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Why Mold Grows in HVAC Air Ducts

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in Air Duct You can find mold growth in the humid and dark areas of your HVAC system.

Mold can grow in most areas of commercial buildings in DeLand, Florida, especially if they provide the right conditions. Its effects are dangerous for building materials, causing severe damage if left untreated. HVAC systems circulate mold around the building and provide the humid conditions it needs to thrive. HVAC cleaning is especially important for commercial buildings to prevent the growth of unwanted mold.

The Conditions for Mold Growth in HVAC Systems

You can find mold growth in the humid and dark areas of your HVAC system, such as:

  • The drip pan
  • The AC evaporator coils
  • The air ducts


Mold thrives in moist environmental conditions where it can find a host with the right nutrients. The dust in the ducts provides mold with nutrients and the dark, humid environment gives it the preferable conditions to grow. If the drip pan and AC evaporator coil are not cleaned regularly, they can also provide fungus the essential conditions for growth. It is important to conduct routine HVAC cleaning to prevent these parts from becoming worn or damaged.


Mold Prevention for HVAC Systems
To prevent mold growth on HVAC systems, make sure the air filters are routinely cleaned or replaced. HEPA filters are capable of filtering out the smallest air particles, making them ideal for filtering mold spores. Regular professional HVAC maintenance is also an essential part of mold prevention. It is recommended that this be done twice a year for commercial buildings. Routinely inspect your HVAC system for mold on air vents. Cleaning vents regularly will also prevent additional mold particles from circulating through your HVAC system.
Regular HVAC cleaning is necessary for mold prevention for commercial buildings and should be done by a professional mold cleaning service at least twice a year. If you have mold damage in your building, it is likely the mold is traveling through your HVAC system. Good filtration and regular maintenance can prevent mold growth and make your commercial building a cleaner, health-friendly environment.

4 Candle Alternatives for Fire Safety

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

fire safety Seminole County Strings of lights are designed with fire safety in mind

Here are Four Fire-Safe Candle Alternatives

Candles are used to create decorative lighting effects or release fragrances. Whether you are looking for safer mood lighting or a way to diffuse a scent without any risk of a candle fire, here are four fire-safe candle alternatives.

1. Battery-Powered Candles

A flameless electric alternative to candles can be placed anywhere for decorative or lighting purposes. Electric candles come in a wide variety of colors, heights, thicknesses and designs. Some battery-powered models are also designed to release fragrances.

2. Strings of Lights

Another way to get a candle-lit look is to string up Christmas or fairy lights. Strings of lights are designed with fire safety in mind. Choose from strands of single-color or multicolor bulbs. It is also possible to set up lights to blink or flicker if desired. Ultra-efficient LED bulbs make replacements affordable and keep energy costs low.

3. Candle Warmers

A candle warmer may be the best option among these candle alternatives for fans of scented candles. A warmer makes it possible to enjoy these fragrances with a much lower fire risk. A warmer may be a base on which a candle sits or resemble a lamp.

4. Diffusers

Reed diffusers do not resemble candles. For a different look, reeds in oil can be an attractive, creative and flameless way to release a scent. Diffusers have an even lower risk of fire than an electric candle warmer.

Most candle fires occur around the holidays. Battery-powered candle alternatives and strings of lights are safer options for illuminated decorations. Warmers and diffusers are useful for spreading a fragrance throughout a home with a lower risk of fire. If a fire starts due to a candle or any other cause, you should attempt to extinguish the flames or contact the fire department. Fire damage restoration experts can restore or replace damaged building materials at a residence in Volusia County.

Routine Bathroom Maintenance Can Prevent Leaks

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

bathroom plumbing maintenance Bathroom maintenance can prevent leaks

Timely Bathroom Maintenance Can Prevent Leaks

If you own a home or rent, it's a good idea to become familiar with your plumbing system. This could save you time and money as well as prevent a major problem. The mainline brings freshwater into your building, and from there, you have several supply lines that eventually bring water to individual faucets and appliances, often by way of smaller branch lines. Supply line damage, since it usually carries a large amount of water, can quickly flood your home in Seminole County. Therefore, a smart homeowner pays attention to the condition of the supply lines.

