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Realtors and SERVPRO

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on wall Mold growth Realtor found in home

Realtors and SERVPRO

The word is out that it is a sellers’ market here in central Florida and many investors and home owners are looking to capitalize on the money making opportunities that are becoming available. If you have a home you’d like to sell then now is the time to learn about what SERVPRO of Lake County can do for you.

It is not uncommon for a house to sit vacant for months before it is sold and in this case there may be un-detected leaks as well as insect and rodent problems that can occur. The services we specialize in can help your clients pass home inspections and generally get their homes in top show condition. Whether the problem is a water stain on a hardwood floor, a mildew smell in the closet or even if the home was lived in by a heavy smoker we offer free inspections and can come determine the scope of mitigation services that are necessary. We also offer residential cleaning services such as full detailed micro cleanings, carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, upholstery cleaning and even drape and curtain cleaning.

Let us turn a problem listing into a quick sale. 

Call us today at (352)735-3311

Why SERVPRO - Carpet Cleaning

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Stains on carpet Carpet cleaning

A large percentage of homes and business have carpet in at least one room. Carpet tends to catch dust, dirt, hair and other soils which negatively affect the life span of the floors. There are preventative measures one can take to reduce the wear and tear, thereby extending the life of the carpeting. These measures include vacuuming regularly, spot removal, rearranging furniture to alter traffic patterns, and using rugs and runners. Another useful task is to change HVAC filters regularly to help filter the dust and grit in the air.

A guideline for carpet cleaning frequency recommends carpets that see normal use be cleaned every 6-12 months and high use (such as entry ways or structures with high traffic) be cleaned every 3-6 months. Extending the time between cleanings causes the soils to be pushed deeper and deeper into the base of the carpet, which cannot be removed. Studies have shown the farther down the soils have been pushed, the less they can be removed, even with the more aggressive methods of carpet cleaning.

At SERVPRO of Lake County, we employ the hot water extraction method for carpet cleaning. This involves using an emulsifier to treat the carpets and lift soils and stains. After applying the solution to the floor, the technician will then use the extractor to remove the emulsifier, soils, and most of the moisture. Once the carpets are cleaned, we do recommend applying a scotch guard to help protect your carpets between cleanings. The application is quick and won't break the bank. If you are interested in our carpet cleaning service, please call the office today.

The Ebb & Flow

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Seven uniformed SERVPRO team members standing in front of a SERVPRO van SERVPRO Employees

My name is Brittany and I am the office manager of our franchise. I have been with this company for a little over a year now and in that time, I have learned so much about the restoration and remediation industry. The losses we most frequently encounter are water. A water loss can occur for many reasons, including a leak in a supply line, a broken pipe, or a storm event. No matter the cause, each loss is devastating and needs to be handled with care. Our crews are highly trained in water restoration. Our Crew Chiefs and managers all hold water remediation technician and applied science of drying certifications from the IICRC. (The IICRC is explained in another blog entitled “The IICRC and what it Means to SERVPRO”)

Typically, my responsibility on each job is on the back end- I make sure all the paperwork is in order, build our invoice, deal with the insurance companies, and complete the file. The work you see takes place on site where our crews work on assessing the damage, placing equipment, and overseeing the drying process. They assist the customers each step of the way and act as the face of our franchise. Any loss is scary but we are happy to help!

I have worked a few water losses in my time here. One Sunday, I responded to a home that had flooded entirely after the toilet supply line broke. We spent hours extracting the standing water, taking moisture readings, and placing equipment. The work was hard and definitely a lot dirtier than I am used to. At the end of that first day, the customer's arrived to go over our progress. They had been onsite when we initially responded and we understood their panic. Their demeanor after seeing the home that evening was totally different. Their home wasn't back to normal, but they had a clear understanding of the process and what to expect after speaking with us. We walked each room and showed them what work had been performed- from removing baseboards to detaching doors to lifting the soaked carpet. Over the next few days, we continued to update them on the progress. By the time everything was dry, those folks felt more like family.

Some jobs are more difficult than others, some days seem longer than imaginable. But each day, I am appreciative of the industry and the difference our franchise can make for even just one person. 

Storm Damage

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Missing Shingles from storm Storm Damage

SERVPRO of Lake County Florida has well over 111 combined total years’ experience in Mold remediation, Water Damage restoration, Fire restoration, General Cleanup and Air duct cleaning. This franchise has been helping our community for 30 years. Our Team members have many years of training and education in all aspects of the restoration industry and continue their training throughout their career with us. We provide on-the-job training as well as accredited certification courses through the IICRC. In addition, SERVPRO of Lake County works with all our sister franchises as we are all considered one TEAM. Not only will you have all our SERVPRO franchises' knowledge, but the knowledge of our corporate headquarters and the fellow 1,000 franchises throughout the United States. Our goal at the end of any project, no matter how big or small, is to make it “Like it never even happened.”  Please call SERVPRO of Lake County FL. at Ph. 352-735-3311

Commercial Fire Damage

9/2/2020 (Permalink)

Vehicle Bay Fire Cleanup Dry Ice Blasting

Always count on SERVPRO to get the job done for you!

