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4 Important Steps To Recovering From a Merritt Island Fire

11/26/2021 (Permalink)

Burning Flames If you have a fire incident in your home, time is of the essence when it comes to the fire damage restoration process.

If you have a fire incident in your home, time is of the essence when it comes to the fire damage restoration process. Certain steps should be taken immediately to prevent the damage from getting worse, and to lead you on a smooth and fast path to recovery.

Notify Your Insurance Provider
Because an insurance adjuster needs to assess the fire damage and take a valid inventory, contact your provider right away, and don't throw away any items, even if they seem beyond repair, until the adjuster has taken note of them.

Contact the Fire Damage Restoration Company
Merritt Island fire damage can spread to further areas of the house if not taken care of properly, so contact the fire restoration company as soon as you can. The company is open every day and can provide emergency services as well to ensure that your possessions are restored quickly from fire, vandalism, water, or smoke.

Water Removal
While you may breathe a sigh of relief once the firefighters water beats back the last flame, the unfortunate result is that you now have potential water damage on your hands. When soaked into flooring, furniture, walls and more, the moisture quickly turns into mold and mildew, as well as rusting appliances and rotting wood. A wet-dry vacuum, air-moving machine, or even just leaving your windows open can help alleviate some of the damage, but a water restoration company, like SERVPRO of West Brevard, will remove up to 95 percent. They use advanced extractor equipment without disturbing your possessions or lifting the carpet.

Odor Removal
Prolonged exposure to smoke can cause a variety of lung and health problems, and simply opening the window won't be effective in the long run. Smoke particles can cling to everything in your house: furniture, ceilings, walls, etc. One major smoke target is your HVAC system, especially the air ducts, which can release the particles back into your rooms long after the fire is gone. A professional company, like SERVPRO, is required to get rid of the odor, and they do so by using an ozone machine that breaks down all the smoke particles.

Final Thoughts
As a homeowner, you want what's best for your home. By utilizing Merritt Island fire damage restoration experts, you can rest assured that your home will be as close to its original pre-fire state as quickly and efficiently as possible.

What To Do After A Fire

  • Limit movement in the home to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery and carpets.
  • Keep hands clean so as not to further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.
  • Place clean towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.
  • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
  • Clean and protect chrome with light coating of petroleum jelly or oil.
  • Wash houseplants on both sides of leaves.
  • Change HVAC filter.
  • Tape double layers of cheesecloth over air registers.

What NOT To Do After A Fire

  • Don't attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces or shampoo carpet or upholstery without contacting us.
  • Don't attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire, heat or water without consulting an authorized repair service.
  • Don't use any canned or packaged food or beverages that may have been stored near the fire, heat or water.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet. The wiring may be damaged.
  • Don't send garments to an ordinary dry cleaner. Improper cleaning may set smoke odor.

Moisture and Mold Prevention Tips

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

Black mold under a sink. 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, FL, 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 produce moisture, such as clothes dryer, stoves, and kerosene heaters to the outside where possible.
  • Use air conditioners and/or dehumidifiers.
  • Run the bathroom fan or open the window when showering. Use exhaust fans or open window whenever cooking, running the dishwasher and dishwashing, etc.

Categorization of Water Damage

11/18/2021 (Permalink)

Floor Blowers Drying Wet Floor Drying floors and the walls is important for preventing more extensive damage.

Every homeowner dreads the potentiality of water damage in his or her home. The risk of water damage increases after a heavy rain or when snow melts quickly. This problem can cost a homeowner thousands of dollars by damaging wood furniture, upholstery, electronics, household appliances, and plumbing equipment.

Significant water damage can also cause other problems in your home. For example, water damage will increase your risk of mold growth, which is very expensive to remedy.

If you do run into water damage problems in your home, it’s important that you quickly call SERVPRO to restore your home. SERVPRO will send experienced workers to your home that know the best ways to repair your damaged items and help with any water damage cleanup.

There are several issues that can cause water damage that would force you to acquire the services of a water restoration company. These include but are not limited to a leaky dishwasher, clogged toilets, broken pipes, broken dishwasher hoses, overflowing washing machine, leaky roof, plumbing leaks, and foundation cracks. In addition to water damage in your house, floods, heavy snow, and heavy rain can also lead to the collection of water in your basement.

If you do end up suffering from water damage, it’s very important that you address the problem immediately so the cleanup process can begin as soon as possible. Immediately beginning the process will significantly increase the likelihood of saving water-soaked furniture, carpets, rugs, clothing, and other items that might be damaged by the situation.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets the standards for the cleaning industry and water damage restoration. They have placed water damage into three categories and four classes for liquid detection.

