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Know the 3 Categories of Water Damage

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

A photo showing the 3 categories of water damage The 3 Categories of Water Damage

SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County wants you to know what the 3 categories of water damage are:

Category 1 water damage refers to water damage that has been caused by water that came from a sanitary source—floods caused by broken water supply lines, a toilet tank, a faucet, or a failed water heater, for example, would fall into this category. 

Category 2 water damage includes water that is contaminated in some way, and could cause health effects if ingested. Grey water can come from instances like a washing machine overflow, a toilet overflow with urine, or a dishwasher overflow. In these cases, the water likely contains unsafe levels of microorganisms and/or a hospitable environment for the growth of microorganisms.

The highest level of water damage, Category 3 refers to damage caused by grossly unsanitary water. Black water contains human and/or animal waste, along with other contaminants that could cause severe health effects if ingested. Sources of Category 3 water damage can include sewer backup, flooding from rivers or streams, wind driven rain, water from beyond the toilet trap, and standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. 

SERVPRO of Ocala Helps Flood Victims in Connecticut

9/21/2021 (Permalink)

poster says when floods happen you need help When flooding happens you need immediate help

SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County sent crews to Connecticut to help with flooding when Hurricane Ida hit the state. SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County has always been there with manpower and equipment to send out on storm duty. As a proud member of the SERVPRO national storm team, our SERVPRO professionals are ready to travel and stay for months away from family to help others who have been impacted by storms. We hear stories from storm damaged states like Connecticut and the families and commercial business that tell us how much they appreciate the hard work and long hours our crews put in everyday getting their properties back to preloss condition. Storm damage like flooding and water damage needs immediate response and SERVPRO of Ocala's storm teams delivers it. 

SERVPRO of Ocala provides full reconstruction services

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

before and after photos of a home living with drywall removed and bare studs and after with complete drywall and door cleaned We Provide A-Z Cleanup and Restoration Services

Not every restoration company can take your damage from start to finish. SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County has been cleaning and rebuilding all types of buildings from homes to high rises and all in between. Many building owners and homeowners are happy to know that they can place their needs into the hands of just one company who are professional and highly trained to rebuild  their damaged structure. Its one thing to provide 24 hours 7 days a week emergency response and enough to rebuild your property back to a pre loss condition. And sometimes when SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County get finished with the rebuild its turns out better than what it was before the damage occurred. So call SERVPRO at:            352-732-6630 for all you restoration needs.

Months Of Heavy Rain In Florida

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Streets over flooded with rain water Heavy Rains =Flooded Florida Streets

This year 2021 has seen a tremendous amount of rainfall in Florida. In less than 5 minutes 1/2 inch of rain fell in and round Ocala, Marion County Florida. Breaking a record just in the month of February alone. SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County continues to receive calls from residential and commercial customers because of flooding, and heavy rain intrusion. Also the large amount of humidity is taking its toll in way of mold growth inside and outside of buildings. A few quicks tips on keeping all this rain water away from and outside of your homes and facilities is to make sure you have gutter systems on the buildings to deviate the water away from the structure and make sure they are are never clogged. Also stucco siding can crack over time and needs to be sealed and repainted to keep moisture from seeping in.  

SERVPRO Commercial Project Manager

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO large tractor trailer filled with equipment  SERVPRO Large Loss Tractor Trailer on a Commercial Damage

The Commercial Project Manager (PM) is critical to the successful completion of a commercial project. The PM directs all operations of a designated project and provides the primary single point of contact for all materially interested parties. They are responsible for the project’s execution and completion. Some people even consider the Project Manager as the “general manager” of the project since they are responsible for such a variety of the outcomes such as profit and loss, production, safety, communication, completion timelines, and maintaining a good brand appearance. SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County has been successful over the year because we have on our team Jacob Cox as Commercial Project Manager and John Saskowski Reconstruction Project Manager. Both of these professionals have managed a variety of commercial disaster projects over the years to 100% complete and satisfied commercial clients.

HVAC Leaks Can Cause Water Damage

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Water Stains Around a Ceiling Air Vent Fail to maintain your HVAC system and it can cause water damage

Tips: How to prevent water damage caused by your HVAC system.

Change the Filter

 Changing the filter will help prevent the system from overworking, which can lead to the freezing of the coils.

Keep it Clean

Your air conditioner needs proper airflow to work effectively, so cleaning accumulated dirt on the exterior of the unit, or condenser, needs to be done at least once a year. Also make sure the condenser isn’t covered with anything or objects aren’t placed to close, to keep the airflow free-flowing

Maintaining the Drain Line

You will want to check that the water in your HVAC system is flowing freely to the drain. While the system is running, check that the condensation line is open and, if it’s not, make sure to clean the drainage holes. 

Install a Pump

By installing a condensation pump to your HVAC system, you will help excess water to flow into the proper disposal drain. Along with a pump, you can install a safety float which will automatically shut down the power to the system if condensation does start to build up. Doing this will ensure there is no risk of overflow

Call in the Professionals

If you notice stains on your ceiling or if your air vents have condensation or if they look dirty, Call SERVPRO of Ocala today for an inspection. 352-732-6630

What Can Happen After The Fire Is Put Out?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Bathroom filled with smoke and black soot everywhere The after effects of a fire and what to expect.

The after effects of a fire once it is put out and what to expect:

SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County professionals are trained and experienced in knowing what to expect after a fire is pout out and what kind of damage it causes. We have 47 years of on the job cleaning to know how to rid the following damages after the fire is out.

  1. Soot: Is the carbon byproduct of burnt materials, and it can be acidic and cause a lot of damage to porous and textured surfaces. Stone, grout, wood, carpet, and textiles are particularly vulnerable.
  2. Mold: Thrives in damp, dark places, which is often the case in properties after a fire. Once the moisture in the air interacts with mold spores, it produces mildew which is damaging to porous surfaces. 
  3. Rust: Will corrode your metal objects causing some items to become irreparable, or increasing your risk of electric shock in electrical items. 
  4. Odor: After a fire is overwhelming – the mixture of smoke and mildew creates a particularly putrid smell.

Is Your Roof Damaged By Storm Driven Winds?

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Shingles blown away and miss off a roof Missing Roof Shingles are a sure way of knowing you have storm damage from high winds

Entire Shingles Missing from the Roof
One of the easiest ways to tell that you have a wind damaged roof is the loss of entire shingles. If you find shingles in your yard or around your house, you’ll definitely want to have a professional come out and look at what else could cause you trouble. 

Cracks or Tears in a Flat, Rubber Roof
If you have a flat roof, look for missing pieces or tears in the material. Wind can lift up the material and rip it away or leave it with bubbles which hurts the integrity of the covering.

Damaged Soffit or Fascia
Like shingles, soffits and fascia keep water away from the roof, reducing the chances of getting a leak. When damaged, soffit and fascia can open your home up to water damage and stray critters snaking in. Wind can cause cracks, loose or bent areas or even blow off loose fascia entirely.

Chimneys
Is your chimney looking a little crooked? This should tip you off to a problem. Sometimes there is missing spots of lashing, which breaks the sealing around the chimney and lets in water.

Kitchen Fire and Protein Smell

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of a steak burning in an iron skillet on the stove Protein Fire and Smoke from burning foods will cause hard to remove odors.

One of the hardest and most offence smells is that of meat that is burning in your kitchen. A protein fire results from burning any protein rich fibers, such as those you find in most meat, or eggs. What’s so remarkable about protein fires is that they don’t actually look like fires.  They don’t have large flames and they don’t produce visible smoke. This is a result of the slow-cooking process used to cook protein rich foods.  The animal fat in protein burns down to a fine, nearly invisible mist. While you can’t see it, the mist will coat everything in a sticky, rancid residue.  It gets everywhere, coating your stovetop, clothes, carpets, tiles, and penetrating the paint on your walls.  Any porous surface soaks it up. Call SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County today to help rid your home of this fowl odor. 352-732-6630

Avoid Water Damage-Learn How To Turn Off Your Water

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

close up photo of a main water turn off valve Do You Know How To Turn Off Your Main Water Line?

Do you know how to shut off the water valve to avoid water damage in your home or business? If you’ve never checked out your water valve before, you are at risk of water damage should you ever have a plumbing emergency. You’ll need to shut off the water to the entire house if:

  • There is no local shut off valve by the area or appliance in question
  • You need to shut off the water to the entire house whenever you leave for an extended period of time.
  • Your washing machine breaks and is overflowing with water
  • Your water heater breaks down and is leaking or overflowing with water
  • A pipe breaks and is leaking water

That’s why you’ll need to learn how to shut off the main water valve and will want to make sure all teenagers (who might be home alone) know how to turn it off as well. 

SERVPRO of Ocala uses Electrostatic Fog for COVID Cleaning

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO professional using an Electrostatic Fogger SERVPRO Professional using an Electrostatic Fogger

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County has been using Electrostatic foggers for excellent surface cleaning. Electrostatic is the process of spraying an electrostatically charged mist onto surfaces and objects. Electrostatic spray uses a specialized solution that is combined with air and atomized by an electrode inside the sprayer. Subsequently, the spray contains positively charged particles that are able to aggressively adhere to surfaces and objects. Because the particles in the spray are positively charged, they cling to and coat any surface they’re aimed at.

For awkwardly shaped objects or hard to reach places, cleaning staff only have to point and spray; the nature of the mist allows it to coat surfaces evenly, and envelope objects—even if the mist is only sprayed from one side. After the spray is applied, the sanitizing agent works to disinfect the covered surfaces. For this reason, electrostatic spray is an excellent solution for germ and contaminant ridden areas.

