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Where Do Retail Managers in Largo Look for Fire Recovery?

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

Inside of a clothing shop. Make sure that your patrons don’t find another favorite store to shop at after a fire at your store. Contact SERVPRO for services.

A Fire in your Retail Outlet Can Affect Both Stock and Contents. SERVPRO is the Orlando-based Commercial Fire Restoration Firm for your Store.

What Can I Save from a Fire?

Fires can occur at any time of year in your Largo retail store and cause a significant amount of harm. Not only do hot smokes affect the walls, ceilings, and floors, much of your display likely becomes harmed too. Smoke residues may reside on shelving, clothing rails, hangers, as well as any pictures or decor. To restore a building efficiently, it is essential to understand what is salvageable before any work begins. SERVPRO technicians conduct a thorough visual inspection and use their industry-leading training to assess which materials are restorable accurately versus which materials need replacing. In minor to moderate fires, our technicians can restore the majority of your store's decor using state-of-the-art fire restoration equipment.

What equipment can I use to remove smoke from hanging rails, drapery rods, and pictures?

The benefit of using commercial fire restoration services here in Central Florida is that many materials damaged by smoke or charring are restorable. Substantial items can often benefit from immersion cleaning. We usually employ immersion cleaning for metals that become soiled by smokes, which can include chandeliers, rails, or lighting fixtures. Our team fully-submerge the affected item into a cleaning solvent. The immersion cleaner then uses ultrasonic waves to agitate the solution creating bubbles. As thousands of these bubbles explode against the metal's surface, it creates both heat and pressure, which is exceptionally effective at removing smoke residues from their surfaces.

What materials are suitable for immersion cleaning?

  • Metal fixtures or hanging rails
  • Some ornaments that are non-porous 
  • Synthetic materials that are resistant to high temperatures including some plastics

Before you dispose of smoke soiled items in your retail store, contact SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569.

Why You Want a Flood Cut

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Why You Want a Flood Cut

It's just a bit of water. It's harmless. Isn't that what business owners in Orlando, FL, want to think when flooding hits the property? It's hard to fathom that something so simple could be quite hazardous. In actuality, though, the premises have been invaded by very dirty water, and proprietors need the assistance of a water restoration company to sanitize and remove problematic parts. A flood cut is often part of the necessity, and it's meant to help you, not hurt your place. Hopefully, the following three points help ease your mind about the unwanted structural departure.

1. Why Is Flood Water Harmful?

When fluid rises from streams, rivers, and oceans, it contains microbes and bacteria, more than you want anywhere around you. It is their natural habitat; thus, they float on inside, making themselves comfortable in the new home. While some materials are not as easy for them, porous items such as carpet and drywall are welcome spots. There they can thrive and cultivate, creating a mold or bacterial growth. To get rid of it all, you want to tear out moist sections, decontaminating the space.

2. What Does the Flood Cut Do?

The experts should inspect the premises, evaluating the flooding zones. Then, they'll recommend removing anything problematic. It's not enough go with the initial zone, this special cut goes 12 inches about the flood line, trying to avoid leaving anything behind. This is simply an extra precaution to make your company safer.

3. How Is the Place Sanitized?

With those pieces gone, dehumidifiers can dry out the rooms, saving the other valuables and effects. Then, antimicrobial spray can be applied, to further reduce contamination. Once that is out of the way, the walls can be repaired and painted, getting everything back to normal.
If a specialist recommends cutting out flooding-impacted drywall, it's not meant to scare you or drive up the bill. It's a protective measure, decreasing pollutants and improving your structure's overall quality.

Quick Guide to Commercial Roof Maintenance

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

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Flat roofs on commercial structures are more susceptible to roof damage than sloped roofs on homes. Still, businesses use them as a means of conserving interior building space and to place equipment. If your commercial building has such a roof, keep an eye out for damage and get maintenance when needed.

Roof Problems Often Begin With Wind Damage

Flat roofs provide a safe, secure and secluded location for many kinds of equipment:

  • HVAC
  • Refrigeration
  • Backup generators
  • Communications

Unless there is a tornado or powerful hurricane, the wind will not blow such equipment off the roof. However, wind load can slightly flex the equipment and damage the roof at the point of contact. Damage to the roof membrane can open a path into the building for water to follow.
Minor wind damage is difficult to detect, but the subsequent water damage is readily apparent. It is essential to inspect the roof from the inside. Catching water damage quickly can eliminate the need for a roof rebuild.

