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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned: Commercial Covid-19 Cleaning Service

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Seminole & West Volusia is here for local business owners during this time of need.

Many office buildings, retail spaces, and other commercial properties have used our exceptional cleaning services in the past, but with the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus, (Covid-19), we have stepped up our game even further with a higher level of clean - Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

Our regular commercial cleaning services get the job done, but in order for customers to return to local businesses again, business owners need to provide a safe environment that customers can trust. 

Specialized Commercial Cleaning Training 

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis. 

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include: 

  • Kitchen/Food Areas 
  • Bathrooms 
  • Schools/Classrooms 
  • Offices 
  • Retail Spaces 
  • Water Fountains 
  • Shelving/Racks 
  • Sales Counters 
  • Carpets and Rugs 
  • Stair Handrails 
  • Elevator Cars 
  • Playground Equipment 
  • Fitness Equipment 

Specialized Products 

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities. 

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning 

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today – SERVPRO of North Seminole County is your trusted leader in cleanup and restoration.

Restoring Exterior Walls With Water Damage

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians Are Qualified to Mitigate Water Damage to Walls, Ceilings, and Floors 

Water damage can be commonly experienced by homeowners and business owners alike who live and do business in Florida. One part of a structure whether it is your home or the office, is the exterior walls since they are exposed to the elements on a regular basis. 

How Difficult is it to Restore Exterior Walls? 

Exterior walls can be impacted by water intrusion due to standing water at the base or from water flowing down via the ceiling or an upper level. Because insulation fills the walls in your home, restoration can be challenging to restore but not impossible. Water restoration companies in Seminole County, such as SERVPRO, mitigate this type of problem regularly.  

Dealing with Insulation 

Insulation slows down the drying time because it blocks airflow. But that does not mean your walls cannot be dried. Fiberglass insulation that has been impacted by clean water is an example of what can get restored. There are benefits to drying structural elements versus replacing the walls. It can be costly to replace sheetrock or other similar components. Extended drying times also means less disruption to your home. When the exterior walls have the moisture removed, there is less controlled demolition. To increase airflow, the technicians can: 

  • Drill holes in the bottom, and if needed the top, of the wall.
  • Drill holes in cabinetry if attached.
  • Constantly monitor dew point temperatures. 
  • Check to make ensure there is no water containment in the walls.
  • Make sure no vapor barrier is slowing the drying process  

What About the Cinder Block Walls in My Garage? 

Numerous things are impacting drying cinder blocks. This type of wall has open cells that can equalize with the surroundings if enough time passes. The problem this presents is the water that they can hold when that happens. Painting the blocks with gloss or semi-gloss paint creates a vapor barrier to lock in moisture. If necessary, the team drills larger holes to allow for better air circulation and drainage. 

The same problem can exist with cinder blocks when the exterior walls contain insulation. It slows the drying down considerably. Block walls often include the following types of insulation: 

  • Vermiculite
  • Cellulosic
  • Foam
  • Fiberglass 

Slower drying can reduce the effectiveness of certain insulations. Often codes require bond beams included with block walls, which impact drying times as well. 

My Garage Has Concrete Floors 

Concrete floors are porous, so when water wicks up, it leaves chalk-like calcium deposits. These deposits can typically get brushed off easily. Painted concrete can flake or blister and may need repainting. SERVPRO cleans concrete by using HEPA vacuums. Mold can grow where there are dirt or surface films, so if required, the techs apply an EPA-registered disinfectant. 

Comprehensive Water Damage Services 

If the exterior walls of your home and the cinder blocks of your garage have water damage in Seminole County, there is a good chance other structural elements were affected. The contents of the house may need cleaning. Furniture may need reupholstering. We are professionals in all types of water intrusion mitigation. There is no need to procure a cleaning business, a repair service, and a carpet cleaning service. We are a comprehensive water restoration company with the experience, expertise, and equipment needed to get the job done. We can clean and restore: 

  • Structural elements of your home.
  • Household goods such as dishes and pans.
  • Documents, books, and photos.
  • Carpet and flooring.
  • Linens and draperies.
  • Toys and keepsakes. 

If on-site cleaning is possible, we move items away from the affected area for washing. If content needs removed, we provide pack-out services. The water damaged material is taken to our secure warehouses and professionally cleaned and restored. We inventory each item, and everything gets returned to where it was formerly. 

We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster 

Customer service is everything to our professional group of technicians and office staff. As homeowners and Florida residents ourselves, we understand how something as simple as a burst pipe can disrupt your life. That’s why we are fast to any disaster, no matter how big or small. We want our daily lives to run smoothly and know you do too. We strive to work with your insurance company, so all aspects of the water restoration process are as smooth as possible. 

