Aaron Getty of Joe Taylor Restoration speaks to Rotary at the Community House on Friday, Oct. 23. Rotary photo
Aaron Getty of Joe Taylor Restoration speaks to Rotary at the Community House on Friday, Oct. 23. Rotary photo

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following report from the Rotary Club of Sanibel Captiva meeting at the Sanibel Community House on Friday, Oct. 23, was submitted by Shirley Jewell of the Rotary Club.

Some of you may wonder how we line up our fantastic speakers for our Friday morning meetings. Well to be honest, they come to us through various means but mostly through our member community connections or through business associates. This week our guests, Aaron Getly and associate John Sterious from Joe Taylor Restoration, were invited to speak to Rotary by Rotarian Angela Larson Roehl of Rosier Insurance, Sanibel.  

The Joe Taylor Restoration Company is an expert company addressing property damage caused by water, mold and fire.  They handle WATER MITIGATION… Emergency Water Extraction, State of the Art Applied Structural Drying, Sewage Cleanup and Odor Control and Deodorization; MOLD REMEDIATION …A State Licensed Mold Remediation Firm, Content Evaluation and Remediation, Moisture Control and Deodorization, Content Remediation and Evaluation; and FIRE RESTORATION …Smoke, Soot and Odor Removal, Structural Cleaning, Content Cleaning, and Temporary Protection.  Taylor is the type of company you really don’t want to think about, until you need them.   

As Aaron explained to us, 60 to 70 percent of the insurance claims that they deal with are water related.

Although the first thing that comes to mind is a flood caused by a storm or rising tides, there are many other reasons for water damage to our properties.  Picture this, the condo above you has a shower run-over or the unit’s washer machine has a leak and before it really is discovered the water is dripping through your ceiling and walls. Water damage is not always discovered immediately and given time can promote mold growth behind ceilings and walls.  The longer water sits undiscovered the more damage it causes.  How about your refrigerator’s water dispenser connection breaks and you’re away for the weekend and when you return, you have about an inch of standing water throughout your kitchen and beyond…this definitely can cause damage.  There are broken pipes, AC malfunctions, hot water heater breakdowns and they all can cause water and mold problems. 

Fire and smoke damage from even the smallest of fires can permeate the premises and large menacing fires can cause structural concerns that need to be addressed. Although the fire department has put out the fire, industrial fire hoses do leak and cause water damage to floors, carpets, and even walls.  Aaron cautioned us that cleaning up after a fire yourself can cause even further damage.  Soot is acidic and cleaning products are acidic, the combination can make the problem 10 times worse than the original damage.  Hiring a professional cleaning crew that specializes in water extraction and soot removal is a wise financial investment for property owners.

Taylor also handles biohazards such as excessive animal droppings, decaying animal carcasses, and even addresses hoarding situations.  This is done by cleaning, deodorizing, and addressing the problem that may have caused these problems. 

Joe Taylor Restoration has a well-established 13-year reputation with insurance companies throughout the state and is the preferred vendor for 45 insurance companies in Florida servicing 11 counties throughout the state. Another important service that Taylor provides to insurance companies is reviewing estimates from other similar companies for services and advising those clients as to the fairness of the cost of these services. One estimate that Aaron told us about for restoration services by an unnamed company for a 2,000 square foot home that came in at $83,000…Taylor’s estimate for the same services was $3,000.

Joe Taylor Restoration invests in the most efficient and powerful up-to date equipment and training its employees. When a call is made to Taylor, you can expect a call back within two hours, a free inspection of the property and they are ready to tackle your job immediately. Powerful water extractors, structural fans for drying, dehumidifiers, and hygrometers to monitor moisture are at the ready. Moisture meters are used when water is the cause of damage measuring all visible and behind surface moisture. This equipment is used to measure moisture before, during, and after the cleanup process to make sure all moisture damage has been addressed and the areas has been repaired correctly. 

For more information about Joe Taylor Restoration contact John Sterious in the company’s Lehigh Acre office- JSTERIOUS@JTRESTORATION.COM or in case of an emergency 866.672.8559 available 24/7.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meets at 7 a.m. Friday mornings at the Sanibel Community House, Periwinkle Way. Guests are always welcomed.