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Types of Water Damage Covered by Home Owner’s Insurance

6/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician working on home from water damage Our team is always ready to help!

According to Nationwide Insurance, the general rule of thumb most insurance companies use when determining water damage coverage is if a water loss occurs suddenly and/or accidentally from inside your home the damage will be covered. If the loss arises from water outside the home it will likely not be covered by your water damage policy. If you carry a flood policy it may cover water intrusions from outside sources. Some examples of inside causes of loss include septic tanks, appliance overflows, faulty plumbing parts, burst pipes, water damage from extinguishing fires, and more.

If you experience a water loss in your Vero Beach, FL home our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your restoration needs. Just call our office at 772-770-0501 and our team of highly trained professionals will help you through every step of the process. Let us help make it “Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Did you know not all smoke alarms are the same?

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke detector info graphic explaining the differences between the two Smoke detectors can look quite similar but function very differently.

Below are the two most commonly installed smoke detectors, according to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA):

  • Ionization smoke alarms are generally more responsive to flaming fires.

How they work: Ionization-type smoke alarms have a small amount of radioactive material between two electrically charged plates, which ionizes the air and causes current to flow between the plates. When smoke enters the chamber, it disrupts the flow of ions, thus reducing the flow of current and activating the alarm.

  • Photoelectric smoke alarms are generally more responsive to fires that begin with a long period of smoldering (called “smoldering fires”).

How they work: Photoelectric-type alarms aim a light source into a sensing chamber at an angle away from the sensor. Smoke enters the chamber, reflecting light onto the light sensor; triggering the alarm. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Why SERVPRO: A Stress Free Insurance Claim Experience

6/1/2022 (Permalink)

Man sitting at computer working on an insurance claim for water loss. Jimi is seen here working on a water loss claim to submit to a client's adjuster.

Water, fire, and mold disasters usually happen unexpectedly. They can be quite a stressful event for property owners to experience. This is where our expertise comes into play. Not only can we handle the restoration with ease, but we also help streamline the insurance claim process. Here are some ways we can help with your claim:

Documentation: Documentation begins from the moment our technicians arrive on-site and continues until the restoration process is complete. They document things such as moisture readings, condition of structure and contents, photographing damage, equipment placement/usage, and so much more.

Direct Communication with Adjuster: Our staff will gather your insurance information to contact them directly. We work directly with your adjuster to help reduce stress and miscommunications. Don’t fret though, you will be notified of any changes that may occur throughout the entire process.

With years of experience under our belt, we have been fortunate enough to build a solid reputation and relationship with many insurances, such as State Farm and Farmers Insurance. Although the choice is always yours, we are often recommended to customers by insurance companies since they understand we will provide exceptional service to their clients.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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772-770-0501

We Offer Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Vero Beach, FL

5/27/2022 (Permalink)

photo of local Vero beach business after a fire loss A local Vero Beach business after an unexpected fire loss.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach offers commercial fire damage restoration services to ensure your business returns to its preloss condition. No job is too big or small. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our team of highly trained technicians is led by a crew chief that will assess the damage and create a custom plan of action. Any salvageable content will be packed up to be restored off-site, if it is a smaller loss we can sometimes restore contents on-site. All non-salvageable are disposed of properly by our team. Our team is trained in an array of cleaning services from carpet and upholstery to HVAC cleaning and soot removal. We also offer odor removal and deodorization using air scrubbers, ozone machines, and foggers. When our team is finished it will be “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Preparing Your Indian River Business for Hurricane Season

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

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A hurricane making landfall in Indian River County can pose a threat to your commercial property if you are not prepared. Use these tips from FPL to help get prepared for any severe weather that may come:

  • Ensure your employees’ contact information is up-to-date.
  • Have a plan in place to communicate after the storm passes, e.g. set up a telephone number with a recorded message that will be regularly updated to inform employees of the status of company operations following a storm.
  • Consider developing a system to authorize re-entry to company facilities after a storm, e.g. I.D. cards and vehicle permits.
  • Establish a safe area away from exterior glass windows and doors if you plan to take shelter at your business.
  • Determine if your business is in a flood and/or evacuation zone and review the evacuation routes; identify an emergency temporary site, if appropriate.
  • Identify what you need to secure your building and important equipment and who will help; outline specific tasks and conduct a training session.
  • Review your insurance coverage and photograph or record your place of business – inside and outside.
  • Prepare for potential power outages; update the phone number and email address on your FPL account and consider installing a generator.
  • Prepare a list of vendors to provide disaster recovery services.
  • Do not attempt to trim any vegetation growing on or near power lines. Please only hire qualified professionals to trim trees and other vegetation growing near power lines.
  • Make sure outside debris is cleared before a hurricane warning – trash pickup will be suspended.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Lawn Irrigation System Maintenance to Prevent Water Damage to Your Indian River County Property

5/23/2022 (Permalink)

Image of clogged sprinkler head being maintenance Regular sprinkler maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.

Lawn irrigation systems are a common source of water damage to Indian River County properties. This is because most people don’t perform regular checks and maintenance of their systems. Following the simple maintenance tips for your irrigation system can help reduce water damage to your property.

  • Check that sprinkler heads are positioned to only spray the lawn and that they are not spraying areas they shouldn’t, such as your sidewalks, driveway, or the side of your house.
  • Run a test to make sure that all sprinkler heads pop up when the water turns on and fully retract when the water is turned off.
  • Make sure that sprinkler heads are not being blocked by tall grass, overgrown plants, or other obstacles.
  • Occasionally sprinkler heads can settle requiring that you raise them to the proper height again
  • Check that nozzle is not clogged. If they are clean or replaced immediately.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Spring Cleaning in Your Sebastian, FL Workplace

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Floors of salon being buffed Greg is seen here in the process of restoring the floors of this salon back to a sparkling finish!

With spring in full force and summer just around the corner, now is as good a time as any to get some spring cleaning done in your Sebastian, FL workplace. Here is a simple checklist to get you started:

  • Filing-It is good practice to file away last year’s documents and create new folders for the current year. Now is also a good time to go through the office and collect any unfiled documents to sort and put away.
  • Organize supplies- We recommend organizing your office supplies into one area. This makes it easy for your employees to find things and will also help with inventory control.
  • Inventory-Take an inventory of all supplies and equipment. In some cases, you may want to consider implementing an accountability system so nothing goes to waste or missing.
  • Create a cleaning schedule-Create a cleaning schedule and post it in a visible area for reference. Regular cleanings of your workspace will help you maintain the results of your spring cleaning.

For deeper or special types of cleanings, our team is here to help! We offer a full spectrum of commercial cleaning services. Call our office at 772-770-0501 to speak with a member of our team about how we can help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Preventing Dryer Fires in Your Gifford, FL Property

5/16/2022 (Permalink)

Dryer after it was removed from the property for cathching fire Dryer lint is highly flammable this is why it is important to regularly clean the vent system.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), there is an average of 15,970 home structure fires each year that involve dryers or washing machines, with 92% of them involving clothes dryers. Also, according to the NFPA, the leading causes of dryer fires are as follows:

  • Dust, fiber, or lint – 27%
  • Clothing – 26%
  • Appliance housing or casing – 10%
  • Unclassified soft goods or clothing – 9%

Many of these causes are preventable by developing regular dryer maintenance habits such as:

  • Cleaning the lint screen before every load
  • Make sure the lint trap is clear of blockages
  • Wiping down the interior drum
  • Regularly vacuuming under and behind the dryer
  • Scheduling regular cleanings for the vent system
  • Regularly checking that the exterior opening for the exhaust is free of blockages
  • Not overfilling the dryer each load

 Preventing Dryer Fires in Your Gifford, FL Property

How Florida's Mold Laws Protect You

5/13/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on sheetrock behind water heater Here you can see a mold colony that has grown on the wall behind a leaking water heater.

As of July 11, 2011, Florida law prohibits mold remediation companies to also conduct mold assessments.  

First, let us establish the difference. A mold assessment is a process of collecting samples and identifying the severity (if any) and type of mold that exists. The mold assessor with then come up with a custom protocol for remediating the mold based on the test results. Mold remediation is the actual removal of mold as outlined in the protocol provided by the mold assessor. The reason the “Florida State Mold Law” legislative was established was to protect the consumer from a conflict of interest that may occur when the same company both assesses and remediates the mold damage.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is a mold remediation company that is fully licensed and insured. We have a reputation that far exceeds our competitors. If you have mold damage on your Indian River County property call our office at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Does Home Owner’s Insurance Cover Lightning Damage?

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO pop quiz graphic Lightning causes roughly $451 million dollars of property damage a year. Did you guess correctly?

Generally speaking, yes, homeowner’s insurance will cover damage to your property resulting from a lightning strike. There are three classifications that insurance companies typically use for lightning strike claims.

  • Lightning Strike-This causes the most property damage and is typically the easiest to collect a claim on.
  • Near Miss-This is when lightning strikes near your property but is not a direct hit. This can be harder to collect a claim on since the damage is less obvious.
  • Ground Surge-This is when a lightning strike causes a surge of electricity through an area. Although it is the most common claim, it is one of the most difficult to prove and hardest to collect on.

If your property has damage resulting from a lightning strike SERVPRO of Vero Beach can help! We can not only help restore your property but we can deal with your insurance directly. This can help reduce a significant amount of stress during such a trying time.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Small Choices Can Make a Big Difference in Our Community

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vero Beach employee posed next to art on a window sill Laura displayed her creations from "Take, Make, and Give".

We at SERVPRO of Vero Beach appreciate our community and love to give back as often as we can. We understand with the recent inflation in the cost of living many people find it hard to find extra wiggle room in their budget to give back to their community. However, there are still ways you can help! Below are some creative cheap, even free, ways to continue giving back.

  • Share a cause on social media- Social media is a huge platform and a great way to spread the word on a cause you believe in. Even if you can’t afford to donate, you never know if the next person can. A simple “share” can make a big difference!
  • Donate your time-Time is priceless and we all have it. Even if it’s just an hour or two you can make a huge impact in the community in a short period.
  • Volunteer any unique skills-There is always someone in need of a service or item, if you have a unique skill consider donating your services to help.
  • Donate unwanted items-There are charities and organizations in our community that need all kinds of items. Before you toss unwanted items to the curb, consider if they can be donated! 
  • Donate blood-There are OneBlood donation centers that are always looking for blood donors. If you are a medically viable donor you can consider helping by donating! 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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What Do Moisture Meters Do?

5/9/2022 (Permalink)

An image showing a pin-less vs pin-type moisture meter. The top meter in this image is an expamle of a pin-less moisture meter. The bottom meter is an example of a pin-type moisture meter.

Moisture meters are a staple tool in the remediation industry. It is used to detect moisture in all types of materials. Moisture meters fall into three categories: pin-type, pin-less, and all-in-one.

Depending on what type of meter is being used the moisture content is displayed in either analog or digital readings. Moisture content is always displayed in percentages (%MC). If a moisture meter is calibrated for wood the scale typically ranges from 5%MC-40%MC. If it is calibrated for other materials the scale typically ranges from 0%MC-100%MC. Some meters offer a third scale for reading gypsum. Moisture meters calibrated for reading gypsum are recommended for use on sheetrock and the scale ranges from 0.2%MC to 50%MC.  

Detecting the moisture levels in your water-damaged property is one of the first steps in the remediation process. It is also something our technicians monitor daily until the materials have completely dried out.

If you have experienced water damage on your property. Call our office immediately at 772-770-0501. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Some Things You Should Know About Smoke Alarms

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke alarm info graphic by SERVPRO Don't forget to test your smoke alarms monthly!

Smoke alarms can play a significant role in fire safety. Oftentimes, smoke alarms raise awareness of an existing fire before occupants realize it exists. This increases the chance of a safe escape and could help with minimizing fire damage to the property. Below are some smoke alarm facts issued by the National Fire Protection Association:

  • In 2014-2018, smoke alarms sounded in more than half (54%) of the home fires reported to U.S. fire departments.
  • Almost three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (41%) or no working smoke alarms (16%).
  • The death rate per 1,000 reported home fires was more than twice as high in homes that did not have any working smoke alarms compared to the rate in homes with working smoke alarms (13.0 deaths vs. 5.8 deaths per 1,000 fires).
  • In fires in which the smoke alarms were present but did not operate, two of every five (41%) of the smoke alarms had missing or disconnected batteries.
  • Dead batteries caused one-quarter (26%) of the smoke alarm failures.

If you have experienced a fire disaster on your Indian River County property, we are here to help! Our highly trained technicians are available 24/7 to help make it “Like it never even happened!”.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Minimum Requirements for Your Vero Beach, FL Business Fire Prevention Plan

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

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There are an average of 100,000 commercial-related fires annually in the United States.

With such a high rate of fire incidences the United States Department of Labor has created

a list of guidelines that business owners are required to adhere to when creating a fire

prevention plan. These guidelines are to ensure maximum safety of their employees and are

enforceable by OSHA. Below are the “minimum elements” required to be included in your

business’s fire prevention plan:

  • A list of all major fire hazards, proper handling and storage procedures for hazardous materials, potential ignition sources and their control, and the type of fire protection equipment necessary to control each major hazard
  • Procedures to control accumulations of flammable and combustible waste materials
  • Procedures for regular maintenance of safeguards installed on heat-producing equipment to prevent the accidental ignition of combustible materials
  • The name or job title of employees responsible for maintaining equipment to prevent or control sources of ignition or fires
  • The name or job title of employees responsible for the control of fuel source hazards
  • An employer must inform employees upon initial assignment to a job of the fire hazards to which they are exposed. An employer must also review with each employee those parts of the fire prevention plan necessary for self-protection

SERVPRO offers a unique service to commercial property owners called an “Emergency Ready Plan” (ERP). This service is completely free and provides you with a concise profile that contains all the critical information needed during a water or fire emergency. For more information on how to create your custom ERP, call our office at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

 SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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What Conditions are Necessary to Form and Sustain a Hurricane?

4/27/2022 (Permalink)

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There is an average of 10 named storms each storm season. Roughly half of those storms become hurricanes. Of those hurricanes, half end up making landfall. Hurricanes have a big reputation but are relatively rare occurrences in the scheme of things. This is because all the conditions have to be just right to develop and maintain a hurricane. According to the National Weather Service, there are six widely accepted conditions for hurricane development:

  • The first condition is that ocean waters must be above 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit). Hurricanes will not form or weaken rapidly in temperatures below this threshold once they move over the water below. Ocean temperatures in the tropical East Pacific and the tropical Atlantic routinely surpass this threshold.
  • The second ingredient is the distance from the equator. Without the spin of the earth and the resulting Coriolis force, hurricanes would not form. Since the Coriolis force is at a maximum at the poles and a minimum at the equator, hurricanes can not form within 5 degrees latitude of the equator. The Coriolis force generates a counterclockwise spin to low pressure in the Northern Hemisphere and a clockwise spin to low pressure in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • The third ingredient is that of a saturated lapse rate gradient near the center of rotation of the storm. A saturated lapse rate ensures latent heat will be released at a maximum rate. Hurricanes are warm-core storms. The heat hurricanes generate is from the condensation of water vapor as it convectively rises around the eyewall. The lapse rate must be unstable around the eyewall to ensure rising air parcels will continue to rise and condense water vapor.
  • The fourth and one of the most important ingredients is that of low vertical wind shear, especially in the upper level of the atmosphere. Wind shear is a change in wind speed with height. Strong upper-level winds destroy the structure of the storm by displacing the warm temperatures above the eye and limiting the vertical accent of air parcels. Hurricanes will not form when the upper-level winds are too strong.
  • The fifth ingredient is high relative humidity values from the surface to the mid-levels of the atmosphere. Dry air in the mid-levels of the atmosphere impedes hurricane development in two ways. First, dry air causes the evaporation of liquid water. Since evaporation is a cooling process, it reduces the warm core structure of the hurricane and limits the vertical development of convection. Second, dry air in the mid-levels can create what is known as a trade wind inversion. This inversion is similar to sinking air in a high-pressure system. The trade wind inversion produces a layer of warm temperatures and dryness in the mid-levels of the atmosphere due to the sinking and adiabatic warming of the mid-level air. This inhibits deep convection and produces a stable lapse rate.
  • The sixth ingredient is that of a tropical wave. Often hurricanes in the Atlantic begin as a thunderstorm complex that moves off the coast of Africa. It becomes what is known as a mid-tropospheric wave. If this wave encounters favorable conditions such as stated in the first five ingredients, it will amplify and evolve into a tropical storm or hurricane. Hurricanes in the East Pacific can develop by a mid-tropospheric wave or by what is known as a monsoonal trough.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Ten Facts About Commercial Water Damage

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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  1. A water leak will create over 3,000 gallons per year at the rate of one drop per second.
  2. In 2019, the average cost of loss for commercial water damage was $89,000.
  3. A toilet leak can produce an average of 3 to 5 gallons of water per minute.
  4. More than half of all commercial insurance claims list water damage as the cause of loss.
  5. About 75% of the money paid out by insurance companies is for water damage claims.
  6. Water damage costs on average 3 times more than a non-water damage-related claim.  
  7. The main cause of water loss in commercial properties is toilets.
  8. There is an average of 300 leaks that lead to water damage a day in US commercial buildings.
  9. Insurance companies sometimes offer a discount to policyholders for installing a water leak detection system.
  10. Water leaks create over $10,000,000,000 of damage annually.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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We are a One-Stop-Shop!

4/20/2022 (Permalink)

Dog wearing SERVPRO of Vero Beach shirt Keep calm and call SERVPRO of Vero Beach! We are available 24/7 for all your fire, water, and mold restoration needs!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is Indian River County’s “one-stop-shop” for all your restoration and cleaning needs!

If you have any questions regarding any of the restoration or cleaning services we offer call our office at 772-770-0501 or visit our website at www.SERVPROverobeach.com. Let us help you make it “Like it never even happened!”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Fire Preparedness for Your Pet

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Window sticker to notify fire department of pets in home A sticker like this can be posted on the door and windows of the home to notify firefighters of pets in the home.

The vast majority of fires occur unexpectedly leaving you and your loved ones endangered without warning. While most families have a fire emergency plan in place one aspect that can be overlooked is the well-being of their pets. One easy way to include your pet in fire emergency preparedness is by creating a disaster kit for them. Below are some items to pack in their kit in case of a fire:

  • Water
  • Extra Pet Food
  • Important documents (i.e. proof of ownership, vaccination history, vet info)
  • Animal specific first-aid supplies 
  • An extra set of basic pet supplies such as a collar, harness, and leash 

Pet safety preparation can help reduce any potential negative effects a fire emergency can have on you and your pets.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Salvaging Water Damaged Carpet in Vero Beach, FL

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

A close up shot of delaminated carpet Here is a close up shot of delaminated carpet.

Carpet is a popular flooring option for both residential and commercial properties because of its affordability and comfort. However, when a water disaster strikes carpet could become irreparably damaged if extraction and drying solutions are not begun quickly. Examples of irreparable damage to carpet include:

Delamination - is a term for the layers of backing material separating from one another after prolonged water exposure.

Mold damage – When spotting or other signs indicate mold growth has started, this can render this material unsalvageable. We can discard and replace it as needed.

Deterioration – Bad seams and other signs of wear or degradation can also indicate that water damage has compromised the flooring.

One of the most efficient ways to salvage water-damaged carpets after extraction is to use a drying technique called “floating”. The carpets are protected by detaching the top layer from its tack strip, so stretching does not occur. We can then direct warm air beneath the fabric to help dry it. If you have experienced a water loss in your Indian River County property call our office at 772-770-0501. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Interesting Mold Statistics You Should Know

4/14/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growing under carpeting and on subfloor Here is an example of a hidden mold colony under the carpet pad.

Below are some statistics on mold according to Real Time Labs

  • At least 45 million buildings in the United States have unhealthy levels of mold. Your home or office might be the cause of your health problems – mold can remain hidden behind walls, in the ceiling, and under carpets for years.
  • On average, professional mold remediation costs $500 to $6,000 – but the price can soar into the tens of thousands if the problem is severe. Mold removal is difficult and expensive because of is volatile nature.
  • Each year mold destroys more wood than all the fires and termites combined. Mold moves slow, but it still destroys more raw material than fires and termites every year.
  • Any kind of water damage (flood, pipe burst, leakage) can facilitate the growth of a mold in as soon as 24-48 hours. Mold grows quickly in wet environments so it is important to clean up standing water and prevent it from growing or spreading ASAP.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Biohazardous Clean-up in Indian River County

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

wood floor with biohazardous waste prior to clean up We were able to salvage these wood floors from blood stains and make it "Like it never even happened!"

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is not just a water, fire, and mold remediation & cleaning company. Our services extend beyond the scope of remediation and general cleaning as well. Many don’t realize we are also trained and certified to handle various biohazardous waste conditions. Some of the hazardous waste services we offer include:

  • Sewage backups
  • Crime scene residues
  • Suicide/death accidents
  • Homicide cleanups
  • Blood cleanup
  • Accident cleanup
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste/remains
  • Chemical spills
  • Tear gas cleanup
  • Meth lab cleanup

We encourage you to keep in mind that pathogenic substances can be harmful and should always be handled by professionals. SERVPRO of Vero Beach services local communities in Indian River County. If you have any inquiries regarding Biohazardous clean-up services call our office at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!!

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Be Prepared for the Treasure Coast’s Hurricane Season

4/7/2022 (Permalink)

New equipment and supply shelves in SERVPRO of Vero Beach warehouse. We are always expanding our inventory to make sure we are prepared for any size disaster. We are here to help!

Hurricane season begins June 1st, so it’s just around the corner! It’s always recommended to restock supplies annually to prepare for hurricanes before the season begins. The best time to buy these supplies and maximize savings is during the annual “Disaster Preparedness” holiday. This holiday runs from May 28th to June 10th. During this holiday you can stock up on hurricane supplies tax-free. Below is a list of approved and recommended supplies to purchase during the disaster preparedness holiday: 

  • Reusable ice packs that are $20 or less
  • Candles, flashlights, and lanterns that are $40 or less
  • Fuel containers that are $50 or less
  • Batteries that are $50 or less, including rechargeable, in these sizes: AAA, AA, C, D, 6-volt, and 9-volt. (Automobile and boat batteries are not included.)
  • Radios, both two-way and weather bands are included if $50 or less
  • Coolers, ice chests, and portable power banks that are $60 or less
  • Bungee cords, ground anchor systems, ratchet straps, tarps, tie-down kits, plastic sheeting, and other flexible waterproof sheeting that are $100 or less
  • Portable generators that are $1,000 or less 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Candle Safety in Vero Beach, FL Properties

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

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According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) candles cause 2% of reported home fires, 3% of home fire deaths, 6% of home fire injuries, and 4% of the direct property damage in home fires. Below are some tips from the National Candle Association on how to safely burn a candle in your Vero Beach, FLproperty.

Before Lighting

  • Trim the wick to ¼ inch.
  • Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches, and debris at all times.
  • Place on a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. 

While Burning:

  • Never leave a candle unattended.
  • Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.
  • Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Never touch or move a candle while it is burning or while the wax is liquefied.
  • Discontinue burning a candle when 1/2 inch remains in the container or 2 inches if using a pillar candle.
  • Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another.
  • Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly.
  • Never use a candle as a night light or while you sleep.

When Extinguishing a Candle: 

  • Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle.
  • Never use water to extinguish a candle.
  • Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.
  • Don’t touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.
  • Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Post-Construction Clean-up in Your New Treasure Coast Commercial Property

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Vero Beach offers a wide variety of cleanup services after the work has been completed on a construction site, this is known as “post-construction clean-up”. This is done just before all the finishing touches go into the freshly built property. We are equipped to handle any size site cleanup, big or small. Below is a brief overview of some of the common services:

  • Post Construction Cleaning: SERVPRO of Vero Beach can provide debris removal services to prepare the building for interior design so you don't start with a dirty foundation.
  • Dehumidification and Drying: During construction, the property can trap moisture. Excessive moisture could result in mold growth. SERVPRO of Vero Beach provides the assistance you need to eliminate moisture and prevent mold.
  • Final Cleaning: SERVPRO of Vero Beach provides cleaning services to give the building that extra shine! These include:

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How To Prepare for Power Outages in Your Vero Beach, FL Home

3/30/2022 (Permalink)

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With almost half the year dedicated to storm season, storms are a very normal part of living on the Treasure Coast. Regular storms mean there is a higher risk of secondary issues such as power outages. Power outages are unpredictable and inconvenient. Below are some ways to prepare that can help in the event of a power outage according to Ready.gov.

  • Take an inventory now of the items you need that rely on electricity.
  • Talk to your medical provider about a power outage plan for medical devices powered by electricity and refrigerated medicines. Find out how long medication can be stored at higher temperatures and get specific guidance for any medications that are critical for life.
  • Plan for batteries and other alternatives to meet your needs when the power goes out.
  • Sign up for local alerts and warning systems. Monitor weather reports.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors with battery backup in central locations on every level of your home.
  • Determine whether your home phone will work in a power outage and how long battery backup will last.
  • Review the supplies that are available in case of no power. Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member. Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Use a thermometer in the refrigerator and freezer so that you can know
    the temperature when the power
    is restored.
  • Keep mobile phones and other electric equipment charged and gas tanks full.

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Signs that Your Shower May Be Leaking in Your Ft. Pierce, FL Home

3/28/2022 (Permalink)

water damage on ceiling and wall This is an example of how water can damage the ceiling and dry wall

Water damage can be costly to homeowners and often creeps up when least expected. The general rule of thumb is the longer water damage is left to sit the costlier and more invasive the restoration process will be due to secondary damage. This is why we always stress the importance of a swift response to water damage. While some water damage is obvious, often leaks can go undetected. One of the most common hidden leaks in a home is a shower leak. Here are 5 signs that could indicate you may have a hidden shower leak in your Indian River home:

  • Musty or earthy smells
  • Damaged and/or stained flooring
  • Damaged and/or stained walls
  • Mildew or mold growth
  • Damaged or stained ceiling below the bathroom

If you notice any of these signs call SERVPRO of Vero Beach immediately to have your home inspected by one of our certified water damage technicians. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your water, fire, and mold damage needs.

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Why SERVPRO of Vero Beach?

3/23/2022 (Permalink)

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When it comes to restoration and remediation there is a multitude of companies to choose from. Here are some things that set SERVPRO of Vero Beach a step above the rest:

  • We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year making us faster to any disaster.
  • We provide both residential and commercial water, fire, mold, storm, and cleaning
  • No job is too big or small for our team.
  • Our entire team is trained and certified to provide you with the best quality of service possible.
  • We are locally owned and operated. Proudly serving Indian River County for over 10 years!

With SERVPRO being a trusted leader in the restoration industry you can rest assured that your property is in the best hands possible.

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Why Using Bleach on Mold in Your Indian River County Property is a Bad Idea

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growing on drywall Here you can see the mold growing on a piece of dry wall that our technicians replaced.

When people find mold growth on their property, the first thought that comes to mind is to reach for the bottle of bleach. However, it is a very common misconception that bleach “kills” mold.

According to the EPA: “Biocides are substances that can destroy living organisms. The use of a chemical or biocide that kills organisms such as mold (chlorine bleach, for example) is not recommended as a routine practice during mold cleanup.” This is because when mold grows on a porous surface its roots spread deep into the material in an attempt to access more nutrients. Applying bleach would simply change the color of the surface mold, giving the appearance that it has vanished while the roots remain. Over time the mold will regain its color and grow back, often worse than before bleach was applied.

If you believe you have mold in your home it is always recommended you call a licensed and insured mold remediation expert, such as SERVPRO of Vero Beach. We are Indian River County’s leading mold expert. Call our office at 772-770-0501 to schedule your consultation!

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Tips to Keep Your Family Safe From a Fire in Your Sebastian, FL Property

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

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Preparation is the biggest component to optimizing your family’s safety during a fire emergency. Here are some simple ways the Red Cross recommends you can diligently prepare for a fire emergency:

Install Smoke Alarms- Smoke alarms should be installed inside every room on every level of your home. Always test your smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries if they are not working.

Create a Fire Escape Plan- Ideally, there should be two routes out of every room in your home. Decide on one meeting point for once everyone is out. It should take less than two minutes for each person to get to safety. Practice this escape plan at least twice a year.

 “Get out, stay out, and call for help.”- Never go back inside for anyone or anything.

Once everyone is safe and the fire has been extinguished. Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We are here to help!

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What is the Difference Between a Hurricane Watch and Warning?

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

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Although Florida is known as the “Sunshine State”, not every day is sunny and bright. Florida experiences a yearly hurricane season that runs from June 1 to November 30. During hurricane season “watches” and “warnings” are often issued to ensure public safety.

According to NOAA a “hurricane watch” indicates that hurricane conditions are possible within a designated area. Hurricane watches are usually issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset. NOAA recommends you “prepare your home and review your plan for evacuation in case a hurricane or tropical storm warning is issued. Listen closely to instructions from local officials.”

A “hurricane warning” means that hurricane conditions are expected within the designated area. Hurricane warnings are usually issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset. NOAA recommends you “complete storm preparations and immediately leave the threatened area if directed by local officials.”

Your safety is our priority, please follow all directions given by local officials. Once the storm has passed if your property has storm damage SERVPRO of Vero Beach is ready with a team of certified restoration technicians.

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The Difference Between Primary and Secondary Damage in Your Vero Beach, FL Property

3/13/2022 (Permalink)

Carpet of a home completely saturated with water. This saturated carpet is a very good example of primary damage from water loss.

Our content emphasizes the importance of taking swift action after water damage has occurred to your Indian River County property to help avoid “secondary damage”. In this post, we would like to take the time to give a clear understanding of the difference between “primary” and “secondary” damage.

Primary damage is just as the term insinuates. It is the most immediate damage that occurs during a water loss. It is usually the most visible and detectable to our moisture measuring equipment. Some examples of primary water damage include buckling floors, saturated carpet/pad, drywall damage, and more.

Secondary damage is the damage that occurs after the water loss. It is usually the long-term effect of not mitigating the primary damage promptly. It is typically less obvious than primary damage. Some examples of secondary damage include damage to rooms adjacent to the loss site from water migration and mold.

The key to reducing the risk of secondary damage is to mitigate the primary damage as quickly as possible. That is why we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year- making us “Faster to Any Size Disaster”!

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Storm Damage vs. Flood Damage in your Sebastian, FL Property

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Water puddled on floor of a dining room from rain water that seeped in.  Our technician is seen here extracting rain water that seeped in to this home after a flash flood.

Often flood damage and storm damage are thought of as the same, however, insurance companies view them very differently. Differentiating between the two types of damages can be tricky.

Insurance companies typically label the loss as storm damage if the destruction was a result of one or more of the following:

  • Heavy rainfall 
  • Cyclones and tornadoes
  • Hail storms
  • Hurricanes and other tropical storms

The Insurance Code of Practice defines flood damage as "the covering of normally dry land by water that has escaped or been released from the normal confines of any lake, river, creek or other natural watercourse, whether or not altered or modified, or any reservoir, canal or dam." 

We always recommend speaking with your agent and making sure your property is covered for both to prevent you from spending thousands of dollars in property damages down the road.

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Tips to Minimize Water Damage from a Damaged Pipe in your Vero Beach, FL Home

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growing on drywall of A/C closet Mold growing on the drywall of this A/C closet is how the owner of this home found out there was a slow leak in one of the unit's pipes.

If you are facing damage to your property from a burst pipe, you may be feeling lost and anxious. Below are four steps you can take to protect your property and valuables from the burst.

Turn Off Water Sources
Turn off all water sources at or near any affected areas as soon as possible. Doing this will help prevent a larger flooding issue and reduce the risk for mold growth.

Fix the Broken Pipe or Pipes
Call a licensed and insured professional to preform any necessary repairs. Doing this as quickly as possible will help keep damage to a minimum.

Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach
We are available 24/7 for all your water remediation needs. Our team of highly trained technicians will walk you through their restoration plan after they have surveyed the damage.

Keep Records
If you have an insurance policy on your property, keep track of all damage and repairs that occur. Talk to your agent if you have specific questions about your coverage.

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FAQ's About Emergency Ready Profile's for Your Business

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

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What is a SERVPRO ERP?

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan application works to prevent situations from escalating. The app, designed for commercial use, is marketed towards property and business owners. SERVPRO's ERP works on the premise that advanced preparation for any kind of emergency is the key to a timely mitigation thus minimizing the impact a water, storm, or fire damage can have on your business.

