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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.

What Factors Influence Fire Cleanup in Siesta Key Homes?

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

6 matches burning Removing smoke and soot residues remains one of the most challenging aspects of fire restoration. SERVPRO stands ready to remove the damage.

Cleaning Elements Determine the Success of Soot and Smoke Damage Removal in Siesta Key Properties

Thorough professional cleaning is important to the proper restoration of a house after exposure to the flames, heat, smoke, and soot of a house fire. Removing smoke and soot residues remains one of the more challenging aspects of fire restoration. We apply a number of SERVPRO Professional Cleaning Products and proprietary techniques to clean the various surfaces and objects in your property.

Where is Cleaning Needed? 

There are undoubtedly many surfaces that show an immediate need for fire damage restoration in Siesta Key properties. Heat driven smoke works into the tiniest of crevices to leave a residue of caustic, odor-causing chemicals that can be difficult to remove with conventional cleaning products and methods. When the recovery needs of a home are not as deliberate and straightforward, an inspection by our trained, experienced technicians can help to focus restoration needs for the household. Early evaluation of the property aids with needed actions like:

  • Identifying residues
  • Identifying and recording all affected materials
  • Capturing and removing residues

Cleaning Factors That Determine Soot Removal Success

There are specific principles at the heart of successful soot removal and surface cleaning. Regardless of the products used, emulsifying or dissolving soot soils are key factors in the process. The more efficient the following aspects are, the more effective the cleaning product is at removing stubborn soot residues. These include:

  • Dwell Time – This refers to the amount of time a cleaning product must remain on residues and soils before the desired effect occurs. Dwell time varies based on the cleaning product and underlying material. 
  • Agitation – With dozens of types of agitation, this is a process designed to dislodge and loosen residues and soils from surfaces and provides a more even distribution and dispersal of cleaning products. 
  • Temperature – In a fire, soot and odor causing chemicals are driven into surfaces and materials at high temperatures. Cleaning at higher temperatures re-expands surfaces to get at trapped contaminants. It also amplifies the effectiveness of most cleaning solutions.

While there are several products and approaches to cleaning up after soot and smoke damage, the basic principles of cleaning and recovery remain the same. Our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team can work quickly to establish needed mitigation and complete restoration solutions after fire damage. Call today at (941) 552-6319.

Clearing Trapped Water in Subflooring Materials of Sarasota Homes

2/15/2022 (Permalink)

Water damaged room: flooring removed Flooring often feels the first effects of water damage. But no worries. SERVPRO has the extraction and drying tools to get the job done.

Cleaning up After Water Damage Means Removing Moisture Trapped in Construction Materials of Sarasota Homes

When water damage incidents impact area homes, our SERVPRO professionals must act fast with effective tools and products to dry and clean up the damage. Between surface water concerns on flooring and the spread of moisture to subflooring beneath, immediate actions can help save money and time like:

  • Extraction
  • Content relocation
  • Moisture tracking

Moisture Detection Solutions

Determining the extent of moisture spread and saturation is one of the first approaches to managing water cleanup in Sarasota homes. When water becomes trapped in subflooring, it can take multiple detection devices and thermal imagery to determine how widespread the concern is and if restorers believe conventional drying tactics will be effective. Some of these detectors can track moisture through the upper flooring layer.

Special Drying Equipment

Drying the subflooring materials is often a combination of several special drying tools. One of the most intricate approaches involves placing drying mats on the surface material. When placed perpendicularly to the installation of wood planks, a greater surface area becomes impacted as capillary evacuation takes place and moisture is brought to the face of the flooring for removal.

Controlled Demolition and Surface Flooring Replacement

While it is not always necessary to implement controlled demolition and replace wet areas of the subfloor and surface materials, this is needed to access the subflooring materials like the OSB board. With a dry and stable foundation, along with our general contractor license, we can replace removed portions of the floor and make it “Like it never even happened.”

There are many aspects to water damage cleanup. The process hinges on speedy drying and dehumidification when removing water and moisture from areas like carpeted floors and subflooring materials. Our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team can help with the efficient restoration of exposed structural elements when you call (941) 552-6319. 

How Severely Does Water Damage Affect a Sarasota Home?

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Sink overflowing; water hitting floor Photo Caption: Unchecked water damage can not only harm your property, but also cause microbial growth.

SERVPRO Evaluates the True Extent of Damage Before Starting Restoration Processes

The apparent effects of water damage are readily identifiable and include inconveniences such as leaving slick surfaces and wet materials that limit access to your property. Physical deterioration of materials is also typical. However, the severity can extend beyond what is readily visible.

Restoration of water damage in Sarasota homes can progress better when you understand the severity of the incident at your property. Letting a professional like SERVPRO handle the repair can help you deal with any level of severity.

Some of the severe issues we handle during water restoration include:
• Structural damage
• Safety hazards
• Microbial growth
Unlike overt issues such as soiling, which you cannot ignore, it is possible for some of the more severe issues to be difficult hidden, and may go entirely or partially unaddressed after remediation. The first thing our SERVPRO technicians do to prevent such outcomes is a thorough evaluation of the affected areas of your property. Using non-invasive approaches such as checking for hidden moisture with an infrared camera can improve the inspection process, eliminating chances of leaving unaddressed moisture.

Water intrusion that results in saturated structural materials (Class 4 water damage) can lead mold growth, dry rot, and warped structural supports. Structural damage is one of the leading causes of safety hazards, especially the risk of collapsing structures and fixtures. The advanced drying actions our SERVPRO crews take during water restoration help prevent or resolve such issues.

Advanced drying techniques involve actions such as:
• Removing wall and ceiling panels
• Removing insulation and other wall fillings
• Drying structural supports through ventilation and dehumidification

Microbial development leads to foul odors and mold, which can have negative health effects. Our SERVPRO technicians apply antimicrobial products to surfaces to assure sanitary conditions, apart from drying all moisture remnants from your property.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota understands that the severity of water damage can extend beyond what you can see and therefore devises solutions to address it, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (941) 552-6319.

How Essential Is Help from Water Restoration Companies After a Leak in Your Siesta Key Home?

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles in front of home SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help you resolve any challenges associated with water intrusion.

SERVPRO Provides Technical Skills, Advanced Equipment, and Management Assistance

Resolving water-related damages may not be as easy as you expect since moisture causes different problems once released into a property. Although you can attempt to handle the situation yourself, or call a handyman or plumber, you might be better off involving water restoration companies that offer comprehensive solutions.

After the event, you might not be sure precisely what you face. However, water restoration companies in Siesta Key handle such cases regularly, so it is easier for their team to understand the full implications. In addition to extracting, cleaning, and drying, SERVPRO addresses the tasks of all concerned parties.

Some of the interested parties after water damage incidents include:
• Homeowners
• Insurance adjusters
• Adjoining neighbors
Overseeing the interests of everyone involved may present unusual challenges. For instance, neighbors may be worried about moisture spreading to their units if it is a multi-family complex. Littering, and the period your home remains unoccupied if the situation requires a move-out are also matters of concern. Our SERVPRO teams are prepared to offer satisfactory solutions to such external issues. For instance, we bring large trash dispensers and portable storage units, thus ensuring the restoration is orderly and unobtrusive to avoid inconveniences to other people within the vicinity.

The cost of restoring water damage can be challenging for you or might also cause some friction with your insurer. We mitigate damage, and help keep costs at manageable levels. When our SERVPRO teams use advanced restoration equipment and procedures, it is possible to avoid costly issues such as unnecessary demolition.

Some of these advanced restoration resources include:
• Drying mats to remove water trapped beneath hard surfaces, rather than tearing out floors
• Drying chambers for better control of the drying environment
• Cavity ventilation equipment, when feasible, rather than cutting and removing drywall
SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help you resolve any challenges associated with water intrusion. Call us at (941) 552-6319. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Much Devastation Is Expected After Flood Damage Affects Sarasota Homes?

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Looking up at 4 palm trees; rain causing them to blow in wind High, damaging winds often accompany storms. Should your home become damaged, SERVPRO is available 24/7 for your storm damage restoration needs.

How Much Devastation Is Expected After Flood Damage Affects Sarasota Homes?


SERVPRO Can Help You Identify Major and Minor Issues That Influence Damage from Floods

If a storm affects your Sarasota home, it might take time to realize the true extent of the problem you face unless the property is physically decimated. Knowing beforehand what worsens the severity of such incidents can help you respond appropriately.

Flood damage in your Sarasota home includes visible and invisible aspects. Some damage, such as the torn roofs and inundated floors, develop immediately, while others like microbial growth take longer to manifest. One way to stop an incident from getting out of hand is involving a professional team like SERVPRO.

Professional restorers gauge a flooding incident by the underlying factors like:
• Expected levels of moisture action
• Physical forces like intense winds and wind-driven rain
• The amount or type of hazardous materials and contamination
The level of moisture action correlates directly with the amount of water that breaches the property. Therefore, if there are inches of standing water in your home, any materials vulnerable to moisture exposure are at risk of devastation. Even materials not in direct contact with the water are not immune from destruction.

Indirect moisture damages occur due to:
• Moisture wicking through materials
• Hygroscopic materials absorbing moisture from the humid air
• Condensation of evaporated water
During a storm, gale force winds can tear off roofing materials, shatter windows or destabilize structural supports. Severe inundation can also lead to foundation shifts. Some problems like foundation shifts may not be that apparent. Our SERVPRO technicians look for subtle early signs like cracks or stuck windows. Then we can suggest intervention methods.

Contamination is another aspect that determines the severity of a flooding incident. The presence of chemicals and biohazards such as raw sewage means that most porous contents and some structural materials must be torn out and removed. Proper PPE is necessary when managing such materials.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help you understand the flood damage situation at your property better, thus addressing it, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (941) 552-6319.

A Water Incident in Sarasota Calls for Professional Intervention with Cleanup and Damage Restoration

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

Front loading washing machine with clothes inside Leaking washing machines are a frequent source of water damage that can impact areas beyond the laundry room. Call SERVPRO for complete restoration.

Water Damage Restoration When You Need It – Call SERVPRO 24/7 for Rapid Response in Sarasota!

You might be thinking of grabbing a mop and bucket or heading over to ask a neighbor for their Shop-Vac when you have a water incident inside your Sarasota home. It is best to know that even a small spill can cause issues as water migrates into dry spaces, gets caught behind walls or baseboards, or becomes trapped under cabinets and flooring. There are many reasons to call in skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) from SERVPRO for water removal services and drying. One primary reason is to eliminate the chance of mold and mildew developing due to moisture left behind with DIY cleaning efforts.

When should you call professionals to tackle water damage restoration in Sarasota? The answer depends on the amount of water spilled, the affected area, and the materials impacted. The good news for you is that SERVPRO is available 24/7, and We're Faster to Any Size Disaster to address water-related emergencies for residential and commercial clients alike. Typical calls we respond to most include:

• Ceiling leaks
• Burst pipes
• Water heater leaks
• Broken dishwasher hoses
• Leaking washing machines
• Leaking roof from storms
• Shower leaks, pipe leaks, overflowing tubs, and more

Simple extraction of standing water is not where the project ends. It is important to dehumidify the space and implement drying techniques to reduce relative humidity (RH) and eliminate all hidden moisture. We bring industrial-grade fans, dehumidifiers, and moisture detection tools to help us achieve our water restoration goals.

What About Saturated Materials?

Controlled demolition might be necessary for saturated drywall, warped flooring, and contaminated carpeting – all depending on the level of damage and contamination, and whether drying measures progress. General Contractor License #: CGC1504870

(941) 552-6319 is the number to call when you need help with water damage restoration. SERVPRO of South Sarasota has you covered, making it "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Restoration – Calling Trained Technicians for Best Results in Siesta Key

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke entering room from under door Our SERVPRO techs are trained to remove foul smoke and soot odors that linger after a fire event and leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Residential and Commercial Clients in Siesta Key Trust SERVPRO to Manage Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

A house fire is an event no one in their Siesta Key property wants to experience. Fire damage is a nightmare for any homeowner, knowing the dangers involved for your family and the potential to lose most of your belongings. Through the turmoil, having a team of fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) on the job will reduce your stress and worry significantly. SERVPRO makes it “Like it never even happened,” so that you and your family can have a fresh start. No matter the impact of the blaze, we work to restore versus replace, saving your possessions and saving you money.

SERVPRO takes pride in our work for customers in need of fire damage restoration in Siesta Key. We consider the severity and type of fire, whether natural, protein-based, or complex. Once we begin working on a plan, we pull together the proper methods and actions to get your property back on track for a full recovery.

When we work on fire and smoke damage, we take the time to cover:

• Ash, smoke, and odor-clearing measures
• Water damage remediation or drying any moisture left from firefighting efforts
• Contents inventory and identifying what can be saved and what will be deemed a total loss
• Identifying safety issues, executing safety protocols, planning structural restorations
• Cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing surfaces and content
• Working with your insurance company to make your claim go smoothly
• Help restore your home to make it feel like “home” once again

We know that foul smoke and soot odors often linger after a fire event, which is why we have odor control technicians (OCT) on staff to address them. With our arsenal of equipment like thermal foggers and HEPA filtration, we ensure there is no leftover reminder of the fire.

Fire damage restoration is better left to highly-trained and skilled technicians. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319!

Effectively Using Drying Principles to Manage Drying in Siesta Key Properties

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Blue tarp covering storm damaged roof From roof tarping to water removal, SERVPRO the only call you need to make for your storm damage restoration needs.

We Work Fast to Overcome Water Damage to Siesta Key Homes

Flooding is an unfortunate scenario that many coastal homes must contend with during their life. How rapidly these scenarios form showcases the urgency and need for experienced water and flood restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team.

The Principles of Effective Drying 

Regardless of the flood damage in Siesta Key homes, the principles of drying a flood-damaged residence do not change. After extraction, water saturation in areas like the attic or crawlspace need fast and efficient drying techniques to prevent more significant harm to the property. We balance three specific drying principles to maximize evaporation efficiency, including:

  • Temperature – Increasing temperature increases energy within water molecules and increases the efficiencies of evaporation.
  • Humidity – Lowering the humidity ratio decreases vapor pressure, liberating moisture from saturated materials to speed-up the drying process.
  • Airflow – Directed airflow disturbs cool vapor barriers and puts relatively dry air in contact with the material to increase the rate of evaporation.

Effectively Utilizing Humidity

Dry air is essential to promote the most efficient environment for drying a water damaged house. Lower humidity enables the faster drying of materials, and the evaporation process becomes more efficient. Our experienced professionals monitor humidity within the environment to determine when more significant action is necessary to reduce the relative humidity in the space that could impact water removal efficiencies.

Using Airflow for Efficient Drying

Air movers are among the essential elements to promoting proper airflow throughout a damaged environment. The positioning of these units effects all wet surfaces and becomes critical to removing cool vapor barriers present around damaged structural elements; they could prevent faster drying practices.

Flooding might not be avoidable, but you’ll be choosing a fast and reliable restoration and drying approach when you reach out to our experienced SERVPRO of South Sarasota team. Give us a call today at (941) 552-6319.

Using Equilibrium and Drying Principles to Mitigate Water Damage in Sarasota Offices

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

Inside of office; desks and workspaces SERVPRO’s techs knows water’s behavior. This knowledge helps us to direct drying and mitigation actions and create a restoration plan.

Fast Water Removal and Drying are Possible in Sarasota Offices When Experienced Restorers Understand Moisture Behavior

After a loss incident, understanding the behavior of standing water and trapped moisture in a building can direct drying and mitigation actions as a restoration plan is being developed. Manipulating drying variables like temperature, airflow, and relative humidity can help, but ultimately knowing what moisture will do directs the placement of evaporative drying equipment.

Manipulating Equilibrium for Efficient Drying

The moisture and atmospheric conditions of each project vary considerably from one property to the next, making water mitigation for Sarasota businesses an involved and customized process. Because rooms of your commercial property can range in moisture and liquid water, we can manipulate the equilibrium process to manage and remove water and flood damage. Factors that impact fast and efficient drying and surface cleaning include:

  • Dry Air: Vapor moves from high pressure to lower, which correlates directly with the capacity for moisture in the air.  By lowering moisture presence, or vapor pressure, above water damaged materials, evaporation occurs at a faster rate.
  • Warm Air:Another element of the property seeking balance amid water restoration is warm air seeking cold. When the air surrounding damaged materials is warmer than a dew point temperature, evaporation happens at a higher rate. 
  • Capillary Suction:The greater the difference between wet and dry, hot and cold, or various pressures, the more likely moisture migration Capillary suction, or sorptivity, is a reactionary process where exposed moisture is pulled through porous materials. This principal is employed with structural materials that are difficult to dry, such as concrete, plaster, and wood framing, to remove moisture trapped in the materials. It requires very low vapor pressure surrounding the material. It can dry structural cavities that may be difficult to reach and avoid the need to demolish and remove materials to reach trapped moisture.

Getting You Back in Business

The ultimate objective of our rapid restoration processes is to protect your business and help to get your doors back open again. A significant percentage of commercial properties are damaged by water and fire and are beyond restoration to resume operation.  

With experience and leading restoration tools, we can mitigate water damage and protect the wares and contents of this local office. Our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team is ready to mobilize our Green Fleet fast when disasters strike. Call us today at (941) 552-6319.

Don’t Let Common Flood Damage Hazards Pose a Threat – Let the Professionals Help in Sarasota

12/1/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used to dry water damaged carpet Flood damaged carpet and drywall need fast attention. You can count on SERVPRO for your storm damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Arrives Fast to Handle Your Sarasota Flooding and Water Damage After a Storm

When a significant weather event takes place in Sarasota there is always the threat of potential damage to your property. Not only could there be roof damage or issues elsewhere on your property, but you also must worry about ground water flooding, which is especially true for anyone living in an area prone to floodwaters. SERVPRO addresses flood emergencies for area residents to help them get their property back in order sooner than DIY efforts can.

Some homeowners make the mistake of assuming everything will dry out on its own after encountering storm flood damage in Sarasota. However, here are a few typical areas in a home that need drying without delay to prevent more significant issues from developing:

  • Wall staining
  • Wet carpeting
  • Furniture watermarks
  • Lifted or warped flooring

It is vital to remember that flooding can negatively impact your property in a variety ways, some of which may not be immediately obvious. Problems can arise from not acting quickly enough to perform water removal, drying, and disinfecting, while others may come about from not using the proper methods for water damage remediation.

When calling SERVPRO to assist with hurricane damage, flooding, and cleanup, you can expect us to address one or more of the following hazards:

  • Debris –Flooding with severe weather events may bring debris like downed trees, trash, building materials, and more. We take the time to execute careful and safe removal and disposal of all waste. 
  • Damaged Wiring –One of the invisible dangers with floodwater includes wiring in walls that may have been subjected to moisture. We advise all power to be disconnected until a professional can assess wiring for repair or replacement.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is available for flood restoration and water damage cleanup after storms hit the area. Call our team at (941) 552-6319 for emergency response.

Fire Cleanup if a Sarasota Family Is Staying in the House

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damaged foyer; light debris on floor Our SERVPRO team will exceed your fire damage restoration expectations. Call us today!

There are Specific Focal Points if the Occupants do not Vacate Fire-Damaged Sarasota Properties

It is not always necessary nor feasible for homeowners to vacate their premises after a fire loss incident. If you need to remain in your home after a fire, there are often measures we can take early in the emergency mitigation service to help make the premises safe and as comfortable as possible during restoration and recovery.

Assessing the Damage 

If fire restoration in Sarasota homes is delayed, the damage worsens as time passes as caustic and corrosive soot and smoke particles remain on surfaces. Smoke damage can become a formidable obstacle to restore to preloss condition when it is allowed to linger.

Prioritizing the Customer and Their Comfort

Our crew chief or production manager will walk through the property establishing the priorities of mitigation and restoration. Our technicians must use specific focal points when beginning mitigation and restoration of fire-damaged homes, especially when the residents remain in the home. Certain emergency services can improve living conditions while full restoration continues. Some of these include:

  • Deodorization – Situations like a kitchen fire can leave harsh odors in specific living spaces. We have effective deodorization equipment, methods, and cleaning products to neutralize or significantly reduce these odors where they exist.
  • Containment – Preventing the spread of damaging fire effects to unaffected areas of the house is vital. Our containment measures prevent cross-contamination to keep the workspace as small as possible.
  • Laundry/Dry Cleaning – The heat and intensity of a fire can drive smoke and odors deeply into even enclosed areas so that clothing and essential bedding can be impacted. We can clean these items and dry clean sensitive garments and belongings when necessary.
  • Immediate Cleaning – We also prioritize cleaning up areas of the house that homeowners use heavily while they still reside. Our technicians can clean bathrooms, kitchens, and bedrooms before other living spaces to limit the family's displacement.

When fire damages your family home, you can count on our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team to make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (941) 552-6319.

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.”

Does SERVPRO Offer Water Removal Services in Siesta Key?

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

Clothes spinning in washing machine. Appliances, like washing machines, are a major source of water damage. Inspect your appliances often for signs of moisture and leaks.

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Repairs in Siesta Key

Water leaks in older plumbing systems in Siesta Key can occur inside walls, joints, and hoses connecting clothes washers and dishwashers. A break in a hose connected to a clothes washer, for example, can dump hundreds of gallons of water into a home in a matter of hours. In a flooding situation like this, water often covers all the floors and anything resting on the floor.

SERVPRO responds to emergency water removal calls in Siesta Key within four hours of receiving your call. With the water leak turned off, we immediately assess the situation and begin protecting all the contents that have been exposed to the water. Furniture is placed on blocks. Pillows, books, papers, area rugs, and anything else that rests on the floor is removed to a dry staging area.

Our water extractors remove all excess water from the floors. We use specialized drying mats to remove water from hardwood floors, hopefully before the planks can absorb the moisture and beginning swelling. Our cavity water extractors are used for water removal in difficult-to-reach areas under cupboards and behind walls.

With our fast response and the services we provide:

  • Water cleanup
  • Water extraction/removal services
  • Water damage remediation

You can depend on SERVPRO, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we complete a thorough clean-up after a water leak to return your home to its original condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota for water removal in Siesta Key and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (941) 552-6319.

Can SERVPRO Meet Fire and Smoke Damage Needs in Siesta Key?

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot on wall and ceiling of fire damaged room and ceiling Don’t DIY smoke and soot damage. SERVPRO can restore your fire damage needs.

Siesta Key Homeowners Don't Need to Struggle After a Home Fire

Siesta Key is idyllic and a destination for many who move either permanently or temporarily to the area. With such a beautiful landscape, the last thing a homeowner wants to do is spend time addressing the aftermath of a fire, regardless of the extent of its damage. Reaching out to a professional fire restoration crew helps mitigate the loss associated with a house fire cleanup. It also ensures that each step responds to careful consideration.

Fire and smoke damage in Siesta Key is a job for SERVPRO and our expert team. Fire-damaged homes in our area can count on a team trained and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the leading certifying body in our industry. When homeowners call our round-the-clock emergency service line at (941) 552-6319 and our team arrives at the fire scene, they can rest assured that the fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup process will be seamless and professional.

Many homeowners question what SERVPRO does that an average homeowner can't do on their own. Fire restoration involves the removal of debris and soot as well as the elimination of odor particles. The specialized equipment at our team's disposal makes a big difference in returning a home to its pre-fire condition. Smoke damage, for example, requires the use of odor counteractants, air purifiers, and foggers. We may also use an ozone or hydroxyl generators to clean the air in your home and effectively eliminate the acrid smell characteristic of smoke damage.

As enticing as do-it-yourself solutions may seem, when water and fire damage restorations are in question, reaching out to SERVPRO of South Sarasota is the best option. Call us and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

Does SERVPRO Offer Mold Remediation and Containment for Business Buildings in Sarasota?

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growth on ceiling and wall around window Don’t let mold spread through your business. Call us today!

SERVPRO Provides Mold Inspections, Remediation and Removal Services in Sarasota

Mold emits a pungent gas while it is growing, so when a mold infestation begins to grow inside a commercial building in Sarasota, there can be a strong, musty odor throughout the building. While the mold may be contained in one area, the musty smell may be noticed by employees and customers near the source or throughout the building, especially if it is an open concept structure.

SERVPRO offers mold remediation services to commercial clients in Sarasota. Containment of the mold spores during the removal and the drying process is essential for several reasons. In addition to the damage it can cause, mold can cause health effects. The slightest breeze from someone simply walking through a room or from the ventilation system is sufficient to spread mold spores to other areas of a building, and anywhere moisture levels are sufficiently high there is a good chance mold will begin to grow.

Our process is to assess the situation, the location of the moisture source, and the mold infestation relative to the remainder of the building and the HVAC system. Before drying and removing the mold, we contain the area to prevent further spread of mold spores to other building areas. The source of the moisture is also removed.

Mold contaminated materials are carefully removed, and the remaining contents and structural drying can begin to prevent further mold growth.

SERVPRO offers:

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

How is Restoration of a Sarasota Home with Fire Damage Possible?

6/5/2021 (Permalink)

Close up of fireman holding fire hose spewing water. Did you know that water damage occurs with fire extinguishment? SERVPRO is the one-stop shop for your fire and water damage restoration needs.

Fire Damage Restoration Services in Sarasota are a Phone Call Away

Fire damage in a Sarasota home can often begin in the kitchen and spread to areas beyond the kitchen space. The home ventilation system can distribute smoke and soot throughout your home to settle on your floors, bedrooms, and even inside cabinets. To address the restoration needs of your home in its entirety, call a professional fire restoration technician for assistance.

Fire damage cleanup and restoration is a big job. Property owners in Sarasota with fire damage to their homes can call SERVPRO for the latest in restoration techniques and expert advice. The job requires industrial-grade equipment available to our team, which is superior to what one would generally find at a home improvement store. Aside from the fire and smoke damage, water extraction is also often necessary following the departure of the firefighting team. Rather  than attempt to tackle the damage on your own, our SERVPRO crew inspects the property and develops an action plan specific to your needs.

In water and fire damage restoration jobs, our certified fire restoration technicians will normally begin the process with extraction of standing water, accomplished with truck-mounted or portable extractors and submersible pumps, as well as air movers to encourage water evaporation. When our SERVPRO staff focuses on removing the soot left behind, as well as the unpleasant smell of smoke, we employ EPA-approved cleaning solutions, air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and thermal foggers to leave your home in mint condition and odor free.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is no stranger to tough fire damage restoration jobs. Reach out to us at (941) 552-6319 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Is Water Damage Restoration Possible for a Sarasota Home?

6/5/2021 (Permalink)

‘Safety First’ sign against blue sky background Water leaks can contain contaminants. SERVPRO can safely remove any water in your home.

SERVPRO Provides the Latest in Water Damage Restoration for the Sarasota Community

Sarasota is no stranger to water damage caused by a multitude of factors. The aftermath of a leaking roof or burst pipes can be widespread or contained in just an area of your home. Regardless of its size, the longer you delay water clean-up efforts and water damage remediation, the more exposed to losses your household can be.

In Sarasota, water damage emergency services are at your fingertip. A call to our professional SERVPRO staff opens the door to the latest techniques and industrial-grade equipment to help perform the water damage repairs you need. At the center of our success lies our expertise and capacity to treat each surface with the cleaning solutions recommended by industry best practices. Water damage remediation extends beyond extraction and includes a conscientious approach to avoid issues such as mold.

The type of water leaking in your home marks a difference in our approach at SERVPRO. Blackwater, including sewage and storm water, brings debris and microbes  into your home. To combat its effect, we apply anti-microbial solutions that become pivotal to our success. Regardless of its source, we approach each job with equipment specific to your needs. For example, Injecti-Dry technology gives us entry into drying wall cavities and going beneath cabinets, which is not possible using traditional equipment like extractors or dehumidifiers.

So successful water damage restoration in Sarasota is indeed possible by allowing the expert team at SERVPRO of South Sarasota into your home. It is the best decision you will ever make when you need water damage restoration. Call us at (941) 552-6319 and let us show you why we are leaders in our industry.

Leave Sarasota, Florida Mold Removal to the Experts

5/25/2021 (Permalink)

Close up of gloved hand using Qtip to obtain a mold sample. Different molds require different remediation methods. SERVPRO has the experience and training to handle your mold damage.

SERVPRO will Arrive at Your Sarasota Home to Perform a Full Mold Inspection Before Beginning Removal Methods

Sarasota, Florida, is well-known for old-Florida beachy charm as well as bustling downtown adventures. Plenty of hotspots are available whether you are looking to explore history from the region or sample some local flavor.

You will find the city of Sarasota nestled within Sarasota County, which is on the southwestern coast. Beach and resort living are big draws for the area, including some incredible islands like Siesta Key and Lido Key which are famous worldwide for their beautiful sandy beaches.

Sarasota does indeed have something for everyone, including breathtaking sunsets and world-renowned golf tournaments. Some other recreational activities in the area include:

  • Water skiing
  • Bird watching
  • Boating
  • Operas
  • Educational museums
  • Shell collecting
  • Tennis
  • Horticulture classes, and more

Planning a Move to Sarasota, FL? Get to Know the Best Neighborhoods!

When you are in Sarasota exploring, you will see different neighborhoods available for every type of homebuyer. If you’re planning a move, you will find perfect housing options for everyone, from starter homes up to gated waterfront estates. Some of the top neighborhoods in Sarasota include:

  • Coral Cove –This is an excellent little option if you are looking for a waterfront home or a boating community. A charming setting, the location of Coral Cove puts you close to shopping, restaurants, and beaches, all within a few minutes-drive.
  • Gator Creek Estates –If you are hoping to find a golfing neighborhood, Gator Creek Estates is a lovely choice as it surrounds a beautiful 18-hole private golf course. You will also spot a range of local wildlife here from time to time, including bald eagles, alligators, hawks, bobcats, and more.
  • Devonshire Park –This is a lovely, gated community with just over 20 residences in total. You have all downtown Sarasota amenities within a short walk, and each property is awe-inspiring and picturesque.

Do You Recognize Any of These Famous Sarasota, FL, Natives?

Several famous people come from the Sarasota area, including:

  • Carla Gugino – Television actress
  • Austin Abrams – Film and television actor
  • Jes Macallan – Film actress
  • Jaysha Patel – Film actress

When it Comes to Mold Removal, Knowing the Basics Matters – SERVPRO Can Handle the Cleanup in Your Sarasota Property

The first thing anyone should know about mold is that you cannot escape it. Within any Sarasota home, there are trace amounts of mold. However, when it starts to thrive and multiply, you need to call mold specialists that will get to work right away on mold inspection, followed by meticulous cleanup. Mold remediation is an area where we shine here at SERVPRO, so you can count on us to handle issues with black mold and mildew within your home!

When it comes to mold removal in Sarasota, there are several things that every homeowner should know, including:

  • Mold spores invisible to the naked eye but are present at all times on carpeting, clothing, and in the air that we breathe.
  • Hundreds, if not thousands, of mold types exist.
  • Most mold types thrive between 64 and 90° F.
  • Mold needs both moisture and an organic food source to thrive, including household dust or food residues, drywall and other building materials.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota features skilled IICRC mold remediation technicians to handle your bathroom mold removal needs. Call us at (941) 552-6319 to have a crew dispatched to your property.

Let the Pros Handle Flood Extraction at Your Siesta Key Business

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SERVPRO Addresses Each Siesta Key Flood Extraction Job with Care and Precision for Best Results

Avoiding the stress of a flood within your Siesta Key business is easier when you have SERVPRO on your side. Storms can happen day or night, often bringing with them heavy, wind-driven rain and flooding that can infiltrate your commercial space. We are available 24/7 to tackle flood restoration so that your business never misses a beat.

Why call SERVPRO for commercial flood extraction services in Siesta Key? There are three main reasons why businesses in the area call us, including:

  • We have the most advanced tools and industrial-grade equipment for water cleanup and restoration
  • The team has many years of training and experience in emergency services water damage cleanup
  • Each technician has completed IICRC Certification

With one phone call, we can be at your business and ready to work. We work thoroughly and quickly, ensuring that no wind or water damage remains within your commercial property after the ordeal. We remove all debris and work on complete cleanup of your building, focusing on restoring any contents that may come in contact with contaminated floodwater. Everything is restored “Like it never even happened.” General Contractor License #: CGC1504870

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is available 24/7 to assist with flood extraction and restoration. Call (941) 552-6319 when you need us, and we will send a crew out within hours!

Don’t Let Your Sarasota Business Suffer When You Need Water Damage Mitigation

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SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in a business, equipment in hallway. Did your business experience water damage? No worries! SERVPRO is on call 24/7 and can handle your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Specializes in Water Damage Mitigation and Removal – Call us in Sarasota

One of the many reasons to obtain professionals for water damage remediation is the specialized equipment in our inventory. Our IICRC Certified SERVPRO team members arrive on your site in SERVPRO green vehicles that are packed with sophisticated measurement devices, drying and air filtration equipment, and professional cleaning products and tools. If you have a significant spill, burst pipe, or interior flooding in your place of business, we are Here to Help handle your emergency services water damage restoration needs.

Airflow and moisture control are crucial with any water damage mitigation job in Sarasota that we perform. When you contact us to handle water removal services at your place of business, some of the equipment that we bring along include:

  • Moisture sensors that detect moisture in carpets and the padding below, embedded in subfloor materials, and behind walls.
  • Powerful pumps and extractors to remove standing water as quickly as possible
  • Air movers to enhance evaporation by drawing moisture out of materials to reduce drying time
  • Dehumidifiers that remove moisture from the air that has been liberated from wet building materials

SERVPRO technicians work fast to erect containment zones for water removal and drying so the affected areas are contained within a carefully controlled environment and the damage does not spread throughout the structure. We inspect the contents as well, including documents and files, to restore as we are able. If necessary, we will perform pack-out services to relocate any contents off-site that could be in harm’s way of excess moisture.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is the team to call when you need prompt, reliable water damage mitigation services at your place of business. With one phone call to (941) 552-6319, you will have a crew deployed to your location ready to work. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Is There Soot in Your Sarasota Fire Damage?

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SERVPRO vehicle in front of condomenium complex When you see our Green Fleet around town, you can rest assured that SERVPRO is on the job, ready to handle your fire damaged home.

SERVPRO Cleans up After Sarasota Fire Damage

It is frustrating to see the effect of fire damage in your home. Often, we are too shocked by the site of blackened surfaces and warped materials to consider the damage we cannot yet see. Unfortunately, it is easy for soot to get into your attic during a fire event. Soot can enter through the tiniest cracks or vents. 

If you are worried about fire damage in your Sarasota attic, SERVPRO can help. There are several things we can do to restore your attic and make your fire damage event look “Like it never even happened.” We can: 

  • Scrub, wipe, and HEPA vacuum away the soot.
  • Use baking soda blasting to gently remove soot from exposed beams or brickwork.
  • Clean out HVAC ducts to ensure no more soot enters the system.
  • Set up an ozone generator or use ULV fogging to deal with odors.

Our techs will have your attic looking like new in no time. If you have personal items stored up there, we can help with identifying what we can salvage. We can also clean many of your possessions.

For help with fire damage in your attic, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319.

Why SERVPRO of South Sarasota's IICRC Firm Certification Strengthens Its Disaster Recovery Services for Local Businesses and Residents

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SERVPRO's designation as an IICRC Certified Firm enhances every aspect of our disaster mitigation, remediation, and restoration interventions offered in Sarasota

SERVPRO of South Sarasota chose to raise the restoration bar, vastly improving our team's disaster response quality by obtaining the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) Certification. Firms accepting and meeting the challenge to certify with the IICRC earn a prominent place on the list of knowledgeable property owners' reviews when searching for water, fire, storm, or mold damage recovery partner.

Why Does SERVPRO's IICRC Certified Firm Classification Improve Outcomes for Customers?

Primary among the reasons we decided to operate under the stringent international standards developed by the IICRC is the heightened success of property damage restoration projects completed under them. IICRC certified firms like SERVPRO of South Sarasota accomplish exemplary disaster recovery results through the employment of skilled and experienced technicians holding multiple IICRC certifications who:

  • Train to perform restorative tasks at a higher level of competency within each designated Certification awarded
  • Demonstrate the most effective and research-based strategies in the cleaning and restoration fields
  • Commit to meeting or exceeding high standards
  • Seek continuing education to master the latest technologies and techniques

How Does IICRC Firm Certification Impact Customer Communication and Satisfaction?

