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Understanding the Moisture Content Goals After Commercial Water Damage to Your Fort Myers Restaurant

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Understanding the Moisture Content Goals After Commercial Water Damage to Your Fort Myers Restaurant Fort Myers Waterside Dining Stays Dry After Water Damage with the Help of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Strives for Rapid Water Removal to Keep Your Eatery Open for Business

Water damage to a restaurant can take a heavy toll on your business. Moreover, Fort Myers is a wonderful vacation destination.The restoration process can take time and can even close the doors of your establishment. One of the more prominent problems of water damage, however, is the residual moisture after such an event.
 
Water damage to your Fort Myers restaurant often results in an elevated moisture content that can cause secondary damage including mold and odor problems. Experienced SERVPRO technicians can help you take care of this residual moisture and minimize the loss of business.

The restoration process after commercial water damage often involves setting up moisture content goals for materials. It is done by establishing the dry standard and recording the normal Equilibrium Moisture Content (EMC).

Dry Standard     
A dry standard is the moisture content of the dry material in an area of the establishment that is not affected by the water damage. The technicians take moisture content readings from these areas and establish the dry standard. The drying is deemed complete once the moisture content of the affected area is equal to the dry standard.
Moisture meters can be used to determine the moisture content while determining the dry standard as well as the moisture content after the restoration process. Of course, years of experience are also very beneficial in getting a sense of dryness and restoration of preloss conditions.

Normal EMC
It refers to the moisture content of the dry materials during everyday usage. These readings can be different for different rooms of your establishment. The normal EMC can also be used by the technicians instead of the dry standard to establish moisture content goals.
The term dry is relative and what is dry in one part of the world might not be dry in another. For instance, the EMC value of 5% in the wooden material can be considered as dry in arid climates while an EMC value of 13% might be considered dry in wetter climates, such as the Gulf Coast of Southern Florida.

Professionals use these values to establish moisture content goals to prevent your establishment from secondary damage.
Call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/ Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 today to speak with one of our experts regarding your restoration needs.

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Restoring Flood Damaged Property In Fort Myers

1/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damaged Property In Fort Myers The decision to remove or restore flood-damaged Fort Myers property requires more than a sentimental attitude.

Restoring Flood Damaged Property

Fort Myers residents have had to make some hard decisions this last year. The hurricane and other extreme weather incidents have destroyed not just homes, but personal property as well. Furniture and decorative items passed down through several generations were turned into debris that had to be removed just to determine how bad the damage is to the structure.

The decision to remove or restore flood-damaged Fort Myers property requires more than a sentimental attitude. SERVPRO can help make the decisions needed to determine which items are repairable and how much each might cost. We also help customers navigate their insurance company processes to meet all requirements.

Our restoration teams make these determinations using guidelines published by the IICRC, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. To use an example, simple wood furniture like a kitchen set is usually simple to restore and repair. Most of the cost is damage to the varnish or other finish. If the table and chair legs were under water for an extended period, then there may be some swelling and splintering of the wood.

We can restore minor damage to finishes with a chemical agent that eliminates water spots. If the damage is a bit more severe, SERVPRO technicians can eliminate it by stripping the finish and applying a new coat.

For actual damage to the wood, we first have to remove any excess moisture in the table legs. Our restoration teams can accomplish this by placing dehumidifiers next to the item to slowly draw out the moisture without causing any further damage. If it appears we can move faster; we use air movers to blow warm, dry air over the surfaces which helps force out moisture, so the dehumidifier captures it.

Once we have eliminated the moisture, we carefully inspect the table and chairs. For minor splintering and warping, we can sand down any rough spots and minor bulges using sandpaper or powered sanders. We can hide our efforts with a new coat of varnish or another finisher.

With any flood damage, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda works to return your home and property to as close to its original state as possible. We know that walking into a room full of new furniture is nice, but it is not the same as sitting down to the same table you used as a child. If you need our services, call us today at (941) 575-5910.

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Remediating Mold Damage In Your Fort Myers Home

1/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage In Your Fort Myers Home Moisture and Mold in Crawl Spaces in Fort Myers--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

SERVPRO Offers Expertise with Mechanical Means to Cleanup Mold Infestations

When people think of the basement in their Fort Myers home, many might envision a darker area that is often moist and damp in areas. The revelation comes from the kind of basements that many people had growing up, but these kinds of conditions are problematic for those that live in your home. When the temperatures begin to rise in a damp basement area, mold spores have the kind of food they need to develop and grow on surfaces throughout the basement. Here in South Florida we typically have to deal with mold infestations in our crawl spaces. Same problem, too much moisture and humidity means mold growth.
 
The presence of mold damage in your Fort Myers home can cause health effects for all of its occupants. Instead of brushing a problem like this off to a more convenient time, it is something that should be handled immediately by professional remediation specialists that know how to remove mold colonies wholly and successfully. However, removal of all mold spores is not possible. Our highly trained SERVPRO specialists fit this description and can be a natural choice to help you navigate the remediation of mold damage in your home.
 
