Safety Plans - Tornado
Although most of Florida's tornadoes are of the weaker variety, it is always best to be prepared for the worst when it comes to weather safety. As we approach spring, we also approach the season in which the most powerful tornadoes may strike! SERVPRO of North Seminole County specializes in flooding and storm restoration, but your safety is our first priority. Here are a few safety tips in the event that you are under the threat of a tornado.
- Always have an emergency kit nearby, this may include a flash light, batteries, first aid supplies, water, etc.
- Stay up to date on weather patterns and warnings, it is also a good idea to have a battery operated radio on hand.
- Find a safe place within your home to hunker down in, an interior room away from windows or glass doors on the lowest floor of your home.
In the event that damage occurs to your home or place of business due to a major storm...SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here for you. Give us a call at 407-323-2422
Do you have an Emergency Ready Plan?
Ready to Respond
At SERVPRO of North Seminole County we know the impact on a business when they experience a water, fire or mold loss. Our goal is to mitigate damage and get you back up and operating as soon as possible.
One of the ways we help in this area is with SERVPRO's E.R.P (Emergency Ready Plan). This is a plan we offer at no cost to Commercial Properties; Assisted Living Facilities; Schools; Government Buildings; etc. This digital app enables key facilities employees to immediately access emergency numbers; water valve shut off location(s); gas shut off location; etc. It's simply another way SERVPRO of North Seminole County works to help make water/fire/mold damage "Like it never even happened."
Call us today and let's schedule YOUR facilities E.R.P.
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Large Loss Team
Large Loss Response Team
Storm events are simply a part of our lives. Some are inconvenient; some are devastating. As a member of SERVPRO's Large Loss Team, SERVPRO of North Seminole County is ready to respond.
When a storm event is coming, SERVPRO's Large Loss Team(s) coordinate staging equipment and employees ahead of the actual event. Hurricane's; tornadoes; flooding; fires;, etc., are all events where SERVPRO of North Seminole County has responded to. Large or small, SERVPRO of North Seminole County is experienced and ready to mitigate the damage and work closely with you in restoring your property.
Residential or Commercial, we will be staffed and ready to respond. Call us today and let's discuss how we can work with you in being ready when disaster strikes.
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We don't know what we can't see
Faster To Any Disaster
At SERVPRO of North Seminole County we pride ourselves on having trained, IICRC Certified empoloyees and state of the art equipment. Our ability to take moisture readings and see what's happening "inside" your walls with our infrared camera(s), enable us to insure we will dry your property out properly. We take moisture readings daily, entering those readings into our drybook logs, giving us the information we need to do our job and giving you the peace of mind that you made the right decision in calling SERVPRO.
SERVPRO of North Seminole County is ready to respond to any size water damage, commercial or residential, 24/hours a day; 7/days a week. A live person always answers your call to assess your situation immediately and respond accordingly.
Do I Have MOLD?
This looks small but is an indication that there could be a larger mold issue going on
“The answer is YES”, says Joe Dalton/General Manager of SERVPRO of North Seminole and West Volusia Counties. “We live in Central Florida; the ambient humidity alone creates a substantial amount of mold spores throughout our environment. We track it in on our shoes, our pets bring it in and even the wind can push it into our homes and businesses. The real question is, Do I Have A MOLD Problem?”
“More than likely, no, you don’t. A mold problem would mean that mold and/or mold spores are present in your home/business equal to or above the level(s) that exist outside your home. And unless you’ve had some sort of leak or water damage; you don’t regulate the temperature in your home properly or you’ve been gone for a significant amount of time with the A/C unit turned off; the odds of an existing mold issue are low.” However, if you’ve had any of those circumstances and/or suspect you have a problem because you visibly see mold; have a mold/musty odor or experience abnormal allergy issues, it’s worth having a Licensed Mold Remediation company assess things. “The last thing you want to do is try and treat a mold problem yourself” says Joe. “People tell me all the time that they will just clean it with bleach. First, bleach or chlorine in and of itself can be harmful if not handled properly. More importantly, bleach is 60-75% water so while it cleans the surface it actually increases the main component for mold growth (moisture). You are putting a band-aid on a broken leg at that point.”
Mold needs several things to grow.
- A food source (wood, drywall, cotton, porous material)
- Moisture (water leaks, humidity)
- Warmth (mold can’t grow in freezing temperatures)
If conditions are right, mold can begin to grow within 48 hours. It also can be various colors, shapes and forms, not just black. Some mold growth can be white and look like small threads. Other mold can be black, gray/brown, gray/green, etc. If it’s present behind wallpaper or under vinyl flooring it can even appear orange, pink or purple.
