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What Problems Do Flood Damage Incidents in Cocoa Cause in Properties?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

standing water on carpet in water damaged rooom When flooding happens, SERVPRO is always on call to restore your home.

Assistance from SERVPRO Can Help You Identify A Wide Range of Problems in Your Property After Flooding Incidents 

After you find out that your home flooded, the next likely course of action is planning the restoration of affected areas. However, you may not be sure how to proceed if you do not understand the full extent of damages caused by the incident. Some issues, such as dirty surfaces, are apparent, but others like the spread of contamination are less apparent. SERVPRO technicians are available seven days a week to help Cocoa property owners assess damages and resolve problems. 

What problems should raise more profound concerns after flood damage affects Cocoa property? 

Experts classify the problems that develop after flooding in Cocoa into three main categories: 

  • Obvious problems
  • Hidden problems
  • Secondary problems 

More significant concern should fall on the hidden and secondary problems since restoration efforts can neglect them. Hidden problems develop immediately floodwaters breach the house but may not be readily discernible from regular observation. Water penetration into subfloors, wall cavities, and other areas is a typical hidden problem. Our SERVPRO technicians can help you establish whether hidden problems are using superior inspection tools such as thermal cameras and borescopes. 

Secondary problems develop when you fail to address other issues, or your efforts fail to meet the minimum requirements. For instance, failure to remove standing water from the structure in time leads to the physical deterioration of some materials, which you could otherwise save. 

Wooden structural supports swell, while hardwood floors warp, buckle or develop other permanent damages. Secondary problems are avoidable, so our technicians help take steps that halt their development. For instance, we use sophisticated water extractors and set up dehumidifiers immediately after arrival at your property to stop material deterioration from excess moisture, "Like it never even happened." 

What flooding problems should I resolve first? 

Resolving a flooding situation in Cocoa requires an approach that addresses the bigger picture rather than individual problems. In many cases, focusing on specific issues is what leads to the development of secondary problems. For instance, if there is standing water on the lower levels of the house, all your focus might be on removing it, that you forget the need to board up any openings on the upper floors. If rodents or weather elements such as rainwater enter the house through the openings, you end up with a new set of avoidable damages. 

Our SERVPRO crew chiefs perform a preliminary evaluation of the damage at your property then they prepare a Loss Details report, indicating crucial information for general restoration. Some critical information added to the report includes: 

Structural information such as the construction year, number of floors and construction materials 

  • The number of affected rooms
  • Whether there is standing water
  • Whether there is electricity 

The information in the loss details report guides our restoration crews on what to prioritize. We prioritize actions that help protect the structure, such as boarding up and installing roof tarps in areas where there are openings. We also set up dehumidifiers to minimize humidity levels in the air, limiting the secondary transfer of damages. 

Having the right information also helps in securing the resources necessary for the restoration. For instance, knowing the number of rooms and floors affected makes it easier to determine the equipment needed. At least one dehumidifier is necessary for each floor, while rooms require around five air movers for balanced drying. 

Are there problems that pose health risks? 

Flooding creates different hazards, including increasing the risk of slip-and-fall accidents due to slick surfaces. Various forces prevalent during storms can also interfere with the structural integrity of the house. The only advantage is that most of these problems are readily discernible. However, issues that threaten the well-being of your family might be harder to identify. 

A problem like contamination can prevail even after cleaning and decontaminating the property. Unlike soiling, which can be removed effectively through cleaning, trace contaminants remain within the structure of porous materials posing health risks. Our SERVPRO technicians remove all porous materials exposed to the floodwaters, including carpets, pad, drywall, and insulation, to eliminate the threat posed by biohazards and chemicals dissolved in floodwater. 

The risk of electrocution or other electricity-related injuries increases after flooding. After the water finds a way into electrical cables, sockets, and switches, it causes different problems. For instance, it can corrode wires interfering with the flow of power. Our technicians open up switches, sockets, and junction boxes to remove water during restoration. We also ensure that a qualified electrician inspects the power system after flooding incidents. 

Resolving all problems caused by a flooding incident at your Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral or Cocoa Beach property takes considerable effort. Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 to assist. We are available 24/7.

