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Cape Coral's Commercial Flood Damage Experts Talk About Being Prepared

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cape Coral's Commercial Flood Damage Experts Talk About Being Prepared Nobody knows exactly when a violent storm will hit, but there are still steps you can take as a business owner to help your company with preparedness.

Commercial Flood Damage

Anyone who owns a business in Cape Coral this summer should remember the infamous boy scout motto, "Be prepared!" During the summer time the chances of thunderstorms hitting the area and causing commercial flood damage increases. Many conditions created during storms can cause problems with your building. For example, high-speed winds can blow objects like rocks and branches into your bakery's display window causing excessive moisture to enter. Following the old boy scout motto and being prepared can help the commercial flood damage situation go much more smoothly.

Nobody knows exactly when a violent storm will hit, but there are still steps you can take as a business owner to help your company with preparedness. When our SERVPRO technicians show up after an emergency commercial flood damage call in Cape Coral, it is sometimes difficult to get work authorization and other information. In some cases, the water or electricity in the building needs to be shut off. Some businesses keep some doors locked, and only certain people have keys to them. These are all reasons why it is good to come up with a plan in case a disaster takes place.

September is nominated national preparedness month, and it reminds us that we all must prepare for possible disasters now and throughout the year. Government agencies use the entire month of September to help people prepare for all types of disasters. Every week during the month there is content available including step by step guides to help you, your company and your family be prepared for a potential disaster put out on Ready.gov.

Our SERVPRO team can help you with creating a preparedness plan. We can come out to your bakery before a disaster strikes and get all of the info we will need when and if something happens. We will figure out where any water and electricity shutoffs are located before we need to find them in an emergency situation. We can also form an agreement with your business making us your official restoration contractor when something goes wrong.

Help your business be prepared for disasters today by calling SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 any day of the week.

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Eliminating Fire Damage Odors in North Fort Myers

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Eliminating Fire Damage Odors in North Fort Myers Smoke residues can cause foul odors even after the fire is put out and the area cleaned up. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage which lingers.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Offer Many Cleaning and Odor Removal Solutions After a Fire

In dealing with the after-effects of a fire, many North Fort Myers homeowners find that smoke odors are the hardest problem to remove. The difficulty is that odors generate from multiple sources like material burned, level of heat, amount of oxygen present, and more. After extinguishing the fire, determining the exact type of odor residue is often not possible.
 
SERVPRO restoration teams combine multiple cleaning techniques and use multi-phase odor control procedures to deodorize a home and eliminate this last effect of North Fort Myers fire damage. With them, technicians can block or destroy odor-causing, smoke residues regardless of the source or intensity.
 
The combination takes odor removal and control procedures to eliminate residues as quickly as possible. Technicians first remove all property physically damaged by the fire. Burned structural and personal property exudes an incredible amount of odors, and removing them clears out what are often the strongest odors.
 
Next, they remove any visible residues. If the fire burned quickly, it leaves dry, powdery residues that SERVPRO technicians remove using cleaning sponges. If the residue is very thick, team members may use a spray bottle with water or a mild cleaning agent to make wiping down surfaces easier. A slow-burning fire usually leaves stickier residues which require stronger cleaners and perhaps even a scrub brush or other agitation device to break up them up for removal.
 
If odors remain after property removal and cleaning, then additional techniques such as vaporization are needed to deodorize the home. Multi-phase cleaning starts with chemical containment. The goal is to prevent the release of further odor-causing molecules with a chemical spray that stops it or slows down enough to move to the next phase.
 
With vapor odor control, the goal for technicians is to block odor-causing particles already airborne. They use a counteracting granular agent that releases a more pleasing odor which overwhelms the malodor. If there are still odors after that, then technicians begin phase three.
 
The final step to eliminate odors is thermal fogging. Technicians disperse a solvent-based deodorant using a commercial fogger. The heating element breaks down the deodorant to the same size particles as the odor so they can penetrate walls and furniture just as deeply. The deodorant is designed to bond with the malodor, chemically changing and neutralizing it.
 
Treating homes and personal property for odors can be an extensive process. If you are dealing with the effects of fire damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 to schedule an inspection and begin restoration.

