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What Solutions Help Sarasota Homes with Hidden Water Damage?

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO greens fans and stacked in a parking lot Finding standing water in your Sarasota home can be devastating. Call on SERVPRO to quickly and efficiently remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Facilitates Timely Identification of Hidden Water Intrusion in a Sarasota Home

Most water leaks leave unmistakable signs like wet patches on surfaces and furniture. However, hidden leaks also occur, and unlike the visible ones, elaborate restoration procedures are often necessary to tackle them. Finding and opening up the affected areas of your Sarasota home promptly is essential. SERVPRO can also use specialized equipment to facilitate the drying of enclosed spaces.
In your Sarasota home, water damage is classified as hidden if it is contained within ceilings, wall spaces, subfloors, or crawl spaces. Although it might not happen all the time, leaks in such areas are not uncommon, considering supply and removal pipes run within these areas. Other utilities such as air ducts also pass through these areas, and problems with HVAC systems are known to cause water damage. With the specialized assistance Water Restoration Technicians from SERVPRO provide, identifying the wet areas and resolving the damage is easier. Our Green Fleet carries a variety of moisture detecting devices that are not invasive to surfaces.
How demolition helps:

  • Creating room to reach wet materials
  • Creating access for air circulation
  • Removing deteriorated materials 

Removing wetness, soiling, and other issues caused by moisture requires physical contact with the affected material. For example, agitating or applying cleaning agents to soiled floors or subfloors is only feasible after removing carpets and pads. After cleaning is over, drying equipment like air movers, which circulate warm dry air to improve evaporation, works best when no barrier is blocking the air from reaching the wet material.

Opening up concealed areas is a delicate task, especially when the covering materials are not damaged. For instance, if there is no deterioration in the drywall or ceiling panels and carpets have not been delaminated, ruining them would create an unnecessary expense. Concealed areas may require full or partial opening for restoration. For instance, making vent holes, which involves drilling small holes at the base of a wall, allows venting air inside wall cavities, drying structural supports and other hidden materials faster. Our team can rig various types of dry-air injection systems for this purpose. Our SERVPRO technicians facilitate the safe removal of cover materials by using a skillful approach and specialized tools, including:

  • Stud finders to establish where to make cuts
  • Pry bars to support drywall while cutting
  • Rubber hammers to nudge materials without ruining them

Although opening concealed areas makes cleaning up and other water restoration tasks very simple, it can be tedious since rebuilding and refinishing such areas is necessary once the water problem is addressed. In other cases, safe demolition is not an option since materials are irreparably damaged if disturbed. Tiled floors are a clear example whereby any attempt at removal results in permanent damage.

Water Extraction Without Demolition

Our SERVPRO crews provide unique solutions that can eliminate the need for demolition. Drying mats and other cavity drying systems facilitate non-destructive moisture management processes. A drying mat is a combination of different resources which enable the removal of water trapped beneath the finished floor through seemingly impenetrable materials like hardwood or tile. The central part of the drying system is the mat, laid flush on the surface requiring water extraction. An extraction tool with a significant vacuum lift is also attached to the mat with hoses to draw water out through the small crevices between the flooring units. A tent of plastic sheeting can be installed above the floor, into which dehumidified air is pumped to be drawn through the crevices between the flooring units to the wet areas beneath. Several mats are often combined to cover a larger surface area. Other accessories such as tape to secure the mat to the surface and towels to wipe visible water periodically also help.
SERVPRO of South Sarasota offers several solutions to any water intrusion problem, thus helping deal with it, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (941) 552-6319.

Why Does Air Quality Play a Crucial Role in a Sarasota Homes With Mold Damage?

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

Technician installing a plastic barrier over a french door in a home Different molds require different remediation methods. SERVPRO has the experience and training to handle the mold damage in your Sarasota home.

