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What to do in Port Charlotte - Updated 2022

6/6/2022 (Permalink)

North Port Aquatic Center pool and water slides There is so much to do for fun family time in the Port Charlotte area!

If you are a new homeowner in the Port Charlotte area, you may be curious what the locals and snowbirds do around here for fun! 

The first answer you will receive is most likely "Get Outdoors" as most activities in Charlotte County involve the outdoors. Fishing, kayaking, golfing, shark tooth hunting, beachcombing, boating, pickleball, hiking, and biking are among the many fun things to do around here. 

A nearby local attraction to escape the heat is the North Port Aquatic Center, located just a few miles away from Port Charlotte. With tall water slides (including the "Barracuda Blast drop slide"), lazy river, splash zone, heated competition pool, snack shack, and lounging areas, there is something for kids and adults of all ages.

Another fun Port Charlotte park with a splash pad, batting cages, baseball fields, pavilions, grills, walking trails, restrooms, and more is the 25 acre Atwater Community Park

We also have a local baseball stadium, where the Tampa Bay Rays pre-season games are played, and the Tippecanoe Environmental Park is a 380 acre upland and wetland hikers paradise.

If you have a business in the area, or are just looking for a way to network and meet others, there are plenty of opportunities for that with local chapters of Lion's Club, VFW, American Legion, along with the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce.

Dining in the area is great, with many local eateries and nationally known chains in the area, including many that are located along Charlotte Harbor, Englewood Beach, Manasota Key, Venice Island or other waterways that give you beautiful views while you enjoy being out. 

For more information, you can also check out the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach tourism website located here: https://www.pureflorida.com/ and another good resource for families is the Fun4PortCharlotteKids.com page.

Fire Damage Restoration for Your Port Charlotte Commercial Property

6/2/2022 (Permalink)

Fire Damage to a Commercial Office Call SERVPRO of Port Charlotte for professional and fast response for fire damage to your commercial property.

SERVPRO of Port Charlotte is Qualified to Restore a Fire Damaged Commercial Building in Charlotte County

Q: What happens to my building in the Port Charlotte area if I do not quickly get fire damage restoration service after having fire damage, and how long should I wait to take action?

A: The fast answer is immediately! There are many reasons to act upon your fire damaged business with great speed. From the business standpoint, every day required to clean up, repair, restore your building, and reopen the doors is lost revenue. Immediately contact your insurance agent and then SERVPRO. 

This commercial fire restoration company can promptly respond and mitigate the water and fire damage upon agreement. Delaying the fire restoration process in Port Charlotte can also compound the damage caused by the water used to extinguish the flames. Below are some factoids that suggest an immediate response to a fire-damaged structure is paramount.

The ash residue left from the fire can lead to permanent damage. Ashes are highly acidic and can corrode materials made of metal or glass. Glass windows may be permanently etched, and your drywall may be damaged and discolored beyond repair. As metallic materials corrode, water leakage from plumbing may occur and lead to increased water damage requiring further repairs. 

Q: As a business owner, why should I consider hiring an experienced fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO?

A: These technicians have the training, tools, equipment, and experience to handle any fire damage incident to a commercial building. They respond immediately to begin the restoration to get you back to work. SERVPRO experts are IICRC certified.

Q: How do your technicians perform fire damage restoration services for me?

A: The SERVPRO technicians begin the building restoration process by inspecting the structure, assessing the damage, and determining the proper course of action, starting with the clean-up. They complete a comprehensive clean-up and eliminate ashes, smoke, soot, and debris. Because the odors caused by smoke may permeate walls and crevices, our professionals use special machines called thermal foggers to release particulates into difficult-to-reach corners and voids to eliminate smoke odor. SERVPRO can secure and repair the building expediently. This is a type of one-stop shopping. Let's quickly get your doors reopened.

Commercial Building Fire Damage Restoration Services

When it comes to commercial restoration services, SERVPRO is a leader in the industry. Available 24/7, SERVPRO of Port Charlotte responds quickly to your Jacksonville business's fire, water, and mold damage emergencies. Learn more about our commercial restoration services. Call us at (941) 484-7777.

