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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

Avoid Water Damage in your home with these 5 Tips!

1/14/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage in a home's kitchen You can be prepared to reduce the damage or

Here Are A Few Simple Tips To Get You Started

Water damage can result in a lot of costly repairs for your Port Charlotte home. By following these tips, you can actually avoid or reduce the losses following a water damage event.  

1. Fix Leaks as Soon as You Find Them.
Even the smallest pipe leaks can cause massive amounts of damage. The moisture that accumulates from a dripping pipe can cause mold growth, mildew growth, dry rot and several other unnecessary issues. Avoid these problems by fixing leaky pipes as soon as you discover them.

2. Set an Appropriate Water Pressure.
If your home's water pressure is too high, then you run the risk of inflicting unnecessary damage on your pipes. Broken pipes are one of the biggest home flooding culprits, so you want to make sure you're doing everything possible to keep them functioning properly.

3. Regularly Inspect Your Appliances.
Your pipes aren't the only possible water cleanup culprits. You should regularly inspect household appliances, such as your washing machine, dishwasher, toilet and any other device that uses water. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for each device while doing so.

4. Regularly Clean Your Gutters.
Your home's gutters are designed to collect water that runs off of the roof and divert it away from your property. If these gutters become obstructed, then water begins to pool on the roof and run down the sides of your house, resulting in basement flooding. Avoid unnecessary water damage by scooping debris out of the gutters on a regular basis.

5. Keep a Close Eye on Your Water Bill.
Sometimes, the only way to figure out whether or not there's a leak in your home is by checking your water bill. If you notice an unnecessary spike, then chances are there's a leak somewhere in your home that's wasting water.
Avoiding water damage is significantly easier than cleaning it up. The above steps can help prevent unnecessary damage, but they cannot guarantee complete immunity. Contact water remediation experts like SERVPRO of Port Charlotte if your home has suffered damages.

Flooded Kitchen? These tips are for you!

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment being used for a kitchen flood Call SERVPRO of Port Charlotte for expert water removal and to restore your home after a water damage event.

You wake up in the morning to an odd smell and noises coming from the kitchen. As you walk toward the kitchen, you suddenly feel your socks are wet and it hits you: you have a water leak in your kitchen!

Now is not the time to panic, but to take action. Use these tips to not only minimize the damage, but hopefully to be prepared if this ever happens to you.

First things first - Be Prepared for water damage in your home:

  • Know where you water shutoff is! One of the first things we ask when you call us for a water damage, is has the source of water been controlled. Quite often the leak happens before your faucet shutoffs, so knowing where your household water shutoff is is vital. Most of the times it will be in your garage, on the side of your home, or near the street. If you are not sure, ask your HOA, your utility department, a neighbor, or your home inspector. If there is not an easy to access water shutoff for your home, it is a wise investment to have one installed if possible.
  • Once you have the water shutoff, ensure the safety of your home and anyone in there, including your pets. Water that runs through walls, carpets, cabinets, etc. can become contaminated, so you want to avoid exposure or the possibility of a pet attempting to drink the water.

If you do have flooding in your kitchen and home, the primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it OK to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

What To Do After a Kitchen Flood:

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT TO DO after a Kitchen Flood:

  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

If you have a water damage emergency, call (941) 629-0966. We will make it "Like it never even happened."

Port Charlotte Florida 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

10/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Port Charlotte is ready to help anytime you need us for a kitchen, bathroom, home, or business water damage or flood.

SERVPRO of Port Charlotte is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - (941) 629-0966

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Port Charlotte has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

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

Affiliations

  • CAI WEST FLORIDA CHAPTER
  • Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce
  • Punta Gorda-Port Charlotte-North Port Association of REALTORS® Inc