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Preparing Your Business for Christmas in Florida

11/14/2019 (Permalink)

Christmass tree in a retail store Highlands County commercial holiday tips

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

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

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

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

Commercial Building Restoration Services

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

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Commercial Smoke Damage Restoration in Highlands

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

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Need help with Smoke Damage for your business in Highlands?

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

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

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

Commercial Building Restoration Services

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

The Importance of Evaluating Storm Damage in Highlands County

11/1/2019 (Permalink)

The Importance of Evaluating Storm Damage in Highlands County

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

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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We can help you through the damage.

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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Avon Park Fire and Smoke Odor Damage? Call SERVPRO for a Stress-Free Restoration Service

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Follows the Red Fire Trucks from Avon Park for Fire Damage and Smoke and Odor Control

Restoring a Dining Room after Fire Damage in an Avon Park Home

Candles are one of the leading causes of fire damage in any home, and it is vital to keep an eye on any lit candles in your house, especially if you have children or pets. When your beloved cat accidentally knocks over lit candles during your candle-lit anniversary dinner at home with your spouse, it can leave you with a lot more cleanup than just washing the dishes or sweeping up rose petals.
When your romantic dinner plans go awry because of accidental fire damage in Avon Park, SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to mitigate your damage and restore your dining area to its preloss condition with a variety of tools designed to clean soot and eliminate smoke odors in your home.
Most fire damage in a home comes from dry smoke, which is created by fast-burning, hot, oxygen-rich fires. While soot stains from these types of fires are easier to clean because of their lower aerosol content, heat damage is more likely. This type of damage can come in the form of singed fabric on a linen table runner, or blackened spots on an elegant wooden dining table. When exposed to humidity, chlorides and sulfides in soot can become acidic, meaning potential damage and discoloration. Our technicians mitigate this by thoroughly cleaning surfaces in the affected area to prevent the formation of acidic soot residues. SERVPRO utilizes a variety of specially formulated cleaning products to maximize our cleaning results.
Eliminating odors is a crucial aspect of fire damage restoration, and SERVPRO technicians have a variety of tools to address this. The first step to mitigating odors is, of course, eliminating the source of smoke odors and cleaning thoroughly. This may include a controlled demolition of charred materials which immediately reduces the source of odors. Next, industrial-grade deodorizers are used to combat odors on carpets, fabrics, wood, and other porous surfaces that absorb soot and odors like a sponge. Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers are often used to eliminate odors by generating deodorant particles as small as 8-15 microns in size to cover surfaces. We can also place hydroxyl generators and in extreme cases an ozone machine to neutralize at the molecular level, smell particulates.
SERVPRO of Highlands County is ready to clean up any size disaster. Call a representative today at (863) 446-0258 and our team can be at your home within hours.

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When Water Causes Damage To Your Sebring Condo, Our Crew At SERVPRO Is Ready To Help!

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Like you, we want to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Finding An Expert Team To Remove Water From Your Sebring Condo When You Are Not In Town

Owning a second home in Sebring as retirement approaches is an investment in a close-knit community that will welcome you when you are ready to make it your permanent home. The best part is that your condo unit stays in perfect shape even when you are away. However, accidents happen and a leak in your neighboring unit can leave you at a loss for how to handle repairs at a distance. It is always best to leave water removal to the experts, and even more so if you are not present when the incident happens.

SERVPRO is available 24/7 to help with your water cleanup needs in Sebring. We have the formal training and on the job, experience to arrive at your home and quickly assess the extent of the damage. Our first step is making sure that the source of the leak is under control so we can start extracting any water that has seeped into your home. If it has been clean waters, we may be able to move fast enough to save all of your belongings and avoid further water saturation to structural elements in your home. Even your carpets can be salvaged when your call comes quickly, and we arrive on time.

Mold is another crucial reason to call our SERVPRO team to your rescue as soon as you can. Standing water is an invitation for mold and bacteria to reproduce and spread throughout your house. Our technicians monitor this proliferation carefully and take action to curtail it, even before it becomes a widespread problem. Our dehumidifiers and air movers help encourage air movement within your condo, so its moisture levels return to normal. When there is a need for further repairs, such as repairing tiles or drywall, we coordinate with contractors so the process is seamless and the restoration process is completed promptly.

SERVPRO of Highlands County is at your service whether you are a full-time Sebring resident or not. By calling (863) 446-0258 you have access to a competent team of experts that can make a water leak a thing of the past. Like you, we want to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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We Restore Your Home Faster After A Flood Disaster In Highlands County

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

We can help you save your belongings by protecting them from further flood damage. Call us 24/7 so we can get started helping you as soon as possible.

