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Storm Damage Mitigation vs. Storm Damage Restoration

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Technician using ride on water extractor in home Our technician is using a ride on water extractor to remove water from this storm damaged home.

Flood Damage Mitigation

Mitigation is the critical first step in any cleanup effort. This process is focused on stopping the damage preventing any further loss. It involves things like:

-removing debris like tree limbs or broken glass
-covering openings in a roof, window, or wall to prevent more water from entering
-removing building contents that may be salvageable
-extracting all water from the property
-sealing off unharmed parts of the property to ensure the water doesn’t spread
-removing affected porous materials, such as drywall and flooring
-ensuring that the entire structure is dried out completely
-disinfecting the property to prevent the spread of mold and bacteria

Mitigation is usually a fairly speedy process. The more quickly mitigation is completed, the less overall damage will need to be restored. This is why mitigation is always the first goal of any flood cleanup company.

Flood Damage Restoration
Restoration cannot begin until mitigation is complete. The goal of restoration is to restore your property to its pre-flood condition. This includes things like inspecting the property, assessing the damage and removing any existing mold; repairing or replacing warped wood or flooring; cleaning and restoring the building’s contents, to the extent possible; and replacing or restoring damaged drywall and insulation. While mitigation is a relatively quick process, restoration can take a considerable amount of time, depending on the extent and nature of the damage.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Minimizing the Risk of Fire Damage From Space Heaters

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

Owner of SERVPRO of Vero Beach bundled in winter jacket sitting at her desk. We hope you and your family stay safe and warm during this next cold front!

Space heaters are common causes for fires and need for smoke cleanup, reducing fire risks doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, with a few simple steps, you should be able to avoid a burned space heater in most circumstances:

Turn it Off

A space heater can be your best friend on a cold day if your furnace isn’t working well or if you don’t have one. You may be thinking leaving it on all day will help warm up your home faster and more effectively. However, this will only increase the likelihood of it having problems or starting fires. When you leave your home, or if you don’t plan on being in a certain part of your house for a while, turn it off.

Clean the Filter

Don’t put off this important step. Keep extra filters handy and replace them as they become dirty. When in doubt, consult your owner’s manual. It’s better to change it out unnecessarily than to leave it in too long.

Situate it properly

Don’t put your space heater in a cramped space or near blankets. Also, don’t plug in multiple space heaters in a single outlet. 

If your space heater does cause a fire, get in touch with a professional smoke cleanup crew right away. However, if you follow these guidelines, you shouldn’t have to worry about fire or smoke concerns from a burned space heater.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Categories of Water Damage

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Two men getting ready to pump out water from a flooded building Our crew can be seen here getting ready to pump out Category 3 water from a flooded building.

Restoration professionals classify water damage into three categories. The category corresponds to the degree of contamination. Category One water damage has the least contamination and requires the simplest cleanup process, even though damage from a pipe break can be extensive. Areas exposed to contaminated water must be disinfected.

Category One

Category One water is not contaminated. This water originates from a supply line and has several distinctive qualities:

  • Clean
  • Treated
  • May burst or spray

This category of water damage may involve large amounts of clean water. It is important to shut off the water supply and contact a plumber as soon as possible. Gather water and take immediate action to remove all standing water, as Category One water can degrade into contaminated water in as little as 48 hours.

Category Two

Category Two water is sometimes referred to as gray water. This category includes water from appliances, baths, or showers. This water may contain chemicals or microbes, but does not contain solid waste. It is still necessary to disinfect areas exposed to Category Two water.

Category Three

Category Three water is also known as black water. This water is highly contaminated and either contains solid waste or originates from outdoor flooding. There are a few common causes of incidents involving this category of water:

  • Sewer backups
  • Flooded toilets
  • Heavy rain
  • Rising bodies of water

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Got Mold in Your Vero Beach, FL Commercial Property?

1/18/2022 (Permalink)

Mold and mushroom colony on ceiling Here you can see where mushrooms began to grow out of a mold colony on a ceiling.

Mold has a distinctive odor. You may notice a mold smell or mildew smell before you see any visible growth. These smells are caused by the volatile organic compounds released during fungus growth. Here are three steps that owners of commercial properties should take immediately after smelling mold. 