Desiccant Dehumidifiers Used On Large Commercial Water Damages

8/11/2021 (Permalink)

Large Green SERVPRO Desiccant Dehumidifier on a Trailer SERVPRO Desiccant Dehumidifier mounted on a Trailer

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County have used large commercial Desiccant Dehumidifiers just about every year. Desiccant dehumidifiers work by using a large desiccant wheel to adsorb moisture from the process air stream. As the process air is dried, the moisture content of the wheel rises. To remove this moisture the wheel is in constant rotation and a second air stream is heated and passed through the wheel. This heated air steam picks up the moisture from the wheel, in turn drying the wheel so it is reactivated and able to continue to dry the process air. Desiccant dehumidifiers are one of two main types of dehumidifiers. The other common type is a condensing dehumidifier. These are often used for pools or damp basements. Desiccant dehumidifier excel in dryer environments compared to condensing dehumidifiers, and are essential for low dew point applications.

SERVPRO of Ocala Performs Commercial HVAC & Air Duct Cleaning and Sanitizing

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Commercial HVAC and Air Duct Cleaning is very important to commercial facilities and SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County knows how clean and sanitize Commercial Air Ducts. Paying for heating and cooling in a commercial space is not cheap. Utility bills for companies easily exceed thousands of dollars. By getting commercial HVAC cleaning yearly, the build-up of grime is reduced. The air conditioner and furnace units do not have to work as hard to maintain comfortable temperatures. Implementing regular air duct cleaning services alleviates any undue burden on your temperature regulation systems. Rather than forcing around copious amounts of dirt, dust, and pollen, cleaning them allows the system to push airflow without resistance. SERVPRO of Ocala also is very successful in sanitizing your HVAC and Air Duct system as well Call to day to schedule a no cost inspection.      352-732-6630

Florida Lighting Capital of The U.S. in Ocala, FL.

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of lighting at night Florida Is Known For Lighting Strikes Which Causes Fire Damages

Here in Central Florida, SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County has responded to its share of fire damages caused by lighting strikes. Storms rumble in and out of our area all the time year after year. Beside the high winds and flooding rains, lighting strikes during storms are a large cause of fire damage. Lightning is a giant spark of electricity in the atmosphere between clouds, the air, or the ground. In the early stages of development, air acts as an insulator between the positive and negative charges in the cloud and between the cloud and the ground. When the opposite charges build up enough, this insulating capacity of the air breaks down and there is a rapid discharge of electricity that we know as lightning. (The actual breakdown process is still poorly understood.) The air breakdown creates ions and free electrons that travel down the conducting channel. This current flow temporarily equalizes the charged regions in the atmosphere until the opposite charges build up again.

SERVPRO proud to offer SERVPROXIDE

8/5/2021 (Permalink)

photo of the SERVPRO developed product ServprOXIDE SERVPRO of Ocala Is Proud Of Our Very Own Disinfecting product: SERVPROXIDE

SERVPRO of Ocala wants everyone to know and be aware of a highly successful product developed  and used by SERVPRO. Called SERVPROOXIDE. When used as directed, SERVPROXIDE disinfectant kills a wide variety of harmful pathogens while being safe enough for everyday cleaning. It carries EPA’s lowest toxicity rating and is NSF-rated for use on food contact surfaces with no rinse required. Designed to disinfect on hard surfaces, SERVPROXIDE also effectively sanitizes soft surfaces and neutralizes odors on fabrics and carpets. Now available on Amazon Business, SERVPROXIDE is the first product SERVPRO has sold directly to customers in the company’s 50-plus year history. Select product offerings will also include Cleaned with SERVPRO Disinfectants window sticker for businesses to display to provide additional safety assurances to their customers.

Clogged Gutters Causes Water Damage

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

Photo of leaves clogging gutters on a roof of a house Clogged Gutters Can Cause Water Damage!

Here's a very important tip from your friends at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County: Inspect Your Gutters To Make Sure They Are Allowing Water To Flow Off and Away From Your Home.

Water damage from clogged gutters is one of the most common but least expected home maintenance issues. The status quo inside gutters is generally invisible to most homeowners. Gutter problems often aren’t evident until heavy rainfall causes conspicuous overflow. Once the gutters are no longer conveying roof runoff to the downspouts so it can be properly diverted from the home, a number of repercussions occur, and all of them are bad for the structure of your house. Exterior siding, like Stucco, isn’t made to resist a torrent of water running down its surface. Rainwater gushing from a clogged gutter often cascades down the wall, permeates the interior wall void, then leaks into living spaces.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Building From A to Z

8/4/2021 (Permalink)

A photo of the SERVPRO orange house Logo with fire and water We Are The Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration Experts

Many folks may not know this but every fire and water damage clean-up company does not provide the skills and expertise for 100% damage recovery. SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County has been cleaning and rebuilding residential and commercial buildings for well over 20 years. When you hire SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County you not only have the besting cleaning and restoring company around but also General Contracting services to rebuild your facility back to the pre loss condition before the damage. Hand us the keys to your problems and we'll hand them back to you with a new clean rebuild building. Not many local companies can provide such complete services. It's one thing to provide highly trained professionals to clean up fire, water and mold damage and quite another to have highly trained construction supervisors and skilled labor. We provide your needs from A to Z. Call us today 352-732-6630   

Hurricane Elsa July 2021 and SERVPRO Ready

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

Map of Hurricane Elsa tracking towards Florida Hurricane Elsa's Track

SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County is STORM READY! Customers where blowing up our phones when Hurricane Elsa was making landfall the next day. SERVPRO of Ocala professionals visited areas face to face with our clients that we determined the storm might impact to make sure our customers would feel confident that SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County was ready to roll in once the storm rolled out. This type of customer service and dedications is what keeps SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County the most preferred restoration company in central Florida. Now going into our 47th year of servicing both commercial and residential customers. Our Office staff, Production staff, Restoration staff and Storm Marketing Consultants were and always will be STORM READY whenever the need arises. 

SERVPRO of Ocala is Here To Help

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned table tents on top of a table Show everyone that your facility or home has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned

SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County Cleaning Professionals.

 This is a reminder to our customers that we are specialists in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

Specialized Training

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your home or business, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform on a daily basis.

The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables. Other spaces mentioned in the CDC’s guidance for commercial spaces include:

  • Kitchen/Food Areas
  • Bathrooms
  • Schools/Classrooms
  • Offices
  • Retail Spaces
  • Water Fountains
  • Shelving/Racks
  • Sales Counters
  • Carpets and Rugs
  • Stair Handrails
  • Elevator Cars
  • Playground Equipment
  • Fitness Equipment

Specialized Products

The CDC recommends usage of a labeled hospital-grade disinfectant with claims against similar pathogens to the coronavirus. Multiple products in the SERVPRO product line carry the EPA-approved emerging pathogens claims. While there is currently no product tested against this particular strain of the coronavirus, we are following all guidelines as provided by the CDC and local authorities.

Call Today for a Proactive Cleaning

If your home or business needs deep cleaning services, call the experts today. SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County                      352-732-6630

SERVPRO of Ocala uses Thermal Imaging for Moisture Detection

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

Image of moisture looking through a thermal camera A moisture problem photo taken by using thermal imaging.

With the growing concern about mold damage and associated health problems, inspectors are becoming increasingly vigilant in checking for areas of moisture within the confines of the building envelope. Weather related damage and flooding, and subsequent mold growth, have also escalated the need for tools that can facilitate fast and accurate moisture investigations.

Moisture in a residential home

There are a number of areas where moisture can accumulate that are often overlooked in typical inspection processes, or require extensive damage to the property to find them. That is why SERVPRO of Ocala uses thermal imaging as part of their building inspection regimen.

Using infrared cameras (or thermal imagers) to detect moisture and building failures is a relatively new but rapidly growing practice in inspection and insurance circles. In the past, infrared technology has successfully been used to detect roof failures as well as in the fire and water restoration industry.

Rooms full of drying EQ for any size Water Damage

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

room and shelves with air movers drying equipment One area in our Wearhouse stocked with drying equipment for any size water damage

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County has been responding to all types and sizes of water damages for the last 40 years. No matter if its residential or large commercial spaces, SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of Marion County has the equipment, manpower, years of training and experience to meet the demand. Over the 40 plus years we have accumulated a vast amount of drying equipment needed to respond to storm damages even taking trailers full of equipment out of state to help families and businesses recover from water damages due to hurricanes, etc. Now that its that time of year again for Florida to be prepared for Hurricane season, you can trust we are ready for whatever happens because we are always stocked  to help you recover from any size water damage.

Sealing and Painting for Odor Removal

5/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Professional sealing and painting for odor removal SERVPRO of Ocala Professional Sealing and Painting to help eliminate odor

Fire Damage, Smoke Damage or even the common cigarette odor can reek havoc within any home or business. That's why SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County are always training and have become proficient in Fire and Smoke damage restoration and odor removal. Its not as simple as it may sound to cleanup after a fire damage, smoke damage or ever long term cigarette smoking in a structure. Indoor air quality can be and often is seriously compromised. That is why you need professionals like SERVPRO Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration to make sure every bit of soot, fire damage material and odor is completely and safely removed from you home or business. Sealing and painting the structure is just one in  many the steps needed for a successful fire damage cleanup and odor removal project.