The Need for Maintenance
If you have resided in your location for years, you might even know the history of your supply lines and when they last received maintenance. Knowing the following facts will help you keep tabs on the potential for a supply line leak:

  • The age of the pipes
  • The material of the pipes
  • The date of the last major plumbing upgrade
  • The length of any warranty from the plumbing contractor or the pipe manufacturer

Some materials last longer than others. Plastic piping becomes vulnerable to supply line damage after about five to eight years; of course, it could last much longer, but it usually will be not be warrantied for any longer. On the other hand, steel braided piping often has a lifetime warranty on materials.

The Need for Water Cleanup
Whether it is from supply line damage or a bathroom leak, water escaping into your home is a serious problem. A professional water remediation team can act quickly to limit the damage. Trained technicians will arrive Faster to Any Size Disaster and remove standing water before it has had time to cause structural damage to floors and walls. They will use powerful vacuums and air dryers to rid the home of excessive humidity, which is often a condition that invites mold growth. If you suspect your supply lines are worn, it might be time to have a plumbing contractor check things out.

What Is Causing Ceiling Tile Discoloration?

6/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Three Causes Of Ceiling Tile Discoloration

Most commercial facilities have drop ceilings with ceiling tiles. It is not uncommon for these tiles to become damaged over time and require replacement. However, many facility managers may be disheartened to find a single tile or several tiles with stains and assume tile mold. While your mind may immediately jump to mold growth, any remediation service in Volusia County will likely explain that mold is possible, but there are at least three other causes, especially if the staining is recent.

  1. Plumbing problem
  2. Roof leak
  3. HVAC system issue

Plumbing Problem
If your facility is multi-story, then the tile discoloration is likely the result of plumbing issues and not tile mold. Ceiling tiles are incredibly porous and will soak in the water, causing a stain to appear on the other side. Fresh water stains typically look damp; they will likely turn the tile a shade of gray, especially if the tile is a lighter color naturally.

Roof Leak
If your facility is a single-story, then you may have a more significant issue than a minor plumbing leak. A roof leak can also result in the discoloration of ceiling tiles because of water damage. You may want to inspect your roof around the area of the staining to ensure that there is no existing external damage.

HVAC System Issue
If your facility has roof-mounted HVAC units, it is possible that the staining is a result of leaking from the condensation line or system and not mold. If you have an A/C unit above or near where the staining appeared, then you may want to contact an HVAC repair specialist.
While tile mold is a concern for any business because of the inevitable business interruption, it is not always the reason for tile staining. If you are genuinely concerned about the possibility of mold and cannot find any other likely causes for the staining, then contact a mold remediation company for a property assessment.

We Are Certified

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage In A Home We are water damage experts.

At SERVPRO of West Volusia we pride ourselves on having trained, IICRC Certified employees 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 West Volusia 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. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia 386-574-0864

"Like it never even happened."

Emergency Ready Plan

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial building in Florida Does your business have an Emergency Ready Plan?

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

SERVPRO of West Volusia 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 West Volusia is here to help protect your business by helping you get prepared! Give us a call today: (386) 574-0864

Tornado Safety Plan, What You Need To know

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Tornado emerging from sky Do you have a Tornado Safety Plan?

We do not see them very often in Central Florida. However, during some major storms, the threat of a tornado can become very real, very quickly.

SERVPRO of West Volusia County specializes in flooding and storm damage restoration, but our first priority is you. That's why we wanted to share a few safety tips with you so that in the event of a tornado, you know what to do. 

  • It is important to know the difference between Tornado Watches and Tornado Warnings. If a Tornado Watch is issued for your area, it means that weather conditions are favorable for a tornado to occur. If a Tornado Warning is issued in your area, it means a tornado has been detected in your area and you should seek shelter immediately. 
  • If a tornado warning is issued in your area, make sure that everyone in the home goes to an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. Usually, this would be a basement, closet or bathroom.
  • It is always a good idea to have a portable battery-operated radio. That way in the event of a tornado you are able to still listen to weather warnings and updates from your safe room. 

In the event that damage occurs to your home or place of business due to a major storm...SERVPRO of West Volusia County is here for you. Give us a call at (386) 574-0864

How To Prevent Flooding In Your Central Florida Home

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded home being remediated SERVPRO Is Here To Help!

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 underwater at 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 it.
  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, in the event that 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 (386) 574-0864.

5 Tips To Prevent Water Damage

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

water on a window Here are 5 useful tips to prevent water damage to your home.

A few quick and easy tips may help in preventing water damage in your home...Check them out below!

