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Understanding Black Water Risks

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Understanding Black Water Risks Floodwater from rivers, streams and sewage are considered black water

If you own a business that experienced flooding, you’ve probably heard of the term black water. Alongside water damage, it is one of the highest risks poses by flooding. But just what is it about this mucky water that makes it so dangerous? And how does a business owner in Malabar, FL, go about cleaning it up if it’s so unsafe? Read on to learn more about what makes the water a threat and what you can do about it.


Considered a serious health threat against humans and animals, this water refers mostly to pathogen-rich wastewater from toilets. It often contains feces, urine, water and other contaminants. Sewage also is considered black, as is floodwater from rivers, streams and ground surface water flowing horizontally into homes. Risks from this water come from:

  • Ingesting contaminated water
  • Inhaling contaminated water droplets
  • Getting contaminated water on broken skin


Besides water damage, disease and illness are the biggest threats posed by this water. Those can include hepatitis, cryptosporidiosis, gastroenteritis and wound infections to name just a few. These largely gastrointestinal conditions can result in stomach upset, diarrhea and life-threatening bacterial infections in some instances.


The threats of soiled water make it too dangerous to clean up on your own, no matter how little there is. Instead, remediation must be left to the professionals. The sooner the water can be removed and the building dried, the better. A professional water remediation firm will use multiple methods to clear this dangerous substance. Those may include water extraction, antimicrobial treatments, mold remediation, carpet cleaning and more.

Black water is one of the most threatening parts of a building flood. Don’t try to take this dangerous water on by yourself. Find a specialist in professional water damage clean-up and treatment to get rid of your contaminated water problem.

3 Tips To Quicken the Water Damage Restoration Process

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Tips To Quicken the Water Damage Restoration Process Water damage from flooding in a Melbourne,FL home

If you have experienced water damage in your home in Melbourne, FL, you know that the restoration process can seem overwhelming. A pipe burst, or a damaged water line, can quickly lead to your home being flooded. Here are some important steps to keep in mind as you begin the restoration process.

1. Take Precautions

It isn’t always possible to know when you’ll have a burst pipe or a toilet overflow, so taking precautions before water damage occurs can help you protect valuable items in your home. Keep important documents, including birth certificates, contact information and insurance material in water-proof containers.

2. Avoid Hazards

As you start the restoration process, it’s essential to prioritize your safety and the safety of those around you. Depending on the source of the water, there may be pipe burst debris from outside your home that makes cleaning up the water unsafe. Make sure to wear appropriate attire when you enter your home to clean, such as water-resistant shoes and gloves. If you are unsure whether or not your home is safe to be in, it’s probably best not to enter.

3. Act Quickly

As long as it is safe to be in your home, it is important to start the restoration process quickly to prevent excessive damage. Once flooding has occurred, water that sits stagnantly in your home can grow mold and bacteria over time, which can ultimately require more time and money to clean. The sooner you begin to air out your home and remove water, the less damage your house may sustain.

Whether it’s caused by a pipe burst or a flood, water damage can be a common occurrence in many homes. Although there are several ways in which you can make the restoration process move quickly after you’ve experienced water damage, consider contacting professionals in water damage cleanup to ensure your home is as clean and as safe as possible.

Commercial Water Damage Problems To Expect and How To Deal With Them

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Damage Problems To Expect and How To Deal With Them Water damage in a Palm Bay, FL home

As a business owner, there may come a time or two when you are forced to contend with common water issues such as a broken pipe or flooding. For this reason, it is important that you understand what to expect and, more importantly, how to deal with water-related headaches. Below are just four of the most common causes of water troubles that building owners have to deal with:

  • Broken pipes
  • Fire sprinklers
  • Toilet overflow
  • Supply line breaks

If you are faced with any of the above issues, there are steps you should take to minimize damage and repair costs.

Broken Pipes

Broken pipes are par for the course of property ownership and usually stem from old age or freezing temperatures. When faced with a broken pipe, you should shut off the water supply, locate the source of damage and make the necessary repair. If the damage is too great, you may have to contact your local plumber.

Fire Sprinklers

If your building catches fire, the fire sprinkler system should activate. When this occurs, you should call in your Palm Bay, FL, fire and water remediation team to help clean up the damage and restore your building.

Toilet Overflow

Toilet overflow is another peril with which many business owners are forced to deal. Because you never know what toilet water contains or what causes an overflow, you should not attempt to deal with the mess yourself. Block off the area and contact a plumber and water repair company right away.

Supply Line Breaks

Like broken pipes, supply line breaks can happen because of old age or because of adverse weather conditions. When a supply line bursts, shut off the main water valve right away to prevent further damage and contact both a plumber and a local water remediation team as soon as possible.

