What Should I Do If My Personal Possessions Get Cover in Soot Residues After a Fire in Merritt Island?
If you ever notice that your furniture or other personal items got coated by soot residues after a fire, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard!
For Fire Damage Repair and Soot Removal Inside Your Residence in Merritt Island Call SERVPRO
During most structural blazes, partially combusted particles in the form of smoke get dispersed inside your building in Merritt Island. Smoke can flow throughout your entire home and solidify, causing soot residues to get stuck on the surfaces of your contents and building materials.
How can you remove soot residues from my furniture and other personal items?
During fire damage repair in Merritt Island, our SERVPRO technicians can often save many of your building materials and contents that got affected by soot residues. We have many cleaning methods at our disposal, and we can choose the best technique for your specific type of soils and surfaces affected. For example, since wooden furniture items like your kitchen chairs are non-porous, we can use water-based detergents to remove most residues. However, other things such as your upholstered chairs or couches cannot be cleaned using wet methods because water can soak the soot in deeper, so we clean these items using dry methods. Some of your smaller contents can best get cleaned by using immersion cleaning methods.
What is immersion cleaning, and what items does it get used to clean?
• Immersion cleaning consists of items getting fully immersed in a cleaning solution to remove the soot residues.
• This method can be used to clean any item that is small enough to disperse and can withstand being soaked entirely in a water-based solution.
• When cleaning soot residues from Venetian blinds, immersion cleaning methods can be useful.
• During this process, small soiled contents can get placed in a product like Ultra Content Cleaner that is mixed with water. We then used a brush or a towel to scrub the residues off of the items. Next, we rinse off each piece with water before letting it dry and returning it to your home.
If you ever notice that your furniture or other personal items got coated by soot residues after a fire, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 any day of the week.
How Do Professionals Repair Water Damage to Floors in Cocoa?
Let us help you get your Cocoa home back in order after a devastation occurs. Give us a call at (321) 638-4947. We are available 24/7.
SERVPRO Technicians Pair Water Damage Repair Strategies with the Different Flooring Materials Found in Cocoa Residences.
It is the nature of fluids to flow to the lowest level open to them, so the floors in your Cocoa home require thorough inspection and special attention after a water loss. There is no overt “competition” among the various structural components in your home in terms of the most significant water damage. Still, floors are crucial to every function and the structural integrity of your dwelling. Our managers and technicians are trained through coursework and hands-on experience developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our understanding of the different strategies and their applications needed to repair various types of flooring is robust.
What Can I Expect the Prognosis to Be for Wet Laminate Flooring?
Successful water damage repair for your Cocoa laminated floors is not possible in many cases. This engineered-type flooring might resemble a more durable material like hardwood or stone, but it is a multi-layer product made of:
- A foundation layer of melamine backer.
- An intermediate layer of medium or high-density fiberboard (MDF or HDF) -- softwood fibers mixed with wax and resin, formed into strips or panels using heat and pressure.
- Visual layer -- a high-resolution image of wood or other material the flooring replicates.
- Topcoat -- resin and cellulose, sometimes textured the match the grain or pattern of the visual.
Occasional spills quickly removed are not a problem with this type of flooring. When the materials become soaked, however, the layers peel apart, and this delamination ruins the floor. Removal and replacement are the norm.
What Approaches Are Used to Repair Water Damage to Hard Flooring?
SERVPRO inspects the many spaces in your home, looking at each floor’s material to determine what interventions are most appropriate to mitigate and repair any harm done by water. Concrete floors, with and without overlying tiles, present different challenges than ceramic tiles installed over a wood-product subfloor.
What Are the Concerns with Concrete Floors?
Concrete floors are porous but generally hold up well when water removal and structural drying completes. Complications are common but usually minor, but include:
- Paint on concrete can dislodge and need repainting -- lead paint issues need ruling out or management by a certified contractor.
- White, chalky residues can rise to the surface as calcium is in the concrete mix -- cleaning resolves.
What Changes if Asphalt or Vinyl Tiles Cover the Concrete?
