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Go with the company that cares for you as if it was their own!
Choose a company that cares!
Our team at SERVPRO has seen it all from people losing their home for weeks or months due to fires and floods. We are here to make it like it never happened! With every job being different we handle every job with great care and focus. SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine / St. Augustine Beach cares about your property and belongings within because we know it is your lifestyle, your business and your home. Our means a lot to us and we intend to care for all of our customers as if it was our home or business.
Our Staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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. With a nationwide system of qualified franchises, no damage is too large or too small for SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville.
We strive to be active in our New Smyrna Beach- Titusville Community. Residents can depend on SERVPRO to arrive on the scene professionals with the top of line training and certifications. As we’ve grown, our mission has never changed. We serve the people, businesses, and organizations of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville that help makes our community prosper.
If you would like to schedule service for your home or business, please call today at (386)-409-9080! We can provide rapid emergency response 24 hours a day 365 days a year! We will be sure to commit to making it “Like it never even happened.”
Serving you since 1967, SERVPRO is the cleaning and restoration brand you know and trust.
As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, you can depend on SERVPRO, whether you need emergency flood damage restoration or your upholstery cleaned. We have the training, experience, and equipment to make your house feel like home again.
- 24-hour emergency service
- Highly trained restoration technicians
- Faster to Any Sized Disaster
- A trusted leader in the restoration industry with more than 2,000 franchises
- Advanced restoration and cleaning equipment
Call us at (386) 424-3219
SERVPRO® of NE Florida Named Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the Florida Gators
SERVPRO is proud to announce its continued partnership with Florida Gators athletics through the 2023-24 athletic season. The new agreement, which includes the teamwork of multiple SERVPRO franchises across the state, is with Florida Gators Sports Properties, LEARFIELD's dedicated team representing the University Athletic Association (UAA).
A leader in the fire, water and bioremediation industry for more than 50 years, SERVPRO becomes the “Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the Florida Gators.” In addition to use of official Gators’ marks, the SERVPRO brand will be represented at numerous official university athletic platforms, including radio game broadcasts, social media content and in-venue signage.
“SERVPRO and Florida Gators both continuously strive to be the best—whether that is on the court, the field of play or in the community,” said Bryce Clark, owner of SERVPRO of Jacksonville South. “SERVPRO’s teammates across Florida are dedicated to serving our customers and look forward to cheering on the Gators.”
“We’re pleased to call SERVPRO a member of our corporate partner family,” said Scott Stricklin, Athletics Director at the University of Florida. “We appreciate their ongoing support of the Gators and our athletics programming, and we welcome them back in this exclusive sponsorship category.”
In complete collaboration with UF, LEARFIELD’s Florida Gators Sports Properties team extends the affinity of the Gators’ brand to businesses and corporations of all sizes looking to align with the undeniably loyal and passionate collegiate sports fan base.
Take our word it's what we stand on and here are what some of our customers have said.
Do you have water damage?
What is water damage? What is the process of fixing a water damage in your home? Do you need emergency Services? Well, SERVPRO of Flagler offers free estimates and provides emergency services and has for many years! Water damage describes various possible losses caused by water intruding where it will enable attack of a material or system by destructive processes such as rotting of wood, mold growth, bacteria growth, rusting of steel, swelling of composite woods, de- laminating of materials such as plywood, short-circuiting of electrical devices, etc. The process of a water damage upon arrival of our team is to do moisture readings and remove excess water from the area whether it be a few puddles or a good amount of standing water. After that our team will assess the situation and begin the dry out and restoration steps and then also replace or reconstruct due to damages. We relay information and communicate with you and insurances as needed until and then even after to check up to make sure the disaster was like it never happened!
Customer Water damage testimonial:
"This company did a fantastic job for a family with four children under 10 years old and the unfortunate situation of an upstairs plumbing leak. They came in the middle of night and saw the job through for four days until all moisture was remediated. Such professional caring is refreshing."
Do you have Fire Damage?
