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How Can Sarasota Home Fire Restoration Salvage Kitchen Cabinets?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged kitchen; charred, smoke, and soot damaged cabinets Although this fire was contained to the kitchen, much damage occurred. Our SERVPRO fire restoration team made it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Professional Fire Restoration Removes Soot Odors, Stains, and Soils

Home fire damage, particularly in the kitchen, can heavily impact the structural integrity and indoor air quality of any Sarasota home. Additionally, soot can render fixtures like cabinetry and countertops challenging to clean and refinish and can become corrosive on metals when exposed to moisture.

SERVPRO fire restoration technicians in Sarasota render 24/7 cleanup services for homeowners in need. The company’s professional cleaning products, tools, and techniques target soot and soils on various surfaces to maximize the restoration potential of structures and belongings where possible.

Removing Char and Soot from Kitchen Cabinetry

In a fire damage situation where cabinet doors and interiors have been affected by fire, SERVPRO professionals have various tools at their disposal for addressing the damage. If moisture is present from fire suppression, restoration professionals dry this first to stop potential corrosion of HVAC systems, cabinet hinges, kitchenware, and other metal surfaces in or near the affected kitchen. Food items exposed to heat and soot, including canned and packaged goods, are likely contaminated and require disposal.

  • Technicians may use dry cleaning sponges or Crumbly Cleaner to address light soils with manual cleaning, which can be especially helpful for salvaging sooty cabinet interiors
  • Heavier soot and soils may require wet cleaning with EPA-registered antimicrobials or alkaline cleaning solutions to eliminate stains
  • For hard-to-remove char on restorable wood fixtures, SERVPRO professionals may use soda blasting and other blast media, like corn cobs or dry ice, to precisely eliminate odor-causing soils

SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides emergency-response cleanup that makes properties look “Like it never even happened.” Call (941) 552-6319 to begin mitigation

How Can Bathroom Water Damage Impact a Siesta Key Condominium?

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Leaking drain under sink Water can migrate far from the leak and damage your sheetrock and tile. SERVPRO has the tools to quickly extract the water, minimizing damage.

Siesta Key Homes Benefit from Professional Water Damage Inspection and Remediation

Siesta Key homes face plenty of water damage risks, and not just from storms and flooding. Pipe leaks, old fittings, and damaged supply lines can all wreak havoc on a home’s structure and introduce mold that can potentially impact occupants’ health.

Water damage mitigation for Siesta Key properties starts with a call to SERVPRO. Highly trained restoration technicians, staff, and franchise owners all receive and can pursue self-paced education on water cleanup strategies, including carpet and upholstery restoration, structural drying, and odor control.

SERVPRO Water Damage Extraction for Salvageable Bathroom Drywall and Tile

Water-damaged sheetrock and tiles can be salvaged with a combination of sanitation, careful water removal with portable extraction units, and drying with commercial-grade axial air movers and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers (LGR.)

  • Waterlogged, crumpled, moldy, or otherwise unsalvageable areas of drywall can be carefully cut away and replaced with new drywall during the build-back process.
  • Water restoration extraction may require temporary removal of baseboards to better access water-damaged walls, wall studs, and insulation on exterior walls
  • SERVPRO grout cleaner tackles water stains and microbial growth in porous tile grout. Meanwhile, extraction and drying can potentially mitigate swelling from moisture accumulation that can impact ceramic bathroom tiles
  • Extractors vacuum out excess moisture, a process that can be repeated multiple times in hard-to-reach areas to maximize structural drying efficiency

Restorative extraction and drying minimize repair and replacement costs incurred by water damage in bathrooms.

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 to determine what ensures that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can Sarasota Homeowners Eliminate Late-Night Flood Damage Quickly?

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded street in a residential area, deep floodwaters rising beyond sidewalks, encroaching on homes Floodwater contains debris and biohazards. SERVPRO is available 24/7 to remove water from your home.

24/7 SERVPRO Flood Damage Cleanup Restores Sarasota Homes Faster

Ground floods can be stressful enough on their own. Still, it can be particularly distressing for Sarasota homeowners who need fast service outside of a typical 9-to-5, Monday through Friday schedule. A swift response to such emergencies is imperative for keeping home occupants and their belongings safe and intact.

SERVPRO’s commitment to 24/7 service, including weekends and holidays, ensures that there can be rapid flood damage cleanup for Sarasota homeowners that can start within hours of initial contact. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited technicians and staff will coordinate with you and your insurance adjuster to provide comprehensive services after disaster strikes.

