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Commercial Flood Damage Restoration Leaves Fort Myers Shores School Clean and Safe.

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

A redheaded child raising his hand in a classroom. Let us help keep our young minds in their Fort Myers Shores classroom, not out do to flood water.

SERVPRO will help keep your Fort Myers Shores schools waterless from a flood.

A flooding incident in Fort Myers Shores affected many properties, including a school, halting learning activities. The incident caused many problems both inside and outside the school structures requiring a concerted effort to restore normalcy at the institution. SERVPRO has sufficient experience dealing with flooding problems, making it easier to address such incidents.

Unlike other commercial flood damage incidents in Fort Myers Shores, the water around the institution receded fast, creating a perfect opportunity to accomplish various restoration tasks. For instance, we managed to inspect the damages left by the flooding outside the buildings where we discovered various types of debris, including bricks and mud pushed by the water from other areas. Our SERVPRO technicians managed to remove the rubble quickly using a mini land-mover and pressure washers.

The damages inside the structures were intensive because of the wide variety of materials susceptible to water damage. We also had to protect the interiors from further loss because some of the windows were shattered, and a wall in one of the classrooms had a gaping hole. Such openings allow weather elements, small animals, and even vandals, unfettered access into the building. Our SERVPRO technicians managed to board up all openings using plywood and two-by-four planks of wood.

The floodwaters had soiled the interior sections in most of the buildings requiring cleanup, decontamination, and drying. Our SERVPRO technicians first removed unsalvageable materials such as books, drywall, insulation, and other materials for disposal. We then embarked on the cleaning process using a combination of methods, including mechanical agitation with brushes and chemical action using professional cleaning agents. Deodorizing the affected areas and applying disinfectants and antimicrobial agents ensured that the affected areas were not only clean but also looked and smelled clean.

The damage left by a simple flooding incident can seem overwhelming. Call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 to help with the cleanup and other restoration processes making it, "Like it never even happened."

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Use of the Right Equipment for Safe Water Removal from Affected Fort Myers Homes

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Quick Response to Water Damage Can Reduce Loss In Your Fort Myers Home

The main issue usually evident after water damage incidents is financial loss. However, such incidents create other problems, too, including creating conditions that affect safety in the home. When removing water from affected properties, SERVPRO strives to address these issues, especially by using the right equipment. We do this by evaluating the loss site to ensure we pick the appropriate tools for the prevailing conditions.

Safe for the structure

When performing water removal from affected Fort Myers homes, there is a need to safeguard the structure. Structure safety can be compromised by factors such as deep, water intrusion that remains unaddressed for some time. Our SERVPRO technicians use advanced scoping equipment, including thermal cameras and penetrative moisture meters, which have different capabilities of identifying moisture within the structural elements, thus halting further deterioration. Water removal may also involve demolition. It is possible to damage vital utilities in the structure, including ducts and cables, depending on the type of equipment used. Sometimes, choosing manual tools instead of powered ones helps guarantee when opening up a sensitive area.

Fast Results

Speedy water removal helps in many ways, including limiting chances of microbial growth or accidents such as slipping on wet surfaces. Different types of equipment, including high-speed pumps, truck-mounted water extractors, and weighted extractors, can help remove water from the structure speedily. However, we must choose equipment appropriate for the conditions at the loss site to complete the process safely. Sometimes, it is not the equipment that matters, but the accessories they are fitted with. For example, when extracting water from carpeted areas and hard surfaces such as wooden floors, our SERVPRO technicians have to fit the extractor with squeegee and carpet wands to match the surface.

Safe for the occupants

Some processes involved in the water removal process can cause issues that might affect the health of the occupants. For example, using air movers and dehumidifiers to dry excess moisture might aerosolize contaminants. Our SERVPRO technicians set up air filtration devices with layered filters, including primary, pleated, and HEPA filters.

Water loss can expose homeowners to several risks. Call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Get You Back In Business In Fort Myers After A Flood

1/24/2020 (Permalink)

Air movers sitting on concrete Our air movers worked rapidly to increase the evaporation rate and salvage these floor covers after a flood hit this property.

