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Why Choose SERVPRO?

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a flooded hallway Your Problem. Our Solution.

SERVPRO is a franchise system with 45 years of leadership in cleanup and restoration. Our track record of results has earned us the trust of the insurance industry, countless homeowners, and in one unforgettable instance, even the Pentagon.

We are quietly taking to the streets, every hour of every day, proving that whenever there is a house full of water or an office full of smoke, there is also a van full of clean and workers that are going to make it look like it never even happened.

So what services does SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry offer? We offer the following;

Restoration:

  • Fire, Smoke and Soot
  • Water removal and Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
  • Move Outs and Contents Restoration
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service

Cleaning:

  • Air Ducts and HVAC
  • Biohazard, Crime Scene and Vandalism
  • Carpet, Upholstery, Drapes and Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls and Hard Floors
  • Deodorization

We also offer Reconstruction services. Give us a call today at (407) 388-0404 to get an estimate or learn more about what we do!

The Reason We Stand Above The Others

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated

Residential Services

Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.

  • Commercial Water/Storm Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial reconstruction
  • Mold Remediation

WHY SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry

8/13/2020 (Permalink)

When we talk about a fire, or any other disruptive disaster to strike your home, we always refer to SERVPRO’s amazing service and expertise making it "Like it never even happened."  We talk about drying and repairing, dehumidification and reconstruction.  What often gets looked over is the mental aspect of these events.

During and after a disaster it is natural to experience different and strong emotions.  Emotional reactions can often be strong, with young children at an increased risk of experiencing trauma from a disaster at home.

Talk with someone about your feelings - anger, sorrow and other emotions - even though it may be difficult.  You can also look for help from professionals who deal with post-disaster stress.

Whether your home has emergency flood damage or you need your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best.  Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

3 Services SERVPRO Provides After a Storm

8/10/2020 (Permalink)

Demand for damage mitigation and restoration services spikes after a severe storm. Insurance agents and adjusters need to be able to rely on a local mitigation and restoration company to provide timely storm response services. Here are three services that make a local SERVPRO franchise the right choice for storm restoration.

1. Disaster Response

No matter how many properties are affected by a storm, a Disaster Response Team can arrive on each location within a matter of hours. Independent mitigation and restoration services are more likely to be backlogged than a national corporation that can dispatch employees and equipment from nearby franchises to areas that have experienced large losses.

2. Mitigation and Cleanup

The initial stage of storm response involves mitigating damage. In the case of structural damage, this may involve boarding up broken windows or breaches in a building envelope or tarping over a damaged roof. Standing water resulting from flood damage should be extracted as soon as possible. A full-service company can ensure that these initial measures contribute toward complete storm restoration.

3. All-In-One Restoration

A company that offers mitigation and restoration services can reduce the workload on insurance agents and adjusters while simplifying the claim process for property owners. Relying on a one-stop shop may make miscommunication less likely, prevent scheduling conflicts and allow for a faster and more thorough restoration job. Depending on a single service also means that the initial estimate is likely to be more accurate.

These storm restoration services set SERVPRO franchises apart from independent companies. The business model means that each location has the backing of a national corporation and the ability to call on nearby locations for additional personnel and equipment. A single estimate from a service that can clean up damage and rebuild a commercial property can also be more convenient for insurance agents, adjusters, and clients. 

In need of services? Call us at (407) 388-0404 today!

3 Things To Know About Smoke Damage in Your Building

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Burned exterior of a building Fire and smoke damage on a building exterior.

Here Are the Answers to Three Commonly Asked Questions

After a fire at your Orlando, FL, place of business, it’s not uncommon to find that smoke damage has occurred. There are several things you may wish to know about this type of damage, including if its presence is to be expected, and how it may be removed. Here are the answers to three commonly asked questions.

1. It’s Normal After a Fire

It’s not usual to have smoke or soot damage result from a fire. These are natural by-products of flames and heat. Fortunately, many restoration services have the tools and training to deal with these types of damage as well. You may also like to know that both smoke and soot can be removed from affected office items which should be able to be restored.

2. It May Have an Odor

In many cases, smoke damage can have an odor that comes with it. This scent may linger on affected materials and in the air. The restoration team working on the property may have special cleaners to help get rid of this odor. They may also be able to use a ozone machine, or similar device, to remove the scent from the air.