Flood Damage Sanitation, Odor Control, and Debris Removal

Category 3–or “black water”–scenarios like groundwater flooding typically leave behind more than just contaminated water. Debris in the floodwater can include sharp objects, hazardous chemical, sewage, microbes, and contaminated solids. While the water typically subsides within several hours, the contaminated residues left behind require professional remediation to keep homeowners safe.

  • Late-night SERVPRO cleanup includes water/sewer extraction, cleaning, solid debris removal and microbial remediation. Unsafe materials are handled by technicians wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), and debris is safely packed in plastic bags for disposal.
  • Ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging binds deodorizers to malodorous substances at the particle level to make them heavy enough to fall and be collected for safe removal.
  • EPA-registered biocides can be applied with a variety of systems, such as pumps, sprays, foggers, injection systems, and manual cleaning, which can also significantly reduce odor by mitigating odor-causing bacteria and fungi

The crew at SERVPRO of South Sarasota is prepared to leave your home looking “Like it never even happened,” when property owners call (941) 552-6319.

How Can SERVPRO Professionals Overcome Smoke Odors in Sarasota Businesses

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Outside corner view of multistory office building A small fire on the first floor can send smoke to the third floor. SERVPRO can remediate your commercial fire and smoke damage.

We Can Reduce and Remove Harsh Malodors After a Fire in Sarasota Commercial Buildings with Specific Restoration Steps

Mitigation involves the earliest steps that our SERVPRO technicians take to restore commercial buildings from the effects of a fire loss. Fire damaged debris removal eliminates bulk materials from charred or collapsed elements. Cleaning and removing all soot and ash from surfaces is the next vital step in mitigation. This cleanup process reduces the severity of odors.

Using a Fogger Unit to Target Strong Odors 

Specialized deodorization equipment is also needed for fire restoration in Sarasota businesses. Reducing and often permanently eliminating harsh odors begins with focusing on the most substantial concerns upfront with portable neutralization units. Our odor removal equipment includes:

  • Thermal/ULV Foggers
  • Hydroxyl Generators
  • Ozone Machines
  • HEPA Vacuums and Filters
  • Air scrubbers with HEPA and Charcoal Filters 

Cleaning the HVAC Unit for Odors and Debris

Soot and smoke deposits in the HVAC system can be catalysts for lingering odors and smells. Smoke, soot, ash and powerful smoke odors can be quickly distributed throughout a commercial building through the ventilation ducts, even if the HVAC system is shut down. Our experienced cleaning technicians use specially formulated solvents and deodorizers, drill-powered tools with various whips and brushes, and powerful vacuums to dislodge deposits and reduce odor strength.

Ventilating and Filtering Affected Areas

Air scrubbers with HEPA filtration that regulate and promote increased airflow while the mitigation and restoration are underway capture odor carrying particles that are continuously being liberated during the process. Good ventilation helps move the particles to the filters where they will be trapped and removed.  After this process, our team can utilize mentioned deodorization implements to neutralize these harsh effects and allow property owners to get their doors back open to customers. 

Removing smoke odors after a fire is extinguished is a key indicator that the fire restoration has been effective. We can begin several deodorization and neutralization practices as soon as our experienced team arrives. Our SERVPRO of South Sarasota restoration response team is available 24/7 at (941) 552-6319.

Preventing the Migration of Moisture Damage in Siesta Key Homes

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Water pooling on living room floor No matter where water damage affects your home, SERVPRO is the only call you will need to make for complete restoration.

Regulating Interior Conditions Reduces the Spread and Severity of Water Damage in Siesta Key Residences

The path water takes within a property begins with the areas of least resistance, such as pooling on flooring and becoming trapped in walls. Additionally, water damage can spread through thermodynamic processes related to humidity or vapor pressures to find pathways into the property.

Post-Disaster Conditions Seek Equilibrium

One of the chief factors in the efficient management of water damage in Siesta Key homes is appreciating the behavior of water and moisture. Diverse conditions and atmospheric variables exist after every water damage situation, so it is essential to identify and prioritize the actions to remove potentially hazardous effects and mitigate the damage. 

The behavior of  water damage within a structure can be explained by understanding that standing water and humid air will attempt to reach a balance between affected and unaffected areas. Just as heat will migrate from warmer to cooler areas through air and materials to seek an equilibrium, moisture will also be drawn, or pushed by vapor pressure, gravity, and surface tension into dryer areas until materials are saturated or an equilibrium has been reached between the affected an unaffected areas. Our SERVPRO team can predict present trapped water and moisture behaviors through our experience and the use of sensitive testing equipment. 

