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Why Rely on Your Local SERVPRO for Cape Coral Hurricane Damage Recovery?

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Satellite view of hurricane of Florida SERVPRO Helps Our Cape Coral Neighbors After a Hurricane Strikes--We Are Here to Help with Cleanup and Restoration

Tropical Storms Affect the Cape Coral Area of Florida--SERVPRO Can Help--FAST!

During the fear, chaos, and confusion after a hurricane, it is critical to find a reliable disaster restoration contractor. A fast and skilled response is essential, but a stable local presence is also essential as significant storm damage can have long term consequences. Our deep roots in the community along with our comprehensive training and skills form a sturdy foundation, establishing why we consistently offer trustworthy and premium quality disaster recovery services.

Protect Yourself and Your Property
It is unfortunate, but after Cape Coral residents suffer hurricane damage, unscrupulous contractors can try to convince you to use their services. Even the best of these itinerant companies cannot offer the peace of mind you gain when a local, highly-rated flooding and storm damage takes on your project. Our commitment to you during recovery from hurricane damage extends to any concerns or questions you have long after the project completes. The stability we offer is why we are the perfect fit for your disaster needs now and into the future.

We Follow Industry Best Practices
When we arrive at your home, our first task is securing the exterior from the elements. Tarping and board up services commence as our project manager assesses the rest of the damage. Any safety hazards inside your home are noted and corrected or barricaded for work later. Water removal is typically the next step, with care taken to contain the contaminated fluids for appropriate and lawful disposal. Pumps and extractors pull water out, and our team prepares for controlled demolition procedures such as flood cuts before drying. Our ability to multi-task is why SERVPRO crew members move from task to task with ease.

Competence with Compassion
As we check off the boxes on the project agenda, we never forget that your life is significantly disrupted and that your family needs support after the hurricane. Observing safety precautions and delivering our services with integrity and sensitivity are why SERVPRO earns high marks for customer service. We cut no corners, selecting and applying appropriate EPA-registered disinfectants to kill any remaining pathogens and inhibit fungi as we prepare the space for thorough drying.

Access to Contents Restoration and Rebuilding Contracting Services
We help our customers arrange for repair and rebuilding after the floodwaters are gone and the property is dry. Our Contents Processing Technicians (CPT) also make sure your household goods and personal possessions are in move-back condition.

Our promise to take you from assessment to “Like it never even happened” underlies why SERVPRO of Cape Coral is the company to call after a hurricane. Contact us at (239) 573-5911 for a swift and expert response.

The Core Restoration Services of the SERVPRO of Cape Coral Team

7/18/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Storm 

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

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

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

Water

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

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

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

Mold 

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

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

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

Fire 

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

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

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

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


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How SERVPRO Restores Your Salt Water Flood Damaged Home

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Our Professionals Explain How We Use Moisture Sensors During Our Water Damage Restoration Process In Your Cape Coral Home

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

If you ever need help after your plumbing system fails, call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 24/7.

Water Damage Experts In Cape Coral Talk About Moisture Sensors

Plumbing system failures in Cape Coral happen more often than one may think. One minute everything can be great and then the next moment you find yourself forced to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. If a pipe ever breaks inside your home, it can spill hundreds of gallons of water into your living area in a short amount of time. Moisture can be sneaky at times, and it can be hard to figure out exactly what areas of your house got affected. If things inside your dwelling stay wet for too long, the water damage can become much worse.

Our highly trained team at SERVPRO knows what a hassle a plumbing system failure can be. Our main goal when working on any water damage project in Cape Coral is to prevent secondary problems like mold growth from occurring. We accomplish this by figuring out what items got wet inside your building. We then extract all of the liquid H2O we can using specialized extraction tools. Once all of the liquid gets extracted, we work on removing moisture from the air and your contents and building materials.

To find where the moisture went inside your home we utilize advanced technology, like moisture sensor. If the carpet is wet, the instrument makes a noise, and a light on the handle turns on indicating the existence of moisture in the carpeting material.

To figure out if wooden materials or your drywall got wet, we have other instruments that give us moisture content levels. The sensors consist of a probe that gets hammered into your drywall or wooden materials and a digital readout that gives moisture content numbers. Since everything has some sort of moisture content, we take two readings, one in an area we know did not get affected and one in the affected area. We do this to come up with a final drying goal.

