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Why Every Florida Homeowners Needs a Restoration Company Saved to Their Contacts

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employees on a water damage job Services like water damage restoration require experience and the right equipment to tackle properly and prevent mold growth.

What Do Florida Restoration Companies Do?

Let's face it, most Central Florida homeowners don't know what a restoration company does and why it's important. The thing is, most people do not even know what goes into services like water mitigation, post-fire cleanup, or mold remediation until they actually need them. In this article, we will cover the services we provide and, more importantly, why you should be prepared and knowledgeable about them before you actually need them.

1. Water Damage Restoration

Water damage is our most highly sought-after service. However, most of the calls we receive are from homeowners who do not know what to expect at all. Water damage can occur in a number of ways such as; pipe bursts, storm flooding, toilet overflows, roof damage, washing machine malfunctions, etc. When these events occur, they need to be addressed quickly to prevent further damage from the water itself or even mold growth.

There are also different categories of water damage based on whether the excess water is clean or contaminated such as sewage backups.

Aside from the need to have the water removed, you also need to make sure the affected materials of your home are thoroughly dried out. This can include your ceiling, walls, and various flooring types. Not taking the proper steps to do so can easily lead to mold in Florida homes.

How We Can Help

SERVPRO of Winter Park has the experience to determine the level of damage and address it properly in a timely manner to avoid further damage. We have the manpower, equipment, and experience to handle water damage extractions, structural drying, and disinfecting. If any affected materials are unsalvageable, we can facilitate their removal, discarding them, and replacing them through reconstruction.

Why You Should Save Our Contact

We are located just north of downtown Orlando giving us the fastest response time for most of Central Florida. Time is of the essence when you have a water disaster, so having our number ready will ensure you can quickly reach a reputable company you can trust.

Our office is reachable 24/7 at (407) 678-5391.

2. Mold Remediation

Another highly sought-after service in Florida is mold remediation which basically means mold treatment and removal. Mold growth in a Florida home most typically occurs after a water damage event has occurred. The humid climate in our area along with excess moisture creates the perfect environment for many different mold species to grow in. In some cases, you can identify what might be mold visually but most times it will be hidden from sight. You may also suspect a mold problem if you experience heightened allergies or smell a foul pungent odor. The only way to really determine whether you have mold is through sample collecting and lab testing. 

How We Can Help

In the state of Florida, your mold tester and mold remediator cannot be the same company because of a conflict of interests. We can put you in touch with reputable mold assessors in your local area. They will collect surface samples where they can and air quality samples throughout the home along with a controlled air quality sample from outside of the home. These samples get sent to a lab to determine what species of mold are present and where the spore counts are highest in the air. The assessor will analyze the results and write a detailed protocol for treatment and removal.

Once this protocol is written, SERVPRO of Winter Park can step in as a remediator and eradicate the mold from the source. We use organic treatments for the mold that are safe for the homeowner and their family. We remove and reconstruct affected unsalvageable materials like drywall. We thoroughly clean materials that can be salvaged. Using a powerful, HEPA filtered air scrubber, the air is cleaned and filtered to remove as many mold spores as possible.

Most importantly, before remediation takes place we seal the affected areas to avoid mold spreading during the process. Once remediation is complete, the assessor will test again to verify the results and determine whether or not the remediation was successful.

Why You Should Save Our Contact

There is a ton of misinformation online. We are experts at mold so if you suspect anything in your home you can call us to get expert advice on what may be going on and what crucial next steps would be whether it is DIY or professional help you need. We have also worked with many assessors and can recommend companies that are thorough in their testing and reporting to make sure you are on the right track to ridding yourself of mold for good.

Our office is reachable 24/7 at (407) 678-5391.

3. Fire Damage Restoration

There aren't many situations in a homeowner's life that can match a fire event in terms of stress and confusion. This is a hard time for anyone. After the emergency responders have put out a fire, the journey does not end there, unfortunately. Getting back to how your home was before the fire takes a specialized type of service.

How We Can Help

A restoration company will take care of the cleanup involved after a fire. This consists of cleaning soot and smoke residue and even water damage cleanup from fire hoses. It is an extensive process but one we are accustomed to and well equipped to handle. We can also clean salvageable belongings and materials. We facilitate any demolition that needs to occur as well as reconstruction.

Why You Should Save Our Contact

Like water damage events, fires can occur at the spur of a moment. After calling the fire department, calling SERVPRO of Winter Park can get the process rolling for cleanup. Once the emergency responders have cleared the property for re-entry, we can work directly with your insurance adjuster to calculate the damages and shorten the drawn-out insurance process. This helps to make sure cleaning can happen quickly and further damage is more likely to be prevented.

Our office is reachable 24/7 at (407) 678-5391.

4. COVID-19 Cleaning

In the midst of the pandemic, SERVPRO of Winter Park has included COVID-19 cleaning services to help prevent the spread of the virus.

How We Can Help

We can do a deep cleaning and full disinfecting of your property. We use only CDC-approved disinfecting agents to combat the virus. Our experienced cleaning team will clean all surfaces with a high concentration of high traffic areas. We can also fog the area to disinfect the air as well giving you peace of mind.

Why You Should Save Our Contact

We know that this is a virus that can spread easily. In the event that you, a member of your household, or someone visiting you has contracted the virus, cleaning after a quarantine can help prevent others in your home from catching the virus as well. Holidays are also fast-approaching so having a thorough COVID-19 cleaning after a party or gathering can help keep the disease away from your home.

