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Water Damage Can Impact Port St. Lucie Residential Furnishings

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Water Cleanup Restores Port St. Lucie Home Contents and Structural Materials

Home water removal can seem like a doable task for many Port St. Lucie homeowners. However, the effects of moisture on possessions and valuables can require more care than most consumer-grade cleaning solutions can provide. Worse still, without fast-responding sanitation, mold can grow and secrete digestive enzymes that create further damage to home furnishings.

Port St. Lucie water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO are ready to render aid for homeowners dealing with excess moisture in their properties. Due to mold growth, water can turn from an inconvenient cleanup into a potential biohazard situation. SERVPRO mitigation tools and EPA-registered biocides can remediate risk to keep home occupants safe.

How Water Damage Affects Fabrics, Furniture, and Upholstery

Water damage can spell disaster for porous items like mattresses, cushions, linens, and fibers without fast action. Stains and water spots are just the beginning of potential damages. Microbial growth can set in within 24-48 hours.

  • Water exposure can cause fabric dyes and furniture stains to bleed and seep into nearby objects and flooring
  • Furniture frames can swell with water, warp, and eventually crack. Wood furniture can accumulate water spots. Some repairs may require refinishing
  • Particleboard furnishings warp easily. The laminate surfacing is often resistant to moisture, but this does not prevent damage to the piece. Instead, this vapor barrier redirects water to more vulnerable crevices and joints
  • Metals can tarnish and eventually rust, including mattress springs and the backs of upholstery tacks

While sanitation can be accomplished to some degree with homeowners’ cleaning products and equipment, professional-grade water mitigation solutions can restore these items more quickly while stopping the risk of further unintentional damage to property. Some treatments are better suited to particular materials than others. Some fabrics and items can prove incredibly delicate compared to wood furniture or non-porous furnishings.

SERVPRO Water Mitigation Protocols for Fibers and Furnishings

SERVPRO water damage restoration professionals utilize a suite of furniture restoration strategies for Port St. Lucie home furnishings. These include:

  • Spot cleaning fabrics and nearby surfaces that show signs of stains from furniture stains and dyes. Alternative strategies may be necessary for addressing possessions with dried furniture stains on them
  • Performing moisture extraction with a portable unit and upholstery tool
  • Evenly wetting furniture during cleanup to restore the piece to an even color free of water damage spots and visible seams from moisture exposure
  • Tenting wet furniture cushions before drying with air movers and dehumidification units
  • Putting wax paper sheets between zippers and furniture cushions to minimize rust stain transfers to nearby fibers

SERVPRO water damage odor control can remediate malodors with a combination of sanitation and deodorizing solutions. Cleaning solutions can be injected into furnishings as needed to remediate internal contamination that can contribute to moisture odors. SERVPRO technicians can deploy ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers or spray solutions to eliminate odor-causing bacteria for large-scale odor control. Specialty cleaning needs can be referred to licensed professionals as needed and with the consent of homeowners and insurers.

SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE is reachable by phone at (772) 266-2350 at any time of the day or night, including weekends and holidays. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, including water cleanup.

Call SERVPRO to Remove Port St. Lucie Fire Damage Odors

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Mitigate Fire Damage Soils and Odors in Port St. Lucie Homes

Residential structure fires can wreak havoc on a home’s contents with more than just charring. Soot residues exposed to water can become acidic and corrode sheet metal vents, dishware, and appliances. Fire damage odors can linger in a Port St. Lucie home even after implementing DIY cleanup solutions, which can impact comfort in a residence significantly and potentially create additional repair and replacement costs.

Port St. Lucie SERVPRO fire and smoke damage removal technicians use EPA-registered antimicrobials along with wet and dry cleaning solutions specifically designed for fire damage to dislodge soils. Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) perform thorough mitigation of fire malodors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

How Fire Damage Odors Permeate Surfaces

Fire and smoke damage odors can create significant odor problems from various sources. Dry soot, greasy smoke residues, and filmy proteins combine with multiple materials to create a challenge that most consumer cleaning products are not fully equipped to tackle.

  • Smoke particles can penetrate porous items like unfinished wood and fibers, which can create stains and significant odors
  • Some smoke residues rest on surfaces and develop odors without penetrating paints or nonporous items
  • Charring can create additional odors from burnt finishes, paints, or stains on furnishings or structural materials

Worse still, these fire damage residues can sit in ventilation systems and spread odor-causing particles throughout the home. SERVPRO technicians can mitigate the impact of fire odors by first removing soils with tailored soot cleanup solutions, agitation tools, and HEPA filter vacuums.