What is Fire damage? What is the process of fixing a Fire damage in your home? Fire damage is the physical damage done to a property as a result of burning. This damage could be caused directly by the flames or indirectly by the smoke and other corrosive substances emitted by the fire. This damage is one of the types of insurance coverage available in property insurance. Our team has specialized equipment to deodorize the smoke and soot smell from your walls, carpets, and upholstery. We will ensure your home returns to “like it never even happened”. We are also a licensed General Contractor to repair the damaged walls, ceilings, and floors to pre-fire condition. We can also board up windows or doors that may have been broken when the fire was active. Our team can use tarps to help with damaged roofs to help reduce further water damage. This is all part of the process however it can differ from job to job and while each one can be its own level of devastating, we handle every fire job with care and are here to make it 'Like it never happened".
Customer Fire damage testimonial:
"We are very pleased with the results of our experience with SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville. Technicians were courteous, accommodating, and skilled, doing their best to help us meet our deadlines for this rental unit. Office staff were courteous, as well, very efficient and helpful in dealing with our insurance carrier. We highly recommend SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville.
These are just a couple of examples, but these are not just a coincidence, they are a standard that we hold ourselves too! SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville is available 24/7 for all your calls at this number! 321-264-0205
SERVPRO has Top of the Line Equipment for All your Restoration Needs!
Call SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville today for all of your water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, and mold remediation needs!
Advanced Technology and Techniques
The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach-Titusville Professionals to restore a property back to pre loss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.
Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment
Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor. After a flood or a leak occurs in your Edgewater home, it is essential that you act quickly to reduce the chance of secondary water damage. SERVPRO understands having the right equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense.
Water Extraction Equipment
The most effective method of removing moisture from a structure is extraction. This is why it is critical to respond quickly to water damage and to provide emergency mitigation services. We have truck mounted and portable extraction units that pump out hundreds of gallons of water from your Sharpes home or business.
Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture. Our crews will come to monitor the affected area daily, documenting moisture levels to ensure a quick dry time.
Odor Removal and Deodorization
Water and fire damage often causes powerful odors. These smells can come from wet carpet, soot along walls after a house fire, and standing sewage after a pipe burst. The machines we use remove airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup process. SERVPRO does not mask a smell, we use Ultra Low Volume foggers and Thermal Foggers to neutralize odor causing particles.
Call SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville today for all of your water damage restoration, fire damage restoration, mold remediation and reconstruction needs!
SERVPRO Tackles Disaster from Remediation to Reconstruction!
From the initial property damage restoration to reconstruction, you can count on SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville to be here to help!
If you have suffered damage to your Volusia County home from fire, water, flooding, mold, etc. know that SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville is here to help as your one-stop shop to return your property back to preloss condition as quickly as possible! SERVPRO is well known for our remediation services for fire, water, and mold, but many don't know that we offer comprehensive building services as well! That means that homeowners have a one-stop option for all their repair, remediation, and rebuilding needs. Learn more about how we can help with any disaster your home may have.
SERVPRO Handles it all With an in-house Team!
Our in-house reconstruction team can handle various jobs from cabinets, drywall installation, flooring, painting, and ceilings. After remediation, it's time to rebuild! Read below for a list of the building and reconstruction services offered by SERVPRO of Greater St. Augustine/ St. Augustine Beach
- Board Up
- Carpet Repair and Installation
- Drywall Installation
- Drywall Removal
- Furniture Restoration
- General Contracting
- Hardwood Floor Repair
- Linoleum Floor Repair
- Marble Floor Repair
- Roofing Services
- Scalable Resources
- Temporary Fencing
- Tile Floor Repair
Why Call SERVPRO for Restoration and Reconstruction Services?
We know there are many companies that can help with reconstruction, but few hold multiple certifications and advanced training to make sure the job is done right, from remediation through reconstruction as SERVPRO can. Our experienced staff is highly trained in property damage restoration, following IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning, restoration, and reconstruction. Utilizing SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville as your one-stop-shop not only ensures that the job is done right but minimizes interruption and keeps overall job costs and time down!