Advanced Resources Ease Clean Up after Commercial Flood Damage Incident at Fort Myers Gas Station 

A night of heavy rain left many businesses in Fort Myers grappling with various forms of flood damages. One of the gas stations was completely marooned, with inches of groundwater covering most of the surfaces. The water left layers of mud and other fine wastes inside the structure and the paved section around the pumps and parking sections.

It was an uncommon type of commercial flood damage in Fort Myers since most of the materials in areas affected by the water could withstand exposure. For example, the hard tiled floors inside the convenience store could withstand extended water exposure due to their non-porous nature. However, there were still problems to address because of the soling that necessitated extensive cleaning efforts. Apart from inconveniencing the staff with cleanup work, there were hours of downtime when the station could not serve customers.

Efforts by our SERVPRO team augmented what the employees had already started. The most notable change was the speed at which pressure washers cleaned off the mud from the outdoor paving compared to the hose and brooms the employees were using before we arrived. By spraying water at high pressure, up to 3000psi, pressure washers push off the mud from the surfaces as well as crevices such as grooves where the paving blocks join, leaving an area clean with just a few passes.

Inside the convenience store, we had to perform extra steps to complete the cleanup. After cleaning the dirty floor, we had to sanitize the area using disinfectants and antimicrobial cleaning agents to eliminate the contaminants left by the flood damage. A quick round of inspection helped establish no faults in the electrical systems or moisture in hidden cavities. Our SERVPRO technicians finished the process by setting up air movers to speed up the drying of moisture from the store.

Even with minimal damage to items, flooding still poses other challenges. Call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 to help handle any aspect of an incident, "Like it never even happened."

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Eliminating Water Damage In Your Fort Myers Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Eliminating Water Damage from a Fort Myers Residence

Did you know that a whopping 14,000 people are expected to encounter a water damage situation in their homes or at work each day? Florida residents have more to worry about than flooding, hurricanes, and storms — they also have to worry about the infrastructure of their home failing on them. Anything from a pipe leak to a hole in your roof is enough to cause thousands of dollars in damage without proper mitigation.

If your Fort Myers residence requires water damage cleanup, experienced restoration technicians at SERVPRO can resolve the problem while adhering to the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards. SERVPRO utilizes a variety of advanced technologies at every stage of the water damage mitigation process to thoroughly clean and restore your residence to a preloss condition.

SERVPRO's Advanced Technologies
This seasoned team of restoration technicians utilizes a variety of advanced equipment to address disasters fast, including the following:

    •    Advanced moisture detection and measurement tools, including infrared cameras, sensors, meters, and hygrometers, to get accurate assessments of moisture and relative humidity and establish practical drying goals.
    •    High-powered extraction equipment that can address both small and large amounts of water in surfaces and prepare the structure for drying.
    •    Commercial-grade centrifugal air movers and industrial dehumidifiers that use both low-grain refrigerant coils and desiccant materials to capture and eliminate moisture from damaged spaces.
    •    A broad selection of odor removal tools, including water and solvent-based dehumidification equipment, to eliminate odor-causing particles.
    •    OSHA-approved, EPA-registered antimicrobials, germicides, and other sanitizing agents to thoroughly clean and disinfect damaged interiors.

How SERVPRO Can Help
If you have engineered hardwood floors in your home, you may be satisfied with their ability to resist water and extreme temperatures. However, restoration for this type of flooring can be difficult, and in many cases, it may require replacement. If there is enough water from damage to get under the floor, the lack of airflow and the use of vapor barriers can prevent adequate drying and lead to warping and structural damage.

If water has not seeped under the floor between the vapor barrier and the boards, it is quite possible to salvage engineered flooring, but if you notice water coming out when you step on the boards, you may have to consider a replacement.

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda stops damage in its tracks by being Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (941) 575-5910 for disaster cleanup that can start quickly.

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Why Delays When Dealing with Flood Damage Remediation in Fort Myers are Always a Bad Idea

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

storm damaged home with mold forming Flooding and related flood damage can quickly become a mold infestation.  Contact our certified team to remediate.

