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Water Damage Repair Winter Park

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Water Damage Repair Winter Park 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)

Why SERVPRO 8 Fire Safety Tips for Deep-Fried Thanksgiving Turkey 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.

How to Remove a Minor Vomit Mess from Your Carpet

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How to Remove a Minor Vomit Mess from Your Carpet Wearing protective gear is the most important step on any biohazard cleanup.

Many of us feel that we can handle a typical biohazard cleanup ourselves, such as vomit, in our homes. Perhaps your toddler could not make it to the restroom and vomited on your carpet. These things happen, and although they are not fun, most people assume cleaning vomit only requires some wipes and a disinfectant spray.


Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that without removal of a porous surface, you can never truly disinfect it. This holds especially true when there are any infectious viruses and diseases present. In the case of biohazard cleanups that you feel are too large or difficult, you should always reach out and call a professional remediation company. If the mess appears to be manageable and you decide to handle it yourself, we have put together a few tips to aid you in properly addressing the situation.

Be Sure to Protect Yourself Before Cleaning

Safety should be your number one priority when attempting to handle a biohazard mess. This means using protective gear such as face masks and plastic gloves. It is important to avoid making any physical contact with the substance you are removing. Always be mindful of your hands and make sure you are not touching your face, eyes, and mouth. Once you have on protective gear, follow the steps below to remove small amounts of vomit.

1. Remove as Much Solid Waste as Possible

It is important that as much of the waste be removed as possible. Use household items such as an old towel or dustpan to remove all solid waste from the floor or carpet. Make sure to keep a trash bag close to dispose of all waste.

2. Use a Blotting Technique for Removing Liquid

Additional household items such as paper towels, rags, or even another old towel may be used for drawing liquid from the surface of the floor or carpet. Use the items to blot the area and go over the spot numerous times until as much liquid has been removed as possible.

3. Apply Baking Soda or Cornstarch

Blotting will remove most of the liquid in your carpet, but to remove more you can coat the area with baking soda or cornstarch. Leave a liberal amount to set for about 15 minutes and soak up the remaining liquid. Afterward, you may vacuum the powder to remove it.

4. Use Enzyme-Based Cleaner for Stains and Odor

As experts in biohazard remediation, we recommend using an enzyme-based cleaner when removing stains and odor. Most registered disinfectant products have a broad spectrum kill claim but enzymatic cleaners have fewer chemicals and can still break down stains and odors.

5. Dispose of all Hazardous Materials

Take care when disposing of the rags or towels you used to clean up the stain or launder them immediately. You do not want to spread the contamination.

When Should You Call a Professional?

The method provided above should only be taken assuming that the vomit is minor and manageable. It is important to remember that although the vomit is removed, there is no way to truly disinfect the area without removing it completely. If a sickness has spread throughout multiple inhabitants of your home, the amount of vomit and other bodily fluids may be too much to handle in your household alone. If you feel that the mess is too large or a serious virus could be the cause, you can call SERVPRO for assistance. We can remove and disinfect the entire affected area properly. We even run tests to ensure that no biological material is left behind.