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Mitigation vs. Restoration in Your Merritt Island Hotel

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians Our fire damage technicians have the equipment and experience to restore your hotel to pre-damage condition.

SERVPRO Technicians are Standing by Ready to Respond to Your Commercial Damage Call

Perhaps one of the leading causes of irreparable damages to Merritt Island businesses after a fire is the failure to contact a restoration company quickly enough. As is the case with all kinds of disasters, a faster response can ensure that professionals are actively mitigating the situation rather than reacting to damage that has already occurred.

While admittedly, the commercial fire damages that a Merritt Island hotel experienced during a fire are going to significantly slow once extinguishment occurs, it does not entirely stop, either. Even firefighting efforts intended to put out the flames inside of the building can leave damages of their own, and to prevent these situations from continually worsening, you need to act quickly.

You might not get surprised to learn that our SERVPRO offices receive calls regularly asking for quotes over the phone or just after an emergency or disaster has occurred. Many business owners become so determined to find the lowest quote or estimate that they fail to see the damages they allow by waiting for the information they want to hear.

Fire damages are no different in their ability to continually worsen, making even smaller-scale fires unmanageable for those renting a room at your facility. That is where mitigation comes in. Our SERVPRO team provides this service by showing up quickly and working to prevent the situation from getting any worse.

On the other hand, restoration is a service that we provide that takes the damaged areas of your business and brings them back to preloss conditions through reconstruction, cleaning, and other practices. While any commercial or residential property ultimately requires both to some degree, the faster you can choose the right restoration team for your disaster, the less time and money have to go into both sides of this process.

Sometimes, choosing the right restoration company to help you amid a crisis can be an impossible task. The best course of action is to plan ahead when possible. You can always rely on our SERVPRO of Central Brevard fire restoration specialists to be standing by and ready to help mitigate the damage and restore the effects. Give us a call 24/7 at (321) 638-4947.

Cocoa Beach's Flood Damage Professionals Explain Structural Drying

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Rain on home Storm flooding can quickly cause water damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Drying Out Your Home After Flooding Down to a Science

Central Florida does not see as many hurricanes as other areas in Florida. However, it is still possible that a storm hits near Cocoa. Thunderstorms bring about many conditions that are possibly dangerous to your house. Flooding and broken windows due to high-speed winds many times are the sources of water damage inside your home.

The interiors of most buildings are not made to withhold excessive moisture. SERVPRO's flood damage technicians near Cocoa know that moisture needs to be 100% removed from your home within 48 hours. If moisture still exists more than two days after the storm, mold likely develops.

Since the presence of a fungus can cause health effects to certain people, our SERVPRO restoration crew takes all measures necessary to return moisture levels to what they were before the storm attacked your property. After the source of the moisture gets fixed so that water is no longer flowing inside the structure, we start extracting everything in the home that got wet. We use specialized tools that are designed to extract water from different types of materials, such as carpets or upholstery.

After our extraction equipment is unable to pull out more water, we begin the drying process. During drying, we test materials inside the affected area and materials that did not get affected. We then attempt to speed up the evaporation process so that the moisture levels in the wet contents are the same as the levels found in materials in unaffected regions.

To accomplish prompt structural drying, we set up a combination of air moving and dehumidification equipment. We align the air movers in a circular pattern so that they push air in a counterclockwise direction so that the dry air hits wet walls at a 45-degree angle. The dehumidifiers then pull out moisture from the air and exhaust warm, dry air to get used by the air movers.

Every drying situation requires different variations of air mover and dehumidifier setups. If you ever need to dry out your house after a storm hits, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 24/7.

Fire Damage Restoration in Cocoa Is Easier With Effective Wall and Ceiling Cleaning Methods

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

fire line Call SERVPRO after you experience a fire incident, we have training in fire & smoke restoration, odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning.

SERVPRO Combines Dry, Wet, and Specialized Cleaning Techniques to Remove Soiling from Fire Damage 

When restoring a Cocoa facility after fire damage, you must dedicate significant effort to cleaning to remove smoke, moisture, and even firefighting chemical residues. Vast flat surfaces such as walls and ceilings collect most soils, so a significant portion of the cleaning effort is focused here. 

Cleaning walls and ceilings as part of fire damage restoration in Cocoa premises might seem easy, yet in practice, it is not. Wall and ceiling surfaces differ greatly even within the same property, so one restoration approach is not likely to work in all areas. That is why SERVPRO teams are equipped with several cleaning resources.

