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Tropical Storms Are the Norm in Cape Coral--SERVPRO Is Always Ready for Water Removal and Restoration

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

empty living room, walls cut away from a flood SERVPRO Leaves Your Flood Damaged Home in Cape Coral Only When It Is Dry and Ready for a Build Back

Local Cape Coral Floodwater Extraction Services

Living in Florida makes flood damage a familiar affair for the average homeowner. Every year, from June 1 to November 30, hurricane season occurs and brings with it the threat of severe storms. Because Florida is a peninsula, storms can hit from either the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic ocean.

So, what do you do when your Cape Coral requires flood water extraction services? Imagine a situation where a minor hurricane causes your garage to flood. Many seasonal possessions are stored inside, such as camping gear, skiing equipment for vacation, surfboards, and hiking gear. When a flood hits, it could pose a risk to the possessions stored inside of your garage.

Furthermore, floodwaters are not always safe for non-professionals to handle. Black Water is a floodwater classification, which means that there are dangerous chemicals, pollutants, or even biohazardous materials in the water. For this reason, you should always reach out for floodwater extraction experts, like SERVPRO, if a severe storm causes damage. With storm surges from the Gulf of Mexico, saltwater intrusion can have a significantly damaging effect upon structures and contents. The corrosive nature of this water is epic.

Here at SERVPRO, we always rush to your aid after your call. Even if low roadways are flooded, trees have fallen, or traffic is severely backed up, we could still try to make our way to your home. We understand how anxiety-inducing the situation is for any homeowner and how time-sensitive water-based damages are. Bear in mind, that we must wait for official approval to travel the roads in the event of a strong storm.

Once we arrive at your home, we can clear any debris and then get inside of your garage. SERVPRO uses advanced technological devices, such as industrial-grade wet/dry vacuums and extractors to remove standing water. Once the water is gone, we could begin to go through your belongings, getting rid of soaked boxes, bring your possessions to our facility to be dried, and then repack them. It may not be a fast process, but you can trust SERVPRO to be thorough and to handle your possessions with care. Once finished, we could move everything back into your garage and then return your home to you, "Like it never even happened."

Sometimes, the above scenario does not come to fruition. Contaminated groundwater may dictate the disposal of materials and possessions, though we try to salvage whatever is possible.

Whenever your home experiences flood damage, never wait to get the help you need. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Cape Coral by phoning (239) 573-5911.

We Provide Fire Cleanup For Your Cape Coral Condo

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

furniture in room burned by a fire Call today (239) 573-5911.

Choosing A Company For Fire Cleanup In Your Cape Coral Condo

The first person you see after calling a restorer is the estimator. They should always dress appropriately and speak to you with a certain amount of concern and empathy. No one wants someone working in their Cape Coral condo that doesn’t want to be there. However, you also want someone who shows that they have the ability to solve your current situation.

You should be able to feel a certain amount of professionalism in the way they listen and treat you, as well as how they perform pretesting for fire cleanup in your Cape Coral condo. The way a technician from your restoration company approaches the job can have a significant impact on the results you receive from beginning to completion.

There is what we call the First Notice of Loss (FNOL) form as well as the Fire Damage Initial Inspection Report. The crew chief or project manager should have these items in their hands when arriving on site. These forms contain your address and driving directions, along with any pertinent information about your loss. SERVPRO technicians come to your home prepared, providing a complete estimate in a timely, efficient manner. Scoping the project is the crucial first step in setting the goals of the cleanup and restoration.

Your technician should want to know what your primary concerns are and for you to be happy about the results you receive. A restorer should help you understand what needs to happen, even if it takes explaining every detail of their restoration process. Our SERVPRO team works hard to answer your questions, addressing any concerns you may have throughout your restoration.

Let the fire and smoke damage restoration team know if you have family heirlooms, antique furniture, or personal treasures you would like to save. They should take notes, writing issues down, and pay specific attention to them as work begins. A quality technician never dismisses your concerns. Remember, without testing, there is no way to determine whether an item remains restorable or not. SERVPRO gives each item found on your property the proper amount of attention and always checks with you before disposing of any contents.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral responds to your call 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, with full-service fire cleanup solutions throughout the Pine Island, North Fort Myers, Bokeelia areas. Call today (239) 573-5911.

