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A Bokeelia Home, Smelly Smoke?! Call SERVPRO for Odor Removal

12/12/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Bokeelia Home, Smelly Smoke?! Call SERVPRO for Odor Removal Bokeelia Smoke Odor Removal Needed? Contact Us--SERVPRO--To Restore Great Indoor Air Quality

Air Quality Concerns after a Fire in Your Bokeelia Residence

Many Bokeelia homeowners work to keep their properties in top form, and that comes with a lot of educational opportunities to care for the needs of the home as small problems arise. However, there are some situations which demand experience and expertise to overcome, and a fire in your home is such an occasion. Even when the blaze was not substantial enough to cause significant structural concerns, there are still risks associated with trying to take care of this problem on your own.

Fire odor control can often be a chief concern for restorers and Bokeelia homeowners alike once the flames have gotten extinguished and initial mitigation and restoration steps have begun. Our SERVPRO team not only has their certifications to make them experienced and educated with Fire and Smoke Restoration through the IICRC, but many of our restorers also have secondary certifications in odor removal. This additional training offers our customers effective real-time solutions from our technicians who know how to handle the widespread effects of a fire on a property.

Hydroxyl generators are a popular choice for our SERVPRO technicians who look to improve the indoor air quality overall while also contending with odors spread throughout the property. These machines can help to purify the air in the affected areas of your home, removing particulates, dust, debris, smoke residue, and even odor molecules from the vicinity.

However, these machines are not the only option available to our SERVPRO professionals. The thermal fogging machines we have in our arsenal of restoration equipment offers the ability to neutralize harsh odor molecules on contact. These machines can neutralize the scent and is safe to use on softer materials like clothing, carpeting, drapery, and other textiles.

Fire damages can present many obstacles for the homeowner recovering their property after a blaze. Our SERVPRO of Cape Coral fire restoration technicians have the advanced equipment to improve air quality inside of your home to begin to make the situation “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (239) 573-5911.

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When Your Cape Coral Dance Studio Suffers Severe Flood Damage Our Team Can Help

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Your Cape Coral Dance Studio Suffers Severe Flood Damage Our Team Can Help When your dance studio crashes with mother nature, you can experience flood damage in your Cape Coral business.

Cape Coral Dance Studios Receive Professional Flood Damage Assistance

Running a dance studio in Cape Coral involves more than just grabbing customers off of the streets and teaching people how to dance. You have to figure out how to make your studio better than anyone else, come up with a personality, decide which styles you want to teach, have a clear mission, and set realistic goals.

When your dance studio crashes with mother nature, you can experience flood damage in your Cape Coral business. Water easily affects the entire company, causing damage to office equipment, as well as the lifeblood of any dance studio, the floors. If you teach ballet, ballroom, flamenco, jazz, lyrical, modern, or even tap, your flooring has a direct effect on your students progress.

So, when considering which restoration company to choose to support your business, you want one that understands everything possible about different floor designs. It isn’t enough to know how to remove water; you want someone who can help you restore objects directly related to your business.

At SERVPRO we have all of the equipment, resources, and experience necessary to restore your ballet, flamenco, modern, and tap sprung floors to a quality condition. Whether you have standard paneling, short perimeter, or long perimeter subfloors, we can provide you with solutions you can count on to get back to what you care about, dancing.

SERVPRO technicians have access to water extraction equipment of all shapes and sizes, making it easier to remove water from the inside of your walls, ceiling, and floors. With just the right touch, our team addresses the entire affected area, making adjustments where necessary to provide you with the highest results possible.

SERVPRO technicians have full IICRC-industry certification and years of experience in the restoration trade. Our team is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to provide quality cleanup and restoration services, to businesses just like yours throughout the community.

Contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral for access to exceptionally trained professionals, looking to provide you with full-service solutions that help keep your dance studio running strong. Our entire Green Fleet stands ready to assist during your time of need, call today (239) 573-5911.

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How Our Professionals Can Protect Your St James City Home After A Water Damage Disaster

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Our Professionals Can Protect Your St James City Home After A Water Damage Disaster Water can invade your St James City home through many different channels.

A Skilled Water Cleanup Team Protects St James City Residences By Mitigating Damaged Areas

Water can invade your St James City home through many different channels. Broken pipes, loosened drains, a small tear in your roof, or even an old waterbed passed down to a teenager can all become culprits. Water quickly seeps into areas with the least resistance first.
 
When water mixes with detergents, cleaning supplies, or automotive fluids stored in your home our water cleanup specialists in St James City should handle the mess. At SERVPRO, we know how to keep such contamination contained and get it extracted quickly. Pumping invasive water out happens quickly, but we must continue working to extract the dampness left behind. Cleaning this up helps remove any contamination that occurred, also.
 
Clearing the area of any damaged belongings so we can clean these up and get them dried out is part of the water cleanup process. These may contain soiling or other substances that the water picked up. We do our best to make everything, not just your home itself, “Like it never even happened.” We know how important a stuffed toy can be to a child and always take that into consideration.
 
Other items, like camping gear and sporting equipment, can sustain damage from water that came from a clean source, particularly if you stored these items on a lower shelf in the garage or storage room. We can wipe all of the hard, non-porous surfaces down and rinse off other items. Air drying can help prevent microbial growth during the remainder of the off-season, keeping your gear in good shape for the next season.
 
The presence of water resting inside your home causes many different chemical reactions to take place. Many of these produce an odor that can range from slightly noticed to highly offensive. Once we finish with the bulk of the water cleanup tasks, our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can help eliminate the odors by using hydroxyl gas generators. This gas is safe to use while your home remains occupied and does not pose the possibility of changing the color of exposed textiles where damp. Ozone is advised against in those situations.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral knows that being Faster To Any Size Disaster helps protect our customers' properties from sustaining worse damage. Water cleanup teams work fast to stop the water from spreading further and get things dried out and back to normal quickly. Call us, no matter the size of the water that has invaded your home, at our 24-hour service number, (239) 573-5911. Our experts are here every day of the year to make sure your home receives fast attention.

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Revealed: Flooding in Cape Coral Can be Overcome With Team SERVPRO

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Revealed: Flooding in Cape Coral Can be Overcome With Team SERVPRO Storms and flooding in Florida can bring large amounts of water into your home. Call SERVPRO immediately should your home suffer from flood damage.

Managing Costs of Flood Damage in Cape Coral is Easier with Professional Help 

When a flood happens, the work and cost involved in the restoration process can be very disheartening. Even one inch of flooding can result in a significant restoration bill. This is because apart from ruining items structurally, floodwaters also contaminate those with porous materials leading to a lot of teardown and removal. Our IICRC certified restoration services can help you deal with the challenges. We also work closely with your insurance adjuster ensuring all costs issues are addressed adequately.
 
Flood damage in Cape Coral is likely to happen in phases. The first phase is when primary damage happens and can result from rising waters, strong wind or even driving rain. The second phase involves secondary damage which is mostly brought about by standing water or excess moisture in the affected structure. Our SERVPRO crew can help you avoid this secondary damage, and the costs associated with it by extraction water fast. We have high-speed pumps and portable as well as truck-mounted extractors with storage tanks that can hold up to 12 gallons and 100 gallons respectively.
 
Mold easily develops in structures when they flood. Such growth happens because mold colonies only need enough moisture to grow because the other aspects that fuel its growth like an organic food source are readily available. Our SERVPRO crew use antimicrobial cleaning agents when cleaning affected areas to eliminate spores. We also have high-speed air movers and industrial grade dehumidifiers that we use to dry your structure to preloss levels. By preventing mold proliferation, we help you avoid the extra costs of remediation.
 
Sometimes, damage to items can happen because of extended exposure to a moist environment. Flood-damaged properties have higher levels of humidity because of evaporation. In case the building was breached by storm winds or by falling debris such as tree branches, there is a need to protect the contents from further loss. Our SERVPRO crew can move out items limiting exposure to the higher humidity levels. We can also secure the structure from weather elements by boarding up or installing roof tarps.
 
Dealing with the effects of flood damage can be a costly affair. Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral to help you manage the restoration, cost-effectively. You can reach us at (239) 573-5911. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Your Pine Island Retail Shop Flooded? Quick, Call SERVPRO!

11/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Your Pine Island Retail Shop Flooded? Quick, Call SERVPRO! SERVPRO Keeps Your Shopping Options Afloat with Flooding Extraction at Pine Island

Why Immediate Response Is Key to Saving Your Pine Island Business

When disaster strikes your Pine Island business, minimizing damage keeps restoration costs low. After flooding, water extraction, and drying are necessary processes to prevent mold growth. To save your business and have peace of mind, contact SERVPRO commercial flood damage experts. That is the second most important step after contacting your insurance adjuster. In fact, we have a 24/7/365 emergency hotline that ensures fast service delivery to the local community. Contact saves you and can ensure the continuity of your business. Have you ever wondered what the key to saving your business in case of flooding is?

The answer to mitigating commercial flood damage in your Pine Island business is an immediate response. By calling SERVPRO, we can dispatch a crew to begin the water extraction. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Whether a bookstore or pet shop, our immediate response helps reduce severe damage.

Though we are an independently owned franchise, we are part of a national network of over 1,700 SERVPRO Franchises; we have cutting-edge equipment used to extract, dry and deodorize your business. Our equipment includes air movers, dehumidifiers, sump pumps, truck-mounted gas-powered extractors, and much more.

Mold growth can be one of the most significant challenges businesses face after a flood loss. Mold can grow on open surfaces such as walls and ceilings. Apart from that, it grows in areas hidden from view for instance behind walls and floor joists. Mold can cause health effects to you, your employees and customers. Thanks to your call, we mitigate the effects of flooding and restore your business. This prevents mold growth and protects your business.

We are IICRC certified technicians. As such, we adhere to industry standards when tackling flood damage in your establishment. When it comes to fast-tracking the insurance claims process, we work closely with you and your insurance adjuster. We document the damage and monitor the drying process.

Commercial flood damage can lead to the closure of your business permanently if the right steps are not taken. By calling SERVPRO of Cape Coral via our 24/7/365 emergency line at (239) 573-5911, you get immediate help.

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When The Fire is Finally Out - The First Call Should Be to SERVPRO Without A Doubt!

10/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When The Fire is Finally Out - The First Call Should Be to SERVPRO Without A Doubt! Though a house fire is devastating, it is something you want to get taken care of immediately.

Why You Should Not Delay Restoration of Fire Damage In Pine Island

When there is a fire in your Pine Island property, you might be so dejected to take any remedial actions immediately. This is especially the case if the flames or smoke affected more than one room in the building. Delaying restoration is a bad idea because even after the blaze is out, other damages can still occur. Hiring a professional restorer can help lift the burden that you feel, and although it comes at a cost, it helps you avoid many problems that might develop later on.

In most cases of fire damage in Pine Island, most of the harm results from smoke deposits. While this outcome is better than the searing of surfaces by flames and heat, leaving the residue on affected surfaces for extended periods would lead to other problems. Soot is acidic and therefore tends to stain or even corrode surfaces when left in place long. Surfaces such as marble stain permanently from extended exposure, while glass in windows or other surfaces tends to look cloudy from such exposure. Our SERVPRO team removes smoke residues fast by vacuum action or wiping affected surfaces.

When a fire is fierce enough to cause structural damage such as a caved-in roof or a hole in the wall, weather elements can cause other problems if the issue is not addressed immediately. For example, if it rains, water can leak into the structure causing severe damages. In such cases, our SERVPRO team can help in different ways including using temporary measures such as boarding up the structure or using plastic sheets to seal the structure. We can also move out items from the affected area to protect them from further damage.

Most fires are put out using water, and in the effort to subdue the blaze before it becomes uncontrollable, excessive water might be used. Therefore, restoration involves removal of standing water or drying contents soaked when fighting the blaze. If such water is left standing for too long, issues like mold develop. Our SERVPRO team is equipped with enough water extractors to remove water before the 48 hours mold needs to develop elapse.

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Although fire incidents leave you discouraged, you should not hesitate to start the restoration. Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral for assistance. You can reach us at (239) 573-5911 for personalized assistance.

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Biohazardous Cleanup by SERVPRO Restores Cape Coral Structures to Pre-loss Condition--Safety for All

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Biohazardous Cleanup by SERVPRO Restores Cape Coral Structures to Pre-loss Condition--Safety for All SERVPRO Protecting Schools and Structures in Cape Coral from Biohazardous Materials

Sewage Pipe Backup in Your Cape Coral School Needs Professional Services

Running a school in Cape Coral puts a lot of students and their families in the hands of the decisions that you make to maintain the facilities. Unexpected disasters or hazardous conditions present a clear threat to the people that use your institution throughout the week and require immediate and professional expertise to overcome. Biohazards and unsanitary conditions like sewage backing up into the building pose health risks and safety concerns for your staff and students.

When it comes to biohazard cleanup, many administrators in the Cape Coral area might be unfamiliar with what to do. In instances like sewage backing up into the facility, bacteria and the potential for airborne pathogens presents a risk even to your dedicated custodial staff that handles maintenance for the school throughout the year. Our SERVPRO professionals have unique training and certifications to manage these situations and to restore your school to a safe and sanitary state. Isolating the affected area from the rest of the structure using physical barriers like polypropylene sheeting is crucial.

One of the primary concerns with a situation like this is the removal of the water and excrement from the floors where the line backed up into the building. Pumps and vacuums can help to remove the fluids present, while cleaning takes place safely and deliberately. Our SERVPRO technicians wear full body personal protective equipment including respirators and Tyvek suits to prevent contamination to ourselves or other areas of your building.

Additionally, equipment like air scrubbers gets used to pull microscopic particulates and bacteria from the environment while this restoration process is underway. Once the cleanup has completed, our team can focus on disinfection and deodorization efforts using tools like thermal foggers to remove the lingering odor permanently.

There are many people that you have to concern yourself with when you run a school and make decisions that determine the safety of those who use it. When the facility gets threatened by a situation like sewage, trust our experienced SERVPRO of Cape Coral rapid response team to clean up the mess and make things safe for the students and staff once more. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (239) 573-5911.

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How Leaking Fauctes Can Cause Secondary Damage in Your Pine Island Kitchen

10/3/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Leaking Fauctes Can Cause Secondary Damage in Your Pine Island Kitchen Small Leaks can quickly cause larger problems. SERVPRO can stop the leak, access the damage, and restore your kitchen.

Leaking Fixture Can Cause Water Damage to Your Pine Island Kitchen

While there are substantial threats to your Pine Island home over the years, there are often smaller circumstances that cause severe effects on your house. Even something as simple as a fixture of a kitchen sink or a leaking pipe underneath it, can lead to widespread concerns throughout this affected area. When you are posed with a situation like this, the best route that you can take is to contact professional restoration services.

Even with something as simple as a leaking kitchen faucet, the subsequent water damage to your Pine Island home might be more than a homeowner can comfortably take care of on their own. More to this point, water damage can spread into areas and materials that are difficult to determine and pinpoint without advanced equipment and techniques, often leading to inadequate cleanup for the DIY approaches.

Our SERVPRO professionals are available any time of the day or night to help you overcome the situations in your home that threaten to cause water damage. With industry-leading equipment and skilled technicians at your disposal, the problem can get identified quickly, and the appropriate measures can get taken to limit the spread of the damage and to overcome the effects as promptly as possible.

While repairing the source of the damage, cutting off the water supply is one of the initial steps to begin the restoration.  Our SERVPRO technicians must thoroughly inspect all the affected areas for lingering moisture and dampness. Water spreads quickly and can affect cabinetry, flooring, and walls throughout the kitchen. The more saturated these materials become, the weaker or more distorted they can become as well. Taking care of this moisture is critical.

As with any situation of water damage, mitigation is an essential step. This process can help the symptoms from getting worse as the plan gets formulated for the best restoration approach. To preserve your home as much as possible, reach out to our SERVPRO of Cape Coral restoration technicians as soon as you discover a problem. Our rapid response team is available 24/7 by calling (239) 573-5911.

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The Real Truth Behind Mold Damage in Your North Fort Myers Home

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Real Truth Behind Mold Damage in Your North Fort Myers Home Mold can quickly spread and stain parts of your home. Call SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the mold damage.

Mold Damage in Your North Fort Myers Residence can Stain Walls and Ceilings

Microbes can cause severe damage to your home and garage in North Fort Myers. Materials can crumble and fall apart, odors can become highly apparent, and stains can show up on your home's surfaces.
 
When your home suffers from these signs, mold damage in North Fort Myers is a likely cause. SERVPRO technicians can evaluate the situation for you, and if our IICRC-certified Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT) determines the presence of mold, we can begin remediation efforts immediately.
 
The combination of saturated air with cold walls and ceilings causes moisture to condense on these surfaces. When the source of sustenance needed by microbes exists where they also exist, mold damage quickly occurs. This can seem to happen overnight. Mold can begin growing within 24 to 48 hours after conditions favorable to microbes occur. Mold and mildew already exist everywhere inside your home. It is the lack of moisture available to these microorganisms that keep them under control.
 
As we remove materials that mold consumed and damaged, we also work to remove the extra moisture from your home. We work within negative air chambers that we construct on-site to keep spores from leaving the immediate area. Air scrubbers help us achieve this. Outside of these chambers and throughout your home, other team members of our remediation crew work to locate sources of moisture so we can seal these off and make them disappear.
 
We also set up dehumidifiers and desiccant machines to dry the air until it reaches normal humidity levels. These remove the water vapor so it cannot feed any spores that already escaped and landed elsewhere inside your home.
 
When mold damage remains slight and only caused staining on walls and ceilings, we can clean this up for you and make things “Like it never even happened.” This can help reduce the odor mold and mildew cause so often. However, we can also mitigate odor problems for you, when necessary. Just discuss this with our employees, and we can explain suitable options for you.
 
SERVPRO of Cape Coral serves the Pine Island, Flamingo Bay, and Bokeelia areas for professional mitigation of all types of disasters. When your home needs expert mold damage remediation, call us at (239) 573-5911 for 24-hour service. We can help restore your home and get your property how you want again.

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Cape Coral's Commercial Flood Damage Experts Talk About Being Prepared

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Cape Coral's Commercial Flood Damage Experts Talk About Being Prepared Nobody knows exactly when a violent storm will hit, but there are still steps you can take as a business owner to help your company with preparedness.

Commercial Flood Damage

Anyone who owns a business in Cape Coral this summer should remember the infamous boy scout motto, "Be prepared!" During the summer time the chances of thunderstorms hitting the area and causing commercial flood damage increases. Many conditions created during storms can cause problems with your building. For example, high-speed winds can blow objects like rocks and branches into your bakery's display window causing excessive moisture to enter. Following the old boy scout motto and being prepared can help the commercial flood damage situation go much more smoothly.

Nobody knows exactly when a violent storm will hit, but there are still steps you can take as a business owner to help your company with preparedness. When our SERVPRO technicians show up after an emergency commercial flood damage call in Cape Coral, it is sometimes difficult to get work authorization and other information. In some cases, the water or electricity in the building needs to be shut off. Some businesses keep some doors locked, and only certain people have keys to them. These are all reasons why it is good to come up with a plan in case a disaster takes place.

September is nominated national preparedness month, and it reminds us that we all must prepare for possible disasters now and throughout the year. Government agencies use the entire month of September to help people prepare for all types of disasters. Every week during the month there is content available including step by step guides to help you, your company and your family be prepared for a potential disaster put out on Ready.gov.

Our SERVPRO team can help you with creating a preparedness plan. We can come out to your bakery before a disaster strikes and get all of the info we will need when and if something happens. We will figure out where any water and electricity shutoffs are located before we need to find them in an emergency situation. We can also form an agreement with your business making us your official restoration contractor when something goes wrong.

Help your business be prepared for disasters today by calling SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 any day of the week.

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Eliminating Fire Damage Odors in North Fort Myers

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Eliminating Fire Damage Odors in North Fort Myers Smoke residues can cause foul odors even after the fire is put out and the area cleaned up. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the damage which lingers.

Our SERVPRO Technicians Offer Many Cleaning and Odor Removal Solutions After a Fire

In dealing with the after-effects of a fire, many North Fort Myers homeowners find that smoke odors are the hardest problem to remove. The difficulty is that odors generate from multiple sources like material burned, level of heat, amount of oxygen present, and more. After extinguishing the fire, determining the exact type of odor residue is often not possible.
 
SERVPRO restoration teams combine multiple cleaning techniques and use multi-phase odor control procedures to deodorize a home and eliminate this last effect of North Fort Myers fire damage. With them, technicians can block or destroy odor-causing, smoke residues regardless of the source or intensity.
 
The combination takes odor removal and control procedures to eliminate residues as quickly as possible. Technicians first remove all property physically damaged by the fire. Burned structural and personal property exudes an incredible amount of odors, and removing them clears out what are often the strongest odors.
 
Next, they remove any visible residues. If the fire burned quickly, it leaves dry, powdery residues that SERVPRO technicians remove using cleaning sponges. If the residue is very thick, team members may use a spray bottle with water or a mild cleaning agent to make wiping down surfaces easier. A slow-burning fire usually leaves stickier residues which require stronger cleaners and perhaps even a scrub brush or other agitation device to break up them up for removal.
 
If odors remain after property removal and cleaning, then additional techniques such as vaporization are needed to deodorize the home. Multi-phase cleaning starts with chemical containment. The goal is to prevent the release of further odor-causing molecules with a chemical spray that stops it or slows down enough to move to the next phase.
 
With vapor odor control, the goal for technicians is to block odor-causing particles already airborne. They use a counteracting granular agent that releases a more pleasing odor which overwhelms the malodor. If there are still odors after that, then technicians begin phase three.
 
The final step to eliminate odors is thermal fogging. Technicians disperse a solvent-based deodorant using a commercial fogger. The heating element breaks down the deodorant to the same size particles as the odor so they can penetrate walls and furniture just as deeply. The deodorant is designed to bond with the malodor, chemically changing and neutralizing it.
 
Treating homes and personal property for odors can be an extensive process. If you are dealing with the effects of fire damage in your home, call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 to schedule an inspection and begin restoration.

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Broken Supply Lines and Tropical Storms Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Fort Myers Home

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Broken Supply Lines and Tropical Storms Can Cause Flood Damage in Your Fort Myers Home Fort Myers Homeowners, Unlike Gators, Do Not Like Flooding--So They Call SERVPRO for Water Removal

SERVPRO Has the Solutions for a Water Loss After a Flood

Indoor bathrooms have improved the quality of life for Fort Myers homes without question over the past century. While there are many positives to having these fixtures like toilets and sinks inside your house, there are also added risks with having them installed as well. While there is less likely a chance of these pipes freezing, like what might happen in northern homes, highly pressurized air in the service line bringing water into your home attacks the weakest connection it can find, which is often the self-installed implements like toilets and sink fixtures. Tropical storms are not the only reason a residence may take on flooding.

