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3 Things You Should Know About Floods and Mold

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

White door closet covered by mold Mold damage after storm in Bonita Springs, FL

Why Does Mold Grow After a Storm?

After a storm in Bonita Springs, FL, many homeowners will likely experience mold growth in their houses. This is a common problem and can happen quite quickly. It can take as little as 24 hours for mold to begin to spread throughout your home. The following information can help you understand why this happens and what you can do about it.

1. Why Does Mold Form After a Flood?

The reason that mold is such a common problem is that it is nearly everywhere. This fungus can exist in your home for a long time without spreading or creating any problems. However, when there is flooding or water damage, it is easy for mold to grow. Warm, moist environments are where mold thrives, so this excessive water is just what it needs to start growing inside your walls and floors.

2. How Do You Remove It?

Once mold has begun to grow in your home, it is not always easy to get rid of it. Sometimes, when you try to clean mold on your own, you can accidentally spread it even more. Mold spores cannot be seen with the naked eye, so you won’t know if it is traveling through the air or on your clothing. Hiring a mold removal specialist that has the training and equipment to safely remove the fungus will give you the best results.

3. How Can You Prevent It From Returning?

It is often easier to prevent a mold growth than it is to remove one, so be sure to take precautions if you have previously experienced a mold problem. Clean your home regularly, paying careful attention to areas that are often in contact with water, such as sinks, showers and tiles. Open windows when showering or cooking to let steam out and keep humidity levels low. A dehumidifier can help with this as well.
Mold growth after a storm or flood is common, but you aren’t helpless to stop it. Removing water from your home quickly, cleaning contaminated items and allowing everything to dry thoroughly can reduce the spread of spores.

We Can Help Restore Your Property Following a Disaster | SERVPRO® of Bonita Springs/Estero

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage to walls and exterior windows leaving significant damage. Fire Damage in Bonita Springs Florida

We pride ourselves on the fact that when disaster strikes, we offer a swift response, but let’s take a look at another reason why we can help if the worst should occur.

As part of our restoration process, our technicians have been trained to have a “restore first” mentality, using specialized equipment and cleaning techniques. This helps reduce interruptions to your life—and helps us get you back in your home or business more quickly and efficiently.  Just call SERVPRO of Bonita Springs/Estero at 239-334-8700 for immediate assistance.

<h2following-fire-damage">Restoring Following Fire Damage

It can be stressful knowing what to do first once a fire has damaged your property, but that’s where we can help. When we receive your call for help, our team is quickly sent to your location.

Every single fire is different—and so we offer a unique solution that’s personalized to your individual needs and situation.

But there are some basic components of our strategy in every situation.

1. Initial outreach. When you first call our team, you’ll be asked questions about the fire event and the resulting damage. This information will help us make sure we’re prepared with the right equipment and resources needed for your situation.

2. Inspection and assessment of damage. Our team will inspect and test the fire-affected room as well as surrounding rooms on the property to determine how much damage there is. This helps us determine our next steps and plan of action.

3. Boarding up and roof tarping. Fire damage often impacts a home’s windows, walls and roofs. Because of this, one of our first steps will be to make sure that your property is secure and protected from further damage.

4. Removal of water and drying of property. Water damage is often a byproduct when firefighting is involved. The removal process will start right away. Dehumidifiers and air movers are brought in to remove any water that’s hanging around and finish up the drying process.

5. Removal of smoke and soot. We will use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from your home’s ceilings, walls and other surfaces.

6. Cleaning and sanitizing. We will clean restorable items and structures whenever possible. Not only will these items be cleaned, but we will also use industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment to remove lingering odors.

7. Restoration. This is the last step in resetting your home to pre-fire condition. Restoration may include minor repairs like replacing drywall, painting and installing new carpet. But it’s also possible that severe fire damage will require extensive renovations and repair.

Remember, if you need us, we’ll be there—no matter the time or day. The team of highly trained restoration experts at SERVPRO® of Bonita Springs/Estero is available for emergency cleanup and restoration services 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 239-334-8700.

How to Help Protect Your Home From Flood Damage | SERVPRO® of Bonita Springs/Estero

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Considering the possibility of flood damage compromising your home is never a pleasant thought, but in fact, 90% of natural disasters include some form of flooding. That means it’s a very real reality for many people.

Even if your home is not in a known floodplain, it’s still best to know what to do if there is a threat of flooding.

How to Reduce Damage From a Flood

Disaster-related flooding can’t be prevented, but you can do some things to reduce the risk of costly damage:

Discuss emergency procedures. Every member of your family needs to know exactly what to do if a flood should strike. This should include evacuation strategies, as well as how to locate important items and turn off electricity and water.

Know your risk. You can call the local branch of your emergency management office or log on to view the FEMA Flood Map Tool to uncover your risk and know what precautions to take.

Secure your valuables. Anything that’s considered irreplaceable should be kept off-site in a waterproof, secure location. For documents, make digital copies and keep the originals elsewhere.

