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Suffered a Flood? What to Do First | SERVPRO of North Naples

5/20/2024 (Permalink)

Interior of a flooded modern bathroom Has an unexpected flash flood invaded your home? SERVPRO of North Naples is here to fight back the water damage. Call us today!

We are no strangers to the threat of water in the Naples community. Being so close to the ocean has its perks, but it also puts us in a position to experience the strong force of Mother Nature from time to time. 

Whether a thunderstorm builds and dumps rain all over our community or a powerful hurricane comes barreling over the coast, we can all easily wind up with flooded basements and homes

Knowing what to do before, during and after a flood can help you stay in control and stay safe. 

Keeping Your Family Safe

The good news about hurricanes and other coastal storms is that we often get a few days of advance notice if there is one spotted over the ocean. You should start preparing for the possibility of the storm as soon as it is announced. Secure any patio furniture, grills or propane tanks, pull your car into your garage or carport every night, and try to clean up your yard as best as you can. 

Inside your home, gather any important documents or fragile possessions and get them to a safe location. Check on your sump pump if you have one to make sure it is in good working condition, and close your storm or hurricane shutters tightly when the storm is about to make land. 

When the Threat Has Passed

Fast-moving water can be dangerous, so stay put in your home until the water has stopped rushing in. If you had evacuated before the storm, wait until the authorities deem it safe to re-enter the community, but use extreme caution. Strong storms can cause extensive damage to buildings, homes and even nature itself. 

Walk slowly and carefully around your home. Floodwater can easily damage the structural components of your home and can make it dangerous to walk around in. 

Broken floorboards, loose nails and even the water itself can be hazardous to your safety. Once you have done your initial assessment, get us on the phone right away so we can get started on your flood restoration. 

How Our Flood Restoration Works

We see flooding situations all the time, so we know just what to do when you give us a call. Our first priority is making sure we get to you as quickly as we can, as we know that the longer the water sits in your home, the worse your situation can become.

We will quickly start extracting the standing water, and we even have thermal imaging cameras that allow us to spot hidden moisture behind your walls and under your floors. We can even handle the restoration of fragile materials like soaked documents and soft objects like upholstery and cushions. Our team will confidently handle your repairs and restoration from start to finish. 

Suffering a flood can be overwhelming. Let SERVPRO of North Naples handle your entire flood restoration. 

Preparing for Hurricane Season | SERVPRO of North Naples

5/14/2024 (Permalink)

palm trees being blown around by hurricane winds When the storm has passed, call SERVPRO of North Naples to help restore your property safely.

The coastal life has many perks, and we certainly aren’t complaining about living in the Sunshine State and getting to experience what it means to live by the ocean. However, we have a bit more preparation that we need to take when it comes to severe weather.

Hurricane season is upon us, and we need to stay vigilant as a community to help each other through when a hurricane is predicted to make landfall.

While you can’t control the speed and severity of a hurricane, you can still prepare for it to minimize as much damage to your home and property as possible. Follow these tips so you can start preparing now ahead of the next dangerous hurricane.

Understanding Your Risk

There are different watches and warnings when it comes to tropical storms and hurricanes, and it is your responsibility to understand the alerts and terms that are associated with each of them. Thankfully, hurricanes often are recognized and communicated to us well before they make land, which gives us all time to get things together.

Hurricanes often come in waves in terms of severity, so knowing as early as possible gives you prep time to get things done. Starting two to three days out, you should start making lists and getting the supplies together that you will need to either evacuate or hunker down inside.

Securing and Prepping Your Home

You want to prevent as much damage to your home as possible, so trying to make it impermeable should be your priority. Cover your windows with hurricane shutters or wood and strap down your roof with clips or straps to help prevent severe wind damage.

In addition, be sure to remove everything off your property that is not tied down. That includes garbage cans, lawn furniture, outdoor equipment and children’s toys. Your garage might be packed to the brim for a few days, but that’s OK.

Once your home is ready, start preparing your family. If you are evacuating, pack all of the supplies and materials you would need for an extended time away.

Depending on the severity of the storm, the roads may not be passable for the following couple of days. If you are staying put, pack your family’s emergency kit with nonperishable food, water and things like batteries and medication. Pack whatever your family will need to live for a few days in comfort.

