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The Aftermath Of A Fire

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Aftermath Of A Fire After a fire and after its flames are extinguished, there still exists some safety risks.

Fire Damage

After a devastating house fire, you are anxious to enter your home, but do not touch the carpets, draperies, upholstered furniture or clothing. They are likely covered with soot, which is oily, and it stains easily. Soot includes fine black particles, consisting mainly of carbon, as well as acids, chemicals, metals, soils and dust. Its removal should be handled by SERVPRO, professional fire remedial experts.

A common residential fire results in the burning of a variety of materials, from wood, paper, plastics, foams, fabrics, wool, wood products, synthetics and asbestos containing materials. Fire damage to Orlando residential and/or commercial buildings will result in soot contamination. Exposure to soot may occur via the eyes, skin, inhalation and ingestion.

Airborne soot particulates are invisible, thus after a fire you may unknowingly be affected. Soot particles can enter the bloodstream and cause a variety of health issues. Firefighters today are very well-trained in safety, plus they were protective gear, yet they experience a higher incidence of respiratory problems than the public.

After a fire and after its flames are extinguished, there still exists some safety risks. Soot is just one of the secondary fire residue risks, which cause damages. Not all soot residues are the same. There are different types of soot which are easier to clean than other types. SERVPRO professionals will clean any of four different types: dry smoke, wet smoke, protein smoke, and fuel oil smoke residues.

Industry issued safety equipment are essential in reducing possible exposure to dangerous soot conditions, including water related health problems from firefighting efforts. The fire restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Winter Park use IICRC professional tools and industry approved remediation methods. Our knowledge and expertise are at the heart of a thorough and safe fire restoration. Call us at (407) 678-5391 and let us help restore your property back to normal.

Florida State of Emergency: 5 Steps to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Matthew

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Florida State of Emergency:  5 Steps to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Matthew Path of the Hurricane

Its been 12 years since Central Floridians were socked with 4 devastating hurricanes: Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.  Charley was the first of these storms to hit Orlando, and the worst to hit Florida since Andrew in 1992.  When hurricane Charley made landfall as a category 4, winds got up to 150 mph causing $15 billion in damage. Driving wind and rain flooded homes across the state of Florida.  

Once again, Florida is in a State of Emergency and SERVPRO of Winter Park is ready.  When the storm rolls In, we roll out.  Just as we have been getting ready for the tropical cyclone here in our office, its equally important for you to protect your home.  

How to Prepare Your Home for Hurricane Matthew:

  1. Internet may be out.  Searching for phone numbers online may not be an option. Before the storm strikes, make sure all of your emergency contact numbers are listed on paper and posted in a visible place where everyone can see.  This includes your insurance agency’s phone number, your policy number and your emergency restoration service provider, SERVPRO of Winter Park: 407-678-5391.
  2. Put together a good first aid kit, including bandages, tape, scissors, antibiotic cream, aspirin and an antiseptic wash in the event that water supplies become tainted. In addition, have any and all prescriptions filled, in the case your pharmacy might be closed for days or weeks.
  3. Stockpile hurricane supplies such as canned and dried food, bottled water, batteries, flashlights, candles, matches, propane for gas grills and ice.
  4. Place sandbags around the perimeter of your home, especially if your house is in low lying or flood zone areas.  
  5. Keep heavy duty plastic and tarps handy along with durable tape, nails and a hammer.  If any side of your home is exposed to the elements, consider covering windows with plywood.

Once again its time to hunker down, stay inside and stay tuned to your local news station for updates on the hurricane.  As always, you can depend on your neighborhood family restoration business, SERVPRO of Winter Park. We are here for you to help make it like it never even happened!

