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Orlando Homes, Smoky Odors, and SERVPRO Help

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why Do Orlando Home Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration and Odor Removal? Ask Your Neighbors!!

Fires Big and Small Are Our Specialty in Orlando

Even the smallest things can cause anxiety.  Maybe a small grease fire in your kitchen left some damage that, while not catastrophic, has you wondering how to get rid of the smell and the stain left on your ceiling.  You think fire damage requires a specialized team, but are unsure whether yours is big enough for a team of experts to review.  Do not let your anxiety get the best of you and place a call to a reputable resource.

If this fire damage story in Orlando describes your situation, SERVPRO is your best option to address the damage left behind in your kitchen.  We recognize that emergencies happen around the clock, so our services are also available 24/7.  Swift action is perhaps the most crucial element in minimizing your losses and avoiding the spread of unwanted smells and airborne particles.  Our team brings into your home the equipment and expertise to assess the extent of the damage and steps to remediation.

Understanding the chemical composition of your fire is a determinant of subsequent cleaning solutions.  Our SERVPRO staff trains to identify these differences based on the path and residue of the smoke, which in turn tailors cleaning solutions to your needs.  By cleaning each surface with appropriate substances, you prevent causing even more damage by using abrasive products on unsuitable surfaces.  You can rely on us to make informed decisions of what product is best in each case.

One of the most unpleasant effects of fires big and small is the odor they leave behind.  Our SERVPRO crew can help you remove them from your home by using air scrubbers, air filtration devices, and even thermal foggers.  Our industry-grade products are designed to be more effective than any store-bought deodorizing solution you may find at your local store. Knowing which option to use in each of our jobs is a skill acquired through our extensive training and on the field experience.

Do not let a small fire get the best of you.  We are here to help in fires big and small.  Just reach out to SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569 and let us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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How a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) Helps You Prepare for Storms and Flooding

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

It's hurricane season. Are you ready for potential flooding?

Help Us Help You When Flood Damage Descends on Orlando 

Our Orlando customers can make a substantial positive impact on the harm flooding can inflict on their home and its contents. Making some changes in how you store items or install systems or appliances can avoid a significant catastrophe if extreme seasonal weather strikes. If you travel or reside in another location for part of the year, establishing a relationship with our team can give you peace of mind even if you are elsewhere when flooding threatens. 

Hurricane season stretches over half the year, and even less intense weather systems can expose your Orlando home to flood damage. Having a personal safety plan for yourself and every member of your family is wise. Extending this concept to preparing for potential damage to your home makes sense. 

Be prepared with the SERVPRO ERP Plan 

SERVPRO offers both business and residential customers the opportunity to collaborate with us to design an individualized Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). We send an experienced project manager or SMR sales and marketing rep to your home.  While there, we check the layout and evaluate the strengths and vulnerabilities of your storage, utility, and other systems, and more. 

How to “Weather the Storm”

Expect recommendations to make your home and contents less likely to sustain significant flood damage. Moving items to higher ground and clearing the way to shut off and control panels make it easier for us to respond safely to any emergency. As we work with you developing the ERP, we come to a consensus on the best ways to approach a flood in your home. We need to understand your priorities.  We show you how we intend to mitigate and remediate a possible flooding event. 

Contact information is crucial

SERVPRO also suggests you nominate a local contact to act on your behalf if you are unavailable during a flooding event. Even if friends or family are vacationing in your home, it is a good idea to have a preselected point person both you and our team relies upon if a disaster occurs. 

SERVPRO of West Orange encourages proactivity on the part of our globe-trotting customers. To ready yourself and your property for flood damage, call (407) 352-1569 to schedule an ERP assessment.

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Timing Is Vital After A Water Damage Incident In Your Orlando Home

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of West Orange to help. You can reach us any time at (407) 352-1569.

Time Determines What You Can Salvage After Water Damage In Your Orlando Home

A faster response is necessary whenever there is a water loss incident in your property because time is the main factor that determines what you can save. Extracting any water pooling around and drying any excess moisture can help save items. Alternatively, you can move the items from affected areas to cut down the time they remain submerged. As experts in water damage restoration, we can help you take immediate steps that help you salvage several items.

In many cases, carpets endure the most of water damage in your Orlando home because they lie on the floor where water pools. Luckily, carpets are a bit resilient, and in case the incident does not involve black water, salvaging the carpet easy if submerged for less than a day. Delaminating or latex deterioration occur if exposure extends over a day. Our SERVPRO technicians extract all water sitting on the carpet then remove the carpet for drying. We also dry the floor materials to ensure problems such as mold development do not occur after re-installing the carpet.

