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Drip, Drip, Drip

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

We always here that dripping sound, but never think about fixing the problem. People think that the sound will just stop. However, that is never the case. That dripping sound should be not be taken lightly, but an alarm that something is wrong. 

The reason is because if the problem is pro longed not only does it do more damage to your home, but can hurt your wallet. If you continue to let water just drip this can cause broken pipes, a much higher water bill, mold, and water damage. Here are some ways you can protect your home, and stop that annoying dripping sound,

  • Always can check your pipes for any loose screws, or bolts. 
  • To test if you have a leak get a dry towel and press against  where the water is coming from for 10 sec. Wait one minute. If there is still water coming out then check for a leak.
  • Have your plumber come out at least every four months for a check. 
  • Check your walls for any holes or water coming out. If you have holes cover them up immediately. Think you have a water coming out call SERVPRO of North Sarasota, and we can do an assessment to see the damage.

Don't let a single drip turn into a flood. Let SERVPRO of North Sarasota help you and make that drip look "Like it never even happened." If you would like an assessment call us at (941) 365-4614.

Don't be a victim of a summer fire!

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Summer! Its an amazing time of year. Summer barbecue, night bonfires, fireworks this sounds like a lot of fun! Now it can be a lot of fun, but can also be very dangerous. During the summer, most fires and deaths about 80 percent are during the summer because of these types of activities. Don't get me wrong these are amazing activities, but there is a way to stay safe. 

Here are some tips that you can do to make sure you have a safe summer....

  • Always barbecue at least ten feet away from your home, and have a bucket of water with you. This will keep you from having that ash smell in your house.
  • Going camping or beach to have bonfire? Make sure you have a first aid kit, a form of communication, and a water bucket beside you at all times. If you are camping and telecommunication devices do not work, a flare will help you. 
  • DO NOT SMOKE INSIDE YOUR HOME! This will not only get your house caught on fire, but you will have that nicotine odor that may last for weeks! 
  • If you have plans to launch fireworks this 4th of July make sure you do it where there is no debris around, have adult supervision, and a bucket of water. Just a added plus make sure to check with the fire dept. to make sure it is safe.

Summer can be an amazing and not stressful time of the year to spend with family and friends. With a lot of activities, just make sure you are safe and don't become summers next victim! If you have any questions or need some work done call SERVPRO of North Sarasota at (941) 365-4614. 

Got Mold?

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any organic substance, as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed. It is impossible to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be controlled indoors by controlling moisture indoors.

Molds reproduce by making spores that usually cannot be seen without magnification. Mold spores waft through the indoor and outdoor air continually. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive. Molds gradually destroy the things they grow on.

Since mold requires water to grow, it is important to prevent moisture problems in buildings. Moisture problems can have many causes, including uncontrolled humidity. Some moisture problems in buildings have been linked to changes in building construction practices during the 1970s, 80s and 90s. Some of these changes have resulted in buildings that are tightly sealed, but may lack adequate ventilation, potentially leading to moisture buildup. Building materials, such as drywall, may not allow moisture to escape easily. Moisture problems may include:

  • Roof leaks
  • Landscaping or gutters that direct water into or under the building
  • Unvented combustion appliances
  • Delayed maintenance or insufficient maintenance are also associated with moisture problems in schools and large buildings

Moisture problems in portable classrooms and other temporary structures have frequently been associated with mold problems.

Remediators should avoid exposing themselves and others to mold-laden dusts as they conduct their cleanup activities. Caution should be used to prevent mold and mold spores from being dispersed throughout the air where they can be inhaled by building occupants.

Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. When you discover mold, call us at 941-365-4614 and we will go through our standard mold remediation process: 

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

What to do after a storm.

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Your home should be your place of rest. But when water begins leaking – even small leaks in areas you can’t see – your home could quickly become a source of stress. The possibility of harmful mold, rot and unseen damage may affect the value of your home and the health of loved ones.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota understands how disruptive water damages can be for your entire family and will help ensure the water is identified, regardless of where it hides. That’s why we offer 24-hour emergency response by trained, uniformed restoration professionals. With top-of-the line equipment and time-tested cleanup and restoration techniques, SERVPRO of North Sarasota has the expertise to help make your house feel like home again.

After all, when it comes to your home and your family, even small disasters can feel like huge problems. So if a water damage occurs in your home, just call your local

SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614.

We’ll be there to help

Hurricane Preparedness

6/4/2019 (Permalink)

Summer is that time of year were the heat and humidity start to rise and become a really uncomfortable factor during our day to day activities. Unfortunately, they also create one of the worst natural disasters in the world. When there is water, heat and humidity there are hurricanes. 

Hurricanes are never a pretty sight to see, and are very scary if your not prepared. Always have an emergency plan ready for before, during and after a hurricane. The only good thing about hurricanes is they can be predicted unlike earthquakes, you can always prepare for them. Here are some steps you can take to make sure you are safe during the three phases of a hurricane.

Before: 

  • Listen for any alarm, or alert from law enforcement. If they are asking you to evacuate then follow their orders.
  • Watch any weather broadcast to see the status of the storm.
  • Make sure you have food, water, and a source of power ready to go in a kit. 
  • If you are planning to head out of state for safety make sure to leave early, and have a spare gas tank just in case. 
  • Obtain an ERP from SERVPRO. This will come in handy after the storm.  