Commercial Water Damage Resolved By SERVPRO

9/29/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Resolved By SERVPRO Orlando Water Damage Gets Help from SERVPRO

With the Help of SERVPRO, Businesses Reopen Faster After Water Damage

After a water emergency strikes in a commercial building, you own your immediate concerns involve both personal losses along with the added stress and responsibility to get all of your tenants back in business or living comfortably in your units again. SERVPRO offers the resources locally and on a national level to rehabilitate even a complex commercial water damage scenario. We exceed your needs both to repair your property and also to restore the trust the companies and individuals have invested in your professional commercial management.
 
Although burst pipes or a roof leak may start in a confined area of your office building, apartment complex or warehouse space, the resultant flood and seepage of water can spread far from the original breach. Many if not all of the businesses or residents renting from you are in peril of losing personal and professional property as well as their means to make a living if you do not take immediate steps to solve your Orlando commercial water damage. Even if the water overflow can be traced to the negligence of a tenant, you as the owner are charged with the task of protecting your building and fixtures and ensuring that all those who live in or operate a business within your commercial property have the use and quiet enjoyment of their leased premises quickly restored.
 
SERVPRO understands how important it is to limit the downtime of your and your tenants’ business operations. We make every effort to clean and dry the structure quickly, staging the restoration process with an eye to reestablishing business operations even before the entire remediation is accomplished if appropriate and safe. Preventing secondary damage from contaminated water is a major goal, made more attainable if we are involved as soon as possible in the process. Our services for you and your tenants can also include a pack out and detailed inventory of documents soaked by the water. We follow up with our state of the art procedures for saving and drying paperwork, books, pictures and other crucial work products you and your lessees may have feared would be lost due to the water infiltration.
 
If your commercial property has suffered water damage, call SERVPRO of Winter Park immediately. We can be reached at (407) 678-5391 24 hours a day every single day of the year, our technicians eager to return you and your renters to business as usual swiftly

SERVPRO Professionals are the Storm Damage Experts

9/25/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage SERVPRO Professionals are the Storm Damage Experts SERVPRO is ready to deal with any size storm damage. Call today!

Quick Response and High Standards Will Leave you Satisfied after Remediation

When heavy rains and high winds hit hard, property destruction and loss can be devastating to you as a homeowner. Structural damage to the exterior of your home is followed by interior devastation from water and winds. Storm damage is rarely isolated to just a few buildings in an area adding the challenge of finding a restoration company that can respond swiftly to your needs to an already anxiety provoking situation. SERVPRO delivers the help you need swiftly even when a local disaster is widespread as we are able to call upon a network of over 1,650 franchises nationwide to respond if the need is great.
 
Storm damage in Orlando can feel overwhelming, but your fear and panic will disappear when our team of professionals responds to your water, wind and flooding repair and restoration needs. Your particular situation is of paramount importance to us, and you need not worry that your repairs and restoration will take a back seat even when many in your area are struggling to recover from the same issues you face. Choosing our company puts in motion a vast support system, but our local ownership means you will receive a personalized approach to your particular situation, efficiently returning your home back to its pre-storm condition just “like it never even happened.”
 
Placing your trust in SERVPRO for your storm damage needs will reap you benefits that less qualified companies simply cannot deliver. We use state of the art equipment to clean, repair and restore your home and in the process, we also restore your and your family’s peace of mind. Our technicians are highly trained and qualified, current in Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IIICRC) for any procedure needed to bring your home back to the comfortable and comforting refuge you deserve. We also work closely with your insurance company, ensuring that all the work necessary is approved and compensated according to the terms of your policy. Our high standards and relentless drive to do the job on time while meeting local specifications means you and your family will quickly return to the quiet enjoyment of your house and neighborhood. We are not satisfied until you are happily back in your restored dwelling.
 
Once you make sure that your family is safe after a major storm, your first call should be to SERVPRO of Winter Park. Dial (407) 678-5391 24/7 and begin the road to recovery by scheduling an inspection with our storm damage experts.

Water Damage to Fabrics

9/6/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage to Fabrics Water Damaged Sofa in Orlando? Let SERVPRO Help.