If you experience damage to your home, contact us to get the job done quickly and professionally, from cleanup to remediation to construction and rebuilding. We’re a 24/7/365 service so when you need us, contact us, any time day or night! We are ready to help in any kind of disaster, big or small. We have the resources to tackle any job you might have. If your home or business experiences any kind of damage, call SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville at 321-264-0205!
We Take Safety Seriously at SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville!
Safety first! We go over different safety topics every week with our staff, this week covering proper ladder safety!
At SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville, we not only strive to provide the best possible experience for our customers when it comes to service, quality of work, and safety practices, but we want to create the same environment for our employees as well. That is why every Friday, we bring our whole team together to participate in safety training.
Our weekly safety training covers a wide range of topics from wearing proper protective gear when working in hazardous conditions and property testing PPE to ensure a proper fit, to heat safety and driving safety. We like to focus our weekly topics on what we currently have going on throughout projects, or potential hazards that could be on a job site we are actively working. This week our safety was on ladder safety, led by our restoration crew chief, Ken.
Ken went over proper ladder use by maintaining points of contact, what parts of the ladder are safe to stand on, weight restrictions, and signs to look for that could indicate that the ladder is unsafe for use. We encourage our team to get involved, ask questions or go over scenarios that could help in future situations.
Why SERVPRO Stands Out!
Our team of professionals cares about your home after a major water loss! Call us today for a free estimate.
In the event of emergency water damage, things may seem hectic and confusing. SERVPRO of New Smyrna / Titusville can be your guide through this time. Our certified team of professionals has a rapid response, equipment, and documentation to ensure your home or business stays protected.
Our Team Cares!
Our team in Volusia County understands that time is a key element in water mitigation and restoration. SERVPRO of New Smyrna / Titusville can have a rapid response to your home or business within 90 minutes after getting the call. The key to reducing damage and saving money is responding quickly to your damage.
We use the Right Tools and Equipment!
We have specialized tools like those pictured here, that protect your walls, furniture, and other belongings. We arrive for all water and fire damage, or mold remediation prepared and properly trained for every situation. Check our water damage tips that our IICCRC shared to help protect the contents within your home!
We Provide All Services
Not only do we specialize in water extraction, fire damage restoration, and mold remediation services, but we also provide reconstruction. By having our own reconstruction service team, we are able to avoid hiring a contractor and this really helps keep the overall cost of the job lower than our competition! Many times with fire damage, there also comes a lot of water damage that follows. Our reconstruction team is able to build back the facility’s structural integrity and also the small details such as painting, flooring, and furniture restoration.
Here in Volusia County, our whole staff meets every morning to go over various topics. These meetings include training on equipment and procedures so our team always has fresh training. We also go over the schedules of the day, our goals, and how to achieve them. Our team goes over the details of each job and notes specifics that are important for the whole staff to know.
Call today (321) 264-0205 for a free estimate! We provide 24-hour rapid response 365 days a year!
In today market there are ten or more different businesses for everything you need such as remediation or reconstruction. Why should you chose SERVPRO rather than another company around you? What makes us so different from the competition?
SERVPRO is locally owned and operated. This means each franchise is owned by someone local to your community. Our kids go to the same schools, and we eat at the same restaurants . We love to put money back into our community and help our neighbors whenever they are in trouble.
You can also guarantee that the technicians that come into your home and properly trained and certified to SERVPRO's high level of standards. This means everyone is background checked, trained at the corporate level and certified in their field of profession, whether that is water, fire, mold or all three.
Our lengthy training sets us apart from the competition.
We are available anytime day or night to attend to new losses and get you back to "Like it never even happened."
#SERVPRO #Remediation #Local
What Sets Us Appart?
When most people think of the bright green and orange logo that stands for SERVPRO they think of a major corporation rather than your neighbor or a small locally owned business. While we are a part of that large umbrella of SERVPRO we are also your neighbor next door, a local business owner, and friend in the community.
Our business is owner and operated by someone in your community. He is present in many local events such as chambers, ribbon cuttings, and school sports!
Being local in the community means we care about our neighbors, our schools, and events that are happening in our neighborhood!
With all of this being said we also fall under the big SERVPRO umbrella that gives us more resources than a locally owned small business as well.
