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

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

Is Water Removal and Drying Enough to Save Laminate Flooring?

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

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

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

Are Hardwood Floors as Delicate as Laminate Floors?

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

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

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

Our options to remove the absorbed water include:

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

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

What Challenges are Associated with Drying Tile Floors?

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

How Are Ceramic Tile Floors Handled During Water Removal?

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

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

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

Contractor Licenses:

General: CGC1504870

Mold Remediation: MRSR3181

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

7/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why are Industrial Dehumidifiers Superior to Consumer Equipment?

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

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

What About the Saturated Drywall in My Home?

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

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

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

  • Swelling
  • Sagging
  • Crumbling
  • Fungal growth

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

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

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

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

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

Can I Salvage My Hardwood Floors?

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

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

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

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

How do Experts Handle Water Damage in Sarasota?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Is it Possible to Remove the Water on My Own?

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

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

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

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

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

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How Do Professionals Dry Your Water Damaged Sarasota Home?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Dries and Deodorizes Your Sarasota Home During Water Cleanup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Awaking to a Water Cleanup Nightmare in Sarasota

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO is Available in Sarasota to Deal with Water Cleanup

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

Water Removal

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

Avoiding Mold Growth

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

Stopping Musty, Foul Water Odors

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

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

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How Excessive Water Vapors Harm Your Sarasota Home

10/23/2019 (Permalink)

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

Redirecting the Migration of Water Vapors in Sarasota Homes 

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

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

Drying Zones  

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

Desiccants 

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

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

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How to Take the Headache Out of Sarasota Water Damage

9/29/2019 (Permalink)

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

Drying Water Damage in Sarasota

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

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

What is A Drying Goal?

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

Which Drying Techniques Are Involved?

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

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

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

How is the Process Monitored?

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

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

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

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The Untold Secrets About Water Damage Remediation in Your Sarasota Home

8/4/2019 (Permalink)

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

Water Removal Sarasota – Bathroom Water Leak Triggers Carpet Replacement

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

Reach us at (941) 552-6319 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Water Heater Surprise In Sarasota

Your home has its noises and rhythm. Once you live there long enough, you recognize every smell, creak and squeak, which is why the sound of running water may surprise you when you hear it. When you follow the sound to the laundry room, you discover that your water heater broke and there is water on your floor, reaching under the appliances and storage closet. As manageable as it may seem, this water damage can cause significant trouble if left unattended.

If this water damage story from Sarasota sounds familiar, you are in great hands. No water job is too big or too small for SERVPRO and our team, and we’re available 24/7. Aside from fixing your water heater, it is essential that we remove all the water from your home. Water extraction will help anticipate future complications in the form of mold or a compromised structure if your drywall saturates with water. Home improvement stores typically rent equipment to help with the extraction, but they do not monitor optimal air humidity in the same way our professional water removal technicians (WRT) do. By using infrared moisture sensors, we can detect water remains even if they are not visible.

To extract all the water from your laundry room, we may use a variety of tools depending on the severity of the damage. Our submersible pumps help extract water of a certain depth, and we complement their work by utilizing handheld extractor wands which access hard-to-reach crevices. In more extreme cases when wall cavities withstand extended exposure to water, our SERVPRO team may resort to injectidry technology, which allows us to access your baseboards and insert air into the wall cavity to help it dry.

A water heater leak can happen to us all, and SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here to help. Reach us at (941) 552-6319 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water Damage in Sarasota

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Routine maintenance is essential to keep your gutters clear. Make sure to clean them out once per year to help prevent water damage.

Water Removal for Your Sarasota Home

You might think that clogged gutters on your Sarasota home are not that big of a deal. It is dirty work that is a hassle to deal with and can be slippery and unsafe to climb up there to clean them out. However, you don't think that way when you have water damage in your home, which might not have happened if your gutters had been functioning correctly.

Gutters on homes which do not have regular upkeep can create several different issues for your structure. When you have water intrusion of any kind in Sarasota, you need the help of a professional remediation specialist, such as SERVPRO, to help you clean everything up. Water removal can be tricky so you can trust our experienced and trained staff to do the job right.

If water backs up into your gutters, your roof can be the first victim. The edge of the roof surface and the materials underneath can be damaged by continually being in contact with water. The wood and surface materials start to rot and become weak, and eventually, the surface plus the wood underneath needs replacing. You can also deal with water leaking into your home and running down the walls.


