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Drying Water Damage in Your Maitland/Casselberry Plaza Shop

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Plaza stores are a commonplace to commercial areas of Maitland and Casselberry, and it is the ideal location for your small boutique to find a foothold with the local and vacationing shoppers around the city. With steep competition for the attention of these daily customers, your business cannot afford a costly and time-consuming repair, and restoration like you might experience with the inadequate cleanup of a water loss incident in your shop. Instead, you can trust in the experience and fast response of our professionals at SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry to get the job done right the first time to keep your doors open.

While there are many different ways that water damage can affect your Orlando shop, restoring the effects that the incident can cause may not always be straightforward. Often business owners choose not to call water restoration professionals when they have what appears to be a small water damage incident. The risk here is that inadequate cleanup and drying of these smaller water losses can allow for continued structural damages, loss of stored inventory, and secondary effects like mold growth to develop.

If you seek the professional skills of our SERVPRO team for these emergencies instead, our fast response can ensure that the damage does not spread beyond the immediately affected area and we can work efficiently to get the saturated elements dried up. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Additionally, our professionals can check our progress and success in removing lingering moisture and dampness through the use of moisture detection equipment and FLIR thermal imagery cameras.

Our SERVPRO team can also work to protect the stock in your store. We can move it to a safe location throughout the drying process so that moisture and dampness do not cause irreparable damage that compromises your investments.

With the steep competition for small businesses throughout the city, do not take any more time than necessary restoring water damage to your shop. Our SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry water restoration technicians can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at 407-388-0404.

Why We Use Hydroxyl Generators to Help Clean-up After a Fire

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

How Hydroxyl Generators Help Maitland & Casselberry Homes After Fire Damage 

Advanced equipment is a priority of producing effective results for customers all over the Central Florida area, including Maitland and Casselberry. We know how devastating fire loss incidents can be, so we invest in the machines and tools that can help us to maximize our efforts and efficiency, ultimately getting you back into your home more quickly after the incident. With odors and air quality concerns being such a prevalent threat after extinguishment, having a productive tool that can address both of these issues simultaneously is a time and money-saving approach for our clients. 

Understanding how hydroxyl generators can work to reduce fire damage in homes after an emergency can allow you to appreciate the intricacy and efficiency of our restoration approach. For many decades, deodorization was entrusted to harsh chemicals or to the effective results that ozone generators and chambers could produce. The disadvantage was that the ozone machine was not safe for use around living things. 

Hydroxyl generators produce radicals that can break down volatile organic compounds and the molecular compounds of odors with the same chemical reaction that occurs when the sun’s UV rays react with water vapor and oxygen in the atmosphere. This reaction can decompose the odor’s molecular structure, eliminating its presence in the environment. 

What makes these machines such an advantage in fire loss recovery, is that they allow our SERVPRO professionals to continue working on other mitigation strategies and cleanup while deodorization and air purification persist. With the alternative ozone machines, our professionals could not continue working on other aspects of recovery. 

With its ability to both address odors embedded in hard and soft materials, as well as open areas, it is becoming a vital tool for our restoration professionals on every fire loss recovery job that we undertake.  

Our goal is to provide each customer with an effective and efficient service when disasters threaten their homes. To make fire loss incidents “Like it never even happened,” give our SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry specialists a call today at 407-388-0404. 

What Makes us Tick-Thoughts from a SERVPRO Employee

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

“I know this isn’t our relationship, but I just have to say I love you and thank you!” I busted out laughing and replied “I’ve never had a customer say that to me, but I’m so glad we are able to help you!”

When you think about WHY you do what you do, what makes you tick, what comes to mind? For me it’s helping people. Not many people really go into the restoration industry on purpose. For most of us it was the job that was available at the time we needed it. But for those of us who stick around, we are here because we like helping people, making a difference in their life when they don’t even know who to turn to.

The entire SERVPRO community lives by this creed, the notion of always being available to help families and communities in need. I’ve seen this time and again, even within our own community. A few years ago there was immense damage to a local SERVPRO office and to their employee homes during a hurricane. Those team members all gathered to help their community first. As a team SERVPRO’s from across the country came together to help that location get back on its feet. From sending crews down to the area to help the community to making donations so they could rebuild their office, we made sure that they knew they are part of our SERVPRO family. 

The customer I quoted in the opening is someone who used our services years ago. When confronted with a loss in his daughter's home he knew he needed to call us to help ease their fears and give him the right info. We were there for him 16 years ago, and we are there for him now. 

So when you find yourself asking WHY should I choose SERVPRO to help me in my time of need, know that it’s because we care. We care about our employees, our communities, and most of all, we care about YOU, our customer. Our priority is getting you back to your life and making your disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Contributed by Christen Albert. Christen has been with SERVPRO over 15 years and has assisted customers during many types of losses. She has experience in dealing with every aspect of the job, from field work to working with the customer and insurance company to close out payment.

Photo Inventory-Why You Need One for Your Business

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

Document! Your future self will thank you Make sure to take photos and save them yearly. This will come in handy if you ever have a content claim with your insurance company.

While you probably have business insurance that covers the contents of your business if they are lost, you probably don't have pictures of the contents you own. Why would you need pictures you ask?

People are often surprised that if their property is lost, destroyed or stolen getting it replaced is not necessarily a straight-forward process with their insurance company. For example, if you were to lose a desk in a fire and don't have a picture inventory the amount you will be reimbursed could be a surprise. Your $1000 mint condition 'classic' desk could get valued based on age and 'market-value', leaving you with a lot less money than you expected, and needed, to replace it. A photo inventory helps to alleviate this stress.

At the very minimum we suggest a slow walk-thru video of each area of your business that has contents. From this you can capture still photos of each item. If you have the time to take photos, this would be best. Add this to your list of yearly tasks that are completed for an easy way to make sure this is completed.

Again, we hope you never need that list, but better safe than sorry. If you do find yourself in a situation where you need help, please feel free to all us. SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry is available 24/7/365.

What Can You Expect From SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry After a Storm?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is Here to Help No matter what, SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry is Here to Help after a Hurricane or Storm event.

Storm season is here! Living in Central Florida has its advantages. We are close to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World, and the many beautiful natural attractions-like Lake Lilly, the springs, and beaches-awesome multi-cultural restaurants, and the I-4 Eyesore. Ok, that last one is a joke! We are also very familiar with hurricane season. While we may not always be in the major cone, we often experience some severe weather associated with these major storms. Here at SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry we are available immediately by phone, and once it is safe for our crews to be on the road we will dispatch them to you. What can you expect if you call us?

  • Our staff will answer your call. Our staff is trained for these situations. We believe that it is imperative for you to speak to us directly, not our answering service during times of disaster. Our phones are answered by staff for the first initial days after a storm event so that we can best serve our community.
  • Be prepared to answer a few questions. We need to gather some information for our technicians so that they can be properly prepared to help you. This means we need to understand what areas of damage you’re currently seeing. Do you have water and power? Do you need a roof tarp or board up? All of these are critical questions. We know that you are concerned about your family and your home. We are too. We want to do the best job for you.
  • We will advise you of what is generally expected regarding payment. Some insurance companies operate differently during a storm event. They may advise that we collect payment up front, or they may advise that we wait to collect. Either way, you can be sure that we will be up front and clear with you about what to expect regarding pricing at the time of your service.
  • Calls are dispatched to crews as soon as possible. While we wish we could get to everyone immediately it is physically not possible. We do however have the power of SERVPRO behind us. While we are busy working with customers on the phone we know that our SERVPRO team from around the country is on the way to back us up. We generally have additional crews in the area within hours. Our goal at SERVPRO is always to serve our community, and we have the backing of over 1,000 other offices to help us accomplish that!
  • Safety is our top priority. Please make sure to let us know about downed trees or power lines around you if you are aware of them. Our crews typically are in large trucks. We will do everything in our power to get to you as quickly and safely as possible.

We hope that our communities stay safe this hurricane season, but if you need us we are Here to Help!

Will Your Business Benefit By Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Service?

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO using high-lifts to clean a warehose Call the local Orlando specialist if you have a cleaning project!

What Are Commercial Cleaning Services?

Whether you own a restaurant, a boutique, an office space, or a supermarket, your commercial property must be regularly cleaned to maximize its function and appearance. Commercial cleaning services range from general cleaning to more specialized services such as mold removal, fire and water cleanup, and air duct cleaning. Below is a more detailed description of SERVPRO’s services.

  1. Water Damage Restoration:

Water damage could be the result of a flood, water from a sink that has leaked, a pipe that has burst, or a faulty air conditioner. 

