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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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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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