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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. 


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. 


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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Your Best Guide to Water Damage Remediation Success in Orlando

9/22/2019 (Permalink)

Road Sign for Hurricane Hurricanes can bring flooding and water damage. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation services after a storm.

Emergency Construction and Debris Removal in Orlando Homes

The best response that you can hope for after hurricane damage to Orlando properties is a team capable of helping you overcome water loss effects and structural concerns. Our SERVPRO crew has multiple divisions of professionals accredited in every facet of the restoration industry through the standard-setting Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) In addition to our knowledge and experience in property recovery after severe weather events, we also have a licensed team of contractors to address damages and structural vulnerabilities.

Emergency construction is one of the most pressing needs that has the potential to reduce the severity of water and hurricane effects in Orlando properties. General contractors on our team help to provide our customers with a one-stop-shop solution that can prevent further water penetration by beginning tasks like board-ups, roof tarping, and tree removals as soon as our professionals arrive.

This contracting division of our team works with our production management and crew chiefs to design the restoration and recovery plan specific to your property. As initial reconstruction efforts often coincide with mitigation steps, the divisions of our team can work side by side to begin drying out your home, removing debris from affected areas, and beginning controlled demolition techniques.

Debris removal is another pressing threat after a flood loss incident, as standing water can bring in mud and other hazardous substances or objects into the house. We can get a better understanding of the labor that must occur to clean your property once our SERVPRO team has effectively removed standing water. Mud, degraded materials, and other rubbish can get shoveled out and properly disposed of so that your home is ready for the restorative acts that make losses “Like it never even happened.”

Orlando bands together after disasters like hurricanes reach the city, and our SERVPRO of West Orange team has helped to rebuild your life and your property after widespread destruction occurs. You can count on our professionals to show that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster because we know that with storm damages, every second counts. Give us a call today at (407) 352-1569.

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Professional Flood Restoration for Hurricane-Damaged Orlando Homes

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is prepared to take the challenge from your Orlando flood damage. 

Hurricanes present a formidable force to Orlando homes and businesses, leaving many residents displaced and contending with substantial structural concerns, flooding, and other damaging effects. As overwhelming as this might seem, it is even more stressful without a concise plan of attack to get the property back to its original condition. As experienced as some property owners might be with recovery and cleaning, restoring flood and structural damages requires the expertise and skill of our qualified professionals.

Flood damages in Orlando homes can spread quickly across the main floor of the structure, encompassing multiple rooms and areas simultaneously. Homeowners often have smaller-scale extraction tools like shop-vacs that can remove tanks’ worth of standing water at a time. With the length of time that it could take to remove all of the flooding in your house, many materials could become saturated, and this dampness could spread to areas like wall cavities. These points are susceptible to secondary effects like mold growth if the material does not get sufficiently dried before spores seat, spread, and thrive in as little as 48 hours.

Many have sought out our SERVPRO professionals for flooding and water loss events throughout the years because of our fast response and depth in our roster of technicians to ensure that no customer waits for the mitigation and restoration that their home requires. We have powerful tools to help in this recovery as well, including truck-mount extractor machines and portable sump pumps for more confined areas where long leads of discharge hose cannot access.

Our goal after a storm loss in your home, especially one that becomes structurally compromising like a hurricane, is to allow our licensed SERVPRO contractors (#MRSR868) to begin temporary solutions like board up and drywall removal to reduce continued damage and deterioration of exposed elements. With drywall removed, our special drying equipment can better interact with wall cavities to ensure sufficient drying and moisture removal to protect installed materials as much as possible.

Hurricanes and other natural disasters pose a substantial risk to hundreds of properties within the direct path of the storm. Amid a crisis, you can count on the fast response and the seasoned experience of our certified technicians here at SERVPRO of West Orange. We are here to help however you need us by calling (407) 352-1569.

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Don’t Wait Call SERVPRO Right Away After Flood Waters in Orlando

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded neighborhood. If your Orlando home is overcome by storm and flood damage don't stress. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

What to Do After a Flood Damages Your Orlando Residence

Floods in Orlando can come from snow, heavy rain, storm surges or coastal storms, among other reasons. They can develop quickly or slowly, disrupt transportation, cause power outages, and ruin homes in various ways. Floodwater weakens drywall, and the paper facing can provide food for mold. If drywall is crumbly, soft, or moldy, it is necessary to replace it.

Water also ruins insulated appliances like ovens and refrigerators, and it may be impossible to salvage them if water has penetrated their insulation. When your Orlando home has flood damage, there are some best practices you can use within the first 24 hours to ensure the safety of your property and family. These practices can also provide you with the best outcome with your insurance firm. They include:

Prevent additional risks

Check your property for any visible structural destruction like cracks, holes, warping and cracked or loosened foundation elements before entering it. If you suspect damage to gas, water, sewer, and electric lines, call utility companies to perform the requisite inspections.

Secure your home 

If some windows are broken, place boards over them. If the roof is ruined, secure a tarp to protect it. Take photos to prove to your insurer that you have taken precautions to protect your property against further destruction.

Protect your health 

It is advisable to wear waders, waterproof boots, and rubber gloves to avoid contaminants as you remove water-damaged possessions from your house. Throw out any foodstuffs that could have come into contact with the water. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends boiling water until the authorities confirm that the water supply is safe.

Contact your insurance firm.

Inform your insurance representative about the state of your house and the repairs you intend to perform. Follow the directions of the insurance company on whether you should wait for an adjuster to inspect your house before making repairs. Document the conversations at each stage.

Remove the water

You can use a shop vac to remove the water from your home. Also, open windows and doors to allow fresh air to circulate. Our SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) can assist you in removing the water using portable pumps or wet/dry vacuums.

Dry your property

To dry your home effectively, you must eliminate moisture from the structure and contents as well as the air. Our technicians use air movers, industrial-grade dehumidifiers, and specialized drying equipment such as inject dry systems to remove moisture from a building.

Sanitize your home

 We categorize floodwater as black water, which is threatening to human health. Contaminants in floodwater include hazardous chemicals and microorganisms like viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRTs) can use flood disinfectant solutions to disinfect your home to prevent health issues.

When you need flood damage cleanup services in Disney World, Lake Buena Vista or Winter Garden, contact the restoration team at SERVPRO of West Orange for quick restoration. Our 24-hour emergency helpline is (407) 352-1569.

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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)

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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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