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Home Fires and Smoke Damage Aftermath

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

house burned inside Property damage in fires means damage directly from the flames as well as damage that comes from the smoke.

Home fires are extremely scary. For those fortunate enough to get out of their home and get the fire contained quickly, the damage that the fire causes is often the focus. Flames can move throughout the home quickly, burning and ruining every item in their path. Once the flames have been put out, however, the home is left with smoke damage. Smoke damage can completely devastate a home if not properly and swiftly addressed. In fact, smoke damage can occur in rooms where the fire was not even present.

Property damage in fires means damage directly from the flames as well as damage that comes from the smoke. With so much attention placed on the flames, people often overlook the massive dangers linked to smoke damage. The following are some of the most common issues like to smoke damage after a home fire:

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

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 need to look throughout the home to tackle lingering smoke in less obvious places like y crevices and cracks where particles may linger. Since the smell of smoke can last for months following a fire, it is extremely important to get the damage assessed by a professional.

At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, our fire damage repair and restoration specialists have years of experience in handling both fire damage and smoke damage. If you or a loved one have experience a home fire, please call us immediately for a free consultation.

What To Do About Roof Water Damage

1/27/2021 (Permalink)

home flooded by upstairs or roof damage - woman holding bucket while water leaking from ceiling in kitchen Things like heavy rains, storms, and any type of adverse weather can reduce the life of a roof or require repairs along the way to keep it functioning

Homeowners know expensive roof repairs and replacement can be. When looking to buy a new home, one of the first questions asked is often the age of the roof. Different roofs typically last different lengths of time. Generally, asphalt shingle/composition roofs last around 20 years, fiber cement shingles last around 25 years, and wood shake roofs last around 30 years. Since it can cost tens of thousands of dollars to replace a roof, it is important for homeowners to keep their roofs in the best shape possible.

Things like heavy rains, storms, and any type of adverse weather can reduce the life of a roof or require repairs along the way to keep it functioning. Some of the most common signs of water damage on your roof include:

  • Ceiling is discolored
  • Mold begins to grow in rings
  • Smelly odors coming from the walls
  • The texture of the flooring begins to change
  • Water begins to accumulate

Roof damage signs throw people off at times, since they often appear in places other than the roof. For instance, you may have roof damage but the issue appears on the ceilings, floors, attic, walls, around home appliances, or even along the home’s exterior or foundation. The most important thing to know about roof water damage is the need to act quickly. If left untreated, roof water damage repair can become extremely costly as the fallout reaches different areas of the home.

If roof water damage is discovered in your home, it is extremely important to take specific safety measures. First, catch any dripping water with buckets. Then, determine whether or not the leak is coming from the roof. Next, talk to a roofer to decide what the next step should be. Finally, reach out to a water damage restoration specialist to address the issues caused by the roof problem.

At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, our water damage repair and restoration team is highly trained and has many years of experience in restoring a home after roof damage. Contact us today and we will send a team out to get your home back to normal in no time.

Some of the Largest Storms in History

1/12/2021 (Permalink)

massive waves over lighthouse Things like hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones have played a big role in monumental storms of the past, making their mark forever in the history books

Florida residents are no strangers to large, scary storms. Warnings that would send people from other states into a major panic often get a minimal reaction from Floridians. As such, it is easy to downplay the impact of all storms and forget that some of them have been extremely deadly and damaging. Things like hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones have played a big role in monumental storms of the past, making their mark forever in the history books.

Floridians are most familiar with hurricanes, much like our Louisiana counterparts. However, some regions of world like Japan, India, and the Philippines have experienced some of the worst storms to be seen anywhere around the globe. The dangers of these storms range drastically and even have different names depending on where they are located. For instance, a hurricane refers to a storm that forms over the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. A typhoon, however, refers to storms forming over any other ocean.