SERVPRO Controls Indoor Air Conditions in Sarasota Homes during Mold Remediation

When your Sarasota home exhibits signs of mold damage, you are more likely to think about water than air. Any unresolved leaks, wet materials, or pools of stagnant water inside a house become a focal point. However, indoor air quality also plays a role since any moisture evaporating from wet areas can be trapped in the air as humidity. Mold spores, which are extremely small and light, also float freely through the air.
Any plan you develop for your Sarasota home after mold damage has to factor in managing the air inside the house in both affected and unaffected areas. SERVPRO facilitates humidity management and cleanup using specialized equipment like dehumidifiers and HEPA air filtration. Preventing air movement from contaminated sections to the rest of the house is also essential.

Why Air Quality Conditions Effect Mold

Four conditions are necessary to sustain mold growth:

  • Water
  • Food
  • Oxygen
  • Favorable temperature

Apart from the food source, air quality influences the other three conditions significantly and thus can be a key determining factor in whether mold flourishes or withers down. For example, when there is limited air movement, humidity cannot dissipate, thus supplying sufficient moisture for mold growth. If temperatures remain within the “sweet spot” for mold growth – from 77°F to 86°F – it will be much more likely to gain a foothold. That is why most of the contamination in a home is noted in confined areas, such as inside wall cavities and crawl spaces where there is limited air movement.
Mold Remediation Procedures

  • Contain the affected area
  • Establish negative air pressure within the containment area
    Reduce the humidity level within the containment area
  • Cleanup
  • Remove non-salvageable materials
  • Apply biocides
  • Deodorize and dry

Mold organisms form colonies by attaching themselves to surfaces, causing soiling, discoloration, and stains. Removing these hyphae masses is essential for the restoration of the affected surfaces. Various cleaning approaches can help. Our SERVPRO crews HEPA vacuum affected surfaces to capture loose residues and spores. In addition to its ability to remove residues, HEPA vacuuming does not release moldy debris into the air. Cleaning can also involve detergents, especially those with antimicrobial properties which inhibit further growth.
Mold development is not limited to the surfaces of materials. Its root-like hyphae penetrate organic materials as the colonies seek food sources. If it took long for you to notice the problem, the degradation in porous materials can be too severe for actions like cleaning to reverse the damage caused by mold. Demolition to remove the deteriorated materials may be required. Our SERVPRO crews use controlled techniques to minimize the unnecessary destruction of materials. Another reason for controlled demolition is to prevent debris from spreading indiscriminately into the air, even with our containment barriers in place.
Establishing control when removing materials requires identifying the contamination spread pattern and establishing containment over areas requiring demolition. Drilling small holes and using a tool like a borescope to check for mold within walls or ceiling spaces minimizes the destruction of unaffected materials. A borescope comprises different parts, including a light source for illumination, a CMOS camera, a fiber optic image guide, and other accessories that simplify inspection in dark and confined areas. After identifying the affected areas, it is easy to make precision cuts to remove heavily contaminated materials like drywall, ceiling panels, and insulation. Setting up the containment prior to demolition limits the debris released into the air.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota uses several approaches to manage mold damage, thus delivering acceptable results. You can reach us at (941) 552-6319. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

There May Be Unexpected Issues After Sarasota Home Fire Damage

5/10/2022 (Permalink)

IICRC Certified Firm Logo Fire damage can affect different parts of your Sarasota house in varying ways. Call SERVPRO to discuss the best way to restore.