SERVPRO Fire Odor Removal Strategies for Structures and Contents

After technicians safely dispose of fire debris and perform soot removal, OCTs can commence deodorization. While sanitation is a critical component of this process, thermal fogging, among a suite of other odor control tools, proves highly effective in restoring the comfort and indoor air quality of a fire-damaged Port St. Lucie home.

Some principles of fire damage deodorization include the following:

  • Deodorize with a solution that behaves like smoke. A smoke-like solvent deodorizer dispensed by a thermal fogger, for example, can eliminate malodors caused by smoke. Wet residues that permeate surfaces require immersion or another form of wet cleaning
  • Restoring indoor air quality is essential for both odor mitigation and occupant safety. Fire restoration technicians can use HEPA filter air scrubbers to collect air pollutants and cycle clean air back into the affected space. The filter, which can catch particles as small as 0.3 microns, is comprised of activated carbon and potassium permanganate
  • Sealants are vital for preserving structural materials. While soot-covered wall framing may not have all the stains removed after a fire, it can be sealed and preserved for effective fire odor removal
  • Specialized tools are also available for removing odor-causing particles, including ozone machines, hydroxyl generators, and pressure sprayers. Ultra-low volume foggers can deploy a deodorizing mist as opposed to the dry solvent-based smoke emitted by a thermal fogger

Homeowners seeking fire and smoke damage removal can contact SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE at (772) 266-2350. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster and ready to respond 24/7.

Mold Can Damage Port St. Lucie Structures and Contents

11/15/2022 (Permalink)

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Port St. Lucie Mold Damage Techs from SERVPRO Remediate Damage Caused by Microbes

While all structures contain some amount of microbes, their growth accelerates significantly in the presence of moisture and porous organic materials like wood, sheetrock, and wool or cotton insulation. When mold damage has reached the surface of a floor, wall, or ceiling, the chances are that Port St. Lucie homeowners have more that requires remediation behind those materials.

SERVPRO mold damage cleanup for Port St. Lucie homes protects home occupants during DIY cleanup while restoring structural materials and contents where possible. Restoration professionals can also safely dispose of unsalvageable materials to prevent secondary damages from spreading spores.

How Mold Damage Eats Away at Structural Materials

Microbes proliferate by eating digestible materials in an environment with suitable amounts of water, food, warmth, and oxygen for sustainability. For ease of consumption, carbon-based materials are broken down with digestive enzymes. Spores can also exist on synthetic materials broken down by digestive enzymes, such as paint, glue, or fibers.

To keep mold damage at bay, homeowners can:

  • Inspect their property for signs of water damage. Spores can grow in as little as 24 to 48 hours after a leak or flood
  • Keep spaces dry and cool. Microbes grow incredibly quickly in humid areas between 77 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Contact certified mold mitigation professionals. Microbial remediation from an accredited team keeps home occupants safe and prevents the unintentional spread of spores throughout the property

SERVPRO Mold Mitigation Training Ensures Quality Results from Restoration Technicians

Total mold removal is impossible because all indoor and outdoor spaces contain microbes. However, SERVPRO can remediate these contaminants to a sanitary state with commercial-grade restoration equipment thanks to the firm’s thorough education in mitigation strategies. These programs adhere to restoration industry best practices and SERVPRO’s standards for residential restoration services.

  • Initial training for restoration technicians covers cleanup essentials while preparing techs for additional certification opportunities. Units include:
    • Fire Damage Restoration
    • Water Damage Restoration
    • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
    • SERVPRO Crew Training
  • Franchise owners undergo thorough training in similar disciplines to their crew at SERVPRO’s state-of-the-art Corporate Training Facility. Training modules include:
    • Fire Restoration
    • Water Restoration
    • Mold Mitigation and Remediation
    • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
  • Web-based e-Learning allows technicians and staff to stay up-to-date on Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) best practices for the restoration industry. These voluntary programs are self-paced and include supplemental education materials and video presentations on restoration topics.
  • Additional SERVPRO courses include credit and noncredit classes tailored to SERVPRO staff and professionals in related fields like insurance adjustment and real estate. Available education topics include the following:
    • Fire Damage Restoration
    • Water Damage Restoration
    • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
    • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
    • A noncredit Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar

Mold inspection, cleanup, and control are crucial parts of the restoration process and affect many industries and homeowners’ quality of life. SERVPRO training prepares crew members, franchise owners, and professionals in adjacent industries for when these disasters occur.

SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE renders mold damage mitigation services for homeowners making it “Like it never even happened.” Call (772) 266-2350.

Port St. Lucie Residents - Don't Skip Pro Mold Remediation

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

mold growth along wall Mold is common in our area. Any lingering moisture in your home give mold spores an environment to thrive.

Call SERVPRO in Port St. Lucie for Skilled Mold Cleanup Services

Whether you have experienced a water damage incident or have increased moisture throughout your home, your property is vulnerable to mold infestation. Given each household's potential hosting materials and belongings, spores can colonize rapidly in several areas, especially with structural openings or traveling through the HVAC system. If your Port St. Lucie residence shows signs of mold development, you need remediation fast. SERVPRO is the top choice for all mold cleanup and remediation projects – We're Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Professional Port St. Lucie mold remediation helps you manage and clean your interior without worrying that you will have costly secondary damage and further hazards. Our IICRC certified remediation technicians are trained to handle everything from moisture detection and structural drying to thorough sanitizing throughout your home. We can address mold that develops anywhere, including:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Attics and Crawlspaces
  • Utility Rooms and more

How Can I Tell if Mold is Developing Within My Home?

Not everyone can tell if mold is an issue, especially without an untrained eye. However, some signs could tell you that it is time to have professionals come in for a thorough cleaning. Signs to look for include:

  • Visible patches –You may see mold growing on some surfaces, which initially starts as discoloration or irregular spotting on host materials.
  • Musty odors –If you notice musty, strong odors, it could tell you that you have active mold colonies nearby.
  • Unusual dampness –Any moisture damage in your home that lingers for a few days will give mold spores the ultimate environment to thrive.

Know the Hazards of Mold Infestation

It would be best to never tackle mold on your own, as improper handling has several hazards. Disturbing the spores could lead to further infestation. SERVPRO knows how to contain and safely clean up the many types of residential molds to make your interior Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Do you need help with quality mold remediation? SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE is available 24/7! Call us at (772) 266-2350 or request service online.

Call SERVPRO to Perform Fire Damage Restoration in Ft. Pierce

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle getting ready for the day. Fire damage restoration services are no easy task. Call the professionals of SERVPRO for fast and immediate service.

Fire Damage Restoration in Ft. Pierce Requires Expertise

Has a fire recently damaged your home? You might be searching for DIY fire damage repair tips to save some money in recovery. However, fire and smoke damage repair is a job that demands expertise.

Opting for professional fire damage restoration in your Ft. Pierce home can help you avoid exposure to hidden dangers. For instance, following a fire, soot forms because household materials like textiles, foam, plastic, and wood do not burn cleanly. The soot consists of potentially toxic materials that did not burn completely.

Soot can ruin textured and porous surfaces. Grout, wood, stone, textiles, and carpet are particularly vulnerable. The fire restoration experts from SERVPRO can use deep-cleaning techniques to restore your property to its pre-fire condition. Our team can deliver fire and smoke damage repair services by taking these steps:

  • Assessing structural damage 
  • Debris removal
  • Water removal
  • Deep cleaning
  • Deodorization

Assessing structural damage

Our SERVPRO team can assess the structural damage and look for problems that can cause further damage.

Debris removal

Removing debris is essential to give way to other restoration procedures and minimize the smoke odor.

Water removal

Water from firefighting efforts can soak into absorbent surfaces like floorboards and walls. Our SERVPRO team can remove the standing water. We can use air movers and dehumidifiers to accelerate the drying process. Air movers force air over damp surfaces. They draw moisture into the stream and move it away from the material. Dehumidifiers eliminate moisture from the air.

Deep cleaning

We can clean the salvageable structures and contents. We can use professional products to polish surfaces.

Deodorization  

Fires cause odors that can make it uncomfortable to live in your home. To remove odors from heavily charred structural components or carpets and fabrics, our SERVPRO technicians can use hand pump-up sprayers to dispense chemicals. We spray the applications directly on the surfaces that require deodorization.

