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Leaking Pipes Can Allow Water Damage to Occur in Your Cocoa Residence

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Understand the Importance of Drying Out Your Property to Help Prevent Secondary Mold Damages

You might not always think about all of the dangers and disasters that could ultimately affect your Cocoa residence. While natural disasters are a persistent threat to those in this area, there are equally as many issues that could result inside your home that can cause significant damage to the structural integrity of your house if they do not get handled quickly and efficiently. For water damage emergencies that threaten your home, professional restoration services are a wise choice to make. 

Burst Pipes Cause Water Damage

There are numerous causes for water damage in your Cocoa home. Among the most typical of these would be a persistent leak in the indoor plumbing. While this might not seem like that credible of a threat at first, over time, this steady leak can cause a broad area of your home to get damaged. While this occurrence can be traumatic and costly, it is only the tip of the iceberg for what could happen when water and damp areas get left to resolve themselves. 

Our SERVPRO professionals work to ensure that any issue you face in your home gets dealt with promptly. We understand that your time and money are valuable assets. So we put our expertise and professionalism to work to give you a complete final product that restores your home to the way that it was before you suffered the damage. 

While repairing the damage to the plumbing that causes the steady leak is a critical component of the restoration process, it is only the beginning of the work that needs to be done. Our thermal imagery can detail the total reach of the water damage and present moisture so that the right tools and equipment get used to dry out the area successfully. 

An assessment also determines if there are any indications of mold growth throughout the affected area. Even letting water damage continue for a short time provides the right conditions for mold spores to colonize, so this is a legitimate threat to your home that our SERVPRO professionals must ensure is not present. 

You can always trust in the experience and professionalism of SERVPRO of Central Brevard. Our certified restoration specialists can get reached anytime by calling (321) 638-4947. 

Why Do Cocoa Residents Need Skilled Techs Handling Mold Damage?

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician Mold damage is not a DIY project you want. Leave it to our skilled professionals at SERVPRO.

Hiring SERVPRO for Mold Damage Remediation Gets Your Cocoa Property Back to Normal Quick

Any water damage event within your Cocoa property means there is the potential for mold infestation. Without proper care with mold inspections, remediations, and removal, you could face costly damage that becomes more extensive the longer you put it off. If you start to spot the signs of mold growth, you must act as quickly as possible by calling certified restoration as we offer here at SERVPRO. 

Why call on SERVPRO to help with mold damage in Cocoa? We have high-tech tools, equipment, and products to execute the job quickly and efficiently. Not only do we protect our team safely with protocols and safety gear, but we also create work zones to protect unaffected areas within your home. 

Where Does Black Mold Grow?

The onset of mold is usually typical in bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas where moisture is present. Should you have any ceiling leaks or storm damage, you may have an infestation behind your drywall or beneath ceiling tiles. All mold needs to thrive is the right temperature, enough moisture, and organic materials as a food source. Whether you need bathroom mold removal or help in another area of your home, our mold remediation strategies usually include:

  • Proper containment within the work zone. Isolation prevents the spreading of mold spores. 
  • Air filtration with HEPA filters and air scrubbers to remove spores from the air.
  • The use of cutting-edge remediation techniques to effectively and safely remove the mold.
  • Cleaning of the impacted area with the help of specialized antimicrobials to inhibit further mold growth.

Any mold damage is too much, which is why our team at SERVPRO of Central Brevard is here to assist with cleanup and removal. Call us at (321) 638-4947!

Flood Damage Experts Nearby to Cape Canaveral

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

'Safety First' sign against blue sky background Are you equipped to safely remove flood water? SERVPRO is! We are always available to dry and restore your home.

Stormwater Extraction is a Cornerstone of SERVPRO Water Cleanup and Restoration Services

Being close to the ocean makes Cape Canaveral susceptible to flooding. High-speed winds and excessive rain often cause damage to your home or condo. If water levels outside get deep, then the rainwater possibly leaks into your house from the bottom of door seals.

High-speed winds sometimes blow branches or other objects into windows or the exterior walls, causing a hole for water that allows moisture from the rain to enter your building. SERVPRO's flood damage technicians in Cape Canaveral have experience with mitigating water damages of all kinds. Rainwater sometimes presents challenges due to water contamination.

Often water coming from the outside has high contamination levels. Contaminated water can cause foul odors to exist inside a structure. In any water damage situation that does not involve clean water, our SERVPRO experts may test the water to figure out how contaminated it is. If the levels are high, soaked, porous materials inside the home may need replacing.

If the contamination levels are low, it is sometimes possible to mitigate the problem with extraction and drying. Many times we save your insurance company money (and you) by preventing costly replacement of building materials or contents. During the extraction process, we use specialized equipment to pull moisture out of your house.

After water gets extracted from any carpet, upholstery, or hardwood floor, we begin the drying step. Our goal is to create the ideal environment during a dry-out project to speed up the evaporation process. We start by taking moisture levels, temperature, and humidity readings using specialized instruments.

We then set up air movers and dehumidifiers that accelerate evaporation by circulating the area with warm, dry air. Sometimes other more specialized drying equipment or techniques get used for drying out specific building materials. For example, sometimes, we use injection drying equipment that pumps air into wall cavities drying out the wall's studs. This unique equipment, the Injectimatic, is on our trucks, ready for use when needed.

Sometimes water coming inside a structure from the outside causes damage to the building's HVAC system. Usually, the HVAC ventilation system is located in the attic or crawlspace and is difficult to access. If the vents are stainless steel, it is possible to dry and clean them. If the vents contain fiberglass insulation, the insulation gets pulled out and replaced.

If the ventilation system does not get cleaned, a mildew or mold smell may develop inside the house. For professional help with water damage in your home after a rainstorm, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 for help 24/7.

Cocoa Residents Can Stay Stress-Free After a Water Damage Incident

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment inside SERVPRO restoration vehicle Ever wonder what's inside our trucks? Each vehicle in our Green Fleet is stocked with equipment to restore your home.

Trust the Professionals at SERVPRO to Handle Your Water Damage Restoration Needs

Even after a water damage incident in your home, you need to feel at ease as a homeowner. All that is possible if you treat everything as an emergency and call professionals to help you out. While there are some steps you can carry out to mitigate the damage, remember you do not have all the necessary skills and tools to do the job. Whenever technicians arrive at your Cocoa home, they pre-inspect the area before the actual restoration work starts.

Most water damage encounters in Cocoa lead to dangers like weakened subfloors, falling ceilings, and electrical threats. That is why a pre-inspection is necessary to identify such hazards early enough for a safe restoration process. If the water is still running, our SERVPRO technicians also identify its source and stop it. Though restoration may sometimes sound simple, there is more to this process. For instance, our SERVPRO team can do necessary demolitions for safe remediation.

Our SERVPRO team may perform vacuuming, use pumps or water extractors to remove the water from your property. The type of equipment we settle on depends on the level of damage. It is vital to drain out the water as soon as possible to avoid bacteria and mold growth. After that, drying and dehumidification start - the two processes aim at removing any remaining moisture from your property. We usually use desiccant and refrigerant dehumidifiers during this stage.

Our SERVPRO technicians also clean and sanitize your items to lower the chances of mildew growth. Some of the materials we target during antimicrobial treatments include drapery, clothing, and carpets. To dispense the sanitizing agents, we use thermal and ULV foggers. If we notice that the air still has some moisture and particles, we may use air scrubbers to remove them.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is an industry leader in storm, fire, water, and mold damage remediation. Call us at (321) 638-4947 and receive professional services you can trust.

Does SERVPRO Provide Flood Damage Repairs to Cocoa Homes and Businesses?

5/26/2021 (Permalink)

Driver's view of flooded street; SERVPRO vehicle in driving in flooded street Flooding threatens Florida homes year round. SERVPRO is equipped to extract the water from your home.

SERVPRO is Well Equipped to Respond to Flood Damage to Cocoa Residents and Business Owners

Our city of Cocoa is hit with many storms and heavy rainfall, causing sudden flooding and damage many times throughout the year. When windy conditions are present, damage to windows, the roof, and siding causes rain and floodwaters to penetrate buildings damaging the contents and the structure.

SERVPRO provides flood damage clean-up and repairs to residents and business owners in Cocoa. We maintain a large inventory of equipment to enable our teams to respond to major events affecting residents of our city. We can also call on neighboring SERVPRO franchises if needed to mobilize additional resources.

We respond to flood events in less than four hours on a 24/7 basis. We can mobilize eleven trucks with equipment to remove the water inside your home or business. We have over 200 air movers and 50 dehumidifiers to remove moisture and dry your home or business. Not only are our teams ready to mobilize at a moment's notice, but we have also rehearsed and prepared for the disasters caused by storms and extensive flooding.

SERVPRO provides storm damage services to our city, including:

  • Water removal services
  • Storm water damage restoration
  • Board up services for leaking roof from storms

Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard for flood damage and emergency services from water damage in Cocoa and surrounding areas. We can help 24/7. Call (321) 638-4947.

Cocoa Residents Trust SERVPRO for Fire Cleanup and Restoration?

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO box truck When the red fire trucks leave, the Green SERVPRO trucks arrive for the house fire cleanup in Cocoa

SERVPRO Helps Cocoa Residents in Fire Cleanup and Restoration 24/7

The aftermath of a fire incident at your Cocoa home can be overwhelming to handle. Trying to initiate the fire damage restoration process by yourself can make an already bad situation worse. Taking quick action and involving SERVPRO restorers as soon as possible can help minimize any potential permanent losses to your Cocoa property.

In Cocoa, Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup is a complex process and involves meticulous planning. SERVPRO of Cocoa has a team of experts with years of experience and expertise in planning and executing the mitigation process to minimize the damage. Our goal is to restore the material to a preloss condition “Like it never even happened.”

The SERVPRO Smoke Remediation Process

One of the most significant parts of the fire damage mitigation process is the cleaning of smoke residue. Smoke contains fine particles of soot that settle on various surfaces and can be difficult to clean depending on the surface involved. SERVPRO restorers apply the following cleaning principles to get the job done at your Cocoa property:

  • Identify the type of residue after smoke damage
  • Identify the type of surface that needs cleaning
  • Capture the smoke particles in dry particulate or solution form
  • Properly dispose of the residue from fire damaged homes

If you need help in house fire cleanup at your Cocoa home, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947. We are here 24/7 to assist you.

Merritt Island Property Owners Bank on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration of Their Homes

5/4/2021 (Permalink)

servpro van with dehumidifiers SERVPRO advanced equipment like these LGR dehumidifiers in a SERVPRO van mitigate water damage in Merritt Island homes and businesses

SERVPRO Offers Reliable Water Damage Remediation Services to Merritt Island Homeowners

Merritt Island homeowners could end up paying a heavy price if they ignore indications of water damage to their property. Acting promptly and calling in professionals at first sight of the problem is the best thing you can do to prevent any long-term issue. Taking quick action can significantly reduce the time required for water damage repairs. SERVPRO has a team of technicians having years of experience in water cleanup due to various reasons such as:

  • Leaking roofs
  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Sewage cleanup

SERVPRO handles Merritt Island water cleanup in a very organized manner. Our team puts together a plan to restore the damage “Like it never even happened.”

What equipment SERVPRO experts use in Water Damage Remediation of Merritt Island Homes?

SERVPRO water restoration experts of Merritt Island use state-of-the-art equipment to scope the area of your property into which water has intruded. Some of the devices that allow the SERVPRO experts to track moisture levels in your Merritt Island home include:

  • Moisture Sensors
  • Thermal Imaging Cameras
  • Moisture Meters
  • Thermo-hygrometers

Apart from these devices, we also use extraction pumps, dehumidifiers, and professional air circulation units during our water removal services.

Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 for fast and efficient service.


SERVPRO provides 24/7 Emergency Service in Central Brevard. This happy customer is glad we do!

4/28/2021 (Permalink)

Testimonial on a black background We love hearing from our customers!

From the office staff to the owner, this company was just simply the best!

Central Brevard residents from Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island and your neighborhood count on the SERVPRO of Central Brevard team to respond quickly to water damage emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We are thrilled when customers appreciate our team’s efforts, including our owners. Recently our commitment to providing great customer service inspired the testimonial below from Cindy F.

"Unbelievable kindness, customer service, and professionalism. This company easily gets a 5/5!
It’s rare when you find a company that cares as much about their clients as they do their bottom line. My dad (almost 92) had a sink that overflowed causing water to flood the carpet. He tried to do what he could with a wet-dry vac, but the damage was bigger than what he could handle on his own. I just can’t say enough about the owner of this company. He came out the same day (when I’m sure he had better things to do) to put in fans, pull up the carpet, dry out the carpet pads and give my Dad (and me) peace of mind. He sent me pictures and kept me informed the whole time. He went back a few days later to put the carpet back down and to take the extra time to put everything back in its original place. This company is not only honest but ethical, professional and fair --they put the customer first. Hopefully we will never have to call again for help, but if we do; I know the first number I will dial. We were completely pleased and would highly recommend them. From the office staff to the owner, this company was just simply the best! Thank you, Cindy F."

If you face the challenge of a water damage emergency in Central Brevard, reach out to our highly trained team for fast professional help 24/7 at 321-638-4947.

Merritt Island Residents Turn to SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration of Their Properties After a Storm

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van and trailer at jobsite The Green Fleet means relief for Merritt Island homeowers and storm damage mitigation for their properties

How Can SERVPRO Assist Merritt Island Residents in Water Damage Restoration of Their Homes after a flood?

Located on the eastern Floridian coast, Merritt Island is one of the unique cities of Florida. First, it is not an ‘Island’ in the geographical sense, but a Peninsula! The city has a heavily residential area on one hand and a Wildlife Refuge on the other. The northern part of the island is still quite underdeveloped, with few places remaining as cattle pastures.

Merritt Island is perhaps best known as being the home to John F. Kennedy Space Center. Although space shuttles are no longer being launched from here, it still pulls in many visitors every year. The island also has one of the country's largest National Wildlife Refuge with an area of 140,000 acres. The Refuge has over 350 species of birds alone and some endangered species of animals such as Sea turtles and Indigo Snakes.

There is a lot on offer for visitors to do and see on Merritt Island. Some of the most visited sites in the area include:

  • John F. Kennedy Space Center: A visit to the Center is nothing short of awe-inspiring. There is a lot to see here. From the US Astronaut Hall of Fame to the Rocket Garden, every exhibit is mesmerizing. The Center also offers a bus tour to visit the launch facilities of some of the country's first space flights.
  • Black Point Wildlife Drive: A 7-mile self-guided drive is one of the best places to see the National Wildlife Refuge wildlife. The trail has 12 stop points on the way where you can spot some of the rarest birds in the world. Apart from birds, you can see alligators, otters, bobcats, and other animals too. The drive takes about 40 minutes.
  • Klondike Beach: It's one of the most pristine beaches in Florida. There are no roads, and it is accessible only by bike or on foot.

Do Merritt Island Homes Always Require Professional Water Cleanup Services After a Storm?

A storm can wreak havoc on your Merritt Island home. The one thing that you don’t want to do after a storm is to neglect the damage or try and start the restoration process yourself. Rely on professional water removal services for a proper assessment and mitigation. Water cleanup and storm damage mitigation services are our expertise at SERVPRO of Merritt Island.

Our professionals work tirelessly to ensure that the water damage does not progress into any significant issues. We achieve this goal by focusing on the following as soon as our experts arrive at your Merritt Island property.

 SERVPRO follows a protocol to maximize efforts

  • Extracting water due to leaking roof from storms
  • Using state-of-the-art equipment such as hygrometers and thermal cameras to monitor moisture content during the water cleanup process
  • Isolating the damaged areas to prevent any collateral damage
  • We also offer move-out services to protect your belongings and speed up the restoration process

Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 for reliable water cleanup and restoration service for your Merritt Island home.

Can Containment Help Cocoa Businesses Experiencing Mold Damage?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

mold on walls Mold in your Commercial business? No worries, SERVPRO of Central Brevard has you covered.

We can dry and clean Cocoa businesses quickly after discovering mold threats. 

Establishing physical barriers between the work zones where mold remediation occurs and other active areas of your business can keep work happening despite mold removal. Even limited capacities or actions can prevent total revenue loss as mold remediation gets underway.

How Can Mold Get Removed Once Containment Exists in Cocoa Shops?

Mold inspection can help to determine the appropriate mold remediation action required in Cocoa shops. Prompt removal and cleaning strategies can protect the wares and stock of the shop before irreparable damages occur. Depending on the severity of exposure to hosting material, varying surface treatment and remediating techniques are necessary. Some of the most common ways include:

  • Sanding
  • Soda blasting
  • Abrasive surface cleaning
  • Antimicrobial cleaning
  • Controlled demolition

Because mold damage can spread quickly through homes and businesses, property management should seek the experienced remediation team we provide as soon as possible. Our SERVPRO of Central Brevard technicians are available 24/7 at (321) 638-4947.

Is Flood Damage Likely for Cape Canaveral Homes?

4/1/2021 (Permalink)

Pools of water on the flooring of a home. Storm damage gets overwhelming, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard for assistance.

Our flood restoration team can help clean up Cape Canaveral properties after a disaster.

Flood damage can be an unfortunate reality for many homes during the rainy seasons along coastal Florida. With many Brevard County regions being lower-lying and saturated, flooding can be an inevitability after steady, heavy rainfall. Initial water removal services can help reduce the severity of flood damage, which includes the use of:

What Preliminary Cleaning Benefits Cape Canaveral Homes? 

Muck-out cleaning removes debris, mud, silt, and other organic matter in your Cape Canaveral home. This debris and matter can be a hazard to those exposed and hide underlying structural concerns that must get repaired. Our responding technicians can shovel out muck and mud to evaluate the underlying building materials for further repairs and reconstruction as necessary.

Flood damage can leave contaminants and pathogenic threats to overcome with standing water and moisture concerns. Our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team is experienced in managing these conditions and preventing more significant loss. Call us today at (321) 638-4947.

Can SERVPRO Protect Historic Cocoa Buildings After Smoke Damage?

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment on shelves in a garage. SERVPRO of Central Brevard is here and ready for all your commercial building needs after a fire damage.

Smoke remediation for Cocoa properties can involve multiple advanced cleaning techniques.

As leading fire restoration professionals in the Cocoa area, SERVPRO has a duty to area businesses to respond quickly. Because so many shops and stores exist in our historic downtown shopping area, a single fire incident can impact multiple businesses simultaneously. Our team of certified technicians can respond fast to these emergencies to help with:

  • Fire damaged homes
  • Fire and smoke damage
  • Smoke remediation
  • Fire damage restoration

Why Cocoa is So Widely Visited Every Year

The city is a tourist community featuring more than 1400 registered businesses, so when fire restoration is required in Cocoa, it can impact hundreds of people. Between the beach, entertainment venues, and annual festivals, the city draws in thousands annually as a premier destination for shopping and proximity to area attractions in the Greater Orlando area and what is accessible from I-95 like Cape Canaveral.

The Historic Draws of Brevard County 

While the landscape has changed dramatically over the centuries, some structures remain a testament to the architectural prowess and skilled craftsmanship of building trade professionals. These historic properties are often as much of a draw to Cocoa as the beaches, resorts, and entertainment. Some of the most popular sites visited include:

  • Aladdin Theater – this structure is also known as the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, and it has stood in this spot since it first opened its doors on Brevard Avenue in 1924. Initially, the theater showcased live acts and silent films but would come to be a premier location for musicals – drawing in more than 50,000 paying attendees annually through recent years.
  • Cocoa Village – The village's historic downtown district houses multiple protected buildings, restaurants, and shops along Florida Avenue and Stone Street.

  • Porcher House – This home exists on Delannoy Avenue and has been a standing example of 20th-century classical revival architecture since 1916. Now it is a venue rented for special occasions and houses City Hall.

Fire Restoration and Smoke Remediation for Cocoa Businesses

Fire restoration encompasses multiple tasks and strategies to restore businesses to their original condition. This can be especially critical for some historic properties like the Aladdin Theater and the Porcher House. However, we put the same care and consideration into getting all commercial structures up and running after fire and smoke damage.

Smoke remediation provided by our SERVPRO team involves soot cleaning, air filtration, odor removal, and other critical services. These cleaning efforts can continue with containment strategies and allow your business to operate in a limited capacity when possible. Our experienced professionals can help with:

  • Fire damage restoration
  • Smoke remediation
  • Fire damaged homes
  • Fire and smoke damage

As alarming as fire damages can be in historic structures and businesses in the area, our SERVPRO ofCentral Brevard team can help with efficient fire restoration strategies. Call us today at (321) 638-4947.

What Happens After Storm Flooding in Cape Canaveral?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Restore Flood Damage to Area Homes with SERVPRO

Storm flooding is common in local neighborhoods. Reducing and eliminating the effects requires a rapid response.

SERVPRO specialists restore Cape Canaveral homes after flood damage with the latest equipment and training. Our goal is to quickly return each residence to its pre-flood condition.

What Steps Do SERVPRO Teams Take for Restoration?

  • Extract Water and Remove Bulk Material – Technicians use commercial grade extractors to remove water as specialists dispose of everything too damaged for restoration.
  • Provide Humidity Control – Teams set up dehumidifiers to lower the air moisture content for a comfortable environment and to increase the natural evaporation rate and fans to increase air circulation.
  • Demolish Unsalvageable Materials – As they remove water, teams discover more property that cannot be restored. They carefully dispose of the soaked items to support humidity control.
  • Clean Salvageable Materials – After removing the water, technicians use air movers and set up fans to dry items and then use antifungal cleaners to remove any soil or other contaminants left by the floodwater.

After a storm, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 for quick and thorough flood damage removal.

How Long Is Water Restoration in a Cocoa Business?

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

servpro green vehicles parked The SERVPRO Green Fleet is at the ready for water damage cleanup in Cocoa area businesses

Many Businesses Can Reopen Quickly After Water Damage

Timely reopening to customers means bringing in a professional restoration team. At SERVPRO, our teams are ready to provide each business owner a clean, dry facility, safe for customers and employees.

For Cocoa commercial facilities, water damage restoration requires three steps:

  • Remove Standing Water
  • Dispose of Debris
  • Dry Structural Property and Inventory

What Happens When a Team Arrives?

Specialists start removing water with large pumps if there is significant pooling. Once they reduce it to a thin layer, they switch to smaller extractors and use long-handled squeegees to push water outside the facility. As they remove the water, other team members carefully remove debris that cannot be fully restored.

After removal operations, specialists draw out moisture trapped in the structure and inventory items that prevent it from being used in production or sold to customers. They first set up fans to increase air circulation and then establish air movers to force warm air over the damp property, pushing moisture out into the air so the fans direct it out of the facility and also towards the dehumidifiers.

Contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 to restore your business after water damage.

Can Mold Grow Through an Entire Cocoa Home?

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

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To Restore Your Home to a Safe Condition after Mold Damage, Call SERVPRO

Cocoa was originally a fishing town, with the first families settling in about 1860. The first maps of Cocoa were created in 1882 with the name “Indian River City”. The land detailed was owned by Captain R.A. Hardee. The name, however, was rejected by the local U.S. Postal Office as too long for a postmark.

Two Interesting Origin Stories

There is some disagreement on how Cocoa got its name. Two of the more popular tales involve the local agriculture and an early business on the river banks.
    •    The first tale states that a town meeting was convened in 1884 to name the community. Suggestions were taken from either geographical features or local products. Captain R.C. May suggested cocoa since it fit the requirements and was short enough for the Post Office. It was approved and sent to Washington D.C. for formal adoption.
    •    Another tale is that sailors on the Indian River when boating past the home of an old woman would shout “Cocoa! Cocoa!” Eventually, she brought them hot cocoa. Interestingly, while the hot cocoa tale is more doubtful, there is no evidence to be found of the 1884 town meeting.

Setbacks and Leaps Forward

Cocoa was eventually incorporated in 1895 while trying to recover from an economic disaster. In the Winter of 1894-95, the ‘Great Freeze’ destroyed the citrus crop for 1895, forcing many people to find new employment elsewhere. The city was still recovering from the 1890 fire that destroyed the business district.

Fortunately, the railroad was coming to Cocoa. The extension of the Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Indian River Railway helped jump-start what was a crashing economy. By the end of 1895, Cocoa was a growing town once again. Growth and development continued through the first decade of the 20th century and the population nearly doubled according to the 1911-1912 Florida State Business Directory.

Cocoa’s population doubled again by 1925 to 1800. Despite the failure of its two banks in the Great Depression, the town continued to grow, with one local source in 1930 showing an increase to 2,200. In the Post-WWII years and the start of the Space Race, Cocoa continued to grow and today has a population of over 18,000.

How Does SERVPRO Restore My Home After Mold Appears?

Our Restoration Teams follow five key principles to return Cocoa residences to a safe condition, ready for occupation once more.
    •    Health and Safety – Although mold may cause health effects in some people, our restoration teams concentrate on how the mold compromised building material.
    •    Document Conditions and Processes – Our teams keep extensive records so that owners and independent inspectors can see our actions taken.
    •    Control the Mold at Its Source – Technicians prevent mold from becoming airborne and spreading to clean areas of the home with erected containment chambers or barriers.
    •    Remove Mold – Specialists physically remove mold from contaminated materials by vacuuming mold spores through HEPA filters and damp wiping surfaces with special cleaners.
    •    Correct the Moisture Problem – Teams remove excess water and lower the air moisture content to prevent future mold growth.

Professional and thorough mold remediation is why SERVPRO of Central Brevard is your best choice to clear up an infestation. Call us today at (321) 638-494 to get started.

What Services Restore Commercial Buildings after a Fire?

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO storage facility storing SERVPRO restoration equipment Take a peek inside our warehouse. This is just some of the equipment that we have available to restore your commercial fie damage.

Merritt Island Business Owners Use SERVPRO for Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

A fire in your business premises can make the environment unsafe and unsanitary. Professional restoration services need a large workforce and advanced equipment to efficiently conduct commercial restoration and reduce temporary closures to business premises.

