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Leaking Bathtub Causes Mold-Summerfield, FL

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Photo of drain lines and mold after bathtub was removed After Effects from Leaking Bathtub Over Time

SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion Country was called out to a homeowners house to discover that the bathroom tub had been leaking underneath the flooring because the drain failed. Over time and with no notice at all, water had been making its way under the flooring and dripping out under the crawl space. Not until a musty odor which grew worse and worse did the homeowner begin to suspect the bathtub. The damage a water intrusion can cause can be very devastating and the mold that is a result can be wide spread. The only cure is to remove bathroom fixtures like this bathtub and begin to uncover the damage. Mold growing on drywall, insulation, under the flooring all needed to be safely removed and sanitized. This is what the team from SERVPRO of Ocala has been doing for decades.   

Hidden Water Can Damage Your Home-Belleview, FL

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Professional With A Moisture Meter Finds Hidden Water In Wall A Moisture Meter is One Way To Find Hidden Water In Drywall

SERVPRO of Ocala water damage professional was out on a job helping this homeowner with locating where water had been making its way into this side of the master bedroom. The homeowner noticed their ceiling discolored from stains. Discoloration isn’t the only indicator of water damage. You can check walls, floors, and ceilings for any changes in texture. Look for any warping or cracks on the floor as this can be caused by changes in the temperature and humidity level in your home. Sagging or sinking floors may be due to water that has seeped into the subflooring. This type of water damage often occurs near the shower, sink, tub, dishwasher, water heater, and washing machine. Expanding wood or laminate floors may indicate that they have absorbed too much water, causing the wood or laminate to swell up and separate.

Short Storm Burst Can Damage Trees and Houses-Ocala, FL

2/3/2020 (Permalink)

Photo showing tree limb blown down after short storm passes through Trees and Homes can be Damaged After Short Storm Burst

SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County responded to calls from homeowners whose houses were damaged by a quick storm known as "Microburst" Microbursts, also called "down bursts," are a sudden downward burst of wind from the base of a thunderstorm. The air can rush towards the ground at speeds of 60 MPH before impacting the surface and spreading out in all directions. Winds at the surface can exceed 100 MPH in the strongest microbursts, often causing extensive tree and building damage. Here in Florida the ever changing weather can conjure up these microburst and sometimes reek havoc on property because of falling trees and limbs. Strong winds can also drive rain into homes causing water damages. As part of the National Storm Teams, SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County are always prepared for sue events.

Fire Damage Tips: SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County

12/27/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County would like to share the following information that may aid you in the chance you suffer a Fire Damage:

Take Care of Yourself and Family Contact your local disaster relief service, such as the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army. They will help you find a place to stay and to find food, clothing, and medicine. Make sure that you have a safe place to live temporarily. Get plenty of rest and ask for help. Do not try to do it all alone. 
 Help Your Pets Try to leave pets with a family member, friend or veterinarian if you are visiting or cleaning your property. Keep your pets out of the house until the cleanup is complete to keep them safe. 
 # 1*Safely* - Take pictures of the damage.  Ensure your property is secured. If Rental Property, Contact Owner/Landlord Immediately. Call your insurance company. Contact family/friends to let them know you are okay. 
 Steps to follow: The First Days then, Notify utility companies of incident then, Contact your child(ren)’s school of temporary address/unusual stress awareness then, Contact the local police department to let them know your property is temporarily vacant then, CALL (352) 732-6630 SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County to help you make it “Like it never even happened.®” 
SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County offers: • Securing your home against more damage • Estimate/Repair damage of home and renew items of personal property • Store repaired household items until needed

Space Heater Can cause Fire Damage in Ocala, FL

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

photo of space heater up close showing the cord plugged in and the elements red hot Space Heaters Used In Homes

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County responds all the time to calls where the homeowners were using electric space heaters. Here in Florida the winters are not always that bitter cold so a lot of homes and offices depend on space heaters to warm up small areas. But left unattended these heaters can be are are a cause of deadly destructive fires and smoke damages. The following are a few but important safety tips if you elect to use space heaters this winter.

  • Make sure your space heater has the label showing that it is listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Before using any space heater, read the manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels carefully.
  • Inspect heaters for cracked or broken plugs or loose connections before each use. If frayed, worn or damaged, do not use the heater.
  • Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn it off when you're leaving a room or going to sleep, and don't let pets or children play too close to a space heater.
  • Space heaters are only meant to provide supplemental heat and should never be used to warm bedding, cook food, dry clothing or thaw pipes.