Condo Fire in Ocala, FL

5/11/2021 (Permalink)

Second story condo fire damage of 2 units The result of fire damage that spread through multiple condo units

Fire damage can be very devastating displacing families and disrupting lives. SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County has been cleaning and restoring fire damaged property both residential and commercial for more than 40 years. Its not easy getting smoke odor out of material and bringing back the home to a safe and clean air quality. SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County professionals are constantly training and using the latest fire damage cleanup equipment and methods of mitigation. Years of on the job experience cleaning fire damage and restoration of facilities cannot be overstated. So you can put your trust in the fire damage clean up and restoration specialist working hard at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County    

Commercial COVID Cleaning

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO sign that reads "Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned" Our "Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned" sign and window stickers we leave as a small way of showing this commercial facility was cleaned by SERVPRO

Did you know that SERVPRO was called upon to clean the White House to make sure it was disinfected and ready to be occupied? You can see the video which aired on ABC news January 20, 2021. So its no wonder why thousands of Commercial  facilities are reaching out to SERVPRO for their cleaning and disinfecting needs. Local business here in Ocala and surrounding counties have been calling our local office SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County and we are very proud to respond to our communities. In the photo which accompanies this blog post is our "Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned" sign that we leave behind once we have completed the cleaning and disinfecting. This is a small way we wish to help the commercial facility, employees and the public feel confident that the nation's leading cleaning and disinfecting professionals have been called upon to assist in producing a safe clean environment. 

Storm Damage in Wildwood, FL

5/6/2021 (Permalink)

Large tree on top of a house roof from storm damage A sudden storm burst with high winds and rain pushed over this tree on top of a local house in Wildwood, FL.

Storms here in Florida come in all types of sizes, shapes and force. It doesn't have to be a Hurricane to be destructive. The photo shows a large old oak tree that had fallen on the house by a sudden burst of high winds and heavy rains. This type of storm can happen anytime day or night and take a homeowner by surprise. SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County is always prepared for such unexpected damages. Through our 46 years in business we have built solid relationships with many types of trades like tree removal companies and roofers, plumbers and electricians. One call to SERVPRO and we can bring to your doorsteps all the much needed talent to help make your damage "Like it never even happened." Call 352-732-6630

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

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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.

Home Maintenance

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of dinning room wood floor with water on it For a water event give us a call at 352.732.6630

You have made an significant investment in your home so why not learn some basic home maintenance. These are a few tips you can do yearly to keep that investment operating the way it should and avoid any possible water event that could damage your investment.

  • Clean your gutters, most people dont think about them as they are usually out of sight. It is recommended that you clean them twice a year.
  • Check under your sinks, look for leaks around the drain pipes.
  • Check your water lines, sinks, toilets, dishwashers, and washing machines all have water supply lines. Visually check to see if there are any leaks. 
  • Water Heater, check for leaks around the valves and drain.
  • HVAC, call a professional to do a system check and look for any damage.

A failure at any one of these can result in a water event that may cause some costly damage.

How we choose Drying Methods.

7/31/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a hallway with flooring removed Non salvageable flooring removed.

With all the advancements in drying and with new techniques and equipment, almost all materials can be dried after it has been affected due to a water event.

Our highly trained technicians take into consideration many factors when making a decision on what can and cannot be dried.

  • Contamination: This is the first thing our technicians look at. If for example a porous object or material has been exposed to a sewer back up it cannot be cleaned and must be disposed of. Safety of our clients and technicians is a priority.
  • Damage: If materials have been damaged beyond the possibility of being fully repaired after drying they are removed.
  • Cost: Our technicians will always consider the cost when determining whether an object should be dried or replaced. 

Once all of these factors have been considered our highly skilled technicians can begin the restoration process.

Lightning Safety

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of lightning in the night sky Mother natures deadly light show.

With the recent Thunderstorms that have been rolling through, we here at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County would like to remind everyone about Lightning Safety.

Outdoor Safety

  • If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away.
  • Do not go under trees for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm.
  • Wait at least 30 minutes after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter.
  • Stay away from windows and doors. Stay off porches.
  • There is no place safe outside. Places with only a roof on sports fields, golf courses, and picnic areas are not safe during a lightning storm. Small sheds should not be used.
  • If a person is struck by lightning, call 911. Get medical help right away.

Electrical Safety

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of electrical outlet that has been overloaded. Be Electrically Safe.

A friendly reminder from your friends here at SERVPRO of Ocala on Electrical Safety.

Home Electrical Fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International.

Safety Tips:

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
  • When buying or remodeling, have an inspection done by a qualified private inspector.
  • Only use one heat-producing appliance plugged into an outlet at a time.
  • Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
  • Have Arc-fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) installed.
  • Use Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and basements.
  • Test both AFCIs and GFCIs onece a month.
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not cracked, frayed or other wise damaged.
  • Use the right wattage light bulbs that your fixtures are rated for.

Tornadoes

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a water spout near Tampa We are here for any storm damage you may incur. 352.732.6630

Being a recent transplant to this state I was well aware of the frequency of Thunder & Lightning Storms, and also Hurricanes but I never gave Tornadoes much of a thought. I recently learned that Florida has more Tornadoes per 10,000 square miles than any other state!

In Florida Tornadoes can strike any time of the year and are most common in the summertime. Summertime tornadoes tend to be very weak and are generally rated EF-0. Many of these tornadoes are waterspouts that move on shore and fall apart. The strongest Tornadoes are most likely between February-April usually within a squall line.

Here in the Ocala area we are in a moderate risk area. Not a lot of that activity happening here, but we here at SERVPRO of Ocala would like to pass on a few safety tips just in case.

  • Get In- Get in a sturdy building and put as many walls between you and the outside as possible.
  • Get Down- Get as low in the building as possible.
  • Cover Up- Flying and falling debris are a storm's number on killer. Use blankets, pillows, helmets, etc to cover up and protect yourself.

Mold on your insulation

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a piece of Icynene foam insulation with mold on it Suspicious microbial growth on Icynene foam.

Recently here at SERVPRO of Ocala we were invited to do an inspection for suspected water damage in a tub/shower combination by a local home owner. During our visit the home owner also mentioned that he thought that he had mold in his attic on the Icynene foam insulation. Indeed on inspection of the attic we did observe a dark substance on the surface of the insulation.

The factors that can encourage mold growth on or in Foam insulation are:

1. There is moisture present in or on the insulating material.

2. There are air leaks in the spray foam insulation, air leaks through such openings may bring moisture as well as organic dust that invite mold growth.

3. There is organic material, possibly simple house dust (dominated by fabric fibers and skin cells) on the surface of the insulation.

4. There is another, more significant mold reservoir.

SERVPRO of Ocala here for all of your water, fire, or mold needs. Give us a call at 352.732.6630

Suggested guidelines to address Water Intrusion.

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of person standing in water on an exam room floor. We are ready to respond to any water intrusion.

There are several sources of water intrusion, the most common are from roof leaks, pipe breaks, sewer back ups, flooding from outside of the building. Regardless of the source water intrusions must be dealt with in an expeditious manner in order to prevent the development of potentially serious indoor environmental quality problems.

Water causing damage to a building can be assigned to categories depending on its source.

Category 1 is from a clean water source such as a sink over flow, broken water line and has the lowest health risk.

Category 2 is from a water source that has a significant degree of contamination due to its source, such as a storm drain backup, treated cooling water, and some surface water.

Category 3 is highly contaminated water from sewers, some rivers, sea water, and some surface water.

SERVPRO of Ocala's highly trained technicians are available to respond to what ever category water intrusion you may experience quickly and effectively 24/7. 352.732.6630

SERVPRO of Ocala is ready when storms hit!

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a parking lot with person walking through waist deep water We are ready to handle your storm damage needs.

Here at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County we have highly trained crews and specialized equipment to help restore your property to pre-storm condition.

Being that we are locally owned and operated we can respond quickly and with the right resources we can minimize the damage to your property.

If a major storm hits Ocala and the surrounding areas we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flood. With access to a network of over 1700 franchises across the country and Canada we can access equipment and personnel in quantities to get the job done. We also have access to elite disaster recovery teams that are place strategically across the United States.

Storm or Flood damage give SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County a call at 352.732.6630

Storm Season: What we do to Prepare!

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of enclosed trailer loaded with equipment for storm damage to include air movers and dehumidifiers. We are ready, give us a call at 352.732.6630

With the storm season already in full swing here in Florida I thought I would let you know what we here at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County are continuously doing to stay prepared in the event that you may experience any storm damage.

Our already highly skilled crews are involved in daily training to keep them at the top of their game.

All of our equipment is checked to make sure it is all in working order and there is no damage such as frayed cords etc.

As equipment is brought into the warehouse from completed  jobs it is cleaned per CDC guidelines for Covid-19 with EPA approved agents.

All of our vans and trailers are loaded with equipment and materials for board-ups, tarps for roofs etc.

With the possibility of Isaias rolling into town later this week or early next week you can rest assured the we here at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County are prepared to respond quickly to any damage you may incur.

Carpet cleaning

7/29/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a SERVPRO van with a truck mounted carpet cleaning machine Call SERVPRO of Ocala at 352.732.6630

Having your carpets cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning service has many advantages. The number one advantage is it will extend the life of your carpet, dirt left in your carpet acts like sandpaper on the fibers when walked on.

Regular cleaning also Contributes to a Healtheir Environment by removing dust and allergens that get trapped in the carpet fibers which can find their way into the breathing air where they may cause respiratory problems.

Complete removal of dirt and bacteria. Whereas regular vacuuming only removes the surface dirt allowing debris that is embedded in the fibers to stay until it is professionally cleaned.

Another great advantage is professional carpet cleaning can remove some tough stains such as coffee, dirt and mud, ink, pet stains, red wine to name a few.

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County can professionally clean your commercial carpet to enhance its overall appearance.

Storm Season, are you prepared?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of Palm trees on the beach bent over from blowing winds Hurricane Season is here.

