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Commercial mold Remediation

9/10/2021 (Permalink)

Cut out drywall Moldy Drywall and a Dehumidifier to help with the drying

Commercial Mold Remediation

Your Business is your lively hood and your customer’s health is very important. With that being said, SERVPRO of Lake County Florida was called to this Business when a water leak turned into a mold remediation. When you have a water leak and try to address the problem yourself and not having the proper tools and drying equipment you can start to see suspect mold growth. The potential client first called a Hygienist to investigate the issue and take some air samples and tape samples of the suspect growth. When the client received the report back from the Hygienist, they called SERVPRO immediately. SERVPRO responded quickly and began the remediation the next day. Needless to say, the client was very impressed with our company and would highly recommend us. Just like the logo says, "Like it never even happened."

 Call your friends at SERVPRO of Lake County for all your Remediation needs.  352) 735-3311 

**Don't forget that we are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.** 

Commercial Building Cleaning

9/8/2021 (Permalink)

Fire at a Church Setting up equipment

Knowing the right way to clean not only makes your buildings look good - but also saves you time and money.  Did you know that improper dusting is one of the things that your customers will complain about the most?  Start out the right way with the proper cleaning procedures and you'll keep your customers happy and your checkbook growing. Avoiding Cross Contamination in Commercial Cleaning

  • First, wipe down all surfaces with cleaning solution.
  • Next, use green product on all areas where possible, like desks, phones, door knobs and push plates, elevator buttons, counters, railings, and all bathroom surfaces. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for appropriate dwell time before wiping off the product.
  • Finally, clean the floor, mopping or vacuuming from the farthest inside point of the room back out the door, throwing away your gloves as you leave the room. For all commercial building cleaning, Please call SERVPRO of Lake County Florida at 352-735-3311 

Water Loss with Containment

8/23/2021 (Permalink)

Containment Water damage with containment

Water Loss

Water damages all have the potential to cause far-reaching damage when they strike. However, not all is lost. Water restoration experts can help salvage most of the items in a house. Homeowners count their losses too quick before engaging the services of restoration experts like SERVPRO. It is important to know the effects of water damage so that homeowners understand the need for remediation. Wind damage, for instance, can cause heavy roof damage. Roof damage is mainly from loose tiles or shingles. Wind damage during and after a storm can also cause moisture under loose shingles to slip through the roof. Homes with wooden roofs can experience wood swelling. This leads to further roof damage necessitating immediate repair. Postponing roof repair especially from strong storms containing rain and high winds only leads to more costs. A simple roof leak repair can turn into a roof replacement if not handled immediately. It is also crucial to conduct roof inspection, especially after a storm warning. This minimizes the costs to be incurred in roof repair after the storm damage happens. A roof inspection will identify all the damaged places, and the roof repair will be handled in time. All roof leaks are also sealed to ensure that the roof is able to withstand the coming weather damage. Homeowners need to explain the type of damage so that the home restoration experts can come with the right tools and gear to carry out water remediation. One such tool is a sump pump. These sump pumps are used to drain water after a flooding or water damage. A sump pump can also work automatically. It can be left in a room to drain the ground water. The pumps are able to handle the ground water even as it rises. Commercial sump pumps are also available to deal with massive flood water situations such as river flooding. In a home application, the flood pumps can be used with vacuums. For all your restoration needs please call SERVPRO of Lake County Florida.

