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Water Damage Repair Protect Your Largo Home

7/7/2024 (Permalink)

a broken pipe leaking water Water damage is difficult to deal with if you don't know what you're doing. Contact SERVPRO for experienced technicians who can get the job done.

SERVPRO Scales Water Damage Cleanup

From a few inconspicuous drips under a sink's drain pipe to a leaky roofing section in your Largo home's back game room, water damage issues can escalate rapidly. The moment your floor feels soggy, it's a clear sign that immediate action is crucial. Don't wait for the problem to worsen. Contact SERVPRO®, the water damage repair team your home needs, now. 

Homes in Largo needing water damage repair might require work on other areas besides the flooring. Walls and ceilings are also known to easily succumb to the effects of direct water contact and high humidity levels. Our repairs also address other situations, such as mold and mildew, warped floorboards, windows and doors that 'stick' or refuse to shut completely, and malodors.

These and the uncomfortable mugginess that typically comes with a dripping or leaking water line create the need for: 

  • Microbial infestation removal, 
  • Flooring repairs, and 
  • Fine-tuning window frames and more. 

Blasting with dry ice pellets is one mold-control option. Other times, seeping water destroys drywall on the interior cavity side. We handle such things by removing affected sections, treating the area, and repairing it with new drywall and paint.

Water can destroy any floor - wood, carpet, tile, even concrete. At SERVPRO, we treat each one differently, following the highest industry standards set by IICRC. Often, floating a carpet saves the padding. Sanding before applying a fresh finish can repair a wood floor. Tile and linoleum frequently require more intense repair work, but we're ready for that. We can even make concrete floors in a garage look "Like it never even happened." 

Components that swell from moisture might not fully close. SERVPRO takes this seriously and can perform the needed repairs quickly so windows and doors latch correctly. Locks in faulty condition cannot provide the security you expect. 

Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for the repair techs you need for your water-damaged home.

Different Water Removal Methods for a Largo Business

5/5/2024 (Permalink)

puddles of water on tile floor If you need water removed from your business, contact SERVPRO immediately. Our technicians are ready 24/7 to provide remediation services.

Suitability of the Method You Choose to Resolve Water Damage

Apart from being the third largest city in Pinellas County, Largo is vibrant and interesting when you consider its offerings such as Heritage Village, which exhibits how life was in the 19th century, Largo Cultural Center, and Largo Central Park, where walking trails, picnic areas, and playgrounds provide great opportunities for family interaction. Accommodation in the big city of 82,485 is readily available in local facilities such as Hampton Inn & Suites Largo, Palm Hill Country Club, and Kings Manor Estates. One way to interact closely with people is through popular annual events such as the Fourth Friday Food Truck Rally, Holiday Stroll in Largo Central Park, and Largo's Arbor Day Celebration.

Many reasons can lead to water accumulation at your premises. The next step is water removal, so your Largo business can continue operating normally. If you choose an appropriate method, you can complete the process faster and more thoroughly, which is critical in limiting closure. SERVPRO® helps business managers explore all possible solutions, thus picking something best suited for the situation and the business setup.

Typical water removal solutions

One of the main concerns after water intrusion is the amount released into your premises. For small and medium amounts, it is possible to mop it out and continue with your operations. Mopping effectiveness depends on many factors, including the number of people working and the absorbency rate of the mops used. When mopping out water, our SERVPRO technicians use those made of microfiber since they hold water several times their weight.

The other concern is how vastly the water spreads after leaking. Apart from what you see in open floor areas, some water may seep into wall cavities and subfloors or be absorbed by the porous carpets, drapery, and upholstery within your premises. Mopping is not ideal for such a situation, but vacuum extraction and dehumidification are perfect solutions that SERVPRO can help you exploit. If the water affects books or paperwork, freeze-drying can help you safeguard the information they contain.

Tools for advanced water removal

  • Cavity drying equipment
  • Drying mats
  • Desiccant and LGR dehumidifiers

With the assistance of SERVPRO of Largo, you can explore all possible water removal solutions. Call (727) 586-0060. 

