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Reversing Effects of Hardwood Water Damage in Naples Homes

1/4/2024 (Permalink)

A pool of water on hardwood flooring with the caption: "HOW SHOULD YOU DEAL WITH WATER DAMAGE?" and SERVPRO logo If your Naples homes experiences water damage, call SERVPRO. We're Faster to any size disaster.™

Proper Training and Equipment Resolve Water Damage 

Hardwood floors are more resilient to spilled, leaked, and flooded water than you might realize, but only if reputable professionals rapidly complete appropriate moisture removal and drying interventions. The beautiful hardwood floors in your elegant Gulf Coast home lie atop several layers, with the topmost fine-grained strips or planks being the most water-resistant. Standing fluids often swiftly run off these materials, leaving the surface seemingly unharmed.

Naples water damage to your flooring materials, unfortunately, is just starting as the liquid apparently disappears. Water drains through the joints and crevices to soak supporting structures beneath, giving homeowners a brief and false sense of security. 

Absorbed Fluids Create Damaging Conditions

Underlying subfloor layers comprise cheaper open-pored or engineered wood (plywood) that readily absorbs moisture. They swell and hold the dampness next to the unfinished bottom and sides of the hardwood. Swelling causes the subfloor to distort, with previously level surfaces disrupted enough in some circumstances to dislodge the decorative top planks (buckling). As wetness invades the unfinished surfaces of the hardwood, the more tightly-pored wood eventually swells, causing harm like:

  • Crowning, where the center of a hardwood strip or plank rises
  • Cupping, where the edges of each length of hardwood rise, creating a concave “cup” in between

Mitigation and Remediation of Hardwood Warping

To prevent hardwood water damage in Naples properties from advancing to the warping and buckling stage, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) suggests intervening promptly with extraction and structural drying techniques. SERVPRO® and our technicians are IICRC-certified, employing effective standing water and moisture removal strategies learned from standard-setting organizations such as the following:

  • Use of moisture detectors, meters, and infrared cameras to identify precisely where the moisture is found--periodic retesting during the project ensures moisture measurements correct to normal levels
  • Wanded extraction of any visible pooled liquids
  • Use of negative air pressure across floor mats connected with hoses to an extraction unit--the suction pulls liquids detected earlier from several layers up and out of the flooring before swelling takes hold and causes harm
  • Development of a drying plan to encourage the evaporation of absorbed water vapor, including the use of air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers 

Contact SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island immediately after water damage for the best hardwood floor restoration outcomes. We are available at (239) 302-5700 to schedule an assessment and provide emergency services.

Let Experts Handle Your Mold Removal Needs in Naples

11/3/2023 (Permalink)

Image of SERVPRO tech using a  tool to measure moisture with the caption: Experts in Mold Inspection, SERVPRO If you suspect mold in your home in Naples, call SERVPRO. We'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Why Residents of Naples Trust SERVPRO's Mold Cleanup Services

There are several reasons why SERVPRO® rates highly in mold removal within the city and the surrounding areas. Our technicians are highly experienced and follow proven procedures to ensure the mold removal process is effective and safe. As a result, you do not have to worry about missing your next golf session at the Naples Grande Golf Club when our mold inspection experts are attending to your property.

When our SERVPRO experts are doing mold inspection in Naples, we check on the degree of contamination and determine the source of the moisture. When we find contamination on materials such as drywall and carpeting, we remove and dispose of them as per the state's regulations. Where necessary, we perform mold-controlled demolition using specialized tools.

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At SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island, We're Faster to any size disaster™and offer commercial and residential mold remediation services. Call (239) 302-5700 to work with highly skilled mold damage restoration experts that you can trust.

Fast Mold Remediation for Upscale Naples Homes and Businesses

9/1/2023 (Permalink)

servpro van parked at work site Naples property owners breathe a sigh of relief when the SERVPRO crew arrives for mold remediation. "Like it never even happened."

Mold Cleanup Services Start Immediately

Listed in the US News & World Report as one of the 10 Pricey Cities That Pay Off, the bulk of the residents in Naples are retirees and wealthy families. While technically less than 20,000 live in the literal limits of the city, the surrounding area creates an umbrella accepted to all as the full measure of the metropolis, home to more than 333,000 people. Defining traits of the community include the high-priced real estate, white sand beaches, and being known as the World's Golf Capital. With more holes per capita than anywhere in the country, there are no shortages of options when you wish to hit the links.