When performing commercial fire damage in Merritt Island, it is essential to prioritize and delegate actions to ensure that restoration is as efficient as possible. Fires can impact the stock, furniture, and the structural integrity of a building through physical damage. Soot and smoke residues create an unsanitary environment and must be removed to return the premises to its preloss condition. SERVPRO uses an organized workforce to ensure non-salvageable materials are removed and disposed, the structure is repaired and cleaned, and the restoration of items is conducted appropriately. Using a combination of determination, training, and restoration equipment, our technicians can get your business back to its preloss condition.

  • DX units can control large commercial premises' indoor atmosphere, allowing technicians to dry, ventilate, and filter indoor air.
  • Esporta washing machines can remove 99% of contaminants from textiles using suspended, mechanical cleaning.
  • Production technicians can safely organize the removal and disposal of fire debris according to local and federal regulations.

Using professional restoration can keep temporary closure to a minimum. Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard for commercial fire damage restoration at (321) 638-4947.

We are IICRC Certified. Check out our BBB rating.

Can a Water Leak Cause Permanent Harm to an Indoor Property?

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Mold growing on ceiling and wall Just a small water leak can cause a lot of damage, including mold. Inspect your home often for signs of leaks and mold growth.

Water Mitigation Reduces the Likelihood of Permanent Harm at your Merritt Island Home

A leak in your property can affect indoor air quality, encourage the growth of mold or bacteria, and affect a building assembly's structural integrity. Early intervention into a water incident can help to prevent permanent losses. 

A water leak brings microbes into the home, which can deteriorate contents and building assembly. The first principle of water mitigation in your Merritt Island home is complete drying. Drying a property reduces the likelihood of secondary damage from mold or bacteria while ensuring that contents and structure avoid potential deterioration. SERVPRO can identify critically impacted areas of water damage using comprehensive drying methods and techniques and prevent them from causing long-lasting damage. Our technicians continuously monitor progress in the home to ensure that our drying methods are as efficient as possible and cause minimum inconvenience to your everyday life. 

  • Drying mats, injectidry systems, and desiccant dehumidifiers can help remove water vapor and potential cavity damage from the home.
  • Working outward from the moisture source, our team uses monitoring and measuring equipment to assess the damage's extent.
  • We take care of sensitive materials and fabrics with specific leather, organic textiles, and upholstery protocols. 

Protect your home from the harmful impact of water intrusion. Contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard for water mitigation services at (321) 638-4947.

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How do Cocoa Residents Mitigate Flood Damage Losses?

1/25/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Central Brevard Operates in Cocoa for Flood Damage Mitigation and Restoration

Cocoa is a relatively small city in the Palm Bay area of Brevard County, Florida. The small town saw a rapid expansion to its population and a first taste of the mid-sixties' tourism economy. People converged to the area to witness the launch of spaceships from the nearby Cape Canaveral. Within a century, the population experienced rapid growth rising from 1,800 in the nineteen twenties to 12,244 by the sixties. Today, there are 17,140 permanent residents in the region, with much of the local economy taking advantage of proximity to Palm Bay.

The city gets visitors from cruise passengers throughout the year via the stop-off point of Cape Canaveral. As such, the downtown area is densely populated throughout the year, while several tourist attractions such as the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science and The Eastern Florida State College Planetarium and Observatory keep visitors busy.

At the heart of Cocoa is its historic village downtown. Annual events like the Brewers Bash, Spring Fine Art & Craft Fair, and the Kennedy Space Center are all attractions that take place within walking distance of the main street. Main Street's earliest developments began in 1881, with one of the earliest surviving businesses being the S. F. Travis Hardware Store, which remains to this day. Main Street's redevelopments have made it a popular shopping destination that lines the waterfront park. Cocoa Beach and Cocoa Pier remain among the popular attractions with opportunities for Kayaking alongside other watersports offered during the hot, humid summer months. Scuba diving and surfing a just two of the popular activities here in Cocoa.

Beaches, Tours, and Watersports in Cocoa, FL

  • The Cocoa Beach Mural Tour starts on North Orlando Avenue and takes guests on a guided tour across the dozen murals that line the beaches, focusing on the inspiration and processes. Tours include a trip to the Trent Art Gallery.
  • Night-time Kayaking across Manatee Cove Park allows visitors to witness bioluminescent jellyfish while peacefully Kayaking with experienced instructors.
  • Fin Expeditions offers visitors the chance to see dolphins up close by exploring the Mangrove Tunnels and Manatee by Kayak or paddleboard with trips bookable in season.

SERVPRO Can Recover Home and Contents from Flood Damage in Cocoa 

Floods can be traumatic events, with excessive flood damage to your Cocoa home. We operate across Brevard County, providing expert, licensed flood restoration technicians. By mobilizing quickly to a disaster site, our team can reduce the expense and losses associated with massive volume water intrusion. 

  • Contamination levels in floodwaters can make your home unsafe. We have experience and expertise in removing biohazardous substances.
  • Technicians can remove contaminated building materials like drywall and replace them with fresh materials.
  • Odor control technicians can help to return the home environment to a sanitary state, "Like it never even happened."

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Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard for Flood Damage mitigation and restoration at (321) 638-4947.

Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday at a Musical Event Near Cocoa

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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Cocoa Residents Can Experience Brevard Symphony Orchestra’s Tribute to Beethoven

Are you a classical music lover in Cocoa?  If so, you are in luck.  During its 67th season opener, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra is continuing its celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday.  The event features three remarkable classical music pieces, including:

  • Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, which was written for Goethe’s “Egmont” play
  • Haydn’s 1st Cello Concerto, a joyous piece performed by cellist Francisco Villa
  • Beethoven’s 7th Symphony, which is thought to have been the composer’s favorite symphony

The celebration begins at 7:30 PM on Saturday, January 23rd, at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne.  Tickets for this enthralling night of culture can be purchased online and start at $34.  

As fellow lovers of fine music, your neighbors at SERVPRO of Central Brevard are proud to announce this concert dedicated to one of the world’s greatest composers.  While Beethoven’s melodies have aged like fine wine, your home, and its contents might not be so lucky if they are not properly protected from mold.  So, if you ever need mold removal services by an IICRC certified technicians, contact us at (321) 638-4947.

Learn more: https://brevardsymphony.com/

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.

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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.

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The Water Damage Before Christmas

12/24/2020 (Permalink)

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T’was the night before Christmas in Cocoa 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 of Central Brevard 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.SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified. 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."

Does a Fire Restoration Team Address Air Quality in a Cocoa Home?

10/25/2020 (Permalink)

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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?

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

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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:

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

9/30/2020 (Permalink)

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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.  Cocoa residents 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 IICRC certified techs have 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?

9/29/2020 (Permalink)

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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?

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

wood floor with water covering it 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?

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on wall 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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What Timelines Should We Prepare For After Flood Damage Affects Our Cape Canaveral Home?

8/29/2020 (Permalink)

Living room and Dining Room Flooded We can also help take steps that help speed up the process.

SERVPRO Helps Homeowners Affected by Storms Understand the Implications of Various Damages Thus Reducing Frustrations

Timelines can be a thorny issue in the aftermath of a flooding incident at your Cape Canaveral home. While you may want your home clean and fully restored as fast as possible, various obstacles can develop interfering with your intended goals. One way to manage the situation is having the knowledge of the expected timelines for completing different restoration tasks.

What typical aspects of flood damage restoration in Cape Canaveral consume significant time?
    •    Full evaluation of the damage
    •    Preparing the loss site for restoration
    •    Performing the restoration processes
    •    Finalizing the restoration

Since most aspects of Cape Canaveral flood damage such as wet materials and soiled areas are readily identifiable, your recovery plans might not factor in the time necessary for a full evaluation of the property, yet it is a crucial process that helps reveal the full extent of the damage. For instance, noticing pools of water on the floors does not reveal how far the moisture migrates into the floor cavity or the percentage of materials affected by contamination beyond restorable levels.

Although it may seem to be a waste of time doing evaluations rather than embarking on immediate restoration, taking such a step eliminates the possibility of surprises cropping up later on in the process. Evaluation can also help reveal opportunities that you might otherwise miss. Our SERVPRO technicians can help speed up the evaluation by using various specialized equipment for simplicity. For instance:
    •    Thermal cameras reveal wetness in floor or wall cavities without demolition
    •    We use penetrative and non-penetrative moisture meters to get the actual level of saturation
    •    Luminometers help reveal contaminated surfaces

What sort of preparation does a flood-damaged property require?
You may expect that after evaluating the damage, renovation processes start immediately. However, doing so without taking some time to prepare the loss site might not be the best approach because it can delay some processes during the renovation or create fertile ground for accidents. Preparing the loss site involves a variety of tasks, including marking hazardous areas such as slick surfaces, moving obstacles out of the way, and setting up protective barriers, which can take some time.

When our SERVPRO technicians prepare your storm-damaged property for renovation, we set up a staging area within the house to hold the equipment we need for cleaning and other tasks. We consider various aspects that increase the convenience levels, including setting up the staging area close to a bathroom or another location where we can readily access water. We also bring utility equipment such as portable generators and heaters to supply power and heat at the loss site in case there is no power at the property.

How long does restoration of flood damage take?
Mitigating the effects of storm damage in properties can take varying periods depending on the total areas affected or the types of contents held in such areas. The time that is taken before responding to the loss incident also plays a role in the restoration timelines since materials keep deteriorating the longer they are exposed to moisture, soils, or other factors such as extreme temperatures since the disconnection of power from properties is common after most flooding incidents.

In case of building materials on the floors, walls, or other sections rot or deteriorate significantly in other ways, removal is necessary. Tearing down and replacing such materials takes longer compared to simple restoration through cleaning or drying, considering there is dust, shattered wood, and broken drywall to deal with. Our SERVPRO technicians can help expedite demolition and restoration of affected areas since we use a variety of equipment based on the suitability to handle a specific task conveniently. For instance, our tool-kits have simple and advanced tools for simplifying the job, including:
    •    Perforation rollers
    •    Pry bars and crowbars
    •    Rubber hammers
    •    Molding lifters

Does every restoration project require finishing?
Finishing helps guarantee that your property looks clean, feels clean, and smells clean. Whenever there is a flooding incident at your property, steps such as deodorization, repainting or refinishing surfaces in other ways help remove traces of the incident, “Like it never even happened.” Although it might be possible to occupy the house without or before some of the finishing processes, setting aside some time to complete them is worthy.

Time is a critical factor in the restoration of flood-damaged properties. SERVPRO of Central Brevard can help you understand the expected timelines for completing individual tasks or the entire project. We can also help take steps that help speed up the process. Call us at any time at (321) 638-4947.

Storm Awareness and Preparation in Brevard County

8/26/2020 (Permalink)

As Floridians, we are accustomed to dealing with all kinds of storm events.

Hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding and storm surge, our regular afternoon thunderstorms, and even hail. Whether it comes out of the sky or from the ocean it makes its presence known in our lives multiple times every year. So here at SERVPRO of Central Brevard, we keep a close eye on the weather and are prepared to jump into action whenever the need arises. 

Each of these types of storms can cause their own unique kinds of damage. For instance, hurricanes can have wind damage, flooding, and even catastrophic structural damage. Afternoon thunderstorms can also cause wind damage and flooding, but numerous lightning strikes frequently cause structural damage and fires.  There are numerous combinations and we must all be vigilant and make sure we are prepared.

Now more than ever, during the current health crisis, early preparation is key. Necessary supplies can quickly disappear from stores during normal circumstances, when you put COVID-19 on top of that, not only are you going to deal with quickly emptying shelves but also long lines at checkout.  When survival instincts kick in even those at high risk, who should not be going out to seek supplies, will often do so anyway.  You cannot count on delivery services during these times simply because they will be overwhelmed, and supplies are likely to be short.

When preparing for a storm or hurricane event there are a number of necessary supplies we all need to have on hand to deal with the possible consequences of severe storm damage. In case of a power outage you will need flashlights, a battery-operated radio for weather updates and safety notifications, backup phone charger, and lots of batteries. Nonperishable food is essential as well as a supply of clean water to drink in case of city water contamination.  A fully stocked First Aid Kit is always a good idea to deal with minor or major injuries until emergency services can reach you.  Keep important documents such as ID and legal papers sealed in a waterproof bag so they will be safe and accessible if they are needed.  If you have pets you will need to have supplies stocked for them as well. Fill up the gas tank for all of your vehicles and make sure you have gas for a generator if you have one, fill your bathtubs with water to use for flushing toilets and cleaning, turn off your sprinklers, board up windows, secure outdoor items, and trim tree limbs.  It is also a good idea to take cash out of the bank in case of power outages cause stores to be unable to process cards.

These are just a few of the recommended items to make sure you have on hand in the event of a weather emergency.  Please see the attached Hurricane Supply Kit flyer for a more complete list of the supplies and actions we recommend.

Please be mindful and take each type of storm seriously. You never know when extreme weather will take you by surprise.

If you need help with your preparations, please do not hesitate to call us.  We offer a no-cost Emergency Ready Profile we can provide for your property to help you get back to normal as quickly as possible. And remember, if your property suffers damage in a catastrophic event we are always here to help.

When Does Water-Damaged Flooring Need Replaced in My Cocoa Home?

8/14/2020 (Permalink)

Wood floor and carpeting Flooding can quickly damage the flooring in your home. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation efforts.

The saturation and deterioration of flooring materials can happen quickly in a water disaster, often leading to a need for removal and replacement. 

After water damage affects your Cocoa home, certain materials are more impacted than others. Flooring is normally one of the most heavily damaged areas of a property, precisely because this is where water pools and begins to saturate into these exposed elements. Carpeting and wood plank flooring are the most susceptible and sensitive to this absorption and subsequent damage. Identifying how severely impacted these materials have become can show our restorers what actions must get taken to return the property to preloss condition. 

Regarding water damage repair for Cocoa homes and condos, we have in-house contractors and experienced technicians to respond to both sides of the restoration and recovery necessary after disasters. When flooring becomes compromised by saturation and overexposure, our contractors can remove the portions of this surface layer that require discarding to dry the subflooring underneath more efficiently. After thorough drying of the property, these same contractors can reinstall removed flooring material to make it “Like it never even happened.” 

Is It Possible to Preserve Damaged Surface Materials? 

There is a possibility of protecting and preserving damaged flooring materials before the need for controlled demolition arises. There is a finite window where restoration is possible with extraction tools and drying equipment. This is especially true for carpeted floors that have not yet absorbed enough standing water on the surface to impact the subflooring under the padding. Extraction and drying tools to help in this effort include: 

  • Carpet Wands 
  • Weighted Extraction Devices 
  • Floor Drying Mats 

Water damage can have immediate effects on your home’s flooring materials from the onset of the disaster. Our SERVPRO of Central Brevard technicians and contractors can work together to return your property to its original condition. Give us a call today at (321) 638-4947.

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What Should I Do If My Personal Possessions Get Cover in Soot Residues After a Fire in Merritt Island?

8/3/2020 (Permalink)

Burned furniture and charred walls in black soot If you ever notice that your furniture or other personal items got coated by soot residues after a fire, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard!

For Fire Damage Repair and Soot Removal Inside Your Residence in Merritt Island Call SERVPRO

During most structural blazes, partially combusted particles in the form of smoke get dispersed inside your building in Merritt Island. Smoke can flow throughout your entire home and solidify, causing soot residues to get stuck on the surfaces of your contents and building materials.

How can you remove soot residues from my furniture and other personal items?

During fire damage repair in Merritt Island, our SERVPRO technicians can often save many of your building materials and contents that got affected by soot residues. We have many cleaning methods at our disposal, and we can choose the best technique for your specific type of soils and surfaces affected. For example, since wooden furniture items like your kitchen chairs are non-porous, we can use water-based detergents to remove most residues. However, other things such as your upholstered chairs or couches cannot be cleaned using wet methods because water can soak the soot in deeper, so we clean these items using dry methods. Some of your smaller contents can best get cleaned by using immersion cleaning methods.

What is immersion cleaning, and what items does it get used to clean?

    •    Immersion cleaning consists of items getting fully immersed in a cleaning solution to remove the soot residues.
    •    This method can be used to clean any item that is small enough to disperse and can withstand being soaked entirely in a water-based solution.
    •    When cleaning soot residues from Venetian blinds, immersion cleaning methods can be useful.
    •    During this process, small soiled contents can get placed in a product like Ultra Content Cleaner that is mixed with water. We then used a brush or a towel to scrub the residues off of the items. Next, we rinse off each piece with water before letting it dry and returning it to your home.

If you ever notice that your furniture or other personal items got coated by soot residues after a fire, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 any day of the week.

How Do Professionals Repair Water Damage to Floors in Cocoa?

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Pair Water Damage Repair Strategies with the Different Flooring Materials Found in Cocoa Residences.

It is the nature of fluids to flow to the lowest level open to them, so the floors in your Cocoa home require thorough inspection and special attention after a water loss. There is no overt “competition” among the various structural components in your home in terms of the most significant water damage. Still, floors are crucial to every function and the structural integrity of your dwelling. Our managers and technicians are trained through coursework and hands-on experience developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Our understanding of the different strategies and their applications needed to repair various types of flooring is robust.

What Can I Expect the Prognosis to Be for Wet Laminate Flooring?

Successful water damage repair for your Cocoa laminated floors is not possible in many cases. This engineered-type flooring might resemble a more durable material like hardwood or stone, but it is a multi-layer product made of:

  • A foundation layer of melamine backer.
  • An intermediate layer of medium or high-density fiberboard (MDF or HDF) -- softwood fibers mixed with wax and resin, formed into strips or panels using heat and pressure.
  • Visual layer -- a high-resolution image of wood or other material the flooring replicates.
  • Topcoat -- resin and cellulose, sometimes textured the match the grain or pattern of the visual.

Occasional spills quickly removed are not a problem with this type of flooring. When the materials become soaked, however, the layers peel apart, and this delamination ruins the floor. Removal and replacement are the norm.

What Approaches Are Used to Repair Water Damage to Hard Flooring?

SERVPRO inspects the many spaces in your home, looking at each floor’s material to determine what interventions are most appropriate to mitigate and repair any harm done by water. Concrete floors, with and without overlying tiles, present different challenges than ceramic tiles installed over a wood-product subfloor. 

What Are the Concerns with Concrete Floors?

Concrete floors are porous but generally hold up well when water removal and structural drying completes. Complications are common but usually minor, but include:

  • Paint on concrete can dislodge and need repainting -- lead paint issues need ruling out or management by a certified contractor.
  • White, chalky residues can rise to the surface as calcium is in the concrete mix -- cleaning resolves.

What Changes if Asphalt or Vinyl Tiles Cover the Concrete?

Resilient tiles applied over concrete provide some cushioning (resilience) and decorative effect but can make water damage repair more involved. (See above for laminate flooring installed over concrete.)

  • Asphalt tiles weather the damage well in most cases, but can exude a whitening from glues or the underlying floor, similar to an unadorned concrete floor -- cleanup is usually straightforward.
  • Vinyl tiles loosen more easily, especially if the water moved over the surface or stood long enough to begin dissolving adhesives -- removal and replacement is the most common repair.

How Are Ceramic Floors Affected and What Is the Fix if Damaged?

It might come as a shock that ceramic floors are not always impervious to water damage. After all, they are installed in spaces designed to withstand regular water incursions, such as bathrooms, spas, and kitchens. Unfortunately, sometimes water does intrude due to:

  • Cracks in the grout.
  • Dried out or improperly applied caulking.
  • Cracks in a tile due to blunt force damage.

When water percolates through a crack or crevice, it saturates the subfloor, causing swelling and distortion. Tiles can dislodge, odors can develop, and mold can take hold. Close inspection should reveal the areas of the incursion. Water removal and structural drying repairs the situation, although we might need to:

  • Remove some tiles to provide access for water extraction and air movement.
  • Dry from below, if possible.
  • Drill holes to permit suction and aid in circulating warm, dry air before replacing tiles and regrouting and sealing.

Can Hardwood Floors Be Repaired Successfully After Water Damage?

Hardwood floors are more durable than commonly thought, especially if professionals remove the water involved fast. They also must retain appropriate moisture content, around 10 percent nationwide, although there are slight regional variants. Any more moisture, especially water that moved into the subfloor, present for an extended period, can distort the planks or strips:

  • Cupping -- when water held in the subfloor wicks up and the edges of each plank or strip swell and push up.
  • Crowning -- when the swelling concentrates in the center of the board, often a result of overdrying.
  • Buckling -- when the damage is severe enough to cause the joints in a board line to break apart, and the hardwood pulls up the fasteners.

Professionals can reverse slight warping if swift and efficient water removal followed by drying occurs. Special floor mats connected to truck-mounted extractors are useful in pulling water from several layers. Air movers and dehumidifiers hasten to dry to appropriate levels. 

Count on the professionals at SERVPRO of Central Brevard to save your floors after all degrees and severity of water damage. Contact us at (321) 638-4947 to schedule an assessment and planning session.

How Can Flooding Affect My Furniture?

7/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Technicians Restore Cocoa Homes After Flood Damage

Flooding in a Cocoa home is a challenging and multi-faceted disaster to clean up after. Water can permeate all types of surfaces while carrying chemicals, pests, and even sewage that can cause much more damage to the home than the average water damage incident.

If your Cocoa residence requires flood damage mitigation, SERVPRO technicians can use cutting-edge technologies in tandem with EPA-registered antimicrobials to return your home to a preloss state.

What Does Flood Damage Do to My Furniture?

  • Finishes and stains. Finishes and stains can erode quickly with prolonged exposure to floodwaters. In as little as several hours to two days, finishes can be permeated, and furniture stains can spread to nearby porous surfaces, including carpeting.
  • Frames and wood fixtures. Wood is a semi-porous surface, and while finishes can offer some protection, these sealants can eventually erode from prolonged moisture exposure and chemical runoff.
  • Fabrics and fillings. Water damage can quickly and easily penetrate porous furniture and soak through the upholstery. In a flood situation, restoration is a challenging issue due to the presence of contaminants in floodwater.

SERVPRO Saves Your Home From Flooding

SERVPRO technicians can take care of loose water with a variety of commercial-grade extraction modalities as well as remove debris quickly and safely. These strategies can include:

  • Removing flood-damaged drywall by cutting out portions starting several inches above the highest point of moisture contact.
  • Manually eliminating sewage, pests, and chemical runoff with the help of EPA-registered biocide sprays.
  • Floodwater extraction with the help of submersible, gas-powered sump pumps, truck-mounted extraction units, and portable, back-mounted extractors.

If an item is beyond salvaging, SERVPRO technicians get the permission of homeowners and adjusters before removing it from the property.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard serves homeowners with mitigation and restoration that is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (321) 638-4947 to begin the cleanup process.

Can I Run My HVAC System After a Flood in My Cocoa Auto Parts Shop?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

boots on flooded floor For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947.

It Is Important to Dry and Clean the HVAC System in Your Cocoa Business

Unfortunately, living and working close to sea level in Florida means you have to deal with the prospect of flooding inevitable. With hurricane season and intense summer storms, flooding can happen in Cocoa. Owning the building for the business comes with some drawbacks in the case of flooding. You not only have to make sure that your storefront appears normal while also being structurally sound. It is crucial to understand that after a flood, appliances may not function properly. Keeping this in mind, you should exercise caution when turning on the HVAC system.

Do I Need to Replace the HVAC System?

SERVPRO Performs Restoration on Your HVAC System
Flood damage in your Cocoa store does not necessarily mean a complete loss. The goal is restoration over replacement. Our technicians use moisture detection equipment to determine the presence and amount of water. It is essential to properly dry impacted appliances to avoid secondary damage like mold growth. We understand that your HVAC system needs to be operational as quickly as possible for your business to open; due to the hot, humid conditions in Florida.

How are HVAC Systems Restored?

    •    Extract excess water with a portable wand extractor.
    •    Thoroughly dry the system using targeted airflow with air movers.
    •    Clean sheet metal ducting.
    •    Ducting coated with more porous materials like fiberboard may require replacement if contaminated with gray or black floodwater.
    •    Inspect and remove any contaminated insulation.
    •    Before and after the cleaning process, test air quality to ensure safe, breathable air circulating through the HVAC system.

For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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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Professional Preventive Cleaning Helps Cocoa Businesses

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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Cleaning Is a First Line of Defense in Cocoa

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

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

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

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

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

How Do Professionals Like SERVPRO Help?

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

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

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

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

4/8/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

    •    Dry Smoke
    •    Wet Smoke
    •    Protein Residues

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Did Recent Storms Flood Your Cocoa Home?

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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

Flood Removal in Cocoa Can Include Inspecting And Mitigating Wet Drywall

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

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

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

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

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


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We Act Fast In Cocoa After A Water Loss

3/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water Removal Cocoa – Saving Kitchen Cabinets

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

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

Saving Kitchen Cabinets and Granite Countertops

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

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

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

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

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

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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Your Cocoa Dry Cleaner

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We Act As Quick As Possible In Cocoa After A Fire

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

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

Is My Wood Furniture Gone Forever?

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

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

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

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

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

2/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Most Common Types of Water Damage to Floors in Cocoa Homes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Water Removal in Your Merritt Island Home

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stop Wasting Time and Effectively Remediate Cocoa Beach Mold Damage

1/19/2020 (Permalink)

mold damage under window When leaking windows cause mold damage in your home, call Team SERVPRO to remediate the damage. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

Removing Mold Colonies from Multiple Cocoa Beach Condos

Recognizing mold threats might not be as straightforward as Cocoa Beach property owners might think. While excessive moisture and humidity can present the appropriate environmental conditions to support the formation of mold colonies, these concerns might exist well before you recognize the problem on the surface. When these threatening scenarios get discovered in a condo, it is rarely just your property alone at risk.  

Mold damage to Cocoa Beach condos and residences can appear in many ways. From the colonies supported by organic surfaces like wood framing and drywall to the lingering musty odor that can spread well beyond the problem area, our SERVPRO professionals strive always to have an answer for these outcomes.. A combination of our advanced tools, techniques, and potent products can help to get you back into your condo as quickly as possible.

With shared walls and structural cavities between units, leaks in the water lines or storm damages can ultimately affect multiple properties at once. In as little as 48-72 hours, moist organic surfaces provide a suitable growth point for mold spores and eventual colonization. Removing colonies from these structural cavities can have a positive effect on both condos affected through this shared space.