  1. Plan before you plant any trees or plants. Make sure you know where irrigation systems run to ensure that you keep roots away from growing near any water lines.
  2. We cannot share this one enough, clean your gutters! Clogged gutters are a huge culprit of water damage and can not only cause flooding but mold growth as water seeps into a home's foundation. 
  3. Water leaks can sometimes go completely unnoticed. A good way to try and prevent this is to pay attention to your water bill. If it is much higher than you think it should be, you may have a leak in your home. 
  4. When you need to unclog a drain, use a drain snake rather than unclogging chemicals. This can help ensure that the chemicals do not eat away at your pipes making them more susceptible to water leaks. 
  5. Finally, DO NOT pour grease down the sink. It is a huge factor in clogged water pipes and can cause leaks and water damage to your home. 

In the event of water damage, call the experts at SERVPRO of West Volusia County to make it disappear! (386) 574-0864

What To Do When Your Home Is Fire Damaged

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

fire damage in a kitchen Never leave your stove unattended!

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.

What's The Difference Between Partial Losses and Total Losses?

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Volusia - image of floor damage Heavy Floor Damage

A partial loss indicates that a structure was not irreparably damaged. In general, this level of damage may require restoration and repairs, but not a complete rebuild. Find out how to determine the extent of fire loss at a commercial building in West Volusia County.

The Damage Is Limited

If a particular area of a structure has sustained fire damage while other areas are only affected by heat or smoke, the loss is likely to be partial. The following are some of the most common forms of partial loss:

  • Burnt or charred building materials or contents
  • Heat-damaged building materials or contents
  • Smoke-damaged building materials or contents

Buildings that remain structurally sound can still suffer an extensive partial loss. An actual total loss involves a situation in which a property has burned down or sustained such extensive structural damage that a complete rebuild is necessary.

Restoration Is An Option
A fire loss is likely partial if a building can be cleaned and restored. This even applies to situations in which a certain portion of a structure sustains significant damage and may have to be rebuilt, but the building remains structurally sound on the whole and safe for occupation after cleaning and restoration.

Contents Can Be Restored or Replaced
Fire damage at a commercial building is likely to involve damaged contents. Getting a professional verdict on the condition of equipment can facilitate claim settlement. Any assessment should account for fire, heat and smoke damage. It is helpful to have an insurance policy that covers replacement costs rather than actual cash value with depreciation.
In the event of a partial fire loss, cleanup and restoration experts should check for hidden damage. Fire damage that appears minor may actually be more extensive. Experienced fire restoration professionals can inspect and accurately identify the extent of loss for the purpose of making a commercial property insurance claim.

Fire Damage Restoration 101

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

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Basic Procedure For a Fire Restoration Project

Seeing your home go up in flames can be an emotionally draining experience. However, you have to act quickly to prevent further destruction. Any delay could potentially drive the damage cleaning costs through the roof as the structure sustains more water damage, and mold builds up in the walls.
Here’s the basic procedure for a fire restoration project in Central Florida:

  • Initial contact
  • Assessment
  • Board up and tarp
  • Cleanup and rebuilding

Call a Restoration Company

Call a fire restoration service as the first thing you do after getting off the phone with insurance. Regardless of the time of day, a representative from the cleanup service should pick your call and schedule an inspection ASAP. Consider that as an essential feature of a restoration company when shopping around.

Inspection

The cleanup service should come to check out the damage. During this visit, the expert will be assessing the extent of fire, soot and smoke damage throughout the house. They will also identify things that can be salvaged and those that need replacement. At the end of this exercise, the service should be able to give an accurate quote for the job.

Board up and Tarp Services

On the first day of work, the restoration team will start by sealing any holes in the house. For example, if a fire burns a hole through the roof, sealing it will keep rainwater out, preventing further water damage and mold growth.

Clean up and Rebuilding

Your average restoration services will clean up the soot, get rid of burnt materials, and remove water from a fire-damaged home. Only the best will go the extra mile to rebuild the structure and make it habitable. Look for a service that covers cleanup to finishing work and everything in between.
Generally speaking, fire restoration is a multistep process that will breathe life into your burnt structure, making it a home again.

