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Mold Damage Cleanup in Your Pinellas County Home

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Cleanup in Your Pinellas County Home Your kitchen sink will continue to have mold growing until the leak is fixed, the extra moisture is dried out and the mold is cleaned up.

If You Find Mold Growing in Your Home, Call the Professionals at SERVPRO for Help

Mold can quickly become a problem in your Pinellas County home when there is an issue with moisture. A leak under your kitchen sink is one of the many culprits which can cause the growth of a mold colony. Plus, it does not take one long to start growing – just 24-48 hours after the leak begins.

Once you find mold and mold damage under your kitchen sink, you want to act quickly to have the problem fixed. Your Pinellas County kitchen continues to suffer from the mold growth until the leak is fixed, the moisture problem is taken care of, and the mold is cleaned up. At SERVPRO, our staff is professionally trained to handle these situations in an efficient and timely manner.

Our first step is to assess the situation and how much the mold has already spread. We have to then ensure that the mold spores do not spread to other areas of your home which are unaffected. It means making sure your heating and cooling systems in the home are off, and it could also mean containing the area around the sink with physical barriers to keep the mold in the affected area.

Depending on the extent of the damage and what materials the spores are on determines how long the actual cleanup and removal process takes. If the colony is thriving on non-porous material, we can likely clean and wipe it up quickly with the right cleaners. Materials which are porous, however, are challenging to clean mold from and may need to be removed and replaced. These include floorboards and drywall.

We lastly do any necessary cleaning and sanitizing to deodorize the area and to prevent more mold from growing again.

SERVPRO of Largo understands that mold grows and spreads quickly, so we do not waste time in helping you clean your home in Belleair, Largo, or Indian Rocks Beach of mold damage. Give us a call right away at (727) 586-0060 as soon as you find mold growth in your home.

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How Do Professionals Remove Water from Your Largo Property After Flooding?

3/11/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage How Do Professionals Remove Water from Your Largo Property After Flooding? Water damage can happen very quickly and often without any warning. Contact SERVPRO right away after damage for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

Water removal is one of the most crucial steps in successful restoration after a flooding incident. Both standing water and the residual moisture needs to be removed quickly and efficiently. Professionals have a host of equipment to accomplish this job.

When SERVPRO professionals arrive for water removal on your Largo property, they bring with them some of the best equipment. Here are some of the equipment that you should expect to see during the restoration process.

This equipment is used to pump out the stagnant water from your property. They can be hand-held or truck mounted depending on the amount of water to be removed. Extractors are one of the first equipment to arrive on site.

Once the extractors remove the standing water from the property, the next challenge that SERVPRO technicians square off against is the residual moisture. Dehumidifiers are the equipment that gets this job done. They extract water vapor from the air speeding up the drying process.

SERVPRO technicians can use any of the two types of dehumidifying equipment- Refrigerant and Desiccant Dehumidifiers. While the refrigerant dehumidifiers work on the same principle as an air conditioner unit, the desiccant one use special chemicals that absorb moisture from the air.

Air Mover
Dehumidifiers alone can not eliminate the residual moisture. Air movers are used to circulate the air and replace wet air with drier air. Strategic placement of dehumidifiers and air movers ensures a complete and rapid drying process.
If the residual moisture is not eliminated promptly, it can lead to secondary issues including mold growth. Seek professional help to eliminate water as soon as possible after a flooding incident. Both the standing water as well as residual moisture removal is crucial for a successful restoration process.

You can trust SERVPRO of Largo during the time of your need. Call us at (727) 586-0060 today for a free consultation. Remember, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!
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Fire Damage from Oily Rags in Your Pinellas County Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage from Oily Rags in Your Pinellas County Home Oily rags left in your garage can ignite without a separate ignition source, this is know as spontaneous combustion.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Restoration Process

Although many people in Pinellas County do not realize it, oily rags which are left in a pile on the floor or in a waste can ignite without a separate ignition source. When this happens, it is called spontaneous combustion. Various materials can be prone to self-heating, combusting spontaneously. These can include cotton rags. When there is no ventilation in the area, the process of combustion can be inevitable.

