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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.

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.

How to Revive Your Office HVAC System after Commercial Water Damage in North Fort Myers

2/16/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How to Revive Your Office HVAC System after Commercial Water Damage in North Fort Myers In most offices, the HVAC ducts are directly overhead. It means that water damage is almost certainly going to come from the floor above.

Does Your Office HVAC System Need Revival After Water Damage? SERVPRO Can Help! 


We are so used to offices being a part of the commercial landscape that we forget how many rules they have to follow. Just like any workplace, offices must possess some key assets before they are deemed fit for use. One such asset is a fully operational HVAC system.


It is a mandatory requirement in most states. So, when an HVAC unit gets compromised by water damage, a speedy response is vital. Whether your office handles clothes, food supplies, loans, or pet products; it has to get back on its feet quickly to minimize losses and make the environment safe for employees.


Fortunately, SERVPRO has all the tools you need to rescue your HVAC system from water damage. Keep reading to find out more about how we do it.


Why HVAC Systems Get Wet


In most offices, the HVAC ducts are directly overhead. It means that water damage is almost certainly going to come from the floor above. If a pipe bursts, a bathroom floods, or an appliance breaks down, moisture may leak into the ceiling and affect the HVAC components.


It is a problem for two reasons. The first is that HVAC units contain lots of electrical components and parts. Exposure to moisture can render them inoperable and force a breakdown. Other elements (like handling cabinets, pipes, and ducts) come wrapped in fibrous materials. They absorb water and present a challenge when it comes to cleaning.


Getting Inside Ducts and Pipes


The big problem with office HVAC systems is that direct contact is tricky. Unless large sections of ductwork get removed, it is not always possible to see inside. It means that the SERVPRO technicians have to take an indirect approach. We have to reach the insides of ducts without physically touching them.


It is a challenge, but one which our team is qualified to handle. First, we remove wet insulation and protective materials. They are either dried or replaced with new ones. Then, we bring in a deodorizing machine. When combined with cleaning agents, deodorizers direct bacteria-killing chemicals through the ducts. Fans are usually added to speed up the process.


Dehumidifiers are brought in for the last phase of water restoration. They are set up as close as possible to duct openings so that they can draw out water vapor in the air. In this way, the technicians can affect the conditions inside the HVAC system, even if they cannot physically reach all of its parts.


 


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To find out more about how SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda rescues office buildings from water damage, get in touch today. We are a local company, so businesses in the North Fort Myers area can benefit from a fast, dedicated service. Call us 24/7 on (941) 575-5910.

Understanding the Severity of Hurricanes and Tropical Storms Affecting Cleveland

1/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Understanding the Severity of Hurricanes and Tropical Storms Affecting Cleveland Inland Flooding in Ft. Myers Can Wreak Havoc, Call SERVPRO

Storm Surges and Winds Cause Large Amounts of Damage

Of all the costliest natural disasters in the U.S., hurricanes have caused eight out of ten of them. It only takes one storm, however, to cause flooding. The risk is not limited to just a storm surge on the coast. Flash floods and heavy rains can affect communities sitting hundreds of miles inland. Only a few inches of water are needed to cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

Hurricanes and tropical storms can cause a big problem with high winds, soaking rain, storm surge and flood damage to your Cleveland property. Usually, Atlantic hurricanes happen from June to November. Besides causing extensive damage to coastal areas, the storms many times bring heavy rain inland hundreds of miles. They, in turn, pose a threat to millions of people not living near a shoreline. SERVPRO is a professional flood remediation company who can come to the rescue when your home suffers from flood damage. We have Commercial Loss and Storm units that can muster and quickly arrive to help during any  emergencies

Heavy Rains
Hurricanes and tropical storms can dump cumbersome and sustained rainfall which can overwhelm drainage systems which result in flooding. In 2011, Tropical Storm Lee created up to fifteen inches of rain in some areas and made severe flooding along the Atlantic and Gulf. The storm created more than $450 million in paid flood losses. It averaged about $46,000 per loss.

Storm Surge
The water which is pushed toward the shore by high storm winds is the storm surge. These waves, driven by the wind, can cause severe flooding in areas along the coast. Storm surges can be very destructive and dangerous when combined with high tides. When flooding from storm surge has damaged your home, the most important step a SERVPRO technician can take in restoring your home is creating the right airflow. Effectively drying your home requires knowing the correct techniques for using airflow. We are aware of placing air movers at a 45-degree angle so the air can bounce off the wall and carry moisture away to be replaced by drier air. Air movers are put in a clockwise pattern with the inlet towards the wall and the snout against the wall. Close monitoring of the equipment is done, and if needed the air movers are moved to the right or left in a circular pattern to dry the structure evenly.

Inland Flooding
It is not just coastal communities who need to be ready for flooding from hurricanes. These storms are powerful systems which can travel far from the first area where they strike. After they are inland, they can keep bringing heavy winds and powerful winds.

When flood damage has put a hold on your daily life, get in touch with SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda. Don't hesitate to call us at (941) 575-5910 whenever you are in need.

A Plan Of Attack Against Mold Damage Affecting Fort Myers

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Plan Of Attack Against Mold Damage Affecting Fort Myers Mold Spores in a Ft. Myers Condo Can Cause Fungi Growth

Condos Often Develop Mold Problems Needing SERVPRO Remediation

All it takes is a microscopic spore momentarily gaining the correct conditions to begin spreading; once it is started, jumping rooms is as simple as catching a ride in the air, or being unwittingly transported to different areas by you or a household pet.
 
Typically, by the time you can see visual signs in your Fort Myers home, professional mold damage restoration services are already needed. We can help provide you with the services you need to tackle any size infestation that develops in your home.
 
SERVPRO technicians understand how these spores work and are specially trained to stop the spread of a mold infestation. The fact is, these microscopic spores exist everywhere within our environment both indoors and outdoors. Whenever they come into contact with moisture of any kind, they begin developing colonies.
 
A call to SERVPRO at the first signs of contamination gives us an opportunity to locate the water source quickly and adequately contain the infestation. If you ignore the situation, it may seem to go away, then return at some point in the future even stronger.
 
These spores are not going to be visible to the naked eye; this does not mean that you should call SERVPRO staff every time you sense a funny odor. However, it would not hurt to get a second opinion if you have a strong musty smell that lingers in particular areas of your home.
 
After you place your initial call, we set an appointment to assess the situation and give recommendations for proper treatment. Once approved, we remove the existing water source, cordon off the affected areas and safely remove existing spores from the air with the latest air filtration equipment.
 
Removing and disposing of mold infested materials in the proper way and moving into our cleaning and deodorization phase, we pay specific attention to any contents or personal belongings found in the containment areas and address repair issues as needed.
 
After putting the finishing touches on the repairs, our restoration is complete, returning your property to a quality pre-mold condition, "Like it never even happened."
 
Give SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers - Punta Gorda a call today with your remediation needs. (941) 575-5910

The Impact of Multiple Phase Odor Control on Fire Damage in Fort Myers Homes

1/6/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Impact of Multiple Phase Odor Control on Fire Damage in Fort Myers Homes Odors can linger in furniture. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

SERVPRO's Fire Damage Remediation Approach is Unique and Effective Especially When Dealing With Lingering Odors

When dealing with the recent aftermath of a fire, most homeowners are surprised to find that it is not the fire itself which presents the biggest challenge. Certainly, in cases of mild to moderate damage, the trickiest problem is odor. It is relatively easy to remove charred furniture and burnt possessions.