3. A Restoration Crew Can Help

Any smoke cleaning and repairs of the damage should be handled by a local fire damage restoration crew. These professionals can help identify which materials need to be replaced as well as what can be restored. They can even help with item cleaning, which included paper documentation and electronic devices such as computers. Also, ask the team working on your business property about odor removal.

Remember, it’s normal to expect smoke damage after a business fire and the scent of fire and smoke can linger. Fortunately, a local restoration service can help clean, make repairs, and even remove these odors. If you have any questions about your restoration needs these professionals should be able to help.

How Good Is Your Commercial Insurance for Mold?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of mold on wall Mold growth in Casselberry, FL

As a property manager or a business owner in Casselberry, FL, there's no shortage of things to keep you awake at night. You might wonder what forms you haven't filled out, or what the next surprise will be. When it comes to your commercial insurance, you might wonder if there is a scenario out there that you need more robust coverage. What about an outbreak of mold in the dark and damp corners of your business? Could that be a problem? Well, just like a lot of things in life, it all depends. In general, though, so long as you have not been woefully, negligent, your commercial policy provides some basic protections against mold damage.

The Basics of Commercial Insurance for Mold

Insurances policies are complicated documents, so it is always best to go over your policy with your agent for final clarification. In general mold insurance covers these instances for a commercial property:

  • Most policies provide for a limited fungus coverage
  • The coverage pays for loss or damage caused by fungus or dry rot and bacteria
  • The cause of the mold damage must be from a specified cause such as water damage or leaking fire-fighting equipment

Once the mold has been discovered, action must be taken immediately by your company. Failure to respond prudently with mold mitigation measures can result in a forfeiture of your mold insurance coverage.

The Basics of Mold Cleanup

Once mold is found in your building, it's smart to deal with a professional mold remediation company in Casselberry, FL. The experts will come to the scene quickly and begin the process of mold containment and a full cleanup. The mitigation company will help you work with the commercial insurance agent by providing a detailed list of services and repairs. In general, mold policies limit coverage to a specified dollar amount. This could be for multiple incidents, but the total payout would not exceed $15,000 a year.

Three Grill Cleaning Tips

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of a grill being cleaned Regular grill cleaning can improve your grill's cooking performance

Properly cleaning your grill is essential for keeping your grill cooking efficiently and reducing fire risks. Consider adding these three grill cleaning tips to your grill maintenance routine.

1. Gather Your Equipment
The cleaning process will be easier if you make sure you have all the equipment you need before you get started. Useful equipment to have on hand includes a long-handled wire brush, a wire bottle brush, and a large bucket. Cleaning products are available that are marketed as being specific for grills, but some of them can leave behind residue that may affect the flavor of your food. A grease-fighting detergent, such as dishwashing soap, baking soda, and vinegar can be used as alternatives to grill cleaning chemicals. If you have a stainless steel grill, you may want to invest in a stainless steel cleaner, such as Barkeeper's Friend, to keep your grill looking shiny.

2. Modify Your Technique for Your Grill Type
Different grill types have different cleaning issues that need to be addressed. For instance, charcoal and pellet grills accumulate ash at the bottom of the grill that will need to be removed. The ports on the gas supply lines of a gas power grill can become blocked.

3. Do Not Forget To Clean the Inside
You may be tempted to focus your efforts on cleaning the grates, but the inside of your grill needs regular cleanings too. Grease and food particles can build up inside your grill and increase the risk of a grease fire. To remove them, you will need to take your grill apart and use an object, such as a putty knife or a metal spatula, to scrape down the inside of your grill.
Regular grill cleaning can improve your grill's cooking performance and decrease the chances of starting a grill fire. However, if a fire does happen, a fire cleanup professional in Orlando, FL, can assist you.

When Should I Clean My Dryer Vent?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of a dryer vent being cleaned. The dryer vent must also be cleaned out every six months

Most folks know that they must clean out the lint filter in their clothes dryer after each use. This will help to prevent a dryer fire. Use your clean hand or a soft cloth to remove all of the lint from the lint filter. To ensure that your dryer never causes a lint fire in your home in Orlando, FL, the dryer vent must also be cleaned out every six months.

