Recent Water Damage Posts

We clean up the water you don't see!

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Unfortunately water damage affects many homes and businesses each day. It’s the water you don’t see that causes the most damage. Many people are quick to mitigate what they can see. Towels and shop vacs soak up the water on your floor but what about the water you can’t see? The water that your insulation and drywall have soaked up? Who cleans that up? Who can even find it?

SERVPRO of West Orange has a highly trained water remediation staff on hand to help you during your time of need. Our crews will be on site to locate trapped water-in your walls, ceilings, below flooring-no matter where it is and to dry out your home properly. Our crews use state-of-the-art equipment to monitor the drying progress and insure that your home is back to normal, “Like it never even happened”. Give us a call anytime at 407-352-1569. 

What to Do or Not Do After A Water Damage

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

“I have a water damage in my home. Can you help me?” No homeowner wants to make that call, but it unfortunately happens to many. Once you’ve made the call to SERVPRO of West Orange, what can you do?

Thankfully our staff is trained to walk you through the job process and offer some tips you can use to help mitigate your loss while you wait on our crews to arrive. Here is a list of some of do’s and don’ts that might also help.

DO:

  • Shut off the source of water if possible or contact a qualified party to stop the source of water.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building when access to the power distribution panel is safe from electrical shock.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.
  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors.
  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors.
  • Hang furs and leather goods to dry separately at room temperature.

DON’T:

  • Enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Enter affected areas if electrical outlets, switches, circuit breakers or electrical equipment are exposed to water. Always avoid electrical shocks hazards.
  • Leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.
  • Leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.
  • Use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, possibly causing electrical shock or damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Use TV’s or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.
  • Turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Rest assured these tips will help you begin to mitigate your loss while our team of IICRC certified technicians is on the way. Please feel free to call us anytime at 407-352-1569.

10 Common Misconceptions or Complaints about Water Damages

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

Water damages are one of those things that seem like they should be easy to remedy to most people. Here are 10 common misconceptions and complaints we run into. Hopefully this helps you navigate your loss if you ever have one.

  1. “Can’t I just put in some fans?” Fans help, yes, but are not the only part of the drying equation. Fans help to push the moisture from your walls, ceilings, and floors into the air, and our commercial dehumidifiers help to pull all that water out of the air. Through a formula known as Psychrometry we can determine how many air exchanges it will take to dry your home or business with the equipment we place. Thats some fancy math!
  2. “I’ll just rip up my flooring. Insurance will replace it.” Hold up, wait a minute! Often flooring can be dried in place and then cleaned after it is dry. It is more cost effective to do this than to replace flooring that is still in good condition. Ultimately saving claim funds is better for you and your insurance company.
  3. “Open the doors and windows to help it dry out.” We are begging you, PLEASE do not do this unless you are instructed to by a water damage professional. If you live in a climate that is humid (hello Central Florida, looking at you) it is going to be more detrimental than helpful. The goal is to dry your structure, the natural humidity is going to make that worse. In fact, it would be better to turn your AC down so that it stays on until we get there with commercial equipment to begin drying.
  4. “UGH, this equipment is so HOT and so LOUD! I’m turning it off because I can’t sleep, work, or think!” You aren’t wrong. It is loud. It is hot. And it does make work, sleep, and even thinking hard to do. We PROMISE that if you stick with it and allow the equipment to do its job your home or business will dry much faster than if you turn it off and it only gets to work in small increments. Also, turning equipment off and allowing moisture to stay trapped will potentially lead to microbial growth (yep MOLD). I can promise you that 5 days of drying equipment is better than 10 days of mold remediation…not to mention that improperly handling your water damage can open issues with coverage for your claim with your insurance company. Trust me, it’s worth it to leave the loud, hot equipment on.
  5. “I thought you said you were getting paid by the insurance company. Why are you sending me a bill?” Our company works with all insurance companies. That being said, as the policy holder YOU are the one that the insurance company will send payment to (about half of the time). You will then need to forward payment to us. We do submit billing to the insurance company for you and we do work with your adjuster to close out payment for our services. We will also do our best to help you through the claim process. Ultimately, as the homeowner, or business owner, it is up to you to make sure payment is received for services rendered. If your insurance company determines that your loss is not covered by your policy you will be responsible for payment. We will always do our best to work with our customers if this is necessary.
  6. “I heard it only takes 3 days to dry out a house.” While it is true that many homes can be dried in a few days every structure is different. There are MANY unforeseen circumstances that can affect drying time. There are certain “best practices” that we adhere to for drying that help ensure timely progress. We also perform moisture inspections daily during a dry-out. This allows us to reposition equipment if we need to, remove equipment from areas that have dried, and to make sure that we are watching progress of anything that may require additional help.
  7. “I’m paying for this myself, so please don’t charge me what you charge an insurance company.” Our industry uses a couple of different software platforms for estimating/breaking down a job. Those platforms set the pricing. Insurance companies also use these systems, but the pricing is not “for” the insurance company. They’re getting the same pricing as you!
  8. “Who trains you?” The IICRC-Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification-is who we are certified and trained by primarily. (Here is the link to the about section of their web site https://www.IICRC.org/general/custom.asp?page=AbouttheIICRC). Any time you need a restoration professional you want to verify that they are a certified firm. You can do this by checking the IICRC site or asking for a copy of the firm’s certificate. Aside from the professional training by the IICRC, we offer in house training as well as additional training from other industry organizations.
  9. “Who is paying the power bill after you leave all that equipment plugged in?” We suggest that you reach out to your assigned insurance adjuster and ask if this is something that your policy will cover. In some cases, they need to see your bill for the month before and the month after, to show that there was an increase in usage. However, thanks to technology advancements, unless you’re dealing with a large amount of equipment for a long time, I doubt you’ll notice too much of a difference.
  10. “All of you water damage companies are the same”…. I beg to differ. This is personal for us. We are all here because we want to help. We know that having your home or business turned upside down is stressful. Unfortunately for most people, LIFE is stressful these days. Add a water damage to the mix and it’s almost more than anyone can take. We are here to help you through that. Not only do we care, but our company has been in business over 35 years! There just aren’t that many companies in our industry that can say that. Know why? The industry isn’t THAT old. It’s only been since people started having things like air conditioning, drywall, hot water heaters, appliances, and double paned windows that there was a need. Our industry is constantly growing and changing, and we are proud to have been at the forefront of that growth for so long.