Where Your Belongings Might be Safer During Flood Damage in Sebring

Every case of flood damage we encounter in Sebring and other local communities is different from the next. The depth, makeup, and source of the water can all be both highly influential and significantly variable. However, for almost all floods, SERVPRO technicians know that some parts of your home may be more vulnerable than others. Objects, appliances, and perishables stored in these places may be less likely to sustain flood damage than belongings placed elsewhere in the home in the event of a second flood in years to come.

High Wall-Mounted Shelving

Many cases of flood damage in Sebring come in through doors and windows, creating pools of flowing water in the home that cause severe damage to anything in their path. For the worst storms, these water currents can climb up several feet to damage items on countertops and objects that are low-set on walls. However, any higher shelving surfaces in your home should be able to withstand any flood damage that would not represent a total loss to your home. If a major storm is approaching, put your most fragile and sensitive items high up on a wall-mounted shelf.

Sealed Storage Containers

Homeowners across America save thousands of dollars in potential storm damage losses every year by keeping their belongings in waterproof and water-resistant containers. Sealed storage options may be able to resist complete submersion in water for indefinite amounts of time, making them invaluable for sensitive documents and other items you cannot afford to lose. For everyday belongings and food items, consider using plastic storage bins that provide a reasonable amount of protection without breaking the bank.

Dressers, Cabinets, and Shelving

Positioned Off the Ground Storage units that have high legs or that may be suspended from a wall offer more protection for your belongings than other options. These objects, commonly made of wood and other porous materials, may soak up water that can reach anything contained within them. By keeping your belongings off the floor, you minimize their contact with wet ground and flood damage waters.

SERVPRO of Highlands County can help you to save money and restore your home faster after disaster strikes. Call us 24/7 at (863) 446-0258.

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Water Loss in Sebring? Easy, Peasy---Call SERVPRO for Swift Extraction and Drying

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Leaks Lead to Water Damage in Sebring Homes. Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Sebring Can Bring You Fast and Efficient Water Damage Restoration Services  

Accidents can happen inside of any home and, upon occasion, those accidents can result in serious problems, such as water damage. The water damage inside of your home was caused by a broken water line, which had been connecting your kitchen sink to your plumbing. Upon breaking, the water flowed into your kitchen uninterrupted for quite some time before it was noticed and your water was turned off.

While you were able to clean up the excess water and have the line replaced in your Sebring kitchen, the water damage had already taken root. The cabinetry and flooring remained waterlogged, and you knew that if it remained that way, it could cause mold damage shortly. Deciding to reach out to a professional clean up and remediation was the best thing you could have done for the longevity of the cabinets inside of your kitchen, as well as the floor.
SERVPRO is proud to uphold a reputation of swiftly responding to any call, using advanced technology to address damages, and being exceptionally friendly to our customers. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. It is our belief to provide the best services possible, so we feel more like a neighborhood friend, and less like a company of strangers that you must invite into your home. Leaving our customers smiling is always our goal, and SERVPRO is proud to serve its community.
Tile flooring can be hard to draw moisture out of because it is a hard surface that may seep water from thr grout lines into the subfloor. Because of this fact, SERVPRO can use a combination of drying mats, air blasting tubes, and dehumidifiers, to hit both sides of the flooring with dry air. To dry out the cabinets in your kitchen, we can remove the toe-kicks and then use air movers to hit the underside of the cabinet, while also drying out the inside, to effectively remove the water damage from all sides. To make sure the drying goals are set, SERVPRO can use moisture meters to ensure that your home is within an acceptable range before leaving your home "Like it never even happened."
When water damage strikes, quickly strike back and get help. Reach out to SERVPRO of Highlands County by phoning (863) 446-0258. No matter the time, we're always ready to help.

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Why Professional Fire Damage Remediation is Necessary in Sebring

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke odors and soot are difficult to remove which is why professional fire restoration services are necessary.

Why Sebring Homeowners Shouldn't DIY Fire Damage Repair

A common complaint we hear about fire damage from homeowners who do their initial cleanup, is after the apparent signs of smoke and soot are wiped away, there is still an odor that brings a reminder of the fire.  The odors result from high-heat fires have smoke that penetrates porous objects, and the smell gets more entrenched than traditional cleaning solutions or methods can reach.  

