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Celebrate the Women in Your Life at a One-Day Event Near Cocoa

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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Attend Cocoa Area’s Space Coast Women’s Day Festival

Pamper the women in your life at Melbourne Square Mall’s second annual Space Coast Women’s Day Festival.  The festivities, which are being held a short twenty-mile drive away from Cocoa, occur between 11 AM and 4 PM on Saturday, January 16th.  Some of the event’s offerings include:

  • A fashion show
  • Door prizes
  • Makeovers and massages
  • Nail and henna art
  • Photo opportunities
  • Self-defense classes

Enjoy all the fun at 1700 West New Haven Avenue in Melbourne.  Admission to the festival is free, the activities are free, and tickets are available online.

Your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Central Brevard welcome you to this local celebration of women.  Treat all the women near and dear to you to a special day of pampering just for them.  With that said, as one of the Space Coast’s most respected fire damage restoration services, we would like to remind you of the ever-present risk of house fires.  If you ever need help recovering from a residential fire, call us at (321) 638-4947.

Merritt Island: An Area Rich in Old and Modern Legacies

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Part of Merritt Island's Charm is its Unique Heritage

The story of Merritt Island is long and extends back into prehistory.  The first inhabitants of the area were likely American Indian tribes that primarily survived by small game hunting, fishing, and foraging.  These hunter-gatherers solely enjoyed the local environment until the Spanish arrived in Florida in 1513.  Through the progressing years, the Native American population waned as their Spanish interactions increased via shipwrecks, trade, and colonial settlement.  The end of the colonial years that followed transformed the region into one based on plantation agriculture dedicated to sugarcane, pineapple, and orange production.  In more recent years, the Merritt Island area has developed into a mecca for sun worshippers, retirees, and astronautical innovators.        

Merritt Island's Prehistory

Although not conclusively proven, the Merritt Island environs were, perhaps, first used by Paleo-Indians as far back as 12,000 years ago.  These early natives likely lived alongside and hunted massive beasts like:

  • Bison
  • Camels
  • Giant armadillos
  • Mammoths
  • Mastodons

Also, there is even evidence to suggest that the extinction of these animals was at least partially due to the vigorous hunting efforts of Native Americans.  These early Central Florida residents' presence is made apparent by their hunting efforts and the various burial mounds, weapons, pottery, and other artifacts they left behind throughout the area.

Over the period between 10,000 and 2,000 B.C., the region that eventually became known as the "Space Coast" drastically changed due to overhunting, glacial melt, and the resulting rising sea levels.  Native hunting habits were also modified as mass extinctions of various animal species occurred.  Simultaneously, sea levels rose and created the barrier islands and lagoons present today.  Eventually, the different Native American groups occupying the Merritt Island area consolidated and formed what later became known as the Ais tribe.

Europeans Enter the Picture

Until 1513, the Ais controlled much of the peninsula on which present-day Merritt Island is situated.  In this fateful year, near Cape Canaveral, the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon first made contact with the local Indians.  Later, in 1605, adventurer Alvaro Mexia surveyed and mapped land on the peninsula given by the King of Spain to a nobleman named "Merritt." In the following decades, the Ais and other local tribes living on and around this land grant were decimated by several hardships, including:

  • Diseases brought by European settlers
  • Famine and malnutrition
  • Increased conflict with Spanish explorers and settlers
  • Warfare between the English and their Indian allies

These troubles took a toll on the Natives of Merritt Island and the rest of Florida. By the 1700s, few of these original inhabitants remained.

Period of Colonial Rule

Excepting the brief twenty-year period between 1763 and 1783, Florida remained in Spanish hands from 1513 until 1821.  Established in 1565 by the Spanish, St. Augustine became the first permanent European settlement in North America.  It was located a mere hundred miles to the north of Merritt Island.  On the peninsula itself, at least one major agricultural enterprise took shape.  The settling occurred between 1767 and 1779 when London merchant William Elliott established his sugar plantation, mill, and rum distillery in the northern part of the peninsula during the British rule.

The Birth of the Indian River Citrus Industry

A second significant agricultural endeavor occurred in the early 1800s, just after Florida officially became part of the United States in 1821.  In the late 1820s, the farming innovator Douglas Dummitt experimented with some native citrus groves on Merritt Island and planted additional ones.  Dummitt eventually developed new grafting techniques that enabled him to grow sweet orange varieties better.  He shipped his first fruit from the region in 1828. From that point on, his business developed into a robust enterprise.  His operation survived both freezes and the Second Seminole War.  Dummitt was so instrumental in developing and preserving the region's citrus-growing heritage that he has been called the "Father of the Indian River Citrus Industry."    

