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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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Flood Damage Cape Coral – Eliminating Moisture Avoids Mold

11/30/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO vehicle parked in a driveway. Storm damage in your Cape Coral home? Don’t let moisture take over, call SERVPRO right away.

Cape Coral water damage can take your home by storm, let SERVPRO help. 

Our geographical area is subject to a variety of storms and floods almost every month of the year. Our clients regularly depend on the responsiveness of our team and the thoroughness we apply to remove floodwaters, debris, contaminated material, and drying the structure of your home or business.

SERVPRO has responded to many flood damage events in Cape Coral and surrounding areas over the years. We keep flood mitigation equipment on hand and can respond to emergencies in less than four hours. We understand how critical it is to remove flood waters from your home or business to avoid mold growth and return everything to normal.

Removing Moisture

Our environment is often quite humid, and it offers the perfect conditions to foster mold growth. Once you have humidity, heat, and porous materials, mold can proliferate. After a flood, SERVPRO removes all of the water and debris, cleans everything, and dries the area using air movers and dehumidifiers. We also recommend turning on the AC to assist in cooling the space and further removing humidity.

Moisture sometimes remains in hard to reach areas. Hardwood flooring can absorb a great deal of moisture, sometimes causing cupping or buckling of the flooring.  For example, we may use a desiccant dehumidifier to dry low evaporation materials such as hardwood floors.

Moisture can also remain in wall cavities or other hard to reach areas. SERVPRO may use thermal imaging cameras to detect areas that appear to be dry but are still wet from water penetration. Wet items absorb heat and expel heat at slower rates compared to dry items. A wet piece of drywall might appear dry; however, a thermal imaging camera can quickly show which portions of the wall are still filled with moisture and a perfect place for mold to grow.

Our corporate contractor licenses include Mold Remediation licensed and the contractor number is MSMR2529. We are the experts in mold remediation!

Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Pine Island, North Fort Myers, St James City, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Some Ways to Avoid Water Damage Escalating in Pine Island

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

rendering of a bathtub and washing machine overflowing Homeowners have to deal with many things which may include water damage. Contact SERVPRO right away.

Initial Steps After Small Water Losses in Pine Island Homes

How you respond to a water loss incident in your Pine Island residence can become the difference between costly mitigation and restoration services and successfully drying out a growing problem before it causes more significant concerns. While many homeowners have become self-taught DIY enthusiasts for their property, knowing when a situation is out of your skillset is an essential and cost-effective talent.

There are ways for homeowners to successfully manage and overcome water damage in Pine Island houses under the right circumstances, however. In most situations, the deciding factor is how quickly that a property owner can implement some of the initial steps that must get taken to both slow the migration of water loss effects and to begin drying out the damaged areas. Our SERVPRO team understands that you might not always need professional help, but we still want to ensure you get the satisfactory results you hope for by providing you with some helpful insight.

  1. Identify the Source and Repair the Damage

One of the first steps that any homeowner must take, even amidst attempting to sop up some of the water damage, is identifying the source of the emergency and shutting it off temporarily so you can fix it. Home improvement locations have all manner of compression fittings, new joints of plumbing, and new valves. As a general contracting firm certified through the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, our SERVPRO team can help you to install these damaged portions of plumbing if you are unsure of how to proceed.  

    2. Get Drying Started Immediately

Drying is vital in any water loss scenario, and the sooner it starts, the more successful it is. We use various air movers, dehumidifiers, and specialty equipment to accomplish this. You can use similar methods provided that the water damage has not penetrated inaccessible areas like wall cavities.

Many homeowners can successfully dry and recover their property after a small-scale water loss, but it must happen quickly. If you need any assistance or qualified technicians to check moisture content after your recovery, give our SERVPRO of Cape Coral restorers a call at (239) 573-5911.

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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.