Remember, nothing beats the restoration pros at SERVPRO of West Orange. The best thing to do in case of water damage at your home or business is give us a call. We will help make it Like it Never Even Happened. 

What Determines the Correct Water Restoration Equipment?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment setup in a hallway. We are equipped to quickly dry and restore your commercial water damage.

SERVPRO Identifies the Type and Number of Equipment when Restoring Orlando Properties

After a water loss incident affects your business premises, you have to make tough decisions to salvage your operations. One often overlooked aspect is choosing the resources to use during the restoration. For instance, if the incident leaves pools of standing water, you need fast extraction tools for efficient removal. However, the quickest extraction equipment might be too cumbersome, so you have to strike a balance.

When SERVPRO embarks on water restoration in Orlando business premises, we take a holistic approach to determine what to use. For example, if drying wet surfaces and materials is the goal, we consider how different equipment types contribute towards establishing a dry environment. A typical drying exercise requires:

  • Water extraction equipment
  • Heating sources
  • Drying equipment
  • Air filtration devices

Choose equipment that handles its intended job and helps with other aspects is the appropriate approach. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians choose water extractors with sufficient vacuum lift to minimize the amount of moisture drying equipment has to remove. We also calculate the affected areas' surface area to determine the proper equipment size to use.

SERVPRO of West Orange has access to various equipment to handle any water restoration needs. Call us at (407) 352-1569 to help restore your store to its preloss state.

Ceiling Leak in Windermere?

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Hitting the ceiling over water damage?

In Windermere water causes some of the most invasive damage that can happen to a structure, and the longer the water damage goes undetected or unresolved, the higher the repair costs will be. This is because water, when left to its own devices, will seep and soak into everything in its path. Floors, subfloors, floor joists, drywall, insulation, you get the idea. And once the water leak is identified and corrected, there is still the aftermath of the structural repairs, and repainting, etc.

Fortunately, SERVPRO of West Orange has extensive experience mitigating water damage, and we have a team of highly trained water restoration technicians available 24 hours a day to respond to your call. Windermere residents and business owners know that they can count on us to quickly and safely restore their water-damaged property to preloss condition quickly and efficiently. Here is the process we follow for most water-damage emergencies:

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Call Us Today!

When your Windermere home or commercial business needs water damage restoration services, SERVPRO is Here to Help. ® Call us at 407-352-1569. We’ll clean and restore your water damage in Windermere, “Like it never even happened.”

What Does Water Mitigation Mean?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Ceiling Regardless if it is water damage to your home or business, SERVPRO is standing by for assistance. Call us today Orlando.

SERVPRO’s Water Mitigation Efforts Prevent Further Damage from Impacting Your Windermere Property and Belongings

Time is of the essence when you have a water incident at your Windermere property. SERVPRO features skilled technicians ready to handle mitigation to prevent further damage to your interior, whether commercial or residential. With a single phone call, you have a crew on-site within hours to begin cleanup to protect your building’s integrity. The only way to prevent significant damage and mitigate the related restoration and repair costs is to act as quickly as possible. The good news is that our emergency team is Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Why Call SERVPRO for Mitigation Efforts?

Our IICRC-certified technicians can handle water mitigation in the Orlando Area regardless of the size or scope of the task at hand. We know what to look for, including any of the potential signs of water damage, such as:

  • Floor damage – There could be hidden damage lurking under the surface. If you notice wood or laminate floor that is buckling, linoleum peeling, or grouted tile loosening, then you may have an issue that calls for professional restoration.
  • Wall damage – Swollen walls become a telltale sign that water is a problem from within. Before bloating, walls may also present with peeling paint, cracking, bubbling wallpaper, or feel soft to the touch. 
  • Mold damage – Due to the potential for health effects, mold is never anything to ignore. Any damp, dark areas of your Windermere property should be inspected regularly. If you ever notice musty odors of visible mold, this points to a moisture issue that must be addressed carefully. 

Water mitigation efforts keep the cost of your project lower, but you also enjoy a remedy sooner. SERVPRO has proven methods, and we adjust our actions accordingly to meet or exceed our drying goals. 

Do you need help with water mitigation? We have a restoration crew ready to go 24/7 at SERVPRO of West Orange. Call (407) 352-1569, and we will send out our Green Fleet to begin restoring your interior to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of West Orange is proud to serve communities all over central Florida including, 34786, 34787, 32836, 32830, 34761 and many more. 

We Have Water Damage, Can I Save My Interior?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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With Proven Water Restoration Techniques, SERVPRO Ensures Your Orlando Home Gets Back to Normal Fast 

Water damage comes in many forms, but it all needs to get handled quickly to cut back on the loss's scope. When you have a pipe burst or a water leak in your Orlando home, you need to have skilled technicians on the job to limit the project's cleanup time and cost. SERVPRO has the techniques and availability to meet and exceed your expectations. With a simple phone call, we can have our Green Fleet at your door in as little as four hours to start the cleanup and restoration. 

Do I Need Skilled Restoration? 

