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Our Professionals Can Reduce Odors In Your Largo Condo After A Fire

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Reducing Odor Damage to a Largo Condo After a Kitchen Fire

Many property owners do not understand the considerable undertaking that odor removal can be in Largo condos. As this is one of the most challenging obstacles that our SERVPRO team faces after fire losses, we have many specific strategies to address odor in various materials, forms, and severities. The better prepared we are for the conditions inside your residence after an extinguished fire, the better able to protect installed construction materials and contents we become.

Effective deodorization strategies for fire damage and odor in Largo condos starts with a thorough assessment of your property conducted by our project manager. Our team is careful to identify airborne contaminants like soot particles during this scoping, as well. Many of our deodorizing machines can simultaneously filter particulates in the air to make the overall environment safer for our technicians and any others exposed. Units like the hydroxyl generator and ozone machines can neutralize scents in a broad area while working to remove debris as well.

Because kitchen fires can affect surfaces like the drywall behind the stove or other porous materials like the cabinetry, approaches like thermal fogging can be useful. Water-based fogging solutions can get heated to a vapor form and dispersed throughout the damaged area, with the highest concentration being in the kitchen. It is customary for our SERVPRO team to utilize these products with a supporting scent like cherry or cinnamon to leave a pleasant odor behind after neutralizing smoke effects. We have unscented deodorization products as well for homes with sensory-sensitive occupants.

Painted walls and surfaces can be challenging to deodorize where they are thoroughly, and the ideal solution is to address these materials with fogging first. Once this phase completes, we can roll on sealants to encapsulate remaining odor residues. We often lean on quick-dry formulas that can allow the top coat of matching paint to get applied after an hour.

Fire loss effects can be challenging to overcome, especially when odors can travel so far from the initial ignition point. You can trust in the premium deodorization solutions our SERVPRO of Largo uses to make fire emergencies “Like it never even happened.” Give our technicians a call today at (727) 586-0060.

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Submersible Pumps Are Standard for Indian Rocks Beach Water Loss

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO vehicles parked on a sidewalk. Pump the breaks on your Indian Rocks Beach water loss! SERVPRO will be there no matter what.

We have the materials it takes to save your Rocks Beach home from water.

In most water loss situations and flooding instances that could affect Indian Rocks Beach properties, the removal tool of choice is a submersible pump. While there are numerous options available to professional outfits like our SERVPRO team when initially clearing out standing water, the sump pump is a versatile piece of equipment capable of meeting the demands of damaged properties quickly and consistently.

To accomplish water removal in Indian Rocks Beach homes, our technicians must address the primary source of the damage and repair it. In many cases where water removal is necessary, plumbing fixtures or portions of pipe have separated or become severely compromised. With a full team of general contractors licensed through the state (#CBC1250662), we can help with repairs to the plumbing, and with carpet repair and drywall installation. With controlled demolition techniques, we can quickly reach and repair damaged plumbing to gain control of the water loss situation.

Standing water is a challenging obstacle for homeowners to overcome, and they often rely instead on the fast response of our SERVPRO team with our submersible pumps. These electric units are among the most heavily used in the water restoration industry, as they eliminate lift limitations. Smaller units like we might traditionally use for standing water in your household can reach up to 18,000 gallons per hour (GPH) with close to 70 feet of discharge head. These smaller units can work in confined spaces, and run on present electric outlets for continual quiet operation.

Discharging from sump pumps goes to the nearest available drain or water outlet leaving the house. Once this productive unit has brought water levels down to a manageable 2 inches in depth or less, we can deploy the combination of light wands, wet-vacs, and stationary deep extraction tools for carpet and pad water removal.

Restoring a water-damaged house is not as straightforward as it might appear and can require sophisticated tools and practices to accomplish. Our SERVPRO of Largo team can help however you need with reliable sump pumps. Give us a call today at (727) 586-0060.

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How Professionals Remove Smoke Odors From Fire Damaged Largo Condos

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke damaged kitchen vent hood, cabinets and wall Smoke damage restoration involves more than wiping the soot from the wall. Smoke leaves an odor that necessitates professional removal.

