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Water Removal Services for the Fort Myers Area After Hurricane Irma

9/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Services for the Fort Myers Area After Hurricane Irma SERVPRO can quickly inspect your home for home and begin water restoration services to return your home to its original condition.

Restoring Water Damaged Homes After Irma

The recent hurricane has devastated parts of Florida; we have entire towns still without power a week later. Each day that a home remains under water increases the amount of damage to both personal and structural property.

Water removal in Fort Myers after Irma is a serious problem across the state and not just here in Lee County. SERVPRO has been augmented by our Large Loss Team and now has multiple franchise offices from across the country helping us to put homes and lives back in order.

With every home we walk into, our technicians start with a quick inspection to determine the extent of the flooding and what equipment is needed. If water is still flowing into the home, we try to block or redirect it.

If we cannot stop it, however, that does not stop us. If there is a way to remove water from the home and not have it re-enter or go into another structure, we use it. It may involve using multiple hoses to drain the water to a point many yards from the home where it goes into a storm drain or a nearby creek. To do this, we use commercial grade pumps to remove standing water quickly. For these larger amounts of water, we use multiple pumps if they are available.

Once we have the majority of the water out of the home, technicians change out the pumps for water extraction wands. These devices are specially designed to draw water out of wood floors and carpets without damaging them. The wands remove most of the remaining water, leaving moisture trapped underneath floors or in carpet pads.

To eliminate this final amount, we lift the carpets and take out the pads underneath. After several days under water, these pads have already started to deteriorate and cannot be dried using equipment or by being hung out in the sun. Before we lay the carpet back down, even temporarily, our IICRC-certified technicians may use the extraction wands again or a squeegee to remove any remaining moisture from the concrete surface.

With the carpets still lifted, we check behind walls for trapped water. If we find it, technicians remove floor trim and drill holes in each affected drywall panel to drain it. To speed up removing any remaining moisture, we use air movers to blow warm, dry air behind the panels. If they are already crumbling in place, we recommend to the homeowner that we remove and dispose of them immediately. Doing so helps to dry out the wall framing and other, salvageable panels.

Restoring our homes is going to take a long time, but SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda is here to the end. If you need our services, please call today at (941) 575-5910 to schedule one of our inspectors and get started on the road to recovery. We are here for you and all of our neighbors.

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SERVPRO - Fort Myers Fire Damage

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO - Fort Myers Fire Damage SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda is locally owned and operated to handle your fire damage situation.

Fort Myers Fire Damage Can Be Restored by Our SERVPRO Team

Even thinking about a house fire sends a chill up and down everyone’s spine. People immediately go to the worst-case scenario: Destruction of both structural and personal property. The reality is usually much less severe.

Often, fire damage in a Fort Myers home stays restricted to one room or area. This physical destruction is the scorched walls and ceilings or melted plastics as you might find in a kitchen. To restore or repair damage in this and other rooms of the house, SERVPRO has developed five services that help us put our neighbors back into their homes as quickly as we can.

Mitigation – Our task here is to protect your home from further property loss. Our technicians board up entrances and other openings to keep out the weather and local pests. If battling the fire left parts of your home soaked, we begin drying out the structure within hours of setting foot in your home. If needed, this is when we bring in generators if the power is offline.

Structural Cleaning – Cleaning up after a fire means concentrating on two things: removing smoke residues and deodorizing your home. It applies to walls, ceilings, and floors (wood, concrete, and carpets) along with other structural components. Our inspectors work closely with you and your insurance adjuster to determine if cleaning is cost-effective or if our technicians need to remove and replace items like ceiling tiles, drywall, and rugs.

Contents Cleaning – This is personal property (clothing and furniture for example), and the main task here is to remove smoke residues. Often, we can remove residues at home by setting up an area in the home to wipe down, vacuum, or scrub the items. This area is also useful for deodorizing property as well.

Specialty Restoration – This service goes beyond routine cleaning and deals with items such as artwork and electronics such as TVs, DVD players, and stereo components. In some cases, we may have to recommend using a subcontractor.

