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Commercial: All Shapes and Sizes

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial: All Shapes and Sizes Our Production manager Richard using a hand truck to carry air movers from the eight floor to the garage at a condo in Tampa. No Job to big!

When it comes to your commercial property, we mean business. You need a company that can minimize the disruption to your clients while delivering superior results. Whether you need professional cleaning to make your business shine, or emergency water restoration services, SERVPRO of Lakeland has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

Small Office Buildings

Government/Military

Apartment Buildings

High-Rise Residential

Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings

Small Retail Stores

Large Retail/Big-Box Stores

Restaurants

Manufacturing & Industrial

Hotel/Motels

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Lakeland can respond immediately to your commercial water damage emergency regardless of the size or scope of the damage. We are part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises with special Disaster Recovery Teams placed strategically throughout the country to respond to large scale events and disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities Lakeland, Plant City, Valrico, Brandon, and surrounding areas.

Call us today! 863-646-4213

“Like it never even happened.”

Microscopic Mold

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Microscopic Mold Mold is not fun to have growing in your house, always have you air conditioner annually checked to ensure humidity in the home stays low.

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 inaccurate. 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 can and most likely will 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. You can call SERVPRO of Lakeland to take care of you!

863-646-4213

“Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Up a Diamond In The Rough.

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Cleaning Up a Diamond In The Rough. SERVPRO of Lakeland is always here to help. We understand the delicateness that goes into Hoarding jobs.

For over 45 years we’ve been in the business of assisting residents. We take questions and calls from people of all kinds of hoarder-related service requirements. Our business is not to judge people, instead, we’re in the business of assisting people with finding solutions. Getting a customer’s environment restored back to a living condition that is suitable so that they feel comfortable once again is our main goal.
SERVPRO of Lakeland will show up on the day that has been scheduled and that is a good time for you. We listen carefully to your requests and treat each cleaning job that we do as a completely unique customer experience. Over the years we have provided services to hundreds of customers and handled the requests of our clients for a thoughtful and discreet crew to handle all of their belongings. We ask you to participate in making the decisions for what stays and what goes from a site if you wish.

SERVPRO of Lakeland will not just go into a house affected by hoarding conditions and start throwing things out. Underneath the piles of clutter and confusion, there are actually items that are valuable and important that you will want to keep. Our understanding of this reality and our great attention to details is what puts SERVPRO of Lakeland in a category that is ABOVE and BEYOND our competitors. Our cleaners will package, transport as well as store items while removing unwanted items during the remediation process.

Give SERVPRO of Lakeland a call for our compassionate, discreet, respectful and certified hoarding cleanup services.
863-646-4213

IICRC How It Impacts The Customer

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage IICRC How It Impacts The Customer Call the Pros at SERVPRO of Lakeland to get your house back to normal.

SERVPRO of Lakeland is Faster to Any Size Disaster by adhering to our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines. What that means is that within one hour from notifying us of your loss, one of our Professional’s will contact you to arrange service, within four hours, we will be on-site to start the mitigation process, and then within eight hours we will give you a verbal briefing of the scope of work that will be needed to make it Like it never even happened.

Our Professional Staff are trained to IICRC standards, which are the leading, industry accepted standards outlined in the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification. The “IICRC is a certification and standards developing non-profit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries.” By ensuring the proper equipment and moisture measuring tools are utilized, your home or business is quickly and thoroughly dried, which can help prevent secondary water damage.

When dealing with serious water intrusion, a mop or shop vac may not be enough to do the job. Our staff is there to identify the source and type of water, perform a drying analysis, survey the extent of damage and perform the proper inspection, perform emergency water extraction, disinfect and deodorize and perform proper drying and monitoring of the structure.

First and foremost, safety is the first priority. Our staff is trained to remove not just moisture, but the contaminants found in “grey” or “black” water, leaving your home or business safety for your family, guests, employees and clients.

SERVPRO of Lakeland proudly serves Lakeland, Plant City, Brandon, Valrico. We can be reached 24-hours a day, 365 days a year at 863-646-4213.

Leave Fire Damage To The Pros

11/16/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Leave Fire Damage To The Pros Most fires start in the kitchen. Call us today SERVPRO of Lakeland is always prepared.

The Facts About Cleaning Smoke Damage After a House Fire

Many homeowners think that they can clean-up smoke damage to their home after it has been burned in a fire. Unfortunately, that is never a good idea. Cleaning up smoke and soot damage requires professionals to do the job.

Bring in the Fire Damage Pros

First off, a house that has been burned in a fire is typically not safe to enter or spend time in. The integrity of walls and floors may have been damaged, along with other hazards. It’s important not to enter the home until professionals tell you it is safe to do so.

While you should not undertake trying to clean up smoke and soot damage from a house fire yourself, you should get the professionals into your as soon as possible. Ash and smoke, if left untreated, will cause corrosion, discoloration and a lingering powerful and offensive odor. Ash, specifically, will start causing damage and discoloration almost immediately and the damage may be permanent and irreversible. Anything that was made of plastic will begin discoloring within minutes. Metals will easily tarnish and corrode and fiberglass will begin to yellow.

If you get fire damage restoration professionals in soon enough after a house fire, they can mitigate or eliminate the smoke and ash damage from the fire and prevent further damage to your property. Unfortunately, if you don’t get the pros in early, the damage becomes worse and worse and the costs to repair will begin to skyrocket within just a few weeks!

Know Who to Hire

Many companies claim to be fire damage restoration specialists, but they may not actually have the proper training and certification to do the job. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is the primary oversight agency for the industry. Companies recognized, registered and certified by the IICRC will have taken extensive coursework to earn their certification.

