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Ceramic Tiles Floors Are At Risk From Flood Damage When A Washer Leaks In North Fort Myers

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ceramic Tiles Floors Are At Risk From Flood Damage When A Washer Leaks In North Fort Myers SERVPRO Cleansup After Washer Mishaps in North Fort Myers

Water Damage from Leaks Can Affect Tile Flooring

Ceramic tile floors look very attractive in a kitchen or laundry room. Ceramic tile gives a beautiful finish that looks traditional or modern depending on your preferences. Unfortunately, ceramic tile floors are at risk of harm when a washer leaks on them.

Flood damage from a washer in your North Fort Myers kitchen or laundry room is a real headache when you have ceramic tiles on your floor. The problem is not with the actual tiles, as they are waterproof. The problem lies with the grout between the tiles. If the grout has any leaks or has worn away a bit, water can seep through the grout and into the cracks between the tiles. Slippage is also a dangerous potential when walking on wet tiles.
 
Water that penetrates through gaps in grouting reaches the subfloor. In cases where the subfloor is wooden, there is a real risk of water damage causing the floor to warp or swell. A warped subfloor often causes tiles to break or come loose. Water seepage into the sub floor also heightens the risk of mold growth underneath the tiled flooring.
 
We recommend putting in a call to SERPVRO after a washer leak. Professional experience is necessary to handle wet sub floor and ensure the integrity of the tiled covering above it. All our technicians are IICRC-certified and know how to dry out your floor with minimum damage or disruption.
 
In some cases, it is more efficient to dry the floor from the bottom. Drying from underneath requires the correct training and equipment. Our technicians tackle the drying job from below with the utmost care and attention. Approaching the drying situation from underneath the floor is preferable because it means there is no need to pull up your tiled floor.
 
SERVPRO technicians understand the importance of never making assumptions when it comes to wet ceramic tile. That is why we examine both the ceramic floor and the wooden subfloor to ascertain where the water has reached. We never rely on guesswork – we use penetrating moisture meters to get under the tiles and get an accurate reading on the moisture level of the subfloor.
 
We use a combination of carefully positioned fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry your floor and the surrounding area. Every job is completed to a pre-agreed drying standard so you can rest assured that your floor is dry and safe.

If you are concerned about water damaging your ceramic floor, call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 today.

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Why Monitoring is Important When Dealing With Mold Damage in North Fort Myers

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Monitoring is Important When Dealing With Mold Damage in North Fort Myers Professional equipment can help to find mold hiding in your home and create an environment where it does not spread. Call SERVPRO today to discuss.

Mold Damage Remediation Involves Many Components and Preventative Actions in Order to Maintain

Mold has the potential to grow in any home, and it is important to remedy the problem as soon as you can because mold looks and smells bad and can damage your home or even cause health effects. It is easy to assume that the secret to dealing with mold is simply to clean it away. However, cleaning up a fungus problem takes much more than just a “by sight” check to see if cleaning is complete.
 
True mold damage remediation in your North Fort Myers home includes thoroughly assessing the affected area to check moisture levels and reduce the chances of a recurrence of the fungal problem. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO: Our technicians are fully trained by the IICRC and have the equipment necessary to monitor the situation properly.
 
For mold to exist, there must be damp, and if there is damp, the fungus could reappear. There is also the risk that there is more mold present than is visible with the naked eye, such as under carpets, inside walls, or behind furniture. That is why our technicians do not only look for visible mold; we use a range of equipment to carry out accurate scientific tests to establish moisture levels in the affected area.
 
Thermo-hygrometers show us how much moisture is present in the air. This humidity measurement lets us know how much we need to bring the humidity down before it reaches acceptable levels. Every team is equipped with a range of dehumidifiers to get moisture in the air under control.
 
Moisture sensors are designed to penetrate soft material such as carpets and show how much moisture is present. This is important because the soft material is a breeding ground for mold and carpet in affected areas and needs to be thoroughly dry. SERVPRO technicians have air movers on hand to dry under and over the damp carpet and reduce the risk of mold growth.
 
Moisture meters measure the dampness level in materials and penetrating meters are capable of testing for moisture inside wall cavities and underneath the wood flooring, where fungus can grow unnoticed.
 
Proper scientific measurement, assessment, and continued monitoring is the only way to ensure mold damaged areas are adequately dry and reduce the risk of new growth.
 
You can rely on us for accurate monitoring throughout the remediation process. Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 for advice.

