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Having a Safe 4th of July

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

We hope you have a safe and happy Independence Day! Whether you are enjoying a pool party with a BBQ or lighting off some fireworks with friends, there are always risks involved with having a 4th of July party. This blog well help you be safer and more cautious this Holiday.

Grill Safety

If BBQ is the plan for the day then a little caution will go a long way.

  • When grilling, make sure you are well away from your home and deck railings, and make sure you aren't under any trees or low hanging branches.
  • Open your gas grill before lighting.
  • Make sure to occasionally remove any buildup of grease or fat so that it will not ignite.
  • Avoid any loose articles of clothing that could potentially catch on fire while grilling.

Firework Safety

Who doesn't want to light off some fireworks this holiday? I know I do, but making sure that you are safe can potentially prevent accidents from happening.

  • Always have adult supervision around the fireworks activities.
  • Make sure to never be directly over or in front of the firework as you ignite it.
  • If a firework doesn't go off, do not try to go and relight it or pick it up.
  • Make sure that you don't light fireworks off near or around the house so you don't light anything on fire.
  • Always, Always, Always, keep a bucket of water or a garden hose near by and ready in case of a fire or mishap.

We here at SERVPRO of Flagler County wish you all a fun and safe 4th of July holiday and of course if any accidents happen you can call you local and trusted restoration company for any of your restoration needs!

Professional and Friendly Team Always Here to Help You

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

At  SERVPRO of Flagler County  in Palm Coast our team of professional technicians and supervisors love what they do. We come in ready to work and have a great attitude. When duty calls for it they are ready to suit up and get the job done right.

Here we are getting ready to go under a large hospital building in Daytona for an inspection. We were able to secure the job after inspection. 

We needed to climb under the building, clean up the piping, lay plastic and a layer of lime. 

Our team is always ready to do what it takes to get the job done right and you home or business back up and operational. 

Call us at 24/7 at 386-447-2202

Or visit our website: http://www.SERVPROflaglercounty.com/

All About SERVPRO of Flagler County

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Flagler County in Palm Coast is locally owned and operated. All of our Team Members live and work in your area. We are your neighbor, your friend, and we are always here to help. 

We have certified - trained technicians, state of the art equipment, and the resources to handle any loss any size 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

We care about the people we work with and it reflects in our workmanship. When a disaster strikes, whether it be a flood, a hurricane, or even mold damage we want to be there for you and your family to help restore your home or business to preloss condition. 

When a disaster happens you only want your life to get back to normal as quickly as possible, SERVPRO is here to help that happen. 


(386) 447-2202

Summer Vacation

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Should I Turn My Water off When I'm Gone?

It is always important to turn off your valves and water supplies to you house and amenities if you  are going to be away for any length of time. A home owner in Flagler Beach left for a week vacation and her toilet line burst while she was away and had two inches of water throughout her whole unit when she returned. They were only gone for a few days when someone noticed the water loss. Turning off your valves and water lines is essential for preventative maintenance. SERVPRO of Flagler County  is your local and trusted restoration company that can help you in you time of need.

See us at: https://www.SERVPROflaglercounty.com/

Or call us at : (386) 447-2202

Quick Guide to Checking your Plumbing

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

Why wait until something leaks or breaks before you check it out. Here some quick tips to checking out your plumbing periodically before something happens.


You can do a quick check of all of your drains in your sink, tub, and shower. Making sure that the drains are clear of hair and debris will help the flow of the drains. Doing a toilet check with the tank lid off will make sure that you are saving water and that it's not continually running. Make sure you check the caulking around your tub and shower to ensure that water isn't seeping into your walls which can result in mold growth.


As with the bathroom, you want to make sure your sink drains are clear of debris and buildup. Pour drain cleaner in every few months is a good way to prevent any build up. You can make sure that your garbage disposal line is not loose as to avoid water lose under the sink that you normally wouldn’t be able to see. 

A water loss is not always expected but hopefully some of these tips can help you stay ahead of the game. If you do fall victim to a water loss then you can always call your local and trusted restoration company. SERVPRO of Flagler County specializes in Water, Fire, and Mold restoration and mitigation. Check out some of our other blogs and before and after pictures to see why our slogan is: "Like it never even happened."

Choosing a Water Remediation & Restoration Company

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Choosing a Water Remediation &  Restoration Company

Broken water supply lines, sewage and septic system failures, and floods can cause serious Water Damage to your home, office of industrial building. As a homeowner or a manager of a commercial building, it's important to consider hiring the services of professional water damage remediation services to insure proper cleaning and drying and to prevent secondary damage like mold growth. Time is crucial when it comes to responding to flood damage , here are a few tips to choose the best professionals for the job.

Training and accreditation

Look for IICRC accreditation which requires training and experience. A credible water cleanup contractor should have trained Technicians to perform any mitigation service.

specializations in other fields such as plumbing and wiring so as to disconnect and connect broken pipes to restore the water damage satisfactorily. The contractor should have accreditation documents from relevant bodies like the Better Business Bureau.


Location can be an issue, remember the timeline is important, some insurance companies have relationships with remediation companies, but they may not be able to get there for hours or even days. Mold and fungus can start developing on the site after just two days. If the home or commercial building gets a mold manifestation, it may require that the building owner hires a mold removal company on top of the water damage restoration expenses.

Insured and bonded

It is always advisable to hire insured and bonded water in home or water in business removal companies. The water mitigation company should be bonded and licensed and comply with all policies regarding professional operation of a mitigation company.

Tools and equipment

The tools and equipment used by the water cleanup companies in removing the water in home or water in business are designed to be more effective than equipment sold for home use. Most businesses or homes can't afford to buy the expensive drying equipment necessary.

--If you have any water or mold issues please call SERVPRO of Flagler County at 386-447-2202 or visit  https://www.SERVPROflaglercounty.com/ for more information on water damage.

Choosing a Fire Remediation & Restoration Company

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Choosing a Fire Remediation &  Restoration Company

Even a small fire can cause serious fire -smoke damage to your home, office of industrial building. As a homeowner or a manager of a commercial building, it's important to consider hiring the services of professional fire and smoke damage remediation contractor to ensure proper cleaning and odor removal. Here are a few tips to choose the best professionals for the job.

Training and accreditation

Look for IICRC accreditation which requires training and experience. A credible Fire Damage  cleanup contractor should have trained Technicians to perform any mitigation service.


Location can be an issue, remember the timeline is important, some insurance companies have relationships with remediation companies, but they may not be able to get there for hours or even days. If the home or commercial building does not have the soot cleanup quickly secondary damage can occur.

Insured and bonded

It is always advisable to hire insured and bonded water in home or water in business removal companies. The water mitigation company should be bonded and licensed and comply with all policies regarding professional operation of a mitigation company.

Tools and equipment

The tools and equipment used by cleanup companies in removing the soot, smoke and odor in your  home or business are designed to be more effective than equipment sold for home use. Most businesses or homes can't afford to buy the expensive equipment and products necessary.

--If you have any Fire Smoke Soot or Odor issues please call SERVPRO of Flagler County at 386-447-2202 or visit  https://www.SERVPROflaglercounty.com/ for more information.

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

The hurricane season is now upon us and that means it is time to prepare for it. With any storm it is good to have a plan and a list of things that need to happen when a storm is arriving. In today blog post we want to talk about 6 easy steps to help you prepare ahead of time.

1. Have an evacuation route planned ahead of time

Living in a mobile home or within close proximity to the beach buts you at a greater risk for damage as well as a quick evacuation. It is important to know where you will be directly to, where your animals and loved ones will go, and what important documentation you need to take with you.

2. Keep supplies on hand in case of emergencies

Supplies should be nonperishable and changed out depending on the situation. Some of these would include:
- Extra Batteries
- Candles or lanterns
- Prescriptions
- Non- perishable foods
- First aid supplies
- Portable weather radio

3. Inventory all personal belongings

It is important to inventory all personal belongings for insurance and tax purposes. If you have to evacuate your home it is important to know what was lost if a catastrophe does happen to your home. Having pictures of your valuable belongings before the storm and after will make the claim easier for your insurance company.

4. Know your Insurance Policies

Review your homeowners insurance to see if they cover temporary housing, what your deductible is, and what exactly is covered for your home. Read the fine print to know if there are exclusions in your policies.

5. Protect your home

- Use shredded bark instead of gravel or rock in your landscape because it will cause less damage
- Trim trees appropriately
- Install storm shutters or board up before leaving
- Secure your mobile home before leaving
- Anchor your boat or trailer securely to the ground

6. Protect your business

- Put an emergency response plan into place so both employees and the insurance company knows what to expect and take care of.
- Keep all contacts up to date so there is always someone available to talk to.

- Review and understand your insurance policies to know what is covered and what would fall on your the owner to take care of.

What to do in case of a flash flood

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

In the midst of storm season there is always a possibility of flash flooding. This can happen from a hurricane or large amounts of rain, among the possibilities. We would like to tell you some of the do's and don'ts of this situation.

Lets start with the do's of a flash flood.

DO shut off the water as soon as possible to avoid any further flooding

DON'T use a vacuum cleaner to remove standing water

DO Turn the main electricity supply off as soon as possible

DON'T leave furniture on wet carpet - DO please small saucers underneath furniture legs to lift it off the wet surface

DO take photographic evidence of the damage caused to your premises

DON'T attempt any repair work or redecorating until everything has fully dried out

DO use buckets and towels to remove and mop up any standing water

DON'T use ordinary cleaning products to clean up flood water

DO open windows and doors to let the air circulate the room and dry it out

ALWAYS call SERVPRO to help clean up and repair all damage

SERVPRO is a Trusted Leader in the Fire and Water Restoration

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Training and Equipment Offer Fire Damage Restoration at its Finest

Fire damage takes a tremendous toll on a homeowner’s sense of security and peace of mind at the same time that it causes destruction within the dwelling. Cleaning ceilings and walls, repairing structural damage, and eliminating water damage are big tasks, expected to be completed by a fire restoration company. However, often the attention to smaller details a company like SERVPRO of Flagler County brings to the job is what offers you the feeling that you are safe and sheltered within the walls of your home again. As we inspect your home post-fire, we can design a plan that manages all aspects of fire damage recovery, including the little things that make a house a home. Our goal is to recreate the cozy and comfortable refuge you and your family deserve and need to put the fire behind you.

Favorite furnishings, knick-knacks, and decor also need expert restoration services when fire damages your Palm Coast home. Our technicians receive thorough IICRC and Corporate training in techniques to clean treasured possessions after a fire. Proper cleaning depends on an assessment of the nature of the fire residue, which can be greasy, sticky, or dusty. Different cleaning products and tools are used according to the type of soiling and the material of which the item is made. Careful detail work combined with proper cleansers and tools result in outcomes that restore your prized possessions to preloss condition, whenever possible. Ask us about the ESPORTA cleaning machine.
We also pay careful attention to fixtures, wall coverings, window treatments, and trim as we move through your fire damaged house. Our on-site and remote cleaning options are states of the art. SERVPRO is an industry leader for a good reason, requiring our highly qualified and certified staff to pursue continuous educational opportunities to stay on top of best practices for fire damage restoration. Our vision is clear, and our only goal realized when you walk back into a home that looks, smells, and feels “Like it never even happened.” 
SERVPRO of Flagler County is not satisfied until you are comfortably settled back into your home, all fire damage restored to preloss condition. Our franchise awaits your call at (386) 447-2202, day or night, every day of the year. 

Tented Tile

4/17/2019 (Permalink)

There are several myths in the industry that tile floor does not absorb water and can be dried out without any after effects. The truth is that both the slab and the tile may absorb water. If not properly dried out weeks or even months down the line a tenting affect may take place in the tile. This is where the tile dries out and expands or contracts and forms a tent. The slab will shrink back down to the original size, however the tile will not shrink but rather stay the same size which could be what causing the tenting effect. There are many other factors that can come into play such as what the tile is made of, what temperate the tile was fired at, the amount of time the tile was fired, and whether the tile was glazed or not. All of this comes into play and will be tale tell signs if the tile will tent or not.

Allergy-Proof Your Home

4/3/2019 (Permalink)

If you have hay fever or allergic asthma symptoms throughout the year, take a few steps to reduce allergens in your home.  Here are some suggestions: Bed and Bedding:  Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers.Flooring:  Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring and washable area rugs.Curtains/Blinds:  Use washable curtains and replace horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades.Windows:  Close windows and rely on air conditioning during pollen season.Furnishings:  Avoid upholstered furniture.Clutter:  Remove items that collect dust.  Store children’s toys, games, etc. in plastic bins.Pets:  Keep animals out of the bedroom.  Bath pets at least once a week.  Keep pets outside.Air Filtration:  Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter.Furniture:  Use furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic.Plants:  Spread aquarium gravel over the dirt to help contain mold.Fireplaces:  Avoid using wood-burning fireplaces or stoves.Stove:  Use a vented exhaust fan to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture.Sink:  Wash dishes daily.Refrigerator:  Wipe up excessive moisture to avoid mold growth.Cabinets/Counters:  Clean cabinets and counter-tops with detergent and water.Food Waste:  Place garbage in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty trash daily.Ventilation:  Use an exhaust fan to reduce moisture while taking baths/showers.Walls:  Install tile or paint the walls with mold-resistant enamel paint.Shower/Tub:  Towel-dry the tub and enclosure after use to prevent mold.Toilet/Sink:  Scrub mold from plumbing fixtures.  Repair leaks.Foundation, Windows, and Stairwells:  Repair any sources of leaks or water damage.Air Quality:  Use a dehumidifier to reduce dampness and clean it once a week.Storage:  Store collectibles and clothes in plastic storage bins.Clothes Dryer:  Vent moisture outside.Temperature/Humidity:  Maintain the temperature between 68 F (20 C) and 72 F (22 C) and keep relative humidity no higher than 50 percent.Pests:  Control cockroaches and mice with inexpensive traps from the hardware store.Mold:  Close doors and windows during warm weather and use air conditioning and dehumidifiers.Weekly Cleaning Routine:  Damp-mop wood or linoleum flooring and vacuum carpeting.Smoking:  Don’t allow smoking anywhere inside your house.Source/Information:  Mayo Clinic

What to do before leaving for Vacation

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Everyone is always so excited to go on vacation that they often miss important items that need to be done around the house that can better prepare against issues while gone. It can be very helpful to have someone check-in on the house a few times while you are on vacation to check the mail and make sure your house does not flood but there may be more you can do. A house sitter may not always know where important valves are or who you would want to contact in case of an emergency if you do not already have that information set out for them.

The first big thing to do to protect your home before leaving is going to shutting off the main water supply to the home. This will protect against flooding or a sudden link in your home.

The next thing may not apply to everyones home but it is important to those it pertains to. The sump pump. You need to check it and make sure it is not close to full or there are not any other rainwater near it as it can wuickly become an issue.

In many places it will be one of the extremes, either very hot or very cold. In Florida it will normally be very hot. You will want to turn your thermostat up but do not turn the A/C off as that is what is going to protect your home against possible growth as best it can. If it is somewhere cold you will want to turn the heat down but not off as that will help protect against freezing pipe, not prevent though.

To keep flowers alive you will want to have your house sitter come bay and water them or use a mechanism that slowly released water throughout the time you are gone to continue to give them water.

Other things to include would be unplugging electronics to prevent against surges, fires, and lower your electric bill while away. You will also want to light rooms with timers to help prevent against burglars and they will think you are home.

These are just a few quick ways to protect your home while away.

Common Causes of House Fires You Might Not Expect

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

There are several items that are commonly know to cause house fires. House fires can quickly turn into large flames that overtake your home if precautions are not taken or a home owner does not know how to properly stop a fire and call local authorities. Here are some not so well known causes of house fires.
Cooking equipment such as pots and pans or even hotplates can quickly go from a safe cooking tempurature to a higher than normal temputure that can cause a fire.

Heating such as a furnace or a portable heater can cause house fires and should be checked by a local professional atleast once a year to prevent any mishaps.

Smoking in bedrooms is a big one because there are many flamables things suchs as bedding and drapery, even down to carpets in the bedroom.

Electrical equipment is a more common one however it can even relate to a fraying cord on your hairdryer, or your phone cord commonly used by bedsides.

Candles are next on the list and can often be forgotten about. If a wick goes untrimmed it can also cause smoke damage on the walls and ceilings.

There are many other causes for common house fires that a home owner may not often think about. Always try to be vigilant when using anything that could potentially cause a fire.

Why you should clean your air ducts

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

The air ducts in your home carry air throughout your home to circulate and bring in cool and warm air depending on the time of year and which system is on. With these ducts carrying air throughout everyday it will pick up a number of different items and sometimes they will get stuck or blocked. Dust will also get built up in there as time goes on. Here are some of the top reasons you need to get your air ducts cleaning once a year. The first reason and one of the most common is pets. Pets with dander and that shed often get that hair into the ducts and get stuck in the air handler making it work harder and possibly cause a hazard the your home if let go to long. This leads to the next item, allergies and asthma, pet hair can lead to this but can also lead to worsening allergies and athsma due to the build up. If your ducts and vents are full of pet hair and pollen and dusk it can make your allergies significantly worse. Next on th list is cigarette or cigar smoke. You should not smoke in your home due to the fire hazard but if someone in the past has smoked in the home, cleaning the ducts can lessen the smell but may not completely get rid of it. Up next on the list is water contamination or damage to the home. If there is a water loss affecting the ducts or the HVAC system it should be cleaned to ensure and affected water has been removed and sanitize the area it affected. Finally for the last item on the list is any home remodeling. When remodeling paint fumes, and tile dusk, all sorts of things can get into those ducts and be blown around the home affecting allergies and get blown onto carpet and couches making the home dirty and dusky. The best thing to do is have the ducts cleaned once a year to ensure top function. Call us today to schedule!

Can I do anything about mold?

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Can I do anything about mold?

Being in an industry where we clean up many various situations involving mold there are a few things to keep in mind if you are a renter. Unfortunately most renters need to get in touch with the owner of the unit if they find they have a leak or there is any inication of mold. The owner is the only person who can immediately give access to move forward. If the owner gives a landlord or tenant verbal consent remediation services may temporarily move forward.

What could mold mean for a tenant?

Mold can cause health issues. These issues can vary from flaring up allergies to harmful health issues. Mold is not something to ignore. If you think there is anything going on you should first contact the homeowner, and then contact an air quality assessor to test the air. The test they are able to perform can tell you have mold in the residence and even what kind and how much.

What can I do if my landlord refuses to do anything?

Each state is different on the legal limitations required by the owner of the unit. You may have a long list of things you are able to done or you may not have many rights in this regards. You need to do research and know what your rights are.

Next step

If you are able to get the owner on board process with testing and remediation process. This process can take any amount of time depending on the extent of what is affected and how long it will take to rebuild the areas affected.

Know what you can and cannot authorize and be sure to ask your landlord before you move in for what to do in emergencies such as this.

How to check a house for water damage

2/15/2019 (Permalink)

When should you check your home for water damage? The first time you should check a home for damage is when you are buying it. You never want to get into a home after spending unthinkable amounts of money and find out that you have to replace several things or see that you have a leak someone. Ideally the inspector should point these things out, however, they do not always catch everything.   The first step and place you want to check will be the walls. Make sure there is no staining, bubbles, or rust from possible water damage. These will be the signs. Moving down you want to check the floors for damage. You will be able to see discoloration, warping or bubbling, similar to the walls. The floors may have a been damaged previously or may still have water underneath them.  Check the pipes. The easiest way to look is under sinks, in the garage, and around the wash room. These are the most common places for leaks to occur.  Here in Florida it is rare that we have basements, however that would need to be checked as well.  We do however have the majority of our storage space in our attics. It is important to go up there once during the day and once at night to see if there are any exposed areas that may have a roof leak or leak of any other type.  Finally go outside and check to see if there are any holes, or cracks in the exterior. Cracks in the stucco are a common problem in Florida due to the humidity, wear and tear, and heat combination. 

Can You Better Prevent a House Fire?

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

We know there are a lot of unknowns that you cannot prepare for in life, but what if there are some precautions you could take to sleep more safely at night and protect your family? Below are some tips and tricks to help you sleep better at night. 

  1. Cooking  - When cooking make sure to never leave the kitchen unattended. If you have to leave for any reason make sure to turn off any burners or the oven. Do not let any grease or oil get too hot for fear of a spontaneous fire. Do not leave any flammable items near the oven or stove, such as towels or food packaging. 
  2. Smoking - Never smoke in the home. A stray ash could easily catch anything flammable on fire and rapidly spread. 
  3. Electrical - Never overload an outlet or use anything wires that are exposed. When you overload an outlet it could best case scenario, trip the breaker, or worst case scenario, start an electrical fire. Make sure all electrical outlets and units in the home are up to date. When looking at buying a home make sure to have an inspection on the home done. 
  4. Candles - Unattended candles are a large leader in house fires. Make sure to always keep the wick short  as to keep the flame under control. Never leave a candle unattended, one stray spark can easily jump and catch on anything near it on fire. 
Take precautions to never leave a heat source or an open flame unattended. Check your fire alarms batteries quarterly, and make be vigilant for any risks. 

Common Hazards in Commercial Properties

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

There are many things with a commercial property that can arise and cause issue. There are also a few things that you can do as an owner or a property manager to keep your risks low and prevent possible damages.  

  1. Automatic Sprinkler System - Having an automatic sprinkler system installed can quickly reduce any damages caused by a fire erupting during anytime of the day or night. 
  2. Upkeep of maintenance - Any broken window or crack in drywall can quickly lead to an issue and become a long term event if not taken care of.  
  3. Lose debris - Having any lose debris or garbage piled up can lead to fines, damage, and even attract critters. Keeping all areas neat and tidy will easily reduce these risks.
  4. Dust Build-up - Make sure to keep all ducts and laundry vents clean. Best practice for a commercial building is to have both cleaned annually to keep the maintenance up on them.
These are some of the most common hazards known to commercial properties but also some of the easiest to reduce the risk on. Some of these items SERVPRO can even help and take care of. For your annual duct and vent cleaning give us a call to schedule today!

Disaster Clean-up

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

A storm can stir up any number of things on your property and it is important to know tips, trick, and if there is a possibility of insurance coverage.  Debris Removal  Debris Removal can be anything from trees to needing a dump truck. These are small items that you need to look into your insurance policy to see if you are covered. Every policy is different and what it covers can vary drastically.  Costs  If there are any mitigation services needed those will need to be taken care of immediately. Having an emergency savings fund in the case that your insurance company does not cover your claim in its entirety or in full. These mitigation services and emergency clean-up measures can help prevent growth in the future.  Precautions  Before a disaster happens it is important to have things such as tarps, water, emergency food, and safe shelter. Being that tax season is upon us, some of these things may be deductible if your area was indeed hit by a disaster. Male sure to not only keep a list of all of your storm gear, but also the receipts in case you are able to claim them on your taxes at a later date. 

What to do After a House Fire

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

After a catastrophe like a house fire happens you are probably not thinking about what your next step needs to be. Here is a short list to help if something like this happens and better prepare you if this happens. House fires are scary and they are not normally safe to stay in after the presence of smoke and fire.  Your first step after a house fire will need to be finding a place for yourself, family, and any pets. This can sometimes be covered by your insurance company, which leads to the next step, calling your insurance company. As soon a catastrophe happens in your home you need to file a claim to get the ball rolling.  Most people will not think of this, but you need to call the police when a Fire happens. There will need to be a determination done by the local authorities that is was an accident and where it came from. The insurance company will want to wait for those forms and information before determining coverage.  Once you have had a few moments to gather your thoughts and get your family to a safe place you will need to get together a list as well as photos of the damaged items. Doing this yourself will ensure that you don't miss anything and the insurance company can get a jump start on what the claim will entail for replacing items.  Anything that was not damaged should be separated in the home to either an unaffected area or put in a storage unit the home has been restored.  These are the most important steps to take before any mitigation work and put back can begin. 

Common Places to Check for Growth in your Home

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Living in Florida where the humidity is always high, it is always important to be constantly checking your home and cleaning to make sure growth is not present. If there is growth present in your home, the sooner you call your local SERVPRO remediator, the sooner the problem can be addressed, contained, and removed. The most common place to look for growth in your home is the bathroom. While it is probably everyone's least favorite place to clean, it is the place that harbors the most germs. The bathroom has the most moisture and the most bacteria that can cause mold when moisture is present.  The next place to check for growth is the kitchen. This area of the home also harbors moisture, not as much as the bathroom, but still a god amount with the sink, dishwasher and refrigerator. Make sure to also check your fridge often for expired items to prevent the spread of any moldy items. We now move into the bedroom. If you have any exterior windows and window sills they can build up moisture and collect growth. Additionally in the bedroom we need to check the vents as they can also collect humidity, here in Florida the drastic temperature change from day to night and air to heat can contribute to the issue as well.  Moving through the home to the living, the couch and curtains need to be checked as well. The couch, if covered can collect spores in the fabric. The same thing goes with the curtains throughout the home. If there are any plants kept inside, they will need to be checked. If the soil in the plant is too wet, they can start to grow some unsightly things.  While uncommon in Florida homes, a fireplace and chimney let in the majority of moisture from the outside air and need to be regularly cleaned. If your home has a chimney and/or fireplace it will need to be cleaned regularly to prevent and build up and keep maintained.   There are several more places that we can look in a home to find growth but these are the most common. Mold is not 100% preventable, but there are ways to maintain your home and catch it as soon as anything pops up. 

Water Damage and What to Expect

2/5/2019 (Permalink)

Most people have little knowledge as to what to expect when they suddenly experience water damage. We want to help you with that and give you a little knowledge and insight into the process to better help understand what is going on.  The first step is to reach out to your local and professional SERVPRO to get the ball rolling. Once we receive the information we will immediately dispatch someone to come to your home, assess the damage, and start the mitigation process. The less time the water is sitting in your home, generally the sooner we are able to get it dried out.  If there is any standing water we will immediately extract it and place the necessary equipment to dry your home out. The more water, typically the more equipment and time is needed. Once we have removed any material necessary and dried the home out the rebuild process can begin.  Our rebuild team will then assess and make a plan to move forward to allow you to put your home in a preloss state. 

Local Aldi's Fire 12/27/2018

1/9/2019 (Permalink)

A freezer unit in the store had a mechanical issue causing it to catch fire in the Aldi's grocery store on this particular Thursday morning. Luckily no one was in the store when it happened. 

When crews arrived on Thursday morning there was smoke coming from the building letting the workers know there was something going on. The power company was notified but never needed to shut off the power. 

As a result of the fire, crews worked diligently to clean up the damage and placed equipment to also improve air quality in the building so that it was safe for both workers and customers.