With an already active storm season and the possible 9th named storm approaching we here at SERVPRO of Ocala wanted to remind everyone to be prepared. A good survival kit would include:

Water

Non perishable food

Flashlights

Battery powered radio

Extra batteries

First Aid kit

Extra Medications

Multipurpose tool

Personal hygiene products

Copies of personal documents

Cell phone and charger

Family and emergency contact information

Extra cash

Emergency blanket

Map of area

Baby supplies

Pet supplies

Tools and supplies for securing the home

Extra set of keys, car and home

Extra clothing, hat, and shoes

Insect repellent and sun screen

Camera for taking pictures of any damage

In addition to these items you should make sure you have a safe and secure shelter that is not in the inundation zone.

SERVPRO of Ocala is available for any of your damage needs 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Proactive cleaning for your Business

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

During these unprecedented times of Covid-19, SERVPRO of Ocala is here to help with your cleaning and disinfecting needs. Covid-19 has affected the way we operate and do business.

Proactive cleaning for your Business

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of bulletin for proactive cleaning listing commercial facilities We are here for you 24/7.

During these unprecedented times of Covid-19, SERVPRO of Ocala is here to help with your cleaning and disinfecting needs. Covid-19 has affected the way we operate and do business. SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County have professionally trained specialist following the highest cleaning and sanitation standards.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has set protocols for cleaning and disinfecting your business that SERVPRO of Ocala follows. We go beyond the scope of regular janitorial staff and cleaning companies. 

The CDC recomends cleaning of high touch surfaces which include door handles, tabletops, desk tops, light switches, counter tops, phones, bathroom fixtures, handrails, toilets, tablets, keyboards. Other areas to include retail spaces, shelving, fitness equipment, playground equipment.

SERVPRO of Ocala has the recommended EPA approved cleaning products with claims against similar pathogens to Covid-19. We follow all local and CDC guidelines.

For Proactive cleaning and Sanitizing call SERVPRO of Ocala at 352-732-6630

Don't think you are immune from a slab leak

7/10/2020 (Permalink)

Professional air movers and dehumidifier in master bathroom drying walls, floors and cabinets Master bathroom water damage dry-out due to slab leak.

As the owner of SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County I have seen thousands of water damages over our 46 years in business. From sprinkler heads popping off and flooding multi story buildings to small air conditioning leaks we have seen them all, so we think.  But it is a little different when it happens in your own home. 

As a professional restoration company owner and operator we encourage and expect our employees to be sympathetic even empathetic to our customers situations.  As much as I may think I can empathize with my customers I have recently learned I have not always been understanding as I should have been.  

I recently woke up early, one Ocala morning to the sound of water running but knowing everyone else was asleep in the house.  I walked toward the master bathroom when I felt that cold squish between my toes of wet carpet. After entering the master bathroom I checked all of the fixtures and shutoff's for a leak or broken supply line.  I then realized I, like so many of our Marion County customers, was the victim of a slab leak.  A slab leak is a water leak from pipes routed under a concrete slab.  When a pipe ruptures under a slab the water pressurizes the ground and will eventually follow the path of least resistance.  Unfortunately the water often follows the plumbing pipe through a protective sleeve into your home. 

After the initial shock wore off I was able to gather my thoughts and shut off the water to the house, wake the family and start the water mitigation process until my SERVPRO employees, my heroes were able to take over.

If you are ever faced with a water damage in Ocala or Marion County please check out our website for Do's and Don'ts and other helpful tips on what to do during a water damage and call the company that has done it thousands of times.  Don't let a small water damage turn into a larger mold problem.  I will keep you updated on our progress as we go through the restoration process.  When we tell you we understand what you are going through believe me, we know what you are going through from both ends. 

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

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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.     

SERVPRO of Ocala 45 Years in Business 1974-2019 in Ocala, FL.

7/26/2019 (Permalink)

45 Years Plaque Awarded to SERVPRO of Ocala

This year 2019, SERVPRO of Ocala is celebrating 45 years helping residential home owners and commercial businesses recover from all types of damages. Roger and Dorothy Williams opened the doors of this SERVPRO franchise in 1974 starting with carpet cleaning. As the years pasted and more family members joined in to grow the business, SERVPRO of Ocala begin to offer Fire, Water and Mold clean up. The Williams family trained and learned the SERVPRO method of Fire Water Cleanup and Restoration and soon their reputation of excellent customer service was proven time after time. Today the second generation of the Williams family owned and operated by their son, Greg Williams, had their largest growth of business in 2018. More and more Marion County Florida families and businesses are learning that a call to SERVPRO of Ocala means first rate services with a track record of success.       

Low Rise Commercial Water Damage in Ocala, FL

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ocala Crews Responding to Low Rise Water Damage-Built 1931

SERVPRO of Ocala was called out early morning because of a large water damage that begin on the top floor (7th floor) and ran down all floors and even the elevator shaft. Our crews worked non stop extracting water from top to bottom of this low rise, seven floor building. Also the manpower it takes to haul up flights of stairs all the dehumidifiers, air movers, air scrubbers, trash cans for collecting water etc. because the elevator was out of service. Special drying equipment had to be placed in all areas because the building build in the 1931 and the walls are made of plaster. Wet material was taken out of the building as well as the many offices effected by the water. This means many businesses were shut down temporary while crews extracted water from all the offices in this low rise. Also the drying equipment displaced business owners and employees for a few days. Power boxes had to be used throughout this structure to supply the much needed electricity to run all the drying equipment.  

Small Water Damages-The Water You Can't See Ocala, FL.

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Water on The Floor Can Hide Behind Walls, Etc.

SERVPRO of Ocala is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. Even though it seemed small and your floors may not be carpet or wood, water can migrate into placed you never see. Like the water damage seen here in the photo, the water is running up under walls and cabinets and cabinets are more likely to deteriorate and come apart! The human eye and hand cannot detect hidden water. Call SERVPRO of Ocala and they will track down the water you don't see and mitigate the damage before it worsens. Call Today: 352-732-6630 

Kitchen Fire, Smoke and Odor-Ocala Fl.

7/10/2019 (Permalink)

Strong Odor Throughout This Home

This home in Ocala Florida suffered a kitchen fire from cooking and the oil getting too hot. Flames burst all over the area causing smoke and soot to fly everywhere. Lucky the homeowner was able to put it out but not before it damage the kitchen cabinets and microwave. SERVPRO of Ocala was called in to help. Since 1974 SERVPRO of Ocala has been helping homes and business with all types of fire smoke and soot damage. We have the training and equipment to make fire damage seem "Like it never even happened." We are also trained to help prevent fires, like professional Dryer Vent Cleaning as well as HVAC and Air Duct Cleaning and Sanitizing.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage? Call Us Today – SERVPRO of Ocala (352)732-6630

SERVPRO of Ocala Storm Teams Hurricane Damage

7/7/2019 (Permalink)

Homes Close to Water Suffer Hurricane Damage

Homes like the one in the photo that are very close to the water can suffer the most water intrusion. Living close to water can be both beautiful and risky. The SERVPRO of Ocala storm team encountered a good number of home like the one pictured having sustained a good amount of water intrusion from winds driving the water into the homes that are the closest to water. While the outside of the home does not show much damage the after effects of so much water getting into the home caused a great amount of material damage. When the houses sets for days because the owner can not get back in, mold growth is what takes place. Now beside water damage mold is causing further destruction. More demolition of walls, cabinets, counter tops doors, etc. now needs to be performed to start the drying and then disinfecting of the damaged areas. SERVPRO of Ocala is proud to be part of the SERVPRO national storm teams and come to the aid of folks in times like this. 

SERVPRO of Ocala Offers 10% OFF HVAC & Air Duct Cleaning & Sanitizing in Marion County, Florida

7/6/2019 (Permalink)

CALL 352-732-6630 to Schedule Your HVAC & Air Duct Cleaning Today and Receive 10% Off Invoice

Hot Summer Months means your HVAC Air System is working hard to keep your house cool and dry. However years of dirt and debris will build up in your HVAC and Air Ducts causing poor indoor air quality and perhaps a systems not running at it's peak performance. That is why your local SERVPRO of Ocala franchise folks are offering 10% discount off the invoice of our Residential HVAC & Air Ducts Cleaning and Sanitizing. SERVPRO of Ocala is known for cleaning up disasters so whenever our team of professionals gets to clean and rid a home of dirt not caused by any type of disaster we really go the distance. Call today to schedule our SERVPRO of Ocala professional to visit your home, inspect your HVAC system and write you a proposal for your HVAC & Air Duct Cleaning and Sanitizing. This 10% discount will run all year long so take advantage of it now. Call 352-732-6630

IICRC Standard Guidelines for Water Damage Categories Ocala, FL.

7/5/2019 (Permalink)

Choose SERVPRO of Ocala for IICRC Trained Professionals

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:

Water Damage and Drying Equipment-Ocala, FL.

7/4/2019 (Permalink)

Drying Equipment Needed For Water Damage

Sometimes it takes a lot of drying equipment to dry older buildings like the one in the photo. SERVPRO of Ocala crews are trained to use what is called a "Drying Work Book" this helps determine the number of drying equipment need to completely dry down a wet saturated structure and material. Some material like plaster takes a lot of equipment to get the structure back to normal. Also building that are "cut up" in many smaller rooms can be a challenge as well for the SERVPRO professional to make sure we don't leave any material wet. The photo shows a lot of rooms and contents as well as carpet that all had to be considered and make sure no out of the way areas were missed. SERVPRO of Ocala crews are trained to prevent mold from growing once we are finished the drying and leave the job site. Everyday the Crew Chief must monitor the drying equipment at their jobs to make sure progress is being made. Equipment is then removed from the areas that return to a normal conditions once the drying equipment has done its job. This building was no exception only that the equipment had to be moved and placed in other locations to dry all areas.   