After a fire disaster strikes your home, it’s time to turn to the professionals at SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie, NE. We offer ethical, professional, and efficient fire restoration services. Call us at (772) 266-2350.

SERVPRO Provides Water Damage Restoration and Cleaning in Ft. Pierce

8/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Water Damage Restoration and Carpet Cleaning in Ft. Pierce by SERVPRO

Homeowners are naturally very concerned whenever there is a water leak in their homes in Ft. Pierce. The water spreads over floors and seeps into carpets, and ceilings below, whether a plumbing leak or an overflowing sink. Fortunately, a rapid response can limit much of the damage caused by water absorbed by various materials.

SERVPRO provides water damage restoration in Ft. Pierce and surrounding areas. Our team can respond in less than four hours from your initial call, assess the situation, and deploy water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers to remove the water and moisture before it causes secondary damage. Carpets may delaminate, hardwood floors can swell, causing buckling and cupping, and many wood-based furniture products can absorb moisture, swell, and are ruined if immediate action is not taken to remove the water.

Many of our clients also use this opportunity to have their carpets cleaned. The carpet is already wet and, unless properly cleaned, will still display stains, matting in heavy traffic areas and soiling in many areas after it has dried. Of course, cleaning will not reverse physical wear and tear and other physical damages; however, it will look clean and smell clean after our SERVPRO team has applied appropriate cleaning agents.

In addition to cleaning carpets, SERVPRO can add deodorizers to the cleaning products to remove malodors and fragrances and create a positive smell after cleaning. We can clean your carpets, deodorize them, and make them smell great as part of our water damage restoration services to improve your home even more.

SERVPRO offers the following water damage restoration services to our clients:

  • Water damage remediation
  • Water damage repairs and cleaning
  • Ceiling repairs from water damage

Call SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE for water damage restoration services. We provide service to Ft. Pierce and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (772) 266-2350.

Fire Restoration Safety Guidelines to Follow After a Fire in Ft. Pierce

8/13/2022 (Permalink)

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Safety Procedures During Fire Restoration in Ft. Pierce Commercial Buildings

Plenty of noxious odors and chemicals are produced whenever a fire occurs in a warehouse or industrial building in Ft. Pierce. Even small fires can introduce foul odors into the air inside the building from glues, plastics, and other materials that may have burned. Keeping your customers and employees safe after a fire is one of the most important considerations to keep in mind.

SERVPRO provides fire restoration services in Ft. Pierce and surrounding areas. We have extensive experience dealing with fires, damaged contents, and structures, the odors from off-gassing while these materials were burning, and the sanitation of the water and chemicals used to quell the fire. We employ the appropriate precautions and protocols to protect our clients and employees during the cleanup after a fire and the subsequent restoration.

SERVPRO assesses the structural integrity of the building to confirm work areas, controlled demolition if needed, and recovery of restorable contents. We establish safe zones to stage contents that can be cleaned and restored. Fire-damaged debris is disposed of only after the proprietor or the adjuster has inventoried damaged items and given approval.

We also assess all potential hazards that may harm SERVPRO technicians, customers, employees, or even bystanders. Safety risks may include electrical shock, poor lighting, overhead danger from weak ceilings and structure, and general slip/trip or fall situations. We aim to keep everyone safe while restoring your building after a fire.

SERVPRO provides the following services to our clients while maintaining a safe work environment for our employees and our clients:

Call SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE for fire restoration services. We provide service to Ft. Pierce and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (772) 266-2350.

SERVPRO Provide Mold Removal Services in St. Lucie West

8/13/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Explains Mold Removal vs. Mold Remediation for St. Lucie West

Microscopic mold spores are everywhere inside and outside our homes in St. Lucie West. The spores are waiting for the right conditions to germinate and evolve into a mold colony, emitting a strong, musty odor that cannot go unnoticed. What are the right conditions? Warmth, an organic food source, and moisture are all that are needed for mold spores to germinate.

SERVPRO provides mold removal services in St. Lucie West and surrounding areas. We inspect and assess the mold infestation, evaluate the source of moisture, and provide a plan to remove mold from surfaces, including contents and structure. Larger infestations may require specific inspection and documentation protocols to be followed based on the size of the infestation. Act now, before the infestation becomes too large.

