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Storms in Lake Nona Can Cause Flood Damage

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

Here to Help storm house Lake Nona residents know that when a storm strikes, SERVPRO is HERE TO HELP.

Get Flood Damage to a Lake Nona Property Under Control with SERVPRO

Florida is well known for the rain and storms that fall upon it every year. Lake Nona cannot escape Mother Nature, so it is also vulnerable to stormwater seeping into homes and damaging them. Recovering a house after it floods requires a comprehensive look at the damage and a plan to minimize the time and financial loss associated with the disaster. To help you manage the remediation process, rely on a professional team for the best results.

In Lake Nona, the flood damage restoration team you want to call is SERVPRO. Our team is available around the clock and ready to handle situations regardless of severity. The foundation of our approach is set when our team assesses the situation and outlines priorities. Often our clients can identify visible issues, but they do not have the tools and equipment necessary to detect potential threats hiding within the home.

When you hire SERVPRO for emergency water services, you can count on us to focus on protecting your personal belongings at the same time we work on your home’s structural and building elements. For items unaffected by stormwaters, we attempt to isolate them to avoid damage.

Separation can happen by setting up a staging area within your house or providing move-out services while the work is being conducted. For water extraction from floors, walls, and other items, we rely on the following-

  • Portable pumps that help us extract medium-level volumes of water
  • Truck-mounted pumps for a significant volume of standing water, particularly if we need to coordinate with municipal sewage to dispose of it
  • Handheld wand attachments to help us reach and extract water within cabinets, toe-kicks, and some flooring

SERVPRO of South Orange County is at your service by calling (407) 226-2621. Do not let flooding of your home become overwhelming. With our help, it will look and feel “Like it never even happened.”

Recover an Orlando Business from Fire and Smoke Damage Before it is Too Late

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

DRAWING FIREMEN AT A BUILDING Once the fire-damaged building in Orlando is extinguished--SERVPRO provides cleanup and restoration

Professional Fire Restoration Technicians Mitigate Losses for Orlando Businessowner

As a business owner in Orlando, you most likely face fierce competition and a need to remain relevant to thrive. Your bottom line and your employee’s livelihood depend on your ability to conduct business and serve your clients as they expect. When a fire erupts in your business and disrupts daily operations, you can unleash a series of events that could be catastrophic in the long run. To narrow down and minimize your losses, reach out to a professional team that can provide the top-notch attention you need.

In Orlando, the premier fire and smoke damage restoration team are a phone call away at SERVPRO. Our staff is certified as experts in the restoration industry, and we bring our expertise to your business as soon as you call us. Because time is of the essence, we respond to your call around the clock and jump into action. We also know that filing a claim with insurance is important, so we document every step we take and our findings to assist you in this process.

Among the first steps we take, we remove debris and items damaged beyond repair after ensuring it is safe to enter your business. The space typically starts feeling cleaner as soon as this happens, as furniture and fixtures can trap odor molecules within them. As we assess the fire damage, we focus our restoration efforts on cleaning with EPA-approved solutions while tackling the acrid smell of smoke with some of the following-

  • Air scrubbers to capture airborne smell particles and eliminate them
  • Thorough dry/wet cleaning of objects with smoke and fire residue
  • Use of ozone generators to clean the air and restore its freshness

Every step our SERVPRO of South Orange County team takes is deliberate. When you call us at (407) 226-2621, you can rely on our commitment to work diligently until your business feels “Like it never even happened.”

Creating a Safer Environment in Lake Nona Homes After a Fire

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

graphic of indoor air emissions Indoor air quality IAQ is a key component of fire damage restoration in the Lake Nona area of Florida

Emergency services stabilize and secure a fire-damaged Lake Nona property when restoration begins.

Fires are not uncommon for Orange County and its thousands of residents. Fire damages are among the most common callouts for our experienced restoration professionals. To account for this, we have a rapid response team that can implement needed emergency services and mitigative strategies to avoid preventable destruction.

Clearing Bulk Materials and Debris

One of the first steps in the early recovery of fire damage to Lake Nona homes is to address the heaps of collapsed, ruined materials in the house. Structure fires overwhelm installed construction materials, making the removal of charred remnants, ash, and debris critical for reducing harsh odors, airborne contaminants, and formidable soot residues.

A Focus on Safer Air Quality

Creating a safe and stable post-fire environment in a home requires our technicians to appreciate and account for airborne contaminants and hazards. Circulating carcinogenic particles like soot present an immediate and overwhelming risk to those without appropriate protective equipment. Utilizing tools like HEPA air scrubbers can trap these contaminants and make the environment safer. HEPA scrubbers help with:

  • Odors 
  • Mold spores
  • Soot particles
  • Ash

Eliminating Potentially Harmful Water

Another early mitigative action that our professionals can take is to focus on the water left behind after extinguishment. Depending on the spread and severity of the house fire, it can be expected to see many of the rooms saturated with water used to quell the blaze. Extraction and early drying solutions prevent unnecessary tear-out and reconstruction wherever possible.

