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Contact Our Experts 24/7 In Largo After A Water Loss

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

A huge hole in the ceiling of this home with drywall falling to the floor below. The leak in this roof caused the drywall to fall to the floor below in this home, we arrived right away and began restoration.

Stain and Water Cleanup in Indian Rocks Beach

It is lovely to have a condo on the beach with the ocean mere steps from your door, but the elements can be tough on both the inside and outside of your home. It is impossible to avoid bringing in sand, dirt, sunscreen residue, and moisture into your condo when you reside near the beach. It is considered a small price to pay for the luxury of being near the ocean. However, having a pipe burst within your kitchen can cause additional clean up on top of the daily routine.

Dealing with water cleanup in Indian Rocks Beach is unique because sand and debris brought in from the beach can add additional cleanup to your condo. In such a small space, water from the kitchen pipes may leak into your living room carpet. Water compounded with debris can create spots and stains in carpet and upholstery that require some extra attention on top of removing the water from the pipe bursting.

If you notice a stain after the pipe burst, you can spot and flush immediately using a mild detergent like SERVPRO's Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner for water-based soils and a dry solvent like Solvent Spotter for oil-based soils. However, you may be preoccupied with sopping up water and not notice the soiled spots on your carpet. Older stains may be more challenging to remove.

The first step in dealing with soil in your carpet is to determine what kind of soil is staining your carpet. Chances are at the beach, you are dealing with the insoluble soil of sand in your carpet. While using a portable extractor to remove the excess water from your carpet, technicians may notice some sand suctioning away with the water. However, any remaining sand can be dry vacuumed after the carpet is clean.

Water-soluble soils such as salt from the ocean may also be an issue and are best removed with a water-based product. Sunscreen, on the other hand, is an oil-soluble soil and consists of oily hydrocarbon components, which can be more challenging to remove. The best tactic is to use oil-based spotting products or use water-based alkaline products such as SERVPRO's StainZap to emulsify the soil for easy removal.

Removing water damage and stains from your home may require specific care and products, but SERVPRO (General Contractor #General: CBC1250662) aims to make it "Like it never even happened." Contact SERVPRO of Largo 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.

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Flood Damage Restoration In Your Belleair Bluffs Home

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged property Correct measuring of water can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to restore your home.

Using Accurate Measurements to Structure Flood Damage Restoration in your Belleair Bluffs Home

Issues with the plumbing system in your home can quickly result in a flooding emergency. These issues are especially prevalent during the winter months when weather can be more extreme. It is vital to regularly conduct checks of your internal and external plumbing to ensure pipes and drains are capable of working correctly under extreme conditions like the heavy rainfall typically associated with a storm. Despite conducting all the best practices, some unfortunate homeowners may still find themselves facing a water emergency in their home.

The advantage of using professional flood damage restorers in your Belleair Bluffs home is that you can ensure all elements of harm are brought under control. Water can migrate quickly from one area of the home to another. It may also enter wall cavities or subfloor in as little as a few hours. Removing standing water from the home but failing to address water migration can result in secondary microbial growth issues. SERVPRO technicians are trained in the assessment and restoration you need to get your home back on track.

To accurately assess the extent of damage in a property with the flooding, we need to use a range of measuring equipment. Moisture sensors can detect the amount of moisture residing in a porous material, and moisture probes can accurately depict the moisture content. Certain natural materials like wood can absorb significant amounts of moisture. When moisture levels rise above 12%, there is a high risk of warping or cupping. SERVPRO technicians take regular measurements to ensure that water damages are kept to a minimum.

Assessment of the home may require removing physical barriers or obstacles. These procedures can become time-consuming as it requires the removal of sections of drywall. It can also be invasive to the home. SERVPRO technicians can avoid removal materials in the home by using thermal imaging cameras. These equipment use infrared rays to assess the temperatures of surfaces. Cooler surfaces may indicate the presence of water behind a wall or beneath a floor.

Correct measuring of water can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to restore your home. Contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060, now.

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The Definitive Guide to Belleair Bluffs Storm Damage Remediation

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

flooded kitchen floor Regardless whether the flooding originated from outside or inside your home, the result is still the same. Contact SERVPRO for water removal.

Equipment to Dry Out Flooded Homes in Belleair Bluffs

While our initial mitigation process focuses must on extraction and content management for Belleair Bluffs homes after a flooding situation, other actions must begin shortly after that. The faster that drying steps can start, the more likely it becomes that our SERVPRO team can restore and protect exposed construction materials and contents in the house.

