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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

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

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

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

772-770-0501

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

772-770-0501

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

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

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

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

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

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

We are always here for you-anytime, day or night.

4/5/2020 (Permalink)

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 need help, give us a call today at 772-770-0501.

www.SERVPROverobeach.com

Disinfecting To Protect Against COVID-19

3/27/2020 (Permalink)

Man dressed white hazmat suit and wearing a respirator unrolling plastic material We are alway equipped and ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 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

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

SERVPRO Franchises Will Paint Vero Beach Green in the Event of Major Storm

6/22/2017 (Permalink)

Did you know SERVPRO Corporate has their very own in-house meteorologist?  Mother Nature can cause tremendous damage. Due to the nature of SERVPRO business, storm alerts are vital. Having a resident meteorologist means faster responses and that we are a step ahead.

Property owners need to be aware of what exactly happens in times of a storm.

Take it from our experience - even lower-category hurricanes could devastate the area, and professional help might not be available.

Truth be told, every local firm like ours will be at capacity within minutes of the arrival of a major storm. There will be enough work to go around for weeks. This is exactly what happened in 2014, during a devastating cold freeze in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. Homes up there flooded due to pipe breakages -- property owners called local providers for up to a week, with no response for service because all providers were at capacity.

Problem is, your property needs help now. That's where SERVPRO'S national "Storm Team" resources come into play. SERVPRO has 1,700 franchises across the country -- many of them will send trained technicians and equipment to the area to service the excess demand. There is no other restoration company that can provide this depth of service. All you need to do is call us at SERVPRO of Vero Beach (772)770-0501, and your job will be put on a queue. If we are at capacity, your loss will be handled by one of the storm team crews who arrived here from Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama or Tennessee.

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

Vero Beach 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/18/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Vero Beach provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Vero Beach and surrounding cities.

SERVPRO of Vero Beach is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (772)770-0501

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Vero Beach has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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.

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