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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.

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.

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

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

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.