What to Do When Your Largo Condo Needs Fire Smoke Remediation 

Having a fire inside of your Largo condo can leave some unpleasant fire smoke-based odors inside of your home. Even after cleaning up the fire damage inside, the malodor can remain behind if the right equipment is not used to remove it. For this reason, reaching out for professional help after experiencing fire damage inside of your home can be a wise decision.

When your condo requires local Largo fire smoke remediation, it is wise to seek out that help right away. Leaving any fire damage for a significant time in your home could make it harder to remediate successfully. Fire damage is often time-sensitive, and the quicker help arrives, the better it is for the longevity of your home.

If your home experienced a fire and you called us here at SERVPRO, we would immediately prepare to rush to your aid. We're committed to basing our schedule around yours. Whenever you need us, 24/7, our highly trained technicians are ready to travel to your home. Once we arrive, we can quickly go inside and begin to use our advanced technological equipment designed to remediate fire damage.

If, for example, leftover smoke damage was the problem in your home, SERVPRO could use a few devices to take care of the issue. Let's say the fire happened inside of your living room two weeks ago, and the visible damage had been dealt with already. However, no matter how much you open windows, or try to ignore the smell with candles, the malodor still lingers. 

SERVPRO could use devices like thermal foggers or air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters to remove the foul scent from the air. The key to remediating the smell is to remove the particles from the air that is causing it. Thermal foggers dispense a chemical vapor into the air that traps the particles and neutralizes them. Air scrubbers pull them into the filter and eliminate them. No matter which device we chose, you can trust SERVPRO to remediate the malodor in your home, and leave it feeling "Like it never even happened."

If the foul scent of smoke is lingering inside of your home after a fire, never hesitate. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Largo by telephoning (727) 586-0060. Whatever the time of day, we're open and ready to help.

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We Will Eliminate The Traces Of Fire Damage In Your Largo Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

The ceiling of a family room effected by a fire in a nome with debris coming out of it We are trained in odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning and fire & smoke restoration. Call us right away when you have a fire.

Better Management of Stains and Odors after Fire Damage Affects Your Largo Home

Fire damage presents many challenges as you work towards the restoration of your Largo home to its preloss state. Cleaning and rebuilding damaged areas consume most of the resources. However, issues you might consider minor such as unpleasant odor or stains, can ruin the outcome, or delay results. Working with professional FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians, from SERVPRO helps manage these problems in different ways.

When performing the initial steps of fire damage restoration in Largo, it is easy to miss stubborn odors and stain through concealments. For example, it is natural to expect odor from charred items. Soot and other smoke residues on surfaces can also conceal stains or cause them if left in place for some time. Our SERVPRO crews have extensive experience dealing with similar incidents so we can anticipate such problems, thus planning to counter them. We achieve this by incorporating odor management and stain removal in the primary cleaning process using products and equipment such as:


Deodorant Granules and Pellets

Odor Counteracting Beads

Liquid Odor Counteractants

Hydroxyl and Ozone Generators


Although odor is invisible, it is made of real volatile particles that the nose senses in the air. The volatile nature of these particles spreads them through the air from the source point to the rest of the house. Hydroxyl and ozone generators produce free radicals into the air. These unstable molecules chemically alter odor molecules through oxidation, neutralizing bad odor. Our SERVPRO technicians set up hydroxyl generators in your house immediately we start the restoration process, ensuring the elimination of unpleasant odor by the time we finish cleaning.

During the fire damage cleaning process, various detergents are necessary to remove soils from surfaces and materials. The detergents might not remove stubborn odors and stains effectively. Our SERVPRO technicians add water-based deodorizers to the cleaning solutions we use to neutralize odors. The deodorizers are formulated to work at different temperatures and pH levels so they are effective even when mixed with other cleaning agents. We also take steps such as pre-cleaning stone surfaces and applying oil on metallic ones preventing stains.

Minor issues can ruin the outcome of a thorough restoration exercise. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 to help eliminate all traces of fire damage, "Like it never even happened."

