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Protecting Yourself from Lightning During a Vero Beach Storm

5/22/2020 (Permalink)

Night time image of a lightning storm above a residential area Fun Fact: Lightning is hotter than the surface of the sun and can reach temperatures of up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit.

Did you know Florida is the lightning capital of the US? Interestingly, lightning is the third leading cause of storm-related deaths in the United States. It creates nearly one billion dollars in damage per year. The following guide and tips can help you and your loved ones stay safe and secure should you be caught in a lightning storm.

  • How Should I Protect Myself?

There is no safe place outside during a lightning storm. If thunderstorms are expected, you should stop any outdoor activities quickly and seek shelter indoors or in a hardtop vehicle. If you absolutely cannot get to safety, try to stay away from open fields, hilltops, tall trees or other tall objects. Find the lowest place possible and squat in a baseball catcher’s position your heels touching, ears covered, and head between your knees. Minimize contact with the ground and do NOT lie flat. Avoid water and anything metal, such as golf clubs or bicycles.

  • What if I am Driving?

Stay in the vehicle until the storm subsides. Avoid touching metal or other surfaces that can conduct electricity.

  • What if I am Indoors?

Once the storm begins, do not touch any electrical equipment with cords, including corded phones--it is okay to use cellular or cordless phones during the storm. Stay away from windows and doors and do not go on porches.

  • What if My House is Hit by Lightning?

If you think your home has been struck by lightning call 911 immediately and evacuate if you see fire or smoke. You may want to ask your local fire department to check for hot spots in your walls. If you use gas for heating and cooking, contact your gas company or a licensed contractor to conduct a leak test before re-entering your home. Gas system components have been known to sustain punctures as a result of direct or nearby lightning strikes.

If you have experienced damage to your home from smoke or fire caused by lightning strike, give our office a call at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Preparing Your Indian River County Home and Property for Hurricane Season

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic image of a home with several tips on how to prepare your home as a hurricane approaches. Here’s some extra steps you can take to prepare your home as an active hurricane approaches.

For residents of Indian River County spring is not only a great time to deep clean but, it is also a critical time to prepare for hurricane season. Below are a few tips to help get your home ready:  

  • Prune and Manicure Your Landscaping Prune shrubbery and trim any branches that can easily break during the next storm.
  • Inspect Your Roof                             Inspect your roof for any missing tiles, cracks, or holes. Even minor flaws can be exacerbated during a storm.
  • Organize Storage Areas.                 Organize garage to make storing any outside patio furniture much easier.
  • Check Your Vents and Rain Gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to an overflow of rain. Also check vents for any damage, missing screens, or any other issues.

Preparing for hurricane season before it hits will help in mitigating damage and hopefully keep your home from sustaining damage from heavy storms.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What is Floor Buffing?

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

Man using professional grade floor buffer to buff tile floors in a salon. Our Crew Chief, Greg, is seen here buffing floors at Sur Le Mar. A locally owned Vero Beach Salon & Spa.

Floor buffing is a process that “exfoliates” the top layer of your floor to reveal its original beauty and shine. Most hard floor types can be buffed like vinyl, wood, laminate, tile, and concrete. There are two main types: buffing spray or dry buffing. Spray Buffing uses a liquid to remove the dirt and grime. It uses a chemical solution in combination with the physical action of the buffer pad. Dry buffing uses machines with a higher RPM and relies solely on the mechanical action of the buffer to smooth and remove marks. Ideally, floors with regular to high traffic levels should be buffed monthly. However, the more often you buff the better your floors will appear and the longer they will last. Upon request by a client, SERVPRO of Vero Beach can strip and reapply the floor wax. Floor wax is quite long-lasting and does not need to be removed and reapplied each time the floor is buffed. Dependent on the amount of traffic the floor undergoes, the usual time frame for floor wax stripping is six months to one year. If you are interested in having your floors buffed or have any questions, please, give our office a call at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Combating Mold in Your Vero Beach Shower

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

Mildew growing on white tile of tub and shower. Mold growth in your shower giving you grief? Call our office to find out how we can help!

Mold thrives in moist and confined spaces. While many do not realize it, mold is actually present both indoors and outdoors all of the time. When a mold spore is exposed to water, a colony can quickly grow. Most homeowners can attest, one of the most common places they find mold is the shower. From the shower ceiling to the shower floor, a quick look around your bathroom area is likely to reveal some mildew issues. Things like pipe leaks and poor ventilation can cause bathroom mold to grow. Prevention is, of course, the most efficient method. Some things you can do to prevent or slow the growth of mold in your shower are:

  • Turn your bathroom fan on during and for a few minutes after you shower to help ventilate moisture buildup.
  • Replace your shower curtain frequently.
  • Wash your rugs in the bathroom often.
  • Clean your shower often.

Unfortunately, there are many times when mold has been left too long. If the mold in your bathroom seems outside of the scope of the above suggestions, you will likely need professional help. At SERVPRO of Vero Beach, our highly-trained mold remediation specialists are here to restore your bathroom quickly, efficiently, and with the utmost professionalism. Don’t let mold ruin your beautiful bathroom, contact us today to learn more!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

How a Clean Home Can Help You Sell Faster!

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

White two story home in the background with a for sale sing marked “sold” in the foreground. Survey suggests that every 7 out of 10 people say that they have no time available to clean their properties. Let us help alleviate some stress!