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Pine Island Enterprises Benefit from SERVPRO's BioHazardous Services

10/17/2019 (Permalink)

Raccoon inside overhang at a building Cape Coral Office Have a Vermin Problem--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Sanitation

Maintaining a Safe Working Environment Requires Occasional Commercial Biohazard Removal in Pine Island Offices

Regular maintenance and cleaning of your Pine Island office building keep things clean and sanitary.  While illness-causing viruses may last only until cleaning crews come on duty, hazards can also exist in unused areas of your building. These might remain undetected until remodeling takes place in the affected area, odors become noticeable, or evidence appears in highly visible locations. It is the unexpected incident that can put occupants at risk of unwanted health effects.

Vermin harboring nests within your commercial property needs prompt biohazard removal on Pine Island. Cleaning up the area alone is not sufficient, as many pests return later. While birds, raccoons, and other living things do not always pose a threat themselves, their detritus carries a higher risk to people. We can clean out and spray raccoon latrines with a biocide.

SERVPRO sends out cleaning specialists who understand discretion is crucial when handling biohazards and their cleanup. Removing the source is a crucial aspect of cleanup, but we also need to address other issues related to the contamination found in the area.
Biohazards come in many forms. We know you want to provide a safe and healthy building to your tenants or employees. Removing biohazardous material helps keep working environments healthy and safe through the elimination of possible causes of illness and other health effects. At SERVPRO, we do everything possible to ensure that preventative measures help keep biohazards from returning.

Odors caused by pests and their activities can circulate in the HVAC system and drift into working areas of the building. We use experienced HVAC technicians to clean out ducts and other parts of your ventilation system, removing droppings and nesting materials. Our certified Odor Control Technician (OCT) uses fogging and other methods to rid the premises of microscopic odor-causing particles. We typically apply an antimicrobial agent to disinfect the treated area.

Our building crew also handles any demolition work when needed, although rare, as well as any rebuilding,  to restore your property. Mice and other pests often chew on insulation and fibrous materials to maintain their nests. We also seal off any areas where these pests enter your building, making their ability to re-infest more challenging for them.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral crews service many businesses in North Fort Myers, Bokeelia, and St. James City. When critters cause problems, call (239) 573-5911 for cleanup, biohazard removal, and odor control of the affected area.

Cape Coral Fire Mishap? Try Calling SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

View of Clean bathroom, towel hanging, hair dryer, and not residue from smoke or a fire A Cape Coral Bathroom After SERVPRO Removes the Soot and Smoke--"Like it never even happened."

Cleaning Up Fire Damage in Your Cape Coral Bathroom

You left your curling iron on in the bathroom, and it ignited a towel. The small fire spread to your combustible makeup, then to your toothbrush, and finally to your shower curtain! What can you do to fix this damage and prevent the rest of your Cape Coral home from being impacted by this localized fire?

After the flames from the fire-damaged Cape Coral home simmer down, you are left with smoke and soot all over the bathroom. The first step in the mitigation process is to isolate the damaged area from the rest of the house by containing the mess.

Smoke circulates through the air, and it tends to stick to many different surfaces - especially walls and textiles. Likewise, soot clings to just about anything, making it difficult to clean yourself or your damaged items. SERVPRO technicians take precautions by boarding up open windows and laying tarp over roofs and floors to prevent these substances from spreading to the other parts of your home.

The HVAC unit needs to be turned off immediately, so the smoke, soot, and odors do not circulate through the central air system. Fans and vents should be off while the cleanup and restoration process is taking place. The key to eliminating harmful smoke and odors is to make sure they are contained as much as possible for easy elimination.

Dry-cleaning methods are useful for areas with light smoke and grime. Non-abrasive solutions are applied gently with towels to wipe away the residue that has built up on your bathroom surfaces. Soot needs to be vacuumed or wiped as quickly as possible, or else it can harden and become more difficult. There are wet cleaning processes for efficiently wiping away layers of soot, which uses water and saturation agents depending on the surface being cleaned. Often, our SERVPRO technicians can spray with plastic bottles for this purpose. Most bathroom surfaces are hard, not porous materials, and respond well to surface cleaning.