As a building owner, you are bound to run into water-related issues. Whether the issue stems from a broken pipe or a sewage backup, the best thing you can do to minimize damage and keep costs low is contact a Palm Bay, FL, water repair company as soon as you discover the issue.

When A Home Suffers From Water Damage

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage When A Home Suffers From Water Damage Brevard homes are in good hands when they call SERVPRO of South Brevard.

Water damage and fire are a homeowner’s worst nightmares. Water damage comes from many sources, and it causes just as much trouble for families as it does for the structure. Dealing with the shock is a little more involved than dealing with the damage. A restoration service can always repair the structure, but who’s going to repair the family? The security that comes from prevention along with flood insurance will give the homeowner less to worry about. These are considerations when a house suffers from water damage.


The results of water gushing into the house can affect the family and any pets as well as the structure. Micro-organisms in the water can cause infections when family members come into contact with affected things like carpet or wet furniture. Mold and mildew are responsible for respiratory ailments, nervous system problems like migraine headaches and memory loss. The liver, kidneys and lungs are also seriously affected by mold and mildew. If these things can affect humans so adversely, think what it can do to your pets. They keep their noses to the floor most of the time, where sniffing mold and mildew can cause them to bark, sneeze, itch and get headaches and respiratory problems. The vet might dismiss this as allergies if you don’t tell him about the water damage.


You never know when an emergency will happen causing your home to be inundated. However, checking the walls, baseboards and mouldng for buckling will give alert you to a problem. Get flood insurance. Most homeowners’ policies cover broken appliances and burst pipes in winter. There are several reputable water damage restoration companies in business, one of which will be near you. When you find water damage, remove anything affected including carpet, drywall, insulation and anything in boxes. Put affected belongings in a neutral area to dry, and contact a professional. Check in with the doctor to make sure your family is not adversely affected.

SERVPRO of West Brevard is a 24/7 emergency water removal & flood clean up repair service company, Our technicians are highly trained and experienced with every water damage situation.

Call SERVPRO of West Brevard if you need help with any of our services. Please allow us to be of assistance, give us a call at (386) 447-2202.

Sources of Storm Damage and Their Effects

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

A hurricane or a massive storm isn’t the only cause of destructive moisture in a house. The washing machine, dishwasher or shower could leak. The destruction from these would be less visible than a flooded basement from a nearby river overflowing. Frozen pipes in the winter are a common occurrence, causing burst pipes and water everywhere. Vicious rainstorms have been known to make even the best-built roofs to leak. Window air conditioner units are another common cause of destructive moisture in a home. Some backyard swimming pools could rupture and flood the basement.

Effects of Storm Damage

Some of these causes of water damage are hidden inside the walls and floors of a house. Water stains on the ceiling would give the homeowner a clue that something is wrong. Another way to detect damage is by checking the walls for warped drywall, buckling baseboards and separating moulding. Carpet with wet spots and buckling hardwood floors are another dead giveaway that there is too much moisture inside the house. If a sewer backup is the cause of damage to the house, there will be dangerous organisms loose in the structure in addition to the mold and mildew that comes with water damage.

4 Ways Gutters Keep You Avoiding Water Damage

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 4 Ways Gutters Keep You Avoiding Water Damage Clean your gutters regularly to keep your home damage free during a storm.

Sometimes gutters can seem like a bit of a nuisance. Oftentimes, leaves and other debris can collect in the gutters forcing the homeowner to climb a ladder and dig out the clogged gutter. But gutters play an important role for a home. They keep your roof in good condition, protect the home’s foundation, protect any wooden areas of the home, and help to keep the home clean. Here are some of the ways that gutters protect your home

Keeping Your Gutters in Good Condition

When homeowners suffer leaks inside their home, the cause is often due to issues with the roof. These issues are often the result of either drainage problems from the roof or issues with the shingles. One of the primary purposes of shingles is to protect your home from the elements. Any issues with those shingles could allow water to get underneath the roof and into the home causing costly water damage. If you have clogged, damaged, or missing gutters, the water that falls on the roof will not be directed away from the home resulting in standing water collecting on any flat or low areas of the roof. Subsequently, this can lead to shingle damage which will allow water to seep through the roof and into the home potentially causing significant water damage. The way to avoid this problem is to keep your gutters in good condition. Regularly clean any leaves or other debris out of the gutters as the weight of the debris and collected water could cause damage. Also, make sure that the gutters are not pulling away from the home.

