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HVAC & Air Duct Cleaning and Sanitizing

3/5/2021 (Permalink)

Large Air Duct Return with visible dirt Why clean your Air Ducts? Because They Get Dirty!

Time passes quickly and before you know it years have come and gone which means your HVAC and Air Ducts may be overlooked. The HVAC system in any building is like the lungs in the human body. You should pay attention to the air you breathe. HVAC and Air Duct cleaning and sanitizing is extremely helpful to make sure the air is kept clean and safe.  In addition to normal accumulations of dust and dirt found in all buildings with air ducts, there are several other factors that can increase the need for regular HVAC system cleaning:

  • pets
  • occupants with allergies or asthma
  • cigarette or cigar smoke
  • water contamination or damage to the home or HVAC system
  • home renovation or remodeling projects      Call SERVPRO of Ocala today to schedule a no cost inspection and estimate to get your ducts cleaned. 352-732-6630

Types of Commercial Facilities.

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of remediated office with drywall cut out and covered with visqueen We have you covered. SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County 352-732-6630

Just as SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County provide water, fire and mold remediation to residential structures, we also provide the same for commercial structures.

Our industry categorizes large facilities into four types: industrial, institutional, complex residential, and commercial.

General Industrial

Per the IICRC S-500, an industrial building is primarily used for manufacturing or dustribution.

Institutional

Institutional are primarily used in forms such as hospitals, schools, government buildings, sport complexes, libraries, and airports.

Complex Residential

These structures would include Townhouses, condo's, apartment complexes, hotels, multi-family homes, duplexe's, large single family homes and mansions.

Commercial

The primary use of these structures is retail, office, mixed use and warehousing.

One other type of structure would be:

Historical

This structure could fall into any of the above categories.These are buildings that are atleast 50 years old and hold some sort of historical significance.

You can be sure that before we step foot on your commercial property we are already thinking of your concerns about the restoration process and how it may affect your business and operations.

Lithium Ion Batteries

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a garage fire caused by lithium batteries Fire caused by a battery.

There is currently limited data on fire characteristics for Lithium Ion Batteries. However, we can predict that when the battery enters Thermal Runaway, thermal runaway propagation will produce an identifiable mark. The fire may be in a state of gradual burnout or an explosion. Both types of accidents, as well as the negative byproducts (jetted shrapnel, molten metal, burning electrolytes, and other materials) can be managed by setting appropriate storage measures and transportation environments for the batteries.

Thermal Runaway

Thermal Runaway occurs in situations where an increase in temperature causes a further increase in temperature, often leading to a destructive result. It is kind of uncontrolled positive  feedback.

Lithium Ion Battery fires occur all over the world. The hazards include the ability to release toxic substances and produce volatile combustion. Lithium battery fires may not be more dangerous than conventional fires but they have their own unique risks.

Heating Season is approaching

10/6/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of after-effects of a furnace fire Even a properly maintained furnace can have a mechanical malfunction. If this happens to you give us a call at 352.732.6630

With the arrival of Fall here in Central Forida many of you are thinking of switching your units from air to heat. Although the length of time that you may actually run your furnace will vary, we here at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County would like to pass on some tips before you fire that baby up.

  • Vacuum: Lint and dust cause a hazard around your furnace.
  • Keep Air Flowing: Your furnace needs fresh air to operate. If your furnace doesn't get enough air it may consume oxygen from inside your home.
  • Schedule Inspections: You have to keep up to date on yearly inspections to insure your furnace is operating correctly.
  • Keep Flammable Items Away: Do not pile papers, rags or any other flammable items next to your furnace.
  • Change your Filter: Damaged or clogged filters may cause a breakdown.
  • Check Your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarms: Replace batteries at least once a year.

CDC Guidelines for Halloween during COVID-19

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of scary pumpkin illuminated in SERVPRO green Happy Halloween from your friends at SERVPRO of Ocala. 352.732.6630

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has now officially discouraged Trick or Treating. America's Health Protection Agency says that many traditional Halloween activities can be high risk for spreading viruses.

High risk Halloween activities according to the CDC include the following:

  • Door to door Trick or Treating
  • Trick or Treat events with treats being handed out of trunks to large groups of people
  • Indoor costume parties
  • Indoor Haunted Houses
  • Hayrides/tractor rides with people who are not in your family
  • Going to a fall festival outside of your community

But that doesn't mean Halloween is canceled. You and your family can still participate in plenty of festive activities.

A few low risk activities are:

  • Outdoor pumpkin carving with your neighbors maintaining social distancing
  • An outdoor neighborhood Halloween themed scavenger hunt
  • Decorating your home
  • A Halloween movie night

We here at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County wish you a Safe and Happy Halloween and are here to help if you have concerns about COVID-19 cleaning.

Minimizing secondary Water Damage.