Surface Variations that Affect Wall and Ceiling Cleaning Include:

  • Finishes like paint, paneling, and spray-on acoustic plaster
  • Materials like stipple, metallic tile, or textured plaster
  • Surface covers such as wallpaper 

Even for a skilled restoration team like SERVPRO, it takes some evaluation to determine the best cleaning approach for better outcomes and avoid damaging the soiled material. Our fire restoration technicians test for cleanability, surface, and soil types. The results help determine the cleaning resources and timing, among other things.

Three Approaches are Commonly Used to Remove Fire Residues:

  • Using dry cleaning sponges
  • Wet cleaning
  • Peroxide active cleaning

Using dry cleaning sponges is appropriate when there is minimal to moderate soiling. It is also helpful when the surface materials deteriorate quickly from over-wetting. Attaching the cleaning sponges to extension poles allows our SERVPRO technicians to reach high walls and ceilings, completing the process faster.

Wet cleaning produces faster and superior outcomes for materials like metal and solid wood. However, regular wet cleaning would be counterproductive for porous materials like acoustic tiles, while using cleaning sponges would leave trace residues. Our SERVPRO crews use a specialized procedure such as peroxide active cleaning.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard takes care of all cleaning needs during fire damage restoration. Call us at (321) 638-4947. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

heavy mold damage along baseboard and wall Mold can quickly grow. We are always on call to restore your home.

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.

Steps for Mold Damage

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.

Why Try and Tackle Water Damage Remediation Alone for Your Merritt Island Business

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

inside view of water damaged commercial property Water damage can temporarily close your business. SERVPRO is always standing by to remediate the damage.

Covering Commercial Water Damage in Merritt for Small and Large Businesses

Your business is a place for staff and customers to enjoy, which is why an emergency flood situation can hurt both your reputation and your quarterly revenues. Companies in the public service industry are naturally at most risk of a revenue drop following a temporary closure. We offer business owners a solution to leaks, floods, and other water incidents that allows you to get back on track quickly, with a minimum loss of revenue.

Our commercial water damage clients in Merritt include small businesses, as well as state-funded operations like school buildings. SERVPRO has a highly trained workforce that is focused on keeping claims low by restoring rather than replacing where possible. If you suffer a burst pipe, the first thing you can do while awaiting a call-out is to remove any furniture or fittings from the affected area to prevent further damage. Be careful to avoid slippery floors or areas where you may lose your footing- our technicians can handle any items that may be risky to remove yourself.

On arrival, your SERVPRO technician can shut off the source of the water leak before bringing in industrial equipment like truck-mounted extraction units to remove the vast body of water. This process relieves pressure on a structure as well as prevents water logging issues or severe damages to furnishings. While the standing water level is reduced, an experienced crew chief may begin cleaning stains which sometimes respond better to a restoration before the drying process begins.

Odor Issues after Water Damage

An odor issue may become apparent during a water spill. These odors can either be the result of contaminated water supply- like a backed-up sewer- or the loosening of pre-existing odor and soiling in the property. Malodors can become more apparent when the property is wet, so SERVPRO ensures that the property is dry before outlining a deodorizing strategy. Where there is a temporary closure, or the property is otherwise vacated, we can set up and run an Ozone generator to find and eliminate odor particles across a wide surface area creating an indoor environment that is indistinguishable from the preloss condition.

Our team of crew chiefs and technicians are experienced handlers of commercial cleanup operations. Contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 today.

Wondering What to Expect from Professional Water Damage Mitigation in Cocoa?

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in water damaged room SERVPRO is your trusted choice for all of your water damage remediation needs.

Learn About Water Restoration Terminology to Better Understand SERVPRO Interventions in Your Cocoa Home

When you come home to find a burst pipe or appliance hose or pump malfunction has flooded areas of your Cocoa residence, water damage mitigation and other phrases used in the moisture restoration business can be confusing. Reduce your stress by learning what we accomplish during water damage restoration, which includes:

  • Water damage mitigation
  • Water damage remediation
  • Water damage repairs

What Constitutes Water Damage Mitigation?

When the SERVPRO crew arrives at your water damaged Cocoa dwelling, assessment of the situation precedes emergency services. Although water damage recovery would seem to follow the same schedule in every case, mitigation interventions vary according to the unique circumstances presented. Mitigation efforts aim to halt the current water damage, interfering with moisture spread to additional materials. Examples are many and may include:

  • Shutting off/down water sources at the primary or ancillary line valves
  • Pumping and water extraction of standing liquids with truck-mounted or portable units
  • Light wanding from dry areas of carpeting toward the damp to stop the migration of the fluids as well as weighted extraction to dry carpet in place
  • Tear out of carpet padding or wet insulation to prevent water transfer to dry materials

How Does Water Remediation Differ from Mitigation?

