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The Importance of Choosing a Damage Restoration Company with Fast On-Site Response Times

8/4/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Winter Park truck at a commercial site Choosing a company that can arrive quickly with the proper manpower and equipment is essential no matter the situation when water or fire is involved.

When your home or business is damaged by water, fire, or other disaster, it's important to act quickly to prevent further damage. That's why it's so important to choose a damage restoration company with fast on-site response times.

SERVPRO of Winter Park is located right near I-4 near downtown Orlando, so we can arrive at your property quickly to assess the damage and start the restoration process. We understand that time is of the essence, and we'll do everything we can to get your property back to normal as quickly as possible.

Here are some of the benefits of choosing a damage restoration company with fast on-site response times:

  • Reduced damage: The sooner the restoration process begins, the less damage will occur to your property. This can save you money on repairs and cleanup.
  • Prevention of further damage: If the damage is not addressed quickly, it can spread to other areas of your property. This can lead to even more damage and higher repair costs.
  • Peace of mind: Knowing that you're in the hands of a qualified restoration company that can respond quickly to your needs will give you peace of mind during a stressful time.

If you've experienced a disaster, don't wait. Call SERVPRO of Winter Park today at (407) 678-5391 to get started with the restoration process. We'll be there quickly to help you get your property back to normal.

Here are some additional tips for choosing a damage restoration company:

  • Get multiple estimates from different companies.
  • Make sure the company is licensed and insured.
  • Ask about the company's experience with the type of damage you've experienced.
  • Get references from previous customers.

SERVPRO of Winter Park is a trusted leader in damage restoration. We have over 20 years of experience and a proven track record of success. We're committed to providing our customers with the best possible service, and we'll do everything we can to get your property back to normal as quickly as possible.

Call us today at (407) 678-5391 to learn more about our services.

Understanding Homeowners' Insurance Policies for Water, Mold, and Fire Damage in Florida

5/31/2023 (Permalink)

Insurance Adjuster working with SERVPRO® employee on a property damage claim SERVPRO® works closely with your insurance to help move the process along.

As a homeowner in Florida, it's essential to be familiar with the different insurance policies that can protect your property from potential risks such as water damage, mold growth, and fire incidents. Understanding how these policies cover the cost of restoration can help you make informed decisions and ensure your home is adequately protected. In this blog post, we will explore the common insurance policies that Florida homeowners have in relation to water, mold, and fire damage, and highlight how SERVPRO of Winter Park works closely with homeowners' insurance companies to streamline the restoration process.

Homeowners' Insurance and Water Damage:

Water damage is a common concern for homeowners, especially in a state like Florida that experiences heavy rainfall and the occasional hurricane. In many cases, homeowners' insurance policies provide coverage for sudden and accidental water damage, such as burst pipes, plumbing leaks, or roof leaks. It is important to review your policy to understand the specific coverage limits and exclusions. SERVPRO of Winter Park can work with your insurance company to assess the damage, document the restoration process, and ensure a smooth claims process.

Insurance Coverage for Mold Remediation:

Mold growth can result from water damage or excessive humidity, and it can cause significant damage to your property and pose health risks. Most homeowners' insurance policies do not automatically cover mold remediation, but some may offer limited coverage if the mold growth is a result of a covered water damage event. It's crucial to review your policy and consider purchasing additional coverage specifically for mold remediation. SERVPRO of Winter Park has extensive experience in mold remediation and can provide the necessary documentation and assistance to support your insurance claim.

Fire Damage and Homeowners' Insurance:

Fire incidents can have devastating consequences for homeowners, causing not only property damage but also emotional distress. Fortunately, homeowners' insurance policies typically cover fire damage and offer financial protection for the restoration process. These policies may cover not only the cost of repairing or rebuilding the damaged structure but also the replacement of personal belongings. SERVPRO of Winter Park can collaborate with your insurance company and adjusters to ensure that all fire damage restoration needs are accurately assessed, documented, and addressed promptly.

Working with SERVPRO of Winter Park:

When faced with water, mold, or fire damage, the restoration process can be overwhelming. However, partnering with a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Winter Park can make the experience easier and more efficient. Our team has extensive experience in working closely with homeowners' insurance companies and adjusters to streamline the restoration process. We understand the documentation requirements, provide detailed reports, and work to ensure that your claim is handled smoothly.


As a homeowner in Florida, it's crucial to have a clear understanding of your homeowners' insurance policies and how they cover water, mold, and fire damage. Review your policy regularly to ensure you have adequate coverage and consider additional coverage if necessary. In the event of a disaster, SERVPRO of Winter Park is here to assist you throughout the restoration process. We have the expertise, experience, and close working relationships with insurance companies to help you navigate the claims process seamlessly. Contact SERVPRO of Winter Park today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you in restoring your home after water, mold, or fire damage.

Restoring a Hotel In Time for the Busy Holiday Season

5/19/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks parked in front of a hotel With lots of hard work and dedication, SERVPRO of Winter Park was able to bring this hotel back to operating standards just in time for the holiday se

A Hotel Holiday Disaster

Hotels are always a busy place of business, especially around the holidays. Friends, family members, and many others come from all over to visit their loved ones during the holiday season. This is an important season for the hospitality industry. A majority of people that are traveling will need a place to stay and it is crucial that these housing facilities are properly maintained and prepared for the influx of people. Back in November of 2020, during the week of Thanksgiving, a pipe broke in the ceiling of a beautiful hotel. Water rushed everywhere and caused lots of damage to the facility and put many rooms out of commission. This quickly became a major problem as Thanksgiving was right around the corner and the hotel had a significantly smaller number of rooms that would be available to accommodate the customers. They needed to do something, and quickly. An unexpected disaster like this can always come with lots of stress, especially for a business owner.

The General Manager Made a Great Decision

The general manager decided to call SERVPRO of Winter Park, and he sure did make the right decision. The crew came out at 11 o’clock at night and got right to work. They cleaned up the debris that was caused by wet ceiling tiles collapsing. The crew also had lots of heavy equipment that was able to extract water that had been deeply soaked up by the carpet. They were able to clean up all the rooms that were affected by the water. Once everything was cleaned and the water was extracted, SERVPRO of Winter Park set up lots of drying equipment to dry out and restore the parts of the structure that had been damaged by the leak. They came back each day to monitor the drying process and remove any building materials that were not drying properly to ensure there would be no secondary damage in the facility.

What Happened After the Cleanup?

Once the whole process was completed in about 3 and a half days, SERVPRO of Winter Park’s reconstruction team reached out and got the hotel back to how it looked prior to the pipe breaking. With lots of hard work and dedication, SERVPRO of Winter Park was able to bring this hotel back to operating standards just in time for the holiday season again. The staff were delighted and overjoyed that the crew was able to get them back up and running in a short amount of time when originally they thought all hope was lost. They certainly made an unfortunate situation better and came in time of need. Words from the general manager were, “I was very pleased with the speed and execution, along with the courteous team who did an outstanding job to remediate the damage and restore my hotel back to normal.” SERVPRO of Winter Park definitely strived to do what they always do, and that is to make it, “Like it never even happened.”

When Do Homeowners Need A Restoration Company

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration technicians on a mold remediation job with equipment SERVPRO offers various services and has the experience to get the job done right with top-of-the-line equipment.

Regardless of how clean you keep your home and how much work you do to make your property its absolute best, there are some jobs where professionals need to get called in to perform. Not to discount the result of a handyman, but when there is specific damage to a home, homeowners need to call a restoration company. Please continue reading to discover what restoration companies do and some instances when homeowners need to call them in.

What Is A Restoration Company

As the name implies, these company's restore homes and buildings and some furnishings to the pre-damage state. Their emergency team will likely be the first to respond when disaster strikes, and there has been damage. They have specialized equipment, and in addition to cleaning up the mess, their job is also to prevent further damage to your property.

Before going into reasons a homeowner would need to hire a company to restore the insides of their home, homeowners want to ask a list of questions before signing a service contract. Be sure you are satisfied with their answers before hiring them.

  • Do your technicians have certifications?
    Are your technicians available at all times 24/7?
  • Is your company insured?
  • Will you work with our insurance company?
  • Is your company licensed and bonded?
  • How much restoration experience do you have?
  • Do you guarantee your work and that there won't be further damage?

When Do Homeowners Need A Restoration Company

Fire Damage
It doesn't take long for a fire to spread and damage the insides of your home. There is damage from the fire and smoke, but there is likely water damage from putting the flames out. Hiring a restoration company for the fire damage to your home has several benefits. In addition to the soot and smoke odor removal, a company will sanitize, clean the property, deodorize, and restore whatever items they can.

Water Damage
Water is so serene yet can be so destructive when it comes to your property. Regardless of whether water was accidentally left on inside your home, a leak from the roof, a pipe burst, or there is natural disaster flooding from a storm, the damage from water can be severe if not treated rapidly. When left to intrude into crevices of a home, water can cause damage such as:

  • Mold and bacteria grow in the home.
  • Rusting of steel in the home.
  • Swelling of composite woods in the home.
  • De-laminating materials like plywood in the home.
  • Destroy the electrical system in the home.