How to Clean Out the Dryer Vent and Exhaust Hose

A little preventive maintenance will help to prevent a lint fire. The steps include:

Unplug the dryer - In the back of the dryer you will find the power cord. Make sure to unplug this from the outlet.
Detach the exhaust hose - First, the outer clamp will need to be loosened, either by squeezing the clamp or by using a screwdriver on the bolt. Once the clamp is loosened you can detach the hose from the dryer.
Clean out the exhaust hose - Remove all lint from the hose using a soft cleaning brush. You can also suck out the lint using the attachment on your vacuum.
Clean the wall vent - Using a vent cleaning kit that can be found at your local hardware store, clean out the wall vent. The kit will include a brush extension that can be carefully fed into the vent. Rotate the brush to remove the lint. It may take several tries before all of the lint has been removed.
Reattach the exhaust hose - Make sure the hose is securely attached to the dryer and tighten the clamp.
Plug the dryer back in - Make sure no hot air comes out of the vent. If it does, you need to check the clamp to ensure it is tightened properly.

Cleaning out your dryer’s exhaust hose and vent will not only keep your dryer running longer and more efficiently, it will also help to prevent a dangerous lint fire.

Most Common Causes of Water Damage in Your Maitland Home

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Homeowner mopping up water on floor At SERVPRO, our water damage specialists have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property quickly and efficiently.

Water damage in a residential property is often caused by things like water leaking or flooding that goes unnoticed for a long period of time. Damage of all kinds can wreak havoc on your property when excess water starts to pool in an area of the home. Unfortunately, most homeowners are unaware of the signs and warnings of water damage and therefore leave the issue unresolved, eventually causing further damage. Water damage restoration is the process of removing the water, drying and dehumidifying, clean and sanitizing, and then restoring the area to its original state. From minor repairs to carpet replacements, identifying water damage early is the key to minimizing potential damage to your home.

The ability to recognize signs of water damage is the first step in keeping your property in top condition. As such, it is important to understand the most common causes of water damage in your home. They are as follows:

  • Leaking pipes, bursting pipes, or broken hoses
  • Malfunctioning air conditioners or other HVAC issues
  • Broken dishwashers, washing machines, or other household appliances
  • Sewer backup, clogged drains, or general plumbing problems
  • Water buildup in areas like attics or crawl spaces
  • Natural disasters like hurricanes or rainstorms that cause flooding
  • Running toilets
  • Bathtub overflows
  • Malfunctioning fire sprinkler system

No matter what the water damage cause may be, addressing the problem immediately is imperative to reducing damage and restoring the area back to optimal condition. At SERVPRO, our water damage specialists have the experience, expertise, and equipment to restore your property quickly and efficiently. From floods to leaking pipes, our water removal and cleanup process will make your home look “Like it never even happened.” Contact our office as soon as possible to learn more about how our Disaster Recovery Team can help you and your home today!

How to spot water damage

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

In general, a house is one of the biggest investments you will make in your lifetime. In order to protect that investment, you should vigilantly look out for household problems and address them before they worsen.

One such dreaded homeowner issue is water damage. If left unattended, residential water damage can detrimentally impact the structure or spawn other complications, including mold that poses a health risk to inhabitants. Here are several methods for detecting water damage within your house.

1. Check the Floors
No matter what kind of flooring you have, it will manifest signs of water damage. For tile and wood, look for cracked, buckling or warped flooring. When it comes to carpet, be wary of damp spots, gradual rises, soft spots or the smell of mold and dampness.

2. Look for Stains
Water stains on the floor around the bathtub, toilet or sink, as well as stains on ceilings and walls, are some of the most obvious signs of water damage. Unusual stains could indicate there is a leaky pipe or drain inside the wall. Cracks in the drywall or areas that appear swollen and are soft to touch also may signify trouble. Peeling paint is another sign of loose water within wall spaces. As the drywall gets saturated, paint can lose adhesion.

3. Inspect Outside
Observe the exterior of your house. What you want to look for are pools of standing water that can indicate poor drainage in the yard, gutter spouts that aren’t transporting water far enough from the house or leaky rain gutters. Any of those issues could threaten the foundation of your house. Additionally, common signs of water damage on the roof may include pools of water; cracked, curled or missing shingles; or broken flashing.

4. Watch for Rust and Mold
Inspect your water heater and check for rust on the tank or damp spots on the floor. A rusted tank could indicate a slow leak. Additionally, corrosion around pipe connections could be caused by water seepage. Visual signs of active mold growth mean moisture is contacting microscopic mold spores, often in the nooks and crannies of your home. Finally, don’t rely solely on sight. When water stagnates, mold and bacteria can grow, producing a musty, unpleasant smell.