Fire Season Is Upon Us
Small brush fire
With these hot temperatures, you will need to be very careful with all of your outdoor activities. If it becomes very hot, windy, and dry it is probably a good idea to limit your outdoor activities that might possibly result in a wildfire. Burning debris and target shooting are a couple activities that need to be rethought if the weather is too hot.
As many as 90% of wild fires in the United States are caused by burning of debris, campfires being left unattended, throwing out cigarettes, and simply people intentionally starting fires, aka arson.
Because of this, wildfires threaten thousands of homes a year. Just look at poor California right now. We recommend to
1. Review your evacuation plan checklist
2. Ensure that your emergency supply kit is in your vehicle
3. Cover-up to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, heavy shoes and boots, and goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is always preferred
4. Locate your pets and take them with you to safety
Always remember that if you are evacuated and then able to return home to be alert and look over a few things.
1. Always be alert for downed power lines and other hazards,
2. Check propane tanks, regulators, and lines before turning on your gas
3. Check your residence carefully for any hidden embers or smoldering fires
Be safe and have a safe, fun summer.
Heavy Rains Seep In
Recent rains cracked foundation.
This homeowner found water seeping in from a recent storm right away because the damage occurred on the first floor right at the bottom of a highly used stairwell.
Water issues in a location that is a high traffic area allows owners to be more aware of a water loss sooner than in areas of the house where they don’t often go.
Right away the owner pulled up the carpet and pad to dry both of them with all the fans she had in her home. By doing so she was actually able to dry out the carpet, but the pad still needed to be replaced.
By contacting SERVPRO we were able to give her a FREE evaluation of the damage which helped her from having any secondary damages and prevented mold growth as well.
Call Us Today (772)770-0501.
When storms occur, SERVPRO of Vero Beach does it all.
You recently experienced flooding due to torrential rainstorms in the area. If that was not bad enough, pressure from the additional weight caused a gas line to burst, and fires to break out on the second floor, leaving behind, even more, damages.
When these kinds of dual loss situations affect your damaged home, restoration services become necessary. We are available 24-7, 365 days a year, including holidays and, have access to everything needed to restore your home to a quality pre-damage condition, "Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO technicians have several years of experience dealing with situations just like yours. We are there, on your property, within an hour of your initial call and begin work immediately upon securing a signed agreement. We start by securing the structure, ensuring that there aren't any immediate hazards by shutting off the electricity and gas supply to the structure.
Once it is safe to enter, our onsite manager performs an initial assessment, identifying each affected area that needs attention and plans each step of your restoration process. We tailor our services to fit your unique situation, providing you with expertly trained personnel to tackle each type of repair separately.
Why Use A Professional To Remove Water From Your Vero Beach home?
Water pipes can cause some serious damage and quickly.
f you are dealing with the serious after effects of water damage in your home, you may be wondering if your home is worth saving. Keep your chin up. Water damage can wreak serious havoc on a building and render it unsafe for human habitation in a very short period. Whether the damage is due to flooding, sewage system malfunction, a burst frozen water pipe, or a badly behaving appliance, the result is the same: a mess that needs cleaning in a hurry before damages multiply and mold growth takes over and affects the integrity of the building.
Once the damage has occurred, the fastest way to remove excess water is to rely upon the services of a local restoration company like SERVPRO that can get to the site quickly and begin a fast water extraction program. We have industrial grade pumps, wet-vacs, and even mops and buckets to remove the bulk of the standing water.
The sooner you get your emergency taken care of, the better. Every hour that goes by is an hour during which your family is potentially out of their home SERVPRO can help mitigate the losses and get you back into a safe home environment.
OK, We Show Up, Then What?
Flooded bathroom in Vero Beach
Once you contact us, we can begin a full program of property restoration.
First, an immediate inspection and assessment of the damage and adjacent areas and then an estimate of the costs involved recovery are given to you. If you agree to the service, the professionals will then extract all of the remaining water in the building, checking especially for voids where water can go without being detected in most cleanup efforts. Our trained staff can make sure the building is completely dry. The use of moisture meters, infrared cameras and hygrometers enhance our ability to guarantee dryness.
When all of the excess water and any mold growth is removed from the building, our technicians will then take care of secondary concerns, such as removing any nasty stains or blemishes left over from the accident. Our professionals will clean and restore any furniture or other implements that water has damaged. A full check will be performed to make sure your building has not sustained any structural damage.
Mold Threat is No Joke
Visible mold found in the closet of a local Vero Beach home.
The threat from mold growth is multiple. There is the visual infestation that covers ceilings, walls, and other structural property. If the visible signs go unchecked, the mold grows into drywall, wood beams and other parts of the home. In addition to physical damage, there are the health effects that mold can have on some people. Each of these threats requires remediation to remove them; this may involve cleaning only, but cases that went unnoticed for an extended period require removal and replacement of damaged property.
Testing for mold at the first suspicion is the best way to go.
We have some of the best training and the latest equipment in the restoration industry, but it is our reputation that matters the most. If we uncover mold, and before we start the remediation process, we recommend that you hire a third party to perform the same tests. The second round of testing provides you with peace of mind by removing any potential conflict of interest.
Hope you never need any of this, but if you do, call us at (772)770-0501.
Closet Containing Mold Growth
Mold found in a closet.
SERVPRO of Vero Beach handles mold. Our office is licensed to perform mold inspections and has developed a protocol that includes the following:
We perform a visual inspection that includes photo documentation of all mold growth. If the visual inspection uncovers mold growth, no further testing is needed. If the fungi are present, they need removal and remediation. Air and surface samples from every room in the house or apartment along with a laboratory report to explain the findings, only if needed. After completion, one of our inspectors sits down with each customer to explain not just the results, but every step we took during the inspection.
Also, we provide an estimate of what steps we take to treat and remove the mold along with how much each task costs. If we do not find mold, our inspector gives the homeowner a report that states the house or apartment was tested and found to have no excess mold that poses a threat.
Microscopic Danger : Asbestos!
This commercial building tested positive for asbestos.
At this property there was trace amounts of asbestos found in the ceiling. Years ago using asbestos in popcorn ceilings was a very common practice so the technicians had to be extra cautious. Before removing the asbestos contaminated popcorn ceiling the entire interior had to be completely contained so that no asbestos got onto any other surfaces.
Asbestos is a very dangerous mineral that should always be avoided. Its microscopic fibers cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted and it usually does not cause any immediate symptoms at all. Actually, symptoms may not be seen for 10-40 years after exposure to asbestos. However there are some symptoms that should be looked out for.
If you suspect you may have asbestos in your home or business give SERVPRO a call and we will come out and check for you!
Approaching Storm in Vero Beach
Approaching storm in Vero Beach last week.
If your home has been damaged by severe floods or storms, call us right away at (772)770-0501. Disaster can strike when we least expect it, but SERVPRO of Vero Beach be there to help you weather the storm.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Vero Beach, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.
Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (772)770-0501
Rampant mold growth grows and spreads quickly.
Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.