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A broken pipe in your business can close your doors for a period of time.

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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How To Limit the Interruption To Your Business While Dealing With Water Damage

A commercial property owner's worst nightmare might go something like this: a force out of your control, like flooding, causes your building to shut down and your business hemorrhages money and loses out to competitors. If such a disaster were to occur in Sebastian, FL, how can you mitigate this?

Short Delay

If a scenario like a broken pipe flooding your commercial building occurs, you're going to need time to restore your property. Unfortunately, this is something that could halt or slow down your operation for a period of time. However, there are ways you can try to expedite this process:

  • Turn off your water so the damage does not spread.
  • Ventilate the area- open windows or use fans if electricity is safe.
  • Remove as much damaged content as possible to begin drying elsewhere.
  • Find a water damage remediation company that can do everything- a one-stop-shop.

Insurance Coverage

When you are forced to close down your business because your premises is too damaged from flooding or water damage, you may lose out on income and opportunity. Despite this, you will probably continue to have expenses related to the building, like utilities or maintenance staff. Luckily, you can add insurance coverage to your existing policy to compensate for these expenses and the value of the income you would have made if your business was still open. Be sure to clarify with your provider the amount of time you would be covered for- you probably want more than a few days.

Alternate Space

Large water damage can put you out of commission for a long time. One way around this is to find somewhere else to operate while the repairs and underway. Depending on your needs and how much of your equipment is available, you could temporarily rent a space to continue as much of your correspondence and dealings as possible.


Flooding and other water-related perils can seem scary and unmanageable, but if you have a well thought out plan ready, you can slide through it just fine. Being prepared almost always pays off

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Mold and Hotel Properties

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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We know how serious mold is, especially in your Brevard property

Short-term guests are the staple to many locations along the coast. 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 Brevard 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.

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 a mold damage can significantly compromise your ability to do this. Let our SERVPRO of West Brevard can 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 (321) 953-8600

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Why choose SERVPRO of West Brevard

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

clean area after mold remediation The clean area after the mold was removed.

When we heard construction crews are coming into your property to work we have the fear of dust going everywhere, debris left behind, unprofessional teams, and jobs not completed in a timely manner. And that is why SERVPRO of West Brevard is different. Here are some of the reasons why we are different: 

  • Our teams are professional and on time 
  • We cover all the areas we are working in to keep dust off and prevent damage to your items.
  • Our teams are on call 24/7 to respond to any disasters. 
  • We are certified and carry licenses to ensure your environment is done correctly. 
  • The project managers ensure you a peace of mind and update you as we progress.
  • We work with your insurance and offer a transparent estimate

SERVPRO of West Breavrd is commited to you and making it feel " Like it never even happened." 

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SERVPRO of West Brevard and Commercial Properties

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

commercial property clean up Commercial property cleaned during reconstruction due to fire.

With your wares and structure to worry about, our SERVPRO team has real-time mitigation solutions to protect your Brevard Location. 

After a fire or water loss, you may not know the best approach to get your West Brevard location back to preloss condition. Many rely on the fast and confident response of our SERVPRO of West Brevard technicians to help, as We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and feature a team of in-house commercial contractors for any reconstruction needs that might also exist. By getting to work quickly, we can often limit the spread and severity of loss conditions stemming from either water or fire emergencies.

No matter why you need restoration companies for your location, the more that you know and understand the process, the more at peace you are with what must occur. There are many times where the restoration process can look worse than the damage did as your property is on the path to complete drying or in need of some degree of rebuilding after controlled demolition. What our professionals prioritize when mitigation first begins can help you to understand what to expect.

  • Contents in the shop
  • Structural damage
  • Standing water
  • Debris
  • Residue removal

What if Reconstruction is Necessary? 

Regardless of the loss incident that your shop might face, there are many situations where structural elements have become too compromised or ruined to preserve. After controlled demolition, it is up to our competent in-house contractors to build back these areas of your property after mitigation completes. While we work to restore the property before choosing to replace certain structural elements, this is not always cost-effective or efficient to get your doors open again quickly.

Understanding the restoration process can help you see how our #SERVPRO of West Brevard team can help you in an emergency. Give us a call anytime you need us at #321-953-8600 

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Heating your home

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

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If you have a fire in your home, SERVPRO is there to help. But we also want to help you prevent fires in your home.

