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The Remarkable Environment of the Largo Area

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

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Largo’s Beautiful Natural Landscapes and Unique Wildlife

As a Largo resident, you may not realize all the natural resources your city has to offer, which is because familiarity often causes us to overlook or miss things that visitors readily notice.  Our city’s prime location in Florida blesses it with access to miles of white sand beaches, numerous parks, and a wide variety of wildlife.  Local beaches cater to every type of beachgoer, whether energetic young people searching for fun in the sun, families with children, or older couples wanting to watch a sunset.  Area parks offer visitors hours of peaceful leisure and play host to many birds, land-based creatures, and aquatic life.

The Diverse and Picturesque Beaches Near Largo  

One of the many advantages to residing on Florida’s Gulf Coast is having easy access to numerous beautiful beaches.  The ones of the Largo area are located just offshore, on a string of barrier islands, and offer visitors remarkably diverse experiences.  The most notable of these oceanfront areas are:

  • Honeymoon Island Beach, an unspoiled natural island seashore, where you can escape the crowds, enjoy miles of white sand beaches, and observe a local eagle population
  • Clearwater Beach, a laid-back oceanfront with calm waters and numerous casual cafes and restaurants
  • Sand Key Beach, a park beach within a short seven-mile drive of Largo that is perfect for seashell hunting, bird-watching, and observing sunsets
  • Belleair Beach, a small family-friendly beach with bathrooms, showers, and a picnic area
  • Indian Rocks Beach, a quiet seashore with shallow waters that is perfect for families with small children
  • Indian Shores Beach, a popular place for locals that has convenient parking and is close to numerous eateries and other conveniences

All located within twenty short miles of Largo, these picturesque seashores range from the exceedingly remote and secluded to those closer to the action.  Taken together, they have something attractive to individuals, couples, and families with children.

Largo’s Various Parks

Several parks perfect for nature watching and other outdoor activities are distributed throughout the city of Largo.  So, regardless of where residents live in town, they are never far from one of these natural oases.  With that said, the primary local parks include:

  • Eagle Lake Park, a natural area boasting several walking trails, a 2,000-foot wetland boardwalk, a couple of ponds, and catch and release fishing spots
  • George McGough Nature Park, home of a large aquatic turtle population, hosts the Narrows Environmental Education Center, which contains several live animal exhibits and offers numerous children’s activities
  • John Bonner Nature Park, a small park with wooded birding trails and a wetland boardwalk to the Intracoastal Waterway
  • John Taylor Park, a large natural area with a big lake, multi-use trails, and a disc golf course
  • Largo Central Park, a community centerpiece that has 70 acres of recreational space, several playgrounds, and a performing arts center that accommodates concerts and plays
  • Largo Central Park Nature Preserve, an area with a butterfly garden, hiking trails, a pond, and a kayak launch, where you can observe various kinds of wildlife

Locals can exercise at each of these nearby venues, watch wildlife, and generally experience the great outdoors.

Fauna of the Largo Area

While residents are out in one of the previously mentioned natural environments, they should keep their eyes peeled for some of the locale’s other residents.  These incredibly diverse creatures can be observed in the air, on land, and in the water.  Some of those commonly seen around our community are:

  • Great Blue Herons, wading birds with long necks that are often found in wetlands
  • Brown Pelicans, birds with large, scoop-like beaks usually seen around coastal areas
  • Red Foxes, a common dog-like animal that is land-based
  • Marsh Rabbits, small cottontail rabbits found in swamps and marshes
  • American Alligators, dark-colored alligators that have a broad snout and are generally found in freshwater wetlands
  • Manatees, large aquatic mammals that live in shallow, marshy coastal areas

Regardless of which natural venue you decide to visit in our area, if you stay long enough, you have a good chance of observing one of these delightful creatures.

As you can see, Largo possesses tons of natural beauty and offers its residents several convenient locations to fully experience it.  Whatever outdoor activities you may desire, our community and its environs likely have for which you are looking.  At the same time, the local environment’s biodiversity often delights even the most experienced wildlife enthusiasts.