SERVPRO Can Salvage Fabrics from Water Damage

Some of the most at-risk objects and materials in a home come in the form of fabrics. Fabric and textiles make up our furniture, our flooring, drapes, our belongings, and sometimes even our walls and appliances, and all of these are highly susceptible to water damage. Thankfully, most types of water damage to fabrics are restorable and treatable in the hands of trained professionals. Depending on the type of fabric and its use, we vary our approach considerably when taking on a job for water damage restoration to fabrics.
 
Issues in General
Common throughout most types of fabric taking on water damage in Orlando are a few constant problems. For homeowners, the most troubling are often staining and discoloration, which can permanently ruin the appearance of some types of fabric if not treated correctly. Depending on the kind of water damage and fabric, our technicians may be able to remove this staining without replacing anything. 
 
Carpeting
When it absorbs water, carpeting and padding can become heavily warped and misshapen. If not treated quickly, this may lead to a complete replacing of the material. Furthermore, carpeting is often harmed through flooding, which means that the general fabric damages are often most dangerous and prominent here. However, if only a portion of the carpet is too far gone, it can typically be removed and replaced if a successful drying out of the remaining carpet and pad has been accomplished.
 
Drapes and Window Coverings
Drapes and window treatments can also sustain water damage through flooding, but are also a common casualty after storm damage. If the damage is significant, it can be difficult to fully restore large and heavy drapes, although damage is often light enough to allow for full restoration.
 
Furniture
Fabric furniture pieces can sustain all of the usual problems, but are also highly susceptible to color bleed. Following a flood or significant water wicking into a piece of furniture, we recommend removing all pillows, sheets, and cushions from the furniture, if possible. This may help to mitigate damage to the non-fabric portions of the furniture.
 
Clothing
Most articles of clothing can survive light to moderate water damage with a thorough dry cleaning. For heavier damage or flooding, however, it is typically best to replace most items, as they may present a hazard or be too costly to restore.
 
SERVPRO of Winter Park is an experienced and well-staffed home restoration and cleanup service provider which has helped dozens of local home and business owners to get past even the worst catastrophes. For our services or a quote, call us 24/7 at (407) 678-5391.

What to Do After a Commercial Fire Damage Emergency

8/31/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial What to Do After a Commercial Fire Damage Emergency Fire Damage in an Orlando Office Gets Restored by SERVPRO

After Flames Close Your Business, Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

Thousands of businesses are affected by commercial fire damage each year due to a wide range of causes. Whether it's a restaurant that encounters a fire, an office in a building that was affected by a nearby disaster, or a severe storm that sparks flames, such an event is never easy to deal with.
 
Few proprietors are prepared to grapple with the aftermath of a fire because it's not something that most business owners expect will happen to them. Entrepreneurs who suffer commercial fire damage in Orlando may feel at a loss when it comes to picking up the pieces and resuming business as usual. Here are three key steps you should consider taking after a fire has shut down your business.
 
1. Get in contact with your insurance company right away.
Not only will this be one of the most relevant steps to getting back open and serving your customers, but also your insurance company will provide the funds needed to make repairs to your business. We know how to navigate the commercial claims process, and any repairs that we complete will meet or exceed your insurance provider's requirements.We do emphasize that we are not an insurance company.
 
2. Secure the remaining equipment and property in your building.
Unfortunately, commercial fire damage increases the likelihood of vandalism and theft, as your building will be left vulnerable and less secure. Patching up walls, doors, and windows, even temporarily, can go a long way towards preventing further problems. The experts at SERVPRO have the experience and tools needed to secure your business's exterior and interior quickly. As a result, your property will be safeguarded, and any further damage to the building will be minimized.
 
3. Be mindful of smoke damage.
Even if it appears that your business was only minimally affected by commercial fire damage, the building likely has lingering smoke that will destroy your equipment, documents, and inventory over time. When you call SERVPRO, we'll thoroughly inspect your business for smoke damage and effectively clean it up, eliminate odors and restore satisfactory indoor air quality.
 
