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Saving Floors From Water Damage And Mold

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

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."

Be Safe this 4th of July!

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

Happy Independence Day! When people think about the fourth of July there is one thing that comes to mind... FIREWORKS! Fireworks are fun, pretty, and exciting. However, when people launch fireworks they are never launched safely. Fireworks are a huge reason for house fires, and deaths during fourth of July. 

Here are some tips, and how to be safe when launching fireworks....

  • Check with your local fire dept. to obtain approval. Remember, in some states fireworks are illegal to launch and can come with a hefty fine as well. 
  • Look at your local forecast. Do not launch fireworks if there are high winds in your area.
  • Look at your surroundings. Do not launch fireworks if there is going to be debris everywhere. 
  • If you do launch go to the beach or by the water. Make sure to always have a bucket of water in case you are in dry land. 

This fourth of July have fun barbecuing, and launching fireworks. If you do just be safe while conducting your activities.  Just don't become a victim of a house fire.  

Got a fire damage that needs to be looked at call SERVPRO of North Sarasota (941) 365-4614 or (941) 915-1118

How to be safe when shredding the waves.

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

For beaches its the most popular time of year. This is the time of year to beat the heat. Everyone is going to have fun in the sand, spend some family time, or maybe going to catch a few waves. However, one thing people forget to take into consideration is the waves.

Most people when they look at the waves don't really look at it as a danger, but they are the reason for some of the worst natural disasters in the world. Strong rip currents can cause Tsunami's, Hurricanes, cyclones, and very strong tides. Statistics from 2018 show that 65% of deaths come from strong rip currents. Here are some ways to be safe when you are in the water

  • Always make sure to remain between two active life guard station at all times. 
  • If you start having trouble with the current conditions of the waves stay out of the water until they settle.
  • Always have someone watching you on shore to make sure you are okay. 
  • If you see the yellow flags do not go into the water unless you are a strong swimmer. 
  • If you start drifting stay calm, and call for help by waving your arms in a relaxed manner. 
  • If you are at shore and the flag is red, it would be safe to not be at the beach as this could mean a storm is approaching.

Next time you are at the beach follow these steps to be safe. Be prepared, and don't become a victim of natural disasters. If you need help, or was hit by a recent storm call SERVPRO Of North Sarasota! We are faster to any disaster! Call us (941) 365 4614 

15 Years of Serving North Sarasota!

6/18/2019 (Permalink)

We get it selecting a restoration company can be a very stressful, and difficult decision. For most people it's something they never want to think about because it will never happen to them. While this can be true, it's nice to have a plan just in case.  

Now when it comes to pricing, the human population has it right we are all the same. However, quality and trust is what you want to factor in. You want a company that you can count on to be there at a moments notice, while still having that peace of mind. 

Here at SERVPRO of North Sarasota, that is something we can guarantee. We have been serving the North Sarasota area for more than 15 years with our quality and trust. As a local franchise we are able to assist within a moments notice. Which means if your house if flooded we will be at your doorstep to help in any way possible. 

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)

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)

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.

Clean Carpets

3/27/2019 (Permalink)

Clean Carpets

Preventative Maintenance

Carpets act as a filter, trapping dust, dirt, gases, animal hair, and other soils. All carpet manufacturers agree on actions you can take between carpet cleanings to increase the life span of your carpet. IICRC states that 79% of soil in carpet is dry soil. Vacuuming is a key component to proper care and maintenance of carpet.

Preventative maintenance actions include: 

  • Regular vacuuming
  • Spot removal
  • Pilating the carpet to prevent matting
  • Moving furniture to change traffic patterns
  • Using walk-off mats to limit the amount of soil tracked onto the carpet

Professional Cleaning

Our professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today. SERVPRO of North Sarasota is ready to serve you.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning? Call Today 941-365-4614

SERVPRO of North Sarasota knows that pets are family too.

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Love our pets

Preparing Your Pets for Emergencies

Makes Sense. Get Ready Now.

Get a Kit of pet emergency supplies.Just as you do with your family’s emergency supply kit, think first about the basics for survival, particularly food and water.

Food: Keep at least three days of food in an airtight, waterproof container.

Water: Store at least three days of water specifically for your pets, in addition to water you need for yourself and your family.

Medicines and medical records: Keep an extra supply of medicines your pet takes on a regular basis in a waterproof container.

First aid kit: Talk to your veterinarian about what is most appropriate for your pet’s emergency medical needs. Most kits should include cotton bandage rolls, bandage tape and scissors; antibiotic ointment; flea and tick prevention; latex gloves, isopropyl alcohol and saline solution. Include a pet first aid reference book.

Collar with ID tag, harness or leash: Your pet should wear a collar with its rabies tag and identification at all times. Include a backup leash, collar and ID tag in your pet’s emergency supply kit.

Important documents: Place copies of your pet’s registration information, adoption papers, vaccination documents and medical records in a clean plastic bag or waterproof container and also add them to your kit.

Crate or other pet carrier: If you need to evacuate in an emergency situation take your pets and animals with you, provided that it is practical to do so.

Sanitation: Include pet litter and litter box if appropriate, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach to provide for your pet’s sanitation needs. You can use bleach as a disinfectant (dilute nine parts water to one part bleach), or in an emergencyyou can also use it to purify water. Use 8 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water, stir well and let it stand for 30 minutes before use. Do not use scented or color safe bleaches or those with added cleaners.