Many of the issues from water damage can cause health or safety hazards for the home occupants if not treated immediately. Therefore, calling in a restoration company for water damage is essential.

The company you hired for water damage will assess the outside of your property, checking for structural damage and if the house slops. They will look at the exterior door frames and windows, checking for any separation.

They will then move to the inside of your home, looking for watermarks, stains, and soft sagging within the walls. The company you hire will also look for warped tile, discoloration around the pipes, and of course, they will be sniffing for mold.

Mold Remediation
Small amounts of mold are found almost everywhere. Mold can cause health effects.

Mold can enter the home through the air, the ventilation system, open windows, and doorways. It comes as a spore but only needs oxygen, warmth, moisture, and darkness to grow.

Homeowners who hire professionals for mold remediation can expect them to test for mold, remove, demolition, sanitizing, containment, and eliminate the mold.

Sewage backup
Sewage backups are awful and create a mess as foul as it sounds. They happen when there is an obstruction of some damage that prevents the wastewater produced in your home from draining away from your house. The backup can create destruction to your property that needs a professional to respond to. In addition to fixing the sewage line, you'll have to have your home examined by a home service to determine the extent of the services you need.

Other Services
In addition to calling a professional restoration service into your home for the damages listed above, they also restore damage caused by wind and storm damage, vandalism cleaning, biohazard cleanup, crime scene cleaning, and more.


As you have read above, there are times when homeowners may need to call in the help of professionals when there is damage to their home. They will assess your home on the inside and out and determine what actions to take to restore your property in addition to some of your furnishings.

Hazards to Your Children's Health in the Aftermath of a Flood

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

doctor holding child's hand while mother watches Taking steps to clean up properly after a disaster can significantly impact the health of your children

The immediate potential impacts of flooding, including drowning, landslides, debris, and structural damage, can be dangerous for children and adults alike. You need to be careful when dealing with the aftermath of a flood. Contaminated water and mold growth are two health-related issues that are common after such a disaster. 

Proper flood cleanup can limit some of the health issues posed by flooding, especially when it comes to mold. Moisture may remain in drywall or tile grout and allow mold to thrive. Once it takes hold, the mold will continue to grow until it gets removed. 

Mold expands its reach by releasing spores, which travel through the air and create new colonies when they land on moist spots. These airborne spores can also cause an allergic reaction. 

Being aware of the hidden dangers of flood damage and taking steps to clean up properly after a disaster can significantly impact the health of your children. Here is what you need to know. 

Health Risks Associated With Flooding

Floods can lead to water damage, which can cause a mold infestation without proper cleanup

A post-flood cleaning and disinfecting strategy are essential, but it is only part of the overall effort to keep your children safe in the aftermath of a flood. In addition to avoiding direct dangers from floodwaters, downed power lines, or hazardous debris, parents need to consider contaminated items and water and the increased threat of carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Carbon Monoxide

Gas-powered generators are a source of power after a natural disaster. These tools provide necessary electricity, but they also release carbon monoxide. Generators inside or near an enclosed space can cause this dangerous gas to build up.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause fatigue, headache, dizziness, confusion, and vomiting. Breathing large amounts of the gas can be fatal. 

You can install a carbon monoxide detector in your home to detect this unseen gas. Since carbon monoxide poisoning is possible anytime exhaust is present, this detector is a good safety tool to have in your home at all times. 

Furthermore, after a flood, do not operate a portable generator inside. Consumer Reports suggests keeping the motor at least 20 feet away from your home to avoid any possible contamination.  

Contaminated Water

Floodwaters can contain pathogens, so it is best to keep children away from standing water until it subsides. Also, a flood might contaminate your water source. This can make it unsafe to use tap water for drinking, washing, or bathing. 

According to the EPA, children may experience severe gastrointestinal problems because their immune systems are not fully developed. In addition to immediate health issues, the long-term effects of exposure to contaminants can include developmental and neurological problems. In addition to illnesses caused by microbes like E. coli and Giardia, chemicals in contaminated water can cause health issues. 

After a flood, give your children bottled water to drink. Any water you use for bathing or washing anything needs to be boiled or purified with iodine, chlorine, or a filter. 

Contaminated Items

Floodwaters may also contaminate household items. Microbes can cling to surfaces on children's toys and kitchen utensils. The illness-causing substances could then transfer to your children when they use these items.

Thoroughly wash everything with soap and water and dry completely in the open air. Using a substance such as chlorine bleach during cleaning can kill bacteria and microbes contained in the floodwaters. 

Unfortunately, you will probably need to throw away any wooden items or soft or absorbent toys. Any baby bottles or pacifiers should also be removed from the home because it is impossible to decontaminate these items. 

How To Treat Mold in Your Home

After a flood, you need to start the water damage restoration process. This effort involves returning everything in the home to its pre-flood condition and removing any dangerous substances the waters brought into the house.

Mold remediation and removal are vital steps in this process because mold can cause health effects. 

Here are some tips on how you can clean up molds from your house after a flood. 

  • Clean up standing water and remove all wet items from the house. The first step is to stop the buildup of moisture. If necessary, you should call in an expert to handle the job. You can also use equipment such as dehumidifiers to remove moisture from walls. 
  • Open up your home to fresh air. This step can help the drying process (especially if the outside humidity levels are low), and it may limit dangers from carbon monoxide or other airborne contaminants. 
  • Clean mold from hard surfaces. You can use natural solutions or detergents to clean mold from hard surfaces. You will need to pay special attention to corners and crevices during this process. Calling in a professional or using chemicals such as chlorine bleach may be necessary to ensure complete removal. 
  • Remove porous or absorbent materials. Carpeting, wood, and cloth that came into contact with floodwaters will need to be removed because of the danger of mold and contaminants. It is impossible to remove mold from porous surfaces. 
  • Get a professional inspection to ensure complete removal. Mold can grow in walls and corners and remain unseen for years. If you do not rely on a pro for removal and remediation, you can still enlist the help of an expert to ensure that you did everything correctly to limit the chances of mold growing in the future. 

Removing the source of mold is essential, but you can also get a HEPA air filter for your HVAC or filtration system. This can remove most mold spores from the air.

Relocation Checklist for Moving Your Office

11/2/2021 (Permalink)

boxed office supplies and plastic wrapped office chairs It's important to ensure that nothing gets damaged and that everything is correctly accounted for when moving begins.

Office moves can be challenging, but they don't have to be stressful. With an office moving checklist, you will know what needs to happen (and when) before the big day. 

A checklist will help you understand whether your office needs a deep clean before you relocate and how long it will take if the cleaning is left until after moving. Even with thoughtful planning, accidents can happen that cause a mess or, worst case, damage, that requires more than a simple deep clean. In this case, professional restoration services are available to help restore the damage done during the move.

It can be hard to know where to start, but this office move checklist will help walk you through the process to help your relocation goes as smoothly as possible.

Before You Move

Before your move, have an office move checklist so that you don't forget anything. If you are hiring movers, write down everything they promise or ask of you, so there aren't any miscommunications on moving day.

You’ll also want to think about:

  • Setting a budget – Moving an office can be expensive, so it's best to set a budget before you start planning your move. This way, you'll know all the costs you need to factor into your move so you won't have any unexpected expenses later on.
  • Reviewing the lease – If you are in a lease for your office, make sure to go over the terms with your landlord. You will want to check whether or not there is any penalty fee if you end up breaking it early. This way, once everything is out, and the new location is ready, moving won't be an expensive hassle.
  • Shopping for moving companies – Before you pick a mover, it's best to do your research. Get quotes from multiple companies so that you can compare prices and make sure the company matches up with what is promised on the quote.
  • Setting a moving date – One of the most essential pieces of advice is to select a moving date. You want to give yourself enough time for packing and cleaning.
  • Notifying employees, landlords, clients, and shareholders – Create business relocation letters for employee shareholders, clients, and your landlord ahead of time. This will allow them to make preparations for when you move out and how they can contact you during this transitional period. 
  • Reviewing inventory – Before you start packing, go over the inventory and ensure that everything is accounted for. You will want to photograph each item so that there aren't any losses during transportation.
  • Setting up utilities – This includes electricity, gas, and water. You want to ensure that these transfer over before you move so that your office remains functional.
  • Initiating access cards, keys, and parking passes – Make sure that you’re able to get employees the access they need before your first day in the new space. It’s also wise to test to make sure that all access devices are working accordingly. 
  • Planning for storage – If you plan on storing any of your office equipment or furniture, make sure to have a location in mind, and a plan for getting the items safely to the space.