Regulating airflow around the affected areas of your home can help to more quickly dry out this region and help to clear airborne threats like microbes and spores. With high-end materials that have often gone into the construction of your condominium, our SERVPRO professionals appreciate the importance of restoring materials rather than replacing them. We have sophisticated approaches to clean even delicate materials, such as soda blasting, which can work to eliminate the colonies without damaging the substrate.

Water loss incidents, storm damages, and excessive humidity can all contribute to mold concerns in your condo. No matter how our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team can help, give us a call to make losses “Like it never even happened.” You can reach our team of Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians 24/7 by dialing (321) 638-4947.

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Our Specialists Can Save Your Fire Damaged Cape Canaveral Home

1/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Deodorization Approaches in Fire Damaged Cape Canaveral Homes

One of the most challenging effects to overcome after a fire loss in Cape Canaveral homes is a lingering smoke odor. As a fire spreads throughout a residence, many different materials and contents combust. Many of these can present unique threats to the air quality in the house, and leave noxious scents for professionals like our SERVPRO team to address with various equipment, products, and strategies.

Fire damage in Cape Canaveral homes can occur in multiple stages, beginning as soon as the fire first ignites and spreads throughout the structure. Extinguishment can lead to further damage to the property to protect it. Also, circulating effects like soot particles, smoke, and odors can continually worsen without the direct intervention of restoration professionals. Smells are among the most widespread and stubborn of these damages to address, and this requires a variety of equipment to accomplish.

Ozone Generator
Machines that can create ozone are making a chemical compound that features an additional oxygen molecule. When this ozone encounters odor molecules, it can bond with the oxygen molecule and neutralize the scent. Ozone is unsafe for humans and pets, so it is either used without anyone in the house or under the controlled conditions of our ozone chamber in our SERVPRO facility. During our pack-out process, personal belongings get taken to our warehouse for intricate cleaning and recovery efforts.

Thermal Fogging
Thermal foggers are among the most versatile deodorization tools in the arsenal of our professionals, as they are portable and lightweight. We can utilize scented deodorization products or odorless solutions within the machine, and the unit heats the liquid to a vapor fog. This gas can penetrate porous materials like drywall, wood, and carpet for multiple levels of odor removal.

Many threats exist in a home after a fire loss incident, including structural weaknesses and other immediate hazards. Odors are a lingering effect that must get addressed with a variety of solutions and products to make disasters “Like it never even happened.” However, our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team can help, give us a call at (321) 638-4947.

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We Act Fast In Merritt Island After A Flood Disaster

12/18/2019 (Permalink)

A roof caving in and debris falling after a storm hit this house The water soaked into the drywall panels after a strorm damaged this roof. Our technicians arrived right away and completed a controlled demolition.

Is the Flooring a Loss From Flood Damage in a Merritt Island Home?

One of the worst types of water damage that can hit a Florida home is flood damage. Groundwater is not the same as rainwater coming into your home, and it can bring a whole host of issues from mud, debris, chemicals, and even sewage into the house. Even a small amount of water under an inch can leave behind extensive damage in a home.

When Merritt Island homes have flood damage, homeowners need to get the water off the floor as fast as possible to limit loss. SERVPRO technicians are local and arrive quickly on-site to start the water extraction and begin the restoration process.

Common Problems with Flooring

After exposure to groundwater, carpet and padding is a loss. It cannot return to a sanitary standard for reuse. The issue is that wet carpet is extremely heavy. To avoid potential injuries, the technicians extract the water and cut the carpet into manageable-size strips for disposal. Vinyl and laminate flooring tend to delaminate when prolonged exposure to moisture occurs. If this is the case, the technicians remove the floorcovering and inspect it for restoration and reuse potential.

Wood flooring can recover from water damage if the cleanup efforts begin quickly enough. Wood swells and readily absorbs water, and the drying process includes the use of specialized drying equipment to remove the moisture. Each situation is unique to the conditions in the home, and afterward, the technicians can recommend any followup measures needed, such as sanding the boards and restaining.

Subflooring Gets Attention

SERVPRO technicians scope the property to determine all areas of flood damage migration. If water affects the subfloor, they have the equipment to address it and ensure this area gets completely dried, meaning back to preloss moisture content levels. When using their air movers to dry the property, the technicians deploy LGR (low grain refrigerated) dehumidifiers to increase the rate of evaporation while also capturing airborne water molecules.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 when you need cleanup and restoration from flood damage. The certified technicians are available 24/7 to come to your property and make the loss, "Like it never even happened."

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Call Our Professionals As Soon As You Discover Mold In Your Cocoa Home

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

Mold spore growing along the wall in this home A mold infestation can spread quickly throughout your property and our trained professionals have the expertise and equipment necessary to handle it.

Mold Damage Remediation In Cocoa Starts With Establishing The Correct Process

Fungal growth is quite common in places that naturally have high humidity, such as the Cocoa, FL area. If you happen to suffer from a water leak, the extra moisture could create mold damage inside your home. Once a fungus forms, it can spread across your house quickly. Once they mature, fungi give off seed-like spores that can become airborne and travel throughout your structure.

If the issues do not get taken care of promptly, the contamination can spread to previously unaffected places within your building. Whenever you find mold damage inside your Cocoa home, our professional team at SERVPRO can help remediate the initial problem and take measures to prevent spores from spreading. The number one aspect that makes our team successful and puts us above the other restoration companies is our remediation process. We always follow the same overall procedures that have proven to be effective in both mitigating current issues and helping to prevent future problems.

The first step our SERVPRO technicians take when remediating fungal issues is to establish containment around the negatively affected area. We always contain the area during work procedures so that spores do not spread outside of the already contaminated area. To establish containment, we seal the area off with plastic and then create negative air pressure within the contained section using an air scrubber. We also can seal all heating, ventilation, and air conditioning or HVAC vents so that your home's central air system does not get contaminated.

Next, we remove all mold damage inside the sealed region. Any porous materials that got affected like carpet get removed. If the fungus has contaminated nonporous surfaces, then we can remove the contamination by scrubbing, sand/soda blasting, or sanding off the affected materials. We then work towards cleaning all of the dust created during the work process and any spores that may have settled within the region. We accomplish this by cleaning the air with an air scrubber and by vacuuming up any dust with a HEPA vacuum.

The final step we take is to dry out the affected area so that spores cannot get reactivated due to excessive moisture. When dealing with any type of fungus-related situation, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Let Our Experts Help With Fire And Odor Damage In Your Merritt Island Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

Charred Picture Frame After A Fire Call (321) 638-4947 today for disaster cleanup that you can count on every time.

Taking Care of Thanksgiving Fire and Odor Damage in Merritt Island

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, homeowners may be surprised to know that Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Two-thirds of these fires are the result of food or other cooking materials igniting. If you were considering deep-frying that turkey for Thanksgiving, make sure to be careful: frying poses the highest risk of a kitchen fire, with damage exacerbated by the presence of invisible protein residues.

If you need a team that can clean up fire and odor damage in your Merritt Island home fast, SERVPRO technicians are ready to come to you with state-of-the-art tools and extensive training. This IICRC-certified firm wants to ensure that you get the assistance you need no matter what time of the night or day, including on holidays. If your home has been affected by fire damage and odors, you can count on SERVPRO to get the job done right.

Kitchen Fire Safety Tips
    •    Avoid using your stovetop if you are fatigued or have consumed alcohol. Have others with you monitoring the stove if necessary.
    •    If you are boiling, broiling, grilling, or frying food, stay in the kitchen at all times and do not leave food unattended, as this is the most common cause of kitchen fires.
    •    If you are simmering, baking, or roasting goods, check on it at regular intervals and stay in the kitchen while food is cooking. You can use a timer to avoid leaving food unattended and minimize risk.
    •    Move any flammable items, including oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper, plastic, towels, and curtains away from the stovetop to prevent the spread of flames.

How SERVPRO Can Help
In the event of a kitchen fire, some of the most commonly-affected possessions are often nearby electrical appliances. This can include toasters, toaster ovens, coffee makers, refrigerators, and many other goods that you make use of every day. However, without proper mitigation, soot and protein residues can corrode metals and plastics. SERVPRO technicians can thoroughly clean appliances and ensure that they are properly serviced by an electronic service technician that is authorized to do the job.

To help with odors, SERVPRO can make use of thermal fogging, which allows solvent-based deodorizers to penetrate surfaces the same way that smoke penetrates surfaces after a fire. These solvents can then chemically bind with odor-causing particles to eliminate smells. In the case of protein residues, it is crucial to scrub down surfaces, including vents, to minimize the spread of odors throughout the home.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is ready to leave your home looking, “Like it never even happened.” Call (321) 638-4947 today for disaster cleanup that you can count on every time.

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Call Our Experts 24/7 When You Are Facing Water Damage In Merritt Island

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

A dehumidifying console working on the carpet in this home SERVPRO suctioned up the water and followed that up with the placement of a dehumidifying console when water damage effected this home.

Facing Water Damage from a Leaky Kitchen Sink in Merritt Island

As a Merritt Island homeowner, you do what you can to protect your property from harm. However, water damage can come from within and stem from areas that may not be immediately visible. Water loss from a hidden leak under your kitchen sink can be addressed quickly and efficiently when you call a team of skilled professionals. 

Even if you feel as though you may be able to address water damage in Merritt Island on your own, our team at SERVPRO comes prepared with industry-leading equipment. We can locate the source of a persistent leak and make sure that it does not spread further to the flooring, counters, walls, and other areas of the kitchen. Ensuring that the lead is found and stopped helps to lessen the loss before the sink repair begins.

Leak Detection

SERVPRO technicians can perform immediate leak detection to help realize the scope of the water damage from your leaking kitchen fixture. We use moisture detection tools and thermal imagery equipment to help isolate the areas where pockets of moisture are found. With a significant leak, we can get started on the extraction process. If only a slight leak is present, we can bring in dehumidifiers to amplify the drying necessary to get everything back to normal.

Our team of trained professionals works to preserve the area to help limit the number of materials lost. Wood cabinets and flooring can be saved with the use of the right drying tools to draw out the moisture. This helps to minimize saturation before the materials begin to warp and bloat.

It can be frustrating to deal with a leaking sink in your kitchen, and immediate action should be taken to remedy the situation. If you require help with water damage in your home, you can feel confident in our team at SERVPRO of Central Brevard. Give us a phone call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (321) 638-4947.

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We Have Unique Approaches To Drying Your Apartment In Merritt Island

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

A room with soaked drywall panels after a storm The water soaked into the drywall panels and our technicians completed a controlled demolition to remove the hazardously hanging matter.

Drying Out Your Merritt Island Apartment After Flooding 

Apartment structures throughout Merritt Island provide a location for dozens of families to live. With the unfortunate likelihood of severe weather events that can threaten the entire coastline in the Brevard region, conditions like flooding must always stay on the minds of residents here. While seemingly hundreds of restoration and reconstruction teams pop up after a crisis, few have the credentials, experience, and years of service to the area that our SERVPRO team does. 

No matter how severe flood damage in Merritt Island apartment buildings can become, we have the tools and experience to make it “Like it never even happened.” As is the case with any disaster that affects an apartment complex, multiple units and residents can get pulled into the fallout. Flooding, in particular, has symptoms that migrate quickly from one residence to another, compromising entire lower floors of the structure as outside rising waters find access to the interior of the building. 

As crucial of an initial phase as extraction is, the real testament to our experience and qualifications comes during the drying of your property. With many types of materials saturated and damaged by the spread of water loss, the tools and approaches selected for drying out flood damage in your apartment are critical. We have hundreds of air movers, dehumidifiers, and specialty drying tools to ensure that we can quickly deploy the right machines to reach the desired results. 

Our SERVPRO team can work with your insurance company as well to offer the most cost-effective recovery in the most efficient manner possible. Because so many ceiling spaces and structural cavities can hold moisture and dampness after a flood loss, we utilize positive pressure systems like our InjectiDry unit to force heated air into these points to expedite drying. 

We have many unique and powerful approaches regarding the drying and overall recovery of a flood-damaged apartment. You can count on our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team to help you and your neighbors through this crisis. Give us a call anytime at (321) 638-4947.

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Eliminating the Smell after Flood Damage Affects Your Merritt Island

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked next to a building. SERVPRO will help you get your Merritt Island home odor damage under control.

Don’t let your Merritt Island home be consumed by odor after water damage.

Flooding is a severe problem that you might want to resolve as fast as possible. However, some aspects of the damage left can linger after you finish the primary restoration process. Bad odor is one such problem, and it can result from a wide range of issues, including wastes such as raw sewage dissolved in the floodwater, the scent from cleaning agents, and decaying materials.

Why does water smell after some time?

Removing all traces of smell left over after a flood damage event in your Merritt Island property requires a clear understanding of why the smell occurred in the first place. Even clean water can smell when left to stagnate over extended periods. Distinct odors such as the smell of rotten eggs can indicate the presence of raw sewage if you have not cleaned the area properly or the presence of hydrogen sulfide that is emitted when bacteria break down the natural sulfates in water. Some finishes or detergents can also leave smells that dissipate over time. Knowing the source of the smell helps determine which steps to take.

Cleaning to remove soiling and material deterioration 

The first step in eliminating odors after a flooding event is cleaning to remove all soils and deteriorated materials from the property. Various processes are necessary for cleanup processes, including the use of cleaning agents to break down soils chemically, agitation for manual removal and abrasion for stubborn soils, or deteriorated materials. Our SERVPRO technicians also remove carpets, pads, insulation, and other porous materials.

Deodorization 

Once cleaning is over, there is a need to perform a comprehensive deodorization exercise. Various steps can help with deodorization, including direct injection if the odor is concentrated within a small section, spraying or fogging. Our SERVPRO technicians use ULV foggers, which atomize the deodorizing agent so that it can penetrate deep into materials. The deodorizer used can be a combination of both a masking agent for immediate concealment of the odor and a neutralizer that pairs with the odor particles destroying them.

Restoring a flooded property to look and smell fresh takes effort. Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How To Handle Flood Damage Situations in Cocoa

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Common Flood Damage Situations in Cocoa and What to do About it

Flood damage and storm loss come in many forms to Florida properties. Because of the unique nature of each property, there is never a "one size fits all" approach to water cleanup.

SERVPRO technicians map out each job site in Cocoa with flood damage. They determine the path of the water and all areas it migrated into.

Why SERVPRO?
It takes both training and equipment to perform the complete cleanup of floodwater. The technicians undergo extensive hands-on scenarios for both everyday and unique water damage situations to learn the best practices during mitigation.

Move Items When Water Enters
At the first sign of a water issue, move upholstered furnishings, area rugs, and wood furnishings away from it. If there is no time, remove heirlooms and items that are personally important to a save place. Avoid contact with groundwater.

Start Cleanup Efforts As Soon As Possible
The less exposure the structure has to excessive moisture, the more restoration potential there is. If the water entering the home is rainwater from a roof leak, that is considered clean water and does not hold hazards if humans come into contact with it. Groundwater, however, needs testing by SERVPRO technicians to determine the presence of chemicals, toxins, or sewage.

Lowest Levels Get Hit Hardest
Homes with crawl spaces require fast action to remove any standing water and lower the excessive humidity, or it sets the house up for further damage and mold issues. SERVPRO technicians have the equipment to remove the water, lower humidity, and apply antimicrobial sealants to inhibit mold growth.

Water Odors After DIY Cleanup Means Moisture Remains
One of the most frequent issues found in homes post-flood damage is a musty odor that remains. This is a heralding sign that those previous efforts left moisture behind. Along with the weakening of building materials, mold infestations may develop.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 works to turn around flood damage in homes in the local area. Our certified technicians have the knowledge to limit the loss and make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO Wants to Protect the Property of Our Cocoa Neighbors with Some Useful Tips

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

Black and White Cartoon of a Broken Washer and Dryer SERVPRO Says Prevent Water and Fire Damage to Your Cocoa Home with Inspections and Maintenance of Your Large Appliances

Washer and Dryer Maintenance in Cocoa Help Prevent Fire and Water Damage

One of the biggest threats to homeowners when it comes to fire and water damage in Brevard County is a washing machine or dryer breakdown. When a washing machine water supply line breaks, it can release hundreds of gallons of water within an hour.

In many Cocoa area homes, a dryer can become a real fire hazard if lint builds up, not only in the vent duct but the machine itself. SERVPRO recommends to our neighbors to clean the clothes dryer filter after every cycle to allow for free hot air circulation. Typically, the flex line directing the moist hot air to the vent pipe over time becomes clogged with lint. This fibrous material is highly combustible. Our technicians provide a comprehensive service to inspect all the elements to maintain an efficient and safe drying cycle. We can vacuum and use brushes and metal whisks to clean the ductwork of any debris. An inspection to ascertain the exterior port is free of lint, and no nesting materials obstruct the opening are crucial to maintaining free airflow.

In citing some statistics, 2,900 dryer fires are reported each year, causing an estimated 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and costing $35 million fire damage restoration claims in the U.S. One third of all clothes dryer fires are a result of failure to properly clean the dryer. Visit this FEMA landing page for more information to keep your family and your property secure from a preventable fire damaging event.

To reduce the chance of water damage to your Cocoa home from internal pressurized water leaks, consider replacing your washing-machine hoses with stainless steel braided hoses every 5-7 years. Also, inspect the fittings and valves for any signs of drips. The flexible drain hose is often overlooked as a source of potential leakage that can pour gallons of category 2 gray water onto the floor and behind the appliances.

SERVPRO can respond rapidly to any water or fire mishap that occurs at your property. Limit the need for our emergency visit and instead contact us to keep your appliances in working order by maintaining the pathways of both water and heated air. Why not have peak efficiency and go green by decreasing energy and landfill usage? Don't become a statistic! Call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at  (321) 638-4947 to schedule an inspection.

We Can Help With Water Damage Your Merritt Island Residence

10/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water On Floor At Home Contact us at (321) 638-4947. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How To Deal With Water Damage in Your Merritt Island Residence

Dealing with a water intrusion problem in your home is inconveniencing. Whether the leak is caused by a burst water main or appliance leak, quick action can prevent secondary damage and keep restoration expenses at a minimum. It is vital to hire SERVPRO franchise professionals to help with the restoration process.

In the aftermath of water damage in your Merritt Island home, you can do several things to ensure efficient water cleanup. If the culprit is a burst pipe, you need to shut off the main water supply valve immediately to make sure no more water enters the house. If the leak is coming from an appliance, you can remove it from its power source, so it stops running. You should also dry off the affected area immediately so that the water does not cause severe damage to your flooring.

If the water leak has affected your carpeted floor, our Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRTs) can dry it in place while saving the pad. We can use a carpet wand or weighted water extraction device to remove the water. A weighted extractor removes water from carpets and padding effectively because the weight of the rider is combined with the weight of the extractor to pull the water out and force it to the surface. The water is trapped and pulled into the vacuum intake directly.

We can set up air movers around the perimeter of the room to circulate moisture out of wet materials and then use dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air. Utilizing this technique to dry wet carpets can save you the expense of replacing the carpet and pad and relaying and restretching the carpet.

Using air movers and dehumidifiers properly also eliminate the need to remove baseboards to dry the wall cavities and walls effectively. Therefore, you can save money by not having to reinstall and paint the baseboards. Our SERVPRO team can complete the water removal and drying process efficiently. At the end of the project, our professionals can use thermal imaging cameras to confirm that the affected surfaces and materials are dry.

After a water loss incident in your Cocoa, Cape Canaveral or Cocoa Beach residence, SERVPRO of Central Brevard can help you clean up and dry the affected areas. Contact us at (321) 638-4947. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Persistent Pungent Odors After a Fire in Cape Canaveral? Call SERVPRO

10/1/2019 (Permalink)

Trailer ramp down, SERVPRO truck loaded equipment Fire Damage in Cape Canaveral Homes Get Cleaned Up and Restored Fast with the SERVPRO of Central Brevard Green Fleet

The Fire Is Gone from Your Cape Canaveral Home, but the Smell Is Still Here

When disaster strikes in Cape Canaveral, you work hard to recover and return to your daily routine. Some disasters, such as hurricanes and storms, could take a long time to overcome. Smaller events, such as a kitchen fire are easier to control and leave behind. However, fire damage can emit a foul odor. Every time you come home, you the smell forces you to relive the vision of flames threatening your home and your belongings. When you want to put all aspects of the fire behind you, it is best to reach out to a professional team.

Thankfully, if fire damage is the issue in your Cape Canaveral home, SERVPRO is readily available to assist. Our technicians hold certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), so you can rest assured by their competency. With our guidance and expertise, we can chase the smell of fire out the door, leaving your home in pristine condition. All you need to do is call our 24/7 hotline and allow us to do the rest.

Overall, smells dissipate and leave your home eventually. Our SERVPRO team works hard to accelerate the evaporation process by applying a variety of techniques and products suited to your specific needs. In some cases, we may place odor beads to overpower the offending smell, eventually disguising it. In other instances, we may use odor pellets to absorb the smell from the air. Although both methods are effective, your specific circumstances guide our technicians in making a choice.

Not surprisingly, odor beads and deodorizing pellets are not the only options for our team. At SERVPRO we have at our disposal industry-grade products and solvents to tackle the hardest jobs. Knowing which option to use and its application sets us apart as a professional team. Improper use of solvents on your belongings can cause damage to their surfaces. Proper ventilation and personal protective equipment is an essential part of our job.

We also have mechanical means using our advanced equipment like air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators to eliminate foul odors. Then there is the one problem that SERVPRO cannot rectify--phantosmia--reliving the fire and holding on to the odors in your mind.

Fire damage is scary, but it does not need to be forever. SERVPRO of Central Brevard is here to eliminate all traces, including any lingering smells. Call us at (321) 638-4947 and let us work with you to leave your home, “Like it never even happened."

Our Professionals Discuss How To Save Money On Water Damage After A Hurricane In Merritt Island

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Save Money On Water Damages In Merritt Island After Hurricane Dorian With These Tips

Hurricane Dorian is already causing some of the worst hurricane water damage to Florida that has happened in years. While the situation might seem catastrophic in your neighborhood, SERVPRO stays prepared to help the community in times of need and maintains enhanced readiness to respond to multiple emergencies at once. However, before we arrive to start removing water and restoring the damage in your home, there are steps that you can do to dry the place out by yourself.

Mop Up Moisture
Mopping up is one of the most effective ways to control water damage in your Merritt Island home after Hurricane Dorian. By removing the water from the area before damage can set in, you might save thousands of dollars and weeks of repair time by avoiding some of the most expensive types of long-term damage. Mops work faster than other products, but anything absorbent can be used to pick up water and take it out of your home. Don't be afraid to use towels, rags, and even old clothing articles in your efforts to remove water. The amount you save from stopping the spread of damage outweighs whatever these items might cost to replace.

Separate Everything
When you leave stuff out to dry, one of the best ways to accelerate the process and fight mold growth is to separate cushions, sheets, and components of everything you can. By placing items separately from one another, you increase the surface area on your belongings that is exposed to the air, allowing more moisture to evaporate in the same amount of time. These actions can accelerate the drying process and save SERVPRO technicians time as they prepare to dry out your home with industrial tools.

Pick Up Your Stuff
One of the most expensive mistakes many homeowners make after a hurricane is leaving their belongings scattered on the floor. While it might seem intimidating to pick up and organize everything scattered around the home, this can help to protect your belongings from further water damage. Items laying on the carpet should be prioritized even furniture should be removed from or elevated away from wet carpets since they retain so much moisture.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard works overtime after natural disasters to provide local homes and businesses with flood and water damage relief when they need it most. Call us 24/7 at (321) 638-4947 for our emergency services.

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SERVPRO of Central Brevard and Property Restoration Services

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

The Green Fleet of Vehicles Including Box Trucks, Vans, Pickups, and Semi-Trailers Here is a Segment of the SERVPRO of Central Brevard Green Fleet Always Ready to Roll for Restoration Services

Cocoa Homeowners, Cleanup and Restoration, and SERVPRO Ready to Help

As an award-winning restoration company, we have developed a highly functional system for providing Cocoa residents and business owners the fast response and quality outcome they need when disasters strike. As we have been a staple of the community for decades, we have built a strong foundation that our reputation stands on. We understand how valuable your time and money are, so we have efficient mitigation and restoration practices that have certified professionals on your doorstep within an hour of your initial call – regardless of when this emergency occurs.

Storm Damage and Recovery
With our positioning in the state, we understood the importance of having effective storm damage response for Cocoa homes and commercial properties immediately. With the devastation that robust systems can leave in their wake, customers need a confident and efficient response that wastes no time. With our entire team living here in Brevard County, we know that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster when storms threaten your home.
 
Part of our success in this area of the restoration industry is our focus and investments in having the best possible equipment for the task at hand. Storms can present multiple damaging effects, the greatest of which is often flooding in Cocoa residences. Because this water damage can get out of hand so quickly, we have built up an inventory of more than 200 air movers, more than 50 dehumidification units, 7 production trucks, and 4 trailers ready to mobilize at the first sign of trouble.
 
One of the advantages to our expertise and hands-on experience with storm relief and flood recovery in Cocoa homes is our ability to help with disasters that affect the entire state of Florida. Our storm team keeps travel bags at their homes and the office so that our professionals stay prepared to roll out at a moment’s notice to help someone in need. With this fast turnaround from the initial call, we can have our large loss equipment anywhere in the state within eight hours.
 
Water Damage
Water restoration is one of the most common call-outs that our professionals respond to, and as such, our SERVPRO team has discovered the importance of preparedness. We know how fast these situations can get out of control, with spreading water saturating exposed materials and contents of the property. To protect your Cocoa property from water damage, you can count on our immediate response because every member of our team has a water restoration certification from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.) Educating all of the team members ensures that no customer ever waits for effective mitigation and recovery options we can offer.
 
With hundreds of air movers and specialized equipment ideal for drying out damaged Cocoa properties, we can often make a dramatic difference for your property in just a couple of days. In most cases, even those with excessive water damage, we can have incidents dried within 72 hours. Fortunately, this is also near the threshold to accommodate the growth and spread of mold.
 
We can appreciate how stressful this situation is for you, and that is why our water damage response to Cocoa homes is fast and confident. We give you an honest assessment and help you to understand what your property needs to return to preloss condition, not adding in extra services to pad our pockets. We value integrity in this industry more than any other trait, and that focus drives every action that we take as a team.
 
