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Is Your Palm Bay Family Prepared for a Emergency?

5/18/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane approaching Florida When a hurricane is approaching, it can take out electricity, homes and businesses for weeks.

Is Your Family Prepared for a South Florida Emergency?

Are you a resident of South Florida? If you are, then you know how quickly hurricanes can hit – and the devastation they leave behind. SERVPRO of West Brevard, is a professional restoration company that is committed to bringing your home back to life after a disaster strikes. We’ve put together the top four tips that will help you get through South Florida’s risky hurricane season – and stay as safe as you can in the midst of a long hurricane season from June 1st to Nov 30th. Here’s what you need to know to stay ahead of the hurricane season:

Tip #1: Create a Emergency Preparation Kit
As hurricanes approach Palm Bay, FL, it can take out electricity, homes and businesses for  weeks to months. You want to have at least a two-week supply of water for each person in your home. You also want enough non-perishable food to feed everyone in your home for at least two weeks. Put together a first aid kit as well in case anyone gets hurt. Your 911 response system may get knocked out, and you need to know how to triage.

Tip #2: Power Up in Expectation of Powering Down
Charge all your cell phones. By extra batteries to operate radios and flashlights or camping lighting, such as headlamps and lanterns. Try to avoid matches and candles, as this is just another way to cause a disaster, via a fire.

Tip #3: Settle on an Evacuation Plan
Make sure everyone in your family knows the plan for evacuating. Listen to officials. If you get separated, plan in advance of a safe place, you will meet. Develop a plan to get out of town and where will you go? Call friends and family who live far outside the hurricane's trajectory to make sure you can go to safe place. Stock up on gas in your car's tank and in gas-safe containers in case you can't find a gas station for many miles on your journey -- something that often happens when an extensive storm hits.

Tip #4: Board Up
If you do not have hurricane windows and doors, plan to protect your windows and doors with plywood from local home construction stores. Reinforce every vulnerable part of your house -- from door hinges to the roof. Professionals at your local home construction store can help you make the right decisions.

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

SERVPRO of West Brevard Has DRYING Down to a Science in Viera, Florida

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Drying down to the Science. SERVPRO Crews are servicing the Viera and Rockledge 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.

SERVPROs 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 your home may have water damage. Schedule a moisture test at 321-953-8600

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How Professionals Handle Water Damage Clean Up in West Brevard

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

Flooded park and pavillion If Too Much Water Has Gotten You Down, Call SERVPRO for help!

In the tragic event of a flood or a plumbing failure, a high-quality water damage cleanup and restoration service can be the best solution. The services offered by an expert repair team is crucial in resolving the issues in your home.

It is often imperative that water damage restoration is sought after flooding, because even when standing water is gone, excessive dampness and moisture continues to cause significant problems. If your home has been filled up with flood water from a nearby river or canal, it will likely leave behind contaminants, dirt, and other debris.

Bacteria, viruses, and mold, can very quickly gain a foothold in carpets, drywall, and upholstery. Therefore, it is important to seek the help of professionals that can eliminate these unwanted guests. The following section will explain what professional water damage clean up usually entails.

Reviewing the Damage
There are many of hazards linked with water damage clean up, so a restoration team from SERVPRO, must first get a good look at the water damage and assess all the variables associated with the final clean up.  Determinations are made whether the area is likely to be contaminated, how critical a threat it poses to the occupants, and what is the best way to mitigate continuing water damage.

Removing Standing Water
If standing water is present in the building, the water damage crew will use industry-grade pumps, wet vacs, and sump pumps for the extraction. You will be expected to vacate the area until the restoration job is complete or until it is safe for you to be on-site.

Drying Out a Wet Environment
After wrapping up and discarding any materials and possessions that cannot be salvaged, the team will attempt to dry out the environment as quickly as possible. They will do this with dehumidifying equipment and heavy duty fans and air movers. In some cases, tools like heat injectors will be brought into dry hard to reach areas. The progress will be continually assessed using moisture reading instruments and devices. The final drying time may take from several days to over a week.

Killing Off Bacteria, Mold, Germs, and Odors
The final steps, once the area is dry and moisture levels have returned to acceptable levels, is to apply antimicrobial and antifungal agents, for sanitation. Foggers will disperse odor destroying products to give your home a clean smell.

Welcoming the Family Back
Once all of the above steps have been completed, the occupants of the water damaged property will be allowed to return. The IICRC, trained water damage restoration experts from SERVPRO of West Brevard,  will complete a final walk-thru with the homeowner to ensure complete satisfaction with the water remediation process. We are confident that you will feel "Like it never even happened."