More to the point of what might happen should a supply line rupture at a connection, high volumes of water could spew out onto the floors, inside bathroom vanities, or back into the walls causing widespread flood damage throughout your Fort Myers residence. Ideally, you can shut off this supply of water to the break via a valve where your primary water line comes into your house. The trouble is, many homeowners do not precisely know where this is, and in some cases, it has been covered over with drywall during remodeling efforts. Flooding from rushing water from the exterior is not so readily stopped.

Our SERVPRO professionals know what to look for to shut the supply of water down so that the damage does not perpetually get worse. Part of the flood damage restoration process is working to lessen the impact of the disaster and mitigate the total water loss that your home experiences. With the source of the flooding being the bathroom in this scenario, our technicians begin our assessment here to determine how far reaching the damage is and what must occur to restore it. Water intrusion from the outside often is considered Black Water since it contains contaminants like pesticides, chemicals, mud, and other debris. Thermal imagery gets used to determine the presence of moisture behind materials like drywall to help isolate areas that need focused drying efforts later on.

Additionally, our focus is the extraction and the preservation of the materials that have gotten affected. It does not take long for materials like wood flooring to begin to warp and distort from oversaturation, so carefully drying out this material along with the subflooring after extraction is critical. We work to preserve all that we can in these situations, minimizing the overall tear out and replacement of materials where possible. Floodwaters that soak into carpets and soft materials are generally discarded to ensure that no health hazards can develop from microorganisms.

Flooding in your home can happen from some different sources, but the immediate response you need remains a constant. You can count on our SERVPRO of Cape Coral dedicated rapid response team to show up quickly and get to work on mitigating the damage. Give us a call anytime at (239) 573-5911.

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Water Cleanup in Pine Island

8/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Cleanup in Pine Island Hey Folks, for Water Removal and Cleaning in Pine Island, Leave It to SERVPRO

SERVPRO Restores Water Damaged Properties in Pine Island "Like it never even happened."

The initial removal and treatment of excess water can have the most impact, but once your house is in order, the real work begins. Exposure to water can leave unpleasant smells as well as stains on your furniture and walls. Those stains can quickly become a hotbed for mold or bacteria growth. You need professional cleaning and sanitization services to get your home good as new.
 
Water cleanup in Pine Island should be tackled by local experts who have the right chemical products to remove bacteria for good. After moisture dries through evaporation and dehumidification efforts, it can leave behind micro-bacteria and other micro-organisms. Left unchecked they can spread, developing into a hazardous issue. SERVPRO is ready to send trained technicians to help clean the obvious issues as well as less visible problems you might have missed.
 
It begins with a simple phone call. From there, we can send a SERVPRO technician to assess your furniture, upholstery, and paintwork. Our primary goal is to dry the affected area to the same level as other rooms in your house.
 
To do it, we first measure an unaffected area using a percentage measurement for wood and a points system for non-wood materials which becomes our 'dry goal'. As the baseline is being established, we bring in air movers and dehumidifiers to the affected area. Air movers rapidly evaporate moisture. Dehumidifiers then remove the evaporated moisture in the air, and this water is channeled away from the structure in drains or with holding tanks and containers.
 
Once we have reached our 'dry goal,' we begin the restoration process. SERVPRO adopts a "restore over replace" method.
The services we offer include wet cleaning for furniture, walls, and floors as well as upholstery cleaning using foam sanitizer to get beneath the surface. Once your home is dry, and your possessions cleaned, we can bring in air deodorizers to remove unpleasant smells that might be left behind.
 
Our water damage removal and cleanup services are available to all residents. For a thorough examination and professional deep clean, SERVPRO of Cape Coral is available. Call us now at (239) 573-5911 to get the help you need.

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Commercial Water Cleanup on Pine Island

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Cleanup on Pine Island If your food service business or cafe has sustained water damage, contact SERVPRO for a fast response that can help keep your doors open.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Use of Effective Tools During the Water Damage Remediation Process

After a disaster, Pine Island business owners need to reopen as quickly as possible. It is especially vital for food service establishments. No customers mean no way to pay employees and keep the lights on. For employees, it means no paycheck and no tips from happy, or at least tipsy customers.
 
Commercial water cleanup on Pine Island means taking on various tasks to protect and dry both the facility and property of a dockside bar and restaurant. SERVPRO restoration teams train and prepare to handle every situation.
 
Every business requires some level of water extraction, but with so much of the establishment open to the outside, our technicians can go directly to using extraction wands to remove water not already drained back in the Gulf. The wands are excellent for drawing water off concrete floors, out of carpeted areas, and from between floorboards.
 
Although water drains through a deck, the boards still collect a large amount of moisture as it falls through to the ground. The wands SERVPRO uses also contain a heating element. With proper use, one of our specialists can start to dry the outdoor deck area. To remove standing water on individual boards, team members use push brooms before bringing in the wands.
 
Most furniture in this type of eatery is designed to resist water damage, so drying and cleaning it is a lower priority compared to restoring the kitchen to a usable condition. Since this is an enclosed area, specialists set up fans and air movers to draw out the damp air inside and replace it with warmer, dry air as others use the extraction wands to remove water from the floor.
 
The fans and air movers also serve to dry out the underside of the kitchen equipment and behind it. The drying action not only prepares the grills, stoves, and more for use, it also reduces the risk of mold expanding and growing into a threat that requires additional, intensive cleaning.
 
Regardless if your flooding source is a hurricane or a failed water heater, contact us here at SERVPRO of Cape Coral to begin restoring your business. To schedule an inspection and receive a free estimate, call today at (239) 573-5911. We are here for you.

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Encountering Biohazards During Hoarding Cleanup In Cape Coral

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Encountering Biohazards During Hoarding Cleanup In Cape Coral Hoarding and Clutter Can Cause Biohazardous Conditions in a Cape Coral Condo

Difficult Situations Are Handled Delicately By SERVPRO During Biohazardous Cleanups

Sometimes a visit to relatives living what you hoped is a carefree life in Cape Coral reveals a troubling housekeeping state of affairs requiring intervention. A broad range of reasons can underlie what is often termed a hoarding situation, with the added risk of biohazard contamination. You and your family endured a roller coaster of emotions when a loved one struggles. Let us help with the cleanup.

Loss of control over the hygiene and order in a Cape Coral house can lead to the need for biohazard cleanup. You begin to comprehend that what you remember as cozy clutter transformed into an overwhelming mass of possessions and trash since your last trip, the scenario is dispiriting. Pushing up the shirtsleeves and getting out the elbow grease is not enough when odors and insects signal filth and decomposition under the disorder. Our technicians train for these daunting projects, and we invest in the equipment and products to help.
 
SERVPRO biohazard abatement technicians train to international industry standards through courses approved by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We also follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and local and state regulations as we clean and remove biohazardous substances. On a hoarding project our employees are never quite sure what harmful materials are in the mix, so the strategies mastered during IICRC training offer both specifics and a methodology to employ when the unexpected happens.
 
Our crew wears personal protective gear and use EPA registered antimicrobial agents during the cleanup. Removal of the garbage goes a long way toward returning the property to a pre-hoarding condition. The reality is, however, that after all items exit the premises smells and infectious substances can remain. SERVPRO takes the cleanup to another level, using cutting-edge deodorization equipment and EPA, OSHA, and health organization-approved sanitization products and techniques to eliminate lingering biohazards.
 
Decontamination of a home is tough under any circumstances, but when the dangerous materials built up because of neglect, mental illness, or inability to manage, the homeowner and family can feel shame and embarrassment. When readying for hoarding cleanups, SERVPRO stresses that our employees integrate information from sensitivity training into the mechanics of hoarding restoration. Inspecting, identifying, locating, and removing the molds, pathogens, human and animal waste, decayed foods, insects, and even profoundly disturbing finds such as deceased pets is hard for both the customers and our crew. Our approach respects all the individuals involved in resolving the problem.
 
SERVPRO of Cape Coral is a full-spectrum restoration company, licensed and certified in biohazard cleanup and restoration as well as storm, water, and fire remediation. Let us offer a compassionate solution to a challenging problem. Call us day or night at (239) 573-5911 to schedule a hoarding remediation evaluation.

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Only Professionals Know How to Tackle Smoke Residue Left By a Fire in Your Cape Coral Home

7/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Only Professionals Know How to Tackle Smoke Residue Left By a Fire in Your Cape Coral Home High flame or grease cooking should always be monitored to prevent a fire. Should your dinner turn into a fire situation, contact SERVPRO right away.

Team SERVPRO Understands Different Types of Residues and How Best to Clean Them After a Fire

Leaving your stove unattended while something is cooking can lead directly to fire damage. It is essential never to try and do other tasks that take you away from your kitchen while cooking. Cooking something like bacon produces a lot of grease, and it is very flammable. In just a few seconds, your pan of bacon can be on fire, and that blaze can spread. It is comforting to know that when accidents do occur, qualified help is never far away from your home.
 
Even a small blaze can be destructive and leave fire damage behind in your Cape Coral kitchen. Smoke residue adheres itself to whatever surface it can reach, and it can leave your kitchen behind very dirty. However, cleaning smoke residues is not as simple as wetting a cloth and using some dish soap. Depending on the state of the residue and what cleaning method is needed, a specific method can be selected to remove the stain.
 
It takes training to understand what kind of soot you are dealing with and what product should be used to remove it. It is essential to hire a professional restoration technician to help ensure the recovery of your kitchen. At SERVPRO, we understand that fire damage is time sensitive; the quicker we arrive at your home, the higher the chance of a successful restoration is.
 
When we get to your home, SERVPRO techs can carefully inspect the damages left behind by the fire. Understanding the source of the fire can significantly help us choose a cleaning method, as we pick products depending on what chemical reaction we desire. If we desire oxidation, SERVPRO can pick a specific chemical cleaning product to support that reaction. In order to clean the residue left behind by a fire, it is essential for you to hire professionals who understand just what your home needs.
 
If a fire breaks out in your home, it is best to call for a restoration service as soon as possible. Reach out to SERVPRO of Cape Coral by dialing (239) 573-5911. We are always open to take your call.

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Removing Flood Damage From Your Pine Island Home

7/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Removing Flood Damage From Your Pine Island Home Pine Island Homes and Condos Count on SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal after a Storm Hits

SERVPRO Extracts the Groundwater and then Dries Storm Damaged Properties to Reduce Losses

Residents of Pine Island are all too familiar with how rapidly things can change to disastrous conditions. With a single severe storm, water levels throughout the area can rise significantly over several hours of hard rains to pose a substantial threat of flooding to the homes here. In the worst of these conditions, the best a homeowner can hope for is to reduce the effects that this rising water has on their house, as preventing any damage entirely can be impossible.

Flood damages can present a host of problems for your Pine Island residence. While the average homeowner might consider this disaster to be something that you can bail out and dry up on your own, failure to fully restore your home following a flood can lead to worsening damages and instances like mold/microbial growth.

Our SERVPRO team knows that the clock is ticking from the moment that you make the call to when the restoration needs to complete to preserve as much of your home's structural integrity as possible. This process begins with a thorough inspection of the damage to your home while our professionals ready extraction equipment to begin removing the pooled water. It does not have to be a hurricane to cause a homeowner to move quickly to seek help with water extraction.

Removing the water is a critical part of our restoration process in these instances, and this typically gets achieved with portable sump pumps or larger vacuum systems. This can take several days. Drying the area is another step to follow the extraction, which helps to ensure continued damage to structural elements does not persist and that compounding conditions like mold growth do not occur as well.

Flood cuts often need to get made, which remove the bottom portion of drywall or paneling throughout an affected area. Not only is this material too damaged to continue using, but it helps our SERVPRO technicians to better access complicated and confined spaces for thorough drying.

This description is just a small piece of the entire restoration process but goes to show the kind of dedication that our SERVPRO of Cape Coral water damage technicians provide. We are available anytime that you need us by calling (239) 573-5911.

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How We Keep Commercial Fire Damage from Closing Your Office Space in Cape Coral

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How We Keep Commercial Fire Damage from Closing Your Office Space in Cape Coral If your office space suffers from fire damage after an electrical fire, contact SERVPRO for a quick response and effective remediation.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Quickly to Remediate Fire Damage in Your Business Facility

Electrical cords can overheat when caught in drawers or pinched behind office equipment, much like they can in your home. Offices in Cape Coral are not immune from this or any other disaster.
 
If your office space catches fire after cords or electrical outlets spark and leave you with commercial fire damage in Cape Coral, call us. SERVPRO's technicians are always on call, no matter when you need us and our services. We arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster and start as soon as our initial assessment finishes. We know keeping your business going strong relies on a fast response.
 
For businesses who already have a READY Plan in place with us, our response is even faster. If your company does not have one yet, call us about this free service that can help save your business like it has many other companies.
 
Mitigation of fire damage involves more than pulling out scorched and burned materials and possessions that no longer have any value. We also clean areas that contain no fire damage but instead remain unusable because of the amount of smoke and soot covering their surfaces. These often receive priority treatment so that the business can operate in these otherwise unharmed areas, but safely.
 
Soot contains many carcinogens and other substances that can make its presence unhealthy and uncomfortable. Everyone needs to breathe and inhaling smoke particles can make doing so extremely unpleasant. We clean these areas so we can take the time required to perform our work in other regions hit worse by the fire while you and your employees can more easily continue operating your business in less-damaged locations.
 
Correctly restoring your business involves removing the water from firefighting endeavors, removing damaged materials, including carpeting and other furnishings, odor control, reinstallation of materials, and much more. While we do these tasks, we keep you apprised of any new developments and the progress that we make. Communication is an essential aspect throughout the work we do.
 
SERVPRO of Cape Coral wants to help the businesses in Pine Island, Flamingo Bay, and everywhere nearby keep their normal operations going after a disaster involving fire damage or other problems that might force them to close otherwise. Call us at (239) 573-5911 to talk to us about how we can help you.

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A Severe Storm can Cause Mold to Grow in Your Personal Workshop

6/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation A Severe Storm can Cause Mold to Grow in Your Personal Workshop When mold damage affects your home workshop, it is time to contact SERVPRO for mitigation and remediation services. Call right away.

SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Tackle a Mold Infestation in Any Affected Home Space

When people think of mold damage occurring to their property, they think of their home. Sometimes, the other smaller buildings around your home, such as your garage, shed, or workshop, can be forgotten about when it comes to making preparations for storms. If a storm has crept up, it is entirely possible that you did not have the time to try and fortify these extra spaces. However, when you have a personal Workshop at home, any damage found inside needs to be taken care of, just like it would for the interior of the space that you live in. In these situations, it is fortunate that professional and reputable help is close to your home.
 
You may consider waiting to deal with the mold damage on your North Fort Myers property until it is a better time financially for you to deal with it. Your workshop is not your home and, because you're not living inside of it, waiting can be tempting. However, waiting to deal with mold damage can be dangerous for multiple reasons. Mold causes health effects and, if you are working in a space riddled with mold damage, you could endanger your health. Secondly, mold causes the decomposition of organic materials. In a workshop, you are liable to have wooden building supplies, such as 2x4s. Additionally, the frame of your space is more than likely made out of wood. By waiting, you could potentially cause harm to your workspace.
 
When you call SERVPRO, we make it our priority to get to your home fast and work fast. Our team of technicians can start by sectioning off any contaminated areas with polyethylene plastic sheets, to ensure that the mold does not spread to other surfaces while we work. To handle the smell that mold causes, SERVPRO techs can use an air scrubber in conjunction with HEPA filters to pull mold spores out of the air and neutralize the foul odor. We can use disinfectant to clean the mold from any non-porous surfaces and then dry out any excessively moist areas of your workshop to help prevent further damage.
 
If you find mold damage after a heavy storm on your property, do not delay. Dial (239) 573-5911 to get in touch with SERVPRO of Cape Coral. Day or night, we can take your call and get our techs to you swiftly.

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Leaks of Any Size Eventually Lead to Water Damage in Pine Island Residences

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Leaks of Any Size Eventually Lead to Water Damage in Pine Island Residences Nothing can stop our SERVPRO team from helping you deal with a water damage emergency.

A Small Water Damage Problem Could Result in a Huge Disaster

Homes in Pine Island often contain the latest in modern appliances and other amenities. Many of these, such as dishwashers, ice makers, and others rely on a steady feed of water. Most, but all, depend on plastic or metal clamps to keep hoses tightly attached and drip-free. Others implement twist-on tighteners that may or may not require plumbers' tape to keep them sufficiently secure.

Property owners in Pine Island can prevent many issues with water damage from occurring in their homes by checking that water lines' connections to appliances remain securely attached. It is a good idea to also inspect the air conditioners in your residence. If clogs develop inside drain lines, the pans or trays inside can easily overflow and create damage inside walls below the unit. Similar situations occur with dehumidifiers. When homeowners place appliances' backs next to the wall, water dripping from loosened connections can seep into the joint between the wall and the floor. This moisture can travel quite a distance, either on the surface of materials or after wicking into them.

The technicians from SERVPRO locate drips that might otherwise remain undetected before beginning the restoration process. These small drips can continue for months before residents notice any signs of water damage. Microbial infestation is one sign that definitively indicates water intrusion of some sort exists in the home. Finding mold growth or warped floors, discolored areas on walls or other signs of decay means a call to a professional restoration and mitigation company like SERVPRO can protect your home from more extensive damage in the future.

We mitigate existing damage after we ensure that no more water can enter the area to cause the additional destruction of materials. Our infrared sensors indicate the presence of misplaced water, allowing us to know when leaks persist. Checking hoses and water feed lines to ensure they are attached correctly without any kinks or bends in them helps prevent future problems, but at times, appliances require additional work. We discuss such situations with you before calling in one of our licensed partners to perform the needed repair.

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Contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral's 24-hour emergency service line by calling (239) 573-5911. Our IICRC-certified technicians and specialists want to help restore your home's interior before the damage spreads and worsens. We can help protect your investment from water damage of any severity and restore things to its preloss state.

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Cleaning Fire Damage From North Fort Myers Homes

5/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Fire Damage From North Fort Myers Homes Whether the fire happened in a single family home or a condo, calling SERVPRO is your best bet for remediating the damage. Call immediately after.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Promptly to Help Remediate Damage After a Fire in Your Home

North Fort Myers homes can suffer a wide range of damage after a fire. In a few cases, the entire structure can be damaged and then condemned as unlivable. The majority of fires are small, and usually located in one room. It is the smoke that moves through the home, causing most of the damage.
 
When fire damage strikes North Fort Myers homes, SERVPRO technicians follow five basic principles to determine the extent of the damage, and then clean and restore the property. The end goal is to restore all affected material to its pre-fire condition.
 
First, they locate the smoke residues by carefully inspecting the affected rooms, hallways, and crawlspaces. Inspectors begin at the source of the fire and follow how far the smoke moved through the home.
 
Next, SERVPRO technicians identify the type of residues. Different types of smoke residues can exist in the same environment depending on what types of materials burned. The restoration team selects a cleaning method that effectively removes each type of smoke residue.
 
Before starting any cleaning processes, they identify the surface of each type of affected property. Porous surfaces like fabrics and wood absorb smoke residues faster and easier than non-porous surfaces such as metal and marble countertops. Fabrics and wood require more gentle methods of cleaning, but still, require brushes and other agitation tools to remove the residues completely.
 
Now, our teams can begin the cleaning process. If the residue is dry and powdery, they often begin with a vacuum. After removing the majority of it, technicians use a combination of dry and wet methods to remove the rest. Non-porous surfaces can often be wiped clean with a dry sponge. If the residue layer is very sticky, they use a cleaning agent to break it up and then use a wet sponge to clean the surface. Technicians use the same methods for porous surfaces, but their more fragile nature requires a milder cleaning agent in some cases.
 
Finally, they dispose of the collected residues. Every team conducts all disposal according to Florida waste regulations.
 
At SERVPRO of Cape Coral, our goal is to return your home to its original condition. If you are dealing with the results of a recent fire, call us today at (239) 573-5911 for help.

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Water Damage Cleanup For Your Pine Island Home After Dishwasher Malfunction

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Cleanup For Your Pine Island Home After Dishwasher Malfunction Water damage from a malfunctioning dishwasher can cause quite a bit of a problem in your Pine Island home quickly.

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One of the daily conveniences you may have in your Pine Island home is a dishwasher. It helps out a great deal in keeping your dishes cleaned and keeping you from standing over the sink all day, especially in a busy household. However, dishwasher hoses and lines can spring a leak, or even blow out. Many times, this happens in the middle of a wash cycle, resulting in your kitchen being flooded with many gallons of water at once.

Water damage from a malfunctioning dishwasher can cause quite a bit of a problem in your Pine Island home quickly. Where a few seconds ago there was no water, there are now many gallons, which need to be removed quickly to avoid additional damage. Situations like these are why our SERVPRO staff are always available to help you out. SERVPRO has the training and advanced equipment to remove the water and dry your home back out.

Restoring your home to pre-damage conditions after a water emergency involves us removing the standing water, decontaminating the area, and drying your home back out. We have to act fast, as standing water and moisture make the perfect environment for mold and bacteria to grow.

SERVPRO techs use pumps and vacuums to remove as much standing water from your home as possible. The kind of equipment needed depends on how severe the damage is. Water removal is begun as soon as possible to prevent the bacteria and mold from growing. Once we remove all the water and any porous surfaces are vacuumed, we can start the drying and dehumidification process. It is an essential step in remediation to clear up any moisture that remains after water removal. We monitor the drying process daily to ensure proper drying of your home. When everything is dried and sanitized, we may need to replace some building materials such as drywall and flooring that was saturated.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral works to ensure that your home in St. James City, Diplomat, or Burnt Store is thoroughly dried back out after a water damage emergency. Just reach out to us at (239) 573-5911 as soon as there is an issue, any time of day or night.

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Finding Mold in Your Damp North Fort Myers Crawlspace

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Finding Mold in Your Damp North Fort Myers Crawlspace Finding mold anywhere in your home is a reason to contact the technicians at SERVPRO. We are available around the clock.

SERVPRO Assesses and Then Quickly Begins the Mold Remediation Process in Your Home 

The extreme humidity that plagues the state of Florida year round can easily cause mold damage to occur inside of your home. Because of Florida's location near the equator and adjacent to the ocean, every day is hot and humid. If your home has not been built correctly in preparation for constant humidity, the excessive moisture can impact the structure of your home. Damp places can become the perfect breeding ground for mold colonies.
 
