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What Should You Do When Hurricanes Cause Flash Flooding for Orlando Homes?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Living room carpet flooding Our professionals are available anytime that you need us by calling (407) 226-2621.

Having an emergency plan can ensure that the right mitigation and recovery steps get started promptly in your damaged Orlando house.

Hurricane season spans months, and this means that for this time, Orlando homes and businesses could always be at risk for rapidly developing powerful storm systems. With torrential rainfall and other devastating conditions, structural damage and flooding are both possibilities.

The objective of flood removal for Orlando homes is rarely for preserving the exposed materials and contents, mostly when natural flooding and flash flooding emergencies occur. The high probability of contamination often makes water removal a necessary action to protect elements of the house that have yet to be impacted by migrating loss effects.

What Should You Do When Flooding Begins in Your House?
As much as many homeowners might wish for a long list of actions that they can take when flooding occurs, that can make restoration efficient and keep costs to a minimum, but this is rarely the case. In most situations, the possible approaches that a property owner can take are often limited to retrieving their prized valuables and keepsakes and ensuring that utilities get shut off to the property if possible to reduce injury hazards for responding technicians. Last-minute actions include:


    •    Content Relocation
    •    Shut Off Utilities
    •    Vacate the Premises


What Pre-Mitigation Evaluation Data Gets Collected?
Evaluating the property as quickly and completely as possible prepares technicians for what to expect when we dispatch from our warehouse. The data collected and questions answered all play a role in the efficient recovery of the property after a flood.

Customer Concerns – After a flood, homeowners have their shortlist of priorities for responding technicians and contractors from our SERVPRO team. We also prioritize these requests to ease the stress of restoration.

Flood Damage – The current damages in a structure can have immediate ramifications for contents, occupants, and restoration obstacles. We thoroughly inspect the entire home after a flood to catalog and record all present compromises.

Contamination – Learning which contents and structural elements have become exposed to contaminants like bacterial and viral pathogens brought in with natural flooding, we can determine demolition and disinfection needs.

Content Damage and Inventory – Another action required before mitigation is choosing when to relocate contents in the path of migrating floodwater. By placing these items in a dry, safe location, we can prevent irreparable damage. When these items are already damaged, we can catalog these damages and inventory individual belongings before transporting them to our nearby SERVPRO facility.

What Tools Remove Standing Water and Trapped Water?
Flash flooding and natural flooding can require fast extraction to protect other areas of the house. Often direct exposure with potentially contaminated water can lead to a need for controlled demolition and replacement, though extraction often happens before this demolition is possible. Standing water presents a persistent threat to the property until the pooling gets eliminated from the residence's affected areas.

Carpet Wands – With how quickly carpeting can absorb moisture from standing water after a flood, many of these flooring materials must be removed and replaced. We have extraction tools like carpet wands to pull trapped water from the upper layer of the flooring system for uncontaminated areas.

Wet Vacuums – Wet vacuums are among the most versatile of the tools in our inventory, and this is due mainly to the versatility of these units and their portability. These vacuums can support multiple attachments to perform the extraction in challenging areas or trapped in materials.

Submersible Pumps – Using specific tools like submersible pumps, we can move hundreds of gallons an hour in residential applications. After natural flooding, submersible pumps need to have sufficient intake and discharge lines to accommodate the present debris and solids in the pooling.

How Much of the House Requires Demolition?
Initial demolition is often determined based on job scoping by our project manager. Oversaturation, warping, and deterioration are all deciding factors in which building materials require removal and discarding. A thorough inspection of the property is necessary after mitigation and restoration efforts have completed, as well. This evaluation determines what structural elements require replacement. During these recovery stages, our professionals can better understand the progress of cleaning and drying efforts, which can often indicate early on when further demolition or repairs might be necessary.