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Broken Supply Lines and Tropical Storms Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Fort Myers Home

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Broken Supply Lines and Tropical Storms Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Fort Myers Home Fort Myers Homeowners, Unlike Gators, Do Not Like Flooding--So They Call SERVPRO for Water Removal

SERVPRO Has the Solutions for a Water Loss After a Flood

Indoor bathrooms have improved the quality of life for Fort Myers homes without question over the past century. While there are many positives to having these fixtures like toilets and sinks inside your house, there are also added risks with having them installed as well. While there is less likely a chance of these pipes freezing, like what might happen in northern homes, highly pressurized air in the service line bringing water into your home attacks the weakest connection it can find, which is often the self-installed implements like toilets and sink fixtures. Tropical storms are not the only reason a residence may take on flooding.

More to the point of what might happen should a supply line rupture at a connection, high volumes of water could spew out onto the floors, inside bathroom vanities, or back into the walls causing widespread flood damage throughout your Fort Myers residence. Ideally, you can shut off this supply of water to the break via a valve where your primary water line comes into your house. The trouble is, many homeowners do not precisely know where this is, and in some cases, it has been covered over with drywall during remodeling efforts. Flooding from rushing water from the exterior is not so readily stopped.

Our SERVPRO professionals know what to look for to shut the supply of water down so that the damage does not perpetually get worse. Part of the flood damage restoration process is working to lessen the impact of the disaster and mitigate the total water loss that your home experiences. With the source of the flooding being the bathroom in this scenario, our technicians begin our assessment here to determine how far reaching the damage is and what must occur to restore it. Water intrusion from the outside often is considered Black Water since it contains contaminants like pesticides, chemicals, mud, and other debris. Thermal imagery gets used to determine the presence of moisture behind materials like drywall to help isolate areas that need focused drying efforts later on.

Additionally, our focus is the extraction and the preservation of the materials that have gotten affected. It does not take long for materials like wood flooring to begin to warp and distort from oversaturation, so carefully drying out this material along with the subflooring after extraction is critical. We work to preserve all that we can in these situations, minimizing the overall tear out and replacement of materials where possible. Floodwaters that soak into carpets and soft materials are generally discarded to ensure that no health hazards can develop from microorganisms.

Flooding in your home can happen from some different sources, but the immediate response you need remains a constant. You can count on our SERVPRO of Cape Coral dedicated rapid response team to show up quickly and get to work on mitigating the damage. Give us a call anytime at (239) 573-5911.

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Water Cleanup in Pine Island

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Cleanup in Pine Island Hey Folks, for Water Removal and Cleaning in Pine Island, Leave It to SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Properties in Pine Island "Like it never even happened."

The initial removal and treatment of excess water can have the most impact, but once your house is in order, the real work begins. Exposure to water can leave unpleasant smells as well as stains on your furniture and walls. Those stains can quickly become a hotbed for mold or bacteria growth. You need professional cleaning and sanitization services to get your home good as new.
 
Water cleanup in Pine Island should be tackled by local experts who have the right chemical products to remove bacteria for good. After moisture dries through evaporation and dehumidification efforts, it can leave behind micro-bacteria and other micro-organisms. Left unchecked they can spread, developing into a hazardous issue. SERVPRO is ready to send trained technicians to help clean the obvious issues as well as less visible problems you might have missed.
 
It begins with a simple phone call. From there, we can send a SERVPRO technician to assess your furniture, upholstery, and paintwork. Our primary goal is to dry the affected area to the same level as other rooms in your house.
 
To do it, we first measure an unaffected area using a percentage measurement for wood and a points system for non-wood materials which becomes our 'dry goal'. As the baseline is being established, we bring in air movers and dehumidifiers to the affected area. Air movers rapidly evaporate moisture. Dehumidifiers then remove the evaporated moisture in the air, and this water is channeled away from the structure in drains or with holding tanks and containers.
 
Once we have reached our 'dry goal,' we begin the restoration process. SERVPRO adopts a "restore over replace" method.
The services we offer include wet cleaning for furniture, walls, and floors as well as upholstery cleaning using foam sanitizer to get beneath the surface. Once your home is dry, and your possessions cleaned, we can bring in air deodorizers to remove unpleasant smells that might be left behind.
 
