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Our Crew Will Respond Quickly To Your Fire Damaged Home In Fort Myers

4/16/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Crew Will Respond Quickly To Your Fire Damaged Home In Fort Myers Timing is vital after a fire, so call us at (941) 575-5910 as soon as the fire is out.

Fire Damage Cleanup In Your Fort Myers Home

Today, homes in Fort Myers are filled with appliances and electronics to make your life easier and give us entertainment. Big screen televisions, DVD players, cable/satellite TV boxes, and video game systems overload your electrical outlets and fill up the entertainment centers in your home. Newer appliances have touch screens, which look neat, but also mean there is additional circuitry in them.

When one of the standard appliances in your Fort Myers home has caused a fire, you are stuck with cleaning up the damage afterward. The daunting task of cleanup should be left to the professionals at SERVPRO. Our staff is equipped and specially trained to handle fire damage of any size, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

The first appliance that can pose a fire hazard is your dishwasher. If you’ve ever opened up your dishwasher right after its complete a cycle, you’ll feel the heat that shoots out. The heating elements inside the dishwasher to dry your dishes get wet, heat up, and then cool down each time you use the appliance. Faulty or old elements can begin a fire. Do not use your dishwasher if you aren’t going to be home, as it's just not worth the risk.

When you’ve had an appliance fire in your home, SERVPRO techs can help you restore your home quickly. When restoring items that have been damaged by smoke, our primary goal is to restore them to their preloss condition. We apply basic principles of cleaning to accomplish this, starting with finding the smoke residues by carefully inspecting the area affected.

We then need to identify the kind of residues present, as there can be more than one, and the kind of surface affected. Knowing this, we can determine which cleaning methods and products are safe for use to use. We are careful to preserve the material or surface we are cleaning. Some materials are unrestorable if they cannot withstand the process of cleaning.

We lastly need to capture and remove the residues using wet and dry cleaning processes to get the particles off of the affected surfaces and then dispose of them.

Other appliances that can create a fire in your home is your clothes dryer, microwaves, refrigerators, and toasters. It is essential to clean the lint buildup from your dryer often. Even though microwaves can be quite convenient, they also can be dangerous. They can sometimes start on their own and cause a fire, unplug it right away. An electrical short or overheated compressor in your fridge is another danger, and toasters can fail to turn off, making toasters another appliance you should never leave unattended and also clean out regularly.

Remember SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda if you experience an appliance fire in your home in Solana, Cleveland, or Salvista. Timing is vital after a fire, so call us at (941) 575-5910 as soon as the fire is out.

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Our Professionals Will Respond Fast To Your Fort Myers Shores Home Restoration

4/10/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Our Professionals Will Respond Fast To Your Fort Myers Shores Home Restoration Our trucks are loaded with the necessary water restoration equipment so they can be dispatched on a moment's notice. We are here for you 24/7.

Risks of Standing Water on Vinyl Floors in Fort Myers Shores Homes

Substantial water loss incidents that occur in your Fort Myers Shores home can leave you contending with several effects simultaneously. While you might not know where to begin, addressing the standing water on your floors must take priority. This condition can continually damage exposed materials, weakening and compromising their ability to withstand weight demands and function properly. Certain flooring materials are more susceptible than others, such as vinyl faux wood planks.

Vinyl flooring options are often an affordable option for those renovating their Fort Myers Shores homes, but without fast water removal services during emergencies, this material can become quickly compromised. Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24-hour response to emergencies, offering the full measure of our industry-leading equipment to quickly extract and dry out damaged materials and structural elements within your house.

This flooring material is often a tongue and groove installation, which only leaves small seams between the planks. With standing water, however, moisture and direct water penetration can infiltrate these vulnerabilities to get beneath the flooring quickly. Not only can this saturate the subflooring over a brief period, but it also can provide universal exposure of each affected flooring plank with saturation happening both above and below it.

The SERVPRO technicians dispatched to your home understand the threat of warping and distortion that can begin in as little as 24 hours with saturated vinyl flooring. We can bring in our portable sump pumps and gas-powered trash pumps to promote fast extraction in every affected space. Once the excess gets removed, our technicians can focus on using our air movers, dehumidifiers, and installing the injecti-dry system and drying mats to penetrate beneath the planks and steadily draw out moisture.

