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Fire Damage and a Fast Cleanup at Your Largo Condo--Yeah SERVPRO!

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

The Sign Says It All for Largo Restoration Services

A Largo Summer Gathering Goes Up in Flames

When you live in Largo, a summer gathering with friends is a must.  The heat, longer days, and relaxed atmosphere provide a perfect setting to get together in a half-outdoors, half-indoors event.  It is perfectly normal to set some citronella candles, a grill, and drinks on the patio and then walk in and out of the air-conditioned living room throughout the evening.  What you cannot plan is the billowing curtains catching fire from the citronella candle, causing flames to enter your home and leave a mark on your kitchen while you search for the fire extinguisher to bring the fire under control.

Even as the party resumes, you can already see that your kitchen needs help.  Fire damage to your Largo home is a problem best left to a professional team, such as SERVPRO. Before you attempt to clean the smoke and soot remains with storebought abrasive cleaners, it is best to consult with our fire restoration experts and have them guide you through the process.  By enlisting our expert help, you can prevent subsequent damage caused during the cleanup process.

Our SERVPRO technicians excel at their job because they train in industry best-practices both in a classroom setting and on the job.  They understand the principles behind the physical and chemical aspects of the fire and have seen them in action on the field. As soon as you call us, we can take targeted steps to remediate your damage and leave your kitchen in pristine condition.  Before we arrive, help us mitigate your losses by taking the following steps:

-Isolate your kitchen as much as possible to prevent airborne particles from traveling to other parts of your home

-Remove items unaffected by the fire and extinguishing agents to preserve them

-Use protective equipment such as gloves when handling the residue

Upon arrival, we can take over and apply industry-grade cleaning solutions made specifically for each surface we clean. We always pre-test surfaces, hard, porous, or fabric, before cleaning with our products. Our SERVPRO crew understands the nature of each flammable item (organic vs. manmade products) and applies products accordingly.  Failure to address each item individually can cause irreversible damage by applying the wrong cleaning solution.  

SERVPRO of Largo is ready to get your summer back on track.  Just call us at (727) 586-0060 even if your damage does not appear extensive.  Together, we can leave your home, "Like it never even happened."  

How and Why SERVPRO Restores Largo Home After Damaging Events

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

Here Is Your Answer to Property Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Largo--SERVPRO

Largo Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for Mitigation of Structural and Content Damage with Fast Action

When Largo residents find their homes damaged by fire, water, storms, or mold-they require aid immediately to halt further loss. Our SERVPRO is local, and we are members of the community and support our friends and neighbors with whatever type of restoration services they need.

Water damage in Largo homes happens from plumbing, appliances and sometimes accidents such as a forgotten bathtub faucet left running and remember only when the water from the tub dripped from the ceiling. When you contact SERVPRO for water extraction, our certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) immediately scope the property to determine areas where water migrated.

We have access to state-of-the-art equipment to perform all types of specialized water removal. Most of our extraction equipment is a combination of a heater, pump and vacuum unit. We use all three components when pulling moisture out of carpeting or upholstered furnishings to prepare them for drying. For most other types of water removal, the vacuum feature alone removes water efficiently.

Drying a water loss in a home requires more powerful airflow than a standard household fan can provide. Our certified technicians perform techniques to aid in the drying of a room such as drilling weep holes in saturated sheetrock or removing baseboards, so a more significant amount of airflow reaches inside wall cavities. Our air movers blow at such high velocity that they cause embedded moisture to rise for easy removal. After drying, we scope the room to ensure that no excess moisture remains and that it meets our preset drying goals. After the completion of water damage restoration efforts, SERVPRO technicians wipe down all water-affected surfaces with our professional-grade cleaners, so life at home gets back to normal quickly for the residents.

If storm damage hits a Largo residence, SERVPRO stands ready to help. We arrive on-site soon after the initial phone call and perform any needed temporary measure to prevent additional damage to the property such as tarping over a damaged roof or broken window to prevent further water from entering.

