Recent Storm Damage Posts

Professionals Talk About Flood Damage Restoration in Orlando

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Professionals Talk About Flood Damage Restoration in Orlando Storms and flooding are a common occurrence in Florida. SERVPRO of West Orange is on call 24/7 to restore your home.

Preventing Flood Damage in an Orlando Home

Florida is no stranger to structural damage from heavy rain. It can be quite the hassle, however, to come home from work and find that rain accumulation on the low spots of your roof caused an unsightly ceiling and wall leak in your bedroom. Not only is it almost impossible to mitigate damage on your own, but it takes a team of professionals to ensure the structural components of your home are thoroughly cleaned and dried to prevent mold, cupping, warping, and other issues that can lead to long-term problems.  

If you find weather-related flood damage in your Orlando residence, SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to you and restore your home to its pre-existing condition 24/7. Our certified, professionals have the tools and methods to clean, dry, and deodorize your residence after it has been affected by roof flooding.  

Our team can use a wide variety of water detection equipment to evaluate moisture levels both in the air and on surfaces and mitigate damage to structures as a result. SERVPRO utilizes moisture sensors to get a preliminary read on porous surfaces such as carpet. Infrared imaging and moisture meters are also used to get a read of moisture levels behind walls and on surfaces.  

After moving and preserving furniture and fixtures in your home, our team can get to work placing air movers and dehumidifiers in strategic locations to pull absorbed moisture out of surfaces and into the air, where they can be sucked up by a low grain refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifier. This machine works by passing moist air over refrigerated coils, and in the process collects and drains water, and expels dry air. This process can be aided by the setup of polyethylene partitions, which can accelerate drying.  

SERVPRO of West Orange is dedicated to providing the community with around-the-clock disaster cleanup you can count on to mitigate damage in your home. Call (407) 352-1569 today, and we can have a team ready to address your disaster within hours.

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When Trees Cause Water Damage to Your Orlando Home

3/29/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Trees Cause Water Damage to Your Orlando Home Did you know that SERVPRO provides emergency board up and tarping services?

Tree Damage That Leads to Flooding in Your Orlando Home

With the severe weather that can affect your Orlando home throughout the year, homes have become more and more reinforced against the gale-force winds and potential hazards of these often intense events. Even with reinforced construction and precautions designed to help protect your home against severe weather events, there are variables like weakening trees that can pose the same level of risk. If a tree falls into your home, or large branch damages your roof, you can welcome detrimental effects like flooding into your property.

Storm damage in Orlando can take many paths to lead to flood damage in your home. As challenging as flooding can be to clean up and remove from your home, professional restoration technicians like our SERVPRO team have efficient equipment and approaches to help this process go faster and prove more efficient overall. From extraction to high-efficiency drying solutions, we have the industry-leading equipment to make a difference quickly in your flooded home.

With our licensed contractors, we can work quickly to provide emergency board up and tarping services to prevent further flooding to your home. These solutions can also come simultaneously with our other restoration technicians working on setting up the extraction equipment to remove standing water from affected areas of your home. Once the storm has passed, these same contractors can work to fully repair the damage to your home from the fallen tree, remove the tree and its remnants from your property, and assess the rest of the house for any storm damage.

Cleaning up the flood damage inside begins with the extraction of standing water, but rests most heavily on the effective drying equipment that our technicians use. With a high volume of air movers, dehumidifiers, and specialty drying equipment, our SERVPRO team can effectively reduce all present moisture and saturation to prevent unnecessary tear out and reconstruction inside.

Tree damage is more common than many area homeowners might believe. With the high winds expected in severe weather systems throughout the year, knowing whom to call in an emergency can save you time and money on the restoration. Give our SERVPRO of West Orange rapid response team a call 24/7 at (407) 352-1569.

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Windermere Storms Harmed Your Property?? No Problem, Call SERVPRO for Full Service Help

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Windermere Storms Harmed Your Property?? No Problem, Call SERVPRO for Full Service Help SERVPRO to the Rescue in Windermere From Storm to Cleanup to Rebuild

The Real Risks of Storm Damage to Your Windermere Home

Severe weather systems pass through the Windermere area frequently throughout certain periods in the year. The better prepared that homes are for this inevitability, the less likely they are to become victims of flooding and other similar effects. When storms damage your property, you want to know that you can get this situation resolved quickly before it can lead to worsening conditions, if it has not already allowed flooding to access your home.

Flood damages can be a challenge to overcome in your Windermere home, especially when you already have exterior damages to your house to contend with as well. Our experienced SERVPRO technicians can assess the full scope of the exterior and interior damages in situations like this to provide the fastest possible care for the disaster.