Our water damage removal and cleanup services are available to all residents. For a thorough examination and professional deep clean, SERVPRO of Cape Coral is available. Call us now at (239) 573-5911 to get the help you need.

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Commercial Water Cleanup on Pine Island

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Cleanup on Pine Island If your food service business or cafe has sustained water damage, contact SERVPRO for a fast response that can help keep your doors open.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Use of Effective Tools During the Water Damage Remediation Process

After a disaster, Pine Island business owners need to reopen as quickly as possible. It is especially vital for food service establishments. No customers mean no way to pay employees and keep the lights on. For employees, it means no paycheck and no tips from happy, or at least tipsy customers.
 
Commercial water cleanup on Pine Island means taking on various tasks to protect and dry both the facility and property of a dockside bar and restaurant. SERVPRO restoration teams train and prepare to handle every situation.
 
Every business requires some level of water extraction, but with so much of the establishment open to the outside, our technicians can go directly to using extraction wands to remove water not already drained back in the Gulf. The wands are excellent for drawing water off concrete floors, out of carpeted areas, and from between floorboards.
 
Although water drains through a deck, the boards still collect a large amount of moisture as it falls through to the ground. The wands SERVPRO uses also contain a heating element. With proper use, one of our specialists can start to dry the outdoor deck area. To remove standing water on individual boards, team members use push brooms before bringing in the wands.
 
Most furniture in this type of eatery is designed to resist water damage, so drying and cleaning it is a lower priority compared to restoring the kitchen to a usable condition. Since this is an enclosed area, specialists set up fans and air movers to draw out the damp air inside and replace it with warmer, dry air as others use the extraction wands to remove water from the floor.
 
The fans and air movers also serve to dry out the underside of the kitchen equipment and behind it. The drying action not only prepares the grills, stoves, and more for use, it also reduces the risk of mold expanding and growing into a threat that requires additional, intensive cleaning.
 
Regardless if your flooding source is a hurricane or a failed water heater, contact us here at SERVPRO of Cape Coral to begin restoring your business. To schedule an inspection and receive a free estimate, call today at (239) 573-5911. We are here for you.

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Encountering Biohazards During Hoarding Cleanup In Cape Coral

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Biohazard Encountering Biohazards During Hoarding Cleanup In Cape Coral Hoarding and Clutter Can Cause Biohazardous Conditions in a Cape Coral Condo

Difficult Situations Are Handled Delicately By SERVPRO During Biohazardous Cleanups

Sometimes a visit to relatives living what you hoped is a carefree life in Cape Coral reveals a troubling housekeeping state of affairs requiring intervention. A broad range of reasons can underlie what is often termed a hoarding situation, with the added risk of biohazard contamination. You and your family endured a roller coaster of emotions when a loved one struggles. Let us help with the cleanup.

Loss of control over the hygiene and order in a Cape Coral house can lead to the need for biohazard cleanup. You begin to comprehend that what you remember as cozy clutter transformed into an overwhelming mass of possessions and trash since your last trip, the scenario is dispiriting. Pushing up the shirtsleeves and getting out the elbow grease is not enough when odors and insects signal filth and decomposition under the disorder. Our technicians train for these daunting projects, and we invest in the equipment and products to help.
 
SERVPRO biohazard abatement technicians train to international industry standards through courses approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We also follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and local and state regulations as we clean and remove biohazardous substances. On a hoarding project our employees are never quite sure what harmful materials are in the mix, so the strategies mastered during IICRC training offer both specifics and a methodology to employ when the unexpected happens.
 
Our crew wears personal protective gear and use EPA registered antimicrobial agents during the cleanup. Removal of the garbage goes a long way toward returning the property to a pre-hoarding condition. The reality is, however, that after all items exit the premises smells and infectious substances can remain. SERVPRO takes the cleanup to another level, using cutting-edge deodorization equipment and EPA, OSHA, and health organization-approved sanitization products and techniques to eliminate lingering biohazards.
 
Decontamination of a home is tough under any circumstances, but when the dangerous materials built up because of neglect, mental illness, or inability to manage, the homeowner and family can feel shame and embarrassment. When readying for hoarding cleanups, SERVPRO stresses that our employees integrate information from sensitivity training into the mechanics of hoarding restoration. Inspecting, identifying, locating, and removing the molds, pathogens, human and animal waste, decayed foods, insects, and even profoundly disturbing finds such as deceased pets is hard for both the customers and our crew. Our approach respects all the individuals involved in resolving the problem.
 