While you have several materials likely affected by the substantial water removal incident, protecting your flooring is possible with the right response and equipment. Our SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda rapid response team is available 24/7 to help you make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (941) 575-5910.

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After Your Commercial Property In Fort Myers Experiences A Fire Damage Emergency, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial After Your Commercial Property In Fort Myers Experiences A Fire Damage Emergency, Our Crew Is Here To Help! Temporary closures can impact revenues. Contact SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910 now.

Solving Commercial Fire Damage In Fort Myers

It is not uncommon for a busy restaurant to experience a kitchen fire. Firefighters can contain a fire to a small area, but damages can be inflicted on appliances and ventilation. In some situation, billowing smoke can enter the dining area leaving behind soots or smoke residues. Often these residues come from protein fires which involve the burning of animal fats. What is left behind is a thick set residue and a very unpleasant odor that could force temporary closure.

We can provide a crew of professionally qualified restoration experts for commercial fire damage in Fort Myers. Our experience in working with commercial property managers is extensive as well as working closely with insurance adjusters local to the area. In the case of soot and smoke deposits, acting quickly is essential. Firefighting procedures involve water which can cause soot to set into fabrics causing permanent damage.

SERVPRO restoration method involves conducting a thorough pre-test of the affected area to decide which techniques and equipment are going to be most effective. Different types of material burn at different temperatures, meaning that no two fires are the same. Testing soots can help us to clean more efficiently as well as prioritizing certain aspects of the routine. Fabrics, for example, are likely to be treated first due to the greater risk of permanent damage if left to sit.

Smoke travels into clean air rising toward the ceilings of the property. Where there is ventilation or an air duct, thick smokes can enter leaving behind soot and odor. SERVPRO has technicians with multi-disciplinary training including HVAC & Air Duct restoration. We can enter, assess and restore these crucial elements to help get your business get back to work as quickly as possible.

The most successful way of tackling odors is by finding the source. At times, an odor may linger after appliances and surfaces are clean. SERVPRO can bring in industrial grade thermal foggers to deodorize the area thoroughly. Thermal foggers vaporize solvent which acts as a pairing agent, finding and attaching itself to odor particles. These particles are then neutralized.

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Don't Let Restoring Your Punta Gorda Business Take Over Your Life

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Don't Let Restoring Your Punta Gorda Business Take Over Your Life Stop water damage in its tracks. SERVPRO can handle any size issue for your business.

Commercial Water Damage Cleanup for Your Punta Gorda Restaurant

When you are the owner of a restaurant in Punta Gorda, the last thing you need is any kind of a plumbing failure, especially when your business is full of happy customers. When you least expect it, drains in your kitchen floor begin backing up and overflowing at a rate you can’t control. Is this something you could have avoided? What do you do now?
As a business owner in Punta Gorda, you have plenty to worry about, and sometimes your drains and plumbing can suffer and are forgotten. Drain systems in restaurants see much more wear and tear than residential systems. When you do not maintain them properly, expensive issues and water damage can ensue. When this happens, our professionally trained staff at SERVPRO can help you clean up the mess and get your business running as usual in no time.
Common plumbing problems include silent leaks, backed up grease traps, leaky faucets, clogged toilets, sump pump failure and more. Every one of these issues can get more severe as time wears on. Many don’t realize that you need to be proactive about your commercial plumbing and drains. Water damage can cost you more than a day’s work, and you need to find a plumber you can trust who can perform routine maintenance.
SERVPRO technicians assess the damages when we first arrive at your business. Truck-mounted pumps are used to remove as much of the standing water as possible so we can then work on drying your structure out. Thermal imaging or infrared cameras are used to monitor and inspect the moisture in the building materials which were affected, and moisture meters help us measure the actual levels of moisture in different materials. We work efficiently but quickly so we can help you avoid a lot of interruption or downtime to your business.
When you own a food service business, you should have your plumbing inspected once every quarter to help avoid any costly disasters in the future. After inspecting your system, a plumber can determine if you need additional or fewer inspections each year and provide you with solutions.
SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers/Punta Gorda understands that any downtime of your business in Salvista, Bayshore, or Charlotte Park is money lost. Once you realize there is an issue, you should call us right away at (941) 575-5910, so we can help you.