SERVPRO of Lake County Florida was contacted by a commercial facility to give an estimate on a severe fire cleanup. When we arrived onsite the maintenance area was severely damaged with fire and smoke. The parts bay was all smoked up and the smoke odor was also extremely bad. They asked for an estimate to get all the remediation work done ASAP, with a time frame under 4 weeks. We all put our heads together and came up with a plan. First in order was using Dry Ice Blasting to take care of all the major fire and soot damage on all the concrete walls. This process would be the cleanest and most effective way in getting it taken care of with minimal cleanup. The next step was cleaning all the parts bays and wiping down all the salvageable parts. The next step was water blasting the entire inside and outside of the vehicle bays that were affected. SERVPRO managed to get all this accomplished in 3 weeks, which made the customer very pleased on how we took control of their situation. We told him that our goal was to make it “Like it never even happened.”  Please call SERVPRO of Lake County FL. at Ph. 352-735-3311


9/2/2020 (Permalink)

removal of drywall Cutting out effective areas of Drywall

Always count on SERVPRO for a fast response time!

SERVPRO of Lake County Florida was contacted by a medical facility on a Sunday afternoon for a major sewage backup; our on call weekend crew was ready for the task. The supervisor headed to the job site within a short time while the crew loaded up all the necessary equipment and proceeded to their destination. They accessed the situation and put on all their necessary PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and started spraying anti-microbial solution over the entire affected areas. They began to extract all the material from over 2,000 sq. ft. of affected flooring. When they had the situation under control they began to cut all the affected flooring and drywall according to IICRC standards, then places dehumidifiers and Hepa-Filtered Air Scrubbers to clean the air. When we finished late that night the customer was very pleased on how we took control of their situation. We told him that our goal was to make it “Like it never even happened.”  Please call SERVPRO of Lake County FL. at Ph. 352-735-3311

Hurricane Damage

8/17/2020 (Permalink)

Trees down on camper Damage from Hurricane

Multiple tornado's reportedly touched down across the Panhandle of Florida in 2018 caused from the effects of Hurricane Michael leaving some damage in their wake. Damaged areas included downtown Panama City and Jackson County but damages are reported and tornado's were spotted in multiple locations. At one point three tornadoes could have been active at one time in the western section of the Panhandle. There were no reported injuries as they work to assess the damage. Bay County is also reporting no injuries. Damage assessments are still coming in. SERVPRO storm teams are mobilized and ready to assist with residential and commercial clients as needed. SERVPRO teams are at multiple locations sending reports back about damages. With over 1800 franchises throughout the United States There is no job to large or too small that SERVPRO teams can’t handle.   

Water, Water Everywhere!

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

If you recently had a water damage or leak in your home you can relate to the stress that it can cause you and your home.

Did you know that it’s the water in the areas that you don’t see that can cause the most damage?

These unseen damages can affect the value of your home and potentially the health of your loved ones.

A mop and common household cleaning products may not be enough to thoroughly clean unseen water intrusions.

SERVPRO of Lake County franchise professionals understand how disruptive water damages can be for your entire family and will help ensure the water is identified regardless of where it hides.

We offer 24-hr emergency response by trained, uniformed restoration professionals. With top of the line equipment and time-tested cleanup and restoration techniques, SERVPRO of Lake County Franchise Professionals have the expertise to help make your house feel like home again.

When it comes to your home and your family, even small disasters can feel like huge problems. So if a water damage occurs in your home, just call SERVPRO of Lake County at (352) 735-3311.

We will be there to help make it, “Like it never even happened."

IICRC Company

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Lake County is an IICRC firm.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies.

IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.

IICRC Certified Firms must

• Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.

• Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.

• Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.

• Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.

• Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.

The IICRC Develops The Standards For The Restoration Industry

The IICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. These IICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.

About SERVPRO of Lake County

SERVPRO of Lake County specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event.

Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration and we are an IICRC Certified Firm.

We believe in continuous training: from initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.

How-To for Fire Damage

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

Residential Fire House Fire

A fire can be an emotional and traumatic experience for any property owner. We at SERVPRO of Lake County want to help restore order and get you back to your daily life and business fast!

Follow these DO’s and DON’Ts to help reduce additional damage and increase the chances of a successful restoration.


*Limit movement in the affected area to prevent soot particles from being embedded into upholstery  or carpet

*Keep hands clean. Soot on hands can further soil upholstery, walls and woodwork.

*Place dry, colorfast towels or old linens on rugs, upholstery and carpet traffic areas.

Leave HVAC system off until a trained professional can check the system.


*Attempt to wash any walls or painted surfaces prior to contacting us here at SERVPRO of Lake County

*Attempt to shampoo carpet or upholstered surfaces prior to contacting us at SERVPRO of Lake County

*Attempt to clean any electrical appliances (example: toasters, microwaves, stoves, computers, televisions and other office equipment) that may have been close the fire, heat or water; without consulting with an authorized repair service.

*Consume any food or beverage that may have been stored close to the fire, heat or water.

*Turn on any ceiling fixtures - if the ceiling is wet or has fire damage. Wiring may be wet or damaged and could cause electrical shock or create secondary damage.

Wherever there is a house full of water or an office full of smoke, there is also a van full of clean. When fire and water damage take control of your life, remember that SERVPRO of Lake County is here to help you take it back.

Give us a call today (352) 735-3311.