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Blackout! How to be prepared "After the Storm"

11/10/2021 (Permalink)

Emergency Ready Checklist When the storms roll in, "Be Prepared, not Scared!

Are you prepared in case there is a blackout (loss of power) after a storm? Follow are a few tips for how to prepare in the event of a power outage.

TLDR: Watch the following video from FEMA for the 10 tips:

https://youtu.be/4eH7VbMXir4

The American Red Cross suggests the following:

Coping with Power Outages
Sudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome, especially when they last a long time. If a power outage is 2 hours or less, don’t be concerned about losing your perishable foods. For prolonged power outages, though, there are steps you can take to minimize food loss and to keep all members of your household as comfortable as possible. 
Energy Conservation Recommendations
  • Turn off lights and computers when not in use.
  • Wash clothes in cold water if possible; wash only full loads and clean the dryer's lint trap after each use.
  • When using a dishwasher, wash full loads and use the light cycle. If possible, use the rinse only cycle and turn off the high temperature rinse option. When the regular wash cycle is done, just open the dishwasher door to allow the dishes to air dry.
  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent lights

While blackouts are not fun, if you are prepared, they can be a lot less stressful for the family. If you have pets, children, anyone with disabilities, senior citizens, or anyone else who may have special needs staying in your home, make sure you have supplies, medicine, and comfort items that will help them cope through the blackout time also.

Updated for 2021! Sarasota County Hurricane & Disaster Preparedness

10/18/2021 (Permalink)

Severe Community Flooding Causing Damage to Homes Be Prepared, Not Scared. Know what to do when disaster comes your way!

Although our current hurricane season is almost over (The 'season' runs from June 1 - November 30), we want you, our clients, members of our community, and business partners to have the sources of information you need to be prepared. And now is the best time to be prepared.

Remember that even if your home and/or business is safe and secure from the effects of a storm, that infrastructure systems, including electric, water, sewer, and roads and public transportation may be severely affected and damage done to those systems can delay your ability to resupply or receive help. Delays in areas affected by major storms and hurricanes can last from hours to days. Please ensure that you and your loved ones have the basic items on the following checklist and "Be Prepared."

 Following are some useful news, weather, shelter and government links for those who live in the Venice Florida area. Please note that sometimes links change and you may need to search for an updated source of information. This information is to help you, but should not be your only source. Contact your local emergency management service for more information. 

Sarasota County Emergency Management Info:

Social Media, News, and Weather Information links:

Why SERVPRO of Venice for your Sewage and Toilet Overflow Cleanup and Restoration

8/31/2021 (Permalink)

Sewage Backup in a hallway Do not wait to call for help when your home or office experiences a sewage backup or toilet overflow!

When a sewage backup or toilet overflow happens in your home or office, trying to cleanup without the right tools and expertise can be dangerous.  Sewage cleanup is considered an emergency since the water may contain viruses, bacteria, and other microbes that cause serious illnesses. SERVPRO of Venice has the specialized training and equipment to quickly and safely clean contaminants like sewage.

When choosing a biohazard cleanup company, consider their experience and training. As a cleanup and restoration company, SERPVO of Venice has the ability to handle a wide range of pathogens and will ensure the cleanup process will go smoothly regardless of any unexpected developments.  

Sewage backups pose significant property damage and health risks. SERVPRO is an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified firm with Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians. Their biohazard cleanup crew can remove the sewage, clean all surfaces, and eliminate odors along with harmful microorganisms.    

WHAT TO DO IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING A SEWAGE BACKUP

Following are several steps that should be taken in order to help prevent the sewage backup from spreading. 

  1. Be sure to remove any children, pets, and seniors from the home. Do not allow them back into the area until the damage is completely fixed and safe.
  2. Keep yourself safe by putting on any protective clothing such as rubber boots, rubber gloves, eye protection, a face mask, and more. 
  3. If the distribution panel is above water, switch off the electricity by using a dry wooden stick and rubber gloves. 
  4. Turn off the water in your home, and do not use any water for bathing, drinking, washing hands or dishes, and others. This water may be contaminated.
  5. You may need to contact your utility companies and have them shut off the supply to your home if you cannot safely turn them off yourself.
  6. Open your home’s doors and windows to allow proper air ventilation. You won’t want to use your home’s AC as this will spread contaminated air throughout your home.
  7. Remove any items from the area that are dry and not contaminated.
  8. You can add small amounts of chlorine bleach into the standing water to slightly disinfect.
  9. Contact your insurance company and notify them of the backup. You’ll want to take pictures of any damage that the sewage backup caused. This will come in handy as proof when filing your claim.
  10. Never attempt to unclog the drains. You will need to clean up the sewage spill before taking any further action.

For 24/7 service for any water damage, sewage backup, and toilet overflow, call SERPVRO of Venice at 941-484-7777

Why SERVPRO of Venice for Commercial Cleanup and Restoration Services

7/26/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo and large loss division trucks and technicians on the site of a commercial property SERVPRO of Venice is Your #1 Choice for Commercial Cleanup and Restoration Services!

When your business experiences damage from a natural disaster, severe plumbing issue, fire, or flood, you need to act fast to reduce commercial water damage, limit financial loss, and keep your business open. Commercial restoration companies offer several services to bring your property back to its original condition, something you likely can’t do by yourself if you have suffered extended damages.

Qualities to Look for in Commercial Restoration Companies:

  1. Ask for Certifications - All legitimate restoration companies should have certifications to prove that their technicians have the skills and training necessary to perform all required tasks. Preferably, the business should have an IICRC (or the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification), which ensures top-level standards and ethics surrounding restoration processes.
  2. Look for a Full List of Services - The company you choose should have a comprehensive list of remediation services to restore commercial properties, including water and flood cleanup, debris removal, board-up, disinfection, and mold removal. If the restoration team cannot perform the services you need, you will have to find another company, causing you to spend more money and have longer wait times for remediation.
  3. Look for Positive Reviews - Reputable companies often include testimonials or links to review sites like Yelp to showcase previous clients’ reviews. Check their most recent reviews to ensure that they have skilled, friendly technicians who offer prompt services.

Why SERVPRO of Venice Is Your Best Choice

The experienced and skilled technicians of SERVPRO of Venice are highly trained, vetted, and strive to be as professional and courteous as possible. Along with our Commercial Large Loss Division and Disaster Response Team, SERVPRO is not only "Faster to Any Size Disaster", we are also the able to handle any size loss, large or small.

Our team is available 24/7/365. Our technicians will restore commercial properties that suffer damage due to floods, thunderstorms, hurricanes, or any other manmade or natural disaster with the same prompt and professional response.

