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How Is Professional Water Restoration for Fort Pierce Homes Better?

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

LGR dehumidifier in a kitchen SERVPRO teams have the tools and experience you need to handle water damages on your Fort Pierce property.

Professional water damage recovery in Fort Pierce is many moving parts working simultaneously to reach a positive result.

Industry estimates suggest that more than 14,000 people experience water damage emergencies every day. Considering this high volume of unfavorable circumstances, it is no surprise that water damage restoration and cleanup are among the most heavily requested recovery services our SERVPRO team provides. For this reason, we continue to train and prepare our technicians for around-the-clock care and water mitigation. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, no matter when that emergency occurs.

Emergency Services and Damage Assessment

Before water damage restoration and mitigation services in Fort Pierce can get underway, we must first resolve pressing concerns that could make the property unsafe. We provide rapid repairs of damaged plumbing, remove bulk materials that could collapse, and begin needed house inspections. This assessment can answer many questions about the services required of our SERVPRO team as we seek to resolve water damage emergencies. Our crew chief can examine the water-damaged residence for:

  • Structural compromise
  • Ruined/damaged contents
  • Affected areas
  • Mold growth

Mitigation and Water Removal Services

The earliest recovery actions started in a damaged home can directly impact the efficiency of later cleaning and water damage restoration services. Water extraction is among the most needed emergency efforts, as pooling water against building materials can deteriorate wood and carpeting. Multiple extraction units are available for whatever water restoration needs exist, including wet vacuums, submersible pumps, high-pressure units, and truck-mount extractors.

Identifying the Spread of Moisture Damage

Our skilled professionals look to learn about the movement of moisture as soon as possible. Water damage cleanup needs can be more easily targeted and determined using our moisture detection tools and devices. Some of these units include:

  • Thermal imagery
  • Hygrometers
  • Probing moisture detectors

Thorough Drying Equipment and Efforts

Every water damage event requires some drying practice. This process is continually monitored and carefully considered to provide the most efficient path to the restored property. The equipment needed for this effort encompasses the most significant portion of our inventory, as we have hundreds of axial and centrifugal, high-velocity air movers available for water restoration needs of all sizes. Monitoring shows where more units might be needed, the number of dehumidifiers necessary to manage moisture content, and when drying milestones are reached.

Final Steps for Water Damage Restoration

The work is not yet finished even after the drying process is completed. Additional efforts can help prevent future water damages and eliminate the possibility of mold development on sensitive materials. With a contractor license, we can perform needed structural repairs and replace compromised plumbing after the drying is finished. Because many materials stayed exposed to moisture and humidity concerns during the recovery process, we also implement mold prevention steps with the application of inhibitors on surfaces capable of supporting colonies in the damaged area.

It is clear to see how advantageous professional water mitigation and water damage repairs can be for affected homes and businesses in St. Lucie County. Our experienced WRT-Certified technicians can help with effective cleanup, and restoration needs to make damages "Like it never even happened." Call our SERVPRO of Fort Pierce NE team standing by now at (772) 362-7060.

Who Offers Full Fire Damage Service for Fort Pierce Properties?

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles parked in a lot Contact SERVPRO after a fire in your Fort Pierce home for safe cleanup and fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO provides fast and efficient mitigation and restoration services for fire damaged Fort Pierce properties.

There are many moving parts to post-fire damage restoration and recovery. While much of the initial efforts are filtered through the expectations and guidelines of your insurance company, it can be helpful to consider a fire mitigation and restoration team that is also capable of managing needed repairs and build-back services like SERVPRO.

Emergency Response Actions

Steps are necessary to secure your home from more significant harm before mitigation or fire damage restoration in Fort Pierce commences. With a contractor license and construction experience, we can help with temporary board-up and tarping solutions for structural openings after a fire. This pre-restoration period is often also the time to address other threatening damages like pooling water from extinguishment that could result in mold development.

Who Determines What a Property Needs?

After fire damage events, your home or business needs are often determined by an insurance adjuster and the findings of thorough damage inspections by IICRC Certified professionals like SERVPRO production managers. Our estimations, damage documentation, and efforts to secure your damage claim approval as a preferred insurance vendor get work started quickly in your home.