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Proof That Commercial Mold Damage Remediation in Largo is Exactly What You Are Looking For

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

extensive mold patches on a ceiling When a mold infestation affects your commercial space, you need to contact SERVPRO. Our certified team will find the root cause of the damage.

Mold Recovery in All Stages for a Largo Warehouse

Humidity, water loss incidents, and other situations that allow for persistent dampness can leave a Largo warehouse suffering the effects of mold growth. With how quickly these conditions can spread throughout your facility, you need a team of remediation specialists that can address all stages of mold recovery in your business. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with the initial inspection of your warehouse, the remediation of current mold, and long-term solutions to prevent recurrences.

As the manager of a warehouse, you have a large stock of wares and goods stored in the facility that can quickly become at risk when mold damage affects your Largo business. With the experience of our professionals accredited as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), we can offer even massive commercial clients the confidence and real-time solutions for their properties.

Preliminary 

When our team first arrives at your building, we must begin our assessment of the warehouse to determine the presence of mold and where the highest concentrations of colonization exist. Once we have an understanding of where problem areas exist, we can remove at-risk inventory from this region and establish barriers to prevent the spread of colonies.

Remediation 

Our SERVPRO team has multiple effective remediation strategies, including sanding, soda blasting, dry ice blasting, antimicrobial agents, and controlled demolition. Because we are also a licensed (MRSR1163) mold remediation contractor, we have in-house professionals to accomplish this demolition and full-scale reconstruction when necessary, so your business does not wait for the work that it needs.

Addressing Moisture

Identifying the source of the moisture that allowed mold growth in the first place is an essential step to preventing a recurrence in the immediate future. We can thoroughly inspect the property with hygrometers and other moisture meters to identify vulnerabilities and work to repair and recover these points to reduce the likelihood of another mold growth incident after a short period.

Mold growth can cause health effects for your business and your employees, but our SERVPRO of Largo team has a fast response to help. We can work to protect the stocked inventory of your warehouse along with repairing and restoring damaged areas of the facility to make mold losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (727) 586-0060.

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Water Damage on Your Hardwood Floors in Largo? Call SERVPRO to Avoid Hefty Expenses

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in bedroom.  Water damaged hardwood floor. Water damaged hardwood floors? Call SERVPRO of Largo to restore your flooring today!

What to Do When Your Hardwood Floors in Largo Have Water Damage

Hardwood floors are a beautiful and sleek flooring option, but they are also highly susceptible to water damage. To keep your floors in good condition, you need to know not only what causes water damage, but how to prevent it. Our SERVPRO experts in Largo have the drying equipment ready to clean your floors immediately - so you aren’t faced with total hardwood replacement costs.

Assess the Cause of the Damage

There are several events or situations leading to water damage in your Largo home, especially on your hardwood floors. Some of the most common causes of water damage on hardwood floors include:

  • Plumbing leaks underneath the floor
  • Spills from a broken dishwasher or washing machine
  • HVAC machine malfunctions
  • Bursting pipes that spill onto the floor
  • Remove and Extract Water

After we determine the cause of the water damage on your hardwood floors, we use our high-tech water removal equipment to extract the water out of the wood safely. Depending on the size of the area damaged by water, you may need to temporarily move yourself and your belongings out of the home to prevent further damage. After using our tools to remove all excess water from the area,  we do another thorough assessment to ensure that that there is no mold or bacterial growth.

Dry and Dehumidify

After removing the water, your hardwood floors need to be dried immediately. SERVPRO experts use a variety of different vacuum and dehumidification tools to carefully ensure the removal of all particles of water from the damaged area. The drying process is meant to keep the area from getting further damaged. After drying the area, we set up monitors to measure the affected area and track our drying goals. We continue working in your home until the completing of all goals.

Don’t let your hardwood floors get ruined. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. We offer water damage services to Largo and all surrounding areas. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

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We Are Available 24/7 For All Your Largo Fire Damage Restoration Services

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

A kitchen destroyed by a fire covered in soot and smoke damage We cleaned up the fire damage and water damage and tore out the damaged building materials followed by odor control.