However, it is not so easy to remove that unpleasant smell of smoke and soot. This is why our fire damage restoration process focuses more heavily on deodorization than structural repairs. When responding to fire damage in Fort Myers, the SERVPRO technicians always put together a comprehensive odor control plan.

Sometimes, this plan may contain just one phase. Other times, it will contain several, because one deodorizing technique is not powerful enough. Keep reading to find out more about the type of odor control methods which we might use to restore your property.

Phase One: Chemical Containment

The first phase is called containment. This is the most basic deodorizing technique and, in cases of mild fire and smoke damage, it is often enough to eliminate all bad smells. The aim is to contain or prevent odor particles from vaporizing into the atmosphere.

The SERVPRO team can do this by spraying smoke damaged items (sofas, chairs, soft furnishings) with a special chemical. It creates a barrier around objects and stops more odor particles from ‘jumping off’ and making it into the air. Not all materials respond well to this chemical, so some possessions may need to be removed and cleaned in a different way.

Phase Two: Vapor Odor Control

The vapor control process is designed to neutralize odor particles which have already made it into the air and started causing bad smells. The SERVPRO technicians will release another chemical into the air, in the affected space, in the form of a mist or fog. The molecules of the chemical seek out and react with the smoke particles.

They render them inert and unable to produce bad odors. Vapor control is the most common and effective form of deodorization for house fires. In cases of severe damage, it may need to be followed up with a more intense ‘fogging’ procedure, but we will inform you of this in plenty of time. You may need to temporarily vacate the property.

If you need professional fire damage repairs, SERVPRO of N. Ft Myers and Punta Gorda is here to help. We are a local company, so we really understand the unique needs of homes just like yours. It is our job to bring them back to life. Call us 24/7 on (941) 575-5910.

Commercial Water Removal is the Answer to Bayshore Businesses Dealing with Water Problems

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal is the Answer to Bayshore Businesses Dealing with Water Problems Call SERVPRO for Water (and Duck) Removal from Your Bayshore Office

SERVPRO Extracts Water Mitigating Damage to Enterprises

Having a leak in your business's water line can be costly. Water is not free, and anything on your side of the meter is your responsibility, not the water companies. The costs of clean up and damage repair can also be quite high, both monetarily and in health risks. This is because water can help pathogens to breed much more easily, and quickly, than if things were dry. The situation can be much worse if the water problems stem from a drain, toilet overflow, or sewer back-up. These sources of black water can harbor dangerous pathogens that can significantly harm the health of your employees and customers.
 
When you have water problems at your Bayshore business, you need commercial water removal to help you regain control of your business operations. SERVPRO can help you with removing the water, and then making sure it does not happen again. Repairing leaks or ensuring that sump pumps are in place and in working order is part of our services. We know that until your business can run smoothly again, your business is on hold.
 
Cleaning and sanitizing your business' interior can help protect your workforce and your customer base from exposure to not only bacterial and viral contaminants left behind, but also from exposure to excessive mold levels. To do this, water removal needs to begin as soon as possible. Waiting allows water to get into locations where it is even harder to reach and clean. When water evaporates into the air, it can reach even more places, allowing mold to grow inside of machinery and corrode metal parts and interiors. Moisture can also ruin merchandise and customer service items even more quickly. This is why it is so important to protecting your business to have commercial water removal services conducted when you have a water problem, even a small one, in your warehouse, office, or retail location.
 
When you have found a water leak or other situation that requires commercial water removal, call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910. We will get your business dry again, repair the leak or stop the water if the cause was from another source, and assess for damages caused by the water.

Retirees Can Anticipate And Prepare For Flood Damage In Bayshore With Help From SERVPRO

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Retirees Can Anticipate And Prepare For Flood Damage In Bayshore With Help From SERVPRO Storm damage can affect your property in many ways. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate!

Life After a Storm Can Get Back to Normal with Professional Restoration

Choosing to live in the beautiful Fort Myers area is understandable for retirees looking for both comfort and pleasant surroundings. The warmth, the vistas, the sunny weather are all draws. But every resident of this area, seasonal or year round, knows savvy homeowners need to prepare for the seasonal storms that build and break over the gulf coast and throughout Florida and the southeast United States. High winds, heavy rains and storm surge combine to make flood damage a yearly possibility. SERVPRO is ready to partner with you to remove flood waters and the issues they present from your home quickly and efficiently, avoiding any long term problems from developing that might interfere with your quiet enjoyment of this coveted area for your well deserved retirement.
 
Flood damage in Bayshore is best restored if our staff is able to get to your site immediately after the water has infiltrated the lower levels of your home. Chances are better that the water inside your home is clean if we respond within the first hours after it is safe to move crews into your neighborhood. Our initial steps will be to evaluate how to most efficiently remove the water in your home. Standing water may need to be pumped and then the flooring may need to have the remaining water removed with our professional extractors. Reducing the humidity in your home and its contents quickly is critical to preventing secondary microbial growth, so we will add air movers and possibly heaters to the flood damage restoration mix to dry out the structure completely fast. If we can remove the flood water before it turns gray or black, your home is well on its way toward pre-loss condition so that is our goal.
 
After the water is removed and the moisture further reduced in flooring, walls and ceilings, we will use a range of proven strategies to dry out the furnishings and other contents of your home. SERVPRO’s mission as a restoration company is to return the structure, structural components, fixtures and personal belongings sheltered within your home to daily use. We understand that your attachment to the special features of your home is strong and that many of your treasured items are irreplaceable. Our technicians have the skills to dry out and restore documents, pictures and family heirlooms. Your can rely upon our experience and training to restore your personal piece of paradise.
 
When the storms of late summer and autumn hit, your first task is to contact SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda. We will design a plan individualized to your specific needs just as soon as you call our operators at (941) 575-5910 to schedule a flood damage evaluation.

Mold Damage in North Fort Myers

11/7/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in North Fort Myers Mold Damage in a Closed Condo in N. Fort Myers

SERVPRO Can Remediate Your Condo's Mold Problem Using Appropriate Methods

If a mold problem is not caught quickly, the affected area can move from a patch in a single room to an entire house. If this happens, or if the contamination has gotten into the HVAC system, then there is the possibility that some of your belongings need intense cleaning.

Mold damage can render a North Fort Myers condo unsafe for you and your property. If the contamination has spread too far, SERVPRO will recommend relocating your property to another storage area until we can complete cleaning and restoring your home. This does not always mean that temporary storage has to be done at a commercial facility. If your garage is not affected by the mold contamination, then the property can be stored there after it has been inspected and cleaned. It's not something we prefer doing since damage can occur whenever property is moved and will only ask you to do so for the following reasons:

Speed and Cost - Keeping your family in temporary housing is expensive. We can only assume that your insurance adjuster will balance the additional cost of property storage against how quickly the restoration process can be completed and recommend temporary storage to save money overall.

Secondary Damage - If extensive replacement of building material is required, the temporary storage may be needed to prevent further property damage by contractors, SERVPRO possibly completing all of the work. In some cases, a contractor may make this a requirement before they will begin work.

Water Saturation - The moisture content in the air and your property may be so high that it will be beneficial to remove items until we can substantially lower the RH, relative humidity, within the structure. Significant reduction in moisture will increase the indoor air quality of your home and mitigate future returns of a mold infestation.

If you fear a mold contamination in your condominium, call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 today. The sooner you get the restoration process started, the quicker we will get you back into your home with as little cost and damage to your property as possible and enjoy the Florida sunshine again. "Like it never even happened."