What is included in with SERVPRO’s ERP?

Our ERP includes the following:

  • A no-cost assessment of your facility.
  • A concise profile that contains the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
  • Establishes SERVPRO of Vero Beach as your local disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and priority contact information.

Is it necessary for small businesses to have a plan?

The short answer is “no” HOWEVER, pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed towards your peace of mind. Preparing for the future, will save on disaster costs and prevent greater damage in the future.

 Can SERVPRO help with commercial damage after an event?

SERVPRO of Vero Beach has a team of highly trained professionals to help with any remediation needs you may have! We offer remediation for water, fire, mold, storm damage, and more! 

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New Feature Being Added to SERVPRO of Vero Beach's Website

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

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At SERVPRO of Vero Beach we are always looking for ways to make the remediation and restoration experience easier for our customers. We take pride in offering the best in our industry, including staying abreast with new technology. 

We are happy to announce that we will be adding a new chat feature to our website for clients to have quick and easy way to interact with us. This means our customers will now be able to call OR message us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for all their water, fire, and mold needs. This chat feature will allow customers to provide information regarding the type and cause of loss as well as contact information that will easily be forwarded to our crew so that we can get the job mitigated quickly.

We appreciate all of our customers and value your feedback. Suggestions for ways we can continue to best serve you are always welcome!

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Tips For Preventing Water Damage Before A Vacation

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

Living room carpet completely saturated with water Don't let water damage stress you out. We are here to help!

With winter coming to an end and spring just around the corner, vacation season is about to begin. Make sure your house is vacation-ready with these 5 tips for preventing water damage.

1. Check for Leaks
Inspect sinks, toilet tanks, and water heaters for any damage. Examine appliance hoses and basement pipes carefully for cracks and corrosion. A broken pipe that is left for a long time can lead to issues like mold.

2. Prepare the Outside of Your Home
Check your roof for missing shingles. Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent any blocking and water build-up. Small window and door leaks can become big problems, so check to make sure they are airtight. Finally, turn off outside spigots and insulate them and any other exposed piping to prevent freezing.

3. Cut Water Off at the Source
Turn the water main off to your home if no one is going to be there. Afterward, turn on all of the sinks and spigots to drain the remaining water. This is one of the best ways to avoid having to call a water pipe repair expert. 

4. Leave Your HVAC System On
While you can adjust the temperature, don’t turn your ventilation system completely off. It keeps the air in your home moving and stops condensation from building up, which can cause mold in hotter months and pipes to freeze in the cold.

5. Ask Someone to Check In
It is always good to have someone you trust to stop by periodically. Leave the number of a local water damage remediation company, like SERVPRO of Vero Beach, for them to call if there is an emergency. 

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Tips for Safely Evacuating Before a Storm

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

Roof of home damaged from storm We can help with all your storm remediation and restoration needs. Our team is available 24/7 to help!

Here are 7 safety tips to get you evacuation ready for a storm disaster:

  • Know the flood risk in your area.Check flood maps for your property’s risk. Also, note the topography of the surrounding area. Where are rivers, creeks, high areas, and low areas?
  • Know evacuation routes and alternatives. Check local authorities for existing routes. Increase your flood safety by anticipating areas that may be impassible such as small creeks that could channel larger amounts of water, low areas, and bridges.
  • Know your destination.Have enough supplies to reach your destination and make sure your family knows where to find you.
  • Keep your car filled with gas.You won’t have time to wait in line at a gas station when evacuating, or worse, risk not getting gas due to a shortage from demand in the local area.
  • Keep emergency cash ready. ATMs will have long lines and quickly run out of cash. 
  • Keep a “go bag” so you can leave fast.Having some personal items as well as non-perishable food, water, and medications in a bag is a great way to prepare for a fast departure.
  • Make a communication plan.Remember that communications can be disrupted during disasters and flood safety includes having a plan for this. Designating a distant friend as a point of contact for your family is best.

Flood safety includes returning home after the floodwaters recede and local authorities determine it is safe. Do not drive through floodwaters and do not go around police barricades, which are there for your safety. You will have a big job ahead of you with cleanup, but a professional remediation company can guide you through the process.

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Why You Should Purchase a Generator for Your Vero Beach, FL Business

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

a stock image of a commercial generator Commercial generators come in all sizes to provide sufficient power to buildings of all sizes.

Most of the time, you won't have to worry about the power going off in your Vero Beach, FL business. However, if you ever do lose electricity, you should have a backup source to keep the lights on and things running smoothly in the office. A generator is the ideal solution.

Common Causes of Power Outages

  • Flooding
  • Fires
  • Storm surges
  • Earthquakes
  • Malfunctions with the city's grid system

How Generators Work
When the power goes out, your generator should automatically kick on and provide the electricity you need to run your business. The machine runs on either diesel fuel, solar power or natural gas.


Lifespan
Most quality generators should last for between 3,000 and 5,000 hours. This will depend on how often you use the device and how well you take care of it. Proper storage and maintenance are critical to extending its usefulness.

If you don't have a generator in your building now is a good time to get one. This device could keep your company running when there is a power outage in your workplace. 

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Types of Soot Left Behind by Fire Damage

2/14/2022 (Permalink)

Dry sponge being used to remove soot from surface Dry sponges are one of many ways our team can clean soot damage from your Vero Beach, FL property.

After a fire loss property owners are left to face the damage left behind. Often the most prominent is soot damage. The following are three of the most common: 

  • Wet soot- Caused by slow-burning fires, often fueled by rubber and plastics
  • Dry soot- The result of fast-burning fires
  • Protein Residue- When organic matter (such as food) evaporates due to high heat from a fire

If not dealt with quickly and properly, soot can lead to further damage by corroding surfaces. There are different cleaners and methods for every type of soot. It is important to use the proper technique for the type of soot damage you are dealing with so as not to make the problem worse.

Due to the complex nature of soot cleanup, it may be necessary to hire professional like SERVPRO of Vero Beach to help. Dealing with soot and smoke damage may feel overwhelming. Fortunately, a we can help you get your business back to normal quickly and safely.

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Different Types of Mold

1/30/2022 (Permalink)

Mold found growing behind kitchen cabinet Mold colonies can often be difficult to find. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is experienced in finding the source of loss no matter how well hidden.

Mold growth can occur under several different circumstances, depending on the type of fungi in question. Before you begin your mold remediation process, you should identify which species is the culprit. Below is a description of the 5 main types of mold:

  1. Stachybotrys
    More commonly referred to as the infamous black mold, Stachybotrys is perhaps the most common type of residential mold. Much like the name implies, it has a dark green or black color and may feel slimy to the touch. It's very common in places that come into frequent contact with water, or in areas that have recently suffered some form of water damage.
  2. Alternaria
    This species of mold is often confused for black mold, as it thrives under the same damp or high humidity conditions, has a very similar appearance and is just about as common as its cousin. Instead of feeling slimy, alternaria has an almost velvety texture due to the wispy dark green or brown hairs that sprout on its surface.
  3. Chaetomium
    Once again, this type of mold growth is quite common in water-damaged structures. When it first appears, it boasts a white or gray color before slowly fading to dark brown or black over time. You're more likely to smell this species before you see it, due to its musty odor.
  4. Aureobasidium
    You should check for this type of fungus behind your wallpaper or on painted wooden surfaces. This mold appears pink or brown in color when it's young and slowly fades to black over time, much like chaetomium.
  5. Cladosporium
    This versatile species of mold can thrive in both warm and cold environments. You're most likely to find it growing in your carpeting, upholstery, and other types of fabrics. It boasts a soft, suede-like texture and green coloring.

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Why You Should Carry Insurance for Your Commercial Property

1/30/2022 (Permalink)

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Having insurance can benefit your business in several ways, particularly if you have experienced water, fire, or mold damage in your building. The following are a few reasons why you should consider getting a policy.

  1. Damage Can Be Extensive

Whether it is from broken pipes, a leaky roof or a storm-damage from water can be extensive. It can cause quite a bit of secondary damage as well, such as mold growth and warped or rotting materials. Along with the structure of your building, it can affect the belongings inside. Having repairs done by a cleanup and restoration service and replacing equipment can cost a lot of money. If you do not have insurance, you will most likely need to pay for this on your own.

  1. You Might Lose Profits

If your building is damaged, you will need to have work done. Depending on the amount of water cleanup and repairs required, you could be unable to do business as usual for an extended period. This can have a negative effect on your company’s profits. In some cases, business insurance can help with this. They may be able to provide finances based on this loss.

  1. It Can Protect You Against Liability Claims

If water damage or some other type of accident causes someone to get hurt on your property, they may decide to make a claim against you. Not only can this be a frustrating experience, but it can also cost you money. If you have insurance, this can help reduce your costs if you are found liable.

While you may think that business insurance is just another unnecessary expense, it can be incredibly useful to your company. You cannot predict everything that will happen, and insurance can keep you from losing a lot of money in the event of water damage or other emergencies.

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Surprise Causes of Cigarette Fires

1/30/2022 (Permalink)

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Although everyone knows a cigarette fire can cause considerable damage to a home, exactly how this type of fire happens may be less obvious. Cigarette fires start for many reasons. Here are four lesser-known — but no less dangerous — causes.

1. Ashtray Fires
When smokers extinguish their cigarettes in ashtrays, they expect those cigarettes to go out. This isn't always the case. A pile of spent ashes from another smoker can start a fire if those earlier ashes haven't been put out completely. A smoker in a hurry may think he or she has fully extinguished a cigarette when, in reality, that butt is still burning. Ashtrays in public spaces can also be filled with trash and other materials that are essentially tinder for an ashtray fire.

2. Careless Outside Smoking
People smoke outside their homes for many reasons, including the belief that smoking outdoors will eliminate any chance of a fire occurring inside the home. This is false. Although smoking outside is listed on many fire prevention checklists, smoking in the driveway or other outdoor areas can still cause a cigarette fire. Leaving a lit cigarette on a porch or a deck can cause a fire, for example. Tossing a cigarette into the grass can also create the need for fire cleanup.

3. Trashcan Ash
When placed into the trash with other garbage, the tiniest of embers can start a fire. Cigarette ashes must be completely extinguished before disposal to prevent the chance of a fire. 

4. E-Cigarettes
Many assume that e-cigarettes cannot cause a fire because they are flameless. This is false. Although rare, the battery in an e-cig can overheat, causing a potentially fiery explosion. 


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Trust SERVPRO of Vero Beach With Your Belongings

1/27/2022 (Permalink)

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When your home is impacted by a water damage, it is often the loss of your personal belongings that is the most devastating. Clothing, furniture, photo albums and other keepsakes are the items that often can't be replaced and are the most important to your family. The restoration professionals at SERVPRO of Vero Beach are trained in the most up-to-date cleaning methods to restore these precious items that make your house a home. 

Our technicians utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

We always pre-test surfaces to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method for each item. Our "restore" versus "replace" mentality means our priority is to preserve your precious belongings and keep your costs low. 

If you have experienced a water damage in your home, call the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501 today. 

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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.

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Minimizing the Risk of Fire Damage From Space Heaters

1/24/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

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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

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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:

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.

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.

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.

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:

  • Gather financial, medical, personal, and household information and keep them in an accessible safe space.
  • 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.
  • 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

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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

Fireplace Hazards and Safe Practices for Your Vero Beach, FL Home

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

Stock image of fire place with SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Vero Beach is Indian River's leading restoration company for fire, water, and mold remediation.

Nearly half of all home-heating fires and hospital visits can be attributed to improper or unsafe use of fireplaces. That is why we, at SERVPRO of Vero Beach, want to keep you informed about safe fireplace practices. As temperatures begin to decrease and the holiday season approaches, we encourage families to gather around the flames as desired and apply safe habits that minimize the threat of an uncontrolled fire.

  1. Burn safe materials – It is important that you only burn natural materials in your fireplace. This includes tinder (e.g. pine needles or tiny sticks), kindling (e.g. small sticks or pinecones), and fuel (e.g. large logs). Never introduce foreign substances such as cardboard, newspaper, and paper trash as they burn poorly, produce a lot of smoke, and release chemicals into the air.
  2. Avoid using flammable liquids to start fires – The volatile nature of gas means that you should never put it in your fireplace as it could easily cause an uncontrolled fire. It is best to simply use matches and tinder, however, if you require an accelerant to start your fire, use a small amount of lighter fluid.
  3. Clean out the ashes after every fire – Regularly clearing your fireplace of ashes will prevent live coals from burning while you are away while simultaneously keeping your fireplace clean and visually attractive.
  4. Keep a fireplace screen in front of the fireplace when in use – A fireplace screen (3 ft. high or taller) will catch live sparks that leap out of the fire and prevent large logs from falling out. This ensures that the fire does not spread beyond its non-flammable containment and that nearby persons are not injured.

If your home is affected by a fire, due to a fireplace mishap or otherwise, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501 for fire cleanup and reconstruction services.

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772-770-0501

Examples of Damage Storms Can Cause to Your Indian River Property

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

Historic Museum with Drying Equipment Set up for Storm Damage mitigation SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in commercial and residential storm remediation.

Indian River County can experience several kinds of storm damage; including wind, flood, and hail damage. Consider the following tips should your home or business be hit with storm damage.

Wind Damage Restoration

High winds can often cause severe wind damage, placing your property at risk. Your roof is particularly susceptible as strong winds may cause flying debris to hit or lift it. Because a roof leak may not be evident until the next storm hits, roof damage can be highly challenging to home and business owners alike.

Roof Leaks

Roof leaks and roof damage is often difficult to detect. Storms may loosen the roof without creating a problem that is easily visible. Even small roof leaks can produce damp, moldy conditions inside your home or business. The professional technicians at SERVPRO of Vero Beach can assist homeowners or business owners in receiving a comprehensive roof assessment and roof repair services when wind damage strikes.

Flood Damage

Heavy rains and flooding may cause water damage from many miles away. If the land around your home or business cannot absorb the additional water, flooding will occur. Even houses and shops at higher elevations can sustain flood damage.

Hail Damage & Recovery

Hail can damage not just your roof, but also exterior walls and any detached buildings. Dents, nicks, and cracks on the roof are areas where hail has damaged the exterior of your home. These weakened areas can lead to other more extensive problems like water damage.

If you suspect potential damage to your home or business, contact the professionals SERVPRO of Vero Beach. We will dispatch a team of highly qualified technicians for an immediate assessment of your property and provide mitigation/restoration efforts.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Can you let the insulation dry without taking the damaged product out?

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

Wet insulation with mold colonies This is a perfect example of how mold can grow if wet insulation is not removed and replaced in a timely manner.

The short answer is, no. It is important to keep in mind is that insulation is made out of a fluffy material that compacts when it becomes wet. This causes it to lose its R-Value making it less effective in keeping your property insulated. The wet insulation and surrounding wood structures coupled with surrounding dark, warm environment create the perfect habitat for mold growth. This is why it is best to completely replace insulation affected by water damage.

If your home or business is faced with water damage, contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when you need us the most. Our team, and our trained technicians, will be there promptly.  We will make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Don’t Just Take Our Word For It!

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vero Beach Staff photo We at SERVPRO of Vero Beach consider our community family. Our team takes pride in the work we do, we treat your property as we would our own.

At SERVPRO of Vero Beach, we strive to be consistent, efficient, and professional. Don’t take our word for it though, here is what some of our customers have to say:

“I called and a team was out very quickly. The guys were so nice and polite and did a great job of drying out! Thank you for your help!”

“I had just bought my house in Sept 2020. Three months later I had to have my whole house re-piped. I called SERVPRO after the re-piping was finished, to redo the drywall. Robert, Chris, and Drew were the crew sent. They worked hard, there were many holes of dry wall to be repaired. these guys were honest, professional, as well as polite and personable. I am impressed with their work and would recommend them to others. Thanks SERVPRO!”

“Came on same day as called for water damage through roof leak. Cleared out all wet insulation and attached high power air fan through ceiling. All completely dry when finished. Referred us to a good contractor for insulation replacement and ceiling repair. Prompt and competent service from SERVPRO.”

For more customer reviews head over to the “Customer Review” tab on our website.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Do You Have Stained Ceiling Tiles in Your Vero Beach, FL Commercial Property?

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

Stained ceiling tiles in commercial property Got stained tiles? Schedule your custom assessment by calling our office at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

Ceiling tiles can give you an indication of issues with the roof or equipment. So, look up!  If your tiles are warped, cracked, discolored, have damp or mold spots, contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach. We will send out a team of expertly trained technicians to identify the cause of your stained tiles and a customized mitigation plan to remediate and damage. 

Moldy tiles and large holes in tiles cannot be repaired by simple cleaning. Our restoration team is here to help. We will visit your site first to investigate any potential water damage.  After finding the source of the problem, we will mitigate and repair the issue quickly and professionally. We will replace any affected times and reduce mold and water.  Our goal is always to restore your Vero Beach, FL commercial property to “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

The 5 Main Classes of Fire

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

Powder residue from fire extinguisher on kitchen floor Fire mitigation doesn't just involve water and smoke damage mitigation. It also includes cleaning up the chemicals left behind from extinguishing.

It’s important to understand the five classes of fires and how to properly extinguish them without causing further damage. Each type of fire involves different flammable materials and requires a special approach. Below is a summary of the five main classes you will encounter:

Class A

Involving solid combustible materials such as wood, paper, cloth, trash, or plastic, Class A fires are the most common types of fire. In addition to being the most common fire, Class A fires are also the easiest to extinguish. To do so, it is recommended to use a water or foam fire extinguisher, or water to douse the fire.

Class B

Class B fires involve flammable liquids like oil, alcohol, or gasoline. More specifically, liquids or gasses like petroleum grease, alcohol, paint, propane, or gasoline; not cooking oils or grease. When faced with a Class B fire, it is very important not to use a water extinguisher as the stream of water might spread the material rather than extinguish it. Instead, use a foam, powder, or carbon dioxide extinguisher to cut off a fire’s oxygen supply.

Class C

Class C fires require a source of electricity. Therefore, they may be started by old wiring, worn-out breaker boxes, frayed electrical cords, or faulty appliances. Common in both households and industrial settings, it is important to, first, disconnect the appliance or item from its power source as long as it is safe to do so. Then, if possible, extinguish the flames using a carbon dioxide or dry powder fire extinguisher. Do not use water or foam to put out an electrical fire, as both materials can conduct electricity and potentially make the situation more dangerous.

Class D

Most rare among each class of fire, Class D fires can happen when metal ignites. This typically requires high levels of heat and is most common when alkali metals such as potassium, magnesium, aluminum, and sodium are exposed to air or water. Although you are unlikely to encounter a Class D blaze in your home, it is advised that such fires be extinguished with a dry powder extinguisher only.

Class K

Termed as Class K fires, this classification is comprised of fires involving cooking oils such as vegetable oil or animal fats. The high flashpoints of cooking oils and fats make Class K fires most likely to start when a pan is left unattended on a stove. If possible, it is important to turn off the heat on any cooking appliances and remove them from the heat source. Then, similarly to how Class B fires are treated, avoid using water to extinguish the fire. Instead, opt for a wet chemical extinguisher.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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772-770-0501

Keeping Your Pets Safe During Storm Season

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

stuffed animal with food from chik fil a From our family to yours we encourage you to stay safe during the next storm season. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help!

Florida’s rainy season can bring very unpredictable weather patterns and unique dangers including flash flooding and hurricanes. We want to help keep your fur babies safe by making sure that you have a pet safety plan in place.

Here are some ideas to help keep your pets comfortable and safe during the rainy season.

  • Keep your pets inside. When weather strikes, a pet can become frightened quickly. So, secure all pet doors and, should you need to take your pet outside, ensure that all outside gates are firmly closed.
  • Some pet families consider putting a tight shirt on their pet to reduce anxiety.
  • Give them a safe place to wait for the storm out where they feel secure. Providing them with some of their favorite toys or treats may help ease their anxiety.
  • Create an emergency pet kit with a leash, food, bowls, fresh water, and any medications or important medical records. This can be kept near the front door or in your car.
  • When walking your dog after a storm, make sure that your pets are kept on a leash and out of washes and fast running water as heavy rains can lead to flash flooding.
  • Heavy winds can lead to sharp debris that may injure pets. Make sure to clear any hazards from your yard before letting pets out again.
  • Address storm-related anxieties with pets by creating positive associations with storms by giving them treats, toys, and verbal praise for appropriate behavior.

Rainy season can be an unsettling time for pet owners and pets alike. This is why we encourage you to make a plan before rainy season hits to alleviate any added stress.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Finding Hidden Leaks in Your Vero Beach, FL Home

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Section of dry wall removed to expose leaking plumbing Our technicians were able to find the source of moisture in this home with the help of moisture reading tools.

Unresolved water damage in your Vero Beach home poses a risk of secondary harm to the building materials and creates the need for mold remediation. SERVPRO of Vero Beach seeks trapped moisture in areas such as:

  • Collecting under cabinetry due to burst pipes or worn dishwasher hoses
  • Pooling over a ceiling or behind a wall after leaking roofs or faulty plumbing lets water run down rafters

Specialized tools pinpoint the source of water damage to help our technicians focus and strategize an efficient water remediation plan:

  • Moisture Sensors -- affirm water is present
  • Moisture meters -- generate data on moisture levels
  • Thermo-hygrometers -- measure temperature and relative humidity to monitor drying efforts
  • Thermal imaging -- detect cached water for removal behind structures

Contact the well-trained and equipped team at SERVPRO of Vero Beach for all your water restoration needs. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Air Duct Cleaning in Your Vero Beach, FL Commercial Property

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Before and after of commercial air duct cleaning Regular cleaning of your commercial HVAC unit could help prolong its life expectancy.

Commercial air duct cleaning requires specialized tools, techniques, and training to get the job done right.  Our technicians are trained to handle air duct cleaning of any size in all kinds of facilities, including manufacturing facilities preparing for inspections by the FDA

SERVPRO of Vero Beach makes the process simple and convenient for our clients.

Call us right now and let us know what you’d like to get done.  We’ll typically ask you:

  • How many HVAC units do you have?
  • How many duct openings are there?
  • How high are your ceilings?
  • What size filters do you have?

Answering these questions helps us show up at your property prepared for your service.  While we’re there, we’ll ask you to walk us through your property and answer any more follow-up questions we might have. We make ourselves available to clean commercial air ducts when it’s most convenient for our clients, including:

  • Regular business hours
  • After-Hours
  • Overnight
  • Weekends
  • Holidays

If your commercial property requires special considerations, just let us know.  We are available 24/7 for are your Commercial Remediation and Cleaning needs.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Preventing Fires in Your Vero Beach, FL Property

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen after a fire We are available 24/7 for all your fire remediation needs!

Below are some simple yet effective home fire prevention tips that we can all follow to prevent common household fires.

Cooking Fires: Cooking fires make up at least 23 % of home fires and 9 % of fatalities. They can start with something so simple like a hand towel that is placed too close to a stove to an entirely dangerous house fire in just a matter of seconds. To prevent cooking fires, avoid ever leaving anything combustible near the stove burner. Keep them at least 3 feet away from the cooktop and this includes wall decorations and curtains.

Heating Equipment: Space heaters and wood stove tops are the most common heating equipment that causes house fires. They account for 15 % of house fires and 13 % of fatalities. Most heating equipment fires take place when space heaters or wood stove tops are placed near combustibles with nobody around attending to the area. Such fires can be prevented by placing space heaters or wood stove tops at least 3 feet away from bedding, drapes, and other flammable items. You also need to plug them directly into power sockets instead of using extension cords and switch them off completely when you head to bed or leave the house.

Electrical Equipment: Overloaded extension cords or bad electrical connections are dangerous as they can melt the wiring system which starts house fires. This type of fire accounts for 9 % of home fires and 10 % of fatalities. To prevent this type of fire, replace your extension cords which seem to be fraying. Those extension cords that are undersized to support the number of electronics you have also need to be changed to larger-gauge cords. Extension cords are also not supposed to be run below rugs as accidents are just waiting to happen. Other causes of accidents may involve miscellaneous incidents that are caused by negligent homeowners.

Fire Damage Restoration: Prevention is not that difficult to accomplish if we follow the correct recommended steps. However, occasionally things just happen unexpectedly which are simply beyond our control. If you have suffered from an unfortunate home fire, do not worry about fixing everything on your own. Always engage the services of professional fire damage restoration experts who can assess the extent of your home damage and recommend the proper techniques that need to be taken. It can be hard to come back from a home fire both physically and mentally which is why it is crucial to make use of professional restoration services. Focus on recuperating mentally while the experts take charge of getting your home back to its original physical condition with careful expertise and equipment.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What to Do After a Fire Loss in Your Vero Beach Home

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

Our crew is fully trained in the latest fire restoration techniques so you can rest assured you home is in the best hands. Room with smoke and soot damage after a fire loss.

We’ve compiled a list of important information and advice below that you can follow in the aftermath of a house fire.

Speak with Your Homeowners Insurance Agent:

When your home is damaged, you should first contact your homeowners’ insurance agent immediately to discuss losses. Ask them if the damage is covered under your policy and what the deadline is to file a claim. Afterward, make sure further damage isn’t done to your home by taking the necessary precautions. After a fire, block out certain areas where flooring or walls are weak. This will help prevent further damage and will also ensure household members won’t be harmed.

Document All Damages and Keep Records

Before the insurance adjuster visits, make a checklist for the areas of your home that you think need to be inspected. Also, keep records of all your conversations with the adjuster, and what areas they assessed. You want to make sure you have all the proper documentation in order before you hire fire damage restoration services.

After you’ve spoken with your insurance company, deal with the damage next. Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501. Our team is available 24/7 for all your fire restoration needs. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Why SERVPRO Should Be Added to Your I.C.E. List

11/22/2021 (Permalink)

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Many forms of damage can severely impact the safety, value, and look of your home. One example is property fires, which, according to the US Fire Administration, caused a $14.8 billion loss for damages in 2019. Such disasters can occur at any time without notice, which can leave you in a vulnerable position. Here are some reasons you should add SERVPRO of Vero Beach to your emergency contact list:

We’re Experts in the Damage Restoration Field: For over a decade we’ve helped countless individuals with the restoration of their properties. Residents of Indian River County have been seeking our help to restore their properties after damages caused by water, mold, fire, and more.

SERVPRO is Versatile: Yes, we provide fire, water, mold, and storm damage restoration services. However, we also offer quality cleaning services as well including air ducts, vandalism, and biohazard. We’ve seen it all, so believe us when we say we know a thing or two about cleaning the right way.

In case of an emergency, you can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 772-770-0501. Disasters can happen at any time so be prepared and be ready to call us.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Biohazardous Cleaning in Your Vero Beach, FL Commercial Property

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

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Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences for building occupants, employees, customers, and owners. Failure to properly handle and safely remove such hazardous substances can contribute to unhealthy and even dangerous environments.

Our team at SERVPRO® Vero Beach is trained to safely and effectively remove biohazardous substances and prepare waste for proper disposal according to OSHA, EPA, state and local health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety equipment and cleaning products, we help turn unsafe environments into clean, safe places of business.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach can help with mitigating the following issues:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Methamphetamine Labs
  • Crime Scene Residues
  • Arson
  • Vandalism
  • Sewage Backups
  • Black Water Intrusions
  • Mold Mitigation and Remediation  

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Commercial Cleaning Services, A Step Above the Rest!

10/27/2021 (Permalink)

Man holding sticker to be placed on store front that will indicate the store has been “Certified: Servpro Cleaned” Proudly display this sticker on the door of your business so customers know your establishment has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Since the onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic, sanitation services has become a demand for commercial properties and businesses. We recommend regular deep cleaning of carpets and floors as well as air ducts to remove bacteria, allergens and other potentially harmful substances that accumulate over time.

We are also licensed to provide a new service “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned”. This service is a comprehensive cleaning program that goes far beyond traditional janitorial services. Designed from protocols and practices suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it incorporates Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered professional cleaning and disinfecting products to remove viral pathogens like the Coronavirus.

With over 10 years of commercial cleaning and restoration experience, SERVPRO of Vero Beach is ready to assist with your cleaning needs. For more information on our services please call us anytime at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Common Causes of Water Damage in Bathrooms

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom with air mover drying the floor.  The water supply line corroded on this toilet causing a water loss.

Water damage in your Vero Beach, FL bathroom can happen when you least expect it and for a number of reasons. The most common causes of water damage in your bathroom include:

  • Clogged plumbing
  • Malfunctioning parts
  • Old or corroded plumbing
  • User Error (i.e. forgetting the tub was running)

Regardless of the source, if you find water backing up or flooding into your bathroom, turn off the water supply valve right away. Then, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even though a water loss can be panic inducing, we encourage you to stay calm. Our team of qualified technicians have the expertise and tools to mitigate your loss.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Potential Risks If Water Damage Is Left For Too Long

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Man removing water damaged laminate flooring. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your water restoration needs!

The longer that water sits in your home, the more havoc it will wreak on its structure and your possessions. Here are a few dangers caused by water damage that many homeowners don't notice until it's too late. 

1. Mold: Mold begins growing with in the first 72 hours after a water loss. Mold can render porous items such as furniture, clothing, paper, drywall, unsealed wood, and much more unsalvageable. Mold remediation can be costly and often not completely covered by insurance policies.

  1. Structural Problems: The weight of water is enough to put stress on your home's foundation, flooring, and walls and cause the need for extensive repairs. We're careful to extract as much moisture as possible when restoring homes with water damage. 

    3. Electrical Dangers-Water, wiring, and appliances are never a good combination, and water emergencies often cause major appliances to malfunction or pose electrical hazards. Having your home thoroughly assessed and inspected is the best safety measure to take once water damage has occurred. 

    4. Hazardous Materials-Water damage is often accompanied by dangerous debris, such as contaminated plaster and materials with lead. Our team is well equipped to repair your home in addition to removing any hazards.

If you're facing a water emergency, SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here to get your home quickly back to normal.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

How Can SERVPRO Help with Moisture Detection?

10/13/2021 (Permalink)

Woman measuring moisture in drywall Moisture detection devices can pick up moisture that can go unnoticed even by touch.

We have a skilled team of specially trained technicians using advanced moisture detection and water extraction equipment. This allows us to handle any level of water cleanup in your Vero Beach, FL home. With any water intrusion event, the water migrates from saturated areas into dry spaces. Sometimes the migration is visible and other times it can be hard to detect with the naked eye. SERVPRO of Vero Beach utilizes a broad range of equipment that allows us to locate hidden moisture so that we can enhance drying times. Some of the different moisture detection and monitoring devices that we use include:

  • Moisture Sensors: These devices are used to determine the amount of moisture left behind in soft materials, including carpets and the padding beneath.
  • Moisture Meters: These devices, including penetrating moisture meters and non-penetrating moisture meters, find the moisture content in various materials, letting our technicians know when the structure is dry.
  • Thermo-Hygrometers: These devices measure the relative humidity and temperature in the air.

When it comes to finding water damage behind walls and restoring your interior, we are here to help. You can reach our restoration team 24/7 by calling 772-770-0501.  

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Preventing Water Damage During Construction

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment set up to dry space between first and second floor. This home experienced a water loss during renovations of the upstairs master bathroom.

Water damage during the construction process is always a possibility. Below are the two main causes of a water loss during construction and how to prevent them:

System Failures: A building is more than its frame and its walls. There are several systems that have to work properly for the building to be functional:

  • Fire protection
  • Electrical
  • Drainage
  • Plumbing

If anything goes wrong in one of these systems, it can cause extensive water damage quickly. One broken pipe, for example, can saturate a whole section of the building, making it necessary to repair damage before construction can continue. To avoid as many problems as possible, partner with system experts to ensure that they are installed properly and run efficiently.


Building Security: The construction process comes with some inherent vulnerabilities. Until the building is completed, parts of it are exposed to the elements, increasing the chances that it could be flooded during a heavy rain. Water restoration experts recommend that you have a drainage plan in place. Tarps are also helpful in keeping water out of an unfinished building.


Avoiding the need for water pipe repair can protect your building while it's under construction. By taking the right precautions, you may be able to avoid water damage.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

The Four Components of Water Damage Assessment

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician taking moisture readings on a jobsite. Our technicians utilize various techniques and equipment to take accurate moisture readings.

