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Causes of Commercial Water Damage

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Flooded Office

Here are some common causes of commercial water damage:

DAMAGED WINDOWS

In commercial buildings, water damage is often caused by windows that are not properly sealed. Damaged windows can cause moisture to seep in, which triggers a lot of problems including mold build-up and warped wood and drywall. Resealing windows is important as caulk can break down over time.

DAMAGED PIPES

Broken pipes can stem from many reasons, such as changes in pressure, deteriorated water supply lines and sewer drains. Bulging walls, water stains on walls or floors, cracked or loose tiles, and musty smell – these are all signs of damaged pipes. Detecting leaky pipes is challenging and it usually requires specialized water leak detection equipment.

BUILDING FOUNDATION

If gutters are not cleaned regularly, they can get clogged, causing water to leak into the property through the roof or the foundation. One of the most common signs of leaks in building foundations are puddles nearby or framing that has become wet. Having poor drainage systems can also lead to water damage in your foundation.

ROOF LEAKS

A leaky roof can cause ceiling damage, mold or mildew issues, fires from shortened wires, and compromised structural integrity. Exposure to heavy rains make roofs vulnerable to damage. 

HVAC PROBLEMS

HVAC systems work by heating or cooling the air through a series of ducts. Over time, these ducts wear out and get damaged, resulting in leaks. The HVAC system should be cleaned and the excess water from the condensation reservoirs has to be removed to prevent water damage.

SEWER CLOGS

Sewer water contains bacteria and other pathogens that cause illnesses and infections. If you see signs of sewage damage, such as gurgling sounds or water backing up out of the drain or toilet, you should call water damage and restoration professional immediately.

SPRINKLER SYSTEM LEAKS

Other causes of water damage in commercial buildings are leaks in sprinkler systems. Signs of sprinkler leaks include wet surfaces like drywall and carpets, presence of mold, and standing water. Regularly inspect your sprinkler systems for leaks and moisture.

SERVPRO of Bartow/Lakeland Highlands and Highlands County are "Here to Help" 24/7.  Please call 863-510-5962 if you need assistance with your commercial property. 

Four Tips To Protect Your Home When You Go Away

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

Image of luggage bag Protect your home while on vacation

Four Tips To Protect Your Home When You Go Away

One of the more common issues that homeowners insurance covers is water pipe repair jobs. Leaking and burst pipes due to age or cold can cause a lot of damage. If a pipe bursts when you are on vacation, it can cause serious damage that needs to be fixed by water remediation professionals. Follow these four tips to protect your house when you go away.

1. Examine Your Sump Pump
Listen to your motor and make sure all the water is getting pumped. You may also want to look into battery backup to cover power outages. Also, check the hookups to the pump for any broken pipe. Performing maintenance before you leave will prevent you from having all the water pumped back into your house while you are gone.

2. Inspect Appliance Hoses
Along with the pump, check appliances like dishwashers and washing machines. Make sure attachments are tightly sealed and replace any hoses that look damaged or are getting old.

3. Insulate Exposed Pipes
Protect your plumbing from freezing to avoid the need for water pipe repair. Most hardware stores carry foam rubber or fiberglass sleeves that will fit over your pipes. Remove any hoses from your outdoor spigots. Turn the heat down but don't turn it off to protect indoor pipes when you leave your house in Highland Beach, FL.

4. Check for Leaks
Examine the plumbing under the sinks. If you notice any issues, have a professional come and fix them before you leave. You should also verify the condition of all window seals, and look for any missing shingles on the roof. It is simple enough to recaulk a window or replace a shingle.
A common issue that occurs while people are on vacation is a burst pipe leading to a flooded house. By taking a few precautions and investing in water pipe repair as soon as it's needed, you can avoid the need for expensive water damage repairs.

Faster to Any Size Water Emergency

SERVPRO of Highlands County is “Here to Help” if you have any kind of flood or water damage.  We proudly respond immediately to all emergency calls 24/7, even on holidays! (863)446-0258 or text us at (863)617-1976.  

What To Know About Odor Removal After Storm Flooding

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

Musty odor / mold Are you noticing a musty odor in your business?

Steps In Fixing The Damage After Storm Damage

After a storm, your business may experience flooding which could lead to mold growth, and the associated odors, as a result. Here are the steps you may see these professionals take in order to fix the damage and remove any offending odors.

1. Remove the Water

Removing the floodwater from the affected area as this will allow the restoration team to determine what damages have occurred if any sewage loss from the septic system has occurred and if there’s a chase that mold damage may be contributing to any unpleasant odors. During this process special pumped can be used to handle large volumes of water. A squeegee may also be used to pull pooling water out of hard to reach areas. Once the water is gone the damage can be assessed and a cleanup plan prepared.

2. Clean The Area

The next part of the process is to clean the area. During this step, damaged materials will be removed and mold growth will be contained, treated, and expunged. In many cases, special cleaners will be used in order to prevent the growth of bacteria as well.

3. Deodorize and Sanitize

The last step of the process is sanitizing the area and along with this deodorization can be done for any remaining scent. In most cases, special cleaning solutions will be used, although an ozone machine may come in handy if there is still odor in the air. One the space is sanitized repairs can begin. Soon your business space can look “Like it never even happened.”