Water Damage Can Be Messy in Fort Myers

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Can Be Messy in Fort Myers Leaky Faucets and Water Damage to Your Fort Myers Condo

From Pests to Walls, Water Damage Can Be the Cause

Water is needed by every living thing on the planet, but when it's not serving its purpose and is somewhere that it shouldn't be, water can cause thousands of dollars in damage. This is true when it is present in even small amounts. As long as water or moisture remains present in your home, it can cause more damage to your home and the furnishings within it.
 
Fort Myers homeowners who have water damage inside of their properties often find out the hard way that their home's value has plummetted in value when they attempt to sell their home. You can keep this from happening to you by having water damage taken care of when it happens. Water can cause damage regardless of the source, so it's just as important to keep bathroom floors as dry as possible by using floor mats outside of tubs and showers as it is to close windows when the wind is blowing rain into your home. The same applies to fixing any leaks that develop at the top of your faucets as it is below, inside the cabinet. Water is water, and just because it is clean doesn't mean it won't cause damage.
 
When you have water damage, you can also have other problems. Moisture is required for many pests, especially insects. By providing one of the resources that household pests not only cannot store for later use but also cannot carry to their nest, you allow conditions to become more suitable for them to live in your home. This can lead to the destruction of interior walls, pathogens and allergens from those pests to contaminate your home, and other problems to happen.
 
We have training and certifications that give us the skills to restore your home so that additional challenges in the future aren't as likely to happen. If you notice signs of water damage such as bubbled paint or wallpapers coming loose, don't wait to call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910. We can help you stop water damage before it affects other areas of your home before costs for repair become even greater.

Dangers of Flood Waters

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dangers of Flood Waters Hurricanes and Storms Cause Water Damage in Bayshore

SERVPRO Advises You to Stay Out of Flood Waters from Storms or Hurricanes

If your home has been flooded, you should try to stay out of the most heavily damaged areas and wait until our SERVPRO technicians give you the OK. However, this might not always be possible or even the best solution, and so you should be aware of unseen hazards present in flood situations. Avoid moving water, wear boots or at the least closed-toe shoes, and dodge these hazards that may be present from the flood.
 
Tack Strips and Broken Glass
When your home has sustained flood damage in Bayshore, you should take care around any remaining water and treat it as a potential hazard. This means that cuts, scrapes, and wounds (even if they are slight) are highly susceptible to infection or illness if they come into contact with any flood water. This is why we recommend wearing closed-toe shoes and preferably boots when anywhere in the home, as the tack strips from damaged carpets or other shards of broken material may open small wounds on an unprotected foot. If you have sustained even a tiny cut or scrape in a flood-damaged home, be sure to disinfect and treat the wound as quickly as possible.
 
Slips and Falls
Although this may seem obvious, it can be very easy to forget in an emergency situation the risk of slips and falls on wet surfaces. Shoes and feet alike can slide when on a smooth surface such as tile, wood, or concrete, and you should carefully watch your step for fear of serious injury. Also, cords, wires, and loose objects may present additional slip hazards, so watch your step and try to avoid these objects.
 
Confined Spaces
If you are in a small or confined space in the flood, seek to escape as quickly as possible. These spaces can quickly develop many hazards, including suffocating gasses, infectious surfaces, electrical malfunctions, and other factors. If you feel you are unable to escape from such confinement, call emergency services.
 
SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda understands the risks and procedures involved with a case of flood damage and has the equipment to help restore your home to normal at no risk to you or your family. Call us at the first sign of damage at (941) 575-5910.

Different Processes are Required for Different Aspects of Fire Damage

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Different Processes are Required for Different Aspects of Fire Damage Regardless of the size of the fire, call SERVPRO quickly to assess and remediate!

SERVPRO can Remediate Home or Business Fire Damage

At SERVPRO, we've become experts at undoing the damage caused by many disasters. Fire damage is one of our fortes, and we understand that it isn't just charred and burned structural damage that occurs when a house fire happens. One aspect of a house fire can seem to linger, even after all visible damage is removed, repaired, and restored. That aspect is odor, and because odor is so deeply rooted and entwined with our memories and experiences, it is important to make sure that all unpleasant odors are removed from a home.
 
Whenever a home in Fort Meyers suffers fire damage, the odor of smoke and burning materials is often a problem that can resurface, even after all other types of restorative work are completed. One of the reasons that odors can return after initial efforts are completed is because of increased humidity, in combination with increases in temperature, makes odor-causing molecules more active.
 
There are many different ways that SERVPRO technicians combat odors left over from a house fire. One way is to inject small amounts of deodorizer into carpets. This masks the odors that remain in the pad, as well as the carpet itself.
 
Other ways SERVPRO uses to reduce odors include the use of an ozone machine. This produces ozone, an unstable gas found naturally in the environment, but largely in the stratosphere. Ozone molecules consist of three oxygen atoms. Humans and animals breathe oxygen in a more stable form, which only has two oxygen atoms in each molecule. Because ozone is unstable, it breaks apart easily. As it does this, the free oxygen atom combines with odor-causing particles, causing them to become less problematic. Ozone should not be breathed in, so if this method is used, you and your family, and also any pets, should leave your home. Living plants, and any rubber items should also be removed to the outdoors. Our technicians will know when the machine will be turned off. As soon as this is completed, it is safe to return. Ozone leaves behind no residue or lingering gas that can harm you or your family.
 
If odors from a house fire have made your home less than appealing, call us, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda, at (941) 575-5910. We are available 24/7, and we have these and other methods ready to help you make your home a better place to call home.

Water Damage to Roofing

8/18/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage to Roofing SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda

Roofing and Water Damage 

During storms with heavy winds and rain, many homes are tested in their structural stability and building materials. One part of the home commonly damaged in a storm is the roof, which is in many cases composed of materials which easily come off or sustain damage during a storm. Worse, in some cases, the removal of these roofs can cause significant water damage to the structure below. Ultimately, not all roofs are created equal, and we have seen that many roofs sustain much more damage than others during a storm. Here's what you can expect from your roof, should it sustain damage.

Tile Roofs

Probably the most common type of roofing on American homes, it is also the most commonly damaged. Roof tiles are often blown off with heavy winds, and depending on the build of the home, can expose the interior below to water damage in Fort Myers. These roofs are often the first to go during a hurricane or tornado, as well, although, are fairly strong at waterproofing where heavy winds are absent.

Metal Roofing

Possibly the strongest variety of roofing material, metal roofing holds up well in heavy winds and rain. This roofing material is also very strong against physical damage, such as falling trees or wind-carried objects. SERVPRO technicians have noticed that this type of roofing is popular with commercial and industrial buildings but is, unfortunately, uncommon among residences due to its poor aesthetic qualities. One form of water damage that is common to this type of roofing, however, is rust and oxidation.

Flat Roofing

Flat roofing can take on moderate amounts of water damage commonly, but serious problems are fairly rare. Small amounts of water pool up on flat roofs and form puddles and possibly some mold growth, but this is typically incorporated into the building design and not a major problem. Most of the time, any issues with water damage will not be visible to the homeowner.

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SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda brings the pain to any water damage restoration job, with experienced technicians and industry-leading equipment. If you require professional service for your water damaged home, call us today at (941) 575-5910.

How SERVPRO Combats Mold Damage

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation How SERVPRO Combats Mold Damage Our team of professionals at SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda will remediate your Fort Myers home free of mold!

How Professionals at SERVPRO Defeat Mold Damage

Mold damage happens naturally worldwide, often with no fault of the homeowner or anyone else. Mold has evolved to be hardy, difficult to remove, and fast growing, causing no small amount of distress for residents afflicted by it. Mold can also be dangerous, with some types potentially causing ill health effects or being hazardous to clean up. It takes quality gear, personnel, and training to be able to effectively handle mold damage, all of which SERVPRO brings to the table. Here's how we combat some of the toughest mold colonies in the field. 