During Your Move

It's important to ensure that nothing gets damaged and that everything is correctly accounted for when moving begins. Here are a few steps to take during your office move:

  • First, do a walkthrough and assess any damage – Go through the office, check for any damage, and ensure all of the dirtiest places in the office are clean. The benefits of a clean work environment cannot be underrated and will make the space feel that much more comfortable.
  • Set up the offices and layout – Set up the layout and ensure there is enough room to walk around. Get a feel for how you want the office to flow. Be sure it's comfortable yet organized.
  • Unpack and take inventory – Unpack all your items and compare them with the inventory list you made before the move. Intentionally give everything a place as you unpack.
  • Make sure utilities work – Test all the electrical outlets and plumbing systems. Make a note of any issues.

If any damages or repairs are needed, make sure to contact the landlord as soon as possible, and keep a record (both written and photographed) of any issues you’ve found and addressed.

After You Move

After your move, you need to ensure that everything runs smoothly and your new office is ready for work. You’ll want to make sure that you:

  • Confirm the termination of the old lease – If you had a lease, it's essential to confirm that the old one has been terminated and processed accordingly.
  • Submit a change of address – Update your mailing address, business cards, printouts, and social media accounts. Make sure to do this as soon as possible, so your customers and clients know where to find you.
  • Notify clients and shareholders – Notifying clients and shareholders of your new office address is crucial. You don't want to lose any business or have difficulty communicating with them because they are confused about your location. Make sure to update company websites and any citations that your business has online as well. 
  • Clean up the old office – Ensure that the old office has been thoroughly cleaned before you turn over your keys to the landlord or management company.

When you’re cleaning out your old office space, you’ll want to especially keep an eye out for water damage, mold, or fire damage, all of which will benefit from professional help to clear and clean up. 

If you find extensive water damage in the space you’re leaving, you'll need water damage repair and restoration services to help you make sure the space is properly remedied. If your water damage has prompted molding, you'll need the assistance of mold remediation and restoration services to help clear out all infected areas. Additionally, if you've discovered any fire damage, it's critical that you contact a professional fire and smoke damage repair and restoration services to get the office back to normal.

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 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.


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.


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.

Why SERVPRO? Our Team Makes The Difference

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Winter Park Management at help desk for Hurricane Preparedness Aside from services we perform, our team are active member of the community and regularly participate in events like Hurricane Preparedness.

When it comes to disaster recovery, we may not be the only restoration company in town, but there’s a reason why so many homeowners and businesses choose SERVPRO of Winter Park to recover from water, fire, mold, or flood damage. The difference is our people!

We invest in our employees

SERVPRO invests in having the best employees in the business. We have always put a high priority on educating our team. That need is more important than ever today. SERVPRO of Winter Park is an IICRC certified firm with certified technicians, which means customers can expect the very highest in standards and protocol to be used in their home or business when disaster strikes.

IICRC training and certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries and those standards are high. Our SERVPRO professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses so they are well-prepared to handle any disaster in any situation and know how to approach the restoration process quickly and effectively.

Employee certification training

The Employee Certification Training by SERVPRO is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO franchise employees to further their knowledge and training. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules for training include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Advanced Structural Drying

Ongoing, comprehensive training for our crew

Our training program doesn’t stop at just IICRC and Employee Certification Training. We also offer:

  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. If your property suffers water, flood, storm, fire, or mold damage, know that you’re in great hands with the professional SERVPRO of Winter Park team. Our employees make the difference! Contact us 24/7 for restoration assistance at 407-678-5391.

Common Causes of Mold in Orlando Hotels and Resorts

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

mold behind peeled hotel wallpaper Wallpapers in hotels block the wall from breathing and modifying its temperature which can lead to mold growth.

Mold in Hotels and Resorts

Mold usually comes with a strange and damp smell that you can easily know. If you enter a hotel or resort in Orlando and notice a musty odor, mold could be the issue. Biological contaminants can affect all hotels, including the five-star ones. Here are the root causes of mold in such establishments.

Water Damage

The primary root cause of mold in Orlando hotels and resorts is water damage. Typically, moist thrives in a moist indoor environment. The damage emanates from roof leaks, flooding, pipe bursts, and window leaks. Silent water leaks in the building lead to massive mold growth. Pools of water can reach the carpet where the spores will develop with sheer simplicity. Hurricane aftermaths are also the reason why hotels have a moldy smell.

Mold needs a wet place for 24 hours before it proliferates. If the hotel isn't cleaned within that time, the damages become irreversible. The good news is that you can contact us for restoration. We use specialized equipment to dry out the whole place. We will check for any leaking pipes and roofs for immediate repairs.

Condensation Build-up

Condensation results from drastic temperature changes in the room. For example, if someone gets to the room and leaves the AC on, it will become cold. Another occupant will turn off the unit leading to a different temperature setting. Condensation will occur, attracting mold in the rooms.

Similarly, during the winter, condensation happens on cold surfaces due to temperature inconsistencies. Wood, drywall, tiles, and bricks are prone to the issue. As a result, biological spores will grow since the specific zones are the perfect environment to flourish.

Poor Ventilation

Poorly-ventilated Orlando hotels and resorts are magnets for mold growth. Lack of ventilation also spreads the spores to other areas in the room with sheer simplicity. When the management asks the staff to turn the air conditioner off, there is poor air circulation. The whole place becomes humid, especially during the summer. It is crucial to save on energy bills, but turning off an AC is the worst idea.

The unit needs to be on so that the dehumidifier can get rid of excess moisture in the air. Steamed baths and cooking appliances in hotels contribute to humidity that needs elimination through ventilation.

Wet and Damp Clothes

Wet towels, bathing suits, and clothes lead to mold development in hotels and resorts. Some employees take the clothing out of the washing machine and set them aside to hang the clothes later. The bad news is that they will forget them, and the damp clothes will sit for 24 hours or more. The time-lapse alone will attract mold and spread them to other zones.

When customers check out of hotels, they leave wet towels on the bed. Failure to clean the rooms and pick the towels leads to instant biological contaminants after one day. Spring and summer aggravate mold issues since the air is already humid.


Wallpapers decorate the hotel rooms, but they contribute to mold. Usually, walls go through temperature changes as the outdoor environment shifts. Wallpapers block the wall from breathing and modifying temperature as well. This way, condensation occurs between the wallpaper and drywall. Peeling the wallpaper will show you the extent of mold growth.

Using glue as an adhesive makes matters worse since it has nutrients that bolster mold growth and spread. We will look for areas with wallpapers and carry out mold remediation with immediate action.

Leaking AC System

A faulty air conditioner leads to mold due to leaking refrigerant or water. A leaking AC causes mucor, which is an allergenic mold, to thrive due to the condensation. It comes with white patches and circulates quickly if the air filter isn't in excellent condition. Moisture build-up comes from damaged ducts and inadequate piping as well. The environment will be ideal for mold to grow and move to other areas in the hotel.

Non-insulated Water Pipes

Water pipes that don't have insulation lure mold development. The primary reason is that they sweat, leading to moisture in the surrounding walls. If the insulation on the pipe has worn off, the problem could happen as well. You might notice that paint on the walls is peeling, indicating mold presence. Typically, the insulation traps the moisture so that it can't seep through the walls and damage them.

If you have any mold issues, contact us for remediation and restoration. We will locate the moisture or water sources for a lasting solution.

Why SERVPRO is Your Best Restoration Option

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Winter Park truck with side panel open SERVPRO of Winter Park has a fleet of trucks designed for large scale water extraction

Why Choose SERVPRO Of Winter Park?

Unfortunately, a home or business establishment can be damaged by any number of unforeseen natural and accidental occurrences. Eve4nts such as fire, various weather phenomena, and structural issues like leaking windows and pipes or failing appliances could result in incalculable harm. 

Fortunately, however, restoration services exist to help those impacted by such happenings recover, clean up, and restore their home and property to its original glory. One such establishment serving the central Florida region is SERVPRO of Winter Park. We invite the residents of Orlando and surrounding regions to continue reading this article suggesting why our restoration services are considered top quality.

SERVPRO of Winter Park is a privately owned and operated establishment that has garnered significantly favorable ratings from our customer base for the following reasons:

Variety Of Services Offered

The restoration professionals employed at SERVPRO of Winter Park offer prospective customers more services than do many restoration entities. In addition to the prototypical water removal, we offer cleanups for fires, crime scenes, commercial entities and organizations, biohazards, and mold development.

Additionally, we perform thorough Covid-19 cleansing. This is a unique type of remedial effort designed to meet the standards set by health watchdog agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and involves the use of specialized cleaning agents geared towards eliminating dangerous viral pathogens.

More Than Cleanup

We believe that cleanup is only the first stage of the restoration process. Therefore, the team of SERVPRO Winter Park participates in build-back projects. Should a customer wish, we will help them completely rebuild their property or establishment after safely completing the original restoration efforts.

Centralized Location

A restoration company does its customers little good if they cannot immediately respond to an emergency. Fortunately, SERVPRO Winter Park's headquarters are situated near downtown Orlando. This centralized location enables us to promptly dispatch a response team and arrive at most areas situated within the city, its limits, and surrounding regions in short order.

A Large Staff

We employ a large staff of highly-trained and experienced technicians. In accommodation, we also possess a large fleet of equipped trucks. This ensures our employees always have access to the materials needed to perform any type of cleanup and respond as quickly as possible.

