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Have A Plan If Fire Strikes Your Business

4/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Have A Plan If Fire Strikes Your Business Improper wiring caused this fire in a local business.

Before the fire starts

  • Know the emergency plan for exiting
  • Practice the plan with an annual fire drill
  • Located fire extinguishers so they are easily accessed
  • Keep exits unblocked
  • Unplug small appliances when not being used

When a fire starts be prepared with these tips:

  • Know how to use/operate a FireExtinguisher
  • Oven/ Microwave Fire- Turn Off and Close Door for small fires
  • Grease Fire-Apply Baking Soda or Salt- Do Not Add Water or Flour to the small fire!
  • Use a Water Hose or Buckets/Pots Full of Water to Extinguish a small/medium fire
  • Call 9-1-1 right away
  • Yell "Fire" and get out right away if fire is uncontrollable
  • Leave your things, they can be replaced.
  • Use Stairs not Elevators
  • Exit through Doors, Windows or Fire Escapes right away
  • Never open doors that are Warm or Hot to the Touch
  • Stay Low if moving through Heavy Smoke and Close the Doors behind you
  • If Trapped Stay in the Room with the Door Closed and place a Wet Towel under the Door
  • Use a Wet Towel to help breath in Heavy Smoke
  • Call 9-1-1 Right Away

It is very important to understand and know when you are not able to control a fire. Whether the fire is small or large know your capabilities and make wise decisions when trying to determine if you can put out a fire without the help of the Fire Department. Time is of the essence when a fire strikes and safety is always a priority.

What If Storm Water Enters Your Home Or Business?

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What If Storm Water Enters Your Home Or Business? During a recent hurricane, over 12 inches of storm water entered this building, requiring the removal of all flooring and contents.

One type of job that SERVPRO South Daytona Beach / Port Orange deals with on a regular basis has been storm surge or flooding from rising water. The affects from storm surge or flooding can lead to severe mitigation work that needs to be completed. Storm surge or flood water that enters your home or business is categorized as Category 3, in total there is 3 types of water losses in the restoration industry.

  • Category 1 - Water originates from a sanitary water source and does not pose a substantial risk from dermal, ingestion or inhalation exposure. Examples of category 1 water sources can include, but are not limited to: Broken supply lines, tub or sink overflows with no contaminates, appliance malfunctions, melting ice, broken toilet tanks.
  • Category 2 - Water contains significant contaminates and has the potential to cause discomfort or sickness if contacted or consumed by humans. Category 2 water can contain potentially unsafe levels of unsafe microorganisms or nutrients. Examples of category 2 water are but not limited to: Broken aquariums, waterbeds, water from the toilet bowl, discharge from dishwashers, washing machines.
  • Category 3 - Water is grossly contaminated and can contain pathogenic, toxins or other harmful agents. Examples of Category 3 water sources can include but not limited to: Sewage, all forms of flooding from seawater, ground surface water, rising water from rivers or streams; such water sources may contain silt, organic matter, pesticides and heavy metals.

If storm surge or flooding affects your home or business do not attempt to remove or clean up the water yourself, this can lead to exposing yourself to potentially harmful contaminates. Contacting a professional like SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange for these services is the safest course of action. 

Daytona's Flood Damage Experts Give Structural Drying Information

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Daytona's Flood Damage Experts Give Structural Drying Information Irma and Tropical Storms Can Flood Homes in Daytona--Call SERVPRO for Water Extraction and Drying

Water Extraction and Moisture Removal Are Key Components of Flood Mitigation in Daytona

It does not happen very often, but it is a possibility that someday Daytona Beach can experience flooding conditions. If a severe tropical storm or hurricane blows into town, flooding of the area often occurs.

Severe thunderstorms, tropical depressions, and hurricanes all potentially cause water damage to take place on your property. SERVPRO's flood damage technicians in Daytona have much experience in structural drying and mitigating problems with moisture. Whether the problem with flooding is large or small, it is vital to remove any moisture inside your house as quickly as possible.
 