When SERVPRO technicians tackle the after-effects from a fire at a Sebring home, especially if there has already been some cleanup attempted, we immediately begin assessing the scope of the damage and the mitigation that needs to occur to prevent any additional loss. Often fires are limited to a specific area of the home, and it can be beneficial to stop the spread of any further odor or soot residue to contain the area with poly sheeting.  

Deep re-cleaning with our professional-grade solutions along with wet and dry sponge methods removes additional smoke and soot residue. Our specially equipped HEPA vacuums negate odor-causing fine particles. Another frequent cause of odor is due to moisture from putting out the fire not being adequately dried. We use weighted extractors to push remaining water out of carpet padding and industrial air movers paired with dehumidifiers ensuring complete moisture removal from the walls and flooring.  

The final stage of odor-fighting happens once we have determined the area is dry using moisture detectors and probes. SERVPRO technicians have several methods of fighting unpleasant odors left behind by a fire. Negative air fans and air scrubbers are beneficial for air decontamination, and ventilation of the area and often an ozone machine can clear odors in 24-hours. When a more intense level of odor removal is required, thermal fogging is a method we use to drive a high-heat deodorizing fog that penetrates porous objects and leaves them clean and fresh.  

Fire damage is not something you should repair on your own. Let the certified restoration experts at SERVPRO of Highlands County handle the task for you. Call (863) 446-0258 any time 24/7 and our team can begin the job of restoring your home to its preloss condition.

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Use Our Commercial Water Damage Remediation Expertise to Recover From an Event in Sebring

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Drying out your restaurant after an event is our team’s highest priority. Contact our certified SERVPRO team to make it “Like it never even happened."

Fast Extraction for Your Water-Damaged Sebring Restaurant

Disasters never strike your Sebring restaurant at a convenient time, but knowing what to do when you face a water loss incident can be the difference between an efficient restoration process and one that takes much longer to complete. As with all water damage situations, the biggest threat to your business is the saturation of construction materials and the degradation of these areas, so working quickly to get trained professionals to your restaurant is critical to preserving these surfaces and elements when possible.

Even with the staff that you have to keep restaurant looking nice, many commercial water removal scenarios in Sebring like this exceed the abilities and resources of your custodial staff. Also, inadequate drying and cleaning of these water loss incidents can allow for secondary effects like mold growth to occur, which can greatly extend the time that your business stays closed to the public as you meet the demands of inspectors and environmental testing.

Our SERVPRO professionals have equipment designed to remove water quickly from the affected areas of your restaurant. From our truck-mounted pumps for severe water pooling to our remote-controlled weighted extractors and extraction wands, we have the tools to get rid of this excess quickly to inspect the property for physical damages. We can utilize moisture detection equipment to determine the highest concentrations of moisture pockets to determine where drying efforts must begin to protect construction materials.

Much like our water removal equipment, we have drying machines that get tailored to specific situations as well. We can address moisture pockets in wall cavities, flooring, and ceiling areas with our injecti-dry system. We can float carpeting in dining areas after extraction with our air movers to eliminate moisture in both the carpets and subflooring simultaneously.

Whenever water loss disasters occur, you do not have the time to waste. Let our SERVPRO of Highlands County professionals remove the excess water and restore the damage to your restaurant quickly. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (863) 446-0258.

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Our Water Drying Specialists Will Restore Your Sebring Home Today!

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

We are available 24/7 to restore your home of water damage. We have the education and the tools to do it right the first time, call us today.

How We Mitigate the Varying Degrees of Water Damage in Your Sebring Home's Walls

Water that stays contained safely inside the different pipes and basins within your Sebring home rarely cause a problem. The many different ways that water becomes lost by leaving the confines of these places can create messes or lead to severe damage. The length of time and the amount of water both affect the amount of destruction a home endures.

When you first notice that your Sebring property is showing signs of water damage, you might feel drying things our solves 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 for more than a quick cleaning, they can become damaged. A bubbled texture appears where swelling occurs underneath the paper covering of the drywall. We can often dry 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 forming. 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 effects. Prevention of this and other problems typically saves homeowners from more drastic damage later. 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 Highlands County provides mitigation services to homeowners in Lorida, Lake Placid, and Sylvan Shores, including water damage and other disasters. Call us at (863) 446-0258 to find out more about how we can help you protect your house.

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Call Our Team After A Flood Causes Damage To Your Avon Park Home

2/16/2019 (Permalink)

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!

Flood Damage Remediation For Your Avon Park Home

Flooding in your Avon Park home from storms is always a possibility. Floods are the number one disaster, and no matter where you live, you can be at risk. There are multiple things you can do that can help you prepare in case you ever do have to live through an event like this.

