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Overflowing Sink

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

There was water damage that happened in Kissimmee FL. It was caused by an overflowing sink that went unnoticed until it seeped into the next room where the homeowner had been sitting. This caused water to travel throughout the home. Anything can happen, so it is best to expect the unexpected and have a plan of action for moments like this.

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 24/7.

Fire, What to do and what not to do

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

The first 24 hours can make the difference between restoring versus replacing property and belongings.

SERVPRO of Winter Haven has a 1-4-8 Service Response Guideline. Meaning:

1: Within an hour from notice of loss a SERVPRO Professional contacts you to arrange for service.

4: Within 4 hours of notification of loss we are on-site to start mitigation services.

8: Within eight hours of on-site arrival, a verbal briefing of the scope is communicated to the appropriate person.

DO: Limit movement within the building to prevent soot from spreading and additional damage from happening.

DO: Place clean towels on rugs and high traffic areas

DO: Coat chrome faucets, trim, and appliances with petroleum jelly

DO: Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and carpeting.

DON'T: Wash any walls or painted surfaces

DON'T: Shampoo carpet or upholstery

DON'T: Clean any electrical equipment

DON'T: Send clothing to a dry cleaner since improper cleaning may set smoke odor

Understand Why Black Cobwebs Are On the Ceiling After A Fire

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Soot webs are also known as black cobwebs


You may have seen some black webs dangling in ceiling corners if you have ever been to a property that just had a fire disaster. They seem to be cobwebs coated with soot at first sight. The majority of our customers would comment on their lack of cleaning ability. Luckily, these "webs" aren't really webs from a spider.

Our fire restoration experts have seen quite a number of fire-damaged properties. When it comes to the ceilings and walls, the extent of the damage can be evident. However, sometimes, the most severe damage is hidden in attics or between walls; it is undetectable until we dive in with further inspection. The black spider webs that come out of nowhere just after a fire are among the most apparent fire damage indicators.

What are the black cobwebs after a fire?
Soot webs, also known as soot marks, are formed when ionized soot particles attach and stick together. Soot particles are most common in ceiling corners, where the surfaces and air are colder. If you come across soot webs in your house, don't touch them because they're very sticky.

Soot webs, also known as "Black Cobwebs," are often confused as spider webs. These spider webs are known as "Soot Tags" and have nothing to do with real spider webs. In the case of a fire, spider webs will burn up very quickly.

The science behind soot webs
When petroleum-based or synthetic materials catch fire, black cobwebs, also known as soot tags, are formed. Soot forms and binds together in long strands during a fire, resulting in black web creation on ceilings and corners.

The heat from a fire travels into cooler regions; as the air tries to maintain the equilibrium. Since soot is transported through the air with heat, soot particles accompany the air into cooler areas with weak circulation and then concentrate.

The ionization process of burning (especially) synthetic materials such as polymers and rubbers, produces charged smoke particles that can attract onto specific surfaces and to each other, developing chains and gradually web-like formations. They form in conditions known as wet smoke, which includes low heat or a smoldering environment.

In short, soot is a combustion product, and when the particles are charged, they quickly form soot tags or long chains of soot marks. So, while it seems like a bunch of soot got caught on old spider webs, it's a completely new structure.

Call the Service Professional

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Cleaning and restoring homes and businesses is not an easy thing to do. SERVPRO has over fifty years of experience in the restoration industry, and we have advanced techniques and equipment to restore your property correctly. You'll want to hire a professional restoration company like SERVPRO of Winter Haven. We are always open, 24/7/365, to respond to your call. We understand the importance of an immediate response to a fire damage call.

If you should suffer fire and smoke damage to your Residential or Commercial property, contact the fire damage restoration pros at SERVPRO of Winter Haven. We have the knowledge and experience to clean up and restore fire and smoke damage. Day or night, 24/7, we are ready to answer your call. 863-551-5004

Central Florida Wildfires and Prevention

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Never throw a lit cigarette in a wooded area, never leave a fire unattended, and always practice fire safety. Things you should know about a fire. It needs key ingredients to be a fire: Heat, Fuel, and Oxygen. Without these, a fire won’t burn.

Safety Tip of the day: When burning Brush always keep a water hose close by. It also helps to wet the ground around the fire to keep it from spreading.

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.

To see the most current fire Incidents in Florida follow the link below to Florida Forest Service.

Wildfires Prevention

IICRC Certified

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Winter Haven has been an IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified firm for ten years. The IICRC sets the gold standards for the Cleaning and Remediation industry, of which SERVPRO is an industry leader. The following is from the IICRC official website (http://www.IICRC.org).

”IICRC Certified Firms have earned the right to display the clean trust 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.

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

SERVPRO of Winter Haven is honored to count it among the select organizations to receive this certification. We will continue to offer the same standard of excellence that you have come to expect, but now we have the IICRC stamp of approval to back that up.

Tips on Choosing a Restoration Company

When water damages your home or business time is critical, and shopping for a contractor is not a luxury you can afford. Chris Brill Owner of SERVPRO of Winter Haven

Commercial Water Damage

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

Water damage can happen to anyone even the biggest and best facilities. Knowing who to turn to, to get your company up and running in the shortest amount of time possible could mean everything. This photo is of water damage caused by a toilet overflow. Not only did it affect the walls, but it also affected the carpet and contents that were in the office. The manager knew just who to call, SERVPRO. Our team showed up and was able to start the drying process. After all, was said and done, our customers gave us great feedback, ALL tens on the satisfaction form. They were very pleased with our services.

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.

Water and Mold Remediation for Your Business

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

When your Winter Haven business has water damage from flooding or leaks, you need a 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 dry 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. Mold can spread quickly throughout 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 remediate your mold infestation.

Storm Damage to Your Home or Business

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

We all know that Hurricane Season is approaching and that we have to be prepared. That is why SERVPRO of Winter Haven is prepared and ready to help. Central Florida will once again receive heavy rains, winds, and heavy storms to deal with during this time. These storms are notorious for causing heavy damage to homes and businesses throughout Central Florida and adjacent areas.

In this blog, I will outline several ways SERVPRO can assist after a storm damages your property. Here are just a few of the services SERVPRO can offer to help reduce stress in your time of need.

Emergency Board-up
Water Restoration
Caring for your Belongings
Mold Remediation
Stress-Free Claims Process
Contact the experts, SERVPRO of Winter Haven at 863-551-5004 for more information.

We are SERVPRO

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

There are many different types of mold, knowing what type you are dealing with, can answer any questions and help you decide if a professional remediator is right for you. 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. We do everything from testing, to remediating and putting everything back to the way it was. Mold is nothing to play with, if disturbed the spores can spread. Do not hesitate to ask us some questions. SERVPRO of Winter Haven makes it like it never happened. Give us a call to find out more about the services we offer.

Give us a call at 863-551-5004