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Types of Home Fires and Fire Damage in Largo

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

fire line You can depend on our professionals with state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your property so you can return safely after a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Fire Damage Methodically After a Fire on Your Property

Although home fires can begin anytime and anywhere in Largo, you should be aware of a few different types of fires. Knowing them can help you to lower or even eliminate the risk of a fire starting in your home. 

The most common kind of fire and fire damage in your Largo home is a grease fire in your kitchen. Grease fires are hazardous since they can get out of hand fast and spread from the stove through the whole kitchen and other rooms of the house. Many grease fires happen when a frying pan is left unattended on the stove. They also occur if a pan is overheated and the grease catches fire. These types of fires can seriously injure you and cause extensive damage to your property. Other kitchen fires can include appliance and oven fires. Fires also begin in your kitchen when electricity contacts water. 

After a kitchen fire, you need the assistance of a professional fire damage remediation company. SERVPRO has trained and experienced technicians who can help you clean up after fire damage and do so in a timely fashion. 

Wiring can Lead to Fire Damage

If your home is older, it may not have the proper wiring to handle the number of electrical appliances many people use today. Old wiring can be frayed or worn, which causes sparks and shorts that can ignite. 

Older breaker boxes are built to shut off electrical current when the circuit is overloaded to prevent fire, but these connections are often broken or worn and do not activate the switch. 

Lighting can also cause electrical fires, which can be started by improper wiring or the use of light bulbs that are higher in wattage than what the appliance recommended. 

Coil space heaters are very hazardous since the coils ignite anything nearby which is combustible. Keep any space heater at least three feet away from anything that can catch fire, including bedding, curtains, furniture, and clothing. 

Our SERVPRO staff can assist you with clean up and repair after fire damage. We also clean up water damage from firefighting efforts and help you speak with an insurance agent. We understand that any fire, large or small, is a stressful event, so we strive to make the process of restoration as simple for you as possible. 

SERVPRO of Largo can come to your home any time that you need us to help you get your home back to normal. Residents of Largo, Clearwater, and Belleair Bluffs can reach us whenever needed by dialing (727) 586-0060. 

Top Reasons that Require Water Removal in Your Clearwater Home

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Home in water Don't let water take over your home. Call in the experts at SERVPRO right away after a water incident.

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. 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 floorboards. The best way to prevent this from happening is to keep up with 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 backup that can cause a leak or spill resulting in water damage. For this reason, it is essential to maintain the efficiency of an HVAC system and call us at SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage. 

Attics and Crawl Spaces

Another common cause of water damage includes the spaces where water is more apt to accumulate. 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.

Is Cleanup Sufficient To Restore A Largo Dental Office After Flood Damage?

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Dental office SERVPRO has reliable technicians with state of the art equipment to handle any level of flood damage in your business.

SERVPRO Handles Cleanup and Other Flood Restoration Processes Simultaneously

A flooding incident can pose a significant risk for your dental practice when your office is flooded with contaminated water. The high humidity levels in the building following such an incident can also lead to secondary damage to the expensive dental equipment in your facility. Involving a professional cleaner changes the outcome of flood damage.

Evacuation of standing water or vulnerable equipment is one crucial process for containing flood damage in your Largo dental office. SERVPRO is well equipped to handle both processes since we can arrange pack-outs to a safe section of the building. We also have powerful extraction equipment to remove clear or residue-filled water within a short while. 

Experienced professionals can readily handle:

  • Biohazard remediation
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Flood restoration
  • Water Clean Up

Before deciding whether cleanup is sufficient or we have to take other steps to restore your facility, our SERVPRO technicians perform a thorough inspection of the loss. If there are porous materials such as carpets on the floors or soggy drywall, we need to perform controlled demolition to remove these materials before embarking on cleanup.

During cleanup, our technicians ensure sufficient agitation and sanitization of all affected areas. We spray EPA-registered disinfectants directly into the inundated sections before starting cleanup. We use cleaning agents with antimicrobial properties or apply sanitizers after finishing cleanup to guarantee sanitary conditions.

To finish up the restoration process we:

  • Refinish any structural areas stripped down
  • Dry all excess moisture
  • Perform deodorization

SERVPRO of Largo has significant experience handling flood damage in commercial establishments. Call us at (727) 586-0060 whenever you need assistance. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Preventing Water Damage While You Are Away from Your Largo Home

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Woman holding buckets for leak When you have an unexpected water incident in your home, you can trust the skilled experts at SERVPRO to be there. We are always available to assist.

