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Factors Affecting Water Damage Drying for Naples Properties

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

4 SERVPRO employees holding up IICRC water damage restoration certifications Our IICRC certified and trained water restoration technicians use advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment to restore your home.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Establish Accurate Water Damage Drying Goals

Home water cleanup can seem like an easy enough task for most Naples homeowners to tackle. However, soaking up excess water permeating area rugs or drywall can lead to potential mold growth or subflooring water damage. Certified professionals can save home occupants time and money with their knowledge of moisture mitigation strategies and drying equipment.

Naples water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to render home water damage cleanup and drying services. The drying process covers structural materials like wood and drywall and residential contents like upholstery, shelving, cabinetry, keepsakes, and documents.

Conditions That Affect Residential Water Damage Drying

While DIY solutions may seem viable for home water mitigation, Naples homeowners may want to reconsider. Various factors impact the success of drying, including:

  • Relative humidity is the amount of moisture in the air in an affected space. Blowing fans alone in a room with over 40% relative humidity (RH) without adequate ventilation or dehumidification can create unintentional secondary damage.
  • The types of surfaces affected by water. A home office with wet electronics, books, and documents requires specialized care to return to a pre-disaster state successfully. Heat-drying can potentially warp and cause further damage to important books and papers. Electronics may require servicing by a licensed professional after experiencing water damage.
  • Equilibrium moisture content (EMC) determines the moisture content of an item when dry compared to its typical environment. EMC can vary based on region. In many coastal locales in the US, EMC for structural materials like wood is too dry at an average of 7 or 8 percent for interior wood. An ideal figure might be closer to 11 to 13 percent in Naples, where the average year-round humidity is between 72 and 76 percent.

SERVPRO Establishes Effective Water Damage Drying Goals

SERVPRO water removal technicians scrutinize moisture-affected surfaces with calibrated moisture measurement tools. These include penetrating units for porous items, non-penetrating sensors for surface-level readings of sensitive and non-porous contents, and thermal imaging cameras to detect changes in temperature that can indicate the presence of water damage behind surfaces. This process allows the crew to establish and implement a drying plan to return contents to suitable pre-disaster moisture levels.

After inspecting the damage, technicians focus on the following to establish drying goals:

  • Evaluating and measuring contents unaffected by water to determine the dry standard for the home. This standard creates a frame of reference for successful structural drying.
  • Measuring relative and specific humidity levels before, after, and during drying to ensure that the dry standard for the home is met in a timely, efficient fashion. Relative humidity in a given space needs to be below 40% is crucial for structural drying with air movement and dehumidification equipment to be as effective as possible.
  • Documentation throughout the drying process is crucial for adhering to the dry standard and adjusting drying strategies as needed to prevent structures and contents from becoming too dry or being left too humid.

SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island provides water cleanup when homeowners call (239) 302-5700, making homes feel “Like it never even happened.”

How to Restore Fire Damaged Walls and Ceilings in Naples

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wiping a tan fire damaged wall Our technicians can help you recover from fire damage after a disaster at your house. Call today to begin the remediation process.

Naples SERVPRO Fire Restoration Technologies Effectively Clean Smoke Residues

Home fire restoration is an overwhelming project for Naples homeowners to tackle. Without the right tools and knowledge, cleaning without professional intervention can unintentionally smear soot stains, spread smoke residues, and allow protein residues from cooking fires to release pungent odors on many surfaces. However, there are ways to address damage while saving time and money.

Naples SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians are equipped with the necessary knowledge and technologies to thoroughly remediate soot and smoke soils and odors while preventing secondary damage to structures and contents. SERVPRO techs can also clean HVAC systems and remediate water damage from fire suppression.

Understanding Fire and Smoke Damage Soils and Why They Stain Surfaces

While some fire damage soils smear, not all do so. However, many fires are likely to feature dry and wet smoke residues.

  • Dry smoke results from high-heat, high-oxygen fires, typically quickly extinguish. Items that produce this type of smoke include wood, paper products, and natural fibers like cotton, wool, and silk.
  • Wet smoke typically results from slow-burning, low-heat, low-oxygen fires that affect synthetic materials like polymers and plastics.
  • Homeowners should also be conscious of the presence of protein residues, which are greasy, pungent, and nearly invisible to the naked eye. Filmy proteins come from burnt meats, poultry, and fish and require specialized cleaning solutions to mitigate in full.

While fire soils are crucial to remediating them, consumer-grade solutions are not always sufficient for effective cleanup. They can even worsen stains in some cases. SERVPRO professionals can respond to Naples homeowners’ needs with 24/7 remediation, fire odor removal, and build-back services.

