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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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Post-Hurricane Irma Damage Cleanup Hazards In Fort Myers

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Post-Hurricane Irma Damage Cleanup Hazards In Fort Myers Hurricane Irma's Damage Mitigated in the Fort Myers/Punta Gorda Area by SERVPRO

SERVPRO Recognizes Unsecure Conditions After Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

After the wind and rain are memories homeowners in Fort Myers may decide to begin cleanup quickly, and without professional help. Failing to observe proper disaster cleanup protocols exposes well-intentioned residents, family, friends, and neighbors to severe risks. Partnering with an experienced disaster cleanup and restoration company guides you to avoid preventable threats to health, safety, and your home’s stability and integrity.
 
Fort Myers residents hoping to restore a sense of normalcy post-hurricane damage may decide to dig right in and set their storm buffeted homes to rights without assistance. Caution dictates that at least basic safety rules be observed for minor damage. More complicated situations pose significant chances of further property damage, personal injury, or even death. Here are just a few of many issues that make professional recovery using our services a necessity after the hurricane.
 
Hazardous Work Area
 
Home interiors usually are havens, protecting you from the elements. Hurricane damage changes that assurance to doubt. Unless inspected by an expert a home can prove unstable and full of significant hazards. Missing or compromised supporting walls, waterlogged or upheaved floors, sagging ceilings, and broken glass are just a few of the hazards found post-storm. Gas leaks and live electrical wiring are potentially life-taking issues, with fire and explosions possible. SERVPRO crews enter only after the hazards are quantified, and safeguards were taken.
 
(Lack Of) Proper Equipment
 
Trees, utility poles, structural materials, and more may fall or shift underfoot during cleanup, mandating the use of personal protective equipment a homeowner rarely has or know how to use. Hard hats, goggles, waterproof footwear with steel toes and insoles, earplugs, respirators, and heavy-duty gloves lists the minimum required. Trained technicians come fully outfitted from SERVPRO, combined with the know-how and familiarity with extensive destruction only certified individuals possess.
 
Scalable Work Teams
 
Hurricane force winds bring down many objects in yards, into and on top of homes. The weight and amount of the debris often require specialized equipment or at least a coordinated work team to move, replace, and discard. Attempting to clear out areas without the team approach SERVPRO advocates results in a high possibility of injury, strains, and exhaustion.
 
Need For Speed
 
Water intrusion begins as a mop-up issue and quickly transforms into a destructive force. A solo effort to remove water and dry out the premises is doomed to fail without industrial strength tools and an adequate number of competent responders. Wallboard and insulation deteriorate, carpets delaminate, floors buckle, and mold grows if the moisture is not on the way out within 48 hours. Our core mission at SERVPRO is water damage remediation and restoration, done fast and with experience and skill.
 
SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda calls on other members of our nationwide network to conquer hurricane damage in a skilled and timely manner. Schedule an assessment at (941) 575-5910 to get the process on track.

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Air System Fire Damage in Fort Myers

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Air System Fire Damage in Fort Myers Checking the extent of the smoke and fire damage in the HVAC vents of your home after your call gives SERVPRO an idea of how far the damage extends.

SERVPRO's Four Main Assessment Questions Help Technicians Determine an Effective Remediation Plan

With all of the problems homeowners have right now with cleanup and recovery, the last thing anyone in Fort Myers wants to deal with is a fire. Unfortunately, this is precisely when many fires happen because residents are busy with other issues and perhaps get a bit careless when it comes to prevention.
 
Most Fort Myers residential fire damage is the result of smoke and soot, not heat or open flames. It is better for the homeowner since it is easier for SERVPRO to clean these effects than to remove and replace damaged personal and structural property; it is cheaper as well.
 
One of the first structural property items we isolate and check is the air conditioning system, aka the HVAC. It is simple for our technicians to seal off the vents and shut down power. It isolates possible contamination and also helps to prevent accidentally spreading residues to unaffected parts of the residence. Once sealed off, we run down a checklist with the owner and perform a visual inspection to determine the possibility of damage and its extent.
 
First, was the air system in operation at the time of the fire? If it was, then the chance of smoke getting into the vents is certain. It also makes it more likely the residues spread through many of the ducts and probably into other areas of the house.
 
Was the fire origin point close to the air vents or a furnace unit? If the vents were only a few feet away from the start of the fire, then we can be confident that smoke got in even if the air or heat was turned off at the time.
 
How long did the fire burn or smolder before the sprinklers or fire department stopped it? A long burning fire creates air pressure that can force smoke into the vents even if the system was not on at the time.
 
Did smoke get into the returns or the supply side of the air conditioner itself? We only know this for certain by looking inside. If the residue extends past a flashlight beam, then we may need to insert a camera or decide just to clean all the vents.
 
These four questions help SERVPRO inspectors determine not just the extent of the fire damage, but also the type of residue. A longer burning fire may leave more residue, but if the fire itself burned hotter, then it is not as sticky and easier to clean.
 
Understanding all of this helps our SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda office create a cleanup plan tailored to your home. If you have recently had a fire or are just getting to this part of the cleanup, call us today at (941) 575-5910 with any questions or to schedule an inspection.

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Water Damage Structural Restoration In Fort Myers

10/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Structural Restoration In Fort Myers Restoring your home after water damage needs to start as quickly as possible and accomplished rapidly.

Water Damage Restoration

Fort Myers residents are sick of water. Unless it comes in a bottle and fizzes in a glass, many of us do not want to see it or even hear the word. Getting rid of it and the damage it left has been our priority for several weeks.