SERVPRO of Cape Coral is a full-spectrum restoration company, licensed and certified in biohazard cleanup and restoration as well as storm, water, and fire remediation. Let us offer a compassionate solution to a challenging problem. Call us day or night at (239) 573-5911 to schedule a hoarding remediation evaluation.

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Only Professionals Know How to Tackle Smoke Residue Left By a Fire in Your Cape Coral Home

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Only Professionals Know How to Tackle Smoke Residue Left By a Fire in Your Cape Coral Home High flame or grease cooking should always be monitored to prevent a fire. Should your dinner turn into a fire situation, contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO Understands Different Types of Residues and How Best to Clean Them After a Fire

Leaving your stove unattended while something is cooking can lead directly to fire damage. It is essential never to try and do other tasks that take you away from your kitchen while cooking. Cooking something like bacon produces a lot of grease, and it is very flammable. In just a few seconds, your pan of bacon can be on fire, and that blaze can spread. It is comforting to know that when accidents do occur, qualified help is never far away from your home.
 
Even a small blaze can be destructive and leave fire damage behind in your Cape Coral kitchen. Smoke residue adheres itself to whatever surface it can reach, and it can leave your kitchen behind very dirty. However, cleaning smoke residues is not as simple as wetting a cloth and using some dish soap. Depending on the state of the residue and what cleaning method is needed, a specific method can be selected to remove the stain.
 
It takes training to understand what kind of soot you are dealing with and what product should be used to remove it. It is essential to hire a professional restoration technician to help ensure the recovery of your kitchen. At SERVPRO, we understand that fire damage is time sensitive; the quicker we arrive at your home, the higher the chance of a successful restoration is.
 
When we get to your home, SERVPRO techs can carefully inspect the damages left behind by the fire. Understanding the source of the fire can significantly help us choose a cleaning method, as we pick products depending on what chemical reaction we desire. If we desire oxidation, SERVPRO can pick a specific chemical cleaning product to support that reaction. In order to clean the residue left behind by a fire, it is essential for you to hire professionals who understand just what your home needs.
 
If a fire breaks out in your home, it is best to call for a restoration service as soon as possible. Reach out to SERVPRO of Cape Coral by dialing (239) 573-5911. We are always open to take your call.

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Removing Flood Damage From Your Pine Island Home

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Removing Flood Damage From Your Pine Island Home Pine Island Homes and Condos Count on SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal after a Storm Hits

SERVPRO Extracts the Groundwater and then Dries Storm Damaged Properties to Reduce Losses

Residents of Pine Island are all too familiar with how rapidly things can change to disastrous conditions. With a single severe storm, water levels throughout the area can rise significantly over several hours of hard rains to pose a substantial threat of flooding to the homes here. In the worst of these conditions, the best a homeowner can hope for is to reduce the effects that this rising water has on their house, as preventing any damage entirely can be impossible.

Flood damages can present a host of problems for your Pine Island residence. While the average homeowner might consider this disaster to be something that you can bail out and dry up on your own, failure to fully restore your home following a flood can lead to worsening damages and instances like mold/microbial growth.

Our SERVPRO team knows that the clock is ticking from the moment that you make the call to when the restoration needs to complete to preserve as much of your home's structural integrity as possible. This process begins with a thorough inspection of the damage to your home while our professionals ready extraction equipment to begin removing the pooled water. It does not have to be a hurricane to cause a homeowner to move quickly to seek help with water extraction.

Removing the water is a critical part of our restoration process in these instances, and this typically gets achieved with portable sump pumps or larger vacuum systems. This can take several days. Drying the area is another step to follow the extraction, which helps to ensure continued damage to structural elements does not persist and that compounding conditions like mold growth do not occur as well.

Flood cuts often need to get made, which remove the bottom portion of drywall or paneling throughout an affected area. Not only is this material too damaged to continue using, but it helps our SERVPRO technicians to better access complicated and confined spaces for thorough drying.