With all that said, SERVPRO of Largo would like to remind you that we are always here to help.  Unlike other local services, our highly skilled technicians are specifically trained to handle significant water cleanups.  Moreover, they have all the necessary high-tech equipment to do the job right.  So, when you need assistance, call us at (727) 586-0060. 

What Does Water Cleanup Involve?

Water cleanup services are often needed when pipes leak or rupture, a roof leak develops, your home’s drainage system becomes clogged, or when appliances malfunction.  These problems, and the water-related issues they produce, can develop slowly over the long term, or suddenly happen all at once.  Regardless of the cause of your home’s standing water and excess moisture, SERVPRO professionals work to clean it up by:

  • Using moisture sensors and meters, as well as infrared cameras, to precisely identify the sources of the water and the materials impacted by it
  • Blocking the water source
  • Employing wet vacs and powerful extractors to remove standing water
  • Drying out interior air and impacted surfaces with high-tech air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems
  • Treating affected furnishings and carpeting with injection devices
  • Eliminating water-related odors with cutting edge foggers that aerosolize EPA-approved antimicrobials and deodorants

In all these ways, SERVPRO of Largo quickly works to remediate your water-related situation.  Ultimately, our experts’ goal is to effectively complete your job while saving you the most time and money possible.  With that in mind, remember us whenever you need water cleanup services.  Call us anytime at (727) 586-0060 for assistance.

Santa Claus Is Calling and Sending Letters to All Kids Across Largo, FL

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Join Other Parents in Largo, FL in Surprising Your Kids This Holiday Season with A Call From Father Christmas

With the holidays around the corner, the most unique and memorable surprise you can create for your child is letting him or her interact with the big man himself. Held on Tuesday, December 15 from 6 PM to 8 PM, Santa can only interact with your kid via either:

  • A phone call
  • A letter

The letter option is best for kids who may not be available for a call. Santa can graft a personalized letter for your kid and have it delivered to your preferred address on the same day. Due to a large number of requests, one can only receive a call or letter. Grab a form at Largo Library and from all Recreation facilities.

SERVPRO of Largo is glad to inform you about Santa's Calling event. If a water leak in your property is ignored for more than 24 hours, mold growth can occur. We have the products and remediation skills required to get your property to its pre-damage state. Contact us at (727) 586-0060 for professional mold remediation in your Largo home to make it "Like it never even happened."

Join Other Residents of Clearwater FL for this Year's Holiday Extravaganza

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

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Enjoy a Day Full of Fun Experiences with Other Residents of Clearwater FL

After a long busy day on 7th December, why don't you join your neighbors after work for a night full of fun experiences? From 28th November to 23rd December, Downtown Clearwater is celebrating the holiday season with:

  • Virtual events
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Crafting makes and takes
  • Decorations

This city is excited to continue the yearly holiday celebration and present the Holiday Extravaganza. The safety and health of attendees is a priority, and the organizers have considered how to move forward amidst COVID-19. They monitor the situation closely with state and local authorities' assistance while also observing the response of other large, public events.

Social distancing and masks for attendees are required. It would help if you kept a safe distance as you have fun. Happy holidays!

SERVPRO of Largo welcomes you to the Holiday Extravaganza. We are one of the leading water restoration companies in Clearwater with decades of experience in restoration. If there is water damage to your property, we can help you to restore it. Call us at (727) 586-0060 immediately after the incident to minimize the damage and get your property to its preloss state.

Rely on Professional Restorers for Effective Tidal Groundwater Removal in Largo, FL

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's green fleet outside the Largo Elks Club. Has groundwater destroyed your club or business? Call SERVPRO for the water restoration services to get you back into action.

SERVPRO Technicians Provide Property Owners in Largo, FL with Reliable Groundwater Removal Services

Largo is the fourth-largest city in the Tampa Bay area and the third largest in Pinellas County, Florida. According to the census held in 2010, the city had a population of 77,648. This is a significant increase compared to the census carried out in 2000, which recorded a population of 69,371.