Contact SERVPRO of North Seminole County at 407-323-2422 today. Of all the water restoration companies you can hire, choose one who is fast on the scene, professional, and cares.

How To Prevent Water Damage In Your Florida Home

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Preventing Water Damage in Florida Is important 

As a Seminole County homeowner, are you concerned about water damage? Leak or flooding related problems are a risk for any homeowner, but for those living in the Central Florida area know too well how quickly the weather turns wet and dreary.

When they think of water damage, most people think of dramatic incidents such as major flooding or a burst pipe that soaks the floor and makes their house uninhabitable. However, water does not always come from significant weather events or home disasters. Sometimes the problem is quite small and preventable, such as a leak from a gutter that the homeowner neglected to clean. By becoming aware of the little things that can cause problems, Seattle homeowners can keep their homes safer.

What is the most effective way to prevent water damage to your home?

The very best way to protect your home is to stay vigilant. Regularly check both inside and outside for potential problem areas.

SERVPRO of North Seminole recommends making regular checks part of an ongoing home maintenance routine. Prevention is better than cure, and by keeping a close eye on areas that could cause a leak or flood, you can spot issues before they start. That means you can get help early before the problem escalates.

What are some things homeowners should look out for?

Here are five areas we think every homeowner should check regularly:

Gutters and downspouts. Gutters and downspouts are a ready source of water that can quickly get into your home and rot drywall, damage window frames, or seep into the carpet. You can prevent this by keeping both gutters and downspouts clean – twice yearly is a good schedule.

Washing machine hoses. Washing machine hoses are a potential source of leaks, especially if the tube is old. Older hoses are usually more brittle and prone to cracks, and might already be damaged. Check the hose regularly, and if it is looking a bit worn, replace it.

Appliances. Any appliance that uses water can leak and cause water damage. That includes your washing machine and dishwasher, but also radiators, and even hoses. Keep your appliances well maintained and deal with any damage you find as soon as you find it.

Faucets. Kitchen and bathroom faucets are a prominent area where a leak might occur. Make sure your faucets switch on and off correctly and that there are no apparent drips or leaks.

Water bills. Have you checked your water bill lately? The numbers on your statement can be an early indicator that there is something wrong. If your water bill seems too high for the amount of water you are using in your home, that can be a sign of a leak.

How can SERVPRO of North Seminole County help in case of water problems?

It’s essential to do what you can to prevent water damage and removal in your house. However, even if you are careful, sometimes a breakage or leak will happen unexpectedly. You can trust the SERVPRO professionals to take care of things quickly and professionally, with minimal disruption to you.

Our technicians follow a proven process to remedy the damage as fast as possible:

First, we carry out a thorough assessment to ensure we know what we are dealing with and can plan the best course of action.

Next, we remove as much water from your property as possible. Our technicians have a selection of top-of-range pumps and extractors to hand, so we always have the right tool for the job.

Once we have removed as much water as possible, the next step is to dry and dehumidify your property. Thorough drying helps prevent further damage and draws out water that was difficult to remove during the extraction process. Our teams use a range of professional air movers and dehumidifiers to restore your home.

We clean and sanitize as many water-damaged items as possible to make them fit for use once more.

Finally, we mend physical damage to your home. Physical repairs might include replacing drywall or dealing with other structural damage.

It’s good to know SERVPRO of North Seminole County is on hand if you notice or suspect water damage in your home. Our team is dedicated to cleaning and restoring your house quickly and leaving it "Like it never even happened." However, we suggest taking as many precautions as possible to prevent water damage as that is by far the best option.

If you are concerned about water damage, give SERVPRO of North Seminole County a call today on (407) 323-2422!

Water Clean Up & Restoration For Florida Hotels

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Seminole County at (407) 323-2422 is ready 24/7 to assist with commercial water cleanup of any size.

Safety During Commercial Water Cleanup in A Seminole County Hotel

When a business relies on heavy foot traffic as part of their business model, the need for safe commercial water cleanup is crucial. The goal of SERVPRO is to help businesses experience the least amount of loss and undergo mitigation as safely and quickly as possible.

In the case of a hotel in Seminole County requiring commercial water cleanup, SERVPRO technicians arrived on-site and determined that slip and fall accidents were a danger from the wet tile floor. They taped off the water loss area and put up signs to ensure while the rest of the hotel lobby remained open, a wandering guest in the hotel did not endanger themselves during the cleanup and drying process.

