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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

Warning Signs of Mold in Your Home

7/19/2020 (Permalink)

Mold in the home can be dangerous, not only to your health but also the structure of your home. Luckily, there are many warning signs of mold that lets homeowners know it is there. However it isn't always easy to spot! Here are some of the warning signs that you may have mold:

  • Visible mold growth may not always be the first sign, but if you do see any mold within your home call SERVPRO.
  •  Water stains on ceilings, floors, or walls are another indicator you may have mold. Long term moisture will inevitably lead to mold growth.
  • If your home has flooded in the past, there is a likely chance that you may have some form of mold growth as a result.
  • Although not all molds will produce a smell, many produce a musty odor.

If you suspect mold growth in your home or place of business...SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here for you. Give us a call at 407-323-2422

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned - a defensive cleaning program

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call SERVPRO of North Seminole County today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

407-323-2422 

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Recovering from a House Fire

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fires are extremely overwhelming, your home and the personal things you’ve had in them seem to be destroyed, all those irreplaceable heirlooms are gone. On top of that, you’ve got to deal with the cleaning and reconstruction of your house, and how are you going to get rid of that awful soot smell?

That’s where we here at SERVPRO of North Seminole County come in! We are experts in restoring, not replacing. So you don’t need to worry about any of it, we take it from the moment your fire is put out. We will pack up and move all of those important heirlooms and pictures and clean them all so they are back to preloss conditions. You don’t even have to worry about buying an all new wardrobe. We have an Esporta machine - which can handle up to eight loads of laundry at a time and with special blends of laundry detergents, we can get the smoke smell out of almost anything. 

So, for all your fire restoration needs give us a call today at 407-323-2422!

Kitchen Fires

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Believe it or not, cooking is a leading cause of fires within the United States. It’s important to remember safety when cooking in our homes. Don’t leave stove tops or ovens unattended and if you do have to leave the room to host guests or for another reason, be sure to take an oven mitt with you to remind you that something is cooking on the stove or in the oven.

If you happen to have a grease fire in your home, do not pour water on it! It seems like it’s elementary, but when you’re panicked with a fire in your kitchen sometimes you can do silly things. Instead cover the fire with a cookie sheet to suffocate it. If it’s a small fire you can also use salt to put it out as well. Make sure to always have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case a fire breaks out in your kitchen.

For all your fire cleaning needs call SERVPRO of North Seminole County at 407-323-2422!

Large or Small...SERVPRO is Ready!

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to water, fire or mold damage we can handle any job, large or small. When your home or commercial property gets hit with an unexpected broken pipe, do you know just exactly who to call? Maybe that undetected roof leak has caused a mold issue or you've had a small electrical fire. No matter the size or type of loss, SERVPRO of North Seminole County is ready to respond. 

We have the assets, equipment and certified employees to immediately begin mitigating your loss. For 40 years we have been doing just that. So when disaster strikes, call the #1 Cleaning and Restoration company in the Country. 

Here in your community. Here to help.

SERVPRO of North Seminole County

407-323-2422

Firework Safety

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Seminole County wants to help you celebrate safely with your family, so here are a few firework safety tips we think you should be aware of:

  1. Always follow CDC guidelines, keeping 6 feet apart, and wearing a mask when in group settings.
  2. It is important that you know about and abide by the local firework laws set in your area. (This can help avoid putting a damper on your holiday with a ticket or violation fee.)
  3. Adults should ALWAYS assist their kids when setting off fireworks.
  4. Set off your fireworks in an open area. (Keep away from trees, homes, people, buildings, etc.)
  5. Have a source of water nearby, and always keep away from dry grass when setting off fireworks to avoid fires.
  6. Avoid wearing loose clothing, and we aware of wind patterns.
  7. Finally, clean up when you’re done! (Please don't litter.)

Happy 4th of July from all of us at SERVPRO of North Seminole County!

Remember, if you experience a holiday mishap, SERVPRO is always Here To Help! Click here to learn more about Fire Damage Restoration.

SERVPRO of North Seminole County: 407-323-2422

Preventing a Fire

6/10/2020 (Permalink)

Fires can occur in your home or place of business no matter how many safety measures you take. However, by following a few simple safety tips, you may greatly reduce the risk.