A damp crawl space that has been untouched for a long time is a likely place to find mold damage in your North Fort Myers home. Usually, one of the first indications that there is mold somewhere nearby is if you can smell it; a musty odor is a telltale sign. If you smell mold, there is no need for expensive testing. The odor is a sign enough that remediation needs to occur.
 
After receiving your call, SERVPRO can send employees swiftly. Within hours, our techs can be setting up polypropylene barriers at the entrance and exit of your crawl space. It is essential to section off the area of your home where mold has occurred so it cannot spread. Sometimes, our SERVPRO techs can use tools to create negative air pressure in the confined area to ensure mold spores do not spread while inside.
 
Because water damage is often the direct cause of mold, our techs can also see to remediating it as well. Once SERVPRO has handled scrubbing and removing the mold from all of the non-porous walls and materials, we can use vacuums to clean up the crawl space. To help suppress the odors that were left behind by the damage, our team can use mold and mildew retardant paints.
 
Upon smelling or directly finding mold on your property, do not linger. Talk to SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911. We can get our techs out to your home swiftly to begin the job.

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When Your Cape Coral Home Has Widespread Mold Damages

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Your Cape Coral Home Has Widespread Mold Damages Mold can sometimes be overlooked, but if you discover mold growing in your home, contact SERVPRO immediately to remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Has the Training and Experience to Properly Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home

You might not always be able to trust your senses to identify mold growth in your Cape Coral home. If these colonies exist in areas where you always are, warning signs of their presence can get overlooked. An excellent example of this would be the familiar musty scent associated with mold. While you can identify this strange smell for a short time in your home if you rarely leave the house, your olfactory reflex acclimates your nose to the scent, and you no longer get alerted to it.

The trouble with your inability to recognize mold damage out of your line of sight in your Cape Coral home is that the problem continues to spread and worsen. This unfortunate circumstance encourages you to pay closer attention to fluctuations in humidity, moisture in areas of your home, and inspect areas thoroughly for the presence of mold growth. Finding colonies in your home requires professional mold remediation to remove entirely, so at this point, you should contact our experienced SERVPRO technicians.

Our team gets uniquely trained in all of the modern techniques for mold remediation including the use of specialized equipment and individual strategies that are most effective against specific varieties of fungal growth we might encounter. Each of our SERVPRO remediation specialists gets trained to the high standards set in place by both our company and the IICRC, who individually certifies each employee for remediation.

This knowledge allows us to work quickly to remove the mold colonies that are present in your home and help to prevent these active spores from reaching new areas. We also work to identify the source of the moisture in the affected area and repair this problem when possible. Dehumidification and drying techniques remove the immediate food source for the spores to settle into new colonies, but continued dehumidification might be a requirement to prevent future recurrences.

Finding mold growing in your home might be a troubling sight to see, especially if your senses had acclimated themselves to the presence. Exposure to mold may cause health effects, so there is no time to waste to correct the problem. Trust the mold remediation specialists we have at SERVPRO of Cape Coral to help you set things right. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (239) 573-5911.

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Storm Damaged Siding Can Allow Flood Damage To Your Fort Myers Residence

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damaged Siding Can Allow Flood Damage To Your Fort Myers Residence Our SERVPRO crew acts quickly and efficiently to restore your flood damaged property.

Flood Damage Can Strike Your Fort Myers Home at Anytime 

Siding is a conventional construction material for Fort Myers homes. While this has a certain aesthetic appeal, it is also something that has a lousy history with high winds and damaging storm systems. With the likelihood of severe weather rolling in from the coast at any given time of the year, homes here are always at risk of experiencing gale force winds and torrential rainfall.

One of the most troubling things about the fragile nature of siding against the force and fury of significant storms is the possibility that it poses for flood damage to your Fort Myers residence. Once siding has been torn off of any part of your home, you have exposed points for the heavy rainfall to reach in and affect the interior of your home in a devastating way. An instance like this could quickly cause flooding in whatever area is directly adjacent to the missing exterior component of your house.

Fortunately, you are not alone when these situations come about and can always count on SERVPRO professionals to help you out when you need us. You might not always know the best course of action to take when the exterior of your home gets compromised, and flood damage begins to affect levels of your house, but our professionals do. Our specialists have gotten uniquely trained to help combat the damage from getting worse and work quickly to restore the damage that has already taken place.

This process begins with boarding up and sealing off the areas that have gotten exposed to the external elements. From here, extraction takes point as our team works to quickly pull the water from the affected areas using pump trucks from the SERVPRO fleet and wet vacs with extraction wands. Drying the area allows our professionals to determine the extent of structural concerns and what requires replacement to complete the restoration process.

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Understanding what to do when faced with an emergency like this can help spare your home from even worse structural concerns and irreparable damage to the contents of the affected areas. Our SERVPRO of Cape Coral restoration specialists can work quickly to ensure that your home gets the right kind of attention and dedication it needs to get back to preloss conditions. Give us a call anytime at (239) 573-5911.

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The Ease of Mold Growth in Your North Fort Myers Residence

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The Ease of Mold Growth in Your North Fort Myers Residence Mold can spread very quickly in any part of your home. Contact SERVPRO when you suspect mold for an inspection.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate a Current Mold Infestation While Offering Preventative Suggestions for Homeowners

Your North Fort Myers home might be well guarded against things like storm damages and possible flooding, but what many homeowners overlook is the possibility of mold growth occurring. This process can happen very quickly and without any symptoms as the problem begins, which makes it difficult to plan for or prevent without the proper knowledge about the conditions which promote its growth. Most homeowners have attributed mold to damp, dark basements or to houses that are typically unkept and unclean. In reality, fungal growth requires very little to thrive and can happen in even the cleanest of homes.
 
The reality is, mold damage in your North Fort Myers house is more likely than you might think. All that mold requires to grow colonies in areas of your home is moisture in the air combining with spores present in the environment. Spores exist in the air we breathe, so all that your home needs to grow mold colonies that could present health effects for you and your family is a little bit of persistent moisture. This understanding can help you see that it is far from the dark, dank basements you had envisioned and a lot more possible to your home right now.
 
While arguably many homeowners struggle with keeping their lowest level entirely dry, as water underground and heavy rainfall work in conjunction to try and push water through foundation walls and crawlspaces into your home, this is still a noble effort. Even with a small bit of moisture seeping through cracks on a regular basis could feed the spores in the air to seat and colonize. That is when you should trust in the experience and training of our IICRC certified mold remediation specialists at SERVPRO.
 
Our dedicated team can quarantine the area and prevent spores from spreading to other regions of your home. While our SERVPRO technicians work to remove the colonies that are present in the affected areas, dehumidification and drying are essential to helping stop recurrences in a short time. Locating the source of the moisture penetration is also a critical component of our remediation process, as a repair of this area can prevent future colonies from growing.
 
It might not seem like mold damage is that big of a deal, or rather that it is even likely to affect you, but you could get surprised by how simple it is for spores to form colonies. If you are facing any degree of mold damage in your home, trust our SERVPRO of Cape Coral team of remediation specialists to help you resolve the issue. We can be reached anytime at (239) 573-5911.

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What To Do When a Bad Storm Floods Your Cape Coral Home

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What To Do When a Bad Storm Floods Your Cape Coral Home Flooding in Cape Coral? Contact SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal and Cleanup

Call SERVPRO, of Course, for Swift Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

A severe storm can quickly cause your home to flood, and that water can cause untold damage to your property. One moment your home is okay and then, in the blink of an eye, the storm's high winds cause debris to break a window. Through the new entrance to your home, rainwater floods into your house, and within minutes it is pooling. By the time the storm has passed, your home and your belongings inside of it are severely waterlogged. Fortunately, there are leaders in the cleanup and restoration field who can help nearby.
 
Trust our IICRC-certified technicians to get on the scene and know how to remediate the flood damage in your Cape Coral home, starting with removing the excess water. Unfortunately, the longer stagnant water sits in your home, the more of a danger it is to the structure and stability of it. With this fact in mind, the sooner you call for help, the better.
 
Here at SERVPRO, we understand how devastating flooding is, and we strive to get to your home as soon as possible after your call. After an inspection of the water quality and an estimation of the damage, our technicians can employ the use of industrial-grade wet/dry vacuums and truck-operated pumps. Using these tools can allow us to remove the bulk of the water from your property and begin to investigate the damage it has done in your home.
 
SERVPRO can temporarily patch your broken window to ensure that your home suffers no further exposure to the outside. Additionally, we help you contact a professional to replace it for you. We can sort through your belongings and help you create an inventory of what is salvageable and what is not. We have a CCIS form specifically for this purpose. From there, we can help you send a claim to your insurance company. Furthermore, we can implement advanced drying technology to evaporate the remaining moisture in your home and salvageable belongings.
 
If a storm strikes your home and causes intense flood damage, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of the Cape Coral area 24/7 at (239) 573-5911. We can arrive at your home as soon as possible and begin working to return your home to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

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Water Removal Helps with Storm Recovery in Fort Myers

3/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Water Removal Helps with Storm Recovery in Fort Myers If a storm causes a hole in the exterior of your home, it is important to extract the water fast to reduce the damages done.

Call SERVPRO Immediately if the Exterior of Your Home is Damaged During a Storm

Homes in Fort Myers can sustain severe damage while protecting the families who live in them. Trees can rip holes in both your roof and the side of your home. When such large openings exist, rainwater can come in. Flooding on the ground does not need to occur for your home's interior to suffer.

Residents in Fort Myers whose homes sustain such damage need water removal services to start out the mitigation process correctly. Allowing homes to absorb water before beginning may seem less expensive, but in the long run, this costs homeowners significantly more money.

SERVPRO can help your family make it "Like it never even happened" by performing this crucial first step. We use different sized equipment to match the amount of water saturating your home. Large pumps mounted on our Green Fleet's trucks quickly remove standing water while our technicians operate our smaller-sized equipment to pull water out of damp carpeting and rugs.

Once floors reach a point of less saturation, we can apply different techniques to complete the drying out process of your home. We use different pieces of equipment in different areas. We address issues involving still-damp floors of all types, drywall sections that still contain moisture, including behind their interiors, and the air inside your home's elevated humidity content.

Flooring that consists of wood pieces or boards can hold moisture in the grooves between individual sections and underneath them. Drying mats help heat these floors while extraction mechanisms pull out evaporated water and deposit it into a special chamber. We can often save carpeting and its padding when the invasive water comes from a clean source, although when floodwaters invade after traveling over the ground, doing so becomes near impossible. Acting quickly to dry out your affected carpet after a hole appears in your home's exterior can often suffice in saving you the expense of replacing your floor coverings.

When walls contain moisture, we again apply heat, but instead of direct extraction methods, we use increased air currents via large and powerful air movers. Occasionally, we need to remove the baseboards to allow for the air to move into the space behind the wall's exterior. Our moisture meters tell us how much saturation a wall contains.

After an event that introduces water into your home's interior, the absorbent materials become affected first, but later, as moisture attempts to reach equilibrium, the air also takes on substantial amounts of moisture. Humid air can make breathing uncomfortable and place a massive strain on your central air system. We use our desiccant machines to take care of this problem for you.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral's technicians can help make your home dry again through water removal and extraction methods approved by the IICRC. Waiting to call after any event that brings water into your home can only permit the accident to become worse. Call us, 24/7 at our local service number, (239) 573-5911 to begin the restoration process your home needs.

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All is Not Lost When Your Business Experiences Fire Damage in Fort Myers

3/5/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial All is Not Lost When Your Business Experiences Fire Damage in Fort Myers If your business experiences fire damage, you can trust the professionals at SERVPRO to restore your space "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Thorough Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Services

Fire damage incidents can take a short time to destroy that business you have spent several years to build. If you are lucky and experts from the fire department manage to put out the fire before it consumes everything, there is more you can do to prevent further damage. Putting out the flames on your Fort Myers commercial property does not mean everything is under control.

Our SERVPRO technicians can help you determine the level of fire damage in your Fort Myers business and help you know what is salvageable and unsalvageable. Usually, burning can partially or fully destroy your materials. In some instances, the smoke residues and the heat that results from combustion can impact the contents. The extinguishing agents can also mix with the charred materials, water from burst pipes and lead to water and smoke damage.

Mitigation services that our SERVPRO team offers are meant to prevent additional damage and secure your property. Where necessary, we antifreeze the frozen piping, and if the area is not well lit, we may set up some temporary lighting system. We also treat any leaking water as an emergency and stop it from flowing before we can remove it and employ drying procedures.

Structural cleaning is necessary, and during this step, we focus on removing smoke particles, identify sources of odors and perform deodorization - ULV foggers or thermal foggers are useful during this process. This entails applying a smell counteractant fog or sprays on the odor-causing particles. The process is so important since it also prevents chances of mold growth.

Cleaning your contents is also part of the remediation process. While it is possible to clean them at the site, there are cases where we pack and move them to an appropriate cleaning and storage location. Though pack-outs are rare, when we perform them, it is for the safety of your contents.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral is here to offer you industry proven storm, fire, water, and mold remediation services. Call us at (239) 573-5911 if you want everything to be “Like it never even happened.”

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Flood Damage and Cleanup in Your Cape Coral Home

2/28/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage and Cleanup in Your Cape Coral Home The sight of flood waters entering your home can be completely overwhelming. Call SERVPRO right after you get to safety for drying out services.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly to Dry Out Your Flooded Property

To some degree, flooding can affect any area. Wherever rain falls in Cape Coral, flooding is a disaster that can happen. As rain falls, it soaks into the earth, and if the surface is impervious like concrete or asphalt, or the soil is saturated already, and the water cannot absorb quickly enough, problems can arise. Water running into channels and streams downhill starts to pile up and eventually runs over the sides.
 
When the area you live in floods, and the waters invade your home, it can be stressful and devastating. Flood damage in Cape Coral can quickly overtake your whole home. Our team at SERVPRO is always standing by to help you out in a situation like this. We can extract the water from your home, dry it back out, and salvage everything possible so you can get your life back on track.
 
Once we extract the standing water from your home with truck-mounted pumps and finish drying your home, we also need to deodorize it. There are some procedures which may be done after a flooding situation. When it comes to carpeting, we treat both sides of the carpet and floor with the right EPA-registered disinfectant. We also fog with the appropriate odor control before or after cleaning, depending on the circumstances.
 
For any of your upholstered furniture, we mist on a deodorizer after we clean it and treat it for mildew. With any hard surface flooring, SERVPRO techs deodorize it by mopping it with an appropriate EPA disinfectant, or by fogging it with the right odor control. We use a ULV fogger for large surface areas which are severely damaged.
 
Ceilings and walls are usually deodorized in the same manner as your flooring and carpeting. We use a ULV fogger here as well or use a pump sprayer for application. When there are areas of significant odor, we use pellets to mask odors during the process of drying.
 
SERVPRO of Cape Coral works hard to take care of your home in Pineland, Caloosahatchee, or Burnt Store after a flooding disaster. Just give us a call anytime you need at (239) 573-5911 so we can begin right away to get your home back to normal.

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Protecting Yachts from the Effects of Commercial Water Damage on Pine Island

2/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Protecting Yachts from the Effects of Commercial Water Damage on Pine Island Your yacht rental business needs year round protection from water damage and SERVPRO is here to help.

Call on the Professionals at SERVPRO to Remediate Water Damage

Protecting yachts, so they remain dry during the slower off-season months in the Pine Island area helps keep them mold-free and ready for the more active months. Renting boats to locals and tourists brings a substantial amount of money into our community.

Pine Island boat and yacht rentals need year-round protection from commercial water damage, however, not just during the slower months. Water, especially salt water, continually creates damage to any structure's interior. Saltwater causes substantially more damage than clean water because any residual salt draws additional moisture to it relentlessly.

Keeping your vessels watertight protects your clients while preventing water damage protects your investment. When inspecting for hull breaches, leaks, and other problems when clients return a yacht, looking for unwanted water inside can stop problems from developing. Repairing defects stops the water from continuing to invade a vessel, and SERVPRO can help remove the water. We can also help remove the salt, increasing the amount of protection afforded to your property.

We use moisture meters and thermal imaging devices to detect all areas that absorbed water. Keeping the interior dry and salt-free may seem like an ongoing task, but we are prepared to help prevent future water ingresses from posing as much risk. Knowing where water tends to concentrate within a yacht's interior influences where we place dehumidification machines and desiccant devices.

When water damage occurs, and a yacht needs repairs to become seaworthy again, our technicians can help perform this task. As we remove the different components and various boards from a yacht's interior, we continue to take readings with our meters. When materials seem damaged but the board's integrity remains intact, restoring through other means can help minimize costs. We carry out each job according to our customers' needs, keeping communication open during the entire time.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral knows the importance of our tourist and leisure-related businesses, and we want to help you provide the highest quality experience to your clients. We can help restore offices and shops related to your business, also, whenever water damage or other situations threaten your economic stability. Call our number, (239) 573-5911, to reach a technician who can provide more information about our 24-hour services.

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Turning to Professionals to Battle Fire Damage on Your Cape Coral Property

2/6/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Turning to Professionals to Battle Fire Damage on Your Cape Coral Property SERVPRO responds quickly and assesses the damage to your home after a fire, keeping your family safe and out of harm's way.

SERVPRO Works Fast and Efficiently to Restore Your Home after Fire Damage

Honestly, the best thing you can do after experiencing a fire on your Cape Coral property is to place a call for help. Firefighters are here to help get the flames under control while ensuring everyone's safety. A qualified restoration technician is here to help you secure your property and provide you with the proper recovery services.

A fire is a harrowing ordeal that plays havoc with your emotions. Dealing with fire damage after an event occurs in your Cape Coral area home, does not have to be. You should keep yourself out of harm’s way and avoid exposing you and your family to any possible problems or hazards that may occur.

Having a properly trained restoration expert on your side gives you access to someone who has IICRC-industry certified technicians, all of the equipment necessary to complete the job, and a variety of services that help limit your losses. Giving you the ability to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. 

First, after a fire occurs on your property, even if the official's on-site claim it is safe to return, you should never enter your home without professional help. Many hazards can exist that you are not prepared to deal with including water or electrical hazards, ceiling damage, or collapsing staircases and roofing materials. 

SERVPRO has expertly trained technicians that can assess damages on your property, remove any existing hazards, and provide you with a detailed restoration plan. We can help you recover your home as quickly and efficiently as possible while maintaining a level of expertise you deserve. 

SERVPRO technicians can put their training to work for you, responding to your emergency call with the proper amount of personnel and resources immediately. Our team has access to a variety of services that help secure your property and limit any losses you might experience, including those from secondary damages that often develop over time.

At SERVPRO, we want your restoration process to remain as stress-free as possible, which is why we work with your insurance company, help you fill out accompanying paperwork, and keep you informed throughout your home’s recovery. 

SERVPRO of Cape Coral has cleanup and restoration services available anytime, give us a call, today. (239) 573-5911

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Professional Mold Damage Remediation for North Fort Myers Residents

2/2/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Professional Mold Damage Remediation for North Fort Myers Residents Mold is more likely to grow in areas with moisture such as basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms, but has the potential to grow anywhere.

Let the Professionals at SERVPRO Take Care of Mold Damage in Your Home

Many homeowners just like you have had to deal with mold on their North Fort Myers property at one point or another. The entire mold remediation process can be stressful and time-consuming. However, if you learn as much as possible about mold, you can help keep it out of your home for good. 

There is some essential information you should be aware of as you weigh your options concerning mold damage in your North Fort Myers home. First and foremost, mold is a naturally occurring fungus, spread by nature to help organic matter within our eco-system decompose properly. It is not possible to get rid of mold entirely, as much as we would like that outcome.

Regardless of the amount or species found on your property, especially if exposed for extended periods, mold can cause health effects. There are a variety of areas within your home that mold finds more appealing than others like your basement, bathroom, laundry room, or near your water heater and HVAC system. However, mold can grow anywhere, should the right conditions exist.

A company, like SERVPRO, with expertly trained mold remediation technicians, can help you locate hidden pockets of growth and determine which direction to take to protect your home in the future. We can also introduce methods used to control moisture levels found in your home, making it a safer, cleaner, healthier environment for you and your family to enjoy.

By controlling the relative humidity in your living areas, you have better control over indoor moisture. SERVPRO technicians can help improve ventilation, install dehumidifiers and ventilation in high humidity areas to further reduce possible mold growth in your home. 

It can help to keep an eye out for water leaks in your attic or basement or any areas of your home with a continuous supply of water. Plumbing problems can take you by surprise and require immediate attention to avoid resulting mold growth. SERVPRO technicians can inspect these areas for existing problems and check windows, piping, floors, exterior walls, and even your roof for potential problems as well. 

Contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral for access to expertly trained mold remediation specialists, today. We are here to help, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. (239) 573-5911

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The Answer to Fire Damage Incidents in Cape Coral

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Answer to Fire Damage Incidents in Cape Coral SERVPRO technicians are trained to properly restore your home after fire damage, avoiding costly mistakes.

SERVPRO Offers Expertly Trained Fire Damage Restoration

Challenges that result from fire damage are tricky in most cases. Putting off the fire and cleaning the soot is not enough, as a result, conducting a further inspection is mandatory to determine the level of the damage and what is restorable. A simple mistake can lead to permanent damage to what was salvageable in the first place. When in Cape Coral, take the right measures to avoid costly mistakes that are avoidable.

There are industry standards that our SERVPRO technicians meet when addressing fire damage incidents in Cape Coral. The team goes to IICRC-Approved training and uses specialized equipment to mitigate the loss. We know that time counts during the restoration, and in the long run, it lowers the claim costs. With that in mind, always inform your preferred restoration service provider in time and offer any useful information where necessary.

After a fire, cleaning the contents and the structure as a whole is part of the restoration services. Different types of fire damage require different cleaning methods, and it is the work of our SERVPRO technicians to pretest and settle on the most appropriate way of cleaning. The initial cleaning can be enough for some situations, while in others, we may advise you to do some refinishing and repainting.

After cleaning the various areas and contents, it is time to conduct deodorization. The process aims at getting rid of the unpleasant odors that are left behind after a fire. In most cases, identifying the sources of these smells is a difficult task since some of them may be coming from hard to access areas like cracks. We have the right tools that spray deodorants into those spaces and neutralize the odor sources.

When it is not possible to conduct the restoration when your contents are still in place, we may recommend a move-out. Such is necessary when our SERVPRO team analyzes the situation and finds out the materials can accrue more loss if we do not relocate them to another area. During the move-out, it is our job to do the inventory together with any detailed cleaning and deodorization.

At SERVPRO of Cape Coral, We’re Faster To Any Size of mold, water, storm, and fire damaging incidents. Call us today at (239) 573- 5911 and be served by an industry leader.