Lastly, SERVPRO FSRT fire and smoke restoration technicians use different deodorization devices such as hydroxyl generators or misters to break down remaining odors from the fire. Cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting techniques are used to bring your bathroom back to normal, “Like it never even happened.”

Contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 for fire damage cleanup and restoration services. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Why Rely on Your Local SERVPRO for Cape Coral Hurricane Damage Recovery?

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Satellite view of hurricane of Florida SERVPRO Helps Our Cape Coral Neighbors After a Hurricane Strikes--We Are Here to Help with Cleanup and Restoration

Tropical Storms Affect the Cape Coral Area of Florida--SERVPRO Can Help--FAST!

During the fear, chaos, and confusion after a hurricane, it is critical to find a reliable disaster restoration contractor. A fast and skilled response is essential, but a stable local presence is also essential as significant storm damage can have long term consequences. Our deep roots in the community along with our comprehensive training and skills form a sturdy foundation, establishing why we consistently offer trustworthy and premium quality disaster recovery services.

Protect Yourself and Your Property
It is unfortunate, but after Cape Coral residents suffer hurricane damage, unscrupulous contractors can try to convince you to use their services. Even the best of these itinerant companies cannot offer the peace of mind you gain when a local, highly-rated flooding and storm damage takes on your project. Our commitment to you during recovery from hurricane damage extends to any concerns or questions you have long after the project completes. The stability we offer is why we are the perfect fit for your disaster needs now and into the future.

We Follow Industry Best Practices
When we arrive at your home, our first task is securing the exterior from the elements. Tarping and board up services commence as our project manager assesses the rest of the damage. Any safety hazards inside your home are noted and corrected or barricaded for work later. Water removal is typically the next step, with care taken to contain the contaminated fluids for appropriate and lawful disposal. Pumps and extractors pull water out, and our team prepares for controlled demolition procedures such as flood cuts before drying. Our ability to multi-task is why SERVPRO crew members move from task to task with ease.

Competence with Compassion
As we check off the boxes on the project agenda, we never forget that your life is significantly disrupted and that your family needs support after the hurricane. Observing safety precautions and delivering our services with integrity and sensitivity are why SERVPRO earns high marks for customer service. We cut no corners, selecting and applying appropriate EPA-registered disinfectants to kill any remaining pathogens and inhibit fungi as we prepare the space for thorough drying.

Access to Contents Restoration and Rebuilding Contracting Services
We help our customers arrange for repair and rebuilding after the floodwaters are gone and the property is dry. Our Contents Processing Technicians (CPT) also make sure your household goods and personal possessions are in move-back condition.

Our promise to take you from assessment to “Like it never even happened” underlies why SERVPRO of Cape Coral is the company to call after a hurricane. Contact us at (239) 573-5911 for a swift and expert response.

We Offer Fast Water Damage Removal In Cape Coral

9/23/2019 (Permalink)

One of our Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers SERVPRO uses Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers such as the one pictured for water damage restoration.

The Cost of Water Damage in a Cape Coral Condo

Water removal after a spillage is essential for the upkeep of any home. Learning how to handle problematic leaks can save you a financial headache when selling your house. To prevent potential water damage, seek professional restoration services.

In Pine Island, fast water removal can mitigate damages. Even a small quantity of water can cause maximum damage to a structure. Mold, corroded pipes, and even ruined electrical systems can all be the outcome of untreated water damaging events.

The Cost of Water Damage

Wall and ceiling damage is highly possible with any type of water leak. Small leaks that are not taken care of promptly can lead to a degradation of building materials. Our SERVPRO technicians have the skills and equipment to identify the damaged areas and begin to remove excess water and moisture using air movers and dehumidifiers. Our goal is to preserve and not replace damaged elements and contents.

Unattended water leaks can cause electrical failures. This is not only inconvenient for the occupants of the home, but it also can pose a hazardous and dangerous situation. Besides severely damaging the electrical infrastructure it can damage appliances or worse, people. A short caused by a water leak can spark, causing a fire to compound the already difficult circumstances of restoration.