Reconstruction – If structural property (wall framing or ceiling supports for example) is physically damaged, then it is necessary for us to demolish, remove, and replace it. Unlike other restoration companies, our office and technicians are licensed with the state of Florida to rebuild most structural components.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

If you need our assistance or have questions about these services, call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda today at (941) 575-5910. You can also schedule an inspection with us and receive a free estimate on what we can do for you.

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Water Damage Causing Grief And Embarrassment In Your Fort Myers Home

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Causing Grief And Embarrassment In Your Fort Myers Home When guests come for a visit to your Fort Myers home, ugly water damage can become a source of constant embarrassment.

Water Damage

Daily tasks involving hygiene involve water, soap, and other items. Bathrooms, especially around tub and shower areas, are designed to be watertight. However, over time, the materials that seal these areas can disintegrate and allow moisture to enter into areas where it soon causes deterioration. Once inside, this moisture can become trapped or travel within the walls to other parts of your home.

When guests come for a visit to your Fort Myers home, ugly water damage can become a source of constant embarrassment. Many people decide to say nothing when their hosts' bathroom has obvious damage from exposure to water, but that does not make it go away.

When you notice that your ceiling's paint is flaking off or that debris is washed out from behind the shower's wall each time you clean the stall, you are viewing one way that water damages a home. Children, including teens, enjoy peeling paint while watching how much can be pulled off at a time. Doing this can increase the appearance of damage already present.

Our technicians at SERVPRO can help you regain your gorgeous bathroom once again. Our team has certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) who know the procedures outlined by the IICRC. These are internationally accepted methods that continually prove they are the most effective in restoring a home. You can have your bathroom and all other sections of your home that were affected, restored back to beautiful condition again.

Sealing up where caulking disintegrated and fell apart is a bad idea as it can trap moisture inside the wall. This moisture needs to be eliminated first. Because it may have moved to other areas in your home, we use hygrometers and moisture detectors to reveal hidden areas that contain moisture. After removing the hidden water, we can begin to restore materials too damaged for salvaging. We do our best to keep this to a minimum, but doing so is not always possible.

After replacing and restoring the area, we are always careful to clean up after ourselves. Our employees are dedicated and helpful individuals who want to see our customers receive the fullest benefit of our efforts. With a fully restored and once-again gorgeous bathroom, you can forget about being embarrassed when guests visit you and your family.

When you call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910, we are always ready to take your call and explain how water damage can harm your home as it spreads from one affected area into the next one.

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Understanding Mold Damage And Testing For Your Fort Myers Home

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding Mold Damage And Testing For Your Fort Myers Home Mold enters your home in many ways, often leading to extensive exposure when the right conditions exist.

Mold Damage And Testing

You have read all of the online articles about mold, telling you how mold is a recycler of organic materials that exists naturally within our environment. Others quote specific health problems, explaining how different species act and claim that knowing what type of mold you face can help you make an accurate, informed decision.

Many people need to understand that reading these articles does not make you an expert on mold damage in Fort Myers. In fact, most that attempt their remediation alone end up causing more harm. If you want to deal with mold growth in your home properly, your best bet is to allow access to a professional remediation company who has all of the equipment, resources, and personnel readily available.

Taking chances regarding mold is entirely your decision. No one can make you seek help; it is your home and your life after all. However, when given a choice, most homeowners would much rather have a professional, like those offered at SERVPRO, take care of the problem, instead of risking personal contamination. There is no reason for you to tackle jobs like this alone, professional help is available and often covered by your insurance company to boot.

While some molds can cause health concerns in a variety of people, a normal, healthy, mature adult feels little to no impact from short-term mold exposure. However, mold enters your home in many ways, often leading to extensive exposure when the right conditions exist. SERVPRO technicians explain all of their remediation methods in detail, giving you the upper hand in protecting your home and family.

You may have also seen commercials or advertisements introducing mold home test kits. You can take mold samples and mail them off to a lab to identify the species invading your home. Doing this disturbs mold colonies and likely causes additional growth. SERVPRO cares about your home and refuses to waste a week, letting mold spread further, to receive results that do not matter.

The mold species has nothing to do with the methods used to treat the problem. We can provide you with the expertly trained technicians, equipment, and resources needed to control mold growth in your home, all you have to do is call. SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda has staff ready to take your call (941) 575-5910.

