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Water Damage Can Impact Port St. Lucie Residential Furnishings

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Water Cleanup Restores Port St. Lucie Home Contents and Structural Materials

Home water removal can seem like a doable task for many Port St. Lucie homeowners. However, the effects of moisture on possessions and valuables can require more care than most consumer-grade cleaning solutions can provide. Worse still, without fast-responding sanitation, mold can grow and secrete digestive enzymes that create further damage to home furnishings.

Port St. Lucie water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO are ready to render aid for homeowners dealing with excess moisture in their properties. Due to mold growth, water can turn from an inconvenient cleanup into a potential biohazard situation. SERVPRO mitigation tools and EPA-registered biocides can remediate risk to keep home occupants safe.

How Water Damage Affects Fabrics, Furniture, and Upholstery

Water damage can spell disaster for porous items like mattresses, cushions, linens, and fibers without fast action. Stains and water spots are just the beginning of potential damages. Microbial growth can set in within 24-48 hours.

  • Water exposure can cause fabric dyes and furniture stains to bleed and seep into nearby objects and flooring
  • Furniture frames can swell with water, warp, and eventually crack. Wood furniture can accumulate water spots. Some repairs may require refinishing
  • Particleboard furnishings warp easily. The laminate surfacing is often resistant to moisture, but this does not prevent damage to the piece. Instead, this vapor barrier redirects water to more vulnerable crevices and joints
  • Metals can tarnish and eventually rust, including mattress springs and the backs of upholstery tacks

While sanitation can be accomplished to some degree with homeowners’ cleaning products and equipment, professional-grade water mitigation solutions can restore these items more quickly while stopping the risk of further unintentional damage to property. Some treatments are better suited to particular materials than others. Some fabrics and items can prove incredibly delicate compared to wood furniture or non-porous furnishings.

SERVPRO Water Mitigation Protocols for Fibers and Furnishings

SERVPRO water damage restoration professionals utilize a suite of furniture restoration strategies for Port St. Lucie home furnishings. These include:

  • Spot cleaning fabrics and nearby surfaces that show signs of stains from furniture stains and dyes. Alternative strategies may be necessary for addressing possessions with dried furniture stains on them
  • Performing moisture extraction with a portable unit and upholstery tool
  • Evenly wetting furniture during cleanup to restore the piece to an even color free of water damage spots and visible seams from moisture exposure
  • Tenting wet furniture cushions before drying with air movers and dehumidification units
  • Putting wax paper sheets between zippers and furniture cushions to minimize rust stain transfers to nearby fibers

SERVPRO water damage odor control can remediate malodors with a combination of sanitation and deodorizing solutions. Cleaning solutions can be injected into furnishings as needed to remediate internal contamination that can contribute to moisture odors. SERVPRO technicians can deploy ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers or spray solutions to eliminate odor-causing bacteria for large-scale odor control. Specialty cleaning needs can be referred to licensed professionals as needed and with the consent of homeowners and insurers.

SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE is reachable by phone at (772) 266-2350 at any time of the day or night, including weekends and holidays. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, including water cleanup.

Mold Can Damage Port St. Lucie Structures and Contents

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

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Port St. Lucie Mold Damage Techs from SERVPRO Remediate Damage Caused by Microbes

While all structures contain some amount of microbes, their growth accelerates significantly in the presence of moisture and porous organic materials like wood, sheetrock, and wool or cotton insulation. When mold damage has reached the surface of a floor, wall, or ceiling, the chances are that Port St. Lucie homeowners have more that requires remediation behind those materials.

SERVPRO mold damage cleanup for Port St. Lucie homes protects home occupants during DIY cleanup while restoring structural materials and contents where possible. Restoration professionals can also safely dispose of unsalvageable materials to prevent secondary damages from spreading spores.

How Mold Damage Eats Away at Structural Materials

Microbes proliferate by eating digestible materials in an environment with suitable amounts of water, food, warmth, and oxygen for sustainability. For ease of consumption, carbon-based materials are broken down with digestive enzymes. Spores can also exist on synthetic materials broken down by digestive enzymes, such as paint, glue, or fibers.