SERVPRO of Venice offers a multitude of restoration services to breathe new life into your property after a disaster, including:

  • Water Damage Cleanup and Restoration
  • Professional Commercial Cleaning
  • Fire and Smoke Cleanup and Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Mitigation
  • Commercial Document Restoration
  • Commercial Storm Damage Cleanup & Restoration

Excessive mold growth is often a problem after disaster strikes due to water damage and moist conditions. Multiple government and health agencies state that high concentrations of mold in businesses can lead to what is known as “sick building syndrome,” causing clients and employees to experience respiratory problems, throat irritations, and fatigue. Mold remediation companies like SERVPRO of Venice can manage the infestation and bring it back to preloss condition.

If you suspect mold in your business office or commercial building, give us a call at 941-484-7777 today.

Faster to Any Size Water Damage in Venice Florida!

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Venice Trucks on the Job We are ready to assist you whenever your home has water damage or flooding. Call us 24/7 365 days a year

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Venice provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Venice arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 941-484-7777

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Venice

SERVPRO of Venice specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Certifications

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Osprey Nokomis Chamber of Commerce
  • Venice Area Board of Realtors
  • CAI WEST FLORIDA CHAPTER

Awards

  • Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month

Your Venice Florida Area 4th of July Fireworks Display Guide

6/29/2021 (Permalink)

4th of July Fireworks and SERVPRO Logo Happy 4th of July America!

Happy Fourth of July! Looking for the best spots to catch fireworks this Fourth of July? Check out the following links for some of the professional shows being done in our communities. NBP Fireworks on the Lake: Nathen Benderson Park, Sarasota, July 3 2021, Gates Open 5:00 pm, Fireworks after 9:00 pm. More details here: https://www.visitsarasota.com/nbp-fireworks-lake-driven-sunset-automotive-group Suncoast Summer Fest July 4th Parade and Bayfront Fireworks: July 4 2021, With a parade in downtown Sarasota at 8:00 PM and bayfront fireworks after 9:00 pm More details here: https://www.suncoastsummerfest.org/events/celebrate-sarasota-july-4-parade-bayfront-fireworks Venice Florida Fourth of July Fireworks Show: July 4, 2021. The annual Venice fireworks display will be shot from the South Jetty shortly after 9:00 pm and last until around 9:30 pm. More details here: https://www.visitsarasota.com/4th-july-fireworks-display North Port Freedom Fest Fireworks : July 4, 2021. Mobile food vendors will be available, and parking opens at 6:00 pm. Watch from your car or parking spot, or bring a chair or blanket to claim physically distanced spots on the grass at Butler Park Fields. Fireworks display starts at 9:00 pm For those wishing to watch from home, a link for online viewing provided in details here: https://www.cityofnorthport.com/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/51250/1712 Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda Fishermen's Village Independence Weekend Celebration: July 3, 2021. From 12:00 - 9:00 pm. A family friendly celebration in Punta Gorda, featuring music, kids activities, vendors, shopping, dining and a gigantic fireworks display on July 3rd, at 9:00 pm. More details here: https://www.fishville.com/event/fishermens-village-4th-of-july-celebration/ Note: Please, be considerate of your neighbors and community if you decide to discharge fireworks from your home. For many of our veterans and seniors, along with most pets and wildlife, the loud bangs from fireworks can cause tremendous stress and anxiety. Have fun, but please also follow all local and state laws, and be safe.

Water Damage to your Commercial Property?

5/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Truck in front of a commercial building Big or small businesses we help them all!

If your Venice Florida business or organization suffers from a water damage, your main goal after ensuring the safety of your employees and clients is to minimize the damage and get back in business as soon as possible. While a water damage can cause extensive loss to a business, there are several ways to reduce the amount of financial and physical losses.

  1. Be prepared! By establishing a plan of action in case your suffer a loss, most businesses can reduce the total financial and time loss. The SERVPRO ERP offers a quick and no-cost solution to help organizations be better prepared during a catastrophic event.
  2. Part of being prepared is knowing where your utility shutoffs are located at and that they are in working order. Do not keep this a secret, and make sure key personnel know where and how to turn off water and other utility shutoffs.
  3. Call for help! SERVPRO of Venice is available 24/7, 365 days a year to assist your business in case of a water damage. No matter what time of day or night, give us a call to have a fast response and start the drying and restoration process right away.
  4. Other steps you can take that will help: Place foil or wood blocks under wood furniture legs and carpets to avoid bleeding; turn on the HVAC system to help dehumidify the area; remove any objects you safely can from wet flooring.

No matter what type of business you have, our team at SERVPRO wants to help you get back open as quickly as possible. Give us a call or contact us.

5 Fire Prevention Tips For Venice Florida Homeowners

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

Fire department personnel extinguishing a home fire After the fire department leaves, call SERVPRO of Venice to help restore your home or business.

A fire can be one of the most traumatic events in one's life. But the trauma and damage can be lessened if your home and everyone living there is aware of the basic steps of fire preparation. By being prepared in case of a fire, you provide insurance to help keep yourself and your family safe. Here are five tips to help survive a fire.

  1. Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. It is great that your home has smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. But you need to test them regularly (at least every 3 months) to ensure that they are working how they are intended too.
  2. Leave them sprinklers systems alone! Many newer multifamily home buildings (condos and townhomes) come with sprinkler systems built into the ceilings and walkways. NEVER hang anything from a sprinkler or block it's path or tamper with them. You could create a water damage and/or reduce the effectiveness of the sprinkler system.
  3. Purchase a fire extinguisher: A multi-class fire extinguisher can help prevent a small fire from becoming a whole home disaster. Strategically place them in areas where a fire may happen (kitchen, outdoor bbq area, laundry, garage, utility room, workshop, etc.) and near exit points. A fire extinguisher should only be used when a fire is confined to a small space. Do not try to fight a large fire with an extinguisher.
  4. Stay alert while cooking. Kitchen fires are often the cause of a residential fire. A grease fire is one of the most common types of kitchen fires. Please remember do NOT use any kind of liquid to extinguish a grease fire. Pouring a liquid of will just spread the grease and potentially cause more damage or injury. if possible and safe to do so, turn off the heat, cover the fire with a baking sheet or large pan to remove the oxygen supply. A class B, BC, or ABC fire extinguisher can be used as a last resort as it will contaminate your kitchen, but better than a full fire. If you are unsure and do not feel you have the ability to handle the fire, evacuate yourself and anyone else in the home and call 911.
  5. Have an evacuation and ready plan. Prepare a plan and practice your plan with all home residents. Have a clear plan to know how to evacuate your home in case of a fire or other disaster and also a safe spot where to meet at afterwards.

Despite how prepared we are there are potential events that result in fires that are uncontrollable and that cause widespread damage to a property. That is where SERVPRO of Venice steps in to help. Fire clean up should be left up to a professional restoration company that can aid in minimizing the fire damage as much as possible.

If you need any help with residential or commercial fire damage and clean up, please call us 24/7 365 days a year: SERVPRO of Venice, 941-484-7777

Crime Scene, Biohazard, & Vandalism Cleanup

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

Crime scene tape being added to a property Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Venice handle any biohazard, vandalism, or crime scene cleanup at your property.