Our office is reachable 24/7 at (407) 678-5391.

5. Biohazard Cleaning

Biohazard cleanings are one of our lesser-known services but when they are needed they are necessary. Examples of this type of cleaning would be blood, vomit, other bodily fluids, animal feces, chemical spills, and any other hazardous materials that require special care in removal. 

How We Can Help

SERVPRO of Winter Park is experienced in cleaning hazardous materials. We can safely remove the materials from your home and disinfect the affected areas. We are also able to properly discard the materials. 

Why You Should Save Our Contact

To prevent harm to yourself and members of your household, it's important to have a biohazard cleanup done quickly by a professional. We have a short response time and can be anywhere in Central Florida within the hour.

Our office is reachable 24/7 at (407) 678-5391.

Why an Inspection for Mold is Crucial When You Suspect It

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

mold found behind baseboards after an inspection for mold Many times, mold will remain hidden from the human eye. However, even when it is visible, an inspection for mold will tell you what your eyes cannot.

Contrary to popular belief, molds are a natural, helpful aspect of our environment!

Environmentally, certain molds can be quite helpful—for instance, blue cheese and penicillin. Some wood molds, such as Ophiostoma, are harmless to the building structures or their occupants. And so, a mold inspection for this form of mold would be unnecessary and costly.

Still, there are many more mold strains that can wreak havoc on your house and health. Some common examples include Aspergillus, which can affect people with severe allergy issues. Thus, if you're suspicious of mold, be sure to contact an expert mold remediation company as soon as possible. Your health and that of your friends, or family could be dependent on it.

Do you need an expert inspection for mold?

Fear of "black mold" infiltrating their houses and causing health and structural issues is quite common in Florida. Yet, we cannot deem all black mold "hazardous" based on its color.

Mold spores are always present in Florida homes; they are everywhere in Florida, and it's hard to keep them out. The issue comes when indoor air contains more mold spores than outdoor air.

You should call a mold inspector:

  • If you have been suffering from severe allergies in your home or business.
  • When there is no visible mold but a strange odor is present. Inspections for mold and mold tests can disclose whether or not mold is prevalent in this area.
  • And lastly, if you've been experiencing plumbing or water damage concerns and suspect widespread mold behind the walls or in the air.

If you suspect mold in your Florida home, call a certified mold inspector right away to test the interior air quality and confirm the presence of mold.

How Inspectors Conduct the Mold Testing

Environmentalists specialize in performing IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) or MAS (Mold Air Sampling) tests. The purpose of this test is to identify irritants or probable mold strains present in your home or commercial building.

As we mentioned previously, despite its dark hue, not all mold is dangerous to black mold. A visual assessment alone cannot assess a mold growth's threat. Only mold testing can determine the mold strain in your home.

An inspection for mold will also look for historical mold growths that may reactivate or areas with signs of moisture that may contribute to future mold issues.

Then, the inspector will forward any samples taken during the inspection for molds or mold testing to a qualified lab for analysis and identification. In this manner, they can determine the exact nature of your mold issue.

One common technique employed in identification includes thermal imaging. It identifies water that could contribute to mold growth. If you have a musty odor but no recent water damage, thermal imaging can find a concealed leak behind your walls that generates mold growth.

A mold inspection usually follows precise guidelines to measure indoor air quality in Florida accurately. Reputable mold testing companies also write a written protocol that remediation companies like SERVPRO of Winter Park use for properly removing the mold.

Don't Get Tempted to Purchase A DIY Mold Test Kit

As you become more aware of the dangers of mold, you may get tempted to use a DIY mold test kit. Indeed, these kits are available over-the-counter and are gaining popularity due to their ease and perceived value. Sadly, many of them are rip-offs. Here's why you shouldn't buy them.

First, their results aren't as straightforward as you may think. Manufacturers of over-the-counter products want you to feel that their tests are simple. However, you still need an expert to interpret the results.

Secondly, the US Government mandates that only professionals should do the sampling. Professionals have the experience and understanding to develop and conduct mold sampling. Amateurs produce more false positives and negatives.

Thirdly, these kits are impractical when one cannot see the mold. One of the most common reasons to test for mold is when you can't see it but smell it. However, over-the-counter mold test kits only work if you have visible mold in your home — they can't detect if that musty scent is mold.

Further, these kits almost always identify mold, whether it's an issue or not. Millions of mold spores swarm the air, looking for a place to live and flourish. They will grow on a test kit petri dish whether or not it is an actual problem in your home. You can think you have a mold problem when you don't.

Lastly, DIYs don't tell you what caused the mold epidemic. A mold inspector must visually inspect the mold to ascertain its origin. Mold can form in your home due to leaking plumbing, lack of extraction vents, or drywall gaps. A mold test kit may indicate that you have mold in your house, but not why—a natural variety. You don't know if it's foundation or gutter concerns.

How Can SERVPRO Help?

Do you have a mold problem, or are you suspicious of one? Don't wait. Your health should be your priority. We have worked with many mold assessors in Central Florida and can put you in touch with a mold tester in your area. If testing shows a need for remediation, we have the experience and manpower to tackle the issue and help prevent it from coming back again. 