To keep mold damage at bay, homeowners can:

  • Inspect their property for signs of water damage. Spores can grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours after a leak or flood
  • Keep spaces dry and cool. Microbes grow incredibly quickly in humid areas between 77 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Contact certified mold mitigation professionals. Microbial remediation from an accredited team keeps home occupants safe and prevents the unintentional spread of spores throughout the property

SERVPRO Mold Mitigation Training Ensures Quality Results from Restoration Technicians

Total mold removal is impossible because all indoor and outdoor spaces contain microbes. However, SERVPRO can remediate these contaminants to a sanitary state with commercial-grade restoration equipment thanks to the firm’s thorough education in mitigation strategies. These programs adhere to restoration industry best practices and SERVPRO’s standards for residential restoration services.

  • Initial training for restoration technicians covers cleanup essentials while preparing techs for additional certification opportunities. Units include:
    • Fire Damage Restoration
    • Water Damage Restoration
    • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
    • SERVPRO Crew Training
  • Franchise owners undergo thorough training in similar disciplines to their crew at SERVPRO’s state-of-the-art Corporate Training Facility. Training modules include:
    • Fire Restoration
    • Water Restoration
    • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
    • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Web-based e-Learning allows technicians and staff to stay up-to-date on Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) best practices for the restoration industry. These voluntary programs are self-paced and include supplemental education materials and video presentations on restoration topics.
  • Additional SERVPRO courses include credit and noncredit classes tailored to SERVPRO staff and professionals in related fields like insurance adjustment and real estate. Available education topics include the following:
    • Fire Damage Restoration
    • Water Damage Restoration
    • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
    • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
    • A noncredit Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar

Mold inspection, cleanup, and control are crucial parts of the restoration process and affect many industries and homeowners’ quality of life. SERVPRO training prepares crew members, franchise owners, and professionals in adjacent industries for when these disasters occur.

SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE renders mold damage mitigation services for homeowners making it “Like it never even happened.” Call (772) 266-2350.

Call SERVPRO to Remove Port St. Lucie Fire Damage Odors

6/24/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Mitigate Fire Damage Soils and Odors in Port St. Lucie Homes

Residential structure fires can wreak havoc on a home’s contents with more than just charring. Soot residues exposed to water can become acidic and corrode sheet metal vents, dishware, and appliances. Fire damage odors can linger in a Port St. Lucie home even after implementing DIY cleanup solutions, which can impact comfort in a residence significantly and potentially create additional repair and replacement costs.

Port St. Lucie SERVPRO fire and smoke damage removal technicians use EPA-registered antimicrobials along with wet and dry cleaning solutions specifically designed for fire damage to dislodge soils. Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) perform thorough mitigation of fire malodors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

How Fire Damage Odors Permeate Surfaces

Fire and smoke damage odors can create significant odor problems from various sources. Dry soot, greasy smoke residues, and filmy proteins combine with multiple materials to create a challenge that most consumer cleaning products are not fully equipped to tackle.

  • Smoke particles can penetrate porous items like unfinished wood and fibers, which can create stains and significant odors
  • Some smoke residues rest on surfaces and develop odors without penetrating paints or nonporous items
  • Charring can create additional odors from burnt finishes, paints, or stains on furnishings or structural materials

Worse still, these fire damage residues can sit in ventilation systems and spread odor-causing particles throughout the home. SERVPRO technicians can mitigate the impact of fire odors by first removing soils with tailored soot cleanup solutions, agitation tools, and HEPA filter vacuums.

SERVPRO Fire Odor Removal Strategies for Structures and Contents

After technicians safely dispose of fire debris and perform soot removal, OCTs can commence deodorization. While sanitation is a critical component of this process, thermal fogging, among a suite of other odor control tools, proves highly effective in restoring the comfort and indoor air quality of a fire-damaged Port St. Lucie home.

