one by one washing and drying is not practical.

Immersion Cleaning to the Rescue

Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained managers and technicians have an answer for materials that can withstand complete saturation. Immersion cleaning is essentially a bath for your goods. Skilled contents technicians dip the sooty items into a basin filled with hot water, and one of SERVPRO’s proprietary concentrated content cleaners. Towels and brushes loosen the residues. Thorough rinsing and drying lead to excellent final results.

Ultrasonic Cleaning as an Option

SERVPRO stocks ultrasonic tanks that trained restorers fill with specialized cleaning agent solutions. High-frequency sound waves create millions of bubbles, by compressing and expanding the solution’s molecules. The bubbles implode, collapsing, or bursting inward. High temperatures and jets of fluid agitate and remove contaminants.

Ultrasonic Technicians Are Highly Trained

Certification is mandatory as the technicians make treatment decisions based on the durability of the affected surfaces/objects and the type of soiling. Technicians manipulate the following when running a load of damaged goods through the ultrasonic system:

  • The level of electrical power
  • The frequency of the sound waves
  • The temperature of the water 
  • The type of cleaning agent and percentage used in solution

Rely on SERVPRO of South Sarasota for answers to severe and challenging commercial fire damage issues. Call us at (941) 552-6319 for a customized inspection and follow through.


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SERVPRO is Sarasota's Choice for Flood Damage Restoration

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle on flooded street Flooding in Florida happens year round. SERVPRO is always standing by to restore your home.

Commitment to Every Customer and the Sarasota Community Is Why SERVPRO Stands Out for Flood Damage Recovery 

It comes as no surprise that our crews are busy during the tropical storm and hurricane season in Sarasota. The confidence you and other residents feel when we arrive to help relies on our years of presence in the community and our track record of success. We also include rebuilding and repair services. Knowing that we are here to help today and willing to be responsive as issues arise in the future is why we are a flooding restoration industry leader. 

How We Differ from “Pop Up” Restorers 

The opportunities to benefit from the tragedy of flood damage in Sarasota are many and tempting when high winds, torrential rains, and storm surges batter the Gulf Coast of central Florida. Although a fast response is critical, commitment to following through using industry best practices and meticulous monitoring is even more critical. Our strict adherence to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards is why we ensure outstanding results without annoying or costly surprises after the work completes. If an unintended consequence arises, we are nearby and immediately available while an itinerant contractor long since moved to another opportunity. 

Customer Care and Satisfaction: Always Paramount 

When our employees complete IICRC training, we support their wealth of knowledge and desire to provide top-notch service with comprehensive job management and monitoring protocols. Making sure that the customer, the management team, and the on-site technicians engage in full and transparent communication throughout every flood damage project is why SERVPRO is known for integrity and honesty in the community. Some of the ways we track the project for concurrent knowledge and sense of security that we employ best practices are: 

  • Preparing, presenting, clarifying, and agreeing to the project plan, including obtaining proper permits, inspections, and signatures and looping in insurance carriers 
  • Listening to the customer and responding to concern immediately, including diligence with pretesting methods and response of surfaces and materials to our products, equipment, and other interventions 
  • Maintaining continuity when setting baselines and later monitoring data such as moisture levels -- we strive to assign the tasks to one technician who uses the same devices each time 
  • Keeping meticulous records in a comprehensive job file 
  • Providing “wraparound” rebuilding and other restoration services to save time and expenses 
  • Completing a comprehensive job completion protocol to ensure all issues resolved to the customer’s satisfaction and the highest industry standards 

Extensive and constant flood damage resources for every member of our region facing the devastation of hurricanes and associated storm damage is why SERVPRO of South Sarasota should be your first call. Contact us at (941) 552-6319 to get started on your home's recovery. 

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Contractor Licenses:

General: CGC1504870

Mold Remediation: MRSR3181

Some Steps to Flood Damage Remediation Success in Sarasota

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

storm damaged Florida homes Even though the storm season has passed, it does not mean that we are totally out of the woods.  Contact SERVPRO to remediate.