Speed is imperative once you have water damage to your Orlando home. We have IICRC-certified technicians to handle your water restoration in Orlando to inhibit mold growth and the cost of the loss. After we arrive, our crew will: 

  • Inspect and assess the water damage. We look at building materials and the path of water migration to plan out the best course of action for cleanup and water removal.
  • Begin extraction to pull up any standing water. We bring a variety of water extraction tools and submersible pumps to facilitate water removal easily. 

If you have water seeped into the walls or behind baseboards, our team uses specialized drying methods. Wet insulation is known to trap and hold moisture, which brings the potential for mold clusters that begin to thrive. Our crew can remove damaged drywall using controlled demolition to have it replaced with brand-new materials. Everything gets finished off so that your interior gets restored to preloss condition. 

When you need professional assistance with water restoration, our team at SERVPRO of West Orange is quick to respond and ready to work in as little as a few hours after your call. Contact us at (407) 352-1569 for emergency service. 

A Burst Pipe Has Caused Water to Pool in My Home, How Do I Solve the Issue?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Man standing in water Do you have a water damage in your home? Call SERVPRO of West Orange to get it fixed.

Contact SERVPRO to Handle the Water Damage in Your Windermere Residence

Most homeowners in the Windermere, FL area are not ready for an emergency water service. The number one cause of interior damage to houses and buildings is a water break.

Having water pooling in your home after a pipe burst can be a traumatic experience. If it happens in the night, it can be particularly troublesome, and you might wonder whom to call. Thankfully, SERVPRO of West Orange offers professional water damage restoration services and is available on a 24-hour basis. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What kind of damage can water cause?

A burst pipe can cause water damage in your Windermere home, affecting one or several rooms. Stagnant water can ruin wood flooring, carpeting, drywall, wood beams, insulation, and furnishings. It is not only the water that causes problems since moisture can lead to mold infestation. The longer standing water remains in a home, the harder it is to clean it up. That’s why we can arrive at your home quickly to assess the damage and start remediating the situation.

Why hire professionals to deal with a water intrusion problem?

You need to hire professionals because you do not want to risk doing the job incorrectly. If you perform water restoration poorly, your property could develop a severe damp problem a few months later. Water affects different materials in various ways. Brick and concrete are resistant to water damage while wood can resist short term wetting. However, timber decays if it stays wet for an extended period. Dense materials do not retain much water, but they dry slowly, whereas porous materials absorb much water, but dry quickly.

What does SERVPRO do to restore a water-damaged house?

Our expert technicians begin the restoration process by removing standing water. Water removal helps prevent further damage. Our team has suitable equipment for removing water from different kinds of floors. For instance, for glue-down carpeting, we can use a carpet wand to extract the water. This equipment is ideal for removing water initially and for removing residual water on the surface of carpeting after we have used a stationary tool. We can then clean and dry the carpet and eliminate any debris that could be present. We also have drying tools that can eliminate moisture from walls, flooring, and the framing of your home.

Do not let a water intrusion incident ruin your home severely. Call SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569 for quick restoration that can make the damage seem, “Like it never even happened.”

Can Less Than an Inch of Water Cause Damage to My Winter Garden Home?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Standing Water on Floor The certified technicians arrive quickly and return your home to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO technicians know it is not only the amount of water in a Winter Garden home but also the speed of the restoration services

Water can hit your Winter Garden home in a lot of ways. Pipe bursts, appliance failures, toilet backups, and human error such as bathtub overflows. Water does not have to cover a room in your home to do a great deal of damage. If it seeps under the floors or wicks within the sheetrock on the walls, it increases the need for professional restoration for the best outcome.

What are Common Losses From Waiting for Water Cleanup?

When a water-based loss happens in your Winter Garden home, water cleanup cannot wait. Putting down towels merely blots moisture from the surface, and when water runs down into the carpet pad or seeps under tile, it creates other issues that have the potential to be more damaging to your structure and contents. Waiting to begin the cleanup or doing a poor job leads to deterioration of building materials, the ruination of carpet and glue-down tile, and the potential for mold growth in any of these areas if other elements are favorable for germination of spores and growth. SERVPRO has the professional equipment to:
    •    Extract any amount of water
    •    Detection equipment
    •    Drying devices
    •    Proprietary cleaning agents

What Happens to Water that Waits for Removal?

Holding off on getting a professional job done for water extraction in your home is a huge mistake. The longer water sits, the more it degrades. After 48 hours, the potential for contaminants or harmful bacteria to be present is so likely that it requires handling and disposal as a category three biohazard, also known as "black water." Any items that absorbed the water generally are a loss as they have no way to return to a sanitary standard for reuse. The exception being washable clothing and fabrics, which can get cleaned through the use of the powerful Esporta Cleaning System. SERVPRO techs have extensive training and hold a certification #64-64-1785570 for the safe handling of biohazard materials of all types.

How Do I Know If I Have Mold I Cannot See?

Mold can be a side effect of a longtime leak or water removal that waited too long. Signs that mold is part of the home cleanup equation are:
    •    An earthy, musty odor that does not diminish
    •    Stains or discoloration on walls or ceilings
    •    Hardwood flooring may show visible evidence between the boards

SERVPRO techs know that mold remediation should be handled with care, and to avoid spreading airborne spores during the process, containment around the loss area is a common tactic. The techs have comprehensive training and carry certification for mold damage mitigation #MRSR868 Florida License. Protective clothing is a must, including respirators.

Building materials compromised by mold require disposal. It is not unusual to see a wall with interior mold damage reduced to the studs to stop the infestation. After ensuring the structure has an indoor humidity level below 50% to stop the cycle of mold growth, the techs wipe down the exposed structure. SERVPRO techs have access to a large selection of cleaning agents, many of which are exclusive. Antimicrobial solutions get used in areas where mold abatement has taken place. If there is any danger of mold setting back up before any repairs get completed, the application of antimicrobial sealants assures there is no germination or growth.

