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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.

Mold Behind Wallpaper

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Behind Wallpaper Wallpaper and mold

Usually people who have mold behind wallpaper may not suspect that it is there. The most common place for mold to grow is behind the wallpaper that is in bathroom. As you can imagine, this is where there is a lot of moisture present from daily showering, etc. Therefore, it is a breeding ground for mold because the glue also attracts organic materials, such as dust, which is the favorite food combination for mold.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), inexperienced people who have attempted to remove mold from behind wallpaper usually exacerbate the problem by releasing a “massive” number of spores when the wallpaper is taken down. They also state that just by killing mold, and not getting rid of it, it can still cause serious health problems to some people. Therefore, when dealing with mold behind wallpaper, what you should know is that it is best to contact an expert mold remediation company, SERVPRO of North Sarasota. This will ensure that the problem will be effectively resolved and will provide a safe environment for you and your family.

Signs of Mold? Call Today – (941) 365-4614 SERVPRO of North Sarasota

ERP...Emergency READY Profile

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial ERP...Emergency READY Profile ERP...Emergency READY Profile

Are You Ready?

Preparation is a key component for making it through any size disaster, whether it’s a small water leak, a large fire or an area flood. The best time for planning for such events is not when the event happens, but well before it happens. No one ever plans on a disaster, but you can plan for it. Now is the time to ask yourself, “Are you ready for whatever could happen?”

The SERVPRO® Emergency READY Profile is a start up approach that provides the critical information needed to begin mitigation and recovery services. It is designed to serve as a quick reference of important building and contact information. By working with SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, your business will receive the benefit of over 40 years of experience in reducing the impact of any natural or man-made disaster.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota is a leader in water and fire damage response and can help you quickly get your property back in working order.

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614, "Like it never even happened."


7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial WHEN DAMAGE THREATENS THE FAIRFIELD INN AT LAKEWOOD RANCH, THERE’S ONE NUMBER IT REACHES FOR. Drying out the hall way after the fire sprinklers went of.

The hospitality industry answers to numbers. So does the one company it calls on when fire or water damage strikes. The #1 Choice in Commercial Cleanup and Restoration.

AT SERVPRO of North Sarasota we understand that keeping your guests satisfied is your top priority, and you can rest assured that you are ours.

When disaster strikes at a hospitality facility, the help of a specialized team is critical in assuring that normal operations resume as quickly and safely as possible.

Whether the cause is a coat hanger on a sprinkler head or a natural disaster, we work to efficiently isolate the damaged area so that basic functions can continue normally, and guests can enjoy your services with minimal impact. Our professionals are trained to work with your management and maintenance teams to prioritize spaces and make sure that all areas are restored to your complete satisfaction.

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614, Like it never even happened.

Saving Floors From Water Damage And Mold

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Saving Floors From Water Damage And Mold Saving Wood Floors

Injectidry's High Pressure drying systems are specifically developed to target high risk areas of hidden moisture such as: walls and ceilings, even those coated with watertight finishes like PVA paint and vinyl wallpaper coverings, double-sheeted fire walls, party walls, sound barriers, insulation, walls behind cabinets and fixtures and floors. Active Hoseline allows the setup to be safer during the drying process. The blue tape you see on the walls is marking where the moisture levels were taken. The levels of moisture were documented during the drying procedure so the technicians know when the wet areas are dry. The system is set up to blow air through the small injectors into the wall cavities. Air scrubbers are used in the room to keep the air clean while drying.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota is your Fire & Water- Cleanup & Restoration company 24-hours 7-days a week. Call 941-365-4614

Faster to the Disaster- Make it Like it Never Even Happened.