Wind-Driven Damage to Sarasota Roofs During Hurricane Season

High winds can be an anticipated and damaging effect of storm events making landfall at the Sarasota coastline. With severe weather threats like these, the potential catastrophe leaves our SERVPRO team on high alert in expectations of assisting homes and businesses that need it. Even during the storm, property owners can recognize situations like wind-driven damages to roofs that allow water penetration. The ensuing flooding could present substantial risks to the structural integrity of the house and its contents.  

Storm and flood damage to Sarasota home requires a specific division of our professionals. Our storm response team can help not only the greater metropolitan area here along the coast but the entire state of Florida. Because of the placement of the city along the Gulf of Mexico, yet also susceptible to storms traveling north from Jamaica and Cuba, we can contend with substantial winds, hail, torrential rain, and full-scale hurricane threats.

Wind-driven damage is typical to structures during the worst of the weather emergencies to strike this coast. Removing shingles, terra cotta roofing tiles, and other materials present immediate vulnerabilities in the defense of your property. Even moisture exposure can become a costly situation as these circumstances can often lead to mold growth and other microbial threats when left unchallenged and unrestored. Even missing soffit and flashing can lead to water penetration. With substantial damage like fallen trees or collapsed roof portions, flooding is a threat that the house also experiences.

When our SERVPRO professionals first arrive at the house and conduct the scope of the job and damage assessment, we can work to offer practical and cost-efficient mitigation strategies. As a restoration team that also features a full in-house division of licensed (#CGC1504870) residential contractors, we can not only provide our customers with the drying and cleaning that their property needs, but have the skills and expertise to handle demolition and build back as well as required.  

Storm damage can cripple the exterior defense of your home under the right conditions, but our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team has both the restoration and reconstruction experience to help. Give our professionals a call anytime at (941) 552-6319.

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Clearing Fire Damage And Odor From Your Home In Sarasota

12/28/2019 (Permalink)

smoke damaged home Odors are an unpleasant part of any home environment.

Clearing Fire Damage and Odor from your Sarasota Home using Sealants and Air Exchange

When restoring your home from a recent fire, one of the toughest challenges is removing all trace of odor. Fires cause materials to combust at high temperatures, during which time they release chemical particles into the atmosphere. Depending on the type of materials burning, these chemicals may create mild or strong malodors with synthetic materials like plastic, generally producing the worse smells.  Odor particles are hard to remove due to their size, measuring in at just 4 microns- a human hair, by comparison, registers at 100 microns.

When you need to restore fire damage and odor in your Sarasota home, you should seriously consider professional assistance. While removing soots, soiling, or debris from a fire may fall under a manageable task, as there are many chemical changes to your indoor space that are invisible to the naked eye. Our approach at SERVPRO is to take in a broad spectrum of odor-controlling methods and equipment to ensure we work practically and efficiently.

You may notice odors are more prominent in your home when water is present. This may be the result of firefighting procedures to put out the blaze or from cleaning surfaces. The nose is more sensitive to smells when moisture is present in the air. Often, as the property dries, odors become less prominent. However, they may remain above the level before the fire.

SERVPRO technicians attempt to loosen bonded smoke particles from surfaces during cleaning. It is sometimes dislodging odors with light vacuuming or agitative machinery. Other times, airing the property by opening windows and placing box fans to encourage air exchange can be effective odor management. However, particles that are subject to high pressure may enter surfaces, making it tougher to remove. In these situations, SERVPRO technicians can use sealing primers to lock odors into the surface. A homeowner then has a clean wall for repainting to complete the job.

Odors are an unpleasant part of any home environment. Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319.

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Our Technicians Discuss How We Mitigate Mold Damage In Your Sarasota Condo

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Technicians Mitigate Mold Damage for a Condo in Sarasota

Many Florida residents know the risks that can come from water damage, but they may not always be ready for the proliferation of mold in their homes. While taking measures such as quickly cleaning spills, drying out wet building materials and carpet, and keeping indoor humidity levels below 50% or 60% can help prevent the spread of mold, situations can happen that lead to the proliferation of it without your knowledge.

