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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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We Are The Professionals in Water Damage Remediation in Sebring

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage remediation can spiral out of control if done wrong. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today.

Water Removal or Drying? Which is More Important for Mitigating Water Loss in a Sebring Home?

When it comes to water damage, a frequent mistake homeowners make is not thoroughly drying the area. Blotting up water and then setting up fans only dries the surface. Areas within wall cavities and subflooring create problems such as foul odors if not professionally cleaned up.

A homeowner contacted SERVPRO and requested water removal services in the kitchen of her Sebring home. Upon our arrival, we quickly identified the source of the leak and began scoping outward to methodically identify every area the water migrated into using both thermal imaging and probes. We showed elevated moisture levels under the kitchen sink where the leak originated and under the cabinet.

When SERVPRO technicians extract water from a site, it is not uncommon for us to do several passes with our portable pumps to pull up every drop of excess moisture possible. The reason for this is that it lessens the time needed for drying when we deploy our air movers.

After we identified the areas where the water had migrated to, we set up the room for drying. Our technicians hold certifications in Applied Structural Drying. Air movers are much more than fans. They create a chain reaction by forcing high-velocity air over surfaces, and it causes the moisture from within to rise to the surface. Once there, our dehumidifiers capture it and port it away. Because our technicians concentrate on removing as much water as possible before drying, this part of the restoration process often goes quickly.

After drying, returning the affected areas to sanitary conditions and inhibiting mold and odors is a priority. We use EPA-registered cleaners to wipe down all surfaces, so it smells as clean as it looks.

Water removal should happen as quickly as possible to avoid potential secondary damages to your property. Call SERVPRO of Highlands County at (863) 446-0258 whether your water loss is a little or a lot, we have the equipment and certifications to make it, "Like it never even happened."

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We Provide Fast Fire Damage Clean Up In Sebring

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

We have personal protective equipment required for fire damage cleanup. Don't hesitate and call our professionals.

Mitigating Commercial Fire Damage in a Sebring Bar

There is never a dull day when you own a bar. Between colorful patrons and the demands of the business, you can always expect something unexpected to happen. What you may not expect, however, is a kitchen fire that creates tons of soot and fills your establishment with unpleasant smoke odors through the vents. Unfortunately, air fresheners and deodorizing sprays alone cannot cover odors after commercial fire damage has occurred.

If you need fast, professional cleanup for commercial fire damage in a Sebring bar, SERVPRO technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to mitigate damage and eliminate odors. Our team can restore your facility so that you can open your doors for patrons to enjoy food, drinks, and friends without distracting, unpleasant odors to detract from their experience.

Kitchen fires, particularly those from cooking, can spread soot and odor-causing residues from both cooking oils and carbonized food particles, particularly proteins such as chicken or beef. Our team can use EPA-registered disinfectants to thoroughly clean surfaces in your kitchen before moisture exposure can turn soot acidic and corrode metals and plastics in your bar's kitchen. We also have tools specifically for cleaning your vents to prevent further proliferation of foul odors from fire.

After we clean surfaces in the kitchen, SERVPRO odor control technicians have access to a variety of tools for eliminating odors from fire and smoke. Thermal foggers, for instance, produce a heated, solvent-based smoke that eliminates odors by penetrating surfaces the same way that smoke does. Hydroxyl generators, which emit a safe combination of hydrogen molecules bonded to oxygen, can recombine odor-causing substances on a molecular level and are so secure that they can be operated even during work.

SERVPRO of Highlands County is ready to clean up your fire damage disaster at a moment's notice. We know that emergencies do not wait for regular business hours to occur, so we are always available. Give us a call today at (863) 446-0258, and we can leave your bar looking "Like it never even happened."

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Spring Showers and Flood Damage Cleanup in Sebring

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Are you ready for potential flooding from spring storms?

Flood Damage Cleanup for Your Sebring Residence

With the heavy spring rains and spring flooding, damage to the interior of homes in Sebring caused by groundwater is a common issue. The best thing to do is to reduce your risk as much as possible. If you do not have a sump pump, you might want to consider getting one installed, as they are not as expensive as you might think. 

When the waters have entered your Sebring home, you need help cleaning up the flood damage as soon as possible. A professional restoration company, such as SERVPRO, knows how to do the cleanup efficiently and quickly, so you can avoid additional damage from the water sitting too long in your home. 

Other than sump pumps, there are other steps you can take to protect your home from groundwater flooding. Raising furniture, appliances, and fixtures is always a good idea. In many cases, groundwater flooding is a minor nuisance which amounts to some wet walls and streams across the floor. Raising these items prevents them from coming into direct contact with the water for an extended period. 

A goal when restoring your home from flood damage is preserving and protecting your structure and possessions, and the carpeting is one of our first concerns. Many situations require SERVPRO techs to replace the carpet padding, as it breaks apart after it becomes soaked. It is relatively inexpensive, so the cost of taking it out and installing new padding is usually less than trying to dry the pad in place. 

The carpet itself can lose up to fifty percent of its strength when exposed to water. Delamination is the primary concern with carpeting, and even new carpets can delaminate. It usually shows up in the form of bubbles. Higher traffic areas are more likely to delaminate, and we often find this problem when lifting the carpet during water damage. If this damage is present, replacing the carpet becomes necessary. 

When floodwaters have entered your home in Sebring, Placid Lakes, or Avon Park,you can count on SERVPRO of Highlands County to dry you out again. Just give us a call at (863) 446-0258 so we can help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

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