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What Business Owners Need To Know About Water Damage

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

What Commercial Business Owners Need To Know About Water Damage in North Fort Myers

One of the most frequent disasters a business owner can encounter is North Fort Myers commercial water damage. Unfortunately, many business owners don't know how to handle this type of property damage. However, learning more about the issue can empower you to take the steps necessary to get your commercial property back in pristine condition. Access the information you need to accomplish this objective by reviewing the outline below:


Water Damage Basics
North Fort Myers commercial water damage is a property issue that can transpire for numerous reasons. Some of them include:


• Poor ventilation
• Leaking pipes
• Excessive condensation 
• Humidity
• Damp basements
• Roof leakages
• Damp carpets
Flooding


Once North Fort Myers commercial water damage has transpired on your property, you'll need to determine the following three things:


• where the water came from
• the extent of the damage
• how long the devastation has been in place


Develop A Water Damage Emergency Plan
One of the best ways to limit water damage is to develop an emergency plan that informs you and your employees of the steps you will take once a disaster strikes. Your plan should include information regarding where all of the emergency exits are. It should also detail where emergency equipment like fire extinguishers are located. Make sure that the contingency plan is placed in a visible area where all employees can easily access and read it. Also, be sure to delegate an authoritative figure to make significant decisions in case you are absent when the emergency transpires.


Mold Concerns
Another issue that commercial business owners should be cognizant of is mold. Unfortunately, water damage creates the ideal environment for this fungus to grow in. If your building is exposed to mold for an extended period, the situation can become more serious.


To guarantee that mold growth does not become a problem on your commercial property, be sure that all excess water is removed from the office setting quickly and correctly.

What Happens During A Fire Damage Restoration?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Leave Fire Damage Restoration To The Oakville Pros For Best Results

What Happens During A Fire Damage Restoration?

Once you realize that your home has been subjected to a fire in Oakville, you may be inclined to start the cleanup process on your own. However, this is never the ideal course of action to take. In fact, fire damage restoration professionals will be able to do a much more thorough, effective job than most residential property owners. Learn more about how a team of professionals can expedite and optimize the fire damage restoration process by reviewing the outline that appears below:

The Assessment

When a team of Oakville fire damage restoration contractors come to your home, they will complete a thorough assessment of your property. The assessment is designed to give the professionals a clear understanding of how much damage has transpired on your property. To attain this information, the contractors will examine both the interior and exterior of your living space. After the assessment is complete, the contractors will be able to devise a clear, concise strategic plan that outlines how the restoration process will be exacted.

Water Removal

In many cases, Oakville fire damage results in excess standing water on your property as a result of the extinguishing work completed by the fire department. As such, the remediation specialists will work with skill and speed to remove this excess water. To accomplish the objective quickly and correctly, contractors will utilize specialized equipment like power pumps and vacuums. This process is imperative for several reasons, one of them being that water removal prevents the onset of a mold invasion.

Drying And Dehumidifying

After removing excess water from your property, the remediation specialists will complete the drying and dehumidifying work. This step is important because the floors and walls of your property will typically retain excess water. This excess water will result in warping, swelling, and even the complete breakdown of the property. This is why contractors will utilize advanced methodologies and specialized equipment to ensure that all remaining moisture is removed from your household structures.

Cleaning

The last step of the restoration process is cleaning. The remediation crew will typically offer a wide range of cleaning services, some of which include antimicrobial, antibacterial, and disinfectant treatments.

Although dealing with fire damage can be difficult, hiring a team of professional contractors can make the restoration process simple and seamless. The team to call for precise, detail-oriented services that work is SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians will work with diligence and determination to get your property back in excellent condition.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Oakville/Mehlville is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. Call us today! (314) 846-0600

How to Prep for Hurricanes

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Far away view of a hurricane. A hurricane's wind force can easily exceed 155 mph, with records surging as fast as 175 mph.

Harsh Weather Guide: How to Prep Residences for Hurricanes

Hurricane season begins in June, and there have already been plenty of relevant phenomena appearing within the tropics since then. This guide is to help homeowners prepare for the Cape Coral storm damage of an impending hurricane.

