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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.

Tips to Prevent Mold in Flagler Beach

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips to Prevent Mold in Flagler Beach Mold in a Flagler Beach home

Mold is everywhere in our environment.  SERVPRO of Flagler County is here to help with all of your water/mold restoration needs.  The best way to prevent mold is to follow some of the steps below.

1. Identify problem areas in your home and correct them. Preventing mold from growing or spreading might be as simple as ripping up carpet in a damp area, installing mold-resistant products, or repairing damaged gutters.

2. Dry wet areas immediately. Mold can't grow without moisture, so tackle wet areas right away. 

3. Prevent moisture with proper ventilation. Make sure an activity as simple as cooking dinner, taking a shower, or doing a load of laundry doesn't invite mold by providing proper ventilation in your bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, and any other high-moisture area. 

4. Equip your home with mold-resistant products. Building a new home or renovating an old one? Use mold-resistant products like mold-resistant drywall or mold-resistant Sheetrock, and mold inhibitors for paints. 

5. Monitor humidity indoors. The EPA recommends keeping indoor humidity between 30 and 60 percent. You can measure humidity with a moisture meter purchased from your local hardware store. 

6. Direct water away from your home. If the ground around your home isn't sufficiently sloped away from the foundation, water may collect there and seep into your crawlspace or basement.

7. Clean or repair roof gutters.  Have your roof gutters cleaned regularly and inspected for damage. Repair them as necessary, and keep an eye out for water stains after storms that may indicate a leak.

8. Improve air flow in your home. Without good air flow in your home, that excess moisture may appear on your walls, windows and floors. To increase circulation, open doors between rooms, move furniture away from walls, and open doors to closets that may be colder than the rooms they’re in. Let fresh air in to reduce moisture and keep mold at bay.

9. Keep mold off household plants. They're beautiful and help keep your indoor air clean — and mold loves them. The moist soil in indoor plants is a perfect breeding ground for mold, which may then spread to other areas of your house.

Call us right away at 386-447-2202 if you have any signs of mold, we have trained professionals to handle the infestation.  We are available 24/7 to help make your damage, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Flagler County Services

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial SERVPRO of Flagler County Services Fire, water and mold restoration in Flagler County

SERVPRO of Flagler County provides a wide scope of services not always offered by other SERVPRO franchises, such as biohazard cleanup and removal, HVAC repair and service and general construction for rebuilding and remodeling structures.  Those are in addition to the fire, water and mold cleanup and restoration services you may already be familiar with.  Below is a list of some of our services offered.

  •  Fire, Smoke, and Soot Cleanup and Restoration
  • Water Removal and Dehumidification
  • Crime Scene, Biohazard and Vandalism Cleanup (Lic 18-64-00143)
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation (Lic MRSR2470)
  • Air Duct and HVAC Cleaning (Lic CAC1817509)
  • Carpet and Hard Floor Cleaning and Care.
  • Stain Removal, Stain Resistance Applications.
  • Odor Identification and Deodorization
  • Upholstery and Drapes: Wet and Dry Cleaning Methods
  • Our franchise is licensed in with the State of Florida for General Contracting (Lic CGC1514660) , HVAC, Biohazard cleanup and Mold Remediation.

 If you are unsure if we can help with an issue you are having, give us a call.  We are always here to help at 386-447-2202.

Restoring Your Commercial Property

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Commercial Property Working to restore this Flagler Beach business.

Many of our customers at SERVPRO of Flagler County are pleasantly surprised to find that we are a licensed general contractor.  We work closely with home and business owners to remodel or restore their properties after a loss.  When its time to choose a contractor, these are some great questions to ask.

Are you licensed and insured?
The only acceptable answer to this question is yes. Any sign of hesitation or misdirection is a clear indication that you should look elsewhere for a contractor.

What type of experience do you have in this industry?
The construction industry has many facets, and expertise in one does not guarantee proficiency in others. The goal is to determine the skills the general contractor as well as how long they have been providing the services that interest you.

Who do you work with?
General contractors don’t work in a vacuum. Do they have established relationships with local subcontractors and suppliers? Are they familiar with the local regulations and building codes and the inspectors who enforce them? Hiring a contractor who has strong connections with the local professional network ensures that they have access to the resources necessary to complete your project smoothly.

How will communication be handled?
Communication is a vital factor in almost any relationship. If you have a question or concern, how do you contact your contractor? Can you expect regular progress reports? Who should you speak with if there’s a problem?

Click below for some great information from our friends at the Flagler Home Builder Association

Protect Yourself from Unlicensed Contractors

Are you searching for a general contractor for your next commercial or residential construction project? At SERVPRO of Flagler County, we understand that our success depends on the satisfaction of our customers, and we thrive on exceeding expectations. 