SERVPRO of North Seminole County is committed to helping you and your home or business prevent fire damage. Here are a few of our suggestions:

  • Regularly check your smoke alarms to ensure safety in the event of a fire.
  • Make sure to regularly have your home heating system evaluated by a professional. 
  • Avoid using outlet extenders when at all possible. They increase the chance of overloading an electrical circuit. 
  • Remove lint from the dyer after one to two loads of laundry. A clogged filter can force lint into the heated coils of the dyer. 
  • Make sure to properly extinguish smoking materials. In other words, don't walk away from the candle you just blew out until you are sure that the fire is completely out. 
  • Safely store flammable items away from all sources of heat.
  • Lastly, always have a fire extinguisher in your home.

While we hope this is never the case, in the event of fire damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here for you. Give us a call at 407-323-2422.

Always Ready!

5/21/2020 (Permalink)

For Immediate Service call SERVPRO of North Seminole County

SERVPRO of North Seminole County provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. For 37 years we have been responding immediately to any 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
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 407-323-2422

Residential Services

Whether your Seminole County home needs emergency flood damage or your carpetscleaned, 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/Water/Mold damage to strike your Seminole County 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 Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation/Restoration

Getting Back To Business

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

As we begin to go back to work many will be returning to buildings/facilities that have been closed for weeks or months. This creates the potential for unidentifiable odors from ambient humidity, lack of temperature control or undetected leaks. 

At SERVPRO of North Seminole County we are experts in identifying and eliminating odor(s). However, eliminating the odor is only part of the solution. If the cause of the odor isn't identified and remedied, you are simply putting "a band-aid on a broken leg". 

Should you have an odor issue upon your return to work let SERVPRO of North Seminole County investigate it for you. We will do so at no cost and provide you with a report of our findings and an estimate for remediating the source and eliminating the odor, if necessary. 

SERVPRO of North Seminole County

407-323-2422

"Here to Help"

A Culture of Service

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

For 40 years, SERVPRO of North Seminole County has taken pride in serving this community. We realize that when our clients call us they are typically in some phase of panic. Whether a water damage, fire or mold issue, their lives and/or business has been significantly interrupted. 

Every day, in our morning meeting, we discuss with our crews the opportunity that is ahead for them that day. It's an opportunity to positively impact someone's life; to help them realize we are going to make a bad situation better for them. It's what we train for and what we do. It's our culture; a culture of service. 

Thank you for allowing SERVPRO of North Seminole County to serve you. 

SERVPRO of North Seminole County

407-323-2422

"Here In Your Community: Here To Help"

Water Damage; Preventative Measures

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of North Seminole County, water damages are the most common call we respond to. Although they are one of the most common disasters to occur to homeowners, there are plenty of things you can do to help prevent them. 

  • Clean gutters routinely to prevent clogging and potential overflow.
  • Inspect your roof bi-annually to avoid leaks.
  • Ensure proper drainage for your homes water supply.
  • Know where your water shut off valve is for in the instance of an emergency. 
  • Seal windows and doors.
  • Inspect showers, tubs, toilets, and appliances regularly.
  • Check for dark spots under pipes, water stains on the ceiling and always keep an eye out for any active drips and repair immedietly.

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

Safety Tips For Your Business

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

Protecting your business and employees can be made easier when following a few simple measures. Here are a few of our favorite safety tips so that you can be better prepared if disaster strikes.

  1. Advance preparation is so important. Make sure that key employees understand the business insurance plan in DETAIL. This makes it so much easier when you need to make a claim. 
  2. Make sure your smoke alarms work properly! It is such a small thing but this safety measure is constantly neglected. 
  3. Make sure safety rules and plans are accessible to all employees. This can be achieved by having the safety instructions posted in all areas of the office space. 
  4. Have safety meetings at least once a year to establish a better understanding of the safety plan you have set for your business. 

Even just by implementing these quick and easy steps, you're helping to make your business environment safer and better prepared! 

What You Should Know: Fire Aftermath

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

A destructive force like a fire can make it difficult to gauge what your first move should be. Here is a list of actions to take in the event that you are affected by a fire. 

  •  Immediately contact the fire department and evacuate to a safe location
  • Determine if anyone needs medical attention, and respond appropriately
  • Find a safe place to stay if necessary, or if this proves to be difficult you may contact your local disaster relief agency, such as Salvation Army or American Red Cross which can help you find a temporary place to stay.
  • Make sure doors and windows are secure, and secure any valuables as well. 
  • Call SERVPRO of North Seminole County to begin restoring your home or bussines.