Mold Remediation and Recovery
Mold remediation is one of the areas where our professionals require the most training and ongoing education. We can not only ensure that most technicians on this team have accreditations from the IICRC as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), but many also have secondary endorsements for Water Restoration (WRT), Odor Control (OCT), and Applied Structural Drying (ASD.) The better educated we can make those handling mold damage in Cocoa homes, the faster the jobs complete, and the less they ultimately cost our customers.
 
We understand that you do not want to trust your home to just anyone, and that is why we dispatch some of our most talented and experienced restoration specialists to your Cocoa address. Our SERVPRO remediation division has decades of experience, ensuring that we can handle all levels of mold growth and colonization with effective practices, the latest products, and experience to handle these aspects safely.
 
As we can assure our customers that we can arrive at their damaged home within an hour of their initial call, we need to stay prepared for mold damage in Cocoa properties at all times. We devote one of our production trailers specifically to remediation, stocking it with our drying equipment, air filtering tools, deodorization devices, and other supplies necessary to effective recovery.
 
Fire and Smoke Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services
Fire damage content management is a considerable aspect of fire recovery efforts for Cocoa homes and businesses. We have a large warehouse facility to store removed items from damaged properties after they get the focused cleaning, deodorization, and revitalization they require. As this is such a vital component to saving you money and protecting what matters most to you, our SERVPRO team arrives with packing supplies, moving blankets, bubble wrap, and other products to transport removed items safely.
 
Effects from fire damage in Cocoa properties can continually worsen without prompt mitigation and cleaning efforts. We strive to provide our customers with a fast and knowledgeable response in these situations, leaving no property waiting longer than necessary for these vital processes to begin. We have a broad inventory of recovery tools including deodorizers, air filtering tools, soot removal products, and fabric cleaning machines that can help to make these loss incidents “Like it never even happened.”
 
Fire loss incidents can occur with little warning, and in some situations, can spread to devastating levels before they can get extinguished. Cocoa residents and business owners can trust in our SERVPRO team who has offered the same award-winning restoration services to single-family homes that we have offered to six-figure commercial recovery projects.
 
We know that there are many names that you can find when searching for restoration in the area, but few have been around as long or done as much for the area as our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team has. We work hard to exceed your expectations every day. Give us a call at (321) 638-4947.

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Our Technicians Can Save Your Flood Damaged Cape Canaveral Home

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

A room damaged by a flood You can give us a call anytime disaster strikes for our fast and confident response to protect your investment.

Protecting Saturated Structural Supports In Cape Canaveral Homes

Structural damages can be devastating to Cape Canaveral homes contending with flooding. Apart from potential contamination and the saturation of the contents within the property, structural compromise can lead to injuries and the failure of installed construction materials. Protecting your property from this degradation and deterioration involves a swift response from qualified professionals like our SERVPRO team. We can handle all aspects of flood damage with efficiency because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Though flood damage in Cape Canaveral homes can occur in various ways, our focus must begin with the effect to the structure itself once our content management team has removed at-risk items from the area. While much of the damage to structural elements is unknown until our professionals can remove any standing water and begin drying out saturated materials, we have sophisticated discovery devices that can help to identify the presence of water damage to supports like wall studs, framing, joists, and other elements throughout your home.

As you might expect, the degradation of these supports can lead to the structural collapse of the installed materials nearby, so addressing these threats is a priority of our SERVPRO team dispatched to your property. With our fast response and rapid drying efforts, we can often preserve installed structural elements and joists from requiring removal and reinstallation. Depending on the type of flooding, we might also need to expose these damaged materials to apply our industrial-grade line of disinfection products. These prevent bacterial growth and reduce the possibilities of mold growth as well.

Flood cuts made in surface materials like drywall and paneling give our technicians access to the framing and studs beyond it. We have low profile air movers and multiple dehumidification units to dry out the saturation without the need for full panel removal of the sheetrock. Our combination of rapid drying tools can help to make even wall cavity moisture “Like it never even happened.”

We know that flooding can be a stressful time for your home, and our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team can help however you need. You can give us a call anytime disaster strikes for our fast and confident response to protect your investment. Call us today at (321) 638-4947.

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Why Try and Tackle Water Damage Remediation Alone For Your Merritt Island Business

8/14/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can cause a whole other bunch of issues if not dealt with properly. Call SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Covering Commercial Water Damage in Merritt for Small and Large Businesses

Your business is a place for staff and customers to enjoy, which is why an emergency flood situation can hurt both your reputation and your quarterly revenues. Companies in the public service industry are naturally at most risk of a revenue drop following a temporary closure. We offer business owners a solution to leaks, floods, and other water incidents that allows you to get back on track quickly, with a minimum loss of revenue. 

Our commercial water damage clients in Merritt include small-businesses, as well as state-funded operations like school buildings. SERVPRO has a highly trained workforce that is focused on keeping claims low by restoring rather than replacing where possible. If you suffer a burst pipe, the first thing you can do while awaiting a call-out is to remove any furniture or fittings from the affected area to prevent further damage. Be careful to avoid slippery floors or areas where you may lose your footing- our technicians can handle any items that may be risky to remove yourself. 

On arrival, your SERVPRO technician can shut off the source of the water leak before bringing in industrial equipment like truck-mounted extraction units to remove the vast body of water. This process relieves pressure on a structure as well as preventing water logging issues or severe damages to furnishings. While the standing water level is reduced, an experienced crew chief may begin cleaning stains which sometimes respond better to a restoration before the drying process begins. 

An odor issue may become apparent during a water spill. These odors can either be the result of contaminated water supply- like a backed-up sewer- or the loosening of pre-existing odor and soiling in the property. Malodors can become more apparent when the property is wet, so SERVPRO ensures that the property is dry before outlining a deodorizing strategy. Where there is a temporary closure, or the property is otherwise vacated, we can set up and run an Ozone generator to find and eliminate odor particles across a wide surface area creating an indoor environment that is indistinguishable from the preloss condition. 

Our team of crew chiefs and technicians are experienced handlers of commercial cleanup operations. Contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 today.

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Guaranteed No Stress Storm Damage Remediation in Your Merritt Island Home

8/4/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage can accumulate quickly. Call the remediation specialists at SERVPRO today for help.

Is Water Knocking at Your Merritt Island Door?

When we think of flooding, we think of torrential rain and the wind tearing down trees and branches. Our minds automatically go back to images shown in the nightly news where full neighborhoods are underwater and people are scrambling to get to safety. However, when you live in a coastal community, all it takes is a slight rise in water levels and a few clogged drains for water to reach your patio or front door. Suddenly, being a victim of flood damage is not as far-fetched as you once thought. 

When you live in Merritt Island, flood damage can happen quickly, and it does not have to be devastating. A regular summer storm can leave you in need of professional services for the removal of water and restoration of your home. SERVPRO is here to help as soon as you call our 24/7 hotline, where our staff is ready to jump into action. Our certified technicians are knowledgeable of the latest techniques and methods to restore your home with minimal disruption to your daily life. 

As you wait for our team to arrive, you can take a few steps to prevent the spread of flood damage through your home. Floodwaters bring debris and unwanted bacteria with them, which is why acting quickly is your first line of defense. Isolating the problem area from other parts of your home is essential to controlling the damage as much as possible. Our SERVPRO technicians are experts at restoring and salvaging your personal belongings, but some items should not remain in your home. For example, porous materials such as upholstery and carpets need to be removed for the sake of your health. Our team helps you in the removal process, but you can get a jump-start before our arrival. Try to handle items with protective personal equipment such as gloves and separate them from undamaged objects. 

The SERVPRO crew arrives with a variety of equipment built to tackle your water extraction job. If the water level is high, we may use truck-mounted pumps and complement its work with handheld extractors or submersible pumps. Regardless of the size of your flood damage, we can help you contain and restore it, so it is a thing of the past. 

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is your best ally when flood damage happens. Call us at (321) 638-4947 and let us leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” 

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How an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) Can Give You Peace of Mind When Preparing For Potential Fire Damage to Your Merritt Island Business

7/22/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO to develop your Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) so that we can be prepared to quickly restore your business.

Prepare for the Fire Damage Restoration You Hope Your Merritt Island Business Will Never Need 

Formulating a disaster preparedness plan can be anxiety-provoking for Merritt Island businesses. Considering the effects a fire event might visit on your growing venture is terrifying, but failing to understand how devastating a fire could be is poor business practice. You have contingencies and redundancies built into your overall business plan for power outages, staff turnover, supplier failures, and software glitches. Step up to create a fire disaster plan as well. 

Fire damage can ravage your Merritt Island commercial building. The advanced training and extensive experience we possess uniquely qualifies our team to work with commercial customers to prepare for a fire disaster. We can help eliminate or limit the damage fire residues, and firefighting water can do and remove both efficiently in your business if the worst occurs. 

Invite SERVPRO to visit your business. We offer an innovative Emergency Ready Plan and Profile (ERP) developed collaboratively between your management team and our experienced project leads. A thorough assessment of both your business layout and day to day operations helps us pinpoint vulnerabilities and strengths to help frame an integrated preparedness plan for potential fire damage

The goal is for you and SERVPRO to create a digital blueprint outlining an individualized recovery agenda after a fire or other disaster. We familiarize ourselves with the physical layout of your space, taking pictures, and locating essential items such as utility shutoffs and machinery. Knowing all of this in advance helps our emergency response crew hit the floor running when you call. 

You can further personalize the ERP through the use of the SERVPRO mobile app. Clarify your priorities, share information about vendors and contractors who designed your space or systems, and supplied or installed equipment. Designate us as your preferred restoration contractor and nominate trusted employees or other to act on your behalf if you are unavailable during an emergency. Feel the stress lift from shoulders as you realize we now share the burden of fire damage response and recovery. 

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is eager to work proactively with businesses in our community, avoiding and preparing for fire damage. Call us at (321) 638-4947 to set up and ERP consultation. 

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Drying Moisture from Water-Damaged Merritt Island Bakeries

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

Let us take the full challenge on for you.

SERVPRO can take on your most challenging commercial losses.

Many business owners do not realize it, but moisture and dampness can be as destructive to your Merritt Island property as more considerable water loss incidents. While substantial loss scenarios, including several inches of standing water, can require intricate mitigation and recovery solutions, addressing moisture and dampness can be equally challenging to even experienced restoration professionals like ours. With the traffic you can expect at your bakery every day, getting this situation resolved quickly is critical to your profits. 

With multiple threats that you might expect with water damage in Merritt Island bakeries, you need a team of professional restoration specialists that can address each of these concerns individually to restore your affected building fully. Often conventional cleaning and drying efforts are less effective, and therefore, allow damaged areas to get overlooked and missed. The sophisticated readers and moisture content detection tools our SERVPRO team utilizes on every water loss emergency can help to get an accurate understanding of the spread of these effects. 

Many moisture and dampness concerns originate within the kitchen area of your bakery, as these areas can often become excessively hot. Poor ventilation of this baking area can also make this situation worse, allowing smaller moisture and dampness concerns to escalate to a destructive and damaging point.  

A situation like a mold or microbial growth from persistent moisture in your bakery can damage your reputation with your customers and make it difficult to get your doors back open after restoration and remediation without substantial and thorough testing. Our SERVPRO team can help you to not only keep your doors open for those looking for fresh baked goods but to get rapid drying solutions started wherever they are necessary for the building right away. 

No matter how moisture and dampness came to exist in the kitchen area of your bakery, our SERVPRO of Central Brevard team can help you to manage this situation effectively. We have the experience and advanced equipment to make water damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (321) 638-4947.

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How to Mitigate Fire Damage Your Merritt Island Hotel

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let fire damage cause your hotel profits to go up in smoke. Call SERVPRO today!

Mitigating Loss for Your Merritt Island Hotel After a Fire

Hotels are not uncommon on Merritt Island, and you constantly vie to be the one that travelers and tourists choose among the competition. Disasters like fire loss incidents can quickly be destructive forces for your property without the appropriate mitigation tactics getting started right away. Our professionals have extensive training and education in fire loss recovery and arrive with a broad inventory of mitigation tools and equipment to contain this damaging situation before it can affect more guests and areas of the hotel. 

Mitigation can mean multiple steps and processes for fire damage in Merritt Island accommodations. The objective with any loss situation for hotels in the area is to prevent the situation from continually spreading through rooms and communal areas by getting professionals like our SERVPRO team at the scene and establishing effective containment protocols. With fire loss effects, it can quickly get out of control without established physical barriers to reduce the spread of soot, smoke, and odor symptoms. 

Another vital component to mitigating fire loss in the hotel is establishing structural damages and working with controlled demolition techniques to remove these overly damaged elements. By removing these damaged components in a quarantined area, we can contain debris and dust generated by the demolition and even reduce the presence of particulates when reconstructing these same areas. 

The guest experience is something that every hotel owner must consider, especially in times when work gets done to performed to overcome a disaster or emergency. Our SERVPRO team understand how important it is to minimize our impact on both the guests and your business, and can establish designated areas for our recovery efforts to ensure that your facility can continue to function as must as possible despite the recent trauma. 

Whenever disaster strikes, you have to worry about how quickly its effects can spread throughout your hotel. Our SERVPRO of Central Brevard rapid response team has effective mitigation and containment solutions to get to begin making fire loss incidents “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime at (321) 638-4947.

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SERVPRO Uses State-of-The-Art Equipment to Restore Merritt Island Properties

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Our team is here for you if water damage strikes your Merritt Island property.

SERVPRO Assists with Water Cleanup in Merritt Island Home

When it comes to water damage, you might think drying the property should happen first. The fact is, our technicians spend time extracting moisture to hasten the drying process, which inhibits loss.  

Our SERVPRO location worked on water cleanup in a Merritt Island home, half the rooms in the household received water loss from a kitchen supply line break while the family was away overnight. They put in a call to our location a short time after arriving home. When our technicians arrived, after confirming the water was shut off, we split into two teams to remove room contents to another area of the home and extract water, while the other team scoped the house to identify all areas of water migration.  

We did multiple passes over water-saturated areas in the home to pull up as much moisture as possible. The reason that we do extra passes and spend time on the water cleanup step is that it lessens the amount of time needed for drying. The less time building materials and contents are exposed to water - the more of a chance for saving through our proprietary restoration techniques.

Correct setup of the drying equipment is crucial. When we dry a property, we are not using fans to blow air on wet areas in a home. There is a science behind how we position our air movers. We configure them in a way that they blow directly across surfaces, which starts a chain reaction that causes moisture to rise to the surface where it is captured and taken off-site by our dehumidifiers. This cycle rapidly lowers the moisture levels in rooms.

Before drying, we moved the furniture and tables from the affected rooms to an area of the home that did not receive water loss. The subflooring showed no elevated moisture issues, and because the family contacted our SERVPRO location so quickly, the water did not have a chance to wick into sheetrock. Once dry, we cleaned and disinfected the affected surfaces to leave the rooms fresh and clean.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 is ready any time you need us for water cleanup. We have the experience and equipment to make your water loss, "Like it never even happened."


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Cape Canaveral Fires, Bad Appliances, and SERVPRO for Restoration

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Cape Canaveral Homeowners Welcome SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Cape Canaveral Home

The usual appliances you have in your Cape Canaveral home make your daily life easier. Every appliance which operates on electricity or gas, however, presents safety risks. You should, therefore, use the devices according to any manufacturer’s specifications. Also, knowing some fire safety tips can help prevent a fire and keep you and your family safe.

A fire from a malfunctioning appliance in your Cape Canaveral home needs immediate attention after the flames are extinguished. You are left behind with all kinds of damage, including smoke and soot, other than the actual fire damage. A professional restoration company, such as SERVPRO, can have your home restored quickly, and make you feel "Like it never even happened."

The first thing to do to help you stay safe is to keep all appliances at a safe distance from any wet areas. When water and electricity mix, it can be disastrous. Ensure that you take proper precautions and keep appliances from areas which are easily in the path of a spillage. You also need to keep any appliance that generates heat away from clothes, furniture, or curtains.

To some extent, SERVPRO staff may need the assistance of subcontractors to finish the fire damage restoration process. Subcontractors perform work which involves technical expertise or skills that may be out of our scope. Restoring a fire damaged structure can include cleaning and repairing electronics, repairing furniture, drying documents, fixing electrical and plumbing problems, and rebuilding your structure. Only when needed, we can suggest, or you can supply others to complete the work. Our initial goal is to mitigate the damage caused by the flare-up.

You should also be aware of any appliances or lamps which sputter, produce a spark or give you a shock when running. Unplug these immediately and have them repaired as soon as possible since the spark can not only start a fire with the appliance itself but also ignite other nearby items.

Keep an eye on the wires of your appliances regularly as well. Replace or repaired and damaged, frayed wires. Do not plug too many things into one electrical outlet, as this can cause the circuit to overload and spark a fire as well. When not in use, unplug all small electrical appliances like toasters, irons, hair dryers, and the like.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is always ready to help you restore your home in Viera, Pineda, or Rockledge after a fire. Call us right away at (321) 638-4947 once the flames are out so we can waste no time in getting your home back to its preloss condition.

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Our Skilled Technicians Explain Our Fire Damage Restoration Process In Your Cape Canaveral Property

5/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Brevard looks forward to the opportunity to transform your fire-damaged home to “Like it never even happened.”

What To Expect When The Experts Provide Fire Damage Remediation To Your Cape Canaveral Property

It is hard to prepare for the devastation of a home fire in Cape Canaveral. If the chaos and mess are not enough stress, homeowners also need to turn their sanctuary over to a remediation company when they are feeling most vulnerable.  Adding the strain of opening your home to crews of workers and an inventory of commercial-grade equipment makes finding a compassionate yet competent and reliable restoration company more crucial than ever.

Our team of fire damage recovery professionals in Cape Canaveral want to make it easy for residents to rely on our industry-leading training and experience. Expect a rapid response to your first call, our project manager arriving within hours to assess the scenario and craft a remediation plan. Because water damage is almost always a concern after firefighting efforts, the first tasks we tackle are usually water removal and structural drying.

Our vehicles stock the equipment and products needed for the full spectrum of our services SERVPRO crews provide, minimizing any delay as we begin your project. Water removal and drying commence immediately as other crew members match tools and products to the characteristics of the sooty residues deposited on surfaces of your home. Dry, ashy debris responds well to dry sponging and vacuuming. Thicker, sticky soot from electrical or smoldering fires needs cleansers with surfactants and wetting agents to loosen the residue, combined with agitation for the best results.

Protein-based soot is thin but hard to remove, requiring solvents and abrasive tools. SERVPRO employees train in the appropriate ways to remove all types of fire debris when they complete the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT). Count on our professionals to take the care needed to clean up after a fire without causing further damage.

Persistent odors can prolong the recovery from a fire, but SERVPRO deodorization specialists have a protocol that results in elimination of the smells. If removal of burned materials and thorough cleaning leave your home still smelly, we move on to equipment like thermal foggers, ozone machines, and hydroxyl generators. These tools use chemical reactions to neutralize the odor-bearing particles.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard looks forward to the opportunity to transform your fire-damaged home to “Like it never even happened.” Call us day or night at (321) 638-4947 to schedule an evaluation.

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Our Specialists Can Restore Your Cocoa Pharmacy After A Flood

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

You also need to address any potential complication that can occur because of prolonged exposure to water such as mold growth.

How To Handle Commercial Flood Damage In Your Cocoa Pharmacy

A natural disaster like a storm can cause many pharmacies to suffer wind and water damage. Some buildings may have standing water for a long time because of flooding. Flood waters usually contain microorganisms like bacteria that may contaminate building structures, prescription medications, and equipment.

When commercial flood damage strikes your Cocoa pharmacy, you need quick water extraction, cleanup, dry out, repair, and restoration services to mitigate acute damage. You also need to address any potential complication that can occur because of prolonged exposure to water such as mold growth. To minimize business risk and downtime, you can hire SERVPRO franchise professionals to assist you with the cleanup efforts after flood waters enter your pharmacy.

It is critical for your pharmacy to be up and running quickly to maintain ongoing business operations. Hiring a company that as the expertise to perform the water damage clean up, dry out, repair and restoration project can get your pharmacy back into operation as fast as possible. Our technicians know that dealing with such an emergency is a trying time for your business. Our crew is ready to walk you through each step, from assessing the destruction to water removal, drying, cleaning, and repair.

Our SERVPRO technicians can remove any standing water using extractors like pumps and wet/dry vacuums. Our team can then use commercial grade dyers to dry out the building and affected items. By treating the flood damage with professional machinery, our technicians provide effective and fast restoration. This ultimately means that you can save more inventories and prevent structural damage.

We can also sanitize your pharmacy to remove harmful bacteria and chemicals. We also perform deodorization to eliminate the odors that may have remained after the water cleanup. Our technicians have expertise in using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to eliminate the musty odors associated with water damage. After the water cleanup, drying, sanitizing and deodorization process, we can repair ruined flooring and walls, among other areas.

If there’s flood water in your pharmacy, SERVPRO of Central Brevard is ready to assist you to extract it and dry out your business premises. We can respond promptly and help you prevent considerable destruction. Contact us at (321) 638-4947 for restoration services in Merritt Island, Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach.

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Flood Damage Can Leave Your Cape Canaveral Home Damp From Trapped Humidity

5/3/2019 (Permalink)

Call us to discuss your home's specific issues and to learn more about how we can help you deal with moisture from flood damage and other sources.

Storms And Flood Damage In Cape Canaveral Can Leave Your Home Damp From Trapped Humidity

Cool breezes during and after a rain shower can fill your home in Cape Canaveral with humidity. Closing windows when the air outside becomes either too warm or too chilly lets this newly introduced humidity stay inside. Mold and other microbes can begin growing in areas that contain excessive amounts of dampness, such as clothing and other highly absorbent substances.

Your property in Cape Canaveral doesn't need to sustain direct flood damage to experience many of the same effects. SERVPRO wants you to know that the same services can help protect your home from smaller incidents that can spread damage and decay within your property. A roof that leaks, a cracked foundation, and incorrectly sealed windows can let rainwater into a house and start destroying its interior.

In places where flood damage has already started taking its toll on materials, such as disintegrating walls, SERVPRO can remove the damaged area. Doing so keeps the moisture in those sections from affecting non-damaged elements and also helps reduce the amount of time our drying machines need to run to finish the job. Open spaces in walls also make it easier to dry out the interior portion of a wall, reducing the chances that microbial problems develop.

Throughout your house, trapped humidity can make the air uncomfortable to breathe. Because air that becomes too dry also poses problems for both many furnishings and materials in the typical house as well as for occupants, we monitor the drying process with moisture meters. These devices can test any of the materials in your home, helping us correctly dry out the humidity inside your home.

We pinpoint damper areas and differentiate those from places that do not contain excessive moisture, placing our drying equipment where it can perform the most efficiently. Air movers can whisk moisture out of walls and floors, pushing water vapor out of your home. Using containment methods, we can also dry specific sections of your home that always seem damper than other areas and then help you maintain a drier atmosphere by installing a low-maintenance dehumidifier.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard Wants to help you keep your home near the Kennedy Space Center or the Patrick Air Force Base within acceptable moisture levels. Areas can become excessively damp because of natural air movement patterns in your property. Call us at (321) 638-4947 to discuss your home's specific issues and to learn more about how we can help you deal with moisture from flood damage and other sources.

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When Your Cape Canaveral Diner Is Hit With Flooding, Our Crew Is Here To Help!

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

We are ready to mitigate any size water loss issue when you need us.

Commercial Flood Damage In Cape Canaveral Breakfast Diner

Florida is no stranger to wild weather any time of year, and flash floods can bring water into a home or business with little warning. As devastating as flooding is for a home, it is just as severe for a business as it can affect the revenue and also the livelihoods of the owner and employees.

When SERVPRO received a call to mitigate commercial flood damage in a Cape Canaveral diner, we arrived within hours of the initial call to begin cleanup. We know in a water loss situation the timer starts ticking on saturated items and they need to be dried as soon as possible for the best chance of restorability.

In the case of this breakfast diner, water entered through a damaged seal around the front entrance doorway and covered the front of the restaurant in sediment and water. Extraction is more than just soaking up standing water. Our technicians do several passes over the same area with extraction wands to pull up as much water and debris as possible. The more thoroughly it is removed, the faster the drying process goes.

The cement flooring has recently been refinished and had a good seal on it so very little beyond drying needed to be done. Tables and chairs were moved to a central location for the legs to dry while the flooring and hostess area in the front was dried using air movers and dehumidifiers.

We know restaurants are held to particular sanitary standards by the health department, SERVPRO technicians ensure their cleaning methods with our professional formulas are thorough and meet those standards, so there are no issues with the diner reopening for business. We offer general contracting as part of our building services and were able to recommend to the owner the type of repair needed on the entrance to inhibit water from entering the property as easily.

Commercial water damage can happen any time, and that is why SERVPRO of Central Brevard has emergency response teams available 24-hours a day by calling (321) 638-4947. We are ready to mitigate any size water loss issue when you need us.

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Where to Start With Cocoa Fire Odor Removal?

4/7/2019 (Permalink)

Whether fire damage affects a small or large part of your home, SERVPRO can help both remediate and remove odors. Call right away.

After the Blaze, Fire Odor Removal in Cocoa

Flames from a fire in your home are not the only damage done. Water to put out the fire, soot and smoke leave a residue throughout the burn area and you will most likely need fire odor removal to get rid of all traces of the fire even after the visible signs have been wiped away. The cleanup after the fact is a multi-level process that needs to be done thoroughly to avoid secondary damage such as mold.

When SERVPRO comes to your home, they will first ascertain the area is completely dry and no moisture remains. Once we determine the scope of the actual spread of the smoke and residue from the fire, our technicians choose the best method of odor removal in Cocoa that applies to your unique situation. After the technicians have cleaned up the visible soot and smoke residues left by the fire, the real process removing unpleasant odors left by not only the fire but wet home structures and furnishings can begin.

