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Proud to be part of the Space Coast!

5/26/2020 (Permalink)

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

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Cocoa, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard today at (321) 638-4947 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

How Can I Salvage My Cocoa Hotel After a Flood?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

interior of the house flooded with water SERVPRO of Central Brevard wants to keep your business looking, “Like it never even happened.”

IICRC-Certified Disaster Mitigation Pros Can Restore Your Hospitality Facility in Cocoa to Pre-Loss Condition

Flooding in a hotel, even on a small scale, can be a massive hit to both business owners and employees. Without rapid mitigation, the expenses necessary to safely restore your facilities only increase, as does the likelihood of mold proliferation on your property.

SERVPRO technicians offer emergency-response commercial flood damage cleanup for your Cocoa hotel. This team is available 24/7/365 to restore your business after a disaster to ensure that you can reopen your doors to customers with clean and safe accommodations as quickly as possible.

Itemizing Losses Due to Hotel Flooding
When filing a claim for your business, there are a variety of other losses to take into account that can disrupt your income on top of the direct damages created by a natural disaster. These losses can include:

    •    Partial or full closures and lost room revenue.
    •    Monetary loss from interruption of business.
    •    Losses from canceled conferences and other scheduled events.
    •    Emergency repair costs and structural upgrades
    •    Payroll coverage.

Keep careful track of your expenses and double-check your insurance policy so that your business has coverage for multiple types of losses that can be caused by flooding and other disasters. SERVPRO techs can bolster your claim with extensive documentation of damage as well as steps taken to restore the structure.

How SERVPRO Documents Losses Caused By Flood Damage
SERVPRO professionals carefully inspect your property not just to develop a plan of action, but also to keep meticulous records of losses for your insurer. This documentation process includes:

    •    Photographs and video
    •    Detailed descriptions of affected items
    •    Inventory software on tablets and other smart technologies
    •    High-quality scans of damaged documents stored on the cloud
    •    Paper and digital records to aid business owners and insurance adjusters

SERVPRO of Central Brevard wants to keep your business looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (321) 638-4947 to begin the mitigation process within hours of your initial contact.

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What Are the Benefits of Hiring a Professional Water Restoration Company for a Slow Leak in Cocoa?

5/6/2020 (Permalink)

water causing damage peeling paint The professionals at SERVPRO stand ready 24/7 to help locate, mitigate, and remediate residential water damage.

When Significant Losses Accumulate Over Time SERVPRO Locates and Remediates All Aspects of Water Damage for Cocoa Homeowners

Long gone are the days when the majority of pipes and fittings comprising household plumbing were visible and easily accessible. Conventional housing design and construction instead bury utilities, including supply lines and waste, drains, under cabinets, between walls, and under floors. A tiny crack or loose connection can drip and seep for days, weeks, or longer before you notice any harm.

What Are Signs of Hidden Water Damage?
Deep inside the walls of your Cocoa home, water damage might be brewing. Since it is non-visible, how are you supposed to notice and get the help needed to prevent permanent harm to the structure and contents? Here are some signals that water is escaping silently, exposing your property to the risk of structural deterioration and secondary damage like mold growth:

    •    Unexpectedly high water bills
    •    Unpleasant or musty smells in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry areas or adjacent rooms
    •    Blistering paint or peeling wallpaper
    •    Stains or bulges on walls or ceilings
    •    Puddles of water near cabinets or baseboards

If a Plumber Fixes the Leak Why Do I Need Professional Restoration?
Repairing and replacing malfunctioning plumbing is a crucial phase, but any water that lingers destroys building materials and encourages mold growth unless addressed. SERVPRO crews train in water extraction and structural drying during the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) courses. We also learn how to use sensitive moisture detection and measurement devices to trace water migration within the building cavities of your home. Gathering moisture data and then using that information for water removal and reduction of the moisture content of soaked building materials are vital tasks necessary to return your home to its preloss condition.

The professionals at SERVPRO of Central Brevard stand ready 24/7 to help locate, mitigate, and remediate residential water damage. Why wait when you can schedule an assessment by calling (321) 638-4947 today?

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How Is Fire Damage in My Cocoa Home Likely to Affect my Daily Routines?

5/1/2020 (Permalink)

"Contact us" Let us help you get your Cocoa community back in order after a devastation.