In order to maintain the stores normal working hours crews worked after hours to stay out of the way of workers and customers during the day.

The management team in the store was very happy with the work done and will be returning for any other damage in the future. 

Bug out Back Documents

10/19/2018 (Permalink)

When it is time to either evacuate or bug out, depending on the situation or how you use the terminology in your house, people often forget about the documents. Most people think about where they are going, food they will need and fuel for how they are going to get there. 

Documents are some of the most important things to bring because if a hurricane or major storm hits, they may not be there when you come back to your residence, or where ever you keep your documents. 

Your driver’s license - You will need this to check into a hotel, any kind of lodging, or a shelters sometimes to keep track of who is there.

Education certificates - These are documents that are a hassle to replace and often take an extended amount of time.

Bank Information and Passwords - If you are not a part of a nationwide bank such as Wells Fargo or many others you need to have this on hand so you have access to funds in this emergency situation. 

Social Security Card - This is another document that you will need if you have a medical emergency and is incredibly difficult to replace.

Credit Card Information - This goes along with the Bank information. Credit cards will sometimes still work if debit cards will not.

Adoption Papers - These papers come in handy in almost any situation when an emergency arises.

Pet documents -  these should include the adoption papers and any shot records you have. Hotels and boarding places often ask for these and will not accept your pet without them.

Medical and Dental Information- These are self explanatory.

marriage certificate - This document is just as hard to get as a new social security card or drivers license can be.

Religious Certificates - these are miscellaneous docs important to each individual, not specific. 

Your Will - if you have one.

stock certificates - If you have these available, most things have moved to online. 

business registration (if you have one) - This will be really important in a storm situation to be able to check on the physical property to have proof that you can go on the premises. 

Passport - Same as Social Security Card.

Concealed Weapon permits - You should always have this on hand. 

Library Cards – have a backup of the numbers on your phone

Medicare documents - Any healthcare documents need to go with you in the event of a medical emergency.

Website passwords and anything else that is important to you.

SERVPRO Can Handle Any Size Job At Any Time

9/10/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Flagler County, we are equipped to handle any job at any time. We have a Commercial Large Loss Division and a Disaster Recovery Team.  

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.

Hurricane Preparation for Commercial Businesses

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

In business, preparation is a vital component to survival. This is true for every aspect of your operation and while business owners prepare for all manner of financial upheavals, one area they tend to neglect is property damage – in particular property damage related to severe weather such as a hurricane, tropical storm, or tornado.

While you can’t control where a tropical storm or hurricane touches down, you can develop some disaster recovery plans that can help mitigate property damage and downtime due to the severe weather associated with this tropical activity. For starters, we recommend gathering your most valued employees and coming up with a disaster recovery strategy. Figure out crucial tasks to undertake before a hurricane strikes, and determine who will be responsible for them.

Typical disaster preparation strategies include backing up critical data and sensitive client information. Make sure you keep a back-up of your information off-site or on an outsourced server in the event your building receives critical damage.

Just like you would prepare your home for a hurricane, you should also take the same precautions, where possible, to secure your business to protect it from wind and water damage. Putting up storm shutters or boarding up windows is a good start. You should also secure or store any outdoor items on your property that may become a safety hazard when gale force winds descend.

As we noted above, property damage is only part of the concern when it comes to a hurricane. Loss of electricity and structural damage can cause downtime for your business. This downtime can last anywhere from a few hours to weeks – or longer. Having a secondary location where you can set up a temporary business can help you continue operations. If possible, you may want to consider setting up a system whereby employees can work remotely. This could be a cheaper alternative to opening a second office. Just make sure your critical information and network access is secure and only available to appropriate team members.

Along the same token, you want to keep the lines of communication open with your employees, vendors, and clients. Prepare your customers for any alternate contact information or locations, and if you suspect a slow-down in service, be forthcoming and let your clients know what to expect.

Finally, at the start of hurricane season, meet with your insurance agent and review your property and business insurance to make sure you are fully covered for any realistic scenarios. If you do experience property damage, content damage, or need the assistance of a disaster recovery service, SERVPRO of Flagler County / NSB- Titusville will help mitigate your losses and be an invaluable resource to get your business back up and running.

What to Do in the Aftermath of a Hurricane

7/28/2018 (Permalink)

After a hurricane or tropical storm has moved on from your area, make sure the local news has given the okay to venture outside. If there is any indication that the storm is not entirely out of your area, wait a while longer, as hurricanes can often spawn tornadoes and hail even after they have left your region. Also, don’t be fooled by the eye of the hurricane. Depending upon the size of the storm wall, you will experience anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour of no storm activity. Never venture out when the eye of the hurricane is passing over, as you can quickly get caught in the storm once it picks back up again.

Once you are certain it is safe to venture outdoors, check the area for any downed power lines. If you find them, report them to the local power company and steer clear of them. Avoid puddles and standing water, as they can house hidden dangers and safety hazards.

Next, inspect your home for any structural damage. Damaged walls, collapsing roofs, and floods are particularly dangerous, and if you encounter them, you will want to evacuate the premises immediately. Document any damage with your phone or a camera. This includes property damage, as well as content damage. Hurricanes often result in water damage and flood damage, and may result in mold and mildew, as well as fire damage.

Once you have taken note of any damage and your family is safe and secure, your next step should be to call your insurance company and a storm damage restoration company, such as the catastrophe remediation professionals at SERVPRO Flagler County/NSB-Titusville  not only can they help repair your property and its contents, they can also help guide you through the insurance claims process and develop a safety plan for any future catastrophic events.

What is White Mold?

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

White mold is not a specific type of mold. Many  species of mold may appear white. The species of white mold commonly found in homes are aspergillus, cladosporium, and penicillum. All these molds may also appear gray, green, black or other tints. Moreover, all molds thrive in moist areas where a food source like wood is present.

Generally, it’s not necessary to determine the type of mold you have in your home – all molds have the same negative effects.

Some molds may appear white in their early stages of development. Later, these molds may change color after producing spores. Yet, many molds appear white regardless of age because their spores are not pigmented. The lack of spore pigmentation is caused by the type of material it’s growing on.

Also, white mold appears as powdery and may blend in with the materials it’s growing on, which makes it hard to tell that it’s actually mold.

White Mold vs Mildew and Efflorescence

Sometimes, people confuse white mold with mildew, which may also have a white appearance. However, mildew rarely grows on surfaces other than plants and doesn’t destroy materials. White mold, on the other hand, penetrates the surface of porous materials like wood or drywall and can ruin them.

It’s also common for people to confuse white mold with a substance called efflorescence. It’s a type of salt deposit caused by salty water which seeps through concrete, brick or stone. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind a white crystalline substance that looks similar to white mold.

Unlike white mold though, efflorescence won’t grow or spread.

To tell whether a substance is white mold or efflorescence, just look at the affected surface. If it’s masonry, it’s efflorescence. Also, put some of it into a drop of water and if it dissolves, it’s not mold. Lastly, squeeze some of the substance between your fingers and if it breaks into fine powder, it’s efflorescence.

Is White Mold Dangerous?

White mold is just one type of mold that can invade your home. Check out information about black mold, and how to remove mold from your home. For mold removal and water damage repair services, contact SERVPRO Of Flagler County. 

Washing Machine Mold

7/10/2018 (Permalink)

White mold is not a specific type of mold. Many  species of mold may appear white. The species of white mold commonly found in homes are aspergillus, cladosporium, and penicillum. All these molds may also appear gray, green, black or other tints. Moreover, all molds thrive in moist areas where a food source like wood is present.

Generally, it’s not necessary to determine the type of mold you have in your home – all molds have the same negative effects.

Some molds may appear white in their early stages of development. Later, these molds may change color after producing spores. Yet, many molds appear white regardless of age because their spores are not pigmented. The lack of spore pigmentation is caused by the type of material it’s growing on.

Also, white mold appears as powdery and may blend in with the materials it’s growing on, which makes it hard to tell that it’s actually mold.

White Mold vs Mildew and Efflorescence

Sometimes, people confuse white mold with mildew, which may also have a white appearance. However, mildew rarely grows on surfaces other than plants and doesn’t destroy materials. White mold, on the other hand, penetrates the surface of porous materials like wood or drywall and can ruin them.

It’s also common for people to confuse white mold with a substance called efflorescence. It’s a type of salt deposit caused by salty water which seeps through concrete, brick or stone. When the water evaporates, it leaves behind a white crystalline substance that looks similar to white mold.

To tell whether a substance is white mold or efflorescence, just look at the affected surface. If it’s masonry, it’s efflorescence. Also, put some of it into a drop of water and if it dissolves, it’s not mold. Lastly, squeeze some of the substance between your fingers and if it breaks into fine powder, it’s efflorescence.

Is White Mold Dangerous?

White mold is just one type of mold that can invade your home. Check out information about black mold, and how to remove mold from your home. For mold removal and water damage repair services, contact SERVPRO Of Flagler County. 

What to Do in the Aftermath of a Hurricane

6/28/2018 (Permalink)

After a hurricane or tropical storm has moved on from your area, make sure the local news has given the okay to venture outside. If there is any indication that the storm is not entirely out of your area, wait a while longer, as hurricanes can often spawn tornadoes and hail even after they have left your region. Also, don’t be fooled by the eye of the hurricane. Depending upon the size of the storm wall, you will experience anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour of no storm activity. Never venture out when the eye of the hurricane is passing over, as you can quickly get caught in the storm once it picks back up again.

Once you are certain it is safe to venture outdoors, check the area for any downed power lines. If you find them, report them to the local power company and steer clear of them. Avoid puddles and standing water, as they can house hidden dangers and safety hazards.

Next, inspect your home for any structural damage. Damaged walls, collapsing roofs, and floods are particularly dangerous, and if you encounter them, you will want to evacuate the premises immediately. Document any damage with your phone or a camera. This includes property damage, as well as content damage. Hurricanes often result in water damage and flood damage, and may result in mold and mildew, as well as fire damage.

Once you have taken note of any damage and your family is safe and secure, your next step should be to call your insurance company and a storm damage restoration company, such as the catastrophe remediation professionals at SERVPRO Flagler County not only can they help repair your property and its contents, they can also help guide you through the insurance claims process and develop a safety plan for any future catastrophic events.

Mold in Florida

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

Living in Florida there is moisture constantly everywhere. The humidity is always in the air, whereas in the more northern states there is less moisture year-round in the air. With the amount of moisture, it is incredibly important the run the air conditioner in the home or business to reduce the amount and lower the risk of mold possibilities in the residence or working space. When the air conditioner is turned off the moisture levels quickly rise in the home and can cause growth quickly due to this amount.

Once the moisture is in the home it can be felt as well as seen when you know what to look for. The moist common places growth can be found are the bathroom as well as the kitchen. The bathroom can accumulate moisture and eventually growth even faster if there is not a fan, or the fan is not used while the shower is running. Moisture tends to cling to anything metal such as the vents in the ceiling or close to the floor. The kitchen is another common place due to cooking, as well as the number of appliances in the kitchen that use water. These appliances include the refrigerator and the dishwasher. The supply lines for these machines are commonly the cause of moisture build-up and leak.

To keep the moisture abundance down here in the state of Florida we need to keep the air conditioning on. We also need to use the fans in the bathroom to pull the heavily saturated air out of the room. We also need to use the fan on the stove when cooking anything with high amounts of steam.

For all your restoration needs call SERVPRO of Flagler Beach!

Power outages and Mold?

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

When a storm that is severe enough happens normally a power outage comes along with it. Power outages can cause a string on unfortunate events. Many families first thoughts automatically go to the refrigerator and all the perishable foods within it. These foods are important to think about because they can cause an odor and lots of money lost in perishable goods. These foods can also cause mold within the refrigerator. There maybe mold lurking in other areas in your home that need attention as well.

When the power goes out that means that the air conditioner goes out as well. As the temperatures rise in the home the humidity levels that can cause growth also to rise. The air conditioner in a home keeps the humidity levels low enough to discourage growth. When the power goes out and the longer it stays out, the longer the air conditioner is off it will cause the humidity levels to climb until they reach the same levels as the outdoor humidity.

It is easier in the home to keep the humidity down rather than lower it from a high level to a lower level. One way to keep the moisture from settling in one place in the home and keep the levels down would be to keep any ceiling fans, or fans in general on to allow the movement of air. Another way to help keep the levels down would be to close all blinds or shades to keep the heat level lower. If all the windows are open it allows the heat level to rise along with the humidity.

For all your remediation needs SERVPRO of Flagler Beach is here for you.

Big or Small We Handle It All

6/18/2018 (Permalink)

For all your remediation, restoration, cleaning, and rebuild needs SERVPRO of Flagler has it covered for Commercial Properties. No matter what size, we are available to come out and do it all from a large water loss to a large duct cleaning.

SERVPRO is available to come out and put together an emergency action plan for your building before a disaster happens to make sure we can get to you ASAP. Having an emergency action plan allows us to know where the shut off valve is, where to park, and many other important instructions that allow us to get you back up and running.

When coming to the property we will have everything put together as to disturb customer, workers, or tenants as little as possible and get to work as quickly as possible. Our marketing will be available to help for any of your scheduling needs.

Our marketing team will initially come out and walk to inspect the sight for pictures of everything necessary for the Emergency Action Plan. All plans and actions go into a single binder as well as an electronic version to have available and on hand whenever an emergency comes about.

These Emergency Action Plans can also be expanded to include and cleaning requirements or chemical limitations due to the location or nature of the business.

For all your commercial needs big or small give us a call here at SERVPRO of Flagler Beach, we can handle it all!!!

Do I Have Water Damage?

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Do I have Water Damage?

Sometimes the signs and symptoms and come on slowly when there is a build-up of moister or a very slow leak. If you notice something looks different or off keep an eye on it and call a professional.

What do I look for?

The signs can be very small. Most people notice water spots when they have water damage. These stains can be anything from a very slight discoloration or a dark stain or even standing water in emergency water situations.

Severity of water damage.

The severity of a water damage can range from clean water to unsanitary water. The differences in these damages are where the water comes from. The source can often tell a remediation team how much remediation they are going to need to do.

See anything that looks off? Have us come out and take a look for you.

What to do when you have a water loss

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

You have just come home to find standing water in your home. It could be any number of things. One thing is for sure though, you need to find where the water is coming from. The first step is to find your water main shut off and turn it off. The next step is to find the leak. Sometimes you can hear a leak, sometimes you must look around. Start with the most logical things such as toilets, and sinks. If it is neither of these things you need to look as see if a supply line to a refrigerator, dishwasher, or washing machine would be to blame. Next call your local SERVPRO! We will come out in a timely manner. We will extract any standing and place equipment to immediately start the drying process and get you and your family back on your way.

For the Big Properties

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

We cover everything from the small stuff to the big stuff. SERVPRO does a little bit of everything. With Big properties we take just as much time and effort as the small jobs to make sure everything is taken care of whether it is a damage from Fire, Water, Mold, or even a Biohazard.

To make it a little easier if a disaster strikes your business or group of homes we like to have an emergency plan to know everything. When I say everything, we come and take pictures of where to park, where the shut valves are, information on who to talk to, and even special instructions from the owner or manager.

This emergency plan speeds everything up for us to be able to get your disaster under control quickly. The more quickly we can access and begin work potentially the less damage the property may have.

I have mold?

6/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold can come in so many different forms, colors, and varieties. When a slow leak occurs, it can result in mold if not taken care of. There are ways to remediate both mold and water. If you are feeling sick when in your home, you may want to look for a reason why. Tests can be performed to tell if you have mold in your home, what kind, and how much of it.

When we are called out to a home we look for sources as well as have a test performed. Based on this test there is a protocol created that tells us what is affected and how to remediate it properly to not cause any further harm. It will be retested after all work is performed to insure all standards per the protocol were met.

Rebuild will help put everything back together after the loss occurs to get life back to normal for you and your family.

Supplies to keep on Hand During a Storm

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

When a storm is quickly approaching that is certainly not the time you want to be scrambling around at the store to try and get everything that is needed. Have a preparedness kit ready and waiting if the time were to strike is extremely important for you and your family. Below we have put together a list of things that should always be on hand as well as things to do right before the storm hits. In Florida we deal the most with Hurricanes and the occasional Tornado, that is what our preparedness list is based on.

  • Make a list of contacts. Only having the list on your phone may not be the best idea during a storm if power is lost and a back up is unavailable. Were anything to happen emergency responders could use the list to get ahold of family members and contacts if needed.
  • Put together a pack of long lasting items you know everyone is the family will need. This pack should include enough water for each family member for three days. The rule of thumb is one gallon of water per person per day, don’t forget about and animals as well that will need to stay hydrated. Batteries are also very important to have in this pack. Batteries will power your flashlights, radios, and other necessary items during a storm. If the power is out for an extended period also keep candles in the pack for light. Keep your nonperishables in this pack as well for nutrients during the storm. When the time comes closer to the storm would be the time to buy fruits that will last for some time.
  • This next item does not per say go in the pack but is a very important part non the less. Check the outside of your home such as the roof, the siding and the surrounding trees. If the even of high winds and heavy rain you need to make sure your roof and side can hold up. If any trees in your area have lose limbs or look unstable now would be the time to take them out to reduce any possible harm to your home.
  • As mentioned earlier candles may be your light source if the power goes out and you either do not have batteries or want to save them for something else you will need matches. Matches will help keep the area well light with the use of candles. If you happen to have a gas stove they can also be used to light it for cooking.

We know the storm season is quickly approaching and we want to keep you prepared and ready. If anything happens to your home inside or out give us a call to help!

Leading Cause of Household Fires

5/23/2018 (Permalink)

Leading Cause of Household Fires

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading factor in household fires in the United States. From overheated stoves to unattended flames, the kitchen presents a variety of hazards for even the most astute home chef. While living room and bedroom fires account for a small percentage of annual household fires, staying safe in the kitchen will prevent significantly more fires from damaging your property and endangering your safety.

Avoidable Accidents

Everyone experiences an accident in the kitchen from time to time. You might forget to turn off the burner or allow a sudden blast from the oven to set off your smoke alarm. Tiny accidents can lead to big trouble down the road. Here are some ways to prevent kitchen fires:

Set timers and pay attention to them.

Cover up unused outlets with plastic covers to prevent sparks.

Wear protective clothing when you cook with hot oil.

Keep small children away from pot handles and other hot objects.

If your kitchen begins to fill with smoke, try opening a window or another door to increase ventilation. You may even consider installing a fan to help circulate the air. You might be tempted to disable a ringing smoke detector out of annoyance. Avoid disabling your smoke detector even for a minute because you might forget to turn it back on when you really need it.

Staying Alert

Kitchens might present the most dangerous opportunity for fire hazards, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the rest of your home. Turn off electric items that aren’t in use, and keep flammable fabrics away from direct heat sources. Not only will monitoring your electrical items keep you from causing a fire, but doing so will also help you save energy in the long run. The key to effectively preventing household fires is establishing a system of vigilance between you and your whole family.

If you’ve recently experienced damage as a result of water or fire damage, then let SERVPRO Flagler County / NSB-Titusville be your go-to source for information and advice. We offer a variety of services from cleanup to restoration, and we can help mitigate the loss you suffer due to fire and water damage

I just had a fire! What do I do now?

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

In the even that a fire happens the most important thing is to get the fire put out. This seems silly to even say; however, it is the first step to recovery. A fire usually contaminates anything within its reach. We have seen fires that happen in the kitchen that leave soot on the walls and smoke on the clothes three rooms away. Smoke travels fast and has little regard for where it goes and what it lands on.

Once the fire is put out it is time to call to allow us out to begin work. We will work with you and whomever necessary to get your work started right way to clean up the mess. Some items we may be able to save and launder while others may be a total loss. This will be up to the homeowners and those working with to complete the work. A fire will likely need to have rebuild as well. Our location does have a rebuild department and is happy the make the transition smoothly to ensure your home is well cared for.

After a Smoke or Fire Damage

5/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Flagler county can help after a fire strikes your property. After a smoke or fire damage, ceilings, walls, woodwork, carpeting and floors will often need a thorough cleaning. SERVPRO of Flagler County will determine the extent of the damage, and then use the specific equipment and cleaning products required to clean and protect the different types of surfaces found in your structure. Depending on the amount of soot, SERVPRO of Flagler County may even be able to reduce the cost of recovery by cleaning lighter soot deposits found on some surfaces, eliminating the expense incurred with repainting or refinishing.

Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO is a Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Flooring

If you suspect your business has a water or mold problem, call SERVPRO of Flagler County, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation. If left untreated mold can grow and spread very quickly. Here at SERVPRO of Flagler County we are here to help and will respond quickly to your needs. We will work quickly and efficiently to contain the growth and prevent it from spreading to the rest of the building. We have the training, experience, and equipment to contain the mold infestation and remediate it to preloss condition.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment for your business with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

How to be Storm Ready

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

When a storm is announced and is coming for your area it is the time to prepare yourself and your family. An impending storm will mean that you need to be ready, have supplies, and have a plan to better be able to take care of your self and your family.

Some of the best things to have on hand can be done in advance if you are planning to stay in your home. First, come up with an emergency ready plan. Make sure you have everything you need such as canned foods, enough water for each family member, extra batteries, and even a generator. In your plan make sure everyone in your family knows where the power shut off is incase something happens. Also make sure everyone in your family knows where the water shut off valve is. If the storm damages a pipe or a leak occurs in your home, you want to be able to stop it as quickly as possible.

If you have damages to your home in regard to storm, water, or even later down the line mold reach out to use here at SERVPRO.

We Can Help Your Business Recover After A Storm

4/11/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too small nor too big.

Call our SERVPRO of Flagler County office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your storm damage restoration needs.

Fire - Before and After

4/5/2018 (Permalink)

An example of SERVPRO of Flagler County's work when a fire struck this local home.

At SERVPRO of Flagler County we strive to please our customers. Our goal is to always have your property look “like it never even happened”. You may feel stressed and confused after such a disaster, and you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Flagler County has the specialized fire and water damage equipment and expertise to help you through this tough time. Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost. Check out our before and after page to see photos of fire losses we have recently worked on. Click here to see a few examples.

We Can Handle That

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Flagler County we do more than just water, fire, and mold remediation. We also do cleanings, from carpet cleanings to biohazard cleaning. Our skilled technicians can handle it all. The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

Trained Technicians

4/4/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Flagler we strive to be the best in the business. When a water disaster strikes your home, we will be there within the hour to help. Our skilled technicians will explain the process to you and promptly begin work. Our training program includes the following:

  • IICRC Training
  • Employee Certification Training
  • Initial Franchise Training
  • e-Learnings
  • Continuing Education Classes

SERVPRO of Flagler County offers both credit and noncredit courses for insurance agents, insurance adjusters, real estate professionals, and Franchise staff. These programs are designed to improve knowledge of emergency mitigation.

Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO of Flagler County Provides Quality Cleaning

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Flagler County we are here for your business. 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. We offer more than just remediation and restoration services, we can take care of carpet, upholstery, and duct cleanings. We have the specialized training and products to get your property back to business. Our cleaning services include the following:

If you company needs any of these services call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

Do's and Don'ts of Mold

3/15/2018 (Permalink)

If you have a mold problem, call us today 386-447-2202. If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Flagler County has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.

What to Do:
Stay out of affected areas.
Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
Contact SERVPRO of Flagler County for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:
Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

Do’s and Don'ts of Fire

3/6/2018 (Permalink)

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.
  • 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.

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (386) 447-2202

Do's and Don'ts of Water

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (386) 447-2202

         What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

    What NOT to Do After Flooding
  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

We Are Here For Your Business!

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire, Mold, Water. We are here for your company whenever disaster strikes. With our 24-hour response team SERVPRO Flagler can be there within the hour to help. When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Flagler County has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

The best part is No Job is too large for SERVPRO. The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are prequalified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster.

Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

We are Here After Storms

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of Flagler County we have the tools and training to help you with whatever disaster gets thrown at you. We have the capability and professional personnel to respond quickly to your needs. As part of the Disaster Recovery Team, we have access to all the man power and equipment needed to help restore your home or business. We will communicate with all involved parties daily 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. No matter where you live, SERVPRO Disaster Response Team is ready to roll. 

Homeowners recovering from the recent Hurricane Irma have been working with our remediation and rebuild departments at SERVPRO of Flagler County. Many of our customers are surprised to find we are a licensed general contractor and have a team in house to help them get their lives back together and make the damage to their home or business, "Like it never even happened."

Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

Most Important Step in Water Damage is Quick Action

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage is one of the most common type of insurance claims. It can happen from floods, leaks, faulty appliances, hot water heater leaks, damaged or old plumbing, or even burst aquariums. The most important step in your water damage claim is quick action. With one call to SERVPRO of Flagler the process of dry-out and repair begins. Our water mitigation experts will be onsite within 1 hour of your call.

We are committed to providing quality mitigation and reconstruction services to commercial and residential customers of water damage.  By putting people first, we’ve become the leader in insurance restoration in the Central Florida area. We are a preferred contractor with most major insurance companies in the state of Florida, and have working relationships that can help expedite your claim.  You can rest assured that your project will be handled with top quality workmanship and our customer service will exceed your expectations.

 SERVPRO of Flagler County Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:


Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Estimators. From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

We Are Faster To Disasters

1/24/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Flagler will be out to your home or business as quick as possible in the event of a fire.  SERVPRO will respect your property just as you do. We have the “restore first” mentality meaning we will clean and restore your property using our specialized techniques and equipment. With this mentality in mind we believe this reduces interruption and gets you back to your normal life quicker.

SERVPRO's Fire Repair process has 7 steps including board up, cleaning, and removal of smoke. If you have questions about fire, soot, or smoke damage call us today, we are always here to help! Also check out our Fire Tips with what to and what not to do after a fire.

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.

Commercial Building Losses

1/10/2018 (Permalink)

Faster To Any Size Disaster!

Having a damage to a commercial property can seen like an eternity for business owners. Loss of revenue is a major factor in this stressful time. It's important to have a company that you can trust and rely on. Not only to get your business back up and running, but to treat your business as if it was their own. Here at SERVPRO of Flagler County, we strive at making you our number one priority. Whether it's a small damage, or larger damage, we view every job the same with one goal in mind. To make sure time management is quick, and the job is done professionally and correctly. That's were our SERVPRO training comes in. Our highly skilled technicians go through extensive training to provide you with top quality work, while understanding each protocol and code enforcement. That way, the job is managed from start to finish effortlessly. If you feel your business was not handled properly during a storm event, or any type of previous damage, give SERVPRO of Flagler County a call at (386)-447-2202. We're here to help, educate, and make it "Like it never even happened."

Holiday Home Fires

12/19/2017 (Permalink)

The devastation of a home fire can be unbearable. Having a preparedness guide and educating family members the importance of fire safety is key.

