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Do You Have An Emergency Weather Plan For Your Workplace?

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

tree bending over from wind Every workplace needs an Emergency Weather Plan.

Happy New Year, All! 

Time to kick off 2021 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:

  1. Make sure you always have a way to listen to the local weather stations in your area when dealing with severe weather. 
  2. Have your own way of notifying employees when the weather becomes dangerous. Don't only rely on community systems.
  3. It is important that your employees know where to seek shelter in the case of a tornado or severe storm. 
  4. In the event, a tornado or severe storm causes damage to your workplace, proceed with caution through areas, and watch out for hazards.
  5. 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. 

SERVPRO of North Seminole County - 407.323.2422

When A Storm Hits, Your SERVPRO Is Ready

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Flooding in business space Many Florida businesses flood after sever weather.

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.

Faster Response

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

Why You Should Clean You Gutters

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

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It may not be everyone's favorite job, but cleaning your home's gutters at a minimum of just 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. 

Our advice? We recommend cleaning your gutters more often if you have overhanging trees next to your house, or after a big storm which may have sent extra leaves and other debris straight to them.

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.

Sanford Community Clean Up Day

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Seminole and West Volusia green vehicles Our Crew Came Out To keep Sanford Sparkling!

As a cleaning and restoration company, we like to see our city clean inside and out.

Last month our crew volunteered to join other Sanford locals in a public community service event called Keep Sanford Sparkling, where we spent just 1 hour picking up litter and trash from the streets of downtown Sanford. Not only was it a beautiful Florida day, but it was great to see everyone else who took the time to come out, roll up their sleeves, and take part in something that is beneficial to the community. 

When our time was up and we all turned in our garbage bags at the end of the hour, we weighed them together to find out we had collected over 150 pounds of waste from the streets of Sanford! 

This is just another way that SERVPRO North Seminole and West Volusia contributes to the local community. At the end of the day, we just want to see things as clean and restored as they possibly can be. Whether it's commercial, residential, or from the streets of Sanford, we have taken it upon ourselves to make sure our community's restoration needs are taken care of. And with that, we'd like to thank everyone who came out to Keep Sanford Sparkling!

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