SERVPRO Handles Unusual Soiling and Hazards in Sarasota Homes during Fire Restoration

Fires can start for various reasons, including spontaneous combustion, electrical issues, chemical reactions, or oil and gas issues. Whatever the cause, issues like charring, soot, and odors are expected after such an incident. However, many unexpected aspects develop, including variations in residue types left in the same section of the house, hazards, and moisture problems.
Dealing with unexpected issues at your Sarasota home after fire damage is easier when the restorer understands the differences in fires. If you are doing it yourself, the only consideration you might pay attention to is the extent to which the flames and heat spread throughout the house. Professionals like SERVPRO, on the other hand, pay close attention to technical aspects such as:

  • Class of combustible materials involved
  • Heat levels
  • Oxygen levels

These aspects may seem random or standard in every fire incident and thus do not require special attention. However, they impact the outcomes of fire incidents, thus determining the appropriate restoration approach. When a fire burns with limited oxygen the fuels do not fully combust, causing a smoldering fire that produces a significant volume of smoke. When there are substantial oxygen levels, fires are scorching and much hotter, thus consuming more materials and producing dry ash or limited residues. Different cleaning approaches are necessary to handle the different outcomes. Dry cleaning methods such as vacuuming may be sufficient where fires leave dry residues. Our IICRC Certified SERVPRO technicians use other strategies like pressure washing or blast cleaning to tackle the stubborn residues from wet smoke.

Fire Hazards

  • Damage to electrical systems
  • Compromised structural elements
  • Irritants and dangerous chemicals

Fire ruins things directly when flames ignite combustible materials. Extreme heat can also char or melt them. The electrical system in your house is vulnerable to both aspects of damage since insulating materials cannot withstand extreme heat. Since the wires may be hidden out of sight, you may not notice the problem until you start using power and issues like flickering lights or shorts develop. Problems with the electrical system can even spark new fires soon after restoring the existing damage.

Our SERVPRO technicians help strip down the electrical in your home so that you can start with a new system after the restoration, saving you from nasty surprises. Dealing with wiring while the house is stripped down presents an advantage since you do not have to deal with the inconveniences of wiring while new wall panels are already in place.

Limiting the Fire Hazards

Compromised structural elements, irritants, and dangerous chemicals can cause injuries and other forms of bodily harm. Deep charring is one of the leading causes that compromise structural materials. Such weakened materials can collapse at any time, falling on people or allowing heavy items such as restoration equipment to fall through. Overhead sections such as ceilings and cabinets are hazardous since their collapse can cause concussions or other head injuries.

Chemicals and irritants can result from the materials burned by the fires or released from the combustion processes. Physical contact and inhalation are the main risks posed by such hazardous materials. Our SERVPRO crews use various PPE items like respirators, hard hats, rubber boots, and heavy-duty gloves for protection against physical hazards, chemicals, and irritants, thus entering your property safely to conduct fire restoration procedures. Creating physical barriers to isolate some areas is also necessary at times.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help you manage any fire damage "Like it never even happened." Call us at (941) 552-6319.

Lingering Post-Fire Damage Odors in Sarasota Restaurants

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Inside of restaurant; Ready for customers Odors linger long after the flames are extinguished. SERVPRO is available for effective remediation!

Widespread Fire Damage Effects Require Attention in Sarasota Businesses 

To get your restaurant back open again after fire damage, we must overcome all the obstacles to restoring clean and sanitary work conditions. One of these hurdles is the removal of lingering smoke odors after much of the fire damage is resolved. We have multiple deodorization methods, products, and equipment items to help in this regard. There are methods to reduce odor severity and remove it altogether.

Removing Catalysts

One of the first steps to reduce fire damage in Sarasota restaurants, like lingering odors, is to manage fire debris. Heaps of material remnants and soot particles that cling to floors and horizontal surfaces allow smoke damage and respective malodors to be amplified. When our technicians first arrive, they will set to work removing all the debris from the fire -- including non-salvageable building materials and equipment: 

  • Ash
  • Smoke Solids
  • Burned Materials
  • Blistered Structure

Cleaning Surfaces

Another source of harsh smoke malodors is soot and smoke particles and deposits. Grease and food proteins consumed by the flames leave a greasy soot residue on nearly all surfaces. The hotter the fire, the greater the penetration of this oily smoke into surfaces and materials. These residues amplify present odors, allowing areas with greater soot particle concentrations to be more impacted by relative offensive smells. We must clean all surfaces with the appropriate SERVPRO Professional Cleaning Products and methods to remove soot and oily residues. The technicians will choose the most suitable product and method for the particular application, taking care not further to damage sensitive surfaces, such as finished wood.