The U.S Fire Administration has studied that each year, nearly 47,000 fires occur during the holidays. The cost is around $554 million in property damages each winter season! Wow, that's a huge number! Not to mention, the American Red Cross has found a 10% rise in home fires since 2000. So what are some important preparedness tips to help insure your family's safety during the holiday season?

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources (fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents, and candles).
  • Purchasing artificial trees can be safer than real trees sometimes. If you do purchase a real tree, make sure that the needles are freshly green and don't easily break. Keep live trees as hydrated as possible by giving them plenty of water.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturers instructions.
  • Always unplug the tree and holiday lights before leaving your home, or going to bed. Purchasing a timer as well will work to shut off the lights.
  • Make sure candles are always blown out before leaving a room, or going to bed.
  • Use sturdy tree stands to avoid tipping over. Also, keep curious pets and children away from the tree, as they can easily fall.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire (pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains) away from your stove top.

Now, last but certainly not least, your smoke alarms are extremely important to check! Use the test button each month, and replace the batteries at least once a year. (Helpful tip): Changing out the batteries when changing your clocks (if you have a time change), is a great way to remember, or try changing them every New Years Eve!

Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!

Water Damage Knowledge

11/27/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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.

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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."

Picking up the pieces after a storm

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Palm Coast storm damage

Homeowners recovering from the recent Hurricane Matthew have been working with the rebuild department at SERVPRO of Flagler County.  Many of our customers are surprised to find we are a licensed general contractor and have a team in house to help them get their lives back together and make the damage to their home or business, "Like it never even happened."

One of the upgrades many people are taking advantage of when putting the pieces back together is solar powered upgrades.  It's a great way to reduce to cost of running your home!  Below is an article on the benefits of solar power from Solar Fit, our fellow Flagler County Home Builder Association member.

As a proud member of the Flagler HBA we work hard to help protect the community from unlicensed vendors.

Benefits of Solar Energy

Cleaning Bio Hazard Situations in Flagler County

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Cleaning crime scene in Palm Coast

SERVPRO® of Flagler County is recognized as a leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration by hundreds of insurance companies, but did you know we can also offer fast, reliable biohazard and crime scene cleanup as well as restoration services to residential and commercial property owners.

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. A failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

SERVPRO of Flagler County is licensed by the State of Florida to handle cleaning, transport and disposal of all biohazardous materials, and our technicians are professionally trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, and state regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, SERVPRO of Flagler County technicians help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe homes and offices.

SERVPRO of Flagler County can help with the following issues:

    • Bloodborne Pathogens
    • Methamphetamine Labs
    • Crime Scene Residues
    • Arson
    • Vandalism
    • Sewage Backups
    • Black Water Intrusions
    • Mold Mitigation and Remediation

Have questions, or want additional information? Contact SERVPRO of Flagler County today for 24-hour emergency service at 386-447-2202

Choosing the right company after a fire

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Home fire in Daytona North area

Dealing with a fire in your home or business can be one of the most stressful times for a home or business owner.  One of the most important choices you can make is the right vendor to help put your life back together after the cleaning and restoration.

As a licensed general contractor, SERVPRO of Flagler County is able to help our customers with a full line of rebuild services.  Our rebuild team is ready to bring your home or business back to preloss condition so that you can focus on getting your life back.  From flooring, to cabinets, to roofing repairs, you can use SERVPRO of Flagler County to handle the entire project.

If you ever have any questions about building contractors in the area you can reach out to the Flagler Home Builders Association.  Great article here...

Protect Yourself

Below is a great article with additional tips on choosing the right contractor.

Pro tips on hiring a contractor

Have questions, or need more information?  Contact our rebuild team at 386-447-2202, they are ready to help you make it, "Like it never even happened."

Preventing damage from water

6/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water damage in Palm Coast

Do not underestimate the power of water - water is the single most destructive substance in the indoor environment that can inflict damage in the long-term. One reason structures and property can rapidly deteriorate is excess moisture or flooding. If the clean-up is postponed or the water is from a contaminated source, the problem can become extremely serious. SERVPRO of Flagler County professionals can work quickly in your home or business so the harmful effects of water are sharply reduced. Prompt cleanup and restoration by SERVPRO of Flagler County can produce amazing results even in cases of seemingly severe damage. Our highly trained technicians can work to restore anything from furniture and family heirlooms to computers, production machinery and manufacturing facilities. We have decades of experience in successfully restoring water-damaged structures and properties.

For some tips on preventing water damage in your home or business, check out this article from our friends at Farmers Insurance

5 Ways to Prevent Water Damage

Do not neglect the issue of water damage. If it is not dealt with quickly and properly, it can result in major business interruption, financial problems and potential health risks.

If you have been impacted with water in your home or business call the bright green cleanup team that can make it, "Like it never even happened."  You can reach our technicians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 386-447-2202 

Mold Remediation in Air Duct Cleaning

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Water Damage Restoration In Beverly Beach

11/30/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Flagler County technicians are prepared to assist during a variety of instances that may occur.

Beverly Beach Water Damage Restoration

Obtaining services from the right company that has a proper amount of experience in dealing with your particular situation is critical when getting help with repairing your home. You want someone who is properly trained and has access to quality equipment to get the job done right and provide you with the services that you need.

Our expertly trained technicians based in Beverly Beach have extensive experience with water damage restorations. We have been on the front line assisting first responders with emergency services provided to you within the community during several recent Beverly Beach floods. We share this community with you and want you to know that we are here to help you get back on your feet.

SERVPRO technicians are prepared to assist during a variety of instances that may occur. Whether you have water damage resulting from a current flood, leaks from faulty pipes or recent storm damage, we can help. Water can penetrate structural materials and form hidden pockets of moisture that continue to cause harm over time. We use specialized equipment to locate these pockets and remove the moisture causing continual damage to your home.

We have IICRC certified professional technicians at SERVPRO that understand how quickly responding to the situation and providing immediate assistance prevents additional damage and allows us more of a chance to restore materials and items to a quality pre-loss condition.

Call SERVPRO today to start your water damage restoration process. We'll explain everything you need to restore your home during our inspection and assessment process. We remove any standing water and eliminate moisture trapped within objects such as carpet and padding. We then use specialized equipment to dry and dehumidify the surrounding area and surfaces before performing our cleaning and sanitation services.

Once your restoration is complete, we'll conduct a final walk-through with you and your insurance company representative. We give you assistance with any paperwork that is required to provide you with an advantage during the claims process and ensure that all of our work meets or exceeds your expectations.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Take advantage of our locally owned and operated franchises today by calling our offices located at SERVPRO of Flagler County. We're available 24/7 with the services you need to get things back to normal as soon as possible. (386) 447-2202


The Lingering Effects of Mold Damage

11/16/2016 (Permalink)

Remediate Mold Quickly to Protect Your Condo in Hammock Beach

Mold Remediation Can Preserve Personal Belongings

At the first sign of mold, most homeowners become concerned about how it will affect the structure of their houses as well as their family's health. Mold is a serious matter, and being proactive about fixing the problem will save you time, money, and stress.

If your home has mold damage in Hammock Beach, it's wise to work with a professional instead of trying to clean up the problem on your own. Here are some of the lasting effects of mold damage and how SERVPRO helps combat each one.
Poor Air Quality and Odors
One of the telltale signs that a home has mold damage is the development of a musty, off odor. Some describe the smell as similar to mildew or like a wet, dirty carpet. The smell of mold is unpleasant and will negatively affect your home's indoor environment, plus it's tough to get rid of without industrial grade equipment. Not only do our technicians deodorize to make air fresher, but we also address normalizing humidity levels and extracting the moisture that causes mold in the first place.
Ruined Flooring and Furniture
If you have wood floors, carpet, area rugs, or furniture comprised of wood or fabric, fungi will eventually wear through your items if allowed to sit. We're able to eliminate moisture and make it so that mold can no longer thrive in your home or on your furniture and flooring. In many cases, our team can also sanitize and restore carpets and rugs with mold damage.
Destroyed Documents and Books
Mold spores are tiny and easily travel through the air. When they collect on books and documents, you may end up having to discard them for safety. SERVPRO has techniques and equipment that will not only prevent mold from spreading to your treasured documents, collectibles, and books, but we can also restore some of these items if they've already been affected by mold damage.
The team at SERVPRO of Flagler County is here to help ensure your home is protected from mold damage so you can have peace of mind. For a quote or to get more information about our mold damage remediation services, call us 24/7 at (386) 447-2202.

Understanding Fire Damage In Palm Coast

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Palm Coast Fire & Smoke Residue Are Cleaned Up by SERVPRO

Fire & Smoke Cleanup Depends on the Nature of the Fire

Obtaining a better understanding of how fire, smoke, and heat can damage your property and belongings will help you understand our restoration process better. Learning more about this topic will also assist you in dealing with our Technicians as well as your Insurance Adjuster.

Learn more about your role in our restoration process when fire damage hits your Palm Coast property. Trust your property to the professionals and assist us in restoring your property to its pre-fire condition.
Smoke and Soot Residues - Our restoration process at SERVPRO involves the removal of fire, heat, and smoke residues from different surfaces and materials. But, not all residues are the same, sometimes they are easily removed, while others can be quite stubborn.
Combustion - This happens when a solid burning material such as wood, turns into gas through heat. When combustion occurs, the material that is burning breaks down and combines with oxygen.
Which leads our professionals at SERVPRO to explain that for combustion to happen, three components must be present, fuel, oxygen, and heat. But, when they aren't in perfect balance, they result in producing smoke and soot residue.
Smoke - When the materials that are burning combust, they release solid particles, gas, and aerosols that float in the air, and are what we perceive as "Smoke." Depending on the type of compounds burnt, different invisible gasses make up a component of smoke. Burning organic materials produces oxides of nitrogen while burning inorganic materials result in the release of sulfur dioxides. Some of these invisible gasses that result from combustion during a fire are extremely dangerous to humans. Breathing any form of smoke can cause difficulties, but exposure to carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide can result in fatal accidents if consumed in large enough doses.
Invisible vapors aren't the only dangerous properties found in smoke. Small odor-absorbing particles of carbon and aerosols also become suspended in the air and provide us with the ability to both see and smell "smoke." When the smoke finally settles on surfaces, it then becomes soot (depending on the burnt material) or ash. Ash can be extremely acidic and pit metal possessions and ruin electronics.
All of our Technicians at SERVPRO are required to wear personal protective equipment to ensure their safety while on the job. Much like a Firefighter wears while fighting the fire, our Technicians protect themselves from the possibility of airborne particles while performing the restoration.
Our SERVPRO Technicians take great lengths to protect their fellow workers as well as any visitors to any jobs where we are performing a restoration. Don't the chance of being exposed to any of these harmful particles by entering your property without the proper protection.
The professionals at SERVPRO of Flagler County are here to assist you with your restoration needs. We are ready to respond to your request 24/7 year round, give us a call. - (386) 447-2202

Hurricane Damage to Florida SE Coast

10/13/2016 (Permalink)

Hurricane Damage in Palm Coast Gets the SERVPRO Treatment

SERVPRO Is the Industry Leader in Hurricane Restoration and Recovery

Hurricanes are naturally, a very dangerous event. High winds, torrential downpours, and storm surges, especially near coastlines, cause billions of dollars in structural damage as well as deaths. While wind speed rates hurricanes (e.g., Categories), the most dangerous aspect of a hurricane is not the wind, but the water. In fact, 88 percent of U.S. deaths from hurricanes and tropical storms are due to water, not the wind. Hurricane Matthew was a Cat 5 storm with surges over 7 feet high.
Hurricane damage in Palm Coast has been widespread due to the recent Hurricane Matthew. Due to the hidden dangers of flooding and storm damage, it is important to leave the cleanup to professionals. The specialists at SERVPRO are a part of the Disaster Recovery Team that has been put on alert after the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Matthew. We are here to take on all forms of damage from the natural, catastrophic events that your home has encountered. Our national network of over 1,700 franchises across the United States have been activated and are ready to take your call and respond to your emergency by our highly experienced specialists. We start our storm services from the local franchise and will broaden the scope of necessary assistance.
Water Damage from Hurricanes
Storm surges, flooding, and other types of water damage are the deadliest aspects of hurricanes and tropical storms. As the leading cause of U.S. deaths during hurricanes, surges account for 49% of deaths and flooding accounts for 27%. Understanding and acknowledging the danger is the first step to avoiding harm. Don't underestimate the powerful force of a rapidly moving water surge. We have all seen videos and photos of people trapped in cars, and what can happen.

However, once a hurricane or tropical storm has impacted your region and your home, immediate action must be taken. First, is your safety. If you have not evacuated your home, it is imperative that you get to a secure location before calling SERVPRO. Many victims of tropical storms and hurricanes had perished when they became stuck in their home during the rising flood, leading to drowning and other trauma due to debris and contamination. The higher the water level, the more crucial it is that you leave your home for your safety.
Our professionals know the dangers of water and storm damage very well. With our specialized equipment and restoration experts, our specialists can respond to your Palm Coast home and get it back to pre-storm condition, whenever possible. From truck and trailer mounted water pumps and generators, to mops and buckets, we have the goods to help you out.
Contact Us
Contact SERVPRO of Flagler County at (386) 447-2202 if your home has been affected by storm damage from the recent hurricane. We are standing by to take your call -- do not wait, call us today!

Hurricanes and Flooding Cause Major Water Damage

10/10/2016 (Permalink)

Hurricanes and Tropical Storms Cause Severe Damage in Marineland and Flagler County

SERVPRO is a Premier Storm and Flood Restoration Company

Hurricanes have caused 8 out of the ten most expensive natural disasters in U.S. history. It only takes one to flood your home and devastate you. The risk of flood damage is not limited to storm surges on the coast of Florida though Hurricane Matthew has been a factor in flood damage.
Flood damage in Marineland is a normal concern to homeowners both on the coast and inland. Living on the east coast of Florida comes with its perks as well as its potential risks of natural flood events. SERVPRO knows that no matter how your home has been flooded, it is distressing and never truly expected. You can be confident that our professionals will treat you and your home with respect during your difficult time.
Hurricane Flood Damage
Hurricanes can rain down a deluge that can create localized and regional flooding where you live. Even a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage, per household. Hurricane Matthew storm surges have resulted in many SERVPRO Storm Response Teams being called into action.
What You Can Do To Protect Your Home from a Hurricane
Besides ensuring your home with not only home insurance but flood insurance, you can take this important preventative step in case a hurricane comes and destroys your home. Most home insurance policies do not cover floods in their policies, so pay the annual fee and get flood insurance if you live in a known flood zone and to protect yourself even if you are not.
Make a plan. Regardless of whether you live alone, with a roommate, or have a family, it is imperative that you develop a plan for everyone in your household. Include things such as the division of responsibilities during a hurricane/flood, who is responsible for gathering certain materials, what to do with pets, evacuation, and so on.
Keep photos, videos, and important documents in a safe place, such as waterproof plastic tubs or bins. These will help you keep all essential items such as birth certificates, passports, and other documents with you and ready to go if you have to leave your home.
Finally, make a plan in case you need somewhere to go. Ask friends, family, or check your local safe areas in case damage or flooding does affect your home. If you are prepared, you have already fought half the battle.
Contact Us
Call SERVPRO of Flagler County at (386) 447-2202. 24/7 Emergency Services and our expert specialists are standing by to answer any questions you may have or to respond to your emergency.

Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane, Sooner Is Better

10/4/2016 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO After a Hurricane or Tropical Storm in Palm Coast

SERVPRO Strongly Suggests that Preparation Before a Hurricane Will Mitigate Damages

With hurricane season upon us (June 1- November 30, 2016), it is crucial that your home is ready to withstand the torrential rains and gale force winds that accompany this natural disaster. Here are several tips designed to help you prep your home for a hurricane.
Make certain everything is secure to prevent or mitigate hurricane damage in Palm Coast.
Begin by securing (and clearing any debris from) your rain gutters to prevent possible water damage before moving on to the windows. Hopefully, you have already installed storm shutters, however, you can board windows up if you have not. Your doors should have multiple locks in place, preferably deadbolts, to prevent doors from flying open.

Pay attention to your yard.
Now is the time to trim overgrown trees and remove damaged branches/ limbs. Hurricane winds can quickly pick them up and throw them into the sides of your home, potentially breaking doors and windows or even destroying the siding. If you are expecting a hurricane shortly, SERVPRO suggests that you place any outdoor furniture, potted plants, or other unsecured items somewhere safe. They can easily become projectiles that damage your home or a neighbor’s home during a hurricane.
Check and reinforce your roof.
If your roof has any loose shingles or tiles, use roofing cement to secure them. Also, seal any areas of the roof where wires enter your home. You may even want to purchase hurricane straps to make certain your roof is bolted to your home. Before hurricane season, it is a good idea to have your insurance agent check your home for wind mitigation. This will advise you on what you can do to have your roof anchored solidly, and this may also reduce your insurance premium.
Take a close look at your insurance policy.
If you live in an area that is prone to hurricanes, it is important to update your policy from time to time to ensure you have an adequate amount of insurance and to address any potential coverage gaps.
Reinforce your garage doors.
Most garage doors aren’t reinforced, meaning that if the wind gets caught inside it can create a push-pull combination that sends your roof flying off and damaging cars and personal items. Fortunately, you can purchase reinforcement kits at your local home improvement store that can brace your doors and prevent this from happening.
Inventory the things in your home.
Even the best planning doesn’t guarantee your home will be able to withstand a hurricane. This is why it is so important to know what you have before it hits. This will make it much to start the claim process once you are out of immediate danger. Photo records and documentation can help you achieve a fair conclusion to your claim provided you have coverage.
SERVPRO of Flagler County can help with your insurance claim, relieve some stress with all this mess, and quickly restore your home to mitigate secondary water damage from the hurricane. Contact us 24/7 at (386) 447-2202.

Different Causes of Water Damage

9/19/2016 (Permalink)

Water damage can often result from a variety of sources.

Various Types Of Water Damage

Water damage can often result from a variety of sources, and we have to train and prepare for many eventualities which may result in your home. Our fast response and mitigation strategy is designed to help us to adapt to unique, changing, and unusual situations in the field and our technicians are always prepared for unusual or difficult causes for water damage in a home. Different sources of damage can lead to differing severity, type, and risk levels of a situation, and these are some of the most common situations we deal with in the field.
A particularly severe type of damage, flooding often necessitates substantial water removal in Bunnell. Floods can result from a number of causative factors, with differing levels of damage and danger inherent to each. The most devastating and dangerous are typically flooding during a storm, where waters are uncontrollable and are often heavily contaminated with filth, debris, and harmful microorganisms. Flooding may also result from septic or sewer overflows, which are often equally as dangerous and infectious as natural floods. These floods often require heavy pumping to remove all liquids and material. Often much less damaging and dangerous, but still devastating compared to most other types of water damage, flooding from indoor services such as a bathtub are usually less severe but more common. This kind of flooding may need light to moderate water removal, although basements can still take on heavy water.
Frustrating but not often requiring water pumping, leaks are common sources of damage which often act over long periods of time to weaken and damage a home. Leaks can come from faulty pipes and faucets, untended kitchen and bathroom appliances, cracks in material or flooring, or many other sources. Typically, stopping a leak is much simpler than repairing its damage, so try to stop them as quickly as possible.
Storm Damage
Storm damage (separate from flooding) usually accompanies some form of structural damage, as windows may be broken or roof shingles ripped off from high winds. In most cases, rain damage is much less concerning than other damages from the storm (although carpets and furniture can be soaked and ruined), although major flooding is a common concern and can be severe.
Equipped and trained to deal with water damage and removal from all sorts of sources, SERVPRO of Flagler County is strategically positioned to respond quickly and effectively to your problems or calls. Just call us 24/7 at the first sign of damage at (386) 447-2202.

What Can Close Doors in Commercial Fire Damage

8/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Restore a Fire Damaged Commercial Building in Palm Coast.

Commercial Fire Damage Is Cleaned Up by SERVPRO

Every year across the United States, thousands of businesses take on heavy fire damage and are often forced to close down temporarily or permanently due to the smoke and fire. Whether through an accident, malicious arson, poor weather, or any other source, a fire in your business may mean the cessation of operations temporarily or for good. Even light fire damage can disrupt normal business and close doors until restorations are complete. Here are just some of the ways a fire can disrupt business in a commercial establishment.
Smoke accompanies Palm Coast commercial fire damage of all kinds and often persists in its effects if not properly taken care of right away. Smoke is composed of microscopic particles that can embed themselves in everything from clothing to walls to floors. It gets everywhere. Smoke has a very noticeable and unpleasant smell, keeping customers and clients away.
Burnt-Out Material
Where a fire is burning and consuming material (fuel), there is typically heavy damage and charring. If we are forced to renovate and replace anything that is burnt following a fire, it is usually here, as total loss seldom occurs elsewhere. Even this can be cleaned and salvaged, however, and our expert technicians are trained to look out for anything restorable even in the most devastating of fires.
Ash and Soot
Ash and soot have a way of accumulating both in the affected area and throughout the building, and this is often the source of unnecessary distress for many business owners. Gray and black powder covering your workplace may look like massive damage, but our technicians can clean and work around even heavy soot and ash damage. Our IICRC Certified Fire & Smoke Damage Technicians (FSRT) utilize special dry sponges to wipe down soot coated surfaces. A repainting is much less expensive and time-consuming than replacing walls, floors, or ceilings.
Melted Materials
In a business, many materials can melt in a fire, from countertop appliances to fiberglass materials. Depending on the industry and material burned, these may present serious hazards to the lungs, nose, eyes, or just about anywhere else on your body. If you see anything melted in the building, take extreme caution around it, and make sure you have a mask covering your mouth (this is a good idea in general). The best advice is to leave the cleanup to the professionals to quickly restore your enterprise to its pre-loss condition.
SERVPRO of Flagler County is a professional, well-equipped local business with the personnel and equipment to take on the restoration of even the heaviest of commercial fires. Call us 24/7 at (386) 447-2202 for services or a quote.

Be Careful When You're Buying a Property Because Flood Damages Can Be Extensive

8/2/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Can Assess and Mitigate Your Flagler Beach Property from Storms

SERVPRO From Assess and Restore Past Hidden Flood Damage

Storms and other damages regularly damage homes in the area. In fact, torrential downpours can cost homeowners thousands upon thousands of dollars in roof repairs, flood damage repairs, and in water damage. Any home could have unknown amounts of water damage that could cost you a lot of money. You never know if a home has been damaged in the past and neglected, which not only harms the value that you deserve for your home; it could even put your family at risk because of unforeseen issues. In these situations, it's up to you to make sure that you have your home inspected by a reputable realtor or agent (or you could call our professional staff and have us do an inspection). There are a few things to look for that signify damages within a home. No matter what home you purchase, you should always perform an inspection. Typically, a mortgaged backed purchase requires a complete home inspection. You never know what you'll find.

How To Spot Pre-Existing Flood Damages in Your Home
Flagler Beach flood damage is one of the situations that we see more often than any other issue. We see water damage in walls and attic spaces, and often in confined spaces that were improperly dried. Sometimes, because these areas are hidden (especially underneath stairs, floors, or inside walls) inspectors miss damages and neglect to write these issues in their reports. Most inspectors (especially our SERVPRO staff) always look in these areas, but not all inspectors are reputable.

Our consultants use different pieces of equipment to find moisture that equates to pre-existing flood damages. One example of this is using moisture probes to check for drywall damages or plaster issues. When we notice these kinds of damages, it usually is the result of  improper drying techniques. Sometimes we use small cameras or infrared cameras to discover wetted areas where technicians can't go. Your inspector should always be working for YOU, not the realtor. We recommend that you hire your own independent inspector to ensure the house is up to code, from the grade and foundation up to the peak of the roof.

Call Our Service Professionals When You Buy Your Next Home
SERVPRO of Flagler County is ideally situated to take care of your issues, so call us today at (386) 447-2202 the next time that you have flood damages or need your home inspected. We're locally owned and operated, and we care about you!

A Look at the Mold Damage Repair Process

6/17/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Involves Dryers to Remove Water

Six Steps To Mold Remediation

In Palm Coast, mold damage cannot only appear with little to no warning, but it can also spread quickly through your home or business. This is why it is so important for residents to have a clear understanding of the mold remediation process. Although mold damage scenarios are different, the overall mold remediation process is the same. Here is a quick look at the steps.


This begins when you notice what you believe to be mold growing in your home. First, you call us at (386) 447-2202. To determine what personnel, equipment, and resources are needed, our representatives will likely ask you a series of questions before scheduling a time for an inspection.


Our technician arrives and immediately gets to work determining the scope of the Palm Coast mold damage. In addition to inspecting for visible signs of mold, he or she will use various technologies to identify where mold may be hiding, such as in sheetrock, under carpeting, and in cabinets.


To prevent the mold from spreading further, our technicians will turn to a variety of instruments designed to contain the mold. They may include using negative air pressure or setting up a physical barrier. Also, they will likely turn off fans and cooling systems that facilitate the spread of mold.


Using our powerful HEPA vacuums and air scrubbers, along with other specialized filtration equipment, our technicians will work to capture any microscopic mold spores that enter the air during the remediation process.


Depending on the amount and what surfaces the mold is found on, our technicians will use antimicrobial and antifungal treatments to eradicate existing mold colonies and inhibit the growth of new ones. This may require the removal of carpeting or drywall if it is especially infested with mold.


Our technicians will clean and disinfect any items affected by mold, including curtains, furniture, and more, using proven cleaning techniques. They will also provide deodorization to eliminate any odors. Finally, any necessary repairs will be made, such as replacing carpeting, painting, or anything else needed to get your home back to normal.

As a locally owned and operated business, the skilled technicians at SERVPRO of Flagler County are ready to respond 24/7 to your mold damage needs. If you experience mold damage in Palm Coast, Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Flagler, or any of the other surrounding areas, we have the resources to help. Call (386) 447-2202 today!

Three Components of Water Repairs

6/14/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Damage Needs Certified Professionals To Remedy

Quick Restoration Lessens Mold Damage

It is no secret what destructive power water can have over a household, causing plenty of water damage. Mildew and mold buildup, foundational cracks and actual failure of the structure are known to be caused by the presence of unwanted water. A problem which starts out small can grow into a total nightmare when it is left unattended. A majority of water repairs have three simple components: knowledge, time sensitivity and materials.


Water damage remediation, a process which no one likes to have to go through, should be done by experienced professionals like the ones at SERVPRO so that it can be done the right way the first time. We have plenty of experience in water remediation of all kinds, and our certified installers have gone through all of the specialized training in all aspects of waterproofing, which includes foundation repairs and water damage repair. Some products for waterproofing have to be installed by professionals who are certified, or the warranties they come with will be voided. As they say, knowledge is power, and we at SERVPRO have the experience that you would expect from a professional water remediation company.