Flash flooding can be a quickly forming threat for your residence. With the force of these emergencies against your house's vulnerable points, or when saturation occurs with interior materials, our SERVPRO of South Orange County team can help. Our professionals are available anytime that you need us by calling (407) 226-2621.

Why Do I Need A Professional For Minor Water Damage Mitigation?

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

"We can help" You want a team of experienced professionals working on your home's mitigation needs. Give us a call today for assistance.

Orlando Residents Looking To Save Time and Money On Water Damage Mitigation.

Savvy people living in Orlando are always looking for ways to save money. After all, it seems like the cost of living keeps growing, and it is essential to save dollars when you can.

DIY is a popular way to save some money. There are multiple blogs and videos online teaching you to do everything from sewing to home repairs. It is tempting for homeowners to turn their hands to all sorts of projects in Orlando, even water damage mitigation.

Can I tackle minor water damage problems myself?

Of course, it's easy to see why you need a professional if your home is flooded. However, you might decide to tackle smaller water problems such as: 

  • A leaky appliance
  • A damp patch in the corner of the basement
  • Wet cushions or upholstery due to a nearby leak or spill
  • A water-damaged rug

However, SERVPRO recommends that you call the professional even for smaller jobs.

Why is it better to call the professionals?

Properly trained technicians can assess the situation and come up with the best solution. There are multiple reasons to call a trained team:

  • They might spot things you missed, such as hidden water sources
  • They know what to save and what to toss away
  • They come with professional equipment and cleaning solutions that are more effective than home remedies

Why is professional equipment necessary?

The right equipment does two things: Gets better results, and uncovers hidden issues.

If you have a water-damaged rug or an upholstered item, we can use dehumidifiers and air movers to dry it faster than you could dry it alone. We also have air scrubbers to deodorize afterward and get rid of damp smells. In the event of water stains on delicate material, we have spot cleaning solutions that are highly targeted but still gentle.

Our technicians have a range of moisture monitoring tools, such as moisture probes and thermal-hygrometers. These let us see under rugs and behind furniture for a fuller picture of the water damage. If we spot hidden sources of moisture, we can take action to prevent further problems.

If you have water damage, no matter how small, we are here to help – We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

For help with water damage, call SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621.

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Why Do Thermal Foggers Get Used for Fire Odor Removal?

8/28/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke from under door filling room; blaze seen from under door Even small fires produce smoke that travels throughout your home.

Lingering Smoke Odors in Your Orlando Home Can be Challenging to Remove Without the Premier Equipment Available to our SERVPRO Team  

Smoke and burning odors are often among the most substantial post-fire obstacles present in Orlando'shomes and businesses. Failure to adequately address and neutralize these odor concerns can have homeowners dealing with recurrences of these noxious scents whenever temperature shifts cause drywall and other porous materials to become temporarily more permeable. Thermal fogging is often a suitable solution to address these concerns.  

Despite widespread and overwhelming fire damage in Orlando homes, addressing odors is often one of the final steps to restoration and recovery. While hydroxyl generators and ozone machines have their place in odor removal and neutralization, thermal foggers are often most heavily used for several reasons:  

  • More Coverage – By creating a mist or vapor of a potent deodorization product, we can utilize a single machine to address a substantially sized area. The fog created can spread out from the handheld device and neutralize harsh odor molecules on contact.  
  • Highly Mobile – These lightweight tools are handheld and versatile in smaller spaces and can quickly sweep over the entire house.  
  • Addresses Embedded Odors – By creating a vapor from the deodorizing compound, high permeance materials like drywall and ceiling tiles can be accessible to the gaseous product to eliminate trapped odors in structural elements.  

What Happens with Odor-Damaged Contents? 

 Your personal belongings can also hold on to harsh odors like smoke and burning. While it is desirable to restore these items on-site, we must often relocate them temporarily to our SERVPRO facility and run them through our ozone chamber to deodorize multiple contents simultaneously.  