This description is just a small piece of the entire restoration process but goes to show the kind of dedication that our SERVPRO of Cape Coral water damage technicians provide. We are available anytime that you need us by calling (239) 573-5911.

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How We Keep Commercial Fire Damage from Closing Your Office Space in Cape Coral

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How We Keep Commercial Fire Damage from Closing Your Office Space in Cape Coral If your office space suffers from fire damage after an electrical fire, contact SERVPRO for a quick response and effective remediation.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Remediate Fire Damage in Your Business Facility

Electrical cords can overheat when caught in drawers or pinched behind office equipment, much like they can in your home. Offices in Cape Coral are not immune from this or any other disaster.
 
If your office space catches fire after cords or electrical outlets spark and leave you with commercial fire damage in Cape Coral, call us. SERVPRO's technicians are always on call, no matter when you need us and our services. We arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster and start as soon as our initial assessment finishes. We know keeping your business going strong relies on a fast response.
 
For businesses who already have a READY Plan in place with us, our response is even faster. If your company does not have one yet, call us about this free service that can help save your business like it has many other companies.
 
Mitigation of fire damage involves more than pulling out scorched and burned materials and possessions that no longer have any value. We also clean areas that contain no fire damage but instead remain unusable because of the amount of smoke and soot covering their surfaces. These often receive priority treatment so that the business can operate in these otherwise unharmed areas, but safely.
 
Soot contains many carcinogens and other substances that can make its presence unhealthy and uncomfortable. Everyone needs to breathe and inhaling smoke particles can make doing so extremely unpleasant. We clean these areas so we can take the time required to perform our work in other regions hit worse by the fire while you and your employees can more easily continue operating your business in less-damaged locations.
 
Correctly restoring your business involves removing the water from firefighting endeavors, removing damaged materials, including carpeting and other furnishings, odor control, reinstallation of materials, and much more. While we do these tasks, we keep you apprised of any new developments and the progress that we make. Communication is an essential aspect throughout the work we do.
 
SERVPRO of Cape Coral wants to help the businesses in Pine Island, Flamingo Bay, and everywhere nearby keep their normal operations going after a disaster involving fire damage or other problems that might force them to close otherwise. Call us at (239) 573-5911 to talk to us about how we can help you.

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A Severe Storm can Cause Mold to Grow in Your Personal Workshop

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Severe Storm can Cause Mold to Grow in Your Personal Workshop When mold damage affects your home workshop, it is time to contact SERVPRO for mitigation and remediation services. Call right away.

SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Tackle a Mold Infestation in Any Affected Home Space

When people think of mold damage occurring to their property, they think of their home. Sometimes, the other smaller buildings around your home, such as your garage, shed, or workshop, can be forgotten about when it comes to making preparations for storms. If a storm has crept up, it is entirely possible that you did not have the time to try and fortify these extra spaces. However, when you have a personal Workshop at home, any damage found inside needs to be taken care of, just like it would for the interior of the space that you live in. In these situations, it is fortunate that professional and reputable help is close to your home.
 
You may consider waiting to deal with the mold damage on your North Fort Myers property until it is a better time financially for you to deal with it. Your workshop is not your home and, because you're not living inside of it, waiting can be tempting. However, waiting to deal with mold damage can be dangerous for multiple reasons. Mold causes health effects and, if you are working in a space riddled with mold damage, you could endanger your health. Secondly, mold causes the decomposition of organic materials. In a workshop, you are liable to have wooden building supplies, such as 2x4s. Additionally, the frame of your space is more than likely made out of wood. By waiting, you could potentially cause harm to your workspace.
 
When you call SERVPRO, we make it our priority to get to your home fast and work fast. Our team of technicians can start by sectioning off any contaminated areas with polyethylene plastic sheets, to ensure that the mold does not spread to other surfaces while we work. To handle the smell that mold causes, SERVPRO techs can use an air scrubber in conjunction with HEPA filters to pull mold spores out of the air and neutralize the foul odor. We can use disinfectant to clean the mold from any non-porous surfaces and then dry out any excessively moist areas of your workshop to help prevent further damage.
 
If you find mold damage after a heavy storm on your property, do not delay. Dial (239) 573-5911 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Cape Coral. Day or night, we can take your call and get our techs to you swiftly.

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