The team at SERVPRO of Winter Park knows how devastating commercial fire damage can be, and we're committed to helping you get your business back up and running. To obtain a quote or get more information about our fire repair and restoration services, call us 24/7 at (407) 678-5391.

Cleaning Up Fire and Soot Damage

8/17/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Up Fire and Soot Damage Smoke Damage Degrades IAQ in Your Aloma Home

Fire & Smoke Damage Cleanup is SERVPRO's Cornerstone Expertise

The term fire damage is actually a little inaccurate. The source of most damage to someone's home doesn't come from the fire itself. Most damage and the resulting replacement and restoration costs would come from smoke and soot unless it were a major incendiary event. In areas with large amounts of surrounding vegetation, like ours, the smoke damage to a home can come from blocks away.

Regardless if it comes from the surrounding area or if your home itself is the source of fire damage, an Aloma home can suffer thousands of dollars in damage after just a few minutes. SERVPRO has the equipment and the expertise to put homeowners and renters back into their residence as swiftly as possible.

Once damage does happen, our technicians are fully trained and certified under the guidelines of The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to restore your home to its original state. Our technicians also receive corporate and franchise level training. Local teams learn the latest procedures to clean carpets, furniture and surfaces of soot and to remove the smoke odor that can linger for weeks in an untreated home.

Our franchise maintains its set of commercial grade vacuums to remove soot and other residue. Our blowers and exhaust fans can be adapted to work from a large family room to a small laundry closet. We also maintain a very deep shelf of cleaning products specialized for every surface in a home from marble countertop cleaners to soaps and dry sponges that gently remove soot and not the paint underneath. Please note that whatever else you may do before help arrives, there is one thing you must NOT do once damage has happened, especially if you can already see soot. Do not turn on your HVAC unit, even if there is sweltering heat; not even the fan by itself. It's almost overpowering to want to clear the air, but if you do, you will blow even more soot throughout your home, even into areas that might not already be fire and smoke damaged. All filters have to be replaced first, and the registers in each room must be covered to prevent further contamination. We can use HEPA grade filtration systems, air scrubbers, and ozone machines to help improve the IAQ, indoor air quality.

SERVPRO of Winter Park is a locally owned franchise. All of us here are part of the community and have a vested interest in helping our neighbors. You are not just a paycheck to us. If you have fire damage or would like to schedule a free inspection to help prevent future damage, call us today at (407) 678-5391.

Carpet Cleaning Professionals

8/2/2016 (Permalink)

Cleaning Carpet Cleaning Professionals Regular Carpet Cleaning Can Extend the Life of Your Carpet

SERVPRO Can Get the Deep Dirt Out of Your Carpet

It is suggested by carpeting manufacturers that carpets should be professionally cleaned every 12 months. During the interim, carpets should be cared for with regular maintenance solutions. These steps involve using walk-off mats to lessen the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet; regular vacuuming; removing spots, pilating (or grooming) the carpet to prevent matting and moving furniture to change traffic patterns. As beautiful and aesthetic as carpeting is, it is a natural dirt and soil filter trap. It traps and holds dust, crumbs, dirt, gasses, pet hair, and other soil contaminants.
 
Our Winter Park carpet cleaning service is designed to keep your indoor air a healthy breathing environment. When you look at your carpeting, you may only see the dirt trapped on the top fibers. The truth is that more dirt, bacteria, and germs are hiding below the surface. The hidden contaminants are causing damage to the life of your carpeting. We offer specialized cleaning methods based on your carpeting material. We provide a premier cleaning system, which also involves bonnet cleaning, hot water extraction, deluxe preconditioning and rinse, as well as a quality dry cleaning.
 