When floodwaters enter your home in Avon Park 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 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.

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 which 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.

SERVPRO of Highlands County wants to help you dry your home in Placid Lakes, Sebring, or Sylvan Shores back out after flooding. 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) 446-0258.

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How Professionals Use Advanced Equipment to Dry Your Water Damaged Sebring Apartment

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

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Water Removal Professionals in Sebring Talk About the Different Types of Drying Equipment

If you ever happen to experience a flood inside your Sebring apartment complex, it is wise to call a professional restoration company such as the SERVPRO Franchise System immediately after you notice the excessive moisture. 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 eliminate you having to suffer from secondary problems in the future. We answer our phones at all times, 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 Franchise Professionals right away. Our highly trained team knows special techniques to accomplish prompt water removal inside your Sebring apartment. 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 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 at times, box fans create air circulation so that the wet air sitting next to wet surfaces gets pushed away so that more water can 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 complex, call SERVPRO of Highlands County at (863) 446-0258 24/7.

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Why It Is Important To Have An Escape Plan In Case Your Avon Park Home Experiences A Fire

1/14/2019 (Permalink)

Since fire can spread so rapidly through your home, giving you maybe as little as one to two minutes to safely escape, a plan is essential.

Creating An Escape Plan In Case Of Fire And Fire Damage In Your Avon Park Home

When a fire breaks out in your Avon Park home, time is your biggest enemy. In under thirty seconds, a little flame can get entirely out of control and turn into a major blaze. Planning properly beforehand could mean the difference between life and death. That is why you need to create a fire escape plan and go over with your family.

Since fire can spread so rapidly through your home, giving you maybe as little as one to two minutes to safely escape, a plan is essential. Getting everyone out is your priority – you can worry about the fire damage to your Avon Park home after the fire is out. Then you can reach out to our technicians at SERVPRO, who have the professional training and tools needed to restore and clean up your home after the fire.

Sit everyone in your household down together and make a plan. Take a walk through your home and check out all the possible escape routes and exits. If you have children, you should think about drawing a floor plan of your home and marking two ways out for each room, including doors and windows. You also need to mark where each smoke alarm is located. SERVPRO techs can also clean your home of smoke residues and smells.

Your evacuation plan should include some key elements, such as using the back of your hand to feel the doorknob, top of the door, and crack between the frame and the door to ensure the fire is not right outside. Use a secondary exit if the door feels hot. If it feels cool, slowly open it as you lean your body up against it.

Make sure no one wastes time trying to save any personal property. Instead, everyone needs to take the exit that is the safest. If you have to go through smoke to escape, cover your mouth and get down low to crawl under the smoke. Designate an area outside of your home where you all can go once you are out safely. Make one person responsible for going to a neighbor’s and calling the fire department. Under no circumstances should anyone go back into a burning home.

SERVPRO of Highlands County understands that experiencing a fire in your home in Lorida, Sebring, or Placid Lakes is very stressful. That is why when you call us at (863) 446-0258, we make sure to arrive quickly to your home and take care of the cleanup and restoration for you so you can focus on your family.

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Flooding in Sebring?? Quick, Call SERVPRO for Removal and Keeping Your Commercial Building Open for Business

1/11/2019 (Permalink)

Be Free from Flood Damage and Closures in Sebring--Call SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal and Drying

Commercial Flood Damage in Your Sebring Office Suite Building Creates Problems

Disastrous storms and horrible weather can hit Sebring any time. Office suites may seem impervious to these drastic changes in our otherwise sunny climate, but these beautiful buildings can sustain serious damage, just like other business building types.
Commercial flooding in Sebring office suites that hold various businesses and clinicians practicing various therapies can suffer a negative impact making these places unsafe to occupy. 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.
Getting things dried out rapidly means that other areas, including upper levels, never experience the elevated humidity so easily caused by flooding. Fast water extraction is crucial to mitigating damages to inventory, building materials, and capital investments. Enclosed spaces keep moisture from evaporating to the outdoors. Instead, we 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.
Air movers keep 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 remain in place. We can perform effective deodorizing techniques to prevent such scents from causing your tenants issues in their own spaces.
We also work with other professionals to ensure that your building's safety never becomes a cause for concern. Our trusted partners can inspect and discuss any issues with the electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling, and other systems with you. Working with these professional helps reduce expenses while providing a smoother, more streamlined mitigation service.
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.

