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Factors Affecting Water Damage Drying for Naples Properties

3/4/2023 (Permalink)

4 SERVPRO employees holding up IICRC water damage restoration certifications Our IICRC certified and trained water restoration technicians use advanced water inspection, extraction, and drying equipment to restore your home.

SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Establish Accurate Water Damage Drying Goals

Home water cleanup can seem like an easy enough task for most Naples homeowners to tackle. However, soaking up excess water permeating area rugs or drywall can lead to potential mold growth or subflooring water damage. Certified professionals can save home occupants time and money with their knowledge of moisture mitigation strategies and drying equipment.

Naples water damage restoration technicians at SERVPRO are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to render home water damage cleanup and drying services. The drying process covers structural materials like wood and drywall and residential contents like upholstery, shelving, cabinetry, keepsakes, and documents.

Conditions That Affect Residential Water Damage Removal and Drying

While DIY solutions may seem viable for home water mitigation, Naples area homeowners may want to reconsider. Various factors impact the success of full cleanup and restoration, including:

  • Volume of water from a leak or flood
  • Time water stagnated on surfaces
  • Type of material affected by the pooling water
  • Access for water extraction
  • Need for possible controlled demolition
  • Weather conditions regarding heating and ventilation of affected areas

Rarely do homeowners possess the necessary equipment for drying water damaged contents and structures. Often many centrifugal air movers, axial fans, LGR-dehumidifiers, desiccant dehumidifiers, containment barriers erection, and ancillary devices must mitigate the damage.

SERVPRO Establishes Effective Water Damage Drying Goals

SERVPRO water removal technicians scrutinize moisture-affected surfaces with calibrated moisture measurement tools. These include penetrating units for porous items, non-penetrating sensors for surface-level readings of sensitive and non-porous contents, and thermal imaging cameras to detect changes in temperature that can indicate the presence of water damage behind surfaces. This process allows the crew to establish and implement a drying plan to return contents to suitable pre-disaster moisture levels.

After inspecting the damage, technicians focus on the following to establish drying goals:

  • Evaluating and measuring contents unaffected by water to determine the dry standard for the home. This standard creates a frame of reference for successful structural drying.
  • Measuring relative RH and specific SH humidity levels before, after, and during drying to ensure that the dry standard for the home is met in a timely, efficient fashion. Relative humidity in each space needs to be below 50% for structural drying with air movement and dehumidification equipment to be as effective as possible.
  • Documentation throughout the drying process is crucial for adhering to the dry standard and adjusting drying strategies as needed to prevent structures and contents from becoming too dry or being left too humid.

Our office staff and technicians can assist home and business property owners with the execution of a plan developed by the insurance carrier. We can submit realistic costs on a line-by-line basis that insurance companies can accept. In a significant water damaging event, time is of the essence. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island provides water cleanup when homeowners call (239) 302-5700, making homes feel “Like it never even happened.”

How to Restore Fire Damaged Walls and Ceilings in Naples

3/4/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee wiping a tan fire damaged wall Our technicians can help you recover from fire damage after a disaster at your house. Call today to begin the remediation process.

Naples SERVPRO Fire Restoration Technologies Effectively Clean Smoke Residues

Home fire restoration is an overwhelming project for Naples homeowners to tackle. Without the right tools and knowledge, cleaning without professional intervention can unintentionally smear soot stains, spread smoke residues, and allow protein residues from cooking fires to release pungent odors on many surfaces. However, there are ways to address damage while saving time and money.

Naples SERVPRO fire damage restoration technicians are equipped with the necessary knowledge and technologies to thoroughly remediate soot and smoke soils and odors while preventing secondary damage to structures and contents. SERVPRO techs can also clean HVAC systems and remediate water damage from fire suppression.

Understanding Fire and Smoke Damage Soils and Why They Stain Surfaces

While some fire damage soils smear, not all do so. However, many fires are likely to feature dry and wet smoke residues.

  • Dry smoke results from high-heat, high-oxygen fires, typically quickly extinguish. Items that produce this type of smoke include wood, paper products, and natural fibers like cotton, wool, and silk.
  • Wet smoke typically results from slow-burning, low-heat, low-oxygen fires that affect synthetic materials like polymers and plastics.
  • Homeowners should also be conscious of the presence of protein residues, which are greasy, pungent, and nearly invisible to the naked eye. Filmy proteins come from burnt meats, poultry, and fish and require specialized cleaning solutions to mitigate in full.