Turn off electricity. While it might not seem like flooding is likely, if a flood occurs, your appliances and other items can be in danger due to electrical issues. That’s why it’s important to know how to turn your electricity off from the breaker box to reduce the risk of electrocution and damage.

Prepare appliances. You could always elevate appliances like washers and dryers on bricks or stands to keep them further out of the way of potential shallow flooding.

Raise hazardous materials. Items like oil, paint and other cleaning supplies could become dangerous when spilled into floodwater. You can elevate these as well.

Anchor propane and fuel tanks. If you have a fuel tank in your yard and it’s tipped over by flood waters, it can cause a fire or dangerous spillage. Either move tanks off your property or ensure they are firmly secured.

We know that the safety of your family is the No. 1 most important thing when disaster strikes. One way to help ensure their safety is to take precautions and understand evacuation procedures ahead of time, as it can help protect your home from extensive water damage and protect the family from danger as well.

If you’ve experienced water damage due to a flood or other causes, SERVPRO® of Bonita Springs/Estero is here to help. Our technicians are fully trained in water remediation, and our 247 Emergency Line at (239)791-8892 means we’ll be there for you when you call.

Avoiding Water Damages in Bonita Springs

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

Leaking AC can cause substantial damage

10/11/2018

It's hard to fully appreciate the impact of the damage caused by water in your home until you've actually experienced it. One of the most expensive losses suffered by homeowners happens when they have a broken pipe or other cause of water damage. Fortunately, regular maintenance and annual inspections can go a long way toward preventing those losses. Even without understanding the potential devastation, you can still take steps to prevent damage from happening.

  1. Check Out the HVAC System

You may discover drips or leaks if the appliances in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system aren't functioning properly. You should never see water coming from your indoor units (other than minor "sweat" on the indoor evaporator coil.) If there's ever enough moisture to cause a drip, you may have trouble. You should also be on the lookout for ice build-up on the indoor coil. Regular maintenance is a great way to spot trouble early on, so you can make minor repairs before you have expensive damages on your hands. 

2. Inspect Appliance Regularly

Appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washers, dryers, and refrigerators are common causes of leaking water in home. You can avoid a lot of damage by routinely inspecting hoses and connections. Keep appliance vents clean and clear. Watch out for corrosion and leaks. These quick and easy steps don't take long and are very effective at preventing water damages.

3. Have a relationship With a Plumber 

You may not notice a broken pipe until you have significant damage and lots of expenses due to pipe cleanup without regular visits from a plumber. Leaks from the toilet, bathtub, shower, or sink could happen behind the walls or under the floor. As soon as you notice unpleasant or musty smells, condensation on pipes, or puddles of water, contact a plumber. You should also act quickly if you notice an unusual spike in your monthly water bill. 

Don't wait until you have to call a restoration specialist to take action. Prevent water damages in homes with consistent maintenance and routine inspections.

Does Your Bonita Springs Home Have A Mold Problem

11/5/2018 (Permalink)

In Bonita Springs Home, Mold is Hidden Behind Cabinets

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (239) 791-8892

Bonita Springs 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bonita Springs/Estero provides 24 hour water damage restoration service in Bonita Springs

SERVPRO of Bonita Springs/Estero  is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – 239-791-8892

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Bonita Springs/Estero has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Bonita Springs/Estero

SERVPRO of Bonita Springs/Estero specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Mold Remediation in Estero, FL

11/1/2018 (Permalink)

Mold damage in an Estero home.

You have been maintaining your Estero home, the last thing you want is to see mold or mildew growing in your home.  Not to mention the impact that these allergens can have on your health. Therefore, it is important to keep inspecting your home for any signs of these allergens are important. Here are a few tips for mold remediation.

Check for Source of Moisture

If you are having an mold problem in your home, it definitely means that the area has moisture thus, the first thing you need to do is check for the source of moisture. Otherwise, you will never really get rid of the mold. Because even if you do remediate it, it will keep coming back. In most cases, poor ventilation, windows, roofs, foundations or plumbing are the main cause. If you identify the source of moisture, have it fixed immediately.

Call SERVPRO of Bonita Springs/Estero

You cannot just decide to take care of the fungi or mold yourself. Getting rid of these allergens follows a complex process and trying to do it yourself will just be jeopardizing the health of your family members. An expert will ensure that the process is done safely, to ensure that your family’s health is not jeopardized.  While at the same time ensuring that the problem doesn’t reoccur.  The first thing your SERVPRO mold remediation expert will do is contain the area. This will prevent spores from spreading from this area to other areas of the house. HEPA Vacuuming is the next step. However, it is important to note that not any vacuum is ideal for this situation.

Ensure that it is thoroughly dried using dehumidifiers. The drying process will ensure that the microbial growth doesn’t reoccur.  Also, they should remove any furniture or equipment that has been affected by the mold spores. They should ensure that these items are sealed while being removed.  The last step is to have a clearance test performed by an independent Indoor Air Quality Professional.  For more information involving mold remediation services in your home or business, please visit http://www.SERVPRObonitaspringsestero.com