Removal of Water and Wet Items
The water came from a large scale plumbing leak in a single area of the lobby. The technicians used their moisture detection equipment to track the migration path of the water and extracted the standing puddles. A single wall received the effects of the plumbing issue, and only that area required the removal of the sheetrock for both airflow to dry inside the wall cavity and for repairs to the pipe. The rubber-backed industrial rugs did not absorb any water and only needed cleaning for reuse.

Disposal of Some Furnishings
While hardwood furnishings hold up well against most water exposure, the composite wood furnishings in the lobby that received water damage did not have restoration or repair potential due to the damage to the bases. The techs noted these items in detail, including photos for use by the hotel when filing an insurance claim.

Drying and Restoration
The professional drying equipment SERVPRO utilizes use such a high-velocity airstream that it forces embedded moisture to rise and is ported away by their dehumidification equipment. This begins a cycle of progressively drier air circulating and results in eliminating the moisture.

SERVPRO of North Seminole County at (407) 323-2422 is ready 24/7 to assist with commercial water cleanup of any size. Their technicians bring the equipment and knowledge to make the loss, “Like it never even happened.”

What To Do After A Hurricane In Florida

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Its Hurricane season in Florida! So often we post about hurricane preparation tips and what you can do to be ready for a big storm. While that is important to know, it is also vital to understand steps that should be taken after a hurricane has passed through your area. Especially in Florida, there can be a number of potentially hazardous and dangerous obstacles and debris around your home. So to be clear from the start, always remember safety first!

What To Do After A Hurricane

  • The first thing to do if you evacuated from Sanford or another Florida town, is to only return to it when the proper authorities have advised to do so. 
  • Try to steer clear of downed power lines or anything that appears to be connected to a power line or box.  This includes puddles of water that have a power line submerged in them, as they can be potentially electrified. 
  • If you return home and suspect that you may have a gas leak, leave immediately and contact the utility company so they can deem it safe to return. 
  • If it is safe to return but there is minor damage to your personal property, separate the damaged goods from the rest of your inventory. 
  • If you return home to find it unsafe, contact your insurance company and see if they can assist in finding you temporary accommodations at a nearby hotel. 

Hurricane season can be a devastating time for many people, especially those who live in a place like Florida where we are prone to many severe storms. 

SERVPRO of North Seminole County is a proud supporter and partner of The American Red Cross, and hope that these few tips assist your family in the aftermath of a hurricane. 

There are plenty of more tips on how to deal with the aftermath of a hurricane. Please visit The American Red Cross website for more details.

For storm damage restoration needs, we are here to help. Give us a call at (407) 323-2422. 

Mold Remediation In Sanford, Florida

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

Looking For Mold Remediation In Sanford? 

Like all cities in the state of Florida, Sanford's subtropical climate produces a lot of rain and humidity. Sometimes this moisture seeps into your home and mold begins to form. Are you asking yourself "what is that musty odor is in my home?"

Well, it's probably mold. Not sure how to find it? Or do you already know where the mold is growing? 

Well then you have come to the right place! 

Why SERVPRO Of North Seminole?

SERVPRO of North Seminole County is the one-stop shop for mold remediation. We can help locate, assess, and then clean any mold growth inside your Sanford home. Our first class professionals can handle mold jobs of any size, and return your home to its original mold-free condition. 

If any of the above questions make you think about your home, it's time to give SERVPRO of North Seminole County a call. 

The bad news: If you have ever asked or thought any of the above questions, you may be dealing with a mold issue in your home.

The good news: We are experienced professionals in mold remediation! Our crew would be happy to come out and inspect your home and the area of concern to see what you may be dealing with - at no cost to you, of course. 

Mold in your home can be scary...In some cases, it may even mean health concerns for your family. But don't worry, SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here to serve you and help get your life back to normal and your home mold-free! 

Give us a call today: 407-323-2422

Hurricane Protection Tips For Florida Businesses

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

How To Protect Your Business From Hurricanes 

When hurricane season arrives, you see a lot of business owners in Central Florida board up their windows and get sandbags. After all they are trying to not only protect their buildings exterior from the storm but the merchandise inside as well. If business owners do not try any way to protect their businesses from a hurricane, then water and storm damage is possible to their commercial property. And when that happens, they could potentially be out of business for weeks if not months after the storm has passed. 

So we wanted to outline some basic commercial property protection tips for Florida business owners. 

Hurricane Protection Tips

  1. Trim trees or other plants 

At your business, you are going to make sure your trees and bushes are trimmed to help ensure that nothing comes flying through your windows during high winds. Debris is one of the most damaging forces in a hurricane, and it could damage your future business revenue as well!

