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Take in The Art in Orlando

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

A lady in black and white photo with a hat on. Go out and enjoy the 32nd Annual Zora Neale Hurston Fest.

At the 32nd Annual Zora Neale Hurston Fest

Since 1990, the annual art festival honoring author Zora Neale Hurston has gone on. This show is a multi-day event that brings together a host of disciplines and intergenerational experiences. There are public talks, historic home and yard tours of classical architecture in the area, museum exhibitions, theatrical productions, live music, and artists showing their creations. Many of the events live stream at the same time as they are happening, so people who choose to stay indoors at this time can still enjoy the event. Organizers provide face masks and hand sanitizer as needed for attendees per current health regulations for multi-person events.  

  • Date: January 12, 2021
  • Time: 10 AM to 5 PM 
  • Admission: Free or Buy a Sampler Ticket to Indulge in the food offerings

SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621 is available 24/7 to handle any size fire damage mitigation for Orlando property owners. The technicians have both the training and experience to make the smoke and damage from the fire," Like it never even happened."

Orlando Businesses Trust SERVPRO For Commercial Water Removal

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Skyline of a city at sunset. SERVPRO of South Orange County genuinely cares about their city. Call them today if you have any issues.

Commercial Water Removal Should Begin As Rapidly As Possible in Orlando Properties

The city of Orlando makes most people think of Disney World. However, there is so much more to this area of Florida than that. The town got established in 1838, shortly after the Seminole War, which resulted in the U.S. Army building Fort Gatlin to protect the settlers from hostile Indian tribes in the area. Before the era became known as its present-day name, it was known as Jernigan, after one of the region's founding families. 

To get considered as a fully-fledged town on its own, Jernigan needed a post office, and by 1850, it had one. The community continued attracting people and growing. In 1857, the town changed its name to Orlando. At the time of the formal incorporation in 1875, the city had 85 residents and 22 registered voters among them. The one fact about the town that no one is sure about is where the name came from; there are four well-known theories: 

  • A local politician named the city after a man who worked for him
  • The same politician was a Shakespeare fan and named the town after a character in the play "As You Like It"
  • An ox herder died passing through the town, and locals started referring to the city as "there lies Orlando"
  • The town was named after a U.S. soldier from the Seminole Wars

Citrus Builds Up Orlando

Between 1875 through 1895, Orlando became the center for citrus production in Florida. An unprecedented freeze hit the area in 1895 and forced many of the smaller orange and grapefruit growers out of business as they could not absorb the loss. This led to many of the larger companies buying out the groves and creating the term, "Citrus Baron."

Military Base Attracts Jobs in Orlando

During WWII, the local municipal airport got converted into Orlando Army Air Base. This led to a new airport getting built and quickly getting changed into Pinecastle Air Force Base.

With the establishment of the bases, Martin Marietta, now known as Lockheed Martin, built a significant aerospace defense plant during the post-WWII growth period in 1956 and hired a large segment of the local population to work I'm the facility. 

The Cruise Industry Loves Orlando

The Beachline Expressway gives residents easy passage to get to Port Canaveral, a popular cruise ship terminal. Another large scale employer in the area is the Kennedy Space Center. 

Walt Disney World in Orlando

When Walt Disney announced in 1965, he intended to build a theme park in Orlando, shifting the focus for vendors in the city to get involved in the marketplace's tourism sector. After breaking ground shortly after his announcement, Walt Disney World opened in October 1971. There are as many jobs in the tourism industry as in the tech and agriculture sectors, and this area of Florida boasts more theme parks and attractions than any other place on earth. 

Top Attractions in Orlando

Along with the Magic Kingdom that takes more than a day to see most of it, there are many venues for people to visit, such as Orlando Studios, where there is an ever-changing group of rides, shows, and more. Seaworld is another massive draw for tourists and locals alike. With killer whales, dolphins, seals, and more, this venue introduces attendees to a host of cool experiences to interact with animals. To compete with that, Disney opened up an Animal Kingdom. It allows visitors to have encounters with exotic animals, with over 2000 animals consisting of 300 unique species. 