Flood damage needs cleanup efforts as quickly as possible. If standing water is over two inches deep, we deploy submersible pumps, so no time is lost in performing water extraction. We scope the rooms and determine item by item what our technicians can save through our specialized cleaning methods. Because groundwater is a category three biohazard, many porous objects such as carpeting have no potential for restoration and require removal from the site for health reasons. In this geographic location, saltwater intrusion can complicate the cleanup and restoration services. To prevent secondary damages like rusting, degradation of wood, especially laminated products, SERVPRO should be called in for the service.

SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training through the methods as taught by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. When water wicks into sheetrock, once it has warped or buckled, restoration is not an option. We perform a controlled demolition technique known as "flood cuts" to help additional airflow go into wall cavities and save more of the structure for rebuilding.

After completion of flood damage mitigation, our SERVPRO location carries a general contractor license #CBC1250662, and along with storm damage cleanup, we can also rebuild the property and return it to its preloss condition. Using one company for the necessary mitigation and reconstruction saves the hassle and stress of screening and hiring a contractor on top of dealing with the storm damage.

Mold damage in Largo homes needs addressing as soon as you make the discovery. When choosing a company to assist with mold damage, you can rely on SERVPRO as we hold a State of Florida mold remediation certification #MRSR1163 and we follow the best practices to eliminate the colonies and repair the issues that caused the hospitable conditions for spore germination.

Largo homes with fire damage get fast attention from SERVPRO emergency response teams. When a portion of a residence has a fire loss, we contain the area with thick plastic or use negative air chambers dependent on other factors on-site to stop the spread of soot.

Fire debris removal happens quickly as charred items contribute only to the spread of soot and foul odors. We inspect the fire-damaged possessions as we clean to find items with restoration potential. We use different methods from hand wiping with dry-cleaning sponges to a full immersion bath for non-porous items to altogether remove smoke residues, and these techniques assist homeowners in lessening fire loss and avoiding costly replacements. Walls, ceilings and floors receive testing for the type of smoke damage, and we apply the proper cleaning techniques for the best outcome in each case.

Our certified Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians have access to the same type of equipment as the Library of Congress uses for historical documents. When essential papers, books, or other valuable files have damage from smoke or water, we have several different types of restoration methods to use to save them from getting counted as a fire loss including:
?    Air Drying
?    Dehumidification
?    Freezer Drying
?    Vacuum Freeze Drying
?    Vacuum Thermal Drying

We use different types of equipment to eradicate smoke odors in the home. For mild scents, time-release gel pellets overtake residual odors. When the odors are deeply embedded and strong, we have equipment such as thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators that bond with odor-causing soot molecules and neutralize them.

There are cases where the fire damage is so severe that the only option is to perform controlled demolition, save what building materials we can and deploy odor neutralization methods to get the property ready for reconstruction. When this occurs, we can also rebuild for the homeowner.

Why SERVPRO? We know when Largo residents contact us for restoration services, they have experienced a stressful situation in their homes and require assistance. We respond with compassion and professionalism. We communicate with both property owners and adjusters to ensure everyone remains on the same page for each phase of the mitigation process. Our custom-created reports assist with expediting the insurance claim filing process as it contains detailed descriptions along with before and after photos. We do everything to take as much stress as possible off property owners during restoration or reconstruction.

When home disasters happen contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060, and we arrive quickly after your initial call no matter what type of restoration services required, we return your property to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

We Arrive As Soon As Possible To Restore Your Largo Home

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage occurred at this home when the roof was damaged during a storm.

Flood Damage in Largo Homes: What to Do Before Help Arrives

Heavy storms and hurricanes are not uncommon weather events for Florida residents. When floodwater enters a home, your safety is the most important thing. One of the first things our technicians determine during the initial phone call is if the property is safe for residents to remain on-site. Post-flood dangers in a home include slip and fall accidents from slick, wet floors to electrical shock from the water inside fixtures or wall plugs.