Modern Merritt Island   

Numerous internal improvements have enhanced modern Merritt Island.  Over the past few decades, its communities have been defined by their proximity to the Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.  Additionally, current residents have benefitted from the following nearby recreational resources:

  • Cocoa Beach
  • Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Merritt Square Mall
  • The Savannahs Golf Course
  • Ulumay Wildlife Sanctuary

However, while there are numerous benefits to living in our area, there are also some risks. SERVPRO of Central Brevard would like to remind you of the potential for hurricane-related flooding.  Also, know that we are always here to help you overcome flood damage.  Call us anytime at (321) 638-4947.

How Does SERVPRO Remediate Flood Damage?

Unlike clean water-related issues, flood damage is much more challenging to clean up.  It, therefore, takes professional expertise and specialized gear to properly remediate.  At SERVPRO, our technicians employ the following techniques and equipment to return your residence to its pre-flood state effectively:

  • Rapid floodwater removal with high-powered extractors and wet vacs
  • Professional clean up and disposal of hazardous wastes using EPA-approved methods
  • Using cutting edge air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems to thoroughly dry out the surfaces and air of your home's interior
  • Employing technologically advanced foggers to treat impacted surfaces with EPA-approved disinfectants and antifungals
  • Neutralizing foul floodwater-related odors with powerful deodorants

SERVPRO's highly skilled professionals work to clean and restore your home using these time-tested and systematic ways.  Using only the industry's most advanced equipment available today, we can often remediate flood damage more quickly and effectively than most other local services.  In the long run, all this serves to save you both time and money.

So, if one of coastal Florida's notoriously powerful storms ever affect you, remember that SERVPRO of Central Brevard is always here to help.  Call us anytime at (321) 638-4947 for flood damage cleanup and repair.

The Water Damage Before Christmas

12/24/2020 (Permalink)

Parade Pictures Cocoa Christmas Parade

T’was the night before Christmas when water ran all through the house.

Everyone’s stockings were soaked… even the presents under the tree had started to float.

What to do with this watery mess?... Oh my, not now; we have a house full of guests!

Saint Nicholas himself, will be stopping by soon. The sleigh will not cut it, he needs a pontoon.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds when droplets of water begin to fall on their heads.

Ma with her towels and me with my mop, began sopping up water; when is this all going to stop?

I opened the window and threw up the sash, to drop the wet carpet below with the rest of the trash.

When out on the roof there arose such a clatter… "What now?"... I cried out as I carried the ladder.

I got to the top and was shaking with fear, right in front of my eyes… stood a dozen reindeer.

The stomping and pawing of 48 hooves, and fat Santa in those black leather boots, had made gaping holes all over my roof.

Santa hopped in his sleigh but before heading away, he shouted “Dasher and Dancer, you will explain to Mrs. Clause why we have to file another liability claim”!!!

Santa shouted to me as they flew out of sight “Give SERVPRO a call, they’ll come out tonight”.

SERVPRO answered the phone with a cheerful holiday tone, I knew in a moment I made the right call.

They said, “We’re dispatching a crew, they’ll be there and in no time at all”. Fat Santa was right…In the blink of an eye, the green vans were onsite. The crew walked in, one with a smile and one with a grin; kind of hard to believe on Christmas eve, at quarter past 10:00.

They worked through the night to make everything right. Extracting water from rugs, then rolled them up tight.

The crew said at the shop they would hang them with care, to dry in mid-air, they’d be cleaned and returned before the new year.

We were starting to learn we had no need for concern. It didn’t take long, and our trust they had earned.

With dehumidifiers and fans and a good drying plan they explained the process in a way we could all understand.

With cookies and milk in their hands, they hopped in their vans. I heard them exclaim, as they drove out of sight “Merry Christmas! SERVPRO is always on-call and we will make you feel … "Like it never even happened," at all!

Cocoa Residents Can Experience the Whimsy of a Hot Air Balloon Glow

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

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This is sure to be a popular event, from great food and sights to the many balloons stationed. 

For those that have never seen a hot air balloon up close, this event for the Space Coast offers you that and more. Many balloons set up for the event, allowing you to see an incredible spectacle. The cost of admission for the afternoon and evening of the event is 25.00 per carload. 

This year, the Space Coast Hot Air Balloon Glow is set to take place on December 11th, 12th, and 13th from 5 PM to 9 PM. Once-in-a-lifetime entertainment experiences can also be purchased with a tethered ride on a hot air balloon or a private ride for a couple. For more information, check out the event on Eventbrite.