Resilient tiles applied over concrete provide some cushioning (resilience) and decorative effect but can make water damage repair more involved. (See above for laminate flooring installed over concrete.)
- Asphalt tiles weather the damage well in most cases, but can exude a whitening from glues or the underlying floor, similar to an unadorned concrete floor -- cleanup is usually straightforward.
- Vinyl tiles loosen more easily, especially if the water moved over the surface or stood long enough to begin dissolving adhesives -- removal and replacement is the most common repair.
How Are Ceramic Floors Affected and What Is the Fix if Damaged?
It might come as a shock that ceramic floors are not always impervious to water damage. After all, they are installed in spaces designed to withstand regular water incursions, such as bathrooms, spas, and kitchens. Unfortunately, sometimes water does intrude due to:
- Cracks in the grout.
- Dried out or improperly applied caulking.
- Cracks in a tile due to blunt force damage.
When water percolates through a crack or crevice, it saturates the subfloor, causing swelling and distortion. Tiles can dislodge, odors can develop, and mold can take hold. Close inspection should reveal the areas of the incursion. Water removal and structural drying repairs the situation, although we might need to:
- Remove some tiles to provide access for water extraction and air movement.
- Dry from below, if possible.
- Drill holes to permit suction and aid in circulating warm, dry air before replacing tiles and regrouting and sealing.
Can Hardwood Floors Be Repaired Successfully After Water Damage?
Hardwood floors are more durable than commonly thought, especially if professionals remove the water involved fast. They also must retain appropriate moisture content, around 10 percent nationwide, although there are slight regional variants. Any more moisture, especially water that moved into the subfloor, present for an extended period, can distort the planks or strips:
- Cupping -- when water held in the subfloor wicks up and the edges of each plank or strip swell and push up.
- Crowning -- when the swelling concentrates in the center of the board, often a result of overdrying.
- Buckling -- when the damage is severe enough to cause the joints in a board line to break apart, and the hardwood pulls up the fasteners.
Professionals can reverse slight warping if swift and efficient water removal followed by drying occurs. Special floor mats connected to truck-mounted extractors are useful in pulling water from several layers. Air movers and dehumidifiers hasten to dry to appropriate levels.
Count on the professionals at SERVPRO of Central Brevard to save your floors after all degrees and severity of water damage. Contact us at (321) 638-4947 to schedule an assessment and planning session.
How Can Flooding Affect My Furniture?
SERVPRO Says--Get Flood Insurance to Protect Your Cocoa Home
Technicians Restore Cocoa Homes After Flood Damage
Flooding in a Cocoa home is a challenging and multi-faceted disaster to clean up after. Water can permeate all types of surfaces while carrying chemicals, pests, and even sewage that can cause much more damage to the home than the average water damage incident.
If your Cocoa residence requires flood damage mitigation, SERVPRO technicians can use cutting-edge technologies in tandem with EPA-registered antimicrobials to return your home to a preloss state.
What Does Flood Damage Do to My Furniture?
- Finishes and stains. Finishes and stains can erode quickly with prolonged exposure to floodwaters. In as little as several hours to two days, finishes can be permeated, and furniture stains can spread to nearby porous surfaces, including carpeting.
- Frames and wood fixtures. Wood is a semi-porous surface, and while finishes can offer some protection, these sealants can eventually erode from prolonged moisture exposure and chemical runoff.
- Fabrics and fillings. Water damage can quickly and easily penetrate porous furniture and soak through the upholstery. In a flood situation, restoration is a challenging issue due to the presence of contaminants in floodwater.
SERVPRO Saves Your Home From Flooding
SERVPRO technicians can take care of loose water with a variety of commercial-grade extraction modalities as well as remove debris quickly and safely. These strategies can include:
- Removing flood-damaged drywall by cutting out portions starting several inches above the highest point of moisture contact.
- Manually eliminating sewage, pests, and chemical runoff with the help of EPA-registered biocide sprays.
- Floodwater extraction with the help of submersible, gas-powered sump pumps, truck-mounted extraction units, and portable, back-mounted extractors.