  1. Mold Remediation

Buildings, offices, and homes can sustain microbial growth of mold if excess water and humidity are left untreated. Mold can spread and become a health hazard.

  1. Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage carries with it the trauma of fire destruction, debris, air quality concerns, and potential health effects to those exposed. Water damage is often a secondary issue when there has been a fire. Fire damage services may include removal of debris, cleaning the fire-damaged areas of an office or home, purifying and making the air fresh and safe to breathe, and remediating any water damage.

  1. Building Restoration Service:

In the event of fire, water, or storm damage, the immediate concern is to protect the building, home, or office from further damage and to secure the structure for restoration to occur. Services include but are not limited to drywall, electrical, painting, roofing, tile, and carpet repair. 

How Commercial Cleaning Services Benefit Your Business:

To operate at peak productivity, businesses need to provide a clean environment for their team and clientele. Specialty cleaning services include air ducts and HVAC, biohazard and sewage, trauma and crime scene, carpet and upholstery, drapes and blinds, ceilings, walls and hardwood floors, odor removal, and deodorization, and vandalism clean-up.

Why Hire a Professional Commercial Cleaning Company:

The number one reason to hire a cleaning service is that they are professionals who are trained in the latest technology in the cleaning industry. SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry has highly trained staff with years of experience in commercial cleaning. The team is well-trusted throughout Orlando, FL. 

The SERVPRO team provides its own supplies. The right cleaning products are necessary to achieve the proper level and appearance of cleanliness. 

One reason to hire a professional cleaning company is health and safety. Your staff or clients won’t get sick as a result of an unhealthy work environment. 

It is important to have immediate service any hour or day of the week, especially during an emergency.



More About SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry :

SERVPRO of West Orange has been trusted in the commercial cleaning business for over 40 years. The team is highly skilled in the cleanup of commercial properties in the wake of fire, flood, water, and air quality damage. SERVPRO understands that time is money so we work to minimize time lost due to these disruptions. 

There is no job within the Orlando Area that SERVPRO can’t handle. 

For all of your commercial cleaning service needs, contact us. The office can be reached by phone at (407) 388-0404.

Hurricane Season Is Coming, Be Alert for Weather Advisories in the Orlando Area.

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of a weather radio. Weather radios can be a great way to receive updated information during an emergency.

One of the best steps you can take to prepare yourself for storms, is to purchase a good quality weather radio. A weather radio is designed to alert you to dangerous weather situations, such as an approaching tornado. It allows you to be warned ahead of approaching storms providing you time to seek shelter. A weather radio is one of the most reliable sources for weather alerts. Weather radios have improved in design and have made many other advancements over the years. They are now readily available and very affordable. Most basic weather radios average cost is around $30 and will warn you of all types of weather advisories and public announcements. Some models can be programmed to only alert you of specific weather alerts you designate.

When shopping for a weather radio, look for the following key features:

  • Reviewable alerts (The ability to scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear can be very helpful).
  • Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) is the protocol used to encode the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and NOAA Weather Radio (NWR).
  • Make sure the model you choose is easy to program.  Like any electronic emergency ready tool, it is critical that the device is reliable and simple to use. 

If you need help programming your weather radio, you can contact your local National Weather Service Office or for additional information, including county codes for Florida, visit NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr.

10 Questions People Ask About Water Damages

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

  1. “Can’t I just put in some fans?” Fans help, yes, but are not the only part of the drying equation. Fans help to push the moisture from your walls, ceilings, and floors into the air, and our commercial dehumidifiers help to pull all that water out of the air. Through a formula known as Psychrometry we can determine how many air exchanges it will take to dry your home or business with the equipment we place. Thats some fancy math!
  2. “I’ll just rip up my flooring. Insurance will replace it.” Hold up, wait a minute! Often flooring can be dried in place and then cleaned after it is dry. It is more cost effective to do this than to replace flooring that is still in good condition. Ultimately saving claim funds is better for you and your insurance company.
  3. “Open the doors and windows to help it dry out.” We are begging you, PLEASE do not do this unless you are instructed to by a water damage professional. If you live in a climate that is humid (hello Central Florida, looking at you) it is going to be more detrimental than helpful. The goal is to dry your structure, the natural humidity is going to make that worse. In fact, it would be better to turn your AC down so that it stays on until we get there with commercial equipment to begin drying.
  4. “UGH, this equipment is so HOT and so LOUD! I’m turning it off because I can’t sleep, work, or think!” You aren’t wrong. It is loud. It is hot. And it does make work, sleep, and even thinking hard to do. We PROMISE that if you stick with it and allow the equipment to do its job your home or business will dry much faster than if you turn it off and it only gets to work in small increments. Also, turning equipment off and allowing moisture to stay trapped will potentially lead to microbial growth (yep MOLD). I can promise you that 5 days of drying equipment is better than 10 days of mold remediation…not to mention that improperly handling your water damage can open issues with coverage for your claim with your insurance company. Trust me, it’s worth it to leave the loud, hot equipment on.
  5. “I thought you said you were getting paid by the insurance company. Why are you sending me a bill?” Our company works with all insurance companies. That being said, as the policy holder YOU are the one that the insurance company will send payment to (about half of the time). You will then need to forward payment to us. We do submit billing to the insurance company for you and we do work with your adjuster to close out payment for our services. We will also do our best to help you through the claim process. Ultimately, as the homeowner, or business owner, it is up to you to make sure payment is received for services rendered. If your insurance company determines that your loss is not covered by your policy you will be responsible for payment. We will always do our best to work with our customers if this is necessary.
  6. “I heard it only takes 3 days to dry out a house.” While it is true that many homes can be dried in a few days every structure is different. There are MANY unforeseen circumstances that can affect drying time. There are certain “best practices” that we adhere to for drying that help ensure timely progress. We also perform moisture inspections daily during a dry-out. This allows us to reposition equipment if we need to, remove equipment from areas that have dried, and to make sure that we are watching progress of anything that may require additional help.
  7. “I’m paying for this myself, so please don’t charge me what you charge an insurance company.” Our industry uses a couple of different software platforms for estimating/breaking down a job. Those platforms set the pricing. Insurance companies also use these systems, but the pricing is not “for” the insurance company. They’re getting the same pricing as you!
  8. “Who trains you?” The IICRC-Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification-is who we are certified and trained by primarily. (Here is the link to the about section of their web site https://www.IICRC.org/general/custom.asp?page=AbouttheIICRC). Any time you need a restoration professional you want to verify that they are a certified firm. You can do this by checking the IICRC site or asking for a copy of the firm’s certificate. Aside from the professional training by the IICRC, we offer in house training as well as additional training from other industry organizations.
  9. “Who is paying the power bill after you leave all that equipment plugged in?” We suggest that you reach out to your assigned insurance adjuster and ask if this is something that your policy will cover. In some cases, they need to see your bill for the month before and the month after, to show that there was an increase in usage. However, thanks to technology advancements, unless you’re dealing with a large amount of equipment for a long time, I doubt you’ll notice too much of a difference.
  10. “All of you water damage companies are the same”…. I beg to differ. This is personal for us. We are all here because we want to help. We know that having your home or business turned upside down is stressful. Unfortunately for most people, LIFE is stressful these days. Add a water damage to the mix and it’s almost more than anyone can take. We are here to help you through that. Not only do we care, but our company has been in business over 35 years! There just aren’t that many companies in our industry that can say that. Know why? The industry isn’t THAT old. It’s only been since people started having things like air conditioning, drywall, hot water heaters, appliances, and double paned windows that there was a need. Our industry is constantly growing and changing, and we are proud to have been at the forefront of that growth for so long.

Top Spring Flooding Tips

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded Home Flood insurance is a must here in Florida, have you checked your policy lately?

Although flooding can happen at any time in Florida, Spring flooding is common as frequent storms leave the ground soaked and streams are often at their highest levels of the year.  Here are some tips for both families and businesses.

  • Make a family emergency communication plan and include pets.
  • Have emergency supplies in place at home, at work, and in the car.
  • Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!
  • Listen to local officials by radio, TV or social media.
  • Evacuate when advised by authorities or if you are in a flood or flash flood prone area.
  • If you are on high ground above flooded areas, being prepared to stay where you are may be the best protection.
  • Don't let your business end up in a dumpster. Make a Flood Safety plan today.
  • Charge mobile devices. Locate flashlights & radio. Tell friends/family your location in case of power loss.
  • Heavy rain to areas that have been experiencing drought can cause flash flooding.