SERPVPRO will clean any affected items you wish to restore. SERVPRO is also equipped to clean any of four different soot types, dry smoke, wet smoke, protein smoke, as well as fuel oil smoke residues. 

For more information on fires and ways you can be prepared to deal with this or other natural disasters, please visit: https://www.redcross.org/

COVID-19 Cleanup

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of North Seminole County, our team of professionals have been trained and experienced in dealing with biological contaminants. We are prepared to execute detailed cleaning and disinfection of your home or business to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The CDC has recommended the usage of labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogen claims, and we are strictly following all guidelines set by the CDC as well as local authorities. Here is a brief description of our COVID-19 cleanup processes dependent on the type of COVID-19 situation:

  • Level 1- Sanitizing: Misting entire area with an antiviral.
  • Level 2- High Touch Cleanup: Cleanup of high touch surfaces is required for a situation involving a person who is suspected to have COVID-19 or a Person Under Investigation; which is someone who is involved in a quarantine situation or has come in contact with someone testing positive. This includes cleaning and disinfecting of high touch nonporous surfaces and cleaning and sanitizing of high touch porous surfaces.
  • Level 3- Enhanced Cleanup- Enhanced cleanup is required for an area in which a person who has been confirmed positive for COVID-19 has inhabited. This includes cleaning and disinfecting of all nonporous and porous surfaces. This enhanced cleaning includes up to 8 feet, but excludes ceilings.

In the event that your home or place of business is in need of COVID-19 prevention or cleanup and disinfection...SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here for you. Give us a call at 407-323-2422

Hurricane Season: Time to Start Preparing

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

In honor of hurricane preparedness week on May 3rd through the 9th, our team here at SERVPRO North Seminole County would like to give you a few tips and tricks on how to prepare for hurricane season. 

  • Always keep track of weather patterns using the weather channel, app, or an emergency weather radio!
  • Ensure that you are stocked up on the basics; water, non-perishables, and a first aid kit.
  • Trim any trees that may cause a threat to your home, business, or property.
  • Have an evacuation plan in place in the event of a severe hurricane.
  • Ensure you have sandbags on hand for flood protection.

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

The Difference You Didn't Expect

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

Damage has just struck your home or business and now you are weighing your options on who to call. Here is why you should call SERVPRO. 

Here at SERVPRO we go the extra mile to ensure that you are fully satisfied with the final product. Staffed with a hard working team that truly cares, we are prepared to help you feel back on track! One of the ways we do this is by prioritizing your comfort and safety, we understand that this is not "just a job", this is your life. We want to do everything we can to not only restore the damage, but to ensure your comfort and satisfaction. 

As our manager Jason Dalton has always said and stood by: "We treat the customers' home as if it were our own". This creates a further sense of respect and understanding for the customers individual needs and requests.

Fire Safety Tips For Your Central Florida Home

4/19/2020 (Permalink)

A fire could spread at a moments notice, so it is good to have a plan and be prepared. It is equally as important to practice fire safety. Here are a few tips on how to stay prepared and safe in the event of a fire.

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 
  • Test smoke alarms monthly, and replace batteries at least once a year.
  • Use flashlights opposed to candles in the event of a power outage.
  • Never leave a candle burning.
  • Have a family escape plan and practice it yearly.
  • After you are in a safe place out of the home and away from the fire, call 911.
  • Keep flammable items away from anything producing heat.

Give us a call: 407-323-2422

What You Can Do After A Water Damage

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of North Seminole County are here for you in the event of an unexpected water damage, but here are a few tips for what you can do after calling us to restore any damage done to your home or business:

  • Unplug and remove any electronics in the affected areas
  • Dry water with a mop or towel if possible or use a bucket under any direct leaks or water flow
  • Remove all valuables or items that may be damaged or affected

After these steps, leave the rest to SERVPRO! We understand the feeling of panic that can occur in the event of a water damage, which is exactly why we are here to help! Our team of well trained and caring professionals will have your home or business back to normal in no time!

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

COVID-19 Cleaning/Prevention

4/6/2020 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of North Seminole County understand what a critical time we are all in. That is why, in the midst of COVID-19, we will be offering discounted rates, free inspections, as well as no cost estimates. While adhering to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards, our team of professionals offer cleaning as well as the removal of biohazard contaminants. At SERVPRO of North Seminole County, our goal is to prevent or eliminate the virus' presence in your home or business, as well as bringing you peace of mind. Here are some preventative measures you can take to stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands consistently throughout the day.
  • Avoid touching your face as much as possible.
  • Sanitize your home and workplace regularly.
  • Avoid unnecessary social interactions and remain 6 feet apart from others.