Conventional cleaning methods are typically ineffective to eradicate mold colonies because they fail to penetrate deeply enough to remove the entire fungal organism. Our SERVPRO remediation specialists have the right tools and chemicals to apply, and them mechanically remove the infestation. Then air scrubbers fitted with HEPA filters can reach the farthest depths of seated mold colonies to remove them. We quarantine the area using negative air chambers to prevent the further spread of active mold spores through the cleaning process, aiding in preventing further damages.
 
Locating the source of the moisture and finding a solution to reduce or eliminate it in the air is a critical step in our remediation process. Without going to these lengths, mold can grow again and again as long as the conditions are right. Sometimes this solution is simple to locate, such as water seeping from mortar joints in your foundation walls. Other times it is impossible to prevent entirely, encouraging you to continue dehumidification efforts on your own indefinitely. 

Our SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda IICRC certified remediation specialists are available 24/7 by calling (941) 575-5910.

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Fire Damage Specialists In Punta Gorda

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Specialists In Punta Gorda House fires are rare, but it is good to have a plan for them just in case.

Fire Damage Specialists

People do not ever plan on something going wrong in their home. House fires are an incident that everyone knows can happen, but most people do not think that it could happen to them. However, accidents can take place even here in Punta Gorda. House fires are rare, but it is good to have a plan for them just in case.

Of course, the first step is to make sure the fire is out, and everyone is safe, then the damaged can be assessed. At this point, it's wise to contact SERVPRO's fire damage experts in Punta Gorda. The specialists come in and figure out what needs to be done to restore your home back to its original condition.

When a home gets burnt, a fire causes two types of damage. In parts of the home adjacent to the source, the house's structure may get burnt or charred. In other places of the structure, smoke and soot produced from the fire can cause damage to places in the house that are not right next to where the fire burned.

Areas of the home that suffer burn damage will either get treated or replaced. If the drywall did not get burned too badly, then the walls can get scrubbed and then sprayed with a special sealant paint. If the drywall got burnt badly enough, then it must be removed, and the stud must get inspected. In some cases, if the studs do not get burnt then they can get sanded down and sprayed with a special paint that seals in odors.

When a fire takes place in a home, smoke from the fire can damage other places in the home besides just the room the fire burned. Our crews at SERVPRO are skilled at the smoke damage and odor restoration. Smoke damage in the home can get treated by scrubbing the soot off of areas with specialized sponges and chemicals. In some cases, an ozone machine is used to get odors out of contents inside the home, carpet, and curtains.

Having a fire inside your home is never a pleasant experience. If ever your life gets turned upside by a house fire, contact SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 for help 24/7.

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Flood Damage Cleanup in Your Punta Gorda Home

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Cleanup in Your Punta Gorda Home It is important to call SERVPRO as soon as you experience flood damage to prevent further damage.

SERVPRO Offers Quick and Efficient Flood Damage Restoration Services

It can be a huge hassle when floodwaters invade your Punta Gorda home. Anything more than a spilled drink and a small puddle can create huge problems if you do not immediately take care of it. Water begins to smell badly fast, and it can warp and rot materials which hold your home together. Plus, it allows for mold growth in just 24 to 48 hours.

When there have been massive storms in Punta Gorda that caused flood damage in your home, you need to act quickly, so your home does not sustain additional damage. SERVPRO’s cleanup teams can help. We extract any standing water, dry the rest with specialized equipment, spray an antimicrobial solution to stop mold and microbial growth, and repair any damage done by the water to your home.

When we first arrive, we secure your property as needed, and start the mitigation process to stop the source of the water and prevent further water damage. Any belongings in the home which are salvageable are moved to a safe and suitable location so that we can restore them off-site. We use the help of other professionals to restore any affected electronics. We then start extracting the water from the structure with truck-mounted pumps.

Next, SERVPRO techs tear out all materials that were damaged in the flooding including flooring and drywall so we can prep for any rebuilding that is needed. Industrial fans and dehumidifiers are used to complete the drying process and remove any hidden moisture inside the walls and other hidden areas. We monitor this process daily and move the equipment as needed to make sure everything dries in the least amount of time possible. We also spray an antimicrobial solution to disinfect your home and make it safe again.

All the affected areas of your home are then cleaned up to ensure that it is safe to navigate and prepare for the rebuilding process.

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda takes the time to ensure your home in Solana, Pirate Harbor, or Bayshore is thoroughly dry, sanitized and rebuilt before our job is complete. When floodwaters enter your home, give us a call as soon as possible at (941) 575-5910.

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How To Prepare For Water Removal From Your Flooded Fort Myers Restaurant?

