Professional Fire Restoration for Cocoa’s Historical Attractions
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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
- 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
SERVPRO is looking forward to the walking tours of Cocoa!
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
SERVPRO sprints to mitigate the water damage at your Cocoa residence!
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?
Sometimes we use plastic sheeting to create drying chambers.
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."
Does a Fire Restoration Team Address Air Quality in a Cocoa Home?
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A Professional Fire Restoration Team Can Help Purify the Air in a Cocoa Home After a Home Fire Erupts.
Defective electrical cords, combustion of flammable materials in a garage, or a simple kitchen accident can all cause a fire at your Cocoa home. Whether the flames died down quickly or burned for a while, the smoke and soot remaining in your home can sneak into closets, cabinets, and vents. For a comprehensive restoration process, rely on a competent team to help you.
In Cocoa, fire damage restoration is our specialty at SERVPRO. We are certified by the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to use the latest techniques to restore fire damage, including treatment of the air in your home. Using technology such as air scrubbers and thermal foggers, we seek to neutralize and eliminate harmful molecules from your environment.
Can homeowners just wipe soot away from its surfaces to finalize the cleanup process?
Most people don’t realize that there are different soot types depending on the item burning to create it. Natural materials such as wood make a cloud of fine dust, whereas man-made materials can leave a sticky residue harder to remove. Each type of remnant requires a corresponding cleaner, which is typically abrasive. A misstep in the cleaning solution can exacerbate the damage to your home and belongings, making them unsalvageable.
As far as the smell in your home following a fire, our SERVPRO crew pays close attention to it and applies different tactics to remove it from your home permanently. Some of those tactics may include the following:
• Use of deodorizing pellets
• Thermal foggers to spray neutralizing solutions throughout your home
• Ozone generators to kill smell molecules
When you reach out to SERVPRO of Central Brevard by calling (321) 638-4947, you access an expert team ready to work for you. By taking a holistic view of the damage, we can make a robust plan with the ultimate goal of leaving your home, “Like it never even happened.”
Why is Taking Inventory Important after Flood Damage?
Our SERVPRO teams handle your valuables with care while carefully documenting your belongings.
Merritt Island Residents Want to Know Their Belongings are Accounted for.
No one wants to deal with a flood in Merritt Island. Floods can leave personal belongings ravaged and homes in need of repair.
You cannot always prevent flood damage to your Merritt Island home, but you can call a trustworthy restoration service to help you put your life back together afterward. SERVPRO is an excellent choice because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster – and we understand the importance of taking inventory.
Why is inventory necessary?
There is a strong likelihood that you will, at some point, need to contact your insurance company after a flood. Anything you can do to make the process smoother is helpful, and we are on hand to help by:
- Keeping thorough records of flood-damaged items
- Being clear about what we can salvage and what we must replace
- Taking photographs to back up our records
- Talking with insurers on your behalf
Why is the relationship between SERVPRO and your insurance company important?
Our teams understand the insurance industry and how to provide information in the way insurers require it. We know that there are specific processes which make insurance claims easier, such as:
- Keeping proof of our work
- Making sure all technicians that work in your property have thorough background checks
- Performing background checks on temporary workers as well as full-time franchise staff
- Carrying out regular audits to ensure we meet strict quality assurance standards
Thorough knowledge of how to liaise with insurers and how to keep inventory and records means a faster, smoother claims process for you. It also means you can leave it to us to talk with your insurance company, which is one less issue for you to stress over while recovering from the shock of flood damage.
What about pack-outs?
Inventory is also essential during pack-outs. If we need to take your belongings away for storage or cleaning, rest assured we will take stock before moving them. We retake inventory before we bring them back, to ensure everything is present and correct.
If you are concerned about talking to insurers after flood damage, start by talking to SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947.
The New Normal in Cocoa, Florida
How can it be almost October already?! I have never before experienced nine months that felt so short and like an eternity all at the same time. 2020 has been a year like no other. We always face our share of difficulties in any given year, but this one, well… let us just say that 2021 cannot get here quickly enough.
In this unprecedented year we have already dealt with massive fires, impending war, Tiger King obsession, toilet paper shortages, murder hornets, social and political upheaval on many fronts, and flooding and wind damage from a record-breaking hurricane season that is still not over. As if that wasn’t enough, we are also dealing with a global pandemic that is like nothing anyone has seen in over a hundred years.
Everyone, everywhere, has had to adjust to what is being described as the “new normal”. People are finding new ways of interacting with each other, online shopping and Zoom meetings are becoming ubiquitous, grocery and food delivery companies are seeing a huge boom while small brick and mortar business are struggling just to keep the doors open. We saw the highest rate of unemployment since the Great Depression but companies like Amazon are hiring people as fast as they can to keep up with the demand. Businesses of all kinds are developing new ways to reach out and engage their customers and get their products out to them.