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Understanding Children's Fascination with Fire in Cape Coral

6/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding Children's Fascination with Fire in Cape Coral Fires in Cape Coral and Kids's Toasting Marshmellows

Fire Damage in Cape Coral Gets Help from SERVPRO

Fires are perfect for roasting your marshmallows this summer or lighting your birthday candles. Fire is a fascinating tool and is a chemical reaction that happens right before your eyes. A blaze needs oxygen and fuel to burn, and once it begins flaming, does not stop until it runs out of either one or both. However, even a small fire can get out of control quickly and can burn down an entire home. Many fires are started by children, so it is important to teach your kids about the dangers of fire.
 
Fires move fast to create plenty of damage. A fire can burn your Cape Coral home down in just minutes. They are not only a danger inside, but outdoors, burning piles of grass or leaves can also get out of control. Campfires can also lead to wildfires if they are not extinguished properly.
 
When a fire of any size has damaged your home, you need professionals to help you repair and restore it, such as SERVPRO, who are trained and experienced fire and smoke restoration specialists. We repair the damage from fire, plus from water and smoke and soot. Not handling any of these conditions promptly can result in additional damage and expenses.
 
Small children are often curious, which is the main reason they play with fire. They do not understand how much damage can occur. If you see any children playing with candles, matches, or any fire, ensure to stop them right away and find their parents.
 
Older children may be tempted to touch a candle which is lit, or light something on fire just to see what happens. Stress to your kids not to do this, as they can easily burn themselves, destroy homes and woods, and injury other people.
 
Sometimes even with proper teaching, accidents still happen when children play with fire. At SERVPRO, we completely understand how scary and stressful a situation like this can be for your whole family. We do not waste time getting to your home after you contact us so we can assess the damages and talk to you about a remediation plan. We help restore your home to its condition before the fire, so it is "Like it never even happened."  We also talk to your insurance company for you so you have less stress and can attend to your family’s needs.
 
SERVPRO of Cape Coral is ready to help you. Just give us a call at (239) 573-5911 as soon as the fire is out.
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Avoiding Water Damage In Your Pine Island Home

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Avoiding Water Damage In Your Pine Island Home Many common appliances can be the source of plumbing leaks which lead to water damage in your home.

Avoiding Water Damage

Consider how much you are away from your home. Whether it is for work each day, a getaway on the weekend, or a vacation for the whole family, a lot of us are gone for extended periods of time. How would you feel if you came home from a great vacation to find water running down your stairs, in your finished basement, or that your ceiling in the living room collapsed?

Many common appliances can be the source of plumbing leaks which lead to water damage in your Pine Island home. These include washing machines, ice makers, dishwashers, sinks, tubs and showers, toilets, and water heaters. If any of these appliances have failed in your home, SERVPRO is the right company to call for assistance in cleaning up the mess. We are trained and experienced water damage remediation specialists who work efficiently and quickly to restore your home.

Whether you experience a small leak that goes unnoticed or a catastrophic water leak, the damage can be devastating. Knowing a list of things to protect your home from water damage is essential in keeping your family safe.

    •    Checking your faucets and hoses on a regular basis is highly recommended. Look for water leaks or cracks in the hoses on your dishwasher, washing machine, and refrigerator annually. Replace hoses every five to seven years.
 
    •    Check the caulking around your tubs and showers, ensuring it is watertight. If there are any cracks, replace the caulk. It is very inexpensive and an easy way to prevent water from seeping into your floor.
 
    •    You also need to know where your water main is and how to shut off the water in case of an emergency. In most cases, shutting the water main off stops the water flow. Also, install floor pans under your appliances. They do not protect you from a leak which is catastrophic, but they can stop water damage from slow, small undetected leaks. If you do experience a water leak of any kind, SERVPRO’s technicians can help you fix the problem that caused it in the first place, dry up your home, and repair any damages.
 
    •    You should also think about purchasing water alarms. When a leak is detected in a particular area, the alarm is set off, making you aware of a water problem. The sensors can be placed in laundry rooms, basements, kitchens, bathrooms, or next to your sump pump.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral is always ready to help you, seeing as water emergencies do not happen at a convenient time. Just give us a call at (239) 573-5911, and we come out to your home in a timely fashion to get your home back to its previous condition.

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How SERVPRO Assesses Fire Damage In Your Cape Coral Home

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Assesses Fire Damage In Your Cape Coral Home Smoke Remediation in Cape Coral Can Be Complicated--Call SERVPRO

Cape Coral Condos and Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Restoration

Dealing with the aftermath of a blaze is very stressful for any householder. There might be extensive damage to both your home and to your belongings. It is natural to want to get your house and contents restored as quickly as you can so life can go on as normal.
 
We recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO as soon as possible after fire damage to your Cape Coral home. A thorough assessment is necessary to determine the best way to clean your home and belongings. Our IICRC-certified technicians are fully trained to assess fire damages. We carry out a careful inspection of your house, furniture, and other contents to determine the extent of the harm done and the possibilities for restoration.
 
The extent of fire damage is categorized as minor, medium, or major.
 
Minor damage means only certain areas are affected, and the amount of soot damage is light to medium. SERVPRO technicians use brushes, cloths, and vacuums to scrub and rub soot residue from surfaces. We also apply cleaning products to remove soot.
 
Medium damage means moderate smoke residue and more heat damage to walls, furniture, and contents. Our technicians may need to saturate items with a solution of water and cleaning products to remove soot. We also have cleaning foam which is useful for cleaning soot damaged soft furnishings without soaking them.
 
Major damage means severe damage near the source of the fire. Items are frequently charred, and areas of your home might need to be boarded up and secured. Extensive wet and dry cleaning are necessary to save items. In cases of major damage, we can 'pack out' your belongings for off-site cleaning and storage during the restoration and repair phases of our services.
 
In cases of medium and major damage, smoke odors are a cause for concern. After our team finishes cleaning, they tackle lingering smoke smells. We have many methods of deodorization available to tackle even stubborn smoke smells.
 
Air scrubbers use powerful HEPA filtration to remove tiny particles, including odors. Thermal fogging is a powerful technique that uses heat and pressure to push deodorant particles into damaged surfaces. Fogging recreates a little of the heat and pressure of the fire itself and makes the process particularly effective. We also use ozone machines, which release ozone into the air where it interacts with odors and neutralizes them. This is a strong technique which we only use when there are no people, pets or plants in the building.
 
We are waiting to help you with fire damage cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 today for assistance.

Call SERVPRO First And Avoid These Mold Disasters In Pine Island

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Call SERVPRO First And Avoid These Mold Disasters In Pine Island If mold takes root in a home, it can quickly grow to be one of the worst disasters the building has ever seen.

Avoid These Mold Disasters

If mold takes root in a home, it can quickly grow to be one of the worst disasters the building has ever seen. Mold is, in addition to its highly damaging nature, tough to remove, requiring the careful and professional touch of a company like SERVPRO to remove it safely and permanently. Many homeowners, however, first opt to take matters into their hands, usually to disastrous effect. We strongly recommend never touching, cleaning, or interacting with mold without one of our representatives' express approval. Otherwise, you may hurt yourself or your home. Here are some common ways homeowners have tried to remove mold without our help in the past.

Burning
While burning off mold damage in Pine Island may seem a little extreme, at least one homeowner has tried it in recent years. While burning certainly can and should kill off most types of mold, it also has the major side effect of creating an even worse fire damage problem for the home. In the single case we have seen, the homeowner did not even reach the mold's full extent with his torch, meaning we had to help restore the effects of both mold and fire in the job.

Bleach And Chemicals
Far more commonly, residents may attempt to use bleach or other household chemicals to kill the mold. Unfortunately, this does little to stop most types of mold, whose spores are designed to withstand and ignore many of nature's most otherwise effective chemical killers. Cleaning mold with chemicals is also dangerous, as the mold may be toxic to touch and the chemicals may cause additional damage to the surface underneath.

Simple Scraping
Perhaps the single least effective way to remove mold we at SERVPRO have seen involved a homeowner trying to scrape away the mold from his walls physically. In addition to creating large gashes and marks across the surface, he was entirely ineffective at removing the mold, even spreading it to another part of the room. We helped to remediate the mold properly and get the room back in order, but it was no small headache to him.

Leave mold remediation to the professionals, SERVPRO of Cape Coral. We have the tools, technology, and training to handle it like professionals. Call us anytime at (239) 573-5911.

Pine Island Flood Damage Needs Professional Help

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Pine Island Flood Damage Needs Professional Help Pine Island Flooding Fears SERVPRO Service

Trust the SERVPRO Method for Restoration of Post Storm Damage

Flooding is almost as common as the sunshine here in Florida. Storm season drops water quickly and overwhelms drainage systems on a regular basis.

Cleaning up flood damage in Pine Island can be an extensive process, but certain tasks need accomplishing immediately. SERVPRO has developed these emergency tasks to deal with uncontaminated water flooding, and our 24-hour response team has years of experience in restoring your home after a disaster.

