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Why You Need Professional Restoration Sevices for Your Flood Damaged Indian Rocks Home

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why You Need Professional Restoration Sevices for Your Flood Damaged Indian Rocks Home The potential for flood damage never goes away in Florida. Call SERVPRO to restore your water damaged home.

While flooding might not be a strange occurrence to residents of Indian Rocks Beach, many who have to seek professional restoration services for the first time are often unclear as to what they should expect. It is not a surprise that resources become strained throughout the community when multiple properties get affected simultaneously by a flooding event, but that is when choosing the right restoration outfit makes all the difference regarding cost and efficiency.

With widespread flood damages to your Indian Rocks Beach community, many homeowners believe that professional restoration is likely unavailable, and therefore, seek to recover the damage to their property on their own. Without specific training and the appropriate equipment to restore the property adequately, you welcome further degradation of building materials and effects like mold growth to occur.

Our SERVPRO team works hard to be available to every potential and past customer whenever emergencies like flooding affect their property. As a franchise, we can pool resources together from our nearby branches to offer more personnel and equipment to sites as it gets needed, ensuring that no homeowner waits long periods without the appropriate mitigation that the property needs to preserve structural elements and protect the contents of your house that matter the most.

With substantial water loss situations that flooding presents, you can expect that the restoration process as a whole is not a short and concise project. However, with licensed contractors available through our franchise, we can offer more immediate results than most. We can evaluate and preserve your property from our initial arrival, and utilize our personnel to reconstruct and rebuild damaged elements, which can then get followed up with our premier restoration services.

Flooding is not something that area residents forget about, especially considering that many of the properties throughout the area lie below the floodplains. Finding the right restoration and mitigation services is as simple as a phone call to our SERVPRO of Largo rapid response team. You can reach us 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.

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Ocean Storms Can Cause Flooding inside Your Pinellas County Home

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Ocean Storms Can Cause Flooding inside Your Pinellas County Home Unfortunately, our beautiful location is often near the eye of a storm. Should your home suffer flooding, call SERVPRO quickly to help prevent mold.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Urgency of Drying Out Your Home After Flooding to Help Prevent a Mold Infestation

Due to the unique geographic location of the western coast of Florida, living adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico can make it easier for ocean-based storms to hit your home hard with flood damage. Being prepared for an emergency is key to ensuring that a severe storm does not cause injury to anyone living inside your home. However, when the storm clears, and the aftermath is present, it is wise to call for professional help to address the damage that the flood did to the structure of your home and your belongings.
 
Rushing storm waters can carry debris in their currents, making simple work of creating an entry point for the flood damage in Pinellas County to enter your home. All of the excess water that entered your home settled in your crawlspace, flooding your storage. In order to prevent complications like water or mold damage, it is imperative for you to call for professional help immediately.
 
When you get in touch with SERVPRO, we make it our goal to arrive at your home within hours of your initial call. Our team of IICRC-certified technicians can bring advanced technology to combat the flooding inside of your home and return it to its preloss state. Once we investigate the damage and devise the best method of restoration, our team can begin working.
 
Our SERVPRO techs can use equipment such as extractors and submersible pumps to remove the standing water as fast as possible. Extractors are particularly useful to remove the excess moisture from the extra drapes stored in your crawlspace. Because they are equipped with heating elements, they make drying out heavy fabrics easier.
 
SERVPRO can measure the moisture levels of your home and employ further equipment to ensure that your home is acceptably dry. Our technicians can set up air movers, ventilation fans, and dehumidifiers to get the moisture under control and help prevent mold or water damage inside your home.
 
When a severe ocean-based storm causes flood damage to your property, it is not wise to wait. Reach out to SERVPRO of Largo by phoning (727) 586-0060. Night or day, we can take the flooding away.


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Flood Cuts: Why They Are Important To Flood Restoration In Your Indian Rocks Beach Home

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Cuts: Why They Are Important To Flood Restoration In Your Indian Rocks Beach Home One of the first things that you tend to think of once flood damages have affected your residence is getting these damages corrected.

Flood Cuts Are Important To Flood Restoration

More than simply restoring the damage to your Indian Rocks Beach home following a flood, most homeowners want to understand the process better. Certain approaches to the way that we extract the water or clean up the area might not make as much sense without some context, and understanding the restoration work can help you appreciate the necessity of each step we undertake.