SERVPRO techs inspect and discover the moisture source and eliminate it to prevent a future infestation of mold colonies. SERVPRO AMRT-trained technicians, depending on the location and size of the infestation, erect plastic barriers to prevent spores from transiting to other areas of your home. We use negative pressure techniques, air filtration processes, and bagging mold-contaminated materials in place before removing these materials from your home. We clean, disinfect, and remove mold from top to bottom. All these actions aim to prevent mold spores from moving to other areas of your home.

Our technicians can assist with the restoration of any drywall, subfloors, and other materials that need removal, whether they are minor restoration or major repairs. SERVPRO provides the following services to our clients:

  • Mold inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Attic mold removal

Call SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE for mold removal services. We provide service to St. Lucie West and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (772) 266-2350.

Removing Wet Smoke During St. Lucie West Fire Restoration

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

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Wet Smoke is a Fire Restoration Challenge

Wet smoke is the product of a slow-developing and moving fire in a household. Moist environments reduce the heat of this blaze, causing it to smolder rather than destroy impacted materials. Wet smoke damage causes: 

  • Thick deposits
  • Moist soils
  • Staining
  • Smearing

What is the Best Cleaning Approach?

Cleaning up the thick and formidable wet smoke during fire restoration in St. Lucie West homes is not a universal system. Several factors play a role in what cleaning method should be selected to overcome thick soot soils on building materials. Some of these factors will include: 

  • Porosity - This term measures how porous a surface is and how sensitive it might be to smoke damage like soot, odors, and other fire loss effects. Drywall is highly absorbent, making it an easy target for deeply penetrative smoke solids and malodors. 
  • Cost of Replacement - In some situations, it is more cost-efficient to consider replacing a material even if it is not completely ruined by fire damage. Some customers or insurance providers might prioritize a faster completion time over the restoration of easily replaced building elements. 
  • Age of Material - The hosting material's age also plays a part in choosing surface cleaning, abrasive removal methods, or controlled demolition. Original building elements should be preserved when possible, and some more aggressive tactics might ruin the underlying substrate.

Irreparable Damage to Building Elements

Sometimes the inspection of the affected materials or the progression of corrosion with acidic soot deposits makes surfaces and building elements unsalvageable. When irreparable damage results to affected materials, controlled demolition must remove these impacted areas to allow for more direct drying before reconstruction.

Wet smoke is a common obstacle for house fires in our Florida communities. Humidity and other environmental factors play a part in slowing the pace of fire movement and combustion, creating more challenging soot deposits. Our SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie NE team can help with the extensive cleanup needed after a fire when you call (772) 266-2350.

Affected Materials After Attic Flood Damage in Ft. Pierce

7/22/2022 (Permalink)

Rafters inside attic Water damage in attics is common. Visually inspect your roof often for signs of loose or missing shingles.

What Materials Suffer Flood Damage?

Attic flooding is a common form of water damage to Florida homes, especially those in the path of severe weather systems. High winds and driving rain can be responsible for significant structural damage to the exterior of the house and the attic space when the water makes its way inside. Some of the materials impacted by flooding can include:

  • Roof
  • Insulation
  • Trusses/Underlayment
  • Flooring

Inspecting the Roof for Damage

Flood damage to Ft. Pierce attics can be directly linked to roof compromise and missing components. SERVPRO professionals assessing the damage must closely evaluate the roof's condition and identify where water might enter. At this time, patching can be completed to stop further flooding.  

Pulling the Wet Insulation

In Florida homes, properly installed insulation is critical. When these materials get exposed to infiltrating water, they can quickly absorb this threat and require removal. Fiberglass insulation can be dried and returned to the structure, but other types require discarding and replacement.

Replacing Damaged Building Materials 

Many building materials are accessible from the attic, including the supports and underlayment materials for the roof, flooring, and any potentially ruined utilities in this portion of the house. If no contamination is believed to exist, SERVPRO can often dry flood damaged materials creating the framework of the roof and the wall systems with focused attention with low-profile air movers and dehumidification tools. When irreparable harm has resulted, materials have been discarded and will be replaced with new elements.

St. Lucie County can be a heavily impacted area by storms and subsequent flooding. When your roof and attic suffer the worst of these systems, our SERVPRO of Port St. Lucie team can help. We have trusted professionals to help with needed repairs, flood cleanup, and thorough drying. Give us a call now at (772) 266-2350.