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Drying Flood Damaged Wood Framing in Daytona Beach Homes

2/15/2020 (Permalink)

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The Importance of Drying to Avoid Mold and Other Harmful Effects of Flood Damage in Daytona Beach

Wood framing is a standard construction element to residences throughout Daytona Beach, but these materials are also highly susceptible to saturation and damage from flooding and water loss incidents. In many flooding scenarios, it is impossible to protect exposed wallboard and wood trim that becomes oversaturated. However, without the threat of contamination, it is possible to dry out wood framing with a direct approach.

Before much of the flood damage in Daytona Beach homes can get dried up and addressed, our project manager and other field technicians must determine the extent of the damage and make drying decisions to make water removal for efficient. In some situations, controlled demolition to remove the surface materials and expose the wood framing beneath is the best solution, as this uncovers salvageable construction elements and becomes a strong foundation for reconstruction to come.

Determining the damage to wood framing begins with the use of surface moisture meters. These devices gauge the percentage of moisture saturation in the material. When moisture content rises above 16 percent, for example, the boards are susceptible to mold colonization. Structural damage like dry rotting can begin when moisture levels exceed 20 percent, as this allows fungal colonies to consume cellulose in the wood and allow for decay. Moisture meters can determine the current absorption of the material and indicate the best solution for drying.

Often the most effective strategies when mold and other microbial threats have not started yet is the strategic placement of centrifugal and axial air movers. Pushing heated, dry air against these surfaces can evaporate absorbed water to reduce moisture content levels back to acceptable dry lines established by testing undamaged wood framing elsewhere in the house.

Restoring wood framing is only part of the flood recovery process, but one that can establish a stable, dry foundation to begin rebuilding your property after cleaning and drying the flood effects. Give our SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach team a call anytime that your home gets threatened by storm damage and flooding at (386) 677-9993.

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We Have The Proper Techniques To Restore Your Daytona Beach Home After A Fire

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Restoration In Daytona Beach Can Involve Various Elements Of Cleaning

After an inferno burns inside your residence in Daytona Beach, the biggest problem can become the presence of soils and soot residues. Once the flames get extinguished, it is possible that a majority of the fire damage will come in the form of soiled surfaces throughout your entire structure. Depending on the type of smoke present, it could be possible to save and restore your affected building materials and contents by cleaning them.

In some cases, fire damage in your Daytona Beach house could include removing and replacing items that got stained too badly from soot residues or charred deeply. In other cases, our SERVPRO technicians can clean the surfaces of your possessions and structural components and return them to the way they were before, "Like it never even happened." However, accomplishing restoration can be difficult if the residues are thick, and they adhere well to the surfaces they contacted. Whenever attempting to clean items that got negatively affected by soot or soils, we always utilize the following four elements of cleaning after fire damage.

 1. Temperature

Heat makes molecules move faster, therefore cleaning usually works better at higher temperatures. As the molecules move faster chemical reactions take place at a quicker speed.

 2. Agitation

When using agitation to clean soiled objects, our SERVPRO technicians either move the surface being cleaned, the cleaning solution or both. Agitation methods like water pressure, rotating brushes, or sandblasting can break the bond between the soils and the surface so that they can then be washed away.

 3. Chemical Action

Cleaning solutions make the cleaning process easier by bridging the gap between the soils and the water. The general rule we follow when picking the best chemical product to use is that like dissolves like. For example, oil-based soils get cleaned most effectively by using oil-based detergents.

 4. Time

The chemical reactions involved in using a certain solution to clean with it takes time for them to work their best. After applying cleaning products, our SERVPRO technicians follow the manufacturer's instructions and let the chemical sit for the recommended dwell time.

Using a combination of the elements of cleaning along with industrially approved chemicals and methods can help you save time and money during your restoration process. For professional assistance after a fire, call SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993 24/7.

