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Electronics in a Water Damage

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Taking Certain Steps Quickly Can Help Save Electronics in your Home

After any flood, the damage to your home's contents may be severe.  Not only are furniture, flooring, and documents at risk, but electronics can also be ruined by water.  Televisions, computers, power tools, appliances, and other devices require immediate attention to have the best chance of being saved. 
 
Homeowners with flood damage in Seminole County typically have electronics that they're worried about, whether the flooding was caused by a storm or burst pipe.  Not only is replacing these items an extra expense but going without certain electronics for even a short amount of time can be a huge inconvenience.  Whether any specific piece of electronic equipment can be restored or saved depends on a number of factors. 
 
Humidity 
 
It's not just the standing water in a flood-damaged house that poses a threat to electronics, but humidity as well.  This becomes a bigger issue the longer it takes to get the flood damage restoration process started. Our team will dehumidify your home to get things stable and decrease the chance that your electronic devices will incur damage.
 
Exposure to Water 
 
The less water that has been in or around an electronic device, the more likely it can be saved. For instance, a microwave sitting on a wet counter can have the excess water wiped from its base, while a laptop that's been submerged in water is a much greater challenge and may not be salvageable. SERVPRO takes special measures when handling electronics in a home with flood damage, which can often save the equipment. 
 
Preventing Further Damage 
 
When you call SERVPRO after your home has encountered flood damage, it's important to avoid turning on your electronics.  It's tempting to see if each item still works, but doing so can increase the chances of irreversible damage.  Once we're on the scene, we'll quickly work to save your electronic equipment if at all possible. 
 
If you need to restore your home after a flood, count on the experts at SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood.  We'll do our utmost to help you keep your possessions and avoid the cost of replacement.  For more information about our flood damage services or to get a quote, call us at (407) 830-9899.

Did You Know There Are Different Categories of Water?

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

There are 3 different categories of water. 


Category 1 Water – That which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Category 1 water may become progressively contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings or building assemblies (walls, decking, subflooring). Time and temperature, which promote the growth and amplification of microorganisms in water can cause Category 1 water to degrade.


Examples of category 1 water are:


  • burst water pipes
  • failed supply lines on appliances
  • vertically falling rainwater (water that does not hit the ground before entering the structure)


Category 2 Water – That which begins with some degree of contamination and could cause sickness or discomfort if consumed by humans. As with Category 1 water, time and temperature can cause Category 2 water to become progressively more contaminated.


Examples of category 2 water:


  • Washing Machine Over flow
  • Water from dishwasher
  • Used bath water


Category 3 Water – That which is highly contaminated and could cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans.


Examples of category 3 water:


  • sewage
  • rising flood water from rivers and streams
  • ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes 


There are many different factors that could contribute to the category of water, it may not always be clear. If you have any questions be sure to always ask a qualified professional. SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood would be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

Altamonte Springs Smoke and Soot Damage!

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Altamonte Springs Smoke and Soot Damage! Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Altamonte Springs Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?

Call Us Today – (407) 830-9899

Can Air Purifiers Remover Household Mold Spores?

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold is a common nuisance in many homes and properties. In the past few decades, people have been using air purifiers to get rid of mold allergens. But are all air purifiers efficient at removing mold from the air or can air purifiers get rid of mold in a home? Find out below:

What Are Mold Spores?

Mold is an essential part of nature and can be found almost everywhere. Mold spores are airborne microscopic particles that act as the “seeds” which mold needs in order to spread. While mold spores are also present in homes, the actual visible mold grows only when it has the right conditions. It requires a source of food (such as walls), moisture, and warm temperatures. Unfortunately, most homes meet those requirements, causing the potential for health risks. 

How Does Mold Affect Our Health?

Some people are more sensitive to mold exposure than others. The most affected individuals are those who are allergic to mold or suffer from asthma. You should minimize the mold in your home to avoid such health hazards.

What Do Air Purifiers Do?

There are several types of air purifiers, but those that are the most effective at removing mold spores from indoor air are high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air purifiers. HEPA filters capture 99.97% of 0.3 micron particles, including dust and other allergens, and an even higher percentage of larger particles. Since mold spores are usually about 1-20 microns, the HEPA filter is perfect for extracting mold spores from the air. However, air purifiers should not be used to treat the underlying mold problem.

What Air Purifiers Don’t Do

Although HEPA air purifiers can efficiently filter mold spores out of the air, you need to remove the mold first if you have a mold problem in your home. Air purifiers will remove mold spores, but can’t remove the mold growth which put the mold spores in the air. To get rid of a mold problem, it’s best to call a mold restoration company. These companies use specialized equipment and techniques to detect and remove mold growth, as well as to dry and restore affected surfaces.