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How To Prepare For Water Removal From Your Flooded Fort Myers Restaurant? Water damage can be a severe blow to your business if you are a restaurateur in Fort Myers.

How To Prepare For Water Removal

Water damage can be a severe blow to your business if you are a restaurateur in Fort Myers. Not only do you lose business, but if the water is not removed efficiently, it can also cause some serious secondary damage. Although restaurants are vulnerable to water damage incidents, many restaurant owners are not prepared for such a disaster.

The best way to limit the damage after a flooding incidence in your Fort Myers restaurant is to have a procedure in place for when it inevitably happens. Make sure that you have a protocol that your staff can follow as soon as such an incidence occurs. Here are several tips that can assist you to prepare for a water damage incident.

Make A Plan
First, you need a plan. Make sure that your plan has the contact information of first responders in case of such an event and all your staff members are aware of the plan. Make sure that you have all the relevant information in the plan regarding your insurance company and your restoration company. Make sure that your staff knows to call SERVPRO as soon as possible to limit the damage due to any water-related emergencies.

Check Your Facilities For Signs Of Damage
Another important thing to do is to check for early signs of water damage on a periodic basis. Make sure that you schedule a walk-through of your restaurant every few days and look for early signs of water damage such as broken fixtures and clogged drains. Talk to our professionals to learn more about how to spot these early signs. SERVPRO's IICRC certified professionals have years of experience and can help you spot the early signs.

Call In The Experts As Soon As Possible
The best way to ensure minimal damage to your restaurant is by seeking professional help at the earliest possible stage. Once we receive a call from you, the SERVPRO team of expert technicians springs into action. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and make sure that you get back to serving your customers in no time.

Call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 today to talk to one of our expert technicians.

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Water Damage Restoration Options For Residents Of Fort Myers

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Options For Residents Of Fort Myers Keep the Water at the Beach and Not in Your Fort Myers Condo

Fort Myers Condos and Homes Sometimes Need Water Damage Restoration--Call SERVPRO

If you are a homeowner, you know water damage is a significant threat to any home. This most treasured liquid can cause significant damage to your Fort Myers property. As a result, mold can quickly grow and spread all over the house within 48-72 hours. Therefore, you need professionals with outstanding experience, and prompt response to do away with excess water that may lead to a mold infestation.

You need to treat an incident of water damage in Fort Myers as an urgent issue and contact restoration professionals. If you are working with SERVPRO as your preferred service provider, our technicians start by performing a detailed assessment. During the assessment, we identify the source of the water, the type of the water - whether black, gray or clean water. We also look at the extent of the damage and block or move your contents to protect them from stains and rust. The amount of the water, whether standing and flooding or simply a large spill on a tile floor or carpet dictates the proper cleanup and drying service.
 
Molds thrive in moist areas, and as a result, our team uses dehumidifiers to remove the moisture. We also ensure that all cooling, heating systems, and fans are switched off when extracting moisture. When restoring your property, we usually maintain the indoor humidity to not more than 45%.
 
Our team uses antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to get rid of mold colonies. The mold may cause health effects, and we know walls and ceilings provide them with an excellent thriving ground. That is why our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians start with cleaning the floors and walls before deodorizing them to lessen their chances of reappearing.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians eliminate the unpleasant odors that are normally from hard to locate rotting materials. We use thermal fogging equipment for deodorization to control the bad smell. While each water damage situation is different and necessitates for an exceptional solution, a comprehensive professional solution not only mitigates losses but helps to prevent future problems from the water intrusion.
 
SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda is a trusted leader that responds to all storm, fire, mold, and water damage incidents. Call us today at (941) 575-5910 for reliable restoration services.

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Be Mindful Of Mold After Flood Damage In Fort Myers

12/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Be Mindful Of Mold After Flood Damage In Fort Myers After the devastation of flooding, your best option is to contact the professionals at SERVPRO for thorough remediation services.

Our Quick Response Helps to Remediate Damage and Helps Deter Mold From Setting In

Flood damage is frustrating for any homeowner. It only takes a small amount of water to cause a surprisingly large amount of harm. A broken pipe or leaking appliance is enough to cause extensive damage to floor coverings and furniture and seep into baseboards, cabinets, and walls. Mold is an additional risk to Fort Myers homes after a water leak, and SERVPRO encourages homeowners to be mindful of the problem.
 
It is understandable that after flood damage in Fort Myers, the primary concern of homeowners is removing the water and drying all affected items. However, it is also a good idea to consider the risk of mold. Fungal spores are microscopic and thus invisible to the naked eye, and grow anywhere there is an organic food source (such as cotton, leather or wood), and moisture. It is easy to see why it is easy for the fungus to grow after flood damage, as many items could still be damp.
 