Today, we thought we would take a moment to highlight some of the most significant storms in the world’s history. From being extremely deadly to being extremely destructive, the following, in no particular order, are some of history’s largest storms:

  1. Kavali Cyclone in Thailand
  2. Hong Kong Rainstorm Disasters in Hong Kong
  3. Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans
  4. The Great Bhola Cyclone in Bangladesh
  5. Hugli River Cyclone in India
  6. Haiphong Typhoon in the Gulf of Tonkin
  7. Hurricane Liza in Mexico
  8. Vargas Tragedy in Venezuela
  9. The Great Hurricane in Barbados
  10. Super Typhoon Nina in Hualien, China

Images of these storms will shake a person to their core. They were massive and took tens of thousands of lives when they hit. While no one can guess the extent of which a storm may be dangerous, being prepared at all times is imperative to staying safe. At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, we take pride in the storm damage work that we have done in the past and continue to do today. Call us today to learn more about our storm damage experts.

Achieving Your 2021 Business Goals

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

2021 goals list The goals that you set for 2021 should be precise, feasible, and communicated throughout the company.

Owning a small business is no easy feat. From working long hours to wearing many different hats that ensure the business is running smoothly, small business owners often find themselves with a stressful, overwhelming to do list. It is not easy to be in charge and know that the livelihood of so many depend upon the success of your business. As such, it is important to set realistic, yet lofty business goals for each and every year.

The last year was likely filled with more downs than ups, teaching many business owners how fickle industries can be and how important it is to be dynamic in staying afloat. In 2021, many business owners will look to gain back the business that they lost in 2020. Setting new goals for a new year can be a daunting task and sometimes leads to generalization. Writing down general goals can be a helpful way to direct your thoughts, but business owners really looking to achieve great things in 2021 must be more specific.

The goals that you set for 2021 should be precise, feasible, and communicated throughout the company. Too many small business owners make the mistake of writing down goals and failing to share them with their staff. In order to be successful in 2021, you must share your vision with your entire team. We recommend pinpointing two or three objectives and then mapping out what it will take to get there.

Some of the most common small business goals for 2021 include:

  • Improve the company’s productivity
  • Implement a social media plan
  • Reduce business costs
  • Set aside time for networking
  • Re-evaluate customer service protocols
  • Revamp the company’s website
  • Institute an incentive program for employees

While the above goals are just examples, they serve as a way to direct your thoughts. Small business owners should hone in on a couple of goals and then create a specific strategy for achieving them. Involve as many people on the team as necessary in creating the plan to achieve the goals. Share the goals amongst the entire team and hold yourself accountable.

At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, we know that 2020 was a difficult year for everyone. We are confident that our community is stronger for the hardships that we have overcome and we take pride in serving your community for any and all damage restoration needs. On behalf of our team, here’s to a successful 2021!

Preventing Garage Mold Growth

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

garage door Taking these steps to prevent garage mold growth can save a lot of money in the long-run.

Florida residents have grown accustom to humidity and moisture in the air. With unpredictable rainstorms and warm temperatures, the fallout of those weather conditions can mean a number of different things. For homeowners in Central Florida, mold growth is one of the top concerns that come from these conditions. When people think about the threat of mold growth in their homes, they typically worry about their kitchen and bathrooms. While these areas are certainly prone to mold growth, there is another area of the home that is often overlooked – the garage.

Water damage inside of the home is something that is dealt with right away, but what about water damage to the home’s exterior? If left untreated, water damage can quickly become mold damage and that means costly repairs. Combining factors like heat, darkness, and moisture in the garage creates a perfect environment for mold to thrive. So, what can you do about it?

Keep in mind the following tips to prevent mold growth in your garage:

  1. Do not store cardboard in the garage
  2. No wet items should be stored in the garage
  3. Ventilate the garage with fresh air as much as possible
  4. Remove standing water as soon as possible following a rainstorm
  5. Ensure that the garage door seal is working properly
  6. Open the garage once a day to let in some sunlight
  7. Store as much as possible on shelves as opposed to on the floor
  8. Keep any shrubbery that is near the garage trimmed
  9. Think about buying a dehumidifier to keep in the garage

People in Florida really depend on their garages. Whether you are using yours as a storage space, a place for parked cars, or even an extra room, keeping it cared for means thinking about the potential for mold growth. Taking the above steps to prevent garage mold growth can save a lot of money in the long-run. At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, we are mold remediation experts. Contact our office today to learn more.