SERVPRO techs are careful to thoroughly dry the affected areas of your home after a water damage emergency. Air movers are useful tools in completing the drying process after removing any standing water. In the case of gutter failure, drying the ceiling of your home may be necessary. We need to direct airflow across the wet ceiling to evaporate the moisture. We do so with the air mover to circulate the warm air which has risen to the ceiling.

Another issue that clogged gutters can cause is water damage to your wood fascia. Backed up water can make the gutter attachments pull away from the fascia, and water that spills over the edge onto the fascia also causes the wood to weaken and rot.

The water which has spilled over can also damage window frames, walls doors, and any other surface below your gutters. These features were not made to have much contact with water, and they rely on your gutters and downspouts doing their job to keep the water away. The excess water can cause warping, rotting, and wakening.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is always ready to help you restore your home in Osprey, Siesta Key, or Bee Ridge after any water damage emergency. If your gutters have failed, call us at (941) 552-6319 so we can clean up the mess and prevent further damage.

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Welcome to a New Look at Siesta Key Water Removal

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Techniques for Water Removal and Floor Restoration in Siesta Key

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Fast Water Removal Can Mitigate Damages in Sarasota Properties

What to Save First During Incidents of Water Damage in Sarasota

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

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

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is here for you when water damage strikes your home.

Assessment and Process for Water Removal in Vamo Properties

For those that regularly experience flooding or extreme weather conditions, having an emergency cleanup service is a part of everyday life. But any homeowner can experience an emergency like this. From something as small as a burst pipe to a faulty HVAC system or structural damage, keeping hold of an expert restoration service is always helpful.

Homeowners in need of water removal in Vamo can benefit from our 24-hour emergency call line. At SERVPRO, we know that excess water can be an alarming situation, especially when it comes to personal possessions which could take on permanent damage. Bringing in an expert with industrial-grade equipment and a lifetime of experience in the industry could make a real difference.

For homeowners with small to medium size houses, we can use portable extraction units to get rid of excess water fast. These precise instruments are capable of being brought into the property where they can be used to significant effect in hard to reach areas like crawl spaces or basements.

Large-scale cleanup jobs where the water is easy to access can be completed quickly and efficiently using truck-mounted extraction units. This type of equipment is for use in situations where water is several inches deep allowing us to make full use of our fully submersible gas powered pumps.

When you arrange a SERVPRO water cleanup service, one thing we can check for is the type of water we are dealing with. In the vast majority of services, we have completed excess water classed as Whitewater. Whitewater is easy to deal with and carries relatively few microbes or harmful materials. Greywater is when the water shows signs of contamination and Blackwater carries a high risk of infectious diseases like e.coli.

Extraction is the priority for any water spill. The remediation and restoration services that follow can be scaled up depending on the severity of the damage which is assessed during an initial visual inspection. SERVPRO technicians are trained to deal with all types quickly and efficiently.

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If you need an emergency service at your property contact SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 for extraction, remediation, and restoration.

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

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Understanding the water damage incident in your property goes as far as knowing the source of the water and the potential contamination risks.

Water Damage

If your property has suffered water damage, there are several factors we look at when assessing the level of work that is necessary to return your contents to their preloss state. The category of water in the structure and the type of building materials are some of the key factors we consider. Building materials react in different ways after a moisture exposure, which means it is necessary to use different methods when restoring, drying and decontaminating such areas. We also check whether there were existing defects in your Sarasota home before coming up with appropriate restoration measures.

Understanding the water damage incident in your Sarasota property goes as far as knowing the source of the water and the potential contamination risks it presents, the incident's duration, the depth of the water, and the time that has elapsed since the event took place. In cases where the water level is so high, our SERVPRO technicians are aware that chances of moisture penetration increase since the water pressure is high. Secondary damage may also result when the drying and restoration work delays.

Our SERVPRO technicians carefully inspect the interior finishes during the restoration process. When there is apparent damage to the floor or wall finishes, removal may be necessary. We might also remove them if we also consider them to be impermeable and likely to interfere with the drying of the underneath materials. The same may apply after we have inspected the insulation of your building.

The next step is to implement the right drying equipment and methodology. If we need to increase the rate of evaporation, then we might set up air movement equipment. We can also introduce heating equipment in the structure and target specific building materials that take a long time to dry. By also using dehumidifiers, we are in a position to reduce the relative humidity of the surrounding air and enhance the drying process.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota aims to make it “Like it never even happened.” Our highly trained professionals know what it takes to make your home or business operational after water, fire, mold, or storm damage. Call us at (941) 552-6319 and work with a dedicated industry leader.

