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Stop Wasting Time and Effectively Remediate Cocoa Beach Mold Damage

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

mold damage under window When leaking windows cause mold damage in your home, call Team SERVPRO to remediate the damage. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

Removing Mold Colonies from Multiple Cocoa Beach Condos

Recognizing mold threats might not be as straightforward as Cocoa Beach property owners might think. While excessive moisture and humidity can present the appropriate environmental conditions to support the formation of mold colonies, these concerns might exist well before you recognize the problem on the surface. When these threatening scenarios get discovered in a condo, it is rarely just your property alone at risk.  

Mold damage to Cocoa Beach condos and residences can appear in many ways. From the colonies supported by organic surfaces like wood framing and drywall to the lingering musty odor that can spread well beyond the problem area, our SERVPRO professionals strive always to have an answer for these outcomes.. A combination of our advanced tools, techniques, and potent products can help to get you back into your condo as quickly as possible.

With shared walls and structural cavities between units, leaks in the water lines or storm damages can ultimately affect multiple properties at once. In as little as 48-72 hours, moist organic surfaces provide a suitable growth point for mold spores and eventual colonization. Removing colonies from these structural cavities can have a positive effect on both condos affected through this shared space.

Regulating airflow around the affected areas of your home can help to more quickly dry out this region and help to clear airborne threats like microbes and spores. With high-end materials that have often gone into the construction of your condominium, our SERVPRO professionals appreciate the importance of restoring materials rather than replacing them. We have sophisticated approaches to clean even delicate materials, such as soda blasting, which can work to eliminate the colonies without damaging the substrate.

Water loss incidents, storm damages, and excessive humidity can all contribute to mold concerns in your condo. No matter how our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team can help, give us a call to make losses “Like it never even happened.” You can reach our team of Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians 24/7 by dialing (321) 638-4947.

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Our Specialists Can Save Your Fire Damaged Cape Canaveral Home

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home “Like it never even happened.”

Deodorization Approaches in Fire Damaged Cape Canaveral Homes

One of the most challenging effects to overcome after a fire loss in Cape Canaveral homes is a lingering smoke odor. As a fire spreads throughout a residence, many different materials and contents combust. Many of these can present unique threats to the air quality in the house, and leave noxious scents for professionals like our SERVPRO team to address with various equipment, products, and strategies.

Fire damage in Cape Canaveral homes can occur in multiple stages, beginning as soon as the fire first ignites and spreads throughout the structure. Extinguishment can lead to further damage to the property to protect it. Also, circulating effects like soot particles, smoke, and odors can continually worsen without the direct intervention of restoration professionals. Smells are among the most widespread and stubborn of these damages to address, and this requires a variety of equipment to accomplish.

Ozone Generator
Machines that can create ozone are making a chemical compound that features an additional oxygen molecule. When this ozone encounters odor molecules, it can bond with the oxygen molecule and neutralize the scent. Ozone is unsafe for humans and pets, so it is either used without anyone in the house or under the controlled conditions of our ozone chamber in our SERVPRO facility. During our pack-out process, personal belongings get taken to our warehouse for intricate cleaning and recovery efforts.

Thermal Fogging
Thermal foggers are among the most versatile deodorization tools in the arsenal of our professionals, as they are portable and lightweight. We can utilize scented deodorization products or odorless solutions within the machine, and the unit heats the liquid to a vapor fog. This gas can penetrate porous materials like drywall, wood, and carpet for multiple levels of odor removal.

Many threats exist in a home after a fire loss incident, including structural weaknesses and other immediate hazards. Odors are a lingering effect that must get addressed with a variety of solutions and products to make disasters “Like it never even happened.” However, our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team can help, give us a call at (321) 638-4947.

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We Act Fast In Merritt Island After A Flood Disaster

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

A roof caving in and debris falling after a storm hit this house The water soaked into the drywall panels after a strorm damaged this roof. Our technicians arrived right away and completed a controlled demolition.