Mold and Mildew Removal The Right Way

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

mold on grout near bathroom shower floor Mold and mildew on a non-porous surface such as tile can be cleaned with DIY methods. Deep spreading on porous surfaces requires a professional.

If you start seeing unsightly sots growing on your walls or smell musty odors, you might be dealing with a mold or mildew problem. To prevent mold issues, you need proper ventilation and avoid moisture by monitoring humidity indoors. But if it's too late and you already have a mold or mildew problem, you need to know how to clean. You can quickly get rid of mold or mildew on the affected areas, but it depends on how severe the effects are. Mold and mildew are basically the same; the only difference in the cleaning technique will be determined by the affected surfaces. Read on for mold and mildew removal essential tips.

When to Call a Professional

You are actually exposed to mold spores all the time, both outdoors and indoors, and that is mainly not a cause for concern. But when the right environment occurs and they start to grow and spread in your home, they may force you to call a professional. DIY is effective when the mold effects are not too severe. But there are instances when you need expert help with mold remediation. If you smell the mold but can't find the affected area, you may need to call a professional.

You also need to call a professional when you live with someone with severe allergies. Also, if the mold is creating structural problems that are way out of your skills, seek help. When you catch the mold early, you can use a cup of bleach, hydrogen peroxide, or baking soda to kill mold. But if it's a large colony of mold or mildew, you will need more aggressive chemicals and cleaning methods. That is when you should call a professional.

Mold and Mildew Removal on Different Surfaces

Cleaning non-porous and porous surfaces will have a slight difference. Learning how to remove mold on different surfaces will ensure your DIY cleaning is a success. You should always wear protective gloves, goggles, and a respirator.

Cleaning Mold off Grout and Tiles

The bathroom is very notorious when it comes to mold issues because of the humidity. For effective mildew removal, you need a solution of sixteen parts water and one part bleach. There are so many products in the market for cleaning, but water and chlorine bleach are equally effective.

After applying the solution to the affected surface, wait for fifteen to twenty minutes. You can then use a gentle bristled brush to scrub the place. Rinse the surface with clean water and dry it with a cloth. You should keep the area ventilated by opening the windows and allow to air dry.

Cleaning Mold off Fabric

You can wash mold away on washable fabric. If the clothing is still stained after washing, you will have to use oxygen, bleach, and hot water. Soak the cloth in a solution of oxygen bleach and water and leave it for several hours. If the fabric is dry clean only, you will have to take the material to professional cleaners. But first, brush the fabric to get rid of all the visible mold and mildew.

Cleaning Mold Off Wood

Wood surfaces, walls, or floors can be affected by mold and mildew. For easy mildew removal, you can start by vacuuming the area because it helps loosen the spores. Use warm water and mild liquid dish detergent to scrub the affected wooden area. You can use a bristled brush to scrub while constantly dipping it into the water and soap solution. This cleaning method will work best if the wood is painted or stained because the mold and mildew cannot penetrate the surface.

If the wood is not painted or stained, you will need vinegar. Mix equal parts of the warm water and vinegar and use a spray bottle to apply the solution to the affected wood surface. Let it sit for an hour before you wipe it off. Use a towel to ensure the wood is as dry as possible. Ensure you get rid of all the dirt to avoid mold stains. You can use borax when you don’t have vinegar.

Cleaning Mold off Furniture

Try to remove as much visible mold and mildew on the furniture’s surface as possible. Try using a damp cloth to wipe the surface before you start the cleaning. It will help you get rid of spores so that your work later becomes a little easier. Take dish soap or mild detergent soap and mix it with water. The water can be warm if you want; mix the solution until you have enough foam. You can use the solution to clean the furniture with a cloth or gentle brush.

It would be best to do furniture cleaning on a sunny day. Move your furniture outside and remove the mold and mildew outside. After cleaning, leave the furniture under the sun to dry, ensure it's completely dry before you move the furniture back inside. You can use a leather conditioner to treat the affected surfaces after cleaning. You may need to replace the furniture entirely if the mold is deeper into the cushions.

Cleaning Mold off Carpets

A substantial amount of mold and mildew on your wool or silk carpet may need professional cleaning. But if it's a small area that is affected, you can do it yourself. Every time you are using bleach to remove mildew, wear your protective gear. But if the carpet loses color, stay away from bleach. Isolate the carpet to ensure the mold will not spread to other parts. Use a vacuum or a stiff brush to remove visible mold spores.

Scrub the affected areas with cleaners and allow them to air dry. It may take a day or two for the carpet to dry completely. Once you are confident the affected area is not damp anymore, you can return the rug to where it was. To be safe, clean the floors thoroughly to avoid another mold issue with the carpet.

Cleaning Mold off Outdoor Surfaces

Patio stones, unpainted cement, and other outdoor surfaces can be affected by mold and mildew. When this happens, you will need a thorough scrubbing using chlorine bleach and water. Mix a gallon of water with at least one cup of bleach. Use a stiff brush because most of the outdoor surfaces are hard. You also need to be vigorous to avoid mold stain.

Chlorine bleach can harm your lawn, garden, or any plant. You have to be extra cautious when using bleach to clean outdoor surfaces. Cover any plants that may be affected before you clean the mold off. After scrubbing the surfaces with water and bleach, rinse them with clean water.