Moisture and Humidity Detectors 

A big part in getting rid of mold damage in Fort Myers is finding and stopping the source of its water. Without some humidity or water, mold can not survive or spread. We use moisture and humidity detectors to find out what's fueling the mold, and how to stop it. If necessary, we can bring in heavy drying and dehumidification equipment to dry out entire rooms at a time. 

Sanitization and Scrubbing 

Critical in any mold remediation process is the personnel involved. SERVPRO technicians are extensively trained on safety and cleanup protocol when dealing with mold, and often have years of experience doing their job. They utilize industrial-grade scrubbers, cleaning equipment, and sanitization equipment to nullify patches of mold growth thoroughly. 

Deodorizing Machines 

We also use heavy deodorization machines when cleaning up mold damage. Mold often releases foul-smelling chemicals and spores, especially in large colonies. We use fogging machines to mask and eliminate these odors on a large scale, and once we're done, you'll never be able to tell there was mold damage in the room by sight or by smell. 

Material Replacement and Restoration 

Sometimes, mold growth may be so bad that we need to replace materials entirely. In this case, we always contact property managers and insurance adjusters before making any serious changes. Regardless, the result is always the same: the mold is gone, and your home looks just as it did before. 

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Fully certified and equipped to handle mold damage large and small, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda is available 24/7 to respond to your mold and emergency calls. Contact us at (941) 575-5910 today for help in household mold damage remediation. 

The Importance of Flooding Cleanup

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Importance of Flooding Cleanup Dealing with flood damage in Punta Gorda? SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda can take care of it "Like it never even happened."

Flood Damage Cleanup and Its Importance

If your property has been affected by flooding damage, you will need to contact a professional cleanup and restoration service as soon as possible. The damage that flooding causes do not end when the water is removed from the scene; much of the worst damage that results from flooding occurs later, after mold growth and structural instability has caused the building to be condemned and removed. It's possible to avoid these unfortunate consequences by taking care of the damage right away and engaging the services of a qualified local water damage cleanup crew. 

Every Day You Delay, You Are Losing More Money

In the wake of Punta Gorda flooding damage, you may find yourself unsure of how exactly to proceed. You may feel as though you have no choice but to abandon the building for putting up a new one on the site. However, your insurance company may not allow you to adopt this course of action. Every day you delay your decision, you are losing money. If the property is commercial, you are paying the salaries of employees who are unable to work in the building on your behalf. If the property is residential, you are paying to house your family in a hotel instead of their home. 

How to Deal With Punta Gorda Flooding Damage 

When it comes to dealing with flooding damage, the key is to act promptly and effectively. Your best bet is to contact a local cleanup and restoration service that has the proper knowledge, credentials and experience to deal with the emergency. Water damage to your property may be due to any number of causes; flooding being among the most severe because it is the hardest to plan for. Because of this, it's an excellent idea always to have on hand the number of a local service team whose reputation and ability you can count on in your time of need. 

A Restoration Project Involves Many Activities

A complete project of cleanup and restoration involves many separate activities. The first and most important part of any major flood damage cleanup will involve removing every trace of excess water from your property. To accomplish this, a team of qualified and experienced service technicians will use all the latest tools to make sure that no trace of excess water is left behind. 

After the water is gone, your air conditioning, heating and water filtration systems will be checked for mold, and then the professionals will remove any growth that is discovered. The experts will also check the stability of your building to discover any structural instability that may have occurred as the result of flooding. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is a locally owned and operated service that is here for you in the event of flood damage or other emergencies. You can contact us at any time of the day or night. We also serve customers in nearby areas, such as Cleveland, Solana, Isles, Burnst Store Marina, Charlotte County Airport and others. Call us at (941) 575-5910 for more information.

Solana Water Damage - 4 Steps to Successful Water Removal in Solana

5/19/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Solana Water Damage - 4 Steps to Successful Water Removal in Solana Let the professionals at SERVPRO of North Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda take care of your Solana water damage!

4 Successful Steps to Solana Water Removal

Water damage in the home is something that needs to be handled quickly, no matter what the cause. For homeowners in Solana, water removal responses should be swift, effective, and efficient. The longer that moisture from a flood, leak, or burst pipe is allowed to sit untreated, the more chance there is of a dangerous mold problem developing. 

Mold and other microbes can be hazardous to the health of everyone in the building, so it’s always best to call a reliable Solana water damage restoration and removal service immediately. If you are covered by a robust insurance policy, you don’t have to worry about the cost, because your provider will sort all of the details out for you. The only thing that you need to do in the immediate aftermath is getting the experts around to help. 

Step One: Respond Quickly 

It is imperative that you respond quickly, whether the flood happens in the evening or at 3 am. The majority of companies that offer water removal in Solana do so on a 24/7 basis so that you can seek emergency assistance at any time. The water needs to be removed within 24-48 hours to prevent mold from developing. 

Step Two: Be Careful and Act Sensibly 

After you become aware of the problem, try to reach the water shut off valve. If it is safe to do, turn it off. If you can switch off the electric power supply, do that too. If it is clear (or you strongly suspect) that the water is from a contaminated source (like the toilet), you and everyone else in the building needs to leave right immediately. 

Step Three: Look for Subtle Signs 

It’s a common misconception to believe that all water damage is caused by a major, emergency flood or other crisis situations. You may be dealing with a damp wall from a burst pipe hidden behind a wall, for instance. This won’t necessarily cause a flood, but it might make the walls soft, cause a musty smell, and produce creeping mold in the corners of the room. If this is the type of water damage that you’re dealing with, you should still call a restoration service, but your safety is not in any immediate danger. 

Step Four: If Possible, Start Drying 

If you are comfortable staying in the house, and you know that the damage doesn’t yet pose a risk to health, you can begin drying the damp space while waiting for the restoration team to arrive. Dehumidifiers, even small ones, are useful to start with until the heavy duty equipment shows up. Open all doors and windows, turn on ceiling fans to circulate air, and limit the amount of time that you or anyone else spends in the affected space. 

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SERVPRO of North Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is uniquely capable of handling all of your water removal needs. If you are struggling with the aftermath of a flood or leak, our experts can help you dry out the space, eliminate all signs of moisture, and get back to normal life. Call us. (941) 575-5910. 

Solana Water Damage--Water Removal is Critical

4/8/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Solana Water Damage--Water Removal is Critical Tropical Paradise in Solana Does Not Include Water Damaging Storms

SERVPRO Dries and Restores Your Water Damaged Property in Solana 

Solana water damage can be an unhappy consequence from a tropical storm, plumbing malfunction, burst pipe, or the running water in a tub in the condo above yours. Preparing for any possible occurrence of water and fire damaging events is important. Make sure you have an adequate insurance policy that allows for hurricane and flood coverage. The Gulf Coast of Florida is always susceptible to cataclysmic weather events. Be prepared! Water damage is often sneaky and quick. Though it only takes minutes for excess water to damage your walls, ceilings, and carpeting, the possibility of a mold infestation is also present. This is why you should know whom to call. That way, when water damage does occur, then you do not have to fumble through the phone book. Check with your insurance agent to obtain a contact number for such emergencies. SERVPRO is a water damage restoration company that is recommended by over 320 insurance and property management companies.