Drying, Cleaning and Sanitizing After A Hurricane in Panama City, FL.

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Drying, Air Scrubbing and Sanitizing

After a hurricane like Michael the one Florida suffered in 2018, it takes a lot of hard work, expertise and the right equipment to get a structure back to a safe and normal living environment. SERVPRO of Ocala storm teams are experienced in restoring building that have bio hazard damage due to contaminated water intrusion. Flooding due to a hurricane brings in the water that is contaminated. The water also sets and fills into porous material that soon corrodes. Mold begins to grow and soon the indoor environment becomes unhealthy. SERVPRO of Ocala crews are trained to do as much as they can after a hurricane to get the home clean enough to start the rebuilding process. The photo shows the equipment used to keep the air in a cleaning mode while the dehumidifier is drying the structure and the disinfectant is applied. This is just one small area of the home that is seen in the photo that is being treated. Imagine how much work equipment and sanitizing efforts are needed to complete the entire square footage of this Florida home.  

Products to Help Clean Mold in Ocala, FL.

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Clean and Mold Free Structure After SERVPRO of Ocala Did Their Thing!

Our "Thing" is to make a mold damage seem "Like it never even happened." and the photo shows just how clean and mold free a home or business can be once SERVPRO of Ocala does our Thing! As a professional Fire and Water Cleanup and Restoration company there are many weapons at our disposal to use to clean and disinfect.  Mold staining can remain on surfaces affected by mold even after the mold has been removed. Concrobium Mold Stain Remover is one of the products that we often use on mold projects for stain removal. This product is designed to effectively eliminate mold staining. This stain remover can clean the toughest mold staining and separates mold from the surface for remediation. Once the Concrobium has been applied, we let it dry and begin HEPA vacuuming and wiping affected surfaces. Using this solution, stops the need for materials to be physically removed if possible. Our SERVPRO of Ocala crews are trained to use a lot of old fashion elbow grease and products like Concrobium to help clean and restore the structure we are working on. 

College Gymnasium Water Damage in Ocala, FL.

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Large College Gym Suffers Hard Rain Damage

SERVPRO of Ocala crews were called out when this local large college gymnasium was flooded when strong winds and heavy rains covered the Marion County Florida areas. The college was having their gym commercial roof replaced. The roofers had left for the weekend and had placed plastic tarps and sand bags to cover the roof where they had not finished. No one ever thought a sudden rain storm so violent would dump tons of water so fast. Theses types of rain events are common in Florida moving fast but bring heavy rains and winds. Many other buildings in Ocala Florida were damaged that same night. Its just unfortunate that the roof of this college gym was not finished and the strong winds blew the tarps and moved the sand bags to allow much water to get inside and onto the Gym wood floors.    

Hurricane Preparedness Tips from SERVPRO of Ocala in Ocala, Florida

7/2/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane Season in Ocala, Florida- Are You Ready?

***Contact anyone you know outside the area of the Hurricane before and after the storm***

  • Non-perishable food (enough to last at least 3 days)
  • Water (enough to last at least 3 days) Fill up bathtubs
  • First-aid kit (include any prescription medication you may need)
  • Personal hygiene items and sanitation items
  • Flashlights (have extra batteries on hand)
  • Battery or Crank Type operated radio (again, have extra batteries)
  • Waterproof container with cash and important documents
  • Manual can opener -Lighter or matches
  • Books, magazines, games for recreation
  • Special needs items: pet supplies and baby supplies if applicable
  • Coolers and ice packs
  • A plan for evacuation (When to leave-How to leave-Where to go)

Securing Your Home

  •    Although tape can prevent glass from shattering everywhere, be warned that tape does not prevent the window from breaking.
  • Make sure all trees and shrubs are trimmed and clear rain gutters.
  • Reinforce your garage doors? (See if you have a Wind Load sticker on your Garage Doors)
  • Bring in all outdoor furniture, garbage cans, decorations, and anything else that is not tied down.
  • If winds become strong, stay away from windows and doors and close, secure and brace internal doors.

Power Outages

  • Gas: Make sure your tank is full far in advance of an approaching storm.
  • ATMS: Have extra cash on hand in the event no ATMS in your area are accessible or working.
  • Cell Phones: Charge your cell phone and limit use after power is out.
  • A/C: This can be the most uncomfortable side effect of losing power during a storm. Try to prevent as much light from entering and warming the house by covering up your windows on the inside.
  • Food: Turn your fridge temperature down and/or freeze any food or drinking water that can be frozen if you expect a power outage.

Quick Response to an ERP Commercial Client

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Quick Response ERP Commercial

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) for Commercial Facilities was used by one of our clients when the water drinking fountain pipe broke in the wall. The staff at this health center came in the next morning to find half the building flooded. They used shop vacuums, mops and towels to try to stop the damage from getting worse. They quickly gave up and called SERVPRO of Ocala because of their ERP in place and that this size of a water damage is too large for them to mitigate. The SERVPRO of Ocala team loaded with drying equipment, man power and expertise to extract the water arrived with in an hour. The marketing manager got on the premises first to assess the damage and begin the communication regarding emergency mitigation and restoration with the client. The ERP client was very, very impressed with the response time and how in sync the SERVPRO of Ocala team acted in the overall process.   

Healthcare Summit 2019 in Marion County, Florida

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Mike Webb SERVPRO of Ocala Consultant and Healthcare Client

The 2019 Healthcare Facility Summit was held again this year at the Marion County Emergency Operations Center. The reason for the summit is to help prepare healthcare facilities for hurricanes, storms, sinkholes, shooter incidents etc. Table top exercises are held during this event as well. SERVPRO of Ocala's Mike Webb Marketing Manager and Consultant was on hand to give a description of the services provided by SERVPRO of Ocala, especially the Emergency Ready Plan (ERP)  for commercial facilities. There were in attendance some of SERVPRO of Ocala's clients who have Emergency Ready Plans already in place. Marion County has the Collation of Health and Medical Providers which is all the healthcare facilities of Marion County that are members. Many representative came to Mike during and after his talk, expressing an interest in the Emergency Ready Plan. It's events like this one that serves to answer the question: Why SERVPRO?   

Commercial HVAC & Air Duct Cleaning

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ocala Professional Inspecting Commercial HVAC Air Ducts

SERVPRO of Ocala preforms many services besides fire and water cleanup and restoration. On such service is commercial HVAC and air duct cleaning and sanitizing. Over the years SERVPRO of Ocala technicians have grown in their knowledge and experience of commercial HVAC and air duct cleaning. One advantage to using SERVPRO of Ocala is our approach to this type of cleaning. The crews are so used to dealing with disaster cleanups of all types that when they have this type of non disaster they still provide the extreme level of cleaning. Also SERVPRO of Ocala does not charge what a day to day HVAC and air duct cleaning company charges because its is not our main source of income. We are also a 24/7 on call services so after hours and weekends are no big deal for us if the commercial facility needs their HVAC and air ducts cleaned after hours. So the next time you are thinking about your HVAC air ducts cleaning think SERVPRO of Ocala (352-732-6630)    

Keep Your Business Running During a Water Damage in Summerfield, FL.

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

small green SERVPRO air movers (fans) placed on the floor to dry the carpet of this office. Small Air Movers Help Keep Business Operating

When this local Ocala business called SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County to help with an emergency water damage, they hoped they would not have to close their doors and stop their operations. SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County professionals talked with the owner and worked around the office personnel by using small air movers in strategic locations to make sure the drying process was successful. After extracting the water and getting wet material out of the facility, the crew made sure the employees could keep their work environment clean safe and easy to maintain. Trip hazards where taken into account through out the building. The small air movers came in really handy to provide air movement needed to dry fast but did not intrude the work space. As this photo show, SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County will go the extra mile to provide custom customer service to keep the business operation up and running!  

Treating Mold After Hurricane Storm Damage

6/26/2019 (Permalink)

Treated Home For Mold After Hurricane Damage

This home in Panama City, FL suffered severe hurricane water damage during Hurricane Michael in 2018. After the stormed passed the home sat for weeks water logged. SERVPRO of Ocala was one of many, many SERVPRO storm teams in Panama City FL. helping hurricane victims recover. Our crew was welcomed by the residents and knew it would be a complete rebuild of the home. All the drywall had to be removed. After SERVPRO of Ocala storm team removed all the contents they begin the drying of the structure. Then the disinfecting happens. SERVPRO of Ocala will be treating the structure to clean mold and mildew. SERVPRO of Ocala crew's goal is to work hard to clean dry and sanitize the home so the residents can feel positive about rebuilding. The photo shows this one area of the entire house that has been treated with mold remover and prevention of mold. Although the home had to be gutted, the homeowners were very thankful of our SERVPRO of Ocala crews and all their hard work. 

Hurricane Storm Damage-Panama City, FL

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

After Effects of a Hurricane

The SERVPRO of Ocala crew helped out this Panama City Florida homeowner by removing all the contents and placing them in a storage unit in the driveway. However as with most storm, flooding damages the drywall, insulation and all wet material had to be removed as well. The crew then treated the house with antimicrobial, disinfectant to sanitize. Then drying equipment was placed. The crew came back every day to monitor their progress in drying the structure. The homeowners were very grateful our team of SERVPRO storm professionals where there to help and we are happy to start the rebuilding process for the families that suffered storm damage.

SERVPRO of Ocala Storm Team-Panama City, FL.

6/17/2019 (Permalink)

Helping Another Hurricane Damaged Home

Up and down many Panama City Florida neighborhoods the SERVPRO of Ocala storm teams found home after home that suffered hurricane storm damage of some type. This home had roof damage that caused the strong winds to drive in the rain in one side of the house. As a result wet damaged material had to be removed so drying equipment could be placed. Along with that disinfectant was applied to prevent mold and kill bacteria. There is always many types and sizes of damage due to a strong storm like this hurricane. The SERVPRO of Ocala storm team has years of experience helping families recover from such a damage.  