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Avoid Causing More Damage To Your Fire Damaged Fort Myers Home

7/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Avoid Causing More Damage To Your Fire Damaged Fort Myers Home The flames and heat make most food harmful to consume, even canned goods, throw them out.

Avoid Causing Further Fire Damage

The internet has article after article containing advice about what you should do after a fire occurs on your property. However, very few tell you anything about what you should avoid doing to protect your home and belongings.

With that said, we would like to help you avoid doing further damage to your Fort Myers home. Fire damage is harmful enough without adding to the situation. As always, make sure you contact your insurance company, friends and family, and a local restoration company you trust to begin your restoration as soon as possible.

You can forget about saving any food stores you have in your home. The flames and heat make most food harmful to consume, even canned goods, throw them out. Your SERVPRO technicians can help you recognize these and other hazards present in your home after a fire occurs.

Do not handle ash and soot yourself. On that note, you should avoid entering your home at all; you could end up doing further damage to surfaces and even develop health problems if you do not take the right precautions. SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to perform all of these services for you, never take chances with your health.

Intense smoke equals massive damage to your furniture and carpeting. These items need special handling to restore correctly, often requiring removal and transport to a safe, secure area before work can begin. SERVPRO provides a move out service for all of your household items, giving each the attention it deserves to restore as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Never activate electronics such as computers, laptops, cellphones or other gadgetry caught up in the fire. There may be debris inside that cause damage to moving parts, making them useless. It takes an electronics expert to restore these items, making it necessary to have a professional inspect your items before removing anything from your property.

Get the help you need as soon as you need it, call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda to secure your property and begin your fire damage restoration, today (941) 575-5910.

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Water Damaged Music Store Reopens In Record Time

7/10/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damaged Music Store Reopens In Record Time No matter how severe the water damage may be, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda will be there to help every step of the way.

SERVPRO Can Help Reopen Your Business After Water Strikes 

When your retail store’s focus is retro, restoration over replacement is a given. It also makes sense to anticipate what a water disaster means to your mission. SERVPRO invites commercial clients to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile to streamline our recovery efforts, a smart idea for any business but essential for niche endeavors.

You love vintage vinyl and opened a shop to share your passion. Heavy rains combined with an equally vintage roof cause water damage to your Fort Myers record store. A few inches of rain cover the floor and threaten your inventory. We arrived quickly and secured the leak. The rest of the restoration efforts illustrate the power of working with our customers as a team.

Because a friend uses our services for his own business, you were aware of SERVPRO’s proactive Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP). The possibility of damage to your irreplaceable assortment of records, including liner notes and album covers encouraged you to contact us before any damage to setup your ERP.

The information gleaned by both SERVPRO and you during the process of developing the Emergency Ready Plan and Profile guided the hours of restoration after the water damaged your shop. One of our experienced crew members visited your space, familiarizing himself with your layout and discussing your priorities. He also has suggestions you took to heart that persuaded you to take action to protect your inventory. Our easy to use mobile app walked you through your individualized Profile, saved to be used should a disaster occur.

When the water damage happened, you were poised to act, priceless inventory in water resistant tubs and tarps thrown quickly over areas to deflect the leaks. Our crew knew just where to find the power and how your shelving was configured. A hierarchy of items to save and where they were stored informed our initial efforts. Our crew extracted the water on the floor quickly, and air movers and dehumidifiers then began reducing the humidity to preselected levels established to conserve the record collection.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Perfectly matched to businesses that plan ahead, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda wants to work with any local retail outlets interested in devising their own Emergency Ready Plans and Profiles. Call (941) 575-5910 to schedule a no-obligation assessment.

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Contact A Mold Remediation And Restoration Company If You Find Mold In Your Fort Myers Home

6/30/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Contact A Mold Remediation And Restoration Company If You Find Mold In Your Fort Myers Home Mold spores only become a threat when they have the right combination of moisture, temperature, and a food source.

Mold Damage

Mold is not quite as common as the Florida sunshine, but it does happen to many residents. There is a common myth that mold starts due to poor housekeeping or it only happens to hoarders. It is untrue because mold is everywhere.