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We Discuss Simple Steps To Restoring Your Flood Damaged Daytona Beach Property

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

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Simple Steps that Guarantee Safety When Restoring Commercial Flood Damage Incidents in Daytona Beach

There is nothing simple about flooding, primarily when it affects a commercial establishment. Apart from financial loss, such an incident might cause, safety is another major concern. Injuries to staff members or clients who visit the premises during the incident can complicate matters, including leading to lawsuits. SERVPRO takes different steps to guarantee safety.

Anticipating safety issues
Preventing problems that lead to safety issues is the best approach when restoring commercial flood damage incidents in Daytona Beach. Our SERVPRO technicians watch for signs of impending trouble, such as sagging ceilings, which indicate the presence of water trapped in the ceiling cavity. Such water easily finds a way into power cables increasing the risk of electrocution. Trapped water might also compromise support structures leading to cave-ins. In case we identify the problem, we take immediate steps such as drilling weep holes to remove the water.

Planning the loss site
The activities required for the restoration of flooding incidents can create safety hazards. For example, the hoses used to extract pools of stagnant water from the structure can create trip hazards around the loss site. The wet and soiled surfaces are also slippery, creating another risk. Simple steps, such as placing wet floor signs and taping or zip-tying the hoses, helps our SERVPRO technicians maintain safety when working at the loss site.

Preventing electrical malfunctions
Power is crucial during the restoration of flood damage since most of the equipment, including water extractors, air movers, rotating brushes, and dehumidifiers, need electric power to run. When power cables are exposed to water, accidents such as electrocution of the workers or other users at the property can happen. Short-circuits can also damage equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians inspect the affected areas of the building to establish whether there is water in the electric cables. We also inspect equipment for damages such as frayed wires. Use of GFCI, Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters, also helps keep the equipment safe when operating in a wet environment.

Eliminating safety concerns eases the restoration of flood damage in a commercial establishment. Call SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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The Real Truth Behind Daytona Beach Storm Damage Remediation Services

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

flooded area near a home Whether you live in a home or a condo, flood damage can affect either rather quickly. Contact our experienced team for effective water removal.

Emergency Services for Storm Damaged Daytona Beach Homes

How professionals like our SERVPRO team respond to storm and flooding in Daytona Beach condos and homes can make the difference in how much the restoration ultimately costs. Emergency services and mitigation are necessary elements to every recovery effort and can reduce the migration of damaging effects and the continued deterioration of affected surfaces and materials.

Flood storm damage in Daytona Beach homes can be a devastating force. We have a full division of qualified, licensed general contractors that can help with the earliest aspects of mitigation and restoration. Multiple emergency services can all help to get the immediate threats under control, including structural weaknesses and water removal from the damaged areas of your house.

Temporary Repairs 

Temporary construction solutions prevent water and other precipitation penetration throughout the mitigation phases of restoration. With our skilled general contractors, our SERVPRO team can offer tarping of damaged roofs from complete collapse to missing shingles. We can also help to prevent water penetration with board up services on broken windows and structural openings exposed through storm damage.

Debris Removal 

Whether shoveling out heaps of mud and other solids carried in with floodwater, or removing deteriorated remnants of construction materials, debris removal can help to reduce concentrations of bacteria, contaminants, and odors that might exist in the house after a flood loss. Controlled demolition and debris removal are both critical steps in maximizing the effectiveness of drying and decontamination.

Content Management 

Your personal belongings and furniture are crucial elements to what makes your house your home. Our SERVPRO professionals can work to get affected belongings to a safe place or our nearby facility for drying, deodorization, and storage until it can get returned to your restored residence.

As destructive as storms and floods can be for your home, the right approach from competent contractors and restoration professionals can save you time and money on recovery. Our SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach team can help. If you want to make flood losses “Like it never even happened,” give us a call today at (386) 677-9993.