SERVPRO can Help You Deal with Hazards, Soiling and Other Problems that Fires Cause

Daily activities such as heating, cooking, or operating electrical gadgets pose a risk of starting fires at your Cocoa home. Various safety measures, such as the installation of sprinkler systems and placement of fire extinguishers within the home, help add a layer of protection. Still, you cannot rule out the chance of a fire happening. Such incidents have several implications, including monetary costs involved in restoring or replacing items. One thing most people rarely think of is how a fire incident changes daily routines, thus causing unnecessary inconveniences. Since each incident presents unique challenges, you cannot have a perfect action plan before the fire happens. However, the actions you take after the incident matter.

Is it safe to be in a house after a fire? 

After an incident leads to fire damage in your Cocoa home, you are likely to feel inclined to venture into the house to see what was damaged or at least to salvage any valuables that survived the blaze. Such a visit can have severe implications for your health or end up worsening the damages to your property. Unplanned forays into houses ravaged by fire are not ideal because you might:

  • Expose yourself to harmful substances
  • Cause additional damages such as spreading residues
  • Risk injury from physical hazards

The reasons why fire loss sites pose such risks to you include:

  • The presence of residues from combustion processes
  • Weakened structural supports
  • Damaged electrical cables

Professional restorers are aware of the risks and therefore take precautions allowing them to enter the damaged house safely. Our SERVPRO technicians have various PPE, Personal Protective Equipment, including heavy-duty gloves and rubber boots, which guarantee their safety when they enter the loss site the first time to evaluate the damages. The information we gather from scoping the loss site is what helps us deal with an incident "Like it never even happened." 

The immediate response includes simple as well as advanced steps. For example, we remove all foodstuffs from freezers and other storage units. We also check the depth of charring on structural supports and other physical hazards, such as frayed wires. In case the fire only affects a specific section of the property, such as the kitchen, we can use engineering controls such as setting up containment barriers with plastic sheets to isolate the area, allowing you to access the rest of the house safely.

What safeguards does a house need after a fire incident?

The pain of losing valuables in a fire can distract you to the point of forgetting that you still have a duty to safeguard what the fire did not consume. In most incidents, parts of the structure and contents remain intact, thus necessitating protection before an action plan is formulated to address the loss. Our SERVPRO technicians help protect the structure by installing tarps or boarding up openings on the roof and walls, respectively. We can also help move contents within the structure or move them out to an external storage facility.  

Boarding up helps protect the house by keeping out small animals, people as well as rain and other weather elements. It can also help retain the visual appeal of your home, in case that matters to you. Our technicians use different board up techniques:

  • Cover over
  • Insertion
  • Bolt with tension

The cover over technique places plywood boards over an opening by attaching it to surfaces around the opening. Although it is fast, it offers minimal security since the boards are easy to pull out with a pry bar or other flat tool. Insertion involves cutting the boards so that they fit into openings such as windows and doors that we need to seal, offering more security. For the bolt with tension technique, a plywood board overlaps the exterior wall, covering the opening. It is connected with bolts to two-by-four planks on the inner section of the wall. Apart from security, we also consider prevailing factors at the loss site, including how long we expect the restoration process to take when choosing the board up method.

Does it take time to restore fire damage? 

Although you may want to regain access to your home without any delays, it is not always possible. Tasks such as cleanup and restoration of affected areas can take time. One reason why delays occur is that it is difficult to carry out different tasks simultaneously. For example, cleaning surfaces, drying, and refinishing them cannot happen concurrently. After scoping loss sites, our SERVPRO technicians can give accurate estimates of how long the process is likely to take, allowing you to prepare accordingly.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard can help navigate woes of a fire-damaged property in Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, or Cocoa Beach better. Call us any time at (321) 638-4947. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What do you do for Commercial Water Damage in a Cape Canaveral Office that Needs Rapid Cleanup?

4/14/2020 (Permalink)

Office flooded with water SERVPRO has the Equipment needed to restore your business back to its original state. Call us any time, we are always available.

Contact the Experts at SERVPRO, You can Depend on their Experienced Technicians to handle the Catastrophe Properly

There is very little worse than opening the door to your business and finding a wet carpet. After immediately shutting off the water main to the building and contacting a plumber, the next call should be to get restoration services active so the office can reopen as fast as possible. 

One of the first actions SERVPRO techs do upon arrival to a business with commercial water damage in Cape Canaveral is to scope the property. This involves the use of their advanced moisture detection equipment to "see" if the water is present within the subfloor or has wicked into sheetrock behind baseboards. This care in looking over a property allows the techs to determine the actual scale of water loss.