Insurance Agency Breakfast and Learn

5/22/2019 (Permalink)

Clifford's Insurance Agency Breakfast and Learn

SERVPRO of Ocala's Mike Webb , Marketing Mgr. providing breakfast to a few of the nine total Insurance Agents. The topic was what has been at other Breakfasts meetings and Seminars and that is Hurricane Preparedness. This time of year a lot of Insurance Agents want an update on SERVPRO of Ocala's plans to respond if they have any policy holders who need our services. Also a lot of communities are open o having Mike come and talk about Hurricane Tips to keep safe.

MRMA Golf Tournament-SERVPRO of Ocala Winner

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ocala-John Saskowski Wins the MRMA Golf Tournament

The 16th Annual Golf Tournament of the Mid-Florida Regional Manufacturers Association was a big success. The proceeds go to support manufacturing, engineering, and logistics programs in area schools. This year SERVPRO of Ocala is proud to announce that our very own John Saskowski, SERVPRO of Ocala Vice President of Restoration Services and the team won this years event. We are thankful to the MRMA for inviting SERVPRO of Ocala to this positive outing. We are also thankful to be called on whenever any of our local Marion County manufacturing companies need our emergency services for water, fire, storm related damage to their commercial facilities. Also we appreciate the opportunity to be able to clean their commercial facilities' HVAC Air Ducts, Tile and Carpets etc. Thanks to John and the team for giving their talents for a worthy cause.  

Results From Water Intrusion After Heavy Rain-Ocala, FL

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Undiscovered Water Damage and The Results

This homeowner was surprised after finding the results of water damage from heavy rains. Florida is known for rainy days, weeks and months. This closet was damage by water coming through the roof. The closet was one area the homeowner never thought to look at after finding several leaks in the ceiling upstairs that were very noticeable. SERVPRO of Ocala was called in to help with this and other problem areas. Mold is one result when water damage is left untreated. A lot of times its the water that you don't see that turns out to be a bigger issue. The photo shows the damage from the water after time has passed. The SERVPRO of Ocala team came in and removed, cleaned and safely dried this and other areas giving back to the homeowner a nice fresh smelling home.   

Hurricane Preparedness Seminar

5/13/2019 (Permalink)

Mike Webb-SERVPRO of Ocala Marketing Mgt./Consultant

The Atlantic Hurricane season begins on June 1-November 30 and many communities are informing their homeowners and businesses on how to prepare for a possible storm. This year as in the past, Mike Webb, SERVPRO of Ocala Marketing Manager and Consultant has been invited to share with many interested groups SERVPRO of Ocala's advise on tips to get ready for this season's storms. Mike has teamed up with local Insurance Agencies, Community Association Managers, Property Managers and Real Estate Professionals to host Hurricane Preparedness Seminars in the hopes of helping to keep life and property safe from harm.

Tree Damage from Local Storm

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Local Storm Causes Damage

When a local violent storm passed through Marion county Florida, many homes were damaged including this one in the photo. The local homeowner called SERVPRO of Ocala to respond. we did with recommending trusted tree removal services. Then we tarped over the roof until permanent roof repair could be done. Next we took care of the water intrusion from the wind and rain. Finely after completely drying and sanitizing the home, we begin the rebuilding services. The homeowner was very happy and surprised how quickly SERVPRO of Ocala was able to bring all these services to the aid of the homeowner. Many of our clients know that one call to SERVPRO of Ocala can result in us taking the lead and making sure the resident or commercial customer gets all the services that need.

Assisted Living Home Water Damage-Belleview, FL

2/11/2019 (Permalink)

Drying Air Movers placed on the floor of this assisted living hallway Drying Equipment at Work in this Water Damaged Assisted Living Facility

When a sprinkler head broke in a hallways it really caused quite a commotion. Residents where forced out of their rooms and staff had to make sure everyone was safe. SERVPRO of Ocala was called in to act fast and get the standing water up and out (which you don't see) and start setting drying equipment as shown. Residents were moved out of the water damaged areas for safety. All were surprised in a good way just how fast and efficiently our trained SERVPRO professionals worked to get building materials in drying mode. In a few days the vast majority of the facility was back to normal, all thanks to over 40 years of doing this type of work and the dedicated staff at SERVPRO of Ocala.

Older Buildings can Present Challenges Ocala, FL

2/6/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage in this older building causes mold

SERVPRO of Ocala was hired to follow protocol for mold remediation on a very old building. The walls were lath and plaster which calls for a lot of hard work removing the walls, ceilings, etc. Old electrical wiring is also a concern for the mold remediation contractor. Plumbing is another factor to be considered. This type of building calls for careful removal of the mold infested areas so as not to cause damage to other walls, wiring, plumbing etc. that are not within the scope of the protocol. The material is fragile due to the age and the SERVPRO professional is always aware of this while using a lot of energy to remove old materials. The work was finished and passed air clearance testing the first time.     

Commercial HVAC & Air Duct Cleaning

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

We Clean Commercial Ducts not Ducks

SERVPRO of Ocala has been very successful in helping commercial facilities improve indoor air quality by professionally cleaning and sanitizing HVAC air ducts. HVAC air duct cleaning is normally required as part of fire, smoke and soot damage or mold damage in commercial buildings. SERVPRO of Ocala is experienced in cleaning such contaminated systems every year. When we get the chance to clean commercial facilities under normal, non damaged conditions, we go far and beyond the average HVAC air duct cleaning company. SERVPRO of Ocala does not charge for our consultants to visit your commercial facility and inspect your HVAC Air Ducts. A detailed proposal is then developed and designed for your cleaning needs. Call today and let SERVPRO of Ocala give you an estimate so your can start breathing cleaner air. Call: 352-732-6630

Residential Fire-Cooking Tips in Summerfield, FL

12/27/2018 (Permalink)

pan on a stove with a rag touching a burner and on fire Increased Fire Damages due to Cooking in 2018

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County is about to turn 45 years old! Wow, seems like yesterday the Williams were opening their doors for business here in Ocala Florida. Our team of disaster cleanup professionals have seen a lot over that time. But in 2018 our Franchise broke a record and not one to brag about. We have responded to and cleaned up more residential house fires due to cooking. So here are a few tips we at SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County would like to share in the hopes we are never called out to clean up fire, smoke or soot out of your home. 

  1. Beware of Grease. When too hot, grease can catch fire quickly. ...
  2. Stay Near the Heat Source. ...
  3. Be Alert. ...
  4. Be Neat, Clean and Tidy. ...
  5. Watch those Kids. ...
  6. Use a Timer. ...
  7. Dress to Cook. ...
  8. Give the Grilling Some Space                      Call us with any Questions or Concerns you may have. Happy-Safe Cooking. Call 352-732-6630

Commercial office ceiling damage

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Overhead pipe break causes office water damage

When the office personnel opened their door one morning they found a mess from an over head pluming pipe that sprang a leak. The weight of the water soaked the insulation and caused the ceilings to fall in. Luckily it was not a full blown pipe break or the entire commercial facility may have been flooded. However this small leak cause the office to shut down and call SERVPRO of Ocala. Our crews arrived and began the extraction of water, cleaning up the mess, securing the ceilings with plastic and placing drying equipment. Area rugs were taken back to our SERVPRO warehouse to be cleaned, disinfected and returned. In a few days the structure was ready to be restored. The client was extremely happy about our quick, professional service.

After Photo of Fire Damage Posted on 10/22/2018

11/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ocala fire damage cleanup efforts

SERVPRO of Ocala posted a photo of a commercial fire damage on 10/22/2018 This is what the building looked like after the fire department had put out the fire. The entire 1600 square foot suite was damaged including some of the trusses. SERVPRO of Ocala began the removal of fire damage material including the HVAC System. Beside the flames, heat and smoke damage there were Bio hazard items inside that needed to be properly disposed of as well. SERVPRO of Ocala had our Bio cleanup crew in to dispose of the biohazard materials like hypodermic needles, blood and urine filled sample vials and any medical supplies damaged or undamaged. The photo shows just one area of the speedy cleanup SERVPRO of Ocala professionals where working on.  

Fire Damage Cleanup can be worse than the fire itself-Ocala FLf

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Fire Damage Cleanup-SERVPRO of Ocala

This multi-suite commercial facility in Ocala, Florida suffered a fire damage. The fire shut down three of the businesses that were open to the public. However the fire really only burnt materials including walls and furniture in one of the suites. The aftermath of a fire can be worse than the fire itself. Water damage, material damage, structure damage, electrical, mechanical, all can be damaged to the point where cleanup is larger than the damage the flames, heat and smoke caused. This is when you need a highly experienced, professional Fire & Water Cleanup and Restoration company like SERVPRO of Ocala. Our team has been cleaning up fire damage and restoring homes and commercial businesses for over 40 years. We understand the trauma a fire damage can cause to life and property.

Business Next door Shut Down by Fire-Ocala FL

10/15/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke and Odor Damage Can Shut Down Your Business

When a fire broke out in an office suite,  the business next door was effected as well. Fire fighters had to go into the business next door to help contain and putout the fire. The photo shows ceilings being pulled down in order for the fire fighters to make sure no fire had reached over to this suite. Smoke odor however had filled the suite. This company had to shut down due to the close proximity of the fire and the strong odor. The odor is so bad you could smell it 3 office suites away. Customers could not stand to be in the suite due to the strong odor caused by all types of burning materials.  SERVPRO of Ocala is cleaning up both locations getting them ready for new business to occupy.  