Once we have determined your home is safe to work in, we move all furniture, appliances and other property that might be in the way of the restoration process or could suffer secondary damage from our actions. Team members also remove all materials that might transfer stains, such as area rugs, curtains, books and other paper items.

Now, we remove the water. Our franchise has an extensive inventory of portable and truck mounted pumps that remove standing water from even the largest home typically in less than a day but are safe to use with any carpet. For tile, wood floors and other hard surfaces, technicians use a squeegee attachment to help draw out the water. We also can place large mats connected to the suctioning device to add surface area and draw moisture from between the seams of hardwood planks.

Next, we remove furniture stains. It is easier to draw out veneer, rust, and other stains while the carpet is still wet. It is possible to remove them without a cleaning agent if we begin quickly enough. If the carpet pad has been underwater for too long, it is necessary to discard it. The response team rolls back the carpet, being very careful not to fold it or step on it. A water extractor is used on the pad to make it easier to cut up and remove. Team members place it into plastic bags to avoid dripping throughout the house and then dispose of it in the dumpster we have brought on-site for damaged building material and other property. If, the water is deemed uncontaminated, we can then attempt to salvage the carpet.

The next task is to extract water from the subfloor. Technicians use the same squeegee attachment they do on tile and linoleum. At the same time, we carefully check every surface for pre-existing damage such as mold growth. If there is mold on the carpet, depending on what you and your insurance agent decide, we remove it immediately.

These steps are only a few of the emergency procedures we have developed to stop water damage and prevent further loss of property. SERVPRO of Cape Coral is here to get you through the process and back into your home. Call us today at (239) 573-5911 to begin.

Getting The Help You Need After Discovering Mold Damage In Your Cape Coral Home

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Getting The Help You Need After Discovering Mold Damage In Your Cape Coral Home HAZMAT Gear Protects Against Mold and Mycotoxins in a Cape Coral Remediation Service

Mold Remediation Done Right Requires Expertise and Equipment--Call SERVPRO

Found mold in your home? Avoid making the mistake of attempting to clean things up or making repairs yourself. Molds can cause negative health effects, so, take the proper steps to protect yourselves.
 
Many old, young, or people with immune deficiency orders experience health issues due to exposure to mold damage in their Cape Coral home. However, with the right insurance coverage and by contacting a quality mold remediation company, you can avoid this problem altogether. Even without insurance coverage, remediation is a necessary service.
 
A quality company, like SERVPRO, follows specific safety guidelines for each job they perform. For workers and residents entering and exiting the job site, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as boots, gloves, masks, and even full-body suits becomes necessary. It is far from a choice if you want to stay healthy and limit the spread of mold throughout your home.
 
An N95 or greater filter type respirator should be perfect for small contamination areas, where a half-mask respirator with an appropriate breathing cartridge helps protect you from common mold infestation in a larger area. Full-face respirators, using a powered air purifying respirator and proper cartridges become necessary when extensive contaminants exist.
 
SERVPRO technicians also use full-body suits when dealing with saturated materials, always wearing chemical resistant gloves, and eye protection while on the job. PPE gives you an opportunity to avoid exposing yourself to harmful contaminants and helps avoid spreading the problem to other clean areas of your home.
 
By the time you visibly see mold growth on your walls, smell a strong musty odor in poorly ventilated areas, or had previous water damage that you simply did not do much about, it is likely that the problem has spread farther than you can imagine. When a professional remediation technician says that mold exists in your home, let them do their job.
 
It is amazing to watch a qualified professional perform remediation services. An expertly trained mold damage mitigation specialist performs their functions well. They often cordon off the affected area and set up clean rooms for donning PPE and stationing of tools and placing cleaning equipment for use in your home. Places like SERVPRO have years of experience performing these services, treat you with respect and get things back to normal quickly. "Like it never even happened."
 
They have access to technologically advance equipment such as Negative-airflow Machines, Air Movers, Water Extractors of all shapes and sizes, along with Moisture Detectors and procedures designed to get the job done right.
 
Take an opportunity to contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral today for access to expertly trained mold remediation services you can count on 24-7. (239) 573-5911

Saving Your Home from Flood Damage on Pine Island

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Saving Your Home from Flood Damage on Pine Island Flooding from a bubble bath can lead to water damage. Contact SERVPRO quickly after an incident to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Survey the Entire Area When Handling a Flooding Event

Flooding can happen anytime when you live on an island. Often, there is some warning, but this is not always true. Flooding can occur from sources in your home, also, independent of outside influences.
 