 
The reason you need a water damage company is because you have to make sure that all of the water is extracted, and moist, humid building materials, fabrics, electronics, and furnishings are dried. SERVPRO technicians will employ moisture meters, infrared cameras, and hygrometers to identify moist, hidden voids in your Solana home. As you would know, just because something looks dry does not mean that it is dry. Water can cause secondary damage in the form of mold and mildew. If there is standing water in the home, then you have to be responsible and get rid of it right away. 
 
There are procedures, using heavy duty pumps, wet vacs, air movers, dehumidifiers, ozone machines, foggers, and inspecting devices to ensure your Solana water damaged condo or home is restored. The goal is for a quick return to pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened." SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda restores the property to its original state. They are available 24/7 and take calls. Once they take your calls, then they send a professional to look at your house where the Solana water damage has occurred. Give them a call at (941) 575-5910.

Water Damage Fort Myers- Requires More Than A Cleaning Company

3/25/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Fort Myers- Requires More Than A Cleaning Company If the Waves Wet Your Home--Call SERVPRO

SERVPRO Removes the Water from Your Fort Myers Home to Mitigate Water Damage

Fort Myers water damage can occur very quickly after the appearance of water in your house. It is the beginning of more problems than just the arrival of a new swimming pool in your house. It might mean that you have a burst pipe or a leaking water heater. It might also mean that a sewer connection, just outside your house, has broken. Whether it's the flooding from a local stream or river or the Gulf of Mexico, you have a problem that must be handled by professionals, like those from SERVPRO, to ensure your Fort Myers home gets water removal service quickly.

Water, entering your home regardless of the reason is not okay for the comfort and health of your family. The water that is absorbed into your drywall, carpeting and furnishings can result in an extensive monetary loss. Waterlogged drywall, walls or ceilings, must be safely discarded to prevent mold from cross-contaminating previously unaffected areas of your home. Replacement will then add to the restoration costs.

SERVPRO will pump the unwanted water from the property using truck mounted pumps, sump pumps, wet vacs, and even mops to remove the gross volumes of water. Air movers and dehumidifiers will be placed to increase the evaporation rate of the moisture within the structure to speed the restoration process and to mitigate secondary water damage. This typically takes 2 to 3 days, depending on the specifics of your property's damage.

The cleaning starts with green technology cleansers and specific SERVPRO products. These are used on every hard surface because of the residue from the water. This residue is composed of germs, bacteria, pollen, mold spores and regular dust and dirt. Sanitizing all surfaces using disinfectants, antimicrobial, and antifungal agents provide a clean, and healthy environment for you and your family.

The damage done by the water that was in your home has to be repaired at this time. The sheet rock and ceiling tiles that were removed must be replaced and any drapery removed must be cleaned and rehung. Any clothing that has been cleaned needs to be hung back up, and all cushions that have been cleaned need to be replaced in the furniture. Rubbing the wood furniture down with essential oils helps protect them and final cleaning and detailed wiping is part of the finishing touches. This style of treatment will be dictated by the severity and locations of the water damage within your home.

SERVPRO trains and instructs its technicians to follow the standards set forth by the IICRC-Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration Certification. Our commitment to excellence will assure that your home is treated using the best cleaning techniques, equipment, and expertise to minimize the effects of water damage to your Fort Myers home. "Like it never even happened.

We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

As leaders in the water damage industry, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda has advanced training and expertise, not to mention a tremendous amount of hands-on experience. We use this training and experience to quickly dry your home in Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, and Cleveland. Call us for 24/7 emergency help. (941) 575-5910

Technical Aspects of Water Damage Restoration in Ft Myers

2/26/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Technical Aspects of Water Damage Restoration in Ft Myers Call SERVPRO for Unwanted Water Visits in Your Home

SERVPRO's Approach to Ft Myers Water Damage Restoration is Industry Leading

Ft Myers water damage restoration is utilizing science and technology to rehabilitate homes and businesses to pre-loss condition. The newest advanced technological equipment is being adopted to restore the property and to mitigate water damages and costs.

If you are confronted with a water damaging condition, the first thing to do is be sure to stop the water source and begin drying the affected area. Ultimately you will probably need help from a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO, but this initial time of removing water can prove to be significant in reducing damage and cost for the long term. We suggest to be careful and mindful of possible electrical dangers.

Call a specialist to help you that has been IICRC trained in the newest methods of water damage restoration. They will have the most cutting-edge equipment, technology, and knowledge to restore your water damaged property. A professional remediation organization will quickly get to work to dry out your water damaged areas, after inspecting and assessing. This begins with volume water extraction using truck-mounted and portable pumps, wet-vacs, sump pumps, mops, squeegees, sponges, and buckets. Not all our equipment is super hi-tech. We then utilize dehumidifiers (mechanical, refrigerant, and desiccant), heaters, air movers, etc. to continue the drying process. Secondary water damage like warping of floors and furniture will be further stymied. We will also disperse deodorizers and sanitizers by using foggers. The cost of restoring your water damaged property is less expensive than the cost of permanent water damage to a home.

Remember the professionals do this every day. We know what will work and what will be a temporary solution. If the job becomes too overwhelming, you will need an expert to help you solve your water damage problem. If you have significant water damage issues, consider the industry leader--SERVPRO. Water damage restoration is about taking excess water and removing it from your home as rapidly as possible. The cleanup following the water removal is just as vital to securing a safe and clean home space. Eliminating conducive conditions for the proliferation of mold growth will further protect your property while reducing the likelihood of adverse health effects. Finally, restoring your Ft Myers property to its pre-loss condition is our ultimate goal. "Like it never even happened."

We Use Advanced Drying Equipment and Techniques

Properly restoring your home after a water damage event requires specialized equipment and products. This advanced equipment helps SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gordato removes the water, even hidden moisture, quickly and efficiently. You can expect prompt service 24/7. Call us for help. (941) 575-5910 

The Keys to Recovery from Burnt Store Commercial Fire Damage

2/15/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial The Keys to Recovery from Burnt Store Commercial Fire Damage SERVPRO Can Restore Your Smoke Damaged Business

SERVPRO's Equipment and Experience Make a Big Difference in Recovery Costs for Commercial Fire Damage in Burnt Store, FL

The fire department may have done its job and left, but without a proper and timely response, the actual damage and expenses are just getting started. To recover from Burnt Store fire damage, professional restoration is needed. Here are some things you can expect during the fire damage restoration process that would be inadvisable for business owners to do by themselves.

A professional fire damage restorer will assess the property for the extent of structural damage. They'll determine the equipment and cleaning products that will be needed to clean and protect a variety of surfaces, such as woodwork, ceilings, and carpeting. If soot removal is possible, you may be able to avoid the added expense of having to replace many items. You can also expect technicians to clean and deodorize surfaces to prepare them for painting so that new paint will adhere properly.

Fire damage restoration technicians typically clean and deodorize the contents of the store, such as inventory, furniture, and upholstery, the aim being to get as many items back to pre-loss condition as possible. Before cleaning, however, they should test fabrics to determine the appropriate cleaning method. SERVPRO provides wet and dry cleaning methods.

When a fire restoration company deodorizes your store after fire damage, the point is not just to mask the odor but to remove it at its source. There are a variety of deodorization methods available that can remove lingering odors caused by burned plastic, wood, fuel and more. Ultra-low volume foggers penetrate sites with odor-causing residues while thermal foggers neutralize odor-causing particles. Technicians will take into the account the various types of smoke sources since the fuel and temperature dictate the nature of the smoke or soot.

Professional fire damage restoration companies will also remove residues that remain on electronics after smoke and fire damage. If not removed, these residues can damage metal surfaces in the presence of moisture. Proper equipment is required to clean the outside casings of your electrical devices and is where professional services will come in handy. We will acquire help if the interior components demand highly trained electronic cleaning services. Computers, printers, and other business machines are needed for your business. Our goal is to get your doors reopened as soon as possible.