In some cases, odors can be eliminated by simply using professional-grade cleaners to completely remove residues and odors by hand. If the smoke penetrated deeply into walls, floors and furnishings, other methods can be employed such as deodorizing pellets or gel. For the strongest odors, we use thermal foggers that deliver a deodorizing, high-temperature fog that goes anywhere the smoke went and overtakes it, removing the unpleasant odors left in the home. This method is especially effective for treating porous items such as drywall carpet and also fabric covered home furnishings. No matter how strong the odors are in your home, our certified technicians have the knowledge and tools to return your home to its preloss condition.

Contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard for quick and efficient fire odor removal from your home. Our experienced technicians are on hand to assist you 24/7, just call (321) 638-4947 to get started immediately.

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The Best Choice for Water Damage in Your Cocoa Home

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Contacting SERVPRO when facing water damage after a storm is a great decision towards drying out your home and preventing mold from setting in.

Team SERVPRO Arrives Properly Equipped to Dry Out Your Property

Your Cocoa home assuredly requires preventative maintenance to prevent disasters from happening. While you might be able to prepare for circumstances like severe weather adequately, what you cannot always account for is the degradation and failure of appliances in your home. While these machines are essential to a convenient and comfortable life, they can also be the source of significant water emergencies when they decide to break down or wear out.  
  
Happening upon water damage to your Cocoa home might seem overwhelming at first, but any disaster can get rectified in the right professional hands. Our experienced SERVPRO team has the tools and expertise to handle any level of water emergency you might endure in your home, and we work quickly to ensure that your home can get restored completely.  
  
From the moment that our team arrives at your home, we quickly work to determine not only the full extent of the present damage but also the source of the water to ensure that it has gotten successfully shut down. By having the water shut down, our crew can then focus exclusively on restoring the damage and preventing further lingering effects to the structural integrity of your home.  
  
Depending on the severity of the water damage, extraction efforts are sometimes necessary. While this does not always require a pump truck from our vehicle fleet, it does often involve a combination of portable pumps and wet vacuums. Once the pooled water heavily saturated areas have gotten extracted, our SERVPRO professionals can set their sights on drying the affected area thoroughly.  
  
This process also typically requires a combination of our equipment, utilizing both air movers and dehumidification equipment. While air movers focus on the lasting moisture present in surfaces and structural components of your home, dehumidification more often focuses on the moisture present in the air. The last thing that you want is to have water damage turning into mold growth from lingering moisture contacting naturally-occurring mold spores in the environment.  
  
Water damage can be stressful, but if you know whom to call, it can help to make the process easier to endure. If you want the team that works to restore your home quickly, and has the expertise and drive, you want SERVPRO of Central Brevard. You can reach our emergency response team professionals 24/7 by calling (321) 638-4947.  

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The Importance of Professional Mold Remediation For Your Merritt Island Residence

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Not This Kind of Spaceship Mold Affects Your Property in Merritt Island. For Fungal Matters, Call SERVPRO

Don't Take Chances with Mold Growth in Merritt Island Properties, Call SERVPRO for Help

There are all kinds of disasters that can happen to your Merritt Island home at a moment's notice. On the other side of this coin, however, some damages can occur slowly over time without drawing much attention. While you might not notice something like fungal growth in its earliest stages, you can begin to see the signs and smells of its presence as it expands and thrives. This problem is not one that you should leave to get worse, as it continues to feed on the organic materials and contents of your home where the colonies are forming, causing significant damage.

When you do find mold damage in your Merritt Island home, it can be overwhelming and leave you with a sense of uncertainty about how to resolve the issue. Finding the right professional restoration team can take a substantial burden off your shoulders and ensure that the job gets completed promptly and correctly. Too many times, homeowners rely on DIY methods that can be found on the internet that are ineffective to removing the entire growing organism, and leave them with a false sense of accomplishment. Before long the mold is back because it was never really removed in the first place. 
 
Our SERVPRO team of IICRC certified mold remediation specialists can assess the full scope of the damage to your home and get to work quickly by isolating the affected area. This process prevents the spread of active mold spores throughout your home while the colony removal and dehumidification efforts are underway. This critical step requires circulating air appliances (such as forced air heating and air conditioning) to get shut down until the restoration process gets completed. Most jobs are finished off with thorough spraying or fogging of an antimicrobial agent to the affected areas.
 
Locating the source of the moisture that fed the mold spores initially can be a tricky component to remediation, but it is an essential step in our process. Our experienced SERVPRO professionals want to ensure that the problem does not reoccur, and locating the source of the dampness and repairing, or having it parceled out to another vendor for fixing, can help to prevent future growth. 
 
You do not have to deal with mold damage by yourself. Trust the IICRC certified specialists at SERVPRO of Central Brevard. You can reach our emergency response team anytime by calling (321) 638-4947.

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SERVPRO Helps Flush Away Your Troubles After Water Water Damage Merritt Island

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

If not contained, overflowing toilets can spread damage beyond the bathroom.

Water Damage Restoration for Your Merritt Island Home

In a world without any issues, your toilet in your Merritt Island home would never leak. However, it is not a perfect world, and toilets do leak sometimes. When they do, it is not pretty, and it can cost you quite a bit in damages. In case of an emergency like this, you need to know what to do and how to react.  

Water damage to your Merritt Island home from an overflowing toilet can be a lot worse than you might think. Depending on how much water lets loose in your home and how long it sits, you can be looking at damage to your flooring and the ceiling underneath if it is an upstairs bathroom. You need the assistance of a professional remediation company right away, which is why SERVPRO is always standing by.  

Hopefully, you have at least been able to stop the flow of water before we arrive. Turning the water off at its source should be your first step. You can usually find the knob on the wall near the base of the toilet, under the tank.  

If your toilet isn’t overflowing due to a blockage, it might be that you need to adjust the float. Raise or lower it until reaching the right bowl fill level. If your toilet is clogged, do not flush it again, as this can create more water to overflow. After stopping the flow of water, you can try using a plunger to loosen the clog.  

Once removing standing water, SERVPRO staff use moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras to check for damage done to flooring, subflooring, and the ceiling underneath. Finding all hidden moisture helps us to thoroughly dry and restore the damage done to your home by the overflow. We do not want to leave any behind, as that can continue to create additional damage, such as mold growth and weakening of your structure.  

SERVPRO of Central Brevard understands that a water damage emergency of any kind in your home in Sharpes, Rockledge, or Cocoa Beach needs immediate attention. Get in touch with us right away by dialing (321) 638-4947 so we can prevent further issues caused by the water now sitting in your home.

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How Do You Tackle the Overwhelming Job of Fire Damage Remediation in Your Merritt Island Home?

3/12/2019 (Permalink)

There are so many obstacles that come into your path after dealing with fire damage. Let SERVPRO help you make life easier.

The Role of the Restorer in Mitigating Loss after Fire Damage in your Merritt Island Home


For most homeowners, the role of first responders and general contractors are clear cut during a restoration procedure. In between those two roles is the restorer, whose job it is to bridge the gap between firefighters and third-party remodelers. It is an essential part of the regeneration of your home which could save you unnecessary expenses and limit further damages after a fire.

A property with fire damage in Merritt Island is first treated to firefighting procedures. It is then the role of a restorer, like SERVPRO, to mitigate against losses and create a safe environment for third-parties or contractors to enter. As well as limiting potential damages that have been caused by fire and firefighting efforts, professional restoration technicians prepare the site so that crucial remediation can start.

One of the first jobs of a SERVPRO technician is to conduct a visual inspection. Any potential hazards like loose electrics or weak structure need to be cordoned off. Debris must be removed as well as securing the property by boarding up broken windows or cavities in the exterior structure. Bringing in generators is also vital to ensuring remodeling work can be completed in as little time as possible.

We can also conduct initial cleaning procedures in your home before remodeling. Sometimes, cleaning surfaces can prevent soots from setting and causing permanent damages. Equally, water residues used during firefighting procedures can quickly become hotbeds for mold or mildew growth. Remedying these areas can help to guard against permanent losses in the short-time between firefighting and full restoration.

Where areas of the home are deemed to be inhabitable for homeowners while restoration is completed, SERVPRO can thoroughly deodorize the area. Bringing in water-based thermal foggers is a solution to smoke and soot odors that do not damage your indoor air quality. Using our training, we can significantly reduce the likelihood of permanent damages and increase the chances of getting your home back to preloss conditions.

After a property emergency, contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 to guard against permanent losses.

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Flood Damage is a Serious Hazard in Merritt Island Homes

3/10/2019 (Permalink)

When your belongings are swallowed up by a flood, call SERVPRO to help navigate this dangerous situation.

Stay Away From Black Water When Contending with Flood Damage in Merritt Island

One of the most dangerous threats from flood damage in Merritt Island comes from black water flooding. While all floods have the potential to cause harm to you and your household, you should be particularly cautious around any flood involving black water. We use the term black water to describe any floodwaters that are so murky and filled with contaminants that you cannot see more than a little bit into them. This post should help you to understand some of the dangers associated with this type of flooding and why you should let experienced SERVPRO technicians handle any work that involves navigating through these waters.


Contaminants in the Water
While we could spend an entire article talking about the many different things that can contaminate black water, instead, you should understand that these waters are one of the least predictable parts of the flood damage restoration process in Merritt Island, even for our most experienced crews. There is no telling what could lurk in those waters, and some, such as mold and other microorganisms, can cause health effects. Staying out of the water is the only surefire way to make sure that none of its contaminants reach you.


Debris and Sharp Edges
Some of the objects and debris contained within the murky depths of black water floods can have sharp edges that can cut through skin and fabric alike. Heavy duty work boots and gloves are the only way to prevent jagged metal, glass, and ceramics from piercing through the skin and potentially creating an open wound exposed to the filthy waters around you.


Trip and Fall Hazards
Wading through black water is dangerous even with protective clothing on because there may be a high risk of tripping over unseen objects and slippery surfaces, plunging you down into the water. Less than an inch of water can still pose a drowning hazard, and even if you can get back up, you never want black water near your eyes, nose, or mouth. To stay safe, let SERVPRO navigate these waters for you.


SERVPRO of Central Brevard can help you to deal with flood damage in your home whenever and wherever it may strike. Call us as soon as possible after a disaster at (321) 638-4947.

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Our Experts Are Prepared For Your Merritt Island Fire Damage Restoration

2/20/2019 (Permalink)

Let our experts restore your home after a fire. We have the right equipment to handle any damage and we are available 24/7 so call us day or night.

Why SERVPRO is the Best Choice for Fire Damage Restoration in Your Merritt Island Home

Experiencing a fire in your Merritt Island home can be one of the most unsettling and destructive events you have ever gone through. When a fire does occur, you need the help of professional restoration experts as soon as the fire is out to help you restore and clean your home. There is a full range of services they use to get your home back to the way it was.

Restoring your home in Merritt Island from fire damage is a task that SERVPRO staff can take on for you. We are expertly trained on all procedures and equipment so that we can get the job done in a timely and efficient manner, making it easy to see why SERVPRO is the perfect choice for fire damage restoration.

A fast response is needed to prevent your home from suffering additional damage from acidic smoke and soot that is left behind after a fire. You could also have inclement weather coming inside your house through holes in the roof. That is why after we assess the damage, SERVPRO tech’s priority is to tarp up any openings in your home to protect it until we can get the cleanup and restoration done.

Our first job after this is to clean up all the smoke, soot and dust from the surfaces of your home. After a fire, your property probably looks stained, dark, and charred. It is our job to clean this up and get your home looking like normal again. If there is any water damage done from firefighting efforts, then we take care of that at this stage, too.

We also work to get rid of any lingering odors which are there from the smoke. Even adjacent rooms that were not effected by fire damage need this step of the restoration process since the smoke and soot can travel through walls.

The final part of the process is to remove and dispose of any items or structural elements which are too severely damaged for us to repair. Sometimes, furniture can absorb too much contaminated water, or carpeting can be badly burned. In these cases, it is better to throw these things away and replace them with new items.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard takes special care with your home in Rockledge, Cocoa, or Viera after it is damaged from a fire. Give us a call at (321) 638-4947 as soon as the fire is out so we can help you get back to life as usual.

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Improperly Stored Items In Your Merritt Island Garage Can Spell Big Fire Damage Problems

2/12/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage in your garage is a situation that can be turned around with a single phone call to (321) 638-4947 and talk to an expert 24-hours a day.

Improperly Stored Items In Attached Garage Leads To Fire Damage Cleanup In Merritt Island

Fire is opportunistic. In the case of your garage, something as innocent as failing to store common combustible solvents, fertilizers and cleaning products can lead to a blaze. Other common items that need special attention when storing are oil, gas, and paints. Many of these products have VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that discharge vapors and can ignite when stored improperly resulting in fire damage.

This Merritt Island attached garage fire, fortunately, was localized and contained without spreading to the rest of the home. SERVPRO technicians put up barriers to contain the residual smoke odor from spreading to the rest of the home during the cleaning process. Because solvents and cleaners burn quickly and at high temperatures and are often in plastic bottles, they leave a wet, smeary residue that needs to be cleaned with wet cleaning techniques to completely lift all traces of the smoke and soot left by the fire on walls, ceilings, floors, and salvageable items.

Our structural cleaning services remove all traces of the fire, including the removal of items melted or otherwise too damaged to be restored. We also have the challenge of removing the odors left behind, and in this part of Florida, humidity is part of the package. The higher the humidity, the stronger the odor can seem as the moisture dissolves and carries the vapor. SERVPRO technicians know that using the same methods that delivered the smoke can also be used to neutralize it. Our fogging machines work by penetrating the same paths taken by the smoke but delivers scientifically formulated cleaners in its place. This method quickly deodorized the odor and made the garage look “Like it never even happened.”

Fire damage in your garage is a situation that can be turned around with a single phone call to (321) 638-4947 and talk to an expert 24-hours a day. SERVPRO of Central Brevard is local, and our technicians understand that special challenges of dealing with the unique climate conditions of this area of Florida.

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Are You Struggling With Water Damage in Your Merritt Island Home? Let's Chat

2/10/2019 (Permalink)

Whether water damage happens due to an overflow or a pipe break, team SERVPRO is standing by ready to take your call for remediation services.

What to do for Water Removal in Merritt Island When Your Bathtub Overflows

Preparing for water removal services in your home during the rainy season is a sensible approach to protecting your home. This is especially true if you live in an area vulnerable to hurricanes or other natural threats. However, it is also smart to be ready should minor events cause a bathtub to overflow or a pipe to burst, leaving your carpet soaked and water dripping from your ceiling. When this happens, a call to an expert water removal team makes all the difference in preventing further damage.

When water has soaked the floors of your home, and you are in need of water removal services in Merritt Island, you need to act quickly. The longer water stands in your property, the risk of the situation worsening increases accordingly which is why taking swift action is in your best interest. At SERVPRO we recognize the importance of acting promptly, which is why our team of specialized technicians is on call around the clock and prepared to take action as soon as you place a call to our office.

Upon arrival, our primary goal is to stop the source of water so we can carefully evaluate the extent of the damage and formulate an action plan. Next, we proceed to extract water remains from your property. At SERVPRO we have at our disposal equipment suited for jobs of all sizes, from submersible water pumps to wet-dry vacuums, all of which have specific strengths in fulfilling a thorough water extraction job.

Our job is not complete until our continuous monitoring of your home's environment tells us that moisture and humidity levels are back to normal. Our SERVPRO technicians apply principles of psychrometry along with specialized drying techniques to remove excess moisture from each surface. While we may use air movers for your living room, we might choose to drill small holes in behind your baseboards to allow air to circulate within your walls. Depending on the scope of work, we may also place dehumidifiers to reach desired humidity levels.

Even when your water removal needs seem small, reach out to SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947. Our professional expertise will make your water removal journey as quick and thorough as it can be. Allow us to save you time and aggravation when you need us most.

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Why SERVPRO Waits for a Safety Assessment Before Mitigating Fire Damage on Merritt Island

1/28/2019 (Permalink)

We are here to help make fire & water damage "Like it never even happened."

Steps to Mitigating Fire Damage in Your Merritt Island Home 

During the time firefighters are putting out a fire in a Merritt Island home, a huge amount of water gets sprayed into the residence. This water can come in through the roof or walls where ventilation holes were made by firefighters to let the smoke out or through the open doors and windows. Either way, the bulk of this water ends up on the floors. The presence of this water is why SERVPRO waits until a safety assessment by the fire department's inspector.

This report provides us with pertinent information on a customer's Merritt Island property that is crucial for mitigating fire damage. Without it, we would possibly carry out work in areas that require reinforcements while they remained in a dangerously weakened state. The fire department's report gives us information about where we need to place extra support beams. Some of our machines weigh quite a bit and several of these can strain floors.

Other weaknesses can involve floorboards that, because of their age combined with the water and steam, become extremely weak and create possible hazards with any amount of weight. The carpeting might seem intact, but underneath, the support no longer exists. Once dry, many of these weakened boards regain their strength, either entirely or near enough to make them salvageable.

A large part of our SERVPRO team's work is geared toward making your home safe again so your family can occupy it without any concern for their safety. This is a crucial point in making sure your family can move forward and forget the tragedy of the fire. Water plays such a significant role in how your home fares after a disaster, so as we mitigate fire damage, we also mitigate the effects created by the water.

Your walls can also become affected by the water, even if the fire barely harmed them. The interior portion of your wall holds a wooden framework. The boards making up this frame can swell and warp when steam comes into contact with them. Twisting like this can create breaks in now-damp drywall and plaster. However, just like damp floorboards, restoring normal moisture content levels by drying the area out with our desiccant machines can bring these frames back into normal specifications. While affected walls might still need some repairs, the majority of the wall does not.

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SERVPRO of Central Brevard can help you after fire damage harms your home. We work in Sharpes, as well as Rockledge and Cape Canaveral, helping homeowners and their families recover after disasters like this. Call us at (321) 638-4947, and we can help you get started in restoring your home's safety and make it livable again. 

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Where There Is Humidity There Will Be Mold In Your Cape Canaveral Property

1/8/2019 (Permalink)

To protect your home and its occupants, give our SERVPRO of Central Brevard rapid response team a call at (321) 638-4947.

High Humidity Can Allow Mold Growth In Cape Canaveral Homes

Homeowners throughout Cape Canaveral are not unaware of the heightened humidity throughout the region through the better part of every year. With warmer temperatures year-round right against the Atlantic, the area becomes wrought with humid conditions that can encourage many of the residents here to rely on their conditioned air for comfort. This humidity, however, does not just go away in cooler temperatures. The conditioning appliance often converts much of this to condensation, but that does not always find its way safely from your property.

Leaks and moist areas can often go unnoticed without a reason to draw attention to the problem, which is where situations like mold damage in your Cape Canaveral home come into play. Spores naturally exist in almost every environment that we encounter from the inside of your home, your vehicles, your office, and out in the world around the property. With damp conditions in specific areas of the property, spores can land on these damp materials and stick. They seat into the material and begin to feed on its organic matter to grow and spread.

Our SERVPRO professionals have seen all manner of mold growth throughout area properties from small and localized colonies to widespread situations. We have the resources and equipment to remove this threat from your home while also offering you effective solutions to keep this situation from occurring again.

From the time that we arrive at your home, we set up containment for the spread of the organism to prevent any new areas from getting affected. Our SERVPRO remediation technicians also set up drying equipment to begin pulling the moisture and dampness from this region of the property, while we assess the structural integrity of certain damp or mold-damaged materials to mark out for controlled demolition.

There are many steps to recovering your property after mold growth has occurred, but home remedies and DIY approaches are not effective for removing the organism entirely. To protect your home and its occupants, give our SERVPRO of Central Brevard rapid response team a call at (321) 638-4947.

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High-Risk Areas Of Your Merritt Island Home Where Mold Can Grow And Spread

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Brevard takes care of mold before it gets a chance to grow and spread beyond its current extent.

High-Risk Places Where Mold Damage Can Happen To Merritt Island Homes

Mold damage can impact a Merritt Island home in multiple places at once, but there are a few places that we identify as high-risk parts of the home that can develop mold growth faster and more easily than others. To identify where the problem may have originated from we make sure to scan the area for moisture and other signs of growth. However, it still helps us if we know beforehand how extensive the problem is, so try and identify if these high-risk spots show signs of damage.

Carpeting
Many cases of mold damage to Merritt Island homes start with or are limited to the carpet in one or more rooms. Because it is both highly porous and an ideal food source for most species of mold, carpeting easily develop extensive fungal growth very quickly after a water damage incident. We prioritize drying and caring for carpeting in most situations because it can be difficult to contain growth once it starts to spread.

Furniture
Many types of furniture are filled with stuffing, padding, and other organic materials that, much like carpeting, both absorb water and represent an ideal food source for fungal spores. Our advanced moisture detection tools, such as thermohygrometers and infrared sensors, can identify moisture deep inside your furniture and alert us to potential risks of growth inside.

Hollow Spaces Behind Walls
Many homes are constructed with slim, hollow spaces behind their walls, which typically lack any finish or coating that would typically impede mold growth. When these areas get wet, their lack of ventilation can keep moisture trapped long enough for mold to begin to grow and feed off of the structural components of your home. These infestations are harder to detect, but SERVPRO inspectors can find them quickly enough once you identify a problem, even if the only signs of damage are in another room.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard takes care of mold before it gets a chance to grow and spread beyond its current extent. Call us at (321) 638-4947 to find out more about how we can help.

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Shut Down Mold In Your Merritt Island Home

12/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold like this needs to be removed immediately. Call the SERVPRO professionals today.

What to Expect from Mold Remediators in Your Merritt Island Home

From the time that you discover an organism growing in your Merritt Island home, you want to reach out to a team of professionals that can help you prevent further damage and restore your property. Mold growth can threaten the structural integrity of your home and can potentially release volatile organic compounds (VOC) which can cause health effects for living beings within the home. Our professionals can respond quickly to the emergency, but what happens when they get to your house? 

When our professionals arrive at your Merritt Island home, mold damage is the first thing we assess to see if it is present.  These situations are often worse than the homeowner believes, as mold can spread quickly throughout affected areas of the property. Containing this mold is the next step in our process, and our SERVPRO response team arrives prepared with our specialized equipment designed to prevent the spread of active mold spores to new areas of the property. These tools like negative air chambers and physical barriers can trap mold spores and keep them from finding new surfaces to settle. 

Air quality is often a concern that comes along with mold remediation, as many types of mold release VOCs and can cause respiratory concerns for both the SERVPRO technicians on site and the occupants of the house before we began the process. Our equipment here like hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers can improve air quality. 

Our technicians must remove damaged materials, including affected contents from the home to clean or discard them. We work to preserve the affected materials inside still housing mold colonies by use of soda blasting and sanding along with the use of our antimicrobial solutions. 

While all of these steps do not happen instantaneously, it can help a homeowner to understand what to expect when they hire mold remediation technicians to bring their home back to its original condition. Give our SERVPRO of Central Brevard professionals a call anytime you find mold in your home at (321) 638-4947.
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A Few Tips to Help Navigate Through Merritt Island Flood Damage Restoration

12/16/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding affects your home, contact SERVPRO right away. We make haste to start the water removal and remediation process.

Flood Removal Services for Soaked Residences on Merritt Island

Flooding can happen at almost any time to homes on Merritt Island, especially in lower areas. Recent construction and changes in landscaping on your property or neighboring properties can cause floodwater to pour into your home.
 
Residents can rely on SERVPRO for experienced technicians for flood removal services in Merritt Island. Our technicians receive intensive education and training and earn various IICRC certificates in how to handle flooding situations. From your floors and up, we understand what needs attention, and in which order, to make your home “Like it never even happened.”
 
Flood removal services start with extraction teams removing the water and picking up any debris. We understand that your home may still not have electrical power when we arrive, so we bring generators to power our equipment and machinery. Removing the water with our pump truck and smaller units both require power. Other, smaller units, like our moisture meters and infrared imaging cameras, run on batteries, which we keep charged at all times.
 
Silt can cause a great deal of havoc in cleaning things up, so we use specially equipped vacuums. These have HEPA filters that keep any pathogens from escaping into the air. Although damp, this does not weight these microorganisms from becoming airborne. Like mold and its spores, microorganisms from a flood can cause health effects. Because we also want to protect ourselves, we wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while we work on flood removal efforts in your property.
 
Thorough flood removal work helps protect your property from the effects of such microorganisms, including mold and mildew. Many homes experience a surge in the growth of these microbes, but flood removal and consistent drying methods help keep such hazards to a minimum.
 
Although we remove the majority of flood debris during our initial time on the job, cutting away saturated materials can create additional debris. We work in teams and continually bag the waste up and remove it from your home, keeping the area free of any unnecessary hazards.
 
SERVPRO of Central Brevard can help your family recover your home and get everything back to normal. Our flood removal equipment is always ready to help make sure we remain Faster To Any Size Disaster in Cocoa Beach, Viera, and Sharpes, so call us at (321) 638-4947 when your residence sustains flooding.

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Don't Drown With The Effects Of Water Damage, Rely On SERVPRO To Be Your Lifesaver

12/6/2018 (Permalink)

When you experience water damage SERVPRO can act quick and start the restoring process.

Acting in your Interests after Water Damage in your Rockledge Home is an Investment not a Slogan

A flash flood or plumbing issue can be an exhausting experience for a homeowner, but not an uncommon one. Often, the expense associated with removal pales in significance to the personal damages caused to furniture, precious items or those with sentimental value. Finding a service provider you can rely on to act professionally and honestly should be your number one priority.

As an experienced, local provider we act with your best interests in mind when restoring water damage in Rockledge homes. To "always do what is right by the customer" is not just a slogan to us, it guides us in everything we do. SERVPRO has built a strong local reputation here by offering our community a 24-hour call line and honest, expert advice throughout the process.

Water causes damage in two ways. The first is by saturating your possessions and with it any dust, dirt or grime that it picks up en route. Saturated fabrics, in particular, become weak and can lose their shape or shrink when in contact with water, mainly if the drying process uses excessive temperatures. The second is longer term damage which is the build-up of mold or mildew — microscopic spores that thrive in moist, humid environments like a heated living room.

SERVPRO sets itself apart by being both local service and one that has access to national resources. Items that have been impacted by water damage can be sent to an external cleaning facility. One that houses advanced equipment, like Esporta washing machines and, for valuable items, ultrasonic cleaning technology. We invest in this equipment at great expense because we want to work with a "restore over replace mentality" for our customers.