One thing a seller should keep in mind when selling is to give their property a thorough cleaning. Along other advice, seasoned realtors will encourage their clients to keep their home in immaculate condition to increase market value and reduce “list to sale” conversion times. 

Realtors commonly hear the response, “But I’m very tidy, clean my home all the time.”. While that may be true, a professional deep cleaning can go way further than most people would imagine. F

For example, a prospective buyer loves the look of a home, but is allergic to pet dander and dust in the air ducts making it necessary to do a deep cleaning.  Fortunately, SERVPRO of Vero Beach offers comprehensive cleaning solutions to make your sale quick and clean. Give our office a buzz at 772-770-0501 to discuss how we can help get your home sold faster!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Mold vs. Mildew

5/16/2020 (Permalink)

Table with graphics to distinguish the difference between mold and mildew. Here’s a quick reference guide to distinguish the difference between mold and mildew.

It’s easy for people to mix up mold with mildew, considering both are fungi known for thriving in warm moist areas. There are some distinct differences between the two. Mildew is typically white, gray, black, brown or yellow. Its texture tends to be fluffy or powdery. Mold, on the other hand, tends to be white, black, yellow, green, or pink. Its texture can be fuzzy or slimy. Property owners must understand the dangers of mildew and mold. Since mold and mildew can spread their spores when being contacted, property owners must consider hiring professional mold restoration contractors to handle the remediation process. Once mold and mildew are found, you can contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501 to schedule an appointment for safe, healthy remediation.

 SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Found Mold In Your Vero Beach Property?

5/14/2020 (Permalink)

Man with his hand on his head looking in disbelief at mold he found in his kitchen. Finding mold in your property can seem overwhelming. Don’t fret, we are here to help walk you through the mitigation process from beginning to end.

If you have a mold problem in your home or business, consider the following facts:

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

If you suspect that your home or business has a mold problem, SERVPRO of Vero Beach has the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

 SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

SERVPRO of Vero Beach Can Help with Your Hoarding Clean-up!

5/12/2020 (Permalink)

Graphic of disheveled home overflowing with inanimate objects. Cleaning a hoard can be a daunting task. Our team is always equipped and ready to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Hoarding can lead to homes being filled with extreme clutter from years of accumulation. This usually leads to dangerous and unsanitary living conditions-bugs, fleas, rats and other vermin may be present. At times, hoarding may spread to the yard, garage, even storage facilities. SERVPRO of Vero Beach mitigates hoarding situations in a couple of different ways. The first is when we have been called out for a fire or water loss, often discovering the hoard upon arrival. In this case, we will communicate with the home owner and insurance company regarding their options. Upon approval, salvageable contents can be packed, cleaned, and stored in our temporary storage warehouse so work on the fire or water loss can begin. Another way SERVPRO of Vero Beach encounters hoarding jobs is through calls from landlords, real estate agents, case workers, or family members. In these situations, the crew will confer with hoarder and requesting party to devise and execute an efficient hoard mitigation. Hoarding clean-ups are often sensitive situations, but SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” If you have any questions regarding hoarding cleanups do not hesitate to call our office at 772-770-0501.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What is Ozone Deodorization?

5/10/2020 (Permalink)

Diagram of ozone molecule destroying odor and bacteria molecules through oxidation. The above diagram shows the process of oxidation via Ozone.

Ozone is an inorganic molecule with chemical formula O3. It occurs naturally in the earth’s atmosphere and can be created by Ozone Generators. Ozone generators produce ozone by breaking apart oxygen (O2) molecules into single atoms, which then attach to other oxygen molecules in the air to form ozone (O3). They accomplish this in one of two ways

Silent corona discharge: These machines use electric discharge to produce ozone by splitting the normal oxygen molecules in the air into single atoms. These atoms then attach to other O2 molecules in the air to form ozone (O3).

Ultraviolet radiation: This process of ozone generation is similar to how the sun’s ultraviolet radiation splits O2 to form individual oxygen atoms. According to InterNACHI, this process is considered to be less efficient than corona discharge.

Ozone is very effective in eliminating odors including tobacco smoke, human and pet odors, food odors, mold and mildew odors, garbage odors, renovation odors and much more. It is not a re-odorant; meaning, it does not mask an unpleasant odor with a “more pleasant” fragrance.  It totally destroys the offending gases that are the source of everything we smell. If you have been combating foul or unusual odors with no success consider giving our office a call at, 772-770-0501 to see if Ozoning is a good solution for you!

Have You Suffered a Water Loss in Your Commercial Property?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Stock photo of a man sitting on a pool float, working on his laptop, inside a flooded office. Always be diligent to call as soon as you suspect water damage, even a small water loss can be costly in unseen ways.

To restore your business to its original state, our technicians are trained to strict IICRC standards. Each office has an extensive inventory of equipment to ensure every possible source of damage is cleaned. We keep a team of professionals on call 24-hours a day to ensure we can get to work within hours or even minutes after you call us.

Once on-site, we handle every aspect of the damage. This includes:

  • Stopping the source of water, if you or the property manager have not already done so
  • Inspecting and determining arestoration plan
  • Begin mitigation by removing standing water
  • Removing and storing unaffected property
  • Setting up equipment to begin the drying process
  • Returning property to the building once all actions have been completed.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach understands just how extensive water damage can be. If a business does not deal with it quickly enough, the cost can run into thousands of dollars. For a small business, this can mean shutting the doors permanently. If you have or even just suspect you have a problem, call us today at (772) 770-0501. We're here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501