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How A Broken Washing Machine Can Cause Water Damage To Your Lakeland Home

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal Contact SERVPRO if your washing machine leaks or a hose comes off causing water damage. Call right away

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training & Experience to restore your home from water damage. 

Washing machines are an essential appliance, but they're anything but wanted when they begin to cause water damage inside of your home. A washer that has sprung a leak inside your combination laundry room and bathroom can damage the tile flooring and the base of the walls. Sometimes finances are not in a place that allows you to call a plumber immediately. However, trying to fix the problem temporarily by just mopping up the excess water from every load is not a wise decision.
 
Allowing the water to leak onto your floor during every use of the washing machine can cause water damage inside your Lakeland bathroom, regardless of if you clean it up. Moping it up with a towel doesn't take away the exposure to moisture, instead of a puddle of water, there is now a wet towel there. The moisture has not gone anywhere. When an appliance in your home is leaking, it is wise to call for help before it becomes a problem. Once water damage has set it, do not give time for further damages to set in, such as microbial growth. Call for professional remediation services.
 
SERVPRO always strives to reach your residence as swiftly as possible. Once there, our IICRC-certified technicians can begin to set up equipment that can help draw the water out of your floor and walls. Allowing water damage to set into tile-flooring can cause cracks and separations in the tile. Thus, getting to work as soon as possible can prevent this from occurring.
 
SERVPRO uses advanced technology such as ventilation fans, air movers, and desiccant dehumidifiers to address water damage. Using these tools in conjunction creates an environment that is ideal for drawing moisture away from your belongings and causing it to evaporate. This process, depending on how severe the damage is, can take up to a week.
 
The last thing that SERVPRO can do for you before going is to provide you with the number for a professional plumber. Allowing the washer to keep leaking can allow for water damage to occur once more.
 
If a faulty appliance causes water damage inside your residence, never wait to call for aid. Contact SERVPRO of Highlands County by calling (863) 446-0258. Day or night, we're always ready to help you.

Click here for more information on the city of Lakeland.

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9/4/2020 (Permalink)

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National Air Duct Cleaners Association

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

National Air Duct Cleaners Association National Air Duct Cleaners Association

SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands and Highlands County are Certified with NADCA!

The National Air Duct Cleaning Association holds the highest standards in the duct cleaning industry.

All NADCA members must have a Certified Air System Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) on staff who has taken and passed the NADCA certification examination. Passing the exam demonstrates extensive knowledge in HVAC design and cleaning methodologies. 

Cleaning your HVAC system will help keep your homes and businesses healthy and safe.

Call us at (863)510-5962 today for an inspection and free estimate.

Use Flood Damage Cleanup to Prevent Secondary Damage

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Cleaning Flood damage can accumulate when you least expect it. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for all your remediation needs.

Flood Damage Remediation Does Not Have To Be Stressful For Your Sebring Home

Nobody ever looks up to find a house flooded, but flooding is a common occurrence. When floodwater enters your home, it can suffer serious damage and leave its mark in several ways. After a flood hits, you may find it necessary to rip up carpeting and tear down drywall.

Before starting the remediation efforts, make sure you take photos to document the flood damage in your Sebring residence and call your insurance agent to determine what your policy covers. Next, call a flood damage cleanup company like SERVPRO to assess the harm done to your home and begin the cleanup process.

The presence of water in a building helps microbes grow. Therefore, our cleanup process involves extracting the water and moisture. Our technicians use equipment like pumps to remove standing water and air movers to speed up evaporation. We then use dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air.

The list of the potential damage that flooding can cause in a home seems endless, but our water damage restoration technicians can assist you to handle it. Anytime water enters a building, mold is likely to grow. It usually appears within 24 to 48 hours of water intrusion and poses health risks. We can inspect your property for visible signs of mold and use infrared cameras to detect hidden water sources.

If mold is present, we can use several containment procedures to prevent it from spreading. An example is using negative air chambers to separate the affected areas with negative air pressure and physical barriers to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. Our technicians also turn off the HVAC system to keep mold from spreading.

We also evaluate the contents exposed to high humidity or water for cleaning needs. If your wood furniture has been exposed to high humidity, our technicians can clean and polish it. We also check storage areas like closets for items that need to be cleaned or deodorized. Electronics may require special cleaning and drying services. We can work with a company that cleans sensitive equipment like pianos to restore them to their preloss state.

After your home has flooded, call SERVPRO of Highlands County to help you with the cleanup process. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. You can reach us at (863) 446-0258.

Our Experts Discuss The Specifics Of Mold Damage Containment In Your Home In Avon Park

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

24/7 Water or Fire Damage Give us a call anytime at (863) 446-0258.

The Specifics Of Mold Damage Containment In Avon Park Homes

Mold and microbial growth or colonization in an Avon Park property can be a threatening and stressful experience for the homeowner. Without a full understanding of the severity of these issues, even focused and skilled efforts can fall short of what the house needs to eliminate the microbial presence. Apart from offering skilled technicians endorsed by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), we also equip these professionals to handle all levels of mold damage to get the situation under control effectively.