Now that we have the worst of the clean-up accomplished, it is time to look at the structural property we can restore. If water damage to a Fort Myers home is not too severe or underwater for too long, then SERVPRO technicians can clean and restore many items that appear unsalvageable.

Since there is always moisture trapped within carpets and floors, we use water extraction wands to draw out any water. In a large carpet, that can mean over a hundred pounds of water SERVPRO technicians must remove before lifting the carpet to remove the carpet pad and dry the concrete or wood floor underneath.

If there is a wood floor, we use the same wands to draw out water from between the floorboards. Technicians check the boards to see if they are soaked. If they are, we use one or more air movers to blow warm, dry air over the surface to dry them.

While the floors are drying, we examine any floor trim and walls that were exposed. Our technicians easily remove floor trim to hang out to dry and then drill holes into the drywall behind it. This procedure allows us to examine behind the wall for water using a moisture meter and remove it using an air mover to force the damp air out of the space. We may drill additional holes near the floor or behind ceiling trim to increase air circulation.

If the drywall absorbed too much water, it begins to deteriorate quickly. SERVPRO recommends removing and replacing the entire panels. It is cheaper to do so than spend the labor hours attempting to cut out the damaged section and cut new ones to fit. New panels also provide a smoother surface for us to paint.

Restoring your home after water damage needs to start as quickly as possible and accomplished rapidly. SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda has decades of experience in home restoration and works to put you back into your residence as soon as we can safely do so. To set up an appointment or if you have any questions, call us today at (941) 575-5910.

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Removing Mold Damage from Fort Myers Homes

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage from Fort Myers Homes If your home has experienced storm damage, it is very common you will find mold damage as well.

Steps for Remediating Mold Damage After a Storm

Fort Myers and the rest of Florida is drying out. There is still rain obviously, but the flood waters have receded or been removed in some manner. Now, homeowners and residents have a chance to deal with other recovery problems and issues. Unfortunately, one of them is mold.

After so much water, mold damage in Fort Myers is almost commonplace. Although it is too wet to climb around on a roof, residents are still finding mold in attics, crawlspaces, and in other areas that were considered safe otherwise. Restoring a residence that has suffered from a storm and now mold, needs the expertise and equipment SERVPRO brings to every home.

Our response team begins with containment. Since people are still rebuilding, the chance of contamination is much higher than usual. Our technicians seal off all contaminated areas using plastic sheeting to cover doors, entryways, and any points of damage that could spread mold spores. They also seal off the air and heating vents to prevent duct contamination or, if there is mold present, to stop it from spreading to other rooms.

Now, we remove the mold. The first step is to pull up or demolish infested carpets, drywall and other building material, and property like furniture. SERVPRO team members bag or wrap everything in order to remove it safely from the contaminated areas without risking cross-contamination. Once the structural and personal property is out, we vacuum up all loose particles using special HEPA filters that can trap even a single spore.

Once they complete vacuuming, technicians allow airborne spores time to settle out. They then wipe down every surface using dry cloths and sponges. If there are thicker amounts on ceilings or in corners, we use an anti-microbial cleaner to neutralize and break up the spores.

Our final action is prevention. We spray an anti-microbial agent in areas like attics and crawlspaces, then use dehumidifiers to lower the humidity and dry the previously infested rooms.

Returning a home to normal after any damage is difficult. Doing so after two incidents requires our specialists here at SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda. For more information or to schedule an inspection, call us today at (941) 575-5910.

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Fast, Efficient Flood Damage Restoration Services In Fort Myers

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Fast, Efficient Flood Damage Restoration Services In Fort Myers Flooding events in Fort Myers can be traumatic, especially because they happen without warning and cause major damage.

Flood Damage Restoration Services

Flooding events in Fort Myers can be traumatic, especially because they happen without warning and cause damage that affects the lives and livelihoods of homeowners for months. Cleaning up the mess should be done by experts in damage management; otherwise, you risk long-term effects and a strong likelihood of mold growth. The priority is to return the property to preloss condition as quickly as possible while minimizing secondary damage.

As a trusted flood damage restoration company in Fort Myers, SERVPRO can arrive quickly to restore your home in the event of a flood. We have a stock of state-of-the-art equipment for any type of flooding scenario, ensuring that the restoration process goes safely and smoothly to completion. Additionally, all our technicians are well-versed with IICRC guidelines, making them highly efficient on the site.

Once we have safely evacuated the building, work can begin on restoring your home to full operation again. Our first step of action is pumping all floodwater out of the house and then assessing the leftover flood damage. A few SERVPRO personnel then remove all irreparably-damaged items (including furniture, upholstery, and carpeting) and attempt to salvage anything where it is possible.

Using special tools and equipment, we begin cleaning the building and then check for any structural damage that could put you and your family at risk. SERVPRO has a strict sense of timeliness when it comes to drying. It is important to dehumidify the entire area to get rid of bad odors and any mold that could be developing. Note that mold growth may cause health effects if not treated.

With primary flood damage, SERVPRO technicians can be able to immediately identify the damage done on the structure. One of the most frustrating problems in these situations is invisible secondary damage. Water can rapidly change from liquid to vapor, which can then travel throughout the property. When this vapor condenses back to water, it can penetrate porous materials and cause serious water damage. It is vital that all secondary water damage repairs are performed professionally from the initial assessment, or else you risk causing further destruction that may go unnoticed for many years to come.

If you are searching for a dependable, qualified flood damage restoration company in your area, you can rely on SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda. We have numerous branches across the country and a team of dedicated water damage restoration experts ready to attend to your emergency. Call us anytime at (941) 575-5910.

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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.

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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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