Upon arrival to a water loss, our technicians perform an initial assessment to determine the damage done to the property. This reduces the cost of your insurance claim by preventing the unnecessary replacement of repairable damage. You should expect the assessment to consist of these four steps:

  1. Inspection of Damage-The associate assesses how much damage the water has

caused, inspecting the affected areas to determine whether restoration or replacement will be needed. Additionally, the professional will check for any dangers in the area, such as lead, asbestos and unsafe electrical outlets.

  1. Addressing Ongoing Leaks-If there is still water leaking on the property, it is

necessary to identify the source and stop its flow. The associate should check for any sources of contamination of the water as well.

  1. Testing the Water-Pretesting involves classifying the water contamination into one of three categories:
    • White Water – Water with no substantial contaminants
    • Gray Water – Water containing microorganisms, as found in septic water
    • Black Water – Water containing dangerous bacteria or fungi
  2. Preparing the Area for Water Removal- Before moving forward in the restoration process, the area needs to be cleared of any furniture or carpets in the way and subject to water damage. 

Once the inspection has been completed, your property is ready for restoration. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What is a “Flood Cut”?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Hallway with drywall cut out to allow SERVPRO equipment access for drying. The water line determines how far up the drywall will need to be removed in the event a flood cut is necessary.

: A flood cut marks the spot 12 inches above the water damage to tell water damage restoration specialists where to begin when they tear out damaged walls.

Is a Flood Cut Necessary?
While flood cuts are common when businesses have taken on water damage, in certain circumstances, replacing the wall can be avoided. The walls may be salvageable if the following conditions exist:

The water that caused the flooding is clean water.

The walls are not insulated.

There is no sign of mold spreading into the wall.

If all these conditions are met, it is possible that technicians can drill small holes in the wall and use industrial dryers to prevent further damage. If, however, the water in question holds the possibility of contamination, everything it touches must be removed and replaced. As insulation cannot be dried and used effectively after it has been wet, it must be replaced as well.

How Does a Flood Cut Help?
Measuring a whole foot above where the visible damage lies might seem like overkill at first. However, when it comes to flood damage and the potential complications it poses, you will probably agree that it is better to be safe than sorry. To ensure that every inch of your business is protected from mold growth and contamination, restoration professionals remove any drywall and insulation that might have been affected.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What Factors Determine the Severity of Smoke Damage During a Fire?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke damage in home after fire. Here you can see the concentration of smoke damage towards the top of the wall and ceiling.

There are two main factors that determine the severity of smoke damage during a fire:

The temperature of the smoke: Fire produces heat, and as a result, the air above the fire

becomes hot, expands and becomes lighter. The lighter air moves up, and its place is taken by the denser cold air. The process generates air currents called convection currents, which cause smoke to rise to the top. As the temperature of the air increases, the pressure it exerts against the surfaces increases as well. Meaning, hotter fires produce a hotter smoke that is forced against the surfaces. The smoke particles in such fires can go deeper into the surface pores and cause extensive damage.

The temperature of the surrounding surfaces: Hotter smoke move towards cooler surfaces such as outside walls, closets, and unheated rooms- damaging these areas the heaviest. It can be surprising to see how much smoke residue finds its way into drawers and closets.


A fire incident can be quite a traumatizing experience, but SERVPRO of Vero Beach’s technicians can use multiple techniques to clean surfaces that are heavily damaged by smoke and soot. 
Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Storm Safety for Your Vero Beach, FL Business

9/20/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment laid out in warehouse We are prepared for any size disaster with a warehouse full of drying equipment.

There are measures you can take to prepare your business well before a storm hits. Routine inspections of your building and grounds can help you find and address any potential issues that may lead to leaks and damage during a storm. Keep your property up to code and well-maintained to limit the impacts of severe weather. You should keep landscaping in good order and regularly trim trees that pose a risk to your structures. You can buy surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your electronic devices. An intense rain storm can lead to a power outage, so have an emergency preparedness kit on-site. During inclement weather, it is important to use the safety practices you have developed to keep yourself and your employees safe. You should choose a safe place in your building for team members to gather during a thunderstorm. Pick a place that is away from skylights, windows, and glass doors as these items can be damaged or broken during high winds. As electricity can travel through plumbing and phone lines, advise your employees to avoid running water and using landline phones during bad storms.

Recovering from a major storm can be overwhelming. You should contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach if your business has been impacted by a severe rain storm and high winds.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Three Reasons to Choose SERVPRO of Vero Beach to Handle a Catastrophic Loss

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Several Franchise Locations
SERVPRO has over 1,700 franchise locations. This means that the closest professionals can arrive on site in four hours or less, which may be faster than other regional mitigation and restoration services. In the event of widespread damage from fires, flooding or storm damage, additional experts and equipment may report from nearby locations to assist in the cleanup and repairs.

National Corporate Support
The support of one of the nation's leading mitigation and restoration companies allows the local franchises to be better trained and equipped than most independent companies. Insurance jobs are only offered to locations that satisfy all the requirements of a 21-point Participation Agreement. This oversight and company-wide services such as the Claims Information Center elevate the standard of service and make SERVPRO the perfect choice in the event of catastrophic loss.

Industry-Leading Standards
This national corporation is also a certified training school for the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration. Each franchise must employ at least one technician who specializes in a particular area such as storm or fire damage to maintain certification. The IICRC requires technicians to obtain continuing education credits to ensure that professionals keep up with current best practices in the mitigation and restoration field. This means that the work performed by these employees will be up to the highest standards in the industry.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Timeline of Water Damage Progression

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

  • Hour 0-1:
    • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path
    • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings
    • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpet
    • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp
  • Hours 1-24:
    • Drywall begins to swell and break down
    • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish
    • Furniture begins to swell and crack
    • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain
    • A musty odor appears
  • 48 Hours to 1 Week
    • Mold and mildew may grow and spread
    • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp
    • Metal begins to rust and corrode
    • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold
    • Paint begins to blister
    • Wood flooring swells and warps
    • Serious biohazard contamination is possible
  • After 1 week
    • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive
    • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants can pose serious risk to occupants

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Hail Facts, According to the National Weather Service

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Shingle roof with hail damage Here you can see damage left behind after a hail storm.

HOW IT FORMS:

Inside thunderstorms are warm updrafts and cold downdrafts. When a water drop is lifted, it can carry to temperatures below 32 degrees, freeze and then fall. As it falls it can thaw as it moves into warmer air, where it can get picked up again by another updraft, returning it to cold air where it refreezes. With each trip above and below freezing, it adds a layer of ice before it ultimately falls to earth as hail.

BIGGEST EVER

The largest recorded hailstone in the U.S. was nearly as big as a volleyball and fell on July 23, 2010, in Vivian, South Dakota. It was 8 inches in diameter and weighed almost 2 pounds.

DAMAGE DONE

Hail causes about $1 billion damage to crops and property annually. A hailstorm that hit Kansas City on April 10, 2001, was the costliest ever in the U.S., causing about $2 billion damage. If a strong storm roars through, you may find your siding damaged by hail and shingles that the wind ripped off the roof. Homeowners insurance typically covers wind damage. Coverage also usually includes damage from hail, wind-driven rain or snow that gets inside the home when a roof or wall is damaged due to wind. Most policies also offer some coverage for fallen trees that damage your home, provided the tree broke because of a storm or wind.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Is Your Dryer Safe and Working Properly?

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

Dryer duct with lint build up Lint is highly flammable, regular duct cleanings are essential for fire prevention.

Here Are Three Signs That Tell You It May Not Be:

The Vent Trap Doesn't Open Properly

A stuck vent trap is also another sign of lint build-up.  It could be the result of overdue maintenance and will eventually affect your appliance.  You should frequently check for debris or lint around the dryer hose to catch this problem before it causes a nasty clog or lint fire.

Clothes Take Longer to Dry

When your dryer vent is clogged, clothes take to dryer as hot humid air cannot leave the dryer.This translates into more dry time and wear and tear on your dryer.  This may also add unnecessary humidity into your structure which could cause secondary damages.

A Burning Smell

If you detect a burning smell from your dryer, please turn it off immediately.  This could be caused by your drum or lint trap being clogged.  The smell could be coming from hot clothes and longer drying times.  Check your dryer's vents and traps immediately, or call in a professional appliance company. 

Replacing a dryer can be costly, don't wait until a malfunction to start your troubleshooting. Regular maintenance will save you money and prevent a possible lint fire in the future.  

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

SERVPRO of Vero Beach Provides Commercial Mold Remediation Services

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Mold remediation technician setting up negative air in a bedroom. Here you can see our technician setting up a room with containment and negative air for mold remediation at this bed and breakfast.

If you notice a musty odor in your Vero Beach, FL commercial building, it is very important to address the problem quickly since there is a good chance it could be from mold. It is well known that mold can cause health effects, and you do not want to have to shut down your business entirely to address a mold contamination issue. Mold can get started because of minor water leaks in plumbing, the windows, or the roof.

Our mold remediation specialist will assess the situation and recommend the best approach to minimize the impact on day-to-day operations. Our license under FL state Law - Mold Remediation Contractor License #: MRSR970.

We follow strict protocols including, installing plastic barriers and negative air pressure helps to contain mold spores. We seal off the HVAC system to prevent cross contamination of the system. Depending on the magnitude of the mold infestation, we may also establish clean rooms and decontamination rooms to facilitate leaving and entering the work area. We remove contaminated porous materials, and we can remove mold and clean non-porous materials.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach completes the work as quickly as possible while minimizing the impact on the remainder of the building and your day-to-day operations. Our services include:

  • Mold Inspection
  • Mold Removal
  • Mold Remediation and Repair

Call our office at 772-770-0501 for more information on mold damage.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Grill Maintenance For Fire Prevention

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Man grilling ribs Our Crew Chief, Greg, is our in house grill master!

Proper grill cleaning may reduce the risk of fire damage to your property. There are several steps you can take to ensure your unit is always clean and ready to use. 

1. Begin While the Grill Is Warm 

Removing thick grease and baked-on residue can be difficult when the grill is cold, so cleaning the unit while it is still somewhat warm may make the job easier. Wait until you can touch the racks comfortably and then prepare for grill cleaning by gathering a pair of rubber gloves and a grill brush before filling a bucket with hot, soapy water large enough to immerse the grates. 

2. Disconnect and Dismantle the Grill 

Before you perform any grill maintenance, check to ensure all the dials are in the off position, then turn off and disconnect the propane tank. Remove the grates and the drip pan and place them in the bucket of soapy water to soak. Next, clean the underside of the grill’s hood to remove residue that can build up there and cause a grease fire. You can guard the heating elements from dripping water and grease by covering them with heavy-duty foil. 

3. Rinse and Reassemble 

Once you scrub out the inside of the grill, pull the drip pan and grates from the soak bucket, scrub and rinse them with a hose and place them back inside the unit. Remove the foil and wipe down the outer surface to finish the job. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Why is Flood Insurance Important?

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO technicians taking moisture readings and inputting the information into DryBook. : All drying and remediation data is uploaded directly from the jobsite to keep the insurance companies up to date on progress.

To control costs, many homeowners opt out of or do not purchase flood insurance, but this can be a crucial misstep. Flood damage is one of the leading causes of financial hardship among homeowners. Whether or not your home sustains flood damage during a storm depends on the size of the storm, its direction of travel, and where your home is positioned relative to other buildings in the neighborhood. If your property lies at the end of a street or a slightly lower elevation than the surrounding area, you may be at high risk of flood damage. However, in the event of a catastrophic storm, the entire town could be flooded at once. Flood damage can cost thousands to repair. Floods with safety hazards may incur extra costs, as well. Since Florida is prone to flooding we always recommend that homeowners opt for the extra coverage. A slight extra premium each month can save you from footing a substantial bill the next time a hurricane comes around. What is and is not covered by your insurance may vary depending on your provider and contract, so be sure to get in touch with an insurance representative to learn where your coverage may be lacking.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all your water, fire, and mold needs.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Statistics Restaurant Owners Should Know

9/2/2021 (Permalink)

Restaurant kitchen with partially cleaned floors. Our technicians were called out to clean the floors in this restaurant. Regular cleanings and equipment maintenance can significantly reduce fire risk

The average annual cost of fire damage in food and beverage establishments is around $246 million per year. Direct property damage per fire was 75% lower when a wet pipe sprinkler system was present, compared to fires with no automatic extinguishing equipment present. While Fires are less common during the overnight hours (from Midnight to 6 a.m.) they can cause more property damage since the fire can go unnoticed for significantly longer. The following are the statistics on the cause of fires in eating establishments:

  • Cooking equipment 57%
  • Heating equipment 10%
  • Electrical/Lighting equipment 7%
  • Smoking material 7%
  • Intentional 5%

As one of the leading fire and water restoration specialists in Indian River County, SERVPRO of Vero Beach has the training, experience and specialized equipment necessary to restore your business. We are committed to providing superior service while restoring your property back to pre-fire condition.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

How we train our Team Members at SERVPRO of Vero Beach

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

women sitting in restaurant booth : Our office staff enjoying lunch after finishing this quarter’s continuing education training.

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
    • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • 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.

At SERVPRO of Vero Beach, we take pride in sending highly trained technicians to service our Indian River County clients!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

three men standing in front of servpro box truck in ppe We are equipped with all the necessary PPE to handle your Biohazard job needs.

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touch points, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach today at 772-643-7378 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

How to Extinguish an Electrical Fire in Your Vero Beach, FL Property

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

kitchen with fire damage from electrical short in the microwave. A short in the microwave wiring was the cause of this kitchen fire.

One-third of all home structure fires stem from an electrical source, and because they tend to be difficult to identify, they are usually much more dangerous and destructive than other types of fires. We want to share what you should do if an electrical fire starts in your home:

  • Cut off the electricity.If the device that is causing the electrical fire is found, and you can reach the cord and outlet safely, unplug it. 
  • Add sodium bicarbonate.If the fire is small, you may put it out by smothering it with baking soda.
  • Remove the oxygen source.It may also be put out by removing the oxygen source with clothing or a heavy blanket if the fire is small and it is safe to do so.
  • Don’t use water to put it out.Water is a natural conductor of electricity and if you throw water on an electrical fire, you can get shocked or electrocuted. Also, water may enable to fire to spread by conducting electricity throughout the room and potentially igniting flammable materials.
  • Check your fire extinguisher.Electrical fires are a Class C fire, which means that you will need an extinguisher that is appropriate for this type of fire. Most residential fire extinguishers are multi-purpose and labeled ABC, but it is crucial to verify this before using it on an electrical fire. 

Please keep these tips handy for combatting an electrical fire in the event of an emergency. Knowing how to respond quickly could be the difference between a small fire and a devastating disaster. For fire restoration, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at, 772-770-0501

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Storm Remediation Process in Vero Beach, FL

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded commercial office. An office with standing water after a flash flood.

Natural disasters like the seasonal storms we expect over the next several months can cause severe damage to homes in the Treasure Coast. The truth about storm-related flood damage is that solutions often require orchestration of many mitigation, remediation, and restoration phases, tasks, and steps.

During the initial safety review:

  • Boarding and tarping
  • Bracing and installing supports when walls, ceilings, and other structures threaten to weaken or collapse

During flood water removal and structural drying:

  • Performing controlled demolition
  • Flood cuts, exposing trapped water and providing access for air movement anddehumidification
  • Drilled or cut weep holes, releasing trapped water from a building cavity, cinder block or other foundation materials, or atop a ceiling in a planned, safe way

During build-back

  • Repairing and reconstructing storm, flood, and controlled demolition damage

SERVPRO of Vero Beach’s crews are available 24hours a day, 7 days a week at (772) 770-0501.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

The Difference Between a Hurricane Watch and Warning

7/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water saturated carpet with foot prints Water saturated carpets need to be thoroughly extracted and dried to avoid mold growth and musty smells.

Do you know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning? 

What is a Hurricane Watch?
A hurricane watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 48 hours. 

What is a Hurricane Warning?
A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane conditions (winds of 74 miles per hour or greater, or dangerously high water and rough seas) are expected in 36 hours or less.

Stay tuned to local weather authorities and have a plan to stay safe in the event of a hurricane watch or warning.   

Websites such as nhc.noaa.gov are a great way to get reliable local and national information for hurricane preparedness. If your home or business has water damage from a hurricane or thunderstorm, give SERVPRO of Vero Beach a call 772-770-0501. We are ready and available to respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

SERVPRO of Vero Beach Specializes in Water Remediation and Restoration.

7/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water saturated carpet with foot prints Water saturated carpets need to be thoroughly extracted and dried to avoid mold growth and musty smells.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in water damage caused by a variety of sources. A home or business can flood at any time due to the following events:  

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break
  • Hot-water tank failure
  • Dishwasher leak
  • Air Conditioning system overflow
  • Refrigerator water supply line leak
  • Washing machine supply line leak
  • And many more

If the property is not remediated and dried out quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and eventually cause severe damage to your property’s structure. Our team of trained professionals will handle your water damaged property safely and correctly. Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach today at 772-770-0501, if you have questions about water damage or flooding in your home or business. We’re ready to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Water Damage in Vero Beach, FL Gyms Can Create Problems

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Section of gym with weight racks. The workers of this gym noticed water was seeping up between the mat seams whenever pressure was applied.

Without professional mitigation, water damage can create costly repair and replacement costs for gym owners. If an Indian River County gym needs water remediation, our certified technicians are here to help. Our team has extensive experience in water losses of all sizes. We strive to preserve your facility so that employees and customers alike can enjoy them as before. Whether you have carpet, concrete, mats, wood, or other material flooring, SERVPRO of Vero Beach has the tools you need to extract water and restore your facilities. Our pros have access to portable extractors to remove water from affected surfaces, as well as tools like wet-dry vacuums, mops, squeegees, and rovers. To ensure that drying goals are met, our technicians carefully evaluate and monitor the moisture levels of affected surfaces with penetrating and non-penetrating moisture measurement solutions. This can include sensors, meters, and even infrared cameras if damage behind structures or under subflooring is a concern. SERVPRO of Vero Beach serves the community by being “Faster to Any Size Disaster”. Call 772-770-0501 for your commercial mitigation.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What is a Soot Tag?

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Soot tags hanging from trusses in attic. Here you can see the web like soot tags found in an attic after a fire.

As fire restoration specialists, SERVPRO of Vero Beach has restored many fire damaged properties over the years. The extent of the damage can sometimes be very obvious and other times it is not-especially in instances when the damage is in the attics or trapped between walls where it is unseen until we dig in with our inspection. 

One of the most common visible markers of fire damage are the black soot tags that seem to spring out of nowhere after a fire. Clients often assume soot tags are spider webs that have soot settled on them. However, these black “spider webs” are not actually related to spiders at all. Soot tags form when petroleum/synthetic based sources burn in areas of low circulation. During a fire, the heat produced moves into cooler areas since the air is seeking to create equilibrium. This causes the soot particles to follow the heat into the cooler areas with low circulation. Since soot is a product of combustion, the particles themselves are charged which makes it quite easy for them to create long chains of soot.

If your Vero Beach, FL home or business is affected by smoke or fire damage, give us a call at 772-770-0501. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Preventing Water Damage to Your Vero Beach, FL Property When on Vacation

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

Bedroom with large amounts of mold growing on the walls. Did you know it only takes 72-hours for mold to begin growing after a water loss? This is why it is important to take swift action after you discover

Many states and countries are beginning to reopen their doors to tourism for the first time in over a year, just in time for summer vacation! SERVPRO of Vero Beach would like to give you some helpful tips to reduce the likelihood of water damage to your home while you are away.

  • Check for Leaks- Check pipes under sinks, your water heater, or anything resembling rust, cracks, or other damage. It’s important to check the seals around your windows and the exterior of your home as well. If you find any leakage, be sure to fix it prior to your departure.
  • Inspect Appliances- Your dishwasher, washer/dryer, and refrigerator are all connected to your home by hoses. If these hoses are damaged in any way, they can cause major water damage to your home. Inspect your appliances and, if needed, replace hoses before leaving.
  • Clean Your Gutters- Removing leaves and other debris from your gutters is an easy way to prevent backups due to improper drainage.
  • Turn Off the Water- Turn off the water main and make sure the pipes are completely drained. Simply run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water.
  • Have Someone Check on Your Home- If possible, ask a friend, neighbor, or family member to keep an eye on your property and notify you immediately if something goes wrong.

We hope, by following these tips, you can enjoy your vacation with the peace of mind knowing you have reduced the chances of a water loss occurring while you are away. Always remember, SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here to help. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all you water remediation needs.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Why SERVPRO of Vero Beach? Just Ask Our Customers!

7/5/2021 (Permalink)

Three Men in PPE standing in front of a SERVPRO box truck Our team is highly trained for water, fire, and mold restoration jobs.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach takes pride in making our customers happy. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority. Here’s what some of our customers say about us:


“Surprise, surprise! For nearly 2 years in our 30-year-old house in lovely Vero Beach only to be shocked and alarmed to discover we were sharing our laundry with a hidden colony of mold and mildew behind our washer and drier. Immediately knew this is not a job for the handyman in me. Contacted SERVPRO because I had used the company two twice in other locations before and had complete confidence in them. Sure enough, my confidence in the Vero SERVPRO strengthen my resolve to continue using them in the future. Why. They promptly responded to our call for help, assessed the situation accurately, isolated the room from the rest of the house, removed the nasty drywall cleanly, brought in a highly competent plumber to reroute two supply lines, kept us involved in every phase of repair, left our house neat and tidy, and all for a fair price. I would certainly hire our Vero Beach SERVPRO they are simply the best.”-Dale B.


“I had just bought my house in Sept 2020. Three months later I had to have my whole house re-piped. I called SERVPRO after the re-piping was finished, to redo the drywall.. Robert, Chris, and Drew were the crew sent.. They worked hard, there were many holes of dry wall to be repaired. these guys were honest, professional, as well as polite and personable. I am impressed with their work and would recommend them to others. Thanks SERVPRO!”-Brenda B.

Our team cares about our customers and would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Happy 4th of July!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

How Storm Damage Differs From Other Types of Water Damage

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

Carpet in room with water stains Water leaked from the ceiling onto the carpet of this Vero Beach, FL home during a rain storm.

There is always a risk that your property may incur damage if the weather becomes severe. Storm damage is not the same as other water damage, for this reason, you may not be aware of how to properly deal with it.

  • Why is flood damage different from other types of water damage? The reason that flood water is different from others is largely due to how it accumulates. While most water damage, such as that from leaks or broken pipes, comes from above, the water in a flood rises from the ground. As it does, it becomes category 3 water.
  • What is “Category 3” water? When it comes to water contamination, there are three categories. Category 3 or black water, which includes water from a flood, has the highest levels of contamination. Because this water comes up from the ground, it mixes with dirt, debris and sewage. When this happens, it begins to carry waste, bacteria and harmful chemicals that can be hazardous to your health.
  • How should you handle damage from storm water? Because flood water is highly contaminated, it is not a good idea to try removing it on your own. Instead, you should hire a professional to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building. Any food or beverages that have been in contact with this water should be thrown away as they are no longer safe to consume. Protective gear should be worn at all times while handling category 3 water.

If your property has been affected by storm water, it is important to have it taken care of right away to prevent secondary damage. SERVPRO of Vero Beach can sanitize the area, perform necessary repairs and salvage many affected items. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Things You Should Throw Away After a Fire

6/24/2021 (Permalink)

Bedroom with fire damage on structure and contents. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

fter a fire, our goal, at SERVPRO of Vero Beach, is to restore as much of your belongings as possible. While many things can be salvaged, there are some that absolutely should be disposed of after a fire. It is important to carefully consider what should be kept and what should be discarded. When certain materials are exposed to high temperatures, they release chemicals, including:

  • Plastics
  • Nonorganic fibers
  • Wiring

A good rule of thumb is: anything that you plan on putting onto or into your body should be disposed of. Items such as medicine, makeup and toiletries should always be replaced. This also means you should get rid of most foods, items in plastic containers, and anything containing harmful chemicals.  When dealing with fire damage, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Hiring a professional fire remediation company like SERVPRO of Vero Beach is always recommended when navigating these kinds of decisions.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

SERVPRO of Vero Beach, “We are here to help!”

6/22/2021 (Permalink)

Two women holding pie and a man standing in front of a SERVPRO Vehicle SERVPRO of Vero Beach is an active part of the Indian River County community we take pride in serving you any way we can!

When water, fire, or mold damages your home, the last thing you want to worry about is the  professionalism of the workers that will enter your house. SERVPRO of Vero Beach’s technicians are all trained professionals who treat your home like they would their own. We run extensive background checks on all employees and make careful selection when hiring. It is important that our technicians are understanding and compassionate about the stressful scenario our clients are going through. We always want to ensure that a homeowner feels at ease about the situation and not like we are invading their comfort zone. When walking into a water, fire, or mold damaged property, our techs take their time to go through the affected areas with you to make sure we salvage as much as possible. Our goal is always to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Water Damaged Commercial Properties Can Count on SERVPRO of Vero Beach

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Movie theater walkway with water saturated carpets Don’t let water damage keep your business down for longer than necessary. Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach, we are here to help!

If you've never experienced water damage in your businesses knowing what to expect next can help alleviate stress and worry. When disaster strikes our highly trained professionals will arrive and assess your damage and begin the drying the process. Drying your property quickly will prevent secondary damage, which means getting your business doors open quickly. SERVPRO of Vero Beach uses state of the art equipment for every step of the process. The quicker the water is extracted the less likely mold can begin to grow. Along with structural restoration SERVPRO of Vero of Beach also offers content restoration services, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned. 
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product. 

If you experience commercial water damage in your Vero Beach Business contact us at 772-770-0501. 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."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

The Best way to Minimize Water Damage to Your Home

6/14/2021 (Permalink)

Ceiling with water stains from a water loss on the second floor. Here you can see how water can migrate even between the beams that support the second story.

Water damage can wreak havoc on a home, in a very short period of time. Regardless of what may have caused of loss, the result is the same-a mess that needs cleaning in a hurry before damages multiply and mold growth takes over. In some cases, you may even wonder if your home will ever be the same again. The comforting news is yes, your home can be restored!

Once a loss has occurred, relying on the services of a local restoration company like SERVPRO of Vero Beach, is the best way to minimize the amount of damage to your home. We will get to your property quickly and begin a fast water extraction program. We have industrial grade pumps and extractors to remove the bulk of the standing water. Our technicians also utilize top of the line equipment to restore your home to a dry state.

The sooner you get your emergency taken care of, the better. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help mitigate losses and get you back into a safe home environment.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Stay Hurricane Ready with Survival Essentials

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Cooler packed with hurricane survival supplies. Every year in May hurricane supplies are tax free, this is the best time to shop and take advantage of savings!

As we all know, hurricanes can be one of the most devastating types of natural disasters. When a big storm is in the forecast, everyone who lives anywhere near the hurricane that's on its way should have a disaster plan ready. One of the first tasks in your disaster plan should include replenishing your hurricane kit. According to FEMA, at a minimum, you should have these basic supplies:

  • Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home).
  • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible).
  • Extra batteries.
  • First aid kit. 
  • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items.
  • Multi-purpose tool, like a Swiss Army knife.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
  • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies).
  • Cell phone with charger.
  • Family and emergency contact information.
  • Extra cash (ATMs might be inoperable).
  • Extra fuel for generator and car.
  • Depending on your family’s requirements, you may need to include: medical-care items, baby supplies, pet supplies and other things, such as extra car and house keys. Additional supplies might include towels, plastic sheeting, duct tape, scissors and work gloves.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Campfire Safety Tips

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

Every year thousands of structures fall victim to forest fires. According to the National Park Service, “Nearly 85% of wildland fires are cause by humans”, with an overwhelming majority resulting specifically from campfires. That is why we would like to remind you of some simple precautions to follow when camping this year as outlined by www.recreation.gov.

  • Pick Your Spot Wisely:Use existing fire circles or pits if available. Do not build a fire in dry or windy conditions, especially if there are fire restrictions in place (check with local authorities). Build fires at least 15 feet away from tent walls, shrubs, or other flammable materials.
  • Prepare Your Pit:Choose a spot for your campfire that is downwind from your tent and gear, and protected from wind gusts. Clear a 10-foot-wide diameter area around your site, and make sure there are no limbs or branches hanging over your pit. Always circle the pit with rocks, or use an existing fire ring.
  • Build A Small Campfire:Once you have a prepared pit, you are ready to build a small campfire that stays well within the fire pit. It is recommended to use three types of wood. Tinder, which is made of small twigs, dry leaves or grass, will get the fire started initially. Kindling, consisting of twigs smaller than one inch around, will help to light the larger pieces of wood. Fuel—the large pieces of wood—will provide the heat and sustained flames once the tinder and kindling are consumed.
  • This is the most important step! EXTINGUISH THE FIRE PROPERLY:Campers need to properly maintain and extinguish campfires when going to bed or leaving the area. If possible, let the campfire burn down to ashes. Pour water on the fire to drown all embers, not just the red ones. Once this is done, stir everything in the pit with a shovel and test for heat with the back of your hand.  Once it is dead, you are safe to go to bed or leave the area. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What To Do If You Encounter Black Water

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Infographic with 3 columns explaining the difference between clear, grey, and black water. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here to help with all your water restoration needs.

There are three levels of contamination our technicians use to classify the type of water loss they are remediating.

  • Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.
  • Gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous. 
  • Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.  Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster.  Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

When dealing with contaminated water we recommend taking the following steps to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system or fans, air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach to ensure all contaminates are properly remediated. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501 

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO of Vero Beach for Your Mold Remediation Needs

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Servpro airscrubber with plastic tubing connected, set up for negative air filtration. Negative air pressure keeps the mold spores from spreading during the cleanup process.

A busy lifestyle distracts you from subtle signs that mold may be taking hold in one or more areas of your home. You may first notice a darkening of the wood under a cabinet or a musty smell in the bathroom. Small leaks add up to a growing problem. Eventually contacting a mold remediation company is your next step. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is Indian River County’s leading mold remediation company. What sets us apart from the rest? Our technicians:

  • Spend hours learning about the lifecycle of molds and the challenges that maybe present when remediating outbreaks.
  • Always suit up in personal protective gear.
  • Contain the affected areas with plastic sheeting and create negative pressure using an air scrubber to prevent cross contamination.

There are over 100,000 different types of mold. This means that each mold remediation requires a tailor-made protocol to ensure the mold is completely eradicated. If you suspect mold may be growing in your property call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at (772)770-0501. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Preparing Your Vero Beach, FL Business for Holiday

6/2/2021 (Permalink)

Image of surf on beach with “out of office” carved into the sand. SERVPRO of Vero Beach offers free “Emergency Ready Plans” for all Indian River County businesses. An ERP could help save vital time in the event of a

As snowbirds return home, many Vero Beach businesses will be closing for part or all of the summer months. Making sure your commercial property is safe from potential water damage is vital. Without anyone there to immediately act on an issue that requires water pipe repair, a flooding problem can spiral out of control. Following these three tips can make coming back from a leisurely break to a flooded workplace less likely.

  • Check the Water Supply Lines: Everything that uses water should be inspected. Items such as toilets, refrigerators, sinks, fountains, dishwashers, ice makers, and washing machines all have water lines and should be evaluated. With a flashlight, check the attached cords for cracks or breaks. If you see any problems, turn that specific shutoff valve off and arrange for water pipe repair when you are back.
  • Turn Off the Main Valve Before Leaving: If you have access, it is important to turn off the main valve to the water supply. In an older commercial property, there is a gate valve that must be rotated until the gate it controls is fully down. In newer properties, there is a ball valve with a lever that needs to be turned 90 degrees to the “off position” when it is not turned the same way as the pipe. Shutting down the main valve will stop looming problems regardless. When your business opens again, you can resume being vigilant of any leaks after turning it back on.
  • Inspect the Outside of the Property: The building’s downspout should be free of any debris to stop rainwater or snow melt from causing water damage. A simple check keeps the mechanism working towards keeping your business not flooded.

Water damage is scary, but it can be mitigated. If prevention isn’t adequate or water pipe repair is necessary upon return, reach out to trained professionals at SERVPRO of Vero Beach. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

SERVPRO of Vero Beach’s Suggestions to Help Weather the Storm

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s ERP marketing image. Don’t miss out on creating your individualized ERP with SERVPRO of Vero Beach, it’s a free service to you so you have nothing to lose!