SERVPRO of Venice is a recognized leader in the fire and water damage restoration industry, but we also provide biohazard, crime scene and vandalism cleanup for both commercial and residential properties.

Biological and chemical substances can be extremely dangerous when exposed to within a home or commercial property. If it’s not professionally assessed and removed, biohazard materials can leave you with a dangerous environment for those who live and or work within it.

The certified and experienced technicians at SERVPRO of Venice are equipped to appropriately remove biohazard materials safely while disposing of them properly per state and local health agency guidelines.

SERVPRO of Venice uses advance equipment and techniques that deal with the following:

If you are in need of a biohazard cleanup, call SERVPRO of Venice, 941-484-7777.

We are available 24/7 for your biohazard, crime scene, or vandalism emergency.

Common Homeowner Water Damage Mistakes to Avoid

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment drying out a flooded kitchen and cabinets If your home suffers from water damage, don't delay, call today!

Common Homeowner Water Damage Mistakes to Avoid!

When you home suffers from a water damage event, the process of minimizing damage and restoring a property to its original condition can be stressful time. Unfortunately many homeowners are not fully aware of the proper process for cleanup and restoration and make common mistakes while trying to help. These mistakes can make restoring a home even more challenging. 

Following are some helpful tips that can help homeowners avoid common mistakes, which will reduce the cost, time, and stress for making a water damage event "Like it never even happened." 

Mistake #1: Trying to self-clean and restore their home after a water damage event.

We have all been there; we want to save time and money so we try to take on a project in our home. Water damage to your home should not be treated as a normal project. If you the amount of water is covering multiple rooms or has shown damage to cabinets or other structural components, you do not want to just try and mop it all up and put a fan or two on it. The problem is most homeowners do not have the right experience and equipment to properly handle a water damage. Water easily seeps into areas that you may not know to look or have the ability to check. Properly drying out building materials is a difficult task and one best left to a professional.

Mistake #2: Not Calling a Professional Soon Enough.

One of our taglines at SERVPRO is 'Faster to any size disaster.' This isn't just a fancy and good sounding branding effort, it is because arriving and acting fast is a critical aspect of effective water damage restoration. Water tends to spread fast, traveling behind walls, cabinets, appliances, and underneath flooring. Once that happens, mold can grow and further damage walls, furniture, and other materials. Mold can begin to grow less than 24-48 hours after water exposure depending on other circumstances in the home (humidity level, pre-existing water damage, temperature, etc.). 

To quickly find the source of the water damage and shut it off, and then to immediately begin the water extraction and drying process is crucial for your home's restoration. Calling a professional water damage cleanup and restoration company is the best way to do that. 

Mistake #3: Not Taking Safety Precautions.

Being in a home that recently suffered from a recent water damage evet can be dangerous, especially if the water damage came from flood waters, sewage back up or other 'category 3' type sources. Along with potential biohazard contaminations, potential slips and falls from wet flooring and stairways can also create a dangerous situation. Care must be taking when operating any electronic device or appliance because turning on electronics or touching electronic devices can result in electric shocks or further damage to the property. 

Saturated building materials can fail, and debris can lead to slips and falls.  The best thing a homeowner can do after eliminating the source of the water (if possible) and calling a water restoration company is to leave the building and stay out.

Mistake #4: Not Realizing the True Amount of Damage to Your Home.

The amount of damage caused by a water damage event isn’t always immediately visible. If you take the "Do It Yourself" approach and only clean up the visible water, you will most likely discover mold or unpleasant odors lingering in furniture, floors, and walls in the near future. 

To properly evaluate the true amount of damage from a water event, you must follow through with industrial standards for cleanup and deodorization. This may include antimicrobial treatments or sanitization processes and is something a professional restoration company is best suited to handle. 

A proper evaluation of the damage is also vital for insurance reasons. Some insurance providers will deny claims where homeowners attempt repairs themselves or delay calling a professional to document the damage. The best way to ensure a policy covers the full cost of a restoration is to work with a reputable restoration company and contact them immediately.

SERVPRO of Venice works with all local, state, and national insurance companies, and is a preferred vendor for many of them. If your home suffers from a water damage event, call us 24/7 365 days a year at 941-484-7777. We are here to help.

How to Tell the Difference Between Mildew and Mold

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is no problem for SERVPRO of Venice - Image of mold on wall If you suspect mold growth in your home or business, give us a call for fast and professional remediation!

While any fungal growth in your home or business is unpleasant, knowing the difference between mildew and mold is important before starting a remediation project to remove the fungi and prevent further damage.

Differences between Mildew and Mold

Telling the difference between mildew and mold can be difficult, but there are some clues that can help you determine the type of fungus in your property. Mildew commonly has the following characteristics:

  • Powdery or fluffy appearance

  • Gray or white color that darkens with time

  • Relatively easy to remove


Mold, on the other hand, is often described by the following adjectives:

  • Slimy or fuzzy

  • Black, green or other color depending on the type

  • Invasive and harder to remove


In some instances, a homeowner or maintenance staff may be unable to determine the type of fungus present. In such cases, a professional hygienist or air quality inspector can determine the best course of action to take.

Similarities

So while there are many differences between the two fungi, they do share a key similarity: Both mildew and mold need moisture to thrive. This means that mildew and mold can both be prevented by keeping your home dry, with an indoor humidity below 50%. If necessary, run a dehumidifier to keep within those levels. Air conditioning can also help dry out your home. Mildew and mold easily grow in higher moisture areas of a home or business, such as in a crawlspace, bathroom, wash room, etc. Look for signs of fungal growth in these areas when doing routine cleaning or inspections. Both mildew growth and mold damage are easier to mitigate if caught early.

Other Considerations

Generally speaking, mildew is easier to clean than mold growth. There are a variety of cleaners available that can kill mildew. As long as you work in a well-ventilated area and wear a mask and gloves, you should be able to safely clean mildew growth yourself. However, mold growth often needs to be professionally cleaned, especially if the infestation is large.

If you need help with either mildew or mold damage in your Venice Florida home, a certified restoration company such as SERVPRO of Venice can help. We have the equipment and experience to address the issue safely and get your home back to normal. Call 941-484-7777 for fast response to your mold problem.

Watch the 2020 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO First Responder Bowl Logo Watch Saturday, Dec. 26, at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC

Enjoy watching the 2020 SERVPRO First Responder Bowl!

Kickoff: 3:30 PM EST December 26th, 2020 at Gerald J Ford Stadium in Dallas Texas - Televised on ABC

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 26, at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. (ET) on ABC.

"Playing on the Saturday after Christmas is a perfect fit for our game,” said Brant Ringler, executive director of the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. “We are very much looking forward to being able to thank our first responders on a national scale in front of an ABC audience.”