Let us take the drudgery of carpet cleaning out of your hands. Place this necessary chore into the hands of your local professionals. We offer regular carpet cleaning services that will keep your carpet looking new. Protect your flooring investment by having SERVPRO clean and maintain your carpets. We use safe state-of-the-art equipment and solutions. Our certified and experienced technicians will get the job done right the first time and every time.
 
SERVPRO of Winter Park is your go-to carpet cleaning service. We are proud to be a part of the community with our locally owned and operated company. Our expert professionals are here to fulfill your office and/or home carpet cleaning needs. When you need your residential and commercial carpet cleaned, don't hesitate, contact us today at (407) 678-5391.

SERVPRO appears on News 6 Storm Prep 2016

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Community SERVPRO appears on News 6 Storm Prep 2016 Victoria and Vern of SERVPRO of Winter Park participated in the News 6 'Call Our Experts' Storm Prep 2016 broadcast.

SERVPRO of Winter Park representatives Vern Boatman, Lynn Sadowski and Victoria Boatman participated in the News 6 Storm Prep 2016 broadcast. In addition to appearing on News 6 sharing helpful storm tips as Tropical Storm Colin crossed the state, they also manned the phone lines answering questions from Winter Park, Orlando and other local residents.

Helping home and business owners recover from storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained team of local professionals use advanced training and specialized equipment to quickly restore your property to pre-storm condition. We’re available 24/7 and dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage to your residential or commercial property.

Our team was at the WKMG News 6 Studios to help local residents prepare for the storm season. We shared helpful hints on air as well as through the ‘News 6 Call Our Expert’s’ phone bank. Emphasis was put on the ‘Three S’s’, 1 - Safety, 2 - Salvage and 3 - Service. 

You can watch the two News 6 interviews by clicking here and here.

As the local leader in resolving water damage, we have a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. For information on how we can help you prepare for a storm, call us at (407) 678-5391.

Tropical Storms can Damage Your Home

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tropical Storms can Damage Your Home Strong winds from Tropical Storms can damage your home.

Damages from Tropical Storms

Tropical storms carry winds from 39 to 73 mph. They can also spawn destructive tornadoes. When wind speeds are lower, then storms are labeled tropical depressions. When wind speeds are over 73 mph, then they are called hurricanes, typhoons or cyclones, depending on where they form. The biggest danger in a tropical storm front is its massive rainfall, causing severe flooding. The winds from tropical storms often lessen as they cross over land because the storms need warm water for fuel. However, they can continue to cause damage as they move inland. Tropical storms slow down as they move over cooler ocean waters. 

Tropical storms now carry names like hurricanes and other damaging weather conditions. In the early 1900's, an Australian weatherman began naming their damaging tropical storms after people he did not like. In 1953, the U.S. also started naming tropical storms after women. Since 1979, both male and female names have been used by the World Meteorological Organization. In other parts of the world, like Asia, tropical storms are named for flowers, animals, people, and other things. In the U.S., there are no storms that start with Q, U, X, Y, or Z. If storms outnumber names, then they are named after letters of the Greek alphabet, such as Alpha or Beta. 

It does not make any difference if damage to your home or business occurs from a tropical storm or a hurricane. Damages are usually the same to lives and properties. Even though a hurricane produces heavier rains, winds, and flooding, a building is still subjected to substantial damage. A tropical storm's damages include wind, rain, storm surge, mud, debris, etc. Every insurance policy is different, therefore, if you are not sure what types of damages are covered under your plan, speak with your insurance agent to make sure that you have coverage for damages that a tropical storm can cause. 

When your home or business is gravely affected by a tropical storm, call us, your trusted leader in restorations and repairs – SERVPRO of Winter Park! We make our customers, our primary concern so that getting your lives and property back to its pre-damaged state is less stressful. After a tropical storm, you need help right away. Since we are near your community, we offer immediate response times. Our Disaster Recovery teams of certified experts are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will also help you with processing claims to your insurance company. All of our skilled work will be performed to your complete satisfaction!