The faster that you begin the restoration process for Burnt Store fire damage to your business, the less damage will have occurred. You'll be able to get back to normal sooner and save money you would have needed to spend on more extensive restoration or replacement. "Like it never even happened." For fire damage restoration results you can have confidence in, contact SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda, a certified restoration company. Call us today at (941) 575-5910.

Hire a Professional for Water Damage Jobs in Punta Gorda

12/10/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Hire a Professional for Water Damage Jobs in Punta Gorda According to the EPA, the first 24-48 hours are the most crucial when dealing with water damage.

Punta Gorda Residential Water Damage Professionals

How Water Damage Restoration Experts Can Help You

 Punta Gorda water damage is a disaster that can wreak havoc on your residential property. In fact, the damage can weaken the structural integrity of your property while also causing mold damage. However, attaining professional services from a restoration company can help ensure that your residential property is restored quickly and correctly. Here are some of the tools and techniques that water damage restoration experts have to offer:

  Group Work

 One of the reasons that attaining professional Punta Gorda water damage restoration services is important is that contractors work in groups; this means that they are able to expedite the cleanup and secondary water damage prevention processes. The contractors can utilize several methods to accomplish this objective, and some of them include drying the affected regions, removing standing water, and replacing unsalvageable goods.

 Specialized Equipment

 Professional contractors will use specialized equipment to optimize the water damage restoration process. One form of equipment used will be the industrial-strength dehumidifiers. These dehumidifiers can eliminate over 50 gallons of water each day. The contractors will also use air-moving machines to stabilize humidity and encourage evaporation. Finally, contractors may use shop-vacs or wet-dry vacuums to remove standing water from your carpet and other regions of the property.

 Chemical Cleansers

 Contractors make use of chemical cleansers when your home develops spores, mildew, mold, or other fungi types. These chemicals can be caustic and even potent, which is why only professionals should use them.

  Avoiding DIY Projects

 When water damage impacts your property, many homeowners try to clean up the damages on their own. This is not a good idea. In fact, water damage in Punta Gorda results in several health and safety hazards on your property. Because most homeowners are not aware of what these hazards are and how to avoid them, attempting a DIY project can result in increased susceptibility to illness and injury.

 Water damage is an issue you should take seriously. If you do not address the matter immediately, your property could become vulnerable to a mold invasion and structural damage. The best way to prevent these things from happening is to call the professionals of SERVPRO. We offer 24/7 emergency services to ensure that we can address your issue with lightning speed. Additionally, we employ IICRC-certified technicians who will optimize each component of the restoration process so that your home looks good and functions properly.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. Call us today! (941) 575-5910

Fire Damage Prevention Tips For The Holidays

12/1/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Prevention Tips For The Holidays SERVPRO Says a Fire Hydrant Close to Your Condo Can Lower Your Insurance Costs

SERVPRO Tips to North Fort Myers for Fire Damage Prevention and Safety

During the holidays, people love to relax with loved ones. In some cases (but not here in sunny Florida), this involves curling up under a warm blanket or congregating around the fireplace. However, the holiday season can present several fire hazards that could endanger your safety and leave North Fort Myers fire damage to your home.  Nevertheless, accessing and implementing sound, proven fire prevention tips, courtesy of SERVPRO, can help ensure that you and your family have a safe and happy holiday. Please continue to read the following information regarding fire prevention.

Fire Prevention Tips

• Purchase a fire-retardant tree. These days, many people are selecting artificial trees. However, these trees can be even more of a fire hazard than the traditional trees. If you purchase an artificial tree, be sure that it is fire retardant. And if you purchase a natural tree, it needs to be a healthy one. Dry, unhealthy trees are a fire hazard.
• Select the ideal tree placement. The majority of Christmas tree fires begin when people place the tree too close to fire sources like indoor heaters, candles, or fireplaces. Locate your tree a minimum of three feet from any heat or fire source, further away if possible.
• Water the tree on a regular basis. Individuals who opt to purchase natural trees should be sure to water them continually. This step ensures that the tree will remain healthy and moist. Because dry pine needles can catch on fire quite easily, this step is immensely important. Soot and smoke damage can become unwelcome house guests.
• Turn your lights off. Get in the habit of turning your Christmas tree lights off when you leave the house and before you go to bed. Do not overload the circuitry feeding electricity to the lights. If you have exterior holiday lighting, be sure to maintain clearance of trees or shrubs to prevent contact leading to fire damage.
• Avoid the use of candles. While candles clearly enhance the aesthetic appeal of your tree, you should never use them for decorations on, or close to, the tree. Only place candles in non-flammable holders away from potential fuel sources. Safer yet, avoid them altogether.

Call SERVPRO Today For Fast, Friendly Fire Damage Restoration

Although the fire prevention strategies outlined above can help you prevent an unwanted mishap, there is still a chance that your North Fort Myers house could be the victim of fire damage. If this should happen, it's important that you know who to call for fast, friendly fire damage restoration services. SERVPRO responds 24/7 with our IICRC-certified technicians to provide you with the detail-oriented, client-centered services you need and deserve.  Enjoy your holidays and please remain safe.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the North Fort Myers, Charlott Park and Pine Island communities too. Call us 24/7 for help. (941) 575-5910

Why You Should Secure a Professional Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Service in Cape Coral

10/21/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Should Secure a Professional Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Service in Cape Coral Where There Is Smoke There Is Fire

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Cape Coral Smoke/Fire Damaged Home

Although there are many challenging factors that homeowners in Cape Coral have to deal with following a fire damaging event, smoke damage removal can be very taxing. However, tackling the smoke damage removal process is critically important after the fire is out. In many cases, homeowners are inclined to reenter their home directly after the fire for the purpose of checking for damage and cleaning the mess. This reentry is not the preferred course of action for you to take. Instead, call your insurance agent and then call a team of professional smoke damage restoration experts like SERVPRO.

Smoke Damage Restoration Requires Special Equipment

You should leave smoke damage clean up and removal to industry experts. Completing the job thoroughly necessitates the use of specific, industrial-grade equipment, cleaning supplies, training, and technique. Smoke can seep into your walls and thereby cause health issues unless removed immediately and effectively. Smoke can, and usually does, generate unwanted odors. The best methodology for eliminating these odors is thermal fogging. This professional technique is combined with the use of specialized equipment such as air movers and dehumidifiers to dry pooling water from the extinguishing of the fire. If a fire damage by-product was soot, SERVPRO might be able to clean lightly sooted areas thus negating the need for re-painting. Our goal is to get your home restored at the minimum cost to you and as rapidly as possible.

Smoke Damage Restoration Requires Industry Expertise

In addition to possessing the specialized equipment necessary to complete the smoke damage restoration process, our highly trained and skilled technicians will expedite the project. To complete the job well, professionals must possess the level of expertise necessary to understand what types of smoke are present and which chemicals will be required to remove them. An example would be the presence of smoke odor caused by combusted wood or cellulose. This specific type of smoke odor requires the use of cleaning products and techniques that differ from what one would use for smoke odor resulting from plastics (also causing soot). If you are unfamiliar with the kind of smoke odor and residue present, you can risk further damages to your home in Cape Coral.