A picture of you and your pet together: If you become separated from your pet during an emergency, a picture of you and your pet together will help you document ownership and allow others to assist you in identifying your pet. Include detailed information about species,breed, age, sex, color and distinguishing characteristics.

Familiar items: Put favorite toys, treats or bedding in your kit. Familiar items can help reduce stress for your pet.

Consider two kits. In one, put everything your pets will need to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a lightweight, smaller version you can take with you if you and your pets have to get away.

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

Commercial Water Damage

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Water Damage

Whether your business in Sarasota has experienced severe damage or just has a few leaks to take care of, SERVPRO of North Sarasota performs mitigation and restoration services to fix the issue.

Flooding damage can come from many unexpected places. Typical suspects include windows, ceilings, walls, and appliances. SERVPRO of North Sarasota knows how to remedy water damage of different types. From completely flooded properties to water stains, our technicians know how to isolate damage to guarantee it does not continue or continue mold growth.

Malfunctioning appliances such as refrigerators, dishwashers, water heaters or air conditioners can result in hazardous water damage around the premises. These problems might begin minor. However, the water damage can move through your office and encourage further issues from mold colonies.

Flood damage may occur from weather also. Heavy precipitation or storm can problems for your business alone. They may have a worse effect any of your property near a body of water that breaches during these heavy rains.

Commercial cleaning and restoration present unique challenges. You need a company that provides excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, SERVPRO of North Sarasota has the training and expertise to help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need SERVPRO of North Sarasota. You can depend on us to get the job done right and get it done quickly. Our highly trained technicians use top-of-the-line equipment to make your business shine again. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:

Related Commercial Services

Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of North Sarasota has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Have Questions? Call Today SERVPRO of North Sarasota – (941) 365-4614

Fire Is Fast

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Each year more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in home fires in the United States. But unlike other disasters, home fires can be prevented! It's important to know this: Fire is fast! There is no time to gather anything or make a phone call. In just two minutes, a fire could kill you. In five minutes, a house could be swallowed in flames.

Fire is hot! Heat and smoke could be even more dangerous than the flames. Breathing in really hot air could burn your lungs, and fire produces poisonous gases that can make you sleepy and unable to escape. Fire is dark! It can be hard to find your way out of your house in a fire. Fire is deadly! Fire uses up oxygen you need to breathe and produces smoke and poisonous gases that kill.

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 costs.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota – (941) 365-4614

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster 

For more detailed fire safety visit www.ready.gov

Slow Cooker Safety Tips

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

crock pot fire

While cooking is the number one cause of U.S. home fires, let it be known that the chance of a slow cooker setting your house on fire is extremely slim. Most models don't run above 200-300 watts, making them a relatively low current, low heat appliance. According to the NFPA, there was an annual average of just 70 cooking fires involving slow cookers between 2011 and 2015, which resulted in two civilian injuries and no deaths.

Still, if you feel sudden apprehension at the idea, here are some slow cooker safety tips to follow:

Inspect the cord every time you use your slow cooker

Before you plug it in, take a minute to check both ends of the cord for any frayed or exposed wires. If you spot any, cut the cord and dispose of your appliance immediately — black tape is not a safe remedy.

Keep and store your slow cooker on a flat, stable surface

Make sure the exterior isn't close to any objects, especially flammable items like towels, curtains, or cooking oil. There shouldn't be anything underneath it and be sure it's nowhere near your sink or cooktop.

Unplug it when you're not cooking

Keep your slow cooker (and other countertop electric appliances) unplugged any time you aren't using it, and make sure the cord is wrapped neatly and not folded up in a way that will expose wires.

Maintain extreme caution when accepting hand-me-down appliances

Though slow cookers have been around for a long time, technology has improved a lot in recent years — older models don't offer modern safety features like auto shutoff. If you notice any off odors or see that the exterior of your slow cooker feels hotter than it should when in use, unplug it right away and toss it. If there's a chance your slow cooker has spent time in someone's garage, you should probably consider upgrading.

Be sure your smoke detector in your home is working

Check and change the batteries in your smoke detector at least once a year. This is a generally safety tip you should always follow, whether you're a slower cooker user or not!

We know how it was to deal with fire damage within a home and the time it will take to get this all squared away.

Call SERVPRO Of North Sarasota 941-365-4614.

Sewage Spill Cleanup

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

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 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
  • 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)

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)

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 call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

AVOIDING CONTRACTOR SCAMS

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

HOME FLOODED?

8/27/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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)

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."

WHEN DAMAGE THREATENS THE FAIRFIELD INN AT LAKEWOOD RANCH, THERE’S ONE NUMBER IT REACHES FOR.

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

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)

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.

About Mold

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold on Floor Board

Molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on.

You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.

Places that are often or always damp can be hard to maintain completely free of mold. If there’s some mold in the shower or elsewhere in the bathroom that seems to reappear, increasing the ventilation (running a fan or opening a window) and cleaning more frequently will usually prevent mold from recurring, or at least keep the mold to a minimum.

Absorbent or porous materials, such as ceiling tiles and carpet, may have to be thrown away if they become moldy. Mold can grow on or fill in the empty spaces and crevices of porous materials, so the mold may be difficult or impossible to remove completely.

When water leaks or spills occur indoors - ACT QUICKLY.

If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.

