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

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Learn How To Protect Yourself From The Dangers Of Mold In Siesta Key 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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Call The SERVPRO Heroes to Lend Out A Hand When Flood Damage Strikes

12/14/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Call The SERVPRO Heroes to Lend Out A Hand When Flood Damage Strikes We are here to help make flood damage "Like it never even happened."

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

Flood damage events give little to no warning, and when they take place, 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.

By 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 the contaminant spreading to unaffected locations, we may put in place 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 that can be salvaged and what we need to remove and replace. In most cases, we do not disinfect porous items that have come into contact with flood water. When it is necessary to dispose of the unsalvageable materials, we follow the local, state, and federal regulations, and make sure there is sufficient communication with your insurance provider.

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SERVPRO of South Sarasota offers immediate flood restoration services that meet the various commercial and residential needs. Our technicians are highly trained and use appropriate equipment when handling any size disaster. You can learn more about our services by calling (941) 552-6319.

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

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage For Sarasota Properties, SERVPRO Follows Protocols to Mitigate Damages to Furnishings and Structural Elements from a Water Loss 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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What to Avoid When Facing Fire Damage at Your Sarasota Manufacturing Facility

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial What to Avoid When Facing Fire Damage at Your Sarasota Manufacturing Facility 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 Insulation

If a fire ever takes place inside your Sarasota manufacturing plant, there might be some problems caused by the blaze that do not get noticed right away. 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 of your machinery and ruin components. One major part of successful commercial fire damage restoration is to know 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 powerful burnt smells exist. During most commercial fire damage cases in Sarasota, these partially combusted particles will 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 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 takes place 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 Our Mitigation Techniques Will Restore Your Water Damaged Sarasota Home To Pre-Damage Condition

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How Our Mitigation Techniques Will Restore Your Water Damaged Sarasota Home To Pre-Damage Condition When unexpected occurrences like appliance failure or supply line breaks happen, damages can spread quickly throughout the affected areas.

Water Mitigation Techniques For Your Sarasota Home

When unexpected occurrences like appliance failure or supply line breaks happen in your Sarasota home, 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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Siesta Key, Tropical Storms, Flooding, and the Help from SERVPRO

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Siesta Key, Tropical Storms, Flooding, and the Help from SERVPRO Siesta Key Stays Drier Post Storm Once the SERVPRO Green Van Arrives

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 type of damage your home incurs. SERVPRO can handle any flood damage and safety hazards produced after a storm, and has 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 that has 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, but may also include materials from inside, as well. Black water 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 still flooded with standing water. This can expose you to bacteria and pathogens that could cause health effects, as well as potential electrocution and laceration hazards that may be hard to spot through the murky water. In addition, some contaminants could create harmful gases, so we recommend staying as far away from the black water as possible.

How Do I Remove It?
Black water 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. Once the water has been removed, we also take the time to thoroughly sanitize the area and kill off any remaining microbes. 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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Become Familiar With the Levels of Fire Damage Affecting Your Sarasota Home

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage At SERVPRO, We Say NO to Water Damage and Say YES to Restoration 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)

Commercial Team SERVPRO is Your Shortcut to Commercial Water Damage Remediation Success in Sarasota 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)

Mold Remediation Osprey's Mold Damage Experts Discuss Mitigation of Bathroom Vanities 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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Steps We Take to Save Our Customers More Money During Fire Damage Mitigation in Sarasota

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Steps We Take to Save Our Customers More Money During Fire Damage Mitigation in Sarasota When soot covers many items in your home after a fire, contact SERVPRO for cleaning and remediation efforts.

Team SERVPRO Offers Many Convenient Options to Aid Remediation After a 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 a Sarasota 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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Your Sarasota Business Can Return To Its Pre-loss State After A Water Damage Experience

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your Sarasota Business Can Return To Its Pre-loss State After A Water Damage Experience  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)

Storm Damage Lake Sarasota's Flood Damage Experts Explain The Science Involved with Drying 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)

Fire Damage Ozone Machines  and Hydroxyl Generators Can Remove Fire & Smoke Odors in Siesta Key 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 Remediation Water Damage Can Allow Worse Conditions for Your Siesta Key Home 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)

Commercial Unmitigated Commercial Water Damage and Your Sarasota Retail Shop 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)

Storm Damage Gulf Storms Can Cause Flooding Inside of Your Sarasota Home 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)

Water Damage How Water Extraction Can Return Your Sarasota Property to Its Former State 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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The Benefits You Get from Fast Calls to SERVPRO for Fire Damage in Osprey

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Benefits You Get from Fast Calls to SERVPRO for Fire Damage in Osprey 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 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.
 