Water remediation in Cocoa homes can save property owners time and money. Trust in the experience and fast response of our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team by calling (321) 638-4947. 

SERVPRO of Central Brevard saves Thanksgiving for a local Merritt Island family after a fire.

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Our job at SERVPRO of Central Brevard is the most rewarding when we are able to take care of people and show them that everything will be alright in the midst of a crisis.

On Nov 25th we received a call from a homeowner who was hosting Thanksgiving dinner for her family the next day.  They had just had a fire in one of their bedrooms was caused by a battery charger malfunctioning.  Fortunately, no one was hurt and the major damage was contained inside the bedroom. However, the rest of the home was filled with a strong smoke odor and covered in soot from ceiling to floor. 

We immediately jumped into action and sent a crew and our Operations Manager to the Merritt Island home ready to get to work.  We sealed off the bedroom to contain any further odor or soot and concentrated on the rest of the home. Our primary goal was to get it in shape to host Thanksgiving dinner. The bedroom would have to wait until the insurance adjuster arrived the following week.  We set up air scrubbers and a hydroxyl generator to help eliminate the smoke odor and began the task of cleaning surfaces and contents. After several hours of elbow grease, the homeowners were able to start cooking even before we had finished. By early evening the home was in great shape to host dinner the next day.

We are so proud of our crew that worked so hard to make sure a fire would not ruin the joyous family time that was planned for the holiday weekend! We are thankful we could save Thanksgiving for them.

In the event that you ever experience water or fire damage at your Merritt Island property, please give us a call.  It will be our honor to serve you and get your home back to “Like it never even happened.”

Do Not Miss the Annual Holiday Parade in Merritt Island

12/1/2020 (Permalink)

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Help to keep our traditions happening safely with this year's holiday parade for Merritt Island.

It just would not be the holiday season without parades, and those living in Merritt Island can rejoice that the town is still working to keep the tradition alive despite how challenging the year has become. Beginning at 10 AM on December 5th, 2020, the parade departs from the high school and heads down Courtenay Parkway. At State Route 3, the participants head left towards Edgewood, where the route ends.  

This year, families can appreciate the community's unique flair and creativity as floats are decorated to the theme of holiday movies. As always, parking is free and based on availability, and the event costs nothing. 

Fire and smoke cleanup for Merritt Island businesses should happen as soon as possible to keep your doors open. Without fast action, soot and odors can make continued operation impossible. Our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team is available 24/7 at (321) 638-4947.

Professional Fire Restoration for Cocoa’s Historical Attractions

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Tourism is a driving force in Cocoa, making our protection and upkeep of specific properties vital. 

Cocoa can often be a day trip for many tourists to the Space Coast area and a stop on tours and cruises departing from the Cape Canaveral Port. However, tourists and guests arrive, Cocoa has become a destination designed to embrace the uptick in travelers through retail, festivals, activities, and beachfront events. In addition to the modern advancements and construction to promote the local economy's growth, the protection and upkeep of some of the town’s historic properties can also be instrumental in improving the annual turnout for travelers. Also accommodating the passion, many have for local history and stories that shaped Brevard County.

The Mystery of Cocoa’s History 

There are several stories that travelers hear about the origin of Cocoa and how it came to be named what it is. Surprisingly, as many might think, it is agreed that the name does not come from an abundance of production of the cacao plant. Two of the top stories for the name involve either the prominence of a hotel called the Cocoa House or that mail used to arrive on a riverboat and placed in a Baker’s Cocoa tin box nailed to a piling along the river.

Accrediting the Space Industry to Cocoa’s Successes 

From the 1940s through the 1960s, the population of Brevard County and Cocoa specifically more than quadrupled. The country took a stern and severe interest in the space program and explored what lies beyond our atmosphere. In every capacity, NASA and the respective manufacturing facilities began to grow and require more and more personnel to meet the growing demands. In turn, this allowed areas like Cocoa to go from a smaller community of a couple thousand to the current level of nearly 18,000 residents.