Pine Island has many homes that are built at increased heights, complete with elevators, but not everyone is lucky enough to escape flood damage. Having an elevated home will not help if the flooding comes from a busted water line or a forgotten tub overflowing with a much-needed bubble bath.
 
SERVPRO restores flooded homes through replacement of damaged and unsalvageable materials with the same or similar materials, and by also repairing and cleaning areas that are only damaged by dirt, grime, and other types of contamination.
 
Everything in your home must be cleaned, dried, and decontaminated after a flood. Completing all of this takes time and teamwork. We have the experience and training needed to thoroughly restore your home back to its previous condition, so it is “Like it never even happened.”
 
Carpeting, simply because of its location in your home, is not only one of the least recoverable items, but it is also the most common cause of clean water becoming contaminated. Even the cleanest-looking carpets, pre-flood, are often harboring dirt, chemicals from the outdoors, and sometimes even parasites, which is particularly the case if there are household pets.
 
Furniture that is upholstered must be aired out until dry and then cleaned. Deodorization is also often required when restoring certain items. Wooden furniture needs to be completely dry again before being put back to use, and this needs to happen as quickly as possible.
 
Air movers are used to dry out not only furniture but also walls, floors, and moisture-laden ceilings. Even untouched by floodwater, the uppermost areas of your home will absorb a significant amount of water. Moisture travels because it is easier to maintain an equilibrium than it is for a zone to remain dry and another to stay saturated. Dehumidifiers combat this problem. They remove moisture that has been lifted from materials in your home into the air before it can settle on something else again.
 
When humidity levels are restored to normal again, we can then replace materials that have been removed, rebuilding areas of your home so you and your family can return home. Even in the case of small areas of flooding, substantial damage can take place.
 
SERVPRO of Cape Coral is here for you, no matter how significant or small the flood damage is. Call us at (239) 573-5911, so we can make your home safe again for your family.

Art Galleries and Commercial Flood Damage on Pine Island

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Art Galleries and Commercial Flood Damage on Pine Island SERVPRO Saves the Art Gallery in Pine Island After Flooding

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Pine Island Business to Pre -Flood Condition


When your art gallery has flooded, SERVPRO has the people you need to restore everything back to normal. Without this, your patrons' and employees' safety, the valuable artwork on loan from local artists, and the building itself are all at risk.


Pine Island has a reputation for being a friendly and safe place for both residents and tourists, but commercial flood damage can change this rather quickly. Profits can plummet when you are unable to permit patrons to visit. Closing unexpectedly, even when a flood emergency is involved, can create negative feedback and affect your social image for an extended period.

It is crucial that you regain control of your gallery and protect all of the items it holds to avoid this negative image, and also to protect your relationship with local artists. SERVPRO technicians are trained according to IICRC methods, giving them the knowledge to restore a multitude of different types of materials. Their training also covers restoration of many different building types, the materials used to build them, and the equipment needed to do each job the right way.

Flood damage results from our environment or because of plumbing issues. Water from external sources is much more hazardous than flooding from a broken water line. Pumping standing water from your gallery is the beginning, to be followed by the use of hand-held water extractors. As we work to eliminate the risk of flood damage, we work at increasingly smaller levels of extraction.

When we are at the stage where things are still damp but no longer wet, we step up the process even further. Using different types of equipment that efficiently raise the temperature to increase the rate of evaporation, air movers that direct the humidity outdoors, and dehumidifiers that trap moisture in less-accessible areas, we complete the drying process. If microbial activity seems likely, antimicrobial agents can be used in various ways to minimize possible problems.

After restoration to a sufficiently dry state, we can then begin cleaning the many items on display. Details in carvings and frames are meticulously cleaned, and decorative metal pieces are given a very light coating of oil to prevent rust. Clay and other sculptures are handled as carefully as possible during handling. For can upon your approval, and the need for it, send out to an expert third party, the cleaning and restoration of fine art or intricate pieces.

During this time, walls, floors, and display areas can be cleaned of debris, followed by sanitizing and the application of mold inhibitors. Walls and other materials in your gallery that have been damaged are replaced and then finished in your choice of paint or paper. Because the carpeting in galleries is often similar to the carpeting found in other business settings, it can often be saved if restoration work begins soon after flooding subsides. If so, it can be used in the deodorization of your gallery, if needed.

We intend to work with you in restoring your gallery to its previous state – welcoming to patrons and safe for all who work or visit there. Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral for any water emergency, or another disaster, at (239) 573-5911.