Happy Halloween from your friends at SERVPRO!
Can you believe the end of October is already here? Today, the holiday season kicks off with candy and costumes...In our office, Halloween also means our Annual pumpkin painting/carving contest!
Traditions are such a big part of our workplace and this one is so much fun! Everyone seems to get more creative with their pumpkins every year (making the contest harder to judge every time!) Who knew painting tiny pumpkins could get so competitive?
So whether it is with family, friends, or place of business, we encourage you to have some fun this holiday season. Make up a game or get crafty! If you don't know where to start, websites like Pinterest or Facebook have some awesome ideas that can help get you started.
SERVPRO of North Seminole wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween! If you are trick or treating tonight, make sure and grab us some extra candy.
This Cleaning Tip Might Save You From Water Damage
There are many ways in which water damage to your home is unavoidable. A storm blows through and causes damage, a pipe bursts, 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 a water damage.
Clean those gutters.
We know, it's no ones 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 a 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.
SERVPRO of North Seminole Goes Pink
SANFORD, FLORIDA -- SERVPRO of North Seminole County goes pink to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Shared on their social media platforms earlier today, they released this statement along with a picture of members of their crew in pink SERVPRO shirts. “In October, we wear pink. We wear it to promote the importance of mammograms and early detection for women. We wear it to show our support for those in the midst of the fight. We wear it to celebrate with survivors, and to remember with those who have lost a loved one to this horrible disease. In October, we wear pink because we believe in a cure, and we need to find it.”
To learn more about how you can support breast cancer prevention awareness and research during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please visit the following websites.
SERVPRO of North Seminole County is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. Providing 24-hour emergency service, we are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. With the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs, we’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency.
Why You Should Choose Us
This can happen anywhere. Know who to call when it does.
Forces of nature, appliance and plumbing problems can lead to severe flooding in the interior of a home or office. There are precautions one can take to reduce the damage, but water damages can still occur. When it does occur, one needs to take the next logical step. It becomes important to hire a water removal specialist. A specialist can do exactly what is necessary to restore a water damaged environment to its original state.
There are a number of important functions a specialist must perform. One of the most important is to properly extract the water from the environment.
Once water has been removed, it becomes important to properly take care of the damage that has been done to the property. An individual can only perform this with a clear eye for the process. A water damage professional can spot wear, tear, and damage that a novice would not. This is another reason why it is necessary to call in the services of a professional, such as SERVPRO.
A water damage specialist can then perform all the work needed to restore a home to its original condition. This is a critical point because if the property is not repaired in the aftermath of the water damage, it can present great safety risks. This increases the liabilities a homeowner can face after water damage.
Proper repair work can also restore the value of the property. This is very important because no one would want to see the equity of his or her home decline. Water repair specialists can work tremendously well in terms of restoring the value of a home. That alone makes the value of a repair specialist extremely significant.
If you've encountered a large leak or a flood, a specialist will have all the equipment needed to take care of the situation quickly and simply. If there is a lot of water that you think you can take care of yourself, assess whether you think structural damage can occur within the extra time it may take you as opposed to a specialist.
Depending on what type of water there is, it could be harmful to your health. You should always call in a professional to get the job done. Once all the water is extracted or pumped out you would have to completely dry out the whole area. SERVPRO owns several large, high power drying fans to prevent further damage. Further damage, if not dried completely in a reasonable amount of time, could result in the growth of mold. In some cases, a water specialist may offer much lower prices and more accurate work than a regular plumber.
A SERVPRO specialist can handle septic systems, broken dishwashers or other plumbing or water utility device issues. If a strange smell in your home just won't go away, consider calling a water damage specialist at your local SERVPRO.
Testing For Mold?
Mold is hard to handle on your own. Let the professionals at SERVPRO combat the task.
When you should test for mold:
- Following flood damage
- Once a leak is found
- When you notice stains that you cannot explain
- When you smell mold, but cannot see it
- If someone in your home develops a medical condition that cannot be explained
- Call for a mold inspection if you see or smell mold, or if you are experiencing health problems, most notably, difficulty breathing.
- A visual assessment can help determine where mold is located. Air samples will be taken and tested for mold spores. Once testing is complete, a report will be issued with the findings.
- If test result prove that there is in fact mold present it is important to call a mold remediation specialist, such as SERVPRO, to take care of the job. During mold remediation, professionals will use protective clothing (including masks and gloves) and the proper equipment to ensure the mold does not spread.
- Finally, air samples will be taken again once mold has been removed. A new report will be issued.
Water Damage: Know What You Are Dealing With
Need SERVPRO water damage restoration services? No matter the kind of water involved, call (407) 323-2422, we’ll make it "Like it never even happened"
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 it 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.
Protecting Your Central Florida Business From Hurricane Damage
Just like you would your home, it is so important to protect your business structure from powerful storms.
That's why we thought we would share a few tips to help you prepare.
- Trim trees or other plants
At your home, 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. It's important to take this same measure at the office.
- 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.
- Storage space
If you are a company that deals with equipment (like we do) it's important to have a space inside your office that 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
Fire Prevention Week - What You Need To Know
House fires can cause a lot of damage very quickly.
Did you know that National Fire Prevention Week 2017 is October 8-14? It is a necessity for your family to stay up to date on fire safety because it truly saves lives.
That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.
This is important not only for your home but for your place of business as well. If there is a fire one day while you are in the office, have you thought about your escape plan? Does your company have one in place?
These are all vital questions to ask and the essential reason that Fire Prevention Week exists.
Bringing awareness to fire safety and its importance.
That is what this is all about! So sit down with your family and come up with an escape plan in case of a fire. Make sure you as well as your co-workers are up to date with the escape plan at your job too!
You can also to follow SERVPRO of North Seminole county on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! We will be bringing you fire safety tips and trades throughout Fire Prevention Week! You can also find a bunch of resources on fire safety by visiting the American Red Cross website, as well as NFPA.org.
Remember, fire restoration is one of our specialties here at SERVPRO of North Seminole County. (407) 323-2422
My Central Florida Home Has Fire Damage, Now What?
Our crews doing some serious cleaning to the area effected by a house fire.
When you have experienced a fire in your home, one of the first things you want to do is call your insurance company. Find out everything you can about your policy to ensure that you know exactly what it will cost you to begin the repairs.
Then, you call us.
We are leading experts in fire restoration for homes and commercial properties; and we are here for you 24/7 every single day.
As soon as you call we will set up a time to come to your home and assess the damage. From there, we will help you make a plan begin the restoration process.
Fires can leave the effected area looking completely destroyed. So one of the first things we will do is clean up! This includes water extraction, smoke and soot removal from floors, walls and ceilings, and cleaning all restorable items that were damaged by the fire.
We will also try and protect your home from any further damage by tarping part of the roof or boarding up windows and doors if needed.
Finally, the restoration process begins and we work to restore your home to pre-fire condition, "Like it never even happened."
If your home or commercial property has recently been damaged by a fire, give us a call at: 407-323-2422.
Selling a Central Florida Home?
Realtors, This One's For You.
Want to know a secret? Clean homes sell faster! Dirty ducts can circulate odors and contaminants like mold and irritating dust throughout a home. In Florida, we also understand the increased potential for previously undetected mold growth in any given home. Any leaks, water stains, or lingering odors can also be a sign of a larger issue.
Your sellers may have trouble spots to address before you list or schedule a home inspection. However, a lot of times realtors are the first ones to spot the issue. Either way, make sure you get a professional to address the problem(s). That way, you are less likely to run into issues during the buyer inspection.
SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here to help with any of these issues and more! Give us a call today, for a free mold inspection or assessment: (407) 323-2422.