There is no mistaking the violent and destructive force of fires spreading through homes and businesses of the Greater Orlando area. As leading restoration professionals, our SERVPRO of South Orange County team can help overcome the threats of fire damage as fast as possible. Give us a call today at (407) 226-2621.

Clearing Attic Flooding After Severe Weather Threatens the Orlando Area

12/28/2021 (Permalink)

blue tarp covering chimney SERVPRO provides emergency storm damage services for our Orlando area neighbors--from chimney to crawlspace.

Many factors can make a roof vulnerable to water penetration in Orlando home

Central Florida can experience violent, threatening weather during several months of the year. There are many ways that specific conditions can impact the roof and connected attic space of residences throughout Orange County. These include:

  • Harsh winds
  • Hail
  • Tropical storms
  • Tree damage

Emergency Services to Protect Stored Belongings

Among the initial actions of flood and storm cleanup in Orlando for damaged attic spaces is the removal of belongings stored in this area of the house. Many attics become a catch-all for items you do not wish to part with but have no space for in the main living area. Our fast mitigation response allows us to relocate these items to prevent unnecessary damage.

Board-Up and Tarping Solutions

Repairs are not the priority after storm damage and flooding. Instead, our mitigators focus on temporarily sealing over roof vulnerabilities with tarps or boarding up openings and windows to prevent further water penetration as restoration gets underway.

Drying Saturated Building Materials

Every water damage incident and flooding scenario requires some form of drying. Exposed elements like the construction materials of the attic can rapidly absorb intruding water, especially unfinished wood and OSB board. We have multiple drying tools to help, like:

  • Air movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Portable heaters

Beginning the Build-Back Process

One of the advantages of choosing our SERVPRO professionals after storm and flood damage is our ability to perform a range of build-back services. With a general contractor license and years of experience, our roster can take care of many repairs and reconstruction needs your house might have after flood exposure. We evaluate the needs of your home upon arrival and can seamlessly transition to construction after the restoration completes.

Harsh weather is not a stranger to the Greater Orlando area, so our professionals must stay prepared to help as fast as possible. We arrive with mitigation equipment and restoration tools to clear water in the attic or flooding anywhere else in the house. Give our SERVPRO of South Orange County team a call today at (407) 226-2621.

Advanced Water Restoration Goes Beyond the Surface in Orlando Homes

12/20/2021 (Permalink)

lgr plus duct in kitchen Advanced equipment like this LGR dehumidifier and specific methods like porting moisture to the exterior via rigged ducts, saves Orlando homes

Techniques for water damage mitigation and restoration throughout Orlando

Water damage is the most common call-outs for our professionals, so it is a situation that our team must stay prepared to face. We have a fast mitigative response with advanced tools ready 24/7.

Software to Focus the Restoration Process

When water cleanup in Orlando homes begins, our SERVPRO professionals initially rely on the information acquired with a thorough inspection and damage assessment. We input this data into our proprietary software SERVPRO DryBook to set a baseline for drying and cleaning production moving forward. This software also helps track the inventory of contents in the house and their condition throughout the restoration process.

Effective Extraction Tools

Before much of the focus can shift to trapped water in wall and floor assemblies, our professionals must remove the visible water from the surface of materials in the affected areas. Extraction plays a large role in the restoration process, and the choice of a water removal tool depends on the severity and placement of the water.

Tracking Moisture Movement

Not surprisingly, water can move quickly through porous building materials. Moisture can work beneath the surface with materials like wood flooring and cause irreversible warping and distortion of the planks. Using thermal imagery and other moisture detection tools, we can track where advanced drying equipment should be placed to help.

Thorough Drying Options for Homes

While much of the tools used to regulate moisture and water damage in a property have not changed in recent years, we are guided by many devices and instruments that help designate the best placement of drying machines and the frequencies of these units throughout the structure to maximize evaporation production. Some of the drying tools we use include:

  • Centrifugal Air Movers
  • Axial Air Movers
  • Low-Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers
  • Positive/Negative Pressure Systems

Cleaning up after water damage in area homes and businesses can be challenging. We have experienced professionals trained to provide rapid and thorough restoration solutions beginning as soon as we arrive. Give our SERVPRO of South Orange County a call today to help at (407) 226-2621.

What Are Some Important Questions to Ask Orlando Mold Remediation Professionals?

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

mold growth on wall and ceiling What's behind your walls? SERVPRO is trained to locate and remediate visible and hidden mold growth.