Time Sensitivity
Water problems, whether aggressive and progressive, need to be handled as soon as you realize that they exist. At SERVPRO, we understand that if a problem with water is not handled quickly, it can lead to larger problems. Water remediation, when done properly, can be a tiresome and long process, especially if you waste time looking for the right contractors. The more time you do this, the worse your home can become, so it is important to know ahead of time who to call.

Once a basement becomes damp, mildew and mold can quickly build up, spreading through the rest of your home and create an environment that is unhealthy for you and your family. Our certified contractors are efficient and prompt. We will even start by giving you a free inspection which will include a written estimate and details of your problem, with how we can best fix them without any obligation from you.


Quality materials, an important factor in any project involving home maintenance, will be needed for water damage repairs, crawl space encapsulations and foundation repairs. The end job will only be as good as the materials which are being used. SERVPRO also uses systems and products which are top-rated and have already been proven to work. No matter what your water damage repair solution needs, such as a sump pump or just the latest in waterproofing products, we’ll always use the right materials for your job.

Any type of water damage in Flagler Beach can be disconcerting, even devastating, so let the professionals at SERVPRO of Flagler County take care of your water remediation project. Give us a call right away at (386) 447-2202 so we can assess your damages and write up a plan of action for repairs.

Dealing With Mold Problems

6/10/2016 (Permalink)

Black Mold Can Lurk Behind Furniture

Let SERVPRO Remediate Your Mold Damage

Mold damage is an unwelcome culprit that requires immediate attention. Anytime there is flooding or water damage, there is potential for the growth of mold. We strongly recommend that you do not attempt to touch the mold or remove the mold. Contact us immediately because mold can grow beneath the surfaces of walls, floors, under carpet, and along many other unsuspecting surfaces.

Despite best efforts to clean up and dry up an area of flooding, mold can still be lurking beneath the surfaces. The problem with mold is that it can be hidden, hard to locate, and still create a musty smell or odor. The damaging effects of mold become evident in hours to days. Once mold is suspected, it is imperative that you call our team of experts to determine the severity of the mold damage problem in Palm Coast.
The severity of the mold problem will determine the nature of the removal or remediation plan. Mold clean-up, removal, and remediation should only be handled by an experienced team of experts. Underlying mold may be present that cannot be seen on the surface. Our experts will conduct a test to identify the type of mold that is present, determine the surface area and underlying surfaces affected by the mold, and develop a plan of action to get rid of the mold.

Once the mold remediation is complete, and all debris is removed, our team of specialists will conduct an air quality test to determine the safety of the air quality. We will work with your insurance company and provide a full assessment of the damage and the associated costs of removal or remediation.
When you suspect mold, call SERVPRO of Flagler County to perform a preliminary assessment. Our expert team of professionals can be reached 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year at (386) 447-2202.

Water Damage To Your Business Needs To Be Remedied FAST

6/8/2016 (Permalink)

Regular Roof Maintenance and Repair Can Prevent Water Damage

Professionals Can Get You Back To Business Quickly

Unexpected commercial water damage can occur rapidly with no warning. When an emergency strikes, call on us at SERVPRO to launch a rapid response with a team of experienced commercial water responders waiting to handle your emergency. Time is of the essence when predicting the sustainability of your commercial property.

Preventing Palm Coast water damage is critical to an organization's bottom line. The return on investment of preventative structural maintenance and inspections far outweighs the inconvenience and expense associated with commercial water damage. Regular inspections of the building's roof are necessary to identify leaks or signs of wear and tear. Worn rooftops, loose shingles, or missing shingles are a sign of advanced weathering and an increased potential for commercial water damage.
Despite best efforts and preventative maintenance, SERVPRO of Flagler County understands that unprecedented storm damage and rain can leave rooftops weak and subject to slow leaks. Severe weather and hurricane force winds can prematurely weather the life of the roof. When trees fall over during a storm and land on your building's roof, underlying water damage may occur. Over time, a commercial roof can develop a significant leak leading to flooding. Flooding can lead to water damage or destruction of computers, printers, and other electronic expensive equipment in the office. Papers and files may not be salvageable after commercial water damage.

We recognize that your company's efforts may not be able to be replaced when documents are unable to be salvaged. Our team of experts is available to make an initial assessment of the water damage, identify the source of the flooding, and develop a restoration plan. We will work with your insurance company and provide copies of our assessments, damage report, and restorative plan of action.
When your commercial water damage emergency occurs, contact SERVPRO of Flagler County to service your needs. We can be reached at (386) 447-2202.

Hurricane Damage Mitigation and Prevention

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are a common occurrence in Florida during the summer months.

Knowledge, Prevention, and Mitigation

Hurricane season is here with us. It starts from June 1 - November 30. However, storms can occur before and after these dates. Annually, hurricanes cause massive damages to homes and other properties, especially in coastal areas. Over several months, during active seasons, hurricane damage can surpass hundreds of billions of dollars. 

Preparation, both before and after a storm is the main key to protecting properties from hurricane damage. Having adequate information on how to prepare for an oncoming storm goes miles in mitigating damages. Additionally, learning the steps to take soon after a storm, also helps in minimizing property damage

Before looking at how we can prevent or mitigate hurricane damage, let us first look at types of storm damage: 

Types of Hurricane Damage 

A storm must bring with them sustained winds of not less than 74 miles per hour to qualify as a hurricane. High winds are the primary cause of storm damage. They dislodge any parts of a building, especially those that are not securely anchored. They also subject buildings to fast-moving rubble carried along by storms. 

On top of high winds, hurricanes also bring with them heavy rains. Doing so makes flooding another common type of hurricane damage, which affects building at the coast and further inland. 

Hurricanes also notoriously produce hail and lightning. These two can contribute to power outages and property damage that can affect appliances and electronics at home. 

Preventing Hurricane Damage 

The primary thing to do is always be up-to-date when it comes to the weather. We should always take immediate action once we know a hurricane is likely to hit our area. Simply put, protecting a home means that we protect the outer ‘shell’ from becoming breached. Therefore, we must ensure our siding, windows, doors, and roof are all in excellent condition. 

Additionally, we should secure our garage door firmly. Plywood and storm shutters come in handy in giving windows added protection. Single-outlet and whole-house protectors prevent power surges from damaging appliances and electronics. 

Sump pumps are effective at protecting the lower part of the house from flooding. Lastly, we should elevate any sensitive appliances and electronics above the anticipated flood level. 

Mitigating Hurricane Damage

Naturally, predicting the occurrence of hurricanes is almost next to impossible. Even with a string of precautions in place, our properties are still susceptible to damage during storms. The good thing is that if we take immediate action after a storm, we can surely minimize effects. 

If the home has flooded, we should not enter until we are sure that gas and power are off to prevent injuries such as electrocution. 

Calling a professional service is highly encouraged as we get to assess and repair all damages caused by flooding, power loss, wind or fire. Professionals also prevent issues such as deterioration of furnishings, walls, flooring, as well as mold growth. 

After winds have ended and a hurricane has passed, cleaning up the mess is just the start. With stagnant water in waterlogged commercial structures, residential homes, industrial facilities, and retail malls, it is important to hire a reputable damage restoration company

SERVPRO of Flagler County has skilled and experienced professionals to restore a building to its pre-storm condition. Moreover, our experts in storm damage mitigation handle everything without disrupting our clients’ daily life. Call SERVPRO of Flagler County today at (386) 447-2202 to explore our variety of damage mitigation services including mold damage, water damage, and fire damage restoration. 

Beware of Tornadoes during a Hurricane

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Tornado Touching Down During a Storm

Weather Patterns Can Quickly Change Bringing On Storm Activity

Withstanding the torrential downpours of a hurricane is stressful enough, yet alone thinking about the possibility of tornadoes spawning during the hurricane. The meteorologist's prediction of a hurricane approaching a given geographical area brings to mind images of torrential rains, high winds, and the chance of flooding. Most people in society would not anticipate or imagine that a tornado could touch down in the process.

Typically tornadoes and hurricanes are described as individual or separate events although tornadoes can develop during a hurricane. In fact, tornadoes have been identified as one of the risks of a hurricane. It is not uncommon for there to be a tornado watch in place during a hurricane when conditions are present that develop funnel clouds. Just because a watch is in place does not necessarily indicate that tornadoes will occur, rather be prepared to keep an eye on the weather for rapidly changing conditions.

Similarly, do not discount that a tornado warning is just a precaution because of the hurricane. Changing skies and worsening weather conditions are often the only clue that this can occur with little or no warning.

Not only do we have to be aware of our surroundings and watch for rising water levels, flooding, high winds, and hail damage during a hurricane, we must be conscious of the widespread eminent destruction and Flagler Beach storm damage added by a tornado. The effects of a hurricane alone are now added to the effects of tornadoes. It is important to understand that both tornadoes and hurricanes both have the ability to cause mass destruction and high winds. Both can create bodily harm leading to an increased death toll in the weather stricken area.
A hurricane can last for a long duration of time ranging from a few days to weeks as it travels across water and increases in intensity. While the hurricane is over the water, the land will undergo heavy rains and winds. As the hurricane gets closer to making landfall, the conditions will become progressively worse. Once the hurricane hits land, there is a chance that tornadoes can spawn with the right mixture of winds and temperature changes. Since wind and temperature conditions frequently change during a hurricane, there is a reoccurring chance that tornadoes can develop. Whether or not the tornadoes touch down will determine if any destruction or storm damage occurs. It is possible for the tornadoes to be visible in the sky resembling what most people call twisters and never touch down. These are reasons why people must be aware of their surroundings, listen to the local weather broadcasts, and exercise safety.

To increase the chances of a successful restoration and clean up after a hurricane or tornado in your home or place of business, contact the experienced professionals at SERVPRO of Flagler County. If you are facing damage, call our expert staff at (386) 447-2202 as soon as possible to help decrease your losses and reopen your doors for business. "Like it never even happened."

If Mold Is Not Addressed Right Away, Damage Can Escalate Exponentially

6/6/2016 (Permalink)

Roofing Leaks Create Mold Issuses

Mold Can Be Result Of Many Types of Water Damage

Mold damage can occur without warning. Mold can become an environmental emergency, and it is critical to provide a safe workplace in the industrial setting. Mold in the workplace can cause health effects to employees with subtle or no signs.

Typical culprits of mold include slow leaks in pipes or roofing that may go undetected without a clear water mark. Pipes can leak for weeks or months without any visible signs of a problem. Many pipes are encased within walls making it impossible to identify a sign of a problem visually. Once the water damage compounds to the point that a clear sign is evident, Flagler mold damage may already exist.
Roofing leaks may occur gradually over time as a result of weathering or storm damage. Small leaks may create a passageway for water to intrude a building leading to the formation of mold. We are here and available around the clock to address your mold damage. If a water emergency occurs at your workplace, call us to provide an assessment, and we can be on the look out for mold evidence. Safely and efficiently identifying water leaks or floods may help minimize the amount of mold growth potential.
We will provide a mold assessment to determine the severity of the mold problem. Once we ascertain the source of the problem, we will assemble our team of experts to make the necessary repairs. We will only provide the highest quality of care and work strategically to minimize your business downtime. We recognize that time is valuable, and we do not want your company to lose business while undergoing treatment for mold damage. Our team of specially trained staff will work diligently to provide the best possible solution to fit your needs. SERVPRO of Flagler is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year to handle your emergency. We can be reached at (386) 447-2202.

Fire Damage 101 for Business and Homeowners

6/3/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Flagler County will restore your Palm Coast home from fire damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

Fire Damage 101 for Homeowners and Business Owners

Companies and private homeowners can many times be devastated by the fire damage in Palm Coast, and the process of fire restoration can be quite involved. One aspect which will calm your nerves involves you knowing that you’ve hired the right professional company to help you. This is one reason you need to hire a company which is associated with the IICRC, such as SERVPRO. 

Business owners and homeowners initially could be in shock from the devastation. It is important to attempt to follow the right steps to get complete the fire restoration in their Palm Coast home. Since we are associated with the IICRC, we have current training, health and safety certifications, a lot of experience in restoration projects; plus the appropriate licenses and insurance information. We will first give you a written quote with estimated costs after we assess your damage, and answer any questions you may have. 

After this, the first step is to clean up the affected area as much as possible. If it is not cleaned immediately, soot residue and permanent damage could be left behind. When cleaning, we’ll use the proper gear for protection such as dust masks, and open up the area for the right ventilation. We’ll clean from the ceilings to the floors and vacuum any upholstery and flooring. 

There can be devastating effects if cleanup isn’t done right away. Within just minutes of Palm Coast fire and smoke damage, applicants and other items can be discolored with a yellow hue. If a few hours have gone by, bathrooms and other areas of the business or home will be stained by acid. In days, the walls will permanently discolor, and other items will start to rust because of the acidic residue left behind by the fire. After weeks, the cost of cleanup will get substantially more expensive. The furnishings and building can be permanently damaged by the acid that is left behind. There will be layers of soot residue throughout the business or home. This is why it is vital to contact SERVPRO to perform fire restoration techniques to get your business or home back to its pre-fire state as soon as possible. 

Smoky odors and residue need to be removed right away. At SERVPRO, we will use fire restoration to achieve this, removing the source of the odor, cleaning any items which can be salvaged, and getting rid of any odor that is lingering with a deodorizing fog and odor counteractant. We will finally seal any salvageable items, so the odor is encapsulated and to stop any more recontamination. Businesses and homeowners, which are educated in the process of fire restoration, can minimize the cost of repairs. 

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After you experience Palm Coast fire damage, contacting SERVPRO of Flagler County by calling (386) 447-2202, will allow us to get to your property as soon as possible to start the process of remediation and get your life back to normal. 

Fire Damage Can Be Devastating To a Home

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damages a Rooftop

SERVPRO Is Certified To Remediate Your Home After a Fire

A universal threat to homeowners, fires, and Palm Coast Fire damage can cause much stress. Even though the fire department could extinguish the flames in enough time that your home is salvaged, it is likely just the start of things. You might need to immediately tarp or board up doors, windows, and the roof so that your property is secured from any more damage because of weather and uninvited looting animal or human guests.

Your belongings and interior of your home will probably be saturated with water that was sprayed from fire hoses to put the flames out. The intense odor of smoke and acidic soot will be all over the place, even in areas which are far from the original source of the fire.

These situations are understandably quite emotionally overwhelming and devastating. At SERVPRO, we have the empathy and experience to guide you through the process of fire damage restoration in Palm Coast, and get you back to normal as fast as we possibly can.

Our technicians are IICRC certified in contents cleaning and fire restoration. We will give you an effective and swift resolution to contents and structures that are fire damaged, including: 

  • Services for emergency boarding-up
  • Cleaning and Emergency soft goods pack-out, so you’ll have clothing to wear when the rest of your things are being restored
  • Clean and storage, contents pack-out
  • Structural restoration
  • Water mitigation and extraction
  • Ozone generators
  • Baking soda blasting
  • Charcoal and HEPA filtered air scrubbers
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Ultrasonic dunk tank
  • Complete put-back services to exterior and interior
    Fire Restoration Process


After you hire SERVPRO to handle your Palm Coast fire restoration, a technician who is certified will come to your home and inspect the damage. We’ll then decide how much damage was done and develop a plan to clean and restore your property. After your insurance company and you approve the plan, we’ll begin the work.

Clear Out Odors

One of the first things we’ll want to do is bring in industrial equipment to get rid of odors and smoke from your home. This step is quite important since smoke can have corrosive substances which will keep damaging your electronics, appliances, surfaces and furniture until it is removed. The equipment will also help to dry out floors and walls which could have been water damaged.

Residue Removal

After odors and smoke are eliminated, we’ll go through and clean soot from ceilings, walls, and floors. This involves several measures to lessen the chance of more damage and the growth of mold. Ceilings, walls, and woodwork will be treated professionally and cleaned to get rid of soot.
We’ll also protect parts of your home which were unharmed by the fire to keep odors and soot from getting into these areas, plus repaint, replace and repair as needed.

Fire damage in Palm Coast doesn’t have to be as stressful when you call SERVPRO of Flagler County at (386) 447-2202 and let us help you get your structure back to normal.

The Aftermath of a Storm and Contacting SERVPRO for their Services

5/28/2016 (Permalink)

Tree Fell On House During a Storm

Preparation May Not Be Enough When Your Home Is In the Path of a Storm

When news stations report the weather today, people tend to pay more attention to what’s being reported. Since Palm Coast weather can produce many different types of unsettling conditions, it is not uncommon for everyone to expect most anything. It does not matter which areas of the country are impacted by the weather, especially because the most recent storms are causing all kinds of problems and issues of concerns. From large balls of hail hitting windows in the home and causing them to break to flood waters rising because of large volumes of rain coming down for longer periods of time, stormy weather can be very unpredictable.
Making Preparations to Protect the Home Before the Storm Passes Through
Getting ready for the storm before it hits is one of the ways for a homeowner to protect the interest that they have in their property. However, sometimes the preparation made will not make any difference if the winds are so strong that they rip off of the roofing on the top of the home. In some cases, the winds will leave Palm Coast storm damage behind that may cost the owner or their insurance companies tens of thousands of dollars in repairs. So, the aftermath of a storm can be solemn for the owner and their family members.
Recovering After the Storm Passes Through
Typically, after a major storm passes through any area, owners are left with the aftermath to clean up and restore back to its original condition. Based on the severity of the damage that’s left, the owner may need to call a professional storm damage of Palm Coast recovery team to begin the process of cleaning up. These services are usually needed when the storm causes major damage to the roofing or the waters from the storm floods one or more rooms in the home. When this is the case, owners will need to protect their investment by contacting our team of technicians for emergency services. These services are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week so we can get started right away devising a plan of action. In fact, we will provide the homeowner and their family members with several key services including cleaning up the excess water, drying the areas impacted in the home, using antibacterial treatments for the family’s safety and restoring the home back to its original condition.
The impact of a storm can be very challenging for homeowners who have had storm damage near Palm Coast. Even though an owner can start the process of protecting the home before it passes through, they cannot always predict what is going to happen and the damage that it is going to cause. However, after the storm has passed through, the owners can hire our technicians to assist with the clean-up and recovery process.
So, for those of you who need a professional to visit your home for an assessment of the damage and a plan, you should call SERVPRO of Flager County at 386-447-2202 today.

Fire Damage in Flagler Beach

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damaged Beach House

A Quick Response To Fire Damage Gets the Homeowner Back into Their Property Sooner

It is important to be prepared for fire damage in Flagler Beach. Fires can occur anywhere, so it is important to be prepared to handle the problem. The damages that can occur from the fire outlast the life of the fire itself. Even a small fire problem can cause a lot of long term problems in the property. Therefore, it is important to be able to restore the property as quickly as possible. In order to carry that out, you need professionals with experience. We have the necessary equipment and expertise required to take care of the damages caused by a fire breakout.
With a fire, it takes a lot of water from firefighters to put out the fire. For even small fires, this could result in quite a bit of moisture from the efforts to put out the fire. Once the fire is taken care of, then you have to deal with the damages of the fire as well as the all of the water that was used in putting out the fire. There will most likely be moisture that is seeped into the dark and hidden areas that could result in mold. This results in a need for our services as a property restoration company.
We are prompt in our responses. One thing that is very frustrating for a resident or commercial business owner to hear is that the professional that they called is going to take a day or two get to them. Among the different types of damages that a fire leaves over are fumes which are toxic, property damage, and even the possibility of an outgrowth of mold. For this reason, we make sure that we are local to your property in case of Flagler Beach fire damage so that we can respond to your emergency soon.
We are also skilled in restoration. Our goal is not to replace the pieces of property that have been damaged. We do not want you to have to abandon your property when we can bring it back to a better condition. We want you, and other members of the household to continue living there in little time. Part of our purpose is to salvage every part of the property possible. This not only makes your home safer, but it also saves you money.
We at SERVPRO of Flagler County are very experienced and skilled at restoring your property from damages caused by fire, floods, mold, and plenty of other disasters that can destroy your home. We are also strategically located so that we can handle any type of fire damage near Flagler Beach problem quickly. Give us a call at (386) 447-2202.

Essential Storm Damage Services in Palm Coast for Home Owners

5/25/2016 (Permalink)

Oak Tree Damages House

Professional Remediation Services Are Available For Both Storm and Water Damage

According to National Geographic News and Seeker News resources, storm damage near Palm Coast in the U.S. has gotten much stronger in recent years. Unfortunately, scientists are expecting these trends to continue since these activities are often related to global warming and how it affects the earth and its atmosphere. In some cases, it only takes a storm a few minutes to take off the entire roof or leave a home completely disheveled when it takes off the doors and its windows. In either event, there can be minor or massive storm damage that must be repaired.
Even though some homeowners may attempt to repair the damage themselves, it is important to note that the quality of the repairs used can make a major difference in protecting the overall value of the home. Therefore, many professionals in the home improvement and other industries normally recommend hiring specialists in this field to assist with storm damage renovations. Typically, the types of services needed may consists of those that our Palm Coast Storm Damage Team offers, which are listed below.
Storm Damage and Water Removal Services
Similar to flooding, storms can do a lot of water damage in a home. Since our trained technicians have the expertise and the advanced equipment to remove all of the excess water, homeowners can have peace of mind in knowing that all of the water has been properly removed and no secondary damage will be incurred as a result of mold spreading in different places. The water from the storm will be removed from the carpeting, upholstery, other things that the water can be retained in.
Emergency Services Provided
Because storms can happen any time of the day or night, we have trained technicians available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Therefore, if the homeowner needs someone right away to address immediate concerns, technicians will be sent on site to help with getting things started. By responding to calls immediately, we can help to protect your home from additional costly damage.
Removal of Odors and Cleaning Up with Antibacterial solutions
In addition to removing all of the excess storm waters, our team of Storm Damage professionals in Palm Coast are trained to ensure the areas that have been impacted are cleaned with the appropriate types of cleaning solutions. For instance, we send out technicians who know how to treat the site with commercial grade cleaning and sanitizers. This cleaning method helps with ensuring everyone will be comfortable and safety when they are occupying their homes again.
So, for those of you who need a professional to visit your home for an assessment of the damage and a plan, you should call SERVRO of Flager County at 386-447-2202 today.

Sources of Flagler Beach Water Damage

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Roof Rainwater Maintenance is Helpful in Preventing Water Damage

Leaks That Cause Water Damage

The number one source of property claims for owners of commercial property, retail establishments, hotels, high-rise residences and other structures is Flagler Beach water damage. Problems can be caused by leakages at any time of the year and any point in the life cycle of the facility. Which many times begins small, a leak which goes undetected can spread quickly down through a building, making it very difficult to detect.

Water damages are able to incur billions of dollars in operational, structural, reputational and financial losses every year for owners of commercial property.

Sources can include:

Water which enters a building usually comes from one of three sources, all with their own specific exposure types:

Rain/surface Water

The roof of your building acts as a big collector of water and designs of gullies, valleys and downpipes which are inferior can cause leaks. Improper maintenance of roof rainwater services can cause blockages and overflows, many times escaping back into your building. Severe storms along with flooding from season weather patterns can test even roofs that are the most well-maintained and well-designed.

Grey/foul Water

If your high-tech commercial appliances are installed wrong, they can cause leaks. These include refrigerators with ice machines, parts washers, coffee machines, washing machines, water coolers and more. Grey or foul water is generally present because of intermittent leaks, which are able to slowly build up over time, since these kinds of appliances aren’t in constant use. Pump sets and sprinkler piping work at high pressures, so any type of break in a line is able to give rise to a fast loss of big volumes of water.

Facility Systems/services Water

Boiler rooms, plant rooms and HVAC installations bring more big volumes of water into your building, so any leak from them can result in extensive leakage throughout various floors, especially if the systems are on the roof or top floor of your building. Many times, feed water installations off municipal mains are pumped, needing the right maintenance and operation. The stability of water supply can be an issue, since the loss of it will probably lead to faucets being left in the open position accidentally. Water supplies in some areas have certain minerals, which can therefore lead to the corrosion rate of the water increasing.

Preparing for the Rainy Season

Although water damage near Flagler Beach can happen at any time of the year, there are other key seasonal periods such as the spring tornado and rainy season, and the fall hurricane period where chances of flooding from rain increase. These two seasons are particularly good times for regular maintenance projects as part of a water damage mitigation program. At SERVPRO, we can help you to prepare your building for these heavy periods of rain.

If you do experience any type of flooding or water damage in Flagler Beach, SERVPRO of Flagler County are the ones to call. We can help you to clean up and restore your building back to working order. Just give us a call any time at (386) 447- 2202.

When it comes to cleaning porous surfaces, call a professional

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Most of us have had a child get sick on the carpet. He or she was too ill to react and make it to the bathroom. You want to thoroughly clean up the mess and prevent any staining, but are unsure of how to go about it.

The sad truth is you can never truly disinfect a porous surface without removing it — especially if you suspect a highly infectious disease like the norovirus is to blame for the illness going around the house. But as an industry leader in biohazard remediation, we have recommendations for how to clean the mess and when you should reach out for professional help.

If you believe the mess is manageable

You need to protect yourself anytime you try to clean up a potentially dangerous mess. Get some gloves, wear face protection, and try to avoid making contact with the substance. Definitely avoid touching your face, eyes, or mouth until you have had the chance to clean your hands. If you pick up an illness cleaning up after a sick child, you won’t be able to help anyone — you’ll be in bed yourself. Next, you want to follow these few steps to remove a small amount of vomit off your carpet.

1. Clean up what you can

You want to remove as much of the vomit as possible. Use a dustpan or old towel to remove any solids from the floor or fabric. Keep a trash bag handy to dispose of any waste.

2. Blot up any liquid

Using another old towel, paper towels, or disposable rag, draw liquid from the surface. Go over the spot a few times to make sure you have removed as much as possible.

3. Use baking soda or cornstarch

Liberally coat the affected area with powder and let it set. This will soak up more of the moisture. After 15 minutes, vacuum the powder.

4. Treat for stains and odor

Treat the area for stains with a registered disinfectant product with a broad spectrum kill claim. This is also when you can deodorize. We recommend an enzyme-based cleaner. Enzymatic cleaners have fewer chemicals, but still break down stains and odors.

5. Dispose of biohazard materials properly

Take care when disposing of the rags or towels you used to clean up the stain, or launder them immediately. You do not want to spread the contamination.

Always remember: Removing waste and disinfecting are not the same thing

The spot on the carpet is still not disinfected, even if you remove the bulk of the physical mess. A porous surface can never be truly cleared of potential contamination. To get a porous surface truly disinfected, you need to call a professional to remove the affected area. Also, it’s important to point out that in the steps above we’re assuming a manageable spot. Often, if a sickness takes over multiple people in the home, the volume of vomit or other bodily fluids to clean up is absolutely beyond the scope of household cleaners.