How Many Smoke Detectors Should I Have In My Home

11/10/2020 (Permalink)

A Smoke Detector A Smoke Detector

Top Reasons One Fire Alarm Isn't Enough

The value of smoke detectors has been well established. Experts estimate that having a fire alarm in your house can significantly cut the risk of fire damage or injuries. But many homeowners think just one alarm is enough to reduce the risk. The truth is that not having enough alarms in your West Volusia home can be almost as bad as having none at all. In fact, there are several reasons why one alarm isn’t typically enough.
Public awareness has made fire detectors one of the most common fire-prevention devices in a home. As a result of public awareness efforts:

  • As many as 96 percent of American homes are believed to have alarms
  • Smoke alarms have contributed to cutting the risk of home fire fatalities by nearly half

Clearly any alarm is better than none. But to be effective, it’s key that you have more than just one.

One Per Room

It’s natural to think that an alarm in a common area is enough. But experts say at a minimum, you should have one alarm per room. This can help protect your property against fires that can start in unexpected places like bathrooms.

Bigger Means More

A typical detector is only effective for about a 900 square-foot area of a building. Use your home’s measurements when buying detectors. For example, a 2,000 square-foot home should have at least three alarms.

Level Up

Fires that start on one level often result in destruction to other levels of the home. This can be prevented by having detectors on every level, which experts suggest.
Having at least one fire alarm definitely increases your protection against a fire. Take things a step further by equipping your home with the ideal number of alarms. Use these tips or talk to your local fire and smoke damage cleanup experts to learn more about how many alarms your home truly needs.

Where To Find Water Leaks In Your Business

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Office water leak Office water leak from a broken pipe

Every year many businesses are affected by water leaks that have long gone unnoticed. A leak can not only cause a significant amount of damage to your building and its contents, but it can also skyrocket your water bill. So as a business owner, it is good to know where you can look for potential water leaks. 

The drip … drip … drip of a water leak seems harmless enough, but multiply those drips and they can become a giant problem. It’s a good idea to regularly inspect and identify spots where water leaks are most likely to occur.

1. Leaky Toilets Are Good Place To Start

Commercial buildings typically have several toilets. You can see and hear many toilet leaks, but sometimes they aren’t visible or audible. In most cases, a sure indicator would be your water meter, but toilet leaks tend to be slow. If you can determine that your water use has dramatically risen, a malfunctioning toilet isn’t probably the culprit.

2. Leaky Faucets Are Common

Even a small drip can lead to a large loss of water over time. If you have one faucet that drips one drop per second, approximately five gallons of water would be wasted every day. That’s over 2,000 gallons each year. Fortunately, most leaky faucets are easy to repair and usually involve the replacement of washers.

3. Leaky Underground Pipes Can Go Unnoticed

If water main pipes spring a leak on your side of the meter, you'll be responsible for paying the bill. The water bill may be the only indication that there’s a water leak. You won’t know that there’s a possibly even a pipe break until you receive your monthly water bill unless you monitor your water consumption weekly. Talk to your provider and see what they can do in terms of weekly monitoring until the problem is resolved.

4. Leaky Plumbing Can Affect Everything

Pipes are located throughout buildings. So, leaks can occur behind walls, above ceilings, and under flooring. Sometimes the only way you realize that there’s a leak is noticing wet drywall, discolored ceiling tiles, mold or smelling a musty odor.
If your Volusia County, commercial building sustains water damage from a water leak, be sure to hire restoration professionals. They'll return it to its preloss condition as soon as possible.

Where To Find Water Leaks In Your Business

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Every year many businesses are affected by water leaks that have long gone unnoticed. A leak can not only cause a significant amount of damage to your building and its contents, but it can also skyrocket your water bill. So as a business owner, it is good to know where you can look for potential water leaks. 

The drip … drip … drip of a water leak seems harmless enough, but multiply those drips and they can become a giant problem. It’s a good idea to regularly inspect and identify spots where water leaks are most likely to occur.

1. Leaky Toilets Are Good Place To Start

Commercial buildings typically have several toilets. You can see and hear many toilet leaks, but sometimes they aren’t visible or audible. In most cases, a sure indicator would be your water meter, but toilet leaks tend to be slow. If you can determine that your water use has dramatically risen, a malfunctioning toilet isn’t probably the culprit.

2. Leaky Faucets Are Common

Even a small drip can lead to a large loss of water over time. If you have one faucet that drips one drop per second, approximately five gallons of water would be wasted every day. That’s over 2,000 gallons each year. Fortunately, most leaky faucets are easy to repair and usually involve the replacement of washers.