Get The Fast Cleanup You Need For Storm Flood Damage In Fort Myers

Water damage is the type of emergency that every homeowner dreads, but you should still be prepared. Knowing that you have a trained team of technicians on your side to help with the cleanup process gives you added peace of mind.

When it comes to storm flood damage in Fort Myers, you are faced with excessive moisture even after the initial water levels are brought down. You must act as quickly as possible so that the damage does not have a chance to get any worse. Waiting too long can cause irreparable damage to your furnishings as well as the structure and integrity of your home.

Moving Items Out

Groundwater that may get into your home with the flooding from a storm brings with it a laundry list of contaminants. Protective gear should always be worn or avoid contact with the water at all costs. Once the water from a flood is inside your home, SERVPRO technicians can help to move items to another location within the home. We can also work to pack out porous items that could otherwise absorb the floodwater. 

Before Cleanup

Our technicians can test the water in your home after a flood to determine what contaminants or bacteria may be present to ensure the right cleaning agents are used. We use moisture detection equipment to scope the floor to determine whether or not the subfloor should be addressed both before and after the water extraction takes place. We remove baseboards and move furnishings or appliances out of the way to make sure no moisture is left behind.

Drying And Cleanup

SERVPRO technicians bring in humidifiers and air movers to pull as much moisture out of the impacted space as possible. We also have drying mats that we can move around to dry the floor evenly, pushing moisture out of floorboards and joints. Finally, we make sure that proper cleaning and disinfection takes place, removing any unpleasant odors using our highly specialized deodorization applications. 

Call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda today at (941) 575-5910 when you need help with cleanup after a flood. Our team makes sure that your home looks “Like it never even happened.”

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How Water Leaks in Ceilings Cause Damage to Fort Myers Properties

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage around water pipes in ceiling Leaks in the ceiling can cause not only water damage, but mold. SERVPRO is always on call for fast, effective restoration.

Ceiling Leak Creates Need for Water Removal in Fort Myers 

No matter what you may have heard, if your furnishings receive water damage, if the cleanup begins quickly, there is the potential to save those items from loss.  

When SERVPRO technicians handled water removal in a Fort Myers property, due to a pipe burst in a ceiling that lead to gallons of water saturating the carpet and sofa below, the homeowner blotted up all the water she could before the technicians arrived. Upon arrival, the technicians removed the damaged ceiling materials to open the floor joists for drying. 

Water Extraction

The techs use powerful pumps to pull the water out of the carpet and padding and do several passes to lift as much moisture as possible out. They also have upholstery attachments to remove the water from the cushions and frame.  

Each Furniture Restoration is Unique

The construction materials that make up the furniture determine the restoration potential. Hardwood frames absorb water but often respond to careful drying. Composite wood furnishings general begin to deteriorate upon exposure to water and often are a loss.  

Professional Equipment and Drying Methods

Drying wet sofas and other furnishings require specialized equipment as well as techniques. SERVPRO techs frequently dry sofa cushions by "tenting" them and setting them upright leaning on each other. Air movers pointed directly at the furniture causes embedded moisture to rise where the dehumidification equipment captures and removes it.  

They have different drying applications for carpet and hardwood flooring, including floating carpets to dry the padding and carpet in place. Floor mats force warm, dry air into hardwood flooring and help homeowners avoid having to replace it.

Proactive Mold Treatments

SERVPRO techs hold certifications in mold remediation #MSMR 2529, and they know the conditions that encourage mold infestations as well as the warning signs of active mold. They have cleaning agents and antimicrobial solutions to stop mold spore germination before it starts, leaving the furnishings both cleaned and sanitized.  

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 for fast, efficient water removal from your property and contents. The certified technicians arrive quickly and return your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened." 

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Why SERVPRO is The First Choice for Flood Damage Restoration in Fort Myers

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO cleaning supplies and water extractor on water damaged floor SERVPRO has the supplies needed to restore flood damage. Call us today!

