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When Fire Strikes

4/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When Fire Strikes Kitchen fires are among the most common type of fire we deal with.

Fire damage can strike at a moment’s notice, a property owner can be looking at immense clean up even if the physical damage may be minor such as a kitchen fire that is relatively small. A fire on the kitchen stove can leave behind a black greasy soot, char, odors and staining or a yellow fatty substance. When it comes to fire damages the material that consumed leaves behind its own distinctive residue when food or protein is consumed in a fire it will leave behind pungent odor along with a sticky residue. When plastics are involved the residue left behind will be a heavy thick black greasy residue that smears when touched, every fire damage presents its own challenge. The soot left behind will have an acidic content level high enough that left uncleaned can ruin items that could have been saved, For heavy soot situations a pre-cleaning with an alkaline based cleaning solution to neutralize the acid may be needed, odors are another aspect of a fire damage that may need to be addressed.

At SERVPRO North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach we have many tools at our disposal for odor control, these range from air scrubbers for removing particulates, thermal foggers for deodorization, ozone machines, titanium dioxide machines, HEPA vacuums for trapping large soot particulates. Other special services for more severe fires that may also be needed. We can provide wrapping and packing, moving and storage, specialty textile cleaning along with art restoration. At SERVPRO North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach 386-677-9993 our technicians are trained to handle the most difficult cleaning jobs.

The Effects Of Storm Surge

4/18/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage The Effects Of Storm Surge This building suffered from over 2ft of storm surge. All flooring plus anything touching the ground had to be removed and disposed of.

One type of storm damage that SERVPRO North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach have dealt with in the past thirty years of service has been storm surge or flooding from rising water. The affects from storm surge or flooding can be devastating to say the least. The water that comes in your home or business from storm surge is classified as a Category 3. There are 3 types of water categories 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 your home or business is affected by storm surge or rising water do not attempt the water removal or the water damage cleanup yourself as this may be exposing yourself to contaminates that can be harmful. Contacting a professional like SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach for these services is the safest course of action. 

Why Controlling Indoor Humidity Is Important

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Why Controlling Indoor Humidity Is Important Don't delay after you've had a water damage, mold growth can start in as little as 72hrs.

Controlling indoor humidity is import for several different reasons, in East Central Florida for example where SERVPRO North Daytona Beach/Ormond Beach is located where the outdoor humidity is one of highest naturally in the U.S. Making the use of air conditioning critical for controlling the indoor humidity. When controlling the indoor humidity 60% RH (relative humidity) is the threshold, above 60% RH can result in 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 affected by water damage or fire damage in the water damage situation after the water removal has been completed, the next step would be to get the indoor humidity down below 60%. Usually this is done by using commercial dehumidifiers to remove the moisture from the air thus reducing the humidity. When a building is affected by fire there may be excessive moisture and elevated humidity in the structure from extinguishing the fire and may consist of water damage cleanup as well as fire damage clean up.

When excessive humidity or water damage is not addressed in a timely and proper fashion a building can sustain additional damage by causing warping, swelling or cracking. When a structure becomes wet and the evaporation process starts the humidity increases and secondary damage will result from the migration of the moisture from the affected materials to the unaffected materials until equilibrium is achieved. When this occurs the repair process will become more extensive resulting in unneeded repairs and possibly dangerous for these reasons it’s a good idea to call an expert like SERVPRO North Daytona Beach/ Ormond Beach for assistance when dealing with water damage, fire damage and mold removal you can learn more from.http://www.IICRC.org/ https://www.epa.gov/mold

The SERVPRO Solution for Fire Damage to Daytona Beach Homes

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The SERVPRO Solution for Fire Damage to Daytona Beach Homes Your unique fire damage scenario needs a customized remediation plan. Call SERVPRO quickly for an investigation and action plan.

Our Team Offers a Comprehensive Perspective on Remediating Fire Damage in Your Home

While you might not always think of Daytona Beach as a place to get ravaged by house fires, they are far more common than you might think. The trouble with these instances is that there is very little warning or ways to prevent them apart from the conventional safety precautions. This fact leaves homeowners always on their toes about whether or not their house has gotten safeguarded enough from the threat of a structure fire.
 