Debris Cleanup and Content Protection

When we are approved to enter a home after extinguishment, our SERVPRO professionals focus on two vital mitigation services. The first is shoveling or vacuuming up fire and smoke damage debris from the floors and surfaces. Another is the relocation of exposed contents and personal belongings. Our off-site SERVPRO facility nearby can help with cleaning using advanced tools like:

  • Ozone chamber
  • Ultrasonic submersion tank
  • ESPORTA Wash system

Soot Removal and Demolition

When partial combustion of fuels occurs, the production of soot particles can be a challenging obstacle in fire damage restoration for the property. The longer that fire smolders and burns, the more these particles are generated and dispersed into the environment. Wet smoke damage concerns create thick and potent residues that require more than dry chemical sponges to remove. We have cleaning detergents and solvents to emulsify and trap soils for rinsing or wiping away.

Removing Harsh Malodors During Smoke Remediation

Smoke malodors might not be one of the most pressing concerns compared to the damage that soot and smoke residues can do. However, the presence of these formidable smells still creates unsavory conditions homeowners are asked to endure. For this reason, our SERVPRO professionals have several counteractant products, cleaning approaches, and similar solutions to reduce the severity and concentration of malodors until official deodorization occurs with ozone or hydroxyl machines.

Rebuilding After Fire Damage Restoration

Reconstruction is more common after structure fires than many homeowners might believe. Even if you are not going through an insurance company after a situation like a kitchen flare-up, experienced professionals like ours might still encourage the replacement of affected cabinets or wall materials if necessary. With a contractor license and extensive experience, we can help finalize fire damage restoration with repairs and build-back services.

With a growing roster of experienced professionals along with a contractor license for residential and commercial insurance work, our SERVPRO of Fort Pierce NE team is equipped to help after fire damage incidents. We are a one-stop-shop for restoration and repairs, saving customers time and money on recovering their properties. Call today at (772) 362-7060.

What Mold Damages Do Fort Pierce Homes Experience?

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on a white wall Has mold been found in your Fort Pierce home? Take control of the situation by contacting SERVPRO to assess and remediate the damage.

Understanding mold damage threats makes Fort Pierce homeowners prepared for these developments.

Mold damage can impact homes in many ways, from damaging hosting building materials to destroying affected contents. As leading mold remediation specialists for Fort Pierce, our training and knowledge in the most efficient removal techniques can help your property return to preloss condition fast after mold gets discovered. 

Environmental Factors Attributing to Mold Development

Moist conditions in the house can facilitate mold colonies, microbial growth, and mildew. Multiple contributing factors can leave properties capable of meeting the environmental conditions that promote mold damage in Fort Pierce. Flooding and storm damage are threats to all of St. Lucie County and can allow for mold growth if floodwater is not quickly resolved.

Can Mold Go Away on Its Own?

Many homeowners believe that ignoring the problem can ultimately resolve it. Unfortunately, mold damage will typically not go away on its own, As the source of moisture and dampness in the house is not yet repaired. Professional mold remediation provides long-term solutions for mold damage threats.

Removing Mold from the Structure and Contents

The action of removing mold colonies from your household is not a universal one. Our specialists carefully consider thorough mold inspections to determine what materials are affected, the extent of mold damage, and how to best overcome these conditions. We have surface treatments with antimicrobial products for light damage and more aggressive sponge pressure cleaning, media blasting, sanding, and other more challenging mold damage strategies.

Post-Mold Damage Restoration Needs

After mold gets removed from the property, there are still additional steps that must get completed. We can help with:

  • Surface Treatment: Mold damage can be removed through antimicrobial products, abrasive cleaning, and controlled demolition. Spraying biocides and sporicidal products can make nearby surfaces uninhabitable.
  • Malodor Removal: Even with much of the mold damage removed from the property, our professionals must still contend with threatening odors circulating in the problem areas. Musty smells can be reduced and eliminated with thermal foggers and hydroxyl machines. The application of deodorizing gels are often useful.
  • Content Move-Back: It is important to return removed contents to their original locations in the house. There are many instances where offsite recovery and cleaning was necessary, so our SERVPRO team manages a final inspection of these items and then transports them back to the house.

Black Mold Damage Repairs

While the focus of remediation is mold removal, we must also consider the needed actions to replace and repair structural damage that results from mold colonization. With a general contractor license, we can complete most of the build-back services required for your home after harmful mold exposure. Because controlled demolition is one of the final measures in resolving destructive mold damage, our IICRC technicians will need to replace these removed materials to return the structure to preloss condition.

Understanding the variances of mold damage and the effects it could have on your home or business shows the need for professional remediators when the time comes. We have experienced technicians with AMRT-certifications through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) ready to help with mold removal and clean up. Give our SERVPRO of Fort Pierce NE team a call today at (772) 362-7060.

Smoke Deodorants for Fire Damage Restoration in Fort Pierce

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

matches burning Fire damage can leave offensive smoke odors behind. But no worries! Call SERVPRO!

