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Commercial Water Damage in Melbourne, FL

4/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage in Melbourne, FL Commercial Water Loss our SERVPRO Technicians responded to after hours this past month. We responded fast & mitigated before farther damages occurred.

At SERVPRO of South Brevard, our team of highly trained technicians work proactively and accurately restore any damages and protect families from potentially dangerous mold growth.  Using our updated methods, SERVPRO of South Brevard's technicians first identify the extent of the problem, and then work with care and sensitivity to rescue and restore the area to normal conditions. Our technicians are trained and ready to mitigate loss and meet every challenge with professionalism, reliability, compassion and respect.

Commercial Building Water Loss

Any kind of commercial damage presents unique and different challenges than a residential restoration. But Brevard County residents are in luck! Your local SERVPRO of South Brevard is qualified as a Large Loss Franchise. What’s that mean?

Well, it means that there is no job too big for us! Regardless of how big the property may be or how large the scope of work is, we are the guys that can handle it properly and professional.

Our Promise to Brevard County, FL

Our commitment to excellence includes you, which means that you can expect effective, ongoing communication and reporting from us.  SERVPRO of South Brevard is open 24/7 to help the residents of Melbourne, Palm Bay, and the beachside towns of Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, and Satellite Beach, Florida. Our certified technicians have handled jobs big and small, and we can handle your job no matter what.  Just give SERVPRO of South Brevard a ring at any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Florida’s Space Coast. 321-777-5131 is HERE TO HELP!

What is Black Mold?

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What is Black Mold? Since many types of mold can cause reactions, you should contact us regardless of the color or type of mold. Never try to remove mold yourself!

Black Mold is the name commonly used for stachybotrys chartarum. It is one of the most infamous mold because it can grow in any type of building and affect animals and individuals differently. Nevertheless, not all mold that appears black is the toxic black mold, stachybotrys chartarum.

Stachybotrys is known as a toxic mold because it produces toxins called mycotoxins. SERVPRO of South Brevard and our highly trained technicians can help eliminate your mold issues from your home or commercial building.  

What Does Black Mold Look Like 

Black mold is a greenish-black gelatinous mold. It usually appears slimy, because of a wet layer on the top. However, if the water source that helped produce the toxic black mold drys up, it can look powdery and dry-like.

Do I Have Black Mold?

There are quite of few types of molds that look similar to toxic black mold. The only way anyone can be certain stachybotrys chartarum is present is to have an environmental hygienist come and take air sample, which they will send to a lab. There, they will produce a mold report that will state the exact type of mold and the precise amount of mold spores present. 

If you visible see mold, but are unsure if it is truly mold, SERVPRO of South Brevard’s team come out and perform a FREE mold assessment.

About Our Mold Remediation Services in Brevard County, Florida

SERVPRO of South Brevard specializes in mold remediation, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business. Our highly trained technicians are restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold issue quickly and safely. We service the residents of Melbourne Beach, Indianlantic, Satellite Beach, Melbourne, and Palm Bay. Contact our office staff if you think your home or office may have mold. Schedule a FREE Mold Assessment at 321-777-5131

What to Do if You See Mold: The Do's and Don't

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What to Do if You See Mold: The Do's and Don't Do you know what to do if you see mold anywhere in your house? Don't worry! Here is the list of what you should and shouldn't do.

Mold occurs when there is an excess amount of moisture or water present, and can grow on virtually anything. Therefore, the purpose of mold remediation is to correct the moisture problem and to rid the structure of moldy or contaminated materials. This will prevent human exposure to the mold and any further damage to the building materials or furnishings.

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:

  1. Stay out of affected areas.
  2. Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  3. Contact SERVPRO of South Brevard to schedule an evaluation for mold remediation services.

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.

If you have mold in your Melbourne home, it’s important that you have the professionals at SERVPRO of South Brevard handle the cleanup or remediation. The process of cleaning up mold can be complicated and dangerous if you’re not trained to do the job properly.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of South Brevard specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our technicians are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely. We service the residents of Melbourne, Palm Bay, and all beachside towns, including Satellite, Indian Harbour, Indialantic, and Melbourne Beach. Don’t hesitate to contact our office staff to start getting your home back to the way it was, and our technicians and contractor will have your home look "Like it never even happened”. Call today at 321-777-5131

Holiday Ready? Safety is Key

12/21/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Holiday Ready? Safety is Key Don't let your holidays go up in smoke! Be smart, be prepared, be safe.

Christmas trees aren't the only item you'll need to be careful with around the Holidays. Decorative house lights, candles, and holiday decorations bring joy and cheer to the holiday season but if not used with caution your holidays may go from festive to frightening. Fire Departments say every two out of five home fires are from holiday decorative candles. Reduce the fire risk in your home by simple following these tips. 