The water damage restoration process is a continuum, with mitigation steps as initial strategies. Remediation moves past halting the water incursion and damage, switching to efforts that reverse, as much as possible, the harm. Remediation aligns with tasks such as determining drying goals and preparing efficient air mover, heater, and dehumidification configurations. These remediations accelerate evaporation from saturated porous materials, heading toward SERVPRO’s central goal of making it “Like it never even happened.” Other remediations encompass but are not limited to:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting soiled surfaces
  • Evaluating damp materials for potential mold growth and recommending next steps
  • Deciding if some water-damaged materials are unrestorable

What About Water Damage Repairs?

Where materials cannot sustain additional function or be brought back to previous appearances, SERVPRO assists Cocoa residents in arranging for necessary repairs, refinishing, and even reconstruction. We work with your insurance carrier to document your claims, so your out-of-pocket expenses are limited.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is ready to take on your water damage challenges, from assessment through mitigation, remediation, and repairs. Call (321) 336-5381 to explore your restoration options.

Need fire soot cleanup in your Merritt Island Commercial Space? Think SERVPRO

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the pots and walls Has a recent fire left soot on your walls? Contact SERVPRO for experienced technicians and effective equipment for the fire damage remediation job.

SERVPRO can Help Save Merritt Island Businesses Time and Money by Offering Reliable Fire Soot Cleanup

Fire soot cleanup of our Merritt Island Commercial space needs to happen fast to prevent long-term damage. Improper soot removal can further the damage already done to your commercial building during a fire incident. 

SERVPRO techs use modern technology and scientific approach during fire soot cleanup in Merritt Island homes. Soot from a fire incident consists of tiny microscopic particles that contain a mixture of carbon and other compounds. When these compounds deposit on various surfaces, they can cause permanent damage. SERVPRO techs use different methods to remove soot depending on the type of fire and the surfaces involved. 

How do SERVPRO Techs Decide What Cleaning Method to Use during Fire Damage Restoration of Merritt Island Structures? 

SERVPRO techs have several cleaning methods at their disposal while cleaning the fire and smoke damage from your Merritt Island establishment. However, it is important to pick the correct techniques for the best results. Among the various factors that SERVPRO IICRC-certified techs use to decide which cleaning method to use, the type of smoke damage is important. 

Fast-burning, oxygen-rich fires produce dry soot particles. Although such particles can travel farther away from the source, they are relatively easy to clean. SERVPRO techs use dry cleaning methods to clean the dry smoke residue. 

On the other hand, oxygen-starved, slow-burning fires can produce what is known as the wet smoke residue. The particles of wet smoke can easily smear across the surfaces and are generally more difficult to clean than dry smoke particles. SERVPRO techs use various chemical cleaning agents to tackle wet smoke particles.  

Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 regarding any fire damage remediation requirement.

Why do Property Owners in Cocoa Trust SERVPRO for Mold Damage Remediation?

11/3/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing in the corner of a room Finding mold on your property can certainly be challenging. Team up with SERVPRO to assess and then remediate the mold damage situation at your home.

A Quick Response and Experienced Technicians Make SERVPRO the First Choice in Mold Damage Restoration Among Cocoa Residents

Discovering mold damage in your Cocoa home can be nothing short of a traumatizing experience. Hiring professional mold specialists like SERVPRO as soon as possible can prevent the problem from going out of hand and turning into a full-blown disaster. 

SERVPRO techs use a multifaceted approach to tackle mold damage in your Cocoa home. The first goal is to ensure that the mold remains confined to a small structure area by establishing effective containment zones. Once an effective containment is established, the SERVPRO techs must decide the cleaning method used during the mold remediation process.

What are Various Cleaning Methods That SERVPRO Mold Specialists Use During the Remediation Process in Cocoa Homes? 

SERVPRO techs follow the IICRC S520 guidelines during the mold remediation in your Cocoa home. The guidelines recommend the following cleaning methods depending on the extent and location of mold damage. 

  • Air-based methods

Air-based methods of mold removal include HEPA vacuuming and air washing. During the air washing, SERVPRO techs use a stream of air to blow mold spores and fragments off surfaces. As aerosolization of the spores can happen during air washing, SERVPRO techs use this method only where adequate engineering controls can prevent excessive build-up of contaminants. 