While fire soils are crucial to remediating them, consumer-grade solutions are not always sufficient for effective cleanup. They can even worsen stains in some cases. SERVPRO professionals can respond to Naples homeowners’ needs with 24/7 remediation, fire odor removal, and build-back services.

SERVPRO Soot Removal Solutions for Walls and Ceilings Before Restoration

Fire restoration technicians thoroughly clean both wet and dry smoke residues from walls and ceilings with specially-designed EPA-registered sanitation solutions and dry cleaning methods. Ceilings may require active peroxide cleaning for gentle but effective remediation with unique soils, textures, or porosity.

  • SERVPRO Dry Cleaning Sponges are ideal for light to moderate fire damage soils and can be used to pre-clean dry residues before wet cleaning on grease fire damage areas.
  • Wet cleaners, including detergents and alkaline solutions, are well-suited to oily smoke residues and heavier accumulations of dry soot.
  • Meanwhile, active peroxide cleaning is deployed after soils are vacuumed or brushed off a ceiling. Then, a fan pattern can spray the stabilized hydrogen peroxide with a 40 to 60 psi sprayer.

SERVPRO techs can prep the space for painting if repainting proves necessary after a fire. This process, also called “cleaning for paint,” does not provide a complete visual indication of cleanliness but eliminates the required residues to prepare a wall or ceiling for repainting. Painted walls can be sealed with a pigmented alcohol shellac. This process salvages structures that have suffered heavy damage while returning them to a pre-damage condition.

“Clean for no paint,” meanwhile, provides a full clean of light residues with a dry-cleaning sponge or mild, wet cleaning solution.

Property owners can call (239) 302-5700 for fire restoration services from SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island. This team ensures that homes look and feel “Like it never even happened. after a home structure fire.”

Why Naples Homeowners Should Use Professional Mold Damage Remediation

3/4/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO trucks in a parking lot We are available 24/7 so don't hesitate and call right away when you spot mold in your home. We have the right equipment to restore your home.

SERVPRO Mold Cleanup Technologies Can Save on Repair and Replacement Costs

When Naples property owners discover mold in their residence, it can be tempting to remediate it with "do-it-yourself" solutions. While all buildings contain some microbes, total mold removal is not possible regardless of whether homeowners or professionals do the remediating. However, professionals can ensure that spore populations are reduced to safe, pre-disaster levels.

SERVPRO renders 24/7 mold damage remediation for Naples homes. Restoration technicians are trained to do more than just clean: mold mitigation training includes decontamination and containment procedures that prevent microbes from spreading outside the impacted area.

How Mold Damage Impacts Residential Structures and Why Fast Remediation is Crucial

Spores tend to settle on building materials in areas with minimal air circulation, elevated humidity, and suitably warm temperatures. Whether the conditions that allow these microbes to proliferate come from construction, stormy weather, or a pipe leak, homeowners should keep an eye out for contaminants on the following materials:

  • Anything paper or cardboard-based, including drywall, consists of a layer of gypsum sandwiched between paperboard sheets. This construction makes it porous and amenable to mold growth under the right conditions.
  • Check behind fixtures like glue-up shower enclosures for signs of mold growth. Dark growth along cracks in sealant and a distinct musty odor are among the first easily detectable signs.
  • Microbes can also grow on wood and concrete, including home foundations, which can eventually decay essential structures.

SERVPRO Mold Damage Mitigation with Cutting-Edge Restoration Technologies

SERVPRO's diverse mold remediation tools are designed to maximize effectiveness and flexibility during restoration. Technicians must undergo education on mold damage mitigation per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) protocols.

Technicians utilize such equipment as:

  • EPA-registered biocide solutions can be sprayed, fogged, or applied manually with mops, cloths, syringes, brushes, and other applicators.
  • Commercial-grade personal protective equipment (PPE) minimizes the risk of secondary mold damages when paired with SERVPRO's adherence to microbial containment and equipment decontamination protocols.
  • Moisture extraction with rovers, carpet wands, and truck-mounted units for large-scale moisture exposure are essential for minimizing mold odors and making a Naples home inhospitable for microbes.
  • Structural drying equipment includes axial or centrifugal air movers and dehumidification units. The primary mechanisms used in SERVPRO dehumidifiers include low-grain refrigerant coils and silica gel desiccants.
  • A suite of odor control options, including water- and solvent-based sprays and fogging solutions, time-release gel capsules, and scented granules.

