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Boarded Up Homes Can Be A Fire Hazard

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Boarded Up Homes Can Be A Fire Hazard Broken Window to Access Fiery Garage

A fire broke out in a residential home and because the house had certain main areas boarded up, they had to break a window to get the water in to douse the flames.  Florida is definitely known as a state where hurricanes pass through often and many residents board up their homes to protect them from potential rain, wind and projectiles.  However, leaving the shutters up for the entire hurricane season is not recommended by the fire department.  It highly reduces the accessibility the firemen have to be able to enter homes to save lives and extinguish the fires more quickly.  I know it may seem like added work to remove shutters and then have to put back on should another storm follow the same track as before, but ones life is definitely worth the hassle.

Mold Has A Shoe Fettish

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Has A Shoe Fettish Mold Growth On Leather Loafers

Mold loves all type of shoes.  No shoe is safe when it comes to mold. Because of its porous nature, shoes tend to be targeted immediately when mold starts growing in a home.  The tenant came home from a vacation to a house full of mold growth.  He smelled it before he saw it.  The musky smell made him start investigating a little more closely and in his closet he saw it over everything; his clothes, his hangers, and his beloved leather loafers.  Unfortunately, the mold didn't stop there.  It ended up spreading to his furniture, mattresses, and walls.  We are happy to report, SERVPRO of Vero Beach were able to remove and clean the majority of his clothes and household items, but his beloved loafers took one last ride to the nearest landfill.  

Toilet Overflow At A Local Office Building

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Toilet Overflow At A Local Office Building Water damage in an office caused by an overflowing toilet.

A toilet overflow caused a local office to flood in Vero Beach, Florida.  By the time the flooding was noticed, the water was throughout the entire floor plan.  There were many different rooms that were affected.  This picture shows the water being sucked up by the drywall and the flooring peeling away from the wall. The office furniture and kitchen appliances had trapped water underneath them as well.  SERVPRO of Vero Beach pulled out appliances and furniture of all the affected areas to make sure everything was dried underneath and within two days the office was dried.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach was called out and responded to this commercial building within 40 minutes and were able to get the office up and running again "Like it never even happened."

Broken Pipe in Vero Beach

10/17/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Broken Pipe in Vero Beach The broken pipe that caused the damage.

A commercial business called SERVPRO of Vero Beach out to the business they were actually working on themselves because one of their employees stepped on a clients pipe in the attic trying to repair an A/C Unit.  While trying to fix one problem they accidentally caused a bigger problem.  However, the water was shut off quickly and SERVPRO of Vero Beach arrived within 30 minutes and were able to start the clean up right away.  The pipe was repaired and the water from the pipe break was extracted and removed.  I am happy to report both problems were sorted out the same day with fabulous results. SERVPRO of Vero Beach was glad to be of assistance of helping another business out for we all know accidents happen.  This picture reveals the culprit.  

Now Is The Time To Prepare

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Now Is The Time To Prepare Nasa view of Hurricane Irma

What a summer already!  Storms, Sinkholes, Earthquakes, and Tornadoes have ravaged parts of our country.  If you have been fortunate not to have encountered any of these, I am sure you at least know of someone who has.  To be prepared, now is the time to check your insurance and verify you are covered for all type of storms in your area.  Flooding and earthquakes are usually not covered by most insurance policies so make sure to consider your risk when choosing the appropriate policy for your family.  Also, remember that flood insurance takes days to become effective, so don't wait until a named storm heads your way to try and scramble to add flood to your policy because the storm will most likely arrive before your flood insurance takes effect.  It is always a good idea to check your policy often and have a good understanding of your level of protection.  If you have questions about the right type coverage you should have, you can can find insurance help on this link where non-profit United Policyholders has listed useful information.  uphelp.org

Lint: Dangerous and Flammable

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know you can start a fire simply with the lint buildup in your dryer?  I did not know this when I was a college student and it honestly never crossed my mind when I rented a house and with it came a dryer.  Thinking the unit was just old and that was the reason my clothes took two cycles sometimes three to dry, I was surprised when I smelled smoke.  I knew something was on fire and when I opened the laundry room door, smoke billowed out stinking up my whole house.  I was able to shut the device off and clean out the unit the next day because I caught it early.  It now works like a brand new unit.  I know I was fortunate and it could have been a lot worse.  According to Today, today.com dryers should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year.   

Rain Rain Go Away

10/5/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Rain Rain Go Away Rain, Rain and More Rain

Here at SERVPRO Vero Beach, we have been inundated with frantic calls as rain has been pouring steadily for the past few days.  Some homes have still not been able to be fixed from the damage sustained from Hurricane Irma and have left them vulnerable to the incessant rain.  We have gotten calls about rain seeping into windows popping the wallpaper, through cracks in the roofs, and even pouring in through the front door!  If you can financially afford to, we highly recommend doing home repairs ASAP so you can avoid further damage. Just keep in mind, if it leaks a little with a little rain, it most likely will leak a lot with a lot of rain. Once the rain ceases, do not let areas of your home remain wet.  If you aren't sure if it is wet or not, call us: better to be safe

Why Mold Removal May Not Be an Ideal DIY Project

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why Mold Removal May Not Be an Ideal DIY Project SERVPRO of Vero Beach Mold Removal

There are over 1,000 types mold found in Indian River County. Did you know mold will eat just about anything? This includes metals, concrete, fabric and wood. 