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Commercial Water Damage From Leaking Or Burst Pipes In Your Pine Island Pet Shop

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage From Leaking Or Burst Pipes In Your Pine Island Pet Shop The water system in your pet shop in Pine Island is one of the things which should routinely be checked for damage.

Commercial Water Damage From Leaking Or Burst Pipes

The water system in your pet shop in Pine Island is one of the things which should routinely be checked for damage. Pipe bursts and leaks can result in water bills which are abnormally high and water damage to your building. Water pipes might look durable, watertight, and airtight on the surface, but they can be damaged by shock and excessive pressure. The inside of your pipes can also be corroded by changes in water chemistry.

Plumbing with pinhole leaks can create commercial water damage that affects floors, walls, and ceilings for months before you even notice a problem. If your Pine Island business has suffered from this kind of damage, you need to call in professional remediation specialists right away. SERVPRO can help you anytime you need assistance with your water damage problem. We are equipped with the specialized tools and training needed to clean up your business quickly.

The first thing our crew does is use specialized equipment to find out exactly how severe your water damage issue really is. After we have evaluated the damage, we get rid of the standing water inside your business. Our process varies on whether the water is inside your property or under your property.

When working underneath your property, SERVPRO techs vacuum up water by utilizing an extractor so that everything is not soaking wet anymore. When the cause is a broken pipe, we make this pipe accessible to a plumber. After the repair of the pipe is complete, we dispose of any soil that is contaminated, spray an anti-microbial on the affected area, and put down fresh, new soil to replace the bad soil.

When the water is inside your property, we try to get there even quicker. The excess water is vacuumed up, and any furniture in the area which is affected is removed and set onto blocks. Any padding and carpeting are thrown away when the water is dirty. Carpeting is dried if possible when the water is clean. Carpet pads are disposed of because it is less expensive to replace them than it is to dry them. When the water is inside the wall, small holes are made where the baseboard was after we remove it. Doing so allows air movement, so the wall dries.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral gives particular attention to your business in Bokeelia, Flamingo Bay, or Burnt Store when there is any water damage emergency. Just contact us at (239) 573-5911 as soon as you realize there is a problem.

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Restoring Wood Floors After Flood Damage In Your Cape Coral Home

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Restoring Wood Floors After Flood Damage In Your Cape Coral Home Floodwaters in any amount entering your Cape Coral home is an unwelcome thing.

Restoring Wood Floors After A Flood

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, every American lives in a flood zone. It is just a matter of whether their risk is low, moderate, or high. Floods happen when water runoff overwhelms drainage systems’ capacity. Rainwater can also enter buildings through windows, doors, and other openings, or cracks in the foundations of buildings. If you live where you are at high risk for floods, you might not entirely be able to prevent your home from becoming flooded.

Floodwaters in any amount entering your Cape Coral home is an unwelcome thing. Your home and possessions can sustain flood damage quickly, so you need to deal with the water as fast as possible. SERVPRO has fully trained staff ready to handle your flooding situation anytime you need us.

Exposure time and permeance are the two significant variables in determining how much damage is done to the materials in your home. How quickly we can address the water in your home is essential, as the faster, the water is removed, the less damage your home sustains.

Wood flooring is especially susceptible to floodwaters. When excess moisture is absorbed by wood, it expands, and the boards can sometimes warp. Boards that are expanded push against others next to them and buckling can occur where the boards touch at the joints or the walls.

SERVPRO techs understand that cupping happens when water is absorbed from the sides and bottom of the wood. Crowning happens when there is more moisture in the top of the wood than the bottom and sides. The wood then arches, causing the middle to bow. It can happen when the bottom of the wood is over-dried.

Once we remove all the standing water with truck-mounted pumps, we inspect any wood flooring and other contents to see what can be dried and restored. Water on hardwood flooring needs to be extracted right away. Finished wood flooring sometimes goes back to its original shape once it is dry and can then be restored. Floors cannot be sanded until they are totally dry since drying continues and can cause the floor to expand or contract further.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral takes special care after flood damage when wood flooring is involved so we can do all we can to restore it for you. Your home in Bokeelia, St. James City, or Flamingo Bay is in good hands when you reach out to us at (239) 573-5911.

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Stopping Commercial Water Damage on Pine Island

12/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Stopping Commercial Water Damage on Pine Island Keep your hotel or motel dry with SERVPRO's help. Contact us right away should your property suffer a water damage or flooding incident.

Team SERVPRO Reacts Quickly to Remediate Your Water Damage

Pine Island businesses have recovered, for the most part, from our recent extreme weather. That is excellent news for a small hotel that has reopened. It also means that identifying and repairing any further problems should be done as swiftly as possible.
 
Commercial water damage to Pine Island businesses is not weather related. The flooding comes from sources like burst pipes, backed-up sewer, and septic systems, and failing appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers. SERVPRO has almost thirty years of stopping and repairing these sources, removing the water and restoring the business to its original state.
 
Stopping the water is simple enough. Our first step is to turn off the water into the hotel and then find the failure in pipes, plumbing, or appliances. Once we have that, we isolate it and then turn the water main back on. That lets us work safely while still allowing other, unaffected parts of the hotel to continue operation.
 
Next, we repair and replace. SERVPRO technicians are trained and licensed to cut away the damaged pipe and install a new section. We can do this with everything from copper to PVC. Depending on the type of pipe and the location of the break, our restoration crews can complete this task in just a few hours.
 
Plumbing problems can be more difficult. Stoppages are usually underground and require us in some cases to use specially designed cameras to find what is blocking the drain and how to deal with it. Usually, this involves a powered, rotary device to cut through the block and force it out using water pressure.
 
In cases where the pipe itself is cracked or broken, technicians have to dig down to the break. If it is outside the hotel, this may only involve several crew members with shovels. If the pipe is inside the hotel, it may involve breaking up a section of concrete. The best option is to find the damage in the basement where a replacement can take just a morning or the afternoon to complete.
 
Appliances are the easiest damage to fix. We simply turn off the water, disconnect the failed item, and remove it from the property. Every SERVPRO office works with the major appliance companies so we can install the replacement. That is part of our service and saves the customer the cost of an additional service call.
 
Right now, we need every business up and running, taking care of tourists and the residents who are still rebuilding their homes. SERVPRO of Cape Coral is here to help every hotel and motel reach and maintain maximum occupancy. To find out more about how we can help you, call today at (239) 573-5911.

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When North Fort Myers Homes Require Demolition Services Following Fire Damages

12/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When North Fort Myers Homes Require Demolition Services Following Fire Damages When the fire is bad enough to your North Fort Myers home, there could be total losses in specific areas.

Demolition Services Following A Fire

When the fire is bad enough to your North Fort Myers home, there could be total losses in specific areas. While you might still want to go through these portions of your home with a professional to determine all of your options, there are circumstances in which certain conditions make conventional restoration efforts impossible. The only solution in these cases is a rebuild of the affected areas.

Our SERVPRO staff has seen significant fire damage like this to North Fort Myers homes, and have experience with preparing your home for new construction. While our niche is not rebuilding your damaged home, we can help to both preserve areas that are restorable as well as provide demolition services to make these irreparable portions of your house ready for the work of a residential construction contractor.

The process is most often a controlled demolition, meaning that skill and patience are paramount. Limiting total destruction of structural components wherever possible allows for new construction efforts to ultimately cost you less and to be done more quickly. Our SERVPRO professionals have the proper tools to limit the spread of the damage and to focus their entire efforts on just the portions of your home that require reconstruction. The finished product from this process leaves clean surfaces that are ready for new materials, whether this is walls of your home, your flooring, or even your roof.

The demolition process can be performed simultaneously with the restoration efforts to less critically damaged areas of your house. Choosing one restoration company prevents having to seek the services of multiple businesses, and helps to build a report between our technicians and homeowners to ensure that work happens to your exact specifications.

Demolition is unavoidable in the wake of some fires, but having the right professionals overseeing the process can mitigate your financial losses and hasten the construction to rebuild the worst of the damages. If you are dealing with the aftermath of a devastating fire, call SERVPRO of Cape Coral today at (239) 573-5911.

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Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services in North Fort Myers

11/29/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services in North Fort Myers Contact SERVPRO if you are facing a flooding or other water damage disaster in your home. We are quick to arrive to assess and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Assess the Category of and Remediate Water Damage Per Recommended IICRC Standards

Expertise is what your North Fort Myers home needs after a water damage incident as you may not have the right tools and experience to mitigate the damage. It all starts with promptly reporting the disaster so that trained technicians can arrive at your property and monitor the extent of the damage and start the restoration process.
 
Our technicians from SERVPRO understand that there are three main categories of North Fort Myers water damage - black water, clean water and gray water - that most residents might experience. The source of the water determines the category of the damage. Black-water results from burst sewage systems and has solid human waste. If it comes into contact with your carpets and pads, replacement is necessary.
 
On the other hand, gray water is majorly used water with solid debris which as opposed to black water does not have human waste. Replacing pads that come into contact with it is a necessity, restoration of carpets can sometimes happen. Treated water that has no debris defines the clean water category. Technicians can restore carpets with this category of water in most situations, while the extent of the flood can determine whether a pad is salvageable or not.
 
Cleaning your contents is also one of the tasks that technicians from SERVPRO may perform while restoring your property. For instance, when cleaning a carpet, an appropriate cleaning method is selected depending on the level of soiling. Light soiling, moderate soiling, and deep soiling require different cleaning methods.
 
After cleaning the materials, the use of drying equipment such as dehumidifiers and air movers may arise. Dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity and as a result, increase evaporation. Air movers also serve the same purpose by promoting air circulation. Our trained SERVPRO technicians understand when to use the various drying tools and follow the IICRC standards.
 
SERVPRO of Cape Coral responds to all storm, water, fire and mold damage disasters. You can call us at (239) 573-5911 when you want your unique challenges to be solved by a trusted industry leader.

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Understanding the Importance of Mold Remediation in Your Bokeelia Home

11/25/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Understanding the Importance of Mold Remediation in Your Bokeelia Home IICRC certified technicians thoroughly remediate mold damage leaving your home "Like it never even happened."

Trust Expertly Trained SERVPRO Technicians to Thoroughly Remove Mold Damage

Water damages can offer a great deal of stress and concern to your homestead. These damages would lead you to seek the experience of restoration experts, but water removal might only be the tip of the iceberg. Moisture in the air and on the surfaces of the affected area of your Bokeelia home can produce mold. The presence of fungus is a dangerous problem that must get solved right away.

Mold damage to your Bokeelia house is not always something that you can see. Our experienced remediation team can assess the sources of the mold, and determine the best way to remove it entirely. It is never advisable to attempt to remove mold in your home on your own, as there are numerous varieties of fungus, and some can adversely react to conventional cleaning methods you might find on the internet.

Our SERVPRO Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians are IICRC certified and can determine the kind of mold that is growing within the area, and use our state-of-the-art equipment to eradicate any trace of it. Often this removal is done using antifungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate the growing colonies and to prevent it from spreading any farther.

While removing the mold that you can see, might seemingly solve your problem, our SERVPRO technicians are also going to use air filtration techniques (HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers) to pull spores out of the air and prevent them from spreading as the remediation process is ongoing.

There is no solution unless the present moisture (which allowed the mold to thrive) is dried up. While there are probably times when this water source is visible, there are instances in which mold is seemingly growing out of nowhere. Our technology can determine where the source is and dehumidifiers used in combination with negative air chambers dry out the area while simultaneously preventing spores from spreading elsewhere.

The lingering odor, which likely brought the mold to your attention in the first place, is one of the final steps to the remediation process. Using fogging tools, we can deodorize the area and remove odorous molecules from the air and your belongings that have been affected by the presence of mold in the room.

It is no secret that mold can cause health effects. Do not waste time in calling us at SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911.

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Measures You Can Take to Minimize Commercial Flood Damage in Cape Coral

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Measures You Can Take to Minimize Commercial Flood Damage in Cape Coral SERVPRO can help you prepare for a flood and reduce the risk of damage to your commercial space.

SERVPRO’s Tips to Reduce the Risk of Flood Damage

Even a small flood can have a major impact on your Cape Coral business. In addition to causing severe damage to contents, property, and production, flooding can also affect employees and deliveries that need to travel through the affected areas. Similarly, it may affect the ability to supply goods and services to your customers.

If you are unfortunate enough to experience commercial flood damage in your Cape Coral shop or warehouse, you can count on SERVPRO to restore your property. Our technicians are highly trained, highly experienced, and highly equipped with efficient mold remediation techniques. Most importantly, we always follow IICRC guidelines to the latter, ensuring that our methods are up to par with industry standards.

SERVPRO technicians can provide an extensive commercial flood damage risk analysis to protect your building from flooding. Prepare for the worst and ensure that you have sufficient insurance coverage to allow your business to recover in the event of a flood. Consider the machinery and materials that might be at risk of flood damage in your store, shop, or warehouse. Analyze the effect of employees not being able to reach the workplace and water damage to essential stock, warehouses, and equipment.

The secret is to identify the most significant key processes as well as the staff, tools, and systems you need to keep them going, and then figure out how to safeguard these processes. Learn how to file an insurance claim and the specifics of a flood damage coverage. It is also important to watch out for weather reports and stay ahead of upcoming flooding events.

SERVPRO can help you take steps to minimize the risk of flooding and resultant flood damage by inspecting and regularly clearing your business property gutters. Consider installing barriers to keep water from penetrating the building. You can use permanent or removable barriers for sealing drains, doors, and windows. Be sure to include flood-resistant materials in any new construction project and raise up electrical wiring and sockets.

Fitting moisture detection systems can also help minimize flood damage by alerting you to flooding issues. Remember to backup any valuable files or records off of the building. You may also want to move precious stock, materials, and records to higher ground on the business premises. Simply keeping things on a higher floor level can make a big difference.

In the event of commercial flood damage, SERVPRO of Cape Coral can help relieve the pressure by returning your business to order within a short time. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster, and our technicians are dedicated to restoring your property to preloss conditions quickly and efficiently, "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (239) 573-5911.

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Cleaning Smoke and Fire Damage from Walls in Cape Coral

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Cleaning Smoke and Fire Damage from Walls in Cape Coral Dealing with fire damage can be overwhelming. Contact the knowledgeable technicians at SERVPRO for remediation and restoration services right away.

SERVPRO Technicians can Come in Right After the Fire Fighters Leave to Remediate the Damage

Smoke damage to walls can come in many forms, from the black sooty deposits that linger after a fire to cigarette smoke. The method used to clean this type of fire damage depends on the type of wall and the nature of the damage. After a house fire, it is always advisable to consult a professional restoration company. They have the tools, experience, and gear to do the job properly.
 
If you are looking for fast, reliable fire damage restoration services in Cape Coral, SERVPRO is here to help. Our technicians are certified by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to ensure high industry standards when performing their job. We have access to advanced cleaning solutions for every restoration project, making it easier to return your property to pre-damage conditions as quickly as possible.
 
Smoke damage causes black spots and discoloration to your walls. Charring occurs when the paint burns down, leaving soot residue from the resulting smoke. The first step is assessing the extent of the damage before determining whether cleaning is a suitable option. Cleaning charring and heavy soot from flat-painted walls may be impossible in severe situations, leaving priming and repainting as the only solution.
 
Apart from unsightly soot residue and charring, smoke can leave a sour odor that tends to linger onto the walls. Smoke odors are quite stubborn, so SERVPRO fire damage technicians often resolve to multiple techniques to completely get rid of the unpleasant smell. If the smoke odor penetrates into your furnishings, draperies, and carpets, we may have to remove or replace these items.
 
All traces of smoke and soot on the walls after a fire damage event can continue wreaking havoc soon afterwards. Ash residue corrodes surfaces over time and may wear out your walls if not professionally cleaned quickly. To minimize repair costs, SERVPRO can come in and check the extent of the damage to determine the most effective cleaning method for the long-term.
 
If your walls have sustained smoke and fire damage, you can count on SERVPRO of Cape Coral to restore them to preloss conditions quickly and efficiently, "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7, every day of the week to respond to emergencies. Call us today at (239) 573-5911.

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Seemingly Secure Outside, Many Cape Coral Condos Suffer Secondary Water Damage Inside After Hurricane Irma

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Seemingly Secure Outside, Many Cape Coral Condos Suffer Secondary Water Damage Inside After Hurricane Irma SERVPRO Restored Condos in Cape Coral After Hurricane Irman Passed

Hurricane Irma Dumps Water in Cape Coral Area

As you return to Florida after enjoying the Northern summer and fall weather, your first view of your Cape Coral winter home might lead you to think everything inside it fares well. When you open the door and take in that first whiff of dank, dense air, you realize the damage left behind by Hurricane Irma reeks of mold.

Because Cape Coral heavy rains and flooding come with hurricanes, homes often become at least slightly wet, even when boarded up and closed off. It is easier for moisture to enter a home than it is for that same moisture to exit later. Kept inside, the humidity combines with the warmth and darkness to form the perfect environment for microbes like mold to rapidly proliferate in every nook and cranny.

The technicians at SERVPRO have received the necessary training in mold remediation so they can swiftly restore your home. Understanding that coming home to a damaged residence and all of the implications it adds to your life can place winter residents under a tremendous amount of stress. Until we complete your home's restoration, the expense and trouble of finding other arrangements can significantly add to the problem. We work hard to minimize this chaotic time.  

By removing materials from the areas of your home that sustained water damage, we can prevent future mold and mildew growth. Bagging these materials before we carry them outside prevents the spread of any microorganisms via the air. As new materials arrive at your property, we cover these in plastic or provide other protective coverings until needed for restorative work.

Cleaning from top to bottom of walls and ceilings, as well as any flooring that survived the harsh saltwater brought in by Irma, helps to provide a safe environment for you and others. Furniture and other belongings require specialized care, and our technicians hold certificates from the IICRC in upholstery care, also. We do more than water damage restoration and microbial remediation. We make sure your home's restoration lasts, making it "Like it never even happened" again.

If you have returned to your winter home only to find that Irma has created damage, call us. We are SERVPRO of Cape Coral, and you can contact us by calling (239) 573-5911 for our 24-hour service.

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An Appliance with a Broken Hose Soaks Your Home and Leaves it with Flood Damage in Cape Coral

10/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage An Appliance with a Broken Hose Soaks Your Home and Leaves it with Flood Damage in Cape Coral Restoration is the key when it comes to residential water damage!

SERVPRO Can Clean and Restore Flood Damage From Your Cape Coral Home

Appliances make our lives immensely easier than what we would experience without these modern conveniences. However, Cape Coral residents need to conduct regular maintenance checks on each one to ensure that problems remain minimal and caught before they can create damaging effects to the home.

Cape Coral homes can sustain extensive flood damage when a hose comes loose or breaks on an appliance. Tremendous pressure builds up inside these hoses, and the smallest crack or looseness in a fitting can spell disaster. Flooding happens quickly because as the water spews out of the hose, its speed is completely unchecked by the valves inside the appliance that once controlled the flow.

SERVPRO professionals understand that timeliness is crucial for protecting your home from flood damage after such an event occurs. Every aspect must flow with the other parts of the cleaning up and restoration of your home, so restoration happens as quickly as possible. Strong teamwork and experience working together make our professionals and the work they perform highly efficient.

Although the water from a hose or pipe comes out clean, contamination from cleaning agents kept near your appliance can contaminate that water. Contamination does not always mean the water is pathogen-laden. It can also include water saturated with chemicals which can pose health risks of another kind. Chemical burns from contact with water can send otherwise healthy individuals to the hospital for intensive care of their injuries.

Restoring a home with flood damage includes not only the removal of the water but also any of the contaminants present. Meters read the level of contamination in a given area and provide the information needed to ensure the complete removal of these chemicals.

Drying and repairing saturated materials begin when the standing water no longer poses a problem. Dehumidifiers and heaters, as well as air blowers, help dry the area out. Readings to determine if the air in other locations contain elevated amounts of moisture provide further details that help protect your home fully. When such readings reveal that water is present in additional locations, those areas received targeted attention, also.

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SERVPRO of Cape Coral wants to ensure your home remains dry and safe, able to protect you from the elements outside. Call us at (239) 573-5911 any day of the year and at any hour for our 24/7 professional support in keeping your home in the condition you desire.

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Commercial Flood Damage In Cape Coral Hotels

9/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Flood Damage In Cape Coral Hotels Restoring Cape Coral hotels after commercial flood damage is important for our economy.

Flood Damage In Hotels

With so much damage, residents find themselves unable to go home or to work. For those people who are trying to rebuild, many of them commute for hours each day to dig through their property because they have no place to rest nearby.

Restoring Cape Coral hotels after commercial flood damage is important for our economy. The large chain hotels employ hundreds of people in the off-season, and that number climbs higher for many of them when tourists traditionally flock to Florida. SERVPRO knows that the quicker we can get area doors reopen for business, more residents can return, more money flows in, and the sooner all of us can complete our recovery from this disaster.

The first step is to get a dry floor under everyone’s feet. We start this with a series of pumps and water extraction wands. It is one reason why our access to a nationwide network is so valuable. In addition to our extensive, on-hand, equipment inventory, more pumps, wands, and other machines have arrived and continue to come to help clean up.

Once our technicians remove the standing water, we have two immediate tasks. Dry the carpets and lower the overall humidity. Since most commercial carpets do not have a pad underneath, we do not have to lift the entire carpet from the floor. In most rooms and hallways, we lift two sections to serve as entry and exit points.

At the entry point, we place an air mover machine which generates warm, dry air. We direct this airflow under the carpet which forces the colder, damp air out. At the exit point, we place an exhaust fan. It pulls the damp air out faster, which makes the air mover more efficient.

As we do this, other technicians check the air moisture content (humidity). To help with drying carpets and floors, as well as other restoration processes, we try to lower the humidity to a point under 40 percent. To get to this level, we establish dehumidifiers in every affected hallway and room. If a corridor needs to remain open, we may also set up fans to augment the dehumidifiers. Lower humidity allows evaporation of moisture from items and structural property to continue normally and helps to prevent mold spores from expanding and growing into yet another problem.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral’s first goal is to put families back into their homes, but we know that alone does not rebuild a community. For more information on what we can do to help your business rebuild and recover, call us today at (239) 573-5911. We are here to help.

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Understanding the Causes for Fire Damage from a Short Circuit in North Fort Myers

9/15/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding the Causes for Fire Damage from a Short Circuit in North Fort Myers Our SERVPRO team can restore fire, smoke, and soot damage from your home.

SERVPRO is Here to Help Make Your Fire Damage "Like it never even happened." 