When a storm is set to hit our area or an area around us other small business franchise owners come down to help us and our local community recover quicker, brining their resources with them so we can help everyone possible. These other franchises coming down means you will get the best possible service because they are all trained at the high level required by SERVPRO to be a technician with our business.
So when you need us most, whether is be for a duct cleaning or a major disaster we are here ready to serve you.
"Like it never even happened."
Here When You Need Us
SERVPRO is locally owned and operated within each franchise. Our friendly office staff, technicians, marketers, and owner are attending the same events and shopping at the same stores as you.
We love to see our clients out in public and always answer any questions when we can.
The friendly faces of our company represent our services and how we take care of your home when an emergency happens.
We are always available to look at any concerns with your home and have a flexible schedule.
We are open 24/7 for emergencies and a live person is always going to answer the phone that works directly for our office. This allows us to get our team out to you as fast as possible to minimize the damage to your home. Our staff is always able to help and answer questions you may have in your time of need.
Always keep us in mind for the time you need us so we can make it "Like it never even happened."
While in the thick of the storm season we are thinking about rain and cleaning out our gutters and swells but we also need to think about this inside of our home and preventing fires there as well. Here is the list with 5 measures you should be taking annually.
1. Test your smoke alarms regularly
While not all of us are wonderful cooks and may test the alarms out more frequently than every year it is still something that needs to be done.
2. Inspect all of your heating sources
If your units are not working properly it can quickly cause an issue of smoke or fire in your home. You can do this yourself or have a professional come take a look for you.
3. Keep your stove and oven clean
Some of us neat freaks make sure to clean to stove a few times a week or after ever use but that is not always the case. The oven is a bit more tricky. Some ovens have a self cleaning setting you can use or you might have to get in there and put some elbow grease into it.
4.Don't leave you kitchen
If you are cooking food or have an appliance plugged in do not walk away. This is when a spontaneous fire normally happens.
5. Always check your dryer
Make sure the clean out the lint trap after every use as well as have your dryer vent cleaned every year. We often forget this but it is one of the biggest hazards in the home.
At your local SERVPRO we are here to help in any situation. We are always available to set up an estimate to come onsite and look or by phone if you just have a question.
This time of year is great to get your ducts and carpets cleaned or take care of that pesky growth problem you have.
All of our knowledgeable staff at SERVPRO are available to answer any questions, get you set up with an estimate appointment, or get you on the schedule for a direct cleaning. They are happy to answer any questions or give any kind of in-depth detail you may need about a service we provide.
Our Sales Representative is always out and about in the community and is happy to answer any questions or look at any areas of concern you may have as well.
Our locally own franchises are always available by phone 24/7 for that middle of the night emergency. The person you will talk to is someone who works in our local office and will always be able to help.
"Like it never even happened."
SERVPRO is known for having a large travel team, which consists of smaller franchises who come from across the country to wherever help is needed.
We at your local SERVPRO participate in that as well. Having a travel team when a catastrophe hits means a lot more behind the scenes work as well for those that stay at home. Our office staff and other technicians have to make sure our guys on the road are taken care of as well as our customers at home base are taken care of as well. We have a balancing act going on during these times, which we are more than capable of handling.
Throughout the year our technicians undergo strenuous training to make sure they are prepared when the time comes. When our team is onsite we make sure we stay as long as we are needed and help every customer possible.
This process is hard on our team as we never know how long our guys will be gone. Rest assured however, we do not leave until we have helped everyone we possibly can and make it "Like it never even happened."
In Your Community
SERVPRO is part of your community. Our staff and owner are always taking part in local events that our neighbors and local businesses are participating in.
We love to do all of the same things you and your family like to do. While New Smyrna hasn't had too many events that we have been able to participate in lately we cannot wait until they are back.
Here at SERVPRO we are always here for you, whether that be in an emergency or seeing you at a local event. We participate as much as we can to stay involved in our community.
We like to also participate in local charity events but that has been slightly hard with the restrictions of COVID. When we are able to come out into the community and help with those kinds of things we will be there. We cannot wait to see everyone back out in the community and participate in local events and charities.
Why chose us?
