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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.

Recovering From Flood Damage In Fort Myers May Be Easier Than You Think

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Recovering From Flood Damage In Fort Myers May Be Easier Than You Think Flooded Homes in Fort Myers Call On SERVPRO for Water Removal and Cleanup

Relying on SERVPRO Mitigates Damages Caused by Flooding

Every home in the United States is susceptible to flooding. Thinking otherwise can result in severe damage to the contents, structure, and other belongings found in your home. Anyone that tells you any different is sadly misinformed.
 
Fortunately, there is a quality restoration company located within the Fort Myers area that makes recovering from flood damage easier. Flooding can occur anywhere, anytime and it does not necessarily need to be a natural disaster that causes the problem.  
 
Whether your home lies within a flood zone or not, obtaining flood insurance is imperative to protecting your investment. Having the proper insurance gives you access to qualified flood damage technicians, like those available at SERVPRO. We even offer to assist you with locating temporary housing, if needed, and help you fill out the paperwork necessary for your claim.  
 
SERVPRO has fully licensed IICRC certified professional restoration technicians that make your life a whole lot easier after a disaster occurs on your property. Giving you someone that is truly on your side that has access to the equipment and personnel necessary to get things back to normal as quickly and efficiently as possible. "Like it never even happened."
 
We have services that cover drying and restoring the wall to wall carpeting, tile, and other flooring surfaces found in your home, along with services that pay specific attention to furniture and appliances caught up in the event. Our water extraction, drying, cleaning, and deodorization services give you the results you deserve, in a timely and efficient manner.
 
Are you looking for help preventing damage to personal property or valuable belongings? SERVPRO technicians can assist you with removing flood debris, repair structural damages to your walls, ceilings, and floors. While also providing you with help recovering household appliances and a variety of personal belongings that might not be restorable otherwise.
 
We have had success in helping customers restore collectibles, artwork, knickknacks, clothing, shoes, jewelry and a variety of other items that you may have thought destroyed during the flood. While we cannot guarantee success with every item, you may be surprised by the results you receive.
 
Contact SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers – Punta Gorda a call today; we can help you get back on your feet and restore things to normal quickly. Check out our flood damage restoration services before its too late. (941) 575-5910

Sports Equipment Developers Mold Damage in Fort Myers

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sports Equipment Developers Mold Damage in Fort Myers Fort Myers & Mold Remediation Are the Forte of SERVPRO

Mold Grows on Stored Items, Call SERVPRO for Help


Summer is just around the corner, and many people are preparing for the upcoming activities that so many love and enjoy. Florida might be sunny most of the year, but school and other responsibilities often get in the way of recreational pursuits.


People who store their sports equipment might find that their favorite items now have mold damage when they retrieve them. In Fort Myers mold grows everywhere, especially in dark spaces. Putting things in storage before they are completely dry can allow mold to grow unchecked for the months they remain unused.
 
Mold can attack any material. Items used in and around the water might be full of rubber-based materials that have organic debris on their surfaces, but this can hold onto moisture long after the rest of the item is dry. Kayaks, life vests, snorkeling gear, and anything else you love to use over the summer is not only the source of fun for you and your family, but it is also expensive. Finding your investment apparently destroyed is not a good way to bring in the summer.
 
SERVPRO uses mold inhibitors like concrobium when cleaning personal belongings such as sporting goods. This is an effective product that uses a special salt combination that is sprayed, fogged, or wiped on different materials ranging from concrete to leather. As it dries, concrobium crushes any mold present, rendering it unable to continue growing. Concrobium is safe to use in homes where children and pets live and does not harm plants. Another benefit is that it cannot bleach or discolor materials. Concrobium is capable of restoring sporting goods to usable condition again.
 
Because this chemical does not bleach or discolor anything, we allow it to dry before wiping the item free of mold and then reapply more of the concrobium as a protectant. There are products made for exterior use as well as interior use. We can restore tents, camping gear, and leather items such as saddles and boots that have been afflicted by mold contamination.
 
SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda wants you and your family to be able to enjoy every minute of summer. This is why you can contact us anytime, day or night, weekends and holidays included, at (941) 575-5910. We can help you get your summer off to a great start.

Water Removal and Restoration Services Available in Fort Myers Today

3/24/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Removal and Restoration Services Available in Fort Myers Today Keep your storage facility business dry with SERVPRO by your side. Call for quick remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Have the Training to Remediate Your Commercial Water Damage


Operating a storage facility may sound like the ideal investment until your property suffers water damage during a severe storm or flood. Water can penetrate your building, damaging everything in its path, including your roof, windows, and other exterior or interior surfaces.
 
Even a small leak can cause significant issues to develop, especially if water removal is not performed promptly, putting your Fort Myers business out of commission for weeks. Incidents such as these make hiring a company with IICRC certified technicians necessary to get the commercial water damage restoration job done right.
 
SERVPRO has experience in dealing with situations like this on a daily basis, where your buildings may have shifted over time, and the drainage that you originally installed just does not work anymore. Our technicians can inspect your entire property and provide you with affordable solutions to any size problem that exists.
 