Promoting Efficient Surface Drying 

Regulating efficient evaporative drying can often rely on the use of several recovery tools simultaneously. Avoiding cool pockets that can form above wet materials can be a considerable obstacle, as these vapor barriers make drying the exposed elements more time-consuming and costlier. Preventing these cool-air pockets and promoting efficient evaporation involves controlling conditions within the environment through the use of specific restoration equipment such as:

  • Centrifugal air movers
  • Axial air movers
  • Portable electric heaters
  • Low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers

Limiting the ongoing movement of standing water and humidity after a leak, spill, or flood by removing as much excess moisture as possible is critical to an efficient restoration process. As easily as water can migrate and spread through open areas and porous materials, you will need our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team to help with efficient surface drying and extraction solutions. Call us today at (941) 552-6319.

Does SERVPRO in Sarasota Provide Emergency Services Flood Damage Restoration?

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

Lightning against a dark sky Storms frequently cause water to damage the home. SERVPRO is always on call to restore your flood damaged home.

Need Cleaning Up After Flood Damage in Sarasota – Call SERVPRO

The water source plays a significant part in the decisions regarding the cleanup of your home from water damage in Sarasota. Floodwaters are potentially the most dangerous. Not only is there damage to the structure and contents from floodwaters entering your home, but there is also silt, debris, chemical contaminants, and disease-carrying viruses and bacteria covering the floors and contents.

SERVPRO has the expertise, skills, and equipment to provide flood damage restoration in Sarasota. Floodwaters are in category three or otherwise known as black water, due to the potential for chemicals, viruses, and bacteria present. Hard surface non-porous items can be cleaned and disinfected.

Non-porous items may be structurally damaged, e.g., drywall, and may need to be removed and the studs inside the walls cleaned and disinfected. In most cases, we replace porous materials such as carpeting and underpads due to the high cost of removing contaminated water and disinfection. Area rugs that are of high value can be cleaned. An indoor environmental professional retests each carpet to confirm sanitary cleanliness.

SERVPRO provides the following services for flood damage situations:

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota for flood damage in Sarasota and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (941) 552-6319

The First Steps in Water Restoration for Sarasota Offices Save Time and Money

8/27/2021 (Permalink)

Standing water in hallway of hotel This water was no match for SERVPRO. Our team extracted the water and restored the property.

Mitigation Provides Pathways to More Efficient and Cost-Effective Restoration Solutions for Sarasota Businesses

From promoting programs like our Emergency READY Profile Plan (ERP) to our fast response to disasters that impact commercial properties, mitigation and emergency services are the springboards to efficient restoration. 

Ensuring Occupants Are Safe

Water damage restoration for Sarasota businesses might focus on our SERVPRO team's actions to recover the structure, but protecting the occupants of the building and the employees must also be a priority. Mitigative strategies to efficiently resolve standing water or migrating moisture start with assuring any affected individuals have been safely removed from the premises. 

Containment Strategies Better Protect the Property

Managing water damage begins with thwarting the path through the property as much as possible. Barriers and containment protocols prevent more of the building's contents and furniture from becoming affected adversely. 

  • Negative pressure units
  • HEPA 500 air scrubbers
  • Hydroxyl generators
  • Physical barriers constructed on-site

Water Removal Services and Bulk Material Removal 

Eliminating standing water after burst pipes or other considerable water damage incidents involves several tools and pieces of equipment in our recovery inventory. Depending on conditions like water depth and type of flooring material in the affected area, a decision will be made on alternative extraction methods such as submersible pumps, truck mounted or portable extractors, etc. A wand may also be deployed for carpeting or upholstery that are commonly found within office buildings. 

Commercial properties can often experience the worst of water damage incidents, making it critical for a team of restoration professionals to respond fast with mitigating strategies. We have immediate actions to take to remove standing water, protect exposed elements and contents, and ensure the safety of the building's occupants. Our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team is standing by 24/7 to help at (941) 552-6319.

Homeowners Must Prepare for Flood Damage Caused by Storms in Sarasota

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

Antique black and white pictures scattered on wood table Storms damage more than the structure of your home. SERVPRO has the tools and training to preserve family treasurers that can’t be replaced.

Identifying a Flood Restoration Team Serving the Sarasota Community can Help Mitigate Losses

Every year storms cross the Sarasota area and cause flood damage of varying degrees. Sometimes minor leaks happen through windows or roof leaks, whereas other times, the water damage disrupts a significant portion of your home. Regardless of the initial water damage, every minute standing water remains exacerbates the problem and places your home in peril.

To confront flood damage in a Sarasota home, call SERVPRO and let our expert crew give you a clear assessment of the water damage and commence water removal services as soon as possible. We have a team standing by 24/7 to provide emergency services when there is water damage, and our equipment is designed to handle jobs of all sizes.