Ph. 1-352-735-3311

Church Water Damage

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage Standing water in room

Churches may be damaged by water from any number of sources. You have the normal causes such as burst pipes, damaged roofs, or natural disasters such as flash flooding. But then there are elements that other structures do not have to deal with, such as water damage from baptisteries, which hold large amounts of water and may cause serious problems if they decide to overflow or malfunction. The concept of water restoration in churches is the same as it is for any other building: the removal of the water from the property followed by the drying, cleaning, and repair of all surfaces that may have been involved. Depending on the area involved, as well as the depth and severity of the spill, the water will need to be extracted from the damaged zone. Wooden pews that were immersed in water may warp significantly, so special care will be needed to treat them during the drying process. Padded pews present their own brand of problems, since it may be impossible to dry the padding out, at least not before mold becomes a serious issue. Pews may need to be re-padded completely to avoid this problem. Churches also contain many electrical components; not just the standard electrical system, but also the electronics powering the sound system, lighting, and other components. Electricians will need to be consulted and proper inspections performed before any electrical devices or systems are turned back on. It is important to remember that water may run for a considerable distance through ceilings or other areas before finding a spot where it can leak downward, so remember to be thorough when checking upper levels for signs of damage or wear. Any classrooms or offices affected by the water will need to be dried out and all loose items removed for inspection, cleaning, repair and restoration. This should always be done away from the damaged area so that other restoration procedures are not interrupted. Water damage to worship centers or auditoriums may be severe due to the amount of space involved. Carpets will need to be given special care to preserve their beauty and prevent unsightly staining, or worse, the growth of mold beneath the surface. Parishioners should be prevented from entering the damaged area until all repairs are complete. This may mean relocation of worship services or other church activities for the duration of the restoration process.

Church Flooding

8/18/2021 (Permalink)

Equipment Water Loss with Equipment

Commercial Flooding

Your church is your congregation's shelter, helping shield them from the storms of life. But if life's literal storms damage your place of worship, or if your cleaning goes beyond the reach of your staff please give SERVPRO of Lake County a call. No stain is too small and no storm damage is too big for our SERVPRO team. We have the training, experience and equipment to restore and clean churches quickly, helping make it "Like it never even happened."

When life's storms roll in, leave the building restoration to us so you can continue restoring lives. 

 Call your friends at SERVPRO of Lake County.       (352) 735-3311 

**Don't forget that we are available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.** 

Commercial Fire Damage

8/9/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Damage 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

Commercial Building Project

7/12/2021 (Permalink)

Demolition Project Hepa Vacuuming after Demolition Project

SERVPRO was contacted by a building contractor for a special project that needed done on time & with the expertise that our franchise is noted for. They had asked for the project to be completed in 7 to 10 days. Once we began demolition on this project, we discovered microbial growth. We contacted the building contractor and showed him the photos we took. We all came up with a plan of attack & executed it perfectly. Our SERVPRO team stepped up and finished the entire project in 3 days. Needless to say, our customer was very pleased with us & said he would use SERVPRO of Lake County for any future projects. SERVPRO of Lake County does many special projects, so please give us a call if you need us at. Ph. 352-753-3311  

Commercial Airduct Cleaning Equipment

7/7/2021 (Permalink)

Negative air machine Commercial Airduct Cleaning Equipment

Why is Air Duct Cleaning important? First of all, your home or business is a very important investment for you. Your HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning) is the lung of your house or your business so you would want to keep your system as clean as possible. Changing your furnace filters is a big start! But no matter what--dust, pet hair, pollen, etc.--particles get into the duct work & you start potentially breathing in all these things stated. If you feel your system needs a cleaning, we are happy to help! SERVPRO of Lake County has specially trained & licensed technicians to perform the Air Duct cleaning in your home or business.  Give SERVPRO of Lake County a call for all your Air Duct cleaning needs at Ph. 352-735-3311       


7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Mold in the classroom Mold on Student Desk

High Humidity and HVAC system not properly working:

A classroom with a high relative humidity experiences air that is very moist, making students feel overly chilled or sticky depending on the temperature. All that extra water in the air facilitates the growth of bacteria, mold, fungus and dust mites. This growth is harmful to students and teachers in many ways.

High humidity levels even result in condensation forming inside the windows, ceilings and walls of classrooms and other areas of a school, damaging building materials.

