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What To Do If Your Furnace Is Flooded

8/15/2022 (Permalink)

Dealing with a burst pipe in Orlando, Florida, can feel like an overwhelming task. Divide the process into manageable steps to decrease anxiety, increase efficiency in the claims process, and get your furnace up and running again.

Document Damage

The furnace is most likely your top priority. However, it’s important to note other property damaged in the area. Use the following process to document losses and assign values in a notebook or spreadsheet:

  • Photograph the damage,
  • Write down the serial number or another unique identifier if available,
  • Assign a value.

Don’t forget to include items that may have no monetary value but are still of high importance to you. Professional recovery services are available to try and save irreplaceable items such as documents or photographs.

Investigate Coverage and Decide to Repair or Replace

A burst pipe resulting in a furnace flood is an insurable event, so make sure to check with your provider. The Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) recommends replacement versus repair of a flooded furnace. Property owners may receive advice that the furnace will work again after a total dry-out and perhaps some minor electrical repair. However, the life of the unit is reduced. You likely don’t want to choose repair over replacement and have a related problem surface a couple of years later, long after the claim closes.

Care of Air Ducts

The quality of air from a furnace is only as good as the ducts it travels through. Your final task is to schedule a professional air duct cleaning to ensure ducts are clean, dry, and free of mold and debris. Thankfully, your friends at your local SERVPRO can take care of that for you.

Tasks associated with a furnace flood are something nobody wants on their to-do list. Take this systematic approach for the return of a safe and comfortable home. For additional information, call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando at (407) 698-5155.

Humidity: Primary and Secondary Damages Explained by Restoration Experts

8/6/2022 (Permalink)

moisture meter held by a SERVPRO technician, hand on frame holding a small remote-looking device with screen, Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando restoration experts to mitigate primary and secondary damage due to storm, flooding + water.

Different Types of Water Damage

Whenever excessive moisture gets inside a building, the problems it causes can be broken down into two categories: primary and secondary damage.

Primary Damage

When water leaks from a pipe or an appliance, it comes in contact with contents and building materials. Anything that happens due to direct contact with liquid water, such as the carpet's de-lamination, is considered primary damage. 

Secondary Damage

Once water gets inside a structure, it naturally raises humidity levels indoors when moisture from wet materials evaporates into the air. Elevated humidity levels can also cause building materials issues since water transfers from the air into dry materials to reach equilibrium. When water vapor causes structural problems, it is called secondary damage.

Extraction procedures help reduce primary issues, and structural drying helps mitigate both primary and secondary water damage. When our SERVPRO technicians deal with any water damage situation, we monitor both relative and specific humidity.

What Controls Humidity?

Controlling humidity levels in a structure helps speed up structural drying times. Wet materials dry out faster if the humidity inside a building is kept low using air movers and dehumidifiers. Monitoring and strategic placement of these devices optimize drying times. When we keep humidity levels low, we also reduce water vapor in the air, causing fewer secondary issues. 

Relative Humidity

Relative Humidity (RH) is a measure of how much water is in the air at any given temperature. RH is expressed as a percentage, so if the relative humidity is 100%, then the air is holding as much moisture as it can at that temperature. At this point, if not sooner, condensation can occur inside the building. "Raining" inside your home can only exacerbate the already water damaging effects. Air can hold more water at higher temperatures, so increasing the house's temperature will lower the relative humidity. That is one of the features of our HEPA filters. Not only does the filter suck the moisture from the air, but it also heats the air to dry the space quicker.

Specific Humidity 

The temperature has such a significant effect on relative humidity, but it's not always a good gauge of how much water exists in the air. Specific humidity is the actual amount of moisture in the air. When our restoration professionals measure specific humidity, they count the actual grains of moisture in each pound of air. To find specific humidity, we measure relative humidity levels and the room's temperature. We then put these numbers in a psychrometric chart that gives us the grains per pound (GPP) number. 

If you ever need help with issues related to water or humidity, such as flood damage, storm damage, or microbial growth, call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando at (407) 985-3200, available 24 hours a day.

Commercial Water Damage Remediation in Your Business

7/31/2022 (Permalink)

Some of the Regular Water Damages SERVPRO Sees in Hotels

Water damage can happen anywhere in a hotel, but some areas and types of damage happen far more often than others. When problems go beyond simple cleanup and sanitation matters, your cleaning personnel or company may be ill-equipped to handle the consequences of significant water damage. Professionals in the restoration industry are specialized in fast and complete hotel services, ensuring rooms stay clean, undamaged, and pleasant-smelling after the incident. If these common problems happen in your building, call a highly-esteemed restoration company or use our Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) system to get a crew of technicians to your location.

Overflowing Sinks and Bathtubs

One of the reasons SERVPRO might be called into hotels is when a guest causes a sink or bathtub to overflow. Guests remain in their rooms for various lengths of stay, so it may not be uncommon to only find out about the matter days later or when water starts to leak elsewhere and cause further damages. SERVPRO inspectors create a detailed assessment of the situation to understand what specific problems might come from these scenarios and estimate our work times and costs.

Water Line Leaks and Breaks

With so many water lines running throughout the building, it may not be uncommon for them to leak or burst, especially when they are ancient. Be sure to call us as soon as you suspect that a water line may have been ruptured, as the speed of our response may be critical to prevent as much damage as possible. To avoid most water line problems in your hotel, make sure that pipes receive semi-regular maintenance and checkups.

Left-Open Windows

Any time a guest can open a window, the potential for damage rises. Currently, there are laws about which levels can have fully-open windows in certain facilities, but regardless, if the window opens even a tiny bit, moisture can enter the facility. If guests can open a window in your hotel rooms, they may forget to close it before a storm rolls through the area. Water entering through the open window can cause significant damage to the carpet and upholstery.

SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando can handle both small, isolated incidents and large-scale disasters throughout an entire building. For the best outcomes, call quickly after an incident at (407) 985-3200.

What Is The IIRC? What Does It Mean For Me?

7/31/2022 (Permalink)

What Is An IICRC Certification? Why Does It Matter?

The IICRC is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification, a non-profit organization for the Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Industries. 

When considering who to call for water damage, do you go with the company your insurance company recommends? How about your neighbor’s recommendation? In the internet age of information-overload and bias, how can you know what’s right? Who really does the best job? Who does the most work for the money? Who handles a water loss job from start to finish? SERVPRO is proud to be your one-stop-shop for disaster relief after a fire, flood, or storm—but don’t take our word for it—let us show you.

Your local SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando is proudly an IICRC accredited firm.

What is an IICRC Certification?

IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the IICRC logo as a symbol of quality. In order to achieve IICRC-certified status, firms must meet a rigorous list of standards in business ethics and expertise.

All IICRC Certified Firms must:  

  • Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
  • Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.  
  • Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry. 
  • Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
  • Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.  

When it comes to cleaning, restoration and inspection, the IICRC writes the books. As an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Standards Developing Organization (SDO), the IICRC has paved the way in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, upholstery and fabric cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation.  