If you do need to venture out during or immediately after a flood, follow these rules:

  • Don’t drive or walk through flood waters
  • Water moving at just 5 miles per hour can lift and displace manhole covers leaving unseen dangers
  • As little as 12 inches of moving floodwater can be enough to float and carry away a small vehicle.
  • 6 inches of moving water can knock an adult off their feet. STAY AWAY from moving water!
  • Driving thru 6 inches of standing water can cause vehicles to lose control & stall. Avoid flooded roads.
  • Be aware of areas where waters have receded. Roads may have weakened & could collapse under the weight of a vehicle.

Personal Property

  • 30: The number of days it takes for flood insurance to begin. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
  • Only flood insurance will cover the damage from floods. Speak with your insurance agent to learn more.
  • A few inches of water in a 1,000-square foot home could cost more than $10,000 in repairs & replacement of personal possessions
  • Prepare for a flood today by reviewing your property & flood insurance policies.
  • Snap some pictures of your property & do an inventory. This will be handy if flood waters damage your property. Again, consider using the SERVPRO Ready Plan App.
  • Flood waters can damage important papers. Store critical docs in a waterproof container or electronically.
  • Before a flood: reduce potential property damage by elevating utilities & installing sewer backflow valves.
  • Prepare before a flood by installing a water alarm in your basement.

After a Flood

  • Watch your step! Flood waters often hide sharp and dangerous debris like broken glass and metal!
  • Wear the appropriate protective clothing and gear like boots, gloves and safety glasses when it comes to moving debris!  
  • Hands off! Stay away from electrical utility equipment after a storm or if it is wet to prevent being electrocuted!
  • Flooded homes are hazards! Get a professional to check for loose wires, mold and hidden damage before re-entering!
  • Avoid walking in floodwater. It can be contaminated with oil, gasoline, or sewage.
  • Use generators or other gas powered machinery only outdoors and away from windows.

The team at SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, and natural disaster cleanup. Our staff is highly trained in building services and property damage restoration. We study IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning and restoration. 

Call SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry (407) 388-0404 anytime.

Does SERVPRO Work with Homeowners Insurance Company After a Fire?

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

Outside of a burning home Rest assured, SERVPRO works closely with your insurance company. Call us anytime for assistance.

Central Florida Homeowners Can Trust SERVPRO to Work Closely with Insurance Companies.

The leading cause of fire-related deaths, injuries, and property loss is residential fires. Most of these homes, thankfully, are covered by homeowner’s insurance. When it comes to assisting Orlando residents with fire claims, a professional restoration company is vital.

How Does SERVPRO Assist Both the Homeowner and the Insurance Company?

Whenever a fire has occurred, the insurance company works with the owners to decide the extent of the loss. This process involves the homeowner, insurance company, insurance adjuster, and the restoration company. In many cases, the insurance company requires a professional company to work with them to ensure that everything gets done professionally. At SERVPRO, our services go beyond fire cleanup in Orlando. What we do is designed to assist all parties involved and includes:

  •   Minimal loss prevention - By providing immediate fire mitigation, more can be salvaged. Prompt action reduces secondary damage and property loss.
  •   Scoping information – The details we provide during the initial scope allow the insurance agent to review inspections and reports. He then can prioritize items on the work schedule.
  •   Assessing restoration needs – Our technicians help the insurance adjuster and owner decide what gets cleaned and what needs to be declared a loss. 
  •   Working with adjusters – Our professional teams provide scoping, testing, and loss details that save the insurance adjuster time. 
  •   Managing the restoration job –When our technicians handle the various aspects of restoration, the insurance company and homeowner do not need to waste time on minor, time-consuming tasks. 
  •   Restore instead of replace – Our goal is always to restore instead of replacing whenever possible. This saves everyone time and money.
  •   Customer satisfaction – we know how a fire can impact your home. If possible, we restore your home to preloss condition.

SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry provides an invaluable service by working closely with residents and their insurance companies. As our company works closely with the adjuster, the stress is taken off the homeowner. The agent’s job goes smoother due to the detailed information we provide early in the process. When our Green Team provides fire cleanup services, we are doing more than cleaning – we are helping you get your life back on track. 

SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry can help ease the challenges of addressing mold damage. Call us at (407) 388-0404 to assist you.

Is Mold Damage in Maitland Properties Difficult to Address?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of mold growth behind wall Do you know how to locate hidden mold in your home? SERVPRO does!

SERVPRO Helps Address Any Issues that Arises After Mold Damage in a Property

Mold infestations are easy to detect in most properties because they show signs such as dark patches on surfaces or the development of a musty smell. However, easy identification does always lead to easy resolution of the problem because the surface mold may recur soon after removal. Simultaneously, the growth in hidden areas may require extensive tear down to remove.

Addressing mold damage in Maitland / Winter Park properties is only convenient if the right resources are utilized. Since SERVPRO technicians have considerable experience handling such situations, it is easy to identify problematic areas. For instance, we check:

  • For the likelihood of penetration of mold hyphae beyond the surface of a material
  • The presence of moisture in hidden sections of the house
  • The level of deterioration in affected materials

Such evaluations from our SERVPRO technicians help guarantee a positive outcome in different ways. For instance, we can remove all the porous materials instead of cleaning their surfaces. If the evaluation reveals hidden moisture pockets, we can tear up the areas to reach the wet materials. Also, since mold plays a role in natural decay processes, we remove materials affected by the mold over long periods since they are likely to be structurally compromised.

SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry can help ease the challenges of addressing mold damage. Call us at (407) 388-0404 to assist you.

What To Do If You Find A Biohazard On Your Commercial Property

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Biohazards, or biological and chemical contaminants, can pose serious dangers to your health and well-being. Not only do they create unhealthy and dangerous environments, but they put people at risk, which is why it’s integral to deal with biohazards properly in the event that you find one on your commercial property. Biohazards include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

As you can see, many of these scenarios are glaringly hazardous to general health and safety, and you must be sure to call professionals to deal with the biohazard right away instead of attempting to manage it on your own. The sensitive nature of biohazards means that reverting to do-it-yourself cleanup may pose dire consequences, so it’s best to contact experts like SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry instead.  

Common biohazard scenarios include sewage backups, bloodborne pathogens, and illegal drug manufacturing labs/meth labs, which all pose emergencies that require immediate responses. Give SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry a call at (407) 388-0404 and we’ll send trained technicians to safely dispose of the biohazard as quickly as possible. 

We’re available 24/7, 7 days a week, and even on holidays to respond to biohazard emergencies that put you at risk. Don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help.

Casselberry Hidden Water Damages

11/27/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of washing machines Washing Machine Malfunctions Can Cause Water Damage

Think about the last time your appliances were moved or inspected

Many of us do not think about the household appliances that we use every single day. For most, they probably become a passing thought about how much wear and tear they are receiving. Most of the appliances we use to make our everyday lives easier to utilize water. This means they are prone to leaks at some point if they are not caught early on.  Water damage can sit for ages before you as a homeowner realize. Therefore, regular inspections are important for prevention.

Inspect These Appliances for Leaks Often

  • Hot Water Heater
    • The lifetime of a hot water heater will typically span 10 to 15 years, but leaks can start much earlier than this. The seals and pipes connected to the hot water heater can often break down, so keeping an eye out for any accumulation both during and after use is a smart move.
  • Refrigerator
    • The rarity with which refrigerators are moved can lead to secret water damage that festers for ages before it is brought to light. A refrigerator’s water lines are typically made from a soft plastic that can easily fail, so checking for leaks behind and under the fridge as part of your annual home maintenance is wise.
  • Dishwasher
    • A dishwasher’s tubing is just as problematic as a refrigerator but is even more isolated and utilizes far more water. Additionally, homeowner’s insurance often does not cover water damage caused by older models of dishwashers, so regular checks are extremely important to keep up with.
  • Washing Machine
    • Washing machine hoses are some of the most common sources of leaks. Because they are notorious for this, it is recommended that they are inspected at least once a month by homeowners so you can be sure no issues have arisen. In addition to these regular checks, they should be fully replaced every five years in order to prevent hidden deterioration.
  • Air Conditioner
    • The drain in your HVAC unit is designed to keep condensation from pooling in and around the unit, but if this drain malfunctions, water damage can quickly be caused. Reference your manufacturer’s manual to determine how often your unit should be inspected and serviced—having a professional technician evaluate your machine is the best defense against HVAC-created water damage.

Do you know the types of storm damage?

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

Here in the Maitland, Florida we can suffer from many types of storm damage. Some of those are wind damage, flood damage, and hail damage. Here are a few quick tips to consider should storm damage hit your home or commercial property.