  • Liquid-based methods

These methods rely on the water combined with a mechanical cleaning process to dislodge contamination. Some of how SERVPRO techs use these methods include-

  • Immersion cleaning
  • Ultrasonic cleaning
  • Damp-wiping with appropriate detergent
  • Cleaning with non-aqueous cleaning agents
  • Abrasive methods

These methods rely on the use of a medium or material to dislodge contamination. Some of how SERVPRO techs Accomplish this include-

  • Scraping, brushing
  • Sanding
  • Dry ice, soda, and sandblasting

Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 for any mold damage inquiries.

SERVPRO Can Protect Cocoa Homes from Permanent Damage After Fire Damage

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged wall outlet that has soot covering it Contact Team SERVPRO right after the firefighters leave. We are available 24/7 365 days a year for your emergency fire damage call.

How SERVPRO Restores Your Cocoa Home after a Fire Damage Incident?

Restorative cleaning after fire damage to your Cocoa property is a job for the professionals. A restorer has a tough job of removing the fire and smoke damage and returning the structure to a preloss condition.   

There are several different types of deodorizing equipment that SERVPRO techs use to restore fire damage to your Cocoa properties. The importance of using professional deodorizing equipment as soon as possible can’t be emphasized enough. Not only does this prevent new odors from developing, but it also prevents you and your family from entering a hazardous environment during the post-fire restoration process.

Why do SERVPRO Techs use Active Oxygen Deodorization During House Fire Cleanup of Your Cocoa Home? 

Passive methods, such as ventilation and fans, merely remove the odor-causing particles from your Cocoa home and send them back into the air. Hence, SERVPRO techs use active deodorization methods that render the odor-causing molecules inactive. 

An ozone generator is one of the most commonly used equipment that actively neutralizes odor-causing molecules. However, there is a safety concern regarding ozone gas. Hence, SERVPRO technicians prefer hydroxyl radical generators in place of ozone generators when the premises are occupied.

Hydroxyl radical generators produce highly reactive hydroxyl (OH-) radicals that cause a ‘cascade effect’ that makes unstable compounds when hydroxyl radicals react with odor-causing molecules in the air. The effect continues till all the odor molecules are broken down into simple molecules that no longer produce odor. 

Another advantage of hydroxyl radicals in fire damage restoration is that they do not reach surfaces and damage them like ozone. Hence, SERVPRO techs can use this equipment even in occupied areas with proper monitoring. 

Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947; our technicians are available round the clock in case of any fire damage-related inquiries.

When A Flood Causes Damage To Your Cocoa Home Call Our Experts

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

a hurricane near mexico in the atlantic ocean When storms occur, flooding can quickly result. Contact our certified SERVPRO team for effective flood damage remediation services.

Living Adjacent To The Atlantic Ocean Can Lead To Flood Damage Inside Your Cocoa Home

Intense storms can brew on the waves of the Atlantic ocean and cause flood damage to homes along the shore. Heavy rains and winds can lead to rushing waters in the streets and debris riding in the currents. Tree branches, rocks, stop signs, and other large objects can shatter a window and allow thousands of gallons of water into your home. Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened in the case of your small home.

Storm Flood Damage 

When your Cocoa home suffers flood damage, it is essential for you to get help as swiftly as possible. The quicker the standing water is cleaned up, the less likely it is for the formation of mold damage to happen. Fortunately, there is help close at hand that can rush to your home.

While you wait for SERVPRO to arrive, you might wonder what you can do for your home to mitigate damage in the meantime. However, it is unwise to try and do any water removal on your own, as you do not know the state of the water that entered your home. Blackwater contains harmful substances such as bio-waste, chemicals, and even fuel. When it comes to flood water, it is always wise to stay away and let the professionals determine what needs to be done.

As SERVPRO arrives at your home, we can immediately begin to set up water removal equipment. With the sheer amount of water in your home, we can use a combination of portable submersible pumps and truck-mounted wet/dry vacuums and extractors. Once the water is removed, SERVPRO can determine where any flood cuts need to be made to the drywall and if any floors need to be removed. Afterward, our water restoration techs can focus on using drying equipment to return the structure of your home to an appropriate level of dryness.

Once your home has been dried, a rebuild can happen. The rebuild can be done by a contractor that we can help you find. Afterward, your home can be returned to its pre-flooded state.

When a storm causes flood damage inside of your home, get help immediately. Get in touch with SERVPRO of Central Brevard by calling (321) 638-4947. We're always open and ready to help.