Each IICRC standard takes years to develop and the coordination of several experts in the field, including:

  1. allied trades persons
  2. manufacturers
  3. international, national and regional trade associations
  4. individual or franchise professionals
  5. cleaning, inspection and restoration industry organizations
  6. insurance industry
  7. training schools
  8. contractors and public health professionals

These standards are reviewed and updated at least every five years. Many of these fields, such as the water damage restoration field, change rapidly and those who are certified keep up with the advancement of the science and generally accepted practices of the industry.

We don’t take this stamp of approval lightly—we uphold it. If your home or business suffered water, storm, or fire damage, call us for 24 hours emergency service or for a free estimate.

Approximate The Distance To Lightning Strike: Know How To Prepare for Storms

7/17/2022 (Permalink)

stop watch in a hand in front of a lightning sky background, SERVPRO logo in the corner To approximate the miles a strike is from you, count the seconds between the flash and thunder, divide by 5!
 

Know How To Prepare for Storms

Lightning causes around 43 deaths in the U.S. annually (based on statistics from 1989-2018). Thankfully, this number is only 10% of the average lightning strikes, the other 90% are left alive, but with various degrees of disability.

Nationally, lightning ranks second only to flash floods in weather-related deaths. Lightning is the most frequent important weather threat to personal safety during the thunderstorm season. Since the threat of lightning is so common, it is typical that many have a lackadaisical approach to protecting themselves. The main reason is that people stay outside too long as thunderstorms approach or form nearby. 

For example, during the early part of the thunderstorm season, "dry" thunderstorms are quite common. With these types of thunderstorms, little or no precipitation reaches the ground and, as a result, people are less likely to seek shelter.  See lightning facts below for statistics on lightning events. 

Did you know?

  • The air near a lightning strike is heated to 50,000 ° F, that is hotter than the surface of the sun!
  • The average flash could light a 100-watt light bulb for more than 3 months.
  • Lightning occurs with all thunderstorms.

While most lightning casualties occur at the beginning of an approaching storm, a significant number of lightning deaths occur after the thunderstorm has passed.  If thunder is heard, then the storm is close enough for a lightning strike.  DO NOT wait for the rain to start before seeking shelter, and do not leave shelter just because the rain has ended. 

A Cool Lightning Hack

You can approximate the distance of lightning!

Did you know you can approximate the distance a storm is from you but counting the time between the flash of lightning and the thunder sound that coincides with the lightning flash? That means you can, at your own home, with minimal supplies, figure out how far a lightning strike is from you!

What You’ll Need:

  1. You Ears
  2. Your Eyes
  3. A watch with a second counter or a phone

From the time you see lightning, it will take the sound of thunder 5 seconds to travel 1 mile. To approximate the miles a strike is from you, count the seconds between the flash and thunder, divide by 5!

For example, if you see a flash of lightning, start a stop watch and hear a large crash of thunder 5 seconds after the flash, your lightning is only 1 mile away! Anything less than 5 seconds is definitely close, so seek cover!

It's not raining, is there still danger from being struck by lightning?

YES!  Lightning often strikes outside of the heavy rain area and may occur as far as 10 miles away from any rainfall.

Will the rubber soles of my shoes or tires on my car protect me from being struck?

NO! However, the steel frame of a hard-topped car provides a sort of Faraday Cage or Faraday shield. This increases protection if you are not touching metal. Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside the car than outside. When skies darken, or thunderstorms are forecast, look and listen for increasing wind, flashes of lightning, sound of thunder, and static on your AM radio.  While no place is safe from lightning, some places are much safer than others. 

Where you can go…

  • Get inside a house or large shelter
  • Remain clear of tall, isolated trees and telephone poles
  • If possible, move to a sturdy building or hard top automobile
  • If you are caught outside, away from shelter, you need to get to a place of safety as quickly as possible. If safe shelter is not possible, lie down on low lying ground or in a ditch.
  • If boating or swimming, get out of boats and away from the water, get to land and find shelter immediately

What you can do...

  • Watch for signs of an approaching thunderstorm
  • Postpone outdoor activities if thunderstorms are imminent. This is your best way to avoid being caught in a dangerous situation
  • REMEMBER, if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to a storm to be struck by lightning

If your home or property has been damaged by severe winds, water, or storms—call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando for a free damage restoration estimate.

SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando Lesser-Known Cleaning Categories

7/3/2022 (Permalink)

man in white hazmat suit wiping table, wearing a mask, other man in background, certified SERVPRO clean SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando has the means to help your commercial property—whether a main service or a lesser-known cleanup.

So...What Does SERVPRO Do?

With so many restoration companies out there, it’s hard to know which company is the right fit. And in the midst of a crisis, calling for emergency service, that decision can seem impossible and overwhelming. We are a restoration company defined by quality. While we have built a reputation for our top tier fire and water restoration services, (seriously, see our 5-star reviews), we also service many other cleanup categories. 

SERVPRO’s Lesser-Known Cleanup Categories

On top of water damage cleanup, fire restoration, mold remediation, commercial and residential cleaning, contents cleaning—which includes drapes, blinds, walls, floors ceilings, upholstery and carpets—SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando  also does:

  • General cleaning and graffiti removal
  • Air ducts and HVAC cleaning, not repair
  • Brick, stone, and concrete cleaning
  • Odor removal and deodorization
  • Debris removal
  • Vandalism and graffiti removal
  • Trauma and Crime Scene cleanup
  • Biohazard cleaning
  • Sewage cleanup

Wow, what a list, right? That’s not all we do. We also professionally sanitize your home or business with our Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned process. We have a proprietary blend of disinfectants to deal with biological contaminants.

Specialized Training — Certified: SERVPRO Clean

The Center for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)  set forth protocols, and we are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business to high standards. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants. We go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff performs daily.

The CDC encourages cleaning high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC's guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Specialized Products

The CDC recommends the usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line, available on Amazon, carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. Do you need proactive cleaning of your commercial property or any of our lesser-known cleaning services? Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando today at 407-985-3200.

Remedy Sprinkler Water Damage from Commercial Business Fire

2/13/2022 (Permalink)

commercial sprinkler system in a business warehouse, ceiling, red pipes for water For questions regarding SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando commercial services after sprinkler water damage, contact us at (407) 698-5155.

SERVPRO Remedies Sprinkler Water Damage from Commercial Business Fires

A fire in a commercial business is devastating. Not only is the structural integrity of your building potentially compromised, but employees are out of work and your customers are not being served. 

And when you add additional damages from the sprinkler systems kicking on, the fire and water commercial damages compound quickly. A lot of companies cannot afford to close for a day, and SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando understands this.

That is why we offer 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.

What happens if a fire activates the sprinkler system?

If a fire burns through a building and activates the sprinkler system, there is now both fire and water damage. This is often the case with fires since flames are smothered with water—and that water can be just as damaging or more damaging than the fire. 

We are a one-stop-shop.

