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Mold and Hotel Properties

4/20/2021 (Permalink)

We know how serious mold is, especially in your Daytona Beach property

Short-term guests are the staple to many locations along the coast. While you can offer a memorable experience in this limited time frame, you also only have a brief period to make a positive impression. The proper upkeep and maintenance of your facility is vital for this effort and requires routine inspections of potentially problematic areas following all storms the hurricane season has to offer.

Roof vulnerabilities are not always as apparent as business owners might think and hidden leaks or moisture seepage into attics can lead to mold damage for structures. Caring for your bed and breakfast is often the same as the care you must put into a large family home, and the remediation and water damage recovery works similarly. We are qualified professionals capable of handling all phases of remediation and restoration, including being a licensed full-service general contractor.

Because attics do not always get the inspection and assessment that they should throughout the year, moisture and dampness often go unchecked for weeks or longer following substantial storms. When colonization has persisted for this extended period, a degree of controlled deconstruction and later reconstruction is likely necessary.

How your guests perceive this threat is vital to your reputation and continued word-of-mouth and online rating success. Choosing capable remediation professionals like our SERVPRO team ensures that appropriate containment measures get installed and work continues steadily until the threat has been removed.

Your business succeeds by making people feel at home and a situation like mold damage can significantly compromise your ability to achieve this. SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange can help you to get things back to a pre-mold condition and protect your staff and guests from any potential hazards and health effects that could result. Give us a call today at (386) 788-0358

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Why Choose SERVPRO of South Daytona

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

When you heard construction crews were coming into your home to work, you may have the fear of dust going everywhere, debris left behind, unprofessional teams, and jobs not completed in a timely manner. And that is why SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange is different. Here are some of the other reasons why we are different:

Our teams are professional and on time.
We cover all areas we are working in to keep dust off and prevent further damage to your items.
Our teams are on call 24/7 to respond to any disasters.
We are certified and carry licenses to ensure your mitigation, remediation, or reconstruction is done correctly.
Our project managers ensure your peace of mind by keeping you updated as we progress.
We work with your insurance and offer a transparent estimate.

SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange is committed to you and making it feel "Like it never even happened."

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Home Electrical Fires

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

When a fire in a home happens we always blame it on a item we forgot to turn off. Did you know most of the time that is not the case. Here are some facts about home electrical fires.

Electrical Fire Facts

In 2014-2018, electrical distribution or lighting equipment, such as wiring, lighting, cords, and plugs, was involved in an estimated average of roughly 34,000 (10%) reported home structure fires per year. These incidents caused an average of 470 (18%) civilian deaths, 1,100 civilian injuries (10%), and $1.4 billion (19%) in direct property damage annually.
Electrical distribution or lighting equipment ranked first in direct property damage, and third among the major fire causes in the number of home fires, fourth in home fire deaths, and tied for third in home fire injuries.
Wiring and related equipment accounted for 7 percent of all home fires and nine percent of all home fire deaths.
Cords or plugs were involved in only one percent of home fires but seven percent of the deaths. Extension cords dominated the cord or plug category.

Source: NFPA's Applied Research Department
NFPA - Fire Prevention

If you had a home electrical fire call SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange.

Our professional teams can help you feel "Like it never even happened."

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Protecting Wood from Water Damage

3/21/2021 (Permalink)

Most houses have wood integrated into their structures in some way or another. Often these wooden parts of the house are used for decks, doors, or garage doors. The problem with wood that is open to the elements is that water damage is always a possibility. Similar to issues with the foundation, if gutters are absent from the building or are defective so that water flows straight down rather than being directed away from the building, the result could be rotting, mold growth, or other problems associated with wood being affected by water.

Keep Outside of the House Clean

When rainwater flows off the roof, it brings with it the mud, sand, and other debris that may have collected on the roof. What fell from the sky as clean water is now dirty water that can leave a trail on the house. The result of this could be the staining of doors, windows, and siding which could negatively affect the look of the house and force you to clean the house more frequently. The primary purpose of gutters is to direct water away from the house so that the water doesn’t flow straight down where it can cause trouble.

By doing this, the water that would have caused these unsightly features will now be directed well away from the house leaving the home with a cleaner outside look.

Escaping a Fire

3/9/2021 (Permalink)

Causing more than 2,500 deaths and 12,600 injuries each year in the United States, house fires are extremely dangerous for those that are unprepared for the event. But they are preventable.

To be prepared should a fire occur in your home, it’s important to know what to do:

  • Before a fire
  • During a fire
  • After a fire

To ensure that your family remains safe throughout the ordeal.