No matter how widespread and concentrated odor concerns might be after a fire, thermal fogging can often address the majority of these concerns. Let our SERVPRO of South Orange County team help you make fire losses, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (407) 226-2621. 

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How Do I Get Water Out From Under My Dishwasher in Orlando?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

Close up of water flooding on living room parquet floor in a house “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO technicians bring the expert skills and equipment to your Orlando home for any size water cleanup needed

A malfunctioning dishwasher in Orlando can dump several gallons of water on your kitchen floor in short order. That water will immediately follow the path of least resistance and run under cabinets, along walls and, in some cases, seep under the flooring. This can create more significant issues, such as:
    •    Loose tiles due to delamination
    •    Mold   
    •    Foul musty odors
    •    The ruination of building materials

Do the Kitchen Cabinets Require Removal to Cleanup Water Damage From a Dishwasher?

The type of extraction actions needed against water damage in an Orlando home depends on the kind of materials used to construct the cabinets and if there are easy access points such as toe kicks to remove for water removal. SERVPRO technicians can remove the toe kicks and other appliances in the vicinity to extract the water. If the cabinets need to get pulled away from the wall as part of the restoration services, every attempt gets made to ready them for re-installation and reuse in the home post-mitigation.

Different Types of Kitchen Flooring Have Varying Outcomes After Water Exposure

While ceramic tile with a good seal on the grout has the best outcome after a water spill, it does not mean all other types of flooring do not have restoration potential. Vinyl and laminate floorboards that do not show signs of damage such as swelling or bending can frequently get dried in place as can hardwood floorboards. One of the determining factors remains whether or not seepage occurred under the floor covering. SERVPRO techs always work with saving the homeowner the cost of replacement whenever possible.

Water damage needs fast action as soon as possible, and SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621 is ready 24/7 to come to your home and do the necessary restoration services to lessen the damage to your home and contents.

What Does It All Mean?

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Just like hurricanes with CAT1-CAT5 and tornadoes with EF0-EF5 classifications, water damages are no different. In fact, when it comes to assessing water damages there are 2 sets of classifications that have to be determined even before the mitigation process begins. First, the category must be determined. There are three categories of water damage. Category 1 is referred to as clean water, which means the water does not pose a health risk to humans. Examples include sink overflows or broken appliance supply lines. The second category is called Category 2 and is commonly referred to as gray water. This means that the water is now contaminated and may cause sickness if consumed. Examples of this are broken toilets or broken sump pumps. The final category is Category 3, knows as black water. This type of water is unsanitary and will cause sickness if ingested, like sewage water or standing water.

The second type classification is called Classes and there are 4 levels. Class 1 is the least harmful and it simply means that the affected materials absorb very little of the water. At this class mitigation is quick and easy. Class 2 means that there is a faster rate of absorption and materials like carpets and rugs may be damaged. Mitigation is a little difficult and require more resources for drying. Class 3 has the highest rate of absorption which means affected materials are completely soaked including floors and ceilings. Finally, Class 4 is considered a special class since it requires extensive water removal procedures and demolition of affected materials.

Safety Guidelines For After Your Water Damage

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

We are heading into peak storm season, and flooding is always a major concern whenever a storm approaches the state. Immediately following your water damage, there are some things you must do within the first twenty-four hours to ensure your home, and you and your family’s safety.

  • Turn off the main from your fuse box. This will ensure that you are not in danger of standing in water with the electricity still on.
  • Always inspect the home for structural damages like foundation cracks and holes.
  • Contact all your utility companies if you suspect any of their lines are compromised.
  • Clear tap water does not mean that it’s safe to consume so use bottled water or boil your water until you are advised that your tap water is once again safe.
  • Food that has come into contact with flood waters must be thrown out.

These simple guidelines are meant to prepare you for a post flood event. Do not proceed with remediation. Let the experts at SERVPRO of South Orange County handle all your flood recovery needs.