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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration In Daytona Beach

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

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Commercial Fire Damage Restoration in Daytona Beach Requires Chemically Altering Soils

Any business that cooks and sells food such as your coffee shop and bakery in Daytona Beach is at risk for having something burn. A cooking mishap or an appliance malfunctioning could cause your company extensive commercial fire damage. Once anything burns inside your building, smoke can quickly spread across your structure. Smoke starts out as hot as the flames, and then it is attracted to cooler surfaces.

Once smoke contacts cold surfaces, the partially combusted particles can harden and cause soils to adhere to surfaces inside your place of business. During most commercial fire damage projects in Daytona Beach, our SERVPRO technicians spend much of their time working towards cleaning and removing soils and soot residues caused by smoke. Every time something burns, the flames created by the blaze devour different items to use as fuel. When various materials get torched, different types of smoke get created.

Our SERVPRO team knows that various kinds of smoke adhere to the surfaces present inside your coffee shop differently. For example, when fires burn fast and hot and have plenty of oxygen, they produce dry smoke, which can be relatively easy to clean and remove. And then when the blaze has less heat, is oxygen-starved and the fuels burn slowly, a wet smoke is created. Most restoration situations require the removal of both wet and dry smoke created by the different types of fuels present inside your coffee shop and bakery.

When our SERVPRO crew cleans soot residues and soils created after a burn, we utilize various chemical products and techniques. When removing wet smoke residues that adhere well to the surfaces inside your coffee shop, we often use detergents that chemically alter the soils to remove them. For example, enzyme digestion works by using living enzymes to digest proteins like blood, starch, and bodily discharges.

Bleaching is another way to chemically alter soils, and it works by reversing the discoloration effects of a stain. Oxidizing agents and bleaches work by adding oxygen to the residue molecules, which helps break them up. Reducing bleaches work the opposite way by taking out oxygen and reducing the bleaching powers of the oxidizer.

We know that cleanliness inside your coffee shop is essential, so we work towards cleaning all soils left behind after a fire and making your business' building seem, “Like it never even happened.” For help with any smoke-related issue, call SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993 24 hours a day.

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SERVPRO Professionals Talk Shop About Water Removal in Daytona Beach

12/29/2019 (Permalink)

Water leaking out of copper pipe Are leaking pipes causing water damage? SERVPRO can remove the water and dry your home quickly!

Water Removal in Daytona Beach 

Living on the East Coast of Florida near the water means that even inside your home, your pipes contact salt air and high humidity levels. When salt corrodes pipes, and they spring a leak, water can impact flooring, walls, and even furniture. Due to Florida's unique climate extracting water from your home can be difficult as there is typically a higher than average moisture levels in the air. 

If you find yourself in need of water removal in Daytona Beach, SERVPRO technicians can thoroughly extract moisture from the materials, contents, and air within your home, restoring the moisture and relative humidity levels to pre-damage status. Our skilled technicians understand that drying the structure quickly to prevent secondary water damage such as mold growth and drywall softening. We have the Mold Remediation license #MRSR515. 

The SERVPRO restoration team removes as much water as possible by passing over the affected areas multiple times with a portable extractor. The extractor works on floors and other surfaces. It has three major components; a heater, pump, and vacuum system. However, in water damage mitigation situations, only the vacuum is used during the water removal process. However, if carpets or upholstery need cleaning, the technicians use all three components.

Technicians measure relative humidity (RH) and moisture levels throughout the home, in both the affected and unaffected areas to determine a drying goal. Ideally, RH levels in a home are below 60 percent, and the drying goal is within a few percentages of that. After removing as much water as possible, SERVPRO technicians place air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the home, pulling water vapors out of the air and pushing dry, warm air throughout the treatment area to rid the environment of any excess moisture. 

SERVPRO focuses on restoration rather than replacement of damaged items and understands the importance of mitigating damages quickly. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We also understand the importance of removing water and restoring the right relative humidity levels before mold growth occurs. 

Contact SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993, to make it "Like it never even happened." 