SERVPRO Answers Any Question to Educate and Reassure Homeowners Affected by Mold

Mold contamination is a common problem in many properties. However, there is considerable misinformation, especially about remediation. When you notice mold signs in your Orlando home, you might not know which of the numerous recommended remedies might be helpful to you. 

Hiring a professional to help with mold remediation at your Orlando property is one of the best approaches since such providers have the necessary resources to contain mold effectively. SERVPRO has IICRC certified Applied Microbial Remediation technicians who have all the relevant mold development and management knowledge.

Some of the essential questions about mold include:

  • Why does mold develop?
  • Where does mold grow in a home?
  • When does mold become a problem?

The questions may be relevant to you due to various reasons. For instance, you might notice mold developing in a house when least expected, so the question of why arises. Rather than quoting general possibilities, our SERVPRO technicians inspect the property to establish what sparked the contamination if no apparent signs of water damage are identified. We can use thermos-hygrometers to probe humidity levels in different areas of the house. We can also use thermal cameras to check for hidden water leaks in the walls, ceilings, and other cavities.

Where mold damage develops is another common question when mold exhibits subtle signs such as a musty smell but no visible patches. Mold readily colonizes when moisture interacts with organic materials such as wood, cardboard, paper, and ceiling tiles. Our SERVPRO technicians use various cues, including checking where the musty odor is more pungent or looking for concealed moisture, thus identifying areas in your house where the mold is likely hidden. We then drill small holes and inspect the site with borescopes for confirmation.

Knowing whether the mold contaminating your home is a significant problem or not is essential in planning the remediation. For minor contamination, the processes can be completed while the house is still occupied. Our SERVPRO technicians erect barriers for protection. However, if there is severe contamination, you need to vacate the home during remediation since mold exposure can cause health effects. 

SERVPRO of South Orange County handles mold remediation professionally. Call us at (407) 226-2621. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Common Misconceptions Hamper Fire Restoration in Orlando Properties?

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot in fire damaged garage; ceiling removed Many people think the danger is over after the fire is extinguished, but hazards still persist.

SERVPRO Ensures You Are Fully Informed About Hazards, Secondary Damage, and Other Issues

Fire can damage your property significantly, even if it burns for a few minutes leaving you with a ton of work to do or a hefty bill to foot. For most people, quickly restoring the property is ideal so that one can move on with life. While this is true, other beliefs may end up being counterproductive to the fire restoration efforts.

The issues that hamper fire restoration in Orlando properties can manifest in different ways. Some can stop the processes after you start, while others might lengthen the timeline to complete the exercise. You might need to halt the restoration due to injury or severe discomfort while carrying out some tasks. You might also take too long to complete the effort when you ignore some issues at the start of the process. Involving a professional like SERVPRO can help you avoid such outcomes since our technicians have the training and experience to avoid common mistakes.

Some common misconceptions about fire damage include the belief that:

  • The danger is over after flames are out
  • Damage stops when a fire is extinguished
  • Speedy action always helps

Since you have to access the affected areas of the house to fix fire damage, you should spare a thought for your safety. Fire creates various hazards, including leaving harmful gases, sharp objects, and unstable structural elements. If you are injured while attempting to address damages, unnecessary delays occur. Our SERVPRO teams anticipate such hazards. That is why we are equipped with various PPE, including hard hats, rubber boots, and heavy-duty gloves.

Fire damage is never static. Even after extinguishing the flames, the property continues to deteriorate. The additional damage comes from moisture and corrosive residues. Failure to address these issues early can complicate and lengthen the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians pre-clean soot from vulnerable materials such as stone and metal, preventing corrosion. We also set up dehumidifiers for moisture management.

SERVPRO of South Orange County has sufficient experience handling fire restoration, thus equipping us with the right skills. Call us at (407) 226-2621. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Are Some Unique Ways to Handle Water Removal from Orlando Business Premises?

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

water damage in ceiling due to leaking pipe; commercial enterprise Leaking pipes cause water to flow over surfaces while simultaneously being absorbed by various materials.

SERVPRO Uses Advanced Equipment That Help Prevent Destructive Demolition during Removal

Once water leaks, it flows quickly over surfaces while simultaneously being absorbed by various materials. Although mopping and extracting with equipment such as wet vacuums provide an easy way to deal with surface water, the water absorbed by materials or trapped in cavities can be challenging to address. You may need professional assistance to manage such water removal processes.

Removing wet materials after extraction might be the straightforward water removal solution for Orlando business premises. However, that option can be fraught with problems, including the inconvenience of moving bulky items or the complexities of demolishing the affected areas. That is why professionals like SERVPRO invest in sophisticated equipment that can help you manage water removal without leaving everything in disarray.

