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Are In-House Cleaners Adequate Orlando Water Damage Restorers?

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

moisture detector SERVPRO utilizes the latest technology and equipment when it comes to commercial water restoration.

SERVPRO specializes in business water mitigation and remediation in Orlando

When your business is fully staffed, it is a relief, conferring independence from outside contracts. One mistake commonly made is relinquishing all cleaning chores to your housekeeping staff, even in cases where the task is beyond their training, experience, and equipment. Commercial water disasters need specialists' swift and intensive interventions as incompletely removed moisture sets in motion progressive deterioration and secondary damage.

Should SERVPRO Stand-In for Conventional Cleaning Squads after Water Incursion?

Orlando commercial water damage not only threatens structures. It also has the power to ruin businesses built over decades if you cannot deliver the goods and services your customers desire and deserve. SERVPRO focuses on water damage mitigation and remediation, ensuring our crews are:

Contact SERVPRO of South Orange County when water damage threatens your commercial property and business operations. A call to (407) 226-2621 ensures a seasoned and fully-equipped crew arrives promptly, poised to assess and plan for water disaster recovery.

Will Expert Stormwater Extraction Protect Lake Nona Residences?

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged kitchen, equipment running Storm damage to your home is very disheartening. SERVPRO has IICRC certified technicians and is ready 24/7 365 days a year.

SERVPRO uses industry best practices in all Lake Nona area flooding scenarios 

The powerful equipment and scalable crews arriving at your home after torrential rains and high winds can be as overwhelming as the storm itself. Speed and thoroughness are critical to removing the bulk of the rainwater and the unavoidable contaminants contained therein. Whether the property affected is vast or small and cozy, rapid extraction followed by comprehensive drying is the only way to ensure the structure's return to pre-disaster condition.

Is DIY Water Removal a Reasonable Choice after Storm Flooding?

Stormwater extraction in Lake Nona can be challenging without the training, experience, and appropriate tools possessed by SERVPRO crews. First, stormwater nearly always contains hazardous substances that can accelerate structural damage and imperil the health of your family. Second, exterior damage and the propensity of water to migrate into building cavities far from the source make it difficult to ensure complete water removal. SERVPRO crews:

  • Assess for water hazards
  • Consider and implement controlled demolition to release hidden water
  • Use sensitive moisture detectors and meters to trace perimeters of water incursion and establish baselines for drying goals
  • Operate commercial-grade truck-mounted and portable extractors to remove water fast
  • Contain and dispose of contaminated water safely per local rules

Place your confidence in the SERVPRO of South Orange County team after stormwater damages your home. Expect a prompt response once you call (407) 226-2621

Why Rely on Professional Flooding Removal in Orlando?

3/16/2021 (Permalink)

equipment, wall with flood cuts Storm damage restoration is a job for SERVPRO. No matter the amount of damage, SERVPRO has you covered.

SERVPRO is trained and equipped for Orlando area storm flooding recovery 

With all of the natural lakes, waterways, and wetlands in central Florida, it may come as a surprise that the City of Orlando planned and invested in a human-made installation called the Orlando Wetlands Park. Learning about the vision and mission of the Park allows an intriguing window into the ways society can rectify past ecological mistakes for the benefit of the land, water, animals, and people.

What Were the Pre-Development Characteristics of the Area Now Occupied by Orlando Wetlands Park?

Before intensive settlement and development, the land upon which the Orlando Wetlands Park stood as an integral part of the St. Johns River floodplain. Specifically, the land had the features of a wet prairie:

  • Treeless plains
  • Sparse to dense grasses and other herbaceous plants, including:
  • Wiregrass
  • Maidencane
  • Spikerush
  • Beakrush
  • Hatpins
  • Marsh pinks
  • Sundews
  • Black-eyed Susan
  • White-top sedge
  • Meadow beauty
  • Yellow-eyed grass
  • Wax myrtle
  • Pitcher plants
  • Tickseed
  • Panicums
  • Seasonal inundated or saturated with fresh water up to 100 days per year.
  • Suffered from fires every 2 to 4 years

How Did Settlement Affect the Area?