Why should you chose our company over the competitors? There are many choices out there for every situation today. However not all companies or services are created equal. Some companies put their staff first, some companies put their business first, and some companies put their customers and employees. first.
We are the last of the three. We put our customers and employees first. SERVPRO believes that by treating our employees the right way and giving them the tools and praise that they deserve that they can offer the best service to our customers.
We put our customers first as well. Without our customers we would not have a business or a community. We are grateful for each and every customer we are able to prove services to.
SERVPRO goes above and beyond for their staff and customers to make sure each and everyone is taken care of how they should be. We respect and appreciate everything they all do.
All of Your Questions Answered
There are too often times when a homeowner notices something but just lets it go. If you see something that looks wrong or just concerns you, call and ask.
Here at SERVPRO there are no stupid questions. We will be open an honest with as to what we may think is the problem and what a possible solution is. If we can not may a determination or be much help over the phone without seeing it we will always offer to come out and take a look for you, free of charge.
We never charge our customers an estimate fee. We will come out, determine what we think needs to be done and give you an estimate. If need be we will even help walk you through the steps and processes if you need to file a claim.
SERVPRO works with insurance companies daily and are always happy to help in any situation we can.
Have a question?
Call SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach - Titusville
Your Local Restoration with the Manpower to Help
SERVPRO is one of the largest restoration companies in the restoration community. We have thousands of locations ready to help you no matter where you are in the United States.
SERVPRO is also your neighbor. Each location is locally owned and operated. We are in your community and always what to help our neighbors and local community in their time of need.
Because we are part of the local community, chamber, and business community we treat our customers exactly how we would want to be treated.
We take the time to keep your home clean and as livable as possible while we are working in your home. If your home is uninhabitable we will work with you and your insurance company to make sure you have a place to live while we get your life back to normal.
In your time of need whether it be water, fire, mold, or storm damage we are here to get your life back to normal. Call SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach - Titusville
Keep Your Health in Mind
Add sanitizing measures to your daily cleaning routine
Cleaning and disinfecting has never been more important than right now during this time of concern. Whether it be at home or an essential business it is important to minimize the chance of germs being passed between one individual and another.
SERVPRO is here to help in anyway possible. We are taking measures within our office to minimize the foot traffic, keep a six foot distance between individuals and clean surfaces everyday.
Here at SERVPRO we have the capability to properly clean and sanitize to the CDC standards in both the home and business if a confirmed case were to come about. We also do preventative cleanings with the same standards to prevent any possibility if a customer, patron or previous homeowner could have had it.
To properly clean and disinfect at home follow these guideline provided by the CDC.
Wear disposable gloves to clean and disinfect all areas. Use soap and water to clean highly used areas such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, keyboards, sinks, etc.
Disinfect all ares with a diluted household bleach solution per manufacturer's instructions and leave solution on surface for at least 1 minute.
For soft surfaces use soap and water or cleaners appropriate for the surface. If possible launder appropriately.
Electronics such as tablets, phones, and remote controls put a wipeable cover on electronics or used alcohol-base wipes or sprays with atleast 70% alcohol.
During this scary and unknowing time it is important to practice social distancing, proper cleaning routines, and call SERVPRO to come and help deeply disinfect areas of concern.
Stay safe and healthy while we all work together through this time.
SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach / Titusville
SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach - Titusville is Here for you in this time of need
We are are here to help with all of your sanitizing needs.
Here at SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach - Titusville we are considered an essential service. When a disaster strikes we are here for you 24/7. During COVID -19 we understand that water, fire, mold, and COVID - 19 crises arise at anytime without regard for what else may be going on.
We are here for you to help with water damages, fire catastrophes, and mold issues at anytime, so please feel free to call us. Here we have the ability to do COVID-19 cleanings when it is convenient for you at home or at your business. We understand hours of operation may be affected by this and we are will willing to work with your business and schedule to help in any way we can.
SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach - Titusville
Here for you in this time of need
COVID-19 brings uncertainty to many things in all our daily lives. We here at SERVPRO want you to know we are here for you. Our doors will continue to be open for all your emergencies and cleaning needs.