Some principles of fire damage deodorization include the following:

  • Deodorize with a solution that behaves like smoke. A smoke-like solvent deodorizer dispensed by a thermal fogger, for example, can eliminate malodors caused by smoke. Wet residues that permeate surfaces require immersion or another form of wet cleaning
  • Restoring indoor air quality is essential for both odor mitigation and occupant safety. Fire restoration technicians can use HEPA filter air scrubbers to collect air pollutants and cycle clean air back into the affected space. The filter, which can catch particles as small as 0.3 microns, is comprised of activated carbon and potassium permanganate
  • Sealants are vital for preserving structural materials. While soot-covered wall framing may not have all the stains removed after a fire, it can be sealed and preserved for effective fire odor removal
  • Specialized tools are also available for removing odor-causing particles, including ozone machines, hydroxyl generators, and pressure sprayers. Ultra-low volume foggers can deploy a deodorizing mist as opposed to the dry solvent-based smoke emitted by a thermal fogger

Homeowners seeking fire and smoke damage removal can contact SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE at (772) 266-2350. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and ready to respond 24/7.

Large Loss Tools for St. Lucie West Warehouse Water Mitigation

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

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How Does Large Loss Water Mitigation Get Started?

Our professionals are efficient with our response to protect damaged wares and contents of a production facility during an emergency. As full-service contractors, we know how to help when several areas of your building have become compromised.

Water Removal and Cleanup

Early actions to start water mitigation in St. Lucie businesses involve water removal and extraction. Surface water elimination protects flooring and exposed materials. 

Large Loss Equipment

The priority of responding technicians is to mitigate loss, but after much of this process is complete, we must get into the drying and cleanup. There are many tools we use to overcome water damage on a larger scale:

  • Trailered Generator – Portable power is critical, especially when disasters temporarily compromise available electricity for your facility.
  • Air Movers – We have hundreds of air mover units to direct blasts of warm air across wet surfaces. 
  • Trailer Desiccant Dehumidifier – Dehumidifiers balance moisture in the environment to make drying more efficient and effective. 
  • Truck-Mount Extractors – These are the most powerful water removal tools in our inventory and run off a truck engine to rapidly extract standing water. 

Getting You Back in Business

Our responding technicians' priority is to get your doors back open or even to keep portions of the warehouse operating during cleanup and recovery. Water damage can be widespread, so having a Large Loss team capable of focusing on the required steps to get you running again after a leak or flood.

After water damages of any size or severity, it is crucial to have a team of professionals capable of getting your doors back open and ensuring the impacted structure is safe. You can depend on the experience of our SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE team to help with mitigation and restoration steps as requested. Call now at (772) 266-2350. 

Types of Extraction Equipment After Ft. Pierce Flood Damage

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Flood Damage Can Impact Materials in Many Ways

Flooding and intruding water are possible after severe storms that are not uncommon to St. Lucie County and its residents. Homes can quickly be overwhelmed by moving and migrating floodwater, but implementing mitigative steps like extraction can help protect the property from unnecessary harm.

The Importance of Fast Extraction

Extraction is one of the most critical and crucial elements of managing flood damage in Ft. Pierce homes and businesses. Water can move fast through a structure, pooling on surfaces, infiltrating porous materials, and simultaneously increasing the humidity of the damaged areas.

Surface Water Removal

When homeowners consider the term extraction, they often think most about the standing water on the flooring surface. Pooling in the household can allow for easy moisture penetration to exposed materials. Surface water should be removed as quickly as possible with vacuums and pumps from our extensive inventory.

Trapped Water Removal

Floodwater can penetrate porous materials like carpeting and hardwood flooring to threaten these elements' strength and structural integrity. It is critical to move quickly to remove free water absorbed into these materials before deterioration and warping result. Some specialty equipment includes:

  • Drying Mats
  • Carpet Wands
  • Weighted Extractors

Limiting Humidity and Moisture Content

A serious focus on water restoration and drying come down to managing moisture in the environment. The placement and frequency of dehumidifiers help absorb or pull moisture grains from the air into the units. Proper dehumidification can reduce the impact of lingering damp caches on the structure and household.

Overcoming flood damage to homes in the area involves a prompt response from our full-service contractors and technicians. SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE is ready to help when disasters strike, offering fast mitigation and effective drying solutions. Give our responders a call today at (772) 266-2350.

