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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)

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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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SERVPRO Can Help with Cape Coral Commercial Fire Losses

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

Cape Coral Commercial Fire Loss with Insurance Liabilities--Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

Commercial Fire Damage in Your Cape Coral Self-Storage Facility Calls for Restorative Cleaning

Self-storage facilities are prevalent in Cape Coral just like in other cities across the U.S.A. The proprietors of a majority of these facilities manage them safely and securely, but unfortunately, fire accidents can happen. To rent a storage space, the customer signs a renter’s agreement that prohibits the storage of flammable gases, liquids, or other hazardous materials or chemicals. However, unless the proprietors inspect the stored items visually, renters can still store prohibited materials.
 
Fires in these facilities usually occur because of storing hazardous materials inappropriately. Commercial fire damage in your Cape Coral self-storage facility can cause significant losses to you and your customers. Commercial renters may store inventory, furniture, equipment or supplies, while non-commercial renters may store vehicles and excess household goods. To stem on-going damage to the building and its contents, fire damage mitigation should begin as soon as possible.
 
Proper cleanup of your facility should involve removing the water or chemicals that firefighters used to extinguish the fire, smoke, and soot. Smoke, ash and fire extinguisher dust may damage the items left behind, including tarnishing metal. The Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) at SERVPRO have the expertise and tools required to deal with the aftermath of a fire in your self-storage facility. Our restorers can walk through the premises with you to inspect the affected areas and possessions. We can then pretest the cleanability of surfaces and materials. Some factors that affect the cleanability of materials include:
 
• Type of material burned
• Amount of heat
• Moisture present
• Airflow patterns in a building
 
We can use various techniques such as mechanical action, chemical action, and lubrication to remove fire and smoke residues from the affected areas of your self-storage facility. We can separate the ruined belongings into unsalvageable, salvageable, and questionable categories. Our crew disposes of the unsalvageable items and cleans the salvageable ones. We can take the questionable items to our facilities for thorough inspection and cleaning. Note that we utilize the CCIS Contents Claim Inventory Service paperwork and documentation which can assist you with the insurance claims. We understand that commercial fire insurance is a rigorous exercise to navigate successfully.
 
Smoke odors may remain on surfaces after we have cleaned up your facility. Our technicians can remove the odors using equipment like Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers and hydroxyl generators. Our SERVPRO technicians can also provide you with rebuild and reconstruction services besides fire restoration services.
 
If your self-storage facility sustains fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 for restorative cleaning services. We can tackle the destruction and try to make it seem “Like it never even happened.”

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The Core Restoration Services of the SERVPRO of Cape Coral Team

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

We always strive to lend a helping hand through any disaster in our Cape Coral community.

Our SERVPRO is committed to helping our Cape Coral through all losses.

As a coastal region, our SERVPRO restoration services must get specifically tailored to the needs of residents and commercial properties in Cape Coral and its surrounding areas. We have grown substantially over the years, attracting the best talent for our restoration teams and offering compelling and high-quality service in every facet of the industry including areas like biohazard cleaning, air duct cleaning, and full-scale reconstruction and repairs. We strive to “Make Happy Customers,” and that begins with a commitment to our clients to go above and beyond in every conceivable way to make the entire restoration experience as rewarding and  positive as possible. 

Storm 

As unfortunate as the reality might be, our Cape Coral area is known for severe weather events that can be a destructive force against the coastline. In 2016, for example, our SERVPRO disaster relief response team helped to return more than 90 homes to preloss condition after devastating tornadoes. We have also been a response team to trust for hurricanes, and often work 16+ hour days like we had done in recovering losses after Hurricane Irma because no customer should have to wait for this work. 

As a part of a Large Loss Recovery Team, we can handle storm damage to Cape Coral homes and businesses quickly and confidently – regardless of their size and severity. This union with other divisions of our parental company helps us to have an infinite pool of experienced technicians accredited in every facet of the recovery industry and the latest equipment and products to overcome any effects upon our arrival. 

With a full-scale restoration team within our ranks, we can offer a comprehensive approach that includes temporary construction solutions to get mitigation started in Cape Coral homes after storm losses. We can also seamlessly transition from this drying and extraction work into build back and reconstruction that the property requires with a full crew well experienced in the building trades. 

