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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.

SERVPRO of Port Charlotte is Faster to any Water Damage Event

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO work vans on the job site at sunset SERVPRO of Port Charlotte is available 24/7 365 for emergency water damage services.

If your home or business is suffering from a water damage event, you do not want to wait for someone to respond only from 9-5! Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Port Charlotte provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Port Charlotte arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 941-629-0966

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Port Charlotte

SERVPRO of Port Charlotte specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

Certifications

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • MOGCI (Manager of Gulf Coast Inc.)
  • Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
  • REALTORS® of Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port-DeSoto, Inc.®
  • CAI WEST FLORIDA CHAPTER

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Property

3/30/2021 (Permalink)

Spring Cleaning with SERVPRO If you need assistance with your spring cleaning project, give SERVPRO of Port Charlotte a call!

If you live in the Southwest Florida area, you know that springtime comes and goes fast! With upcoming hotter and wetter weather, we transition from the Florida "Dry Season" to the "Wet Season" which occurs from May through October. With the more pleasant weather we enjoy during March and April, this makes for a great time to clean your home and make sure your property is ready for hurricane season, a new renter or homeowner taking residence, Airbnb or VRBO guests, or 'off-season' if you manage a seasonal rental property.

To help you be prepared, here are some cleaning and maintenance tips for your property:

  1. Create separate checklists for cleaning and maintenance. Keep these as a record for your knowledge and in case any questions from tenants, guests or future buyers may have. This also allows you to check off work done and make notes of any items needed to complete a task.
  2. Start with a visual inspection of both the interior or exterior of the property.
  3. For the exterior make sure to check the following:
    1. Check the gutters for clogs and signs of any damage on downspouts, screening, rodent use, or leaks.
    2. Check for water damage. Make sure to check door and window frames, sliding door frames, siding, decking, and if safe to do so and with a buddy nearby, check the roof for any damaged or missing shingles, vents flanges, chimney, etc.
    3. Manage your landscaping to ensure drainage leading away from the home, sprinkler system, and use approved products to take care of any weed, rodent and insect control.
  4. For the interior, it is also good to look for any damage, especially those that can be caused by moisture.  
    1. Inspect all plumbing to the best of your ability. If you see any sign of a leak, what appears to be mold, or high moisture reading, do not wait to call a licensed professional.
    2. Check any security system, your HVAC system (make sure to change your filters as recommended, and we highly recommend having your system inspected/maintained at the minimum on a yearly basis), window and door frames from the inside, any caulking, grout, or tile that may need to be cleaned and sealed.
    3. Test the fire alarm system, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and any hurricane protection items (shutters, fasteners, tie downs, etc.) you may have within the home for use during an emergency.
    4. Lastly, look up!! If you see any discoloration on your ceiling or anywhere around your windows, it is a good idea to call a roofing company to inspect the roof just to be sure. There is nothing worse than waiting and finding out it was indeed a roof leak during one of our famous mid-summer torrential downpours.

The most important thing is that if you see something that needs to be repaired, replaced, or inspected further, do not hesitate to call someone for assistance if it is beyond your abilities. By waiting to fix it, you may find yourself in the middle of the rainy season and too late to prevent further damage, costing your even more time and money than if you would have taking care of it immediately.

Happy springtime and enjoy the weather! 

Fire Damage can leave lingering odors in your Port Charlotte Home or Business

2/23/2021 (Permalink)

Lady in distress after a fire damaged her property. Questions after a fire damage? Call on SERVPRO of Port Charlotte

Fire damaged homes and businesses often come with variety of challenges for property owners to overcome. As overwhelming as these issues can be, there are ways that you can work to resolve some of the most pressing and challenging obstacles on your own with the right equipment, knowledge, and products. Knowing what products, information, and equipment you need for aspects like deodorization can help reduce lingering odors and damage from a fire more efficiently. Here are some "insider tips" from our SERVPRO team that we use for this niche of fire cleanup and restoration, and you can use it too to help with reducing the effects of a fire by using certain odor removal equipment. 

Fire damage in Port Charlotte might feel overwhelming at first, especially with various obstacles all present at the same time. Our SERVPRO team has certified Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT), many with additional endorsements as Odor Control Technicians (OCT), so we have the experience and industry-leading equipment to make a difference quickly should you decide it is too much to handle on your own. Part of our success in fire recovery over the years stems from our ability to manage symptoms like lingering smoke odors amid these other effects. 

Regardless of the severity of fire damage incidents, odor control is a considerable phase in recovery and restoration. Our SERVPRO team has an entire inventory of practical deodorization tools and products that lead the industry, and when combined with our extensive experience in fire recovery, improve the speed and success of these odor removal endeavors. Some of these devices we use regularly are:  

-  Hydroxyl Machines – These units can help to reduce or eliminate harsh odors in a compromised environment. Units also work to filter out particulates, debris, dust, and soot circulating in the damaged areas of the property. 

-  Thermal Foggers – While our SERVPRO professionals lean more towards UV foggers for the elimination of lingering smoke odors, thermal fogging is still a powerful tool in our arsenal. These machines are highly portable, helping to address odors throughout the entire property quickly and efficiently. 

If you need our experienced SERVPRO of Port Charlotte fire restoration specialists or a second opinion on the work you have done for your home, give us a call today at 941-629-0966.

Mold Problem in Your Port Charlotte Home or Business?

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on Wall is no Problem for SERVPRO Mold in your home or business is no problem for SERVPRO!

Did you know that mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold 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.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 941-629-0966