Controlling Humidity Levels
Moisture concerns inside schools are caused by a wide range of conditions, such as leaks in plumbing and in the roof, condensation, damp ground beneath a structure and outdoor humidity. The simple act of students exhaling creates moisture. Tightly sealed newer buildings might not allow moisture to escape. Even temporary, portable classrooms frequently see higher humidity and mold growth.

There are several ways to control and reduce humidity levels inside schools and classrooms. 

  • Make sure adequate ventilation exists to keep humidity levels between 30% and 50%. 
  • Install exhaust fans if you have kitchens for cooking and washing dishes inside classrooms. Give individual classrooms a de-humidifier.
  • Install insulation to cut back on condensation on cold surfaces like windows, exterior walls, pipes and floors.
  • Mount tile around drinking fountains and classroom sinks and on the floor below.

By controlling humidity levels, pathogens, mold, fungus and allergens are controlled as well. If mold is not removed after optimum humidity levels are reached, it can continue to affect the health of teachers and students.

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

7/6/2021 (Permalink)

Carpet Cleaning Cleaning Commercial Carpet

Properly maintained commercial carpet is a strong asset to any facility, providing a clean professional look, a degree of comfort, and a means to remove dust and allergens from the air. Preserving this asset is important, and preventative steps should be taken including simple vacuuming once or twice a week during your scheduled facilities cleaning through more extensive carpet cleaning.


Many things can cause carpet stains; beverages, foods, fertilizer, pesticides, medicines, hair care products and vomit can cause serious staining, requiring carpet cleaning at some level. Often the damage is not discovered immediately, giving the stain time to set and thus becoming more difficult to remove.When this occurs, it is often necessary to contact companies that clean commercial carpets in order to obtain the best results with your facilities cleaning.

Here are a few steps to minimize stain damage:

  • Act soon. Do not let the spot dry and set
  • Always test a spot removal agent in a location concealed from view.
  • Blot the stain. Do not scrub it.
  • Apply a small amount of a recommended cleaning solution to a cloth, not directly to the carpet.
  • Work your way in from the edges of the spot, blotting and rubbing gently.
  • Consult a professional commercial carpet cleaner when dealing with unusual substances such as chemicals.

Emergency Water Damage

6/9/2021 (Permalink)

Checking in equipment Logging in Equipment in DryBook

An Emergency Water damage came in toward the end of the work day. All of our crew chiefs and technician's were on other projects so our owners and myself (marketing and quality control manager) loaded up equipment on our cargo tailor and headed to the medical facility. Upon arrival we began to access the loss with the manager of the facility. We took reading of the areas affected and began to unload the equipment and placed it in the affected areas. We placed twenty two air movers, four dehumidifiers and one air scrubber. The cause of loss was from a janitors closet drain backup. They requested that we spray an anti microbial product through the entire facility. We sprayed approximately 3,000 square feet of the facility. The customers were very pleased how quickly we we responded to there loss and got everything under control.  

Commercial Carpet Cleaning

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

Carpet Cleaning Commercial Carpet Cleaning

  1. Wet cleaning

How it works

Also known as hot water extraction or steam cleaning, the carpet is first pre-conditioned with a chemical reagent that liquefies soils and oil-based substances which may be present in the carpet fibers. Water is heated to a temperature near its boiling point and pressurized, then injected into the carpet. After about 10 to 15 minutes, the solution is extracted with a vacuum.

  1. Gets out soiling from deep down in the carpet.                                                                                                         2. Allows the use of high temperatures, pressures and chemical concentrates.                                                           3. Permits extended dwell times for reaction of cleaning solvents.                                                                                   4. Chemical reactivity facilitated by agitation with grooming tool or extraction wand.

This is the most widely used method.                                                                                                            Recommended by carpet manufacturers and industry cleaning experts and professionals

  1. Cleaning with an absorbent pad

How it works

This carpet cleaning method is also commonly known as bonnet cleaning and is most often used for routine light maintenance. It can also be used for regular carpet cleaning. The carpet is first vacuumed, and then a chemical solution is sprayed on to it with a hand pump or electric sprayer. The solution is allowed to stay on the carpet for a suitable dwell or reaction time.