Whenever our SERVPRO restoration crew arrives at an emergency damage situation, we first secure the area and fix the problem at its source. We find where the water is entering the structure and take measures to keep the moisture out. Once rainwater stops entering the building, we can then begin extracting all of the moisture that entered your home as we can.
 
Flood insurance is a stress reducer as is the arrival of the SERVPRO Green Fleet. If the water coming in from the outside creates standing water that is more than two inches in depth, then we use submersible pumps to suck it up and export it into a sewer drain. After all of the deep, standing water inside your home is vacuumed up; we use specialized tools to extract water from building materials and contents. Our team has various extraction tools that get used on different materials such as carpet and upholstery. We have a wand for every situation.
 
Once our crew is satisfied that they have pulled out all of the water from your contents and materials that they can, we begin drying up the remaining moisture. When drying contents and materials, we use a combination of industrial fans or air movers and dehumidifiers to speed up the evaporation process. The heavy duty industrial fans create an air flow that pushes evaporated water coming off of the surfaces of contents and building materials to the center of the room where the dehumidifier pulls the water out of the air and releases it in liquid form.
 
Depending on the specific situation, we arrange the equipment the best way possible to drop moisture levels to preloss conditions. If you are ever in a tight spot and need help from the professionals after a storm, call SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange at (386) 788-0358 any time.

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Effects of Humidity Indoors

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Effects of Humidity Indoors Leaving water in your building can have undesired consequences.

There are several factors why controlling indoor humidity is important. In the South Daytona / Port Orange area the outdoor humidity is higher than most places U.S., making the use of A/C for controlling the indoor humidity extremely important. In our local a RH (relative humidity) of 60% or lower is what a building should maintain to prevent mold amplification which in turn can lead to mold damage or as some people refer to it as “black toxic mold". Controlling the indoor humidity can be especially important if a structure has been recently affected by water damage. In this situation after the water removal, the process would be to get the lower the humidity inside down below 60%. Usually this is done by using commercial dehumidifiers to remove the moisture from the air thus reducing the humidity.

When elevated humidity and/or water damage is not addressed in a timely and proper manner a building will typically suffer from additional damage by causing cracking, swelling or warping. When a structure becomes wet soon after the evaporation process begins and the humidity rises and secondary damage will result from the migration of the moisture from the affected materials to the unaffected materials until equilibrium is achieved. This will lead to a repair process will become more extensive resulting in previously unneeded repairs and increased costs as well as potentially hazardous microbial growth. It’s always a good idea to call an expert like SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange for assistance when dealing with water damage, fire damage and mold removal. For further information please visit.http://www.IICRC.org/https://www.epa.gov/mold

What You Should Do When You Find Mold Growing Around Your Bathtub Piping

4/8/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What You Should Do When You Find Mold Growing Around Your Bathtub Piping Mold in the bathroom has plenty of access to moisture. Should you see or smell mold in your bathroom, contact SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Locates Mold Whether It is Out in the Open or Hidden Behind Walls

It is a fact that excessive moisture can cause mold damage. As it is, your bathroom is a place where water can be freely used every day. Your bathtub or sink is where that water usually flows, and those materials are meant to be in contact with it. However, behind your tub and inside your walls, a leaking pipe can cause mold to spread and grow out of control. Fortunately, there is professional help nearby that can assist with your growing mold infestation.
 
The structure of your residence can become weakened by the damaging mold in Ponce Inlet. Unlike your bathtub, the wooden materials behind it are not meant to come in contact with water. Mold is so damaging to wood because it eats away and rots organic material.
 
SERVPRO can send qualified technicians to your home. We can inspect the mold damage and then section off the infected area to prevent spores from spreading; agitating the mold puts the spores airborne again, and it is essential not to allow them to spread. We can tear out the porous materials the mold has invaded behind your tub and help you find a contractor who can fix the structure and a plumber to fix the leak.
 