The Bottom Line

If you’re allergic or sensitive to mold spores, air purifiers can be a great help. They can filter out mold spores and other allergens from the air. In addition, air purifiers can help prevent mold growth by stopping mold spores from spreading. However, air purifiers won’t kill the mold that’s already growing on surfaces. Remove the mold and fix the moisture problem to get rid of the mold infestation.

Call SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood at 407-830-9899 with any questions and we will be happy to help. 

Our Highly Trained Restoration Specialists can restore your Altamonte Springs Home

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

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.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood

SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Immediate Steps to take After Flood Damage in Your Business

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Immediate Steps to take After Flood Damage in Your Business Flooding in a commercial building

Hopefully your business will never experience flood damage in Seminole County.  However in case you do, it is important to know how to handle the situation before it happens so you are prepared.  Flood damage can cause structural concerns and several other issues.  There are crucial steps to take immediately afterward in order to help protect yourself, your business and your employees.

Make Sure to Protect Yourself

Whenever possible, you will want to avoid wading in flood waters due to contamination and possible unseen hazards.  If the need arises and you must walk in any flood waters, be sure to wear sturdy shoes or rubber boots which will protect your feet from hidden debris in the water that could trip or cut you.  Always be sure to keep an eye out for snakes or other critters which have been displaced by flooding, and do not ever put your hands anywhere you cannot see them first.

When all else fails and you are not sure about going into your building, wait for the professional remediation company to arrive.  They are aware of all the procedures and steps to take to keep themselves and others safe.  They will have all the necessary protective gear to wear as they are assessing the damages for you.

Shut off Potential Hazards

If it is safe to do so, you will want to make sure that you turn off any electricity to the affected areas. However, if you are not 100% sure if it is safe to do so, it is best to stay out of the water as water is an excellent conductor of electricity.  When in doubt, wait for professionals to arrive.  Your safety should be your number one concern.

When you call in professionals for help, the remediation company will also have special tools to aid in finding any signs of hidden moisture.  These tools will help ensure that they completely dry out your business properly to avoid any further secondary damages.

Pictures, Pictures, Pictures!

Make sure to document as much of the damage to your commercial property as thoroughly as you can.  This will help you when you are filing your claim with your insurance company.  When you are able to safely re-enter your business, get photographic evidence of the damages that were left behind by flooding.  You will want to document all that you can and then speak with your insurance company in a timely manner. 

Salvage What you Can

The professional restoration company can assist you in this process.  It is important to understand that anything porous that has come into contact with flood water should be discarded.  This is because flood waters can be highly contaminated with bacteria and could pose a risk in the future.

Rugs and padding will always need to be disposed of if they are damaged by flood waters.  You will also need to have any insulation or drywall removed if they have been affected by flood damage.  Any food which has been affected will also need to be thrown away.

SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood is a professional and local company in Seminole County who will quickly respond to your flood damage needs. When you experience such an event in Seminole County, we have the experience and resources to help. 

Contact us any time at (407) 830-9899.

Saving Your Home from Black Mold

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Saving Your Home from Black Mold Mold in your Seminole County home could be a very serious issue!

Mold in a Florida home can be a very serious ordeal. While there are several things that can affect whether your home has mold growing or not, the development of mold comes down to just a few things.

If you are diligent about your problems and take immediate action, most of the time you can prevent mold from occurring. However, if you don't take care of the problem, yo may never be able to get rid of the mold. Mold if not remediated properly will continue to come back, even if you repair the area that was moldy or decayed. This is why it's crucial to take care of the issue in a timely fashion to ensure that your home isn't the cause expensive repairs.


Where Does Mold Come From?


Mold damage in Seminole County doesn't just come from nowhere. There are mold spores all around you. They come from outside in. Mold spores can float in through an open door or window or even be brought into your home from your clothes. Once mold spores settle if they find a wet area in your home it can start to grow.

The best way to deter microbial growth is by, eliminating any leaks on the siding, roofing, and windows that might let moisture into your home. Check and repair leaky sinks immediately to prevent moisture build up, and turn on exhaust fans when you're steaming up the house. Poor ventilation and airflow cause microbial growth as well. When areas are well ventilated, mold spores have a difficult time sticking to counter tops, walls, and floors.

What To Do If You Have Mold In Your Home


Never address the mold yourself, because it can make you sick. Call our service professionals at SERVPRO immediately, so that we can assist you in your time of need. SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood is equipped and ready to handle all of your concerns 24-7. 