Is the Flooring a Loss From Flood Damage in a Merritt Island Home?

One of the worst types of water damage that can hit a Florida home is flood damage. Groundwater is not the same as rainwater coming into your home, and it can bring a whole host of issues from mud, debris, chemicals, and even sewage into the house. Even a small amount of water under an inch can leave behind extensive damage in a home.

When Merritt Island homes have flood damage, homeowners need to get the water off the floor as fast as possible to limit loss. SERVPRO technicians are local and arrive quickly on-site to start the water extraction and begin the restoration process.

Common Problems with Flooring

After exposure to groundwater, carpet and padding is a loss. It cannot return to a sanitary standard for reuse. The issue is that wet carpet is extremely heavy. To avoid potential injuries, the technicians extract the water and cut the carpet into manageable-size strips for disposal. Vinyl and laminate flooring tend to delaminate when prolonged exposure to moisture occurs. If this is the case, the technicians remove the floorcovering and inspect it for restoration and reuse potential.

Wood flooring can recover from water damage if the cleanup efforts begin quickly enough. Wood swells and readily absorbs water, and the drying process includes the use of specialized drying equipment to remove the moisture. Each situation is unique to the conditions in the home, and afterward, the technicians can recommend any followup measures needed, such as sanding the boards and restaining.

Subflooring Gets Attention

SERVPRO technicians scope the property to determine all areas of flood damage migration. If water affects the subfloor, they have the equipment to address it and ensure this area gets completely dried, meaning back to preloss moisture content levels. When using their air movers to dry the property, the technicians deploy LGR (low grain refrigerated) dehumidifiers to increase the rate of evaporation while also capturing airborne water molecules.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 when you need cleanup and restoration from flood damage. The certified technicians are available 24/7 to come to your property and make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Call Our Professionals As Soon As You Discover Mold In Your Cocoa Home

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Mold spore growing along the wall in this home A mold infestation can spread quickly throughout your property and our trained professionals have the expertise and equipment necessary to handle it.

Mold Damage Remediation In Cocoa Starts With Establishing The Correct Process

Fungal growth is quite common in places that naturally have high humidity, such as the Cocoa, FL area. If you happen to suffer from a water leak, the extra moisture could create mold damage inside your home. Once a fungus forms, it can spread across your house quickly. Once they mature, fungi give off seed-like spores that can become airborne and travel throughout your structure.

If the issues do not get taken care of promptly, the contamination can spread to previously unaffected places within your building. Whenever you find mold damage inside your Cocoa home, our professional team at SERVPRO can help remediate the initial problem and take measures to prevent spores from spreading. The number one aspect that makes our team successful and puts us above the other restoration companies is our remediation process. We always follow the same overall procedures that have proven to be effective in both mitigating current issues and helping to prevent future problems.

The first step our SERVPRO technicians take when remediating fungal issues is to establish containment around the negatively affected area. We always contain the area during work procedures so that spores do not spread outside of the already contaminated area. To establish containment, we seal the area off with plastic and then create negative air pressure within the contained section using an air scrubber. We also can seal all heating, ventilation, and air conditioning or HVAC vents so that your home's central air system does not get contaminated.

Next, we remove all mold damage inside the sealed region. Any porous materials that got affected like carpet get removed. If the fungus has contaminated nonporous surfaces, then we can remove the contamination by scrubbing, sand/soda blasting, or sanding off the affected materials. We then work towards cleaning all of the dust created during the work process and any spores that may have settled within the region. We accomplish this by cleaning the air with an air scrubber and by vacuuming up any dust with a HEPA vacuum.

The final step we take is to dry out the affected area so that spores cannot get reactivated due to excessive moisture. When dealing with any type of fungus-related situation, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Let Our Experts Help With Fire And Odor Damage In Your Merritt Island Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

Charred Picture Frame After A Fire Call (321) 638-4947 today for disaster cleanup that you can count on every time.

