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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.

SERVPRO Fire Damage Specialists Remove Odors From Your Home

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Services We take great pride in helping local communities heal from fire tragedies.

How SERVPRO Removes Fire Damage-Related Smells 

The chemical reactions that occur after a house fire will leave your property with strong smells. After the removal of burnt items and the comprehensive cleaning of sooty residues, these smells can continue to bother the occupants. Eliminating these smells supports individuals in recovering faster without a painful reminder of a tragic accident.

SERVPRO specialists are highly trained and specialized and equipped so that we can remediate after a home has experienced fire damage. Our Green Fleet is always stocked and prepared to with necessary items, our team is readily prepared at all times. Our team is always prepared to be Faster To Any Size Disaster. Speedy response means less time for soot to settle on items, making soot increasingly difficult to extract, while earlier responses will save time during the cleaning process. 

The source of this smell is soot, which has become trapped in small openings and other places that even rigorous cleaning methods can still leave behind. Heat-bonded molecules disintegrate but do so more gradually than the ones that drifted into the hidden areas of your house, where smoke was depositing them. When our teams are focused on clearing the house of ashes, burned items, and other fire damage mitigation services we use hydroxyl gas and air scrubbers to clean the air. Hydroxyl gas refreshes the air through chemical bonding to many odor-causing particles when air scrubbers physically remove them.

Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) utilizes thermal fogging devices to neutralize odor-causing soot particles after we have finished with mitigation and the house is ready, to begin with, restoration services. Thermal fogging produces a dense fog that appears like smoke. This moves to the same places that smoke goes through the fire and penetrates the same regions, covering offices, closets, cabinets, and other small spaces where provide soot a place to hide.

We recognize how fire damage can constantly remind a family of a previous disaster. We take great pride in both our commitment to helping local communities heal from such tragedies and our willingness to always deliver professional services. If you need experienced and highly skilled specialists whose commitment is shown in their service, please call us, SERVPRO, Highlands County, at (863) 446-0258. We're always here for you, all year round, at any hour of the day or night.

SERVPRO Can Inspect Your Home In For Fire Hazards

12/20/2019 (Permalink)

unground outlet fire hazard Dangerous ungrounded electrical outlets can cause house fires.

Did you know that many houses in the Lakeland area have been built before building regulations became as strict as they are now? The more that is recognized about the hazards of unprotected outlets, for example, the more regulations are designed to ensure that they’re installed correctly. However, several homes were built before the establishment of independent outlets became a prerequisite for skilled contractors in 1951.

Although they present no hazards when not in use, ungrounded outlets can be connected to fire damage in homes when they get overrun. In a short time, without the need for a power surge, ungrounded outlets that have been overwhelmed can catch fire with the plastic cover and the materials surrounding their metal enclosures, such as drywalls. The progress of this fire can differ, but the results require professional repair resources such as our SERVPRO specialists to return to the original state.

From the moment our staff arrives after the incident we will quickly identify the extent of the impact throughout the property and evaluate the quality of the products impacted. Structural evaluation is a critical component of our rehabilitation and repair services since controlled restoration is often needed after a fire structure to properly restore. Although these affected components are cleaned, air cleansing devices such as our air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators run continuously to eliminate contaminants, smoke particles dust and debris from the fire itself and the ongoing reconstruction efforts.

While there might be many causes to a fire in your home, you can always count on our SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands fire restoration technicians to be among the best choices to restore the damage. Give us a call today at (863) 510-5962.

Experience A Stress-Free Fire Restoration Service

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Lakeland Fire Damaged Properties Meet Their Match with SERVPRO

Fire Restoration Services

Homeowners understand that wear and tear are common in homes and can mainly take care of small incidents on their own. There are situations that happen that are not small incidents at all. In such circumstances, deciding on a professional company is the next step. We recommend when reviewing options to learn more about the companies experience and equipment before deciding on which company to work with. 

If fire damage occurs in your Lakeland home this type of situation requires a professional restoration company. With a varying level of damage, a homeowner could find themselves uncertain about what needs to be done to restore a home to the previous condition. That is where the professionals at SERVPRO can aid in the fire restoration process.

What To Expect

From the instant SERVPRO professionals arrive at your residence, our technicians start a thorough assessment of the full extent of the fire damage. They also provide a prediction of the estimated cost of the work that needs to be done. This information is collected and is shared with the property insurance provider and helps support a possible insurance claim.