Some of the Unique Water Removal Tools that Might Help Your Restore Normalcy Faster Include:

  • Drying mats
  • Drying chambers
  • Wall cavity ventilating equipment 

Sometimes water can reach unexpected areas within your property. For example, when water penetrates beneath a hard floor material such as tiles, only drying mats can help you remove it, thus avoiding other costly options such as removing the tiles. Our SERVPRO technicians lay the mats on the floor, forming an airtight seal, then connect their vacuum hoses to an extraction unit to remove liquid water trapped beneath the tiles or even wooden floorboards.

Ventilating equipment helps in drying wall interiors without having to remove the wall panels. The systems consist of hoses and several vents that can be inserted into walls to supply dry air. Our SERVPRO technicians drill small holes at the base of the wall, drain any trapped water first, and then connect the ventilating equipment. 

SERVPRO of South Orange County has state-of-the-art equipment to simplify water removal from any commercial establishment. You can reach us at (407) 226-2621. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Best to Handle Various Tasks During a Fire and Smoke Cleanup Exercise in Lake Nona Properties

11/5/2021 (Permalink)

smoke and soot stains on the wall A small blaze can impact the entire house. SERVPRO was able to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Relies on Advanced as Well as Simple Approaches for Effective Cleaning

Restoring your Lake Nona property after a fire incident is an elaborate process requiring various actions. Cleaning to remove fire and smoke residues is one such process. Correctly doing the cleaning is essential for faster turnaround, better outcomes, among other benefits.

Most people only focus on the significant factors such as equipment when thinking of fire and smoke cleanup in Lake Nona properties. However, many simple factors influence the outcome, including the approach taken when dealing with various house sections. SERVPRO technicians' training equips them with both advanced skills and simple, handy tips to address minor issues.

The main aspects of the cleanup that require unique approaches include:

  • Cleaning ceilings
  • Cleaning walls
  • Onsite content cleanup
  • Cleaning floors

In general, cleaning should follow a top-down approach to avoid re-soiling clean areas, so the ceiling tops the list of sites to clean after fire damage. Some essential tips during this stage include cleaning the ceiling panels or tiles first before working on fixtures such as lighting, HVAC vents, and other accessories. Since the height of ceilings makes them hard to reach, our SERVPRO technicians attach cleaning sponges to extension poles easing access and improving safety.

Wall surfaces are usually the most extensive section of the home that needs cleaning. Like the ceiling, cleaning walls should start with the surfaces before proceeding to windows, doors, cabinets, and other installed fixtures. One should expect variations in wall surfaces, especially in bathrooms and kitchens, where specialty cleaning products may be necessary. 

Floors collect most of the soils released during the fire or other cleaning processes, and we handle those last. Starting from the back then moving towards the exit is the best approach. Our SERVPRO technicians also use furniture pads when placing items on freshly cleaned floors.

SERVPRO of South Orange County is best suited to handle fire and smoke cleanup in your property eliminating all traces of soiling, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (407) 226-2621. 

What Does Fire Damage Restoration Take for Orlando Business Operators?

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

picture of waiting area; upholstered chairs Soot can stain all surfaces in your building. SERVPRO has proven techniques to remove the residues.

Restoring Fire Damage Is Easier with Help from Experienced Technicians From SERVPRO 

The level of damages left by fire depends on its intensity. Therefore, minimal damages are expected after a small fire. However, the definition of minimal damage is not specific, so you may not know what your Orlando business facility precisely requires to regain its preloss state. 

Completing fire damage restoration at your Orlando business facility is easier when you know what issues the fire causes. One easy way to access such information is by involving a professional restoration team that handles such incidents regularly. SERVPRO helps analyze fire loss sites and also provides restoration services.

Some typical issues to address during restoration include: 

  • Soot stains 
  • Strong odors
  • Weakened structural materials
  • Damaged electrical components in appliances

The problems develop for various reasons, so you cannot expect the same issues in every incident. Soot stains are common when soot deposited on fabrics mixes with moisture during fire suppression or cleaning. Staining can also form on polished stone surfaces if fire residues are left in place over extended periods. Our SERVPRO teams use different approaches to combat staining, including regulating moisture levels and pre-cleaning vulnerable materials.

Smoky odors are common after a fire incident, but they usually go away after cleaning. However, if the smell is too strong, elaborate deodorization is necessary. Such deodorization can be incorporated into the cleaning processes or performed independently.

Deodorization of your business premise after fire loss may require:

  • Water-based deodorizers to mix with cleaning agents
  • Fogging with solvent-based deodorizers 
  • Neutralizing odor molecules with activated oxygen

Structural changes are also common after fires creating hazards such as the risk of ceilings or shelves collapsing, causing injuries. Deep charring can conceal weakened structural elements since it can be mistaken for residue deposits. Our SERVPRO restoration technicians confirm which areas have residues and where there is deep charring. 

SERVPRO of South Orange County relies on vast experience and training to deliver the best solutions after fire damage. Call us at (407) 226-2621. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.