Fires are stressful events that you can do a lot in your North Fort Myers home to avoid. Fires can occur for several reasons, including an electrical short. Also known as a circuit interruption, electrical short circuits happen many times when the coating on wiring is stripped or when a nail is pushed through the wire. A spark is generated, which can set nearby combustible materials on fire, or damage an appliance or other fixture which is connected to the wires.

Most commonly, short circuits can happen in your North Fort Myers home between a neutral and a live wire. However, any two wires can short circuit. If for example, a neutral wire connects with a ground wire, it is possible for this contact to create a short circuit and subsequent fire damage. Any time your North Fort Myers home has experienced a fire from a short circuit, you want to call our technicians at SERVPRO right away after the fire is out, as we can restore your home from the damage.

If you as a homeowner are hammering a nail through a wall, the nail could meet two wires. When this happens, it establishes a connection. The same thing occurs when coating on wires is stripped, allowing the wire to come into contact and create a spark.

Batteries can also be the starting place of a short circuit. If the negative and positive terminals are connecting by a wire, a surge of electrical current may generate enough heat to create an explosion and start a fire.

Electricians install fault protection devices to avoid short circuits in residences. These fuses and circuit breakers shut down the current of electricity when the system sense a surge. Sometimes, however, fires still happen, which is why SERVPRO is always standing by to help you repair the damage afterward. We have the training to handle damage from the actual flames, plus soot, smoke, and even water damage from firefighting efforts.

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When an electrical short has caused fire damage in your home in Pine Island, Cape Coral, or North Fort Myers, SERVPRO of Cape Coral can be counted on to restore your home back to its usual condition. All you need to do is reach out to us by dialing (239) 573-5911.

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Cape Coral Residents Receive Quality Flood Damage Assistance

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Cape Coral Residents Receive Quality Flood Damage Assistance SERVPRO has the expertise and equipment to restore your home after it is hit with storm damage.

Full-Service Flood Damage Restoration

We are smack dab in the middle of storm season, making it especially important for homeowners to seek qualified help reinforcing their Cape Coral homes. Storm damage can lead to flooding that causes severe damage to your home. Powerful winds can cause roof damage while downed trees can even cause structural damage. 

There is a strong possibility of having to endure a variety of safety, and health hazards after flood damages occur in your Cape Coral home, so, it helps to have a plan in place that gives you the ability to take steps immediately after the storm subsides. Finding a qualified restoration company in your area can have a major effect on your recovery after disaster strikes.

SERVPRO technicians help reduce many physical hazards that may exist such as, collapsed roofing, broken windows, exposed walls, and standing water. We also keep a trained eye out for any electrical and fire hazards that can make your situation even worse. Our restoration team provides you with quality flood damage cleanup and restoration services, making the entire experience as stress-free as possible. 

All of our technicians are IICRC-industry certified and have access to the latest equipment, giving us an opportunity to provide you with the quality restoration services needed to address soaked furniture, carpeting, and other building materials that often lead to mold growth after a flood. SERVPRO technicians understand how devastating storm-related disasters can be and work hard to get your home, and your life, back to normal as soon as possible.

Your SERVPRO team helps communicate damages to your insurance company and keeps a direct line open with you throughout your restoration process. We take the time to address any concerns you may have and explain every service we plan to deliver in detail. Our technicians focus on the health and safety of everyone involved and provide you with fast, efficient services that help you regain control over the situation.

Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral for full-service solutions in Cape Coral and act quickly to minimize the impact of flooding on your property, today. We are available 24/7, call anytime. (239) 573-5911

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CONOZCA A STEVE Y MARY ANN DE SERVPRO Sirviendo a Cape Coral, N Ft Myers y Punta Gorda

8/29/2017 (Permalink)

General CONOZCA A STEVE Y MARY ANN DE SERVPRO Sirviendo a Cape Coral, N Ft Myers y Punta Gorda Stephen D. & Mary Ann Rone Owners of SERVPRO of Cape Coral

Steve, un mocoso de la Fuerza Aérea, nació en Arizona y vivió en todo el mundo hasta 1979, cuando su familia se estableció en Melbourne, Florida. Después de graduarse de la escuela secundaria, él avanzó su educación recibiendo su B.S. Licenciado en la Universidad de Florida Central, donde se especializó en Ingeniería y Negocios.

Pasó muchos años como planificador financiero antes de aventurarse en la industria del cuidado de la salud, donde se centró en las ventas médicas para las empresas que utilizan tecnología de vanguardia. Su deseo a través de los años fue crear suficiente independencia financiera que él podría tener la oportunidad de convertirse en su propio jefe.

Logró esto y entró en la industria de la restauración comprando y volteando hogares, algunos inhabitable, en Florida, California y Georgia. Después de algunos años viajando por el país, decidió que era el momento de comprar un negocio que le permitiría utilizar sus talentos no sólo para restaurar las casas, sino para ayudar a la gente en su momento de necesidad.

También llegó a la Florida en 1979, Mary Ann se mudó de Nueva Jersey a la pequeña ciudad de Cape Coral con una población de 20.000. Después de graduarse de Cape Coral High School, la única escuela secundaria en la ciudad, asistió a la Universidad de Florida Central con especialización en Educación Primaria. Aunque no tiene los antecedentes de Steve en la industria de remodelación y restauración, ha desarrollado fuertes lazos comunitarios como maestra en el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Lee y en las Escuelas Charter de Cape Coral durante más de 23 años. La empatía y el cuidado necesarios para ayudar a los estudiantes y las familias lo han preparado más que para esta segunda carrera. SERVPRO® le permite ayudar a personas, muchos ancianos, que están abrumados y lidiando con una pérdida o un desastre traumático.

Mary Ann y Steve han residido en el condado de Lee, Cape Coral desde su matrimonio en 1993. Sus tres hijos también participan activamente en la comunidad a través del trabajo voluntario, los deportes y la escuela. La compra de una empresa como SERVPRO® ha sido una meta tanto para Mary Ann como para Steve desde que se conocieron en la universidad hace 27 años. Al investigar empresas con las que invertir, los valores, la ética y el compromiso de SERVPRO® con la comunidad fueron una combinación perfecta. Contratación de personas de calidad, proporcionando un excelente servicio al cliente y mantener la equidad - "Hacer a los demás como lo haría hacer a usted" - han contribuido a su éxito SERVPRO ®.

Flood Damage in Your Cape Coral Commercial Building

8/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Damage in Your Cape Coral Commercial Building SERVPRO works quickly to remediate your commercial building and keep your guests safe.

The Dangers of Flood Damage in Your Assisted Living Facility

As with any commercial building, a leak in your plumbing can increase your water bill dramatically, cause mold to start growing, create structural damage and electrical problems, lead to bigger leaks, more significant damage, plumbing failure or structural flooding. When you run an assisted living facility, things get even more complicated.

Commercial flood damage in the hallway of your Cape Coral assisted living home can create several problems. First and foremost, it creates a slipping hazard for your residents. Even with the area blocked off, you have obstacles which they must navigate around, and depending on individuals, could make it very difficult for them to traverse this hallway. When the plumbing leak is in a location that is the main thoroughfare, such as on the way to the cafeteria or activities area, it is even more important for you to get it fixed as soon as possible.

Because of this, you need professional help from a water damage remediation company, such as SERVPRO. Not only are we professionally trained and experienced to handle any water emergency, but we also treat you and your residents with the utmost care. We understand that the problem uproots your daily lives, and we work quickly with you to get a plan of remediation going and then get to the problem right away.

We use professional grade equipment to remove any standing water after finding the cause of the leak, then large fans and dehumidifiers to dry the area as quickly as possible. These are monitored daily for optimal drying, and we move them around as needed. We also have special moisture meters to detect any hidden moisture or mold growth. Mold can be toxic, and cause health effects, especially in a situation where you have residents who may not be in the best of health already. If any mold is found, we clean it up right away.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral is available anytime you discover a plumbing issue in your assisted living facility. We recognize that emergencies never happen at a convenient time, so do not hesitate to call us when needed at (239) 573-5911.

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Mold Growing in Your AC Unit in Your North Fort Myers Vacation Home

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Growing in Your AC Unit in Your North Fort Myers Vacation Home When mold strikes your home, SERVPRO strikes back.

Does Your AC Unit Have A Musty Odor? 

When you have arrived at your vacation home to find mold growing inside, you want to locate the source of the problem right away. Mold spreads fast and can cause detrimental health effects for you and your family, so getting rid of it as soon as possible is a must. SERVPRO, professional mold damage remediation specialists, can assist you in finding the source of the mold, and clean up all the mold, so your property is safe again.

Your air conditioning unit in your North Fort Myers vacation home can create mold damage, and quickly spread it throughout your property. When the AC unit is working properly, it can collect anywhere from ten to twenty gallons of water each day. Since most of it is usually tucked away out of sight, you may not realize the problem until it has accumulated into major damages.

Water ideally drains off the condensation coil into a collection pan and then disposed into the sewer system. However, if the drain becomes clogged, it can overflow and lead to damaged carpeting and flooring, plus create unhealthy molds.

When your condensation pump is dirty, it can create a leak. An excessive build-up of water like this leads to the growth of mildew and mold inside your AC unit, which in turn can get blown throughout the ductwork of your home. SERVPRO has the necessary equipment to clean the mold properly, including using air skippers or air whips which drive dirt, dust, mold and other debris toward collection devices which are fitted with HEPA filters. We know how to do the job safely and correctly, so you and your family are not exposed to the harmful mold spores during the process.

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SERVPRO of Cape Coral understands the dangers of mold and how disconcerting it can be to discover it upon re-entering your vacation home after several months away. You came to relax, so call us at (239) 573-5911, and let us take care of the problem so you can get back to your vacation.

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Ceramic Tiles Floors Are At Risk From Flood Damage When A Washer Leaks In North Fort Myers

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ceramic Tiles Floors Are At Risk From Flood Damage When A Washer Leaks In North Fort Myers SERVPRO Cleansup After Washer Mishaps in North Fort Myers

Water Damage from Leaks Can Affect Tile Flooring

Ceramic tile floors look very attractive in a kitchen or laundry room. Ceramic tile gives a beautiful finish that looks traditional or modern depending on your preferences. Unfortunately, ceramic tile floors are at risk of harm when a washer leaks on them.

Flood damage from a washer in your North Fort Myers kitchen or laundry room is a real headache when you have ceramic tiles on your floor. The problem is not with the actual tiles, as they are waterproof. The problem lies with the grout between the tiles. If the grout has any leaks or has worn away a bit, water can seep through the grout and into the cracks between the tiles. Slippage is also a dangerous potential when walking on wet tiles.
 
Water that penetrates through gaps in grouting reaches the subfloor. In cases where the subfloor is wooden, there is a real risk of water damage causing the floor to warp or swell. A warped subfloor often causes tiles to break or come loose. Water seepage into the sub floor also heightens the risk of mold growth underneath the tiled flooring.
 
We recommend putting in a call to SERPVRO after a washer leak. Professional experience is necessary to handle wet sub floor and ensure the integrity of the tiled covering above it. All our technicians are IICRC-certified and know how to dry out your floor with minimum damage or disruption.
 
In some cases, it is more efficient to dry the floor from the bottom. Drying from underneath requires the correct training and equipment. Our technicians tackle the drying job from below with the utmost care and attention. Approaching the drying situation from underneath the floor is preferable because it means there is no need to pull up your tiled floor.
 
SERVPRO technicians understand the importance of never making assumptions when it comes to wet ceramic tile. That is why we examine both the ceramic floor and the wooden subfloor to ascertain where the water has reached. We never rely on guesswork – we use penetrating moisture meters to get under the tiles and get an accurate reading on the moisture level of the subfloor.
 
We use a combination of carefully positioned fans, air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry your floor and the surrounding area. Every job is completed to a pre-agreed drying standard so you can rest assured that your floor is dry and safe.

If you are concerned about water damaging your ceramic floor, call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 today.

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Why Monitoring is Important When Dealing With Mold Damage in North Fort Myers

7/11/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Monitoring is Important When Dealing With Mold Damage in North Fort Myers Professional equipment can help to find mold hiding in your home and create an environment where it does not spread. Call SERVPRO today to discuss.

Mold Damage Remediation Involves Many Components and Preventative Actions in Order to Maintain

Mold has the potential to grow in any home, and it is important to remedy the problem as soon as you can because mold looks and smells bad and can damage your home or even cause health effects. It is easy to assume that the secret to dealing with mold is simply to clean it away. However, cleaning up a fungus problem takes much more than just a “by sight” check to see if cleaning is complete.
 
True mold damage remediation in your North Fort Myers home includes thoroughly assessing the affected area to check moisture levels and reduce the chances of a recurrence of the fungal problem. That is why we recommend you call SERVPRO: Our technicians are fully trained by the IICRC and have the equipment necessary to monitor the situation properly.
 
For mold to exist, there must be damp, and if there is damp, the fungus could reappear. There is also the risk that there is more mold present than is visible with the naked eye, such as under carpets, inside walls, or behind furniture. That is why our technicians do not only look for visible mold; we use a range of equipment to carry out accurate scientific tests to establish moisture levels in the affected area.
 
Thermo-hygrometers show us how much moisture is present in the air. This humidity measurement lets us know how much we need to bring the humidity down before it reaches acceptable levels. Every team is equipped with a range of dehumidifiers to get moisture in the air under control.
 
Moisture sensors are designed to penetrate soft material such as carpets and show how much moisture is present. This is important because the soft material is a breeding ground for mold and carpet in affected areas and needs to be thoroughly dry. SERVPRO technicians have air movers on hand to dry under and over the damp carpet and reduce the risk of mold growth.
 
Moisture meters measure the dampness level in materials and penetrating meters are capable of testing for moisture inside wall cavities and underneath the wood flooring, where fungus can grow unnoticed.
 
Proper scientific measurement, assessment, and continued monitoring is the only way to ensure mold damaged areas are adequately dry and reduce the risk of new growth.
 
You can rely on us for accurate monitoring throughout the remediation process. Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 for advice.

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Understanding Children's Fascination with Fire in Cape Coral

6/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding Children's Fascination with Fire in Cape Coral Fires in Cape Coral and Kids's Toasting Marshmellows

Fire Damage in Cape Coral Gets Help from SERVPRO

Fires are perfect for roasting your marshmallows this summer or lighting your birthday candles. Fire is a fascinating tool and is a chemical reaction that happens right before your eyes. A blaze needs oxygen and fuel to burn, and once it begins flaming, does not stop until it runs out of either one or both. However, even a small fire can get out of control quickly and can burn down an entire home. Many fires are started by children, so it is important to teach your kids about the dangers of fire.
 
Fires move fast to create plenty of damage. A fire can burn your Cape Coral home down in just minutes. They are not only a danger inside, but outdoors, burning piles of grass or leaves can also get out of control. Campfires can also lead to wildfires if they are not extinguished properly.
 
When a fire of any size has damaged your home, you need professionals to help you repair and restore it, such as SERVPRO, who are trained and experienced fire and smoke restoration specialists. We repair the damage from fire, plus from water and smoke and soot. Not handling any of these conditions promptly can result in additional damage and expenses.
 
Small children are often curious, which is the main reason they play with fire. They do not understand how much damage can occur. If you see any children playing with candles, matches, or any fire, ensure to stop them right away and find their parents.
 
Older children may be tempted to touch a candle which is lit, or light something on fire just to see what happens. Stress to your kids not to do this, as they can easily burn themselves, destroy homes and woods, and injury other people.
 
Sometimes even with proper teaching, accidents still happen when children play with fire. At SERVPRO, we completely understand how scary and stressful a situation like this can be for your whole family. We do not waste time getting to your home after you contact us so we can assess the damages and talk to you about a remediation plan. We help restore your home to its condition before the fire, so it is "Like it never even happened."  We also talk to your insurance company for you so you have less stress and can attend to your family’s needs.
 
SERVPRO of Cape Coral is ready to help you. Just give us a call at (239) 573-5911 as soon as the fire is out.
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How SERVPRO Assesses Fire Damage In Your Cape Coral Home

5/16/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage How SERVPRO Assesses Fire Damage In Your Cape Coral Home Smoke Remediation in Cape Coral Can Be Complicated--Call SERVPRO

Cape Coral Condos and Properties Rely on SERVPRO for Fire & Smoke Restoration

Dealing with the aftermath of a blaze is very stressful for any householder. There might be extensive damage to both your home and to your belongings. It is natural to want to get your house and contents restored as quickly as you can so life can go on as normal.
 
We recommend putting in a call to SERVPRO as soon as possible after fire damage to your Cape Coral home. A thorough assessment is necessary to determine the best way to clean your home and belongings. Our IICRC-certified technicians are fully trained to assess fire damages. We carry out a careful inspection of your house, furniture, and other contents to determine the extent of the harm done and the possibilities for restoration.
 
The extent of fire damage is categorized as minor, medium, or major.
 
Minor damage means only certain areas are affected, and the amount of soot damage is light to medium. SERVPRO technicians use brushes, cloths, and vacuums to scrub and rub soot residue from surfaces. We also apply cleaning products to remove soot.
 
Medium damage means moderate smoke residue and more heat damage to walls, furniture, and contents. Our technicians may need to saturate items with a solution of water and cleaning products to remove soot. We also have cleaning foam which is useful for cleaning soot damaged soft furnishings without soaking them.
 
Major damage means severe damage near the source of the fire. Items are frequently charred, and areas of your home might need to be boarded up and secured. Extensive wet and dry cleaning are necessary to save items. In cases of major damage, we can 'pack out' your belongings for off-site cleaning and storage during the restoration and repair phases of our services.
 
In cases of medium and major damage, smoke odors are a cause for concern. After our team finishes cleaning, they tackle lingering smoke smells. We have many methods of deodorization available to tackle even stubborn smoke smells.
 
Air scrubbers use powerful HEPA filtration to remove tiny particles, including odors. Thermal fogging is a powerful technique that uses heat and pressure to push deodorant particles into damaged surfaces. Fogging recreates a little of the heat and pressure of the fire itself and makes the process particularly effective. We also use ozone machines, which release ozone into the air where it interacts with odors and neutralizes them. This is a strong technique which we only use when there are no people, pets or plants in the building.
 
We are waiting to help you with fire damage cleanup. Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 today for assistance.

Call SERVPRO First And Avoid These Mold Disasters In Pine Island

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Call SERVPRO First And Avoid These Mold Disasters In Pine Island If mold takes root in a home, it can quickly grow to be one of the worst disasters the building has ever seen.

Avoid These Mold Disasters

If mold takes root in a home, it can quickly grow to be one of the worst disasters the building has ever seen. Mold is, in addition to its highly damaging nature, tough to remove, requiring the careful and professional touch of a company like SERVPRO to remove it safely and permanently. Many homeowners, however, first opt to take matters into their hands, usually to disastrous effect. We strongly recommend never touching, cleaning, or interacting with mold without one of our representatives' express approval. Otherwise, you may hurt yourself or your home. Here are some common ways homeowners have tried to remove mold without our help in the past.

Burning
While burning off mold damage in Pine Island may seem a little extreme, at least one homeowner has tried it in recent years. While burning certainly can and should kill off most types of mold, it also has the major side effect of creating an even worse fire damage problem for the home. In the single case we have seen, the homeowner did not even reach the mold's full extent with his torch, meaning we had to help restore the effects of both mold and fire in the job.

Bleach And Chemicals
Far more commonly, residents may attempt to use bleach or other household chemicals to kill the mold. Unfortunately, this does little to stop most types of mold, whose spores are designed to withstand and ignore many of nature's most otherwise effective chemical killers. Cleaning mold with chemicals is also dangerous, as the mold may be toxic to touch and the chemicals may cause additional damage to the surface underneath.

Simple Scraping
Perhaps the single least effective way to remove mold we at SERVPRO have seen involved a homeowner trying to scrape away the mold from his walls physically. In addition to creating large gashes and marks across the surface, he was entirely ineffective at removing the mold, even spreading it to another part of the room. We helped to remediate the mold properly and get the room back in order, but it was no small headache to him.

Leave mold remediation to the professionals, SERVPRO of Cape Coral. We have the tools, technology, and training to handle it like professionals. Call us anytime at (239) 573-5911.

Pine Island Flood Damage Needs Professional Help

4/18/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Pine Island Flood Damage Needs Professional Help Pine Island Flooding Fears SERVPRO Service

Trust the SERVPRO Method for Restoration of Post Storm Damage

Flooding is almost as common as the sunshine here in Florida. Storm season drops water quickly and overwhelms drainage systems on a regular basis.

Cleaning up flood damage in Pine Island can be an extensive process, but certain tasks need accomplishing immediately. SERVPRO has developed these emergency tasks to deal with uncontaminated water flooding, and our 24-hour response team has years of experience in restoring your home after a disaster.

Once we have determined your home is safe to work in, we move all furniture, appliances and other property that might be in the way of the restoration process or could suffer secondary damage from our actions. Team members also remove all materials that might transfer stains, such as area rugs, curtains, books and other paper items.

Now, we remove the water. Our franchise has an extensive inventory of portable and truck mounted pumps that remove standing water from even the largest home typically in less than a day but are safe to use with any carpet. For tile, wood floors and other hard surfaces, technicians use a squeegee attachment to help draw out the water. We also can place large mats connected to the suctioning device to add surface area and draw moisture from between the seams of hardwood planks.

Next, we remove furniture stains. It is easier to draw out veneer, rust, and other stains while the carpet is still wet. It is possible to remove them without a cleaning agent if we begin quickly enough. If the carpet pad has been underwater for too long, it is necessary to discard it. The response team rolls back the carpet, being very careful not to fold it or step on it. A water extractor is used on the pad to make it easier to cut up and remove. Team members place it into plastic bags to avoid dripping throughout the house and then dispose of it in the dumpster we have brought on-site for damaged building material and other property. If, the water is deemed uncontaminated, we can then attempt to salvage the carpet.

The next task is to extract water from the subfloor. Technicians use the same squeegee attachment they do on tile and linoleum. At the same time, we carefully check every surface for pre-existing damage such as mold growth. If there is mold on the carpet, depending on what you and your insurance agent decide, we remove it immediately.

These steps are only a few of the emergency procedures we have developed to stop water damage and prevent further loss of property. SERVPRO of Cape Coral is here to get you through the process and back into your home. Call us today at (239) 573-5911 to begin.

Getting The Help You Need After Discovering Mold Damage In Your Cape Coral Home

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Getting The Help You Need After Discovering Mold Damage In Your Cape Coral Home HAZMAT Gear Protects Against Mold and Mycotoxins in a Cape Coral Remediation Service

Mold Remediation Done Right Requires Expertise and Equipment--Call SERVPRO

Found mold in your home? Avoid making the mistake of attempting to clean things up or making repairs yourself. Molds can cause negative health effects, so, take the proper steps to protect yourselves.
 