Wind Damage Restoration
Hurricanes often cause severe wind damage. Your roof is particularly susceptible. Roof damage from strong winds may lift roof shingles, cause cracks, or remove part or all of the roof. Harsh winds and rains can shear away asphalt tiles. Flying debris can also cause cracks and holes in your roof and siding. Correcting roof damage may challenge homeowners and business owners after a disaster, especially because a roof leak may not be obvious.

Roof Leaks

Why are many roof leaks and roof damage hard to detect? The storm may loosen flashing without creating a problem that’s easily visible to the eye. Loose flashing can cause another roof leak even weeks after the initial storm damage. A small roof leak can produce damp, moldy conditions inside your home or business. You best bet is to secure roof repair immediately after the wind damage. Doing so can prevent long term interior damage. A wind damage restoration expert, like the professionals at SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry, will help assure the homeowner or business owner receives a comprehensive roof assessment and roof repair services when hurricane or wind damage hits.

Flood Damage & Recovery
If your home or business is near water or in a low-lying area, flood water damage is a risk. Heavy rains and flooding may cause water damage many miles from the coast or from any large body of water. If the land around your home or business cannot absorb the additional water flooding may happen. Flood pump failures contribute to basement flooding and contaminated ground water too.

Flooding may also disrupt your municipal water system. Experts need to assess ground water and evaluate the condition of pipes following flood damage. Hiring a storm restoration professional, like SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry may allow you to begin your cleanup process even before water restoration occurs. And don’t forget-- cleaning before water restoration often proves essential yet challenging.

By relying upon a trained water damage restoration specialist, you'll usually obtain faster storm remediation. These experts may suggest ways to help mitigate flood water damage in the future, for instance, by requesting backup flood pump installation.

Hail Damage & Recovery
Hail may be the most overlooked cause of major storm damage. Hail can damage not just your roof but also your siding, exterior walls, and any detached sheds or outbuildings. You may think you’ve survived a hail storm but do know that hail damage is difficult to identify. Again, you’re wise to hire a storm damage restoration professional to inspect your roof, exterior walls, and outbuildings for damage. Dark spots on your roof are areas where the roofing granules have been knocked away. These weakened spots can lead to other more extensive problems such as leaks and cracks. Cracked and chipped siding is also a sign of hail damage.

Impact Damage & Recovery
In a major storm practically anything can become a creator of damage to your home or business. Think about trees. Your home may survive storm damage only to have a tree on your property succumb to the wind, hail, or rain and fall onto your house. A neighbor’s outdoor lawn furniture can become wind-blown projectiles. Extreme wind pressure turns regular outdoor items into tools of destruction. After storm damage, the professionals at SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry do a walk around to look for the signs of these types of unusual damage.

Help Is Here

The team at SERVPRO has specialized training and experience in fire restoration services, natural disaster prevention, water damage, and natural disaster cleanup. Our staff is highly trained in building services and property damage restoration. We study IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning and restoration. 

Call SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry (407) 388-0404 anytime.

Why SERVPRO is the First Choice for Water, Fire, Storm, and Mold Damage Restoration Needs

11/19/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech walking a project When disasters cause home and commercial restoration emergencies, remember SERVPRO is always available for your restoration needs.

Why Maitland/Casselberry Residents can Act Decisively Against Storm, Mold, Fire or Water Damages

Central Florida residents use restoration services when unexpected home emergencies occur. By doing so, they can often save thousands of dollars in potential secondary damages that may occur as a result of improper or home restoration services. Our company has been a stalwart in the community of Greater Orlando for several years. It partakes in regular donations of both money and time to charity missions like clothing drives or children's shelters. Throughout the year, our servicemen and women are on-hand to help you overcome an emergency with minimum inconvenience and expense. Contact us anytime to arrange restoration services for water, mold, storm, or fire-related damages.

Water Damage Restoration

Homeowners may experience water damage in their Orlando area home at any time of year. These can be either in the form of excessive quantities of moisture in a short period overloading a home's defenses, or long-term problems creeping up over several months. Whether your Maitland home falls victim to flooding or a slow internal leaking, our water restoration technicians (WRT) are on-hand to provide the assistance you need. SERVPRO is available twenty-four-hours a day and even runs an out-of-hours service for emergencies.

Water incidents in your property can cause a chain reaction of interrelated issues. These issues may include problems with odor, microbial bacteria, fungi, or soiling of your possessions. SERVPRO restoration services are comprehensive in their approach to your Maitland/Casselberry home and can stop damage as well as putting in place proven methods to reverse it. Usually, we start by thoroughly removing water from the property, then drying using proper drying methods.

Bringing venting box fans to your Maitland/Casselberry home, as well as the careful placement of portable heating, can help to encourage natural evaporation. Natural evaporation is useful in removing moisture that may have absorbed into furnishings, upholstery, or flooring. Using moisture probes, SERVPRO can accurately assess the moisture content of any given material and can keep returning during the restoration service to ensure reaching our goals.

Mold Remediation

Indoor air quality is becoming increasingly prominent in the restoration service industry. Often, homeowners are surprised by quite how many toxins can exist in a home environment. The issue is especially pertinent in homeowners that have mold damage in their Orlando area homes. Molds breed by releasing microscopic spores into the surrounding atmosphere. These spores can cause unpleasant odors as well as ingestion when inhaling indoor air. SERVPRO takes decisive action during mold remediation to ensure the spread is limited and your air-quality restored.

Setting up containment is an essential part of the restoration. Usually, an area of your Orlando area home that shows evidence of mold growth needs quarantining. The removal of mold colonies or demolition of infested materials increases airborne spores. SERVPRO applies negative air pressure when performing controlled demolitions to ensure that the spread of spores is under control. Also, we may use physical barriers such as polyurethane sheeting to prevent microscopic spores from escaping.

Airborne particles are frequently invisible to the naked eye. This invisibility makes it challenging for a homeowner to assess or act against unwanted indoor air particles. Using high-efficiency particulate air-filters (HEPA), SERVPRO technicians can remove particles from the air that are as small as 0.3 microns. Air scrubbing equipment combined with deodorizing methods saves time on the turnaround of your restoration service.

Storm Damage Restoration

Storms can expose your home to outdoor elements as well as pathogens that may enter in floodwaters. Extraction is the most effective method of controlling storm damage in your Maitland/Casselberry home. However, to be truly useful, you need to combine rapid extraction with careful cleaning and drying. At SERVPRO, we often find homeowners suffering from microbial growth or mold issues traced back to initial flooding several weeks or months before.

Our restoration services focus on a complete, thorough approach to both removal and drying of moisture in your Orlando area home. When water is extracted and dried, it can leave behind microbes or stain on the flooring materials of your home. We use rotary floor machines to both loosen soiling from hard surfaces and apply pre-conditioning agents to soft ones like carpets. Rotary machines not only help to dislodge severe soiling but can help to buffer floors and leave them in a preloss condition.

Flooding as a result of stormy conditions can seem unfair. SERVPRO can help you to redress the balance by providing expert, locally-based technicians who can complete the job on time and on-budget. If the damage necessitates relocation temporarily, we can perform the vital mitigation tasks needed to prevent your home from suffering permanent damage in the interim period. SERVPRO restoration services are available to all residents of Orlando area in an emergency.

Fire Damage Restoration

If your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system are on, it can cause extensive fire damage to your Maitland/Casselberry home. Air entering the supply side can overload filters causing hot smokes to travel through ventilation shafts. Return side outlets can then end up spewing soots, odor, and ash into unaffected regions of the house. SERVPRO restoration services incorporate a comprehensive game plan for HVAC inspection, cleaning, and replacement of ventilation ducts.

Hot smokes are attracted to cooler surfaces, which include the metal insides of a ventilation shaft. These can deposit thick soiling onto the inner sides of an HVAC system, which can be challenging and technical to clean. SERVPRO restoration services here in Orlando area can remove both return and supply-side air ducts to carry out in-depth inspections. Using air whips, we can dislodge loose soiling, which can then vacuum out using negative air pressure machines. Cleaning of the interior closest to the wall- where soiling builds up- can be cleaned using water and oil-based solvents.

Once your HVAC is clean, we can begin to perform repairs. Cavities opened with a circular drill for negative air pressure machine access can be resealed using aluminum plating. We can replace ducts in every room inexpensively. Return side ventilation filters need replacing to ensure that odor remains under control, and your home brought to a preloss condition.

Home emergencies are unexpected and, at times, seem unfair. Contact SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry at (407) 388-0404 for assistance with mold, storm, fire, or water-related incidents.

