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Mold Remediation in Air Duct Cleaning

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation in Air Duct Cleaning Mold Remediation in Air Duct Cleaning

Inspecting your HVAC system and duct work can lead to unhealthy discoveries. However, SERVPRO of Flagler can save you money and provide a peace of mind to your health. In the picture above, our SERVPRO professionals addressed the air quality concerns with the homeowner on mold growth throughout their ducts. Luckily, we were able to restore the HVAC system and duct work to pre-damage conditions; as you can see in the before and after photos. Keeping the HVAC system and duct work clean can potentially extend the life span of the equipment by allowing it to operate at peak conditions. This will also help to eliminate the odors and contaminants throughout your home. Help protect your health and your property from ventilation and air quality issues by giving SERVPRO of Flagler a call today!

Flood Damage in Ormond Beach

5/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Ormond Beach Flood damage can strike when you least expect it. Like this Ormond Beach neighborhood.

There are several times throughout the year when there is potential for flooding. Examples would be spring storms at high tide with heavy rain fall for a long period of time, summer hurricanes with storm surge, and the winter storms with quick heavy rain that can cause flash flooding. Please read below on how to be prepared and how to stay safe during a flood emergency.

What you can do before the flood

  • Know your flood risk.
  • Make a flood emergency plan.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Consider buying flood insurance.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
  • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.

Basic Flood Safety Tips:

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning. Please visit Ready.gov for more information on how to stay prepared for all types of emergencies!

Our region is an area that has flooded in the past, and has the potential to flood again the future. It is extremely important to know how to stay safe during a flood emergency, and also how to prepare in advance of a flood.

Please visit Ready.gov for more information on how to stay prepared for all types of emergencies!

Prepare Your Business for the Worst Now

4/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Prepare Your Business for the Worst Now The time to prepare is before disaster strikes.

Did you know, one of the easiest ways to protect your employees during severe weather is to have a weather radio in your business?  A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio is just as important as having a fire alarm.  A weather radio is designed to alert you to dangerous weather situations such as an approaching tornado.  It allows you to be warned ahead of approaching storms providing you time to seek shelter.  A weather radio is the most reliable source for weather alerts.

There are many different weather radios available for purchase, but there are a few key features to consider before selecting one.  The following are the most important features to look for in a weather radio.

  • Reviewable alerts (you can scroll through alerts and turn off the siren for alerts and turn off the siren for alerts you do not wish to hear)
  • Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) alert programming (alert when specific counties are threatened, ensuring you only receive alerts for your county).
  • Ease of programming.

Most major retailers and online stores offer weather radios with these features for around $30.  If you need assistance programming your weather radio, contact your local National Weather Service Office.  For additional information, including county codes for your state, visit the NOAA Weather Radio website at www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr

The best way to reduce business interruption following a disaster is to plan for it now.  To help prepare your commercial space or business, contact SERVPRO of Flagler County to take advantage of the Emergency Ready Profile program.  We can provide a no cost building assessment to help you be ready for whatever happens.  Contact our team at (386)447-2202 or online at www.SERVPROFlagler.com

Flood Damage in a Hammock School

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Flood Damage in a Hammock School Emergency Preparation Helps Prevent Storm Damage

SERVPRO Coordinates Water and Fire Cleanup in Many Municipal Buildings

Having an automatic sprinkler system in a high school building is a critical aspect of fire protection. If they are tested, inspected and maintained properly, they properly work as needed during a fire. Whether a fire occurs or the system malfunctions and releases water for no reason, the flood damage which results can be extensive. Now you need to search for a “reliable water remediation company near me.” SERVPRO is one such company who can come to your property and help you mitigate any flood damage.
 
Even though these malfunctions and commercial flood damage are rare in Hammock, they do happen occasionally. It could be because of a manufacturing defect, or even pranksters who trip the system by holding a lighter to the sprinkler head, or from the head of a sprinkler being hit and damaged, causing a discharge. When the fire department is called to put out a fire, the water damage which results can be throughout the entire school wing or building.
 
Thankfully, water damage from fire responders and the system discharging water are covered by a lot of commercial property insurance policies. Coverage includes standard forms of the Insurance Services Office. When it is an accidental discharge, basic commercial property insurance usually covers the cost to repair damage to the system if the damage causes results in the sprinkler leaking. The cost to replace and tear out any section of the building to repair the damage is covered as well. Municipal blanket insurance policies may differ from typical commercial policies.
 