We offer an extensive cleaning to wipe out any germs caused by the virus. We are prepared with the proper recommended gear and cleaning supplies. It does not matter the job size, big or small, we are here to help.
SERVPRO covers a wide array of services from carpet cleanings to biohazard clean-up and emergency water losses. Fell free to reach out to us if you have any questions on any services we provide. We are here during this time of need to help with anything we can.
Phone: (386) 447-2202
How can you be best prepared for COVID-19 in here home? We want you to be the most prepared you can in this time of uncertainty. Below we have put together some best practices according to the CDC’s guidelines.
Get together a plan for your home. Started out with talking to everyone that lives in your home and consider who is at the greatest risk. Get to know your neighbors and community. Make sure to create an emergency list of resources, include family, friends, resources such as SERVPRO and healthcare providers.
One of the most important steps is to practice and maintain good personal hygiene and cleaning habits for your home. Stay away from those who are sick. If you are sick, stay home, cough or sneeze into your elbow and always wash your hands thoroughly. Continually sanitize and clean your home, unfortunately this also includes laundry as well.
Take time to prepare if your child’s school or daycare close. Know your rights, whether that is working from home or bringing your children with you.
These are some of the most important tips to take in during this time. If you have any questions, concerns or cleaning and emergency needs, please feel free to reach out to us.
Phone: (386) 447-2202
Professional and Friendly Team Always Here to Help You
At SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville our team of professional technicians and supervisors love what they do. We come in ready to work and have a great attitude. When duty calls for it they are ready to suit up and get the job done right.
Here we are getting ready to go under a large hospital building in Daytona for an inspection. We were able to secure the job after inspection.
We needed to climb under the building, clean up the piping, lay plastic and a layer of lime.
Our team is always ready to do what it takes to get the job done right and you home or business back up and operational.
Call us at 24/7 at 386-447-2202
Or visit our website: http://www.SERVPROflaglercounty.com/
All About SERVPRO
SERVPRO of New Smyrna Beach- Titusville is locally owned and operated. All of our Team Members live and work in your area. We are your neighbor, your friend, and we are always here to help.
We have certified - trained technicians, state of the art equipment, and the resources to handle any loss any size 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
We care about the people we work with and it reflects in our workmanship. When a disaster strikes, whether it be a flood, a hurricane, or even mold damage we want to be there for you and your family to help restore your home or business to preloss condition.
When a disaster happens you only want your life to get back to normal as quickly as possible, SERVPRO is here to help that happen.
See us at: https://www.SERVPROnewsmyrnabeachtitusville.com/
Or call us at: (321) 264-0205
There are several myths in the industry that tile floor does not absorb water and can be dried out without any after effects. The truth is that both the slab and the tile may absorb water. If not properly dried out weeks or even months down the line a tenting affect may take place in the tile. This is where the tile dries out and expands or contracts and forms a tent. The slab will shrink back down to the original size, however the tile will not shrink but rather stay the same size which could be what causing the tenting effect. There are many other factors that can come into play such as what the tile is made of, what temperate the tile was fired at, the amount of time the tile was fired, and whether the tile was glazed or not. All of this comes into play and will be tale tell signs if the tile will tent or not.