It takes just two minutes for a fire to become life-threatening and just five minutes for a residence to become consumed by a fire. While the flames are what most people fear, that’s not what’s most dangerous as the heat and smoke do most of the damage. This is because the inhalation of extremely hot air can sear the lungs. A fire also has the ability to produce poisonous gases that can make you disoriented and drowsy making them all the more dangerous. In fact, the leading cause of fire deaths is asphyxiation which exceeds burns by a three to one ratio.

Preparing for a Fire

To make sure you’re prepared in the event of a fire, there are certain precautionary measures that must be taken to ensure your safety. The most important step is to create an evacuation plan for your family. Every second counts when a home is filling up with smoke so you need to know the fastest way out. Creating a plan and going over it with each member of your family will ensure that everyone can get out safely.

When developing your evacuation plan, make sure that you have two routes to escape each room in case one is blocked. Once your plan is formed, you should practice the plan at least twice a year. Being prepared for a potential fire means making sure that windows aren’t locked, screens can be taken out quickly, and that security bars can be opened. You should also have your family practice feeling around in the dark with their eyes closed replicating the environment they’ll be in if there’s a fire and teach the children not to hide from firefighters who are there to help.

The most important device to making sure you can safety escape a fire is a smoke alarm. Having working smoke alarms will significantly increase your chances of surviving the fire. To make sure that your smoke alarm will alert you of a fire in the home, test the batteries monthly, replace the batteries at least once a year, and replace the smoke alarm every eight to 10 years.

How to Escape a Fire

If a fire does occur in your home, you should escape the building as quickly as possible. However, there are some things you need to remember to safety evacuate. The first step is to get to the floor and crawl to the exit as heavy, toxic smoke and poisonous gases gather initially at the ceiling. When you get to a door, feel the doorknob and door before opening it. If either the doorknob or door is hot, you should leave it closed and go to your alternate way out. You should also leave the door closed if smoke is coming from around it. If you are able to open the door, do so slowly and be ready to shut it quickly should heavy smoke or fire be on the other side.

But what happens if you can’t get out? If the event occurs where you’re trapped in a room, cover the vents and cracks around any doors with cloth or tape to keep any smoke out. Then call the fire department and tell them where you are. You can use a light colored cloth or flashlight to get the attention of the firefighters. If you catch on fire yourself, simply stop, drop, and roll with your hands over your face to put yourself out.

What to Do After a Fire

If you’ve suffered a fire in your home rendering it uninhabitable and you have nowhere to go, contact your local disaster relief service like The Red Cross. If you have fire insurance, call the insurance company for details on protecting your property. You also should contact the professionals at SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange to remediate the situation as soon as possible. The sooner they begin the restoration process, the more of your home and possessions will be salvaged.

A house fire is a devastating event that can lead to serious injury or death if you’re not properly prepared. These tips will ensure that you’re prepared for a fire and that you and your family can escape safely.

Broken pipes in your business could permanently close your doors

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

How To Limit the Interruption To Your Business While Dealing With Water Damage

For a commercial property owner, your worst nightmare might go something like this: an event beyond your control, like flooding, forcing your building to shut down causing your business to hemorrhage money and lose out to competitors. If such a disaster were to occur in your Daytona Beach business, would you be prepared?

Short Delay

If a scenario like a broken pipe flooding your commercial building occurs, you're going to need time to restore your property. Unfortunately, this could halt or slow down your operation for a period of time. However, there are ways you can try to expedite this process:

  • Turn off your water so the damage does not spread.
  • Ventilate the area - open windows or use fans if electricity is safe.
  • Remove as much damaged content as possible to begin drying elsewhere.
  • Find a water damage remediation company that can do everything - a one-stop-shop.

Insurance Coverage

When you are forced to close down your business because your premises are too damaged from flooding or water damage, you may lose out on income and opportunity. Despite this, you will probably continue to have expenses related to the building, such as utilities or maintenance staff. Luckily, you can add insurance coverage to your existing policy to compensate for these expenses and the value of the income you would have made if your business were still open. Be sure to clarify with your provider the amount of time you would be covered for - you probably want more than a few days.

Alternate Space

Large water damage can put you out of commission for a long time. One way around this is to find somewhere else to operate while the repairs and underway. Depending on your needs and how much of your equipment is available, you could temporarily rent a space to continue as much of your correspondence and dealings as possible.

To ensure your business is up and running as soon as possible, call SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange immediately at (386) 788-0358!