Ample Storage

We own a large storage warehouse. This facility allows our customers to house their possessions until their home or business is considered safe and healthy enough to return to.

Certified Mold Remediation

Water damage often leads to the development of a potentially health-threatening substance known as mold. Fortunately, the team at SERVPRO of Winter Park has obtained the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification, also commonly abbreviated as IICRC approval. This organization sets standards for how certain hazardous substances, most notably mold should be remediated.

Effective Communication

Not only do our team members possess extensive skill and experience but are polite, professional, and effective communicators. We are committed to keeping our customers informed and will clearly and succinctly explain every step of the restoration process.

Favored By Major Insurance Companies

We enjoy positive professional relationships with several well-known insurance companies. Many home and business policy providers recommend us to their customers. In many instances, we deal with their adjusters directly.

Numerous Satisfied Customers

Those who conduct online searches about our company will find countless positive reviews about our level of competence and commitment to customer service.

Contact Us

Experiencing a traumatic event like a flood, fire, or any other type of property-damaging occurrence can be emotionally-draining and leave those impacted not knowing what to do next.

Fortunately, those living in or conducting business in the Orlando area are can count on SERVPRO of Winter Park. Our experienced team of professionals looks forward to helping our customers quickly clean up, recover, and rebound from such happenings.

Tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

A pair of blue-gloved hands, one using a spray bottle of cleaning solution and the other using a paper towel to wipe surfaces When you use a disinfectant, you remove and kill both bacteria and germs.

Tips for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Home

On an average day, 85% of women and 71% of men spent at least some time at home doing household activities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. You eat, sleep, relax, and entertain in your home, so its cleanliness is key to your health and enjoyment. 

A study published in the Journal of Environmental Health analyzed 22 average households for mold, bacteria, and dirt. The study found countless bacteria present in seemingly clean homes, including Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus Aureus. Learning how to properly clean and disinfect your home is important to the health and safety of your household.

Cleaning vs Disinfecting

While many people use the terms “cleaning” and “disinfecting” interchangeably, there are differences between the two terms. When you clean surfaces in your home, you’re reducing the number of germs and bacteria present.

When you disinfect your home’s surfaces, you’re removing and killing the germs and bacteria. Sanitizing is another word that’s frequently used when it comes to killing germs. Some products are labeled as “sanitizers” instead of disinfectants. 

When you use these products properly, they help reduce and eliminate bacteria on the surfaces in your home. However, disinfectants are generally more effective at killing mold, bacteria, and germs so it’s important to choose the proper cleaner.

Read the Label

To ensure your disinfectant does its job effectively, follow the instructions on the label. Not only do these instructions make sure that the product functions properly, but they also save your home surfaces from potential damage. Some products may advise you to dilute them with water before use.

There are many disinfectants on the market so choosing the right product may seem overwhelming. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a list of approved home disinfectants that are known for their effectiveness and safety. When you choose a registered disinfectant, you know the product is proven to work and safe for your home.

Using Home Disinfectants

The disinfectant dilution process can be dangerous if you're not careful. When diluting your cleaning product, follow the instructions on the label and be sure to:

  • Wear protective gloves and eyewear.
  • Complete the process in a room with adequate ventilation.
  • Only use the amount of product listed on the label.
  • Label your new diluted solution clearly.
  • Avoid mixing other products or chemicals together.
  • Use room-temperature water, unless otherwise specified.
  • Keep your cleaning products out of reach of children and pets.

If a household member has asthma or is particularly vulnerable to chemicals, only dilute disinfectants when they’re not close by.

Tips for Disinfecting Different Rooms

Different rooms, surfaces, and sections in your home may require unique attention to be sufficiently disinfected. Before addressing the areas in your home you plan to disinfect, it’s important to acquire the proper supplies. 

Consider what’s the most convenient for you, your cleaning goals, and the surfaces you’re disinfecting when choosing supplies. You may need wipes, sponges, paper towels, or hand towels. You may need different supplies or disinfectants for each area of your home.


You generally use your kitchen several times every day to prepare food. Since food can carry harmful bacteria, such as salmonella, it’s crucial to keep frequently-touched surfaces clean. 

Disinfecting wipes are an easy way to clean your kitchen since you can wipe down areas, then throw out the wipes. It’s important to wipe cabinet handles and drawer handles to kill bacteria and viruses. Glassware and dishes should also be cleaned thoroughly after every use.

Living Room 

Your living room is full of soft surfaces, such as your couch and pillows. Most hard-surface disinfectants can harm these materials so you’ll need cleaning products designed for soft surfaces instead.

Other surfaces, such as your coffee table and light switches, should also be disinfected regularly. Read the label on your disinfectant to ensure it’s safe to use on these surfaces and follow the directions carefully. 


Since the bathroom is exposed to bodily fluids on a daily basis, it must be properly disinfected. Use a disinfectant on the sink, faucet handles, shower, toilet, and tub. Clean frequently-touched surfaces, such as the light switches and toilet handle. 

Inspect your bathroom for water damage, which may occur if the tub or toilet isn’t sealed properly. If left untreated, water damage can lead to dangerous mold growth, which may require professional restoration services to remove harmful spores and more established mold growth that cannot be managed with routine surface treatment.


You may need a special disinfecting spray to address soft surfaces, such as your mattress and pillows. Clean and disinfect your bedroom furniture, paying close attention to drawer pulls and other frequently-touched surfaces. You likely walk around in your bedroom barefoot, so it’s also important to disinfect the floor.

HVAC, Ventilation, Filtration

Your HVAC system circulates air inside your home so it’s important that it’s clean. If your home ever experienced a fire and had smoke damage, have the ducts remediated, and cleaned thoroughly. 

Change out your HVAC filters regularly and consider purchasing the highest-rated filter that’s recommended for your system. This reduces your exposure to allergens and airborne bacteria.

Tips for Disinfecting Household Items

Different types of surfaces in your home also require different treatments for adequate disinfection. It’s important to use cleaners that are safe for these surfaces but that are also effective at killing bacteria and viruses.

Soft Surfaces, Washable, and Non-Washable Fabrics

If your soft surfaces are safe for the washing machine, such as sheets and pillowcases, complete the cleaning cycle with warm water and dry the items thoroughly. Read the label on your disinfectant and if it’s safe for soft surfaces, such as carpet, consider spraying it on, letting it sit, then vacuuming. You can also use soap and water if the disinfectant isn’t recommended for those surfaces.


The buttons on electronics are touched frequently, so properly disinfecting them is crucial. Consider installing a plastic cover on your tablet, remote, or keyboard, so you can easily wipe it down with disinfectant. 

Disinfectant sprays with at least 70% alcohol are generally effective at killing bacteria on electronics. However, it’s important to review the manufacturer’s label to ensure the spray won't damage your items.


When you wash your clothes, towels, or linens, use the warmest setting that’s still safe for your items. Dry your laundry thoroughly to prevent bacteria from growing. Wipe down your clothes hamper with a safe disinfectant regularly. 

Using the proper disinfectants ensures you kill the bacteria, germs, and viruses that can cause illness. When you keep your home disinfected, you and your family members can enjoy a healthy, safe, and clean environment.

Cast Iron Pipe Water Damage and Lawsuits

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

cast iron pipe lawsuit in Florida - image of cast iron pipes on floor Iron pipes could have corrosion on the inside that can reduce water quality and slow the flow of water.

In Florida, there are increasing numbers of homeowners filing a lawsuit related to cast-iron plumbing in their homes that have failed, leading to water damage, leaking sewage, drain clogs, and even pest infestations. These are homes that were built before 1975 with cast iron pipes that have since deteriorated. Unfortunately, many homeowners who have filed claims with their insurance company are being denied coverage or receiving far less than the damage caused because the company claims the problem was “normal wear and tear” or that damage caused by water is not covered under the policy.

The Problem with Cast Iron Plumbing

Today, homes are built with PVC piping which are pipes made of a hard plastic material known as polyvinyl chloride. However, before 1975, Florida homes were built using cast iron plumbing, which was supposed to have a lifespan of up to 75 years. When these pipes were installed, builders did not take into account the extreme humidity in Florida which has led the pipes to fail much sooner than they should have. Humidity speeds corrosion and leads to damaged pipes. In fact, homeowners began having problems with the cast iron plumbing within 25 years, half the expected lifespan of the plumbing. It is estimated that over two million homes in Florida have this type of piping and all of them will need to have the cast iron pipes replaced in the near future.

Signs Your Pipes are Failing

There are telltale signs that will let you know if your pipes are failing. You may notice that your sinks or tubs drain slower than normal or that your plumbing has developed leaks. If water backs up in your toilet or drains, your pipes may be starting to fail. Broken, cracked, discolored, or raised floor tiles are also a sign that you may have a leak due to faulty piping. Water stains on your carpet or pest infestations are also symptoms of pipe problems. If you notice foul smells in your home, you may want to have your piping checked as well.