After any type of water loss, odor control may be necessary with or without the additional issue of mold. The techs have a diverse selection of odor control applications for combating light odors to more robust methods that neutralize odorous particles at the molecular level.

How Does SERVPRO Know What Actions are Covered During the Restoration Services?
When the techs come on-site to clean up your water loss in your home, they communicate closely with both the homeowner and adjuster. Nothing gets disposed of without approval, and before restoration actions get taken, the techs verify that the work is under the scope of coverage. This attention to detail ensures the property owners do not get hit with surprise out-of-pocket expenses. Once the mitigation efforts complete, the homeowner and adjuster (if available) get an overview of the actions taken and anything left to do to bring the home back to the same state as before the water loss.

SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569 is ready 24/7 to assist local properties with any size or type of water cleanup. The certified technicians arrive quickly and return your home to its preloss condition.

SERVPRO of West Orange services all cities in the Orange County area including but not limited to, Windermere, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Lake Buena Vista, Dr. Phillips, Bay Lake, and many more. 

Don't Wait To Call Our Experts After A Water Damage Disaster In Your Home

6/15/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Living Room In case of a water spill in your home, call SERVPRO of West Orange. You can reach us at (407) 352-1569 any time

How To Get Fast Results When Restoring Water Damage In Winter Garden

Incidents of water damage are common considering how often water is used in day-to-day activities. Even though you might panic in the aftermath of such an incident, there is a need to act quickly. Most of the severe damages associated with water take time to develop so taking quick remedial action limits the impact. We offer professional restoration services that help save items and restore the property to its preloss state.
 
Most cases of water damage in Central Florida involve copious amounts of water spilled when plumbing systems leak or burst. Rainwater from a leaking roof can also cause problems. Removing the water as fast as it spills is the best water to mitigate damage. Our SERVPRO technicians use truck-mounted water extractors, which can remove thousands of gallons within a short while.
 
When water spills, it migrates to different areas of the property as porous materials absorb it. Carpets, drywall and wooden materials in floors and other sections of the property easily absorb the water. Checking the level of migration helps ensure the right removal procedures can be utilized. Our SERVPRO technicians use many moisture detection tools to check levels of moisture migration. We may sometimes use FLIR thermal cameras to detect wet areas, especially in concealed areas. We also have moisture sensors that we use to probe materials to check the level of moisture they hold and thermo-hygrometers, which help us, gauge the relative humidity in different sections of the property.
 
Drying the moisture from the affected property is perhaps the most daunting process because it involved evaporating which is a slow process. Various actions can help improve the evaporation rate including increasing the rate of airflow over the affected areas and content. Higher temperature also helps because it increases the amount of moisture air can hold. Our SERVPRO technicians use fast air movers and dehumidifiers for fast drying.
 
In case of a water spill in your home, call SERVPRO of West Orange. You can reach us at (407) 352-1569 any time. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO of West Orange services all cities in the Orange County area including but not limited to, Windermere, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Lake Buena Vista, Dr. Phillips, Bay Lake, and many more. 

How Contamination Level Changes the Mitigation Process

6/2/2020 (Permalink)

Category 1 water damage comes from a clean water source Category 1 water damage comes from a clean water source

How Contamination Level Changes the Mitigation Process

All flooding is not the same. When your home in Central Florida floods, the first question water mitigation experts are likely to ask is where did the water come from? Where the water comes from often indicates the level of contamination with which they must contend. It can tell them a lot about the process they need to use to completely restore your home to its original state.

Category 1

Category 1 water is considered clean. Your home may be flooded by a clean source:

  • Broken pipe
  • Leaking pipe
  • Busted supply line

The water damage caused by clean water must still be repaired, but the process is pretty straightforward. The area can often be dried without having to remove a lot of damaged material.

Category 2

If flooding occurs as the result of a leak from your refrigerator or an overflowing washing machine, this is considered a Category 2 incident. Some cleaning is required because the water may contain a few contaminants. As long as the materials involved are not saturated and can be adequately disinfected, they may not have to be removed.

Category 3

Flood damage from a storm or sewer line falls within the third level of contamination. This can complicate the cleanup process extensively. Even if the walls, floors and ceilings affected by the flood are still structurally sound, any area the contaminated water touched may still have to be removed in order to ensure all the microbes in the water are gone. Just because it doesn't look or smell dirty, that doesn't mean that it isn't. Technicians know it is better to err on the side of caution when the water comes from a source that is likely contaminated.
Understanding the mitigation process for flooding in your home can help you plan ahead. When you hear that the damage was caused by Category 3 water, you can adjust your expectations accordingly.

SERVPRO of West Orange services all cities in the Orange County area including but not limited to, Windermere, Winter Garden, Ocoee, Lake Buena Vista, Dr. Phillips, Bay Lake, and many more. 

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

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Phenolics

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

  1. Quaternary Compounds

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

  1. Glutaraldehydes

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

  1. Chlorine

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

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

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

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Tackles Fast Water Removal from Orlando Kitchen

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Our Technicians Have The Right Tools To Handle Your Orlando Water Damage

5/11/2019 (Permalink)

Whether you have a plumbing leak, a roof leak, or any other water damage give SERVPRO a call to stop the flooding and get your home repaired quickly.

Left your bathtub faucet running? Call SERVPRO!

We've all been forgetful in our lives. Sometimes we leave keys at home, lose wallets, or forget where we parked a car. However, sometimes being forgetful can have major consequences for you and your home. Leaving your faucets running in your Orlando home can quickly lead to disaster for your walls and insulation. If not cleaned up, water can seep into walls and insulation which is why it is critical to quickly get the help of clean up professionals.

