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Why SERVPRO

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

When the storm is a major event, you need more comprehensive restoration support.  SERVPRO of Winter Haven is "Ready for whatever happens."  

SERVPRO has mobilization teams across the country to travel as needed to support large storm events.

SERVPRO as the nation's only Storm Monitor Technology.  Provide loss tracking and reporting for storms!

As the leader in water damage restoration, SERVPRO knows fast mitigation is the key to limiting business interruption.  With an unmatched national footprint of over 1,500 Franchises nationwide, SERVPRO is faster to any size disaster and can be on-site within a few hours to help reduce the future damage water can cause.  We have the right equipment, procedures and training to help ensure the structure is dry the first time, saving you time and money.  

Call SERVPRO of Winter Haven for all of your storm related needs.  Phone:  863-551-5004

Flooded Patio

4/2/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Flooded Patio Roof Damage

Backed up drainage on a roof caused this Winter Haven patio to flood.  This before picture shows the mess left behind after the damage was discovered. 

SERVPRO of Winter Haven was called in to clean up the aftermath!  The homeowner was extremely happy to have our crew come into her home extract the water, re-mediate the mold and remove all the damaged building materials.

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is locally owned and operated in Polk County, Florida in addition to bio-hazard clean-up, we provide full restoration services for damages resulting from water, fire and mold.  From clean-up to full rebuild services. We are Florida State Licensed Building Contractor CBC-1259536.

At SERVPRO of Winter Haven, we make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Choose SERVPRO of Winter Haven

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

When water damages you home or business time is critical, and shopping for a contractor is not a luxury you can afford. Owners Chris and Jennifer Brill of SERVPRO of Winter Haven was recently interviewed and asked about tips on how to select a water restoration contractor. Click the link to see what his suggestions are:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPHCGCFVWrQ

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is always here to help, and if you feel the video is helpful, please "like it". 

If you have any questions regarding any issue regarding water, fire, mold or bio-hazard clean-up don't hesitate to contact us at 863-551-5004

All SERVPRO franchises are independently owned and operated, let us show you we strive to be the Premier Restoration Company in Central Florida.

SERVOPRO of Winter Haven's Mold Remediation

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVOPRO of Winter Haven's Mold Remediation Mold under carpeting

You'll see from the photo the mold that was discovered under the carpet of a Lakeland, FL home. Please notice the discoloration of the flooring. This was caused by a leak in the roof that went undetected for a significant amount of time. The homeowner called SERVPRO of Winter Haven out to take care of the problem. The customer was thrilled to know that all the mold was gone, and his house was back to the way it was before the mold. SERVPRO of Winter Haven makes sure that its "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Dining room fire damage

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dining room fire damage Damage a fire can cause to a dining room.

After the fire trucks are gone, your Winter Haven home and belongings likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Winter Haven has the specialized fire and water damage cleanup and restoration training and experience to quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. We also have specific training and equipment for odor removal and deep cleaning of upholstery and carpet.

 Every fire damage situation is a little different and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When various materials burn, the soot they create differs greatly and requires a specific cleaning procedure. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage restoration.

Fire damage can be devastating for you and your family. Feelings of confusion and stress are common, and you need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. We always treat your family with the greatest empathy and respect, and we’ll treat your property with great care.

Our “restore first” mentality helps to lower costs and get you back in your home or business sooner. This focus relies upon our specialized training and equipment to restore your property back to pre-fire condition

Choose SERVPRO of Winter Haven as your fire restoration specialists.

Call (863)551-5004 so we can make your experience "Like it never even happened."

Orlando Hotel with Water Damage & Mold Remediation

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Orlando Hotel with Water Damage & Mold Remediation Mold caused by a major water leak.

When your Winter Haven business has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need the company that can respond immediately and has the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property. SERVPRO of Winter Haven uses advanced water damage inspection and extraction equipment to help them find the moisture and to remove it as quickly as possible. Our highly trained technicians will monitor and document the drying process so that you know your property is back to normal.

It only takes a small water leak, or even excess humidity, for mold to form in your Winter Haven business. Then, mold can spread quickly through the property in as little as 48 hours. Mold can produce allergens and irritants, and it has the potential to cause other health effects. If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to re-mediate your mold infestation.

Water Damage

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

The family went away on a well deserved vacation.  Do you remember the excitement of coming home on the last day?  The thoughts of coming home putting everything away, sitting in the living room as a family just to relax before your work and school lives begin again.

Now, they open the door and imagine coming home from vacation and finding your home and garage completely flooded? Unfortunately, this family did.  

They did the right thing by calling SERVPRO of Winter Haven to handle the clean up of their water to prevent possible mold and mildew damage.