But as I look around, I am grateful that we are living in this time. We have the knowledge and the tools that make adapting to these difficult challenges possible. High-speed internet is widely available and major advances in communications technology have given us many avenues to maintain and even grow our businesses and personal connections. If this pandemic had hit us twenty years ago we might have been looking at a very different outcome. People were not able to work and go to school from home, grocery and food delivery were almost unheard of, and video communication was just in its infancy. Unemployment would have been catastrophic, and we would have been much more isolated from one another. So, if there is any silver lining it is that the ingenuity of man has allowed us to chart a course through this storm much more easily.
We here at SERVPRO of Central Brevard have had to discover our new course as well. It soon became clear to us that no matter what was going on in the world, even in our backyards, that certain constants do not go away. Water lines still break, fires still blaze, and storms continue to come our way even when people are sick. And when they do, we still need to jump into action and provide the help that is needed. We have just had to adjust the way we do it. SERVPRO has been providing bio-hazard cleanup for years. That training and experience means that we know exactly what to do and how to protect ourselves and our clients while we do the work that is so desperately needed. Because of this experience we are in a position to be a valued resource in our community for preventative cleaning and decontamination when an exposure has happened.
The world around us has changed. The ways we socialize, conduct business, and gain an education have changed. What has not changed is the tenacity of the human spirit and our amazing ability to take on and overcome all the challenges thrown at us.
Hang in there, we will only get through this together. Stay safe, stay connected to each other, and call if you need us. We are always here to help.
What is the Best Way to Handle Fire Damage?
SERVPRO is the team you need after your Cocoa fire damage, call us today.
SERVPRO’s Fire Restoration Services Bring Your Cocoa Property Back to Pre-Loss Condition Quickly and Efficiently
There is much emotional damage involved when you have a house fire beyond any charred belongings and building materials. You may have had keepsakes, photographs, and other unique items in the fire that leave you feeling lost and frustrated. SERVPRO features a team of highly-trained fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) who take the cleanup burden off your shoulders. When you want results quickly, you can rest assured that we are Faster to Any Size Disaster. Our crew arrives within four hours or less of your call so that we can begin work right away.
Regardless of the age or condition of your home, no structure is indestructible. When it comes to fire restoration in Cocoa, you need a team that understands fire, smoke, and water damage to ensure you have the best results. SERVPRO works to minimize damage to your personal property, the structure, and all building materials.
When Will the Home Be Safe to Enter?
There can be many hidden dangers within a Cocoa home right after a fire incident. It is essential that you know not to enter your home until the first responders deem that the building is safe. Depending on the extent of the damage, entering too soon could be hazardous. In addition to charred building materials and overhead hazards, there is also the potential for electrical shock or slip and fall dangers. It is also best that you never turn on any utilities unless the fire department gives the green light.
When Does the Insurance Company Get Notified?
Within most homeowner’s insurance policies, it states that the company must be contacted as soon as possible with a loss report. After a fire in your home, you must contact your insurance provider as soon as possible to notify them of the incident. Our team at SERVPRO will assist you with ensuring you have all of the necessary documentation regarding damage. Working to help customers streamline their insurance claim process to take some burden off of their shoulders is essential to our team at SERVPRO.
What Type of Damage Gets Addressed with Fire Restoration?
Flames are just a particular component of a fire incident in your Cocoa home. Heat and smoke also destroy your interior, but it is important to note that there could be hidden damage. You may also have water damage from the first responders on the scene, extinguishing the flames. Additionally, smoke particles travel throughout the air and your HVAC system if it was on at the time of the blaze. Even the smallest fire can bring on smoke-related issues that must get addressed before corrosion sets in. In some cases, smoke solidifies into soot, which brings foul odors throughout your structure.
Smoke and soot residue removal followed by deodorization is two vital elements of our fire restoration processes here at SERVPRO. We handle this by:
- Removing any severely charred materials
- Cleaning all soot and smoke residues on surfaces, contents, and building materials
- Should malodors remain after the initial two steps; we then have further methods for odor removal
Our IICRC-certified technicians have been trained to distinguish between varying levels of smoke odors, including minor, moderate, or heavy. With moderate smoke within a home, there is often residue present on surfaces, both horizontal and vertical in nature. When this occurs, there may also be structural damage confined to a single zone or room of the home.
What if the Odors are Stubborn?