If the mess is too large to handle with household measures or you suspect the vomit is caused by a more serious virus, call SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast. Only a company who removes the entire affected area can guarantee that no dangerous biological material is left behind. You’re welcome to get the process started, but you should leave true disinfection to the professionals. Only SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast can assure you the potential contamination is completely removed, as we can run tests to make sure no biological material is left behind.

SERVPRO Flagler Bio Cleaning

Mold Damage in Palm Coast

5/24/2016 (Permalink)

Advanced Stage Mold Damage

Quick Response To Mold Damage Can Help To Reduce Costs

When you are facing Palm Coast mold damage in an industrial situation, you need to make sure that the company you choose to call for help has all the pertinent certifications and experience that you would expect. Don’t ever go with a mold remediation company because they are cheap, since they will likely not be following the EPA Guidelines for the removal of mold and will also cut corners. Some won’t set up a containment area, which you must have to stop the mold spores from spreading further.

Professional Mold Removal

If you find mold, especially black mold, do not disturb it. If this type of mold is disturbed or harmed, it can release mycotoxins by the millions into the air, which will contaminate your building. You should instead speak with a mold remediation service as soon as you can since it is hazardous to try and remove or kill mold by yourself. Black mold especially should only be removed by a professional company who has the experience in removing mold. The right methods of mold removal are needed to keep mycotoxins and spores from spreading further.

Certifications of Mold Removal

There are a lot of mold certifications available so that companies claim to be certified. However, IICRC is one of the most reputable. It does not offer a one-day certification, as it is a week-long course to learn the different mold remediation aspects. No matter which mold company you hire for remediation of your industrial mold situation, be sure to check out the certification program and that it is not just an online test or a one day course. A lot of mold companies which are reputable are certified through the IICRC since it has strict standards to follow correct mold remediation guidelines.

Mold Costs

Costs for mold remediation can vary widely depending upon how severe the mold damage near Palm Cooast is. Always ask what is included in your estimate, such as anti-microbial, mold containment, safety equipment for the workers, the right certifications which can affect the cost of the project and the right insurance coverage.
Industrial Mold Equipment
The equipment that is needed for an industrial project will vary. However, it is important that the company you hire has the right equipment for your project. Safety and mold equipment is important for the project of mold remediation to go well. There are always updates to make equipment more productive and better, and industrial mold remediation companies need to get all the right equipment like air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums large enough to handle the job.

Move Quickly

Often, people do not act quickly enough to get rid of their mold damage in Palm Coast. As soon as you find mold, however, you need to take steps to have the mold removed. If you ignore the problem, it will only become worse.

If you are experiencing any mold problems in your industrial space, SERVPRO of Flagler County is ready and waiting for your call. We have all the necessary equipment to keep everyone safe and can work fast to remove your mold problem in Palm Coast. You can reach us at any time by calling (386) 447-2202.

Can I Prevent Water Damage in Flagler Beach To My Wooden Entry Floor By Waterproofing It?

5/22/2016 (Permalink)

Ceiling Water Damage in a Two Story House

Take Steps to Protect and Waterproof Your Wood Floor

The wood floor in your front hallway or entry gets much abuse. Wet boots, paws, and drenched coats, as well as rain blowing in when the door is held open every once in a while, will damage this beautiful flooring, ruining the wood and creating an opening for rot, molds and that earthy smell that means problems. This water damage in Flagler Beach can be prevented by taking certain steps.

Since unprotected wood is prone to yellowing, staining and other maladies, waterproofing this space are critical for maintaining the investment you made on this surface and helps prevent costly repairs.

Waterproofing this surface to prevent Flagler Beach water damage can be done in a few steps that help you protect your wood floor:

Move the furniture out of the space as well as all carpeting or throw rugs and clean the wood, thoroughly, with a vacuum cleaner and damp mop to remove all dust, dirt, and other debris as well as any food or drink spills. This step is critical because anything left on the surface can show up later in a negative way.

Use a water based polyurethane wood floor finish due to its durability, its quick to dry nature and the mild odor. It is also environmentally friendly if that is a concern. Pour this into a bucket without shaking or stirring as this creates bubbles that do not cover the same way. Dip a foam applicator into the bucket and apply to the floor.

Apply this in a systematic way, starting at one end and moving methodically toward the other. Ensure any dust or dirt that is encountered is rinsed off of the applicator to prevent it from being encased and accented in the final look.

The first coat dries in about two or three hours. Reapply and allow to dry again. You can coat this flooring another two or three times, allowing it to dry completely in between applications.

Use a quality cleaner, after a week or two, and to maintain it from that time going forward.

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SERVPRO of Flagler County can handle any residential water damage near Flagler Beach.  When water damage occurs in Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, or Hammock Dunes, please give us a call at (386) 447-2202.

Water Damage in Flagler Beach

5/19/2016 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Office After a Flood

Steps to Take Immediately After Water Damage in Your Business

Hopefully your business will never experience Flagler Beach commercial water damage, however, in case you do, it is important to know how to handle the situation before it happens so you are prepared if and when it does. Flood damage can cause structural concerns and several other issues, so there are steps to take immediately afterward so you can protect your business and employees.

Shut Off Potential Hazards

If it is safe to do so, you will want to make sure that you turn off any electricity to the affected areas. You don’t, however, want them to be turned on before you are ready, which risks mixing electricity and water or making a gas leak before the flood damage can be corrected.

When you call in professionals for help, the remediation company will also have special tools, such as a digital moisture meter, to find any signs of hidden moisture, such as behind walls, to make sure that they can completely dry out your business properly and avoid any mold from growing.

Make Sure to Protect Yourself

 If you have to walk in any flood waters, wear sturdy shoes which will protect your feet from hidden debris in the water which could trip or cut you. Hip waders are a good idea as well, since flood waters can be contaminated, even if to the naked eye they look clean. Look out for snakes or other critters which have been displaced by the flood, and do not ever put your hands anywhere you cannot see first.

When all else fails, and you are not sure about going into your building, wait for the professional remediation company to arrive. They are aware of all the procedures and steps to take to keep themselves and others safe, plus will have all the protective gear to wear as they are checking everything out for you.

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures!

Make sure and document as much of the damage to your commercial property as thoroughly as you can. This will help you out when you are filing your claim with your insurance company for the water damage near Flagler Beach created by the flood. When you do re-enter your business, get photographic evidence of the damage that was left behind by the water, plus any water that is still there. Document all that you can and then speak with your insurance company in a prompt manner.

Salvage What you Can

Mold damage is very common after your business has experienced commercial water damage in Flagler Beach and only needs about twenty-four to forty-eight hours to start growing. The professional restoration company can assist you in this, but you will need to throw away anything that has been saturated for over forty-eight hours and figure out on a case to case basis what else can be saved or needs to be thrown away. Rugs and padding will always need to be tossed if they are damaged by flood waters, and you may need to get rid of things like insulation or drywall as well if they have become flood damaged. Any food which has been affected will also need to be thrown away if it’s come into contact with the flood waters, as the water from floods can carry plenty of contamination.

SERVPRO of Flagler County is a professional and local company in Flagler Beach who will quickly respond to your flood damage needs. When you experience such an event in Flagler county, we have the experience and resources to help. Contact us any time at (386) 447-2202.

Identifying Commercial Mold Damage in Flagler Beach

5/17/2016 (Permalink)

Mold On The Ceiling of an Office

Helpful Hints to Identify Mold and to Understand Moisture

If your business has sustained some sort of water damage, you could be looking at an outcropping of mold as well. Commercial mold damage in Flagler Beach needs to be taken care of right away, as mold can cause health effects for your employees and also your clients.

Identifying Mold

Mold is all over. A type of fungus which grows from tiny spots what float in the air, it can grow just about anywhere the spores land and find moisture and a temperature that is comfortable. The temperature is somewhere between forty and one hundred degrees Fahrenheit and usually includes just about any damp place inside your commercial building.

You can spot the most obvious kind of mold, mildew, quite easily. It starts out as tiny spots that are black but many times grow into bigger colonies. The black stuff will stain grout lines, grow on walls which are damp, and on outdoor surfaces like painted siding or deck boards, especially in areas which are shady and damp. A surface which is mildewed is many times hard to distinguish from one that is dirty. You can test for mildew by just dabbing a few drops of regular bleach on the area that is blackened. If it lightens up after a minute or two, mildew is present. If it stays dark, it is likely just dirt.

A surface mold, mildew will not likely do any damage to the structure of your building. Other kinds of mold, however, can cause rot. Use a screwdriver or other sharp tool to probe the area suspected to have mold. If the wood crumbles or is soft, the fungi may have taken hold and begun to rot the wood.

For a mold with a high concentration, you might be able to smell it. If you can smell a musty odor, look for mold on damp walls, damp carpeting, wet wood under your flooring, damp crawlspaces, wet roof sheeting and other areas that are damp. When you smell that musty odor, it is an excellent idea to have a professional mold remediation company clean these Flagler Beach mold damaged areas up right away before they get worse.

Understanding Moisture

You will have to do more than look at what is visibly growing on the walls or in a corner of your commercial building to assess mold growth. It can be an invisible intruder, growing around and behind what you can see at first. Understand first that behind all mold growth is a moisture or water problem. That is why you need a professional company to come in and find where all the moisture is and is coming from so that it can be eradicated correctly and stop any more growth from forming. You want to end all mold growth, not just what is visible right away.

You’ll want the professionals because they will have all the experience and equipment which is necessary to find all of the mold and to rectify the problem quickly and safely. They’ll also have all the protective gear that they need so that while the technicians are working on remediating your building, they are protected.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Flagler County is locally owned and operated—so we work and live here in Flagler Beach too and are very proud to be part of this community. We take pride in providing mold damage remediation services in Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, and Hammock Dunes. A minor mold problem can quickly become a major infestation if left untreated. Call us for help.  (386) 447-2202

Espanola Fire Damage - Efficient Restoration Service

5/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Tip-Smoke Detectors Keep the FireFighters Away

SERVPRO Offers a Fast Cleanup for Espanola Residential Fire Damage

The after effects of residential fire damage in Espanola can entail quite a few areas of concern. You'll want to make sure you are getting the best possible restoration service for your home. You should call upon the services of a qualified residential fire damage expert like SERVPRO that knows exactly how to clean up the problem and restore your residence back to its original condition.

First Class Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services

When you have undergone the harrowing experience of fire damage in Espanola, the last thing you want to hear is that it will take a restoration crew a day or more to respond to your urgent call. After all, the danger is not over when the flames have been put out. There is still lots of damage to deal with from toxic fumes and property damage to the threat of mold growth. The service you call upon should be locally owned and operated so that they can respond to your emergency within the shortest possible amount of time. SERVPRO responds to your call, day or night, within the hour, and usually can arrive at your home within four hours.

Restoration, Not Replacement, Is the Key

The residential fire damage service you call upon should be well versed in the art of property restoration. Don't waste time and money by abandoning a structure that could be restored and claimed. The goal of any reputable cleanup service should be to restore your property back to its prior condition so that you and your family can resume living there as quickly as possible. Restoration, not replacement, is the key to a successful cleanup. This is our modus operandi, we salvage all we can, and save you money.

Efficient Local Restoration Service for Residential Fire Damage in Espanola

SERVPRO of Flagler County is a locally owned and operated business. We offer a fast, efficient, and effective response to your residential fire damage. When residential fire damage occurs in Espanola, Flagler Beach, Palm Coast or the surrounding area, we have the resources and personnel to help. You can call us for assistance at any time of the day or night. Please feel free to contact us at (386) 447-2202 for more information or instant help.

How to protect the outside of your Flagler Beach house from water damage

5/12/2016 (Permalink)

Gutter Cleaning Prevents Home Damage

Regular Roof and Gutter Maintenace Can Help Protect the Outside of Your Home

It is important to note that many homeowners spend lots of time and money on the upkeep of the home. In fact, protecting the value of the home is simply protecting one's investment so that the owner does not lose much money over time instead of gaining equity in their purchases. Protecting the value of a home is often done in many ways. Some of the most common involve making repairs before things begin to break down, painting the inside and the outside on a regular basis, and the like.

In some cases, the maintenance and repairs that are needed may involve preventing damage that can occur over time. This is why so many homeowners are proactive in protecting the outside of their Flagler Beach home from water damage. Water damage can be very costly since it can adversely affect the ceilings, carpeting, walls and even the overall structure. For those who want to make sure that they are taking the appropriate measures to protect their homes in Flagler Beach from water damage, here’s some great and invaluable tips and recommendations listed below.

Recommendation #1 – Make sure Leaves, twigs, and other litter does not collect on top of the roof. By keeping these areas cleaned off properly, the water can drain off of the roof properly.

Recommendation #2 – Make sure the Roof is inspected and weatherized. Some people try to save money by inspecting the roof themselves. However, this is one task that should be left up to the professionals since they know what needs to be done to protect the roof water damage and the other elements that can eventually erode the roofing materials themselves.

Recommendation #3 - Clean out the gutters so that the water can run freely. These tasks should be done on a routine basis so that the water does not collect on the outside of the home and cause unnecessary expensive damage. By cleaning out the gutters, the home is free of puddles and old standing waters that attract a large number of mosquitoes as well as other insects.  Standing water can also result in mold.

SERVPRO of Flagler County has the equipment, experience, and training to handle water damage in and near Flagler, retail shops in Palm Coast, and motels in Flagler Beach with speed and efficiency. Call us for all your mold, water, and fire damaging problems at (386) 447-2202!

Flagler Beach Flood damage - Flood damage in Flagler Beach Clean Up Steps

5/2/2016 (Permalink)

Flagler Beach flood damage can be devastating.

Clean Up Steps for Flood damage in Flagler Beach

When a family steps in their home after a flood, it's not uncommon for them to take a panoramic view of the Flagler Beach flood damage and what needs to be done. In many cases, all of the water that they see may appear to be an overwhelming loss cause that cannot be saved by any clean up process. However, when the homeowner contacts a professional from the Flagler Beach flood damage company, they can speak with their representatives about their plan for restoration and clean up procedures. Because these representatives have the expertise to restore flood damage areas to normal living conditions, the family can feel more confident in knowing that they save things that they really want and discarding those that can be thrown away. To that end, here're some necessary steps in the clean-up process of flood-damaged homes.
Step #1 - Determine the Scope of the Water Damage
When people think about flooding in the home, they may see a picture of one of two things and that is flooding that comes from lots of water from a storm or flooding that comes from burst pipes. Either way, the team of professional water damage restoration representatives will need to survey all of the damage to see what must be done. In some cases, if the flooding is due to burst pipes, the first course of action is to shut off the home’s main water supply.
Step #2 - Take Precaution with Electrical Gadgets
Because water and electrical gadgets don’t mix, they can result in serious injuries. Therefore, the power to the home should also be turned off until everything has been checked. Further, any electrical appliances should be removed from the wall sockets so that additional damage and electrical injuries will not be caused.
Step #3 - Begin Removing the Water
Removing the water from the home is another essential step that must be done. Getting all of the water out of carpeting, walls, flooring and other areas it is critical to protecting the home’s present and future value. So, it is essential that the owner hires a professional team that has the capability to remove all of the water with the latest equipment in the industry.
So, for those of you who are interested in requesting the services of SERVPRO of Flagler County, you can contact our professionals at (386) 447-2202.

Flagler Beach Fire Damage - Get Back to Business as Usual with Fire Damage Services in Flagler Beach

4/27/2016 (Permalink)

A Flagler Beach commercial fire can cause a considerable amount of damage to your place of business.

Call SERVPRO of Flagler County for Flagler Beach Commercial Fire Damage Services

Flagler Beach commercial fire damage services can help you restore your place of business so that work can continue as usual after a fire event. Even a small fire can cause your operations to cease for a period of time until the repair work has been completed, and you may wonder how long it will take until your business property is fully functional for your commercial needs again. While it can be stressful to deal with a fire at work, rest assured that professional services can help you restore the property so that operations can pick up again quickly.

The Damage Caused by a Commercial Fire
A Flagler Beach commercial fire can cause a considerable amount of damage to your place of business, even with a minor fire that is localized to a small area in your establishment. Because the water damage from the firefighters and the smoke damage from the fire can extend far beyond the area where the fire was contained, a significant portion of the property can be damaged even if the fire was very small in size. With larger fires, the damage can be even more widespread and destructive. Your property may be partially or entirely inoperable until the repair work has been completed.

The Significant Work Required to Repair Fire Damage
A fire in a Flagler Beach commercial property will cause a charred, burned mess for you to clean up, but the damage is more significant than this. With water and smoke damage to contend with, it will take hard work to repair Flagler Beach commercial fire damage. This may include drying out the property to remove traces of moisture from the firefighters' hoses, eliminating fire-retardant chemicals from the area and removing smoke from the drywall, furnishings and more. Some areas may be salvaged, but other materials may need to be scrapped and replaced with new materials. Determining what to salvage and what to replace can be difficult to do, and you understandably want optimal results while also containing costs as much as possible.

The Importance of Fast Results
Because Flagler Beach commercial fire damage affects your bottom line, you need quick results. Your business may not be producing a profit or may even be operating with a net loss until the damage is repaired, so time is of the essence. Professional services are the best answer.

After a commercial fire in your Flagler Beach property, contact SERVPRO of Flagler County for assistance. We are a local company that is available to respond to your request for service right away, and we will work diligently until the work is complete. To set up an appointment with our crew, call us today at (386) 447-2202.

Critical Steps for Water Damage Cleanup in Palm Coast

3/11/2016 (Permalink)

Whether you have experienced a severe weather event in your area or had a pipe burst, dealing with water damage is never an easy task.

Contact SERVPRO for Professional Palm Coast Water Damage Services

Whether you have experienced a severe weather event in your area or had a pipe burst, dealing with water damage is never an easy task. Palm Coast residential water damage can be extremely expensive if not addressed properly and promptly. Water, even in small amounts, can cause a lot of damage when it gets into spaces that were not designed to get wet. Acting quickly and taking the appropriate steps to minimize the damage will help save you time, money, and heartache. Here are a few recommendations to assist if you have a flooded basement in your home.

Water and electricity do not mix. This combination can cause severe injury and can even be deadly. Before doing anything else, you will want to turn off the power to the affected area, especially if the flood water level has risen above the location of the electrical outlets. This is easily done by shutting off the circuit breakers that power your basement. After this is complete, the area will be safer for work. You should then unplug and remove all electrical items from the area. Once this is done, you can remove any furniture and other movable items as soon as possible.

The next step in Palm Coast residential water damage cleanup is to eliminate any wet carpets. The carpet and the underpadding must be pulled up. In some cases, you may be able to salvage the carpet by having it cleaned and disinfected by a professional. However, many wall-to-wall carpets tend to shrink after being exposed to flooded conditions and can only be used as a remnant or area rug afterward. More often than not, the carpet underpadding must be thrown out as it tends to absorb water like a sponge.

Once everything has been discarded, you can begin the process of getting rid of the water. Buckets, towels, mops, and manual labor can go a long way. You can also use a wet/dry vacuum. However, be sure it is plugged in as far away from the flooded area as possible. Don't use extension cords as they can pose a risk for electrical injury. Getting rid of all the water and letting the area dry out is the most important step in returning your home to its former condition. After standing water has been removed, open windows and turn on fans to help the area dry out.

The next steps involve disinfecting and preventing the growth of mold and mildew. Bacteria and mold growth in a home can cause many health problems. These vital steps in Palm Coast residential water damage cleanup are left to water damage professionals who have the knowledge and experience to perform these jobs thoroughly the first time. In fact, many homeowners choose to leave the entire cleanup process to professionals who can also help you file an insurance claim to pay for their services.

We are a locally owned and operated business that can handle all of your residential flooding and cleanup needs. Residents of Palm Coast trust us to help with all the necessary mitigation and cleanup steps after a flood. If you require help with a flood in your home, give SERVPRO of Flagler County a call at (386) 447-2202.

Flagler Beach Flood and Storm Damage

3/2/2016 (Permalink)

For Storm and Water Damage Call SERVPRO for Emergency Assistance

SERVPRO Can Restore Storm and Water Damaged Properties in Flagler Beach

Flagler Beach flood damage can be a tragic event to your home or condo. The nature of the assault on your space will dictate the course for successfully restoring your water damaged home. Safety is a top priority. A severe water intrusion can result in electrical, and structural hazards. Don't enter your home under these conditions.
Call your insurance agent as soon as it is feasible. The problem with flood insurance is this---are you covered? If the flooding is a result of a burst water pipe, broken appliance, or a wind-driven water intrusion (broken window, hole in the roof), then standard homeowners insurance policies cover these types of water damage. If your flood is the result of rising water from a coastal tide, rapid water drainage or sewage backup due to inundating ground water, then flood insurance covers the damages. Hopefully, you are covered. This does require a separate policy. Ask your agent for a recommendation for a reliable company to restore your water damaged property. SERVPRO is a preferred vendor for most insurance and many property management companies in Florida. By working closely with your adjuster, we can expedite the cleanup and restoration procedures as we also save you money. We can alleviate stress while assisting you with the claims process and related paperwork. 
When these concerns have been addressed, and if you have been given permission to enter your home, you may wish to document the flood damage for insurance purposes. Be sure that you do take pictures of the flooded areas of your home and any damaged belongings, including furniture. Once you have secured the services of a company like SERVPRO, our inspector will generate a CCIS report which indicates water damage on a room by room basis. This report will show our suggests on retaining salvageable items, questionable ones, and those that should be discarded. The final decision rests with you and your insurance agent.

Immediate water extraction with the use of powerful pumps, wet-vacs, and sump pumps will expel the gross volume of standing water. This rapid water removal will mitigate secondary water damage to furnishings and structural materials. Porous materials like drywall will be safely wrapped and discarded to prevent cross-contamination and the proliferation of mold growth. This growth could lead to unwanted health effects.
It is wise to call a team of professionals like SERVPRO to execute the above procedures which will continue with the placing of air movers, and dehumidifiers to extract moisture from soft materials and the ambient air. The cleanup entails using industry leading equipment and products. Foggers are used to attack hidden pockets of moisture and to deodorize and sanitize the property.
After the clean up has taken place, then repairs and restoration can also be completed by our company that can handle the entire flood damaging event--from assessment to completion. Our goal is to limit costs to you by replacing structural materials and furnishing only as a last resort. Water damage to your Flagler Beach residence will be remedied as we return your home to its pre-flood condition "Like it never even happened."

We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Flagler County has the specialized expertise, equipment, and training to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. We offer 24/7 emergency service for Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, and Hammock Dunes. Call (386) 447-2202

Flagler Commercial Fire Damage Information

3/2/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Fire Extinguishers Help Prevent Business Losses

SERVPRO Offers Advice and Fire Damaging Restoration Services to Your Flagler Business

Any Flagler commercial fire damage that occurs can be devastating for a small business owner. Many owners have devoted their lives and money to their businesses. The most frequent external forces that harm a small business are water and fire damage, often occurring in tandem. SERVPRO offers some advice on steps you can take to help mitigate any damage that a fire may cause.

To prevent a fire from causing major damage to your business, start by using the highest quality materials when building or remodeling your establishment. Newer and higher quality materials are more fire retardant. Spending money up front to protect your investment and your business can save you time and money in the long run. But, even if you have a plan, reduce the chances of fire, and use high-quality materials, you may still be the unlucky recipient of a fire-damaged business. Use fire damage restoration professionals from SERVPRO to help you quickly reopen your doors for trade.

Our Fire Damage Restoration Professionals are experts in helping homes and businesses clean up after a fire or other natural disaster. We possess the industry leading equipment, experience, IICRC training, and customer service to get the job done right! Fires can cause several layers of damage to businesses. Flames can cause damage to the exterior of the structure. Smoke, soot and water damage (fire extinguishing efforts or burst superheated plumbing)) can be significant outcomes in the interior of your business. Clean up time will be longer and more expensive if you don't secure the services of professionals. Smoke, water, and fire damage may not destroy the structure but can damage office furniture, supplies, electronics, and inventory. Smoke odor removal, antifungal and antimicrobial fogging to mitigate mold growth and sanitation finish the Flagler fire damage restoration process.

Outline steps ahead of time for employees and clients for a rapid escape to safety. Always post critical data for all emergencies, such as escape routes and fire extinguisher locations in several places throughout your business. Emergency communication to you, the owner, and the local fire and police departments should be posted on walls and speed-dials. There are many smoke detectors and sensors that can help you protect your business and livelihood. Fire suppressant sprinkler systems may be suitable for your building. If you invest in prevention, it may save you a lot of money, alleviate stress, and maybe save lives.

SERVPRO hopes you never have to deal with the effects of Flagler fire damage to your place of business. We can act with you and your insurance company to promptly assess, clean and restore your business while saving you time and money. Our objective is to limit your downtime and get you back to the business of doing business "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Flagler County has the equipment, experience, and training to handle large commercial fire damage emergencies in Flagler, retail shops in Palm Coast, and motels in Flagler Beach with speed and efficiency. Call us for all your mold, water, and fire damaging problems at (386) 447-2202

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning in Beverly Beach

3/1/2016 (Permalink)

A Dirty A/C Register Indicates It's Time to Clean the Ductwork

SERVPRO Says A Beverly Beach Air Duct Cleaning Service Can Enhance Your Health

Beverly Beach duct work cleaning is a service that offers several benefits. An important part of your HVAC system, the ducts act as the conduit for circulating the air throughout your home. This air movement keeps you cool and comfortable in the summer since ocean breezes along are not up to the task and also filters the ambient air of unwanted dust particles and pollutants. For your HVAC system to work efficiently and to keep the air in your home clean, comfortable and healthy, it is important to make sure your duct system is clean.
How do ducts get dirty?
There are two primary reasons why ducts get dirty:
 1. Leaky ducts – Leaky ducts allow for pollutants and dirt particles to get sucked into them from other areas, such as dirty, dusty attics and crawl spaces along with other contaminated hollow spaces in your home. This is also a good time to have your carpets cleaned.
 2. Inefficient sealing – The pollutants that exist in the living space of your home are pulled into your duct system because of inefficient filtration. With correct filtration, most particles will be trapped and not recirculated through the environment.
The benefits of duct cleaning?
How much of a difference can duct cleaning make in your home?  As far as improving the function and efficiency of your HVAC system, duct cleaning has a definite, positive impact. Overall healthy internal air may not contaminate the conduits. SERVPRO can inspect and recommend the best method, if any, to maintain good indoor air quality. Here are factors that play a role in air quality:
• Type of duct system – Metal tubes are easier to clean as opposed to duct board systems. Duct board is lined with porous fiberglass which entraps dust, pollen, mold spores, and dirt particles.
•Indoor pollutant source – What types of chemicals are used inside the home to clean, etc., affect the indoor air quality. The aftermath of a house fire can leave behind residual smoke particles, soot, and odors.
• Outdoor air quality – Where is the home setting? Houses and condos by the beach are susceptible to sand and salt contaminants.
• Occupant Lifestyle – How you live will affect what is introduced into the air. Cooking, pets, hobbies, and even furniture are factors.
SERVPRO's IICRC trained technicians, depending on conditions, can recommend spraying a cleaning chemical, a sealant or disinfectant into the duct system for extended protection. Maintaining a clean HVAC environment offers health and safety to you and your family in Beverly Beach. We can maximize the efficiency of your unit, eliminate offensive odors, and diminish the likelihood of a mold infestation.