At the end of the day, if you have an indication of water damage/excessive moisture (water stains, discoloration, peeling/bubbling/cracking of paint or wallpaper), have a licensed remediation company perform a water damage/moisture check. And if you suspect a mold problem based upon conditions mentioned in this article or you simply want piece of mind, give us a call 407-323-2422. SERVPRO of North Seminole County is a licensed mold remediation company.
When A Storm Hits - Your SERVPRO is Ready
Water seeping into a local business due to a major storm.
SERVPRO of North Seminole County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained, and we use State of the Art equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Seminole County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of some 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today 407-323-2422
Severe Weather, Central Florida & Your Workplace
Severe weather isn't only during hurricane season.
Happy New Year, All!
Time to kick off 2020 with an important reminder. Living in Central Florida, we are no stranger to the severe weather we face not only during hurricane season but earlier in the year too. That's why it's important to have an emergency plan in the office, just like you would for your family at home.
Here are a few tips that you should think about when forming your office emergency weather plan:
- Make sure you always have a way to listen to the local weather stations in your area when dealing with severe weather.
- Have your own way of notifying employees when the weather becomes dangerous. Don't only rely on community systems.
- It is important that your employees know where to seek shelter in the case of a tornado or severe storm.
- In the event, a tornado or severe storm causes damage to your workplace, proceed with caution through areas, and watch out for hazards.
- Call SERVPRO of North Seminole County to help deal with any water damage that may occur. We are committed to making sure your property damage is as minimal as possible.
You should always discuss your emergency plan with employees and make sure that they know exactly what to do in the case of a tornado or severe weather.
Having this plan in place can help prevent injuries or accidents during a severe weather situation.
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This Cleaning Tip Might Save You From A Water Damage
Cleaning gutters regularly allows for the best water flow away from your home.
There are many ways in which water damage to your home is unavoidable. A storm blows through and causes damage, a pipe burst, etc. Those examples and more are out of your control. However, there is one cleaning job that if you do regularly, could assist in preventing water damage.
Clean those gutters.
We know, it's no one's favorite job. But even just cleaning those gutters at a minimum of once a year could help in preventing a build-up of leaves, sticks and other debris, this can cause clogs and result in water creeping under the roof and sometimes, into the foundation.
Advice: Sorry Florida homeowners, but we advise that you should clean your gutters more often if you have overhanging trees and after a big storm.
Here's a little tip: Instead of using a store-bought scoop for the cleaning, use an old plastic kitchen spatula. It gets the job done just as well, and it won’t damage the gutters.
While it may not be the greatest chore - trust us, its more fun than water damage.
If you have or suspect water damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of North Seminole a call at (407) 323-2422.
Fire Safety Tips for your Central Florida Home
Fire damaged garage door on a home.
Did you know that fall is a dryer season and therefore makes you more prone to fires?
Because we always want you to be up-to-date on fire prevention methods, we thought this would be a great time to share a few tips with you!
- Make sure your house is equipped with the correct amount of smoke alarms on EVERY level of your home.
- Testing your smoke alarms monthly will help ensure that they are all working properly.
- If you do not have a fire escape plan in place, sit down with your family and make one.
- Talk to your children about fire safety and make sure matches, lighters and even lit candles are out of reach for the little ones in your home.
In the event a fire does occur in your home, SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here to help you get your home back! We offer full fire restoration services and are ready to serve you.
Give us a call: 407-323-2422
Water Damage - Know What You Are Dealing With
Water damages can come in all different colors and sizes, know what you are dealing with.
Category 1: Clean Water Damage
Water damage from clean water is the easiest to manage, but it still requires quick action plus specialized equipment and techniques. Clean water can come from a water heater, dishwasher that malfunctions, the city water supply, a well when a pipe bursts or damaged supply lines to appliances or toilets. When clean water floods your home or business, most flooring, building structure and contents can be saved when quick action is taken.
Category 2: Gray Water Damage
A gray water flood comes from water that’s known to contain a significant amount of physical, chemical or biological contamination. Exposure to this water can cause illness and property damage if action isn’t taken quickly. Gray water damage may come from a urine-filled toilet bowl, dishwasher or washing machine discharge or a failed sump pump. Any water that needs to be sanitized before use is gray water. Structure and possessions impacted by gray water must be removed to prevent the growth of mold and to prevent further damage. Some materials may be restored, but most items will be lost when impacted by gray water.
Category 3: Black Water Damage
Black water damage at your home or business is the most dangerous to your health and the most damaging to your structure and its contents. This damage from highly contaminated water can cause illness and disease and must be dealt with immediately. Black water can come from a sewage backup, an overflowing river, seawater or other water from the outside. Any water left standing for more than 48 to 72 hours may become black water as bacteria levels in its rise from stagnation. Special equipment, training, and sanitation instruments and procedures, as well as possible mold remediation, are necessary to deal with black water damage.