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Top Reasons that Require Water Removal in Your Clearwater Home.

7/18/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Top Reasons that Require Water Removal in Your Clearwater Home. Water Removal in Clearwater Is a Forte of SERVPRO

Count on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration to Your Property

It may be called the "Sunshine State," but Florida sees its fair amount of water damage to property every year. In fact, Florida has seen an increase of water damage property claims of 46 percent since 2010, according to the 2015 Florida Review of Assignment of Benefits in Property Insurance Claims. Not only that, the severity of claims has increased by ten percent. These facts mean it is more important than ever to understand and prevent water damage from occurring on your property.

Common Causes of Water Damage
To prevent water damage and the need for Clearwater water removal services, you should know where and how water damage typically starts - and it is not from hurricanes. Here are the most common causes of water damage to watch out for in your home:
 
Burst or Leaking Pipes
"Out of sight, out of mind," right? Our pipes hide behind walls and we hardly ever think about them, even when we turn on the tap. If something goes wrong, however, it could spell disaster for your property. The most common causes of burst or leaking pipes are drastic changes in temperature, clogged lines, and wear and tear through age. At SERVPRO, we recommend having your pipes inspected from time-to-time and if a burst or leak does occur, call us immediately.
 
Appliance Malfunctions
When a washing machine or dishwasher malfunctions, it can cause a severe amount of water damage by flooding the walls and seeping under the floor boards. The best way to prevent this from happening is to keep up on the maintenance of appliances and replace old, worn appliances with new ones when necessary.
 
Air Conditioners
Staying cool in Florida is a must on hot, humid days. However, HVAC systems are at risk of causing water damage to your property. This is because, in Florida, the lines that are responsible for transporting and disposing of collected water can get clogged with algae. The result is a back up that can cause a leak or spill resulting in water damage. For this reason, it is important to maintain the efficiency of an HVAC system and call us at SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage.
 
Attics, Crawl Spaces, and Basements
Another common cause of water damage includes the spaces where water is more apt to accumulate. Basements, attics, and crawl spaces are all areas where water damage and mold growth can go unnoticed for quite some time.
 
If you have a problem with water, contact SERVPRO of Largo 24/7 at (727) 586-0060 for a speedy response.

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Belleair Beach Mold Damage and How to Avoid It

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Belleair Beach Mold Damage and How to Avoid It When It Is Time to Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation to Your Bellair Beach Condo

SERVPRO Uses an Arsenal of Products to Combat Mold Growth in Your Belleair Beach Condo

A mold infestation can be a disaster, just like a fire or flood. It does not grab the attention of homeowners like the other two, but if left unchecked, mold can cost just as much to restore your home regarding cleaning and replacement.

When it comes to stopping mold damage and cleaning it from a Belleair Beach home, SERVPRO maintains an extensive inventory of chemical agents to meet every requirement. These agents are antimicrobials for the most part. An antimicrobial is any chemical used to stop the development or limit the growth of microorganisms.

Disinfectants destroy almost 99 percent of the organisms they come into contact with on affected surfaces. Some of the common types we use are alcohols, chlorines, phenols, and formaldehyde.

Fungistats and Mildewstats slow the growth of fungi on organic materials. They do not harm the surfaces of these items and are the preferred chemical agent for paper, leather, and textiles.

Sanitizers reduce microbial levels to a range considered safe by public health agencies. These are effective to use in kitchens and bathrooms. Mold can grow back under the right conditions when using sanitizers, so regular use is needed.

Sporicides are effective in controlling fungal and bacterial spores. A potent disinfectant, they must be utilized sparingly and according to manufacturer directions.

Sterilants destroy all microorganisms they come into contact with, to include fungi and bacteria. These chemicals are potent and used only on surfaces that do not pit or suffer other damage when exposed to them. Sterilants are particularly useful for metal surfaces such as kitchen countertops, sinks, and faucets. Chlorine (bleach), at high concentrations, is a potent sterilant; but caution must be taken to avoid skin and eye contact.

Cleaning and restoring the effects of a mold infestation is not a quick or easy process. To ensure your home is livable once more, you need a professional company with decades of experience helping Pinellas County residents. SERVPRO of Largo has that experience, and the equipment and training to return your home to its pre-mold condition. Call us today at (727) 586-0060 for an inspection and estimate.

