Drying Out Water Damage
After a plumbing disaster, Northwest Orlando homeowners need a water-vac to pull water off the floor, open the doors and windows, and rent a rug shampooer from the local big box store.
To restore a home takes a professional restoration service. Drying a house with water damage in Northwest Orlando requires attention to four key factors that affect humidity. SERVPRO restoration specialists train to analyze each one, knowing which drying methods and equipment they need to use in each home. It all comes down to heat.
Humidity levels determine the level of water vapor in the air in a home compared to its capacity. A level of 60 percent or higher indicates the air is saturated. That dramatically slows evaporation and increases drying time. Specialists use dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity level in each affected room. Working dehumidifiers can lower the level up to 20 percent every 24 hours.
Evaporation is the natural process of water converting to vapor. With large amounts of water, it is slow. Our SERVPRO specialists use pumps and smaller extraction devices to remove the bulk of the standing water. They get the amount below two inches in depth; the rate of evaporation increases. An augment rate of evaporation with dehumidifiers are to exhaust fans to increase movement, forcing saturated air outside the home.
Air movement increases using dry air to spread across damp surfaces like walls, tables, and countertops to increase the evaporation rate. Air movers and fans' combination to increase air movement is useful to dry clothing in a gentle manner, which doesn't damage the fabric.
Temperature is an essential factor. Since the preferred range to dry home and property is 70 to 90 degrees, we try to engage the HVAC system if it is operational. If not, specialists use space heaters to raise the internal temperature. They monitor the temperature to keep it under 80 degrees on the first day, however, since a higher temperature can increase the humidity.
SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando uses every tool and method available to return every residence to a dry, safe condition for families to live in once again. If you have had a recent water issue in your home, call us at (407) 698-5155 to schedule a visit. We are here for you.
Freezing Temperatures and Freezing Pipes
Winter is here, there are bursting pipes everywhere!
As temperatures drop below freezing, water pipes at your home and your workplace run the risk of freezing and bursting. When this happens, flooding and damage can occur to the property and possessions. Although bursting pipes can lead to many issues, it can be avoidable. Here are a few tips to help safeguard against freezing pipes:
Add extra insulation
Pipes located in the basement or attic need protection from freezing temperatures. Adding extra insulation, such as fiberglass or foam rubber, can be a solution for exposed pipe in these areas.
Caulk holes and cracks.
All holes and cracks near pipes should remain sealed to keep cold air and keep warm air inside. Be sure to check on the inside and the outside of the building.
Drip your faucets.
Turning on the faucet can relieve pressure in the pipe. This simple act keeps the pressure from building up and reducing the chances that the pipe bursts, and you have a flooding situation.
Open the cabinet doors.
If cabinet doors are open, warm air will circulate the pipes. Chances of water freezing within the line decrease when the air around the pipe is kept warm.
Make sure the heat is up.
Keep your household or business temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even when there's no one occupying the building for periods.
If disaster strikes and damage occurs by frozen pipes flooding your property, our team here at SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando is ready to spring into action and make it "Like it never even happened." Call us anytime. We're ready to respond to your emergency 24/7.
What to Look For in a Restoration Company
The Ability to Deal with Multiple Damage Types
Many professional restoration services like SERVPRO® offer the ability to work with multiple damage types. This is often because one type of damage can lead to another. For example, fire put out by water can also result in mold if the water is left to stand too long. Most restoration companies can help fix smoke and fire damage, water damage, storm damage, and also offer mold remediation for this exact reason.
2. A Quick Response Time
Being faster to any size disaster also means arriving with the right materials and equipment required to do the job. Locally owned franchises such as SERVPRO® have locations across the country allowing them to be where they need to be when disaster strikes. Because they are a franchise, they also have access to corporate equipment and materials, which gives them the ability to handle large-scale jobs as well.
3. They Offer a Variety of Services
A restoration company such as SERVPRO® offers a variety of services designed to help your agent process the insurance claim. These include an electronics inventory service and an online database that provides access to information.
Whether you're choosing a restoration company because they're faster to any size disaster, or they can deal with multiple damage types, you want to look at the other services they provide. Many companies can help you clean your damaged items, the structure and has services they can offer which can make keeping track of the details needed by your insurance provider easier.Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.”
If you would like more information on hiring a team experienced in multiple types of restoration, call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando today at (407) 698-5155.
When it comes to mold, there’s information you need to know. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s all correct. From methods of cleaning mold to which types of mold are hazardous to your health, misconceptions are everywhere. If you find yourself browsing through the internet looking for information after encountering mold growth in your home, keep an eye for these common mold misconceptions:
- Mold is Only Found in Water-Damaged Homes
While it’s true that mold forms in areas that have issues with water damage or flooding, that isn't the whole picture. Mold and mildew are present—both indoors and outdoors. When mold spores land on a surface that contains any amount of moisture, it can begin to grow. So regardless of whether you’ve had recent water damage to your home, all homes have the potential to wind up with a mold problem, even in high humidity areas like crawlspaces and basements.
- It’s Not Dangerous Mold if it isn’t Black
While black mold does have a dark appearance, it’s not the only type of mold that can cause health effects for people. You can’t solely rely on the color of mold to determine its level of toxicity, and some dangerous molds come in colors such as brown, green, yellow, or white. Specific groups of mold types release enough spores in the air. It affects those with allergies, asthma, and other conditions, so it’s important to address any type of mold growth.
- Black Mold is “toxic” to Humans and Animals
Calling black mold “toxic” implies that it is somehow poisonous to those who come into contact with it. No "toxic" mold exists, although molds can be toxigenic. If a toxigenic mold is growing and releasing spores into the air, it can create unhealthy air quality conditions that affect members of the household. Black mold is one of the most well-known toxigenic molds associated with health effects.