Drywall is another commonly affected material.  If the water originates from a higher level, it drips down the walls where drywall absorbs it.  Any water that pools on the floor also affects drywall.  Absorption of water causes the drywall to discolor, and if dried, it does not return to its original shape.  Any pressure on such compromised drywall leads to crumbling to a chalky residue. Our SERVPRO technicians take different approaches to help you save some of the affected drywall. By making flood cuts, we only remove the compromised sections and leave the rest. We can also check the level of wetness in the material to determine whether to save it. We have a wide range of moisture detection equipment, including:

    •    Moisture meters
    •    Moisture Sensors
    •    Thermal Cameras
    •    Thermohygrometers

Upholstery items are also readily affected by water loss incidents. Because of the different materials used in such items including wood and cloth, the damage is not uniform and therefore requires expertise to salvage. Using a wand, Our SERVPRO technicians can extract excess water from the clothing materials. We then run air movers and dehumidifiers to help dry the item.

It is possible to salvage many items after water loss incidents. Call SERVPRO of West Orange to help. You can reach us any time at (407) 352-1569.

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Orlando Professionals Explain Drying Goals and how They Affect Your Flood Damaged Homes

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

It's hurricane season. Are you prepared for flood damage?

Creating a Dry Goal to Ensure your Orlando Home returns to Pre-loss Condition after Flood Damage

When floodwater enters your home, it can be an extremely frustrating experience. Depending on the scale and size of your property, complete service from start to finish can take anywhere between twelve hours and a few weeks. During this time, you need a professional company you can rely on to carry out restoration services correctly. Our Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) are qualified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) body who make daily assessments of your property to ensure progress and outcomes.

Creating a "drying goal" is essential to achieving the full restoration of flood damage in your Orlando home. A drying goal brings materials in the contents and structure of your property to their natural dryness before the flood; otherwise known as returning materials to their preloss condition. SERVPRO calculate the appropriate by taking readings from contents and structure from unaffected areas of the home. Calibrating readings from the affected area with the unaffected area achieves our "dry goal."

The equipment SERVPRO use to establish our target is comprehensive. Moisture sensors and meters are used to probe contents or structure and assess how saturated materials are with water. Monitoring of relative humidity is another crucial factor in returning your home to a preloss condition, with readings taken using a thermal hygrometer. The process of drying involves adjusting evaporation, temperature, and humidity with equipment to return your home to its condition before the flood.

We pump or vacuum out large quantities of flood water using extraction units and submersible gas pumps. It is 1,200 times faster to transport water out of a property than it is to dehumidify. However, pumps are ineffective below two inches of standing water. Extraction units can also be ineffective at removing moisture that has absorbed into materials. To combat these SERVPRO technicians use drier air to increase evaporation. Desiccant dehumidifiers can reduce humidity levels to below 40 grains per pound and draw moisture from solid porous materials like woods, mattresses, and subfloor.

Returning property to a preloss condition requires careful planning and daily updates. Contact SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569 for an emergency call out.

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We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Orlando After A Fire Disaster

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

We have the training, state-of-the-art equipment, and expertise to handle any size disaster so give us a call right away.

Competence Plus Compassion Needed after Orlando Fire Damage

Few life experiences are as devastating as fire for Orlando homeowners. Fear of injury or worse is understandable as you flee your dwelling. When your loved ones get to safety relief turns to worry about how to return your home to the safe and comforting refuge you and your family created over the years. Our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained team of managers and technicians stand ready to help with recovery.

Mitigation and remediation of fire damage in your Orlando residence is a job for professionals. We have both the experienced workforce and state-of-the-art equipment to respond efficiently and safely in the aftermath of a household fire. In addition, everyone on our team, from the office staff to the crew members in the field, realize how difficult your journey back to the home you built and treasure can be. Rely on our compassion and support at this challenging time, and trust that our confidence and competence as a premier restoration company can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Expect a thorough assessment followed by a detailed plan and its rapid implementation when SERVPRO arrives. Our service vehicles are stocked with a broad array of equipment, tools, and products to make the mitigation of harmful processes and remediation of damage already done straightforward. Each project is different, but we adapt, always utilizing restoration industry best practices.

Our technicians hold multiple certifications from the IICRC, permitting the work to flow unimpeded from task to task. Firefighting water removal is often the first step, followed by deep cleaning of soot soiled surfaces. We might move items to our production facility to better evaluate and manage their restoration. Clearing the space makes it easier for our site crew to move through your fire-damaged home, cleaning and determining if charred components need remediation, repair, or replacement. SERVPRO invests in advanced technologies like air scrubbers to filter airborne debris and deodorization options that neutralize odor-bearing particles at the molecular level.

Count on SERVPRO of West Orange to support you every step of the way. Call us at (407) 352-1569 immediately after the firefighters leave to start on the road to complete recovery from residential fire damage.