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Flood Damage Restoration For Your Indian Rocks Beach Home

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration For Your Indian Rocks Beach Home Indian Rocks Beach Storm Damage Get Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Relieves Your Stress and Restores Your Property After a Flooding

Making quick, informed decisions after flood damage rears its ugly head on your property can make all of the difference in your recovery process. The longer you wait, the more likely secondary damages develop, often leading to mold growth and other hazards that make your homes restoration even worse.

If you find yourself facing flood damage issues in your Indian Rocks Beach home, consider making a call for help that could save you considerable losses. A full-service solution, combined with expertly trained flood damage restoration technicians waits for your call. Make a choice to take control and fight back; there is no reason for you to go it alone.
 
Consider your options, the longer you wait, the longer your repairs take, the more secondary damages develop on your property. Without the right equipment, knowledge, and ability, you can make things far worse. Why take the chance of injury, heartache, and regret. When faced with such adversity, you want to put your best foot forward.
 
SERVPRO technicians have years of experience providing flood damage restoration services to customers just like you. With access to the proper training, industry leading equipment, and resources, highly qualified teams address problems found on your property, remove excess water, water-damaged materials, and perform repairs to turn things around quickly.
 
SERVPRO works with your insurance company to deliver quality services that often meet or exceed any expectations you might have had before work began. We manage your entire restoration process, giving you the opportunity to relax and concentrate on what matters most, family. Keeping them calm, safe, and informed is more important than anything else.
 
SERVPRO understands how these situations can overwhelm you. We consider every solution before taking action, value your input, and concentrate on areas or belongings that you cherish the most. While every situation is different, it is entirely likely that you can easily receive the results you desire, we just need to be given the opportunity to answer your call.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Largo for additional information or to schedule your home’s restoration, today. We can help get you on the road to recovery immediately, providing you with the services you deserve. (727) 586-0060

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Electrical Fire Prevention in Your Largo Home

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Electrical Fire Prevention in Your Largo Home Electrical Fires Cause Damage and Create Dangers to Largo Residents, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup

SERVPRO Tips to Stop Smoke and Fire from Damaging Your Property

They can begin small, but electrical fires can spread fast, especially if it is inside a socket and able to travel through the wall before you realize there is a fire. Since the way in which these fires start is unique, they also require special measures when dealing with them. Prevention is, of course, the first step, however, in case you have one in your home, you should be prepared how to react. As with any fire, if it is growing too quickly or is unsafe, evacuate you and your family and pets right away.
 
You should shut down the power source from the electrical panel to help deter more fire damage to your Largo home. The simplest way to do this is to access the main. Be sure you know where your circuit box is and never obscure your path to it. Once the power is cut, spray the fire with a Class C chemical extinguisher. You can also use baking soda. Do not ever use water since it is a conductor and can electrocute you. Do not restore power until a licensed electrician checks your wiring.
 
SERVPRO, a licensed fire damage remediation company, can then come in to repair any damages and clean up soot and smoke left behind.
 
Basic steps can deter electrical shorts and sparks from leading to full blown blazes. Begin by not overloading circuits, maintaining electronics and appliances with care, and regularly inspecting your wiring. Exposed or frayed wires should be replaced to stop the risk of shorts. Plus, cut the power to your home so you can open and inspect outlets, looking for singles or frayed wiring which suggests an electrical problem.
 
Never leave any space heaters, stoves, or electric blankets on while you are not home, and keep a good eye on portable heating units, placing them three feet or more away from curtains and furniture. Also, put these devices on sturdy, hard surfaces to eliminate the risk of tipping over. Check your fire detectors twice a year and cut power from any appliance that begins to smell strange, smoke, or run erratically.
 
Our staff at SERVPRO are specially trained to handle damage after an electrical fire. We repair any damages, plus clean up soot and smoke, deodorize the affected area and dry up any water from firefighting efforts if necessary.
 
SERVPRO of Largo arrives at your home quickly after receiving your call for help. You can reach us anytime by dialing (727) 586-0060, so do not hesitate to call.

Signs of Water Damage in Your Older Belleair Bluffs Home

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Signs of Water Damage in Your Older Belleair Bluffs Home Signs of water damage or a musty smell are reasons to give SERVPRO a call to come out and assess the situation. Call today.

SERVPRO Remediates Obvious Water Damage and Finds Where it is Hidden As Well

It is no secret that old homes are plagued by problems. The main issue, whether the house is ancient or modern, is the threat of water damage. It does not take long for it to wreak havoc on a home. One broken pipe could be enough to result in damage which requires several hours of labor and thousands of dollars for repair.
 