Recovering From Damage

Hurricanes can cause widespread damage, and flooding is one of those lingering issues that can continue to cause damage long after the hurricane is gone. Flooding and standing water in your home can quickly cause structural issues and mold growth if it is left to linger.

Call SERVPRO of North Naples for a fast and efficient recovery. Our team is trained to respond to hurricane disasters, and we know how to effectively remove standing water, and we are the leading experts at home restoration and recovery. We are all in this together, so let us help you recover if you suffer flooding when the next hurricane makes landfall.

Hurricanes can cause widespread flooding issues. SERVPRO of North Naples can help.

Common Spots for Water Leaks | SERVPRO of North Naples

2/20/2024 (Permalink)

Woman with Emergency Plumbing Sink Leak Water leaks can leave your home disastrous. That's why SERVPRO of North Naples is Here to Help®. Contact us today!

Water leaks can occur in singular obvious events, like from a burst pipe in your kitchen or a flooded basement due to a broken water line, but they can also be much sneakier. A single dripping pipe behind your walls or a water heater that leaks whenever it kicks on can cause just as much damage, but it will happen over a longer period of time.

No matter the situation, there is no doubt that water can cause serious and extensive damage. Catching a water leak early can help you control the situation, but first you have to know where to go looking for one! 

Read on to learn more about where the most common locations are for water leaks in your home. 

Common Leaky Spots 

Water is constantly flowing in and out of your home, which means that water leaks can start virtually anywhere where a pipe is located behind your wall or where a water connection is. 

A single loose water connection or a deteriorated caulk line can easily cause trouble for you. Checking the toilets, sinks and tubs in your home often can help you notice any lingering moisture or recurring puddles.

Another common spot for water leaks is around any appliance that uses water to function. We all rely on least one water-reliant appliance in our daily lives, but that doesn’t mean the appliance(s) in question can’t betray us! 

Dishwashers, washing machines and water heaters can all start to leak at any point and cause a watery mess in an instant. Check each appliance every time before you turn them on, and feel for moisture around the doors and water lines. 

Stopping the Flow 

If you do discover lingering moisture anywhere in your home or find a new puddle on your floor, it’s time to take control to prevent the situation from getting any worse. Once you track down the original source of the leak, locate the appropriate water valve and shut it off immediately to stop the flow of water. 

If the leak came from an appliance, shut off or unplug the appliance as well to make sure it can’t start back up again while you are figuring out the next steps.

Once the water has stopped flowing, avoid walking through the water and get us on the phone right away. If the water level was high enough or the situation went unnoticed for a while, you might have some residual water damage to deal with as well. Take some photos of the damage while you are waiting for us to arrive that you can show to your insurance company. 

Water Damage Recovery

We will quickly arrive at your home and locate the source of the leak. We will get started on removing the water while addressing the necessary repairs. 

We know that the longer water sits on your floors, the worse your damage can become and mold can even start to grow. Our industry-leading drying equipment will ensure every last drop of moisture has been removed from your home. 

Once everything is dry, we will address any repairs that need to happen. Water can quickly warp wood and damage walls or carpet, but we can handle any sort of restoration projects that your space requires. Our goal is to make sure your home is returned to its preloss conditions as quickly as possible.

Tackling water damage quickly is essential to a full recovery. Contact SERVPRO of North Naples right away. 

Tips for Reducing Your Fire Risk at Home | SERVPRO of North Naples

11/20/2023 (Permalink)

Start home electrical fire due to faulty household appliance. If your home is in bad condition from an unexpected fire, our team is Here to Help®. Call SERVPRO of North Naples today!

No one wants to think about the potential of suffering a house or property fire, but unfortunately, it happens all of the time across the country. In fact, there are more than 340,000 home or structure fires each year in the United States.

While fire situations may not be able to be completely prevented, knowing what to do ahead of time can help reduce your risk around your home and your garage. Incorporate these tips below into your everyday life and regular routine. 

Prep Your Outdoor Equipment

Grilling is certainly a favorite pastime for many families in our community, which means there are many different charcoal and propane grills in backyards and neighborhoods. We have also seen an increase in those outdoor tabletop skillets! 

While grilling is a great way to enjoy being outside while making food, there is always the risk of starting a fire. 

You should check your grill every time before lighting it for signs of wear and tear or other issues. If you have a gas grill, check the drum and lid for dents and be sure the vents can move freely. Dump out excess ash regularly, and keep it clean. 