There is no way for a homeowner to fully prepare for a fire incident. The best recommendation we have is to speak with an expert swiftly. The faster a technician can get to the damage, they can work according to increase efforts to restore areas of the property. Precautionary services like pack-outs can remove at-risk items, for example, to prevent irreparable damage from remaining amid the affected areas. SERVPRO prides itself on responding quickly and helps walk with you through every step of the repairs.  

Contact us anytime that you need us at (863) 446-0258.

The Steps We Take To Resolve Flood Damage

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Damage Flood damage can cause severe contamination

Vital Steps we Take to Fix Flood Damage 

A flooding incident does not have perfect timing, and unlike other emergencies, it can be very difficult to remove the flooding and repair the damage in your home. Our team of professional technicians can deliver the remediation services you remove the water and repair the damage in your residential and commercial property. One of the most common problems related to flooding damage is contamination. It occurs when rising waters with toxic materials such as industrial chemicals enter the property. Another problem is when there is sewage backup also causing severe contamination.

Our SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and therefore take important steps to decontaminate all affected areas in the property. An important step that is taken is spraying an EPA-registered biocide immediately after arriving at a job site that helps neutralize disease-causing microorganisms. We also perform a flood-cut two feet above the water line helping us remove all porous materials such as insulation and drywall soaked in the floodwaters.  

Floods can leave debris, mud and other forms of soils in the property. These types of wastes might also cause problems such as bad odor if left unchecked. Our SERVPRO team is well fitted to handle the cleanup and repair process. We have high-pressure washers that can remove soils from the affected areas fast. Working as a team also helps quicken the removal of other types of debris.  

After the flood, the excess humidity and the moisture trapped in porous materials such as wood can cause various problems including mold and rot, which lead to bad odors in your property. Other problems like warping and buckling in wood also happen. At SERVPRO, we have invested in high-grade drying equipment including dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers. ASD, Applied Structural Drying certification, means that our crew takes every measure to dry your structure to normal levels.  

Dealing with a flood is easier when you know what to do. Call SERVPRO of Highlands County to help. You can reach us at (863) 446-0258 at any time.

Leaky Fixtures in Your Home And Long Term Damage

11/29/2019 (Permalink)

Leaky Household Fixtures Leaky household fixtures can cause long term property damage.

As a homeowner, you want to protect and care for your home’s needs. A home will commonly experience wear and tear, as a result, leaky faucets occur. A leaky fixture may not get much attention at first or a homeowner may find themselves busy. The truth is that behind that small leaky fixture there could be significant long term damage occurring. 

Possibly Damages 

A leaky faucet may not seem that it needs immediate action, but the effects can cause significant long term property damage. Areas that can be affected are, expensive water bills, environmental damage, and long term home damage. 

A small leaky faucet may not seem like it is wasting much water, but in truth, it could be costing you a lot of money. In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency reports, “Fixing easily corrected household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills.” 

Gone unchecked leaky fixtures can put additional stresses on your plumbing causing drain clogs or even overflows. With those areas being affected it could cause deteriorated caulk and grout. This can lead to water leaking through floorboards or even ceilings causing major damage. A common cause of such leaks is water stains in your sink. This is caused by minerals pooling in the sink bowl. This type of stain is difficult to clean and could even require the purchase of a new sink.

The First Critical Step

All homeowners will experience common leaky fixtures from worn toilet flappers or dripping faucets. Our team of industry-leading water damage professionals recommends seeking specialists to determine the full scope of the damage from the leaking fixture. With any persistent leaky fixtures, the source can cause long term damage to the cabinetry, flooring, walls, counters, and other areas. The first critical step is to have a professional review and analyze the best course of action to prevent any long term damage to the home. 

One piece of sophisticated equipment that our team at SERVPRO uses is our thermal imagery and moisture detection tool. This tool can identify pockets of moisture and dampness that are the top priority to address immediately. The main goal of SERVPRO is to preserve the damaged materials as best as possible, this will limit the amount of future reconstruction. 

Contacting the best assistance for water damage is as simple as trusting our professionals. Our team is founded on the belief that preservation is better than reconstruction. We can help you to dry out and clean up the affected areas quickly beginning the moment that we arrive at your home.

You can give our SERVPRO of Bartow/ Lakeland Highlands County emergency response team a call 24/7 at (863) 510-5962.

Preparing Your Business for Christmas in Florida

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Christmass tree in a retail store Highlands County commercial holiday tips

Regardless of how your store works, there are unavoidably additional estimates that ought to be taken during the Christmas season.