Sometimes the water damage your Belleair Bluff home sustains is very evident and can be spotted easily by the untrained eye. However, it can be a subtle problem as well, creeping up on you and making significant destruction before you realize it is there. No matter the type of water damage, you want to have a professional water damage remediation company come in to help you dry your home out and make the repairs needed. SERVPRO is always ready to assist you with this.
 
Spotting the Damage
 
Some signs that you could have water damage are good to keep an eye out for, especially in your older home. Water stains are telltale signs on your wall or ceiling and are usually evident. If you see one suddenly appear, it is a good time to call up SERVPRO and get a technician to check your home to see where the water is coming from.
 
Buckling walls and floors are another very clear sign, and is often the mark of a severe problem. Wood or drywall absorbs water, making it swell. The result is buckling which you can feel or see when you are walking over the area. It can occur over time like with a small leak in your shower or can happen suddenly like when an appliance floods your home.
 
Areas which are crumbling, such as the wood around your windows, molding, or baseboards, is also a sign of water damage. Any crumbling may indicate the wood is disintegrating from water infiltration.
 
Trust your nose as well. The damage might be hidden from your sight, but many times you can detect it with your nose. If you smell a mildew or musty scent, there may be moisture damage behind your walls. SERVPRO can use special moisture meters to detect such moisture and fix the problem for you. A lot of old houses have a musty, old smell, but in rooms, with water damage, the smell is much stronger.
 
If you cannot see a leak anywhere, you can sometimes sense it, so listen closely. If you believe there is a hidden leak coming from your roof, you should try using your ears to listen. During a rainstorm, turn everything in the house off including the central air or heat. The goal here is to make the house as quiet as possible; then you can stand in different places where you suspect there is a leak and listen. Water dripping through your roof is a very different sound then water landing on your roof.
 
SERVPRO of Largo can find the source of the leak in your older home and fix it, dry your home and possessions out and repair any damage. All you have to do is give them a call at (727) 586-0060, and they send a technician out to you in a timely fashion, so your home is dry and safe in no time.

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Flood Damage in Belleair Beach Homes Caused by Overflows

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Belleair Beach Homes Caused by Overflows Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO technicians are trained to remediate your flood damage quickly in order to help prevent secondary damage.

SERVPRO Technicians can Quickly Remediate Damage Caused by Flooding in Your Home


When people hear about flooding, they often think of acts of nature, such as rivers that overflow their banks. This is not always the case, and flooding can happen because of sources inside the home.
 
Belleair Beach has beautiful homes that are just as vulnerable to flood damage as homes that are more ordinary. This type of disaster can affect any home but is easy enough to prevent from happening. While a lack of maintenance involving appliances is often to blame, forgetting that water is running in a tub or sink can also create flooding in a home.
 
Flooding caused by overflows typically involves clean water, but that same water is also often rather warm. Increased temperatures can increase the damage that results. Warm or hot water dissolves tea, coffee, and sugar more quickly than cold water can. Warm tub water or hot water from the sink can more easily dissolve the glue that holds the flooring down to the underlay.
 
Flooring is not the only thing that can bubble and come loose. Cabinetry in the area can also become damaged by flooding in kitchens and bathrooms. Laminates can become sticky, peel, or bubble and flake off. Composite structures can swell as they absorb water, and become warped as they dry unevenly.
 
Even for small overflows, the possibility of contamination is high when kitchen and bathroom cabinets hold cleaning supplies. Combinations of cleaners and other items can increase the amount of damage. SERVPRO's technicians know how to handle complicated messes, including those that start out small.
 
Flooding disasters come in all sizes, but you should not let smaller floods trick you into thinking the damage they can cause is too insignificant to concern you. Flood damage can also include electrical damage. While outlets are often placed in higher locations in these two rooms, water that flows out and down can affect wiring and outlets in other areas of your home.
 
SERVPRO of Largo has the experience needed to restore your home's affected areas, keeping flood damage from spreading. Give us a call at (727) 586-0060, the next time you have a sink or tub that overflows.

How a Small Leak Anywhere in a Gift Shop can Create Extensive Commercial Water Damage in Largo

4/25/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial How a Small Leak Anywhere in a Gift Shop can Create Extensive Commercial Water Damage in Largo Your gift shop needs to be open so that customers continue to purchase items to take back home with them. Call SERVPRO after a water damage event.

Our SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Determine the Source of the Water Damage


Florida has many wonderful and spectacular sites to see, and this often includes small and large gift shops. Window shopping and browsing is a part of many vacations to our great state. Out-of-state tourists, and some locals, too, love the various surprises often found inside area gift shops.
 