Incorporated in 1905, the city was the first municipality to adopt the council-manager government in Pinellas County. In 1974, it finally became a city after switching back and forth from a town to a city. Until the 1960s, Largo mainly depended on exporting agricultural products. However, due to high population growth, the city could not afford to export anymore.  

The city's population growth expanded city services. Departments across the city witnessed rapid development and improvement in quality due to an increase in population. 

In 1995, city officials opened the Largo Central Park on the old Pinellas County Fairgrounds. After the completion of Largo Central Park, the iconic Largo Clock Tower was constructed. However, on 24th August 2009, the Largo Clock Tower was demolished. The city's officials decided to demolish the tower due to decay and deterioration. Also, the tower's location at the busy intersection turned to an undesirable sight due to its condition. The city officials replaced the area with a small garden area.                                  

The beginnings of Largo City

The Tocobaga Indians, who practiced the Safety Harbor culture, were the native settlers of the Largo area. In the 16th century, the Spanish came to Florida. After years of exposure to diseases believed to have originated from Europe, the Tocobaga had been destroyed by the 18th century. The entire Pinellas County, together with the Largo area, was deserted. Spain transferred Florida's sovereignty to the United Kingdom in 1763. In 1783, Florida's sovereignty fell to the Spanish once more. In 1821, the Spanish transferred it to the United States. 

Around 1852, the families of Daniel and James McMullen were the only homesteaders of the Largo area. McMullen family and other settlers focused mainly on:

  • Growing nuts, citrus, and vegetables 
  • Raising cattle
  • Fishing 

Florida was part of the Confederate States of America during the civil war. Members of Cow Cavalry such as Daniel and James McMullen drove Florida cattle to areas such as the Carolinas and Georgia to support the war effort. Some residents supported the blockade runners, while others served in Confederacy's armies. In 1888, the orange Belt Railway got to the Largo area. The residents had renamed Lake Tolulu to Lake Largo. 

The economy of Largo City

Population growth at the beginning of the 1960s caused the decline of agricultural production and significantly transformed the city into a bedroom community. Agriculture left a big gap behind that electronics could not fill. Other manufacturers in various niches filled the gap and created employment opportunities for the city's residents. Most jobs in Largo city focus on retail sales and services. 

The city is also concerned about its aging population. The local government continues to grow the health care industry. Hospitals are among the major employers across the city. Established in 1978, the (HCA) Hospital Corporation of America owns Largo Medical Center, which includes:

  • The original campus close to downtown Largo
  • The former Sun Coast Hospital 
  • Two different campuses

Largo Arts and culture

Opened in 1916, the Largo Public Library at Town Hall's basement has around 560 different books. However, a new library was opened at a different location to house around 14,000 titles, and in 1977, another library was constructed on a 2.0  (5 acres) piece of donated land. After the library's expansion in 1989, it increased its capacity to hold 250,000 items. The current library building in Largo was built in 2005. 

The city's government

A City Commission made up of seven elected members governs Largo city for a four-year term. The city mayor is the presiding officer and a member of the Commission. The role of this Commission is to set the city's policies, exercising the imposed duties by law. The Commission executes Largo's powers by the passage of a resolution and ordinance. The City Commission also commissions the City Manager, directs, and approves Managers appointments for City Clerk, Assistant Manager, and Attorney.

Among the responsibilities of the City Manager is to provide municipal services across Largo by directing the governing administration. The administration involves:

  • The City Manager's Office
  • Communications and Marketing Office
  • Attorney's office
  • Management and Budget office
  • Clerk's Office

The City Commission appoints the City Manager, responsible for all the operations that the directors conduct. A supermajority of commissioners in Largo is unique in that it is needed to terminate the City Manager.