In the event that your home or place of business is affected by COVID-19...SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here for you. Give us a call at 407-323-2422

Safety Plans - Tornado

3/31/2020 (Permalink)

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?

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Large Loss Team 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. 

SERVPRO of North Seminole County

407-323-2422

Large Loss Team

3/2/2020 (Permalink)

Storm 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. 

SERVPRO of North Seminole County

407-323-2422

We don't know what we can't see

2/26/2020 (Permalink)

Today; Tomorrow; Anytime 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?

2/21/2020 (Permalink)

Visible Microbial Growth 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

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded floor of a business being dried out by SERVPRO technician. 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.

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

Severe Weather, Central Florida & Your Workplace

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

Outdoor with high winds blowing palm trees in a severe storm. 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:

  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

Water Damage - Know What You Are Dealing With

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Orange wall and table with silver sink turned on and water overflowing. 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.

Why Choose Your Seminole County, FL. SERVPRO Team

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Outdoor photo of rising water due to flooding causing damage to trees and houses. Outdoor flooding due to heavy rains.

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 the 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.

Selling A Central Florida Home?

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Outdoor photo with for sale sign outside of home We can help you sell a home faster (and cleaner).

Realtors, This Ones' 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.

SERVPRO Goes Green

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Did you know that SERVPRO of North Seminole County uses cleaning products made with natural ingredients?

Benefect is an authentic botanical disinfectant that can be used for water damage, fire damage, mold remediation, and trauma scene clean up. It uses the essential oil of the thyme plant as the Active Ingredient, not a synthetic chemical substitute.

As another big push to a more natural way of life - These cleaning products get the job done with no compromise in strength and without endangering your health or your environment.

SERVPRO of North Seminole County is committed to using environmentally friendly products as much as possible. It is our goal to help keep our world and your family, chemical-free!

Just one more reason to give us a call for all of your Cleaning & Restoration needs!

Better for the environment, better for you!

Here for you - 24/7 - 7 days a week: (407) 323.2422

Preventing A Fire

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

It's important to begin this article by letting you know that fires can occur in your home or place of business no matter how many safety measures you take. However, by following a few simple safety tips, you may reduce the risk.

SERVPRO of North Seminole County is committed to helping you and your home or business prevent fire damage. Here are a few of our suggestions:

  • Make sure to regularly have your home heating system evaluated by a professional. 
  • Avoid using outlet extenders when at all possible. They increase the chance of overloading an electrical circuit. 
  • Remove lint from the dyer after one to two loads of laundry. A clogged filter can force lint into the heated coils of the dyer. 
  • Make sure to properly extinguish smoking materials. In other words, don't walk away from the candle you just blew out until you are sure that the fire is completely out. 

While we hope this is never the case, in the event of fire damage to your home or business, SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here for you. Give us a call at 407-323-2422.

Heat Index and Dry Days...What You Need To Know Living In Florida

7/9/2019 (Permalink)

Fireworks are a common cause of fires in July.

If there is one thing that comes to mind when we think of summers in Central Florida, it's the HEAT! The beginning of July 2019 has been so exception. In fact, according to professionals, we have seen a heat index with recording setting numbers for this month. 

With heat like this, it is no surprise that everything is dry. So what are we getting at? The dryness in the air, the heat, both create the perfect atmosphere for one spark to light an unintentional fire that can spread faster than you may think. 

Did you know that the 4th of July sees at least a 20% increase in fires due to fireworks? Summer night bonfires also lead to an increase in fire damage due to a dry environment.

So why do we share this information? SERVPRO of North Seminole County wants to help you have the information you need to stay safe and prevent fire damage to your home or place of business. We also want to do our part to spread awareness of the potential of widespread damage a fire may cause. 

Always pay attention to fire watches and warnings in your area. Be mindful of the environment you are in before you start a bonfire, controlled burn, etc. 

Know that in any situation, we are here to assist you with fire damage.  