When removing odors resulting from mold growth, the restoration team working on your business property will start by taking care of the source of the problem. Water and mold damage will be removed and repaired, and the area thoroughly cleaned, before they sanitize and deodorize the space.

Is the Exterior of Your Commercial Property Ready for a Storm?

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

Trim your trees Is your property ready for a storm?

Five Steps To Prepare the Exterior Of a Commercial Property For a Storm

Storms can cause extensive damage to the exterior of a commercial property. Depending on the level of commercial insurance coverage held by the building owner, there may be limits on the external portions of the property that are protected. Review your coverage, schedule a building inspection, and perform exterior maintenance on a regular basis.

Five steps that will help owners prepare the exterior of a commercial property for a storm.

1. Choose exterior doors rated for high wind speeds.

Exterior damage quickly becomes interior damage if a door fails. Exterior doors should be tested to stand up to wind loads and the frames should be anchored. Check to make sure these doors have appropriate drainage, flashing, sealant, and tracks. Door failure rapidly raises internal pressure and can cause structural damage.

2. Clear drainage systems.

Functional drainage systems prevent water from pooling on the roof or around the foundation of a structure. Clear roof drains, downspouts, and gutters several times a year as part of an exterior maintenance routine.

3. Trim trees.

Removing dead or loose branches from nearby trees can limit the extent of storm damage.

4. Secure loose items that may blow away or cause damage.

Don't forget about antennas on the roof or potted plants and trash cans on the ground.

5. Anchor outside HVAC equipment.

These components should be securely installed on a concrete pad. Depending on the severity of a storm, you may want to use hurricane straps or shut off these systems and cover equipment with a secured tarp.

These five exterior maintenance and storm preparation steps can help owners limit the extent of damage to the exterior of a commercial structure. Keeping your building maintained can pay off during adverse weather events. If the exterior or interior of a commercial property becomes damaged during a storm, contact us for help!

Our SERVPRO has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial storm damage and can respond quickly.

Our Highly Trained Experts Use State-Of-The-Art Equipment

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

mold removal While mold and mildew exist in almost all environments, they need humid conditions to fulfill their life cycles.

Detecting The Source Of Moist Conditions That Caused Mold Damage In Lakeland Homes

Keeping your interior environment comfortable for your family in Lakeland also helps keep microbial infestations under control. While mold and mildew exist in almost all environments, they need humid conditions to fulfill their life cycles. The activities carried out once they leave their dormant stage can cause extensive damage to your property and some infestations can cause health effects in occupants.

SERVPRO technicians help Lakeland homeowners find what caused mold damage to develop in their house. Small-sized infrared imaging devices help show us where higher-than-normal amounts of moisture exist. The readings from these devices often lead us to leaks in the home. Breaks in your exterior also let insect pests inside, making it crucial you close these off and make any needed repairs. Once you have these openings sealed off, we can begin remediation of the mold damage. We also must wait for the repairs of any leaky pipes, although we can repair minor problems with plumbing issues.

After these repairs take place, we measure again for moist materials. When this condition persists, we can install a low-maintenance dehumidifier to help control the amount of water vapor in the air. Allowing humidity to remain at excessive levels inside your house permits mold damage to reappear in the near future.

Remediation of mold damage removes the majority of the spores that can cause reinfestation. Containing the area, we work in, and our use of negative air pressure helps reduce the spores from the environment outside your home, as well. HEPA filters on our air scrubbers eliminate spores from the air, and we then dispose of these, so they never complete their goal.

Damaged materials require special handling before we remove them from your home, so we double bag these and apply an antimicrobial spray to the exterior of the bags. Dust on the floor from the cutting away and extraction of these moldy materials can contain mold spores and bits of living mold, so we remove these with vacuum cleaners equipped with HEPA filters. When mold damage affects extensive areas in a home, we use several air scrubbers to remove spores that existed before our arrival.

Mold can show up in homes around Lake Placid, Lorida, and Avon Park. They range in various colors and exhibit different characteristics. Some look wet and slimy while others have an appearance similar to fluffy cotton. Other times, mold seems like a stain. Regardless of its appearance, SERVPRO of Highlands County can remediate mold damage and bring the microbial population in your residence back to normal, healthy numbers. Call us at (863) 446-0258 to learn more about how we can help you restore your home “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO's Water Damage Service for Your Kitchen

10/17/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage Contact SERVPRO if your kitchen experiences water damage. Call right away!

How To Handle Water Damage In Your Kitchen

Although any area of your property in Highlands County can fall prey to water damage, your kitchen is particularly susceptible. The fact that this room of the house is typically home to appliances like washers, refrigerators, dishwashers, the sink, garbage disposals, and all of the water lines that supply them. Unfortunately, water damage is an unpredictable occurrence. Since water damage can pop up at any moment, it's important that you be prepared to grapple effectively with it. By gaining basic knowledge about where water damage is most likely to occur, inspecting for pooling water, and knowing who to call for assistance, you can mitigate the effects of water damage.