SERVPRO of South Sarasota provides emergency fire damage restoration services on a 24/7 basis. Call us immediately after disaster strikes at (941) 552-6319.
 
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Commercial Water Removal Services Keeps Manufacturing Lines Up and Running in Sarasota

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal Services Keeps Manufacturing Lines Up and Running in Sarasota 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)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Experts In Siesta Key Explain Microbial Remediation In Laundry Rooms 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)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Technicians In Sarasota Discuss Drying Procedures 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)

Water Damage When Your Sarasota Home Requires Professional Water Removal 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)

Mold Remediation Understanding and Cleaning Mold Damage in Sarasota 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)

Commercial Specialized Equipment Provides Water Removal Services to Bed and Breakfast Owners in Sarasota 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)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Mitigation In Sarasota of the Smelly Kind 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)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Mitigation Facts That Every Siesta Key Resident Should Know 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)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Emergency Restoration for Sarasota Homeowners 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)

Commercial Failed Plumbing and Water Removal in Your Sarasota Bistro 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)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Leaves a Smokey Stench in Osprey Residences 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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Expert Water Removal, Cleaning, And Restoration Services for Your Sarasota Area Home

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Expert Water Removal, Cleaning, And Restoration Services for Your Sarasota Area Home 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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Helping You Survive Flood Damage In Sarasota

2/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Helping You Survive Flood Damage In Sarasota Living in a high-flood area, Sarasota homeowners could deal with flood damage on a regular basis

Helping You Survive Flood Damage

There are a variety of 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, Sarasota homeowners could deal with flood damage on a regular basis, 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, taking the severity of damage and cost into consideration over sentimentality.

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 particle board 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, as well as cleaning and restoration procedures that help you 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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Water Damage Crews in Sarasota

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Crews in Sarasota 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)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal Professionals Dry Hotels After Sprinkler Malfunctions In Sarasota 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)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Under Your Sarasota Kitchen's Cabinetry Can Easily Spread 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)

Storm Damage Recovering From Flood Damages To Your Sarasota Home 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)

Fire Damage Reliable Fire Damage Restoration Services in Siesta Key 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)

Water Damage Professional Water Removal Protects Families And Their Sarasota Homes 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)

Commercial Water Removal Services Available for Your Sarasota Area Warehouse 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)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Ridge Wood Heights Retirement Condos 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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Fire Sprinklers Can Minimize Fire Damage In Siesta Key Homes

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Sprinklers Can Minimize Fire Damage In Siesta Key Homes A small flame can transform into a major fire in less than thirty seconds.

Sprinklers Can Reduce The Damage Done By A Fire

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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Water Removal in a Sarasota Home Depends on the Circumstances to Minimize Losses

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal in a Sarasota Home Depends on the Circumstances to Minimize Losses 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)

Storm Damage A Smart Plan When You Return To Sarasota Post-Irma 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)

Fire Damage Restoring Sarasota Fire Damage 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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Storage Facilities Dry Out Post-Hurricane With Commercial Water Removal Services In Sarasota

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial  Storage Facilities Dry Out Post-Hurricane With Commercial Water Removal Services In Sarasota Storage facilities often include clauses in their contracts excluding responsibility for catastrophes such as hurricanes and fire.

Commercial Water Removal Services

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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Providing Sarasota Homeowners Answers to Salt Water Flood Damage

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Providing Sarasota Homeowners Answers to Salt Water Flood Damage 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)

Water Damage Preparation Could Have Saved This Sarasota Homeowner from Flood Damage 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)

Commercial Travel Agencies Impacted by Commercial Flood Damage in Sarasota can Significantly Affect Bookings 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)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage And Remediation In Your Sarasota Home 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)

Storm Damage Flooding Can Cause Significant Damage To Your Sarasota Home 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)

Water Damage Bubble Bath Gone Wrong Needs Water Removal Services In Sarasota 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 Mold Damage Issues in Sarasota New Construction 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)

Commercial SERVPRO Helps Save Your Documents After Water Damage To Your Sarasota Law Firm 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)

Fire Damage Soot Removal for Wood Surfaces after Fire Damage in Sarasota 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)

Mold Remediation Unexpected Places for Mold Growth and Damage in Sarasota 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)

Storm Damage When Severe Flooding Surprises, SERVPRO Responds 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)

Commercial When Sewage Problems Cause Serious Water Damage in a Sarasota Warehouse 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)

Fire Damage Common Causes Of Fire Damage In Sarasota 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 Damage What Equipment Is Used to Repair Water Damage in Sarasota Homes? 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)

Storm Damage Bounce Back Quickly From Storm Damage to Your Sarasota Townhome 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)

Water Damage Hardwood Flooring Water Damage Restoration in Sarasota 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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