Happy customers need honest information and clear explanations during the restoration process to feel supported and heard, which is why SERVPRO operates under the IICRC Certified Firm Code of Ethics. These dozen promises develop trust and build an enviable reputation our IICRC Certified team is proud to own:

·      Professionalism

·      Adherence to IICRC Standards

·      Training to IICRC Proficiency                    ·      IICRC-Trained Staff Supervision

·      Certified Technicians on Staff       

·      Honestly and Integrity

·      Accurate Information                                   ·      Follow Local Rules and Regulations

·      Avoid Conflicts of Interest              

·      Implement a Fair Complaint Policy

·      Respect IICRC Trademark                         ·      Comply with IICRC requirements and Image Use Protocols

A desire to provide excellent restoration outcomes while meeting research-based international standards is why SERVPRO of South Sarasota earned and maintains IICRC Certified Firm status. Call us at (941) 552-6319 to discuss how our certified team can best meet your needs. Contractor Licenses: General: CGC1504870 Mold Remediation: MRSR3181

Water Removal from Linoleum Floors in Siesta Key

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Water damaged linoleum tiles, each tile cupping from water damage Did you know that linoleum tiles can become water damaged? SERVPRO can quickly dry your floor, minimizing any damage to your home.

Helping Siesta Key Homeowners Who Need Water Removal

Linoleum floors are durable and water-resistant, which is why they are a popular choice in many homes. However, don't fall into the trap of thinking you can ignore standing water or a significant water spill on your linoleum floor – you may need professional assistance. 

If you need water removal in Siesta Key, contact SERVPRO. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Our team can get your linoleum floors clean and sparkling in no time. Although linoleum is water-resistant, spills from appliances such as dishwashers can still leave stains behind. There are many popular home remedies for scrubbing linoleum, including:

  • Vinegar and baking soda
  • Borax and water
  • Plain old dish-soap and water  

Why not try one of those? Well, some cleaning agents can cause chemical reactions that could damage the flooring further, and some are more effective than others. It is better to call SERVPRO because we have the knowledge and experience to know what works and what does not.  We also have access to professional-grade cleaning products, and we know which products are best for each water loss situation. We can also check to make sure water has not leaked from the linoleum into other parts of the room. 

If you need water cleanup from a spill on the floor, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319.

What Happens to Sarasota Theater Carpets During Water Clean-up?

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SERVPRO Green Fleet at commercial construction site performing restoration. No matter the size of your business and scope of the water damage, SERVPRO is on the job ready to restore your property.

SERVPRO is Here to Make Sarasota Water Clean-up Easier

Sarasota is a city of 58,285 in Florida and a hotbed of arts and culture. There are multiple performing arts venues and groups throughout the city.

However, Sarasota's history goes much, much farther back than stage and screen. Records show human habitation in the area as long as 10,000 years ago. The Manasota and Safety Harbor cultures are ancient examples of indigenous activity in the area. 

Throughout the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the area was popular with Cubans and Americans, thanks to its abundant fish stocks and sheltered bay. It was a good trading spot. Early maps identify the location as Zara Sota. European settled in the area in the nineteenth century, attracted by its bounty and its favorable climate. Sarasota was officially incorporated as a town in 1902 when it had just 53 residents.

Sarasota's Performing Arts Culture 

Sarasota has a long history with performing arts, dating back to the early twentieth century when it became popular with the Ringling family. Charles Ringling invested in both land and property in the area and helped other entrepreneurs with loans and advice. There are several city landmarks named for the Ringling family, including Ringling Boulevard and John Ringling causeway. You can also take a stroll past John Ringling's winter home. Venetian architecture heavily influenced his estate, especially the Doge's Palace. 

Arts lovers can visit the John and Mable Ringling Art Museum, which has 21 galleries with art from Europe, Asia, America, and Cyprus. The institution offers 21 galleries of European paintings and Cypriot antiquities and Asian, American, and contemporary art.  

If you want to view a show in Sarasota, you can visit several theaters, including: 

  • Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall features an unusual seashell-influenced design with an eye-catching lavender color scheme.
  • Asolo Repertory Theatre is the largest repertory theater in the Southeastern United States. The original Asolo Theater was dismantled in the 1930s and stored in crates, and then unpacked for display in the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. However, the museum director saw its potential and suggested reinstating it as a fully functioning theater. The reconstructed theater combines the original architectural elements with modern designs.
  • Florida Studio Theater is a non-profit operation that serves the Gulf Coast and runs several theaters, including the Keating Theater, housed in Sarasota's oldest surviving building. The Gompertz Theatre was originally a 1920s cinema.  

Can SERVPRO Restore Theater Carpets During Water Clean-up?

Replacing theater carpets is costly and time-consuming. Thankfully, in many cases, SERVPRO can restore carpets as part of the water cleanup process. 

The key to restoring water damaged carpet is understanding its construction. We need to know: 

  • The construction design, such as whether the carpet is tufted, woven, knitted, loomed, or another method
  • The type of carpet padding, such as rebond, foam, or waffle
  • The installation method, such as tackless, direct glue-down, or double glue-down

Our SERVPRO techs can decide how best to clean and dry the carpet for maximum results armed with this information. If you need to replace the carpet, we can oversee the installation of the new rug. 

If you are worried about the carpets in your theater, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319.

Removing Flood Damage from a Siesta Key Home?

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Dark storm clouds It’s that time of the year, when storms abound. Should water enter your home, call SERVPRO. We are always available.

SERVPRO Provides Flooding and Storm Cleanup Fast

Flooding, whether from storms, groundswells, or flash floods, is the most common natural disaster in the United States. The average claim filed with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) totaled $42,000. Total losses have averaged nearly $4 billion per year since 2003.

SERVPRO renders flooding and storm cleanup for Siesta Key homeowners that begins within hours of initial contact. Technicians use commercial-grade inspection equipment, restoration tools, and antimicrobial products to return flooded homes to a pre-damage condition.

How Do SERVPRO Technicians Extract Floodwaters?

  • Technicians start with solid waste removal, which includes silt, debris, pests, and sewage.
  • Gas-powered submersible pumps extract water over two inches deep.
  • The pumping process entails removing about two feet at a time while SERVPRO crew members take note of any structural changes.
  • Hard flooring surfaces are cleaned of excess water with squeegee wands.

Wastewater is removed per the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification’s (IICRC) S500 guidelines to a treated sewer or water treatment facility.

Homeowners can call SERVPRO of South Sarasota for flooding and storm cleanup at (941) 552-6319.

Removing Fire Damage from a Sarasota Eatery?

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Inside of restaurant; tables ready for patrons Kitchen fires in restaurants are common. Call SERVPRO of fast, effective remediation.

SERVPRO Performs Rapid-Response Fire Restoration

Fire damage is an unfortunate risk in many businesses, particularly restaurants. Kitchen appliance mishaps and electrical failures are among the many causes of this. Sprinklers can mitigate the spread of flames, but the damage requires cleanup by trained professionals.

SERVPRO performs fire restoration services for Sarasota businesses that have been affected by fire damage. Services are performed per Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) guidelines and local regulations.

How Do Technicians Determine What Cleaners to Use for Fire Damage?

  • Are surfaces porous or nonporous? Porous surfaces, like wood and fabric, can absorb soot. These surfaces require different cleaning methods compared to nonporous surfaces like metal, glass, or plastic.
  • Are soils hydrophilic or lipophilic? A surface otherwise unaffected by water-based cleaners might require a dry solvent to remove sediments.
  • Is wet cleaning or dry cleaning more effective? Many soils are addressed through wet cleaning, but dry-cleaning sponges, alkaline solutions, and solvent cleaners all play essential roles during mitigation.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota can be reached at (941) 552-6319 for 24/7 commercial fire restoration.

Searching for Emergency Sarasota Flood Removal?

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SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of white fence When you see our Green Fleet around town, you can rest assured that SERVPRO is on the job to restore your flood damage.

SERVPRO Techs Extract Flooding from Sarasota Homes

Modern-day Sarasota is home to almost 60,000 citizens. This historied area was originally home to both Amerindian tribes and Spanish colonists exploring the area as early as the sixteenth century. The original documented contact between Spanish explorers and indigenous Americans occurred in 1513 after landing at Charlotte Harbor. What surprised the explorers was that the Americans already knew some Spanish, meaning even earlier expeditions had reached the area.

The Sarasota area was first documented in detail by Spanish explorers in the mid-1700s and given the name “Zarazote.” These early sheepskin maps also included what is now Bradenton. In the late 1800s, a massive 60,000-acre land purchase by The Florida Mortgage and Investment Company of Edinburgh greatly expanded the land available for city development. Shortly after that, the town became a haven for Scottish settlers.

Sarasota established a local chapter dedicated to finding sister cities in 1963. This group started not long after President Dwight D. Eisenhower began the diplomacy program in 1956.

These cities include:

  • Siming District in Xiamen, China, added in 2007.
  • Dunfermline, Scotland, added in 2001.
  • Perpignan, France, and Vladimir, Russia, both of which were added in 1994.
  • Tel Mond, Israel, which was added to the Roster in 1999.
  • Mérida, Mexico, the most recent sister city, was added in 2010.

Sarasota also has two “Friendship cities”: Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, and Busseto, Italy. These locales were introduced in 2017 and 2020, respectively.

Festivals in Sarasota

SRQ hosts several local festivals each year, such as:

  • The annual Sarasota Film Festival, which has occurred since 1998, is now one of the biggest events of its kind in Florida. It features independent films from all over the world.
  • The Sarasota Chalk Festival is the first known international street painting festival in the U.S. that draws its traditions from the Renaissance Italian practice of painting streets.
  • The Harvey Milk Festival advocates civil rights and independent music with a focus on the LGBT+ community. Milk was the first openly gay elected officeholder in California’s history, and the event is held each year during the weekend nearest his birthday.

Can SERVPRO Detect Flood Damage Behind Structures?

Technicians use a multitude of detection tools before initiating Sarasota flood removal services. However, only one is designed to detect moisture inside, underneath, or behind surfaces: the infrared camera. Thermography ascertains locations with potential moisture damage by observing temperature changes.

This tool provides a variety of benefits:

  • Inspection without damaging structures- Penetrating meters allow direct measurement inside surfaces, and infrared cameras are beneficial for a preliminary assessment.
  • Increased efficiency during the measurement phase-Viewing moisture-prone areas based on temperature readings is a much faster process than calibrating meters and sensors to measure individual surfaces.
  • Easier measurement of hard-to-reach areas- High ceilings and other structures that are difficult to access can be measured while keeping flooded properties and team members safe.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota can be reached at (941) 552-6319 for flood removal services.

What Does Water Restoration in Sarasota Residences Take?

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SERVPRO Can Help Complete Simple and Advanced Water Restoration Tasks

Sarasota, FL, is a fascinating place where you can enjoy private sunset cruises, visit botanical gardens, aquariums or participate in local fun traditions such as the Tiki Bar Hop. The city was established in the late 1800s when the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company of Edinburgh purchased 60,000 acres of land to develop the city in 1883. Scottish settlers started arriving in the area in 1885. The town of Sarasota was incorporated in 1902, with only 53 residents. The favorable weather and the area's natural beauty, especially around Sarasota Bay, were the early settlers' main attractions.

Although the area is generally beautiful, the initial 'Ormiston Colony' almost failed because the Florida Mortgage and Investment Company promised people a tropical paradise only to deliver them to a piece of the Florida wilderness. Sir John Gillespie Senior sent his son John Hamilton Gillespie in 1886 to help keep the colony from disbanding. Under his leadership, the settlers cleared the first roads, established a wharf on Sarasota Bay and forty acres of experimental farmland. Gillespie was also the area's visionary for tourism since he constructed the first hotel known as DeSoto Hotel in 1887.

Museums in the Sarasota Area

Several museums, art centers, gardens, and other facilities have been developed in Sarasota over the years, helping keep track of the area's changes over the years. The most notable ones include:

  • The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art - The official Florida state art museum was established in 1927 to preserve the legacy of John Ringling and Mable Burton Ringling for people in the state. Florida State University has governed the museum since the year 2000. The facility offers a wide range of exhibits, including drawings, sculptures, paintings, prints, and photographs. The Bayfront Gardens and the Museum of Art are free on Mondays, but admission fees apply for other sections such as the Circus Museum.
  • Sarasota Classic Car Museum - Car history lovers have a great chance to explore automobiles from yesteryears. Opened in February 1953, the site showcases over 90 exotic, classic, and muscle cars. Phonographs and antique music boxes on display too. 
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens - The 15-acre botanical garden is situated at 900 South Palm Avenue at William and Marie Selby's former home. The facility comprises a children's rainforest garden and a living museum. Its primary focus is the research and conservation of epiphytes.

How Does SERVPRO Handle Water Restoration in Sarasota Properties?

Water spills affect several materials and contents in houses necessitating various steps to restore them to their preloss state. Common steps include:

  • Extraction of standing water
  • Drying of wet materials
  • Cleaning of affected areas
  • Deodorization and other finishing processes

SERVPRO starts the restoration by inspecting the level of damage by considering the extent of moisture migration around the structure and the depth of standing water using advanced equipment like thermal cameras and penetrative moisture meters. After obtaining the information, we can plan the restoration process.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota helps restore properties affected by water damage. Call us at (941) 552-6319 for assistance.

How Long Should Water Damage Cleanup Take?

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Water spewing from pipe. Even a small leak can case a lot of damage. One call, and SERVPRO can remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Helps Expedite Cleanup in Siesta Key Properties after Water Damage

Water intrusion, whether from clean sources or otherwise, causes a wide range of damage in the affected property, including soiled surfaces, stains, and discoloring materials. Extracting standing water is insufficient to restore a property to its preloss state.

One thing that bothers many homeowners is the uncertainty about the time cleanup, and other restoration processes are likely to take. SERVPRO draws on our technicians' advanced training and experience to estimate how long cleanup and Siesta Key water mitigation is expected to take. Some of the factors we consider include:

  • The area affected by the water.
  • The type of water involved.
  • How long it takes to start cleanup after the intrusion.

Water from unclean sources readily soils the materials it touches, necessitating different cleaning actions and increasing the time taken to resolve the problem. After finishing water extraction and cleaning, there is a need to dry wet areas. If the water affects several rooms, drying is likely to take longer since each room may need to be addressed separately.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota helps expedite water damage cleanup in Siesta Key properties. Call (941) 552-6319 for immediate assistance.

Sarasota Beaches and Gorgeous Sunsets

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Pier extending out into water We all love water, but not in our homes. Call SERVPRO to quickly restore any water damage you might have.

Museum of Art and the Circus - Sarasota

Sarasota is known for its beaches, resorts, the Sarasota School of Architecture, The Museum of Art, and the islands, known as keys, which separate the gulf from Sarasota Bay. The soft sand on these islands' beaches is known worldwide, which has the consistency of talcum powder. Lido Key and Siesta Key are famous across the United States for their beaches, dining, and activities.

Evidence exists for human occupation in the area over 10,000 years ago. The shoreline extended over 100 miles further west than at present. Once the glaciers melted, the ocean levels rose to create the shoreline we know today. Humans have inhabited this area with reduced shorelines for the past 6000 years and recorded Spanish explorers' first contact in 1513. The federal government held the lands of Sarasota, and in 1842 released these lands to European settlers.

Many families came to the area from the mid-1840s on and into the 1920's developing various businesses and products including cattle, logging, fishing, eventually leading to land development, the Ringling Brothers, and tourism.

Today, Sarasota is visited year-round by tourists from all over the world. There are sporting and cultural activities occurring all year long. There are many upscale shops, restaurants, resort-style hotels, as well as boutique hotels. Exciting things to do while in Sarasota visiting or on a staycation include:

  • John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  • Siesta Beach
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
  • Mote Aquarium
  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens
  • South Lido Country Park
  • Turtle Beach
  • Many fine dining restaurants

There are many locales to visit in Sarasota; however, there are two that the majority of people feel are on the must-do list of places to spend time. One historical / art, and the other, a beautiful beach that is known all over the world.

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

John and Mable Ringling are probably best known for the Ringling Circus; however, this couple were also well-known art collectors and have inspired many artists in the community. The Ringling house, built by the Ringling's, is located on Lido Key, one of the islands, and is considered part of Sarasota. Constructed in 1925, the family is on the National Register of Historic Houses. Following a Mediterranean Revival design, the home has been converted to a museum and maintained by Florida State University since 2002.

John Ringling and his five brothers operated the circus, "The Greatest Show on Earth." At one point, his circus traveled across the country by train in over 100 rail cars. He and his wife would winter in Sarasota, building the home of their dreams. Construction started in 1924, cost $1.5 million, which was a considerable amount at that time, had 15 bathrooms, 41 rooms in a five-story mansion with 36,000 square feet. John Ringling traveled through Europe extensively looking for circus acts and, in the process, collected many art objects, old masters, as well as Greek and Roman Sculpture.

After the Ringling's passed away in the 1920s, the home passed through several groups and was eventually taken over by the University of Florida. Significant amounts of money were invested in rejuvenating the house, adding buildings, and creating the Museum of Art.

There are four main buildings:

  • The Museum of Art
  • Ca' d'Zan
  • Circus Museum
  • Historic Asolo Theater

New buildings have been added:

  • John M McKay Pavilion
  • Education Center
  • The Circus Museum Tibbals Learning Center
  • The Searing Wing

Plan your visit to ensure that your group maximizes the time spent at the museum. Many people find themselves returning again and again.

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Beach on Siesta Key has been ranked as the number one beach in the United States by several popular online travel sites. Everyone loves the experience of feeling the quartz-crystal powdery sand between their toes. Many liken the feel of the sand to talcum powder due to the softness of the sand. The water and waves are spectacular, and the accommodations for visitors have made this beach one of the top experiences for locals and visitors to Sarasota.

Siesta Key and Sarasota have gone to great expense to enhance your visit:

  • Large parking area for visitors
  • Loads of concessions stands
  • Free trolley rides around the island
  • Siesta Key Village

Another favorite activity is watching the sunsets on the beach or one of the local restaurants along the coast. There are many fine restaurants to choose from, including:

  • Amish
  • Asian
  • Fast Food
  • Continental
  • French
  • Italian
  • Local
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Sports Bars
  • Steakhouses and
  • Wine Bars

Visitors are encouraged to plan their visits to enjoy all that the key has to offer. Reserve your seat ahead of time to ensure the beach's perfect view and the sunset on Siesta Key.

Avoid Minor Water Damage Incidents Becoming Major Restoration Challenges

Water damage in Sarasota homes and businesses can occur anytime, and often the leak or overflow occurs at the worst possible time. SERVPRO in Sarasota has had years of experience in dealing with water leaks, flooding, and many other catastrophes. That's why our SERVPRO team is always ready to respond 24/7 to emergencies. If we can arrive on-site quickly, we can reduce the amount of damage caused by water.

Many structures are constructed using compressed wood products. These products absorb water and moisture quickly, leading to swelling, and compromised strength integrity. If these wood products are not dried or replaced, they are perfect for mold infestations to occur, leading to odors and potential health effects for many people.

SERVPRO holds a license from the State of Florida for Mold Remediation. Our highly trained team can:

  • Remove mold-infested and contaminated materials
  • Disinfect and clean were possible
  • Apply odor eradication processes
  • Utilize air scrubbers to remove airborne mold contaminants

Don't let minor water damage incidents become major mold infestations that compromise your home's structural integrity and can cause health effects. We respond 24/7 to help with all your water damage needs.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides water damage restoration assistance to Sarasota urban customers, retail/business companies, and surrounding areas. Call (941) 552-6319.

Sarasota Riverview Performing Arts Center Presents the Bee Gees Tribute Band

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Enjoy Sarasota’s Theater Productions at the Riverview Performing Arts Center

There are always experiences to enjoy in Sarasota. Whether it is relaxing on one of our fantastic beaches, enjoying a snack or dinner in one of our restaurants, or allowing ourselves to be transported back in time in one of our museums, there is something for everyone. The Riverview Performing Arts Center is one place that can transport you back to your younger days enjoying music and theatrical productions affecting all your senses.

The Bee Gees Tribute Band is making their National Premiere at the center. Details are as follows:

  • Date – Jan 23, 2021
  • Time – 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Location: Performing Arts Center, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota

The Bee Gees Tribute band provides an experience that will have you believing the Gibb Brothers are performing live in front of you on stage. The band has perfected the technology and the theatrical performance providing terrific entertainment that will be unforgettable.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides fire restoration assistance to Sarasota urban customers and retail/business companies, and surrounding areas. Call (941) 552-6319. We respond 24/7 to help with all your fire restoration needs.

Siesta Key and Sarasota Residents Can Cut Loose This Holiday Season

12/19/2020 (Permalink)

Christmas Sweater Ornament Don’t let storm damage keep you from wearing your Christmas Sweater. Let SERVPRO handle your storm damage.

Enjoy a Special Ugly Sweater Bar Crawl Event Happening Only in Sarasota

While you could find yourself at a small, boring holiday party at your neighbor's house, you could instead take your festive spirit throughout the city with the 5th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Bar Crawl. Throw on an ugly sweater from a thrift shop, put on some tacky pants, and get out on the town.

The event begins at 5 PM on December 12th, 2020. Eventbrite is the site for snagging your tickets, a requirement for all of the evening's special performances. You can also contact the organizer directly at (678) 243-8639. Base tickets offer:

  • Christmas movie live stream trivia during the crawl
  • Registration party
  • Themed specials at participating locations
  • Themed DJs at several stops
  • Ugly Sweater Virtual Bingo

Don't let a need for flood removal in your Siesta Key condo keep you from the fun. SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help. Call us today at (941) 552-6319.

Sea Monsters Visit Sarasota

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tech loading restoration equipment into vehicle Let us handle your commercial fire damage restoration while you enjoy the MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium.

MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium Celebrates Sea Life Diversity and History Through January

Sarasota is a community that welcomes visitors and residents from all over the world and all walks of life. Its beautiful beaches and laid-back attitude can be felt throughout the city as it celebrates its biodiversity and the heritage of those who choose to make it their home. The MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium celebrates the diversity in sea life through its permanent exhibits and cultivation of educational opportunities. Until January 3rd, 2021, visitors can let their love for sea life travel in time by visiting its Savage Ancient Seas exhibit before leaving the institution. Sea monsters from the late cretaceous period are ready to share their story with all who attend. As you plan your visit, here are a few things to know:

  • Entry to the exhibit is included in the admission price
  • To enter, you must book in advance, and there are limited slots

The MOTE is a non-profit organization, and you can donate by visiting its website. Thanks to the support of its patrons, it has been able to sustain through the current crisis.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides fire damage restoration services to commercial buildings as big as MOTE by applying state-of-the-art technology and industry best practices. Business owners can call us at (941) 552-6319 for a quick response and allow us to work for you until the location looks “Like it never even happened.”

Preventing Flood Damage from Affecting Sarasota's Art and Culture

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

Close-up of SERVPRO restoration vehicle Our Green Fleet is loaded with restoration equipment so that we restore any flood damage you may have.

Sarasota is a Mecca for Music, Art, and Entertainment, a Coastal City with Immense Culture and Artistic Inspiration

Art is a defining component of our heritage in Sarasota, making it vital that we continue to take actions to protect some of our long-standing festivals and events that promote various media and live entertainment. Even during times of change such as we witnessed throughout the past year, the willingness to diversify and grow becomes a powerful tool for the Gulf coast residents and tourists. Whether the sun is shining, or the storm has left a mess, Sarasota is a community that bands together. Long-standing elements in the city like our SERVPRO team can help in these post-storm scenarios too.

Florida Studio Theatre

Since 1973, this theatre has been as much of a symbol of the arts in the community. There are six main branches and programs that have a home in the Theatre, including:

  • Mainstage Series
  • Cabaret Series
  • Children's Theatre
  • New Play Development
  • Education
  • Stage III

In total, the many structures that make up the Florida Studio Theatre (FST) take up two blocks. This theatre has a total of five grand performing spaces, including Keating and Gompertz Theatres, the Goldstein and John C. Courts Cabarets, and the Bowne's Lab Theatre. With more than 220,000 attendees every year for its various performances and programs, and a high-level of subscribing patrons, this non-profit theatre is among the largest and most active in the country. Some of the most profitable and memorable performances of recent years include Unchained Melodies, 191 performances of Blue Suede Shoes, and more.

Music of Sarasota 

Music has always been a centerpiece of Florida's culture and the arts, especially in coastal communities like Sarasota. Our fixation on live entertainment has provided a welcoming location for music artists and independents and larger troupes like the Sarasota Orchestra that has been in operation since 1949. It would be this talented and nationally recognized chamber music group that developed an annual Sarasota Music Festival to welcome the most recognized educators and gifted pupils of the genre to Sarasota for the three-week event.

Beyond the noteworthy orchestra, the city has always attracted some of the most prominent names in music. While many of these just passed through with memorable performances at the Jazz Club of Sarasota, such as Gregg Allman, Tommy Dorsey, and even Elvis Presley, others have found Sarasota to be the place they want to settle down. Brian Johnson of AC/DC, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and Dickey Betts – the guitarist and founding member of the Allman Brothers.

Cultural Festivals Happening in the City 

Events can showcase many of the talents and ambitions of many of Sarasota's most promising and talented residents. Festivals range considerably in subject matter from street painting to other media. The common thread tying many of these annual occurrences is the various arts and cultures they all represent. In our growing coastal community, we have many festivals and exhibitions to await, and some of the most popular of these include:

  • Sarasota Film Festival – Widely regaled as one of Florida's largest film festivals and one of the most renowned of these throughout the country, despite the early opposition it received from Sarasota's residents. Now, the festival brings together more than 250 independent films and their creators, providing a mecca of content to view and panels for interested parties.
  • Harvey Milk Festival – While independent music festivals are not uncommon to find in many cities throughout the country, Sarasota focuses on one of the most influential and powerful voices of the LGBT community, the late Harvey Milk. The entire weekend spotlights various arts. This free event draws in thousands for its live entertainment, gallery showings, films, and discussion.
  • Sarasota Improv Festival – The art of improvisation requires fast thinking on your feet and an ability to manipulate props and environments to suit the narratives you create. Those who enjoy this type of show look forward to the Sarasota Improv Festival held annually in the city since 2009. The best in this niche travel from all over the country to share their craft on stages. In more than a decade of running, the festival has hosted some international greats from France, the UK, Mexico, Spain, and Canada.

Is Crawlspace Flooding Damaging to Your Sarasota Property? 

Storms and damaging weather events are not uncommon to Sarasota and other coastal communities, so having a plan to clean up after these messes are vital. Understanding your limitations in this regard can ensure that the right steps occur to thoroughly remove water and moisture after flood events to thwart potential mold damage that could result. As a leading storm damage response team in Sarasota County, our SERVPRO team stays prepared for these emergencies with production vehicles stocked with our advanced water removal and drying tools.

The crawlspace of homes is the most likely place to become damaged by flooding situations initially, so we have numerous tools to address these situations. Pooling beneath your home can lead to widespread mold and microbial threats and a weakening and deterioration of your house's structural support. Removing water is the first step, and there are several methods for this. When debris is present, trash pumps are among the favored options, as these can pass solids when necessary through broader discharge and intake hoses.

As a general contracting firm licensed through the state of Florida (#CGC1504870), we have other permanent solutions that can keep damaging crawlspace flooding from becoming a recurring threat. Crawlspace encapsulation coats the surfaces with thick poly-sheeting to prevent moisture exposure. Installing drainage systems and sump pumps can keep the crawlspace dry and prevent any water from reaching the house's main floor.

Flood damage in Sarasota homes can be a threatening situation. Our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team can help with efficient extraction, cleaning, and repairs to make it "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (941) 552-6319.

Sarasota Bar Crawl with a Twist

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Take Crazy Photos in Local Sarasota Bars

Bar crawling will never be the same. Visitors and locals can participate. All they need is the Let’s Roam Scavenger hunt app downloaded to their phones to get started. Visit some of the best local bars in the area, take a photo, complete a video challenge, and compete to be crowned champion of the Bar Hunt!

Use your smartphone to navigate around the town and liven up the evening for you and your family or friends. Your bar hunt includes:

  • Participation in the Bar Hunt Challenge Champion contest
  • Visit the best bars in town
  • Video challenges
  • Crazy photo contest
  • Free admission
  • No reservation required
  • Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunt App

Visitors can also participate in various Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts to find must-sees and hidden secrets while walking around the city.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides water mitigation and restoration services to Sarasota residential, business customers, and the surrounding area. Call (941) 552-6319. We are available 24/7 to help with all water mitigation needs.

Take in Holiday Lights by Trolley in Sarasota

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of holiday lights and decorations on street Don’t let fire damage ruin your holiday season. Call SERVPRO!

See Some of the Most Decorated Neighborhoods in Sarasota on a Festive Trolley

Beginning on the 4th of December 2020, there will be a Holiday Tour of Lights Trolley Tour departing from the Burlington Coat Factory Big Red Sign on Cattlemen at Bee Ridge Road in Sarasota nightly. Tours depart at two different times in the evening, one at 6:15 and one at 8:15 PM, allowing more community members to appreciate these lighted displays.

Tickets for the event are $15.00, and masks are required for those wishing to participate. There are special arrangements and private tours possible if your group meets the requirements for these circumstances. For more information on both the holiday tour or the private tours and special preparations possible for guests, you can directly reach the coordinators (941) 346-3115.

It is hard to appreciate the holiday season's beauty when you need fire damage restoration for your Sarasota home. Let our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team help by calling us today at (941) 552-6319.

Do All Electrical Fires Produce the Same Kinds of Damage?

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

fire and smoke from cord on outlet Help prevent electrical fires by inspecting your outlets and extension cords often for signs of damage.

SERVPRO Professionals Have Access to a Vast Array of Professional Equipment and Cleaning Agents for Restoring Sarasota Homes from All Types of Fire Damage 

When an electrical fire occurs in a Sarasota home, they tend to be high heat fires that leave behind light powdery residues known as "dry smoke,".  However, the intense heat that can be generated in an electrical fire can cause more damage to the property and contents than other types of fires.

There are five leading causes of electrical fires, and each can deliver significant damage depending on where it occurs in the structure:

  • Faulty electrical outlets and appliances
  • Improper use of electrical devices such as running a cord under a rug
  • Using light bulbs with a wattage that exceeds the rating of the light fixture
  • Overloading extension cords and adapters
  • Misuse of space heaters (during the occasional Florida cold-snap)

Is Fire Damage Restoration Possible for Carpet and Area Rugs?

In Sarasota homes, the fire damage restoration potential to carpeting and area rugs depends largely on the extent of heat damage, which can result in charring, or in some cases the melting of synthetic fibers. The technicians can test to determine the different dyes, coatings, and materials used and select the most effective restorative applications. While floor coverings often avoid the worst of the heat damage from a fire, they are often severely soiled or scarred by the fallout from hot debris and soot that can collect in the fibers. Water damage to carpets also frequently occurs as part of the firefighting efforts. Our SERVPRO crew understands the need for rapid water extraction to mitigate secondary damages. Testing is also an important step in the cleaning process, to reveal the best method to restore carpets and fine rugs. Steam cleaning, when proven by testing, is often the best method. SERVPRO technicians use their state-of-the-art equipment, SERVPRO Professional Cleaning Products, and training to remove as much of the soils, stains, and odors as possible.

In the event building materials or elements such as tile or carpet require disposal due to damage levels being beyond restoration potential, there is a solution. Our SERVPRO holds a general contractor license #CGC1504870 and can help the homeowner replace the items destroyed by the fire in a seamless transition from restoration to rebuilding.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 serves the local community by providing fire damage restoration services. The trained, certified technicians have comprehensive training for the safe handling of discarded materials as we strive to save the property owners the cost of replacement.

What Should Homeowners Know About Handling Dangerous Materials During Flooding?

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Floodwater covering the street and yards Did you know that floodwater contains contaminants? SERVPRO can safely remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Helps Evaluate Flood Damage Incidents in Sarasota Properties to Determine the Necessary Precautions During Renovation

When a flooding incident affects your Sarasota property, you need to start cleanup and restoration fast. During these processes, you might be exposed to harmful substances. Traces of the contaminants might also remain within the property, thus endangering the well-being of other occupants. SERVPRO can help you manage flood damage incidents safely.

Why does flood damage leave hazardous materials in Sarasota properties? (H2)

  • Flooding can expose dangerous materials already in the house
  • Floodwaters often contain hazardous materials
  • Chemical processes that occur while property remains wet can create new harmful materials

If your home was built in the 1970s or earlier, building materials of that time often contained hazardous substances such as lead-based paints or asbestos-laden drywall and flooring. These materials do not typically pose a risk unless disturbed, but the vigorous cleaning and demolition processes necessary to restore a building after a flood can liberate them, resulting in potential exposure. As an Lead-Safe Certified Renovator, we are certified by the EPA to assess hazardous material risk of lead-based paints, and safely remove it. We will also see that the materials in your pre-1978 home are tested for the presence of asbestos, so that a proper asbestos abatement can be performed if necessary.

What is necessary when renovating a house with hazardous materials?

  • Use of the correct PPE
  • Safe removal of materials
  • Safe disposal of waste

Renovation involves thorough cleaning of soiled areas, and often requires removal and replacement of non-salvageable materials such as drywall, carpet, and fabric. The processes lead to disturbance and direct contact with the materials. Our SERVPRO technicians take various precautions to ensure the right outcome such as donning the proper PPE, including rubber gloves, boots, respirators, and impervious suits when necessary, to prevent direct contact with hazardous materials.

When we tear down affected areas, we use plastic bags and trashcans to hold the wastes before disposal to prevent the spread of lead paint or asbestos dust. We also arrange for proper removal of the debris rather than sending them directly to the landfill.

Hazardous materials can increase the risk posed by flooding. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 to help manage the incident at your property. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Can Water Intrusion Have a Long-Term Impact on A Vacation Rental Business?

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water pooling on living room floor; furniture in background Don’t let a water loss event interfere with your rental business. SERVPRO is available 24/7 for fast remediation.

SERVPRO Evaluates and Determines the Best Water Mitigation Approach in Siesta Key Facilities Affected by Water Spills

As a vacation rental service manager, you are aware of the high expectations people have when they stay at your facility. Keeping them satisfied can be a challenge at times. Water intrusion from burst pipes, faulty fittings, or other sources can cause diverse problems and inconveniences interfering with your operations. SERVPRO can assist you in mitigating the damages caused by water loss incidents at your Siesta Key facility. 

Does water intrusion cause other problems apart from wetting materials?

Although wet surfaces and contents may be the primary concern after an incident, the water mitigation processes in Siesta Key properties must address other issues that might inconvenience guests. For most people staying at a vacation rental, their primary concerns include:

  • Cleanliness in all areas of the property
  • A well-stocked kitchen
  • A smooth and efficient check-in process
  • Comfort factors such as the bed, noise, and temperatures

Excessive moisture in unwanted areas can negatively impact your guests’ confidence of the cleanliness of your property. Wet building materials or contents in any rental property must be addressed as soon as they are discovered to avoid potential health hazards, damage to materials, and loss of revenue due to vacancy. If the moisture is caught early, restoration of such materials is normally not difficult since it generally requires only extraction and drying. However, addressing the issues in a timely manner may be a challenge for the property or facility manager, and could result in the loss of room nights and guest bookings. Our SERVPRO technicians can expedite the drying process by using superior equipment and techniques. 

Removal of condensed liquid through extraction is the fastest way to remove excess moisture from any material. On average, it is 1200 times faster to extract water than to dry it by evaporation. We use powerful, high-vacuum, extraction equipment to remove as much condensed moisture from surfaces as possible before beginning the evaporative drying process. 

How viable is an extraction from porous materials?

Extraction with porous materials such as upholstery and carpet is especially important. Our technicians use specialized equipment to maximize the efficiency of the water extraction process with porous materials, pulling embedded moisture from deep within.  For instance, we use weighted extraction equipment on carpets, and high-vacuum wands when extracting water from upholstery. Completing the drying process faster opens possibilities of convenient service to your clients.

What sort of potential guest discomforts are likely after a water loss incident? 

  • Odors
  • Visible mold 
  • High humidity levels

In the aftermath of a water loss incident in Siesta Key, your vacation rentals may fall short of your guests’ expectations for cleanliness and comfort. As standing water or excessive moisture in wet materials that is hidden in the building begins to evaporate it may be initially detected as high humidity and an odor. The high humidity can reveal itself as condensation on windows, mirrors, and other glass surfaces. High humidity might also make the property feel hotter than usual, and unpleasant odors can become more apparent. 

