Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

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

Florida Tornadoes

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Ceiling damage post tornado in Florida The after effects of a Florida Tornado which caused water damage to the ceiling and personal belongings.

The mere mention of the word tornado and fear is immediately invoked in people, especially if you live in areas where they occur. Florida is no exception. While our tornadoes are not as destructive as those in the mid-west, the damage they cause can be just as devastating.

The general warnings to be safe during a tornado is to go the basement, avoid windows, get under something sturdy and do not stay in a mobile home. As Floridians we are at a great disadvantage. Our homes are not built with basements, our windows tend to be plentiful and mobile homes are a part of our landscape. The only protection we have is to find something sturdy to get beneath. That being said, we are almost left unprotected. When roofs tear apart during the violent winds and rain enters the home we become vulnerable.  

It is for this very reason we at SERVPRO of South Orange County advise our customers to always be prepared and vigilant. We encourage having proper documentation of all belongings, verifying coverage with insurance carriers and most of all having easy access our phone number.

Trees! Are they our friends or enemies?

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Trees are vital to our living. However, during a storm they can become quite the opposite. Branches can become projectiles and trees can topple over damaging roofs and even entire homes causing severe financial anxiety.

Here in Central Florida, winds can sometimes reach 50-55 mph and that is not even during Hurricane season. It is always a good idea to inspect the trees surrounding your property. If you encounter any questionable issues during your inspection, do make sure that they are addressed immediately. Dying or dead branches should always be removed and maintain regular pruning and trimming practices.

While we all enjoy being surrounded by trees and marveling at their beauty, we highly suggest proper upkeep of the trees near you. In the event that you sustain damage from loose branches, falling trees or any other water intrusion incidents do not hesitate to call us at SERVPRO of South Orange County. We are always here to assist in your time of need.

Our most commonly used pieces of equipment

3/12/2020 (Permalink)

Equipment setup and ready to go Our most commonly used equipment loaded onto our SERVPRO green trucks ready for an emergency.

The SERVPRO of South Orange County takes pride in making sure our customers are helped to the best of our ability. To do this, our products and equipment need to be the best available so we can make sure the property and situations we encounter during disasters are able to be restored and brought to preloss conditions. Each machine and piece of equipment has a crucial role in the restoration process. Our technicians are trained to use each piece of equipment to its highest potential. Here are a few of our most commonly seen and used machines, and their purpose.

The SERVPRO® Equipment Department tests all equipment, including the truck mount, before putting the items in the product line. To provide the best service to our customers, we must know how the truck mount works, how to set up and maintain the unit, how to use it safely, how to clean the vehicle interior, unit, tools, hoses, and so forth as needed, and how to inspect all equipment and accessories for any damage, leaks, or wear.

DEHUMIDIFIERS: Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air after it has evaporated.  Our technicians position dehumidifiers strategically in a water-damaged structure so the moist, humid air moves through the unit while dry, warm air is discharged from the unit circulating back into the wet areas. Did you know that dry air acts like a sponge to absorb moisture from wet materials? Since it does, we use the dehumidifiers especially because it provides a continual source of dry air to enhance the restoration process. Refrigerant dehumidifiers remove water vapor through condensation, and based on the specific job, we will use a small commercial refrigerant dehumidifier because it removes approximately 8 gallons of water per day from the atmosphere, while an extra-large commercial refrigerant could remove as much as 20 gallons per day.

AIR MOVERS: Air movers are used in water damage restoration to enhance evaporation at the surface level and reduce drying time. These machines introduce airflow at the surface level and replace the highly saturated air with drier air to enhance evaporation. Our crew has gone through specific training on the science of drying to know how many air movers they will need and how to position them to create airflow across all wet surfaces. In some cases, when the lower portion of multiple walls are wet, involving wet drywall behind baseboards, enough air movers are positioned to create a vortex of circular airflow around the walls. Our technicians operate the air movers in several different positions, offering flexibility in how to direct the airflow with the best possible outcome. 

PORTABLE EXTRACTORS: Extractors are used for cleaning carpets, cleaning upholstery, and removing water from floors after a water loss. An extractor has three major components: a heater, a pump, and a vacuum system. Our technicians use this machine for variable heat controlled cleaning, including to heat the rinse solutions to clean more effectively. The vacuum system and waste recovery tank remove soils and moisture from the surface and collects it in the tank. With this machine, we can expedite the removal of water and moisture from damaged materials and textiles to help restore it to preloss conditions. In doing this, the potential of having to replace materials or belongings is lowered.