Get Prepared...It's Almost Hurricane Season

5/9/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 5-11, 2019)

There are so many essential tools and preparedness tips to get your family ready for hurricane season. Here in Central Florida, we know how important it is to make sure your family has a solid plan in place to stay as safe and secure as possible when facing a big storm. Here are a few guidelines we find most effective:

  1. Stay tuned to your local weather channels. Be in the know! It allows you the most time to prepare if a storm arises. It also allows for the most accurate local threats you may face during and after severe weather.
  2. Have an evacuation plan in place. Know where you would go, transportation avenues, and a timeline for travel.
  3. Finally, finalize an insurance plan that has the coverage you need to protect against severe weather damage. The majority of homeowners do not know the complete extent of what their insurance plan does or does not cover.

We hope these reminders assist you in planning for this upcoming hurricane season. Know that SERVPRO of North Seminole County is always here for your storm restoration needs! (407) 323-2422. 

The Difference You Didn't Expect

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Damage has just struck your home or business and now you are weighing your options on who to call. Here is why you should call SERVPRO. 

Here at SERVPRO we go the extra mile to ensure that you are fully satisfied with the final product. Staffed with a hard working team that truly cares, we are prepared to help you feel back on track! One of the ways we do this is by prioritizing your comfort and safety, we understand that this is not "just a job", this is your life. We want to do everything we can to not only restore the damage, but to ensure your comfort and satisfaction. 

As our manager Jason Dalton has always said and stood by: "We treat the customers' home as if it were our own". This creates a further sense of respect and understanding for the customers individual needs and requests. 

Three Reasons To Call

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Seminole County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help! (407) 323-2422

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Seminole County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of North Seminole County

SERVPRO of North Seminole County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. 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.

You're Not Ready - But We Are

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

"You don't think about what you will do if your place of business is covered in water. So thankful SERVPRO of North Seminole County came to the rescue!" - Amy 

You don't think about it. A fire, a water damage, hurricane loss, mold growth - we could go on and on. As tragic and worrisome as these events can be, its fairly rare that we find a commercial property owner who is prepared to open the flood gates that was a front door and find a water damage. 

That's where we come in.

We can handle any sort of damage, big or small! We are talking skyscraper status, to small business warehouse offices. We are here for you. So don't let the panic sink in...Grab your phone, dial our number, and we'll take it from there.

24/7 - 7 days a week: (407) 323-2422

Severe Weather Awareness Week - Florida

1/18/2019 (Permalink)

Florida Severe Weather Awareness Week is full of essential information and tips to help you be prepared in various severe weather events. 

The awareness platform details ways to stay safe in the event of a lightning storm. (VITAL information for Floridians to pay attention to.)

It also talks about hurricanes and flooding. What you can do to prepare your family, home, and business for these events should they occur. 

Earlier this week, a statewide tornado drill was held in order for proactive participants to take part in tornado safety exercises. (FYI, if you do not do this, you should.) 

Marine hazards and rip currents are also a topic of concern especially in Florida. If you are EVER beach-goers, you and your family should be up to date on these dangers and safety precautions. 

Finally, fires and extreme temperatures are important awareness topics. Florida's dry season is going on right now. Which means we are at a higher risk for wildfires. 

You may think you know the proper safety tips and procedures in each of these topics, but it never hurts to reaffirm that information and keep it fresh in your mind. Check out floridadisasters.org for more information. Stay safe Florida!

Safety Tips for Your Business

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Helping to protect your business is easy when you follow a few simple measures. Here are a few of our favorite safety tips so that you can be better prepared if disaster strikes.

  1. Advance preparation is so important. Make sure that key employees understand the business insurance plan in DETAIL. This makes it so much easier when you need to make a claim. 
  2. Make sure your smoke alarms work properly! It is such a small thing but this safety measure is constantly neglected. 
  3. Make sure safety rules and plans are accessible to all employees. This can be achieved by having the safety instructions posted in all areas of the office space. 

Even just by implementing these quick and easy steps, your helping to make your business environment safer and better prepared! 

SERVPRO of North Seminole County: 407-323-2422

Why Your Business Needs An ERP

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

When you have a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) in place for your business, you are ready for whatever happens! 

SERVPRO of North Seminole County can provide your company with an ERP individually tailored to your needs. Here's what it does: 

  • Identifies a point of contact able to authorize work orders. This allows us to be able to quickly get to work repairing any damage in the event of a water or fire damage.
  • Provides significant details on valve shut off locations, identifies areas with important safety equipment and presents emergency contact information and notes. This allows any employee you wish to have easy access to vital emergency information in the event that damage occurs. 

