Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
PPE is sometimes required to safely remediate Mold
SERVPRO of Ocala strives to make sure all our production professionals are well equipped when responding to biohazard problems like sewage and mold. Sometimes the area and amount of the hazardous material is so large and vast that PPE or Personal Protective Equipment is needed and worn. The suites, gloves, eye protection and masks are not easy to put on, so SERVPRO professionals help one another with the equipment. Making sure suits are not torn, and gloves and foot coverings can sometimes be taped for added protection are the responsibility of each person to look after the other. Its important as well that adequate Air and Water be available as the suites get very hot and stuffy. Safety is top of mind that is why many times a Safety Officer or Supervisor is there to watch out for the technicians.
Dehumidification and Air Scrubbing Needed for Successful Mold Remediation
SERVPRO of Ocala using Dehumidification and Air Scrubbing in this photo
What in the world is "Air Scrubbing"? We can hear you ask that question as you read the title of our blog. Simply put, Air scrubbing is one of the most effective methods for getting rid of mold. Air scrubbers draw air in from the surrounding environment, and filter it to get rid of impurities. Air scrubbers are also ideal for getting rid of the mold that settles in your walls, carpet and drapes. There are different sizes of air scrubbers that differ in intensity.When vacuuming and using air scrubbers for mold remediation, the filters used should be HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air). Only HEPA filters are designed to capture particles as small as mold spores. Regular filters will not work. SERVPRO of Ocala provides the right size of both Air Scrubbers and Dehumidifiers to insure your home or commercial facility will be free of mold, dried to industry standards and improve the indoor air quality.
Fire can Interrupt your Business
Fire Damage in a Call Center
SERVPRO of Ocala was called out to this fire which quickly caused a panic and stopped business as usual for all affected. Fire like water can cause a sizable amount of damage and interrupt any operations in a business to the degree that reopening may be days, weeks and months. Fire in particular can be a slow process of cleaning and deodorizing because of fire inspection and safety concerns. Our SERVPRO team cannot always begin emergency cleaning of metal and glass until cleared by authorities. Indoor air quality is a real concern for SERVPRO professionals as smoke and fine soot particles are carried into the HVAC systems and spread through out the facility. But, SERVPRO of Ocala has been cleaning and restoring fire damaged facilities helping businesses of all size get back to "Business as Usual"since 1974!
Hurricane Storm Season is here!
SERVPRO of Ocala is ready, Are You?
Your friendly Professional Team at SERVPRO of Ocala Florida is well aware of this time of year when everyone has their eyes on the tropics and the possibilities of Storms and Hurricanes. Last year Irma devastated our county with residential and commercial property damages.
Ocala was hit hard and many SERVPRO storm team professionals from out of state was here in Florida to help with a great amount of damaged that Irma caused. Even still in 2018 we are seeing the after effects brought on by the wind and water causing Mold. Be ready for any storm or hurricane by having SERVPRO of Ocala 24/7 emergency number at hand to call and get the trucks rolling out to your property. Call 352-732-6630 and be connected with a live professional SERVPRO of Ocala consultant ready to help!
SERVPRO Commercial Emergency Ready Plan
Fire can shut down your business-Call SERVPRO and develop the ERP App today!
Fire in a commercial facility can destroy and shut down operations causing the business to close. SERVPRO of Ocala has the Plan ready to respond fast and restore quick getting your business up and running again. It's called the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan App and its available to be used by any of your smart devices. Why wait to react when your business is affected by water, store, wind, fire or mold damage when emergency help is only a touch of the SERVPRO App away! Call your SERVPRO of Ocala consultant today and schedule an inspection of your commercial facility. Be ready for the unexpected that comes your way and protect your business. There is no charge for the Emergency Ready Plan App and the service from your SERVPRO of Ocala consultant. 352-732-6630
Cleaning & Deodorizing Smokers House: Protocol
SERVPRO of Ocala can rid your home of Cigarette Odor
CLEANING & DEODORIZING SMOKERS HOUSE: PROTOCOL
REMOVE / DISPOSE ALL FABRIC / UPHOLSTERY ITEMS: CLOTHES, BEDDING, CURTAINS, ETC
REMOVE PLASTIC / FABRIC BLINDS, LIGHT & OUTLET COVERS, APPLIANCES, ETC
REMOVE ALL CARPET, PAD AND TACKSTRIP: THEN SEAL SUB FLOOR (WOOD / CONCRETE): 2 COATS.