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Our SERVPRO Of Maitland / Casselberry Team Is Ready To Help During This Time Of Need

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Cares Logo SERVPRO Cares during this time of need.

While our local communities continue to react to the ever-changing news regarding the global pandemic of Coronavirus, this is a reminder that we are ready to help. We are specialist in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. Our highly trained SERVPRO professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your commercial property or public space back in business.


We are prepared to clean and disinfect your business or home, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, light switches, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, phones, tablets and tables.

Click Here for more information regarding Coronavirus cleaning protocols.

SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry is certified through the American Bio-Waste Solutions and trained to dispose of biohazard materials inline with EPA, OSHA, Florida State laws and local Pinellas County regulations. We are also a member of the local community and do our part to make the clearing of biohazard as painless as possible for our Largo area residents.

Why You Need An ERP for Your Business

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

Photo stating "50% of businesses may never reopen after a disaster" When it comes to disaster, having a plan can help you company reopen faster and minimize costs.

The best way to reduce interruption to your business following a disaster is to plan for it now! It is estimated that as many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster. Of the ones that do, an overwhelming majority of them had preparedness plans in place.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Most contingency plans are made up of three main components: incident response, disaster recovery, and business continuity. The SERVPRO ERP addresses incident response and disaster recovery. Think about potential disasters that could affect your facility. Now ask yourself: Are you ready?

Our SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile is a start-up approach that provides important information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services.

Why the SERVPRO ERP?

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility
    • This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    • It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    • This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry as your disaster mitigation solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever and restoration provider.
    • You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    • This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.
    • Having a quick reference for what to do, how to do it and who to call.

If you're interested in having an ERP done for your business (at no cost to you!), OR if you have more questions about the Emergency READY Profile, give SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry and call today (407)388-0404.

Time to Check Your Smoke Detectors

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

We have all heard the low, quiet, annoying beeping sound from inside the house that feels like it never beeps when you are standing next to it. Yes, you know what we are talking about, the smoke alarm. Did you know that the beeping sound is a reminder to change the batteries and perform a quick service to ensure it is working properly? The question is, do you know how to service your smoke alarms? We found some tips from NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) about how to maintain your smoke alarms. 

  1. Smoke alarms should be maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  3. Make sure everyone in the home understands the sound of the smoke alarm and knows how to respond.
  4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning to keep smoke alarms working well. The instructions are included in the package or can be found on the internet.
  5. Smoke alarms with non-replaceable 10-year batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. If the alarm chirps, warning that the battery is low, replace the entire smoke alarm right away.
  6. Smoke alarms with any other type of battery need a new battery at least once a year. If that alarm chirps, warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  7. When replacing a battery, follow the manufacturer’s list of batteries on the back of the alarm or manufacturer’s instructions. The manufacturer’s instructions are specific to the batteries (brand and model) that must be used. The smoke alarm may not work properly if a different kind of battery is used.

In the case of a fire emergency in your home or commercial business, SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry has the specific damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment and can quickly restore your home. Why should you trust us? Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property as an IICRC-Certified Firmed. Call SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry at (407) 388-0404.

What to do after a Fire:

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a home after a fire It can be difficult knowing what to do after a fire in your home.

The first and most important step to take after a fire is to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe. Should anyone feel at all ill, it is imperative that you seek medical attention.

The next step is having the Fire Marshall assess whether or not it is safe to be in or near the building in which the fire or smoke damage occurred. Once again, the top priority after a fire is to maintain safety through the entire restoration process. Electrical hazards are common occurrences after a fire and can be extremely dangerous. As well as possible electrical hazards, there are water hazards. The water used to put out the fire creates a prime location for slipping and falling.

As soon as the Fire Marshall declares the building safe then you as well as your highly trained SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry professionals can begin restoration. We maintain the restore versus replace mentality to preserve the items that hold sentimental value, as well as saving you money! The following is a list of what to-do and not-to-do after a fire.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls, and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery, and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change the HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire 

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting your SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry Professional.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat, or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat, or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may leave a smoke odor.

SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry offers the following services after a fire to make your house a home again.

Contents Restoration: We can dry clean, wet clean, spray and wipe, foam clean, abrasive clean, or immerse clean after we pretest your belongings to see what can be restored to pre-fire conditions.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs: We offer an organized and efficient move out to provide you with a quicker remodeling process as well as protecting items from further damage.

Electronic Cleanup: We want to protect you from the possibility of hazardous electronics by offering restoration to remove residue and prevent further damage.

Document / Photograph Drying: We can air dry, dehumidify, freeze-dry, vacuum freeze-dry, or vacuum thermal dry your documents to prevent their destruction. We understand that documents are often irreplaceable and we want to provide you with their swift restoration.

What Do Orlando Area Residents Need to Know Evacuating in a Storm?

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of a flooded Livingroom Flooding in your home can damage many items but we can help fix some. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

Orlando Area Residents May Need to Evacuate When Storms Hit – Prepare Ahead of Time for the Possibility

This year across the United States, storms have been on the rise. It seems they have hit more often and harder. Coastal and non-coastal cities have been impacted as high winds drive torrential rains inward. This is the perfect setting for flash flooding in Orlando and the need to evacuate.

What Should I Take with Me?

SERVPRO is here should you need flood damage removal in Maitland / Casselberry. But before that is even considered getting your family to safety is priority. If your residence is in the path of a situation where evacuation is called for knowing ahead of time what to do can be a lifesaver. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding having to-go bags ready is a smart idea. Consider one for each member of the family. Include items such as:

  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottles
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Snacks/granola bars
  • Medications
  • First aid kit
  • Toy for kids

Another concern is essential paperwork getting ruined or forgotten when a flood occurs. Keep important documents in a file that is both water and fireproof. This makes it easier to grab if you have to leave. Consider making copies and storing the originals in a safe deposit box. Documents to take with you include:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Deeds
  • Proof of insurance
  • Social security cards
  • Medical records
  • Prescription information
  • Personal contact list

If your home has experienced flooding, SERVPRO’s professional technicians are experts at flood water mitigation. They are certified in dealing with contaminated water and the steps needed to mitigate flood damage.

Contact SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry  at (407) 388-0404 for expert flood damage removal service. We are licensed and bonded. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Do I Choose a Company to Clean Up Water Damage?

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of man reading insurance documents SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Water Damaged Clearwater Properties--While Working within Insurance Guidelines

SERVPRO brings decades of experience and the latest in restoration techniques to local Orlando Area properties in need

It seems the most inconvenient times are when hot water tanks fail, toilets back up, pipes burst, or that leak in the roof happens. When you need water cleanup in your Maitland home, the key is to begin as soon as possible with the extraction and drying. Some of the key elements to look for when choosing a local restoration services company are: 

  • Ask about water-restoration related certifications
  • Find out about the equipment that gets used
  • Will the company work with your insurance carrier?
  • Is there a policy to inhibit out-of-pocket charges by working within the scope of coverage?
  • Does the company have access to professional-grade cleaning agents, antimicrobials, and antibacterial solutions?

Can Water Damage Restoration Companies Do Repairs As Well As Cleanup? 

When choosing among local water restoration companies in the Orlando Area, you already know the necessary information to ask about. Getting repairs done after the water removal and drying of the structure makes the whole process seamless. With their general contractor license #CBC1258985, SERVPRO technicians can handle any needed repairs or reconstruction to every part of your home. Commonly needed repairs the technicians provide include: 

  • Replacement of sheetrock on walls and ceilings
  • Installation of tile
  • Refinishing or replacement of hardwood floorboards
  • Painting and other cosmetic services

The technicians work to save homeowners the cost of repairs and replacement whenever possible. The use of equipment such as an infrared camera to identify water location assists in assuring that no moisture gets left behind. Other sensitive moisture detectors and hygrometers help the techs measure the amounts of moisture saturation throughout the home. Once they pinpoint all the locations, they can use their powerful extraction equipment to remove the majority of the water. Even if the water in the home is several inches deep, they have the equipment to handle it.

Special Water Damage Situations 

When the water contains sewage, chemicals, or other harmful elements, the techs have training and experience handling biohazard-level cleanup jobs. The job entails wearing protective gear, and most importantly, respiration equipment aspirating water vapor can prove harmful. There are different types of containment, such as simple barriers made from heavy gauge plastic sheeting or setting up negative air chambers, both methods work to inhibit the potential for cross-contamination.