While contamination is a threat of natural flooding scenarios, there are many situations where structural breaches during a storm can allow for flood damage in Belleair Bluffs homes. While extraction must occur first with tools like our electric submersible pumps and extractor trucks to remove the standing water throughout damaged areas of the residence, drying out the materials afterward requires equally powerful equipment.

Air movers have become the centerpiece of our drying efforts for decades, and the science behind them changes very little from one year to the next. Their premise is simple in that they send high-velocity bursts of air into a moist environment and against saturated materials to begin an evaporative drying process. Centrifugal air movers can help with a direct saturated point in a material, but axials are useful for widespread flooding in the larger homes of the area.

Axial air movers are one of the staples of widespread drying efforts by our SERVPRO team, as these units can deliver lower pressure at high volumes, which can allow their output to affect more significant open areas. Axials have a higher cubic feet per minute (CFM) output than centrifugal options and consume less power in generating that higher CFM, which can also make them an ideal choice when running a generator is the only available power source in recovery.

Flooding is a situation that many area homes might have to face, but with the right professional assistance, it does not have to be as costly or devastating as it might initially seem. Our SERVPRO of Largo team has a fast response to storm damages, including large loss situations. We have the skills and cutting-edge equipment to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (727) 586-0060.

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SERVPRO Uses Technology to Locate Moisture in Your Dunedin Home

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment stacked inside storage facility Water damage? We have the instrumentation to locate moisture and equipment to dry your home.

During Water Removal in Dunedin There are Many Instruments Used to Find Moisture

If your house in Dunedin ever suffers from any plumbing failure, damage to your contents and building materials could result. If water removal is conducted promptly by a professional restoration company like SERVPRO, many of your possessions and building's structural components could are salvageable. In some situations, excessive moisture can ruin items inside your home, such as your carpet and pad.

However, if restoration procedures get implemented correctly, our SERVPRO technicians can often prevent some items inside your home from having to be removed and replaced. The first step to water removal in your Dunedin residence is to find the source of the leak. Once we locate where moisture is entering your structure, we can then take steps to either temporarily or permanently fix the problem. After the leak gets repaired and no more moisture is entering your building, we then can then attempt to figure out where the moisture traveled.

One aspect that sets SERVPRO apart from other restoration companies is the moisture detection instruments we have at our disposal. During every restoration project, we use a variety of different tools to test for the presence of moisture as well as take readings of your house's indoor environment. When extracting water and drying out wet materials, it helps our team to know where the water went. We also test the temperature and humidity inside your home to figure out how we can create an environment that is favorable for rapid drying.

During many plumbing failure situations, your carpet and other floors are the first to get wet. When figuring out what sections of your carpet got wet, we can use a moisture sensor. The sensor consists of a handle with two probes, and should the carpet be wet, the instrument beeps and the handle lights up.

We can also use other moisture meters to get a level of how wet an item is. For example, we can use a non-penetrating moisture meter that can find where areas of your drywall are wetter than others. We can also use a penetrating moisture meter that gets hammered into wooden items like your wall studs to give us a moisture number. When testing your home for wet materials, we take measurements in affected areas and rooms that didn't get wet to come up with a drying goal.

For professional assistance after you notice a water leak, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 24/7 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Is Trapped Water in Construction Materials Damaging Homes in Dunedin?

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floors Water quickly damages flooring materials. We have the tools and the know-how to restore your home.

Removing Trapped Water in Dunedin Home Construction Materials 

Wood flooring and framework can hold water for extended periods, being a challenging area for our SERVPRO team to dry in Dunedin homes after a water loss. While surface water can often get addressed with extraction tools and drying techniques, moisture that has penetrated the seams of wood plank flooring and reached into the subflooring can become a challenge for even our experienced professionals. There are many steps and techniques to remove water from saturated wood flooring. 

Many homeowners might consider the presence of water in their wood flooring to be a total loss, but water removal for Dunedin homes is more probable than you might believe. Removing the trapped water in these planks starts with understanding the severity of the situation. Our technicians have sophisticated discovery devices and tools that can probe beyond the surface to determine moisture content concentrations and surface meters that can detect the presence of moisture beyond the top layer. Both of these approaches offer unique information that can help to designate the placement and number of drying tools used. 