Protect the Foundation

Damage to a building’s foundation is one of the most costly and serious problems a homeowner can face. That’s assuming the damage caused is repairable in the first place. The main way a building’s foundation can be damaged is by water collecting at the base of the home. When the gutters of a building are not properly directing water safely away, the rainwater that falls on the roof flows right off the roof and collects at the base of the building where it can cause problems to the foundation. Over time, this can cause cracking and sinking to the point where the structural integrity of the building is put into question.

The purpose of gutters on a home is to collect the water that runs off the roof and direct it away from the building. This will help to avoid any trouble with the foundation or any wooden parts of the home. It also has the effect of keeping the outside of the home clean. Making sure that your gutters are in good working order will help keep your home from suffering from potentially severe water damage. If you do experience water damage, call on the professionals at SERVPRO to restore your home.

Protect Wood from Water Damage

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Most houses have wood integrated into their structures in some way or another. Often these wooden parts of the house are used for decks, doors, or garage doors. The problem with wood that is open to the elements is that water damage is always a possibility. Similar to issues with the foundation, if gutters are absent from the building or are defective so that water flows straight down rather than being directed away from the building, the result could be rotting, mold growth, or other problems associated with wood being affected by water.

Keep Outside of the House Clean

When rainwater flows off the roof, it brings with it the mud, sand, and other debris that may have collected on the roof. What fell from the sky as clean water is now dirty water that can leave a trail on the house. The result of this could be the staining of doors, windows, and siding which could negatively affect the look of the house and force you to clean the house more frequently. The primary purpose of gutters is to direct water away from the house so that the water doesn’t flow straight down where it can cause trouble.

By doing this, the water that would’ve caused these unsightly features will now be directed well away from the house leaving the home with a cleaner outside look.

Fire Damage Melbourne - How Much Does Fire Damage Restoration Cost?

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Melbourne - How Much Does Fire Damage Restoration Cost? Fire damage restoration cost vary, but there are steps to take to minimize the damage.

Home fires can cause a massive amount of property damage that cannot be easily restored due to soot, smoke and other contaminants and factors. Water damages caused by efforts to extinguish residential fires will also have a significant impact on the amount of money that must be paid for the successful restoration of your home. It is important to note, however, that these costs can often be reduced if homeowners take fast action to secure remediation services as soon as fires have been put out and properties have been cleared for entry.

The Average Cost Of Having Fire Damage Repaired

* If working with a fire damage restoration service in Melbourne is necessary, these repairs can range between $2,000 and $50,000 depending upon the magnitude of the damages in your home.

* Fire damage costs can vary quite a bit according to the value of damaged goods and the size of the fire among other factors. As per the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition, fire damage repairs can cost in excess of $40,000 when homes lack sprinklers as compared to just $2,500 for homes that have sprinklers in place.

Low-End Fire Restoration Estimates:

* Repair costs of $2,000 or lower

High-End Fire Restoration Estimates:

* Repair costs of $50,000 or higher

What You Can Expect When Using Fire Damage Restoration Companies:

* If you have a fire or home insurance plan in place, let your insurance investigator review the scene and take pictures of all damages before you attempt to move any items or clean up.

* When possible, ventilate areas where water was used to extinguish fire as this will allow damp or saturated surfaces and items to start drying out even before the remediation service has arrived.

* Don't try to clean carpets or any other items without professional assistance. You will not be able to clean these things thoroughly and you could wind up causing more harm than good in your self-directed efforts.

* Look for reputable fire and water damage restoration companies in your area.

Extra Services?

* If the fire has been extinguished with water, dry rot and mold can appear quickly if damp or wet areas are left unchecked. This will likely require additional services and costs for mold remediation and dry rot repairs.

* Soot, smoke and ash can create a number of difficulties. The smell of smoke can permeate your flooring, walls and various items throughout the home and will prove difficult to remove. Soot and ash can also adhere to surfaces throughout the home and the chemical byproducts and acids that are found in these burned materials could create additional property damages.

SERVPRO of South Brevard is fully certified water removal staff can perform a complete damage assessment to your home of office, and then recommend and follow the industries standards to get your water removal restoration repaired properly available 24 hours a day.

Residents forced out of Tampa Luxury Condo Tower after Sprinkler Flood

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Residents forced out of Tampa Luxury Condo Tower after Sprinkler Flood The Stovall Tower damaged by a broken sprinkler system.

Tampa – Renovation of an 11th floor condo in the luxurious Stovall Tower accidentally created a disastrous flood that forced evacuation of the entire 33-unit complex. Since the accident the Stovall's residents remain stranded in hotels, or with friends and family, while electricity to the entire complex remains turned off. Recovery and restoration repair work is being performed by the disaster response firm SERVPRO of South Brevard. The condominium's residents are expected back in their homes before Christmas.