Any needed mold remediation in Naples properties requires professional services to get the business back up and running. Tourism is one of the most significant elements of the economy, providing literally billions every year for those partaking in the vast retail options, attractions of the region, and dining choices. Those seeking a rewarding shopping experience can find options at the Coastland Center, Waterside Ships, and Tin City. Locations throughout Naples blend a mix of local flair and craftsmanship with anchor stores and high-end retail locations for brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

What To Do About Mold Damage

Effective mold remediation solutions offer multiple approaches to the problem, as one removal option rarely manages the entire issue. Our recovery specialists provide end-to-end solutions to address numerous concerns and hurdles in the remediation process, such as:

  • Cleaning surface mold
  • Protecting damaged contents
  • Repairing ruined structural assemblies
  • Preventing mold's return

However, if mold forms in your home or business, you need professional cleanup and remediation services to get life back to normal. Our SERVPRO® of Naples / Marco Island team has practical training to remediate colonies quickly when we reach even large commercial structures like the Naples Depot Museum. Call now at (239) 302-5700.

Cleaning Up Flood Damage in Marco Island Properties

5/24/2023 (Permalink)

Natural Storm On Paper Looking for a restoration company? Look no further, SERVPRO is just a call away.

Effective Post-Flood Cleanup for Local Homes 

While much of Marco Island's economy centers around bringing an immersive beach experience to visitors and tourists, water can equally be a hindrance to homes and businesses here. Flood damage can be devastating, as island structures have seen hurricanes and tropical storms slamming the shoreline in the past few decades. Still, despite nature's fury, long-standing accommodations draw in guests and look better than the days they first opened their doors like the Olde Marco Inn & Suites.

There are plenty of structures to keep your mind from flood damage on Marco Island. While locations like Eagle's Nest Beach Resort, Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa, and Marriott's Crystal Shores might feel all-inclusive, venture out to see the rest of the island. The Shops of Marco, for instance, has an assortment of high-end retail, sure to pique the interest of someone in your party. Enjoy authentic seafood and fresh dishes at Stonewalls and the Old Marco Pub & Restaurant.

Fast Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration 

Unfortunately, disasters can strike like flooding, requiring immediate attention from experienced professionals like our SERVPRO team. Flooding spreads fast, which can be a more significant concern in multi-unit structures like the Sands of Marco or the Beach View condominium complexes along the shore. We prioritize the quick removal of water using a range of extraction units:

  • Truck-mount extractors
  • Trash pumps
  • Wet vacuums


We have end-to-end flood damage restoration and recovery service to clean up the mess that these disasters can leave behind. While SERVPRO of Naples / Marco Island cannot stop the storm from arriving, we can help your home or business return to normal after it leaves. When flooding compromises your property, call our experienced rapid response team at (239) 302-5700.

Expert Mold Damage Results for Naples Properties

5/1/2023 (Permalink)

mold growning on bottom corner of wall Our SERVPRO team holds IICRC certifications in all scopes of mold remediation.

Get Safe, Efficient Mold Cleanup with SERVPRO

Black mold development is something many property owners do not fully understand. If you feel your Naples home or business has microbial growth and are unsure how to approach it, SERVPRO is available for professional cleanup. DIY methods not only leave you open to potential hazards, but you risk dislodging spores and worsening the problem. Our IICRC-certified technicians are here with all the skills and training necessary to handle molds and other possible contaminants in your building.

Why Choose SERVPRO for Mold Damage in Naples?

The answer to this question is multi-faceted, starting with our team always being available 24/7 to handle all calls for assistance. Once we get done, you can feel confident your property will be Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Expert Mold Damage Repair is Essential

Hundreds of mold types exist worldwide, and microscopic spores reside in the surrounding air we breathe. If you are faced with cleanup, you need trained technicians with all the right equipment. SERVPRO follows proven protocols for safe, effective remediation so that you can breathe easily on your property once again. We suggest keeping these tips in mind:

  • Mold thrives and colonizes quickly in a moist environment with organic food matter available.
  • You must address the root cause of the moisture problem, or the microbial growth will come right back.
  • There are several telltale signs of mold presence, including visible patches and foul, musty odors.

The SERVPRO Avantage

Our Green Fleet will arrive at your door with tools, equipment, and products to facilitate fast, efficient mold cleanup. Once we get there and begin an assessment, our IICRC trained team will  formulate a plan of action that involves putting up containment barriers and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) to start the cleanup. We have moisture detection tools that ensure we leave nothing behind that could cause more microbial growth or secondary damage.