Fire Safety Tips for Cooking During the Holidays

12/22/2020 (Permalink)

Mom cooking with kids on the kitchen While the kitchen is a place for cooking and congregating during times of celebration, it is important to remember fire safety.

The holiday season is here and that means family, fun, and delicious food. One of the greatest things about the holidays is spending time with loved ones, and that typically means sitting around the table to share a meal and laughs. Many families spend hours in the kitchen this time of year. Cooking turkey and ham, baking delicious desserts, and creating yummy casseroles make the holidays feel truly special.

While the kitchen is a place for cooking and congregating during times of celebration, it is important to remember that fire safety can never be ignored. Distracted chefs can be extremely dangerous in a home when a lot of cooking and baking is being done. As such, it is vital that all family members have a basic understanding of fire hazards and how to avoid them.

When you and your family are cooking this year, be sure to keep the following fire safety tips in mind:

  1. Any foods that are roasted, baked, or simmering must be checked on regularly
  2. Never leave the stove on in the kitchen if you plan to leave the room
  3. Pour hot grease in a garbage can
  4. Know where your fire extinguisher is located, preferably somewhere near the kitchen
  5. Do not keep wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or oven mitts near the stovetop
  6. Utilize timers
  7. Do not leave the kitchen if you are frying, grilling, broiling, or boiling
  8. If an oven fire breaks out, keep the door closed and turn off the heat
  9. Stovetop fires should be smothered with a lid and then turn off the burner immediately
  10. When in doubt about a kitchen fire, get out of the home right away and call 911

At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, we have many years of experience in fire damage repair and restoration. We wish everyone in our community a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season!

Identifying Water Damage Behind Your Walls

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Mold and moisture buildup on wall of a modern house The sooner that water leaks are addressed, the less damage that they will cause.

Water damage is something that every homeowner hopes to avoid. Not only can repairing a water damage issue be costly, but resulting mold growth can cause health effects of all kinds for those who live in the home. One of the best ways to avoid costly repairs and possible health effects is to spot water damage early. Unfortunately, many people do not notice water damage until it has been there for quite a while. As such, it is important for every homeowner to be educated on water damage causes as well as signs of water damage to protect their homes as best as possible.

While water damage can be caused by some obvious things like flooding from a rainstorm, it can also be attributed to things like sewage backups and pipe bursts. Those examples are typically very easy to spot, as the homeowner will find pooled water or clearly damaged flooring. However, water damage behind the walls of a home are far more difficult to recognize. The following are some of the most common signs of water damage behind your walls:

  • The walls are warped
  • The walls are stained
  • Mold is growing on the baseboards or walls
  • The paint and/or wallpaper begins to peel or bubble
  • The floor or ceiling starts to buckle
  • A musty odor is recognized

If any of the above signs are identified, it is extremely important to act swiftly. The sooner that water leaks are addressed, the less damage that they will cause. Getting to a water damage job quickly means keeping costs lower for the homeowner. At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, our water damage repair team has years of experience in water damage repair and restoration. Our technicians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us today to learn more!

Storm Preparation Tips for Homeowners

11/23/2020 (Permalink)

rainstorm over lake Heavy rainstorms can quickly lead to flooding and water damage if a homeowner is not prepared for them.

Florida homeowners know how quick and unpredictable a storm can be. Whether it is a hurricane, tropical storm, or just a heavy rainstorm, preparing your home for the worst is essential to keeping your family and your belongings safe. Central Florida is typically lucky in avoiding most hurricane paths that cruise through the Sunshine State. However, the sub-tropical climate means that the Orlando area gets a lot of rain.

