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For Fast Cleanup and Restoration Response, Call SERVPRO of Port Charlotte!

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Port Charlotte Vans and Crew On The Job Port Charlotte Residents: We provide immediate service day or night!

SERVPRO of Port Charlotte provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in the Port Charlotte area. We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.

  • 24-Hour Emergency Service
  • Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
  • Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
  • A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
  • Locally Owned and Operated
  • Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment 

Have Questions? Call Us 24/7 – 941-629-0966

Residential Services

Whether your Port Charlotte home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us.  Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building/Reconstruction Services

Commercial Services

There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Port Charlotte commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business. Learn more about our commercial services

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration

Charlotte County Wildfire Preparation Tips

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

Florida Forest Service Fire Department Trucks Fighting a Wildfire in Florida Be Prepared for a Wildfire in Florida

Wildfires! When most folks think of wildfires, they envision the massive fires that often rage in the western parts of the United States western states of California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, or in Central and South American rain forests, or Australia. While Florida is fortunate to have a rainy season, the dry season in Southwest Florida can create very arid conditions, and because our vegetation and timber are loaded with 'fuel', wildfires in Florida burn fast and hot. The 200+ acre wildfire in Placida and Rotunda West (February 2020) serves as a strong reminder of how close homes here in Charlotte County can be affected by a fast moving wildfire.

Following are some tips from the National Fire Protection Agency on how to best prepare before, during, and after a wildfire threatens our community.

Before a wildfire threatens your area…

In and around your home

  • Clear leaves and other debris from gutters, eaves, porches and decks. This prevents embers from igniting your home.
  • Remove dead vegetation and other items from under your deck or porch, and within 10 feet of the house. Learn more about the basics of defensible space on the Firewise website.
  • Screen or box-in areas below patios and decks with wire mesh to prevent debris and combustible materials from accumulating.
  • Remove flammable materials (firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 feet of your home’s foundation and outbuildings, including garages and sheds. If it can catch fire, don’t let it touch your house, deck or porch.
  • Wildfire can spread to tree tops. Prune trees so the lowest branches are 6 to 10 feet from the ground.
  • Keep your lawn hydrated and maintained. If it is brown, cut it down to reduce fire intensity. Dry grass and shrubs are fuel for wildfire.
  • Don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger. Dispose of these items quickly to reduce fuel for fire.
  • Inspect shingles or roof tiles. Replace or repair those that are loose or missing to prevent ember penetration.
  • Cover exterior attic vents with metal wire mesh no larger than 1/8 inch to prevent sparks from entering the home.
  • Enclose under-eave and soffit vents or screens with metal mesh to prevent ember entry.
  • Learn more about how to protect your home and property at www.firewise.org.

Creating an emergency plan

  • Assemble an emergency supply kit and place it in a safe spot. Remember to include important documents, medications and personal identification.
  • Develop an emergency evacuation plan and practice it with everyone in your home.
  • Plan two ways out of your neighborhood and designate a meeting place.
  • Learn more about emergency preparedness planning on NFPA’s emergency planning webpage.

In your community:

Read more at the following link: Wildfire preparedness tips

Hurricane and Tropical Storm Surge Readiness and Safety Tips

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

Home and Community Devastated by Storm Surge NOAA Storm Surge Awareness and Tips

Storm surge is one of the most destructive threats to life and structures during a tropical cyclone. It is not the just the wind, but the storm surge that is responsible for many deaths and damage. Now is the time to prepare and know if your home, place of business, work, or someone you care for is at risk.

Following is information from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration about being prepared and knowing if your risk.

The NOAA National Hurricane Centerinteractive web tool, the National Storm Surge Hazard Maps can to help you find out. 

These storm surge hazard mapsoffsite link enable people living in hurricane-prone coastal areas to evaluate their risk of coastal flooding due to storm surge. And don’t forget, storm surge is not just a beachfront problem. The hazard extends many miles inland from the immediate coastline in some areas. Understanding this risk gives you the time to take action when emergency managers tell you to evacuate.

If you or a loved one live in or visit a location that may be affected by a tropical cyclone, get to know the potential hazards before hurricane season starts. It is also a great idea to have an evacuation or 'hurricane' plan in place. For more information visit NOAA’s National Hurricane Center.

Storm surge safety tips, in English - in Spanish

Reference: https://www.noaa.gov/stories/storm-surge-deadliest-threat-from-tropical-cyclones

Crime Scene, Biohazard, & Vandalism Cleanup

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO worker putting up a caution do not enter tape The professionals from SERVPRO of Venice can handle any biohazard, vandalism, or crime scene cleanup at your property.