Storing oily rags in metal containers with covers in place can prevent this type of disaster. If a fire did ignite in your garage with an oily rag, you need assistance cleaning up the fire damage to your Pinellas County home. At SERVPRO, all our staff has been professionally trained to handle these situations, and we get to your home quickly with the correct tools to help you out.

When restoring materials that have been smoke-damaged, our goal is to restore them back to their preloss condition. We apply basic principles of cleaning to accomplish this task.

First, SERVPRO staff locate the smoke residues by inspecting the affected areas carefully. We begin our inspection near the fire’s source and trace how far the smoke moved through your structure. We then need to identify the kinds of smoke residues that are present. Different types can exist in the same environment. We choose a cleaning method which effectively removes the kind of residues that we find present.

We also need to identify the kind of surfaces that were affected to determine what products and cleaning methods are safe to use. We are careful to preserve the surface or material we are cleaning, and some materials might not be restorable if they cannot withstand our cleaning process.

Capturing and removing the residues is next. Smoke residues bond with the surfaces they come into contact with. We use wet and dry cleaning processes to release the residue particles and carry them away from the affected area. Lastly, the cleaning waste and debris are disposed of properly.

SERVPRO of Largo knows how to thoroughly clean your home in Largo, Belleair, or Harbor Bluffs of smoke residues after a fire. Just reach out to us as soon as the fire is out at (727) 586-0060.

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The Importance of Expedient Water Removal to Your Largo Apartment Complex

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial The Importance of Expedient Water Removal to Your Largo Apartment Complex Tenants in your apartment buildings look for a dry, great smelling place to live. Contact SERVPRO should your building or unit suffer water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly, Ready to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

Owning apartment buildings in Largo can sometimes be quite a hassle. While there are times when everything is running smoothly, you are always at the mercy of something going wrong with an individual apartment unit that requires immediate attention or repair. When you are amid a water emergency in an apartment, acting quickly can mitigate financial losses in several different ways.
Your apartments are never going to get adequately prepared for needing commercial water removal services in Largo. There are many possible scenarios for needing water damage remediation. With this in mind, your best solution is to contact professional restoration specialists like ours at SERVPRO to help you quickly manage the situation and get things back to the way they were before the incident. There are several potential problems with substantial water damage to a single unit, and the more you understand about the threats you face, the more you can appreciate the importance of professional restoration.
One of the primary problems with needing water removal services to one of the apartments that you own is the difficulty that the leasees have in living comfortably amid the damage. If you have not dealt with this concern right away, it can be impossible for a family to continue living in the apartment while you attempt to resolve the damages.
Another concern that you face with substantial water damage that requires SERVPRO removal services is an adjacent unit to the one that suffered the brunt of the damage. Water is not always good at staying in one place, and as it spreads to commonly shared walls between units, the effects and lingering symptoms of the water emergency could spread to these adjoining rooms.
When you think of the kind of costs that you face from attempting to resolve the issue on your own, professional restoration services like the ones our SERVPRO team can offer just make sense. We can quickly dispatch specialists and assess the full range of the damage while we work to extract the water and dry the area thoroughly. We ensure that we have entirely removed the water, as well as made necessary minor repairs to affected surfaces where possible, to offer the most comprehensive restoration process.
Our experienced team at SERVPRO of Largo is available for any level of restoration emergency that you might face. Help to mitigate your out of pocket expenses by getting the job done quickly and correctly. We are available anytime at (727) 586-0060.

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Water Damage in Your Largo Home from a Roof Leak

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage in Your Largo Home from a Roof Leak It is important to regularly have your roof inspected to prevent severe damage from an unnoticed leak.

Rely on SERVPRO Professionals for Thorough Water Damage Remediation

A roof which is leaking can create severe damage to your home in Largo. Even though a well-constructed roof can hold up for decades or even longer, it is recommended that your roof is inspected every few years. If you do not do this, you could wind up with long-term damage from a leaky roof which goes unnoticed, leading to further deterioration of your property. You could be dealing with various forms of damage such as mold and mildew growth or drywall fatigue.