Fire Damage Restoration in Melbourne

6/12/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Brevard has been hard at work performing fire restoration on a home in the Suntree area of Melbourne, Florida.  The fire, started by an electrical problem in a golf cart, caused severe damage but was largely contained to the garage and the laundry room.  Almost everything in these two areas, including a car, were burned or melted from the high heat and flames. Smoke however traveled throughout the home, leaving most areas covered in thick layers of soot.  The HVAC system was also severely contaminated.

Mitigating this damage required most of the home to be cleaned and deodorized from ceiling to floor. The homeowners’ contents were packed up and moved to our air-conditioned facility for thorough and detailed cleaning. As with most fires, we also had to deal with the water damage that occurs when firefighters are putting a fire out. Thankfully, this damage was relatively minimal in this case.

Other than the garage, which will require some repair, the home will be habitable as soon as the HVAC system has been cleaned and we run an ozone machine for a few days to complete the deodorization process.

For information about fire restoration and clean up please contact our office at 321-638-4947

Or see more information on our website www.SERVPROcentralbrevard.com

How Do I Get Rid of Mold in My Office Bathrooms?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall Water leaks can cause mold. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective mold remediation.

For Mold Damage Restoration in the Bathrooms Inside Your Cocoa Office Call SERVPRO

Fungi are microorganisms that digest organic substances from their surroundings to get nutrients instead of animals that eat or plants that make their food. Fungi are multicellular, and once they develop, they release seed-like spores that float around the air and look for a new area to contaminate.

What does mold need to form and grow?

Water leaks that do not get treated right away cause many cases of mold damage in Cocoa. For example, if your toilets or pipes inside your office bathroom develop a slow leak, fungi can grow. A fungus only needs the following three things to form and survive: 

  • Food Source: Mold feeds off of any material inside your office that is organic. Wood or paper compose organic materials include your structural components.
  • Temperature: Most of the types of molds commonly found in buildings survive best when the temperature is between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Moisture: Most fungi need a lot of moisture to survive, but some can survive at humidity levels of 65% and higher. To inhibit mold growth, the relative humidity inside a structure should stay below 60%. 

How does mold get worse over time?

The longer mold sits there, the more it can grow and reproduce. Once a fungus forms, it grows structures called hyphae in all directions. These hyphae then release spores into the air for reproduction purposes. The more time mold has to grow, the harder it can be to remove.

How do you remove fungi once it has formed?

Once a fungus has developed, it often needs removing by sanding or soda blasting in a way that prevents its spores from spreading. Before removing mold, we set up a containment chamber with an air scrubber attached to it that creates negative air pressure and traps any particles dislodged by the removal process. Any materials removed then get disposed of in a sealed plastic bag.

For help with keeping mold from spreading to previously unaffected areas of your office in Rockledge or Cape Canaveral, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947.

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How Do I Prepare for Cocoa Home Flooding?

6/6/2020 (Permalink)

House Flooded SERVPRO of Central Brevard offers mitigation and restoration services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call.

SERVPRO Technicians are Ready to Restore Cocoa Properties After Flood Damage

Flooding in Florida is not an unusual occurrence, especially with storm season just around the corner. Average precipitation in Cocoa alone is a whopping 53 inches a year, much higher than the US average of 38 inches.

SERVPRO crews are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to restore Cocoa homes affected by flood damage and return them to a preloss state.

What Essentials Should I Consider for Floodproofing My Home?

Commercial prevention measures like wet and dry floodproofing are almost impossible to apply to a home with a wood foundation. As a result, homeowners must focus on other prevention methods to keep damage to a minimum:

    •    Landscaping. Grading your yard, planting a rain garden, and implementing a drainage system is an effective way to lessen flood damage.
    •    Dry floodproofing techniques for vulnerable areas. Make sure that doors, windows, and other vulnerable areas have watertight seals to help keep water out.
    •    Raise your electrical components. Elevating outlets and switches at least one foot above the average depth of floodwaters can minimize the risk of damage to your electrical system.

What Does SERVPRO Use to Remove Floodwater?