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Don't Wait Until It's Too Late! Call SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration

12/28/2018 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO team can restore flood damage from your home "Like it never even happened."

Flood & Storm Damage Restoration For Your Sebring Homes

One of your first moves after flood damage hits your Sebring home should be to place a call to a professional damage mitigation company like SERVPRO. By utilizing a certified and experienced mitigation service, you can decrease long-term costs associated with repairs and restorations and significantly reduce the time it takes to get your home back to normal. Our technicians are available on a 24/7 basis to respond when you need them most and always arrive at your home within hours of your first call to start up this process.

The First Steps: Safety, Evaluation, and Additional Resources

As soon as we arrive to help take care of flood damage in your Sebring home, our priority is to get a thorough and professional assessment of the situation. We analyze the extent of the damage, flow of water, and the presence of any remaining moisture and then develop a plan of action to turn the situation around. If we identify any safety concerns during this phase, we either work around them or contact emergency services.

Removing Water

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.

Beginning Restoration Procedures 

When the situation allows for it, our SERVPRO technicians may immediately get to work on some processes that would ordinarily be part of our restoration work. Some materials, such as carpets, woods, and fabrics, may be more sensitive to time than others, and 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 your home as possible before replacing anything.

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

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Our Team Of Fire Damage Specialists Will Remove Odors From Your Avon Park Home

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Directly Addresses Fire Damage-Related Odors In Avon Park

The chemical reactions that happen during a house fire leave your home in Avon Park full of strong odors. Even after the complete removal of burned materials and a thorough cleaning away of sooty residues, these odors can continue to bother occupants. Removing them helps families recover more quickly and without the constant reminder of a tragic fire.

Why SERVPRO technicians engage in extensive training is to remain prepared, so we can remediate after your Avon Park home sustains fire damage. Gathering tools and equipment together takes time, so we keep our Green Fleet loaded with the necessary items. Using every possible way to save time means we are always Faster To Any Size Disaster. A speedy response means less time for soot to dry on materials, which makes such soot harder to remove, while an earlier response ends up saving time during the cleaning process.

The cause of such odor comes from soot that became embedded in tiny pores and other areas that even rigorous cleaning techniques can leave behind. Heat-bonded particles do disintegrate but do so more slowly than those that blew into hidden areas of your home where smoke deposited them. While our crews work on cleaning your home of debris, charred materials, and other fire damage mitigation services, we use hydroxyl gas and air scrubbers to clean the air. Hydroxyl gas freshens the air via chemical bonding to many odor-causing particles while air scrubbers physically remove them.

After we finish with mitigation and the house is ready for restoration work to begin, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) uses thermal fogging equipment to neutralize odor-causing soot particles. Thermal fogging creates a dense fog that looks and acts like smoke. It travels to the same locations that the smoke went during the fire and penetrates the same areas, filling rooms, closets, cabinets, and other small spaces that give soot a place to hide.

We understand how fire damage can continually remind a family of a past tragedy. We take pride in both our dedication to helping local families recover after such disasters and our ability to always arrive well-prepared and highly trained. When you need qualified and highly skilled professionals whose dedication shows in their work, call us, SERVPRO of Highlands County, at (863) 446-0258. We are always here for you, year-round, at any hour of the day or night.

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How Our Team Can Remove Foul Odors From Your Fire Damaged Home Sebring

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

When a fire occurs inside your residence, it can be a frightening ordeal and can leave your home with damages that include strong smoke odors.

Fire Damage Restoration In Sebring Includes Odor Removal

When a fire occurs inside your residence, it can be a frightening ordeal and can leave your home with damages that include strong smoke odors. Luckily, the fire in your house did not destroy your property and left many of your belongings intact. However, the heavy presence of smoke is overwhelming. The best way to deal with this is to call IICRC certified professionals like us right away.

SERVPRO fire damage restoration services in Sebring can restore your home to its preloss condition when possible. Fire can burn materials that can emit smoke odors and can also weaken the structure of the residence. Our trained team can inspect your home for damages and make minor repairs. Plus, they can eliminate offensive smells quickly by employing industrial air scrubbers. The crew may also use air movers and high-velocity axial fans to remove lingering smoke smells. We can also utilize thermal fogging equipment to enhance indoor air quality.

Burned items like carpeting, curtains, clothing, and upholstery can also create pungent odors inside the structure. We can throw away all charred contents. The techs can clean and sanitize materials that they save and can store them on or off-site until the restoration is complete. The team may also use odor deodorizers to eliminate odors from various items and materials such as couches, carpeting, and drapes.