Floodwater from heavy storms or hurricanes is part of living in this part of the state, and it is crucial to work with a restoration services company that has the experience of dealing with this type of damage. This type of water intrusion event frequently needs controlled demolition. Sheetrock deteriorates rapidly and sagging ceilings or buckling walls can present safety hazards and require removal. The techs remove only the damaged portion and leave the rest of the structure intact to limit the amount of rebuilding needed to restore the home.

Removing Mold from a Maitland, FL Property? 

In short, it is impossible to remove naturally occurring airborne mold spores that are floating harmlessly both indoors and outdoors. However, when the conditions in your home become right in terms of a damp area with temperatures that sustain growth, you can have a spreading mold infestation in your home. Once mold establishes itself, it will not go away on its own and should have professional remediation to halt the process. The techs will also investigate and find out the reason for the mold growth and suggest remedies to stop the situation from continuing.

SERVPRO technicians have comprehensive training and certification to handle mold remediation #MRSR868 in your home. They carefully contain the area to prevent any spread of the spores to other areas of the house and dry the existing colonies. Afterward, they remove the dry matter using manual methods or automated techniques such as soda or ice blasting to remove the dried mold without marring the surface it is on.

Once the structure gets dried and treated for any mold issues, the technicians focus their attention on any remaining residual water odors. The distinctive musty smell can get removed through the use of deodorizing cleaning agents, the use of gel pellets, or more robust methods such as thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators. The techs choose the appropriate method based on the level of scent control needed in the home.

SERVPRO of Maitland / Casselberry  at (407) 388-0404 is proud to serve the local area as one of the premier water restoration companies. Their trained, certified technicians are available 24/7 and arrive quickly on site. The techs work diligently to return your home to tiptop shape.

Commercial Biohazard

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry we understand that any type of exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose some serious health threats and consequences. In a commercial setting, any type of sewage backup, blood cleanup or even chemical spill, can place YOU and all of the inhabitants of the area at risk. Upon recognizing the situation, your primary focus should be safety. After the area has been critically assessed, you should be well versed in the do’s and don’ts after a contamination.

What to Do After a Contamination

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Call emergency service personnel if the situation is life-threatening.
  • Treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated.
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage.

What Not to Do After a Contamination

  • Don’t leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don’t leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don’t use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don’t use television or other household appliances.
  • Don’t turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Situations that contain any biohazardous material or spills, should not be handled lightly. At SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry, we care about our local community, as well as all of those that live in the area. If you have any questions, or would like to contact one of our professionals, please call (407)388-0404

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.

Preparing a Disaster Business Plan

8/1/2020 (Permalink)

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How will your business be able to respond to natural disasters? Mother Nature can prove to be quite a formidable foe, throwing everything from floods, hurricanes and tornadoes to wildfires and earthquakes at us. The key to your business surviving these worst-case scenarios is to be prepared in advance.

Being prepared for these types of scenarios means creating a natural disaster plan for your business. Some aspects to consider when designing that plan are explained in this blog.

What to Think About

There are many different factors you will need to consider when building a disaster plan for your business. This includes your employees as well as your assets such as equipment and merchandise.

Some of those considerations to include should be:

  1. How to safely protect your employees
  2. How to secure your assets
  3. How to get business up and running again

The Red Cross, FEMA and Ready.gov have created checklists that are available to offer assistance in identifying areas that should be included in your natural disaster preparedness plan. These sources can also show how prepared you truly are.

A Plan for Employees

When disaster strikes without warning, it’s important to have a plan that lays out procedures and safety measures for employees and visitors.

Make sure evacuation routes and exits from your facility are all clearly and visibly marked, provide an area where employees can take shelter when necessary, consider installing emergency lighting, and have designated staff “safety wardens” that are properly trained and ready to assist in all emergency efforts.

When you identify a shelter space, a basement or storm cellar is the ideal location in the event of tornadoes or other high-wind situations. Choose a small interior room or closet or interior hallway if you have no basement space.

A Plan for Asset Protection

You’ll have to make careful decisions even if you have a brick and mortar location for your business to protect the assets inside the building. Everything from equipment to merchandise is at risk, which could cause thousands of dollars in losses.

Be sure you keep a comprehensive and up-to-date inventory of your assets and merchandise, and yes, having photographs prior to a disaster whenever possible is always helpful if insurance claims will have to be made. If your assets are kept on a computer server, take the steps necessary to ensure that the backup system is working and that the storage system, such as a cloud storage option, cannot be damaged.

Work with a contractor if you own your building to uncover areas that could need improvement in regard to structural integrity. This contractor can also walk you through possible safety upgrades and offer advice on areas that may not withstand certain weather situations.

Getting Back to Business—Fast

When a natural disaster does occur, it will be possible that your business will have to be closed for repairs due to damage incurred. And every day you remain closed is another day of no business and lost profits. It is smart to fund a “rainy day” account to help you out with additional costs that may not be covered by your insurance.

Compile a list of contractors who will be able to make themselves available for construction and repairs, and find a cleanup and restoration service company that will be available to quickly respond to your emergency situation.

With SERVPRO® of Maitland/Casselberry, you can count on us to get to the disaster faster and make it "Like it never even happened." Our training and expertise have prepared us to help with water damage, storm damage, fire damage and mold remediation quickly and effectively.

Knowing what to do when disaster strikes your business is of the utmost importance. When it comes to the cleanup and restoration aspects, depend on SERVPRO® of Maitland/Casselberry to be there for you. 407-388-0404

How to Put Out a Grease Fire

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of a burned ceiling fan Don't be the victim of a grease fire, take the proper steps to prevent a costly accident.

How to Put Out a Grease Fire

A grease fire is pretty much the worst accident that could happen in a kitchen. In fact, it is one of the leading causes of house fires, claiming hundreds homes in Maitland, FL  each year. That's why you need to know how to stop this potential disaster before it spirals out of control.
Here are some of the things you should never do when dealing with a grease fire:

  • Do not pour water on the fire
  • Do not attempt to move the pot
  • Do not use any other baking product beside baking soda

Turn Off the Heat

Turn off the heat as the first thing you do when the oil starts to smoke. If there's a flame already, cover the pot with a metal lid to starve the fire of oxygen. However, it is worth noting that this procedure works if you spot the flame before it gets out of control. It's the main reason why fire experts advise people to stay in the kitchen while cooking.

Pour Baking Soda

Baking Soda can put out small fires, but you have to use a lot of it. The good thing is, this baking agent will not cause any contamination, even when it falls on foodstuffs. Alternatively, use a generous amount of salt to put out the blaze.

Use a Chemical Fire Extinguisher

When everything else fails, use a chemical fire extinguisher to put out the oil fire. You need to be extra cautious as the extinguisher's pressure might spread the burning grease all over the kitchen. Its contents will also contaminate everything it comes into contact with, and a fire cleanup is the only way to undo its effect.
Although cooking does not always present danger, a grease fire can burn down the house or even worse. Use these tips to neutralize this risk before it's too late, but never try to be a hero if the fire breaks out.

SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry is proud to serve the Maitland, Casselberry, Union Park, Lockhart, Fern Park, and surrounding communities.

Tips to Increase Your Safety in Advance of Severe Weather | SERVPRO® of Maitland/Casselberry

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Severe Weather Sign If your home has been impacted by storm damage, SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry will respond quickly to assist in any repairs.

Any storm has the potential to cause serious destruction and should be taken seriously, and when severe weather is on the way, those in its path will often only have moments to react and seek shelter from the storm. The best thing to do is to work to increase your safety in advance of a severe weather event so that when one is possible, you are already certain you are prepared.

Having an awareness of what watches and warnings mean, stocking up on disaster supplies for your home and having a backup method to get weather alerts are all ways that you can be certain you are adequately prepared for severe weather.

Be Aware of What Watches and Warnings Mean

When severe weather is on the way, local officials will generally issue watches and warnings to keep the public informed about the current conditions, so it is important to know what they mean. A storm watch is issued if conditions are particularly favorable for a storm to develop, but one has yet to occur in the area. A storm warning is more serious, as it means storms have been spotted on the ground and are a threat to the area. During a storm watch, you can simply stay alert, but during a storm warning, you should take cover immediately

Stock Up on Disaster Supplies for the Home

The advice when severe weather is on the way is to almost always stay where you are until it moves through the area, which is where the recommendation for stocking up on disaster supplies at home stems from. Power will often go out during storms, so having flashlights (with batteries), food and water for every person in your family will help keep everyone comfortable until the threat is gone. Additionally, have a first-aid kit and a designated area to wait out the worst of the storm that is protected within the home.