There are many other machines and equipment accessories we use, but for today’s behind the scenes look we are proud to show you some our most commonly used pieces of equipment. These machines help us get your personal disaster back to preloss condition and to make it “Like it never even happened,” because SERVPRO of South Orange County is always here to help!

Be Prepared for a Storm

3/11/2020 (Permalink)

Be Prepared for a Storm A few suggestions to help prepare for a storm

A few suggestions to help prepare for a storm:

  • Take Pictures of your roof, your contents, your cars, the inside of your rooms, your artwork etc. on a DATED camera. Just in case you need it for insurance purposes.
    READ your Insurance papers NOW and see what your coverage is. After the storm, you may want to revise it!
  • Gather all your important papers and objects: Insurance policies, birth certificates, passports, a list of phone numbers in your phone in case your phone runs out of battery, irreplaceable photos, papers, Think of what you would need if you couldn't get back into your house for a while.
  • Get cash to have on hand.
  • Keep your medications handy
  • Fill your car with gas.
  • If you aren't staying at home, let others know where you will be.
  • Decide on a central contact person to reach out to, or a place to meet in case everyone gets separated.
  • REMEMBER: Your safety and that of your loved ones comes FIRST. Don't try to be a HERO and go out during the storm or move objects that are too heavy.
  • Fill water bottles 3/4 the way full, or fill Ziploc bags to put into the freezer to help keep frozen foods frozen. DON'T open the freezer if the power goes out...Let it stay cold!
  • Try and avoid using candles for light... it could turn into a FIRE disaster! Use flashlights and lanterns.
  • Bring in anything outdoors that could become a PROJECTILE. Even the smallest objects can do damage blowing in hurricane type winds.
  • Be sure your pets are taken care of...they might be frightened during the storm.
  • Move you boats to dry storage, or anchor them to the docks according to the rules of the marina.
           
  • ONE more thing.... WRITE DOWN our number and PROGRAM it into your phone.

If you experience water damage: call SERVPRO of South Orange County 407-226-2621

Hurricanes VS Crawl Spaces in Lake Nona, Orlando Fl

7/8/2019 (Permalink)

The crawl space of a property in Lake Nona, Orlando FL is often flooded after a tropical storm, or worse, a hurricane. SERVPRO of South Orange County technicians can remove the water swiftly to mitigate damage to the support beams. There are more than one strategies depending on the layout of the foundation, we can suggest an encapsulation service to create an envelope protecting this area from absorbing water. A sump pump may also be utilized. Other than the risks of mold growth, the interior air quality of the home is better when the crawlspace is dry. SERVPRO of South Orange County technicians are always ready to help our neighbors in Lake Nona, Orlando Fl and anywhere else in the greater Orlando area. Make sure to call SERVPRO of south Orange County as soon as possible when your crawl space has water damage.

Storm and/or Flood Damage?

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

If you are dealing with a flood or water damage from a storm, our experienced team at SERVPRO of South Orange County is ready to respond. Since we are locally owned and operated, we have prepared for expected damage from storms and are able to respond quickly. Immediate action and a fast response, lessens damage, limits further damage and reduces restoration costs. Our highly trained crews have the specialized equipment and resources to handle the job, large or small, residential and commercial. Our teams are prepared teams with equipment strategically located in case of flood or storm emergency in our area including Hunter Creek, Lake Nona and Dr. Phillips.

Choose SERVPRO of South Orange County, a local company that specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. We are Here to Help and ready to respond to any storm and flooding conditions in our Lake Hart, Meadow Woods and Lake Buena Vista area.   

Flood Damage?

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of South Orange County responds to all kinds of water disasters.  Many times, Mother Nature creates situations you wouldn't expect.  With water tables historically high, additional rains can quickly cause ground water flooding.  Storm drains can fill up and lift stations can fail to pump off excess water. With no where else to go flood waters can quickly enter commercial buildings through floor drains and doorways.

A Hunters Creek area business experienced storm water back-up during some heavy rain storms in June. Thankfully they already knew who to call. SERVPRO of South Orange County was called to extract standing water and steam clean cement affected by CAT 3 water. Job was completed in less than a day and they were able to get their employees back to work in a timely matter.

SERVPRO of South Orange County 407-226-2621 is ready to help any business that has a disaster affecting the operation. Business continuity and keeping employees working is a top priority.

Hurricane Preparedness

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Thank you to businessweek.com for these quick hurricane tips

June is the start of Hurricane Season. Below are some tips to follow whether you own a home, RV, boat, car or all of them! You can see a storm coming by the change in color of the sky (often greenish), large hail, low-flying clouds and a roar like a freight train.