In December 2014, the bowl began honoring first responders, including police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, correctional officers, search and rescue, dispatchers, security guards, federal agents, border patrol agents and military personnel who have specialized training and are the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency. In 2018, the game was renamed to reflect the efforts to show appreciation to first responders.

Ford Stadium was the site of the contest last December, marking the first time that the game, previously known as the Heart of Dallas Bowl and TicketCity Bowl, was contested at a site other than Cotton Bowl Stadium.

Schools who have competed in the first decade of the First Responder Bowl include: Army West Point, Boise State, Boston College, Houston, Illinois, Louisiana Tech, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Purdue, Southern Miss, Texas Tech, UNLV, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Western Michigan and Western Kentucky.

Sixty-five First Responder Bowl alumni have gone on to be drafted by the National Football League, led by two-time first-team All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas (Southern Miss). Of the draftees, five became first-round picks and eight were selected in the second round.

For additional information about the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, please visit FirstResponderBowl.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

The SERVPRO First Responder Bowl is one of 17 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

Help! My Kitchen has flooded!

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Homeowner looking at flooded kitchen Don't Panic! Call SERVPRO of Venice to cleanup and restore your flooded kitchen!

Help! My Kitchen has flooded!

As soon as you walk downstairs or into your kitchen area, your senses kick in and immediately you know that there is a problem. A strange odor is in the air, there are some weird noises, you feel wetness coming through your socks or slippers, and then you see it: water is everywhere on your kitchen floor!

You see not just a wet floor though, as your eyes move around, you also notice that the cabinets, appliances, bar stools, and anything that touches the floor are now soaked in water. Avoid panicking! Now is the time to take action, and do it fast to avoid further damage to your home. Following these next steps will help you prevent more damage and allow for quicker restoration of your home. 

The number one thing to keep in mind is YOUR SAFETY! If you do not feel comfortable or safe doing any of these steps, call for help immediately. 

How to Deal With a Flooded Kitchen

If the flooding is small, and you are able to stop the source of the water damage, then you may be able to clean it up quickly and on your own. From our experience, this is not the case in most water damage events. If you are not sure of what to do, call your local SERVPRO Cleanup and Restoration company to assist. Following are tips to help minimize the damage and the amount of restoration needed to get your home back to normal. 

  1. Turn off the water: If you can see that the water leak can be stopped by closing the supply line valves (normally located under the sink), or if not sure turn the main water line off. Pro-TIP: Notate where your main water line shutoff is located before you have an accident! Tag it if possible and let any other family members know where it is. In most cases the main water shutoff is located in the garage before the hot water heater, or on the side of the road. If you cannot find it, call your water supply company.
  2. Turn off the power: For any room that is affected with water damage, you want to turn off the water until you know it is safe. After you have turned off the power, and you can safely do so, unplug any appliances, TV’s, or anything else electrically powered.
  3. Turn off gas/propane: Flooding can potentially damage gas supply lines, regulators, and burners. If damage is noticed, have your appliances inspected to ensure they are still safely operable. 
  4. Clear the room: Move anything that you safely can to a dry area of your home, such as a patio, garage, or any other room that has a hard flooring surface. Remember that water damaged furniture can stain. So if you have to put it in a carpeted room or if the furniture is too heavy to move, use some kind of blocker to prevent staining. Aluminum foil and wood or Styrofoam blocks can help prevent water wicking up the furniture and from staining to occur.
  5. Remove the water: Safely remove as much water as possible. DO NOT use a household vacuum. Only use mops, brooms, or if you have access to one, a wet/dry vacuum to remove the water. 
  6. What’s the damage: Take a look at the flooded areas. If the job is too big and you’ve noticed that the baseboards, cabinets doors or kick plates are swollen, you will want to contact a cleanup and restoration company. Professional water extractors, air movers, dehumidifiers, and other dry out equipment will ensure that your property is properly dried out, and helps reduce the possibility for a mold outbreak. Most companies, like SERVPRO of Venice, offer 24/7 emergency services for water damage because we know that time is of the essence. The quicker it can be dried, the less damage you will have and the lower the cost to restore your kitchen.

Professional Tip: Be prepared for when disaster hits by creating an Emergency Ready Profile  (ERP) for your home and/or business. There is no cost or commitment for using this service. Our goal is to help you be better prepared for when a natural or man-made catastrophic event occurs. This ERP allows you to notate where your property’s shut offs are located, emergency contact numbers for local authorities and your vendors, and other critical information to help reduce damage when disaster strikes. 

If your home or business has experienced a flooded kitchen, please give SERVPRO of Venice a call at 941-484-7777 for fast and professional cleanup and restoration services.

Mold Facts For your Venice Florida Home

11/15/2020 (Permalink)

Mold Damage Help From SERVPRO of Venice If your home has mold damage, SERVPRO of Venice is here to help!

Did you know that microscopic mold spores are naturally occurring, both indoors and outdoors?  This makes it impossible to fully "remove all mold" from a home or business as some mold remediation businesses claim. At SERVPRO of Venice, our goal is to reduce the mold spore count back to its natural or "baseline level". so while some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, remember this is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (941)484-7777

Be Prepared for When Disaster Threatens Your Home or Business

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Site with Lightning and Flooding When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Venice is here to help!

Although Hurricane Season is almost over (The 'season' runs from June 1 - November 30), we want you, our clients, members of our community, and business partners to have the sources of information you need to be prepared. And now is the best time to be prepared.

Remember that even if your home and/or business is safe and secure from the effects of a storm, that infrastructure systems, including electric, water, sewer, and roads and public transportation may be severely affected and damage done to those systems can delay your ability to resupply or receive help. Delays in areas affected by major storms and hurricanes can last from hours to days. Please ensure that you and your loved ones have the basic items on the following checklist and "Be Prepared."

 Following are some useful news, weather, shelter and government links for those who live in the Venice Florida area. Please note that sometimes links change and you may need to search for an updated source of information. This information is to help you, but should not be your only source. Contact your local emergency management service for more information. 

Sarasota County Emergency Management Info:

Social Media, News, and Weather Information links:

Halloween Safety Tips For Seniors

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Child pumpkin carving with grandparents Look for fun things to do around the home with your family this Halloween!

When we think of 'Halloween Safety Tips' our first thoughts tend to be towards the safety of our children. Fire-resistant costumes and accessories, using reflective tape if out after dark, and always have an adult accompany young children when walking through the neighborhood or going to community events. 

One area that may be overlooked for safety is that of our senior citizens. With the current (as of October 2020) COVID-19 pandemic putting our seniors at a higher risk, and with Halloween being a festive time for visiting friends, families, and even trick-or-treating neighbors, senior safety is of upmost importance. 