Our SERVPRO technicians take several steps to manage humidity, thus ensuring your vacation rental is comfortable enough for guests. We check the moisture levels in all contents and structural materials to ensure optimal dryness before we stop dehumidification and other drying processes. We use both penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters to take the readings. Traces of moisture can also remain in the air, causing problems later. We use thermos-hygrometers to check both temperature and humidity levels in the air. Our goal is always to return the RH relative humidity to below 60%.

Can visible mold or musty odors turn guests away?

Most people fear mold because it can cause health effects, so any sign of mold can send people away from your facility. The good thing is our mitigation process can help prevent mold from developing. Our SERVPRO technicians combine various strategies to defeat mold, including:

  • Extracting and drying excessive moisture from the property
  • Applying antimicrobial products on cleaned surfaces
  • Applying deodorizing techniques and products where necessary

Products such as Phenolics and Quaternary compounds are great for fighting fungi and bacteria. Our technicians use cleaning products that contain these agents to halt microbial growth in your facility. When a musty odor is present, we perform deodorization using advanced equipment. Fogging, hydroxy generators, ozone, and deodorizing products such as pairing agents help neutralize any unpleasant odors in the property. Our ULV foggers can disperse water-based deodorizing agents all over the property without over-wetting any area. 

SERVPRO of South Sarasota takes water mitigation processes seriously, helping you address any issue that arises, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (941) 552-6319.

What Techniques Do Professional Restorers Use to Remove Water from Different Types of Flooring?

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One Mitigation and Remediation Approach Does Not Fit All Wet Floors, but Highly Qualified SERVPRO Crews Choose and Implement Appropriate Strategies for Water Removal in Sarasota 

Most homes in Sarasota feature a variety of flooring materials. Although homeowners expect stability and durability from floor coverings, some types handle water loss better than others. You can count on our managers and crews to use their Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses and certifications, combined with hands-on experience to arrive at the most successful result for all of your water-damaged floors.

Is Water Removal and Drying Enough to Save Laminate Flooring?

When Sarasota homes feature laminate flooring, water removal can prove inadequate to restore the appearance and functionality of this engineered material. Laminate floors mimic hardwood, stone, tile, and other desired looks. Manufacturers produce laminate flooring with easy to install strips or panels that float over or glue down to a resilient substrate. The finished laminate product typically is made of:

  • A photographic applique layer that resembles a natural surface or ceramic tile 
  • A transparent protective synthetic layer that overlies the applique
  • An inner core layer often composed of melamine resin and fiberboard materials (engineered wood)

Whether it be from a plumbing break, appliance breakdown, or failure of other water sources within a structure, flooding over laminate flooring normally results in rapid delamination of the layers and any adhesives used in installation fail. The foam underpinning, and subfloor also become wet. Water removal and drying can restore the plywood or OSB subfloor, but the laminate nearly always needs at least partial removal and replacement. SERVPRO is a licensed general contractor, prepared to manage the demolition and reinstallation of a laminate floor seamlessly as part of the overall water damage restoration project.

Are Hardwood Floors as Delicate as Laminate Floors?

When discussing plans for hardwood flooring water removal in Sarasota with your SERVPRO project manager, we offer various strategies to remove standing water, dry out residual moisture, and refinish damaged areas. Finished hardwood flooring is dense and naturally resistant to water. Warping or distortion of the planks can occur as water drains between the planks or strip joints and under the baseboards. 

Why Do Distortions Occur in Wet Hardwood Floors and What Are Solutions?

  • Water trapped between the subfloor and hardwood planks wicks up through the unfinished underside of the hardwood.
  • Usually, the malformation is in the form of "cupping," where the sides of the planks or strips swell, pushing up and leaving the center of each section lower, like a cup-bottom.
  • The extraction of standing water must be followed by moisture detection and metering to locate the water soaked into the substrate.
  • While drying removes most of the distortion, once moisture levels are returned to normal sanding can resolve any residual cupping, and refinishing returns the luster.

Our options to remove the absorbed water include:

  • Loosening ends of strips or planks to permit dry, warm air to flow over and under
  • Using negative air pressure (suction) to pull water out of several layers, delivered through an adhesive floor mat system connected by hoses to an extractor
  • Positioning heaters and air movers beneath the affected subfloor (best results where no ceiling or vapor barriers are present)
  • Consistent monitoring of the drying process to a material moisture level of about 12 – 15 percent (or equaling wood floor moisture levels in unaffected areas of your home)

Note: SERVPRO takes monitoring of moisture levels seriously, as "crowning," (a reaction to over-drying that can cause the center of the plank to convex) is not as amenable to sanding and refinishing compared to cupping.

What Challenges are Associated with Drying Tile Floors?

Resilient floors like vinyl and asphalt tiles can handle water damage better, needing pumping of water deeper than 2 inches and squeegeeing and removing residual wetness with truck-mounted or portable extractors. Sometimes glued vinyl tiles loosen and are usually best replaced with new materials. If asphalt tiles show signs of asbestos, licensed remediation technicians must contain and lawfully dispose of the materials, and tile replacement becomes essential.

How Are Ceramic Tile Floors Handled During Water Removal?

In theory, ceramic tile floors should be nearly waterproof. However, over time grout and other sealants can crack or dry out, permitting water to percolate to the subfloor. If it has been wet for an extended period of time, it may not be salvageable due to microbial growth and potential damage to the subfloor. SERVPRO looks for dislodged tiles and musty odors to discern if water has drained through. We also can employ infrared imaging and moisture detectors to test for water incursion. The drying process is similar to that for extracting and drying for hardwood floors:

  • We employ floor mat negative pressure extraction systems.
  • We loosen tiles in strategic spots to permit access for water removal and to enhance drying.
  • We check for mold issues and refer to our certified mold remediation team if indicated.

The IICRC-trained managers and crews of SERVPRO of South Sarasota have a comprehensive understanding of how moisture-damaged flooring materials respond to the many water removal strategies we apply to make it "Like it never even happened." Call for a consultation at (941) 552-6319.

Contractor Licenses:

General: CGC1504870

Mold Remediation: MRSR3181

What Should I Do If My Company Needs Mold Remediation?

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Gloved hand using cotton swab to test mold colony Knowing the type of mold is important for effective remediation. We can coordinate testing for the specific type and remediate the issue.

Immediately Acting is Vital to Removing Mold from Your Sarasota Business

Business owners in Sarasota understand the importance of maintaining their property and its content. Mold can damage inventory, office furniture, and supplies. More importantly, mold can cause liability issues for business owners if employees or clients are negatively impacted.  It needs immediate mitigation, and SERVPRO is here to help your company remove mold growth.

I Think My Business is Infested – How Do I Know for Sure?

Mold can be hidden, but it is relatively easy to detect. If you think your South Sarasota business has a mold problem, it presumably does. Mold removal for your Sarasota business needs to be professional to ensure your company stays in business. There are signs for which your cleaning and maintenance crew can look. They include:

  • Darker grout – If the grout in your restrooms or other tiled areas seems darker, it could be mold.
  • Musty smells – If you notice moldy or musty smells in any area or coming through your HVAC system, you have a mold problem.
  • Visible mold – Even a small infestation can spread rapidly to adjacent areas.
  • Damp spots – Moisture leads to mold.

What Should I Do if I Do Detect Mold?

Calling SERVPRO is the first step in mold remediation for your commercial enterprise. Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) have the equipment and the skill to properly deal with mold growth. Because mold multiplies quickly, we need to move fast. Shutting down your HVAC system and fans should be done right away. Keep all employees and clients out of the infected area. Do not attempt to have your cleaning crew remove the mold.  SERVPRO of South Sarasota can coordinate our licensed mold assessor to test for and identify the specific types of microbial growth and then test upon our completion of remediation to confirm that the area is safe.  This vital documentation confirms that business owners have taken the proper steps to provide a safe working environment for their employees.

Commercial Mold Remediation

Our techs begin by containing the area, so the mold does not spread. Physical barriers such as plastic sheeting get used along with negative air machines. Thermal hygrometers and moisture meters are used to detect hidden dampness. The mold remediation process involves removing mold spores from the air with air scrubbers and HEPA filters. Carpet, drywall, and sheetrock may need to be removed if the infestation is bad enough. Replacing these items is part of the restoration process, which is just a portion of our pros' ability to restore your company to preloss condition.

Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 for quality mold removal service. Contractor Licenses: General: CGC1504870 and Mold Remediation: MRSR3181.

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How Soon Can I Get My House Repaired After Water Damage Cleanup?

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Open SERVPRO van showing water extraction equipment No matter the scope of your water loss event, SERVPRO is available and ready to dry your home. Each of our vehicles are equipped with water tools

SERVPRO of South Sarasota has a General Contractors License to Handle Both the Cleanup and Rebuilding of Your Sarasota Home    

After water damage occurs in your home, the cleanup process can seem daunting. Another issue is the water does not stay in the same place as it migrates downward. Even floodwater that enters a home tends to recede quickly, wicking into walls and seeping under floors creating large problems unless the extraction and drying process can begin as soon as possible after the initial event. Before repairs can occur in your home, the house needs to:  

  • Be verified as dry using moisture meters  
  • Cleaned, disinfected, and odor treatments applied   
  • Completion of controlled demo actions

What Equipment Do I Need to For Water Removal Within Stairs?

Water can wind up in hard-to-remove places causing Sarasota homes to need water removal services. SERVPRO technicians have a host of extraction equipment to work on all types of removal situations. In cases where water migrated into a staircase, we have a contractor license #CGC1504870. They have the devices to scope the structure to determine the exact areas of moisture collection and the knowledge for controlled demolition actions only in the staircase areas that need extraction and drying.   

After a water loss event in the home, it is crucial to be vigilant to avoid mold growth. As fast as 48 hours, if the interior humidity remains at sustainable levels, an infestation can occur. SERVPRO techs have extensive training and certification in mold remediation #MRSR3181, giving them the knowledge to treat existing problems during the mitigation process. 

SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 when you need fast and efficient water removal in your home. The trained and certified technicians can clean up and restore your property and contents to their pre-water damage condition by using their advanced restoration methods.

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Why Should I Choose a Multi-Specialty Sarasota Disaster Recovery Company to Address Water Damage?

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

water spill on wood floor underneath brown couch in living room Contact our experienced and certified team when water damage affects your home. Our team is standing by 24/7 - 365 days a year.

Disaster Recovery Companies Find Surprises in Even "Straightforward" Projects, Why SERVPRO Commits to Master the Full Spectrum of Restoration Standards Including Water Damage Repair in Sarasota

If you have ever attempted a weekend DIY project, you understand how a seemingly simple repair or maintenance task can blossom into a full-blown construction nightmare. The transformation process from a minor fix to a complex, multi-phase agenda is familiar to our crews. When we respond to your Sarasota water loss, we take nothing for granted. Expect a comprehensive assessment before an individualized plan develops. When unusual circumstances present, we are prepared with research-based adaptations. 

It Is Only Water -- Why Are Professionals Needed for Water Damage Repair?

When your Saratoga home needs water damage repair, the protocol followed by professional restorers is not a superficial wet vac or mop up, followed by scattering a few fans and dehumidifiers around the affected space. We inspect thoroughly for visible standing water and the fluids that migrated from the original loss. To accomplish the feat of tracing the hidden pathways of wandering water, our managers and technicians master the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) coursework and receive certification as Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT). They are then proficient with the testing devices that give professionals insight into the true extent of water damage:

  • Infrared Imaging

Unique cameras project temperature fluctuations that suggest where pooled water and wet permeable materials are located when interpreted by trained individuals. Water can lurk in all kinds of building cavities -- between walls, over ceilings, under floors, and within some building materials such as cinder blocks, with their open cells.

  • Moisture Detectors

Devices with penetrating prongs indicate moisture when calibrated according to proper standards for the materials tested. Repeated testing in different spots assists in mapping out the water incursion.

  • Moisture Meters

These moisture measuring devices use either prongs or sensors to determine water levels absorbed into structures, fixtures, and contents. This data guides our efforts to focus on the wettest materials and provides a baseline for structural drying efforts after aggressive extraction removes the water's bulk.

Note: Because reading the output of these tools is somewhat subjective, we train all of our technicians the same and each uses the same moister meters for the initial tests and while monitoring during the applied structural drying phase. The consistency is vital to achieving the results desired and upholding the research-based standards.

How Do Professionals "Unlock" the Trapped Water?

Sometimes we need to give hidden water in Sarasota a nudge to extract it and dry out wet materials. This is why SERVPRO maintains a licensed construction division to assist when we use various controlled demolition strategies to release or drain the water and enhance the effectiveness of the air movers and dehumidifiers we use to dry out spaces. Once the water damage repair job completes, our construction crew can repair, replace, and rebuild the affected materials:

  • Weep Holes -- These openings are punched through a ceiling or bulge in a wall, paint, or wall covering. To avoid a torrent of water, we punch holes next to the bulge, and water is allowed to drain before more holes are punched closer to the center of the water load.
  • Sawn or Drilled Holes -- Positioned after baseboards, beadboards, paneling, or other removable covering is pried up, these holes drain water and improve airflow for drying.
  • Flood cuts -- This tactic works well when drywall or plaster is so damaged near the floor that it needs removal. The wet wall plus several inches of dry materials above the waterline are sawn out from stud to stud 

What Are Some Common Complications Seen on Water Damage Repair Jobs?

When we "dig into" the repair job, we can find issues invisible from the surfaces. Because of the broad array of IICRC specialties in which our crews receive certification, you do not need to hire additional contractors. Examples include:

  • Mold Damage -- Our Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) use  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and IICRC protocols to abate mold growth, containing, removing, and inhibiting rebound through best practices.
  • Lead -- Often sawn or deteriorating materials test positive for lead paint. We arrange for properly certified individuals to safely remove these materials before your family comes in contact with them and risks health or developmental consequences. 

Our promise to residential customers is to be prepared for both the expected and unexpected when we undertake your water damage repair request. Unanticipated issues cannot derail a thoroughly trained and equipped restoration company, this is why SERVPRO of South Sarasota invests in IICRC training and cutting edge equipment for our crews. Call (941) 552-6319 for help with a water loss and all it comes to entail.

Contractor Licenses:

General: CGC1504870

Mold Remediation: MRSR3181

How can I Mitigate my Loss After a Home Fire?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration vehicles in front of building We keep our vehicles fully stocked with restoration equipment to ensure that we can respond quickly to your restoration emergency needs.

Professional Restoration Specialists Can Help You Mitigate your Loss After a Fire in Your Sarasota Home

It is not uncommon for a partial fire to erupt in a home, leaving some areas in need. In Sarasota, the weather is usually benevolent, and repairs can be done without the deadline imposed by the changing seasons but wasting time costs money. It is best to act quickly and allow experts to lead the process to reduce the scope of the damage and minimize your expenses

In Sarasota, fire damage is our specialty. Our SERVPRO team is certified to handle your emergency by applying industry best practices and using the latest technology. With our help, you gain a comprehensive view of how your home will return to mint condition by salvaging what we can and protecting unaffected sections from cross-contamination. Our understanding of the theory of fire and how smoke travels prepares us to look beyond what is evident to the naked eye.

What are the proper steps to restore my home?

Fires can be very messy due to the even itself and then ensuing extinguishing agents necessary to tame the flames. When our SERVPRO team arrives, safety is our priority, which we follow with understanding the source of the fire and how smoke and soot settled onto each surface. Depending on each material, we may need to apply targeted cleaning solutions that allow us to clean while preventing further damage due to their abrasive nature. Key to a successful restoration are the following steps:

  • Water extraction by using pumps and extractors of different sizes
  • Disinfecting to eliminate harmful bacteria
  • Deodorizing and purifying your air to rid your home of the acrid smell of smoke

After the fire damage restoration process is over, our SERVPRO crew can also offer reconstruction services under its general contractor license # CGC1504870. This value-added service mitigates your loss of time and money by allowing repairs to be coordinated and seamless, centralized by our expert staff.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota helps restore your home from the moment the emergency happens to its full restoration. Contact us at (941) 552-6319 and let us leave your house "Like it never even happened."

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A Heavy Storm Left Me Dealing with Flood Damage in My Property. Where Do I Seek Help

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

Hallway of commercial property. Flood cuts in walls When this business was damaged by a storm, SERVPRO was there. We completely restored this property back to its preloss condition.

Talk to SERVPRO Technicians in Sarasota To Help You Handle the Flood Damage in Your Residence

Flooding resulting from a storm can cause severe problems in your property, especially if ignored for more than 48 hours. The floodwater can seep into walls, carpeting, and upholstery, among other nooks and crannies. If you do not clean your Sarasota home appropriately, it can be the breeding ground for mold, which may cause health issues to you and your family.

How long does it take mold to grow in a flooded property?

If the flood damage in a Sarasota property is ignored for more than 24 hours, mold may begin to grow on surfaces. The floodwater may destroy porous materials such as drywall and wood. SERVPRO's team of experts can mitigate flood damage. We can use advanced products to clean the affected area and minimize the chances of mold growth. Also, we perform mold remediation. Our mold remediation contractor's license number is MRSR3181. Our general contractor's license number is CGC1504870.

How long do restorers take to dry the affected property?

Even after cleaning and disinfecting your property, mold growth can still occur until the area is dry. With our advanced equipment and tools, it can take several hours or days to dry the area. A humidity level of between 40 and 60 percent should discourage mold from forming and multiplying inside your property. Our technicians can use centrifugal air movers to drive dry air from outside to replace the moist air in your property. The dry air from outside increases the rate of evaporation in your property and expedites the drying process.

How do you determine if the drying process was successful?

After drying your property, we inspect the affected area for moisture. Our technicians can use a thermo-hygrometer to measure the humidity and temperature of air masses. The equipment provides the restorers with humidity ratio, vapor pressure, and dew point readings. We can determine if drying was effective by identifying the moisture content of materials in the unaffected areas of the home. We make these our drying goals for the affected materials. Our SERVPRO restorers know that the affected areas are back to normal when the readings in the affected areas are the same or drier than the unaffected areas.

Which restoration services do you perform?

Once we dry the structures and content of your property, we can offer different restoration services to normalize the affected area. They include:

  • Repairing the structures and contents
  • Performing final cleaning
  • Making final inspections
  • Removing restoration equipment from the job site
  • Placing your contents back in place.

Flooding can destroy your property and cause health issues to your family if not handled on time. Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota to restore your property. You can reach us at (941) 552-6319.

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How Does Attic Mold in My Sarasota Home Form?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Mold Can Occur in Many Areas of Your House, and Our Professionals can Help with Effective Remediation Strategies to Prevent This Situation from Worsening

The presence of mold in your house can be an alarming discovery, especially when you are unsure how the situation developed in your Sarasota property. As fast as these organisms can spread throughout your home, understanding how microbial threats began can ensure that you take the needed precautions to prevent them. We have both remediation technicians and residential contractors that can work simultaneously to help address structural concerns and present colonization to protect both the house and its occupants. 

When you consider how extensive mold remediation is for Sarasota homes, you can appreciate each of the individual steps involved in removing active colonies and recovering the property. These processes often begin with a thorough inspection of the house when you suspect the presence of mold. Low-traffic areas like the attic can often be ideal locations for mold growth when moisture concerns exist. One of the alarming aspects of attic mold is how long these situations can continue before the effects like odors or organism migration can signal homeowners about a problem. 

How Does Mold Damage Form in the Attic? 

Much like anywhere else in your house, mold can form readily in the attic given the right conditions. This harmful organism cannot exist without a higher moisture content in the area, meaning that some situation exists that allows an excess of dampness in the unfinished attic. In most cases, structural damage exists to some degree. It permits enough water and moisture penetration from the outside for naturally occurring mold spores to sit in hosting materials and begin to colonize. There are only a few common causes or catalysts to microbial growth in this upper portion of your property. These include: 

  • Leaks - Structural concerns like roof damage can allow water to push through shingles and underlayment to impact plywood, joists, and other supports exposed in the attic space. Because all of these organic materials are susceptible to mold growth, the organism can spread quickly.
  • Humidity - Because of the position along the Gulf of Mexico, homes here in Sarasota can often contend with excessive humidity and moisture content. Trapped air in your poorly ventilated attic can lead to the appropriate conditions for mold growth.
  • Malfunctioning HVAC – Many Floridians have their air conditioner or HVAC unit installed in their attic space, which can be efficient - yet also problematic - should the unit begin to leak due to situations like a clogged condenser.

What Steps Happen First to Protect the Home? 

As with any Sarasota mold situation, quickly acting can protect your property and its belongings from severe damage. Not only is mold growth potentially health hazardous to those exposed, but the organism can also deteriorate affected materials and hosting surfaces quickly. When our team first arrives, we have several steps that we can take immediately to prevent the organism's spread any farther than it already has gone.  

  • Shutting Down Air Circulation – The duct system of your HVAC appliance can be pathways to each room in your house for active mold spores spreading to new areas. 
  • Containment – By installing a wood framework and thick plastic sheeting, we can isolate the affected areas to stop the spread of mold spores and make drying and remediation more efficient. 
  • Temporary Construction Solutions – There is no mistaking the need to resolve structural damage as it gets discovered, especially roof damage that could continually introduce more water and moisture into the attic space. 

How Do Mold Colonies Get Removed? 

We rely on our experienced remediation technicians to assess mold loss situations efficiently. We understand how quickly these emergencies can get out of control. We ensure that we dispatch the appropriately trained and educated experts on our roster and our building trade professionals. There are multiple strategies for removing microbial threats to structural surfaces. These approaches vary based on the severity of the situation, the material affected, and the damage location. Several of the most common strategies for remediation include: 

  • Sanding
  • Soda Blasting
  • Antimicrobial Treatments
  • Controlled Demolition

You might not recognize when attic mold exists at first, but you can identify the colonies' presence based on telling signs that inevitably develop. From harsh odors to spotting on ceiling materials, you can often note a fungus or microbial growth before it spreads slowly through your home's high traffic areas. Give our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team a call anytime at (941) 552-6319.

Can Someone Bring My Mold Issues Under Control in my Sarasota Business Center?

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial building hallway with SERVPRO drying equipment stacked on sides near walls after completing job Water damage, if not properly remediated, can lead to mold damage. Don’t let mold damage close your business. Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Removes Mold Damage and Educates Business Owners in Sarasota

In Sarasota, not just any cleaning company can legally and reliably help manage a mold problem. Florida law requires specific training and certification for mold remediation companies. Because mold and mildew are constant worries in our warm and humid climate, these stringent requirements help protect businesses from unscrupulous contractors and ensure highly qualified and effective assistance.

Is Mold a Chronic Condition in Our Area?

Mold damage in Sarasota is not an uncommon concern for business owners. Mold spores are everywhere in indoor and outdoor environments, but the problems occur when the following are present:

  • Food source--Organic materials including
  • Building materials (drywall, wood)
  • Inorganic materials coated with organic materials, such as soap scum on tiles, food bits on counters, and dust and grime
  • A suitable place to grow
  • Oxygen, not light, required, making building cavities available
  • Mold spores are tiny, so any habitable nook or cranny with an accessible bit of organic material works
  • Moisture--Crucial element, cannot multiply without water
  • Neglected spills
  • Unmitigated and remediated water damage
  • Overland and storm-based flooding
  • Poorly maintained or installed sprinkler systems
  • Condensation, often connected with inefficient or unmaintained air conditioning systems and inadequate venting of humid air in kitchens, bathrooms, and production areas

Can Mold Remediators Help with Both Current Mold Infestations and Future Risks of Recurrence?

We train our certified mold remediation crews at SERVPRO to thoroughly remove active mold colonies using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed protocols:

  • Contain the affected area
  • Remove the mold and debris, including HEPA filtered vacuuming and thorough wipe down
  • Dispose of moldy materials
  • Inhibit future problems with the application of EPA-registered antimicrobials

We also use our water damage knowledge to locate moisture incursions and risks. Advising our commercial customers on ways to limit and remove moisture sources fast, as molds can begin their life cycle within 24 to 48 hours, is essential to bring chronic mold outbreaks under control.

Rely on SERVPRO of South Sarasota to address your mold remediation needs in your commercial space. Call us at (941) 552-6319 to set up an evaluation.

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Contractor Licenses:

General: CGC1504870

Mold Remediation: MRSR3181

What Kind of Safety Precautions Do SERVPRO Technicians Use During Deodorization?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy smoke and soot damage on wall and ceiling. Soot residue and smoke odors are difficult to remove. SERVPRO has the equipment and knowledge to remove the smell.

After a Fire in Your Sarasota Home, Our Technicians Work to Remove Smoke Odors Carefully

The smell of smoke is extremely intense, requiring specific methods for removal. Deodorizers are strong chemicals requiring safety precautions for the behalf of both the occupants of your Sarasota home and our technicians. Some procedures require more safety precautions than others. For instance, using masking agents do not require as much preparation and precautions as fogging a home.

What Types of Deodorization Methods Require Extra Precautions?

SERVPRO Technicians Require Additional Safety Measures for Thermal Foggers and Ozone Generators

During fire restoration in your Sarasota house, deodorization is inevitable. Even the smallest fire can produce odor-causing smoke residue that may last for weeks or even months if left unattended. Our SERVPRO team must take precautions to keep both themselves and the residents of your home safe during the fire deodorization process. Some of the deodorization products used during thermal fogging are flammable, requiring extreme care. Likewise, ozone (activated oxygen) is a toxic gas that can cause harm when inhaled.

What Are Some of the Safety Procedures?

  • Technicians post warning signs on every door of the structure to ensure that anyone entering the home knows that about the fogging or ozone generator.
  • For thermal fogging, our team switches off pilot lights to reduce the fire's risk due to the open flame of a pilot light.
  • Technicians wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety and ability to breathe.
  • Residents and pets should not be present for thermal fogging or ozone generator use.
  • Ventilation to remove both odors and fumes are important before occupants and pets return to the home.

For assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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What is the Best Way to Handle My Saturated Interior After a Pipe Leak?

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

Closeup of water damaged hardwood floors Water quickly damages flooring and structural items. SERVPRO has the know how to dry your home and repair the damage.

Calling SERVPRO to Your Sarasota Residence Provides You with the Latest Water Damage Techniques

Each part of SERVPRO’s water restoration process gets meticulously planned so that we can ensure optimum results. Our main goal is to return your Sarasota home to preloss condition, which calls for a selection of expert techniques and the latest water removal technology. We are also Faster To Any Size Disaster, and you can count on us to be available 24/7 – ensuring you have quality results whenever you need it!

Even if It Was a Slight Leak, Do I Need to Call a Professional?

Failing to find the slightest amount of moisture left behind in your home poses a potential threat from the onset of secondary damage. Additionally, taking care of all your water damage in Sarasota ensures that your interior is free from the development of mold and mildew. SERVPRO uses powerful, industrial-strength tools and equipment to provide you with the best results.

Even though some consumer equipment is suitable for smaller water removal jobs, our professional-grade equipment and expertise and knowledge create a powerful result. While a DIY project is admirable to take on, water leaks can bring about potential health hazards and long-lasting damage to your structural materials if you do not handle it properly.

Why are Industrial Dehumidifiers Superior to Consumer Equipment?

There are many reasons why our technology is best suited for all kinds of water damage projects, including:

  • We use dehumidifiers that remove a significant amount of moisture from the atmosphere within your interior. Our units remove roughly 100 to 250 pints each day, where a consumer unit removes only 20 to 50 pints each day, which also allows drying to happen at a much faster pace.
  • The units feature smart technology that adjusts heating and cooling elements according to the temperature and moisture content within the zone.
  • Our industrial-grade dehumidifiers include powerful air filters that capture damaging particles such as allergens.

What About the Saturated Drywall in My Home?

Our team utilizes a range of solutions that help identify the impact water has had on the drywall throughout your interior. For example, non-penetrating moisture meters establish a dryline where dampened drywall is unaffected by water. Determining the position of the dryline is elemental for effective drying methods, including:

  • Flood cuts
  • Controlled demolition
  • Positive pressure drying, and more

We look at several factors to determine whether your drywall needs restoring or if a full replacement is best. Physical signs of water damage due to lengthy exposure to water include:

  • Swelling
  • Sagging
  • Crumbling
  • Fungal growth

When your drywall does not show visible signs of damage, it might be possible to restore it on-site.

What is Water Migration and How Do You Check for It?

SERVPRO brings a broad range of specialized devices to your Sarasota home that allows us to determine if water has migrated from one area to the next. Water likes to move to dry spaces while following the path of least resistance. We can learn more about this path by using:

  • Infrared camera technology –this helps to determine the location of the water
  • Hygrometer –this helps provide an accurate measurement of dampness in the zone

Using these two tools in tandem helps us form a clearer picture of how to proceed with drying methods and equipment.

Can I Salvage My Hardwood Floors?

Any hardwood flooring in your home is at risk from damage whenever you have a water loss incident in Sarasota.Whether black hickory, maple, cherry, or another wood species composes your floor, SERVPRO has the skills and techniques to restore it rather than replace it. You must know that waiting for the water to dissipate is not an option when you have hardwood flooring, as the damage could become irreversible. We use a variety of techniques to mitigate the issue, including:

  • Negative air pressure, which helps to suction the water out of the flooring
  • Moisture meters and thermal imaging that allow us to locate moisture pockets in the subfloor
  • Drying mats get put down, and we seal all edges before using high-powered extraction and drying
  • Throughout the drying process, our skilled technicians monitor all of the moisture levels
  • Drying mats and air moving equipment get moved frequently to enhance drying and to meet our drying goals

With any water removal project, it is imperative to check relative humidity within your home to ensure the project is 100% up to our standards. We also use EPA-registered cleaners and disinfectants to keep mold and mildew from developing and inhibiting foul odors from lingering.

Nothing is more important than making sure that your interior gets back to normal, which is why it is best to call our team at SERVPRO of South Sarasota when you need a water damage service you can count on. With a quick phone call to our office at (941) 552-6319, we can send out a crew to get started with a full and detailed loss assessment.

What is the Best Way to Remove Water from a Sarasota Storage Facility?

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Outside view of storage facility Storage facilities often include clauses in their contracts excluding responsibility for catastrophes such as hurricanes and fire.

SERVPRO’s Commercial Water Removal Services Can Restore Sarasota Commercial Property

Storage facilities often include clauses in their contracts excluding responsibility for catastrophes such as hurricanes and fire in places like Sarasota. Such clauses help storage facility owners avoid new financial problems, but serving customers and building relationships with them can take a positive turn when management takes the initiative with a call to SERVPRO for help in containing and solving the problem.

Storage units in Sarasota are rarely watertight and may need commercial water removal services after cataclysmic events. The construction used is often strong enough to withstand most natural catastrophes, although saturation of the environment can drastically affect the contents of units, particularly those with roll-down doors. Getting a facility dry again after events that affect vast areas of Florida is crucial to remaining in business and keeping customer satisfaction high. SERVPRO is always ready to help in even the worst situations.

When events such as off-the-scale hurricanes like Irma leave damage and destruction behind, rebuilding our communities must begin quickly and aggressively. Because we can rely on teamwork and collaboration with 1700 other SERVPRO franchises, we always have the right amount of equipment to complete any size job, in any setting.

Water removal and extraction after a hurricane can take time. However, efforts need to begin as soon as possible. While extracting water and moisture is in progress, damage to stored items slows. Sadly, many losses due to hurricanes happen, but we can reduce this by following international standards for dealing with the aftermath. Enclosing an area with thick tarps, eliminating the humidity through the use of commercial-grade dehumidifiers, and reducing the microbial population with strategically placed air scrubbers is only part of our response.

We have worked on jobs where it was vital to our customers' public image that we remain as unobtrusive as possible while still completing our work. In a situation where our work directly impacts our customers' customers, we can also assist them on a case-by-case situation, if requested. Being bonded and insured, as well as holding IICRC certificates, we understand the implication of privacy and security for the individual renter at your facility and give this the highest consideration. We always treat our customers, and their clients, as if they were family or friends.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota stands ready to conduct initial assessments and contact other franchises so we can help you protect your customers' belongings. Call us at (941) 552-6319 as soon as possible after such an event. We aim to work with you as closely as possible, every step of the way.

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How Do Professionals Remediate Water Damage in Sarasota?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

Drawing of car and home on flooded street When our area faces flooding, your home can be affected. Call SERVPRO immediately for water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO’S Mitigation Techniques Will Restore Your Water Damaged Sarasota Home To its Pre-Damage Condition

While there are many instances in which Florida homes become affected by rising waters and other natural disasters, Sarasota residents still often delay the restoration process too long searching for inexpensive solutions rather than caring for their property the way that they should. After a flood occurs, many momentary companies pop up out of nowhere offering fast recovery and restoration work for unreasonably low prices. You can avoid these scams and experience quality results by choosing reputable technicians and professionals like our team.

Once your Sarasota home has become flood damaged, many homeowners fall into the pattern of making phone calls and reviewing internet reviews to find a cheap option to remove excess water and dry out the damage. Unfortunately, this is also a path to allowing yourself to get taken advantage of by fake companies or inexperienced workers that ask for money upfront with no intentions of working to restore the damaged property.

One approach that you can take is to reach out to our SERVPRO rapid response team. Our technicians are available 24/7 to offer comprehensive solutions from initial water damage mitigation and loss prevention through extraction and drying efforts that can protect the heart of your home’s construction for easier reconstruction efforts later.

Many homeowners might get tempted to contact their insurance companies before anyone else, but it can be to your benefit to reach our SERVPRO response team first. Our highly trained technicians can quickly identify the full scope of the damage, catalog losses, document areas that require focused efforts and work out an estimation regarding what it would cost to restore the home entirely. Your insurance company requires this information to process a claim, and with our fast response time 24 hours a day, we can help to speed the claim approval process along to get work started on your house quickly.

Water Mitigation Techniques for Your Sarasota Home

Water damage in Sarasota can also be caused by an appliance failure or a supply line break. Damages can spread quickly throughout the affected areas. It is critical at the first sign of trouble to seek out the assistance of highly trained professionals to help you to mitigate the losses you could experience and get to work quickly on restoring the damaged elements throughout the property.

With emergency situations that affect a broad area of your Sarasota home quickly, the water damages could begin to affect materials and contents right away. Our SERVPRO professionals always have a fast 24-hour emergency response team available at a moment’s notice to help you assess the situation and stop things from progressing and getting any worse. This fast response can help you preserve the things that matter most to you.

Mitigation work like our pack-out process can help remove at-risk items from the immediately affected area to prevent irreparable damages. Assessing which items are at risk and in need of this service falls to the hands of our highly trained professional technicians. It is this ongoing training for our technicians that helps them to provide modern techniques and efficient approaches to restoration that save both time and money for the customers we serve.

Slowing the progression of water throughout your home from a faulty appliance or water line break begins with shutting off the supply source. It is the advanced technology we use, from desiccant dehumidifiers to ROVER weighted extraction devices that allow us to ensure that all of the moisture and dampness throughout affected areas drops well below acceptable parameters and prevents secondary effects like mold growth from occurring.

Substantial water damage events that occur within your property must get addressed immediately to avoid situations like oversaturation of the building materials that can result in their failure. Our SERVPRO of South Sarasota emergency response team is available 24 hours a day to meet the effects of your disaster as it happens. Give SERVPRO a call anytime that you need us at (941) 552-6319.

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Can Sprinklers Minimize Fire Damage in Siesta Key Homes?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Sprinklers Reduce Property Damage in Siesta Key

Fire is fast! A small flame can transform into a major fire in less than thirty seconds. If it happens in your Siesta Key home, you need to be cautious. It takes a few minutes for the whole house to be engulfed in flames or thick black smoke. Heat is more devastating than the actual flames. A fire can escalate room temperatures by up to 600 degrees. This super-hot air can melt clothes to your skin and even scorch your lungs when inhaled.

When a fire disaster strikes, every second counts. Having a fire damage restoration company in Siesta Key at hand can come in handy. As a locally based and longstanding restoration company in the area, SERVPRO is uniquely suited to respond quickly to your emergency. Our IICRC-certified technicians are available 24/7, every day of the year to restore your property to pre-damage conditions as quickly as possible.

