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Potential Causes of Electrical Fires in Your Vero Beach, FL Home.

4/15/2021 (Permalink)

Man wiping soot from fire off of the ceiling. Here you can see how soot settled onto the ceiling after an electrical fire.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, electrical fires account for roughly 7% of all residential fires in the country. Research shows that faulty wiring is the leading cause of electrical fires in most homes. When it comes to electrical fires, you cannot afford to be lackadaisical. If your home is more than two decades old, the likelihood of having faulty wiring is high. Rodents, such as rats or squirrels, can find their way into spaces with electrical wires and chew on electrical cords, creating a risk for fire. On the other hand, overloading an older electrical system with modern electrical devices can prove to be too overwhelming, leading to damages on your wiring, appliances, and even breaker box. Holiday seasons are also associated with electrical house fires resulting from overloaded or frayed extension cords. Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO of Vero Beach the experience to help make it “Like it never even happened.” In the event your home falls victim to an  electrical fire, call 911, ensure that everyone is safe, and then contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach. We are available 24/7 to help you, simply call our office at (772) 770-0501.  

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Can You Use a Wet Vac to Extract Water From Your Vero Beach, FL Home?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

Man sucking water off the floor using a wet vac. Wet vacs make are great options to help prevent migration during water emergencies!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach can utilize many extraction tools during the water remediation process. Standing water is one of the biggest threats after water disasters impact your property. This is why a fast response by a professional remediation company such as SERVPRO of Vero Beach, makes all the difference. Wet vacuums are a great option in smaller water losses to extract the bulk of standing water. They are versatile, lightweight and most people already have them in their garage. When water depths do not exceed two inches, wet vacuums remain the top choice to remove surface water before using more specialized extraction tools to remove deeper settled water. Other extraction tools SERVPRO of Vero Beach uses include:  

  • Electric Submersible Pumps
  • Trash Pumps
  • High-Pressure Pumps
  • Truck-Mount Extractors

You can count on SERVPRO of Vero Beach for a fast response to all your water restoration needs. We have the tools and knowledge that allow us to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (772) 770-0501, we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Keeping Your Vero Beach, FL Business Running After Water, Fire, or Mold Damage.

4/7/2021 (Permalink)

Green Servpro box truck parked in front of an airport control tower. Our technicians are specially trained in order to provide the highest, most efficient quality of restoration in Indian River County.

According to FEMA, almost forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster. This in part is why a quick response by a highly experienced team of professionals is critical to ensuring you get back to business. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to restore your commercial property. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained technicians to handle any commercial water, fire, or mold damage. Visit any of the following links to learn more about our commercial restoration and cleaning services:

SERVPRO of Vero Beach will gladly send an estimator out to meet with you and provide an estimate. Just give our office a call at 772-770-0501, to schedule your appointment. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Steps to Take After a Commercial Fire Damage

4/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fire fighters trying to extinguish a commercial fire. We are available 24/7, 365 for all your fire restoration needs!

If you have experienced a fire damage to your Vero Beach, FL business, you might be wondering what you’re supposed to do next. Below is a simplified guide for what to do when your business has been damaged by fire:

  • Call for Professional Cleanup & Restoration Services ASAP: When dealing with the aftermath, things can become very overwhelming. Knowing what steps to take can be elusive. This is why our team of professionals at SERVPRO of Vero Beach take extra care to keep you informed along every step of the process. In most instances SERVPRO of Vero Beach is able to help manage your insurance process and paperwork, if you are liable for repairs.
  • Figure out who is responsible: Some factors that come into play regarding this include whether you own or lease the building, who or what caused the fire, and how much insurance coverage you have. (Note: some insurance policies only cover the contents of your building, not all the materials actually used to construct your business.) Often, you will need to wait until investigations have been completed by the local fire or police departments and/or your insurance provider. 
  • Salvage and safeguard all you can: If the fire has destroyed the windows, doors, walls, or roof you will need to act quickly to salvage and safeguard your property. Large openings in your structure should be boarded to prevent further damage and reduce the risk of vandalism.
  • Contact your business stakeholders: The next step will be contacting everyone who may be affected by the fire damage. This will include employees, business partners, investors and, in some cases, your customers.
  • Get your documents are in order: The insurance company will require documentation of your losses. Be sure to gather up your statements and receipts for as many items as possible. SERVPRO of Vero Beach uses the latest technology to document the extent of damage for insurance purposes.