Air Ducts and HVAC Cleaning

SERVPRO of Flagler County Professionals routinely inspect the HVAC of homes and condos in Beverly Beach, Palm Coast, and Hammock. For clean air call us at (386) 447-2202

Roof Causing Water Damage to a Palm Coast Business

3/1/2016 (Permalink)

Flat Roof Water Damage Is Common in Palm Coast Commercial Buildings--Call SERVPRO

Palm Coast Commercial Water Damage Calls for Quick Restoration from SERVPRO

Commercial water damage in Palm Coast often originates from a roof leak. A flat roof can cause, in a large commercial warehouse or fabricating plant, water damage from non-containment of pooling rainwater. This covering protects the elements from gaining entrance from wind, rain, fire, and heat. Fortunately, in our climate, hail, ice, and snow are not destructive forces that can usually close a business. Of course, hurricanes and even tornadoes can be factors leading to business failures. This first line of defense, like our skin, protects the assets of your business while offering safety to employees, and customers. The roof is a very vulnerable part of the structure of a building because it is exposed to weather that can contribute to its the breakdown and deterioration.
A roof's job is to protect the building and its contents. Therefore, business owners would do well to incorporate a regular program that involves the inspection, maintenance and repair of the roof as needed. This will prolong the utility of the roof and ensure that it is protecting the business from any wind and water damage.
But roof problems do occur. And it is best to address roof issues before it is too late. There may be signs of serious roof problems that are clearly indicated inside the building. The presence of water stains on a ceiling could indicate the existence of a roof leak that is resulting in the penetration of water. It may also be the result of a leaking pipe or HVAC air handler. SERVPRO can quickly find the source of the water intrusion, stop it, and commence with the water extraction and drying and cleaning processes. Lost productivity, sales or service is lost revenue. Our skilled IICRC trained technicians can efficiently reopen your doors for business.
The appearance of mold indicates that the interior moisture levels are too high. This may be an indication that there is a problem with the roof.  Regardless, this is an issue that should immediately be addressed. Often, mold remediation goes hand in hand with water damage restoration. Professional assistance mitigates downtime and the impact of potentially closing for repairs. A SERVPRO assessment and inspection are wise first steps to lessen adverse effects.
It is a good business decision to call in the professionals from SERVPRO when there is a leak leading to water damage in your Palm Coast commercial site. A peeled back flat roof from a hurricane to a minor leak from a vent can be handled by our skilled experts. Don't allow your roof to create havoc for your business. Call us to dry and restore your establishment "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges

SERVPRO of Flagler County has the training, equipment, and experience to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building in Hammock Dunes, or big box store in Palm Coast, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Call us 24/7 to get your doors reopened. (386) 447-2202

A Look At Mold Remediation in Hammock

2/29/2016 (Permalink)

Mold From a Vent Can Disrupt Your Tenants

In Hammock, SERVPRO Can Recondition a Mold Infestation in a Rental Unit

Hammock mold damage and related problems are not what you bargain for when you rent a home, apartment or a condo on the beach. You expect that the place will be warm, dry and that your belongings will be the same. You also expect that it will be a healthy environment for living, after all, you are paying enough money to your landlord for a pleasant, safe home. If your rental is hosting mold growth, not only are the fungi unsightly and musty smelling, but they can damage your personal belongs and produce adverse health effects.
As a tenant and as a landlord, it is the responsibility of both to make sure the residence is well maintained and clean. There are responsibilities of both parties to ensure the rented living space is kept dry and mold free. Both should strive to protect the property and thereby also protect health and safety.
Tennant – The tenant is living in the premises day-to-day and is the eyes and ears of the unit for the landlord. The renters also have the duty to act responsibly with how they live in the unit, being careful and taking precautions to keep the unit clean, use water responsibility and to notify the landlord if there are any problems, such as leaky pipes, overflowing toilets or leaking appliances. If mold is seen growing anywhere in a unit, the tenant needs to notify the landlord so it can be properly cleaned. Common places to find mold growth include:
• Around windowsills, rain or condensation
• In bathrooms
• On ceilings
• In closets or hidden wall voids
• On carpeting, that has been wet
• In the kitchen behind refrigerators or base cabinets
Landlords – Landlords should manage their commercial rental property and make sure tenants are living and treating the property with respect. It is the obligation of the landlord to fix leaky pipes right away. If an HVAC unit or toilet is leaking, a service man needs to repair or replace the malfunction, as well as do a thorough clean up of the area to prevent mold growth. In the case of an overflowing commode, call in SERVPRO technician to safely remove the contaminated water and sanitize with antimicrobial products. Our technicians can also inspect for mold and implement antifungal agents to stop any visible evidence of the fungi. If mold is present, or possible mold proliferation can occur, removing wet objects and properly discarding them is critical to preventing the mold from spreading. We can also utilize air movers, dehumidifiers, and air scrubbers to remedy mold growth, keeping your tenants happy, and your commercial property protected.
Telling your tenants to vent their home or condo out multiple times a week can help reduce the risk of mold growth. Oceanside living can result in excessive moisture leading to a conducive condition for mold growth. Windows and doors left open for even 20 minutes to refresh ambient air, can help.  The use of dehumidifiers, especially in the summer months, is highly recommended. The A/C will not only make the rental more comfortable for your tenants, but it will reduce the relative humidity (RH) to ambient air levels of 60% or less. By working together, a landlord and a tenant can limit the effects of leaks, flooding and moisture build-up.

If mold damage in Hammock does appear to be a problem, call SERVPRO for a no cost estimate to validate the presence of mold and offer mold remediation for removal, drying, and sanitizing your rental unit. With the proper safety gear, our IICRC trained technicians can return your property to its pre-mold damage condition "Like it never even happened."

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

Mold can spread quickly through a property if left untreated. SERVPRO of Flagler County can respond promptly in Hammock, Flagler, and Palm Coast to mitigate property and revenue losses. Call us 24/7 for help. (386) 447-2202

Reasons To Hire Professional Fire Damage Restoration for Flagler Beach

1/19/2016 (Permalink)

After the Fire Trucks Leave, Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration

In Flagler Beach, SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Home

When Flagler Beach fire damage occurs to your residential or commercial property, your first inclination may be to panic. While fires can negatively impact your emotional equilibrium, you don't have to let this man-made or natural disaster disrupt you. Instead, call a team of professional fire damage restoration experts from SERVPRO to handle the matter for you. Several reasons for doing so will prove beneficial for you.

Stress Relief
Once a fire transpires, there will be numerous issues that you have to address. Some of them include salvaging any remaining contents from the property and filing your insurance claim. When you hire a team of fire damage restoration professionals, they will respond to your specific needs quickly and relieve you of a lot of stress that could result from worrying about when and how your property will be cleaned and dried. SERVPRO, a preferred vendor to many insurance companies, can work with you to help manage the paperwork and overall claim process. We will inventory your household items and structural damage as an added safeguard into securing a fair and just resolution to your claim.

Proper Tools, Training, and Experience
A professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO possesses all of the equipment, tools, training, and experience necessary to expedite and optimize the remediation process. Water pumps for post-fire extinguishing work of standing water, air movers, dehumidifiers, and foggers to name a few. Our IICRC-trained technicians are excellent in their approach to dedicated service.

Thorough, Comprehensive Services
Our professional restoration experts know how harmful smoke and soot can be, and that's why they carefully examine every nook and cranny in your residential space to ensure elimination. The return of safe air quality to your home is crucial. Here are just some of the services offered by fire damage restoration professionals:

• restoration of furnishing and possessions, on-site or at our facilities
• sanitation
• content restoration
• deodorization & odor removal, using various types of foggers and chemicals
• smoke & oily soot cleanup and removal to mitigate replacement costs
• vent cleaning
• air duct cleaning when smoke and soot are present

Let The Professionals Of SERVPRO Assist You
Dealing with Flagler Beach fire damage restoration in your home can be challenging and overwhelming. By calling the professionals of SERVPRO, you can make the process simple and seamless. Our IICRC-certified technicians will work with expedience and skill to restore your property, and we'll also offer excellent customer service to keep you calm throughout the process. "Like it never even happened."

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Each fire damage situation is unique and SERVPRO of Flagler County proudly serves our local communities of Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, and Hammock Dunes. Calll us 24/7 for immediate emergency help. (386) 447-2202

Fire Damage to a Ponce Inlet Home

11/19/2015 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO To Restore Your Home

Fire Damage Restoration by SERVPRO to your Ponce Inlet Property

Having your residential property undergo extensive fire damage in Ponce Inlet can be a very traumatic occurrence. In addition to adversely impacting your emotional equilibrium, the fire can wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your property. However, learning more about what fires entail and how to handle them effectively can help you remain calm if and when the natural disaster or accident strikes your home. Get the information and advice you need regarding this important matter by reviewing the short outline provided below:

Physical Damages. Because the fire's temperature exceeds 1,200 degrees F, the heat from the fire can cause more problems than the flames did. Additionally, the smoke from the fire can make its way through the structure and possessions on your property. In so doing, the smoke can leave unpleasant odors and unsightly stains from soot. This cleanup is very challenging and should only be performed by certified IICRC specialists from SERVPRO.

Returning Home. After the flames are extinguished, and you can return to survey your home, the result can be a difficult experience. Seeing your property in fire damaged shape or utter ruin can leave you feeling heartbroken and helpless. If the damages are severe enough, the fire department may not allow you to enter your property. To minimize the current fire damage and to thwart extensive secondary water damage, you will need to get in contact with all the right people as quickly as possible.

Who To Call. The first individual you'll want to get in contact with is your insurance agent. If the fire damage were severe, he would dispatch out an insurance adjuster. This individual will walk through the structure taking pictures of damages, and listing fire damaged items and materials. Ask the adjuster, or previously your agent, for a referral to a fire damage restoration company. Chances are they will suggest SERVPRO. This local franchise is on the approved vendor list for over 315 insurance companies, property management companies and federal and state entities. Our inspectors will also create a list (CCIS) of damaged items and categorize them as salvageable, questionable, or candidates for tossing. By working in conjunction with you and your adjuster, we can assist in the claims process and save you time and money. Not to mention that we will relieve you of most of the stress from this unfortunate event.

Clean-Up Services. There is a specific protocol for fire damage control and restoration. SERVPRO has heavy duty pumps and wet-vacs to extract water from the fire department's work. We will secure the grounds against vandalism and theft and use plywood, tarps, and all means available to protect your home from the weather. An arsenal of equipment can be utilized to dry out furnishings and building materials. We will dispose of unsalvageable materials such as drywall, flooring, and carpeting. We can also repair and have replaced structurally destroyed materials.

Let Us Help You Now. As a team of experienced fire damage restoration specialists, the professionals of SERVPRO respond immediately to your emergency in Ponce Inlet. We understand the trauma that results from a large-scale home inferno and will treat you with empathy and understanding. Allow us to get you back home into your house like it never even happened.

Faster to Any Size Fire Emergency

When water and fire damage strike, a fast response is critical. We’re dedicated to responding immediately day or night to your Ponce Inlet home. A faster response helps to prevent secondary damage and helps to reduce cost. Call us 24/7 for help. (386) 447-2202

Fixing Water Damage in a New Smyrna Beach Property

10/20/2015 (Permalink)

Drips of Water Add Up in Unwanted Rooms in Your House

SERVPRO Professionally Restores Your Water Damaged Home in New Smyrna Beach

When your home in New Smyrna Beach has suffered a natural disaster, water damage is typically the outcome. In many cases, residential property owners grow frantic as they attempt to clean up the damage, work with their insurance company, and keep family members safe and calm. However, it's important to know that you can limit and even eliminate anxiety and economic strain by hiring a professional water restoration company like SERVPRO to help you with damage control. Here are just a few of the many helpful services that we can offer you.

Water Removal

The top priority of a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO is water removal. Excess water is both dangerous and inconvenient for many reasons. Standing water can adversely affect the structural integrity of your property. Water absorption into porous materials like wood furniture, wood framing and flooring and drywall not only weakens the house, but can create an ideal environment for mold spores to grow and thrive. To eliminate these unwanted consequences, water damage restoration experts use low-tech (mops) and high-tech (powerful water pumps and wet-vacs) methodologies to extract unwanted water.

Evaporation: Eliminate Excessive Moisture and Humidity

Each drop of water that invades your property following a fire, leak or flood cannot be extracted using high powered industrial pumps. SERVPRO uses advanced evaporation techniques to get rid of the water. The evaporation process involves air movers which are high-velocity types of fans, and dehumidifiers for the final work. Moisture meters and thermohygrometers will measure the final moisture levels and temperatures of the affected areas, and you will receive written documentation of the results.

As our water restoration experts are removing excess water, they will move forward with a detailed inspection. This inspection will include fully documenting the depth and scope of the damages and providing you with an inventory list of items and materials that are salvageable or not. After this information is obtained, the remediation specialists will be able to devise a customized restoration plan to get your possessions and property back in pre-water damaged condition.  Our IICRC-certified technicians possess the extensive education and experience necessary to complete this task. Additionally, the remediation experts will be able to provide you with a timeframe for completion of your home restoration.

Throughout the water damage restoration process, our experts carefully evaluate and monitor remediation procedures to ensure that each step is completed correctly. You are invited to participate in a final walk-thru once the entire service is completed. You will also receive a follow-up visit to ascertain that your home in New Smyrna Beach is safe and secure.

Mold Growth And Remediation in Flagler Beach

10/9/2015 (Permalink)

Mold in Petri Dish---Yes Mold in Home--No

SERVPRO Has the Mold Remediation Answer for Your Flagler Beach Property

Your residential home in Flagler Beach that has been exposed to water damage is vulnerable to the onset of mold growth. This is the case because the moist, wet environment created by water damage is a conducive setting for the fungus to grow in. If you fail to address the rise of mold growth on your property quickly and correctly, you could find yourself susceptible to some unwanted health problems and unnecessary mold remediation expenses. Certain mold fungi can also be very agressive in attacking the cellulose (wood) building materials of your property. Please continue to read for more information.

Molds are fungi that thrives in the natural environment and performs important functions within that setting. However, mold can also proliferate in unwanted settings such as homes and offices. Molds appear in a wide range of colors, including but not limited to brown, black, orange, blue, and white. Mold spores are microscopic airborne particles that are prevalent in most environments.

Mold Pro-Active Preventative Actions

Often, a homeowner, who experiences a mold invasion, wants to handle the issue himself. Do not do this if it is close to 10 square feet of visible mold growth. Unless you are like a professional from SERVPRO with extensive industry experience, you lack the knowledge, training, and specialized equipment necessary to contain and expedite the mold remediation process. You may also inadvertently jeopardize your personal safety by misusing or not using safety gear. However, prior to a mold bloom problem you can be active in maintaining a moisture level of below 45% in your house in Flagler Beach. Keep your home well ventilated, and have SERVPRO visit your property to inspect, and possibly clean and sanitize the HVAC ductwork.

As an experienced mold remediation company, SERVPRO is pleased to offer residential and commercial clients highly effective restoration services. All of our technicians are IICRC-certified, and they use the most cutting edge equipment to expedite and optimize the mold elimination process. We're also pleased to provide a comprehensive array of services, some of which include water damage, fire damage, and storm damage restorations, and cleaning services.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Flagler Beach too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Flagler County is close by and ready to help in Ponce Inlet, and Port St Johns with your mold-damaged property. Call us for help. (386) 447-2202

Residential Fire Damage in Beverly Beach

9/22/2015 (Permalink)

Don't Let Your Kitchen Get Toasted!

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Beverly Beach Home After Fire Damage

Many homeowners in Beverly Beach know fires can result in significant fire damage to one's residential property. However, knowing how to deal with the aftermath of a fire can help you limit damages, save money, and remain calm throughout the restoration process. Learn more about how to complete the fire damage restoration process effectively by reviewing this short outline:

The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) states that roughly 40% of house fires start in the kitchen. Space heaters are the second most prevalent cause for fire damage in a home. Other leading causes of fire damage include cigarettes, candles, and electrical fires. The extent of fire damage caused by a house fire can depend upon the kind of fuel burned by the fire. Fires that involve oil or plastics can cause a sooty film to seep throughout your home by way of walls, crawlspaces, and ductwork. Fires that burn wood leave smoke and smoke odor.

Smoke Damage

Following a fire that is not severe, you may be able to clean your draperies and curtains. Additionally, you may be able to clean your ceilings and walls with a detergent, but this is highly ill-advised. If any soot has been left behind as a residue, call the professional fire damage restoration experts from SERVPRO. Even a small fire, depending upon the combusted fuel, can leave soot that requires specialized equipment and technical skill and training to remove properly.  If repainting is needed, at least there is a solid base so that good results can be had.

Your Flooring

Small fires will typically cause damage to your flooring. In the case of a kitchen fire, hot grease can hit the floor and thereby cause discoloration. If your floors are covered with ceramic tiles, you will often be able to start the cleanup process with some effort and have decent results. Hardwood flooring is quite durable as long as secondary water damage has not been too drastic. It may necessitate sanding and a refinish. Vinyl tile and laminates are most susceptible to fire damage from the flames or heat. In some cases, only the damaged regions of these flooring types will be in need of replacement. Carpeted areas subjected to fire damage will require replacement.

Water Damage and Structural Problems

Fires cause at least some water damage to the properties they impact. Every area subjected to water damage will require cleaning. The water damaged rooms will need to be cleaned up expediently to prevent mold growth. The cleanup process will involve water extraction and then drying and dehumidifying.

Call SERVPRO For Excellent Fire Damage Restoration

When your residential property in Beverly Beach is impacted by fire damage, obtaining excellent, expedient restoration services is a must. The professionals of SERVPRO are known for working with speed and skill to eradicate water damage, mold, and any other issue that results from the fire. Our IICRC-certified technicians are passionate about getting the job done well and fast, and we're also pleased to provide you with 24/7 emergency assistance to expedite the cleanup process.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

We are proud to be an active member of Beverly Beach. SERVPRO of Flagler County is locally owned and operated so we’re already nearby and ready to help Beverly Beach residents and business owners with any-sized fire and smoke damage emergencies.

We specialize in fire and water damage resoration. Call us for help. (386) 447-2202

Some Causes and Advice for Water Damage in Your Palm Coast Home

9/19/2015 (Permalink)

Don't Wait for Water Damage to Increase

Water Damage in Palm Coast, Call SERVPRO

 Although there is a variety of potential problems that property owners in Palm Coast dread, water damage typically tops the list. Water damage can result from different factors, including heavy rain, snow, natural disasters, a leaky pipe or appliance. Irrespective of the cause, water damage ramifications are issues that residential property owners need to understand thoroughly. To get a basic understanding of what water damage is and how it should be addressed, please continue to read.

Water Damage: Identifying Some of The Causes from This Short List.

• leaky dishwashers
• broken pipes
• overflowing washing machines
• plumbing leaks
• foundation cracks or a damaged roof
• floods
• heavy rain

Categories of Water That Cause Water Damage

As water damage restoration specialists from SERVPRO know, there are several categories of water leading to water damage. The concern for the rate of water removal escalates as the Category number increases. Category 1 is clean water, and this is a type of water that poses no serious threat to people. This is drinking water (potable) that is in a place it should not be. Category 2 is gray water, and this type of water is contaminated and can cause illness when ingested. This may be soapy dishwater, standing water on a floor or waste water containing urine. Category 3 is black water. This type of water is unsanitary and dangerous because it contains bacteria that can cause sickness. Black water results from sewage issues and standing water that has been contaminated. This category of water requires immediate water removal.

Water Damage: The Restoration Process

Water damage restoration is an important process. When done expediently by expert technicians from SERVPRO, water restoration enables residential owners in Palm Coast to minimize the adverse effects to their personal belongings and lessen or prevent structural damage. However, the efficacy of their efforts is typically contingent upon the amount of water that caused the damage as well as the severity of the damage. These water removal specialists will use special equipment and proven methodologies to control water damage and limit its debilitating effects.

Although water damage can be a difficult situation, securing the services of a professional water damage restoration company like SERVPRO takes the pressure off of you. It allows you to sit back and watch how your home in Palm Coast is restored to its pre-water damaged condition. If you need our services, we are only minutes away from your property.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in Palm Coast too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Flagler County is close by and ready to respond to your water or flood damage emergency.

Depending on the scenario, we may use antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant treatments to clean your property. Call us for help. (386) 447-2202

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Palm Coast Mold Damage Remediation FAQs

6/11/2015 (Permalink)

Despite the evidence of mold, an airborne mold test will reveal which clean procedures need to be done.

Mold Damage Remediation FAQs

What are the signs of mold damage in Jacksonville?
The signs of Palm Coast mold damage are: a strong musty smell and green or black specks on walls, floors and carpet.

How can I get rid of mold in my home?
Licensed and experienced remediation professionals, like SERVPRO, effectively dry, clean up and remove mold from the home with industrial-strength solutions and equipment while testing home air quality. In addition, licensed and experienced remediation professionals, like SERVPRO, hold both a mold remediation license and mold assessment license.

Does bleach kill mold?
Bleach can make mold worse. For starters, mold must be killed at its source in order to it to be effectively removed. Bleach cannot permeate porous surfaces to reach the source of mold. In addition, because bleach contains water, bleach can end up exacerbating mold. It can also prevent a Flagler County mold remediation professional, like SERVPRO, from discovering the full extent of the issue.

If I know mold is already present, is it necessary to test for mold?
Despite the evidence of mold, an airborne mold test will reveal which clean procedures need to be done.

What is the difference between professional mold testing and do-it-yourself mold testing?
DIY mold kits don’t provide accurate details. They often can yield positive results despite having no mold present. Professional mold testing yields accurate results.

How did mold get into my home?
Palm Coast mold spores float throughout the air. It’s possible that they wafted in from outdoors, and it’s possible for people, animals and other items to have mold spores in them.

Does mold grow in HVAC ductwork?
If water is present in ductwork, mold can grow. This can occur when water seeps out of a wall or the roof. It can also occur with excessive humidity, plumbing issues and a lack of adequate air ventilation.

What causes mold to spread?
Mold produces mold spores, which travel throughout the air.

Where is there likely to be mold in the home?
Any area of the home that has Palm Coast water damage, leaks or excessive moisture.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Flagler County is close by and ready to help with your mold-damaged property. We are proud to be an active member of the Palm Coast community and want to pitch in and help make our community the best it can be.

When a major storm or event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

The Need For Flagler Beach Professional Clean Up After A House Fire

6/11/2015 (Permalink)

A house fire is a traumatic experience that can leave a family confused and shaken.

The Need For Professional Clean Up After A House Fire

A house fire is a traumatic experience that can leave a family confused and shaken. Many people are not prepared for dealing with the aftermath. It's just not something we commonly think about. Then the owners are slammed with dealing with insurance, what to do about their belongings, what to do about replacing important possessions, and where to stay. Few people will be thinking about the need for fast clean up. A fire damaged, water soaked home is a perfect place for mold and mildew to grow. Flagler Beach fire causes changes in structural elements that may make them unsafe.

Expedient clean up can prevent fungal and structural problems from developing due to a fire.

Mold and Mildew Growth in Fire Damaged Homes
Water seeping into the wood of the home creates a prime breeding ground for mold and mildew of several types. Moisture and warmth are the two key factors that promote growth. Not getting water cleaned up appropriately adds that second element that will allow fungus to flourish.

Flagler Beach mold can cause health effects. Small children, the elderly, and people with immune system problems often suffer most because of it. Mold regularly releases spores for reproduction. These spores are extremely hardy and can survive in climates where mold regularly can't. Thus, preventing those spores from finding good places to take root is essential in controlling exposure. Typically, they are so small that a person will never know if they are inhaling them or not. 

Structural Problems in Fire Damaged Homes

Both fire and water can significantly affect the structural integrity of a home. Flagler Beach fire and smoke not only consumes materials but can dry them out further. That can create brittle structural elements which cannot support as much weight as it normally would. Water that infiltrates core structural elements can warp materials, cause sagging, and result in additional damage to the home.

A house Flagler Beach fire is a difficult circumstance to work through, but it does go deeper than what was lost in the immediate fire. Hiring a professional fire restoration and clean up company, like SERVPRO, can get a house back into a livable state with a minimum potential for future problems. No one wants to find out that they've had Black Mold growing in their walls or have a section of floor collapse five years later.

Consult with a professional fire restoration, like SERVPRO, and clean up company as soon as possible.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Flagler County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a smoke or fire damage emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in being a part of the Palm Coast community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

4 Warning Signs of Bathroom Water Damage in Hammock Dunes

6/11/2015 (Permalink)

By the time the mold becomes visible, it has already taken hold inside the wall, and will not go away even with a thorough scrubbing.

4 Warning Signs of Bathroom Water Damage

Hammock Dunes water damage may not always be easy to find, especially given the amount of water already present in all bathrooms. Ruptured pipes or fixtures are easy to spot, but other damage can be more subtle. Cracked shower tiles, unstable caulking or grout, and leaky seals at the base of the toilet bowl can all cause significant damage to floor boards, ceilings, and walls. If such issues are left unchecked, the resulting damage can cost thousands of dollars in necessary repairs.

Property owners looking to prevent extensive damage to their bathrooms need to know how to spot damage like this. Here are some tips for spotting potential Hammock Dunes water damage in bathrooms:

A Soft Floor
If your home has a wooden floor truss system, the subfloor is most likely made of plywood. When subjected to moisture, this plywood subfloor can rot, and the floor will begin to feel soft or spongy. The toilet may also feel unstable or loose. If left unattended, this kind of floor damage could lead to the entire bathroom floor collapsing.

Warped Walls
When drywall absorbs Hammock Dunes water, it becomes soft and will begin to swell. Over time, the damaged area will start to crumble, especially around the baseboards. If the bathroom wall feels uneven, looks warped or crooked, have it checked by our professionals immediately.