Call The Professionals Of SERVPRO

Although dealing with smoke damage removal can be frustrating and difficult, hiring professional help can simplify the process so that you limit your stress and witness the speedy recovery of your home in Cape Coral. The IICRC training, in tandem with cutting-edge equipment and customized methodologies, ensures that SERVPRO exceeds industry standards in restoring your smoke and fire damaged home back to pre-fire condition. Like it never even happened.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Cape Coral community too. When you have a fire or smoke emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. Call us. (941) 575-5910

Simple Tips from SERVPRO for Preventing Commercial Fires in Punta Gorda

9/17/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Simple Tips from SERVPRO for Preventing Commercial Fires in Punta Gorda Protect Your Business From Fire

Fire Safety Tips for Punta Gorda Businesses

Typically, discussions regarding fire safety are centered around preventive measures that can be taken to protect residential properties. However, it is equally important to discuss the importance of fire safety in business settings in Punta Gorda to prevent fire damage. There is a wide range of fire prevention tips and tricks you can implement to make your commercial property less susceptible to fire. Review the short outline that appears below to gain the information you need to prevent business fires:

Preventing Fires In The Workplace

Electrical fires are amongst the most expensive types of property damage. And unfortunately, they comprise a substantive percentage of the fire outbreaks that transpire every year. Fortunately, these types of fires can be prevented easily diminishing possible fire damage. To prevent a fire, make sure that you do not overload your power strips or electrical outlets. Electric sockets can only handle a certain amount of electricity. The more cords plugged into them, the greater the socket's susceptibility to a power overload that causes fire. This is especially the case for large appliances like break room refrigerators, overhead projectors, and photocopiers. With these facts in mind, be sure not to overload outlets.

Another strategy you can implement to reduce commercial fires is to keep your flammable chemicals, cleaning agents, and materials stored in well-ventilated areas. Electrical arcing, water heaters and ovens can provide sufficient energy for ignition resulting in fire damage. Clutter can become a fuel feeder for an unwanted fire and can also allow rapid spreading to other parts of the office or workplace. A cluttered office can also impede employees from accessing the emergency exits. This can make it challenging for staff members to evacuate the premises and also compromise rescue efforts. Keep exit and entry points as clear as possible.

Another strategy you should implement to reduce the risk of commercial fires is to avoid blocking off areas where your fire sprinklers, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers are located. Also, have fire drills for safe evacuation and train your employees on the use of fire extinguishers.

A fire in your Punta Gorda building or suite can occur even with diligence and forward thinking prevention on your part.  Follow the tips from SERVPRO to empower you to prevent outbreaks or limit their effect. Also, note that SERVPRO is the leader in fire damage restoration services. Our goal is to get you quickly back to work and to make it "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is available 24 hours a day to restore your North Fort Myers property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial fire, water, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,650 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

If your business experiences a fire loss, call the fire and water damage restoration experts and we’ll respond immediately to get you back to business.  (941) 575-5910

Some Causes and Advice for Water Damage in Your North Fort Myers Home

9/17/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Some Causes and Advice for Water Damage in Your North Fort Myers Home Water Could Be a Bad Thing

North Fort Myers Water Damage Advice

Although there is a variety of potential problems that property owners in North Fort Myers dread, water damage typically tops the list. Water damage can result from different factors, including heavy rain, snow, natural disasters, a leaky pipe or appliance. Irrespective of the cause, water damage ramifications are issues that residential property owners need to understand thoroughly. To get a basic understanding of what water damage is and how it should be addressed, refer to the following quick reference guide:


Water Damage: Identifying Some of The Causes from This Short List.

• leaky dishwashers
• broken pipes
• overflowing washing machines
• plumbing leaks
• foundation cracks or a damaged roof
• floods
• heavy rain

Categories of Water That Cause Water Damage

As water damage restoration specialists from SERVPRO know, there are several categories of water leading to water damage. The concern for the rate of water removal escalates as the Category number increases. Category 1 is clean water, and this is a type of water that poses no serious threat to people. This is drinking water (potable) that is in a place it should not be. Category 2 is gray water, and this type of water is contaminated and can cause illness when ingested. This may be soapy dishwater, standing water on a floor or waste water containing urine. Category 3 is black water. This type of water is unsanitary and dangerous because it contains bacteria that can cause sickness. Black water results from sewage issues and standing water that has been contaminated. This category of water requires immediate water removal.

Water Damage: The Restoration Process

Water damage restoration is an important process. When done expediently by expert technicians from SERVPRO, water restoration enables residential owners in North Fort Myers to minimize the adverse effects to their personal belongings and lessen or prevent structural damage.  However, the efficacy of their efforts is typically contingent upon the amount of water that caused the damage as well as the severity of the damage. These water removal specialists will use special equipment and proven methodologies to control water damage and limit its debilitating effects.

Although water damage can be a difficult situation, securing the services of a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO takes the pressure off of you. It allows you to sit back and watch how your home in North Fort Myers is restored to its pre-water damaged condition. If you need our services, we are only minutes away from your property.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is close by and ready to respond to your water or flood damage emergency.

From water removal to restoration you can count on us. (941) 575-5910

The Importance Of Having A Cleveland Professional To Clean Smoke Damage After A Fire

7/24/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Importance Of Having A Cleveland Professional To Clean Smoke Damage After A Fire It only takes a few seconds for a fire to wreak havoc on commercial property or home.

The Importance Of Having A Professional To Clean Smoke Damage After A Fire

It only takes a few seconds for a Cleveland fire to wreak havoc on commercial property or home. The first thing that one will want to do if there is a fire is call the fire department to extinguish the fire. Many people believe that they can re-enter the property and begin restoring it after a fire. However, there are still threats that linger for the property. That is it is best to hire a professional fire restoration company.


The Aftermath Of A Fire
Many people believe that once the Cleveland fire has been put out, the danger is no longer present. However, fire leaves behind remnants that can cause serious damage to the property. The smoke and ash that is left behind cause discoloration, etching, and a very unpleasant odor. The building will be less likely to suffer those problems if you hire a professional.


The Sooner You Call, The Better
It is best to contact a fire restoration company as soon as possible to restore the damages. Ash is one of the major concerns. It can discolor just about anything that it comes in contact with. Discoloration can begin just a few hours after a Cleveland fire. Fiberglass, plastic, and other finishes can turn yellowish. Metals will start to tarnish. You will have to replace or refinish certain items in your home after a few days because the damage will be permanent.


Hiring A Fire Restoration Contractor
If you have hired a certified and trained professional from SERVPRO, then they will be at your home in a short amount of time. They will assess the home to see the type of damage that is done. They will also perform a thorough cleaning to remove the ash, smoke and fire damage. Items that are beyond repair will be removed, and specialized cleaning supplies will be used to neutralize odors.


Do-it-yourself techniques typically do not remove the smoke and ash that is left behind by a fire. You may cause further damage and contamination to your home if the correct techniques are not used. That is it is best to contact SERVPRO so that they can perform fire damage restoration.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the North Fort Myers community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

The 9 Steps Of Boca Grande Mold Remediation Services

7/24/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The 9 Steps Of Boca Grande Mold Remediation Services Mold has the potential to cause health effects and can spread through your property in as little as 48 hours.

The 9 Steps Of Mold Remediation Services

At SERVPRO, we know just how importance it is to protect homes and other property from the dangers that mold can cause to people living in those spaces. If your home is at risk of Boca Grande mold damage, we offer a complete remediation service, broken down into nine steps:

Step 1 - Mold Assessment
At SERVPRO, everything begins with assessing the mold. We will go to your home or property and do a full inspection of the infestation.


Step 2 - Securing Samples
It's not always necessary in every case, but sometimes our Boca Grande mold damage experts will realize that medical problems may be affected by mold, so a few core samples are taken for further off-site analysis.


