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What Should I Expect with Post- Fire Loss Cleaning of My Home?

4/3/2020 (Permalink)

red flame on a black background Vineyards Properties Always Benefit from SERVPRO's Cleanup and Restoration Services after House Fires

SERVPRO Works Hard to Cleanup and Restore Our Vineyards Neighbors' Homes after a Fire-Damaging Incident

Many homeowners mistakenly believe that restorers like our SERVPRO team can approach fire losses in Vineyards residences with the intent to make the damages ‘like new.’ The idea here is that we clean and recover a property beyond the damages of the fire itself and even address pre-existing conditions in the structure that prevent the house from having the aesthetic appeal you might prefer. Knowing what to expect when preloss condition cleaning and restoration begins in your home can ensure that you can be satisfied that these known and realistic goals were reached.

Fire damage to Vineyards homes can be a devastating force that spreads from room to room quickly without the needed mitigation and containment steps that our professionals bring with them. When you get your first look at your damaged home after extinguishment efforts complete, you might be overwhelmed with the image. Our management can help you to make sense of this destruction and show you that widespread damage does not always equate to a total loss.

What is a key step in the restoration process?

Scoping is a pre-mitigation task that involves a thorough inspection and evaluation of the damaged property. With multiple layers of fire loss effects in a house after a disaster, each of these potential obstacles must get carefully documented and prepared for by our responding SERVPRO technicians. Much of this scoping of the work can happen alongside our customers so that we can establish any conditions in the house that might have existed before the disaster and do not need to be a part of the restoration process.

So, once scoping is done, does SERVPRO have the equipment to help get rid of the pungent odors from the fire?

    •    air scrubbers
    •    hydroxyl generators
    •    combination charcoal filtration units
    •    ULV ultra-light volume foggers
    •    Thermal foggers
    •    Deodorizing Beads and Gels

By determining what damages existed before the fire and the structural compromise it caused, we can streamline mitigation and restoration efforts to make a recovery as efficient and cost-effective as possible for our customers.

Cleaning up after a fire loss incident can be a necessary step in making these emergencies “Like it never even happened.” No matter how severe these conditions might be, our SERVPRO of East Naples team has the equipment and the experienced technicians to help. Give us a call anytime at (239) 352-8300.

We Put The Flames Of Worry Out In Vineyards After A Fire

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

Shelves of of our equipment in our warehouse When disaster strikes our experts come prepared with state of the art equipment to handle any size disaster. Call us right away, we are here 24/7.

Why Should I Call Restoration Experts for Fire Damage?

SERVPRO Gets You the Fire Damage Restoration You Need Quickly in Your Vineyards Home

No homeowner expects that their home will be involved in a fire, but these tragic events happen from time to time. Few emergencies are as costly and catastrophic as a house fire, but it helps to have the assistance of skilled technicians for the restoration process.

What can SERVPRO do to get my house back to normal?

Once you call us to address fire damage in Vineyards, our team arrives at your property and formulates a plan to restore your home. Rather than immediately removing building materials from your home, we do whatever possible to restore rather than replace. Some of the different methods that we use include:

• Surface Cleaning – This is often the first approach that we use when addressing a fire damage situation. We use water or specialized cleaning agents that break down residues that the fire leaves behind. Foam cleaning is also an option for any materials where colorfastness may be an issue.

• Absorption Cleaning – When there are items in the home that can be too fragile for cleaning with water or solvent-based cleaners, SERVPRO uses absorption techniques. A apply a layer of fine powder that pulls up residues that can then be vacuumed away safely without damaging surfaces. This cleaning powder works excellent on porous surfaces like brick, marble, and concrete.

• Immersion Cleaning – Our ultrasonic cleaning tank is safe to use when color fastness or fragility is not a problem. This tank creates agitation via sound waves to force bubbles over surfaces to help break down stubborn residues for easier removal. Because of the nature of this process, immersion cleaning is often used when other methods are exhausted.

When it comes to fire damage, our team at SERVPRO of East Naples is here to help. Give our office a call for emergency service at (239) 352-8300, and we make it, “Like it never even happened.”

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Naples Water Loss? Find Out Why SERVPRO Is the Right Choice for Cleanup and Restoration

3/6/2020 (Permalink)

glass shower stall in a brown modern bathroom Shower Stall Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration in the Greater East Naples Area by SERVPRO

Mitigating Water Damage After a Naples Shower Remodel

While it can be a relief to get a good deal for a shower remodel at your Naples home, the costs of water damage created by time-saving or cost-effective installation measures may end up being paid for in structural damage. Sloping may be implemented incorrectly, which means water from your shower may travel away from the drain instead of toward it, causing extensive water damage over time. Unprotected, open weep holes around the shower drain can also lead to long-term water damages behind your shower installation.

If your Naples home needs water damage cleanup, the licensed professionals at SERVPRO provide comprehensive service that can clean the damage, restore contents, and return the structure of your bathroom to a safe preloss condition. SERVPRO's extensive training is designed to save you time and money that might otherwise be spent looking for separate professionals to handle the cleanup you need for your home.