The absorbent pad or bonnet, which looks like a towel, is placed on the drive block of a rotary floor machine and spun over the carpet surface at 100 to 300 rpm. This action serves to impregnate the carpet fibers with the chemical solution and then pick it up with the soils afterward.

  1. Fast, simple and inexpensive.                                                                                                                                     2. Excellent results with lightly soiled carpets.
  2. Dry cleaning with an absorbent compound

How it works

A powder that has been mixed with special solvents and cleaning agents is spread over the carpet, and then worked into the carpet fibers with a machine fitted with counter-rotating brushes. The powder absorbs soils in the carpet fibers. After it’s allowed to set on the carpet for 10 to 15 minutes, it’s vacuumed up.

  1. Very simple system with no special technical training required.                                                                                 2. Very fast drying, it typically only takes about 20 minutes before the carpet can be back in service.
  2. Dry foam or rotary shampoo method

How it works

A cleaning agent is applied to the carpet to help suspend dirt and debris in the carpet, which is then whipped into foam and worked into the carpet fibers with the rotating brushes of a special machine. After a short dwell time, the foam is extracted with a vacuum.


  1. Fast, simple to apply and inexpensive.                                                                                                                       2. Rotating brushes provide excellent agitation.                                                                                                             3. Small amount of moisture allows fast drying of carpet.

Commercial Fire

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Fire Cleanup Fire in Restroom area

SERVPRO to get the job done for you!

SERVPRO of Lake County Florida was contacted by a commercial automotive facility to give an estimate on a fire cleanup. When we arrived onsite the area was damaged by fire and smoke due to arson. There were several small areas that were affected by the fire. They asked for an estimate to get all the remediation work done ASAP, with a specific time frame to complete. We all agreed how to proceed with this project and had a plan to proceed with our goal to make the customer completely satisfied with our work.  First in order was removing all areas that couldn’t be cleaned. The next step was cleaning all the affected areas and wiping down all the parts & supplies. Figured it would take approximately 2 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

Commercial Water Damage

5/3/2021 (Permalink)

Water loss with equipment Commercial Water Loss

About 12:30 pm on a Thursday, SERVPRO of Lake County Florida received a call about a water damage at a new school under construction. Our crew responded very quickly and arrived on site at 1:00 pm, which was a 30 minute response time on site. They discovered a sprinkler had broken on the 2nd floor, which affected the 1st and 2nd floor hallways and class rooms. We extracted all the standing water, set up containment in the hallways and then we began to set equipment. We didn’t have enough power in the building for our equipment so we had to use a large pull behind 200 amp service generator, along with 5 spider boxes with 20 amp receptacles. The facilities director was very pleased with our company and responds time. Great job SERVPRO of Lake County Florida. 

For any emergency services please call SERVPRO of Lake County. 352-735-3311

Mold Remediation

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

Drywall removal Drywall removal and Hepa-Vacuuming from mold growth.

If you find mold growing on drywall, trim, or unfinished wood surfaces, and especially if the affected area is more than 10 square feet, hire a mold professional to discover the root and extent of the problem. They’ll also be able to direct you to a reliable mold remediation company such as SERVPRO of Lake County Florida. Reputable companies work with third-party Hygienist's instead of doing the inspection themselves. But be sure to check credentials when hiring an Hygienist. The mold industry is largely unregulated, but there are guidelines to help you know when you’re hiring a true professional. Analyzing air samples isn’t cheap and, depending on the lab used, can cost $30 to $150 for each sample. Some Hygienists roll sampling into their base price, others don’t. So make sure you ask. Not every mold issue requires sampling. If you can see mold, sampling is necessary only if you must identify the actual mold species for medical or legal reasons. However, if you think mold is present but can’t actually see it, samples can confirm your suspicions. Also, sampling typically is used after cleanup (clearance test) to verify success. Ask a Hygienist to explain why they’re taking samples and what hypothesis they’re trying to confirm. Just remember SERVPRO of Phone Lake Co. is here to help. 