If you find mold damage in your condo in Sarasota, SERVPRO technicians can come to you quickly to remediate mold and return your condominium to a comfortable preloss condition. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays, because this team knows that disasters do not occur on a 9-to-5, Monday through Friday schedule. This SERVPRO is also licensed to handle general contracting (#CGC1504870) as well as mold remediation (#MRSR3181), so when disaster strikes, this is a team you can count on to restore your home after cleanup.

SERVPRO Education
SERVPRO technicians and franchise owners must receive extensive certification training in fire, water, and mold damage mitigation. They also receive training in restoring structures, upholstery, carpet, and other materials that can be affected by these disasters. This firm also offers a voluntary, self-paced program for franchise employees that provides additional education and training in water and fire restoration, as well as carpet and upholstery cleaning techniques.

Your local SERVPRO also has a direct relationship with SERVPRO Large Loss and Extreme teams, aiding homeowners and renters in restoring their residences to preloss conditions after such disasters as Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Irma. This team collaborates regularly with subcontractors to remodel homes and restore communities after disasters, both big and small.

How SERVPRO Can Help
A common situation with condos is that leaks and other trapped moisture situations are not detected by tenants until it is too late, or repairs are done without the homeowner's knowledge. Without proper mitigation, mold can proliferate in as little as 24 to 72 hours after the damage has begun to saturate surfaces. One of the most important precautions SERVPRO technicians take in a mold situation is containment. 6mm polypropylene sheeting may be used to create a containment barrier. Technicians can also seal ducts and establish negative air pressure in the area to prevent mold from spreading during cleaning. EPA-registered disinfectant can be used to eliminate mold attached to soils, while industrial-grade vacuums with HEPA filters can catch mold spores spreading through the air.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (941) 552-6319 if your residence needs rapid disaster cleanup today.

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Some Ways to Effective Commercial Flood Damage Remediation in Sarasota

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

luxury hotel room with bed that has large headboard When flooding hits, one call to SERVPRO takes care of all your water removal and remediation needs.

Sarasota Hotel Back to Business After Commercial Flood Damage

Businesses in this area of Florida joke that the trade-off for gorgeous, nearly year-round weather gets evened out through the intense Gulf and Atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms moving across the state, leaving behind commercial flood damage.  Unless professional cleanup happens to restore the property entirely, it can wind up closing a business down. 

A Sarasota hotel with commercial flood damage is no joke and needs quick mitigation as it relies on bookings and visits to sustain the business. As one of their first actions on-site, SERVPRO technicians concentrate on safety for all and set up caution tape and signage around the loss area to help prevent slip and fall accidents on wet flooring.

Small Amounts of Water Leave Big Damage

Water extraction happens quickly, and the technicians choose the right attachments for each type of surface. Squeegees make short work of water removal on tile and laminate flooring while weighted extractor heads push water out of carpeting and padding. The technicians cut away sheetrock to dry the wall cavities and ensure the interior spaces are dry. Air movers used in tandem with dehumidification equipment dry the property rapidly so technicians can move on to disinfection and prepping the loss area for repairs.

Depending on the Water Type, Carpet May Not Be a Loss

Storms tend to deliver water loss to properties in two main ways. The first is through high winds, causing damage that allows rain into the structure. The second way that causes far more damage is through groundwater. This type of water loss is a category three biohazard, and anything it saturates (including carpet) requires disposal.

Construction Materials Determine Restorability of Furnishings

For ease of cleaning and replacement, a majority of hotels use furnishings constructed from composite wood. This is great for their bottom line, not so great with water exposure. When composite wood absorbs moisture, it tends to swell and fall apart.  Solid wood furnishings fare better depending on the length of exposure and type of water.

Using One Company for Restoration and Rebuilding

SERVPRO has a general contractor license #CGC1504870 and they can offer businesses the option to use their reconstruction services after the mitigation efforts complete. 

