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When Water Causes Damage To Your Sebring Condo, Our Crew At SERVPRO Is Ready To Help!

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal Like you, we want to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Finding An Expert Team To Remove Water From Your Sebring Condo When You Are Not In Town

Owning a second home in Sebring as retirement approaches is an investment in a close-knit community that will welcome you when you are ready to make it your permanent home. The best part is that your condo unit stays in perfect shape even when you are away. However, accidents happen and a leak in your neighboring unit can leave you at a loss for how to handle repairs at a distance. It is always best to leave water removal to the experts, and even more so if you are not present when the incident happens.

SERVPRO is available 24/7 to help with your water cleanup needs in Sebring. We have the formal training and on the job, experience to arrive at your home and quickly assess the extent of the damage. Our first step is making sure that the source of the leak is under control so we can start extracting any water that has seeped into your home. If it has been clean waters, we may be able to move fast enough to save all of your belongings and avoid further water saturation to structural elements in your home. Even your carpets can be salvaged when your call comes quickly, and we arrive on time.

Mold is another crucial reason to call our SERVPRO team to your rescue as soon as you can. Standing water is an invitation for mold and bacteria to reproduce and spread throughout your house. Our technicians monitor this proliferation carefully and take action to curtail it, even before it becomes a widespread problem. Our dehumidifiers and air movers help encourage air movement within your condo, so its moisture levels return to normal. When there is a need for further repairs, such as repairing tiles or drywall, we coordinate with contractors so the process is seamless and the restoration process is completed promptly.

SERVPRO of Highlands County is at your service whether you are a full-time Sebring resident or not. By calling (863) 446-0258 you have access to a competent team of experts that can make a water leak a thing of the past. Like you, we want to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Restoring Your Home Faster After A Flood Disaster

3/28/2020 (Permalink)

flood damage repair We can help you save your belongings by protecting them from further flood damage. Call us 24/7 so we can get started helping you as soon as possible.

Safer Places For Your Belongings During Flood Damage 

Every case of flood damage we encounter in Sebring and other local communities is different from the next. The depth, makeup, and source of the water can all be both highly influential and significantly variable. However, for almost all floods, SERVPRO technicians know that some parts of your home may be more vulnerable than others. Objects, appliances, and perishables stored in these places may be less likely to sustain flood damage than belongings placed elsewhere in the home in the event of a second flood in years to come.

High Wall-Mounted Shelving

Many cases of flood damage in Sebring come in through doors and windows, creating pools of flowing water in the home that causes severe damage to anything in their path. For the worst storms, these water currents can climb up several feet to damage items on countertops and objects that are low-set on walls. However, any higher shelving surfaces in your home should be able to withstand any flood damage that would not represent a total loss to your home. If a major storm is approaching, put your most fragile and sensitive items high up on a wall-mounted shelf.

Sealed Storage Containers

Homeowners across America save thousands of dollars in potential storm damage losses every year by keeping their belongings in waterproof and water-resistant containers. Sealed storage options may be able to resist complete submersion in water for indefinite amounts of time, making them invaluable for sensitive documents and other items you cannot afford to lose. For everyday belongings and food items, consider using plastic storage bins that provide a reasonable amount of protection without breaking the bank.

Dressers, Cabinets, and Shelving

Positioned Off the Ground Storage units that have high legs or that may be suspended from a wall offer more protection for your belongings than other options. These objects, commonly made of wood and other porous materials, may soak up water that can reach anything contained within them. By keeping your belongings off the floor, you minimize their contact with wet ground and flood damage waters.

SERVPRO of Highlands County can help you to save money and restore your home faster after disaster strikes. Call us 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

cleaning experts lakeland We're prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

·        Kitchen/Food Areas

·        Bathrooms

·        Schools/Classrooms

·        Offices

·        Retail Spaces

·        Water Fountains

·        Shelving/Racks

·        Sales Counters

·        Carpets and Rugs

·        Stair Handrails

·        Elevator Cars

·        Playground Equipment

·        Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands,(863) 510-5962

Fire Damage Cleanup & Restoration

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration SERVPRO of Highlands County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time.

Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.

SERVPRO of Highlands County has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Sebring home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire conditions.

Please refer to our Fire Damage Tips - Until Help Arrives Guide and follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Our Fire Restoration Process

Every fire damage event is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

We are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. When you call, one of our representatives will ask a series of questions about the fire damage to your home or business. This information helps us respond immediately with all the needed equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We determine the scope of the fire and smoke damage by examining the affected areas and by testing the adjoining rooms for smoke and soot damage. An accurate assessment is crucial to the planning process. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service (if needed)

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

Your property’s ceiling, walls, floors, and other surfaces will likely have smoke and soot residue. We’ll use specialized cleaning products, equipment, and techniques to properly clean your home or business. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean and sanitize the restorable items and structures damaged by the fire. Our professionals use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire conditions. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Trusted Fire Restoration Leaders

When fire and smoke damage your Sebring, FL property, you can trust SERVPRO of Highlands County to restore your home or business back to its original state. We understand that fire doesn’t just damage your home but also causes emotional distress as well. Trained SERVPRO franchise professionals will talk to you through the entire restoration process, and work hard to get you back into your property soon.

Call (863) 446-0258 - We are ready to start restoring your home to pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of Highlands County Faster to Any Size Disaster

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration SERVPRO of Highlands County Faster to Any Size Disaster

Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Services

We strive to provide our customers with a comprehensive and compassionate experience, especially in the light of recovering disasters or loss incidents that take place on your property. Our technicians have the unique and continual training to be the top talent in the industry to handle all facets of restoration, abatement, remediation, and cleanup.

As much as we do to help those in Highlands County working through losses from the effects of fires, water incidents, flooding, mold growth, lead, and biohazardous conditions, we also have the heart to serve our community in many other ways. Our franchise has local owners, David Touchton and Jeff Purtell, at the helm with a drive to give back to the area through our charitable offerings with various organizations and ministries such as Habitat for Humanity and the United Way.

Through every aspect of recovery and restoration, our commitment to having the latest training and advanced equipment can work to minimize our impact on your life as we work to return your home or business to preloss condition.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (863) 446-0258

Our Water Drying Specialists Can Restore Your Home!

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Water Drying Specialists Can Restore Your Home!

How Our Team Of Professionals Mitigate the Varying Degrees of Water Damage In Your Home

Water that stays contained safely inside pipes and basins within a home rarely cause problems. The different ways that water can cause severe damage is by leaving the confines of these places and not being removed properly. The length of time and the amount of water both affect the amount of destruction a home can endure.

When you first notice that your property is showing signs of water damage, you might feel drying things that solve the problem. SERVPRO water drying specialists have the skills and education to dry things out, but the damage also needs mitigation. We use our Green Fleet to bring all of the necessary tools and equipment to your home so we can perform both aspects of water damage mitigation.

When walls made of drywall come into contact with water they can become a major problem. A bubbled texture appears where swelling occurs underneath the paper covering of the drywall. We can often dry the walls at this stage, but some swelling might remain permanent. Sanding permanent swelling down and then covering it with spackling can save the wall from requiring more intensive efforts.

More extended periods of exposure to water can lead to walls that fall apart, exposing electrical wiring and other hazards. Removing these areas and replacing them with new materials protects your family while also preventing secondary water damage from occurring. Before closing these areas off with new drywall, we make sure they become dry again by pointing our air movers at an angle that directs the air in and then out again.

Secondary water damage can include mildew infestations that can cause health problems. Our goal is to mitigate as early as possible to help make your home “Like it never even happened,” and at the lowest cost possible.

SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands provides mitigation services to homeowners in Lorida, Lake Placid, and Sylvan Shores, including water damage and other disasters. Call us at (863) 510-5962 to find out more about how we can help you protect your house.

You Can Count On SERVPRO To Clean Up After Flood Damage

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

You Can Count On Servpro To Clean Up After Flood Damage You Can Count On SERVPRO To Clean Up After Flood Damage

Flood Damage & Remediation 

Did you know floods are one of the major types of disasters in the world! Floridians are no stranger to storms and flooding. Location can play a large role in how at-risk your property is but no matter where you live, you can be at risk. The entire state of Florida is particularly susceptible to flooding. This is largely due to the large amounts of coastline, significant drainage systems, and the relatively low elevations. That is why our team of flood damage & remediation experts have laid out some tips on how best to handle flooding if your property experiences it.

You can prepare your home for a flood by closing any cracks in your foundation with masonry caulk and mortar or use a hydraulic cement since it expands and fills any gaps. Patching with just cement or mortar is not a good idea since it could crack again. Investing in a battery-powered sump pump is also a wise idea. It allows you to pump water out of your home and can be a great defense against flooding.

If you have a second floor, move items that are more expensive to a safer location. Furniture, artwork, and photographs can be put on a higher level to protect them. Water pumps and furnaces can be elevated when they are installed, if you can, to a height of twelve inches above the highest known flood level for your area. Any fuel tanks need to be anchored as well since they can otherwise float, rupture and leak fuel.

There are multiple things you can do that can help you prepare in case you ever do have to live through an event such as a storm. When floodwaters enter your home in and cause flood damage, you need the help of professional remediation specialists. At SERVPRO, we understand the urgency of getting the water out of your home as soon as possible. The longer the water sits, the more damage is done to your structure and your possessions.

When we first arrive at your home, SERVPRO techs assess the damage before getting started. Then, truck-mounted pumps are used to get all the standing water out. The more water we can get out during this process, the faster the drying time. For any items that are salvageable, we may move them to a separate location during the drying process so we can restore them safely and return them to the property once it is dry again. Industrial fans and dehumidifiers are used to finish the drying process. These devices are monitored daily and moved appropriately to ensure the fastest drying time.

SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands wants to help you dry your home! We know that it is a stressful time for you and your family, so give us a call as soon as the storm is over at (863) 510-5962.

How Our Team Uses Advanced Equipment To Dry Water Damaged Properties

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal Water damaged hardwood flooring restored by the SERVPRO team.

Water Removal Experts Share About the Different Types of Drying Equipment

If you ever experienced water damage inside your apartment or house, it is wise to call a professional restoration company! When water damage is left unchecked by a professional restoration company like SERVPRO it can lead to long term damage. If water removal does not get completed quickly, secondary issues caused by humidity and mold can develop. Our technicians offer fast 24/7 service so that we can help you from suffering from secondary problems in the future. We answer 24/7 and we have crews located nearby so that we can arrive at your residence shortly after you call us. We know that the sooner we can start water removal on your property, the less likely secondary damage like mold or humidity problems develop. 

Even if the damage seems minor, other issues can develop if the original problem does not get treated by professionals like your local SERVPRO Professionals right away. Our highly trained team knows special techniques to accomplish prompt water removal inside your apartment or house. We first start with extracting moisture while it is in its liquid form. After as much liquid H2O gets pulled out of your contents and building materials we utilize the advanced technology to remove moisture that has soaked into non-porous structural components. During the rapid structural drying phase, we set up dehumidifiers and air movers to create the ideal environment for quick drying and evaporation. 

The air movers or box fans create air circulation so that the wet air sitting next to wet surfaces gets pushed away. This is important because water can then evaporate from the wet substances into the air. The air movers get placed so that the air hits wet surfaces at a 45-degree angle and does not push moisture deeper into the material. The dehumidifiers then pull moisture out of the air and lower the building's indoor relative humidity levels. The dehumidifying systems dispense the water out in liquid form and provide hot, dry air which is used back in the air movers' circulation. 