Attractions for Day Trippers and Locals 

When you consider all of the attractions of the Space Coast area of Central Florida, Brevard County alone has multiple sites attributing to many tourists returning numerous times over subsequent years. A commitment to a clean and evolving community can be attractive for travelers, especially those looking for quality beach destinations with sprawling resort settings along the water. A blend of long-term attractiveness and short-term draw keeps tourism active and alive. Some of the most frequently visited locations include:

  • Eastern Florida State College Planetarium and Observatory – Information about this facility might also bring up results about the Astronaut Memorial Planetarium and Observatory. The massive structure features more than just a planetarium and observatory wing, however. It also boasts a large-screen movie theater, classrooms, exhibit halls, and a frequently changing art gallery showing local and global talents.
  • Brevard Museum of History & Natural Science – This massive structure is nearly 15,000 square feet and a 22-acre preserve for flora, fauna, and wildlife. Perhaps one of the most renowned and recognizable exhibits on display in the museum is the Windover Woman. This find continues to be the oldest human remains found in North America. In this same wavelength, the Brevard Museum of History & Natural Science has also replicated the Windover Dig where the woman was found and a massive Ice Age exhibit with creatures that once were found in Florida. 
  • Historic Cocoa Village – While the area now serves as one of the most promising retail locations in the area to attract visitors, those interested in the history of Cocoa can also visit 11 historical sites spread out through this district. Some of the most prominent and recognizable of these properties include the Porcher House, Derby Street Chapel, and the Parrish Grove Inn. 
  • Aladdin Theater – Though it is more recognized now as the Cocoa Village Playhouse, the structure has been up and running since 1924. As a historic location in Cocoa, it is worth noting that the building continues to host multiple types of entertainment throughout the year and is operated and upkept by the municipality since ownership was acquired from Brevard Community College in 2010. 
  • Special Events and Festivals – Every month is a new reason to celebrate in Cocoa. This comes through with the plentiful festivities, festivals, fairs, and parades happening throughout the year. When guests come to visit, it is likely happening along with one of the many celebrations ranging from patriotic parades to tree lighting ceremonies and craft bazaars for the holidays. 

Combatting Fire Losses in Cocoa Properties Quickly 

Fire damage can be a swift and fierce force to area homes and businesses. The objective in any of these disasters is to get professional restorers on-site as soon as possible once the extinguishment completes. Our SERVPRO professionals stay prepared for these emergencies with a massive roster of Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and a growing inventory of industry-leading equipment, products, and technologies.

The initial response of our technicians helps to address the pressing concerns of your house. Fire damage restoration for Cocoa homes varies based on the type of fire and the spread of the effects throughout the property. Emergency services change respectively. With both experienced technicians on our staff and a division of general contractors, we can complete several immediate actions to prevent worsening conditions from developing. These include:

  • Debris removal
  • Air quality control
  • Surface cleaning
  • Controlled demolition
  • Board-up
  • Roof tarping

Surface cleaning is one of the most considerable obstacles for fire restoration in your home. Because the composition of soot and smoke residues changes based on the material that combusted and the underlying hosting material, many products and approaches are involved in the cleanup and restoration of these affected surfaces. Solvents, detergents, and abrasive cleaning tactics all have a place.

Despite how devastating fire losses can initially seem, the fast and reliable response of our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team can help to make it “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime you need us at (321) 638-4947.

Cocoa Residents can Get Some Much Needed Fresh Ocean Air

11/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Visit Three Riverside Parks and Take the Family on a Walking Tour in Cocoa 

Parents in Cocoa can satisfy children of different ages by spending the day at the park. Here is how you can include three parks while parking your vehicle only once.

  • Directly to the left of the City of Cocoa Civic Center building is the primary entrance to Taylor Park. Enhanced with a playground half in the shade and half in the sun, kids can find their ideal spot to let go of some excess energy. 
  • Continuing away from Orange Street, the small park blends in with the circular Riverfront Park’s area. Complete with an amphitheater, splashpad, and shade trees, it’s a nice spot to rest while eating lunch or an afternoon snack. 
  • In the northeast corner, there is a walkway leading to Lee Wenner Park. Crossing Riveredge Boulevard places you safely on the sidewalk. Lee Wenner Park has yet to replace its playground but children still enjoy watching the boats. 

SERVPRO of Central Brevard understands how crucial fresh air is to our health. This is why SERVPRO professionals make mold remediation a priority. When you have questions or concerns about your indoor air quality, call (321) 638-4947 and we can assist you and your family.

Test Your Physical Fitness at a Unique Cocoa Running Event

11/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Challenge Yourself to Cocoa’s Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon

Test your endurance and attempt to complete what few even dare to try at Running Zone’s 49th Annual Space Coast Marathon and Half Marathon. At the same time, enjoy experiencing Florida’s oldest marathon’s picturesque space-themed course in the vicinity of the famed Kennedy Space Center. Please note the following when planning your participation in the event.