Water

Even with our range of restoration services our SERVPRO of Cape Coral team offers homes and businesses, we are still most sought out for our water recovery efforts. Because of this, it is the area where our team is the most qualified and experienced, even encouraging the majority of our staff and personnel to obtain base certifications as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) 

Our project management, crew chiefs, and even the boots on the ground for water damage in Cape Coral homes and businesses have an average of 10+ years in the industry. This attraction for qualified professionals has helped to bolster our successes in the region. Because of our “Make Happy Customers” mentality and family-feel infrastructure, we can retain these same technicians to continually offer among the most experienced water recovery on the coast. 

Part of our successes in restoring water damage in Cape Coral properties is our investment into the latest equipment, products, and tools. We know how vital a fast response can be in water loss situations, so we arrive with an array of extraction and drying tools that show our customers how quickly we can make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Mold 

Being an experienced and respected mold remediation team in the Cape Coral area requires more than expensive equipment. Our SERVPRO outfit strives to continue to be a leading remediation and recovery team throughout all of Florida by offering our customers a comprehensive and full-service approach to overcoming mold. Each of the staff in this critical division of our team has IICRC certifications as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) and often combine this endorsement with Water Restoration (WRT) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD) training as well. We also have our Mold Remediation Contractor License (MSMR 2529) for stressful situations and additional training and education through the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI.)

The objective with the education and training is to provide every mold damage situation in Cape Coral the same confident and quality response. From thorough inspections through colony removal strategies like media and sandblasting and full reconstruction efforts, our professionals have the cutting-edge equipment and the experience to use it properly. Each of the technicians we have in our remediation team averages more than ten years of experience as well. We are providing a unified front of knowledgeable field personnel to help all properties.  

Mold damage in Cape Coral homes and businesses can quickly get out of control and become a hazardous situation for those exposed. We focus on the safety of our professionals and our customers through this traumatic experience, working to rapidly and safely get the organism contained, and the colonies ultimately removed without incident. 

Fire 

Fire is one of the most traumatic situations that can affect Cape Coral homes and businesses, and one that can be nearly impossible to avoid entirely. With so many potential sources for ignition, our SERVPRO professionals must stay prepared to mobilize in fire recovery scenarios at any time. 

Overcoming fire damage in Cape Coral homes requires a fast response from our technicians that can both start containment efforts. By spreading effects and work to begin reducing the concentration of these threats where they get found inside. We can confidently address air quality concerns, soot, smoke residues, structural damage, and widespread odors after a fire loss incident. 

With a full team of contracting specialists with years of experience in the building trades combined with the experienced professionals of our content management division, we can work to protect both the structural integrity of your fire-damaged Cape Coral property and the personal belongings and furniture kept inside. 

Our SERVPRO of Cape Coral team knows that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and that is how we can continue to grow and evolve into a leading presence in the restoration industry for the entire state of Florida. No matter when disaster strikes, or how severe these situations might appear, you can always count on the fast response and experience of our technicians to return it to preloss conditions. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (239) 573-5911.


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Flood Damage Cape Coral – Open Window Causes Flood

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will walk you through the correct steps.

Let us help you take on your storm damage.

The combination of a sudden storm and an open window can cause a lot of flood damage in minutes. Wind and driving rain can quickly soak carpeting, furniture, and fabrics. Homeowners encountering this situation should mop up as much water as they can to mitigate the impact of the flooding. However, if there are wet electronics, avoid turning them on. Unplug them only if it is safe to enter the room. If in doubt, wait for the experts to arrive and provide assistance. 

SERVPRO can quickly help to control the flood damage in Cape Coral in these situations. Our technicians can quickly assess the conditions, remove electronics and furniture for drying and recovery. A team member can inventory the contents of the room to assist in the claim process with your insurance company. 

Removal of the carpeting and the wet underpad can decrease the humidity immediately. Drying time is also shortened and can also avoid damage to baseboards. Ceilings under the room avoid damage from moisture. Particleboard flooring under the carpeting absorbs moisture quickly if the carpets are not removed. Removing the carpet and underpad can also enhance the drying time of the floor and speed up the restoration of your home. SERVPRO works fast to mitigate the damage to reduce the total cost to the homeowner and the insurance company. 

