Recent Storm Damage Posts

What To Know About Odor Removal After Storm Flooding

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

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

Steps In Fixing The Damage After Storm Damage

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

1. Remove the Water

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

2. Clean The Area

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

3. Deodorize and Sanitize

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

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

Use Flood Damage Cleanup to Prevent Secondary Damage

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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.

Click here to see more about Sebring.

Spring Showers & Flood Damage Cleanup in Sebring

4/26/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage 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 that 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 a 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.”

Restoring Your Home Faster After A Flood Disaster

3/28/2020 (Permalink)

flood damage repair 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.

Safer Places For Your Belongings During Flood Damage 

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 causes 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) 510-5962.

You Can Count On SERVPRO To Clean Up After Flood Damage

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

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

Flood Damage & Remediation 

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


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

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

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

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


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

The Support You Need For Flood Damage Removal

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

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

Flood & Storm Damage Restoration Services & Support

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

Safety, Evaluation, & Additional Resources

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

Water Removal Process

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

Moving Forward With The Restoration Procedures 

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

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

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.

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.

Click here to see more about Sebring.

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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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.

Click here to learn more about The City on the Circle.

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.

Click here for more about Avon Park.

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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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

For more on Sebring, click here

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.