With a licensed contracting division of our franchise, we can offer our customers a rounded experience that begins with a full inspection of the premises and ends with a fully restored home. The job does not need to involve other organizations and companies with their own timelines and schedules, which can slow down the overall restoration process for your home. We also work with you and your insurance adjuster, if one is involved, to determine the best path forward.

In addition to offering full reconstruction and remodeling services as a residential and commercial contractor, we can offer immediate board up services to prevent the acute damages that can result from prolonged or recurring storms passing through the area. While ultimately we can repair these vulnerable points completely, sealing over the area first can allow mitigation to happen without delay.

When recovering from flood damages, our SERVPRO team has the equipment to handle the damages fast. We have truck-mounted and gas-powered pumps capable of extracting water at 300 psi. With the combination of our air movers and dehumidifiers, we can dry up the area very quickly as well.

Storm damages might feel inevitable for many of the residents in the area, but knowing how to respond when it is your home that gets damaged is critical to preserving what matters most to you. Give our SERVPRO of West Orange emergency response team a call anytime an emergency threatens your property at (407) 352-1569.

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Lake Buena Vista Houses and Condo Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Storm Loss Mitigation

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Lake Buena Vista Houses and Condo Owners Rely on SERVPRO for Storm Loss Mitigation Take the Kids to Disney World While SERVPRO Restores Your Storm-Damaged Lake Buena Vista Property

Flooding Risks After Storm Damage to Lake Buena Vista Homes

Lake Buena Vista residents are no strangers to the severe weather that could impact the area. While many homes have prepared themselves against the high-powered winds and hurricane-strength storms that can pass through with little warning, many of these defenses prove inadequate when faced with prolonged systems. If damage to the exterior of your home during a storm, occurs, you open your property to the possibility of substantial flooding.

The roof of your home is often the first to suffer significant concerns which can allow for flood damages to develop in Lake Buena Vista. Without a solid roof, runoff finds its way into the vulnerable, exposed portion and floods the attic space of your property. With this scenario, many homeowners remain unaware that a problem exists until this flood damage extends to the floors below.

At the first sign of flooding on your property, you should reach out to the experienced rapid response team that we have at SERVPRO. Our technicians have the skills and expertise to help mitigate your loss in a situation like this and have the equipment to extract excess water and dry the area as quickly as possible. We can do emergency board-up work to prevent further penetration of runoff and rainfall while the mitigation work continues. Who has not seen "blue tarps" covering numerous roofs in Florida?

Our franchise offers a comprehensive approach to the restoration that we offer our customers, especially when these residents have suffered from storm damages. Our experienced team can not only help to extract the water from the affected areas and dry up damaged elements, but we also have the experience and licensing to reconstruct and rebuild damaged areas of your home to prevent further delays in the complete restoration of your home. "Like it never even happened."

Many situations could threaten the exterior defenses of your home and leave you exposed to the possibility of flooding. Our SERVPRO of West Orange team can help limit the damage that this intruding water can do and offer efficient build back services to restore your home entirely. Give us a call anytime at (407) 352-1569.

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Storm Damage? SERVPRO Can Help!

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage?  SERVPRO Can Help! Don't let storm damage blow you away! SERVPRO can help resolve storm damage to your home or office!

Our thoughts and prayers are with those impacted by hurricane Florence. This storm caused damage that will take a long time to repair and people are still without power.  Often times you don't realize how much you rely on daily conveniences like power and air conditioning until you have to go with out them. 

Luckily, this hurricane did not hit Central Florida, but there are still several storms lingering out there.  Even if these storm pass us by, we will still be at risk of hurricanes for a few more months.

Of course, it is not just hurricanes that can cause storm damage. In Central Florida, even routine thunderstorms can be particularly powerful.  We have seen heavy damage for hail, wind, rain and more in a matter of minutes and almost without warning.  

No matter how unexpected your storm damage, SERVPRO can help!  Our team of experts are trained to handle water damage, mold, fire and smoke damage, biohazards and mush more.  Nobody know more about these issues then we do!

Remember, our team is here 27/7 365 to help if you ever need us.  Whether you are the victim of flooding, fire, mold, or biohazard, our team of experts can help...and FAST!

Have You Been The Victim of Storm Damage?

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Have You Been The Victim of Storm Damage? Don't worry, whatever happens SERVPRO will be ready to help you when you get back home.

We see the same scenario over and over again. A massive storm forms in the Atlantic. Weather professionals have no real idea where it is going to go or how big a storm it will be until almost 24 hours ahead of time.

Some people evacuate and board of their home and businesses. Others stay behind to make sure everything will be OK. Unfortunately, in either case there is not a lot that can be done to prevent storm damage. From tropical storms to hurricanes, the damage can be significant and there is not much you can do to stop it from happening.

There is something to take comfort in. No matter what happens the damage can be repaired. While people are irreplaceable (and a lot harder to fix) property can be restored.