Fast response by our SERVPRO technicians also reduces the opportunity for the growth of mold. There is less disruption to the homeowner. Homeowners can regain the use of the damaged room or in some cases, the entire home quickly. Fast restoration minimizes time away from your home. Installation of new flooring, walls painted if needed, and your furniture returned to your home fully restored. Our objective is to restore your home to its original condition. 

Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 for 24/7 service. We serve Pine Island. North Fort Myers and local communities in the area. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster in your area. 

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Pine Island Condos and Houses Benefit from SERVPRO's Water Recovery Efforts--Less Damage

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Another Relieved Pine Island Homeowner--SERVPRO Taking Care of the Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Professional Services and Equipment Used To Perform Water Removal In Your Pine Island Home

There is any number of ways in which water can enter your property in the Pine Island area. Everything from a water line bursting, to an overflowing toilet, or even a rather nasty storm can cause water problems that take the help of a trained restoration expert to overcome.

When performing water removal services in your Pine Island area home, restoration professionals use a variety of equipment to achieve optimal results. Aside from the apparent water extraction equipment, a water damage restoration technician (WRT) uses to remove standing water from your home; other devices are needed.

SERVPRO technicians use detection and monitoring devices to locate and determine how much additional moisture exists in a specific area. Sensors help detect moisture content in soft materials, such as carpet and padding. Sensors make it easier to discover how far water migrates and produces an audible and visual signal once discovered. A process that helps technicians remove water faster and more efficiently than ever before.

SERVPRO teams also use moisture meters, which help return water found in natural materials to a specified level. Probes on a moisture meter can fit into wall cavities or underneath wood flooring, reaching areas where water often hides. Remember, the longer water has to sit in your home, the more damage it can cause, and even small amounts of liquid often to lead to significant damages.

SERVPRO puts thermo-hygrometers to work for you as well. These devices measure both temperature and relative humidity (RH), helping technicians determine whether and where to use air movers, air scrubbers, or dehumidifiers for the job at hand. All in all, our technicians put all of the training and experience to work on every job we do. We provide you with quick, efficient restoration services you can trust to protect your home from environmental damages that may exist in your area.

Call the staff at SERVPRO of Cape Coral for additional information about services available in your area, or to schedule your home’s initial inspection, today. Our team provides professional cleaning, and restoration services throughout the North Fort Myers, Bokeelia, and St. James City areas, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. (239) 573-5911

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Our Experts Explain The Importance Of Blasting During Our Fire Damage Restoration Process In Cape Coral

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

When fire damage displaces your tenants, call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 to get everything back to normal.

Blasting Helps Mitigate Commercial Fire Damage In Cape Coral Apartments And Rental Housing Units

Renting to different people in Cape Coral means your rental property often sustains damage of varying types and degrees. Sometimes that damage becomes severe. When such a disaster happens, it can keep you from renting the property and making a monthly profit.

Property owners call SERVPRO when they need a professional mitigation team in Cape Coral who can resolve commercial fire damage issues. Our services include mitigating both the damage caused by the fire itself and the smoke from that fire. We clean soot from walls, ceilings, and non-damaged floors, scrub the air with HEPA filters, extract the moisture from the air and what soaked into the property's structure, and deodorize.

When fire burns the walls in a house, the structure inside can become charred. We remove the walls and expose the framework. The heat from a fire can become so intense that it chars the beams without ever burning them directly. This charred condition can cause problems later, so we remove the charred areas down to unaffected wood.

We use soda blasting to remove the charred, blackened portions of each beam. Because it is non-toxic, we do not need to worry about any residue between the time we blast the beams and when we clean the area. This lets us work more efficiently. We can also work in confined places when using soda, where if we used dry ice, we would need ventilation equipment.

Soda blasting cleans wood and other surfaces of soot and charred areas. When we vacuum up the used soda from the floor, we also remove the carbon that the blasting scraped away from the trusses, joists, and rafters, as well as the beams. We use this method to reduce the number of materials needing replacement.