One of the first things that you tend to think of once flood damages have affected your Indian Rocks Beach residence is getting these damages corrected. Restoration work is something that might seem intricate and complicated at first, but once you can understand specific tasks you can visualize how they all come together in our specific SERVPRO method of restoring your home back to preloss conditions efficiently.

A good example of a step for flood restoration that often requires explanation is flood cutting. These are portions of drywall and wood paneling that get removed and often discarded beginning at the floor and moving up the wall. These cuts often range as high as several feet from the baseboard up, entirely removing the material damaged by the floodwaters that have gotten extracted from the affected area.

This oversaturation of the material is cause enough to remove this material in most cases, as it is sometimes simply more cost-effective to replace damaged material than to spend long periods and extended resources to restore something as basic as drywall.

Another reason that flood cuts are necessary is to allow our SERVPRO technicians access to wall cavities where moisture and dampness linger. This approach allows our equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to do their job to eliminate the persistent moisture that can create worsening conditions.

While this might just be one piece of the restoration process to consider, it is something that helps you to appreciate better the complexity of the work that our technicians do to restore your home entirely. You can rely on our SERVPRO of Largo professionals to respond quickly and help to bring your property back to preloss conditions as efficiently as possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.

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Keeping Your Things Safe From Flood Damages In Your Pinellas County Home

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Keeping Your Things Safe From Flood Damages In Your Pinellas County Home You can trust our flood restoration specialists to help you overcome any issues water might have caused to your home.

Keeping Your Things Safe After A Flood

For all of the beautiful things about the weather and average climate of your Pinellas County home, there are some drawbacks living in a coastal state. One of these drawbacks is the persistent possibility of severe weather and the risks associated with the damage that these storms can cause. Most homeowners in the area carry some degree of flood insurance on the understanding that this could happen with little warning, but that does not make the damages any easier to face.

Perhaps one of the most devastating of flood damages to your Pinellas County home is the effect that this pooling water can have on the aesthetic features, structural components, and contents of your home. Fortunately, with the right professional restoration service, either recommended by your insurance company or solely sought out by you, these effects can get addressed quickly and lessen their impact on your home.

Our SERVPRO team of professionals can help you to better understand the effects that this water has had in your home, and what steps must get taken to restore these issues. Our initial inspection can detail all of the areas in need of attention, as well as identify contents of your home that must get removed from harm's way while restoration continues.

To preserve these items that are at risk in your house, for example, our SERVPRO technicians can activate our pack-out policy. This service removes items from your home that limit restoration work from happening or that stand the most significant risks of irreparable water damage. Once the restoration completes, the team can bring these contents of your home back to where they initially sat, better known as pack-in.

While this procedure is only a small portion of the restoration plan our technicians take when facing flood damage, it shows the dedication that we have to satisfy our customers during a trying time. You can trust our SERVPRO of Largo flood restoration specialists to help you overcome any issues water might have caused to your home. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (727) 586-0060.

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Restoring Flood Damage to Your Pinellas County Home, Even Amid the Storm

5/5/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Flood Damage to Your Pinellas County Home, Even Amid the Storm Flood damages can happen suddenly, call SERVPRO for fast and professional flood damage restoration.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with Your Flood Damage Restoration Needs

Fighting the possibility of flooding in your Pinellas County home might not always be something that a homeowner gets fully prepared to do. In many cases, flooding situations can occur with little warning or notice, leaving you to uncertainty about the construction of your home and its general ability to prevent this natural disaster from entering into the lower levels of your home. The unfortunate aspect is, many homeowners do not even realize that their home has vulnerable penetration points for water to pass through until they are amid a flooding crisis.

For the most part, flood damages to your Pinellas County residence can happen very suddenly and present an immediate threat to the contents of your home and its structural integrity and strength. While you might not be able to stop the floodwaters as they push through the weakened portions of your foundation, you are not without any options. You can always reach out to our team of SERVPRO professionals who can show up and help you to keep the situation as contained as possible, even amid the flooding.

In situations where the flood waters are still pouring in from compromised blockwork, the application of hydraulic cement to these smaller areas can stop the immediate flow of water and seal to prevent further damages while restoration efforts get underway. Through extraction and drying, our team works to remove all of the moisture and dampness in the area, working to prevent compounding damage such as mold growth.

An assessment can then get done on the structural integrity of all of the affected surfaces and construction materials in this area of your house. While many might only require cleaning to get restored, some structural components in the worst of the damage might require removal and replacement with new materials.