Firefighters responded to an automated alarm triggered by the flooding at Stovall Tower, located at 3203 Bayshore Boulevard. According to Jason Penney, Tampa Fire and Rescue Spokesman, water was already dripping from the ceiling into the lobby as firefighters first entered the Tower. “You can't turn off gravity,” he added. A Fire and Rescue Captain involved in the emergency response added that parts of the Tower looked like Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean theme park ride, with water cascading down stairs and pouring through ceilings from floor to floor. Reportedly, when firefighters entered the apartment where the flood started standing water was already inches deep.

The water originated on the 11th floor of the 22-story condominium Tower that overlooks picturesque Hillsborough Bay that lies along Bayshore Boulevard. Reportedly a dry wall worker accidentally broke a sprinkler system water feed pipe resulting in thousands of gallons of water pouring into the Stovall's living units and common spaces. Responding firefighters turned off the water supply to the sprinklers ending the active phase of the emergency. No injuries were reported.

Gloria Giunta, President of the Stovall Condominium Association, stated that all residents were forced to move out of the complex because power remained turned off. Elevators also remain out of service and access is limited to the stairs. “We're all getting our exercise,” Giunta stated. At least 20 residential units were water damaged by the accident.

With two apartments per floor Giunta noted that the residents enjoyed a close-knit community. “This is the best condominium with the best neighbors,” which include former Tampa University President Dr. Bruce Sampson, and Tampa Sports Authority Chairman Don DeFosset.

Recovery and restoration is being handled by the nationwide disaster response firm SERVPRO based in Gallatin, Tennessee. Cleanup operations are being handled by two SERVPRO franchisees from Brevard County, Florida and Nashville, Tennessee. SERVPRO currently has some 1650 franchised operations throughout the United States.

Recovery operations began with vacuumed water removal, and continued using large numbers of heavy duty dehumidifiers and blowers to remove the remaining water from the Stovall. Resulting flood damage includes the building's electrical system, ruined dry wall and carpets, wood floors that have warped, as well as damage to residents' personal property. According to Giunta the accident's costs are being covered by a combination of contractor's and homeowners' insurance. She would not comment on possible legal action that may be taken against the contractor.

Why You Should Secure a Professional Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Service for Melbourne

9/24/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Should Secure a Professional Smoke and Fire Damage Restoration Service for Melbourne Keep These Flames Away from Your House

Fire Damage Resulting in Smoke and Soot Can be Cleaned by SERVPRO of South Brevard.

Although there are many challenging factors that homeowners have to deal with in Melbourne following a major event, fire damage, and smoke removal are two of the most difficult. However, tackling the smoke damage removal process is critically important after the fire. In many cases, homeowners are inclined to reenter their home directly after the fire for the purpose of checking the fire damage. The attempt to start the cleanup process may feel like a pressing matter, but the best course of action is to call in SERVPRO to start the complicated restoration process. There are several reasons why doing so is important. Here are two:

Smoke Damage Restoration Requires Special Equipment

One of the reasons that you should leave smoke damage removal,the result of fire damage, to the professionals is that thoroughly completing the job necessitates the use of specific, industrial-grade equipment. Industry experts from SERVPRO know that smoke and soot can seep into your walls, carpeting, clothing and furniture infusing an odor and film that are extremely difficult to remove. Health issues are another matter that won't be discussed here. Masking a persistent odor problem is not a professional solution. The best methodology for eliminating these odors is thermal fogging using specific products for absorption and removal. These technicians from SERVPRO are IICRC trained. Therefore, the correct procedures are followed.

Smoke Damage Restoration Requires Industry Expertise

In addition to possessing the specialized equipment necessary to complete the smoke damage restoration process, these technicians have the experience necessary to expedite the project. It is necessary to understand what types of smoke and soot are present and which chemicals will be required to remove them. An example would be the presence of smoke odor coming from the wood. This specific type of smoke odor requires the use of cleaning products that differ from what one would use for smoke odor resulting from plastics. If you are unfamiliar with the kind of smoke odor and residue present, you can risk further damages to possessions by improper cleaning. Fortunately, smoke damage remediation professionals from SERVPRO possess the expertise necessary to complete this aspect of the restoration process quickly and correctly.

Fire damage to your Melbourne home can result in many ancillary effects. Although dealing with smoke damage removal can be frustrating and difficult, obtaining professional help from SERVPRO can simplify the process so that you witness the speedy recovery of your home to its pre-fire and smoke damage condition. We're pleased to be a team of trained technicians who use the most cutting edge equipment and customized methodologies to get the job done fast and save you money.

Locally Owned, with National Resources

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

We use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces. Call us for help. (321) 777-5131