Trust Your Nose
If you detect a musty or damp odor, even after a thorough cleaning, this may be due to moisture damage inside the walls. Though many older homes can have a musty smell, rooms with this kind of damage will still have a much stronger odor than the rest of the house. Even if there is no visible damage, a lingering mildew smell is a sign to contact our professionals quickly so they can locate and treat the affected area.

Visible Mold
Molds grow from the inside out. If you can see, it has already taken hold inside the wall and will not go away even with a thorough scrubbing. Hammock Dunes mold may be dangerous, as it can cause respiratory problems, and can require extensive repairs throughout the home if left untreated. If there is visible mold in the bathroom, contact our specialists immediately.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Flagler County is a local business.  We live and work in this community just like you; perhaps we are even neighbors. We are nearby and ready 24/7 to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud members of the Palm Coast community.  We do our part to make our community the best it can be.

Steps You Should Take Following a Beverly Beach Storm

6/11/2015 (Permalink)

You need to take several steps following these events to repair the damage and prevent more.

Steps You Should Take Following a Storm

Beverly Beach storms can be interesting to watch but the damage they cause to property and vehicles can be expensive and inconvenient. However, you need to take several steps following these events to repair the damage and prevent more.

Of course, the highest priority is to file damage claims with your insurance carrier first, but there several other important steps you need to take as well. This list can help you navigate this often exasperating process.
    •    Immediately after the storm subsides call your insurance agent or agents (if you have your homeowner's and car insurance with different companies) or the toll-free claims number and report all damage to your property and vehicles.
    •    Next, photograph or videotape all the vehicle and property damage. Ideally, you also have photographed or videotaped your vehicles and property sometime before the Beverly Beach storm. The "before and after" photographs or video will be a big help in determining how much damage occurred.
    •    Make any minor repairs you can as soon as possible to prevent additional damage or break-ins and make yourself and your family as comfortable as possible. Be sure to save all your receipts so you can show them to the insurance adjuster. Do not start any major repairs until your insurance company's adjuster has inspected the property. Save the receipts from those projects as well.
    •    If the storm damaged your personal property, do not throw it away until your insurance adjuster has had the opportunity to examine and record.
    •    If the storm flooded your property, disconnect all electrical appliances and electronic equipment and relocate them to a safe, dry place. Move any other damaged household or office items to a dry part of the house, office or other building.
    •    If the damage is considerable, identify your property by putting a plywood sign out front with the address and your insurance company's name. If you can't or don't want to stay there, include your telephone number.
    •    Once your insurance company has reached a final settlement, Choose an experienced, reputable contractor to finish the repairs you couldn't do yourself. Ask the contractor (and anyone you know) for references and then check them out.
    •    Be wary of any contractor who asks for full payment before starting the job. After major Beverly Beach storm, unethical or unqualified contractors often prey upon desperate homeowners. They demand high prices, with payment upfront, and then do substandard or incomplete work before leaving the area with your money.

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We too are residents of this community; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Flagler County is close-by and ready to respond to storm and disaster events. We are proud members of the Palm Coast community, and we are actively involved in making it the best it can be. 

How to Deal with the Aftermath of a Fire in Your Bunnell Business

6/11/2015 (Permalink)

Suffering from a fire can be a major issue for any Bunnell business.

How to Deal with the Aftermath of a Fire in Your Business

Suffering from a fire can seem like an insurmountable issue for any Bunnell business. Hopefully, everyone makes it out safe and sound, but even a small fire can cause massive damage to your building, appliances, products and other possessions from the looming stench and harsh effects of smoke. Take the proper steps to protect what remains and clean up anything that may be experiencing Bunnell smoke or fire damage until our professional crews at SERVPRO can assess the situation, remove the smoke odors and clean up smoke and fire damage.

What You Should Do
Call SERVPRO for assistance as soon as possible. The smoke residue in your Bunnell home or business is corrosive, and the effects can start in as little as 72 hours. We have 24/7 emergency response crews around the country to get on the job as quickly as possible.

If it's at least 60 degrees outside, open the windows to start ventilating the rooms. Fresh air will be beneficial for both health and odor removal purposes.

Thoroughly clean off any items made of laminates, chrome, porcelain and aluminum to help prevent tarnishing and etching. Check if any items require specialized cleaning to ensure that the surface isn't damaged.

Using painters tape or masking tape and damp cheesecloth to cover the vents will help filter out soot that might be flowing through the ventilation system. If there are any open food packages in the affected areas, discard them immediately. Plants should be wiped off with a damp washcloth and brought outside for a while to get them fresh air and sunshine.

If the power needed to be shut off or went out during a Bunnell fire, clean out the refrigerators thoroughly and leave the doors open to air out any smoke odor. Any salvageable food items should be immediately put into a cooler or placed in or other refrigeration.

If there are clothing items that have been affected by smoke damage, we can refer you to professional restoration dry cleaners to get the smell out safely.

What You Shouldn't Do
Refrain from touching anything with your bare hands as the oils in your skin may cause further damage to the walls, woodwork, and upholstery. Wear rubber gloves at all times.

Don't attempt to wash the walls as you may end up soaking the soot into the paint, making it harder to remove. Additionally, do not try to clean upholstery or carpets with sprays or vacuums as this can also make the soot problem worse.

Don't use electrical devices or touch power cords without checking if they're safe.

Avoid using ceiling-mounted fixtures such as lights and fans if the ceiling is wet.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Flagler County is locally owned and operated, so we are part of this community too. When you have a smoke or fire damage emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. We take pride in providing an essential service to the Palm Coast community and want to do our part in making it the best it can be.

Water Restoration Tips And Guidelines for Flagler County

3/6/2015 (Permalink)

Heavy water saturation can damage your home in several ways. There is damage to walls and flooring, furniture and personal items.

Water Restoration Tips And Guidelines

If your home has been damaged by water due to floods or a plumbing emergency, then there are steps you should take to protect yourself and your family. Safety is the top concern when a building has been damaged by water in Flagler County. Make sure the electricity is turned off to your home. You should always assume that power lines are live. Your home needs to start drying as soon as possible. Pay attention to whether or not you smell natural gas and make sure you turn it off. You may want to take photographs for your insurance company. 

Heavy water saturation can damage your home in several ways. There is damage to walls and flooring, furniture and personal items. Flood water damage is more severe than rain water damage. That’s because floodwaters could be contaminated. Mold, fungus and mildew can ruin your floors and walls and is a health hazard to you and your family. Remove items that have gotten wet and take them outdoors. Pull up rugs and carpeting and dispose of them. 

Sheet rock can be destroyed by water saturation. Inspect the walls and ceilings for signs of Flagler County water damage. If the ceiling is bulging with water, then place a bucket underneath the spot and punch a hole in the ceiling. If your walls are made out of plaster, you may be able to save them. Keep in mind that a flooded home will need a lot of work. Check your insurance policy to see if you’re covered to use a professional restoration company.

A professional restoration company has a lot of experience in repairing water damage buildings and homes. This will also save you a lot of time and work. A professional company will repair your home to its original condition. If you have a basement and it’s flooded, you will need to contact a professional to avoid further damage. Your home needs clean air circulation in order to completely dry out. Do not force the process without consulting a professional. 

Flood damage sometimes occurs due to plumbing problems. It is important that you have a plumber inspect your system to avoid future plumbing emergencies. Contact a professional restoration company that has been in business long enough to have good references. Water damage can completely destroy your home’s flooring system. Even if you decide to cleanup on your own, you should contact a professional to have your home inspected.

Water Damage Restoration

Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. We respond to your residential or commercial water removal and cleanup needs. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. Common causes of water damage are:

Marineland Water Damage - Most homeowner's insurance don't protect your home against flood

1/6/2015 (Permalink)

Good homeowners insurance is essential protect against water damage.

Water Damage Home Insurance

If you're a homeowner, chances are that you will experience some type of water damage while you live in your home. Water can cause serious damage to your roof, walls, floors and foundation, so it's important to make sure your homeowner's insurance will cover your damages.
Most homeowner's insurance is defined as type HO-2 or HO-3 which covers various kinds of water damage in Marineland that can occur in your home, with the exception of floods. It most states, homeowner's insurance doesn't protect your home against flood damage since most insurance providers require a separate flood policy. However, your basic policy may cover other types of disasters that can result in water damage to various areas of your home. If your specific disaster is covered under your policy, your homeowner's insurance will reimburse you up to the maximum coverage, minus your deductible. Typical homeowner insurance policies cover accidental water and steam discharges and overflows from plumbing leaks and broken pipes in the walls and under sinks; heating and air conditioning equipment like hot water heaters; appliances like washing machines and dishwashers; and automatic fire sprinklers. In general, your homeowner's policy will typically pay for unexpected and accidental damages from interior water sources, but it usually doesn't pay for damage caused by outdoor water sources that find their way into your home. The place where the water originates may determine whether your loss is or is not covered.   Although claims for damages can be small, insurance providers are concerned about more serious problems with mold and mildew that can occur. If damages aren't quickly and properly repaired, mold and mildew growth can lead to health issues like allergies, asthma and respiratory problems. Hidden leaks inside walls or in a basement or attic can go undetected for years. Insurance providers are specific about the types of damages they cover due to the expense of potential repairs and health risks. Marineland Water damage can be minor or major, but even minor damages can result in costly repairs. If you have a claim, it's important to note that it's the damage to your home that's covered, not the repair of the failed item. If you have a broken pipe that results in water damage, your insurance will pay for the costs to open up and repair the wall to access the pipe, but it will not pay to repair the broken pipe itself. When you own a home, good homeowner's insurance is essential, but it's important to know what your policy covers. Shop around to find good homeowner's insurance in your area. Look for a policy with coverage, deductibles and monthly premiums that meet your needs and your budget.  SERVPRO of Flagler County is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage in Marineland situation.   Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can truly make it "like it never even happened" * 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service * 24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service * 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service * 24/7 Mold Remediation *24/7 Bio-hazard Crime/Suicide Clean *24/7 Fire Window Roof Board-up. 

Fire Damage Flagler - What Is Fire Damage Remediation?

12/17/2014 (Permalink)

How your home is restored after fire damage.

After a house fire, fire damage remediation can help restore your home to an inhabitable condition. These devastating events make it best to work with reputable professionals. Residential fires can have a significant impact on the look and feel of your property and given the complex nature of the restoration process and the need to limit spending, working with fire damage remediation service is essential.

How Damages Caused By Fire Are Remedied

There are four techniques that can be used by fire damage remediation services in order to restore normalcy to your abode. These professionals can clean or replace your home heating and cooling system, extract all water and dry wet surfaces, rebuild areas that have been damaged and get rid of any debris that cannot be salvaged.

Water Damages

Your foremost concern after experiencing a fire in your home is pooling water and damp drywall and furnishings given that these will serve as the ideal breeding grounds for both mildew and mold spores. Your provider will use high-power dehumidifiers and other air-moving equipment to dry out damp areas as much as possible while they tend to other areas of your home. Secondary damages are the most costly part of repairs after a home fire.

Your Home Heating And Cooling System

If your home is equipped with an HVAC system, the coils and filter in this unit can be clogged with particulates and soot as the result of the fire and thus, these must be replaced. The nature of these repairs will be dependent upon the level of damages that the fire has caused and the amount and type of smoke that the fire produced.

Rebuilding The Structure Of Your Home

If the structural integrity of your home has been diminished by the fire, certain aspects of this will need to be replaced. This can be accomplished by working with professional remediation services. This job can also be completed by independent contractors, however, companies that offer fire remediation services will usually can take care of these issues as part of their services so that you have less to worry about.

Debris That Cannot Be Salvaged

If there are any items that have been damaged beyond the point of repair or further use, you will need to remove them. After having been exposed to smoke and soot, these items have the potential to contaminate other areas of the home which is why they must be taken out. Should you identify items that can be salvaged, your restoration service or a local specialty repair shop may be able to do this on your behalf.

Important Things To Consider With Fire Damage Remediation

There are a number of important things that you will have to consider after having experienced a fire in your home, but working with a trusted fire remediation company in Palm Coast can simply these efforts overall. Among some of the things that you must consider are odor and smoke issues, the need to inventory your property and personal items, structural issues and possible water damages. Your remediation service will have significant experience and will know how to keep restoration and repair efforts as swift and seamless as possible while keeping additional damages at bay.

Remediation companies will eliminate the damages that fire has caused in your home, thereby restoring a sense of normalcy. Working with a reputable provider is the easiest and most effective way to get the job done. Your life can be entirely disrupted by a house fire and the goal of fire remediation services is to help you get things back on track with minimal stress. To learn more about fire damage remediation services, get in touch with a service provider in your area.

SERVPRO of Flagler County - Palm Coast Florida is locally owned and operated and serves Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach and the surrounding North East Florida communities.

SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Fl.’s   fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day.

Flagler Mold Damage - What Is Mold?

12/17/2014 (Permalink)

A better understanding of what mold is and why it grows.

How Mold Grows?

When people see mold and mold damage and complains about it, it is most likely that they do not know what mold is. Oftentimes, mold is considered unsightly and a nuisance to people with allergies to it. Nevertheless, to have a full understanding of what mold is and why it only grows in certain areas, you need to take a deep look at it.

First, check on common areas where mold grows, the dark areas. Generally, fungi and mold are incredibly light sensitive. This is the main reason why mold is usually found in areas that are both moist and dark. These spots where mold grows are located in various areas of the house, which are typically moist and dark like the bathroom, basements, and attics. The presence of moisture in these areas is primarily the food source for mold. Although mold has a plant-like characteristic, it does not have chlorophyll pigments like plants. Also, it does not need sun exposure for food production. However, there is one similarity between mold and plants. Like any other plant-like organisms, mold needs oxygen.

Oxygen and Mold Spores

Oxygen is crucial to all living organisms’ existence. Just like any other living organisms, mold needs oxygen in order to exist. However, unlike animals that eat their food or plants that create food, mold, which is a member of the fungus family, absorbs its food. Mold absorbs food in cellulose level. To help breakdown its food sources for absorption, moisture is needed. What makes mold harmful is that like any other living creatures, it has the ability to give off waste.

Mold Waste & Gaseous Output

Mold gives off waste that is typically gaseous in nature. This is one of the main causes for health-related issues that it creates. Mold waste contains the toxin, mycotoxin, which can be ingested through the air or other means. Hence, when its waste and particles are breathed in by a person, it causes various health issues, especially for those who have allergic reactions to mold particles. Moreover, mold waste is one of the reasons why a mold remediation service is needed. Instead of risking yourself dealing with mold and mold damage, it is better to leave the job in the hands of a mold removal expert.

Natural Mold Presence

Once mold remediation has been performed, the mold damage will be cleared out for good. This will also help resolve health issues related to allergens for those who suffer from allergic reactions due to mold damage. Mold occurs naturally and has been around for countless numbers of years like other living things. It is important to take note that dealing with mold can be a nuisance as well as a cause for concern.

SERVPRO of Flagler County - Palm Coast Florida is locally owned and operated and serves Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach and the surrounding North East Florida communities. Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can clean and dry any flood better than its original state. * 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service * 24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service * 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service * 24/7 Mold Remediation *24/7 Bio-hazard Suicide Clean *24/7 Fire Window Roof Board-up

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today!

Call us at 24/7 at 386-447-2202

Flagler Duct Cleaning - How Does Commercial and Residential Air Duct Cleaning Differ?

12/16/2014 (Permalink)

Air Duct cleaning

Commercial rooftop air handling unit

While some smaller commercial buildings utilize similar or even identical equipment found in residential construction, larger commercial properties will be serviced by more complex machinery. Keeping a multi-story commercial building heated in the winter and cooled in the summer requires very large air handling equipment that moves tremendous volumes of air. This machinery, combined with complicated duct systems, requires highly trained and experienced professionals to ensure not only the cleanliness of the system, but also the integrity of the system itself.

Additionally, many large commercial buildings utilize systems that may include turning vanes, fresh air intake, mixing boxes, filter boxes, and very large heating/cooling coils. All of these components must be treated with care and precision as damage to any of these may result in a deficiency of the system that will appear after the cleaning.

Residential HVAC system

Residential systems typically have a single air handler that houses the fan, filter, cooling coils, and heating element with a supply side and return side. These systems are usually small in size and in larger homes, serviced by multiple systems instead of larger systems. Many air duct cleaning companies can service these types of systems without damaging internal components. In larger commercial buildings where multiple floors are serviced by either one or two air handlers, different areas are zoned utilizing a combination of dampers (automatic or static) and/or VAV boxes (variable air volume.) If proper cleaning techniques are not utilized when cleaning these types of systems, damage of the system will result.

It is very apparent that choosing a qualified company to clean the air ducts of complex HVAC systems could save thousands of dollars in future repair costs, not to mention down time and the very hassle of repairs. Always be sure to check, first, that the company is NADCA approved and maintains a certified representative on staff at all times. Also, ensure that the company is properly insured to remove liability of damages or injury. It is also wise to check for references that the company has experience cleaning on the type of equipment to be serviced.

SERVPRO of Flagler County - Palm Coast Florida is locally owned and operated and serves Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach and the surrounding North East Florida communities.

SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Fl.’s fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day.

Carpet Cleaning Flagler - You'll be surprised to learn how much dirt vacuums miss -- and how simple the best cleaning methods really are.

12/16/2014 (Permalink)

A guide to vacuuming techniques to keep your carpets clean.

The pitch was simple. In the 1950s, a vacuum salesman would come to the door, spill dirt on the carpet, and ask the lady of the house to clean it with her machine. Then he would load a fresh bag into his model, run it over the "clean" carpet, and open the bag to reveal what it had picked up. Frequently that was all he needed to close the deal. Had the salesman reversed the order, however, using his machine first, the results might have been the same. Often the problem wasn't the old vacuum. It was the fact that once dirt goes into carpet, it doesn't easily come out.

Out of the Carpet and Into the Air

The dust that collects in carpets may contribute to health problems -- particularly asthma, the most common chronic disease among children. Many vacuums worsen the problem by sending that dust shooting into the air, but a relatively new breed uses HEPA (high efficiency particle arresting) filters to trap essentially all of it in the machine.

When the Carpet and Rug Institute, a trade group, tested vacuums' effect on air quality, it found that just having a HEPA filter doesn't necessarily mean the machine is a clean one. The beater brush may still stir up dirt that becomes airborne. To be awarded the group's "green label" a vacuum cannot cause dust in the air to exceed 100 micrograms per cubic meter -- less than the amount of dust a person generates by scratching his head a few times.

How to Clean Your Carpets

Carpet Type: Synthetic

Routine Care: Vacuuming -- Remove grit with multiple passes in varying directions. Use the beater brush, set to the pile height. Change bag when one-half full because efficiency decreases after that. Liquid Spills -- Clean promptly, using the blot technique described below. If the area discolors, there's probably a sticky spill residue that has trapped soil. Clean by misting with warm water and blotting.

Deep Cleaning on Your Own: Professional steam cleaning works best on wall-to-wall carpeting and may be required by the warranty. If you want to do it yourself, vacuum thoroughly, then use an extraction machine from a rental company (supermarket models are less powerful). Test cleaning solution by pouring a few drops into a saucer and allowing to evaporate (a hair drier speeds the process). If the dried residue in the saucer remains sticky, switch cleaners. Use fans or air-conditioning to dry carpet. Area rugs can be cleaned using the same methods.

Carpet Type: Wool

Routine Cleaning: Vacuuming -- Follow the instructions above, but avoid using a rotary brush on loop-pile (Berber) carpets; the yarn may fuzz. Instead, use a floor tool. Liquid Spills -- Clean by misting with water and blotting, as for synthetic carpets. Never use ammonia or any other highly alkaline cleaner, which can damage wool.

Deep-Cleaning On Your Own: For both area rugs and wall-to-wall carpets, home cleaning is not recommended because wool fibers absorb more water than synthetic fibers do. This makes them hard to dry, and area carpets become very heavy and difficult to maneuver. Plus, a lot of the available cleaners are too alkaline. Many of today's carpets, however -- even Oriental-style ones -- are actually made from synthetic fibers. To test for wool, snip a strand, and hold a lit match to it; burning wool smells like burned hair.

Carpet Type: Plant

Routine Cleaning: Vacuuming -- Use the same technique as for synthetic carpets. A beater brush is the best way to remove grit, which causes excessive wear on these carpets. Liquid Spills -- Plant fibers are less stain-resistant than synthetics or wool, even if they have been treated with a water repellent, so blot spills promptly, following instructions below. Make sure damp areas dry quickly by using a fan or a hair drier (set on low heat).

Deep Cleaning On Your Own -- Manufacturers recommend the use of dry methods only. Leave that to a professional. You’ll be surprised to learn how much dirt vacuums miss -- and how simple the best cleaning methods really are.

Keeping Clean

Limit how much dirt gets into carpets in the first place. Declare a shoes-off rule, or place sturdy doormats at all entries.

Frequent vacuuming is the only way to keep grit from becoming embedded. Having a vacuum that's easy to use is crucial. Spend the bulk of cleaning time where dirt collects: a dozen passes of the vacuum within 4 feet of outside doors, eight passes in high-traffic areas, and four passes elsewhere. Where carpets have not been regularly and thoroughly cleaned, double the passes for three months.

The safest, easiest, and most effective deep-cleaning solution for area rugs is to have them rolled up and taken away for cleaning. With wall-to-wall carpeting, truck-mounted, hot-water extraction -- or steam cleaning -- works best. Cleaning rugs or carpets yourself with a rented extraction machine is fine as long as you don't leave the carpet too wet and don't use too much cleaner. You’ll be surprised to learn how much dirt vacuums miss -- and how simple the best cleaning methods really are.

SERVPRO of Flagler County serves the Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach and the surrounding North East Florida communities.

Call us at 24/7 at 386-447-2202

NPM 2014 Digital Engagement Toolkit

9/13/2014 (Permalink)

National Preparedness Month is time to "Take Action to Prepare??

SERVPRO of Flagler County and the  National Preparedness Community is where you can connect and collaborate on emergency preparedness. Use us to empower yourself to prepare and to coordinate preparedness activities with your family, neighbors, co-workers, and those with whom you may study or worship. We contribute what we can about what we know; ask for what we need; keep doing what is working; communicate about what is not working, and when possible, offer suggestions towards solutions. When we are connected and collaborate, we are more effective and efficient at educating and empowering ourselves to prepare for disasters and emergencies.

The Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. America’s PrepareAthon! builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness.

America’s PrepareAthon! a new national community-based campaign for action that focuses on increasing emergency preparedness through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises. National PrepareAthon! Days are held every spring and fall. During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th. We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1st-30th.

The 2014 National Preparedness Month theme is: “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”

If you are in Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach, and surrounding areas and are in need of information on  Disaster Assistance, please call us at (386) 447-2202 or see http://www.fema.gov/news-release/2013/08/28/september-national-preparedness-month for help.

Water damage from damaged plumbing is the primary cause of water-loss insurance claims

9/7/2014 (Permalink)

Hose leaks are a major cause of flooding resulting in water damage in Palm Coast FL.

Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Forms a Special Team to Deter Customers’ Lawsuits

Faced with a tremendous amount of legal costs, Citizens Property Insurance Corp. is creating a team in South Florida to help minimize the amount of water damage lawsuits filed by their customers. According to a Citizens report, there were 16,151 of these types of claims filed between January 2008 and August 2012. Ninety-Six percent of the lawsuits originate from Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The lawsuits were filed because of Citizens refusal to pay all or some part of the insurance claims submitted. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach represented 96% of the customers with court claims.

Leaking or damaged plumbing is the primary cause of water damage insurance claims. Over the past year, these types of claims amounted to half of the insurance claims submitted to Citizens. According to a company assessment, lawsuits involving Palm Beach County customers forced the insurance company into court 997 times. These court cases accounted for six percent of the insurer’s statewide total.

The cost of litigation affects both Citizens Property Insurance Corp. and their customers. Dealing with legal disputes increases the cost of operation for Citizens Property. Over the five-year period covered in the assessment, $135.5 million was spent on legal fees in the tri-county area. The Flagler county cases cost Citizens Property Insurance Corp. $9 million in legal fees. It is the goal of Citizens’ Florida team to find a resolution to these customer issues before they evolve into a lawsuit.

According to Christine Ashburn, Vice President of Communications, Legislative and External Affairs for Citizens, the South Florida staff will provide opportunity for the insurance company to increase their damage estimation and policy language training in order to make better decisions regarding water damage, wind damage, flood damage and all types of claims.

One of the major sources of the numerous litigations is the fact that Citizens does not provide coverage for long-term leaks. Jay Adams, Vice President of Claims for Citizens states, “A lot of times, there will be leaks and [homeowners] will kind of live with it. “Unfortunately, as time progresses the water leaks remain unfixed and cause greater problems like water damage.

Citizens Insurance’s policy states that policy holders have 14 days from the discovery of a leak or broken pipe water damage to report any damages. The policy will covers repairs to those damages. It does not cover any other work like dry wall repair or water damage that was caused by an older leak.

Nancy Dominguez, Managing Director of the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, believes that Citizens’ 14-day policy on leaks is the cause of the lawsuits. According to a statement issued by Nancy Dominguez’s organization, the majority of insurance claims deal with water damage that is hidden behind walls or under floors that remains unseen for weeks. The organization believes that Citizens’ policy is not consumer friendly and the policy’s language increases the amount of claims that get litigated for Citizens and insurance companies with similar policies.

According to Paul Handerhand, President of the Statewide Adjustable Association, the unclear language in Citizens’ insurance policy is harmful to consumers. Handerhand states, “The ambiguous policy provides their adjusters with more discretion to deny claims. Unfortunately, the denial of the claims force policyholder to relay on the court system to get compensated for their losses.

If you need help with flood damage in Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach or anywhere in Flagler County, please allow us to be of assistance Give us a call at (386) 447-2202.

Does Your Family Have a Disaster Plan?

12/9/2013 (Permalink)

FL, May 15, 2014 -- Disaster Survivor Assistance Team (DSAT) member Marie Orechoff checks on the FEMA application status of Toni Talley in Pensacola

Disasters can happen quickly and most times without a warning. You never know when basic services, such as gas, electricity, water or telephones will be cut off. Preparing and planning must prepare your family for this. Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility. Here are some ways to help to prepare your family in times of a disaster.

Learn what disasters and emergencies that have the possibility to occur in your area. 

Know what to prepare for by calling your local emergency management office or American Red Cross chapter.  Learn what disasters can happen rather it’s manmade or natural and found out what are the best ways to prepare for each one. Found out what public warning systems your community has and what they sound like. Learn the disaster plans at your workplace, school, daycare, or other places where your family may spend a lot of time.

Create and Implement a Family Disaster Plan.

