Christmas Home Hazards
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:
- 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.
- 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!)
- 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 West Volusia to have you back to normal in no time!
Hidden Mold - Inspection Process
Hidden mold in a home
Do you have an odor you can't identify? Do you see dark staining or visible mold? If so, let us come out and determine if you have a mold problem that needs to be addressed.
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 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 mold infestation.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 386-574-0864
What You Should Know: Dealing With A Fire Aftermath
2018 has been one of the most destructive wildfire seasons on record in California. The devastation that has occurred is beyond tragic, and our thoughts and prayers are with all of those effected.
Like a hurricane or many other natural disasters, wildfires bring up the urgency for people to understand what they are dealing with, should they ever be caught in that situation. One of the most important things to understand is wildfires can get out of control and the result can be disastrous.
If you find yourself as a victim of this event there are a few necessary measures to take immediately:
1. Ensure the health and safety of those involved. This is best achieved through emergency personnel. As soon as possible, make sure you seek help.
2. When the situation is SAFE and CONTAINED, it is important to assess the damage to your home or place of business, in the case of a wildfire, this should involve both your insurance and local authorities.
3. Restoration. SERVPRO understands what a devastating and trying time this is for you and your family. Know that we are here to make the restoration process as seamless and as comfortable for you as possible. We will walk with you through this process from beginning to end.
For more information on wildfires and ways you can be prepared to deal with this or other natural disasters, please visit: https://www.redcross.org/.
If you are looking for ways to help those effected by the terrible fires in California, the American Red Cross is taking donations to help fire victims by selecting "California Wildfires" for your donations here.
You can learn more about all of the ways you can help and assist California fire victims here: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Help-the-California-fire-victims-500531591.html
Happy Halloween from your friends at SERVPRO!
Can you believe the end of October is already here? Today, the holiday season kicks off with candy and costumes...In our office, Halloween also means our Annual pumpkin painting/carving contest!
Traditions are such a big part of our workplace and this one is so much fun! Everyone seems to get more creative with their pumpkins every year (making the contest harder to judge every time!) Who knew painting tiny pumpkins could get so competitive?
So whether it is with family, friends, or place of business, we encourage you to have some fun this holiday season. Make up a game or get crafty! If you don't know where to start, websites like Pinterest or Facebook have some awesome ideas that can help get you started.
SERVPRO of West Volusia County wishes everyone a safe and happy Halloween! If you are trick or treating tonight, make sure and grab us some extra candy.
This Cleaning Tip Might Save You From Water Damage
There are many ways in which water damage to your home is unavoidable. A storm blows through and causes damage, a pipe bursts, etc. Those examples and more are out of your control. However, there is one cleaning job that if you do regularly, could assist in preventing a water damage.
Clean those gutters.
We know, it's no ones favorite job. But even just cleaning those gutters at a minimum of once a year could help in preventing a build up of leaves, sticks and other debris, this can cause clogs and result in water creeping under the roof and sometimes, into the foundation.
Advice: Sorry Florida homeowners, but we advise that you should clean your gutters more often if you have overhanging trees and after a big storm.
Here's a little tip: Instead of using a store bought scoop for the cleaning, use an old plastic kitchen spatula. It gets the job done just as well, and it won’t damage the gutters.
While it may not be the greatest chore - trust us, its more fun than a water damage.
If you have or suspect water damage to your home or business, give SERVPRO of West Volusia County a call at (386) 574-0864.
SERVPRO of West Volusia Goes Pink
SANFORD, FLORIDA -- SERVPRO of West Volusia County goes pink to show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Shared on their social media platforms earlier today, they released this statement along with a picture of members of their crew in pink SERVPRO shirts. “In October, we wear pink. We wear it to promote the importance of mammograms and early detection for women. We wear it to show our support for those in the midst of the fight. We wear it to celebrate with survivors, and to remember with those who have lost a loved one to this horrible disease. In October, we wear pink because we believe in a cure, and we need to find it.”
To learn more about how you can support breast cancer prevention awareness and research during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, please visit the following websites.
SERVPRO of West Volusia County is a trusted leader in the restoration industry. Providing 24-hour emergency service, we are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. With the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs, we’re locally owned and operated and can respond immediately to your emergency.
Why You Should Choose Us
Flooding, one of the many causes of water damage.
Forces of nature, appliance and plumbing problems can lead to severe flooding in the interior of a home or office. There are precautions one can take to reduce the damage, but water damages can still occur. When it does occur, one needs to take the next logical step. It becomes important to hire a water removal specialist. A specialist can do exactly what is necessary to restore a water damaged environment to its original state.