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

About Our Mold Remediation Services

Prevent Home Fires

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

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

Cooking

  • 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.

Smoking

  • Smoke outside and completely stub out butts in an ashtray or a can filled with sand.
  • Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away. Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes in the trash can.
  • Never smoke in a home where oxygen is used, even if it is turned off. Oxygen can be explosive and makes fire burn hotter and faster.
  • Be alert - don’t smoke in bed! If you are sleepy, have been drinking, or have taken medicine that makes you drowsy, put your cigarette out first.

Electrical and Appliance Safety

  • Frayed wires can cause fires. Replace all worn, old or damaged appliance cords immediately and do not run cords under rugs or furniture.
  • If an appliance has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three-slot outlet. Never force it to fit into a two-slot outlet or extension cord.
  • Immediately shut off, then professionally replace, light switches that are hot to the touch and lights that flicker.

Portable Space Heaters

  • Keep combustible objects at least three feet away from portable heating devices.
  • Buy only heaters evaluated by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL).
  • Check to make the portable heater has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over.
  • Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene in kerosene heaters. Never overfill it. Use the heater in a well-ventilated room.

Fireplaces and Woodstoves

  • Inspect and clean woodstove pipes and chimneys annually and check monthly for damage or obstructions.
  • Use a fireplace screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks.
  • Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.

Children

  • Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Store matches and lighters out of children's reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children unattended near operating stoves or burning candles, even for a short time.

More Prevention Tips

  • Never use stove range or oven to heat your home.
  • Keep combustible and flammable liquids away from heat sources.
  • Portable generators should NEVER be used indoors and should only be refueled outdoors or in well ventilated areas.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota – (941) 365-4614

For more detailed fire safety tips visit www.ready.gov

When thunder roars, go indoors!

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota Today (941) 365-4614

It’s that time of the year. Summer comes with rain. Rain comes with thunder storms and lightning. Lightning is a leading cause of injury and death from weather-related hazards. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of long-term, debilitating symptoms. Thunderstorms are dangerous storms that include lightning and can:

IF YOU ARE UNDER A THUNDERSTORM WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY

  • When thunder roars, go indoors!
  • Move from outdoors into a building or car.
  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings.
  • Unplug appliances.
  • Do not use landline phones.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A THUNDERSTORM THREATENS

WHAT TO DO NOW: Prepare

  • Know your area’s risk for thunderstorms. In most places, they can occur year-round and at any hour.
  • 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.
  • Identify nearby, sturdy buildings close to where you live, work, study, and play.
  • Cut down or trim trees that may be in danger of falling on your home.
  • Consider buying surge protectors, lightning rods, or a lightning protection system to protect your home, appliances, and electronic devices.

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota Today (941) 365-4614

You Can Trust SERVPRO!

6/12/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Sarasota

It doesn’t just take a hurricane or flood to cause damage but every day to day appliances we use can. Everyone has a toilet, dishwasher, washing machine, air conditioner, water heater and/or more. Each one of these can cause a water damage in your home. If you encounter a water damage call SERVPRO of North Sarasota so we can get to the water issue before it gets any worse. Our number one goal is returning damaged areas and items to preloss condition, doing all we can to make it “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO of North Sarasota is dedicated to restoring both the property and the lives of the customers being helped.

24-Hour Emergency Service

In our business, you need us fast! The sooner we arrive, the better the chance we can reduce damage and save money. SERVPRO of North Sarasota is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Trained, Uniformed Professionals

A trained, uniformed and equipped SERVPRO® Professional will walk you through the job process and then work quickly to restore your property to preloss condition whenever possible.

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota at 941-365-4614

SERVPRO of North Sarasota Helping Create a Family Hurricane Readiness Plan

6/1/2018 (Permalink)

Be Prepared

A hurricane on the way can be frightening for everyone, especially children and teenagers. Going over your emergency plan now can help ease some of their fears, and give everyone the confidence that he/she will know what to do in the event of a storm.

  • Have a family meeting about the weather conditions. Explain why you’ll need to stay safe at home or evacuate as the storm nears.
  • Locate and agree on a safe room (or safe areas) in your home. Move pillows, flashlights, batteries, food and other hurricane supplies to that area.
  • Gather necessary medicines, glasses/contact lenses, a first aid kit, and items for children such as baby formula and diapers. Keep them handy.
  • Come up with an escape route from your house.
  • Decide on a rendezvous point where everyone can meet in case you’re separated during the storm.
  • Write out contact information for family members. Include work and school, meeting locations and emergency services.
  • Decide on a family contact who lives out of town or out of state, so all family members have a single point of contact in case of emergency. Make sure everyone knows this person and his/her phone number.
  • The Department’s Emergency Contact Information (ECI) program allows Floridians to securely register contact information online at https://services.flhsmv.gov/eci/ and in driver license offices. DHSMV Executive Director Terry Rhodes says the information can only be accessed by law enforcement in times of emergency. There is no fee to register.
  • Make sure a young child knows his/her name, address and home phone number.
  • Post emergency phone numbers near your phone and explain when and how to call 911.
  • Decide what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate. Make a plan for your pets - don’t leave them behind.
  • If there’s a chance you’ll evacuate, pack in advance, and allow children to pack one special item for comfort, such as a stuffed animal.

Any questions please call SERVPRO of North Sarasota at 941-365-4614.