Mitigating Living Room Flood Damage in Fort Myers 

Florida residents are well aware of the risks of flooding in the area. Still, something they may be surprised by is that 25% of flooding occurs outside of designated Special Flood Hazard Areas. During the length of a 30-year mortgage, there is a 26% chance of experiencing a flood—a figure more than six times the likelihood of a house fire. Not only is flooding a genuine threat to safety, but it can also leave homeowners with costly repairs and considerable stress. 

If you need a team to restore your Fort Myers home after flood damage, SERVPRO is always available to remove contamination and restore your home to a comfortable, safe space once more. This local SERVPRO also has a mold remediation license (#MSMR 2529), so if your residence requires additional remediation on top of the flood cleanup, this team is well-equipped and thoroughly trained to take on the job. 

SERVPRO's State-of-the-Art Tools 

SERVPRO tools cover a wide variety of needs for mitigating flood damage, including: 

  • Moisture detection and measurement tools such as infrared cameras, and penetrative and non-penetrative moisture sensors and meters to evaluate humidity and determine drying goals. 
  • Extraction equipment, including gas-powered submersible pumps, as well as truck-mounted and portable extraction units. 
  • Drying equipment, including industrial-strength centrifugal air movers and commercial grade dehumidifiers. 
  • Odor removal tools, including air scrubbers, EPA-registered antimicrobials, as well as thermal and ultra low-volume fogging. 

How SERVPRO Can Help 

After extraction, disinfection, and drying has taken place, the next step in restoring your home to a preloss condition after a flood is preparing your home and its contents so that you can live there once more. The steps that are taken to do this include a thorough disinfection of surfaces such as walls and ceilings. Hard flooring and other structural materials may need deodorizing with ultra low-volume foggers. These foggers use water or solvent-based deodorizers to eliminate odors from water damage. Large ventilation fans run both before and after deodorizing for several cycles to ensure the air is clean and safe for residents and technicians alike. In areas where odors are less prevalent, pellets may be used to eliminate smells. Pump sprayers eliminate strong odors. 

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda helps businesses thrive by ensuring that their facilities look, "Like it never even happened." Call (941) 575-5910 for rapid cleanup and restoration service. 

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Our Experts Are Available 24/7 In Fort Myers After A Flood

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment drying a floor damaged by flood watera slink disaster caused by a leak in this basement We placed air movers in this home on the floor and rapidly increased the evaporation rate to salvage the floors in this home.

The Fast Response of Storm Relief in Fort Myers

The entire state of Florida is no stranger to the harsh effects of powerful storm systems coming in from either the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean, and homeowners in Fort Myers have experienced the subsequent losses firsthand. With every powerful storm system capable of generating the compromising conditions of flooding in the properties beneath the sea level, an immediate response is critical to best protect your home and its occupants. 

While many homeowners have developed and practiced an emergency plan, overcoming the flood damage in Fort Myers residences requires more than thinking ahead. Many property owners can get taken by surprise when quickly developing tropical storms make landfall at our section of coastline, leaving teams like our SERVPRO restorers reacting to changing conditions to get qualified personnel to your house as quickly as possible. Large storm systems strain the resources of area recovery teams, but as part of a national organization, we have other branches to fall back on and assist. 

When disasters threaten the homes and commercial properties in our area, we spread out our team and its capable technicians to help as many structures as possible. Because our staff also features a division of licensed contractors (MSMR 2529), we can offer our customers board up, tarping, temporary fencing, portable power, and even controlled demolition services as they are needed. This trained division of our crew helps us to seamlessly transition between mitigation and restoration work. 

Flood damage is a particularly damaging situation for our experienced team to address, and it often hinges on our ability to remove standing water as promptly as possible. Between our light wands to our truck-mount pumps in the SERVPRO Green Fleet, we can offer the level of water removal necessary to gain control of a flood loss situation quickly in your home. In addition to overcoming high volumes of floodwater, our biohazard recovery technicians can clean up residues, contaminants, and even sewage. 

We understand how stressful that flood losses can be, but as part of a large loss recovery team, we have access to personnel and equipment that can help out more of our local properties quickly. Give our SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda team a call when you need us at (941) 575-5910.