We are Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO of West Brevard, are water damage specialists who get started promptly to get your property dry and back to pre-fire or water damage condition. Using advanced water removal and drying equipment and scientific drying principles to get your property dried quickly, we document the drying process to validate your home or business is ready. We are members of the local communities and are ready 24/7 to help. 321-953-8600

Dealing With a Sprinkler Flood in Your Business

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Walls and Ceiling with water damage from sprinklers and smoke. Water damage caused by fire sprinklers

A typical business owner in Satellite Beach, FL, doesn’t spend time pondering the effects of catastrophic flooding due to fire sprinklers being activated. However, it’s a problem that can quickly get out of control and cost tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. The obvious solution to the problem is prevention, but you first need to know what causes the issues.

Reasons For Accidental Activation

Contrary to popular belief, modern sprinkler systems aren’t activated by fire alarms or smoke from burnt food in an employee break room. They instead have to be subjected to extreme heat that will either burst the red liquid bulb or melt the metal sensor. However, there are cases where they will activate accidentally, and the following are common reasons for this to happen:

  • Sprinkler heads being used as hangers
  • Improper installation
  • Vandalization
  • Factory accidents

Immediate Steps To Mitigate Losses

In an emergency flooding situation, the first critical step is to turn off the water. In an office or factory setting, it’s important to have multiple designated employees who know how to do this. Once the water is shut off, cleanup can begin. Hundreds of gallons of water can be released in a short period of time, so water damage to floors, walls and machinery happens quickly. The most thorough plan is to contact a water restoration company, which will be able to correctly dry each surface and reduce mold risk.

Long Term Approach

Once the initial cleanup is underway, the next step is to contact the insurance company and prevent the problem from ever occurring again. Employees must be trained to never touch or hang anything near a sprinkler head, and ideal placement for them is in a location difficult for a person or machine to accidentally contact.

Flooding in your business can seem overwhelming. However, there are steps you can take to prevent and minimize damage. At SERVPRO of West Brevard, our professional technicians, will have your facility looking, "Like it never even happened.”

Easy Mold Prevention Tips for Your Company

4/13/2022 (Permalink)

Molded floor and wall of a home in Melbourne, FL, December 2022 Upon the discovery of mold, give SERVPRO of West Brevard a call!

Running a company in Melbourne, FL, might have you too busy to be concerned about black mold and other fuzzy growth patterns. However, unless you have a proactive plan in place to address potential growth, you will find yourself spending precious time and resources to correct a problem that could have easily been prevented. Look at the difference something as simple as carpet cleaning can make.

Mold Growth Possibilities

If your facility suffers from a leaky roof or unsealed windows, the long term results of disrepair will be water damage. With the right combination of untreated damage and a good supply of oxygen, mold spores will take up residence in your air ducts, on your walls and ceilings, and in your carpet. A thorough maintenance and cleaning plan for your facility will be the best way to address these concerns. Your cleaning routine should include:
• Vacuuming all high traffic areas at least twice a week.
• Daily removing all trash.
• Daily sweeping, mopping, and sanitizing all restroom and kitchen facilities.
• Sweeping all hard floor surfaces at least twice a week.
• Checking HVAC filters at least once a month.

Special Attention Situations

Mold problems are created when the conditions for spore growth are encouraged. If the flooring has gotten wet, a thorough carpet cleaning is necessary to remove all the water and disinfect the entire material. By placing rubber mats around entryways, you can encourage your patrons and employees to wipe their feet and avoid soaking carpeted areas with water and mud. Scheduling regular ductwork maintenance and HVAC inspections may also reduce the potential for needing mold remediation services.
Professional-rated carpet cleaning equipment can be rented from local retailers in Melbourne, FL, and this is one way to add this item to your maintenance routine. Create a master list of maintenance items so that everyone in the facility can do their part to help eliminate prime conditions for mold growth.

Common Factors That Lead To Commercial Water Damage in Viera

4/1/2022 (Permalink)

Man waste deep in water with red umbrella SERVPRO Gets the Businessman Back into Business

Your Viera Business's Water Damage Is Restored by SERVPRO

If you run a commercial business, it makes good sense 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  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 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 could possibly expose employees, clients, customers, and adjacent business populations to unwanted health concerns.

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 Viera 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 many areas of Brevard County. 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

3/16/2022 (Permalink)

Certified Stamp Restoration Certifications in 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 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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How To Safely Use Candles in Your Home

3/2/2022 (Permalink)

Burning Candles on a Mantle Candles can add a beautiful smell to a home, but you need to be careful.