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 that 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 Largo water damage include leaking supply lines, dripping water heaters, and ruptured washer hoses. Before you leave your Largo home for a short while or 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 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 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 

Many plumbing devices on the market 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 that can sense if you have gone out of town. 

SERVPRO of Largo is the expert you need when you do have a water emergency while you are away. They can find the water source, fix the problem, and 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. 

Electrical Fire Prevention in Your Largo Home

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Electrical fire/ wall plug SERVPRO knows all the steps to take after an electrical fire in your home. Call us today at (727) 586-0060.

SERVPRO Tips to Stop Smoke and Fire from Damaging Your Property

They can begin small, but electrical fires can spread fast, especially if they are inside a socket and can travel through the wall before you realize there is a fire. Since how 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. 

Fire Damage Restoration

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. 

Water & Fire Damage Restorations

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.

How Crucial Is Flood Water Removal From Largo Homes?

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO "here to help" SERVPRO teams are ready to assist with storm flood damage remediation 24/7, just call us at (727) 586-0060.

SERVPRO Expedites Water Cleanup for Largo Homes to Minimize Damages

The need to remove the floodwaters that flow into your Largo home is obvious since it causes numerous inconveniences, including slick or soiled surfaces. Apart from the inconveniences, there is a danger in letting water stagnate in the property for long. 

Professionals like SERVPRO seek to achieve different goals when conducting flood water removal from Largo homes. Faster removal can help salvage expensive fixtures such as engineered wood flooring. It also helps reduce the level of secondary microbial growth, which, if left unchecked, can contaminate the property unnecessarily. 

When Done Properly, Flood Water Removal Can Help Reduce:

  • Flood restoration
  • Water damage repairs
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages

SERVPRO technicians employ various techniques to effect the removal depending on where the intruding water concentrates. 

Some of the Practical Water Clean-up Approaches Include:

  • Drilling weep holes in the ceiling
  • Making flood cuts on walls
  • Using vacuum extractors

In most cases, floodwaters contain various dissolved residues which impede removal. Our SERVPRO technicians can overcome such challenges by using superior equipment. For instance, with self-priming trash pumps, it is possible to remove various forms of floodwater, including slurry. The pumps range from semi-trash pumps that can handle solids in water less than a certain amount of inches to full trash pumps that handle solids over 3". 

Water removal also involves drying the wet materials. For instance, drying the wet planks of a wooden floor helps reverse swelling, thus preventing severe damage. Our SERVPRO technicians set up dehumidifiers and air movers to expedite drying.

SERVPRO of Largo handles all aspects of floodwater removal comfortably. Call us at (727) 586-0060. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can Water Get Removed After Ceiling Leaks in Clearwater Condos?

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

standing water on hardwood floors Even a small leak can damage structural elements. SERVPRO can remove the water and dry your home.

Ceiling Leaks can Expose Many Materials to Water Damages in Clearwater Residences

With many of the apartments and condos throughout Clearwater featuring premium building materials and fixtures, water damage incidents can have a costly and destructive effect on the residence. Ceiling leaks resulting from drips and sprays at plumbing connections and weakened portions of pipe can expose several structural elements to a compromising volume of moisture and water damage, including:

  • Plumbing
  • Insulation
  • Ceiling drywall
  • Framing
  • Flooring joists

Are Water Damage Repairs Needed? 

When any of these building materials or structural elements have become damaged by water damage in Clearwater homes, there are often several repairs and reconstruction services required. With the general contractor license, we can identify where reconstruction might be necessary and begin controlled demolition to replace only irreparably harmed building materials and structural elements.

When water damage repairs are necessary for your home or business, you can rely on a team that can help with nearly all facets of restoration and recovery. Our SERVPRO of Largo team is available 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.

Rapid Storm Recovery is Imperative for Largo Locals

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

palm trees blowing in a storm with rain droplets SERVPRO is here to help with a Hurricane Preparedness Guide.

The Storm is Here but SERVPRO is Fast to Act with Flooding Clean Up in Largo

Hurricanes are unpredictable and powerful, but you can prepare your home & vehicle to lessen the impact hopefully. Largo residents who have their emergency contacts and disaster supply checklist ready will be ahead of the game, especially if SERVPRO is on that contact list!