Hurricane Hazard:

Hurricanes have enough speed to generate tornadoes, microbursts, storm surges, torrential downpours that can lead to damaging floods and mudslides, and carry and hurl fallen debris.

Tips to Prepare for a Hurricane:

    •Prepare for the worst, set aside three days of water, food, and other necessities. If you're unsure of what a proper survival cache contains, FEMA offers a comprehensive list of necessities.


    •Keep your electronics unplugged to prevent surge-based damages. A surge protector is not enough of a defense against such problems.


    • Check for potential leaks. Look for any possible opening in your home. Near pipelines and a cable line can serve as an entrance for floodwater to flow inside.


    •Expect prolonged power outages. You only need a generator capable of generating enough voltage to maintain a fridge and some essential appliances. You can also use the time shopping around for a suitable generator to assess how truly necessary some of your electronics appliances are to your daily life.

    •Trim your trees. Any branch or limb that is in close proximity with your home is a potential threat. If limbs rub across your roof it will weaken the structure enough to let storm water pour into it. 


    • Clean up your gutters. Gutters that are clogged can lead to damage to your roof and home. Also, store away trash cans, potted plants, and any order lightweight objects to minimize the chances of damage to your house.


    •Secure your home. Look into protective window shutters, stabilizing roof clips, and a brace for any garage doors. Make sure that any fuel tanks are properly secured and that all such retention and protection features are installed by trained professionals.


    •Double-check your insurance. Go over your insurance policy and acquire extra flood insurance through the NFIP to cover all of your bases.

Plan for the Worst

Work with your family ahead of time, on where to head should a Cape Coral storm arrive. A sufficient storm plan covers an evacuation route, the addresses of official shelters, and a meeting point in the event of becoming separated. Make sure to note what medications, if any, should be taken along as well as any precautions to take if you happen to own pets. If you live in the following areas, know that you are at an elevated risk level for hurricanes:

    •        A mobile homes.
    •        Along the coast or upon an island.
    •        Close to a river way or flood plain.
    •        Within a high-rise.

Are you prepared? SERVPRO of Cape Coral can help with professional pre- and post-storm services. 

SERVPRO of Cape Coral is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too, and are proud to be part of the Cape Coral community. We are also part of a national network of 1,650 with special Disaster Recover Teams that can respond with additional resources during catastrophic storms and major events.

What Proper Water Removal in Affected Cape Coral Homes Involves

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Water leaking from ceiling SERVPRO's teams of experts are ready and available to help you with your water crisis any time you need our assistance.

SERVPRO Responds Quickly To Water Damage To Avoid Further Loss Of Property In Your Cape Coral Home 

It does not take a natural disaster to cause water damage in a home. Burst water heaters, broken pipes, or just forgetting to turn off a faucet can cause some disastrous results. After noticing the water intrusion incident, one of the first things you should do is to remove the most valuable possessions like jewelry and heirlooms from the flooded area.

It is also essential to remove the water quickly because the longer the water sits in a building, the more damage it causes. Contacting a trusted water restoration company like SERVPRO is the ideal way to perform water removal in your Cape Coral home. Our water damage restoration technicians can inspect the affected areas and choose the most suitable water extraction equipment to use. We consider a few factors in determining which extraction equipment can provide sufficient water removal. They include:

Depth of water that needs to be extracted

The distance within the house

Availability of power

Some extraction tools we can use to remove the water include submersible pumps, deep extraction tools, and light wands. Water can also penetrate structural cavities and create trapped pockets of saturation. Our team can use moisture detection tools like infrared cameras and moisture meters to determine which materials are affected. Undetected moisture can cause further water damage, which can lead to mold growth, unpleasant smells, and the deterioration of porous building materials.

If moisture seeps beneath your hardwood flooring, the boards may warp or buckle. Buckling and warping can become permanent once the wood dries. You may have to replace the flooring if refinishing cannot remove the damage. Our technicians usually identify the installation method and type of wood floor that is affected before drying it. Using subsurface or surface drying techniques and proper dehumidification, we can force airflow beneath the surface of the flooring negatively or positively to remove the moisture.