  1. Storm shutters

If you live somewhere prone to hurricanes and powerful storms like we do here in Central Florida, it's always a good idea to install storm shutters on your windows at the office just like you would at home. If anything, you can try to board up your windows if your property manager allows it. 

  1. Storage space

If you are a company that deals with equipment (like we do) it's important to have a space inside your office where you would be able to store everything if need be. This helps to prevent any equipment from getting wet and possibly ruined. 

So that's it. All it takes is a few extra measures to make sure your business is as safe and secure during a storm as your home! 

If you ever do end up with a water damage in your home or place of business, don't worry...We're here for you. 

Give us a call at 407-323-2422 

Here's What To Do If Fire Damaged Your Home

9/9/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Seminole County can help with odors left after a fire.

After A Fire Loss in Sanford, Test The Pros for Fire and Odor Cleanup

The high rate of damage that is left once a fire is put out can be a costly and tragic loss for you and your home. Besides burned personal items, hard to remove odors can remain in your home after a severe fire loss. It may be difficult to repair your home and remove these scents using DIY methods alone, which is why calling a professional crew to come out and do some tougher cleaning and restoration is generally always worth it. 

When you need fire and odor cleanup in Sanford after a fire, there are a number of factors such as lingering airborne particles that a normal homeowner may be unaware of, or just not know how to get rid of. That's where SERVPRO of North Seminole County comes in. When you call us, our specialized fire damage team in Sanford completes a through walkthrough of the property to examine and identify all damage and potential hotspots for more damage to occur. From there, they come up with a proper way to proceed and keep the homeowner up to speed on everything they are going to do make it seem "Like it never even happened." 

We use high-tech equipment to remove smoke and soot residue to destroy those foul odors that the fire may have left behind. It is always our goal to make sure that fire damage is dealt with properly and effectively as some odors are incredibly difficult to remove, and we want to get the job done right the first time around. 

What To Do After A Fire Loss

After you have experienced a fire and everything is deemed safe, the next thing to do after a major fire loss would be to remove any and all loose debris on the property that is beyond salvageable. Debris removal is also apart of our fire loss service as we can safely remove any optionally hazardous materials so you don't have to. 

It may be a good idea to separate your personal property items into what us salvageable and what isn't, so our crew of professionals can begin the fire damage restoration process without removing any of your personal property that you may want to keep despite being slightly damaged. FEMA has a lot of great tips on how to properly bounce back after a fire. 

Fire Damage Restoration

Fighting the onset of soot and smoke is elemental after a fire. SERVPRO takes pride in professional odor removal. Our teams employ the use of dry and wet cleaning methods as well as eco-friendly cleaning solutions and specialized technology to clean items and remove odors. The combination of abrasives, cleaning sprays, or immersion cleaning used depends on the project and the level of fire damage.

Not only can we do odor removal, fire damage restoration can also include reconstructing an entire part of the property. SERVPRO of North Seminole County has a rebuilding division that can replace and parts of your home that may have been damaged beyond basic repair. 

If you require help with fire and odor cleanup, SERVPRO of North Seminole County is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call our office at (407) 323-2422, and we will send out a team as soon as possible.

Tornado Safety

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

Tornadoes, although uncommon in Florida, impact locations all across the country. After the recent tornado touching down in Deland and causing severe damage to several homes and businesses, we here at SERVPRO of North Seminole County and West Volusia have compiled a list of safety tips in the event of a tornado. 

  • Keep back up batteries as well as a weather radio in your home or business.
  • Store backup water and non perishable foods in the home as well.
  • Always have a first aid kit in your possesion.
  • Stay up to date on weather patterns and shifts.
  • Have a designated room or area to shelter in, away from windows and on the lowest floor.
  • Do not shelter in a mobile home, find the nearest sturdy building preferably with a basement.

In the event that damage occurs to your home or place of business due to a tornado or major storm...SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here for you. Give us a call at 407-323-2422

Storm Preparedness

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

Here in Florida, we see our fair share of storms. These storms can lead to water damage, structural damage, and could lead to mold damage as well. Here is a compiled list of things you can do to protect your home from potential storms.

  • Secure any outdoor items such as lawn furniture, potted plants, grills etc. to avoid such items becoming projectiles.
  • Garage doors can be a weak point in your home, keep garage door braces on hand in the event of severe weather.
  • Keep plywood on hand to board up windows, especially in the event of hail or strong winds.
  • Remove any dead wood from surrounding trees.

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