Following are some tips to help reduce the risk during Halloween for our senior citizens in the Venice, Florida area:

  1. Follow local community guidelines for events and activities. As every community is different in how it is being affected by COVID-19, what is allowed in one state or town may not be in another. If traveling or a snowbird, check with the local authorities for any restrictions or advice.
  2. Wear a Mask! If you are wearing a decorative mask as part of a costume, please ensure it is protective or that you have a recommended protective face covering on below it.
  3. If you are staying home to hand out candy, ensure your home is well lit and that all walkways are clear of trip-hazards or fire-hazards (do not use flame-lit candles outside or anywhere near a curtain or other flammable objects). 
  4. Have someone spend the evening with you, or if you know someone who has dementia or a physical limitation, stay the evening or overnight with them to help them distribute candy and stay safe.  
  5. Use your peephole before answering the bell! Make sure you can clearly see who is at your doorstep before opening up. If you do not feel comfortable opening the door, keep it closed.
  6. When you are done handing out candy for the evening, put a 'Sorry no more candy!" sign on the porch to discourage more visitors. 

Halloween is a fun and exciting time for most, and by following some additional safety tips, it can be for all. Remember that for seniors who are suffering from dementia or have limitations, Halloween may not be that much fun due to noises, and an increase in visitors, door knocks, and doorbell rings. If you are trick-or-treating in a neighborhood, please keep this in mind and be respectful when visiting. 

Storm or Flooding Damage? SERVPRO of Venice is here to help!

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO storm damage disaster response team in action We are here to make storm and flood damage "Like it never even happened."

In Venice Florida, we always have to be aware of the weather. From flash floods and severe thunderstorms, to tropical storms and hurricanes, there are consistent weather threats to our homes and businesses. SERVPRO of Venice specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response - Since 1978

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Venice Florida we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States, including right here in Florida.

- Does you home or business have Storm or Flood Damage? Call SERVPRO of Venice at 941-484-7777 -

October is Fire Prevention Month

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Senior citizen having his smoke alarm batteries changed Replace your smoke alarm batteries and ensure they work at least annually!

With cooler weather coming to even our area over the next few months, now is the time to make sure you are prepared in case of a fire in your home or place of business. Almost all fires are preventable, but when they happen, they can cause damage, stress, and loss to your family, possessions, and home.

Following are some tips that can help you ensure your family, home, and business are protected and prepared in the event there is a fire.

Cooking and heating are the leading causes of home fires and fire injuries and winter is the peak time for fire related deaths and injuries. Minimize your risk when cooking:

  • Be alert; if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the oven or stovetop
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food
  • When simmering, baking or roasting, check the food regularly, remain in the kitchen while cooking and use a timer
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop

Heating is the second leading cause of home fires. Follow these tips from the American Red Cross (PS: It does get cold enough in Florida that you will need to heat your home!)

  • Keep all flammables, like paper, clothing, bedding, drapes or rugs, at least 3 feet from a space heater, stove or fireplace
  • Never leave portable heaters and fireplaces unattended; turn off heaters and make sure fireplace embers are extinguished before leaving the room
  • If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, nonflammable surface, like ceramic tile, not on a rug or carpet
  • Keep children and pets away from space heaters
  • When buying a space heater, look for models that shut off automatically if the heater falls over

Along with cooking and heating, other top causes of fire include smoking, electrical problems and candles. To minimize risks:

  • Institute a “no smoking” policy in the house
  • Check all cords and replace any that are frayed or have bare wires
  • Switch to flameless candles
  • Keep matches and lighters high and out of children’s reach in a locked cabinet

Along with these tips to prevent fires, it is essential that your home and business are prepared in case there is a fire. That means:

  • Have an escape plan! Review it with the family and coworkers/staff to ensure everyone knows how to exit the building, where to meet, and how to provide first aid if necessary.
  • Check your smoke alarms and change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas on the ceiling or high on the wall
  • Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen, at least 10 feet from the stove, to reduce false alarms
  • Use special alarms with strobe lights and bed shakers for people who are hard of hearing or deaf

By being prepared and knowing your plan, you and your family will be able to rest easier and have a greater chance of surviving a home fire.

What is CERTIFIED: SERVPRO Cleaned?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

School Locker Room Area with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned Logo Whether your organization is large or small, you can count on Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned to make your facility ready to reopen and stay open!

Have you heard about the new cleaning service we offer at SERVPRO of Venice? Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive program that goes way beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning and always adheres to the cleaning and disinfection standards set by the CDC. SERVPRO of Venice professionals have been on the frontlines of proactive and reactive COVID-related cleanup and are Here to Help as your business reopens and wants to stay open!

At SERVPRO of Venice, we are committed to bringing a deeper level of clean to your business, and with Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, we are helping to safeguard our communities with a higher standard of clean for all Americans.

Remember that  when your customers and clients see the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned shield, they can walk in with confidence. Because they will know the #1 choice in clean up and restoration was there.

Contact us 24-7, 365 days a year and we will help your business or organization get back to normal!

Protect Your Business with these Mold Damage Tips!

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

Image of mold damage with SERVPRO logo and tag line Large or Small Business and Commercial Mold Remediation

Mold! That four letter word that seems to be everywhere! When most folks think of mold, they think of issues within residential homes and condominiums. However, mold can affect your business office, warehouse, and commercial building too. While most business often have more rigorous in-house inspections and year round maintenance or facility managers, mold can still appear at your business location, especially after a storm, water or fire damage, or other catastrophic event. It can often go unnoticed in areas that are not frequently used, from storage rooms or that office area no one has used for a while, or under cabinets, crawl spaces, and other seldom used areas. 

If you notice mold or your employees or clients have mentioned a 'musty smell', you should take the following steps to mitigate the mold as soon as possible, because it will not go away on its own!

  • Find the source! Mold needs four things to survive and grow/spread: Food (any organic material, including dust!), Moisture/Humidity, Oxygen, and an ideal temperature range around 75-88 degrees, however some mold have optimal growth at lower temperatures, even as low as 60 degrees Fahrenheit according to some studies.
  • Fix the source! If you have an active water intrusion or leak, get it repaired and dried out as soon as possible. The longer the water damage continues, the larger your challenge for cleanup will be. If your HVAC system is not running optimally, get it tested and repaired as soon as possible. Most buildings today are built very airtight, with little natural airflow to help regulate air fluctuations, so having an efficient and well running HVAC system is very important in the Venice Florida area.
  • However, if you do have mold in a certain area, you want to close off the HVAC returns and vents in that area to prevent the spread of spores to other areas of your business, and do NOT blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Do not attempt to clean with bleach or other disinfectants as these often do not fully remove the mold roots and when sprayed directly on the mold, can create spores that spread by going airborne. 
  • If you suspect you have mold, give SERVPRO of Venice a call. We will do a no-cost walk-through of your property and help you with the next steps, which often involve having a state licensed Industrial Hygienist (IH) or Mold Assessor to provide testing and developing a protocol for mitigation. 