Since SERVPRO has the knowledge, equipment, and staff to treat fire and water damages simultaneously, our commercial services reduce the cost that businesses pay because they don't need to look for multiple companies to take care of the different types of damages. SERVPRO even acts as a liaison between insurance companies and clients which makes working with us that much easier.

Unfortunately, disasters are not preventable, but companies like SERVPRO are there to make fire and water disasters “Like it never even happened,” with residential and commercial services. For questions regarding SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando commercial services, contact us at (407) 698-5155.

The Importance of Fast Water Cleanup

2/13/2022 (Permalink)

two green servpro of northwest orlando box trucks, 3 servpro employees standing by one with the door open, front of warehouse For fast water cleanup at your commercial business, call a professional in the restoration industry like SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando.

How Fast Should Water Damage be Cleaned Up?

You depend on your business to keep money flowing in, and you rely on the building where location keeps business going. However, when a pipe or supply line springs a leak, it throws a kink in your week. The time it takes for you to arrange pipe burst cleanup can make the difference between a simple and fast water cleanup or extensive and expensive water damage.

The First Few Minutes

Water damage begins with a variety of events, including:

  • Pipe break
  • Supply line leak
  • Toilet overflow
  • Adverse weather
  • Foundation crack

If all you need is pipe burst cleanup or supply line repair, the first few minutes of water cleanup are crucial. If possible, turn off the source of water as quickly as possible.

The First Few Hours

The longer water sits, the more potential havoc it wreaks. Once exposed to humidity, walls can start to disintegrate, and items made of pressed wood—which often includes cheap flooring—can swell and warp. Water from burst pipes and supply lines can also damage furniture and other supplies in your workplace. 

The First Few Days

Damage that is not mitigated quickly will also become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth. Prolonged damage can interrupt your business’s daily operations, possibly harming your bottom line. To limit the extent of water damage to your business, call a professional in the restoration industry like SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando. SERVPRO’s highly trained professionals are equipped with knowledge, experience and all tools capable to restore your business to its preloss condition. We know the disruption that results from supply line leaks, overflowing toilets, adverse weather, foundation cracks, pipe breaks and other catastrophes. By calling our emergency team, available 24 hours per day, you may be able to turn a potentially massive setback into an easy and fast fix. For additional information regarding commercial restoration, call us at (407) 698-5155.

Emergency READY Profile: How to Prepare Your Business for a Disaster

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

text on green background with SERVPRO logo, "50% of businesses may never re-open after suffering a disaster" For additional information regarding SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile (ERP), visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO Northwest Orlando.
Download SERVPRO's ERP app today at https://ready.SERVPRO.com/Home/MobileApp.

Being a property manager or landlord isn't a 9 to 5 job. Mishaps don't care if you're on vacation or out of the office. Problems can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Be prepared before disaster strikes. Deal with unforeseen circumstances by implementing our Emergency READY Profile (ERP), as many as 50% of businesses have to shut down after a disaster.

Being Prepared is FREE

Your company's ERP profile is FREE and can help you in the event of a disaster. We simply take down a few basic pieces of contact information and we are at your door in case of an emergency.

What Does an Emergency Ready Profile Look Like?

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

Businesses that survive a disaster had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. ERP helps your business have a plan in place and helps keep you and your staff members informed on handling fire and water damage.

For additional information regarding SERVPRO's Emergency READY Profile (ERP), visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO Northwest Orlando at (407) 698-5155.

4 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

floor covered in sprinkler water, pieces of wooden flooring We’re ready 24/7 – including holidays to help your commercial business recover from sprinkler water damages. Call us: (407) 698-5155.

Water damage is one of the most costly disasters your home or business can experience. The Insurance Information Institute estimates that billions are spent on water damage each year. View these suggestions from SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando for preventing water damage

Be careful where you plant.

Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.

Clean out roof gutters.

On a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some severe water damage So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. If your gutters are too high, be safe, and get a professional to check them.

Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals.

Most folks don’t realize these chemicals are eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is an excellent solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.

Never pour grease down your sink.

It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water; grease can still cling to your pipes and could even cause some severe damage and blockage. The safest thing to do is pour your grease into an empty can and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens, you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done. However, we know that water and flooding emergencies can happen any time, so we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays. Contact us at (407) 698-5155.

What To Do After a House Fire

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

dryers covered in soot and caution tape, white text box with orange letters "soot fire smoke" SERVPRO logo bottom center SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando Has the Experience, Tools, and Techniques to Eliminate Soot Residues Remaining in Your Home After a House Fire

Your Orlando home was likely not built to stop house fires before they spread to other areas of the house. In general, most of the materials used for the construction of your home are fire kindling, able to catch fire quickly and spread throughout the property. On top of that, the popular open-concept floor plan lays out the perfect environment for fires to spread from room to room more easily than other floor plans.

While flames do much damage on their own, other substantial effects of a fire are smoke and soot damages. 

Soot Damages

Soot is most concentrated where it burned longest, but matted debris and film from the combustion leave a dark or black residue on surfaces, furniture, flooring, and other materials, too. Removing this residue requires multiple approaches. For wall surfaces, scrubbing with wet and dry sponges can often remove the bulk of the film. Confined spaces like ductwork require high powered vacuums. 

Smoke Damages

Smoke damage often presents itself in the form of a harsh odor lingering in fabrics, carpeting, and open spaces throughout affected areas of your house. Removal of this odor typically requires thermal fogging, a process that releases an unscented chemical compound into the environment and contents of the room to break apart odor molecules and leave no discernible scent behind. 

The Right Solution

Unfortunately, this causes a bigger mess than most people are equipped to handle. Fire damage proves to be challenging to remove without the right equipment. We always suggest hiring a professional fire cleanup and restoration expert. We may be biased, but SERVPRO is just that. We have the experience, tools, and techniques to help you through widespread fire, smoke, and soot damages. 

When you face the effects after a house fire, SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando responds quickly to get your home back to preloss conditions, as soon as possible.

Home Fires and Smoke Damage Aftermath

1/31/2022 (Permalink)

shed-like structure that caught on fire and is producing smoke in Lake Arlington, orange SERVPRO logo in bottom corner We have helped hundreds of families recover from house fire damages and our fire damage repair and restoration specialists have years of experience.
 

Fire Damage Consists of More Than Flames

The damages from flames after a fire are not the only damages incurred. Flames can move throughout the home quickly, burning and ruining every item in their path, but once the flames have been extinguished, the home is left with soot and smoke damages, too. Smoke damage can completely devastate a home if not properly and swiftly addressed. In fact, smoke damage can occur in rooms where the flames were not even present.

With so much attention placed on the flames, people often overlook the dangers linked to smoke damage. The following are some of the most common issues of smoke damage after a home fire:

  • Toxic air
  • Smoke odor in upholstered furniture, drapery, clothing, carpets, and in the air
  • Charring
  • Warped plastic
  • Warped wood
  • Yellow stains on walls and ceilings
  • Household textiles covered in soot

Salvaging items that have smoke damage is a complicated issue. A smoke damage expert will need to assess the home and the impacted items to determine what can be saved. In addition, smoke damage experts will tackle lingering smoke in less obvious places like crevices and cracks where particles may linger, since the smell can last for months following a fire.

