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When Flooding Happens in Orlando, Call SERVPRO to Cleanup

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Large tree falls on roof of white one-story home Large trees often cause storm damage to homes in Central Florida.

SERVPRO Helps Orlando Home with Damage from Flooding

Lightning and intense storms that damage trees are often the root cause behind flooding that damages Central Florida homes. Typical situations are tree limbs damaging windows or roofs and allowing rainwater in or downed trees causing water to pool around the foundation, which then enters the home. 

When flooding happens in an Orlando property, it is vital for the water cleanup efforts to begin quickly. One of the main issues is the structural damage from water wicking into sheetrock, running behind baseboards, the ruination of carpet and floor tiles. 

First Actions After Flood Damage Hits

Homeowners can minimize loss by removing items from rooms that are taking on floodwater. Pick up things off the floor, move furnishings to other places in the residence, but only if it is safe to do so. Mops and rags are useful for blotting up water before SERVPRO arrives for water extraction.  

Inspection for Cleaning

The techs inspect each item removed from the loss area to determine the prospects for cleaning. Anything without restoration potential is photographed and logged for the homeowner to use when they file with their insurance to help expedite the claim. 

Demo and Tear-Out as Part of Mitigation

Sometimes damage from flooding looks worse as it is getting better. Flooring and sheetrock need removal after prolonged exposure to water. The technicians perform this type of controlled demolition as cleanly as possible to make repairs easier to do after the mitigation efforts complete. 

Mold Prevention Treatments

When flood damage occurs, mold has the potential to set up in the home rapidly. SERVPRO techs hold mold remediation certificate #MRSR868, and they know the signs of a mold infestation. When cleaning, they wipe down all surfaces with disinfecting cleaning agents. Before rebuilding, studs are treated with an antimicrobial sealant that goes on like paint. This process creates a barrier that repels mold growth on the structure wherever the paint is applied. 

When flooding happens, call SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569. Their trained technicians are available 24/7 to clean up water damage from flooding and restore your home to its preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened."

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Our Water Damage Professionals Point Out Problems With Ice Makers In Orlando

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

commercial property damaged by water Whenever your refrigerator's ice maker breaks and leaks, it is wise to call SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569 24/7

Commercial Water Damage Professionals In Orlando Point Out Problems With Ice Makers

Your office building, just like your home in Orlando, has several water pipes running in and out of it. If any of these pipes happen to burst overnight while nobody is inside the office, excessive commercial water damage can quickly occur. Even a small quarter-inch crack in a live water pipe can cause hundreds of gallons of liquid H2O to pour into your office building. Once the moisture spreads, it is wise to call SERVPRO.

Our team can quickly respond to your place of business and begin restoring your office to its preloss state and make it seem, “Like it never even happened.” Most commercial water damage projects in Orlando require a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO to find all of the issues and make sure they all get properly mitigated. When we are working at your business, we know that if we work efficiently that we can save you and your insurance company money in the long run. We conduct all of our operations, keeping your bottom line in mind, and we can conduct our restoration procedures in ways that can help you keep your business functioning.

Ice makers inside refrigerators can be a handy tool, but if they malfunction, moisture can leak into your building's structure. If you have an ice maker inside the refrigerator in your office's break room, it is possible that it could break and leak water. When this occurs, the water can soak into your structural components, such as your subfloor and wall coverings.

If there is carpet inside your break room, it is possible that the moisture can delaminate and ruin the flooring material, which can force us to have to remove and replace it. If your break room contains linoleum or other hard surface materials, then it is possible that we can squeegee and mop up all of the moisture. If water has soaked into your wall's studs or your subflooring materials, then we can set up dehumidifiers and air movers to dry out your wet structural components.

Any time a disaster occurs at your business' office, we know that prompt mitigation is vital so that you can keep up your normal day-to-day operations. Whenever your refrigerator's ice maker breaks and leaks, it is wise to call SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569 24/7.

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Water Damage Restoration In Orlando Requires Chemicals That Contain Certain Active Ingredients

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

An open ceiling with exposed piping and water damage. SERVPRO knows what your Orlando home will need immediately after a water damage, to keep from having further damage.

Orlando when you have water damage, it will need professional restoration.

If your condo in Orlando ever suffers from any type of moisture-related problem, many procedures must be taken to prevent secondary issues. When moisture comes into direct contact with your contents and building materials, primary water damage can result. However, other things can go wrong inside your residence even in parts of your structure that did not directly touch any liquid. These issues are considered secondary, but they can prove to be devastating sometimes.