Did you know that heating equipment is the leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)? Cold temperatures during these winter months have led to people frequently using their heaters. Half of these heating equipment fires predictably take place in the winter months of December, January, and February when heating equipment is used the most.

Abiding by the following safety measures will keep yourself and your family safe from any potential dangers of using heaters in your home.

Stay Three Feet Away

One way to stay safe when heating your home is to keep flammable items at least three feet away from heating equipment. That includes a furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.

Enforce a Three-Foot Rule for Children

The curiosity of children can cause a problem if they focus their attention on one of these heating options. Wanting to explore the equipment, the child could accidentally catch on fire or start a fire in the house. Therefore it’s a good idea to have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around all open fires and space heaters.

Don’t Use Your Oven As a Heater

Never attempt to use your oven to heat your home. The inefficacy of an oven as it pertains to heating could cause it to go out or not burn well which could potentially lead to carbon monoxide poisoning endangering the lives of your whole family.

Use Only Qualified Professionals When Installing Heating Equipment

Make sure a qualified professional install your heating equipment. An inexperienced person installing your space heater, water heater, or central heating equipment could lead to serious mistakes that could potentially cause a fire. Hiring qualified professionals will ensure that the person installing your equipment adheres to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.

Get Your Annual Chimney Inspection

It’s important to have your heating equipment or chimney cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional. In early 2000, the NFPA set a new standard that ensures that inspections include a thorough inspection and cleaning. Based on the purpose of the inspection (annual inspection, system change or real estate transaction, potential hazard) the inspector will inspect on one of three levels. The thoroughness of the inspection will increase at each level of the inspection.

Never Leave Portable Heaters On When Leaving a Room

Always turn off and unplug portable heaters when leaving a room or going to bed. Portable heaters can short out while you’re away and start a fire before you return.

Make Sure to Use Correct Fuel

Use the right kind of fuel when using fuel-burning space heaters. The manufacturer will specify which fuel that specific space heater will need. Using the wrong kind of fuel could cause the fuel to burn hotter than the equipment was designed for and could cause a fire in your home.

Use a Fireplace Screen

It’s important to make sure that your fireplace has a screen in front of it. Without a screen, sparks could fly into the room and start a fire. Also, if you plan to dispose of ashes in a metal container, ashes should be cooled prior to entering a metal container. The container should also be kept a safe distance away from your home.

Test Smoke Alarms Monthly

If a fire starts in your home in Viera, FL, a smoke alarm can save your life. Smoke spreads quickly and a properly working smoke alarm will give you enough time to get out. So make sure you test your smoke alarms each month. Also, make sure to replace your smoke detectors once every ten years.

Use Ventilation

When burning anything larger than a candle, make sure to provide good ventilation. You can do this by opening windows, doors, or fireplace fumes. Good ventilation will substantially reduce the amount of smoke that can be harmful to those in the home. 

On cold days heating is a must. But without the use of certain precautions, it can be a very dangerous decision. By following the safety measures highlighted by the NFPA, you can ensure that you will be warm and safe during the cold winter months.

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Certifications and Professionals Teams

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

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If you’re in need of disaster repair SERVPRO of West Brevard team is here to help. Each and every one of our professionals are 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 the 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!

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Water Damage and Homeowner Insurance

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

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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. 

No Coverage

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 Sebastian,Fl call our teams of professionals at (772) 277-2100

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How to prevent Christmas Tree Fire

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Christmas tree with lights Christmas Tree fire prevention

With Christmas around the corner and many people love having a Christmas tree up. 

Did you know every year? 

  • Between 2013-2017, U.S. fire departments responded to an average of 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees per year. These fires caused an average of three deaths, 15 injuries, and $10 million in direct property damage annually.
  • On average, one of every 52 reported home fires that began with a Christmas tree resulted in a death, compared to an average of one death per 135 total reported home fires.
  • Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was involved in 44% of home Christmas tree fires.
  • In one-quarter (25%) of the Christmas tree fires, some type of heat sources, such as a candle or equipment, were too close to the tree.
  • One-fifth (21%) of Christmas tree fires were intentional. 
  • Roughly three-quarters of Christmas tree fires occurred in December or January.
  • Two of every five (39%) home Christmas tree fires started in the living room.