The Orlando Wetlands Park region saw significant non-Indigenous settlement starting in the late 1830s. Fort Christmas was built in 1837, and after the Civil War, the settlers commenced the draining of pre-existing wetlands for farming. Other uses included:

  • Cattle grazing in the early 20th century
  • Logging 
  • Pine tapping for turpentine
  • Dairy farming beginning in the 1940s

How Did the Orlando Area Handle Increasing Amounts of Wastewater?

As the Orlando region grew precipitously after the building of tourist venues in the 1960s and later, the United States, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stepped in with mandates to consolidate a range of wastewater treatment facilities. In 1979 The Iron Bridge Regional Water Reclamation Facility (Iron Bridge) was the first attempt by the City of Orlando to merge the various wastewater sources. Local waterways were overwhelmed by the effluent within five years.

What Was the Answer to the Increase in Wastewater in Orlando?

Orlando purchased 1,650 acres near Fort Christmas to create an engineered wetland to manage the wastewater crisis. A year after the 1986 purchase, 1,220 acres of the land formerly used as pasture was primed to treat the reclaimed water. Up to 35 million gallons of reclaimed water pumped 17 miles from Iron Bridge passes through 4-foot diameter pipes to three wetlands, including mixed and deep marches and hardwood and cypress swamp. The wetlands clear the reclaimed water of nutrients, including nitrogen and phosphorus. From pumping to final release into the St. Johns River takes 30 to 40 days. In addition to cleaning the waste, the Orlando Wetlands Park has become a refuge for birds and other wildlife, 18 of which are considered threatened, protected or endangered. 

How Does SERVPRO Restore Your Flood Damaged Home?

Finding reliable Orlando flooding removal after storm damage is just as critical for your home as the Wetlands Park wastewater solution was for the city. SERVPRO stands ready to:

  • Secure external damage 
  • Assess and control flooding-caused safety hazards 
  • Consider controlled demolition to release fluids and permit effective structural drying.
  • Rapidly pump and extract flood water, containing and disposing of contaminated according to local regulations.
  • Clean up residues and debris
  • Disinfect and deodorize affected surfaces

Have confidence in the highly-trained and well-equipped crews from SERVPRO of South Orange County when storms threaten to destroy the integrity and comfort of your home. Call us at (407) 226-2621 for an immediate evaluation of storm and flood damage.

Help with Flood Damage Removal in Orlando

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

a huge puddle on tile floor Flooded home? Contact SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621 for water removal and flood damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Addresses Flooding in Orlando Homes

Cleaning up after a flood is different from cleaning up from a water leak. Floodwater is contaminated (category 3- black water) and needs careful handling to ensure safety for the homeowner and SERVPRO technicians.

SERVPRO understands flood removal processes in Orlando, including the use of appropriate chemical cleaning agents. Many cleaning agents work in other situations, but only specific types kill the numerous fungi and bacteria found in typical flooding situations.

Cleaning agents for flooding:

  • Phenolics: Made from coal tar derivatives or synthetics and is highly effective against many kinds of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. They can lose their strength over time, so technicians are sure to use recently produced phenolics.
  • Chlorines: Strong oxidizing agents that have low toxicity and are useful in flood situations. 
  • Quaternary Compounds: Ammonia is the most common type and is also very effective. 
  • Botanicals: Pleasant fragrance cleaning agent that incorporates thyme oil or citric acid and is still effective. 

After a flood, Contact SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621 for 24/7 assistance. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

Seeking Water Damage Restoration in Orlando?

2/28/2021 (Permalink)

a woman on the phone watching the water drip from her ceiling into a bowl Need help drying out your home after water damage? Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians and restoration equipment.

SERVPRO Makes Water Damage Repairs in Orlando

When it comes to effectively repairing water damage, drying is critical. Without being able to dry the impacted area effectively, you cannot adequately repair damages, particularly in humid climates like in Orlando and the rest of Florida.

Water damage restoration for your Orlando home means effectively drying the areas while repairing the house. One way that technicians approach drying the impacted area is to break up your home into 'drying zones.' This helps isolate the areas requiring attention. Each drying zone may have different amounts or types of equipment due to varying conditions. For instance, some areas may not need as many air movers or dehumidifiers.

There are two types of drying systems found in drying zones:

  • Open drying system: doors and windows are open, allowing fresh air to act as a facilitator in the drying process. 
  • Closed drying system: IICRC certified technicians close off the area with doors, windows and heavy plastic to create an optimal drying environment. 

