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Our Water Drying Specialists Can Restore Your Home!

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Water Drying Specialists Can Restore Your Home!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You Can Count On SERVPRO To Clean Up After Flood Damage

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage & Remediation 

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


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

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

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

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


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

How Our Team Uses Advanced Equipment To Dry Water Damaged Properties

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water Removal Experts Share About the Different Types of Drying Equipment

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

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

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

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

Commercial Building Flooding? SERVPRO Can Help!

1/9/2020 (Permalink)

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

Keep Your Commercial Building Open For Business

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

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

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

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

The Support You Need For Flood Damage Removal

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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

Flood & Storm Damage Restoration Services & Support

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

Safety, Evaluation, & Additional Resources

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

Water Removal Process

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

Moving Forward With The Restoration Procedures 

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

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

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.