If you have a propane grill, check the gas lines every time and tighten any connections that have loosened. You should also be checking the propane tank itself as a single dent or small leak could become really dangerous.

If you have a backyard bonfire pit, you should regularly be cleaning it out and clearing the area around it. Overhanging trees or grass that has grown up into the pit can quickly lead to a dangerous fire situation. 

Reducing Your Fire Risk Inside 

The majority of house fires start in the kitchen, which should be no surprise since that is where we use heat and flame most often! Keeping a fire extinguisher in your kitchen can help you respond to issues faster. 

You should also take the time to reduce clutter in your kitchen. Flammable materials like kitchen towels, pot holders and even knickknacks can easily become fuel to a growing fire.

Another common location for fires is around filters and vents, especially near your clothes dryer. Clean the lint trap after every use, and have your vents cleaned professionally on a regular basis to remove built-up lint, dust and other debris. 

Where Our Team Comes Into Play

Even if you do everything right to safeguard your home against fire disasters, the unexpected can happen at any time and you could be left with significant fire damage. Call us as soon as the flames are out so we can start on your recovery plan.

We are here 24/7 to respond to your call, and we will arrive at your door right away to start cleaning, removing debris, and sanitizing your space. Once your space is prepped and ready to be rebuilt, we will deodorize it and start on your repairs. We can handle everything from minor fire damage repairs to full reconstructions of rooms or sections of your home. 

When you suffer fire damage, SERVPRO of North Naples is the fire damage restoration team for you. 

The Common Culprits: Identifying the Types of Mold That Can Grow in Your Home

5/17/2023 (Permalink)

Woman looking at mold growth on her wall. These are just a few of the most common types of mold that can grow in your home.

Mold is a common problem in many households, and it can cause a range of issues if left unchecked. There are many types of mold that can grow in your home, and it's important to identify them to take appropriate action. In this blog, we'll explore the different types of mold that can grow in your house.

Alternaria mold

Alternaria mold is a common type of mold found in homes. It typically grows in damp areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. It's usually black or dark green.

Aspergillus mold

Aspergillus mold is another common type of mold found in homes. It can grow on a variety of surfaces, including walls, ceilings, and carpets. It's usually green or yellow.

Cladosporium mold

Cladosporium mold is a type of mold that can grow in both damp and dry areas of your home. It's typically black or green and can grow on surfaces such as carpets, fabrics, and wallpaper. 

Penicillium mold

Penicillium mold is a type of mold that can grow in both damp and dry areas of your home. It's usually blue or green and can grow on surfaces such as walls, carpets, and fabrics. 

Stachybotrys mold

Stachybotrys mold, also known as black mold, is a type of mold that thrives in damp and dark environments. It's usually black or dark green and can grow on surfaces such as walls, carpets, and ceilings. 

These are just a few of the most common types of mold that can grow in your home. If you suspect that you have a mold problem, it's important to take action immediately. Mold can spread quickly and cause serious problems if left untreated. Consult with a professional mold remediation service to properly identify and remove any mold in your home.

Counting the Cost: How Much Revenue Can Your Business Lose After a Fire Damage?

4/13/2023 (Permalink)

business insurance Property damage, business interruption, restoration time are critical for factors that can impact revenue loss.

A fire can cause extensive damage to a business, resulting in loss of revenue and increased expenses. The amount of revenue that can be lost depends on various factors, such as the extent of the damage, the type of business, and the length of time it takes to restore the property. In this blog, we will discuss how much revenue can be lost after a fire damage.

Property Damage

The extent of property damage is one of the most significant factors in determining the amount of revenue lost. A minor fire may only cause cosmetic damage, whereas a significant fire can destroy the entire building. The cost of repairing or replacing the damaged property can be expensive and take time. During this period, the business may be forced to close temporarily, leading to a significant loss of revenue.

Business Interruption

In addition to property damage, a fire can disrupt business operations, resulting in a loss of revenue. For instance, if the business needs to shut down temporarily to facilitate repairs or investigation, they may lose customers who may choose to go to their competitors. In some cases, customers may lose faith in the business, leading to long-term losses. A fire may also disrupt supply chains, leading to a shortage of goods, further affecting revenue.