If you ever need water removed from your apartment or house, call SERVPRO of Highlands County at (863) 510-5962 24/7.

Commercial Building Flooding? SERVPRO Can Help!

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Keep Your Commercial Building Open For Business With SERVPRO Experts

Keep Your Commercial Building Open For Business

Water damage can be caused by a number of factors, no matter how water damaged occurs it is typically unexpected. For example, water damage can be caused by a flood from a storm or a burst/leaky pipe. Then having water entering the property and collecting in the spaces between the walls or floors can cause mold growth. 

Commercial flooding in Sebring office suites where a variety of businesses and clinicians practice can suffer and become unsafe to place. Keeping the property available for businesses to operate is important, which means time is an extremely important factor to consider when hiring a Water Damage Repair and Restoration company.  

We can complete the work needed to mitigate the damage, top to bottom, and help get your tenants' businesses back to normal quickly, whenever possible.
Fast water extraction is an important part of mitigating damages to inventory, building materials, and capital investments. This includes drying things quickly and limiting other areas from experiencing the elevated humidity that can be caused by flooding. Enclosed spaces keep moisture from evaporating to the outdoors. To combat this problem Servpero experts set up several types of machines to solve the problem. This makes it easier to breathe and also prevents both secondary water damage and mold. 

One machine that is set up is an air mover, this keeps moisture from settling and condensing on surfaces. Desiccant machines extract the moisture from the air, as do our portable dehumidifiers. After pulling up flooded carpeting, we also use heated mats that force more rapid evaporation rates to occur, all while extracting trapped moisture under flooring materials. Injectidry tubing reaches into areas otherwise inaccessible and continually fills them with warm, dry air.
While we dry your building, many odor-causing particles can remain. That is why SERVPRO experts perform effective deodorizing techniques to prevent smells from causing issues with tenants. 
SERVPRO of Highlands County is always here to help you maintain your office building. We serve business owners and managers in Avon Park, Lake Placid, and Lorida. Call us at (863) 446-0258. We can get started, day or night, any day of the year, when flood damage causes you problems.

The Support You Need For Flood Damage Removal

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Damage No matter how big or small water damage happens and SERVPRO can make it like it never happened.

Flood & Storm Damage Restoration Services & Support

After flood damage hits a property an important first step is to call a professional water damage mitigation company. By having the support of a certified and experienced mitigation service you can know the best way to move forward. An expert water restoration company like SERVPRO can guide you in the best actions to take place to help decrease long-term costs associated with repairs and restorations for water damage. Being proactive you can significantly reduce the time it takes to get your home back to normal by bringing in a specialist. Our technicians are available on a 24/7 basis to respond when you need them most. Our team always arrives within hours of your first call to start the water restoration process.

Safety, Evaluation, & Additional Resources

The first thing when our team arrives the priority is to get a thorough and professional assessment of the water damage. Analyzing the extent of the damage, flow of water, and the presence of any remaining moisture, then our team develops a plan of action to turn the situation around. If we identify any safety concerns during this step, we either work around them or contact emergency services.

Water Removal Process

The longer it takes to remove water from your home, the more long-term damage may be caused. Thus, once we understand the situation, our top priority is to extract any standing water and begin drying the area out. With the help of powerful water extraction pumps, we can remove large volumes of water very quickly and begin drying out multiple rooms at once with the help of industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers.

Moving Forward With The Restoration Procedures 

When it is time, our SERVPRO technicians will immediately get to work on some water removal processes. This is an ordinary part of our restoration work, some materials like carpets, woods, and fabrics, may be more sensitive to time than others. This is why we prioritize working on the most pressing issues first. Our top priority is to keep costly replacements to a minimum and save as much of the property as possible before replacing anything.

SERVPRO of Highlands County is here to help when flood damage strikes. Call us at (863) 446-0258 for our advice and services.