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

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

  • Infrared Imaging

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

  • Moisture Detectors

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

  • Moisture Meters

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

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

How Do Professionals "Unlock" the Trapped Water?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contractor Licenses:

General: CGC1504870

Mold Remediation: MRSR3181

How Does Attic Mold in My Sarasota Home Form?

8/23/2020 (Permalink)

View of inside attic of home Florida’s warm weather and high humidity create a perfect environment for mold and mildew. Inspect your attic often for signs of mold.

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

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

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

How Does Mold Damage Form in the Attic? 

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

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

What Steps Happen First to Protect the Home? 

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

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

How Do Mold Colonies Get Removed? 

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

  • Sanding
  • Soda Blasting
  • Antimicrobial Treatments
  • Controlled Demolition

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

How Do Professionals Remediate Water Damage in Sarasota?

6/11/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Mitigation Techniques for Your Sarasota Home

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

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

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

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

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

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SERVPRO of South Sarasota is BBB Accredited!

6/1/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Can You Remediate Mold in Sarasota Homes?

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO has a Solution for Mold Issues in Sarasota

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/27/2020 (Permalink)

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

Let us help you get back to business

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

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

Extensive training and specialized products

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

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

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

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

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

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

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

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

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

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

Sarasota SERVPRO Steps Up Home Disinfection

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

close up of virus cells on a red background Cleaning and sanitizing are both keys to helping stop the spread of viruses.

We All Play A Role in Slowing the Spread in Sarasota

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

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

Maintaining Safety When Restoring Flood Damage Incidents in Sarasota

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

Planning the loss site

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

Protecting the site

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

Recognizing hazards

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

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

SERVPRO is Sarasota's Choice for Flood Damage Restoration

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle on flooded street Flooding in Florida happens year round. SERVPRO is always standing by to restore your home.

Commitment to Every Customer and the Sarasota Community Is Why SERVPRO Stands Out for Flood Damage Recovery 

It comes as no surprise that our crews are busy during the tropical storm and hurricane season in Sarasota. The confidence you and other residents feel when we arrive to help relies on our years of presence in the community and our track record of success. We also include rebuilding and repair services. Knowing that we are here to help today and willing to be responsive as issues arise in the future is why we are a flooding restoration industry leader. 

How We Differ from “Pop Up” Restorers 

The opportunities to benefit from the tragedy of flood damage in Sarasota are many and tempting when high winds, torrential rains, and storm surges batter the Gulf Coast of central Florida. Although a fast response is critical, commitment to following through using industry best practices and meticulous monitoring is even more critical. Our strict adherence to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards is why we ensure outstanding results without annoying or costly surprises after the work completes. If an unintended consequence arises, we are nearby and immediately available while an itinerant contractor long since moved to another opportunity. 

Customer Care and Satisfaction: Always Paramount 

When our employees complete IICRC training, we support their wealth of knowledge and desire to provide top-notch service with comprehensive job management and monitoring protocols. Making sure that the customer, the management team, and the on-site technicians engage in full and transparent communication throughout every flood damage project is why SERVPRO is known for integrity and honesty in the community. Some of the ways we track the project for concurrent knowledge and sense of security that we employ best practices are: 

  • Preparing, presenting, clarifying, and agreeing to the project plan, including obtaining proper permits, inspections, and signatures and looping in insurance carriers 
  • Listening to the customer and responding to concern immediately, including diligence with pretesting methods and response of surfaces and materials to our products, equipment, and other interventions 
  • Maintaining continuity when setting baselines and later monitoring data such as moisture levels -- we strive to assign the tasks to one technician who uses the same devices each time 
  • Keeping meticulous records in a comprehensive job file 
  • Providing “wraparound” rebuilding and other restoration services to save time and expenses 
  • Completing a comprehensive job completion protocol to ensure all issues resolved to the customer’s satisfaction and the highest industry standards 

Extensive and constant flood damage resources for every member of our region facing the devastation of hurricanes and associated storm damage is why SERVPRO of South Sarasota should be your first call. Contact us at (941) 552-6319 to get started on your home's recovery. 

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Contractor Licenses:

General: CGC1504870

Mold Remediation: MRSR3181

Our Technicians Discuss How We Mitigate Mold Damage In Your Sarasota Condo

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

mold damage growing on wall Call (941) 552-6319 if your residence needs rapid disaster cleanup today.

Technicians Mitigate Mold Damage for a Condo in Sarasota

Many Florida residents know the risks that can come from water damage, but they may not always be ready for the proliferation of mold in their homes. While taking measures such as quickly cleaning spills, drying out wet building materials and carpet, and keeping indoor humidity levels below 50% or 60% can help prevent the spread of mold, situations can happen that lead to the proliferation of it without your knowledge.