Deodorization Products 

The final step to remove odors after the fire is extinguished is to introduce deodorization products into the equation. We have powerful cleaning and deodorization products in our inventory that neutralize odor compounds on contact. Equally important is our state-of-the-art delivery methods. Our equipment includes thermal foggers, which amplify the effectiveness of our potent deodorization products by warming and vaporizing them. The fogger provides much better distribution in open areas and penetration of porous materials.

There are several ways to manage smoke odors trapped in your restaurant after fire damage. Since these malodors can spread quickly, deodorization practices must begin as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team is equipped to help! Call us at (941) 552-6319.

Experienced Mold Remediation Generates Results in Sarasota

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Water dripping from ceiling; mold damage visible Does your home have signs of mold? Call SERVPRO! We have a detailed process for mold damage assessment followed by proven methods for cleanup.

Sarasota Property Owners Need SERVPRO for Skilled Mold Remediation

Black mold development anywhere in your home brings possible hazards, and it should never be neglected. However, attempting DIY efforts and products that claim to remove mold could be detrimental. In any situation where mold might be present, you need proper testing by a licensed hygienist and experienced technicians to manage safe cleaning to return your property to its original condition. 

Why is SERVPRO best when you need someone to help with mold remediation in Sarasota? We have a detailed process for mold damage assessment followed by proven methods for cleanup. You will never hear us promise to remove mold altogether, as that is impractical and unnecessary. Mold spores are everywhere, but we have the proper techniques and tools to sanitize and deodorize your property to make it safe for those in the home to breathe freely.

  •    Mold Cleanup –We have a full assortment of industrial-grade equipment to manage all restorations, including mold remediation. Air scrubbers with onboard HEPA filtration, containment barriers, and HEPA vacuums all come into play so that we can get a handle on your mold project.
  •    Dehumidification –We address the root moisture cause of the mold issue by removing wet, non-salvageable materials, extracting standing water, and setting up dehumidifiers to reduce relative humidity (RH) and restore everything to normal levels.
  •    Sanitize and Deodorize –Microbial growth is no match for our proven cleaning techniques and EPA-registered cleaners and deodorants. Not only will our IICRC-trained team clean and sanitize all surfaces, but our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) will address foul, musty odors so that no moldy smells are left behind.

Mold remediation is best managed by skilled technicians, which is where we come in at SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Call us at (941) 552-6319 to schedule our Green Fleet for your project.

Handling Water Damage with Help from Sarasota Technicians

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage on ceiling surrounding pipes coming from ceiling If you notice staining on your walls or ceiling, it could be a sign of a leak and hidden water damage. Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Restoration for Sarasota Properties

You may have successfully cleaned up a minor spill in your Sarasota property with towels or a mop and bucket. However, there can be times when water migration becomes an issue that turns into hidden moisture behind baseboards and under flooring or cabinetry. SERVPRO’s water mitigation team is there when you need us to handle any standing water and locate all areas where hidden moisture is lurking. The mitigation, paired with our proven methods for drying, will ensure your property is back to pre-event condition, “Like it never even happened.”

How can you be sure if you have hidden water damage in Sarasota? Whenever you experience flooding, burst pipes, or a significant water spill, following the migration path helps ensure all areas get addressed. However, you may also notice slight signs pointing to hidden water damage in the form of discoloration and staining on walls or ceilings.

The good news is that our IICRC-certified technicians understand best practices for water restoration projects. We know how to spot possible issues where moisture might be, then formulate a plan to remedy it.

