Effects of Irma over a month later
This is a photo of the drive way and car port
Hurricane Irma swept through Florida on September 11th 2017. Now here we are on October 31st and the effects of this large storm are still being felt.
Our office of SERVPRO of Central Brevard was called to do an evaluation of a home that had been flooded twice since the hurricane. We have been in many, many homes since then and what I did not expect, because of how long it has been since Irma shocked me. Here I was in the middle of Rockledge,
with no rivers or lakes within several miles and as I drove up to the home the road was still flooded almost up to 2 and half feet. As a matter of fact the water(please see the photo) was still all the way up to the car port of this home. Needless to say this job will require a storm cut of 2 feet in most of the homes drywall(in some cases higher)- not to mention demo of cabinets and bathrooms--
About the Worst we ever saw
Cocoa Beach condo unit with tons of mold
Please see the picture--
SERVPRO of Central Brevard was called to inspect 5 units at a Cocoa Beach Condo. They had roof damage and before any work could be done there was a lot of rain which kept the units very wet.
Upon entering the top unit, the odor was about as much as one could take and we had to use our PPE in order to inspect the unit. My production manager said it is about the worst he has ever seen when it comes to mold coverage. It was every where. Basically in order to complete this job we will have to gut the unit done to the studs. Wall, Ceiling and floors. Even more special upon further inspection we noticed that the floor tiles were 9 x 9 inch square and are quite possibly asbestos- which will require special safety methods to clean up.
Irma the Terrible!!
Merritt Island road full of water and debris
Since hurricane Irma swept through the state of Florida on Sept 11th 2017- SERVPRO of Central Brevard has been responding to call after call for help. The call volume has been off the charts. Several challenges had to be overcome such as roadways that we not usable due to either flooding or large amounts of debris scattered about. Downed power lines caused several cities in our area to be without power for almost a week.
But we banded together with those in our communities and with the help of SERVPRO storm teams that arrived from other states-The people were getting their homes and businesses dry and their lives back in order. Although there was tremendous amounts of damage we were blessed with not having anything extremely catastrophic in our area, It is going to take some time but with plenty of determination and hard work our community start to look "Like it never even happened."
Not the kind of wet bar we want
SERVPRO of Central Brevard received a weekend call from a local Brevard county Knights of Columbus for a large leak. And it was large almost 90 % of the building had water in it. Thankfully there were large areas that did not have contents to move and there was lots of hard flooring and not much carpet-
The problem started from a water line leak behind the bar. They had shut the water off from the building before our arrival and called in a plumber to repair the damaged water line.
Please see the photo below showing one of our IICRC trained techs extracting water from one of the main areas in this building. It did take several hours but after about 3 days we had the entire building dried out!!!
Don't leave your water damage to chance and create a mold problem
Here at SERVPRO of Central Brevard we have seen many times what happens when someone leave their water damage to chance. They have some type of leak they use a wet dry vac to suck up water and towel it off. And no more water problem right??
generally wrong!!! Water like to go places that we do not see, like in your walls and under your cabinets and tile. If this water is not dried properly the result is usually a mold problem.
Please look at the photo below- This came from a home how had several water intrusions over a couple of years- This pic is from the laundry room and after the machines and wall cabinets were removed the mold damage is clear. There are numerous areas in this home just like this- and until a small amount of mold became visible no one ever noticed. However the owners did say that their allergies have been worse over the last several months.....
Helping Condos with emergency planning
SERVPRO of Central Brevard has always been active in our community. With Hurricane Matthew still fresh on everyone's mind we have stepped up to be a valued resource to our condominium association.
At the beginning of the summer the Space Coast Condominium Association (SCCA) held storm and emergency preparedness meetings, one of which we sponsored, during these meeting we showed how SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) complements and enhances the plans they are making. The individual condo presidents really love the portability of the information. That way in the case of evacuation they don't have to worry about any paperwork its all right there on the phone. We are working with several condos right now getting prepared-
This is one of the things I enjoy- building lasting trust with our friends and neighbors by lending a hand and providing a service (which is free by the way)that will not only give piece of mind but allow us to take care of them if the time comes when they really need help!!
ERP's Lead the way to great relatioships
SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) has been a useful tool in the creation of great relationships.
We have been using them in the local hotels and during the summer months they are almost always up to capacity, With that many people you can almost guarantee that some sort of damage is going to occur.
With the use of the ERP not only have we gained the confidence of the hotel managers but we have great relationship with the maintenance staff which make taking care of their emergency so much easier. We don't have to ask for instructions for ever little detail we already know them. Anytime you can get something like a water damage done quickly and a business back up running all the better- especially at a hotel who will tell you that the "most expensive room is an empty room"
Major whole house water damage in Cocoa Florida
the living room under where one part of the ceiling caved in- you can see all the white marks on the tile- that is the remains of the ceiling
Over the weekend- there were major thunder storms in the central Florida area including here in Cocoa. SERVPRO of Central Breavard responded to a home who had major water intrustion which came from the incomplete roof which was being replaced-
Only after the rain had stopped and the roofers had tarped were we able to being getting the home dried out. All but one room was affected and plus the electricity had been turned off, so we had to bring in a generator in order for us to run the drying equipment.
We had to box many contents and move some to the dry room while other items were stored in pod.
Unfortunately due to the amount of damage the family will have to be relocated until the water mitigation process can be completed and rebuilding finished.
Cocoa Beach Condo Fire
A Few days ago, we responded to a fire Damage in Cocoa Beach. The fire started in the downstairs laundry closet, it appears that it is an electrical fire as the problem came from shorting wires in the dryer while it was not running.
Smoke engulfed the entire two story condo. It was kind of unusual as the soot only seemed to find a resting place on all the flat surfaces. The walls seemed pretty clear of it. In fact when we did some test cleaning we got almost nothing from the walls.
Now the flat surfaces were another story all together.
Prime example was the girls desk upstairs.
The desk appeared to be a very dark grey, with 3 painted areas where books or paper would be placed. but it turns out that that was where paper and books were. They are perfectly white and really looked like they were painted there but in fact it was just that the soot was so thick it created the out lines. It was like this all over the condo- I move a book on the carpet and underneath it the carpet was about 5 shades lighter. It is going to be a job to get this place clean.
Fire Damage in Rockledge, Florida
We responded to a report of a house fire in Rockledge Florida.
When we arrived on site the fire department was finishing up and speaking to the homeowner.
From the outside of the it did not look very bad, however, once we were able to look inside the damage was clear.
The fire started from a back bedroom and when the door was opened the smoke was pushed through the house and because the chimney flue was open, up the chimney causing the smoke and soot the be drawn all over the home
Now most of the major damage was contained to the back bedroom where the fire started because the bedroom door had been shut.
The inspector said that the cause of the fire was a short in a hair dryer that was left plugged in.
So please unplug your hair dryers!!!!!!!!!!!