1. Identify Potential Sources of Moisture

Mold cannot grow without moisture. If you notice a moldy odor, consider potential moisture sources. This may lead you straight to the location of mold growth. Mold may begin to grow after water damage resulting from a leak or flood. Fungus thrives in undisturbed areas prone to developing condensation or that have high humidity levels. A mold testing expert can use a thermal camera to identify the origin of moisture that is causing mold.

2. Look for Visible Mold

By the time you pick up on a mold smell, you may be able to see colonies. Do not disturb fungus growth, as this may spread spores and lead to certain health effects. Rely on the expertise of an industrial hygienist and mold mitigation professionals to find hidden mold. These specialists can perform controlled and precise testing to check for mold behind walls or in other hidden locations.

3. Hire Mold Testing and Mitigation Experts

If you notice a fungus smell, but see no signs of mold, contact a service that provides mold testing and mitigation. Experts can determine the causes and types of mold in a commercial structure, eliminate the growth, and lower moisture levels to prevent the problem from recurring.

Check for moisture and visible mold as soon as you notice a mold smell in your Vero Beach, FL commercial property. If you do not find any signs of mold, contact a mold testing and mitigation service to look for hidden growth or moisture sources and ensure that the issue is resolved.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

How a Quick Response Can Save Indian River County Homeowners Money

1/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vero Beach techs lined up for a group photo Our technicians are highly trained and available 24/7 to help make it "Like it never even happened."

There are many ways that choosing professional water restoration can be more cost-effective for recovering damaged homes and businesses than do-it-yourself approaches. Often, the difference comes down to the complete and thorough services provided.

One of the first ways water restoration companies in Vero Beach differ from do-it-yourself options is the fast response to the emergency. We embody the statement that “We're Faster to Any Size Disaster” and can show that with our quick response to your damaged home after burst pipes or ceiling leaks.

Our professionals' first steps when we reach your damaged home can be critical to reducing restoration costs and time. A range of equipment and years of experience improve the efficiency of actions like:

  • Water Removal – Mitigation often hinges on the efficiency and efficacy of water removal services. Extraction of surface water uses several powerful tools in our recovery inventory. 
  • Controlled Demolition – Our professionals can provide multiple repair and reconstruction services for damaged homes after water emergencies with a general contractor license. 
  • Debris/Muck-Out Cleaning – Water and flood damage can leave debris and harmful solids throughout the property that must get quickly gathered and discarded.

Relocating or cleaning contents is another way professional restoration is beneficial. Our technicians provide care and consideration for your valued possessions while we restore these items and the rest of the property.

Our restoration technicians' fast response and experience can often save customers money when cleaning or drying their property after a damaging incident. Our SERVPRO of Vero Beach team is ready to help 24/7 at 7782-770-0501.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What to Do if Your Sprinkler System Accidentally Discharges

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

Automatic fire sprinkler system during discharge This is a good visual for how much water can be released in a small area from an automatic fire sprinkler system.

Automatic fire sprinkler systems are considered one of the most effective tools for protecting property and lives from a fire. While this type of sprinkler system brings a lot of reassurance it is important to understand that fire sprinkler heads respond individually to a number of things including: heat, corrosion, mechanical damage, and sabotage/vandalism.  Accidental discharges can become somewhat of a burden. In the case of an accidental discharge follow these tips below:

  1. Shut Off Water Immediately

Shut off the water supply to the fire sprinkler system as soon as you can.  The faster you can turn the water off the less potential for major water damage you have.  Be aware that it will take a couple moments to stop, the water has to clear the lines first.

  1. Mitigate Future Damage

You will want to clear as much as possible from the affected area so mitigate further damage.  Move furniture, valuables, and equipment to a safe dry area to limit exposure and further damage.

  1. Call Your Insurance Company

You will want to call your insurance agent as soon as you can to find out what steps to take next and the claims process.  Also, so they can send someone to assess the situation and damage.  Their assessment will determine who is responsible for the damage.

  1. Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach

Call a restoration company that specializes in water damage like SERVPRO of Vero Beach to help mitigate and restore the area. SERVPRO is a much better choice than DIY because we are trained in disaster cleanup and ready to help when you need us.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Tips for Prepping Financially for an Emergency Disaster

1/6/2022 (Permalink)

Man sitting at desk drafting estimates to send to insurance for homeowner claims Jimi can be seen here working diligently on estimates to send to insurance adjusters for our clients.