SERVPRO of North Seminole County is here to help protect your business by helping you get prepared! Give us a call today: (407) 323-2422 

Christmas Home Hazards

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

It's the most wonderful time of the year! With Christmas only a couple of weeks away, trees are up and decorated, Christmas candles are filling the house with smells of sugar cookies or cinnamon, and lights are up outside to add that extra sparkle after dark. 

While all of these are beautiful ways to delight in the spirit of the season, we want to ensure that you take the proper safety precautions to keep your family and home safe. 

Did you know that December being the peak period for home fires started by candles or misuse of lights? 

Here are a few tips that may help prevent a fire hazard in your home: 

  1. Keep those Christmas tress watered! Make sure that you check the water level each day, to help avoid the tree drying out and becoming a fire hazard. 
  2. Do not leave outside Christmas lights on while you sleep. Turn them on for a few hours a night, and then turn them off. (This saves electricity too!) 
  3. 40% of home decoration fires are started by candles. Make sure you place candles in a safe location when burning and do not leave unattended. 

We encourage you to always be mindful of potential fire dangers and remain cautious no matter what time of year. However, we ask that you be EXTRA careful during this season. 

However, if you were to find yourself the victim of a home fire - you can trust SERVPRO of North Seminole County to have you back to normal in no time!

Protecting Your Central Florida Home - Flooding

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water damage is no match for SERVPRO of North Seminole county restoration experts!

Flooding can happen anywhere and if you live in Florida, you know even one of our heavy afternoon thunderstorms can ensure flooding can happen "any time" as well. 

It's a scary thought to think that your home could be under water in a moment’s notice.

So we thought we would share a few tips that can help you stay flood free. 

  1. Water flow - How does water flow around your house? It's important that it flows away from the structure. If it is noted that this is not the case, you may want to call an irrigation specialist to see if it is possible to correct.
  2. Water valves - Two words: modify them. So many times, in flooding cases we see sewage backup and overflow. That is the LAST thing you want to be dealing with, so it may be worth it to look at installing a back-flow valve.  
  3. Lastly, if you believe flooding is about to occur, move as many items as you can away from the rising water (electronics especially). Then give us a call, and we will be out there ASAP to help! 

If you experience flooding or water damage, give us a call at: 407-323-2422

Hurricanes - The Aftermath

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

This home had some storm damage, but we were there to clean up the water as quickly as possible!

If you live in Florida, then you know that hurricane season comes with the territory. However, that does not stop us from wishing them away each year. 

This year, we got hit with power storm, Hurricane Irma.

She caused lots of damage to homes and commercial properties here in the Sunshine State...Some are still recovering, restoring and repairing in the aftermath. 

SERVPRO of North Seminole county wants you to know that we are here to serve you! If you are still dealing with water damage or maybe even some mold build up from where a water damage was, give us a call. We specialize in water damage restoration and mold remediation. 

Let us help you get your home or commercial property back in pre-hurricane shape. 

Give us a call at: 407-323-2422 

The Lingering Effect

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold that had been growing inside a wall due to water damage.

Mold. It is usually never foreseeable and never found until one day you open up that back storage closet that you NEVER go in and it smells a little strange. Moving things around you find it, and then you call us. 

However, there are cases when a mold problem should be foreseeable and can hopefully be taken care of before it is even a problem. When does this occur?

During floods or water damages. 

You should always be aware that anytime you have had flood damage to your home or place of business it is likely for mold growth to occur in that area. In fact, it's more than likely. That is why you always hire a water damage restoration specialist (we know a good one) to deal with flood or water damage. SERVPRO will make sure that you are at the least possible risk for any lingering mold growth. 

Give us a call for a FREE mold inspection: 407-323-2422

Driving on Wet Roads

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Always be alert and aware of your surroundings. Headlights on and keep a safe distance.

In Florida, we so often find ourselves driving in rainy conditions. Here are a few tips to help you stay as safe on the roads as possible!

1.Slow down.  You should drop to at least 15 miles per hour below the speed limit when driving in the rain. If on the highway and drop to a lower speed, move to the right lanes for slower traffic.

2.Increase following distance. Leave plenty of distance between you and vehicle front of you. It may seem like everyone sees it as an opening to get ahead of you, do not panic, and stay a safe distance.

3.Turn on headlights in the rain. It is the law. Do not use your high beams, though. If your wipers are on, then so should your headlights.