Our team at SERVPRO of Vero Beach is specially trained to mitigate fire damage and oversee the entire restoration process, getting you back to business as quickly as we can!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

A New Standard of Clean in Indian River County

3/25/2021 (Permalink)

Man in full PPE holding up the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield. When you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can walk in with confidence. Because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was

SERVPRO of Vero Beach has developed a strong reputation for quality remediation and restoration of commercial properties in Indian River County. We also provide a wide variety of non-emergency services, including cleaning and disinfecting. When our team at SERVPRO of Vero Beach cleans your commercial property, we adhere to an innovative standard of cleaning referred to as: “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.” We are happy to provide maintenance cleaning services for commercial clients, which include restaurants, automobile dealerships, healthcare providers and more. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned has helped tens of thousands of businesses nationwide keep their doors open safely in the face of this pandemic. We also have extensive experience in cleaning biohazardous environments, vandalism, graffiti, and crime/trauma scenes. Call us at 772-770-0501, to schedule an appointment. Our team of experts will develop a unique cleaning plan to meet the needs of your business. Cleanings can be scheduled as frequently as necessary.

We are always available for emergencies, 24/7.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Water Damage Timeline for Your Vero Beach, FL Property

3/24/2021 (Permalink)

Buckled wood flooring with level to indicate uneveness. These wood floors began to swell and buckle from water damage.

When your Vero Beach, FL residential or commercial property is exposed to water without any intervention, damage will follow. That's the reason SERVPRO of Vero Beach always advises you to react swiftly when faced with such an emergency. Below is an overview of the water damage timeline and how to minimize damage created by the moisture.

Within Minutes: It takes water just a few minutes to start damaging your property and its contents. Water begins to saturate every surface it comes in contact with, including walls and carpets. It may also reach books, papers, photo albums, and other critical documents.

Within Hours: In the first 0-24 hours following may occur if water is left untreated: an odor will begin to develop, drywall may begin to swell and disintegrate, metal surfaces will begin to tarnish, flooring may swell/buckle, and dyes/stains in furniture may begin to stain or bleed.

Within 48 Hours to One Week: Mold will begin to develop due to the increase in moisture levels. The property may pose health effects to persons with respiratory conditions or weak immunity. Asthmatic individuals may also experience health effects due to the high rate of allergens and mold growth.

Beyond a Week: If control measures are not taken, water damage will migrate through the property, leading to contamination and more damage. As a result, property owners are likely to incur a higher restoration cost because of the extent of damage. The integrity of the property is likely compromised, rendering it unfit for occupancy.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

5 Reasons to Choose SERVPRO of Vero Beach

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Man and woman sitting at a table in front of a restaurant Jimi and Ursula invite you to get to know us better by exploring our website.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in water, fire, and mold remediation and restoration for both commercial and residential properties. These are the top 5 reasons SERVPRO of Vero Beach is the leading choice for water and fire damage restoration in Indian River County:

#1: 24-Hour Emergency Service-Disaster can strike at any time. Every hour a structure is left exposed after a loss the more severe the damage can become. That’s why SERVPRO of Vero Beach is available 24/7, including holidays. We respond to calls quickly to minimize damage and, in turn, the costs of cleanup and restoration. 

#2: Certification and Experience-The technicians at SERVPRO of Vero Beach are all IICRC certified. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets high-quality standards for restoration companies. Our team is  constantly learning new techniques through e-Classes and certification training. 

#3: Advanced Technology-The remediation and restoration of water, fire and mold are complex processes requiring advanced technology. SERVPRO of Vero Beach only uses the best technology and equipment, including water removal machines, moisture reading tools, and deodorization materials. We have access to equipment housed in over 1,700 franchises and even have designated disaster recovery teams.

#4: Locally Owned and Operated-For locally owned companies, clients aren’t “just” clients—they’re neighbors, friends, and family. SERVPRO is a nationwide franchise, with each franchise being locally owned. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is a veteran owned company. Head over to the “Our Employees” section on our page to get more information on owners, Jimi and Ursula Tunstall.

5: Familiar with Insurance Requirements-Water, fire and mold damage remediation and restoration can be stressful. However, dealing with insurance providers afterward can be worse. SERVPRO of Vero Beach doesn’t just help Indian River County home and business owners mitigate and restore their spaces. We also help with handling the insurance claims process with well-documented damage reports and billing forms. 

For all your water, fire and mold restoration needs call us at, 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Most Common Causes of Toilet Leaks in Vero Beach, FL

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom with toilet removed and drywall removed after toilet leak. This is a recent call we responded to for a home that had a toilet leak water all the way into the living room from a rusted water line.

Toilets can develop both internal and external leaks. Both types of leaks create a waste of water and risk for water damage to the surrounding property. Below are some of the most common causes of a toilet leak in your Vero Beach homes:

  • Crack on the tank or bowl- Although toilets are notorious for lasting decades, sometimes cracks can develop over time. Usually, they start as a hairline crack that develop into something more prominent.
  • Rusty pipes and lines- The pipes and lines that connect to your toilet can develop rust for various reasons. This eventually compromises the integrity of the pipe, allowing water to leak around your toilet.
  • Loose or worn seal at the base- If you notice water is pooling around the base of your toilet, there’s a good chance the leak is caused by loose or worn parts that connect your toilet to the floor.
  • Loose or worn out tank-to-bowl connections- In two-piece toilets, the tank and bowl are connected with use of gaskets, nuts, and bolts. If any of these parts are loose, a leak can develop from that area of the toilet.
  • Misadjusted flush valve assembly- If your toilet runs constantly or makes a dripping noise, the problem could be with its flush valve assembly. Often times this will cause water to enter the overflow valve and continuously fill up in your tank.
  • Worn Out Flapper-The flapper blocks water in the tank from entering the bowl, and if that part is worn out it will cause water to continuously leak into your bowl.