After mold cleanup, technicians can reinstall drywall and make necessary repairs to structures impacted by microbes. SERVPRO also cleans and restores contents affected by mold damage with such tools as OSHA-approved immersion cleaning solutions, HEPA filter vacuums, and ozone generators, which can denature mold to prevent inert spores from impacting a home any further.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and can render mold inspection and remediation assistance at any time of the day or night. SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island is a phone call away from beginning the mitigation process at (239) 302-5700.

Water Mitigation for Naples Area Businesses

3/2/2023 (Permalink)

servpro box trucks on location SERVPRO at the scene to mitigate water damage in Naples

Commercial Establishes in Naples Benefit from SERVPRO’s Water Restoration Team

Naples’s business owners are all too familiar with the devastation a storm can causeand understand the perils of leaving water damage unattended for a long time. The impact on the bottom line and customer retention can be unsurmountable, threatening the mere existence of the business. However, small storms and problems like broken pipes or malfunctioning sprinklers can also cause significant damage that requires a professional team to restore.

Businesses in Naples looking for water mitigation services should know SERVPRO is always by their side. Our trained staff and advanced technology come together to methodically clean, dry, and sanitize your place, all while minimizing the interruption to your daily operations. The first step in the right direction when you discover water damage is calling us at our 24/7 phone line. We begin the remediation process as soon as we arrive and ensure it is safe to enter

So what should you do when your business is underwater? Our technicians will guide you through the proper steps and explain their relevance. Depending on the areas affected and what each surface is made of, we have several options in our arsenal to restore them. Sometimes safety dictates that we discard a piece of furniture or carpet or move it to an offsite location for a specific drying technique. Through it all, SERVPRO is there to help. The three main steps to a successful water remediation and mitigation job include the following-

? Water extraction from all surfaces

? Drying of each item and restoration of normal moisture levels

? Application of antimicrobial solutions to deter mold and bacteria growth

SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island is part of the community, and we’re here to help you in your time of need. Call us at (239) 302-5700 and see what sets us apart.

Taking Care of Mold Damage in Naples Is Time-Sensitive and Urgent

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

seniors at servpro event in line to eat Our Naples area senior citizens and snowbirds trust SERVPRO for mold damage remediation for their condos and homes.

Address Mold Damage Promptly to Avoid Secondary Issues

Mold damage in Naples is common, particularly given the damage from Hurricane Ian in 2022. Some telltale signs of mold growth include a musty smell, discoloration in walls and ceilings, and mold spots typically round, dark, and fuzzy. As soon as you detect any of these changes in your house, it is time to call a reputable mold remediation company to assess the damage and potential ramifications. As with most things, prevention and early detection are key to avoiding significant consequences.

In Naples, mold damage remediation is possible with SERVPRO’s expert help. Our certified experts arrive at your home equipped with the latest techniques and technology to detect and mitigate mold presence. At the core of our effective approach is the use of appropriate cleaning methods that fit the type of mold and how widespread the issue is. Whether it is a chemical, mechanical solution, or a combination of both, you can trust our staff to make an educated decision protecting your home. 

Some of the techniques we might use include the following-

  • HEPA vacuuming quickly eliminates excessive mold particles and sets the stage for a successful process. 
  • They are essential in cleaning the air in your home.
  • For items suitable for wet cleaning methods, using EPA-approved solutions is effective, especially in removing stains and deep cleaning.
  • Not surprisingly, applying antimycotic solutions is also helpful in controlling mold spread and keeping its growth under control.

SERVPRO of Naples/ Marco Island is available by calling us at (239) 302-5700. Our team is ready 24/7 to visit your home and take swift action. With our help, your home will look “Like it never even happened.”

Water Damage Restoration to Put Your Naples House Back Together

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

heavy rain hitting roof Our area is often exposed to heavy rain. SERVPRO always has a team standing by, ready to begin any water cleanup you may need.

For Bad Weather, there's Water Damage Restoration

Damaging, harsh weather doesn't happen in Naples often, but the effects of a bad storm can linger. If you find your sunroom or enclosed patio saturated, call us. We're experts in water damage restoration. We also know how to prevent identical problems from occurring again, protecting your home from unnecessary damage.

Residents in Naples depend on water damage restoration services to preserve their homes. Storms can pile water and wind-blown debris onto your property, creating an environment perfect for harboring microorganisms and assorted vermin. If such materials pile up, they can keep areas damp, retaining moisture and increasing the effects of water saturation.

