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Spotting Water Damage on Your Vero Beach, FL Ceiling

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

Paint on ceiling and wall damaged from water The discoloration on the ceiling and rippling effect on the wall are clear signs of water damage.

A water damaged to your ceiling comes in many forms. What’s important to know is you MUST locate and repair the issue causing the water damage before you can repair the ceiling. If the source of the water damage is not identified, the issue will keep reoccurring. A delayed response to repairing water damage in your ceiling or other parts of your home could result in more problems. For example, water damage that is left unattended for long periods of time becomes “standing water”. This standing water creates humidity which can weaken the structures of the home and also result in an overrun of mold growth. This is exactly why water damage should never be ignored. Some signs of water damage to your ceiling include:

Water stains- One of the most obvious of indicators for a water damaged ceiling. Normally these stains look “rusty” or a “brownish” color.

Swelling or Bubbling- When the ceiling looks like it is bulging out, it means there is an accumulation of moisture into drywall. This can be dangerous at times because if the water continually collects, the ceiling can collapse.

Sweating- Discoloration that usually looks a little darker than the paint and presents itself during the beginning of a water leak. If left unattended, the excess moisture or humidity can creep into the ceiling and walls turning into water stains, bubbling, etc.

Mold Growth- Mold is very dangerous for people and needs to be handled as urgently as possible by an experienced mold remediation specialist. 

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Remediation and Restoration Services for Vero Beach Properties

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Vero Beach is the top tier company for remediation and restoration services in Indian River County. Our team utilizes innovative solutions to mitigate the primary emergencies that impact our region-fire, mold, water, and storm losses.

  • Fire- Even small combustion scenarios can get out of hand, spreading soot and smoke throughout the property. We have a fast response to these emergencies that showcases both our cutting-edge equipment and our expertise and training. Our IICRC certified technicians work to establish containment protocols as soon as we arrive on site. SERVPRO of Vero Beach has a full inventory of recovery, mitigation, and restoration tools that help with cleaning, deodorization, purification. 
  • Mold- SERVPRO of Vero Beach utilizes a “restoring before replacing” mentality that also extends into the remediation work we provide. This commitment ensures that we do whatever we can to protect original materials and structural elements before allowing them to get demolished and later replaced. As an IICRC certified-firm, we have the personnel to address not only the mold damage, but also any water restoration, premium cleaning, or further abatement that might be necessary as well. 
  • Water- Water losses are one of our most common callouts. We do not want to provide our customers with restoration technicians. We want to give them knowledgeable and friendly recovery experts. Much of the experience and confidence that our field technicians have comes from our water loss training. This showcases multiple ways Indian River properties can suffer water loss, along with the best practices and most effective recovery tools for every type of emergency. 
  • Storm- There is no mistaking the vulnerability to storm damage that Indian River County properties have. Florida is one the most disaster-prone states with threats like hurricanes and tropical storms. These storms can destroy homes in a brief period of exposure. In this scenario, responding quickly is not about preventing the disaster, but instead protecting your investments as best as possible and preserving your memories by removing irreplaceable possessions and keepsakes amid the crisis. SERVPRO of Vero Beach has provided disaster relief many major hurricanes, making us an ideal choice for any disasters that may come next.

You can depend on the fast response and expertise of SERVPRO of Vero Beach to help you through every emergency.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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Do’s and Don’ts for Fire and Smoke Damage in Your Vero Beach, FL Home

1/18/2021 (Permalink)

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While fire damage restoration is better left in the hands of professionals, there are some things you can do on your own. On the flip side there are other things you should absolutely avoid.