9/15/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of mushroom growing on a wall in the house. Mushroom growing on a wall that was not properly mitigated.

To avoid future restoration needs, be sure to consider every water problem a serious threat to your property. Even small water damages have the ability to cause serious structural damage over time. A small amount of water has the potential to ruin flooring, paint jobs, wall paper, drywall, and insulation.

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County are here to help. We have the equipment, training and experience to find hidden water and minimize secondary damage. We respond quickly, inspect the area to asses the damage, and use the appropriate equipment to insure that the structural materials are restored to the proper moisture content. The skills that we provide reduce the immediate and secondary damage that a water damage can cause.

When time is of the essence give SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County a call at 352-732-6630. We will be there and make it "Like it never even happened."

Are hurricanes strengthening more rapidly?

9/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicles being readied for responding to Hurricane Laura. SERVPRO of Ocala readying their vehicles for departure to Louisiana.

Hurricane Laura blew up quickly as it approached the Louisiana coast, intensifying from a tropical storm to a hurricane in less than 24 hours. By the time it made land-fall, it was a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 150 mile-per-hour winds. Based on preliminary report from the National Hurricane Center, Laura gained 65 mile-per-hour winds in one 24 hour period.

What makes Storm Blow Up?

Just like a pastry chef needs all the ingredients to successfully make a cake, storm like Laura need favorable conditions to form and rapidly intensify.

Three dey ingredients help a hurricane intensify rapidly.

  • Warm ocean waters.
  • Ample moisture, or water content in the atmosphere, to maintain clouds.
  • Low vertical wind shear.

Large scale changes in ocean temperature like the El Nino Oscillation and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, can also have an impact on hurricane activity.

As part of the SERVPRO Storm Team, SERVPRO of Ocala is ready to respond where needed to Any Size Disaster!

Lawn mower fires

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a maintenance shed with smoke damaged steel Maintenace Shed at The Villages fire caused by a lawn mower.

The hum of lawn mowers ring through the country during the summer. Most people rarely consider the task dangerous, but the fact is lawn mowers do catch on fire. Any lawn mower electric or gas can catch fire. Several different manufacturers have recalled their mowers for defects that have caused fires.

Fuel hazards are one of the leadin causes of fires in gas powered lawn mowers. Fuel leaking onto the motor can cause a fire. Fuel vapors around a hot muffler can cause a fire.

According to Underwriters Laboratory, the exhaust of a mower is 240 degrees and the engine can heat up to 200 degrers easily igniting a fire. This could be devastating to a commercial lawn mowing company.

If you happen to have the unfortunate instance of your lawn mower catching on fire in your maintenance shed give us a call here at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County and we will help you get it all cleaned up.

10 Tips to prevent Kitchen Fires!

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a kitchen that stove caught on fire damaging cabinets and wall. Apartment cooking fire that was extinguished by fire suppression system.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking fires are not only the leading cause of home structure fires, the majority of kitchen fire injuries occur when victims try to fight the fire themselves.

  • Stay in the kitchen, don't leave food cooking on the stove unattended.
  • Watch your clothing, Long flowing sleeves,large-fitting shirts and even aprons can catch fire.
  • Be aware of items around the stovetop, move flammable items away from your stovetop.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke detector, you need to make sure your smoke detector is operable.
  • Never throw hot grease in the garbage can, it can cause something in the garbage can to catch on fire.
  • Extinguish candles, be sure to extinguish candle flames as soon as you are done in the kitchen.
  • Be prepared to put out a fire, the best thing to do if you have a stovetop fire is to put a proper fitting lid over the pan or pot to smother the fire.
  • Have an escape plan, include a meeting place once everyone is out of the home.
  • Stop, Drop, and Roll, if in the event that you do catch on fire- Stop where you are, Drop to the ground, and Roll.

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County are here to help you in case you experience fire damage in your home. 352.732.6630

Why SERVPRO? SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County have highly trained Employees

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of carper after being cleaned After being cleaned by our Highly Skilled Technicians.

Back in 1992 SERVPRO Corporate developed a National Training Center to teach restoration and mitigation skills to Franchise Owners, employee's and Insurance professionals.

New Franchise Training

A 15 day in-house training program designed primarily for new franchise owners but also a valuable course for franchise employee's. The program covers all aspects of: Fire restoration, Water restoration, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning, and Mold Remediation.

Employee Certification Training

The National Training Center offers employee training as a self-paced program to include, Crew training, Fire Restoration, Water Restoration, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning.

IICRC Training Program

SERVPRO is an approved IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) training school that offers year round classes in Carpet cleaning, Fire Restoration, Water Restoration, Applied Structural Drying, Mold Remediation and Oder Control.

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County are here 24/7, 365. Our Highly Skilled Employee's are ready for your Water, Fire or Mold damage needs.