Conclusion

Mold and mildew issues can be very frustrating. You have to always keep an eye out if you want to win the war against mold. When you catch the issue early, you won't have to call a professional mold remover. Mold removal will be a breeze when you know how to handle different surfaces.

Orlando Apartment Grilling Rules and Safety Tips

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

apartment balcony fire aftermath in an Orlando complex building According to the Florida Fire Prevention Code, all apartment and condominium owners are prohibited from cooking on their balconies.

Rules and Safety Practices for Using a Grill for Orlando Apartment Owners

Grilling is a fun activity that will surely make the day for your family and friends. As a resident of Orlando, FL, grilling might be a hobby for you, and, likely, you can't get over the thought of having burgers and seasoned meats chops sizzling on your grill. However, you must exercise caution while grilling as it can also be dangerous.

According to data from the National Fire Protection Association, grilling activities were the cause of about 10,200 home fires annually between 2013 and 2017. The fire risk is heightened for apartment homeowners compared to single-family homeowners due to the limited space available for grilling. Here are some rules and safety practices for using a grill for apartment owners in Orlando, FL, that you should observe.

1. Cooking on Balconies

Apartments with balconies are highly sought after in Florida. This is because a balcony provides ample and much-desired outdoor space to a homeowner. The general rule of thumbs is that the larger the balcony, the better off you are. However, according to the Florida Fire Prevention Code, all apartment and condominium owners are prohibited from cooking on their balconies. The only exception granted is for those who wish to cook using electric appliances. As a grilling enthusiast, this means that you are not allowed to use a charcoal grill or a gas grill, and you can only use an electric grill.

2. Using Charcoal and Gas Grills

The fact that you are prohibited from using charcoal and gas grills doesn't mean that you can't grill as an apartment or condominium owner. The fire safety code outlines that you can grill on your charcoal or gas grill on the ground level at a distance of at least 15 feet from the apartment or condominium structure. Therefore, if your apartment has a large enough front or back utility area, you are free to grill from there using a charcoal or gas grill as long as you are set up at least 15 feet from the structure.

3. Storing Gas Grills and LPG Tanks

If you plan to set up your gas grill on the front or back utility area of your apartment, you should also be thinking of where you will be storing the gas grill and the LPG tank. This is because the Florida Fire Prevention Code also forbids keeping gas grills and LPG tanks that can hold quantities above 1 pound in apartments and condominiums beyond the first floor. Therefore you will have to arrange storage for your gas grill and LPG tanks on the ground or first floor.

What If You Fail to Comply with These Fire Prevention Codes?

It's best that you comply with the Florida Fire Prevention Code for your safety and that of your neighbors. Your home might be among your most valuable investments, and losing it in a preventable fire can be devastating. Beyond property damage, there is also the risk of loss of life. If you fail to comply with these fire prevention codes, you will likely face stiff legal punishments.

A. The law stipulates that the Florida Fire Prevention Code violators be prosecuted similarly to those who have committed misdemeanor offenses. If found guilty in the court of law, you will be liable to paying a $500 fine or serving imprisonment for a period not exceeding two months, or both.

B. Additionally, the state and county fire inspectors are authorized to issue civil citations to those who breach the Florida Fire Prevention Code. Each citation carries a penalty of $50 plus $8 court fees if it's not contested. If you decide to contest a citation and you lose, you will pay a penalty of $500 plus the related court costs for every violation.

C. If you contravene the Florida Fire Prevention Code and cause a fire that damages property and causes injury or death of persons, your will be facing much harsher punishment. This is because your violation just graduated from a misdemeanor to a felony crime that can carry years or decades of imprisonment if convicted.

Additional apartment grilling safety practices

4. Keep the Grill Clean

Whether you are using an electric grill on your balcony or a charcoal or gas grill 15 feet from your apartment structure, you should always keep your grill clean. Having a clean grill significantly reduced the risk of a fire occurring. This is because, in most cases, it's the leftover and grease build-up on a dirty grill that ignites to start a fire.

5. Set Your Grill on Stable Ground

Failing to set up your grill on stable ground is a dangerous undertaking that puts you at significant risk of starting a fire and causing bodily harm to yourself and others. This is because your grill might tumble over as you are doing your grilling. If you are using a charcoal grill, red-burning charcoal will be spilling all over. If you are using a gas grill, the gas connection will likely become undone, spilling flammable gas in the air and risking an explosion. On the other hand, the cords for an electrical grill can snap and short-circuit, causing a fire when it falls.

In the Event of a Fire

When grilling, it's wise always to have a fire extinguisher close. This would allow you to put out any fire as soon as it occurs before it has the opportunity to cause significant damage. If the fire becomes uncontainable, get everyone to safety and call the Orlando Fire Department. Once the fire has been put out, you will need to undertake fire damage clean-up. Call SERVPRO of Winter Park at (407) 678-5391 for professional fire damage clean-up in Orlando, Florida, and the surrounding areas.

What Are Flood Cuts and Why Are They Necessary?

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

servpro technician making flood cuts on a wall A flood cut is removing the drywall up to a certain height, especially in a flood-affected area.

Floods are an environmental hazard. They destroy property and cause a lot of inconveniences. A flood may seem harmless since the water is colorless, but it contains ill-causing components such as bacteria and chemicals. Not to mention that it may cause significant financial losses in your home.

A flood cut will help tackle the issues related to flooding.

What are Flood Cuts?