SERVPRO of South Sarasota stands ready to assist local businesses with any size commercial flood damage. Contact us at (941) 552-6319 we are available 24/7 and arrive quickly because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Discuss The Affects Water Damage Has On Carpet In Your Sarasota Home

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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How Water Damage Affects Carpet In Your Sarasota Home

Whenever our professional technicians enter your Sarasota home, our primary goal involves preserving and protecting your structure and its contents. A typical initial concern is a water-saturated carpet and padding that often leads to delamination and latex deterioration.

Carpeting affected by water damage on your Sarasota property has both a primary and a secondary backing. Latex is an adhesive material that holds the carpet fibers in the primary backing while also holding the primary and secondary backings together.

Latex begins to break down right after installation and continues due to exposure of gases present in the air, foot traffic, and sunlight. Latex comes in several grades, the cheaper the compound, the more fillers take up space, the faster the breakdown occurs. The initial installation of better grades can help slow the breakdown process. However, breakdown occurs regardless.

Delamination is always a concern after water intrusions. Even new carpets can delaminate. SERVPRO technicians always check for delamination when dealing with water-damaged carpet found on your property during your restoration. Carpet loses up to 50% of its strength when wet, making delaminated carpeting unusable. Water damage to glue-down carpeting often causes bubbling, a result of adhesive loss, not a result of cleaning or water extraction.

SERVPRO technicians thoroughly examine the condition of padding after water intrusions. However, we also follow the rule of, “When in doubt, throw it out!” You never want to re-use padding; it can break apart when wet and lose the ability to serve its purpose. We determine the quality of your padding using three measures.

    •    Gauge the overall thickness, ranging from ¼” to 5/8”.
    •    Weight gets determined per square yard of padding, ranging from 4.5 ounces to 100 ounces per square yard.
    •    Density defines the weight of a cubic foot of pad expressed in pounds, measurements typically used with urethane pads that range from 1 pound to 8 pounds per cubic foot.

Many situations require the replacement of padding. Padding is also inexpensive, making removing, replacing, and reinstalling, less costly than drying. Both carpet and padding get in the way of drying your flooring and subfloor and must be removed to complete the job correctly.

When looking for full-service cleanup and water damage restoration services call SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Call (941) 552-6319 today.

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Our Certified Professionals Are Ready 24/7 To Restore Your Siesta Key Home

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

A clothes dryer in a laundry room that caught fire from a clogged vent The clogged vent in this clothes dryer resulted in a charred and fire-damaged area in this home. We arrived right away and began restoration.

What to Do in Siesta Key Homes with Smoke and Fire Damage

The aftermath of a fire brings several challenges for restoration teams. First is the cleanup, which may include water extraction, removal of chemical flame retardants from the structure, and the haul-away of charred debris.

When SERVPRO technicians work on turning around fire damage in Siesta Key homes, they know that odor-causing soot becomes airborne quickly and spreads throughout a structure. The result is an entire home with a pungent smoke odor. One of the best actions a homeowner can take is to turn off the HVAC and close off the fire loss area as well as possible.

Cleaning Smoke Damage Helps Avoid Repainting

SERVPRO technicians have numerous cleaning agents to tackle walls with smoke damage. Dry cleaning sponges make short work of dry smoke residues and pick them up and lift them away from the surfaces. Wet smoke residues are somewhat more tenacious in their hold on the surface and often require the application of a solvent to loosen their grip for thorough cleaning. In many cases, this attention to detail saves homeowners the cost of repainting.

Why Fire Cleanup Needs to Start Quickly

In a fire-damaged home, water gets left behind, and mold infestations have the potential to begin as fast as 24 hours after the event. The technicians hold certifications in Mold Remediation #MRSR3181 and know the warning signs of mold colonies and how to stop them in their tracks.

Duct Inspection and Cleaning

Soot travels quickly through the ductwork of a home. If the HVAC has been running after a fire, SERVPRO technicians inspect and determine if the house needs duct cleaning. This inhibits the smell of smoke odor throughout the home.

