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Mold Damage Can Cause Problems in Your Sarasota Home

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Mold Damage Can Cause Problems in Your Sarasota Home At SERVPRO of South Sarasota, we say no to mold!

Got Mold Issues? SERVPRO Has A Solution


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 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 home.

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 on a regular basis, 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 emoves 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 normal 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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Keeping Your Kitchen Safe from Fires in Sarasota

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Keeping Your Kitchen Safe from Fires in Sarasota 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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The Best Advice You Could Ever Get About Flood Damage Remediation in Sarasota

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO The Best Advice You Could Ever Get About Flood Damage Remediation in Sarasota When our area faces flooding, your home can be affected. Call SERVPRO immediately for water removal and remediation services.

The First Steps After Flooding in Sarasota Homes

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 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.

Knowing what to do once a flood occurs in your home can save you time and money. Our SERVPRO of South Sarasota rapid response team is available 24/7 by calling (941) 552-6319.

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

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Don't Let Secondary Water Damage In Your Sarasota Home Cause You To Panic, Call SERVPRO! When water spills into unwanted areas of your Sarasota property, there is a need for proper removal.

Why Skilled Water Removal In Sarasota Helps Prevent Secondary Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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How Our Mitigation Techniques Will Restore Your Water Damaged Sarasota Home To Pre-Damage Condition

11/7/2018 (Permalink)

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

Water Mitigation Techniques For Your Sarasota Home

When unexpected occurrences like appliance failure or supply line breaks happen in your Sarasota home, damages can spread quickly throughout the affected areas. It is critical at the first sign of trouble to seek out the assistance of highly trained professionals to help you to mitigate the losses you could experience and get to work quickly on restoring the damaged elements throughout the property.

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

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

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

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

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