Fire Damage Restoration Involves Deodorization

Deodorization is one of the final main obstacles to fire restoration for homes and businesses. This process involves several types of deodorants and cleaning products to achieve the intended results. Types of deodorizing that our SERVPRO team offers include:

  • Masking
  • Pairing
  • Disinfection

What is Masking? 

Fire damage restoration for Fort Pierce properties hinges on our ability to remove harsh smells from the structure after extinguishment. One of the fastest routes for making the environment tolerable for technicians and house occupants are masking products. As the name suggests, these do not remove odors but instead overpower them for a time. These are also a strong defense against imaginary odors (phantosmia) that can be a significant obstacle in restoration.

How Does Pairing Work? 

Pairing deodorants work as a chemical reaction to combine the molecules of odors with unstable compounds or to reduce the presence of harsh smells through absorption and subsequent neutralization. There are two main pairing agent types:

  • Humectant –These chemical products combine with airborne odor molecules, causing them to fall as precipitation on surfaces in the house. They can then be cleaned from the materials and removed by mechanical means.
  • Counteractant –This is a neutralizing approach that involves chemically combining odor molecules with products that destroy bacteria or change a molecule’s properties.

Disinfection Cleaning

Fire damage can benefit from various forms of disinfection cleaning as well. This approach destroys odor-causing organisms and compounds in the environment, and this is among the most popular avenues for deodorization and odor removal after a fire gets extinguished. Some of the options here include:

  • Ultraviolet light
  • Temperature extremes
  • Ozone
  • Fresh air

Fire damage can leave offensive smoke odors behind. Our SERVPRO of Fort Pierce NE team has effective mitigating and cleaning solutions to overcome these threats and return the property to preloss condition as fast as possible. Give us a call today at (772) 362-7060. 

Air Movers Help Restore Flood Damage in Fort Pierce Homes

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

storm clouds and lightning When water enters your home, call SERVPRO. We are equipped to dry your home.

Versatile Air Movers Help after Flood Damage 

Drying is one of the fundamental processes for every water damage or flooding event that our SERVPRO team restores. Necessary elements of this essential process are the air movers, which circulate dry air through an environment to increase evaporation rates. We keep these machines stocked in our Green Fleet of service vehicles for fast deployment when needed. Types of these units include:

  • Centrifugal
  • Low-Profile
  • Axial

Continual High-Velocity Airflow

Flood damage in Fort Pierce homes can leave many building materials exposed to water saturation and absorption. This migrating moisture can be an overwhelming presence without contamination threats, requiring powerful drying approaches. Air movers continually move air around wet materials, allowing for an even and steady drying.

Addressing a Boundary Layer

One of the advantages of tools like centrifugal air movers is their ability to overcome cooling boundary layers that form just above the surface of moist elements. During the evaporation process, cooler vapor barriers form above the damaged materials that can slow the production of natural drying processes. Centrifugal units provide a focused blast of warm air to reach this substrate and continue steady drying progress.

Increasing Vapor Pressure

Air movers can help increase the temperature of a workspace and move warm, dry air throughout the containment zone. As temperatures of the liquids affected increase, so does the molecular kinetic energy. This provides faster and more efficient vaporization of trapped surface water and increased vapor pressure.

High-velocity air movers provide a stable foundation of consistent and widespread evaporative drying throughout a damaged household. With multiple units to choose from and hundreds of machines at our disposal, we can position them to have the most significant effect on a moist environment. Give our SERVPRO of Fort Pierce NE team a call now at (772) 362-7060.

Stopping Recurring Mold Remediation in Fort Pierce Homes

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage along wall Mold damage is common in our area. SERVPRO has the tools to remediate the growth and damage.

Several Steps Thwart Repeated Mold Remediation 

Remediation is a recovery process that many Fort Pierce and Florida homes will experience in their lifetime with exposure to high humidity conditions, storm damage, and the ever-present possibilities of water damage. Our team must work to overcome this damage and keep it from happening again.

Remediating the Current Mold

Before mold remediation in Fort Pierce homes can prevent the recurrence of microbial threats, active colonization must be considered and overcome. There are multiple mold removal tactics our IICRC trained team uses, including:

  • Surface Treatment – We have multiple antimicrobial and sporicidal products in our inventory capable of eliminating surface mold damage on contact. 
  • Media Blasting – Involves using pressurized air or water (though, in some cases, water can amplify moist conditions) with media like bicarbonate of soda, corn cobs, walnuts, or dry ice. 
  • Sanding –Surface damage can benefit from hand or power sanding. Elements like wood framing use this technique to preserve the bulk of the material installed while eliminating a thin layer of penetrating mold.
  • Controlled Demolition – Controlled demolition is a safe last resort to eliminate present colonies from a residence when other remediation plans are not possible.

