Moisture and Mold Prevention Tips
Be proactive and prevent mold from growing in your Melbourne house by following these simple practice daily/weekly.
After the remediation and reconstruction is completed, facility managers and homeowners must commit to a mold-free environment by taking the necessary steps to prevent a recurrence mold contamination. Integrate the following practices into your Melbourne building management plan or Florida home maintenance practices.
- Moisture control is the key to mold control. When water leaks or spills occurs indoors – Act Quickly. If building materials, wet or damp, are dried within 24 to 48 hours after the leak or spill occurred, in most cases mold will not grow.
- Maintain all painted surfaces on exterior wood surfaces
- Clean and repair roof gutters regularly. Make sure the ground slopes away from the building foundation, so the water does not enter or collect around the foundation.
- Keep Air-conditioning drip pans clean and the drain lines unobstructed and flossing property.
- Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (Ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive instrument available at many hardware stores
- Do not carpet bathroom and utility rooms. Remove and replace flooded carpets.
- Strive for positive building pressure to reduce infiltration of humid, hot air.
- Avoid impermeable vinyl or other impermeable coverings on the interior building surfaces.
- Install vapor barriers based on climate.
- Vent appliances that’s produce moisture, such as clothes dryer, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible.
- Use air conditioners and/or de-humidifiers.
- Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open window whenever cooking, running the dishwasher and dishwashing, etc.
Fireplace Safety Tips
The first 48 hours after a fire damage can make a difference between restoring versus replacing damaged property and personal belongings.
A warm fire sure can be cozy, especially on those cold Florida nights. We know as Floridians; those nights are numbered. Nonetheless, taking the time to know these 5 simple safety tips will help you and your family stay safe while keeping warm this Florida winter. Be safe this season with our fireplace safety tips.
- Burn only dry, split firewood. Avoid chemically treated wood.
- Install a chimney cap in your fireplace.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home or business.
- Close damper when fireplace is not in use.
- Schedule a yearly fireplace and chimney inspection.
About Our Fire Remediation Services
SERVPRO of West Brevard specializes in fire, smoke, and soot cleanup and restoration. Our technicians are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your fire problem quickly and safely. We service the residents of Melbourne, Suntree, Viera, and Rockledge. Don’t hesitate to contact our office staff if you have experienced a house fire, small or large. Schedule a Fire Assessment at 321-953-8600
Kitchen Cautions During the Holidays
Don't let the small task of staying attentive in the kitchen, take time away from spending joyful times with your friends and family this year.
Thanksgiving was the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Any idea what the leading cause of the fires could be? Its Leaving the cooking food unattended. (Source: National Fire Protection Association)
Its important to be alert while cooking to prevent fires. Would you know what to do if a fire broke out in your kitchen?
If you have a cooking fire, consider the following safety protocol to help keep you and your family safe.
- Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.
- For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
- If you try to fight the fire, be sure others are getting out and you have a clear way out.
- Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smoother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turn off the stove top. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled
Your local SERVPRO of West Brevard wishes you a safe and happy holiday season.
5 Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey
60% of house fire originate in the kitchen. Take every safety precaution while cooking, especially during the upcoming holidays around the corner.
A deep-fried turkey is delicious, but is it worth the risk? If you have seen any of the numerous videos of turkey fryer explosions and fires online, you may have asked yourself this question before. Running the risk of bodily injury or property damage is something to consider when menu planning this holiday season.
- Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
- An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
- Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
- Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
- The sides of the cooking pot, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot.
Homeowners' Insurance & Water Damage Coverage
Does Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Water Damage?
Homeowners insurance is useful in times of an emergency. Insurance allows you to avoid having to pay out-of-pocket for expenses that are related to damage to your home. Submitting a claim after your home is damaged by water helps you recover money spent on repairs. However, it is important to know that there are positive and negative points to filing a water damage insurance claim has its good points and bad points.
Water Damage Coverage
Your insurance company covers certain types of water damage. In most instances, the insurance company will cover any damage that is the result of a sudden event. For example, if the broken dishwasher leaks water and causes any water damage, you are covered by your policy. But, any damage that results from a dishwasher that malfunctions because of inadequate maintenance or neglect will not get covered.