The Christmas season is a bustling season for organizations of different sorts. From busier days to longer evenings, those associations who neglect to appropriately anticipate the November and December surge may confront some serious issues. With seasonal happiness and occasion designs comes higher pedestrian activity in stores, more vehicles on the streets, and greater dangers inside the dividers of private companies all through Florida.

Keeping occasion spirits up implies setting up your workers to succeed and ensuring your clients are dealt with right. Remember the accompanying tips while setting up your business for the Christmas season:

  • Consider procuring regular representatives to deal with the hurry
  • Make a point by point schedule that goes over significant dates for your staff
  • Re-train the staff on approaches to deal with more clients and longer hours
  • Plan to guarantee sufficient stock

Commercial Building Restoration Services

We are available 24 hours a day to get your Sebring business back up and running. Our expertise includes restoration services for fire and water damage, including electronics restoration and document drying. We are also your business’s best resource for mold remediation. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

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

Commercial Smoke Damage Restoration in Highlands

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Grey rising smoke Commercial Smoke Damage in Sebring

Need help with Smoke Damage for your business in Highlands?

When a home or other building has been exposed to smoke, the smoke permeates every surface in the building. From upholstered furniture to dry wall, smoke will leave an odor everywhere. Smoke will find its way into spaces between walls, into attics and under counters. In addition to smoke odor being widespread, it is also difficult to clean. Unlike many other sources of odors, smoke cannot simply be wiped away by a surface cleaning. Smoke particles need to be removed when possible and neutralized by special cleaners when they cannot be totally removed. Smoke odor is not only unpleasant; it can even cause numerous health problems, especially to the very young, the elderly and those with respiratory issues. If a building has smoke damage, it is important the odor be removed. 

The difficulty of removing the odor from smoke damage is the primary reason that building owners should hire a professional remediation company, like SERVPRO, to deal with the smoke damage left behind by a fire. SERVPRO will know where to find the sources of smoke odors, the proper cleaning materials to use and the proper way to clean the building to remove the odors. When hiring a remediation company, it is important that the company is certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration. The IICRC certification is the industry standard in the remediation business and provides building owners with the assurance that the remediation company has the knowledge and training needed to clean up the damage and to eliminate the odors. In addition to choosing a professional remediation company, remediation professionals will be able to make certain that the building is safe and will be able to get the job done quickly to help a building owner to be able to use the building as quickly as possible.

When a building has been damaged by smoke, a building owner’s first call should be to SERVPRO. SERVPRO is a nationwide company that specializes in remediation work. In addition having IICRC certification, SERVPRO’s large team of professionals have access to the best equipment and the collected knowledge of a nationwide team of experienced remediation professionals. The backing of a national company provides building owners with another layer of assurance that SERVPRO will get the job done right.

Commercial Building Restoration Services

When it comes to commercial and residential restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, SERVPRO of Highlands County responds quickly to your Polk County business’s fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. No commercial project is too big, because we have access to the resources of a nationwide network of 1,650 Franchises.

The Importance of Evaluating Storm Damage in Highlands County

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

The Importance of Evaluating Storm Damage in Highlands County

Your home protects you and your family from the outside world, and that includes protection from the elements. Sometimes, though, your home is itself damaged by those same elements of nature. While a hurricane is more likely to cause extensive damage, a smaller storm can cause costly damage to your home, too.
Homes in Highlands County can sustain sudden storm damage during even small storms. Trees that have weakened over time can fall when we least expect them to topple over. Shingles can come loose and fly away. Rain can enter through the gaps created by the loss of the shingles and destroy the contents of your home.
The extent of the damage is not always ascertainable simply by looking at different rooms. At SERVPRO, we have devices that can provide us with readings of how highly elevated the humidity is in each section of your home, and prioritize our work accordingly. We concentrate on your home as a whole, not simply one room that was damaged – we track where that damage goes within your home's interior, including the framework.
To fully restore your home after storm damage has happened, we must be aggressive in our efforts. We also must be trained well and knowledgeable about how storms can damage structures, what the best methods are for such damage, and how to use the equipment utilized in those endeavors. Our technicians are certified in ASD (Applied Structural Drying) and WRT (Water Damage Restoration). These and other certificates are crucial in restoring your home. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Containing storm damage is essential in gaining the best results because wherever water spreads, it creates additional damage. Not only that, but the debris a storm carries can also have devastating effects. Some debris is easily cleaned away, such as leaves or seed pods from trees. Storms are not always so kind, though, and can also bring debris from garbage into your home, and some of this can be highly hazardous to safety and health if allowed to remain. We know how to erase the damage done to your home and quickly get your family life back to normal.