- Mold Can be Treated with DIY Methods
There’s a lot of DIY advice out there from unreliable sources that tell homeowners that treating mold with bleach is enough to fix the problem. Although bleach can indeed be an effective surface cleaner, mold often colonizes within porous materials that cannot be treated with this DIY method like behind walls, under floors, inside insulation, etc. For remediation that eliminates the issue for good, a professional team of mold technicians should be contacted to evaluate the scope of the problem.
While there’s no question that mold can be a headache for homeowners, it’s not a problem that has to result in an empty wallet and damaged home! At SERVPRO of Montgomery County, we provide fast, highly effective mold remediation. Best of all, our services are guaranteed!
Don’t rely on random, incorrect information from the internet to treat your mold issues—just give our experts a call for a free estimate at
For more information about understanding mold and the mold remediation process check out our website at SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando
When and Where Do Hurricanes Likely Occur?
Hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1st to November 30th. However, storms outside of these dates aren't unheard of. Activity ramps up in August, and peaks in September, and again in October.
Hurricanes form during this season because of two factors: warm ocean waters (80 degrees or higher) and weak vertical winds (little change in wind direction and/or speed with height) are most common. This is the season with the highest frequency of west-moving weather disturbances in the tropics that develop into hurricanes.
The difference between a hurricane, cyclone, and typhoon is your location. People refer to thunderstorms as hurricanes while people near the equator in Africa and Australia refer to them as cyclones.
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Is your small business ready for whatever happens?
Does your business have a plan for when disaster strikes? Preparedness for an emergency is an essential part of a business operation plan, because when business slows it can cause loss of revenue and additional unforeseen expenses. Among many disasters, many businesses have a hard time recovering from the loss of income.
According to the Red Cross, 40 percent of small businesses suffer so greatly after a disaster that they shut down, and never reopen. SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) free of charge to local businesses in Florida area. SERVPRO ERPs offer several advantages to your business including:
- A concise Profile Document of your business
- This contains the critical information needed in the event of an emergency & saves time and money if ever needed
- Only takes a little time to complete and doesn’t interfere with your business’s current projects
- A description of your facility’s details (i.e., shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and important contact information
- A comprehensive guide to get you back into your building ASAP following a disaster
- This minimizes the amount of time your business is inactive since you’ll have an immediate plan of action
- An established relationship with SERVPRO as your damage mitigation and restoration provider
- We’re close by, ready to respond, and available 24/7
- Identification of chain of command for work authorization within your company
- This expedites the process of beginning damage mitigation and restoration for your company, reducing downtime and costs
SERVPRO ERPs allow your business to have a quick reference of what to do when an emergency happens and how to do it. Be assured that you’ve got a professional industry leader right nearby, who’s “Ready for whatever happens.”
Water damage and importance of timely water mitigation
You depend on your business to keep money flowing in, and you depend on the building where location keeps business going. When a pipe or supply line springs a leak, however, it can throw a kink into your week. The time it takes for you to arrange pipe burst cleanup can make the difference a simple cleanup or extensive water damage.
The First Few Minutes
Water damage can be caused by a variety of events:
• Pipes breaking
• Supply line leaking
• Toilet overflowing
• Adverse weather flooding
• Foundation cracking
If all you need is pipe burst cleanup or supply line repair, the first few minutes of water cleanup are crucial. Turning off the source stops water from making the problem worse.
The First Few Hours
The longer water sits, the potential havoc it wreaks. Walls can start to disintegrate, and items made of pressed wood can start to swell and warp if they are exposed to humidity. Water from burst pipes and supply lines can still damage the furniture, floors and supplies in your workplace.
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The First Few Days
Water damage that persists can interrupt your business, having a negative effect on your bottom line. It can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth.
To limit the extent of water damage to your business, SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando
needs to begin pipe burst cleanup as soon as possible. By acting quickly, you may be able to turn a potentially massive setback into an easy fix. For more information about commercial restoration, call now (407) 698-5155
Emergency Ready Profile: When "What If" become "What Now?"
Being a property manager or landlord isn't always an 8 to 5 job. Mishaps and problems don't care if you are on vacation or if you are out of the office; they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Stay prepared before disaster strikes and dealing with these unforeseen circumstances is to implement our Emergency Ready Profile. As many 50% of businesses have to close down following a disaster.
Businesses that survive a disaster had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile helps your business in having a plan in place and assists to keep you and your staff members informed on how to handle fire and water damage.
To learn more about SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile you can visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando at (813) 694-9085.
Common Water Issues For Businesses
For a commercial property owner in Tampa, unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, a water damage professional can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.
1. Pipe Breaks
A pipe break can occur in a number of ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and burst.
2. Plumbing Backup
Blocked plumbing can lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. Water in blocked pipes can take the shortest path regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages occur including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.
Extreme weather conditions can lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or cause it to burst. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional what preventive measures to take.
4. Foundation Cracks
Foundation cracks can become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to issues such as mold. Any cracks should be assessed quickly to determine the best course of action.
Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.
Commercial mold removal
A recent call to check an old restaurant was purchased in hopes of giving it a new life. This result led to a large mold job for SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando. Upon entering this abandoned space, it became clear immediately this was a mold remediation job for the experts! So we went to work! With mold covering the walls, the bar area, baseboards and crown “mold”ing (pun intended), our crew had to suit up with PPE including respirators and Tyvec suits to ensure protection! Mold remediation is a tedious job for a home but when it is a commercial property like a restaurant, containment sets up so contaminated unaffected areas aren't. All items with mold exposure are disposed. When the demo was complete, industrial hygienists came to ensure that the commercial property was good to go! Mold remediation in a commercial property is a tedious yet rewarding job, when we get to see a building brought back to life!