Afterward, our technicians can take steps to prevent mold damage in the future. An antifungal agent can be thoroughly sprayed to ensure that all the spores in the area are killed. Spraying the agent between the wall cavity can help reduce the chances of mold growing again.
 
SERVPRO knows that mold can often leave a musty smell behind. We can use advanced technology like air scrubbers that have activated carbon filters. The filters absorb the air, odors and all, filter them out, and then release clean and fresh air. We strive to make sure that you feel "Like it never even happened."
 
When mold damage strikes your residence, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange at (386) 788-0358. Day or night, we can take your call and send our technicians to begin the remediation process as soon as possible.

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Why Speed And Professional Help Is Crucial For Daytona Fire Damage

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why Speed And Professional Help Is Crucial For Daytona Fire Damage SERVPRO Is the Solution Provider for Fire and Smoke Damage and Odor Cleanup in Daytona

SERVPRO Explains the Need for Professional Grade Odor Removal After a House Fire

Residents of Daytona count themselves fortunate if they never need to react to a fire in their home. Because this type of disaster is not a common occurrence homeowners may not know how important it is to respond promptly even to what seems like minor fire damage. We stand by you ready to help day or night.
 
Many fire damage scenarios in Daytona begin in the kitchen. A pot boils dry or oil spills and ignites. If the cook is nearby and the home is equipped with a charged fire extinguisher, the crisis seems averted. With an application of a little elbow grease all traces of the fire are gone, or so it seems. Days or weeks later the homeowner may notice what we know is progressive smoke and soot damage. Odors linger. Fabrics and paint yellow. Metals tarnish, and glass etches.
 
Unfortunately for a committed do-it-yourselfer, fire damage restoration can become very tricky. If you use forced air heat or cooling and a vent was open during the fire, smoke and soot migrate far from the kitchen into bedrooms, living and dining areas, and other spaces in your home. The residue from fire damage is acidic and begins to attack items and surfaces within minutes. When it is not cleaned away properly, soot continues to destroy materials. SERVPRO technicians possess the knowledge and skills to stop the damage fire residues, and the sooner we are on the scene working to halt the harm the better.
 
SERVPRO fire damage remediation work crews evaluate every space in your home for evidence of soot and smoke infiltration. Healthy IAQ indoor air quality is crucial. We match the type of residue to tools and products that clear the residues permanently. Loose coatings vacuum or dry sponge away. Protein-based soot may need solvents as they form a lacquer-like coating. Slow burns create dark, sticky deposits that can require agitation or abrasive cleaners or equipment. Intricate objects like chandeliers might need immersion cleaning or even an ultrasonic treatment.
 
Fire damage is the precursor to tenacious smoky odors. Because they were launched into the air during combustion, the odiferous particles are tiny and often extremely unpleasant. Smells from charred wood and melted plastic stick around even after the damaged structures and objects are discarded. No effective household solution exists that rids your indoor atmosphere of the particles. Sprays and solid deodorizers are ineffective. SERVPRO employs cutting-edge technologies like thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators to seek out and neutralize the molecules causing the odor. Whether in the air or buried deeply into furnishings when they are found and disarmed by innovative odor removal devices the smell is gone forever.
 
Give SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange a call at (386) 788-0358 after any fire event in your home. Our experienced fire damage technicians bring years of fire damage remediation success and new but proven solutions to your home, making it “Like it never even happened.”

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Commercial Water Removal Technicians In Daytona

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal Technicians In Daytona If a pipe breaks inside your Daytona gift shop, many items inside possibly get damaged by excessive moisture.

Commercial Water Removal

If a pipe breaks inside your Daytona gift shop, many items inside possibly get damaged by excessive moisture. Water many times ruins the structural integrity of your building materials or contents causing them to require removal and replacement. If moisture stays inside organic materials for too long, mold possibly grows with the ideal temperature.