With the steady nature of house fire damage in the Daytona Beach area, every homeowner is bound to experience something different when it is their own home in question. Resolving these issues to your house might appear overwhelming at first, and to someone just limited to conventional cleaning methods, it likely would be. Fortunately, you have the experienced and professional assistance of certified restoration specialists from SERVPRO at your disposal.
 
From the moment that our team arrives at your home, we begin to assess the full scope of the damage that you face. We work alongside your priorities to ensure that our restoration process addresses your most pressing concerns first to allow you to live comfortably in your home while the rest of the restoration process we undertake completes.
 
We handle every one of your concerns with our experience and equipment. Areas to get addressed are deodorization to remove the harsh smells that linger after a fire, soot and smoke damages that settle on the walls and in the ductwork of your home, structural controlled demolition, water damage from extinguishment, and any other pressing issue encountered through the inspection. Every home might present new challenges for our SERVPRO professionals, but our training and expertise ensures that we get well equipped to handle every possible scenario.
 
Fire damage in your home might not be something that you can live with or handle on your own. Instead of fighting against the lingering effects of a fire, trust our SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach team to help you clean up the mess and restore your home to preloss conditions. Give us a call today at (386) 677-9993.
 
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Mold Remediation of Contents

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation of Contents Condition 3 contents

Mold remediation porous and nonporous contents.

When contents are affected by microbial contamination there are a few questions to ask before deciding to proceed with the remediation project what is the level of contamination? Is the contents porous or nonporous? There are 3 levels of contamination and There 2 main types of contents

Conditions

Condition 1 is when normal atmospheric conditions are present and mold spore count and type are at normal levels. Normal levels can vary depending on the climate for any particular region

Condition 2 is when abnormal atmospheric conditions are present and mold spore count have been amplified and the  types of spores that are not normally present are now present and spore settelation has begun

Condition 3 is when colonization is present (actively growing on surface) extreme spore count in atmosphere

Contents types

Porous    porous materials have a low permeance factor,( permeance is the measure of the degree to which a material allows fluid to permeate it). Porous contents in a condition 2 environment maybe difficult to remediate but not impossible for clothing and linens follow the manufactures cleaning instructions. Upholstered contents must be inspected thoroughly and then cleaned according to the manufactures instructions incorporating hepa vacuuming before and after the cleaning process. Porous contents in a condition 3 environment are not a good choice for remediation before considering remediation of porous contents in condition it would be a good idea to consult with an indoor environmentalist https://www.IICRC.org/standards/IICRC-s520

Non porous non porous materials have a high permeance factor.non porous contents in a condition 2 environment can be cleaned using a disinfectant product such as benefect or other cleaning solutions along with hepa vacuuming before and after cleaning. Non porous items in a condition 3 environment require micro cleaning of every surface in and out and may need to be cleaned several times along with hepa vacuuming for complete remediation   https://www.epa.gov/mold 

Water Damage Drying Equipment

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Drying Equipment Water damage equipment drying walls, ceiling and hardwood floors.

During Water Restoration it is very important to set up Drying Equipment right away.  Drying involves the Removal of Water.  The Drying Equipment Lowers the Humidity and Traps the Moisture in the Air.  Any standing water should be extracted prior to any Drying Equipment placement. 

In order to dry certain materials you must prepare to remove moisture from the air.  Setting up a Drying Chamber around the affected Area will contain the moisture in the air.  Drying Equipment is placed within the Drying Chamber to Heat Up and Extract that moisture from the air and materials. All the Equipment work hand in hand together.