When fire restoration includes heavy smoke and odors, our SERVPRO technicians utilize a range of innovative techniques. Some of the methods that we use may include the use of:
- Deodorant pellets or granules
- Vapor diffusers or diffusers
- Hydroxyl generators
- Ozone generators
- Thermal fogging
- Specialized sealants, and more
What About Materials Damaged Beyond Repair?
As part of our fire restoration services, SERVPRO works to mitigate damage and rebuild any of the impacted areas. While it is our goal to restore rather than replace, there are some instances when materials must be removed entirely and replaced with all-new materials. You can count on us to handle the removal of drywall, baseboards, fixtures, and any other components damaged beyond repair. Everything is replaced and then finished off to ensure that your interior is just “Like it never even happened,” so it looks just as it did before the fire.
Of course, all surfaces throughout your home get thoroughly cleaned, deodorized, and sanitized with the help of EPA-registered cleaning agents and products. We ensure that your interior is safe and inviting for your family to resume life as you knew it before the fire took place.
Never feel as though you have to go through the aftermath of a house fire all alone. Call in the help of SERVPRO of Central Brevard for prompt-reliable fire restoration services at (321) 638-4947.
My Washer Hose in Cape Canaveral Malfunctioned – Can I Wait To Call Someone?
Water damage situations in your home need to be handled properly. Contact SERVPRO 24/7 for professional remediation services.
The Flooding in Your Cape Canaveral Residence May Seem Minor but Hidden Water Can Cause Secondary Damage the Longer You Wait
When a washer hose comes loose, or a hole in the hose develops, gallons of water can come pouring out very quickly. If you are lucky enough to catch it quickly and shut off the water, the damage may seem minimal. But there can be hidden damage in your Cape Canaveral home you know nothing about or secondary damage that can turn up days later.
My Washer Was On the Second Floor – Where Did the Water Go?
In this situation, the washing machine was located on the second floor of the townhouse. The leak seemed to cause damage to the hallway and the ceiling below. When this happens, water restoration in your Cape Canaveral home should be handled by professionals who know how to locate hidden moisture.
If the water is still flowing, it can be seen seeping into the floorboards, heading under the washer and into the seams along the walls. Moisture moves in these ways:
- Air movement
- Liquid flow
- Capillary suction
- Vapor diffusion
Water can cause further damage as it moves beyond the initially impacted area.
Professional Water Mitigation
Stopping the moisture movement is not always easy. SERVPRO technicians understand the action taking place and know how to provide proper water mitigation. They also know the secondary damage that can happen when moisture is not removed rapidly. The crew employs various water restoration methods, including:
- Water extraction – pumps, rovers, and wands can be used.
- Handling wet material – removing it, making flood cuts, and more.
- Drying – industrial air movers and dehumidifiers get the job done.
- Restoration – cleaning, repairing and restoring structural elements and content.
It is never wise to wait when dealing with water intrusion. The secondary damage that can occur, such as mold, can lead to worse problems. When you work with an experienced team like SERVPRO, the process goes as smoothly as possible. Contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638 - 4947 for quality water restoration service.
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Does Mold Damage Disappear Naturally from Cocoa Homes?
If your home is overtaken by mold you need to call the professionals. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.
With a persistently humid climate in southern Florida, Cocoa structures battle continuous mold growth threats.
There are always structures in the right position to get impacted by potential mold and microbial threats from the thousands of homes in Cocoa to the historic Cocoa Village. As challenging and alarming as these situations can be, many have taken immediate steps to secure the experienced remediation services of our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team. Our central location can ensure that the right restoration practices get implemented immediately to protect your home.
Mold damage to Cocoa homes might appear similar, but many underlying factors make each remediation project for our professionals unique. When faced with active colonization in a property, the appropriate approaches ensure that we can do the most to protect the structure and its contents from the spreading organism. The Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT) of our SERVPRO team focus on three primary areas when recovering your mold-damaged home:
- Removal of Colonies – The foundation of remediation services is the removal of mold organisms and fungus where it is found. We can often protect underlying substrates hosting mold through practices like abrasive cleaning and potent detergents and chemical agents.
- Repairs to the Structure – The presence of mold can be more and more destructive to hosting materials until remediation completes. Our contractors can help with controlled demolition and repairs where necessary.
- Deodorization – Musty odors are a staple of active colonization, so with the use of deodorization practices and environmental cleaning, we can reduce and ultimately remove these effects.
Is Mold Gone for Good in My Cocoa Home?
With the constant humid climate, the potential for mold almost always exists in southern Florida. Installing permanent fixtures for better ventilation and dehumidification can help to reduce these possibilities immensely.
As a coastal community, mold is hard for all of the area structures to avoid every year. Our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team can help anytime at (321) 638-4947.
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