While candles may be commonplace in homes across the country, they frequently cause house fires with an average of 23 home candle fires reported every day. Fortunately, there are many ways you can prevent a candle fire from ever occurring in your home.

Top Causes of Candles Fires

There are many reasons a candle fire can occur. One third of fires begin in bedrooms and the top three days they occur are Christmas, New Year’s Day, and New Year’s Eve. Those most common situations that lead to candle fires include:

Candles being left too close to flammable materials
Forgetting to extinguish candles before leaving the home
Leaving a candle burning while sleeping

What To Do if a Fire Starts

If a candle fire ever happens in your home in [City, State], you need to know how to properly extinguish it. When putting out a candle fire, you should never use water, which causes it to spread. If the wax inside the candle catches fire, grab a cover to remove oxygen from the candle. If the flames spread to other parts of your home and get out of control, quickly contact the fire department and evacuate your home. If any fire damage occurs or your home is need of smoke cleanup services, a fire damage cleanup company can help restore your home back to its original condition.
Candle Alternatives
The best way to prevent candles from causing a fire in your home is to keep them out of your house entirely. There are many candle alternatives to consider including:

Flameless candle
Essential oil diffuser
Wax warmer
Oil warmer
Stick diffuser

While candles are often used for giving off a warm, romantic light and an appealing aroma, they can cause a candle fire if used incorrectly. It is important to always use candles responsibly or to try out any of the candle alternatives listed in this guide. Visit for more information on fire loss. 

Smoke Alarm Safety Tips

2/23/2022 (Permalink)

Smoky Room with quote, "Smoke Alarm Safety Tips". Smoke alarms are life savers, and these tips can help you.

Smoke alarms play a vital role in saving lives, and when properly installed, reduces the risk of fire injury in half. It is recommended that smoke alarms are installed in every bedroom on every level of the house. Business owners should ensure that their space is up to building codes and smoke detector requirements are met. If owners are unsure about the building, be sure to consult with your local Fire Marshall. It works the best when pairing the smoke alarms with a fire escape plan. In an emergency situation, a plan will allow your family, employees, or clients escape quickly and safely. Review the following tips regarding smoke detector installation and maintenance.

Tips for Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed away from the kitchen to prevent false alarms. Generally, they should be at least 10 feet from a cooking appliance.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button.
  • Replace batteries in all smoke alarms at least once a year. If an alarm “chirps,” the battery is low and should be replaced right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

SERVPRO of West Brevard, is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Viera, Florida community,too. When you have a fire, flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

As fire and water damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.  

Please call (321) 953-8600

Palm Bay Water Damage Inside Your Home Can Cause Your Expensive Appliances To Fail

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

Gutted interior of a home damaged by water. Water damage tips include, finding the actual source of water leakage!

The Dangers Of Palm Bay Water Damage

Water damages thousands of homes each year due to floods, extreme weather events and plumbing disasters. The problem with water inside your home is the fact that there are a variety of environmental concerns that can affect your health. Water damage Palm Bay tips include reducing your risk of mold and mildew, bacteria and structural damage to your home that will cost you thousands of dollars. High humidity levels may cause your foundation and walls to crack. Foundation repairs are one of the most costly problems you face when owning a home.

The water damage inside your home can cause your expensive appliances to fail. Water damage tips include finding the source of water leakage. If your problems result from plumbing pipes, then you should turn off the main water valve and seek help from a professional. Lower humidity levels in your home by removing wet items such as rugs, carpets and furniture. Use a large fan to keep air moving inside your home.

If flood waters enter your home, you should immediately vacate the area. Plan ahead for natural disasters by packing important papers inside waterproof bags. Most areas of the country that are prone to flooding have warning systems in place. Listen carefully to the news when heavy rains are headed into your area. Flood waters are almost impossible to remove without consulting a professional service. Make sure you have flood coverage on your homeowners policy. If you live in a flood zone, then you should prepare in advance. Stock up on canned meats, fruits and vegetables that don't need to be cooked.

Your home can quickly become flooded even from running your washing machine. Never leave your home while your washing machine is running. Wet floors and carpeting must be completely dry to prevent mold and bacteria from forming. A professional service will remove the wet items and dry your floors. Check your homeowners policy to ensure your furniture, carpets and other items are covered. Planning ahead for natural disasters is the key to reducing costs. Prepare an emergency strategy with all members of your family that include severe weather events and flooding. 

Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every West Brevard water damage situation, from sewage damage clean up, mold removal, and smoke and fire damage repair, flooded basement, wet carpet, wet walls, basement and crawl space water damage.

We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore damage to your home or commercial structure.