Many old, young, or people with immune deficiency orders experience health issues due to exposure to mold damage in their Cape Coral home. However, with the right insurance coverage and by contacting a quality mold remediation company, you can avoid this problem altogether. Even without insurance coverage, remediation is a necessary service.
 
A quality company, like SERVPRO, follows specific safety guidelines for each job they perform. For workers and residents entering and exiting the job site, wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) such as boots, gloves, masks, and even full-body suits becomes necessary. It is far from a choice if you want to stay healthy and limit the spread of mold throughout your home.
 
An N95 or greater filter type respirator should be perfect for small contamination areas, where a half-mask respirator with an appropriate breathing cartridge helps protect you from common mold infestation in a larger area. Full-face respirators, using a powered air purifying respirator and proper cartridges become necessary when extensive contaminants exist.
 
SERVPRO technicians also use full-body suits when dealing with saturated materials, always wearing chemical resistant gloves, and eye protection while on the job. PPE gives you an opportunity to avoid exposing yourself to harmful contaminants and helps avoid spreading the problem to other clean areas of your home.
 
By the time you visibly see mold growth on your walls, smell a strong musty odor in poorly ventilated areas, or had previous water damage that you simply did not do much about, it is likely that the problem has spread farther than you can imagine. When a professional remediation technician says that mold exists in your home, let them do their job.
 
It is amazing to watch a qualified professional perform remediation services. An expertly trained mold damage mitigation specialist performs their functions well. They often cordon off the affected area and set up clean rooms for donning PPE and stationing of tools and placing cleaning equipment for use in your home. Places like SERVPRO have years of experience performing these services, treat you with respect and get things back to normal quickly. "Like it never even happened."
 
They have access to technologically advance equipment such as Negative-airflow Machines, Air Movers, Water Extractors of all shapes and sizes, along with Moisture Detectors and procedures designed to get the job done right.
 
Take an opportunity to contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral today for access to expertly trained mold remediation services you can count on 24-7. (239) 573-5911

Saving Your Home from Flood Damage on Pine Island

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Saving Your Home from Flood Damage on Pine Island Flooding from a bubble bath can lead to water damage. Contact SERVPRO quickly after an incident to remediate.

SERVPRO Technicians Survey the Entire Area When Handling a Flooding Event

Flooding can happen anytime when you live on an island. Often, there is some warning, but this is not always true. Flooding can occur from sources in your home, also, independent of outside influences.
 
Pine Island has many homes that are built at increased heights, complete with elevators, but not everyone is lucky enough to escape flood damage. Having an elevated home will not help if the flooding comes from a busted water line or a forgotten tub overflowing with a much-needed bubble bath.
 
SERVPRO restores flooded homes through replacement of damaged and unsalvageable materials with the same or similar materials, and by also repairing and cleaning areas that are only damaged by dirt, grime, and other types of contamination.
 
Everything in your home must be cleaned, dried, and decontaminated after a flood. Completing all of this takes time and teamwork. We have the experience and training needed to thoroughly restore your home back to its previous condition, so it is “Like it never even happened.”
 
Carpeting, simply because of its location in your home, is not only one of the least recoverable items, but it is also the most common cause of clean water becoming contaminated. Even the cleanest-looking carpets, pre-flood, are often harboring dirt, chemicals from the outdoors, and sometimes even parasites, which is particularly the case if there are household pets.
 
Furniture that is upholstered must be aired out until dry and then cleaned. Deodorization is also often required when restoring certain items. Wooden furniture needs to be completely dry again before being put back to use, and this needs to happen as quickly as possible.
 
Air movers are used to dry out not only furniture but also walls, floors, and moisture-laden ceilings. Even untouched by floodwater, the uppermost areas of your home will absorb a significant amount of water. Moisture travels because it is easier to maintain an equilibrium than it is for a zone to remain dry and another to stay saturated. Dehumidifiers combat this problem. They remove moisture that has been lifted from materials in your home into the air before it can settle on something else again.
 
When humidity levels are restored to normal again, we can then replace materials that have been removed, rebuilding areas of your home so you and your family can return home. Even in the case of small areas of flooding, substantial damage can take place.
 
SERVPRO of Cape Coral is here for you, no matter how significant or small the flood damage is. Call us at (239) 573-5911, so we can make your home safe again for your family.

Art Galleries and Commercial Flood Damage on Pine Island

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Art Galleries and Commercial Flood Damage on Pine Island SERVPRO Saves the Art Gallery in Pine Island After Flooding

Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Pine Island Business to Pre -Flood Condition


When your art gallery has flooded, SERVPRO has the people you need to restore everything back to normal. Without this, your patrons' and employees' safety, the valuable artwork on loan from local artists, and the building itself are all at risk.


Pine Island has a reputation for being a friendly and safe place for both residents and tourists, but commercial flood damage can change this rather quickly. Profits can plummet when you are unable to permit patrons to visit. Closing unexpectedly, even when a flood emergency is involved, can create negative feedback and affect your social image for an extended period.

It is crucial that you regain control of your gallery and protect all of the items it holds to avoid this negative image, and also to protect your relationship with local artists. SERVPRO technicians are trained according to IICRC methods, giving them the knowledge to restore a multitude of different types of materials. Their training also covers restoration of many different building types, the materials used to build them, and the equipment needed to do each job the right way.

Flood damage results from our environment or because of plumbing issues. Water from external sources is much more hazardous than flooding from a broken water line. Pumping standing water from your gallery is the beginning, to be followed by the use of hand-held water extractors. As we work to eliminate the risk of flood damage, we work at increasingly smaller levels of extraction.

When we are at the stage where things are still damp but no longer wet, we step up the process even further. Using different types of equipment that efficiently raise the temperature to increase the rate of evaporation, air movers that direct the humidity outdoors, and dehumidifiers that trap moisture in less-accessible areas, we complete the drying process. If microbial activity seems likely, antimicrobial agents can be used in various ways to minimize possible problems.

After restoration to a sufficiently dry state, we can then begin cleaning the many items on display. Details in carvings and frames are meticulously cleaned, and decorative metal pieces are given a very light coating of oil to prevent rust. Clay and other sculptures are handled as carefully as possible during handling. For can upon your approval, and the need for it, send out to an expert third party, the cleaning and restoration of fine art or intricate pieces.

During this time, walls, floors, and display areas can be cleaned of debris, followed by sanitizing and the application of mold inhibitors. Walls and other materials in your gallery that have been damaged are replaced and then finished in your choice of paint or paper. Because the carpeting in galleries is often similar to the carpeting found in other business settings, it can often be saved if restoration work begins soon after flooding subsides. If so, it can be used in the deodorization of your gallery, if needed.

We intend to work with you in restoring your gallery to its previous state – welcoming to patrons and safe for all who work or visit there. Call SERVPRO of Cape Coral for any water emergency, or another disaster, at (239) 573-5911.

Services Available To Protect Your Pine Island Home From Flood Damage

2/22/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Services Available To Protect Your Pine Island Home From Flood Damage Flooding from Storm Surges in Pine Island Can Be Dangerous

Damage from Flooding in Pine Islands, Call on SERVPRO for Restoration

A tropical storm passes through the area causing extensive damages to your property, including flooding to various areas of your home. Once you are allowed back in, you need to contact someone immediately to help you get things back under control. Never face these kinds of clean up issues on your own.

When a storm surge or floodwaters cause flood damage in your Pine Island home, use the experienced restoration teams at your disposal to correct the situation as soon as possible. You already experienced the tough part and got your family to safety successfully, now give us the opportunity to help.
 
SERVPRO has an expertly trained team ready to provide professional assistance to help you recover from structural damage caused by water forcing its way into your home. Not to mention water itself could easily contaminate the entire area with many potentially harmful bacteria. Sea water is no exception.
 
If you are determined to return to your property before we arrive, think about safety first. There are many issues beyond contamination that you should consider before going anywhere near your property. Was the storm strong enough to down electrical wires and flood devices that could pose possible electrical dangers? Do other hazards exist that may cause you or your family harm? Did you call your insurance agent?
 
Never avoid the obvious and make sure that you intend on only doing the things that you can do without damaging yourself or others. It takes an experienced restoration technician to detect visible and hidden troubles that develop and put together an effective plan to deal with them, leave the heavy work to SERVPRO.
 
Any delay in addressing your current situation is likely to result in more problems developing. At SERVPRO, we take pride in responding faster to any disaster, answering your call for assistance and pinpointing any problems that exist. We know how to remove any lingering water and properly dry your property with air moving equipment and dehumidifiers to speed up the process.
 
Our experience and commitment to providing you with excellent service mean that we work hard to restore your property and deploy a variety of advanced techniques that assist us with restoring items that others might consider lost.
 
When a natural disaster strikes your property, take action immediately and contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral to receive the services you need, day or night. (239) 573-5911

SERVPRO Water Removal Process In Pineland

2/9/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Water Removal Process In Pineland Excessive water, regardless of the source, can destroy some property in less than an hour or two.

The Water Removal Process


Excessive water, regardless of the source, can destroy some property (cloth and paper) in less than an hour or two. Carpets, wood flooring, and even some concrete pads can be damaged as well. In a 24-hour period, sheetrock can absorb enough water to begin to crumble or even allow mold growth to begin.

Regarding water removal in Pineland homes, SERVPRO maintains an inventory of the latest equipment in the restoration industry to extract water from every room and situation, irrespective of the source (rainfall or plumbing failure). We also have a rapid response team trained to the industry standards set up by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) in every office.

Removing water is not merely using a pump to draw out a couple of inches in the living room. We also train our personnel on the following four tasks to ensure restoration of your home to its original state.

Applied Structural Drying - Our team members learn to use an array of testing equipment that measures air moisture levels. We maintain a series of extractors to remove water from the air as well as commercial heaters, air movers and fans to dry out flooring and walls that were under water or absorbing water from high levels in the home.

Carpet Cleaning - Employees learn to identify the types of fibers used in carpets and how to clean each one. Training also covers the dye colors used in them to make certain the correct cleaning agent is used as well the best vacuum available to draw out water and soil without damage.

Controlling Odors - Technicians learn to identify the source of odors caused by water damage using air content monitors to trace the amount of mold in the air. They also learn to safely use the deodorizing and cleaning chemicals available according to state and federal regulations.

Fabric Cleaning - Response team members learn the specific cleaning requirements for the types of fabrics found in curtains and drapes as well as the upholstery for most furniture. The emphasis here is to prevent shrinking and colors from bleeding out of the fabrics while extracting water and removing dirt and other contaminants.

Even if the water in your home drained on its own, you might still have hidden problems that require an inspection. It is the perfect time to contact us here at SERVPRO of Cape Coral to handle any issue you might have. Call us at (239) 573-5911 today to begin.

Why We Use Air Movers To Repair Flood Damage In Pine Island Homes

1/28/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why We Use Air Movers To Repair Flood Damage In Pine Island Homes When it comes to flood damage restoration, every tool and piece of equipment have a purpose.

Air Movers And Flood Damage


When it comes to flood damage restoration, every tool and piece of equipment have a purpose. So, if we decide to combine two or even three drying machines, it is because we know that the affected area needs it. Often, dehumidifiers, fans, and air movers have to be left running overnight or for several days.

This is common in homes which have been hit by extensive flooding; whether the cause is domestic (a burst pipe) or environmental (heavy rains). It is important that occupants do not move the drying machines because this can disrupt the rate of evaporation. To repair flood damage in Pine Island, SERVPRO must create optimal atmospheric conditions. Air movers are an essential part of this process, so we are going to tell you more about how they operate and what they can achieve.

The Purpose Of The Air Mover
The air mover directs clean, dry air across wet surfaces in rooms which have been damaged by flooding. As water dissipates into the dry air, it picks up this excess moisture. The wet air can then be directed to a dehumidifier where the water particles are extracted and the air rendered clean and dry again. This process is repeated until the targeted materials are dry.

Matching The Tool To The Task
There are various types of air movers, and SERVPRO may use more than one during the drying process. Two of the most important are centrifugal and axial. Generally, axial movers are preferred by flood damage technicians, because they are more effective at drying structural materials. In fact, they are used for around 70% of all domestic applications.

Drying Drywall And Plaster
Often, one of the most challenging materials to restore is drywall, particularly in the portion closest to the floor. It almost always requires more than one air mover, with the general rule being one drying machine for every 10-15 feet. If there are any small closets or cupboards in the room, a separate machine will be used to ensure that it is dry.

Dealing With Aerosolization
One of the downsides to using air movers for drying is that they can aerosolize contaminants already present in the water damaged area. If your home is flooded by natural rains or storm water, for example, there’s a chance that the moisture contains microbes. Fortunately, adding air scrubbing devices to the mix is one way to filter and remove potentially toxic particles.

At SERVPRO of Cape Coral, we are committed to helping homeowners recover from flooding. We have access to state of the art drying tools, and we can reverse the damage caused by cracked pipes, blocked plumbing, storms, and much more. Call us 24/7 at (239) 573-5911.

Events that Can Precipitate Mold Growth in Pineland

1/16/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Events that Can Precipitate Mold Growth in Pineland Mold shows up in corners and in any other places. Call SERVPRO today to investigate.

Mold Can Appear After a Water Damage Event

Mold can take root in your home at any time, for a myriad of reasons. However, there are several key events that precipitate a sharp increase in the number of mold damage cases that SERVPRO sees in a given week, and other things that can happen around your home that lead to mold growth. Detecting mold damage early is critical in keeping costs and hassle low, so if you notice something suspicious, be sure to take it seriously. Research mold indicators, and if you believe it has started to grow even in small amounts, be sure to contact us.
 
After Hurricanes and Major Storms
 
The largest waves of mold damage in Pineland happen after hurricanes or especially large storms. Hurricanes combine torrential rains with extreme winds, simultaneously causing exterior damage to local homes and dousing the revealed areas with copious amounts of water. This excess of water is the most critical factor in mold's growth, meaning that any spots of visible damage you may have incurred during a hurricane may be at significant risk of developing mold growth. Be sure to watch any damaged spots in the days and weeks after a hurricane for signs of preliminary mold growth.
 
Periods of High Humidity
 
Florida is known for its humidity, but extended periods of higher-than-average humidity could be all it takes to fuel mold growth in your home. If you notice persistently high levels of humidity near your home in weather forecasts, try to give your home a check-over to make sure that the extra airborne water is not causing mold or other types of damage out of sight.
 
Floods or Other Damages in Your Home
 
If your home has recently taken on some other type of damage, especially flood and heavy water damage, you may face a high risk of developing mold growth as well. Mold thrives on the chaos created by these situations, and the water and nutrients they often provide. Calling SERVPRO early on allows us to mitigate other damage types and prevent mold from growing out of hand as an additional problem.
 
SERVPRO of Cape Coral is a locally owned and operated franchise with national backing and resources that helps local homeowners to rid themselves of even the toughest mold damage. Call us 24/7 at (239) 573-5911.

Immediate Actions Taken in Cape Coral Office Flood Damage Cases

12/19/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Immediate Actions Taken in Cape Coral Office Flood Damage Cases Flooded areas can be extremely detrimental to your business. Call SERVPRO quickly to assess and remediate!

SERVPRO's Quick Response Lessens the Possibility of Secondary Damage

Within a few hours of your first call, you can expect a SERVPRO team to be on-site ready to deal with flooding at your office building. Our round-the-clock response strategy is part of our mitigation approach, whereby we get to a site as quickly as possible in order to reduce further damage. When it comes to storm flooding, offices often have some of the most exhaustive work to be done, and may require a lengthy initial process.

Removal of Debris

Like most commercial flood damage scenarios in Cape Coral, an office flood will often require the removal of large, obstructive debris from the room. Furniture, electronics, and even building materials may all be in a disorganized mess following the flood. This is a task easier said than done, as many objects are often broken, shattered, or even dangerous after being thrashed about and swamped by a flood. This is the only step that may take precedence over drying and water extraction.

Drying

Our drying process consists of two major steps, both of which will be started during our initial mitigation procedures. First, we extract any remaining flood waters from the area, pumping them outside with the assistance of powerful machinery. Once this is complete, we move in high powered air movers to generate fast and powerful air currents to remove any remaining water from the area.

Sanitization

Many floods leave an interior filthy and, more importantly, biologically hazardous for anyone inside. One of the first priorities our teams take is to sanitize and clean an area thoroughly, preventing health hazards from developing wherever possible.

Carpet Removal

In some cases, our team may be able to remove carpeting almost immediately. The sooner unsalvageable carpet is removed, the better, and if they can, our teams will have any carpeting out the door on their first visit. This helps to prevent mold growth and accelerate drying, both highly beneficial to both the time and money spent on restorations.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral has helped dozens of local businesses to overcome damages large and small to their properties, and is always ready in a harsh storm to come to your aid. Call us at (239) 573-5911 for our fast response times and mitigation services.

Recovery From Water Damage To Your Pineland Home

12/14/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Recovery From Water Damage To Your Pineland Home SERVPRO Can Save Your Parquet Flooring in Your Pineland Condo

Coastal Living Paradise and Water Damage

When you live on an island paradise water is all around you, usually, a pleasure to gaze upon and a contributor to a comfortable and pleasant ambiance. On occasion the proximity to the ocean creates a real hazard, causing damage within your living quarters when high winds and rain drive water into your home. When the beautiful, deep blue sea becomes a liability, let SERVPRO help you recover your equilibrium. We have the trained technicians to restore your home after water damage has put your island living dreams on hold. Rely on our expertise in water damage abatement and practical assistance in maintaining your treasured home.

It is a bittersweet fact of your choice of living location that water damage can interfere with the quiet enjoyment of your Pineland residence. Severe weather conditions are a seasonal expectation, not infrequently rising to the levels of a tropical storm or even hurricane strength. The problems with which you and your family contend after the high winds, rain and storm surge dissipate can be significant. We offer help in water removal and mitigation of the collateral damage done to the structure and contents of your home after the storm is over. Our staff is highly trained (IICRC and corporate programs) in water damage recovery, from thorough moisture reduction to the repair and restoration of structures or contents soaked and sullied by rain and seawater.

Since it is likely, you will need help with the effects of water infiltration at some point during your residence in this area choosing SERVPRO as your water damage restoration partner is a wise move. Our mission is to return your home to its pre-loss condition regardless of the extent of the damage, removing standing water in the lower levels and extracting the high levels of moisture that may saturate flooring, walls, and ceilings. We use modern equipment including pumps, vacuums, air movers and heaters to dry out the areas of your home affected by water incursion. Our staff is well versed in methods that increase the efficacy of the equipment, and we will not rest until we welcome you back into your dry, safe and comfortable dwelling after our efforts are completed. Once we have finished the abatement of your current disaster, we will help you plan for future water damage risks in your beautiful but potentially problematic neighborhood.

When natural forces cause water damage in your home SERVPRO of Cape Coral is ready to turn that damage around quickly and efficiently. Phone us at (239) 573-5911 to schedule a post-storm inspection to remediate water damage to your home.

Recovering Safely From Fire Damage In North Fort Meyers

12/2/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Recovering Safely From Fire Damage In North Fort Meyers Fire damage can devastate your house. Call SERVPRO quickly to assess and remediate.

SERVPRO Professionals Can Quickly Remediate Your Property

Living on the Florida Gulf Coast can seem like a permanent vacation, and the last thing you expected to complicate matters was a house fire that changes a day at the beach to an ordeal of fear and confusion. SERVPRO will be there for you to help sort out the options and work with your insurance company if a moment of distraction or accident causes a fire in your kitchen or other area of you home. We will be on your site within hours of your first call, ready to assess the situation and develop a plan to bring your home back to pre-loss condition. Our technicians are well-trained and certified, very experienced in fire restoration techniques while also being very compassionate as you and your family deal with the aftermath of the fire.
 
One question you may have right away is whether you are able to continue living in your home after it has suffered fire damage in North Fort Meyers. Sometimes it is very obvious that you need to secure temporary housing if major structural parts of your home are damaged by the fire. If walls, stairs or floors are unstable, we may recommend leaving until they can be made safe. When mechanical systems such as heating and cooling are inoperable, or the water or electrical services are interrupted, we will work with your insurance company to find short term lodging until those components of healthy modern living can be restored. Any time parts of your home are open to the elements after fire damage, we will secure those areas and help you make the decision whether it is smart to stay before repairs are made.
 
Even if the structure of your home is stable enough to continue living inside, you may have experienced significant smoke damage, complicated by chemical retardant use, water damage that has led to microbial growth or other air quality issues. If the fire was confined to the kitchen area, secondary issues still can extend into other rooms of the house. SERVPRO can treat both microbial growth and odors with professional products, but care needs to be taken that you and your family are not exposed to harmful chemicals. If we can create a safety barrier between our working area and unaffected spaces in your home, it can be possible for fire damage restoration to be done while you live in a protected area.
 
Seek the professional help of SERVPRO of Cape Coral if a kitchen fire complicates your carefree Gulf Coast living. We are available 24/7 at (239) 573-5911 to respond to your disaster and will have a crew onsite within hours of your call.

Repairing Commercial Water Damage in Your Cape Coral Attic, Crawlspace, or Storage Area

11/5/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Repairing Commercial Water Damage in Your Cape Coral Attic, Crawlspace, or Storage Area Cape Coral Business and Water Damage

Rely on SERVPRO to Keep Your Water Damaged Business Running

There are all kinds of ways for a building to become water damaged. The most obvious – and the one that people tend to think of first – is a natural flood. This harm occurs when a nearby water source breaks its banks and spills over into homes and businesses. It can be a disaster for families and, without the help of an expert restoration service, almost impossible to mitigate.

However, it isn’t the only way that a commercial enterprise can end up filled with water or destructive levels of moisture. Commercial water damage in Cape Coral properties is caused by mishaps like broken pipes, faulty appliances (especially in restaurant settings), and poor quality gutters and storm drains. It can be just as difficult to deal with as natural storm, especially if it occurs in a tight space like an attic or enters through a hole in the flat roof of your warehouse.

This guide to dealing with water damage in attics and crawlspaces will explain why and how the SERVPRO team can save your home.

Common Causes of Water Damage
We all know that attics can be damaged by the rain if there is a hole in the roof. This happens when a tile or shingle breaks and comes loose. However, did you know that water damage can also be caused by a burst water heater, a cracked pipe, or even a blocked condensation pan in your HVAC unit? Fire sprinkler systems are notorious for malfunctioning and drenching hotel corridors or dining rooms with unintended rain. As most attics (and some crawlspaces) contain electrical wiring, the addition of moisture can make things very dangerous indeed. Plumbing systems for a fabrication plant that fails and causes a deluge of water should be contained immediately. Ask your SERVPRO representative about our ERP mobile app program to help protect your business property and inventory.