WASH ALL PAINTED SURFACES: CEILINGS, WALLS, TRIM, DOORS ETC
WASH ALL LIGHTS, FANS, WINDOWS, SHUTTERS ETC
WASH ALL CABINETS AND VANITIES: INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR
WASH AND POLISH ALL WOOD FURNITURE: INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR
WASH ALL BRIC BRAC: NON POROUS ITEMS PICTURES PER INSPECTION.
HVAC SYSTEM: WASH ALL DIFFUSERS. CLEAN AND SEAL ALL SUPPLY AND RETRUN DUCTS
CLEAN AIR HANDLER, COILS, FAN ETC.
CLEAN ALL TILE FLOORS AND SEAL GROUT.
SEAL ALL PAINTED AREAS WITH OIL BASED SEALER: 2 COATS THEN FINISH COATS.
AFTER PAINTING SET OZONE GENERATOR AND AIR MOVERS FOR 2 DAYS: NO ONE ALLOWED IN HOUSE DURING.
Water Damage Categories according to IICRC Standard Guide
SERVPRO of Ocala follows the guidelines of the IICRC
According to IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration (IICRC S500), there are three categories of water that cause damage in buildings. They are summarized as follows:
Category 1 Water – That which is clean at the releasing source and does not pose a hazard if consumed by humans. Category 1 water may become progressively contaminated as it mixes with soils on or within floor coverings or building assemblies (walls, decking, and subflooring). Time and temperature, which promote the growth and amplification of microorganisms in water can cause Category 1 water to degrade. Examples: burst water pipes, failed supply lines on appliances, vertically falling rainwater.
Category 2 Water – That which begins with some degree of contamination and could cause sickness or discomfort if consumed by humans. As with Category 1 water, time and temperature can cause Category 2 water to become progressively more contaminated.
Category 3 Water – That which is highly contaminated and could cause death or serious illness if consumed by humans. Examples: sewage, rising flood water from rivers and streams, ground surface water flowing horizontally into buildings as a result of wind storm damage:
The Importance of Cleaning Your Dryer Vent
Lint and Debris can cause house fires
According to FEMA, failure to clean home dryers causes 34% of home fires. Home dryer fires causes $35 Million in property loss and can even cause injury or death. Clean your Lint Filter BEFORE and AFTER each load and make sure the Outside Vent Flap (if your home has one) will open and is not restricted. We at SERVPRO of Ocala are dedicated to helping homeowners maintain a safe, healthy home by offering a very good discount to clean out your dryer vent whenever you schedule an HVAC & Air Duct Cleaning & Sanitizing Service from us. Our professional SERVPRO team has the training to help Prevent Fires just as we have the training to Clean up and deodorize Fire and Smoke odors. We Here to help since 1974!
City of Ocala Water Damage
Large Commercial Water Damages call for Large Response Teams like SERVPRO of Ocala!
Over the weekend is not the best time to suffer a 6000 square foot water damage, but that's what happened to one of the buildings located in the City of Ocala, FL. Luckily SERVPRO of Ocala is a City Approved Vendor and they rushed to the damage beginning emergency water mitigation. Any commercial Business is greatly affected and runs the rick of permanent shut down if they cannot get fast professional service to mitigate the damage. Since time is so important SERVPRO of Ocala teams was on hand fast and placed over 100 Air Movers and 15 Dehumidifiers along with water extracting and drywall removal, content cleaning and manipulation. The crew worked non stopped to get this city building up and running again and our Goal was met in a few weeks!
Finding out your Home has a Mold Problem
The kitchen after mold was discovered and SERVPRO of Ocala crew completed the mold remediation.
This homeowner learned after a home inspection and mold test was performed, that water damage was hidden by the seller thus causing mold damage everywhere. SERVPRO of Ocala was recommended to the homeowner to help clean and sanitize the house located in The Villages, Florida. The outcome was amazing every room in the house was cleaned and sanitized. All areas was dried and the air testing came back negative! The home was now ready for restoration of drywall and painting, etc. The homeowner was very happy to move into a safe mold free home. For over 43 years SERVPRO of Ocala has ben helping out residential and commercial clients through out our community. No job is too small or too large for our SERVPRO team to handle!