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How Water Extraction Can Return Your Sarasota Property to Its Former State

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage affects your home, count on SERVPRO for restoration.

Water Extraction for your home

Extraction is part of the first procedures that we perform when offering water removal services. For us to efficiently perform the procedures, we use specialized equipment to remove water from a structure. We advise any Sarasota resident who experiences flooding or any form of water intrusion to work with a professional. There are chances of making a costly mistake which a professional can point out to prevent further damage.

Cleaning your upholstery and carpets is part of the work that our SERVPRO technicians perform during water removal in Sarasota. Since extractors have pumps, vacuum systems, and heaters, when using them it is possible to perform both cleaning and water extraction services. While the three components play a role during cleaning, it is only the vacuum unit we use when removing the water.

If we need to access restricted areas within your structure, our SERVPRO team may decide to use a portable extractor. The average weight of this device is between 40 to 90 pounds and has heating capabilities of between 180° F to 212° F. Both its solution and waste tanks can hold 5 to 12 gallons of water. On the other hand, its vacuum system can offer a water lift of 140 inches.

Truck mounts are more powerful and efficient for both restorative cleaning and water removal. They weigh between 500 - 1100 pounds and the capacity of their storage tanks may be around 60 - 100+ gallons. Their vacuum systems have a water lift of around 185.71 to 198.98 inches with their heating capabilities falling between 180° F to 220° F.

When our SERVPRO technicians need to stop water migration, we might decide to use a wand. We prefer using wands when dealing with glue-down carpets and heavier devices for carpets that have thick pads. If the structure has a carpet, then we understand that aggressive extraction may make the carpet to suffer delamination.

At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is water, storm, fire, or mold damage-related. You can call us at (941) 552-6319 at any time of the day to benefit from our 24-hour emergency services.

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When Your Sarasota Home Requires Professional Water Removal

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Finding water damage in your home can sometimes be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO for a quick response and drying out services.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Removes Standing Water in Your Home

You might not always consider all of the threats that face your Sarasota home, though when you get posed with some of these situations, the effects can seem overwhelming. In many ways, these immediate and lingering effects from something like a water emergency in your home can be out of your depth to repair and restore on your own. In these cases, choosing professional restoration assistance can make the process move more quickly and get done to the highest quality.
 
Something as seemingly simple as water removal for your Sarasota home can prove challenging to do on your own. With the right equipment and a high level of expertise and experience, our SERVPRO professionals can help you to accomplish this quickly, limiting the possibly irreparable damage common to substantial water damages.
 
This process begins with working to eliminate the source of the damage to your home via visual inspection. Whether the damage is from a defective appliance, your internal plumbing or some natural disaster, our SERVPRO professionals can help you to identify what needs to get done to limit the possibility of further or worsening damages in the immediate future.
 
One of the most detrimental aspects of significant water damage to your home is how widespread the problem can end up being. The longer that pooled water can sit in one area, the deeper it penetrates through surfaces like flooring, drywall or even ceiling materials. Without the ability to get to the problem immediately, these same materials can become irreparably damaged and unsalvageable. In these cases, our team has to remove the severely compromised construction material and prepare the area for the replacement installation to come.
 
While many homeowners have had to seek out professional water removal services in this area, it does not make it any less traumatic when it happens to you. Trust in the experience of our SERVPRO of South Sarasota restoration technicians to help you clean up the mess and remove the water successfully. You can call us anytime you need us at (941) 552-6319.

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Water Damage Crews in Sarasota

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Finding standing water in your home can be devastating, call on SERVPRO to quickly and efficiently remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Restore Your Home after Water Damage

Nobody ever enjoys it, but it happens to all of us from time to time. One day your Sarasota home seems perfect, then the next day your life is suddenly in turmoil. Any time something breaks inside your home, it turns into a traumatic experience.

Many times an appliance inside your house breaks, then causes an indoor flood at your residence. If you find yourself waking up to standing water inside your house, SERVPRO's water damage specialists in Sarasota can help. Some appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers cause water leaks when they malfunction.

One night you could run your dishwasher as you usually do, go to bed, then wake up to a flood inside your kitchen. Anytime there is standing water inside your house, you must call in the expert water restoration team at SERVPRO. Our experts are good at figuring out how to get the job done as economically as possible.