The crew can also use professional cleaning products to remove dirt and soot from surfaces inside the home such as the floors, ceilings, and walls. We may also clean fire residues from other surfaces like cabinets, countertops, and windows. Sometimes, we may need to utilize portable ozone machines to flush out smoke odors. If we use this type of equipment, you must leave the residence until we complete the process due to the strong chemicals. You do not have to worry if we have to use ozone machines because our techs make sure the home environment is safe before you return.

SERVPRO of Highlands County fire damage team is nearby and can help restore your home when possible. We work fast and efficiently and can make it look “Like it never even happened.” Contact us 24/7 at (863) 446-0258.

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Our Crew Is Faster To Any Size Disaster When A Water Damage Emergency Happens In Your Avon Park Home!

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

When you come home after work in Avon Park and find your home saturated because of a busted pipe, things might seem like they can only get worse.

Water Removal Services Save The Day When You Find Your Avon Park Dwelling Soaked

When you come home after work in Avon Park and find your home saturated because of a busted pipe, things might seem like they can only get worse. SERVPRO is always ready for emergencies like this, though, so there is no reason to try to get things cleaned up yourself. Using a broom or mop to push the water out the door might seem like a good idea, but the bulk of the water can quickly prove to be too much for one or two people.

SERVPRO technicians have training in how to best work in teams, so mitigating such disasters can efficiently protect your Avon Park with targeted water removal services. We use high-powered submersible pumps to pull the water out of your home at a rapid rate and then switch to smaller units that can remove water from tighter spaces, like along baseboards and under cabinets.

Water can find its way into interior walls because of the force behind the water pushing it into such areas. However, this same water, once inside, never seems to leave on its own. Without the force behind it to push it out, it just sits there. We apply the necessary force by removing baseboards and drilling tiny weep holes so the water can escape. We remove this water as it appears, and then force warm, dry air into the same space. This process dries the wall out from the inside, making it much less likely to damage the walls permanently.

Another aspect of water removal involves the removal and disposal of damaged materials and belongings. We do this to not only protect your property from the increased risk of water damage but to also minimize the effects of moisture on the microbial population inside your home. Soaked materials continually give off moisture into the air, raising the water vapor amount considerably. Odors from the chemical reactions also begin to appear inside homes with this kind of situation, so our Odor Control Technician (OCT) is always ready to provide you with effective relief.

SERVPRO of Highlands County understands that fast water removal makes a considerable difference in the final results of a home's mitigation and restoration. Our 24-hour emergency services line, (863) 446-0258, is always ready to provide you with much-needed assistance.

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Why You Need SERVPRO to Remediate Your Flood Damaged Sebring Home

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water, water everywhere...and everywhere it shouldn't be. Call SERVPRO to remove the water and restore your home.

Important Steps we Take to Fix Flood Damage in Sebring

There is no perfect time for a flooding incident, and unlike other emergencies, it is hard to eliminate all possibilities of flooding in your Sebring property. If you consider all the ways that might leave you with flooded property, the risk becomes even more evident. Apart from rising waters, driving rain, a punctured roof and sewage back up are among issues that can leave your property swamped in water. Our team of exceptionally skilled technicians can deliver the remediation services you need to cope with the issue when it arises.  

One of the most significant problems related to flood damage in Sebring is contamination. It happens when rising waters dump toxic materials such as industrial chemicals into your property. Sewage backup also causes severe contamination since raw sewage is a biohazard. Our SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and therefore take various steps to decontaminate all affected areas thoroughly. Spraying an EPA-registered biocide immediately after arriving at a job site 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 leave debris, mud and other forms of soils in the affected areas. Such wastes are not only unsightly but might also cause problems such as bad odor if left unchecked. Our SERVPRO team is well fitted to handle cleanup. We have high-pressure washers that can remove soils from the affected areas fast. Working as a team also helps quicken 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 Structure 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 any time. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The city of Sebring was founded in 1911 by George E. Sebring.  Click here to read more.

Your Best Guide to Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Sebring

11/9/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage affects your bookstore, time is of the essence. Prevent continued damage to your stock by calling in SERVPRO to remediate.

Fast Water Removal Protects Your Sebring Bookstore

As the owner of a bookstore in Sebring, you have a diverse collection of customers that enter your building every day. You work to provide the kind of content they are looking for while offering a no-pressure atmosphere to browse and peruse at their leisure. Water loss incidents that occur within your bookstore carry a sense of urgency given the stock of the building and require an immediate response from trained restoration specialists to mitigate and preserve.