Preventing Water Damage Caused By Appliances

In this contemporary era, many kitchens contain dishwashers and under sink garbage disposals. Although these appliances were developed to make your life simpler and more sanitary, they can also engender frustration because of the high incidences of leaks leading to water damage. Even the SERVPRO web page on Water Damage illustrates an overflowing dishwasher. 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.

The water damage restoration experts from SERVPRO know, your sink base is highly susceptible to water damage. 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 Mulberry 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. The best water damage restoration company out there is SERVPRO. Our professionals are IICRC-certified and follow methodologies to ensure that the water damage in your Mulberry kitchen is dealt with precision and efficacy. We're ready to eliminate all water damage-related issues from your kitchen

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Mold Testing & Mold Removal In Sebring Home

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

mold removal - image of mold in petri dishes Mildew, fungus, and mold are major problems for homes and businesses.

Mold Testing and Mold Removal

Mildew, fungus, and mold are major problems for homes and businesses. The ice and snow that is prevalent can lead to excess moisture, especially in buildings with poor ventilation. Once they have appeared inside a building, they can grow quickly if action is not taken.

There are several mold and mildew warning signs that business owners and homeowners need to know. Other than obviously seeing mold itself, other signs include an excessive amount of humidity, an unpleasant musty smell, and evidence of prior excessive moisture issues such as water stains. 

Because of the inherent risks associated with mold and mildew, it is strongly recommended that homeowners and business owners hire an experienced professional mold removal company. SERVPRO is staffed with mold removal experts who can effectively and efficiently inspect and eliminate mildew, mold, and fungus. Anyone who is experiencing a mold infestation must act quickly before the problem gets even worse. Excess water can cause mold and mildew to multiply rapidly. The more mildew is prevalent, the more difficult (and costly) the removal process will become. Contact SERVPRO today to schedule an appointment.

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

SERVPRO of Bartow / Lakeland Highlands is your Sebring Expert.

Identifying White Mold Growth In Your Sebring Home

9/27/2020 (Permalink)

mold removal Mold growth like this can cause health effects.

Identifying White Mold Growth In Your Sebring Home

Although white molds are an issue in many homes, they don't carry the same reputation as the black variety. This is mainly because concerns of Stachybotrys, commonly known as black mold, have been so overblown. While color can be used to narrow down mold species, it does not serve as a completely accurate identifier. Whereas Stachybotrys is invariably black in color, other molds, like Penicillium, Aspergillus and Cladosporium can come in a number of colors. Furthermore, there are numerous other varieties of mold that can be black.

White molds can be far more difficult to identify. These are frequently mistaken for crystalline mineral deposits on a stone called efflorescence. This happens due to water passing through the porous material and moving salts to the surface. Once the moisture evaporates, it leaves behind a white, often feathery substance that can look strikingly similar to white mold.

Where Does White Mold Typically Appear in Homes?

White molds will grow anywhere in a home that has the ideal conditions for other mold growth. Generally, this involves any place that is dark, moist, and cool. White mold can be found growing in attics, crawlspaces, basements, and bathrooms and tends to favor wood, carpet, drywall, and other moisture-retaining materials, causing mold damage. It can even grow on furniture.

Distinguishing Between Efflorescence and White Mold

Having your mold problem analyzed by a qualified inspector will help you discover whether the growth is efflorescence or white mold. However, you can do some testing on your own. When misted with water, efflorescence will usually dissolve. This does not occur with white mold growth. The material you find the growth on can also help. Whereas efflorescence only develops on stone, brick, and cement, mold prefers wood and sheetrock. The smell can also be an indicator of mold damage, but this is somewhat less reliable. White mold will smell musty, like a wet basement, but efflorescence will not have a smell.

Can White Mold Be Harmful?

A wide variety of molds can cause people to experience health effects. If there is considerable mold growth in your home, none of it should be viewed as safe. It's essential to pinpoint the reason for the mold growth, then follow through with the proper remediation and mold damage repair process, no matter what color the mold is.

Can Testing Help Identify White Mold?

By taking a sample of the mold, the species can be correctly identified. Taking samples usually consists of swabbing, bulk-sampling, and tape lifts. The sampling process is performed by a trained technician and analyzed in a lab. Once at the lab, it will be determined whether the substance is truly mold, and if it is, which species it fits into.

What Special Considerations Are There When Cleaning Up White Mold?

No matter what color the mold is, it's recommended to treat them all the same. It's important to be aware that several varieties of mold, even those that are not toxic, can trigger health effects in sensitive people. In light of this, the mold's color has no bearing on how mold damage should be approached in Lakeland. The issue becomes even more complicated when you consider that experts are still not certain of the allergy-causing properties of most mold species. Therefore, experts strongly recommend treating them all as potential health hazards.

Excessive amounts of mold and certain types of mold may present health concerns. It is essential for the health of you and your family, as well as the protection of your property, to address the issue and arrange for professionals to conduct mold removal and mold remediation as soon as the presence of mold is identified.

Water damages can cause mold growth in your home or business, therefore it is important to have your water damage cleaned promptly and professionally.

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

9/14/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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9/4/2020 (Permalink)

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