4.Do NOT turn on your hazard lights. It is illegal. When a driver sees your emergency lights on, they think your vehicle is stopped and may take evasive action to avoid your car. Although you may be trying to prevent a crash, having your emergency lights on in the rain can cause a crash. Hazard lights are for parked cars only. This could cause confusion for officers to find an actual emergency. Flashing hazard lights can also trigger a seizure by the driver behind you, if that driver has epilepsy.

5.Check your tire tread. Grab a penny and insert it head first into your tire's tread groove. If you can see all of President Abraham Lincoln's head, it's time to replace your tires.

Be Ready for the Unexpected

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Ready Plan App

Did you know SERVPRO offers an app so that you can be ready for anything? It can be downloaded from the App Store and the Android Market. You do not even need to be a current customer of SERVPRO to download!

Download is fast and simple. Search SERVPRO in the App Store or Android Market. You will see a green and orange SERVPRO logo and the app is labeled Ready Plan. Once in you can register to create your user ID and password.

You can then explore the app for tips and more information on SERVPRO. The app is self-explanatory and easy to use. You can add the property or properties that you manage, along with important contact information, property or building information, emergency contacts and insurance information.

You can even file a claim right from the app, no need to search for a SERVPRO closest to you! Whether you are a home owner, commercial property owner or property manager, this app is handy for anyone.

For more information, including a short video about its uses, please click the link below.

https://ready.SERVPRO.com/home/mobileapp

Putting You Back Together

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water damages are not all the same.

SERVPRO of North Seminole County is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 407-323-2422

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of North Seminole County has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

IICRC - What It Means For You

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

The crew that takes care of you!

SERVPRO of North Seminole County is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

Do I Have A Mold Issue?

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If you think your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your issue.

If You See Signs of Mold, have a musty odor or just want some peace of mind, call us today at 407-323-2422.

Mold Remediation Home Remedies - Don't Do It

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth in the corner of a wall in a back closet,

Pinterest and Google articles are just a few of the media platforms that will tell you there is a homemade way to get rid of mold in your home or place of business. DO NOT listen.

Mold spores can be deep rooted, so while you might be able to get rid of the visible mold problem with some bleach or a vinegar solution, you most likely have not gotten rid of the source.

So turn off your computers, stop your home remedy research and give SERVPRO of North Seminole County a call instead. Our licensed mold remediation specialists will be happy to set up an appointment for an FREE estimate to help you understand what you are dealing with. Then we will take care of the WHOLE issue for you, so you don't have to worry if there is any lingering effects! 

Give us a call today: 407-323-2422

Preventative Measures Against Mold Growth In Your Home

11/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growth on the ceiling of the home.

Did you know that mold spores occur naturally in our environment? Especially if you live here in Central Florida, mold spores almost always exist in some form due to our high humidity levels. However, this does not equate to a mold problem in your home, something that can be maintained through a few easy steps we will share with you below! 

  1. Avoid long-term leaks: this one may seem obvious, but so many times we can make a temporary "quick fix" to a problem that isn't going away. Leaks are the leading cause for mold in a home so always make sure when you discover a leak that you get it taken care of right away. 
  2. Mold loves wood: that's right, wood becomes an easy target for mold growth in the right moisture setting. That's why it is always good to use plastic or metal containers or shelving in places where high moisture levels can occur, such as a garage or a basement. 
  3. Limit moisture in kitchens and bathrooms: Always try to make sure and vent an area that contains moisture. After you shower, turn on the vent in the bathroom for at least 20 minutes. Also, you can turn on the vents when cooking on a stove as well. 
  4. Inspect your air conditioning unit: Finally, make sure to complete a yearly inspection of your air conditioning unit. Mold spores can get trapped and build up in certain areas causing it to expand. 

Remembering these tips will not guarantee that you will never have a mold problem occur. However, it will help reduce the risk! 

What You Should Know: Dealing With A Fire Aftermath

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

A destructive force like a fire can make it difficult to gauge what your first move should be. Here is a list of actions to take in the event that you are affected by a fire. 

  •  Immediately contact the fire department and evacuate to a safe location
  • Determine if anyone needs medical attention, and respond appropriately
  • Find a safe place to stay if necessary, or if this proves to be difficult you may contact your local disaster relief agency, such as Salvation Army or American Red Cross which can help you find a temporary place to stay.
  • Make sure doors and windows are secure, and secure any valuables as well. 
  • Call SERVPRO of North Seminole County to begin restoring your home or bussines.