An issue that homeowners face that is not covered by a regular homeowner’s insurance policy is flood damage. If a local river overflows and floods your home, the flooding is not covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy. You will need to purchase a separate insurance policy to cover flooding. This type of insurance is advised for anyone living in an area prone to flooding.
Water damage is covered by homeowner’s insurance.
Unfortunately, there are some limitations to this coverage. An accident that occurs suddenly will likely get covered. However, flood damage that arises from poor maintenance is not covered by your policy. It is important to know that you may find yourself disagreeing with your insurance company about the nature of your water damage. An incident that you believe is the result of a sudden accident may not get viewed as such by your insurer. Your insurance company may argue that the damage was caused by improper maintenance of your home.
If you need help with flood damage in Melbourne, Suntree, Viera, Rockledge, Indian Harbour Beach, West Brevard, West Melbourne, Satellite Beach. Please allow us to be of assistance, give us a call at (321) 953-8600.
SERVPRO of West Brevard Has DRYING Down to a Science in Viera, Florida
SERVPRO Crews are servicing the Viera and Rocledge residents 24 hours, 7 days a week. Start drying out before mold starts growing.
What is the Science of Drying?
The Science of Drying is a process that was created to establish guidelines, regulate techniques, and provide validation and Documentation on the drying process. This was developed out of the need to further validate the drying process and use more precise documentation on defining when a structure is dry.
Why is it important?
When it comes to water damage, there’s nothing more important than making sure the job is done right the first time. Doing so relies on a cleanup company that is on the frontline of training, technology, and technique. SERVPRO of West Brevard is an Industry Leader in all three.
SERVPRO’s DryBookTM Documentation
The DryBookTM is a proprietary tool that:
- Manages industry drying requirements
- Provides real-time documentations on the drying process
- Validates the serves are executed to standard
- Reports to all Stakeholders involved
- Allows real-time updates through DryBookTM Mobile integration
About Our Drying Services
SERVPRO of West Brevard specializes in water extraction and water restoration services. Our technicians are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly dry out your home or business quickly and safely. We service the residents of Melbourne, Suntree, Viera, Rockledge, East Viera and Palm Shores. Don’t hesitate to contact our office staff if you think an area in you home may have water damage. Schedule a Moisture Test at 321-953-8600
Your Viera Business's Water Damage Restored by SERVPRO
SERVPRO gets your Viera business back into Business!
If you run a commercial business, it makes good business sense important to keep your property in pristine, working condition. While there are numerous factors you must do to realize this objective, understanding the basics of commercial Melbourne water damage is particularly important. Lessen the chance of a negative impact on your property and business by reading the below information provided by SERVPRO.
Common Causes Of Water Damage
1. plumbing issues, old solder joints, eroding pipes
2. roof or foundation failures
3. malfunctioning appliances, especially in restaurants, and laundromats
4. water back-up, clogged drain lines or sewage systems
5. weather-related flooding from storms or hurricanes
6. HVAC problems, poor circulation resulting in high moisture levels and condensation
7. fire extinguishing work completed by firefighters can lead to substantive water damage.
The Dangers Of Water Damage. There are a wide range of problems that can surface if you have Melbourne or Viera water damage and do not resolve the issue immediately. Extending the time of office closure can be increased significantly without a quick removal process. Standing water, or heavily water-logged drywall, drop ceilings, and insulation must be removed ASAP to help the drying process of the interior of the structure. One of the more prevalent problems is a mold infestation. These fungi, from the spores present in the environment, thrive in places that are damp or wet. Mold proliferation can expose employees, clients, customers, and adjacent business populations to unwanted health complications. Some of them include:
• lung complications
• difficulty breathing
• eye problems
• asthmatic attacks
• sinus infections
Professional Commercial Water Damage Restoration. In many cases, business owners recognize signs of commercial water damage and want to correct the issue immediately. However, this is not the appropriate course of action if there is a significant volume of water, musty odor from mold, or non-identified water intrusion source. In fact, you could deepen the damages to your property by attempting to complete the cleanup process without the assistance of trained professionals from SERVPRO. In addition to missing invisible signs of water damage that can weaken the property's structural integrity if undetected, attempting to complete the restoration process can expose you to numerous health hazards, and slower reopening of your place of business.
Call SERVPRO For Effective Commercial Water Damage Services. From initial assessment and inspection to completion, with documentation of drying, we will have our IICRC-certified professionals work with diligence and dedication to get your commercial property in Melbourne back to pre-water damage condition. Like it never even happened.