SERVPRO Soot Removal Solutions for Walls and Ceilings Before Restoration

Fire restoration technicians thoroughly clean both wet and dry smoke residues from walls and ceilings with specially-designed EPA-registered sanitation solutions and dry cleaning methods. Ceilings may require active peroxide cleaning for gentle but effective remediation with unique soils, textures, or porosity.

  • SERVPRO Dry Cleaning Sponges are ideal for light to moderate fire damage soils and can be used to pre-clean dry residues before wet cleaning on grease fire damage areas.
  • Wet cleaners, including detergents and alkaline solutions, are well-suited to oily smoke residues and heavier accumulations of dry soot.
  • Meanwhile, active peroxide cleaning is deployed after soils are vacuumed or brushed off a ceiling. Then, a fan pattern can spray the stabilized hydrogen peroxide with a 40 to 60 psi sprayer.

SERVPRO techs can prep the space for painting if repainting proves necessary after a fire. This process, also called “cleaning for paint,” does not provide a complete visual indication of cleanliness but eliminates the required residues to prepare a wall or ceiling for repainting. Painted walls can be sealed with a pigmented alcohol shellac. This process salvages structures that have suffered heavy damage while returning them to a pre-damage condition.

“Clean for no paint,” meanwhile, provides a full clean of light residues with a dry-cleaning sponge or mild, wet cleaning solution.

Property owners can call (239) 302-5700 for fire restoration services from SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island. This team ensures that homes look and feel “Like it never even happened. after a home structure fire.”

Why Naples Homeowners Should Use Professional Mold Damage Remediation

9/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks in a parking lot We are available 24/7, so don't hesitate and call right away when you spot mold in your home. We have the right equipment to restore your home.

SERVPRO Mold Cleanup Technologies Can Save on Repair and Replacement Costs

When Naples property owners discover mold in their residences, it can be tempting to remediate it with "do-it-yourself" solutions. While all buildings contain some microbes, total mold removal is not possible regardless of whether homeowners or professionals do the remediating. However, professionals can ensure that spore populations are reduced to safe, pre-disaster levels.

SERVPRO renders 24/7 mold damage remediation for Naples homes. Restoration technicians are trained to do more than just clean: mold mitigation training includes decontamination and containment procedures that prevent microbes from spreading outside the impacted area.

How Mold Damage Impacts Residential Structures and Why Fast Remediation is Crucial

Spores tend to settle on building materials in areas with minimal air circulation, elevated humidity, and suitably warm temperatures. Whether the conditions that allow these microbes to proliferate come from construction, stormy weather, or a pipe leak, homeowners should keep an eye out for contaminants on the following materials:

  • Anything paper or cardboard-based, including drywall, consists of a layer of gypsum sandwiched between paperboard sheets. This construction makes it porous and amenable to mold growth under the right conditions.
  • Check behind fixtures like glue-up shower enclosures for signs of mold growth. Dark growth along cracks in sealant and a distinct musty odor are among the first easily detectable signs.
  • Microbes can also grow on wood and concrete, including home foundations, which can eventually decay essential structures.

SERVPRO Mold Damage Mitigation with Cutting-Edge Restoration Technologies

SERVPRO's diverse mold remediation tools are designed to maximize effectiveness and flexibility during restoration. Technicians must undergo education on mold damage mitigation per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) protocols.

Technicians utilize such equipment as:

  • EPA-registered biocide solutions can be sprayed, fogged, or applied manually with mops, cloths, syringes, brushes, and other applicators.
  • Commercial-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) minimizes the risk of secondary mold damages when paired with SERVPRO's adherence to microbial containment and equipment decontamination protocols.
  • Moisture extraction with rovers, carpet wands, and truck-mounted units for large-scale moisture exposure are essential for minimizing mold odors and making a Naples home inhospitable for microbes.
  • Structural drying equipment includes axial or centrifugal air movers and dehumidification units. The primary mechanisms used in SERVPRO dehumidifiers include low-grain refrigerant coils and silica gel desiccants.
  • A suite of odor control options, including water- and solvent-based sprays and fogging solutions, time-release gel capsules, and scented granules.

After mold cleanup, technicians can reinstall drywall and make necessary repairs to structures impacted by microbes. SERVPRO also cleans and restores contents affected by mold damage with such tools as OSHA-approved immersion cleaning solutions, HEPA filter vacuums, and ozone generators, which can denature mold to prevent inert spores from impacting a home any further.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and can render mold inspection and remediation assistance at any time of the day or night. SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island is a phone call away from beginning the mitigation process at (239) 302-5700.