It is always a wise move to call the experts at SERVPRO as soon as you suspect that you may have water damage. We advise that you don’t try to get to too close to the affected area, particularly if you know that it contains electrical components. Your first instinct may be to try and inspect the damage for yourself, but coming into contact with stagnant water in a narrow space can be hazardous.

Calling in the Restoration Experts
The best thing to do is get in touch with our team, and they’ll be onsite as soon as possible. SERVPRO is a local company, so this is a speedy process. We are able to access the damaged area in a safe and controlled manner. The technicians will inspect the space and then consult with you as to the extent of the problem. It may be that the damage is less serious than you thought. If this is the case, the team will discuss the next best steps.

If moderate to severe water damage is present, however, industrial strength tools will be needed to eliminate the moisture and start repairs. Attics crawls are particularly tricky to restore because they’re difficult to access, can contain complex support systems for the enterprise, and may also be a storage area for product or past paperwork.

If you require more information about restoring water damage in retail or commercial business you can speak to our SERVPRO of Cape Coral office. Call 24/7 to (239) 573-5911.

Fire Damage in Bokeelia - Emergency Services

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage in Bokeelia - Emergency Services SERVPRO Helps to Restore a Fire Damaged Home in Bokeelia

SERVPRO Offers a Comprehensive Fire Damage Service

When it comes to cleaning up and restoring a home or business, there are some services that fall under the category of emergency. These are necessary to prevent further damage, provide a safe work environment and prepare a structure for the restoration process.

In any fire damage to a Bokeelia home or business, there are some services that need to be accomplished immediately. When it comes to these emergency services SERVPRO has three objectives:
1) Prevent fire and smoke damage from causing further destruction to property.
2) Provide a safer work site for people who enter the structure.
3) Prepare the site for mitigation and restoration work to begin.

These services depend on the extent of damage to the structure. The following are those actions we will immediately take.
Conduct Inspections - Evaluate the structure for any health and safety hazards.
Board up the Building - We do this to prevent trespassing, vandalism, and (in some cases) looting.
Dry the Structure - If the fire suppression system was engaged or if the fire department was called in, there will be an excessive amount of water and moisture in the structure. We will set up pumps and other drying equipment to reduce these levels.

Establish Emergency Electricity - Set up a temporary power source using generators or generator trucks to provide light, heat, and electricity for personnel and equipment.
Deodorize the Affected Areas - On some work sites, the amount of smoke odor present may make the structure uninhabitable. We use a combination of thermal fogging and air scrubbers to make the areas breathable without assistance.

Initial Cleaning - If it's a personal home, some possessions (clothing usually) will need to be cleaned immediately for the occupants to use while living in a hotel or other temporary housing. We have Esporta washers designed for this, and our technicians will also perform pre-cleaning on carpets and furniture to prevent heavy soot and soil from causing further damage.

Pest Extermination - If there are any insects in the property, we will have trade partners who are licensed to perform an extermination before allowing out employees to move property. Besides the health issue, if infested property is boxed up and placed into storage, the infestation will continue to grow and render some property unrestorable.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral is prepared to deal with whatever situation a fire has put you in with your structure. Call us today at (239) 573-5911 to help you get the process

Where Dangerous Floods Come From

10/17/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Where Dangerous Floods Come From Separate from tropical storms and hurricanes, heavy storms and rainfall periodically hit Florida.

Where Do Dangerous Floods Come From?

Flood damage can come from a variety of sources, and these can vary heavily between regions, elevations, zoning densities, building materials and age, and many other factors. In Florida, some of the most dangerous and risky causes of flooding damages are relatively common, creating potentially deadly black water floods in homes across the state. Here are some of the most common, and some of the most dangerous, types of flooding that can happen in Florida.

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Florida, being surrounded on three sides by water and near warm water currents, experiences some of the largest hurricanes in the world. Hurricanes and tropical storms cause much of the worst flood damage in North Fort Myers and surrounding areas, and whenever one rolls through, SERVPRO is on its highest alert for damage calls. Hurricanes deliver a deadly combination of extreme levels of rainfall and high wind conditions, often creating unstoppable torrents of water even in local neighborhoods.

Sewage Backup

Like many other neighborhoods across America, many of the most challenging and dangerous cases of flood damage result from sewage and septic tank backups and overflow. Water in these cases is often highly contaminated and requires extremely thorough sanitization during cleanup procedures.

Heavy Rain Storms

Separate from tropical storms and hurricanes, heavy storms and rainfall periodically hit Florida. In some cases, many inches of rain can fall in an hour or less, quickly overflowing from collection receptacles and drains and pooling into the beginnings of a flood. These floods are especially dangerous because they can not be easily predicted or dealt with in many cases.

 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Cape Coral is a reliable, trustworthy locally-owned business that helps local residents and businesses to clean up and restore their properties following floods of all shapes and sizes. If your home has sustained flood damage, call us at (239) 573-5911 for emergency restoration services.

Mold Damage Assessment and Testing

9/22/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Assessment and Testing A Mold Infested HVAC System Needs No Mold Testing in Bokeelia, Just SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Inspect and Remediate Mold Infestations

If your home has ever experienced any water damage, flooding or plumbing leaks, mold could be hiding in your house, and you wouldn’t realize it. Mold eats its way through building materials and can cause damage to the structure of your home. High levels of allergenic mold or toxic mold can cause health effects as well for your family and make your home uninhabitable.

There can be various signs of mold damage in Bokeelia. At times you can sense a mold problem including a musty odor, visible mold, construction defects, or visible water damage or stains. Professionals like our technicians at SERVPRO offer different ways to test and find mold in your home. If mold is visible, typically there is no need for testing, just cleanup, and remediation.

Methods of Testing--We suggest you hire a third party for testing, for accuracy and for preventing any appearance of a conflict of interest.

Air Sampling
This type of test is done with a bioaerosol air impactor to get the sampling that is viable of fungi and mold. When air goes through the sample, several jets of air push airborne particles to the collection surface so that they can be collected and tested for a variety of fungi and molds present. Results of this test will vary depending on the techniques for sampling, the duration of the sample and the dates of the sample which are only compared with results that were taken with the same procedures and techniques.

Swab Sampling
Surface or swab sampling is a reliable approach to finding and identifying the sources of fungi growth. This testing is done by a technician taking a sterile swab and dipping it in a suspension solution, then swabbing a suspected area. The swab is placed in a sterile vial and sent to a laboratory for analysis.

Carpet Sampling
This inspection can successfully discover undetected or previous mold problems since carpet usually holds a history of mold which has been present previously. Mold spores can get between the carpet piling where they can remain dormant or grow while they are protected by all but the most vigorous carpet cleaning and vacuuming efforts. SERVPRO utilizes specific anti-fungal products to eradicate mold growth within a rug or padding if it is not too widespread. We will suggest discarding soft flooring that is highly infested.

If you believe you could have a mold issue in your home, contact us to schedule an assessment and possibly a test at SERVPRO of Cape Coral. Please call us at (239) 573-5911.

Commercial Fire Damage: Common Forms of Smoke Damage

8/18/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Fire Damage: Common Forms of Smoke Damage SERVPRO of Cape Coral can get rid of your fire, smoke, and soot damage like it never even happened.

Common Forms of Commercial Smoke Damage 

Whether from fires in the building, fires on nearby lots, smoking customers, or any other reason, smoke damage is not an uncommon problem for businesses in the United States. Smoke is long-lasting and hard to get rid of, constantly creating a foul and noticeable smell that can drive away customers and employees alike. Many businesses also inherit smoke damage from earlier times, when indoor smoking was widespread and caused common damage. Whatever the case, removing smoke from your commercial building should be a high priority.

Smoke Damage from Fires

The worst smoke damage is typically accompanied by other forms of commercial fire damage in Fort Myers. When a fire starts in a business, it often finds excellent sources of fuel and lots of open space among shelving, office cubicles, industrial spaces, or virtually anywhere else in the building. In many cases, the fire will burn strong for an extended time, but cause little in the way of direct damage. This can cause severe smoke damage, which often spreads through air ducts throughout the building. When we deal with cases of fire damage, we are always sure to apply treatments for smoke damage as needed.

Fires can also start in neighboring properties, causing limited charring and sometimes heavy smoke damage to your building. Once again, this smoke can, unfortunately, spread through air ducts across the entire building, creating a more lengthy cleanup process.

Smoke Damage from Tobacco

Tobacco smoke can also cause smoke damage to a commercial building, especially over long periods of time. Although the times of unrestricted indoor smoking are mostly at an end, tobacco smoke still proves to be a common problem for businesses, especially retail stores. Tobacco smoke drives away customers and employees alike, and will likely cause you no small amount of discomfort as well. In past decades, SERVPRO used to take many calls from businesses with tobacco smoke problems across the nation, although these calls have thankfully subsided in frequency.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

With years of experience in tackling smoke damage and other forms of fire damage in local businesses, SERVPRO of Cape Coral is ready to mask and eliminate smoke damage of any kind from your property. Just give us a call at (239) 573-5911.

SERVPRO Water Removal

7/27/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Water Removal Your water damaged home can go back to pre-loss condition if you trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Cape Coral!

Water Removal SERVPRO

Damage from flooding can be a crushing blow to home and business owners. Around this time of year, Florida weather brings at least one thunderstorm a week. In some areas, people barely get dried out before the next storm comes crashing down. 

SERVPRO understands how important it is to get back into your home and reopen the doors to your business. Water removal in Cape Coral is not a simple process, but we strive to make it as painless and get it done as quickly as possible. 

We maintain a highly trained, 24-hour response and removal team. Damage from flooding can happen in just a few hours if standing water is not quickly pumped out. SERVPRO maintains a series of pumps designed for commercial facilities and private homes. Recognizing that the power may be out when you call, we support our generators to make sure we can service your property without interruption. 

Once the water has been pumped out, we then use a series of commercial grade fans and dehumidifiers to remove moisture. Although it may be too late for any paper or cloth goods (dyes and inks begin to bleed within minutes of being soaked), our experienced response team can save furniture from warping and permanently staining your floors and carpets from varnish the water has leeched from the surface. 

Drywall, in particular, can become a breeding ground for mold in just a single day if this isn't accomplished in a rapid manner. These same machines are also very useful to dry out carpets and carpet padding once our technicians have used specialized vacuums to extract any standing water

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Cape Coral is dedicated to restoring the homes and businesses of our neighbors and fellow entrepreneurs. If you are in need of our services or would like to schedule a free inspection, call our SERVPRO team at 239-573-5911. 

Expert Flood Damage Restoration Service

6/20/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Expert Flood Damage Restoration Service Got flood damage in Sanibel? Don't stress, SERVPRO of Cape Coral can clean up the mess!

Flood Damage Restoration Service Experts

Flood damage can affect your property in highly negative ways. The value of your property will certainly be lowered after being damaged by a flood, making it highly unlikely to sell in its present condition. Meanwhile, the quality of your life could suffer. If the property is commercial, you'll be losing money every day that your business is not in operation. If residential, you'll be spending money keeping your family housed in a motel. The sooner you address the damage and get it repaired, the better. 

How to Deal Proactively With Flood Damage 

The best way to deal with Sanibel flood damage is to hire a local cleanup and restoration crew to handle the emergency. It's important to hire a local cleanup service precisely because your emergency requires a rapid response. A locally based restoration service is far more likely to feel part of your community even in times of distress.

Effective Damage Control Begins With a Phone Call

Flood damage control is a process that begins when you contact the local professionals at SERVPRO of Cape Coral with the details of your emergency. The moment we hear of your issues, we will send out a service team to your location. Once there, we will make a full analysis of the damage to your property and then furnish you with a detailed and accurate estimate of the cost involved. You are under no obligation to continue with the service if you don't agree with our conclusions. 

You Can Count on a Full Program of Restoration 

We can immediately begin a project of cleanup and restoration that is designed to return your building to its original condition in the least possible amount of time. Once we have completed our initial assessment, we will begin to restore your property. We will quickly remove all remaining debris and conduct a full cleanup of your walls and surfaces to remove any nasty stains left behind by the flooding. From there, we will make a systematic check of the building itself to ensure that there is no structural instability that could cause problems in the future. 

The main object of our efforts will be to remove all remaining water from your property. To accomplish this, we will check every nook and corner of your building where water can hide. We will also check your HVAC and water filtration systems to make sure that mold is not growing or spreading throughout your property. We will then clean and sanitize the entire structure to make sure no disturbing odors are left behind to cause future problems

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Cape Coral is a locally owned and operated business that specializes in cleanup and restoration services for flood damage. We also serve customers in nearby areas, such as Pine Island, Fort Myers Beach, St. James City, Bonita Springs, Naples and others. Call us at (239) 573-5911.

Fire Damage Pine Island - Pine Island Fire Damage Professionals

5/19/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Pine Island - Pine Island Fire Damage Professionals SERVPRO of Cape Coral can clean and restore the fire damage from your Pine Island home "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage Professionals in Pine Island 

Fire damage in Pine Island is one of the most destructive disasters that can occur due to its colorful coastal shops, galleries and resort style homes, as well as their contents. Not only does a fire destroy buildings, but there are also many difficulties when repairing property from the smoke damage, including leaving a soot residue. After a Pine Island fire has been extinguished, this is when you need an experienced and knowledgeable fire damage and restoration company. Their staff and technicians possess the skill and equipment to bring homes and businesses back to a pre-loss condition. 

When a fire damages a home or business, no matter how small or large, it can be hard to think about where to start in any remediation process. If a restoration process is not handled correctly or accomplished quickly, it can become costly. Restoration starts with a careful inspection and testing to determine the extent of the fire and to maintain security, the technicians will board up missing windows, walls and will place tarps on damaged roofs. 

If water is present due to putting out the Pine Island fire, then technicians will use a removal process consisting of dehumidifiers and air movers as a part of the drying process. Specialized equipment and techniques are used to remove smoke and soot, followed by a cleaning and sanitizing system. Restoration is the final step which may involve replacing drywall, painting, installing new carpets and minor repairs. If major repairs are needed, damage technicians are well trained to perform, such things as the reconstruction of various areas and rooms in a home or business. 

If residential homes require any extensive restorations or cleaning, skilled fire remediation technicians can conduct an organized, efficient move-out, which involves the following benefits: 

• A quicker remodeling process

• Protecting items from potential damage

• Protecting contents from further on-site damage. 

When restoration is completed, the technicians work with the individuals to coordinate the move-in according to their needs and insurance coverage. A Florida fire is damaging for business or commercial property for the same reasons that a home fire is devastating – smoke and water. Every hour spent restoring a business back to its pre-fire condition is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. Only professional fire and smoke restorers have the combination of tools and knowledge to help get your home and business back without the stress and mess so that you can give your attention to other things that you need to take care of. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

With 24-hour emergency service, our SERVPRO fire and water damage restoration experts will respond immediately. We live and work in the Florida community, and we are proud to serve our local community. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Cape Coral is close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. Visit us to learn more at http://www.SERVPROcapecoral.com/blog. If you have any questions about fire, smoke, soot damage, call us today. (239) 573-5911

Chance Bowen to the Rescue: Water Damage in Naples

4/29/2016 (Permalink)

General Chance Bowen to the Rescue: Water Damage in Naples Chance Bowen - Skilled and Dedicated Crew Member at SERVPRO of Cape Coral

The success of any business is predicated on the performance and attitude of their employees.  They are the differentiating factor between SERVPRO and your competitors.  I would like to acknowledge the performance of one individual on your team in particular: Chance Bowen.

First, I need to give you a little background on the situation that brought SERVPRO and Chance to our doorstep.  My 87-year-old neighbor had the water input line to her toilet break, flooding her entire house.  Being a widower, she was trying to clean up some of the water and tripped on the step on the way out to her garage, spraining her ankle.  The Fire Department responded, turning off the water main and taking her to the emergency room. SERVPRO was called in to start the cleanup process and restore normal.  That's when Chance arrived and took total control of the situation, explaining everything that was going to happen and how the insurance company will work with SERVPRO as the claim was being filed.

Communicating with an 87-year-old woman is challenging in itself, not to mention her state of mind with the stress of a flooded home and no family members in the State of Florida to help her through the ordeal.  Chance did an excellent job making her feel comfortable and safe as the cleanup crew began soaking up the water.  He always kept her safety in mind and was very concerned with her staying in the home with so many safety hazards.  At the conclusion of each day, Chance would sit down with her and let her know what work had been completed and what to expect in the morning when he returned.  He managed the overall project extremely well from start to finish.

At the end of the day your employees carry the success and future of your company, and Chance did just that.  I would highly recommend SERVPRO and Chance in the future to anyone going through a traumatic situation such as this.  I would also encourage you to capitalize on his exceptional leadership skills with managing people and projects and place him in a challenging situation that will use his skill-sets to the fullest, representing SERVPRO's best in class damage restoration.  You should be very pleased and proud to have a dedicated individual like Chance on your team!

Sincerely,

Michael H.

Naples, Florida

April 20  - 27, 2016

Bonita Springs Mold Damage - Dealing With Bonita Springs Mold Damage

4/10/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Bonita Springs Mold Damage - Dealing With Bonita Springs Mold Damage Mold damage companies in Bonita Springs are imperative for the maintenance of your home.

Dealing With Bonita Springs Mold Damage

Mold damage companies in Bonita Springs are imperative for the maintenance of your home. Dealing with mold damage is especially tricky. For one thing, it requires inspection. Only a professional can inspect mold and get rid of the fungi because of the equipment they have for the process. In fact, it is vital that the home or another piece of property is inspected thoroughly so to save yourself from any health problems down the line. This is especially important for places that are high in humidity. Mold can thrive where there is moisture, and it grows at an alarming rate.
 
After inspecting the home and finding all of the mold damage, remediation is necessary. This remediation is where you have to bring a healthy environment back to the home and also containing the mold. Mold can quickly spread. The method of home remediation involves isolating the area that is damaged by mold. The professionals get rid of he affected items. They also eliminate the sources of moisture. Afterward, they completely remove the mold. Mold is not limited to surfaces. There are also spores in the air which people can inhale. Eliminate the mold to prevent a return.
 
The professional Bonita Springs mold damage companies are very helpful in getting rid of mold. SERVPRO of Cape Coral is highly experienced when it comes to mold removal. They offer plenty of services with their equipment to locate all of the molds. They also have specialized equipment that they use to remove the mold completely. They have years of experience, and they are also highly skilled professionals. They are always available to assist you when you need their help. There is no reason to wait. Give them a call at (239) 573-5911.

Water Damage Naples-Treat to Prevent More Problems

3/23/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Naples-Treat to Prevent More Problems Naples Water Damage from a Storm or a Leak Needs the Help of SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Protect and Restore Your Naples House or Water Damaged Condo

When dealing with Water Damage in Naples, it is important to make sure that you get it taken care of sooner rather than later. Water can slowly bring a lot of damage to the property over time. Also, it can bring forth growth of certain hazards like mold. Whenever there is a flood that carries into the property, it is important to arrange for a service that can take thorough care of the home by not only removing the water but also fixing any damage that is caused by the water.
 
The ability to clean and dry a home depends on the type of equipment that is used. Among the pieces of equipment that are useful for water damage services are testing devices. They are helpful for locating any hidden sources of water. Finding hidden water damage could prevent any further damage. Infrared devices can create a map of varying temperatures of building materials (thermograms) which help to discover hidden pockets of water and condensation. Among the things they could find with the testing, devices are sources of water that could affect your drywalls and subfloors among the pieces of property. The company also has advanced drying techniques that could help with the process of cleaning up the water. Your home can be in much better condition after the service if water damage has been an issue.
 
Naples water damage is a concern because of the weather, especially whenever there is flooding from a hurricane or tropical storm. Often, there is no warning or other signs of water and flooding damage. Many factors could result in water damage to the property. A mere rainstorm can reveal a leak in a roof or could seep into the property under the doorway as a result of torrential rains and flooding. There are also other causes of water intrusion. An overflowing toilet or a sewer line blockage can compound the issue with not just flooding, but contaminated water. This is called Black Water and is a health hazard because it can contain fecal matter, chemicals and pathogens carried in by rising bodies of water, or simply groundwater in large amounts. Another source of water damage is a broken dishwasher or washing machine. This is gray water, containing detergents and debris and is not a significant health hazard if cleaned up quickly and not allowed to degrade into a more contaminated water.
 
Naples water damage is an unexpected occurrence. However, this does not mean that it should be disregarded. Water damage can cause many long-term problems if not addressed right away. Mold proliferation is not an issue to be dealt with lightly. Let SERVPRO of Cape Coral that specializes in water damage restoration and water extraction make sure that the property is once again in pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened." They specialize in cleanup and restoration of property that is damaged by fire, mold, and water. Give them a call at (239) 573-5911.

The Benefits of Water/Flood Damage Cleanup in Sanibel

2/15/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Benefits of Water/Flood Damage Cleanup in Sanibel SERVPRO Says Be Alert and Prepared for All Storms

Call SERVPRO for Help With Sanibel Water/Flood Damage

Water damage will just get worse the longer it is left standing, so fast removal is essential for the safety and structural integrity of your property. Sanibel water/flood damage cleanup should be done to make sure that your home is cleaned, sanitized and dried properly. Using the right equipment is an important part of the process. Testing devices can help in finding hidden water sources that could be ruining your subfloors, drywalls and more. Advanced drying techniques will aid in the cleanup process to make certain your property is returned to its previous condition.

Fast Assistance for Sanibel Water/Flood Damage Cleanup

Water and flood damage can occur without any warning. You may experience a leaky roof after a heavy rainstorm or large rainfalls that could lead to water seeping into your property underneath your doors and damaging your carpets and flooring. If a hurricane, tornado or another type of natural disaster affects your area, severe water damage could occur through a broken window or roof. Sometimes, toilets overflow, leading to serious issues with contaminated water. A flooded dishwasher, a burst water pipe or many other problems could also lead to flooding in your home.

Helpful tools that expedite the process of water removal and drying and restoration include a submersible pump (sump pump), truck mounted pumps and wet vacuums. Moisture detectors and hygrometers can also be used. They measure the amount of water and moisture in your property. Also, infrared cameras can help make sure that there are no hidden sources of water behind walls or in hard-to-see spaces. Powerful truck-mounted or portable extraction machines can get rid of most of the water in your residence. When the bulk of the standing water has been dealt with, industrial grade dryers and dehumidifiers should be turned on to make ensure that your property is thoroughly dried. Your carpet or carpet padding might need to be removed so that the subfloor underneath does not get damaged. Unfortunately, other materials around the house may need to be replaced if the damage is too severe, or if the standing water is quickly removed.