Starting Mold Removal After Water Damage in Ft. Pierce

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Slowing Colonization for Ft. Pierce Mold Removal

We have effective strategies to prevent mold situations from getting out of control, but only when we know about these adverse conditions as they happen. Suspicion of mold growth is often enough to have the property inspected and see if you could require professional remediation services.

Containment Barriers

Containment approaches help in effective and efficient mold removal for Ft. Pierce homes, whether the attic or crawlspace. Covering entry points and structural openings connected to the damaged area reduces continued spore migration and allows remediation to be faster and more thorough.

Antimicrobial Products

Among the more effective approaches for managing active mold development are antimicrobial products from our stock. Sporicides, like chlorine-based solutions, eliminate spores on contact, often protecting the underlying hosting material when penetration has not yet occurred.

Rapid Drying Solutions

Moisture is a significant contributor to the development of mold colonies, making it imperative for SERVPRO professionals to identify the root of water concerns and resolve them. Air movers, dehumidifiers, and portable heaters all play a role in drying the structure to prevent continued damage.

Mold Remediation When Needed

While much of the work to be done helps reduce and limit the spread and severity of mold colonies, remediation can be several approaches to complete the removal of present organisms. Depending on where the colony threatens the property and the condition of the hosting materials, some of the remediation solutions include:

  • Surface treatments
  • Media blasting
  • Sanding
  • Demolition

Mold is a rapidly spreading threat in a home or business after initial colonization starts. When you suspect mold development in your home, it is important to rely on the fast response and the expertise of our SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE remediation team. Our AMRT-Certified technicians are ready 24/7 to help make it "Like it never even happened." Call us at (772) 266-2350.

Effectively Starting Water Damage Repair in St. Lucie West

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

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St. Lucie West Water Damage Repair Efforts Are Bolstered by a Good Start

The long-term results of water damage restoration in St. Lucie West are often enhanced simply by taking the right initial steps to start the process. Knowing how to handle loss calls, record the necessary information, communicate this to the parties that need it, schedule customer appointments in logistically efficient ways, and quickly begin work are all essential to getting off on the right foot.

SERVPRO knows that, like all types of work, the success and speed at which water damage repair in St. Lucie West is completed depends greatly on how the job was started. First contacts with customers and insurance adjusters, and effective communication between all the parties involved, is crucial. Moreover, the rate at which work can begin also largely determines how the rest of the water damage remediation efforts progress. When you call SERVPRO’s emergency water damage services team about burst pipes, ceiling leaks, basement flooding, or another water-related issue, we:

  • Quickly and professionally answer your call 24 hours a day, recording all the initial information necessary to respond to your problem on a SERVPRO First Notice of Loss form
  • Carefully listen to all of your concerns, ask questions relative to your situation to define it further, inform you of your responsibilities, and schedule an appointment to see the water-impacted home within one hour of receiving your call
  • Make an appointment for the nearest crew to inspect your residence and begin work within four hours of your original call
  • Work to always be on time, verbally brief the insurance adjuster within eight business hours, and restore your water-related damage as quickly as possible

With all of that said, your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE are always ready to assist you with water damage repair. Contact us at (772) 266-2350 whenever you need our help.

SERVPRO Professionally Handles Mold Damage in Ft. Pierce

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

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Our Ft. Pierce Mold Damage Experts Follow Industry-Approved Remediation Guidelines

If your Ft. Pierce home ever needs mold damage remediation, it is important to find a service that follows industry-approved guidelines to ensure that the job is done right. SERVPRO, unlike some other area firms, is one cleanup and restoration business that adheres to both the standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC.)

As a responsible Ft. Pierce mold damage remediator, SERVPRO follows nationally recognized standards to ensure everyone’s safety and make recovery efforts as quick and effective as possible. Our highly trained mold specialists apply these guidelines to every mold inspection, mold removal, and black mold damage restoration job they do. The special EPA-recommended procedures they follow are:

  • Cleaning and thoroughly drying mold-impacted structural elements, content items, and materials
  • Removing and throwing away moldy things that cannot be effectively cleaned
  • Drying all elements, objects, and materials that have come in contact with excess moisture of any kind within forty-eight hours

The IICRC standards we abide by include:

  • Limiting worker exposure to mold during cleanup and preventing its spread to clean areas of a residence where it may impact residents
  • Meticulously documenting conditions and processes as remediation work progresses
  • Keeping mold from becoming airborne and being carried away from its source
  • Eliminating mold contamination by physically removing impacted items and materials, vacuuming mold spores into HEPA filters, or wiping down moldy surfaces with industrial-grade cleaners
  • Finding and fixing the moisture issue that originally caused mold to grow

In following these professional guidelines, the mold damage cleanup experts at SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE often complete your job with less difficulty and in less time than other area services. So, if you ever need our help, contact us at (772) 266-2350.