Rainwater and flood damage in your Largo home generally carry two different categorizations. Rain, from an incident such as a damaged roof allowing water in, that is in the house less than 24 hours, has a classification as "clean water" and poses no real health risks. Floodwater that enters as groundwater such as storm surge or flash flooding has the potential to pick up debris, toxins, even sewage and it all comes inside. Residents should avoid contact until our SERVPRO team arrives onsite for flood water cleanup.

Some things you can do before we arrive can assist in lessening water loss from rainwater to your home and possessions:

Use towels or mops to remove excess water
If cushions on sofas or chairs are wet, prop them up, so airflow reaches all sides
Wood stain leeches into wet carpeting, remove or put foil between the legs and carpet or rugs
Take photos and artwork off the walls and store in a dry place

If the water that has entered the home is groundwater, for your safety, avoid contact until our SERVPRO technician tests the water for contaminants. Once we arrive on-site, our certified technicians quickly extract floodwater and dry the home. If flood cuts or other controlled demolition actions were necessary to dry the property, we also have the expertise and licensing as a general contractor #CBC1250662 so we can perform any reconstruction needed to return your home to its preloss condition.

As mold is a significant threat following flood damage, our certified mold remediation specialists #MRSR1163 know the conditions necessary for mold colony growth and use antimicrobial cleaners and sealers to ensure mold is not an issue after the completion of restoration services.

When flood damage is a problem, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060, and our emergency response teams arrive on-site soon after your call to make the water loss in your home "Like it never even happened."

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If A Water Incident Damages Your Floors In Your Largo Office Building Our Experts Can Help

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (727) 586-0060 with your water damage needs so we can protect your floors and the rest of your property.

Restoring An Office Building’s Floors With Commercial Water Damage In Largo

One of the problems facing property owners in many areas near water, including Largo, involves the harm water from both interior leaks and those that come from outdoors. You generally have more control over the situation when intrusive water comes from a broken pipe than when water comes from elsewhere.

We restore all types of businesses in Largo when commercial water damage strikes and makes carrying out or participating in regular activities difficult or even impossible. When your business includes retail and office tenants, the flooring types in each can vary from one to the next. The technicians from SERVPRO understand how these different floors respond to water and what can occur. We also understand which methods provide optimal results.

Some stores prefer harder surfaces, such as painted concrete. While many view this as a non-porous material because of its widespread use outside, concrete’s use outside happens because of its durability. It does absorb water, but evaporation occurs much more slowly than the rate of absorption. Paint can also slow down how fast moisture leaves and enters the air. While this occurs, calcium deposits can temporarily discolor the surface. These deposits disappear upon HEPA vacuuming.

More complex to restore but still well within our expertise, tile made of vinyl or asphalt derivatives require technicians with advanced expertise to assure you of results that minimize permanent damage from water. Part of the reason tile takes more effort to restore lies in the use of glues to adhere each piece onto the subfloor. With these, white deposits arise from the breaking down of sealer wax. We can easily clean this, and the customer should not view this as a sign of permanent damage.

Drying a wood-based subfloor becomes crucial to restoring the floor’s appearance. We may find that we can dry the underlay from below, instead of removing tiles to apply heat and extraction pads. When tiles lie on top of concrete, asphalt tiles often survive where vinyl ones do not. Many times, customers choose to replace instead of restore vinyl tiles, as this is often the less costly option.

When the vibrant colors of ceramic tile play a role in a store’s appearance, the tiles themselves come out perfectly. Water rarely causes damage to these durable pieces, but when grout deteriorated before the water loss event, it can seep in underneath and cause problems there. Checking the amount of moisture reveals a great deal of information on how SERVPRO technicians need to respond. Air movers might suffice, or pulling up an area of tile so drying must take place before resetting the pieces to prevent moisture causing water damage and microbial infestation.