Safety During Water Removal

When the SERVPRO techs work on extracting the water, areas where slip and fall accidents from a wet floor are a possibility get cordoned off and marked with yellow tape to call attention to anyone in the area to move with care. 

Drying Phase of Mitigation

SERVPRO techs spend extra time on the water removal as it lessens the overall drying time and assists in helping the office get back to normal sooner. The techs raise furnishings on blocks to dry them in place whenever possible. This step helps limit the disruption to the office that can happen when large amounts of furniture get moved out and moved back in.  Raising desks, chairs, and tables on blocks helps to ensure any wood stains do not bleed onto the flooring, and water does not affect the legs.

Cleaning and Odor Control

After drying, the techs clean the water loss areas with professional-grade antimicrobials and other cleaning agents. This phase of the mitigation not only sanitizes but also assists in eliminating odors. If any residual odors remain after cleaning, the techs have equipment that can overtake musty smells and other devices that can remove scents at the molecular level. If the techs determine conditions can support mold growth, the techs may choose to apply an antimicrobial sealant to discourage any spore development before repairs get made to the plumbing.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 has the experience and professional equipment to turn around any type of commercial water damage and make the water loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Professional Preventive Cleaning Helps Cocoa Businesses

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

close up of virus cells on a blue background When you feel like germs are everywhere and you can't keep up, SERVPRO is here to help.

Cleaning Is a First Line of Defense in Cocoa

The fast-spreading nature of the virus has affected life and business as we know it. Many businesses have closed as the authorities control the spread of infection, which further elevates the importance of thorough cleaning in Cocoa businesses. 

Using a professional service provider like SERVPRO can help prevent infection spread at your Cocoa area commercial building or public space.

Do It Yourself Cleaning may be helpful, but … is it enough?

Regular cleaning of common surfaces and frequent touchpoints is an effective defense against virus infection

Be sure to follow information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They recommend the use of appropriate cleaning agents and proper methods of application. Also, be sure to practice social distancing, and be sure to wash your hands often. Most commercial businesses need the services of a professional.

How Do Professionals Like SERVPRO Help?

SERVPRO of Central Brevard has a highly trained crew experienced in working on bio-contaminated sites and projects. Our team performs anti-microbial cleaning for our clients. This current pandemic is a terrible interruption to our lives, but it is something with which SERVPRO equips its technicians. We have the most advanced and latest technology. We use EPA approved commercial-grade cleansers and treatments. We are able to provide a deep cleaning and a regular schedule of treatment to meet your needs and at the times of the day, you need us most. We have answers and solutions; let’s have a conversation to discuss how we can help you.

Involving professionals in your pandemic cleaning plans is one way to achieve your goals. Call the experienced team at SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 to assist you in your cleaning and disinfecting plans. 

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

What is the Best Way to Remove Fire Damage from Walls in your Cocoa home?

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home When fire damage is the problem, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947.

SERVPRO techs know that residues need testing to choose the correct cleaning agent and method in Cocoa homes

Even in the cases of minor fire loss, the initial sight of your home after a fire can feel overwhelming in terms of getting things back to normal.

There are three main types of smoke residues that need different methods to remove:

    •    Dry Smoke
    •    Wet Smoke
    •    Protein Residues

How Can I Tell By Looking What Type of Smoke Damage is On My Walls?
After fire damage happens in a Cocoa property, one of the key elements for cleaning the smoke residues left behind is through visually scoping and using different types of testing. The result determines the best cleaning method to get rid of the unsightly staining fire loss can leave behind.

Specific Cleaning Methods for Each Smoke Type
SERVPRO technicians have a vast selection of professional cleaning agents that allow them to work on any type of residue and surface. When cleaning up fire loss, the unique characteristics of the surface need consideration for issues such as shrinkage, marring, or bleeding of dyes, and the appropriate cleaning method gets chosen accordingly.

Dry Smoke does not get any type of liquid cleaner used initially. The techs use dry cleaning sponges to lift away the dry, powdery residue carefully. This is usually the result of fast-moving, high heat fires that burned organic materials.

Wet Smoke is thick, smears easily, and usually well-adhered to a surface. This is often the result of fires that involve rubber or plastic-based items. The techs typically rely on a solvent-based cleaner to release the grip on the surface.

Protein Residues are most frequently found in the kitchen and leave a pungent mist that usually needs cleanup akin to methods used for wet smoke.

When fire damage is the problem, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947. The certified techs are available 24/7 to clean up and restore homes to their preloss condition.

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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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