Largo is home to many gift shops, but one emergency that can close doors and ruin businesses is commercial water damage. One route to this disaster is a leak, but this can happen in a multitude of ways. Some of these can go unnoticed for weeks, or even months. Damage becomes increasingly more and more extensive the longer water, and its existing effects, are left alone.
 
When SERVPRO technicians are called in to repair water damage, we look for all areas that have been affected. Many times, we locate hidden damage that the business owner was unaware of.  These areas need to be repaired so that damage stops. It is very easy for water damage to spread, even after the water has been removed because of the way many materials react when exposed to water.
 
Water can cause many building materials to swell up. When the water is removed, swollen materials do not always return to their original condition. They can remain swollen, but instead of having their pores full of water, they are now full of air. These pores not only hold moisture if the humidity level rises again, and also decrease the strength of the material, but they also create tiny 'breaking points' where the material eventually crumbles apart.
 
Flooring can also be damaged by water and elevated moisture levels. Debris is less likely to be swept up when vacuumed, leading to worn areas more quickly. Padding can end up being more heavily compressed prematurely. Stain marks from furniture legs can also develop over time when humid conditions are present. These marks are most often brought on by saturation, but this is not the only way they can happen.
 
When exposed to moisture, wood frames around doors and windows are prone to swell. This can lead to problems when opening or closing them. Water stains on ceilings and walls are another issue often related to water damage.
 
Because these problems can all exist in one small area, SERVPRO of Largo has experts in all of these types of situations and more. Calling us at (727) 586-0060 is the first step in discovering all of the existing damage. Then we can begin the process of repairing and restoring your building so that both current damage is eliminated and future damage is effectively prevented.

Using Applied Structural Drying to Fix Storm Damage in Largo Attics

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Using Applied Structural Drying to Fix Storm Damage in Largo Attics Don't let the water damage in your attic become moldy. Call SERVPRO for quick remediation.

The Four Phases of Applied Structural Drying


Some of the most common forms of storm damage occur in and around the roof. Strong winds, torrential rain, and falling debris (from trees and other sources) are all significant risks, and they can knock tiles and slates clean off. When this happens, space opens up for water to get inside the building and compromise roofing materials.

At SERVPRO, we handle this kind of storm damage in Largo homes all the time. It can be a little trickier to repair than water damage in other parts of the house, as most attics are awkward in shape. Some are difficult to move in and out of, with the only access point being a set of ladders or pull down stairs.

Nevertheless, SERVPRO uses Applied Structural Drying to great effect when remediating storm damaged attics. Keep reading to find out how we do it.

Stage One: Evaporation by Airflow

Technically, the first stage of ASD is extraction, but it is unusual for there to be enough water in an attic to require motorized pumping. Normally, the SERVPRO technicians move straight in with air movers and ventilation box fans. They are placed around the space and used to direct clean, dry air into the attic.

Stage Two: Removing Wet Materials

If substantial amounts of water have entered the attic through a hole in the roof, there is a possibility that the insulation is wet. Our technicians remove affected sections and make a decision as to whether to dry or replace it. Fiberglass insulation responds well to drying. Normally, it is suitable for removal and treatment in a humidity-controlled room.

Stage Three: Evaporation by Dehumidification

The next stage of ASD is dehumidification. Even very small attics can be dried out in this way because we have access to all kinds of different drying tools. In tight spaces, a larger number of compact dehumidifiers are the best option. They pull in moisture-heavy air and direct it over special chemicals. They capture the water and send the air back out clean and dry.

Stage Four: Temperature Control

It is not really the final stage of Applied Structural Drying because it is a consistent process throughout. The remediation team has to maintain optimal conditions to ensure the success of the drying process. Dry the area too fast, and there’s a risk of secondary water damage, so dehumidification must be controlled by manipulating relative humidity.

At SERVPRO of Largo, we help homeowners in the local area carry out fast, effective storm repairs. If heavy wind or rain has damaged your roof, get in touch with the team and arrange a consultation. Call us 24/7 on (727) 586-0060.

Importance Of Regulating Humidity For Mold Damage Control In Your Largo Home

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Importance Of Regulating Humidity For Mold Damage Control In Your Largo Home Humidity in your home of more than 60 percent supports mold growth even without any water seeping out of leaky pipes or other water situations.

Regulating Humidity And Mold Damage


Usually, something fairly obvious like a leak or a flood is the cause of a mold outbreak. You trust this to be the rule to explain mold growth, so microbial activity in non-water damaged areas of your home take you completely by surprise. SERVPRO knows microbial outbreaks do not always play by the rules, but we have confidence in our mold remediation methods.