As soon as you notice a leak in your Largo home’s roof, you need to take care of the problem right away. Water damage like this can quickly escalate and create additional damages. SERVPRO is always standing by when you need us, so do not hesitate to contact us when you have an issue. We are specially trained and experienced in all types of water damage.

After arriving at your home and inspecting the damage, we remove any standing water if necessary with industrial pumps. Once this is done, dehumidification and drying begin. It is essential to perform this step to get rid of any moisture that remains after water removal. Air-movers, dehumidifiers, and fans can be used, and we monitor these machines daily to ensure the drying time is optimal.

If any personal belongings were affected by water, SERVPRO techs clean and sanitize these for you. Air scrubbers can also be used to remove moisture and particles from the air when needed.

The last big step is restoration, which involves replacing materials such as insulation and drywall. This process sometimes is as simple as installing a few panels of drywall, but in severe cases, it could require replacing an entire wall.

If your roof leak went unnoticed for an extended period, the restoration process could take longer, as more damage such as mold growth has taken place. We can, however, take care of this for you as well, ensuring that your home is safe and dry again before we leave.

SERVPRO of Largo takes pride in being thorough in the restoration of your home in Bellair, Largo, or Indian Rocks Beach after any water damage. Just reach out to us at (727) 586-0060 when you realize there is an issue so we can help you out as fast as possible.

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Remediating Flood Damage In Largo

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage In Largo Flood damage to Largo homes from storms brings more than just simply water.

Remediating Flood Damage

Largo homes can be underwater in a matter of hours. The weather of the past year may no longer be an issue, but we still have rain and other weather issues to deal with, some as quickly as this week.

Flood damage to Largo homes from storms brings more than just simply water. Outside, untreated water potentially brings in multiple types of contamination as well. Debris like soil and roadside trash can enter a home with a storm that simply is not present when the water falls out of a damaged water heater. Since this additional problem can result in further property loss, SERVPRO response teams watch for contaminants to clean property as we dry it.

Our first action no matter the contamination level is to remove property out of the water. To do this, we remove water from the home and lift the property out of the water by placing it on pallets, blocks, or moving it to unaffected parts of the home. It stops damage to fabric and wood finish, and by placing the furniture higher up, we get airflow underneath the items to increase drying.

Now we look at each item. SERVPRO inspectors examine everything for both drying and cleaning, then place response team members on the items at greatest risk for permanent damage and disposal. For light contamination, we attempt to remove it with cloths and sponges. If possible, we do this only a small amount of cleaning agent to prevent soaking the items further.

For ticker layers of contamination, we use brushes. These hand tools are very effective in removing most soils, which then allows us to use a cleaning agent to loosen the surface contaminants and remove them with the brushes, cloths, or sponges.

Once we remove the contaminants, technicians begin drying the property. We set up dehumidifiers to lower the humidity inside the home and to carefully remove excess moisture from a nearby property. To increase the efficiency of these devices, we also place air movers to blow warm, dry air over and under surfaces to gently force moisture out of them.

Remediating flood damage requires much more than just removing water from your home. SERVPRO of Largo has the experience, training, and tools needed to restore your property to its original condition. If you need our help, call (727) 586-0060 today.

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Understanding the Fire Damage to Your Largo Home

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Understanding the Fire Damage to Your Largo Home Don't deal with fire damage on your own. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services right after the fire fighters leave for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians are Fully Certified in Remediating Fire Damage

Fire damage is a devastating event for any homeowner. However, understanding the effects of fire, smoke and heat can help you prepare better for the restoration process.

After the professionals arrive at your Largo home after a fire damage incidence, they assess the damage due to smoke as well as the heat. It is essential to understand the difference between the damage caused by the actual burning of the contents and the smoke residue. SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to tackle the damage depending on the source of that damage.