SERVPRO Technicians are experienced in mitigating water damage to walls and insulation in Orlando homes. They can quickly arrive at your home and begin the clean up process. We can clean up water in your home with the use of wet vacs, or, if spillage is severe, we can use pumps to clean water from your home. The longer water is left in your home, the greater the chance that it will seep into the insulation that keeps your home warm. Unless you have fiberglass insulation, then it may not be possible to restore the insulating power of your insulation once it absorbs water. Insulation may mat or lose its fire resistance value when affected by water.

We can use air movers and dehumidifiers to force moisture out of your walls and remove excess moisture from your insulation. Water damage from a faucet that was left on tends not be severe, and our IICRC certified professionals can often successfully dry fiberglass insulation without it having to be replaced.

To finalize the drying process, we can inspect your walls with moisture meters to check if water has entered your wall cavities. If excess moisture is discovered, we may have to drill ventilation holes and peel paint to allow water to escape from your walls.

If a small mistake has caused your home to experience flooding, then call SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569. We can help make you feel "Like it never even happened."

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Where to Start With Orlando Water Damage Remediation?

4/30/2019 (Permalink)

Don't be stuck dealing with water damage in your home. Contact SERVPRO today for all your water damage remediation needs.

SERVPRO Eliminates Water Damage in Orlando Home Before the Guests Arrive

Not every water damage call finds water standing in the home and multiple rooms affected. Sometimes a water loss issue can be tiny but mighty. Such as a slow leak that has gone unnoticed for an extended period until it announces itself with both odor and a wet area.

SERVPRO was called to assist with water damage in an Orlando home. A leak under a not-too-often-used guest bathroom in their home had been found as they were prepping the room for visitors and noticed the cabinet under the bathroom sink was wet. After the homeowner had the pipe repaired their next call was to us.

Our local emergency response team arrived quickly to inspect the Orlando water damage and got to work immediately. On inspection, the pipe had been steadily dripping for a long time, and wood underneath was warped and drywall by the pipe too saturated to restore through our drying methods. Moisture detection confirmed the wall and area under the cabinet needed drying.

Technicians removed the damaged drywall and bottom of the cabinet to allow for sufficient airflow and complete drying. Air movers were positioned to dry the interior of the cabinet and back wall. The area under the cabinet showed an area of moisture retention, so our technicians set up an Injecti-Dry configuration to force air under the cabinet area.

Once dry, the areas affected by the moisture were wiped down and disinfected with our professional-grade formulas. Our SERVPRO location offers building services, and our technicians suggested to the homeowner the necessary repairs and restorations needed for returning the cabinet to preloss condition. The homeowner and adjuster approved the work, and we installed a new bottom to the cabinet and replaced the damaged drywall. Now, guests can enjoy the room without any signs there was a leaky pipe.

The key to limiting water damage in your home is to call SERVPRO of West Orange at (407) 352-1569 as soon as you see an issue. Our training and equipment mean we can make your water loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Why Preventative Maintenance is a Key Part to Stopping Water Damage in Winter Garden

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

The aging windows in your home can cause both water damage and a mold infestation. Contact our team to assess and remediate today.

Some of the Different Causes of Water Damage Affecting a Winter Garden Home

Homeowners in Winter Garden put a significant amount of effort into maintaining their homes, both inside and outside. The condition of a house in the area becomes very obvious when something needs attention, due to the contrast involved between pristine areas and those needing attention.

When your house in Winter Garden develops water damage, it can also create a musty odor. The visible signs and this new smell make it all that more important to start the mitigation process. Preventing such damage is almost always possible, however, and SERVPRO's specialists can help you protect your home, saving your home from unnecessary problems.

Water damage comes from different sources of moisture, elevated humidity, or lost and misplaced water. Correcting the situations that allow these to remain inside your home can stop water damage from ever occurring. Checking water feed lines to appliances and fixing leaky drains and other plumbing fixtures solve many of the most common problems.

Other areas to look at in your home might require the help of a professional. Exhaust fans in your bathroom and over the stove need to work well so they can draw the steam out of your living area. A functioning fan protects one area of your house. The vent in these areas should be part of a continuous network that leads directly to the outside vent, without any breaks or extra lengths or unnecessary turns in the ducts between them. Breaks release moisture and extra bends in the ducts allow moisture to become trapped inside, where it can corrode the duct and cause holes.

Leaky windows that let rain inside your home might go undetected if the water drains into the space between the exterior and the interior surfaces of the wall underneath the window. Situations like this are why we use our infrared thermal imaging devices. Hidden water like this shows a visible change on these cameras that cannot be seen by the naked eye and let us know, even after the rain stops pouring down, where such problems occur.

SERVPRO of West Orange is always here for you when it comes to water damage mitigation and subsequent clean-up of your Oakland, Bay Hill, or Disney World-area home. Call us at (407) 352-1569 for assistance in both prevention and mitigation.

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Some Effective Ways to Remediate Ocoee Water Damage

12/30/2018 (Permalink)

When water damage affects your home, timing is critical. Call SERVPRO right away for water remediation services.

Problems We Avoid Through Fast Water Removal in Ocoee Homes

Through years of experience helping local homeowners in Ocoee handle water removal crises, we have learned just how crucial it is to get on the site fast and remove moisture as quickly as possible. If too much time is allowed to pass between the flood or damaging event and when we start drying the building out, extra complications can arise that can cost thousands of dollars and require significantly more time to reverse than situations in which we arrive quickly. Here are some of the effects you can avoid with a fast water removal process in your home.

Foundational Damage
One of the costliest results of slow water removal in Ocoee homes can be damage to the foundation of your home. Large volumes of water can be heavy and press down on your home's foundation, all while searching for cracks and crevices to creep into and widen. Standing water can quickly cause significant damage to your home's foundation that requires a large reconstruction process to correct, but these problems can be avoided with a fast response from a company like SERVPRO.