Taking Care of Thanksgiving Fire and Odor Damage in Merritt Island

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, homeowners may be surprised to know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Two-thirds of these fires are the result of food or other cooking materials igniting. If you were considering deep-frying that turkey for Thanksgiving, make sure to be careful: frying poses the highest risk of a kitchen fire, with damage exacerbated by the presence of invisible protein residues.

If you need a team that can clean up fire and odor damage in your Merritt Island home fast, SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to you with state-of-the-art tools and extensive training. This IICRC-certified firm wants to ensure that you get the assistance you need no matter what time of the night or day, including on holidays. If your home has been affected by fire damage and odors, you can count on SERVPRO to get the job done right.

Kitchen Fire Safety Tips
    •    Avoid using your stovetop if you are fatigued or have consumed alcohol. Have others with you monitoring the stove if necessary.
    •    If you are boiling, broiling, grilling, or frying food, stay in the kitchen at all times and do not leave food unattended, as this is the most common cause of kitchen fires.
    •    If you are simmering, baking, or roasting goods, check on it at regular intervals and stay in the kitchen while food is cooking. You can use a timer to avoid leaving food unattended and minimize risk.
    •    Move any flammable items, including oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper, plastic, towels, and curtains away from the stovetop to prevent the spread of flames.

How SERVPRO Can Help
In the event of a kitchen fire, some of the most commonly-affected possessions are often nearby electrical appliances. This can include toasters, toaster ovens, coffee makers, refrigerators, and many other goods that you make use of every day. However, without proper mitigation, soot and protein residues can corrode metals and plastics. SERVPRO technicians can thoroughly clean appliances and ensure that they are properly serviced by an electronic service technician that is authorized to do the job.

To help with odors, SERVPRO can make use of thermal fogging, which allows solvent-based deodorizers to penetrate surfaces the same way that smoke penetrates surfaces after a fire. These solvents can then chemically bind with odor-causing particles to eliminate smells. In the case of protein residues, it is crucial to scrub down surfaces, including vents, to minimize the spread of odors throughout the home.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is ready to leave your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (321) 638-4947 today for disaster cleanup that you can count on every time.

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Call Our Experts 24/7 When You Are Facing Water Damage In Merritt Island

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

A dehumidifying console working on the carpet in this home SERVPRO suctioned up the water and followed that up with the placement of a dehumidifying console when water damage effected this home.

Facing Water Damage from a Leaky Kitchen Sink in Merritt Island

As a Merritt Island homeowner, you do what you can to protect your property from harm. However, water damage can come from within and stem from areas that may not be immediately visible. Water loss from a hidden leak under your kitchen sink can be addressed quickly and efficiently when you call a team of skilled professionals. 

Even if you feel as though you may be able to address water damage in Merritt Island on your own, our team at SERVPRO comes prepared with industry-leading equipment. We can locate the source of a persistent leak and make sure that it does not spread further to the flooring, counters, walls, and other areas of the kitchen. Ensuring that the lead is found and stopped helps to lessen the loss before the sink repair begins.

Leak Detection

SERVPRO technicians can perform immediate leak detection to help realize the scope of the water damage from your leaking kitchen fixture. We use moisture detection tools and thermal imagery equipment to help isolate the areas where pockets of moisture are found. With a significant leak, we can get started on the extraction process. If only a slight leak is present, we can bring in dehumidifiers to amplify the drying necessary to get everything back to normal.

Our team of trained professionals works to preserve the area to help limit the number of materials lost. Wood cabinets and flooring can be saved with the use of the right drying tools to draw out the moisture. This helps to minimize saturation before the materials begin to warp and bloat.

It can be frustrating to deal with a leaking sink in your kitchen, and immediate action should be taken to remedy the situation. If you require help with water damage in your home, you can feel confident in our team at SERVPRO of Central Brevard. Give us a phone call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (321) 638-4947.