SERVPRO of Naples/Marco Island features the skilled technicians and proven mold cleanup methods you need. Contact us at (239) 302-5700 for 24/7 emergency service, and we can send out a team as soon as possible to assess the damage.

SERVPRO and Florida Gator Athletics: A Winning Partnership

4/21/2023 (Permalink)

Florida Gators and SERVPRO partnership logo. SERVPRO and U of Florida Partnership.

Did you know that SERVPRO and the Florida Gators have teamed up in partnership? The partnership between the Florida Gators athletics for the 2023-24 season and SERVPRO franchises in the state is a deal with Florida Gators Sports Properties. SERVPRO becomes the "Official Cleanup and Restoration Company of the Florida Gators." The SERVPRO brand will feature on several official university athletic platforms, such as social media content, radio game broadcasts, and in-venue signage. The partnership aligns SERVPRO with the Gators' loyal fan base that stretches from the Florida panhandle through Gainesville, FL. (home of the multi-time NCAA champion university) and down thru Florida’s larger cities Fort Lauderdale and Miami and supports the university's athletics programming. Gators fans own the state, totaling over 3.8 million more than other brands such as the Miami Dolphins and Heat organizations. Not only is the Florida Gator brand one of the best ranked in the sunshine state but the University of Florida is highly respected across the country, making a partnership between the University and one of the largest restoration companies in the nation a win-win for both, read more here about the partnership.

About SERVPRO®

For more than 50 years, SERVPRO has been a trusted leader in fire and water cleanup and restoration services, construction, mold mitigation, biohazard and pathogen remediation. SERVPRO’s professional services network of more than 2,000 individually owned and operated franchises spans the United States and Canada, responding to property damage emergencies large and small – from million-square-foot commercial facilities to individual homes. When disaster strikes, homeowners, business owners and major insurance companies alike rely on SERVPRO to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Flood Damage Assistance 24/7 After Naples Storms

4/11/2023 (Permalink)

Tech draining floodwaters from a room SERVPRO mitigates flood damage to Naples properties with rapid water extraction, drying, and controlled demolition when needed.

Expert Flood Cleanup with SERVPRO Get Results

Many things can happen during a storm event in the Naples area. Depending on the severity of the weather, your property could be subject to double damage from debris hitting your roof and windows, along with groundwater flooding infiltrating the interior. No matter what happens, know you have a trusted partner in SERVPRO. We have disaster response teams ready whenever area home and business owners need assistance. From rapid water extractions to tarp up and boarding, we have you covered, and We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

Organization and proven methods matter most when approaching flood damage after Naples storms. SERVPRO features IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) with the training and experience to handle containment, disinfection, rapid water extraction, and applied structural drying.

Once you call us and our Green Fleet arrives at your door, our team begins the assessment process so we can start the cleanup and repair.

  • We determine the level of contamination and all areas where water and moisture are present.
  • The team places containment barriers and applies antimicrobial sprays before extractions begin.
  • Our powerful pumps and truck-mounted extractors help us quickly pull up hundreds of gallons of water.
  • Muck-out services get done to pull out all sludge and debris.
  • We have a selection of industrial-grade air movers and dehumidification equipment to lower relative humidity (RH) to achieve our drying goals.

How does our team handle damaged areas?

We may perform flood cuts and other steps with the controlled demolition phase. Any unsalvageable building materials get pulled out and replaced with all-new materials to finish everything off, so your property returns to its pre-damage state.

All the steps that our SERVPRO technicians move through during your project help to save you time, money, and loss overall. We work to restore versus replace whenever possible, always keeping structural integrity and safety in mind. You can also count on us to work closely with your insurance provider to ensure your claim goes as smoothly as possible. Before we wrap up the project, all areas of your interior get thoroughly sanitized and deodorized so you never have musty odors as a reminder of the flooding that occurred.

Storm surges and rising waters are no match for the trusted team at SERVPRO of Naples/ Marco Island. Call us at (239) 302-5700, and we can send out a crew within hours to begin restoration services.

How to Restore Fire Damaged Walls and Ceilings in Naples

4/5/2023 (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.”

Factors Affecting Water Damage Drying for Naples Properties

4/5/2023 (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.”

Why Naples Homeowners Should Use Professional Mold Damage Remediation

4/5/2023 (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.