Standing Water Poses Additional Risks

Many commercial structures have flat roofs that pitch slightly to accommodate drainage. The pitch, however, does not eliminate the possibility of occasional pooling. Long-term or frozen pools can cause roof damage. The best strategy is to keep the roof dry.

Snow and Ice Can Cause Catastrophic Roof Failure
During the winter, snow and ice can accumulate on flat roofs. Unless there is a plan in place to clear them, the excessive weight can cause the roof to collapse. Of course, the act of removing it can also cause damage. The bottom line is that cold winters are a constant threat to the integrity of your roof.

Roof Maintenance Keeps the Indoors Dry

Over time, your roof will become damaged. You can’t avoid that. However, you can prevent the damage from causing bigger problems, like mold. Routine inspections and simple repairs can keep your structure dry and safe.
If roof damage allows water to become a problem indoors, help is available in the Lake Buena Vista, FL, area. Water damage elimination experts have the training, experience and equipment necessary to solve your water problems.

We are Cleaning Experts

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help during this time of need

During this unprecedented time caused by the global pandemic of coronavirus, this is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of West Orange, 407-352-1569


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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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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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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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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We Can Restore Your Commercial Property In Orlando After A Water Damage Disaster

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, our goal is to return each pre-school and other area business to operational status as quickly as we can finish the task.

Removing And Cleaning Commercial Water Damage In Orlando

With Orlando being halfway up the state and as far inland as possible, the damage from water incidents comes as often from plumbing failures as it does from the weather. Depending on the type of business affected, priorities can include removal, drying the facility, and reducing humidity.

When commercial water damage happens to an Orlando pre-school, the manager’s main concern is the health of her young students. For SERVPRO, that means our restoration team has to ensure the facility is not just dry, but completely cleaned and physically safe before reopening its doors.

Usually, a plumbing failure results in ‘clean’ water from the inlet pipe spilling out through a split line or a faulty overhead sprinkler. Even with this clean water, it quickly covers everything and can cause mold spores to expand and grow, looking for a food source like drywall.

SERVPRO team members begin by turning off the water above the source of the leak or shutting off the water completely if necessary. Our specialists can make many minor repairs, but if there is a major plumbing issue, the team leader recommends the owner bring in a licensed plumber.

Next, they remove any standing water using pumps and extractions devices to clear out the facility. Before the damp surfaces begin to dry, specialists spray each one with an anti-fungal agent to halt any mold growth and prevent other spores from expanding.

If the water in the pre-school came from a backed up toilet, this is considered ‘gray’ or ‘black’ water, depending if there is human waste present. If there is, specialists begin by spraying an anti-bacterial agent over the water surface and on any item that might have been touched by the contaminated water. When removing this type of water, specialists pump it directly into the nearest sewer entrance, if available, or a tank truck for disposal at a water treatment plant.

Once our team members clean the affected surfaces, they use air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to return the pre-school to a dry, safe condition. Specialists would use the same equipment, regardless if the water were clean or contaminated.

At SERVPRO of West Orange, our goal is to return each pre-school and other area business to operational status as quickly as we can finish the task. If this situation describes the current condition for your business, call us today at (407) 352-1569 to schedule an inspection. We are here for you.

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When Your Lake Buena Vista Outlet Store Experiences A Water Damage Disaster, You Need Help From The Experts At SERVPRO!

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

You can reach our SERVPRO of West Orange rapid response team anytime by calling (407) 352-1569.

Fast Cleanup For Your Water-Damaged Lake Buena Vista Outlet Store

With so many appealing attractions to the greater Lake Buena Vista area, including its proximity to both beaches and world-renowned entertainment venues, your outlet store is ideally placed to capitalize on the travelers and tourists constantly in the area. Whenever water loss incidents occur within your building, you cannot afford to shut your business down for long with the potential profits you would be missing out on, so make sure you reach out to our professionals right away.

While water damage incidents in your Lake Buena Vista outlet store can happen from numerous sources, the bathroom areas of your business are often persistent threats for damage. From physical damage to fixtures that allow overflows to potential malfunctions of these same bathroom staples like the toilet or sink, water can pool quickly throughout this portion of your facility and quickly spread to affect adjacent spaces. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond to this emergency fast with mitigation strategies that protect your stock and work to limit the time that your doors have to remain closed to shoppers.

The first step once our team arrives is assessing the damage as efficiently as possible. While our water restoration team arrives with a production vehicle stocked with extraction and drying equipment, we must determine what machines are necessary to maximize our effectiveness and get the job completed as fast as possible.

