Recent Storm Damage Posts
Flood Damage is a Serious Hazard in Merritt Island Homes
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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A Few Tips to Help Navigate Through Merritt Island Flood Damage Restoration
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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Storms in Merritt Island Pack a Punch, but They Are No Match for SERVPRO
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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Staying Prepared For Hurricanes And Flood Damage In Merritt Island
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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Stormy Weather Coincides with Flood Damage on Merritt Island
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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Flood Damage Experts In Rockledge Discuss Tropical Storm Related Problems
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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Cocoa Beach's Flood Damage Professionals Explain Structural Drying
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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Flood Damage Experts Nearby to Cape Canaveral
Storm Damage Emergency in Cape Canaveral? SERVPRO Is Fast as a Rocket
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 causes damage to your home or condo. If water levels outside get deep, then the rainwater possibly leaks into your house from bottom 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 losses 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, then 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 out of any carpet, upholstery, or hardwood floor, we begin the drying step. During a dry-out project, our goal is to create the ideal environment 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, it is possible that a mildew or mold smell develops inside the house. For professional help with water leaking into your home after a rainstorm, call SERVPRO of Central Brevard at (321) 638-4947 for help 24/7.
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Irma 4 months later
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!
Effects of Irma over a month later
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--
Irma the Terrible!!
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."
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
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.
Hurricane Matthew debris pickup update
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 Are the Most Common Types of Storm Damage?
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.
2016 Hurricane Information
2016 storms and names
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