Smoke Damage is as Dangerous as Fire Damage

During a fire, the materials that burn produce toxic smoke filled with microscopic particles known as soot. These tiny particles become charged from the extreme heat and migrate to cooler air found in other parts of the house, forming soot webs. Because this smoke is often scorching, it can cause additional damage by melting plastics, scorching fabrics, and textiles and spreading toxic gasses that will kill any living thing in its path. That's why smoke alarms throughout your home are critical to saving lives.

Don’t Grab, Just Go.

The Department of Homeland Security says, "In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can [...] turn into a major fire…Most deadly fires occur in the home when people are asleep. If you wake up to a fire, you won't have time to grab valuables because the fire spreads too quickly, and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape."

Call Us Today for a FREE Fire Damage Estimate

Restoring smoke and fire-damaged items costs less than replacing them. We love when we can restore your belongings, especially items with sentimental value. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando at (407) 698-5155 for a free fire damage consultation. We have helped hundreds of families recover from house fire damages and our fire damage repair and restoration specialists have years of experience.

Fire Restoration Services in Northwest Orlando

1/26/2022 (Permalink)

house caught on fire in northwest Orlando area near me, dark night sky, only flames, words "Fire Restoration" on top of image If you experience fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando to assist with restoration of contents and building, as well as move-out/pack-out.
 

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects the structure of your house but your belongings. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando understands your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home. Check some of SERVPRO's fire restoration services below:

Content Restoration is what we do

SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can't be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean before wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Out/Pack-Out is what we do

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a severe hazard. Don't attempt to turn on or operate any damaged electrical device. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If not removed, the residues corrode, causing electronic failure in the device.

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando today at (407) 698-5155.

10 Things to Know About Mold

1/25/2022 (Permalink)

mold found beneath wallpaper, lower half of the wall only, black colored mold spanning length of the wall The inspection eventually led to an extensive mold job for SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando.

We received a call to inspect a newly purchased old restaurant, bought with the purpose to give it new life. The inspection eventually led to an extensive commercial 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! With mold covering the walls, the bar area, baseboards, and crown "molding” (pun intended), our crew had to suit up with PPE, including respirators and Tyvek suits, to ensure protection!

All items with mold exposure were removed. When the demo was completed, industrial hygienists came in to ensure that the commercial property was good to go! Mold remediation in a commercial property is a tedious, yet rewarding, job. We get to see a building brought back to life!

What else should I know about mold?

  1. Mold exposures may include health effects.
  2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate moisture sources.
  4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  5. Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth.
  6. Clean and dry any damp building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  7. You should clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent and dry thoroughly. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles that are moldy may need to be replaced.
  8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. Some molds can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.

Make Sure Your Northwest Orlando Commercial Property Has the Right Insurance

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Northwest Orlando commercial building, green, blue, orange brick, blue sky behind If you own the property, you may work closely with your insurance company or a fire restoration professional to identify the most common risks.
Do you have the right insurance?

Fires are devastating to small businesses in Northwest Orlando, Florida, because they cause extensive damage to equipment and property, and disrupt daily operations, leading to heavy financial losses. Fortunately, fire insurance policies are available, offering financial benefits like:

  • Coverage for physical damages
  • Replacement or repair of office fixtures
  • Protection against lost business income
  • Compensation for costs of doing business in a temporary location

In some situations, this type of policy covers lost data, the interruption of digital operations, and other computer-related business dealings. Ask your insurance provider for specific information. 

Identify and Reduce Fire Risks 

If you own the property or building where your business operates, you may work closely with your insurance company or a fire restoration professional to identify the most common risks and take steps to protect your premises. Even if you don't own the building, you can look for problem spots such as overloaded power strips and extension cords, stacks of flammable materials near heat sources, aging appliances, and indoor smoking areas. You may be eligible for fire insurance that covers your business contents.

Look Outside of Your Business Walls

Fires are generally unexpected and very destructive. In fact, many businesses did have appropriate preventative measures in place before suffering damage. Fires aren't always the result of something that occurs within the workplace.

Sometimes, the emergency is caused by the activities of neighboring businesses, extreme weather, rioting, or vandalism. You may require coverage for the costs of smoke cleanup even if flames never reach your building. 

Understand Your Coverage Needs

As you consider your business needs and discuss coverage options with your insurance provider, be realistic about your needs. Too many business owners purchase minimum coverage and then don't have the necessary funding for complete fire restoration services. Ask your insurance representative about replacement cost versus cash value terms and eligibility requirements. Make sure you have enough coverage to get you through the entire restoration process. 

Small businesses may be particularly susceptible to damages, but the right fire insurance coverage offers important protection. Make sure your business has the coverage it needs before you need it. 

Immediate Service: Day or Night!

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Immediate Service: Day or Night!

SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando provides 24-hour emergency service and dedicates being faster to any-sized disaster in Orlando! We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

Residential Services

Whether your Florida home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

Commercial Services

There's no convenient time for fire or water damage to strike your Orlando commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond with trained technicians to get your property back to business.

Fire Extinguisher Ready

1/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire extinguishers are staples in disaster-ready homes and provide billions of people with a quick, effective way to respond to sudden blazes. With proper training and education, fire extinguishers can save your life and your property. For hands-on training, contact your local fire station. Generally, all fire extinguishers are alike, as they follow the same usage procedure known as PASS:

  • Pull the pin to break the tamper seal.
  • Aim the nozzle at the bottom of the fire.
  • Squeeze the handle and release extinguisher chemicals.
  • Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire until it’s extinguished.

Choosing Your Extinguisher

Not every fire extinguisher is suitable for every job. Research different types of extinguishers before deciding where to place them around your home. The National Fire Protection Association recommends keeping multipurpose fire extinguishers in your home close to an exit. Class B extinguishers should be located in the kitchen and garage, as they are effective for putting out small grease and gasoline fires. 

Emergency Services

If a fire sparks, call 911 first, then use a fire extinguisher if the situation allows. This ensures you will be able to get the assistance you need if your attempts are unsuccessful. Furthermore, know when to leave the house. The first priority is a safe escape. If the blaze becomes large or your extinguisher runs out of fumes, it’s time to get out of the house. Let firefighters and emergency responders take care of the fire. Work with SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando afterward to get your home back to normal. We specialize in fire restoration services such as smoke and soot cleanup, water removal, repairs, and more.

Being knowledgeable of fire extinguisher handling tips can save your home and your family. Discuss the above tips with every member of your family and create a fire escape plan. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando at (407) 698-5155 for additional information regarding fire damage cleanup.