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Orlando Homeowners Take Comfort in the SERVPRO Approach to Fire Loss Recovery

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Has No Match for Fire Damage Restoration in Orlando!

Starting the Fire Damage Restoration Process in Your Orlando Area Home

After you make the call for help and a fire & smoke restoration technician (FSRT) arrives at your Orlando area home, we take the time to address specific points. We cover pertinent topics, explain your situation in as much detail as possible, and address any concerns you may have from the start.

During our initial visit, a project manager or a crew chief takes control of the restoration service for the fire damage restoration to your Orlando property. They have you sign an Authorization to Perform Services form (#28000), verify insurance coverage, collect any deductible due, and make contact with your insurance adjuster. We try to expedite the service, as stress-free as possible and remain within schedules and budgets.

SERVPRO technicians address issues concerning the protection and restoration of your structure and any contents within. We also explain our restoration process in detail, so that you understand what is happening in your home, every step of the way. Our goal is to keep you informed, providing you with all of the information you need to make informed decisions about your home's restoration. Our goal is to ensure your 100% satisfaction with the final result.

A member of our SERVPRO team can also explain the difference between pre-existing or preloss conditions, and how they differ from smoke residues caused by the fire. While our services may revitalize various items affected by the fire, we cannot perform miracles. Items are often returned to a quality preloss condition, meaning that any damage that existed before the fire may still remain or hopefully be improved, after performing our service. "Like it never even happened."

You have total control over where our SERVPRO team goes, what we interact with, in your home, and the services performed to restore your property. We note any areas you wish for us to avoid, making a list of any valuables, jewelry, or heirlooms. The lead technicians should also ask that you remove any firearms or ammunition and listed valuables from the work area to ensure their safety.

We maintain a safe, secure working environment, provide safety data sheets upon request, and address any safety concerns you may have. Once everyone is clear about the direction you wish to take, we provide you with an estimated completion date and move forward with your home’s fire damage restoration services, immediately.

Contact SERVPRO of West Orange for cleaning and restoration services throughout Ocoee, Gotha, Bay Hill, and surrounding areas. We have qualified professionals available 24/7, for your convenience and look forward to serving the members of our local community.

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Don't Let Water Damage Check in to Your Orlando Hotel

6/20/2019 (Permalink)

A small water loss incident can have wide ranging ramifications. SERVPRO of West Orange has the know how and equipment to remediate the situation.

Water Damage to Your Orlando Resort Hotel 

Many hotels and resort areas exist throughout the Greater Orlando area. From the world-renowned entertainment venues with their multiple resort properties to off-site locations nearby, your hotel does steady business year-round. Whenever water loss incidents occur in any one of the rooms of this hotel, you must act quickly to resolve the situation before it gets out of hand. Water can quickly spread through shared walls, floors, and ceilings to impact multiple rooms and areas of the hotel within a very short time. 

As potentially problematic as water damage can be to your Orlando hotel, the loss of your reputation can be even more detrimental. Correcting the effects of a water loss incident carry much more weight than improving the look and function of saturated elements and areas of your business.  People expect the management of the property to address any concerns promptly and thoroughly, and failure to comply with this expectation can lead to damaging reviews and ratings on major travel websites. 

Our professionals understand that you are under pressure to get the situation resolved, so we respond quickly and work fast to assess the damage and what the property needs from the moment we arrive. We already show up with our production vehicles stocked with our advanced extraction and drying equipment, allowing us to get to work quickly on both containment and mitigation solutions. 

Preventing the spread of water loss effects to other rooms and areas of the hotel is critical, as this can reduce the number of individuals affected by the damage. By setting up physical barriers with plastic sheeting and establishing a parameter with rapid drying equipment, we can limit our presence in the hotel and the number of inconvenienced guests at the resort. 

We know how powerful ratings and reviews can be, and the importance of truly satisfied customers. Let our SERVPRO of West Orange professionals help you through this traumatic water loss experience and make its effects “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (407) 352-1569. 

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We Have The Drying Equipment Required To Restore Your Orlando Home After A Water Damage Emergency

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Water is one of the most destructive forces on the planet. If you have a plumbing leak, a roof leak, or any other water damage give us a call.

SERVPRO Tackles Fast Water Removal from Orlando Kitchen

This part of Florida has high humidity throughout the year ranging from 74% to 90% on average. When a home has water damage, because of the elevated humidity levels, the development of mold is a significant concern and cleanup should happen as fast as possible.

SERVPRO handled water damage in an Orlando home's kitchen where a  supply line to a refrigerator had broken. The homeowner had shut off the water and pulled the fridge away from the wall and found the cleanup was bigger than mopping alone could clean up.

