Logging in Equipment
An Emergency Water damage came in toward the end of the work day. All of our crew chiefs and technician's were on other projects so our owners and myself (marketing and quality control manager) loaded up equipment on our cargo tailor and headed to the medical facility. Upon arrival we began to access the loss with the manager of the facility. We took reading of the areas affected and began to unload the equipment and placed it in the affected areas. We placed twenty two air movers, four dehumidifiers and one air scrubber. The cause of loss was from a janitors closet drain backup. They requested that we spray an anti microbial product through the entire facility. We sprayed approximately 3,000 square feet of the facility. The customers were very pleased how quickly we we responded to there loss and got everything under control.
Mold on student desk
High Humidity and HVAC system not properly working:
A classroom with a high relative humidity experiences air that is very moist, making students feel overly chilled or sticky depending on the temperature. All that extra water in the air facilitates the growth of bacteria, mold, fungus and dust mites.
High humidity levels even result in condensation forming inside the windows, ceilings and walls of classrooms and other areas of a school, damaging building materials.
Controlling Humidity Levels
Moisture concerns inside schools are caused by a wide range of conditions, such as leaks in plumbing and in the roof, condensation, damp ground beneath a structure and outdoor humidity. The simple act of students exhaling creates moisture. Tightly sealed newer buildings might not allow moisture to escape. Even temporary, portable classrooms frequently see higher humidity and mold growth.
There are several ways to control and reduce humidity levels inside schools and classrooms.
- Make sure adequate ventilation exists to keep humidity levels between 30% and 50%.
- Install exhaust fans if you have kitchens for cooking and washing dishes inside classrooms. Give individual classrooms a de-humidifier.
- Install insulation to cut back on condensation on cold surfaces like windows, exterior walls, pipes and floors.
- Mount tile around drinking fountains and classroom sinks and on the floor below.
By controlling humidity levels, pathogens, mold, fungus and allergens are controlled as well. If mold is not removed after optimum humidity levels are reached.
Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Before and After Carpet Cleaning
Properly maintained commercial carpet is a strong asset to any facility, providing a clean professional look, a degree of comfort, and a means to remove dust and allergens from the air. Preserving this asset is important, and preventative steps should be taken including simple vacuuming once or twice a week during your scheduled facilities cleaning through more extensive carpet cleaning.
Many things can cause carpet stains; beverages, foods, fertilizer, pesticides, medicines, hair care products and vomit can cause serious staining, requiring carpet cleaning at some level. Often the damage is not discovered immediately, giving the stain time to set and thus becoming more difficult to remove.When this occurs, it is often necessary to contact companies that clean commercial carpets in order to obtain the best results with your facilities cleaning.
Here are a few steps to minimize stain damage:
- Act soon. Do not let the spot dry and set
- Always test a spot removal agent in a location concealed from view.
- Blot the stain. Do not scrub it.
- Apply a small amount of a recommended cleaning solution to a cloth, not directly to the carpet.
- Work your way in from the edges of the spot, blotting and rubbing gently.
- Consult a professional commercial carpet cleaner when dealing with unusual substances such as chemicals.
Tearing out commercial carpet
Flooding and other water damage can be sudden and destructive to your property. If left untreated, the excess water can cause health hazards and create structural damage. Immediate action is necessary to save you both money and worry. Whether the culprit is a broken pipe, a faulty household appliance, an overloaded washing machine, sewage back up, or simply rainwater, a commercial building flooding can be devastating – and when it comes time to fix water damage, it can be costly.
Turn to SERVPRO of Lake County for quality water damage restoration services that are effective and affordable. We use cutting-edge technology and non-invasive methods to find the cause of flooding and fix it at the root of the problem. Unlike other technicians, we have in-depth understanding and experience assessing water damage and creating customized solutions. Our highly trained professionals arrive on time, prepared, and get the job done right, fast and on time. Please call SERVPRO of Lake County at 352-735-3311
Removing contaminated subfloor
Mold - you can't wish it away and you can't really avoid it. However, you can get rid of it. There are many kinds of mold. In nature, they're beneficial as those molds decompose biological matter that would otherwise drown the world in waste. When the mold spores drift inside your home, if the spores find a suitable, damp environment, they begin to grow. The result is more than distasteful - it can cause health effects. If it's growing under your flooring, you need to fix the cause, kill and remove the mold, then replace the flooring. In this particular case the damage floor was present for the last few months and they didn't notice until their floor was about to cave it. For all your mold assessment and remediation needs, please call SERVPRO of Lake County Fl. 1-352-735-3311
Commercial Carpet Cleaning
Commercial Carpet Cleaning
- Wet cleaning
How it works
Also known as hot water extraction or steam cleaning, the carpet is first pre-conditioned with a chemical reagent that liquefies soils and oil-based substances which may be present in the carpet fibers. Water is heated to a temperature near its boiling point and pressurized, then injected into the carpet. After about 10 to 15 minutes, the solution is extracted with a vacuum.
- Gets out soiling from deep down in the carpet. 2. Allows the use of high temperatures, pressures and chemical concentrates. 3. Permits extended dwell times for reaction of cleaning solvents. 4. Chemical reactivity facilitated by agitation with grooming tool or extraction wand.
This is the most widely used method. Recommended by carpet manufacturers and industry cleaning experts and professionals
- Cleaning with an absorbent pad
How it works
This carpet cleaning method is also commonly known as bonnet cleaning and is most often used for routine light maintenance. It can also be used for regular carpet cleaning. The carpet is first vacuumed, and then a chemical solution is sprayed on to it with a hand pump or electric sprayer. The solution is allowed to stay on the carpet for a suitable dwell or reaction time.