When you suffer water damage, the damage will be placed into one of three categories. These categories explain what type of water is causing the damage, how much of a threat the water causes to the health of humans, and potential causes of the damage.

Category one water damage is the least serious of the three categories. In this instance, you’re dealing with clean water, which doesn’t pose a threat to humans. The liquid in this category comes from appliances such as faucets, toilet tanks, and drinking fountains. So causes of category one water damage can be broken appliances or sink overflows.

Category two water damage is the appearance of gray water, contaminated water that contains microorganisms and may cause sickness if ingested by humans.  Causes of category two water damage can be broken toilets, broken sump pumps, or seepage.

Category three water damage is the most serious case of water damage. In this category, black water makes an appearance. Black water is unsanitary as it contains bacteria and other organisms that can cause sickness or potentially death if ingested. Causes of category three water damage include sewage problems and contamination of standing water.

In addition to categories, water damage is also put in classes. These classes state how difficult the repair of the damage will be. Knowing the class of water damage is important for assessing the water damage repair options.

The least harmful form of damage is class one. This is the easiest damage to repair because it has a slow evaporation rate. In these cases, only part of a room was affected, little or no carpet has gotten wet, and the moisture only affects materials that have low permeance like plywood or concrete.

Class two water damage has a fast evaporation rate and affect an entire room. In this class, carpets and cushions have been saturated, moisture has accumulated on walls up to 12 inches, and moisture has collected in structural materials. Repairs of this type of damage are more difficult.

Class three water damage has the fastest evaporation rate. This type of damage involves the saturation of ceilings, walls, insulation, carpet, and sub-floors. In class three water damage situations, the liquid may have come from overhead as opposed to ground level.

The most difficult class of water damage to repair is class four.  These situations require specialty drying because there has been enough liquid and time that it has saturated materials with very low permeance like hardwood, brick, and stone.

Suffering water damage to your home can be a difficult experience. If a situation occurs where your home is damaged by water, it’s important that you contact SERVPRO as soon as possible to fully restore your home.

Common Causes of Commercial Water Damages

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

Wall inside a Melbourne Beach commercial site, with drying chamber. Water loss in Melbourne Beach at a commercial location, with drying chamber built.

Is your Melbourne, FL business at risk?

If you run a commercial business, it makes good business 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 Melbourne water damage is particularly important. Lessen the chance of a negative impact on your property and business by frequently inspecting the below points. 

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 in your Melbourne or Viera business and do not resolve the issue immediately. A quick removal process can also decrease the amount of time your business is closed. 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 can expose employees, clients, customers, and adjacent business populations to unwanted health complications.

Some of them include:

• Difficulty breathing
• Coughing
• Dizziness
• Fatigue
• Wheezing
• Eye problems
• Asthmatic attacks
• Allergies
• Asthma
• Sinus infections 

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 of West Brevard. 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 of West Brevard 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 West Brevard, back to pre-water damage condition.

Fire Safety Equipment: Five Pieces You Need for Your Home

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

Our homes may be our sanctuaries, but they also present multiple opportunities for fire danger. An unattended stovetop can result in a kitchen fire, while electrical systems and appliances can overheat. Fireplaces, candles, flammable liquids, and outdoor grills — to name just a few — all add to the risk.

Having the correct fire safety equipment in your house is essential to keep your family safe and your home protected. This article highlights the five most important pieces of equipment needed to safeguard your home and loved ones. The peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re prepared is worth the time, effort, and expense involved.

Smoke Alarms

This is your first line of defense. According to the Red Cross, the National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72) requires all new homes to have inter-connected hard-wired smoke alarms with battery backup. If you don’t have an interconnected system, battery-powered alarms are easily installed. Both types of alarms need to be located on every level of the home with one inside each bedroom.

Fire Extinguishers

Since most home fires start in the kitchen, you’ll want to put a fire extinguisher in there, at a minimum. But it’s recommended to place them in multiple locations around the house. Since extinguishers from various makers all work differently, it’s a good idea for the adults in the household to get training from the local fire department. Extinguishers should be installed near exits, away from heat sources, and up high enough that kids can’t reach them.

Sprinkler Systems

While a smoke alarm will detect smoke, an automatic sprinkler system gives you a way of dealing with flames immediately. While you’re waiting on the fire department to arrive, sprinklers can help slow a fire’s progress or can even douse it completely. Moreover, a sprinkler system can prevent deadly gases and smoke from affecting your family and could also extinguish a fire that breaks out while you’re away from home.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

There’s a good reason carbon monoxide (CO) is called the “silent killer.” This deadly gas is invisible, odorless, and colorless and even a small amount can be fatal if inhaled for long enough. Install carbon monoxide alarms on each level of your home and outside bedrooms. If the alarm emits its high-pitched warning, get outside as quickly as possible or open windows and doors and take deep breaths of fresh air. CO poisoning can cause headaches, nausea, and tiredness and can be mistaken for flu.