24 hours 7 days a week SERVPRO of North Sarasota Emergency Service

What is mold?

5/24/2018 (Permalink)

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Molds are various types of fungi (singular = fungus) that grow in filaments and reproduce by forming spores that can travel through the air. The term mildew is sometimes used to refer to some kinds of mold, particularly mold in the home with a white or grayish color or mold growing in shower stalls and bathrooms. Mold may grow indoors or outdoors and thrives in damp, warm, and humid environments. Mold can be found in essentially any environment or season.

The most common types of household mold that are found indoors include Cladosporium, Penicillium, Alternaria, and Aspergillus. Stachybotrys chartarum (also known as Stachybotrys atra and sometimes referred to as "black mold") is a greenish-black mold that can also be found indoors, although it is less common than the other types of mold found in homes. Stachybotrys grows on household surfaces that have high cellulose content, such as wood, fiberboard, gypsum board, paper, dust, and lint. There are types of mold that can grow on substances as different as foods and carpet.

Molds reproduce by forming tiny spores that are not visible to the naked eye. Mold spores are very hardy and can survive under conditions in which mold cannot grow, such as in dry and harsh environments. These spores travel through outdoor and indoor air. When the mold spores in the air land on a surface where moisture is present, mold can then start to grow.

Outdoors, molds play a role in the decomposition of organic material such as dead trees, compost, and leaves. They are most common in damp, dark areas or areas of decomposing plant life. Indoors, mold is often found in basements or shower stalls. Indoor mold in residential areas has the potential to cause health problems and can destroy surfaces and objects where it grows.

If you see mold call SERVPRO of North Sarasota at 941-365-4614.

2018 Hurricane Season

5/14/2018 (Permalink)

2018 Hurricane Season

According to experts we will have a slightly above hurricane season in the number of storms that develop (14 vs 12) but an average number of hurricanes which is 7, and 3 major storms with winds in excess of 110 mph. This year models are trending more for an El Nino to form.  This will limit the number of major storms due to the increased shear this phenomenon creates over the Atlantic basin.

2018 Hurricane Names

Alberto Beryl Chris Debby Ernesto Florence Gordon Helen Isaac Joyce Kirk Leslie Michael Nadine Oscar Patty Rafael Sara Tony Valerie William

Before the Hurricane Season Begins

Develop a plan. Know your homes vulnerability to the threats above - surge, wind, and flooding. Check your supplies - water, batteries, food.. Know where you can evacuate to - friends, relatives, a hotel?

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

So when water rushes in, keep the damage out by calling SERVPRO of North Sarasota at 941-365-4614.  That’s where you’ll find a team of specialist with the experience and training to make sure your property is dry the first time.  So when damage strikes your home or business, strike back by calling SERVPRO of North Sarasota. 

24 hours 7 days a week SERVPRO of North Sarasota Emergency Service 941-365-4614

Do you have an emergency plan?

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

ERP

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW.

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota has an application that consists of all your emergency contacts right in the palm of your hands. The Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP, is an application designed by SERVPRO of North Sarasota to help business owners, individuals and property managers access their emergency contacts all in one spot.

We stress the ease of our ERP to our property managers because it helps especially when it comes to the local and non local board members who would like to keep a watchful eye on the property even while they are away.

Our ERP shows locations for Water shut off valves, fire shut off , and electrical shut off in case an emergency arrises. This is a service we provide at NO COST to our clients in order to keep them safe when a disaster strikes.

 Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota for you ERP at 941-365-4614. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Home Fires

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Florida Home on Fire

In just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.

Learn About Fires

  • Fire is FAST! In less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for thick black smoke to fill a house or for it to be engulfed in flames.
  • Fire is HOT! Heat is more threatening than flames. Room temperatures in a fire can be 100 degrees at floor level and rise to 600 degrees at eye level. Inhaling this super-hot air will scorch your lungs and melt clothes to your skin.
  • Fire is DARK! Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness.
  • Fire is DEADLY! Smoke and toxic gases kill more people than flames do. Fire produces poisonous gases that make you disoriented and drowsy. Asphyxiation is the leading cause of fire deaths, exceeding burns by a three-to-one ratio.

Before a Fire

Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan

Smoke Alarms

A working smoke alarm significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.

During a Fire

  • Crawl low under any smoke to your exit - heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
  • Before opening a door, feel the doorknob and door. If either is hot, or if there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
  • If you open a door, open it slowly. Be ready to shut it quickly if heavy smoke or fire is present.
  • If you can’t get to someone needing assistance, leave the home and call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Tell the emergency operator where the person is located.
  • If pets are trapped inside your home, tell firefighters right away.
  • If you can’t get out, close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out.  Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll – stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands.  Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out.  If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother the flames with a blanket or towel.  Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for 3 to 5 minutes.  Cover with a clean, dry cloth.  Get medical help right away by calling 9-1-1 or the fire department.

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614. 

  • For more detailed fire safety tips visit www.ready.gov

Mold Is Everywhere

4/10/2018 (Permalink)

Mold in a building

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

SERVPRO of North Sarasota offers 24-hour emergency response

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Professional on-site

Any Water Damage In Your Facility Is Bad.

There’s no such thing as a small disaster.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota understands how disruptive unseen water damage can be for your business. For this reason, SERVPRO of North Sarasota offers 24-hour emergency response and, under normal circumstances, will have a trained, uniformed Professional on-site within four hours to begin emergency mitigation services. By responding quickly with a full line of water cleanup and restoration services, SERVPRO of North Sarasota can help you regain control quickly while drying, deodorizing and protecting your facility and contents.