During:

  • If you are in the middle of a storm find shelter immediately. Do not remain outside.
  • If you were not able to evacuate, board up your windows to avoid any shattered glass. 
  • Know that these storms will last a while. Try to locate your nearest law enforcement facility for help.  

After:

  • If you were asked to evacuate, do not return to your home unless told so by local law enforcement. 
  • Be very cautious of were you step, and location. There will be a lot of debris, so you can still hurt yourself. 
  • When you are allowed to go home check for any damages mainly check for water damages. 
  • If you have any water damages take a look at that ERP. This will allow you to have SERVPRO Disaster Recovery team out there immediately to take care of any damages. Plus the ERP will help you organize who to call, so you can get back up an running in no time.  

Hurricanes are never fun, and can become a very stressful situation. However, if you have a solid emergency plan and the right disaster team behind you everything will be okay. Let us at SERVPRO OF NORTH SARASOTA be your choice for a disaster team when you need help. With our disaster recovery and large loss teams nearby we will be able help you recover in a timely manner. If you have any questions call us at (941) 365-4614

Commercial General Cleaning & Large Loss

6/3/2019 (Permalink)

Summer can be an amazing time of year. There are so many different events, and celebrations going on such as graduations, family visits, kids coming home from college. It is that time of year were everyone can relax. However, for business summer can be the most stressful time of year were first impressions can make or break a business. 

Here at SERVPRO of North Sarasota we can help you create that amazing first impression with your clients. All our offices are local so we can clean up any disaster faster. Whether you need a general carpet cleaning from a party, or have a busted pipe and there is water every where SERVPRO of North Sarasota is here to help. 

In addition, we can take care of any disaster, from the smallest to the largest disaster possible. With our large loss teams standing by, we will always make sure to get your business up and running in a timely manner. 

Have any questions or need some work done. Call SERVPRO Of North Sarasota at 941-365-4614!

Most Common Water Damage

5/24/2019 (Permalink)

The most common place for a water damage is in the bathroom, and why is that? In the bathroom people throw the most random things down the drain such toys, toilet paper, wipes etc. However, the shower is not the final destination of these items, it's the toilet. 

When these items are flushed down into the toilet it can cause not just a back up to your septic tank but block pipes which can lead to water damage not just inside, but outside your home as well. This can cost a lot of money, and stress. Here are some ways to avoid these mishaps.....

  • Do not throw objects of any kind in the toilet. This will cause blockage.
  • Always check your toilet to make sure it is flushing properly, this will help avoid a flood in the bathroom.
  • Be sure to have your plumber check the toilet regularly to avoid any major damage.
  • Lastly, if you suspect a blockage do not fix it yourself. Let SERVPRO take care of it for  you, or a trained professional. 

If you have a water damage in your home or business call here at SERVPRO of North Sarasota. Our guys are trained, and available 24 hours standing by, to make your water damage look "Like it never even happened."    

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A FLOOD THREATENS

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A FLOOD THREATENS Flooding

Prepare NOW

  • Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center for information.
  • Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
  • If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.
  • Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
  • Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
  • Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding.
  • Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
  • Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.

24 Emergency Service

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.

Smoking is a leading cause of home fire deaths.

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

It is important for smokers to know the steps they can take to keep themselves and their families safe from fire. Put these fire safety messages into your own words when talking to people about smoking and fire safety on social media.

  • Smoke outside. Many things in your home can catch on fire if they touch something hot like a cigarette or ashes. It is always safer to smoke outside.
  • Put cigarettes out all the way. Do this every time. Don’t walk away from lit cigarettes and other smoking materials. Put water on the ashes and butts to make sure they are really out before you put them in the trash.
  • Be alert. Do not smoke after taking medicine that makes you tired. You may not be able to prevent or escape from a fire if you are sleepy or have taken medicine that makes you tired.
  • Never smoke around medical oxygen. Medical oxygen can explode if a flame or spark is near. Even if the oxygen is turned off, it can still catch on fire.
  • Never smoke in bed. Mattresses and bedding can catch on fire easily. Do not smoke in bed because you might fall asleep with a lit cigarette.
  • Put your cigarette out in an ashtray or bucket with sand. Use ashtrays with a wide base so they won’t tip over and start a fire.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? 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.

Kitchen Fires

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Kitchen Fires Kitchen fires happen

Each year, from 2014 to 2016, fire departments in the United States responded to an estimated average of 188,800 cooking fires in residential buildings.

Cooking was, by far, the leading cause of all residential building fires and injuries.

Confined fires, generally smaller fires, accounted for 91 percent of residential building cooking fires.

In 83 percent of nonconfined cooking fires in residential buildings, the fires were limited to the object or room of fire origin.

The leading specific factor contributing to ignition in nonconfined cooking fires in residential buildings was unattended equipment (40 percent).

Smoke alarms and automatic extinguishing systems (AESs), 67 and 8 percent respectively, were present in nonconfined cooking fires in occupied residential buildings.

Home fires are preventable! The following are simple steps that each of us can take to prevent a tragedy.

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
  • Keep children away from cooking areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of 3 feet around the stove.
  • Position barbecue grills at least 10 feet away from siding and deck railings, and out from under eaves and overhanging branches.
  • 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.