When our technicians arrived on-site, we immediately extracted the water damage around the area where the fridge sat. Thermal imaging showed high moisture in the wall behind the appliance, which pointed towards a slow leak for a prolonged period. The sheetrock showed no signs of mold but did show signs of buckling and was cut away several inches above the water line to let air flow dry the wall cavity.


SERVPRO technicians spend extra time on the extraction and scoping the location of water-affected areas before the drying phase. This action allows our drying and dehumidification equipment to reduce moisture quickly enabling the fast attainment of drying goals.

Our drying equipment is not a fan blowing air in a wet room. The way air movers work is rooted in science, and the setup of them is unique to each location we work on. They expel high-velocity airflow and is carefully angled over surfaces. This technique causes embedded water vapor to rise where our dehumidifying equipment captures and removes it. After drying the kitchen and our equipment confirmed the water loss areas attained drying goals, we cleaned the surfaces and used antifungal solutions to inhibit mold growth.

Contact SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569 when you need water removal. We can handle cleanup and restoration for a single area in a room or a whole house flood because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Are Effects of Your Orlando House Fire Lingering?

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of West Orange to completely remove fire damage from your Orlando home.

Eliminating Fire Damage Effects In Orlando

Restoring Orlando homes after a fire is an intensive process. The effects can last for weeks and even months unless the cleanup service begins an immediate, and aggressive response once it is safe to enter the structure.  

For fire damage to Orlando homes, odors are often the most challenging issue when it comes to restoration. SERVPRO restoration teams perform a series of deodorizing actions designed to preserve as much personal property as possible and clean the interior of the home while also disposing of anything too physically damaged for repair.  

Removal is our first action. It immediately results in eliminating the source of many malodors, allowing team members to determine what remaining property is affected so they can better direct time and resources. Depending on the extent of the physical damage, removal may include demolition of interior walls, wall framing, ceilings, and wood floors.  

Cleaning surfaces is the next step for SERVPRO technicians. Odors remaining in the home after removal are from particles left behind by the smoke. Even in a small fire, smoke can travel through an entire home, leaving residue everywhere. Cleaning them usually involves wiping down surfaces with a deodorizing cleaning agent and a sponge. For thick smoke residues left behind by kitchen fires, team members use a scrub brush or other agitation device to break them up for easier cleaning.  

Where cleaning does not eliminate the odors, the next step is to recreate how they affected the property in the first place. If residues were able to penetrate the surfaces of walls, countertops, and other items, team members use a fogging device and a deodorizing agent to create a cloud of particles that can go as deep as the original odor. The agent reacts with the residue particles, neutralizing them, and eliminating the odor.  

A final step, rarely used, is sealing exposed surfaces. An example includes the walls in areas like garages. If the odors are mild, and removal is not cost-effective, technicians cover the walls with a paint that contains an additional sealant chemical that forms a barrier against malodors.  

The final goal at SERVPRO of West Orange is to return each home to its clean, odor-free condition before the fire. If you have had a recent fire, or still have lingering odors from a previous incident, call us today at (407) 352-1569 to set up an inspection or service call.

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When Water Damages Your Orlando Vintage Clothing Store

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Is water damage threatening your clothing boutique? Call SERVPRO to dry and restore your business.

Mitigating Commercial Water Damage in an Orlando Vintage Clothing Boutique

While Florida is certainly no stranger to severe weather, water-related issues often come from mundane sources, like pipe leaks and appliance failures. Unfortunately, these types of disasters often occur outside of regular business hours and, if left unchecked, can leave you with more than just water to worry about, like mold or structural damage. This concern is especially valid for retailers that deal with fabrics, clothing, and other porous items.  

If you find that a ceiling pipe leak has soaked part of the inventory in your business, our SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to you to mitigate commercial water damage in your Orlando vintage clothing boutique. Our team has the tools and training to handle your inventory with care and restore your facility to its preloss condition.  

The first step to preventing damage is to stop the source. If needed, we can turn off the water main and restore minor plumbing issues, such as damaged joints or rusted connections, but more in-depth issues may require a plumber. From there, we can address any currently standing water with tools like extraction wands and, if needed, portable extraction pumps.  

Fabrics can be especially delicate after exposure to water damage, and if left in such conditions can rot and even grow mold. However, our SERVPRO specialists can use commercial-grade drying equipment such as axial fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers to pull up moisture, move it outside, and replace the humid air with warm, dry air. We move waterlogged clothing to racks. For small amounts of inventory that need drying, small polyethylene chambers can be constructed to accelerate drying.  

SERVPRO of West Orange is always prepared to assist you in getting back to business as quickly as possible. If you need our services for cleaning up a disaster any time of the day or night, give us a call today at (407) 352-1569 and we can have a team there to ensure your business looks "Like it never even happened."

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