Wet carpeting can easily cause mold to form in and around the floor. In addition to the rug's fiber, the backing can separate, a process called delamination, rendering the carpet non-salvageable. When called to remove the water immediately, SERVPRO WRT water damage restoration technicians can utilize advanced equipment like weighted extractor wands and Rover riding vacuums to suction moisture from the flooring material.

What to Do?

Before water damage causes on-going damage to previously unaffected materials or possessions, professional water removal can be a wise choice. Water spills onto porous surfaces tend to wick into the material, like sheetrocked walls, and need moisture detection equipment to discover the hidden dampness and to ensure a complete drying back to standard levels.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral can remove unwanted water from your property. We can help 24/7 by calling (239) 573-5911.

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We Can Save Your Fire Damaged Cape Coral Bar

9/21/2019 (Permalink)

fire isolated over black background No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

Call SERVPRO When Your Cape Coral Bar Suffers Fire Damage

It is a nightmare for any business owner when fire damage occurs on their property. In the case of your Cape Coral bar, an electrical fire caked many objects inside with smoke and soot, leaving them smelling and looking unpleasant. The longer that fire damage sits without interruption, the longer it has to cause further problems, such as discoloration.

After a fire, you need to reach out to local Cape Coral fire damage remediation services as soon as possible. Your insurance adjuster may suggest resurfacing the affected bar, tables, chairs, and other furnishings. However, professional resurfacing can be very expensive. In comparison, restoration services follow many of the same principals and elements of resurfacing at a fraction of the cost.

Here at SERVPRO, we take the principals of remediating fire damage very seriously, and we work around your schedule. No matter when the fire occurred on your property, a team of our highly qualified Institution of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC)-certified technicians can come to your aid. Our technicians always come to your location equipped with experience, education, and advanced technology designed to remove soot and smoke stains as quickly as possible.

Here at SERVPRO, we carefully seek out the location of smoke residue throughout your bar and mark them, as well as identifying different types of smoke residue. Fires leave behind multiple kinds of smoke residue behind, but SERVPRO has the tools to remediate them all. With access to these techniques and technologies, our fire and smoke damage technicians can return your belongings to their preloss state. Some methods our technicians may use to remove smoke residue and odor include:

• A house-made lubricative or chemical cleaning solution
• Agitation through materials such as towels, water pressure, and brushes
• Thermal foggers designed to remove odors

Once our technicians use these methods to remediate your bar, we can return it to you, “Like it never even happened.”

If you need professional fire damage remediation, get help straight away. Contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral by dialing (239) 573-5911. No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

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Our Professionals Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Cape Coral

8/20/2019 (Permalink)

When fire damage happens, contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 no matter how big or small the problem.

Fire Damage In Cape Coral Home Leaves Water Damaged Mess

Fire damage is bad enough in a home. Often after a fire, water damage from extinguishing efforts is also an issue. In some cases, the addition of the excessive moisture can push some items that had the potential for reuse through cleaning, past the point of no return in terms of restorability through our specialized cleaning methods if there is any delay in cleanup.

SERVPRO answered a call to cleanup fire damage in a Cape Coral kitchen. An oven fire spread throughout the room, and there was not only soot and smoke residue but water damage as well. Soot is caustic, metal, for example, corrodes if soot remains on the surface, and the introduction of water amplifies that trait.?

Our technicians extract the water and scope the room to ensure that no areas of excessive moisture remain. Then we wipe down wet surfaces to get as much soot cleaned away on those surfaces as possible. Because hot air expands during a fire, soot winds up deeply embedded into porous objects and even the paint on the walls. We carefully inspect both possessions as well as the walls and floors for restorability potential through cleaning to lessen the amount of fire loss for the homeowner.

Standard fire cleaning techniques SERVPRO uses include:
    •    Dry cleaning sponges for removal of high-heat fire residue
    •    Wet sponges used in tandem with our professional cleaning solutions to cut through greasy, smeary smoke residues
    •    Full immersion cleaning on non-porous items

After fire debris and smoke cleanup, it is vital to remove any lingering smoke odors and guard against mold. Our technicians ensure the indoor humidity levels are below ideal conditions for spore germination and growth. We also apply any needed odor control measures to leave the property smelling fresh instead of charred and musty.