Allergy-Proof Your Home
If you have hay fever or allergic asthma symptoms throughout the year, take a few steps to reduce allergens in your home. Here are some suggestions: Bed and Bedding: Encase pillows, mattresses and box springs in dust-mite-proof covers. Flooring: Remove carpeting and use hardwood or linoleum flooring and washable area rugs. Curtains/Blinds: Use washable curtains and replace horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades. Windows: Close windows and rely on air conditioning during pollen season. Furnishings: Avoid upholstered furniture. Clutter: Remove items that collect dust. Store children’s toys, games, etc. in plastic bins. Pets: Keep animals out of the bedroom. Bath pets at least once a week. Keep pets outside. Air Filtration: Choose an air filter that has a small-particle or HEPA filter. Furniture: Use furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic.Plants: Spread aquarium gravel over the dirt to help contain mold. Fireplaces: Avoid using wood-burning fireplaces or stoves.Stove: Use a vented exhaust fan to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture. Sink: Wash dishes daily.Refrigerator: Wipe up excessive moisture to avoid mold growth. Cabinets/Counters: Clean cabinets and counter-tops with detergent and water. Food Waste: Place garbage in a can with an insect-proof lid and empty trash daily. Ventilation: Use an exhaust fan to reduce moisture while taking baths/showers. Walls: Install tile or paint the walls with mold-resistant enamel paint. Shower/Tub: Towel-dry the tub and enclosure after use to prevent mold. Toilet/Sink: Scrub mold from plumbing fixtures. Repair leaks. Foundation, Windows, and Stairwells: Repair any sources of leaks or water damage. Air Quality: Use a dehumidifier to reduce dampness and clean it once a week. Storage: Store collectibles and clothes in plastic storage bins. Clothes Dryer: Vent moisture outside. Temperature/Humidity: Maintain the temperature between 68 F (20 C) and 72 F (22 C) and keep relative humidity no higher than 50 percent. Pests: Control cockroaches and mice with inexpensive traps from the hardware store. Mold: Close doors and windows during warm weather and use air conditioning and dehumidifiers. Weekly Cleaning Routine: Damp-mop wood or linoleum flooring and vacuum carpeting. Smoking: Don’t allow smoking anywhere inside your house. Source/Information: Mayo Clinic
What to do before leaving for Vacation
Everyone is always so excited to go on vacation that they often miss important items that need to be done around the house that can better prepare against issues while gone. It can be very helpful to have someone check-in on the house a few times while you are on vacation to check the mail and make sure your house does not flood but there may be more you can do. A house sitter may not always know where important valves are or who you would want to contact in case of an emergency if you do not already have that information set out for them.
The first big thing to do to protect your home before leaving is going to shutting off the main water supply to the home. This will protect against flooding or a sudden link in your home.
The next thing may not apply to everyones home but it is important to those it pertains to. The sump pump. You need to check it and make sure it is not close to full or there are not any other rainwater near it as it can wuickly become an issue.
In many places it will be one of the extremes, either very hot or very cold. In Florida it will normally be very hot. You will want to turn your thermostat up but do not turn the A/C off as that is what is going to protect your home against possible growth as best it can. If it is somewhere cold you will want to turn the heat down but not off as that will help protect against freezing pipe, not prevent though.
To keep flowers alive you will want to have your house sitter come bay and water them or use a mechanism that slowly released water throughout the time you are gone to continue to give them water.
Other things to include would be unplugging electronics to prevent against surges, fires, and lower your electric bill while away. You will also want to light rooms with timers to help prevent against burglars and they will think you are home.
These are just a few quick ways to protect your home while away.
Why you should clean your air ducts
The air ducts in your home carry air throughout your home to circulate and bring in cool and warm air depending on the time of year and which system is on. With these ducts carrying air throughout everyday it will pick up a number of different items and sometimes they will get stuck or blocked. Dust will also get built up in there as time goes on. Here are some of the top reasons you need to get your air ducts cleaning once a year. The first reason and one of the most common is pets. Pets with dander and that shed often get that hair into the ducts and get stuck in the air handler making it work harder and possibly cause a hazard the your home if let go to long. This leads to the next item, allergies and asthma, pet hair can lead to this but can also lead to worsening allergies and athsma due to the build up. If your ducts and vents are full of pet hair and pollen and dusk it can make your allergies significantly worse. Next on th list is cigarette or cigar smoke. You should not smoke in your home due to the fire hazard but if someone in the past has smoked in the home, cleaning the ducts can lessen the smell but may not completely get rid of it. Up next on the list is water contamination or damage to the home. If there is a water loss affecting the ducts or the HVAC system it should be cleaned to ensure and affected water has been removed and sanitize the area it affected. Finally for the last item on the list is any home remodeling. When remodeling paint fumes, and tile dusk, all sorts of things can get into those ducts and be blown around the home affecting allergies and get blown onto carpet and couches making the home dirty and dusky. The best thing to do is have the ducts cleaned once a year to ensure top function. Call us today to schedule!