A live Christmas tree burn conducted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows just how quickly a dried-out Christmas tree fire burns, with flashover occurring in less than one minute, as compared to a well-watered tree, which burns at a much slower rate.

Holiday decorations
  • U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 780 home structure fires per year that began with decorations, excluding Christmas trees, in 2013-2017. These fires caused an annual average of three civilian fire deaths, 34 civilian fire injuries, and $12 million in direct property damage.
  • Nine percent of decoration fires were intentional.
  • The decoration was too close to a heat source such as a candle or equipment in more than two of every five (44%) fires.
  • One-fifth (21%) of the decoration fires started in the kitchen. Sixteen percent started in the living room, family room or den.
  • One-fifth (20%) of the home decoration fires occurred in December.  
Candles
  • On average, 22 home candle fires were reported each day between 2013-2017.
  • Three of every five (60%) candle fires started when something that could burn, such as furniture, mattresses or bedding, curtains, or decorations, was too close to the candle.
  • Candle fires peak in December. January ranked second. Eighteen percent of December candle fires started in the living room and 8% started in the dining room compared to 14% and 3% for those areas during the rest of the year.
  • The two peak days for candle fires were Christmas and Christmas Eve.

     Holiday cooking

  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

  • Cooking equipment was involved in one of every five (19%) home decoration fires. This can happen when a decoration is left on or too close to a stove or other cooking equipment. 

Fireworks
  • Ten percent of fireworks fires occur during the period from December 30 through January 3, with the peak on New Year's Day.

National Fire Protection Association - Christmas Fire Stats

Some tips on how to prevent a fire or damage during the holidays.

  1. Pick a fresh-looking tree.
  2. Keep the tree watered. 
  3. Keep the tree away from heat. 
  4. Shake the tree often to remove dried pines. 
  5. Check the tree's lights look for burned bulbs.
  6. Turn off your tree's lights when sleeping or not at home.
  7. Get rid of your tree soon after the holidays.

We at SERVPRO of West Brevard are here to help. 

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Deep frying a turkey and fires

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

cooked turkey Cooked turkey on a platter

With Thanksgiving around the corner and spending time with our families, many like to deep fry their turkeys. Did you know that each year there are over 15 million dollars in loss due to fires caused by turkey deep fryers?

Some Tips:  

Always check your fire extinguisher and make sure it is up to date and full. Keep the fryer at least 10 feet from your home. 

Make sure the turkey is thawed and there are no ice crystals. 

Make use of the propane tank that is far from the fryer.  

Have your phone handy and charged in case of emergency. 

If you have a fire happen, 

Call 911  

Use extinguisher if possible.  

After the fire is off check your damages and call  SERVPRO of West Brevard and our professional teams will be available 24/7.   

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Your dryer can cause a home fire.

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

lint full dryer trap Outside dryer vent full of lint.

So, What Are the Signs That Your Vent Needs Cleaning?

As a homeowner in West Brevard, you're probably very diligent about fire safety. You may have a fire extinguisher and smoke detectors on every floor, but have you checked your dryer vent lately? Many homes are damaged each year as the result of a lint fire. If the vent isn't cleaned out regularly, a dryer fire can result. 

  1. Clothes Are Taking Too Long To Dry

If your vent is blocked, your clothes can take up to two or three times as long to dry. You may find that the clothes you put in for a regular drying time are still a little damp when the cycle is over. This is happening because the blocked vent isn't allowing the moisture to be released to the outside.

  1. Hot Dryer and Clothes

A blocked vent can also cause excess heat. If your laundry feels unusually hot when you take it out, and the outside of the dryer feels very hot when you touch it, this could be the problem.

  1. Burning Smell

If you smell something burning inside the dryer, that's a sure sign of trouble. The drum casing, exhaust tube, and trap can get clogged, which makes it easy for a lint fire to start. If you're smelling smoke, turn off the dryer immediately and call a professional right away to inspect it.

  1. No Regular Inspections

Your dryer vent should be inspected at least once a year by a vent cleaning specialist. A do-it-yourself job is certainly an option, but hiring a professional can ensure that the job is done thoroughly. These technicians are well acquainted with all the various brands of dryers and have the proper equipment to efficiently clean out the vent.

A lint fire can be a dangerous situation and cause a great deal of damage. But you can easily prevent a fire from happening by looking out for the signs outlined above.