We were able to dry the entire home and garage out without having to tear up the flooring or remove any sheet-rock from the home.  

The in place drying system that SERVPRO of Winter Haven uses saved the home owner a lot of stress as we were able to mitigate the situation quickly without needing reconstruction.

Preparing for an Emergency Disaster

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Don’t wait – take the following safety steps with your family today.

Make an emergency supply kit.
Gather supplies like water, medicines, and blankets. You won’t have time to search or shop for these supplies during an emergency, so put your kit together now. Make sure your kit includes:

  • Water for at least 3 days. You’ll need at least 1 gallon of water a day for each person. Don't forget water for your pets, too!
  • Food for at least 3 days. Choose foods that don’t need to be kept cold and that you don't need to cook – like energy bars, peanut butter, crackers, and canned fruit. Don’t forget a can opener!
  • Prescription medicine that you take every day, like heart or diabetes medicine.
  • A first aid kit to treat cuts, burns, and other basic injuries.  (You can also buy first aid kits at many stores.)
  • A battery-powered radio with extra batteries or a hand crank radio.
  • A flashlight and extra batteries.
  • A whistle to call for help.

Keep your emergency supplies together in a backpack, bag, or easy-to-carry container. Use a waterproof container if possible. Store your supplies in a place that’s easy to reach.

These and many other helpful tips are available at ready.gov. SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Re-mediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.

Hurricane - What to know before they happen!

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricanes

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over warm ocean waters and move toward land. Potential threats from hurricanes include powerful winds, heavy rainfall, storm surges, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, tornadoes, and landslides. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. The Pacific hurricane season runs May 15 to November 30. Hurricanes:

  • Can happen along any U.S. coast or in any territory in the Atlantic or Pacific oceans.
  • Can affect areas more than 100 miles inland.
  • Are most active in September.

IF YOU ARE UNDER A HURRICANE WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • Determine how best to protect yourself from high winds and flooding.
    • Evacuate if told to do so.
    • Take refuge in a designated storm shelter, or an interior room for high winds.
  • Listen for emergency information and alerts.
  • Only use generators outdoors and away from windows.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.

Prepare NOW

  • Know your area’s risk of hurricane.
  • If you are at risk for flash flooding, watch for warning signs such as heavy rain.
  • Practice going to a safe shelter for high winds. The next best protection is a small, interior, windowless room in a sturdy building on the lowest level that is not subject to flooding.
  • Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place.
  • Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations.
  • Gather needed supplies for at least three days. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets.
  • Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. De-clutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups. Consider hurricane shutters. Review insurance policies.

When a hurricane is 36 hours from arriving

  • Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
  • Review your evacuation zone, evacuation route and shelter locations. Plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.
  • Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
  • If you have flood insurance, your policy may cover up to $1000 in loss avoidance measures, like sandbags and water pumps, to protect your insured property. You should keep copies of all receipts and a record of the time spent performing the work. They should be submitted to your insurance adjuster when you file a claim to be reimbursed. 

When a hurricane is 18-36 hours from arriving

  • Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
  • Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

When a hurricane is 6-18 hours from arriving

  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
  • Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

When a hurricane is 6 hours from arriving

  • If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.
  • Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.
  • Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.
  • Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

Survive DURING

  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Do not drive around barricades.
  • If sheltering during high winds, go to a storm shelter, or a small, interior, windowless room or hallway on the lowest floor that is not subject to flooding.
  • If trapped in a building by flooding, go to the highest level of the building. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising flood water.
  • Listen for current emergency information and instructions.
  • Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery outdoors ONLY and away from windows.
  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.

Be Safe AFTER

  • Listen to authorities for information and special instructions.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.
  • Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.
  • Document any property damage with photographs. Contact your insurance company for assistance.

Community Fest 2019 Follow-Up

3/22/2019 (Permalink)

We here at SERVPRO of Winter Haven would like to thank everyone who attended the 5th annual Community Fest in Winter Haven's lovely new park.  

A great time was had by all.  We met a lot of great people and had a lot of fun with the kids.  We hope to see you all there next year and for many years to come.

First of all, thank you everyone that came out to join us for the community fest in Winter Haven. We got a lot of great photos and met some pretty amazing people of our community. To give a number on how many great people, 5,000- 6,000 attended the event.

SERVPRO would like to remind you that we are a fire, water and mold restoration company. We also offer a lot of other great services like Deep cleanings, carpet cleaning and Bio-hazard Cleanups. If you have a question regarding any of our services please give us a call. We are always here to help. 

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is a Florida State licensed Certified Building Contractor, Mold Remediator, and Mold Assessor. We are IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified in Fire/Water/Mold clean-up & restoration. Call us at 863-551-5004, we are always here to help.