While a flood in your home is never something you want to see or contend with on your own, fortunately, you do not have to. Our professionals at SERVPRO of Largo are available 24/7 to help you through any emergency that you might have and work to fully restore the damages your home faces. Give us a call anytime at (727) 586-0060.

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What You Should do When a Storm Causes Flood Damage on Your Indian Rocks Beach Property

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage What You Should do When a Storm Causes Flood Damage on Your Indian Rocks Beach Property Flooding requires experienced professional technicians to handle. Contact SERVPRO right away for drying out and remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Rapidly Dries Out Your Flooded House 

Flood damage is a tricky thing to handle. However, a township or city founded beach-side with the Atlantic Ocean can make it even trickier. The ocean pushes several minor storms at the US every year, but during hurricane season, the storms that it conjures can be incredibly damaging to your home. Heavy rainfall can bring rapid flooding to your property and, in the span of a few hours, your home can become filled with several inches or even feet of water. When a situation like this occurs, many homes are in need of water removal and restoration services. Fortunately, qualified help is not far from your reach when a particularly damaging storm hits your home.
 
After receiving your call, our IICRC-certified technicians can arrive as swiftly as possible at your residence to begin remediating the flood damage in Indian Rocks Beach. Depending on the depth of the water and severity of the damage, our technicians can pick the right equipment for the job and begin the process quickly. The longer water sits stagnant in your home, the more damage it can do to the structure and your belongings inside.
 
SERVPRO can use portable pumps and industrial-quality wet/dry vacuums to remove the water as quickly as possible. If the flood water contained dangerous bacteria, sewage, or chemicals, you might need to throw away some of your belongings that have been contaminated. Carpets and rugs should not be kept in these situations as the harmful contaminants can remain even after trying to clean them. SERVPRO can help you sort through what is safe to keep and what is not. After the water removal process, we can address cleaning out and drying your home.
 
When a storm causes flood damage on your property, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. We strive to get our technicians to your home as soon as possible so we can begin the remediation process.

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Remediating Flood Damage In Largo

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Remediating Flood Damage In Largo Flood damage to Largo homes from storms brings more than just simply water.

Remediating Flood Damage

Largo homes can be underwater in a matter of hours. The weather of the past year may no longer be an issue, but we still have rain and other weather issues to deal with, some as quickly as this week.

Flood damage to Largo homes from storms brings more than just simply water. Outside, untreated water potentially brings in multiple types of contamination as well. Debris like soil and roadside trash can enter a home with a storm that simply is not present when the water falls out of a damaged water heater. Since this additional problem can result in further property loss, SERVPRO response teams watch for contaminants to clean property as we dry it.

Our first action no matter the contamination level is to remove property out of the water. To do this, we remove water from the home and lift the property out of the water by placing it on pallets, blocks, or moving it to unaffected parts of the home. It stops damage to fabric and wood finish, and by placing the furniture higher up, we get airflow underneath the items to increase drying.

Now we look at each item. SERVPRO inspectors examine everything for both drying and cleaning, then place response team members on the items at greatest risk for permanent damage and disposal. For light contamination, we attempt to remove it with cloths and sponges. If possible, we do this only a small amount of cleaning agent to prevent soaking the items further.

For ticker layers of contamination, we use brushes. These hand tools are very effective in removing most soils, which then allows us to use a cleaning agent to loosen the surface contaminants and remove them with the brushes, cloths, or sponges.

Once we remove the contaminants, technicians begin drying the property. We set up dehumidifiers to lower the humidity inside the home and to carefully remove excess moisture from a nearby property. To increase the efficiency of these devices, we also place air movers to blow warm, dry air over and under surfaces to gently force moisture out of them.

Remediating flood damage requires much more than just removing water from your home. SERVPRO of Largo has the experience, training, and tools needed to restore your property to its original condition. If you need our help, call (727) 586-0060 today.

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Generator Fire Adds To Hurricane Irma Damage In Largo

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Generator Fire Adds To Hurricane Irma Damage In Largo Largo Area Properties and SERVPRO Help After Hurricane Irma

Tropical Storm Assistance? Call SERVPRO

One of the ways homeowners prepare for the effects of hurricane activity in Largo is to consider a portable or stationary standby generator. This option can be a property saver or the source of a substantially accelerated disaster if a power surge, malfunction, or misuse of the generator causes fire damage in addition to the harm already inflicted by the hurricane. We are ready to assist with hurricane devastation, straightforward or complicated.