There are a vast number of outdoor activities to engage in for residents and tourists alike. Hiking season is available all year round. Great places to hike in the Orlando area include: 

  • Rock Springs 
  • Kelly Park
  • Winter Gardens

Stand-up paddleboarding is an activity that is uniquely Floridian. There are several venues throughout the city where paddleboards can get rented, and some come with instructors that teach users how to stand up and paddle. For anyone that loves a faster pace, there are ample areas to engage in ziplining.

Hurricanes in Orlando

Because the city of Orlando is further inland, it sometimes avoids the wrath of hurricanes and tropical storms. However, the city is no stranger to the destructive power of hurricane-force winds. Flash flooding can also be an issue requiring local property owners to get their homes and businesses professionally extracted and dried. The year-round temperatures are mild in the winter, with the average low reaching the low 50s and the highs in the 90s. 

What Are The Steps For Commercial Water Removal in Orlando Properties?

When SERVPRO gets the call for commercial water removal in Orlando properties, the techs arrive quickly so they can begin the restoration services as rapidly as possible. The technicians scope the property and look for obvious migration paths of the water and determine if there are any furnishings, stock, or computer equipment that needs removal out of the area. 

Collections of moisture that are not readily visible can get seen using specialized equipment such as:

  • Moisture detectors
  • Probes for floors 
  • Infrared cameras

Once identified, the techs choose the type of water extraction method best suited for the amount of water. One of the most commonly used pieces of equipment is the portable pump. These powerful devices can pull moisture up and out, enabling the drying phase of the mitigation to take less time. For clean up situations that involve large scale removal of standing water, the techs have access to both truck-mounted and submersible pumps. Commercial water extraction needs exacting attention as soon as possible. Afterward, they use their professional drying equipment to ensure that the structure verifies as dry as quickly. The final cleanup and disinfection can begin so the building can reopen for business. 

SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621 for professional commercial water removal in local Orlando business properties. The experienced technicians have both comprehensive training and equipment to turn around the damage to the property.

Unwind in Orlando After Christmas Day

12/18/2020 (Permalink)

Trees in a park Go enjoy a movie in the park after Christmas day to unwind and share memories with your loved ones.

Come Watch the Movies in the Park in Orlando

The holidays are a great time to get together and attend parties, but they can also be stressful. The day after Christmas, bring your blanket, chairs, snacks, and your favorite pillow along with the fam, and come enjoy Holiday Movies in the Park. This week the movie showing is "Love Actually," which is a tale about eight different couples dealing with their love lives unraveling in various ways during a very frantic holiday season. The venue asks that attendees observe current social distancing protocols and safety measures. The areas for blanket placement on the ground will get clearly marked. 

  • Date: Saturday, December 26, 2020 
  • Time: 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Lake Eola Park

SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621 for professional assistance through mold remediation in Orlando homes. The experienced technicians know the warning signs of a mold infestation behind the scenes.

Give Kids the World Village: Night of a Million Lights in Orlando

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

close up of holiday lights We are looking forward to seeing you at the Night of a Million Lights!

It is a Spectacular Event for the Whole Family in Orlando 

Want to light up your holidays with something new this year? Then you are going to love this first-time event. Young and old can stroll through a whimsical, magical village and enjoy all the wonders of the holidays. It is a spectacular event with over 3 million lights. The magic never ends as visitors can: 

  • Walk the Avenue of Angels
  • Enjoy scrumptious treats
  • Hop on various rides and storybook attractions 

It is all about bringing hope and happiness to seriously ill children and can be enjoyed by all. Tickets are limited, and you can choose from three packages: 

  • Standard
  • Peak
  • Holiday

So join us through January 3, 2021, at 210 S Bass Rd. Kissimmee, for this fantastic event you will never forget. 

SERVPRO of South Orange County offers commercial water damage restoration to Orlando businesses. When any size disaster strikes, we help get you back in place as fast as possible. Contact us at (407) 226-2621 and ask about our commercial services.