So, before you risk further damaging the value of your facility by attempting to clean up the mess yourself, call your local water damage cleanup and restoration specialists at 941-365-4614 SERVPRO of North Sarasota. 24 Hours 7 Days a week

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Oscar Winning Performance For Carpet Cleaning At The Van Wezel

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Van Wezel trusts SERVPRO of North Sarasota to professionally clean their carpets.

And the Oscar goes to SERVPRO of North Sarasota for the top carpet cleaning performance at the Van Wezel Performing Arts

Best Director award goes to Jason Werstler

Actor in a leading role award goes to Jamie Walker

Supporting Role award goes to Ryan Weinstein

Best Costume award goes to Jesus Erisuris for SERVPRO hero gear.

Only the best for the best. Van Wezel trusts SERVPRO of North Sarasota to professionally clean their carpets.

Professional Cleaning

Even the highest-quality items can show soiling over time. Protect your investment by calling SERVPRO of North Sarasota to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.

Today's carpet and upholstery materials vary dramatically. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

Professional cleaning can address moderate and heavy soil conditions in your carpets. How often you’ll need professional cleaning depends on soil build-up, traffic, type and color of carpeting. A good rule of thumb would be to professionally clean your carpet every 12 months. The best advice is to clean carpets before they become totally saturated with soil. If you wait until carpets look really dirty, the carpets may never be restored to their former appearance. Dirt builds up in layers, and when a carpet looks dirty you are only seeing the dirt at the tips of the fibers. More dirt is hiding below the surface down near the base of the pile, causing damage to the carpet. When a carpet is saturated with dirt, the soil has penetrated crevices and has become firmly lodged.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota will get the job done right. For a cleaning backed by state-of-the-art equipment, over 40 years of experience and Professionals trained to the highest standards, call us today. SERVPRO of North Sarasota is ready to serve you.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning? Call Today 941-365-4614

Smoking

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Smoking

Smoking

& Home Fire Safety

The place where we feel safest — at home — is where most smoking-materials

structure fires, deaths, and injuries occur. Smoking materials are the leading

cause of fire deaths. Smoking material fires are preventable. 

Smoking Safety

If you smoke, use only fire-safe cigarettes.

If you smoke, smoke outside. Most deaths result from fires that started in living rooms, family rooms and dens or in bedrooms.

Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, and other smoking materials up high out of the reach of

children, in a locked cabinet.

Put It Out

Use a deep, sturdy ashtray. Place it away from anything that can burn.

Do not discard cigarettes in vegetation such as mulch, potted plants or landscaping, peat moss,

dried grasses, leaves or other things that could ignite easily.

Before you throw away butts and ashes, make sure they are out, and dousing in water or sand is the best way to do that.

Smoking and Medical Oxygen

Never smoke and never allow anyone to smoke where medical oxygen is used. Medical oxygen can cause materials to ignite more easily and make fires burn at a faster rate than normal. It can make an existing fire burn faster and hotter.

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.

Microwave Oven and Safety

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Microwave Safety

Microwave Oven

and

Safety

With busy lives, families rely on the microwave oven as a quick way to heat up a meal, warm up a drink or defrost dinner. While the convenience of the microwave oven is something we take for granted, safety should not be. By following a few simple safety tips you can prevent painful burns and possible fires.

SAFETY TIPS

PURCHASE a microwave oven that is listed by a qualified testing laboratory. Make sure to complete and return the product registration card. This way the manufacturer can reach you if there is a recall on the product.

PLUG the microwave oven directly into the wall outlet — never use an extension cord.

MAKE sure the microwave oven is at a safe height, within easy reach of all users.

OPEN food slowly, away from the face. Hot steam or the food itself can cause burns.

FOOD heats unevenly in microwave ovens. Stir and test before eating or giving to children.

NEVER heat a baby bottle in the microwave. Since a microwave oven heats unevenly, it can create hot pockets, leading to burns. Warm a bottle in a bowl of warm — not hot or boiling — water, or by running it under the tap.

MICROWAVE USE

Always supervise children when they are using a microwave oven.

Use only microwave-safe food containers or dishes. Never use aluminum foil or metal in a microwave oven.

If you have a fire in the microwave, leave the door closed, turn the oven off and unplug it from the wall. If the fire does not go out, get outside and call the fire department.

Have Questions? Call Us Today – (941) 365-4614

Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

2/23/2018 (Permalink)

Common place to find mold

When water leaks or spills occur indoors - ACT QUICKLY.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it.

You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.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

About Our Mold Remediation Services

Mold and Your Home

2/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold on Furniture

The Effects of what Mold can do to furniture.

When water leaks or spills occur indoor-Act Quickly. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases will help stop the growth of mold.

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. Consider these 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.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota Are Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician

   Learn More

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614. 24 hours 7 days a week.

Wood Floor Moldy

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Moldy Floor

We wanted to bring up this mold story. SERVPRO of North Sarasota had a client that called us due to mold within their carpet. Once we started removing the carpet we noticed that what was harboring below the mold stained carpet... It was actually a nice wood floor underneath. The carpet and wood floor created such a living space for mold that it ended up rotting the wood floor. So much in fact the mold was almost eating away at the floor making it a very soft spot on the floor.