Pest Infestations

Many homeowners are unaware that there are pests that can access your plumbing which can result in an infestation in your home. If your pipes are leaking, standing water can accumulate and become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, flies, and dragonflies. Standing water is also a great place for parasites and bacteria to thrive. Hidden plumbing leaks can create a perfect environment for other types of pests as well. Rodents and bugs like dark, damp spaces which means a plumbing leak under your home could provide them with the perfect place to lay eggs or build a nest. Termites are attracted to damp wood and could cause tremendous damage. Cockroaches are also attracted to water as well as organic debris. They have been known to actually clog sink traps by getting into the plumbing system. Rodents like squirrels, gophers, rats, and mice can enter your home through vents in the roof, your sewer system, or gaps in your crawl space. Once they are inside, they can easily climb plumbing pipes and leave debris inside, leading to clogs. A rodent can also die inside a pipe, leading to a serious backup and expensive repairs. If your pipes are failing, gaps and leaks provide access to your plumbing system by all types of pests.

Cast Iron Pipe Issues

The average homeowner understands that they are required to perform regular maintenance on their home. For most, this means cleaning gutters regularly, replacing HVAC filters, repairing visible damage, and replacing roof shingles. However, when it comes to a cast-iron plumbing failure, the average homeowner may have no idea that the pipe even has a problem. Because the majority of a home’s plumbing fixtures are hidden, you may have no idea that you have cast iron pipe in your home. In addition, being able to see the outside of the pipe may not be enough. Iron pipes could have corrosion on the inside that can reduce water quality and slow the flow of water.

Insurance Company Denials

One of the reasons homeowners are filing lawsuits is because their insurance companies are denying claims related to cast-iron pipes. Water damage is a tricky subject for insurance companies. Most will cover damage caused by a water problem that could not be foreseen, such as a broken toilet or washer hose. They usually do not cover damage that can be related to homeowner negligence or water that seeps for a significant period. That means a pipe that bursts in your home suddenly may be covered but not one that failed simply because it was old. Insurance policies often do not cover flood damage, like when a river overflows and they usually do not cover sewage backups or water seeping into your basement from the ground. You want to read your homeowners policy to see what clauses exist. If yours states that it will not cover “losses due to wear and tear on pipes,” they will more than likely not cover damage caused by a faulty cast iron pipe and you may need to talk to a lawyer about a lawsuit. However, there is a chance your policy may have a loophole that will work in your favor, but it may take an attorney to find that loophole or the threat of a lawsuit to get the insurance company to cover the damage.

How to Deal with Water Damage

If you suffer water damage, you need to take immediate action. First, try to remove excess water by mopping and blotting. Unplug and remove all electrical appliances, such as lamps. Remove furnishings and prop cushions in a dry location. Turn on ceiling fans, unless the ceiling is wet, and, if you have them, window or floor fans, making sure to keep them away from standing water. You do not want to leave the wet fabric in place, you need to remove it to a dry area as quickly as possible, Books, magazines, and colored rugs should also be removed. Never use your household vacuum to remove water. If you have a wet-dry vacuum, you may use that to remove excess water. Do not enter rooms if the ceiling is sagging from water damage. It is critical to get the water cleaned as fast as possible in order to minimize the damage and reduce the costs of repair.

Water damage can be devastating. A water leak on your second floor could result in damaged ceilings on lower levels as well as damaged floors on the level where the leak occurred. If your home was built before 1975, it is possible that the leak was caused by a faulty cast iron pipe. If your insurance company denies your claim, you should contact an attorney to discuss the possibility of a lawsuit. You may also want to reach out to a company that will help you deal with the aftermath of a water leak. SERVPRO of Winter Park offers 24/7 emergency service and can get a technician out to minimize your damage as much as possible. We use advanced equipment and techniques designed to dry your property. Not only will we address your water damage quickly, but we will also deodorize and sanitize the area as well. Contact us today by calling or visiting us online to learn more about the many services we offer, including water damage, sewage backup cleanup as well as mold remediation.

Why Insurance Adjusters Should Use and Recommend SERVPRO

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

adjuster surveying damage in home Get your insurance client the best help available by using SERVPRO and taking advantage of trained and certified technicians.

When homes are damaged in natural and other disasters, it is always in an insurance company's best interest to make sure that any damage is fixed properly the first time. When flood or water damage does not receive proper remediation, it can lead to much more severe and long-term damage. When insurance adjusters recommend companies that address damage properly and appropriately, they not only help protect the homeowner's property and save their company from having to pay even more expensive claims down the road but they also help strengthen and build stronger relationships with their clients. Here are three reasons why insurance adjusters should use and recommend SERVPRO to all of their insurance clients. 

1. Locally Owned and Operated, Nationally Known

SERVPRO is a chain of locally owned and operated franchises that make up a network of over 1,700 operators across the US and Canada. That means we all benefit from understanding the unique needs of the communities and geographical areas we serve as well as having access to a wealth of information and experience from other franchise owners across the country. With that many franchise owners all working together, you can rest assured that the needs of your clients will be handled quickly and professionally. 

2. Workers Ready and Waiting

Unlike other types of structural damage, water damage must be addressed immediately to have the best outcomes. When hurricane season hits or other natural disasters strike, other companies can be overrun with requests and it can take several days or even weeks to get teams out to help mitigate the damage. This leaves anxious homeowners susceptible to being taken advantage of by a number of scam artists that quickly move into the area in the wake of any natural disaster. SERVPRO, on the other hand, can call upon any number of regional franchises to get additional help in place whenever and wherever it is needed, so your clients get the high level of expertise they deserve.

3. Start to Finish Service

We understand that it's not enough to just simply do a great job restoring the homes of your customers. It is also important to keep costs low, provide a clear paper trail of all work performed and even save you the headache of dealing with multiple vendors. We offer a National Call Center that is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help you promptly handle all claims. We also pre-screen all vendors to ensure they are fully qualified, insured and licensed when necessary. Our Claims Information Center maintains a complete electronic job file, which we can provide to you at any time and within hours of any claim. The file includes a detailed estimate, digital loss photos as well as a "First Notice of Loss" and scanned forms and paperwork which can be delivered either by email or hard copy. We don't just provide a superior level of service to your clients, we also offer that same superior level of service to claims adjusters as well. 

We understand that to be the best in the business, we can't just offer superior restoration service. We also have to offer superior service to insurance companies to help you gain a competitive advantage. All franchisees are trained to IICRC standards in Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration as well as offering continuing education classes to both Franchise Professionals and Insurance Clients at our state of the art IICRC Approved Training Facility. Our performance standards are both measured and well-documented, which can help provide increased value to you, your shareholders, managers, and customers.

SERVPRO vs. the Other Guys

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Winter Park warehouse and vehicles Choosing SERVPRO means that you have chosen a team of experts with the knowledge, experience, and capabilities of getting the job done right!

When disaster strikes in your home or property, you are faced with a choice between many restoration companies in your area. There are many important factors you should consider before making a final decision. Most instances of water damage, fire damage, and mold remediation are stressful from the beginning and your choice of a company to remedy the issues can determine how stressful your situation will be moving forward. Here are some key factors that should be considered.

1. How Long Has the Company Been in Business?

New restoration companies come along quite often. There is a benefit to using a company that has been around for years and established an extensive amount of experience performing jobs in your specific area. Since 2011, our locally owned and independently operated franchise has been servicing and building amazing relationships in Orlando, Winter Park, College Park, Baldwin Park, and Maitland. Going with a company with years of experience usually means that there is a greater chance of reviews being available as well.

2. How Are the Company’s Reviews Online?

Reading reviews before deciding on a company is a great way to get foresight on how well services will be provided for you. Aside from looking for good reviews, also check to see how many reviews the company is getting. It is easy, even for a bad company, to get a few good reviews. However, having a high overall review rating with a large number of reviews usually shows that customers tend to have a positive experience with that company’s reviews. Even the best company can have a few bad reviews. In these cases, see if the company has responded to the review and offered any reasonable solutions. If bad reviews are common for the company, it may be best to find an alternative. Some good places to search for reviews include Google, Facebook, and Yelp

3. Does the Company Have Certifications?

Make sure the company you choose is certified and trained to handle the task at hand. For example, at SERVPRO of Winter Park, our technicians are IICRC certified and trained to handle mold situations correctly, keeping the client’s and their own safety a priority. Part of this training is knowing to keep an area contaminated with mold completely sealed off and contained so that non-affected areas remain so.

4. How Fast Can They Mobilize?

Hiring a restoration company that can quickly arrive when needed should be a huge factor in your decision. The extent of water damage to your property can increase dramatically the longer you have standing water present. SERVPRO of Winter Park can be at your home fully equipped to extract and begin drying in an hour or less.

8 Reasons Mold Can Keep Coming Back

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

woman observing mold covered wall Many DIY solutions for getting rid of mold can be ineffective. Proper testing and remediation by professionals is the best way to prevent its return.