  • DO contact a certified restoration specialist: Immediately contact a certified fire and smoke restoration professional.
  • DO turn off utilities: Turn off your water, electric, gas, and miscellaneous utilities.
  • DO contact your insurance company: If you intend on filing an insurance claim you may call your insurance company to get the process started.
  • DO check your appliances: Empty your freezer and refrigerator. Leave the doors open to prevent mold and mildew.
  • DO take care of pets: Remove pets from your fire-damaged home. Lingering soot and smoke can be harmful to them.
  • DON’T use your AC, heater or electronics: Wait until a professional arrives on the scene. Turning on electronics can create greater damage.
  • DON’T clean walls or clothing: A professional should examine them first and provide advice.
  • DON’T eat leftover food: It is most likely not safe to consume due to contamination from smoke, soot, or contaminants introduced to the environment when the fire was being extinguished.
  • DON’T wipe away powder from extinguishers: Forgo trying to clean up any staining from the powder discharged by a fire extinguisher.

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What Happens to Your Belongings After A Storm Loss?

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

Two men standing in front of a box truck. Greg and Michael are ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storms don’t always affect just the outside structures of your property. Sometimes, storms can make their way into your home and wreak havoc on your belongings. SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms. Our “restore” vs. “replace” standard helps preserve precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. After mitigation begins in your home we assess the damage to your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their preloss condition. Once the salvageable contents have been identified, we begin the process by packing out items to transport to our facilities for restoration services. Some methods we use to clean and restore your contents are:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
  • Electronic Cleanup-Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.
  • Document / Photograph Drying-Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:
    • Air Drying
    • Dehumidification
    • Freezer Drying
    • Vacuum Freeze Drying
    • Vacuum Thermal Drying

SERVPRO of Vero Beach understands that your home is more than a random structure. It is the holding place for memories and keepsakes that transform a house into a home. If you have any questions on how we can help, call us at 772-770-0501.

New Year’s Eve Fire Safety Tips

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

A man holding up a sparkler in each hand. SERVPRO of Vero Beach would like to wish everyone a very happy new year! We hope 2021 brings joy, love, and abundance to you and yours.

Tonight, we will bid farewell to 2020 and celebrate new beginnings for 2021. Traditionally, fireworks are used as part of New Year’s Eve celebrations throughout the world. According to the NFPA, “Ten percent of fireworks fires occur during the period from December 30 through January 3, with the peak on New Year's Day.” This is why it is important to implement safe practices when using fireworks. The Florida Forest Service is providing the following safety tips:

  • Follow all county or city fireworks laws;
  • Light fireworks on a cleared area, free of any vegetation or debris;
  • Remove all debris from roofs or decks where fireworks could land;
  • Keep a water source and a shovel or suppression tool on-hand;
  • Aim fireworks away from people, homes and wooded areas;
  • Never allow children to light or handle fireworks;
  • Never use homemade fireworks;
  • Discard used fireworks in a bucket of water;
  • Store unused fireworks and lighters out of the reach of children;
  • Clean up all debris from fireworks;
  • Immediately call 911 to report any fires.

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Is Your Vero Beach, FL Business Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned?

12/30/2020 (Permalink)

Woman in PPE standing in front of a green SERVPRO van Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

It’s safe to say 2020 has been a trying year for businesses. However, this holiday season has brought some much-needed life back in to in to many local businesses. As we enter into the new year SERVPRO of Vero Beach would like to help you provide your staff and clients with a safe environment. That is why we now offer a new standard of clean called, Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Being a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned business means you have chosen to go beyond the normal scope of cleaning a janitorial service would typically provide, by having a proactive viral cleaning done by SERVPRO of Vero Beach. This cleaning is much more involved and scrutinizing. We use hospital-grade disinfectants that adhere to the guidelines recommended by the CDC. All products are also EPA approved. Once we have completed the deep cleaning and disinfecting process a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned decal will be posted on your door. This will let everyone know your business was sanitized and disinfected to provide the safest environment possible. If you would like more information about the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program call our office at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

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SERVPRO of Vero Beach Offers a Wide Variety of Services

12/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Despite our name, SERVPRO of Vero Beach’s territory encompasses all of Indian River County. We offer an array of services to handle any problems with your property that might arise. Some of the major services we offer are:

  • Water Damage Remediation: A fast response is crucial to prevent further damage, so we pride ourselves on our ability to respond rapidly to water disasters. We use specialized equipment to extract the water and dry out the property.
  • Fire Damage: We know how stressful and traumatizing dealing with the aftermath of a fire is. We can remove soot from surfaces and get rid of the lingering smell of smoke. We also utilize the latest techniques in fire damage restoration to bring life back to salvageable contents.
  • Mold Remediation: Mold is a tricky thing to get rid of, so you should leave treating the microbial growth to the professionals. Our technicians have been specially trained to get rid of mold and keep it from returning.
  • Biohazard Cleanup: Our technicians have the proper protective equipment and training to handle anything from crime scenes to kitchen accidents. Biohazardous materials also need to be disposed of according to EPA and OSHA standards. Stay on the safe side and let us clean the mess for you.
  • Storm Clean-up: Hurricanes, tornadoes, hail, rain, and other large disasters cause millions of dollars in damage per year. SERVPRO of Vero Beach part of a network that is able to expand our resources to rebuild after a large event.

If you have questions about the above services or would like to know what other service we offer, give our office a call at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

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Signs of Water Damage Landlords Should Be Aware Of

12/23/2020 (Permalink)

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In most cases, renters are not responsible for water damage. This means, as a landlord it is important to know what signs of water damage to look for. With the exception of long-term tenants, you likely check the property at least once a year. These checks are typically done upon a renter's move-in date and move-out date, at a minimum. During these opportunities, you should check for the following signs of water damage:

  • Changes in your walls' surface texture can indicate water damage such as bending, sagging, bubbling or rippling of dry wall.
  • Buckling or swelling of laminate and wood flooring.
  • Musty or foul odors can be a sign of mildew and mold.
  • Swelling or splitting cabinets, especially under or near plumbing.

You should never neglect if you or the tenant notices any of the above signs of water damage as it can lead to bigger problems down the road. Instead, give SERVPRO of Vero Beach a call at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

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What To Do After The Storm Has Passed

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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A storm can strike at any time, sometimes leaving behind unexpected damage. It can be very confusing for homeowners to know what to do afterwards. Here are some tips to help guide you during the remediation process:

  • Your safety is always the number one priority. Only enter your property if it is safe to do so. If there are downed power lines, gas leaks, or the structure of your home is unstable DO NOT ENTER. If everything checks out, still wear appropriate shoes to avoid any sort of injuries from broken glass, exposed nails, etc.
  • Assuming you can safely enter the property, take pictures and create a list of what has been damaged. You might need it for insurance purposes later. Contact your insurance agent and tell them what happened. Remember that most insurance policies limit the time to file a claim.
  • Call us at SERVPRO of Vero Beach to inspect the damage and provide an estimate to get your home to its pre-damaged condition.

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Christmas Tree Fire Prevention

12/17/2020 (Permalink)

Infographic with various Christmas tree fire statistics listed. Here are some statistics when it comes to Christmas tree fires, according to the NFPA.

The Christmas Season is in full swing. During this time each year you can find beautifully adorned trees set up in many homes and businesses. Many opt for artificial trees for ease of use and cost savings, however real trees are a holiday classic. Here are some safety tips to prevent tree fires during the holiday season:

  • Pick a healthy tree, trees with brown needles indicate dryness.
  • Use a sturdy stand with an adequate basin for water to prevent your tree from drying out.
  • Make sure the lights you use on the tree are fire resistant and supported by a national testing organization.
  • Set the tree up a safe distance away from any heat source.
  • Check all wiring and bulbs of the lights you are going to hang for any damage. Do not use if damaged.
  • Check your smoke alarms and replace batteries if necessary.
  • Check the water of your Christmas tree daily for proper levels.

Our team at SERVPRO of Vero Beach wants to ensure that everyone has a safe and joyous holiday season! Please remember, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for you! If you are in need of emergency service call 911 if necessary, then give our office a call at 772-770-0501.

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