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Three Things You Should Know if Your Building is Damaged By Flood Water

2/26/2021 (Permalink)

During a storm in Daytona Beach, FL, it is possible that your building may be damaged by flood water if the weather becomes severe. Because this is not quite the same as other water damage, you may be unsure of how to deal with it. The following is some information about this type of water that might be helpful to you.

1. Why is a Flood Different From Other Water Damage?

The reason that flood water is different from others is largely due to how it accumulates. While most water damage, such as that from leaks or broken pipes, comes from above, the water in a flood rises from the ground. As it does, it becomes category 3 water.

2. What is Category 3 Water?

When it comes to water contamination, there are three categories. Category 3 or black water, which includes water from a flood, has the highest levels of contamination. Because this water comes up from the ground, it mixes with dirt, debris and sewage. When this happens, it begins to carry waste, bacteria and harmful chemicals that can be hazardous to your health.

3. How Should You Handle It?

Because flood water is highly contaminated, it is not a good idea to try removing it on your own. Instead, you should hire a professional to thoroughly clean and sanitize the building. Any food or beverages that have been in contact with this water should be thrown away as they are no longer safe to consume. Protective gear should be worn at all times while handling category 3 water.

If your building has been affected by water or storm damage of any kind, you should have it taken care of right away to prevent it from becoming worse. If allowed to sit, moisture can contribute to mold growth and can cause materials to weaken. A professional cleanup and restoration company can sanitize the area, perform necessary repairs and salvage many affected items.

2nd Annual Truck, Bike, Jeep & Car Show in Port Orange, FL

11/16/2020 (Permalink)

The crew at SERVPRO is looking forward to seeing everyone at the 2nd Annual Truck, Bike, Jeep & Car Show!

Local South Daytona and Port Orange, FL Residents Can Enjoy a First-Hand Look at a Broad Range of Stunning Vehicles

Put on by the Epiphany Knights of Columbus, the 2nd Annual Truck, Bike, Jeep & Car Show is a must-see for all motorized vehicle enthusiasts in and around the Port Orange and South Daytona, FL, areas. This is a show open to all ages and set to be fun for all in attendance.

    •    Food and music
    •    Door prizes
    •    50/50 raffles
    •    Trophies for best vehicles in attendance
    •    Free general admission
    •    Location: 201 Lafayette Street, Port Orange, FL

Any proceeds from donations and raffle entries will support various charities via the Knights of Columbus Council, including Youth Ministries, the Epiphany Food Pantry, and more.

After a storm, you may find yourself looking for skilled technicians to assist with flood drying to restore your business or home to preloss condition. You can count on SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange to be there at a moment’s notice. We have crews on standby and ready to get to work seven days a week, 24 hours a day – give us a call at (386) 788-0358, and we dispatch a Green Fleet within hours.

Adobe Photoshop-1 Training Courses for South Daytona Residents

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

The best option for your flood damaged home is the crew at SERVPRO.

Learn Adobe Photoshop from the Comfort of Your South Daytona Home

Starting on November 21st, 2020, immerse yourself in the world of Adobe Photoshop-1 while taking online training sessions. This is a four-weekend training course that includes 16 hours of learning spanning eight two-hour sessions, with two sessions per weekend over the four weeks. This program includes:

    •    Training materials as well as a variety of cloud-based resources and instructor handouts
    •    Hands-on lab exercises
    •    Instructor guided training
    •    Real-life scenarios and more

The early-bird cost for this online training course is $400; the general admission cost is $500. These prices do not include additional ticket processing fees. The time for these sessions beginning on November 21st is 10:30 am to 12:30 pm EST.

Do you need help with rapid stormwater flooding cleanup to handle debris and water damage within your home or business? The team at SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach/Port Orange is available 24/7 for emergency cleanup services. Contact us today at (386) 788-0358, and we will send out a crew as soon as possible. When we are finished with your project, everything will be “Like it never even happened.”

Debris Left After a Fire Incident is Often Cumbersome and Difficult for South Daytona Homeowners to Handle Alone

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the best option to restore your home to pre-damage condition.

South Daytona Property Owners Count on SERVPRO to Execute Careful Fire Debris Cleanup

While South Daytona, FL, may be considered smaller than most cities within the state, this region is known for vast possibilities and a whole lot of personality. This is a business-friendly city bordering the beautiful Halifax River that became incorporated back in 1951.