At SERVPRO, our team of professionals have seen in all. Mold, fire, smoke, water, trauma, biohazard and much more. Nothing surprises us and there is nothing we can't handle.

Not only can we repair whatever damage your property has incurred, we can work with your insurance company to make your claim process as quick and easy as possible. That's another benefit to using one of the largest repair and restoration companies in the country.

If you need us, just give us a call. Our team will be there, ready and willing to help, 24/7 365!

You Can Count on SERVPPRO for Storm Response!

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage You Can Count on SERVPPRO for Storm Response! SERVPRO is ready to help with any disaster - any time!

Hurricanes and severe storms are a common part of our life in the Central Florida area. From South Orlando, to Ocoee, to Apopka, our franchise is available for disasters of any size. Many times though, when disaster strikes, it is hard to determine what step to take first. SERVPRPO Industries has a Disaster Recovery team that can be called in to assist our neighbors after a major storm. Our franchise can call in reinforcements to make sure that all of our neighbors are assisted ASAP!    

How does it all work?

As a team, SERVPRO franchises and corporate staff work together to track storms that will affect our franchise areas. After the storm hits, as soon as it is safe for our crews to enter the damaged area, they are dispatched. Mobile command centers are set up and franchises are pulled from over 1,650 locations across the country to help, depending on the size of the disaster. Crews will work around the clock to get people back into their homes and businesses as soon as possible.

Dealing with the aftermath of a major storm is very stressful. We are happy to offer our services in order to relieve some of that stress!

Hurricane Preparedness In Central Florida

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Preparedness In Central Florida Use our hurricane preparedness list to make sure you are ready!

Every year we hear about hurricane preparedness. What you need to do to make sure you, your family, and your belongings are as safe as possible during a storm. Each year we make calls to family making sure they are ready in case of an emergency, and each year we add more things to our list of ideas and needs that can be utilized in case of an emergency at the home.

Let’s take a moment to discuss water. Anyone who has been through a disaster knows it’s importance. Day to day you need it, but what happens when the temperature goes up, there is no AC, and you are exposed to more prolonged sun light? Dehydration sets in faster and water may become a more important need than it does without those conditions. Did you know the water heater in your home may hold up to 40-60 gallons of water? Fresh drinking water. You can access this directly from your water heater and it may make the difference in an emergency. Of course, it is always best in the case of an imminent storm, to store ahead of time as much clean and flushable water as you can. If the water supply is contaminated it may take weeks before it is safe to use again.

What about food? In emergency situations you will need to learn to ration food for prolonged periods. Meaning non spoiling products should be stocked up on and kept on hand. Make sure you have a fuel source for a grill or cooking source so you can plow through all that meat and produce you have stored in the freezer before it’s gone. Save the canned items for later.

We will be available to help with the clean-up after the storm passes. Our office can be reached at 407-352-1569, 24/7/365. 

Hurricane IRMA-Destruction in Central Florida

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Irma swept through Central Florida causing devastation on many levels. We were fortunate enough to not have the maximum amount of damage forecasted, but that doesn’t mean that the damage wasn’t enough to hurt.

As a restoration company, we received THOUSANDS of phone calls. In general, people know that they need to call a company like ours for help after a natural disaster like Irma. We actually received some phone calls before the storm hit, because people understood the need to be prepared. With everything going on, there are some things that go unnoticed, and as I write this, I find the need to share those things. They are important because they truly show the spirit of our company.

Before the storm hit we had a plan in place that would allow us to help as many people as possible, as fast as possible. We are a 24/7 service company for emergency service, but typically, after 5:00 in the evening and until 8:00 in the morning, we have our calls answered by a service. That way we can allow our staff time to sleep! We knew though, that we needed to have someone on staff answering the phones once the storm hit, because they would be the best ones to answer questions, offer some hope, and get people in line for service. We had two employees that agreed to do this. They tirelessly answered calls for days.

Because we are part of a national system of franchises, SERVPRO corporate called in the cavalry to assist the local franchises. Once each local office was at their limit, we could easily dispatch out one of our sister franchises. That allowed us to get someone out as soon as possible, instead of having to turn people away or wait for weeks for service. There were franchises from all over the country that came in to help, many of them even came directly from helping in Texas after Harvey.

From a business standpoint, right after a storm is a time for restoration companies to make money. What I found interesting though, was that instead of sending people out to try to secure the biggest jobs, Scott Tracy, the owner of our franchise, was busy making sure that the employee’s families were safe. He even went out and bought additional generators for those families to use so that they wouldn’t have to be without power at their home. He was busy with trying to take care of those around him.

Our office was without power for 9 days. We serviced as many people as possible by working from our General Manager’s home. Her kitchen table was turned into a mobile office. We could do almost everything we needed to in order to help our customers and get the information to our production team that they needed.