SERVPRO of Largo serves businesses in Dunedin, all of Belleair, and also Indian Rocks Beach. Call us at (727) 586-0060 with your water damage needs so we can protect your floors and the rest of your property. Our General Contractor License means we can make things “Like it never even happened.”

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Let the Experts Handle Water Damage Remediation in Your Largo Home

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Washing machine mishaps can cause lots of water damage. Contact SERVPRO today for help.

Professional Extraction Equipment Lessens Loss to Water Damage in Largo Homes

Among insurance claims filed annually, water damage is the second most frequent after wind and hail damage to residential properties. The proper cleanup of water loss is vital to ensure mold is not an issue afterward. 

When SERVPRO assists Largo homeowners with water damage cleanup, we pay special attention to this step of mitigation because the more time we spend pulling up moisture, the faster the drying phase of restoration goes. We have several types of equipment to choose from dependent on the scope and scale of the water removal needs, such as: 

  • Portable pumps for fast extraction, especially useful in small spaces
  • Stand on wet vacs called Rovers that use the weight of the technician as part of the water expression process for thorough removal
  • Weighted extraction wands to force water out of carpeting or upholstery
  • Truck mounted pumps for fast, large-scale water extraction

Because of the propensity for water to migrate, we scope all parts of the room to locate it. For example, a supply line leak in a second-floor laundry room can result in water running behind baseboards, wicking into sheetrock and dripping into the floor joists and coming through the ceiling below. An event of this type requires that the flooring, ceiling, and wall cavities are thoroughly dried to inhibit the growth of mold in any of those areas. 

Before drying, SERVPRO technicians set drying goals. These goals are unique to each job site and taken into consideration are the average humidity conditions in the home as well as ambient temperatures to ensure that there is no danger of harboring mold colonies after the water cleanup. 

After drying, we hand-clean and disinfect affected surfaces and objects to leave the area without residual water odors. Our technicians hold certifications in mold remediation #MRSR1163 and we know how to create an inhospitable environment for mold growth, so it is not an issue the homeowner has to worry about from this water loss event.

SERVPRO of Largo is available 24/7 at (727) 586-0060 to handle any type of water damage in your home. Our local emergency response teams arrive soon after your call and work to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

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When Your Crawlspace In Largo Suffers Flood Damage You Can Count On Our Crew For Help!

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Trust in the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of Largo professionals to help with thorough extraction and drying solutions.

Flooding In The Crawlspace Of Your Largo Residence

Crawlspaces are common staples to the construction of Largo homes and help to keep houses elevated in flood-prone areas. Also, this space beneath the residence can be a prime location for shutoffs, meters, and other essential components to various utilities running through the property. When this area beneath your house becomes flooded, it can cause many problems for the main floor of the home above. Our professionals have effective techniques for quickly reducing the threats of standing water in a crawlspace, and we can arrive with the full measure of our extraction and drying equipment to help.

With natural disasters that leave flood damage in multiple Largo homes and businesses simultaneously, securing professional restoration quickly is essential to getting work started right away. While our SERVPRO team has a large roster of qualified water restoration and structural drying technicians, not to mention a division of cleaners to handle biohazards and contamination, we have the resources and effective mitigation solutions to address many damaged houses at once.

There are several risks to standing water in the crawlspace of your home, but one of the most pressing of these is meeting the conditions for mold and microbial growth. Colonization of mold can be hazardous, allowing for degradation of structural supports and beams beneath the main floor of your property. Additionally, exposure to active colonization can cause potential health effects. Moisture and dampness can also affect structural elements and construction materials negatively, and force immediate extraction and drying solutions to protect flooring and drywall in the main level of your house.

Our SERVPRO team arrives with production trailers stocked with effective extraction and drying equipment. We can not only remove the standing water and lingering saturation but also work to provide our customers with long-standing solutions that reduce the possibility of further water loss incidents in the crawlspace moving forward.

While crawlspaces can often keep your home from direct flood damages, without the appropriate mitigation and recovery of these damages, your property can still suffer hazardous consequences. Trust in the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of Largo professionals to help with thorough extraction and drying solutions. Give our experts a call anytime at (727) 586-0060.

