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Should Largo Homeowners Consider Tankless Water Heaters to Avoid Water Damage?

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician testing the moisture content of a wall Water damage can happen very quickly and often without any warning. Contact SERVPRO right away after damage for the best results.

SERVPRO Techs Handle Large Scale Water Cleanup Jobs in Largo Properties

A water heater in a Largo property lasts for eight to twelve years in service on average. Most tanks fail in two ways; the first is through a slow leak. The second way is a sudden failure of the containment resulting in tens of gallons of water suddenly getting dumped within the home. Even if the water gets shut off at the main, the water spreads throughout the area once the tank opens. SERVPRO technicians use specific devices depending on the surface getting scoped to determine the migration path of the water.

Why is the Migration Path Important During Water Cleanup?

Something as small as tracking water damage within a Largo structure can significantly impact the water damage mitigation service outcome. If moisture gets left behind, it can cause issues from softened sheetrock from wicking to creating a perfect environment that invites mold growth. SERVPRO technicians bring multiple types of equipment to water restoration services to locate the accurate scale of the water removal needed, such as:

  • Moisture sensors
  • Moisture meters
  • Thermo hygrometers
  • Infrared cameras

Common Areas Water Damage Collects After a Water Tank Failure

The average size water heater is around thirty gallons. Many homes have larger sizes to accommodate multiple residents and extended showers. When that amount of water leaves the tank, it typically spreads and runs down, creating issues such as:

  • Water damage to floor joists or the subfloor
  • Foundation harm
  • Ruining the adhesion of glue-down tile and carpet

Can Homeowners Avoid Water Damage With Tankless Water Heaters?

The perks of a tankless water heater for a homeowner are many. These appliances do not require a tank to hold and heat water which lessens the chances of a large amount of water getting discharged within the property. Additionally, there's no waiting for the water to heat up for use, and it arrives hot out of the tap. Best of all, these appliances are energy-savers and use up to 50% less energy to provide hot water to the home than traditional tank heaters.

SERVPRO Techs Have Comprehensive Training in Water Removal

The ongoing education and many IICRC certifications SERVPRO techs hold can directly affect the damage from a water heater failure. The team may need to call upon their training as Applied Structural Drying Technicians, Floor Care Tech, Carpet Repair, Reinstallation, and Water Damage Restoration Tech credentials.

At the root level, the science shows the less time the water remains within the structure, the less harm it can do. SERVPRO technicians find and perform water removal using a diverse array of equipment depending on the amount of water that requires extraction.

Special Areas of Consideration During Water Mitigation

The flooring tends to take a beating after a water heater incident. Our SERVPRO techs work quickly to extract the moisture to stop the deterioration of carpet, area rugs, and hardwood floorboards. There can be wet printed materials such as newspapers and magazines bleeding ink onto damp surfaces. In many cases, the techs can remove the staining through various methods using their cleaning agents. Laminate flooring often does not fare well after exposure to this amount of water damage. The materials in the boards' core react badly to excessive moisture and get ruined rapidly.

Calling SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 when local Largo property owners need water removal in their homes is the right choice. The technicians stand ready 24/7 with their professional equipment to make the damage, "Like it never even happened."

Largo Fire Damage Cleanup: What Areas of the Home Need it Most Often?

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician packing up contents from a fire damaged home Don't deal with fire damage on your own. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services right after the firefighters leave for the best results.

SERVPRO Can Handle Top to Bottom Fire Restoration in Largo Properties

Typically, the most common area of a Largo home likely to need fire damage mitigation is the kitchen. A resident in a house doing the simple act of making a meal on the stove can cause massive amounts of damage by leaving a hot pan with grease in it unattended. Another issue is putting a frozen piece of meat or another frozen item into a hot pan with oil. The result is the same for both scenarios: a fire occurs in the kitchen. Water used on the fire can compound the situation further. When water encounters hot oil, it vaporizes immediately and brings the flames upward with it. This situation allows a small pan on fire to destroy an entire kitchen quickly. Other issues that cause fire damage in Largo properties within a home include:

  • HVAC malfunctions
  • Lit cigarettes left unattended in bedrooms
  • Overloaded fuses or faulty wiring
  • Candles too close to flammable objects
  • Fires caused by lightning strikes

SERVPRO Uses Professional Cleaners for Fire and Smoke Damage Removal

Unfortunately, there is no single magic secret formula for smoke and fire damage cleanup in Largo. SERVPRO technicians rely on various factors when choosing the right cleaning agent for the job. The techs undergo extensive training to obtain FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians certification. They use an organized method to drill down to the best approach for cleaning. This process involves:

  • Visual inspection to determine residue type
  • Identifying surfaces and building materials
  • Mixing solutions with solvents as needed

Why is the Smoke Damage Type So Important?