SERVPRO technicians focus on extraction and sanitation in a flood scenario to prevent the spread of microbes during drying. SERVPRO can provide power sources to remove large quantities of floodwater from affected areas with no power with such tools as:

    •    Truck-mounted extraction units that can remove large amounts of standing water from homes
    •    Portable, back-mounted extraction units designed to eliminate floodwaters from hard-to-reach areas such as wall cavities and baseboards.
    •    Submersible, gas-powered sump pumps that are designed to extract water two inches in depth or higher.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard offers mitigation and restoration services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster when you call (321) 638-4947.

What Should I Look for When Hiring a Restoration Partner to Clean Up After a Cocoa Commercial Fire?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Handles All the Tasks Required to Get Your Fire-Damaged Cocoa Business Up and Running

Asking how to find a partner to help your Cocoa company recover after a  fire loss shows you understand your brand’s place in our vibrant region. When one member of our business community suffers from the aftermath of a commercial fire, the effect is widespread. Your customers, vendors, and employees all feel the impact. The faster your operations can resume after a setback like a fire, the better for everyone. When your operations are going according to plan, you are the author of your business’s priorities and mission. Our goal is to make sure your property is soon back to preloss condition, providing your company a secure home base and the community with needed goods and services.

Why Is It Important to Have a Local Contractor?

When fire damage strikes your Cocoa business, you need an immediate and scalable response. Our highly-qualified crews and fully loaded service vehicles are just minutes away, and our phones answer your plea for help 24/7. The devastating effects of a commercial fire are rapid and somewhat predictable. Fortunately, the chances for a successful outcome increase with the speed that professional restorers arrive with the workers and equipment crucial to get to work. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and have top-notch technicians and state-of-the-art equipment and products.

Is It Smart to Find a Restoration Company that Specializes Only in Fire Recovery?

It can be surprising to business owners confronted with their first fire scenario how many issues present in the chaos that are not strictly related to fire residue cleanup. Although the company you select must have mastery of fire restoration industry best practices, unless you want to line up one contractor after another, the best fit is a full-spectrum disaster recovery firm. SERVPRO invests in a broad array of training and certifications for our managers and technicians through the international restoration standards-setting organization, the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). This comprehensive training means we can move seamlessly through all the phases of even a complex fire recovery project, able to identify and respond to a wide range of issues that might not immediately seem fire damage-related.

What Are Examples of These “Non-Fire Damage Related” Concerns?

The most apparent co-disaster after a fire is significant water damage. Chemical extinguishers are also used to knock down the flames, but water is the substance most frequently used to control and ultimately eliminate the actual fire. Your commercial building likely is equipped with a heat-activated sprinkler system intended to begin dousing the flames. When the firefighters arrive, they add to that water load, using as much water as necessary to stop further damage to structural components and the contents of your building. This excess water requires the following before fire residue cleaning begins in earnest:

    •    Professional safety assessment for slip, trip, and fall and electrical shock hazard management
    •    Inspection for trapped water in building cavities, including spaces above ceilings
    •    Safe release of trapped water
    •    Removal with pumps and extractors
    •    Thorough structural drying
    •    Continuous inspection for signs of mold damage

Are There Other Hazards Fire Damage Mitigation and Remediation Reveal?

As our crews begin the exacting tasks of removing soot and smoke residues from surfaces inside your commercial building, we also can encounter:

    •    Evidence of uncontained asbestos materials
    •    Deteriorating surfaces with lead-based paint
    •    Pre-existing mold growth
    •    Chemical spills

When these complications arise, we make arrangements to have these biohazards lawfully remediated--contained, removed, and discarded.

I Cannot Afford to Shut Down--Are There Ways I Could Prepare for Fire Damage Restoration?

We understand that the necessity of even a temporary closure can be damaging to your long-term viability. Customers need to feel your business is reliable even when faced with a fire disaster. One of the things we encourage our commercial customers to consider is our Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP). An experienced project manager visits your site and performs a comprehensive assessment. We create a blueprint of your workspaces, including locations of utility shut-offs and equipment. If we find vulnerabilities that can be adapted, we make suggestions that can minimize the need to close if disaster strikes. You add details and permissions in our mobile app. This dynamic digital document is available instantly if you call for help, and allows our team to hit the ground running.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard offers assistance with all aspects of commercial fire damage, and can also help you prepare for disaster with our ERP. Call (321) 638-4947 and expect a professional path back to “Like it never even happened.”

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)

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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)

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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.