Step 3 - Water Damage Clean-Up
If your home or business is providing a wet home for mold colonies to grow, we will send in our clean-up team to quickly take care of the problem.


Step 4 - Disposal of Contaminated Items
Unfortunately, some water damage events and mold infestations are too severe, and precious personal items and clothes get damaged beyond repair. At SERVPRO, we will safely dispose of mold-infested pillows, mattresses, and other soiled porous items.


Step 5 - Drying
Once water leaks are repaired, it's important for our SERVPRO Boca Grande mold remediation crew to enter the space and carefully dry it, being extra cautious to avoid disturbing any mold spores.


Step 6 - Cleaning
Thankfully, many personal items and articles of clothing can be salvaged once they've been thoroughly dried out. To prevent future re-infestation, it is important to let our professional mold remediation team clean all items with a high-powered vacuum system.


Step 7 - Cleaning HVAC Systems
Sometimes mold and fungal spores enter through the air ducts and then rapidly circulate throughout the house or property. SERVPRO's elite team of mold remediation specialist will quickly and thoroughly clean and remove the spores from ventilation systems.


Step 8 - Restoration and Repair
SERVPRO is ready to help homeowners and property managers do almost anything necessary to restore their home or space to its original living conditions.


Step 9 - Debrief/Consultation
After the clean-up job is finished, our SERVPRO professionals will go over every step of the procedure with you, and offer tips on how to avoid mold infestations in the future.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of the North Fort Myers community. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Cape Coral Water Damage: Everything You Need to Know

7/24/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Cape Coral Water Damage: Everything You Need to Know According to a recent poll of contractors, excess water in the home, is the most common form of damage to a homeowner's property.

Water Damage: Everything You Need to Know

As a homeowner, you are always on the lookout for ways to protect your property from Cape Coral water damage. According to a recent poll of contractors, excess water in the home, is the most common form of damage to a homeowner's property. Not only is repairing the damage expensive, but it is dangerous and unhealthy. One of the ways you can prevent the water from damaging your home is to understand more about it.


What is Water Damage?
Cape Coral water damage occurs when excess water destroys the contents of your home or its structure. There is a variety of factors that cause excess water.
    •    Melted Snow
    •    Ruptured Pipes
    •    Overflowing Bodies of Water (Lakes, Rivers, Streams, and Oceans)
    •    Heavy Rainfall


Signs of Damage
You may not know that your home has been damaged by water until you notice changes in your flooring and walls. Some signs of Cape Coral water damage include buckling floors, peeling tiles, mold, discoloration on the walls and ceilings, standing puddles of water and rotting wood floors. It is important to seek immediate assistance from SERVPRO professionals.


We Can Help!
At SERVPRO, we specialize in restoration from water damage. Our certified professionals are available 24 hours a day - 7 days a week to handle your emergency needs. We use specialized equipment and proven techniques to remove quickly excess water from your home. We also sanitize your items, dehumidify your home and restore it to its original condition.


After you make an appointment with one our customer service professionals, there are actions that you can take to mitigate damages until help arrives.
    •    Remove excess water with mop or towel.
    •    Wipe off appliances and furniture that have been affected by the water.
    •    Elevate furniture from the floor by placing blocks or aluminum foil underneath it.
    •    Remove items such as electronics and art to a dry place.
    •    Place wet cushions in a sunlit area.
    •    Turn on your air conditioning system.


It is important to note that excess water in the home is a safety issue. To remain safe, there are things you should not do. Refrain from using the television or electrical appliances. If the ceiling is wet, refrain from using the ceiling fan.


If you have a water emergency, call SERVPRO for immediate assistance.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the North Fort Myers community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Charlott Park Hurricane Preparation: What to Do

7/24/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Charlott Park Hurricane Preparation: What to Do Hurricanes create winds of at least 74 mph, and their force have the ability to devastate homes and lives utterly.

Hurricane Preparation: What to Do

Is a Hurricane Coming Your Way? Here is What to Do
If you are new to Charlott Park hurricane season, then you need to be prepared to make sure you and your family stay as safe as you can. Hurricanes create winds of at least 74 mph, and their force have the ability to devastate homes and lives utterly. According to the National Weather Service, Hurricane season began June 1 and ended Nov. 30. Follow our guide of five steps you need to follow to be prepared:

Step #1: Make a Hurricane Plan
You and your family need to know what to do in the event of hurricane striking. Will you stay in your home? Will you travel to a safer place? Create scenarios for what you will do based on the strength of a Charlott Park hurricane. Remember that hurricanes can change strength in a matter of minutes -- and it may be too late for you to get out. Plan wisely.


Step #2: Shop Early
Stock up on the essentials to get you through at least a week of being without heat and electricity. That means extra water and non-perishables. If you've got a charcoal grill and supplies, keep it in the garage and bring it outside to cook perishable items that may spoil when your electricity goes out.


Step #3: Stay Safe
Prepare a first aid kit. Stock up on batteries for lighting inside via camping lanterns and flashlights. Put your medicines in an easily-accessible bag. Store your credit cards in a safe place. Buy sleeping bags and camping pillows for each member of your family. Purchase a nonelectric can opener. Those canned goods do you know good if you cannot get into them.


Step #4: Make Your Home Stronger
At a certain point, there is nothing you can do in the face of a direct hit of a Charlott Park hurricane. But you can prepare your home to take the force of some winds. Cover your windows with plywood. Retrofit your home to withstand water. Reinforce all door latches and hinges. Reinforce your roof with hurricane clips.


Step #5: Stay Inside
Stay inside and away from windows to prevent getting hurt by broken glass. Go into a closet or a room without windows. Do not lie under s skylight. But your hands over your head and brace yourself as the tornado passes.

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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major storm or flood event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

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Commercial Water Damage Can Start as Soon as a North Fort Myers Flood Subsides

7/24/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Can Start as Soon as a North Fort Myers Flood Subsides After a flood subsides, the damage can begin right away and cause years worth of issues for you and your business partners.

The Damage Can Start as Soon as a Flood Subsides

With North Fort Myers commercial water damage, you are dealing with something that can negatively affect your entire business. As a company owner, you want to make sure that the business you're running is going to attract customers and increase in value, not do the exact opposite. The most important thing to remember is that North Fort Myers commercial damage after a flood happens and continues even after the flood is taken care of by the professionals, like SERVPRO. Mold growth, weakened beams, and damaged walls from the commercial damage can affect the value of your company and cause it to experience major issues down the road.


After a flood subsides, the damage can begin right away and cause years worth of issues for you and your business partners. North Fort Myers commercial water damage can include anything from weakened beams in the floor to damaged walls and even electrical issues that might be as a result of a bad flood or leak. A lot of people also find that mold growth begins almost immediately after a flood. Mold spores love damp and humid areas that might be caused by a flood that your business has recently experienced and has dealt with on its own.


The damage done by a flood can be incredibly difficult to deal with on your own, but it can also be incredibly problematic for your business. Your customers and employees want to know that they are dealing with a clean and healthy office building and not one that is damaged and has potential mold growth within it. If you have recently dealt with a flood of your office building or commercial building, in general, it might be time to think about having the experts come in and do the cleanup. You can spend time on what matters most to you, and that is your business.


The professionals at SERVPRO are experienced and highly trained when it comes to dealing with commercial water damage. They can get rid of excess water and moisture in an area to prevent mold growth. They will also be able to assess the overall damage to see what else might have to be taken care of to ensure that the building is back to its former glory. When you contact SERVPRO, they will send out an expert to evaluate the damage and let you know what has to be done for it to be restored.

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We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the North Fort Myers community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

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