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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.
 

Dealing with Burn Marks and Stains in a Largo Home

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Dealing with Burn Marks and Stains in a Largo Home SERVPRO Cleans Smoke Stains in Largo "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Fire and Smoke Damage

Even if burns are not very deep, fire can leave obvious visual blemishes across a home. Stains and burn marks can happen to any material, from wallpaper to wood to glass to laminate, and each of these materials and types of burns can require a different approach to clean up properly. This complicated burning result is why many companies fail to adequately solve the problem: they simply lack the training or equipment necessary to handle a broad array of situations. SERVPRO technicians are trained extensively and have access to a franchise supply of tools to ensure that every job gets done right the first time. We are also part of a national network for disaster mitigation.

Superficial Burn Marks
Many burns from fire damage in Largo are, aside from their visual appearance, virtually harmless for the building in question. Aside from discoloration and perhaps a layer of smoke residue, these burns have done very little to degrade the material they coat. Typically, these are easy for our technicians to deal with, requiring only a thorough cleaning with professional grade detergents, hand tools, sponges, and repainting. Another issue, for a future article, explores the problems associated with smoke odors and how to eliminate their pervasiveness.
 
Smoke Staining
Some types of smoke may leave stains on various materials, especially when mixed with water. Here is where SERVPRO’s flexibility comes into play: smoke can be tough to remove without damaging many materials. To name a few materials, upholstery, wood, carpet, fabric, and tile grout all require careful attention to adequately and safely clean away the smoke. Smoke and soot can dig deep into a material, sometimes requiring thorough washing or dry cleaning to remove effectively. The nature of the smoke, whether it is wet or dry, is a key factor in utilizing correct IICRC best practices for restoration. We realize the acidic nature of this combusted residue and how pitting can harm many surfaces.

Deeper Burns
When a fire has burned around an object or surface, it usually causes both visual and structural damage. Materials are often heavily degraded or deformed, and discoloration is typically pervasive. Again, different materials can require different approaches, with flammables such as wood, fabric, and upholstery requiring especially extensive restorations or perhaps replacement.
 
SERVPRO of Largo is a local fire damage restoration company with national backing and resources. Call us as soon as possible after a fire at (727) 586-0060.

What Our Customers Say!!

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial What Our Customers Say!! Quality Is Our Goal

We strive every day to ensure that our quality of work is up to the highest standard and we are always so happy to get positive feedback from our customers.

Here are some recent quotes from real customers:

"MANY THANKS FOR A JOB WELL DONE AT OUR COMMERCIAL BUILDING. YOUR STAFF ARRIVED IN THE EVENING AND EVALUATED THE NEEDS AND STARTED TO WORK THE NEXT DAY. WE APPRECIATE THE FAST AND QUALITY WORK THAT SERVPRO DID FOR US. I AM GLAD TO RECOMMEND YOUR SERVICES TO OTHERS" -David, Clearwater

"You made our emergency a priority and the service provided was outstanding.  As this was my first exposure with SERVPRO, I am impressed with both your office and field staffs, which were always helpful.  It was a pleasure doing business with you." -Rick, Largo

"While we were devastated by our water leak and home getting ruined, your crew stepped up and saved our home.  In the process, they calmed us and made us feel like all was going to be OK.  We can never express how wonderful your crew was and how much they did to make it all OK.  Thank you!." -Evelyn, St Petersburg

If water damage, from the smallest overflow from a toilet to full house flood from a pipe burst, threatens your home or office call us at (727) 586-0060  We are here to help and care for not only your home or office, but for you as an individual.  We are a family owned business and know that each job is not simply a job, but is someone allowing us to come into their lives during a very stressful event.  Our ultimate goal is to help make it a little less stressful on you. 


Mold Tips

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Tips Hidden Mold!

Does Your Largo Home Have A Mold Problem?

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

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

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

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

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (727) 586-0060

Largo Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

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

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

What to Do:

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

What Not to Do:

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

About Our Mold Remediation Services

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

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (727) 586-0060