Water damage inside your shop possibly gets in the way of business operations and causes you a loss in revenue. SERVPRO's commercial water removal experts in Daytona, have experience in mitigating losses on commercial properties. We know the best methods to mitigate property issues in ways that keep your business functioning.

The first thing we do in any emergency damage situation is to make sure the work area is safe for both your gift shop employees and customers. Racks displaying your products get moved or placed on foam blocks so that there are safe walkways for your customers. Any potentials hazards get repaired, or danger signs get placed in the area.

Once the area is safe to begin work, SERVPRO's restoration technicians start the extraction process. First, any standing water inside your store gets vacuumed up. Then, we used our specialized extraction system to pull moisture out of your shop's carpet and any upholstery present.

After all of the water gets extracted from the area, we test your gift shop for temperature, humidity, and moisture levels. After we find the wettest areas, we determine a plan of action for structural drying. Our plan is always to drop moisture levels to original conditions using equipment to create the correct airflow and temperature conducive to drying.

We create the ideal drying environment with the use of air movers and dehumidifiers. Air movers get positioned so that they circulate air in a clockwise motion and speed up evaporation by replacing moist air with warm, dry air. Dehumidifiers suck in air and remove the moisture from it, exhausting hot, dry air.

In some situations, we use specialty drying equipment to remove moisture from wall cavities, cabinets, and hardwood floors. For professional help with removing water from your gift shop, call SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange at (386) 788-0358 for 24-hour assistance.

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How Your Home Might Suffer from Water Damage in Daytona Beach

3/10/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Your Home Might Suffer from Water Damage in Daytona Beach Water damage can cause furniture to become musty-smelling or lose its varnish or other finishes.

Rely on SERVPRO if You Experience Water Damage in Your Home

Although we need water to sustain ourselves and keep us healthy, when it ends up in unexpected places in a Daytona Beach residence, it can create some unexpected changes when it comes into contact with materials inside your home. Some materials show the damage they suffer almost immediately, but others hide the problem more easily.

When your Daytona Beach home suffers from water damage, it can come from any source and affect any material. Sometimes water comes from within your home because of a forgotten tub or a broken ice water line, while other times, storms create problems, instead. The friendly professionals at SERVPRO have experience in jobs of all sizes and can help you restore your home.

Floors. Your home's floors sustain the most damage when a water pipe breaks and water comes spraying out under high pressure. Absorbing a great deal of this as water sits on top, floorboards can swell and crack, and the glue in carpet padding can disintegrate, causing a horrific mess. At SERVPRO, we restore floors for our customers using methods based on their specific needs. When called immediately after the incident, we can often save carpeting by elevating the carpet so we can force air underneath. We also use forced heat and extraction units mounted on special drying mats to rescue hardwood floors.

Holes in your home's roof. Both pests and damage from tree limbs can create openings in your roof where rainfall can enter. Insulation in the area can become sodden with moisture and then compressed, significantly decreasing its R-factor. Even if pests did not exist in the area before the damage, because of the presence of water and the availability of bedding for their young, many types of vermin might find a home's upper portion very inviting. We can get such ruined insulation cleaned up and temporarily patched up until roofing specialists complete the needed repairs.

Walls, inside and out. When walls absorb water, unique wall coverings like stucco, textured spackling, or cork can begin falling apart. Whenever we encounter such surfaces, we use machinery that increases airflow and heat the air, which can help save the interior walls in a home. At times, small openings help circulate air in and through the interior spaces of walls, drying them out from the inside, also.

Furniture can also suffer damage. Increased moisture inside a home from any source can affect your furniture. Upholstered furniture can become musty-smelling or exhibit signs of losing its varnish or other finish on the wooden components. Deep-cleaning these items can help restore them, but when pressing problems exist, our Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT) provides furnishings with the care they need.

SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange wants to help homeowners in our area restore their home after water damage. Residents in the Harbor Oaks, Wilbur-by-the-Sea, and other nearby communities can call our 24-hour service line at (386) 788-0358 to receive answers to their questions about how we can help restore their homes "Like it never even happened."