Lake Nona Residents Can Enjoy the Nutcracker Ballet

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

ballet dancers performing When the storms hit, remember that the show must go on and call SERVPRO to handle all of your water damage.

Lake Nona Community Celebrate the Holidays with a Timeless Classic 

The Nutcracker Ballet is one of the most beloved holiday traditions of all time. As the delightful story unfolds, we see Clara going on an amazing journey. After being given a Nutcracker as her Christmas gift, she drifts off to sleep, and the magic begins. Through her wondrous adventures, she encounters: 

  • The Mouse King
  • A majestic prince
  • Sparkling snowflakes
  • Waltzing Flowers
  • Dancing sweets from around the world
  • The Snow Queen 

The Orlando Ballet is proud to present this ballet to Central Florida families. You can purchase tickets online, and the prices vary according to seating. The Nutcracker starts December 4th and runs through December 20th. It all takes place at the Walt Disney Theater in Orlando. Order tickets early to ensure you get the seats you want. 

Meeting the Needs of the Community When Storms Hit 

When flooding occurs, SERVPRO of South Orange County provides stormwater extraction in Lake Nona. Our crews are trained in emergency flooding mitigation and can clean up damage left by storms and flooding. Contact us at (407) 226-2621 if you need storm damage cleanup. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

When Storms Hit, SERVPRO Provides Flooding Cleanup

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Dark storm clouds Storms are a year-round threat in Florida. Let SERVPRO handle the flooding so you can enjoy the fun and sun.

Orlando Residents Can Count on Us to Restore Their Home When Flooding Happens

Orlando, FL, is a thriving, bustling city in the heart of the Orlando Metropolitan Area. It is home to over 287,000 people as of 2019. Known as the "City Beautiful," thousands of tourists flock to Orlando every year to enjoy the sun and sand that Florida offers. 

Walt Disney Shares a Dream and Tourism Explodes 

As one of the most visited cities anywhere globally, two of the main attractions are Universal Orlando Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort. Much of the tourism that takes place today is owed to Walt Disney. When he chose to build Walt Disney World in 1965, the economy grew. Walt picked the area because it was further inland and less likely to be hit by hurricane damage, and the rest is history.  

And the Fun Continues 

When the resort opened in 1971, the growth of the area was phenomenal. Tourism is the city's primary source of revenue. Orlando has more entertainment venues and theme parks than any location in the entire world. Visitors can not only enjoy Disney World with its Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center but other magical places such as: 

  • Universal Orlando
  • SeaWorld Orlando
  • Legoland
  • Fun Spot America
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Sealife Aquarium

Conventions are Big Business  

Another source of revenue is the conventions that are held each year in Orlando. In 2004, the Orange County Convention Center increased in size to over 2 million square feet. One of the main attractions to the thousands of convention attendees is the skyscrapers that form a stunning skyline. There are 19 skyscrapers in Metro Orlando, a sight to behold at night along the water's edge. 

A City Built on Industry and Hi-Tech 

Orlando is recognized nationally as a hub of innovation in: 

  • Agricultural technology
  • Digital media
  • Aviation
  • Software design
  • Aerospace 

The city employs over 53,000 people in a $13.4 billion technology industry. Over 150 international businesses represent roughly 20 countries. 

Central Florida Research Park 

This research park is the 7th largest in the country. It is sprawled over more than a thousand acres and is where more than 120 companies perform in-depth research. The United States' primary military simulation and training programs are headquartered here. The world's most extensive modeling and simulation convention is held annually in the Orange County Convention Center. Metro Orlando is where the simulation procurement commands for all branches of the military are located. 

Entertainment, Television, and Film Sectors 

Orlando businesses such as the following support the electronic gaming and film and television industries: 

  • Universal Studios
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Full Sail University
  • UCF College of Arts and Humanities
  • Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy
  • Headquarters of Ripley Entertainment
  • Other entertainment schools and companies 

Students worldwide come to Orlando to learn film production, video game design, computer animation, and many other entertainment areas. 

