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Water Damage Knowledge

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Knowledge It's time to call SERVPRO.

Florida is known for its excess humidity and short bursts of heavy rain showers. Problems with air conditioning units can also be troublesome. These systems run nearly every day, all year long. What do these two issues have to do with damages? They both present the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Additional water damage events can be caused by a washing machine overflowing, a sewer back-up, a nearby lake or river bank can overflow causing a flooding situation, as well as the many storms that move throughout the state. 
 
We at SERVPRO are happy to help homeowners and business owners with any water damage in Palm Coast. Our trained and IICRC certified professionals are available for 24/7 emergency water damage repair. We not only remove standing water that is visible but with our powerful vacuums and pumps, we can find and remove water that is hard to access. Our professional technicians are equipped with innovative air movers and dehumidifiers that will help to dry your business or home. 
 
We understand how water damage can be very devastating to property and how it negatively affects your life and work. We take the time to assess and inspect your damages. Our professionals can outline the best course of action. All standing water is considered contaminated water. We must identify the classification of water damage (clean, gray or black) to specify your restoration process. 
 
Our goal is to keep you as whole as possible - for your belongings and structure. We would much rather mitigate any water damage to keep your damages as repairs rather than replacements. Much of our restoration process can involve minor repairs or major repairs. This can involve drywall work, carpet installation or the reconstruction of the areas in your home or business. 
 
SERVPRO of Flagler County is a locally owned and operated company. We are strategically located within the community, which means that when you call us, we can be deployed quickly to your site. When water damage occurs, you are never alone - call us at (386)-447-2202. We work with you from beginning to end with a result to make you restored to a pre-water damage condition.

The 411 on "Good" Mold

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation The 411 on "Good" Mold The facts behind "good" mold.

Did you know mold and fungi naturally occur in our environment? In fact, over 100,000 kinds of fungi have been identified. However, not all fungi is bad! Some fungi produce very useful results. Yeast for instance, is a type of fungi used in preparing breads, baked goods and other food products, even including some alcoholic beverages! There are also other common delicacies that may sound familiar, such as blue cheese (that is a type of mold), and mushrooms that are classified in the fungi category. Can you think of another product of mold? Lifesaving Penicillin otherwise known as penicillin chrysogenum is an actual product of mold! Who would have thought a life saving antibiotic, was in fact mold? Although some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, different types of mold, and/or exposure to molds can present health concerns for some people.

What's lurking behind your baseboards?

11/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What's lurking behind your baseboards? Mold growth was discovered behind baseboard in this residential home.

Here at SERVPRO of Flagler County, our highly trained technicians handle water damages everyday. Knowing the prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. That's what we're here for! Mold is likely to spread when an environment has been subject to moisture for a long period of time. If your home, or business, has sustained a recent water damage, it is vital to remove excess water and dry the structure quickly. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, here are some important signs to look for:

-The presence of visible mold.

-Strong, musty odors which may indicate mold is present.

-Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth.

-Excessive humidity.

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/ Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage issues. 

Aftermath of Storm Damage

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Aftermath of Storm Damage When the flood waters rise, so do we.

Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. Did you know on average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S? That's an insane amount! Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river, or even in the desert, there is a potential for suffering flood damage. With over 40 years of experience, SERVPRO franchise professionals have restored flood damaged homes and businesses from coast to coast. SERVPRO of Flagler County is trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and the highest flood waters. If a flood does strike your home, or business, give SERVPRO of Flagler County a call. Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly. We are prepared to handle any size disaster and any overwhelming cleanup.

Bathtub Overflow!

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Bathtub Overflow! It's important to make sure that fittings, seals, pipes, etc. are inspected thoroughly to prevent issues such as water damage.

The bathtub overflow drain can be the cause of a leak, even though it is not the first place you'd usually suspect. A water stain in the ceiling below a bathroom is often the first sign of a problem with a tub overflow drain. If that is the case, make sure to contact a licensed and trained professional, such as SERVPRO of Flagler County to fix the issue. Our technicians source out the problem and fix the surrounding areas affected by water damage. It's not a fun experience dealing with any type of unexpected home repair, or disaster. However, SERVPRO of Flagler County helps alleviate your stress and turn your home back to a comfortable and functional space. While catching the problem early, it saves time and money. Give us a call today if you believe your home has any water damage issues (386)-447-2202.

Kitchen Fire

10/13/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Fire An unfortunate kitchen fire that became out of control.

