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Who is Better Equipped To Remediate Disasters in Your Seminole Home?  

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

If disaster strikes in your Seminole home be prepared. Call the remediation professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

How SERVPRO Helps Seminole Homeowners Recover from Property Damage

When home disasters happen, it is good to know help is just a phone call away for the restoration services needed in your Seminole property. Professional level cleanup is essential to avoid costly issues such as foul odors from fire damage or even the development of mold from excessive moisture left behind during cleanup of damage from water and storm damage.

Why SERVPRO? We know when a member of our local community has damage from fire or water in their homes, they need help right then, not the next business day. Our typical call out time is one hour, and that fast response time makes the difference in the restorability factor of both the structure and contents. 

When fire damage hits a Seminole home, the result is destructive, and even small scale fires tend to result in some form of loss to contents or property. Our team members have the training and hold certifications as Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians. They know the best practices as taught through The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a standard-setting non-profit that works on advancing the restoration and cleaning industries.

Cleaning up a home from fire and smoke damage requires several stages. The first action we take is containment to stop the spread of soot. Then, SERVPRO techs remove charred fire debris that has no restoration potential. We clean smoke damage from the fire loss affected areas and perform any necessary odor control. We look for items that are restorable through our proprietary cleaning methods and attempt to save the property owners the cost of replacement whenever possible. 

We work closely with both homeowners and adjusters to ensure our work is always within service limits for insurance. We know any type of home disaster feels overwhelming and fire damage particularly so. Our technicians create a unique report that details every step of fire loss mitigation and includes before and after photographs to assist with the expediting of insurance claims. 

When a Seminole homeowner with water damage contacts us, our emergency response team arrives quickly. Because the less exposure the home has to water, the better the chances are for restoring more possessions. 

Scoping the moisture within the property and swiftly extracting the water is crucial. We have diverse kinds of detection equipment for different areas of the home. While a probe may be fine for one type of scoping, thermal imaging lets the technicians "see" behind walls and within the flooring to determine if excess moisture has migrated inside and requires removal.  

We have access to state-of-the-art water removal equipment for any size water cleanup. Some of our most commonly used are:

Submersible pumps that we use when water is over two inches deep

Gas-powered pump equipment for situations when there is no electricity at the damage site 

Truck-mounted units pump thousands of gallons of water in fast removal of large quantities needs to occur fast

Portable extraction equipment allows technicians to move quickly through a loss site and use attachments for specialty water removal tasks such as upholstery and carpet

Rover units are ride-on equipment that demands little floor space and is convenient for other techs to work around while it removes water

SERVPRO technicians train in the science of psychrometry or the manipulation of relative humidity and ambient temperature. After extraction, drying also uses tenants of this discipline. For example, the high velocity from our air movers causes embedded moisture to rise where elimination occurs through our dehumidification setup. 

Once dry, our team members concentrate on hand-cleaning and disinfection of the water loss surface areas to ensure they are clean and fresh for the homeowners. If a pack-out was necessary during water damage mitigation, it is at this time our technicians move-in the items and put them back in their exact places.

Storm damage in Seminole properties comes from intense storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and flash floods. When any of these situations occur, our team answers the call for restoration services usually within an hour. It is crucial to begin water extraction efforts as fast as possible to limit further damage to the home. 

Even as quickly as we arrive on-site, often the standing water is not present as it has migrated into other areas of the home. We immediately scope the house with our moisture detection equipment and begin water removal so we can move on to the drying phase quickly.

We attempt to limit disruption of the home during mitigation of water damage from storms. However, when groundwater affects carpeting, it is not restorable and requires removal as does buckled sheetrock as restoration is not possible. SERVPRO technicians examine possessions in the water loss affected area item by item to determine the restorability factor through our proprietary cleaning methods. 

Flood damage leaves behind pungent water odors that applications of ordinary household fresheners do not diminish. Foul odors are the result in some cases of bacteria, and our professional-grade antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaners take care of that issue. When scents in the home require more robust applications, we often look to air scrubbers for airborne particles and ultra-low-volume foggers that deliver a wet fog to eradicate odors.

The need for mold remediation in Seminole properties happens due to different scenarios. When water from extinguishing a fire or water damage is not adequately cleaned up, the excessive moisture sets up a perfect breeding ground for mold growth. Other factors such as poor ventilation in an attic or drainage issues in a crawlspace contribute to raised ambient humidity, and mold spores have the potential to germinate. Once established, mold colonies spread quickly and infest the property. 

Containment is a critical element in the cleanup of mold damage. This action stops spores from becoming airborne and spreading during remediation efforts. We dry the colony and lower the humidity in the mold-affected areas to the point it can no longer support the existence of the mold colonies. Once dry, we carefully remove the mold debris using gentle abatement techniques. SERVPRO technicians then disinfect and treat the areas with an antimicrobial sealer to prevent the germination of spores in the future. 

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches stands ready to assist property owners with restoration services. Our certified technicians handle fire, water, storm, or mold damage with the latest equipment and techniques. We are available 24-hours at (727) 391-6212 to make the loss in your home or commercial property "Like it never even happened."

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