Our SERVPRO team has multiple drying tools like air movers and positive pressure systems to help the evaporative drying processes in structural cavities and specific materials. However, the most effective approach for drawing moisture from water damaged wood plank flooring is drying mats. 

These get placed perpendicular to the seams of the installed plank to maximize the drying approach. If more concentrated drying efforts are necessary, we can utilize lay-flat poly sheeting taped and weighted against the flooring in a tent to expedite the drying process. Our technicians can closely monitor the progress of this drying effort with moisture meters to prevent over-drying the materials.   

Because hardwood and engineered flooring are both accessible construction materials chosen in the construction of modern homes, knowing the best approach to dry out these materials and trapped moisture can save our customers money. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Largo team a call today at (727) 586-0060. We have the skills and equipment to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” 

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HVAC Water Extraction in Affected Dunedin Properties.

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Calling a professional team to handle the extraction of your Dunedin home water damage can help in so many ways.

It is hard to associate HVAC systems with water extraction. However, since the entire Heating and Ventilation system touches different parts of the house, including walls, ceilings, attics, or basement, water intrusion is possible. Extracting the water and drying the system is not an easy task considering its components are set up in hard to reach areas of the house. Calling a professional team to handle the extraction can help save your system.

Specialized water extraction in affected Dunedin properties requires several steps. Extracting the liquid water from the ducts is the primary step. Our SERVPRO technicians accomplish this by inserting a vacuum hose to the ductwork through a register or vent. We then hook the hose to a portable or truck-mounted water extractor, which provides the suction needed to remove the water. 

Wet-vacuuming may not remove all the water from the HVAC ductwork.  To extract any remaining water, our SERVPRO technicians drill small holes on the ducts to let water weep or drain out through gravity action. After removing the liquid water, we shift focus to drying, which removes excess moisture that can cause other problems such as mold.

HVAC ducts can be made of different types of materials, including fabric ducts, galvanized metal ducts with fiberglass interior, or galvanized metal with exterior fiberglass, among other materials. The type of material determines the effort needed for drying moisture from the system. Typically, our SERVPRO technicians supply hot, dry air into the return portion of the system, drying off moisture. 

Whenever water travels through the ductwork, there is a need to evaluate and clean some of its constituent parts. For example, there is a need to remove the fiberglass lining if present. We understand the need to do this following NADCA ACR standards, so apart from extracting the water, we also ensure a NADCA certified technician inspects the system.

Some water extraction processes require specialized skills. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 to help restore your property to preloss state. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Help You Get Back In Business After Water Damage Strikes In Dunedin

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

The floors in this hallway are covered in water When it comes to commercial water damage, we are the experts you can trust. We are available 24/7 so call us right away to prevent further damage.

Commercial Water Removal Dunedin – Remove All Moisture to Avoid Mold Growth

Many commercial building owners are focused on cleaning up any visible standing water, drying their floors, and restarting operations as quickly as possible. Lost workdays mean lost revenue and potentially lost customers, so it is essential to restart everything immediately. Sometimes not all of the moisture is removed, which can lead to issues later on.

SERVPRO has been providing commercial water removal services in Dunedin for 35 years. We are part of the community and participate in many community organizations, including the local chamber of commerce. Over the years, we have helped clients with almost every water damage situation. We have seen clients who assumed everything was dry, only to experience significant mold growth after the initial event.

Why is the Problem Not Fixed When the Water Has Dried?

The floors may be dry, and there are no visible signs of water after your employees have mopped up all of the standing water. Many clients do not realize that water damage may have penetrated the floor to the ceiling of the floor below. Water may have also flowed into wall cavities behind baseboards and drywall. These are perfect conditions for mold to grow, causing a musty odor and even structural damage if not removed.

SERVPRO understands that it is essential to return your commercial business to normal operations as quickly as possible. That's why we are available on a 24/7 basis and can mobilize our team to focus on removing all water and identifying high moisture areas that need attention.

Moisture meters and infrared cameras are used to identify those areas that may still contain moisture. Based on our experience, we can quickly identify the areas that should be checked and verified. Once moisture pockets are identified, SERVPRO can bring in the appropriate equipment to dry these areas. Air movers with hoses attached can blow dry moisture absorbing air into these pockets.

Don't take a chance with mold, remove all of the moisture the first time!

Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Indian Rocks Beach, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Shores, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

home destroyed by a fire Give our technicians a call today at (727) 586-0060.

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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