  • It takes place on Sunday, November 29th between 6:00 AM and 1:00 PM
  • Marathon starts at 6:00 AM; North Half Marathon at 6:15 AM; South Half Marathon at 6:30 AM; and the Wheel Chair Event begins at 6:30 AM
  • The USA Track & Field (USATF)-certified course begins in Cocoa Village and finishes in Lee Wenner Park by the river
  • Register online up to race weekend; entry fees are $115 for the Marathon and $105 for the Half Marathon

Many things in life, like a marathon, are races against time that require endurance. At SERVPRO of Central Brevard, we know that is the case with remediating water damage. So, always be prepared to take swift action when a water-related situation occurs and call us at (321) 638-4947 whenever you need help.

What is the Best Way to Respond After A Bathtub Overflows, Flooding A Home?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Uses Regular Water Removal Procedures in Cocoa Homes but Avails Unique Resources to Tackle Any Challenges that Arise 

Water intrusion poses many risks in a home, including mold development, rotting, swelling, and other material deterioration types in the structure. However, they do not always happen, mostly when removal occurs early enough. SERVPRO helps Cocoa property owners take only the necessary water removal actions, thus expediting the process and limiting the cost implications that the incident might have. 

What should the initial water removal process in Cocoa homes involve? 

  • Extracting pooling water
  • Removing moisture trapped behind tiles or wooden floorboards
  • Extraction of moisture from carpets, upholstery, and other porous materials
  • Restoring normal humidity levels

When the water spill in Cocoa originates from an overflowing bathtub, it is easier to stop the source by simply turning off the faucet or opening the drain if it is not clogged. Removal efforts can then shift to extracting the water that reached unwanted sections of your house before you could take remedial action. 

How often do bathtubs cause water damage? 

It is possible to get distracted by other tasks while running water into your bathtub, leading to overfilling. However, the system has some countermeasures to prevent spillover, leading to damage if installed correctly. For instance, the overflow pipe, which is connected to the wastewater outlet, should eliminate excess water once the water in the tub rises over a certain level if it is not clogged or punctured. Therefore, when you notify our SERVPRO team about the problem at your house, we try to establish whether there might be other issues in the system supplying water to the bathtub that might have caused the problem, including: 

  • Leaky supply pipes
  • Faulty faucet gaskets or retaining nuts
  • Problems in the flexible pipe connectors or waste outlet trap 

How challenging is the water removal process? 

Once the water spills from the bathtub, it can flow to different areas in your house. The extent of such spreading is one of the main aspects of determining how challenging the water removal process in Cocoa might end up being. If the water flows freely for hours before you notice and stop the source, you have more wet areas to dry or large pools of water to extract to restore the house to its preloss state.

Our SERVPRO technicians help ease this by providing adequate resources to match the challenges. For instance, availing a high capacity extractor such as a truck-mounted water extractor provides over 185-inch water lift capacity, which is more efficient than the typical 140-inch lift that portable extractors provide. Such higher capacity applications can help clear pools faster or extract water from saturated carpets or other porous materials. 

Is removal easy if minimal water is spilled? 

Ideally, after a leak involving a small amount of water, it should be easy to complete removal, restoring the property to its preloss state. However, other issues not related to the water amount might complicate the process: 

  • Water can ingress into cavities
  • Semi porous materials might absorb the spilled water
  • The water can heighten humidity levels in the house 

Water can easily find a way behind the decorative panel surrounding the bathtub or reach below the bathroom floor tiles. Regular extraction procedures cannot remove such water, yet it might cause severe mold development or a foul odor, among other severe problems. Our SERVPRO technicians use specialized equipment and removal procedures to address these challenges.   

Using thermal cameras, we can check the level of water penetration in cavities without tearing down materials. We also use thermos-hygrometers to determine humidity levels in different house sections because of the water leak. Depending on the findings, we choose the best tools to use for successful removal. For the water under the floor tiles, drying mats can help extract it conveniently without removing the tiles.   

In cases where porous materials such as wooden floorboards absorb the spilled water, there is a need to dry them to the standard 10% moisture content. Drying requires a sustained evaporation rate. The evaporation rate may also need to be regulated to avoid physical problems such as solid wood panels cracking. Setting up drying chambers is one way to achieve both goals. Our technicians use plastic sheets to create a sectioned off area in the targeted areas. We then use air movers to circulate more air in the chamber, quickening evaporation. Dehumidifiers help extract moisture from the air. 

SERVPRO of Central Brevard helps Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral, and Cocoa Beach homeowners regain control after water damage. Call us at (321) 638-4947 so that we can help you deal with any incident, "Like it never even happened."