Fire Escape Ladders

If your home has more than one floor, collapsible fire ladders should be a part of your fire-safety arsenal. Place a ladder where it’s easy to access in every upper-level room in case your evacuation route gets cut off by smoke or fire. Then, have the entire family rehearse the steps they would take to get the ladders out and attached to open windows.

No one wants to dwell on the possibility of their family being in danger or their home being consumed by flames, but this is one situation where being properly prepared could save lives and property. If you haven’t already done so, make an escape plan and go over it with your family. And check your homeowner’s insurance to make sure your policy is up to date with adequate coverage.

Water Damages and Commercial Properties

6/21/2021 (Permalink)

Waterborne Dangers in Commercial Properties

Standing water is an ideal place for microorganisms, like bacteria, and viruses, to breed. The chances of standing water becoming a breeding ground increases when the water damage contains toxins and sewage. Even if the floodwater comes from a clean source, the microorganisms that breed.

Dampness is another risk worthy of concern. The dampness of household items, furnishings, and even the building can create an environment that encourages the growth of mold, dust mites, microorganisms, and cockroaches.

Why Cleanup After a Flood is Important

Cleaning up after a flood or water damage should be a priority. The cleanup process should also be handled with care. Any items that get cleaned must be cleaned properly. Throw away anything that cannot get cleaned or is damaged beyond repair.

Excess moisture after a flood or water damage negatively impacts indoor air quality. Because of this, flooded areas need thorough cleaning as soon as possible. Here are a few of the problems caused by moisture:

The environment becomes perfect for the reproduction and growth of microorganisms that cause health effects.
Long-term exposure to humidity is ideal for the population of dust mites.
Anyone involved with cleaning up after a flood or water damage should wear proper attire that includes masks and gloves. Coming into contact with many of these contaminants can cause illness.

The Cleanup Process

No one enjoys cleaning up after a flood or water damage, but its importance cannot be overestimated. The health of everyone who lives in the home may be affected. Depending on the severity of the water damage, the cleaning process can be an arduous task. Here are the necessary steps that need to be taken.

1. Find the source of the leak and stop it.
2. Figure out who could get affected
3. Determine the extent of the problem
4. Formulate a cleanup plan

The plan needs to involve removing water-damaged items and furniture while protecting those involved in the cleanup process. Any items that can be salvaged should be cleaned. Those that cannot be cleaned should get thrown away. Any items that sat in water for 24 to 48 hours needs to get thrown away. Once everything is clean, do a final check to assess the thoroughness of the task. Throughout the process, make sure everyone involved is wearing protective gear.

It is important to not rely solely on air purification devices to get the job done. Proper cleaning and throwing away damaged items from water damage is the only way to clean after a flood.

We are available 24 hours/7 days a week and are ready to restore your home or commercial structure caused by:

  • Water Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Disaster, storm, and flood damage
  • Mold Damage

Safeguarding Your Business From Storm Destruction

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

How to Fortify Your Building

When a major storm event such as a hurricane is barreling towards your business, time is of the essence in preparing your commercial building. Flood water from heavy rains can cause tremendous damage to an unsecured structure and force you to close your doors for weeks or months while you undergo an extensive restoration process. Protect your business in Satellite Beach, FL, from the devastation of a storm by following a few simple guidelines to fortify your building.

1. Watch the weather.

One of the most important steps in preventing a flooded building is also one of the simplest – pay attention to your local weather forecasts and take any severe weather or flash flooding alerts seriously. Use the advance warning to enact preventative measures like placing sandbags around the perimeter of your business and moving expensive electronic equipment to a higher level of the building.

2. Design an action plan.

When a storm is about to hit, every staff member needs to have a specific role in preparing your business to withstand the destruction. Assign tasks to each team member so nobody gets overwhelmed. For example, one person should be in charge of fortifying the building to keep out flood water, another person should take care of backing up important electronic data, and someone else should supervise a final evacuation drill.

3. Prepare for restoration.

Even a well-prepared business can sustain water damage if a storm is especially severe. That’s why it’s a good idea to have the contact information for a reputable commercial storm damage restoration company on hand in case you need professional assistance in the cleanup and repair process. Enlisting the help of an expert means you can reopen your doors faster than if you try to manage complex reconstruction yourself.