Please remember this: There is no such thing as 'mold removal'. Mold naturally found everywhere, but mold mitigation is what we do. If you have a mold problem, give us a call to help make it "Like it never even happened."

Top 5 Do's and Don'ts For Water Damage (Clean Water)

11/22/2019 (Permalink)

Homeowner using the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile App after flooding in her kitchen Be Prepared at your home or business with the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile App!

If your home has suffered from water damage (from a 'clean source') your safety and the safety of everyone in your household should be the primary focus: Is it safe to stay in the house; be aware of electrical and trip hazards, as they are some of the most common concerns; be aware of your limitations, if you are not sure of your ability, do not attempt; and remember, wet materials can be very heavy, so be careful!

Once you are back in the building and feel it is safe to do so, keep these tips in mind.

To do:

  1. Make sure the source is shut off. If you need to, contact a licensed plumber to assist you.
  2. Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  3. Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.
  4. Place aluminum foil or foam/wood blocks between furniture legs and wet flooring.
  5. Pick up and secure any loose items from wet floors.

What NOT to do after water damage:

  1. Do not enter into rooms or buildings where an electrical shock hazard my be present.
  2. Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines, or any other printed items that may cause staining on your floors.
  3. Do not use your household vacuum cleaner to remove water, as you could cause an electric shock or damage the vacuum.
  4. Do not use your television or other household appliances on or near wet flooring.
  5. Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet and stay out of rooms where the ceiling is sagging.

For more tips, please visit our Water Damage Tips page. If you have had a water damage and need our services, please give us a call, 24/7, at 941-484-7777.

Being a Part of the Community

10/11/2019 (Permalink)

The Maggio Family at the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Challenge Fun in the sun at the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Challenge

SERVPRO of Venice is proud to be a part of the Venice and surrounding area community. From the Osprey Nokomis Chamber of Commerce and the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, to Mangers of the Gulf Coast, Inc. (MOGCI) and Community Association Inc (CAI), you will find our locally owned SERVPRO represented. 

Why do we spend so much time volunteering in the community? Because we live here, work here, raise our families here and want to see our community prosper and enrich all who call this area home and those who visit our little piece of paradise. So if you see us at a Chamber, Board of Realtors, or any other community function, know that we are there because we care, and because we love to give back to the wonderful people who call Venice home.

Hurricane Preparedness - September is National Preparedness Month

8/30/2019 (Permalink)

gray background with emergency item icons and wording of “PREPARED NOT SCARED” Be prepared - Not scared

News & Updates You Can Use! With the current Hurricane season in full force, and with the potential of a major hurricane coming towards Florida, we want you, our clients, members of our community, and business partners to have the sources of information you need to be prepared. Remember that even if your home and/or business is safe and secure from the effects of a storm, that infrastructure systems, including electric, water, sewer, and roads and public transportation may be severely affected and damage done to those systems can delay your ability to resupply or receive help. Delays in areas affected by major storms and hurricanes can last from hours to days. Please ensure that you and your loved ones have the basic items on the following checklist and #BePrepared.  Following are important local links for Charlotte and Sarasota County, including links for Shelters, Evacuation Zones, Emergency News and Updates, and More:Shelter and Evacuation Information:

Charlotte County Emergency Management Info:

Sarasota County Emergency Management Info

Social Media, News, and Weather Information links:

(You may need to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the above links. We are supplying this information as a service to our community but cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information.) Stay safe and if you need any assistance after a storm event, please contact us 24/7 at 941-484-7777 

Top 8 Residential Fire and Smoke Damage Tips

5/14/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire and smoke damage tips for Venice Florida homeowners.

If your home has suffered from fire and/or smoke damage, your safety and the safety of everyone in your household should be the primary focus. Sometimes a fire marshall or other government official may need to give the 'all clear' before allowing anyone back into the building. If you are unsure, check with your local fire department.

Once you are back in the building, keep these tips in mind:

  • Some of the most prevalent concerns to be on the lookout for are electrical and "slip and fall" hazards.
  • If you are not sure about the safety of an activity that needs to be completed, do not attempt.
  • Be careful handling wet materials, as they can be VERY heavy.
  • To reduce the chance for smoke and soot becoming embedded into furniture, carpets, or upholstery, keep the movement limited in your home.
  • Keep hands, tools, and cleaning cloths clean and fresh so as to not increase the amount of soiling.
  • Change your HVAC filter. If smoke was heavy, consider having a licensed HVAC company inspect your duct work and air handler and other equipment that may have been damaged or affected.
  • Remember the bottom side when cleaning house plants and other household items. 
  • Use a light coating of petroleum jelly or oil to clean and protect your household chrome.

Visit the following page for more information and tips: https://www.SERVPROvenice.com/fire-damage-tips

Have Smoke or Fire Damage? We are here to help you. Call (941) 484-7777

Disaster Preparedness

4/14/2019 (Permalink)

Disaster Recovery Team Truck Trailer SERVPRO's Disaster Recovery Team and your local SERVPRO of Venice are ready to assist you in times of natural or manmade disasters.

Did you know that the best way to reduce a business interruption following a disaster is to prepare for it now? Around 40% of businesses may never recover after suffering a disaster. Of the businesses that do survive, the majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. Here are a few quick steps you can take to prepare:

  1. Identify your risks and notate them: are you in a flood zone? Do you have a lot of trees near your business that could pose a threat? How quickly can you evacuate if needed?
  2. Create a disaster plan that includes at a minimum the following information: utility shut-off locations; emergency contacts; building and business insurance, vendor, and other important personnel contacts; have all electronic and/or paper records and files backed up offsite (cloud storage); evacuation routes; backup generator location and operation; known hazardous materials; etc.
  3. Share your plan with key personnel and make sure your employees know how to react and be communicated with during a disaster.
  4. Test and practice your preparedness plans. Make sure you have all employees correct contact information and that they understand your disaster protocol.
  5. During times of natural disasters, listen to your local government officials and media to know if, when, and where to evacuate and for other critical news and information.

For more information contact us at SERVPRO, follow your local and county Emergency Management Office on social media, and use public resources available from FEMA, such as this PDF document: Business Continuity and Preparedness

You can also contact SERVPRO of Venice for a no-cost Emergency Ready Profile. We will develop an initial readiness profile for your business and help you be prepared. Give us a call at 941-484-7777 or email at marketing@SERVPROofvenice.com to schedule your Emergency Ready Profile today.

Thank you!

Venice Florida Residents: Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Venice for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Venice specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – 941-484-7777

Restoring Your Venice Florida Commercial Property After A Water Damage Event

10/12/2018 (Permalink)

Venice Florida Commercial Water Damage Events Present Unique Challenges

Flooding and water damage events at your Venice Florida commercial properties are often complex with numerous issues that require a knowledgeable and flexible response. Whether we’re dealing with a relatively small water cleanup scenario or a large scale event, we work quickly to assess each unique situation and isolate the damaged area. In many instances, normal operations can continue in a temporary space while we restore your facility.