Holiday Safety Tips

  • Make sure all outdoor light connectors are away from metal rain gutters and off the ground.
  • Use only a single extension cord that can reach your home's outlet without being too long and being tangled.
  • Make sure lights are off when you go out and before you turn in for the night.
  • To lessen the chance of a fire hazard, purchase a freshly cut tree.
  • Make sure to keep your tree at least three feet away from any heat source.
  • Water the tree every day, and remove it from your home after Christmas or once it becomes dry. 
  • Don't burn Christmas tree branches or wrapping paper in your fireplace.
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that could burn. 
  • Consider using battery-operated flameless candles, which can look, smell and feel like real candles.
  • If you do use lit candles, make sure they are in stable holders and place them where they cannot be knocked down easily.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of South Brevard is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Melbourne Beach, Florida community too. When you have a fire, flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

As fire and water damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.  Please call (321) 777-5131

Does Your Business Have a Plan?

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Does Your Business Have a Plan? Will your business recover after a natural disaster? Follow these steps to create a business emergency plan.

How quickly your company can get back to business after a hurricane, fire, or flood often depends on the emergency planning done beforehand. The regular occurrence of natural disaster demonstrates the importance of being prepared for any emergency. Only 50% of businesses never reopen following a disaster. While each situation is unique, your organization can be better prepared if you plan carefully, put emergency procedures in place and practice for all kinds of emergencies. The following are basic measures business owners and managers can take to begin preparing.

Develop a Business Continuity Plan

Begin by identifying operations that are critical to survival and recovery. Then carefully assess your internal and external functions to determine which staff, material, procedures, and equipment are absolutely essential to keep the business operating.

Review Insurance Coverage

Understand what your policy does and does not cover. Check with your provider about things such as, physical losses, flood coverage, and business interruption. Inadequate coverage can lead to major financial loss.

Prepare Your Emergency Plan

Communication with your employees is central before, during, and after a disaster. Be sure to share emergency information with your staff.

Practice the Emergency Plan

The ability to evacuate workers and customers effectively can save lives. Establish evacuation producers and ensure your staff knows the route.

Secure Your Facility and Equipment

Install exit signs, fire extinguishers, and smoke alarms and detectors in appropriate areas.

Improve Cyber Security

By using anti-virus software, firewalls, and secure passwords, this will better protect your business’s data and information

Locally Owned, with National Resources

SERVPRO of South Brevard is locally owned and operated so we are part of the Melbourne Beach, Florida community too. When you have a fire, flooding or water emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

As fire and water damage specialists, we have the experience, the expertise, and the advanced training that enables us to get your property restored quickly and thoroughly.  Please call (321) 777-5131

3 Signs Mold May Be In Your House

10/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 3 Signs Mold May Be In Your House How can you tell if there is mold in your home? Here are 3 signs to help you identify mold.

Florida can be known for the hurricanes that come through, and the humidity that is always so high. With that combination, it is a recipe for mold especially for homes in Melbourne Beach and Satellite Beach here in Brevard County. While we all want to think that will never happen to “MY HOME” the chances are that if you don’t know what signs you are looking for, how do you know if you have mold or not. Mold can be sneaky or even right under your nose and not know it. While hiding under carpet and behind drywall, you may never even see the mold, but here are some signs that can help you identify if mold is in your home.

Musty, Pungent Smell

Even if you cannot see the mold, doesn’t mean it is not there. If you notice this unpleasant smell when you enter a room, be sure to thoroughly check. You can even take an extra step and hire an industrial hygienist, who will perform several different mold tests that will ensure if you have mold or not.

Visible Dark Rings & Spots 

The appearance of dark rings or spots on drywall or sheetrock is early signs of mold lurking in your home.

Visible Growths & Odd Colors

Mold can come in a range of colors other than the most popular “black mold”. You may notice dark, furry growths that are orange, brown, green and even white.

5 Things Not To Do During a Hurricane

9/8/2017 (Permalink)

Hurricanes are hard to completely be certain what path they will take. Even if the Florida weather meteorologists come close to predicting the path, the hurricane can quickly shift or turn at the drop of a dime. Because of the amount of uncertainty hurricanes bring, here are 5 things not do to when riding out a hurricane.

1. Don’t tape windows

It does almost no good, and it is an absolute mess to try and take off.

2. Don’t run generators indoors

The carbon monoxide the generator’s emits can become deadly within minutes. Also you shouldn’t connect a generator into your home’s electric system directly, because it can affect electric lines outside and endanger your neighbors, emergency responders, and /or utility workers.

3. Don’t use charcoal or gas grills indoors

The carbon monoxide and fire risks are too great. The grill’s carbon monoxide can easily build up and poison anyone inside the house, including your pets.

4. Don’t walk or drive in flood waters

The waters can contain snakes, alligators, downed power lines and sewage, which can all be dangerous and deadly. If you drive a vehicle in flood waters that are six inches or more, the waters can cause a car to float.

5. Don’t stay after an evacuation order is given

Rescuers might not come out in the height of the storm, but if they do you are putting your life and their lives in danger. Your life is not worth the same amount as your home or anything in it. A home can be replaced; your life can not.