When you find yourself in need of water removal and restoration for your Sebring business, you notice all of the items that remain at risk for continued damage. Our SERVPRO technicians know that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster because we are available to respond to your emergency 24 hours a day. Our advanced training for IICRC certifications in water restoration allows us a unique advantage to getting the job completed quickly so you can return to business as usual.

A primary concern of a bookstore owner facing a water loss incident is the stock of books themselves. The present moisture in the affected area could abnormally impact individual units, causing pages to erode, the book to deform, or even secondary effects like mold growth to occur. Our SERVPRO professionals can help to mitigate these potential losses by removing the stock of books at risk throughout your building and work to protect them while the cleaning and drying efforts continue on the premises.

As a business owner with the largest part of your investment now threatened by pooling water throughout the building, you need a team of qualified technicians that can remove this excess quickly. With an array of pumps from portable options to wet-vacs with extraction wands, our professionals can remove the excess water from the affected area fast.

Your bookstore might service many customers throughout the week, but a disaster within your facility could threaten the foot traffic and the quality of the stock within your shop. Give our SERVPRO of Highlands County rapid response team a call anytime to help. You can reach us by calling (863) 446-0258.

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The Real Truth Behind Leaks and the Water Damage That They Cause to Your Sebring Home

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

A leaking hose or pipe can occur for a long time before the damage is visible. Contact SERVPRO to assess the situation and remediate any damage.

Long-Term Effects of Leaking Sink Fixtures in Your Sebring Home

As a Sebring homeowner, you work hard to take care of the needs of your house as they occur, learning new skills and tradecraft secrets to save yourself some out-of-pocket expenses. However, there are certain situations that require skilled professionals in the restoration industry, and water loss incidents are among them. While you might not attribute a leaking faucet to require immediate action, you might become surprised to learn how quickly water damage can spread and affect large areas of your residence.

While many homeowners have experienced water damage in Sebring from leaking sink pipes or fixtures in their home, many have also sought the experience and industry-leading equipment of our team. With a persistent water source like this, the effects can spread quickly into the cabinetry, flooring, walls, counters, and other areas. Stopping the spread is a critical first step, but that goes far beyond repairing the damaged sink.

Our SERVPRO professionals can help you to immediately determine the full scope of the damage from the leaking fixture. Sophisticated equipment like our thermal imagery and moisture detection tools can isolate pockets of moisture and dampness that must get addressed to fully restore the property. While extraction is often not necessary for steady pipe or fixture drips, drying and dehumidification are.

The goal of our SERVPRO professionals is to preserve the damaged materials as best as possible, limiting the amount of tear out and later reconstruction that would be necessary. Dehumidification and drying can help to preserve wood flooring and cabinetry, drawing out the moisture before the saturation allows these materials to bloat and distort.

Finding the right assistance when your home is threatened by water damage is as simple as trusting our professionals. With the mindset 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 Highlands County emergency response team a call 24/7 at (863) 446-0258.

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Here's How Our Fast Response Will Help Restore Your Water Damaged Commercial Property In Sebring

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

When there is a water spill in your workplace, call SERVPRO of Highlands County to help with removal.

Why Fast Action Is Necessary During Commercial Water Removal Sebring

You should take remedial action fast when your Sebring workplace floods. A quick response is necessary because the longer your business remains closed, the higher the likelihood of customers seeking services elsewhere. Again the longer it takes to remove standing water, the more damages it causes. Based on our experiences handling water removal cases, we can tell what kind of damage to expect based on the time lapsed.
Depending on the level of spillage, commercial water removal in Sebring might take from a few minutes to days, before the property is back to its preloss condition. In the early minutes after the spillage starts, the biggest worry is how to curb the water from spreading far. At this stage damages such as moisture-sensitive furniture finishes turning white are common. Furniture might also leach and stain carpets. A team from SERVPRO can help extract water or move the furniture to help reduce damage.
If it takes hours to pump the water out of the property, the damages become more severe. Any wooden or particleboard furniture such as cabinets begins to swell and delaminate. If non-colorfast materials such as draperies or upholstery are soaked from the spillages, the dyes might bleed. It is also at this stage odors become apparent. If this happens, our SERVPRO technicians not only need to move the items but, also ensure they create the right drying conditions to avoid further problems. For instance, we do not expose the affected furniture to direct sunshine because that would exacerbate the damages.
Removing water in severe spillage cases can take days. In such cases, it is possible for mold to develop in the affected areas. Paint blisters and wallpaper peeling off are other common problems. If there is a wooden floor, chances of salvaging it diminish by the day because of severe warping and cupping among other problems. Since water finds its way into spaces between floorboards, it might be necessary to remove the boards to remove all moisture. Our SERVPRO team using specialized equipment such as the injectidry system can dry such moisture without tearing down the floors.
When there is a water spill in your workplace, call SERVPRO of Highlands County to help with removal. You can reach us any time at (863) 446-0258. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Regular Roof Inspections can Keep Raindrops From Falling on Your Head in Your Sebring Home

10/10/2018 (Permalink)

Regular roof inspections can prevent water from leaking into your Sebring home.