Repairing Structural Damage

Structural vulnerabilities are contributing factors to a continuous mold damage threat. Because our remediation team also comes with a general contractor license, we can help with the repairs and build-back services your home might require. Preventing mold from returning means replacing damaged materials, replacing compromised plumbing, and rebuilding structural vulnerabilities.

Assessing Moisture Penetration

Moisture is among the most influential factors in developing and prolonged support of active colonies. It is vital to address areas where water might intrude into the living space. Much like tracking moisture migration when drying a building, thermal imagery and moisture sensors can help show problem areas that require repair.

It is nearly as essential to have a plan to avoid the recurrences of mold development in your home or business. Addressing the root causes of these conditions and the environmental factors that facilitate colonies can help to keep your property safe from microbial threats. Give our experienced SERVPRO of Fort Pierce NE remediators a call today at (772) 362-7060.

Considerations for Water Damage Repair at a Fort Pierce Business

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Fort Pierce Business Owners by Responding Rapidly to Water Damage

Your Fort Pierce business could experience water damage due to a simple issue like a toilet leak. Commercial buildings with public restrooms get a lot of use. A flapper that does not create a solid seal may allow water to leak from the toilet tank drain. When the fill valve fails to turn off after the toilet tank is refilled, it continually sends water into the tank leading to overflows. Any leak can cause business interruptions and damage to equipment like computers. It is therefore important to respond rapidly to mitigate the loss.

SERVPROs commercial water damage repair team helps Fort Pierce businesses minimize downtime by doing everything possible to restore to a pre-damaged state. We do a walk-through of your business to determine the best cleanup method and the appropriate equipment to repair the damage.

Other Benefits of Professional Help

  • Better scoping of damages
  • Classification of water damage
  • Completion of any repairs needed
  • Better control of restoration costs          

Appropriate Actions to Help With Repairs

While the water source can influence the type of water damage in a building, it can also be determined by how long the water has been stagnant. The materials within your business, such as wood, laminate, carpet, and tile, also determine the outcome. SERVPRO technicians quickly execute the process using simple alternatives like mops or powered options like wet vacuums to remove standing water quickly from the floors.

Steps to Help Repair Water Damage

  • Dry the structure thoroughly
  • Drying important documents
  • Odor management 

Drying can be done generally or by establishing drying ones. Drying zones are areas used to manipulate the humidity, airflow, and temperature, enhancing the drying of wet materials. We do this by erecting plastic sheeting around the affected area. The chambers allow us to focus our equipment's efforts. We position air movers and dehumidifiers inside the zones. Air movers maintain circulation while dehumidifiers create optimal drying conditions.

SERVPRO of Fort Pierce NE helps with water damage repairs in your commercial facility while minimizing downtime. Call us at (772) 362-7060. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What to Expect From Fire Restoration Experts in Fort Pierce Homes

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

Soot on a Wall Don’t let your property be a victim of fire damage, SERVPRO of Fort Pierce NE is only a call away.

SERVPRO Formulates a Reliable Restoration Plan in Fort Pierce Homes After a Fire

Home fires might result from electrical equipment, candles, faulty wiring, cooking, and flammable liquids. A fire can char walls and anything close to the source spreading smoke odor and soot particles to other house sections. Cleaning up after a fire in your Fort Pierce home may not seem like a daunting task. Still, it is because of the different materials to remove and unforeseen challenges. However, relying on professionals ensures thorough cleaning and advanced restoration.

It is advisable to hasten the fire restoration process in Fort Pierce homes because prolonged exposure could worsen the damage. SERVPRO inspects each room in your house to determine the extent of damage and then develops a plan of restoring your home to its preloss condition.

Challenges Encountered During Fire Restoration

  • Deeply embedded soot
  • Persistent smoke odor
  • Significant debris volume

Dealing With Smoke Damage

Even if the fire was contained in one area, any item in your home is susceptible to some damage. Smoke residues can penetrate building materials' cracks and crevices, causing odor problems. At SERVPRO, we respond to the challenges created when smoke residues and odors affect different materials and surfaces using the right equipment and products.