Mold is stubborn. It can spread throughout a property very quickly and even cause a variety of health issues for individuals who occupy the same space. Mold is extremely persistent and has been known to return even after it has been cleaned. Many homeowners and business managers make the choice to handle mold issues themselves and try using ordinary cleaning methods that just are not effective when dealing with this type of problem. 

What is Mold Exactly?

Mold is commonly mistaken for and treated as a stain or dirt, however, mold is actually a living organism that grows, especially in damp places. Mold spreads by releasing microscopic spores into the air. In fact, mold spores are naturally in the air all around us. It is actually impossible to completely remove mold spores from the air. Understanding why mold can keep coming back can help ensure that you make the right decisions towards removing it if it becomes your problem to handle. Here are some reasons that mold can return in a property:

1. Neglecting Water Damage

Water damage can occur in numerous ways in properties including roof leaks, overflowing toilets, leaky pipes, faulty dishwashers, etc. Disasters happen. However, making sure that water is cleaned up and any moisture is removed from affected materials quickly can prevent further damage. Water damage that has been neglected or gone unnoticed can lead to mold growth in as quick as 48 hours.

2. Cleaning Porous Materials

DIY cleaning methods can sometimes be effective if the surface being cleaned is non-porous. Most cleaning methods will not work for porous materials, such as wood and drywall, because the mold will avoid the cleaning agent by retreating deeper into the material, only to resurface again later. Cleaning portions of the mold is ineffective if the nucleus is not destroyed. Affected materials should be carefully removed, discarded, and replaced to ensure the mold does not return.

3. Painting Over Mold

It is not uncommon to find that a previous mold problem was simply painted over to hide the temporarily hide the issue from new tenants or homeowners. The mold usually does not take long to eat through the paint and reappear. Not to mention, hiding the mold does nothing to solve the issue of damage spreading behind the wall.

4. Excess Moisture and Ignoring Source

Since mold thrives in damp areas, the first step to removing it is to reduce the moisture levels in a home. Disregarding the source of the mold issue only means that the problem may occur again. Call a professional to fix leaky pipes, broken air conditioning units, roof damage, etc. and use a dehumidifier to get the moisture out of the air. Similarly, it is important that all damp fabric is allowed to completely dry. Hang up towels so that they can fully dry. Kitchens, basements, and bathrooms are common places for mold.

5. Indoor Humidity

Mold is extremely common in Florida due to high humidity levels that allow mold to thrive. Making sure your air conditioning is running correctly and constantly can help prevent high humidity in your property making it more difficult for mold to grow. Indoor humidity that exceeds 60% can become a source for mold all on its own. Also, make sure that every room has proper ventilation so that any excess moisture in the air does not become stagnant and cause an ideal environment for mold to grow in.

6. Generic Cleaning Products

Generic or all-around cleaners will not work on mold. Bleach does not work for all species of mold. It can be effective on certain species of mold but inefficient for others sometimes making the situation worse. Make sure to experiment with natural alternatives and invest in mold-specific cleaners. Be generous as you spray and do not wipe it right away. The cleaner needs to work its magic and kill the living mold at its nucleus. The most effective method is to test for mold and receive a treatment protocol from a licensed mold assessor.

7. Keeping Affected Items

Some items may be permanently affected by mold. If an old couch has a lot of mold on it, you may have to get rid of it instead of trying to save it. Similarly, glass is easy to clean whereas wood is harder and will most likely have to removed and replaced. Wash clothing and discard any items deeply affected by the mold. This can minimize the risk of the mold spreading back to the structural components of your home. To be on the safe side, it is best to hire a professional remediation company with experience in salvaging materials affected by mold.

8. Not Consulting Professionals

If you have dealt with major water damage to your home, it is wise to try and get ahead of mold issues by consulting professionals. Experts know where mold is likely to fester, and they can use the best equipment and techniques to properly remediate the issue. You may not have the expertise to do everything yourself. They know why mold may be returning, and they have the tools to get rid of it for good. Investing in professionals' services protects your home, furniture and family's health. Proper air quality testing by an environmental hygienist can provide accurate insights into the type of mold you have, its source, areas affected, and how to remove it for your specific instance.

Mold is persistent and can grow very quickly. If you have tried to remove it and it returns, know that this is normal. Oftentimes, homeowners can make a mold situation worse, which makes the remediation more costly. For the best results, call in professionals to keep mold from returning. The quicker you act, the better.

Why Post-Remediation Testing is Recommended

10/14/2019 (Permalink)

breathing mold spores in the air Mold spores are microscopic and when airborne, can help mold spread to unaffected areas of your property and also potentially cause health issues.

Mold is not always visible and is capable of hiding away quietly inside of walls and deep under foundations eating away at the crucial structures of your home. It is also very common that complications related to the health of those who come into contact with mold are reported. Mold remediation, the treatment and/or removal of mold, can be costly but not nearly as costly as a failure to address the issue. The longer mold goes unnoticed and unmitigated, the further it can spread and more damage it can cause. If you discover a potential mold problem, you should absolutely have it tested and addressed. However, remediation efforts should always be followed up with a post-remediation mold test. Here's why.

Leading Up to the Final Test

In order to diagnose a mold issue in the first place, mold inspectors will conduct a visual search but even more importantly, they will collect air quality samples. Mold often forms deep under foundations or behind walls where you can't see it but will permeate the air with mold spores. These spores are microscopic and when airborne, can help the mold to spread to unaffected areas of your property and also potentially cause health issues when breathed in.

Once the samples have been tested and it is determined that you have a mold problem, the inspection company will create a written mold remediation protocol that must be followed in order to properly treat or remove the mold issue. The problem, of course, is that once again you cannot see the mold, which means you will have no idea whether proper protocols were followed or if the mold issue was properly attended to. This is where the post-remediation test comes into play.

Why Do I Need the Post-Remediation Test?

A post-remediation test is sometimes referred to as a clearance test. It is essentially the same test that was conducted to find mold in the first place, only this time there should be no high concentrations of mold spores in the samples taken. If the air samples show the number of spores have been reduced to normal levels or below, the problem has been addressed correctly.

If proper protocols are not followed, however, mold will continue to grow without you being aware of it. A post-remediation clearance test is the only true way to determine if your remediation was successful. Ordering the test allows you to either have the peace of mind of knowing your home is mold-free or have the remediation company revisit the remediation to achieve the necessary results.

SERVPRO of Winter Park

Our franchise performs the remediation portion of the mold process and has certified professional mold technicians. We require a mold protocol before remediation and highly recommend performing a clearance test after. If you believe you have a mold issue and are seeking the help of a highly trained professional, give us a call today at (407) 678-5391.

Why a Mold Protocol is Required Before Remediation

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

two employees in white suites vacuuming carpet with plastic covering furniture A written protocol outlines the necessary process that a company performing remediation must follow in order to achieve the best results.

Mold Remediation Protocol

In the state of Florida, it is typically required that professional remediation organizations such as SERVPRO of Winter Park have a written mold remediation protocol in their possession before conducting any work. The protocol accurately assesses the proper treatment and removal of mold in areas of a building that have been affected by mold. Mold lab results can be combined with the findings of the professional mold inspection and an intimate understanding of the property’s layout. Using all of this knowledge and data, the remediation professionals can devise a plan that is tailored to the specific mold problems impacting a client’s property. Adhering to the protocol’s instructions ensures that the company performing the remediation can complete the process safely and promptly. Among other things, the protocol can specify when carpets, furniture, and other items that have been impacted by mold can still be cleaned and when it’s time for these materials to be removed.

Steps of the Protocol

The following are the steps required during the protocol process.


The property’s present conditions are surveyed and discussed with a person who is authorized to handle the property’s affairs.

Site Assessment

The areas that were affected are given a physical site assessment. The site assessment accomplishes several functions: the site assessment visually inspects the damage(s), gathers temperature and relative humidity (RH) readings, takes air samples and direct samples for mold (if necessary), and collects room dimensions to draft the required floor and room drawings to specify the location(s) of concern.

Air Sampling

Non-viable spore trap air sampling is designed to get an approximation of the concentration of airborne microbial (fungal) spores. The most commonly used entrance of the property is used to collect at least one outside sample. After the outside sample is taken, air samples are gathered in the property’s areas of concern. If elevated airborne spore concentration levels are detected, this may mean that there is one or more indoor microbial reservoir(s). It may also mean that the microbial remediation plan must include either the cleaning of the HVAC system(s) or of personal effects within the building.

Direct Sampling

Direct sampling is used to pinpoint the type and relative concentration of the microbial spores that have affected tested materials. The direct sampling results are also used as source contamination reference material during the air sampling process.

Florida State Guidelines

There currently are no federal guidelines in place concerning mold remediation and testing procedures. Certain states, including Florida, have qualification regulations in place for licensed Mold Remediators and Mold Assessors. In Florida, companies are not allowed to hold both an assessor and remediation license simultaneously. It is recommended that only Florida licensed Assessors or Remediators are used during both sides of the process.

Why is This Protocol Required?

There are two main reasons for this mold protocol: the potential for conflicts of interest and data that can be gained prior to any removal actions.

