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Did Recent Storms Flood Your Cocoa Home?

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

standing water on carpeted floor Did flooding damage the drywall in your home? SERVPRO has the expertise for fast, effective remediation!

Flood Removal in Cocoa Can Include Inspecting And Mitigating Wet Drywall

Anyone who has lived in Cocoa for a decent amount of time knows that the area can see significant amounts of rainfall. When a storm comes in, the rain can pour down quickly and sometimes force you to have to conduct flood removal if moisture enters the interior of your house. Restoration after a storm takes its toll on your property can include extracting, structural drying, and possibly removing and replacing some of your building materials.

If moisture enters your structure after a rainstorm, it follows gravity and starts accumulating on your floors. As a part of flood removal procedures in Cocoa, a professional mitigation company such as SERVPRO can start the process by seeing where the water traveled. We can figure out which items got wet by using moisture sensors to detect the presence of H2O in your flooring drywall or ceilings. Once we figure out what got wet, we can then come up with a plan to remove all the moisture in your house and return it to the way it was before the storm, "Like it never even happened."

As a part of the initial estimate and inspection process, our SERVPRO technicians can also test the presence of moisture inside your drywall and wall cavities. Drywall is gypsum material with a paper coating on the front, back, and its longer sides. We can find out what portions of your drywall that got yet by using a non-penetrating moisture meter.

Once our SERVPRO team figures out what sections of your walls got negatively affected, we can then use a penetrating moisture meter to get the exact moisture content of your drywall material. We can also use the penetrating meter to test the presence of water in your wooden studs. To figure out how wet your studs or drywall got as a result of the storm damage, we can also test parts of your walls that did not get wet. Testing unaffected areas also help us establish a drying goal.

If a rainstorm ever gets the walls inside your home wet, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 24/7.


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We Act Fast In Cocoa After A Water Loss

3/7/2020 (Permalink)

Our dehumidifying console drying the affected area We use state of the art equipment like this dehumidifying console to help dry the affected areas in your home after a water loss.

Water Removal Cocoa – Saving Kitchen Cabinets

Water leaks can occur at any time in the kitchen, inside walls, the laundry room, and bathrooms. Sometimes it is an overflowing sink or bathtub, while in many situations, it is a defective joint somewhere in the plumbing system. The water pressure forces the joint apart, and hundreds of gallons of water pour out. Kitchen cabinets and granite countertops can present unique challenges.

SERVPRO provides water removal services in Cocoa and surrounding areas, responding any time of the day or night, usually within 4 hours of receiving a call for assistance. Our objective is to remove all of the water and moisture, to prevent the growth of mold infestations.

Saving Kitchen Cabinets and Granite Countertops

The homeowner wants everything to be as good as new, while the insurance company wants to honor the insurance commitment while managing the overall costs. SERVPRO has lots of experience in these water damage situations and has perfected methodologies to meet both objectives.

Water can seep under cabinets, making it necessary to gain access to cavities under the cabinets to remove moisture. In some cases, we drill holes, inconspicuously, to remove water and blow dry air into the cavity to absorb the moisture. Excessive water and dampness may require more significant action.

In these situations, SERVPRO removes all of the doors to the cabinets, the countertop, and the cabinet structure. There are many countertops utilizing granite and other types of stone, which are expensive and not easy to remove. In these cases, the entire cabinet and countertop may be raised several inches to provide access to the floor area underneath.

Once everything has been dried, the cabinets and countertop are lowered and reattached to the floor. We can reinstall the original cabinets along with the countertop and the doors. This approach significantly reduces the cost to the insurance company and decreases the time needed to return the home to the client with everything dried and repaired, "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Merritt Island, Kennedy Space Center, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Your Cocoa Dry Cleaner

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

fire causing damage Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 to help.

Expertise in Commercial Fire Damage Restoration Helps Cocoa Dry Cleaner Resume Business Fast

A dry cleaning facility in Cocoa caught fire, reducing some highly valued contents, including customers' items to ash. The fire also left many building materials blackened with soot and charring, requiring professional assistance to restore the affected areas so that the dry cleaner could resume operations.

When SERVPRO was informed of the commercial fire damage in the Cocoa dry cleaner, we prepared to help the proprietors salvage whatever was possible, clean up and generally restore the premises to its preloss state. Fires in dry cleaning facilities can be intense because of the abundance of highly combustible materials, including furniture, lint, and garments. The use of petroleum-based solvents only aggravates the situation. Such fires can leave devastating damages.

The incident at the Cocoa dry cleaner was controlled before it could consume the entire structure, thanks to efforts by the fire department. Our SERVPRO technicians could, therefore, use their advanced training to salvage some of the affected items, helping reduce the restoration costs. Among the things, we could readily salvage, were the wooden furniture and structure supports, which were mostly charred or caked in residues. A soda blaster helped us clean all the blackened areas.

The smoke from the fire also affected most of the fabrics within the facility, including garments brought to the facility by customers. Fires produce different types of residues complicating the cleanup process, even for a business that deals in cleaning services. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained to use different cleaning methods, including emulsifying, dissolving, and soils suspension, to get the job done. We also carry out various tests on fabrics to guarantee any cleaning approach used does not set soils or damage the fabrics in other ways. Using this deep wealth of knowledge, we managed to clean up and restore some of the articles left by customers at the dry cleaner.