Prior to a weather event like a hurricane in Largo, it is best to put together an emergency kit. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recommended including some of the following items:

  • First aid kit
  • Non-perishables and water, enough to last three days
  • A flashlight and additional batteries
  • Your cell phone, extra charger, or power bank
  • A whistle to call for help, and more

Should you decide to stay in your Largo home during the hurricane, you must always practice portable generator safety. Important notes to remember:

  • You should always keep a portable generator outside
  • Any fuel or combustibles should be kept a safe distance from the unit
  • Never add more fuel to your generator while it is turned on
  • Speak with a licensed electrician in the Largo area about wiring modifications

Click here to view our complete '2021 Hurricane Preparedness Guide

SERVPRO of Largo is available 24/7 when you require flood water extraction and storm cleanup. Call us at (727) 586-0060, and our team can help ensure your property gets restored, “Like it never even happened.”

How Can Fire-Damaged Contents Get Cleaned from Largo Homes?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

visible smoke and soot damage on wall SERVPRO techs are trained and equipped to clean your fire damaged home.

We Have On-Site and Off-Site Restoration Approaches for Damaged Contents from Largo Homes

Content cleaning is a considerable aspect of fire restoration and house fire cleanup. As leading fire and smoke damage cleaning professionals, we can respond quickly to prevent irreparable harm to your valued possessions.

What Can Be Done at Our Nearby SERVPRO Facility for Fire and Smoke Damage?

When on-site cleaning and fire restoration for Largo home’s contents cannot happen, the suitable solution is to utilize the pack-out process to relocate these possessions to our SERVPRO facility nearby. We have advanced cleaning systems and products to overcome substantial damages based on the condition of the items and the best approach to protecting the underlying substrate. We provide solutions for:

  • Deodorization
  • Gentle surface cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Ultrasonic tank cleaning
  • Safe storage

Fire restoration requires our SERVPRO of Largo team to manage consistently changing conditions in area homes and working to protect damaged or exposed contents. Our team is ready 24/7 to make it “Like it never even happened,” when you call (727) 586-0060.

Is Professional Mold Removal Necessary for Largo Businesses?

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians removing standing water from store If water is not completely removed, mold growth can occur. You can trust the professionals of SERVPRO to remediate water and mold damage.

With Potential Health Effects and Destructive Nature, Mold Colonies Should get Removed Immediately in Largo Buildings

An underrated damage situation to area businesses is the development and continued spread of mold and microbial threats. Mold removal companies might be plentiful in the Largo area, but few have the experience and reputation for providing the results you need. Every minute counts when your company suffers loss from disasters like fungal growth, so you need a team equipped to handle all remediation, repair, and restoration facets. Our SERVPRO team can help with:

  • Black mold
  • Attic mold
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Mold specialists
  • Mold remediation

Immediate Actions to Protect Your Largo Business After Mold Damage

Among the priorities of responding technicians and mold removal companies in Largo is the condition of impacted contents within the property. Your business often hinges on your wares and stock condition, which should also be a focus of any remediator arriving on-site. Using content relocation, we can often avoid unnecessary harm to these items or documents. Our technicians employ focused cleaning and restoration might be required by the cleaning technicians of our SERVPRO team. When belongings or inventory gets relocated to our nearby facility, we can help with:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Drying
  • Deodorization
  • Safe storage

Mold Inspections and Damage Assessment

Mold inspections play a vital role in keeping your business going after mold gets discovered. A thorough examination of the damage can identify where the problem areas exist and allow our responding technicians to establish appropriate containment strategies. These damage assessments can focus on:

  • Structural hazards
  • Active colonization
  • Moist/damp conditions
  • Damaged contents
  • Customer priorities

Mold Removal Strategies to Help Businesses Recover Quickly

There is no one set method for eliminating microbial threats that mold removal companies use. Instead, we utilize the obtained information from mold inspections to determine what hosting materials have become affected and their individual conditions. This information can determine which mold remediation strategy best suits the situation and should get used to maximize the efficacy of our response and ultimate result. Some of the options for mold removal include:

  • Surface sanding
  • Soda blasting
  • Antimicrobial cleaning
  • Controlled demolition

Are Black Mold Damage Repairs Needed? 

Mold can have a devastating effect on building materials and the entire structure. While our experienced remediation professionals work to limit black mold damage repairs and controlled demolition, these outcomes are often inevitable to some degree. When surface treatment remediation practices cannot achieve the intended mold removal outcome, more direct measures such as discarding these hosting materials are necessary. Replacement and repair involve our general contractor license to transition between mold remediation and the damage reconstruction required efficiently.

Choosing the right mold removal companies does not have to be difficult, as we are among the leading organizations in mold remediation, removal, and repairs. You can trust our SERVPRO of Largo team to help you through each stage of getting your business back up and running as usual. Call us today at (727) 586-0060.