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How Much Mold Does Your Home Have?

2/1/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO How Much Mold Does Your Home Have? Mold behind the floor board

Confusion and misunderstanding surround the topic of mold and mold remediation. Some restoration businesses even make claims to remove all mold from a building. This is a fallacy. Mold spores occur naturally almost everywhere, both indoors and outdoors. These microscopic spores float along in the air and can enter a home or business through windows and HVAC systems. Some times we will refer out to another vendor to get testing done before and after SERVPRO of North Sarasota remediates.

By testing for mold you can tell if there is an unhealthy level of spores in your house and find out if any allergies you might have are from mold or something else. Mold testing after removing mold can be useful after you've had mold removed from your home. Through testing you can make sure that the mold removal was a success.

There are 3 different testing methods: 1) indoor air quality to test for mold spores, 2) the AC/heating mold sampling tests the air from a forced air heating and air conditioning unit, and 3) surface mold sampling which test mold that is already growing on a surface.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

Disaster Recovery Team

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Disaster Recovery Team Disaster Recovery Team

Catastrophic Storm and Major Event Response

Did you know that SERVPRO is able to help you put it all back together after a major disaster? We have helped people from hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Florence and Michael.

The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. The SERVPRO System has a network of strategically positioned storm teams on standby should a disaster strike near you. Available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, SERVPRO of North Sarasota are prepared for the unpredictable.

With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.

No Job Is Too Large

The SERVPRO Commercial Large Loss Division is composed of our best of the best in restoration. Our elite large-loss specialists are pre-qualified and strategically positioned throughout the United States to handle any size disaster. Every large loss is supervised by a commercial operations manager to help ensure seamless communication and timely mitigation. 

If your business suffers a major loss, call SERVPRO of North Sarasota (941) 365-4614.

Sewage Spill Cleanup

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sewage Spill Cleanup gutted dry wall and floors

Sewage spills caused by toilet overflows, backed-up septic tanks, or sewer system backups create a hazardous environment for your family. Acting fast in these situations helps protect your family and your home.

You should get professional help if:

    • Sewage has flooded multiple rooms
    • The spill is caused by a sewer or septic tank backup
    • The spill happened more than 24 hours ago
    • You or your family have health concerns that increase risk of infection
  • SERVPRO of North Sarasota can do more than deal with a disgusting mess. We can clean carpet and upholstery, decontaminate your home, and perform water damage restoration throughout your home. If a sewage overflow saturates carpeting and/or soaks into drywall, these materials have to be replaced.
  • SERVPRO of North Sarasota uses equipment like dehumidifiers, air scrubbers, and steam cleaners.

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

Sewage Backup or Toilet Overflow? Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota (941) 365-4614

Sewage Spill turns into mold

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Sewage Spill  turns into mold Mold remediation due to sewage backup

Sewage backup which turned into mold. Left untreated, the moisture and bacteria from a sewage loss may cause microbial growth. Our SERVPRO of North Sarasota team has experience with remediating a loss in which sewage was left untreated, causing mold to form on the drywall and floor.

To avoid the need for extensive mold remediation services after a catastrophic raw sewage damage event, property owners should act quickly. Mold can begin to grow just 48 hours after the affected area was contaminated by the dirty water.

Sewage spills caused by toilet overflows, backed-up septic tanks, or sewer system backups create a hazardous environment for your family. Acting fast in these situations helps protect your family and your home.

24 Emergency Service

Sewage backup should be considered an emergency and dealt with as quickly as possible. We are the water damage restoration specialists with specific training and expertise to safely restore your home or business.

Sewage Backup turned moldy? Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota(941) 365-4614

Home Fire Campaign Helps Save 464 Lives Since 2014

9/5/2018 (Permalink)

The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is now credited with helping save 464 lives since the effort began in October of 2014.

The Home Fire Campaign focuses on installing free smoke alarms in neighborhoods at high risk for fires and teaching people about fire safety. As of July 31, 2018, the effort has helped 464 lives, 161 of them children under age 18. Those affected report smoke alarms alerted them to evacuate their home or that they followed home fire escape plans they developed with the help of the Red Cross.

The Red Cross responds to as many as 64,000 disasters every year and most of these are home fires. Sadly, seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire, the most common disaster people face in this country. In a typical year, home fires kill more people in the United States than all other natural disasters combined.

To combat these statistics, the Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014, focusing on installing free smoke alarms in neighborhoods at high risk for fires and teaching people about fire safety.

Since the program’s start, the Red Cross and its more than 4,530 partners have installed over 1.4 million smoke alarms in homes in more than 13,800 cities and towns across the country.