The Areas Most in Need of Cleaning After a Naples House Fire

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

dirty HVAC filter after fire SERVPRO can also clean your HVAC system after a house fire at your Naples home.

Structural Soot Removal Can Mitigate Fire Damage in Naples

Cleaning up soot and smoke residues can be a considerable undertaking after a widespread fire loss. Our experienced SERVPRO fire restoration team provides this thorough cleaning quickly to prevent greater damages and manage possible health hazards that could result.

Removing Soot and Smoke Soils from Fixtures and Building Materials

Fire damage in Naples homes can often appear the worst when soot and smoke residues are still on walls, building materials, and contents. Depending on the severity of these conditions, we have several approaches, including:

  • Chemical Sponges
  • Wet Cleaning with Solvents
  • Dry Ice Pellet Blasting

Cleaning Out Soot from HVAC Systems

Soot and other airborne particles after a fire can use pathways created by the running HVAC system to reach other rooms of the house. As a result, the ducts can be coated with soot and smoke residues, requiring our air duct cleaning technicians endorsed by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) to work to remove soot safely.

Achieving Pre-Loss Condition for the Structure and Contents

Our fire restoration professionals aim to achieve a set objective and goal with our debris removal and surface cleaning. As with all fire restoration projects, the desired outcome is a preloss condition, which means returning the property to its state before the fire occurred. This focus makes restoration more efficient and gets occupants back in the house faster.

When your Naples home suffers the destructive effects of fire loss, homeowners look to experienced restoration professionals like ours to return their property to preloss condition. As widespread and damaging as fires can be, removing soot and smoke damage can help make a house feel like home again. Our SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island team is ready to help 24/7 at (239) 302-5700.

How to Handle Storm Flood Damage in Naples Homes

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with furniture floating around everywhere If flood damage occurs in your home, contact SERVPRO immediately. Our trained technicians will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Flood Damage in Naples Requires SERVPRO’s Help

Storms bring different types of damage to homes, such as wind damage, flooding, and hail damage. SERVPRO has been assisting homeowners in rebuilding storm-damaged properties for many years.

We can handle the storm flood damage in your Naples home. After getting to your property, we can act quickly to prevent further flood damage.  Flood water can have contaminants like bacteria. Handling damaged utility power lines can be hazardous. Therefore, leaving the cleanup and restoration work to our team is better. We arrive in personal protective equipment (PPE) to begin the disaster recovery. Our recovery services include:

  • Inspection
  • Contents pack out 
  • Water removal and drying 
  • Cleaning
  • Reconstruction

Inspection

Our team can assess damage to your property. For the safety of the building’s occupants, we can inspect the weather-damaged structures for structural integrity. We can stabilize the structures and start remediation immediately.

Contents pack out

Our SERVPRO team can handle all damage and contamination issues. We can carefully remove your salvageable belongings and take them to our restoration facilities for a thorough cleaning, disinfection, and drying. We return the items to a home after the restoration process is complete.

Water removal and drying

We can use suitable extraction equipment like extraction units, submersible pumps, and deep extraction tools to remove the floodwater from the building. We often use portable extractors because we can take them into most areas of the structure. Our SERVPRO technicians can also use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to resolve all moisture problems.

Cleaning

Flood damage can cause microbial contamination. Therefore, we use EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants to eliminate the microbes. When applying the products, we use methods and quantities that physically allow the solution to contact the contaminated surfaces and materials. We allow sufficient dwell time for the solution to be effective.

Reconstruction

Our SERVPRO crew can perform a complete walkthrough of your residence to determine the in-depth repairs and reconstruction you need to complete. The reconstruction process may include structural repairs, flooring replacement or repairs, and drywall replacement, among other tasks. 

Contact SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island to handle the storm flood damage in your home. Our 24-hour emergency hotline is (239) 302-5700. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

The Emergency Services of Fire Restoration in Naples Homes

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the walls and furniture Cleaning up fire damage in your home is a daunting task. Call SERVPRO 24/7 for certified technicians that will mitigate the situation.

Our professionals can provide multiple mitigation solutions after an East Naples housefire.

After a fire threatens a Naples residence, it is up to the fast response of our SERVPRO team to begin isolating the damaged areas and providing efficient cleaning and recovery solutions. The mitigation process can help to provide immediate assistance in the overall restoration efforts, combatting primary concerns like standing water or airborne particulates.

What Steps Make Up the Mitigation Process?