There are a number of important functions a specialist must perform. One of the most important is to properly extract the water from the environment.
Once water has been removed, it becomes important to properly take care of the damage that has been done to the property. An individual can only perform this with a clear eye for the process. A water damage professional can spot wear, tear, and damage that a novice would not. This is another reason why it is necessary to call in the services of a professional, such as SERVPRO.
A water damage specialist can then perform all the work needed to restore a home to its original condition. This is a critical point because if the property is not repaired in the aftermath of the water damage, it can present great safety risks. This increases the liabilities a homeowner can face after water damage.
Proper repair work can also restore the value of the property. This is very important because no one would want to see the equity of his or her home decline. Water repair specialists can work tremendously well in terms of restoring the value of a home. That alone makes the value of a repair specialist extremely significant.
If you've encountered a large leak or a flood, a specialist will have all the equipment needed to take care of the situation quickly and simply. If there is a lot of water that you think you can take care of yourself, assess whether you think structural damage can occur within the extra time it may take you as opposed to a specialist.
Depending on what type of water there is, it could be harmful to your health. You should always call in a professional to get the job done. Once all the water is extracted or pumped out you would have to completely dry out the whole area. SERVPRO owns several large, high power drying fans to prevent further damage. Further damage, if not dried completely in a reasonable amount of time, could result in the growth of mold. In some cases, a water specialist may offer much lower prices and more accurate work than a regular plumber.
A SERVPRO specialist can handle septic systems, broken dishwashers or other plumbing or water utility device issues. If a strange smell in your home just won't go away, consider calling a water damage specialist at your local SERVPRO.
Testing For Mold In Your Central Florida Home?
Mold is hard to handle on your own. Let the professionals at SERVPRO combat the task.
When you should test for mold:
- Following flood damage
- Once a leak is found
- When you notice stains that you cannot explain
- When you smell mold, but cannot see it
- If someone in your home develops a medical condition that cannot be explained
- Call for a mold inspection if you see or smell mold, or if you are experiencing health problems, most notably, difficulty breathing.
- A visual assessment can help determine where mold is located. Air samples will be taken and tested for mold spores. Once testing is complete, a report will be issued with the findings.
- If test result prove that there is in fact mold present it is important to call a mold remediation specialist, such as SERVPRO, to take care of the job. During mold remediation, professionals will use protective clothing (including masks and gloves) and the proper equipment to ensure the mold does not spread.
- Finally, air samples will be taken again once mold has been removed. A new report will be issued.
My Central Florida Home Has Fire Damage - Now What?
Our crews doing some serious cleaning to the area effected by a house fire.
When you have experienced a fire in your home, one of the first things you want to do is call your insurance company. Find out everything you can about your policy to ensure that you know exactly what it will cost you to begin the repairs.
Then, you call us.
We are leading experts in fire restoration for homes and commercial properties; and we are here for you 24/7 every single day.
As soon as you call we will set up a time to come to your home and assess the damage. From there, we will help you make a plan begin the restoration process.
Fires can leave the affected area looking completely destroyed. So, one of the first things we will do is clean up! This includes water extraction, smoke and soot removal from floors, walls and ceilings, and cleaning all restorable items that were damaged by the fire.
We will also try and protect your home from any further damage by tarping part of the roof or boarding up windows and doors if needed.
Finally, the restoration process begins and we work to restore your home to pre-fire condition, "Like It Never Even Happened"!
If your home or commercial property has recently been damaged by a fire, give us a call at: (386) 574-0864.
Fire Prevention Week - What You Should Know
House fires can cause a lot of damage very quickly.
Did you know that National Fire Prevention Week 2017 is October 8-14? It is a necessity for your family to stay up to date on fire safety because it truly saves lives.
That’s why this year’s Fire Prevention Week theme: “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” is so important. It reinforces why everyone needs to have an escape plan.
This is important not only for your home but for your place of business as well. If there is a fire one day while you are in the office, have you thought about your escape plan? Does your company have one in place?
These are all vital questions to ask and the essential reason that Fire Prevention Week exists.
Bringing awareness to fire safety and its importance.
That is what this is all about! So sit down with your family and come up with an escape plan in case of a fire. Make sure you as well as your co-workers are up to date with the escape plan at your job too!
You can also to follow SERVPRO of West Volusia county on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! We will be bringing you fire safety tips and trades throughout Fire Prevention Week! You can also find a bunch of resources on fire safety by visiting the American Red Cross website, as well as NFPA.org.
Remember, fire restoration is one of our specialties here at SERVPRO of West Volusia county.
If you are ever in need of our services, give us a call at (386) 574-0864.