Tiny Wire Worked Loose in a Switch Plate or Socket can cause Extensive Fire Damage in a Largo Residence

It doesn't always take much to start a fire. A small wire that ends up corroded from too much humidity can short out and start a fire in your Largo home. You might never notice any difference in the strength of the electricity in that area from other parts of the house. 

Electrical fires cause some homes in Largo isolated fire damage. Our building services department, General Contractor License # CBC1250662, helps in these situations by making repairs to your electrical wiring where needed. Reconnecting loosened wires or making other needed repairs also helps reduce the chances of another fire.

Depending on the location and its cause, a fire could spread and create additional fire damage, or it might burn plastics and leave thick soot deposits. Cleaning soot away from surfaces helps us in determining which materials need restoring and which others became too damaged for this method. Some materials are damaged beyond our ability to clean them, so we need to remove them and then, once we finish, have our building team reinstall new materials. 

Cleaning happens with a sponge, in many places where flat surfaces exist, but others require smaller tools. Trim around doors and windows, switch plates and sockets, and air vents also need a thorough cleaning. Furniture also requires wiping down with special dry sponges and in some places, light application of cleaning agents, brushes, and vacuuming. 

Household linens often collect large amounts of soot during a fire. This soot can eat away at the fabric if left alone, so we vacuum much of the soot away from the textiles. Different materials require different cleaning types, and we discuss these with you to provide the best results. 

The personal belongings of your family members fall into several different category types and SERVPRO has matching methods to restore most, if not all, of these. We have access to different methods that can clean items made of soft materials or non-porous ones. Anything that needs packed up and taken to our facility for cleaning gets inventoried as we place the items in the boxes. We also do the same for any items and building materials that were too damaged for restoration.

SERVPRO of Largo is always ready and near you when your Dunedin or Clearwater Beach residence sustains fire damage from overheated electrical wires or appliances. Call us at our service line, (727) 586-0060, for help in restoring your property “Like it never even happened.”

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Stay Calm and Make These Calls After Hurricane Dorian Causes Flood Damage in Largo

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane on a weather map in blue, green, yellow and orange Don’t take on the storm alone, we will be there in Largo after your hurricane water damage.

SERVPRO can help you through the steps after a hurricane in Largo.

When a major hurricane strikes in Largo and other Florida communities, it can sometimes come as a shock when floodwaters rise to unprecedented levels and cause damage to your home. All buildings are put at risk in every storm, even those that have survived many hurricanes in the past. If the worst happens, stay calm and make the right calls to weather the storm as best as possible.

Calling SERVPRO

We provide 24/7 emergency services to prepare for disasters like Hurricane Dorian that can cause flood damage in Largo. You should contact us as soon as possible after the disaster so that we can send out damage mitigation teams to immediately extract water and prevent additional damage from happening to your property. In addition to our damage mitigation and restoration work, we can help with other aspects of flood recovery, including a temporary move-out or negotiations with your insurance company. Our national network of resources allows us to handle large-scale disasters like hurricanes without over-extending our personnel and resources, so never hesitate to call us when you need help.

Your Insurance Provider

Calling your insurance company within hours of the disaster hitting your home can help to make sure that your claims get processed and that you receive as much in your payout as possible. Even if the company's telephone lines are jam-packed after the hurricane strikes, automated phone systems and call logs can be very helpful in proving that you took the right steps to report losses and maintain communication. SERVPRO can also work with your insurance company and provide them with updated cost estimates as the restoration process progresses, eliminating some of the paperwork and hassle on your part.

Family and Relatives

While a call to SERVPRO or your insurance company can make sure that your home survives the disaster, your relatives are probably more concerned about you than your belongings. Make sure to call up those who are important to you and let them know that you are okay.

SERVPRO of Largo can help you to overcome even the worst flooding disasters after Hurricane Dorian. Call us 24/7 on our emergency line at (727) 586-0060.