Secondary problems include problems related to high humidity levels and mold growth. Whenever our SERVPRO team mitigates water damage in Orlando, we take measures to prevent secondary issues from occurring. These types of problems can be eliminated when your primary issues get addressed promptly. The number one goal is to remove moisture from your building materials and contents as quickly as possible before fungi can grow, or your indoor humidity levels can rise to a dangerous point.

In addition to extraction and applied structural drying or ASD methods our SERVPRO technicians can apply, we can also utilize several industrial chemicals to help prevent mold growth and other types of contamination. All of the products we use utilize the following four main active ingredients to prevent fungal formations or to disinfect.

  1. Phenolics

Phenolics are alcohol-based agents that are usually diluted by water and can be used as disinfectants and antimicrobials.

  1. Quaternary Compounds

Quaternary-based chemicals can be effectively used to clean and sanitize by rupturing the cell walls of microorganisms and destroying them.

  1. Glutaraldehydes

These agents are often used during leather tanning and food processing procedures. Chemical mixtures that have a concentration of 2% or more of glutaraldehydes can work to kill spores, viruses, and bacteria if enough application time is given.

  1. Chlorine

Bleach is the most common product used that contains chlorine. Any solution containing chlorine can be useful as a germicide, but the chemical can cause staining and discoloration on certain materials.

Most restoration projects require a mix of professional methods and techniques, as well as the use of different types of chemical products. For professional assistance after any type of water leak occurs inside your home, call SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569 any time of the day. We can restore your home to its preloss state, "Like it never even happened."

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Why it is Essential to Quickly Dry Water Damaged Carpeting in Orlando

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Hotel clerk helping woman check into hotel Water loss events can temporarily close your hotel. Call SERVPRO for fast drying and remediation.

Drying Damp Carpeting in Your Orlando Hotel 

No matter what emergencies affect your Orlando hotel, your reputation can get ruined if the situation gets out of control. Water loss incidents can quickly reach a catastrophic point that limits your function and available offerings for guests. With a fast response to these emergencies, our SERVPRO team can help to limit the spread and severity of water disasters minimally to reduce our impact on your guests and building. 

Because the Greater Orlando area is a hub for all of the entertainment venues in the region, including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios, water damage in Orlando hotels can compromise the consistent higher capacity you can expect year-round. Addressing these concerns must happen immediately. Most water losses affect the flooring most heavily, and therefore, carpeted areas of your structure must get extracted and dried. 

Prolonged moisture and saturation of carpeted areas can lead to multiple concerns, including the development of microbial threats or the degradation of the carpet through delamination. This term refers to a separation of the primary and secondary backing materials on a carpet. Minor separations can get repaired if the carpet gets dried quickly enough, but knowing about compromises to the carpet right away can save time and unnecessary restoration efforts. 

Because saturation is a potential concern, the first steps for our SERVPRO team involve the use of carpet wands and weighted extraction tools to force moisture to the surface of the carpet for removal. Effective removal of the excess water is only part of the equation, however. We must also utilize specific strategies to dry up the carpet and padding completely, including floating the carpet by running variable speed air movers between the carpet and the layer of padding. 

By drying out damaged areas of your hotel after water losses, you can decrease the severity of these conditions and get your business back to normal as quickly as possible. No matter how severe these emergencies might be, it is our business to get you back in business. Give our SERVPRO of West Orange team a call today at (407) 352-1569. 

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SERVPRO Professionals Give Tips for Drying Water Damaged Hardwood Floors in Orlando

12/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Hardwood Floors Water damaged hardwood flooring calls for special drying techniques. We have the equipment and experience to restore your floors.

Methods for Restoring Damp Hardwood in Orlando Homes 

As a standard of an installed flooring type as hardwood has been over the decades, it is as prevalent in modern construction as it was at Orlando's founding in 1885. Restoring these flooring types requires a continual commitment to the latest technologies and advancements in the recovery industry. Our SERVPRO team has multiple strategies for handling moisture-damaged hardwood flooring without defaulting to reinstalling new material.  

While admittedly, controlled demolition is an option, there are other ways that we can attempt to manage water damage in Orlando's homes before choosing that approach. Wood flooring can get composed of dozens of different species of trees with varying dimensions, porosities, and properties. The best approach for one of these materials might be impossible for another, so these conditions and their respective restoration strategies get determined during the scoping phase led by our project management and crew chief. There are options regarding the controlled drying needs of installed hardwood flooring ahead of demolition and re-installation.  

Sopping and Surface Drying 

Depending on the speed with which our SERVPRO professionals arrive and the density of the affected surface, water penetration could be slow. Under the right conditions, our team might only need to clear out surface water and dry up the noticeable damage to return your home to its original condition.  