Our SERVPRO mold recovery team is among the most skilled and experienced of our entire organization, quickly assessing the severity of mold damage in Avon Park homes and mapping out a suitable plan to remove the colonies and restore the harm caused. Containment is a large portion of early mitigation efforts and can reduce the spread of active mold spores, colonization, and even moisture and dampness effects throughout the property. By isolating the incident, we can work in a designated area exclusively to remove organisms, purify the environment, and remediate loss.

Among the most productive of these efforts are barrier zipper chambers which can provide a solid sheet wall between unaffected areas of your home and the damaged areas. Apart from those with specific personal protective gear and the expertise to make a difference to the damaged portion of the property, no one could gain access to this restricted area.

Inside, our SERVPRO professionals have other methods of continued containment that double as improvement efforts for air quality concerns. The use of negative air scrubbers can pull air through the device’s onboard HEPA filtering system to trap active spores and other potential dust and debris that can exist after controlled demolition efforts often necessary to entirely remove colonization.

Multiple machines and qualified personnel are necessary to make positive strides quickly in a mold-damaged home. No matter when colonies get discovered, you can count on our SERVPRO of Highlands County professionals to make these effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (863) 446-0258.

We Are Available 24/7 For Your Sebring Water Damage Restoration Services

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal Upon our arrival, we quickly identified the source of the leak and began scoping outward to methodically identify every area of water damage

Mitigating Losses and Restoring your Sebring Property after Water Damage

There are two broad tasks for a professional restorer to complete at a property after being brought onto the site that has suffered from excess quantities of moisture in an affected area or throughout the home. The first task is to mitigate losses, which can be by moving or blocking furniture, removing excess water, and then correctly drying the structure and contents. The second task is to begin restoring, replacing, and repairing the home to bring it back to its preloss condition.

Homes with water damage in Sebring rely on a quick solution to the first of the two tasks, mitigating loss. SERVPRO can arrive on-site within four hours of notification of loss to begin removing contents from the affected area to be dried on-site or at an external facility. When furniture cannot be removed, we can block it using physical barriers or plastic sheeting to control the extent of moisture absorption. Drying the affected area involves pumping or extracting the moisture before bringing in specialty drying equipment.

At SERVPRO, we take regular readings of relative humidity, moisture content, and moisture presence of your home and contents using moisture sensors or thermal hygrometers. Analyzing the readings ensures that the approach we are taking is working and allows us to make adjustments should the expected readings not match up to the existing ones. This is essential to mitigating losses associated with waterlogging as well as secondary microbial damage.

Restoring the property and contents involves cleaning specific contents or structure. Often, in the case of fabrics or upholstery, cleaning needs to be carried out while wet to ensure there is no permanent staining. Certain materials may need to be removed and replaced. Others may be cleaned and restored before being returned to their original position. Carpets may often seem non-salvageable, but using a combination of specialized carpet cleaning and drying methods, we can often achieve surprising results.

Water incidents in your home can be stressful, Contact SERVPRO of Highlands County at (863) 446-0258 for an expert solution.

Sebring Professionals Give Fire Damage Restoration Tips

6/28/2020 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoration Fire damage restoration shouldn't be done alone. Call SERVPRO of Highlands County to make it "Like it never even happened.

How to Safely Restore Your Sebring Residence After Fire Damage

Homes can catch fire easily because of faulty appliances, heating equipment, or smoking in bedrooms. Once a fire occurs, it is crucial to act swiftly to prevent additional structural destruction to your home and ensure that restoration expenses do not spiral out of control. Fire residues like soot can ruin furniture, flooring, and walls. Water from fire extinguishing efforts can ruin porous materials or cause mold to grow within 24 to 48 hours.  

When there is fire damage in your Sebring property, we advise locating vital documents and taking photographs of the damaged structures and contents for insurance claims purposes. If the fire burned through the exterior of your property or ruined windows and doors, you need to protect the house against the elements and intruders. You can use marine-grade plywood to board up the doors and windows to protect your home from rain and keep away unwanted animals like birds and squirrels.  

The procedure of cleaning up your property after a fire may involve stripping out fire-damaged building materials like drywall and removing ruined possessions like furniture. It’s easy to overlook where smoke, soot, and ash has entered, which may include places like HVAC ducts and vents and behind light switches. Soot can also become trapped within the drywall and other materials. It is, therefore, crucial to hire a fire restoration firm like SERVPRO to ensure proper cleanup of your home.  