SERVPRO of Port Charlotte is a recognized leader in the fire and water damage restoration industry, but we also provide biohazard, crime scene and vandalism cleanup for both commercial and residential properties.

Biological and chemical substances can be extremely dangerous when exposed to within a home or commercial property. If it’s not professionally assessed and removed, biohazard materials can leave you with a dangerous environment for those who live and or work within it.

The certified and experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Port Charlotte are equipped to appropriately remove biohazard materials safely while disposing of them properly per state and local health agency guidelines.

SERVPRO of Port Charlotte uses advance equipment and techniques that deal with the following:

If you are in need of a biohazard cleanup, call SERVPRO of Port Charlotte941-629-0966.

We are available 24/7 for your biohazard, crime scene, or vandalism emergency.

Why SERVPRO of Port Charlotte for Commercial Cleanup and Restoration Services

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Large Loss and Disaster Response Team on the Scene for Storm Cleanup SERVPRO of Port Charlotte is Your #1 Choice for Commercial Cleanup and Restoration Services!

When your business experiences damage from a natural disaster, severe plumbing issue, fire, or flood, you need to act fast to reduce commercial water damage, limit financial loss, and keep your business open. Commercial restoration companies offer several services to bring your property back to its original condition, something you likely can’t do by yourself if you have suffered extended damages.

Qualities to Look for in Commercial Restoration Companies:

  1. Ask for Certifications - All legitimate restoration companies should have certifications to prove that their technicians have the skills and training necessary to perform all required tasks. Preferably, the business should have an IICRC (or the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification), which ensures top-level standards and ethics surrounding restoration processes.
  2. Look for a Full List of Services - The company you choose should have a comprehensive list of remediation services to restore commercial properties, including water and flood cleanup, debris removal, board-up, disinfection, and mold removal. If the restoration team cannot perform the services you need, you will have to find another company, causing you to spend more money and have longer wait times for remediation.
  3. Look for Positive Reviews - Reputable companies often include testimonials or links to review sites like Yelp to showcase previous clients’ reviews. Check their most recent reviews to ensure that they have skilled, friendly technicians who offer prompt services.

Why SERVPRO of Port Charlotte Is Your Best Choice

The experienced and skilled technicians of SERVPRO of Port Charlotte are highly trained, vetted, and strive to be as professional and courteous as possible. Along with our Commercial Large Loss Division and Disaster Response Team, SERVPRO is not only "Faster to Any Size Disaster", we are also the able to handle any size loss, large or small.

Our team is available 24/7/365. Our technicians will restore commercial properties that suffer damage due to floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, or any other manmade or natural disaster with the same prompt and professional response.

SERVPRO of Port Charlotte offers a multitude of restoration services to breathe new life into your property after a disaster, including:

  • Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration
  • Professional Commercial Cleaning
  • Fire and Smoke Cleanup and Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Mitigation
  • Commercial Document Restoration
  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup & Restoration

Excessive mold growth is often a problem after disaster strikes due to water damage and moist conditions. Mold can cause health effects. Mold remediation companies like SERVPRO of Port Charlotte can manage the infestation and bring it back to preloss condition.

If you suspect mold in your business office or commercial building, give us a call at 941-629-0966 today!

6 Fire Safety Tips For Every Home

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

how to make a fire escape plan for your home Be Prepared and Have a Home Fire Escape Plan

Our homes are our sanctuaries, and unfortunately they can also be a source for multiple opportunities for fire danger: not attending a stovetop can result in a kitchen fire; electrical systems can become defective; appliances can overheat; open flames from fireplaces, candles, flammable liquids, and outdoor grills — to name just a few — all add to the risk of a fire in our home.

Having the correct fire safety equipment and escape plan for your home is essential to keep your family safe and your house protected. We are happy to share with you the following six fire safety tips to help better prepare your home and loved ones in case there is a fire. The peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re prepared is worth the time, effort, and expense involved.

Fire Escape Plan

While not a 'piece of equipment' the most important thing you can have is a plan. Make sure anyone living in your home knows what to do and understands how to escape if there is a fire. Smoke and heat from a fire can lead to confusion and panic. The best way to combat this uncertainty is to have a plan that is easy to remember and provides for safe exists for everyone. If you need help preparing your plan, here is a good resource from the American Red Cross: Home Fire Escape Plan  or this one from the NFPA: Escape Planning Tips

Smoke Alarms

This is your first line of defense. According to the American Red Cross, the National Fire Alarm Code (NFPA 72) requires all new homes to have inter-connected hard-wired smoke alarms with battery backup. If you don’t have an interconnected system, battery-powered alarms are easily installed. Both types of alarms need to be located on every level of the home with one inside each bedroom.