With the assessment completed, we can set up air movers and dehumidifiers in vital areas of your shop to begin forcing moisture out of saturated elements and materials. With a fast response to your emergency, our SERVPRO professionals can often effectively preserve exposed materials to avoid reconstruction and costlier out-of-pocket expenses.

While you want to remain available to the influx of shoppers that you can expect in the area all year round, addressing concerns in your shop like water loss incidents requires the expertise and experience of qualified professionals like ours. You can reach our SERVPRO of West Orange rapid response team anytime by calling (407) 352-1569.

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Avoid Delays When Dealing With Orlando Commercial Water Damage

2/28/2019 (Permalink)

Delicate and unique items need a quick response when it comes to water damage. Contact our experienced team immediately if your space has an event.

Keeping Water Damage from Ruining Exhibits in Your Orlando Museum

As a curator of art and history for travelers and residents of Orlando, you take great pride in the artifacts, works of art, and relics that you have acquired to fill the exhibits of your museum. As much public excitement as many of these items can devise, and how interest in your museum can help to fund further expeditions and excursions to better understand the past, you have a constant mindset to protect these items at all costs. With indoor plumbing piped to the facilities guests can use and work areas for your staff, it is important to have a plan in place to restore water loss incidents should they occur.

You can neither predict nor completely remove the possibility of water damage occurring in your Orlando museum. The best that you can hope is to prepare yourself by knowing whom to call whenever these disasters occur. This choice should get based on who can arrive quickly, protect your investments and acquisitions, and get your doors open quickly again to the public. Our SERVPRO professionals can help.

Our team has industry-leading equipment that can extract and dry even substantial water loss incidents quickly, which can help to avoid costly material replacement and reconstruction. Additionally, we have effective mitigation strategies that can work with your personnel of the museum to protect at-risk items in the damaged areas of your facility from suffering the devastating effects of moisture and saturation.

Whether these items get carefully moved to another wing of the museum and out of harm’s way or to our nearby SERVPRO facility for focused and attentive drying efforts, we can ensure that these exhibits do not become irreparably damaged with our fast response and experience.

Running a museum can be stressful enough without a persistent threat of damages and disasters. If you experience water damage in your facility, let our SERVPRO of West Orange rapid response team help to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (407) 352-1569.

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Lake Buena Vista Destination Sites Benefit from SERVPRO's Discreet Mold Remediation Services

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Needed in Your Lake Buena Vista Hotel? Ring for SERVPRO

Mold Remediation for Your Lake Buena Vista Hotel

Much of the business that you get at your Lake Buena Vista hotel is from travelers headed to the greater Orlando area to appreciate exciting destinations like Disney World or Universal Studios. Considering that both of these premier amusement resorts are open all year long, you cannot afford a costly damaging disaster that prevents you from utilizing the full availability of your rooms. Also, a disaster like a mold growth could damage your established reputation on sites like Yelp, which can ultimately cost you future business.

Remediation and restoration following mold damage in your Lake Buena Vista hotel revolve around a fast response to the situation. Often business owners do not realize that they have met the conditions for mold growth to occur until they get posed with a spreading colony. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly after you call to begin containment efforts to limit the spread of this organism while we establish a plan to remove all of the active colonization.

Depending on the location of mold growth in your hotel, you have to make certain that you have guests far removed from the potentially harmful effects that exposure can cause. Instead of attempting to remove active colonies on your own with your janitorial staff, you should trust in the experience and equipment that arrives with our SERVPRO rapid response team.

Our objective with mold remediation is to provide efficient removal of the fungi and ensure that whatever moisture concerns existed that allowed the growth has also gotten remedied. We understand that most mold damaging conditions are localized and by cordoning off a small area we may minimize distuptions to your guests and to your occupancy number. The faster that you can handle this damaging incident in your hotel, the fewer areas and materials that become affected and the easier it becomes for our remediation technicians to resolve this situation quickly and preserve your reputation.

With the high volume of travelers and tourists that frequent the area for its world-renowned amusement properties and entertainment venues, do not let a disaster like a mold growth keep you from profiting. Our SERVPRO of West Orange mold remediation specialists are available 24/7 at (407) 352-1569.

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Let SERVPRO Help You Resolve Your Insurance Claim

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Worried about your insurance claim? Don't be! Our team of professionals can help you get your claim submitted quickly and properly.

After the shock of dealing with a disaster is over, the next thing that people think about is "How am I going to pay for this?".   That is a natural response and a great question given the high cost of repairing mold, flood, fire and/or trauma damage.  The good news is that our team of professionals can help eliminate that concern!