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Slow Toilet Leak Equals Major Water Damage In Ft. Myers

3/20/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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Contact A Mold Remediation And Restoration Company If You Find Mold In Your Fort Myers Home

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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SERVPRO - Fort Myers Fire Damage

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO - Fort Myers Fire Damage SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda is locally owned and operated to handle your fire damage situation.

Fort Myers Fire Damage Can Be Restored by Our SERVPRO Team

Even thinking about a house fire sends a chill up and down everyone’s spine. People immediately go to the worst-case scenario: Destruction of both structural and personal property. The reality is usually much less severe.

Often, fire damage in a Fort Myers home stays restricted to one room or area. This physical destruction is the scorched walls and ceilings or melted plastics as you might find in a kitchen. To restore or repair damage in this and other rooms of the house, SERVPRO has developed five services that help us put our neighbors back into their homes as quickly as we can.

Mitigation – Our task here is to protect your home from further property loss. Our technicians board up entrances and other openings to keep out the weather and local pests. If battling the fire left parts of your home soaked, we begin drying out the structure within hours of setting foot in your home. If needed, this is when we bring in generators if the power is offline.

Structural Cleaning – Cleaning up after a fire means concentrating on two things: removing smoke residues and deodorizing your home. It applies to walls, ceilings, and floors (wood, concrete, and carpets) along with other structural components. Our inspectors work closely with you and your insurance adjuster to determine if cleaning is cost-effective or if our technicians need to remove and replace items like ceiling tiles, drywall, and rugs.

Contents Cleaning – This is personal property (clothing and furniture for example), and the main task here is to remove smoke residues. Often, we can remove residues at home by setting up an area in the home to wipe down, vacuum, or scrub the items. This area is also useful for deodorizing property as well.

Specialty Restoration – This service goes beyond routine cleaning and deals with items such as artwork and electronics such as TVs, DVD players, and stereo components. In some cases, we may have to recommend using a subcontractor.

Reconstruction – If structural property (wall framing or ceiling supports for example) is physically damaged, then it is necessary for us to demolish, remove, and replace it. Unlike other restoration companies, our office and technicians are licensed with the state of Florida to rebuild most structural components.

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If you need our assistance or have questions about these services, call SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda today at (941) 575-5910. You can also schedule an inspection with us and receive a free estimate on what we can do for you.

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If Your Have Water Damage Issues In Your Fort Myers Home, Call Our Experts For Help!

3/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage If Your Have Water Damage Issues In Your Fort Myers Home, Call Our Experts For Help! Call us 24/7, so we can help with leaks, spills, and floods at (941) 575-5910.

Hunting For Water Damage In Fort Myers

Knowing whether you have a water damage problem in your Fort Myers home may not always be a simple conclusion to make. While flooding and some types of leaks may become painfully obvious to you, other problems requiring the help of a restoration company like SERVPRO may not be apparent without further attention. Here are a few of the signs our inspectors will look for when locating water damage in your home. Find them on your own, and you can save us valuable time in identifying and addressing the problem.

Many things can cause discoloration, including other types of home damage, but you should specifically look for colors that closely match the hue of some nearby material. Most discoloration that results from water damage in your Fort Myers home appears as a circular patch or as a streak from top to bottom, but may sometimes appear in unusual shapes as well, such as when structural supports prevent water from flowing one way or another.

Sounds such as drips and rushing water may be easily noticed indicators of a leaking or burst pipe behind a wall, but other sounds may indicate damage as well. Failing pipes can make a wide variety of noises, including some that defy common explanation. Many haunted houses are later found to house water leaks rather than ghosts!

Unusual Smells
The smell of water mixing with drywall, plywood, and other building materials may clue you into an otherwise unnoticeable leak in the building. If you do not know what these damages would smell like, just be on the lookout for any unusual smell areas, especially in combination with other warning signs. Some foul and musty odors may also be caused by mold growth, a common side effect of water damage.