Fire Extinguishers

Since most home fires start in the kitchen, you’ll want to put a fire extinguisher in there, at a minimum. But it’s recommended to place them in multiple locations around the house. Since extinguishers from various makers all work differently, it’s a good idea for the adults in the household to get training from the local fire department. Extinguishers should be installed near exits, away from heat sources, and up high enough that kids can’t reach them.

Sprinkler Systems

While a smoke alarm will detect smoke, an automatic sprinkler system gives you a way of dealing with flames immediately. While you’re waiting on the fire department to arrive, sprinklers can help slow a fire’s progress or can even douse it completely. Moreover, a sprinkler system can prevent deadly gases and smoke from affecting your family and could also extinguish a fire that breaks out while you’re away from home.

Carbon Monoxide Alarms

There’s a good reason carbon monoxide (CO) is called the “silent killer.” This deadly gas is invisible, odorless, and colorless and even a small amount can be fatal if inhaled for long enough. Install carbon monoxide alarms on each level of your home and outside bedrooms. If the alarm emits its high-pitched warning, get outside as quickly as possible or open windows and doors and take deep breaths of fresh air. CO poisoning can cause headaches, nausea, and tiredness and can be mistaken for flu.

Fire Escape Ladders

If your home has more than one floor, collapsible fire ladders should be a part of your fire-safety arsenal. Place a ladder where it’s easy to access in every upper-level room in case your evacuation route gets cut off by smoke or fire. Then, have the entire family rehearse the steps they would take to get the ladders out and attached to open windows. As noted in the following link on Ready.gov, make sure to practice to ensure everyone can safely use the ladder: Home Fire Escape Plan

No one wants to dwell on the possibility of their family being in danger or their home being consumed by flames, but this is one situation where being properly prepared could save lives and property. If you haven’t already done so, make an escape plan and go over it with your family. And check your homeowner’s insurance to make sure your policy is up to date with adequate coverage.

If you have any questions, give us a call and also ask about our Emergency Ready Profile, to help you be prepared for all disaster, manmade and natural.

Disaster Preparedness Your Commercial Building

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Disaster Response Team Trailer For all your commercial cleanup and restoration needs, SERVPRO of Port Charlotte is "Faster to any size disaster"

The best way to reduce a business interruption following a disaster is to prepare for it now. This is because around 40 -50% of businesses may never recover after suffering a disaster. Of the businesses that do survive, the majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. Here are a few quick steps you can take to prepare:

  1. Identify your risks and notate them: are you in a flood zone? Do you have a lot of trees near your business that could pose a threat? How quickly can you evacuate if needed?
  2. Create a disaster plan that includes at a minimum the following information: utility shut-off locations; emergency contacts; building and business insurance, vendor, and other important personnel contacts; have all electronic and/or paper records and files backed up offsite (cloud storage); evacuation routes; backup generator location and operation; known hazardous materials; etc.
  3. Share your plan with key personnel and make sure your employees know how to react and be communicated with during a disaster.
  4. Test and practice your preparedness plans. Make sure you have all employees correct contact information and that they understand your disaster protocol.
  5. During times of natural disasters, listen to your local government officials and media to know if, when, and where to evacuate and for other critical news and information.

For more information contact us at SERVPRO of Port Charlotte, follow your local and county Emergency Management Office on social media, and use public resources available from FEMA, such as this PDF document: Business Continuity Planning Suite

You can also contact SERVPRO of Port Charlotte for a no-cost Emergency Ready Profile. We will develop an initial readiness profile for your business and help you be prepared. Give us a call at 941-629-0966 or email at marketing@SERVPROofvenice.com to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile today.

Thank you!

BBQ and Outdoor Fire Safety Tips

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

BBQ Safety Tips Have a fun summer and stay safe while BBQing!

BBQ and Outdoor Fire Safety Tips See our BBQ Safety Tips Video! https://vimeo.com/565801174 Follow These Grilling Safety Tips: 

  1. Only use your grill outside.
  2. Keep it at least 3 feet from siding, deck rails ,and eaves.
  3. Keep a 3 foot zone around your grill to protect kids and pets.
  4. Never leave fires unattended, including: grills, fire pits, and patio torches.
  5. Clean your girl after each use. This will remove grease that can start a fire.