The climate of the Largo area

The city's location close to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico moderates its climate. Temperatures are high during winter on the Pinellas Peninsula and lower in mainland Florida. The driest season all year round is winter. Most rainfall comes during summer. During summer, a sea breeze carries moisture from the Gulf of Mexico inland. At times, tidal groundwater flooding can occur due to storms. Flooding often leads to inconveniences like compromised infrastructure, overwhelmed storm drains, and flood damage in homes. When this happens, you can trust restation professionals to bring your property back to normal.          

How SERVPRO technicians help property owners with groundwater removal after a heavy storm

Immediately after your property floods, it requires emergency groundwater extraction. Flood damage restoration begins with removing water before drying can start. Home repairs after flood damage can be extensive. Our SERVPRO crew can assess the damage in your home and figure out what needs to be done to repair the affected areas fully. Our technicians can carry out groundwater removal in affected Largo properties properly.

We have a team of highly skilled and experienced restorers who have successfully restored thousands of homes. We are certified by the (IICRC) Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification to meet our customers' restoration needs. 

For fast and efficient restoration, we use state-of-the-art equipment and tools. We can use self-priming trash pumps to extract water with solids. The equipment helps hasten the drying process, and it only leaves moisture on the affected surface. Our team can use air moving and dehumidification equipment to eliminate the moisture. We continuously monitor the drying process to ensure that we meet the drying goals. 

We also have a wide range of approved products that we can use to clean and decontaminate the affected area. If contamination exists, we can use water damage restoration products to return the loss environment to its preloss state. We can use antimicrobial agents such as mildewstats and fungistats to act against microorganisms and stop their growth or limit their development. 

Groundwater in your property can lead to huge losses if ignored for an extended period. Contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for restoration services that exceed your expectations. Our goal is to make the incident seem, "Like it never even happened."

Largo Family Fun – Holiday Lights in Largo Central Park

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

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Enjoy Seasonal Festivities with Stunning Holiday Lights and Fun for Largo Families

'Tis is the season for lots of holiday fun – take some time to enjoy safe and free family events like Holiday Lights in Largo Central Park. Stop by to experience the Jumbo Amusement Ride and Ferris wheel while taking in all of the sights and lights - but be sure to follow social distancing guidelines to make this a family fun event to remember.

•    Largo Central Park, Largo, FL
•    November 26th, 2020, and recurring five times through December 31st, 2020
•    On-site food and beverage vendors
•    Limited, free on-site parking except for December 5th, 2020

SERVPRO of Largo is there for the community and likes to take the time out to support incredible events that enrich lives while making memories. When you are looking for flood damage companies near me after a storm, we have a crew on-call and ready to get to work. Get in touch with our local office by calling (727) 586-0060, and we will dispatch a crew to your property within hours.

Shop the Largo Holiday Strolling Market this Season!

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Support Local Business in Largo, FL, and Enjoy the Best Vendors in the Area

There is very little that compares to a bit of shopping to help you get into the holiday spirit. This season, locals in and around the Largo, FL area have the unique opportunity to browse merchandise from crafters and vendors at the Holiday Strolling Market. Shopping begins on Saturday, November 28th, 2020, at 11 am and lasts until 5 pm.

    •    Pick out last-minute holiday gifts
    •    Support local vendors, businesses, and crafters
    •    Free to attend
    •    Free parking available

It always feels good to immerse yourself in the whimsy of the holiday season while taking a bit of fun home with you in the form of local goods.

Don’t miss out on this memorable, one-of-a-kind event in Largo, FL! SERVPRO of Largo is here whenever our local community needs skilled restoration professionals to assist with water removal. We have crews on standby and strive to restore your interior to preloss condition. You can reach us 24/7 for emergency service by calling (727) 586-0060. We make everything, “Like it never even happened.”

Not All Hope is Lost with the Help of Fire Damage Restoration by Skilled Technicians in Largo

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Do Not Handle Fire Cleanup on Your Own – Call SERVPRO to Your Largo Property for Efficient, Reliable Results

Rich with Old Florida vibes, Largo, FL, is an area recently redeveloped to enhance some of the finest dining spots and shops in the region. This parcel of stunning Florida land has a great history that is rooted in citrus farming and is known for immersive culture and local artists.