To restore your home entirely after water damage, you may need reconstruction services. Our SERVPRO team offers a wide range of services relating to restoration and rebuilding. Therefore, you need not call several contractors to get the solutions you need. Entrusting the entire water restoration project to one company can help you save money and time.

If a water loss incident has happened in your Pine Island, North Fort Myers, or Bokeelia home, do not panic. Contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral through our emergency helpline – (239) 573-5911 for prompt restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.


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Preparing Your Cape Coral Condo for Flood Recovery

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on wet carpet with footprints in a room, with a bench that has sets of shoes on it. Let SERVPRO help save your Cape Coral home from flood damage.

Flood damage to your Cape Coral home will need assistance.

Despite the location of your Cape Coral condo and the devastating weather that can get expected along the coast throughout the year, many residents still get caught off-guard by severe weather events. Storms can uproot trees, carry debris considerable distances at high velocities, and tear off roofing materials and siding. Regardless of the reinforced construction of modern buildings to better withstand the fierce presence of summer storms, flooding is still a possibility for your condo under the right conditions. 

When many property owners think of flood damage for Cape Coral homes and businesses, they picture several feet of standing water, debris, and muck. While this is a possibility for many of these properties under the right conditions, often flooding for properties involves the invasion of water through vulnerable areas of a structure. In these circumstances, some pre-mitigation tasks can occur to save our customers from more significant losses waiting on the official approval and details to get worked out with the insurance company. 

Extraction

As you might expect, the priorities of our SERVPRO team when we arrive at a flooded residence is removing any standing surface water that might be present. Pooling water can absorb into materials and contents throughout the condo, which can cause irreparable damages. With the premier materials used in the construction of your condominium, widespread reconstruction needs could be costly. 

Controlled Demolition

With standing water out of the way, we might need faster routes to the areas most heavily damaged by the flooding. This process might require the removal of wood trim in wet areas of the unit to allow for the deployment of positive pressure and negative pressure systems. Controlled demolition is also vital to remove oversaturated construction materials that could collapse or fail. 

Temporary Construction Solutions 

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation in the state of Florida has recognized part of our team as qualified residential contractors. Our SERVPRO builders can construct temporary solutions to prevent further water penetration and other threats with roof tarps or board up services

We can help you through nearly every stage of recovery after storm and flood losses. Give our SERVPRO of Cape Coral team a call today at (239) 573-5911. 

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Flood Damage In Your Cape Coral Home

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged home When disaster strikes in your residence, call (239) 573-5911 for quality professional cleanup.

Restoring a Condo after Flood Damage in Cape Coral

While Florida residents are well aware of the risks of flooding as well as the immense costs that can come with repairs and replacement of items lost in these natural disasters,  they may be surprised at how persistent the long-term effects of flooding are. Without professional evaluation, water can continually erode the damaged structure and compromise the safety of it for weeks, months, or even years. Mold can contaminate surfaces and potentially cause health effects. Long-term exposure to water can affect wood, drywall, and other essential materials in your residence.

If your Cape Coral condominium has suffered flood damage, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to save the day. These disaster mitigation experts receive training in everything from water extraction and debris removal to odor control and disinfection so that homeowners can have their residences restored to a preloss condition. Our SERVPRO franchise also has a mold remediation license (#MSMR 2529).

Preserving Appliances after a Kitchen Flood
Appliances, cookware, and many other materials can be compromised by flooding. Here are steps you can take to salvage your kitchen appliances in the event of a flood:

    •    Turn off the electricity. If there is even a slight risk of live electricity, it can pose a danger to anyone who enters the property. Contact an electrician or utility company to ensure that the power is off before you proceed.
    •    Contact your insurer. Take time to extensively document the damage to your home through photographs, video, and detailed item descriptions, including item makes, models, and even serial numbers if applicable. This can make the claims process much easier and more accurate to your needs.
    •    Have a professional assess your appliances. While SERVPRO crews do receive training in cleaning and water-damaged machines, they can also have affected items sent to qualified professionals for further cleanup and restoration if necessary. Do not turn on appliances to see if they work.