Insurance policies require you as the insured to take steps after experiencing flood damage. Protecting the school from further damage, giving fast notice of the loss, giving an inventory of damaged items and property, and making damaged property open for inspection are tasks you are expected to perform. SERVPRO technicians can come in shortly after you contact them to assess damages and draw up a plan of remediation. We also work with the insurance company; SERVPRO has relationships with hundreds of government entities and can help.
 
When the sprinklers in your high school building have malfunctioned for any reason and caused flooding damage, you need to act quickly and get in touch with SERVPRO of Flagler County so that we can begin cleanup right away. The sooner you reach us at (386) 447-2202, the sooner we clean up the mess and prevent any additional damages so that the school can be up and running properly again.

Dealing with the Aftermath of Flood Damage in Palm Coast

2/8/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dealing with the Aftermath of Flood Damage in Palm Coast If your property has been damaged by a storm that hit the Palm Coast, then it's time to call SERVPRO.

Quick Response Helps to Remediate Storm Damage Issues


It may not be the regular storm season right now, but the odd one still happens this time of year here on Florida's First Coast. Because of it, flooding is a year-round concern. 


Palm Coast flood damage is not a weekly news story, but the loss of building materials make it a personal one for many residents. SERVPRO has the personnel and equipment to help you put your life and home back together when the worst happens. Regarding effort and cost, one of the largest parts of the restoration process is the drying and replacement of sheetrock or drywall.

The simplest and quicker method of dealing with drywall is to tear it out, dispose the panels in the nearest dumpster and replace them. The cost to replace it, however, can be rather expensive. If you have a budget and are not under a time constraint, then drying the affected panels may be an option.

If they have not been soaked for too long or were in a small amount of water, our technicians may be able to dry them in place using air movers, dehumidifiers, and heaters. They may need to drill several small holes near the bottom of each panel to increase airflow and speed up the drying process. If the panels got soaked for too long, technicians would remove them to a drier location.

Single layer panels take as long as five to seven days to dry completely. Double layer panels (used for sound-proofing) can take from ten to fourteen days. This amount of time is almost as costly as buying and installing new panels, so our team members work closely with you to determine the most cost-effective method for your situation.

The concern in trying to restore drywall is how fragile it can be after getting wet. Even just a puddle of water can make a panel so easily damaged that it falls apart as workers remove it from the wood frame. If enough of them crumble, many insurance companies want to cut the labor costs and just replace the affected panels.

Returning your home to its pre-flood state is time-consuming and expensive. Despite that, removing and replacing drywall is not a process to try on your own. SERVPRO of Flagler County is here to make certain it happens as quickly as possible and as cheaply as we can. Our response team is trained to help you deal with your insurance company. Call us at (386) 447-2202 today to get started with a free estimate.

SERVPRO Takes Varied Approaches to Smoke Damage in Flagler Beach

1/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Takes Varied Approaches to Smoke Damage in Flagler Beach Removing Smoke Odors in Flagler Beach Needs SERVPRO

Smoke and Odor Removal Are Vital Factors in Fire & Smoke Restoration

Many smaller fires thankfully lack major burn damage to the home, but can still create a mess through smoke and ash. Small fires, especially in the kitchen, can coat an entire room or more in smoke and ash even if they only burn for a few minutes. As a result, multiple treatment techniques and avenues must be considered and used. Companies like SERVPRO that have a varied set of equipment and extensive contractor lists shine in these situations, as we can blend all potential smoke damage types and situations into a single restoration plan. Here are a few different ways we deal with smoke damage for a small fire.
 
Heavy-Duty Cleaning Equipment
Even contained fire damage in Flagler Beach often requires a huge cleanup job. Ash and smoke tend to coat nearby surfaces thickly, and smaller, more common household cleaning supplies simply aren't enough to remove this material. We have access to a variety of strong and specialized cleaning supplies that make short work of visible staining, streaking, and other non-burn damages.
 
Deodorizing Foggers
Once any visible damage has been cleaned up, the scent of smoke can still linger in a room. Smoke particles become embedded in ceilings, walls, and objects, becoming extremely difficult to remove fully. It is virtually impossible to eliminate the smell of smoke without the right tools, and it may linger for years or even decades if left untreated. We use specialty thermal fogging machines to flush out the odors from a room, removing even the deepest smoke smells entirely. That is the final step. Typically, we can use hydroxyl generators or ozone machines to change the chemical makeup of the ambient air during the fire damage restoration service.
 
Carpet and Fabric Cleaning
It's not just parts of the building that SERVPRO takes into account in a fire restoration. We also take care to treat objects and belongings that have suffered fire damage, employing a variety of advanced restoration techniques depending on the situation and specific item. Carpets, rugs and other fabrics are some of the trickiest materials to deal with, as their small fibers are often both delicate and excellent traps for ash and smoke particles. We handle these items with both a set of our in-house treatment techniques such as foam scrubbing and also extra help from local dry cleaning business partners.
 
