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Community Cleanup Day!

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO West Volusia, we take cleaning up very seriously because after all, that's our job! 

Cleaning things up is our specialty, but not only do we cleanup residential and commercial spaces, we also love to help keep our community clean as well. That's why we will joining local Sanford residents on October 18th for Community Cleanup Day where we will spend some time strolling through the city of Sanford picking up litter and disposing of it properly. 

We sincerely care about our community, and always try to step up to the plate to keep improving the environment we all live in. Even something so simple as walking around town with friends and picking up litter can not only provide a small impact, but also set the example for what others can do in for their community. 

The Sanford Community Cleanup Day takes place on October 18th, 2020 from 9am to 10am. If you are interested in helping out, we will be meeting at Sunshine State Threads in Sanford, Florida. 

Gas And Water Shutoffs For Commercial Buildings

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial property managers usually gloss over where their building's gas and water valves are located when they first settle into a property. Sooner or later, a leak may occur and unnecessary damage can happen to the building if the property manager doesn't know where the shutoff valves are. 

Knowing where the gas and water shutoffs are can potentially save you thousands of dollars on a damage restoration job. So knowing where the shutoffs are and properly labeling them can be extremely beneficial as you won't have to wait for the city or fire department to locate and shut them off for you. 

In the case of sprinklers that malfunction and turn on, just 1 minute less of water flowing could cut days off of a drying project.

If you don't already, make sure you put together a plan of where the following shutoffs are for gas, water, and electric.

Commercial buildings oftentimes require elevated training and equipment to dry and repair.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints.

We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan Advantage

As many as 50% of businesses close down following a disaster, according to the latest research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. And knowing you are "Ready for whatever happens" speaks trust to your clients and employees that in the event your business is affected by a disaster, they don’t necessarily have to be.

By developing a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business.

Don't Trust Us, Test us

SERVPRO specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a 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.

Call SERVPRO Of West Volusia County Today to set up a Emergency ready Profile at no cost! 386-574-0864

Storm Damage Remediation In West Volusia County

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

Although There are Several Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration Companies Out There, Only a Few Like SERVPRO Can Do The Job Right

Florida is infamous for its stormy, rainy weather. This weather and being surrounded by large bodies of water makes Florida especially prone to flooding.

So, area homeowners have to accept this ever-present risk. With that said, however, there are important ways you can limit storm flood damage and options for having it fixed. Prevention, of course, is always the best way to avoid related losses. Unfortunately, preventative measures may not always be possible. When this is the case, and flooding does impact your home, rest assured that services like SERVPRO of West Volusia can help you clean and restore your house.  

Why are Services Like SERVPRO Better Than Others in Volusia County?

There are several critical benefits to enlisting the help of a skilled and highly experienced storm flood damage company like SERVPRO of West Volusia. Some of these benefits are:

  • Our company's technicians, certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), completes the work correctly the first time.
  • Our trained experts complete your job. We certify each of our professionals in health and safety, applied microbial remediation, applied structural drying, water damage restoration, and odor control.
  • We have access to vehicles and equipment from the 1,700 other firms in our chain as a franchise in a nationwide chain.
  • We can use a disaster recovery team to help resolve any major loss event you may experience.
  • Our technicians have all the right tools to scientifically clean and restore your home. These tools include extractors, wet vacs, moisture meters/sensors, thermohygrometers, desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers, air movers, injectidry systems, powerful fungicides and disinfectants, and high-tech foggers.  

With our professional workforce and equipment, we are often able to clean and restore your residence to pre-flood conditions in much less time than other service providers. Many times, this enables us to save you considerable time and money.

What are Some Preventative Measures I Can Take to Limit Potential Flood Damage?