Commercial Water Restoration Presents Unique Challenges
SERVPRO of West Brevard has the training, experience, and equipment to handle large commercial water damage or flooding emergencies in Melbourne, Viera, and Merritt Island. Whether your water emergency occurs in a small office building or big box store, we will respond quickly to mitigate the damage and manage the restoration project through to its completion. Learn more about Learn more about our training and certifications. Call us for 24/7 immediate response. (321) 953-8600
SERVPRO Training and Restoration Certifications
Restoration Certifications in Melbourne Florida.
If you’re in need of disaster repair in Melbourne, your SERVPRO of West Brevard team is here to help. Each and every one of our professionals is highly trained in property restoration to better serve our community. From initial and ongoing corporate training to regular e-training and continuing education classes, you can trust that your SERVPRO Professionals have the knowledge and experience to handle your disaster, no matter the size.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the governing body that sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. All members of the SERVPRO team study IICRC standards and best practices to know how to restore damaged properties correctly. The certifications include:
Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT): This course covers mold and sewage remediation techniques and how to perform the proper procedures in the field to keep all workers and occupants safe.
Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD): Through this training, technicians learn how to dry water-damaged structures safely and efficiently.
Carpet Cleaning Technician (CCT): This course covers pre-inspection, fabric identification, cleaning chemicals and equipment, and proper cleaning techniques.
Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT): Through this training, technicians learn about smoke and fire damage, job planning, equipment, odor concepts, and practical cleaning procedures in fire and smoke settings.
Odor Control Technician (OCT): This course covers odor control, odor causes, and deodorization techniques.
Upholstery and Fabric Cleaning Technician (UFT): Throughout this training, technicians go over fiber identifications and upholstery cleaning methods.
Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT): During this course, trainees learn about the concepts of water damage, its effects in different settings, and procedures to deal with water losses, sewer backflows, and contamination.
At SERVPRO, we understand that having the knowledge and training to handle an array of damages and disasters is crucial to meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers when restoration is required. Our extensive SERVPRO training program includes the following:
- IICRC Training
- Employee Certification Training: This voluntary, self-paced program allows our professionals to learn more about crew training, fire restoration, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and mold mitigation.
- Initial Franchise Training: This 15-day hands-on course at our training facility allows new franchise owners to master topics such as fire restoration and mold mitigation.
- e-Learnings: Through this web-based training, team members can stay up-to-date on industry standards and professional quality.
- Continuing Education Classes: These programs are designed for insurance agents, adjusters, real estate professionals, and franchise staff to learn more about emergency mitigation.
As your Melbourne disaster repair professionals, you can trust that we have the equipment and personnel to handle your cleanup and restoration needs. Often people will try to tackle their flood, mold, or fire issues without realizing that they will most likely do more harm than good without the appropriate technology and safety procedures. When you work with SERVPRO, you can trust that our services will restore your damaged property, while also keeping you, your family, and your belongings safe. Regardless of the cause or source, our team can handle any sized disaster.
Since 1967, SERVPRO has been changing the restoration and mitigation industry. To better serve our customers, SERVPRO created the National Training Center in 1992 to teach restoration and mitigation skills to franchise owners and insurance industry employees. Through professional training, our team is uniquely positioned and qualified to help when disaster strikes. Not only is our team trained in the most extensive performance guidelines in the industry, but we're also the ones who created them.
As a homeowner, having a certified team completing your damage restoration ensures that your home is safe and sound for you and your family. From your carpet to your ceiling and everywhere in between, our team has the expertise and tools so that you don’t have to worry about safety when playing with the kids on your living room carpet or preparing dinner on your kitchen counters. Whether it’s mold or fire that affects your home, our team will restore each and every piece to its pre-damage glory.
To learn more about our services, training, certifications, or processes, contact your Melbourne disaster restoration professionals today!
Rockledge Residents: Water Damages Should be Treated Immediately
Faster to Any Size Disaster!