Restoring Commercial Properties Presents Unique Challenges

Our professionals are trained to be mindful of legal and environmental concerns and strive to fully restore the damaged area while working within your budgetary constraints. We understand that every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So when an emergency situation arises in your business, give us a call and we’ll be there fast with the help you need.

About SERVPRO of Venice

SERVPRO of Venice specializes in the cleanup and restoration of commercial and residential property after a water damage event. 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.

Certifications

  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • CAI WEST FLORIDA CHAPTER
  • MOGCI (Manager of Gulf Coast Inc.)
  • Osprey Nokomis Chamber of Commerce
  • Venice Area Board of Realtors
  • Venice Area Chamber of Commerce

Awards

  • Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month

Venice Chamber Annual Golf Challenge!

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

Bob Gillo of SERVPRO of Venice and Port Charlotte working the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Challenge Putting Contest

SERVPRO of Venice has been a proud sponsor of the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Challenge for the last 11 years. During that time we have had the privilege of awarding dozens of prizes to the winners of the Putting Contest that we sponsor. 

The Golf Challenge is the biggest fundraiser for the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, and is always regarded as the most fun event that the organization hosts. SERVPRO of Venice always has a great time with the putting contest and we love to see how well our fellow Chamber members do throughout the day with their putting skills. Some amazing players participate, and some who just love to have fun :) 


Thank you again to everyone who took part in the Putting Contest and the Chamber Golf Challenge, and we'll see you next year too!

Is your business Storm Ready?

5/16/2018 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan smartphone app puts help in the palm of your hand!

The Best Way to Reduce Business Interruption Following a Disaster is to Plan For it NOW!

As many as 50% of businesses may never recover following a disaster, according to the latest industry research. Of the businesses that survive, the overwhelming majority of them had a preparedness plan in place. Pre-Planning can server as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind.

By developing the SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile (ERP) for your business, you are minimizing the business interruption by having an immediate plan of action. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the key to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water and fire damage can affect your business

  • A no cost assessment of your facility.
    This means there is no need to allocate funds, giving you a great value at no cost.
     
  • A concise Profile Document that contains only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.
    It will only take a little time to complete and will not take you away from current projects. But it will save a lot of time if ever needed.
     
  • A guide to help you get back into your building following a disaster.
    This can help minimize the amount of time your business is inactive by having an immediate plan of action.
     
  • Establishes your local SERVPRO Franchise Professional as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider.
    You have a provider that is recognized as an industry leader and close by.
     
  • Identification of the line of command for authorizing work to begin.
    This saves time so we can begin the work of mitigating the damage which can save you time and money.
     
  • Provides facility details such as shut-off valve locations, priority areas and priority contact information.
    Having a quick reference of what to do, how to do it and who to call provides solutions in advance of an emergency so that during the emergency you are "Ready for whatever happens."

If you are ready to get started on your Emergency Ready Profile disaster preparedness plan, Call Us Today at 941-484-7777 or email us at marketing@SERVPROofvenice.com for more information.

Faster to your Venice Florida Water Damage Event

9/25/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Venice provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Venice Florida

Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Venie provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—including all holidays.

Faster To Any Size Disaster

Flooding and water damage is very invasive. Water quickly spreads throughout your home and gets absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, and more.  SERVPRO of Venice arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately. This immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Need Emergency Service? Call Us 24/7 – 941-484-7777

Water Damage Timeline

Within Minutes

  • Water quickly spreads throughout your property, saturating everything in its path.
  • Water is absorbed into walls, floors, upholstery, and belongings.
  • Furniture finishes may bleed, causing permanent staining on carpets.
  • Photographs, books, and other paper goods start to swell and warp.

Hours 1 - 24:

  • Drywall begins to swell and break down.
  • Metal surfaces begin to tarnish.
  • Furniture begins to swell and crack.
  • Dyes and inks from cloth and paper goods spread and stain.
  • A musty odor appears.

48 Hours to 1 Week:

  • Mold and mildew may grow and spread.
  • Doors, windows, and studs swell and warp.
  • Metal begins to rust and corrode.
  • Furniture warps and shows signs of mold.
  • Paint begins to blister.
  • Wood flooring swells and warps.
  • Serious biohazard contamination is possible.

More Than 1 Week:

  • Restoration time and cost increase dramatically; replacing contaminated materials and structural rebuilding may be extensive.
  • Structural safety, mold growth, and biohazard contaminants pose serious risks to occupants.

About SERVPRO of Venice

SERVPRO of Venice specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Certifications

  • WRT - Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • CCT - Carpet Cleaning Technician
  • RRRP - Lead-Based Paint Activities and Renovation
  • ECTP - Employee Certification Training Program
  • UFT - Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technician
  • AMRT - Applied Microbial Remediation Technician
  • OSHA - Other Training
  • SRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician

Affiliations

  • MOGCI (Manager of Gulf Coast Inc.)
  • Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Osprey Nokomis Chamber of Commerce
  • Venice Area Board of Realtors
  • CAI WEST FLORIDA CHAPTER

Awards

  • Venice Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month

Does Your Venice Florida Home Have A Mold Problem?

9/19/2017 (Permalink)

In Venice Florida, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (941)484-7777

How to make your Emergency Survival Kit

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

Build your Emergency Survival Kit today!

Have you ever wondered how to make your own 'Emergency Survival Kit"? Check out the following YouTube video from the American Red Cross featuring actress and volunteer Jaimie Lee Curtis:

American Red Cross: Let's Make a Survival Kit with Jamie Lee Curtis

 Along with the above video, featured below is information on the basics you should have to be prepared. 

For more information, please visit: http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit

BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

Thank you for visiting and call SERVPRO of Venice at 941-484-7777 for more tips or information on how to prepare you home or business with an Emergency Ready Plan.

Venice 24 Hour Emergency Water Damage Service

5/22/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Venice provides 24 hour fire and water damage restoration service in Osprey, Nokomis, Casey Key, Venice, Englewood, and North Port.

SERVPRO of Venice is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.


We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today - 941-484-7777


We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of Venice has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.


What to Expect


When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.


Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:



  • Your name and contact information

  • Your insurance information (if applicable)

  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business

  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?

  • What caused the water damage (if known)?

  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?


About SERVPRO of Venice


SERVPRO of Venice specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. 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.

Venice Florida Smoke and Soot Cleanup

10/12/2016 (Permalink)

Smoke and Soot Damage Can Cause a Pervasive Odor in Your Venice Home.

Smoke and soot is very invasive and can penetrate various cavities within your home, causing hidden damage and odor. Our smoke damage expertise and experience allows us to inspect and accurately assess the extent of the damage to develop a comprehensive plan of action.  