South Daytona got its start as the town of Blake, which got its name from a businessman by the name of Alpheus P. Blake. The small town was made up of about 40 families before other non-resident property owners began moving here to engage in vegetable gardening and orange grove cultivation. Starting in 1926, the towns of Seabreeze, Daytona, and Daytona Beach consolidated to form Daytona Beach. From there, adjacent territories like Blake were annexed. This led to Blake's movement to break away from Daytona Beach in 1938, where it then took on the name of South Daytona.

Due to the proximity to the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean, South Daytona, FL, is well known as a destination for many travelers looking to take in a little bit of sun and sand. With more than eight million visitors enjoying local resorts and attractions each year, it is easy to see that this region is truly thriving. South Daytona is filled with:

    •    Stunning public parks
    •    Unique dining opportunities
    •    Picturesque residential areas
    •    Renowned schools
    •    Abundant shopping locations
    •    Incredible historical sites and much more

Whether you are looking to take in some of the awe-inspiring landscaping of South Daytona or you want to try some new-to-you foods, there is never a shortage of arts, entertainment, hiking, and more. Some of the top local attractions in the area include:

    •    Living Legends of Auto Racing Museum of Racing History: This incredible museum dives into the long history of NASCAR in the region. Visitors have the unique opportunity to learn all about racing legends throughout the years – including vintage race cars, artifacts, photos, and occasional special guests scheduled during Speed Week.
    •    Magnolia Park: When you want a peaceful place to read a book or somewhere to let the kids get some exercise, Magnolia Park is the perfect destination. This local South Daytona staple includes a fun turtle pond, a playground for little ones, and lovely walking trails.
    •    Daytona Ice Arena: Do you want a place to skate and enjoy time with your family or friends? The Daytona Ice Arena offers skating classes, specials for families, public skating, birthday parties, and group events.
    •    Amazing Dining Locations: From authentic pizzerias to old-school diners, there is never a shortage of tastes and flavors to explore. Whether you would like to go out on a food crawl when spending time with friends or you want to experience cuisine you have never tried before, South Daytona, FL, has restaurants and eateries for everyone.
    •    Various Fishing Opportunities: If you are a seasoned fishing enthusiast or are looking to dip in your toes, this region is loaded with numerous opportunities. From fishing excursions on chartered boats or renting your own to get out on the water, or heading off to the wharf or boardwalk – you will find no shortage of opportunities to enjoy.

Caring for the Community – The South Daytona Fire Department
When it comes to fire and rescue services, the South Daytona Fire Department takes their job and involvement with the local community very seriously. They work tirelessly to ensure residents and business owners have the prompt action required whenever a fire breaks out on their property. Additionally, there is an ongoing effort to educate the general public on fire safety and prevention to keep the community safe as a whole.

In order to keep up with the need for first responders and emergency personnel in the area, there are teams on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This includes a united front of over a dozen career firefighters to aid with fire suppression and units for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS). The South Daytona Fire Department has two Class A Fire Pumpers in operation and a Battalion vehicle and Inspector's vehicle.

By working in conjunction with fire restoration professionals like SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach/Port Orange, local South Daytona, FL, residents have the peace of mind in knowing that they have the help they need whenever disaster strikes. As a locally-owned restoration company, crews are available to residents for everything from fire debris cleanup and smoke and odor control to assistance with mold remediation, flooding, and water-related emergencies.

Whether you run a business or a homeowner making a life in the area, the team at SERVPRO has all of the skills and specialized training through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Why Call SERVPRO Fire Debris Cleanup and How Does it Fit into the Restoration Process After an Incident in South Daytona?
Your South Daytona home contains a vast amount of possessions, but you also have numerous building materials and structural elements that suffered damage during a fire. When you contact the SERVPRO team, we handle all debris removal as part of our restoration process to ensure your home gets back to preloss condition.

We always work to restore rather than replace, but there are many instances when we need to handle massive fire debris cleanup in South Daytona. Our technicians take the time to determine what can get cleaned and what must be disposed of as we go through the initial assessment phases. Using our proven methods and advanced equipment, we can restore items like:

    •    Keepsakes and valuables
    •    Draperies, clothing, and linens
    •    Photographs, art supplies, and documents
    •    Textiles, carpeting, and rugs
    •    Furnishings, appliances, and cabinetry

Items that took on extensive physical damage may get deemed unsalvageable. Everything gets inventoried before disposal for your records, including detailed information for your insurance provider to go with your claim.

SERVPRO of South Daytona Beach / Port Orange is the team to call when you need reliable fire debris cleanup. Call (386) 788-0358 to have a crew dispatched to your property to initiate the assessment and restoration after a fire.