Mold spores only become a threat when they have the right combination of moisture, temperature, and a food source. To stop the threat; an experienced restoration company knows that we need to break one side of that triangle of resources. The easiest method is to remove the source of moisture. SERVPRO knows that the sooner we get started, the faster we can stop the mold damage and prevent further growth in a Fort Myers home.

To get quickly started, we have developed a list of questions for the homeowner that help us determine where the mold source might be along with other, useful information:

First – Is there visible mold in your home? Where is it?
Second – Is there a strong, musty odor?
Third – Have you had any problems with mold previously?
Fourth – Is there current water damage or have you had water damage in the past? When did any previous damage happen?
Once we have this information, our inspectors can quickly find the source of the mold infestation, areas of excess moisture and how to stop both.

Technicians begin by removing any standing water. For puddles and other small areas, we use water extractor wands to get into crawlspaces and small areas. For areas we cannot physically get into, we place a chemical desiccant to draw moisture from the surrounding air or set up a dehumidifier to draw larger amounts of moisture. Some of these machines can draw out over 20 gallons of water per day.

Once the air is dry enough, the mold spores return to a dormant state. If the spores are only on a surface, we attempt to vacuum them up or use dry wiping to remove them. Vacuuming and dry wiping get the spores out of the home without adding moisture to the environment.

If the spores had time to grow into building material such as drywall, we prefer to remove the entire panel and dispose of it. Attempting to dig out the mold to prevent replacing panels is rarely ever cost-effective. It is a labor-intensive process that adds up quickly on a final bill.

Stopping and removing mold is not a quick process, but the right company can make it almost painless. SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda is here to you live in a safe, clean environment; home. Call today at (941) 575-5910 to schedule an inspection.

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Slow Toilet Leak Equals Major Water Damage In Ft. Myers

6/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Slow Toilet Leak Equals Major Water Damage In Ft. Myers Even in our tropical savannah climate the most common reason for water damage restoration in Ft. Myers is plumbing fails and appliance malfunctions.

Major Water Damage Due To Leaks

Life is good as you enjoy retirement in your townhouse just off the Gulf shore in South Florida. You prepare yourself for each hurricane and tropical storm season, but you escaped without any significant water damage. Moisture sneaks up on homeowners from mundane sources more often than weather events, but SERVPRO is there for you either way.

Even in our tropical savannah climate the most common reason for water damage restoration in Ft. Myers is plumbing fails and appliance malfunctions. You do not even notice the tiny leak from the seal of your upstairs toilet. Over days and weeks, the subfloor gets wet, drip by drip moisture soaking through the studs beneath and onto your living room ceiling. A slightly off smell and a bubble in the ceiling paint make you nervous, and you call us when you realize water from somewhere warped an area on your living room floor.

The ability to detect the path water takes as it does its damage is a valuable skill instilled in our technicians through training and experience. Expect SERVPRO staff to inspect the water damage, evident and hidden, both for restoration and prevention purposes. Water travels along wiring, pipes, and building structure. It is not unusual to find saturated wallboard or ceilings many feet away from the toilet seal if the drips migrated.

Our staff is not fooled, and finds the issue and arranges for a repair of the plumbing while moving on to locate all water damaged areas between the second and first floors, including the damaged hardwood patch in the living room. Hardwood is resilient, and we work hard to dry out the top planks and the subfloor rather than a tear out and replacement. Floor drying mats show good results, as do air movers and dehumidifiers. The wooden structures under the bathroom dry out, but a portion of the ceiling needs trimming and a patch made because the material crumbled and smelled moldy. The hardwood floor may take a few weeks to dry enough for refinishing when we return, but the new ceiling is complete quickly after the fans and dehumidifiers finish their tasks. SERVPRO staff look forward to leaving your townhouse “Like it never even happened,” and you agree with the assessment after the final touches to the floor.

Not just for storm damage, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda is your go-to answer for water issues caused by broken plumbing. Call (941) 575-5910 for a consultation and to recover your beautiful retirement home.