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Our Water Damage Technicians Are Here To Help Your Largo Home

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Troubled Woman Looking At Leaking Sink Pipe In Kitchen We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Leaking Cold Water Feed To Your Largo Fridge Can Cause Major Issues

One of our clients came home one day after a weekend vacation to find water all over her kitchen. The water had also flowed into the family room of the home. It appeared to be coming from the fridge area. Many high-end refrigerators have ice makers, cold water dispensers and water filters as features. These refrigerators require a water line installed to the back of the fridge to a solenoid which controls the water flow into the fridge. This line had sprung a significant leak at the junction to the solenoid. Water was spraying against the wall behind the fridge.

She called SERVPRO for help about the water damage from her Largo home. Our dispatcher advised the client to turn off the water line to the fridge. If she could not find the valve to shut the water off, she could also turn the valve off at the main water line coming into her home. He also suggested she mop up as much water as possible from the family room.

Our SERVPRO team quickly got to work and vacuumed up the water. The client, at our suggestion, turned on the air conditioning, which helped to dehumidify the home as well. Fortunately, she caught this leak early enough that there was no significant damage to the flooring. A portable dehumidifier was installed in the kitchen for several days to assist in removing moisture. Several large fans were also installed in the family room to assist in drying out the floor. A final check using moisture meters verified that the humidity level was down to a reasonable level, and the flooring sustained no long term damage.

The client was delighted and relieved to get her home back within a few days. She also hired a plumber to repair the leaking water line to the fridge and to install a readily accessible shut off valve for future access. She mentioned that she plans to shut the water off whenever she is away on vacation in the future as a further precaution.

Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for 24/7 service. We serve Clearwater, Dunedin, Belleair Bluffs, and surrounding areas. We help clients over the phone deal with water damage. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Don't Let Fire Destroy Your Family Treasures in Your Largo Home

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged foyer Often not everything is a loss after a fire. Trust SERVPRO to restore your family treasures.

Steps for Recovery after a Fire Damages Your Largo Home 

Fire disasters are devastating, and they do not discriminate. They can affect any home regardless of its location, condition or age. The flames engulf everything that gets in their way, and this can lead to a significant amount of damage within a short time. Fires also produce a significant amount of smoke that destroys items on its own.

A fire can ruin a lifetime of irreplaceable possessions and precious memories. When your Largo home has fire damage, the first thing you should do is wait until the fire department says it is safe to enter the property. Even though your home may appear to have sustained cosmetic damage, the fire could have severely ruined essential structures, making it unsafe to go back in. A fire can also leave various hazardous debris behind like pieces of broken metals, glass, wood, and plastic. Your property may also have exposed wiring after a fire.

Another vital thing to do after a fire is contacting your insurance firm. Your agent can give you in the right direction and help you take essential steps a few hours after the incident. Some steps may include:

  • Keeping the destruction to a minimum by coverings doors, windows, and other openings to prevent water damage.
  • Putting up a temporary fence around your home to prevent theft and vandalism.
  • Listing the items the fire-damaged and their prices.
  • Locating temporary accommodation for you and your family.
  • Hiring a property inspector to assess the structural damage caused by the fire. Some structures that a home inspector evaluates include the roof, windows, plumbing fixtures, heating systems, floors, doors and door frames, siding, concrete and electrical circuits.

As you speak to your insurance agent, find out what your insurance policy can cover and what it cannot. You should also call a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO to help you clean up your property and restore the damaged structures and contents.

During fire restoration cleaning, our technicians determine which items need salvaging or replacing.  We can also inform you and your insurance company about the condition that may have existed before the fire happened. Addressing preexisting conditions or damages as part of the fire restoration process is not a must, but it is vital to recognize and document them.

Before cleaning structure, our crew tests them to determine the suitable cleaning method. Washable or non-washable are the categories we separate materials. Our SERVPRO technicians can wet clean washable materials using water-based cleaning products. We use dry cleaning methods to clean non-washable materials. Fires may also cause unpleasant odors in your home. We perform deodorization of strong odors like those from a protein fire using equipment like Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers and air scrubbers.

If your property in Clearwater, Dunedin, or Clearwater Beach has sustained fire damage, you can trust SERVPRO of Largo with the restoration work. Contact us at (727) 586-0060 to get your home back to livable conditions quickly.

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