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We Have Unique Approaches To Drying Your Apartment In Merritt Island

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

A room with soaked drywall panels after a storm The water soaked into the drywall panels and our technicians completed a controlled demolition to remove the hazardously hanging matter.

Drying Out Your Merritt Island Apartment After Flooding 

Apartment structures throughout Merritt Island provide a location for dozens of families to live. With the unfortunate likelihood of severe weather events that can threaten the entire coastline in the Brevard region, conditions like flooding must always stay on the minds of residents here. While seemingly hundreds of restoration and reconstruction teams pop up after a crisis, few have the credentials, experience, and years of service to the area that our SERVPRO team does. 

No matter how severe flood damage in Merritt Island apartment buildings can become, we have the tools and experience to make it “Like it never even happened.” As is the case with any disaster that affects an apartment complex, multiple units and residents can get pulled into the fallout. Flooding, in particular, has symptoms that migrate quickly from one residence to another, compromising entire lower floors of the structure as outside rising waters find access to the interior of the building. 

As crucial of an initial phase as extraction is, the real testament to our experience and qualifications comes during the drying of your property. With many types of materials saturated and damaged by the spread of water loss, the tools and approaches selected for drying out flood damage in your apartment are critical. We have hundreds of air movers, dehumidifiers, and specialty drying tools to ensure that we can quickly deploy the right machines to reach the desired results. 

Our SERVPRO team can work with your insurance company as well to offer the most cost-effective recovery in the most efficient manner possible. Because so many ceiling spaces and structural cavities can hold moisture and dampness after a flood loss, we utilize positive pressure systems like our InjectiDry unit to force heated air into these points to expedite drying. 

We have many unique and powerful approaches regarding the drying and overall recovery of a flood-damaged apartment. You can count on our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team to help you and your neighbors through this crisis. Give us a call anytime at (321) 638-4947.

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Eliminating the Smell after Flood Damage Affects Your Merritt Island

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked next to a building. SERVPRO will help you get your Merritt Island home odor damage under control.

Don’t let your Merritt Island home be consumed by odor after water damage.

Flooding is a severe problem that you might want to resolve as fast as possible. However, some aspects of the damage left can linger after you finish the primary restoration process. Bad odor is one such problem, and it can result from a wide range of issues, including wastes such as raw sewage dissolved in the floodwater, the scent from cleaning agents, and decaying materials.

Why does water smell after some time?

Removing all traces of smell left over after a flood damage event in your Merritt Island property requires a clear understanding of why the smell occurred in the first place. Even clean water can smell when left to stagnate over extended periods. Distinct odors such as the smell of rotten eggs can indicate the presence of raw sewage if you have not cleaned the area properly or the presence of hydrogen sulfide that is emitted when bacteria break down the natural sulfates in water. Some finishes or detergents can also leave smells that dissipate over time. Knowing the source of the smell helps determine which steps to take.

Cleaning to remove soiling and material deterioration 

The first step in eliminating odors after a flooding event is cleaning to remove all soils and deteriorated materials from the property. Various processes are necessary for cleanup processes, including the use of cleaning agents to break down soils chemically, agitation for manual removal and abrasion for stubborn soils, or deteriorated materials. Our SERVPRO technicians also remove carpets, pads, insulation, and other porous materials.

Deodorization 

Once cleaning is over, there is a need to perform a comprehensive deodorization exercise. Various steps can help with deodorization, including direct injection if the odor is concentrated within a small section, spraying or fogging. Our SERVPRO technicians use ULV foggers, which atomize the deodorizing agent so that it can penetrate deep into materials. The deodorizer used can be a combination of both a masking agent for immediate concealment of the odor and a neutralizer that pairs with the odor particles destroying them.

Restoring a flooded property to look and smell fresh takes effort. Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How To Handle Flood Damage Situations in Cocoa

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

flood damage incident in kitchen “Like it never even happened.”