The flooding and other hurricane damage start a broad array of deterioration events in your Largo home. Loss of electricity impedes the ability of your HVAC system to guard against humidity-based hurricane damage in Largo. Knowing this you fire up a generator after lights flicker and die, but to your horror, a blaze ignites, and your home sustains double the damage. Our commitment to offering customers both water and fire damage remediation means we increase our efforts to address both events.
 
Water and fire damage often go hand in hand. A typical home fire is controlled and extinguished by thousands of gallons of water. This time the post-hurricane water arrives first, and shorts out your generator because of the lack of a transfer switch and a worn extension cord. Stored fuel for a portable model also may dislodge, cracking the container because of rising levels of water. Either way, the result is a fire, and SERVPRO adds fire restoration to the hurricane recovery plan.
 
We remove the water and assess for water damage first, taking care to check for instability within the house before sending SERVPRO workers and equipment inside your home. Although fire damage grabs the attention, standing water and its unattended damage have the potential to cause long-term, continuous harm to your home. They also interfere with ongoing cleaning efforts. Using our truck mounted pumps and extractors, the standing water is evacuated, and air movers and dehumidifiers take over to reduce moisture in structures and the air. Throughout the process, our trained technicians monitor the progress made to achieve our drying targets.
 
The SERVPRO team then begins fire cleanup, using industry approved techniques and products. Although we complete the water damage abatement first, the acidic nature of smoke and soot damage impels a speedy second round of fire damage remediation. The overall hurricane damage plan is complex, but we persevere, bringing years of experience in complicated restoration projects to your situation.
 
Rely on the ability of SERVPRO of Largo to respond quickly and successfully to your hurricane damage. Call our dispatchers at (727) 586-0060 for an inspection and assessment of all your restoration needs.

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Drying Your Basement Flooring After Flood Damage From Heavy Rains In Belleair Bluffs

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Drying Your Basement Flooring After Flood Damage From Heavy Rains In Belleair Bluffs The first thing which needs to be done is to get rid of as much of the standing water as possible.

Drying Your Basement Flooring After A Flood

If you live in a flood zone in Belleair Bluffs, or you are experiencing heavy rains, you might worry about water leaking into your basement through window wells. The only thing you can do immediately after such an event is to mitigate the damage as quickly as possible. The first thing which needs to be done is to get rid of as much of the standing water as possible. However, you have to wait until the storm stops and the waters stop rising.

You need to contact a professional water remediation specialist at SERVPRO to help you with the flood damage in your Belleair Bluffs home. When we first arrive at your home, we assess the damage and write up a scope of the work which needs to be done. We go through all the steps with you before we begin any remediation.

One major thing to consider in a situation such as this is the effects of the water and moisture on your flooring. Painted concrete can blister or flake, which requires repainting. If the paint has lead, we use a qualified subcontractor to remove the original paint.

Concrete floors are porous, meaning water can wick up leaving a chalk-like calcium on the surface. We can usually brush these off. Any surface film or dirt on concrete can support the growth of mold. Our technicians at SERVPRO can clean the concrete after the water is up by HEPA vacuuming and apply an EPA-registered disinfectant if we need to.

Usually, asphalt tile keeps a good bond with concrete after water damage. Chalky or white areas appear sometimes, but they should respond well to our cleaning methods. The whitening is many times caused by a separate of sealer wax or finishes from the floor.

Vinyl tile on concrete isn't as durable as the asphalt tile. It usually comes loose if much water is involved. The motion of the water coming up through concrete could force vinyl tiles to separate from the floor. Since it comes up easily from concrete, replacing them is easier than replacing asphalt tiles. Vinyl tile is many times less expensive to replace than to dry.

You can trust SERVPRO of Largo to take care of your basement flooring after it floods, along with the rest of the cellar. We always check the subflooring as well to ensure your basement in the areas of Indian Rocks Beach, Belleair Bluffs, and Largo is restored properly when you call us at (727) 586-0060.

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Flood Damage Restoration For Your Indian Rocks Beach Home

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Restoration For Your Indian Rocks Beach Home Indian Rocks Beach Storm Damage Get Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Relieves Your Stress and Restores Your Property After a Flooding

Making quick, informed decisions after flood damage rears its ugly head on your property can make all of the difference in your recovery process. The longer you wait, the more likely secondary damages develop, often leading to mold growth and other hazards that make your homes restoration even worse.