A flood cut is removing the drywall up to a certain height, especially in a flood-affected area. Often, it is about 12-18 inches above the place the waters last marked.

Why Are Flood Cuts Necessary?


A flood cut prevents contaminated floodwater from finding its way into your pipes. After the excess water occupies your area, you may consume contaminated water, leading to illness for the whole family.

By cutting out a section of the drywall, flood cuts will ease access to the affected area. If you want to repair the areas damaged by the water, a flood cut will make it easier. You can treat the afflicted areas directly and more conveniently.

It also enhances the dry-out phase. Keep in mind that a moist wall may develop mold growth on it. You may get respiratory infections such as tonsillitis and pneumonia due to a damp wall. A wet room can also impact your immune system.

How Do I Make a Flood Cut?


Ensure that you have the following Apparatus

• Chalk Line
• Ruler
• Hammer
• Utility knife or jab saw

The following steps will then guide you:

• Create a straight line above the place where the water last touched. The line should be straight so, use a ruler.
• Use a utility knife to cut through the line. Be careful not to cut deep. (To avoid any injuries, wear protective gear)
• If you do not have a utility knife, then you can use a jab saw.
• In the cut section, poke a small hole using a hammer.
• Hold on to the puncture then, gently pull out the intended cut-out. Do not use too much torque to avoid damaging your drywall.

Remove all the insulation underneath the wall. However, if it is a plastic insulating material, you may leave it to dry out on its own.

Opt for dehumidifiers or highly efficient blowers to dry up the section. You can also open up the windows and doors for natural air circulation.

How Will I Restore It?


Know how much material you need in the first place by measuring the cut-out space. You will not end up wasting resources if you get an accurate measurement. Proceed with the detailed steps below:

• Put four drywall clips in the area surrounding the hole. (You should place them on all four corners of the cut area)
• On top of the clips put a drywall screw for support.
• Insert the drywall pieces onto the drywall clips.
• Carefully seal them with a drywall screw. Be careful not to over-tighten.
• To blend it in with the existing drywall, use a compound joint.

As soon as it dries up, you may paint it with mold-resistant paint.

Is It Always a Must to Flood Cut?


No, it isn't. If the water leak was from a clean source, there is no need to cut out your wall. You may use an injection system to wither the wall. A wall with no insulation also does not need a flood cut.

Make Sure You Consult First


Ensure to only practice home maintenance tips that you can handle to avoid incurring losses. Keep in mind that every home needs a specific type of care. So get a consultation from an expert first.

Dry Out After Water Damage

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

inject-a-dry system placed on moist column Aside from knowing how much equipment to place and where our technicians are trained in other drying methods to be as efficient as possible.

Water damage happens due to several factors like flooding, high humidity, or water leaks. This damage can cause problems in your home, and it can compromise your loved one's safety. Molds and dirt yield in moist and damp areas. You may need a company that repairs water damage suppose your place is prone to floods. You should call these experts to dry out your home as soon as floods occur.

These damp conditions might worsen if you do not use the right tools and tactics to dry your home. The damages might be expensive and cause health effects. That is why hiring SERVPRO of Winter Park is the best solution.

Why Hire Water Damage Companies?

Hiring a water restoration company is the best way to deal with floods in your house SERVPRO of Winter Park has the right skills to handle these issues. It is challenging to dry the home because you might leave out important parts like the basement. Also, it is hard to clean your house after water damage, especially if it is significant. However, SERVPRO of Winter Park will handle that for you.

Why Should You Dry with Our Equipment?

It would help if you did not try any DIY techniques when you flood your house because it can worsen the situation. However, drying out is the essential step when restoring your water. Experts from SERVPRO of Winter Park work hard to make sure your home is clean and dry. We use top-notch equipment, so do not worry about your home's safety.

These experts will examine your place and look out for important factors like moisture and humidity.

Types of Water Damage

Below are the main types of water damage:

1. Damaged pipes

Damaged or broken pipes can cause significant damage, and you should replace them as soon you notice them. You might need SERVPRO of Winter Park to achieve this. Most damaged pipes are included in the insurance policies, but damages that happen from neglect are not included. Some warranties cater to bills caused by faulty water heaters.

2. Structural damage

Water damage might cause a structural issue at your place, and this makes the area inhospitable. This water seepage in the basement or on the floor might make the home structure week and later collapse.

3. Cleanups at the sewage

Cleanup happens when you back up toilets or sinks. Black or greywater seepage is the main result of sewage spills. Cleaning up your sewage is a nasty part of the restoration procedure, and it can cause health effects. It would be great to conduct this activity with the help of SERVPRO of Winter Park.

Causes of Water Damage

Several factors cause water damage, like damaged pipes, gutters, faulty roofs, among others. In addition, homes that lack proper aeration are more likely to get mold, especially in neglected places.

It is hard to prevent water destruction because some natural factors also cause it, like storms. But you can avoid extra damage by knowing its causes.

1. Leaky roofing system

Faulty roofs will let the water reach your home, causing massive damage. You might also see water deteriorate if you have old and damaged roofs. You might think that your old roof is okay until a heavy downpour occurs. In most cases, the harm occurs, and homeowners might not notice it for a long time.

2. A faulty pipe

Damaged pipes can destroy your home by a slow leak. Plumbing problems occur, but their intensity depends on the water amount. Broken pipes cause damage, especially if the hoses in the washing machines burst.