Damaged Roof Can Lead to Flooding in Your Sebring Home

Regular maintenance and inspection practices for your Sebring residence can keep you from dealing with structural concerns that allow damages too severe to restore on your own. One of the most problematic areas for homeowners is their roof, as even minor damages can escalate quickly on this line of defense to allow for significant external exposure. Consequently, this worsening damage to your roof can allow for flooding to occur within the house that demands immediate attention from restoration technicians like ours to recover.

However, in light of Preparedness Month, you should consider how to safeguard your Sebring home from flood damages that result in this way. One of the first things that any homeowner should consider is how often the structural integrity and strength of the roof gets tested and inspected. While annual inspections are the most common approach, many homeowners blindly believe that all is well until flooding within their home convinces them otherwise.

One of the benefits to a roof inspection is that you can identify not only glaring issues that currently exist but also a look at portions of the roof that require attention before they fail and allow substantial damage to your house. More to this point, with the simplicity of inspections with advanced equipment like drones, assessments can be immediate and accurate. This knowledge can keep you ahead of widespread flooding that requires our SERVPRO professionals to restore.

Another thing that you want to consider to remain prepared for the possibility of flooding through a damaged roof is to do your own inspections inside your house in the attic space. In areas like this, persistent moisture and dampness can implicate a structural concern with the roof. Additionally, conditions like this could allow for mold growth, so you need to reach out to our SERVPRO professionals at the first sign of a problem.

While you might not be able to prepare for an actual flood or its damages to your home, you can help to prevent and safeguard your home from experiencing them in the first place. The more you understand about caring for your property, the more you can see that our SERVPRO of Highlands County team of experienced technicians is always ready to help. Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (863) 446-0258.

Sebring was founded in 1912.  Learn more about this city by clicking here.

Our Highly Trained Experts Use State-Of-The-Art Equipment To Detect Mold In Your Lakeland Home

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

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 the 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.”

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Restoring Your Lakeland Home Following a Widespread Fire

9/17/2018 (Permalink)

Lakeland Fire Damaged Properties Meet Their Match with SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Guide You to a Stress-Free Fire Loss Cleanup and Restoration Service for Your Lakeland Property

Many of the minor incidents that affect your Lakeland house you can clean up and repair on your own with little contact from professional outfits. There are circumstances, more widespread and traumatic events, that pose a threat to both the house itself and those that live inside of it. In these situations, it is often a beneficial choice to rely on the experience and equipment of a professional restoration company.

An excellent example of this is fire damages affecting your Lakeland residence. With the varying degrees of damage that you could encounter, homeowners find themselves inexperienced and unclear about what has to happen to return their home to preloss condition. That is where our SERVPRO team of restoration specialists comes to your aid.

From the moment that we arrive at your home, our technicians begin a thorough assessment regarding the full scope of the damage the property has sustained and even a projected estimated cost of the work to get done. This information gets shared with the insurance provider offering coverage to the property and helps to remove the stressful legwork of securing the proof needed to validate an insurance claim on your own.

One of the crucial factors to remember after a widespread fire has gotten extinguished in your residence is to act quickly. The faster that our SERVPRO technicians can get to the scene, the more the damage and loss can get mitigated by our immediate efforts. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Precautionary services like pack-outs can remove at-risk items, for example, to prevent irreparable damage from remaining amid the affected areas.

There is nothing that can adequately prepare a homeowner for the damage and effects of a fire in their house, but it is essential to trust in the experience and rapid response of our SERVPRO of Highlands County technicians. We can show up quickly and help you through every step necessary to entirely overcome the damages from the disaster and return your home to the way it should be. "Like it never even happened." Contact us anytime that you need us at (863) 446-0258.

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A Broken Washing Machine Can Cause Water Damage Inside Your Lakeland Home

9/16/2018 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training and Experience to See the Full Extent of the Water Damage in Your Home 

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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