Call SERVPRO of Port Charlotte for your Sewage and Toilet Overflow Cleanup and Restoration

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

Sewage Backup in a hallway Do not wait to call for help when your home or office experiences a sewage backup or toilet overflow!

When a sewage backup or toilet overflow happens in your home or office, trying to cleanup without the right tools and expertise can be dangerous.  Sewage cleanup is considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO of Port Charlotte has the specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

When choosing a biohazard cleanup company, consider their experience and training. As a cleanup and restoration company, SERPVO of Port Charlotte has the ability to handle a wide range of pathogens and will ensure the cleanup process will go smoothly regardless of any unexpected developments.  

Sewage backups pose significant property damage and health risks. SERVPRO is an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified firm with Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians. Their biohazard cleanup crew can remove the sewage, clean all surfaces, and eliminate odors along with harmful microorganisms.    

WHAT TO DO IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING A SEWAGE BACKUP

Following are several steps that should be taken in order to help prevent the sewage backup from spreading. 

  1. Be sure to remove any children, pets, and seniors from the home. Do not allow them back into the area until the damage is completely fixed and safe.
  2. Keep yourself safe by putting on any protective clothing such as rubber boots, rubber gloves, eye protection, a face mask, and more. 
  3. If the distribution panel is above water, switch off the electricity by using a dry wooden stick and rubber gloves. 
  4. Turn off the water in your home, and do not use any water for bathing, drinking, washing hands or dishes, and others. This water may be contaminated.
  5. You may need to contact your utility companies and have them shut off the supply to your home if you cannot safely turn them off yourself.
  6. Open your home’s doors and windows to allow proper air ventilation. You won’t want to use your home’s AC as this will spread contaminated air throughout your home.
  7. Remove any items from the area that are dry and not contaminated.
  8. You can add small amounts of chlorine bleach into the standing water to slightly disinfect.
  9. Contact your insurance company and notify them of the backup. You’ll want to take pictures of any damage that the sewage backup caused. This will come in handy as proof when filing your claim.
  10. Never attempt to unclog the drains. You will need to clean up the sewage spill before taking any further action.

For 24/7 service for any water damage, sewage backup, and toilet overflow, call SERPVRO of Port Charlotte at 941-629-0966

Water Damage Mistakes to Avoid in Your Home!

3/15/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Dry Out Equipment in a Home For Fast and Professional Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration, call on SERVPRO of Port Charlotte

Common Homeowner Water Damage Mistakes to Avoid!

When you home suffers from a water damage event, the process of minimizing damage and restoring a property to its original condition can be stressful time. Unfortunately many homeowners are not fully aware of the proper process for cleanup and restoration and make common mistakes while trying to help. These mistakes can make restoring a home even more challenging. 

Following are some helpful tips that can help homeowners avoid common mistakes, which will reduce the cost, time, and stress for making a water damage event "Like it never even happened." 

Mistake #1: Trying to self-clean and restore their home after a water damage event.

We have all been there; we want to save time and money so we try to take on a project in our home. Water damage to your home should not be treated as a normal project. If you the amount of water is covering multiple rooms or has shown damage to cabinets or other structural components, you do not want to just try and mop it all up and put a fan or two on it. The problem is most homeowners do not have the right experience and equipment to properly handle a water damage. Water easily seeps into areas that you may not know to look or have the ability to check. Properly drying out building materials is a difficult task and one best left to a professional.

Mistake #2: Not Calling a Professional Soon Enough.

One of our taglines at SERVPRO is 'Faster to any size disaster.' This isn't just a fancy and good sounding branding effort, it is because arriving and acting fast is a critical aspect of effective water damage restoration. Water tends to spread fast, traveling behind walls, cabinets, appliances, and underneath flooring. Once that happens, mold can grow and further damage walls, furniture, and other materials. Mold can begin to grow less than 24-48 hours after water exposure depending on other circumstances in the home (humidity level, pre-existing water damage, temperature, etc.). 

