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!!!!!!!!!!!
Fire Damage in Melbourne Florida
SERVPRO Of Central Brevard responded to a fire damage located in Melbourne, Florida. at the request of State Farm.
First things first- there were no injuries with this fire!!!!!!!
Upon arriving at the site our techs had to tarp the roof as lightning had struck the home and started the fire- leaving a large hole in the roof-
We then had to get the excess water out of the home which was a mixture of rain water and fire suppression water.-
This looks to be a pretty large job as almost all contents will have to be removed-
The ceiling and walls and part of the house will have to be pulled out down to the bare studs- as well as the insulation in the ceiling.
With hard work and some time we will get this family back into their home-
water damage comes from fire in Melbourne Florida
This photo show the dripping water on the kitchen cabinets, that came from the fire fighting efforts.
Some people may not realize that sometimes major water damages come to occur because of a fire and although secondary may be as severe or even more extensive damage.
Take for instance a fire damage in Melbourne, Florida that we are working hard to make "Like it never even happened." The fire did damage to the roof and the insulation, and the soot was all over the house.
However it was the water from the fire suppression, that also caused damage. Now it goes with out saying that the fire needs to be extinguished and water is the best way. Unfortunately what is left behind may be just as bad or worse as a pipe bursting. So the same steps must be used to clean up the water. Extraction, air moving, dehumidification, as well as opening up wall cavities to dry the water you don't see.
This is important so that secondary mold damage does not rear its ugly head in the future!!!
SCCA Trade Show Cocoa Beach
Our new set up for trade shows
The Space Coast Condo Association (SCCA) held it’s annual trade show on Saturday
March 18th 2017 at the Hilton Ocean Side in Cocoa Beach.
Over 500 people attended the even, in which they could gather information on
Different vendors and the services that they provide. SERVPRO of Central Brevard was one of
Over one hundred vendors to set up at the event.
We were able to speak to many, many people and explain to then why service times matter and how
Our centralized location and highly trained staff simply makes SERVPRO of Central Brevard the best choice during an emergency situation.
We also got to display our new stand up banner- Please see the photo.
A great time was had by all I can’t wait until next years even!!
Bring in the Crew
This pic shows one part of the kitchen line that was effected by the fires, what a mess!!
We often speak to our clients, insurance agents and property managers about how we can handle any size job. We speak to them about if they have a large loss, we can pull in a team.
Last month we received a call from a local McDonalds.
They had fire behind one of their fryers and smoke was everywhere. We responded quickly and, took pictures and a sketch of the store. The scope of the job showed we were going to have to clean every square inch of the restaurant; remove all the ceiling tiles, etc. We knew we were going to need a lot of manpower to get them back up and running.
In less than 24 hours, we had a full 16 man crew working.
We started on a Thursday and finished by Sunday!
Needless to say, they are back serving chicken mc nuggets to the public!!
It seems that Central Florida residents are prone to "bunkering Down" these days when a hurricane comes to town. It might have to do with hurricane fatigue from the early 2000's- I know many people who evacuated 5 or more times-and came back to very minimal damage.
This past October of 2016 powerful Hurricane Matthew caused major damage up and down the coast. However Brevard county residents were spared the kind of damage our neighbors in Volusia county received.
But even with the very strong storm headed our way a very small percentage of coastal residents headed the evacuation order.
Taken from the 2010 census there are about 90,000 Brevard county coastal residents and only about 3500 of them checked into shelters.
Regardless of evacuation fatigue or not- I think more residents need to take the evacuation a little more to heart. Matthew could have very well turned out very different if that little "wobble" didn't happen.
Hurricane Matthew debris cleanup costs for Brevard County
Brevard County will be paying about 12 million to contractors who hauled away debris from Hurricane Matthew.
The two month long debris cleanup ended with 820,854 cubic years of material.
That is more than 2 1/2 times the amount of debris that was estimated to be produced by the storm.
About 90% of that was vegetation with the remainder being construction and demolition debris like fences and docks.
The county hopes to get most of the costs reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency-
For declared emergencies FEMA would pay about 75% of the costs while the state would add another 12.5 %- which would leave Brevard county on the hook for only $1.5 million on the $12 million total cost.
For now the yard waste is being stored in six sites in the county waiting to be turned into mulch.
Don't put off that water damage- Mold is not far behind
When you wait too long- your water damage can turn into mold. Here is what happens: all effected areas must be removed.
From time to time we run into the emergency water damage call- only to find out that the event occurred several days ago. The problem with that is now not only is the client complaining about wet carpet; they also notice a foul odor in the air.
What is happening is most likely the start of mold growth.
Mold can colonize in 72 hours and bacteria can start to multiply in just a few hours.
At this point, we have to tell them it is not just a water emergency, most likely, it will end up being a mold remediation.
The Insurance Information Institute (“III”) estimates that the typical homeowner claim involving mold costs between $15,000 to $30,000 to handle, compared with the non-mold-related claim, such as water damage figure of $3,000 to $4,000, with payouts by insurers for mold-related claims topping over $3 billion.
Waiting on that water damage service call or even trying to do it yourself without proper knowledge can cost you 3 to 7 times what the water damage would have cost.