Sprinklers can go a long way towards minimizing fire damage. Sprinklers are designed to control fires quickly, making them highly efficient at reducing property damage. They can suppress a fire before the Fire and Rescue Service arrives. Sprinkler heads work independently, with only the sprinkler nearest the fire activating during a fire emergency. Sprinklers can serve up to 60 liters a minute.

Sprinklers may not be able to prevent a fire from happening, but they can control its advancement and progression. SERVPRO always recommends having at least one sprinkler in every room in the house. Sprinkler systems can be installed to compensate for certain fire safety measures that may not be possible due to the layout and design of the property. You can use a wet or dry pipe system or alternate them seasonally to save some money.

A dry pipe system can come in handy during the winter months as it minimizes the risk of water freezing in the pipes. Frozen water in your pipes can lead to numerous issues when a fire breaks out. You can drain your wet pipe systems after summer. Partial systems can protect higher risk areas of your house. Pre-action sprinkler systems work by activating both the sprinkler head and smoke detection, virtually eliminating the probability of accidental water discharge. It is essential to carry out a fire risk assessment in your building, with the main consideration being fire damage prevention.

If you have valuable property in your home, installing fire sprinklers can help minimize fire damage in the event of a fire disaster. If you have an incident, do not hesitate to contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota. You can reach us anytime at (941) 552-6319.

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How do Experts Handle Water Damage in Sarasota?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

Man and Woman standing in room with water on floor No matter how the water enters your home, SERVPRO is here to help extract water and any moisture and restore your home "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Water Removal Services for Any Type of Water Intrusion Your Home Experiences

You need to understand how to protect your Sarasota home against water intrusions of all shapes and sizes, not the least of which might involve hiring a trusted professional for help when circumstances become severe. Luckily for you, fully certified IICRC professionals are located right here in your local community.

Water removal services in the Sarasota area can come in handy for a variety of reasons including, broken pipes, faulty plumbing fixtures, malfunctioning appliances, or severe weather conditions, all of which can cause significant damage to your property. 

SERVPRO can respond to your call for help 24/7, day or night, including holidays when it might be hard to find help right away. We understand how important your home and its contents are to you and share your urgency in protecting or restoring cherished personal belongings that might be affected by water entering your home. 

Water removal services make recovering from floods, plumbing failures, groundwater leaks, or hidden problems, easier. SERVPRO’s IICRC-certified technicians can use infrared moisture detectors and hygrometers to locate existing problems, help you clean and restore water damage found in your home, and give you suggestions on how to prevent future problems.

SERVPRO technicians can teach you how to identify water problems in your attic, basement, or crawlspaces and use a variety of water extraction equipment should things get out of control. We can provide you with services that help remove any size water problem found on your property, which helps prevent corrosion, rot, mold, and additional damages that often form over time.

You can avoid damages caused by hidden humidity, direct water leaks, and some situations of indoor flooding by learning what to look for and how to respond to situations that might occur. If it has been a while since you had your wall cavities, cupboards, closets, attic, basement, or crawlspace inspected, give us a call for help.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota serves the entire area, offering quality water removal services throughout Vamo, Osprey, and Siesta Key. Contact us for immediate access to the expert personnel, equipment, and resources needed to protect your home, today. (941) 552-6319

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SERVPRO of South Sarasota is BBB Accredited!

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

BBB Accredited Logo with A+ Rated in a circle Accredited and A+ Rated with the Better Business Bureau

We are proud to announce our accreditation with the Better Business Bureau. This acceptance means that SERVPRO of South Sarasota meets the high standards set by the BBB. One of the most important is that we work hard in good faith to resolve any consumer complaints as set by the BBB Code of Business Practices.

Our SERVPRO location brings highly trained and experienced technicians on every job. Our goals are to approach every call with professionalism and compassion and save property owners the cost of replacement when losses occur through our advanced restoration services.

We are pleased to display this BBB seal as a mark of our promise to hold the standards of both SERVPRO of South Sarasota and the BBB in the highest regard.

How do Professionals Handle Flood Damage in Sarasota?

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Pooling water on floor by door and wall Living in a high-flood area, Sarasota homeowners could deal with flood damage on a regular basis.

There are many things you can do to help your furniture survive after a flood in Sarasota. Not the least of which involves contacting a qualified professional for help. Consider making contact and obtaining a pre-existing relationship before tragedy strikes.

Living in a high-flood area, homeowners in Sarasota could deal with flood damage regularly, making your choice of furniture, home preparations, and adequate home insurance vital to your survival. Luckily, expertly trained flood damage professionals reside right here in our community and are at your disposal 24-hours a day.

At SERVPRO, we cannot stress enough how important it is to act quickly after an incident occurs. Have a professional inspect your home and its contents as fast as possible after a flood. The more time you take to make a decision, the harder it can be to restore your home.

When your SERVPRO technician arrives to assess the damages on your property, take photos of damaged items to present to your insurance company. Work with your technician to determine which items to salvage, considering the severity of damage and cost over sentiment.

Let the SERVPRO team move salvageable contents such as furniture and appliances to a clean, dry area. Always avoid moving saturated items yourself, more substantial pieces may be somewhat cumbersome and lead to injury to yourself or secondary damages to the item itself. Remember, solid wood furniture has a better chance of survival. Technicians can sometimes salvage additional items. However, upholstery or particleboard furniture is more porous and unlikely to withstand a flood.

Our technicians have access to a variety of water extraction and removal equipment, advanced drying techniques, and cleaning and restoration procedures that protect your home. We can help you avoid damages from less impactful floods and even prepare for those that do the most harm.

Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota for additional information about our services or to schedule your home’s flood damage restoration. We are proud to provide our local community with quality services they can trust, call today (941) 552-6319.

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How Can Fast Professional Response Save Osprey Homeowners Money After Fire Damage?

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

Heavily fire damaged room with burnt walls and furniture Don't let fire damage and odor linger in your home. Contact SERVPRO for a timely response and effective remediation.

Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Damage Left by a Fire in Your Osprey Home

After a fire causes damage to your Osprey home, one of the first steps you should take is to call a certified restoration company like SERVPRO. The faster you get us on the line, the sooner we can send out a team of technicians and begin the paperwork necessary to get your home restored back to its normal state with as little financial or legal hassle as possible for you. By calling us immediately after disaster strikes, you get these benefits that come with a timely response to the problem.
 
Minimized Restoration Times
 
Many of the actions SERVPRO technicians do when responding to an initial fire damage call in Osprey are designed to reduce time spent on restoration processes in the coming weeks. The faster we can be in and out of your home, the better, and when we receive a call immediately after the disaster in question, we can take care of many problems immediately (such as imminent structural collapses) rather than deal with their effects later on in the restoration process.
 
Cut Costs
 
Less time spent on restorations also contributes to lower financial expenditures on the project as a whole. Long and complex restorative procedures also incur a greater financial burden than emergency measures put in place in the hours following a fire. A swift call to SERVPRO ensures that as many of the former tasks can be avoided as possible and that any costs borne by you remain low and manageable.

Safety Evaluations
 
In some situations, the overall safety of the building and area may be questionable. Without a qualified inspector to evaluate the site, you may be near and around dangerous conditions without realizing it. One of the first representatives we send to the site is always an inspector who gauges not only the extent and expected cost of damages, but also safety risks present throughout the property. 

Team SERVPRO Offers Many Convenient Options to Aid Remediation After an Osprey Fire

After a disaster in Sarasota, expenses change. These changes can include unexpected purchases as well as the added costs directly related to the damages. A restoration company that genuinely cares about its customers keeps these in mind as their employees perform mitigation services.
 
SERVPRO's technicians consider many factors when mitigating an Osprey home's fire damage. We use as many cost-saving strategies as we can. Some lost, of these methods are also much more convenient for the homeowners, as well. When situations are a good fit for one of these methods, the homeowners benefit even more. The time after a disastrous event can cause homeowners feelings of high stress, powerlessness, uncertainty, and worse. Helping them in any way possible overcome this added hopelessness is part of our goal.
 
Once we begin cleaning up areas and materials that sustained fire damage, many of the items belonging to the occupants take up valuable space. We need plenty of open space inside your home for our equipment and to maintain a high level of safety for our employees. Because of this need, we often perform a move-out. Removing the furnishings inside a residence open up a great deal more space than many people might realize.
 
Instead of relocating everything in your home to our facility so we can make space for fire damage mitigation work, other options can help you retain more control over your belongings while minimizing costs. We can move several items into a single area, concentrating belongings in one location within your residence. Our technicians might choose a place inside your home, your garage or large shed, or even inside a trailer kept outside on your property. This last option is often only possible in rural areas or larger estates.
 
When we store items on the customer's property, we take the time to clean the ones that became covered in soot, so this sticky substance does not become harder to clean away later. Unpacking items that no longer require cleaning is much more pleasant for the property owner than having to wait for an additional step.
 
Another advantage of this method is the reduction of accidental breakage or damage that can occur during handling. While we are as careful as possible, accidents can still happen and eliminating a step in the handling procedure eliminates much of this risk.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help your family recover after a distressing event involving fire damage happens at your residence. We easily scale our services to tailor-fit your needs as an additional step in keeping your restoration costs low. Residents of Vamo, Osprey, and Bee Ridge as well as other close by towns can contact us at (941) 552-6319.

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What are Things to Consider When Remediating Flood Damage in Siesta Key?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Determining Restorable and Unsalvageable Items during Flood Damage Restoration in Siesta Key 

Flood damage events give little to no warning, and when they occur, they cause significant losses. No matter how devastating or minor the situation is, you need to work with professionals who have the resources to handle such incidents. By responding immediately, we can lessen the damage, reduce the costs of repair, and limit further damage. Here, we cover some of the procedures we perform when dealing with such events in Siesta Key. 

Flood damage incidents in Siesta Key are associated with contaminated water, and there are specific emergency procedures that our SERVPRO technicians perform when attending to such issues. One of the first things that we do when we arrive at the site is to eliminate potential safety hazards. We post signs and use the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment, such as rubber gloves, respirators, coveralls, eye protection, and boots. 

Using rakes and shovels, we remove the debris and silt that the flood water deposits on your property. Sometimes, the deposits may contain hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead, so we advise homeowners to observe the necessary safety procedures even when we are yet to arrive at the site. In cases where there is a possibility of contamination spreading to unaffected locations, we may put containment measures. For instance, we may subject the contaminated area to negative pressure to limit the spread of mold spores to clean areas. 

By using pumps, portable and truck-mounted extractors, our SERVPRO technicians remove standing water from floors and carpets. We have to evaluate your items and determine what is salvageable and what we need to remove and replace. In most cases, we do not disinfect porous items that have come into contact with floodwater. When it is necessary to dispose of the unsalvageable materials, we follow the local, state, and federal regulations, ensuring there is communication with your insurance provider. 

Dealing with Black Water Flood Damage in Siesta Key

You may have read online that black water flood damage in your Siesta Key home can represent a significant safety hazard to anyone in the building. While this is true, and you should avoid contaminated flood waters at all costs, there is no need to overreact to any damage your home incurs. SERVPRO can handle any flood damage and safety hazards produced after a storm and have years of experience dealing with flooding far worse than we see in most residential areas. Here are a few questions – and answers – that we often receive about black water flooding. 

What is Black Water?

In the context of flood damage in Siesta Key or any other community, black water refers to standing water with visual contamination and, typically, discoloration. These contaminants and discoloring materials are primarily composed of dirt, plant matter, perhaps fecal matter, and miscellaneous debris coming from outside the home. It may also include materials from inside. Blackwater typically has a high amount of bacteria and other biohazards even in small volumes of water, making it a significant hazard. 

How Do I Stay Safe?

Above all, make sure you do not wade or walk through any part of your home, flooded with standing water. This water exposes you to bacteria and pathogens that could cause health effects and potential electrocution and laceration hazards that may be hard to spot through the murky water. Besides, some contaminants could create harmful gases, so we recommend staying as far away from the black water as possible. 

How Do I Remove It?

Blackwater flooding requires the aid of a professional water removal company like SERVPRO for extraction. We carry specialized machines and safety equipment to facilitate the fast and efficient removal of floodwaters from your home. After removing the water, we take the time to sanitize the area and kill off any remaining microbes thoroughly. Remember that black water, as even clean water from a plumbing leak, can do significant damage to your possessions and the structure of your home.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota has helped local homeowners clean up after flood damage for years and stands ready after every major storm to help those in need. Call us as soon as possible after your home takes damage at (941) 552-6319.

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Can You Remediate Mold in Sarasota Homes?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Hand holding petri dish with mold growth At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, we say no to mold!

SERVPRO has a Solution for Mold Issues in Sarasota

With the right conditions, mold begins to expand and grow in less than a day. Once discovered, cleaning and removal should start as quickly as possible. The longer a mold infestation goes untreated, the more damage it causes a home. If left too long, there is the eventual possibility that it can affect the health of the homeowner and other residents. 

Not all mold means there is damage to a Sarasota home. The spores that make up a colony are usually inactive and are in every home. Unless they have enough moisture, food, and the right temperature, they are incapable of growth. SERVPRO knows that once a colony begins to expand, removal of current growth and stopping new growth at its source are the only way to stop it. 

As a restoration company, we perform tasks that most general contractors do not have the training to accomplish. It is necessary to isolate the colony, disinfect the affected areas, scrub the air, remove the damaged property, eliminate the source of moisture, and vacuum all loose mold using special HEPA filters designed to trap even a single spore. 

Despite the expertise we bring to the table, the best way to stop mold is to prevent it. We have adapted suggestions from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and recommend them to our customers after we have completed work in their homes. 

Do not install carpet in bathrooms and laundry rooms. These areas are constant sources of water and humidity and laying carpet in them is like laying out food for a pest. If you have rugs in the bathroom, change them out regularly, and clean and dry them. 

Always clean bathrooms with anti-fungal and other mold-killing chemical products. The most common anti-fungal agent is bleach. It should be the primary chemical in any cleaner. 

Whenever you repaint a bathroom, kitchen, or laundry room, be sure to use a paint with a mold-inhibiting chemical added. It does not stop growth completely, but the paint removes the drywall and wood it covers as a food source. 

Finally, check your bathroom ventilation regularly. A proper working fan helps to keep the humidity level at a healthy level and prevent dormant spores from expanding into a potential threat.

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If you suspect there is a mold problem in your home, SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here to help. Call today at (941) 552-6319 to schedule an inspection or to begin the restoration process.

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Sarasota, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota today at (941) 552-6319 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can I Prevent Damage After My Sarasota Washing Machine Leaked?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Looking into washing machine on spin cycle Washing Machine leaks are a significant source a water damage each year. SERVPRO has the know-how to restore your home.

SERVPRO is Available to Tackle Water Damage in the Laundry Room of Your Sarasota Home

When a substantial puddle develops after an issue with a leaky washing machine, it could send water throughout tiny cracks and crevices in the laundry room and beyond. Even if you think you can clean up most of the water, it is hidden moisture that poses the biggest threat. Emergency help from our IICRC-certified technicians at SERVPRO gets you the prompt, reliable service you need.

Is it Possible to Remove the Water on My Own?

With mopping or a wet-dry vacuum, you can remove visible water. However, water migrates to dry areas, so there could be issues looming behind your baseboards or down underneath your flooring. Our team arrives and not only addresses any visible water but also hidden moisture that causes extensive water damage in Sarasota without proper mitigation.

Water always takes the path of least resistance. Once water spills from under your washing machine, it spreads out and hits the walls, structural framing, and nooks and crannies invisible to the naked eye. When you call our water restoration technicians (WRT), we arrive on your property with advanced technology that allows us to facilitate proper drying and moisture detection.

  • We use wet-dry vacuums as well as water extraction tools to remove stagnant water.
  • Moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras, and other devices help us to locate hidden water pockets.
  • Air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers strategically placed in the water loss zone help amplify dry times.

Our skilled technicians use a specialized formula to determine the right equipment to use to facilitate drying most efficiently. Once everything is dry, the team uses EPA-registered cleaning agents to disinfect, inhibit microbial growth, and prevent foul odors.

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota to get the water damage services you need to restore your home to preloss condition. You can reach our team by calling (941) 552-6319 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Sarasota SERVPRO Steps Up Home Disinfection

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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We All Play A Role in Slowing the Spread in Sarasota

As we face any type of crisis, we need to take every precaution to protect ourselves, our families, our businesses, and our community. Locally owned and operated, SERVPRO is here to help you address the cleaning needs in your Sarasota home or business. 

As individuals in Sarasota, each of us has a role in helping to prevent the spread of this illness by washing our hands, keeping an appropriate social distance, and keeping the surfaces in our indoor environments clean and germ-free. If you are overwhelmed, SERVPRO has services available to not only clean but also to apply disinfectants to minimize the chances of the spread of germs in Sarasota.

Our team at SERVPRO understands the urgency of the situation and is working diligently to help our fellow Sarasota residents. 

  • When we arrive at your property, we make a plan and discuss it with you.
  • We apply EPA-registered solutions designed to help eliminate pathogens on a variety of hard and soft surfaces.
  • We may use specialized equipment to maximize the coverage of antimicrobial products such as foggers and air scrubbers for larger spaces. 
  • We pay close attention to any potential risks and wear the required personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job. 
  • We have extensive experience in assisting individuals and organizations when it feels like things have turned upside down.

Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota by calling (941) 552-6319. In this time of uncertainty, we are clear on the scope of services we provide, and they translate into additional protection for all of us.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

How Does Fire Affect Your Assembly Line in Sarasota?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Workers standing by assembly line in factory If your manufacturing facility has a fire, getting it under control is the first priority. Then you need to contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

Commercial Fire Damage Experts in Sarasota Talk About Problems with Manufacturing Equipment

If a fire ever takes place inside your Sarasota manufacturing plant, there might be problems caused by the blaze that do not get noticed immediately. When mitigating any commercial fire damage situation, our SERVPRO experts have the experience to know to check even the most unexpected places. Heat, smoke, and soot can be devastating to your manufacturing equipment. Smoke and soot particles can travel into tiny gaps in your machinery and ruin components. One major part of successful commercial fire damage restoration is knowing where heat and smoke can travel so that we make sure not to miss any issues during the initial inspection. 

Smoke can also make your work environment unpleasant if overpowering burnt smells exist. During most commercial fire damage cases in Sarasota, these partially combusted particles travel around a structure until they come into contact with cooler surfaces. Once smoke hits cooler surfaces, particles stick to them in the form of soot residues. Soils created by smoke can get deep into the tools that make your company money and possibly cause them to malfunction. 

Our SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and trained to handle various types of situations. Our team knows how fires behave, so we know where to look for smoke and soot damage. We can follow the path of where we think the smoke traveled to figure out whether your machinery got negatively affected. If the damage only exists on the surface of your machines, we can clean off the soot with specialized detergents. If the smoke penetrated deep into your devices, we might have to work with you to call in another professional company to repair your manufacturing equipment. 

We know that any time a disaster occurs at your place of business, it can be costly. Our SERVPRO team always takes the necessary steps to reduce the overall cost of the project to you and your insurance company. If you ever suffer from a fire inside your manufacturing plant, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 seven days a week. 

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How Do Professionals Dry Your Water Damaged Sarasota Home?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Dries and Deodorizes Your Sarasota Home During Water Cleanup

When water enters the home, it usually carries bacteria and other types of fungi, which can cause staining, especially on carpeted floors, fabrics, and upholstery. Professional assistance can help make sure that the damage is not permanent. By careful assessment of the affected area, the right expertise, and the right equipment, it may be possible to return your property and possessions to preloss conditions.

The hard part of water cleanup in Sarasota properties is ensuring the affected zone is cleared and thoroughly dried. SERVPRO operates a 24-hour call line so that our community can reach us anytime, day or night. On receiving your call, we ask a few questions about the severity of the spill. These are vital to ascertain what type of technician you need as well as what type of equipment we should send.

As a promise to our residents, we commit to a call out within four hours of notification of loss. Our technicians are locally based and can usually reach your property with enough time to mitigate losses effectively. That begins by removing possessions from the affected area. Usually, we can place these possessions in a designated cleanroom. We can pack out items to a cleaning facility where there is significant water damage.

A clean room reduces the overall time it takes to complete a service. It also allows us to bring in portable extraction units or pumps to remove standing water. After removing excess moisture from the room, we can begin to dry deeper, remove subfloor pads, or deploy injectidry systems into wall cavities. We clean visible signs of staining on furniture or walls using a solvent or water-based sanitizes while wet to increase the chances of a full restoration.

Water from pipes or rainfall tends to carry with it bacteria that can cause odors. Our priority is to get your room clean and dry. SERVPRO uses technicians with IICRC certificates in odor control. We can mobilize foggers to clear away unpleasant odors that linger after the room is dry. For powerful odors, we can deploy pellets to help find and neutralize odor particles.

To make the damage “Like it never even happened,” contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319.

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What Happens to Drywall When Flooding Occurs in Sarasota?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Restoration in Sarasota Can Require Repairing Wet Drywall

During severe rainstorms in Sarasota, winds can cause tree branches to break off and fall onto your roof. Once a hole gets created in your roofing materials, flood damage could take place. For instance, if a branch breaks a hole in your roof, then the rainwater can start with your roofing materials negatively and then begin to flow down into your house.

When flood damage occurs in Sarasota caused by a roof leak, the H2O can flow down your wall studs towards the ground. Moisture coming from your attic and ceiling can saturate a large portion of your drywall when it follows gravity from the top of your wall studs down to your floor. When dealing with wet drywall, professional restoration companies such as SERVPRO knows the construction of your walls.

Drywall consists of a gypsum material with paper on its front face, back, and long edges. The wall material can come in various sizes such as 1/4", 1/2", and 5/8". However, 1/2" thick drywall is the most common when dealing with residential buildings. This gypsum board is then nailed or screwed onto your wall studs, leaving a cavity between each stud.

When inspecting the severity of the issues with your walls, our SERVPRO technicians can start by using a non-penetrating moisture meter to figure out which sections of your drywall got wet. We can then use a penetrating meter that gets pounded into your walls so that we can see the exact moisture content of the gypsum material. We can also use the penetrating meter to measure the moisture content of your wooden wall studs. Once we get readings in the affected areas, we take measurements of moisture in other building materials that we know were not affected to determine how wet the materials got and to establish a drying goal.

If you ever notice that your walls and ceilings got wet due to a leak in your roof after a storm strikes your neighborhood, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 24 hours a day. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What is the Best Way to Eliminate Fire Odors in My Sarasota Home?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot on ceiling and wall Fires leave smoke and soot residue and odors that are difficult to remove. SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to remove the smoke.

SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to Get Rid of Foul Smoke Odors in Your Sarasota Home

A common mistake many property owners make after a fire loss is only moving out the burned and smoke damaged items. While this gets rid of the visual evidence that a fire occurred in a Sarasota home, it does little to address the pungent odors that are often left behind. Worse, they can spread to other parts of the house unless adequately cleaned and neutralized. 

What is the Best Method of Fire and Odor Removal?

Engaging a professional service for fire and odor removal in Sarasota residential properties is critical for the best outcome. The elimination of smoke odors is a multi-layered process, and the air quality within the property should get addressed during the fire loss mitigation using tactics like the creation of negative air chambers and equipment such as air scrubbers. 

Common Problem Places in Homes with Fire Odors 

SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training in the mitigation of fire loss and know the areas that frequently hold pungent smells in the home after a fire such as:

  • Upholstered furniture and window treatments
  • Carpet
  • Painted walls
  • Insulation
  • Ductwork

Finding and Eliminating Smoke Odors

Since soot particles exist smaller than the human eye can see, it is crucial to deploy equipment to capture the airborne particulate to improve the air quality. Another necessary action is putting up containment around the loss area doorways and vents during the fire cleanup and restoration services in Sarasota. The barrier keeps soot from winding up in other areas of the home or the ductwork. 

Removal of Ruined Building Materials 

Should charred and burned items remain on-site, they contribute towards foul odors. SERVPRO technicians identify and remove items that have too much fire loss for restoration services. To assist homeowners who may already be feeling overwhelmed, the techs photograph and document any building materials or contents removed for disposal to assist in the expediting of any insurance claims. Each item gets inspected for restoration potential; non-porous items typically have the best outcome through the various cleaning methods available. 

Insulation and Ductwork Can Hold Fire Odors

These two areas get overlooked in DIY fire cleanup efforts. However, if the HVAC runs post-fire, it can quickly spread odorous soot throughout the home and exacerbate the odor issue. When a portion of the sheetrock gets charred, the insulation within tends to accumulate odors and may require removal. The techs have a specialized vacuum to collect the insulation and prep the wall cavities for the reinstallation of new insulation after completing the mitigation efforts. The techs have the equipment to eradicate odors and allergens present in the ductwork thoroughly.

Water Damage Sometimes is an Issue 

If water got used during the fire extinguishing efforts, a need for extraction is most likely present. The use of moisture detection equipment helps the techs determine the location of all elevated areas of moisture, which is particularly useful for finding the migrated water under floors and within wall cavities. SERVPRO techs have training and certification in mold remediation #MRSR3181, and they know the favorable conditions and early warning signs of a mold infestation. After a water loss cleanup, proactive treatments such as antimicrobial cleaning agents and sealants get used commonly.  

Odor Control is a Critical Part of Fire Damage

After the extraction of water and cleanup of the charred and ruined structure and contents in the home, the attention turns to any needed odor control before any building can begin. Some or all the following actions may be necessary: 

  • Use of deodorizing cleaning agents
  • Placement of time-release gel pellets for mild odor control issues
  • Thermal fogging in areas that need more robust scent removal
  • Hydroxyl generators safely capture and neutralize airborne particulate
  • Use of sealant on painted walls where the smoke residues got removed through cleaning, but a slight odor remained
  • Inspection and cleaning of the ductwork in the home
  • Deep cleaning of carpet and upholstery

You Cannot Build Over Odors

The techs can go straight into the repairs and reconstruction process (general contractor license #CGC1504870) with approval from the homeowner and adjuster. This process saves the homeowner from the stress of finding a reputable contractor to pick up where the cleanup efforts ended, plus the techs already know every area in the home that needs addressing. SERVPRO techs are very careful to always work within the scope of the coverage. 

When you need fire and odor removal, DIY efforts are not going to be strong enough. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasotaat (941) 552-6319 and get your home restored to its preloss condition. 

Can My Actions Damage My Property Further After Flooding?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles outside home No matter the amount of flooding, SERVPRO is your trusted choice for remediation. Call us today!

Enlisting Help from SERVPRO Guarantees Appropriate Response to Flood Damage Incidents in Sarasota 

Taking immediate action is one of the widely expected responses to flooding situations since properties continue to deteriorate the longer a flooding situation remains unresolved. However, it is possible to cause more problems while trying to resolve a flooding incident.

Which typical problems can restoration processes create?

Since the restoration of flood damage incidents in Sarasota homes involves several processes, it might be challenging to pinpoint what causes a problem, once it develops. Some of the typical issues our SERVPRO technicians notice in properties that worsen the initial loss include:

  • Spreading contaminants
  • Unnecessary damage to materials
  • Exposing hazardous materials

How easy is it to spread contaminants around the property?

Flooding incidents result in different forms of contamination—incidents involving groundwater deposit a wide range of contaminants collected outside the structure, including biohazards and chemicals. One of the common ways contaminants spread is through foot traffic, whereby people spread the contaminants from the affected area to other sections of the property. However, there are other subtle ways to spread contamination. For instance, processes such as using pressure washers to clean soiled areas or air movers to dry the property can aerosolize contaminants, spreading them throughout the property.

Which actions are likely to expose hazardous materials?

Modern building practices have eliminated the use of hazardous materials such as asbestos. However, the material is still prevalent in older properties. Other hazardous substances like mercury, lead, PCB, and chlorofluorocarbons are present in almost every structure. Exposure mostly happens when removing materials or checking wetness levels using pin-style moisture detectors. Our SERVPRO technicians take precautions when handling different materials to minimize the chances of such exposure. Ordinary materials that may have traces of hazardous substances include:

  • Flooring associated adhesives
  • Attic insulation
  • Cement siding
  • Ceiling tiles

SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help restore flood damage without creating additional problems, making it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (941) 552-6319.

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Who Can Restore Documents and Electronics that Are Water Damaged?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

Blue water drop figure opening file cabinet When Water Damages Your Office Files and Documents—Try Calling SERPVRO in the Sarasota Area for Innovative Recovery Solutions

Sarasota Businesses Can Call SERVPRO to Recover Important Documents After a Water Incident

Even though we live in a digital age, we still keep paper copies of much of our paperwork. This is especially true in the commercial setting where invoices, checks, and purchase orders are vital to streamlining your business processes.

When a pipe bursts or the sprinkler system activates itself, you may find yourself with extensive water damage to your Sarasota business.  Essential documents may be suffering, and computers and servers may also be on the list of damaged crucial office devices.  When everything is soaking wet, you need to reach out to a professional service for quick restoration, if at all possible.

Is air drying enough to save my documents?

Naturally, we all seek to work with what we have at hand. It is not uncommon for our business owners to grab hairdryers and fans to dry their paperwork and preserve it. Although the principle of drying is a valid approach, at SERVPRO, we understand that the process is much more than that. We train to apply sublimation techniques to your paper products to salvage them after the water reaches them--Freeze-Drying. We can do this through any of the below-

  • Using dehumidifiers
  • Vacuum-freezing
  • Vacuum thermal drying

These techniques pay close attention to the states of matter and evaporate water by bypassing the liquid state and encouraging evaporation. Not every piece of paper in your commercial establishment will warrant such specialized attention. Our crew explores the costs and benefits of each of these processes with you before completing them. Together, we come up with a plan that is sensible and mindful of any time and financial limitations there may be.

At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, we put our knowledge and expertise at your service. Call us at (941) 552-6319 and let us develop an action plan with you. Together, we can leave your business, "Like it never even happened."

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Awaking to a Water Cleanup Nightmare in Sarasota

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

Water pooling on a white tile kitchen floor with white cabinets Don’t let water take over your kitchen, Call the experts at SERVPRO at (941) 552-6319.

You Can Depend on SERVPRO’s Swift Action for Your Sarasota Water Cleanup

About the last thing we expect to encounter first thing in the morning is a water catastrophe in our own home.  Well, one elderly Sarasota couple awoke to just this nightmare a few weeks ago.

Without warning, these homeowners immediately needed water cleanup in their Sarasota condo. The night before all had been fine, and the couple’s residence was in pristine condition.  However, the next morning the husband awoke to find the kitchen’s tile flooring covered in large water puddles. The water leakage was so excessive that the lower kitchen cabinets had become saturated with water, and even the dining area’s carpet in the next room was soaked.  Fast action was required to limit lasting damage to the couple’s condo, as well as prevent water from leaking into the condos below.    

The elderly residents were luckily able to find some water cleanup services in Sarasota that could help. After selecting and calling SERVPRO, technicians were on-site within four hours. Workers quickly determined that the water had come from a dishwasher supply line leak.  After doing so, they got to work suctioning up the puddles of water with a wet vac.  The process continued from there.  Next, SERVPRO professionals set up a dehumidifier and several air movers.  They then drilled ½ inch holes in the drywall behind the cabinets to dry the interior area.  After doing this, workers connected the output of the dehumidifier to the injectidry system to blow warm, dry air behind the drywall. 

The overall effect of these actions was to dry out the air and extract moisture from the carpet, cabinets, drywall, and area behind the wall.  After everything was said and done, technicians checked air humidity and moisture levels in the carpet, cabinets, and area behind the wall.  Once humidity and moisture levels were within the appropriate range, the job was complete.                

Sudden water leaks can happen at any time.  Often, they occur when we least expect and are least prepared for them.  Whenever something like this happens to you, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319.    

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Commercial Flood Damage In Your Sarasota Property

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Mold Growth After A Flood In Your Sarasota Property

Commercial customers are very focused on returning to normal business operations after a flood. If the business is not open and receiving customers and employees are not working, recovery can be challenging. Everyone pitches in to remove the floodwaters, debris, and cleanup. But what about mold and contamination from the floodwaters?

SERVPRO provides commercial flood damage restoration services in Sarasota and surrounding areas. We also provide mold remediation and restoration services to clients after a flood event or storm damage. We are available 24 / 7 and can be at your commercial property within four hours of receiving your call to our offices.

Managing Potential Contamination and Mold Infestations

Floodwaters pick up contaminated products, including chemicals, bio-hazards, fecal waste, and more. All of these potentially could be carried into your commercial office. Your employees and customers could be exposed to these bio-hazards if industry cleaning standards are not followed. SERVPRO can keep you safe, preventing your employees and customers from being exposed to serious diseases.

Pockets of moisture may also remain inside hard to reach spaces, under equipment, and areas not flooded. If these areas are not adequately cleaned and dried, mold infestations can occur, causing further health issues for many people, including customers and employees. SERVPRO has a variety of moisture sensors that can detect high moisture areas. We can remove the moisture and prevent the growth of mold infestations.

SERVPRO is also a licensed general contractor: General: CGC1504870, and holds a Mold Remediation license: MRSR3181. We can assist with needed repairs to your office, store or manufacturing facility, saving recovery time, and at lower costs. One call starts the process of reopening your business.

We are also offering our Emergency Ready Program to our clients. Once our SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile has been created, clients can save time and follow emergency tips to protect themselves and their commercial buildings during flooding and other events. The program is free. Our objective is to minimize the time your business is on hold as much as possible.

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Ridge Wood Heights, South Gate Ridge, and surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Sarasota Home After A Fire

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

odor remover machine known as an ozone generator We use various methods to remove the unwanted odor after a fire such as this ozone generator.

Don’t Let Fire Damage Linger on Your Appliances in Your Sarasota Property

Once you suffer from fire loss, the look and smell of your home are instantly changed. Leftover smoke residue and charred debris often make the interior look a lot worse than it is. The good news is that you can get to the heart of the problem and ensure your home is back to normal faster when you hire the right team of experts for the job.

Calling SERVPRO technicians gives you the prompt response you need to remedy fire damage in Sarasota. We can take a look at all of your affected contents, including any appliances covered in soot and smoke residue. Even though these items may seem like a total loss, we have specialized cleaning methods and products that come to the rescue.

Inspection

It is best that all of the appliances within your home are tested to make sure that they are in proper working condition. After exposure to fire, heat, and smoke damage could bring about hidden issues that a trained expert can detect.

Surface Cleaning

When it comes to your dishwasher, range, or refrigerator, the initial thought might be to replace them. However, SERVPRO technicians have the techniques and cleaning agents at-the-ready to start the surface cleaning process along with proprietary restoration methods to get the job done. In many situations, we can restore them to like-new condition.

Non-absorbent surfaces, such as the outside of your freezer or dishwasher, can attract harsh smoke residue that is difficult to clean with traditional methods. Wet cleaning helps to release the sticky residue, making it easier to wipe away. If a stubborn residue is present, SERVPRO technicians use high-alkaline cleaning agents to break it up and remove it.

Pre-Testing Surfaces

Because some finishes on the household appliances can react poorly to some cleaning agents, our technicians take note of the surface materials on your appliances before cleaning begins. We take special care with chrome and aluminum surfaces so that no pitting or other fire damage takes place.

In some situations, yellowing may develop on appliances exposed to heat. SERVPRO technicians have paste cleaners that gently cleanse the surface without disrupting the finish.

Do you need help cleaning up the fire damage in your kitchen? We are always here to help when you need us at SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Give our team a call at (941) 216-6209, and we can send a team out as soon as possible.

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Storm Flood Damage Sarasota – Communication and Reports

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO vehicle sitting in front of a flooded neighborhood. SERVPRO will help you keep your Sarasota flood damage checklist in order.

Flood damage in your Sarasota home is hard let us help you remember it all.

The last thing a homeowner thinks about after their home has undergone significant damage from a storm is completing reports and documenting tasks completed. The client typically focuses on the personal items that can be recovered. Also, the damage to their home and how they are going to recover. Many are very emotional and distraught.

One of the first things SERVPRO tackles after significant storm flood damage in Sarasota is to open a job file that documents everything needed on the job. The equipment, the staff, and the action taken to return the homeowner's home to its original condition. The crew chief discusses the work plan with the homeowner. If the property is insured, the work plan is also discussed with the adjuster. The crew chief aims to bring order out of the chaos.

Managing the Cost of Storm Damage

There is lots of damage caused immediately by the storm. Fast action by SERVPRO can limit the amount of additional damage caused by ongoing exposure to the elements, moisture and mold growth and swelling of hardwood floors, and much more.