Damage to Baseboards and Flooring
Baseboard and flooring materials can be damaged beyond repair if they remain soaked for too long, forcing us to go through with costly replacements rather than restoring the original materials to their pre-damage state. If we respond fast enough, we can prevent materials like wood and some types of carpeting from bending and warping as water changes their shape on a microscopic level.

Mold Prevention
Mold grows quickly with plenty of water in the home, and although SERVPRO is fully licensed and certified to handle mold infestations when they arise, we prefer to circumvent these issues altogether by drying your home before spores get a chance to grow. Mold grows exponentially, meaning that just a few hours could make the difference between a nonexistent and a massive problem.

SERVPRO of West Orange can help remove water from your home after a flood, appliance malfunction, or other disasters. Call us at (407) 352-1569.
 
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Contact SERVPRO When You See Water Damage In Your Ocoee Home

12/5/2018 (Permalink)

When you see signs of water damage to your drywall call SERVPRO

Preserving Water-Damaged Drywall in Ocoee Homes

Water disasters can affect your Ocoee home in several different ways. While ultimately you want professionals that can help you to overcome all of these potential effects, there is an order of importance to restoring the property to protect as many at-risk materials as possible. Our franchise has the trained technicians able to diagnose potential problems with exposed materials and utilize our equipment to dry out this damage before it becomes too challenging to salvage.

Drywall is especially susceptible to the spread and saturation of water damages in your Ocoee home. Taking care of these materials quickly can help to greatly reduce necessary removals and make the reconstruction phase of the restoration process more efficient and streamlined. With drywall being a porous material, it can easily absorb water when the material becomes exposed, which starts to saturate the walls immediately. The longer this problem persists, the more dramatic these effects become until our SERVPRO professionals not only have to remove the material but contend with the possibility of secondary effects like mold growth as well.

One of the initial phases of our inspection and mitigation process is to determine the moisture content inside of and behind the walls of your home. We use moisture detection equipment like our thermal imagery cameras to determine moisture pockets that require attention. This same equipment can help to note how widespread the saturation is from the base of the wall up towards the ceiling. We mark out the dry line and often cut out all of the oversaturated drywall beneath this point to replace it with fresh, new material. Our SERVPRO professionals then have better access to dry out the newly exposed wall cavities with our high-powered air movers and dehumidification equipment.

Drywall is often one of the first materials to take the worst of the potential damages from a water incident occurring on your property. You can help to preserve most of these damaged elements by reaching out to our SERVPRO of West Orange rapid response team as soon as disaster strikes. Give us a call today at (407) 352-1569.

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Preparing your home of business for a hurricane.

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows that when a disaster strikes the cleanup can be overwhelming. As the leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO knows that fast mitigation is the key to limiting additional damage to your home or business, and in the case of a business, limiting business interruption. With over 1,500 franchises across the country, SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to reduce the amount of secondary damage that can be caused by allowing the water to sit. 

In the event of a hurricane here are some tips from FEMA to help you prepare your home:

  • Cover all of your home's windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, and anything else that is not tied down
  • Keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed so they are more wind resistant
  • Turn off utilities as instructed by local authorities.
  • 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.

Preparing your business is a litter different, but these tips from FEMA 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?

While we all hope for a year free from hurricanes, we know that they are inevitable at times. You can rest assured that SERVPRO of West Orange will be available to assist you with your home or business in the event of a natural disaster.

State of the Art Equipment for Water Damages

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Fans New air movers were recently added to our inventory

SERVPRO knows that staying on the cutting edge of technology in our industry will help our customers the most. That's why we add new equipment to our inventory on a regular basis. We are proud to be able to offer the best to our customers. 

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Many homeowners feel that if the water is removed, the work of water damage cleanup is done. This is because it is difficult to see or feel the extent of the saturation of water in building materials without moisture detection equipment used in the water damage industry. What follows is that either the homeowner will attempt to remove the water and simply place household fans around, with or without removing drywall; or they will tell the water damage restoration contractor to leave when the water is extracted and before equipment is placed. The paradox here is that these decisions are made to save time and money. In some cases, they may have done just that. However, in most cases, the resulting long term water damage is both costly and time consuming in addition to being inconvenient and stressful. Added to that is the fact that the cost of mold remediation consequent of an improperly dried flood damage will likely not be covered by insurance policies because the water damage or sewage damage was not dried properly to begin with.

You have probably noticed by now that it is not the water removal service that is the important part of taking care of water damage. It is actually the drying part that makes your home safe from long term mold or building material damage. In fact, there is no time to waste when it comes to drying a water damaged home. Mold begins to start growing within 24 hours and continues “growing like a weed” damaging building materials as it spreads.

Water damage restoration companies spend a tremendous amount of money on drying equipment for a very good reason. They dry quickly, effectively, and safely. After all, think about it, if we could just use household fans and a couple of blowers, we would save a tremendous amount of money on equipment. If I thought those types of equipment did an effective job, I would be all over saving money by purchasing those at less than $50 each rather than a $300-400 blower and $3000 dehumidifiers. However, I know the importance of having industrial equipment to keep your home safe and dry. Further, all of the equipment works together to both dry the structural materials (blowers), remove the moisture from the air as the wet materials dry and the water from them turns to vapor (dehumidifiers), and clean the air to prevent allergens that permeate through the air during drying (air scrubbers).

What is all that water drying equipment?

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

You just called SERVPRO of West Orange. A disaster has struck you and your home or office. The crews from SERVPRO are on their way to mitigate the disaster. They show up in the big green trucks and in moments are assessing the damage to your property. Popping open the back of the truck they start to unload equipment, but what are they unloading? Why is it important? Here’s a list of the usual things you’ll see brought into a property once the team starts to work.