Protecting your property properly during hurricane season can take a bit of effort and planning. Every year both businesses and homes suffer catastrophic losses. Without knowing the ins and outs of every situation that may occur, a specialist in the field can come in quite handy. SERVPRO of Vero Beach can help you by developing an Emergency READY Plan. A free tool at your disposal to help you prepare your property, its contents, and any personal belongings in the event of a disaster. We can help you identify potential hazards and get you well on your way to defending your property, even when things are at their worst. SERVPRO of Vero Beach can assist with performing a safety inventory check. Along with establishing your ERP we always recommend you contact your insurance provider to double check that your insurance coverage meets your needs. Hurricanes can lead to damage from floods, wind, and debris never make the mistake of assuming you’re safe, you may be left wanting. Give SERVPRO of Vero Beach a call for assistance with preparing your property for hurricane season. We can help you 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including holidays. Make the decision to survive, today. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Types of Smoke and the Soot They Create

5/18/2021 (Permalink)

wall and ceiling covered in soot from a fire. Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Vero Beach Home.

Smoke and soot are very invasive and can settle into even the smallest crevices of your home, leading to hidden damage and lingering odors. SERVPRO of Vero Beach’s extensive experience with smoke and soot damage allows us to accurately assess the extent of the damage in order to develop a comprehensive plan of action. Certain factors during a fire cause it to yield different types of smoke/residue. Each type of smoke creates different types of soot residue. Before restoration begins, our technicians will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Some examples of wet and dry smoke include:

  • Wet Smoke- Created by low-heat, smoldering fires. Both plastic and rubber produce this waste when they are burned. They tend to have fewer flames but much more thick, black smoke than their dry counterparts. Smears when being wiped because wet smoke residue is sticky and dense.
  • Dry Smoke – Created by fast-burning, high-temperature fires that are typically fueled by paper or wood. Its powdery texture means it doesn’t smear when being wipe.
  • Fuel/Oil Smoke- Leaves behind petroleum residue which is sticky, dense, and especially difficult to clean. Its odor is strong and offensive, easily ruining upholstered pieces of furniture when not cleaned promptly.
  • Protein Smoke- Created when organic material evaporates during a low-heat fire. Smoke damage is essentially invisible with no noticeable soot or streaking, but it can permanently discolor painted, varnished, or other finished surfaces.

Since every smoke and fire damage loss is unique, each job requires a unique restoration plan. SERVPRO of Vero Beach has the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage “Like it never even happened.” If you have any questions about fire, smoke, or soot damage, call us today at (772)770-0501. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Keep Your Vero Beach, FL Business Operational During a Power Outage

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

An example of a back up generator to be utilized for commercial purposes Installing a back-up generator can pay itself off in one storm season. Now is a great time to consider your options, as hurricane season is around the

Every hurricane season your Indian River County business is prone to shut downs that last anywhere from hours to weeks. A power outage will affect computers, security systems, refrigeration capability, and lights. That’s why SERVPRO of Vero Beach recommends always having a backup plan to be prepared for the worst. Some things to consider when creating a plan are:

  • Business interruption insurance can reduce the impact on your company's bottom line.
  • Buy a portable generator and make sure you get one that is strong enough to power up critical systems such as computers or refrigeration. 
  • Install an uninterrupted power supply source for all computers; this allows the computer to run on battery power and at least allow time for saving critical files.
  • Some things to consider include making sure your insurance protection is current and will cover losses.
  • Employees can be a big asset if they are trained in what steps to take during a power outage. Knowledgeable employees will also increase the safety of customers.

There are many details to consider when creating a storm preparedness plan. Contacting SERVPRO of Vero Beach for a personalized ERP allows you to get to work on recovery in a matter of hours. It's not something you should make up under pressure. Call our office today at 772-770-0501 to schedule an appointment for your free ERP.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

A Step Above the Rest for Indian River County

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Hand holding up thermal imaging camera to detect a leak in the kitchen ceiling We have many tools for our technicians to utilize when they arrive at to the site of a loss. Which tool we use is dependent on the nature of the loss.

We, at SERVPRO of Vero Beach, do not skip corners or steps. To ensure we leave your property “Like it never even happened,” we must find the root cause of the loss in your property. Sometimes, the cause of loss is not always visible to the naked eye. That is why we provide our technicians with the most up to date technologies. Some of the tools we utilize include thermal imaging cameras, scopes, water meters, and more. Using such tools makes the mitigation process more efficient by allowing our technicians to find the cause of loss with the most minimal amount of damage.  We find our clients are grateful for such attention to detail. Property owners always prefer less invasive techniques. If you have any questions or have experienced water, fire or mold damage in your home give us a call at 772-770-0501. Our team is here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Did you know SERVPRO Has an In-House Meteorologist?

5/10/2021 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO Disaster Recovery semi truck parked in an open lot. SERVPRO’s Disaster Recovery team is always ready to help when you need it most. We are available 24/7, 365.

Mother Nature can cause tremendous damage. Having a resident meteorologist means faster responses because we are a step ahead. Property owners need to be aware of potential damages storms can create. Even lower-category hurricanes could devastate an area, and professional help might not be available. Often times, local storm remediation providers will be at capacity within hours of the departure of a major storm. The problem is, your property needs help now. That's when SERVPRO'S nationwide "Storm Team" resources come into play. SERVPRO has 1,500+ franchises across the country. Many of them will send trained technicians and equipment to an area with excess demand. There is no other restoration company that can provide such an expansive service. All you need to do is call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at (772)770-0501, and your job will be placed on a queue. If we are at capacity, your loss will be handled by one of the storm team crews who arrived to our area from neighboring states such as Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama or Tennessee.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Asbestos Abatement in Indian River County

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

worker in full PPE removing asbestos containing flooring. For all your asbestos removal needs call us at 772-770-0501!

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that can cause multiple different diseases in the lungs and the lining around internal organs if it is disturbed. It must be handled with extreme care. Therefore, all projects must be done very precisely. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is the top-rated company for asbestos abatement in Indian River County. SERVPRO is also the preferred vendor of the United States Government. Asbestos is common in government property because asbestos was not banned until 1977. Asbestos can be found in:

  • Thermal system insulation
  • Climate insulation
  • Plaster wall & ceiling systems
  • Electrical systems
  • Floor & ceiling tiles
  • Roofing shingles & felt
  • Base flashing
  • Cement wallboard & sidings
  • Lay-in panels
  • Vinyl sheet flooring
  • Flooring backing
  • Vinyl wall coverings

 In order to remove or securely bind asbestos fibers during restoration or renovation, a Certified Asbestos Abatement Company is needed to perform the project. All state certified Asbestos Supervisors and Workers are required to wear safety gear. A decontamination chamber is also set up for all workers to move through in order to ensure asbestos fibers do not leave the regulated area. Air samples are taken before and after. When the project is complete, air quality samples are taken to ensure cleanliness. The waste needs to be properly disposed of, with many steps that need to be followed with accuracy. All asbestos containing waste must be taken to a certified landfill and buried. Contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501, for more info regarding asbestos abatement.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Avoid Water Damage in Your Indian River Property by Maintaining Your Drains

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom after sewage backed up on to the floor Avoid backups by regularly maintaining your drains.

Drains are a significant part of the plumbing system in your Indian River County property.  Consistent usage of sinks, dishwashers, tubs and showers can leads to a build up of dirt, debris, and other materials which may cause clogging of the drains. This can create a bigger problem when blockages obstructs the flow of water and it begins to move in backward motion. Some tips to help avoid this are:

  • Dispose of garbage
  • Do not pour grease and oils down the drain.
  • Add and regularly clean drain screens.
  • Properly maintain and replace draining hardware.

SERVPRO if Vero Beach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week if you experience a back-up due to a clogged drain. Just give our office a call at 772-770-0501. We are here to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is Here for You!

4/29/2021 (Permalink)

Dining room ceiling saturated with water from a leak during a storm This Sebastian, FL home had a roof leak during a rain storm at the beginning of spring.

Although Florida is most known for its hurricanes, it is not just hurricanes that can cause storm damage. Even random thunderstorms can be particularly powerful in the Treasure Coast. SERVPRO of Vero Beach has seen storm damage to properties from hail, tornadoes, flash floods and more almost always without warning. No matter how unexpected your storm damage may have been, SERVPRO of Vero Beach can help! Our team of expertly trained technicians are ready to handle damage from water, mold, fire and more.  No company in Indian River County is better equipped to handle these situations than SERVPRO of Vero Beach!
Our team is available to help you with all your remediation and restoration needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Yes, any time day or night-even holidays! Whether you are the victim of storm, water, fire, or mold damage our team of experts will help make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Does Your Vero Beach, FL Business Have an Emergency Ready Profile?

4/26/2021 (Permalink)

Info graphic for Emergency Ready Plan ERP’s are now available in both the App Store and Google Play!

“Emergency READY Profile” (ERP) is a free service SERVPRO of Vero Beach offers to all local businesses. An ERP will help ensure your business is prepared in the event of a water, fire, mold, or other emergency damage. Pre-planning can help minimize business interruptions. Some advantages to having an ERP include:

  • A no cost assessment of your business, giving you a great value at no cost.
  • A concise “Profile Document” composed of critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
  • Minimizes the amount of time your facility is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
  • Provides details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.”  

Preparation is the key to making it through any size disaster, whether it is a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood.  The best time to plan for such events is not when the events happens, but well before it happens. Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach today to establish your Emergency READY Profile!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What Goes into Properly Drying Your Vero Beach, FL Property?

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

Airmovers, dehumidifiers, and air scrubber set up on display in warehouse. This is just a small piece of the pie when it comes to our drying equipment inventory. We fully equipped to hand any size job.

When water intrudes in your Indian River County home migrating on the flooring, under cabinets, and up/down walls it is time to call in the experts, SERVPRO of Vero Beach. Extracting as much water as possible is crucial because it sets us up to dry the space efficiently. Our water damage restoration technicians use a variety of tools to extract water, such as submersible pumps, ride one rovers, and light wands. There are certain applications that are critical to the drying process. They include:

  • Using a banking technique with air moving equipment to ensure airflow streams are consistent and walls are not damaged during the drying process.
  • Placing dehumidifiers correctly to pull moist air from the environment at a steady and safe rate.
  • Ensuring there is adequate space for air to circulate
  • Using controlled demolition to create openings for cavity drying

Drying your property correctly requires the “Three E’s” --expertise, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Vero Beach has what it takes to restore your home and make it “Like it never even happened.” You can contact our office 24/7 at 772-770-0501.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Steps to Take Before an Insurance Adjuster Arrives to Assess Storm Damage

4/19/2021 (Permalink)

Metal roof on home badly damaged from a hurricane. This roof was badly damaged by wind and debris during the last active hurricane season.

After you discover storm damage in your Vero Beach, FL property you will want to call a professional storm remediation company, like SERVPRO of Vero Beach. We will immediately dispatch a team to begin the remediation process and hopefully avoid further damage. While you are waiting for our team to arrive you will want to contact your insurance company. Our entire staff at SERVPRO of Vero Beach will work together with you and your insurance company to ensure the process is at least stressful as possible. Some things your insurance company will expect from us are:

  • Initial assessment of the damage from the storm
  • Less time from damage to water extractionto prevent more damage
  • An itemized list of all the damages (Needed for insurance claim)
  • Photos of any storm damages (The more evidence you provide of storm damages, the better the chance of getting your claim accepted)

During storm season insurance adjusters often find themselves inundated with claims. Taking proactive steps such as documenting the home/commercial property and having SERVPRO of Vero Beach begin restoration efforts, thus preventing further damage will help you in the end.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

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

The Effects of Water Damage During Construction on Vero Beach, FL Commercial Properties

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

Hallway of commercial property flooded from pipe leak. This is an image of a water loss we were called out to after a pipe was damaged during construction in this commercial property. The water migrated qu

A construction project on your Indian River County commercial property can be both a stressful and exciting time. This is why it is important to be vigilant in ensuring that everyone is taking the necessary precautions to avoid a water loss. When gallons of water are introduced unexpectedly, the project could be impacted in a variety of ways. Your company could face the following disruptions:

  • Time delays
  • Added costs
  • More complications
  • Insurance matters
  • Scheduling issues with contractors

The best option is to prevent a water pipe repair in the first place. Some ways to do this are by checking for changes in the weather patterns and inspecting the site for compromised water sources daily. However, if you are faced with a flooded construction zone, it is critical to take fast action. Calling in a professional water remediation company is vital to getting your project back on track. A team of highly-trained technicians will arrive on site and perform a quick inspection and assessment of the property. Then they will take steps to mitigate the water damage and remove any standing water from the construction zone. They will work to help you get your project back on schedule.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

How Does SERVPRO of Vero Beach Prevent Cross Contamination in Your Vero Beach, FL Home?

3/3/2021 (Permalink)

Water in living room that seeped into the house from outdoor rain. Our phones are operated round the clock to assist you with flood damage in your Vero beach home.

As we enter in to spring season rain is inevitable. With that, your home or property may be at risk of water damage. For example, road overflow from heavy rainfall could result in significant quantities of contaminated water entering the ground levels of your property. Since contaminated materials may be involved, our technicians may require you to evacuate affected areas of the home, or even the whole property itself. SERVPRO of Vero Beach’s technicians are trained to spot the presence of contaminants in water. Containment of the emergency is essential to avoiding cross-contamination. Cross-contamination is difficult to stop and can be spread on clothing, footwear, or through airborne particles. SERVPRO of Vero Beach utilizes plastic barriers to contain the affected area and can apply negative air pressure when necessary. After establishing a quarantine zone, you cannot enter the area unless you are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE.) We do this to ensure that harmful pathogens do not come into contact with noncontaminated areas. In some cases, the water is so contaminated it is considered “Black water”. In the case of blackwater, there are significantly more items that are considered unsalvageable. Structural materials like insulation, sheetrock, and some woods must be removed and disposed of properly. Contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach at (772) 770-0501 for emergency assistance. We have a full staff of experienced technicians, on-call, to assist you and your property in an emergency. Our phones are operated round the clock to assist you with flood damage in your Vero beach home.

Why Should You Have Your Vero Beach Home Professionally Cleaned for Selling?

3/1/2021 (Permalink)

Man using a rotary cleaner to buff floors. 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!

With interest rates for home mortgages hitting record lows in the last few months, this a great time for homeowners to sell their homes. 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, I clean my home all the time.”. While that may be true, a professional deep cleaning can go way further than most people would imagine. 

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

Why Is It Important to Quickly Extract Storm Water in Your Vero Beach Property?

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Man standing on top of ride-on water extractor. SERVPRO of Vero Beach utilizes many different types of water extraction equipment. The one seen in this image is called a rover.

The most important factor in minimizing the severity of loss from large amounts of water is quick extraction. This is because a speedy and thorough extraction reduces the amount of damage water may have on different building materials. The difference between water removal from a professional remediation company versus a DIY effort is the amount of water that is extracted. Consumer-grade wet/dry vacuums simply don’t have the same extraction abilities as the equipment that we use at SERVPRO of Vero Beach. Water that has been left to soak into flooring and dry wall too long increases the likelihood of needing a controlled demolition removal. A controlled demolition refers to an action that only removes damaged portions of walls, floors, and other building materials as a loss and to open those areas for complete drying. This is why SERVPRO of Vero Beach’s teams are available to perform remediation services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our IICRC certified technicians are equipped with the skills and equipment to make the storm damage in your property "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Some Things to Know About Soot

2/22/2021 (Permalink)

Three dry sponges stacked like a pyramid. Dry Sponges are specially designed for the purpose of safely cleaning soot off surfaces.

WHAT IS SOOT? Soot is the black residue that is left after a fire. It is the product of incomplete fossil fuel combustion. When coal, oil, wood or other fuels are burned, the residual material, comprised mostly of carbon, can travel through the air and settle into the surrounding environment.

IS SOOT HARMFUL? Unfortunately, yes. During a house fire, both natural and synthetic materials burn. This means the soot particles can contain acids, chemicals, metals, dust and other hazardous materials sticking to surfaces. If it is left untreated, tiny particles of soot can be inhaled deep into your lungs causing breathing issues including severe respiratory illnesses that can inhibit your ability to carry out normal activities.

SOOT CLEAN-UP

Soot contamination is very challenging to clean up. Improper attempts at cleaning can cause the soot to spread and absorb into your belongings. The best way to ensure your safety and avoid further damage is by hiring a professional remediation company. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give our office a call at 772-770-0501, so you can enjoy your home and breathe easy again.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Is Your Indian River County Home in a Flood Zone?

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

FEMA flood map of Indian River County This is an example of the FEMA flood map for Indian River County. Type your address in the search bar to see your status.

Each year in Florida homeowners are faced the possibility of flooding. Our high moisture levels in the soil coupled with torrential down falls are ideal factors for flooding. You can’t stop a flood from happening, but you can minimize the impact that flood water has on your property. The best thing you can do if you think you live in a flood zone is to have a plan of action in advance. Here is a list of things to consider:

  • Store all important documents in a watertight secure container.
  • Have a separate lockbox for jewelry & any other valuables.
  • Invest in Sandbags & Flood Barriers

To find out if your property is in a flood zone and for other flood zone resources you can visit: https://www.ircgov.com/flood/

If your home suffers flood or storm damage, give SERVPRO of Vero Beach a call at 772-770-0501.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What is O-Zone Deodorization?

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

Two women in front of taxi cab posing with deodorizing equipment. The ozone machine (left) and HEPA vacuum (right) are two pieces of equipment that are essential to the fire restoration process.

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 O2molecules in the air to form ozone (O3).

Ultraviolet radiation:This process of ozone generation is similar to how the sun’s ultraviolet radiation splits O2to 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 especially effective at removing the smell of smoke after a fire loss. It is important to keep in mind, 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 O-zoning is a good solution for you!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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SERVPRO of Vero Beach is Here to Help!

2/9/2021 (Permalink)

Man and Woman Posing out of car window to showcasing SERVPRO of Vero Beach’s store front We are available 24/7, 365 for all your remediation and restoration needs!

We here at SERVPRO of Vero Beach want to assure you we are here to help! We are open and will remain open to take care of your needs. 

We cater to restoration and cleanup services including:
- Fire, smoke and soot
- Water removal and dehumidification
- Mold mitigation and remediation
- Catastrophic storm response 
- Move outs and contents restoration
- Electronics and equipment
- Document drying
- Contents claim inventory service
- Reconstruction
- Carpet, upholstery, drapes, and blinds
- Ceilings, walls and hard floors
- Air ducts and HVAC
- Deodorisation
- Biohazard and crime scene
- Vandalism

If you are in need of any of our services, give our office a call today at 772-770-0501, to schedule an appointment. As always we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency services. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Disinfecting Your Indian River County Property for COVID-19

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Two men wearing full PPE for cleaning. Don’t forget SERVPRO has been certified when it comes to cleaning, so we are very happy to serve your cleaning needs.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 the CDC has made recommendations that “high-touch” items and areas be cleaned regularly. Some of these include:

-Kitchen/Food Areas               -Bathrooms                 -Sales Counters                      

-Schools/Classrooms              -Offices                       -Hand Rails

-Carpets & Rugs                      -Elevators                    -Escalators

-Fitness Equipment                 -Playground Equipment

The technicians at SERVPRO of Vero Beach have been extensively trained to provide bioremediation services for your business or home. We are fully equipped with proper PPE and hospital grade disinfectants. As well as, our clean up practices adhere to the guidelines set by the CDC and local authorities. We have had many jobs over the years that involve cleaning biological contaminants. We will go above and beyond the scope of work that a regular janitorial service can perform on a daily basis. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding having your property disinfected and sanitized please give us a call at 772-770-0501.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

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. 

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

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!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach
www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

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.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

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.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

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!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

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!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

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!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

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.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

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.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

A Comprehensive Fire Loss Plan for Your Vero Beach Business

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

Yellow tape in front of fire damaged building that says “Fire Line Do Not Cross”. SERVPRO of Vero Beach provides services to prevent further damage to your commercial property.

It pays to have a comprehensive plan in place in case a commercial fire damage strikes your Vero Beach, FL business. A complete fire damage plan includes the following elements:

  • A quick response from fire remediation specialists
  • Action to secure the building from looters
  • Equipment in place to deal with water removal
  • A dry-cleaning strategy for uniforms and other fabrics
  • The storage of contents
  • The restoration of the building

After a fire sweeps through your commercial building, there is likely to be some structural damage. You can also expect some degree of smoke and soot damage. This will need to be addressed using specialized equipment before the building will be functional again. For fabric articles, such as clothing and draperies, dry-cleaning is the most effective approach. Dry cleaning removes smoke odors and cleans away soot. For non-porous items, ultrasonic measures typically provide the best cleaning.

Another immediate concern will be to remove the excess moisture from the building. This can result from built in sprinkler systems and the efforts of fire-fighting crews. This is a critical task to prevent mold from growing in the building. Water removal will also help with retaining the viability of electrical equipment such as computer software and hardware.

Relying on a well thought out plan is the quickest way to recover after a commercial fire. Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at 772-770-0501 to get your plan started today! 

Home Heating Safety in your Indian River County Home

12/10/2020 (Permalink)

graphic showing a space heater in a living room, with safety tips Space heaters account for 80% of home heating fire deaths annual. Here are a few extra safety tips when using a space heater.

In Florida even our coolest winters are mild in relative comparison to the rest of the country. However, as temperatures begin to drop this month many will be giving their A/C’s a break and switching to heaters. Heaters are one of the leading causes of fires during the winter months. The NFPA recommends the following safety precautions when using heating equipment: 

  • Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment such as a portable space heater, fireplace, wood-burning stove or furnace. The three-foot safety zone includes furniture, drapes, electronics—anything that can burn. 
  • Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  • Never use your oven to heat your home.
  • Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  • Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  • Never plug a space heater into a power strip or “multi-plug.” They should be plugged directly into an outlet.
  • Do not overload extension cords or outlets and do not place an electrical cord under a rug. Dispose of older, fraying extension cords. 
  • Always use only the type of fuel specified by the manufacturer for fuel burning space heaters.
  • Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  • Do not burn Christmas tree branches, treated wood, or wrapping paper in a home fireplace. 
  • Test smoke alarms monthly.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Residential Cleaning in Indian River County

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van parked in front of a residential home. Fun Fact: Did you know 70% of dust is comprised of dead skin cells? Yikes!

With interest rates at an almost historic low, the housing market is booming. Homes are going under contract with in hours of hitting the market. As a result, we have received an influx of calls from owners to schedule professional cleanings for their new homes. We offer a full spectrum of services to ensure your home is as clean as it can get before moving in. Some of most popular services are:

  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning: The SERVPRO carpet and upholstery cleaning service will not only get out the dirt you see, but will also remove the unwanted dust you don’t. A professionally cleaned carpet and furniture may make all the difference in brightening up a room and freshening up your home.
  • Air Duct Cleaning: We all have tasks around the house that don’t make it to the top of our priority list. Properly maintaining your home’s air ducts should not be one of them. Regular duct cleaning can increase your home’s heating and cooling efficiency and improve the quality of the air you and your family breathe.
  • Odor Removal: Your basic cleaning service is not going to have the expertise to effectively deodorize your home. Take advantage of SERVPRO’s residential cleaning services to remove unwanted odors.
  • Sewage and Biohazard Clean-Up: SERVPRO experts are ready to assist in the clean-up of sewage and other biohazard materials and provide deep cleaning services for your home. Find out more about our franchise professionals.

If you have any question on the services we offer, feel free to give our office a call at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

How to Clean Faux Christmas Trees

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding a wash cloth while wiping a Christmas tree branch down. According to the American Christmas Tree Association roughly 80% of the trees set up annually are artificial.

The Holiday Season is now in full swing! Christmas is just around the corner and one of our favorite parts of the holiday is setting up the Christmas tree. Many artificial trees can look and smell dusty after spending 11 months stored away.  Below are our cleaning recommendations to give your tree new life.

  • Dust- If your tree can tolerate it, remove larger loose particles of dust using a vacuum cleaner with attachment. If not, use a static cling cloth (like the Swiffer Duster) to gently glide across the branches.
  • Wet Wipe- After you have removed the excess dust fill a bucket with warm water and a small amount of dish soap. Use a soft cloth or sponge to carefully wipe each branch down.
  • Deodorization- After you have given your tree a good wipe down you can add deodorizing sticks specifically designed to hide in your Christmas Tree. They come in a wide variety of scents but our favorite is “Oh, Christmas Tree”.

Sometimes, home cleaning just doesn't cut it. For more extensive cleaning services on your tree or around your home SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

How is SERVPRO of Vero Beach Different?

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

7 people lined up holding pumpkin pies in front We partnered with The Buggy Bunch to bring pies to the Children at the Hibiscus Children’s Center for Thanksgiving!

What sets SERVPRO of Vero Beach apart from other companies?  

Simply put…we love our community!

It is important for you to know that we not only care about providing the highest quality of remediation and restoration, but we also care about you-our community! The owner’s and team members of SERVPRO of Vero Beach believe that you get back what you put out. We partake in giving back by working with local organizations to help build up our community as frequently as possible. Stressful times may seem to last an eternity, but the number one goal for us at SERVPRO of Vero Beach is to make things seem "Like it never even happened." During this holiday season we implore you to find creative ways to be a part of building up our wonderful community!

In the words of Coretta Scott King, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is Here to Help!

11/29/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded hallway with text that says “Your problem, our solution.” No matter how big or small your water damage is, we are available 24/7 to help.

You certainly don’t need any added stress with the holiday quickly approaching. If you come home and find your property has water damage, you can turn to SERVPRO of Vero Beach to get your home restored quickly. We are here to help! As soon as you discover the leak, you need to stop the flow of water by turning off the water supply. The longer the water is flowing into the property, the worse the damage becomes. Once our crew arrives onsite, we’ll begin water extraction to remove any excess water. This may seem like a simple step, but don’t try to do this yourself. We utilize special equipment that can thoroughly remove excess water. Our technicians are also armed with moisture detection tools that help them find any hidden moisture and make sure all the water is removed and your home is completely dry. If moisture remains in the walls, flooring, or in any other hidden crevasses we will strategically place drying equipment to bring the moisture levels down. Don’t let water damage ruin your Thanksgiving plans in Vero Beach, FL. We are available 24/7 for all of your water damage restoration needs. Call us any time at 772-770-0501 and let us make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Signs of Hail Damage to Your Indian River Property

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Mold damage circled on roof. Concrete or clay tiles perform better in hailstorms than asphalt or wood shingles.

The National Weather Service (NWS) reports that hailstones can reach up to 120 mph before they hit the ground. That’s why it’s important to know how to identify hail damage to your property, so you can take steps toward remediation. Below are some key signs to look for when inspecting your property for hail damage:

  • Sunlight easily comes through the attic
  • There is water damage in the attic or other areas of the property
  • Roofing tiles or granules of shingles appear towards the base of gutter downspouts
  • Surface-level dents or other damage on the roof, windows, or siding

If you find your property was damaged by hail, it is important that you take action to repair it as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Give our office a call at 772-770-0501, we are here to help!

 SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Safety Tips for Deep Frying Turkeys

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

Woman dipping a turkey into a deep fryer Fun Fact: Deep fried turkeys have existed since the 1930’s however they gained more popularity a in 1996 after Martha Stuart featured a fried turkey.

As mentioned in the previous post, Thanksgiving is the peak day for fires. We went over some basic safety to avoid kitchen fires. However, a growing trend during Thanksgiving is to deep fry turkeys--it produces a unique experience to this holiday’s traditional bird. This method does pose a higher risk for fires though. Below are some key safety tips to implement when deep frying your turkey:

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area. Use your turkey fryer only outdoors on a sturdy, level surface well away from things that can burn. Make sure to have a “3-foot kid- and pet-free zone” around your turkey fryer to protect against burn injuries.
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside. Determine the correct amount of oil needed by first placing the turkey in the pot with water.
  • A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before you fry it.
  • Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire. Check the temperature often with a cooking thermometer so the oil won’t overheat.
  • The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries. Use long cooking gloves that protect hands and arms when you handle these items.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

Woman using fire extinguisher to put out an oven fire. Cooking caused almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths in 2014-2018.

It is said “the kitchen is the heart of the home”, this is especially true during the holidays. This is why it’s important to keep kitchen fire safety in the forefront of the mind. Things can quickly become hectic, especially when your house is full of family and friends. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires but following these simple safety tips can keep you and your loved ones safe.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stove top so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey, and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay three feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

The Difference Between “Mitigation” and “Restoration”

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Alarm clock with “24:07” on the left and the SERVPRO logo on the right. We are available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days week!

If you have contacted SERVPRO of Vero Beach it is highly likely your property has been affected by water, fire, or mold. During the remediation process you will hear the words “mitigation” and “restoration” thrown around a lot. Without fully understanding what each word means it is easy to assume they are essentially the same. However, they serve to describe two very different stages in the process. Here’s a quick breakdown of what they mean.

“Mitigation” is the first portion of the process when it comes to water, fire, or mold damage—to include stabilizing the situation before any more damage can occur. Some examples of mitigation include taking assessment of the damage, packing salvageable contents, extracting water, cleaning soot, following mold protocols, and setting up applicable equipment. Depending on the scope of the mitigation, restoration will come into play after the mitigation has been completed.

“Restoration” means that SERVPRO of Vero Beach will bring your property back to the state it was in before the damage occurred. Some examples include replacing the materials removed during mitigation such as flooring, cabinetry, and drywall. Our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Why Choose SERVPRO of Vero Beach When You Have Storm Damage?

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

commercial building with storm clouds and lightning in the background. We are available 24/7 to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm damage to your home or commercial space can be an exacerbating experience. Which restoration company you choose to hire can make or break your recovery process. Knowing you are in competent hands is invaluable, which is why we’d like to earn your trust. Below are some things that set SERVPRO of Vero Beach above the rest:

We are active in the community and in our industry. We have been actively helping Indian River County recover from disasters of all sizes for almost a decade. Many of the companies that show up after a large storm are not active in the area and not well-regarded in the restoration community, but with us, you never have to be worried about that.

We have the resources to handle any size disaster. You can count on us to help no matter the extent of your damage. SERVPRO of Vero Beach has a national network of SERVPRO locations, we can call for backup resources. When needed, we can scale to provide everyone service no matter the size of the storm. Also, our team is fully trained and certified on the most current and effective remediation standards.

We will respond to you quickly at any hour. It can be devastating to discover you have damage to your property. This is why we always guarantee a quick response. As soon as you call our emergency line, we will begin assembling a team to dispatch as quickly as possible. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

When you have damage from a storm to your home or commercial building, you can always depend on us to handle it. 

 SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Your Vero Beach, FL Commercial Property

11/5/2020 (Permalink)

Man in SERVPRO uniform cleaning carpet. Servpro logo is in the top left hand corner. Call us at 772-770-0501, for your free commercial carpet cleaning estimate!

Carpets are well known to trap dust, dirt, gases, hair, and other soils. Most carpet manufacturers will suggest a maintenance protocol to expand the life of your carpet—to include:

  • Frequent and regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal before the stain has set
  • Raking the carpet with a pilator to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet
  • Regular carpet cleanings, usually once or twice a year depending on traffic levels.

Most of these maintenance protocols can be done on your own, however it is best to use a professional company for your carpet cleanings to get maximum benefit and reduce the risk of damage. SERVPRO of Vero Beach’s carpet cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. We offer a wide range of cleaning options depending of the quality and type of carpet. To get more information on our services, give our office a call at 772-770-0501.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Tornado Safety in Vero Beach, FL

11/1/2020 (Permalink)

Tornado in the distance in a field. Tornadoes have touched down in every continent except Antarctica.

According to the National Weather Service Florida, has the second highest average tornado count per year compared to the rest of the country. Florida’s tornadoes tend to be less destructive than the tornadoes produced in the infamous “Tornado Alley”. However, it is still important to have a safety plan in place in case you find yourself in the path of a tornado. Typically, a tornado warning is given when a funnel is indicated by radar or sighted. You should take shelter IMMEDIATELY. Some things to keep in mind when finding shelter shelters are:

  • Avoid windows- flying glass can injure or worse, kill. Also, do not waste time opening windows. It is a myth that the home will “explode” if you don’t open the windows.
  • Shelter low- find a spot in the lowest floor possible, basements are not common in Florida, but ideal for tornadoes. Try to find a small room in the center of the structure with no windows. Perhaps a closet or bathroom.
  • Add protection- shelter under something like a mattress or blanket to protect yourself from debris.
  • Do not stay in a mobile home, they cannot withstand tornado force winds, even with secure tie-downs. It’s safer to lie flat in a ditch or ravine and put your arms over your head. This applies if you are in a vehicle as well.