Give us a call today at (407)830-9899

SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration for Your Altamonte Springs and Longwood Business

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration for Your Altamonte Springs and Longwood Business SERVPRO Can Restore Your Fire Damaged Business.

The damages from a fire can seem insurmountable, especially if many of your business contents were damaged.  We can help you salvage what isn't destroyed by the heat and flames of a fire, saving you from the hassle of replacing your contents.  Sometimes, the only damage is from soot that has settled onto hard surfaces.  This by-product of a fire must be removed quickly to preserve your equipment.  Without a fast wipe down and cleaning, soot could chemically etch your tools and equipment permanently.  This fast cleanup is crucial to getting you and your business back on track.

How SERVPRO can Help Both Homeowners and Businesses Recoup Their Losses 

In addition to cleaning and salvaging your contents, to stop further damage of we can complete a detailed checklist of your inventory.  Presenting this to your insurance carrier is the next step in receiving insurance policy payments to replace contents that cannot be salvaged. 

We will also note which contents can be refurbished by outside sources, as is the case with artwork and electronics.  Fire creates particulates that when airborne can find their way onto your electronics' interiors.  When you power these items on, and they have not been professionally cleaned, the power and soot combined can create secondary fires from electrical shorts.

Experienced Professionals Waiting to Assist You in Your Fire Damage Situation, No Matter How Large or Small 

Some fires are small and localized.  Don't let this trick you into thinking that the smoke and other damage you witness are inconsequential.  Soot has various toxins in it that can also affect your health. It should be professionally cleaned and removed from all affected surfaces.

If you've had fire damage, call SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood at (407) 830-9899 so we can help you get back on track and get your doors reopened "Like it never even happened."

When Storms or Floods Hit Seminole County, SERVPRO is Ready!

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Storms or Floods Hit Seminole County, SERVPRO is Ready! Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Seminole County.

SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage to your home or business, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Seminole County, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country as well as our elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (407) 830-9899

What Type of Equipment Will Be Used In My Home?

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

When a water damage occurs it is common to feel blindsided by the many steps involved in the mitigation process. The task of removing the water, drying out the home or business, then putting things back into place can seem a bit overwhelming. That’s where we can help. Our team of highly qualified technicians take great care in walking customers through the steps necessary to dry and repair their property.

There are many different types of equipment utilized in the drying and restoration process. Here is just a glimpse of what you can expect to see:

  • Air Mover and/or Axial Fan: Professional grade air movers and axial fans produce more air movement than a standard household fan. The higher volume of air being moved increases the rate of evaporation, helping to dry the structure as quickly as possible.
  • Dehumidifier: A dehumidifier removes water vapor from the air by condensing it out against refrigerated fins. The water is stored and then periodically purged from the machine by use of plastic tubing. The tubing will generally be run so that it dumps water down a drain, such as a bath tub or sink, or sometimes out a window or door. Professional dehumidifiers pull much more vapor from the air than a household dehumidifier. In this way they are generally more efficient.
  • Air Scrubber: An air scrubber might be used if your loss is a result of water classified as a catigory 2 or 3 loss; which means that it came from a contaminated source or through building materials. These machines remove airborne particulates by trapping them in HEPA filters. Air Scrubbers are also used in cases where a customer has a health condition that requires the air quality be monitored.
  • Specialty Drying Equipment:There are a variety of different tools available to our technicians for use in specialty circumstances. 

Many customers are concerned about the cost of their power bill when they see the amount of equipment needed to dry their property. This is an understandable concern. Your insurance adjuster can discuss how to handle this with you.

IICRC Certified Firm

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

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.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood

SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Faster to Your Altamonte Springs and Longwood Water Damage

3/9/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 –(407) 830-9899

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood

SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Meet Our Crew

What is IICRC? What does that mean for me?

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Who should you call after you suffer a water damage? Do you go with who your insurance company recommends? How about your neighbor? 

SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood is proudly an IICRC accredited firm.   

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.  

The IICRC actively has relationships with fiber producers, carpet and fabric mills, furnishing manufacturers and retailers, and others affiliated with the industry. The use of IICRC service professionals is specified in leading manufacturers’ maintenance brochures and warranties.   

When it comes to cleaning, restoration and inspection, the IICRC writes the books   As an ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO), the IICRC has led 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 allied trades persons; manufacturers; international, national and regional trade associations; individual or franchise professionals; cleaning, inspection and restoration industry organizations; insurance industry; training schools; 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.

How often do you take inventory of your home?

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

How often do you take inventory of your home? 