Commercial Water Damage in Ocala, FL

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

Photo showing a SERVPRO crew member removing fallen wet ceiling and insulation SERVPRO of Ocala Crew Member removing fallen wet drywall and insulation

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County responded to a 2 story commercial office building in Ocala, FL when a chilled HVAC unit line ruptured and ran water over the weekend.There was inches of water standing everywhere and part of the first floor ceiling was beginning to cave in from the weight of the water from the second story. Extraction using our water trucks was first priory after inspecting the building for hazarded so no one would suffer injury due to falling debris. Furniture had toe be blocked to prevent further damage. Carpet and padding removed that was begging to pull apart. Desk, chairs, small items all needed attention quickly to help prevent staining as well as water spots. When this type and size damage occurs it is unfortunate that the business is interrupted and most close or relocate. We were glad to help the process of recovery for this local Marion County Florida business.       

Smoke Can Damage Your Home in Summerfield, FL.

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen cabinets and refrigerator that appear black because of smoke from a small electrical fire in the kitchen. Kitchen turned black from smoke in Summerfield, FL.

When the refrigerator electrical cord short circuited, it cased a small fire in this kitchen. The dry wall and kitchen cabinets caught fire. The smoke from the burning material including the electrical cord caused a thick black smoke. To make matters worse, the air condition was on and caught up the smoke into the HVAC system. This caused a wide spread of the smoke. An electrical fire can be harder to clean than a small wood fire. The reason is the plastic coating of the electrical cord that is a waxy substance burned off and floating the air. This can be sticky and harder to clean. Should you suffer a fire in your home and any of your household items are covered in soot, you should not attempt to clean them yourself. It’s strongly recommended to trust them to SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County in order to prevent further damage. Call 352-732-6630 for Emergency Response.    

Commercial Clothing Store Flooded in Summerfield, FL.

10/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water standing on the floors of this clothing store Standing water from a busted pipe in this clothing store

SERVPRO of Ocala/SERVPRO of South Marion County responded to this small commercial shop filled with women's clothing when a toilet supply line broke flooding over half of the store. The HVAC system could not keep up with the amount of humidity from all the water and the outside temperature being so hot right in the middle of summer. The rugs on the floor plus all the handing cloths just soaked up all the moisture. The owner of the clothing store learned how important a strong cold HVAC system is in helping with dehumidification. Water not only fills the surrounding floors, rooms but the air can be saturated with high levels of humility. Drywalls can become wet and soft after so many hours exposed to this levels of moisture.  

Even Small Fires Can Cause Large Damage in The Villages, FL.

10/2/2019 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire caused by microwave under cabinet showing black soot and damage to cabinet Small but Big in Damage Kitchen Fire

The photo of this seemingly small kitchen fire caused by the microwave under the kitchen cabinets caused a lot of headache for the homeowners. One main reason is the HVAC system was running and picked up the soot, smoke and spread it all thought out the home. Now besides the fire damage to the kitchen cabinets, the odor was horrible to the point that the homeowners had to vacate the house. SERVPRO of Ocala was called out to respond. Everywhere you looked there were signs of fire, smoke and odor damage. The owners were surprised just how much the damage although contained in the kitchen caused the SERVPRO of Ocala professionals to clean the entire house and contents. Visit our SERVPRO of Ocala website to learn more about Fire Cleanup and Odor Removal.    

SERVPRO of Ocala Always Learning and Training in Ocala, FL.

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ocala employees in conference room watching a training video on mold remediation Monday Morning Training for SERVPRO of Ocala Production Professionals

Sometimes Monday mornings are not the typical meeting like going over all the different jobs that are new or in progress. Mold, Water, Fire, Restoration, HVAC Duct Cleaning, Carpet Cleaning are just a few of the services that our SERVPRO of Ocala crew works on most every day of the week. But when time permits, the SERVPRO Ocala team is learning, training or taking refresher courses, because no matter how many times a day they may be performing our cleanup and restoration services, there can be a new and challenging situation that presents itself on any given job. So training, learning and communication is key to making sure the work we finish is top shelf and 100% customer satisfaction. There will never come a time when we have the Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration industry all figured out and have no need to learn or train.