Damaged pipes also cause issues that develop, like when water starts dripping from damaged parts.

3. Condensation

This is one of the most common causes of water contamination in many homes, but most people overlook it. This condensation happens when there is a leak or when the pipes do not drain well. With time, the condensation goes through walls and floors, causing mold.

Risks of Water Damage

There are many dangers of water damage to homeowners, both financial and emotional. Here are some risks:

1. It destroys property

One of the most common effects of water damage to your house is jeopardizing your property's safety. It is hard to rebuild most of these items destroyed by this damage. Water damage might destroy your crucial documents, clothing, and electronics, among others. This damage might also destroy essential structures in your house.

2. It may cause health effects

Water damage has a long-lasting effect on your health. Mold multiplies in moist areas, and they can cause health effects. They also attract pests and lower the air quality. Therefore, this means you should repair any water damage when you notice it.

3. Increases pest infestation

Most pests and bugs love moist areas. Unaddressed water collections also bring these critters to your place and cause further damage. Pests like cockroaches and centipedes bring moisture to your home, so you should avoid this by repairing any damage.

How to Dry Water from Damage

You can do the following things to dry out water:

  • Knowing where the leak is and repairing it
  • Repairing damaged walls
  • Look out for mold
  • Seek help from an expert

Water damage is familiar to most of us, and it happens due to reasons like faulty pipes and a leaky roof. It would be great to repair these faults to make sure they do not escalate. In addition, repairing these faults will keep your loved ones free from danger.

Why SERVPRO: Certified SERVPRO Cleaned

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee cleaning surface with decon30 Our team uses CDC-approved products to sanitize and fight the COVID-19 virus.

SERVPRO of Winter Park is offering Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned services. We have helped many businesses during the Covid-19 Pandemic. This type of cleaning can give business owners and their customers peace of mind. When businesses decide to be SERVPRO Cleaned Certified, they are showing the world that they care about deep cleaning services that will help to keep everyone safe.


CDC-Approved Cleaning

CDC-Approved cleaning is an investment in your business. We use CDC-approved disinfecting products and cleaning procedures. We will bring a higher standard of care to the cleaning process to help keep our comunities safe and your business running smoothly.


Safe

When you choose SERVPRO Certified Cleaning Services, you can be sure that your business will be as safe as possible. Our team of professionals has been trained in biohazard decontamination. We know how to clean business in the best and fastest way possible. When you cannot afford to take chances, our company is there to provide reliable services. We deliver results and peace of mind.


Custom Cleaning

Our expert cleaning technicians will give you a custom cleaning job. We want to make sure that all of your cleaning needs are met so that your business can be a safe place. We use state-of-the-art tools and only the best cleaning supplies available. We use EPA-approved hospital-grade cleaning supplies that are CDC-approved. We take cleaning seriously so that you can focus on other parts of running your business.


Security

When your business has been cleaned by us, you will have a Cleaned by SERVPRO shield placed on your front window for everyone to see. You will also receive digital emblems and different types of collateral. This will help your community know that your business has been cleaned by a company that is committed to providing high-quality cleaning services. We want to give you, your employees, your customers, and everyone in your community a feeling of security. When we clean your business, you can be confident that the job is done by professionals.

Equipment and Tools Used for Fire Restoration

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

close up of hand wiping away soot with a soot sponge A dry cleaning soot sponge is effective for removing soot from smoke-covered surfaces. It is used to soot from surfaces you do not want to get wet.

A fire is a disaster that can severely damage and even destroy property. There are many equipment and tools used in fire restoration, such as fire extinguishers, fire hoses, thermal imaging cameras, and more.

This article will discuss the most common of these tools - what they do, how they work to control or stop fires - so you know what to expect when you encounter them on your own property.

Tools Used For Fire Damage Restoration


HEPA Filtered Air Movers

A HEPA filtered air mover works by sucking contaminated air into one end of the machine, where a filter then catches any type of particulates such as dust or ash that would be present in either smoke or general debris from fire damage before they're expelled back out again through vents on the opposite side for immediate use with minimal risk of re-contamination. The filters inside these machines need to be cleaned or replaced every few months to keep them working at the highest efficiency level.


HEPA Filtered Vacuum Cleaners

A HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner is similar in function to a HEPA filtered air mover. Still, instead of sucking up contaminants with an intake on one side, it vacuums any debris and dust into its bag where all particulates are caught inside before being expelled out again on the other end for use without risking re-contamination from dirty filters or vents. These machines need regular maintenance like filter changes or cleanings as well.


Soot Sponges

Soot sponges are one of the most versatile tools used for fire restoration. They can be squeezed, twisted, and kneaded to let water seep into pores in a soot sponge where heat from an intense oil-based fire will dissolve it away or break these oils down while releasing particles that pose no risk to people when they touch them as well.


Debris Pads

Highly absorbent polyester debris pads help reduce the size of large debris by sucking up liquid and trapping any smaller particulates before they can spread out too far. These mats also need regular care, like removing dust and dirt off their outer surface between uses - especially if they'll be reused on site after being left outside for a while.


Buckets

Fire restoration often requires buckets - both small and large ones that can be used during firefighting operations and general cleanup afterward when the water has been used to put out the fire.