We prepare reports documenting all of the work we complete, the concerns of the customer, and the scheduling of restoration work. For example, installing and repairing drywall, replacing underpads, and carpeting, and much more after the home is dried.

Walk-throughs

SERVPRO also schedules walk-throughs and inspections. The chief crew reviews all of the completed work. The crew chief takes notes of any follow-ups that are needed. He or she also completes a walk-through with the client, taking note of their concerns, and preparing instructions for the crew to follow-up before they leave the worksite.

 It is this attention to detail and documentation that goes into the job file that helps SERVPRO deliver quality results and satisfied customers. We aim to return your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened."

We also have Contractor Licenses: General: CGC1504870 and Mold Remediation: MRSR3181.

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Ridge Wood Heights, Gulf Gate Estates, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO is Available in Sarasota to Deal with Water Cleanup

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO van parked in front of a tan fence and blue trash cans. Your Sarasota water damage will need to be addressed as quickly as possible, call SERVPRO.

Water cleaning in your Sarasota home is no problem, let us help.

Even though you try to avoid water damage from happening, water loss events often take place when you least expect it. Whether you have an issue with your plumbing, a structural problem, or an appliance malfunctions, any water cleanup must be addressed as quickly as possible to lessen the impact.

Should you suffer from water damage in your home, SERVPRO is available to help water cleanup in Sarasota to limit the devastation. Not only will we arrive promptly to start an assessment, but we also take the time to monitor the moisture levels in the home to spot any signs of mold growth. It is vital that all of our customers know that inadequate drying from DIY water cleanup spells trouble as it can damage building materials and bring about foul odors.

All of our skilled technicians at SERVPRO have been through rigorous restoration training to include hands-on experiences. This is done to help foster best practices when it comes to mitigating various types of loss. We also engage in regular and ongoing education as the industry changes so that we can bring our customers the latest methods and equipment.

Water Removal

Our technicians employ various equipment when extracting water from homes, depending on the surface area. For tile and wood floors, squeegees are extremely helpful, while weighted extractors, portable extractors, truck mounts, wands, and rovers are good for pulling high levels of water out of carpeting and padding.

Avoiding Mold Growth

Mold spores can quickly germinate given the right conditions, which is why our SERVPRO team works proactively to keep mold growth at bay. We use antimicrobial cleaning agents and industrial-strength sealants to thwart infestations.

Stopping Musty, Foul Water Odors

Water damage can bring lingering odors if any moisture is left within the home. SERVPRO technicians avoid the onset of foul, musty water odors by utilizing moisture detection tools after drying to ensure there is no residual moisture present in the home. Once surfaces are dry, we then wipe them down with high-quality cleaning agents to kill any odor-causing bacteria.

Do you have questions regarding water cleanup? Contact our team today at SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319, and we will send someone out as soon as possible. Before you know it, everything will be, “Like it never even happened.”

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Storm Damage Demolition and Cleanup in Sarasota Is Done Safely by SERVPRO

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van on a brick road in front of white buildings and palm trees Large Condos and Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration—Our Service Vans Inspire Confidence in Our Clients

Maintaining Safety When Restoring Flood Damage Incidents in Sarasota

Cleaning up and dealing with other damages left by floods may be the main focus after your Sarasota home floods, but you must follow the right approaches when performing the restoration to guarantee the right outcome. When you call SERVPRO, we strive to maintain high safety standards throughout the process of restoring the damage from flooding.

Planning the loss site

Chaos! One word often used to describe the aftermath of flood damage incidents in Sarasota. Sometimes the restoration process ends up worsening the situation because of the teardown and contents movements involved. Our SERVPRO technicians make an effort to plan the loss site for safety and convenience when doing the restoration. Simple steps that help include planning where to place dumpsters, generators, or other resources. We also cut down debris from materials such as carpets and drywall reducing them to sizes that can fit perfectly into trash receptacles.

Protecting the site

Although the flooding incident causes much of the damages immediately, the site can continue deteriorating over time.  It is also probable to harm the property during the process of restoring it. Our SERVPRO technicians take different steps to protect the loss site from further damages. The steps may be elaborate such as boarding up openings or setting up containment barriers using plastic sheets inside the structure.  Simple steps such as placing boards over surfaces such as gravel driveways before placing a dumpster also help protect the site.

Recognizing hazards

Dealing with flooding incidents can be risky. Identify existing hazards and preparing for potential ones is the best approach to ensure safe restoration. Our SERVPRO technicians check issues such as slippery floors, tangled cables, and other obstructions that may lead to trip or slip accidents at the loss site. We also check for electrical faults to prevent electrocution. As a precaution, we use GFCI, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, to protect our machines when using them in wet conditions.

Floods can continue posing threats even after the water recedes. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 to help run the restoration process safely. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Immersion Cleaning Saves the Day After Fire Damages Your Sarasota Boutique

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Cream wood sign that says Antiques in black We know how important your business is. Let us help you get you back to work. Give us a call anytime at (941) 552-6319.

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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Attic Mold Damage Remediation in Sarasota

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

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We have your Sarasota home covered when it comes to mold damage.

When an infestation causing mold damage sets up home in a Florida property, it prefers to stay hidden for as long as possible until the musty odor or visible signs of colonies appear. 

SERVPRO technicians know that mold damage in a Sarasota residence is usually a sign of another issue. They scope the property to find areas with mold growth and trace it to the core of the problem allowing conducive conditions to sustain mold. Attics are common places to find colonies and require specialized methods for drying and abatement. 

Why SERVPRO?

When homeowners discover signs of mold damage, they need help fast. Every day that passes allows the issue to grow larger. SERVPRO technicians have extensive training and equipment to not only dry and remediate existing colors, but perform proactive treatments to stop the return. 

What Factors Contribute to Mold Infestionations in a Home?

Airborne mold spores smaller than the human eye can see float around both indoors and outside the home. When they happen to wind up in a space where the ambient humidity averages greater than 50% and the temperature is 70F-degrees, and there is something organic such as wood or sheetrock to consume, the spores germinate and flourish rapidly. In attics, poor ventilation and leaking HVAC (in attic-placed units) or plumbing issues are common reasons.

Is Cross-Contamination of Mold an Issue?

Potentially, colonies lifted off surfaces have the possibility of releasing spores that can wind up in other areas of the home and accidentally spread the infestation. SERVPRO technicians have training and certification in mold remediation #MRSR3181, and they know containment is essential during the mitigation of mold colonies to stop the possibility of spreading. 

How are Colonies Removed?

When found, mold infestations undergo rapid drying and then gently lifted using hand tools and HEPA-equipped vacuums to sweep away the dried debris. When mold grows on sheetrock, it has no restoration potential through cleaning methods and requires removal. 

A typical situation found in attic spaces is colonies growing on wood support beams; they are also consuming as a food source. These beams are an integral part of the structure, and removal is not an option. SERVPRO technicians use a method of abatement known as "soda blasting" that delivers high-velocity sodium bicarbonate, which works as a light abrasive and removes dried colonies without marring surfaces.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota  at (941) 552-6319 has the knowledge and experience to assist homeowners in the remediation of mold damage in their homes and halting the issues causing it, so it is "Like it never even happened."

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How to Take the Headache Out of Sarasota Water Damage

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

excess water on the floor of a living room Effective water removal and mold prevention are two of the services that SERVPRO specializes in. Contact our certified technicians today.

Drying Water Damage in Sarasota

Water damage can be problematic for any house. To avoid costly repairs from neglected leaks, early water removal is advised.

Water damage professionals can easily be found in Sarasota to prevent possible structural malfunction within a building. When water damage has first occurred, establishing an effective plan is crucial. An experienced technician can accurately assess the environment.

What is A Drying Goal?

When an area needs water removal, a technician will create a drying goal. Professionals from SERVPRO will calculate how dry an environment needs to be by the time they are finished. After focusing on humidity and moisture content, a drying goal can then be created.

Which Drying Techniques Are Involved?

SERVPRO can implement several different drying techniques depending on the airflow process. By correctly positioning airflow, moisture can dry in a number of wet or damp areas. For wet ceilings, direct airflow must be used. This can also circulate warm air that has risen from below. Ventilation is often essential for problem areas like walls.

Air movers guide dry air to wet areas. By arranging them at specific angles, affected walls can benefit from air bounced off other surfaces. One way of creating maximum dry air for wet walls is to place each air mover in a clockwise pattern. This provides a strong air stream to evenly dry wall structures.

Dehumidifiers are also used to dry areas that are difficult to reach. To dry carpeting, an air mover can be placed underneath the fabric. The “floating carpet” technique causes air to escape, decreasing the time it takes to dry.

How is the Process Monitored?

SERVPRO monitors drying equipment accurately so that drying conditions can be documented. Temperature, moisture and humidity will allow a technician to read the progress of water removal.

Humidifiers and air movers are observed in case they need to be relocated for maximum air flow. In addition to checking air movers and humidifiers, water removal technicians monitor the air from each dehumidifier. With each drying technique evaluated, water can be removed at a faster pace.

SERVPRO of Sarasota can efficiently remove water from your property. We are available 24/7 to help. Simply call (239) 573-5911.

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Protecting Your Sarasota Store from Predators After a Hurricane

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Two men standing in water on top of a building, neither men are wearing shoes and have their pants rolled up. We know how serious water damage and protecting your property is after a devastating event. The water won’t stop us.

Let SERVPRO help you not just with storm damage, but with protecting your business.

While natural flooding can bring all manner of creatures into your Sarasota storefront including snakes, alligators, bugs, and other living things, one of the worst predators that unassuming shop owners face after hurricanes are other people. There are two main ways that our SERVPRO team can help you to avoid these hunters and keep your property and your profits safe. Part of this assurance we can offer hinges on securing our services shortly after the damages occur to your business.

Flood damage to Sarasota shops like yours can be devastating to your stock and inventory, not to mention the fixtures, furniture, and carpeting throughout the main shop floor. As overwhelming as this might initially be, you should not immediately jump at the first “company” that happens by offering deals that seem too good to be true. In nearly all cases with restoration: if it seems like a steal, it likely is – just out of your pocket.

Scam Artists 

These are among the most dangerous of the predators that business owners face, as these people can present themselves as reputable contractors or even charities looking to help you recover your losses when you need help the most. Always fact check and ask lots of questions if things do not seem legitimate. Most property owners can save themselves thousands of dollars by taking a moment to attune their instincts. Our SERVPRO team does not ask for money upfront to cover restoration costs.

Looters 

As bad as scam artists can be as they prey upon those in a crisis, the same can get said about those that implement widespread breaking and entering for thievery when your structure is vulnerable. With structural openings or broken windows, thieves can easily access your shop floor. Our SERVPRO team can set up temporary fencing and perform emergency construction services like board ups to discourage looting as restoration continues inside your business.

Natural disasters can feel like a time when our communities band together to offer help and relief, however possible. Our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team understands how important it is to get your doors back open again quickly and have the skilled professionals and advanced equipment to do it. Call us today at (941) 552-6319.

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Our Crew Will Help You Clean Up Your Sarasota Home After A Fire

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

wooden crates stacked in warehouse with forklift in foreground Fire damage in a home created soot and smoke damage to the contents as well as to the dwelling itself. We moved the contents to our warehouse.

Get Expert Fire Damage Cleanup for Your Sarasota Residence to Prevent Additional Damage

All fires can be dangerous even if the aftereffects are not visible immediately. They can leave a home unsafe and cause structural damage because of soot and ash residues as wells as water damage from fire extinguishing efforts. Fire damage restoration is usually necessary. 

To restore your Sarasota residence after fire damage, you can call SERVPRO. Our crew can help you clean up the affected areas to restore your residential property to the state it was in before the fire. We have helped many property owners deal with fire damage. We recommend that you take the following steps as you prepare to restore your home. 

  • Open all doors and windows to help remove as much smoke as possible.
  • Use plastic sheets to cover up clean and unaffected furniture to safeguard it from damage during the cleanup process. 
  • Do not plug in electronics. Contact an electrician to inspect your house for electrical damage that the fire may have caused. 
  • Dispose of any open or possibly exposed foods that may be contaminated because of the fire. 

Fire and smoke are tricky problems to deal with, and that is the reason it is vital to work with professionals who have expertise in fire restoration. Our technicians can inspect your home and take care of every bit of smoke and soot damage. During the restoration process, we identify the source to determine which kind of fire occurred. We also evaluate the wet areas that require drying and then use equipment like wet/dry vacuums, air movers, and dehumidifiers to eliminate the water and moisture. 

A fire can char some structures of your home. We perform structural restoration, which includes removing charred items that could seal in smoke like burned wood and insulation. Fire damage also causes smoke damage to walls, paint, and wallpaper. Our technicians can clean different surfaces that have smoke, soot, and other residues. The methods we use to clean structural items depend on the surface that requires cleaning. We can wet clean some surfaces and dry clean others. Wet cleaning involves using water-based cleaning products, while dry-cleaning is ideal for surfaces that can sustain damage if we use water-based products. 

Although wet cleaning is more effective at removing residues, it is not suitable for porous surfaces like unfinished wood because moisture can set residues into the wood. Our SERVPRO technicians use dry cleaning sponges to remove the residues. 

For washable surfaces, we use water with or without a cleaning agent to clean. The items we clean using this method are usually wet during the cleaning process. It is an effective cleaning strategy for cleaning surfaces that are moderately or heavily soiled. We can perform wet cleaning to deal with greasy, oil-based residues or soils on glossy-painted or flat-painted surfaces. 

When there are residues in your home after a fire, you can count on SERVPRO of South Sarasota to assist you with cleaning up the affected areas. Call us today at (941) 552-6319. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Our Experts Are Trained To Safely Restore Your Sarasota Home

8/21/2019 (Permalink)

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The Risks of DIY Flood Recovery in Your Sarasota Home

Natural disasters present a dangerous situation for many Sarasota homes. The less that homeowners understand about emergencies like flooding, the more susceptible they become to the persistent risks and threats present in rising floodwaters affecting the neighborhood. Knowing how to address these issues safely is a focal point of the professional recovery services that our SERVPRO team can offer after flood damage has occurred.

With the speed that flooding can overtake a property, how you manage flood damage in Sarasota homes is vital to protecting structural integrity and the contents of the house. Relying on the fast response and experienced results from our SERVPRO team can keep you protected from many of the dangers present in worsening flood damage, but it can also help to prevent loss and unnecessary reconstruction.

There are many risks and threats associated with natural flooding from rising bodies of water like the local streams and creeks. Even flash flooding can present many of these same threats. No matter how flooding occurs in your property, here are some things you must be cautious of to prevent personal injury, structural loss, and irreparable damages to the contents of your home.

 - Contaminants – Depending on what floodwater encounters in its path to your home, many potential contaminants exist. From dead animals and bacteria to chemicals and other substances, our SERVPRO team must protect ourselves throughout the extraction and drying processes to prevent exposure to harmful contamination.

 -Animals – Rising waters and fast-moving currents can bring all manner of creatures into your home that get swept in with flood damage. Snakes and alligators can be among the most potentially harmful of these, though nearly any threatened animal can injure you.

 -Structural Weakening – Overexposure to supports, flooring, and ceiling materials can all begin to over encumber their designated limits. Heavy ceiling materials can collapse, flooring can buckle under the added weight of a restorer. These are all conditions that our professionals must diligently combat during our recovery efforts.  

Although there are many threats and risks to flooding in your home, many homeowners still have the impression that DIY approaches can save time and money. No matter what you decide, our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team is available to help however you need it. Give our rapid response team a call whenever disaster strikes at (941) 552-6319.

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South Sarasota Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Water, Mold, Storm and Fire Damage Restoration

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with equipment to handle your water, storm, mold or fire damage restoration needs.

Why South Sarasota Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Licensed Restoration Services 

Our company has been operating essential maintenance and restoration services of private communities here in Florida for many years. Our mold remediation crew chiefs hold licenses from Florida state. Our technicians in all areas have worked closely with SERVPRO corporate and Large Loss Recovery teams for national disasters. Each job we do adds to our enviable resume of home restoration for fire, water, mold, and storm-related incidents, providing us with the necessary experience to get your South Sarasota home back to its preloss condition.  

Storm Damage Restoration

The type of damages your property can sustain during extreme weather events is manifold. High winds can loosen roof tiling or send flying debris through windows or doors. Any initial harm to the structural integrity of your home compounds quickly by rainfall, road overflow, or flash flooding situations that require immediate attention to mitigate losses. The sooner you act, the more likely you are to rescue the contents and structure of your home. Contact our storm damage team in South Sarasota immediately on our twenty-four-hour emergency line to gain assistance from our rapid response units.  

Often, the work of storm restoration services is to restore possessions and structure rather than replace them. SERVPRO can carry this out efficiently by first scoping the property to perform vital mitigation tasks. These vital tasks may include blocking furniture or removing it to a cleanroom as well as putting up emergency boarding over broken windows or doors. Restoring power to the property or bringing in generators to provide temporary power and assessing contamination levels to provide a safe working environment for third party contractors.  

Storm damages that require emergency restoration services can be emotionally stressful experiences for a homeowner. Sometimes, contractors or remodelers may need to be brought in to guarantee the integrity of the structure. SERVPRO has strong bonds with local general contractors, insurance adjusters, and the chamber of commerce which allows us to enlist honest help on your behalf; allowing you to deal with only one point of contact throughout the restoration service.  

Mold Remediation

In the state of Florida, mold remediation services require a state-license by law. Our team of trained SERVPRO technicians is equipped to assess and remediate mold damage in your South Sarasota home with the necessary licenses and training to control microbial growth. Microbial growth issues tend to crop up during the spring and summer months due to the comparatively drier air in the winter. However, a mold issue can occur at any time provided the conditions for microbial growth are there, which is often the case in centrally heated homes throughout the year.  

The conditions for any microbial growth are food supply, the temperature of above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and moisture. The home environment is full of porous natural materials that are perfect for mold to feed. For this reason, infested insulation, drywall, and subfloor pads often need demolishing and replaced with non-contaminated materials to ensure that the issue does not return. Structural components like hardwood flooring can often be soda blasted by SERVPRO to remove surface layers of an infestation then refinished and restored to their original condition.  

Humid conditions are ideal for mold growth, providing both temperature and moisture. One solution to this problem in your South Sarasota home is to dehumidify the affected area using desiccant chemicals. SERVPRO can control the humidity of a specific area using physical containment barriers. These have the double function of preventing spores from spreading into unaffected areas of the home during the aggressive cleaning procedure. Often increased relative humidity is the result of a slow leak. SERVPRO can address the source of the problem using structural cavity drying equipment to ensure mold growth does not return after restoration services are complete.  

Water Damage Restoration

A water incident in your property can cover any wide range of scenarios from faulty internal plumbing to blockages and external issues like heavy rainfall. Over time, these issues can become increasingly severe, resulting in water damage in your South Sarasota property. One common cause of this type of damage is insufficient sealing in water access points around the home. These may include bathrooms, kitchens, Heating Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and water tanks.  

All types of water damage contain microbes, so restoration services need careful remediation to ensure that these microbes do not reproduce or otherwise further contaminate the affected area. As a homeowner, it is vital to bring in professional restoration services as soon as the issue becomes apparent. You may notice staining, discoloration, or odor in some regions of the home that are indicative of a water issue being present.  

Water situations develop over time, often in recesses of your South Sarasota home that have restricted access. SERVPRO technicians may need to move furniture, temporarily pull up carpets, floorboards or tiles and assess cavities. Using moisture sensors, we can accurately assess the level of moisture content in structural components around your South Sarasota home. By bringing in structural cavity drying equipment like injectidry systems, we can effectively dry inside walls, between floors, and underneath fittings, before performing professional disinfecting as well as cleaning of the affected area and contents. 

Fire Damage Restoration

In fire damage scenarios, first response units like firefighters perform the initial mitigation task by containing, controlling and then extinguishing the fire at you South Sarasota home. However, it is restorers that perform the tasks to get your home back to its condition before the incident taking place. We need to act quickly for our restoration services to get the best results after fire damage in your South Sarasota home. Often, water used during firefighting procedure can set soots into mattresses, sofas, and carpets, making them a challenge to restore fully.  

It is rare for a property fire to damage the structure itself permanently. Materials used for South Sarasota homes are mortar and finished woods and metals that make them resilient to all but the most severe of incidents. However, hot smokes produced by combusting materials can leave stubborn, odorous stains on walls and ceilings throughout the home requiring professional restoration services. When the smoke cools, soots can drop onto fabrics like carpet or upholstery below, causing further damages.  

SERVPRO technicians have access to a full range of chemical cleaning agents to tackle stubborn staining. Water-based cleaning agents are generally effective against natural, dry smoke deposits whereas oil-based chemicals work better against oily deposits created from combusting synthetic materials. The priority of our restoration services for your South Sarasota home is to remove soiling. After that, we can utilize thermal Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers to fumigate the affected area and remove odors. 

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is the leading provider of restoration services for this part of Florida with a stellar reputation at dealing with mold, fire, water or storm incidents. Contact us anytime at (941) 552-6319.

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The Untold Secrets About Water Damage Remediation in Your Sarasota Home

8/4/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is a disaster sometimes. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Water Removal Sarasota – Bathroom Water Leak Triggers Carpet Replacement

A water leak in a bathroom often spreads to the carpeted bedroom nearby. Wet carpeting in your presents several unusual challenges for cleaning and drying, especially in humid conditions found in the Sarasota area. Carpet construction is made up of four components: Carpet fibers, Backing materials, Latex to hold the fibers and backing together, Padding between the floor and the carpet. 

SERVPRO specializes in water removal in Sarasota. If water has penetrated through to the floor, the carpet and pad usually are removed to dry the floor. Padding often breaks apart when it is wet, especially if it needs to be removed to dry the floor underneath. The cost of drying the padding in place vs. replacing the padding is often much more expensive. As a result, the underpad is often replaced. 

Carpets break down in high traffic areas which can cause delamination or separation of the backing materials. Wet carpets and padding may need to be removed to dry the carpet and remove all humidity properly. Aggressive water extraction can also cause further separation of the backing in the carpet. 

Delamination between the backing and the carpet fibers can cause bubbling after the carpet has been dried. A carpet with bubbles cannot be repaired and may be considered a pre-existing condition. SERVPRO notifies the homeowner and the insurance adjustor if our technicians discover delamination in the carpet. 

Glued down carpets also experience bubbling due to loss of adhesive from regular daily foot traffic. The bubbles show up when the carpet is exposed to water. Small areas of bubbling can often be dried and the bubbles repaired. Larger areas may require the carpet to be removed and replaced. 

Our technicians can assess all of these issues and provide information to the homeowner to assist in deciding the best approach to take.  We can also help with providing information for insurance claim forms. The options can include full replacement of the carpet and underpad vs. drying the carpet and underpad vs. drying the carpet and replacing the underpad. 

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 for 24/7 service. We also cover Siesta Key, Osprey, and Vamo; We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Sarasota Home After A Flooding Disaster

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Sarasota is available 24/7 365 days a year to restore your home and make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Flood Damage Professionals In Sarasota Describe Steps To Take After A Storm

Hurricane season is almost here which can often bring about thunderstorms, rain, and other severe weather to the Sarasota area. Businesses in Florida file more commercial flood damage claims than many other states. If flooding occurs on the streets where your office building resides, water can enter your building and start causing destruction. Once the materials inside your offices get wet, the issues can get worse; the longer things stay damp.

When dealing with commercial flood damage in Sarasota, the best idea is to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We utilize the best methods to help reduce the costs incurred by your company, including but not limited to, reducing the loss of revenue or production. We also implement tactics that mitigate problems quickly before they turn into secondary issues.

However, it can be smart to start removing moisture and conduct some mitigating procedures before our SERVPRO team arrives to start flood damage restoration. When working with moisture-related problems, the idea is to get rid of any water in your building as quickly as humanly possible. For instance, if there is standing water inside your office complex, then it is best to have your maintenance crew use a sump pump to suck the water up into your building's sewage drain system.

Next, it is wise to clean up any other water on hard surfaces using a mop or a squeegee. If carpets got wet, you could have your maintenance or custodial team vacuum the affected flooring material with a wet/dry vac. These vacuums can also be used to suck water out of your office chairs, couches, or other wet contents.

Then, it is wise to jump-start the structural drying process. Opening your office's windows and doors can help with drying if the outdoor humidity is lower than what it is indoors. Setting up fans can also help create air circulation. Wet items dry faster in warmer environments, so turning up the heat can also help speed up the natural evaporation and drying process.

If flooding ever affects your office complex in Vamo, Ridge Wood Heights, or Bee Ridge, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 shortly after you notice a problem.

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

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

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.”

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

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

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.”

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SERVPRO of South Sarasota and Compete Mold Damage Solutions

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

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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."

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

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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The Ultimate Guide to Fire Damage Remediation In Sarasota

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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Siesta Key Professionals Talk About Flood Restoration

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

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Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water Damage in Sarasota

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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Our IICRC Trained Professionals Are Ready To Restore Your Sarasota Home

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

We have the necessary equipment, expertise and years of experience to restore your home so you can rest easy.

Use Flood Damage Cleanup Services in Sarasota to Restore Your Home to its Pre-loss Condition

Floods can occur at any time due to rising groundwater levels, dam failures, overflowing rivers or seas, and heavy rainfall. Flood water can affect walls, floors, soft furnishings and building structures depending on its severity. After a flood, it is critical that a home is assessed immediately and all items affected by water removed and dried promptly. This helps to reduce further structural damage while limiting the chance of mold growth.

Flood waters usually contain hazardous microorganisms. To prevent additional flood damage to your Sarasota home, you need to hire a company experienced in flood damage cleanup such as SERVPRO. We have the resources and expertise to clean up your property to make the damage appear “Like it never even happened.” Our remediation experts understand the importance of dealing with the destruction and harmful remnants left behind after flooding and provide proficient cleanup solutions to our customers.

Our IICRC certified technicians can clean and sanitize your property and possessions to return them to their pre-incident state, helping to reduce the disruption flooding causes and eliminate health risks. We have equipment that can remove water from your home fast. We use submersible pumps with adequate volume capacity and lift capacity when the water in a building is over two inches deep. We pump the water directly into a treated sewer, often a toilet or a septic tank if a home has one. If a large volume of water must be removed, we contact a septic tank company.

SERVPRO technicians extract as much water as possible to speed up drying. After removing most of the water, we use air moving and dehumidification equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. Air movers cause evaporation to speed up drying while dehumidifiers eliminate water vapor from the air to expedite the same. We also use moisture detection devices to determine which areas have water and determine if a structure is dry. Our technicians can also use specialized techniques to clean restorable items like furniture. We also use industrial air scrubbers to remove odors.

After experiencing flood damage, SERVPRO of South Sarasota can help you restore your property to its original condition. We are committed to client satisfaction. Contact us any time at (941) 552-6319 for flood damage cleanup services in Sarasota, Siesta Key, and South Sarasota.

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Welcome to a New Look at Siesta Key Water Removal

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Whether water drips on your flooring or comes up from below, the resulting water damage still needs to be addressed. Contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Techniques for Water Removal and Floor Restoration in Siesta Key

Water damage to flooring requires special attention. If the floor can be restored depends on the type of materials it is constructed with, how long it was saturated and how fast remediation efforts began. Whether or not there is carpeting also plays a role.

When SERVPRO tackles water removal on Siesta Key floors, the methods used by our technicians vary from site to site. Restorations cannot begin until both the floor and subfloor meet our standards for dryness when measured with our moisture probes before we begin the next step.

The type of flooring is also critical in determining if it can be restored and the methods used by our technicians. Although we do not make final decisions on removing damaged flooring from the property, our technicians communicate with both homeowners and claims adjusters the current state and probability of restoration.

In clean water cleanups, our technicians use weighted extractors to push water out of padding so carpeting can be dried in place. Hardwood flooring that is not constructed of engineered wood can sometimes be restored on a case by case basis. Drying mats are also referred to as "tenting" over the wood allows it to thoroughly dry by increasing the rate of evaporation from the wood. The boards may show signs of residual cupping or buckling that diminishes as the floor dries. The homeowner can sand any slight remaining warping and refinish.

Concrete is porous and can absorb water. SERVPRO technicians dry it thoroughly and remove any white powdery residue left by water. Application of an EPA-registered disinfectant inhibits the growth of mold.

Tile floors respond to water saturation in different ways depending on the type of tile. Asphalt tile tends to keep a good bond to the subfloor while vinyl tile may lose its grip and require replacement. SERVPRO technicians measure moisture under tile using a nonpenetrating meter to ensure there is no potential for mold.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota knows water removal needs to happen as quickly as possible to avoid additional damage to your flooring. Our emergency services are available 24/7 when you call (941) 552-6319.

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Call Our Crew If A Flood Has Damaged Your Sarasota Home

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 when you need flood damage cleaned up in your home.

Flood Damage Can Happen With Even Low Amounts Of Water In Sarasota

Florida is no stranger to flooding from storms, and as water stands in a home, more and more damage occurs. The key is fast turning on damage mitigation for the affected property, and we have the equipment and resources to do the job.

Flood damage in Sarasota is a severe situation. Even an inch of water a home can bring in a myriad of problems such as toxins, chemicals, sewage, debris or even pests like fire ants can be brought in with flood waters. The key to avoiding as much loss to property and possessions as possible is to extract the water and dry the home and contents as quickly as possible.

Why SERVPRO? We know the clock is ticking on damage from flood water and that is why our emergency response is ready 24 hours a day, and we arrive within four hours on-site to begin cleanup.

SERVPRO technicians are certified in a diverse number of restoration types to ensure whatever the damage, we can handle it. Extraction of water is a priority and the saving of home contents. The truck-mounted pumps can pull thousands of gallons of water from a property quickly. For smaller water extraction jobs, teams of technicians cover wet areas with portable pumps. Our specialists can clean items on site, or when more restorative efforts are required, we pack up items and transfer them to another location for cleaning and sanitization. Whatever the situation, we handle it with compassion towards the homeowners and professionalism to get the job done.

As certified techs use specially formulated cleaning products to eliminate fungus, bacteria, and odors from surfaces, other teams of techs inspect the home to see what drywall or building materials need to be removed due to damage. Mold is a particular concern after a flood, and we also hold a Florida State License for Mold Assessment & Remediation. Our technicians know the conditions that harbor mold and how to avoid them.

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 when you need flood damage cleaned up in your home. Our local IICRC-certified team is available 24/7 to help property owners avoid as much loss to water damage as possible through our restoration techniques.

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Call Our Professionals When Your Siesta Key Condo Suffers A Water Damage Incident

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

If you want to make the situation “Like it never even happened.” and get your tenants back into the property quickly, give our professionals a call.

Restoring Your Water-Damaged Siesta Key Condo Quickly

While you might oversee the rental of multiple condos throughout the Siesta Key area, this also means that you absorb the responsibility for their upkeep and maintenance. This role requires you to obtain the right professional restoration services for your properties whenever water loss incidents occur. Our team can respond 24/7 to any emergency that threatens your properties with the expertise and equipment to make a difference quickly.

With so many people paying a high amount to maintain a residence in one of your condos, they expect you to resolve potential issues and problems like water damage immediately. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24-hour response to any emergency, giving us an advantage over other restoration companies in the area that would make you wait until normal operating hours to arrive. With water damage in Siesta Key being so potentially threatening to the entire property and adjacent units, responding fast to these concerns can help to save you out-of-pocket expenses and time in getting renters back into the unit.

One of the advantages to a fast response to your water-damaged condo is our team’s ability to set up extraction and drying equipment with our initial visit. We have high-powered drying equipment and tools that can work fast to force moisture out of exposed structural elements and can work to protect flooring and contents from tear out or discarding. Our high-velocity air movers and LGR dehumidifiers work together to dry out exposed areas of your property quickly.

Our SERVPRO team can double-check our efforts throughout the entire process with our thermal imagery and moisture detection equipment. These tools work to show us moisture pockets throughout the exposed areas, showcasing where more focused drying attention might be necessary.

There might be many concerns when one of the condos you own face water damages, but our SERVPRO of South Sarasota rapid response team can help. If you want to make the situation “Like it never even happened.” and get your tenants back into the property quickly, give our professionals a call 24/7 at (941) 552-6319.

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Keeping Your Kitchen Safe from Fires in Sarasota

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Fires in the kitchen can quickly escalate. Stay safe and call SERVPRO after the fire is under control to begin the remediation process.

Basic Preventative and Maintenance Actions can Help Preclude Kitchen Fires

Your kitchen has the potential to be the most dangerous room in your home. It holds many hazards which can cause unintentional fires and burns. There are some basic safety rules you can follow to keep your kitchen free from hazards. If you have experienced a kitchen fire, you need the professional help of our technicians at SERVPRO. We are a trained and experienced fire damage remediation company who has the tools required to restore your home after a fire.
 
The first thing you should always have in your Sarasota kitchen to prevent fire damage is a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. A smoke detector also needs to be installed and maintained regularly. Any cleaning products should be stored away from children, and do not leave a heat source or fire unattended.
 
Stove and Oven
 
Clean your range and oven regularly and be thorough. Doing so prevents residual grease and food from catching fire. When you are cooking, keep handles of pots turned inward, away from the stove’s edge. Do not wear loose, long sleeves which can hang over the stove while cooking. Keep your eye on the oven at all times when it is on and ensure it is turned off when you are done cooking.
 
Flammable items such as dish rags, towels, and curtains should not be near the stove. Also, be cautious with flammable liquids, since a small spark can ignite vapors from these fluids.
 
Microwave Ovens
 
Ensure all vents are clear of obstructions and the microwave has enough space for air circulation. Do not put foil or other metals in the microwave oven, as they can create sparks and fires. SERVPRO can help you restore your kitchen back to its former condition after a fire in your microwave.

Appliances
 
Do not use appliances which have not been tested and approved by a recognized facility. Keep electrical outlets from being overloaded as well and check for broken or worn wiring on a regular basis. Be sure to make any needed repairs in a timely fashion and keep cords on the counter, so they do not get pulled down accidentally.
 
Deep Fryers and Frying Pans
 
The best thing to prevent fryer fires is to use a fryer with a controlled thermostat. Do not allow grease and fat build up in pans or on the stove, since they can easily catch fire. When SERVPRO arrives at your home, we assess the damage first, including any smoke or soot and water damage. Before we begin any remediation, we go over the plan with you so you can understand all that is happening.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here whenever you need us. If you have experienced a kitchen fire in your home, just reach out to us at (941) 552-6319 so we can help you clean up and repair your home.

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How A Fire At Your Neighbor's Property Can Damage Your Sarasota Home

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot from a neighboring property can invade your home.

Cleaning Smoke Residue from a Nearby Sarasota Structure Fire

Housefires thankfully do not always occur to just your Sarasota home. However, with the likelihood for any home nearby to experience this disaster, your property could remain at risk for the effects of a massive structure fire. The smoke residue is one of the biggest hurdles to overcome when a nearby home catches fire, as the outside and parts of the interior of your home can become affected by the spreading smoke and soot particulates in the air.

The exterior and parts of the interior of your home are susceptible to smoke and soot fire damage in Sarasota when nearby properties battle this disaster. While the primary home experiences the greatest brunt of fire damages and effects including structural damages, your home might only get coated in a thick residue from wet smoke from the smoldering property. Removing this residue requires specialized equipment and the expertise of our SERVPRO professionals, as many conventional cleaning methods can allow your siding or brickwork on the exterior of your home to become stained.

Even more detrimental than the need to clean the exterior of your home is the possibility of this smoke and soot damage reaching inside. Many homeowners run their air conditioning units year round, allowing a constant intake of air from the outside to get treated and forced through the ductwork. When this outside air is thick with soot and smoke particles, these get brought into your HVAC system and can get distributed through your home by bypassing a clogged filter.

Cleaning up the interior of your home, as well as the outside of the property, involves the use of high-powered vacuums that can remove the bulk of the residue resting on the material. Cleaning is an intricate process with industrial-grade solvents and detergents.

Sometimes your home does not have to be the center of the disaster to experience some of the effects. No matter what emergency your home faces, trust in the fast response and expertise of our SERVPRO of South Sarasota fire restoration technicians. Give us a call 24/7 at (941) 552-6319.

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SERVPRO Makes Sarasota Homes Healthy To Live In

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Our experts arrived to this home and restored this closet of mold so these homeowners could live safely again in their home. We are available 24/7.

