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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.

We Can Help With Water Damage Your Merritt Island Residence

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water On Floor At Home Contact us at (321) 638-4947. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How To Deal With Water Damage in Your Merritt Island Residence

Dealing with a water intrusion problem in your home is inconveniencing. Whether the leak is caused by a burst water main or appliance leak, quick action can prevent secondary damage and keep restoration expenses at a minimum. It is vital to hire SERVPRO franchise professionals to help with the restoration process.

In the aftermath of water damage in your Merritt Island home, you can do several things to ensure efficient water cleanup. If the culprit is a burst pipe, you need to shut off the main water supply valve immediately to make sure no more water enters the house. If the leak is coming from an appliance, you can remove it from its power source, so it stops running. You should also dry off the affected area immediately so that the water does not cause severe damage to your flooring.

If the water leak has affected your carpeted floor, our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) can dry it in place while saving the pad. We can use a carpet wand or weighted water extraction device to remove the water. A weighted extractor removes water from carpets and padding effectively because the weight of the rider is combined with the weight of the extractor to pull the water out and force it to the surface. The water is trapped and pulled into the vacuum intake directly.

We can set up air movers around the perimeter of the room to circulate moisture out of wet materials and then use dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. Utilizing this technique to dry wet carpets can save you the expense of replacing the carpet and pad and relaying and restretching the carpet.

Using air movers and dehumidifiers properly also eliminate the need to remove baseboards to dry the wall cavities and walls effectively. Therefore, you can save money by not having to reinstall and paint the baseboards. Our SERVPRO team can complete the water removal and drying process efficiently. At the end of the project, our professionals can use thermal imaging cameras to confirm that the affected surfaces and materials are dry.

After a water loss incident in your Cocoa, Cape Canaveral or Cocoa Beach residence, SERVPRO of Central Brevard can help you clean up and dry the affected areas. Contact us at (321) 638-4947. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Persistent Pungent Odors After a Fire in Cape Canaveral? Call SERVPRO

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Trailer ramp down, SERVPRO truck loaded equipment Fire Damage in Cape Canaveral Homes Get Cleaned Up and Restored Fast with the SERVPRO of Central Brevard Green Fleet

The Fire Is Gone from Your Cape Canaveral Home, but the Smell Is Still Here

When disaster strikes in Cape Canaveral, you work hard to recover and return to your daily routine. Some disasters, such as hurricanes and storms, could take a long time to overcome. Smaller events, such as a kitchen fire are easier to control and leave behind. However, fire damage can emit a foul odor. Every time you come home, you the smell forces you to relive the vision of flames threatening your home and your belongings. When you want to put all aspects of the fire behind you, it is best to reach out to a professional team.

Thankfully, if fire damage is the issue in your Cape Canaveral home, SERVPRO is readily available to assist. Our technicians hold certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), so you can rest assured by their competency. With our guidance and expertise, we can chase the smell of fire out the door, leaving your home in pristine condition. All you need to do is call our 24/7 hotline and allow us to do the rest.

Overall, smells dissipate and leave your home eventually. Our SERVPRO team works hard to accelerate the evaporation process by applying a variety of techniques and products suited to your specific needs. In some cases, we may place odor beads to overpower the offending smell, eventually disguising it. In other instances, we may use odor pellets to absorb the smell from the air. Although both methods are effective, your specific circumstances guide our technicians in making a choice.

Not surprisingly, odor beads and deodorizing pellets are not the only options for our team. At SERVPRO we have at our disposal industry-grade products and solvents to tackle the hardest jobs. Knowing which option to use and its application sets us apart as a professional team. Improper use of solvents on your belongings can cause damage to their surfaces. Proper ventilation and personal protective equipment is an essential part of our job.

We also have mechanical means using our advanced equipment like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to eliminate foul odors. Then there is the one problem that SERVPRO cannot rectify--phantosmia--reliving the fire and holding on to the odors in your mind.

Fire damage is scary, but it does not need to be forever. SERVPRO of Central Brevard is here to eliminate all traces, including any lingering smells. Call us at (321) 638-4947 and let us work with you to leave your home, “Like it never even happened."

Our Professionals Discuss How To Save Money On Water Damage After A Hurricane In Merritt Island

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Save Money On Water Damages In Merritt Island After Hurricane Dorian With These Tips

Hurricane Dorian is already causing some of the worst hurricane water damage to Florida that has happened in years. While the situation might seem catastrophic in your neighborhood, SERVPRO stays prepared to help the community in times of need and maintains enhanced readiness to respond to multiple emergencies at once. However, before we arrive to start removing water and restoring the damage in your home, there are steps that you can do to dry the place out by yourself.

Mop Up Moisture
Mopping up is one of the most effective ways to control water damage in your Merritt Island home after Hurricane Dorian. By removing the water from the area before damage can set in, you might save thousands of dollars and weeks of repair time by avoiding some of the most expensive types of long-term damage. Mops work faster than other products, but anything absorbent can be used to pick up water and take it out of your home. Don't be afraid to use towels, rags, and even old clothing articles in your efforts to remove water. The amount you save from stopping the spread of damage outweighs whatever these items might cost to replace.

Separate Everything
When you leave stuff out to dry, one of the best ways to accelerate the process and fight mold growth is to separate cushions, sheets, and components of everything you can. By placing items separately from one another, you increase the surface area on your belongings that is exposed to the air, allowing more moisture to evaporate in the same amount of time. These actions can accelerate the drying process and save SERVPRO technicians time as they prepare to dry out your home with industrial tools.

Pick Up Your Stuff
One of the most expensive mistakes many homeowners make after a hurricane is leaving their belongings scattered on the floor. While it might seem intimidating to pick up and organize everything scattered around the home, this can help to protect your belongings from further water damage. Items laying on the carpet should be prioritized even furniture should be removed from or elevated away from wet carpets since they retain so much moisture.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard works overtime after natural disasters to provide local homes and businesses with flood and water damage relief when they need it most. Call us 24/7 at (321) 638-4947 for our emergency services.

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