By following these suggested safety tips, you can increase your chances for survival. If you experience any property damage, we’re here to help.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

What is the IICRC and Why Is It Important?

10/27/2020 (Permalink)

IICRC logo with text on the bottom that says “IICRC CERTIFIED” in black and white. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is proudly an IICRC certified firm!

You can find the acronym “IICRC” throughout SERVPRO of Vero Beach’s website and blog. IICRC stands for The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. The IICRC creates the main standards for the restoration industry and provide training to ensure the highest quality of service. In order for a firm to become IICRC certified they must:

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

You can rest assured your property is in the best hands with SERVPRO of Vero Beach because we are an IICRC certified firm, as well as each technician is individually trained and certified by the IICRC. This puts us a step above the rest!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

How to Protect Your Wood Floors from Water Damage Body:

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

Wood flooring with damage from a wet area rug. These are specialized mats used to dry out wood flooring.

From a mitigation perspective, water is one of the biggest enemies of hardwood floors. After a water loss, your best chance of salvaging wood flooring is to hire a professional restoration company immediately. However, daily moisture and spills can also cause damage to wood flooring if you failing to protect them properly. Some steps you can take to prevent damage include:

  • Removing damp or moist items such as towels, clothes, shoes, or appliances from contact with the floor as quickly as possible.
  • Immediately wiping up any spills before any liquid penetrates the floors.
  • Installing a thermostat that controls the humidity in your home. Both moist and dry air can affect wood flooring. A humidity controlling thermostat will help keep your humidity regulated year round.
  • Reapply sealants on your floors. A wax based sealant should be applied annually. Polyurethane sealants (both oil and water based) can be reapplied every few years.

Taking this steps will help with the longevity of your wood floors. However, from time to time events we don’t anticipate can happen. If you experience any water, fire, or mold damage to your wood flooring give our office a call. We are available 24/7.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Water Heater Leak in Vero Beach, FL Condo

10/22/2020 (Permalink)

Master closet damaged by water leak, mold is growing on the flooring and walls. It is important to dry out water damage as quickly as possible because mold starts growing in as little as 72 hours.

We were called out to remediate water damage at this property in The Moorings at Windward. The water heater leaked, flooding out the first floor of this two-story condo. The leak was undetected for several days leaving behind a lot of damage. The cork floors had buckled, and mold was growing all over the floors, furniture, and curtains. We worked in collaboration with Core Contents to pack up and salvage as many items as possible. These items will undergo a deep cleaning to ensure it is completely mold free before being placed back into the home. Our team spent many days working in the condo to also ensure that the property is dry and mold free. We are happy to say the customers were satisfied with the final outcome! If you have experienced a water loss in your home, give our office a call at 772-770-0501. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Happy National Fire Safety Month!

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

October is National fire safety month. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has announced this year’s campaign is “Serve Up Safety in the Kitchen!”. As the title implies, this year’s focus is kitchen fire prevention. Did you know cooking is the #1 cause of home fires and home fire injuries? The NFPA recommends the following steps if you have a cooking fire:

  • Get out! Close the door behind you when you ou to help contain the fire.
  • After you leave, call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • If you try to put out the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
  • Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  • For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

We hope these tips will help keep you as safe as possible if you experience a kitchen fire. If your home requires clean up or restoration after a fire, give our office a call at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

Document Restoration Services in Vero Beach, FL

10/14/2020 (Permalink)

Background of bundled documents with the SERVPRO logo in top right corner and text that says “WE CAN DRY YOUR DOCUMENTS” Some of the documents we can restore include: books, magazines, manuscripts, files, photos, films, negatives, microfiche, x-rays, blueprints, and maps

Water damaged photographs and documents may often seem beyond repair, but the professionals at SERVPRO are fully equipped to safely recover and restore documents before it’s too late. Important documents and photos that require restoration are sent to our Document Restoration Facility. At this facility, HIPPA master-certified technicians are under 24/7 surveillance while they work to restore your contents. Expertly trained technicians use an array of innovative techniques to dry documents such as the vacuum freeze-drying method. After the documents have been dried they will continue on to receive a customized combination of restoration services. Some of these services include: re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization services. We have the ability to accommodate both large commercial losses and small residential jobs. We at SERVPRO of Vero Beach pride ourselves on getting the job done right. If you need document restoration services using state of the art equipment call us today at 772-770-0501!

Smoke Detector Maintenance for your Indian River County Home

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

White man pressing test button on smoke alarm. A quick way to make sure you always replace your batteries in time is to change them during daylight savings while you adjust your clocks.

The U.S. Fire Administration recommends monthly testing of your home's smoke detector. It is recommended that you follow the manufacturers instructions. However, a general testing typically resembles the steps below:

Step 1- Alert all members of the household that you will be testing the smoke alarms.

Step 2- Pick one household member to stand at the furthest point in your home from the detector you are testing. This will ensure that the alarm can be heard throughout the home. If the alarm sounds faint, you may want to add extra detectors.

Step 3- Press and hold the “Test” button on the smoke detector. It may take a few seconds to begin, but you should hear a loud, ear piercing beep. If the sound is faint or nonexistent try replacing the batteries. Smoke detector batteries should be changed every six months.

Step 4- Check smoke detector to make sure there is no dust or other particles blocking the grates.

According to the USFA Smoke detectors have an average life span of 10 years. Always replace your smoke detector every 10 years. Hopefully, taking these steps will help prevent smoke and fire damage in your home. However, if you experience a smoke or fire loss please give our office a call. We are here to help!!

 SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

10/2/2020 (Permalink)

Two workers dressed in PPE wearing respirators while cleaning a table surface. When you see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, you can have confidence, because you’ll know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.

Recent events have really changed the public perspective of what it means to “clean”. As a result, SERVPRO has developed the “Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned” program. This program goes far beyond janitorial cleanings, it is a service that offers a proactive viral pathogen cleaning. The Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program is grounded in our unique 3 C’s:

  • Consult: Not all businesses are the same, so we’ll tailor a cleaning program based on the unique needs of each facility.
  • Clean: Based on the agreed plan, an expert deep clean is initiated using our proprietary EPA-Approved Hospital-Grade cleaning solutions and always adhering to the leading level of cleaning and decontamination standards set by the CDC.
  • Certify: You’ll know a business is Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned by the shield posted on their front window. Along with digital emblems and other collateral, this beacon represents their commitment to the comfort and security of their employees, customers and community.

If you are you interested in our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned services, give our office a call to schedule an appointment to see how we can help you!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Commercial Kitchen Cleaning, Why Does it Matter?

9/23/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial Kitchen with the SERVPRO logo and an orange banner that says “Free Quote” Call our office at 772-770-0501 to schedule a free quote for your next commercial cleaning.

Commercial kitchens tend to be much larger in size than a residential kitchen. They also require a significantly higher level of cleaning and disinfecting. Commercial kitchens must comply with several legal regulations as they are responsible for preparing food for the general public rather than a private family. Maintaining a clean commercial kitchen is necessary for a variety of reasons, including to keep up to date on health code and food standards and to ensure your customers are getting the best possible dining and food experience. As a professional commercial cleaning company, we have the proper products, equipment and experience to do the job effectively and efficiently. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is committed to providing the highest quality services possible tailored to your budget and timeline. To learn more about how SERPVPRO of Vero Beach can help with your commercial cleaning needs call our office at 772-770-0501. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Flooring: To Salvage or Replace?

9/18/2020 (Permalink)

Tile floor leading in to living room with the first half covered in water. SERVPRO logo in top left corner. SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here to help! We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

One of the most common questions we get when we arrive to a water loss is “Do you think the floors are salvageable?”. The answer is not always so cut and dry. There are many factors that go into deciding whether we salvage or remove flooring. Some of these factors are:

  • Type of flooring- For example, vinyl and tile are much more resilient to water damage than wood or laminate.
  • Signs of damage- Buckling, cupping, cracks, discoloration, odors, or mold are just a few things we look for.
  • Subflooring- If water has seeped into the subflooring, we will most likely need to remove the flooring to ensure the subfloor is completely dried out. This will prevent future mold growth.
  • Water Contamination- Your safety is the upmost importance to us. If the water is contaminated (such as sewage) it is usually safest to replace.
  • Ease of repair or replacement- Sometimes the damage doesn’t affect an entire area of flooring. If the floor can be easily matched we will try to salvage as much of the floor as possible.

We would like you to rest easy knowing that we will help you in making the best possible decisions for your property. If you have experienced a water loss, give our office a call at 772-770-0501. Let us make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Psychrometry-The Science of Drying

9/4/2020 (Permalink)

Inside the back of a SERVPRO box truck fully loaded with equipment for a water loss response. Each of our fleet’s response vehicles are fully equipped to mitigate a water loss from our arrival to departure.

When our technicians begin to set up drying equipment on a site it's more than just placing a couple air movers and dehumidifiers here and there. They are using mathematical equations to come up with the most effective drying strategy. This is called “psychrometry”. Psychrometry is the science of studying various properties of air, methods of controlling its temperature and moisture content (humidity), and its effect on various materials. Some of the factors that determine quantity and placement of equipment are moisture levels, temperature, materials affected, and size/layout of the space. Many contractors advertise themselves as “Water Damage Restoration Professionals” when they have no formal training or certifications. SERVPRO of Vero Beach sends every technician to get certified by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) in water damage restoration. You can rest assured that when you call us to remediate a water loss your property is in the hands of qualified professionals. Our goals is to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Hurricane Damage by Category

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Diagram of a home with tips to prepare for a hurricane. Here are some tips for hurricane preparations.

In Florida the most common and reoccurring natural disaster is a hurricane. However, no two hurricanes are alike. Its strength will determine the level of destruction it leaves behind. A hurricane’s strength is classified by categories. Below are the five categories and what you can expect:

  • Category 1: Wind speeds range between 74-95mph. Damage tend to be minor with the potential for small trees to be uprooted from the ground and branches snapping off of trees.  Power outages are also very common in this category.
  • Category 2: Wind speeds range between 96-110 mph. It can cause moderate damage to your property. Includes damage from a Cat 1 hurricane as well as roof, gutter, and siding issues on homes.
  • Category 3: Wind speeds range from 111-129 mph. Categories 3-5 are classified as “major threats”. Includes damage from Cats 1&2 as well as potential loss of the roof deck (the base of your roof not just the shingles), flooding and electric/water outages after the storm.
  • Category 4: Wind speed range from 130-156 mph. Includes the damages from Cats 1-3 as well as complete detachments of roof and sidings, uprooting of large trees and knocked down power lines.
  • Category 5: Wind speeds are 157+ mph. Extremely dangerous and generally requires compete evacuations. Includes damages from Cats 1-4 as well as a potential of complete home destruction. Flooding, power outages, road blocks, and damaged homes often leave communities uninhabitable for months.

It is critical during any hurricane that you always follow the instructions of your local authorities and make all preparations necessary to preserve life and property.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Top Causes of Commercial Fires

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Fire men putting out a commercial fire at night. Commercial fire sprinklers can be a good investment to protect all types of businesses from fire.

Fire damage to your commercial business can be catastrophic. Regardless the nature of your business, it can mean downtime and loss of goods or property. According to the USFA commercial fires tend to start for the same reasons:

  • Electrical and Heating Malfunctions– Worn electrical cords and faulty wiring are also a major cause of commercial fires.
  • Arson- Intentional fire-setting in abandoned buildings, especially in the current economic climate, provide an easy target for fire setters. Don't let these hazards kill or injure firefighters.
  • Smoking- Even in a smoke-free building, you can't watch what your employees do all the time. It only takes one cigarette to start a fire. Many historic hotel fires, and the Sofa Super Store fire, were started by someone smoking cigarettes.
  • Improper Storage- Most fires in storage properties are not in warehouses but are in garages, barns, silos, and small outbuildings. Many fires are started when flammable materials are stored too close to a heat source.

If you discover that your business has been the site of a fire, stay calm but act quickly. Once the fire has been put out, it is important that you seek help from a fire damage restoration company. Professional technicians, who are qualified to tend to fire-damaged commercial properties, will restore your business to a healthy environment for all who enter.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Creating an Emergency Ready Profile for Your Business

7/16/2020 (Permalink)

iPad and iPhone with SERVPRO’s App on the Screen SERVPRO's ERP has Indian River County commercial properties ready for water damage occurrences.

Business owners often plan for many contingencies, but tend to overlook the impacts of a water loss. A fast remediation is key to ensuring your business experiences minimal effects after an unexpected loss. SERVPRO of Vero Beach offers our commercial customers a unique safeguard-- a unique mobile app that will help you create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP). This process starts with scheduling a meeting with our Marketing Rep. During this meeting they will gather information to create customized recommendations for adaptations you can put in place to reduce the effects an unexpected water damage on your day-to-day operations. If you are interested in developing a collaborative solution for an unexpected water loss at your business, give our office a call at 772-770-0501.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Summer Fire Prevention Tips

7/14/2020 (Permalink)

Fireworks bursting in the night sky with a man holding up a sparkler. Fireworks have been traditionally used to celebrate our independence since 1777.

Summer is known for picnics and good times outdoors. It’s the best time of year to enjoy camping, bonfires, fireworks and cookouts with family and friends. However, summer is also the time of year fire incidences increase. Below are some easy steps you can take to help protect your home and avoid fire damage.

Grilling Safety: Keep the grill away from the side of your home. Clean the grates and check fuel connections frequently. If you use a charcoal grill, never dispose of used charcoal until they have cooled completely.

Fireworks Safety: Always light fireworks in a safe location outside away from your home, garage, shed, grass or family.

Bonfire Safety: Make sure the area where you start your bonfire is a legal location. Never build a bonfire on a high-wind night. The pile shouldn't be bigger than 5'x5' to keep the flames containable and make sure to keep water nearby. After the bonfire is done, turn over the charred materials with metal shovels and rakes and douse the area with water.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional fire restoration service if you’re ever in need. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

722-770-0501

Why to Call a Fire Restoration Specialist vs. a Building Contractor

7/5/2020 (Permalink)

Two men cleaning soot from a fire off the ceiling. Did you know? During the lifetime of average household, chances are 2 to 1 that there will be an accidental fire.

Before you can begin to rebuild what was damaged by a fire, there are many steps to be taken. Fire, smoke, and water can affect each part of the home differently-therefore each area may require different methods of sanitizing, restoring and rebuilding. Typically, a building contractor is not trained to properly remediate damage from a fire. However, a fire restoration company has the training, knowledge and specialized equipment to handle each unique situation. Some of the specialized equipment a fire restoration company has on hand are:

  • Soot and moisture measuring equipment
  • Thermal imaging equipment
  • Air Scrubbers or Ozone Machines
  • Specialized cleaning products and equipment

In addition, most fire restoration projects are covered by insurance. Fire restoration companies are experts at knowing what can or cannot be salvaged and how much it will cost to salvage and clean building contents. They have years of experience in working with insurance companies and adjusters, and can expedite the process by weeks and even months. The staff at SERVPRO of Vero Beach has the knowledge and experience to restore your home or business after any type of disaster. Let us help you make it “Like it never even happened.”!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

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

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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

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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

What Is Mold Testing and How Is It Performed?

5/7/2020 (Permalink)

Hand wearing white glove holding up a petri dish with visible mold spores. Mold testing is a critical part of mold mitigation. Confirming the presence and type of mold is the starting point of the whole process.

In the state of Florida, before any mold mitigation can begin, the law requires that the property be tested by a third-party company for mold. The results of this test will determine if mold exists and identify the type of mold. Most mold testing involves taking a sample of either the air or a surface.

  • Air samples
    • The most common method is called a “spore trap sample”. Spore traps work by having a known volume of air pass a sticky surface in the sampling device collecting particles including mold spores.
  • Surface samples
    • Bulk samples-A piece of the sampled area is physically removed.
    • Swab samples-A cotton swab is rubbed across the area being sampled, often a measured area.
    • Tape samples-A piece of clear tape is pressed against and removed from the area being sampled, presumably picking up and removing part of any mold that was present on the surface.

If you suspect mold in your property, give us call at 772-770-0501. We’d love to set an appointment to have our licensed mold assesor check out your property. We are here to help!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Why SERVPRO of Vero Beach?

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Man and woman posed together holding a SERVPRO award placard. Head over and get to know our team, under the about tab.

SERVPRO is a leader in the restoration industry and we are fortunate to be a part of a 1,700-franchise network. SERVPRO of Vero Beach's professionals are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Rain or shine, we are always equipped and ready to restore or clean your property! SERVPRO of Vero Beach provides:

  • 24/7 emergency service
  • Faster response to Any Size Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Specialists
  • State of the art, professional grade equipement
  • Proprietary professional grade cleaning products

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call our office at 772-770-0501. We are here to help make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Dryer Vent Cleaning

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

Before (on left) and After (on right) photos of a dirty dryer vent and a clean dryer vent. Dryer fires cause around 51 deaths, 380 injuries, and $236 million in property loss yearly.

Remember the last time you had your dryer vent cleaned? No? That’s okay, it’s never too late! Rule of thumb is to have your dryer vent cleaned at least every two years. If you use your dryer often you may want to clean it more frequently. A clean dry vent will not only improve the efficiency of your dryer, it will prevent fires, decrease allergens in your home, and even decrease the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. When our technician comes out to clean your dryer vent, here’s what you can expect:

We will use a long brush that has the ability to rotate and flex in order to reach all of the areas in your dryer vent. This will remove the dust, debris, and lint that could be building up and circulating out into your home. We will also examine the vent to look for anything that could be misaligned or broken to reduce the fire risk and ensure maximum efficacy.

If it’s time to have your dryer ducts cleaned give our office a call at, 772-770-0501 to schedule your appointment.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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772-770-0501

Got Mold in Your Attic?

5/3/2020 (Permalink)

Blackish grey mold growing on the wood tresses and wood roof sheathing in an attic. If left for too long, the mold can begin to corrode the wood and compromise it’s integrity.

It’s that time of year again to start spring cleaning! Picture this, you’re feeling motivated enough to start spring cleaning. You purge this and donate that. Then, it comes time to store away all your winter décor and less used items. So, you climb up into the attic and you notice black stuff growing on the roof sheathing in your attic. Well, there is a good chance it’s mold. Moisture is always the cause of mold growth. Moisture can enter the attic via:

  • Roof leaks
  • Dryer ducts
  • Attic bypasses
  • Bathroom & kitchen exhaust fans

If you have found mold in your attic please give us a call at 772-770-0501, so we can take a look and create a plan to remediate and help prevent any future problems.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

The Impact of Your Carpet on Indoor Air Quality

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

Poor indoor air quality can be caused by many different sources of pollutants. This can lead to adverse effect on your health and general well-being. One of the most common sources of pollutants in a home are the carpets. Older carpets can contain many impurities including: dust mites, pet dander, cockroach allergens, mold, and dirt. These toxins can become airborne during vacuuming, renovations, walking, and sitting. Regularly scheduled professional carpet cleanings can help manage the amount of pollutants that build up on your carpet. Surprisingly, new carpets can, also, pose a threat to your indoor air quality. This is because they contain volatile organic compounds (VOC’s). Often people find themselves experiencing health problems after installing new carpets in their homes because of the amount of VOC’s released. However, this can be minimized by:

  • Purchasing a non-toxic carpet or a carpet with low VOC’s
  • Request that the carpet be unrolled and aired out either outdoors on in a well-ventilated warehouse prior to installation.
  • Leave the home during installation.
  • Open windows and turn on fans upon arrival. Do this for at least 3 days after installation.
  • Adhere to the manufacturer’s recommendation on cleaning and maintain your carpet.

Call us at 772-770-0501 to schedule an appointment if your carpet needs a deep cleaning. Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Vero Beach get you on the right track to maintaining optimal indoor air quality in your business or home!

What Sets Apart a Professional Mold Remediation Company from the Rest?

4/28/2020 (Permalink)

Green Air Scrubber in a white room sealed of with plastic for containment set up for negative air. Air scrubbers are used to help improve air quality after mold has been remediated.

Mold is not necessarily the most complex to remediate. However, it is very reactive and does require thorough knowledge and proper practice to avoid turning a straight forward mitigation into a much larger problem. Here is a list of some things you can expect from a professional mold remediation company:

  • They will use a third-party company to test for the type and amount of mold in your home. The company conducting the testing will create a protocol specific to what is found in your home for the mitigation company to follow. They will then preform a post-test to ensure the mold has been properly remediated.
  • They will seal off the work area so that mold spores do not become dispersed into other areas of the property. This is also referred to as “containment”.
  • They will wear proper PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when dealing with mold. This can range from high filtration masks, gloves or even a full protective suit.
  • They will use professional equipment. This is usually the most notable difference between a professional company and those posing as mold professionals due to the costly nature of the equipment.

If you have any questions or feel you may have mold in your home or property please call our office at, 772-770-0501. We would love to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Levels of Decontamination

4/24/2020 (Permalink)

Three SERVPRO employees cleaning a room in a home. Two are moving furniture, the third is cleaning the carpet. We are available with a full range of equipment and products for all your cleaning needs.

Decontamination is the process of cleansing a surface to remove contaminates such as micro-organisms or hazardous materials (chemicals, radioactive substances, and infectious disease). There are three main types of decontamination- sanitizing, disinfecting, and sterilizing.

Sanitizing-the process of reducing the number of bacterial contaminants to safer levels. Sanitizing is the least invasive form of decontamination because it is only reducing the number of bacterial contaminates-not killing

Disinfecting-a process that eliminates many or all pathogenic microorganisms, except bacterial spores.

Sterilization-a process that destroys or eliminates all forms of microbial live and is carried out in a health-care facility or chemical methods. This is the highest form of decontamination.

If you need any cleaning services give us a call at 772-770-0501. We utilize a full range of cleaning products than can handle anything from a simple coffee stain on your carpet to full biohazardous clean ups.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

772-770-0501

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

Spotting Signs of Water Damage

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Infrared device pointed towards wall of empty room with white walls and wood flooring to detect leaks behind walls. Infrared is one of many methods used to detect hidden leaks.

Usually something obvious, like a burst pipe, comes to mind when you think of what would cause water damage. However, it’s not always so obvious--sometimes water damage can come from an unsuspected source. The signs can often go unnoticed until it becomes more catastrophic. Some of the signs to keep an eye out for and pay attention to are:

  • Rust Stains-This can be a sign of corrosion in a pipe or gutter. Example: Rust stains on the floor behind a toilet can signal that the components of the toilet are corroding and need to be replace before they completely give out and cause potential flooding.
  • Mold-Mold requires a source of water to grow. Sometimes the source can be direct like a leaky pipe behind drywall or it can be indirect such as high humidity levels from a major leak in another part of the home. Either way, it only takes 2 days for mold to begin growing after a water loss. It is important to remediate mold and its source properly to prevent a more major problem.
  • Smells-Often a musky odor is a sign of stagnant water or even mold beginning to grow. If you smell something is off and can’t find the source a professional remediator company can use specialized tools to find “hidden leaks”.

If you notice any of the above signs, we urge you to call our office, at 772-770-0501, as soon as possible to prevent more major damage. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

Fun Facts About Mold

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Flyer with moldy drywall as the background with the text “Mold Problem? Call Servpro we can help.” To book an appointment for a mold assessment and remediations call 772-770-0501.

There are a lot of negative connotations when you hear the word “mold” and for good reason. It can destroy your properties and belongings along with your health if not remediated quickly and properly. However, today, we would like to keep it light and go over some fun facts about mold.

  • There are over 10,000 different species of mold.
  • The mold Penicillium gives blue cheese its spots/veins.
  • The antibiotic Penicillin is also derived from Penicillium.
  • Christmas Tree allergies are caused by mold commonly found on the tree.
  • Mold will grow on wood, fabrics, even some metals but won’t go near a Happy Meal.
  • Mold has been used as a weapon in biological warfare.
  • Mildew and Mold are from the same class, fungi.
  • It takes mold only 2 days to start growing after water damage.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Indian River County COVID-19 Check-in

4/21/2020 (Permalink)

We wanted to take a moment to check in with our community. We understand that the last couple of months have been very trying to many households and businesses. While the number of cases has risen in Florida, we have been fortunate enough to be on the lower end of the spectrum. In the last COVID-19 debriefing Jason Brown, County Administrator, stated “social distancing seems to be working so we need to keep doing what we have been.” As of today, there have been 85 cases confirmed and 3 deaths in the county. We would like to extend our condolences for those who have been affected by this coronavirus. Last week, President Trump released a 3-step plan for reopening our country. Brown stated the county has been conducting planning for this, but are not ready to do so yet. We understand resources are running low for many but it’s important that we adhere to the guidelines set by our governing bodies. If you need any assistance United Way of Indian River County has put together a list of resources available both on a local and federal level. You can visit this list on their website at: https://www.unitedwayirc.org/Coronavirus. We would like to remind you that we have decided to remain open and make ourselves available for any needs you may have. We are all in this together!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Benefits of Cleaning Your Air Ducts

4/20/2020 (Permalink)

Before shot of dust built up on air duct with an after photo of a clean air duct below. To the right there are snapshots of m Did you know dust buildup can lead to microbial growth? Always change your HVAC filters to reduce buildup.

Air Duct Cleaning refers to the removal of dust and contaminates that settle in your HVAC ducts and registers over time. The two main benefits of cleaning your air ducts are:

  • Indoor Air Quality- It is important to maintain good indoor air quality to reduce the amount of dust, allergens, and pollutants you are inhaling. It can also help tremendously with reducing odors in your home.
  • Energy Efficiency- When your ducts and registers accumulate heavy build up it may cause your HVAC system to run inefficiently. This means 25-40 percent used for heating and cooling is wasted, according to the US Department of Energy The more efficient your system runs, the more money you save in energy costs.

If you believe it’s time to have your ducts cleaned, please give us a call at 772-770-0501 to schedule an appointment. If you’re not sure whether it’s time to clean your air ducts, give us a call anyway we’d love to answer your questions and help you figure it out!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Why Bleach Can Make Your Mold Worse

4/17/2020 (Permalink)

Arm of someone wearing yellow rubber glove pointing a spray bottle towards a wall with visible mold damage. Mold spores are very complex and volatile, this is why you should always turn to a licensed mold remediation specialist.

One of the biggest misconceptions with regards to mold is that bleach “kills” mold. Often, a mold problem becomes perpetuated by the use of bleach. Chlorine bleach loses effectiveness very quickly because of how quickly chlorine evaporates leaving behind the water used by manufacturers to dilute the chemical to legal concentrations for household use. This means, when you spray/wipe bleach onto a surface (especially a porous one) that is growing mold, it will remove the very superficial layer of mold but feed the deeper roots of the spore with the water that is left behind when the chlorine evaporates-thus causing the mold to grow and spread, eventually returning back to the surface. If you should ever encounter mold growth in your home please give us a call at 772-770-0501. We will assess the damage and follow a very specific protocol to ensure the mold is eradicated completely and properly the first time.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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Flood Preparedness-Part 3

4/10/2020 (Permalink)

This is third, and last, installment of our Flood Preparedness series. We are going to touch base on what to do after a flood.   

  • Only return home after authorities say its safe. You will want to listen to local authorities for information and instructions.
  • After returning home you will want to access the damage. Be sure to wear thick gloves and boots before touching anything since there may be snakes or other animals in your home.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if its wet or you’re standing in water since this poses a risk for electrocution.
  • If you use a generator or other gas powered machinery be sure to us it outdoors ONLY and away from window to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If there is damage to your home and you plan to file a claim, contact your insurance adjuster and they will guide you through the steps to file a claim. At this time you’ll also want to call a qualified reputable remediation company to come out, assess the damage, and create a remediation strategy.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

FAQ's for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

3/20/2020 (Permalink)

Group of people dressed in PPE distributing spray bottles for cleaning We are prepared 24/7 to help with all your cleaning and restoration needs, including protocol for COVID-19

Times like these create a level of uncertainty in people, but it is also an excellent learning opportunity. There are lessons that can be taken from this experience and applied life moving forward. We would like to take the time today to go over some FAQ’s regarding COVID-19.

  • What is COVID-19?

According to the CDC, COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) is “a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China”.

  • How is COVID-19 spread?

It is believed that COVID-19 “emerged from an animal source” but is now spreading from human to human. It is thought that the main way this virus spreads is through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezes or coughs. This form of spread would require close contact within 6(ish) feet of each other. It may also be possible to spread by touching an object that has the virus on it then touching your nose, mouth, and maybe even their eyes.

  • How do you prevent COVID-19?
    • You can reduce the risk of catching and/or spreading COVID-19 by:
      • Cleaning your hands often (wash with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer)
      • Cleaning and disinfecting “high touch” surfaces with an EPA-registered household disinfectant, diluted house hold bleach, and/or 70% or higher alcohol.
      • Cover your mouth and nose when your cough or sneeze with either a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
      • Avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes.
      • Practice social distancing by keeping minimum of 6 feet between you and the next person whenever possible. Plan to avoid handshaking, hugs, large gatherings, or confined quarters. Most importantly stay at home if you are sick.
  • What are symptoms of COVID-19?
    • According to the CDC symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Severe complications of the virus can include pneumonia, multiorgan failure and in some cases death.
  • What to do I do if I think I have COVID-19?
    • If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms such as fever, difficulty breathing, or cough call your healthcare provider for medical advice. It is encouraged by the CDC that you call (your provider, hospital, or health department) before you go in.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is committed to providing you with the highest level of service at all times. We will continue to be available for services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please be aware that we are fully equipped and trained to handle biohazardous matters, including protocol set for COVID-19. Feel free to contact us with any inquiries at 772-770-0501.

Flood Preparedness-Part 2

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded street with a white home in the background and small patch of green grass on the right hand side Knowledge is power! The more you prepare beforehand the more confident you will feel making decisions if you ever encounter a flood.

In our last post we touched on some of the ways you can prepare yourself and home for a flood. Now let’s talk about what to do if you’re ever caught in a flood.

  • Tune into NOAA Weather Radio, EAS, or a local alerting system for emergency instructions.
  • If you are told to evacuate do so immediately. First responders will usually aid in directing evacuating traffic. If so, do not drive around barricades, follow the route they have set up.
  • Do not attempt to drive through, walk, or swim through flood waters. It’s force can be stronger than it appears. As the popular saying goes “Turn around, don’t drown!”.
  • Stay off bridges as the rushing water under it could wash the bridge away without warning.
  • If you find yourself in your vehicle and trapped in rapidly moving water stay inside. If water is rising inside then you should seek refuge on the roof.
  • If you are in a building go to the highest level. However, never climb into a closed attic you could become trapped by rising water. If absolutely necessary seek refuge on the roof. You should signal for help once there.

Being caught in the chaos of a natural disaster can be scary. It is important to remain as calm as possible so you can make rational lifesaving decisions.  

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

772-770-0501

Flood Preparedness-Part 1

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

Clip board with disaster supply checklist and flashlights, batteries, and canned foods in the background It is important to make sure you are prepared for anything. A checklist will help keep you organized and ensure that you have everything you need.

Spring is just around the corner and just as the saying “April showers bring May flowers.”  insinuates, rain is on its way! This month we will begin a series to discuss all things flood. We will cover from how to prepare to what steps to take after a flood has occurred.

Flooding is common during the spring months because of melting snow and increased rain showers. Here are a few things you can do to prepare this month for the coming spring showers.

  • Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center to find out if you live in a flood zone.
  • Come up with and practice an evacuation plan including: flash flood response, evacuations routes, and shelter plans.
  • Talk with your insurance adjuster about obtaining or renewing a flood insurance policy.
  • Keep important documents and items (such as an extra supply of RX medication, charging devices, extra batteries, etc.) in a water proof container.
  • Check to make sure your drains and gutters are clean and free of debris.

Check back next week to find out what you can do to ensure you are safe DURING a flood.

Fire Extinguisher Clean-Up

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Five fire extinguishers of various sizes lined up in front of a brick wall   Fire extinguishers can be made of different dousing agents. It's important to know which one you have so you can safely clean the residue left behind.