Drying Equipment is placed to dry Carpets, Drywall, Wood and Framing.  Specialty Drying Equipment can also be placed to tackle unique drying challenges.  Especially when you are attempting to dry certain materials like Hardwood Floors, Tile, Inside Walls or Under Cabinets.  The correct type equipment and amount of equipment are critical for a balanced drying system the air movers pushing air over the materials create the evaporation of water from the materials to be dried once this has happened the dehumidifiers can then remove the water from the air that has been evaporated from the wet materials if there is not enough air movers then the evaporation slows down and there is not enough water in the air for the  dehumidifiers if there are to many air movers creating to much evaporation and not enough dehumidification then the building sweat and not drying rapidly this is why a balanced drying system is important for water damage restoration to be successful at SERVPRO north Daytona/ Ormond beach we have trained technicians that can accomplish this for rapid drying in most water damage situations

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It is very important to never turn off the Drying Equipment during the Drying Process.  If the Process is stopped you will need to start the Process all over again.

How SERVPRO is Both Fast and Inexpensive for Daytona Beach Water Removal

4/7/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How SERVPRO is Both Fast and Inexpensive for Daytona Beach Water Removal Call SERVPRO to remove water fast and efficiently, preventing further damage and costs.

SERVPRO Offers Quick and Efficient Water Removal Services

People across the nation trust SERVPRO to handle water removal in communities like Daytona Beach because of our proven track record of effective, inexpensive, and fast-paced work. One commonly-asked question both from professionals in the industry and the people we help is how we manage to keep expenses low but project completion fast. In truth, the reason why we can do such stellar work revolves around our speed. By utilizing our national resource network, we can provide care faster and more reliably than any competitor, and in most water removal cases, this saves us a lot of time and money.

When you call us for a water removal job in Daytona Beach, we pledge to have someone on-site within four hours ready to do all they can to start mitigating damage. By getting to the center of the problem early, we stop any additional damage from occurring and prevent many more troublesome consequences from gaining a foothold. For example, without a speedy response, standing water can set in and cause expensive damage to floors and foundations in the building. By getting our IICRC certfiied technicians on the scene with water extraction tools, we can get the water out before this has a chance to happen. So, by responding quickly and preparedly to any threats we come across, we save time and resources later on in the process.

Of course, most calls still result in a damage restoration process of some kind, as we cannot prevent all damage from happening. Usually, this entails limited material replacement and restoration efforts, mold prevention tactics, and other measures designed to help your home recover. However, the amount and length of work done in this period are typically greatly lessened thanks to our early response efforts. The result for you is less hassle, less time, and less money being spent toward recovery from the disaster.

SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach is ready 24/7 to respond to your call for help and prevent as much damage as possible, as quickly as possible. Call us at (386) 677-9993.  

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Commercial Water Damage Techniques in Daytona Beach Explained

3/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Techniques in Daytona Beach Explained Water damage affects building materials differently. Contact SERVPRO if your office or other property has a water damage incident.

SERVPRO Technicians Follow Proper Methods When Drying Out Your Business After an Event

If a pipe breaks on the second floor of your Daytona Beach office building, materials and contents possibly get ruined. Water always follows gravity so if there is a problem on the second floor it is likely that damage occurs on the first floor as well. When water leaks down from the second floor, the damage on the first floor starts from the ceiling down.
 
Many commercial buildings have different building materials and designs than residential homes. SERVPRO's commercial water damage technicians in Daytona Beach have experience in dealing with different types of architecture and materials found in commercial properties. We always use different techniques based on your specific situation.
 
Many commercial buildings such as your office complex contain cinder block walls defining its structure. In cases of water damage, the gaps inside the cinder blocks possibly fill up with water. To adequately dry a structure, the moisture inside the cinder blocks has to get removed.
 
Sometimes standard drying procedures do the job of removing cinder block moisture. During most dry-out procedures, air movers and dehumidifiers get set up inside the structure to create the ideal environment for structural drying. The air movers push air in a circular motion so that the air hits all of the walls of your office at a 45-degree angle. The dehumidifiers work by pulling moisture out of the air and exhausting hot, dry air in its place.
 
However, if the cinder blocks have paint on their inside surface, then drying is more difficult. Paint works as a vapor barrier and traps moisture inside the cinder blocks. Many times holes get drilled into the mortar towards the bottom of the wall, draining all of the water out. Sometimes bigger holes get drilled so that air flows better into the walls.
 