The Performing Arts Contribute to Cultural Experiences 

Many different types of music can be experienced throughout the city. From rock to Latino, the music scene is a part of the entertainment background. Motion picture production is a multi-million-dollar industry in Orlando. Beginner artists come from all over to take part in the Florida Film Festival each year. But other performing arts do well also.  

Theater productions thrive in the Orlando Metropolitan Area. Both professional and semi-professional venues are spread throughout the city. Several well-known companies include the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Ballet, and the Orlando Repertory Theatre. Taking place at the Bob carr Performing Arts Centre are national Broadway Shows. The Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival attracts touring shows from all over the world. And for lovers of classical music, there is the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orlando Symphony Orchestra. 

Sports Lover's Paradise 

If you are into sports, this city has it. Two major league teams, the Orlando Magic basketball team, and Orlando City SC soccer team, call this area home. It is also home to some minor league teams, including: 

  • Florida Fire Frogs
  • Orlando Solar Bears ECHL 
  • Orlando Predators
  • Orlando Anarchy  

Several famous athletes come from here. Shaquille O'Neal, Tiger Woods, and Ken Griffey, Jr are just a few examples. The second biggest fighting tournament occurs annually at the Community Effort Orlando, which draws over 4,000 visitors from countries worldwide. Football is a major draw as well, with events like the Citrus Bowl and the Cure Bowl. 

Something for Everyone 

No matter what you enjoy doing, you are sure to find it in Orlando. Fishing, watersports, theme parks, and cultural venues abound. Athletes can enjoy golfing and other sports activities. The summer season offers sun and sand while visiting in the winter can help you escape winter and avoid cold weather. Come in the summer and enjoy the sand and sun. Visit in the winter and avoid cold weather. Orlando welcomes you any time of year.  

Storms & Flooding are Always a Concern  

Although further inland than other major cities in Florida such as Tampa, Orlando is still prone to storms, hurricanes and tornadoes can wreak havoc on coastal towns. The weather events in 2020 have been incredibly damaging and have occurred more often. With these storms comes flooding. SERVPRO provides flooding cleanup to homes that have been impacted by floodwaters from storms. 

Let the Professionals Handle Flooding Cleanup 

Floodwater is contaminated water and can be highly dangerous. Health effects can arise from the various contaminants within the water. As floods rage through a town, they bring with them: 

  • Dirt
  • Debris
  • Bacteria
  • Medical waste
  • Chemical waste
  • Dead animals
  • Microbial contaminants

Homeowners should not attempt to clean up contaminated water on their own. At SERVPRO, we have the right PPE and other equipment to do the job safely and professionally. We provide emergency flood mitigation and then get to work cleaning, repairing, and restoring your home.  

We Understand Storms 

As residents of the area, we know what storm damage can do. It can be stressful as you try to keep your family together while being concerned about your home. SERVPRO of South Orange County can help ease that stress. Contact us at (407) 226-2621 for flooding cleanup.

Learn More About Recycling Kitchen Waste at Upcoming Orlando Workshop.

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

A sign over a large body of water. SERVPRO is looking forward to the City of Orlando and IFAS’s free Kitchen Recycling & Composting Workshop.

The City of Orlando is Offering a Kitchen Recycling Class on November 7th.

As responsible people, we must be mindful of our environmental impact.  Ever-increasing levels of pollution and accumulations of discarded waste products threaten our planet.  Do your part in helping to reduce these environmental threats by learning how to recycle your kitchen waste.  Attend the City of Orlando and IFAS’s free Kitchen Recycling & Composting Workshop on Saturday, November 7th.  Some of the benefits of attendance include:

  • Learning how everyday yard and kitchen wastes can be transformed into useful nutrient-rich compost for soil conditioning, fertilizing, and naturally eliminating garden pests
  • Finding out more about the city’s grease recycling program
  • Learning about where you can legally dispose of non-composted food waste
  • Earning a chance of receiving a free composter  

Effectively handling wastes is a crucial task in kitchen maintenance and the overall upkeep of your residence.  Mitigating potential fire risks is another important but less controllable issue.  So, if you ever need fire damage remediation, call SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621.