The sooner you contact a professional to get started on the water removal and recovery process, the more likely it is that your property and belongings can be restored. Contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral to help you get rid of water in your home quickly and efficiently. We are standing by to assist you with quality flood and water damage cleanup in Sanibel and the surrounding areas. When a major flood occurs due to an unexpected weather event, your plumbing or your appliances, give us a call at (239) 573-5911 to help.

Reducing the Risk of Residential Mold in Your Fort Myers Home

1/27/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Reducing the Risk of Residential Mold in Your Fort Myers Home Call SERVPRO If a Mold Stain Appears

Fort Myers Residential Mold Remediation by SERVPRO

Residential mold in Cape Coral can be an ongoing problem due to Florida's high humidity levels. Because mold can damage your home, being vigilant when it comes to residential mold prevention in Fort Myers is a must. To protect yourself, your family and your home, you should have a basic understanding of what conditions allow mold to grow, where it tends to thrive and how to inhibit if not, prevent it.

What Mold Needs to Grow
Mold requires two factors to proliferate: moisture and organic materials. All Fort Myers homes contain organic materials that mold will consume. It can survive off wood, including wooden window frames, wall studs, and rafters. Moisture and water often get into the home through leaking pipes or leaks in the walls or roof.

Where Mold Grows
Mold spores can be found anywhere in or outdoors. A problem occurs when those spores begin to grow and spread. The mold is most likely to start to grow wherever there is moisture. One of the most common places to find mold growing is in the bathroom as water from the shower or bathtub provides plenty of moisture. Basements, laundry rooms, and crawlspaces, which are often dark and damp, are also prime locations to find mold. However, mold can grow on almost anything or in any room. It's not uncommon to see mold growing on carpet, damp furniture or even appliances.

Controlling Moisture Levels
Because mold needs moisture to grow, the easiest way to prevent residential mold growth is to control moisture levels throughout the home. The humidity levels in your home should not exceed more than 50 percent no matter what time of day. If relative humidity levels are constantly over 50 percent in specific rooms or throughout the home, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier or utilize your air conditioner. You can use a simple hygrometer to test humidity levels.

Several visual cues indicate that your humidity levels are too high. Condensation on your windows, mirrors or other glass surfaces means that moisture levels have built up in those areas. Wet stains on the walls or ceiling are also critical indications. If some of your family members have mold allergies, an increase in allergic reactions may be noted. This may cause health effects.

Vigilance Is Key
Even if you take steps to control your moisture levels, it only takes a leaking pipe or a minor flood to allow mold to grow. Because some leaks cannot be detected until damage has already occurred, you want to keep an eye out for mold spots. Catching it early and acting can be the difference between a quick fix and major mold remediation and repairs.

Get Help Fast
Our mold remediation technicians are trained to contain mold so that you don't have to worry about structural damage to your home. If we do find mold in your Fort Myers property, we'll work quickly to remove safely infested materials and help you inhibit mold growth in the future. If you discover mold in your Cape Coral home or suspect that you have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 as soon as possible.

We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

SERVPRO of Cape Coral has trained mold damage specialists who get started quickly to get your home back to normal, with specific training and certifications to handle your restoration needs. We proudly serve the communities of North Fort Myers, Naples, and Fort Myers. Call for 24/7 service. (239) 573-5911

How To Handle Tornado Storm Damage in Cape Coral

1/11/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How To Handle Tornado Storm Damage in Cape Coral If a Tornado Touches Down, Call SERVPRO for Help

Cape Coral Tornado Damaged Property Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

Cape Coral storm damage following from a hurricane or tornado can result in extensive water damage to a house or condo. Wind damage is usually the most adverse condition that homeowners will incur. Additionally, tornadoes can cause significant water damage to a residential property. In many cases, homeowners aren't sure how to start the cleanup process once a tornado has adversely impacted their living space. If this is your challenge, SERVPRO suggests the following tips to get your home back in order safely and efficiently.

Evaluate Your Safety. SAFETY FIRST.
Because water can begin to seep into the walls of your home, there is always a possibility that the water will damage the electrical system of your structure. Shock or an electrocution hazard is a potential. Additionally, any damage done to your roof from the high winds could allow for falling debris. Be aware of slip and fall hazards. If you have any hesitation about returning to investigate the damage to your property, don't. Call in professional help.

Remove Standing Water
A tornado can leave behind high volume of waters making it impossible or impractical for you to try to remove it yourself. Instead, you should contact a professional water removal company like SERVPRO for water extraction. These technicians possess extensive experience in storm damage remediation. We will use industrial grade water pumps, truck-mounted and portable, wet vacs, and sump pumps for the heavy lifting, and then, air movers and dehumidifiers for the final drying out process.

Contact Your Insurance Company
Standard homeowner insurance policies cover for a tornado, but not flood damage. Water intrusion, not by ground flooding, should be covered. Contact your agent to dispatch an insurance adjuster to survey and document the damage. SERVPRO is probably at, or near, the top of the preferred vendor list. We can immediately send out a professional to assess and inspect the tornado caused storm damage to your Cape Coral residence. We can write up an inventory list, called the Contents Claim Inventory Service--CCIS. This reports a room by room categorization of salvageable, non-salvageable, and questionable materials and possessions. We can work with you and your insurance agent to begin immediate storm damage restoration services. We will gladly help you with your insurance claim and minimize costs and repair times. You should not feel the need to wait for help in salvaging your home. By calling SERVPRO, and signing off on our "Service Authorization Form," and pay your deductible or deposit, we can get started. We are not an insurance company, but our goal is to preserve and protect your property from addition water or storm-related damages.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral will assign crews to do whatever is necessary to restore your storm damaged Cape Coral property. We can tarp and board up exposed structural areas, for safety and to safeguard against vandalism. Our IICRC-certified crew members will restore and repair, where possible, rather than replace building materials and personal property. We will work diligently to make "Like it never even happened."

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

 As water and storm damage specialists, SERVPRO of Cape Coral has the experience and advanced training that enables us to restore your property quickly. We use scientific drying principles and provide validation and documentation that your property is dry and the job is complete. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.  Tornadoes and storms don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. Call 24/7 for immediate help in Cape Coral, North Ft. Myers, or  Naples. (239) 573-5911

3 Signs of Cape Coral Home Water Damage and What to Do About It

12/14/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Signs of Cape Coral Home Water Damage and What to Do About It Water leaks alone leave incredible amounts of damage and immense waste in their wake.

The Three Signs of Water Damage in Cape Coral And What To Do About It

Three Signs Of Water Damage

As Cape Coral water damage experts know, disaster can strike at any moment. In many cases, the water damage doesn't take place when you are physically present. Rather, homeowners come home to a big pile of standing water that leaves them dismayed and perplexed. This water damage can lead to a plethora of complications on your property, one of which is structural damage. However, knowing how to identify the signs of water damage can help you preclude the unwanted occurrence from taking place. Learn more about the three main signs of water damage by reviewing the information found below:

 Mold And Mildew

 Mold and mildew are typically a pretty good indicator that you have water damage on your Cape Coral property. This is the case because mold thrives best in environments that are moist and damp. Thus, if you see signs of mold growth in your crawl space or basement, know that the fungus is being fed water from some source. It's important that you find this source and shut it off or repair it as soon as it is discovered because ongoing exposure to mold can cause health effects.

Moist Walls

 Another sign of Cape Coral water damage you should be aware of is moist walls. When your wet crawl space walls or concrete basement never seem to get dry, it's likely that water from your outdoor soil has begun to permeate the porous concrete. If the culprit isn't a naturally high water table, rainwater might be moving towards your home's foundation as opposed to diverting away from it. This issue surfaces when there is a leak in the buried water supply line or improper landscape grading.

 Mineral Stains And Rust

 In some cases, water that infiltrates a crawl space or basement might leave tell-tale signs of its presence. The signature is often streaks or dark stains generated by the water's mineral content. Additionally, metal fittings like rusted pipes can be indications of intermittent water intrusion. This can be the case even if there are no visible signs of moisture.

Although recognizing the signs of water damage is important, it's equally important to know who to call when the disaster strikes. The company to call for effective, expedient water damage restoration services is SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians offer a fast response, excellent customer service, and comprehensive remediation services.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

 As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Cape Coral is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. Call us today! (239) 573-5911

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

11/18/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial What North Fort Myers Commercial Business Owners Need To Know About Water Damage Best way 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.

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 you and your employees are exposed to mold for an extended period, you could find yourself subjected to a plethora of unwanted health complications. Some of them include:


• dizziness
• coughing
• allergies
• sinus infections


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.


Call SERVPRO For Commercial Water Damage Cleanup
If you find that your commercial property is subjected to unwanted water damage, don't worry. Instead, call the IICRC-certified technicians of SERVPRO of Cape Coral to obtain the fast, friendly water damage restoration services you need and deserve. We're ready to assist you right now, so contact us today at (239) 573-5911.

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The Dangers of a Fire Damaged House in North Fort Myers

9/17/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Dangers of a Fire Damaged House in North Fort Myers Safety First for Any House Fire

Fire Damage in North Fort Myers Calls for Caution

Building experts know, houses damaged by fires in North Fort Myers are dangerous to residents. There are numerous safety risks that fire damaged houses can pose, including unstable structures and pooling water. It behooves you to be aware of the risks that result from a fire-damaged home.

Pooling Water

Pooling water can present major risks, the most important one being the danger of electrocution. Following a fire, one of the primary concerns you'll need to attend to is standing water. To handle any water issues with expedience and efficacy, it is important to call a professional company like SERVPRO.  In addition to increasing your susceptibility to electric shock or worse, pooling water can also bring about slipping hazards. In addition to making floors dangerously slick, water can diminish your ability to remove large items that are being damaged by the water such as couches and mattresses. Finally, pooling water can generate the development of mildew and mold in your home. Thus, while water is not technically considered to be a danger, it can cause serious water damage to your property if left unchecked.


Smoke, Soot and Debris

Fire damage results of smoke,soot and other debris can cover your floor and walls following a fire. Note that this miscellaneous debris can be hazardous. For example, soot is known to irritate the lungs and increases susceptibility to respiratory issues. Since this is the case, it's important to double-layer with cheesecloth all a/c registers to inhibit exposure to airborne soot within the ductwork. Also, be sure to discard the debris with gloves. Sounds difficult in an already traumatic situation? Then call a professional fire restoration company like SERVPRO to do the heavy lifting. Your HVAC system should be inspected for fire damaged related issues including oily based soot that, if dispersed through the ductwork, can spread problems to areas not affected directly by the fire.

Structural Damage

When a fire is severe, it can cause pressing fire damage related problems to the structure of your house in North Fort Myers. The fire department will determine whether it is safe for entry for initiating water removal, cleanup, and repair. In the event that the structure is in need of restorative services, obtaining assistance from SERVPRO, a premier fire damage restoration company makes sense. Your insurance adjuster can communicate and coordinate the restoration effort with SERVPRO.

Always be prudent around the vicinity of your home in North Fort Myers after a devastating fire. Safety always comes first. Let SERVPRO, with its highly trained and skilled technicians, using state-of-the-art equipment, work on your fire-damaged home.  From water removal to cleanup to repair and restoration, relax and let the pros take over.

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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Cape Coral is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event in North Fort Myers.

Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or wate. Be safe and call us first. (239) 573-5911.

Water Damage Restoration for Your Cape Coral Home

9/16/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration for Your Cape Coral Home Unwanted Water in Cape Coral

How SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water Damaged Home in Cape Coral

After your residential property in Cape Coral has been subjected to water damage, obtaining professional restoration service is very important. Learn more about what the water restoration process entails and how to properly execute it by reviewing the short guide provided below:

The IICRC and the RIA

There are no government regulations in America dictating rules and regulations for water damage restoration. The IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) and the RIA (Restoration Industry Association) have outlined standards of care that can be used for guidelines and advice. In most cases, companies like SERVPRO use the IICRC's set of procedural standards. These standards are referred to as the S500. The IICRC S500 offers practical standards for use during the water damage restoration process. However, the standards do not attempt to teach people comprehensive procedures for water damage restoration. Individuals and companies who utilize the S500 must be aware of contemporary technological standards and must also abide by all regulations and procedures by local, state, and federal laws. Some of the rules and regulations can be found below:

Loss Assessment and Evaluation

The loss assessment and evaluation process is most effectively completed by a trained water damage restoration technician. A SERVPRO expert will utilize the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS) form. This technician will document all of the personal possessions and valuable materials affected by water damage. This CCIS document will aid you in your dealings with your insurance company concerning your Cape Coral home.

Water Damage Services

The wide range of services offered by the water damage specialist will be customized to get your property back in order. One such service is the use of water sensing equipment to inspect areas of the home that have been affected by water damage. Tools and equipment used for this purpose include probes and infrared equipment. After the inspection is complete, the water remediation specialists will then dry your home and sanitize the cross contaminated areas.These regions of the home would also be deodorized. Throughout the cleaning process, the remediation specialist will use equipment such as dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, air movers, and wood-floor drying systems to optimize the restoration process. Moisture meters measure specific water content in affected items.The proliferation of mold will be minimized by the above steps.

Monitoring

Even after the entire process of water damage restoration is completed, an expert will visit for a follow-up inspection. Your property will be monitored for moisture content, humidity, and temperature of the treated areas. If you have any questions during the monitoring process, the SERVPRO professionals will be glad to answer them.

Final Inspection and Completion

Once the moisture content, humidity, and temperature are within the metrics industry standards, the remediation specialists will remove water damage equipment from your property in Cape Coral.

Let The Professionals Of SERVPRO Assist You

While handling the aftermath of extensive water damage can be difficult, this need not be the case.The trained professionals of SERVPRO have extensive industry experience and operate in compliance with all rules and regulations outlined by the IICRC S500. We offer round the clock services and work with exceptional speed, so call us if you require our services.

Locally Owned and Operated

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Cape Coral is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Cape Coral community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

When water damage strikes, a fast response is critical. Day or night, Cape Coral residents can expect us to respond immediately to your water emergency. Call us. (239) 573-5911.

Most Common Causes of Water Damage in Your North Fort Myers Home

7/23/2015 (Permalink)

Water Damage Most Common Causes of Water Damage in Your North Fort Myers Home A water leak that affects your floor boards might be more than enough to invite toxic black mold into your home.

Most Common Causes of Water Damage in the Home

Sometimes, homeowners and property managers may need urgent North Fort Myers water damage restoration and not even be aware of it. At SERVPRO, we know that it's quite common for homeowners to assume that they won't don't need any help from the professionals until something dramatic like a burst pipe or heavy flood occurs.


Though, it is far more normal for water destruction to come as a thief in the night, sneaking slowly throughout your home, causing graduation deterioration and damage. Standing water may also cause sanitary, and health issues, and will decrease your home's efficiency. Even worse, slowly-spreading North Fort Myers water damage can play host to mold colonies, weaken critical structural beams and cause other forms of widespread damage throughout your home.


Here are a few common situations that could potentially lead to slow water destruction:

Flat Roofs
While many homes are perfectly legal with a flat roof, a more standard sloped roof is far more efficient and redistributing rainwater. Of course, most flat roofs are not completely flat and are build with a small slope, but if branches or other debris build up, water can deform and damage your roof.


Leaky Plumbing
Sometimes people dismiss leaking pipes and other parts of their plumbing system, assuming that it won't be a big problem. A water leak that affects your floor boards might be more than enough to invite toxic black mold into your home. Homeowners should check the acidity of their home water to make sure that the copper lining of their pipes is not being destroyed.


Gutters & Drains
When installed properly and clean, your gutter and drainage system should easily be able to disperse rainwater safely away from your home or building. Unfortunately, if gutters and drains get clogged with leaves and other debris, a dam can form, leading water to overflow its bounds and cascade down the walls of your home. When your walls start to become continually wet, they will begin to break down and cause severe damage to the structural integrity of your home or property.


Other Problems
Homeowners worried about these, and other potential sources of water destruction should contact their local North Fort Myers water damage restoration professionals. A professional company will be able to help you quickly restore your home to its full comfort. At SERVPRO, we have decades of experience in helping homeowners and property managers quickly remove and repair water problems.

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We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Cape Coral is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Cape Coral community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Remediating Mold Damage in St. James City

7/23/2015 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Remediating Mold Damage in St. James City Mold can be black, white, green or gray and may not be visible at first.

Remediating Mold Damage

Mold Inspection and Remediation
A thorough inspection for mold should regularly be done. Flooding, leaky roofs or windows, indoor plumbing, or high humidity create an environment where mold can live. Any areas that are susceptible to moisture should be checked, especially water-soaked materials such as paneling and carpets. Mold can be black, white, green or gray and may not be visible at first.


Remediation is a process to reestablish a healthy environment by removing St. James City mold damage and preventing it from spreading. This is done by isolating the damaged area, removing the affected materials, and drying and eliminating the moisture sources. It is important to repair the moisture source immediately and remove the mold entirely, which is not an easy task. Not only can mold be found on surfaces, but the spores also circulate through the air where it can be inhaled. If the mold is not completely removed, it is likely to return.


Because of the stubborn nature of mold, we suggest hiring a professional service for assistance with full mold remediation. SERVPRO, a full-service restoration company, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for water, flooding, and mold emergencies.


For those who attempt to remediate the mold without a professional service, it can be done by scrubbing the surfaces with soap and water. St. James City mold can grow in tiny spaces and may not be visible, so it is imperative to clean out cracks and crevices as well. Once clean, it is important to ensure that all surfaces are dried completely to prevent the mold from returning.


Controlling Mold Damage
To avoid the return and spread of mold, certain precautions should be made. Make sure the area around your home is designed, so water flows away from the foundation, preventing water from settling in the home. Other maintenance, such as keeping air condition drip pans clean, insulating cold water pipe, and controlling the humidity in your home can stop future problems from occurring.

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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. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

What You Need to Know About Pine Island Fire Damage Restoration

7/22/2015 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You Need to Know About Pine Island Fire Damage Restoration Smoke and soot damage are the result of fire and will also destroy items in your home.

What You Need to Know About Fire Damage Restoration

If a fire breaks out in your home, it can cause a lot of damages and can be both costly and stressful. What most people do not realize is the extent of Pine Island fire damage that can happen and how SERVPRO can repair the damage. The following are just a few of the issues a fire can cause and how a restoration company can resolve them:

Main Damage
After a fire, the first thing you may notice is everything that has been burned. A fire can ruin just about everything in the home. However, SERVPRO can help you to prioritize all of the damage and prevent further Pine Island fire damage from being done. For example, if there is a hole in the roof, they will make sure it is repaired so that the weather will not cause further damage. Anything that is damaged beyond repair will be removed by the company.

Smoke and Soot Damage
Smoke and soot damage are the result of fire and will also destroy items in your home. Smoke and soot will get into everything, including a wall, which means it can spread to rooms that the fire has not touched. SERVPRO will make sure that everything is cleaned up and sanitized. By using the correct tools and chemicals, they can remove all of the bad odors and residue left behind from the fire.

Water Damage
A lot of damages is also left behind from the water used to put out the fire or from the pipes or water tank that can burst during a fire. SERVPRO experts will act fast to remove any excess water by using their industrial sized fans and pumps. As this excess water can quickly lead to mold and mildew issues, they will make it a top priority.

Further Issues
You may also find that many of the systems in your home are affected by the fire, including your plumbing and electrical systems. In these cases, they will work with subcontractors to make sure your home is functioning the way it was before the fire.

If you find yourself in need of a Pine Island fire damage restoration company, be sure to contact SERVPRO. SERVPRO Professionals have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your home to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the pervasive smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet.

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As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Cape Coral is strategically located to respond quickly to your smoke or fire damage event. When a major fire or disaster event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

Black Mold in Naples Residential Properties or Commercial Properties

7/21/2015 (Permalink)

Commercial Black Mold in Naples Residential Properties or Commercial Properties Black mold and other types of mold produce toxins that cause health effects.

Black Mold in Residential Properties or Commercial Properties

Flooding and the damage left from controlling fires can leave a mess in homes and businesses that can lead to even further problems. Even after the standing water is removed, black mold can continue to grow unseen in hidden areas and inside construction materials, causing untold costs in residential and Naples commercial mold damage. SERVPRO can completely remove this mold and restore your residential or commercial property to a healthy and fully functioning condition.

Understanding Black Mold
Black mold, scientific name Stachybotrys chartarum, is a greenish-black substance that grows on surfaces that have been soaked in water or that are in a moist, humid environment. The mold releases spores, which spreads the growth to other areas. In some cases, you may be able to smell the odor the mold emits. Mold can grow wherever there is:

· Moisture
· Warm temperatures
· An organic food source, such as wood, paper, fabric or vegetation

Hiring A Mold Remediation Company
If you have never hired a mold remediation company before, there are a few important points you should keep in mind:

· A good mold remediation company, like SERVPRO, will have the scientific knowledge and specific training in mold removal equipment and techniques.
· SERVPRO has received certification in mold remediation.
· The company should have a hygienist to ensure that all traces of mold have been removed.
· The company should have a good reputation for their experience, knowledge and customer service.
· SERVPRO guarantees their work so that clients are assured of the health and cleanliness of their property.

SERVPRO can provide the services and quality you need to remove residential and Naples commercial damage mold and restore your home or business to its former condition.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Harsh Weather Guide: How to Prep a Cape Coral Residence for Hurricanes

7/21/2015 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Harsh Weather Guide: How to Prep a Cape Coral Residence for Hurricanes A hurricane's wind force can easily exceed 155 mph, with records surging as fast as 175 mph.

Harsh Weather Guide: How to Prep a Residence 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.

Some Hurricane Hazards
A hurricane's wind force can easily exceed 155 mph, with records surging as fast as 175 mph. More than 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 by setting aside three days of water, preserved food, and other necessities. If you're unsure of what a proper survival cache contains, FEMA's website offers a comprehensive list of necessities.
    •        Keep your electronics unplugged to stop surge-based damages. A surge protector is not enough of a defense against such problems.
    •        Check for potential leaks. Any opening in your home, including near pipelines and cable line, can serve as an entrance for floodwater to flow inside.
    •        Be prepared for 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 greenery. Any branch or limb that is in contact with your home is a potential danger. Limbs that rub across your roof can weaken the structure enough to let storm water pour into it. Pruned trees also minimize the chance of damage or carried debris from high winds. You may even wish to regrade near trees to give their root systems more stability from invigorating the soil.
    •        Clean up your gutters and clutter. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged roofs and flooding. Any object strewed throughout the yard, be it a wheel jack, child's unicycle, heavy limbs, and the like; can become a lethal projectile with enough wind force behind it. 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 sufficiently prepared? SERVPRO can help with professional pre- and post-storm services. Contact us for help/restoration today.

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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.

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