To quickly find the source of the water damage and shut it off, and then to immediately begin the water extraction and drying process is crucial for your home's restoration. Calling a professional water damage cleanup and restoration company is the best way to do that. 

Mistake #3: Not Taking Safety Precautions.

Being in a home that recently suffered from a recent water damage evet can be dangerous, especially if the water damage came from flood waters, sewage back up or other 'category 3' type sources. Along with potential biohazard contaminations, potential slips and falls from wet flooring and stairways can also create a dangerous situation. Care must be taking when operating any electronic device or appliance because turning on electronics or touching electronic devices can result in electric shocks or further damage to the property. 

Saturated building materials can fail, and debris can lead to slips and falls.  The best thing a homeowner can do after eliminating the source of the water (if possible) and calling a water restoration company is to leave the building and stay out.

Mistake #4: Not Realizing the True Amount of Damage to Your Home.

The amount of damage caused by a water damage event isn’t always immediately visible. If you take the "Do It Yourself" approach and only clean up the visible water, you will most likely discover mold or unpleasant odors lingering in furniture, floors, and walls in the near future. 

To properly evaluate the true amount of damage from a water event, you must follow through with industrial standards for cleanup and deodorization. This may include antimicrobial treatments or sanitization processes and is something a professional restoration company is best suited to handle. 

A proper evaluation of the damage is also vital for insurance reasons. Some insurance providers will deny claims where homeowners attempt repairs themselves or delay calling a professional to document the damage. The best way to ensure a policy covers the full cost of a restoration is to work with a reputable restoration company and contact them immediately.

SERVPRO of Port Charlotte works with all local, state, and national insurance companies, and is a preferred vendor for many of them. If your home suffers from a water damage event, call us 24/7 365 days a year at 941-629-0966. We are here to help.

How to Tell the Difference Between Mildew and Mold in Your Port Charlotte Home or Business

2/11/2022 (Permalink)

Mold Damage with SERVPRO logo If you suspect mold damage in your home or business, give the professionals at SERVPRO of Port Charlotte a call at 941-629-0966

While any fungal growth in your home or business is unpleasant, knowing the difference between mildew and mold is important before starting a remediation project to remove the fungi and prevent further damage.

Differences between Mildew and Mold

Telling the difference between mildew and mold can be difficult, but there are some clues that can help you determine the type of fungus in your property. Mildew commonly has the following characteristics:

  • Powdery or fluffy appearance

  • Gray or white color that darkens with time

  • Relatively easy to remove


Mold, on the other hand, is often described by the following adjectives:

  • Slimy or fuzzy

  • Black, green or other color depending on the type

  • Invasive and harder to remove


In some instances, a homeowner or maintenance staff may be unable to determine the type of fungus present. In such cases, a professional hygienist or air quality inspector can determine the best course of action to take.

Similarities

So while there are many differences between the two fungi, they do share a key similarity: Both mildew and mold need moisture to thrive. This means that mildew and mold can both be prevented by keeping your home dry, with an indoor humidity below 50%. If necessary, run a dehumidifier to keep within those levels. Air conditioning can also help dry out your home. Mildew and mold easily grow in higher moisture areas of a home or business, such as in a crawlspace, bathroom, wash room, etc. Look for signs of fungal growth in these areas when doing routine cleaning or inspections. Both mildew growth and mold damage are easier to mitigate if caught early.

Other Considerations

Generally speaking, mildew is easier to clean than mold growth. There are a variety of cleaners available that can kill mildew. As long as you work in a well-ventilated area and wear a mask and gloves, you should be able to safely clean mildew growth yourself. However, mold growth often needs to be professionally cleaned, especially if the infestation is large.

If you need help with either mildew or mold damage in your Port Charlotte Florida home, a certified restoration company such as SERVPRO of Port Charlotte can help. We have the equipment and experience to address the issue safely and get your home back to normal. Call 941-629-0966 for fast response to your mold problem.

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!