Before severe storms, you should take some steps to limit potential flood damage. The following preventative actions, while not always entirely effective, do improve your odds of escaping the worst outcomes:

  • Shutting-off your utilities before leaving your home
  • Waterproofing your foundation
  • Ensuring that your roof is in good condition and not leaking
  • Making sure your gutters are clean and in good working order
  • Using plywood to protect all windows and openings
  • Diverting floodwaters with sandbags

These measures allow your house to weather Florida's severe storms and flooding for a while and work best against storms of shorter durations. Of course, the worst natural disasters usually overcome these defenses quite easily. In these cases, you certainly need the help of Seattle area cleaning and restoration professionals.

How Does SERVPRO Help Me with My Storm Damage Volusia County?

Once you call SERVPRO of West Volusia, there are several things we can do to help you. Our services generally include inspections, property securing, floodwater cleanup, hazardous waste disposal, microorganism elimination, home interior drying, and deodorization. When we arrive at your home, workers usually:

  • Determine your residence’s level of water damage
  • Extract standing floodwater from your home
  • Remove fallen trees, other debris, and hazardous waste from your property
  • Use EPA-approved disinfectants and fungicides to eliminate harmful microorganisms in your home
  • Dry your home’s interior until it reaches a scientifically determined drying goal
  • Deodorize everything, removing all unwanted flood-related odors
  • Secure your home, if necessary, against the elements and would-be trespassers by placing roof tarps, installing fences, and boarding up windows and other openings

These actions effectively restore your home to pre-flood conditions and help prevent potential future issues.

Whenever you hear of a major storm’s approach, remember to prepare your home for possible flooding adequately. Simply waterproofing your foundation, ensuring your roof’s drainage system is functioning correctly, trimming dangerous overhanging tree limbs, boarding up windows and other openings, and sandbagging critical areas around your house can go a long way to protecting your housing investment. In many cases, all this should save your residence from the worst storm-connected damage.

There are times, of course, when whatever you do, you cannot save your property from significant injury. However, during those times, always remember that often even the worst flood damage can be remediated. When and if you do experience such weather-related losses, do your research and contact a good cleaning and restoration company to solve your problem. If you are ever unsure of anything and need help, you can always call SERVPRO of West Volusia County at (386) 574-0864.

Why SERVPRO is the First Choice for Water, Fire, Storm, and Mold Damage Restoration Needs

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

When disasters cause home and commercial restoration emergencies, remember SERVPRO Of West Volusia County is always available for your restoration needs. For nearly 40 years, we have been the go-to for West Volusia County residents for all fo their water and fire cleanup & restoration.

40 Years Of Excellence

West Volusia County residents use restoration services when unexpected home emergencies occur. By doing so, they can often save thousands of dollars in potential secondary damages that may occur as a result of improper or home restoration services. Our company has been a stalwart in the community of Volusia County for several years. It partakes in regular donations of both money and time to charity missions like clothing drives or children's shelters. Throughout the year, our servicemen and women are on-hand to help you overcome an emergency with minimum inconvenience and expense. Contact us anytime to arrange restoration services for water, mold, storm, or fire-related damages.

Water Damage Restoration

Homeowners may experience water damage in their Florida home at any time of year. These can be either in the form of excessive quantities of moisture in a short period overloading a home's defenses, or long-term problems creeping up over several months. Whether your home falls victim to flooding or a slow internal leaking, our water restoration technicians (WRT) are on-hand to provide the assistance you need. SERVPRO of West Volusia is available twenty-four-hours a day and even runs an out-of-hours service for emergencies.

Water incidents in your property can cause a chain reaction of interrelated issues. These issues may include problems with odor, microbial bacteria, fungi, or soiling of your possessions. SERVPRO Of West Volusia's restoration services are comprehensive in their approach to your Seattle home and can stop damage as well as putting in place proven methods to reverse it. Usually, we start by thoroughly removing water from the property, then drying using proper drying methods.

Bringing venting box fans to your Seattle home, as well as the careful placement of portable heating, can help to encourage natural evaporation. Natural evaporation is useful in removing moisture that may have absorbed into furnishings, upholstery, or flooring. Using moisture probes, SERVPRO Of West Volusia can accurately assess the moisture content of any given material and can keep returning during the restoration service to ensure reaching our goals.