Have a Backup Method for Weather Alerts

Though our primary form of communication has now become cell phones, they are not always the most reliable method of receiving weather alerts. Storms can knock out cell phone reception and electricity to charge them, so having a secondary method to receive alerts is wise. A NOAA Weather Radio is commonly recommended by experts as the most reliable.

If your home has been impacted by storm damage, we are here for you. You can contact us 247 to get a quick response to your home’s damages.

SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry is proud to serve the Maitland, Casselberry, Union Park, Lockhart, Fern Park, and surrounding communities.

After a Storm Damage - Steps to Take Immediately

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Storm damage can occur at any time and can cause an immense amount of harm to your home. Heavy rains can cause flooding and powerful winds can cause roof damage and downed trees on your property. Some post-storm damage can create safety and health hazards as well, so having a strategy to deal with damage will help you to be ready to take steps immediately after the storm.

Take Safety Precautions

Heavy winds and rain can create physical hazards such as collapsed roofing materials, window damage, collapsed walls or standing water in the basement or home interior. In addition, moisture can soak into furniture, carpeting, and building materials making the perfect environment for mold growth that can cause health issues. Shut off the main gas line if you smell gas. Beware of broken glass, exposed nails, and other sharp objects on the property. Contact SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry, to help do basic tasks to secure your property and make it safe to use. If necessary, arrange for an alternative place for you and your family to live while your property is being restored to safe living condition.

Photograph the Damage

If it is safe to move around your property, use your cellphone or a camera to photograph the damage so that you will have a record for your insurance company. This action will ensure that you are fully compensated.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Contact your insurance agent to notify them about the damage to your home immediately. The company will send out an adjuster to determine the extent of the damage so that payment for repairs can be made.

Federal Disaster Assistance

The federal government may have declared the area affected by the storm as a disaster area that is eligible for low-cost loans to help restore your property to normal. You will be required to file documents to receive these loans.

When a storm-related disaster strikes, it may seem overwhelming, but these steps can help you to begin the process of restoring your home, and your life, to normal. At SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry, we provide 24-hour emergency disaster service. We specialize in the stabilization and restoration of homes and businesses that have suffered small or large loss from water, flood, wind, storm, fire and smoke disaster.

Call us today, we can help! 407-388-0404

SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry is proud to serve the Maitland, Casselberry, Union Park, Lockhart, Fern Park, and surrounding communities.

Conditions In Maitland/Casselberry Might Be Right For Mold

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of molded sheetrock in home A surprise pipe leak is what caused this moldy mess to greet vacationing homeowners when they got home

It’s estimated that more than 1 million types of mold exist, yet less than 10 percent have actually been named. This means mold is very common in both indoor and outdoor environments. While mold and humans can sometimes co-exist without issue, there are certain species of mold that can cause health effects for some people.

If the right conditions exist, mold will grow.  Those conditions include:

  • Water - Different mold types require varying amounts of liquid before growth begins.   
  • Temperature - Normal indoor temperatures will promote mold growth.
  • Time - Initial mold colonizers can take hold within one day after being exposed to an adequate water supply.

Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity. Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business.

If you suspect mold, call us today at 407-388-0404.

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How To Prevent Mold in Your Home

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of mold on drywall Don't wait until mold becomes a big problem!

Mold and water damage can be a time consuming problem in Casselberry, FL, so it's best to prevent it before it happens. To control the mold, all you need to do is control the water in your home. As long as it's all going where it's supposed to, you shouldn't ever have a problem!

Problem Areas

In a typical household there are areas that are most commonly found to harbor mold growth. That is because they are rooms of your house that run a lot of water through them, making them more likely places for leaks and accumulating water. These places can also get humid, so be sure to ventilate them well. They include:

  • bathrooms
  • kitchen
  • HVAC system
  • laundry room

Plumbing

Obviously, your plumbing is the culprit behind a lot of potential leakage and water damage. Backed up drains and sewage floods can also be a concern. Look out for even the smallest drip and check under your sinks often. You can also check your ceilings for dripping water that could indicate a pipe leak above. Beware if you notice leaks under your toilet or in shower when you flush.

Outside Leaks

The outside coming in can be another source of water damage. A leaky roof or window can cause big problems later. Even the smallest drip can accumulate over time. Make sure any problems are addressed as soon as you notice them in order to prioritize mold prevention. To keep your house dry and free of humidity you should also make sure your attic and basement are properly sealed and insulated.
Water damage is a huge source of mold growth, so if you take care of it as soon as possible you shouldn't ever see an outbreak. If you do manage to find a mold problem, it is recommended that you call mold remediation specialists so that you do not inadvertently make it worse.

SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry is proud to serve the Maitland, Casselberry, Union Park, Lockhart, Fern Park, and surrounding communities.

3 Causes of Mold Growth

7/24/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of restroom vent. Bathrooms with a shower should be properly ventilated to prevent mold growth due to humidity

3 Causes of Mold Growth

For a home in Cassellberry, FL, keeping the property clear of black mold can be important. Mitigation can go a long way to keeping your home free mold damage. Fortunately, understanding where and why mold grows can help you take the steps necessary to prevent this potential problem.

1. High Humidity

Areas of high humidity make a present a moisture problem that can lead to potential mold issues. You may want to consider the use of a dehumidifier or fans to help keep your home dry. Many ventilation systems include are designed to help prevent moisture build-up. You can also take simple steps such as running the fan during and after you take a shower help prevent water accumulation in high-moisture areas of your home.

2. Water Damage

Areas of water damage in your home may also be at risk for black mold. These can include places where a storm has damaged the property like attic or basement spaces. Water may also build up, more in locations such as under the sink. If not properly taken care of water damaged area can become a nice growth habitat for spores.

3. Flooding

Flooding is also likely to lead to mold damage. If your home experiences flooding, or pooling water, then it's best to contact a professional restoration service for water damage and mold cleanup. These professionals know how to properly dry and sanitize an area, and take the appropriate mitigation steps to help prevent issues such as mold growth.

Knowing that causes of black mold can help you take the appropriate mitigation steps if you believe your home may be at risk. Mold grows in moist areas meaning that places prone to high humidity, water damage or flooding may be the most likely areas for spores. If your home experiences one of these issues you can call a professional for help.

SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry is proud to serve the Maitland, Casselberry, Union Park, Lockhart, Fern Park, and surrounding communities.

Minimize the Chance for Insurance Claims at Your Casselberry Business

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of a flood lab Burst pipe in a chilled water system flooded this Lab.

It's a good idea to have a life preserver and lifeboat when you are on a cruise, but you probably don't want to use them. The same is true of commercial property insurance for your company in Casselberry, FL. If you need it, it is there to pay out a business claim for such things as water damage, but it is worthwhile to take action to prevent damage in the first place. One area that has the potential to cause problems is your plumbing system. Even a small business is likely to have hundreds of feet of pipes. Some of these pipes are accessible, while others are underground or behind walls.

Ways To Avoid a Business Claim

A few precautions with your plumbing system can reduce your likelihood of having to file a claim in this area. These basic steps can go a long way toward protecting the integrity of your plumbing system:

  • Educate employees on where, how and when to turn off the water supply
  • Maintain plumbing systems to prevent a pipe break

It is always easier and less expensive to avoid a problem in the first place. You won't have to deal with wet carpeting, contaminated water, mold issues, and other water damage concerns.

Ways To Minimize a Business Claim
If your company does experience water problems, immediate action by a storm remediation franchise is your best source to limit damage and shorten a business interruption. A local company that works 24/7 and 365 days a year can get to work before mold growth or other problems have time to increase. Fast water removal and extraction limit the corrosive power of water to break down materials and cause lasting damage. By using the highest standards of the cleaning and restoration industry, a professional company reduces your exposure to expensive claims.

SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry is proud to serve the Maitland, Casselberry, Union Park, Lockhart, Fern Park, and surrounding communities.

3 Ways Water Leaks Could Cost Your Maitland, FL, Business Thousands of Dollars

7/22/2020 (Permalink)

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3 Ways Water Leaks Could Cost Your Business Thousands of Dollars

There are many ways that water issues can harm your Maitland, FL, business, but few are more potentially damaging than a water leak. Whether caused by some kind of weather event or malfunctioning plumbing, leaks can ruin building materials and lay a breeding ground for mold. Knowing the harm leaks might cause may help you protect your business and its future.

1. Stained and Warped Wooden Walls

Some water damage may be more visible than others, such as when it affects wood. Walls, in particular, tend to be especially vulnerable, as moisture warps and bends them out of shape over time. If a leak occurs behind an interior wall, it could warp and weaken the wood and cause the wall itself to buckle. If you detect any discoloration at the base of your wooden walls, you may want to call to have them inspected.