Our commitment to excellent customer service in every job we do. We can act on your behalf in liaison with your insurance adjuster. IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians are also happy to share their knowledge about preventative measures you can take to avoid repeat circumstance, or limit secondary damage.

As a leading provider of restoration, you can feel confident that we act in your interests. Contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard today at (321) 638-4947.

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How Moisture Measurement And Assessment Play A Big Role In Dealing With Your Water Damaged Home In Rockledge

11/19/2018 (Permalink)

Experience and training go quite a way toward preparing restoration specialists who respond to a water crisis at your Rockledge home.

The Importance Of Moisture Measurement And Assessment When Dealing With Water Damage In Rockledge

Experience and training go quite a way toward preparing restoration specialists who respond to a water crisis at your Rockledge home. Customers experience relief at the sights of our team of high-quality technicians arriving and getting to work. What the layperson might not see is how much our skilled restorers rely upon the right equipment for the job. We invest in cutting-edge devices to inform our crews about vital moisture levels for the best outcome.

A water damage scenario in Rockledge significantly raises the anxiety quotient for a homeowner. One of the strategies we use to assess the gravity of the problem is to use moisture sensors when first arriving at a job. Assigning numbers to an unexpected and frightening situation helps the homeowner understand the extent of the damage and gives us a guide to project the tasks needed and the time the work might take.

SERVPRO technicians complete comprehensive IICRC training in the use of moisture meters and scanners to plan and monitor the progress of water damage restoration. Sensors assist us in identifying and locating the areas and materials damaged by a water catastrophe. Simply viewing structures and possessions is not enough to determine the presence and severity of water damage. Hidden moisture and trapped water caches would be nearly impossible to find without these tools.

A broad range of moisture meters exist, and SERVPRO project managers decide which to use and how often to sample the levels during the project. Non-penetrating meters measure the amount of moisture between a pair of sensors without risk of damage to materials. They deliver quick results and are useful for comparing moisture readings between spaces in the water damaged area and undamaged areas in the home.

Penetrating meters, including hydro sensors, use an insert or prong to clarify how much moisture moved into and under the surface of affected building materials. SERVPRO technicians use these types of meters to determine water migration patterns and find hidden quantities of water.

After water removal, SERVPRO technicians might use thermo-hygrometers to assess the likelihood of efficient drying given the current environment surrounding the water damaged materials. Temperature and relative humidity are assessed and monitored as structural drying techniques proceed. The readings provide help with adaptation to air movement, heat application, and the effectiveness of the dehumidifiers available to manage the water vapor produced with air movers and increased temperatures.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard invests in industry leading equipment and in the training of our water damage restoration technicians to improve project outcomes. Call us at (321) 638-4947 to get a team of highly-qualified professionals on the job.

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Rocket Science for Restoring Flood Damage to Your Cape Canaveral Home

11/15/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO when water invades your home. Our van is packed with trained technicians and equipment to restore you home to its preloss condition.

Heavy Rainfall Can Allow Flooding in Your Cape Canaveral Home

Cape Canaveral residents are not unfamiliar with the strength and speed of storms coming in from the Atlantic Ocean. With so much potential damage that even smaller systems can produce, residents are in a constant state of awareness about natural disasters such as flooding. When torrential rainfall continues over several days, however, it can prove challenging to avoid rising floodwaters entirely.

Flood damages that affect your Cape Canaveral home can spread quickly throughout the lower levels. Responding quickly to the situation can help you to protect some structural elements recently exposed to the floodwaters as well as at-risk contents of your home that can still get protected from removal and individual cleaning efforts.

A reason that our franchise offers 24-hour emergency response for our customers is to provide the most comprehensive care available for you and your property. Whenever disaster strikes, you are only ever a phone call away from the response of our experienced and highly-trained IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians with advanced technology and equipment to help you protect what matters most.

Choosing the right professional restoration company might boil down to experience for many homeowners. Our technicians undergo extensive training to obtain their IICRC certifications in water restoration and must continue their training to obtain secondary certifications and skills for niches like mitigation, odor removal, and mold remediation. These educational opportunities happen both in-house and through e-learning avenues that challenge each technician to be better.

Our equipment is another reason we are a wise choice to help you overcome the flood damages in your home. Our extraction equipment like truck-mounted pumps in the SERVPRO fleet can pull 300psi for water extraction, making the removal of excess water throughout your home fast. 

With the right equipment and education, our SERVPRO of Central Brevard water restoration technicians are a solid choice to help you mitigate your losses during and immediately following a disaster like a flood. Our emergency response team is available 24/7, so give us a call anytime that disaster strikes at (321) 638-4947.

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The Biggest Problem After a Fire in Rockledge can Oftentimes be Water Damage

11/4/2018 (Permalink)

After a fire affects your home, the cleanup and remediation can be extensive. Contact SERVPRO for assistance right away.

Saving a Structure from Effects of Fire Damage in Rockledge

After fire affects a structure, several steps are necessary to restore it to its preloss condition. Structure means anything permanently fixed to the building. Therefore, fixtures such as cabinets, HVAC systems, floors, and attached floor coverings are part of the structure. We offer professional restoration services that can help deal with the damage "Like it never even happened."
 
Water plays a part in any restoration effort of fire damage in Rockledge. From the efforts to quell the blaze to the cleaning process, water is involved one way or another. Most of this water ends up soaking into the structure, so walls, floors, ceilings and any other part of the structure made from porous materials so proper drying is necessary. Taking this step helps prevent moisture problems like rotting, warping and microbial growth. Our SERVPRO technicians help extract any standing water from the building immediately restoration starts. We also dry the structure thoroughly after finishing the cleanup process.
 
Depending on how intense the fire is, it might affect the supportive parts of the structure. Assessing the level of damage on frames helps determine the next step. In most cases though, the damage is restricted to charring or heat searing fixtures such as cabinets, doors among others. In such cases, we have to remove the affected materials and replace them with new ones or refinish the affected surfaces.
 
Do you know that it is possible to ruin the structure in the effort to mitigate the effects of a fire? Depending on the method used when cleaning smoke deposits from surfaces, it is possible to create more problems. For example, aggressive wet cleaning on textured ceilings might dissolve the finish. When our SERVPRO technicians clean your structure, we use different approaches including specialized techniques such as peroxide active cleaning. Doing this helps remove deposits without harming the finishing of the affected surfaces.
 
Saving a building from long-term effects of a fire is possible. Contact SERVPRO of Central Brevard to assist. You can reach us at (321) 638-4947 any time.
 
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Buckling Under Pressure: What Water Damage Does to Hardwood Floors in Your Rockledge Home

10/24/2018 (Permalink)

Just a little water can damage hardwood floors and cause them to buckle.

Attending to Your Rockledge Property’s Hard Flooring during Water Damage Restoration 

Our properties have different types of flooring, and each reacts differently after facing water damage events. After stopping the source of the water, we perform specialty drying, and the method we use depends on the surface in your home or workplace. While water affects almost all types of flooring, wood flooring is the most susceptible, especially when the leak goes unnoticed, or it covers the entire floor. If you live in Rockledge, there is no need to panic since we can work to restore your property to its original condition.  

Water damage to your Rockledge property hardwood floors can cause them to cup, buckle, bulge, and make dark spots appear. When compared to softwoods, they hold up water better since they are a bit dense and there are chances of restoring them after the unfortunate event. We have to choose a drying method that can prevent them from permanently warping, cupping, and buckling. Usually, the amount of water on the structure and the time of exposure determine the level of damage. We can use refinishing processes to correct any existing warp or cup. Before performing any refinishing on a hardwood floor, we make sure its moisture content is below 12%.

Things are different when dealing with buildings with veneer hardwood flooring since the finish surface is so thin. Hence, water damage incidents may make the damage irreparable. Also, it the veneer flooring separates from the subfloor, then we may not restore such surface, and a replacement may be necessary.  It is also essential to dry the wood as soon as possible to stop possible mold damage.  

To speed up the drying process, our SERVPRO technicians use Dehumidifiers to reduce the relative humidity of the area to 30 - 45 %. We then enhance airflow by positioning air movers underneath and on top of the wood floor. If we determine that the floor finish is hindering evaporation, then removing it may be necessary. 

SERVPRO of Central Brevard can clean and dry your home using the state-of-the-art equipment to make it just "Like it never even happened." Our emergency services are a phone call away, call us at (321) 638-4947 to benefit!

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Storms in Merritt Island Pack a Punch, but They Are No Match for SERVPRO

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Flood water from a recent storm caused indoor flooding. SERVPRO was able to remove the water and dry the affected areas to mitigate damage.

SERVPRO Flood Damage Merritt Island

Flooding is, unfortunately, part of life for Merritt Island residents. The weather that hits our community also provides perfect conditions for outdoor sports, and having Cape Canaveral in our backyard is a plus for many residents.  

Preserving Merritt Island homes after flood damage requires homeowners to remove standing water and take other steps quickly. At SERVPRO, our restoration teams train to restore every local home to its pre-flood condition so residents can return to their homes and begin rebuilding their lives.  

When the water in a home is from outside flooding, it contains contaminants like soil, animal feces and urine, fertilizer, and other particles dangerous to property and health. To reduce the risk to homeowners and our personnel, technicians wear protective clothing and then spray standing water and affected property with a powerful anti-bacterial agent.  

Next, team members use pumps to draw out the water. They pump the contaminated water into the nearest sewer. If an opening is not available, they pump it into a tank truck for recycling at a water treatment facility. To remove water from carpets and off floors, SERVPRO specialists perform the same action using extraction wands.  

Since we cannot guarantee carpets are clean or safe after a flood, technicians remove them. Next, they spray the floors underneath them with another anti-bacterial cleaner. Once the cleaner dries, they draw off the rest of the water with air movers, dehumidifiers, and fans.  

For furniture and other personal property, technicians lift it off floors and onto blocks or remove it to another location. They clean upholstered furniture and fabrics with another anti-bacterial cleaner and wipe down wood and metal surfaces using sponges, cloths, and the same cleaner. Once completed, they use fans and air movers to increase circulation and dry them without further damage.  

At SERVPRO of Central Brevard, our goal is to restore every home to a clean, safe condition as quickly as we can do so. Every potential customer is also one of our neighbors, and we treat every residence with the care and respect it deserves. Call us at (321) 638-4947 today.

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SERVPRO Offers Ways to Effectively Remediate Mold Damage in Your Rockledge Home

10/7/2018 (Permalink)

Regardless of the color of the mold in the corner of your home, contact team SERVPRO right away for remediation services.

Mold Damage Remediation Options That Residents of Rockledge Should Consider

How well is your family prepared to deal with mold damage? We all know that disasters do not plan, but we can make emergency plans today to protect us from possible health effects and reduce unnecessary damage when such incidents come knocking. The recent devastating wildfires and hurricanes reminded our country of the benefits of preparing to face disasters, and it is easy to understand why this September is a National Preparedness Month. We hope all residents of Rockledge can find useful information in this article to up their preparedness skills.
 
After addressing the safety concerns of the building, our SERVPRO technicians perform a site-assessment to come up with an effective and safe work plan during mold damage remediation in Rockledge. During this step, we determine the degree of the mold and moisture problem. We watch out of discolored surfaces, fuzzy growth on furnishing and items, and musty odor. Mold tends to grow in hidden areas, so, we check behind the wallpaper, insulation, wallboard, as well as carpet backing and padding.
 
Exposure to the mold spores can cause health effects, and it is essential to use the appropriate personal protective equipment. To protect our feet, we use work boots that are waterproof. Safety glasses with a full-face shield, waterproof gloves, disposable earplugs, and disposable coveralls are some of the PPE that we use. Where necessary, we decontaminated some of the contaminated PPE at the end of the remediation process.
 
We can also assess the contaminated items and determine what is salvageable and what is not. We discard porous contents such as papers, rugs, carpeting and padding, upholstery and textiles that have significant mold contamination. Removal and disposal of contaminated porous building components such as insulation, ceilings, plaster walls, floor sills, and non-structural wood studs may be necessary.
 
After cleaning surfaces and restorable items, we apply disinfectants to lower chances of mold problem reoccurring. We have also to dry the structure to address the existing mold growth conditions. We can set up space heaters and perform dehumidification to speed up the drying process.

At SERVPRO of Central Brevard, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and we can handle your restoration or cleaning needs. Contact our team at (321) 638-4947 to benefit from our trusted restoration services.

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SERVPRO Can Beautify Your Salon in Cocoa Beach Following an Unwanted Spritzing

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Coco Beach Retail Shops and Salons Get a Make-Over from SERVPRO After a Water Loss

Commercial Water Damage Experts In Cocoa Beach Talk About Beauty Salon Problems

Moisture can move into the interior of your Cocoa Beach beauty salon from several different causes. Most salons have several sources of water running throughout them that create various possible beginnings for commercial water damage. The hoses running from sinks can sometimes leak causing water to spray all over the salon. The sinks used for hair washing can also leak possibly causing a flood inside your salon. Any time excessive moisture finds its way into your place of business, it is possible that mitigation is needed.
 
Moisture can ruin the structural components of your building as well as your expensive contents and fixtures. Mold growth can occur after 48 hours if the commercial water damage in your Cocoa Beach salon does not get mitigated promptly. As soon as water spillage is problematic in your salon, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO immediately. We start by securing the building and making sure that it is safe for you to continue serving your customers.
 
After the building is secure for all occupants, we devise a mitigation plan. During the initial project scope, our SERVPRO technicians figure out the best way to complete work procedures without negatively affecting your revenue stream. If it is difficult to work around your employees and customers, we can conduct work while the salon is closed. In most cases, we block off one affected section of your business at a time so that you can keep serving your customers.
 
The first clean up procedure we conduct is the extraction phase. During this stage, we use advanced removal equipment to pull moisture out of any carpet and upholstery. Next, we set up drying equipment to complete rapid structural drying.
 
To speed up the natural evaporation process, we set up both air movers and dehumidifiers. Air movers create air circulation so that wet air evaporating from surfaces gets pushed away so that more water can evaporate from damp materials. Dehumidifiers then pull moisture out of the air and dispense it in liquid form to a holding tank. The dehumidification systems then exhaust out hot, dry air to be used in the air circulation.
 
Any time you notice a flood in your beauty salon, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 24/7.

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Staying Prepared For Hurricanes And Flood Damage In Merritt Island

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is ready throughout every hurricane season to mitigate and repair damages from large storms in the area.

Staying Prepared For Hurricanes And Flood Damage

Preparing for a natural disaster can often take significant time, investment, and planning to get right, but could make the difference between life and death if things take a turn for the worse. September is National Preparedness Month, and with the amount of flood damage Merritt Island has seen over the years, we at SERVPRO feel it is vital to help the community prepare for the worst and recover back to its best.

Your top priority when facing flood damage or another disaster in Merritt Island should be to ensure the safety in your household. In many ways, this can be one of the easiest parts of your preparation efforts. Make sure you have multiple evacuation routes and plans ready so that you can adapt to unexpected conditions and events. Also, be sure to maintain a small cache of essential items such as first aid supplies, glow sticks, high-power flashlights, clean drinking water, and anything else you can think of that your household would need if worst came to worst. Keep these items stored together in a portable, water-resistant container (a plastic storage bin should do just fine) so that you can grab them and go with only a moment's notice.

In addition to protecting your personal safety, you should also be financially prepared for a disaster. Few hurricanes and floods come without cost, but if you are careful, you could face tens of thousands of dollars in repair costs even if you have homeowners' insurance. Many insurance policies exclude flood insurance, which is typically offered in separate packages. While this cost may be difficult to accept beforehand, it is well worth the investment to avoid a lump sum charge of many thousands of dollars after getting unlucky during one hurricane season. Call your insurance provider if you're unsure of whether or not you have flood insurance, and take steps to protect your property against future threats.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is ready throughout every hurricane season to mitigate and repair damages from large storms in the area. If you have any questions about how to protect your home, call us at (321) 638-4947.

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How You can Control Mold Damage in Your Rockledge Residence

9/9/2018 (Permalink)

If mold affects corners and other areas of your home, contact SERVPRO for remediation services.

SERVPRO Technicians Offer Tips to Homeowners Battling the Spread of Mold in Their Home

Part of maintaining a home in Rockledge involves preventing damaging events from occurring wherever possible. Controlling the growth of mold and mildew can protect your home from their destructive nature while also protecting your family from potential health effects caused by mold and its spores. We have a few measures that you can use to increase your control over microbial populations by decreasing their ability to thrive inside your residence.
 
Homeowners can use these tips to help protect their property from mold damage in Rockledge and its devastating effects to both structures and contents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines four primary methods of controlling the growth of mold and mildew in homes. These include managing the humidity levels inside the house, making timely and prompt repairs of leaks (windows, pipes, and roofs), ensuring proper ventilation of areas known to produce steam and water vapor (bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry areas, and proper mitigation of flooding.
 
SERVPRO professionals can help homeowners determine the need for dehumidification through testing of moisture levels in the home. If these levels seem higher than usual, we can inspect for the cause. We can repair some sources, but others require the use of a dehumidifier. We can install one that requires little maintenance from the homeowner.
 
Water dripping your sink or tub can raise your water bill, plus sound terrible. Water dripping on the carpet often remains silent, and sometimes undetected. We have the technology to locate leaks like this, as well as those in your roof or around windows and doors.
 
Installing an exhaust fan over the stove and the bathroom is quite common, but your laundry area also needs ventilation. The ductwork leading off your dryer to the outside should have complete seals at both ends to prevent the escape of moist air. This also applies to the ducts coming off bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans.
 
Many homes that experience flooding also find themselves a victim of mold damage. The number of microbes carried in during a flood means proper mitigation becomes a crucial step in controlling the situation, so mold damage never occurs. SERVPRO technicians can also help with this task, should the event ever happen.
 
SERVPRO of Central Brevard wants to help residents in Cocoa Beach and Pineda protect their homes from mold damage. Prevention is almost always less expensive and time-consuming than remediation, and we are here to help with both. Contact us for assistance in protecting or remediating your home by calling our 24-hour service line, (321) 638-4947, any day of the year.

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Stormy Weather Coincides with Flood Damage on Merritt Island

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

Stormwater and Contaminated Sewage Need SERVPRO for Safe Removal and Cleanup in Merritt Island--Call SERVPRO

Contaminated Stormwater Requires Professional Removal and Cleanup--Call SERVPRO

Storms that affect Merritt Island can cause area homes to sustain severe damages. Flooding in our area does not need to come from rising water levels in local bodies of water. Instead, this disaster can happen when storms hit our area after coming in from the Atlantic and before hitting the mainland.
 
Because Merritt Island homeowners can also find themselves dealing with flood damage when downed utility poles or trees land on their roof during a rainstorm, SERVPRO offers 24-hour emergency services to area residents. Our crews are made up of dedicated individuals who earn certifications from the IICRC, ensuring our customers receive effective mitigation services, regardless of the amount of damage their property experiences.
 
Because flood damage is capable of causing both property damage and potential illnesses in people, we are highly engaged in our work and the processes it involves. Even water from overhead could contain surprising amounts of undesirable elements if unknown rodent infestations or other vermin existed in enclosed spaces in the roof. Safety gear includes rubber gloves and boots, face masks and respirators, and full body suits that keep pathogens away from our skin. Eradicating the pathogens and other harmful aspects of flooding inside your house requires skill and expertise, in addition to caution, but doing so helps ensure your family does not come into contact with any of these problems after we complete the job.
 
Part of our work in accomplishing this goal involves getting your home dried out, which protects it from water damage, microbial infestations, and continual malodorous scents. We start extracting the water as soon as possible, first with large pump trucks and then with smaller units that remove water from alongside mopboards and within other harder-to-reach places.
 
Removing carpet from rooms and hallways eliminates a great deal of water as well as the parasites and pathogens left there. Airing out your home while using a desiccant machine ensures that any moisture gets trapped in the machine, condensed and contained or drained, and reduces the amount of new materials needed to restore your home. Deodorizing methods can include long-lasting gel packs placed in inaccessible areas and thermal fogging with odor-neutralizing agents.
 
SERVPRO of Central Brevard restores homes on the mainland, including Viera and Rockledge, ensuring that the families in our communities have a safe and dry home that protects their health instead of threatens it with possible contamination from flood damage. After stormy weather leaves your home drenched and unlivable, call us at (321) 638-4947 so we can make things “Like it never even happened.” again.

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Be Proactive In Anticipation Of Flood Damage To Your Cocoa Beach Business: Draft A SERVPRO ERP

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

The humid, seaside climate and locale of Cocoa Beach hotels with restaurants exposes many of them to flood damage risk.

Be Proactive In Anticipation Of A Flood

Cocoa Beach is a very popular destination for visitors seeking beachside fun or following up an interest in the Kennedy Space Center. When your customers save and plan for a vacation in the area, last minute changes because of flooding is disappointing for your clientele and extremely bad for business. Connect with us on an innovative way to prepare for a disaster with the least disruption for visitors and the business community.

The humid, seaside climate and locale of Cocoa Beach hotels with restaurants exposes many of them to flood damage risk. Storms can dump torrential rain and blow fierce winds that combine for inches or even feet of water in your hospitality business. Trees shear off and break windows or damage roofs to allow more water intrusion, and the storm surge can send water streaming into your kitchens, dining areas, lobbies, and guest rooms. Although the hope is always for the storm to miss your area, there will come a time when your business needs immediate flood remediation. Our trained crews can help.

Our response is more efficient and effective when you or your managers take the time to develop an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile with SERVPRO. An experienced project manager meets with you on your site to evaluate your property’s layout and potential vulnerabilities if a crisis occurs. We built an information database about your business’s physical layout and how you operate so we can respond swiftly and surely. Expect some suggestions that minimize any damage you might experience based on our inspection and familiarity with how flooding losses evolve.

You use our mobile app to enhance the information shared during the SERVPRO visit. We encourage you to provide us with the names on contact information on vendors and equipment manufacturers so we can work with them to ensure proper operation of your systems after we remove the water and dry out your site. Locating utility shut-offs and listing employees or other who can act on your behalf if you are absent during a flood allows the needed flood restoration work to proceed without delay.

Businesses in our service are wise to partner with SERVPRO of Central Brevard to create concise but thorough Emergency Ready Plans to deal with water and other disasters. Call (321) 638-4947 now to schedule an appointment to get the plan in motion.

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Mold Damage Can Affect Personal Belongings and Furnishings in Your Merritt Island Home

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Restores and Cleans Mold Damaged Possessions in Merritt Island Homes Whenever Possible, Sometimes a Little Demolition Is Required

SERVPRO Utilizes Many Techniques Including Pack-Outs for Mold Remediation

When your home on Merritt Island suffers a disaster, your family's personal belongings and the furnishings that make your house a home can suffer, also. SERVPRO technicians know how to restore homes as well as how to carry out the necessary steps to restore many types of items.
 
While your Merritt Island home's interior might require extensive replacement materials to remediate mold damage fully, SERVPRO's employees are trained to restore all possible items as opposed to replacing them. As a company, we choose to operate this way, so our customers' costs remain as low as possible. Disasters take a severe enough toll on the families affected without any additional financial burdens.
 
Restoring through cleaning creates other benefits, as well. Replacements often require precise but difficult matching of materials or the continuously glaring mismatch of replacement materials. While this rarely occurs, replacing more materials would increase the number of times when slightly mismatched items might happen. Cleaning items also can happen at a much faster rate than matching materials and installing them. Removing materials and disposing of them takes time, also, which can keep us occupied at the job site longer than if we merely cleaned the items in question.
 
Some belongings, such as carpeting and clothing, require special treatment to restore them fully. We have special tools and methods that make this possible to achieve. Some of our work continues at your house while we can more easily handle other types of your belongings at our facility. When we box up your things to transport them, we ensure that the use of inventory sheets for each box and barcodes when needed are implemented. .
 
Because mold particles can spread so easily inside your home, we also take precautionary steps that clean the air and ensure that water vapor levels are within normal ranges. We use meter readers that detect moisture in both air and materials. Air scrubbers remove dust and microbes from your residence, while dehumidifiers and desiccant machines dry out excess moisture. An antimicrobial spray can often be part of the service.
 
SERVPRO of Central Brevard knows how to perform cost-effective and efficient mold damage remediation services. We serve the areas around Viera and Sharpes, helping families live in healthy homes again. Contact us by calling our 24-hour services line at (321) 638-4947 any day of the year.

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Understanding The Estimation For Mold Remediation In Your Merritt Island Hotel

7/19/2018 (Permalink)

With the help of our SERVPRO equipment, we can clean and restore any mold damage that poses a threat to your hotel.

Your Your Merritt Island Hotel Will Be Taken Care of By SERVPRO if Mold is Discovered

When you discover mold growing in an area of your Merritt Island hotel, your first instinct should be to seek out professional remediation services. With the potential health effects that come with exposure to active colonies, guests in your hotel could be at risk for these effects without even realizing it. Therefore, it should be a priority to handle this situation as efficiently and as promptly as possible.

Not only do you have the mold damages to worry about in your Merritt Island hotel, but as a business owner, you have the incurred costs of remediation to concern yourself with as well. Understanding a little more about the way that our SERVPRO team determines the cost of a restoration and remediation project can help you better appreciate the estimate you receive for the work that needs to happen.

The first thing that you need to understand about the way that costs get determined for the work is that it all gets based on an initial inspection performed by a SERVPRO estimator. It is their job to determine all of the steps that are necessary to restore the damage and get everything back to the way it should be.

This inspection details the full scope of the damage that has occurred, and what must happen to remove the colony and fungal growth entirely. This assessment further details the necessary equipment and personnel required to accomplish the task.

Much of the estimated costs are relative to the general "costs of doing business." We have money spent in picking up and delivering specific equipment to job sites. We have administrative costs related to project planning, photographs and progress reports. These incurred costs are all included in that same initial ballpark estimation you receive.

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Mold is something that poses a risk to your staff and the guests in your hotel. While no business owner wants to have to reduce their available rooms or services, the right professional remediation can assure that this does not have to happen for very long. Give our SERVPRO of Central Brevard technicians a call today at (321) 638-4947.