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Our Professionals Can Restore Your Collectibles After A Fire In Your Largo Property

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Call us by dialing (727) 586-0060, and speak with an IICRC-certified specialist who can help make everything “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Collectibles Is A Crucial Part Of Fire Damage Mitigation In Largo

Finding your pristine collection of 1950’s dolls or once-colorful beer steins covered in a dense layer of dark soot while inspecting your Largo residence after a fire can make you feel like the fire, and its effects invaded every aspect of your home. Even glass cabinets and other enclosures often permit smoke to find its way in and settle on the contents’ surfaces.

At SERVPRO, we take pride in helping our customers reclaiming their homes and their possessions from fire damage in Largo. We lessen its effects by using approved methods we learn through our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. Before, we cleaned such items by hand, which could produce excellent results, although taking an enormous amount of time to accomplish.

Instead, we now use ultrasonic technology to remove soot and other grime from your most prized possessions. Small imperfections can grip onto soot and make an unsightly, ugly mark that diminishes the beauty of such pieces in a collection. Cleaning by hand often left these defects marred. A short period in our ultrasonic water bath, however, cleans soot from every surface, including in between tightly abutted surfaces that face each other. This ability to clean blemishes and hairline cracks makes a tremendous difference in how your collection appears when you receive it back from us.

While still at your property, we carefully pack each item in its own piece of plain paper and place it inside a clean box. Taking these boxes to our facility also includes inventory sheets that correspond to each box. These sheets follow your items through the entire process. After the water bath, we place them in a drying chamber.

Although the cleaning method eliminates the soot that causes collectible items to smell like smoke, we still provide further deodorization. We do this inside the drying chamber without moving them. Handling them as little as possible reduces the chances of breakage. We then re-wrap each item and place it into a new box so we can return these items to you, along with their inventory sheets.

SERVPRO of Largo takes mitigating fire damage in every part of your Harbor Bluffs, Indian Rocks Beach, or Belleair Shores residence seriously. From structural damage to personal favorite items, we help families recover from the effects of both large and small fires. Call us by dialing (727) 586-0060, and speak with an IICRC-certified specialist who can help make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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Commercial Water Cleanup Operations In A Largo Businesses

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage do this to your business. Call SERVPRO today.

How SERVPRO can help you clean up your building from water damage.

Despite being surrounded by a bay and the Gulf, most Largo businesses deal with more problems from mundane issues like broken water pipes and other plumbing failures.

For a food processing facility in Largo, commercial water cleanup means restoring the building to a condition that meets city health standards. To do that, SERVPRO restoration specialists have to completely dry the facility and clean surfaces so that preparation and packaging can resume.

In a commercial building, initial water removal is often easier than in a private home. Here, there are no carpets or pads to contend with, so our personnel can quickly clear out all standing water from concrete floors using pumps for large amounts, extraction wands for water just covering the surface, and then long-handled squeegees to push any trace amounts out from corners and under machinery to the nearest exit.

If the water source was from a malfunctioning sprinkler, food preparation and packaging surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned and dried. SERVPRO specialists use cleaning agents designed for the purpose and carefully use them with cloths and brushes when needed to eliminate any possible airborne contaminants that mixed with the water as it fell.

After removing the water from the floor and wiping down other surfaces, our specialists next dry the facility. We use air movers to generate warm, dry air throughout the building. Combined with exhaust fans at main entrances and exits, they force out the damp, inside air and draw moisture out of building materials such as drywall and wood support structure.

If the interior is exceptionally humid, specialists install one or more dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the air. This action lowers the humidity level and speeds up the natural evaporation process. Once completed, our restoration team examines all preparation and packaging surfaces for any trace amounts of dirt or water for hand-cleaning and drying.