Restoration Time

The amount of time it takes to restore the property after a fire damage can also impact revenue. If the business is forced to close temporarily, the longer it takes to restore the property, the more revenue will be lost. The restoration process may involve dealing with insurance adjusters, contractors, and suppliers, which can take time. During this period, the business may need to find alternative sources of revenue or reduce expenses to stay afloat.

Business Type

The type of business can also determine the amount of revenue lost after a fire damage. For example, a restaurant that experiences a fire may lose more revenue than a law firm. A restaurant depends on foot traffic and customer loyalty, whereas a law firm may not have as many walk-ins. Thus, it is essential to consider the type of business when calculating the amount of revenue lost.

In conclusion, the amount of revenue lost after a fire damage depends on various factors. Property damage, business interruption, restoration time, and business type are some of the critical factors that can impact revenue loss. It is essential to work with insurance adjusters, contractors, and other professionals to assess the damage and develop a plan to minimize losses. The business should also develop a contingency plan to deal with any future fire damages, such as having backup suppliers and data recovery systems. By doing so, the business can recover quickly and minimize the amount of revenue lost.

Causes of a flooded basement

3/9/2023 (Permalink)

flooded basement When your basement suffers from a flood, let us help.

A flooded basement can be a nightmare. In addition to being messy and smelly, it can cause serious damage to your home. If you suspect that you have a flooded basement, call a professional at SERVPRO of North Naples who can help assess the problem and repair it.

Low water pressure

One of the most common causes of a flooded basement is low water pressure. Your home's plumbing system has to be able to supply enough water at the right pressure for all of your plumbing fixtures and appliances to function properly. If you have low water pressure, you may notice that:

  • Toilets back up more often than usual because there isn't enough pressure in the pipes to push waste through them easily
  • Showerheads spray water in all directions instead of just shooting straight out (this can be especially annoying when it happens while you're trying to get ready for work in the morning!)
  • Your dishwasher leaks onto your kitchen floor because it doesn't have enough power behind its sprayer arm

Leaking water pipes

Leaking water pipes are the most common cause of flooded basements. Water damage can be expensive to repair, so it's important to check for leaks regularly and fix them as soon as you find them. If you notice that your basement is constantly wet or feels damp, it may be time to call in an expert.

Check all of your faucets and plumbing fixtures (such as toilets) for drips that could lead to a leaky pipe somewhere else in your home. You should also look at any exposed pipes near windows or doors where there might be temperature fluctuations that could cause condensation on the outside of these pipes over time

Overflowing toilet or dishwasher

There are some things that you can do to stop a flooded basement, but they're not necessarily easy and they're not always effective.

If your toilet or dishwasher is overflowing, then there's nothing you can do except call a professional plumber. These appliances don't have valves like sink faucets do; if the water fills up past its limit, it just keeps coming until it's drained out again by gravity or someone turns off the spigot supplying water from above ground level. You'll probably see signs of an overflowing toilet or dishwasher before this happens. A rising level in your basement floor near where those appliances are located is one sign but if they haven't been fixed yet and start leaking all at once (or worse yet start flooding), then you need emergency help right away!

Frozen pipe

If you live in an area that experiences cold weather, you may be familiar with the risk of frozen pipes. When water freezes inside a pipe, it expands and can cause the pipe to burst. This can result in a flooded basement or even worse--a flood throughout your home!

To prevent this from happening keep all faucets open when temperatures dip below freezing outside (this should be done regardless). If any pipes freeze anyway, immediately turn off your main water supply valve at the top of each faucet; then use an ice pick or screwdriver to chip away at any ice buildup until it's gone.

Broken sump pump

A sump pump is an important part of your basement drainage system. It should be checked regularly to make sure it's working properly and efficiently.

If you notice a problem with your sump pump, contact a professional immediately. Clogs around the pump or other issues can cause it to fail, leaving you with a flooded basement. If you do need to replace your sump pump, remember that they are available at hardware stores.

If you suspect that your basement is flooded, it's important to call a professional. A skilled technician will be able to assess the situation and determine whether or not there is any damage to your basement. They can also help you prevent future flooding and make sure that your home is safe from mold growth. If necessary, they'll help with insurance claims and other legal matters related to the flood.

Preventing a Water Damage Disaster from Your Washing Machine

2/9/2023 (Permalink)

washing machine Prevent a water damage by checking your washer frequently.