SERVPRO: Your First Choice For Professional Water Damage Restoration Services for Your Palm Shores Home
When your residential Rockledge property is subjected to water damage, dealing with the aftermath that results can be irritating and economically taxing. Additionally, individuals who do not address the water damage aftermath immediately will often find themselves grappling with even more expenses and emotional turmoil. To ensure that your water damage issues are addressed and resolved with expedience and efficacy, we suggest that you trust the professional technicians of SERVPRO. Learn more about water damage and how we can help you eliminate it by reading this short guide:
Water Damage: A Brief Overview
Water damage can be a severe problem that can result from varying sources. In many cases, water damage results from natural disasters like floods, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, and hurricanes. Additionally, water damage can be caused by a broken sewer line or a leaky faucet. Each of these situations is unique and necessitates the use of highly specific water damage restoration services. Although some situations can be resolved more easily than others, any event involving water damage constitutes an emergency. This is the case because water damage that is not addressed immediately can entail structural issues on your property as well as potential health effects resulting from mold growth.
Why You Should Avoid DIY Clean Up and Repairs
In many cases, residential property owners in Brevard want to complete the water damage process on their own. These DIY projects are not a good idea for several reasons. First, most people do not have access to the specialized equipment that water damage restoration experts use to optimize and expedite the cleanup and drying processes. Additionally, water damage restoration can involve exposure to hazardous materials such as blackwater, dangerously contaminated water, and mold. Industry professionals are trained to address these issues without exposing themselves to danger, but most residential and commercial property owners have not undergone this type of training.
How SERVPRO Can Assist You
As an industry leader with more than 57 years of experience in offering water damage restoration services, SERVPRO's technicians can provide you with the most advanced, accelerated remediation assistance. All of our technicians have obtained IICRC certification and, therefore, can quickly and correctly resolve any aspects of water damage issues affecting your house. One of the reasons that we're the best company to call is that we offer 24-hour emergency services. Irrespective of the time that you take note of water damage on your property call us. We'll provide you with the immediate response necessary to quickly address and commence with water extraction and follow through with our time-tested protocol through to the end of the restoration.
Mold Mitigation and Remediation Process
Removing mold is not easy... but it can be, when you call SERVPRO, the leaders in the industry.
When a water damage occurs, mold can quickly become a problem. If you live in a state of high humidity, like Florida, mold can begin to start growing within 24-48 hours. You usually are not contacted back by your insurance company in the small amount of time. Take the following steps to get your mold problems solved.
Call SERVPRO of West Brevard
The mold process begins when you contact our office at 321-953-8600. Our administration team will take down your information and ask you a series of question to determine resources, equipment, and personnel needs.
Inspection & Mold Assessment
Our SERVPRO assessor will schedule an appointment with you to inspect your property and/or area of concern. We will carefully check for any signs of mold or hidden water sources. Because mold feeds on water and cellulose, water or moisture had to be present at one time or another.
To prevent the spread of mold spores, our technicians will place various containments. The containment procedures will isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure during the removal process.
When mold is disturbed, microscopic mold spores enter the air. Therefore, SERVPRO technicians utilize specialized filtration equipment to capture the spores in the air. While the mold remediation is in progress, air scrubbers and HEPA vacuums are on continuously to prevent the spread of mold spores.
Removing Mold & Mold-Infested Materials
The mold remediation process is determined on the amount of mold growth and the type of surfaces the mold appears on. To eliminate the mold colonies and to prevent future colonies from forming, we perform antifungal and antimicrobial treatments. Heavy mold growth any sporous surfaces, such as drywall, wood, or flooring, may result in removing and disposing of the mold-infected material.
Cleaning Contents & Belongings
After the mold-contaminated surfaces are treated or removed, our SERVPRO professionals will clean any restorable contents, such as furniture, decorative items, linens and clothing. We use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize the belongings. All the chemicals we use are SERVPRO made and branded at our corporate office.
Depending on the level of mold damage, building materials may need to be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as small drywall and carpet replacement and painting, or it may require larger repairs such as the reconstruction of several walls or rooms of the home or building.
About Our Mold Remediation Services in Brevard County, Florida
SERVPRO of West Brevard specializes in mold removal, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained technicians are restoration professionals that utilize specialized equipment and proven techniques to properly remediate your mold concerns swiftly and securely. We service the residents of Rockledge, Viera, Palm Shores, and the Suntree/North Melbourne Area. Contact your SERVPRO office if you think your home or business may have mold issues and schedule a FREE Mold Assessment at 321-953-8600