People in Indian River County spend about 90% of their time indoors. This makes mold and it's destructive nature a major concern for many of us. Search DIY mold removal on the internet and you will find tons of articles suggesting different ways to rid your home of mold yourself. One of the most common suggestions is spraying the mold with bleach or some other concoction aimed and killing it. Mold cleanup is not that simple.

The EPA ( United States Environmental Protection Agency) has come up with a rigid set of guidelines for mold removal. The Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings document recommends that you should only attempt to remove mold yourself if the area impacted is less than roughly a 3ft. by 3 ft. Even in this instance you should first wear protective gear and fix any leaky pipes or issues that caused the mold damage. IICRC ( Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) does not recommend spraying but promotes removal of mold and proper air filtration. Major steps in a proper mold remediation process includes an analysis of the impacted area, thorough drying, fixing any causes of water and wetness as well as wearing proper protective gear during the process.

Before you take the health and monetary risk of improper mold remediation review the EPA guidelines and contact your local Indian River County mold remediation and abatement professionals to have an analysis of the area. This will give you a better idea if your mold problem is a do it yourself project or not.

As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, SERVPRO of Vero Beach has highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration and cleaning needs. "Like it never happened"  for more information contact us at (772)770-0501.

Water Damage Businesses Can Count On SERVPRO

8/23/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Businesses Can Count On SERVPRO Water Damage to Commercial Building

There is a very famous quote from Ben Franklin that states "Time is Money." That is very true when your Vero Beach Commercial building experience a water loss that would require you to close your doors. For every hour your business is closed that is money that you're not making. Getting your doors back open is quickly and critical to your bottom line. That's why choose a company you can trust with your Vero Beach business! SERVPRO has over 50 years experience in water restoration and mitigation. We can not only restore your business quickly and effectively we can help you get your doors back open faster and get your business back to preloss condition which can save you time and money.

If you've never experienced water damage in your businesses knowing what will happen will help understand what will take place. When disaster strikes our highly trained professionals will arrive and assess your damage. From a broken pipe to flood damage our skilled team will walk your property, scope the loss and develop a customized plan of action for your business.  Once an action plan has been developed our skilled technicians will begin the drying the process.  Once the loss happens water will begin seeping into your floors, walls and ceilings.  Drying your property quickly will prevent secondary damage which means getting your business doors open quickly. The science of structure drying is much more complicated than dropping a couple of fans in the room.  SERVPRO uses state of the art equipment such as dehumidifiers, air movers, portable and truck mounted water extractors, vacuums, and more. The quicker the water is extracted the less likely mold can begin to grow.

While the structure is drying SERVPRO will begin the contents restoration process and other services such as:

  • document drying
  • mold remediation
  • deodorization
  • sanitation
  • odor removal
  • smoke removal
  • vent cleaning
  • air duct cleaning

If you experience commercial water damage in your Vero Beach Business contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Vero Beach. We are an IICRC-certified restoration firm and can handle any size loss. We can get your business doors back open and make it "Like it never even happened." Foe more info call (772) 770-0501.

Water Intrusion At The Vero Beach Airport Tower

8/2/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Intrusion At The Vero Beach Airport Tower SERVPRO of Vero Beach hard at work at the Vero Beach Airport Tower

This Vero Beach Airport tower suffered some water damage and what could have been a disaster was dealt with swiftly thanks to SERVPRO's quick response.

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals respond immediately and use advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

After a water emergency strikes in a commercial building, you have your concerns along with the added stress and responsibility to get everything up and running again. SERVPRO offers the resources locally and on a national level to rehabilitate even a complex commercial water damage scenario. We exceed your needs both to repair your property and also to restore the trust the companies and individuals have invested in your professional commercial management.


Although burst pipes or a roof leak may start in a confined area of your office building, apartment complex or warehouse space, the resultant flood and seepage of water can spread far from the original breach. Even if the water overflow can be traced to reasons beyond your control, you as manager are charged with the task of protecting your building and fixtures and ensuring that all everything operates and business carries on as usual. 


SERVPRO understands how important it is to limit the downtime of your business operations. We make every effort to clean and dry the structure quickly, staging the restoration process with an eye to reestablishing business operations even before the entire remediation is accomplished. Preventing secondary damage from contaminated water is a major goal, made more attainable if we are involved as soon as possible in the process.  

If your commercial property has suffered water damage, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach immediately. We can be reached at (772) 770-0501 - 24 hours a day every single day of the year, our technicians eager to get you back up and running again.