To Get A Mold Inspection, Or To Not Get A Mold Inspection?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

There is an urban myth that there is mold in every Florida home, therefore every home buyer calls for a mold inspection report to be done before moving in. Real Estate Agents also call on behalf of their out of state clients. When purchasing a property, make sure to pay special attention to hot spots like Bathrooms, especially near showers and toilets; Windows, for leaks from rainwater, sprinklers and condensation from the Florida humidity, can all cause mold to form.

Not all mold is visible mold. It can hide within HVAC ducts, behind kitchen cabinets and baseboards. In that instance it is recommended that you seek a mold inspection to help determine your course of action. If you do however see mold, give the skilled professionals at SERVPRO of South Orange County a call for a free assessment and estimate.

Is Lightning Really A Threat?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Florida is the lightning capital of the United States. And Central Florida has the added distinction of being known as Lightning Alley. Since lightning storms occur on average 100 days each year, it stands to reason that dangerous volts of power will occasionally strike your home or even you.

The National Weather Service says that if you can hear thunder, then you have the potential of being struck by lightning. The general rule of thumb is if you see lightning, count in seconds until you hear the thunder. If you hear thunder more than 30 seconds later then you are safe. However, if it’s less than 30 seconds later, you should seek shelter.

As summer temps rise and we dry out, brush fires can happen more often during lightning storms. It very normal to see signs along highways and areas with thick brushes that the local firefighter department will be conducing controlled burns. This is done in an effort to lessen the severity of the fires and better able to contain them.

If you live in Florida, it is important to understand your insurance policy in regard to lightning strikes causing a fire in your home. 2019 figures show that 19 percent of lightning related fires impact home structures. Lightning strikes that result in fires can occur in the following ways:

  • Strikes to power lines near the home
  • A direct strike to your home
  • Lightning can strike a nearby object such as a tree

While we at SERVPRO of South Orange County cannot control the weather, rest assured that our highly trained technicians will always be able to provide top notch fire restoration services to you.

Beware of Scammers

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Storm scammers are everywhere and tend to target distressed homeowners who have suffered damage, especially seniors. Below are some tips on what to look out for and how to protect yourself from those individuals.

  1. Scammers will pretend that they represent your insurance company and ask for personal information over the phone. Your insurance company will always notify you if a representative or contractor will be sent to your home.
  2. Never sign up with the first contractor to your home. Always get more than one estimate to make sure you do not end up being the victim of price gouging.
  3. Officials with government disaster assistance agencies do not call or text asking for financial information. Anyone who calls asking is an imposter.
  4. Contractors may call claiming to be partners with your insurance company. If this were to happen, do not provide any personal information.
  5. A major red flag is when a contractor says they will only charge you half of what the others will charge. Most times they will take your money and run.

SERVPRO of South Orange County is always available to help you navigate through your storm damage. Call us at (407) 226-2621 today

What Happens Next Now That Your Business Is Opened

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

It’s a fact that COVID-19 has changed our life and how we conduct business. The following are a few of the new guidelines when receiving customers:

  • The wearing of masks are mandatory when entering a business
  • Customers must maintain a social distance of 6ft
  • The number of patrons allowed to a bar, gym or restaurant are limited to small quantities
  • Magazines, books, TV remotes have all been removed from waiting areas
  • Doctor’s offices now require patients to wait in the parking lot until they are ready to be seen
  • Restaurants offering take out services request that you call from a designated parking spot before your meal is brought to your vehicle

Even with all those guidelines in place, all it takes is for one infected individual entering your business to cause an interruption of service for several days.

As we get back to our daily business, we now have a new appreciation for cleanliness. At SERVPRO of South Orange County, we’re committed in reassuring our local communities that we are here to help in finding our new normal way of life. SERVPRO offers different levels of cleaning services, from preventative disinfecting to sanitizing pathogens from known Covid-19 exposure. We are your best defense in maintaining a safe and clean environment for you and your customers.