Located on Florida's Gulf Coast in Pinellas County in the lovely Tampa Bay area, Largo gets its name from what used to be one of the largest lakes in the area. Incorporated in 1905, it happens to be the third-largest city in the county and fourth-largest in all of the Tampa Bay region. This city's total area is just under 19 square miles, with over 650 acres comprised of parklands.

Beautiful Year-Round
In terms of climate, Largo, FL, is moderated by proximity to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. During the winter months, there will be warmer, drier temps than the rest of the year. Summer months bring the most rainfall, as this is when ocean breezes shift Gulf moisture inland.

Plenty to See and Do in Largo, FL
Whether you are looking to catch some family-friendly events or you want to experience a bit of local flavor, there is never a shortage of great stops and sights along the way. Some of the best of Largo includes:

    •    Unique eateries such as Bruce's Chicago Grill & Dog House or Carmelita's Mexican Restaurant
    •    Experiences of a lifetime with local inshore and nearshore fishing charters
    •    Enjoyment for local history buffs and art-lovers alike with Heritage Village or the Central Performing Arts Center
    •    Incredible outdoor adventures to be found at John R. Bonner Nature Park, Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, and the Largo Central Railroad

Whether you are searching for something to do as a day excursion or you want to get out to enjoy some local nightlife, there is indeed an experience for everyone in and around the Largo, FL area.

Fires That Have Impacted Largo, FL Throughout the Years
With all of the splendor that Largo brings, it is not exempt from tragic fires, with some that have staked their claim in history. Luckily, local first responders and the Largo Fire Rescue team work diligently to ensure local community members' safety and care with rapid response and tireless efforts.

    •    Nursing Home Fire – March 1953

During this tragic event, 33 lives were lost to include one nurse who worked tirelessly to save at least one resident. When a wind-driven fire reached the one-story nursing facility, it turned into the worst disaster that Pinellas County has experienced to date. Once the fire began around 3 am, it quickly raged and levied the heft of its destruction in about 15 minutes.

    •    Turkey Smoker Housefire – November 2017

Kitchen and cooking fires are common. However, more people are now using deep fryers and smokers for cooking their holiday turkey on Thanksgiving. In particular, one fire took place after an ember coming from a smoker ignited a home, resulting in an immense loss.

    •    Abandoned Building Fire – January 2020

This two-alarm fire broke out in the middle of the night in a building abandoned for approximately a year. The blaze began in the attic before spreading into the roof. Due to the wind, first responders on the team found it difficult to put out the fire. Luckily, no injuries were reported.

    •    Wildfires – Yearly

Unfortunately, due to the climate and landscape in the area, Florida is known for having the second-highest in wildfire occurrences across the United States. Throughout Largo, FL, and Pinellas County, the risk increases whenever the weather conditions are dry and the temperatures rise. Local first responders warn residents of the dangers when wind shifts and wildfires change course toward residential properties. In addition to the threat of structure fires, homes in the region may be susceptible to smoke damage.

Regardless of the cause of a fire, whether it is residential or commercial, prompt action and skilled fire cleanup ensure the best results. Because Largo is a close-knit community, there is always a focus on rebuilding in a time of need, including fire emergencies on any scale. The team at SERVPRO of Largo is available for all of your fire damage and restoration needs. We work with our local community to ensure rapid results while using our proven methods and industrial-grade equipment. Once you call us for help, we send a team out quickly to begin our restoration efforts. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Can I Do After a Fire in My Largo Home to Start the Cleanup Process?
Any fire, big or small, consumes building materials and all contents in its wake. For professional results after a fire in your Largo home, it is better to seek help from skilled technicians rather than take the DIY route. At SERVPRO, we feature IICRC-certified technicians ready to handle the cleanup, including debris, soot, and lingering moisture or odors. All you have to do is give us a call, and we can be there within hours to begin.