If an item is beyond salvaging, SERVPRO technicians get the permission of homeowners and adjusters before removing it from the property.
SERVPRO of Central Brevard serves homeowners with mitigation and restoration that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (321) 638-4947 to begin the cleanup process.
Can I Run My HVAC System After a Flood in My Cocoa Auto Parts Shop?
For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947.
It Is Important to Dry and Clean the HVAC System in Your Cocoa Business
Unfortunately, living and working close to sea level in Florida means you have to deal with the prospect of flooding inevitable. With hurricane season and intense summer storms, flooding can happen in Cocoa. Owning the building for the business comes with some drawbacks in the case of flooding. You not only have to make sure that your storefront appears normal while also being structurally sound. It is crucial to understand that after a flood, appliances may not function properly. Keeping this in mind, you should exercise caution when turning on the HVAC system.
Do I Need to Replace the HVAC System?
SERVPRO Performs Restoration on Your HVAC System
Flood damage in your Cocoa store does not necessarily mean a complete loss. The goal is restoration over replacement. Our technicians use moisture detection equipment to determine the presence and amount of water. It is essential to properly dry impacted appliances to avoid secondary damage like mold growth. We understand that your HVAC system needs to be operational as quickly as possible for your business to open; due to the hot, humid conditions in Florida.
How are HVAC Systems Restored?
• Extract excess water with a portable wand extractor.
• Thoroughly dry the system using targeted airflow with air movers.
• Clean sheet metal ducting.
• Ducting coated with more porous materials like fiberboard may require replacement if contaminated with gray or black floodwater.
• Inspect and remove any contaminated insulation.
• Before and after the cleaning process, test air quality to ensure safe, breathable air circulating through the HVAC system.
For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.
What Problems Do Flood Damage Incidents in Cocoa Cause in Properties?
When flooding happens, SERVPRO is always on call to restore your home.
Assistance from SERVPRO Can Help You Identify A Wide Range of Problems in Your Property After Flooding Incidents
After you find out that your home flooded, the next likely course of action is planning the restoration of affected areas. However, you may not be sure how to proceed if you do not understand the full extent of damages caused by the incident. Some issues, such as dirty surfaces, are apparent, but others like the spread of contamination are less apparent. SERVPRO technicians are available seven days a week to help Cocoa property owners assess damages and resolve problems.
What problems should raise more profound concerns after flood damage affects Cocoa property?
Experts classify the problems that develop after flooding in Cocoa into three main categories:
- Obvious problems
- Hidden problems
- Secondary problems
More significant concern should fall on the hidden and secondary problems since restoration efforts can neglect them. Hidden problems develop immediately floodwaters breach the house but may not be readily discernible from regular observation. Water penetration into subfloors, wall cavities, and other areas is a typical hidden problem. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you establish whether hidden problems are using superior inspection tools such as thermal cameras and borescopes.
Secondary problems develop when you fail to address other issues, or your efforts fail to meet the minimum requirements. For instance, failure to remove standing water from the structure in time leads to the physical deterioration of some materials, which you could otherwise save.
Wooden structural supports swell, while hardwood floors warp, buckle or develop other permanent damages. Secondary problems are avoidable, so our technicians help take steps that halt their development. For instance, we use sophisticated water extractors and set up dehumidifiers immediately after arrival at your property to stop material deterioration from excess moisture, "Like it never even happened."
What flooding problems should I resolve first?
Resolving a flooding situation in Cocoa requires an approach that addresses the bigger picture rather than individual problems. In many cases, focusing on specific issues is what leads to the development of secondary problems. For instance, if there is standing water on the lower levels of the house, all your focus might be on removing it, that you forget the need to board up any openings on the upper floors. If rodents or weather elements such as rainwater enter the house through the openings, you end up with a new set of avoidable damages.
Our SERVPRO crew chiefs perform a preliminary evaluation of the damage at your property then they prepare a Loss Details report, indicating crucial information for general restoration. Some critical information added to the report includes:
Structural information such as the construction year, number of floors and construction materials
- The number of affected rooms
- Whether there is standing water
- Whether there is electricity
The information in the loss details report guides our restoration crews on what to prioritize. We prioritize actions that help protect the structure, such as boarding up and installing roof tarps in areas where there are openings. We also set up dehumidifiers to minimize humidity levels in the air, limiting the secondary transfer of damages.