We never know when disaster may strike your home or office. It is important to know what you have and what it is worth. 

You never want to wait for a disaster to strike to have to come up with an accurate inventory of the belongings in your home. 

You should have a detailed inventory of your contents and your home or office, and it should be kept current annually, or whenever you make a new purchase to your home. Some things you will want to have listed are: 

  • What it is
  • Where it was made (Brand)
  • What is its value
  • What condition it is in

Be sure to Keep this in a safe place, a copy with your home owners or renters insurance, as well as a digital copy that can be accessed in case something happens to your printed copy. 

You will want to have this documented in list form and supported with pictures.  You will also want to document your entire home. Pictures will be your best friend when trying to tell your adjuster what condition your belongings were in before the disaster struck. 

When should I get my Air Ducts cleaned? (HVAC Clean)

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning When should I get my Air Ducts cleaned? (HVAC Clean) Here are 2 different types of ducts before and after cleaning!

Just like everything else in your home, your Air Ducts or your HVAC (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning) System should be cleaned on a routine basis, though not quite as frequently as most other things in your home. 

The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) recommends getting your air ducts cleaned every 3 to 5 years. 

However the frequency in which you may need to get your ducts cleaned relies on many different factors.

  • What part of the country you are in
  • Are there animals in the house
  • Do you smoke in the house
  • Residents with allergies or asthma who might benefit from a reduction in the amount of indoor air pollutants in the homes’ HVAC system. 
  • and more...

You may also want to consider having an HVAC clean if any of the following has occurred, even if you are not due for cleaning your ducts for another few years. 

  • A water damage occurs
  • A smoke or fire damage occurs
  • Microbial Remediation
  • Home renovations
  • Prior to moving into a new home
  • and more...

If you have any additional questions, or would like to schedule to get your ducts cleaned, please call us today! We look we look forward to serving you. 

When your house is in disarray let SERVPRO save your day!!

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO we offer a wide variety of services for when disaster strikes, however did you know that we also provide preventative services as well?

It is our goal to provide our customers with peace of mind during renovation.

Here is an example of containment that we placed throughout a home to lessen possible damages to the interior while the floors were being removed and replaced by general contractors. This process also minimizes the expense of post construction clean up. While the tile flooring was being replaced, the client wanted to be sure that the walls, cabinetry as well as the granite island were protected. We set containment (heavy plastic sheeting) on all the walls and cabinetry.

For extra protection we set ram board (a heavy-duty, temporary floor protection engineered for contractors) at the bottom of all of the walls and around all of the cabinets as well as a double layer around the granite island for extra protection we were successful in the protecting the interior as well as keeping the post construction clean up to a minimum once all of the renovations were completed.

24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

1/19/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Altamonte Springs, Longwood and surrounding areas.

SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today – (407) 830-9899

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood

SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

 Meet our crew!

Fire Safety During the Holidays!

12/13/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Safety During the Holidays! Put a Freeze on Winter Holiday Fires!

Did you know that 1 in every 3 home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical problems, and that 1 in every 34 home Christmas tree fires. 

 

The NFPA and several fire departments in the D.C. area recommend the following safety tips:

 

  • Make sure string lights have no loose connections, cracked lamps or frayed cords.
  • Use only a single extension cord that can reach your home's outlet without being too long and being tangled.
  • Use UL-approved lights and cords.
  • Make sure lights are off when you go out and before you turn in for the night.
  • Make sure all outdoor light connectors are away from metal rain gutters and off the ground.
  • Never use candles to light or decorate a tree.
  • To lessen the chance of a fire hazard, purchase a freshly cut tree.
  • Make sure to keep your tree at least three feet away from any heat source.
  • Water the tree every day, and remove it from your home after Christmas or once it becomes dry.
  • Don't burn Christmas tree branches or wrapping paper in your fireplace.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that could burn.

 

If you have any questions on further safety tips please contact your local fire department.

Summer is on its way, here are some tips to stay safe during the summer months!

6/7/2016 (Permalink)

Community Summer is on its way, here are some tips to stay safe during the summer months! Drinking plenty of fluids is essential during the summer months! Always remember to drink even when you are not feeling thirsty!!

Summer isn't officially here yet, but the heat sure is! Here is a reminder to take caution during these hot and humid months!

Always remember that when you know you are going to spend a significant amount of time outside start to hydrate yourself the day before, staying hydrated is essential for staying safe this upcoming summer!

Here are some Safety tips to keep in mind this summer!