How SERVPRO Removes Flood Damage
After arriving on the property and assessing damage, technicians focus on the extraction of water via a variety of tools. This can include portable back-mounted extractors or large truck-mounted extractors, submersible, gas-powered sump pumps, and much more. If your area has lost power due to storms and flooding, SERVPRO can provide power sources for tools. Unlike typical water damage situations, disinfection is done after extraction to prevent the spread of microbes during drying. In the cases of significant contaminated floodwater, we can also disperse a sanitizing agent before beginning the extraction.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral can ensure that your condo looks, “Like it never even happened.” When disaster strikes in your residence, call (239) 573-5911 for quality professional cleanup.

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Pipe Burst Needs Water Removal and Cleanup in Cape Coral Bathroom

1/4/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Bathroom Don't fall victim to flood damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services in your Cape Coral home.

Let the experts at SERVPRO handle all your water removal needs

While water damage may occur in almost any area of a home, the two most likely places are the kitchen and bathroom. A simple supply line break in a bathroom or waterline malfunction in a kitchen can result in tens of gallons on the floor and a massive mess for the homeowner.

The longer Cape Coral floors wait before water removal efforts begin, the more potential for loss. For example, a pipe burst under a bathroom vanity delivers copious amounts of water on the floor before getting turned off. The water can migrate quickly, running behind baseboards and wicking into sheetrock. 

Why SERVPRO?

The advanced water extraction and drying equipment that SERVPRO uses makes the difference for property owners. When moisture remains behind, it has the potential to lead to issues such as mold or foul odors. The technicians carefully monitor indoor humidity levels to ensure it is dry, so properties avoid secondary losses.

Professional Water Extraction Equipment

The techs get fast results due to the types of water removal systems they utilize. Portable pumps work to extract moisture quickly from almost any surface. While specialized equipment such as Rovers uses the weight of the technician to push water out of both carpet and padding. They use attachments such as wands to get under vanity cabinets or along walls and weighted extractor heads on carpet and area rugs.

Restore Rather Than Replace Mentality

SERVPRO uses its advanced cleaning and restoration techniques to assist homeowners in lessening loss. For example, the techs may collect the delaminated tile from a bathroom floor to determine if it has the potential for reinstallation after mitigations efforts complete for drying the subfloor. 

Proactive Mold Treatments

With their extensive training for their Applied Microbial Remediation Technician certification (AMRT) and Mold Remediation license #MSMR 2529, the techs know the conditions that support mold growth and how to avoid it. Common actions to limit mold spore germination and infestation include the use of professional antimicrobial cleaners and sealants along with careful monitoring of the ambient humidity levels during and after drying.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral is ready 24/7 for any size water removal needs in your home. Contact them at (239) 573-5911, and they can make the water loss in your home "Like it never even happened."

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Hazard Assessment After Flooding in Pine Island Homes

12/31/2019 (Permalink)

Drywall and partial flooring covered in mold. Please know how hazardous a flood damage can be to you and your Pine Island home.

Knowing how vital having your Pine Island home remediated from flood damage.

Natural disasters can be dangerous enough for unprepared Pine Island homeowners. Our SERVPRO professionals must also take into account any hazards and health concerns that might exist within a property beyond the immediate threats of standing water. Even without the threat of contamination, there are specific areas our team must inspect and assess before safely continuing the work we have started. 

Performing our restoration tasks as safely as possible is vital, and that begins with understanding the severity of the flood damage in Pine Island homes and what our team must accomplish to return the property to preloss condition. Hazard assessment is often a component of the job scoping performed before our technicians first begin our thorough mitigation process. Certain emergency services can happen at this same time, but noting health hazards before a job starts keeps our technicians and our customers safer. 

Overhead/Underfoot Structural Concerns 

One of the greatest threats that can exist after prolonged exposure to floodwater is a structural weakness. From migrating water coming from a damaged roof and into ceiling materials, to standing water on flooring materials that weakens the integrity to the point of collapse, structural concerns are significant for flooded houses. 

Electrical Threats 

Exposed wiring and outlets do not always trip and lose their currents when exposed to water. While this is a modern feature of specific electrical components, this is neither anticipated nor expected after a flood. Until electrical services can get disconnected temporarily, standing water exposed to live elements is not safe. 