SERVPRO of Flagler County knows the in's and out's of smoke damage, with specialty treatment programs for all situations and items in your home. Call us 24/7 at (386) 447-2202 if your home has suffered damage at the hands of a fire.

Ensuring Water Removal is Thorough and Complete for Watery Homes in Bunnell

1/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Ensuring Water Removal is Thorough and Complete for Watery Homes in Bunnell Training from IICRC provides SERVPRO technicians with the skills required for successful water removal in any setting.

Bunnell Homes Receive Thorough and Complete Water Removal Services

When you know you have a water problem in your home from a leak, a flood, or an overflowing appliance or sink, it doesn't matter how much water is present. Such a situation is an emergency and must be taken care of quickly.
 
In Bunnell, water can cause serious damage to the interior of a home if removal efforts aren't started immediately. Water can quickly evaporate if temperatures are high enough, which is often the case in Florida. If the interior is cooler, due to the central air unit running, water that is not removed will soon seep into areas which might not show damage until months later.
 
SERVPRO equipment includes moisture detectors that are capable of locating concentrated areas of moisture, hidden water, and elevated humidity levels in a home. Technicians will take initial readings of areas within a home to use as a baseline for later readings. These other readings will be taken on a regular basis during the entire water removal process. The initial readings will also be used to calculate how much drier the interior needs to become for it to be considered fully dry. How many heaters, air movers, and other pieces of equipment will be required is also determined by how wet a home is at the initial reading.
 
Training from IICRC provides SERVPRO technicians with the skills required for successful water removal in any setting. Basics, such as removing certain items so they can air out in the outdoors and place furniture on blocks to prevent staining of carpeting followed by the use of portable water extraction units are a major part of water removal.
 
As the home's interior becomes less damp, areas with high levels of humidity are targeted. Heaters will increase evaporation rates of areas where water has seeped into. Air blowers will help direct this humid air toward the outdoors through open doors and windows. Hygrometer readings taken will be recorded during this process, so homeowners will know that their home is once again safely dry. These readings may need to be shown to insurance companies, and the documentation should be placed with other paperwork regarding the home.
 

 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

When your home has a water emergency and needs water removal, call SERVPRO of Flagler County at (386) 447-2202. We'll answer your call, 24/7, and arrive when you need us.

Commercial Water Damage in Flagler Beach

1/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in Flagler Beach Flooding can damage your business. Call SERVPRO quickly to address the damage.

SERVPRO is Trained to Handle Any Particular Flood Damage Situation

Discussing your business with friends, you begin to wonder how much protection your insurance coverage offers for various situations. Are you covered during a flood? What happens with your business if you have a leaky pipe, or if a storm hits that causes water damage inside? It would be smart for you to take a few minutes to read up on your coverage and contact your agent to assist you with answering these questions. You will want to ensure that the monthly fees you are paying provide you with the proper protection to cover these kinds of events and more. Next, you should spend some quality time locating a local company that offers rapid emergency response and has access to the right amount of resources and personnel to help protect your business during an emergency.
 
While each situation is unique, protecting your Flagler Beach business from commercial water damage is high on our list. We manage unusual situations all of the time, our field technicians have access to quality equipment and are expertly trained to handle many difficult situations that arise. Different sources of damage can lead to differing severity and illicit a specific response to each situation.
 
At SERVPRO our technicians have experience in handling flooding events for many different kinds of companies on a regular basis. Anything from a single office to those businesses that take up entire three-story deluxe hotel buildings, flooding requires substantial water removal and multiple drying techniques to be deployed. Flooding can be the result of overflow from a storm causing water to enter your business and bring harmful microorganisms, filth and debris along for the ride. Alternatively, almost just as common, breaks in pipes or poorly maintained fixtures cause fresh water flooding from an indoor source. Each of these examples requires a unique approach to deal with in the field.
 
SERVPRO finds water protruding from broken indoor piping in company restrooms regularly; leaks produce significant amounts of damage from small areas. Businesses with cleaning storage areas that develop damage over extended periods of time, steadily weakening the structure and surrounding materials. Usually, after finding the source and repairing the damage, it is possible to recover from this type of flood damage rather quickly.
 
Storm Damage, generally caused by massive natural events that we have no control over. SERVPRO technicians often see damages to structural materials, exterior windows, roofing, and stucco walls that take damage from high winds or massive hail storms that do just enough damage to give heavy rain an opportunity to soak through, causing subsequent damage to affect other areas of a building, powerfully affecting your business.
 