Whether you have plumbing, drainage, or maintenance issues, SERVPRO can help. We even make ourselves available 24/7 to accommodate your needs and address pressing situations as quickly and efficiently as possible.
 
SERVPRO technicians have the training, experience, and equipment necessary to locate and remove any water found on your property. We use hygrometers and moisture detectors to locate and remove hidden pockets of water, along with a variety of water extraction equipment to help us along.
 
Our extractors come in various sizes including both truck mounted and hand-held versions to remove various amounts of water, including the use of submersible pumps for situations where standing water exceeds two inches in depth.
 
While our technicians also use industrial-grade dehumidifiers and high-speed air movers to increase drying efficiency, preventing saturation and ensuring a smooth, fast drying process. Once everything is under control, we can make suggestions on how to improve your drainage systems to prevent these kinds of incidents from happening in the future.
 
Our technicians dedicate themselves to customer satisfaction and provide you with a unique solution to fit your situation, returning your business to a quality pre-water damage condition, “Like it never even happened.” We treat your situation with the respect and urgency it deserves.
 
Give SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda a call today for more information or help with water removal on your business property today. (941) 575-5910

The Help You Need To Deal With Fire Damage In Your Punta Gorda Home

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Help You Need To Deal With Fire Damage In Your Punta Gorda Home Your Burning Home in Punta Gorda Is No Match for Restoration without SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO For Restoring the Damage Caused by Smoke and Fire

If your home is damaged by fire, the impact goes beyond any material loss or damage to your possessions. The effects of a fire can be emotionally devastating, especially if you were present when the fire broke out, or if your home or possessions suffered significant damage. Thinking about how to proceed after a fire has taken place is truly taxing.

Fires can break out much more easily than many people realize. A faulty appliance, worn out wiring or a simple oversight like a candle left burning can cause the one spark that is needed to start a blaze. After a fire starts in your Punta Gorda home, dealing with the aftermath can seem like a daunting task.
 
Once the blaze has been extinguished, and the immediate emergency has been handled, you may well find yourself asking, what next? Depending on the extent of the smoke, soot and flame damage in your house, the clean up could take some time. Our SERVPRO fire damage experts will take that stress away from you so you can focus on rebuilding your life and getting back to normal as quickly as possible.
 
When our team arrives at your home, they will start by thoroughly assessing the harm done by the fire. We train our IICRC certified staff members to the highest level, to ensure a professional and reliable evaluation service. This assessment lets us design the best plan of action to restore your home as fully as possible. "Like it never even happened."
 
Our SERVPRO team can start, when the damage is so severe, by securing your home using boards and tarps.  These initial actions keep your home safe from the elements or intruders. We remove any water left over from the firefighting efforts. Then, we will turn our attention to cleaning, sanitizing, and restoring your possessions to the best of our ability. Our professionally trained teams understand how distressing it is to see your belongings damaged by fire and soot. We will take the same care with your possessions that we would take with our own, and will do everything possible to restore your home and belongings to their preloss condition.
 
Once the initial cleanup is complete, we then tackle any remaining fire damage restoration needs. Whether your home needs a new carpet or a large rebuild job, we can ensure it gets done in a timely fashion.
 
Dealing with the aftermath of a house fire is distressing and frightening. Let SERVPRO of N. Ft Myers / Punta Gorda help you get your home and your life back. Call us 24/7 at (941) 575-5910 to get the help you need.
 

Fire Damage Inspectors Look For The Details

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Inspectors Look For The Details An environment rich in porous materials may require much heavier treatments and care than one without them.

Fire Damage Inspectors


When a fire burns through a home, it can be difficult to distinguish individual objects and materials from one another, especially if a large area has taken serious burns. However, understanding and knowing what has burned, for how long, and under what conditions is an important part of our inspectors' jobs. They are some of the first people to begin working at your home, and their role is to inform other SERVPRO personnel of the specifics of the situation and to make sure that they apply the proper treatments for the situation.

However, what do our inspectors look for when reviewing Fort Myers Shores fire damage? There is a range of variables that can affect the fire and required thoroughness of our treatments. For example, how much of the burned and unburned material is porous (furniture, drapes, or carpeting) can make a major difference in how we approach the project. In this example, an environment rich in porous materials may require much heavier treatments and care than one without them. Moisture is another case in point, as excess moisture in the environment at the time of the fire can lead to additional staining and much more visible smoke damage.

Specifics about the area as a whole can be imperative to the restoration process, too. Sometimes, a fire in an open area may burn much differently from one in an enclosed, tight space. Alternatively, for example, if a more smoke-heavy material such as wet fabric burns in one of these enclosed spaces, it may create unique conditions requiring detailed cleanup plans to deal with properly. SERVPRO inspectors undergo extensive training to be able to identify and recommend treatments for all of these seemingly small factors, and thus their presence is critical at even the most seemingly innocuous burn sites.

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda is extensively trained and certified in fire damage restorations, able to cope with and combat even the most unusual cases we come across. Give us a call at (941) 575-5910.