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda can help your household deal with any water damage crisis you may face. Call us 24/7, so we can help with leaks, spills, and floods at (941) 575-5910.

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Flood Damage Restoration You Can Count On In Fort Myers

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration You Can Count On In Fort Myers We are a fast response team that are available 24/7 for your flood damage restoration needs. Call us and our technicians will get started right away.

The First Steps for Fort Myers Homeowners After a Flood

Flooding can provide a traumatic experience for Fort Myers homeowners, and if it is among the first times that it happens to you, you might be unsure of what steps to take to restore your property. As tempting as it might be to assess the damage on your own, many homeowners lack the experience and expertise to know how extensive the water damage is and the steps necessary to restore it completely once certified personnel reaches your property. The best thing that you can do is to leave it to our estimator to determine the scope of the damage.

While there are many steps to restore flood damage to your Fort Myers home, it all begins with a phone call to our trained SERVPRO professionals. Our estimator can arrive along with our rapid response team to provide you with an accurate look at both the extent of the damage and a general idea of the costs to restore the property fully. With homeowner’s insurance providers, we can also share this information with your adjuster to help expedite the claims process to get restoration started as quickly as possible.

One of the first steps that you can expect when our team arrives at your home is the extraction of floodwater from the affected areas and the preservation of at-risk contents and belongings throughout the exposure areas. With a fast response to this situation, many of the items within your home can get protected from irreparable damages by getting removed and stored safely nearby until restoration completes, and they can get returned.

Drying your home begins once damaged materials have gotten removed, and studs and framework have gotten exposed. We use our air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture far below acceptable parameters and treat remaining structural elements with solvents for disinfection to reduce potential contamination from bacteria in intruding floodwater.

Flooding in your home is nothing that any homeowner can prepare for, but you can always depend on the fast response and the expertise of our SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda water restoration technicians. Give us a call at (941) 575-5910.

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Our Specialists Explain How Storage Boxes Can Cause Mold In Your Home In Fort Myers

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Our Specialists Explain How Storage Boxes Can Cause Mold In Your Home In Fort Myers Call us at (941) 575-5910 for skilled mold remediation specialists.

Storage Boxes Can Harbor Microbes That Cause Mold Damage In Areas All Over Your Fort Myers Home

Many people today are finding that living in smaller accommodations reduces stress as well as heating and other utility costs. When Fort Myers residents decide that a smaller home is preferable to a more spacious floor plan, a lot of personal belongings end up in storage boxes. These boxes often end up in paid storage.

When living in a smaller home becomes unsuitable, moving storage boxes into new and larger premises can lead to mold damage in the new Fort Myers dwelling. During storage, air currents can cause microbes to drift into boxes. Once inside, these microbes tend to stay still, as air currents do not reach into boxes and other containers. Unpacking the contents once in your new home can spread microbes around and put your new residence at risk of microbial infestation.

When items have been in storage for an extended period, they are more likely to contain mold spores. SERVPRO can help you prevent these spores from spreading with the use of a negative air pressure chamber and an air scrubber. This process can remove any spores from your items. During this process, we unpack and clean each item and then place it in a new box so you can put your belongings where you want them. If you like, we can also perform this at our facility.

Because many people do not try to prevent mold damage this way, we are always ready to help remediate infestations and restore the areas destroyed by microbial activity. It takes a few spores to start a new colony, along with some moisture in an area containing cellulose-based materials. Many materials inside your home, including books, are perfect micro-environments. Books and magazines retain moisture, provide textured surfaces, and contain large amounts of cellulose.

Vacuuming these items removes the dust and spores, but without a HEPA filter, spores and other microbes can spread rapidly. We always use such filters on our vacuums and our air scrubbers. These keep microbes from moving from one area to another and help keep the air clean as we work.

SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda can help you maintain a home with a naturally low microbial population. This and a dry environment helps keep mold damage from occurring and also protects your personal belongings, no matter the size of your residence. Call us at (941) 575-5910 for skilled remediation specialists.

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