Here are different exterior components of your home which might sustain water damage during a storm:

  • Roofing components
  • Windows and doors, and
  • Gutters

In addition to the shingles, paper, and timber creating your roof, other things are often attached to the top of your residence. Satellite dishes, power lines, vents, and the chimney sit here. When the wind yanks a satellite dish from its location, it makes a gap in the roof. If ducts become covered in debris, they can affect your home's ventilation system. SERVPRO can resolve these issues for you.

Sunrooms and patios are only some of the areas of your home with screens. Window screens and exterior screen doors around your house can become torn or ripped from impact by sharp or rough debris. A gentle branch that taps on your window at night can become a fierce tree limb that twists the screen's frame and breaks the glass during an unexpectedly strong storm. We can clean such messes and make the area "Like it never even happened." 

Your home needs gutters to direct water away from the house's exterior and into specific areas for proper drainage. Water that hits your roof can become quite substantial and flooding your home might happen without correct drainage. We can help get these realigned to protect your house instead of becoming part of the reason it sustains damage.

Whenever you need professional water damage restoration professionals, call us, SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island, at (239) 302-5700.

Why SERVPRO Uses Dry Ice for Mold Damage Repair in Naples Houses

12/2/2022 (Permalink)

white dry ice pellets on a surface SERVPRO's use of dry ice blasting remediates mold damage with minimal harm to structure and contents in Naples properties.

Blasting Makes Mold Damage Repair Easier & Faster

Microbes like mold need to stay attached to whatever surface they feed on to survive. Once taken away from their food source, they quickly die. In addition to food, they also need an ongoing moisture supply in your Naples home. When mold flourishes, your house needs professional mold damage repair services.

SERVPRO technicians use a blasting technique that acts like sandblasting but with much less mess. We know you want to protect your home in Naples, and mold damage repair is an excellent way to accomplish that goal. Our blasting method uses tiny pellets made of dry ice instead of sand. Although the pellets sublimate into thin air, they still remove mold from durable surfaces, just as if we had used sand, and without using water.

There are other benefits to using dry ice pellets:

  • Nontoxic after evaporating,
  • Do not accumulate, and
  • Never require the additional step of disposal.

Once warmed to room temperature, dry ice becomes harmless carbon dioxide. This gas is the same as a large percentage of the gas people exhale with each breath they take.

Because dry ice pellets sublimate from a solid state into gaseous carbon dioxide, they never accumulate like sand does when using that as a medium.

And since dry ice pellets never accumulate, we never need to dispose of them. All we need to dispose of is the mold that the dry ice blasting removed.

Another benefit of dry ice blasting is that the freezing temperatures of the frozen pellets, although requiring us to wear protective gear, kill the mold on contact.

After removing the mold, we can begin the rest of our mold damage repair project. Removing stains from some areas versus repainting those surfaces is a choice we discuss with the property owner. Using dry ice pellets is a less destructive process on surfaces like painted drywall and finished furniture.

Suppose mold eats into untreated wood too deeply and causes weakness. In that case, we can use our contractor license, CBC1261730 (in conjunction with our mold remediation license, MRSR2994), to restore strength to your home’s framework.

Please call SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island at (239) 302-5700 when mold damages your home.

Drying Techniques for Efficient Water Restoration in Naples 

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO on job-site SERVPRO water damage restoration specialists have the training and experience needed for your home. We are ready at a moment's notice.

SERVPRO Is a Naples Water Restoration Innovator 

Good water damage remediation largely depends on how quickly workers can remove excess water and moisture from your Naples residence. The faster this process, the less severe the overall impacts are likely to be, and the quicker your home can be returned to its pre-event state. Fortunately, SERVPRO knows all the most innovative drying techniques to get your job done as swiftly and efficiently as possible.

SERVPRO’s water restoration experts in Naples are masters at managing indoor environments and know what it takes to eliminate excess water, water vapor, and moisture rapidly. Regardless of whether your water cleanup issue involves basement flooding, burst pipes, or ceiling leaks, our skilled technicians can likely help. In handling such problems, they generally: 

  • Inspect your residence and professionally determine the source and severity of your water leak or other situation
  • Proceed to repair the responsible burst/leaky pipes and ceiling leaks, deal with any malfunctioning appliances causing the water event, and place tarps on damaged roofing
  • Eliminate smaller puddles of water with commercial-grade wet vacs and larger pools of standing water with powerful portable or truck-mounted extractors
  • Install Injectidry systems to dry out spaces behind structural elements such as ceilings and walls
  • Ensure speedy interior drying by maintaining good airflow with the right number of air movers so that warmer, dry air from outside continually replaces cool, moist interior air
  • Manage the indoor environment so that temperatures remain between seventy and eighty degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity is kept under 60% (below 40% after the first drying day); this all helps to facilitate the evaporation process and speed drying

In following these procedures, SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island often significantly outperforms other local water restoration services. So, with this in mind, if you are ever faced with the daunting task of having to clean up after a water-related situation, rest assured that we can assist you. Call us anytime at (239) 302-5700.