Microbial Growth

Because many homeowners do not always rush to secure flood damage restoration services like our SERVPRO team, properties can go days without the drying and extraction work it needs. In as little as 48-72 hours, persistent moisture can feed active mold spores in the area to develop microbial threats and mold growth on exposed organic surfaces and contents. 

Assessing risks and hazards is an essential step to completing a restoration job in an efficient, safe manner. You can depend on the thoroughness and expertise of our SERVPRO of Cape Coral team to help. Give us a call anytime at (239) 573-5911. 

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SERVPRO Responds Quickly to Flood Damage in Cape Coral

12/23/2019 (Permalink)

Wet food prints on carpet in a bedroom. Cape Coral SERVPRO is quick to get your flood damage under control.

Let SERVPRO be your hero after your Cape Coral flood damage.

While Florida homeowners are used to heavy rain, they may be surprised to know that a whopping two-thirds of rainfall occurs during the 5-month wet season. As you go farther south in the United States, communities experience more dramatic differences between wet and dry weather. Meanwhile, more northern states like New York experience more evenly distributed rain. Florida's climate presents unique challenges for combating floods and other disasters as a result of these differences in climate and geography.

If your Cape Coral residence requires flood damage mitigation, certified SERVPRO technicians are always available to restore your structure to a preloss condition. This firm also has a mold remediation license (#MSMR 2529), so that you can get the thorough cleanup that you need from a highly experienced team.

Choosing Plants for a Rain Garden

  • Find drought-tolerant plants. Florida has many native plants that can withstand flooding. Still, traditional rain garden staples like cardinal flowers may not be ideal for long dry spells.
  • Stick to native plants. Choosing native plants helps the local ecosystem thrive and prevents the spread of potentially invasive plant species that can affect local flora and fauna.
  • Plan your garden carefully. There are several factors to take into account for a successful rain garden, including elevation, moisture levels, and plant heights.
  • Supplement with drainage systems. Rain gardens work best in tandem with a variety of other methods for redirecting water away from homes, such as rain barrels and french drains.

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

Two of the most crucial pieces of equipment for successfully restoring a home after flooding are centrifugal air movers and industrial-grade dehumidifiers. These systems work together after thorough water extraction and careful disinfection to pull moisture out of surfaces and eliminate it, replacing it with warm, dry air.

These drying methods also salvage structural components both in and behind drywall and sheetrock, including gypsum, cardboard, electrical wiring, and insulation in exterior walls. It is crucial to get the moisture out of these items to prevent the proliferation of microbes, mold, and structural issues in your home.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." When disaster strikes in your home, you can call (239) 573-5911.

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We Help You Get Back In Business In Cape Coral After Water Damage Strikes

12/6/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment working to restore the floors in this business We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your business property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

Addressing Commercial Water Removal In Your Cape Coral Restaurant

When you have a busy restaurant, the plumbing system endures a considerable amount of use daily. With so many people in and out of the bathrooms, you must stay on top of plumbing maintenance and repairs. If you are hit with a major plumbing problem that causes water to infiltrate your building, calling the professionals at SERVPRO for the prompt removal of the water is imperative.

A leak or a disaster can happy at any time, which can bring on costly water damage if you do not act quickly. Commercial water removal in Cape Coral will help you to get cleanup processes underway so that your restaurant can get back to normal and up and running. The longer you wait, the more costly the damage might be, along with the potential for increased revenue loss.

SERVPRO knows that time is precious in any commercial water damage situation, so we get there quickly to assess your building and formulate a plan. Our team can get to work removing any of the standing water using powerful vacuums and pumps that help us to prevent the onset of secondary water damage and the potential for mold growth. After water removal is complete, we pay close attention to the flooring to see if moisture has penetrated the grout or seeped through cracks in tile floors with the help of a non-penetrating meter.  

Restorable items in your restaurant are thoroughly cleaned using sanitizing treatments that help with the deodorizing of your property. Water damaged materials are completely removed, and then the brand new subfloor and tile can be reinstalled to begin the restoration process. 

We understand how important it is that your restaurant is back up and running as quickly as possible. When it comes to commercial water removal, you can trust our trained technicians at SERVPRO of Cape Coral to get the job done fast. For more information on our services, give us a call today at (239) 573-5911.

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