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We Make Your Daytona Home Safe Again After A Flood

12/16/2019 (Permalink)

Our drying equipment drying the floor in this room after a flood We have state of the art equipment necessary to restore your home and make it safe for you to live in your home again after a flood.

Dealing with Hazardous Materials in your Daytona Home after Flood Damage

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Flooding can present an array of challenges for a homeowner or restoration team. It is helpful to break these challenges down to provide the most effective, efficient, and least-costly service. You can broadly group flood restoration into two categories of water mitigation and water restoration. Mitigation is an emergency service that aims to prevent further damage. These may be things like pumping standing water out of the home. Restoration focuses on returning a property to its preloss condition and may include refinishing or cleaning duties.

There is a third category that we use when dealing with flood damage here in Daytona Beach. Safety covers both workers on-site as well as the property itself and can fall into mitigation as well as restoration categories. The large mass of water can exert excessive force onto your home's structure. Masses of water may weaken drywall, particleboard floors as well as masking sharp debris like broken glass or splinters. Failure to spot structural weaknesses can result in massive amounts of damage. Heavy equipment, for example, could cause waterlogged ceilings to collapse into lower floors.

SERVPRO emergency water restoration technicians can scope a property on your behalf to ensure that the mitigation of further flood damages is complete. We can punch weep holes into ceilings that have become oversaturated with water to allow them to drain and dry before approaching upper levels with restoration equipment. We can also scan the property for ACM materials, which may require a third-party licensed asbestos abatement restorer to assist with restoration.

If your property was built before 1970, there is a chance of discovering lead-based paint during the scoping procedure. SERVPRO has certifications in lead-based paint activities and renovation (RRRP.) This certification allows us to safely, scrape, remove, and restore properties containing lead substances. While mitigation and restoration of water are the core components of dealing with a flooded property, safe work practices are equally essential to getting your home back to a preloss condition.

If you are worried about potential safety hazards in a flooded property, contact SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993.

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We Act Fast To Remove Water Damage in Daytona Beach

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

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How We Use Water Removal Machinery to Increase the Effectiveness when Drying a Soaked Daytona Beach Property

While you spend time working, any water lines that come loose can soak your Daytona Beach home for hours. This can add up to hundreds or even thousands of gallons, depending on the diameter of the tubing. Emergencies like this respond best to an organized response by professional mitigators.

When SERVPRO answers a call from a Daytona Beach resident who needs water removal services at their home, we can assure them of a fast response. We follow this through with efficient service that results in a completely restored house. 

We keep our Green Fleet supplied with the equipment and machinery needed to remove water quickly, so it takes less time for our teams to dry our customers' property and any contents. Being able to do this rapidly helps our customers recover with less stress, lower expenses, and a reduction of what needs replacing. 

Our water removal equipment gets things stabilized and helps us stop the spread of damaged areas. These wet areas might seep water into adjacent areas, but the steady elimination of water decreases the rate at which any remaining water migrates into other areas.

After our pumps remove any standing water, we start them on extracting moisture that has penetrated flooring and other materials. While we do this, we continually monitor the humidity in the air. Some of our equipment has such devices built into their front panels, allowing us to make sure that drying is happening on schedule. 

We understand that such accidents can mean unplanned inconveniences that affect every member of your family. Our teams work in tandem to make this as pleasant and productive as possible. We point out safety risks and concerns so that you can avoid any such risks. Water can affect a house in various ways, and some of these, until we finish mitigation and restoration work, can cause harm or injuries. 

A swift response to a waterlogged house can also help minimize microbial infestations. Still, SERVPRO's building team, working under Mold Remediation Contractor License # MRSR515, can handle any problems that might arise before they become problematic.

For water removal services near Holly Hill or Mound Grove, call SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach at (386) 677-9993. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, and always come ready to start the restoration work needed.