Tools Used for Putting Out Fires


Fire Hoses

A basic tool in any restoration effort is a fire hose for flooding an area with water and putting out fires. Often, it's just barely enough pressure to extinguish smaller flames. Still, they're more useful as a backup measure against larger blazes that need copious amounts of water or other types of liquids like foam-based suppressants. These hoses must be stored properly so they don't develop leaks or kinks over time which will cause them to lose their effectiveness when needed most because minor dents can become enlarged under continued use.


Foam Salt Dispenser

Often found in restaurants and food service facilities, this system uses salt mixed with soap which generates foam to suppress fires where there is a lot of grease or oil. This type of suppression can be used in any space with heavy metals like lead which would otherwise hamper the effectiveness of water-based firefighting methods.


Salt Water Sprinkler

This sprinkler system connects to your local municipal water supply. It injects saltwater into an area, suppressing flames by lowering their temperature and interfering with the chemical reactions that create them. They are effective for smaller spaces and larger ones because they work on liquid fuel sources, not just solid materials like wood or other organic substances susceptible to thermal oxidation (burning). The only downside is that it takes longer before the flame goes out, so this method isn't recommended when evacuation timeframes are tight.


Dry Chemical Sprinkler

This sprinkler system releases chemicals into the air that are heavier than air and will settle on surfaces with a high surface area to volume ratio. This makes them especially effective at fighting fires because they can reach up over 20 feet (about six meters). They also have a much broader spray pattern, which is why they're used for quick knockdown or point suppression when you want to get rid of the fire quickly before it spreads.

The downside here is that these systems only work well in small areas since as soon as the dry chemical gets wet from water pouring down onto it, its effectiveness disappears. It's also not safe if there are too many people inside an enclosed space like a room and needs to be evacuated.

The good news is that the dry chemical systems have a much better safety record than water-based fire extinguishers and can be used for large fires or small ones. They also work well on Class A, B, C, and D fires but not as well with E-type fuels like oil or gas because they need to come into contact with these types of materials to put them out.

All in all, though, there are many advantages to using this system over others when fighting a fire, so it's worth considering what equipment you want at your disposal if a disaster happens at home!

Going to a Shelter in the Event of a Hurricane

6/15/2021 (Permalink)

hurricane shelter worker inspecting spaced apart cots Hurricane shelters are taking the current pandemic into consideration when setting up in the event of a hurricane.

Going through an emergency situation, such as a hurricane, that requires you to evacuate your home can be very scary. Fortunately, proper preparation makes the process easier for everyone involved. While many steps in the replacement process may seem common knowledge, in the heat of the moment, there are things that can be forgotten. The following guide walks you through tips to use if you need to evacuate your home to go to a shelter during a hurricane.


Reduce the Risk of Catching COVID-19

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for potential relocation during a hurricane is to get the COVID-19 vaccine in advance. When you’re in a storm shelter, there are often many people in a confined space. This means the transmission of the virus will be much higher than if you were merely out and about doing your normal daily activities. The COVID-19 vaccine is taken in two separate doses and requires a brief window between the two doses, so getting started with the vaccine process as quickly as possible is essential.


Determine Where the Closest Shelter is Located

When evacuations occur, many people become frantic because there are so many things they need to do to prepare for their shelter stay. Taking the time to find out where your closest shelter is before any hurricanes arrive can take away some of the stress that comes during this hectic time. It’s a good idea to determine a safe route of travel in advance too. You want to be sure you don't have to travel through any roads that could potentially flood during a hurricane. This ensures you and your family can get to safety as quickly as possible.


Don’t Forget About Your Pets

Many shelters restrict pets from being able to stay on the premises for their safety and the safety of others on site. It’s important to make arrangements for your pets in advance so you have a safe place to take them if you do need to evacuate your home in the future. There are many kennels that house pets during emergency situations, but they often have limited capacity available. Making arrangements ahead of time betters your chances of being able to get them to a safe place during an emergency.

Talk to Your Family about a Potential Evacuation

The evacuation process can be scary for children so talking to them about what to expect before a hurricane hits can make the transition easier for them and for you. Explain the process that will take place and what they can expect at the shelter. Explain that there will be a lot of people in the facility and they need to stay with the family at all times. Explain how important it is to wash their hands frequently to prevent the transmission of any illness, including COVID-19. Explain that there will be very limited things for them to do to stay occupied so they need to determine what items they want to bring with them for entertainment.

Create a Checklist

It’s a good idea to create a checklist for the things that need to be brought to the shelter. A few things to consider bringing are:

  • Water: While emergency shelters often have water available, the quantity may be limited and it could take a few days for emergency supplies to arrive. Packing water for your family ensures everyone can stay hydrated during the stay.
  • Food: If anyone has dietary restrictions, bringing food with you ensures they get the specific foods they need. It’s a good idea to bring foods that are precooked and easily eaten without needing to be heated. It’s also a good idea to pack a few comfort foods, such as snacks, cookies, or fruit so everyone can feel as comfortable as possible.
  • Medications: When staying in the shelter, you won’t have access to a pharmacy and thus need to bring any medications your family needs with you. Be sure to bring ice packs and a cooler for any medications that need to be refrigerated and refrigeration may be limited.
  • Clothing: Clothing needs to be brought with you to the shelter as you may not be able to return to your home for a few days. It’s best to try to pack clothes in the most compact way possible as the amount of space designated for your family will be limited.
  • Sleeping Bags: The number of cots available to shelter attendees will be limited. Bringing sleeping bags with you to the shelter ensures everyone in your family has a warm place to rest.
  • Crucial Paperwork: Bring all important documentation with you when you evacuate. If something happens to your home during the hurricane, you can rest assured the important documents your family needs do not get damaged or destroyed.
  • Entertainment: Staying in a shelter can become boring over time. Bringing card games, books or other forms of entertainment can help keep boredom away. It’s important to not rely solely on electronic devices for entertainment. Access to electricity may be limited and make it difficult to charge devices when needed.