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Mitigation vs Restoration in Your Merritt Island Hotel

7/14/2018 (Permalink)

When your cozy hotel suffers from a fire damage emergency, contacting SERVPRO is your best bet for both mitigation and restoration.

SERVPRO Technicians are Standing by Ready to Respond to Your Commercial Damage Call

Perhaps one of the leading causes of irreparable damages to Merritt Island businesses after a fire is the failure to contact a restoration company quickly enough. As is the case with all kinds of disasters, a faster response can ensure that professionals are actively mitigating the situation rather than reacting to damage that has already occurred.

While admittedly the commercial fire damages that a Merritt Island hotel experienced during a fire are going to significantly slow once extinguishment occurs, it does not entirely stop, either. Even firefighting efforts intended to put out the flames inside of the building can leave damages of their own, and to prevent these situations from continually worsening, you need to act quickly.

You might not get surprised to learn that our SERVPRO offices receive calls regularly asking for quotes over a phone amid or just after an emergency or disaster has occurred. Many business owners become so determined to find the lowest quote or estimate that they fail to see the damages they allow by waiting for the information they want to hear.

Fire damages are no different in their ability to continually worsen, making even smaller scale fires unmanageable for those renting a room at your facility. That is where mitigation comes in. This service is one that our SERVPRO team provides by showing up quickly and working to prevent the situation from getting any worse.

Restoration, on the other hand, is a service that we provide that takes the damaged areas of your business and brings them back to preloss conditions through reconstruction, cleaning, and other practices. While any commercial or residential property ultimately requires both to some degree, the faster you can choose the right restoration team for your disaster, the less time and money have to go into both sides of this process.

Choosing the right restoration company to help you amid a crisis can be an impossible task sometimes. The best course of action is to plan ahead when possible. You can always rely on our SERVPRO of Central Brevard fire restoration specialists to be standing by and ready to help mitigate the damage and restore the effects. Give us a call 24/7 at (321) 638-4947.

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How Water Removal Services Can Help You Remediate Your Cocoa Beach Property

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

There are common challenges which arise when our SERVPRO technicians are performing water removal services.

Water Removal Services

When crawl spaces in your home are full of water, it can be so annoying, and there is a need to seek water removal services. The standing water may lead to mold growth, and soon or later the structural members may become weak and lead to unwanted losses. If you ever experience that in your Cocoa Beach home, you need professionals to control the water and dry the area.

There are common challenges which arise when our SERVPRO technicians are performing water removal services in Cocoa Beach. Most crawl spaces have low ceilings and accessing them may be difficult, which may force us to do some minor demolitions. If there is no access to electrical power in this area, we might be forced to provide an option since the sump pumps we use to drain the water use electricity when operating. We usually position the pumps at the lowest point of the structure.

If the humidity in the crawl space is already high, we may install dehumidifiers – which can be either desiccant dehumidifiers or refrigerant dehumidifiers - at the site to reduce the amount of moisture in the air. For instance, desiccant dehumidifiers have chemicals that absorb the moisture. Where necessary, we might install ventilation fans to enhance the drying process. To protect other uncontaminated areas of your home, our SERVPRO team can surround the area with a thick plastic layer during the restoration.

Water may make some organic substances to rot and give off odors. Since the odors are coming from some sources, it can be challenging to analyze the various sources and come up with specific methods to neutralize each smell. As a result, our SERVPRO technicians use multiple deodorization techniques to eliminate the odors. We use thermal foggers and Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers when dispensing the deodorants.

SERVPRO of Central Brevard can perform stress-free water, fire, storm, and mold damage remediation process in your property. Call us today at (321) 638-4947 to get reliable services from experienced technicians.

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Fire Damage Can Leave Your Rockledge Home In Urgent Need Of Remediation

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire damage is perhaps one of the most challenging forms of damage to remediate inside of your home.

Fire Damage In Your Home

Fire damage is perhaps one of the most challenging forms of damage to remediate inside of your Rockledge home. Many people misunderstand just how excessive and intense the damage that is left behind can be. After all, a fire is not just a blaze that goes up and then leaves ash behind. A fire can leave smoke-residue, soot, and ash in its wake. Smoke damage is a category all on its own and is directly caused by a fire. Firefighters who put out the fire are likely to cause water damage in the process. The cleanup and remediation process after a blaze is anything but easy.

When a fire breaks out inside of your Rockledge home, it is always wise to call SERVPRO as soon as possible. Soot adhered to your belongings can actually change the color of those items and, if given excessive time, it is almost guaranteed to do so. In reality, it is best for your home if you call SERVPRO as soon as the fire has been put out. The sooner that our professional techs can get there, the more likely they are to be able to remediate the fire damage successfully.

Our IICRC-certified technicians have the advanced equipment that will get the job done. When you hire us, you do not need to worry about trying to require tools like thermal foggers or ozone machines on your own. Even without our tools, one of the most valuable aspects of hiring us is our experience and knowledge. When multiple materials are burned in a fire, they can all cause various types of residue. Varying types of soot require diverse cleaning techniques, and our professionals understand how to spot the numerous types of soot and what application is needed to remediate them.
 
If a fire breaks out in your Rockledge home, trust the professionals at SERVPRO of Central Brevard to handle the damage. We can come quickly and are entirely prepared to address the multitude of obstacles that may fall in their way. You can rest assured knowing that we understand how to remediate your home correctly and can help return it to its preloss state. Contact us today at (321) 638-4947.

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Fire Damage Experts In Cape Canaveral Talk About Different Cleaning Products and Methods

6/14/2018 (Permalink)

Cape Canaveral House Fires Can Leave a Lot of Smoke and Soot Behind--Call SERVPRO for Rocket-Fast Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Technicians Provide a Large Arsenal of Equipment and Cleaning Agents to Mitigate Fire Damage

Any fire that burns on your Cape Canaveral property can cause several different kinds of damage to buildings. Even fires that are small and do not burn building materials can cause smoke damage to exist throughout the house. Smoke first rises with the heat of the blaze; then it is attracted to cooler surfaces. When smoke hits cold surfaces it leaves behind soils and soot residues.
 
Since fires burn various types of materials, the chemical composition of the soot also varies. During fire damage mitigation in Cape Canaveral, the removal of soot residues is a significant part of the entire project. Residues can ruin the finished on contents inside your home as well as produce burnt aromas. Some types of soot are easily wiped off whereas others can be nearly impossible to remove.
 
To find the most efficient method, our SERVPRO technicians try until they find the one that works best for each scenario. In some cases, multiple methods are needed to remove different types of soot found in the same building. Other times various techniques must be used to clean the same type of soot off of different kinds of materials. Typically, vacuuming coated surfaces is initially a beneficial first step.
 
If the surface is non-porous, our SERVPRO restoration team can use wet chemicals to clean off soot damage. Using wet chemicals on porous substances can cause the soils to soak into the item and create more problems. Porous surfaces are best cleaned with dry cleaning methods such as compressed air or dry sponges.
 
When wet cleaning items, most surfaces that are paintable and washable can be cleaned with a general surface cleaner. These cleaners have a low enough alkalinity to where they will not ruin the interior paint. Heavy duty cleaners get used to remove heavy grease and thick soils. These chemicals usually have high alkalinity and contain ammonia. The high alkaline detergents cannot be used on some surfaces because they will eat away the finish and ruin the item.
 
Once the best cleaning method and chemicals for the job are discovered we clean everything inside your home that got affected by smoke with detail. Often items can get hand scrubbed individually until there is no soot present. If you ever need help with smoke-related problems, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 24/7.

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Eliminating Commercial Water Damage In Cocoa Beach

6/8/2018 (Permalink)

For Pierless Professional Water Removal from Your Business in Cocoa Beach--Call SERVPRO

Rely on SERVPRO to Protect Your Cocoa Beach Business with Fast Water Removal

As Cocoa Beach business owners know, a commercial disaster can mean double the loss; sometimes, even more, of a home disaster. Even something as simple as a broken in-take pipe can result in not just physical damage, but the loss of income to the business. If doors remain closed, then invoices do not get paid, and paychecks do not get issued.
 
SERVPRO understands that commercial water damage to Cocoa Beach businesses is usually from clean water. That means there is no sewage or other contaminants in any standing water or water trapped in carpets, furniture, or walls. The goals of our technicians are to remove the water, dry the structural and other property, and reopen the doors to customers as quickly as possible.
 
In an office setting like an insurance agency, the first task is to get the water out. Our technicians start in most offices with extraction wands. These devices can remove standing water from floors and draw it out from soaked carpets. They draw out the water to prevent two specific problems: delamination and lifting of the carpet from the floor.
 
Delamination is when the top and bottom layers of the carpet separate from each other. It occurs when the glue absorbs too much water, and the top layer begins to pull away. The same process happens when the glue holding the bottom layer of the carpet to the floor softens, and bubbles of air and water begin to form. That forces the carpet away from the floor, which enlarges the bubbles further.
 
To stop both, SERVPRO technicians utilize the heating element in the extraction wands to carefully dry the carpet layers as they remove the water. Team members start with the lowest setting to prevent softening the glue further and avoid damaging the carpet surface. "Floating," the process of lifting the carpet from the tack strip and injecting warm air can at times help salvage the carpet and padding.
 
To speed up the process, they also set-up dehumidifiers to draw water from the air and surrounding property like furniture and building material like drywall and floor trim. As they lower the humidity, other specialists install exhaust fans at key positions to draw out the damp, interior air and force it outside.
 
Every business is different, but SERVPRO of Central Brevard has the experience and training to restore each one to a safe, dry condition. If you need us, call (321) 638-4947 today. We are here to help.

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Flood Damage Experts In Rockledge Discuss Tropical Storm Related Problems

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

After removing flooring affected by flood damage, our technicans can set-up fans such as this to dry the area.

SERVPRO can address various types of flood damage

The entire state of Florida including Rockledge is prone to get hit by tropical storms and hurricanes. If a tropical storm comes into your neighborhood, it is possible that flooding occurs. When the area outside of your home gets filled with water, it is likely that moisture and debris come into your house.

Whenever moisture enters a structure, multiple problems can take place. Water that comes into a home as a result of flood damage in Rockledge can saturate contents and building materials ruining their structural integrity. Excessive moisture can also cause microbes to develop into a mold, which can cause health effects with some people.

Water that comes in from the exterior is often contaminated, and restoration must be done differently than if the moisture source is clean. First, our SERVPRO technicians test the water's contamination level and see if it is grey or black water. Most rainwater coming into a building is category two or grey water unless the water is muddy then it is considered black water or category three.

If water and debris from the tropical storm get into your home, our SERVPRO technicians disinfect the affected area to inhibit harmful bacterial growth. The debris brought in from the storm gets removed in sealed plastic bags so that microbes do not spread elsewhere. Since the water is not clean any non-porous materials that got saturated are discarded including the carpet and pad.

Extraction and drying can sometimes save some materials that did not get very wet. If there is some standing water inside the house, it gets removed using a sump pump and released into a sewage drain. Once all ruined materials get disposed of, structural drying takes place to dry out the remaining moisture in building materials.

Depending on the situation, the exposed subfloor and wall studs can get sprayed with disinfectants and anti-microbial chemicals. If bacteria or mold severely contaminate the structural components, they can be sprayed with a specialized sealant paint. Any time you need assistance with rainwater removal, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 24 hours a day.

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A Solution For Any Source of Water Damage To Your Cocoa Beach Home

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

For Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in the Cocoa Beach Area, SERVPRO Has No Peer!

Communicating and Explaining to Our Cocoa Beach Customers Water Removal and Restoration Are Crucial Elements of Our Services

Often when people think of water emergencies and unfortunate water loss incidents to occur in their Cocoa Beach home, they think of things such as plumbing failures and appliance malfunctions. While these are leading culprits in this manner of house damage, there are countless ways that you might find yourself in need of professional water restoration assistance.

No matter what the cause of the water damages to your Cocoa Beach home, you want to ensure that the mess gets cleaned up and that the job gets done correctly to prevent further damages down the road. Our experienced SERVPRO techs can help you to overcome any of the obstacles that stand between the current condition of your house and restoring it to its former appearance.
Our project manager and estimator take time with the initial inspection of your home to determine every affected place in your residence, as well as the work that is necessary to restore it back to the way it recently was. We keep an open dialogue with you to ensure that you understand the work required to restore your house, why that work is essential, and to address any concerns or questions that you might have.

For most water damage incidents, extraction is not always a necessity. This process gets reserved for instances where water pools or oversaturates carpeted areas. The bulk of the work that our SERVPRO technicians undergo falls under the drying heading. From the open spaces which dry typically with air movers and dehumidifiers, to the more constricted or challenging areas where specialized equipment is necessary, drying prevents further damages.

Finding the right way to handle the water damage in your home is a struggle that you are not alone to face. Many homeowners experience water loss incidents throughout the time they own their homes, and many of these in the area have chosen SERVPRO of Central Brevard to help them set things right again. You can trust our water damage restoration specialists to work hard to bring your home back to original conditions quickly, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call anytime you need us at (321) 638-4947.

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Commercial Water Removal For Cocoa Beach Eateries

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Air movers and dehumidifiers like these can help remove water from your business.

How SERVPRO can help you remove water from your business

Cocoa Beach, like many other cities and towns in Florida, relies on local and tourist patronage. Keeping the doors open for every viable hour is important to not only pay the business’ power bill but to provide paychecks for employees and keep the local economy moving.

None of this is possible when there is water in a Cocoa Beach restaurant’s foyer, dining area, bathrooms or kitchen. Commercial water removal needs accomplishing immediately to serve customers and hopefully prevent secondary damage. SERVPRO keeps a trained restoration team on-call to meet every need.

If our team receives pictures and video of the flooding, they can bring in the right equipment to get started in minutes after arriving on site. The first task is to remove any standing water. As one of our inspectors looks for the source of water and turns it off, others set up a commercial grade pump and begin the removal process. Technicians direct the water into the nearest sewer drain.

After removing the bulk of the water, team members bring in extraction wands. These smaller devices draw water off wood and concrete floors and pull it out of carpets. The wands have a built-in heating element, so SERVPRO technicians can carefully begin drying out carpets and wood floors at the same time.

Depending on the size of the restaurant, our team has two options. Members can use portable wands that have a battery pack or plug into the wall for smaller cafes, or, for large, buffet style restaurants, utilize wands that pump the water directly to a holding tank mounted on a truck outside the structure.

Once they finish with the wands, technicians install fans and air movers to draw out the damp air inside and replace it with warm air to speed up the drying process. As the fans and air movers work, team members use long-handled squeegees to push any remaining spots or pools of water out of corners, and out from under appliances and furniture.

Our goal at SERVPRO of Central Brevard is to support our fellow business owners and help them reopen to customers as soon as we can safely do so. If you need our services, call us today at (321) 638-4947 to schedule a visit.

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Merritt Island's Fire Damage Experts Describe Cleaning Appliances

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

If a fire burns at your Merritt Island residence, structural components and building materials can suffer extensive damage.

Fire Damage Experts Describe Cleaning Appliances

If a fire burns at your Merritt Island residence, structural components and building materials can suffer extensive damage. Depending on the size of the blaze, parts of the structure might have to be removed and rebuilt. Aside from the heat and flames engulfing and charring parts of the house, smoke created by partially combusted particles can cause problems in areas far from the source.

Smoke put out by burning materials travels all over your home creating pungent aromas and leaving behind soot residues. During some fire damage restorations in Merritt Island, soils coat several indoor surfaces including contents. To prevent damage to items and to aid in deodorization all soot residue gets removed from affected contents and materials.

Different things inside the house require various methods and chemicals to clean soot damage. How difficult soots come off surfaces changes based on what burned in the fire and the type of surfaces affected. Non-porous surfaces are typically the simplest to clean because wet chemicals can be used to wipe off the soot.

When smoke spreads throughout your house, appliances often get coated with soils. Appliances usually contain surfaces made from metal, paint, plastic, and glass. These surfaces can be cleaned using a water-based detergent solution. If the soot is challenging to remove with the cleaning agent, then our SERVPRO technicians use another chemical to increase the alkalinity of the detergent.

Many appliances have highly polished finishes that can get damaged by cleaning agents. Chrome or aluminum can pit if industrial detergents are left on the surface. After using soaps to remove soot residues, applying a rinse chemical can prevent damage caused by the cleaning process.

In some cases, heat from a fire can cause finishes on appliances to turn yellow. When yellowing occurs, wood creme paste gets applied to the affected surface with a towel. We then allow the creme to set on the surface for two to three minutes. After it sets, we use steel wool to gently scrub the yellowish staining off. Once we agitate the surface with the paste, it gets polished with a clean towel.

Using the correct methods to remove soils can reduce the overall cost of the restoration project. For help from the professionals with any mitigation project, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 seven days a week.

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Malfunctioning Dishwashers Can Damage Your Cocoa Beach Kitchen

4/28/2018 (Permalink)

Cocoa Beach Homeowners Rely on SERVPRO for Water Removal After Appliance Mishaps

SERVPRO Quickly Removes Water to Mitigate Damage to Your Home

Dishwashers are convenient and are designed to ease daily chores. When appliances, like dishwashers, malfunction it is annoying. Excess water in the kitchen can be disastrous if the right steps are not taken as soon as possible. Expensive flooring, cabinets, and baseboards can be ruined if homeowners do not call trusted and reputable water damage professionals right away. Also, items stored in the lower cabinets can be lost such as food, copper pots and pans and valuable cookbooks without rapid water removal.

Our team works quickly to save stored items and to minimize the amount of water damage to your Cocoa Beach property. SERVPRO technicians are well-trained and have the know-how to do what is needed to dry and restore your beautiful kitchen. Top grade equipment is used to extract water from the kitchen floor as well as from under and behind the dishwashing unit. We carefully remove the dishwasher to inspect the area and to remove any remaining water. Plus, we check for damage. Also, specially formulated cleaning agents are used to thoroughly clean and sanitize the space behind and under the unit, and the surrounding affected area. Upon completion, we put the dishwasher neatly back in place.

SERVPRO suitably handles all types of water issues, big or small, in the home. The right measures are taken to put your property back in order. We can inspect the area to determine if there is structural damage or an electrical problem. You can trust our technicians for safe and effective water damage restoration. Our IICRC certified technicians use commercial grade dryers, and air movers to fully dry and dehumidify the kitchen and then verify with infrared and moisture readings. Drying is an important step taken to ensure all dampness has been extracted from the home. If pockets of water are left behind, bacteria and mold can grow.

Our SERVPRO of Central Brevard water damage services are available around the clock. You can reach us seven days a week. We work fast to restore your home, "Like it never even happened." Give us a call at (321)638-4947.

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Cleaning Fire Damaged Window Areas In Your Cocoa Beach Home

4/24/2018 (Permalink)

Living in a home after a fire occurs in Cocoa Beach can leave everything smelling quite awful.

Cleaning Fire Damaged Window Areas

Living in a home after a fire occurs in Cocoa Beach can leave everything smelling quite awful. This odor comes from the layers of soot, ash, and other smoke by-products made by the fire. Even though it may feel oily when you accidentally touch it, it contains many corrosive components. Removing it from your home's surfaces helps remove the smell and protect your home's contents, and your family, too.

Cocoa Beach residents often notice that the fire damage in their home includes thicker deposits of soot near windows. Because the fire pushes the smoke outward, it often gets sucked outside through cracks near windows. As it leaves your home, more massive particles become attached to the walls, window glass, drapes, and anything else near the window. Part of this phenomena often involves a change in temperature near windows.

Our IICRC-certified technicians understand that these areas require specialized care to fully restore your home after even the smallest of fires. We use a pH-neutral glass cleaner that leaves windows streak-free and eliminates soot build-up quickly. Other cleaners remove soot from all types of window frames. Removing the soot from these areas often includes detail work that refreshes your windows making them look "Like it never even happened."

Draperies and their rods also need highly responsive care to protect them from the disintegrating effects of corrosive soot. We vacuum draperies to remove the drier portions and then carefully clean them, so they become clean and odor-free once again. Rods also require some care after a fire, to keep them functional. Wood can become dull instead of bright and shiny when soot remains too long. Window blinds can also become saturated with soot, and we tackle this occurrence with specialized equipment and procedures that remove the soot from them quickly. Moving parts receive silicone spray treatments to keep them working well, without sticking, so you can continue to use your windows as usual.

We at SERVPRO of Central Brevard know that your home's windows help shape your home's personality and look, both from the inside and to passers-by who drive past your residence. Even when the majority of fire damage remains hidden on the exterior, windows can often show more than you might like. Call us to begin the process of restoring your windows and their dressings, making your home light, airy, and beautiful once more. Our 24-hour line is (321) 638-4947, where we can be reached every day of the year.

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Cocoa Beach's Flood Damage Professionals Explain Structural Drying

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Thunderstorms can bring an enormous amount of water into your home. Should you face flooding, contact SERVPRO for immediate drying out services.

SERVPRO Technicians Have Drying Out Your Home After Flooding Down to a Science

Central Florida does not see as many hurricanes as other areas in Florida, but it is still possible that a storm hits near Cocoa. Thunderstorms bring about many conditions that are possibly dangerous to your house. Flooding and broken windows due to high-speed winds many times are the sources of water damage inside your home.
 
The interiors of most buildings are not made to withhold excessive moisture. SERVPRO's flood damage technicians near Cocoa know that moisture needs to be 100% removed from your home within 48 hours. If moisture still exists more than two days after the storm, mold likely develops.
 
Since the presence of a fungus can cause negative health effects with certain people, our SERVPRO restoration crew takes all measures necessary to return moisture levels to what they were before the storm attacked your property. After the source of the moisture gets fixed so that water is no longer flowing inside the structure, we start extracting everything in the home that got wet. We use specialized tools that are designed to extract water from different types of materials such as carpet or upholstery.
 
After our extraction equipment is unable to pull out more water, we begin the drying process. During drying, we test materials inside the affected area and materials that did not get affected. We then attempt to speed up the evaporation process so that the moisture levels in the wet contents are the same as the levels found in materials in unaffected regions.
 
To accomplish prompt structural drying we set up a combination of air moving and dehumidification equipment. We align the air movers in a circular pattern so that they push air in a counterclockwise direction so that the dry air hits wet walls at a 45-degree angle. The dehumidifiers then pull out moisture from the air and exhaust warm, dry air to get used by the air movers.
 
Every drying situation requires different variations of air mover and dehumidifier setups. If you ever need to dry out your house after a storm hits, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 24/7.
 
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Mold Damage in Your Cape Canaveral Home

3/27/2018 (Permalink)

Cape Canaveral Mold Remediation By SERVPRO Is a Good Launch Point

Moisture and a Food Source Spells Mold Growth--Call SERVPRO for Remediation

If you are noticing a musty, moldy smell under your kitchen sink in your Cape Canaveral home, but do not see any visible mold, do not dismiss it. You very likely have mold growth underneath or behind the cabinet, and possibly inside the drywall. A leaky faucet can help create mold growth, and it is crucial to handle the problem right away before it gets worse, by fixing the drip.
 
Even if you cannot see the mold but can smell it, mold damage and growth can be present in your Cape Canaveral kitchen. Mold thrives on dark and damp environments and continues to grow until the issue is handled. At SERVPRO, our staff is knowledgeable and professionally trained to clean the mold up and remediate the problem.

Microscopic organisms, molds can be present virtually anywhere. Along with yeasts and mushrooms, molds are fungi, and they are used to breakdown materials which are organic and recycle the nutrients. Molds release many tiny cells known as spores, and these spread quickly through the air to form new colonies, which is why during remediation, we are careful to contain the affected area to prevent the mold from spreading to unaffected regions of your home.
 
Mold needs moisture to grow, so that leak under your sink is perfect. Growth can occur when there is moisture from excessive humidity, water damage, condensation, water leaks, water infiltration, or flooding. Since molds grow by digesting matter that is organic, they slowly destroy anything they are growing on, which is another reason to act fast if you suspect you have mold colonies in your home. New molds can also sometimes grow on older colonies of mold.
 
SERVPRO techs can find mold growing on surfaces by the visible discoloration and staining that is frequently gray, green, black, or brown, but can also be white and other colors. The musty smell you noticed also makes mold evident in the suspected area of growth.
 
SERVPRO of Central Brevard are experts at finding hidden mold colonies in your home in Rockledge, Viera, or Pineda and cleaning them up. Get in touch with us at (321) 638-4947 as soon as you suspect you have an issue with mold.

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Irma 4 months later

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

So here we are towards the end of January 2018 and the effects of hurricane Irma are still being felt.

In most ways life has gotten back to normal however we still see the signs.

Many place still have tarps on their roofs, peoples belongings piled up on the curb for trash pick up.  Some hotels are still full up with those who still can't live in their homes, and those who lost electricity for an extended period of time are fighting the after effects of water and high humidity.  Our office is still working on and receiving mold calls every day.

One of SERVPRO's storm teams is still settled on Cape Canaveral, their job almost finished.  I'm sure they will be glad to get to finally go home.

We can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but as with life, this is marathon not a sprint! 

What is Mold?

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

Mold and organic growth represent a wide variety of the sort. Fungi, mold and organic growth are in our environment naturally. There are over 100,000 kinds of fungi on earth which range from extremely helpful to damaging. Some useful fungi produce yeast, used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products including alcoholic beverages. Fungi can even be lifesaving; penicillin is a product of mold (Penicillin chrysogenum).

Intrusion of water into a home or building can create mold/ organic growth. Water intrusions can come from many different sources including storm damage, plumbing or equipment failures, long-standing leaks, and poor humidity control. If the intrusions are not handled right away, increased risk of harmful mold growth can present itself. Organic materials found inside a building, such as wood, paper, drywall, and insulation, provide food sources for mold to flourish.

That reason, alone, is a huge reason mold, fungi, or organic growth needs to be remediated immediately before disastrous damage occurs.

Valued Resource

1/18/2018 (Permalink)

One of the most important things we do here at SERVPRO of Central Brevard is got to know the local property managers, real estate agents, condo board members and maintenance staff.  The reason we want to do this is because not only are we a vendor we are more importantly a valued resource for them.