With the insurance claim, SERVPRO of North Sarasota had to remove the whole wood floor to remediate the mold that was growing so we could start taking action.  Because this was an insurance claim the client is now able to purchase new wood flooring that will be installed sometime this week.

Got Mold Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota @ 941-365-46914

After the Storm Comes Mold

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Water follows the path of least resistance

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

Save the Wood Floors

10/27/2017 (Permalink)

Injectidry

Wood floor in a condo was flooded in their home and water was flowing throughout. They were very worried about the real wood floors. We assured them that with our floor drying system we would be able to dry the wood floors out and bring them back to life.

What you can do until help arrives

Water Tips  |  Fire Tips   |  Biohazard Tips   |  Mold Tips

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.
  • What NOT To Do After Flooding
  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota at 941-365-4614

What is the Home Fire Campaign?

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Home Fire

Each year, the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters, the vast majority of which are home fires. So we set a goal to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25% by 2020.

On average:

  • 7 people die every day from a home fire, most impacting children and the elderly
  • 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day
  • Over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year

Home Fire Safety

Learn how your family can prevent home fires, escape from a home fire in 2 minutes, and recover after a home fire.

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Top Tips for Fire Safety

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
  3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
  4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

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.

Hurricane Harvey

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricane Harvey near peak intensity prior to landfall in southern Texas on August 25

Hurricane Harvey was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year period with no hurricanes of Category 3 intensity or higher making landfall in the United States. In a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain as the system meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. Harvey is the wettest tropical cyclone on record in the contiguous United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 13,000 rescues.

Our thoughts and best wishes are with all those affected by #HurricaneHarvey. SERVPRO® Disaster Recovery Teams, made up of combined personnel and resources from our 1,700+ Franchises nationwide, are mobilizes and ready to provide emergency services in affected areas. Call 1-800-SERVPRO if you're in need. #HeretoHelp

Any questions please call SERVPRO of North Sarasota at 941-365-4614.

Water Damage? SERVPRO of North Sarasota is here for you

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage

Our Water Damage Restoration Process

Every job has its restoration process. For our Water Damage we go into select details to make sure we put everything back to make it look “Like it never even happened”.

Every water disaster is different, from the amount of water to the level of contamination of the water. Each scenario requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.

Step 1: Emergency Contact

Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment

Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction

Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification

Step 5: Cleaning and Repair

Step 6: Restoration

Have Water or Flood Damage? SERVPRO of North Sarasota(941) 365-4614

Related Water Services

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of North Sarasota is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Sarasota community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Team Work

Commercial Building Restoration Services

SERVPRO of North Sarasota is available 24 hours a day to restore your Lakewood Ranch property and get you back to business. We have the expertise, equipment, and highly trained personnel to handle your commercial water, fire, or mold damage. We can also access the resources of our national network of 1,650 Franchises to handle large commercial projects and major storm events. Learn more about our commercial restoration services:

Commercial Building Cleaning Services

When the dirt, odor, and moisture challenges go beyond the scope of your regular janitorial staff, you need SERVPRO of North Sarasota. You can depend on us to get the job done right and get it done quickly. Our highly trained technicians use top-of-the-line equipment to make your business shine again. Learn more about our commercial cleaning services:

Related Commercial Services

Cleaning and restoring commercial properties require a unique blend of training, experience, and equipment. SERVPRO of North Sarasota has the resources and expertise to give you excellent results while minimizing the disruption to your clients. We can help make it “Like it never even happened.”

  • Small Office Buildings
  • Large Office/High-Rise Office Buildings
  • Apartment Buildings
  • Restaurants
  • Hotel/Motels
  • Small Retail Stores
  • Large Retail/Big-Box Stores
  • High-Rise Residential
  • Manufacturing & Industrial
  • Government/Military

Have Questions? Call Today SERVPRO of North Sarasota – (941) 365-4614

Fire Engulfs Home Early Morning

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of North Sarasota checks out home engulfed by fire.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota received an early morning call from homeowners letting us know about a fire that was engulfing their home.  The fire ignighted from one of their collectible corvettes parked in their garage and the fire then spread to the insided of their home.

When we arrived on the scene, firefighters were just cleaning up from the smoke damaged home.  The soot carried throughout the whole 2,500 sqft home and destroyed many belongings and even left no trace of two vehicles on the garage except for the body frame. We were able to assess the area and let the homeowner know that we will do our best to clean up the damaged areas to where it will feel like home again. 

We know how it was to deal with fire damage within a home and the time it will take to get this all squared away.

Call SERVPRO Of North Sarasota 941-365-4614.

What's In Your Walls

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Mold found within the wall joints, behind the wall paper that the condo unit has had on the wall for years.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota was conducting a mold inspection and found out that many of the mold issues were coming from within the walls of this condo unit. There had been a past water issue with a cracked pipe and the water was never taken care of properly which resulted in mold growth. The condo unit had years worth of wall paper which resulted in a double layer of protection to make it easier for the mold to grow.

Now, with SERVPRO of North Sarasota conducting the work. We found the issue and were able to remove the drywall and attack the mold right where it was growing.  The customer could not believe her eyes when we showed her just how bad mold can get.

The unit owner was surprised, but happy that we were able to take care of this before it got any worse.