The Way SERVPRO Remediates Mold Damage Protects Sarasota Properties from Start to Finish

When we get a call about microbial infestations in a Sarasota home, we arrive with all of the tools and materials we need to make that home healthy again. Microbes come in many varieties, but all require specific environmental conditions to develop and grow.

The equipment that we use in a Sarasota home when remediating areas with mold damage all meet or exceeds current IICRC recommendations. We can assure you that our experience in this area also gives us the upper hand on mold and mildew that plague your residence.

A significant part of our mold remediation methodology includes reliance on HEPA filters. These filters trap particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. This means that at least 99.97% of contaminants that size or larger get removed from the air in your home. Because spores are more substantial than that, at 3 microns to a relatively large 100 microns, we free your home of the spores already present when we arrive.

Using chambers made of plastic sheeting and tubing, and an air scrubber, we trap any spores released into the air by the mold we are working on removing. When microbes sense a change in air currents, they release spores into the air. This is because mold wants to colonize other areas where new food sources might exist. The chamber's setup keeps mold particles enclosed and helps to do the same to the spores. When we vacuum after blasting or abrading through scraping moldy surfaces, we again use equipment that has a HEPA filtration system.

Spores can number in the tens of thousands in any home, and we can contain the majority of these. Complete elimination of spores is not needed, nor is doing so a possibility. However, restoring healthy indoor environmental conditions can help prevent future problems with mold and mildew. We use other equipment that reveals in detail where hidden moisture exists, often leading to leaky pipes that you might know exist. Sealing these off correctly can prevent future situations and also help reduce your water bill.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota can send an IICRC-certified mold damage remediation team to your Bee Ridge, Varno, or Ridge Wood Heights residence. Call us at (941) 552-6319 for an appointment at your earliest convenience and more information about how we can help you protect your property.

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Has Flooding Damaged Your Sarasota Home's Foundation?

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

It is important to have your foundation inspected after flooding.

Restoring Flood Damage to Sarasota Home Foundations

Foundations throughout the Sarasota area come in different looks and compositions. From natural stonework to concrete slabs, caring for the foundation of your home requires identifying problems as they occur. When flooding happens throughout the area, even without penetrating the main floor of your home, your property could still be among those damaged by the emergency. Your foundation, regardless of its construction, was not intended to withstand pooling water.

Since you might not be able to inspect areas of your Sarasota foundation for flood damage visually, this task becomes one of the first actions of our professionals when you give us a call. We have the tools that can help us to identify problem areas and moisture pockets within the material itself that requires our attention. Allowing moisture to persist in the foundation can lead to widespread problems for structural integrity and mold growth in the supports and main floor of your house.

Our SERVPRO Franchise professionals can arrive quickly with our inspection equipment that can help to determine if such problems exist. Thermal imagery is one of these advanced tools, allowing us to identify moisture pockets within the foundation materials based on temperature differences. Once we can determine areas where your foundation has become compromised, we can work to dry out this damage using other equipment that we bring along for every water restoration project: our air movers.

Air movers force hot air into materials and push out the moisture saturation. Once this moisture is out in the environment, it becomes the work of our dehumidification equipment to draw it out of the air and into the collection tray in the machine. If our SERVPRO Franchise professionals can reach an emergency like flooding quickly enough, we can often preserve your foundation from requiring more costly repairs and work to prevent secondary effects like mold growth from taking root.

While flooding might not always affect the main floor of your home, this, unfortunately, does not mean that your home is in the clear from its effects. Give our SERVPRO of South Sarasota rapid response team a call for a thorough inspection and any time-sensitive moisture removal needs to protect your property. You can reach us 24/7 by calling (941) 552-6319.

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Your Siesta Key Café Is In Safe Hands When A Water Damage Disaster Occurs

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Identifying the source is vital before taking other steps during commercial water removal café in Siesta Key.

Practical Commercial Water Removal Café In Siesta Key

Dealing with a water spill in your Siesta Key café can be a minor incident that you contain easily with mops and buckets or a significant event with immediate and long-term implications. Depending on the incident, the water could be contained in one area like the kitchen or spread to all areas including the sitting area where customers have their meals. Regardless of the extent of the spill, it is likely to interfere with the normal operations, so fast water removal is crucial.

Identifying the source is vital before taking other steps during commercial water removal café in Siesta Key. Sometimes the spill can happen from a plumbing leak within a wall cavity or other hidden areas. Teardown of wall materials is necessary to pinpoint the source and fix the leak. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized equipment such as thermal cameras to trace the source of the leak which eliminates guesswork fast-tracking the process.

When there is flooding in your cafe humidity levels increase which can affect food in different ways, for example, the high humidity level reduces the shelf life of many foods because it is favorable for bacterial growth. Higher humidity can also cause problems with packaging by corroding metal cans or weakening paper packaging. Our SERVPRO technicians work fast to remove standing water and regularize humidity levels. We use different equipment like wet-dry vacs and truck-mounted water extractors to expedite water removal.

Removing standing water does not eliminate all the excess moisture caused by the spill. Some remains in the air and porous materials that remain wet after the initial extraction. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained in ASD, Applied Structural Drying, allowing them to take the best measures to restore normal humidity levels. We use air movers to increase evaporation rate from wet materials and dehumidifiers to extract the moisture from the air. Apart from restoring your café to its preloss state, proper drying also prevents future problems like mold development.

Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 to help you in case your premises floods. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Some Warning Signs of Sarasota Fire Damage That You Should Avoid

1/13/2019 (Permalink)

When a fire affects your home, first make sure that you and your family are safe. Then contact SERVPRO after the firefighters leave.

Competent Fire Damage Cleanup Crews Also Prevent Damage to Your Sarasota Property

A house fire in Sarasota does not merely cause problems directly related to the flames. Water used while extinguishing the flames soaks into walls and your belongings, including those that only suffer from a film of soot.
 
When SERVPRO sends a mitigation team to your home to perform fire damage cleanup in Sarasota, we do everything needed to make it “Like it never even happened.” Removing damaged items like sections of wooden trim, furniture, and personal belongings that burned only does a fraction of the work required to make your house a home again.
 
We also need to extract the water that can make your home susceptible to microbial damage. This extra water can also create weak spots in your property's frame where it might have previously seemed stable, even after the fire. We know that water moves from damp areas to dry areas, and we use this to force moisture out of the materials in your home. Warm air also holds more moisture than cooler air can, so we heat the air to increase the amount of water vapor it can hold. We use other methods to pull water out of your home, as well, ensuring it becomes dry again.
 
Another aspect of fire damage cleanup that we offer our customers is ridding your home of the odors you experience after a fire. Small fires can produce problems as widespread as more massive fires because smoke particles can remain airborne for quite a while before falling onto surfaces. The type of fire can also cause extreme odors that can prove highly distracting. High humidity during warmer days can strengthen smells, too.
 
Our IICRC-certified Odor Control Technician (OCT) can perform thermal fogging to effectively control these new odors. Using this method, we send neutralizing agents into the same locations that the smoke traveled during the fire. Once in contact with soot particles, a chemical bonding takes place and makes the odor-causing soot too heavy to become lifted into the air again.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota covers the area around Bee Ridge, Osprey, and Siesta Key, offering competent specialists who know how to perform highly effective fire damage cleanup tasks. Always arriving ready to begin the work your home needs, we make sure that we make your home's mitigation and restoration as pleasant as possible. Call us at (941) 552-6319 when your home sustains damage from fire, smoke, or soot.

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Learn How To Protect Yourself From The Dangers Of Mold In Siesta Key

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold like this needs immediate attention to prevent causing health effects to you and your loved ones.

Mold Damage Technicians In Siesta Key Talk About Air Quaity Issues

If water ever enters a building in Siesta Key, there is a chance fungi can develop. Once water enters the interior of a structure, the organic materials making up your house can develop mold damage. A fungus needs a presence of moisture, an organic food source such as wood or paper and temperatures between 40 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit to thrive. Contamination can also grow on the surface of organic materials if the indoor relative humidity levels stay at 70 percent or above for more than a day or two. Once the mold damage has formed, the contaminated materials grow structures called hyphae that release seed-like spores that allow for reproduction.
 
Once the hyphae begin to grow in all three directions, they start releasing several microscopic spores that rise and start to float around in the air. These spores float around inside your home in Siesta Key before causing mold damage in another part of the building. Once the spores become airborne, they look for other organic sources that have elevated moisture levels inside your home. If left untreated, the spores floating around your structure can cause growth in several other locations inside your house. If you call in a professional restoration company like SERVPRO, we can reduce the chances that your current fungal contamination situation will get worse and spread to other areas inside your residence.
 
Since mold can cause health effects with some people, it is vital that our SERVPRO technicians take measures to prevent spores from spreading throughout your home. Once they get into the air, the reproductive spores can travel into your heating and ventilation system. The spores can then stick to the sides of the ventilation tubing and cause you indoor air quality issues.
 
Once spores get inside your ventilation system, it may take specialized vent cleaning procedures to rid the vents of spores and other contamination. Cleaning the system with antimicrobial chemicals can help rid your vents of spores and prevent future fungal growth. If you ever notice mold inside your place of residence, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 24 hours a day.

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Don't Let Secondary Water Damage In Your Sarasota Home Cause You To Panic, Call SERVPRO!

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

When water spills into unwanted areas of your Sarasota property, there is a need for proper removal.

Why Skilled Water Removal In Sarasota Helps Prevent Secondary Damage

When water spills into unwanted areas of your Sarasota property, there is a need for proper removal. Extended exposure to water or excess moisture creates several problems, either to the structure or to the contents within. Wooden items can swell or warp, carpets delaminate, while mold develops on most surfaces including concrete. From arriving early, to using state of the art equipment, our professional removal services help you tackle the issues from different angles.

Evaluating the specifics of an incident before starting the process of water removal in Sarasota properties helps. Many factors determine the outcome of a water spill. The period that passes before restoration starts, the amount of water spilled and the origin point are just a few factors. Using advanced detection equipment such as FLIR thermal cameras, our SERVPRO technicians can trace the origin point if it starts from concealed spaces such as wall cavities. Moisture sensors help us check moisture levels in various porous materials including carpets and pads.

Ideally, the efforts to extract water and dry a property should prevent damages. However, it is possible to ruin the property further during the restoration process. One scenario that causes secondary damage is evaporating too much moisture using air movers. Since air movers increase the evaporation rate from wet surfaces, they can saturate the air with excess humidity leading condensation in areas unaffected by the original spill. Our SERVPRO technicians calculate the number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed to create a balance drying system. In most cases, this means using one air mover for every 150 to 300 square feet of wet surface.

The possibility of mold growth within 24 to 48 hours after the initial spill adds an aspect of urgency to the removal process. Some steps can extend the process unnecessarily. For example, running dehumidifiers before adequately extracting water lengthens the process because it is easier to remove water in liquid form. Our SERVPRO crew is equipped with different types of extractors including portable ones to ensure we extract all liquid water even in areas with minimal accessibility.

Water removal halfway done can cause countless problems. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota to help you forestall them. You can reach us at (941) 552-6319 any time.

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For Sarasota Properties, SERVPRO Follows Protocols to Mitigate Damages to Furnishings and Structural Elements from a Water Loss

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Fast Water Removal Can Mitigate Damages in Sarasota Properties

What to Save First During Incidents of Water Damage in Sarasota

Water can flood your Sarasota property in minutes whether, from an emergency such as a burst pipe, or negligence such as taps left running. Whatever the cause, the most crucial step you can take to save your property is to limit the water exposure period to the structure and contents. You can restrict exposure by extracting the water or moving items away from the affected area. Moving is more viable when the source of water cannot be stopped immediately. We offer professional restoration that can help with either option.
 
Although the moisture that leads to water damage in Sarasota properties migrates indiscriminately, there is a need to follow a methodical approach during restoration, which can help save more items. Moisture affects materials differently. For example, solid wood may swell when submerged in water for extended periods but it eventually regains its original form when dried properly. It is a different case for particleboard, which readily absorbs water and loses structural strength. Particleboard covered with laminate easily warps because the laminate side acts as a vapor barrier while the other side easily absorbs water. Our SERVPRO crew, therefore, evacuates particleboard items before focusing on those made of solid wood.
 
Dyes in some materials such as area rugs and draperies tend to run when soaked in water, which can lead to staining. Stains can also result from rust that forms in metallic furniture legs exposed to excess moisture. Removing such items from areas where they can cause stains is a matter of priority. Our SERVPRO team helps move heavy items such as furniture fast, safeguarding carpets and other fabrics that might be stained. We can also raise heavy pieces of furniture off the floor to prevent contact with the water. This elevating we do with high-density foam blocks.
 
Away from stains, extended water exposure causes backing separation in carpets. This happens when the latex holding the backings and the fibers together deteriorates. When it is not possible to extract standing water fast enough, our SERVPRO crew removes the carpet for drying before focusing on other areas limiting chances of delaminating.
 
The steps you take after a water loss incident can determine the outcome. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota because our experienced crew helps you focus on the critical steps first. You can reach us at (941) 552-6219.

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Become Familiar With the Levels of Fire Damage Affecting Your Sarasota Home

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage can affect different parts of your house in varying ways. Call SERVPRO to figure out the best way to remediate.

Dealing With Different Levels of Fire Damage in Sarasota: The Professional Way 

If you have never experienced fire damage before, you might be having many questions when it comes to restoring your property. Despite the stressing experience, you are still in charge, and your actions determine the time it takes to turn everything around. You can work with experienced restorers and analyze every detail to know the repairs your home needs to become stable and prevent further damage. All fire incidents in Sarasota are unique, and it is the work of our experienced technicians to use appropriate restoration procedures to make your property secure and safe.
 
There are different levels of fire damage that your Sarasota property is likely to experience after a fire. Our SERVPRO technicians attend to minor, medium, and major fire damage incidents, and we understand that each degree of damage requires different restoration procedures. As an example, there are light smoke particles when a minor fire damage incident takes place. It means only certain areas within the building require cleaning, repainting, and fewer items require replacement. Items and areas that need attention increase when your property experiences medium and extreme levels of damage.
 
If the fire leaves box springs and mattresses with light residues, there are chances that such delicate materials can shrink if we decide to use a wet cleaning method. Color bleeding may also take place. Our SERVPRO technicians use foam cleaning to clean such items. It is a method in which we generate foam from a cleaning agent and use the foam to do the cleaning. We use a brush or a sponge to apply the foam to the target area. We may also use an abrasive cleaning method to detach smoke particles from surfaces. During this technique, we use abrasive materials such as steel wool and a cleaning product to remove the dirt. The cleaning product provides lubrication to protect the surface from scratching.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota offers 24/7 emergency restoration services that meet commercial and residential needs. Call (941) 552-6319 to contact us and learn the different options you have when you face fire, mold, storm, and water damage incidents.
 
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At SERVPRO, We Say NO to Water Damage and Say YES to Restoration

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here for you when water damage strikes your home.

Assessment and Process for Water Removal in Vamo Properties

For those that regularly experience flooding or extreme weather conditions, having an emergency cleanup service is a part of everyday life. But any homeowner can experience an emergency like this. From something as small as a burst pipe to a faulty HVAC system or structural damage, keeping hold of an expert restoration service is always helpful.

Homeowners in need of water removal in Vamo can benefit from our 24-hour emergency call line. At SERVPRO, we know that excess water can be an alarming situation, especially when it comes to personal possessions which could take on permanent damage. Bringing in an expert with industrial-grade equipment and a lifetime of experience in the industry could make a real difference.

For homeowners with small to medium size houses, we can use portable extraction units to get rid of excess water fast. These precise instruments are capable of being brought into the property where they can be used to significant effect in hard to reach areas like crawl spaces or basements.

Large-scale cleanup jobs where the water is easy to access can be completed quickly and efficiently using truck-mounted extraction units. This type of equipment is for use in situations where water is several inches deep allowing us to make full use of our fully submersible gas powered pumps.

When you arrange a SERVPRO water cleanup service, one thing we can check for is the type of water we are dealing with. In the vast majority of services, we have completed excess water classed as Whitewater. Whitewater is easy to deal with and carries relatively few microbes or harmful materials. Greywater is when the water shows signs of contamination and Blackwater carries a high risk of infectious diseases like e.coli.

Extraction is the priority for any water spill. The remediation and restoration services that follow can be scaled up depending on the severity of the damage which is assessed during an initial visual inspection. SERVPRO technicians are trained to deal with all types quickly and efficiently.

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Team SERVPRO is Your Shortcut to Commercial Water Damage Remediation Success in Sarasota

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

If your retail store sustains water damage, sales are potentially in danger. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

When Your Sarasota Retail Store Requires Water Removal Services

Retail stores throughout Sarasota compete on a daily basis to pull in the foot traffic and avid local shoppers to their buildings. While the competition might be fierce, setbacks can occur at the most inconvenient of times for a business owner. When you get posed with a substantial water loss incident, trust in professional restoration efforts to clean up the mess quickly and get you back to serving the community as efficiently as possible.

Too often business owners determine that they could save money by attempting water removal and cleanup efforts in Sarasota on their own for their properties. With substantial water loss situations that require water removal equipment, these situations become the domain of professional restoration experts like our SERVPRO technicians. This approach offers the fastest route to restoration and limits the loss of profits while the situation gets resolved.

Among the primary considerations that a retail business owner should consider when it comes to water loss incidents is the stock on their showroom floor and in storage behind the scenes. The spread of water can happen quickly, and saturation can warp and distort your supplies to the point of causing irreparable damages. Mitigation efforts from our SERVPRO professionals can preserve these items from remaining at risk throughout the restoration process.

Another consideration that you have to make is the length of time that you have to keep your doors closed due to this unexpected incident. While this not only affects the profits that you stand to make on any given day, it also can impact the employees that you hire to help you operate the business.

There are some situations in which business owners can take matters into their own hands and handle potential problems that threaten the building, but water loss incidents do not fall into this category. If you prioritize being available to the customer base you serve, trust in our SERVPRO of South Sarasota team of experienced technicians to help you accomplish this. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (941) 552-6319.

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Osprey's Mold Damage Experts Discuss Mitigation of Bathroom Vanities

9/11/2018 (Permalink)

Osprey Bathrooms and Mold Cleanup and Remediation Needed? Call SERVPRO

Bathrooms Are Susceptible to Mold Infestations in Osprey--Contact SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation

A fungus can form anywhere in your Osprey home where there is an organic food source. Places inside your home where water and drain pipes run are especially susceptible to mold damage. Your bathroom has multiple pipes running for your bathtub, sink, shower, and toilet. Sometimes these pipes can develop slow leaks over time and drip water into your bathroom without you noticing it. If organic materials inside your home stay wet for longer than two days as a result of a slow leak, then mold damage is likely to occur.
 
If a fungus forms and you do nothing to mitigate the problem, then the contamination can grow and spread. If mold damage in Osprey goes unnoticed for a long time, it is possible that your entire home can get contaminated. Spores get released into the air once fungi develop, and they can get into your ventilation system and cause air quality issues. Mold can cause health effects so calling in our SERVPRO technicians as soon as you see signs of a fungus is essential.
 
One place inside your bathroom that is relatively common for fungal growth to occur is on or inside your vanity. Your vanity is the cabinet that holds your sink for your bathroom. This part of the bathroom has both cold and hot water running to it as well as a sink drain line. If anyone of these water sources develops a leak, moisture can get into the vanity and the wall behind it. The lack of sunlight in a confined space provides a haven for mold proliferation.
 
Since vanities are made mostly out of wood or composites, mold can develop behind them as well as inside and outside of them. In some severe cases, the contamination may be non-salvageable, and our SERVPRO technicians must remove and replace the entire unit. In other cases, the contamination might be able to be treated. Sometimes it is possible to scrub or scrape off the fungi. Moreover, other times sanding must occur to get rid of all of the molds. HEPA filtered air scrubbers help to contain any airborne mold particles and spores.
 
If you ever notice the presence of mold around your bathroom vanity, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 24 hours a day.

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Your Sarasota Business Can Return To Its Pre-loss State After A Water Damage Experience

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Understanding the water damage incident in your property goes as far as knowing the source of the water and the potential contamination risks.

Water Damage

If your property has suffered water damage, there are several factors we look at when assessing the level of work that is necessary to return your contents to their preloss state. The category of water in the structure and the type of building materials are some of the key factors we consider. Building materials react in different ways after a moisture exposure, which means it is necessary to use different methods when restoring, drying and decontaminating such areas. We also check whether there were existing defects in your Sarasota home before coming up with appropriate restoration measures.

Understanding the water damage incident in your Sarasota property goes as far as knowing the source of the water and the potential contamination risks it presents, the incident's duration, the depth of the water, and the time that has elapsed since the event took place. In cases where the water level is so high, our SERVPRO technicians are aware that chances of moisture penetration increase since the water pressure is high. Secondary damage may also result when the drying and restoration work delays.

Our SERVPRO technicians carefully inspect the interior finishes during the restoration process. When there is apparent damage to the floor or wall finishes, removal may be necessary. We might also remove them if we also consider them to be impermeable and likely to interfere with the drying of the underneath materials. The same may apply after we have inspected the insulation of your building.

The next step is to implement the right drying equipment and methodology. If we need to increase the rate of evaporation, then we might set up air movement equipment. We can also introduce heating equipment in the structure and target specific building materials that take a long time to dry. By also using dehumidifiers, we are in a position to reduce the relative humidity of the surrounding air and enhance the drying process.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota aims to make it “Like it never even happened.” Our highly trained professionals know what it takes to make your home or business operational after water, fire, mold, or storm damage. Call us at (941) 552-6319 and work with a dedicated industry leader.

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Lake Sarasota's Flood Damage Experts Explain The Science Involved with Drying

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

When a Clothes Line Won't Do to Dry Out Your Flooded Lake Sarasota Property--Call SERVPRO

Dehumidification and Air Movement Are Key Factors in Drying Interiors after Storms

This summer thunderstorms have been striking all over the country including places near Lake Sarasota. These severe storms are known to bring about weather conditions that can cause extensive flood damage. Wind can blow things into the exterior of your home and create holes for rainwater to pour into and make things wet. If your neighborhood in Lake Sarasota floods, then it is likely that water can enter lower levels of your home.
 
Excessive moisture inside any house can cause problems with contents and structural components. When dealing with a flood damage project in Lake Sarasota, our SERVPRO technicians work towards decreasing the severity of issues by removing moisture as quickly as possible. When materials get wet, they can lose their structural integrity along with their aesthetic appearance. If organic substances stay wet for too long microbial growth can occur.
 
To prevent mold growth, our SERVPRO technicians work towards reducing moisture levels of your contents and building materials in less than 48 hours. First, we extract as much water out of the affected rooms as we possibly can. The next step is the drying process. During the drying stage, we use equipment to manipulate the environment so that the drying speed is increased with the use of powerful air movers and axial fans.
 
As a rule of thermodynamics, everything always wishes to seek equilibrium. Therefore when materials contain more moisture than the air right next to its surface, water will want to evaporate from the wet substances and move into the air. If the air next to an object has more water than the material, water can then move from the air and make the item wetter. Wet to Dry.
 
Our SERVPRO restoration team sets up air movers to push air away from wet surfaces. When we replace the damp air next to wet items with warm, dry air, then more water can evaporate from the wet items, thus speeding up the drying process. The damp air then gets pushed into the center of the room where dehumidifiers sit to suck up the moist air and remove the water in liquid form. This condensation is collected in a pan or run through a hose to a drain. The dehumidifiers then exhaust out warm, dry air to complete the cycle when it gets used in the air flow of the air movers.
 
Since air can hold more water at higher temperatures, we also add heat to the affected areas so that the air can carry more moisture away from the wet materials. We increase the RH relative humidity. It is important that the correct ratio of air movers per dehumidifiers get used or drying may not be as effective. If you ever notice things inside your house got wet after a storm, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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Ozone Machines and Hydroxyl Generators Can Remove Fire & Smoke Odors in Siesta Key

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Scrapes the Charred Timbers in Siesta Key and then Deals with the Odor Removal

SERVPRO Equipment, Manned by Skilled Technicians, Can Mitigate Odors after House Fires

Fires can leave foul and lingering smoke odors inside your Florida home that may remain inside the structure if they are not adequately dealt with by trained fire damage professionals like us. Fires can also produce smoke and soot residues that can get all over the surfaces in your home, which is why calling our certified company right away may reduce damages to your property.

 
SERVPRO fire damage technicians in Siesta Key have the right equipment to remove various odors from the structure. In some instances, removing burnt and charred items and materials inside the home and cleaning the affected areas may eliminate smoke odors without any further work. However, this is the exception to the rule. Typically, there is always some odor remaining after a house fire. If foul odors remain in the home after the cleaning and removal process, the crew may spray deodorant chemicals to remove the smells. Improving the indoor air quality is a goal of every fire damage restoration service we provide. This "masking" is not a permanent solution to resolving malodorous circumstances but does help in improving the working environment
 
In some cases, the team may need to use more advanced deodorization equipment. If these smoke odors are pungent, our trained SERVPRO team may use portable ozone machines. SERVPRO techs often use ozone machines to eliminate pungent odors from homes after a fire. Ozone machines use the radical oxygen elemental O3 that can neutralize and eliminate strong smoke smells. Note that ozone is not safe for humans, pets, or even houseplants, so if our team employs this device, homeowners and pets must vacate the premises. Due to ozone’s toxicity, our crew may seal off the entire area and remove materials from the property. After the crew finishes using the ozone machine, they can return items to the home and put all contents back in place, if they were removed for the restoration process.

Hydroxyl generators are small units that can be very beneficial in neutralizing airborne particulates. These are safe and are often used during the cleanup phase, improving air quality for the technicians and residents remaining in the home.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides fire damage services homeowners can trust. We are available to help. Call us 24/7 at (941) 552-6319 any time of the day or night. Fires can occur at any time and without notice. When there is a fire in your home, our skilled technicians can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Damage Can Allow Worse Conditions for Your Siesta Key Home

7/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread quickly when adequate moisture exists for it to feed on. Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate the damage throughout your home.

SERVPRO Technicians Understand BOTH Water Damage and Mold Infestations That can Quickly Occur in Your Home

Water incidents in your Siesta Key home might happen from some different causes. However, making certain that the mess is cleaned up and the that the appropriate drying measures get taken are imperative to restoring your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners fail to see the need for professional restoration for water incidents that are not overwhelming and can appear simple to clean up.

One of the biggest concerns with trying to deal with water damage in Siesta Key on your own in your home is doing this job inadequately. If you do not ensure that the area gets dried completely and that the moisture gets entirely removed, you cannot be sure to avoid situations where the damage can worsen in new and hazardous ways.

A good example of this is your toilet leaking from its tank or a supply line. While it might seem like an easy task to clean up the water on the floor here, depending on how long this problem has persisted, this damage could extend far beyond where you can see and into the subflooring of the bathroom. While many bathrooms offer some variety of waterproof floorings like tile or vinyl planking, these are generally only effective when you clean up the mess right away. Otherwise, you do not likely have the same tools and expertise as our SERVPRO technicians to reach the subflooring and get the area dried out.

Persistent moisture in this often inadequately vented area leads to the growth of mold and mildew. Microbial growths in the area can be a potential health risk to your family and anyone else exposed to a forming colony, which ultimately requires our SERVPRO mold remediation team to remove.

One of the important things to remember is that you should react to water damage immediately when you discover it in your home. Allowing moisture to penetrate beyond where you can see can make it a severe challenge for even professional restorers to access, and ultimately allow for mold growth to occur. Let our SERVPRO of South Sarasota restoration specialists help you through the cleanup and drying of your water incident. You can reach us anytime at (941) 552-6319.
 
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Unmitigated Commercial Water Damage and Your Sarasota Retail Shop

7/14/2018 (Permalink)

A broken water line behind walls in your bathroom can cause a great deal of damage. Contact SERVPRO right away to evaluate and remediate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Your Emergency to Help Prevent an Escalation

When a water line bursts in your Sarasota shop's restroom area, the force pushing the water into your business causes thousands of gallons to flood everything quite rapidly. Such water quickly damages the more porous materials first, which means we have time to protect other materials from various types of damages, but only when we work fast.
 
Business owners rely on SERVPRO's technicians to perform commercial water removal techniques in Sarasota that can minimize existing damage and prevent other problems. Our truck-mounted pumps rapidly remove water from your now-saturated store, meaning we can begin drying methods that help keep mold, rust, and other effects of standing water from plaguing your business in the future.
 
When SERVPRO removes water from a building, we increase the temperature inside to help the moisture held by materials to evaporate. Heated air can hold much more water vapor than cooler air can retain, increasing the speed that our extraction equipment can dry out your building. Heated air also keeps water vapor from condensing on surfaces, which can reabsorb the moisture.
 
Removing large and bulky pieces of materials from your business, such as carpeting and padding, means a significant amount of water also leaves your property. When water is clean, such as from a broken water line, we can salvage it for reuse later. Our Carpet Repair and Reinstallation Technician (RRT) can explain how floating a carpet saves carpeting from further damage, including stretching. Anything SERVPRO can do to save our customers money and time helps their business resume normal business operations faster and more smoothly.
 
Because water lines and other mishaps can happen suddenly and without any warning, as well as many other disasters, we offer the free Emergency READY Profile Plan to area businesses. Filling out the information gives us a head-start when any disaster affects your business, saving additional time. The sooner we begin mitigating damage, the less subsequent damage your store experiences.
 
When you need water removal services to save your business from flooding, water line breaks, or roof leaks, call us, SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319. We help protect the businesses in Siesta Key, Vamo and Bee Ridge so they can more easily stay in business and keep our economy healthy.

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Gulf Storms Can Cause Flooding Inside of Your Sarasota Home

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Sarasota Storm Cleanup Gets Done Right by SERVPRO

Tropical Storms Affect Sarasota Properties So Call SERVPRO to Help Mitigate the Damages

Living on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico has its charms, but it can also be the site of intense ocean-based storms that can cause flood damage to your home. Florida is beautiful, sunny, and warm at all times of the year. However, the state is known for being hit by tropical storms. It is notably worse for you as a homeowner if a storm hits while you are away on business or seasonally absent. Fortunately, help is not far when these kinds of problems happen.
 
When a severe storm hits, the rushing waters can carry debris in them that can force an entrance into your Sarasota home and cause flood damage. A broken window is a perfect entry point for water, and during a violent storm, nothing is holding the water back. By the time the storm has moved on, your kitchen can be flooded up to your ankles.
 
Coming back to your home the next morning, only to find it flooded, can be overwhelming. However, it is essential for you to call for help as soon as you can. Allowing water to stand in your home untouched for any length of time is never a good idea, as mold can begin to grow in just 72 hours. The quicker SERVPRO can arrive at your home, the better. Make sure to immediately contact your insurance company.
 
When SERVPRO techs get to your home, the first thing they can do is determine the safety of the affected areas. Floods can carry elements like sewage and chemicals with them. These substances can be harmful to your health and require specialized tools to handle. Should your home be impacted by black water, all wet carpets need to be thrown out, as their quality and sanitation cannot be guaranteed, even after cleaning.
 
Once safety is determined, SERVPRO can use tools like submersible pumps, extractors, and wet/dry vacuums to remove the flooded water from your home. These tools can even be truck-mounted if the volume of water in your home is significant enough. After our technicians remove the flooded water, they can make sure the area is sanitary before moving on to ensure your home is up to dryness standards.
 
Should a severe ocean-based storm hit your home and cause flood damage, do not hesitate. Dial (941) 552-6319 to get in contact with SERVPRO of South Sarasota. We make it our goal to arrive at your residence swiftly and strive to return your home to its preloss state whenever possible.

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How Water Extraction Can Return Your Sarasota Property to Its Former State

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage affects your home, count on SERVPRO for restoration.

Water Extraction for your home

Extraction is part of the first procedures that we perform when offering water removal services. For us to efficiently perform the procedures, we use specialized equipment to remove water from a structure. We advise any Sarasota resident who experiences flooding or any form of water intrusion to work with a professional. There are chances of making a costly mistake which a professional can point out to prevent further damage.

Cleaning your upholstery and carpets is part of the work that our SERVPRO technicians perform during water removal in Sarasota. Since extractors have pumps, vacuum systems, and heaters, when using them it is possible to perform both cleaning and water extraction services. While the three components play a role during cleaning, it is only the vacuum unit we use when removing the water.

If we need to access restricted areas within your structure, our SERVPRO team may decide to use a portable extractor. The average weight of this device is between 40 to 90 pounds and has heating capabilities of between 180° F to 212° F. Both its solution and waste tanks can hold 5 to 12 gallons of water. On the other hand, its vacuum system can offer a water lift of 140 inches.

Truck mounts are more powerful and efficient for both restorative cleaning and water removal. They weigh between 500 - 1100 pounds and the capacity of their storage tanks may be around 60 - 100+ gallons. Their vacuum systems have a water lift of around 185.71 to 198.98 inches with their heating capabilities falling between 180° F to 220° F.

When our SERVPRO technicians need to stop water migration, we might decide to use a wand. We prefer using wands when dealing with glue-down carpets and heavier devices for carpets that have thick pads. If the structure has a carpet, then we understand that aggressive extraction may make the carpet to suffer delamination.

At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is water, storm, fire, or mold damage-related. You can call us at (941) 552-6319 at any time of the day to benefit from our 24-hour emergency services.

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Commercial Water Removal Services Keeps Manufacturing Lines Up and Running in Sarasota

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Sarasota can take care of your facility and restore it back to preloss condition.

SERVPRO Can Keep Restore Your Sarasota Manufacturing Facility From Water Damage

Responding to minor emergencies as they arise prevents them from escalating into major problems that can shut down assembly lines. Manufacturing facilities in Sarasota do not function well when water plays a role in an emergency. The machinery can suffer a myriad number of problems, including those that put workers' health and safety in jeopardy.

Managers of manufacturing plants in Sarasota can rely on SERVPRO's commercial water removal services to keep things going when a situation involving intrusive water threatens plant operations. We take care of the water at the source so we can concentrate our efforts on removing the water already present. Our Green Fleet's truck-mounted pumps can quickly remove the water covering your factory's floor.

The removal of standing water is only the first step toward protecting your factory's equipment from the damages that water can cause. Wherever the water doused your machinery or other components, rust and corrosion can start affecting metal parts. Drying these off and applying approved oil can stop this chemical reaction from taking place.

Since parts of different assembly lines might remain hidden and we cannot easily clean these sections up, dehumidification and desiccation of the factory may become a priority. When SERVPRO technicians carry out the task of drying the interior areas, they use Injectidry equipment. This uses flexible tubing of various sizes to direct dry, warm air into areas that may contain condensed moisture. As the air leaves the interior, we measure how much humidity that air contains. Using this as a gauge, we can determine when the interior reaches normal humidity levels.

It does not matter where the water from a false alarm that sent your sprinkler system into overdrive or a broken water main went. We locate all traces of water using infrared devices that detect changes in temperature of the materials in your factory. Water may seem hidden behind impenetrable walls or panels, but moisture affects temperature enough for merely slight differences to register on our equipment.

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SERVPRO of South Sarasota is ready to assist you in overcoming any situation where water removal becomes a necessity. Both large and small amounts of water can create disastrous situations that adversely affect production, finished products, and employee safety. Call us at (941) 552-6319 to protect these assets. Our services are available to businesses in the surrounding area, including Siesta Key, Osprey, and Bee Ridge.

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Mold Damage Experts In Siesta Key Explain Microbial Remediation In Laundry Rooms

5/29/2018 (Permalink)

Moisture and Mold Growth Get Cleaned up in Siesta Key with a Phone Call to SERVPRO

Moisture and a Food Source Can Mean a Mold Infestation--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Remediation

Any place inside your Siesta Key home that has appliances is at risk of them breaking and spilling water into the room. Kitchens have dishwashers and water pipes that can break and cause problems. Some bathrooms have water heaters and other water pipes that can malfunction, allowing excess liquid and moisture to enter.

Another area in your house that is prone to water-related issues are laundry rooms. In some cases, the source of mold damage in Siesta Key is a broken washing machine or dryer inside your laundry room. These appliances can malfunction and slowly leak water onto hidden building materials that you do not notice until you move the appliances and see microbe growth. The dryer also provides a warm environment and food source from the cotton fibers trapped in the filter and vent.