Mitigation describes the first actions taken in fire and smoke restoration for Naples homes and businesses. As rapidly as conditions like soot particles and odors can spread throughout a home following extinguishment, having a preferred vendor for insurance work and fire restoration ready to help is critical. Our SERVPRO professionals show that We're Faster To Any Size Disaster by getting these emergency services started shortly after we arrive:

  • Building Inspections – Initially, our team can evaluate the entire property for losses and any health/safety hazards that could hinder restoration.
  • Drying – With water a primary element of the extinguishment process, many surfaces are damaged by pools of water that must get extracted and partially dried before other restoration can begin.
  • Emergency Power – Most of the tools used for restoration are run by electricity, so we must establish portable power if the property is without it. 
  • Reducing Odors – Indoor air quality is a considerable concern, so we deploy HEPA air scrubbers to help reduce airborne threats and odors. 
  • Cleaning – Debris removal and bulk material discarding can reduce the harshness of present odors and soot circulation.

Emergency services are the lynchpin for the entire restoration process, offering the initial actions required to overcome pressing concerns immediately following fire extinguishment. Our SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island team is ready to help get this recovery process started when you need it at (239) 302-5700.

Our Professionals Discuss Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning In Naples

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

a daycare facility with chairs and tables and books everywhere Dealing with a water damage scenario in your daycare facility will prevent those types of services from being rendered. Contact SERVPRO 24/7.

Commercial Water Damage Experts From Naples Describe Hot Water Extraction Carpet Cleaning

If a pipe ever breaks inside your daycare facility in Naples, the moisture can spread throughout your building. Wet carpets often account for a major portion of any commercial water damage claim. When carpets get saturated, they can become delaminated and have to be replaced. Slightly damp carpeting materials can attract dirt, bacteria, and they can be a source for mildew-like aromas. When starting any moisture-related restoration project, our SERVPRO technicians extract carpets first.

Our primary goal when mitigating commercial water damage in your Naples daycare building is to dry out all of your building materials, including your carpets as quickly as possible. We start with extraction; then, we move to the applied structural drying or ASD phase. During ASD, your carpets can be floated by putting an air mover so that it pumps air underneath the carpet and dries out your flooring materials and subfloor.

After all of the moisture gets removed and your carpets are dry, there could still be issues that need to be addressed. Your carpets could be soiled from dust attaching to the wet fibers. The water also could have caused staining. Since our SERVPRO technician's goal is to always return your place of business to its preloss state, we often conduct carpet cleaning as a part of the final cleaning phase.

Since you are in the business of taking care of children, we know that your facility needs to have clean floors. Since you have kids' toys placed on your carpets and children running and crawling around on the floor, we know that your floors need to look clean and be sanitary. When dealing with light to medium soils, we often use hot water extraction to clean your floors.

When cleaning with this particular method, we utilize a portable or truck-mounted extractor. The extractor sprays heated water-based detergents and vacuums up the excess moisture at the same time. The operator also moves the carpet cleaning wand in a "V" motion to create agitation that helps remove dirt and stains.

Having clean carpets for your customers' children is vital when running a healthy daycare facility. In the event of a plumbing failure, call SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island at (239) 302-5700. Once we are finished, your place of business will look exactly as it did before the leak, “Like it never even happened.”

Skilled Fire Restoration Technicians for Smoke Damage in Naples

7/2/2022 (Permalink)

oven fire, panic SERVPRO cleanus up that kitchen fire in your Naples home "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Service Fire Restoration with SERVPRO in Naples Gets Results

When you think about it, smoke stinks in many ways. There are foul, pungent odors, and fire-damaged homes are also subject to corrosion due to smoke’s acidic nature. Whether you had a small stovetop blaze in your kitchen or a full-blown fire in several rooms or floors, your home is susceptible to smoke stains. When left to sit for too long, smoke weakens structural elements and brings a host of risks. SERVPRO features fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) to address smoke damage quickly and efficiently for Naples residents.

How do smoke cleanup and fire restoration in Naples work?

Clearing out debris and smoke remediation are vital factors in the restoration process. As fire breaks out, numerous chemical actions take place. Each material in the home will react differently when exposed to heat, flames, and smoke. There are two common smoke types:

  • Dry Smoke – This comes from burning paper or wood and leaves a dry, powdery gray soot in its wake. This type of soot is easier to clean than a wet smoke situation.
  • Wet Smoke – This black smoke leaves an oily, thick residue that is not easy to clean without smudging and smearing.