If you find mold damage in your condo in Sarasota, SERVPRO technicians can come to you quickly to remediate mold and return your condominium to a comfortable preloss condition. SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including weekends and holidays, because this team knows that disasters do not occur on a 9-to-5, Monday through Friday schedule. This SERVPRO is also licensed to handle general contracting (#CGC1504870) as well as mold remediation (#MRSR3181), so when disaster strikes, this is a team you can count on to restore your home after cleanup.

SERVPRO Education
SERVPRO technicians and franchise owners must receive extensive certification training in fire, water, and mold damage mitigation. They also receive training in restoring structures, upholstery, carpet, and other materials that can be affected by these disasters. This firm also offers a voluntary, self-paced program for franchise employees that provides additional education and training in water and fire restoration, as well as carpet and upholstery cleaning techniques.

Your local SERVPRO also has a direct relationship with SERVPRO Large Loss and Extreme teams, aiding homeowners and renters in restoring their residences to preloss conditions after such disasters as Hurricane Michael and Hurricane Irma. This team collaborates regularly with subcontractors to remodel homes and restore communities after disasters, both big and small.

How SERVPRO Can Help
A common situation with condos is that leaks and other trapped moisture situations are not detected by tenants until it is too late, or repairs are done without the homeowner's knowledge. Without proper mitigation, mold can proliferate in as little as 24 to 72 hours after the damage has begun to saturate surfaces. One of the most important precautions SERVPRO technicians take in a mold situation is containment. 6mm polypropylene sheeting may be used to create a containment barrier. Technicians can also seal ducts and establish negative air pressure in the area to prevent mold from spreading during cleaning. EPA-registered disinfectant can be used to eliminate mold attached to soils, while industrial-grade vacuums with HEPA filters can catch mold spores spreading through the air.

SERVPRO of South Sarasota is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (941) 552-6319 if your residence needs rapid disaster cleanup today.

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We Discuss The Affects Water Damage Has On Carpet In Your Sarasota Home

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

water damage carpet When looking for full-service cleanup and water damage restoration services call SERVPRO of South Sarasota.

How Water Damage Affects Carpet In Your Sarasota Home

Whenever our professional technicians enter your Sarasota home, our primary goal involves preserving and protecting your structure and its contents. A typical initial concern is a water-saturated carpet and padding that often leads to delamination and latex deterioration.

Carpeting affected by water damage on your Sarasota property has both a primary and a secondary backing. Latex is an adhesive material that holds the carpet fibers in the primary backing while also holding the primary and secondary backings together.

Latex begins to break down right after installation and continues due to exposure of gases present in the air, foot traffic, and sunlight. Latex comes in several grades, the cheaper the compound, the more fillers take up space, the faster the breakdown occurs. The initial installation of better grades can help slow the breakdown process. However, breakdown occurs regardless.

Delamination is always a concern after water intrusions. Even new carpets can delaminate. SERVPRO technicians always check for delamination when dealing with water-damaged carpet found on your property during your restoration. Carpet loses up to 50% of its strength when wet, making delaminated carpeting unusable. Water damage to glue-down carpeting often causes bubbling, a result of adhesive loss, not a result of cleaning or water extraction.

SERVPRO technicians thoroughly examine the condition of padding after water intrusions. However, we also follow the rule of, “When in doubt, throw it out!” You never want to re-use padding; it can break apart when wet and lose the ability to serve its purpose. We determine the quality of your padding using three measures.

    •    Gauge the overall thickness, ranging from ¼” to 5/8”.
    •    Weight gets determined per square yard of padding, ranging from 4.5 ounces to 100 ounces per square yard.
    •    Density defines the weight of a cubic foot of pad expressed in pounds, measurements typically used with urethane pads that range from 1 pound to 8 pounds per cubic foot.

Many situations require the replacement of padding. Padding is also inexpensive, making removing, replacing, and reinstalling, less costly than drying. Both carpet and padding get in the way of drying your flooring and subfloor and must be removed to complete the job correctly.

When looking for full-service cleanup and water damage restoration services call SERVPRO of South Sarasota. Call (941) 552-6319 today.

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Attic Mold Damage Remediation in Sarasota

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

The inside of a wall with mold on the wall and a pipe. SERVPRO mold damage can take over your Sarasota home, let us take on the damage.

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

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

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

Why SERVPRO?

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

What Factors Contribute to Mold Infestionations in a Home?

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

Is Cross-Contamination of Mold an Issue?

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

How are Colonies Removed?

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

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

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

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

8/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

Why South Sarasota Residents Rely on SERVPRO for Licensed Restoration Services 

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

Storm Damage Restoration

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

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

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

Mold Remediation

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

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

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

Water Damage Restoration

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

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

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

Fire Damage Restoration

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

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

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

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

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Call Our Crew If A Flood Has Damaged Your Sarasota Home

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Keeping Your Kitchen Safe from Fires in Sarasota

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

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

Basic Preventative and Maintenance Actions can Help Preclude Kitchen Fires

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

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

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

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

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

Why Skilled Water Removal In Sarasota Helps Prevent Secondary Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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