Fire extinguishers can be a quick and effective tool for most cases of minor fire break outs. It’s important to know how to clean up any residue left after the fire has been completely extinguished. The first step is to check the label on your extinguisher to identify which chemical was used as the dousing agent. After identifying the dousing agent, we recommend the following steps:

  • Dry Chemical
    • Potassium bicarbonate or sodium bicarbonate – Safe to remove with a vacuum. It is recommended to wear a mask, goggles, and gloves to prevent inhalation or an allergic reaction.
    • Mono Ammonium Phosphate – Wipe residue with a cloth using a 1:1 solution of baking soda and warm water. Finish by drying and sanitizing, as needed.
  • Wet Chemical
    • Clean with hot, soapy water rinsing frequently. Finish by drying and sanitizing as needed. It is recommended to wear a mask, goggles, and gloves to prevent an allergic reaction to the chemicals.
  • Air Pressure
    • Water or CO2- Typically does not leave behind a residue. If moisture is left behind dry the area thoroughly.

If ever in doubt, SERVPRO of Vero Beach provides professional clean up services for fires of any size. Just give us a call at (772) 770-0501 anytime, day or night!

Prevention of Car Battery Explosions

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

White wall covered in black soot from a car battery explosion. The soot on the wall was caused by a car battery explosion.

Today we are going to take a dive into a unique situation. This is a fire job we encountered caused by a car battery that exploded. That’s right, a car battery! This is actually more common than you may think, but there are ways to easily prevent it. Let’s start by gaining an understanding of the mechanics of a car battery.

 Most car batteries are 12-volt lead-acid batteries, which have been built in pretty much the same fashion same since the 1930’s. Within the outer polymer case there are six two-volt chambers, also called cells. Each cell contains a grid of lead plates submerged in electrolyte (sulfuric acid). There are vents located at the top of the battery to vent gasses formed during charging cycles. Hydrogen gas is generated during the charging cycle and accumulates in a space above the sulfuric acid, prior to venting.

 Hydrogen gas is easily ignited by a flame or spark and has a wide range of explosive limits in air. This leads us into the first of the three most common causes for car battery explosions, an internal spark. As a battery ages it begins to lose electrolyte. This leaves the top of the lead plates exposed to air inside the battery case. This can lead to the plates warping over time. When you put a demand of the battery for power, let’s say by starting and engine, the heavy demand can cause the warped plates to flex and touch which thus creating a spark. Replacement of electrolyte through proper battery maintenance is the recommended way to prevent this.

 The second cause of explosion is caused by improper jump-starting. This happens when you attach the jumper cables to another car’s good battery first then attach it to the dead battery. This practice causes sparking. It is best to connect the jumper cables to the dead battery first, then connect it to the good battery. It is also important to note that you should never touch the jumper cables together as this may also create a spark.

Finally, a lack of proper mechanical safety practices may cause a battery to explode. For example, you may be tempted to set a wrench or other metal tool down on the battery because of its convenient flat surface. If the wrench were to make contact with both the positive and negative terminals this would cause hundreds of amps to run through it. This is sufficient enough to weld the wrench to the terminals of the battery, rapidly making the wrench red hot and untouchable. The heat generated can transfer to the battery creating overpressure which can lead an explosion. To avoid this be cautious not to let anything come in contact with the battery that was not designed to do so.

Thankfully there are lots of easy ways to avoid a car battery explosion! Please know if, in the rare occasion, your car battery explodes you call us at (772) 770-0501 and we will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Do's and Don'ts Guideline After a Storm

2/13/2020 (Permalink)

On February 5 we celebrated National Weatherperson’s Day. National Weatherperson’s day celebrates all individuals in the fields of meteorology, broadcast meteorology, forecasting, volunteer storm spotters/observers, and any others that work in the weather field.

At SERVPRO of Vero Beach, we have a special appreciation for our local Weatherpersons. We monitor the weather closely throughout the year to stay in the know about any potential storms in the horizon. While most storms are minor and cause no harm there are some that, despite proper preparation, can cause unexpected damage to your property. Should this ever happen to you, these are some of the do’s and don’ts after calling our office while you wait for a storm team to arrive:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.
  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.

At SERVPRO of Vero Beach we understand that damages resulting from a storm can be very stressful. By following the steps listed above you are helping expedite the remediation process thus reducing the risk of further damage to your property.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach

(772) 770-0501

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

Giving Back

12/26/2019 (Permalink)

Woman's hands tying bow on a present Blessed to be a Blessing

Here at SERVPRO of Vero Beach we teamed up with The Buggy Bunch once again and had the privilege of sponsoring a family for Christmas as a Christmas Angel. The Buggy Bunch hand-picked families that they closely work with on a monthly basis and chose ones that were well deserving. We received a Christmas wish list from our family and we bought them toys, clothes hygiene products and more essentials. We wrapped each gift up in beautiful wrapping paper and delivered them to the Buggy Bunch office before Christmas. The mother thanked us and the Buggy Bunch for everything believing that her kids will now have a good Christmas. She said that she has a hope and a future to look forward to. Just hearing that makes it all worth it! We are blessed to be a blessing.

Clean as a Whistle | Power Washing

12/9/2019 (Permalink)

man wearing suit pressure washing an exterior wall of a building Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is one of those things that is needed more often than we think but we don’t realize it until an area is partially washed and it is compared with an unwashed area. Then the grime, dirt and mess glaringly stare back at you.

You can pay for someone to pressure wash your home or you can purchase a pressure washer and do it yourself. While there are pros and cons to each, if you choose to DIY, make sure you keep your safety in mind. It can be a dangerous task to pressure wash if the spray is aimed in the wrong direction. The force can cause a potential laceration, bruise or puncture.

Why pressure wash?

Pressure washing regularly is beneficial because it prevents future damage, protects your family’s health from mold and mildew and holds your property value.

We highly recommend staying up-to- date on pressure washing, especially since its such an easy thing to do.

Thankful Hands

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Apple pie with a slice cut out Thanksgiving Pie

Why SERVPRO? Because we love giving back to our community! We love being a helping hand for those who need it. This week we had the opportunity to partner up with the local Buggy Bunch and Pies for a Purpose. The Buggy Bunch's mission is to build relationships with the moms and families and to help equip them with programs and services. Pies For a Purpose raises money to support family programming and donates hundreds of pies to charitable organizations.

Through the organization Pies For a Purpose we bought 30 pies and met up with the Buggy Bunch ladies to deliver them to the Hibiscus Children's Center. At the center they maintain a safe shelter for children who are abused, abandoned and neglected in our city.

We enjoyed contributing for Thanksgiving and look forward to partnering with more organizations in the near future.

Stay by the Fire as Florida Temperatures Drop

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

fire pit in open valley with chairs surrounding Warm Fires on Chilly Nights

Vero Beach and surrounding areas have finally dropped in temperature, from hot and muggy summer days we've entered into cooler and crisp mornings. This is a rare occasion so you will most definitely see all Floridians bundled up in sweaters and boots. Now is the great time to have social events outside by the fire, where you won't be pestered by mosquitoes and bugs alike.

Fire pits are so much fun to gather around and sing songs, make s’mores and keep warm but along with fun always comes safety!

Light a fire only in open spaces- keep clear from nearby buildings and foliage.

Always keep a close eye on all children, make sure they keep a safe distance from the flames.

Don’t pour gas on a fire. There are so many unfortunate stories that stem from doing this.

Be safe and have fun & enjoy this cooler weather!

Storm Approaches : Sold Out Generators

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Red and black generator Generator Needed

Why SERVPRO? We care about our community, our customers, and fulfilling their needs. We desire to give our community tips and safety procedures, even from our website!

Today, we are going to discuss the importance of having a generator. Before a storm strikes, which happens often in Florida, you want to always be prepared well beforehand. One way is to invest in a generator. Once you lose power, you realize how many things you use on a moment to moment basis, and then all of a sudden you can’t use any of it…that is, unless you have a generator.

Why use a generator?

First of all, a generator is portable power, so it can make your appliances, lights and electricity run. It provides power to your fridge and freezer, which is very important because food can spoil within hours if it is no longer being cooled. Generators can also be important if you work from home, as many people do nowadays. Smaller generators are also very handy for power tools and even camping if there are no available nearby outlets.

We hope you look into purchasing a generator from your local hardware store.

Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach at (772) 770- 0501.

Fire Prevention and Protection

11/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Fighters holding a hose spraying water Extinguishing Fires

Living in Vero Beach, thankfully, we don’t have to worry about rapid wildfires like the people on the West coast. But nevertheless, being in the fire restoration business, we often still work with customers whose houses and buildings catch fire, and sometimes burn down. In some serious cases, there’s often a flaw involved. Many times the sprinkler system is broken, the smoke alarm doesn’t go off or no one is even home to be aware of the fire. There are many other issues that can contribute to building fires, but the Building Fire Protection Division are working on aspects to improve on, to decrease the issues.

The Fire and Life Safety Building Systems industry have been way behind other industries when it comes to smart technology monitoring and inspections. And because of that, they have been researching many ways to advance and improve on, while eliminating outdated and inefficient equipment. They say that there are many benefits and minimum risks when it comes to smart technology monitoring and since we live in a digital age, there are better practices available. The purpose of the smart technology is to prevent or lessen the effects of a fire. These built in systems will alert the homeowner and fire stations at a quicker rate, and the technology will be able to monitor equipment at a more precise measurement. The quicker our technology advances, the safer we become!

Wood Flooring | This or That

11/12/2019 (Permalink)

brown wood flooring Take your Pick!

With many new trends and styles, we often see people updating and remodeling their homes. Along with this comes new flooring too. Depending on where you live, how often you get storms, your living situation along with financial budgets can help guide you in the decision making process. There are currently two kinds of wood flooring that people are buying, hardwood and laminate wood.

 Laminate wood is made up of composite wood pressed together and is topped off with the image of hardwood. It’s cost for the product and installation both are fairly inexpensive compared to hardwood. It is very durable and can take on the dog’s nails, the kid’s toys that you asked them to keep outside and other daily wear and tear. And another great thing is that it can endure moisture and minor water problems.

On the other hand, hardwood floors are natural and very beautiful. Because it comes from real trees, it is more expensive along with the installation cost too. Therefore, this would add value to your home. Unfortunately, it is not known for great durability. After a while, scratches appear and if there is an accumulation of water in one area, those pieces would have to be replaced.

Now that you have more information, you know what to expect when you go look at wood flooring for your home!

Purify Your Air

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

air purifier on a table with a plant and citrus Keep it fresh and clean

Do you deal with ongoing allergies and sickness in your home? First, we recommend for you to schedule a duct cleaning. SERVPRO of Vero Beach conducts air duct cleanings, as we have written about before here. But once we take care of that for you, we also recommend investing in an air purifier. These continue the process of eliminating dust, pollen, mold, and more airborne contaminants that are not great for the well-being of your health.

Air purifiers are machines that do exactly what it sounds like- they purify the air! From one opening, it draws in air from surrounding areas, and then through multiple filters it traps contaminants and impurities and recirculates the pure air back into the room.

Here are 3 different types of filter options within air purifiers: 

 1. Carbon Filters eliminate odors and reduce the amount of gaseous particles which are found in cleaning products, paint, and wood preservatives

 2. Ozone Producing cleaners increase oxygen molecules in the air which then eliminates harmful bacteria in the air.

 3. Electrostatic technology is even better because it actually attracts particles in the air by static electricity and traps them in the machine.

 These three types additional filter options will cause the filters to be used more, and therefore need replacement sooner than regular filters.

CALL US AT (772) 770-0501

Water Filters

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

hand holding cup underneath water faucet Refreshing!

Potable water is much more of a preference for people when it comes to staying hydrated. On the other hand, tap water, also known as unfiltered water is not a fan favorite considering that some cities contain trace amounts of pollutants and the taste is not quite refreshing as purified water. Although restaurants often serve tap water, you can control what you consume at your own home. If your fridge doesn’t have a handy filter and spout, you will want to look into purchasing a filter. Here are different options you can choose from:

Water pitcher- You fill these up with sink water and it slowly filters through all the impurities. You can store the pitcher in the fridge to keep cold.

 Under- sink water filter- just as it sounds like, it gets installed underneath your sink and a separate spout comes out of the counter for your drinking water. Extremely easy for refills!

Countertop container- These large stainless steel filters are great for holding large amounts of water and can be filled continually.

 Do your research before you buy and figure out which kind of filter is best for your home and family.

Vero Beach | Centennial Year

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

coastline of Vero Beach 100 Years!

This year, we celebrate the city of Vero Beach turning 100 years! SERVPRO of Vero Beach is very excited to be in this city and to support other local businesses and the community here. We will be at the Centennial parade in downtown Vero on Saturday, October 26th.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach has been established here for almost 10 years. We are voted #1 restoration company in the area and put much effort and excellence into each job site that we arrive at and we are available for emergency work 24/7.

Our owners and employees are involved in many events and organizations in the city. Whether you walk in the office or the team enters your house, you are sure to see smiling faces that are ready to help you in your time of need!

Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach (772) 770-0501

Water: Good and Bad

10/25/2019 (Permalink)

Blue Underwater view Water

Water is something that everyone needs on a daily basis. Water is see- through, it’s tasteless, odorless, and a nearly colorless substance. It actually makes up most of the earth, filling streams, lakes, and oceans. A human can’t go without drinking water for more than three days because it is vital for all forms of life.

Water replenishes, sustains and revives.

 But, water can be harmful to us humans too. Firstly, natural disasters such as storms, tsunamis and hurricanes have the potential to cause great destruction to large land masses, effecting people and their homes and possessions.

Second, water can be destructive inside the home too. Sometimes a water pipe bursts, a sink or washing machine overflows, or a roof may have a leak. All these things, we don’t often think about, but they can cause flooding and damage to our property. If you ever find yourself in a situation similar to this, call us today.

 (772) 770- 0501

Ladder Safety | Common Mistakes

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Silver metal ladder propped against a white wall Ladder Safety

When working on your home and projects, you often have to use a ladder to hang things, take stuff down or even go on a roof. We want you to always remain safe and use caution when doing things like these. It is recorded that 164,000 people receive emergency room treatment from ladder-related injuries and there are 300 deaths every year. We’ve compiled a short list of tips to be aware of when using a ladder-

  • Choose the right ladder

Every ladder is different in the type, material and weight capacity

  • Factor in the height

You’ll never want to stand on your tippy toes or bend over to reach your work area. Select a ladder that reaches perfect height in order to maintain safety.

  • Secure on a good surface

Make sure the surface isn’t slick or uneven- never secure on a bed of rocks or mulch, plastic sheets or wet grounds.

  • Never stand on top cap

On every ladder, there’s a step that is labeled as the highest level and if you advance above it, the ladder will become unstable and most likely fall.

Your safety matters! Use these tips to ensure that you are properly using a ladder and always read the instructions.

Fire Trouble

10/7/2019 (Permalink)

At a fire job we we recently attended to, the owners were blessed that their entire home wasn't burned down, but that it only effected a portion of the exterior of the home and one bedroom. The room has a horrible smell to it and in this picture that you see that some of the ceiling has been ripped out.

The owner reports to have called a different business that started the remediation job, but never came back to finish it. The had began to rip out the drywall and ceiling, but not in a clean manner.

We quickly inspected the issues and mistakes and began the remediation. We had to seal up the effected bedroom in order to put an ozone machine in and clear up the air and material.

Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach! We will make it look "Like it never even happened." (772)770-0501

Flooded Commercial Building

10/3/2019 (Permalink)

Wet hallway in office building Water Damage In Vero Beach

Many of our remediation jobs are often located in homes or private buildings, but some emergency calls that we receive are for commercial offices or buildings. 

For this particular job, a commercial building experienced a water loss. Their kitchen was started to flood and the water continued to run into other areas of the building- through the hallways, the waiting room and offices.

The technicians left for the property within 5 minuted of receiving the call. They were on it quick!

The baseboards in the wet areas were inspected and had to be removed. The SERVPRO crew set up the equipment all within the guidelines. They monitored it every day until all the walls and floor were completely dry. Then they picked up all the equipment once it was finished. The business owner was extremely happy with the work.

Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach today! (772)770-0501

Brand New Generator | Probable Cause of Loss

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

wall of house completely black and burned by fire House Fire

Most people can't imagine arriving to their home to see that a fire started and caused destruction to their property. But once a fire hits our home, or a neighbor or close friend or relative, we realize that a lot of instances are really beyond our control. 

For example, the most recent fire job that we attended to in Sebastian had a cause of loss that was most likely a generator. In fact, it was a brand new generator that was bought for the hurricane that recently passed by. 

It caught on fire, therefore catching fire to surrounding areas, including the patio, overhang, and exterior wall that was attached to the bedroom.

The people were devastated but called SERVPRO of Vero Beach right away at (772)770-0501. We will keep you tuned in for when the job is complete!

We Take Care of Our Customer's Valuables

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

Pile of customer's furniture placed in center of room, covered in a white tarp Furniture Covered in Tarp

We recently got an emergency call from a home in Grand Harbor along the Indian River. No one had been living in the home for some time, so when there was a leak in a pipe within the foundation, no one was there to stop it. Once it was discovered, there was water all over the floors.

The crew sloshed in their boots, examining the damage that had taken place. The furniture was wet and the rugs were drenched in water, the bedroom carpet was completely ruined.

Drywall had to be cut out and cabinets had to be removed. But before remediation begins in any home, our crew carefully places all the furniture that is still in good condition to the center of the room. They then place a tarp, sealing it tight with tape, over all the furniture. This protects it and a keeps it in good condition. 

Here at SERVPRO of Vero Beach, your property and furnishings are of upmost important to us.

Call us today! (772) 770-0501

Where is SERVPRO?

9/25/2019 (Permalink)

front of SERVPRO building on a sunny day, surrounded by SERVPRO truck and palm trees Our New Location

Have you ever wondered where SERVPRO of Vero Beach is located? (Besides "Vero Beach")

Well, we recently moved! But our new location actually is not too far at all from where we used to be. We are right off of the well- traveled US Highway 1. We now have large office for the employees where we hold our morning meetings first thing every weekday. And attached to that, is the owner's office.

We have so much storage space which comfortably fits all of our equipment because of the long warehouse set-up. Recently added, is a brand new kitchenette. All of the interior decoration was put together by Ursula, one of the owners.

If you want to come give us a visit, you won't miss the bright green building with an orange awning, surrounded by all the SERVPRO trucks and vehicles. Our address is

4360 US Highway 1, Vero Beach, Florida 32967. 

Leaking Wet Bar In Indian River

9/18/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle backed up in a driveway to a customer's light blue home. Production technician walking in home Like It Never Even Happened

Do you have a wet bar and entertain friends and family often?

So does this family who live on the river. They went on vacation and unfortunately when they came back home, they walked in the front door and found their floor flooded with water. They discovered it was coming from the sink on their wet bar, it had been leaking the whole time they were gone. They called SERVPRO of Vero Beach right away and the crew left immediately to begin inspection and restoration.

Since they had discovered the damage days after it occurred, there was drywall that had already started to mold. That affected drywall and insulation had to be removed and the crew strategically placed fans to dry the hardwood floor. They also monitored the drying process for several days, as well as repositioned the equipment. Once the work area was cleaned up and the equipment removed, the customers were very pleased with the remediation results. They were extremely appreciative of the crew's kindness and work ethic.

Foreseeable Storms

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

map of Humberto storm tracking to come near east coast of USA. Hurricane Season

There are 4 potential tropical cyclones in the Atlantic Ocean that could potentially bring impacts to the United States.  

Potential Tropical Cyclone #9:

This system is located in the northern Caribbean which is the area affected by Hurricane Dorian recently. Dorian helped to lower the sea surface temperature due to upwelling which will inhibit rapid strengthening of Potential Tropical Cyclone #9.  

#1:

An area of low pressure located in the eastern Gulf of Mexico is organized and could impact the Texas Gulf Coast this weekend. I don’t expect this system to cause major impacts but there could be some tropical storm force winds along the gulf and high wave action.

 #2:

Still located in the central Atlantic, this system will continue to track west and could potentially impact the United States in about 10 days or so. It is possible #2 could recurve back into the central Atlantic before reaching the United States. 

#3:

Trailing behind #2, this system will likely develop as well and will need to be monitored. Too far out to predict where this system will go. 

Sebastian Commercial Building Suffers Water Damage

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Three hair salon chairs and sinks in a salon You'll be back in business in no time!

We recently received an emergency call from a hair salon located in a nearby town. They had left work the night before and everything was completely normal and put together, but things were a little different when they arrived in the morning.

When they called, they informed us that a pipe had been disconnected from the washing machine and caused water to get on the floor and walls.

One of our crews left swiftly and were on the road within four minutes of the call. They quickly inspected that the baseboards first needed to be removed. They put a fan in and began the drying process but then they tested the humidity in the building and checked that another dehumidifier had to be placed in. They extracted all the existing water and then removed all wet drywall and insulation. They monitored all the equipment for a few days and removed it when it was complete.

It seems like a long process but our guys make it quick and excellent. We want your business to be ready to go is the shortest time possible. 

CALL (772) 770-0501

Do You Light Candles Often?

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

Candles are very calming and there are so many reasons people use them. They look pretty twinkling in the dim room, enhancing the ambiance, while giving off a fragrant smell that can be extremely alluring. However, there is a con and it's that they can also be the cause of a house fire.

The National Fire Protection Association states, 3 out of every 5 fires that were started by a candle were caused because they were placed near a flammable item, such as furniture, bedding, or decorations.  

Here are some tips to prevent candle- originated house fires:

  • Blow out candles before leaving a room or going to bed
  • Keep candles one foot away from flammable items
  • Use a sturdy candle holder
  • Light candles carefully, keeping your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame
  • You should not light a candle if oxygen is used in the home

Although candles can add to the decor in a room, they can also add danger. Just remember candles are an open flame which means they can easily ignite. Create an environment that is safe for you!  SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here for you- call (772) 770-0501

Restaurant Fires in Vero Beach

9/11/2019 (Permalink)

Exterior of restaurant, Citrus. Outdoor steps leading up to patio, and royal palm trees out front Vero Beach Restaurant

Within the past year and a half we have witnessed two fires in local restaurants. 

The most recent was caused by an oven that was accidentally left on in the kitchen by the employees. There had been remnants of grease that was left on the stove top from daily cooking and the oven got hot enough through the night to start a grease fire. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the fire and there was no structural damage to the building. 

The other restaurant, unfortunately underwent serious damage and demolition and was closed for a year. The kitchen fire was caused by a pot left on a burner. Believe it or not but the fire is not what caused all the damage, it was the water and smoke. They had to tear out all the wiring, plumbing, ceiling, walls and flooring and completely reconstruct the building. 

Always make sure your commercial kitchens are shut down and turned off properly every night by your employees.

If you ever have a problem, whether it's a fire, smoke, soot or water give us a call anytime at  772-770-0501. SERVPRO of Vero Beach loves all the local restaurants and shops. We are glad that both locations are now up and running again!

Tips + Tricks | Keep Your Office Fresh

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Closeup view of a desktop with a computer, keyboard, small plant, reading glasses, and notepad and pen, stapler and phone Fresh + Clean

Your office is a place where you spend many hours of the day, so you should do your best to always keep it fresh and clean. While routine cleaning is the key to keep it fresh, there are other tips you can also follow. Keeping your area organized can lead to a more productive day and feeling better and less stressed once the day is complete.

  1. Add Fresh Plants

Having real plants in a room keeps the air fresh and is soothing for your eyes. Studies show that plants have a positive impact on employees, improving their productivity and happiness.

  1. Create a Calming and Natural Atmosphere

Open the windows often for better ventilation and allow natural light to come in. Hang nature- inspired art on the wall and put sheer curtains up to always let light in.

  1. Deodorize

Eliminate lingering musty smells with baking soda as it neutralizes , and also light a scented candle or use an essential oil diffuser to produce better smells. 

  1. Thorough Cleaning

Start with a clean slate and completely clear your work area. Dust and wipe your desk down, you can even spray fabric refresher on your cubicle walls for a fresh scent. Make sure to vacuum under and around your desk and chair. Once you’ve completed all the cleaning, tackle the clutter you removed and begin to eliminate that. Ask yourself if each item is necessary and serves a good purpose. Put everything back in an organized manner, clutter free. Keep important supplies close and a trash can nearby, making sure to get rid of unwanted papers right away.

The Trickle Effect

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Have you ever walked on your roof before?

I know I have- multiple times. This guy did too, and it didn't turn out too well for him. His foot went through the roof and it left a hole there. Over time, as it rained (which happens often here in Florida), lots of water leaked in. This caused serious damage to the interior of the home, as you can see in the picture. So what happens when you have a roof leak trickling into your home for a long time?

Most likely, your place will begin to smell musty, and eventually mold will start growing everywhere. Mold is very hard to get rid of, especially when there is a lot of it. When our crew arrived they knew that demolition needed to take place and they started right away. They removed all the drywall and bagged it up wearing all the proper equipment. Check out the before and after here.

We know it is not easy to show up to your property showing signs of damage. That is why we are here to help in the most efficient way possible.

Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach today! 772- 770- 0501

Duct Cleaning

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

Return vent on ceiling in house opened up after duct cleaning Clean vents

Does there seem to be dust reappearing throughout your home? Is your family catching allergies? Can you smell bad odors and desire to have a fresh smelling home?

It is most likely time for a duct cleaning!

WHY?

 Ducts circulate the air flow from your heating and cooling equipment throughout your home to ensure it is properly conditioned at all times. The process involves removing the dust and contaminants that exist within the ductwork in every space throughout your home. Our air duct cleaning involves powerful vacuums that pull dust and debris from deep within, preventing it from moving and circulating throughout your home.

These are the steps we take when we perform a duct cleaning:

  1. Locate return vent for AC system
  2. Make cardboard with hole for vent tube
  3. Go to each vent in house, remove, and clean them with water and soap
  4. Vacuum out vents with backpack vacuum, wipe out as far as possible with concrobium
  5. Replace all vents
  6. Hook up duct machine and tube to AC return vent
  7. Shut AC system off completely
  8. Start with one vent and remove vent tape, let machine run 3-5 minutes, replace vent tape and move to next vent. Continue throughout house until all vents have been done.
  9. Shut off machine when done with all vents, remove all tape, clean up after and leave.

Our team will be in and out in no time! Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach today. (772) 770- 0501

Hurricane Dorian | State of Emergency

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

Satellite map view of the state of Florida and Hurricane Dorian approaching Prepare, do not panic!

Prepare for the worst, pray for the best! 

Florida's southeast coast is in panic mode as we watch hurricane Dorian slowly approach. We want to remind you- don't panic, just prepare!

Being a resident in Florida, it is expected to experience such natural disasters. We truly do not know how hard the hurricane will hit or where exactly, but we know to expect the effects. Take time within the next day or two, to make a checklist of supplies needed and jobs completed.  

In just a few days, we will undergo strong winds, big storm surges, and heavy rainfall. The hurricane models predict 1-2 feet of rain in our area. Meteorologist Eric Holthaus states, "Combined with storm surge and exceptionally high new moon tides, this would be a coastal flooding catastrophe."

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here for the community and will be up and running immediately after the storm passes. If you want to be on our preferred client list, for a small fee you will be our first priority. Just call 772-770-0501 to get yourself on the list! Spots are filling up quick.

We're Here To Help | Commercial Building Damage

8/28/2019 (Permalink)

A chiropractic office in Vero Beach suffered some water damage due to a broken pipe in the facility. Our SERVPRO crew was on the way within 20 minutes, geared up and ready to go! Once they got there they quickly inspected that the baseboards had to be removed to assess possible damage.

 They quickly set up the right equipment to begin the drying process and they continued to go back to monitor the space daily in order to make sure the materials were drying and to reposition the equipment.

 There were two offices that had water damage but the customer wanted to have access to at least one office the whole time. In order to do that we placed all the equipment in one, and once the first room was done, we switched the equipment to room two.

We always let YOU, the customer, have the final say. Your decisions are important to us and we respect your property to the highest standards! We love getting feedback to know how we can get better and better at each property we set foot on.

Thank you for choosing SERVPRO Vero Beach! We love our customers and do everything possible to make them happy.

Call (772) 770- 0501 today!

Good As New | Vero Beach Water Damage

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

Clean kitchen in home with white cabinets. SERVPRO equipment dehumidifier and air mover are finishing up the work Vero Beach Kitchen is sparkling clean!

Check out one of our most recent water jobs in Vero Beach. This customer reported to us that during a rainstorm, water began running down a bedroom wall in their home. Within 4 minutes of the call, our crew was on the way with all the necessary equipment to inspect and start mitigation.

They quickly set up dehumidifiers and air movers in the bedroom and then noticed that the water had migrated and even made its way into crown molding and in the kitchen.

The client gave permission to remove the crown molding and part of the ceiling and wall in the kitchen and we found a plethora of mold in those areas. The crew was on a mission to wipe down and seal the walls and set up fans to begin the drying process. In no time the home looked good as new completely free of any mold and water.

Do NOT hesitate to call SERVPRO of Vero Beach! We don't want water to migrate throughout your home to further damage more walls. We are open 24/7. (772) 770- 0501

Indian River Rain | Roof Leaks

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Picture of a white home with a hand hovering over top protecting it from falling water Protect your roof from severe water damage

During the summer in Vero Beach, we often experience afternoon rainstorms daily. Due to the consistent downpour, our roofs are more susceptible to leakage which can potentially cause structure damage and mold problems. Many issues that can come from a roof leak can be avoided by inspecting your roof and attic routinely. Search for damp or wet spots and make sure the structure is secure and free of holes. 

There are many causes for roof leaks but here are the top three ways water can infiltrate your home:

  1. Leaking or dripping water pipes
  2. Condensation within your home
  3. Clogged gutters

If you ever notice an issue and are needing professional repairs call SERVPRO of Vero Beach, we are here to help.

SERVPRO has the specific water damage training and experience to help you and your home. 
When you call, we ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency which helps us determine what equipment and resources are needed.

Call 772- 770- 0501

Commercial | Water Damage

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Your employees will be back in action in no time when you use SERVPRO of Vero Beach

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 on a local and national level to rehabilitate even a complex commercial water damage scenario. 

Although a burst pipe 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.

- 24/7, our technicians are eager to get you back up and running again.

Smoke, Soot and Safety

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot are very damaging factors in a fire. We care about your safety first!

If your building has experienced a fire, the smoke and soot can easily spread throughout the rooms and attic, causing much damage and odor. Because of our training and experience at SERVPRO Vero Beach, we inspect the problems speedily which allows us to find the best solution for your home and situation.

Smoke:

  • The smoke rises towards the ceiling and to cooler areas.
  • Smoke easily travels via plumbing and pipes.
  • The type of smoke determines the steps we will take to restore your property.

Soot

  • The soot that remains helps us determine the type of smoke that was present in the fire
  • Soot will remain in the building until it is professionally cleaned
  • Soot causes damage and odor

Safety

  • In your emergency, dial 911 and let the Indian River County Fire Department put out your fire.
  • Even after the fire is put out, don't return to your home in Vero Beach
  • Call a professional as soon as possible to complete fire damage restoration

-SERVPRO of Vero Beach will clean and restore your property efficiently, professionally and speedily. Call 772-770-0501

Be Ready | Hurricane Preparation

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

A hurricane is a powerful natural disaster, don't allow it to devastate your home due to lack of preparation!

The two keys to weather safety is to PREPARE for the risks and to ACT on those preparations when alerted by emergency officials.

Before a Hurricane:

  • To begin, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Know your surroundings
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone.
  • Learn hurricane evacuation routes of Vero Beach and how to find higher ground.
  • Make plans to secure your property
  • Cover all of your home's windows
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • If in a high-rise building, when high winds are present, be prepared to take shelter on a lower floor because wind conditions increase with height, and in a small interior room without windows.
  • Consider building a safe room. 

Vero Beach Mold Facts

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Let the professionals restore your property to beautiful conditions

If you are in your home and see visible mold, do not touch or move it. If you disturb it, spores can easily spread throughout your home. Below, we have  provided general facts about mold-

Areas with High Mold Exposure in Indian River County:

  • Antique shops
  • Greenhouses
  • Saunas
  • Farms
  • Construction areas
  • Flower shops

Common Indoor Mold:

  • Cladosporium- Olive-green to brown or black in color. Most commonly found on living or dead plant material
  • Penicillium- Major importance in food and drug production, used as an antibiotic
  • Alternaria- Known as a common allergy to humans causing hay fever or hypersensitivity reactions
  • Aspergillus- Found indoors and outdoors. Most people breathe it in regularly without getting sick

Prevent Mold Growth:

  • Keep humidity levels as low as possible
  • Fix any and all leaks
  • Clean bathrooms with products that kill mold
  • After a flood, clean up and dry everything immediately

If you see signs of mold in your Vero Beach home,

Call Us Today! (772) 770-0501

Fire Prevention | 5 Tips

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Losing all your possessions from a house fire is something that many people don't think about; but it is a common and very possible occurrence. We want you to be proactive and fully confident in protecting your home and loved ones from falling victim to a house fire. Below, we have listed some helpful tips & simple things to do:

  1. Test Your Smoke Alarms

Test the batteries in your smoke alarm once a month in order to maintain them properly. If you find they don’t work, replace them immediately.