Mold Remediation

Indoor air quality is becoming increasingly prominent in the restoration service industry. Often, homeowners are surprised by quite how many toxins can exist in a home environment. The issue is especially pertinent in homeowners that have mold damage in their homes. Molds breed by releasing microscopic spores into the surrounding atmosphere. These spores can cause unpleasant odors as well as ingestion when inhaling indoor air. SERVPRO takes decisive action during mold remediation to ensure the spread is limited and your air-quality restored.

Setting up containment is an essential part of the restoration. Usually, an area of your Seattle home that shows evidence of mold growth needs quarantining. The removal of mold colonies or demolition of infested materials increases airborne spores. SERVPRO applies negative air pressure when performing controlled demolitions to ensure that the spread of spores is under control. Also, we may use physical barriers such as polyurethane sheeting to prevent microscopic spores from escaping.

Airborne particles are frequently invisible to the naked eye. This invisibility makes it challenging for a homeowner to assess or act against unwanted indoor air particles. Using high-efficiency particulate air-filters (HEPA), SERVPRO technicians can remove particles from the air that are as small as 0.3 microns. Air scrubbing equipment combined with deodorizing methods saves time on the turnaround of your restoration service.

Storm Damage Restoration

Storms can expose your home to outdoor elements as well as pathogens that may enter in floodwaters. Extraction is the most effective method of controlling storm damage in your Seattle home. However, to be truly useful, you need to combine rapid extraction with careful cleaning and drying. At SERVPRO, we often find homeowners suffering from microbial growth or mold issues traced back to initial flooding several weeks or months before.

Our restoration services focus on a complete, thorough approach to both removal and drying of moisture in your Florida home. When water is extracted and dried, it can leave behind microbes or stain on the flooring materials of your home. We use rotary floor machines to both loosen soiling from hard surfaces and apply pre-conditioning agents to soft ones like carpets. Rotary machines not only help to dislodge severe soiling but can help to buffer floors and leave them in a preloss condition.

Flooding as a result of stormy conditions can seem unfair. SERVPRO can help you to redress the balance by providing professional technicians who can complete the job on time and on-budget. If the damage necessitates relocation temporarily, we can perform the vital mitigation tasks needed to prevent your home from suffering permanent damage in the interim period. SERVPRO restoration services are available to all residents of Seattle in an emergency.

Fire Damage Restoration

If your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system are on, it can cause extensive fire damage to your home. Air entering the supply side can overload filters causing hot smokes to travel through ventilation shafts. Return side outlets can then end up spewing soots, odor, and ash into unaffected regions of the house. SERVPRO restoration services incorporate a comprehensive game plan for HVAC inspection, cleaning, and replacement of ventilation ducts.

Hot smokes are attracted to cooler surfaces, which include the metal insides of a ventilation shaft. These can deposit thick soiling onto the inner sides of an HVAC system, which can be challenging and technical to clean. SERVPRO restoration services here in Seattle can remove both return and supply-side air ducts to carry out in-depth inspections. Using air whips, we can dislodge loose soiling, which can then vacuum out using negative air pressure machines. Cleaning of the interior closest to the wall- where soiling builds up- can be cleaned using water and oil-based solvents.

Once your HVAC is clean, we can begin to perform repairs. Cavities opened with a circular drill for negative air pressure machine access can be resealed using aluminum plating. We can replace ducts in every room inexpensively. Return side ventilation filters need replacing to ensure that odor remains under control, and your home brought to a preloss condition.

Home emergencies are unexpected and, at times, seem unfair. Contact SERVPRO of West Volusia at (386) 574-0684 for assistance with mold, storm, fire, or water-related incidents.

Fire Facts

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Understanding how fires start and what you can do to quickly put them out is important to keeping you and your family safe. Check out these quick facts and stats to get a better understanding of how to avoid having fire damage in your home.