At SERVPRO of Largo, we understand that being shut down interrupts employee paychecks and can drive away customers to other suppliers. Our restoration teams quickly work to help every business reopen their doors and prevent that from happening. If you need our expertise, call (727) 586-0060 today.  

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No More Mistakes With Fire Damage Remediation In Your Largo Home

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation can be time consuming and difficult. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Steps that Help Protect a Structure after Fire Damage in Largo

When fire razes your Largo home, there is a need to take some steps to help protect the structure from secondary damages. When performed correctly, such steps help prevent aspects of the damage such as smoke residues from causing additional damages. They also ensure safety for occupants and restorers who may access the building in its damaged state. Our IICRC, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians can help protect your structure.

Conducting building inspection helps establish whether the fire damage incident in Largo left any health or safety hazards. Lingering smoke which might be noxious or contain harmful gases poses health risks. Partially burnt sections such as stairs are safety hazards because they can collapse under the bodyweight of someone using them. Our SERVPRO technicians take note of such areas and secure them or post warning signs to protect anyone visiting the affected property.

Fire damages walls, roofs and even causes windows to shatter depending on the cause or the intensity of the blaze. Firefighters also douse the flames with gallons of water leaving wet areas. These aspects can cause several secondary damages. Our SERVPRO technicians board up the property and install roof tarps which helps prevent damage by weather elements and keep vandals out. We also extract any standing water using our truck-mounted water extractors and take other steps to dry excess moisture.

Initial cleaning of contents affected by the fire is necessary. It helps ensure the occupants have items to use as they wait for the completion of the restoration. Initial cleaning also helps prevent secondary damage from the effects of acidic soot residues. Our SERVPRO crews pre-clean carpets and furniture to remove massive soot deposits. We also wipe porcelain, stone and metal items to prevent staining. We also remove charred item remains immediately from the property because it helps reduce the emotional toll fire incidents have on the occupants.

For proper response after incidents of fire damage, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 to help. We are available 24/7.

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Do Not Give Up When Fire Damages Your Clearwater Business

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

Does your business have fire damage? Worries? No need … because we’ve got the speed for your fire needs!

How to prepare your SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan for your Clearwater Business.

A grim statistic facing business owners in the Clearwater area is that as many as 50 percent of companies go under after a disaster. The single decision that changes this discouraging reality appears to be developing a preparedness plan adaptable for any emergency. It makes sense that you should invest time and attention in a blueprint you and your chosen restoration company can reference if the worst happens.

Commercial fire damage suffered by your Clearwater restaurant can grind business to a halt. We have a comprehensive strategy for our commercial customers that permits us to partner long before any fire crisis occurs. A walkthrough of your business -- storage areas, prep, and other cooking spaces, dining room, bar, and any other sections in your building -- helps us identify fire risks as well as other vulnerabilities. Our experienced project managers can make recommendations that reduce the probability of fire at your business.

 In addition, the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) allows our team of Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) to familiarize themselves with the challenges your commercial building might pose if a fire does break out. Our workforce masters the extensive training and knowledge base offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as part of our preparation for your disaster. Knowing the details about your workspace layout, the location of crucial utility lines and the methods used as your chef and staff prepare your menu of delicious items helps us jump right in to remediate fire damage.

You fine-tune the ERP by using our Mobile App to complete your Profile. Share with SERVPRO information about vendors and contractors that help us get your equipment and systems back online. Designate trusted employees or family members to make decisions about the fire damage restoration process when you are away or otherwise unable to take the reins during the crisis.

With your ERP in the palm of our hand as a concise, digital outline, our SERVPRO team can respond fast and efficiently if a kitchen or dining area fire cancels reservations for a brief time. Knowing that our reliable workforce is on duty gives your loyal customers hope for a dinner date or brunch soon and sweeps away concerns that your eatery is out of the rotation permanently.

Savvy business owners contact SERVPRO of Largo to collaborate on our signature ERP. Schedule an appointment for a consultation long before problems arise by calling (727) 586-0060. Click here to learn more about Americas #1 Beach in Clearwater.