Items and Surfaces That Can be Challenging to Clean Include

  • Porous surfaces like some countertops                    
  • Electrical appliances
  • Drywall and ceiling fixtures        

Soot, a byproduct of smoke, can cause staining on surfaces and discolor appliances. Due to its corrosive nature, soot can also damage appliances. Our technicians prioritize basic cleaning concepts. For example, during structural cleaning, before repainting any walls and ceilings not damaged by fire, we scrub and sand before priming and painting to guarantee a lasting solution.

SERVPRO of Fort Pierce NE is dedicated to addressing any aspect of fire "Like it never even happened." Our fire restoration services are set to bring your home to its preloss condition as quickly as possible. Call us at (772) 362-7060.

Why Seek Professional Help after Flood Damage in Fort Pierce Homes

4/11/2022 (Permalink)

Illustration of a Family on the Roof of a House Call SERVPRO of Fort Pierce NE at (772) 362-7060 for fast and efficient service.

Handling Flood Repairs in Fort Pierce

When rain fills the river basin quickly with too much water, it can cause an overflow. If you do not have a proper slope for water runoff around your Fort Pierce home, flood damage is likely. Contrary to the belief that a house ravaged by floods must be demolished and rebuilt, sometimes, all is required is professional restoration services to save your home.

Flood damage cleanup in Fort Pierce homes can be a lengthy and challenging process if you do not have the skills and the right tools to carry out complete repairs. Equipped with extraction and drying equipment, SERVPRO technicians can get to your home in good time and remove the remaining floodwater off your property preventing further damage to your structure and contents.  

Other Steps That Are Taken to Restore Your Home Fully

  • Assessing the home
  • Removing the damaged materials
  • Decontamination
  • Drying all wet areas

These steps help in different ways towards achieving the desired goals. For example, assessing your home helps reveal structural damage and hazards. Removing damaged materials creates convenience when making replacements and also aids in decontamination.

Identifying Potential Hazards Within a Home After Flood Damage

Floodwaters around your home could still have some force as it recedes. The surge or the excess moisture could weaken the house's structural integrity. For example, when particle board floors are exposed to floodwaters, they may not support the weight of people and machinery. The water also deposits mud and other sediments. The weight of the sediments buildup can pile pressure, adding to the damage. SERVPRO technicians determine potential structural hazards before we proceed with the restoration.

Other Hazards in The House

  • Biological hazards
  • Chemical hazards
  • Electrical hazards

SERVPRO of Fort Pierce NE provides a comprehensive cleanup managing flood damage "Like it never even happened." Call us at (772) 362-7060.

Tips for Handling Commercial Fire Damage in Fort Pierce

3/9/2022 (Permalink)

Restaurant with tables set; waiting for customers SERVPRO can fix any fire damage your commercial property endures. Call SERVPRO today!

Commercial Fire Damage Repair in Fort Pierce Calls for SERVPRO’s Help

A fire has caused damage in my restaurant, leaving behind smoke, fumes, and water damage. I need the right professionals to assist me in my business’s recovery efforts. Which restoration firm can help?

After a commercial fire damage incident in your Fort Pierce restaurant, do not hesitate to call SERVPRO. As with any other business establishment, fire damage in a restaurant can temporarily leave employees out of work until the restoration process is complete and the business reopens. Our fire restoration process includes the following procedures: 

  • Thorough inspection
  • Water removal and drying
  • Odor removal
  • Fixing damaged structures

Inspecting the building

Our SERVPRO restorers can inspect the property for its safety and structural integrity. To identify what we can or cannot salvage, we can evaluate all the affected structures and contents like chairs, tables, cutlery, ice makers, drink machines, and utensils to identify what we can or cannot salvage.

Water removal and drying 

Fires often activate sprinkler systems, and this can lead to water damage. The mess created when soot, ash, and mix can be considerable. We can use self-riming trash pumps to remove such water since these pumps can move solids. Our team can then dry your property using air moving and dehumidifying equipment. 

Odor removal

A fire can leave foul odors behind. Apart from opening doors and windows to allow air to circulate and minimize odors, our SERVPRO team can use Ultra Low Volume misters to eradicate the smells. We use ULV misters for wet fogging. They work by atomizing liquid deodorizing agents, mainly water-based agents, creating a fine mist. The equipment generates deodorant particles of about 20 to 60 microns in size. The particles are small enough to enter many areas where small-causing residues accumulate.

Repairing damaged structures

We can fix any structural supports that may have sustained fire damage to restore the building’s structural stability. Our SERVPRO team can also restore loose items that sustained damage or replace them. 

When you need commercial fire restoration services, call SERVPRO of Fort Pierce NE at (772) 362-7060. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.