Drying Mats  

These specialty drying tools can prove vital in situations where water has begun to soak into the planks and might have reached the subflooring and supports beneath the plank surface. These mats get positioned perpendicular to the installation of the plank seams to maximize their effects on the flooring.  

Monitored Tenting 

Using lay-flat poly sheeting, our technicians can seal around a damaged flooring area so that focused drying efforts, including the use of the drying mats, can have a more deliberate and unhindered removal of moisture. Because of the faster draw of moisture from the plank, we continually monitor humidity and moisture content to ensure that wood flooring does not become overly dry and damaged.  

Hardwood can be a problematic flooring type to care for after an emergency, but our SERVPRO of West Orange team is here to help 24/7 by calling (407) 352-1569. 

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Why SERVPRO is the First Choice for Environmentally Friendly Water Damage Restoration in Orlando

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck and Car Did you know that SERVVPRO uses environmentally friendly products for home restoration? We use products that are safe and effective.

Why SERVPRO Is The Best Answer For Environmentally-Conscious Water Damage Remediation In Orlando 

When you own a home, it is best to understand how to deal with water damage should a situation arise. Whether you have a leaking pipe in the bathroom or a flooded kitchen due to an appliance malfunction, getting to the source of the problem is crucial. The professionals can pinpoint the heart of the issue and get remediation underway to help reduce the amount of damage that takes hold. 

Something that sets our water damage professionals in Orlando apart from the rest is that we have perfected the removal and remediation process. We use powerful tools for extraction, cleaning, deodorizing, and disinfecting to get your home back to normal fast. 

The SERVPRO Advantage 

Water cleanup involves a variety of approaches to get the job done. We work to remove water, clean up the residue, remove any debris, and use specialized technology. Protecting our client’s environment is our main focus, which has helped us to develop industrial-grade solvents and cleaning agents for speedy results. Such products like Benefect cleansers allow us to clean out water-damaged homes in a variety of ways. 

-   Environmentally Friendly – The last thing we want to bring into your home are harsh chemical agents that are bad for you and the environment. We use botanically-based products with ingredients like citric acid and thymol that naturally degrade.-   Less Odor – Many commercial cleaning products have strong, hazardous odors. SERVPRO makes use of botanicals whenever possible to get the desired level of clean in the most pleasant manner possible.

-   Cleaning Power – Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to use harsh chemicals to get high-quality results. Botanicals, when formulated correctly, can give high-level cleaning results throughout your water damaged home. 

Are you concerned about dealing with water damage in the most environmentally way possible? Call our professional team at SERVPRO of West Orange today at (407) 352-1569, and we can discuss your options. 

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Little Known Ways to Remediate Water Damage in Your Orlando Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

white pipe burst leaking water Use SERVPRO to mitigate water damage and your home will thank you.

Get Fast Water Extraction for Your Orlando Home

Florida residents may know always to be prepared for flooding from storm systems and hurricanes. Still, small faucet leaks and damaged pipes can pose significant risks to your home, no matter how prepared you may be. Even a small pipe leak can introduce dozens of gallons of water into your home every day. If left unchecked, this can create conditions where mold and other microbes can thrive and compromise your structure.

If you need a professional team that can offer you rapid water extraction in Orlando, SERVPRO is a phone call away from coming to your home within hours. Technicians can get to work removing moisture from surfaces as well as from structural materials in your home. Advanced technologies, such as infrared cameras and thermohygrometers, can be used to ensure that your home gets the care it needs in tandem with EPA-registered disinfectants.


Indications of Water Damage Behind Walls

There are several signs to look for that can indicate a pipe leak behind a wall. If you suspect that you may have water damage behind a structure in your home, keep an eye out for these signs:

  • A distinctly wet, musty odor
  • Visible mold growth or discernible odors on walls and baseboards
  • Visible staining on walls and ceilings that is often brown
  • Bubbling or peeling paint and wallpaper 
  • Walls, floors, and ceilings can warp, buckle, and eventually give way under pressure

How SERVPRO Can Restore Your Home

When you call your local SERVPRO team, they can take great care to restore your items after water damage takes place. Portable extraction wands can be used to get into structures and remove water after baseboards have been moved. Holes may be drilled into sagging ceilings to allow for easier removal of moisture and facilitate drying. 

If you have hardwood floors in your home, boards can be removed and replaced after cleaning for small leaks. In more saturated areas, large mats can be placed over floors to contain moisture and make it easier to extract moisture. Floors can then be dried with carefully-placed centrifugal air movers and low-grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifiers. This local team also has a mold remediation license (#MRSR868) to take care of mold growth after water damage has affected your home. 