  1. Keep the Stove and Oven Clear

Ensure that your cooking area is clear at all times. Towels, oven mitts and cookbooks can easily catch fire, so keep them at a safe distance from the stovetop. Also, don’t leave anything flammable nearby and make sure curtains from windows do not hang over the stovetop.

  1. Check Your Dryer

Always be sure to clean out the lint trap after every cycle, and regularly check behind and around dryer for lint or other items of laundry. If you own a gas- powered dryer, have it inspected annually.

  1. Fire Extinguishers

Have fire extinguishers ready and handy in each key area of your home. Make sure all family members know where they are located and how to properly use one.

  1. Flammable Products

Many household cleaning products and cosmetic items are flammable; like glass cleaner, nail polish, and hairspray. Keep all flammable products away from heat and out of direct sunlight. A cool, dark place is the best location to store these.

 It’s always better to be prepared in any given situation. We encourage you to follow these practices to minimize the risk of a fire. If your home and valuables are damaged by smoke, soot or fire, we will come along side you and restore it back to normal!

Vero Beach Commercial Flooding | Causes

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Most business owners are not aware that there are many potential factors that could cause water damage in their property. Often times people think of a major storm that takes down power lines, floods offices and shuts down businesses for days on end. This is likely, but there are multiple, typical factors that should be brought to attention in order to prevent an accident from happening. These include:

Sprinkler Systems

     Sprinkler systems that work in conjunction with fire protection are great for reducing fire damage. But if they are old or malfunctioning, they can cause property flooding and damage furniture and inventory.

Sewer Lines

     Don’t let your sewer lines get backed up! The lines can easily become damaged and the contaminated black water could potentially cause health effects and ruin products.

Appliances

     If an appliance is damaged and fails, it could easily pour water all over your building. If this happens at night, this would create a big disaster the next day. This is typically seen in restaurants or commercial kitchens.

Pipes and Plumbing

     If a pipe bursts, serious water damage would occur throughout the plumbing system.

If you find your business building in the midst of an emergency disaster, SERVPRO of Vero Beach will get you up and running “Like it never even happened.” Call today at (772) 770-0501.

Summer Celebrations | Helpful Tips

7/3/2019 (Permalink)

Summer barbecues and celebrations are now upon us in Vero Beach! We, along with American Red Cross, care about your safety while you are out having fun. Found below, we have provided tips and precautions by American Red Cross for when your plans may include fireworks or outdoor grilling.

Fireworks 

The safest way to enjoy fireworks is at a public firework show put on by professionals.

If you decide to set off your own at home, we recommend you follow these safety steps:

  • Never give fireworks to small children, and never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.
  • Always follow the instructions on the packaging.
  • Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."

National Fire Protection Association states that fireworks start an average of 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires. These fires cause an average of $43 million in direct property damage.

 Barbecue Safety

  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Never grill indoors — not in your house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open and away from the house, the deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire. 
  • Use long-handled tools made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.

National Fire Protection Association also tells us that on average, 10,200 home fires are started by grills each year, and July is the peak month for that to happen.

We hope you enjoy your summer, but most importantly, stay safe. SERVPRO at Vero Beach will answer your call anytime at 772-770-0501. 

Preparing for Disaster: Earthquakes

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Be prepared for an earthquake!

Earthquakes can happen anywhere at any time. Many people don’t know this, but most of the U.S. is at a moderate to high risk for earthquakes. That is why it is important to prepare.

TIPS TO PREPARE FOR AN EARTHQUAKE

-Properly mount all wall decor to avoid extra injury.

-Make sure all heavy items are away from beds and couches to lessen the chance of injury.

-Secure all light fixtures.

-Have an emergency kit ready and easily accessible.

-Do practice drills with your family, so everyone knows safe areas and how to drop, cover, and hold.

TIPS TO HELP DURING AN EARTHQUAKE

-Try to stay calm.

-Stay away from anything that can shatter, such as windows or glass.

-Drop, cover, and hold onto something sturdy.

-If you are indoors, stay inside until the shaking stops, then exit with stairs, not elevators.

-If you are outdoors, find a spot with nothing above you, drop to the ground, and stay until the shaking stops.

-If you are in a car, keep your seatbelt on, and pull over to an open area, avoiding bridges, power lines, and street lights if possible. Stay until the shaking stops, then drive with caution.

TIPS TO HELP AFTER AN EARTHQUAKE

-Aftershocks can occur anytime after an earthquake, so be cautious. If there is an aftershock, drop, cover, and hold on just as if it were another earthquake.

-Clean up any flammable liquids or spilled medications as soon as possible.

-Be careful when opening closet doors or drawers, because some things may have shifted.

-Stay updated and informed through the news or radio.

Preparing for Disaster: Flooding

4/24/2019 (Permalink)

Be prepared for flooding!

Flooding can be a very frequent natural disaster. In the event of a flood, you'll want to make sure you are prepared.

TIPS FOR PREPARING BEFORE A FLOOD

Make sure to…

-Be ready to evacuate at any time, and have an emergency kit ready to go with you and your family.

-Stay out of floodwaters! Any flowing water that is above your ankles is not a safe route.

-Head towards higher ground in the event of a flash flood warning.

-Stay alert, especially at night time.

Stay informed!

-Not all homeowners insurance covers damages from flooding.

-Stay tuned to the news, or listen to the radio for any updates on flood warnings in your area.

TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE AFTER A FLOOD

If a flood has already happened in your area, here are some tips.

-Stay away from any dangerous areas with floodwater.

-Keep a look out for dangerous animals like snakes that could come into your home with the floodwater.

-Officials will report when it is safe to enter your home.

-Contact the fire department if you hear a hissing noise or smell gas.

-Make sure to wear protective gear when cleaning up to avoid injury.

-Be safe when entering your home, and watch out for collapsed or damaged areas.

-If any food or water has come into contact with floodwater, it is best to throw it away.

Call SERVPRO after a flood for any of your water restoration needs for your home or business.

Fridge Line Leak Behind Fridge

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Line leak behind fridge.

The homeowners were not immediately aware that their fridge line was faulty until enough water accumulated and began to show.  They did the right thing calling us, SERVPRO of Vero Beach.  They said their neighbor happened to be over and recommend calling us.  Thank you neighbor!  Each SERVPRO is individually owned and operated, but each ones strives to give each job their best.  Some wood and drywall needed replaced in this job and the rest was an easy dry-out.  The fridge line was replaced and the homeowners were pleased with the work performed.  They said if the time arises, they too would recommend SERVPRO to someone in need.  We thank all of our referrals.  Word of mouth is an amazing tool in a small town like Vero Beach.

Storm's First Glance

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Storm rolling in.

During all the much needed rain here in sunny Florida, there is a possibility of flooding. 

Thunderstorms can have devastating effects with high winds, heavy rains and even trees down. When disaster happens know who to call!

Having the SERVPRO of Vero Beach number 772-770-0501 ready will give your home or business a leg up when there is a storm. Mitigating the damage quickly will save time and money on your storm loss.

If the restoration and mitigation efforts begin within the first five hours of the appearance of water in the home or water in the business, the chances of a successful restoration and mitigation of the damage is nearly certain. However, if the water cleanup efforts are delayed past the first 24 hours, it becomes increasingly likely that the property will sustain permanent damage.

DO NOT hesitate to call SERVPRO of Vero Beach!

Knocked Out Power

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

Mold growing on a wall after storm.

After a storm rolled through our area, it knocked out power for days.  Upon restoration of power, this home had blown a fuse so their air never did come back on.  Following weeks of being unoccupied with shutter still up and high humidity, the mold began growing.  We have a particular way to clean mold and unlike many companies, we guarantee our work.  We will provide a pre-test and a post-test.  We will continue to follow up with our clients as well to make sure they are still satisfied in the following weeks.  Mold can be a scary thing to customers, but it is not scary to us.  If you suspect you have mold, do not mess with it.  Instead, call the professionals...us.

Slab leak

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Slab leak caused flooded office and stalls.

When this business called about a slab leak, they would not have had such a big emergency, but the water started entering the attached office.  This business has stalls where horses were kept.  These stalls had to be cleaned out as well.  Yucky smells for the production team but worth it getting to work around these magnificent, beautiful animals.  The slab leak was fixed by a local company and we were able to get the office and stalls dried out within a day.  It is a good day when a business does not have to close down for the day.  We were able to work around their day and schedules.  If I didn't know any better, I would say the animals were pretty pleased too.

Boat Business with a Leak

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Drying out a business.

As seen in this picture, it wasn't actually a boat this time that needed our services, it was their office.  After a water heater leak, the owners told us they were so glad it occurred during working hours.  This allowed them to be able to shut off the valves and minimize damage.  The water was extracted and air movers were strategically placed.  Business was not interrupted for long and they raved about that.  This company was definitely fortunate.  There are so many instances where we see the disasters occur when no one is there, making bigger messes and bigger headaches. Not that this one wasn't, but they were definitely grateful it was during working hours for sure.  Call us today with any questions.  SERVPRO of Vero Beach.

Hauling off Debris

3/4/2019 (Permalink)

Debris in one of our dumpsters.

When storms roll through our area, we may have different levels of debris.  Same thing in the mitigation world.  Sometimes we are able to salvage furniture, drywall, etc...  Other times we have to discard most of it if not all of it.  We definitely do our best in trying to salvage as much as possible.  We understand there are certain items that may have sentimental value and will give our honest opinion in what can be saved.  Mold especially when growing rampant, is not merciful.  It loves to grow on what it can.  After a storm it is best to clean up quickly and not give mold a chance to grow.  Drying out immediately is ideal especially in this environment where it can get humid and muggy quick.

In Between Tenants

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Standing water in this flooded home.

In this beautiful home that is located in a development had flooding due to a faulty water heater in the laundry room. The home was currently empty and in between tenants.  By the time the damage was known the main level was flooded.  When the crew first arrived, they discovered there was standing water throughout the structure, the wooden trim, drywall and hardwood floors had been damaged. The crew proceeded to extract the water from the structure, remove baseboards and hardwood flooring. The crew then placed 30 air movers and 4 dehumidifiers to begin the drying process.  There ended up being an amazing phenomenon where the water beaded on every surface including the ceiling, walls, blinds, and windows.  If this ever happens to you, call us at (772)770-0501.

Negligent Neighbors

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Ceiling collapses after upstairs leak.

A home owner thought she was doing her due diligence when she hired a friend to check on her home once a week while she was away.  Unfortunately, the neighbors who live above her where not so thoughtful.  They left town and did not turn their water off.  When the home owners friend came to do the weekly check, he was shocked when he opened the front door and water gushed out.   Water had poured from the water heater upstairs, following gravity and flooding the poor ladies home beneath.  The ceiling collapsed and every room except the kitchen ended up ruined.  The home owner had just redecorated the home six months prior and was devastated.  We were able to get her house fixed up quickly and she was so pleased that she even went and bought herself a gold toilet.

Wind, Rain, and Flood

3/1/2019 (Permalink)

Flooded room from storm.

There are times in Florida when storms form unexpectedly.  This is never a good thing if a home owner has a weak roof, leaking windows, or live in low-lying areas.  Water will follow gravity and winds are unpredictable.  When it rains hard for three hours following days of constant rain, the already flooded water simply keep rising.  Home owners around our city are devastated when the rising waters begin to penetrate the house.  Can you imagine how helpless they feel watching it enter their house and not able to stop it?  Many have experienced just this, but were smart to pick the phone up and call SERVPRO of Vero Beach.  We can't stop the rain, but we can make your house feel "Like it never even happened."

Recovering from a Fire

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Garage fire from faulty wiring.

Heavy smoke damage to this area of a local home was thoroughly cleaned utilizing a three step process involving high-surfactant detergent hand and rotary brush cleaning, HEPA air filtration and hydroxyl generation.  We pride ourselves on delivering beyond expectations, every time.  SERVPRO of Vero Beach uses our experience and expertise to develop a remediation plan for small jobs and for larger, more complex jobs to minimize down time and ensure the final product leaves our customers one hundred percent satisfied.  A final walk through with the customer is performed on every project, large or small, to make sure there are no details left unattended.  We also will follow up with a phone call and a letter to ensure customer satisfaction.  Call us today at (772)770-0501.

A Look Inside

2/27/2019 (Permalink)

Intense fire ravaged this home.

While sleeping, an electrical fire started in this home.  A special dog alerted the family and allowed them to escape unscathed.  We wish everyone was so fortunate.  Houses can be rebuilt; lives cannot. We had to gut every room of this three level home to the studs. The studs that did not need to be replaced had to be cleaned of soot and deodorized. We then replaced everything in the home. Everything! Our homeowner now has all new flooring, cabinets, counter tops, appliances and fixtures. His electrical and plumbing systems have also been upgraded and improved. We are just waiting for his schedule to clear so we can return all this personal content.  Call us today to learn about our ERP's that can give you a head start if ever you run into a disaster such as this.  (772)770-0501.

Crawl Spaces

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Crawl space of a local home.

Looking at this picture, you might be wondering what you're looking at.  It actually is the crawl space underneath a house that was overgrown with mold.  The homeowners were out of town when their dishwasher decided to leak and a week later a neighbors saw water coming out of their front door.  In just that week alone, the mold growth was massive.  In situations like this, it is not enough to only clean and dry out the home itself.  With that much water, we had to go underneath and pull out all of the insulation too that was absolutely soaked.  If we had not done this, the mold would have continued to keep coming back.  The production team is thorough and tough and never back down from a challenge.

Sloshy Mold

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Bottles of booze found with mold growth in them.

I am the marketer for SERVPRO of Vero Beach and sometimes I will go out in the field with the production team and help out.  One particular home we did I was shocked with what I found.  I could understand mold growing in opened bottles of booze, but when I discovered mold growth in sealed bottles, it just shows you how damaging mold growth truly is.  Did you know that one million mold spores could fit on the tip of a pencil?  That really puts in perspective how imperative it is for you to call the professionals if you find mold in your home.  Call SERVPRO today.  We can answer all your questions and put your mind at ease.  We are ready to be of assistance 24/7.

Fried Mold Anyone?

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold growing in a frying pan.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach loves fighting mold.  Pesky little mold spores do not stand a chance against us.  We know how to eradicate and restore.  We also know how to prevent and educate.  We are a brand tried and true and are here to serve our community household by household.  This picture is of a house we arrived at where there was not an inch of it that was not sabotaged with mold.  Jobs like these show the intensity mold will grow.  Every single cabinet, every single room, and every single drawer we opened had mold growing in it.  Do not fret, just call us and we will come make it "Like it never even happened."  We know where to look and how to eradicate.

Mold Will Grow Anywhere!

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold found on, in, and around a refrigerator.

As seen in the picture, mold will even sneak into compressed spaces like the tight fit of refrigerators.  I was amazed the first time I opened a cupboard and saw how the mold had deposited a colony in between plates.  Did you know that  a million mold spores could fit on the tip of a pencil?  We strongly recommend not disturbing a colony when you come across one for this very reason.  With one swipe, you have now caused however many million spores to enter the air and are free to deposit in the next space they land in.  And trust me, there is not a space they won't land on.  They even can get into sealed areas.  Call the professionals instead, you won't regret it!  

Garage Barrage

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water heater malfunctioned in this local home.

When the water heater in this Vero Beach home malfunctioned, not only did it flood the garage, but it had also seeped inside the home.  When a home has many boxes of content, it makes it a little more time consuming to go through each one, but is a must so the items in the boxes can dry properly.  Throughout the years at SERVPRO, I have discovered going through all my storage boxes before an emergency can occur is the best option because then I can go through them at my leisure.  It is often sad to see a client already in distress because a pipe burst at 3 A.M., have to go through boxes of content and sort them out at that hour.

Due Diligence Always

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Hidden root behind the drywall.

At SERVPRO, we do not skip corners or steps.  We make sure to find the root cause and our goal is to always make it "Like it never even happened."  Sometimes, a root cause is not always visible to the naked eye, so we at SERVPRO of Vero Beach use the most efficient, up to date technology to find the source.  This allows us to find the cause of loss with the most minimal amount of damage.  Since the source was behind drywall, we were able to locate the exact spot before having to cut into the wall.  Most clients are grateful for this. Many homeowners would prefer not having to see multiple holes in their walls especially if it all could be avoided to begin with. 

Take Caution With Candles

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Soot from a candle fire.

Fire damage at this home began when a candle fell over in a first-floor room. While it was fortunate that the fire was contained within the room it started there was soot and smoke damage throughout the house. There was so much soot and smoke damage that the homeowners sought professional help. SERVPRO of Vero Beach offers twenty-four hour seven days a week emergency service for fire damage events such as this. You will receive a complete assessment of the damages and a comprehensive restoration plan for your home. We have the latest cleaning solutions and equipment as well as experienced industry certified technicians. You can have confidence that an industry leader is cleaning and restoring your fire damage.  Don't hesitate, call us today!

Water Line Break

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded Office.

The water line flooded the back storage area of this engineering firm. The standing water was already damaging shelving and stored inventory and records when we arrived. By quickly extracting the water and moving items out of harm's way we mitigated the water damage. After cleaning up the area, we strategically placed some air movers and a silicone absorbing dehumidifier capturing the remaining airborne moisture. SERVPRO of Vero Beach technicians realize that secondary water damage can be secretive as it damages electronic equipment, concrete floors which need a slow drying process, and inventory that affects the production and profitability our commercial clients. Our We're Faster To Any Size Disaster slogan offers professionalism at its highest level to our residential and commercial customers.  Don't hesitate, call us today.

Fire Season Is Upon Us

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Small brush fire

With these hot temperatures, you will need to be very careful with all of your outdoor activities. If it becomes very hot, windy, and dry it is probably a good idea to limit your outdoor activities that might possibly result in a wildfire. Burning debris and target shooting are a couple activities that need to be rethought if the weather is too hot.
 
As many as 90% of wild fires in the United States are caused by burning of debris, campfires being left unattended, throwing out cigarettes, and simply people intentionally starting fires, aka arson.
 
Because of this, wildfires threaten thousands of homes a year.  Just look at poor California right now.  We recommend to 
 
1.       Review your evacuation plan checklist
2.       Ensure that your emergency supply kit is in your vehicle
3.       Cover-up to protect against heat and flying embers. Wear long pants, long sleeve shirts, heavy shoes and boots, and goggles or glasses. 100% cotton is always preferred
4.       Locate your pets and take them with you to safety
 
Always remember that if you are evacuated and then able to return home to be alert and look over a few things. 
1.       Always be alert for downed power lines and other hazards, 
 
2.       Check propane tanks, regulators, and lines before turning on your gas
 
3.       Check your residence carefully for any hidden embers or smoldering fires

Be safe and have a safe, fun summer.
 

Heavy Rains Seep In

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Recent rains cracked foundation.

This homeowner found water seeping in from a recent storm right away because the damage occurred on the first floor right at the bottom of a highly used stairwell. 

Water issues in a location that is a high traffic area allows owners to be more aware of a water loss sooner than in areas of the house where they don’t often go.

Right away the owner pulled up the carpet and pad to dry both of them with all the fans she had in her home.  By doing so she was actually able to dry out the carpet, but the pad still needed to be replaced.

By contacting SERVPRO we were able to give her a FREE evaluation of the damage which helped her from having any secondary damages and prevented mold growth as well.

Call Us Today (772)770-0501.

Dual Situations

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

When storms occur, SERVPRO of Vero Beach does it all.

You recently experienced flooding due to torrential rainstorms in the area. If that was not bad enough, pressure from the additional weight caused a gas line to burst, and fires to break out on the second floor, leaving behind, even more, damages.

When these kinds of dual loss situations affect your damaged home,  restoration services become necessary. We are available 24-7, 365 days a year, including holidays and, have access to everything needed to restore your home to a quality pre-damage condition, "Like it never even happened." 
 
SERVPRO technicians have several years of experience dealing with situations just like yours. We are there, on your property, within an hour of your initial call and begin work immediately upon securing a signed agreement.  We start by securing the structure, ensuring that there aren't any immediate hazards by shutting off the electricity and gas supply to the structure. 
 
Once it is safe to enter, our onsite manager performs an initial assessment, identifying each affected area that needs attention and plans each step of your restoration process. We tailor our services to fit your unique situation, providing you with expertly trained personnel to tackle each type of repair separately. 
 

Why Use A Professional To Remove Water From Your Vero Beach home?

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water pipes can cause some serious damage and quickly.

f you are dealing with the serious after effects of water damage in your home, you may be wondering if your home is worth saving. Keep your chin up. Water damage can wreak serious havoc on a building and render it unsafe for human habitation in a very short period. Whether the damage is due to flooding, sewage system malfunction, a burst frozen water pipe, or a badly behaving appliance, the result is the same: a mess that needs cleaning in a hurry before damages multiply and mold growth takes over and affects the integrity of the building.

Once the damage has occurred, the fastest way to remove excess water is to rely upon the services of a local restoration company like SERVPRO that can get to the site quickly and begin a fast water extraction program. We have industrial grade pumps, wet-vacs, and even mops and buckets to remove the bulk of the standing water.

The sooner you get your emergency taken care of, the better. Every hour that goes by is an hour during which your family is potentially out of their home SERVPRO can help mitigate the losses and get you back into a safe home environment.

OK, We Show Up, Then What?

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Flooded bathroom in Vero Beach

Once you contact us, we can begin a full program of property restoration.

First, an immediate inspection and assessment of the damage and adjacent areas and then an estimate of the costs involved recovery are given to you. If you agree to the service, the professionals will then extract all of the remaining water in the building, checking especially for voids where water can go without being detected in most cleanup efforts. Our trained staff can make sure the building is completely dry.  The use of moisture meters, infrared cameras and hygrometers enhance our ability to guarantee dryness.

When all of the excess water and any mold growth is removed from the building, our technicians will then take care of secondary concerns, such as removing any nasty stains or blemishes left over from the accident. Our  professionals will clean and restore any furniture or other implements that water has damaged. A full check will be performed to make sure your building has not sustained any structural damage.

Mold Threat is No Joke

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Visible mold found in the closet of a local Vero Beach home.

The threat from mold growth is multiple. There is the visual infestation that covers ceilings, walls, and other structural property. If the visible signs go unchecked, the mold grows into drywall, wood beams and other parts of the home. In addition to physical damage, there are the health effects that mold can have on some people. Each of these threats requires remediation to remove them; this may involve cleaning only, but cases that went unnoticed for an extended period require removal and replacement of damaged property.


Testing for mold at the first suspicion is the best way to go. 
We have some of the best training and the latest equipment in the restoration industry, but it is our reputation that matters the most. If we uncover mold, and before we start the remediation process, we recommend that you hire a third party to perform the same tests. The second round of testing provides you with peace of mind by removing any potential conflict of interest. 

Hope you never need any of this, but if you do, call us at (772)770-0501.

Closet Containing Mold Growth

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold found in a closet.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach handles mold. Our office is licensed to perform mold inspections and has developed a protocol that includes the following: 

We perform a visual inspection that includes photo documentation of all mold growth. If the visual inspection uncovers mold growth, no further testing is needed. If the fungi are present, they need removal and remediation. Air and surface samples from every room in the house or apartment along with a laboratory report to explain the findings, only if needed. After completion, one of our inspectors sits down with each customer to explain not just the results, but every step we took during the inspection. 

Also, we provide an estimate of what steps we take to treat and remove the mold along with how much each task costs. If we do not find mold, our inspector gives the homeowner a report that states the house or apartment was tested and found to have no excess mold that poses a threat. 

Microscopic Danger : Asbestos!

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

This commercial building tested positive for asbestos.

At this property there was trace amounts of asbestos found in the ceiling. Years ago using asbestos in popcorn ceilings was a very common practice so the technicians had to be extra cautious. Before removing the asbestos contaminated popcorn ceiling the entire interior had to be completely contained so that no asbestos got onto any other surfaces.

Asbestos is a very dangerous mineral that should always be avoided. Its microscopic fibers cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted and it usually does not cause any immediate symptoms at all. Actually, symptoms may not be seen for 10-40 years after exposure to asbestos. However there are some symptoms that should be looked out for. 

If you suspect you may have asbestos in your home or business give SERVPRO a call and we will come out and check for you!

Approaching Storm in Vero Beach

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Approaching storm in Vero Beach last week.

If your home has been damaged by severe floods or storms, call us right away at (772)770-0501. Disaster can strike when we least expect it, but SERVPRO of Vero Beach be there to help you weather the storm.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Vero Beach, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (772)770-0501

Understanding Mold

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Rampant mold growth grows and spreads quickly.

Microscopic mold spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, making it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Tips For Water Damage

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Broken toilet caused water damage in this Vero Beach home.

Water damage can be a headache for any homeowner, particularly when it involves a pipe burst with considerable water damage. If a flood doesn’t completely destroy the structural integrity of your home, it can cause near-irreparable damage to its interior. That is why residents of Vero Beach are keeping these important steps in mind when dealing with flooding from a pipe burst:

1. Don’t Wait Too Long
Water damage should be accessed immediately after it occurs. The longer you wait to call for help, the more damage your house could become exposed to mold and other harmful elements. 

2. Get an Expert Opinion
Make sure you have your home inspected by water damage restoration professionals who will make a full assessment of the damage at hand. 

3. Pack It Up
As hard as it may be, it is essential that you leave your home and salvage any belongings that have survived the initial flood. Vacating the property fully is the only guarantee of safety during water removal. 

4. Dry It Out 
In the aftermath of a flood, the affected area will be incredibly wet. Water damage restoration specialists will use dehumidifiers to restore a normal level of humidify and remove any excess moisture from your soaked space. 

5. Clean Up
It’s often not enough to just dry out your home. Wet items exposed to mold will likely smell for a long time after a flood.

6. Final Repairs
Once your home has been cleaned and de-humidified, it is time to assess whether you need any structural repairs. Are your walls and hardwood floors completely warped beyond salvaging? If so, you should have these replaced immediately. 

Peace of Mind

It is always a good idea to air on the side of caution and be prepared for any damage to your water line. A pipe burst is not a regular occurrence but when it does happen, you can remain calm because you will know exactly how to react. 

Call us today with any questions or concerns (772)770-0501.

Tips For Your Business While You Are Away.

8/14/2018 (Permalink)

Cause of loss in a local business.

If your business is going on holiday or extended break, making sure your commercial property in Vero Beach is safe from potential water damage hazards is vital. Without anyone there to immediately act on an issue that requires water pipe repair, a flooding problem can spiral out of control. Following these three tips can make coming back from a leisurely break to a flooded workplace unlikely.

1. Check the Water Supply Lines

Everything that uses water should be inspected. Businesses have many things that use the water lines and should be evaluated:

• Refrigerators
• Toilets
• Sinks
• Dishwashers
• Ice makers
• Washing machines

With a flashlight, check the attached cords for cracks or breaks. If you see any problems, turn that specific shutoff valve off and arrange for water pipe repair when you are back.

2. Turn Off the Main Valve Before Leaving

If you have access, it is important to turn off the main valve to the water supply. In an older commercial property, there is a gate valve that must be rotated until the gate it controls is fully down. In newer properties, there is a ball valve with a lever that needs to be turned 90 degrees to the “off position” when it is not turned the same way as the pipe.

Shutting down the main valve will stop looming problems regardless. When your business opens again, you can resume being vigilant of any leaks after turning it back on.

3. Inspect the Outside of the Property

The building’s downspout should be free of any debris to stop rainwater or snow melt from causing water damage. A simple check keeps the mechanism working towards keeping your business not flooded.

Water damage is scary, but it can be mitigated. If prevention isn’t adequate or water pipe repair is necessary upon return, reach out to trained professionals at SERVPRO.

 Being mindful of ways to stop the water from flowing goes a long way to stop any problem from happening while away. 

Tips for Fire Cleanup

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

House damaged by fire.

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions. When various materials burn, the soot and residue they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration. Learn more about our fire damage cleanup process.

  1. Emergency Contact
  2. Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
  3. Immediate Board-Up and Roof Tarp Service (if needed)
  4. Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
  5. Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
  6. Cleaning and Repair
  7. Restoration

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Our staff are here and ready to answer any of your questions.  Call us today at (772)770-0501.  

Commercial Services

8/13/2018 (Permalink)

One of our local Vero Beach businesses that suffered water damage.

Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of Vero Beach has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

A few businesses that we handle are as follows:

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

SERVPRO of Vero Beach will gladly estimate any job for you.  Take a look at some of our before and after pictures too.  They will surely show you we take pride in our work and treat each customer as family.

CALL US TODAY! (772)770-0501

Our SERVPRO Technicians Work Diligently to Assess the Damage in Your Home After a Fire

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

This house fire was caused by a faulty electrical outlet.

A fire in your Vero Beach home can be a challenging thing to make sense of, let alone to face. With the slew of damages that result from even the smallest of blazes, these lingering effects and acute conditions require immediate attention and a professional’s touch to restore and rebuild properly. Regardless of the size of the fire that started in your house, finding the right professional assistance can make what follows afterward to go much more efficiently. 
 
Once the fire has gotten extinguished in your home, you can begin to take a better look at the fire damage that you face. Fortunately, a thorough inspection and assessment is part of the SERVPRO of Vero Beach process when we are called to give estimates or to provide the necessary information to an insurance provider that has reached out to our company. 
 
This assessment helps our team to better determine the full scope of the present damage and what has to happen to restore your home to preloss conditions. Often our project manager and estimator both assess the damage, working out a running catalogue of damages and equipment necessary to complete this restoration most efficiently. 
 
The estimation itself is often shared with the homeowner but ultimately given to the insurance provider or adjuster, so that the claims process can move along. The sooner that this claim can get processed, the faster that work can begin on your house to bring it back to original conditions. Our SERVPRO of Vero Beach team often works directly with the insurance company representative to save you time and the headache of running necessary paperwork and information back and forth. 
 
As you can see, our team puts a lot of time and effort into making a restoration that your home needs as simple and easy as possible. We strive to respond quickly and to get started promptly in helping to clean up the mess and return your home to its former conditions. You can count on our SERVPRO of Vero Beach fire damage specialists. Give us a call 24/7 at (772)770-0501. 

Returning Your Home To Pre-Fire Condition Is Doable For SERVPRO

7/20/2018 (Permalink)

An apartment fire caused significant damage to the entire unit of an apartment complex.

Most Vero Beach home fire damage does not cause major structural damage, but there is always some physical damage from heat and flames. Most homeowners have to deal with the common, secondary issue created by the local fire department when they extinguish the fire. 
 
The goal of SERVPRO is not just to remediate the fire damage in Vero Beach homes, but also to reduce and hopefully prevent any secondary damage while cleaning up from the original disaster. Our response teams perform both sets of tasks concurrently to ensure we can return each home in its pre-fire condition to every owner as quickly as possible. 
 
Our teams begin by removing structural and personal property to reduce the odors in the home and prevent further contamination from smoke and soot residues. This action includes any scorched items or anything heavily covered in soot and smoke residues. They dispose of all burned items and remove the rest to our offices where specialists use commercial-grade cleaning agents and sound wave generating immersion tanks to remove the extra thick layers of residues. 
 
For items covered in only light-to-medium layers of residues, our technicians remove them to an unaffected area of the home and clean them in place. They can usually accomplish this using dry or wet sponges, and one of the milder cleaning agents in our inventory. 
 
As the cleaning continues, a SERVPRO inspector examines the entry points, walls, and even the roof for damage. For broken windows and doors, team members cover them temporarily with plywood. Depending on the level of damage to the roof or walls, our specialists cover them with plywood or use tarps. Team members accomplish this to not only protect against inclement weather, but to also protect the interior of the home from the rodents, animals, and other pests native to Florida. 
 