Should The Response To Water Damage Be Thorough or Fast in Orlando?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home It is possible to get good results fast when water damages your property.

SERVPRO Takes Various Steps during Water Damage Repair in Orlando Properties to Guarantee Faster Delivery of Satisfactory Results

In the aftermath of a water loss incident, you might be torn between doing a thorough restoration and getting a faster outcome. In many cases, faster results could mean overlooking some issues, while thoroughness can extend the process beyond the standard timelines. SERVPRO professionals combine their extensive training and experience handling similar tasks to help Orlando homeowners get the desired outcomes.

What aspects of water damage repair in Orlando properties lead to delays?
    •    Identifying the full extent of damages
    •    Drying wet materials
    •    Cleaning soiled areas

After water leaks into your Orlando house, the moisture migrates to various sections, causing hidden and observable damages. Some of the hidden damages might include deterioration of:
    •    Insulation
    •    Subfloor materials such as OSB
    •    Materials affected by mold

Identifying hidden damages can take time because of the need to remove overlying materials to reach the damaged areas. Our SERVPRO technicians expedite the process by using specialized equipment to reveal the affected areas. For instance, a thermal camera helps reveal pockets of wetness in hidden areas revealing where technicians should demolish rather than opening up all areas.

Are there repair processes that help save time without diminishing effectiveness?
Repairing water damage often involves countering the effects moisture has on various materials. For instance, wooden frames or floorboards tend to swell when saturated with water. Drying them reverses the situation. Instead of applying regular drying procedures such as ventilating the wet area, our SERVPRO technicians opt for advanced alternatives such as setting up drying chambers. The chamber is created by overlaying a plastic sheet over the wet materials then circulating dry air in the enclosure. Other advanced processes can also help repair other issues such as staining, deep soiling, and even help remove mold residues.

It is possible to get good results fast when water damages your property. Call SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621 to help manage any issue, “Like it never even happened.”

How Can Dog Owners in Orlando Keep Their Furry Friends Safe During Fire Damage Restoration?

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

red brick face home with active fire and firefighters putting it out Make sure your pets and family are safe when facing a fire. Then contact our experienced SERVPRO team for remediation services.

Orlando Dog Owners are Concerned about Their Pets During Fire Damage Restoration

Orlando is an excellent place for dog owners. There are dog-friendly beaches in the area, including beaches just for dogs and their owners, plus plenty of dog parks. Local pet owners love their furry friends and want to keep them safe and protected from potential disasters.

Dog owners are understandably very relieved when their pets survive an Orlando home fire with no harm. However, they still worry about whether their pets will be safe during fire damage restoration in their Orlando homes. SERVPRO customers often ask us if it is safe for their pets to stay in the house while we work.

Can your pet stay in your home while SERVPRO is working?

We recommend moving your dog to a safe location outside of your home. Depending on the extent of the fire in Orlando, there could be many hazards for them in your house:

  • Nails, glass, or broken bits of wood on the floor
  • Hanging drywall or collapsed ceilings
  • Firefighting chemicals or leftover water from fire hoses

It is best for your pet – and better for your peace of mind – if you can arrange for them to go to a shelter or stay with a trusted friend or family member.

How can dog owners protect their furry friends from a fire?

You cannot always prevent a fire, but you can take steps to protect your pet in the event of a blaze:

  • Get a “pets inside” door sticker to alert firefighters to the presence of animals
  • Practice fire drills with your pets – rehearse how you would remove them from the house during a fire
  • Know where your dog likes to hide so you will not waste time finding them
  • Keep up to date with obedience training and classes – you want to know your dog will follow your directions in an emergency

How can dog owners make things easier for their pets during fire damage restoration?