Hacks for Surviving Hurricane Irma

9/6/2017 (Permalink)

Living on Florida’s Space Coast, hurricanes have become a familiar part of life, and over the years I have picked up some hurricane hacks that have saved me time and money. Here are several of the tricks I have picked up during my experience through hurricanes.

Waterproof Safe

A dishwasher can act as a waterproof safe. Just take the dishes out to store important documents or non-waterproof valuables. 

Freezer Fail Detector

It can be hard to know if your power went out while you were on vacation. If it did, your food might not be safe. Fill a jar halfway with water then freeze and then place it on its side. Put the jar upright before you leave and take note if the water has melted and refrozen at the bottom of the jar to find out.

DIY Cooler

Use your washing machine as a cooler. Fill it up halfway with ice, and then fill it up with items that need refrigeration.

Hurricane Lamps

Strap a headlamp onto a water jug to make a light. You can make several of these, and set them throughout your home.

Stock Up on Crayons

If you have kids, you probably have a ton of crayons lying around — which means you also have a bunch of mini-candles at your disposal if disaster strikes. File this under "good to know" and leave crayons and a paper plate in various drawers around the house.

Covert AAA Batteries to AA batteries in a Pinch

Many more devices take AA batteries than AAA batteries. So in the event of a prolonged power outage, you'll probably find yourself running out of the right size batteries. Fear not, because if you have some AAA batteries, you can easily turn them into AA batteries with just a little foil. I wouldn't recommend doing this out of pure laziness in a nonemergency situation due to the fire hazard potential, but in a pinch it can work.

DIY Air Conditioner

Keep cool without air conditioning. It’s a good idea in the summer to fill up empty two-liters with water and keep them in your freezer. If the power goes out, you can place one frozen two-liter in front of a battery operated fan and sit directly in front of it for a DIY air conditioner.

3 Reason Why You Should Never Use Bleach to Clean Mold

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

Chlorine Bleach is often regarded as the answer for stopping mold growth and removing the mold. However, this is a myth. Bleach does not exonerate mold. Here are three reasons why bleach is not the answer to mold, and should never be used to clean a mold contaminated area.

1. Bleach Loses Effectiveness Over Time

Chlorine bleach can dissipate rapidly, causing the bleach to be less effective. Over time this occurs because chlorine can evaporate and even faster in areas that are above room temperature. When the chlorine disappears, the bleach bottle turns into a bottle of salt water.  

2. Bleach can actually contribute to mold growth

Chlorine bleach was made to clean surfaces, therefore can only kill surface bacteria and mold. This is due to bleach’s ion structure, which prevents the chlorine from penetrating porous material such as wood and drywall. When mold grows in porous areas, the enzyme’s roots grow deep within the material, rendering the bleach ineffective of exterminating the mold. The bleach can only remove the green stain from the mold, allowing surface to appear clean. But underneath the surface, the water component of the bleach penetrates and helps the internal roots to continue to grow, causing mold to reappear.

3. Bleach is Toxic

Bleach emits harmful fumes that pollute the air we breathe and can become harmful to humans and even pets. Over a period of time, inhaling the gases bleach emits can deteriorate the lungs and esophagus lining in addition to the scarring of the respiratory tract, which occurs in earlier stages. Also research shows that household bleach is one of the leading causes of accidental poisonings in the United States.

Here in Melbourne and Indian Harbor Beach, Florida, the risk of having mold in your home is a lot higher than other states. Why? Two words… heat and humidity. Mold thrives in dark, moist areas, and Florida’s humidity only helps that process. That’s why if you experience water damage and don’t take care of it the right way and in the first 48 hours; mold will begin to grow.

Happy Melbourne Customer Writes About Our Services

8/24/2017 (Permalink)

LETTER OF APPRECIATION

On Saturday, August 5th, 2017, we awoke at 5:00 A.M. to water running out of a broken pipe below the sink. We turned off the water and began running a wet-vac to remove what we could of the water. SERVPRO of South Brevard was contacted to take care of the job around 7:30 A.M.

Around 8:30 A.M. Alex Joseph and Shawn arrived, assessed the problem, and began applying necessary corrective measures. This included measurements of affected areas, checking moisture in locations that I would not have checked, placing fans and dehumidifiers, changing fan locations, removing fans and dehumidifiers from areas that were dry. This continued until Tuesday, August 8th, 2017.

Alex and Shawn showed dedication above and beyond "normal" employees, in that they were available and ready to tackle a long job on the weekend on short notice.

Alex showed superior management skills in ensuring the teams time was used to ensure the maximum amount of work done, in the minimum time necessary to accomplish the task at hand. At all points of the job, Alex kept me informed, not only of the progress, but also the projected time needed to complete each phase of the job.

Alex's knowledge and expertise showed in his professionalism and mannerism as the team worked on the job. His general timeline was accurate as well.

Job well done!

Yours Truly,

Ricky C. 
Satisfied Customer of Melbourne, FL