Why would mold damage be a problem in your Largo home if the roof is sound and all plumbing up to date? The average on the Gulf Coast of Florida high temperature is 80 degrees all year round, edging into the 90s during the summer months. The humidity is also oppressive. Many homes have central air conditioning or window units to minimize the discomfort of extreme heat and excessive moisture in the air. If your air conditioning system malfunctions or underperforms the air quality in your home suffers, feeling moist and sticky.

Humidity in your home of more than 60 percent supports mold growth even without any water seeping out of leaky pipes, a hole in the roof, or other water flooding situations. If you try to save on energy use by running your air conditioner infrequently or not at all when the humidity is high, do not be surprised that mold damage is an unintended consequence. When SERVPRO hears a story of mold growth absent an obvious leak we pay close attention to the level of moisture in the air of your home. We use precise measuring tools to monitor the humidity levels as we take all the steps necessary to abate the fungal damage.

Once we contain and remove the mold, and disinfect the area, we turn to reducing the moisture content of the air to prevent future mold outbreaks. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers both remove dampness, and we advise continuous operation until the humidity drops. The ideal range is between 30 and 50 percent ambient moisture. Our technicians evaluate the operation of your air conditioners, checking for clogged drainage hoses or other easily repaired issues to improve their air drying capacity. We have portable dehumidifiers to decrease humidity if necessary. As a final step, we help you set up your own AC and dehumidifiers to maintain the levels we achieve with our professional equipment.

Contact SERVPRO of Largo whenever a musty smell or mold growth invades your home. Call (727) 586-0060 for an inspection and depend on us to craft a plan to remove the mold and limit moisture to prevent more growth.

Preventing Water Damage While You Are Away from Your Largo Home

3/21/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Water Damage While You Are Away from Your Largo Home Broken Water Pipes Lead to Water Damage and Flooding in a Largo Condo

Damage to Your Condo from Water Can Be Prevented

When you are away for a while is not the time you want your home or condo to suffer from water damage. It is a surprise event which you do not expect upon your return. The damage can be devastating, and you need professional help to clean it up and repair your home, which is why you need to call the team at SERVPRO.
 
A few causes of water damage include leaking supply lines, dripping water heaters, and ruptured washer hoses. Before you leave your Largo home for a short while, or for the season, there are steps you can take to prevent water damage from happening.
 
Shut Off the Main Water Valve
The simplest way to avoid water damage is to turn off the water at the main valve, which controls the water which enters your home. Make sure your entire family knows where it is located in case an emergency arises. If you have not ever shut off the main water valve before, be sure to test it by turning on a faucet before leaving.
 
Think About Your Appliances
If someone is taking care of your home or pets while you are gone, or you have automatic sprinklers, turn off the valves to any major appliances. Your ice maker, dishwasher and washing machine all have shut off valves or switches which can be turned off.
 
Remember your sinks and toilets. These fixtures have a valve underneath that is easy to shut off. These devices are where leaks occur quite frequently. Leaks can become floods. SERVPRO has plenty of experience cleaning up water damage from various types of water leaks, so if something does happen, be sure to have our staff help you do the cleanup and repairs.
 
Check Supply Lines
If any of your supply lines are plastic, you want to upgrade to stainless steel. Plastic lines easily break and can rupture while you are not at home. They are generally under twenty dollars to replace. Inspect them before you go on vacation or up North instead of waiting until the last minute. Take a flashlight and look at the kind of lines you have on your appliances.
 
Check Your Gutters
Look for debris, sticks, and leaves which could clog the gutters up and overflow or flood. Clean the gutters out to be safe, and make sure all the downspouts discharge around ten feet from your house. If they do not, you need to add an extension to the downspout. When it is raining, you could have hundreds of gallons of water flooding close to your home. If you live in a condo, make sure that the maintenance of your building also includes the above preventative steps to avert water damage.
 
Check for Automatic Shut-offs
There are many plumbing devices on the market that are high-tech and can sense and shut off leaks in your house. Check your local hardware store and online to find the newest gadgets which can save you during an emergency. There are even smart devices which can sense if you have gone out of town.
 
SERVPRO of Largo are the experts you need when you do have a water emergency while you are away. They can find the source of the water, fix the problem, and also search for any mold, as it can grow and spread quickly once there is excess moisture present. Give us a call at (727) 586-0060 immediately if you return home from vacation to a water disaster of any kind.