Smoke and soot facts:

  • Hot smoke migrates to cooler areas and upper levels of a structure.
  • Smoke flows around plumbing systems, seeping through the holes used by pipes to go from floor to floor.
  • The type of smoke may greatly affect the restoration process.

Different Types of Smoke

There are two different types of smoke–wet and dry. As a result, there are different types of soot residue after a fire. Before restoration begins, SERVPRO of Venice will test the soot to determine which type of smoke damage occurred. The cleaning procedures will then be based on the information identified during pretesting. Here is some additional information:

Wet Smoke – Plastic and Rubber

  • Low heat, smoldering, pungent odor, sticky, smeary. Smoke webs are more difficult to clean.

Dry Smoke – Paper and Wood

  • Fast burning, high temperatures, heat rises therefore smoke rises.

Protein Fire Residue – Produced by evaporation of material rather than from a fire

  • Virtually invisible, discolors paints and varnishes, extreme pungent odor. 

Our Fire Damage Restoration Services

Since each smoke and fire damage situation is a little different, each one requires a unique solution tailored for the specific conditions.  We have the equipment, expertise, and experience to restore your fire and smoke damage.  We will also treat your family with empathy and respect and your property with care.

Have Questions about Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call Us Today – 941-484-7777

September is National Preparedness Month

9/12/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is a proud sponsor of National Preparedness Month!

Plan to Stay in Business!  As a business owner or manager, you are a leader in your community and have the opportunity to set an example for your employees, customers, and community to follow. This September, join your community in preparing for emergencies and disasters of all types, and leading efforts to encourage the community as a whole to become more prepared. Disasters not only devastate individuals and neighborhoods, but entire communities, including businesses of all sizes. As an employer in your community, having a business continuity plan can help protect your company, its employees, and its infrastructure, and maximizes your chances of recovery after an emergency or disaster.Ready Business asks companies to take three simple steps: plan to stay in business; encourage your people to become Ready and protect your investment. This year, the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps, with support from Coalition Members across the nation, including a wide range of businesses and organizations, is focusing NPM on encouraging individuals, families, and businesses to take active steps toward becoming Ready. We must work together as a team to ensure that our families, businesses, neighborhoods, and communities are Ready. Ready Business, an extension of the Ready Campaign, helps business owners and managers of small and medium-sized businesses prepare their employees, operations and assets in the event of an emergency. The Business section of Ready.gov contains vital information for businesses on how to get started preparing their business and their unique needs during an emergency. For more information on NPM, or for help preparing your business, call 1-800-BE-READY, 1- 888-SE-LISTO, and TTY 1-800-462-7585 or visit Ready.gov/business where business owners can download or order free Ready information, publications, and much more. Please use the hashtag #NATLPREP on Social Media to search for updates and discuss how you and your business are going to #BePrepared

When Storms or Floods hit Venice Florida, SERVPRO is ready!

8/8/2016 (Permalink)

Our highly trained crews are ready to respond 24/7 to storm or flood damage in Venice Florida

Storm seaon is always here in Southwest Florida, from flash floods and sever thunderstorms, to tropical storms and hurricanes. SERVPRO ofVenice specializes in storm and flood damage restoration.  Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response - Since 1978

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit Venice Florida we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States, including right here in Florida.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call Us Today at 941-484-7777

SERVPRO is the Proud National Sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program

5/16/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the Proud National Sponsor of the American Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program

Preparation is the key to minimizing the damage during an emergency. When disaster strikes, it is often difficult to make a logical, smart decision with a limited amount of time and a lot of stress and pressure. However, with a careful preparation plan in place, emergency situations can be managed and resolved quickly and efficiently. SERVPRO has become a master of dealing with and fixing disasters. Leading the nation in both residential and commercial restoration, SERVPRO is able to cleanup structural damage caused by water, fire, mold, soot, and more. When an emergency occurs, SERVPRO is always there to clean up the mess to limit the devastation that a disaster can have on people and their community.

With a comprehensive understanding of disaster relief, SERPVRO has officially teamed up with The American Red Cross as a national sponsor of the Ready Rating program. In doing so, SERPVRO will play a major role in making sure that homeowners and business owners are prepared and ready to handle disaster. Using the 1-2-3 Assessment, the Ready Rating Program helps organizations to better understand their current level of preparedness through a measurement and scoring system. Once a Ready Rating Score is given, the organization is now able to utilize the program’s tips and best practices to help improve their score over time.

Dominick Tolli, the Vice President of Preparedness and Health & Safety Services at the American Red Cross stated, “We are excited to have SERVPRO as a national sponsor of the Ready Rating Program. SERVPRO understands the importance of being prepared for emergencies before they happen.  As a national sponsor of the Ready Rating Program, SERVPRO is helping businesses, schools and organizations become more resilient to disasters and other emergencies.”

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Preparing for a disaster before it happens is absolutely critical to minimizing damage and cost associated with the emergency. SERVPRO of Venice has spent decades helping to speed up the recovery process following a disaster or emergency for homes and businesses across the country. We are dedicated to providing fast, effective, and reliable fire and water cleanup and restoration, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us today at (941) 484-7777 to learn more.

Severe Weather Information for the Venice Florida Area

7/8/2014 (Permalink)

Hurricane Andrew approaching Florida in '92

As part of our interest in helping our fellow Venice Florida community, we are providing this Sever Weather Information section here. We will have links below to weather information for both Hurricane, and local weather. As tropical storms or hurricanes come our way, we will provide updates for those specific storms as well.

Be sure to check out our Hurricane Readiness Kit blog here; http://www.servprovenice.com/newsandupdatespost/2090/community/hurricane-preparedness-kit

Here are some National Weather sources: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/ and http://www.weather.com/weather/hurricanecentral/

For local weather, you check out the following for current conditions and alerts: http://www.heraldtribune.com/section/weather and http://www.mysuncoast.com/weather/

We will do our best to provide storm information as they come, but the above links will be very reliable for you. 

Thank you!

Hurricane Preparedness Kit

6/5/2014 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO of Venice we want to make sure all in our community are ready and prepared for Hurricane Season. Below are links and information borrowed from them that describe some of the basics you should have to be prepared for this upcoming Hurricane season. As with any general plan, always review it based on local and specific family needs and make adjustments accordingly. Information used is from the following link: http://www.ready.gov/basic-disaster-supplies-kit

BASIC DISASTER SUPPLIES KIT

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger

SERVPRO of Venice is on Facebook, Twitter, and More!

5/9/2014 (Permalink)

"Like It Never Even Happened"

SERVPRO of Venice is now Active on Social Media.

Hello Everyone! We are happy to announce that SERVPRO of Venice is now actively posting and communicating with our customers and those who want to know more about us on the following social media sites:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/servproveniceflorida

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SERVPROVeniceFL

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/servprovenicefl/

Google Plus (For Both Venice and Port Charlotte): https://www.google.com/+ServproFireWaterCleanupPortCharlotte

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