University Offices Large Water Damage

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

One of many areas that needed drying equipment

What do you do when you come into work one morning and find your university offices flooded Multiple university offices where quickly shut down and out of operations when a restroom toilet supply line broke on the second floor, the water went everywhere including down to the first floor. University staff and students where unable to access this building. SERVPRO of Ocala responded that morning with crews, trucks and equipment ready to mitigate the damage. The crews spent hours into the evening extracting and setting he drying equipment. by the 5th day all was dried and the equipment removed. The carpets now need to be cleaned and the office furniture and all the contents can be put back in place so the University staff can get back to work!

Hydroxyl Generator Used to Remove Odor from Fire-Belleview, FL

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

The Hydroxyl Generator in use at an Assisted Facility Fire Damage-Belleview, FL

A large damaging fire resulted in this assisted living facility. One tool that is used by SERVPRO of Ocala to deodorize buildings is the Hydroxyl Generator.

Hydroxyl generators have proven to be effective for almost any odor. They are commonly used for treating odors caused by fire and smoke, water losses, mold and VOCs. This technology is regularly deployed on losses ranging from large big box retail and industrial fires to residential Category 2 and 3 water losses.

Unlike ozone, atmospheric hydroxyls are safe for people, animals, plants and all sensitive materials like rubber, plastic, leather, vinyl, electronics, paper and artwork. Contents can be wet while being deodorized without the risk of bleaching. Jobs can be streamlined when the contractor is able to deodorize while drying, cleaning and demoing. Both contents and structure can be treated at the same time, and as conditions permit, certain pack-out activities can be avoided or substantially reduced. In many cases, residents can stay in their home or businesses and remain open, while avoiding costly business interruption. 

College Gymnasium Damaged by Storm

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Large Desiccant Dehumidifier in use by SERVPRO of Ocala

SERVPRO of Ocala responded to a large storm damage when water poured in through the roof of this college gym. This size and type of water damage called for a trailer mounted Desiccant Dehumidifier.

Desiccants are commonly used to dry dense materials (hardwood floors, plaster and lath walls, etc.) due to the large vapor pressure differentials they can create between the surface and the air. Desiccants excel at large loss drying, because they can be made in virtually any size.

 Large desiccants are often self-contained dehumidification systems, utilizing onboard generators and running on propane or diesel fuel.( as shown in photo) When large catastrophic events occur, such as hurricanes, large desiccants can provide a means of dehumidification when little or no power is available.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

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

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

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

8/1/2018 (Permalink)

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-2019

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

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 Hurricane Michael devastated Florida with residential and commercial property damages. Our SERVPRO of Ocala storm teams where in Panama City Florida for months helping families start the recovery process. Even still in June, 2019 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!

Marketing the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan

6/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire can shut down your business-Call SERVPRO of Ocala

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, Mike Webb. 352-732-6630

Cleaning & Deodorizing Smokers House: Protocol

6/3/2018 (Permalink)

photo of a smoked cigarette butt put out on a surface SERVPRO of Ocala Knows How to Eliminate Cigarette Odor

Got a Cigarette Smoke Odor Problem? SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County can help.

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.

Call today to schedule a no cost inspection and estimate. 352-732-6630

The Importance of Cleaning Your Dryer Vent

6/3/2018 (Permalink)

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!

Large Commercial Water Damage-Ocala, FL.

5/26/2018 (Permalink)

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 large commercial facilities located in Ocala, FL.  Luckily SERVPRO of Ocala is an 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 large building up and running again and our Goal was met in a few weeks!  

Finding out your Home has a Mold Problem

5/21/2018 (Permalink)

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!   

Professional Commercial Kitchen Cleaning

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Kitchen Cleaning-SERVPRO of Ocala

Folks may not know it but SERVPRO of Ocala can and will professionally steam clean your Commercial Kitchens and bring them back to looking new. Commercial Kitchens always need a detailed cleaning and sanitizing inside and out to make sure they pass State Health Codes. SERVPRO of Ocala has been providing this type of heavy serious cleaning for all type of Commercial kitchens. Hospitals, Schools, Assisted Living, Restaurants, and even kitchens like The Elks Club, as shown in the photo, can be cleaned and sanitized by the highly trained pros. at SERVPRO of Ocala. We've been helping families and businesses get the cleaning and restoration they need since 1974!So call SERVPRO of Ocala for a free inspection and estimate of your Commercial Kitchen Cleaning needs.

SERVPRO of Ocala Responds to Large Commercial Water Damage

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Large Loss Responds to Water Damage

Flooding and water damage events at Ocala Florida commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility. Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need. SERVPRO of Ocala specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a large water damage event.

When Storms or Floods hit Ocala, SERVPRO is ready!

3/1/2018 (Permalink)

Photo of Hurricane Elsa's Track on course to Florida Hurricane's Elsa's Track

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

 Storm Trackers:

SERVPRO of Ocala always monitors approaching storms and hurricanes like Hurricane Elsa. This means we are ready and able to Respond Quick after the storm rolls out.

Faster Response:

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

If and When storms hit Ocala Florida, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today SERVPRO of Ocala and South Marion County              (352)732-6630

Is Filing an Insurance Claim The Only Option?

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

A photo of the Flyer explaining the 90 Day No Interest Plan SERVPRO of Ocala 90 Day Payment Plan Flyer for Water Damage

Some customers who called their local Insurance Agent with a Water Damage are usually  told to "file a claim" Knowing that Insurance Agents don't like claims Mike Webb, Marketing Manager of SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County developed a No Interest 90 Day Payment Plan as an option to filing insurance claims. Many local insurance agencies have expressed to Mike the reason they wish they could talk to their policy holders first before they file a claim. They what to keep claims as low as they can in their offices. Mike begin marketing this plan to local Agents 4 years ago and the results have been very successful Now Agents have an option rather than telling customers to file a claim they can recommend SERVPRO of Ocala and our No Interest 90 Day Payment Plan. Now this is a great reason why insurance agents recommend and trust SERVPRO of Ocala (See a photo of the 90 day payment plan flyer used to market agents.)

SERVPRO of Ocala Strom Crew Leaves for Tennessee

1/16/2018 (Permalink)

Homes in Tennessee Frozen

Once again SERVPRO of Ocala has been asked to help out our SERVPRO Storm Teams in and around the great state of Tennessee. The winter ice came so fast that temperatures fell from 64 to 23 in One day!The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency declared a state of emergency and law enforcement at every level urged people to stay off the roads and hunker down at home. Most schools and organizations were closed for the day, but law enforcement across the region said they still faced a high volume of wrecks. Our SERVPRO of Ocala Crews has so far helped over 10 Families and 1 Hotel get beck on their feet. We are very proud of our crews as they leave behind family and Ocala needs to look after others.

CE Classes hosted by SERVPRO of Ocala-2019

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

Follow the Green sign to Continuing Education hosted by: SERVPRO of Ocala

SERVPRO of Ocala is excited this year to offer 2 CE Classes for our local Insurance Agents, Adjusters, Real Estate Professionals and Community Association Managers. What makes these classes a little more special is where we are holding the classes. The College of Central Florida one of our Commercial Clients has offered a wonderful training conference room on the campus. This way all attendees can tour the campus while there if they choose. Last year we had such an open dialog between agents, adjusters and CAM's that we decided to hold it again this year. Much was learned from all the questions comments and suggestions that even myself (Mike Webb, Marketing Manager) learned quite a bit of information I did not know in my 15 years as a marketing professional for SERVPRO

SERVPRO of Ocala Customer Event

1/4/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ocala, Mike Webb, Marketing Manager entertaining SERVPRO Customers!

SERVPRO of Ocala is hosting a community wide event with friends, family and SERVPRO of Ocala Clients being invited as an appreciation for their business and support. Mike Webb, SERVPRO of Ocala's Marketing Manager will be providing the live entertainment. A local Winery and Microbrewery will be supplying the drinks, food and fun. SERVPRO of Ocala will be giving away marketing promotional items, gifts and free drink tickets for their customers. We believe its always best to show any way we can our gratitude to our many loyal and new clients. Our SERVPRO of Ocala staff along with display our trucks will be there on hand to make sure everyone is shown a good time and how much we are thankful for the community and clients support for the last 45 years!     

The Waterfront Inn Water Damage-The Villages, Fl.

12/18/2017 (Permalink)

one of the 4 floors where drying equipment is being staged for proper placement to ensure fast and safe drying.

A shower overflowed on the top floor of this beautiful Hotel located at Lake Sumter Landing square-The Villages, Florida causing damaged to all 4 floors. Ceilings gave way to the amount of water and multiple rooms, hallways even the 1st floor kitchen and pool baths were affected. SERVPRO of Ocala arrived within 30 minutes of the call. Crews begin the emergency water mitigation services and within hours all areas that suffered damages where being stabilized. 8 days later Ms. Kitt, General Manager for the Hotel signed the SERVPRO Certificate of Satisfaction. (Please see her comments under "Testimonies") SERVPRO of Ocala is very proud of all our Crew Chiefs, Technicians and Jacob Cox, Project Manager who guided crew, Hotel Management along with Insurance Professionals to a successful outcome.   

SERVPRO of Ocala Thanksgiving Safety Tips (Prevent Fires!)

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Keep Your Family Safe This Thanksgiving

SERVPRO of Ocala Thanksgiving safety tips to prevent house fires.