SERPVPRO will clean any affected items you wish to restore. SERVPRO is also equipped to clean any of four different soot types, dry smoke, wet smoke, protein smoke, as well as fuel oil smoke residues. 

For more information on fires and ways you can be prepared to deal with this or other natural disasters, please visit: https://www.redcross.org/

Happy Halloween from your friends at SERVPRO!

10/31/2018 (Permalink)

Happy Halloween!

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. 

SERVPRO of North Seminole Goes Pink

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

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.

https://www.cancer.org/

https://ww5.komen.org/

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.

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Testing For Mold?

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

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

THE PROCESS:

  • 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.

Summer, Wet Floors, and Your Central Florida Home

8/17/2018 (Permalink)

Wet feet can do a number on your floors!

Summer time for a lot of families means staying busy with lots of fun activities! If you live in Florida, a majority of those activities probably include water.

Whether you are cooling off in the pool, spending your days at the beach, or enjoying those awesome Florida water parks, those wet feet, clothes and accessories may have done a number on your floors this summer.

Can't forget those wet shoes after getting caught in a Central Florida afternoon thunderstorm!

Don't worry, the little bit of water most likely will not cause long term damage to your flooring. However, it may be time for a good cleaning!

Did you know that chlorine from a pool or water park can actually leave permanent stains on your flooring? It can also create an odor from where the chlorine has seeped into the carpet fibers. Salt water can also leave a sticky feeling residue on carpet and flooring, as well as make spots on your carpet feel stiff where the water was not completely dried up. 

Whether chlorine or salt water, your local Central Florida SERVPRO team can take care of that "end of summer" residue in no time! We offer regular carpet cleaning services that will keep your carpet looking new. Protect your flooring with carpet cleaning you can count on. We use safe state-of-the-art equipment and solutions and our certified and experienced technicians will get those floors clean in no time. 

Give SERVPRO of North Seminole County a call today at (407) 323-2422. 

Fireworks and Fire Safety

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

The 4th of July is just days away!

SERVPRO of North Seminole County wants to help you celebrate safely with your family, so here are a few firework safety tips we think you should be aware of:

  1. It is important that you know about and abide by the local firework laws set in your area. (This can help avoid putting a damper on your holiday with a ticket or violation fee.)
  2. Have an adult read the instructions on the fireworks before lighting. (This can help to prevent a small mistake, with a potential big consequence.) 
  3. Adults should ALWAYS assist their kids when setting off fireworks. (This will help keep the process safer.)
  4. Set off your fireworks in a clear area. (Keep away from trees, homes, people, buildings, etc.)
  5. Finally, clean up when your done! (Please don't litter.)

These simple tips can go a long way in helping prevent you from getting hurt or accidentally starting a fire when operating fireworks.

Happy 4th of July from all of us at SERVPRO of North Seminole County!

Remember, if you experience a holiday mishap, SERVPRO is always Here To Help! Click here to learn more about Fire Damage Restoration.

SERVPRO of North Seminole County: 407-323-2422

Water Safety Tips (Summer is almost here!)

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

Summer is just around the corner and in Central Florida that means a lot of us are all gearing up to take part in water activities and swimming! 

SERVPRO of North Seminole County wants to help you have a fun, safe summer. So we thought we would share some top water safety tips for you to remember before you jump in the water!

  1. Swim with a buddy. (If possible, this is always the safest route no matter where you might be swimming.)
  2. Parents, always watch your kids while they are in the pool. (Disasters can happen so fast.)
  3. Have a life jacket and first aid kit on hand. (Getting in the habit of taking these things with you to swimming activities can be helpful.)

For more great water safety tips, visit the American Red Cross website. 

Be Prepared

1/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Seminole County is proud to be taking part in Severe Weather Awareness Week by being involve in the Seminole County Disaster Equipment Showcase. This event will feature vehicles, equipment and employees from agencies and companies that respond during and after severe weather events.

Along with our vehicles and equipment being on display, SERVPRO of North Seminole County will be handing out information and answering questions about what to do before, during and after a severe weather event. 

For 35 years, we have been a leader in Seminole and Volusia County when it comes to assisting homeowners and building owners during and after a storm. Whether the damage is minor or major our emergency crews are ready to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Stop by and see us on Saturday, Jan. 28th, at the Sanford Riverwalk. And remember, call SERVPRO of North Seminole County anytime at 407-323-2422.

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