The focus of this blog is on getting financially prepared for an emergency disaster. Ready.Gov highlights some ways that homeowners can get prepared at either no cost or a low cost. In addition to the resources listed on Ready.Gov, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a plethora of resources that can be shipped directly to your home.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is able to work directly with your insurance company to ease the stress during emergency disasters. It’s important that homeowners make sure they are adequately covered for emergencies. For example, if your home is in a flood zone, flood insurance should be a priority. The Red Cross has an interactive map that shows common disasters across the United States by region and what you should be prepared for.

To get started, here are a few tips you should consider in order to get financially prepared for an emergency disaster:

  1. Gather financial, medical, personal, and household information and keep them in an accessible safe space.
  1. Keep small amounts of cash in your home for items such as food, gas, or other supplies in the event that you cannot get to an ATM. In addition, consider opening a savings account and saving up money for potential disasters.
  1. Keep on top of your homeowners or renters, health, and life insurance. Consider purchasing flood insurance from the national flood insurance program as well as reviewing your policy to make sure you’re adequately covered.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What Does It Mean When We Say Our Team Is "Highly Trained"?

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

Throughout our page you will often see us refer to our team as “highly qualified” or “highly trained”. That is because we take every effort to ensure our staff is thoroughly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility to regular IICRC industry certifications, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our training program includes the following:

IICRC Training: The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training: The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration

Initial Franchise Training: A 15-day hands-on course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Facility is the foundation of the SERVPRO training program. This course is primarily for new Franchise owners and covers many restoration topics:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Mitigation

e-Learnings: All of our staff have access to web-based training. This voluntary program is designed to be an ongoing, self-paced coaching series for a Franchise's employees. Video presentations and support materials are followed by a knowledge test at the end of each module. This keeps our technicians and office staff up to speed on industry standards and the professional quality you expect.

Continuing Education Classes: SERVPRO 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. Courses include:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar (non-credit course)

What Does a Water Loss Mean for Your Hardwood Floors?

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO technicians tearing out water damaged wood flooring Our technicians are removing this wood flooring due to irreparable water damage.

An unfortunate fact of hardwood flooring is that, once water damaged, it will quickly swell and buckle-leaving the floor lifted and uneven. Several factors determine whether water-damaged hardwood floors may be salvageable in a way that makes financial sense. Two of the most influential factors impacting its ability to recover are the severity and duration of water exposure.

For the best chance of restoring a hardwood floor after water damage, here are some contributing factors:

  • The rapid removal of pooling water before it is absorbed is critical. This can be done by water damage professionals with wet/dry vacuums and powerful water extractors.
  • Wood floors affected by water should be thoroughly scrubbed and sanitized before air-drying to mitigate the potential for mold contamination.
  • Industrial dehumidifiers must be kept running 24 hours a day to reduce moisture content. High-volume air movers are also utilized to continuously circulate air and expedite drying.
  • Moisture content reading of the wood must be taken at regular intervals to determine when the optimum moisture percentage is achieved.

We understand that flooding often comes quickly and unexpectedly, thereby causing extensive damage. That is why we are equipped and capable of offering mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction services for hardwood flooring with minimal to extensive damage.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Make SERVPRO of Vero Beach Part of Your Hurricane Readiness Plan

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

Warehouse with flooding from storm damage SERVPRO of Vero Beach is equipped and ready to handle commercial storm damages of any size!

What does hurricane season mean to your commercial business? For Florida, hurricane season can be unpredictable, with damage ranging from high winds to flash flooding. This is why having a hurricane-readiness plan in place is a must.

Make SERVPRO of Vero Beach part of your hurricane-ready plan. Our phones are staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to take your call. Our team of highly trained technicians can evaluate and begin the remediation process immediately to start mitigating your business’s storm damage. The faster water damage and flooding are attended to, the less structural damage is caused and the faster you can get your business back up and running.

At SERVPRO of Vero Beach, we understand the importance of business being able to continue without dramatic hitches to efficiency or productivity. Unfortunately, hurricane damage can derail a business’s best efforts when water and wind affect the very building you rely upon to house your employees and/or produce your product or service.

Should your business be affected by the damaging hurricane storms to come, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at (772) 770-0501 to speak to a highly knowledgeable representative, or visit our website for more information.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501