The Areas Most in Need of Cleaning After a Naples House Fire

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

dirty HVAC filter after fire SERVPRO can also clean your HVAC system after a house fire at your Naples home.

Structural Soot Removal Can Mitigate Fire Damage in Naples

Cleaning up soot and smoke residues can be a considerable undertaking after a widespread fire loss. Our experienced SERVPRO fire restoration team provides this thorough cleaning quickly to prevent greater damages and manage possible health hazards that could result.

Removing Soot and Smoke Soils from Fixtures and Building Materials

Fire damage in Naples homes can often appear the worst when soot and smoke residues are still on walls, building materials, and contents. Depending on the severity of these conditions, we have several approaches, including:

  • Chemical Sponges
  • Wet Cleaning with Solvents
  • Dry Ice Pellet Blasting

Cleaning Out Soot from HVAC Systems

Soot and other airborne particles after a fire can use pathways created by the running HVAC system to reach other rooms of the house. As a result, the ducts can be coated with soot and smoke residues, requiring our air duct cleaning technicians endorsed by the National Air Duct Cleaning Association (NADCA) to work to remove soot safely.

Achieving Pre-Loss Condition for the Structure and Contents

Our fire restoration professionals aim to achieve a set objective and goal with our debris removal and surface cleaning. As with all fire restoration projects, the desired outcome is a preloss condition, which means returning the property to its state before the fire occurred. This focus makes restoration more efficient and gets occupants back in the house faster.

When your Naples home suffers the destructive effects of fire loss, homeowners look to experienced restoration professionals like ours to return their property to preloss condition. As widespread and damaging as fires can be, removing soot and smoke damage can help make a house feel like home again. Our SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island team is ready to help 24/7 at (239) 302-5700.

How to Handle Storm Flood Damage in Naples Homes

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with furniture floating around everywhere If flood damage occurs in your home, contact SERVPRO immediately. Our trained technicians will make it “Like it never even happened.”

Storm Flood Damage in Naples Requires SERVPRO’s Help

Storms bring different types of damage to homes, such as wind damage, flooding, and hail damage. SERVPRO has been assisting homeowners in rebuilding storm-damaged properties for many years.

We can handle the storm flood damage in your Naples home. After getting to your property, we can act quickly to prevent further flood damage.  Flood water can have contaminants like bacteria. Handling damaged utility power lines can be hazardous. Therefore, leaving the cleanup and restoration work to our team is better. We arrive in personal protective equipment (PPE) to begin the disaster recovery. Our recovery services include:

  • Inspection
  • Contents pack out 
  • Water removal and drying 
  • Cleaning
  • Reconstruction


Our team can assess damage to your property. For the safety of the building’s occupants, we can inspect the weather-damaged structures for structural integrity. We can stabilize the structures and start remediation immediately.

Contents pack out

Our SERVPRO team can handle all damage and contamination issues. We can carefully remove your salvageable belongings and take them to our restoration facilities for a thorough cleaning, disinfection, and drying. We return the items to a home after the restoration process is complete.

Water removal and drying

We can use suitable extraction equipment like extraction units, submersible pumps, and deep extraction tools to remove the floodwater from the building. We often use portable extractors because we can take them into most areas of the structure. Our SERVPRO technicians can also use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to resolve all moisture problems.


Flood damage can cause microbial contamination. Therefore, we use EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants to eliminate the microbes. When applying the products, we use methods and quantities that physically allow the solution to contact the contaminated surfaces and materials. We allow sufficient dwell time for the solution to be effective.


Our SERVPRO crew can perform a complete walkthrough of your residence to determine the in-depth repairs and reconstruction you need to complete. The reconstruction process may include structural repairs, flooring replacement or repairs, and drywall replacement, among other tasks. 

Contact SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island to handle the storm flood damage in your home. Our 24-hour emergency hotline is (239) 302-5700. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.