Having the right information also helps in securing the resources necessary for the restoration. For instance, knowing the number of rooms and floors affected makes it easier to determine the equipment needed. At least one dehumidifier is necessary for each floor, while rooms require around five air movers for balanced drying.
Are there problems that pose health risks?
Flooding creates different hazards, including increasing the risk of slip-and-fall accidents due to slick surfaces. Various forces prevalent during storms can also interfere with the structural integrity of the house. The only advantage is that most of these problems are readily discernible. However, issues that threaten the well-being of your family might be harder to identify.
A problem like contamination can prevail even after cleaning and decontaminating the property. Unlike soiling, which can be removed effectively through cleaning, trace contaminants remain within the structure of porous materials posing health risks. Our SERVPRO technicians remove all porous materials exposed to the floodwaters, including carpets, pad, drywall, and insulation, to eliminate the threat posed by biohazards and chemicals dissolved in floodwater.
The risk of electrocution or other electricity-related injuries increases after flooding. After the water finds a way into electrical cables, sockets, and switches, it causes different problems. For instance, it can corrode wires interfering with the flow of power. Our technicians open up switches, sockets, and junction boxes to remove water during restoration. We also ensure that a qualified electrician inspects the power system after flooding incidents.
Resolving all problems caused by a flooding incident at your Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral or Cocoa Beach property takes considerable effort. Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 to assist. We are available 24/7.
Fire Damage Restoration in Melbourne
SERVPRO of Central Brevard has been hard at work performing fire restoration on a home in the Suntree area of Melbourne, Florida. The fire, started by an electrical problem in a golf cart, caused severe damage but was largely contained to the garage and the laundry room. Almost everything in these two areas, including a car, were burned or melted from the high heat and flames. Smoke however traveled throughout the home, leaving most areas covered in thick layers of soot. The HVAC system was also severely contaminated.
Mitigating this damage required most of the home to be cleaned and deodorized from ceiling to floor. The homeowners’ contents were packed up and moved to our air-conditioned facility for thorough and detailed cleaning. As with most fires, we also had to deal with the water damage that occurs when firefighters are putting a fire out. Thankfully, this damage was relatively minimal in this case.
Other than the garage, which will require some repair, the home will be habitable as soon as the HVAC system has been cleaned and we run an ozone machine for a few days to complete the deodorization process.
For information about fire restoration and clean up please contact our office at 321-638-4947
Or see more information on our website www.SERVPROcentralbrevard.com
How Do I Get Rid of Mold in My Office Bathrooms?
Water leaks can cause mold. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective mold remediation.
For Mold Damage Restoration in the Bathrooms Inside Your Cocoa Office Call SERVPRO
Fungi are microorganisms that digest organic substances from their surroundings to get nutrients instead of animals that eat or plants that make their food. Fungi are multicellular, and once they develop, they release seed-like spores that float around the air and look for a new area to contaminate.
What does mold need to form and grow?
Water leaks that do not get treated right away cause many cases of mold damage in Cocoa. For example, if your toilets or pipes inside your office bathroom develop a slow leak, fungi can grow. A fungus only needs the following three things to form and survive:
- Food Source: Mold feeds off of any material inside your office that is organic. Wood or paper compose organic materials include your structural components.
- Temperature: Most of the types of molds commonly found in buildings survive best when the temperature is between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Moisture: Most fungi need a lot of moisture to survive, but some can survive at humidity levels of 65% and higher. To inhibit mold growth, the relative humidity inside a structure should stay below 60%.
How does mold get worse over time?
The longer mold sits there, the more it can grow and reproduce. Once a fungus forms, it grows structures called hyphae in all directions. These hyphae then release spores into the air for reproduction purposes. The more time mold has to grow, the harder it can be to remove.
How do you remove fungi once it has formed?