Conflict of Interest Potential

Most mold remediators in Florida will not take a remediation assignment without an independent mold assessment and protocol being performed beforehand. Some years ago, the state of Florida implemented licensure procedures for both mold assessors and remediators. The regulators were so convinced of the necessity of both of these services that it forbids a single company from taking on both roles for any given project.

Valuable Pre-Removal Data

The second reason why the protocol is necessary is that the majority of contractors will not start a remediation project without a protocol being conducted. Without the protocol, the contractors will not have reliable data on the extent of the spread of the microscopic spore and the particle varieties of mold contamination. Failing to have this data on hand before remediation can lead to accusations of subpar testing or adherence to procedure between the parties involved in the mold assessment and remediation process.

Benefits of the Protocol

The protocol ensures that mold contaminations are properly assessed to facilitate the remediation process. It protects property owners from having to pay for additional remediation fees. It also provides a safe and healthy environment for visitors, residents, remediation companies, and property owners.

SERVPRO of Winter Park

For properties in need of mold remediation, contact SERVPRO of Winter Park at (407) 678-5391.

How SERVPRO Conventions Benefit the Client

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO convention allows trusted vendors to set up booths and sell products and equipment to franchisees.

SERVPRO is a national business and a leader in the restoration industry. Every year, SERVPRO holds a convention for their many franchises and vendors. Although it may seem like this convention does not provide value for restoration customer from the outside looking in, there are actually multiple ways the client benefits from this gathering. 


SERVPRO franchises are individually owned and operated. Although they all benefit from being under the corporate powerhouse that is SERVPRO, the fact is that some franchises are bigger and have been around longer than others. At the convention, franchisees are able to purchase the latest equipment from trusted vendors at discounted rates. Better and more equipment translate to your local SERVPRO being better equipped to handle your disaster efficiently.


Aside from equipment, franchisees also have access to discounted vehicles during the convention. Locations short on vehicles get maxed out quicker and tend to give jobs away to other locations that may not be as close. Adding to their fleet ensures that franchises can cover more ground in their territories and arrive at jobs faster.


A huge part of the convention are the many classes that franchisees and their management staff can take part in. These classes range in topic and include training to improve the efficiency of office staff and customer service. A business that is run better is a business that is more successful in pleasing its customers.

Water Damage Repair Winter Park

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

We have the fastest response time and service both Commercial and Residential clients.

SERVPRO of Winter Park is the number one restoration company when it comes to performing water damage repair in Winter Park. Our independently operated and family-owned franchise is conveniently located right off of Fairbanks Avenue and has been servicing our locals since 2011. We take great pride in making a difference for homeowners and commercial property owners who experience water damage disasters. Here is what you can expect from choosing us as your local restoration service provider:

  • 24/7 Emergency Water Damage Services
  • 1-Hour Response Time or Less
  • Most Knowledgeable Technicians in Winter Park
  • IICRC Trained Office and Production Staff
  • Fast and Fair Estimates Provided
  • Large Vehicle Fleet and Fast Mobilization
  • Large Equipment Inventory
  • Warehouse Storage Availability
  • Continuous Client Support and Communication

Water Damage Repair Process

Our Staff at SERVPRO of Winter Park is knowledgeable and experienced with water damage repairs and can expertly guide you through the process from beginning to end. Our IICRC certified professionals help to ensure that our services are provided professionally and all structures are completely dried in a timely fashion to stop chances for mold growth and further structural damage to the property.

Residential Water Damage

We work directly with homeowners to relieve as much stress as possible during their water damage disasters. For insured homeowners, we provide our knowledge of how the insurance process works during restoration and even communicate with insurance providers directly to make the process easier for our clients. We also work with self-pay clients and keep them informed of costs throughout the entire process.

Our team is trained to treat each home with the individual care it deserves and takes into account any unique structural designs to provide the best service as possible catered to your specific property. We are trained to extract water and dry multiple types of flooring including carpet, tile, laminate, and hardwood floors. Our approach is always to put our clients on-course to restoring their home to the way it was before sustaining water damage.

Commercial Water Damage

Our specific franchise has extensive experience in handling commercial water damage projects with a high degree of efficiency and professionalism. Our location is equipped to handle large scale water damage emergencies effectively. We also understand that not every business has the option of shutting down for repairs and do our best to provide you with great service while catering to your specific business needs during the process. In the past, we have been successful at closing off work areas while providing easily accessible pathways and work areas for our clients to continue running their business. We also specialize in handling water damage services for clients with high privacy needs who must keep their clients and customers unaware of the disaster. Our Operations Manager will work directly with your management to ensure that all specific needs are included in our approach.

Do You Need Water Damage Repair in Winter Park?

There are plenty of options to choose from when considering a restoration service provider in Winter Park. Our SERVPRO location is backed by the nation’s leading restoration company and has the resources and customer service to get the job done right across the board. Choose a company that is located right here in Winter Park with the fastest response time around. Our customers love us and share their experiences with online reviews that can be seen on Google, Facebook, and Yelp. If you have a water damage emergency, contact our office at any time or day at (407) 678-5391!

8 Fire Safety Tips for Deep-Fried Thanksgiving Turkey

11/21/2018 (Permalink)

Thawing a turkey before frying it can prevent hot oil from coming into contact with water which can easily cause a rapidly spreading fire.

With each Thanksgiving that passes, deep-fried turkeys become increasingly popular in Florida. Deep-frying a turkey can be dangerous, though, and the process causes numerous fires each year. Make safety your priority when deep-frying turkey and follow these eight tips or you may find yourself calling a SERVPRO near you for fire restoration services.

1. Choose a Safe Location

To drastically decrease the likelihood of a fire in your property, set your deep fryer on level ground a safe distance away from your house, garage and shed. Avoid using the fryer on wooden decks, near piles of wood or under trees. A safe bet for a location is the center of your driveway with no cars present.

2. Completely Thaw Your Turkey

Water and oil do not mix. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before you bring it anywhere near the fryer. Otherwise, when the ice hits the hot oil, it could cause the oil to rapidly boil over, causing a large and quick-spreading fire.

3. Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby

Because of the potential for fire, you will want to have a fire extinguisher within arm’s reach at all times. Fires can start and spread quickly, and you will not have time to run inside to retrieve one.

4. Do Not Overfill the Oil

A good way to know how much oil you will need is to place the turkey in a cold and empty fryer, then fill the fryer with water. Remove the turkey and note the water line. The oil should be filled no higher than that line to ensure that it does not spill over when you add the turkey.

5. Place Turkey in the Oil Slowly

Be careful handling the turkey, which will likely be slippery. If you slip and accidentally drop the turkey in the oil too quickly, the oil could overflow or splash, burning you and creating greater potential for fire. Lower the bird in slowly and gently.

6. Wear Safety Gear

Hot oil has a tendency to splatter, causing burns, blisters and ruined clothing. Make sure you wear goggles, gloves and an apron, and do not stand closer to the fryer than you need to.

7. Use a Thermometer

A thermometer is a great tool to use throughout the entire cooking process. Make sure the oil is hot enough before you begin, but watch that it does not become too hot. Cook the turkey only until it reaches the correct temperature then remove it and turn off the fryer immediately.

8. Never Leave the Fryer Unattended

Under no circumstances should you ever leave the fryer unattended. Bring everything you need outside before you begin cooking and ask someone else to retrieve anything you forgot. Fires can start in an instant and you will need to be there to act quickly.

In Case of a Fire

If you experience a fire this Thanksgiving Holiday, make sure to dial 911 immediately and inform your local fire department. If your property is damaged by the fire, call SERVPRO for the fastest response time and professional fire restoration services. SERVPRO of Winter Park specializes in cleaning smoke and soot left by smoke, extracting and drying water left by firefighters, and can help make sure your property is completely restored to the way it was before your disaster. Our phone lines are open 24/7 for emergency fire and water services at (407)-678-5391.

Mold Testing in Orlando and Winter Park

10/23/2018 (Permalink)

Even if mold is visible, it is important to conduct an air quality test to determine how far it may have spread.

If you suspect you may have mold in your home or you are certain that you have mold in an area that is larger than ten square feet, you should absolutely be seeking a professional hygienist to perform mold testing. Many of our initial conversations with clients consist of explaining the mold remediation process and guiding them towards taking the correct actions. In this article, we will explain what it means to have mold testing done in your home, why it is important, and what you can do to get the process going correctly.

Does SERVPRO Test for Mold?

Most of our callers assume that testing for mold and removing it are the same service. However, while SERVPRO of Winter Park is licensed to remediate and remove mold, we are not actually licensed to test for mold or determine whether you have a mold issue at all. Here’s why.

In the state of Florida, there are laws in place that protect businesses and homeowners by not allowing any particular business to simultaneously hold a remediator license and a testing license at any given time. The licenses are separated to ensure that you, as the homeowner, are safe from conducting business with any company that may wish to perform testing on your property, inflate estimates for remediation, and overcharge you for services performed.