Essential Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Largo, FL

5/2/2024 (Permalink)

servpro hurricane prep poster palm trees SERVPRO is Faster to any size disaster™. Team Greenway is standing by to assist with post-hurricane or severe storm damage in Largo.

Staying Safe This Storm Season with Our Handy Guide

Hurricanes and tropical storms are significant threats in Largo, Florida, especially during the hurricane season that starts on June 1st. Being prepared can drastically reduce the damage to your home and ensure your family's safety. SERVPRO® aims to keep residents safe with our essential guide to help you before, during, and after a storm.

Before the Storm Hits Largo

Secure Your Environment:

  • Check and secure outdoor furniture and structures that high winds can throw around.
  • Install storm shutters to protect windows from debris.
  • Designate a reliable person to check on your property if you're away.

Stock Up on Supplies:

  • Gather essential hurricane supplies such as water, non-perishable food items, flashlights/batteries, and a stocked first aid kit.
  • Ensure you have ways to receive storm updates, like a battery-powered radio.

Stay Informed:

  • Keep an eye on local weather reports and updates through community watch boards and relevant apps. Follow the EPA.
  • Understand the different storm elements like rain bands and storm surges, and know the categories of wind speeds.

During the Storm

Stay Inside and Safe:

  • Remain indoors and away from windows.
  • If evacuation is advised, follow the routes and guidelines provided by local authorities.

After the Storm

Assess and Report:

  • Check for any structural damage. Photograph damages for insurance claims.
  • Report downed power lines or gas leaks to the utilities immediately.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Largo for rapid response and restoration services.

Recovery Services:

  • Our IICRC-certified SERVPRO Team Greenway is ready to help 24/7.
  • Call us at (727) 586-0060 to sign up for our Storm Emergency List.
  • From water damage mitigation to rebuilding, we ensure your property returns to preloss conditions.

Important Contacts and Services:

  • Always dial 911 in emergencies.
  • For non-emergency help, including pet transport and utility issues, keep a list of local Pinellas County contacts.

To strengthen your hurricane readiness, consider creating a detailed evacuation plan that includes safe routes and potential shelters. Also, maintaining an updated communication plan with family and friends during the storm can be lifesaving. Ensure that all family members know how to respond in case cellular networks go down.

In addition to preparing your physical property, consider backing up important documents and digital information. Store these in a secure, waterproof location or cloud storage to ensure access after the storm. Familiarize yourself with your insurance coverages and understand the claims process, as this will expedite your recovery efforts post-storm.

Remember, the key to effective hurricane preparedness is to plan accordingly and stay informed. By securing your home, stocking up on necessary supplies, and knowing what to do before, during, and after a storm, you can protect both your loved ones and your property. Let SERVPRO of Largo help you with any storm-related damages. We're Here to Help® 24/7 to support you in restoring peace and safety to your home.

SERVPRO® Remediation Follows Thorough Mold Assessment

3/5/2024 (Permalink)

microscope showing the parts of a mold spore Microscopic insight into mold spores. Assessment guides: SERVPRO of Largo acts with expert mold remediation.

As a Largo homeowner or business owner, finding mold on your property can be a stressful and concerning experience, but it is not uncommon for the humid Florida climate. Mold growth can cause structural damage and pose health risks to occupants. That's why it's essential to hire a licensed Florida mold assessor to assess the extent of the damage and recommend remediation services when the job is big enough to require it.

Although we do not conduct assessments ourselves, SERVPRO of Largo remediation experts (MRSR1163) can provide comprehensive cleanup, repairs, and preventive measures following a licensed Florida mold assessor's evaluation. Our remediation process adheres to strict safety protocols and employs specialized equipment to safeguard the property and reduce cross-contamination.

Here are some of the equipment and methods used during mold remediation:

  • HEPA Filtration

High-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters capture mold spores and other airborne particles that could cause contamination during cleanup. SERVPRO® professionals use HEPA filtration on vacuums and air filtration machines to ensure the air is clean and safe to breathe.