Please call SERVPRO of Lake Co for all your needs. Ph. 352-735-3311

Mold in a commercial building

3/17/2021 (Permalink)

Mold on interior wall Mold on wall during demo

Having all the supplies and equipment available when mold is found within the walls during the removal of drywall. The following list are some of the primary items you may wish to have before attempting wall board removal, especially if you believe the area may have experienced a water leak in the past.

1. A HEPA vacuum to remove mold spores before attempting to move.
2. Heavy mil plastic to wrap pieces of mold contaminated wall board before moving to the outdoors.
3. Other precautions include; turn off central air systems since it may spread mold and mildew spores throughout the home, limit the movement of other Business or home occupants during the removal process and seal off the work area or room from other indoor living spaces. If there is visible amounts of mold found during a remodel project, you should consider hiring a mold remediation specialist such as SERVPRO of Lake County Florida. 

Church Fire

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Fire in the Church Fire in Sanctuary

Fires can be devastating to your place of worship. After the fire trucks leave, your property will likely suffer from not only fire and smoke damage, but also widespread water damage and flooding from firefighting efforts. SERVPRO of Lake County Florida have specialized fire and water damage restoration training and experience to quickly clean up and restore your Church Sanctuary to pre-fire condition. They also can remove the smoke odor and deep-clean soot from upholstery and carpet. Our SERVPRO team of professionals will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action. In this case there are several adjointing rooms that were only affected by some smoke can be chem-sponged, sealed and painted. 

Hospital Water Damage

2/1/2021 (Permalink)

Drying equipment Equipment Drying out the hallway

About 12:15 am on a Saturday morning SERVPRO of Lake County Florida received a call about a water damage at a local hospital. Our crew responded very quickly and arrived on site at 1:00 am, that was a 45 minute responds time on site. They discovered a chilled water line had broken on the 2nd floor, which affected the 1st and 2nd floor hallways and patient rooms. We extracted all the water we could then we began to set equipment. The facilities director asked us if we could keep the equipment cords from the air movers and dehumidifiers away from the center of the hallway as much as possible. We agreed with him and taped down the all of the cords that had to cross the hallway. The hospital facilities director was very pleased with our company. Great job SERVPRO of Lake County Florida

Broken Pipe

1/22/2021 (Permalink)

broken pipe in restroom wall Broken pipe in Restroom

Broken or damaged pipes aren’t always obvious. Most pipes burst or leak without warning, and it can be days, weeks or even months before you notice the signs of a damaged pipe. However, once you do spot a leaking or broken pipe, it’s critical to act fast. A broken pipe that isn’t immediately repaired can become a disastrous problem. Leaking water may damage your property and belongings, and your furniture, appliances, carpets, rugs and even clothes can be ruined in a broken pipe accident. Water seepage that’s left attended can also impact your Business or family’s health, as bacteria and mold flourish in damp environments. In this particular case SERVPRO responded to a commercial water loss caused by a broken pipe in the restroom wall. The Client contacted us as soon as it happened and we were on site within an hour. We extracted water and set drying equipment and the customer was pleased with everything we did for them.  


Commercial Water Loss

11/24/2020 (Permalink)

Drywall Repair Repairing Drywall from Commercial Water Loss

Water Damage Disasters at an educational facility are highly complex and require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a small school campus or an institute of higher education, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area so that 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. Your job is to provide valuable lessons and information to the students, ours is to make sure you have a safe place to do so.


Our experience in handling educational facilities cleanups has given us the ability to provide a variety of detailed services for the following educational facilities: K-12 Schools, Colleges & Universities, Dormitories, Private Schools, Libraries, Daycares / Pre-K Facilities

From county school systems to large accredited colleges and universities, SERVPRO of Lake County Florida works to make your education facility disaster “Like it never even happened.”

Please call 1-352-735-3311