  • It is best to have a plan in place regarding where you are going to go when a hurricane hits. While they may be intriguing to watch, the best place is NOT outside. Your basement or under a set of stairs are great places to wait out the storm. If this is not available, the bottom floor of any building will work.
  • Keep your car indoors if possible. Tape up the windows and door with tarps and keep away from any objects that could damage the car if they were to fall on top of it.
  • During an emergency, gas stations will often be closed, so always make sure you have at least half a tank of gas to get away instantly
  • Have enough supplies on hand to wait out 72 hours, just in case help cannot arrive right away. These supplies can also be stored in the trunk (items like a first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, and medication can always stay there.)
  • Make sure your car is in proper shape. Have a full tank of gas, wiper blades and tires are ready to go.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged and keep your charger with you.
  • Avoid driving in deep waters
  • For your boat, remove non-secure items, electronics, excess gear, valuable, and important documents.
  • Make sure all openings are clear of debris
  • Double all lines that are securing your boat to its securing space
  • With your RV, do not drive it during the storm as it is more vulnerable to higher/stronger winds
  • Make sure you have a full tank of gas, but empty holding tanks, turn off propane cylinders and cover the regulator.
  • Make sure all documents are always in a waterproof bag and with you.

Life can be unpredictable but having plans in place help you with whatever may come. For more information, please check out these hurricane tips. As always, once the storm passes, contact SERVPRO of South Orange County to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

"The Equipment"

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

When it’s your business that suffers fire damage, every second counts when it comes to restoring your property to preloss condition. Fire damage, no matter the size, can affect every room within the property. It can travel through air ducts, burn through ceilings and floors and damage countless pieces of equipment and documents. Fire damage can cause normal business interruption and/or business closure, resulting in customer and revenue loss.

Whether it’s a one-story, single business complex or a multi-story office building, SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals are prepared to inspect, restore and clean the space following a fire damage. Your SERVPRO of South Orange County Professional has access to thousands of pieces of equipment and hundreds of personnel to help mitigate even the largest fire damage. Working with a network of Franchise Professionals nationwide, your local SERVPRO of South Orange County cleanup crew utilizes high-tech industrial equipment to address all types of smoke and soot damage of any size, helping to minimize replacement costs and return the customer to business as usual. No job is too big when it comes to helping and insurance customer and their insured get back to business quickly. When the fire damage requires more than cleaning solution and a broom to remove the some and soot, contact the bright green cleanup team with the industrial-sized equipment to reach every corner, vent, carpet and wall. SERVPRO of South Orange County Professionals will work hard to restore your property and contents to preloss conditions when possible and get you back tin business. Call 407-226-2621, 24 hours a day, 365 days aa year.

ARE YOU PREPARED?

10/5/2016 (Permalink)

ARE YOU PREPARED?

A few suggestions to help prepare for a storm:

  • Take Pictures of your roof, your contents, your cars, the inside of your rooms, your artwork etc.on a DATED camera. Just in case you need it for insurance purposes.
    READ your Insurance papers NOW, and see what your coverage is. After the storm, you may want to revise it!
  • Gather all your important papers and objects: Insurance policies, birth certificates, passports, a list of phone numbers in your phone incase your phone runs out of battery, irreplaceable photos, papers, Think of what you would need if you couldn't get back into your house for awhile.
  • Get cash to have on hand.
  • Keep you medications handy
  • Fill your car with gas.
  • If you aren't staying at home, let others know where you will be.
  • Decide on a central contact person to reach out to, or a place to meet in case everyone gets separated.
  • REMEMBER: Your safety and that of your loved ones comes FIRST. Don't try to be a HERO and go out during the storm, or move objects that are too heavy.
  • Fill water bottles 3/4 the way full, or fill Ziploc bags to put into the freezer to help keep frozen foods frozen. DON'T open the freezer if the power goes out...Let it stay cold!
  • Try and avoid using candles for light... it could turn into a FIRE disaster! Use flashlights and lanterns.
  • Bring in anything outdoors that could become a PROJECTILE. Even the smallest objects can do damage blowing in hurricane type winds.
  • Be sure your pets are taken care of...they might be frightened during the storm.
  • Move you boats to dry storage, or anchor them to the docks according to the rules of the marina.
           
  • ONE more thing....WRITE DOWN our number and PROGRAM it into your phone.

 

If you experience water damage:

call SERVPRO of South Orange County

407-226-2621