The heat a fire produces during combustion can reach thousands of degrees, and the corrosive smoke can get embedded in materials. Combustion also creates chemical products that can cause health problems long after firefighters extinguish the fire. Most surfaces can suffer corrosion, and complete decontamination is therefore essential. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) have the skills and tools to clean up your house to eliminate fire residues. Our cleaning actions break the bonds between soils and the surfaces to which they have adhered. One method we can use to eliminate soot and other residues from your house is mechanical action. To dislodge soils through mechanical action, we use tools like:

  • Feather dusters
  • Brushes
  • Dry cleaning sponges
  • Crumbly cleaners
  • Dusting cloths
  • Roto pads and brushes 

Our SERVPRO technicians can eradicate fire and smoke residues from the interior and exteriors of your property effectively. We offer restoration cleaning, which means restoring a structure to the state it was in before the incident. We can also eliminate the foul scents associated with fire damage using thermal fogging equipment.   

When a fire has ruined your residential property in Avon Park, Placid Lakes, or Sylvan Shores, call SERVPRO of Highlands County for prompt cleanup services. You can reach us at (863) 446-0258. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Use Flood Damage Cleanup to Prevent Secondary Damage

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Removal Flood damage can accumulate when you least expect it. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO for all your remediation needs.

Flood Damage Remediation Does Not Have To Be Stressful For Your Sebring Home

Nobody ever looks up to find a house flooded, but flooding is a common occurrence. When floodwater enters your home, it can suffer serious damage and leave its mark in several ways. After a flood hits, you may find it necessary to rip up carpeting and tear down drywall.

Before starting the remediation efforts, make sure you take photos to document the flood damage in your Sebring residence and call your insurance agent to determine what your policy covers. Next, call a flood damage cleanup company like SERVPRO to assess the harm done to your home and begin the cleanup process.

The presence of water in a building helps microbes grow. Therefore, our cleanup process involves extracting the water and moisture. Our technicians use equipment like pumps to remove standing water and air movers to speed up evaporation. We then use dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air.

The list of the potential damage that flooding can cause in a home seems endless, but our water damage restoration technicians can assist you to handle it. Anytime water enters a building, mold is likely to grow. It usually appears within 24 to 48 hours of water intrusion and poses health risks. We can inspect your property for visible signs of mold and use infrared cameras to detect hidden water sources.

If mold is present, we can use several containment procedures to prevent it from spreading. An example is using negative air chambers to separate the affected areas with negative air pressure and physical barriers to keep the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process. Our technicians also turn off the HVAC system to keep mold from spreading.

We also evaluate the contents exposed to high humidity or water for cleaning needs. If your wood furniture has been exposed to high humidity, our technicians can clean and polish it. We also check storage areas like closets for items that need to be cleaned or deodorized. Electronics may require special cleaning and drying services. We can work with a company that cleans sensitive equipment like pianos to restore them to their preloss state.

After your home has flooded, call SERVPRO of Highlands County to help you with the cleanup process. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. You can reach us at (863) 446-0258.

Click here to see more about Sebring.

SERVPRO Fights Fire Damage & Odor in Sebring

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damage restoration When the scope of fire damage is as significant as shown in this photo, don't hesitate to call us right away.

We Respond Fast to Fire Damage Restoration In Sebring

Fire damage in a home carries problems beyond the char and smoke. Water or fire extinguisher residue are often part of the cleanup as well as addressing odors left behind. And even though our technicians work quickly, sometimes we have to push even harder for our customers.

When our SERVPRO emergency response team handled a call from a homeowner, it was to mitigate fire damage in a Sebring nursery quickly. The fire occurred when an ionizer machine to purify the air malfunctioned and overheated the wall plug. One wall was a charred mess, and the electricity was off; as a result, so we used our generators to power our equipment.

The homeowners' new baby was due to be born any day, and they wanted to get the baby's room cleaned and restored from fire damage as fast as possible. Because prolonged exposure to smoke and soot may cause health issues, and it is crucial that professional-level cleaning occurs for fire loss.

We moved the crib, changing table and other items out of the area to be cleaned and disinfected in another area and then contained the nursery to stop any further spread of soot. If there was a positive to the situation, the nursery did not have water damage from putting out the fire, and the only residue from the fire extinguisher needed cleaning.

We cut away the charred sheetrock above the overheated plug using controlled demolition techniques and discarded it as it only contributed to the foul odor in the room. Then using handheld vacuums with HEPA filters, we removed soot and powder-like extinguisher residue from the surfaces and then used wet sponges to clean away the remaining smoke residue.

To leave the nursery as soot-free as possible, we then ran our air scrubber that captures odor-causing soot particles smaller than the human eye can see. Afterward, techs deep cleaned and disinfected the nursery, and the room required no additional odor control procedures. When our SERVPRO team completed mitigation on the fire loss, we gave the homeowner a list of the repairs that the nursery needed to return to its preloss condition before the baby arrived.

SERVPRO of Highlands County at (863) 446-0258 is available 24/7 to assist with fire damage in any part of your home. Our certified technicians have both the experience and equipment to make your fire loss "Like it never even happened."

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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Highlands County today at  863-446-0258 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.