Taking the Stress Out of Rebuilding

In the majority of fire damage cleanup situations, there is rebuilding and repairs that need to happen. With their general contractor license #CGC1504870, SERVPRO offers not only restoration but also reconstruction, so the transition is seamless for the homeowner with no need to find and verify a contractor after the fire cleanup completes.

Do not delay if there is fire damage in your home. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319, and the technicians can restore your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened.

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How Excessive Water Vapors Harm Your Sarasota Home

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

Window and mold growing on ceilng Condensation and water vapors can cause mold damage. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective water damage restoration.

Redirecting the Migration of Water Vapors in Sarasota Homes 

Despite how it might seem, there is considerable planning and thought that goes into successful restoration and recovery of Sarasota homes after a water loss incident. Not only do professional technicians like ours have to address the pressing, acute issues threatening the property, but we also have to prevent the situation from getting worse by slowing the migration of symptoms like spreading water vapors and moisture. 

Our objectives when our SERVPRO professionals reach the water damage in Sarasota homes is first to assess how bad the situation is. Forming a custom plan helps to tailor our efforts to the severity and location of water loss in your residence. Utilizing our premier extraction tools to begin pulling up any standing water from the floors, we must also remain mindful of how water vapors and moisture is permeating materials, spreading to new areas, or lingering unaffected in current work zones. We have many solutions to address these potential threats.

Drying Zones  

Setting up a drying zone is one of the most effective and immediate ways of stopping the spread and threat of moisture and dampness migration. By installing plastic sheeting around the affected region of the property, we can regulate the airflow within the drying zone to consistently address humidity and moisture. This work zone also can get restored more quickly with focused attention from our air movers, extraction tools, and other efficient machines in our inventory. 

Desiccants 

Dehumidification is another effective way to reduce the migration of water vapor throughout the nearby regions of your property. While running the unit itself can help with a faster draw of moisture and drying of the affected materials, it is especially useful when our SERVPRO technicians run a desiccant into an established drying zone, or into a tent system that affects a set region on the room. By drawing out moisture and exhausting heated air, materials, and the environment in this containment area can dry out much more quickly. 

There are many ways to keep a water damage situation from getting worse in your home, and we can help. Give our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team a call anytime at (941) 552-6319. 

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SERVPRO Uses Infared Cameras to Locate Moisture in Flood Damaged Sarasota Homes

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

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How Flooding Affects Sarasota Homes

Global warming and the effects on the weather and rising water levels are consistently in the news in Florida. Our coastal communities are more susceptible to the tides, and cities like Sarasota are vulnerable to the damage they cause. Businesses and homeowners alike must actively prepare by researching the resources available to restore their property should a water event occur. Allowing a professional team to take the helm and navigate the restoration process is perhaps the best decision you can make.

If you are a homeowner in Sarasota facing flood damage, SERVPRO is your first line of defense. Relying on our field expertise and academic training is a smart move when you want the restoration process to be correct and efficient. Like you, we want to mitigate your losses and return your home to normal as soon as possible. Because time is of the essence when water invades your home, our crew is available 24/7; all you need to do is place a call.

A trained water restoration technician (WRT) knows that floodwaters are not the same as water leaked by a clothes washer or burst pipe. Water that comes from the outside carries with it bacteria that can multiply and spread if we do not eradicate it quickly. Our SERVPRO technicians have the knowledge and tools to implement a restoration plan that thwarts the spread of microorganisms and the ensuing consequences. If you are wondering how a piece of equipment makes the difference, you can take infrared technology as an example.

When you apply infrared cameras and thermography principles to the restoration of your home, you can identify where moisture levels are out of balance without drilling holes into your walls or tearing up your floors. Our SERVPRO team can access hard-to-reach crevices with less damage and quicker than if you did not have infrared technology available. As a homeowner, this translates into a more efficient (and possibly less costly) restoration so that you can return to regular life as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here to help. A call to (941) 552-6319 is not only about reacting to flood damage, but it is also about protecting your home and family. Call us and let us enter your home, so we leave it "Like it never even happened."

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