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Water Damage in Medical Facility

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Medical Facility SERVPRO of Orange County arrived promptly the night of the water damage to ensure this medical facility could re-open the next day.

Commercial buildings require a special attention to detail when it comes to water damage.  Many things must be taken into consideration when making a plan for remediation and restoration.  In a recent scenario, SERVPRO of Orange County was called in to address a water damage that was discovered after-hours in a mid-sized medical facility.  Construction in an adjacent unit caused a water supply line to break, causing water to flood into exam rooms, waiting rooms, offices and hallways.  Over a dozen rooms were affected in total.


SERVPRO of Orange County water damage restoration team coordinated a plan with the facilities team and the medical staff beginning with the immediate extraction of all standing water.  Drying equipment was set up in each room to mitigate further damage that may have been caused by rising humidity levels.

We were able to prioritize essential rooms to make sure patients could still be seen for treatment the very next day.  Throughout the restoration process we kept clear communications with the medical team and coordinated their schedule with our restoration efforts so that they could continue to operate according to schedule.

Notice the careful removal of drywall shown in this photo.  Many medical facilities utilize a special kind of flooring that curves as it meets the wall.  Our technicians were able to detect moisture was being held inside the walls by wet insulation.  In order to dry the walls properly we had to remove a section of the sheetrock and cut out any wet insulation.  To do so, we cut one foot above where the flooring meets the wall so that the new sheetrock could be put in place without having to cause unnecessary damage to the flooring.

Who is going board up my Grand Strand home?

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

General Who is going board up my Grand Strand home? Leave the boarding up to the pros at SERVPRO, its in our name.

After the fire is out and the firefighters are gone who is left to help you?

You home will be left wide open to show the entire world what is inside after the firefighters put out the fire. You will be at your most vulnerable stage in life, feeling empty and helpless but you still need to protect your home and your possessions.

SERVPRO understands this and will board your entrances and exits as well as your windows up for you safely, securely and professionally. Is this really the time you want to trust just any guy with a truck to board up your home with any personal items still left inside?

Let the professional fire damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO take your fears away, put your mind at ease and make you start to feel safe again. 

Commercial Flood Damage In Orange County

8/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Commercial Flood Damage In Orange County Flooding can cause major damage to your commercial property.

Convenience stores and other small businesses have different priorities and concerns than homes after flooding. There is no furniture loss, and the amount of personal property lost is negligible. Commercial property such as refrigerated and freezer cases are the largest replacement costs in this situation.

Whether it is a convenience store or another commercial structure, flood damage costs in Westwood result primarily from two sources. There is the loss of business due to damaged property and how long doors remain closed to the public. SERVPRO has extensive experience in restoring businesses to a pre-flood state and getting their doors open again.

Our first step is to remove the water so that technicians can begin their inspection and restoration work. Our office maintains a series of pumps to remove water from any size building and generators to ensure continuous power. These same generators also provide emergency lighting and temporary power for other services. Items in refrigerator and freezer cases (milk and other perishables) must be disposed of when the power goes out; that is an immediate loss. Our response team removes and disposes of the perishables while also removing items (beer and candy bars) while cleanup is accomplished and then returned to the shelves. If the water has risen high enough to affect the customer areas, technicians also remove sale goods from display racks. They work with the store owner to determine what is recoverable and what is not; we also provide dumpsters for all items that must be thrown out.

Next, we dry out the cases, display racks, and the structure itself. The first step is setting up dehumidifiers to reduce the overall air moisture levels. As these machines work, technicians use extractors to draw out more water from around the property. To speed up drying time, they also install heaters at key points to dry out the compressor motors and electronics to return power to the refrigerator and freezer cases. Other team members wipe down and dry display racks by hand where needed. They also clean and sanitize the cases to allow food to be stocked for sale once more.

Reopening doors to customers after a flood is a long process. Disposing of damaged or ruined property alone can take a day or two if owners rely on their employees. The only safe, quick option is to bring in a professional restoration team. SERVPRO of Orange County stands ready to help you reopen those doors.

Time is of the Essence After a Water Damage in Orange County

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Time is of the Essence After a Water Damage in Orange County Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Orange County provides 24 hour service.

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 Orange County arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

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.

Damaged Documents in Your Commercial Property?

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

General Damaged Documents in Your Commercial Property? It can be overwhelming when unexpected fire or water damage affects your school, business or home.