  • About 50% of home fires are started by cooking accidents. Be sure you keep a fire extinguisher close at hand whenever you are working in the kitchen.
  • Just above 15% of residential fires are caused by electrical malfunctions or issues with the heating system in the home. This is why it is extremely important to have your appliances checked often and keep up with their maintenance year-round.
  • Make sure you have a plan in place, so your family knows exactly what to do if a fire breaks out at home.

Being prepared plays a huge part of avoiding injury and death during a fire. Make a plan and be sure that everyone in the house/building is familiar with it so that if a fire breaks out, everyone knows exactly what to do.

If you have fire damage in your home or office, give SERVPRO of West Volusia a call at 386-574-0864, and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Finds The Hidden Problems

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Remediates Obvious Water Damage and Finds Where it is Hidden As Well

It is no secret that old homes are plagued by problems. The main issue, whether the house is ancient or modern, is the threat of water damage. It does not take long for it to wreak havoc on a home. One broken pipe could be enough to result in damage which requires several hours of labor and thousands of dollars for repair. 
 
Sometimes the water damage in your home sustains is very evident and can be spotted easily by the untrained eye. However, it can be a subtle problem as well, creeping up on you and making significant destruction before you realize it is there. No matter the type of water damage, you want to have a professional water damage remediation company come in to help you dry your home out and make the repairs needed. SERVPRO is always ready to assist you with this. 
 
Spotting the Damage 
 
Some signs that you could have water damage are good to keep an eye out for, especially in your older home. Water stains are telltale signs on your wall or ceiling and are usually evident. If you see one suddenly appear, it is a good time to call up SERVPRO and get a technician to check your home to see where the water is coming from. 
 
Buckling walls and floors are another very clear sign, and is often the mark of a severe problem. Wood or drywall absorbs water, making it swell. The result is buckling which you can feel or see when you are walking over the area. It can occur over time like with a small leak in your shower or can happen suddenly like when an appliance floods your home. 
 
Areas which are crumbling, such as the wood around your windows, molding, or baseboards, is also a sign of water damage. Any crumbling may indicate the wood is disintegrating from water infiltration. 
 
Trust your nose as well. The damage might be hidden from your sight, but many times you can detect it with your nose. If you smell a mildew or musty scent, there may be moisture damage behind your walls. SERVPRO can use special moisture meters to detect such moisture and fix the problem for you. A lot of old houses have a musty, old smell, but in rooms, with water damage, the smell is much stronger. 
 
If you cannot see a leak anywhere, you can sometimes sense it, so listen closely. If you believe there is a hidden leak coming from your roof, you should try using your ears to listen. During a rainstorm, turn everything in the house off including the central air or heat. The goal here is to make the house as quiet as possible; then you can stand in different places where you suspect there is a leak and listen. Water dripping through your roof is a very different sound then water landing on your roof. 
 
SERVPRO of West Volusia can find the source of the leak in your older home and fix it, dry your home and possessions out and repair any damage. All you have to do is give us a call at 386-574-0864, and we send a technician out to you in a timely fashion, so your home is dry and safe in no time. 

My Office is Flooded!

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

Water intrusion may be more severe in commercial buildings than in a residential setting, and the effects can be more extensive. Many commercial structures have larger volumes of water entering the premises through plumbing supply lines and at a higher water pressure. The quantity of outgoing sewage is also greater than a typical residence. Commercial buildings are certainly larger than your average residence, so entry points for water intrusion through areas like the roof, exterior walls or windows are commensurately greater in number.

Water intrusion in commercial buildings can damage high-value equipment like computers and also building services such as HVAC, lighting, elevators and security equipment. Common long-term consequences of water damage like mold or microbial growth may be more problematic than in a home, due to the larger occupancy of a business or other commercial enterprise. When a greater number of people with a wider range of sensitivity are exposed to mold and bacteria spores, health impacts may be significantly magnified, perhaps leading to an enforced closure of the facility until the situation is fully remediated.

