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Is Your Fort Myers Home in Need of Restoration Services? From Water, Fire, Storm, and Mold- SERVPRO is Equipped to be Your First Choice

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

mold growing on drywall in corner of room Mold grows in Florida very easily. SERVPRO eliminates the moisture source and remediates the mold damage in your home.

SERVPRO Has Training Plus Equipment to Handle All Types of Restoration Services 

Living in Florida has its perks. The weather is beautiful most of the time, and knee-deep snow is something other people deal with in the winter. Homeowners in Fort Myers know damage from water, fire, and mold are issues that have the potential to happen even with regular maintenance. Pipes break, ventilation fails, and the high humidity of this area invites mold growth. When the weather in this part of the State is not ideal, intense storms and hurricanes deliver damage in the form of flooding and high winds. When any of these issues occur, you need restoration services to return your home to its preloss condition. 

When SERVPRO answers the call to mitigate water damage in a Fort Myers home, we know we need to begin water extraction efforts as quickly as possible. We have access to different kinds of water removal equipment that gets the job done quickly. 

When flooring receives exposure to water for a prolonged period, progressively more and more damage happens. Tiles lose their delamination and are usually a loss; although on a case by case basis, some types have the potential for reuse after cleaning. Hardwood flooring warps due to the nature of wood absorbing water. If cleanup efforts begin quickly enough, authentic hardwood floors are not automatically a loss. In some instances, with our specialized drying equipment such as drying mats, the flooring has possibilities for restoration. 

After drying the property, our technicians ensure the premises is cleaned and sanitized. We provide a detailed report that shows the restoration services performed as well as any necessary repairs needed. Our report includes before and after photos and may expedite the insurance claims process. 

Storm damage in Fort Myers properties happens from sources such as the severe storms that brew up in the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic hurricanes and sometimes these result in localized flooding. When flood damage happens in a home, water removal efforts should begin at the earliest possible moment. Sheetrock is particularly vulnerable to floodwater and wicks it quickly. This action causes the building materials to warp and buckle. 

SERVPRO technicians have the equipment to extract water quickly and dry the property. We use multiple portable pumps to remove water efficiently. We do several passes in each water-affected area to ensure we remove the absolute maximum amount of moisture before the drying process begins. This process lessens the time needed to dry the water-loss affected places in the home. Most porous items such as fabrics and carpeting exposed to groundwater are a loss due to the inability to sanitize them for reuse. 

Since Fort Myers has high humidity, mold damage is a danger after water damage of any type in a home. We go to great lengths to ensure mold is not an issue after a flood water cleanup in a home. However, sometimes mold colonies form in wall cavities or in attic spaces where no one goes to often, and remain unnoticed until they begin to emit their tell-tale musty odor. Often mold infestations quietly grow and spread throughout a home before they get noticed. 

When a home has a mold issue, they can expect the mold removal process to go like this: 

  • After the initial call, our technicians arrive on-site for mold remediation
  • We contain the area
  • Perform air filtration as needed
  • Drying and removing mold colonies
  • Cleaning and removal of mold-infested items
  • Restoration of the property and post-treatment 

Our SERVPRO technicians hold certification as Mold Remediation: #MSMR 2529, and we know that dry conditions are the bane for mold. The colonies dry quickly when our technicians subject them to warm dry air. They become flaky and brittle. During the removal, we contain the work area using heavy plastic over doorways and vents. We also use negative air chambers to ensure we do not spread spores during mold remediation.

We often treat the areas with an antimicrobial sealer to inhibit the regeneration of any mold spores until the necessary fixes happen to eliminate the conditions favorable for mold colony growth. 

Much like when we handle fire loss restoration services, our technicians inspect the ductwork and clean it to remove airborne spores. This process limits the possibilities that colonies find a place to re-establish. 

SERVPRO answers the call to mitigate fire damage in Fort Myers homes with the highest level of compassion and professionalism. We know fire is destructive and sometimes cherished heirlooms and personal items with immeasurable value disappear in the charred remains of the home. Our goal is to help homeowners realize less loss through the use of our proprietary cleaning methods. 

Soot has the potential to become airborne and spread throughout a property in the same fashion as mold spores, so containment is a must during mitigation. We remove the charred items and inspect belongings as the fire debris removal happens for things that have the potential for restoration. We have multiple cleaning methods to turn back the clock on damage from the fire. 

Smoke damage grows more pungent over time, and it is vital it is cleaned correctly, or it may cause more loss. High heat fires that burn organic materials such as wood or paper tend to leave behind dry, powdery residues. This type of residue should not have any damp or wet cleaner as it has the potential to grind it deeper into surfaces. Fires that involved rubber or plastic items leave thick, greasy residues that smear easily and require cleaners to cut through the dense substance. 

Air quality is a large part of fire damage cleanup. The removal of airborne soot particles with the use of air scrubbers is highly efficient. For odor control, hydroxyl generators work to neutralize odor-causing by binding the molecules with hydroxyls, and this action neutralizes foul odors. We can treat upholstered furnishings using thermal fogging to deeply penetrate and eradicate smoke odors, so the furniture is not a fire loss. 

For any needed restoration services for damage from fire, water or mold, contact SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda at (941) 575-5910. Our certified technicians arrive soon after your call and work to turn your home around from loss and make it "Like it never even happened." 

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