3. Leaky Underground Pipes Can Go Unnoticed

If water main pipes spring a leak on your side of the meter, you'll be responsible for paying the bill. The water bill may be the only indication that there’s a water leak. You won’t know that there’s a possibly even a pipe break until you receive your monthly water bill unless you monitor your water consumption weekly. Talk to your provider and see what they can do in terms of weekly monitoring until the problem is resolved.

4. Leaky Plumbing Can Affect Everything

Pipes are located throughout buildings. So, leaks can occur behind walls, above ceilings, and under flooring. Sometimes the only way you realize that there’s a leak is noticing wet drywall, discolored ceiling tiles, mold or smelling a musty odor.
If your Volusia County, commercial building sustains water damage from a water leak, be sure to hire restoration professionals. They'll return it to its preloss condition as soon as possible.

Why Choose SERVPRO Of West Volusia County

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

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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. And that is exactly who we are and what we do here at SERVPRO of West Volusia County.

Why Choose Us


There are several 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 Of West Volusia.

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 of West Volusia.

How Realtors Benefit From SERVPRO Of West Volusia

11/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Every realtor knows that clean homes sell faster. 

Dirty air 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. 

It could be possible that your sellers may have problem 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 West Volusia is here to help with any of these issues and more! Give us a call today, for a free mold inspection or assessment:(386) 574-0864.

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

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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.

My Office is Flooded!

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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. 

386-574-0864

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

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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?

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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

Storm Watch vs Storm Warning

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Population size can affect the severity of a storm by at least 2% in rainfall. This is due to a higher temperature in cities like Deland, Debary and Deltona, Florida. Fortunately, our phones have the convenient ability to alert us of an oncoming storm, whether the storm happens tonight, tomorrow, or within the next few days. However, these alerts come with two different descriptions of the storm, a storm watch or a storm warning. Without being informed on the difference between the two, how can we know how prepared we need to be for storms headed our way? Here’s the difference. A storm warning is a less severe storm message. 

storm warning is for a storm that:

  • will arrive soon 
  • lasts between twenty minutes and an hour
  • covers only portions of a county
  • indicates we should take cover when the message is received

storm watch is for a storm that:

  • will arrive within a few hours
  • lasts for several hours
  • can cover across multiple states
  • indicates we should have a plan prepared for when it arrives

With this information, we can better prepare ourselves for when that message shows up on phones. The next time a storm message arrives, whether a watch or a warning, save your stress about the possibility of damage until the following day. And before looking for how to handle storm damage from last night, consider hiring storm damage specialists like your local SERVPRO, who have the power of a commercial company with the speed and customer service of a local company. SERVPRO of West Volusia can take all the hassle out of the inevitable. While we cannot avoid the path of a storm, they can restore our homes as though storms never happen.

SERVPRO of West Volusia

386-574-0864

There Is A Leak Under My Kitchen Sink

5/13/2020 (Permalink)

5 Steps to Follow to Minimize the Need for Kitchen Repair

The kitchen may be the heart of your West Volusia home, but it's also a common site of household flooding. If you notice a leak beneath your sink, here are five steps to follow to minimize the need for kitchen repair.

1. If the water is erupting from your sink like a geyser, shut it off completely. Find the sink's individual water valve, and turn it clockwise to stop the flow of water. In the event that your kitchen sink doesn't have an individual cut-off valve, locate your home's main water supply valve and shut it off.

2. Remove any items stored beneath the sink. This will give you easy access to the pipes so you can better observe the source of the water in home, as well as allow you to begin drying off any wet items that you want to salvage.

3. Identify the source. There are a variety of reasons why your sink's drainpipe may have sprung a leak. One of the most common is a loose or worn compression nut. This makes for a loose connection that can allow water through. A clog, or even pipes that are the incorrect size, may also be to blame. If you can't figure out where the flooding originated, it's likely time to call your plumber for assistance.

4. Repair the leak. Once the source of the unwanted water has been found, it's time to fix it promptly. You may be able to perform simple repairs, such as tightening a loose compression nut, on your own if you wish. For more extensive repairs, however, seek the help of a professional plumber.

5. Clean up. The extent of the leak will determine the type of cleanup involved. If water damage is substantial, such as that which springs from a long-hidden leak, your best bet is usually to enlist the help SERVPRO of West Volusia.
Flooding in the kitchen is an all-too-common occurrence, but it doesn't have to be a catastrophe. Follow these five steps to restore your kitchen safely and quickly.

SERVPRO of West Volusia

386-574-0864

What's That Smell?