Contact SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621 for 24/7 assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Finding Fire Cleanup Help in Orlando

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot covering everything Plagued by odors and residue after a fire? Call SERVPRO for effective fire damage remediation services.

SERVPRO Assists Homeowners with Fire Cleanup

When you think of Orlando, Florida, the first thing you may think about is theme parks and tourist attractions. However, Orlando is a city with a rich history and over 250,000 residents. Orlando does boast of having the most visitors per year than any other destination in the world. In 2015, 68 million people visited Orlando.

Something most people don't know is that Orlando has over 100 lakes. The most prominent and famous lake in Orlando is Lake Eola, which is actually a sinkhole. In 1873 the cattle farmer Jacob Summerlin bought the land where Lake Eola sits. Little did anyone know a sinkhole at the edge of the property over a natural aquifer 200 feet underground. The aquifer filled from the bottom and the rainwater caused a sinkhole from above, creating what we now know as Lake Eola. At one time, the lake was 80 feet deep, but now the maximum depth is 23 feet 8 inches with an average depth of 11 feet 5 inches.

Lake Eola is the center of downtown Orlando. The Summerlin family donated it to the city in 1888 with the agreement that it would be a beautification project. Since then, there have been many beautification projects and updates to keep the park and the lake a beautiful attraction to both residents and visitors.

A beautiful feature of Lake Eola is the fountain. In 1912 it was built for 10,000 and quickly became a top-rated attraction. The city replaced the fountain for $350,000 in the late 1950s and named it the Centennial Fountain. Unfortunately, lightning struck the iconic fountain in 2009. However, being that it is such an essential piece of Orlando's history, the city spent 2 million dollars to repair it and update it to include spray jets during the day and a light show at night. The city also renamed the fountain to memorialize the fountain builder from the 50s. It is now called the Linton E. Allen Memorial Fountain.

Fun things to do at Lake Eola Park:

  • Enjoy the playground, memorials, or public art.
  • Paddle with one of the famous swan boats on the lake. 
  • Watch the various breeds of swans living at the lake; Trumeter, Black Neck, Whooper, Roayl, Mute, and Australian Black. 
  • Enjoy the farmers market, summer movies, or even concerts.

Methods of Cleaning After a Fire

Fire Cleanup is not always straightforward and best addressed by professionals. Different methods and products are required for optimal results. Your belongings may require off site cleaning, while you may need to clean the structure of your home, including permanent surfaces and building materials.

Our Professional SERVPRO team identifies how to best clean each surface by testing the surface and determining the type of residue they are cleaning. It is important to remember that not every surface is the same, and technicians should approach them accordingly.

The two categories of materials for cleaning are:

  • Washable: materials that respond to water-based cleaning products. 
  • Non-washable: materials that respond best to dry cleaning methods such as vacuuming or brushing away residue. 

For 24/7 assistance after a fire, contact SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621.

Why Call for Skilled Mold Remediation?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage Mold is nothing to play with. It can disrupt the whole house hold. Call the IICRC trained technicians at SERVPRO for the service you need.

SERVPRO knows how to address mold remediation carefully and safely at your Orlando condo

Your Orlando condo is your oasis, so it is essential that you keep the environment cozy, safe, and healthy for all living there. Should you suspect mold, it is vital that you seek professional remediation services. The more you know about mold and the potential for impacting your health, the better.

Why call SERVPRO for mold remediation in Orlando? Because we have the experience necessary to find it fast, address the source, and work on carefully cleaning it. Some of the areas of the home that people often find mold will include:

  • Ceilings and drywall
  • Furniture and carpeting
  • HVAC ducts and air conditioning units
  • Wood paneling
  • Piping underneath sinks, tubs, and showers
  • Window sills

Mold spores are all around us, but they tend to colonize when moisture increases. Rather than disrupting mold and mildew on your own, our SERVPRO crew arrives wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). We have safety protocols that allow us to carefully clean up the mold, followed by sanitization and deodorization. Once we get done, your condo’s interior will be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Do you feel as though you need professional mold remediation services? Call us at SERVPRO of South Orange County to learn more about what we can do for you. To set up a crew to arrive at your home for an assessment, call us at (407) 226-2621.

