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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

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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. 

Moisture Meters: A Critical Tool in Water Damage Restoration in Belleview FL.

9/12/2019 (Permalink)

non penetrating Moisture Meter against wall showing the drywall is wet Our Trained and Skilled SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County Crew Chief Searching For Moisture Behind Drywall.

Why does SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County trained professionals use moisture meters in water damage repair at every step of every job? The answer is quite simple: moisture meters are used for moisture control to avoid mold build-up and to check moisture in floors, cabinets, walls (shown in photo) and other furnishings to avoid cracking, checking and warping. As we all know, mold can sometimes presents a health hazard. In addition, mold destroys building materials by extracting carbon-containing substances and using them as food. All organic matter can serve as a food source for mold: wood, wood-based products, plastics made from petroleum products, and building materials such as concrete and drywall. Mold grows on wet surfaces, in high relative humidity at moderate temperatures and gets its nourishment from the material on which it grows. In reality, to avoid mold, we can only control the wetness of the materials and the high humidity in the air. We will always make buildings out of concrete or wood and use other carbon-containing materials. And we will always live in comfortable, moderate temperatures. The only variables in the mold equation we can control are moisture and humidity. We usually do that by keeping buildings dry. Call SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County today if you think you have a moisture problem in your home or business. 352-732-6630

Hotels in Ocala, FL. Full With Hurricane Dorian Evacuees

9/6/2019 (Permalink)

Ocala Florida was inundated by thousands of people fleeing from Hurricane Dorian when the storm turned a deadly category 5 Mandatory evacuation orders caused residents to head north on interstate I-75 and the  Florida  turn pike. SERVPRO of Ocala has been in business in Ocala Florida since 1974 and we have the years of experience and training to help families and businesses recover from major hurricanes like Dorian. Also we are part of the SERVPRO National Storm Teams and can stay in touch with our local SERVPRO franchises all across Florida including South Florida where these folks have fled from hurricane Dorian seeking shelter in our fair city of Ocala. Our local insurance professionals, property managers, commercial businesses including Hotels know that they can call on SERVPRO of Ocala any time day or night to respond quickly to get their lives back to normal after a disaster.

Commercial Building Fire Damage Safety

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ocala Cleaning and Restoration sign placed on outside of fire damaged building SERVPRO of Ocala posted sign to make the public aware of our cleaning and restoration service in progress.

A fire can be one of the most destructive experiences to any building causing it to be closed down and unsafe for public use. SERVPRO of Ocala understands the need to make sure folks are aware that we are in the process of cleaning and restoring damaged commercial buildings whenever we are on site. Danger from the fire damaged material such as glass, metal, charred wood, unstable ceilings structures can be a real hazard to the unsuspecting visitor or the passer by. SERVPRO of Ocala must take the pre-cautions any time a commercial building is damaged to the point where we feel it may be unsafe. Besides signs posted on the building that SERVPRO of Ocala is on sire cleaning and restoring, caution tape is used to warn others Not To Trespass. The photo shows one of many signs on this fire damaged commercial building. Please visit our "Video" section of our website to see more of this damage building.

Emergency Ready Plan for Fire Damage, Ocala FL

8/5/2019 (Permalink)

Be Ready for Fire Damage with the SERVPRO ERP App.

Recently Mike Webb, SERVPRO of Ocala marketing Manager and Consultant has been asked to visit communities and share the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan App or ERP for short. One such location was a group of high end townhomes that Mike ended up creating an ERP for each owner. The local Community Association Manager who oversees these townhomes asked Mike to do this because of fire damages to these and many other homes in and around Marion County Florida that has happened in the past years. Central Florida is known for being the lighting capital of the U.S. along with other causes of fire damages. So it seemed to be a good idea to have these homeowner's as well as commercial facilities at least aware of the ERP program. Its important to have a plan of action to evacuate the structure during a fire but also a plan to respond quickly to recovery from such a disaster. And that's where the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan can really pay off.