The best defense against ongoing problems from flood damage is calling SERVPRO. We train our IICRC-certified technicians to deal with leaks and spills both big and small. Our professional service begins with thorough water extraction because we know that removing as much water as possible early in the process is key to success.
 
Following extraction, we set to work drying out any water-logged areas in your home. We tackle carpets, floors, and even behind cabinets or baseboards. Our technicians use moisture meters and probes to assess damp levels in affected areas. Because we use high-quality equipment, our customers can rest assured that when we say an area is dry, it is thoroughly so, with no hidden patches of damp.
 
We also use air movers, box fans, and dehumidifiers to assist the drying process and encourage evaporation. We train our technicians in how to choose and position drying equipment for maximum efficiency. We even use air scrubbers and wet fogging to take care of lingering damp odors, to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”
 
For help with flood damage in Salvista, Bayshore, Solana, Cleveland and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 today.

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Deodorization Matters After Water Removal In Your Fort Myers Office

11/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Deodorization Matters After Water Removal In Your Fort Myers Office Office buildings in Fort Myers can quickly fall victim to a broken appliance, spill, or even a burst pipe or leaking roof.

Water Removal In Your Office

Office buildings in Fort Myers can quickly fall victim to a broken appliance, spill, or even a burst pipe or leaking roof. The result is water-logged furniture or carpets, soggy papers, and sometimes even damaged electronic equipment and an office space that is not fit for use. That is why it is essential to call SERVPRO at the first sign of a problem – our IICRC-certified technicians are on hand to help with water removal and subsequent cleanup so you can get back to business quickly.

One major issue after water removal in Fort Myers offices is deodorization. Do not underestimate the effect of odor on both your staff and your customers. The nose is a sensitive organ and smells are known to have a direct effect on the mind and body. Think about the aroma of fresh-baked bread in a bakery or cooking in your home during the winter holidays. There is no doubt that scent is powerful and can evoke strong memories, or even emotions.

It is easy to see why deodorization matters after water removal in your business. Your staff finds it harder to concentrate on their work when there is an unpleasant musty smell lingering around the office. For a business that receives clients on the premises, a nasty odor is a sure way to give a wrong impression. Your customers do not get a good first impression of your company if the first thing they notice is the smell of damp.

SERVPRO knows that you do not only require a dry office after a leak or broken pipe – you also need your premises to smell fresh once more. Thankfully we have plenty of tools and techniques at our disposal to remove odors and give you a pleasant atmosphere once more.

Wet fogging is a particularly useful way to remove lingering mustiness after water damage. We use a wet fogger machine to create a delicate mist of water infused with deodorizing chemicals, which we spray in affected areas. In other cases a small spot treatment is appropriate. We can also set up air scrubbers to cleanse the air of odor particles.

For help with musty smells in Cleveland, Charlotte Park, Bayshore and surrounding areas, contact SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 today.

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Cleaning Ceiling Mold Damage in Your Fort Myers Bathroom

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Cleaning Ceiling Mold Damage in Your Fort Myers Bathroom Steam from showers, low levels of natural light, and little air circulation are all factors that can cause mold growth on your bathroom ceiling.

Professional Mold Damage Cleanup in Your Bathroom

Besides being unsightly, mold on your bathroom ceiling in Fort Myers can cause permanent damage to your home. It can cause health effects for you and your family. It can be created by the warm temperature of the room, humidity from showers and baths, low levels of natural light, and poor air circulation. If you find mold growing on your bathroom ceiling, it needs to be treated as soon as possible and removed for safety and health reasons.

Cleaning mold damage is not an easy task and should be left to the professionals at SERVPRO. We have the specialized training and tools needed to clean up the mold problem in your Fort Myers home, so your home is safe for you and your family again. You can rest assured that we work fast and efficiently to prevent additional damage.

The first step in mold remediation is determining how severe the problem is. Our technicians inspect the affected area and talk to you about the issue to find out whether you have had previous problems with mold, water damage, or an ongoing water intrusion problem.

We contain the mold to make sure it does not spread further into unaffected areas of your home. We do not introduce airflow to uncontained spores to prevent this from happening as well. Ceiling mold is likely on porous materials such as ceiling tiles. The tiles which have mold on them need to be removed and replaced.

If any mold has grown on nonporous materials such as shower tiles or glass, we proceed to clean it by damp wiping with a detergent solution or HEPA vacuuming if the surface is dry.

SERVPRO techs then dry the structure and contents in your bathroom to prevent further mold growth. Removing any damaged materials which have absorbed moisture speeds up the process of drying. Dehumidifiers which do not have much airflow can be used during containment and removal procedures. After remediation is complete, the structure and contents can be dried to their normal moisture content levels.

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is thorough in our process of mold remediation to ensure your home is once again clean and safe. If you reside in the areas of Solana, Punta Gorda, or Fort Myers Shores and have a problem with mold, get in touch with us right away at (941) 575-5910.

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