Water Removal Your Production Facility Can Trust

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged office. 24/7 365 SERVPRO is here for all of your disaster needs. Our trained technicians are ready for any size disaster thrown your way.

Orlando business owners turn to SERVPRO for rapid water removal services.

Regardless of the water emergency that you have at your Orlando production operation, it would be best if you acted fast to keep everything up and running. SERVPRO features skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) to get the job done more quickly than your in-house cleaning crew can do.

For water removal in Orlando that you can count on, SERVPRO arrives within hours of your call to help with the following services:

  • Inspection and assessment to determine the water loss scope, what should get replaced, and what we can restore.
  • Industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers to inhibit secondary damage and the potential for harmful mold growth.
  • Pack-out services and cleaning off-site as needed, which allows your employees to work within safe, dry zones.
  • Deodorization and sanitization to ensure that no foul odors or microbial growth get left behind.

Any standing water within your commercial building must get removed as soon as possible. We feature a Green Fleet of trucks loaded with pumps, extractors, and various tools that help us achieve our drying goals fast. Our skilled crew will always work to minimize damage and keep downtime low so that you do not see a lapse in operations. 

Call SERVPRO of South Orange County at (407) 226-2621 when you need professional attention to handle your water removal requirements. We are available 24-hours a day for emergency service, including nights, weekends, and holidays!

Restore Your Orlando Home Fast After Fire Damage

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fire damage is no easy task. Leave it to the professionals at SERVPRO. They have IICRC trained technicians for the job.

SERVPRO brings industrial-grade fire damage restoration equipment and proven methods to your Orlando project

Orlando is a city located within Central Florida, where it is also the county seat of Orange County. This city is the hub of the metropolitan area, which boasts a population of 4,000,002 according to figures listed by the United States Census Bureau in 2017. The city of Orlando itself is now the largest inland city of the state and the fourth-largest overall, which also puts it at the 73rd largest city in the entire country.

Diving into the History of Orlando, FL

Many people automatically think of attractions and theme parks when they hear about Orlando, Florida, but there is so much more than that. Seminole tribe members had sparsely populated Orlando before the European settlers started to arrive in 1536. 

During the 1920s, extensive housing developed amidst what was known as the Florida Land Boom when land pricing began to soar. Throughout this time, downtown neighborhoods got built up, endowing the area with a variety of bungalows. This boom ended during the Great Depression and a series of hurricanes in the latter portion of the 1920s.

The most critical event to take place within Orlando's history was the plans were announced for Walt Disney World in 1965. The city's inland location made it a prime area for the theme park design and pending vacation resorts. Walt Disney World opened up in October of 1971, which brought a notable boom both economically and population-wise. Since then, Orlando has turned into the epicenter for tourism within the state of Florida. To date, Orlando, FL, has more entertainment attractions and theme parks than any other location in the entire world. 

The most notable theme parks and major attractions located within Orlando include:

  • Discovery Cove
  • Disney's Animal Kingdom
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Epcot
  • Funspot America
  • Gatorland
  • Holy Land Experience
  • Islands of Adventure
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Legoland
  • Magic Kingdom
  • Universal Studios

Not only is Orlando rich with theme parks and attractions, but it is also home to many high-end outlet shopping centers, sporting events and concert venues, and world-famous restaurants. If you are a golfer, you will also have your pick of a broad selection of historic and challenging courses throughout the city. Should you be looking to plan a visit, you will also have a long list of incredible resorts and hotels to choose from, including a great range of pricing to suit all budgets and every taste. 

Don't Let Fire Damage in Orlando Cause Undue Stress

Even the smallest fire leaves immense soot and smoke residue that can be difficult to remove from your Orlando home. You may wonder if you can handle the cleanup on your own, but you run the risk of foul odors sprouting up weeks or months down the road. SERVPRO works hard to make it "Like it never even happened."

At SERVPRO, we specialize in fire damage restoration in Orlando to bring you rapid, high-quality results so that you can get back to your routine. Just a sampling of the methods we may use when called to your home include:

  • EPA-registered cleaning solutions
  • Thermal foggers and air scrubbers
  • Moisture detection measures

With SERVPRO of South Orange County, you can feel confident that your fire damage restoration needs get met. Contact us 24 hours a day in the event of a cleanup emergency at (407) 226-2621. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster!

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."