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Your Best Guide to Daytona Beach Water Removal

11/15/2019 (Permalink)

tree trunk falls on top of home causing damage to the roof Damage to your home’s roof can quickly bring rainwater inside. Contact SERVPRO to remediate the water damage.

Why SERVPRO Uses Different Water Removal Techniques when Restoring Your Daytona Beach Home

When your home in Daytona Beach ends up soaked after a tree topples down onto your roof, you need to not only get the tree taken care of and your roof repaired, but you also need to get the rain out of your home. SERVPRO can take care of all aspects that a horrific storm causes your property to experience. 

Keeping everything as efficient as possible is why SERVPRO mitigates homes in Daytona Beach using different water removal techniques. These mitigation methods also provide protection against many types of damage, including destruction from water or moisture and microbial infestations. Removing the water that entered your attic can also keep the ceilings of lower floors from becoming stained. 

As soon as our building services team finishes removing the offending tree, clearing out the debris, and making the initial repairs to the roof, we start removing water from the area. Simultaneously, other crew members are pulling water out of the walls. We can tell where water migrates by using our infrared imaging cameras. There is no guesswork, or wasted time, involved in this step. 

When water enters into the interiors of walls, floors, as well as the ceilings below, we must do more than extract the water by letting it drain away. We also must get the materials these structures are made of dry again. Water trapped in hidden areas like this can cause problems both here and wherever it migrates. Blowing heated air into these cavities only works if we also provide a place for the dampened air to exit. Because of this, we often vent the cavity so that our desiccant machine can treat the air soon after it exits.

Carpets that became saturated with rain require immediate attention for us to save them from developing more extensive damage. Instead of replacing them like we must do after a flood, clean water, such as rain, allows us to restore them through drying and cleaning. 

Depending on the pile, the backing type, and the padding under the affected carpet, our restoration team might choose to perform a technique called floating the carpet. This raises the carpet off the floor and allows the carpet, pad, and underlay to dry all at the same time. This is often used for thinner carpets. Other carpets might respond better to weighted extraction methods. We use non-snagging machines that easily press the water out and into a collection chamber.

SERVPRO's water removal specialists also treat the air to reduce the amount of water vapor that can fill your home after rain ends up coming in through a hole in the roof. From top to bottom, SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach uses water removal machinery and methods to dry your home and make things “Like it never even happened.” Call (386) 677-9993 for experts near your Holly Hill, Mound Grove, or National Gardens residence. 

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Molding in Attic Space in Ormond Beach Bed and Breakfast

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO truck parked in front of a hotel. Let SERVPRO remove mold permanently from your Ormond Beach business.

We know how serious mold is, especially in your Ormond Beach business.

Short term guests are the staple of your Ormond Beach bed and breakfast. While you can offer a memorable experience in this limited time frame, you also have a brief period to make a positive impression. The proper upkeep and maintenance of your facility is vital for this effort and might require routine inspections of potentially problematic areas following the worst storms the hurricane season has to offer.

Roof vulnerabilities are not always as apparent as business owners might think, and leaks or moisture seepage into attics can lead to mold damage for Ormond Beach structures. Because caring for your bed and breakfast is often the same as the care you must put into a large family home, you can expect remediation and water damage recovery to work similarly. We have qualified professionals capable of handling most phases of remediation and restoration, including licensed full-service mold remediation contractors (#MRSR515 – FL).

Because attics do not always get the inspection and assessment that they should throughout the year, moisture and dampness can often go unchecked for weeks or longer following substantial storms. When colonization has persisted for this extended period, a degree of controlled demolition and later reconstruction is likely necessary. These efforts can often remove the majority of existent colonies, though not entirely. Sanding can also be a practical approach for joists and supports exposed to the organism.

How your guests perceive this threat is vital to your reputation and continued word-of-mouth and online rating successes. 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 do this. Let our SERVPRO of North Daytona Beach / Ormond Beach help you however you need to get things back to 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) 677-9993.

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