Determining the residue type on a surface impacts the technicians' cleaning application against the smoke damage. For example, high heat fires leave lightweight soot around the job site area. SERVPRO technicians know the proper way to clean up this issue by using dry cleaning sponges to lift off the soot gently. Adding a liquid solution to this smoke can damage a porous surface by driving the particles deeper into the article instead of removing it. Furthermore, the other common fire damage residue that SERVPRO team members handle is wet smoke. This kind usually needs extra effort because it tends to be greasy and stick to surfaces. The techs choose or mix their own liquid solutions with solvents based on the surface type getting wiped down. Part of selecting a method for cleaning involves the color fastness and durability of the surface to handle the cleaning method used for a successful outcome to the restoration.

Fabrics, Textiles, and Carpet with Fire Damage

A carpeted home that experiences fire damage is not necessarily looking at removing the carpet. If there is no heat damage, fire restoration services may clean it for reuse by utilizing vacuums with HEPA filtration, steam cleaning with proprietary agents, and odor control methods. Washable fabrics and textiles can undergo restorative cleaning with the Esporta Washing System. The powerful piece of equipment removes soot and odors, saving property owners the cost and stress of replacing them.

SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 offers professional fire damage restoration services to the Largo area. Their fire cleanup team is available 24/7.

What is the Difference Between Largo Mold Damage Remediation and Removal?

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician cleaning an air filter affected by mold damage Discovering mold in your home can be a difficult situation to deal with. Contact SERVPRO for an investigation and remediation services.

SERVPRO Handles Mold Remediation Safely in Largo Properties

The terms mold remediation and removal get used almost interchangeably, but they mean different things. Remediation refers to removing building materials and articles that have no restoration potential. The term mold removal is not accurate regarding the mitigation in a Largo home. Mold spores are naturally occurring in most environments, except for spaces where the air and surfaces received a hospital-sterile level of cleaning.

SERVPRO technicians have several applications to handle mold damage remediation in Largo. First and foremost, while the technicians define the scale and scope of the infestation, they also root out the cause creating the ideal environment to sustain mold colonies. Reasons for a mold damage situation vary from:

  • Mold spores float harmlessly both inside and outside structures
  • When the climate is warm and humid, the likelihood of spores germinating and growing increases
  • Although mold can exist in temperatures ranging from just over the freezing mark to 120 degrees F, it prefers a range from the seventies to the nineties.

How Does Mold Damage Look on Flooring?

It is impossible to look at the flooring and know if mold colonies exist beneath. However, there are tell-tale signs that the need for mold mitigation exists:

  • A musty odor in the room that never dissipates
  • Pushed up nails in floorboards
  • Visible mold growth on boards or carpet
  • An area of carpet that feels damp consistently

Common Reasons for Mold Within a Home

Mold damage behind a wall is not unusual and commonly results from a leak the homeowner was previously unaware existed. Another frequently seen issue SERVPRO technicians deal with regularly is improperly installed or the lack of a vapor barrier between the interior and exterior walls.

How Much is Too Much Damage From Mold?

When sheetrock-constructed walls have mold colony growth, this type of mold damage is too severe to clean and reuse the building materials, requiring disposal. While fiberglass insulation can often get washed and dried for reuse after a water damage incident, the presence of mold changes the outcome. SERVPRO technicians have vacuum attachments specifically designed to collect insulation from within walls.

When the mold damage affects areas of the property, such as closets where clothing items are present, the Esporta System can clean and sanitize washable fabric items in a single cycle. While SERVPRO technicians have access to powerful steam cleaning equipment, upholstery with mold damage rarely has the potential for use due to the probability of mold spore penetration and existence within the piece of furniture.

Special Considerations for Homes With HVAC Systems After Mold Damage

When SERVPRO technicians handle mold remediation services, they carefully section off the worksite to limit the number of spores traveling to another area. The techs can also inspect the ductwork in the home to see if it needs cleaning due to the mold infestation.

Mold Damage Treatments

After removing the mold-damaged articles, SERVPRO’s AMRT applied microbial remediation techs to verify the issue causing the infestation. By following the IICRC guidelines S520, our team can address and work to apply lasting mold mitigation treatments to inhibit the return of the problem. These applications range from antimicrobial cleaners to sealants.

SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 brings decades of experience and professional equipment to handle any size mold damage remediation safely within Largo residential properties.

How a Small Leak Anywhere in a Gift Shop can Create Extensive Commercial Water Damage in Largo

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

lady shopping at gift shop Your gift shop needs to be open so that customers continue to purchase items to take back home with them. Call SERVPRO after a water damage event.

Our SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Determine the Source of the Water Damage

Florida has many wonderful and spectacular sites to see, and this often includes small and large gift shops. Window shopping and browsing are a part of many vacations to our great state. Out-of-state tourists, and some locals, too, love the various surprises often found inside area gift shops. 

Largo is home to many gift shops, but one emergency that can close doors and ruin businesses is commercial water damage. One route to this disaster is a leak, but this can happen in many ways. Some of these can go unnoticed for weeks or even months. Damage becomes increasingly more extensive the longer water and its existing effects are left alone. 

When SERVPRO technicians are called in to repair water damage, we look for all areas that have been affected. We often locate hidden damage that the business owner was unaware of. These areas need to be repaired so that damage stops. It is easy for water damage to spread, even after the water has been removed, because many materials react when exposed to water. 

Water can cause many building materials to swell up. Swollen materials do not always return to their original condition when the water is removed. They can remain swollen, but instead of having their pores full of water, they are now full of air. These pores hold moisture if the humidity level rises again and decreases the material's strength, but they also create tiny 'breaking points' where the material eventually crumbles apart. 

Flooring can also be damaged by water and elevated moisture levels. Debris is less likely to be swept up when vacuumed, leading to worn areas more quickly. Padding can end up being more heavily compressed prematurely. Stain marks from furniture legs can also develop over time when humid conditions are present. These marks are often brought on by saturation, but this is not the only way they can happen. 

When exposed to moisture, wood frames around doors and windows can swell, leading to problems when opening or closing them. Water stains on ceilings and walls are another issue often related to water damage. 

Because these problems can all exist in one small area, SERVPRO of Largo has experts in these types of situations and more. Calling us at (727) 586-0060 is the first step in discovering all existing damage. Then we can begin repairing and restoring your building so that both current losses are eliminated, and future damage is effectively prevented.

Understanding the Fire Damage to Your Largo Home

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

smoldering fire, smoke rising; fire damaged area Don't deal with fire damage on your own. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services right after the fire fighters leave for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians are Fully Certified in Remediating Fire Damage

Fire damage is a devastating event for any homeowner. However, understanding the effects of fire, smoke and heat can help you prepare better for the restoration process. 

After the professionals arrive at your Largo home after a fire damage incidence, they assess the damage due to smoke and the heat. It is essential to understand the difference between the damage caused by the actual burning of the contents and the smoke residue. SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to tackle the damage depending on the source of that damage. 

Damage Caused Due to Combustion 

Combustion is burning or material due to excessive heat. Technically, this ignition is the same as burning. The three components required for burning are fuel (the component that burns), oxygen, and heat. If these three components are in perfect balance, all the fuel is burnt, and no residue remains. Unfortunately, these components are not always in equilibrium during a house fire. In such a situation, the energy burns inefficiently, leaving a ton of residue in the form of charred surface and smoke. SERVPRO professionals use some of the best equipment and techniques to remove this type of damage. 

If the extent of combustion is extensive, there is a lot of structural damage, and the ability to restore a property takes a hit. 

Damage Caused by Smoke 

Smoke is generated by inefficient combustion, a hallmark of a house fire. It contains suspended particles, gasses, and aerosols. Gasses such as oxides of nitrogen and sulfur are also quite common in smoke. 

The particles in the smoke can be as small as 0.1 to 4 microns and can penetrate surfaces easily. Once the smoke particles settle on surfaces, it is often called soot. Once deposited on the exterior areas, the soot causes discoloration and blackening, which is typical of a fire. 

The soot particles often react with the moisture present in the air and generate acidic residues that are incredibly harmful to the surfaces. It often causes discoloration and corrosion of the exterior areas if not promptly removed. 

Seeking professional help as soon as possible is the best option to limit the damage caused by a fire. Call SERVPRO of Largo today at (727) 586-0060 to schedule an appointment.

Finding Water Restoration Services in Largo is Simple

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

leaking drainpipe under sink A leak under the sink often impacts flooring. SERVPRO arrives equipped to tackle water damage of any scope.