After cleaning the home, our team then deodorizes it. Odors can linger for weeks and months after all other damage has been removed or remediated. Technicians can usually eliminate odors with a combination of deodorizing sprays, but if the odors deeply penetrated the wood framing, they use an ozone machine to generate a gas that penetrates to the same level as the original odor and eliminates it. 
 
Stopping and preventing further fire damage is not a short task, but SERVPRO of Vero Beach is here with you at every step of the process. If you have any lingering odors or other problems after a recent fire, call us at (772)770-0501 to begin returning your home to its pre-fire condition and your family back to its normal state as well. 

Restoring your business after a storm

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Approaching Storm.

Flooding and storm damage events in Vero Beach commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Vero Beach

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a storm damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Do NOT Disturb!

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Visible mold found in a house in Vero Beach.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

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.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 772-770-0501

Hurricane season has arrived

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane Irma as it approached Florida a year ago.

If hurricanes, flash floods or other environmental acts are suspected, you may get a bit of a warning before high waters hit. When flooding is suspected for Vero Beach, you want to do whatever you can to get your commercial building ready for the potential damage. You don't always get a warning prior to a flood, so it's a good idea to use this time wisely. Consider using these steps to best prepare for a storm with high waters.


Rearrange Your Equipment and Furniture

If there's a potential for storm damage involving high waters in your area, you want to do what you can to move your important furniture and equipment up high. You can rearrange in a variety of ways, including the following:

* Move as much as possible to upper floors of the building.
* Create stacks of furniture with water-resistant items at the bottom on lower levels of the building.
* Use watertight totes to protect files and equipment.

Moving around office furniture could help you save as much as possible. As you get ready to rearrange your space, think about the items will you be able to easily dry out and clean after a flood. Keep those at the bottom and move other, less water-resistant furniture and equipment first.

Get Sandbags

You can also try to make your building impermeable to flooding. Stacking sandbags near the doors and windows can help keep water from entering your commercial space. You can even build up a wall of sandbags around the perimeter of your building to help keep water away from the foundation.

Flooding can leave your building unrecognizable. That's why commercial building owners want to do what they can to stop water from damaging their building. If you were unable to prepare for flood damage, you can still call in a flood cleanup team to help you fix the problems caused by the high waters.

Call us at (772)770-0501.

Mold and Leaks

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Slow roof leak led to mold growth.

We hear about mold all the time on the news, on buildings (got mold?) and after all the major flooding incidents.  You might be wondering if it really matters to you.  The answer is YES! 

Mold or fungi are microscopic organisms that can be found just about anywhere and everyone is exposed to natural mold daily. Molds are usually not a problem indoors unless mold spores land on damp or wet surfaces and begin to grow.

Your home, office and schools all have water sources that can create extra moisture and allow mold to grow.  Dishwashers, refrigerators, leaking water pipes, hot water heaters, toilets, sprinkler systems,  can all be quick or slow culprits that create an environment ripe for mold growth.  Checking your appliances and potential water sources regularly can help find moisture situations before they get out of control. 

This kitchen sink is a perfect example of a slow leak that allowed for mold growth all the way under the flooring and down to a basement wall.  If you suspect water damage, it is best to call a local professional who can mitigate to prevent this situation from happening to your Vero Beach home.

(772)770-0501

Deeper clean for your business in Vero Beach

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Air filter needing a change.

Businesses all around the Vero Beach area should be thinking deeper about cleanings.  Most companies have nightly cleaning service or even day porters, but with the increase of infectious diseases, everyone should be thinking DEEPER CLEAN. 

Some interesting facts to back up this notion:

Fact: C. Diff has killed more people than Ebola and can live outside the body for 70-90 days.

Fact: Tuberculosis is one of the fastest growing communicable diseases in the world.

Fact: This flu season 48 states had high levels of flu activity

Locals are concerned about staying healthy and thinking about all the places that germs might be lurking.  Where do you go on a daily basis? The grocery store, work, restaurants, the gym, movie theater, schools or the mall might be a part of your travels.  These busy populated places can be breading grounds for infectious diseases. 

If you work or own a business in the area you can call SERVPRO of Vero Beach for a deep clean/sanitization estimate.  Our services can get to that deeper level than surface clean.

(772)770-0501.

Keeping your business open

5/17/2018 (Permalink)

Make sure your business stays open following any emergency.

According to FEMA, almost forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place.   By developing a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile for your business, you minimize business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage affect your business.

Would staff know where to direct first responders?

Do your employees know your chain of command?

Do your managers know where water shut off valves are?

Thankfully, SERVPRO of Vero Beach can help with getting your plan underway.  Not only do we offer a FREE customized Emergency Ready Profile, we have Pre- Disaster Agreements that set us up to be on call for your fire, water, and mold damages.   

Creating a plan now is what will make the difference in what your sign will say. Call (772)770-0501 to schedule your FREE planning appointment.

The Rising Waters: Toilet Overflow and What To Do About It

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

A Toilet Overflowed In This Vero Beach Home Causing The Baseboards To Pull Away From The Wall.

Sewer damage in Vero Beach, FL  can be incredibly problematic, and quickly getting the situation under control is often imperative. You should know what can cause a flooded toilet and what you should do after it occurs to quickly clean up and restore your home to its natural state.


Understanding Why Toilet Overflow Occurs

Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon issue in homes. However, when you know what the potential causes are, it puts you in a position to take better preventative measures. The following may cause toilet overflow in your home:

• A drain line becomes clogged.
• The septic field is not percolating.
• Sewer damage occurs somewhere in the system’s lines due to issues such as tree roots or foreign objects causing a clog.
• A low flow toilet is not able to handle the demands of your household.
• The trap between the drain line and the toilet bowl becomes blocked.


Make sure that you are taking steps to prevent this problem from recurring. Be mindful of how much toilet paper you are using, never flush feminine hygiene products and make sure that small objects do not accidentally get into your toilet and flushed down.

With this information about toilet overflow, you can be better prepared to deal with this type of situation. Should you experience sewer damage, it is generally a good idea to reach out to a sewage company to ensure that the restoration process is done safely and correctly.

Commercial Mold Remediation Presents Unique Challenges

5/1/2018 (Permalink)

Visible Mold Found In A Closet.

Besides causing a major business interruption, a mold problem can present a serious health risk for people exposed at your commercial or residential property. Mold infestations can be caused but not limited to minor water intrusions, like a slow roof leak or loose plumbing fitting. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. If you suspect your property has a mold problem, call  SERVPRO of Vero Beach, who will respond quickly and work fast to manage the situation.

  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any Size Disaster
  • A Trusted Leader in the Mold and Water Restoration Industry with over 1,700 Franchises
  • Highly Trained Mold and Water Damage Restoration Specialists

Have a Mold Problem? Call Us Today – (772)770-0501

Fire Damage Restoration Process

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

Tragic House Fire

After the fire trucks leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Vero Beach have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.

Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Today – (772)770-0501

Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

The restoration process begins when you call us. Our representative will ask questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us respond immediately with the appropriate equipment and resources. 

Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment

We carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. 

Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service

Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, we can board up missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs. 

Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)

The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes the majority of the water. We then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process. 

Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. 

Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing

We clean, sanitize, and disinfect all of the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. We’re also trained to remove odors using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.

Step 7: Restoration

Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing drywall, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Emergency Fire Tips

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

VBFD Hard At Work

What you can do until help arrives 

After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? Call (772)770-0501

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Water Can Not Hide From Infrared Cameras

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

The Thermal Imaging Captures Water In The Ceiling

Finding watercan sometimes be difficult. Water often travels the path of least resistance, which means water coming in from a roof leak might enter your ceiling and travel to the lowest point often pooling or leaking down into a light fixture in the middle of the room.

Using an infrared camera to identify the source of the water damage can help SERVPRO restore your home.  Thermal imaging can detect damp spots in floors, ceilings, and walls.  Using the Infrared camera has helped us determine hidden water damage in a ceiling. The rainbow-colored images can help our Technician spot moisture in the ceiling. Our technicians use the IR camera to detect the moisture before physical damage or mold is evident. Using moisture meters along with the IR camera can confirm the presence of water.

If you have experienced a water damage due to a pipe leak, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach.

Call the Experts from SERVPRO for Rapid Storm Damage Cleanup and Restoration

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

After a heavy rain storm, water crept into a home.

Our SERVPRO technicians first communicate with the customer first following a storm. Prompt treatment of any affected areas helps prevent more extensive problems from manifesting. Any part of a home that experiences water damage becomes an ideal breeding ground for mold and other pathogens. If a homeowner ignores the areas of water damage in the home, the microbial spores frequently spread throughout the structure and render it uninhabitable. We prepare year round for storms and are ready when they hit. Surprisingly a simple rainstorm can cause severe damage if the circumstance is right.

At SERVPROof Vero Beach, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster whether it is mold, storm, fire, or flood-related. Call us at (772)770-0501 at any time of the day, and we can make it appear "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Has What It Takes to Restore Your Commercial Property From Storm Damage 

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

The Calm After The Storm. This Condo Was Gutted Due To A Storm That Passed Through Last Year.

What you want is access to a quality restoration company to assist with recovering from storm damage in your Vero Beach business. We have strategically located restoration teams with several years of experience helping businesses just like yours recover from storm damage throughout the area and all of the resources needed to assist you and your neighbors when an emergency situation strikes. 


SERVPRO of Vero Beach has an entire division of dedicated, expertly trained teams composed of quality water, fire, mold, storm, and major event technicians, designed to assist you with cutting costs and saving time associated with the restoration of your business after a disaster. All of these teams are lead by an operations manager that assists with seamless communication and timely mitigation involving the recovery of your business. 

The services that  SERVPRO of Vero Beach provides to every business owner involves the mitigation of the wind, rain, and flood damage that causes substantial damage in a matter of minutes, requiring an immediate response and quick, efficient implementation to prevent excessive loss of revenue and productivity. We respond to your call immediately and provide you with the help you need to get your situation under control. 

It does not matter how small or large your property is; SERVPRO of Vero Beach has the services, equipment, and personnel available to address the event affecting your business. We provide you with access to expertly trained storm and water damage restoration specialists, as well as cleaning and building preparation services to manage your restoration project from start to finish. 

Even a normal tropical storm can cause severe damage to your property when you are ill-prepared. Give us a call to help fortify your property against the wind, flood, storm, and tornado damage that this type of phenomenon generates. We can help protect your business and get things under control when everything is said and done.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach for the professional restoration and cleaning services your company requires. (772)770-0501

What's the Difference?

4/13/2018 (Permalink)

A flooded house in Vero Beach.

What is the difference between a Flood Watch and a Flood Warning issued by the National Weather Service?

  • Flash Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flash Flood Warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or occurring. If you are in a flood prone area move immediately to high ground. A flash flood is a sudden violent flood that can take from minutes to hours to develop. It is even possible to experience a flash flood in areas not immediately receiving rain.
  • Flood Warning: Take Action! A Flood Warning is issued when the hazardous weather event is imminent or already happening. A Flood Warning is issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
  • Flood Watch: Be Prepared: A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for a specific hazardous weather event to occur. A Flood Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for flooding. It does not mean flooding will occur, but it is possible.
  • Flood Advisory: Be Aware: An Flood Advisory is issued when a specific weather event that is forecast to occur may become a nuisance. A Flood Advisory is issued when flooding is not expected to be bad enough to issue a warning. However, it may cause significant inconvenience, and if caution is not exercised, it could lead to situations that may threaten life and/or property.
  • Information from http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/

Clubhouse Leak

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

A pipe in the ceiling ruptured, flooding out clubhouse.

Water is not a benign substance when it fills up spaces. Many building materials begin a devastating deterioration cycle after a soaking. Wood swells, absorbing the water and becoming distorted in shape. Metal rusts and pressed wood and paper products, commonly used as walls, ceilings, and trim, literally dissolve. As the structure of the building materials changes, they weaken and become unable to performs the jobs expected of them. Supporting walls bend, walls crumble, and flooring sags, warps, and buckles.
 
SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in the skill sets needed to remove all traces of excess water to restore the strength and integrity of waterlogged building materials. We start with a straightforward process -- pumping and extracting the standing water out of all the spaces in your business. Our pumps work even underwater, and high-efficiency extractors pull water out of carpeting, corners, and hidden recesses.
 
Expect our work crews to monitor moisture levels and use advanced scanning technology to locate water hiding behind walls and in the cells of cinder block foundations. All water must evacuate, or your home is at risk of secondary damage.  Once the standing and trapped water is removed, we move on to drying residual moisture out of the structure and contents of the business. Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers positioned throughout the flooded area continue to reduce moisture levels until the targets determined by our technicians are met.

SERVPRO VERO BEACH was called out to an emergency water call at a clubhouse in a commercial building. The picture shows the cause of the loss.  Within two hours, the place was drying and the surrounding buildings did not even know an emergency had occurred. 

Understanding Water Types

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water from outside entered the restaurant leaving contaminates along the way.

When your home or business suffers a water damage, understanding what type of water you are dealing with is critical to ensuring proper cleanup.

There are three types of water. Clean water is water from a broken pipe, or other water source; rainwater is also considered clean.  The term gray water is used to classify slightly contaminated water.  Clean water becomes gray water when it is left untreated allowing bacteria and other contaminants to begin growing, making the water hazardous.  Black water is highly contaminated and filled with fungi, bacteria, chemicals and more.  Black water is typically caused by sewage damage, flooding or any type of natural disaster.  Black water should always be handled by trained professionals.

Consider taking the following precautions to help minimize damage or prevent further damage while waiting for help to arrive.

Damage from Clean Water

  • Shut off the water source if possible or contact a qualified professional to do so.
  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if access to the power distribution panel is safe from potential electrical shock. Do not enter rooms with standing water, as electrical shock hazards may exist.
  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting. Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions to allow more even drying.
  • Move any paintings, are objects, computers, documents and other valuable items that may be sensitive to moisture to a safe place.
  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors as they may cause staining.
  • Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water as there is potential for electrical shock or causing damage to the vacuum cleaner.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet; do not enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

Damage from Contaminated Water

  • Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.
  • Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.
  • Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.
  • Do not use household fans to dry the structure, air flow could spread contaminants.
  • Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.SERVPRO’s network of more than 1,700 Franchises is ready to help in the event a fire, water, or mold loss occurs
  • Call on a restoration system serving insurance companies and their insureds, as well as thousands of commercial property owners in North America. Don’t leave your property to chance.
 

Holiday And Winter Hazards

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

This house fire literally melted the outside of the home.

The holiday and winter season is here and with it comes shorter days and lower temperatures.  No matter where you live, winter brings a change in the weather.  In a effort to keep our homes and workplaces cozy, many people use alternative hear sources like fireplaces, portable space heaters, and wood burning stoves.  Did you know, heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths?  According to the National Fire Protection Association, heating equipment fires cause an estimated $1 billion in direct property damage annually.  Keep the following safety tips in mind to help reduce your risk of heating-related fire.

  1. Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or a portable space heater. Have a three foot “kid friendly zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  2. Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  3. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  4. Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  5. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  6. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to the local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  7. Test smoke alarms monthly.

50% of all residential heating-related fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.

SERVPRO VERO BEACH wishes you all a very Happy Winter and SAFE Holiday

Safety Tips Offered By The American Red Cross

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Overloaded Circuit Beaker Caught Fire

Pretty lights, candles, and decorations are just a few of the items bringing charm and cheer to the holiday season—however, if they are not used carefully your holidays may go from festive to frightening.

The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help greatly reduce the fire risk in your home or business this holiday season.

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, and heat vents.
  • Make sure that light strings and other holiday decorations are in good condition. Do not use anything with frayed electrical cords and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Always unplug the tree and holiday lights before leaving the property or going to bed.
  • Never use lit candles to decorate a tree. Always extinguish candles before leaving the room or going to bed.

SERVPRO VERO BEACH wishing you all a SAFE and prosperous New Year.

Quick Acting Technicians Can Find Mold Growth Efficiently

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold that had grown in a home that was boarded up tight.

A busy lifestyle distracts you from subtle signs that mold may be taking hold in one or more areas of your home. You may first notice a darkening of the wood under a cabinet or a musty smell in the bathroom. Small leaks add up to a growing problem. Eventually contacting a mold remediation company is your next step.
 When you see pictures in the media of mold colonies, they cover whole walls and hang down from ceilings. Typically the storyline concerns the aftermath of a major flooding event or a post-storm scenario. The more common manifestation of mold problems may not be so dramatic, but the concerns you have are just as real. We handle mold abatement whether it involves large area or one or multiple smaller spaces you desire professional assistance to solve.
 
Although a homeowner might attempt to eliminate mold growth with do-it-yourself strategies, there are many ways successful mold remediation is out of the reach of all but professionals. SERVPRO technicians spend hours learning about the lifecycle of molds and the challenges posed when remediating outbreaks. They practice careful containment and thorough removal, all the while pondering the source of the moisture that fueled the initial growth, and how to eliminate it.
 
First, our crews suit up in personal protective gear to ensure that no moldy debris irritates skin or interferes with breathing. Then they use proven methods to contain the moldy areas with plastic sheeting or an efficient high-tech negative pressure air scrubber. This type of equipment and setup makes the remediation proceed much faster and more safely, but is costly and difficult to replicate with supplies from the local hardware store.
 
Next SERVPRO technicians determine whether the mold can be cleaned off the surface without leaving a residue. Training and experience help us identify mold that has infiltrated a surface with a root-like system called hyphae, indicating it must be removed as well.
 
We then apply a professional antimicrobial matched to destroy further growth.  A homeowner might try a bleach mixture without realizing it does not penetrate far enough, and be fooled temporarily into believing it worked because it lightens the stain. Bleach is more than 90 percent water, more so when diluted, and can feed the mold it is supposed to kill making home remedies ineffective or counterproductive.
 
The key to a successful SERVPRO remediation is to eliminate the moisture that activated the mold spores. Our workers have vast experience in finding and stemming water incursions. Mold has a tough time regenerating if wetness dries completely.

Call SERVPRO VERO BEACH today for any concerns you may have TODAY.  (772)770-0501.

Does Your House Have A Mold Problem?

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold growing on the bottom of a shoe in a closet.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we at SERVPRO VERO BEACH can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.  (772)770-0501.

Torrential Rains

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Heavy rains during a relentless rain storm.

Sometimes it doesn't take a Hurricane to cause significant damage to your home.  Sometimes it can be afternoon rain storm.  Unprecedented rains earlier this year prove that no place is immune to the power of flood damage after a severe storm.

Homeowners must prepare for the damage flooding does as weather patterns continue to change and storms intensify. Our crews are trained in advanced water restoration techniques, and our equipment is second to none.

After unusually heavy rains the ground around your home saturates, and flood damage occurs in your home. Although the rainwater itself is fairly clean, storm sewers in the area are unable to handle the runoff, and you risk sewage backup as part of the flooding. Anytime large amounts of water, clean or contaminated, invade your home we respond quickly with powerful tools and the know-how of a company that values up to date training in industry best practices for all our workers.

The water that seeps into your lower level may carry landscaping chemicals into your home. Adding to the toxic mix is human and animal waste from the sewer back up. The substances in the flood waters can be infectious and offer a rich growth medium for unwanted microbial activity. SERVPRO’s truck-mounted pumps and extractors collect the contaminated water for disposal according to local regulations. Our staff takes baseline moisture measurements after extraction to locate hidden pockets of water and to help set drying goals.

Next time a storm rolls in call us at SERVPRO VERO BEACH.  We will help you out quickly.  (772)770-0501

Post Hurricane

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

A satellite image of Hurricane Irma.

After Hurricane

  • Let friends and family know you’re safe - Register yourself as safe on the Safe and Well website
  • If evacuated, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding.

Caring For Yourself & Loved Ones

  • Pay attention to how you and your loved ones are experiencing and handling stress. Promote emotional recovery by following these tips.
  • Do not use water that could be contaminated to wash dishes, brush teeth, prepare food, wash hands, make ice or make baby formula.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
  • Help all people—infants, elderly people, those without transportation, large families who may need additional help in an emergency situation, people with disabilities, and the people who care for them.

Returning Home Safely

  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines. Report them immediately to the power company.
  • Follow these tips for inspecting your home after a hurricane.
  • Take pictures of home damage, both of the buildings and its contents, for insurance purposes.

Cleaning Your Home

  • Wear protective clothing, including rubber gloves and rubber boots, and be cautious when cleaning up.
  • Learn more about how to clean up after a hurricane, including the supplies you’ll need, how to deal with contaminated food and water, and how to repair water damage.
  • Don’t just repair your home, build in hurricane-resistant features to help protect against future storms:
    • Secure double entry doors at the top and bottom.
    • Strengthen garage doors to improve wind resistance, particularly double-wide garage doors.
    • Select trees that are not as subject to uprooting to replace any damaged ones. A gardening or landscaping professional can give you excellent advice.
    • If your home has been significantly damaged and will require rebuilding parts or all of it, consider building a safe room.

Ask a Professional to

  • Ensure roof sheathing is properly installed.
  • Ensure end gables are securely fastened to the rest of the roof.
  • Fasten the roof to the walls with hurricane straps.
  • Elevate your home if it’s near the coast and subject to flooding from storm surge.

Do not ever hesitate after a storm.  Call us at SERVPRO VERO BEACH

(772)770-0501.

From Fire To Water Damage

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Water pouring from ceiling.

In some fires, the damages caused by the flames turn out to be the least of our customer's concerns. Fires can also trigger damage to residential and commercial properties in ways many would not expect, water damage. This could be a result of the efforts to put out the fire or from the heat itself. Fire can melt and break metal faucets and plumbing due to its extreme temperature, causing profuse leaks and ruptures wherever it crosses a water fixture. Although these do not often release enormous amounts of water, they can cause considerable damage to floors and walls in the surrounding areas. Even though both forms of damage are just as important; the water mitigation needs to be addressed immediately to prevent secondary damage to the structure. 

 

When A Water Leak Occurs: What YOU Can Do Until We Get There

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

A water heater leaked causing damage in a home over night.

If you have a water damage from a clean source such as water supply lines, sink overflows, tub overflows, or appliance malfunctions, here are some things to do before SERVPRO arrives.

  • Shut off the source of the water.

  • Turn off circuit breakers for wet areas of the building if the access panel is safe from electrical shock.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting

  • Remove to a safe, dry place any paintings, art objects, computers, documents and other materials that are valuable or sensitive to moisture.

  • Use wooden clothespins to keep furniture skirting off damp floors

  • Hang draperies with coated hangers to avoid contact with wet carpeting or floors
 

Boarded Up Homes Can Be A Fire Hazard

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Prepare Your Vero Beach Area Home Or Business For Hurricane Season

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Getting ready for storm season can help reduce the damage to your property afterwards. Contact SERVPRO of Vero Beach to discuss what should be done.

SERVPRO Provides Helpful Suggestions to Weather the Storm as Well as Technicians to Take Care of the Damages Afterwards

Protecting your home properly during hurricane season takes lots of effort. Every year both businesses and homes suffer catastrophic losses. Think about what you have invested and then picture everything you have fought long and hard for, gone. 

When taking on the task of preparing for hurricane season in the Vero Beach area, take the time to address certain areas that can help mitigate storm damages and improve your properties chance of recovery. Without knowing the in's and out's of every situation that may occur, a specialist in the field can come in quite handy.
  
Contacting SERVPRO helps with the development of your Emergency READY Plan. A tool at your disposal that helps you prepare your property, its contents, and any personal belongings for disaster. We can help you identify potential hazards and get you well on your way to defending your property, even when things are at their worst.
  
If you operate a business, you should consider renting a nearby office space, storefront, or even work out of the house as a temporary answer that helps protect valuable tasks and keeps operations running. Take equipment, resources, and computer files with you, ensuring that your business weathers the storm, even if your building does not.
  
SERVPRO technicians can assist with performing a safety inventory. We test smoke detectors, first aid kits, and fire extinguishers found on your property, make sure everything works as intended and is in working order for when you need them. It never hurts to have an alternative power source, when possible electricity failure looms overhead, portable generators can truly save the day. Just make sure that you store fuel used to operate the generator safely.
 
Even though you contact SERVPRO and begin to prepare your building for everything that might head your way, you should contact your insurance company. Double check or even triple check that your insurance coverage meets your needs. Hurricanes can lead to floods and earthquakes are always a possibility, never make the mistake of assuming your safe, you may be left wanting.

Give SERVPRO of Vero Beach a call for assistance with preparing your home for hurricane season. We can help you 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, including holidays. Make the decision to survive, today. 

For more information, call us at (772) 770-0501.

Don't Let Mold Take Over Your Indian River County Home

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

When you discover mold in your Indian River home, call SERVPRO of Vero Beach!

Mold Remediation And Restoration

Ask owners about protecting their home, and you hear about hurricanes, fires, home invasion, and flooding. If they mention mold at all, it is almost as an afterthought. Since the costs to restore or repair homes from mold are in the millions each year, the mold should be higher on the list than keeping the neighborhood dogs off the front lawn.

Stopping mold damage in Indian River County is not a simple process, but SERVPRO has decades of experience in getting the job done, no matter how far mold spores have grown through and sometimes into a home. To understand how pervasive a mold infestation can be and how difficult it is to get rid of one, it is helpful to know how they grow and spread.

Mold spores are smaller than the smallest seed. A group of thousands is just slightly larger than each dot on a pair of dice. They stay dormant until something disturbs them. The cause can be a breeze or a hard shake of some type. The spores which break away remain dormant unless they encounter enough moisture to cause them to expand.

Once they begin to expand, the spores send out hyphae. These structures grow across and into surfaces, looking for food and additional moisture. Favorite food sources are building materials such as ceiling tiles and drywall. They also feed and grow rapidly on carpet fibers like cotton, wool, and rayon. The temperature ranges most molds expand under is from 68 to 86 degrees, but some grow in temperatures as high as 122 degrees.

The way we stop mold growth is to eliminate one of those factors, moisture, food, or temperature. Removing every food source is impossible and permanently lowering or raising the temperature is simply too expensive. We use pumps and smaller extractors to remove standing water and then test the surrounding air and material for excess moisture.

After testing we set up dehumidifiers and air movers to lower moisture. The dehumidifiers draw water directly out of the air; up to a rate of 30 gallons per day depending on the device we use and the humidity level. Our air movers force warm, dry air over the surface of the affected structural material and other property.


Restoration is not a quick set of procedures, but SERVPRO of Vero Beach understands that the first step to returning your home to a normal condition is to understand the situation and then act quickly. Call us today at (772) 770-0501 to set up an inspection.

Vero Beach Property Owner Fire Victims: Act Fast to Mitigate

7/6/2017 (Permalink)

Even after the flames are long gone, fire damages can pose health risks in the form of airborne contaminants. Clean up quickly and thoroughly.

One of the most important considerations is to act fast if your Vero Beach property has experienced a fire. Don't just take our word for it -- take it from the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification), the leading non-profit organization setting standards on the topic. According to the IICRC:

If a house sustains fire damage, proper cleanup is crucial as the ash, soot and water will wreak havoc on what remains.  It's bad enough there was a fire, but the water and chemicals used to extinguish it can cause secondary damage. The remnants will continue to do damage long after the flames are extinguished.

The average person will attempt conventional cleaning methods like renting a steam cleaner and using common cleaning agents available at the store. Unfortunately, this will barely make an impact on the problem and could cause bigger issues. Chemical agents could react with the residue and cause permanent damage, and in some cases, they may cause toxic fumes.  Fire damage cleanup is one of the most difficult jobs out there, and it should be left to a professional for the best results.

When selecting a firm that does the restoration, consider what type of training they have. Do they have health and safety certifications? Are they experienced in a wide range of repair? Do they have proof of proper insurance and licenses?  The company that has the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) fire and smoke restoration Certified Firm meets all of these expectations and conditions. An IICRC-certified firm understands the need for a quick response.  Immediate action is necessary because the longer the delay, the harder and more costly the job will be as reactions within the damaged material can continue to occur. The fire may be gone, but the ash, soot and smoke odors that remain can continue to do harm.  Certified firms will use their knowledge of fire restoration to accurately test the damage and apply the proper repair techniques to bring the items back to preloss condition when possible.

Also, when hiring an IICRC certified firm you can be sure that they are up to date with the latest technologies and techniques. In order for these firms to keep their certification, they are required to take continuing education programs.  So when confronted with fire damage cleanup, choose an IICRC-certified professional.

If you've had a smoke or fire damage, call us for a free consultation at SERVPRO of Vero Beach at (772)770-0501

Restoring Your Fort Pierce Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage Event Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at Fort Pierce commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we're dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we'll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Vero Beach

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage and Helps to Prevent Future Occurrences

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Bathrooms need to be properly vented in order for the dampness in the room not to cause damage to walls and floors. Call SERVPRO after damage

Household appliances like dryers, heating systems, and stovetops should vent to the outside of your home. Failure to follow this suggestion sends an unintended infusion of moisture into areas that then experience damage to structure, contents, or both. Our team at SERVPRO Vero Beach restores the harm and suggests ways to eliminate the risk in the future. 

Many areas are at increased risk of water damage within your Vero Beach home. Obvious options are the bathroom or kitchen. Showers and baths raise the ambient humidity of the room, and that steamy warmth causes damage to walls, ceilings, and flooring if no venting directs the moisture elsewhere. Kitchens experience similar issues if the steam created by cooking and baking remains in the area. Laundry rooms are also problem spots. If venting is present and the damage still mounts up, we investigate to find out why rather than simply responding to the visible damage. 


Some contractors use shortcuts and vent into crawl spaces or attics rather than extend the ductwork outside of the building. This causes moisture to condense above ceilings and walls. When enough water collects, it saturates structural materials and components such as ceiling tiles or drywall. You notice discolored areas creeping across ceilings or paint bubbling or peeling. Walls show dimples or soft spots.
 
SERVPRO technicians evaluate the visible damage, but before we make a plan to dry out the moisture, we locate the source. If the water vapor continues to be vented inside the house, our restoration efforts will not resolve the problem. Correcting the venting configuration is one step. We then use a variety of drying techniques including dehumidifiers and air movers above and below the water damage, as appropriate, to stabilize the structures enough to determine if any material must be removed and replaced.

Water damages homes in ways that is surprising to our clients but understandable to us. Our job is not only to restore the damage but to explain to our customers in a professional yet compassionate way how the damage occurred and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. SERVPRO requires extensive training for all staff and assigns experienced project managers to your case so we ensure answers to all your questions.

You appreciate the attitude and the skills of the staff from SERVPRO of Vero Beach when water damage restoration leads to the need for additional repairs to fully resolve a tricky situation. 

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help At SERVPRO Vero 
Call Today - (772) 770-0501

Indian River County 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

This Indian River County home flooded after a water supply-line break

Water Damage at any time, is always a unforeseen and stressful business. You need a expert to guide you through this crisis.There are a number of reasons why your Indian River County home might experience water damage.

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to leak into your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Water Damage?

Call Today - SERVPRO of Vero Beach                772-770-0501

If water damage is not handled quickly and properly, it can increase the severity of the damage to your home. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded home can be a very stressful, confusing and a vulnerable situation. It is worth making a call to SERVPRO of Vero Beach and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Water Damage Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We're a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly-One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Water Damaged Home? Call Us Today-We're Ready To Help SERVPRO Vero Beach       772-770-0501

For Immediate Service in Indian River County, Call SERVPRO of Vero Beach

6/8/2017 (Permalink)

Indian River County Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Vero Beach service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Indian River County. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 772-770-0501

Residential Services

Whether your Vero Beach home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Indian River County commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services: SERVPROofverobeach.com

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Does Your Vero Beach Home have A Mold Problem?

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

In Vero Beach, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise "mold removal" and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

Faster to your Vero Beach Water Damage Event

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vero Beach provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Indian River County

Flooding and water emergencies don't wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Vero Beach provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week-including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more. SERVPRO of Vero Beach arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 SERVPRO of Vero Beach 772 770-0501

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Vero Beach

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO's corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

When Storms or Floods hit Indian River County, SERVPRO is ready!

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Indian River County

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Vero Beach we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us At SERVPRO of Vero Beach 772 770-0501

When Storms or Floods hit Indian River County, SERVPRO is ready!

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Indian River County.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Indian River County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (772)770-0501

Indian River Smoke and Soot Cleanup

5/27/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Vero Beach Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Vero Beach will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – (772)770-0501

Vero Beach Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

5/20/2016 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

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.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Vero Beach specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (772)770-0501

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