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 West Volusia 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 West Volusia 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 West Volusia 

386-574-0864

"Here to Help"

Here To Serve

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For 40 years, SERVPRO of West Volusia 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 West Volusia to serve you. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia

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"Here In Your Community: Here To Help"

Approaching Storm Season

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

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 West Volusia 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 West Volusia has responded to. Large or small, SERVPRO of West Volusia 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 West Volusia

386-574-0864

Hidden Moisture

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At SERVPRO of West Volusia we pride ourselves on having trained, IICRC Certified employees 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 West Volusia 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. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia

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Knowing Your Insurance Policy

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

Insurance is a subject that most find unimportant until they are in a situation when they need it. Our advice? DO NOT be like this.

As a business or homeowner, it is vital to know exactly what your policy covers! We cannot tell you how many times we find that a business or home is damaged and some (or none) of the repairs are covered. 

In Florida, more often than not the lack of coverage surrounds flood or mold damage. 

Make it a priority to call your agent sometime this week. Have a five to ten-minute "checkup" conversation just to make sure you are all on the same page with your policy and coverage! 

Put your mind at ease, and know that when the unexpected happens, SERVPRO of West Volusia will be here for you, and your insurance will pay for it! 

If you are in need of Cleaning & Restoration services, give us a call at (386) 574-0864. 

Wet Roads

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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.

SERVPRO of West Volusia "Here To Help"

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COVID19

5/9/2020 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of West Volusia, 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 West Volusia is here for you. Give us a call at 386-574-0864

COVID19-Working Together

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We here at SERVPRO of West Volusia 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 West Volusia, 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 West Volusia is here for you. Give us a call at 386-574-0864

After a Fire

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 West Volusia 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. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia

386-574-0864

Insurance Policy - What You Should Know

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Gray calculator with orange key pad. Black and gold pen sitting on top of paper. Understanding your insurance policy makes it so much easier to know when you are covered.

Insurance is a subject that most find unimportant until they are in a situation when they need it. Our advice? DO NOT be like this.

As a business or homeowner, it is vital to know exactly what your policy covers! We cannot tell you how many times we find that a business or home is damaged and some (or none) of the repairs are covered. 

In Florida, more often than not the lack of coverage surrounds flood or mold damage. 

Make it a priority to call your agent sometime this week. Have a five to ten-minute "checkup" conversation just to make sure you are all on the same page with your policy and coverage! 

Put your mind at ease, and know that when the unexpected happens, SERVPRO of West Volusia will be here for you, and your insurance will pay for it! 

If you are in need of Cleaning & Restoration services, give us a call at (386) 574-0864.

Dealing With A Fire Aftermath

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire burning flames with black background. It's important to know what to do following a fire.

We are heading into a season of dryer air. 

Like a hurricane or any 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. 

A Few Smokey Facts

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Indoor room post fire damage with soot and smoke damage all over the ceilings, walls, floors, and furniture. It is important to know the facts when dealing with smoke damage following a fire.

SERVPRO of West Volusia has been handling Fire Damaged homes and businesses for 35 years. Here are a few important things to know:

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allow us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of West Volusia will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises, therefore, smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?


Call Us Today –386-574-0864

The Cleaning Tip That Could Save You Thousands

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Gutter from home dripping water outside. Cleaning the gutters can save you money.

There are many ways in which water damage to your home is unavoidable. A storm blows through and causes damage, 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 water damage. 

Clean those gutters. 

We know, it's no one's 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 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.

Our Ingredients - Safe For You And The Environment

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Green sign that reads environmentally friendly with a leaf logo. Environmentally friendly ingredients, cleaning smarter and better!

Did you know that SERVPRO of West Volusia 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.

These cleaning products get the job done with no compromise in strength and without endangering your health or your environment.

SERVPRO of West Volusia 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: (386) 574-0864

Call Your West Volusia Experts

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

What's that musty odor? Where did this spot on the ceiling come from? Has the corner of that wall always looked like that? 

If any of the above questions make you think about your home, it's time to give SERVPRO of West Volusia a call. 

The bad news: If you have ever asked or thought any of the above questions, you may be dealing with a mold issue in your home.

The good news: We are experts in mold remediation! Our crew would be happy to come out and inspect your home and the area of concern to see what you may be dealing with - at no cost to you, of course. 