It is not uncommon for flood damage to include sewage cleanup, which requires a knowledgeable water restoration technician to remediate. When stormwater enters your home, bacteria and debris also find a way into your belongings, sub-floors, and living spaces. When blackwater is present in your property, our SERVPRO staff focuses on the following-

  • Water extraction - Pumps are essential in this process, as is other specialized equipment such as extractor wands and drying mats. Depending on the materials and the classification of the water (clean, gray, or black) we are dealing with, it may be necessary to discard certain items such as carpet and upholstered furniture. 
  • Drying - Insdustrial-grade air movers and low-grain refrigerant dehumidifiers help restore normal humidity levels in your home. We can employ specialty drying solutions capitalizing on the sublimation process to help preserve your belongings for items such as pictures and irreplaceable documents. 
  • Disinfecting - Cleaning and applying anti-microbial solutions deters the growth of bacteria such as mold and adds a layer of protection for the home.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota focuses on handling the most challenging water damage restoration jobs, including yours. Call us at (941) 552-6319 and let us take care of your water removal needs until the flood restoration job is complete.

Is Fire Damage to a Sarasota Home Permanent?

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector No matter the fire’s size, smoke and soot will be an issue. SERVPRO is equipped to make your fire damage event "Like it never even happened."

Professional Fire Restoration Technicians Can Help Restore Sarasota Homes to their Original Condition

Flames and smoke in a Sarasota home cause damage regardless of their size. Even the smallest kitchen fire requires house fire cleanup services and the help of a professional fire restoration crew. Entrusting the care of fire-damaged homes to the experts shortly after the event makes a significant difference in mitigating losses.

To restore fire damage in Sarasota, a call to SERVPRO is all it takes. Our crew is certified and recognized as experts in the water and fire damage restoration field, and we count on our expertise and inventory of proper equipment to address the unpleasant consequences of a fire in your home. You can count on us to remove soot and debris, along with deodorizing your home. To optimize our impact, we focus on the following when working with fire and smoke damage:

  • Containment- separating affected sections of your home and setting up staging areas is pivotal to avoiding cross-contamination. Your ventilation system requires specific attention to prevent it from being a conduit to spreading fire residue. 
  • Surface clean up- using SERVPRO Professional, EPA-approved cleaning solutions to handle the cleanup of each of your home’s surfaces. Our team pays close attention to pre-testing on the material we are cleaning to avoid damage. 
  • Deodorizing- masking the smell is not enough to restore your home. SERVPRO technicians use specific techniques to neutralize and remove or kill odor particles and their source in your home, eliminating the odor for good.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is your ally when fire and smoke invade your home. Call us at (941) 552-6319 and let our team of experts work for you.  

Storms and Humidity Breed Mold in Sarasota Homes

8/16/2021 (Permalink)

View of crawlspace Crawlspaces create an ideal environment for mold. The SERVPRO team is ready and available to remove mold from your home.

SERVPRO Handles Mold Remediation in Sarasota

Even though you may be a conscientious homeowner, mold can creep into your Sarasota home quite easily. Humidity in the air combined with leaks or plumbing issues can cause mold to spread throughout your home, leaving you in need of a mold inspection and remediation crew. Mold can cause health effects, so the sooner you handle the situation, the more protected you will be.

Mold damage in Sarasota is no match for our mold specialists at SERVPRO. Whether the issue lies in the bathroom or attic, our team is trained to the latest industry standards. Our techs are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and are equipped to handle mold in various settings.

An essential step prior to any mold remediation is an inspection. Mold can go undetected, so our examination may uncover problem areas you didn’t suspect.  If mold is discovered during this process, we will recommend mold testing by an industrial hygienist who can determine the type and spore count and develop a mold remediation protocol.  Once we have received the protocol from the hygienist, the remediation can begin. Normally at this point a containment will be constructed, which creates a physical barrier and utilizes negative air pressure to discourage the travel of mold spores to unaffected areas.

Our SERVPRO staff then focuses on remediating the mold from surfaces and the air in the affected area. This may involve removing and discarding severely contaminated materials that cannot be reasonably restored. The application of antifungals is also normally part of the recommended protocol. No mold remediation is officially complete until clearance testing has been performed by the hygienist. Once cleared, our team can begin performing repairs and coordinate with other contractors as needed.

At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, we aim to restore as much as possible to minimize your financial loss, but replacement may be inevitable. When you call us at (941) 552-6319, you can rest assured that we have your best interest in mind and that we want to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”