If left sitting inside your house long enough, standing water can ruin some items in your home. The presence of water can ruin drywall, flooring and possibly even contents. If a water damage situation is not taken care of promptly, mold growth can occur.

When called upon, our water damage crew comes into your home and assesses the damage. First off, our team figures out where the water came from; then they take steps to stop the water from leaking into your house from the source. Next, the team extracts all standing water in the area. Then, our specialists determine what materials in your home get removed due to damage and which materials are saveable with an extensive drying process.

Many times a water damage problem is mitigated without having to tear up flooring or remove drywall. As long as the source of water is clean or "white," it is considered a category one water damage. In the case of category one scenarios, the possibility of drying carpet and drywall do exist. As long as the water has not ruined the structural integrity of the wall or flooring material, drying solves the problem.

An unexpected indoor flood is never a pleasant experience and can turn your life upside down. To have the problem mitigated efficiently, call SERVPRO of South Sarasota at (941) 552-6319 for help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Professional Water Removal Protects Families And Their Sarasota Homes

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

Emergencies involving water affect homes from that first minute, and continue ruining both materials and belongings as long as it remains present.

Professional Water Removal

Emergencies involving water affect Sarasota homes from that first invasive minute, and then continue ruining both materials and belongings as long as it remains present. The more prolonged water stays inside your home, the more it spreads. This spreading of water and moisture by wicking and absorption allows microbial colonization to begin, as well as causing bleeding of colors, staining, and ruination or books, papers, and photos that water comes touches.

Your Sarasota home needs water removal services after flooding, water line breaks, overflowing tubs or sinks, and sewer backups. We implement some of the procedures used in the removal of large amounts of water when we remove smaller spills and situations involving elevated moisture. Even small amounts of water can extensively damage your property when not removed promptly. More copious amounts may create more alarm in homeowners when confronted with such an event, but both can ruin your home.

Removing water that is only an inch or two to several feet deep happens with pumps, which we then drain off safely. Left-over humidity and moisture continue to affect your home, requiring removal of this remnant, also, to protect your home and valuable belongings. Our IICRC certifications in Water Damage Restoration (WRT) and other fields related to this emergency show our dedication to preserving and protecting your property.

SERVPRO has the equipment required for any size water emergency, and their employees have the training needed to make everything dry and safe again quickly. This equipment includes those that steadily dry out materials through evaporation by heat and increased air circulation and others that directly remove the increased humidity from the air as it passes through the machinery.

Our vast experience helps us not only restore damaged properties correctly and safely but also covers the elimination of odors that water-saturated materials develop. To make your home “Like it never even happened.” we address every aspect brought on by invasive water, and we do this efficiently for our customers.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota desires to help residents in our area protect their homes from water and other situations with expert water removal services. Homeowners should never allow their homes to remain saturated after an event involving water. Call us 24/7 at (941) 552-6319 for services designed to meet your specific needs.

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

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Sarasota Water Damage Is Mitigated with the Help of SERVPRO'S ERP Plan

SERVPRO Provides Water Extraction and Restoration After Damage Caused by Weather and Mishaps

Water damage in Sarasota can be a serious issue that adversely damages buildings and furniture in them. If such a misfortune happens, it is necessary that adequate measures be taken to address the situation. Trust a reliable company.

SERVPRO is undoubtedly one of those companies you should not overlook having been engaged in the task of water removal in the Sarasota area for quite some time. It has in the process of its operations developed some common techniques to extract water from homes.

For a start, the choice of the most appropriate technique largely depends on the amount of water to be extracted. In case the water is standing and is greater than two inches deep, SERVPRO deploys submersible pumps. This produces a high gallons per hour extraction of the unwanted water. If however, the depth of water is less than 2 inches deep, the technicians use truck-mounted extractors with special wands to suction the water from carpets and hardwood flooring.

After all the water has been extracted, the company discharges them directly into a sewer that has been treated or in self-contained tanks. It does not at all dispose of such wastewater in a septic tank. Typically, these tanks are the source of contamination that must be dealt with according to OSHA codes.

Lastly, the company does take proactive approaches to mitigating the effects of water damage by a follow-up inspection to ensure no leaks are still apparent. Ask us about our preventative program for water and fire & smoke damage mitigation called the ERP, the Emergency READY Profile. This plan helps ensure the personal safety of the occupants and reduces damages in the event they are not prevented.

Consider us, SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Give us a call today through our line (941) 552-6319. We are always available 24/7 to assist with any urgent water damaging event.

