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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.

Sewer back up in Bellview

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a bathroom where a sewer backed up through the toilet Sewer back up in a strip mall in Bellview.

What to do when your Sewer Backs Up.

When it comes to bad things like a sewer back up in your business, it's always smarter to be prepared. Know who your building facilitator is, know the City Maintenance number and know that SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County's number is 352-732-6630! 

There are two types of "Sewage"- that which goes down the toilet (and subsequently the sewer drain) and that which come from exterior sources like a storm sewer.

If you have effluent (liquid waste) or a storm sewer back up through a floor drain in your business the first step is to call the appropriate contact (Building manager, City maintenance) and your local Restoration Company. You will presumably have these numbers in your contacts so you wont be calling all over looking for the right person while one of the nastiest jobs in plumbing soaks into every crack and crevice in your business. 

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County are here to help if you experience a Sewer Event.

Commercial Water Damage

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of Hilton Hotel with SERVPRO truck in front We are "ready for any size disaster"!

Buildings are the biggest asset for every business owner; discovering structural damage of any type will surely be stressful and can affect your business for an extended time if not addressed immediately. As recently experienced by the Hilton Hotel here in Ocala, their call to SERVPRO of Ocala was answered and our Highly Skilled crews were on site and assessing the damage within an hour. Mitigation began immediately with the extraction of water from 5 floors and equipment set to start the drying process. 

After water has affected your business, mold can grow in as little as 24-48 hours. That is why it is so important to remove all excess water and humid conditions to dry your structure out. With our access to specialty drying equipment we here at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County are ready to help when your commercial building or business is affected by water.

Benefect Botanical Disinfectant

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a gallon jug of Benefect Disinfectant Safe and Effective, Benefect.

Here at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County we use Benefect because it is the first and only Botanical Hospital Disinfectant and Fungicide registered with the EPA.

How can a disinfectant that is Less Toxic than vinegar kill germs? It's about Thyme.

The active ingredient in Benefect is a highly specialized thyme oil (Thymol) that has natural germ-killing capabilities.

Benefect Disinfectant contains botanically pure plant extracts and had been proven to kill over 99.99% of bacteria, fungi, TB, and HIV. Benefect has been approved by the US EPA as a high-level disinfectant, fungicide, tuberculocide, and Virucide that requires no rinsing or wiping after application on any surface.

There are no label warnings or precautionary statements for use or disposal. So you can rest easy knowing that Benefect is completely safe to use around children, pets and the elderly with no side effects.