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Where to begin when you suspect you have mold.

12/15/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Where to begin when you suspect you have mold. Call us today with any questions of your suspect mold problems!

Now that the storms seem to have passed from our exciting storm season, most Floridians have picked up the pieces and begun the rebuilding process or have mostly completed it.  One of the lasting affects of storm damage can happen well after the storm... mold.  In many cases mold is visible, but many times mold hides where we can't see it, detected only by an odor or sometimes health issues.  When you suspect mold what is the first step you should take as a home or business owner?  The first step should be contacting a mold assessor.  Many people do not know that in the state of Florida the same company cannot test or assess your mold problem as well as remediate it.  This is meant to protect the consumer against sub-par testing and remediation by untrustworthy restoration companies.  Once testing has been completed by your mold assessor, they will construct a protocol for your mold remediator to follow.  Once work is completed your mold assessor will perform post remediation testing to show remediation was successful.  Many remediation companies do not inform potential customers of mold assessment and testing, opting for a general protocol in remediation with no standards or post testing to show mold spores at a normal levels when the work has been completed.  Here at SERVPRO of Alachua County West, we prefer to hold ourselves to the highest standards and inform our potential customers of the best way possible to handle their possible mold remediation and encourage mold assessment for the best experience and results possible.

Are you prepared for winter weather?

12/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Are you prepared for winter weather? As your frozen pipes thaw, they crack and break leaving you with a disaster.

Many people who do not live in the Sunshine State have no idea that it can get cold, and even have freezing conditions here in Florida.  Due to our sub-tropic climate and mobile housing, proper precautions are often not taken when installing and weather proofing plumbing in and under our homes.  When we have freezing temperature and rains our plumbing is often exposed and can freeze overnight without a heat source or keeping water running through-out our pipes.  Although frozen pipes can be a hassle when you are tying to make that pot of coffee, or take that morning shower, but the real damage begins as the Florida sun comes out and the frozen water begins to thaw and expand within causing them to burst, and causing water damage to your home.  Be prepared for colder weather by weatherproofing your exposed pipes, placing a heat lamp at your well, or by leaving a faucet running as temperatures drop.  If these measures fail, make sure that you have SERVPRO of Alachua County West's number handy to quickly begin to mitigate any damage that occurs!

Is your Company prepared ahead of time for any maintenance issues.

11/15/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Is your Company prepared ahead of time for any maintenance issues. Water damage to an office from a clogged drain line that could have been prevented with maintenance.

Whether it’s too hot or it’s too cold for one employee, it’s never just right in the office for everyone. As a property or facilities manager keeping the temperature comfortable for everyone as well as your tangible property protected is of paramount importance.   With the outside air temperatures changing so erratically this time of year, staying on top of the thermostat inside the office can make a difference in your work space.  Without proper humidity or ventilation control, mold spores, which naturally occur in higher levels in the sub-tropical Florida climate, can form on virtually any surface.   SERVPRO of Alachua County West can help you maintain your workplace by offering carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, duct cleaning, post-construction clean up,and emergency water, fire, and bio-hazard clean ups as well as simple moisture checks. 

Contact SERVPRO of Alachua County West today to come out and assess what services are right for peace of mind for your business. 

They say an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure and keeping up on the maintenance issues of your office can save you thousands in the long run.  

Take the puzzle out of Water Mitigation

11/13/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Take the puzzle out of Water Mitigation Solving your water mitigation puzzle

Next week we will be celebrating not only Thanks Giving, but also National Game and Puzzle week.  For the most part games puzzles are fun, but when it comes to emergency water services in your home, those puzzle pieces can become frustrating and emotional as you try to piece them together.  Call SERVPRO of Alachua County West to take the puzzle out of mitigating your water damage.  We can start off by setting up an Emergency Ready plan, so you can be prepared before disaster strikes.  Your ERP will give you all the information you need right at your fingertips on your mobile phone and also give access to anyone you choose, such as an employee or manager.  Meanwhile, if you have or have not yet had SERVPRO of Alachua Count West set-up your ERP here are some important steps to follow in solving the puzzle of water damage in your home or business:

What To Do After Flooding

  • Turn off source of water if known
  • Call your insurance provider (if applicable) to start the claims process
  • Contact your preferred restoration company (SERVPRO of Alachua County West) to get their emergency response team on the way.
  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

Happy Veteran's Day

11/11/2017 (Permalink)

Community Happy Veteran's Day Thank You Veterans!

Here at SERVPRO of Alachua County West we pride ourselves in not only the job we do, but the fact that we provide a service which helps people in their time of need.  With all that we do, we can never repay the many veterans and current serving military members who make our lives as we know them possible.  It has been though their sacrifices of their time, families, and very lives that as Americans we have been able to have the very freedoms we daily take for granted.  They have served days, nights, holidays, and weekends on our own land as well as foreign soil regardless of their personal views and affiliations and regardless of the views and affiliations of the people they have been sworn to protect.  We would also like to personally thank our very own Lead Technician William Redd for his many years of service in the Army.  Remember not only on this day, but every day to Thank a Veteran!