  • Antimicrobial Detergents

Antimicrobial detergents are used to clean surfaces and prevent mold and fungal growth. These detergents are safe for use on various surfaces, including wood, drywall, and concrete. We have proprietary products to protect building materials from irreparable harm when possible.

  • Containment Barriers

Containment barriers prevent mold spores from spreading to unaffected areas of the property. SERVPRO professionals use plastic sheeting and other materials to create containment barriers around the affected area. We also conduct comprehensive repairs as a licensed general contractor (CBC1250662.)

  • Proper PPE

During mold remediation, personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential to protect workers from exposure to mold spores and other contaminants. SERVPRO professionals wear the appropriate PPE, including gloves, goggles, and respirators, to ensure their safety during cleanup.

While a third-party assessor can help determine the steps necessary to remove mold, an experienced remediation team like SERVPRO of Largo finishes the job. Our professionals can follow behind a licensed Florida mold assessor to provide complete cleanup, repairs, and preventative measures. If you need mold remediation services, don't hesitate to contact us for help at (727) 586-0060.

Trust SERVPRO for Fire Damage Restoration in Clearwater

3/4/2024 (Permalink)

Fire and soot damage to the walls, ceiling, and  floor, of a home with the caption: FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER SERVPRO If you have fire damage in your Clearwater home, call SERVPRO. We'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

Fire Damage Repair in Clearwater is Efficient with Experts 

Fire damage is an issue that many homeowners face. According to house fire statistics from The Zebra, every year, about 358,300 home-based fires occur in the U.S.A. After a fire damages your home, it is vital to turn to experts to restore it. 

The main goal of fire restoration is to return a property to its preloss condition, ensuring it’s structurally sound, safe, and free from hazardous residues. SERVPRO® is ready to perform fire damage repairs in your Clearwater residence. Our restoration process involves the following steps:

  • Inspection
  • Content cleaning and repairs
  • Water damage repairs
  • Handling hazardous materials 
  • Deodorization


Our SERVPRO technicians can examine the affected areas in your home to determine the severity of the destruction. We can locate the affected areas using a dry-cleaning sponge so you can see how involved or large the loss is. We may also inspect the affected areas with a thermal camera or moisture meter since there may be wet materials. 

Handling water damage from fire extinguishing efforts

Fire restoration is the comprehensive process of cleaning and repairing properties after smoke, fire, and the subsequent water damage or chemical damage resulting from fire-fighting efforts. SERVPRO can handle water intrusion issues to mitigate secondary problems like structural deterioration and mold infestation. 

Properly handling safety risks and hazardous materials. 

Our professional restoration team can handle safety risks and hazardous materials properly. We can protect your property and its occupants and offer you peace of mind. Our technicians can work diligently to ensure that the restored building complies with every safety regulation. 

Odor removal 

Our SERVPRO restorers can use thermal foggers to vaporize petroleum-based or solvent-based deodorizers to eliminate smoke odors. The foggers generate a fog or smoke consisting of small particles that enable the deodorizer to interact effectively with smell-causing residues. Thermal fogs react chemically with odor-causing residues and eliminate the smells. 

Contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 to develop a customized fire restoration plan. Here to Help®.

24/7 Water Damage Restoration for Largo Homes

1/4/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew consulting with homeowners in their kitchen with the caption: "WE'RE HERE TO HELP" If you discover water damage in your Largo home, call SERVPRO. We'll make it “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO® Repairs Water-Damaged Cabinets and Drywall

Home cabinetry and the walls behind it can prove incredibly challenging to clean when plumbing leaks and other water-related disasters occur. Largo homeowners need fast-acting professional assistance to ensure that mold, crumbling drywall, and warped cabinetry do not become problems in their residences.

Largo properties benefit from SERVPRO water damage restoration strategies. A highly-trained team that knows the ins and outs of moisture mitigation for wood, drywall, and other essential structural materials can help save wood fixtures and walls from water-related disasters.