Heavy rainstorms can quickly lead to flooding and water damage if a homeowner is not prepared for them. Even the slightest bit of due diligence can go a long way in protecting the exterior and interior of a home from water damage. The following are some great general tips to follow in preparing for the next heavy rainstorm:

  1. Secure any and all fences around your home
  2. Make sure that patio furniture is anchored or stored indoors
  3. Trim your trees and clear out any dead tree limbs
  4. Clear out your gutters
  5. Check that your drains are properly flowing
  6. Seal any cracks in the driveway
  7. Regularly inspect your roof
  8. Spot check your windows, doors, and garage door to ensure that there are now areas where water can leak in

While the above tips may seem obvious, homeowners typically forget to do them. It is easy to grow so accustom to heavy rainstorms that you ignore home maintenance duties. However, neglecting to do the above tasks can result in costly damage to your home and your possessions. Flooding and water damage can happen quickly, in many cases without the homeowner noticing right away. As such, being proactive is essential.

At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, we are water damage and storm damage experts. Our damage repair and restoration team has years of experience and we take pride in serving our local community. Contact us today to learn more!

11 Tips for Keeping Business Going During COVID-19

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

Open sign in a small business shop Local business owners who are struggling to keep business flowing should consider some of the above marketing tips to keep their doors open.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of nearly everyone around the globe. People have had to adjust their daily lives and businesses have had to adapt to keep their customers happy and safe. The shutdowns made it very difficult for small businesses to stay afloat and maintain a steady flow of customers. Now that things have settled down a bit, it is important for local businesses to adjust accordingly and make plans to ensure that their companies remain successful.

Marketing has never been more important for small, local businesses. The goal of marketing efforts must be to not only maintain business and loyalty from current customers, but to attract new prospects and leads at the same time. The following are some important tips for keeping your business going during the pandemic:

  1. Send out regularly email communications
  2. Make sure that all online business listings are accurate with store hours
  3. Get active on social media and engage with customer base
  4. Network with likeminded businesses in your local community to potentially share customers
  5. Launch a loyalty program to reward repeat purchases
  6. Create a promotion specifically geared towards local buyers
  7. Update your website regularly
  8. Host an event an your place of business
  9. Build a new incentive program for customers who bring in new prospects
  10. Encourage your staff to promote the brand
  11. Entice your happy customers to write online reviews

While these times are certainly tough, there are a number of different avenues a small business can take to remain in business. Local business owners who are struggling to keep business flowing should consider some of the above marketing tips to keep their doors open.

Doing Our Part for Our Local Community

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Close up top view of young business people putting their hands together. At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, we are locally owned and operated as a trusted leader in the restoration industry.

Community is the cornerstone of local business. Now, more than ever, it is important that we connect with and serve our Altamonte Springs/Longwood friends. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light just how critical it is to have a solid foundation to lean on in times of need. At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, we have always taken great pride in our ability to serve those who find themselves in an emergency situation.

When an unexpected storm hits or when a fire erupts and damages your home and belongings, you need someone to rely on – someone who not only have experience and expertise, but someone who cares deeply about keeping our community safe. The team at SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood has spent the last 15 years ensuring that we are that someone for those in our community.

With the goal of being “Faster to Any Size Disaster”, our residential and commercial restoration and cleaning services aim to exceed expectations each and every time. With 24-hour emergency service, you can count on us day or night to not only come quickly, but to come with our highly trained restoration technicians. We specialize in repair and restoration for:

  • Water Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage
  • Commercial Services

In addition to providing the above services, we have a professional COVID cleaning service that utilizes proactive viral pathogen cleaning. As a result, we help to ensure the cleanliness of businesses, public spaces, restaurants, and more. With training in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills, our technicians have the training and experience to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s cleaning and decontamination standards.

At SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs / Longwood, we are locally owned and operated as a trusted leader in the restoration industry. Call our office today to speak with a damage restoration specialist!