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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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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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Fort Myers Property Mishaps from Water Spills?? Call SERVPRO

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Fort Myers Property Mishaps from Water Spills?? Call SERVPRO Water Spills Happen in Fort Myers Homes--Call SERVPRO for Mitigation

Human Errors that Require Water Cleanup for Fort Myers Homes

As alarming as it might be to experience a disaster firsthand in your Fort Myers home, many owners often find themselves amid the crisis and working quickly to get the right help to their address to restore the damages. Human error often plays a common role in the disasters that can damage homes throughout the area, from mismanagement of the appliances that assist in comfortable living through forgetfulness, restoring your property after substantial water damage is nothing that homeowners have the experience or equipment to handle on their own.

So, when you look for a fast response to water cleanup needs in your Fort Myers home, you do not have to look further than the experienced professionals of our SERVPRO team. Our response is fast to emergencies of all sizes because our team remains available 24/7 to help mitigate damages as they occur to both protect our customer’s properties and to preserve what matters most inside by arriving quickly to the scene. We understand that your home is important, and we treat all of the properties throughout our service area with the same care and consideration that we would provide our own.

You cannot help mistakes and errors that occur inside of your home that can lead to widespread water damages. From not ensuring that the dishwasher door seals closed to leaving the stopper plugged in the bottom of a filling sink too long, life happens. Whenever these situations occur, it is vital to get the right personnel to the damage quickly to begin extraction and drying. The faster our SERVPRO team can get to work on removing the moisture, the more of your home that can get preserved from a clean water loss such as this.

Finding the right assistance to overcome the potential damage from a mistake made in your home is not a challenging endeavor, as our SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda rapid response team is available 24/7 to mitigate loss and restore damages after water loss incidents. Give our experienced professionals a call anytime at (941) 575-5910. We"re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How a Water Loss Event Damages Your Ft. Myers Home

1/4/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How a Water Loss Event Damages Your Ft. Myers Home Water damage, left unchecked, can lead to mold growth.

Why You Should Call SERVPRO for Water Loss and Damage Problems in Fort Myers

Every once in a while, a water line breaks inside a Fort Myers home. Other accidents also happen that create messy situations involving water: a tub that ran over or a dishwasher that malfunctions can both put water all over your home's floors. Other times, a slow leak steadily drips water onto your carpet, completely unnoticed.  

Just one of these water loss situations can put your Fort Myers home at higher risk of further damage, which is why SERVPRO is here to help. Always nearby because we are locally owned and operated, we are also always Faster To Any Size Disaster, including small ones.  

We respond to each call and give it the attention needed because small amounts of damage do not stay that way. Damaged areas steadily worsen, and the damaging effects spread to other areas. When we can find leaks and resolve the problem, which means less water in the house as well as lower water bills. Should a more significant water problem occur, we could also resolve the issue. Drying out a damp area inside your home means mold has a more difficult time growing. Our work can also prevent water damage from affecting your house.

We use highly accurate equipment to find moisture in your home and also to determine how much water is present in any given area. Infrared cameras detect hidden moisture by revealing the changes in temperature that such moisture causes. Our moisture meters can detect the amount of water as a percentage, which we can then compare to industry-accepted amounts. This information lets us know how to handle the entire situation best.  

SERVPRO's specialists take the time to earn certifications from the IICRC so mitigating damaged areas of your home and preventing additional damage becomes easy. We work together as a team and include our customers in the process. We know you want the best for your family and this includes a home that your family can live comfortably. Making that happen by restoring everything “Like it never even happened,” is vital to all of us at SERVPRO.

When you have concerns about lost water from dripping pipes or a recent overflow, call us, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda, at (941) 575-5910. We can help you get things back to how you want them.

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Our Experts At SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water Damaged Fort Myers Home

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our Experts At SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water Damaged Fort Myers Home Our team at SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda can make it “Like it never even happened.”

After Flooding And Other Watery Disasters, Professional Water Cleanup Restores Your Fort Myers Home

Regardless of the source of the water that invades your home in Fort Myers, getting things back how they should be is crucial to your family's ability to move forward and get back to normal activities. In addition to extracting misplaced water, other tasks need to take place to ensure a complete mitigation and restoration job.

Leaving any aspects out of the complex work needed by your Fort Myers home after a water damage disaster, including cleanup, can leave areas of your home unprotected. SERVPRO technicians receive detailed training that explains what can happen to a home that is only partially mitigated. Water cleanup helps destroy odors, potential microbial hazards, and protects against secondary water damage. It also removes any hazards that water damage causes, such as exposed nails and other fasteners, peeling paint from now-rusted metal accents, and much more.

We spend a short time in your home when compared to how much time your family occupies the house. Day to day activities expose your children and pets to nooks and crannies that you might not pay much attention to, but our specialists notice these areas and make sure they also receive the attention required to make it all “Like it never even happened.”

At SERVPRO, we dedicate a good segment of our time to learning new techniques, earning additional IICRC certificates, and honing our skills. Some of the certificates we earn relate directly to water-based disasters, and how to mitigate their effects efficiently and thoroughly. For example, the Applied Microbial Remediation (AMRT), Applied Structural Drying (ASD), Odor Control (OCT), and Water Damage Restoration (WRT) all cover the problems intrusive water can cause inside a house.

Many disasters require water cleanup, including fire, due to the water used by the fire department. Overflowing tubs and sinks, as well as overloaded washing machines and clogged drains on dishwashers,  can cause localized flooding in your residence.

We earn our certificates because we are strongly dedicated toward helping families in our community recover as quickly and as wholly as possible after a disaster. We can only put this dedication to work for you and your family when you call us, SERVPRO of N. Ft. Myers / Punta Gorda, at (941) 575-5910.

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