Will Cleanup Include Odor Neutralization?
Whenever you enlist our team's help for fire cleanup in Largo, you get our undivided attention. We are here to address all different malodorous elements leading to lingering foul odors after a fire. Not only do we handle all debris and removal of unsalvageable contents, but we are ready to take care of:

•    Light, ashy soot that comes from burning wood or paper
•    Dark, sticky soot from smoldering fires including electrical wiring, fibers, and plastics
•    Protein-based soot that develops from burning grease, oils, and food items

We work hard at SERVPRO of Largo to ensure you get the results you deserve when you require fire cleanup assistance. Call us at (727) 586-0060 to have a crew deployed to your property to get started on emergency cleanup efforts.

What Do Largo Residents Need to Know Evacuating in a Storm?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Largo Residents May Need to Evacuate When Storms Hit – Prepare Ahead of Time for the Possibility

This year across the United States, storms have been on the rise. It seems they have hit more often and harder. Coastal and non-coastal cities have been impacted as high winds drive torrential rains inward. This is the perfect setting for flash flooding in Largo and the need to evacuate.

What Should I Take with Me?

SERVPRO is here should you need flood damage removal in Largo. But before that is even considered getting your family to safety is priority. If your residence is in the path of a situation where evacuation is called for knowing ahead of time what to do can be a lifesaver. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding having to-go bags ready is a smart idea. Consider one for each member of the family. Include items such as:

  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottles
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Snacks/granola bars
  • Medications
  • First aid kit
  • Toy for kids

Another concern is essential paperwork getting ruined or forgotten when a flood occurs. Keep important documents in a file that is both water and fireproof. This makes it easier to grab if you have to leave. Consider making copies and storing the originals in a safe deposit box. Documents to take with you include:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Deeds
  • Proof of insurance
  • Social security cards
  • Medical records
  • Prescription information
  • Personal contact list

If your home has experienced flooding, SERVPRO’s professional technicians are experts at flood water mitigation. They are certified in dealing with contaminated water and the steps needed to mitigate flood damage.

Contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for expert flood damage removal service. We are licensed and bonded – Contractor Licenses: General: CBC1250662 & Mold Remediation: MRSR1163. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why does SERVPRO Use Activated Carbon Filters during Mold Remediation in Largo?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

mold damaged home For help with mold in your house, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

Largo Homeowners Need State of the Art Mold Remediation

Any Largo homeowner who deals with fungal growth knows how frustrating it can be. That is why if you call a professional to help, you want to know they will use the best equipment and techniques.

If you need mold remediation in your Largo home, call SERVPRO. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we train our technicians in the latest industry-standard practices to ensure you get the best results.

What is an activated carbon filter?
Carbon is used in mold remediation in Largo because it has absorbent properties, which means contaminant particles have a chemical reaction to the carbon, which causes them to stick to it. Activated carbon is carbon that is treated to be much more porous. The added pores increase the overall surface area of the carbon so it can trap many more particles.

How can activated carbon help in mold remediation?
Activated carbon can trap many kinds of particles, including:
    •    Dust and dander
    •    Lint and pet hair
    •    Smoke, chemicals, and mold

If mold spores are stuck in a carbon filter, they cannot re-enter the air in your home. If the spores cannot get back into the air, then they cannot find new places in your home to start new mold colonies.

How does SERVPRO use activated carbon filters?
One of our essential pieces of kit during remediation is an air scrubber. An air scrubber is a filtration system that uses HEPA filtration to trap microscopic particles, such as mold, and prevent them from escaping. Air scrubbers often have more than one filter, including an activated carbon filter.
Using activated carbon makes HEPA filters more effective because:
    •    The carbon filter traps larger particles such as dust
    •    Fewer particles make it as far as the HEPA filter
    •    The filter will work for longer.