These things all add up to one big picture, our franchise is led by a team of people who CARE, not just about the bottom line of the business, but about the community and their staff. When the next storm hits, remember that a company that cares about their employees will care more about their customers too. SERVPRO is always here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

What to Look for After the Storm is Long Gone

11/3/2017 (Permalink)

It’s been weeks since we had our brush with Hurricane Irma in Central Florida. How did your home do? Did you have minimal damage? Some missing shingles? Maybe some slight water intrusion from windows? Did you think that you had it all cleaned up but now you are starting to smell something funny? Here are a few things to look for that will help you decided if you have an area that needs to be investigated further by a professional.

  • Musty smell-many people report this after there has been a water intrusion in their home or business. If it goes away in a couple days, then it probably isn’t a big issue. If you notice that the smell lingers, and is even a bit stronger in a specific area, this would be a cause for further investigation.
  • Water marks that seem to have come out of nowhere. This could be a sign that the area you thought was dry, is actually still wet. Modern building materials can hold water in them for longer periods of time, making it harder to find right away.
  • Bulging floors, buckling floors, “squishy” floors, these are all signs of a water intrusion issue. Many times, when your floor is showing those signs, there will be other areas affected also.
  • Drywall that is crumbling or bulging. This can be a sign that the drywall was wet at one point, or still is, and that it needs to be checked further.

These are three simple things, but added together they can be a sign that there might be mold growth or even some areas that need proper drying. If you’ve noticed that your home or business is being affected by these or similar things, feel free to give us a call to discuss them. Our team is available to answer questions for you or schedule an inspection. You can reach us at 407-352-1569. 

Post storm tips and hints

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

Here in central Florida we are used to preparing for storms. These reminders should help you and your family prepare for the next one that comes our way. You don’t want to be left out in the heat and unprepared for surviving if a large storm or disaster does affect you.

Water: As stated in previous blog posts, a traditional standing water heater holds up to 40 gallons of clean water. If the water to your home isn’t flowing this is a great last resort. However, if there is water going into the home, make sure you check with county sites to find out if you are under a boil water alert or not. Make sure you have 1 gallon of water per person for up to one week stored before the storm hits.

Food: Canned food and none perishable foods like beans, canned vegetables, and soups are good to have around. If you have a small gas cooking device you’ll want to empty out your freezer as fast as possible of any frozen foods so make sure to cook through your perishable foods before your canned foods.

Gas and fuel: Make sure you have a full tank of gasoline in all of your vehicles. Fuel might become limited during an emergency situation. So you’ll want to make sure you are topped off before the storm hits. As for fuel oil this goes for gasoline for generators, propane for cooking, and lamp oil if you plan to use gas lamps for a lightning source.

Outside of these basic items there are an assortment of other items  you may want to keep handy such as:

*hand cranking can opener

*First aid kit

*Cooler for perishable foods

*duct tape and garbage bags

*Flashlight and batteries

This short list of items can keep you prepared for the aftermath of an emergency. It’s recommended each year you check off an emergency disaster check-list to insure your stocks are full before a disaster happens.

Central Florida Home and Business Storm Prep

1/3/2017 (Permalink)

Being told that you have a major storm coming your way is hard enough, but now you have to figure out the best way to try and keep both your residential or commercial building from any sort of damage or loss. Our team has a saying, “you can never plan for a storm, but you can plan to be ready for it.” Let’s say that there is going to be a storm tomorrow. Are you prepared for whatever may happen? If your answer is no, then it is better that you don’t wait until you hear that the hurricane or thunderstorm of the century is coming, because by then it may be too late. Here are some things to make sure you check off of your checklist for your home:

  • Remove any branches or trees adjacent to your building that could potentially fall and damage it.
  • Sandbag any area that is subject to flooding
  • Relocate any valuable or fragile possessions
  • Secure all utilities including water heaters, gas tanks, and heaters and if necessary, raise them to higher locations to avoid water damage
  • Invest in and install shutters or plywood in order to protect windows and doors from wind-born debris
  • Have the roof of your building or home evaluated to ensure it can withstand a storm
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Ensure a water supply for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
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Preparing your business is a little different, but these tips can help:

  • Carefully assess how your company functions, both internally and externally, to determine which staff, materials, procedures and equipment are absolutely necessary to keep the business operating.
  • Identify operations critical to survival and recovery.
  • Plan what you will do if your building is not accessible. Can you run your business from a different location or from your home? Can you develop a relationship with other local businesses to use their facilities if a disaster makes your location unusable?

We know that storms and the damage that comes with them are inevitable at times. You can rest assured that SERVPRO of Apopka/Wekiva will be available to assist you with your home or business in the event of any size disaster.