If you any additional questions, contact us today at 386-447-2202 to schedule a complimentary meeting with our rebuild team to discuss your general contractor needs.

Preparing for Flood Season

6/6/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preparing for Flood Season Flooding in Palm Coast

With hurricane season here again, now is the time to prepare for the possibility of flooding in your home or business.

With over 50 years experience SERVPRO of Flagler County has restored flood-damaged homes and businesses all over the country.  As part of the SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team, we are trained and equipped to handle the largest storms and the highest floods.

Check out this site for some great information on what to do to prepare and handle flood situations.

Cleaning Floods Safely

If a flood does strike your home or business, give SERVPRO of Flagler County a call at 386-447-2202.  Even minor floods have the potential to cause major damage to a structure when not treated quickly and properly, and the cleanup is often an overwhelming task.  SERVPRO of Flagler County is prepared to handle any size disaster and help make it "Like it never even happened."

What to do when you have a fire

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What to do when you have a fire Garage fire impacts Daytona Beach home.

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

The most important thing you can do is to contact a professional restoration company early in the process.  SERVPRO of Flagler County has the training and tools to make your fire damage "Like it never even happened."  Call us today at 386-447-2202

Steps in a Fire restoration

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Steps in a Fire restoration Helping a St Augustine homeowner recover after a kitchen fire.

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Flagler County has the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Today 386-447-2202

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call the professionals at SERVPRO of Flagler County, which is staffed 24 hours a day. Our representative will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us dispatch our emergency response team with the appropriate equipment and resources.

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

Our Professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, the professionals at SERVPRO of Flagler County can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

SERVPRO of Flagler County Professionals use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

They will clean all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. They’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

If you have additional questions contact our 24 hour emergency line at 386-447-2202

Tips to prevent mold in your bathroom

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips to prevent mold in your bathroom Mold in a Flagler Beach bathroom

Ahhhh a hot, steamy shower feels good to achy muscles, washing away your cares for a while. And while you’re relaxing and opening your pores in your skin the humidity level in your bathroom is rising, which can create an ideal environment for moldand mildew.

Preventing Mold with a Bathroom Exhaust Fan.
Many people think that the exhaust fan in the bath room is there to remove away unpleasant odors. While they can help with that, these fans actually serve a much larger purpose. Bathroom exhaust fans draw the moisture-laden air that fills the room after a steamy shower or hot bath out of the bath room, bringing the room’s humidity down to a healthier level. This is a vital step in preventing mold growth and averting mold damage.

Your bathroom is an ideal location for mold because it thrives in a humid environment. One way to ensure that if comes on each time you enter the bath is to have an electrician hard wire the fan to the light switch. But for more efficient way of controlling humidity invest in a humidity sensor.

Most people turn the fan on when they enter their bathroom to shower and turn it off when they leave. Unfortunately, this does not always give the exhaust fan enough time to evacuate the steam and humidity. Ideally, the fan needs to run until the moisture level in the bathroom is back to normal. You could just leave the fan running and come back later to turn it off, but you run the risk of forgetting it. This wastes energy and can shorten the lifespan of the exhaust fan. Instead, consider installing a humidity sensor. The sensor will automatically cut the fan off when the correct humidity level is restored. It is an easy way to prevent mold damage.

Dealing With Mold
If you find that you have a mold issue in your bathroom, do not attempt to handle it yourself. Disturbing the mold may facilitate its spread and contaminate other areas of your home or business that can be prevented. Spreading and cross contaminating your home or business could end up costing more money in the long run. Instead, turn to the professionals at SERVPRO of Flagler County. Our technicians have the training, specialized equipment, and protective gear to address mold damage. They can inspect the area, identify the source of moisture, contain the mold, remove it, properly cleanse your belongings and restore your home or business to a healthy environment.  Call today for your no cost estimate, 386-447-2202

What the Storm Team brings to you

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What the Storm Team brings to you When the storm rolls out, we roll in. We are ready to help with Flagler County storms and Flagler Beach flooding.

Hurricane, Tornado, Flooding and Wildfires are just a few of the conditions that can wreak havoc on your home or business.  Over the past few years, we have seen our share of all of these life changing events.  Here at SERVPRO of Flagler County we have the tools and training to help you with whatever mother nature can throw at you.  We have the capability and professional personnel to respond quickly, nation wide, to your needs.  As part of the Disaster Recovery Team, we have access to all of the man power and equipment needed to help restore your home or business.  We will communicate with all involved parties on a daily basis to keep the cleanup efforts moving along.  This is an important step in keeping the line of communication open.  From the owner, to the insurance company, to our SERVPRO technicians and office staff.  From water mitigation to fire cleanup, as well as document drying, these are a few of our expansive areas of expertise.  So no matter where you live, SERVPRO Disaster Response Team is ready to roll.  We have the power to make it "Like it never even happened."