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How SERVPRO Gets Your Fort Myers Living Room Smelling Fresh After Water Damage

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage How SERVPRO Gets Your Fort Myers Living Room Smelling Fresh After Water Damage Water Odors in Fort Myers Face Elimination with the Use of Hydroxyl Generators and Foggers

Lingering Odors from the Effects of Water Leaks Need Addressing


A leak or other water problem in the home is not something any homeowner wants. Water can get in via a burst pipe, a faulty appliance, or by seeping through from a leaking bath, faucet or toilet. Even after the initial cleanup and drying is completed there can still be a lingering musty smell. While there is still an unpleasant scent, it is hard to feel that your home is your own again, even if everything else is dried out. Thankfully SERVPRO is on hand to assist with every aspect of cleanup from drying to getting your home smelling fresh again.


Unpleasant odors can linger after water damage in the great room of your Fort Myers home. There are several ways our technicians can combat those bad smells and get your home to its old self.
 
Injection or simply direct spraying is useful for small areas of upholstery or carpet, especially in cases where lifting the carpet or carpet pad is not practical. Sometimes a small area is the root of the problem, and a simple, direct disinfectant treatment is all that is needed to rectify this.
 
Air scrubbers do as the name suggests and scrub the air to remove unwanted particles – this includes bad smells. Air scrubbers work by passing the air in your lounge through a powerful HEPA filtration system. The machine filters up to 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns and is effective against odors. These scrubbers also help if the water odors are mingled with those of smoke after a fire mishap to your property.
 
Wet fogging is carried out by a piece of equipment called an ultra-low volume fogger. Deodorant is dispersed using a very fine water mist. The fogging particles are tiny enough to penetrate most materials and thus can get deep into most places where bad smells hide. SERVPRO technicians are trained to apply just the right amount of fog to get deep into materials without over saturating them or risking water damage.
 
In some cases, our IICRC-certified technicians use dehumidifiers to lower the humidity of your home. Whether this is necessary depends upon the extent of the water damage and the subsequent moisture levels in the air. Using a dehumidifier reduces moisture in the air and, as well as drying out your room, helps to combat that tell tale damp smell.
 
Do not despair if your home smells after a leak. Call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 for assistance.

Historic Buildings Demand Professional Water Damage Services In Fort Myers

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Historic Buildings Demand Professional Water Damage Services In Fort Myers SERVPRO is available to rescue everything from priceless books and letters to handcrafted parquet floors and antique rugs from the ravages of water.

Professional Water Damage Services For Historic Buildings

Fame, fortune, and friendship brought influential folks to the Florida coasts in the late 19th and early 20th century. Today the homes and work areas of distinguished former inhabitants open their doors to locals and tourists, sharing a piece of the past. The century-old residences pose some challenges if water intrudes into the structures or harms the valuable contents. SERVPRO steps up to offer solutions.

Water damage risks the loss of evidence of significant past events and experiences if Fort Myers National Register Historic Sites suffer from driving rains and winds and even more treacherous seasonal storms. The best preparations may fall short. That is when a speedy response from our well-trained teams of water damage specialists save the day and the history.

Delicate wall coverings and heirloom window treatments need specialized treatment when water damage jeopardizes their beauty and sustainability. Blowing through open windows or flowing through breaches in downspouts or gutters, Florida rain squalls saturate rare decor and building structures. SERVPRO technicians have training and experience to carefully but thoroughly dry these unique furnishings and fixtures. Our staff continuously updates their certifications on wood, fabric, and floor covering restoration. Rest assured the singular furnishings, structures, and fittings of these grand houses receive the best chance for complete restoration, charming new generations in the years to come.

Museums showcase unique items and documents that unwanted water menaces. We make certain our water damage teams are familiar with industry-leading strategies to save one-of-a-kind papers, blueprints, pictures, paintings, and more. Consult with our document and picture restoration specialists for the most up-to-date, research-based methods to restore these priceless items. The steps taken often involve removing the affected articles from the premises so that the very specific technologies work appropriately. Count on us to inventory all the precious articles we take away for restoration and to work closely with you, your board, or other experts on your staff to ensure a hierarchy of restoration is developed to make certain the most important documents and mementos receive necessary treatment.

The special places of the world cannot always be shielded from the damage water does. SERVPRO is available to rescue everything from priceless books and letters to handcrafted parquet floors and antique rugs from the ravages of water. We are up to the challenges of any disaster.

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda is ready to change the course of commercial water damage, determined to restore historic venues to their former glory. Call (941) 575-5910 to jumpstart the process of recovery.