SERVPRO's Education Opportunities

SERVPRO's comprehensive training program covers a broad spectrum of topics in terms of cleanup through restoration including:

  • Institute of Inspection Cleanup and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training and certification
  • Online learning and continued education opportunities for staff and technicians
  • Specialized training and certification for SERVPRO franchise owners

We Offer Information

SERVPRO also provides continuing education courses, both credit and noncredit, for staff, insurance agents and adjusters, property managers, and real estate professionals, such as:

  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • A noncredit Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar

SERVPRO Restores Your Bathroom

Technicians can mitigate damage by carefully removing the tile and remediating microbes with EPA-registered biocides. Any remaining moisture can be addressed with portable extractors. Nearby bathroom flooring and walls may require the same treatment and are evaluated with penetrating moisture sensors and thermal imaging before proceeding. Weep holes can be drilled in the walls to facilitate airflow for drying. Sheetrock or drywall behind tile installations may require replacement due to structural damage from water. We monitor the drying process throughout and leave your home with you feeling, "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of East Naples provides homeowners with a cleanup service that is Faster To Any Size Disaster. You can call (239) 352-8300 to have a mitigation crew at your home and ready to begin restoration in as little as four hours.

Commercial Cleanup and Restoration Services in Naples

2/19/2020 (Permalink)

Water is flooding the floor of a commercial building. Commercial damage cleanup and restoration in Island Walk “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that according to the Insurance Information Institute, catastrophe losses along the coast are likely to double every ten years or so due to development? Damage to your commercial property or business can occur at any time. Storms and fires and even faulty appliances, broken pipes, equipment failure can cause damage. It is important to take care of these emergencies quickly as the longer your business in closed, the lower your profits will be. SERVPRO® of East Naples wants commercial property owners of Island Walk to know that we can respond quickly to any damage, large or small. Here are some of the services we provide:

  • Water damage cleanup and restoration
  • Mold remediation and mitigation services
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Storm damage
  • Building services
  • Commercial water damage cleanup and restoration
  • Fire damage cleanup and restoration
  • Carpet and upholstery cleaning
  • Odor removal
  • Biohazard removal
  • Disaster Recovery Team

If you find yourself dealing with the aftermath of commercial damage, SERVPRO of East Naples wants to help. We are available 24 hours a day and our highly trained technicians have the specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore water damage for Island Walk business owners. Call us today at 239-352-8300 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of East Naples is independently owned and operated.

Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration Services in Naples

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

Water is shown seeping out from underneath a toilet. Water damage cleanup and restoration in Stone Creek “Like it never even happened.”

Water damage can occur at any time. Faulty appliances, broken pipes, equipment failure, storms and floods are some of the things that can cause water damage. It is important to take care of water emergencies quickly as the longer the water sits, the higher the cost will be to repair the damage. SERVPRO® of East Naples wants commercial and residential property owners of Stone Creek to know that we can respond quickly to any water damage. Using advanced inspection techniques and cutting-edge extraction equipment, we can find and resolve any kind of water damage to pre-damage condition. Here are some tips from the American Red Cross for steps you can take until help arrives:

  • Keep the windows open and run fans to pull moisture out of wood floors and subfloors, beams, doors, etc.
  • Bring all soft items outside if possible as sunlight and wind will help them dry faster
  • Throw out items that have absorbed water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected

If you find yourself dealing with water damage, SERVPRO of East Naples wants to help. We are available 24 hours a day and our highly trained technicians have the specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore water damage for Stone Creek residents and business owners. Call us today at 239-352-8300 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your water damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of East Naples is independently owned and operated.

Storms can cause damage to your home in Naples.

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

A rainstorm in full force falls over houses in a golf community. Storm damage cleanup and restoration in Vanderbilt Country Club “Like it never even happened.”

Did you know that the cost of winter storm damage claims tripled from 2017 to 2018? SERVPRO® of East Naples wants the homeowners of the Vanderbilt Country Club to be prepared for storms this winter. Here are some tips from the Department of Homeland Security on how to stay safe when a winter storm is on the way:

  • Prepare your home to keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping
  • Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
  • Pay attention to weather reports and warnings of winter storms. Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provides emergency alerts.
  • Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Do not forget the needs of pets. Have extra batteries for radios and flashlights.
  • Review your property insurance and safeguard critical documents.

If you find yourself dealing with storm damage, SERVPRO of East Naples wants to help. We are available 24 hours a day and our highly trained technicians have the specialized equipment necessary to safely clean and restore storm damage for Vanderbilt Country Club residents and business owners. Call us today at 239-352-8300 to find out about our cleanup and restoration services. We’ll take care of your storm damage “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of East Naples is independently owned and operated.

Smoke Alarms for People Who are Deaf in Vineyards

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

A smoke alarm is shown with a light inside the center of the unit. Specialized Smoke Detectors Saves Lives in Naples.