  • Air Mover and/or Axial Fan: Professional grade air movers and axial fans produce more air movement than a standard household fan. The higher volume of air being moved increases the rate of evaporation, helping to dry the structure as quickly as possible.
  • Dehumidifier: A dehumidifier removes water vapor from the air by condensing it out against refrigerated fins. The water is stored and then periodically purged from the machine by use of plastic tubing. The tubing will generally be run so that it dumps water down a drain, such as a bath tub or sink, or sometimes out a window or door. Professional dehumidifiers pull much more vapor from the air than a household dehumidifier. In this way they are generally more efficient.
  • Air Scrubber: An air scrubber might be used if your loss is a result of water classified as grey or black, which means that it came from a contaminated source or through building materials. These machines remove airborne particulates by trapping them in HEPA filters. Air Scrubbers are also used in cases where a customer has a health condition that requires the air quality be monitored.
  • Specialty Drying Equipment: There are a variety of different tools available to our technicians for use in specialty circumstances. For instance, a floor drying mat system allows the technician to create a vacuum system for removing moisture from hardwood floors, in order to try to dry them in place. This helps the floor dry faster, and generally gives us a better chance of saving the hardwood flooring.

There are of course many other tools you may well see if the situation requires them. The onsite SERVPRO technicians can and will explain any of the tools they use for the job. So when in doubt ask them!

Preparing Your Home or Business for a Hurricane

5/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO knows that when a disaster strikes the cleanup can be overwhelming. As the leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO knows that fast mitigation is the key to limiting additional damage to your home or business, and in the case of a business, limiting business interruption. With over 1,500 franchises across the country, SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to reduce the amount of secondary damage that can be caused by allowing the water to sit. 

In the event of a hurricane here are some tips from FEMA to help you prepare your home:

·         Cover all of your home's windows with precut plywood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds

·         Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, and anything else that is not tied down

·         Keep all trees and shrubs well-trimmed so they are more wind resistant

·         Turn off utilities as instructed by local authorities.

·         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.

Preparing your business is a litter different, but these tips from FEMA 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?

While we all hope for a year free from hurricanes, we know that they are inevitable at times. You can rest assured that SERVPRO of West Orange will be available to assist you with your home or business in the event of a natural disaster.

How Water Damage Claims Work

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Lets set a scenario and say that you're in your home in Ocoee, FL and you've had a significant water damage at your home. Multiple rooms are flooded, there is water coming out of your light fixtures downstairs, and then only thing you've been able to do it turn the water to stop the leak. What do you do next? Who do you call? 

The good news is that you've turned off the water, so you have started the process of mitigating your loss. The following are some steps you can take to prevent secondary damage from occurring to your belongings while you wait for SERVPRO to arrive.

  • Call SERVPRO so that we can send a technician to your site immediately.
  • Contact your insurance company (if you haven't already) to report the loss and notify them that you have contacted SERVPRO and that we are in-route.
  • Begin removing excess water by mopping and blotting
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting
  • Do not use a household vacuum to remove water
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water
  • Do not leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpeting 

We our technicians arrive on site they will access the damages and being extracting water from porous surfaces. They will also place equipment and explain the drying process. If you have questions at any time during the process of drying your home or business, please call us! 

How Much Does Water Damage Restoration Cost?

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

When a customer has a water loss, they are often overcome with emotions. One of the biggest concerns is how much the loss or damage will cost. Typically we can't answer that question over the phone due to many unforeseen circumstances. This article found on home.costhelper.com/water-damage helps to shed some light on this difficult subject. Our team of professionals will be able to assist in restoration of any water damage, anytime, day or night. Give us a call today with any questions you might have. As always, coverage for a loss under an insurance claim would be determined by your insurance company's assigned adjuster.


Water or excess moisture can harm a home and its contents, and cleanup should be started as soon as possible.

Typical costs:

  • The cost of water damage restoration is based on several factors. These include the size of the affected area, the extent of the damage, the materials and water type. There are three categories -- the least expensive to clean up is category 1, which is clean water from a faucet or supply pipe. Category 2 is gray wastewater with minor contaminants, such as overflow from a dishwasher or washing machine. Category 3 is black water, containing sewage or other toxic debris.
  • Fixing a small area of water damage in a ceiling due to a leaky roof can be $100-$300 to patch the sheet rock, or $30-$50 for do-it-yourself materials -- not including the cost of fixing the roof and repainting the ceiling.
  • Drying a flooded basement can cost $500-$10,000 or more, depending on the size of the basement, the depth of the flooding and the water type (clean, gray wastewater or black/toxic). Depending on where the appliance is located in the house, cleaning up after a faulty water heater, washing machine, dishwasher or air conditioner averages about $5,000, according to HomeOwnerNet.com[1] .
  • Damage from a burst water pipe can cost $5,000-$70,000 or more with an average insurance claim costing $15,000.
  • If an entire house is flooded with storm water, the National Flood Insurance Program provides a flood damage simulator[2] to predict the total cost based on the height of the water. For 1-4 inches of water, the estimated cost is $7,800. For 9-12 inches, the estimate is$18,930. At 18 inches, the estimated cost is $26,285..
  • Water damage might be covered by insurance. Flood insurance typically covers damage from a natural disaster, when outside water or mud overflows an otherwise dry house. Homeowners insurance does not cover floods, but may cover water damage caused by minor individualized disasters, such as a hailstorm smashing a window or a broken water pipe spewing water -- as long as the problem wasn't caused by a lack of standard maintenance.

What Equipment Will Be Used for Water Damage Remediation?

3/25/2018 (Permalink)

When a water damage occurs many customers feel blindsided by the many steps involved in remedying the situation. The task of removing the water, drying out the home or business, and then putting things back into place can seem overwhelming in the initial moments of finding the loss. That’s where we can help. Our team of highly qualified technicians take great care in walking a customer through the steps necessary to dry and repair their property.