After the mold has developed, it is essential that you call our SERVPRO technicians to inspect the damage. If issues are not treated promptly, fungi can quickly spread to other areas of the home. The presence of a fungus can cause health effects with some people. That spores produced by the contamination do not spread into the building’s ventilation system and cause air quality problems is crucial.

Before our SERVPRO restoration team begins work on the area, we section off the affected portion with thick plastic. If the washer and dryer are not contaminated, and it is possible to move them, then we move them into another room of the building during the restoration process. Once the affected area is accessible and sealed off from the rest of the structure, mold removal work can begin.

Once microbes develop, they form structures called hyphae that grow down into materials as well as up above, and across surfaces. If the contamination has been on the affected materials for an extended period, then the growth could be deep requiring that the drywall is torn out to be replaced with new material.

While the contamination is scrubbed off or removed and disposed of in sealed plastic bags, the area gets cleaned with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter. Next, SERVPRO techs spray antimicrobial chemicals or a specialized sealant paint on the affected region. After that, we test the moisture content in the affected area and dry out the materials if needed.

If further required, we can leave an air scrubber set up to continue to clean the air. The machine sucks in air and pulls it through a HEPA filter that can trap microscopic spores and other particles. For assistance with remediating fungal growth, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 any day of the week.

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Flood Damage Technicians In Sarasota Discuss Drying Procedures

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

Sarasota Flooding in Your Home? Call SERVPRO for Fast Cleanup and Restoration

Sarasota Often Sustains Tropical Storm Damage and Flooding

If any severe weather ever happens to make its way into Sarasota, many residents could suffer property damage. If flooding occurs, it is possible that water gets into your home. Winds can blow branches and other objects into your windows causing rainwater to leak inside the structure.
 
When moisture gets inside a structure removal using extraction and drying is vital. Whenever mitigating flood damage in Sarasota, extraction takes place first using specialized equipment. After the pumps, wet-vacs and other tools pull out all of the moisture they can, the rapid drying process begins.
 
Rapid drying occurs when our SERVPRO technicians use equipment to create the ideal environment for quick evaporation. After tropical storms water removal is critical. Air movers get set up in the affected region to create airflow that hits wet walls at a 45-degree angle to replace wet air close to the surface with warm, dry air. Dehumidifiers then are placed in the center of the counterclockwise airflow so that they remove the water from the air and exhaust out hot, dry air.
 
The number of air movers and dehumidifiers needed for an area gets determined by the size of the affected area and how severe the damage is. Before drying begins, humidity and moisture content are measured inside the affected rooms. Once the levels are recorded, and we have a baseline, we establish a goal for the levels using a dry standard.
 
Normal equilibrium moisture content levels are obtained by taking everyday readings of materials in usual conditions. The accepted moisture levels vary based on the region since what is dry in Arizona might not be the same as what is considered dry in Florida. The equilibrium moisture content levels must be determined in each region of the country.
 
Once the drying goal is determined, our restoration crew returns to your home each day and tests the moisture content and humidity levels. When the readings show that the levels have reached the drying goal, then all equipment gets removed, and the reconstruction stage begins, if needed. For help with drying after a severe thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 24 hours a day.

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When Your Sarasota Home Requires Professional Water Removal

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Finding water damage in your home can sometimes be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for a quick response and drying out services.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Removes Standing Water in Your Home

You might not always consider all of the threats that face your Sarasota home, though when you get posed with some of these situations, the effects can seem overwhelming. In many ways, these immediate and lingering effects from something like a water emergency in your home can be out of your depth to repair and restore on your own. In these cases, choosing professional restoration assistance can make the process move more quickly and get done to the highest quality.
 
Something as seemingly simple as water removal for your Sarasota home can prove challenging to do on your own. With the right equipment and a high level of expertise and experience, our SERVPRO professionals can help you to accomplish this quickly, limiting the possibly irreparable damage common to substantial water damages.
 
This process begins with working to eliminate the source of the damage to your home via visual inspection. Whether the damage is from a defective appliance, your internal plumbing or some natural disaster, our SERVPRO professionals can help you to identify what needs to get done to limit the possibility of further or worsening damages in the immediate future.
 
One of the most detrimental aspects of significant water damage to your home is how widespread the problem can end up being. The longer that pooled water can sit in one area, the deeper it penetrates through surfaces like flooring, drywall or even ceiling materials. Without the ability to get to the problem immediately, these same materials can become irreparably damaged and unsalvageable. In these cases, our team has to remove the severely compromised construction material and prepare the area for the replacement installation to come.
 
While many homeowners have had to seek out professional water removal services in this area, it does not make it any less traumatic when it happens to you. Trust in the experience of our SERVPRO of South Sarasota restoration technicians to help you clean up the mess and remove the water successfully. You can call us anytime you need us at (941) 552-6319.

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Understanding and Cleaning Mold Damage in Sarasota

4/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO has the skills and experience to remediate mold damage found in your home.

Rely on SERVPRO for Thorough Mold Remediation

Mold is everywhere and in every Sarasota home. The spores that form mold growths are usually inert and harmless but can expand and grow quickly with the right mix of moisture, temperature, and food sources.

It is necessary to understand how mold grows to know how to stop mold damage in Sarasota homes. SERVPRO has studied mold growth in Florida for years and knows to interrupt the growth patterns.

Mold spores are very small. Even a mass of hundreds of them is smaller than the eraser on the end of a pencil. They remain inert until enough moisture forces them to expand. It can take just a few drips from a leaky faucet or rainwater that has worked its way into the home.

The now active spores extend hyphae to search for more moisture and food. These extensions resemble roots and serve the same purpose. Many spread across a surface to grow the new colony while others dig into drywall panels and ceiling tiles. These common building materials provide a food source for mold from floor to attic.

Most molds grow in a wide range of 68 to 86 degrees. Since this is the comfort range for most homes, it makes mold a year-round problem. It also, for the most part, excludes SERVPRO technicians from using heat or cold to stop mold growth.

That makes the best way for us to interrupt mold growth is to find and eliminate the source of moisture. In many cases, we find there is a leaking pipe under a sink or in a wall behind the bath or laundry rooms. We can quickly tighten loose fittings and even replace small, cracked connections. If there is a major plumbing issue, we recommend using a licensed contractor to repair the leak before we get started.

Once we eliminate the source of moisture, the mold spores quickly return to their inert state. We use vacuums, cloths and sponges to remove the spores safely without spreading them to clean areas of the home. For thicker layers of mold, we use an anti-fungal cleaner to break up the mold and make it easier to remove from structural and personal property.

Removing mold is not a simple procedure. It takes planning, experience, and the right equipment. If you need our services to rid mold from your home, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 today. We are here for you.

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Specialized Equipment Provides Water Removal Services to Bed and Breakfast Owners in Sarasota

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Holds the Key to Water Removal in a Sarasota Bed & Breakfast

SERVPRO Works Hard to Keep Your Business Open

When a bed and breakfast in Sarasota becomes damaged, it can make occupancy even for a short while hazardous for both guests and your own family. Water can make paint peel, paneling warp, and floors curl and crack. This water can come from leaking joints on pipes, a sink or tub that overflowed, or excessive humidity from damp areas below the foundation.
 
When we encounter a business in Sarasota, including a home-based one, requiring water removal, our first step involves ascertaining the source of the water. Different sources require different approaches. Not all solutions to a situation involving intrusive water provide the best remedy. Our technicians earn IICRC certificates in Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and other restoration fields so they know the most appropriate methods for each situation your business may face. We aim to get the problem solved so you can remain in business with as short a delay as possible.
 
When pipes create problems with water, tightening the joints can help immensely, as can ensuring that the connections to the appliance remain tightened, also. Leaks can happen anywhere along the length of a pipe or water line. After we, or larger breaks fixed by a plumber, correct the problem involving cracks and loose joints, often follow up with air movers and dehumidifiers, especially in any below-ground areas.
 
After a water basin overflows, water spreads everywhere below it, both downwards and sideways. We also use the same equipment for this type of water intrusion, but we also use pumping and extraction units to remove any accumulated water first. Because floors always take the brunt of such an overflow, we use equipment designed for such situations. Our InjectiDry mats provide the exact amount of force behind the air currents and rapidly dry the underside of floorboards. Doing so prevents curling and warping that can lead to cracked floors. This equipment also works well for walls because the tubing can direct air into their interior spaces, where moisture can hide.
 
Sometimes, cellars and basements, as well as crawl spaces, hold more moisture than they should at any given time. Fluctuating temperatures can also cause moisture to stagnate under a home. Drying out these areas and then installing a dehumidifier helps keep homes free of excessive moisture. When too much moisture exists in a property, microbial growth can begin, as well as the many different damaging effects on more fragile items in your home.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota has the situation covered no matter what water removal service your bed and breakfast requires. We work hard to make it "Like it never even happened." one business at a time. Call us at (413) 324-1300, so our 24-hour service can help you.

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Fire Damage Mitigation In Sarasota of the Smelly Kind

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mitigates Smoke and Soot Odors As Part of Fire Damage Restoration in Sarasota

Smoke and Soot Deposits Can Leave Behind Unpleasant Scents--Call on SERVPRO for a Return to Good Indoor Air Quality

Whenever a fire ignites inside your Sarasota home, smoke odors linger inside the building long after the blaze gets extinguished. Smoke also causes soot residues to deposit on surfaces throughout the home. Foul odors may also accompany these combusted by-products.

Different situations dictate many varying ways to deodorize smoke-damaged areas. SERVPRO's fire damage technicians in Sarasota have the necessary chemicals and knowledge to fight different types of odors. Various kinds of foul odors can exist based on what materials got burned during the blaze.
 
In many cases, just removing all burnt contents and materials and cleaning everything that contains soot is all that is needed to eliminate smoke odors. If unpleasant aromas still exist then deodorant chemicals get sprayed onto affected materials. In some scenarios more advanced deodorization systems get used. Masking is usually not a lasting solution to lingering malodors. Indoor air quality is a goal of every fire and smoke damage restoration service provided by SERVPRO.
 
In severe cases where pungent smells created by smoke are still present after cleaning, often portable ozone machines get used. Ozone machines use activated oxygen or O3 to cause chemical reactions that neutralize smoke smells. Ozone particles are unstable, and often one oxygen atom attaches to a foul odor particle turning the O3 molecule back to O2 which is the oxygen that exists in the air.
 
Once an ozone molecule gives a malodor particle one oxygen atom, the substance gets oxidized, and the unpleasant aromas are neutralized. However, ozone is not safe for any living being, and the area must be free from any people or pets. Ozone can also break down materials such as natural rubber.
 
Due to its toxicity, if an ozone machine gets used the entire area must be sealed off and not inhabited during the process. Sometimes, instead of sealing off the entire house, only the severely burnt areas get treated. Other times, contents get moved out of your home and put into a sealed room off location. The ozone machine works its magic on the contents for as long of a time as needed; then everything gets put back.
 
Ozone machines often get used for eliminating foul odors after fires, cigarette smoke, mold, and mildew. For professional help with smoke deodorization call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 any time of the day.

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Mold Damage Mitigation Facts That Every Siesta Key Resident Should Know

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

In order to remediate mold damage, SERVPRO professionals must locate the source of moisture and stop it.

SERVPRO Professionals Locate and Eliminate Mold Damage in Your Home

Mold damage arises when you fail to rectify the underlying causes of moisture accumulation, and it can lead to health effects. To begin with, this type of fungi is not always dangerous - as far as it is outdoors - and it exists naturally within the environment. You need to know how to prevent it from growing in your Siesta Key property.

The presence of the spores in your Siesta Key home does not mean you are about to experience mold damage; the problem starts when they land on damp or wet spots. If you detect its growth, it is time to work with professionals like SERVPRO to solve the issue. Cleaning up the mold is not the solution, we can help you fix the moisture challenges to prevent the problem from coming back.

The most significant challenge with mold is that it spreads if you fail to observe the necessary precautions. Remember the spores are invisible, and if your HVAC system has some contamination, then you risk spreading the spores to clean areas. That is why our SERVPRO technicians establish a negative pressure zone to prevent air movement from the contaminated area.

To avoid exposure to airborne spores, we use Personal Protective Equipment. For instance, we wear N-95 respirators to prevent directly breathing the contaminated air. We also put on gloves that are long enough, as well as goggles that do not have any ventilation. We prefer gloves which are made of natural rubber since they cannot suffer corrosion when we use a bleaching cleaning solution.

If we notice any moisture condensation on pipes, walls, and windows, that might be a sign of high humidity, we act quickly to reduce it to normal levels. We can set up air conditioners and dehumidifiers - ideally, the degree of moisture in the air should not go above 60%. By using a humidity meter, our SERVPRO technicians are able to measure the actual figures.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is a trusted industry leader that offers both residential and commercial disaster mitigation services. Call us at (941) 552-6319, and we can turn it around “Like it never even happened.”

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Flood Damage Emergency Restoration for Sarasota Homeowners

3/16/2018 (Permalink)

Seeing your home after a storm can cause a great deal of panic. Contact SERVPRO immediately to dry out and the restore your flood damaged property.

Team SERVPRO Arrives With the Certified Technicians and Equipment to Efficiently Dry Out Your Flooded Property

Natural disasters such as flooding and storms often come unexpectedly, causing extensive damage and loss to homes and businesses in Sarasota. Being victim to flood damage can set you back significantly. You may end up paying thousands of dollars for repairs and restoration, if you do not act fast.
 
Once your home sustains water damage, you need to contact SERVPRO immediately. We have a team of highly trained, highly experienced flood damage restoration experts that can respond quickly to flood damage emergencies in Sarasota. All our equipment is state-of-the-art and approved by the IICRC. It is regularly serviced and maintains ideal environmental friendliness.
 
Every solution from our SERVPRO technicians is designed to provide the best results and maximum efficiency at the job site. Our first priority in every situation is to check that everybody is safe. Anyone who is not vital to the recovery process should be evacuated immediately.
 
Flood water usually comes with structural damage. As such, SERVPRO technicians must assess for sewage pollution, sharp objects, and obstacles within the water. It is also important to wear personal protective clothing to avoid contamination, as well as prevent electrocution by securing any sources of electricity.
 
The initial steps of flood damage restoration also involve turning off main supplies of water, gas, and electricity. If the source of the flood is a burst pipe or leak, our technicians can identify and seal these places where possible. Moving valuable items to a safer place is equally important to prevent additional damage to things such as expensive furniture, crucial documentation, personal items, and electronic equipment.
 
For every project, we prepare a list of items that have sustained flood damage beforehand to make the restoration process easy and seamless. Temperature, humidity, and wood moisture content have a major impact on the integrity of critical facilities and building systems. Our remote monitoring system enables us to monitor these environmental parameters 24/7, depending on your requirements.  
 
In the event you experience a flood damage situation in your Sarasota home, SERVPRO of South Sarasota is available for quick and efficient restoration services. We have a reliable emergency response team that can return your property to preloss conditions in no time, "Like it never even happened."

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Failed Plumbing and Water Removal in Your Sarasota Bistro

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

Sarasota Bistros Stay Open After Water Damage from the Ocean or Leaks with SERVPRO'S Help

SERVPRO Works Hard at Water Damage Restoration to Keep Your Business Open for Business   

The plumbing system in your Sarasota bistro has to put up with a lot on a daily basis. Since so many people are coming and going in the bathrooms each day, it is essential that you keep up with plumbing maintenance and repairs. Not only can there be plumbing problems like sewer backups and broken pipes, but severe damage can result in your building. Plus, if your plumbing system is not in commission, this creates real problems for your customers and employees. Where there is food service, this could be a closing of the establishment until cleanup and restoration are accomplished.

When your plumbing does fail for any reason, the water damage in your Sarasota building can be enormous. You at least need water removal services and help to get your business dried. Our SERVPRO staff is always here to help you with a water damage emergency. We understand how important it is that your business is back up and running as soon as possible.
 
We first identify the source of the water intrusion and stop it. Then we can determine the severity of the damage and keep it contained to the areas affected. A critical step, this ensures the water damage is adequately mitigated, protecting you from other damage like ruined capital investments and mold. It also stops the loss from getting into unaffected areas during the remediation process. We use thermal cameras and moisture meters to find any hidden water as well.
 
Depending on how severe the damage is, SERVPRO techs may have to remove some materials such as subflooring, flooring, and drywall. Doing so helps to salvage framing and the substructure, plus stop bacterial and mold growth. Then we can extract the excess water, and dry your property back out. When complete, the area is also treated with a disinfectant to keep fungi and microbes at bay.
 
Water removal and remediation services at SERVPRO of South Sarasota are thorough so that your business in Siesta Key, Bee Ridge, or Vamo can be safe again for your employees and customers. Get in touch with us at (941) 552-6319 as soon as you have a plumbing malfunction.

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Fire Damage Leaves a Smokey Stench in Osprey Residences

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Whether the fire is small or large, the situation can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage, including left-over odor.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Fire Damage Including Getting Rid of the Odor Left Behind

Smoldering wastebaskets from still-burning cigarettes pose much less threat now than they did in the past, but Osprey residences can experience fires in other ways. Worn out electrical appliances, defective wiring, and other situations that slowly develop over time can lead to both small and large fires taking place.
 
Residents should take even small amounts of fire damage in Osprey seriously. Our skilled IICRC-certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) helps homeowners restore their homes after fire and smoke events. Smoke can also come from cigarette smoking and cooking in the kitchen. We handle smoke-related damage regardless of the source.
 
Small fires can produce enormous amounts of smoke. The particles in this smoke can easily mar finishes as well as continually produce a foul smell. Removing charred materials alone cannot undo the damage. These particles also require removal for your home's complete restoration. Cleaning and scrubbing surfaces, alongside the bagging and removal of charred items, only eliminates the particles within those materials and furnishings.
 
Even with the removal of the majority of these smoke and soot particles, many remain behind inside cracks and tiny spaces where even the tiniest brushes cannot penetrate. We use machines that produce either ozone or hydroxyl gases, and thermal fogging equipment. While the gas-producing machinery slowly envelopes the interior of a home, thermal fogging mimics the pathways that the smoke traveled.
 
Able to enter the same areas the fire's heat forced the smoke particles into, the heated fog bonds with the particles and keeps them from disintegrating back into the air. Unable to mingle in the air, they no longer produce the foul odor that often follows a fire. Both hydroxyl and ozone bond with soot particles in a similar manner, and likewise, they keep any remaining soot or smoke residue from producing odors that people can detect.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota is proud to serve the communities of Vamo, Gulf Gate Estates, Bee Ridge, and surrounding areas when fire damage, and accompanying problems with smoke, happen in residents' home. Calling our 24-hour line, (941) 552-6319, starts the process of restoring your home "Like it never even happened."

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Water Damage Crews in Sarasota

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Finding standing water in your home can be devastating, call on SERVPRO to quickly and efficiently remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Restore Your Home after Water Damage

Nobody ever enjoys it, but it happens to all of us from time to time. One day your Sarasota home seems perfect, then the next day your life is suddenly in turmoil. Any time something breaks inside your home, it turns into a traumatic experience.

Many times an appliance inside your house breaks, then causes an indoor flood at your residence. If you find yourself waking up to standing water inside your house, SERVPRO's water damage specialists in Sarasota can help. Some appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers cause water leaks when they malfunction.

One night you could run your dishwasher as you usually do, go to bed, then wake up to a flood inside your kitchen. Anytime there is standing water inside your house, you must call in the expert water restoration team at SERVPRO. Our experts are good at figuring out how to get the job done as economically as possible.

If left sitting inside your house long enough, standing water can ruin some items in your home. The presence of water can ruin drywall, flooring and possibly even contents. If a water damage situation is not taken care of promptly, mold growth can occur.

When called upon, our water damage crew comes into your home and assesses the damage. First off, our team figures out where the water came from; then they take steps to stop the water from leaking into your house from the source. Next, the team extracts all standing water in the area. Then, our specialists determine what materials in your home get removed due to damage and which materials are saveable with an extensive drying process.

Many times a water damage problem is mitigated without having to tear up flooring or remove drywall. As long as the source of water is clean or "white," it is considered a category one water damage. In the case of category one scenarios, the possibility of drying carpet and drywall do exist. As long as the water has not ruined the structural integrity of the wall or flooring material, drying solves the problem.

An unexpected indoor flood is never a pleasant experience and can turn your life upside down. To have the problem mitigated efficiently, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Commercial Water Removal Professionals Dry Hotels After Sprinkler Malfunctions In Sarasota

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Sprinklers that protect a hotel by keeping small fires from growing can spread water throughout a hotel quickly.

Professional Commercial Water Removal

At any time, any of the many components that make up a hotel in Sarasota can malfunction, break, or wear out. Sprinklers that protect a hotel by keeping small fires from growing can spread water throughout a hotel quickly, or cause flooding when a supply line bursts open.

Serving clientele from every corner of the world, Sarasota area hotels require commercial water removal services when emergencies involving water threaten to close the hotel. The ongoing maintenance to continue functioning normally cannot substitute for these services because of the equipment required to perform water extraction and drying out of materials, along with documentation of the process.

The technicians at SERVPRO receive extensive training in the various methods involved in protecting properties from all types of disasters. This training includes the information needed to effectively make decisions regarding the size of equipment we use, the order of the methods we implement, and how to accurately tailor our services to our customer's unique and specific needs.

When emergencies involve hotels and other large buildings, we want our customers to know that we can handle any size job. Whenever we require a larger workforce or additional equipment, the nationwide SERVPRO chain provides this to us. Because sprinklers leave behind small amounts of water throughout an extensive area all at once, we need to perform services immediately to protect structures from future damage.

Once water absorbs into materials, evaporation into the air occurs at a relatively steady rate. The longer we wait to begin working, the more intensive the work becomes as a result of the delay. The air inside your hotel can hold a significant amount of water, so we also use desiccant machines.

We use small units to extract water from hard but porous materials, such as walls, floors and ceilings, and more absorbent ones, such as carpeting and furniture. Plusher carpet holds water more tightly than lower, tighter woven carpeting. Reacting quickly can help save carpet in many situations.

If a pipe burst and water came from that source, truck-mounted pumps help rescue your hotel from increased damages by rapidly extracting standing water. The area near the broken pipe can sustain a great deal of water damage above the flood line, so we pay particular attention to the materials involved, also.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota, whose local contact number is (941) 552-6319, offers 24-hour services for just such emergencies. Whenever your hotel requires commercial water removal services because of broken water lines or sprinkler systems going haywire, call us. We Are Faster To Any Sized Disaster, and we are always ready with the latest equipment to serve your needs.

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Mold Damage Under Your Sarasota Kitchen's Cabinetry Can Easily Spread

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

When mold grows out of control, a problem develops.

Mold Damage Under Your Kitchen's Cabinetry

Microbial contamination in low levels is something that happens in every home in Sarasota. Microbes exist everywhere, including places considered clean and healthy. When they grow out of control, a problem develops. We can help homeowners regain control over such situations.

Sarasota homeowners most often encounter mold damage in dark areas of their home where water exists in abundance. One such place is under cabinets, below the kitchen sink. These areas may drip-free, but condensation on water lines can allow enough water to accumulate that mold easily grows. The water can also help materials in the cabinet itself disintegrate, permitting mold to access even more of the materials.

Opening a cabinet to place sponges, cleaning chemicals and other items in, or to retrieve them, creates a small amount of airflow. However, it does not take much for spores to become free of the confines under the sink and enter the rest of your home. Moving on air currents, these spores can begin growing inside your home wherever they encounter adequate moisture.

Seeing that air movement can cause spores to release into the air, we know that cleaning mold from your home can also cause the same reaction. Using air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters, we eliminate a large percentage of the spores stirred up by our remediation efforts. Containment of the affected area, such as your kitchen, increases, even more, the number of spores trapped by the air scrubber or ejected from your home through the containment apparatus.

Removing the mold damaged materials and replacing them with suitable materials helps keep mold from returning. However, condensation can allow mold to flourish again if not adequately addressed. We discuss with our customers what their options might include, based on their home's unique situation.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota wants to help residents in our community live in homes that promote health. Remediation of mold damage is one way we accomplish this. Call us at (941) 552-6319 if you discover mold growth or other microbial activity in your home so we can begin remediation to prevent it from spreading to uncontaminated areas in your home.

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Recovering From Flood Damages To Your Sarasota Home

12/28/2017 (Permalink)

There is no doubt that flood damage can occur with or without the presence of a hurricane, so being prepared for a disaster can help you.

Recovering From Flood Damage

Being right along the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota residents are all too familiar with how quickly the sunny weather can turn into tropical storms or even hurricanes. Most recently, Hurricane Irma and even some of the damaging effects of Hurricane Harvey would be unrelenting to the city, leaving many homes and businesses without power and with significant flood damages.

There is no doubt that Sarasota flood damage can occur with or without the presence of a hurricane, so being prepared for these kinds of disasters can help you to save valuable contents of your house. You should also have a plan in place for how you are going to restore any damages that the waters left behind and get on with your life after it has happened.

Our SERVPRO team has always been available 24/7 for the people of Sarasota area, including both Siesta Key and Osprey. This commitment extends to anyone, whenever they might need us. SERVPRO has the tools and the expertise to make the flood damages “Like it never even happened.” If you are unsure about how our team responds when we are called out to assess and restore damages during and after a flood, you might be more at ease to understand our thorough processes.

From the moment you call, your home is a priority of our professional team. We arrive on site and begin assessing the damage and formulating a plan to clean up the mess and restore your damage. SERVPRO keeps an open line of communication with you so that you can better understand our methods and are comfortable with every step of the process.

Pumps are brought in to remove any lingering water from the affected area. While some situations only require smaller portable pumps to be used, other more severe cases would warrant the use of pump trucks that we have in our fleet. The area is dried using air movers, and another inspection of damage gets done when all of the structural components that were affected become visible again.

We at SERVPRO of South Sarasota, which includes the Osprey and Siesta Key areas, is available whenever you need assistance with any restoration project. Give us a call 24/7 at (941) 552-6319.

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Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Services in Siesta Key

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fires occur more often than most people realize. Should you be facing the aftermath of a fire, calling SERVPRO is your best option for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Promptly to Remediate the Damage that a Fire and Fire Fighting Efforts Left Behind

Fire damage accidents are common and sometimes unavoidable, irrespective of your level of preparedness, they always strike when you are not ready for them. That is why as a homeowner or business person in Siesta Key, you need to know your options. Cleaning and restoring your damaged property after such an incident takes place alleviates further loss.

Despite being unpredictable, there are proven solutions that residents should consider when faced with Siesta Key fire damage incidents. Contacting a licensed service provider like SERVPRO is one of the recommended options. You should consider working with such professionals since you may not be having the right tools to restore and clean your property to its earlier state.

When it comes to cleaning, our SERVPRO technicians use different approaches depending on the situation. The technicians perform a thorough inspection to ascertain the degree of the destruction. During the inspection, the team identifies the source of the fire and traces the extent to which the smoke particles have spread out. It is possible to find different types of smoke residues at the same place given that the fire consumed different contents. Dependent on the type of smoke residues, we choose an appropriate cleaning technique.

We take caution when cleaning your property to prevent any unnecessary damage. For the contents that are beyond repair, we may advise you to do a replacement. To eliminate the smoke particles attached to the affected surface or structure, our technicians use both the dry and wet cleaning techniques to scrape and remove them. Finally, the technicians dispose of the smoke particles.

There was a possibility that the fire extinguishing agents came into contact with the smoke residues. When that happens, an unpleasant odor that is hard to find its source may result. SERVPRO technicians use proven deodorization techniques to deal with such situations.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is a trusted leader offering mold, storm, water and fire damage restoration services. Get in touch with us by calling (941) 552-6319 for further assistance.

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Professional Water Removal Protects Families And Their Sarasota Homes

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Emergencies involving water affect homes from that first minute, and continue ruining both materials and belongings as long as it remains present.

Professional Water Removal

Emergencies involving water affect Sarasota homes from that first invasive minute, and then continue ruining both materials and belongings as long as it remains present. The more prolonged water stays inside your home, the more it spreads. This spreading of water and moisture by wicking and absorption allows microbial colonization to begin, as well as causing bleeding of colors, staining, and ruination or books, papers, and photos that water comes touches.

Your Sarasota home needs water removal services after flooding, water line breaks, overflowing tubs or sinks, and sewer backups. We implement some of the procedures used in the removal of large amounts of water when we remove smaller spills and situations involving elevated moisture. Even small amounts of water can extensively damage your property when not removed promptly. More copious amounts may create more alarm in homeowners when confronted with such an event, but both can ruin your home.

Removing water that is only an inch or two to several feet deep happens with pumps, which we then drain off safely. Left-over humidity and moisture continue to affect your home, requiring removal of this remnant, also, to protect your home and valuable belongings. Our IICRC certifications in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and other fields related to this emergency show our dedication to preserving and protecting your property.

SERVPRO has the equipment required for any size water emergency, and their employees have the training needed to make everything dry and safe again quickly. This equipment includes those that steadily dry out materials through evaporation by heat and increased air circulation and others that directly remove the increased humidity from the air as it passes through the machinery.

Our vast experience helps us not only restore damaged properties correctly and safely but also covers the elimination of odors that water-saturated materials develop. To make your home “Like it never even happened.” we address every aspect brought on by invasive water, and we do this efficiently for our customers.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota desires to help residents in our area protect their homes from water and other situations with expert water removal services. Homeowners should never allow their homes to remain saturated after an event involving water. Call us 24/7 at (941) 552-6319 for services designed to meet your specific needs.

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Water Removal Services Available for Your Sarasota Area Warehouse

11/22/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians have advanced equipment to properly and thoroughly remove water and mitigate water damage in your warehouse.

Rely on SERVPRO for Expertly Trained Water Removal Services

Water invading your business property in Sarasota can slow productivity, ruin finished products, or even damage machinery to the point of shutting down entirely. The last thing you want is for standing water to affect the way you do business.

With that said, expertly trained water removal specialists are at your disposal, 24/7, 365. If you find your Sarasota warehouse having water problems of any size, give us a call to get things under control as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

Whether you have a small leak in your roof causing problems with your production line or have a few inches of water throughout your warehouse, our technicians are ready to help. SERVPRO technicians have experience with water removal situations of all shapes and sizes. 

With access to advanced equipment and resources to help make water problems a thing of the past. Our water extractors range from hand-held portable units to large truck-mounted extractors that make moving vast amounts of water faster. SERVPRO technicians come ready to perform the services necessary to get water out and keep it out.  

We offer a variety of water removal and damage mitigation services designed to adjust to meet your specific needs. Whether you are dealing with a large area damaged by saltwater or a freshwater event, we can service all of your production equipment, and help you return to regular operations without having to call anyone else or send items to specific repair shops. Our technicians offer full-service solutions that get you back up and running as soon as possible.

Our IICRC-industry certified technicians at SERVPRO understand how valuable your time can be and we do everything possible to limit your losses during an emergency. We care about the businesses in our community and show dedication to providing you with the highest quality water removal services possible every step of the way.

Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota for answers to water removal situations on your property, we can be there for you whenever you need us. Request our assistance, today. (941) 552-6319

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Mold Damage in Ridge Wood Heights Retirement Condos

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

When you find mold in your home after having been away for a few months, it's time to call SERVPRO for a thorough investigation and remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Infestations and Offer Many Preventative Tips

On the move from primary homes further north, seasonal residents of Ridge Wood Heights return to townhouses and condos for the winter season. Opening up their winter homes may reveal some unwanted and unpleasant surprises. Mold damage is a specialty of ours, however, and help soon makes its way to our newly returning neighbors.
 
Sometimes individuals read or are told that windows need to be cracked just a little bit open during hurricane season to equalize pressure if an active storm passes overhead. Unfortunately, that tip is untrue and can lead to mold damage in Ridge Wood Heights from driving rains pushing their way inside. Water may have intruded in other ways -- a leaky pipe, a dripping faucet, a lengthy power outage that allowed humidity to increase over 60 percent, or a water event on another floor that seeped through. Regardless of the cause, our mold remediation team is ready to help you manage your mold damage concerns.
 
When we arrive, the lead technician, or SERVPRO project manager assigned to your job, assesses the mold damage. Non-porous surfaces support mold growth if traces of organic material are present. This can include the oil from your hands on a window sill or soap scum in a shower. Usually, that type of colony can be removed by wiping it down and using antimicrobial treatment to inhibit further growth.
 
Wood, chipboard, curtains, carpeting, or other absorbent materials may need to be partially removed if the mold roots extend into their interiors. Either way, our remediation teams use the EPA’s protocol to abate the mold damage. We contain the moldy area with physical barriers and may add a negative pressure air scrubbers to ensure that no moldy particles escape into unaffected areas. SERVPRO crew members will bag and dispose of the moldy materials according to local rules.
 
Our final task is identifying and planning for elimination of the water source. Depending on the circumstances, that fix will look different. SERVPRO’s understanding of mold growth and damage is comprehensive and we will get to the bottom of the water or moisture issue and remedy it.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota is ready to remediate your mold damage in your winter location. Call (941) 552-6319 for an appointment to discuss your options.
 
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Water Removal in a Sarasota Home Depends on the Circumstances to Minimize Losses

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Sarasota Water Damage Is Mitigated with the Help of SERVPRO'S ERP Plan

SERVPRO Provides Water Extraction and Restoration After Damage Caused by Weather and Mishaps

Water damage in Sarasota can be a serious issue that adversely damages buildings and furniture in them. If such a misfortune happens, it is necessary that adequate measures be taken to address the situation. Trust a reliable company.

SERVPRO is undoubtedly one of those companies you should not overlook having been engaged in the task of water removal in the Sarasota area for quite some time. It has in the process of its operations developed some common techniques to extract water from homes.

For a start, the choice of the most appropriate technique largely depends on the amount of water to be extracted. In case the water is standing and is greater than two inches deep, SERVPRO deploys submersible pumps. This produces a high gallons per hour extraction of the unwanted water. If however, the depth of water is less than 2 inches deep, the technicians use truck-mounted extractors with special wands to suction the water from carpets and hardwood flooring.

After all the water has been extracted, the company discharges them directly into a sewer that has been treated or in self-contained tanks. It does not at all dispose of such wastewater in a septic tank. Typically, these tanks are the source of contamination that must be dealt with according to OSHA codes.

Lastly, the company does take proactive approaches to mitigating the effects of water damage by a follow-up inspection to ensure no leaks are still apparent. Ask us about our preventative program for water and fire & smoke damage mitigation called the ERP, the Emergency READY Profile. This plan helps ensure the personal safety of the occupants and reduces damages in the event they are not prevented.

Consider us, SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Give us a call today through our line (941) 552-6319. We are always available 24/7 to assist with any urgent water damaging event.

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A Smart Plan When You Return To Sarasota Post-Irma

10/14/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Irma Left Sarasota with SERVPRO's Help, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Tip--Inspect for Hurricane Storm Leakage in Your Home's Structure

When Hurricane Irma’s winds and rains tore through Sarasota, you were enjoying the last weeks of summer several states to the north. Neighbors in Florida report that your home appears to have survived the storm’s fury with no significant damage. Even so, we suggest you carefully evaluate your winter retreat when you arrive to ensure there are no unpleasant surprises to discover.
 
You love the retro look and feel of your Sarasota home, but feel hidden storm damage may lead to permanent problems because of aging structure and fixtures. The windows and doors needed maintenance that you put off in previous seasons. When you open your vacation home for this winter season, consider an inspection by one of our experienced project managers to check for rainwater or wind damage inside.
 
The strength of a Category 1 hurricane stresses dwellings with winds in excess of 75 miles an hour. Your home endured the battering of these high winds and heavy rain, but it is likely that water made its way into the interior at weak points, including doorways and windows with worn weatherstripping and dried-out caulk. Look for telltale signs like staining and bulging of the drywall or plaster around the door and window openings as you reacquaint yourself with your bayside house. SERVPRO crews train for the opportunity to recognize and restore the subtle damage that signals water forced its way through during the height of the storm.
 
Trained technicians measure the moisture content of the walls and floors near the aged windows and doors, determining drying targets. Air movers and dehumidifiers get the drying going while our workers search for any pockets of water hidden between the exterior and interior walls or under floorboards. SERVPRO experts also keep an eye out for secondary damage, especially due to microbial growth, as we treat and reclaim the saturated areas.
 