Set up a family meeting to discuss what plan needs to be in place and the importance of the plan.  Keep the plan simple enough for everybody to understand and follow.  This is a team effort and everybody must know what part they play.  Explain the dangers of the type of disasters that may occur in your area.  Everybody should know what to do in each instance.  By discussing everything before disaster strikes, it will allow everyone to be calm and execute the plan.

You then need to make sure you have two meeting places for your family incase everyone is not together.  They should be familiar with the locations and know the address. Right outside of your home in case of a sudden emergency or outside of your neighborhood in case you can’t return home or are asked to leave your neighborhood. Separation will play a big factor if the disaster occurs during the times parents are at work and the children are at school.  You need to have a plan of getting everybody together. 

You should set a primary person outside of the disaster area as your family’s primary contact.   Family members should call the contact and tell him or her where they are. Everyone must know the contact’s name, address, and phone number. Found out about shelters in the contact’s area or arrange to stay with that contact if possible.  Plan your escape routes and get familiar with them.  You should always have alternate escape routes in place. 

If you have pets plan on how you will care for them during a disaster. Unless your pet(s) are service animals they are not permitted to be in places where food is served, according to many local health department regulations. Plan where you would take your pets if you had to go to a public shelter where they are not permitted.  Make sure you post all important phone numbers and emergency numbers next to all phones in your home. 

Practice makes perfect

Once you have your plan implemented it is important you practice it as a family so it will become second hand when the time comes.  You may need to modify and change the plan a little over a period of time.  Conducting actual drills with your family will help them be better prepared.  You should drive all evacuation routes that is designated in your plan. This should be performed at least twice a year. Make sure to keep stored food and water.  Also restock after six months to keep goods refreshed.  Check your smoke alarms every month and run test on them to insure they are working well.  Replace batteries if needed.  The National Fire Protection Association and the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has recommended that you change out your fire alarms every ten years.  Also make sure to test all fire extinguishers.

SERVPRO of Flagler County - Palm Coast Florida is locally owned and operated and serves Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach and the surrounding North East Florida communities.

SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Fl.’s   fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day

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What Should I Know When Dealing with my Insurance Company?

12/6/2013 (Permalink)

Mold Growth from a water damage leak in Flagler Beach FL

When you choose an insurance company, if something happens and you need to file a claim you will be dealing with two primary people from your insurance company, your insurance agent and adjuster.

Insurance Agents are the people who sell policies to people with insurance or “insureds”. Typically, insurance agents do not adjust losses.

Insurance Adjusters “Investigate, interprets policy, pays claim for covered amount based upon negotiated amount or established pricing database (types-staff; independent; local; manager; general adjuster – G.A.; vendor reviewer; public adjuster – P.A.)” (Disaster Academy Manual, p. 14)

There are three common types of Insurance Policies:

 1. ACV – Policy which pays a value arrived by calculating the replacement cost and deducting some portion of the value for depreciation.

 2. RCV – endorsement to an ACV policy modifying it to pay the full cost of repair, or replacement of items damaged beyond economical repair. (Usually, this is payable only when damaged items are actually replaced).

 3. Fire (named peril) – policy which pays only if certain “named” perils are the cause of loss, rather than “all risk” policy which would cover anything not specifically excluded in policy language. (In fire damage restoration there must be a ‘fire’ to be a covered loss – protein ‘fires’ have no combustion)  (Disaster Academy Manual, p. 14)

 Most Insurance Policies are Broken Down into Four Divisions:

1. Structure

2. Personal Property

 - Personal Property is usually a part of Homeowner’s Insurance. However, in certain instances it may not be covered in it. This type of insurance covers the items or contents within a home that aren’t a physical attachment to the structure itself. Soft goods are also covered in this type of insurance. When sorting out personal insurance, the biggest differentiation is the Actual Cash Value of an item versus the Replacement Cost.

Actual Cash Value – is what something actually costs right now in today’s market or the price/value of something based on its usage

Replacement Cost – is the amount of money your insurance company would give you on an item to help replace it. More than likely many items in your home may be outdated, thereby would have depreciated in value. For instance, if you paid $500 for a new TV, a few years ago, now that TV may be worth half as much if that, meaning you would have to make up the difference in cost to replace that particular item.

It is worth noting that Actual Cash Value and Replacement Cost will vary from policy to policy and that you should check with your specific agent.

There are items that aren’t covered under Actual Cash Value or Replacement cost and those are usually antiques, jewelry, or other expensive items that can be found within a household such as art. 

3. Additional Living Expense Insurance

     - This type of Insurance takes care of all expenses incurred by an “insured” while they cannot live inside of their home.

4. Other Structures (exterior –unattached)

Every Homeowner’s Insurance Policy is different and as a homeowner you should familiarize yourself thoroughly with your policy so you’re already knowledgeable in the event something happens to your home.

SERVPRO of Flagler County - Palm Coast Florida is locally owned and operated and serves Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach and the surrounding North East Florida communities. Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can clean and dry any flood better than its original state. * 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service * 24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service * 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service * 24/7 Mold Remediation *24/7 Bio-hazard Suicide Clean *24/7 Fire Window Roof Board-up

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today!

Call us at 24/7 at 386 -447-2202


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Fire and Soot Damage in Palm Coast - Beverly Beach FL

12/6/2013 (Permalink)

Fire Damage in Beverly Beach FL

There are two types of smoke damage after a fire, visible soot and invisible odor. All fires are different, making it difficult to gauge the exact type of damage that will occur. However, in most cases, we would recommend allowing a professional service to come in and properly clean the contents of your home to ensure complete odor removal and the saving of seemingly unsalvageable items.

In most fire situations, there are three restoration alternatives, cleaning, resurfacing, and replacing.

Cleaning is the removal of soot and foreign matters, which are not an original part of the material itself. Cleaning is usually the quickest process and the preferred option for the insurance company and homeowner(s).

Resurfacing is the process of taking a damaged piece of property or existing fixture in the home and redoing the surface of it to make it appear new. For example, if a house is not severely damaged by fire or smoke, but the paint on the walls gets damaged, the contractor can re-paint the walls. The contractor can also provide content refinishing as well as the reupholstering of furniture. Resurfacing is a good option when the homeowner considers certain things as sentimental and/or irreplaceable. Resurfacing can be more costly than cleaning, yet less expensive than replacement. Insurance companies will also recommend this alternative to homeowners.

The last alternative is replacement. Replacement is used when items in the home are destroyed or are beyond economical repair. Replacement is usually the costliest option because the unsalvageable items are being replaced with something new.

SERVPRO of Flagler County - Palm Coast Florida is locally owned and operated and serves Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach and the surrounding North East Florida communities.

SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Fl.’s   fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day

What to look for in a reputable restoration Company

12/5/2013 (Permalink)

Mold growth from a water leak in Flagler - Palm Coast FL

Here are a Few Tips on What to look for in a Reputable Emergency Restoration Company

24/7 Emergency Service
A reputable company should be able to have a qualified technician on your doorstep at any time day or night. They can properly assess your specific problem and take the appropriate first steps to contain the problem. Click the link below for info on SERVPRO of Flagler County – Palm Coast Emergency Services

Industry Certification
Just because a company is certified doesn't mean they are necessarily competent. What it does mean is that they took the time, effort, and most importantly money in order to get their personnel properly trained on the most current process and procedures. By having a certification it means that training will be ongoing in order to keep up to date of the newest technological advances in the industry.

All Work Guaranteed
A reputable Emergency Restoration Company will stand behind and guarantee their work. You want one that will put it in writing. Having the work guaranteed this provides a peace of mind that the job was properly done right. An emergency can happen at any time, and it is important for you to be both quick and smart when it comes to choosing your provider. The professionals at Orion Restoration are there to provide services following any man-made or natural emergency.

Answering The Phone
A good restoration company can talk to you around the clock, any day. Allowing you to talk to an actual human being and usually you will receive same-day service in most cases.  If you reach a voicemail claiming to call you back the next day, it’s safe to say that this won’t be the company you will be contracting for work.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! 

Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.

Call us at 24/7 at 386 -447-2202

What is Mold?

12/4/2013 (Permalink)

Mold in Palm Coast Flagler County FL

What is mold?

Mold is a form of fungi that grows in moist dark places. Most dry areas in and outside the home have levels of mold that are not harmful. It is when moist and damp conditions encourage the growth of mold and spores that hazardous conditions result. Mold will grow on any organic material including drywall, wood plaster, carpeting and ceiling tiles. Mold grows on brick and block because it is porous and retains moisture. Mold growth can be a variety of textures and colors – black, gray, white, orange, gray-green, pink or purple.

Some molds create a substance called mycotoxins that can health effects. Mold will spread and the problem made worse if not treated by a mold removal professional that is trained to handle hazardous and deadly materials.

How do I know if I have a mold problem?

If you have had any water damage or plumbing leaks in your home you may have mold problem. High humidity is a good environment for mold to thrive. Homes that have been left for periods of time with the air conditioning either turned off or set at too high of a setting create the perfect environment for mold spores to colonize. Flooding and water leaks make conditions conducive to mold. Not all mold growth has an odor, and mold often grows in hidden places that you can’t see. First Response Disaster Team can help you determine if there is a mold problem.

Why do I need a professional mold professional?

A visual inspection in your home can spot some mold growth, but many mold colonies are not easily visible. Common areas of hidden mold growth include behind drywall, under and behind cabinets and behind kitchen and bathroom tiles. A mold professional will determine and repair the source of moisture feeding the mold growth, identify any possible areas of mold colonization, and remediate all active mold growth and affected materials safely so as not to contaminate other areas within a home or building.

SERVPRO of Flagler County - Palm Coast Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach and the surrounding North East Florida communities. Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can clean and dry any flood better than its original state. * 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service * 24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service * 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service * 24/7 Mold Remediation *24/7 Bio-hazard Suicide Clean *24/7 Fire Window Roof Board-up 

If you need a mold removal company IICRC Certified Firm give us a call at (386) 447-2202 Or visit our website at: http://www.SERVPROflaglercounty.com/

Do’s and Don’ts When Your Home Floods

11/27/2013 (Permalink)

Washing Machine Leak & Water Damage in Flagler Beach FL


  • Water contamination spread to unaffected areas
  • Moisture sensitive surfaces swell and disfigure
  • Furniture stains appear on carpeting and are usually permanent
  • Paper goods and records are ruined
  • Drapery fabrics that contain water may develop permanent watermarks.


  • Pre-existing moisture related problems are activated, such as urine, ect.
  • Drywall softens and warps
  • Cellulosic browning may occur on natural fabrics
  • Foam cushion (pad) can begin to disintegrate
  • Bacterial odor problems begin to develop
  • Wood furniture, in contact with water, can become permanently ruined due to discoloration and swelling
  • Rust stains appear on carpeting and other surfaces


  • Mildew and biological growth takes place; odors begin to permeate the structure
  • Wood Floors are warped and ruined
  • Glue down and double stick installations become lose
  • Woven carpets installations could shrink
  • Delaminating of tufted carpet is possible
  • Vinyl floor coverings can permanently discolor, adhesives can break down
  • Components inside pianos and organs begin to swell from moisture
  • Allergies and asthma can be aggravated


  • Structural integrity of interior wall members, sub floors, and ceilings installations can be permanently damaged
  • Mildew can permanently stain/damage natural materials
  • Serious health hazards to occupants of buildings have developed

NOTE: Naturally the above conditions depend upon the total amount of excessive water, the humidity at the time of the water loss, the contamination with in the water and its location with in the structure


This is the standard set of “dos and don’ts” to insured’s in water damage 


  1. Use any type home vacuum since electric shock may result, as well as potential damage to the equipment itself.
  2. Place newspaper in the traffic areas, since newspaper ink transfers easily.
  3. Walk on wet carpet any more than necessary in order to keep from spreading damage.
  4. Do not activate the HVAC system if it has been directly contacted to water, or might serve as a means of spreading contamination.
  5. Change the indoor temperature (raise or lower) unless instructed to do so by a qualified restoration technician. 

In Sewage Losses, do not: 

  • Handle directly contaminated items.
  • Consume foods or use personal hygiene items that were left out in contaminated areas.
  • Turn on fans to circulate air or use any vacuum equipment
  • Stay in the property if you have respiratory problems including allergies and asthma.
  • Are under 2 or over age 60
  • Have a weakened immune system due to illness, medications, or recent surgery. 


  1. Ensure that a contractor has been called to eliminate the water source or make necessary repairs.
  2. If safe to do so, turn off circuit breakers supplying electricity to wet areas; unplug and remove any small electrical appliances/devices currently located on the wet carpet and areas.
  3. Remove small furniture items as possible, to prevent rust or stains & expedite restoration.
  4. Place protective tabs (foil) under legs of wooden furniture.
  5. Hang draperies and pin up furniture skirts to prevent contact with wet carpet (watermarks, browning, dye transfer or migration).
  6. Remove books, shoes, paper goods, fabrics, potted plants, or other items that may stain the carpet (check especially under beds and in closets for these items).
  7. Remove and secure breakables, moisture sensitive or high valued items.
  8. Make plans for restoration crew to remove large furniture items onto dry carpet, vinyl, ceramic, or wood flooring, or garage or storage areas.
  9. Wash your hands thoroughly after handling wet items.

If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today! 

For expert help on Mold clean up you could contact the CDC or Call us at 24/7 at 386 -447-2202

What to do in the event of a water damage in Palm Coast Volusia County

11/26/2013 (Permalink)

Toilet supply leak

SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Fl.  Water Damage is the most common type of insurance claims.  It can originate from floods, leaks, faulty appliance, hot water leak, damaged or old plumbing, or even burst aquariums or waterbeds.  The most important step in your water damage claim is quick action.  With one call to SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Fl.  , the process of dry-out and repair begins.  Our experts in water mitigation can arrest the spread of water and begin the drying process while the Project Management team works in unison with you and your adjuster to expedite the repair process.  

We are committed to providing quality reconstruction services to commercial and residential customers of water damage.  By putting people first - as our first priority, we’ve become the leader in insurance restoration in the Central Florida area. We are a preferred contractor with most major insurance companies. 

Our services include:

  • Water Removal
  • 24 Hour Emergency Water Removal Services including: Floods, Leaks, Plumbing Repair, Appliance Repair, Water Extraction, and Drying
  • Content Cleaning, Packing, Moving, and Storage When Necessary
  • Mold Abatement and Remediation
  • Written Warranty
  • SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Fl.  is a preferred vendor for most of the major insurance carriers in the state of Florida, and have working relationships that can help expedite your claim.  You can rest assured that your project will be handled with top quality workmanship and our customer service will exceed your expectations.

    Call our office at 386-447-2202 to speak with one of our claim specialists to schedule an appointment with one of our Project Managers.  From Estimation to Completion, our team is ready to take care of your water damage restoration needs.

    Fully certified water removal staff available 24 hours to address water removal in your home, office or place of business by the latest in state of the art water removal equipment. SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Florida is staffed with certified water removal specialist as well as having hundreds of pieces of water removal equipment in its inventory.

    From dryers, water extraction units to power generation, our team are ready to help with your water removal. Our professional team will take care of your water removal promptly and get the thorough results you expect.

    What are the leading causes of water removal and what forms can it come in?

    It is paramount that you understand the process to be able to stay one step ahead of the issue when water removal occurs. Water-damaged homes can be caused by a variety of situations that can be present from a number of different causes. When it comes to severe weather, major storms and flooding as a cause, it is obvious when your property has been damaged, there are those times where a trained professional can only find evidence of other water removal causes. Regardless of the severity of your water issue, SERVPRO of Flagler – Palm Coast Fl.’s   fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day

    Water comes from everywhere and our certified technicians can clean and dry any flood better than its original state. * 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration Service * 24/7 Flood Damage & Water Damage Service * 24/7 Sewage Damage & Sewage Removal Service * 24/7 Mold Remediation *24/7 Bio-hazard Suicide Clean *24/7 Fire Window Roof Board-up 

    Call us at 24/7 at 386-447-2202 

    Hot Water Heater Failure Palm Coast FL

    11/25/2013 (Permalink)

    Hot Water Heater Leak and Breaking 101

    Sources state that the estimated lifespan of any given common household storage water heater is anywhere from five to fifteen years. Per these assumptions, one could reasonably expect to incur 2 to 6 water heater related issues or replacements within the 30 year lifespan of a typical mortgage. Obviously, this real yet commonly underestimated potential sources of significant water damage. 

    Aging water heaters will rust and leak. If the property owner catches it in time then the potential for flood damage, in Palm Coast is minimal but if the property owner not discover the water damage Palm Bay in time, the resulting damage can be substantial. In Florida, due to the high water table, basements are a rarity so water heaters are typically located on the same floor as the living area thus maximizing the need to regularly inspect the water heater for wears and rust and resulting damage should a leak or breakage occurs. Similarly, apartment and condominium dwellers, depending on the size of the unit, may have the water heater located in an area that is central to the unit thus maximizing the radius of the potential damage. 

    There are various things you can do to reduce this potential water damage risk. Common wisdom includes regular inspection for any water leakage, regular inspection for rust, turning off the main water source if you are going to be away from your property for an extended period of time, and having a relief valve installed on the water heater - assuming you do not already have one - in order to regularly remove the bottom sediment which promotes deterioration and oxidation. Before you embark on the later, however, and you do so at your own risk, be careful NOT to splash yourself with the potentially scalding water that is coming from the water heater and, similarly, be sure to have a pail stable enough to handle the hot water and hot sediment without breaching. Better yet, have a professional check it out for you. 

    In perfect world situations water heaters never leak and all damage is caught in time or is minimal; unfortunately, in the real world, when the water heater breaks, it is reasonably sudden and the damage is extensive. Since most people do not turn off the water lead in when the leave, as it is not a common consideration most people would do on a regular basis, once breached, the water heater not only dumps the contents of its storage tank but the water continues to flow due to the open water line contributing to extensive water damage. Should this occur, then you owe it to yourself to hire an independent and customer focused water damage Restoration Company. Only an independent water damage restoration company focuses its interest on customer service and customer satisfaction so that your restoration is its interest and such company will do whatever it takes to restore your asset to its pre-loss condition.

    SERVPRO of Flagler County serves the Palm Coast, Flagler County, Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach fire cleanup markets.

    Call us at 24/7 at 386-447-2202 

    The key to preventing mold growth from a water loss is ensure that the initial restoration job was done correctly the first time.

    11/18/2013 (Permalink)

    Water Damage and Mold Growth in Flagler County Florida

    Recently the High River Times ran an article warning of the dangers of improper mitigation when a home has sustained flood or water damage.

    “They didn’t remove any drywall and just left it sit wet,” he said. “Some people are having health concerns because maybe the mold had been removed improperly without containment.”

    Without the correct remediation of mold, Watson said any time residents vacuum, dust, or stir up particulates, it can get dispersed throughout homes heating and ventilation systems.

    Here is Link to article:


    SERVPRO of Flagler County is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company. We provide sewage damage clean up, mold removal, smoke damage repair, painting & construction to homes in Palm Coast, Flagler County Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock and Hammock Beach.

    Call us at 24/7 at 386 -447-2202

    Santa Fe woman shows how deadly toxic black mold can be

    10/21/2013 (Permalink)

    Let us help you with your Mold Removal and restoration in Hammock.

    The monsoon storms that moved through New Mexico brought rain and flooding.

    Something deadly could be growing inside your walls. 

    One Santa Fe woman said she almost died after she was sickened by toxic black mold. She was a very healthy, young mom to a disabled woman, battling for her life from the mold.

    "It can kill you," Gina Lopez said. "It can definitely kill you."

    Lopez lived with toxic black mold secretly growing in the ceiling above her bed for years.

    Problems surfaced three years ago, when she could not remember parts of her day, and she had trouble talking.

    "One day it hit me, to where I was stuttering so bad that I couldn't talk, couldn't walk," Lopez said. "They had to take me to the emergency room."

    Lopez says doctors were stumped, until her daughter, Victoria, slept in her bed for a short amount of time. And the 14-year-old started having the same symptoms. 

    In the years since, a lab confirmed it was toxic black mold. Lopez has been diagnosed with chronic inflammatory response syndrome, causing her legs to swell.

    Lopez also had cysts and tumors on her brain and in her spinal canal.

    "It was so hard and I hate it so much," Victoria said.

    "There was a point in time where I couldn't explain what was going on," said Lopez. "My kids had to sit there and watch me, and watch my health failing. And the doctor, he couldn't tell me what was wrong."

    Mold illness is not taught in medical school. Doctors say there is still much research to be done.

    Lopez was referred to a doctor in Roswell who is only one of four physicians in the U.S. certified to treat mold illness.

    Slowly, she is improving.

    "If I can turn this negative that we suffered, into a positive for my grandchildren someday and for people out there that have suffered down south, with the flooding, then it's a good thing," Lopez said.

    Not all molds are toxic black mold. And not everyone will suffer the way Lopez did.

    If you suspect this mold is growing in your home, have it tested. 

    Link to article:

    SERVPRO of Flagler County Professionals provides fire and water damage restoration services, as well as mold removal, biohazard cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning services.

    SERVPRO of Flagler County is available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure.

    Call us at 24/7 at 386 -447-2202 Or visit our website:http://www.SERVPROflaglercounty.com

    Mold: All too common after flooding

    10/18/2013 (Permalink)

    Mold Growth from Water Loss

    More reasons to call a professional as soon as you have a water loss.

    FORT MORGAN — — When moisture creeps into porous surfaces, it can start a biological process that frequently ends with colorful blooms of mold.

    That process can take several weeks before becoming obvious, though, according to Tony Cappello, public health director at the Northeast Colorado Health Department.

    With the recent flooding and the dirtiness of that water, the risk of mold is present for affected buildings, including homes, sheds, vehicles and other things that may have been exposed to the water.


    SERVPRO of Flagler County Professionals provides fire and water damage restoration services, as well as mold remediation, biohazard cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning services. 

    SERVPRO of Flagler County is available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

    ·       Water Damage 

    ·       Fire Damage 

    ·       Disaster, storm and flood damage 

    ·       Mold Damage 

    ·       Biohazard cleaning 

    ·       Carpet and upholstery cleaning

    ·       We are a state of Florida licensed general contractor who can manage any loss from start to finish.

    SERVPRO of Flagler County proudly serves Palm Coast, Flagler County Hammock Dunes, Beverly Beach, Bunnell, Marineland, Hammock, Hammock Beach and surrounding areas.

    Call us at 24/7 at 386 -447-2202

    Or visit our website: http://www.SERVPROflaglercounty.com/

    Of Mice and Mold: 40% of American Homes Have Health, Safety Hazards

    10/16/2013 (Permalink)

    Mold growth from a small water leak.

    A new report released this week by the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) ranks Washington, D.C., 16th out of 45 metro areas for the health and safety of its housing. D.C. previously ranked 9th on the list. The most prevalent problems with D.C. houses include roof issues, water leakage and signs of mice. These housing conditions have been linked to asthma and other respiratory problems.

    Link to Article:


    SERVPRO of Flagler County Professionals provides fire and water damage restoration services, as well as mold remediation, biohazard cleaning, carpet and upholstery cleaning services. 

    We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:

      • biohazard cleaning 
      • carpet and upholstery cleaning
    • We are a state of Florida licensed general contractor who can manage any loss from start to finish.


    SERVPRO Flagler is Growing!!

    10/13/2013 (Permalink)


    SERVPRO of Flagler County is growing AGAIN!!

    Due to continued high demand and growth we have added to our fleet of emergency ready - fire, water and mold vehicles.

    Check out the work in progress painting on our newest Box Truck.

    This addition provides even more capacity to respond quickly to any residential or commercial Water, Flood, Fire or Mold emergency.

    SERVPRO of Flagler County Professionals provide fire and water damage restoration services. We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure caused by:



    9/4/2013 (Permalink)

    Disaster can strike at any time.

    It Doesn’t Cost a lot to be Prepared

    It is no secret that many families and individuals are looking to cut back on spending. But with the frequency of disasters, both natural and manmade, can you afford not to be prepared? Preparedness doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. September is National Preparedness Month, and we are asking you to help your family and friends prepare for whatever may come. Here are a few tips* on how you can protect those that matter to you without spending a fortune.

    ·       Make a Plan. Work with you family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that affect your area. Make sure everyone in your family understands where to go and what to do in case of an emergency. You can download Family Emergency Plan templates www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

    ·       Update Contact Information. Having accurate records for family, friends and neighbors will help you stay in contact and possibly help those in need. Make sure updated contact information is posted in visible places throughout your house and workplace.

    ·       Check Your Policy. Review your insurance policy annually and make any necessary changes – renters, too! When a disaster strikes, you want to know that your coverage will get you back on your feet.

    ·       Make a Ready List. You may not need all of the items in ready-made preparedness kits. Choose the essentials that fit your needs and budget. Don’t forget to keep supplies at work and in your car. Sample Ready Lists can be found at www.ready.gov/document/family-supply-list

    ·       Plan Your Purchases. You can save money by thinking ahead. Don’t buy preparedness items just before a storm when they’re expensive and supplies will be in high demand. Buy items at the end of the season when you can get good deals.

    ·       Shop Sales. Shop at sales and used goods stores. Buy preparedness items throughout the year, instead of all at once, and you won’t notice the cost as much.

    ·       Make Sure it Keeps. Store water in safe, containers. You don’t need to buy expensive bottled water, just make sure your water containers are disinfected and airtight

    ·       Request a Gift. We all get things we don’t need. Suggest preparedness supplies as gifts from your friends and family. It just might save your life.

    ·       Trade a Night Out. Trade one night out to fund your 72-hour kit. Taking a family of four to the movies can cost upwards of $80. Just one night staying in could fund your Ready kit.

    ·       The best tip: start now. Take small steps toward preparedness and before you know it you will be Ready

    We are the Water Damage & Sewage Restoration Experts

    We are the Fire, Water, Mold, and Cleaning Experts - available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for your emergency

    Call us at 24/7 at 386 -447-2202

    Or visit our website:http://www.SERVPROflaglercounty.com/ 

    Clean Up Flooding in Daytona Beach after the Hurricsne

    8/23/2013 (Permalink)

    Some of the emergency water clean up from Hurricane

    Last years Hurricane caused this home in Daytona Beach to completely flood. This picture shows the mess left behind after all water had receded and we began our disaster restoration services.

    SERVPRO of Flagler County was called in to clean up the aftermath! The owner was thrilled she said "I can't believe you got here so quickly to help in my time of need".

    We are the Water Damage & Sewage Restoration Experts

    We are the Fire, Water, Mold, and Cleaning Experts - We have certified - trained technicians, state of the art equipment, and the resources to handle any loss any size available 24 hours a day 7 days a week for your emergency.

    Call us at 24/7 at 386-447-2202

    Or visit our website: http://www.SERVPROflaglercounty.com/ 


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