Many different types of equipment are utilized in the drying and restoration process. Here is a glimpse of what you can expect:

  • Air Mover and/or Axial Fan: Professional grade air movers and axial fans produce more air movement than a standard household fan. The higher volume of air being moved increases the rate of evaporation, helping to dry the structure as quickly as possible.

  • Dehumidifier: A dehumidifier removes water vapor from the air by condensing it out against refrigerated fins. The water is stored and then periodically purged from the machine by use of plastic tubing. The tubing will generally be run so that it dumps water down a drain, such as a bath tub or sink, or sometimes out a window or door. Professional dehumidifiers pull much more vapor from the air than a household dehumidifier. In this way they are generally more efficient.

  • Air Scrubber: An air scrubber might be used if your loss is a result of water classified as grey or black, which means that it came from a contaminated source or through building materials. These machines remove airborne particulates by trapping them in HEPA filters. Air Scrubbers are also used in cases where a customer has a health condition that requires the air quality be monitored.

  • Specialty Drying Equipment: There are a variety of different tools available to our technicians for use in specialty circumstances. For instance, a floor drying mat system allows the technician to create a vacuum system for removing moisture from hardwood floors, in order to try to dry them in place. This helps the floor dry faster, and generally gives us a better chance of saving the hardwood flooring.

Many customers are concerned about the cost of their power bill when they see the amount of equipment needed. This is an understandable concern. Your insurance adjuster can discuss how to handle this with you.

How a Water Restoration Technician Assists After Disaster

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

A water restoration technician has an extremely important job when a home is affected by excess moisture. Certified professionals in the industry can quickly reverse the extensive damage that a flood or sewage backflow can cause, and save as many items as possible in the process. And when dealing with contaminated water, especially when it has pooled in the home, only certified professionals should be allowed to manage the cleanup. Attempting to perform cleanup efforts without expert assistance can lead to injury or illness, both of which can be severe.

A certified water restoration technician is on call around the clock. When an entire community has been affected a major disaster we can call in multiple teams to assist. As soon as a professional is on site, they will assess the situation and determine what items need immediate rescuing. If water has pooled in areas around the home, then pumps will be used to remove it.

The home will be dried using a configuration of heavy duty air movers and dehumidifiers, and while it dries, the firm will move through the building and look for any evidence of mold or pathogen contamination. If pathogens or mold are present, they will be eliminated using special procedures. This will ensure the home is safe to return to, and with concerted drying efforts, the building will as good as new once professionals have completed their work.

What to do when you have a sewage leak!

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

It’s late at night. The rain has been coming down for what seems like hours. Your toilet is flushed as lightning splits the sky, and suddenly you have sewage backing up in your home, onto your carpet, under your floors. This is not a dream….This is a NIGHTMARE! This is actually a reality for some. Half awake, dealing with an emergency what are you going to do? What can we salvage? What is safe to touch? First thing is first, sewage can be very dangerous. The most common negative factor in sewage is hepatitis B. This little thing can remain outside a living body for up to 50 days and cause a host of health issues. So the cleaning of your home or office must be done right, and done fast.

There are many items that can be cleaned by a professional from a sewage loss. Here is a Short list of what cannot be saved:

Some Electronics – Depending on the type and how far the contamination went down into the item will come into play. You cannot wipe off just the outside and say it is good to go. If sewage comes in contact with a power cord or a small transfer box it should be replaced. If the item is not replaced the contamination will fester inside and could cause a major fire hazard. This is a very serious issue that should be handled by a professional.

Soft Goods/Certain Textiles – Some can be cleaned depending on the material make, age and contamination level. Certain items like pillows or stuffed animals will need to be dissembled, filling removed, exterior cleaned and put back together with clean materials.

Engineered Wood/ Press wood - Any wood item that has been modified where contamination has come in contact with an unfinished surface cannot be cleaned. This is due to the many cavities that pressboard and engineered wood have. Natural/Solid wood can be treated and sanded to remove the affected areas, then re-stained to match existing colors.

Carpet/Pad – If at any time there was sewage that soaked through to the carpet or pad, the area must be removed! There is no way to guarantee that the carpet and pad are fully decontaminated.

If there are any questions, Please call your local SERVPRO and we will help.

Water Damage can severely affect the health of your Orlando business

1/27/2017 (Permalink)

Businesses throughout the Orlando area are constantly effected by the environments around them. The elements can wreak havoc on the interior of businesses under the best circumstances. Plumbing malfunctions, damage to the structure, or the risk of fire can put a dent in your business plans for the day and cost you a lot of money. Then there are the lingering hazards that now can grow from these damages.

 

Let’s talk about carpet. Standing water and carpets just do not mix. The fabric can be destroyed, it can accelerate the growth of mold and fungi and it can trap hazards within the fibers as the water evaporates or recedes. If carpets are left untreated you may have to replace all the carpet, and not to mention what it will do to the floor below. Water in the floor, depending on the type of floor can warp, weaken, or allow for a collapse to occur more frequently.

 

Water in or on walls can knock sections of the building out of commission. If water happens to settle in the walls it will damage the fibers of the wall and create a breeding ground for microbial growth. Mold and fungi love warm, dark, wet environments to breed in. Opening up the walls and getting a dehumidifier near the areas to help dry the water keeps the problem from spreading.

 

Furniture and chairs are usually multi problem areas. Desks often made of wood soak up water. Desks are usually covered in papers and important items which water often destroys if left untreated. SERVPRO can salvage your papers using a freeze dry method of extracting water. Placing fans and dehumidifiers near water soaked desks can keep you from replacing them. Desk chairs which are often fiber based exterior with soft cushion material inside soak up water and anything in the water. Again all these normal office pieces of furniture can be salvaged if time and skill are used to the utmost.

 

Keep in mind, time plus water equals money. The longer you wait, the longer the water soaks in and does damage, the more it costs you in the end.