Some of the possible causes of water staining on your ceiling, walls, and other areas include:

  • Leaking pipes –Staining can happen around the kitchen or bathroom cabinetry, on ceilings where there is plumbing overhead, and more.
  • Leaking roof from storms –Sarasota is known for tricky weather and heavy rains. If there are missing shingles, faulty flashing, or other roof problems, you could have a leak allowing water inside.
  • HVAC condensation –Air conditioning is a must with the Florida heat, but you also need to pay attention to possible moisture issues from condensation. You may have poor ventilation or a leak that is causing slow-onset water damage.

Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota by calling (941) 552-6319. We can send a team out for assessment, moisture detection, and water damage restoration!

How Does SERVPRO Begin the Fire Restoration Process in South Sarasota?

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Fire damaged room; smoke and soot on walls SERVPRO knows that each type of surface requires a different residue cleaning process and is trained to restore the smoke and soot damage.

SERVPRO First Tests South Sarasota Homes to Locate and Assess Smoke Residues.

The first step in cleaning up and restoring fire-impacted South Sarasota residences is finding and evaluating their smoke residues. This initial inspection enables SERVPRO to pinpoint where harmful residues are, determine whether they resulted from the current fire event, and know if they are cleanable or not.

Fire restoration firms in South Sarasota, like SERVPRO, keep several things in mind when they attempt to identify and assess smoke residues. In general, our skilled technicians look for color contrasts between seemingly unaffected and impacted areas of fire damaged homes to locate these fire-related wastes. Other considerations SERVPRO’s fire and smoke damage remediation experts remain mindful of while completing their work are:

  • Residues are usually heaviest near the source of a fire and become lighter the further away from it you go, so testing should start near a fire’s origin and progress outward
  • Test heavier residues first because if they are cleanable, lighter ones usually are too
  • Smoke damage and its remnants tend to accumulate in certain areas like ceilings, the tops of drapes, and other high places, so test these first
  • Smoke driven by the heat of a house fire can permeate even the most inaccessible areas behind walls and other barriers, so check for residues everywhere
  • A surface’s cleanability depends on its type, so test all kinds of surfaces; a wrapped wall could be more cleanable than a painted one
  • Each type of surface requires a different residue cleaning process, so use the appropriate one when testing each surface

Armed with this essential knowledge, we can usually complete your house fire cleanup job effectively and in less time than other local companies.

So, if you ever need fire restoration work done, rest assured that your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of South Sarasota are only a phone call away. Contact us at (941) 552-6319 for service.

How Does SERVPRO Perform Emergency Water Damage Services in Siesta Key?

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Hallway of commercial building; water damaged; SERVPRO drying equipment shown in hallway Business owners always face the threat of a water damage. But no worries! SERVPRO can handle any water damage event.

SERVPRO Follows Well-Devised Procedures When Performing Its Services in Siesta Key.

Siesta Key business owners always face the threat of a water-related catastrophe. These threats come in many forms, including everything from ruptured pipes to appliance malfunctions, and should be anticipated. With that said, local cleanup and remediation firm SERVPRO of South Sarasota

knows what needs to be done to alleviate such situations.

When SERVPRO takes on a commercial water damage job in Siesta Key, our highly trained technicians follow a time-tested procedure for completing their work. Regardless of whether the devastation was caused by burst pipes, ceiling leaks, or any of several other common causes, the process our emergency water damage services experts follow can usually resolve it. The following is a brief list of some steps SERVPRO takes to finish its water damage remediation services:

  • Remove items from floors that could stain them and block or move furniture to a safe, dry place so that it doesn’t suffer additional harm
  • Reduce drying times and limit overall damage by quickly removing as much water as possible with portable or truck-mounted extractors
  • Look for and try to eliminate stains from furniture and other contents with professional products before carpets dry
  • Dry interior air with a balanced drying system that the electrical network can handle, placing air movers at 45-degree angles along the edges of the rooms with the requisite number of dehumidifiers
  • Establish drying goals based on the moisture content readings of items in unaffected areas of the business and continue drying until those goals are met

Once these actions have been taken, impacted businesses can usually return to their everyday operations.