A fire that ruins customers' valuables can have long-term implications that affect your operations. Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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We Act As Quick As Possible In Cocoa After A Fire

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

A stovetop covered in soot and smoke damage after a fire After a fire we treat the air quality in your home with our state of the art equipment. We are available 24/7 to help you, so call us right away.

Is My Wood Furniture Gone Forever?

Fire damage can happen to anyone. An electrical fire can quickly start in a small home or the living room in a mansion. A scented candle in a condo can ignite a billowing curtain just as a grease fire can engulf your kitchen in flames. Sometimes the damage is widespread throughout your home, and others it is limited to a small area. Regardless of the cause and scope, as homeowners, we seek to restore as much of our personal belongings as possible. Restoration is not only a financial consideration, but it is also about preserving those items that hold sentimental value.

When you are in Cocoa and suffer fire damage, SERVPRO is your source of comfort. Our technicians hold certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and are available 24/7 to provide a concrete action plan without wasting any time. Prompt action can make all the difference in managing the deterioration of your home following a fire and the ensuing extinguishing agents.

Most homeowners struggle with deciding which pieces of furniture are beyond repair and which we can salvage. Our SERVPRO team knows that the finish on the furniture and the extent of the damage play an important role in deciding if and how to restore the piece. Our expertise and knowledge are crucial in making a realistic and practical attempt when returning your home to top shape. For example, understanding that a piece covered in lacquer or paint is not treated in the same manner as unfinished wood is essential for your home. Similarly, the type of smoke residue present in your home also plays a role in selecting cleaning agents as does proximity to the flames. As a homeowner, you do not need to worry about these nuances because our team has options in cleaning solutions and methodology. Place your trust in our expertise and allow us to develop a comprehensive plan.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is your ally when disaster strikes. From assessing the damage to coordinating with other contractors, we are the team who walk with you in your moment of need. Call us at (321) 638-4947 and let us work with you to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

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Our Technicians Discuss The Most Common Types of Water Damage In Cocoa

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Most Common Types of Water Damage to Floors in Cocoa Homes

When water damage occurs in a home, the flooring, whether it is tile, laminate, hardwood, or carpet, bears the brunt of it. Fortunately, specialized cleaning methods have the potential to restore floors to their preloss condition.

Scoping water damage in Cocoa homes is one of the first actions SERVPRO techs perform. This preliminary effort ensures that anywhere there is moisture, it gets removed.

Why SERVPRO?
The difference between an okay restoration job and an excellent one lies within the knowledge, experience, and equipment. The certified techs use advanced moisture detection equipment to find, extract, and dry properties quickly, which lessens loss.

Tile
When a water spill occurs on tile flooring, if the seal on the grout is old or damaged, moisture can collect within the subfloor.  Techs can determine how deep the extraction and drying needs to go, through the use of non-penetrating detection equipment. Glue-down tile may delaminate when prolonged exposure to moisture occurs; in these cases, the tiles get removed and inspected for the potential for cleaning and reuse, saving the homeowner the cost of buying new flooring.

Glue-Down Carpet
This floor covering is commonly used on slab substrate and generally does poorly upon exposure to water. This type of flooring usually cannot be reused and requires removal and replacement.

Carpet
If the cleanup efforts begin quickly enough, there is a good chance the carpet may be recoverable and able to dry in place using techniques such as floating. The technicians have weighted extractor heads that work to push the maximum amount of water out of the fibers and expedite the drying phase.

Hardwood Flooring
Most homeowners consider their hardwood flooring an investment in their house, and the good news is, if the boards are hardwood and not a composite, SERVPRO has specialized equipment to assist in the recovery of this type of flooring.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 is available 24/7 to clean up and restore local properties from water damage and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Removal in Your Merritt Island Home

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Leaking Pipe Don't let a leaking pipe wreak havoc in your Merritt Island home. Call the experts, We can help!

Quality Solutions for Water Damage Caused by Leaking Pipe In Merritt Island Home

Having a water leak in your home is never pleasant, but it is especially unpleasant if you were away while a pipe leaked into your kitchen. Walking into your home and seeing standing water is not what anyone wants to see. After you turn off the water main and ensure that no more water is coming out of the pipe, it is essential to quickly remove the excess water from your home to mitigate further damages such as mold infestations or buckled flooring.

Water removal in Merritt Island can be challenging, so you should have the water extracted promptly and effectively. As the homeowner, it is helpful to sop up as much water as possible to stop the moisture from permeating into the tile grout and causing further damage. Having professionals come in to finish the job helps to ensure no further damage to your home.

SERVPRO restoration specialists use portable extractor equipment to suck up excess water. Portable extractors typically have a long hose that fits into every corner of your kitchen. After several extractions pass, technicians continue the drying process by using axial and centrifugal air movers to enhance evaporation at the surface level to shorten drying time. 

As the water on the surface of your kitchen evaporates, the air right about the wet flooring is saturated and cooler. Air movers create high-velocity airflow, enhancing evaporation in conjunction with dehumidifiers that replace this cooler, moist layer with warmer, drier air. Air movers take the dry air from the dehumidifiers and move it throughout the impacted space. 

By using moisture meters or infrared cameras, technicians can determine that water penetrated through the vapor barriers in your kitchen wall, they may decide to use a structural cavity system. Some systems use vents attached to air movers while others require small drilled holes under cabinets or into walls to insert attached hoses to direct airflow into a wall cavity. Completely restoring wall cavities to preloss condition helps deter dangerous mold growth. 

Contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard 24/7 at (321) 638-4947. We make "It like it never even happened." 

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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)

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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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