What else does activated carbon do?
Activated carbon is an excellent deodorizer. This is good news during mold remediation as the fungus has a distinctive and unpleasant odor. Our customers frequently tell us that the moldy smell is one of the worst parts of discovering fungus in their homes. We can use activated carbon alongside odor-eating pellets, spot treatments, and fogging to make sure your home smells better.

For help with mold in your house, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

How Many Companies Should a Homeowner in Largo Call after Flood Damage?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with couch and coffee table Flood damage can quickly affect your home. Contact our expert technicians for water removal services.

Largo Homeowners are Concerned about Coordinating Flood Damage Cleanup Efforts

Dealing with a home disaster in Largo can be overwhelming. It is a shock when tragedy befalls your home, and you might find yourself feeling unsure of who to call first. Unfortunately, inaction can lead to worse damage, so it is good to know who to call.

If you are the victim of flood damage in your Largo home, you might wonder what to do and how many companies you will need to call. You find yourself wondering:

  • Who will clean up the water?
  • What if the walls or ceiling are damaged and unsafe?
  • What about the soft furnishings – will you need to send them out for specialist cleaning?
  • What happens if a room needs redecorating?

At first, it can seem like you will need a never-ending stream of professionals. You might need a remediation company to pump away the water, a plumber or electrician to fix relevant problems, a builder to replace a sagging ceiling, and a decorator to re-decorate a damaged room.

Thankfully, you can put all of those worries down and call SERVPRO of Largo instead.

What happens when you call SERVPRO?

We will arrange for a callback within the hour, and one of our remediation experts will visit your home within four hours. Timing is crucial when dealing with Largo flood damage. Call us as soon as you can – we are available 24 hours. Delaying puts your home and belongings at risk of:

  • Further damage to personal belongings and soft furnishings
  • An increased chance of fungal growth
  • Deteriorating safety levels if there is damage to your home's structure

What can SERVPRO help with?

We train our technicians to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration and Certification standards. That means they are experts in all areas of flood damage remediation and can take care of the project from start to finish.

We begin by assessing your home's damage and explaining what we can salvage, what we cannot, and what the cleaning process will look like. Our first step is to make the worksite safe. If necessary, we board up doors and windows, cover roofs with a tarp, and ensure there is a secure electricity supply for our equipment. We provide our teams with heavy-duty aprons, gloves, and respiratory equipment to ensure their safety.

Then we use free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to vacuum water from your home. The more water we extract at the beginning, the easier it is to dry your house and contents. We can also measure moisture in the air and building materials to give a clearer picture of the damage's extent.

We employ air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home. If necessary, we can also bring in portable heaters. Our SERVPRO teams are experts in the science of drying and know how best to place the equipment. We monitor drying to ensure we get the results we are looking for.

What about cleaning?

We understand that homeowners are worried about cleaning drapes, carpets, textiles, and upholstery after flood damage. Whether we can salvage these items depends on the extent of the damage and whether there are contaminants in the water.

We try to restore items rather than replace them, so you can rest assured that if we can salvage something by cleaning, we will. Some items can be cleaned in place, using hot water extraction or spot cleaning. In some cases, we will send items to our specialist cleaning facility. You do not need to take your items to a dry-cleaner or call in a cleaning company – we will clean for you.

What happens if a project needs specialist expertise?

Flood damage can cause extensive damage to a home. Our technicians can help with:

  • Fixing sagging ceilings or water-logged drywall
  • Replacing damaged doors and windows
  • Restoring or removing damaged electrical items
  • Replacing carpets and repainting and re-papering walls
  • Fixing plumbing and electrical problems

If your home needs specialist repairs that our team cannot carry out, we will bring in contractors and ensure they work to our high standards. That saves you the headache of calling in multiple contractors.

What about the insurance adjuster?

Our team can also liaise with your insurance adjuster for you. We can give them a clear picture of the damage and our remediation suggestions. Our focus on repair rather than replacement reduces the cost of remediation and makes it easier to start an insurance claim.

Whether a disaster is big or small, you can rely on us to take care of everything and leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

For help with flood damage, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.