SERVPRO of West Orange can ensure that your residence looks, "Like it never even happened." When disaster strikes in your home, call (407) 352-1569, and you can have a team at your residence within hours.

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How Water Damages Your Possessions in Orlando

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Water pooling on living room floor.  Also shows sofa and TV Yikes! Time to call SERVPRO. Just a small amount of water can cause a lot of damage.

The Effect of Water Damage on your Possessions and Orlando's Restoration Solutions 

Attics and storage spaces commonly fall victim due to poor insulation and greater exposure to outdoor elements. Unfortunately, these instances can go unnoticed for an extended period, which means, after discovery, the damage tends to be widespread. We operate a restoration company focusing on amending the source of the issue and restoring any personal artifacts or possessions that may have become damaged. 

As a nationally accredited company, our Water Damage repair team in Orlando has both experience and expertise in restoring property owner's possessions. To thoroughly address the source of the issue, SERVPRO technicians can remove personal effects to a designated clean room either on or off-site. This procedure allows us to focus first on restoring structure and stopping the water leak at the source. 

Sometimes the cause of a water incident can go beyond the scope of a restorer and requires third-party repair. We have trusted local contractors who can be brought in to perform necessary repairs. In the meantime, SERVPRO technicians can plug the gap either by shutting off the supply or installing temporary barriers. A poor roofing structure, for example, can take on more moisture every time it rains. We can mitigate against that using emergency tarps while you wait for a contractor to complete repairs. 

Possessions can sustain lots of damage from prolonged exposure to moisture. Among the chief concerns for a SERVPRO restorer are items made from porous materials like clothing or fabrics. These porous materials absorb water, and with it, any microbial presence within the water. Over time, that can cause odors, discoloration, or staining to fabrics. Using Esporta mechanical washing machines, our restorers may be able to restore these possessions to their previous condition adequately. Denser items like precious metals can benefit from immersion solvent cleaning. 

If you discover water damage in an unfrequented area of the home, do not throw items out without the assessment of a professional restorer. Contact SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569 for restoration. 

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How SERVPRO Supports Local Orlando Properties with Restoration Services

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

City with water and palm trees and buildings. We have the knowledge, certificates, equipment, and so much more to help your Orlando community.

Let SERVPRO show you ‘’Why’’ we are the ones for your Orlando property damages.

When the day comes that you need restoration services in your Orlando residence, it can feel overwhelming to find a local service that has the certifications and equipment to clean and restore your property — many types of damage overlap with each other. For example, water damage often accompanies fire damage, and mold growth has the potential to be a consequence if not adequately mitigated. 

Cleanup of Water Damage

When an Orlando home receives water damage, fast action is the key to limiting loss to both property and contents. The longer building materials have exposure to moisture, the less of a chance for restoration.  SERVPRO technicians have a diverse array of equipment for water extraction from all parts of the residence and its contents. Consumer-grade fans only can dry moisture from surfaces. The centrifugal air movers sometimes referred to as "snail shells," and they emit a powerful yet focused airflow that can remove embedded moisture. , sometimes referred to as "snail shells" or turbo dryers, produce powerful, concentrated air movement. 

To ensure complete water removal, the technicians use different kinds of moisture detection equipment that allows them to ascertain the migration path of the water quickly and if areas such as floor joists between floors or wall cavities require water cleanup. 

Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

When fire damage happens to an Orlando property, there are numerous challenges left behind for SERVPRO technicians. Fire debris removal is crucial for prepping a fire loss area for reconstruction. Once an item or building materials have charing damage, they contribute only odor and soot particles to the room and require removal. 

While porous objects do not fare well in fire and tend to absorb smoke and soot, rendering them as a fire loss rather than restorable; solid objects often have restoration potential through various cleaning methods that depend on the composition of the item. During a fire, hot air expands and drives smoke and soot into objects, including surfaces such as the paint on walls. SERVPRO technicians work cleaning away smoke residues with specialized cleaners. In some cases, additional treatments such as applying sealers over paint with embedded soot and smoke residue.  

Before occupying the property or beginning reconstruction efforts, the home should be scent-free from residual smoke odors. SERVPRO technicians have specialized training in the removal of different levels of fire odors. There are odor-covering treatments such as gel-pellets that are effective for mild smoke odors or equipment for neutralizing airborne odors when there is a need for stronger methods. It is common for technicians to inspect and clean the HVAC ventilation in the home to ensure there are residual odors left behind.