Did you know that the number one cause for home fires start in the kitchen? It's extremely important to keep this area clean, especially with cabinets and hood vents over the stove. Oil can splatter and become the quickest way for a flame to catch and take course. Always make sure to keep a fire extinguisher handy and in reach should the need arise. It is also extremely important to teach family members the proper uses and safety tips for kitchen safety itself. If a fire does damage your home, SERVPRO of Flagler County will be there for immediate assistance. Our technicians use cutting edge technology and training to properly wipe down soot and smoke damage, while our rebuild department restores your kitchen like new! Yes, that's right. SERVPRO of Flagler County is a licensed and insured General Contractor for any of your home building needs. Feel safe knowing SERVPRO of Flagler County has your back! (386)-447-2202

Commercial Cleanup

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Cleanup When the green team rolls in!

When it comes down to your cleaning and restoration needs, SERVPRO of Flagler County provides quality cleaning and immediate response time. You're top priority, and we stand behind your business getting back into operation as quickly as possible. Our trained franchise professionals can also provide an itemized, area-by-area loss of inventory to help with content inventory claims. When dealing with a fire, water loss, or storm related issue, it is extremely important to help recover and save documents and information pertaining to your business. We understand the fragile state when a commercial business suffers a loss, but that's what we're here for; to reduce business interruptions and recovery costs. Through it all, you expect the most reliable information with the very best service, providing you with the comfort of around the clock service. 24/7- 365- that's the SERVPRO way.

Hotel Storm Damage

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hotel Storm Damage One of the many hotel rooms heavily impacted by the ongoing storms in Volusia County.

Strong winds and heavy rainfall blew through Volusia County, right after Hurricane Irma had passed. Debree and destruction were everywhere you turned. Unfortunately, due to the weather, many tarps were blown off of roofs; creating yet another issue. This local hotel, was just one of many who suffered. Luckily, SERVPRO of Flagler County immediately responded to the call to extract the water and ensure proper rebuild so business was back up and running for this commercial property. With events coming up and holidays quickly approaching, it was extremely important that time was on our side to complete this job. With over one hundred rooms to rebuild and/or repair, our highly trained technicians worked around the clock. We're there for you 24/7- 365! SERVPRO of Flagler County is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it "Like it never even happened." 

Identifying Mold in Flagler County

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Identifying Mold in Flagler County Mold in a Palm Coast home

Locating And Classifying Mold

By far the most important step toward combating mold damage for a homeowner is the successful identification of a colony. An observant homeowner may be able to locate and confirm mold growth earlier than uninformed peers, allowing remediation services to proceed in less time and with greater ease. The sooner SERVPRO of Flagler County is called in to clean up mold, the better. Follow these steps to gather critical information on your mold and locate its source before calling us for help.

Odor
The smell of mold damage in Flagler homes is often one of the most reliable and effective identifying factors in mold infestations of all sizes. Many types of mold emit a strong, foul or musty odor that grows more pungent as the colony grows. This is the best way to locate mold growth in out-of-sight places such as the space below floorboards, as the smell is strongest directly above the heaviest mold concentrations. If the smell is faint, this is a good sign: it likely means the mold has not had a chance to get out of hand. Note that this is not to say you should not call, as a weak mold case may quickly develop into a strong one without proper attention.

Water Damage
Noticed a leak? Found a patch of unusual wetness? Signs of water damage are also, in many cases, indicators of mold growth. Mold grows most commonly in places where it has ample water, and particularly when that water has had a chance to soak into materials such as wood and carpet. SERVPRO of Flagler County is certified to handle both mold and water at the same time, and all of our water damage restorations include preventative measures against mold growth.

Ways To Identify Dangerous Mold
Some types of mold are very dangerous and have a high chance to cause ill health effects in humans and animals nearby. This is colloquially known as black mold, which has a distinct dark green to black color. Also, this mold usually has a very pungent odor and can cause many side effects in humans. If you have found a patch of dark mold and have noticed any unusual health effects, vacate the area immediately and call us for further guidance.

SERVPRO of Flagler County is a locally owned and operated provider of mold remediation and prevention services with a full set of certifications. Call us 24/7 at 386-447-2202.

What to do until help arrives to your Palm Coast water damage

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage What to do until help arrives to your Palm Coast water damage Palm Coast water damage

If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO of Flagler County arrives.

  • Shut off the source of the water.

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors

  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors

These are great things to do.  The most important thing you can do to prevent further damage to your home or business is to call SERVPRO of Flagler County quickly at 386-447-2202.  We are available 24/7 to help with all of your restoration needs.