Bikers on Parade 2017

11/10/2017 (Permalink)

Community Bikers on Parade 2017 Just a few of the Bikes lined up and waiting for the parade.

It was once again time for the Annual Bikers on Parade, which began at Santa-Fe College and ended at the Gainesville Raceway on November 5th, 2017.  Many Gainesville area businesses sponsor and participate in this annual event, including State Representative Chuck Clemons (District 21).  The route winds through Gainesville with it's residents lining the street waving, and it's proceeds benefit the non-profit grassroots organization 10 CAN.  The mission of 10 CAN is to honor, revive, and grow Military and First Responder families through outdoor recreation, education, and rehabilitation. 10 CAN is a tribe of Veterans and Volunteers making an impact for those in need. Reconnecting families following combat deployments, developing youth through rite of passages, and building public awareness of moral wounds. This event is an important way to bring veterans and members of their community together and bring awareness to some of the struggles of veterans and First Responders into the light of day.  SERVPRO of Alachua County West is proud to be one of more than 500 a participants in this event.  This event was the perfect way to kick off the days coming into the observance of Veteran's Day on November 11th, 2017.

Thank You!

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Community Thank You! Happy Thanksgiving from SERVPRO of Alachua County West!

It’s never the right time of year not to be thankful. So, this November with Thanksgiving around the corner, we would like to express how grateful we are to you, our customers, who have let us into your homes to ease some of the burdens and subsequent damage that you incurred after hurricane Irma.  We are also extremely thankful for all of our customers large and small who let us help them recover from their personal disasters beyond the affects of Irma.  We here at SERVPRO of Alachua County West see our customers as more than just a customer, but as members of the SERVPRO family.  Maybe that is why more and more families recognize that SERVPRO is the best choice when you want the job done correctly, but more importantly done with honesty, integrity and their personal well being in mind. Whether it’s for water, fire, or mold remediation, SERVPRO has the best solution for you!

 Call us today so we can come out and help you create a free Emergency Ready Plan so you can be ready before disaster strikes! 

Remember Fire Safety during this Spooktacular Holiday.

10/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Remember Fire Safety during this Spooktacular Holiday. SERVPRO of Alachua County West Technicians cleaning up a cemetery fire caused by lightning and dry, windy conditions coupled with flammable decor.

Halloween is once again upon us as the air gets cooler and drier.  It is also one of the more fun holidays where children and adults can dress up and get lots of candy, but it can also be one of the more dangerous holidays for property and homeowners.  The main culprit is candles, which is on the list of the top 10 causes of home fires in the United States.  When you mix candles with highly flammable materials used for costumes, and decorations there is a lot of fuel for a disaster.  Mix in dryer air and windier weather conditions and you now have a perfect recipe for disaster.  The first step in preparing for any disaster is to have a plan developed in case one happens, such as an Emergency Response Plan offered by SERVPRO, and your second step arming yourself with the knowledge of fire prevention to keep your family safe during this holiday.

What You Need to Know Coming into House Fire Season

10/25/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What You Need to Know Coming into House Fire Season Before and After photos of a kitchen fire cause by grease.

The smell of Fall is in the air and the weather is cooling, but did you know that Fall is the beginning of House Fire Season?  Most people don't know what to do in the case of a house fire, because they have never been through the disaster.  That is where SERVPRO of Alachua County West comes in.  Our experts can walk you through the process of fire restoration as well as the build back process to make it "Like it never even happened."  From our office staff, to our managers and technicians we are here to help every step of the way, after all, it's what we do among many other things.  Here, at SERVPRO of Alachua County West, we feel like the community is our family, and as family we feel it's better to prepare for the case of an Emergency when it happens.  Do you know what are the 8 main causes of a house fire are?

1.)  Candles

2.)  Ashes and butts of Cigarettes

3.)  Electrical wiring and lighting

4.)  The lint and objects left in dryers

5.)  Lightning

6.)  Children playing with matches and fire

7.)  Christmas trees

8.)  Cooking

It's always best to educate yourself in the prevention of disaster, but when disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Alachua County West is here to take care of all your needs.  This is from helping you develop and Emergency Ready Plan, to answering your questions, and in the case of disaster being here to make it "Like it never even happened."

What happens after the storm?

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What happens after the storm? Mold found after dry wall removal in storm damaged home.

Unfortunately, for many, it's not the storm, but the aftermath of the storm that affects your home and its belongings.  As the winds die and the rains subside, what is left of your home can be devastating.  Finding help and awaiting answers from your insurance can be a daunting task that takes days, weeks, and sometimes months. Meanwhile, beyond your initial water and wind damage a new danger creeps into your home... Mold!  No need to fear!  Your "SERVPRO of Alachua County West Heroes" are here!  Not only can we remediate your mold issues, we can explain the procedure of mold assessment and offer you sound advice on how to begin handling your mold issue.  For example, did you know that in the State of Florida you cannot perform mold testing or assessment as well as remediate the same home?  This is meant to protect you, the customer from conflicts of interest.  Here at SERVPRO of Alachua County West, our customers best interests are ours as well, we pride ourselves on providing the best services possible.