Damage caused due to combustion
Combustion is burning or material due to excessive heat. Technically, combustion is same as burning. The three components required for combustion to take place are fuel (the material that burns), oxygen and heat. If these three components are in perfect balance, all the fuel is burnt, and no residue remains. Unfortunately, these components are not always in a balance during a house fire. In such a situation, the fuel burns inefficiently leaving a ton of residue in the form of charred surface and a ton of smoke. SERVPRO professionals use some of the best equipment and techniques to remove this type of damage.

That said, if the extent of combustion is extensive, there is a lot of structural damage and the ability to restore a property takes a hit.

Damage caused by smoke  
Smoke is generated by inefficient combustion, which is a hallmark of a house fire. It contains suspended particles, gasses, and aerosols. Gasses such as oxides of nitrogen and sulfur are also quite common in smoke.

The particles in the smoke can be as small as 0.1 to 4 microns and can penetrate surfaces easily. Once the smoke particles settle on surfaces, it is often referred to as soot. Once deposited on the surfaces, the soot causes discoloration and blackening that is typical of a fire.

The soot particles often react with the moisture present in the air and generate acidic residues that are incredibly harmful to the surfaces. It often causes discoloration and corrosion of the surfaces if not promptly removed.

Seeking professional help as soon as possible is the best option to limit the damage caused by a fire. Call SERVPRO of Largo today at (727) 586-0060 to schedule an appointment.

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Depend on Professional Mold Damage Remediation in Largo

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Depend on Professional Mold Damage Remediation in Largo Hurricane season can leave behind mold damage in your home, rely on SERVPRO to remediate the damage according to EPA protocols.

Hurricane Season Can Leave Behind Mold Damage Problems

After a hurricane season full of destruction and near-misses in the Largo area, residents grow weary of responding to weather and climate-related disasters. Stories of unlicensed contractors preying on those experiencing problems such as mold growth in the aftermath also make homeowners weary of seeking help. Our reputation and inclusion in a network of disaster remediators with over 40 years in the business set those fears to rest.

The climate Largo experiences makes dealing with the potential for mold damage a constant reality. Mold spores coexist with us everywhere, indoors and out, worldwide, but the warmth, rainfall totals, and humidity on the Gulf Coast increase the risk that spores absorb water and multiply. The skills and experience of our mold remediation crew help you remove current mold colonizations and plan to avoid microbial outbreaks in the future.

Often a homeowner tries to manage a mold outbreak without professional help, thinking a bleach solution or other over the counter remedy is just as effective. The result rarely is satisfactory, as mold recurs or even worsens. This relates to the fact bleach and other ordinary cleaners contain large quantities of water, commonly over 90 percent. Spraying the diluted solution on mold merely lightens the stain, but does not go deep enough into a porous structure to destroy the mold colony. In fact, the water ironically feeds the mold, resulting in more, rather than less infestation. SERVPRO follows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol on mold remediation with proven positive outcomes.

Mold colonies must be removed, sometimes including portions of your home’s structural components or fixtures if they are compromised. SERVPRO also takes specific steps to contain the mold particles during removal, using barriers and equipment such as air scrubbers and HEPA-filtered vacuums. Even a minute bit of mold left behind can grow into a whole new colony. We apply mold remediation industry-developed and proven antimicrobials to inhibit future mold outbreaks in the affected area.

Solving a mold problem necessitates finding the source of moisture fueling the activation and growth and ridding your dwelling of it. No company can promise mold elimination, but SERVPRO educates our customers on steps that cut off the water mold needs to multiply. Expect us to be relentless as we find leaks, seepage, recesses of water from past flooding or spills, and high humidity in your home. Repairing the infrastructure that allows water to intrude inside your home is the key to successful mold remediation.

SERVPRO of Largo is your trusted mold remediation leader in our community. Call us at (727) 586-0060 if you even suspect a mold problem and we will evaluate and help you mitigate the situation.

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Commercial Water Removal in Belleair Bluffs

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Water Removal in Belleair Bluffs If contaminated water enters your daycare facility, SERVPRO properly sanitizes all the affected areas.