Often times through out the year people have questions they need answered so they can make educated decisions that will affect condos they live in or properties they manage.  We have set ourselves apart by being there at board meetings, condo association meetings, being on panels and doing what ever we can to ensure our local partners are getting not only top quality service but the answers they need. SERVPRO of Central Brevard  --we are here to help!!

Effects of Irma over a month later

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

This is a photo of the drive way and car port

Hurricane Irma swept through Florida on September 11th 2017.  Now here we are on October 31st and the effects of this large storm are still being felt.

Our office of SERVPRO of Central Brevard was called to do an evaluation of a home that had been flooded twice since the hurricane. We have been in many, many homes since then and what I did not expect, because of  how long it has been since Irma shocked me. Here I was in the middle of Rockledge,

with no rivers or lakes within several miles and as I drove up to the home the road was still flooded almost up to 2 and half feet.  As a matter of fact the water(please see the photo) was still all the way up to the car port of this home.  Needless to say this job will require a storm cut of 2 feet in most of the homes drywall(in some cases higher)- not to mention demo of cabinets and bathrooms--

About the Worst we ever saw

10/30/2017 (Permalink)

Cocoa Beach condo unit with tons of mold

Please see the picture--

SERVPRO of Central Brevard was called to inspect 5 units at a Cocoa Beach Condo. They had roof damage and before any work could be done there was a lot of rain which kept the units very wet.

Upon entering the top unit, the odor was about as much as one could take and we had to use our PPE in order to inspect the unit. My production manager said it is about the worst he has ever seen when it comes to mold coverage. It was every where. Basically in order to complete this job we will have to gut the unit done to the studs. Wall, Ceiling and floors.  Even more special upon further inspection we noticed that the floor tiles were 9 x 9 inch square and are quite possibly asbestos- which will require special safety methods to clean up.

Irma the Terrible!!

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Merritt Island road full of water and debris

Since hurricane Irma swept through the state of Florida on Sept 11th 2017- SERVPRO of Central Brevard has been responding to call after call for help. The call volume has been off the charts.  Several challenges had to be overcome such as roadways that we not usable due to either flooding or  large amounts of debris scattered about.  Downed power lines caused several cities in our area to be without power for almost a week.

But we banded together with those in our communities and with the help of SERVPRO storm teams that arrived from other states-The people were getting their homes and businesses dry and their lives back in order. Although there was tremendous amounts of damage we were blessed with not having anything extremely catastrophic in our area, It is going to take some time but with plenty of determination and hard work our community start to look "Like it never even happened."

Not the kind of wet bar we want

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Brevard received a weekend call from  a local Brevard county Knights of Columbus for a large leak. And it was large almost 90 % of the building had water in it.  Thankfully there were large areas that did not have contents to move and there was lots of hard flooring and not much carpet-

The problem started from a water line leak behind the bar.  They had shut the water off from the building before our arrival and called in a plumber to repair the damaged water line.

Please see the photo below showing one of our IICRC trained techs extracting water from one of the main areas in this building.  It did take several hours but after about 3 days we had the entire building dried out!!!

Don't leave your water damage to chance and create a mold problem

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Central Brevard we have seen many times what happens when someone leave their water damage to chance. They have some type of leak they use a wet dry vac to suck up water and towel it off.  And no more water problem right??

generally wrong!!! Water like to go places that we do not see, like in your walls and under your cabinets and tile.  If this water is not dried properly the result is usually a mold problem.

Please look at the photo below- This came from a home how had several water intrusions over a couple of years- This pic is from the laundry room and after the  machines and wall cabinets were removed the mold damage is clear.  There are numerous areas in this home just like this- and until a small amount of mold became visible no one ever noticed. However the owners did say that their allergies have been worse over the last several months.....

Helping Condos with emergency planning

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Brevard has always been active in our community.  With Hurricane Matthew still fresh on everyone's mind we have stepped up to be a valued resource to our condominium association. 

At the beginning of the summer the Space Coast Condominium Association (SCCA) held storm and emergency preparedness  meetings, one of which we sponsored, during these meeting we showed how SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) complements and enhances the plans they are making.  The individual condo presidents really love the portability of the information.  That way in the case of evacuation they don't have to worry about any paperwork its all right there on the phone. We are working with several condos right now getting prepared-

This is one of the things I enjoy- building lasting trust with our friends and neighbors by lending a hand and providing a service (which is free by the way)that will not only give piece of mind but allow us to take care of them if the time comes when they really need help!!

ERP's Lead the way to great relatioships

8/4/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) has been a useful tool in the creation of great relationships.

We have been using them in the local hotels and during the summer months they are almost always up to capacity,   With that many people you can almost guarantee that some sort of damage is going to occur.

With the use of the ERP not only have we gained the confidence of the hotel managers but we have great relationship with the maintenance staff which make taking care of their emergency so much easier.  We don't have to ask for instructions for ever little detail we already know them.  Anytime you can get something like a water damage done quickly and a business back up running all the better- especially  at a hotel who will tell you that the "most expensive room is an empty room"

Major whole house water damage in Cocoa Florida

7/14/2017 (Permalink)

the living room under where one part of the ceiling caved in- you can see all the white marks on the tile- that is the remains of the ceiling

Over the weekend- there were major thunder storms in the central Florida area including here in Cocoa.  SERVPRO of Central Breavard responded to a home who had major water intrustion which came from the incomplete roof which was being replaced-

Only after the rain had stopped and the roofers had tarped were we able to being getting the home dried out.  All but one room was affected and plus the electricity had been turned off, so we had to bring in a generator in order for us to run the drying equipment.

We had to box many contents and move some to the dry room while other items were stored in pod.

Unfortunately due to the amount of damage the family will have to be relocated until the water mitigation process can be completed and rebuilding finished.

Cocoa Beach Condo Fire

5/17/2017 (Permalink)

A Few days ago, we responded to a fire Damage in Cocoa Beach.  The fire started in the downstairs laundry closet, it appears that it is an electrical fire as the problem came from shorting wires in the dryer while it was not running.

Smoke engulfed the entire two story condo.  It was kind of unusual as the soot only seemed to find a resting place on all the flat surfaces.  The walls seemed pretty clear of it.  In fact when we did some test cleaning we got almost nothing from the walls.

Now the flat surfaces were another story all together.

Prime example was the girls desk upstairs. 

The desk appeared to be a very dark grey, with 3 painted areas where books or paper would be placed.  but it turns out that that was where paper and books were.  They are perfectly white and really looked like they were painted there but in fact it was just that the soot was so thick it created the out lines. It was like this all over the condo- I move a book on the carpet and underneath it the carpet was about 5 shades lighter.  It is going to be a job to get this place clean.

 

Fire Damage in Rockledge, Florida

4/24/2017 (Permalink)

We responded  to a report of a house fire in Rockledge Florida.

When we arrived on site the fire department was finishing up and speaking to the homeowner.

From the outside of the it did not look very bad, however, once we were able to look inside the damage was clear.

The fire started from a back bedroom  and when the door was opened the smoke was pushed through the house and because the chimney flue was open, up the chimney causing the smoke and soot the be drawn all over the home

Now most of the major damage was contained to the back bedroom where the fire started because the bedroom door had been shut.

The inspector said that the cause of the fire was a short in a hair dryer that was left plugged in.

So please unplug your hair dryers!!!!!!!!!!!

Fire Damage in Melbourne Florida

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Of Central Brevard responded to a fire damage located in Melbourne, Florida. at the request of State Farm.


First things first- there were no injuries with this fire!!!!!!!


Upon arriving at the site our techs had to tarp the roof as lightning had struck the home and started the fire- leaving a large hole in the roof-


We then had to get the excess water out of the home which was a mixture of rain water and fire suppression  water.-


This looks to be a pretty large job as almost all contents will have to be removed-


The ceiling and walls and part of the house will have to be pulled out down to the bare studs- as well as the insulation in the ceiling.


With hard work and some time we will get this family back into their home-


 

water damage comes from fire in Melbourne Florida

4/10/2017 (Permalink)

This photo show the dripping water on the kitchen cabinets, that came from the fire fighting efforts.

Some people may not realize that sometimes major water damages come to occur because of a fire and although secondary may be as severe or even more extensive damage.


Take for instance a fire damage in Melbourne, Florida that we are working hard to make "Like it never even happened." The fire did damage to the roof and the insulation, and the soot was all over the house.


However it was the water from the fire suppression, that also caused damage.  Now it goes with out saying that the fire needs to be extinguished and water is the best way. Unfortunately what is left behind may be just as bad or worse as a pipe bursting.  So the same steps must be used to clean up the water.  Extraction, air moving, dehumidification, as well as opening up wall cavities to dry the water you don't see.   


This is important so that secondary mold damage does not rear its ugly head in the future!!!

SCCA Trade Show Cocoa Beach

3/27/2017 (Permalink)

Our new set up for trade shows

The Space Coast Condo Association (SCCA) held it’s annual trade show on Saturday

March 18th 2017 at the Hilton Ocean Side in Cocoa Beach. 

Over 500 people attended the even, in which they could gather information on

Different vendors and the services that they provide.  SERVPRO of Central Brevard was one of

Over one hundred vendors to set up at the event.

We were able to speak to many, many people and explain to then why service times matter and how

Our centralized location and highly trained staff simply makes SERVPRO of Central Brevard the best choice during an emergency situation.

We also got to display our new stand up banner- Please see the photo.

 A great time was had by all I can’t wait until next years even!!

Bring in the Crew

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

This pic shows one part of the kitchen line that was effected by the fires, what a mess!!

We often speak to our clients, insurance agents and property managers about how we can handle any size job. We speak to them about if they have a large loss, we can pull in a team.


Last month we received a call from a local McDonalds.


They had fire behind one of their fryers and smoke was everywhere. We responded quickly and, took pictures and a sketch of the store. The scope of the job showed we were going to have to clean every square inch of the restaurant; remove all the ceiling tiles, etc. We knew we were going to need a lot of manpower to get them back up and running. 


In less than 24 hours, we had a full 16 man crew working. 


We started on a Thursday and finished by Sunday!


Needless to say, they are back serving chicken  mc nuggets to the public!!


 

Bunker Down

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

It seems that Central Florida residents are prone to "bunkering Down" these days when a hurricane comes to town.  It might have to do with hurricane fatigue from the early 2000's- I know many people who evacuated 5 or more times-and came back to very minimal damage.


This past October of 2016 powerful Hurricane Matthew caused major damage up and down the coast. However Brevard county residents were spared the kind of damage our neighbors in Volusia  county received.


But even with the very strong storm headed our way a very small percentage of coastal residents headed the evacuation order.


Taken from the 2010 census there are about 90,000 Brevard county coastal residents and only about 3500 of them checked into shelters.


Regardless of evacuation fatigue or not- I think more residents need to take the evacuation a little more to heart.  Matthew could have very well turned out very different if that little "wobble" didn't happen.

Hurricane Matthew debris cleanup costs for Brevard County

3/9/2017 (Permalink)

Brevard County will be paying  about 12 million to contractors who hauled away debris from Hurricane Matthew.

The two month long debris cleanup ended with 820,854 cubic years of material.

That is more than 2 1/2 times the amount of debris that was estimated to be produced by the storm.

About 90% of that was vegetation with the remainder being construction and demolition debris like fences and docks.

The county hopes to get most of the costs reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency- 

For declared emergencies FEMA would pay about 75% of the costs while the state would add another 12.5 %- which would leave Brevard county on the hook for only $1.5 million on the $12 million total cost.

For now the yard waste is being stored in six sites in the county waiting to be turned into mulch.

Don't put off that water damage- Mold is not far behind

3/7/2017 (Permalink)

When you wait too long- your water damage can turn into mold. Here is what happens: all effected areas must be removed.

From time to time we run into the emergency water damage call- only to find out that the event occurred several days ago. The problem with that is now not only is the client complaining about wet carpet; they also notice a foul odor in the air.


What is happening is most likely the start of mold growth.


Mold can colonize in 72 hours and bacteria can start to multiply in just a few hours.


At this point, we have to tell them it is not just a water emergency, most likely, it will end up being a mold remediation.


The Insurance Information Institute (“III”) estimates that the typical homeowner claim involving mold costs between $15,000 to $30,000 to handle, compared with the non-mold-related claim, such as water damage figure of $3,000 to $4,000, with payouts by insurers for mold-related claims topping over $3 billion.


Waiting on that water damage service call or even trying to do it yourself without proper knowledge can cost you 3 to 7 times what the water damage would have cost.

Mold Remediation facts

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation

Mold can colonize in 72 hours and bacteria can start to multiply in just a few hours.

Physically removing mold contamination is the primary means of remediation.

In a standard situation, SERVPRO® removes all of the visible mold growth and excess spores and returns the area to normal levels

Mold remediation is a costlier process than taking care of a water

Damage as soon as it happens. Professional drying insures that the

Water you don’t see is taken care of.

This is where the thermal images come into place.

The Insurance Information Institute (“III”) estimates that the typical homeowner claim involving mold costs between $15,000 to $30,000 to handle, compared with the non-mold-related claim, such as water damage figure of $3,000 to $4,000, with payouts by insurers for mold-related claims topping over $3 billion.

 

Determine the Category of Water

3/3/2017 (Permalink)

Determine the Category of Water-

It is important to know the class of water before we go out to a job- this helps us know what kinds of equipment to bring as well as be prepared for any safety issues that might come up.

Clean water  Category 1

  Broken pipe, ice maker, drain overflow

Does not contain waste or contaminants-

Usually everything that was effected can be restored with this category of water-

Gray water  Category 2

  Washing machine, dishwasher, roof leak

Has some soils and contaminants-

Generally most effected areas can be restored with this class as well except for maybe porous materials.

Black water  Category 3

  Raw sewage, floods

High degree of waste and contaminants--

With this category of water with very few exceptions, anything effected must be discarded.

3 Ways a clogged gutter can cause water damage to your home!

2/23/2017 (Permalink)

1. Foundation damage



The main role of a gutter system is to channel water off the roof and away from the home's foundation. A blockage can cause water to pour over the sides of the gutter and pool around the foundation. Over time, the water can cause cracks to form and damage the foundation,  potentially resulting in collapse. But even if the foundation doesn't fail, the water can still cause mold growth.


2. Wood damage



The fascia boards that hold the gutter system are often made of wood. When gutters clog and fill with water, the boards start to deteriorate and rot. If a home has wood siding, clogged gutters can also cause water to overflow out of the gutter system and down the sides of the home.


3. Ice dams



In colder climates, ice dams can form on the gutters or the lower edge of the roof, causing water to pool and eventually seep into the home. While ice dams can form on homes with clean gutters, clogged gutters prevent water from draining, which increases the chance for ice dams.




We are a BBB Accredited Business

10/27/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central Brevard is announcing that they are now an A+ Accredited business with the Better Business Bureau. and we are as we have always been, dedicated to promoting trust In the marketplace.

  Our franchise Owner Ray Owens says " We are pleased to be a BBB( Better Business Bureau)  accredited business because we value building trust with our customers!  Our BBB Accreditation gives our customers and our future customers confidence in our commitment to maintain high ethical standards of conduct."

We have proudly served Brevard county for almost 20 years and this is just an outward expression of the values that our company has always held and we are committed to providing our Central Brevard community with the best restoration services available today with integrity, trust and the knowledge that we will be there when you need us!   

Hurricane Matthew debris pickup update

10/27/2016 (Permalink)

Who is picking up my debris? Why is it taking so long?
We have estimated that Hurricane Matthew generated over 300,000 cubic yards of debris in 24 hours; that is equivalent to almost 3 months of yard trash normally collected in the County. This does not include the large number of fences, docks and other construction debris. It is going to take some time for this to be collected. Waste Management, Inc., your normal waste collector, will pick up all containerized waste as usual. They are a few days behind due to the volume of waste generated over the last couple of weeks. The County’s debris contractors are picking up the large piles set out in the public right-of-way. No collection can or will be made from private property.  Unfortunately a large number of communities from South Florida to North Carolina suffered the wrath of Matthew and all these communities are hiring debris collection trucks making the market very tight. We currently have over 40 extra trucks and crews on the roads.

The County landfills are open as usual for the public to drop off waste if you choose to do so. There is no charge at the landfill for yard trash from residents.

What is Black Mold

10/26/2016 (Permalink)

Stachybotrys chartarum is the type of mold often called “black mold” or “toxic mold”. Sensational news reports warn about the dangers of black mold and these stories can be alarming and confusing. Any mold in your home should be treated with caution – stay out of affected areas and don’t touch or disturb the mold.

Please refer to our Mold Damage Tips to learn more about mold and what to do until help arrives. 

How Do I Tell If It’s Black Mold?

Since many types of mold can produce allergens and irritants, you should contact a qualified mold remediation company regardless of the color or type of mold. In many instances, multiple types of mold can exist in the same house or structure. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, contact a SERVPRO Franchise Professional immediately. Click here to find a SERVPRO Franchise.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today (321) 638-4947

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  •  Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  •  Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  •  Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce toxins harmful to humans and pets.
  •  Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise the mold may return.
  •  Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  •  Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

What Are the Most Common Types of Storm Damage?

8/26/2016 (Permalink)

What Are the Most Common Types of Storm Damage?

Storm damage can occur in a variety of ways including flooding, wind damage, and even fire. Flooding rains can extensive amounts of damage to your home, lightning strikes can cause fires, and high winds can cause a number of structural issues .

But which is the greatest risk to your home and homes around the country?

The risk for each of these depends on the areas in which you live. If you live in low-lying areas or coastal areas prone to tropical systems, flood damage is going to be the mostly likely cause for concern. Inland areas, particularly in Texas and across the mid-west are most susceptible to wind damage from tornadoes. Fire damage from lightning strikes can occur anywhere at any time.

The Most Common Type of Storm Damage

Annually, flooding is the most common and extensive form of storm damage that occurs in the United States. Even during high wind events like tropical storms or hurricanes, the majority of the damage comes from the flooding rains from the storms and not the destructive winds.

Every year, insurance companies pay out more than a billion dollars to repair flood damage in the U.S.–and that number is only rising as property values increase and the number of homes in high risk coastal areas rise.

The amount spent on flood damage could continue to rise significantly in the future–especially if sea levels rise as predicted. If sea level rise occurs, thousands of homes in the United States will be at risk and potentially hundreds of billions of dollars will have to be spent to mitigate that damage.

Damage from flooding rains can penetrate every part of your home of business structure, requiring the gutting and replacement of much of the structural components inside, including walls, floors, ceilings, and more.

Important mold facts!!

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

Toxic Mold Fact Sheet

The National Indoor Toxic Mold Awareness Month Planning Committee developed this Toxic Mold Fact Sheet to provide information about molds and mycotoxins. Currently, there are no Federal Government Standards for indoor air quality regarding molds and mycotoxins. This information is provided to inform the public on the preventable health and development problems that may be caused by exposure to toxic mold in their homes, schools, and communities.

Important Mold Facts:
People are routinely exposed to more than 200 species of fungi indoors and outdoors. There are sixty species that produce the 180 trichothecene mycotoxins. Mycotoxins kill other things, like bacteria and viruses, so mold can continue to grow. The American Cancer Society lists aflatoxin mycotoxins as known human carcinogens. The FDA has enforced regulatory limits on aflatoxin concentrations in foods and feeds since 1965.

Mold spores, whether dead or alive, can cause adverse health effects. Molds also produce a large number of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals are responsible for the musty odors produced by growing molds.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

  • There is no practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  • Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
  • Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • Incidences:
    It is estimated that 500,000 deaths occur yearly in the United States due to exposure to indoor toxic mold.

    According to an EPA study, an estimated 50% of our nation’s schools have problems linked to poor indoor air quality.

    Health Causes:
    Mycotoxin exposure can lead to toxic injury that may include multiple illnesses, affecting the skin and the nervous, vascular, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, urinary, and immune systems; including the formation of cancers and can be life-threatening.

    Studies:
    In the mid-1990's, a study conducted from Cleveland, Ohio, involved infants who had died suddenly from unexplained pulmonary hemorrhage (bleeding of the lungs). Upon investigation, the researchers found that the infants resided in homes with high levels of Stachybotrys atra, linking Stachybotrys atra exposure to serious health effects and even death. A government study is now being conducted, with findings to be released in 2010.

    A 1997 Mayo Clinic study found that 96% of recurring sinus infections are caused by fungus in the sinuses. When participants were treated with anti-fungal sinus sprays, recurrence of infection was considerably less, and in some cases, no recurring infections were noted.

    Fifty percent of the 937 children tested in a large multicity asthma study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health showed sensitivity to mold, indicating the importance of mold as an asthma trigger among these children. Molds are thought to play a role in asthma in several ways. Molds produce many potentially allergenic compounds, and molds may play a role in asthma via release of irritants that increase potential for sensitization or release of toxins (mycotoxins) that affect immune response.

    “Mold Removal” vs. Remediation

    7/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Mold damage in Titusville Florida

    What’s the Difference?

    Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy.

    A qualified restoration company understands the science behind mold and mold growth. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business. Mold remediation focuses on getting mold levels back to normal, natural levels.

    Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. To learn more about our mold remediation process.

    • Step 1: Emergency Contact (321)638-4947
    • Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
    • Step 3: Mold Containment
    • Step 4: Air Filtration
    • Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
    • Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
    • Step 7: Restoration

    Signs of Mold? Call Today (321)638-4947

    Understanding Mold

    When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

    • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
    • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
    • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants and have the potential to cause other health effects. 
    • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
    • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
    • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

    The Water Damage Restoration Process

    7/8/2016 (Permalink)

    Water damage in merritt island

    Every water damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. You can click on any of the steps below to learn more about that process.

    Step 1 - Emergency Contact

    When you call, our representative will guide you through several questions that will help the SERVPRO Franchise Professional respond to your water emergency more quickly and efficiently. This initial contact is an important part of a fast, effective restoration.

    Step 2 - Inspection and Water Damage Assessment

    They carefully inspect your property’s water damage, determining the type of water damage and the areas affected. This is a crucial step to creating an effective plan of action that will result in a successful restoration.

    Step 3 - Water Removal / Water Extraction

    Typically, hundreds or thousands of gallons of water are removed using our powerful pumps and vacuums during the water removal process. The SERVPRO Franchise Professionals start this process as soon as possible to minimize further damage and to help prevent mold growth.

    Step 4 - Drying and Dehumidification

    After the bulk of the water has been removed, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals use specialized equipment to target the water that’s harder to access. They use less intrusive, scientific drying methods to draw the remaining water and moisture from your property with air movers and dehumidifiers.

    Step 5 - Cleaning and Sanitizing

    Water damage also affects your belongings, like furniture, clothing, and personal items. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can clean restorable items using a number of specialized cleaning techniques. They also sanitize with antimicrobial treatments and remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

    Step 6 - Restoration

    The last step is restoring your home or business back to its pre-water damage condition. The restoration step can be relatively minor, such as replacing a few drywall panels, or could include major reconstruction, such as rebuilding entire rooms of a home or business.

    2016 Hurricane Information

    4/12/2016 (Permalink)

    2016 storms and names

    Its never too late to start preparing!!

    Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Mold Removal?

    3/23/2016 (Permalink)

    Don’t wait until you have a household mold problem to ask does homeowners insurance cover mold removal. Find out in advance if your insurance will cover a problem if one arises. Mold removal can be extremely costly, so you don’t want to find out too late that you’re not covered.

    Coverage really varies from policy to policy, so the only way to know for sure if your policy will cover mold removal is to read your policy carefully. Some insurance policies contain exclusions, specifically saying they will not cover mold removal. Some will cover mold removal only under certain circumstances. Some will pay for mold removal but not for mold testing, even though you may need to have your home tested for mold in order to find out if there is mold there that needs to be removed. Some will pay only a limited amount for mold removal, even if the actual mold removal process costs more. In some cases, you can pay extra to have insurance for mold remediation

    Contact your insurance agent if you have any questions about your policy. If your policy doesn’t currently cover mold removal, find out if you can add that coverage to your policy. It could save you thousands of dollars down the road.

    Why should I not take care of water damage myself?

    3/18/2016 (Permalink)

    Water damage left too long and it resulted in have to remove all the dry way down to the bare studs-- you can even see rust on the stud!!

    Even a small amount of water can cause a lot of damage to a property and if corrective action isn’t taken right away, the homeowner may bear the cost of the clean-up.  This is because most homeowner insurance policies will state that it is the homeowner’s responsibility to try to limit further damage to their home after a water loss.  If they don’t do anything, the insurance company could deny the claim.

    On top of this, the longer there is water in a home, the greater the possibility of the home experiencing secondary damage.  This is when materials that are wet sustain additional damage that then becomes more expensive to fix.  A good example is when wet drywall is not properly dried and then becomes moldy.  Another one is when you have a wet room that is not addressed and the high humidity levels cause damage to another room that wasn’t originally affected.

    Secondary damage is always more expensive to mitigate than the original water damage but can be avoided is corrective action is taken right away!

    At SERVPRO of Central Brevard, we have successfully mitigated water damages in hundreds of homes in our over 19 years of service to the Space Coast!!

    Once you see our green trucks pull into your driveway or parking lot, you can rest assured you’re in capable hands. We have the latest modern, commercial-grade drying equipment available, including, extractors, dehumidifiers, air movers, hardwood floor drying systems, and each of our trained technicians are certified and water restoration.

    Helpful Carpet Care Tips

    2/19/2016 (Permalink)

    Preventative Maintenance

    Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet.

    IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.
    Preventative maintenance actions include:
    • Regular vacuuming
    • Spot removal
    • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
    • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
    • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

    So if you are in need of a great carpet cleaning service call SERVPRO of Central Brevard and our IICRC certified tech with state of the art equipment will make your carpet look like new!

     

    Mold Remediation Melbourne, FL

    6/19/2014 (Permalink)

    Mold growth from water/ sewage damage Melbourne, FL

    A sewage overflow that was sitting for quite some time had turned in to a major mold problem for our customer in Melbourne, FL. This snap shot is just a small window of how fast a water or sewage damage can cause mold to grow all over your belongins. SERVPRO of Central Brevard is there to save the day!! Stay tuned to see the after pictures of this mold project.

    Welcome

    9/17/2013 (Permalink)

    We would like to welcome our newest Service Tech Chuck on board. He is a great addition to our SERVPRO family. Welcome Chuck!!

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