What a Trained and Certified Fire Damage Restoration Professional Does

A trained and certified fire damage restoration professional will first identify all affected materials and the source of odors, if possible. They will be extremely thorough. They will identify what can be salvaged and cleaned and what cannot be and must be completely replaced. They will then begin the clean-up process by removing built-up ash residue. Once the ash is cleaned, they can better identify the sources of odors, which they will treat with special detergents made to neutralize the odors. Once fire damaged materials are treated, they will be sealed to prevent future odors from emitting into your home.

If you or anyone you know is in need of smoke or fire damage restoration services.

Servpro of Lakeland is always here to help! Contact us today.

863-646-4213

When is it Not Worth Cleaning?

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage When is it Not Worth Cleaning? This dishwasher fire caused a lot of smoke in this Valrico Home. Most of the furniture was affected, a decision to replace or restore had to be made.

When it's not worth cleaning is the topic for this post. How do you know when an item should be cleaned, restored or replaced?

That depends on a number of factors, one of which is the actual value of the item. Another consideration is if the item holds sentimental value for the owner. There are some items that may not have a lot of cash value but the sentiments are irreplaceable.

Items handed down from generations like tools, clothing items, photographs, and furniture are all examples of items that may not have a high cash value but mean the world to it's owners.

What items do you own that may not have a high monetary value but mean the world to you?

Do you have plan for these items just in case you experience a fire or water damage?

If you need help with planning feel free to contact SERVPRO of Lakeland at 863-646-4213.

It is Time to Fall Back.

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage It is Time to Fall Back. SERVPRO of Lakeland 863-646-4213 "Like it Never Even Happened."

This Saturday, we "Fall Back" and change our clocks. Please remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors? Keeping the batteries fresh in your home's smoke detectors is very important in preventing fires, fire damage, and smoke damage to your home. Most smoke detectors take 9 volt batteries, but that can vary from detector to detector. Many firemen say keeping the batteries fresh in your home's smoke detectors and regularly checking them to make sure they are working properly are the most important thing you can do to help keep you and your family safe from a fire. Always aim to keep your family and your home safe.

If your home experiences a Smoke or Fire Damage call SERVPRO of Lakeland.

863-646-4213.

Professional Commercial Restoration

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Professional Commercial Restoration There is only one professional restoration business to trust and that is SERVPRO of Lakeland 863-646-4213

The single most important thing that any property owner should do when noticing water rush into their business, that may lead to flood damage can do is to call in their local professional water damage restoration company. A water damage restoration company will have powerful and sophisticated equipment at its disposal, equipment that is specially designed for use in flood damage restoration and mitigation. Also, they will have trained and experienced staff, with tens of thousands of hours between them of successfully carrying out the restoration and mitigation of water damage.

It is for these reasons that a professional restoration company should be called. Any time flood damage occurs, time is always the most crucial factor. Waiting too long to begin the restoration and mitigation process of a flooded home or business will all but ensure that the water in the home or water in the business will cause permanent damage. In the worst cases, this damage could result in the total loss of the building's value.

Luckily, there is a set process that has been proven over decades and that every restoration company should be well versed in. Carrying out these established water cleanup protocols is the best way to minimize damage to a flooded home or business.

Call The Professionals at SERVPRO of Lakeland 863-646-4213

"Like it never even happened."

Restoring Your Commercial Building After Water Event

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Restoring Your Commercial Building After Water Event SERVPRO of Lakeland should be your #1 phone call after a Commercial Flood/Water Damage. 863-646-4213

Flooding and water damage events at Lakeland, and Plant City commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Can Present Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

SERVPRO of Lakeland 863-646-4213

“Like it never even happened.”

How to Help Prevent Water Damage to Your Lakeland Home.

11/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How to Help Prevent Water Damage to Your Lakeland Home. If you experience with water damage call the Pros at SERVPRO of Lakeland 863-646-4213

Preventing water damage will save you many headaches and is easier than dealing with the cleanup and repairs. We do not like to think about it, but water damage can cause severe damage to your property. It weakens the foundation and the very core that holds your property together.

You have heard about core strength in your body. Well, water damage hits at the core strength of your house, eventually causing severe structural damage. Damp wood invites termites and carpenter ants; plus, it causes mold and mildew.

Here are 3 easy prevention tips

These tips are easy things to do that will give you piece of mind the next time heavy storms hit.

Ensure Good Drainage

Poor drainage weakens your foundation, causing cracks, uneven settling, and pathways for water to enter your home.

Clean your gutters routinely. A clogged gutter and drains will send cascades of water down the side of your house, damaging your siding and foundation.

Ensure your downspouts direct water 5 to 10 feet away from your house.

Make sure your yard is sloped at least 6 inches over a 10-foot span away from your foundation.

Check for Water Leaks

Persistent leaks lead to mold, mildew, rot, and even termites and carpenter ants (they like chewing wet wood, since it is soft).

Check for dark spots under pipes inside sink cabinets, stains on ceilings, toilets that rock, and of course drips.

At least once a year, inspect your roof. Repair any missing, loose, and or damaged shingles.

Repair any cracked caulking and check for leaks around flashing.

Know what to do should water damage occur

Water damage is all about action. Acting fast will save you time and unnecessary costs. Contact SERVPRO of Lakeland experts immediately, our team will help to restore rather than replace. What you can do until SERVPRO of Lakeland arrives

Remove art objects to a safe, dry place & gather loose items from floors.

Remove colored rugs and upholstery from wet carpeting to prevent stains.

Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

SERVPRO of Lakeland

863-646-4213

“Like it never even happened.”