SERVPRO Specialized in Water Damage Remediation in Largo Homes

A leaky kitchen sink can cause significant water damage in a Largo home, even when the homeowner acts quickly. Cabinets and flooring can suffer, and any remaining water deposits can begin to erode walls and create a suitable environment for mold to spread rapidly. If your kitchen features organic materials, their porosity can pose a more significant challenge, so calling a water restoration technician shortly after the incident can prevent costly problems later.

For water restoration in Largo and to mitigate your loss, call SERVPRO as soon as you can. The first 48 hours following a pipe leak are crucial, as primary and secondary damage can escalate quickly. As a general rule, you should seek the help of a professional team if your carpets or upholstery are soaked or if the drywall has absorbed any moisture. Pooled water or water running into a wall cavity is also a cause for concern and requires a thorough inspection to kick off the water extraction process.

When there is a water incident in a kitchen, our SERVPRO staff typically encounters issues with flooring. Delamination, buckling, and swelling can happen quickly, leaving you needing a total floor replacement. To mitigate the negative impact, our team arrives with equipment such as the following to help us with water removal and stop potential damage:

  • Floor mats to suction off excess water, particularly in hardwood and other natural materials
  • Dehumidifiers and air circulators remove excess moisture in the air, which not only preserves your surfaces but helps control mold growth
  • Wand extractors to reach within cabinets and beyond baseboards

However, water damage happened in your Largo home; SERVPRO of Largo is here to help. Call our expert team at (727) 586-0060 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Establishing a Drying Goal for Flooded Largo Warehouses

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Flood-Damaged Largo Commercial Properties Need Set Timelines for Restoration

From the first notice of loss, our large loss recovery team works fast to get our Green Fleet in motion to help flood-damaged businesses throughout the Greater Largo area. Manufacturing warehouses are a common sight, especially in the industrial areas near the ports, so having experienced professionals to respond to flood losses ensures that we can protect these facilities from irreparable harm to:

  • Wares
  • Inventory
  • Equipment
  • Furniture
  • Structural Elements

Drying goals after flood damage to Largo warehouses and production facilities are vital. Property management has to generate loss figures based on projected downtime, and professional restorers work to provide realistic timelines and drying goals that are efficient yet attainable. A careful inspection of the property and scoping loss to contents, equipment, and the structure allows us to determine the total restoration time and estimate costs.

Placement of Drying Equipment

Careful considerations are made to the ideal placement of drying tools and equipment. Units like air movers can only impact a specific surface region of flood damaged building materials. Calculating the frequency and placement of centrifugal air movers balances how rapidly evaporation can happen so that the trailered desiccant dehumidifier can keep up.

Monitoring and Documenting Results

It is critical to regularly interface with the customer and related insurance adjusters to discuss restoration progress and drying goals. SERVPRO DryBook is proprietary software that helps to quickly document and catalog damage and restoration processes for this purpose. Data gathered by moisture monitoring equipment in our inventory become vital elements in the projected restoration timeline and progress documented on DryBook.

Flooding can be a rapidly forming and destructive event for your business, especially those with such open floor plans as warehouses and manufacturing facilities. Mitigating flood losses protects the building's equipment, wares, and products. Our SERVPRO of Largo is a trusted team to help with even significant loss events – call today at (727) 586-0060. 

Stored Items Can Easily Ignite and Leave You with Fire Damage in Your Largo Residence

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

smoke coming from window and roof of home SERVPRO works hard to restore your home after a fire, "Like it never even happened."

Fast and Efficient Fire Damage Restoration Services

Preparing for a hurricane often creates a rush to place everything in safer locations throughout your Largo home. Fire is not something that many see as a risk during such a time.

Because Largo residents store a medley of items together, fire damage can easily happen and then spread quickly. If your home is unattended when a fire ignites within your stored belongings, the damage can become extensive. Even wet contents can burn if exposed to high enough heat. The steam produced can then cause other damage within your home and affect undisturbed belongings elsewhere in your residence.

If you are present and able to catch fires in their initial stages, damage levels often remain low. However, hidden problems can still exist, and experienced professionals can help locate these areas, which is why no job is too small for us to mitigate. Every job is important because the damage, including minor smoke and fire damage, only worsens without restoration.

Our technicians hold certifications from the IICRC in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT), preparing them for any fire-related disaster that homeowners might find inside their residence. Vast buildings or tiny apartments can pose safety hazards, both large and small, but our employees easily handle all of these.