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We Will Dry Your Flooded Fort Myers Shopping Plaza

11/18/2019 (Permalink)

welcome sign in store For effective extraction and drying after a flood, give our team a call at (941) 575-5910.

Drying Structural Cavities in a Flooded Fort Myers Shopping Plaza

Shopping plazas in Fort Myers provide a convenient location for multiple businesses to set up their storefronts. As a property manager of the individual lots, natural disasters, and the damage they can do to the main structure are often your responsibility as the overseer of each leased property. With a heightened likelihood of torrential rainfall and severe weather events throughout the spring and summer months, plazas in lower-lying areas can fall victim to structural damage that can allow for stormwater penetration.

With broader roof breaches, shared wall spaces between properties can lead to widespread flood damage in the Fort Myers complex. Structural cavities can retain standing water and allow moisture to seep through walls on either side to affect individual stores in the plaza. Not only can these circumstances threaten stock and inventory in these businesses, but trapped water in materials like drywall can lead to collapse hazards and costlier repairs by our SERVPRO water restorers and general contractors.

Drying out structural cavities falls to two specific approaches, both with individual merits. The most common way to adequately dry out structural cavities after structural flooding is with a positive pressure system. By drilling holes in the base of drywall wall surfaces, we can insert hoses that force heated air throughout this space to dry up excessive moisture. Standing water in this space would require our SERVPRO team to make flood cuts so that proper extraction can take place.

Another approach for drying out structural cavities, albeit a less popular choice, is negative air systems. These units are the opposite of forcing air into a moist space between walls, and instead, pulls humid air from this small space. The use of this approach is effective for situations where potential contamination could exist in this cavity, but there is no definitive evidence to prove that it does.

Our SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda team understands just how many businesses can become drastically damaged by structural compromise that welcomes direct rainfall and runoff penetration into the structure. For effective extraction and drying after a flood, give our team a call at (941) 575-5910.

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Our Team Can Restore Your Fort Myers Home Quickly After A Fire Disaster

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

A fire burnt down with soot and smoke damage covering all areas Our techs discarded all the non-salvageable items and structural materials before beginning the restoration process in this garage after a fire.

SERVPRO Can Help Homeowners in Fort Myers with Fire Damage

When there is a fire in your home, immediate response helps to prevent the damage from infiltrating throughout. If you suffer from fire loss, the professionals at SERVPRO can assess the magnitude of the damage. 

Taking on fire damage in Fort Myers includes assessment of the contents of your home as well as the structure. There are three kinds of damage that property owners need to address. Each type of destruction has its own set of issues. Hiring professionals can help you to be sure that containment and restoration can begin as quickly as possible. 

These are the three types of damage homeowners encounter after a fire:

Damage from Flames

The destruction from the flames of a house fire depends on the cause. If there is a fire from a match or a candle, it presents itself differently than it would if the cause were electrical. Proper restoration based on the cause of the fire is best. Our staff at SERVPRO can assess your home to determine if there is any unseen damage to the structure so that restoration can be done safely and efficiently. 

Damage from Soot and Smoke

Soot and smoke leave destruction that could last for several weeks or months once the fire is extinguished. Smoke can linger throughout the home in the walls, ceilings, flooring, and furnishings. The smoke transforms into soot, and it can leave discoloration on various surfaces. Residue from smoke can also lead to corrosion. SERVPRO technicians can carefully wipe down and clean finished surfaces, plastic surfaces, and lightly-colored paint. We can employ the use of air scrubber technology that helps to remove the stubborn smoke from the interior.

Damage from Third Parties

Third-party fire damage can come from the firefighters using water for dousing the flames. The water can get into the carpeting, flooring, and drywall. SERVPRO uses infrared camera technology to pinpoint hidden moisture followed. We can then clean up any dry chemical powders that may have been used as well, such as mono ammonium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate, or potassium bicarbonate. 

Fire damage help is on the way when you call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910. Our team can help you restore your home quickly and efficiently.

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