  • Check food regularly while cooking and remain in the home while cooking and use a timer as a reminder that the stove or oven is on.
  • Keep the kids away from the cooking area. Enforce a "kid-free zone" and make them stay at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire (pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains) away from the stove, oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact Ocala Fire Rescue to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens and small appliances are turned off.
  • Install a smoke alarm near the kitchen, on each level of the home, near sleeping areas and inside and outside bedrooms. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least once a year.
  • Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at SERVPRO of Ocala

Water Damage-Sewage Backup

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

A Hallway in a building full of wet sewage on the floor Water Damage as a Sewage Backup is a Biohazard Problem!

SERVPRO of Ocala and SERVPRO of South Marion County has a few "Tips" to share regarding sewage backup in your home.

TIPS TO STAY SAFE IF SEWAGE BACKSUP

1. Start with keeping children and pets out of the affected area.

2. Avoid contact with skin, open cuts or sores.

3. Wash hands frequently.

4. Launder cloths ASAP if you suspect they have been contaminated.

5. Avoid breathing airborne Microorganisms.

6. DO NOT use a home vacuum cleaner to try and pick up solids.

7. Call in the Pros. SERVPRO of Ocala professionals will do the sewage cleanup work for you—pump out and wipe up the gunk, deodorize, and sanitize. Restore carpets and floors, if possible. Equipment they’ll use includes air movers, air scrubbers, and dehumidifiers. Using meters and thermal cameras to make sure no moisture and contaminates were missed thus preventing mold. "Serving our community since 1974" Got Questions? Call us at: 352-732-6630

Ocala Florida-Celebrate Summer Safely for 2019

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

Please have a "Damage Free Summer" In 2019

Summer is synonymous with Barbecues, parades and Fireworks! Your Local SERVPRO of Ocala professional want you to have an enjoyable and Safe Summer for 2019 Consider the following tips to ensure your summer celebrations are "Disaster Free"

1. BBQ grills should only be used outdoors.

2. The grill should be placed well away from the home, deck railings and out from under eaves and overhanding tree branches.

3. NEVER leave your grill while cooking, Unattended

4. Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear

5. Do Not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Keep a bucket of water nearby to extinguish fireworks that don't go off or in case of fire.

6. Children should Never pick up fireworks that may be left over as they may still be active

Fireworks cause an average of almost 20,000 reported fires per year. Be safe and have a happy summer. Your friends at SERVPRO of Ocala is ready 24/7 to help if needed.

Extreme HEAT-Safety Tips from SERVPRO of Ocala

6/15/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ocala HVAC & Air Duct Cleaning Services

As summer approaches here in Marion County and surrounding areas, its time to consider safety precautions for extreme heat.

* Install window air conditioners snugly; insulate if necessary.

* Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.

* Install temporary window reflectors (used between windows and drapes) such as aluminum foil-covered cardboard, to reflect heat back outside.

* Weather-strip doors and sills to jeep cool air in.

* Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with frapes, shades, awnings, or lovers. Outdoor awnings or lovers can reduce the heat that enter a home by up to 80 percent.

* Keep storm windows up all year.

Your friends at SERVPRO of Ocala are here to help with the functionality of your HVAC systems by offering free inspections and estimates to clean your HVAC & Air Ducts.

SERVPRO of Ocala Moisture Inspection Services

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Photo of suspected moisture in the ceiling of this home from roof damage.

SERVPRO of Ocala is happy to help our customers find and solve problems. One service we provide is Moisture Inspection. Here  are a few tools we use to do just that.

1. Visual or using our eyeballs

Visual inspection is an integral part of every inspection we perform. SERVPRO of Ocala trained professionals have the experience and have seen the signs of water intrusion many times. While a visual survey will help identify where problems may exist, it won’t tell you if there is moisture in the walls. A probe test is still required to accurately measure moisture levels and determine if cracks or stains are symptoms of trouble lurking.

2. Protimeter or Moisture Meter

The protimeter is the only tool that accurately measures moisture content in materials. Depending on what we are assessing, we can probe from the exterior or interior through two very small holes, which we will seal up with a color matching caulk. Unless you know we were there, you won’t know we were there, but we will be able to tell you what moisture levels you have in your home. Probing also allows us to perform a damage assessment of the materials – critical in determining the need for our water drying services and in developing a scope of necessary repairs.

3. Hygrometer

We can measure with a hygrometer to determine if humidity is the culprit behind your grief. This is also the primary tool in our holster when conducting concrete slab relative humidity (RH) testing.

4. Infrared Camera (see photo)

These thermal imaging devices are, hands down, the best way to find insulation voids in walls and attic spaces that can lead to condensation and damage.

SERVPRO of Ocala is here to help. Call us today if you suspect you have a moisture problem.    (352)732-6630

Mold Problems-Call SERVPRO of Ocala

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of Ocala for all your Mold problems, Big or small.

When there is water intrusion mold can quickly become a problem. Mold can affect your health and cause damage to your property. The following steps illustrate a "typical" mold removal process.

1. Call SERVPRO of Ocala

2. SERVPRO of Ocala will Inspect and give an assessment

3. SERVPRO of Ocala will set up Mold Containment

4. Air Filtration will be employed

5.SERVPRO of Ocala will remove mold and mold-infested materials

6. Cleaning and Sanitizing Contents and Belongings

7. Restoration and if needed reconstruction by SERVPRO of Ocala

Your local SERVPRO of Ocala professionals understands mold and mold growth and have the training and equipment to remediate mold in your home or business. Call us today for a professional inspection of your home or busmiess-352-732-6630

SERVPRO of Ocala presents our Christmas Album of Songs

12/21/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ocala is constantly looking to share our story and services with our clients and show appreciation at the same time. This CD of Christmas songs was an idea of Mike Webb, SERVPRO fo Ocala marketing manager. Mike who has had the opportunity to be in the music industry professionally as singer, songwriter thought our gift of Christmas joy in song would be a wonderful way of thanking our clients, family and friends for supporting our local SERVPRO of Ocala franchise. Mike produced the album and recorded it over a period of two months in his home studio. So far the reception and comments have been positive with many being delighted to hear some of their favorite Christmas songs. The best part is getting to share the magic of this special time with all our SERVPRO clients in person. Merry Christmas from your friends at SERVPRO of Ocala!

SERVPRO of Ocala helps Crystal River after flooding

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding and wind damage in Crystal River Florida. September 2016

This photos show just a portion of the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine. SERVPRO of Ocala has been in the area helping residence since Friday September 2nd 2016 Local insurance agents and adjusters have been in contact with SERVPRO of Ocala asking for our help to get homes and commercial building restored. Many local Crystal River residents have used SERVPRO fo Ocala over the years and many have heard of our Franchise because we have been in the area for over 40 years! Our crews have been working day and night because of the horrific damage caused by the rain and storm surge. One local large retreat and dive shop was almost completely shut down but our crews responded so fast with temp. walls and drying EQ that they did not have to cancel reservations nor close the restaurant.

HDG Hotel Group likes SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ocala has begin to develop the ERP for all hotels located in Florida with the help of other Florida SERVPRO Franchises. These hotels are owned and managed by HDG Hotel Group located in in Ocala, FL. Mike Webb, Marketing Manager/Consultant for SERVPRO of Ocala says "its great to meet such a progressive and forward thinking company as HDG that recognizes the advantages of having an SERVPRO ERP on all their facilities" The General Managers and facilities managers were all receptive and willing to learn all they could about the SERVPRO ERP. HDG is even willing to let SERVPRO of Ocala host a class to better train and inform the facility managers how to take care of small water damages and look out for potential risk to their facilities.

SERVPRO of Ocala Host A Fun Time With Their Clients in Ocala, FL.

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

two guys on stage with musical instruments Mike Webb,(with guitar) SERVPRO of Ocala Marketing Manager/Consultant performing live for local SERVPRO Clients with a friend joining in.

SERVPRO of Ocala hosted a Customer Appreciation Event at a local Winery. Clients were treated to food and drink along with live music provided by Mike Webb, SERVPRO of Ocala Marketing Manager/ Consultant. It was a nice way to say "Thank you" to all our clients and get to meet them in a relaxed social setting. They loved it! SERVPRO of Ocala believes in giving back to both our communities and customers when the opportunity presents itself. This "get together" was a one of a kind in regards to Mike Webb's former experience in the music industry and ability to perform and entertain our SERVPRO customers and family and friends. Mike also gets to follow up with everyone while visiting his customers asking what they thought of the evening and how SERVPRO of Ocala might improve on future events.

Are You Ready?

8/23/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Businesses, "Are You Ready"?

Why call SERVPRO of Ocala? Here is one reason. SERVPRO of Ocala is commented to helping you prepare for disaster now by offering to all our Centers of Influences material on "What to do until help arrives" These are distributed by our local SERVPRO of Ocala marketing reps/consultants. Be on the look out for your SERVPRO consultant to visit your offices and place of business. Along with visits we are working to build relationships with the Marion county Red Cross and local fire departments. We also work with property managers, facility managers and risk managers. We have all type of professional trades that work with SERVPRO of Ocala to come to the aid to the commercial business. These provide support to these buildings where SERVPRO of Ocala does not offer such services making sure restoration is 100% complete.

SERVPRO of Ocala Storm Team

8/19/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Ocala crews loading trucks to help Louisiana flood victims.

Crews from SERVPRO of Ocala load trucks getting ready to leave out today to offer help to the homes and businesses flooded in Louisiana.....Approximately 280,000 people live in the areas that flooded, according to an analysis the chamber released Friday. In those flood-affected areas are 110,000 homes worth a combined $20.7 million and more than 7,000 businesses — about one in every five businesses in the region — that together employ more than 73,000 people. Our local Ocala teams are trained and approved to handle major storm, flood, fire and wind damage all over the USA. SERVPRO of Ocala is proud to be part of the SERVPRO storm team and glad we could send out our teams to help all the families and commercial get back up and running.

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