Any mold problems call SERVPRO of North Sarasota.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614 call 24/7

It seems there is a new boat access directly from University Pkwy to the tarmac at SRQ International Airport from this storm.

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Floods everywhere

Lots of people love the sound of a good strong thunderstorm—but not if that storm is flooding your home or business.  So when water rushes in, keep the damage out by calling the cleanup team that’s faster to any –sized disaster SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614.  That’s where you’ll find the specialist with the experience, equipment and training to help make sure your property is dry the first time.  So when water damage strikes your home or business, strike back by calling the cleanup team the insurance industry has trusted for more than 40 years at 941-365-4614.  “Like it never even happened.”

Keeping businesses in business is our business

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

The Flood within the Salon was caused by a broken water pipe.

This water damage was caused by a broken pipe within the newly constructed walls. The owner called up frantically because they were set to open in two days for their grand opening. This before photo shows the damage that was caused by the broken water pipe and how much damage it caused within 12 hours from when the owner was last within the store. 

SERVPRO of North Sarasota was called in to help clean up from this water disaster. The owner was shocked to see how quickly our team gathered together and came out to assess the problem and just how wonderfully we worked with the construction team.  So when water damage strikes your home or business, strike back by calling the cleanup team the insurance industry has trusted for more than 40 years at 941-365-4614.  “Like it never even happened.”

Not even Biohazard can get the best of us

8/18/2017 (Permalink)

Biohazard cleanup in a warehouse in downtown Sarasota Florida

Recently SERVPRO of North Sarasota received a call about a break-in that included two hurt assailants. They ended up breaking into a local warehouse to hide, but it seems as though they left a bigger trail than expected.

Once our team received the call we were able to talk to the owners and relieve the stress that they were dealing with. We made sure to make it looked “Like it never even happened.”

Exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. A failure to properly remove such substances can contribute to unhealthy and dangerous environments. SERVPRO of North Sarasota is trained to safely remove biohazards and dispose of them properly in accordance with OSHA and health regulations.

Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, we can help transform these unhealthy environments back into clean, safe homes and offices.

Please refer to our Biohazard Emergency Tips - Until Help Arrives Guideand follow these tips to protect yourself and your property.

Need Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (941) 365-4614

The decontamination of a home or business due to trauma, sewage backups, chemical spills, hoarding or other biohazards can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is key when choosing a cleanup company to resolve these circumstances.

We provide cleanup and recovery services for many biohazard situations. These include the following: 

Be Informed

7/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold in your home

Molds are found in every environment,

and mold spores reproduce rapidly when

moisture is present. An Institute of

Medicine study found excessive dampness

indoors encourages the growth of molds

and other organisms, causing a public

health problem. The EPA advised that the

potential health concerns from molds are

an important reason to prevent moisture

problems leading to mold growth. It is

especially important to clean up existing

indoor mold growth to increase property

appeal and retain its value. If a property

has experienced a water intrusion,

SERVPRO of North Sarasota can

inspect the damage to see whether

moisture has penetrated materials or is

allowing mold growth.

We’re Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

As water and mold damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist 
  • Water Damage Restoration Technician 
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 24/7 @ 941-365-4614

SERVPRO’s Injectidry System

7/7/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO’s Injectidry System

SERVPRO of North Sarasota’s Injectidry System helps save on the drying time during water damages, especially when it comes to the wall and cabinet areas in either a kitchen or bathroom area.

Not even a few days after receiving our system we had a client call in regards to a water damage to their home. Their ice maker line had a perfuse leak within their home and had damaged many rooms; some of which were wood floors, cabinets and tile. We were obliged to use our system to let our client experience a great SERVPRO experience.

As you can see, in the photo, the Injectidry System is directly attached to the areas that are wet and will be able to dry the area more efficiently.

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

Fire Damage on Local Residence from Burning candle

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

Fire from forgotten lit candle

When the owner went to sleep that night they forgot to blow out the candle they left on their porch. Not until 6am they were alerted when their fire alarm went off and noticed the fire was ablaze.  She immediately called the fire department and SERVPRO of North Sarasota was called to clean up the aftermath. The owner was delighted that we were able to come out there and make it look "Like it never even happened."

Emergency Fire Damage Tips

    • Keep hands clean.
    •  Limit movement in the home to prevent further damage.
    • Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on carpeted traffic areas to prevent more soiling.
    • If electricity is off, empty freezer and refrigerator and prop doors open.
    • Wipe soot from chrome on faucets and appliances then protect with a light coating of lubricant.
    •  Do not attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces without first contacting a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
    • Do not attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered furniture without first consulting a SERVPRO® Franchise Professional.
  • Do not attempt to clean any electrical appliances that may have been close to fire or water without consulting a repair service.

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

Bracing For A Hurricane

6/26/2017 (Permalink)

You will get some warning with a tropical storm or hurricane.

As the Storm Approaches

Listen for weather updates on local stations and on NOAA Weather Radio. Stay tuned to the latest information.

REMEMBER: Hurricanes can be unpredictable. There is always potential error in the forecast track from the National Hurricane Center. Don’t focus on the exact forecasted track, listen to local officials. (For more information go to www.noaa.gov or www.weather.gov, click on Tampa Bay area.)

Check your Disaster Supplies. Get any needed items.

Clean and fill bathtubs and sinks before a storm so you’ll have extra clean water.

Turn refrigerator and freezer dials to the coldest settings and avoid opening the doors to help keep perishable food in case of a power outage.