One of the things that sets SERVPRO apart from other restoration companies is the how well we work with your insurance company. Our team of professionals understand the insurance industry and how the claims process works.  We also know everything that needs to happen in order to get your claim submitted and your repairs covered.

As one of one the largest restoration and damage remediation companies in the country, we have worked with hundreds of insurance companies to get our customers claims processed quickly and fairly.  In fact, Insurance companies know that SERVPRO handles things properly and often recommend us to their policy holders.

So remember, if you have an issue with your home or office our team of trained professional are here to fix it 24/7 365 days a year! Not only is our staff trained to resolve your damage, we can help with your insurance claim too!

Keep an Updated Inventory of Your Home or Office.. Just in Case

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Make sure you have a picture inventory of your belongings in the event of a loss. Without it you could lose a lot of money!

Tip of the week:

While you probably have homeowners or business insurance that covers the contents of your home or business if they are lost, you probably don't have pictures of the contents you own.

Make sure you keep an inventory of the contents of your home and office.  Hopefully you will never need it, but you will be glad to have it in the event of a problem!

Be sure to take pictures of each area of your home or business and the contents in them at least once a year. That way, if you do need to file an insurance claim you will have a record of everything you lost, the condition it was in, etc.

People are often surprised that if their property is lost, destroyed or stolen getting it replaced is not necessarily a straight-forward process with their insurance company if they don't have this picture inventory.

For example, if you were to lose a desk in a fire and don't have a picture inventory the amount you will be reimbursed could be a surprise.  Your $1000 mint condition 'classic' desk could get valued based on age and 'market-value', leaving you with a lot less money than you expected, and needed, to replace it.

Again, we hope you never need that list, but better safe than sorry.  Of course, if you ever need us for mold, fire, water or trauma/bio-hazard issues, we are here 24/7 365.

Why Duct Cleaning is so Important

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

This photo shows HVAC duct work before it is cleaned of contaminants, and the clean duct work after the cleaning was completed.

We like to think that once or twice a year we do spring or fall cleaning at home at least we think that here in Orlando. We go through the house and clean what we see. But how do we go about cleaning what we don’t see? The air around us. Behind your walls is a maze of lines and vents that move air through our modern home. Often pulling air from the main parts of the house and some from outside. The air is circulated through an air handler, conditioned and pushed back into the home, or the office, or the school. With our busy lives how often do we really clean as much as we should? Have you ever woken up with a scratchy feeling in your throat? Have you ever suffered from allergies? Now stop and think about the air you breathe. What you don’t see is the dander, dust, dirt, and (if you have them) pet hair that is present. These particles are being moved through your structures through the vents.

The benefits of duct cleaning are simple and easy to see, even if the particles in the air are not. The first hits you in the chest. Cleaner air reduces allergies and illnesses that spring from constant contact with allergens. Particles in the air can be pulled into your HVAC up to seven times a day and circulated through the units. While dirty ducts don’t necessarily mean unhealthy air in your building, they may be contributing to larger health issues, could cause serious problems for people with respiratory health conditions, autoimmune disorders, or those with allergies.

Next it will hit you in the wallet. The US Department of energy states that up to 40% of energy used for heating and air is wasted. Think about it this way, a vent is just a pipe in your home. What happens when all that matter builds up in the vent? It’s not being pushed through the vents completely, so it’s staying inside them and clogging them up! Filters are inserted into your HVAC’s but normal usage still allows for buildup of blocking matter that causes that unit to run longer, and more often. This also may cause your HVAC unit to have a shorter life span.

The EPA suggests that regularly switching out your filters, regular maintenance, and making sure moisture doesn’t get into your HVAC are important steps you can regularly do at home on your own. No facts about air duct cleaning have been produced yet, but logic dictates that once dirt and debris gets in, it needs to come out. It gets circulated and builds up in the home, office, or school. It does effect air quality in the building and will cause your unit to run harder and longer to push the same amount of air as a clean unit does wasting your hard earned money.

We are here to help you with any and all of your duct cleaning needs.  

You Can Save Wet Documents

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Freeze Drying Chamber Can Help Save Your Documents

n our business, we generally encounter people with homes or businesses that are damaged by water. We spend our time drying these structures as quickly and efficiently as possible so that the owner can be back in them and functioning as normal as soon as possible. This includes drying of contents. Interestingly, when we discuss contents, people generally think of furniture, clothing, appliances, and electronics. But what about documents? What if the damaged business is a doctor’s office, hospital, or lawyer’s office? Saving the documents in those files could determine a patient’s wellbeing or the attorney’s ability to win a case. Once the paper is wet can it be saved?