Discussing the individual situation with you means no further surprises can create additional stress for you and your family. We examine and assess the damage to your home and then explain the processes needed to restore your home completely. Our goal- to make your home "Like it never even happened," is made easier when we have your assistance. Partnering with you from the start of the restoration process also alleviates your concerns regarding timing and the financial costs involved.

SERVPRO of Largo's skilled and experienced professionals know you want your home restored as quickly as possible and can work with you during the entire process. Call our local number, (727) 586-0060, to contact us. Fire damage may seem insurmountable, but we assure you that we can mitigate and restore your family to return home again.

How Do Professionals Remove Water from Your Largo Property After Flooding?

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

pooling water on kitchen floor Water damage can happen very quickly and often without any warning. Contact SERVPRO right away after damage for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

Water removal is one of the most crucial steps in successful restoration after a flooding incident. Both standing water and residual moisture need to be removed quickly and efficiently. Professionals have a host of equipment to accomplish this job. 

When SERVPRO professionals arrive for water removal on your Largo property, they bring some of the best equipment. Here are some of the equipment you should expect to see during the restoration process. 

Extractor 

This equipment is used to pump out the stagnant water from your property. Our team utilizes hand-held or truck-mounted depending on the amount of water to be removed. Extractors are one of the first equipment to arrive on site. 

Dehumidifier 

Once the extractors remove the standing water from the property, the next challenge that SERVPRO technicians square off against is the residual moisture. Dehumidifiers are the equipment that gets this job done. They extract water vapor from the air speeding up the drying process. 

SERVPRO technicians use two types of dehumidifying equipment- Refrigerant and Desiccant Dehumidifiers. While the refrigerant dehumidifiers work on the same principle as an air conditioner unit, the desiccant one uses special chemicals that absorb moisture from the air. 

Air Mover 

Dehumidifiers alone can not eliminate the residual moisture. Our team uses air movers to circulate and replace wet air with drier air. Strategic placement of dehumidifiers and air movers ensures a complete and rapid drying process. 

If the residual moisture is not eliminated promptly, it can lead to secondary issues, including mold growth. Seek professional help to remove water as soon as possible after a flooding incident. Both the standing water and residual moisture removal are crucial for a successful restoration process. 

You can trust SERVPRO of Largo during the time of your need. Call us at (727) 586-0060 today for a free consultation. Remember, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster! 

Using Applied Structural Drying to Fix Storm Damage in Largo Attics

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Inside view of attic Don't let the water damage in your attic become moldy. Call SERVPRO for quick remediation.

The Four Phases of Applied Structural Drying

Some of the most common forms of storm damage occur in and around the roof. Strong winds, torrential rain, and falling debris (from trees and other sources) are all significant risks, and they can knock tiles and slates clean off. When this happens, space opens up for water to enter the building and compromise roofing materials. 

At SERVPRO, we handle this kind of storm damage in Largo homes all the time. It can be a little trickier to repair than water damage in other parts of the house, as most attics are awkward in shape. Some are difficult to move in and out of, with the only access point typically being a set of stair ladders.

Nevertheless, SERVPRO uses Applied Structural Drying to significant effect when remediating storm damaged attics. 

Stage One: Evaporation by Airflow 

Technically, the first stage of ASD is extraction, but it is unusual for enough water to accumulate in an attic to require motorized pumping. Typically, the SERVPRO technicians move straight in with air movers and ventilation box fans. They are placed around the space and direct clean, dry air into the attic. 

Stage Two: Removing Wet Materials 

If substantial amounts of water have entered the attic through a hole in the roof, there is a possibility that the insulation is wet. Our technicians remove affected sections and decide whether to dry or replace them. Fiberglass insulation responds well to drying. Typically, it is suitable for removal and treatment in a humidity-controlled room. 

Stage Three: Evaporation by Dehumidification 

The next stage of ASD is dehumidification. Even small attics can be dried out in this way because we have access to all kinds of different drying tools. A more significant number of compact dehumidifiers in tight spaces are the best option. They pull in moisture-heavy air and direct it over special chemicals. They capture the water and send the air back out clean and dry. 

Stage Four: Temperature Control 

The Applied Structural Drying stage is a consistent process throughout. The remediation team has to maintain optimal conditions to ensure the success of the drying process. Dry the area too fast, and there’s a risk of secondary water damage, so we control dehumidification by manipulating relative humidity. 

At SERVPRO of Largo, we help homeowners in the local area carry out fast, effective storm repairs. If heavy wind or rain has damaged your roof, get in touch with the team and arrange a consultation. Call us 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.