If you find yourself facing flood damage issues in your Indian Rocks Beach home, consider making a call for help that could save you considerable losses. A full-service solution, combined with expertly trained flood damage restoration technicians waits for your call. Make a choice to take control and fight back; there is no reason for you to go it alone.
 
Consider your options, the longer you wait, the longer your repairs take, the more secondary damages develop on your property. Without the right equipment, knowledge, and ability, you can make things far worse. Why take the chance of injury, heartache, and regret. When faced with such adversity, you want to put your best foot forward.
 
SERVPRO technicians have years of experience providing flood damage restoration services to customers just like you. With access to the proper training, industry leading equipment, and resources, highly qualified teams address problems found on your property, remove excess water, water-damaged materials, and perform repairs to turn things around quickly.
 
SERVPRO works with your insurance company to deliver quality services that often meet or exceed any expectations you might have had before work began. We manage your entire restoration process, giving you the opportunity to relax and concentrate on what matters most, family. Keeping them calm, safe, and informed is more important than anything else.
 
SERVPRO understands how these situations can overwhelm you. We consider every solution before taking action, value your input, and concentrate on areas or belongings that you cherish the most. While every situation is different, it is entirely likely that you can easily receive the results you desire, we just need to be given the opportunity to answer your call.
 
Contact SERVPRO of Largo for additional information or to schedule your home’s restoration, today. We can help get you on the road to recovery immediately, providing you with the services you deserve. (727) 586-0060

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Flood Damage in Belleair Beach Homes Caused by Overflows

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage in Belleair Beach Homes Caused by Overflows Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO technicians are trained to remediate your flood damage quickly in order to help prevent secondary damage.

SERVPRO Technicians can Quickly Remediate Damage Caused by Flooding in Your Home


When people hear about flooding, they often think of acts of nature, such as rivers that overflow their banks. This is not always the case, and flooding can happen because of sources inside the home.
 
Belleair Beach has beautiful homes that are just as vulnerable to flood damage as homes that are more ordinary. This type of disaster can affect any home but is easy enough to prevent from happening. While a lack of maintenance involving appliances is often to blame, forgetting that water is running in a tub or sink can also create flooding in a home.
 
Flooding caused by overflows typically involves clean water, but that same water is also often rather warm. Increased temperatures can increase the damage that results. Warm or hot water dissolves tea, coffee, and sugar more quickly than cold water can. Warm tub water or hot water from the sink can more easily dissolve the glue that holds the flooring down to the underlay.
 
Flooring is not the only thing that can bubble and come loose. Cabinetry in the area can also become damaged by flooding in kitchens and bathrooms. Laminates can become sticky, peel, or bubble and flake off. Composite structures can swell as they absorb water, and become warped as they dry unevenly.
 
Even for small overflows, the possibility of contamination is high when kitchen and bathroom cabinets hold cleaning supplies. Combinations of cleaners and other items can increase the amount of damage. SERVPRO's technicians know how to handle complicated messes, including those that start out small.
 
Flooding disasters come in all sizes, but you should not let smaller floods trick you into thinking the damage they can cause is too insignificant to concern you. Flood damage can also include electrical damage. While outlets are often placed in higher locations in these two rooms, water that flows out and down can affect wiring and outlets in other areas of your home.
 
SERVPRO of Largo has the experience needed to restore your home's affected areas, keeping flood damage from spreading. Give us a call at (727) 586-0060, the next time you have a sink or tub that overflows.

Using Applied Structural Drying to Fix Storm Damage in Largo Attics

4/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Using Applied Structural Drying to Fix Storm Damage in Largo Attics 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 get inside 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 being a set of ladders or pull down stairs.

Nevertheless, SERVPRO uses Applied Structural Drying to great effect when remediating storm damaged attics. Keep reading to find out how we do it.

Stage One: Evaporation by Airflow

Technically, the first stage of ASD is extraction, but it is unusual for there to be enough water in an attic to require motorized pumping. Normally, the SERVPRO technicians move straight in with air movers and ventilation box fans. They are placed around the space and used to 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 make a decision as to whether to dry or replace it. Fiberglass insulation responds well to drying. Normally, 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 very small attics can be dried out in this way because we have access to all kinds of different drying tools. In tight spaces, a larger number of compact dehumidifiers 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

It is not really the final stage of Applied Structural Drying because it 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 dehumidification must be controlled 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 on (727) 586-0060.