Once a fungus has developed, it often needs removing by sanding or soda blasting in a way that prevents its spores from spreading. Before removing mold, we set up a containment chamber with an air scrubber attached to it that creates negative air pressure and traps any particles dislodged by the removal process. Any materials removed then get disposed of in a sealed plastic bag.
For help with keeping mold from spreading to previously unaffected areas of your office in Rockledge or Cape Canaveral, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947.
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How Do I Prepare for Cocoa Home Flooding?
SERVPRO of Central Brevard offers mitigation and restoration services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call.
SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Restore Cocoa Properties After Flood Damage
Flooding in Florida is not an unusual occurrence, especially with storm season just around the corner. Average precipitation in Cocoa alone is a whopping 53 inches a year, much higher than the US average of 38 inches.
SERVPRO crews are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to restore Cocoa homes affected by flood damage and return them to a preloss state.
What Essentials Should I Consider for Floodproofing My Home?
Commercial prevention measures like wet and dry floodproofing are almost impossible to apply to a home with a wood foundation. As a result, homeowners must focus on other prevention methods to keep damage to a minimum:
• Landscaping. Grading your yard, planting a rain garden, and implementing a drainage system is an effective way to lessen flood damage.
• Dry floodproofing techniques for vulnerable areas. Make sure that doors, windows, and other vulnerable areas have watertight seals to help keep water out.
• Raise your electrical components. Elevating outlets and switches at least one foot above the average depth of floodwaters can minimize the risk of damage to your electrical system.
What Does SERVPRO Use to Remove Floodwater?
SERVPRO technicians focus on extraction and sanitation in a flood scenario to prevent the spread of microbes during drying. SERVPRO can provide power sources to remove large quantities of floodwater from affected areas with no power with such tools as:
• Truck-mounted extraction units that can remove large amounts of standing water from homes
• Portable, back-mounted extraction units designed to eliminate floodwaters from hard-to-reach areas such as wall cavities and baseboards.
• Submersible, gas-powered sump pumps that are designed to extract water two inches in depth or higher.
SERVPRO of Central Brevard offers mitigation and restoration services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call (321) 638-4947.
What Should I Look for When Hiring a Restoration Partner to Clean Up After a Cocoa Commercial Fire?
Call SERVPRO and expect a professional path back to “Like it never even happened.”
SERVPRO Handles All the Tasks Required to Get Your Fire-Damaged Cocoa Business Up and Running
Asking how to find a partner to help your Cocoa company recover after a fire loss shows you understand your brand’s place in our vibrant region. When one member of our business community suffers from the aftermath of a commercial fire, the effect is widespread. Your customers, vendors, and employees all feel the impact. The faster your operations can resume after a setback like a fire, the better for everyone. When your operations are going according to plan, you are the author of your business’s priorities and mission. Our goal is to make sure your property is soon back to preloss condition, providing your company a secure home base and the community with needed goods and services.
Why Is It Important to Have a Local Contractor?
When fire damage strikes your Cocoa business, you need an immediate and scalable response. Our highly-qualified crews and fully loaded service vehicles are just minutes away, and our phones answer your plea for help 24/7. The devastating effects of a commercial fire are rapid and somewhat predictable. Fortunately, the chances for a successful outcome increase with the speed that professional restorers arrive with the workers and equipment crucial to get to work. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and have top-notch technicians and state-of-the-art equipment and products.
Is It Smart to Find a Restoration Company that Specializes Only in Fire Recovery?
It can be surprising to business owners confronted with their first fire scenario how many issues present in the chaos that are not strictly related to fire residue cleanup. Although the company you select must have mastery of fire restoration industry best practices, unless you want to line up one contractor after another, the best fit is a full-spectrum disaster recovery firm. SERVPRO invests in a broad array of training and certifications for our managers and technicians through the international restoration standards-setting organization, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This comprehensive training means we can move seamlessly through all the phases of even a complex fire recovery project, able to identify and respond to a wide range of issues that might not immediately seem fire damage-related.
What Are Examples of These “Non-Fire Damage Related” Concerns?