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Preparation Could Have Saved This Sarasota Homeowner from Flood Damage

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to find out tips on how to keep your dishwasher from leaking while you're away from your Sarasota vacation home.

Flood Damage Caused by an Ongoing Leak

We recently had a call from a customer who owns a condo, but only visits for holidays and special occasions. More or less leaving the property unattended for the majority of the year. 

The condo in Sarasota recently experienced flood damage caused by a leak in the dishwasher, which made their last visit extremely uncomfortable. They forgot to turn the water off, which led to a slow leak developing in the feed line. This tiny leak caused significant damages to their cabinets, wall, floor, and insulation; it required extensive repairs and mold remediation.

As you may already know, slow leaks are not covered by your insurer, especially in an unattended property. These types of leaks are considered homeowner negligence, making it entirely your problem. Had the owner been around they might have noticed discoloration, spotting at the base of their cabinets, or moisture puddles developing over time, all of which are problems that SERVPRO technicians can help you learn how to prevent while you are away.

Water causes extensive flood damage because it can travel quite far. It can travel through your cabinets, into the sub-floor, and up your walls, saturating building materials, causing swelling, cracks, and separation of glued joints. Depending on the type of floor you have in your kitchen, it can pop wood planks, crack tiles, or cause bubbles to form in linoleum. All of these problems require professional attention to correct properly, SERVPRO can help.

Mold becomes a problem rather quickly, another item not covered by standard insurance. It can cause health effects and often requires remediation technicians to control safely. Without the proper tools and experience, mold often persists, returning to the same area over and over.

A regular plumbing company is most likely to refer you to a restoration company, like SERVPRO, when these types of incidents occur. The plumber is there to fix water issues, not perform repairs to your cabinets, drywall, and flooring. A qualified restoration company takes control of everything, offering you a one-stop solution to flooding, mold, and quite frankly, any other environmental issues that come to mind.  

SERVPRO of South Sarasota wants to provide you with the solutions you deserve, call today. (941) 552-6319

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Bubble Bath Gone Wrong Needs Water Removal Services In Sarasota

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

An overflowing tub of warm bubble-bath can happen to any of us, especially when we are most in need of a moment of relaxation.

Water Removal Services For Overflowing Bubble Bath

An overflowing bubble bath can happen to any of us, especially when we are most in need of a moment of relaxation, but easily distracted is a common chain of events that leads to this exact situation. Scooping up as much water as possible can prevent water from seeping further downwards, engulfing more and more of your floor, and causing additional damage. As soon as possible, though, you should call for experienced people who have the equipment to complete the clean-up efforts that you started.

Sarasota homes might be near the water, but when they are overwhelmed with it only professional water removal services are going to be sufficient. SERVPRO has the equipment needed, and our technicians also have the training and experience required to carry out the process quickly and thoroughly. We can remove excess water and return your home's structure, and the contents within it, back to a normal level of dryness.

Pump trucks are used when there is a great deal of standing water in a home, but when there is less, we begin with hand-held and portable units that extract water from all types of surfaces. Working our way from larger areas into smaller ones, including cracks, crevices, seams, and joints between walls and floors, we remove as much water as possible.

When we have removed as much as we possibly can, we then must rely on evaporation to remove the final traces of moisture. This part is essential because, without it, microbes such as bacteria, mold, and mildew can easily begin to grow, causing their own damage and problems within your home.

To increase the rate that leftover moisture evaporates, we use heaters. This alone is not enough, as the air that carries the increased moisture needs to be circulated. Hence, we implement the use of heavy duty air blowers. Along with opened windows and doors, but only when the air outdoors is less humid than inside, we also use dehumidifiers.

If the water from your intended bubble bath became contaminated or for any other reason produces an unwanted odor, we can also use air scrubbers or hydroxyl machines. Our goal is to make everything in your home “Like it never even happened.”

When things go wrong and then get worse, call us for your in-home disasters. Many of these can be solved by water removal services. We are local, and always available. We are SERVPRO of South Sarasota and can be contacted at even the worst times by calling (941) 552-6319.

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What Equipment Is Used to Repair Water Damage in Sarasota Homes?

2/10/2017 (Permalink)

Water Removal Mitigates Damage to Sarasota Condos

SERVPRO Information on Water Equipment to Reduce Damages


When water damage causes havoc in your home, the best thing to do is call in the professionals. SERVPRO is a locally based company, so we are ideally placed to assist residents in the Sarasota area. Our repairs are fast, effective, and guaranteed to accommodate your needs.