Scoping Is Essential for Cleaning Up Fire Damage in Ft. Pierce

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

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Scoping Fire Damage in Ft. Pierce Involves Several Important Steps

When a blaze impacts a Ft. Pierce home, skilled remediators must identify all fire-related damage and determine the work necessary to repair it. This essential first step in the restoration process sets the stage for the remediation work that follows, ensures that all issues are effectively resolved, and is known as “scoping.”

SERVPRO’s fire damage remediators in Ft. Pierce have established a standardized procedure for scoping blaze-impacted properties. These measures enable our fire restoration teams to prepare the required plan of action for their house fire clean-up, smoke remediation, and overall fire damage restoration efforts. The steps in SERVPRO’s crucial scoping process include:

  • Preparing a “scope sheet” for each room that has its name at the top of the sheet, includes the dimensions of the space and its attachments, and separately lists damages to structure and contents
  • Proceeding to scope one room at a time, beginning with the room where the fire started and working outward
  • Measuring and listing damages to structural items, including ceilings, walls, and floors, first and then those to content items like furnishings and other personal possessions
  • Recording problems according to their location, in a clockwise fashion, starting from the highest point of the room and working downward
  • Add important notes to the scope sheet, like potential restoration difficulties, the pricing of damaged items, subcontracting needs, and any total losses
  • Reviewing the scope sheet, ensuring that all problems have been accurately recorded and that all information included is understandable, and photographing/filming rooms to safeguard against potential fraud

In each of these ways, SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE makes certain that your fire-damaged home is properly restored. So, whenever you need fire damage remediated, remember that we are always ready to help. Call us anytime at (772) 266-2350 for assistance.

Trust SERVPRO to Handle Storm Flood Damage in St. Lucie West

4/24/2022 (Permalink)

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Storm Flood Damage Repair in St. Lucie West Requires Help from Experts

After a storm, one of the first things you need is an accurate and thorough assessment of your home to better understand the damage it has sustained. The severity of the destruction can vary from minimal to severe.

At times, severe structural damage is not obvious and can compromise the stability of your property’s foundation. At SERVPRO, we have experienced technicians who can assess and rectify the storm flood damage in your St. Lucie West residence. We can search for damage that may cause unsafe conditions and lay out the steps required to restore your home to normal. Our storm and flood damage repair process may include these steps:

  • Emergency window, door, and roof protection
  • Floodwater extraction
  • Drying
  • Odor removal
  • Reconstruction

Emergency window, door, and roof protection

If your property has sustained roof damage, we can tarp it to prevent additional damage to your home and possessions until roof repairs are complete. If the windows or doors sustained wind damage, and cannot close properly, we can board them up as you wait to install new ones.

Floodwater extraction

Standing floodwater creates an ideal environment for microbial growth. Our SERVPRO technicians can remove the floodwater using self-priming trash pumps. These pumps can pass water that contains solids.

Drying and dehumidification

Once we remove the water, we can perform the drying and dehumidification process to remove moisture from your residence. If your home has hardwood flooring, our SERVPRO team can use both subsurface and surface methods to dry it.

Odor removal 

To remove the odors that floodwater leaves behind, we can ventilate your home with high-velocity exhaust fans. These fans ventilate buildings quickly and reduce the time required before allowing occupants to return to a building after deodorization.

Reconstruction

SERVPRO is qualified to provide reconstruction services. This may include removing and replacing damaged flooring, ceilings, and drywall. We can perform the entire reconstruction process properly and ensure that it meets safety standards.

SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE is committed to providing effective storm flood damage restoration services to property owners. Call us at (772) 266-2350.