The most apparent co-disaster after a fire is significant water damage. Chemical extinguishers are also used to knock down the flames, but water is the substance most frequently used to control and ultimately eliminate the actual fire. Your commercial building likely is equipped with a heat-activated sprinkler system intended to begin dousing the flames. When the firefighters arrive, they add to that water load, using as much water as necessary to stop further damage to structural components and the contents of your building. This excess water requires the following before fire residue cleaning begins in earnest:
• Professional safety assessment for slip, trip, and fall and electrical shock hazard management
• Inspection for trapped water in building cavities, including spaces above ceilings
• Safe release of trapped water
• Removal with pumps and extractors
• Thorough structural drying
• Continuous inspection for signs of mold damage
Are There Other Hazards Fire Damage Mitigation and Remediation Reveal?
As our crews begin the exacting tasks of removing soot and smoke residues from surfaces inside your commercial building, we also can encounter:
• Evidence of uncontained asbestos materials
• Deteriorating surfaces with lead-based paint
• Pre-existing mold growth
• Chemical spills
When these complications arise, we make arrangements to have these biohazards lawfully remediated--contained, removed, and discarded.
I Cannot Afford to Shut Down--Are There Ways I Could Prepare for Fire Damage Restoration?
We understand that the necessity of even a temporary closure can be damaging to your long-term viability. Customers need to feel your business is reliable even when faced with a fire disaster. One of the things we encourage our commercial customers to consider is our Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP). An experienced project manager visits your site and performs a comprehensive assessment. We create a blueprint of your workspaces, including locations of utility shut-offs and equipment. If we find vulnerabilities that can be adapted, we make suggestions that can minimize the need to close if disaster strikes. You add details and permissions in our mobile app. This dynamic digital document is available instantly if you call for help, and allows our team to hit the ground running.
SERVPRO of Central Brevard offers assistance with all aspects of commercial fire damage, and can also help you prepare for disaster with our ERP. Call (321) 638-4947 and expect a professional path back to “Like it never even happened.”
Proud to be part of the Space Coast!
I have lived almost all my life here on the Space Coast and I can't think of a better place to raise a family than Brevard County. I was very young in the '70s, so I don't remember much about the Apollo missions, but I do remember the beginning of the Space Shuttle program in the latter part of the decade. I remember when they showed the world the Enterprise, and I remember the star-studded Star Trek cast in attendance. In 1976 NASA and KSC hosted the Bicentennial Exposition and visitors were allowed inside the Vehicle Assembly Building to view several exciting new exhibits. I was lucky enough to able to attend that event and I have included a few pictures here from that unforgettable day. They include me flipping switches in a mock-up lunar rover, exiting the Apollo crew capsule, and my family standing in front of a Saturn 5 rocket that is now inside the current Saturn 5 exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center.
Growing up here I have had the incredible opportunity to witness history in the making and I have often felt like I was part of that history. I have seen the awesome spectacle of lift off and the triumphant return of our American Heroes. I have also witnessed the tragedy of the inherent risks that are involved with space travel. I will never forget watching the lift off and explosion of the Challenger Shuttle out the window of my pre-algebra class at Edgewood Jr. High. The fear and heartbreak of that tragedy lives on in our collective memory and in our hearts.
Now we sit on the cusp of history once again. It has been almost a decade since the Space Shuttle program ended and at last American astronauts will again brave the dangers and set a course for outer space. But for the first time they will be aboard a private spacecraft. This is an exciting time.
I am grateful that the company I work for, SERVPRO of Central Brevard, has been able to support our space industry by providing many necessary services to buildings on KSC property, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and Patrick Air Force Base. This work has afforded me the opportunity to see amazing things from our space exploration program and meet some of the extraordinary people that make it happen. I have even been able to touch something that was in outer space! I can't speak specifically of these jobs, but it has been an honor to be involved with them.
So, as America counts down to May 27th, and millions of people eagerly anticipate the thrill of lift off, know that I will be cheering them on and am excited to be part of history yet again.
Godspeed Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon, SERVPRO of Central Brevard is behind you!!!
Steve Kinder, Business Development Manager