There is a high chance that your dog will need to go to a friend or a shelter while SERVPRO of South Orange County is restoring your home. You can make this transition easier for your pet, and the person tasked with caring for them, by:

  • Keeping up to date vaccination and medical records in a fireproof box
  • Having a stock of medications on hand
  • Preparing an “away kit” with favorite toys and blankets
  • Putting together emergency instructions that include feeding schedules, medicines, and any behavioral notes
  • Making sure you have a secure and comfortable pet carrier, and a spare collar and lead

What will SERVPRO do after you send your pet to another location?

Our technicians will take care of every aspect of fire damage restoration.

We clean soot residue from the walls and ceilings of your home and arrange for them to be re-painted if necessary. We can also take care of any structural damage such as broken windows or doors, and damaged walls or ceilings. Safety is our priority – we create a safe working area before we start, and if we find electrical or plumbing hazards, we call in specialists to deal with them.

We also clean your personal belongings, including sofas and chairs, tables, home office furniture, keepsakes, and even clothes, linens, and upholstery. We can use HEPA vacuuming, dry brushing, and wet wiping on-site, and we can also send your belongings to our cleaning facility for deep cleaning.

If there is water left from firefighting efforts, we will pump it out and use fans and dehumidifiers to dry your home. Drying is a vital part of fire damage restoration because damp walls, furniture, carpets, or drapes provide ripe breeding grounds for fungus.

What is an ozone generator, and how does it help?

Deodorizing is an essential part of fire remediation. Leftover smoke odors are very distressing for people, which is why we take steps to ensure your home smells fresh.

One way of fighting odors is by using an ozone generator. The clean smell of the air after a thunderstorm comes from natural ozone. Ozone generators use ozone’s natural deodorizing properties to clean the air after a fire and remove smoke smells.

Ozone generators are not safe for use around pets, plants, or untrained people. That is why we train our technicians to safely use the machines and equip them with the correct personal protective equipment. Ozone is a powerful odor eater, but its use should be closely supervised. Our technicians will let you know how soon you and your pets can safely re-enter the area after ozone use.

We can also use hydroxyl generators, air scrubbers, and activated carbon filters to fight odors.

For pet-friendly fire damage remediation, call SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621.

Can SERVPRO Clean Pet Beds During Water Mitigation?

10/9/2020 (Permalink)

A dog and cat asleep on a bed. SERVPRO knows how much our pets are more like family, instead of pets. SERVPRO can be there for your furry family too.

Orlando Pet Owners Want to Know What Will Happen During Water Mitigation

Orlando pet owners know how much fun pets can be – and how much time and money they take. It is worth the investment to take good care of your pet, but of course, owners are keen to save money where possible.

There are numerous reasons you might need water mitigation in Orlando, such as a burst pipe or leaking appliance. If you happen to suffer water damage near where your pet sleeps, you might find their bed gets saturated. 

What happens when a pet bed gets water damage?

Water damage has a range of effects, including:

  • Discoloration or color bleeding on the surface
  • An unpleasant wet odor
  • The risk of mold growth

Should owners throw pet beds away?

Pet beds are inexpensive, and you might decide it is easier to replace it after water mitigation. However, if your pet is especially attached to their bed or you would rather clean it, SERVPRO can help. 

How can SERVPRO help?

Our technicians can use spot cleaning or even wet fogging to cleanse and deodorize textiles, including your dog or cat’s favorite bed. We also send items to our cleaning facility for specialist hydraulic cleaning, which is gentle and environmentally friendly, yet powerful.

Drying is an integral part of water mitigation. Our techs will prop the bed up so air can move around it, then place air movers and dehumidifiers around it to encourage water evaporation. We can also monitor the moisture in the environment during drying to ensure the best results.

Can all kinds of pet beds be salvaged?

If you have a smaller pet, like a gerbil or guinea pig, that uses straw or wood shavings as bedding, these must be tossed out and replaced. However, as they are relatively cheap and easy to get, we hope that will not be too inconvenient.

In many cases, pet beds can be cleaned. This does not only include store-bought beds. It also includes:

  • Their favorite blankets
  • Mattresses and pads
  • That corner of the sofa they always sleep on

If you are worried about where your pet will sleep after water mitigation, call SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621.