3 Ways FEMA Can Save the Day

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

Truck driving through flooded streets during a hurricane in Northwest Orlando, SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando logo Utilize FEMA resources to help get your life back on track after a natural disaster.

While individuals struggle to pick up the pieces after recent natural disasters, those unaffected might wonder how communities recover from these crises. Although a thunderstorm might not sweep across a neighborhood with the force that could flatten buildings, an average storm can bring a significant amount of flooding. Below are three ways the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can help during such difficult times.

  1. Financial Support

FEMA steps in when a natural disaster takes over. After a governor confirms a state of emergency, FEMA formulates a method to respond to the crisis effectively. The organization can also work with the states to form funding before an expected storm.

  1. Organization

When a flood strikes, it can seem as if a catastrophe has suddenly affected life in general. Since FEMA works at the state level, victims may check whether their specific area can receive support. Through a straightforward system, they may then apply for disaster assistance. Even if you have insurance, connecting with all programs before moving forward might be a wise step.

  1. Promptness Matters

Despite the differences in each situation, FEMA can respond to disasters that prioritize victims first. When you register, an inspector specializing in disasters generally visits within a week. From there, the agency can work with homeowners to determine the right assistance plan. To ensure speedy support, victims may also need to work with the agency to specify damages.

No matter the extent of the damage, discovering that your home has become the setting for a flood can be shocking, challenging, and stressful. However, this is the point at which FEMA can step in to help you get your space – and subsequently, your life – back on track.

Storm Damage Restoration 

Once the storm has passed and those affected start to rebuild, SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Our team of highly trained restoration specialists is trained in storm and water damage restoration. We can respond to emergency situations 24/7 and work with your insurance company to take added stress off of you. Call us anytime at (407) 985-3200.

What to Look For in a Restoration Company

1/3/2022 (Permalink)

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The Ability to Deal with Multiple Damage Types

Many professional restoration services like SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando offer the ability to work with multiple damage types. This is because one kind of damage can lead to another. For example, fire eliminated by water can result in mold if the water stands long. Most restoration companies can help with fire, water, mold, and storm damage.

A Quick Response Time

Being faster to any size disaster means arriving with the materials and equipment required to do the job. Locally owned franchises such as SERVPRO® have locations across the country that allow them to respond faster when a disaster strikes.

They Offer a Variety of Services

A restoration company such as SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando offers various 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.

Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish makes 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 at (407) 698-5155 today.

Dryer Do's and Don't's to Prevent House Fires

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

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How often should you clean the lint buildup in your dryer? If you answered after every load, you are correct! This is the easiest way to prevent a house fire. Amazingly, doing this small, seemingly insignificant task, can end up saving your home and possibly your life. 

There are approximately 2,900 home clothes dryer fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Dryer fires can be detrimental to you, your family, and your home. Take precautions to reduce the risk for home fires by following the do’s and don’t’s of dryer maintenance and identifying the signs of a clogged dryer.

Dryer Do’s 

  • Have your clothes dryer installed by a professional.
  • Make sure the correct electrical plug and outlet are used and that the dryer is connected properly.
  • Read manufacturers' instructions and warnings in use and care manuals that come with new dryers.
  • Clean the lint filter before and after each load of laundry. Don’t forget to clean the back of the dryer where lint can build up. In addition, clean the lint filter with a nylon brush at least every six months or more often if it becomes clogged. 
  • Clean lint out of the vent pipe every three months.
  • Have your dryer cleaned regularly by a professional, especially if it is taking longer than normal for clothes to dry.
  • Inspect the venting system behind the dryer to ensure it is not damaged or restricted.
  • Put a covering on outside wall dampers to keep out rain, snow, and dirt.

Dryer Don’t’s 

  • Don’t use a dryer without a lint filter or with a lint filter that is loose, damaged, or clogged.
  • Don’t overload the dryer.
  • Don’t use a wire screen or cloth to cover the wall damper. They can collect lint and clog the dryer vent.
  • Don’t dry anything containing foam, rubber, or plastic, like a bathroom rug with a rubber backing.
  • Don’t dry glass fiber materials (unless manufacturers' instructions allow).
  • Don’t dry items that have come into contact with anything flammable like alcohol, cooking oils, or gasoline. Dry them outdoors or in a well-ventilated room, away from heat.
  • Don’t leave a clothes dryer running if you leave home or when you go to bed.

Warning Signs Your Dryer is Clogged and May Cause a Fire

  1. If it takes longer than about 45 minutes to dry your clothing, it could be a sign that the dryer vent is clogged.
  2. Your clothes are roasting hot to the touch after they have gone through a dry cycle.
  3. The flapper on the dryer's vent may not open entirely when the appliance is on.

For those homeowners who aren't lucky to catch the warning signs in time, fire damage can be daunting to clean up on your own. Professionals of SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando can work on your home's fire restoration when it is most convenient for you. Make sure to contact SERVPRO at the first sign of fire damage so that issues are resolved immediately. We’re available 24/7 and can respond immediately. Call us at (407) 698-5155.

Fire Prevention, Protect your Home and Family

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

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As a homeowner, the thought of a fire breaking out in your house is a nightmare scenario. Your family’s safety is at risk, and you could lose precious possessions and your home itself. The preparation steps below will reduce the risk of fire and potentially save a life. 

Maintain Smoke Alarms

All homes should have smoke alarms to alert you to fire danger. One or two devices are not enough. Your home should have one in every bedroom and an additional alarm per floor. Maintain your smoke alarms to ensure they are effective.

  • Test your smoke alarm once a month.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarm at least once a year.
  • Never disconnect your smoke alarm.

Keep an Eye on the Dryer

Of all your appliances, your dryer is perhaps the most significant potential culprit for starting a fire. Check the filter and remove lint buildup after every load. We also recommend inspecting the outside vent and the hose leading from the dryer to the vent for proper ventilation.

Watch the Outlets

Being aware of electrical problems is an important fire precaution. Never overload your outlets with cords. Also, be mindful when you use power strips, especially with computers and TVs.

Be Careful When You Cook

Fire prevention starts in the kitchen, where there are many different heat sources. Make sure your oven is clean and functioning correctly. Also, never leave food on the stove unattended.

You can have peace of mind when you follow these fire prevention guidelines. If you need further direction, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando at (407) 698-5155.

Understanding the Types of Water that Lead to Water Damage

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Water damage comes in many forms. It can occur quickly or slowly; it can be a quick fix or a significant, time-consuming property issue. When your property has water damage, SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando wants to help you!

Being educated about water damage types can help give you peace of mind and help you attack the issue efficiently. There are three general categories of types of water that lead to water damage.

1. Clean Water

This water is clean and comes from an uncontaminated source. If this occurs, know that it is not dangerous if consumed by pets or people. This type of water damage may occur if an incoming water line bursts, you have a bathroom flood due to an overflowing sink or tub, or have a small leak from an internal water pipe. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando can help extract the water and dry surfaces for you. It's essential to have this done by an expert, as any remaining wet areas can bring on further issues such as mold, fungus, or rotting materials.