Mold in your home can be scary...In some cases, it may even mean health concerns for your family. But don't worry, SERVPRO of West Volusia is here to serve you and help get your life back to normal and your home mold-free! 

Give us a call today: (386) 574-0864

FIre Safety Plan

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Having a fire safety plan for your family is so important. In the event of a fire, every family member knowing exactly what to do could truly be life-saving. That's why here at SERVPRO of West Volusia County we strongly support the creation of home fire escape plans in every household.

If you do not already have a plan in place for your home, here are a few tips for creating one! 

  1. Family members should know two ways to get out of every room in the home. 
  2. Make specific escape routes and plans for homes with two stories or more.
  3. Pick a meeting place outside of the home where your family will go in the event of a fire. 
  4. Home fire drills should be performed to make sure that the plan in place works well. 
  5. Make sure every member of the family knows how to call 9-1-1. 

For all of your fire restoration needs, give us a call at (386) 574-0864.

Always Ready!

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

For Immediate Service call SERVPRO of West Volusia - 

Our franchise provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster. For 35 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: (386) 574-0864

Residential Services

Whether your Volusia County home needs emergency flood damage or your carpets cleaned, 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 Volusia 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

Hurricane Season...It's Time to Start Preparing

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 West Volusia is always here for your storm restoration needs! (386) 574-0864. 

Be Ready For Anything

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Ready 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

Continued Growth

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of West Volusia, we are continuing to grow. We now have 3 large warehouses with office space in Sanford. Along with the additional space for equipment storage, etc., it will enable us to handle 99% of customer content storage and cleaning at our facility eliminating the need for pods and other storage units. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia continues to provide immediate, excellent service and no job is too small or too big for us. Our trained, certified employees stand ready with state of the art equipment, tools and vehicles to respond to any and all residential/commercial jobs. 

As an IICRC certified firm you are assured of the following:

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.

The Difference You Didn't Expect

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

"Any restoration company can make the damage disappear, but we will fix it." - Joe Dalton (General Manager)

Last month, our owners sat down with a local magazine to talk about the restoration industry. After rolling through the interview touch points, including industry expert questions and more specific business information. The journalist asked if someone could sum up what makes SERVPRO of West Volusia, unique in the restoration business. 

The answer is the difference you didn't expect.

It's going to seem strange - When you look down at your phone to see our Operations Manager calling you when we had finished our job days or even a week earlier. You may even chuckle a little as we ask if everything is still working and satisfactorily back to normal. After all, we will have already done a final walk through and asked those same exact questions. 

This is what makes us unique. The one extra call. The one extra step. The one extra moment to ensure that your home or business is left as good, if not better than before the damage occurred.

"Like it never even happened." isn't just a slogan, it's how we conduct business every single day. 

When You Aren't Ready

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 West Volusia 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: (386) 574-0864

Three Reasons To Call

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Volusia 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: (386) 574-0864

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 West Volusia 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 West Volusia

SERVPRO of West Volusia 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.

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!

Anytime - Anywhere

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Volusia specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost. Having served Central Florida for 35 years we have the experience, equipment and employees for any situation.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Volusia County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 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 386-574-0864

Preparing For A Major Storm

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Living in Florida, we are no strangers to major storms and hurricanes. Even so, it never hurts to be as prepared as possible when we find ourselves in the path of one. Here are a few guidelines we think everyone should go by in the event of a major storm. 

  1. Create a three-day (at minimum) supply kit. Make sure it contains enough water, food, medication and any other items needed to last you and your family at least three days. 
  2. Put away important paperwork and special belongings in water proof storage. Zip-locked bags or water proof boxes are great for this!
  3. Create a home emergency plan. This would be important to have in place if your home is at risk of flooding during the storm.
  4. It never hurts to board up windows and purchase sandbags to help protect the exterior of your home from heavy winds and rain.
  5. Make sure you stay tuned into weather stations for any important warnings that may be issued for your area.

If a water damage were to occur due to a major storm, SERVPRO of West Volusia County is here for you! Give us a call at (386) 574-0864.

Dealing With A Water Damage

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of West Volusia 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 - 386-574-0864

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 West Volusia 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)?

Safety Tips for Your Business

12/20/2018 (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 West Volusia County: (386) 574-0864

 

Why Your Business Needs An ERP

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO of West Volusia 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 West Volusia County is here to help protect your business by helping you get prepared! Give us a call today: (386)574-0864

The Lingering Effect

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

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: (386) 574-0864.