The absorbent pad or bonnet, which looks like a towel, is placed on the drive block of a rotary floor machine and spun over the carpet surface at 100 to 300 rpm. This action serves to impregnate the carpet fibers with the chemical solution and then pick it up with the soils afterward.
- Fast, simple and inexpensive. 2. Excellent results with lightly soiled carpets.
- Dry cleaning with an absorbent compound
How it works
A powder that has been mixed with special solvents and cleaning agents is spread over the carpet, and then worked into the carpet fibers with a machine fitted with counter-rotating brushes. The powder absorbs soils in the carpet fibers. After it’s allowed to set on the carpet for 10 to 15 minutes, it’s vacuumed up.
- Very simple system with no special technical training required. 2. Very fast drying, it typically only takes about 20 minutes before the carpet can be back in service.
- Dry foam or rotary shampoo method
How it works
A cleaning agent is applied to the carpet to help suspend dirt and debris in the carpet, which is then whipped into foam and worked into the carpet fibers with the rotating brushes of a special machine. After a short dwell time, the foam is extracted with a vacuum.
- Fast, simple to apply and inexpensive. 2. Rotating brushes provide excellent agitation. 3. Small amount of moisture allows fast drying of carpet.
Multiple SERVPRO Vehicles
SERVPRO Vehicles responding to a house fire
Damage caused by a fire is devastating for your family and your home. It’s a stressful and confusing time, so you’ll need a caring expert to guide you through this crisis. Our professionals will always treat you with respect and empathy, and we’ll always treat your home and belongings with great care.
SERVPRO of Lake County Florida has the water and fire damage training and expertise to help you through this tough time. Once the fire department leaves, your Lake County home may suffer from water damage caused by firefighting efforts. We have the specialized fire and water damage restoration training, personnel, and equipment to handle fire and water damage and can quickly restore your home to pre-fire condition. Please give SERVPRO of Lake county a call at 352-735-3311
Clean Homes Sell Faster
Get Rid of Troubled Listings
The word is out that it is a sellers’ market here in central Florida and many investors and homeowners are looking to capitalize on the money making opportunities that are becoming available. If you have a home you’d like to sell then now is the time to learn about what SERVPRO of Lake County can do for you.
It is not uncommon for a house to sit vacant for months before it is sold and in this case there may be un-detected leaks as well as insect and rodent problems that can occur. The services we specialize in can help your clients pass home inspections and generally get their homes in top show condition. Whether the problem is a water stain on a hardwood floor, a mildew smell in the closet or even if the home was lived in by a heavy smoker we offer free inspections and can come determine the scope of mitigation services that are necessary. We also offer residential cleaning services such as full detailed micro cleanings, carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, upholstery cleaning and even drape and curtain cleaning.
Let us turn a problem listing into a quick sale.
Call us today at (352)735-3311
Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors.
This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business.
Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level.
Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy.
Consider the following mold facts:
- Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
- Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
- Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
- Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
- Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
- Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.
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.
If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today
10 Tips for Safe Summer Barbecues:
Do's and Don'ts That Will Keep You From Becoming a Statistic
- Keep your grill at least 10 feet away from your house. Farther is even better. This includes portions attached to your house like carports, garages and porches. Grills should not be used underneath wooden overhangs either, as the fire could flare up into the structure above. This applies to both charcoal and gas grills.
- Clean your grill regularly. If you allow grease and fat to build up on your grill, they provide more fuel for a fire. Grease is a major source of flare ups.
- Check for gas leaks. You can make sure no gas is leaking from your gas grill by making a solution of half liquid dish soap and half water and rubbing it on the hoses and connections. Then, turn the gas on (with the grill lid open.) If the soap forms large bubbles, that's a sign that the hoses have tiny holes or that the connections are not tight enough.
- Keep decorations away from your grill. Decorations like hanging baskets, pillows and umbrellas look pretty AND provide fuel for a fire. To make matters worse, today's decor is mostly made of artificial fibers that burn fast and hot, making this tip even more important.
- Keep a spray bottle of water handy. That way, if you have a minor flare-up you can spray it with the water to instantly calm it. The bonus of this tip is that water won't harm your food, so dinner won't be ruined!
- Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill. And KNOW HOW TO USE IT. If you are unsure how to use the extinguisher, don't waste time fiddling with it before calling 911. Firefighters say many fire deaths occur when people try to fight a fire themselves instead of calling for expert help and letting the fire department do its job.
- Turn on the gas while your grill lid is closed. NEVER do this. It causes gas to build up inside your grill, and when you do light it and open it, a fireball can explode in your face.
- Leave a grill unattended. Fires double in size every minute. Plan ahead so that all of your other food prep chores are done and you can focus on grilling.
- Overload your grill with food. This applies especially fatty meats. The basic reason for this tip is that if too much fat drips on the flames at once, it can cause a large flare-up that could light nearby things on fire.
- Use a grill indoors. People often think it will be safe to use a grill, especially a small one, indoors. NOT TRUE. In addition to the fire hazard, grills release carbon monoxide, the deadly colorless, odorless gas. That gas needs to vent in fresh air or it can kill you, your family and pets.
If you do experience a house fire this summer be sure to call SERVPRO of Lake County at (352)735-3311 to help with all your fire damage and smoke damage needs. We are always here to help!