How Water Damage Hides Behind Cabinets and Walls

Water damage can go unnoticed for protracted periods, especially when plumbing leaks occur behind walls, under appliances, or near cabinetry that is flush with walls.

  • Under-sink cabinets are particularly vulnerable to water damage from sinks, dishwashers, and their related supply lines
  • Overhead cabinets can experience swelling, warping, and potential microbial growth from plumbing leaks, upstairs bathroom overflows, and other appliance failures
  • Pinhole leaks behind walls and ceilings can saturate drywall with gallons of water over days or weeks before homeowners notice moldy odors, stained walls, bubbling paint, or crumbling sheetrock

SERVPRO Salvages Structural Materials and Fixtures

After extracting moisture and drying it, SERVPRO teams can implement build-back and repair services, including remodeling where needed, to restore a kitchen to its pre-disaster state.

  • Demolition services can extract unsalvageable drywall and prepare walls for repairs and replacement
  • SERVPRO can also clean and dry wet fiberglass and rockwool insulation after water damage
  • Cabinets can often be dried, repaired, or refinished after water damage or replaced as needed when water damage occurs that renders them irreparable

SERVPRO build-back services are rendered per homeowners’ needs and insurance policies and can include other services like flooring, plumbing, and HVAC repair where they pertain to the disaster at hand.

Homeowners can call (727) 586-0060 for assistance from SERVPRO of Largo. The crew is ready to provide Faster to any size disaster™ service when you need it.  

Uncovering Hidden Growth with Mold Inspection in Largo Properties

11/5/2023 (Permalink)

mold growing on a white wall of a room Finding mold damage is never fun, and it's not easy to clean it up by yourself. Contact SERVPRO for certified technicians and professional equipment.

For Efficient Largo Mold Cleanup - Call SERVPRO®

Largo is a golfer's paradise, with various beautifully landscaped golf courses catering to players of all skill levels, including Largo Golf Course and East Bay Golf Club. The Central Park Performing Arts Center hosts diverse concerts and theatrical performances annually. Largo's dining scene is a testament to its diversity and innovation. You can find many options to tantalize your taste buds in places like Wepaa Puerto Rican Restaurant.

Mold can infiltrate properties unnoticed until it becomes a severe problem. Unless you engage mold inspection experts in Largo, it may have already penetrated your building's structure when you see visible signs. This is why early detection is crucial. A professional mold inspection can identify the presence of mold, even before it becomes visible, and prevent it from damaging components in your Largo property.

A reliable service provider should respond promptly. They must understand the urgency of addressing mold issues and aim to schedule an inspection as soon as possible. SERVPRO responds promptly to mold damage issues. Our crews have the knowledge and experience to identify mold problems accurately. We arrive with the necessary tools to conduct a comprehensive assessment. We can also recommend tailored solutions for addressing the specific mold issues in your property.

Steps involved in mold inspection

  • A visual inspection
  • Moisture detection
  • Sampling

Uncovering the Hidden Menace

The inspection entails a visual examination of the property. SERVPRO crews inspect all accessible areas, looking for visible mold growth on surfaces. Mold colonies often have a fuzzy or powdery texture. When you touch the affected area, it may feel slightly soft or crumbly. We pay close attention to common trouble spots such as bathrooms, basements, crawlspaces, and sections with a history of leaks.

Common indicators of mold growth

  • Musty odor
  • Peeling paint or wallpaper
  • Black, Green, or Brown Spots

To identify hidden sources of moisture, SERVPRO crews use specialized equipment, such as moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras. These tools can help pinpoint areas with elevated humidity or water intrusion.

SERVPRO of Largo conducts thorough mold inspection. Call us at (727) 586-0060. Faster to any size disaster™.