There are many factors to be considered when we look at paper and its ability to be restored. Some things that we have to determine are based on the kind of paper it is, did the ink already smear, has the paper changed shape? If the paper is determined to be salvageable, we can attempt to dry it with a process known as Vacuum Freeze Drying.

Vacuum freeze drying is done in steps. The first step requires that the documents be frozen solid in order to maintain their original form. Then they are placed in a freeze drying chamber and a vacuum makes sure to remove all air from the chamber. When the temperature and pressure reach optimum levels the vapors begin to release from the paper. The vapor is then collected on a condensing surface outside of the chamber that turns it back into ice. A final gradual temperature rise pulls off more vapors and releases bound moisture from the document.

This technique works well on many types of documents. Rest assured, if your home or business should ever suffer a water damage, we can help recover your building and ALL of your salvageable contents!

Odors in Commercial Buildings Can Be Eliminated

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

WHAT IS THAT SMELL? WHERE IS THAT COMING FROM? IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO WORK WITH THAT ODOR! Are you hearing things like that? Or maybe even seeing people new to your office turn up their nose when they walk in? You might have a foul odor and not even know about it. Mildew, mold, even a kitchen spill that might not have received the attention it needed-all of these things can make an office environment less than pleasant, even down-right dangerous to work in. 

Mildew is a version of microbial growth, much like mold, that can cause a host of issues to your employees and your customers. Does your assistant suffer from allergies? Do you have more than a few sick calls a week? Is your office filled with items to change the way the office smells? You might be suffering from a growth issue that SERVPRO can take care of.  

Kitchen odors, or break room odors as the case may be, can happen over time. Do you have appliances in your break room? A stove, refrigerator, dishwasher? In your home you may clean these area's with more frequency and attention that you might at the office. 

The second sense people use after sight is smell. It is part of that first impression that is related to your customers coming into your business. How does yours stand up? Give us a call today, and let us take a look at some potential problem areas for you.

Why You Need to Have Your Floors Commercially Cleaned

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Thorough commercial carpet cleaning is the single best way to preserve and extend the life of carpet, but proper treatment requires careful planning and extensive training. It’s the kind of training that a professional would receive through an organization like the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), and it is essential for a professional to integrate quality practices into their own firm. But how much goes into proper commercial carpet cleaning? It starts with keeping soil and debris from entering the building to begin with. By placing entry mats in entrance and high traffic areas and maintaining the walking surfaces outside of the building, there will be less soil to deal with inside the building. Inside, frequent vacuuming is the first line of defense, and may be needed daily in areas that receive a lot of traffic. Vacuuming ensures deposited soil does not penetrate deeply into the fibers and cause damage.

Spot and stain control is essential, even if the flooring is colored in a way to make stain detection difficult. Stains will degrade the integrity of the flooring and alter its texture, so professionals will have to respond quickly to any problem areas. Formulated detergents and targeted agitation will normally do the trick. Finally, deep treatment, usually through hot water extraction or encapsulation methods, will need to be done several times a year to remove soils that have become embedded in the carpet fibers. Regular office carpet cleaning is necessary for maintaining a professional, healthy atmosphere. No one likes to work in filth, and over time, the flooring will pick up a great deal of soil and debris. If it is not regularly removed, the flooring will deteriorate at an accelerated rate, harbor odors, and look unattractive and dirty. Fortunately, certified professionals can keep the flooring nearly soil free as long as they are brought in for a thorough treatment on a regular basis.

Commercial buildings withstand a great deal of foot traffic every day, and with the foot traffic comes soil, moisture, and other debris. With entry mats near the entrances and daily vacuuming, most of this soil can be kept from penetrating into the fibers. However, it isn’t a perfect solution, and deep office carpet cleaning will be needed before long. There are several treatment methods available for commercial buildings, but most textile manufacturers agree that hot water extraction is the most effective method. During hot water extraction, a combination of superheated water and detergent is injected deep into the carpeting and then extracted once it has a chance to suspend any soil.

Make sure that before hiring a professional, you select a company that is an IICRC Certified Firm. This will ensure that the technician sent to your office is also certified. Advanced treatment methods require expertise and proper training, and certification through a respectable organization will convey this. We would love the opportunity to give you an estimate for the cleaning of your office. With over 30 years of experience in the cleaning and restoration industry, we can offer assistance in almost any situation.