 Some additional tips to consider: 

  1. Keep a fire extinguisher close. Keep a fire extinguisher within arm’s reach of the grill so you have something to put out an accidental fire. It doesn’t take long for a fire to catch and spread. Educate yourself on how to use the extinguisher beforehand.
  2. Do NOT decorate your grill or the area around it. Decorating for a family picnic or gathering is a great way to get into the spirit of the party, but don’t include your grill or fire pit as part of the decoration area. Flags, umbrellas, hanging decorations and baskets, and other flammable items can just become quick fuel for an out of control fire. 
  3. Keep your grill maintained. Regular cleanings after each use are key, but the maintenance doesn’t stop there. At least one to every three months (depending on usage), you should clean your grease management system (grease trap), grates, bars, and other grilling components to reduce the chance of flare-ups and the growth of bacteria which could make you sick.

 Most of all, be safe, and stay aware while around a fire. Being prepared and having a plan is always better than the alternative. Have a great summer!

3 Reasons to NOT use Bleach for Mold Remediation

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

Prevent Business Interruptions caused by microbes From mold to biohazard contaminants, SERVPRO of Port Charlotte is here to help your business.

When you think about cleaning, we often immediately think of bleach? You are not alone as we have been taught, and sold on, that this is a product that can effectively remove most dirt and contaminants when used appropriately.

However, the mold remediation cleanup operation in your Port Charlotte area business or home is not one of those times. Read on to learn why bleaching can be counterintuitive towards your anti-mold efforts.

Not effective in Porous Surfaces

Bleaching products are meant to use on non-porous places. They are not effective if the mold's roots grow and develop on various porous surfaces, such as the following:

  • Wood
  • Carpet
  • Drywall
  • Ceiling tiles

Unlike the main active ingredient of chlorine, the bleaching agent's water component can seep into the pores. This specific reaction actually feeds the roots and encourages further growth. So using bleach on porous surfaces not only fails to cleanup mold, but it also increases the damage to your commercial location.

Toxic to the Business's Environment

The use of bleach in your fungus cleanup can also leave behind a toxic aftermath due to chemical odors and gasses it puts off. This substance releases dangerous fumes that can potentially harm your employees, your clients and the overall environment. Misuse of this agent can also discolor and damage certain parts of the building. In contrast, mold remediation technicians use  approved safety equipment and tools to keep more effective cleaning measures from harming clients, employees, and the property itself.

Weakens Over Time

Another drawback with bleaching solutions involves their temporary effects. Chlorine tends to evaporate fast, even when the product has not left its plastic container. The decrease in chlorine from the cleaner can lead to the chemical's potential failure to eradicate mold incidents. In addition, the leftover water can create greater problems, feeding the fungus you are trying to eliminate.


While bleaching your business's affected location may seem like a good idea for a mold removal, it just should not be used. Contact SERVPRO of Port Charlotte or any other local, vetted, and licensed mold remediation company that provides you with an estimate and project plan to remediate the mold. 

Restore your documents after a disaster.

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Damaged Document with SERVPRO Logo We can help restore your damaged documents and records.

Did you know that SERVPRO of Port Charlotte offers commercial document restoration services? If your business office has been damaged by a fire or water event, we can help you restore your paper documents and records. While many businesses backup their important documents on the cloud or another digital system, every business still uses some amount of paper documents and records. Fortunately, we can help restore and digitize those documents if they have been damaged, but are still mostly intact. Every situation is a unique, so we will help access it first before moving forward with the restoration process.

Following is a brief description of our restoration process from SERVPRO.com 

Our Technology

Then SERVPRO document restoration team uses innovate vacuum freeze-drying techniques; in fact, we use the same freeze-drying methods used by the Library of Congress to dry valuable historic documents and books. Our vacuum freeze-drying process is the only method approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the General Services Administration (GSA).

Types of content:

  • paper documents
  • books and magazines
  • manuscripts and files
  • photographs, films, negatives, and microfiche
  • x-rays
  • blueprints and maps
  • parchment

Document Cleaning and Disinfecting

In many water damage situations, like sewage or flood water, documents will be exposed to bacteria, viruses, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals. Our team uses a gamma irradiation process to safely and effectively sterilize your documents.

Digitizing Services

In the digital age, converting your paper files and photos to digital formats can have an invaluable impact on your business or home. With the help of SERVPRO’s restoration professionals to digitize your documents, you can save storage space and have access to your records at the touch of a button. And perhaps most important of all, you’ll have digital copies of your valuable documents that can’t be lost in a flood or fire.

If you have damaged documents that need restoration, call SERVPRO of Port Charlotte at 941-629-0966.