A storm heading towards your commercial building means you need to take immediate action in preventing flood water from destroying your livelihood. By staying calm and taking steps to safeguard your building, you can ensure your business will ultimately withstand the destruction of a severe weather event.

Five Preparedness Tips for Flooding

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

How to Prepare for the Possibility of Flooding

Storm season can certainly keep you on your toes. When you have a business in Viera, FL, it’s good to know how to prepare for the possibility of flooding. Here are five tips to help you be well prepared for anything a storm may send your way.

1. Have an Emergency Plan

A big part of preparing for flood damage is simply having a plan of action in place. Evacuation paths should be mapped, and those maps should be posted on every level of your building so that people know where to go in an emergency. Designate emergency responsibilities before the disaster occurs so that people know what is expected of them.

2. Waterproof Your Building

Even if your building is flooded during a storm, having a solid building envelope can lower your flood cleanup costs. Have your building inspected regularly to find cracks or spots that are worn so that you can get the necessary repairs.

3. Elevate Equipment and Furniture

Electrical equipment and furniture can both be damaged beyond repair during flooding. Elevate furniture, sockets, electrical panels, appliances and all wiring where floodwaters can’t get to them.

4. Have Sandbags Ready

A good way to stave off excess water is to put up barriers. Set sandbags near doors, windows and other vulnerable entry points to your building. Barriers may delay the flow of water enough that you can avoid storm damage altogether.

5. Update Your Insurance Coverage

It’s a smart idea to check your insurance policies periodically to make sure that all potential problems are covered. If you don’t have a policy that pays for services from storm cleanup experts, you may have to pay for a lot of damage out of pocket the next time a storm heads your way.

Flooding is a common occurrence when there is a storm in your area. By making sure your employees, your building and your insurance is adequately prepared, you can prevent a lot of damage and handle the problems that do occur with relative ease.

Bathroom Supply Lines

4/16/2021 (Permalink)

When is It the Time to Replace a Supply Line in Your Bathroom?

Many of your household appliances that use water require a supply line. Because they are so commonly used, supply line damage can cause some major issues. It is important to call a professional as soon as you notice an issue. This can help prevent water build up in your home in Melbourne Beach, FL. Changing these lines when needed may actually help you avoid problems later on. How do you know when it's time to replace it though?

Check the Warranty

You may find that many of these hoses come with a warranty. It really just depends on what type you have. Most plastic lines come with a 5-8 year warranty. This means that you are responsible for replacing it if anything happens to it after that time is up. Steel braided ones often have a lifetime guarantee. While they are generally more expensive than the plastic ones, the benefits may be worth the extra cost. Always ask the seller about the warranty before you decide to purchase.

Watch for Damage

Supply line damage may lead to some pretty serious problems, such as standing water or mold growth. This is why it is a good idea to have a professional come out if you notice a supply line leak. Always shut off the water if you see an issue. This could be anything from a small bathroom leak to pretty serious flooding. Turning off the water can help prevent further damage from happening in your home.

If you are still unsure whether you have supply line damage, it is best to call a professional restoration company to come take a look. They may be able to help you resolve a number of issues that arise in this type of situation, such as fixing the leak and cleaning up the water. If your line gets replaced, always ask what type of warranty you are getting so that you will be aware if any future problems occur.

Four Benefits of Hiring a Professional

3/22/2021 (Permalink)

Residential and commercial water damage can be one of the most costly and challenging problems faced by those who own a property. From leaky toilets to general plumbing problems, there are a number of causes for flooding that often occurs. Although it may seem easy to clean and repair yourself, there are a few benefits to hiring a professional service to handle the task.

Prevent Mold Spores From Spreading

A water damage professional is skilled and trained to properly clean areas where water has leaked in between walls, under floorboards, and in places that are hard to reach. This can help salvage areas that would need to be replaced if proper cleaning didn't take place immediately. In locations where mold has developed, the professional can properly clean it with the right tools and prevent the spores from spreading.

Avoid Further Damage

For those who are inexperienced with cleaning or restoring areas where the water damage has occurred, it can be easy to make the problem worse and allow it to escalate if it's not remedied immediately. Professionals will be able to visit the property right after the Palm Bay mold damage has occurred to prevent further problems from developing.

Identify Hidden Signs of Moisture

A water damage professional will be able to use sophisticated moisture tools to identify hidden signs of moisture that are often undetectable to homeowners. They can also take specific steps to prevent water damage from occurring again in the future.

Quality Restoration Services

Water damage professionals will be able to restore and replace insulation or flooring for a final product that looks incredible with the highest quality of materials used.