**Remember, if you are feeling thirsty, you are already dehydrated! Don't rely on your thirst! If you are outside remember to drink up even when you don't "feel" thirsty**

12 Tips for Staying Cool During the Warmer Months

·         Be aware of the heat. Pay attention to it and modify your activities appropriately.

·         Pay attention to your hydration status and be sure to drink plenty of fluids. (before during and after activities)

·         Try to stay in relatively cool areas, even when outside. Stand in the shade whenever possible.

·         Avoid hot, enclosed places, such as cars. Never leave children or pets unattended in a parked car.

·         Use a fan, if available.

·         Stay on the lowest floor of your building.

·         Eat well-balanced, light and regular meals.

·         Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing.

·         Cover windows that receive a significant amount of sun with drapes or shades to help keep your house cool.

·         Weather stripping and proper insulation will keep cool air inside your home.

·         Cool beverages are good for cooling down the body, while alcoholic drinks can impair the body's ability to regulate its temperature.

Getting over heated during the warmer months is easy to do! Here are some signs to help you to recognize if you or someone else is starting suffer from heat overexposure.

8 Signs of Heat Overexposure

·         Heavy sweating -- though if heat stroke sets in, the body can no longer compensate and stops sweating.

·         Pale skin.

·         Muscle cramps.

·         Feeling tired and weak.

·         Altered mental status (confusion or disorientation).

·         Headache.

·         Becoming semi-conscious or passing out.

·         Nausea or vomiting.

6 First Steps to Take After Recognizing Heat-Induced Illness

·         Call 911.

·         Get the person out of the sun and into a cool area. An air-conditioned area is ideal, but moving someone into the shade will also help.

·         Apply water to help the person cool off.

·         Apply ice to the neck or armpits, where large blood vessels are close to the surface.

·         Remove any heavy clothing.

·         Immerse the body in cool water, either at a swimming pool or in a bathtub. 

Its Hurricane Season, are you prepared?

6/2/2016 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Its Hurricane Season, are you prepared? Hurricane season is here, are you ready?

Did you know that 40% of the hurricanes that occur in the United States hit Florida? Being prepared is an essential part of keeping you and your family safe this Hurricane season.


 Here are some simple ways to ensure you are ready.


·         Have an Emergency Kit


·         Where is your closest shelter (keep in mind there           are different kinds of shelters, ones for special needs, animals or both)


·         Know what the evacuation routes are for you community


·         Communicate with your family. Have an established plan of what to do, when to do it, whom to contact and where to go if you are separated should an emergency occur.


·         Know your surroundings (are you in a flood-zone?)


·         Keep debris out of your yard


·         Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.


·         Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.


·         Install a generator for emergencies.


What your Emergency Kit should include-


·         Flashlights & extra bulbs


·         Battery-operated or crank radio


·         Battery-operated lanterns


·         Batteries (in different sizes!!)


·         Matches in a water tight container


·         First aid kit and paper masks


·         Duct tape


·         Garbage bags


·         Medication (Aspirin, Ibuprofen, children’s/infant medication, and plenty of your Prescriptions)


·         Sun screen


·         Manual can opener


You should also have plenty of food and water (no perishables) in case the electricity goes out. You should have at minimum 3-7 days’ worth.


·         Bottled water (1 gallon per person, per day)


·         Juice


·         Canned goods and boxed goods


·         Pet food (if you have an animal that can be micro chipped it is recommended that you do so in case you get separated)


Everyone’s needs are different. Please keep in mind that the lists above are a general recommendation of what you may need. Be sure to write a list that focuses on your family’s specific needs.


If you have any further questions you can contact SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Lonwood at 407-830-9899 and we will be happy to assist you.

Official Toys for Tots Drop off Location

11/19/2014 (Permalink)

The holiday season is right around the corner and this year we here at SERVPRO of Altamonte Springs/Longwood are proud to announce that we are an Official Toys for Tots Drop off location! If you are planning on giving this holiday season please drop off a new and unwrapped gift to our office. If you have any questions Please feel free to give us a call!

Halloween Safety tips!

10/17/2014 (Permalink)

With Halloween right around the corner, we wanted to take a moment to share some quick and easy Halloween Safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe on this festive day!  The American Academy of Pediatrics has a few things to keep in mind to help practice a fun and safe Halloween! 

Here are a few ways that you can keep safe this Halloween. 

  • Safety in numbers travel in groups when ever possible
  • Carry a flashlite
  • Check all candy before it is consumed
  • Go to community events
  • Always be on alert!
  • Discuss what to do in case of emergency with your children
  • For more safety tips please click on the link below! 

    http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Halloween-Safety-Tips.aspx 

    We hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween! Happy Trick-or-Treating!

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