Steps for Successful Water Damage Restoration in Largo Homes

9/1/2023 (Permalink)

servpro vehicles parked at the warehouse SERVPRO's Green Fleet is always stocked and ready to mitigate storm damage in Largo. We are Faster to any size disaster.™

Types of Damages Left in a Largo Property by Water Damage

Your Largo house might be facing disaster if a storm is imminent. There are numerous ways storms destroy homes, from subjecting them to extreme winds and lightning to water running down roof beams onto the walls. Wind can hurl heavy debris around, causing significant roof damage. The wind can also be strong enough to lift and rip roof shingles, causing your roof to leak. These leaks can result in significant water damage inside your home, leaving you with substantial damages to repair.

One of the main ways to limit moisture damage is executing rapid water damage restoration in Largo homes. This involves removing water from the house, thus preventing secondary issues such as mold from developing and spreading. Microbial growth often begins within 48 hours of water exposure. Mold can be inhibited by rapidly extracting the water from the affected areas. We remove standing water with extraction equipment like wet/dry vacuum, deep extraction tools, and submersible pumps, increasing the chance of saving your belongings and structural components. SERVPRO® responds quickly to assess the damage, make a restoration plan, and assist with the cleanup and repair processes.

Common property damages from a storm

? Structural and foundation damage

? Damage to utilities

? Equipment and furniture damage

? Insect infestations

Different equipment in your home is vulnerable to flood exposure, including the power surges that storms often bring. Hot-water boilers, air-conditioning systems, computer equipment, and telephone systems in your home can also be damaged by storms. Moisture build-up creates an attractive environment for insects and other pests, worsening the likely damage to structural elements.

Essential steps that help save belongings

? Thoroughly inspecting house contents

? Creating a staging area to hold equipment

? Pack outs to save vulnerable contents   

Taking definitive steps to save content can limit a flooding incident's impact on your property.

Our SERVPRO crews take different actions, including inspecting and moving your valuables.

SERVPRO of Largo is a reliable water damage restoration service. Call us at (727) 586-0060 for assistance. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Assessment and Planning for Largo Water Cleanup

5/1/2023 (Permalink)

Blue tarp on damaged roof Did you know that part of our storm damage mitigation includes tarping roofs?

SERVPRO Preparation for Storm Water Removal

When storms result in overland flooding, the mixed-in mud and debris complicate fluid extraction and drying of properties. Effectively responding to flood water damage requires securing the structure, establishing containment, and clearing out solids and debris safely before extraction and drying can begin. Sewage backups during severe storms are common and can expose occupants to pathogens that can cause illness or even death.

Damage Inspection 

When SERVPRO crews arrive in response to storm flooding in Largo, water cleanup pauses until a hazard assessment precedes the development of a mitigation and remediation agenda for our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained team. Steps ensuring accurate recording of damage data and stabilization of work areas include: 

We visually inspect affected areas, checking for:

  • Weakened structures that might not sustain the weight of workers or equipment
  • Water depth and presence of debris, mud, and silt, and sewage or other hazardous items that mandate space containment protocols (wrapping with heavy-duty polyethylene and use of air scrubbers) and wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) for technicians  
  • Signs of trapped water (blistering and peeling paint, bulging and sagging structures, warped floors)

We also utilize moisture detection and metering with sensitive instruments to confirm hidden moisture and provide baseline data for drying goals.

Emergency Services Planning and Implementation 

SERVPRO service vehicles are packed with tools and equipment to set the stage for Largo water cleanup. Depending on the circumstances, the plan could involve the following:

  • Tarping and boarding up exterior damage and following containment procedures
  • Barricading or shoring up weakened structures
  • Mucking out mud and debris with shovels, scrapers, and brooms
  • Releasing trapped water threatening structural collapse through weep holes, drilling near the base of walls or in mortar joints, and flood cuts

Once SERVPRO completes these preliminary steps, submersible pumps and technician-operated extractors (truck-mounted and portable) continue the essential task of liquid removal. After extraction eliminates the bulk of fluids, applied structural drying concludes the water cleanup.

SERVPRO of Largo is ready 24/7 to provide water cleanup, scaling up resources when the forecast is for severe storm activity. Call (727) 586-0060 for prompt damage assessment and intervention.

Largo Fire Damage Cleanup: Crucial Areas of the Home

4/5/2023 (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.