Local storm shelters in central Florida can be found in Orange County at Barnett Park Community Center, in Seminole County at Northland Church, in Volusia at Ocean Center, and in Osceola County, the listings are provided when an emergency occurs. If a hurricane does damage your home, SERVPRO is ready and willing to get your home back in order so your family can return to normal life as quickly as possible.

How Business Interruption Insurance Can Help Your Business

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

business door with sorry we're closed sign Unexpectedly having to shut down your business operations can have a serious effect on your business. Preparing for the unknown can be detrimental.

Downtime Protection for Your Business

Business interruption insurance can protect your business from the financial risks associated with unexpected events, such as natural disasters and fires.

As an owner of a small business, you might not have the funds to invest in this type of coverage on your own. One way to obtain protection for your business is through a group policy offered by various trade associations.

However, many employers find it difficult to keep up with rising premiums and increase deductibles due to their high-risk occupations.

If you're one of these people who feels stuck between making ends meet or providing for their family's future security, then consider investing in this type of coverage on your own instead!

Business Interruption Insurance: What Is It?

Business interruption insurance is commercial insurance that protects against losses sustained when a business is temporarily shut down because of an event such as fire, theft, or natural disaster.


Why Is Business Interruption Insurance Important?

Business interruption insurance not only covers your lost profits but also protects the value of future sales and ensures continued operation. This may help prevent financial problems from increasing in severity if you're unable to access other types of coverage, like life insurance, for example!


Benefits Of Buying The Coverage On Your Own:

  • You can control how much coverage you have with the amount you pay out-of-pocket
  • A company doesn't dictate what coverages are available or offer solutions tailored to your individual needs
  • You get coverage that's tailored to your needs
  • If you do need business interruption insurance, there are a few things to keep in mind:
  • Be sure that the insurance policy provides adequate coverage for lost profits and overhead expenses.
  • Get as many quotes as possible from various providers before deciding who best meets your individual needs. Doing this will help ensure you're not overpaying or buying more than you need!

How Does Business Interruption Insurance Work?

Business interruption insurance coverage works for business owners worried about the potential for an interruption with your company.

Businesses reliant on a fixed income from regular customers or sales, such as retail stores and restaurants, stand to lose significant amounts of money during these periods of uncertainty.


How Businesses Can Help Their Employees Using This Insurance Coverage

Employees who may have been counting on their days off to get caught up in other areas of work could be left scrambling when it comes time to go back out into the field.

In addition, if employees need to leave time because they've lost their job due to reduced business hours caused by an interruption, this can lead them down a tough road financially without adequate coverage benefits through government programs.

Not only does business interruption insurance provide coverage against lost income and wages, but it also covers lost revenue that you may have incurred as a result of the interruption.


Business Interruption Insurance Coverage

Businesses should be cautious about including enough coverage for their company to avoid negative financial impact from this type of situation or one like it in the future.

If your business relies on consistent customers, sales, work hours, or employees, then there are many ways that disruption could negatively affect your operations without appropriate insurance protection.

When considering how much coverage you need for these types of scenarios, remember what's at stake with an interruption: more than just money. You're taking away time-sensitive opportunities to get back into the field, potentially having to pay workers overtime (or provide unpaid leave) to cover the unfilled hours, and, of course, your company's long-term reputation.


Business Interruption Insurance
In post-disaster reconstruction...

Protecting against such an event is crucial because it could take months or even years before a business can be returned to normal levels - if ever.

It's common for insurance companies to offer commercial property coverage that will help recover from a disaster but not the damage caused by loss of sales during this period.

Business interruption insurance offers protection when business may have been disrupted due to the catastrophe (such as no electricity), preventing any potential losses incurred while the business is out of commission.


What Types of Coverage Are Included?

The types of coverage available to business owners include the following:

  • Coverage for the shrinking of business as a result of natural disasters or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Insurance to cover additional costs incurred while starting up in another location after disaster strikes (such as rent, utility bills, and telephone charges).
  • Insurance that will cover financial losses if disabled employees are unable to work during this time.
  • Protection against lawsuits filed by customers who may have been injured from the event or property damage caused by it.


Business interruption insurance is an important type of coverage to consider for your business because you can't control what happens outside your premises, but you can protect yourself with coverage like this.


Business Interruption Insurance: What Isn't Covered?

  • The business's most valuable assets, such as inventory and equipment.
  • Business expenses that would be incurred after the new location is opened. You will need separate insurance for those costs.


Is the Cost Worth It for Your Company's Future Security?

Business interruption insurance premiums generally range from $600 to $2400 per year. The cost is worth it for the company's future security to maintain liquidity and stability during a difficult time.

An interruption of business can happen suddenly without any warning whatsoever. Still, there are many ways that your company could prevent such a disruption from happening by purchasing this type of insurance policy in advance.