Mold infests and consumes organic surfaces including wood, wallpaper, chipboard, fabrics, and more. Not much water is needed to encourage the rapid multiplication of mold colonies, and it is a common problem after severe storms where wind-driven rain invades interior spaces, even without much visible damage. SERVPRO offers expert mold remediation crews if needed.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota is ready to help as winter residents return and face water and possibly mold damage. Call (941) 552-6319 to schedule a walk through with one of our technicians to ensure the comfort and safety of your seasonal stay.

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Restoring Sarasota Fire Damage

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians are trained to tackle to your fire damage restoration needs and restore your home, "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Restoration Needs After a Storm

Since a hurricane was not enough, residents of Sarasota are dealing with other disasters on top of the rain and flooding. Some homes had the gas lines interrupted which resulted in sparks and fires. The incredible amount of storm damage to our homes has also meant the clean-up process is prolonged compared to past storms. Residents are working together to haul away debris while others are attempting to burn what they can first before removing the rest. Both situations have caused further clean-up.

People forget that sparks and embers can remain lit and travel hundreds of yards before landing on a roof and costing thousands in fire damage to a Sarasota home. Despite the debris, damage, and everything else, SERVPRO is prepared to help our neighbors with every disaster that might deal its way into our town and county.

After flooding and fire, much of our restoration work deals with structural, rather than personal property. What we concentrate on in this situation is the foundation and support structures like wall framing, load-bearing walls, and roof support.

After two disasters, a concrete pad shows some surface damage. It is common, and our technicians are very skilled at surface patching. We wash and clean the pad thoroughly and then apply a layer of concrete over the damaged areas, working the new mix into every crack so that it dries smoothly and leaves little evidence of the previous damage.

Fire usually destroys drywall, but it often leaves the framing and larger support structures intact. Our task at this point is to clean the wood of any residues and perhaps use a deodorizing agent to remove any lingering smells that penetrated the surface.

While some minor scorching is fine and does not present a threat to the home, if flames penetrated the wood, we recommend complete replacement of the affected pieces. We train our SERVPRO technicians to identify the threat and to remove and replace supports. The only time we need to call in a general contractor is when the entire roof shows evidence of compromise.

No matter what the disaster, SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here for the community. If you need assistance after a fire, flood, or any other type of damage, we are ready to help. Call us today at (941) 552-6319.

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Providing Sarasota Homeowners Answers to Salt Water Flood Damage

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Flood damage can be even more severe when salt water is involved, call SERVPRO to properly mitigate the damage.

Professionals needed for salt water flood damage

Storms can wreak havoc on your property, resulting in flood damage that exceeds anyone’s expectations. As Sarasota residents, we also have to deal with the potential of salt water invading our homes, which makes it necessary to obtain a trained professional to assist with the cleanup and restoration, after all, is said and done.

As severe weather systems make their way inland, they pick up salt water from the ocean, bringing dangerous chemical combinations directly into our Sarasota homes, making flood damage more severe. Normally, regular cleaning and maintenance keep these chemicals at bay. However, when these storms produce hurricane strength winds, flooding becomes a major issue. 

Hurricanes and storm surges can deliver salty, brackish water to homes as far as a quarter-mile inland, causing damage to metals such as iron or steel, as well as electrical wiring in your home. Just about any material used in your home’s construction takes significantly more damage when exposed to salt water because it carries an electrical charge that penetrates a variety of surfaces with ease.

At SERVPRO we offer IICRC-industry certified professionals who understand that the cure for salt water damage is fresh water. Our technicians take the time to flush your entire electrical system with fresh water, re-inspect everything to assess potential damages, and communicate findings to both you and your insurance company.

As you might think, services like this take a lot of time and effort. SERVPRO technicians help restore appliances and electronic devices, as well as protect your family from possible electrical hazards. We can help protect your home’s foundation, carpeting, furniture, floors, drywall, and roofing, potentially saving as much as possible to limit any losses you might experience.

We make your entire restoration process as stress-free as possible, providing you with solutions that best fit your situation. There is absolutely no reason for you to attempt repairs on your own, SERVPRO has professional technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Help is available, anytime, day or night.

At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, we stand ready to provide you with the personnel, equipment, and resources to take action as soon as possible. Notify us immediately after regaining access to your property after a flood; we can help prevent problems from getting out of hand, call today. (941) 552-6319

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Preparation Could Have Saved This Sarasota Homeowner from Flood Damage

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to find out tips on how to keep your dishwasher from leaking while you're away from your Sarasota vacation home.

Flood Damage Caused by an Ongoing Leak

We recently had a call from a customer who owns a condo, but only visits for holidays and special occasions. More or less leaving the property unattended for the majority of the year. 

The condo in Sarasota recently experienced flood damage caused by a leak in the dishwasher, which made their last visit extremely uncomfortable. They forgot to turn the water off, which led to a slow leak developing in the feed line. This tiny leak caused significant damages to their cabinets, wall, floor, and insulation; it required extensive repairs and mold remediation.

As you may already know, slow leaks are not covered by your insurer, especially in an unattended property. These types of leaks are considered homeowner negligence, making it entirely your problem. Had the owner been around they might have noticed discoloration, spotting at the base of their cabinets, or moisture puddles developing over time, all of which are problems that SERVPRO technicians can help you learn how to prevent while you are away.

Water causes extensive flood damage because it can travel quite far. It can travel through your cabinets, into the sub-floor, and up your walls, saturating building materials, causing swelling, cracks, and separation of glued joints. Depending on the type of floor you have in your kitchen, it can pop wood planks, crack tiles, or cause bubbles to form in linoleum. All of these problems require professional attention to correct properly, SERVPRO can help.

Mold becomes a problem rather quickly, another item not covered by standard insurance. It can cause health effects and often requires remediation technicians to control safely. Without the proper tools and experience, mold often persists, returning to the same area over and over.

A regular plumbing company is most likely to refer you to a restoration company, like SERVPRO, when these types of incidents occur. The plumber is there to fix water issues, not perform repairs to your cabinets, drywall, and flooring. A qualified restoration company takes control of everything, offering you a one-stop solution to flooding, mold, and quite frankly, any other environmental issues that come to mind.  

SERVPRO of South Sarasota wants to provide you with the solutions you deserve, call today. (941) 552-6319

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Travel Agencies Impacted by Commercial Flood Damage in Sarasota can Significantly Affect Bookings

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Sarasota and Florida Have Floods, But SERVPRO Keeps Your Vacation on Track

SERVPRO Keeps Your Sarasota Based Cruise from Being Flooded

Discussing travel plans over soggy carpets that standing water left behind is not a good way to entice would-be travelers to sign up for the latest cruises and vacation packages. The high humidity that is part of Florida's natural climate often prevents evaporation from occurring as quickly as it might happen in a dryer environment.

Sarasota has many tourists who find themselves overwhelmed with the many options available to them once they arrive, but unlike them, buildings with commercial flood damage only have one real viable solution. SERVPRO has the experience and education required to undo the harm caused by such predicaments and make things “Like it never even happened.”
 
Whenever a pipe's bursting open or an overflow of water has created a disaster, getting everything back to how they once were is often the only thing that can save your business. Competition among travel agencies can be fierce at times, making your general overall impression crucial to keeping your customers interested.
 
Being a local business ourselves, our technicians know that your business is an important part of our area's economy. The efforts invested in your enterprise are not replaceable. We know that restoring your building after flood damage is the only way to preserve and protect what you have worked so hard to build.
 
Getting every last drop of water out of your building is paramount to the restoration process. We use large-to-small equipment, working until even the humidity levels are brought back to within normal readings. We use hygrometers before, during, and after the job because these instruments provide highly accurate readings, letting us finish as quickly as possible with no risk of finishing too early. Leaving even the slightest bit of dampness can permit mold and other types of secondary water damage to develop.
 
Because an overflowing sink or broken pipe introduce clean water into your building, carpets can be saved if we begin our work with little delay. Water from even the smallest flooding problems can wick up walls, and also absorb into upholstery on your office furniture. With the increased humidity in the air, even things that were never directly in contact with the water can become ruined. We can help prevent this and other problems from happening.
 
As soon as you know, there is a problem with flooding, calling SERVPRO of South Sarasota to help with the problem can reduce the overall financial costs and prevent damage that might affect irreplaceable items. Our local number is (941) 552-6319 and is staffed all day, every day, and throughout the entire night, as well, to ensure that our neighbors in the community can always reach us when they need help with disastrous situations.

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Mold Damage And Remediation In Your Sarasota Home

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

When mold grows it also spreads within a home by sending out spores.

Mold Damage

When mold begins to grow inside a home, or underneath exterior parts of the home's architecture, the home can experience damage in those areas. The longer mold is allowed to remain in an area, the more extensive the damage can become, and the risk of mold spreading to other areas of the home also greatly increases.

Sarasota homes that have increased levels of humidity, regardless of the source of that moisture, are often found to have higher rates of mold damage than similar homes with better humidity control. When mold grows it also spreads within a home by sending out spores. These spores are tiny, almost microscopic, and can easily travel through air ducts from one room to another. Vacuuming carpets and rugs without a HEPA filter in place can also allow these spores to spread.

Spores that find themselves in an area that has moisture, cellulose, and is darkened and fairly undisturbed can easily and quickly begin to form new colonies. Cellulose may seem as if it would only encompass areas where plant matter is in abundance, but almost everything in your home that is not a glossy, non-porous item is plant-based and made of cellulose.

Other cellular materials, such as leather or suede, can also permit mold to grow, although not as easily as plant-sourced items might. Often, mold grows on these types of items because of soiled surfaces instead of the makeup of the item itself. Once mold has begun growing, it can be difficult to regain control of a home's interior environment once again. Remediation is the best solution for this problem, and SERVPRO has the experts to help ensure that all stages of remediation are conducted correctly, efficiently, and at the correct time.

Before beginning, all water sources that permit moisture to accumulate in areas that should be dry need to be eliminated. Afterward, when the area is dry, dehumidifiers can be used to strip the air of excess humidity. Moisture meters and infrared scanners show our technicians where these areas are. After the removal of excess moisture from the air, these areas are again checked.

Wherever mold is found growing, cutting away or thorough cleaning is conducted, depending on the material. Some material, such as concrete or natural stone, can be cleaned. Mold grows on these surfaces because of the soil, not the hard and durable items itself. Cleaning these items completely removes the mold. Cleaning drywall cannot adequately remove mold because of the way mold penetrates the surface of the drywall.

For the experts in mold damage and remediation that can make your home safe and secure once again, call us, SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Our number, (941) 552-6319, is always answered, no matter the time of day or night, and regardless of the date. We are here to answer your call.

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Flooding Can Cause Significant Damage To Your Sarasota Home

6/17/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO understands that any flood damage to a Sarasota home needs to be removed and cleaned quickly.

Flood Damage

In most flooding disasters, the water is uncontaminated. Rising creeks and storms may contain small amounts of soil or plant material, but there is not a health concern. If the water comes in too quickly and causes pipes to break or cracks a septic tank, then the restoration process becomes more difficult and dangerous to anyone working to clean it up.

SERVPRO understands that any flood damage to a Sarasota home needs to be removed and cleaned quickly. When the water is contaminated, it becomes even more necessary. Certain types of personal and structural property require immediate disposal and the replacement costs increase accordingly. It alters how we approach cleaning and requires additional methods not needed with clean water.

Once we have the biohazard signs set up, technicians enter the home. As they do so, they spray a disinfectant on every affected area. After completing that, we remove any standing debris and soil. This task still requires basic rakes and shovels, but if it is contaminated, we dispose of it all according to state and federal rules. Now, we can remove the water. The equipment we use (pumps and extractors) is the same with uncontaminated water, but we have to pump it in a tank or tank truck rather than directly into the sewer system.

The next step is the hardest for a homeowner. Deciding to restore or replace contaminated property. Porous materials (i.e. fabric on furniture, curtains, and paper) are not salvageable without an excessive amount of effort and cost. If the contaminated water is gray (heavy soil but no sewage), we can attempt to clean it. Unless the item in question has some sentimental value, we recommend disposal and replacement.

If the contaminated water is black (contains sewage or other bio-waste), then it is not safe, and we must dispose of it. The rule also applies to carpets. If needed, we have excellent relationships with most insurance companies and can explain the decision-making process we used to them.

Contaminated structural components (walls, floors, and columns) required pressure washing. As when they walked into the structure, technicians use a disinfectant on every affected surface. To make certain we spray every inch, we may have to move property or even disassemble large items like bookcases to remove them from home. For large items that are contaminated, it may be necessary to remove them to our work center and clean them there.

Cleaning and restoring your home after a flood is not a quick or easy process. When the water is contaminated, the need to do it correctly and efficiently is even more important to avoid losing more property and incurring a massive replacement bill. SERVPRO of South Sarasota has decades of experience in cleaning Florida homes. Call us today at (941) 552-6319 to begin.

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Bubble Bath Gone Wrong Needs Water Removal Services In Sarasota

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

An overflowing tub of warm bubble-bath can happen to any of us, especially when we are most in need of a moment of relaxation.

Water Removal Services For Overflowing Bubble Bath

An overflowing bubble bath can happen to any of us, especially when we are most in need of a moment of relaxation, but easily distracted is a common chain of events that leads to this exact situation. Scooping up as much water as possible can prevent water from seeping further downwards, engulfing more and more of your floor, and causing additional damage. As soon as possible, though, you should call for experienced people who have the equipment to complete the clean-up efforts that you started.

Sarasota homes might be near the water, but when they are overwhelmed with it only professional water removal services are going to be sufficient. SERVPRO has the equipment needed, and our technicians also have the training and experience required to carry out the process quickly and thoroughly. We can remove excess water and return your home's structure, and the contents within it, back to a normal level of dryness.

Pump trucks are used when there is a great deal of standing water in a home, but when there is less, we begin with hand-held and portable units that extract water from all types of surfaces. Working our way from larger areas into smaller ones, including cracks, crevices, seams, and joints between walls and floors, we remove as much water as possible.

When we have removed as much as we possibly can, we then must rely on evaporation to remove the final traces of moisture. This part is essential because, without it, microbes such as bacteria, mold, and mildew can easily begin to grow, causing their own damage and problems within your home.

To increase the rate that leftover moisture evaporates, we use heaters. This alone is not enough, as the air that carries the increased moisture needs to be circulated. Hence, we implement the use of heavy duty air blowers. Along with opened windows and doors, but only when the air outdoors is less humid than inside, we also use dehumidifiers.

If the water from your intended bubble bath became contaminated or for any other reason produces an unwanted odor, we can also use air scrubbers or hydroxyl machines. Our goal is to make everything in your home “Like it never even happened.”

When things go wrong and then get worse, call us for your in-home disasters. Many of these can be solved by water removal services. We are local, and always available. We are SERVPRO of South Sarasota and can be contacted at even the worst times by calling (941) 552-6319.

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Mold Damage Issues in Sarasota New Construction

5/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold remediation and prevention is what we do on a daily basis. Call SERVPRO to discuss how best to start the process.

SERVPRO Technicians are Experienced in Remediating Mold Damage in BOTH Old and New Houses

The presumption is only older homes with deteriorating plumbing and aging roofs have mold problems. In fact, current construction standards contribute to mold risk in a number of ways. If you notice a musty scent or see visible evidence of mold growth inside your newer retirement home, invite the professionals from SERVPRO to inspect and assist in abating the problem.
 
Newer homes surprisingly show evidence of mold damage more often than expected. Your Sarasota home is no exception. The reason is simple. New construction techniques result in houses that are airtight. If moisture gets caught inside, there are few ways for it to escape without using an HVAC air exchange system or consistent dehumidification strategies. SERVPRO mold experts advise that humidity levels of 60 percent or above make it easy for mold to take hold. You need to consult with our experts to craft a way to lower the ambient humidity to limit mold danger.
 
More trouble arises if your vacation home midway up the Gulf coast of Florida is closed up for a significant period during steamy weather. Mold thrives in the sub-tropical climate, and if you are not living in the home to run the air conditioning for weeks at a time, the perfect environment for mold growth is created. Air conditioners cool by pulling moisture out of the air, draining it through a series of hoses.
 
If you are absent, arrange for the air conditioning to run enough to maintain an interior humidity level of 30 to 50 percent. You heat a home in northern climes to avoid pipes freezing; dehumidify your Florida home to limit mold growth. Work with a local management company to ensure your ventilation system is exchanging air, allowing your home to “breathe” rather than sealing the hot, sticky air inside.
 
When you return, contact SERVPRO should you notice an off smell or see any evidence of mold growth. Check the air conditioner itself as clogs or kinks in hoses back up water that activates spores. If we find mold, trust us to contain, remove, and disinfect. Humidity reduction is our mission after the mold is remediated and we know dozens of ways to make certain your home has a more healthy humidity level and better air exchange with the outside.
 
Mold damage in new construction meets its match with SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Set up an appointment with an experienced mold troubleshooter by calling (941) 552-6319.

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SERVPRO Helps Save Your Documents After Water Damage To Your Sarasota Law Firm

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage is bad news for any law firm.

Water Damage To Your Important Documents


Water damage can strike any business at any time. Sometimes the cause is a natural disaster such as a flood or extreme weather such as heavy rain. At other times the cause is as simple as a burst pipe, an overflowing sink, or a broken appliance. Whatever the cause, water damage is bad news for any business.

Water damage is worrying for Sarasota law firms. Although most law firms use computerized systems these days, there are still files, notes, records, and books to consider. Loss of vital documents impedes your law practice from doing its job, slows down the process for clients, and can even damage your reputation.

That is why we recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO as soon as you find water damage in your premises. Our IICRC-certified teams are trained to save, dry, and restore as many documents and books as possible. We start by removing items to our specialist drying facilities. Each location is managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians and kept under 24-hour surveillance so you can rest assured even the most confidential documents are safe with us.

Our experts use freeze-drying to preserve and recover your valuable books, files and more. We start by freezing documents solid to maintain their structural integrity and make restoration possible. Immediate freezing prevents further damage. After freezing, we place them in a freeze-drying chamber where a powerful vacuum draws out air.

We create just the right combination of pressure and temperature to change moisture in your documents to vapor which is safely collected outside the freeze-drying chamber. The last stage is to initiate a carefully controlled rise in temperature to eliminate the last of the water and vapor from your files, books, and records.

SERVPRO teams recognize that after water damage documents often need disinfecting. Dirt, sewage, or bacteria in water penetrates documents and leaves them unsafe. Cleaning books and files is a delicate process – after all, paper cannot be washed like other materials can. Our technicians take care of document cleaning using a powerful gamma radiation sterilization process. Gamma sterilization uses Cobalt 60 radiation to penetrate deep into materials and cleanse them. Your documents are returned to you completely clean and safe.

Do not despair when water damage affects your documents. Call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 for immediate help.

Soot Removal for Wood Surfaces after Fire Damage in Sarasota

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Every type of wood finish requires a different approach after fire damage. Call SERVPRO to make your floors look great again after a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Approach Each Type of Wood Surface Differently During the Restoration Process


Wood is one of the trickiest substances to clean and restore after a residential fire. It is a naturally porous material, so it absorbs soot and smoke odors, instead of trapping them on the surface like plastic or metal. Wooden floors, for instance, often require fairly aggressive cleaning and deodorization to bring them back to their original condition.

There are typically two types of wooden surface which repair teams tackle after fire damage in Sarasota homes. They are finished (or treated) and unfinished wood. Each requires a slightly different approach, so it is important for SERVPRO to inspect damaged items before restoration work begins.

Finished (Treated) Wood

Most pieces of wooden furniture in a home are treated or finished in some way. Desks, dressers, cabinets, tables and hallway railings are all usually coated with a protective layer. It makes them less vulnerable to fire and smoke damage, but it does not mean that they are impervious to the effects of high temperatures.

In this case, the best way to remove soot stains is a gentle cleaning agent. It gets carefully worked into the grain of the wood, where it keeps the dirt suspended for easy removal later. The drier and dustier the soot, the easier it is to eliminate. Dry residues are wiped away with a duster or captured with a HEPA vacuum.

Wet, oily stains are more likely to lift with the addition of a wood cleaning formula. In rare cases, the SERVPRO technicians use steel wool to lift stubborn stains. However, this method is only suitable if we can maintain the appearance of the grain. Afterward, the surface goes through a refinishing stage to bring it back to its original shine.

Unfinished Wood

Unfinished surfaces present a bigger challenge because they do not have that protective layer. They are much more susceptible to deep, embedded soot and smoke stains. The good news is that unfinished wood tends to be limited to structural materials and the interior of things like cabinets, dressers, and wardrobes. So, it may not be a very visible problem.

Nevertheless, SERVPRO is committed to restoring all wooden surfaces, whether they are a prominent part of the room or not. The first step is to use a HEPA vacuum or a dry sponge to remove dry soot. Then, we apply a suppression spray to reduce smoky odors. The technicians use a suitable degreasing formula to lift residues off the surface.

Especially stubborn stains may need a more extreme solution. For instance, we can sand smaller patches until the marks are no longer visible. Don’t worry about compromising the aesthetic of the floor or piece of furniture because a concealing finish gets added later. Finally, the space is thermal fogged to drive lingering odors out of the wood and into the atmosphere, where they are captured and neutralized.

At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, we are committed to helping customers bounce back after a residential fire. We provide a local service, so we are ideally placed to assist homeowners in the Sarasota area. Call us 24/7 at (941) 552-6319 today.

Unexpected Places for Mold Growth and Damage in Sarasota

4/6/2017 (Permalink)

The chimney on your roof can trap water leading to mold damage on your property.

SERVPRO Technicians Methodically Investigate in Order to Locate the Source of Mold in Your Home


Retiring to the Gulf Coast south of Tampa means relaxation and all the free time earned during your career. Take care to educate yourself on the practical effects of our semi-tropical climate, however, or some unforeseen consequences make themselves known. Inexperience with constant dampness and warmth leads to the risk of mold. Limit your exposure with help from SERVPRO.
 
Many different paths lead to mold damage in Sarasota. The journey you choose to remediate microbial outbreaks makes all the difference when you reach the final destination. Our team has experience in mold abatement in both household and commercial location. Moreover, after the current mold infestation is gone, we take our responsibility seriously to locate and eliminate all sources of moisture in your home.
 
Doing the detective work to find and remedy the ways water and moisture make their way into your home is the ultimate service SERVPRO does for our customers. Get rid of the moisture, and your fears about ongoing mold growth dissipate. Obvious conduits of water into your home, like flooding and leaky roofs, identify quickly. Here are some unexpected pockets of moisture that imperil your home:
 
Chimneys

The bricks and mortar that built your fireplace and chimney have the potential to harbor rainwater, wet leaves, and other debris, and animal droppings. All offer mold spores the nourishment needed to grow. Regular maintenance from a local chimney sweep clears out residues and identifies leaks for repair.
 
Drip pans

Your refrigerator, freezer, dehumidifiers, and window air conditioners all collect water as part of their cooling function. Be certain to drain and dry the containers on a regular basis.
 
Laundry and kitchen appliances
 
Seals and doors, particularly on front-loading models, collect water and encourage mold. Refer to your washer and dryer’s manuals to clean and disinfect properly. Keep vent piping clear and attend immediately to broken, cracked, or poorly attached hoses. Dishwashers need to be unloaded and checked for clogs and standing water.
 
Window sashes and sliding door tracks
 
Whether open or closed, windows and doors admit water from rain, garden watering, and the like. Wipe down regularly and inspect after a storm.
 
Clothing and linens
 
Closed in areas like closets feed mold growth if damp bathrobes or incompletely dried clean clothing hang there. Hampers and laundry baskets harbor moisture and are mold incubators. Even a pile of damp beach towels left for a day soon exhibits that unmistakable musky smell. Wash items quickly, dry them thoroughly and keep air moving and AC and dehumidifiers running.
 
Routines that worked well for you in cooler, drier climes result in mold growth here in Florida. SERVPRO of South Sarasota helps by remediating mold and educating you on how to avoid it going forward. A call to (941) 552-6319 gets our helpful team onsite to manage any mold problems you have.

When Severe Flooding Surprises, SERVPRO Responds

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding can be devastating. Call SERVPRO to help make the experience more bearable.

Professional Technicians Can Dry Out Your Property After a Storm

Homeowners on the Gulf Coast of Florida become accustomed to a certain type of flooding during the tropical storm season. If you managed to dry out your lower levels in the past, the experience you had with the landfall of Hermine was completely different. Professional restoration from SERVPRO is the key to successful recovery from the strongest storm front to pass through our community in a dozen years.

Flood damage recovery is much more complicated when evacuations occur, common in Sarasota this past fall because of the strength of the storms. Leaving your home for several days increases the risk of collateral damage as the waters trapped within your home become contaminated. Only 48 hours, on average, of leaving the standing water and drenched structure and contents without attention invites microbial growth. Cleaning up a minor flood with a shop vac and a mop perhaps is possible when you are a veteran of regular storm seasons. Major flooding as seen with Hermine requires trained and certified technicians to restore your home to preloss condition.
 
Teaming up with SERVPRO gets flood damage swiftly under control. Take a minute to call us even while relocated. As soon as authorities permit you to return to your home after an evacuation, meet us there to begin the process of reclaiming your home and belongings. We are familiar with the tasks needed after a few days of unabated flood damage. At your home, we pump and extract the water and then assess for further issues. The team evaluates heating and cooling systems, floors and floor coverings, furnishings, walls, ceilings and other structural components. Know that we have experience and schooling in industry approved techniques, striving always to restore rather than repair or replace when possible.
 
Our staff holds IICRC certifications in applied structural drying, water damage restoration, and mold remediation. The project manager and crew assigned to you take you step by step through the process. Education of our clients is key to attaining the best outcome. We are here to answer any and all of your questions during the process, and we share with you tasks the homeowner can complete to keep the cost reasonable. Our office staff communicates with your insurance company to ensure fair coverage according to your policy.
 
If water damage finds you in over your head, SERVPRO of South Sarasota is always ready to lend a hand. Operators await 24/7 at (941) 552-6319.

When Sewage Problems Cause Serious Water Damage in a Sarasota Warehouse

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Warehouse Water Intrusion in Sarasota Needs Rapid Removal

Call SERVPRO for Water Damage to Your Business in Sarasota


We do not usually think of industrial warehouses as being vulnerable to flooding. They are big, heavy buildings, with impenetrable walls and tough surfaces. For most, the need for water is minimal, so the risk of internal water damage is low.


Well, as bigger warehouses tend to be situated, out of town, close to rivers and rural areas, they are at risk of water intrusion during heavy rains. If nearby pipes overflow and obstruct sewage outfall channels, the water damage in a Sarasota warehouse can become serious very quickly.

Fortunately, the experts at SERVPRO know just how to deal with it. Keep reading to find out what our technicians do in this scenario.

How to Identify Severe Water Damage
There are two rating systems used to determine the severity of water damage. The first describes the type of water. So, anything below Category 3 is not considered to be a danger to health. Exposure to sewage water is highly risky, so it always gets treated as serious. We also classify the type of water intrusion (how much water is in the building). In this case, the amount of standing liquid is likely to be fairly large (around a foot). It means that any items on the ground require disposal. Only non-porous materials can be dried and cleaned after sewage absorption.

The Remedial Process
When flooding comes from a natural (external source), it can be tricky to prevent additional ingress. However, we may be able to use blocking or ditching methods to stop further water intrusion. Once there is no more movement of liquid into the building, large capacity pumps are needed to extract as much liquid as possible.

In smaller areas, manual extraction (with mops) is used to accelerate the removal process. It is imperative for the SERVPRO technicians to get clean, dry air into the building. It should be simple, because warehouses are usually open plan, with large entryways. Air movers are brought on site to accelerate the process. They drive clean air into awkward corners, nooks, and cracks. In this situation, we require the use of many large capacity air movers.

The use of dehumidifiers in large spaces is up for debate. SERVPRO approaches each emergency in a unique way because there are some commercial sites which just don’t benefit from their presence. If there are enclosed wall assemblies or highly porous substances present, however, it makes sense  to target these smaller areas with dehumidifiers. Category 3 flooding requires a rapid response because prolonged exposure to sewage can be dangerous.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is ideally located to help businesses in the local area. Our repairs are fast, reliable, and come with excellent customer service. Call us 24/7 at (941) 552-6319.

Common Causes Of Fire Damage In Sarasota

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Candles Often Cause Fire Damage in Sarasota

When Damage Results from Fires to Your Property, Call SERVPRO

Unfortunately, irresponsible activities and carelessness play a huge role in house fires. Things like forgetting that you put a pan on the stove or leaving a curling iron sitting next to a tissue box on the bathroom counter.
 
There are a variety of reasons your Sarasota area home could receive fire damage, being aware of many of these causes can help prevent them from occurring. If you find yourself needing restorations services, look to us for help.
 
Fires related to cooking incidents are among the highest causes of fire damage that we respond to at SERVPRO. People leave plastic bags, like a loaf of bread, near their coffee pot or stove, or they try to put grease fires out with water. When you think about it, a majority of kitchen fires are completely preventable.
 
Smokers are another leading cause of fire damage in homes. They say that smoking puts your personal health at risk, but it can certainly put your welfare at risk as well. People like to sit on their couch, relaxing after a tough day, enjoying the evening news. Having the tip fall off into the cushions with disastrous results.
 
At SERVPRO we find that space heaters are another concern, whether you use a portable floor heater or even a wall heater, it is important to keep flammable objects away from the source of heat. Never leave one unattended, and if you plan on going to sleep soon, you should unplug it and store it properly first. Never leave candles unattended.
 
Electrical issues are big on the list as well, seen mostly in older homes where faulty or outdated wiring causes excessive dust and debris to catch fire. There are also instances of frayed wires or broken plugs coming into contact with insulation or curtains.
 
Electronic appliances, lamps, alarm clocks, televisions, are all examples of hazards when you consider the number of people that are totally reliant on technology these days. SERVPRO has often responded to calls for damage from overloaded power bars, extension cords and out of date devices which are all dangerous. A slight burning odor does not mean that your television is just warming up.
 
Contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota for additional ways to keep safe or receive the services you need today. (941) 552-6319

What Equipment Is Used to Repair Water Damage in Sarasota Homes?

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Removal Mitigates Damage to Sarasota Condos

SERVPRO Information on Water Equipment to Reduce Damages


When water damage causes havoc in your home, the best thing to do is call in the professionals. SERVPRO is a locally based company, so we are ideally placed to assist residents in the Sarasota area. Our repairs are fast, effective, and guaranteed to accommodate your needs.

Water damage in Sarasota properties can take many different forms, so it is necessary to have a broad range of options and responses. Usually, three or even four different types of drying and restoration form a part of each case.

If the affected space is enclosed, with poor ventilation (a basement or crawlspace), fans are an efficient way to introduce clean, dry air. If the water damaged area contains lots of moist fabrics, dehumidifiers and air movers are combined to drive water into the air and towards powerful extractors.

Wet Vacuums
Clearly, regular vacuums are not very effective when it comes to sucking up water. You need a specially designed extraction tool for this. While the SERVPRO technicians usually use motorized pumps for significant amounts of standing water, wet vacuums are best for drying soft furnishings. They remove excess water from carpets, hard surfaces, and porous items until they reach a point of saturation which is suitable for dehumidifiers.

Dehumidifiers
Dehumidifiers only become a viable option after extracting as much excess water as possible. They are very efficient, but they work at a slower rate than pumps. In fact, they interact directly with the atmosphere, by pulling water particles out of the air. For successful drying, the process must be consistent and steady. We use precise calculations to determine how much water needs removing every hour and when optimal conditions are likely to be reached.

Air Movers
These machines have a low center of gravity, which enables them to drive damp air across walls and other surfaces. When this air is heavy with moisture, it gets directed towards dehumidifiers, where it is extracted and contained. Axial fans are the best choice because they can move large volumes of air in a short space of time. If you own standard residential fans, you must not use them, as there is a risk of shock in damp areas.

HEPA Vacuum
HEPA tools are recommended for the final stages of drying and clean up. Sometimes, we do not need to use them, but if your water damage contains gray or black liquids, they are a good way to eliminate any potential pathogens or airborne bacteria. HEPA vacuums are also suitable for removing mold spores and residue on some kinds of surfaces. Restoration experts are required to wear protective clothing because dislodged debris can cause irritation to the nose and throat.

For more information and advice on drying out your home after a leak or residential flood, get in touch with SERVPRO of South Sarasota. We are in your area, and that makes us the perfect choice for fast, reliable water damage repairs. Call us 24/7 at (941) 552-6319

Bounce Back Quickly From Storm Damage to Your Sarasota Townhome

2/3/2017 (Permalink)

Storms can bring down trees and invite flooding into your house. Make sure that SERVPRO is your recovery team for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians are Equipped to Remediate the Damage After a Storm


Beautiful beaches and many cultural amenities make the Gulf Coast of Florida a popular place to retire or have a second home. The price paid is being in the path of tropical storms and hurricanes when the conditions are ripe. Knowing this possibility makes a relationship with your local SERVPRO franchise a proactive move for the savvy homeowner. If your townhome sustains damage from high winds, heavy rain, storm surge, or flying debris, we are ready to begin the restoration process immediately. Locally owned and a committed member of the community, we understand the devastation seasonal storms can inflict upon our neighbors. We have the experience, the trained technicians, and the proper equipment to respond fast and effectively to storm damage.
 
Even though you may expect occasional storm damage to impact your Sarasota lifestyle indirectly, it is a whole different situation when your home is one that needs restoration. Expect a professional yet compassionate attitude from our entire crew, from the inspector we send after your first call, to the staff who complete the final touches after the work is done. We are a full-service restoration company, able to handle everything from initially securing your home from the elements through all the water and wind damage restoration tasks necessary. Save yourself the headaches of being your own general contractor by signing with us. All problems will be identified, and a plan will be designed to respond to each and every one.
 
Because we are one of a large and growing network of storm damage restoration companies, you are assured that your damage will be addressed quickly. If necessary, SERVPRO mobilizes comprehensive storm Disaster Recovery Teams in areas where devastation is widespread. Your agreement with our local team allows you access to the scaled services of our nationwide response to large storms and other disasters. Our commitment is to restoring your townhome to its preloss condition fast regardless of the needs of your neighbors, businesses, and government. You do not stand in line when we are aligned with you.
 
When the storms are gathering be sure to have SERVPRO of South Sarasota on speed dial. Call (941) 552-6319 and expect the highest quality restoration services delivered fast.

Hardwood Flooring Water Damage Restoration in Sarasota

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Do Not Treat Your Wooden Floors in Sarasota Like a Day at the Beach

Water Removal To Salvage a Valuable Hardwood Floor

A crack in a salt water aquarium caused significant water damage to hardwood flooring. The shock of dealing with expensive and distressed rare tropical fish was a stress eclipsed only by the buckling and crowning of the century-old oak floor. Help find the solution by searching for “water damage restoration near me” and clicking on the SERVPRO result.
 
An exotic fish collection is a focal point in your vintage home, displayed in an ornate tank balanced on a wrought iron stand on a polished hardwood floor. A slow drip widened into a frank crack, allowing gallons of water to damage your Sarasota home. The aquarium water, classified as gray and contaminated simply because of the salt and the waste from the fish, needed a speedy removal to safeguard the antique flooring. As soon as the water loss happened, you called us for a project manager consultation.
 
Upon arrival, it was apparent the current flood followed a period when the water dripped slowly onto the oak flooring. The area immediately under the tank already showed crowning of some planks, a result that the recent large spillage of water did not explain. Our SERVPRO staff receives training that aids in identifying kinds of damage to hardwood floors. The differences in damage are important to evaluate as some techniques work better to restore each type of harm. Crowning, where the tops of the wooden planks are curved upward, indicate moisture soaked down to the subfloor and the bottom of the planks absorbed more water than the top. We inspect to see the amount of moisture held within the floor joists; this dampness must be eliminated.
 
Once we remove the aquarium water, disposed of according to local codes require for hazardous waste, we set up air movers for steady drying and use a hardwood floor drying mat to pull moisture up through the floor. This technique balances the drying so that the planks remain flat. After the wood dries enough for a second assessment, we review whether the previously noted crowning diminished in severity. If not some wood faces a sanding process before refinishing. The worst case scenario is the crowned area requires removal and replacement. Wood floors take several weeks to dry out completely so expect a reevaluation later. We strive to mitigate losses to your home and make every effort to restore it to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."
 
Call the experts in wooden flooring restoration at SERVPRO of South Sarasota when water damages your historic home. Dial (941) 552-6319 for professional assistance and honest assessments.
 

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