We have expertly trained technicians, equipped to deal with water damage and removal of all kinds. Contact SERVPRO of Flagler County today, we are available 24-7, including holidays. (386) 447-2202.

Fire Damage Deodorization Process Used In Palm Coast

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Deodorization Process Used In Palm Coast SERVPRO Specializes in Palm Coast Property Smoke & Fire Odor Removal

SERVPRO Eliminates Smoky Odors

Recently you had a small fire, caused by an electrical short, that claimed a portion of your garage where you stored the oil and gasoline for your landscaping equipment next to the rags you use for cleaning. No one was hurt, but now you have some clean-up and deodorization issues to deal with, and you know better than to attempt to do it yourself, or you simply don't have the time. The fire itself only affected a small area, but, the smoke damage and odors penetrated into the guest house upstairs and made the entire space unlivable. You'll need professional help to restore this portion of your property. Who can you turn to that will provide you with the services you need?

With several years of experience in handling both large and small jobs on a daily basis, our franchise servicing Palm Coast specializes in fire damage restoration issues just like this one. We'll take your call, assess the situation and send the proper personnel and equipment to your home immediately to begin repairs to your property.
 
SERVPRO technicians use several deodorization techniques to properly eliminate odors found in your home after a fire situation occurs. Our deodorization process starts with finding and removing the source of the smell, cleaning up odor causing residues and properly ventilating the area using air scrubbers to remove odor molecules in the air. However, multiple-phase odor control works a bit differently. By combining multiple techniques we can effectively eliminate odors, even when we aren't sure of the source.
 
Phase 1: Chemical Containment - Used to contain or block odor molecules from vaporizing into the air. We spray chemical deodorizers onto the odor causing materials, which forms a barrier that slows down or stops the odor molecules from evaporating.
 
Phase 2: Vapor Odor Control - It counteracts the odor particles that become airborne before we perform the first stage and releases deodorant vapors into the air to counter the malodor vapors as they make contact in the air.
 
Phase 3: Thermal Fogging - This step dispenses deodorants using our thermal fogging equipment. The deodorants pass through a heated area and are combusted to break down the deodorant solution into small particles. These particles chase and pair with any malodor, neutralizing it by changing its chemical composition.
 
At SERVPRO our experiences in vapor odor control methods, prove that this technique is especially useful in controlling fire damage odors. The first part prevents odor molecules from becoming airborne, while the second step stops odors before they have a chance to be detected by the nose.
 
SERVPRO only performs the services that are required to achieve our goals successfully. After performing each step of this process, we reassess the area and determine whether each subsequent step is necessary before moving forward.
 
Take advantage of our services by contacting us at SERVPRO of Flagler County today. (386) 447-2202

Mold Damage Attacks a Flagler Beach Property

12/15/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Attacks a Flagler Beach Property Keep Mold Out of Your Flagler Beach Condo, Call SERVPRO

Removing Sources of Water and Food Help Keep Molds Out of Your Home

Mold is a common problem in Florida. Some people believe that it is the result of poor housekeeping. That's completely untrue. Mold develops when the moisture content is higher than standard, and there is a food source close enough to spur growth.

In every environment in our area, there is some mold. There are thousands of spores in the air, inside and outside every home and other buildings, and they are harmless. Mold damage in the Flagler Beach area happens only when the two factors occur together. SERVPRO has decades of experience in dealing with the spread of mold. Our restoration teams are experts in stopping growth, cleaning out existing fungi and then reducing moisture to prevent further outbreaks.

The most common result of mold spores expanding and growing is damage. It isn't enough to just let an inch or two evaporate. When excess water or moisture isn't removed quickly from your home, mold growth can begin in just 48 to 72 hours. Standing water is absorbed into carpets, floors, and walls very soon after exposure. Absorption and mold growth both are accelerated in areas where there is poor ventilation such as bathrooms and closets and where there is a lack of sunlight (for most species.)

At this point, some homeowners may attempt to turn on the air conditioner or the fan at least to clean the air and increase ventilation. This increase of circulation is a major error. Once mold begins to grow, it is important to keep it isolated. When you call out one of our response teams, one of the first steps they take is to block off the HVAC system by covering and sealing the vents. This prevents mold spores from spreading from one room to another through the vents and ductwork.

The first sign of possible mold damage is that distinct musty odor. If you smell it or see mold in a poorly ventilated area, call us today at (386) 447-2202. SERVPRO of Flagler County is here to help remediate mold infestations and to restore your home to its pre-loss condition.