2. Grey Water

Grey Water comes from a source with some contaminants in it. If a leak or puddle of "Clean Water" is left for too long, it can turn into Grey Water. Other sources include sump pump failures, overflowing washing machines, and even some sewage pipes. This water type may cause people and animals to become sick if their exposure is high or consumed. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando at (407) 698-5155 to handle the water professionally. We have immediate response times and are available 24/7.

3. Black Water

Black Water is the most hazardous type of water damage that can occur. This water is too contaminated and likely comes from a natural disaster or sewage plumbing. This water may sometimes look clean but can contain microbes that can cause health effects. When it comes to home flooding emergencies, Black Water floods can be the most destructive. This is due to the water's unsanitary conditions, which cause bacteria, chemicals, and toxins to absorb into the porous items in your home. Carpets, upholstery, and drywall are often destroyed in this unsalvageable disaster.

Clean and Grey Water has the potential to turn to Black Water if left standing or unattended. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando at (407) 698-5155 to help remove water and disinfect your home immediately if this affects your home, and avoid exposing you and your household as it can cause illness. Our team of professionals can help in any circumstance needed!

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We proudly serve Northwest Orlando, FL, and surrounding areas.

How can SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando Help with Hazardous Waste?

12/10/2021 (Permalink)

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Although SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando is well-known for fire and water restoration, you may not know that we offer hazardous waste disposal. Our highly-trained professionals can help you or your business with biohazard, vandalism, and crime scene cleanup. We specialize in removing and cleaning common hazardous wastes such as bloodborne pathogens, sewage backups, illegal drugs, hoarding situations, crime scene residues, and more. We are trained to safely decontaminate these situations in accordance with OSHA and CDC regulations. Our sanitizing agents, antimicrobial treatments, thermal foggers, and deodorization agents help us make your property “Like it never even happened.” 

When you experience a biohazard concern or have hazardous waste on your property, leave the responsibility of hard cleanup to us. Bloodborne pathogens, bodily fluids, and other contaminated waste can put you at risk. Follow these steps after contamination. 

  • Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando immediately at (407) 698-5155
    for biohazard cleanup. 
  • Stay out of infected areas. 
  • Call first responders if the situation is life-threatening. 
  • Treat all areas and/or bodily fluids as if they are contaminated. 
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage. 

Don’t wait to call us when you have a biohazard emergency. These situations can leave home and business owners feeling vulnerable, violated, and unsafe. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando is here for you 24/7, 7 days a week at (407) 698-5155

6 Steps to Prevent Water Damage

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

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The highest insurance claims by homeowners are from water damage, according to a study by the Insurance Information Institute. Hurricanes and floods are not the only sources of water damage. Blocked gutters, leaky pipes, and broken sump pumps can also be harmful to your home. Thankfully, these issues are preventable; and by minimizing the risk of water damage, homeowners can save more money in the long run. SERVPRO of Tampa Northwest Orlando recommends the following six steps to homeowners who want to proactively protect their homes before disaster strikes. 

Step 1. Check for Leaks Before Going on Vacation

Check the pipes under your sinks, the water heater for any sign of damage, and the seals by your windows for cracks that might cause water damage. Additionally, examine the exterior of your house, especially the roof shingles where water can leak into the interior. Getting these repairs taken care of before leaving for vacation is key to reducing the risk of disaster. 

Step 2. Inspect Your Major Appliances

Check the hoses connected to essential appliances in your home, such as dishwashers, washers, dryers, and refrigerators. If there's any damage, the hoses should be replaced to prevent extensive water damage.

Step 3. Clean Out Your Gutters

Remove any debris out of your rain gutters and downspouts. Gutter blockages can damage your fascia boards, cause foundation leaks, and result in mold

Step 4. Inspect Your Sump Pump

Clear out any debris that could clog the pit. Run a few tests, and make sure that the pump's water is going outside. Install a battery-powered backup in case of a power outage. 

Step 5. Get Someone to Check on Your Home When You’re Away

Call a friend or hire a professional house sitter to check on your home every week while you're gone. Also, show them where the water main is in case of an emergency.

Step 6. Turn Off the Water

If you cannot find someone to check on your home, you should turn off the water main and entirely drain your pipes. To do this, run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water. 

For 24/7 emergency water damage response contact SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando at (407) 698-5155. A team of highly trained water damage specialists will quickly dry and restore your home to make it “Like it never even happened.”  

SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando Offers Biohazard Cleanup

11/30/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando offers other services besides fire and water restoration. Our professionals can help you with biohazard, vandalism, and crime scene cleanup. Blood-borne pathogens can be no joke. Bodily fluids, tissues, and other risky substances are cleaned and disposed of by our trained technicians. Crime scene residue can be overwhelming. When law enforcement finishes with the area, let our professional technicians come in and deal with the fingerprint powder, evidence-gathering chemicals, and residues from tear gas or pepper spray. Arson and vandalism can leave home or business owners feeling vulnerable, violated, and unsafe.

We're always "Here to Help" in any situation you might encounter. We pride ourselves on being a bright spot in a bad situation. Should you ever need our services, call our office anytime (407) 698-5155.

A Smoother Claim Process After a Disaster

11/17/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of  Northwest Orlando helps you through the insurance claim process

If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, the last thing you want worry about is legal action. For this reason, our SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando team ensures they make the claim process as stress-free as possible.

SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando will help make it "Like it never even happened." That way, you and your family or business can get back to what is essential. Our goal is to make the insurance process as smooth as possible. 

How do we make the insurance process easy?

  • We create thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business.
  • We document the condition of each item that we remove for cleaning and storage.
  • We work directly with your insurer, communicating with you throughout the process.
  • We handle the paperwork to ensure your claim's processing and payments are as fast as they can be.

We are proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their clients because they know the benefits that come along with our partnership. We do everything we can to make the entire claim process as easy as possible.

Our team is here for you if you experience a disaster and are struggling to know how to handle litigation and insurance claims. Many know our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water, fire, mold, biohazard cleanup and restoration services, but not that our team works with you through the documentation process. We truly are Here to Help®. Call us anytime at (407) 698-5155.

Water Damage Emergency Help

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

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When you're dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando responds immediately and uses advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water.

SERVPRO documents the damage and cleaning process to verify your property's drying. After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Check for electrical hazards.
  • Watch out for "slip and fall" hazards.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What to do After Flooding 

  • Gather loose items from the floor.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove or prop up wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil, wood blocks or cinder blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
  • Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando because we specialize in water damage cleaning, restoration and reconstruction!

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 the ceiling is wet.

However, if disaster does strike, trust your local SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando to be by your side when you need us. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- including holidays! 

Brackish Water is a Hazard to Your Orlando Home

11/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Orlando, Florida homeowners are no stranger to hurricanes and the damage that they can do to homes and communities. Water damage comes from storms ranging from a hurricane to a typical rainstorm, but the former is so much worse.