When fire damage happens, contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 no matter how big or small the problem. Our certified professionals have the training and equipment to make your fire loss "Like it never even happened.”

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Call Us If Your Pine Island Rental Unit Has A Leak

8/13/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 for 24/7 service.

Water Leak In Your Pine Island Rental Unit

A local client recently had an emergency that potentially would impact his rental unit and the clients that planned to spend their vacation in the area. He faced having to cancel reservations until the repairs were completed, which would impact clients who were planning family vacation time in our city. The older model dishwashing machine in the unit began leaking water in the kitchen. He needed to replace the dishwasher and make repairs. The water had spread all over the kitchen floor by the time his tenants noticed and reported the problem.

SERVPRO responded immediately to this water cleanup in Pine Island. We understand how important it is to clients, especially in a situation when travelers may have their vacation ruined by the cancellation of a rental unit. The existing tenants vacated the rental unit and moved to a hotel. Our client gladly paid for the hotel room. Our technicians immediately vacuumed up all of the surface water on the floor. We turned the plumbing and electrical connections off before completing the additional restoration. We removed the dishwasher and vacuumed the water that had collected under the dishwasher.

Once the air conditioning and our dehumidifiers were turned on, the moisture level in the rental unit quickly began to drop. However, there was still water in the area under the floor where the dishwashing machine was located. We removed the subfloor in this area and removed additional water. This area was thoroughly dried, and the floor replaced. The client arranged to install a new dishwasher with proper plumbing and electrical hookups. We monitored the moisture level in the rental unit for several days to ensure that the home was suitable for vacationers to move in.

Although this SERVPRO client lost several days of rental income, he was ecstatic that he did not lose a significant amount of income. Most important for him was that he did not have to cancel reservations and vacation plans for his clients.

Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 for 24/7 service. We serve North Fort Myers, Bokeelia, St James City, and surrounding areas. We help support landlords maintain their rental units. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Fire Damage Technicians In Cape Coral Describe The Various Factors That Affect Cleanability

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

We know the steps to get your Cape Coral home back from fire damage.

Our SERVPRO technicians will get your Cape Coral fire damage strategies in the right direction.

Anyone who owns a home in the Cape Coral area is at risk for something to burn on their property. According to the Insurance Information Institute or iii, fire damage claims make up for over 30 percent of filed losses each year and that percentage is increasing every year. The National Fire Protection Association or NFPA reports that there are over 300,000 residential structure fires that take place in the country annually. 

If you ever suffer from fire damage at your Cape Coral residence, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our fire and smoke restoration technicians or FSTs have vast amounts of experience and training to handle jobs that are both large and small. We know that during any restoration project, cleaning soot residues and soils created by smoke and charred materials is a huge part. 

When cleaning soot residues and soils, our SERVPRO technicians realize that there are several factors that affect an item’s cleanability. 

  1. Type Of Surface 

The more porous a surface is the more soils that can get into the item which makes it harder to clean. With non-porous surfaces, soot cannot penetrate the materials as deeply making them easier to clean. 

  1. Age Of Surface 

The older the surface of an item is the harder it will be to clean. This rule holds true for materials like paint, carpet, or fabrics. 

  1. Amount Of Heat 

The hotter the fire burns the harder it will be to remove soot from affected items. This is because the hotter a material gets the more porous it becomes. 

  1. Type Of Material Burned 

Organic materials leave behind residues that are easier to clean than soot caused coming from burnt synthetic materials. When items made from plastic or rubber get burnt they leave behind wet, smeary residues that can easily stain surfaces. 

  1. Air Pressure 

As the temperature of air increases, it expands, and the air pressure increases. When air expands, it can push soot and soils into cracks and crevices, which makes it harder to clean. 

  1. Temperature Change 

Smoke residues can sometimes cause more damage due to changes in heat. If residues contain hot oils and they cool quickly, then the residues may form a film on the surface which will make it tougher to clean. 

If something ignites inside your house in North Fort Myers, St. James City, or Flamingo Bay, call SERVPRO of Cape Coral (239) 573-5911 so that we can return your home to its preloss state “Like it never even happened.” 

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