Common Flood Damage Situations in Cocoa and What to do About it

Flood damage and storm loss come in many forms to Florida properties. Because of the unique nature of each property, there is never a "one size fits all" approach to water cleanup.

SERVPRO technicians map out each job site in Cocoa with flood damage. They determine the path of the water and all areas it migrated into.

Why SERVPRO?
It takes both training and equipment to perform the complete cleanup of floodwater. The technicians undergo extensive hands-on scenarios for both everyday and unique water damage situations to learn the best practices during mitigation.

Move Items When Water Enters
At the first sign of a water issue, move upholstered furnishings, area rugs, and wood furnishings away from it. If there is no time, remove heirlooms and items that are personally important to a save place. Avoid contact with groundwater.

Start Cleanup Efforts As Soon As Possible
The less exposure the structure has to excessive moisture, the more restoration potential there is. If the water entering the home is rainwater from a roof leak, that is considered clean water and does not hold hazards if humans come into contact with it. Groundwater, however, needs testing by SERVPRO technicians to determine the presence of chemicals, toxins, or sewage.

Lowest Levels Get Hit Hardest
Homes with crawl spaces require fast action to remove any standing water and lower the excessive humidity, or it sets the house up for further damage and mold issues. SERVPRO technicians have the equipment to remove the water, lower humidity, and apply antimicrobial sealants to inhibit mold growth.

Water Odors After DIY Cleanup Means Moisture Remains
One of the most frequent issues found in homes post-flood damage is a musty odor that remains. This is a heralding sign that those previous efforts left moisture behind. Along with the weakening of building materials, mold infestations may develop.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 works to turn around flood damage in homes in the local area. Our certified technicians have the knowledge to limit the loss and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Wants to Protect the Property of Our Cocoa Neighbors with Some Useful Tips

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Black and White Cartoon of a Broken Washer and Dryer SERVPRO Says Prevent Water and Fire Damage to Your Cocoa Home with Inspections and Maintenance of Your Large Appliances

Washer and Dryer Maintenance in Cocoa Help Prevent Fire and Water Damage

One of the biggest threats to homeowners when it comes to fire and water damage in Brevard County is a washing machine or dryer breakdown. When a washing machine water supply line breaks, it can release hundreds of gallons of water within an hour.

In many Cocoa area homes, a dryer can become a real fire hazard if lint builds up, not only in the vent duct but the machine itself. SERVPRO recommends to our neighbors to clean the clothes dryer filter after every cycle to allow for free hot air circulation. Typically, the flex line directing the moist hot air to the vent pipe over time becomes clogged with lint. This fibrous material is highly combustible. Our technicians provide a comprehensive service to inspect all the elements to maintain an efficient and safe drying cycle. We can vacuum and use brushes and metal whisks to clean the ductwork of any debris. An inspection to ascertain the exterior port is free of lint, and no nesting materials obstruct the opening are crucial to maintaining free airflow.

In citing some statistics, 2,900 dryer fires are reported each year, causing an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and costing $35 million fire damage restoration claims in the U.S. One third of all clothes dryer fires are a result of failure to properly clean the dryer. Visit this FEMA landing page for more information to keep your family and your property secure from a preventable fire damaging event.

To reduce the chance of water damage to your Cocoa home from internal pressurized water leaks, consider replacing your washing-machine hoses with stainless steel braided hoses every 5-7 years. Also, inspect the fittings and valves for any signs of drips. The flexible drain hose is often overlooked as a source of potential leakage that can pour gallons of category 2 gray water onto the floor and behind the appliances.

SERVPRO can respond rapidly to any water or fire mishap that occurs at your property. Limit the need for our emergency visit and instead contact us to keep your appliances in working order by maintaining the pathways of both water and heated air. Why not have peak efficiency and go green by decreasing energy and landfill usage? Don't become a statistic! Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at  (321) 638-4947 to schedule an inspection.