Storm Damage Happens in Many Forms

Orlando homes get blasted by high winds, dinged by hail, flooded with storm surges and flash floods and then there are hurricanes and tornadoes. Not to mention the State of Florida is the lightning capital of the world. 

SERVPRO technicians practice safety first on all jobs, and never more so than when it comes to cleaning up groundwater in a residence. Testing of the water is vital to know the types of contaminants they are dealing with as well as if sewage is also present. When eliminating groundwater, technicians always follow state or local regulations for the disposal of biohazardous waste.

It is common for technicians to contain the water loss area and also set up staging areas for the cleaning of both technicians and equipment as they are leaving the work-site to avoid cross-contamination during the flood damage cleanup,

They try to disrupt the home as little as possible during mitigation of storm damage; in some severe cases, technicians pack out the contents of the household in the interest of preserving items that have the potential to degrade in the presence of raised humidity. After the completion of water loss mitigation efforts, the technicians move the things back in and put them in their original places. 

Mold is a Constant Threat

Orlando has both warmth and humidity, making mold damage a constant threat to Orlando homes. Especially after any type of water damage. Since mold spores occur naturally and simply need an opportunity to germinate, technicians pay special attention to conditions inside the house when performing restoration services. 

When a homeowner suspects a mold infestation or sees signs of colonies, remediation events must begin quickly. SERVPRO holds a Mold Remediation License #MRSR868 and has the tools and equipment to eradicate mold colonies successfully. After mold damage cleanup. the application of antimicrobial sealers assures there will be no return to the home. 

Once the mold is not an issue within the structure of the home, technicians clean the HVAC ductwork to keep airborne mold spores from spreading to other areas of the house and re-establishing colonies in other areas. 

Why SERVPRO?

There are numerous reasons to outsource the need for restoration services to a professional firm. Among them is the difference in the equipment used. Consumer-grade wet/dry vacuums do not possess the power to clean up water damage in a home thoroughly. Because thorough water removal is vital, they choose equipment based on the surfaces or furnishings that need mitigation. Commonly used items would be portable extraction units, light wands for carpet, and deep removal tools. 

Dealing with insurance claims after any type of home disaster is an overwhelming feeling. To take some of the stress off property owners, SERVPRO offers its unique Contents Claim Inventory System. Each item in the home has a photographic record created along with written details of its condition and whether it had restoration actions performed or was a loss. This assists with the expediting of the filing of insurance claims as the CCIS service establishes a chain of custody for each item removed.

SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569 is ready to assist property owners 24/7 with any needed restoration services caused by water, fire, mold or storm damage. The service is locally based, and we arrive on-site within an hour of your call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Four Reasons to Trust SERVPRO to Restore Water Damaged Carpets in Orlando

9/26/2019 (Permalink)

Two girls laying an carpeted floor After water damage, you want your carpets as good as new. SERVPRO has the know-how and equipment to restore the carpets.

Why Replace Carpet with Water Damage in Orlando Homes When You Can Restore it? 

It may look hopeless to see rooms in your home with water damage, especially if the carpet has been affected. The good news is that if cleanup efforts begin quickly enough, there is a good chance the carpet and padding is not a water loss.  

Working on Orlando water damage from a busted pipe in a wall comes with several challenges for SERVPRO technicians. First and foremost, the water requires extraction before it migrates any more than it already has. Using advanced technology to scope the premises, the technicians ascertain all areas where water removal needs to occur. 

Why SERVPRO? 

The technicians undergo rigorous training that covers all aspects of water restoration sciences. They also continue their education and stay up-to-date on the latest advances. This training enables them to save property owners the cost of replacement for damaged items through their specialized equipment and proprietary cleaning methods. 

Equipment for Water Extraction on Carpet

Under the carpet, the pad holds copious amounts of water, and if it is not adequately dried, it sets the home up for strong odors and mold growth. The use of weighted extractor heads pushes the water out of both carpet and the pad. Using the extractor allows for thorough drying, especially when technicians use targeted drying methods such as floating the carpet. 

Carpet Cleaning Methods for the Best Outcome

SERVPRO technicians have the training and hold certifications as Carpet Cleaning Technicians. To ensure they use the correct solutions and methods on the carpet, they test the fibers for colorfastness, bleeding, and shrinkage before performing any action. 

Special Attention to the Possibility of Mold

In cases where a leak has gone undetected for some time within a wall cavity, the potential for mold colonies within the structure is possible. SERVPRO technicians have a mold remediation license #MRSR868 and know the early warning signs as well as how to inhibit mold growth. 

SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569 has technicians available 24/7 to assist property owners with any size water damage problem in their homes. We arrive quickly after your call and make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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