If you have experienced a leak from your toilet immediately shut off the water line and call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at, 772-770-0501. We will help make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What to Know About Water Extraction After a Flood Damages Your Vero Beach, FL Home

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment stacked up in a warehouse In this image you can see some of the drying equipment we use for water losses.

In Florida rainy conditions can cause water to flood outside, eventually finding its way into your Vero Beach home. It is important to know: the longer your contents and building materials stay wet, the more catastrophic issues can become. For example, depending on the ambient conditions, mold begins growing within the first 72 hours after a water loss. This is why the first step we take in the remediation process, upon arriving to a water damaged home is extraction. It is vital to remove as much excess water as possible. Some of the tools we use for extraction include:

  • Portable Extractors: We can use portable extraction units to get into tight places where moisture is hiding.
  • Heavy-Duty Truck-Mounted Extractors: We can utilize our truck-mounted machines to give us more power when extracting water from your house.
  • Handheld Extraction Tools: When we are removing liquid from smaller items such as your couch or a recliner chair, we can use handheld tools to extract tight spots and uneven surfaces.
  • Weighted Extraction Tools: When removing moisture from thick carpets, we can utilize extraction tools that use the weight of the operator to compress the carpeting.
  • Sump Pumps: If there are more than two inches of standing water in any part of your house, we can hook up a submersible pump that pulls water out of your building and into a sewage drain.

Some of the ways we can remove moisture from structural components, such as drywall or subfloors, include:

  • Air Movers: We can set up air movers so that they push air in a circular motion to speed up the natural evaporation process.
  • Circular Fans: We can set up box fans that can push a large amount of air in a short period.
  • Dehumidifiers: We can set up dehumidifiers that pullmoisture from the air and dispense warm, dry air to be used in the circulation created by the air movers.

If you notice water in your due to flooding after a storm, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

In Florida rainy conditions can cause water to flood outside, eventually finding its way into your Vero Beach home. It is important to know: the longer your contents and building materials stay wet, the more catastrophic issues can become. For example, depending on the ambient conditions, mold begins growing within the first 72 hours after a water loss. This is why the first step we take in the remediation process, upon arriving to a water damaged home is extraction. It is vital to remove as much excess water as possible. Some of the tools we use for extraction include:

  • Portable Extractors: We can use portable extraction units to get into tight places where moisture is hiding.
  • Heavy-Duty Truck-Mounted Extractors: We can utilize our truck-mounted machines to give us more power when extracting water from your house.
  • Handheld Extraction Tools: When we are removing liquid from smaller items such as your couch or a recliner chair, we can use handheld tools to extract tight spots and uneven surfaces.
  • Weighted Extraction Tools: When removing moisture from thick carpets, we can utilize extraction tools that use the weight of the operator to compress the carpeting.
  • Sump Pumps: If there are more than two inches of standing water in any part of your house, we can hook up a submersible pump that pulls water out of your building and into a sewage drain.

Some of the ways we can remove moisture from structural components, such as drywall or subfloors, include:

  • Air Movers: We can set up air movers so that they push air in a circular motion to speed up the natural evaporation process.
  • Circular Fans: We can set up box fans that can push a large amount of air in a short period.
  • Dehumidifiers: We can set up dehumidifiers that pullmoisture from the air and dispense warm, dry air to be used in the circulation created by the air movers.

If you notice water in your due to flooding after a storm, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

Are Smoke Odors Lingering in Your Treasure Coast Home?

3/10/2021 (Permalink)

Soot settled in to the nooks of an intricately designed stair rail. This image perfectly captures how intrusive soot can be. This is why it is important to pay close attention to the details when remediating a home

Remediating smoke damage after a house fire is a bit more challenging than most think. Smoke leaves behind a pungent odor that seeps into all of the different surfaces throughout the house. It is very tough to completely remove. It can lead to a plethora of health effects. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is very experienced with fire and smoke remediation. We would like to share a few of our methods when tackling smoke odors from very small fires. Before starting the cleaning process, you can stop the soot from spreading by shutting off the A/C. We also recommend setting up an air purifier and let it run throughout the entire process to protect you from inhaling anything you’re not supposed to. They go through the house gently vacuuming and dusting loose soot that may have settled on the surfaces. White vinegar can be very effective and safe to help deodorize surface with residual smoke odors. Lastly, it is very important to have the HVAC system thoroughly cleaned by a professional. If you notice there is still a lingering smoke odor or have had a larger fire that requires more attention, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501. We can make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501