SERVPRO’s proven smoke remediation methods

Our professional restoration begins with handling the removal of visible soot. We also have specialized chemical treatments that we may employ to clean and remove non-visible residues. Cleaning ceilings and walls can be challenging for a homeowner to handle as a DIY, but our professional team has the equipment and tools to ensure all surface areas and hidden spaces are covered.

Odor control is paramount with fire restoration and handling smoke residue. We never mask smoke smells but work to eliminate them with air scrubbers that feature HEPA filtration, ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, and other industrial-grade tools and specialized cleaning agents.

When you want professional smoke and fire restoration results, SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island is here to help! Call us at (239) 302-5700, so we can make it “Like it never even happened.”

Flood Damage Cleanup After a Hurricane on Marco Island

7/2/2022 (Permalink)

beachfront home broken walls hurricane When that tropical storm leaves your Marco Island home flooded and damaged--Call SERVPRO--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Restoring Your Marco Island Home Post Hurricane

Hurricanes are a threat to any area but are especially dangerous for coastal regions. The unique blend of the wind, water, and other inclement weather components makes the perfect storm on Marco Island. Hurricanes inflict billions of dollars of damage in the United States each year, with a lot of this on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama.

Flood damage from hurricanes can be costly and overwhelming, which is why you need the assistance of professionals when you go through such a storm. SERVPRO staff is specially trained to handle flooding and water damage restoration from storms, making us the ideal company to contact should your Marco Island home sustain damage from a hurricane.

Upon arriving at your home, our SERVPRO technicians first assess the water infiltration, so we know how extensive the damage is to the structure, and then we develop a plan of remediation to mitigate the water damage and stop mold from growing or severe structural damage from happening.

Water extraction is the next step and needs to be done quickly and adequately. With our industrial equipment such as truck-mounted pumps, we have the water removed from your home as fast as possible. After all the standing water is removed, the studs, walls, and other components of your home must be completely dried. If this step is not used, it can result in additional damage and higher reconstruction costs. Using large fans and dehumidifiers, we also do this step as fast as we can, and check on the equipment daily, moving the fans around if needed for optimal drying.

Mold growth is common after flooding from a hurricane. With wet and warm conditions, an ideal environment for mold to grow, it is a genuine concern. We take the necessary steps for decontamination to remove any existing mold and to prevent further growth.

A storm like this can also wreak havoc on the contents of your home. When you call us at SERVPRO right away, many of them can be restored or saved.

SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island are experts at removing flood waters and drying your home out again. Therefore, do not hesitate to call us right away at (239) 302-5700 if you experience flooding from a hurricane and you live in the areas of Marco Island, Naples, and Naples Manor.

Mold Damage Control in Naples Properties

7/2/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on white wall, cracking The best way for Naples homeowners to control mold is to call SERVPRO for professional remediation.

How Can a Naples Homeowner Control Mold Damage?

 If the weather has been significantly humid for a few days, molds may start developing inside the house. Humidity can increase when moisture inside the house evaporates into the air. Poor ventilation can increase indoor RH relative humidity to a conducive level for mold spore germination. One of the contributing factors to indoor humidity issues is drying clothes indoors. The HVAC system in the house can also lead to humidity problems when heating or cooling the air within the structure.

If mold damage has overtaken your Naples home, you can count on SERVPRO to deal with the situation. We have efficient tools and products to eliminate mold, and our technicians have many years of experience ensuring a smooth restoration process. Following IICRC guidelines, we can return your home to preloss conditions quickly and professionally, "Like it never even happened."

Mold thrives in humid conditions and prefers when the relative humidity is above 70%. Therefore, removing water vapor from the air is essential to mold damage control. We use dehumidifiers, which pull in moist, humid air and then replace it with dry, warm air. The dry air absorbs moisture from wet items like a sponge. SERVPRO uses two types of dehumidifiers:

  • Desiccants--rely on chemicals to absorb water vapor
  • LGR-low grain refrigerant that works as an air conditioner

Once the mold is eradicated, deodorization is necessary to neutralize the pungent smell left behind by the fungi. Ultra-Low Volume Foggers can atomize liquid deodorizing agents and produce a fine mist that penetrates areas with odor-causing residues. We also use the device to inject fungicides and disinfectants into hard-to-reach areas such as wall cavities.

 Thermal foggers are also helpful in mold damage deodorization. They discharge solvent-based products in large, dense fogs ideal for confined spaces. The fog comprises small particles that bond with and neutralize odor-causing agents.

SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island can make your home seem "Like it never even happened." For any assistance, call us today at (239) 302-5700.