Did you know that there are many new products to alert people who are deaf or hard of hearing of an emergency? Some products lights while others have integrated devices that shake the bed or pillow when smoke is detected. This is important because people of Vineyards who are deaf or hard of hearing may not benefit from a standard smoke alarm. SERVPRO® of East Naples offers these product descriptions from the National Fire Prevention Association for selecting alert devices and specialized smoke alarms:

  • When people who are hard of hearing are asleep, an alert device that uses a loud, mixed, low-pitched sound can wake them. They may find a pillow or bed shaker helpful. These devices are triggered by the sound of the smoke alarm.
  • Strobe lights flash when the smoke alarm sounds. The lights warn people of a possible fire.
  • When people who are deaf are asleep, a pillow or bed shaker can wake them so they can escape. The shaker is activated by the sound of a smoke alarm.

Smoke alarm accessories such as pillow or bed shakers, transmitters, and receivers can be purchased at lifetonesafety.com, safeawake.com and silentcall.com. Be sure to practice a safety plan and when evacuation is necessary, make sure that everyone knows where to meet outside. SERVPRO of East Naples wants to make sure that Vineyards is prepared!  Call us at 239-352-8300.

SERVPRO of East Naples is independently owned and operated.

Smoke Alarm Maintenance Tips for Vineyards

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

A smoke alarm is shown mounted to the ceiling. Routine maintenance of smoke alarms saves lives in Naples.

Did you know that smoke alarms should be checked monthly? Residential and commercial business owners of Vineyards can make routine checks of smoke alarms an integral part of their fire safety plan. SERVPRO® of East Naples offers these tips from the National Fire Prevention Association for routine maintenance of smoke alarms:

  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.
  • Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers
  • Smoke alarms should be replaced after they have been used for ten years
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of fire conditions yet mitigate false alarms.

These are a few examples of how to maintain smoke alarm equipment. It is also a good idea to review your fire safety plan and practice evacuation at least twice a year. Make sure that everyone in the residence or business knows the plan and knows where to meet outside. SERVPRO of East Naples wants to make sure that Vineyards is prepared! Call us at 239-352-8300.

SERVPRO of East Naples is independently owned and operated

Protect your Naples Property by Boarding Up

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial building covered with boards to prevent water damage or storm damage. Boarding up your Naples property can help keep more damage from happening after a storm or vandalism strikes.

SERVPRO of East Naples is aware of the horrific damage a storm or hurricane can leave in its wake. Boarding up before or after a storm hits in Naples will be beneficial to you and your property.

Unfortunately, during a storm, it is common for windows and doors to break leaving your house or office building susceptible to unwanted guests such as dogs, raccoons, cats, etc. These animals will continue tearing up what is already destroyed along with urinating and defecating, leaving unwanted odors. Boarding up can also help to deter people who might want to take advantage of your disaster by stealing or vandalizing your structure.

Here are a few of the letters you will find on a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) map when facing storms:

  • D = Tropical Depression (wind speed less than 30 MPH)
  • S = Tropical Storm (wind speed between 39 MPH and 73 MPH)
  • H = Hurricane (wind speed between 74 MPH and 110 MPH)
  • M = Major Hurricane (wind speed greater than 110 MPH) 

It is better to be prepared next time winds of this magnitude strike our homes and offices. These tips will help you avoid disaster if possible,  but in the event you experience wind damage to your Naples property, please call the professionals at SERVPRO of East Naples at 239-352-8300.

Links:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/graphics_at1.shtml?cone

Tips for Staying Safe in Naples During a Storm

1/1/2020 (Permalink)

Lightning hitting a tall office building in Naples, Florida. Stay away from windows during a lightning storm in Naples.

Common safety rules and precautions state that the public should generally try to stay inside of a safe area or building when a lightning storm or thunderstorm occurs. There are many commercial buildings in the Naples area. SERVPRO® of East Naples wants to share the following safety tips for staying safe during a thunderstorm while inside a commercial building:

  • Stay away from all windows or glass walls, especially during a lightning storm
  • Unplug appliances if possible
  • Pay attention to all alerts and warnings, as a thunderstorm can develop into a tornado if powerful enough
  • Avoid running water if possible since electricity can travel through plumbing

Weather is unpredictable. Although the weather can be predicted, it can also change in an instant without much warning. If a thunderstorm does happen to turn into tornado weather in Naples, consider the following tips:

  • If the commercial building has a basement or storm cellar, head there immediately
  • Use your arms to protect your head and neck in the event of flying debris or shattered windows
  • Do not leave the safe area until the local alerting system says it is safe to do so

Remember, SERVPRO of East Naples is here to help. Our trained team members will show up ready to go and can assist in cleanup and restoration after a thunderstorm, lightning storm and even a tornado.

Independently owned and operated by SERVPRO of East Naples.


Link: https://www.ready.gov/thunderstorms-lightning