If you ever need help after your plumbing system fails, call SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 24/7.

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Avoiding Water Damage In Your Pine Island Home

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Many common appliances can be the source of plumbing leaks which lead to water damage in your home.

Avoiding Water Damage

Consider how much you are away from your home. Whether it is for work each day, a getaway on the weekend, or a vacation for the whole family, a lot of us are gone for extended periods of time. How would you feel if you came home from a great vacation to find water running down your stairs, in your finished basement, or that your ceiling in the living room collapsed?


Many common appliances can be the source of plumbing leaks which lead to water damage in your Pine Island home. These include washing machines, ice makers, dishwashers, sinks, tubs and showers, toilets, and water heaters. If any of these appliances have failed in your home, SERVPRO is the right company to call for assistance in cleaning up the mess. We are trained and experienced water damage remediation specialists who work efficiently and quickly to restore your home.

Whether you experience a small leak that goes unnoticed or a catastrophic water leak, the damage can be devastating. Knowing a list of things to protect your home from water damage is essential in keeping your family safe.

    •    Checking your faucets and hoses on a regular basis is highly recommended. Look for water leaks or cracks in the hoses on your dishwasher, washing machine, and refrigerator annually. Replace hoses every five to seven years. 
 
    •    Check the caulking around your tubs and showers, ensuring it is watertight. If there are any cracks, replace the caulk. It is very inexpensive and an easy way to prevent water from seeping into your floor. 
 
    •    You also need to know where your water main is and how to shut off the water in case of an emergency. In most cases, shutting the water main off stops the water flow. Also, install floor pans under your appliances. They do not protect you from a leak which is catastrophic, but they can stop water damage from slow, small undetected leaks. If you do experience a water leak of any kind, SERVPRO’s technicians can help you fix the problem that caused it in the first place, dry up your home, and repair any damages. 
 
    •    You should also think about purchasing water alarms. When a leak is detected in a particular area, the alarm is set off, making you aware of a water problem. The sensors can be placed in laundry rooms, basements, kitchens, bathrooms, or next to your sump pump.

SERVPRO of Cape Coral is always ready to help you, seeing as water emergencies do not happen at a convenient time. Just give us a call at (239) 573-5911, and we come out to your home in a timely fashion to get your home back to its previous condition.

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Professional Water Restoration Services in Cape Coral Can Save You Money By Tackling the Tough Issues Up Front

3/6/2019 (Permalink)

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How Expertise can Save you Expenses after Flood Damage in Cape Coral

The core requirements of a professional flood remediation service are qualification, tools and honest service. Expenses can quickly get out of hand if your provider insists on replacement or demolishing large amounts of possession and structural components. The key to restoring a property with this type of damage is to cut the problem off at the source. Failure to do so can result in recurring issues and excessive expense.

The problem with flood damage in Cape Coral is the sheer volume of water as well as the contamination grade. SERVPRO has three classifications from White Water, which is relatively easy to clear, to Grey Water which may be harmful and finally Black Water. Black Water contains pathogens like raw sewage, animal carcasses or herbicides.

It is important to remember that water absorbs materials and pathogens which means a White Water issue can quickly phase up to something more serious. SERVPRO technicians are well-trained and can identify different areas of concern accurately. By using extractors and pumps, we can mitigate against further damages that could occur by clearing your home quickly.

It might seem as though a flooding issue is primarily about removing water. We believe that adopting a long-term, comprehensive approach is essential to property restoration. That could mean demolishing and disposing of sections of drywall to ensure thorough drying of the areas behind the drywall. A damp spot could become a hotbed for fungi and other bacteria so assessing possible issues is a critical part of flood restoration.

SERVPRO can assess your home using moisture meters. This technology allows a technician to scope areas that may be difficult to reach and decide whether or not demolition is necessary. By adopting a restore over the replace method, we can keep your claim rates low as well as protecting possessions of sentimental value. Our rapid response unit is available 24 hours a day and is trained to help you through emergency property restoration services.

Professional, trained technicians are essential when it comes to dealing with issues in the home, contact SERVPRO of Cape Coral at (239) 573-5911 to see how we can help.

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

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

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

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

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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Encountering Biohazards During Hoarding Cleanup In Cape Coral

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

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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