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The Importance Of Having A Professional To Clean Smoke Damage

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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 of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda, 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 our team right away so we can perform our process. 

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.

Secondary Damage and its Effects on Your Home

5/18/2020 (Permalink)

Hand in a blue glove using a moisture meter Keep black mold away from your home and workplace. Know the seriousness of this type of damage.

If you experience a flood in your home, your primary concern is probably how much damage the water will inflict. Flooding can ruin drywall, carpet, building materials and even personal belongings. What comes next can be just as concerning if you don't know what to do about it. Black mold and other fungal growth can spread quickly after you have water problems in your house.


How Mold Forms


Mold spores are all around you. They float in the air outside and find their way inside your home through open doors and windows. Once in your house, colonies can appear and multiply rapidly. The following conditions encourage black mold and other fungal growth:

-Moist, damp environments
-Leaky appliances or pipes
-Humid areas with poor airflow


The Effects of This Damage


Secondary damage can pose challenges for you and everyone in your home. If you don't remove mold quickly, it can turn into a serious concern. Mold can appear on most surfaces and make them unfit for use. Professional mold removal companies often must throw out areas where mold formed in your house.


Mitigation


The most effective way to prevent this type of damage is to clean up after floods and other water issues immediately. After extracting all water, you should thoroughly dry the area. Open windows and ensure there is proper ventilation in your home, especially in areas of high humidity. The last step to prevent mold from showing up is to disinfect the spots where there was water.


The Right Cleanup Approach


If you only have a small area to clean up, you can handle secondary damage prevention alone. However, for larger areas, you should contact a team of professionals to help. The pros have the necessary equipment and experience to do the job correctly.


Keep black mold away from your home and workplace. Know the seriousness of this type of damage.

Commercial Water Damage Can Start When a Flood Subsides

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

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 being run 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. 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.

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.

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)

"Please feel free to contact us" We have the tools and experience to help you with all of your homes restoration needs. Call us anytime at (941) 575-5910.

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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