Flood damage in Northwest Orlando results from a hurricane bringing water and salt from the ocean. Brackish water, or salt-water can be very hazardous, with the potential to create havoc on your home's structure and your possessions. Here's a look at why hurricane flood damage is serious and needs immediate action.

When saltwater comes into contact with wire insulation, metals, concrete, zinc, and other materials commonly used in homes, it's corrosive. Saltwater is also conductive, so its charge increases the likelihood of power outages and electrical shock.

A home damaged by saltwater decomposes faster if left sitting. The foundation, walls, flooring, and decorative stone and brick of your home will start to break down and be costly to repair the longer the problem persists.

Contacting experienced professionals, such as our team at SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando, is key to protecting your home after a hurricane. It isn't easy to remove saltwater from your home. As time ticks before repairs commence, your home is vulnerable to water damage.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Taking quick action is key to mitigating flood damage after a hurricane. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando is dedicated to helping local homeowners with speed and precision. Call today for a quote or additional information regarding our services at (407) 698-5155.

What To Do If Your Furnace Is Flooded

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Dealing with a burst pipe in Orlando, Florida, can feel like an overwhelming task. Divide the process into manageable steps to decrease anxiety, increase efficiency in the claims process, and get your furnace up and running again.

Document Damage

The furnace is most likely your top priority. However, it’s important to note other property damaged in the area. Use the following process to document losses and assign values in a notebook or spreadsheet:

  • Photograph the damage,
  • Write down the serial number or another unique identifier if available,
  • Assign a value.

Don’t forget to include items that may have no monetary value but are still of high importance to you. Professional recovery services are available to try and save irreplaceable items such as documents or photographs.

Investigate Coverage and Decide to Repair or Replace

A burst pipe resulting in a furnace flood is an insurable event, so make sure to check with your provider. The Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) recommends replacement versus repair of a flooded furnace. Property owners may receive advice that the furnace will work again after a total dry-out and perhaps some minor electrical repair. However, the life of the unit is reduced. You likely don’t want to choose repair over replacement and have a related problem surface a couple of years later, long after the claim closes.

Care of Air Ducts

The quality of air from a furnace is only as good as the ducts it travels through. Your final task is to schedule a professional air duct cleaning to ensure ducts are clean, dry, and free of mold and debris. Thankfully, your friends at your local SERVPRO can take care of that for you.

Tasks associated with a furnace flood are something nobody wants on their to-do list. Take this systematic approach for the return of a safe and comfortable home. For additional information, call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando at (407) 698-5155.

Protect Your Property From Wind Damage

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

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This season many areas in the United States have experienced heavy winds and storms. Wind damage can cause a range of destruction to your property, from broken windows and fallen tree branches to severe damage to the roof, garage or car. It can happen from the strong wind or indirectly from wind blowing debris into your house.

Wind Damage from Different Types of Storms

Thunderstorms are the most common cause of wind and storm damage. However, winds from hurricanes or tornadoes are more fierce and can cause severe damage. Understanding the nature of wind damage can help you limit the amount of damage to your property and save on restoration and repair costs. Here are some steps you can take to minimize property damage when severe weather strikes.

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage

Flying Debris

Most wind damage starts with unsecured flying debris. If a storm is approaching your area, make sure any potential debris in your homes, such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects, are secured or brought inside. Secure your doors and windows to help minimize the potential storm damage to the home.

Roof Construction

Roofing material should latch firmly to the deck; loosely connected shingles will lift from the deck. A well-designed roofing system will anchor the trusses and decking to the walls and foundation to keep the entire roof from lifting off the building in a strong wind.

Siding damage comes down to the standard of their construction. Strongly, fastened siding isn't as likely to lift off a structure in intense wind. Building codes will likely direct the minimum standards for connections. You, your architect or your contractor may decide to exceed these minimums for a more robust, storm-resistant structure.

Tree Maintenance

Removing dead limbs or weakened trees will reduce the likelihood of structural damage. When a force like a strong wind causes a tree’s movement or breakage, the tree can seriously injure the unwary and damage nearby structures. Roof openings and broken windows are the most common result. Keep a roll of plastic sheeting that cuts to size and nails over the opening. Your insurance policy will likely cover the cost of an emergency roof closure. Fallen trees may cause other severe safety issues, such as downed electrical wires. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.

If your home or business sustains wind or storm damage, contact a restoration professional. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando today: (407) 698-5155.

How To Prepare for Hurricane Season

11/1/2021 (Permalink)

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Do you live in an area that's prone to hurricane activity? Are you new to the area and want to know what you should do when a hurricane warning happens? When a hurricane is approaching, know how to be ready by following our guide of the Top 6 Tips to stay safe and prepared during hurricane season.

Tip #1: Stock Up on Essentials

Depending on the severity of the hurricane, you want to prepare for the loss of electricity and the ability to cook. Stock up on water, bread, non-perishables, and items that you can eat without cooking like many canned goods. Keep extra batteries on hand for flashlights and headlamps. A portable cellphone charger, candles and matches could be beneficial as well.

Tip #2: Check Your Insurance

Make sure your insurance coverage covers flooding and other expenses you may incur in a location like Tampa, FL.

Tip #3: Make a Video of Your Home

This helps with proving the current state of your home pre-storm. Insurance companies will have an easier time processing your claims. Keep important documents in a water and fire-proof safe, but also make electronic versions of the ones related to your home and your personal information in case they are destroyed. Documents such as your birth certificate, your driver's license, your home's deed, your social security card, and unpaid bills are good examples.

Tip #4: Protect Your Property

Install hurricane shutters or plywood of at least 3/4 inches in thickness. You may need to install hurricane clips to secure the roof of your home to the walls and foot and head bolts on all doors. This is important in areas that may receive a direct hit.

Tip #5: Make an Evacuation Plan

When it is time to leave, go. Make a plan for where you and your family will stay at least 50 miles from your home.

Tip #6: Don't Take Risks

People hurt in hurricanes stay in their homes or are taking extreme risks -- like leaving late. Make sure you don't do anything silly when the hurricane begins. Pre-planning is the first essential step to ensuring sufficient safety.

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We live and work in this community, too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the community and want to do our part to make our community the best possible.

Roof Damage Culprits to Check After a Storm

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

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After a significant storm, it's a good idea to inspect your property for storm damage. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Pay attention to things like dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens, which indicate hail damage. You may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage from the ground, but most leaks don't represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from something requiring minor roof repair.

Find the source of the leak, stop it, and clean any water damage.

Find the Leak Source

During storms in Northwest Orlando, wind damage lets the rain into your roof. Inside your home, look for stains that indicate the source of a leak and the area that needs roof repair. You may see water stains on your ceiling or coming down a wall. When you see that, get your flashlight and head to that area. Here are five familiar sources for a roof leak:

  1. Vents and fans
  2. Chimneys
  3. Window dormers
  4. Vent pipes
  5. Unsecured nails and nail holes

Fix Water Damage

To complete your roof repair:

  1. Start looking for materials damaged by water.
  2. Check for discolorations and rotting wood and wet drywall and insulation.
  3. When you find mold, remain careful and don't spread during cleanup.