2. Mold Growth

The area around a water leak can attract fungi spores, which then might multiply and allow black mold growth. This type of mold is typically both fast-growing and difficult to remove by cleansers you can buy at the local supermarket. You may want to call a water damage remediation and restoration company to deal with this fungus to ensure it is removed completely, as well as any odors it causes.

3. Flooding

Old building plumbing can cause a pipe break, which is likely to cause flooding inside your business. This event may damage building materials, electronics, inventory, and important paper documents. Even with flood insurance, the resulting damage could total in the thousands of dollars. Having your businesses’ pipes inspected annually by a qualified plumber may prevent this from happening.
No matter the size of the water leak in your Maitland, FL, business, it could ruin wooden walls and flooring, encourage mold growth and leave you with a hefty reconstruction bill. Knowing how to spot and prevent them may help you protect your greatest investment.

SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry is proud to serve the Maitland, Casselberry, Union Park, Lockhart, Fern Park, and surrounding communities.

Maitland Office Disaster Recovery Plan

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

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It’s 2:45am on a Sunday morning. You get a call that there is an emergency in your office. The caller tells you that there was a small fire and that the sprinkler system put it out, but that the entire building is now damaged from the water. What is your next step? Who do you call? 

Do you have a plan of action? What if there was a way for you to start making the important phone calls before you even leave your house? What if there was something as simple as an app on your phone or tablet that would allow you to access all of the information that you need? That’s where our ERP comes in! ERP stands for Emergency Ready Profile or Emergency Ready Plan, and allows you to have a plan for any emergencies that may happen in your commercial building.  The ERP has everything and anything you want to have in your preparedness plan, from the location of the main power shut off switch all the way to where the blue prints are located. Having a plan of action allows anyone from the owner of the building to the custodians working the nightshift to be able to possibly prevent additional damages from occurring, while stopping the main source of damage from spreading. The best part is you can access this ERP directly from your smartphone or tablet by simply installing the free SERVPRO Ready App. The app can be downloaded on as many devices as you deem necessary.

You may ask, “How will it benefit me and my business?” Not many business owners/managers know that about 50% of businesses are unable to reopen following a disaster. Of the businesses that do survive, the overwhelmingly majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And, knowing you are “Ready for whatever happens” speaks trust to your employees. Showing that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By working with SERVPRO of Maitland-Casselberry, and allowing us to provide your business with an Emergency Ready Plan, your business can receive the benefit of over 35 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster. Our teams are leaders in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your business back in working order.

The Emergency Ready Plan Advantages:

  • no cost assessment of your facility.
    •    -This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
    • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.     But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
    •    -It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    •    -This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    •    -This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.  In advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are “Ready for whatever happens.”
  •    -Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call

Why You Want a Flood Cut

6/3/2020 (Permalink)

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Why You Want a Flood Cut

It's just a bit of water. It's harmless. Isn't that what business owners in Maitland, FL, want to think when flooding hits the property? It's hard to fathom that something so simple could be quite hazardous. In actuality, though, the premises have been invaded by very dirty water, and proprietors need the assistance of a water restoration company to sanitize and remove problematic parts. A flood cut is often part of the necessity, and it's meant to help you, not hurt your place. Hopefully, the following three points will help ease your mind about the unwanted structural departure.

  1. Why Is Flood Water Harmful?

When water rises from streams, rivers, and oceans, it contains microbes and bacteria, more than you want anywhere around you. It is their natural habitat; thus, they float on inside, making themselves comfortable in their new home. While some materials are not as easy for them, porous items such as carpet and drywall are welcome spots. There they can thrive and cultivate, creating a mold or bacterial growth. To get rid of it all, you want to tear out moist sections, decontaminating the space.

  1. What Does the Flood Cut Do?

The experts should inspect the premises, evaluating the flooding zones. Then, they'll recommend removing anything problematic. It's not enough go with the initial zone, this special cut goes 12 inches about the flood line, trying to avoid leaving anything behind. This is simply an extra precaution to make your company safer.

  1. How Is It Sanitized?

With those pieces gone, dehumidifiers can dry out the rooms, saving the other valuables and effects. Then, antimicrobial spray can be applied to further reduce contamination. Once that is out of the way, the walls can be repaired and painted, getting everything back to normal.
If a specialist recommends cutting out flooding-impacted drywall, it's not meant to scare you or drive up the bill. It's a protective measure, decreasing pollutants and improving your structure's overall quality.

I Need Water Removal Services in Maitland/Casselberry? Can I Contact The Experts at SERVPRO?

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SERVPRO Van Ready to mobilize at a moments notice in Maitland/Casselberry.

We Have Expert Solutions to Help With Your Water Damage.

After the removal of pooling water, what is left behind can be unpleasant to look at or even release bad smells. Getting rid of staining and soiling can go beyond the scope of household cleaning products in which case you need professional help. We have built our reputation on the removal, remediation and cleanup of water all over the United States. We stick to a few simple principles that have served us well.

The immediate impact of water damage in Maitland/Casselberry properties is usually taken on by the infrastructure of the home. Subfloor mats that become saturated with moisture can quickly become hotbeds for bacteria and fungi. Equally, wall cavities or furniture fittings can take on moisture undetected to the naked eye causing long-term problems. SERVPRO are experts at spotting potential problem areas that may have slipped your notice.

As a local company, we can provide qualified water technicians reducing call out times. As a national franchise, we are able to mobilize state-of-the-art equipment to help rehabilitate your property and possessions. One of the most important methods in restoring water damages is allowing airflow into wall cavities. Properties that take on moisture in pockets with minimal airflow can quickly become stagnant and produce unwanted smells or appearance.

SERVPRO can bring injectidry systems to your property to remove moisture that may be stagnating in wall cavities. These advanced equipment use a series of injectors spaced four inches apart to blast hot air rapidly into cavities or underneath fittings and dry them. One of the benefits of injectidry systems is that they remove the need to replace large sections of drywall. In most cases, sheetrock can be thoroughly dried using this equipment rather than having to be removed or replaced.

Discoloration is a common side effect of paintwork that is exposed to excessive amounts of water for a prolonged period. SERVPRO can repaint the affected area using an antimicrobial base layer. Applying antimicrobial treatments to carpets, paintwork or possessions is an essential part of the water remediation. Doing so can significantly reduce the risk of secondary damages, and expenses, caused by mold or mildew growth.

A professional solution is best left to the water damage experts, contact SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry at (407) 388-0404 for assistance.

Fire in Your Maitland/Casselberry Home Can Be Restored by SERVPRO.

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Electrical Outlet on Fire We can restore the odor in your home after a fire. We have the experience and training to handle any job big or small so call us right away.

It only takes a spark from an old wire or an uncontrolled kitchen grease fire to suddenly have flames in your Maitland/Casseberry home. Even if the fire damage seems small, there is no telling how widespread it is until an expert team evaluates it. As a homeowner, it is good practice to seek professional advice rather than risk an incomplete restoration of your home.

When there is fire damage to your home in Maitland/Casselberry, SERVPRO is here to help. We know that an emergency can occur at any time, which is why our team is at the ready 24 hours a day 7 days a week to respond to your needs. Upon arrival, our Green Fleet focuses on safely entering the premises and assessing the impact the fire has had on the structure of your home and your belongings.

Our IICRC certified technicians have been specially trained to methodically draw up a plan of action to restore your home to its mint condition. In doing so, our SERVPRO team disposes of any materials beyond being salvaged and applies best practices to restore those that can be saved. As we move along your home, we apply material-specific solutions to porous and non-porous surfaces to remove soot and smoke remains.

Perhaps one of the most irritating remains of a small fire is the odor it leaves behind. Our SERVPRO team has at its disposal a wide array of techniques to help neutralize the offending odor. Aside from the common aroma pellets, we can bring an ozone generator into your home to purify the air, or take advantage of a charcoal activated filter to clean out all of your HVAC systems. Depending on the severity of the smell we tailor the treatment to your needs.

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The process that the SERVPRO fire damage professionals go through is very simple. They start with the cleaning process. SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry techs ensure the cleaning of every bit of debris, soot, smoke and other issues caused by the fire so that they can get to the restoration process. They use special equipment to clean out everything. Of course, before cleaning, the professionals go through the assessment process. They then go to the repair process. After that, they go through the restoration process so that they make sure that your home is safe. 

SERVPRO of Maitland/Casselberry has the training and expertise to help you fight the unwanted results of a fire in your home. Reach out to us at (407) 388-0404 and put our skills to work for you. We always strive to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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