The elimination of the charred areas also reduces the amount of soot that produces odors. We use air scrubbers and thermal fogging to remove the soot that creates odors, and cleaning the wood framework of carbonized areas helps enormously. We do this and additional mitigation so you can list your property and start collecting rent again.

When fire damage displaces your tenants, call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 to get everything back to normal. Landlords in Pineland, Flamingo Bay, and St James City can rely on us for their mitigation and cleaning needs.

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How SERVPRO Restores Your Salt Water Flood Damaged Home

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Is your water damage caused by fresh or salt water? Salt water requires specialized cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral today!

Salt Water Surge Complications: Why SERVPRO Is a Cape Coral Flood Damage Restoration Leader

When extreme weather hits Southwest Florida, residential flooding is a predictable consequence in Cape Coral. Tropical storms and hurricanes disrupt the Gulf water tides and currents, often resulting in a storm surge that mixes salt water with the rain that also intrudes into your foundation, crawl space or lower levels. The added challenges of salt and other minerals delivered with the storm surge is why contracting with our experienced team is a must. 

Flood damage in coastal areas like Cape Coral requires special procedures and safeguards when the ocean joins with torrential rain to devastate your home. It is not sufficient to remove the water and dry out the structure. Flushing the salt water-affected spaces with fresh water is the only way to halt the corrosive power of the minerals dissolved in the sea surge. Our team is highly-trained and experienced in mitigating the perils of salt flooding, which is why our number must be the first you call. 

Saltwater causes defibration in wood and products, such as drywall, made from cellulose. As the water dries, the salt crystals remain, pushing the fibers of the building materials apart. The process causes a signature “fuzzy” appearance and weakens the materials over time. Our crew members are familiar with the phenomenon and know how destructive it can become. That is why SERVPRO makes sure the salt levels normalize during remediation. 

Salt water also slowly destroys materials like concrete and cinder blocks, traditionally used in slab foundations and crawl spaces. Attending to the long term devastation storm surge can inflict on the building blocks of your home is why SERVPRO takes great care to test for and treat salt water infiltrates. The flood damage done by salt water might not show up immediately in concrete construction, but over the years the slow deterioration occurs and can surprise homeowners years later.  

It is far better to identify and treat saltwater contamination at the time of the disaster, explaining why SERVPRO of Cape Coral prioritizes saltwater evaluation during flood damage remediation. Let us demonstrate our superior results with a call to (239) 573-5911.

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Our Odor Control Specialists Will Restore Your Fire Damaged Home In Cape Coral

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

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How Odor Control Technicians Can Help You With Fire Damage In Cape Coral

One of the main challenges our experts face in fire claims is controlling aggressive odors. Certain materials like synthetics and proteins can create stubborn odors which cannot be masked using household air fresheners. Our odor control technicians (OCT) are adept at recognizing different types of odor and remediating them using a range of different techniques from fumigation to spray on solvents.

The most effective method of removing odors after fire damage in Cape Coral is by removing the source of the odor. When materials burn, they release gases into the surrounding environment that can set onto surfaces or inside fabrics in the form of soot deposits. These soot deposits are the source of an odor and can be difficult to remove; especially in slow burning fires where smokes can damage the finish or enter porous materials.

SERVPRO technicians are equipped with a full range of chemical agents to help tackle soots and smoke deposits. For some wet smokes, we may need to strip or refinish damaged items to fully restore them. Damages to structural components or the structure itself can benefit from sandblasting, soda blasting, and corrosive chemical cleaning. Fabrics, on the other hand, respond best to foam cleaning- which prevents shrinkage or color bleeding.

Sources of odor are notoriously tricky to pin down which is why at SERVPRO we use a variety of methods simultaneously to tackle a stubborn smell. One method vaporizes solvents containing pairing agents. These agents can bond with odor particles and neutralize them. Alternatively, strategic placing of pellets, spraying of surfaces or removal and disposal of heavily soiled items can be a comprehensive method of odor control.

Fires are usually traumatic experiences, and lingering odors can be an unpleasant reminder of recent events. SERVPRO operate with compassion and discretion to altogether remove the odor; allowing you to get on with your everyday life.

For expert OCT technicians, contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911.

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