If the walls got submerged by water for a long time, then a more considerable amount of bigger holes get drilled to increase air circulation within the cinder blocks. The drying equipment then stays in the area until moisture levels return to what they were before the loss in your office building occurred. After the drying process gets completed, the holes in the cinder block walls get patched and painted over.
 
Anytime we work with commercial properties we design our project plan so that our work does not negatively affect your business operations. For professional help after a problem takes place at your company's office, call SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993 any time of the day.
 
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Fighting The Possibility Of Flood Damage To Your Daytona Home

3/20/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Fighting The Possibility Of Flood Damage To Your Daytona Home Flooding can cause significant damage to your property.

Flood Damage To Your Home

Daytona residents are not unfamiliar with turbulent conditions and adverse weather patterns. With little warning, storms happening far out in the Atlantic can shift and head for the coastline, raining several inches worth of water from the skies in a matter of hours. With unexpected storms with high volumes of rainfall happening over a short period, homeowners in the area should be mindful of the possibility of flash flooding and general flooding conditions.

Chances are, your Daytona home has gotten somewhat safeguarded against flood damage given its proximity to the coast. Unfortunately, as these precautionary measures age, their effectiveness wanes as well. While upkeep of these safeguards is always a smart choice, your home may never get completely protected against the worst possible storm damage situations.

Our SERVPRO team gets equipped to deal with all sizes of flood disasters, and so our training and experience prepare each technician with the latest restoration techniques to bring your home back to preloss conditions as efficiently as possible. With flooding, the threat of compounding damage like structural weakness or mold growth become a significant possibility, so professional restoration services help to ensure that conditions do not get worse.

From the moment that our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your home, we begin our assessment of the full scope of the damage that is visible. Extraction is a priority, as this pulls the bulk of the damaging water from the affected area and helps to expedite later processes like drying and dehumidification. Thermal imagery gets used to inspect areas that cannot get seen with the naked eye, ensuring that further drying is not a requirement. If water is visible inside of the walls and underneath the flooring, drying mats and injectidry systems get used to finish the job.

While flooding might be something that you have always been mindful of preventing, sometimes the plan in place is not enough to stop a natural disaster from impacting your home. Trust our experienced professionals at SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach to help you tidy up the mess and get your house back to the way it used to be. We are available anytime by calling (386) 677-9993.

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What To Do What Water Damage Strikes Your Daytona Home

3/4/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage What To Do What Water Damage Strikes Your Daytona Home Get Your Daytona Home Free from Water Damage with SERVPRO's Fast Removal and Cleanup

Call SERVPRO, of Course, for Fast Water Removal and Cleanup

Sometimes there is nothing that could have been done to prevent water damage from occurring in your home. Simple things like an appliance malfunctioning can cause the damage, or it can be something of a less predictable nature, like a storm; after all, the Daytona area is vulnerable to hurricane season and intense humidity. Flooding is a real possibility in the area, and mold growth can almost be expected. However, when water intrusion does occur help is close at hand.

In Daytona, water damage is something that is considered routine. The humidity is high and with humidity comes moisture. Too much moisture can create a variety of problems, including mold and damage to the stability and structure of your home. When these problems happen, it is imperative to address them, so they do not become critical immediately.

Thankfully, SERVPRO is close by to help you. Should the humidity of the area cause excessive moisture, our certified technicians can bring dehumidifiers on site to encourage evaporation. Doing this can dry out any areas at risk of mold growth. Should severe damage occur in your home, we can use a combination of air movers and dehumidifiers to draw the moisture out. This process dries out the air and removes moisture from the surfaces of your home so it cannot simply transfer to another section or furnishings and belongings. Here at SERVPRO, we take pride in knowing how to handle any type of water damage and provide you with effective information to help prevent any further damage.

When you choose SERVPRO, you can take comfort knowing that your home can be in excellent hands. No matter the damage, or the extent of it, our technicians are extremely qualified to take care of the problem. We strive to do everything in our power so you can feel "Like it never even happened."

When water damage happens in your home, do not hesitate. Here at SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach, we are reliable and always ready for your call. Phone us at (386) 677-9993 and erase your water damage today.

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