Refill prescriptions. Maintain at least a two-week supply of medication during hurricane season.

Clear your yard of lawn furniture, potted plants, bicycles, trash cans and other potential airborne missiles. Leave the swimming pool filled and super-chlorinated. Cover the filtration system.

Protect your windows and glass doors with plywood or storm shutters. Brace double entry and garage doors at the top and bottom.

If there is a chance flooding could threaten your home, move important items such as electronics, antiques and furniture off the floor.

Fill your car’s gas tank and check oil, water and tires. Gas pumps won’t operate without electricity.

Secure your boat early. Drawbridges will be closed to boat traffic after an evacuation order is issued.

Get cash. Banks and ATMs won’t work without electricity and few stores will be able to accept credit cards or personal checks.

Never sweep or blow yard leaves, pine needles, grass clippings or soil into the street or storm water system. This clogs up the stormwater pipes and prevents water from draining.

If you own a business, follow your Business Continuity Plan. For more information on how to create a Business Continuity Plan, go online to www.ready. gov

Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota 941-365-4614

What to do before the storm?

6/12/2017 (Permalink)

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

Why Choose SERVPRO of North Sarasota?

When a storm hits your Sarasota home or business, you need help immediately. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.

Restoring storm- and flood-damaged properties is the cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained professionals use specialized equipment and advanced training to quickly restore your Sarasota property to pre-storm condition. We’re dedicated to responding immediately, which helps to minimize secondary damage.

Learn More

 We're Highly Trained Storm Damage Specialists

As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of North Sarasota has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Our restoration process puts an emphasis on scientific drying techniques, progress monitoring and documentation.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians 

Learn More

Help in the Palm of Your Hands

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Download our ERP on your smart device today!

SERVPRO of North Sarasota has an application that consists of all your emergency contacts right in the palm of your hands. The Emergency Ready Profile, or ERP, is an application designed by SERVPRO of North Sarasota to help business owners, individuals and property managers access their emergency contacts all in one spot.

We stress the ease of our ERP to our property managers because it helps especially when it comes to the local and non local board members who would like to keep a watchful eye on the property even while they are away.

Our ERP shows locations for Water shut off valves, fire shut off , and electrical shut off in case an emergency arises. This is a service we provide at NO COST to our clients in order to keep them safe when a disaster strikes.

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

“Mold Removal” vs. Mold Remediation

5/26/2017 (Permalink)

Mold

What’s the Difference?

Since microscopic mold spores exist naturally almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors, removing all mold from a home or business is impossible. Many restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold. This is a fallacy. We understand mold and mold growth. SERVPRO of North Sarasota has the training and expertise to remediate the mold in your home or business.

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

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, 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 that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

Certifications

  • RRT - Carpet Repair & Reinstallation Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • CMR - Council-certified Microbial Remediator
  • ASD - Applied Structural Drying Technician
  • IICRC Certified Firm

Found Mold In Your Place of Business

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Building with Mold

This Sarasota business discovered extensive microbial growth in their building, thanks to a water leak that went undetected for months. Believe it or not, mold problems like this can be mitigated with the right expertise and equipment. SERVPRO of North Sarasota has trained technicians that were able to test and remove the mold growth, and then restore the space to preloss conditions. The business was very grateful that we could recover their building and protect them from any potential health effects. 

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold infestation is different, from the extent and type of growth, to the variety of materials affected. 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: 

  • Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  • Mold Containment
  • Air Filtration
  • Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  • Cleaning Contents and Belongings
  • Restoration

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

Threats of Wildfires

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

Florida Wildfires

Tips from FEMA


for Preparing Your Family, Home and


Business from the Threat of Wildfires*


? Get an Emergency Supply Kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. You may want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car.


? Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.


? Protect your property from wildfires by designing and landscaping with wildfire safety in mind.


? Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.


? Ask SERVPRO® Of North Sarasota about starting a Disaster Recovery Plan for your business. Call 941-365-4614 24 hours 7 days a week!


*For more detailed wildfire safety tips visit


FEMA’s website at www.ready.gov.

IT’S THE WATER YOU DON'T SEE THAT CAUSES THE MOST DAMAGE

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

trained, Trained, Uniformed Professionals

Any Water Damage In

Your Facility Is Bad.

There’s no such thing as a small disaster.

Especially when the water you don’t see

contains bacteria - or causes mold, rot and

other unseen damage. Water damage can

affect the value of your property. So before

you get out the mop bucket and box fan to

try and clean it up yourself, consider how this

will affect your property.

SERVPRO of North Sarasota

understands how disruptive unseen water

damage can be for your business. For this

reason, SERVPRO of North Sarasota

offers 24-hour emergency response and, under

normal circumstances, will have a trained,

uniformed Professional on-site

within four hours to begin emergency

mitigation services. By responding quickly

with a full line of water cleanup and

restoration services, SERVPRO of North Sarasota

can help you regain control quickly while drying,

deodorizing and protecting your facility and contents.

So, before you risk further damaging the

value of your facility by attempting to clean

up the mess yourself, call your local water

damage cleanup and restoration specialists

at 941-365-4614 SERVPRO of North Sarasota.

 

Sarasota Smoke and Soot Cleanup

3/17/2017 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Sarasota Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor.

Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of North Sarasota will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call SERVPRO of North Sarasota today  941-365-4614

 

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