So, considering all of this, remember that your friends at SERVPRO of South Sarasota are always available to help you with all your water damage remediation needs. Call us anytime at (941) 552-6319 for assistance.

Why Is SERVPRO Better at Remediating Mold Damage Than Other Sarasota Firms?

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Image of hand peeling wallpaper away to reveal mold Mold growth and water damage go hand in hand. Always look for signs of mold and moisture in your home.

SERVPRO Understands How Mold Develops and Has the Tools to Effectively Eradicate It.

When a water damage event impacts your Sarasota residence, it often leads to mold growth. This results because these events supply mold spores with an element essential to their growth that is normally missing from indoor environments: dampness. The other two essential elements for fungal growth, food and warmer temperatures, are commonly present in most homes.

Fortunately, SERVPRO is highly experienced in remediating mold damage in Sarasota. Our extensively trained mold specialists are equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to successfully perform mold inspection, mold removal work, and black mold damage repairs. How we mitigate and clean up the effects of these fungi are as follows:

  • We arrive on site and get to work quickly, usually within four hours of your initial call, so that the amount of time mold has to grow and do damage is minimized
  • During their mold inspections, SERVPRO’s skilled technicians look in likely places near potential water sources for mold growths and use cutting-edge equipment like infrared cameras and moisture sensors/meters to find hidden mold colonies
  • Surfaces serving as organic food sources for mold, like wooden walls, drywall, or wallpaper, are treated with commercial-grade antifungals
  • Air conditioning units are used to lower interior temperatures below the 68F temperature that fosters mold proliferation
  • Specialized dehumidifiers are employed to reduce indoor relative humidity to below 60%, thereby inhibiting further fungal development

When all is completed, mold-fouled homes are usually returned to their pre-event condition.

With all that said, keep your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of South Sarasota in mind whenever you need mold damage cleaned up and restored. We are ready for your call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, at (941) 552-6319.

What Safety Hazards Do Floods Create for Sarasota Homes?

2/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used to dry storm damaged room Flooding can infiltrate structural cavities and weaken and ruin exposed materials. SERVPRO has the equipment to completely restore your home.

Safety and Health Concerns are Considerable After Natural Flooding Threatens Sarasota Properties

There are substantial concerns for a household and its occupants when natural flooding penetrates the main level of a house. When forceful groundwater flooding strikes, it quickly spreads through the living space, damaging structural elements and the contents of the house. Our fast response can ensure that emergency services begin quickly to reduce the toll flooding takes on a residence. 

Standing Water Concerns

Standing water and pooling can be among the most pressing concerns after flood damage in Sarasota homes. Any water collection on the flooring throughout the property must be removed and the effect on the structure assessed. Extraction involves several types of removal tools, usually a combination of vacuums and pumps.

Electric System Damages

Excess water can become dangerous when unexpectedly mixed with electricity. There are situations where water and moisture can trip a part of the circuit system; water and moisture function as a conduit for electricity, which creates a substantial shock threat in the standing water that we must resolve.

Structural Collapse Concerns

Standing water from a flood can infiltrate structural cavities to perpetually weaken and ruin exposed materials. While floodwater can spread fast in an open floorplan, the structural elements most quickly targeted include:

  • Ceilings
  • Wall assemblies
  • Floors and subflooring

Infestations and Contaminants 

Yet another consideration for the safety and wellbeing of those living in the house after flooding is the possibility of contamination. Natural flooding encounters countless substances and soils along the way into your house, and the longer it remains in your home the more contaminated it becomes. The complete restoration must overcome these concerns by removing saturated, non-restorable materials and applying appropriate disinfection and sanitizing agents.

Flooding undoubtedly causes substantial health and safety hazards for those involved. Intruding water can threaten various areas of the house, and many look to the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team to help. Give our professionals a call today at (941) 552-6319.