There are a number of events that can occur leaving water damage from a washing machine. A busted washing machine hose, overloading your laundry, seals and other damages can potentially leave you with water damage. Preventative measures keep this from happening by reducing the risk of a water damage disaster caused by washer machines.

Washing Machine Water Damage Prevention

Make sure you don't overload your washing machine. The maximum load size is marked on the washer's door or inside of the drum and should not exceed 2/3 full at any time. Overloading can cause excessive vibrations which may cause damage to your washing machine, or even worse, could make it tip over while it's running!

Regularly check for faulty hoses that lead into drains and replace them as soon as possible if they are cracked or damaged in any way (however small).

Check for Faulty Drain Hoses

To prevent a flood and other water damage, it's important to check your washing machine for faulty drain hoses. There are many ways that a drain hose can become damaged—cracks, corrosion, holes and even rusting. You should also look for any signs of wear or damage such as cracks or leaks.

If you notice any of these issues with your washing machine's drain hose, it may need to be replaced. This can save you money down the road because it would otherwise be necessary to replace only individual parts instead of everything at once!

Don’t Overload Your Washer

Don’t overload your washing machine. As a general rule, you should not wash more than 5-6 pounds of clothing in a full load and 2-3 pounds in a half load. Don’t wash too many clothes at once. The more clothes you load into the washer, the longer it takes to fill up with water and start washing them. Washing too many pieces at once can also put undue stress on your machine by causing excessive vibrations or adding excess weight and pressure to its components such as bearings and springs.

Check the Seal of Your Washer

Check the seal of your washer. If you haven't already, open the door and check the rubber seal around its opening. If it's torn or missing, a lot of water will leak from your washing machine when running. This can lead to mold or mildew problems that get into your walls and floors, which is definitely something you want to avoid.

If you have had a problem with your washing machine over time (ejecting clothes, leaking), be sure to check this area closely for any tears or holes that may have been caused by an unfortunate run-in between a heavy object and some part of the interior compartment of your washing machine during operation.

Regularly Checking and Replacing Hoses

How often should you check your washing machine hoses? The recommendation is to do so every six months, but it’s better to be safe and check them more frequently. If you have hard water or live in an older house, you may want to check them monthly.

How long should a washing machine hose last? Hoses can start to crack after three years of use, so it’s important that you replace them before this happens. If any part of the hose appears cracked or damaged, it needs replacing immediately for safety purposes.

There are simple things you can do to prevent water damage from your washing machine. It’s important to keep in mind that this is a serious issue and it could potentially cause thousands of dollars in damage if something goes wrong. If you take the proper steps, then you will not only be saving yourself money but also time since there will be no need for costly repairs or restoration services.

How Much Does It Cost to Fix Hurricane Damage?

1/9/2023 (Permalink)

Tree fallen in a house Hurricane damage in East Naples, FL.

If you're in the path of a storm, you know that the cost of hurricane damage can be a lot more than your deductible. Here are some things to consider:

How Much Does It Cost to Fix Hurricane Damage?

The cost of repairing hurricane damage depends on the severity of the storm but can range from $100 for minor repairs to up to several thousand dollars for a complete reconstruction. If you're facing major repairs, here's what you need to know:

  • The average homeowner insurance deductible is about $1,000.
  • Insurers have a wide variety of policies and rates. Check with your insurance agent for more information on coverage details (and their deductibles).
  • FEMA may be able to help cover damage if your area is declared an official disaster zone by the government.

Wind Speed vs. Insurance

As you might expect, the amount of damage your East Naples, FL home sustains from a hurricane depends on the strength of the storm. Wind speeds are measured in miles per hour (mph), and insurance companies use this number to determine your deductible. For example, if you live in an area that's considered a "wind zone" for hurricanes, then your deductible will typically be lower than if you live in an area where storms tend to have lower wind speeds.

Roof Replacement or Repair

A roof replacement is more permanent than a roof repair. It will last longer and be more structurally sound, but it’s also more expensive to replace the entire roof instead of just repairing the damaged portions. When you are looking at cost, remember that it often makes sense to replace your roof in stages rather than all at once.

A contractor will inspect your home’s current state and determine whether or not it needs an entirely new roof or if repairs can be made instead. If there are only specific areas where damage has occurred (for example on just one side), then those areas can usually be replaced without replacing all of them immediately as well.