When it comes to assessing damage, some of the most valuable items may just be documents, photos, or books. These items aren’t always lost, we can help. Document Restoration is another service SERVPRO of Orange County can provide.

The SERVPRO® Document Restoration Facility Offers:

  • Innovation: we use the latest vacuum freeze-drying method, as well as gamma irradiation technology for sterilizing
  • Secure: managed by HIPPA Master-certified technicians, under 24/7 surveillance
  • Digital: we use a computerized inventory system for digitizing your documents
  • Flexible capacity - we can accommodate large commercial losses or small residential jobs
  • Full Service: we offer a range of services including drying, cleaning/disinfecting, re-jacketing, digitizing, and deodorization

If you or your facility is in need of Document restoration services please contact us today and we would be happy to help you restore your valuable documents.

When a water damage occurs in your Orange County Home.

6/28/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage When a water damage occurs in your Orange County Home. When dealing with a water damage timing is crucial. Basement flooding or storm damage doesn't wait for regular business hours and neither do we.

SERVPRO of professionals respond immediately and efficiently to your residential or commercial water removal or clean-up needs.

Our professionals use advanced equipment and techniques to begin the mitigation procession and remove the water quickly. Our fast response time and advanced drying methods help prevent secondary damage and mold. SERVPRO’S professionals closely monitor and verify our customers property is dried thoroughly and properly. Our professionals are trained to know how to use are equipment from dehumidifying, deodorizing and disinfecting. Our professionals restore your business or home with minimal disruption to your life and quickly make it Like it never even happened.

When a water damage take control of your life, nobody helps take it back like SERVPRO of Orange County. We provide 24/7 Emergency Service. 

SERVPRO of Orange County & The American Red Cross

6/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO of Orange County & The American Red Cross Have questions? – We’re Here To Help®

Stamp out home fires, let's make it

"Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO of Orange County’s continued commitment to the American Red Cross by supporting the disaster responder with an emphasis on the home fire preparedness campaign. The home fire preparedness campaign aligns with SERVPRO of Orange County’s aim at reducing home fire deaths and injuries across the United States

Be informed, be aware, be safe

For more information on children and fire safety Check out the American Red Cross Website.

Www.redcross.org/homefires

Have questions? – We’re Here to Help®

Fire safety escape plans and more: Don't Hesitate Call SERVPRO of Orange County

24 Hours a day/ 7 days a week/ 365 days a year

When Dealing with Mold, Don't Just Hire Anyone

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation When Dealing with Mold, Don't Just Hire Anyone Some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Over 100,000 different kinds of fungi have been identified.

Intrusion of water into your home or place of business can result in mold growth Water intrusions from storm damage, plumbing or equipment failure, long standing leaks, and poor humidity control. When water intrusions are not addressed right away, the resulting damage can present increased risk or harmful mold growth. If the humidity and moisture levels in a water-damaged environment are not promptly returned to normal, mold spores may grow and multiply.

SERVPRO of Orange County Professionals handle water damages every day and know prompt action is required to prevent mold growth. If there is an ongoing moisture problem in the building, be alert for:

  • The presence of visible mold
  • Strong musty odors, which may indicate mold is present
  • Any evidence of past moisture problems that might have caused undetected mold growth
  • Excessive humidity 

These conditions may require the expertise of a qualified Indoor Air Quality/Environmental Professional to inspect the building for mold growth and water damage problems.

SERVPRO care about proper restoration of you structure and, in most water damage situations, can safely restore your building to preloss condition. 

If you think you have a mold problem, feel free to call SERVPRO of Orange County today to protect your health and your property.

SERVPRO of Orange County - Can help you with your spring cleaning!

6/7/2017 (Permalink)

Air Duct Cleaning - Our SERVPRO professionals can inspect your HVAC system and duct work. Cleaning services can be provided to help restore peak energy efficiency, eliminate offensive odors, and improve indoor air quality.

Carpet Cleaning - Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months.

Odor Identification And Deodorization - Our SERVPRO professionals will find the source of the odor and determine the best methods to neutralize and eliminate the odor from your home or business.

Upholstery And Furniture Cleaning - SERVPRO professionals can inspect and test fabrics to determine the safest and most effective cleaning method, to effectively extend its useful life.

Pack-out of contents at an Orange County fire damage

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Pack-out of contents at an Orange County fire damage Contents inventoried and packed at our warehouse in Orange County.

SERVPRO of Orange County specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
     

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Danbury / Ridgefield can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.