Preventative Measures Against Mold Growth In Your Home

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

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 Can Do After A Water Damage

12/20/2018 (Permalink)

Water in unwanted places can cause a lot of damage. While we never suggest cleaning up a water damage yourself, there are a few things you can do before the professionals get there in order to help preserve your belongings!

  • Remove electronics that may be in the path of the water. The faster you do this, the less damage you will have occur to these items.  
  • Anything you are able to get up on blocks and away from the water really helps the chances of salvaging items in a water damage.
  • Towels, buckets, mops and anything else that can soak up as much water as possible is always a plus and can help to prevent significant damage to flooring. 

After these steps, leave the rest to us! SERVPRO of West Volusia County specializes in water damage restoration and can get your home back to normal in no time! 

If you have suffered a water damage, give us a call at (386) 574-0864.

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 West Volusia to have you back to normal in no time!

Hidden Mold - Inspection Process

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

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

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 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. 

Testing For Mold In Your Central Florida Home?

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.

Fire Prevention Week - What You Should Know

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

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.

Protecting Your Central Florida Business From Hurricane Damage

10/1/2018 (Permalink)

Structure effected by water damage due to a recent storm.

Just like you would your home, it is so important to protect your business structure from powerful storms. 

That's why we thought we would share a few tips to help you prepare.

  1. Trim trees or other plants 

At your home, you are going to make sure your trees and bushes are trimmed to help ensure that nothing comes flying through your windows during high winds. It's important to take this same measure at the office. 

  1. Storm shutters

If you live somewhere prone to hurricanes and powerful storms like we do here in Central Florida, it's always a good idea to install storm shutters on your windows at the office just like you would at home. 

  1. Storage space

If you are a company that deals with equipment (like we do) it's important to have a space inside your office that you would be able to store everything if need be. This helps to prevent any equipment from getting wet and possibly ruined. 

So that's it. All it takes is a few extra measures to make sure your business is as safe and secure during a storm as your home! 

If you ever do end up with a water damage in your home or place of business, don't worry...We're here for you. 

Give us a call at (386) 574-0864.

Got Mold?

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold was found down near the baseboards in this home.

What's that musty odor? Where did this spot on the ceiling come from? Has the corner of that wall always looked like that? 

If any of the above questions make you think about your home, it's time to give SERVPRO of West Volusia County a call. 

The bad news: If you have ever asked or thought any of the above questions, you may be dealing with a mold issue in your home.

The good news: We are experts in mold remediation! Our crew would be happy to come out and inspect your home and the area of concern to see what you may be dealing with - at no cost to you, of course. 

Mold in your home can be scary...In some cases it may even mean health concerns for your family. But don't worry, SERVPRO of West Volusia County is here to serve you and help get your life back to normal and your home mold free! 

Give us a call today: 386-574-0864

Post Hurricane Tips

8/24/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Lane is currently causing major flooding issues as it continues to bare down on the Hawaiian islands. So often we post about hurricane preparation tips and what you can do to be ready for a big storm. While that is important to know, it is also vital to understand steps that should be taken after a hurricane has passed through your area. 

SERVPRO of West Volusia is a proud supporter and partner of The American Red Cross, and hope that these few tips assist your family in the aftermath of a hurricane. 

  1. If the power is out after a storm and you have a generator, PLEASE make sure you know how to properly use and store one BEFORE you ever utilize it. 
  2. Try to assess the damage to your home or building. If you hear strange noises or shifting, leave the structure immediately. 
  3. Pay close attention to flood warnings and other safety messages post hurricane. Just because the storm has passed, does not mean you should stop tuning into your emergency radio. 
  4. If you have to venture outside before safety measures have been put in place. REMEMBER that fallen power lines can be covered by debris from the storm. Proceed with extreme caution. 
  5. Follow your local hurricane disaster guidelines. They are put in place to help ensure you and your family's safety. 

There are plenty of more tips on how to deal with the aftermath of a hurricane. Please visit The American Red Cross website for more details.

For storm damage restoration needs, we are here to help. Give us a call at (386) 574-0864. 

Fireworks and Fire Safety

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

The 4th of July is just days away!

SERVPRO of West Volusia 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 West Volusia 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 West Volusia County: 386-574-0864 

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 West Volusia 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!

  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. 

Do I Have A Mold Issue?

12/20/2017 (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 (386) 574-0864.

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