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Commercial Smoke Damage Restoration in Highlands

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

How to deal with water damage in a Florida kitchen.

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen with flooded waters How to fix kitchen water damage in Highlands

How to deal with water damage in your Florida kitchen

Even though any area of your home can get water damage, your kitchen is without a doubt the area of most concern. You have to worry about appliances like washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, the sink, garbage disposals, and all of the water lines that supply them. Since water damage can happen at any moment, it's important be prepared to deal with it quickly and properly. With this article, we hope to better inform you, by sharing basic knowledge about where water damage is most likely to occur, and knowing who to call for assistance.

Preventing Water Damage in the Kitchen

Many kitchens contain dishwashers and under sink garbage disposals. As the dishwasher begins to age, its hoses start to crack and weaken. Once this happens, under sink leakage can lead to water damage. The same is the case for refrigerators that employ a small water supply line for built-in water dispensers or ice makers. To prevent appliance-related water damage, be sure that you inspect your drainage and water lines regularly. Also, be sure to replace them every couple of years or when they start to crack.

In many cases, the base gets filled with kitchen essentials and cleaning supplies. As such, it is quite easy for a tiny leak to go undetected for a relatively long period of time. If undetected, tiny leaks can evolve into a serious problem. For this reason, it's important for you to inspect the water lines, fittings, and drain lines periodically so that you can detect leakage signs before it's too late. Once a small leak gets going, it can release 22 gallons of water in just one day.

Let SERVPRO's Professionals Assist You

Although learning how to prevent water damage in your Highlands kitchen is important, you should also know that SERVPRO has trained technicians that will respond to your water leak immediately. A plumber can stop the unwanted water flow. So can we, with the additional feature of removing the pooling water, drying out and cleaning the affected area and items. We can also sanitize to prevent the proliferation of mold growth.

Locally Owned in Highlands County with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Highlands County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Sebring area community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be. We are proud to serve our local communities:

Why Choose SERVPRO of Highlands County?

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

When water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. Day or night, Sebring residents and business owners can expect us to respond immediately to your water emergency. Learn more about our emergency services.

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

We specialize in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training, and our process emphasizes regular monitoring and documentation of the drying process from beginning to end. Learn more about our certifications.

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

Using specialized equipment and products, our technicians extract standing water and dry your property quickly and efficiently. We then finish the job with professional-grade cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing products for your comfort and safety. Learn more about our water repair process.

Sebring Professionals Give Fire Damage Restoration Tips

7/23/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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

7/21/2019 (Permalink)

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.

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

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

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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.

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Commercial Flood Damage Technicians In Sebring Explain Problems With Metal Items

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Storms have been rampant lately, and there is a chance that the Sebring region could get hit with severe weather this season. Flood damage can occur inside your welding shop quickly after a storm and perhaps without you noticing it right away. If moisture enters your structure, issues can take place right away and they can get worse the longer problems go unattended. Inside your welding shop, you most likely have several metallic items that can rust if not dried out promptly. If you ever notice that the contents inside your shop or storage area get wet after stormy weather, it is wise to call in a professional flood damage restoration company such as SERVPRO. 

Our water restoration technicians or WRTs know how to treat wet metal objects. When mitigating flood damage inside your Sebring welding shop, we know that restoring the contents of your business can be much cheaper than replacing a bunch of items. First off, our WRTs at SERVPRO attempt to extract all of the liquid water that we can so that the moisture does not increase the humidity levels inside your place of business. We know that raised relative humidity levels can cause secondary damage and could cause many of your metal contents to rust. Our crew extracts as much moisture as possible using heavy-duty extractors because it is much easier to remove water while it is in its liquid form.

Next, we utilize advanced drying equipment to remove all of the water that has evaporated into the air and soaked into your building materials and contents inside your shop. Our dehumidifiers and air movers can speed up the drying process and help you save metal items. Since many of your contents are non-porous, if they get affected by moisture, we can use desiccant dehumidifiers to dry out the metal, thus preventing rusting problems. If your metallic items do happen to get surface rust, then we can refinish them and restore them to their original condition. 

 If your welding shop ever gets negatively affected by a thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of Highlands County at (863) 446-0258 as soon as you notice any moisture-related issues. 

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

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

Use Flood Damage Cleanup for Your Sebring Residence to Prevent Secondary Damage

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.

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We Respond Fast to Fire Damage Restoration In Sebring

6/12/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Fights Fire Damage and Odor in Sebring Nursery

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 Serbring 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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Did You Know That SERVPRO Uses Technology for Water Removal in Sebring?

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

No matter the size of your water loss incident, SERVPRO of Highlands County is equipped to remove the water.

SERVPRO Uses Technology to Stay On Top of Water Removal in Sebring

To stay competitive on a national scale, we at SERVPRO work continuously to improve our lineup of water removal and damage restoration techniques. Removing and reversing the effects of water and flood damage in a short time frame while keeping costs low takes years of experience, research, and high-end technology. Thanks to our national network of sister franchises, we can provide some of the most advanced and innovative technologies available to help clean up and restore your home after a disaster.

Rapid Extraction of Standing Water

When most people in Sebring think of water removal services, visions come to mind of pumping significant volumes of standing water out of the home through heavy machinery. While most floods we encounter do not need these services, we pack some of the most high-power industrial strength machinery available to pump water. Our truck-mounted water extraction devices can remove water from your home within minutes, stopping the acceleration of damages that can happen whenever standing water remains in your home for longer than a few hours.

Drying Soaked Materials

Extracting water from saturated wood, carpeting, furniture, and other porous surfaces on a large scale is no easy task. SERVPRO technicians use a variety of tools and equipment to accomplish this task. For most purposes, we can set up heavy-duty air movers that create powerful wind currents in your home to extract even the most deeply-embedded droplets of water from your home. For more sensitive furniture and materials, we have developed a multitude of unique and specialized cleaning processes that, while more time-consuming and challenging to train for than the use of air movers, can help to prevent objects and materials in your home from sustaining any further damages.

Monitoring Moisture Levels

Even once we finish these processes, it can be easy to miss hidden pockets of moisture in the walls and floors of your home. We use infrared imaging devices combined with thermohygrometers to identify patches of moisture that might be invisible to the naked eye.

At SERVPRO of Highlands County, we stay up-to-date on the latest technology to help us combat water and flood damage in local homes. Contact us 24/7 at (863) 446-0258.

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