If SERVPRO Can’t Test, Who Can?

The decision of who to call to schedule mold testing services is entirely up to you unless your insurance company specifies otherwise. There are many testing companies available in Central Florida but it is important to know what you should expect from your company of choice. Be wary of companies that offer to perform remediation as well or companies that do not provide full documentation after tests are completed. While SERVPRO of Winter Park does not provide this service, we understand how confusing the search for a trustworthy mold inspection company can be, which is why we provide our callers with recommendations for mold testers that have proven to be efficient and thorough.

What Should I Expect from The Mold Tester’s I Choose?

Multiple Tests

Solid mold testing companies in Orlando and the surrounding areas will actually perform more than one test in your home. Taking surface samples from your home can determine the type of mold you are dealing with, however, doing this type of testing alone is insufficient in determining the extent to which your home is affected or the actions that must be completed to successfully remediate and ensure the problem is gone.

Air quality samples should also be taken from multiple areas throughout your home. Mold is a living organism that releases spores that become airborne and can travel throughout hour home and ventilation, affecting other areas as well. Air quality tests will determine how much of your home is affected and to what extent.

Comprehensive Reports and Protocols

A professional mold assessor will provide you with the full details of your testing results and their findings. You should expect a report that contains a variety of information such as the type of mold species that was found, how many areas are affected, and which areas contain the highest concentration of spores.

Just as important, you should make sure to receive a written protocol from the mold testers that details what actions are needed in order to successfully remediate the mold so that the problem does not worsen and will not come back.

Will SERVPRO Remediate Without Testing?

SERVPRO of Winter Park will NOT perform services for any client that cannot provide a written protocol for proper remediation. As an IICRC licensed remediation company, we follow strict guidelines to ensure quality work and services are provided to our client’s.

The only exception to this rule is in the case of clients who have a mold problem that is only affecting an area that is less than ten square feet. While we still recommend proper testing is performed, areas smaller than ten square feet do not require testing and be removed of mold or mildew, treated, and sanitized.

How to Get Mold Testing Started

Once again, finding your own mold testing company is your choice. Be sure to do as much research into the company you choose as possible and remember the key points made in this article. If you need assistance, direction, or recommendations for trustworthy mold inspection companies, call our office at (407) 678-5391 and we will be more than happy to assist you!

Mold Damage on Clothing in Orlando

9/6/2018 (Permalink)

Most types of clothing are extremely susceptible to mold growth as their porous materials provide the perfect habitat for the organism to thrive in.

SERVPRO Can Help You Determine Which Items are Salvageable

Mold in the house is something every homeowner in the Orlando area fears. Mold problems usually mean that you have water or moisture coming from somewhere. Therefore, your first priority should be to address this source, whether it is a hole in the roof or a leaky basement. When correcting the root of the mold problem, it is important to remove any mold that has managed to grow on any of the surfaces. This includes furniture, walls, and sadly, even your clothing.

Mold damage on your favorite clothing can be heartbreaking. One of the main ways mold may develop on clothes is if they have been in storage for too long. Perhaps you stored your winter pullovers in boxes in the attic where there is a hidden moisture problem, or you accidentally tossed wet clothes into a storage bag before they had a chance to dry completely.

What Type of Clothes Does Mold Grow On?

Clothes made from natural fibers like silk, wool, rayon, jute, ramie, linen, and cotton are more susceptible to mold damage than those made with synthetic fibers. SERVPRO of Winter Park offers mold remediation services. Our technicians can help you sort out those that are salvageable with mold remediation techniques. When mold develops on clothes, it produces enzymes that break down the protein or cellulose to compounds that the mold uses for food.

What Signs Should You Look For?

Often, the initial sign of mold damage on clothes is a distinct musty smell in the closet. After careful examination, SERVPRO technicians can detect stains with visible mold growth or visible pigmentation. Mold on clothes can appear in the form of spores, which are easy to clean up using simple mold control techniques.

In case of severe mold damage, it is best to get rid of the item. Even then, such clothes should be handled with caution because certain species of mold may cause health effects. Here is some more information on restoring contents.

When is DIY Mold Removal an Option in Winter Park?

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

You should not attempt to remove mold if you are experiencing health problems of any sort.

Many homeowners are interested in DIY (Do-It-Yourself) mold removal. They want to know how to clean mold themselves because they want to save money. Some also like the satisfaction of doing a job themselves. In some cases, it makes sense to handle a household mold problem yourself. Sometimes, though, it’s necessary to call in a professional that knows how to clean mold, like SERVPRO of Winter Park

When Is DIY Mold Removal a Good Idea?

Cleaning up mold yourself may be a good idea if:

  • The mold only covers a small area.
  • The mold is growing on easy-to-clean surfaces like glass, metal, tile, tubs, or sinks.
  • The mold is growing on hard-to-clean materials, like carpet, that are easy to remove and replace and you know how to do it properly.
  • You don’t have any health problems likely to be made worse by increased exposure to mold (check with your doctor if you’re not sure if it’s safe for you to clean up a mold problem yourself).

Of course, you always have the option of hiring a professional mold remediation company for the job if you don’t want to do it yourself or simply don’t have the time or energy for what can be a time-consuming process.

When Is DIY Mold Removal Not a Good Idea?

In some situations, it’s better to call in a mold remediation professional for assistance. Cleaning up mold yourself is probably not such a good idea if:

  • The mold covers a large area (greater than three feet by three feet, according to the Environmental Protection Agency).
  • Mold develops after flooding with water that might be contaminated with sewage or other potentially hazardous substances.
  • There is mold in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (most homeowners have neither the knowledge nor the equipment needed to properly remove mold from their HVAC systems).
  • You aren’t sure how to do all parts of the job correctly (if, for instance, there is mold inside your walls and you don’t know how to remove and replace drywall) or you don’t have all the tools required to do the job (such as a drywall saw, if you need to remove moldy drywall).
  • You have moldy wood that cannot be removed and replaced, so the moldy area needs to be sanded and encapsulated instead (it’s recommended that only mold remediation professionals sand moldy wood since it significantly increases one’s exposure to mold, which can lead to potentially serious illnesses).
  • You have a medical condition that might be made worse by increased exposure to mold (check with your doctor if you’re not sure if increased exposure to mold may exacerbate your medical condition).

Expert Mold Removal Services and Advice

If you need help with mold removal, or if you’d just like some professional advice before beginning DIY mold removal, we suggest consulting with a mold remediation specialist in Winter Park. You can schedule an in-home consultation with a professional that knows how to clean mold. You can use our expert advice to determine whether or not it’s a job you’re prepared to tackle yourself.

If you suspect mold that you cannot handle or need advice, contact SERVPRO of Winter Park at 407-678-5391.

Creating the Right Mold Remediation Plan

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

The extent of remediation and work that must be done will be outlined in your written protocol, which is used to build our remediation plan.

Mold Remediation is a process that both removes materials damaged by mold and identifies and corrects the conditions that allowed for the mold growth to begin in a safe and effective manner. Every property with mold damage should have its own custom plan created in order to properly address the issue.

Air Quality Test and Written Protocol

In the state of Florida, the same company that performs mold testing on a property is not allowed to perform its remediation as well. SERVPRO of Winter Park performs the actual remediation side of the process, however, we have a network of trusted companies that can perform an air quality test and provide you with a written protocol. This is an essential step in the overall process for a number of reasons. In addition to providing information such as the type, cause, and severity of your mold problem, a written protocol by a professional mold assessment company will also provide you with an outline for remediation. The next part of the process can begin after this protocol has been sent to us.

Creating a Mold Remediation Plan

After receiving the written protocol, SERVPRO of Winter Park will schedule a day and time to have a mold professional visit your property to take pictures and measurements. This, along with the contents and outline of the written protocol, will allow us to build an estimate for the cost of remediation and finalize a remediation plan that is catered to your specific mold problem.

The final remediation plan should include steps to correct the source of moisture that led to the mold growth. The plan should also detail other aspects of the process such as the use of personal protective equipment and steps for carefully containing the mold and affected building materials so that further contamination is prevented. The length of your remediation plan will be based on the size and complexity of the job and can vary greatly from other remediation plans. It is also important to know that new discoveries or changing circumstances during the remediation process can result in a revision of your plan to ensure that the remediation is thorough.

Most importantly, the foundation of your remediation plan should be the safety of all inhabitants of the property and the remediators performing work as well. Your remediator should avoid exposing themselves and others to mold-laden dust while performing work. If your HVAC system is contaminated with mold, or mold is present near the intake of the system, you should not run your air conditioning unit. Doing so can spread the contamination to the other areas of your home. In properties that are highly contaminated with certain specific types of mold, it is common for your remediator to recommend that all inhabitants be temporarily relocated for their safety until the property is remediated and cleared by a post-remediation air quality test.

Professional Mold Remediation Company

If you suspect mold in your property, give SERVPRO of Winter Park a call at (407) 678-5391. We offer knowledgeable and professional mold remediation services and can even refer you to a trustworthy mold testing company to get the process started for your property.