In addition, the campaign has:

  • Reached more than 593,000 homes.
  • Served more than 1.5 million people living in the homes visited during the campaign.
  • Red Cross volunteers and partners have also replaced more than 66,800 smoke alarm batteries.
  • Helped more than 505,000 people develop home fire escape plans.
  • Reached more than 1.1 million children through preparedness programs.

After you call 911

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

Immediate action is crucial when dealing with water and fire damage. We’re dedicated to responding immediately when you need help. A fast response helps lessen the damage, limits secondary damage, and reduces cost.

What kind of storms are there?

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What kind of storms are there? Storm
  • Derecho Storms. ...
  • Flooding. ...
  • Hail Storms. ...
  • Snow Storms. ...
  • Hurricanes. ...
  • Ice Storms. ...
  • Lightning. ...
  • Thunderstorms.

A thunderstorm is a storm with lightning and thunder. Its produced by a cumulonimbus cloud, usually producing gusty winds, heavy rain and sometimes hail. The basic ingredients used to make a thunderstorm are moisture, unstable air and lift. ... You need unstable air that is relatively warm and can rise rapidly.

Damage comes not only from high winds, but also from the so-called marine overwash, a combination of effects resulting from tropical storm conditions that include storm surge, wind setup, wave setup, and wave swash. The primary effect is the storm surge resulting from extremely low atmospheric pressure.

If you are affected by a storm with water damage call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614.

Sprinkler system Mishaps

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Sprinkler system Mishaps Fire Sprinkler

Fire sprinklers are one of the reasons we get called out to a water damage. Sometimes they are testing them and something goes wrong or sometimes a roofer accidently steps on the line and breaks it. Either way SERVPRO of North Sarasota is here “faster to the disaster” “to make it like it never even happened”. Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 24 hours 7 days a week. 941-365-4614

Emergency Water Damage Tips

(These tips are for clean water situations only.)

  • Shut off the water source if possible.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks under furniture legs.
  • Hang furs and leather goods separately at room temperature.
  • Remove Oriental or other colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Do not use a regular vacuum to remove water.
  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of areas where ceilings are sagging from retained water.
  • Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting.

Fire Damage Restoration

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration House fire in Sarasota

The Fire Damage Restoration Process

SERVPRO of North Sarasota knows just how devastating a fire can be. Fire and water damage can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. They’re trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible. Learn more about the fire damage restoration process.

After a Fire

The following checklist serves as a quick reference and guide for you to follow after a fire strikes.

  • Contact your local disaster relief service, such as The Red Cross, if you need temporary housing, food and medicines.
  • If you are insured, contact your insurance company for detailed instructions on protecting the property, conducting inventory and contacting SERVPRO of North Sarasota.  If you are not insured, try contacting private organizations for aid and assistance.
  • Check with the fire department to make sure your residence is safe to enter. Be watchful of any structural damage caused by the fire.
  • The fire department should see that utilities are either safe to use or are disconnected before they leave the site.  DO NOT attempt to reconnect utilities yourself.
  • Conduct an inventory of damaged property and items.  Do not throw away any damaged goods until after an inventory is made.
  • Try to locate valuable documents and records.  Refer to information on contacts and the replacement process inside this brochure.
  • Begin saving receipts for any money you spend related to fire loss.  The receipts may be needed later by the insurance company and for verifying losses claimed on income tax.
  • Notify your mortgage company of the fire.

After you call 911

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

Storms and Scams

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms and Scams Storm damage call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614


Every year, many homes and commercial buildings are damaged by severe storms. Property owners become the victims of unlicensed, uninsured, inexperienced contractors and outright scammers who come to prey on uninformed people.

Poor quality contractors and scammers can cause permanent damage, devalue your property, steal your money and put you at personal, legal and financial risk… not to mention all the headaches!

Many scams begin with a knock at your door, or an unsolicited call on the phone, claiming to be a contractor. Unfortunately, many scam companies imitate legitimate contractors, so protect yourself by checking your contractor out, before agreeing to an inspection.

Make sure any contractor you work with is properly licensed, insured, and provides 3 local references

SERVPRO of North Sarasota Is Locally Owned with National Resources

SERVPRO of North Sarasota is locally owned and operated—so we’re a part of this community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,700 Franchises, which enables us to respond quicker with more resources. For major storms and disasters, we can call upon special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today (941) 365-4614


8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage HOME FLOODED? Flood Water

One of the many problems with flood water is that it may contain high levels of raw sewage and other contaminants that are hazardous to both your health and the environment. Above all, limit your contact with flood water!

If you were fortunate in not having flood water in your area, but still have water problems inside your home, remove and clean any water damaged items in order to avoid mold buildup. Controlling moisture is key to controlling mold in indoor environments. Exposure to mold has potential health effects. So address any water damage in your home quickly to protect your health and your family.

Our clients are happy and they are glad we are able to get to a water issue before it gets worse. Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614 Faster to the Disaster.