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Mold Testing and Remediation in Port Orange

2/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Testing and Remediation in Port Orange Mold Growth on a Wall in Port Orange Means a Direct Call to SERVPRO for Remediation

Trust SERVPRO for Professional Mold Remediation

In 2010, the Florida Legislature passed a new law (SB2234) to regulate the Mold Inspection and Mold Remediation Industry in Port Orange and other cities across the state. Before this, some businesses that engaged in both assessment, or testing, and remediation and removal of mold were taking advantage of customers.
 
As an example, one of these businesses performed a mold test in a Port Orange home that was certain to come up positive. The owner or an employee used the false positive to strong-arm homeowners into using their company to remove the mold, often starting that same day to begin immediately charging cleaning and removal fees. Once demolition and removal of property begin, this can mean thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs alone. The new regulations prevent this, and every SERVPRO office works hard to follow and support them. We are firmly committed to no "Double-Dipping."
 
Today, a company that is licensed to perform mold assessment testing cannot even be licensed to perform mold remediation. The differences are defined by SB2234:
 
Mold assessment testing is the process, performed or supervised by a mold assessor, which includes taking physical samples and gathering detailed information on a building's history to determine the location, origin, and extent of any mold growth with an area greater than ten feet square. The assessor also determines the specific type of mold, when possible or indeed, even applicable to the discovery.
 
Mold remediation refers to the process of cleaning, demolition, removal, and sanitization of mold or mold-contaminated structural and personal property greater than ten square feet not purposefully grown at that location by a mold remediator. In our case, this means a trained and experienced SERVPRO Mold Remediation Team.
 
Additionally, every assessment and remediation business must also maintain at least a one million dollar insurance policy of general liability coverage. The policy is in case of errors in testing or damage not related to remediation. Each licensed business is listed in the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation website so customers can verify their authorization to work before hiring them.
 
Mold can be a threat to any home. If you suspect you have a mold problem, find a licensed mold assessor to test your residence. If it comes back positive or if you already see mold growing under a sink or any area of your home or business, call SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange at (386) 788-0358 today.

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Daytona's Expert Flood Damage Team

2/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Daytona's Expert Flood Damage Team The amount of water damage caused to a property depends on how much water pours into it.

Flood Damage

Spring is on its way and with the change of the season comes an increased amount of rainfall. When the rain comes down, it is possible that it damages your Daytona townhome. Rainstorms can cause damage to property by either flooding the area or putting holes in the structure.

Sometimes wind coming from a storm blows rocks and other objects into your home creating a hole in your townhouse. If your home gets a hole put into it during a storm, it is smart to call SERVPRO's flood damage specialists in Daytona. If a rock breaks a window, rainwater quickly makes its way into your home.

The amount of water damage caused to a property depends on how much water pours into it. The first step SERVPRO's restoration team completes is the extraction process. After all of the standing water in the room is vacuumed up, building materials either get removed or saved by the drying process. The size and severity of the damaged area will determine whether building materials get dried out or removed.

Once the water damage problem is mitigated, the last step is the final cleaning process. It is crucial for us to finish a job making the area as clean as possible when we are done. When cleaning a building, there are three levels that determine how clean the area is.

The three levels of clean that exist are sterile, disinfected and sanitary. If cleaning gets completed with proper equipment and techniques, then sanitary is the first level of cleanliness an area reaches. If something is sanitary, then soils and contaminants are removed to the point where general health is protected.

The disinfected level gets reached when 99% of all the soils and contaminants get removed or made safe for general human health. In most flood damage scenarios our crew makes sure the damaged room gets disinfected so that dangerous viruses and bacteria cannot grow. The sterile level gets reached when 100% of things dangerous to humans get removed. Sterilization only gets done in specific areas such as hospital rooms.

How clean the damaged room is when the job gets done makes all of the difference between a great job and a poor job. To get the best final results with your water damage problems, it is best to call SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange at (386) 788-0358 for 24/7 assistance.

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