Water damage in Sarasota properties can take many different forms, so it is necessary to have a broad range of options and responses. Usually, three or even four different types of drying and restoration form a part of each case.

If the affected space is enclosed, with poor ventilation (a basement or crawlspace), fans are an efficient way to introduce clean, dry air. If the water damaged area contains lots of moist fabrics, dehumidifiers and air movers are combined to drive water into the air and towards powerful extractors.

Wet Vacuums
Clearly, regular vacuums are not very effective when it comes to sucking up water. You need a specially designed extraction tool for this. While the SERVPRO technicians usually use motorized pumps for significant amounts of standing water, wet vacuums are best for drying soft furnishings. They remove excess water from carpets, hard surfaces, and porous items until they reach a point of saturation which is suitable for dehumidifiers.

Dehumidifiers
Dehumidifiers only become a viable option after extracting as much excess water as possible. They are very efficient, but they work at a slower rate than pumps. In fact, they interact directly with the atmosphere, by pulling water particles out of the air. For successful drying, the process must be consistent and steady. We use precise calculations to determine how much water needs removing every hour and when optimal conditions are likely to be reached.

Air Movers
These machines have a low center of gravity, which enables them to drive damp air across walls and other surfaces. When this air is heavy with moisture, it gets directed towards dehumidifiers, where it is extracted and contained. Axial fans are the best choice because they can move large volumes of air in a short space of time. If you own standard residential fans, you must not use them, as there is a risk of shock in damp areas.

HEPA Vacuum
HEPA tools are recommended for the final stages of drying and clean up. Sometimes, we do not need to use them, but if your water damage contains gray or black liquids, they are a good way to eliminate any potential pathogens or airborne bacteria. HEPA vacuums are also suitable for removing mold spores and residue on some kinds of surfaces. Restoration experts are required to wear protective clothing because dislodged debris can cause irritation to the nose and throat.

For more information and advice on drying out your home after a leak or residential flood, get in touch with SERVPRO of South Sarasota. We are in your area, and that makes us the perfect choice for fast, reliable water damage repairs. Call us 24/7 at (941) 552-6319

Hardwood Flooring Water Damage Restoration in Sarasota

2/2/2017 (Permalink)

Do Not Treat Your Wooden Floors in Sarasota Like a Day at the Beach

Water Removal To Salvage a Valuable Hardwood Floor

A crack in a salt water aquarium caused significant water damage to hardwood flooring. The shock of dealing with expensive and distressed rare tropical fish was a stress eclipsed only by the buckling and crowning of the century-old oak floor. Help find the solution by searching for “water damage restoration near me” and clicking on the SERVPRO result.
 
An exotic fish collection is a focal point in your vintage home, displayed in an ornate tank balanced on a wrought iron stand on a polished hardwood floor. A slow drip widened into a frank crack, allowing gallons of water to damage your Sarasota home. The aquarium water, classified as gray and contaminated simply because of the salt and the waste from the fish, needed a speedy removal to safeguard the antique flooring. As soon as the water loss happened, you called us for a project manager consultation.
 
Upon arrival, it was apparent the current flood followed a period when the water dripped slowly onto the oak flooring. The area immediately under the tank already showed crowning of some planks, a result that the recent large spillage of water did not explain. Our SERVPRO staff receives training that aids in identifying kinds of damage to hardwood floors. The differences in damage are important to evaluate as some techniques work better to restore each type of harm. Crowning, where the tops of the wooden planks are curved upward, indicate moisture soaked down to the subfloor and the bottom of the planks absorbed more water than the top. We inspect to see the amount of moisture held within the floor joists; this dampness must be eliminated.
 
Once we remove the aquarium water, disposed of according to local codes require for hazardous waste, we set up air movers for steady drying and use a hardwood floor drying mat to pull moisture up through the floor. This technique balances the drying so that the planks remain flat. After the wood dries enough for a second assessment, we review whether the previously noted crowning diminished in severity. If not some wood faces a sanding process before refinishing. The worst case scenario is the crowned area requires removal and replacement. Wood floors take several weeks to dry out completely so expect a reevaluation later. We strive to mitigate losses to your home and make every effort to restore it to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."
 
Call the experts in wooden flooring restoration at SERVPRO of South Sarasota when water damages your historic home. Dial (941) 552-6319 for professional assistance and honest assessments.