A mold remediation professional can help create a containment area while working on the water and mold damage. If you haven't found mold, start drying any wet materials immediately. Mold can begin growing on wet damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. Drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize. Specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are dry. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando today.

Avoid Freezing Pipes as Temperatures Drop

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

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 pipes 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.

Factors to Consider When Drying Out Water Damage

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

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 (407) 698-5155 to schedule a visit. We are here for you.

When and Where Do Hurricanes Likely Occur?

8/10/2021 (Permalink)

If you have storm damage after a hurricane, call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando at (407) 698-5155. If you have storm damage after a hurricane, call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando at (407) 698-5155.

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 this season because of two factors: warm ocean waters (80 degrees or higher) and weak vertical winds (little change in wind, direction, and 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 the location you're in. People refer to thunderstorms as hurricanes, while people near the equator in Africa and Australia refer to them as cyclones.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando today to restore your Florida property "Like it never even happened."

Career Opportunities at SERVPRO

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

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With 17 franchises in 6 locations throughout TN, FL, and TX, SERVPRO Team Nicholson is an exciting, diverse, innovative place to work. We foster positive company culture, offer competitive compensation packages, and prioritize community involvement. Come find out what it takes to be a part of our team! 

Our mission is to be a proud, laser-focused team holding each other accountable while creating positive opportunities for our people and becoming the most efficiently run organization in the markets we serve. We value honesty, reliability, relationships, trustworthiness, and authenticity! Our team develops and provides solutions; we are go-getters and carry a “bring it” attitude to our work environment. We listen and value each other’s thoughts and ideas and strive to bring them to life. We are built on hard work, transparency, good business, and integrity. We believe “You can’t go wrong doing the right thing.” 

Bill Repsel, our Regional Administrator, shared his testimony on what it's like working for SERVPRO. He said "Every day is a new day. It is an opportunity to serve others in our community in a time of need. We have an incredible team of people with great talent that strives to make a difference every day." 

SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando is proud of the work we do and is always looking for like-minded people interested in a rewarding career. Please submit your resume to recruiting@SERVPROclarksville.com, stop by our office at 2120 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Suite B, Orlando, FL from 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday or click here to check out our current job openings.

Common Water Issues For Business

2/17/2021 (Permalink)

If you experience commercial damage, call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando. If you experience commercial damage, call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando.

For a commercial property owner in Tampa, unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, water damage professionals 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 several 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.

3. Weather

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.

Is Your Small Business Ready for Whatever Happens?

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

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Does Your Business Have a Plan When a 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 the 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 an emergency & saves time and money if ever needed.
    • It only takes a little time to complete and doesn’t interfere with your business’s current projects.
  • It describes your facility’s details (i.e., shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and vital contact information).
  • It provides a comprehensive guide to getting 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.
  • It provides 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

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

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You depend on your business to keep money flowing in, and you rely on the building where location keeps business going. However, when a pipe or supply line springs a leak, it can throw a kink into your week. The time it takes for you to arrange pipe burst cleanup can make the difference between a simple cleanup or extensive water damage.

The First Few Minutes

A variety of events can cause water damage:

• 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 pressed wood items can swell and warp if exposed to humidity. Water from burst pipes and supply lines can still damage the furniture, floors, and supplies in your workplace. Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando (407) 698-5155.

The First Few Days

Water damage that persists can interrupt your business, harming you 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 additional information regarding commercial restoration, call (407) 698-5155.

Inspecting Your Home After a Fire

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage in Northwest Orlando If you have fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando!

When it comes to loss incidents, fire in your Northwest Orlando home can prove challenging to overcome. Fire damage effects can be reaching for the average homeowner to face on their own. Conventional cleaning efforts and general deodorization, for example, pale in comparison to the effectiveness of professional restoration services.

Reacting to the fire damage in your Northwest Orlando home can seem impossible. When the extinguishing process completes, you can begin restoring it to normal. Fortunately, this isn't a battle that you have to fight on your own. Our SERVPRO team handles fire restoration, from soot clean-up to deodorization, to help make the steps towards getting your house to its original condition.

Our estimator and project manager work to identify the full scope of the damage from when we arrive at your home. We survey every area, whether connected to the fire in your home or not. This thorough inspection records the damage, and our SERVPRO professionals have the equipment and strategies to contend with what they face. We'll deliver the assessment of your damages to the insurance company that covers your home. Claims won't be issued until further details are discussed.

Whether the damage in your home was widespread or not, this process remains the same. Our professionals take great care in assessing the scope of the damage that your home faces in the restoration process. You can trust our SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando fire restoration specialists to work quickly to bring your home back to how it should be. Call anytime at (407) 698-5155.

Fire Hazards Your Business Should Avoid

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

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Fire damage in your business is a serious concern. Moderate damage can result in your facility closing for repairs for weeks on end, which can be devastating. The unfortunate reality is that no business is immune to the risk of fire. Some facilities may be likely to endure damage from a fire, such as a restaurant that uses open flames throughout the day. However, many fire hazards are present in workplaces regardless of activities that take place in the building. When you know what these hazards are, you can take proper steps to address and mitigate those risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage.

3 Things to Pay Attention to

1. Electrical Concerns

Damage to electrical wiring can result in sparks that lead to damaging fires. Electrical wiring damage may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets. It may include damage to internal wiring inside the walls, and these damage pests and other forces. Electrical fires may start when power sockets overload or when equipment gets hot. Periodically review your company's wiring to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed.

2. Poor Equipment Maintenance

Other hazards in workplaces relate to low equipment maintenance. For example, failing to service your furnace may result in accumulating dust and other flammable debris. A gas leak in the furnace could result in a fire or an explosion. Fire hazards related to poor maintenance may include dusty, dirty, or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents, and many other features used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas.

3. Flammable or Combustible Materials

Flammable and combustible materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments, but restaurants, hotels, dry cleaners, and many other types of businesses may store combustible materials on-site. These materials should remain sealed according to the manufacturer's recommendations. 

As you can see, numerous fire hazards could result in severe damage to your business. If your company has already experienced fire damage, repairs are needed as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando is your trusted source for quality repair services. We can quickly restore your building to its previous condition so that operations can resume in your place of business. To request assistance with your damaged building, contact us today.

Fire Restoration Services

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

Fire damage icon If you experience fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando to assist you.

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects the structure of your house but your belongings. SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando understands your family's furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home. Check some of SERVPRO's fire restoration services below:

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and "restore" versus "replace" mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can't be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean before wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can't withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a severe hazard. Don't attempt to turn on or operate any damaged electrical device. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If not removed, the residues corrode, causing electronic failure in the device.

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

Call SERVPRO of Northwest Orlando today at (407) 698-5155.

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