SERVPRO Acts Fast to Keep Your Belleair Bluffs Daycare Safe after Water Damage

A little water spills into every Belleair Bluffs business at some point. In most cases, it is a simple matter to find the leak and begin removing the water while business goes on around our technicians.

For a few businesses in Belleair Bluffs, commercial water removal is slightly different. When the leak sends water across the floor of a daycare operation, then SERVPRO restoration crews have to get everything dry and safe before this business can reopen its doors. That makes getting it done quickly and correctly more important than ever. No parent is going to leave their child where large pumps and other noisy equipment is running.

In a facility like a daycare center, finding the leak is usually simple. The most common problems are rusted out connections in water lines or a failure in the out-going water line. For a failed connection, our task is fairly simple. Our IICRC-certified technicians turn off the water and then replace the failed connection. Occasionally, technicians have to replace a section of the pipe as well.

If the failure is an out-going water line, the task is more involved. We still replace the pipe, connections, and possibly the toilet, as with other failures, but there is the additional threat of contaminated water. Before we begin the repair and removal, we spray the standing water and affected surfaces like storage cabinets, large toys, and chairs with an anti-fungal cleaning agent to prevent contaminating clean areas of the center as we complete the task.

Once we finish spraying, SERVPRO crews bring in pumps and powered extraction wands. The pumps remove most of the water, and the wands finish the task over the surfaces, to include carpeting. If there is a pad underneath the carpet, however, we recommend removing it. Carpet pads deteriorate quickly, are very difficult to dry, and are usually so cheap that is more cost effective for us to remove and replace them.

SERVPRO of Largo has served our community and other parts of Florida for over twenty years. If your business has flooded or simply has water on a storage room floor, call us today at (727) 586-0060. We are here to help.

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Restoring Mold Damage in Belleair Bluffs

12/20/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Restoring Mold Damage in Belleair Bluffs Our SERVPRO technicians have a multi-step process to return your home to a pre-mold state "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Process

Fire and water damage is easy to spot and remove from homes in Belleair Bluffs. Since mold is a quiet disaster, it is much harder to find and just as difficult to clean and remove.

Mold damage in Belleair Bluffs starts with tiny mold spores. Normally, these spores are harmless to people and property in their homes. When they come into contact with a source of water, they begin to expand and grow, sending extensions called hyphae to search for a food source. When a colony of mold grows large enough, it can damage property and cause health effects. Fortunately, SERVPRO has a plan.

To remove and clean mold from homes, we have developed a series of tasks that stop growth, protect property and clear out spores quickly. Our first step is to reduce exposure to the mold. Our technicians isolate contaminated areas to prevent accidentally exposing uncontaminated parts of the home to active mold spores.

We document everything. The restoration team leader starts with our initial inspection and then records the location and size of each instance of mold. We also record the results of the air content testing we make to see how many spores are floating in the air along with moisture levels. We also record air content levels in unaffected rooms to understand what the normal levels are for each home.

After testing and isolation, we move to control the contamination at its source. To do this, we set up negative air machines which force spores, dust, and other particulates out of the air. Next, we use commercial vacuums with HEPA filters to remove spores from every surface. That includes not just floors and personal property, but drywall and ceiling tiles as well.

Now we remove the mold from the contaminated area. In addition to the vacuums, SERVPRO restoration teams also wipe down every surface with a dry cloth or sponge. If the mold layer is very thick, we use water or a cleaning agent to break it up and remove it with a damp cloth or sponge. If the hyphae have grown into building material like drywall, we remove and replace it.

Our last task is to lower moisture levels to normal. It reduces the chance of new mold growth and makes the home more comfortable for residents. We use dehumidifiers to draw water from the air and nearby property.

Returning your Florida home to its pre-mold state is not an easy or quick process. SERVPRO of Largo is here to walk you through each step and even help you with your homeowner insurance company. For more information on what our teams can do for you, call today at (727) 586-0060.

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