Broken Windows

The cost of replacing a broken window depends on the size and type of window. If you have an older home with double-hung sash windows that need replacement, it might be best to consider repairing them instead. This is especially true if your house has more than one story or if there’s no way for someone outside your home to reach the damaged area on their own without damaging something else in the process.

High Winds and Trees

Hurricane season is a time when everyone wants to make sure their homes are protected and ready. If you're in an area that's at risk for high winds, it might be time to think about how you can help protect your property from damage. Some tips:

  • If a storm is coming, try closing all windows and doors to reduce the amount of debris that will be blown around by the wind.
  • Make sure trees near your home are trimmed so they don't bend or break during strong winds.
  • Keep any loose objects like lawn chairs or patio umbrellas away from windows so they won't get sucked into them if the window breaks during high winds or heavy rain.

The cost to repair hurricane damage depends on the nature of the storm and where you live.

The cost of hurricane damage depends upon several factors. The nature of the storm and where you live are two important ones. How much damage is done will also play a role in determining the cost. For example, if your roof is damaged by high winds, it may be less expensive to repair than if your home's foundation was compromised in some way or another.

Sometimes FEMA provides assistance with cleanup costs after a hurricane makes landfall in an area where they've declared an emergency - but not always!

Hurricane damage can be devastating, but it's also important to remember that there are resources available to help you navigate the insurance process. You'll need a disaster restoration professional and an insurance agent who knows what they're doing. We hope this article has given you some tips on how to choose both of those professionals!

Most Common Types of Mold Found In Homes

12/7/2022 (Permalink)

Black spots of mold found under a carpet Mold damage in North Naples, FL.

The 5 Most Common Types of Molds Found in Homes 

Mold is a fungus that grows in damp areas. It can be found on walls, ceilings and floors of homes. It thrives in dark, humid places where there is moisture and little air circulation.

In general, mold spores are everywhere. They are found indoors as well as outdoors and they can enter your home through open windows or doorways.

Mold can grow almost anywhere there is moisture, including under sinks, behind appliances such as dishwashers or refrigerators and on bathroom tiles or shower curtains that have been left wet for long periods of time. In addition to building up in these areas within your home, mold may also grow on building materials such as wood siding outside your home.

If you think you have a mold problem, it is important to call professionals 

Mold can cause major damage to your home, and if it isn't addressed correctly, it can be very expensive to fix. It is important that you do not attempt to remove mold yourself. Even if you think the mold is hidden in an area that cannot be seen by anyone else like behind the walls, there are still risks involved. If you have any concerns about mold or other contaminants in your home, contact a professional immediately so they can evaluate the situation properly and recommend an appropriate course of action.


Alternaria is a common type of mold that can grow on many types of materials. It can be found in areas with high humidity, such as bathrooms and basements.The most damage caused by Alternaria is when it grows on surfaces made from wood, paper or cardboard.


Aspergillus is a very common mold that can be found in homes and businesses. Aspergillus spores are very durable and can survive for years in the environment.


Penicillium is a type of mold that can be found in damp areas of homes. It may grow on any food, but it is particularly common in bread, cheese and other dairy products.

Penicillium thrives in warm and humid conditions. Foods left uncovered will be at greater risk for contamination from Penicillium than those that are covered or refrigerated after preparation.


Cladosporium is a fungus that is found in soil, decaying wood, and other organic materials. It's common in the home and can be found growing on food and fabrics. The branches of its spores contain dark pigments, which give them a brownish or black coloration.

Stachybotrys Chartarum 

Stachybotrys chartarum (aka black mold) is one of the most dangerous types of mold. It's a fungus that grows in damp, dark places and can cause serious problems.

Stachybotrys chartarum often shows up on indoor surfaces in areas where water damage has occurred from flooding or plumbing leaks. These locations include behind walls, under floors and carpets, underneath sinks and bathtubs, under windowsills or near leaking pipes or roofs. Black mold may also appear around doors and windows if they aren't properly sealed against outside elements.


Mold is a serious problem. It’s important to know how to identify it, and what you should do if you discover mold in your North Naples, FL home. If you suspect that your home is suffering from a mold infestation, don’t hesitate and give our SERVPRO of North Naples team a call today!