Typical issues from water intrusion in the commercial environment include:

  • Water from roof leaks penetrating through ceilings. Chronic leakage through the roof may proceed unnoticed for long periods, hidden by suspended ceiling panels or in electrical or HVAC service areas above.
  • Ruptures of water supply lines typically release clean (white) water.  Sewage backups or leaks in drain pipes release toxic (black) water that may be a biohazard and require evacuation of the premises.
  • Flooding from external sources can result from heavy rains, storms such as hurricanes or local overflowing lakes or rivers.
  • Moisture intrusion through the building envelope is typically more subtle. Humid outdoor air may be drawn in through structural cracks and gaps. Over a period, chronic dampness forms in spaces like wall voids, unventilated attics and service areas, spawning hidden mold growth that persists unseen.

At SERVPRO of West Volusia we are experts in commercial water damage mitigation and restoration. 

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Be Careful in the Kitchen

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of West Volusia we know how devastating a fire of any type can be. Kitchen fires, especially those from an oven or stove top mishap, tend to cause more damage than initially recognized. The proteins released from a grease and/or oil fire spread quickly and the residue adheres to most anything. 

There are a few things SERVPRO of West Volusia would like you to know in the event of this type of fire. 

*Do not use water to try and put it out. Call the Fire Department immediately and get outside.

*Once it's safe to return, do not try wiping the walls. You will only smear the residue making it more difficult to clean. 

*Call the professionals at SERVPRO of West Volusia. For 40 years we've been helping home and business owners recover from fires. 

At SERVPRO of West Volusia, we make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of West Voluisa

386-574-0864

Dealing with Contents

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

All water damages at commercial facilities are challenging. Whether there are multi-levels involved, numerous offices/cubicles or filled storage rooms, SERVPRO of West Volusia can help. 

Our IICRC trained and certified employees utilize state of the art equipment and software to insure your structure is properly dried out and you contents are dealt with. Our software programs track drying progress and can take a full inventory of any affected contents, salvageable and non-salvageable. 

Rest assured, our goal is to get you back in business as quickly as possible. To do so, we monitor our equipment and take material and atmospheric readings daily. Remember, when water damage impacts your facility go with the professionals at SERVPRO. "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of West Volusia

386-574-0864

Is Your Building Envelope Solid?

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

Water has a way of finding entry into a commercial building during storms and floods. Old roofs, cracked windows and faulty siding are just some of the ways moisture can infiltrate a property and cause rain damage. Too much moisture or high humidity in a building can cause structural weakness over time and promote the growth of mold. The presence of mold affects indoor air quality and can cause unpleasant odors in a building. There are many ways to address this issue by scheduling preventative maintenance, conducting regular inspections of the roofing system and fixing any leaks. Making sure your commercial building is sealed against moisture is a great way to protect your investment and its contents. SERVPRO of West Volusia is here to help. 

The Damaging Effects of Water

Water is a corrosive element and can break down wood and fabrics and damage electronics. Its presence in the form of high humidity provides a fertile ground for black mold to proliferate. During a heavy downpour, it's important that your building has all of the elements in place to keep out moisture. A building envelope, which consists of your roofing system and grade wall systems, does the following:

  • Protects against the intrusion of rain and hail.
  • Funnels water away through the use of drains
  • Provides weather protection and temperature control features

Rain damage poses a serious threat to the longevity of your building. In fact, floods are one of the most common disasters to impact a business. They can have devastating effects and can even cause a lengthy business disruption. Working with SERVPRO of West Volusia puts your company in a strong position to handle a disaster.
The best way to reduce rain damage to your building is to be prepared. Many buildings have cracks in the walls and other weaknesses that allow rain to get to areas where it doesn't belong. Shoring up these areas before a storm strikes is good business.

SERVPRO of West Volusia

386-574-0864