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Will SERVPRO Restore Mold Damage in Belleair Bluffs?

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

Got mold? Call SERVPRO! If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

Yes, SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Process is Here For Your Property.

Fire and water damage is easy to spot and remove from homes in Belleair Bluffs. Since mold is a quiet disaster, it is much harder to find and just as challenging to clean and remove.

Mold damage in Belleair Bluffs starts with tiny mold spores. Typically, these spores are harmless to people and property in their homes. When they come into contact with a source of water, they begin to expand and grow, sending extensions called hyphae to search for a food source. When a colony of mold grows large enough, it can damage property and cause other issues. Fortunately, SERVPRO has a plan.

How Does SERVPRO Deal With Mold?

To remove and clean mold from homes, we have developed a series of tasks that stop growth, protect property and clear out spores quickly. Our first step is to reduce exposure to mold. Our technicians isolate contaminated areas to prevent accidentally exposing uncontaminated parts of the home to active mold spores.

We document everything. The restoration team leader starts with our initial inspection and then records the location and size of each instance of mold. We also record the results of the air content testing we make to see how many spores are floating in the air along with moisture levels. We also record air content levels in unaffected rooms to understand the normal levels for each home.

After testing and isolation, we move to control the contamination at its source. To do this, we set up negative air machines which force spores, dust, and other particulates out of the air. Next, we use commercial vacuums with HEPA filters to remove spores from every surface. That includes not just floors and personal property but drywall and ceiling tiles as well.

Now we remove the mold from the contaminated area. In addition to the vacuums, SERVPRO restoration teams also wipe down every surface with a dry cloth or sponge. If the mold layer is very thick, we use water or a cleaning agent to break it up and remove it with a damp cloth or sponge. If the hyphae have grown into building material like drywall, we remove and replace it.

Our last task is to lower moisture levels to normal. It reduces the chance of new mold growth and makes the home more comfortable for residents. We use dehumidifiers to draw water from the air and nearby property.


Returning your Florida home to its pre-mold state is not an easy or quick process. SERVPRO of Largo is here to walk you through each step and even help you with your homeowner insurance company. For more information on what our teams can do for you, call today at (727) 586-0060.

What Unique Fire Restoration Approaches Help in Case of Stubborn Odor in Largo Homes?

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

"Call SERVPRO" - woman smelling something bad SERVPRO can help rid your home of those lingering odors after a fire incident. Just call us at (727) 586-0060. We are Here to Help!

SERVPRO Uses a Phased Approach to Ensure Effective Yet Affordable Deodorization 

Bad odor can keep you from enjoying the comfort of your property even after you complete the other fire restoration processes. Odor molecules penetrate deep within some materials in your Largo home, thus acting as a reservoir that keeps resupplying the entire house environment.

Using a single method to eliminate all odors during fire restoration at your Largo home is rarely possible. Although the odor is created in one incident, and your nose probably detects only one type of smell, technically, a bad odor issue is not a single problem. Luckily professional teams like SERVPRO combine several approaches during restoration, so it is possible to eliminate the problem “Like it never even happened.” 

Various Reasons Can Make Odor Linger in Your Property, Including:

  • Deep penetration into porous and semi-porous materials
  • Recirculation of odorous materials by the HVAC system
  • Failure to eliminate all odorous materials

Every deodorization method used within a property has some cost attached. Therefore using several methods can lead to an unnecessarily expensive restoration exercise. Our SERVPRO teams find ways to strike a balance between cost and efficiency. Using phased deodorization is one way to limit cost while maintaining efficiency levels.

Phased Deodorization After a Fire Incident Involves:

  • Physical cleaning of burnt residues
  • Chemical containment that blocks vaporization of odor molecules
  • Vapor odor control by releasing deodorizers that vaporize neutralizing airborne odors
  • Fogging to counteract deeply embedded odor molecules

Phasing means that the deodorization is done in phases and the results evaluated before proceeding to the next stage. That way, the process can be stopped at any stage if the results are deemed satisfactory, thus eliminating further costs.

SERVPRO of Largo can help you find solutions for any challenging aspect of fire restoration. Call us at (727) 586-0060 for immediate assistance.

Why SERVPRO Is the Right Choice for Water Damage Restoration in Largo

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vans at a job site Why SERVPRO for Restoration Services in the Largo Area? The team with skills, equipment, and vehicles to respond--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Many Delighted Largo Area Customers Attest to the Professionalism of SERVPRO's Cleanup and Restoration Services

Our family operated SERVPRO of Largo franchise is proud to receive testimonials from our neighbors like the one below. From a short note to an extensive letter that we receive from our customers, our goals are achieved when they are satisfied with the results of the water, fire, or mold restoration service.

Largo area residential and commercial properties always receive first-class treatments, as evidenced by our numerous awards.

  • Franchise of the Year Award
  • Executive Gold Awards
  • Chairman's Bronze Recognition
  • 8-Times and Counting Millionaires Platinum Awards

A Very Happy Customer

I hired SERVPRO of Largo to respond to an emergency involving a water line break and significant flooding of my Mom's home. They were quick to respond to help mitigate damage by use of dehumidifiers and air movers. David was most helpful in identifying moisture impacted areas, continued monitoring through the drying process, and decision-making all along the way. His consistent availability was very helpful throughout this ordeal. Ryan was very helpful as Production manager in scheduling the work crews needed ultimately to remove impacted sheetrock from walls and tile floor to expose any trapped moisture. Unfortunately, we did discover mold in some of the walls. The crews worked diligently and carefully to remove the mold-impacted debris in a safe and careful manner. SERVPRO brought in air scrubbers to prevent any migration of mold to other areas of the home. They treated wall voids with a botanical disinfectant to kill any mold spores and encapsulated areas to reduce odors until repairs of compromised wood could be made. All of the employees who responded were very professional, polite, and hard working. A very large area of tile and concrete board underneath had to be removed down to the subflooring. It was very hard work, dusty and labor-intensive. The guys work as neatly as anyone could to minimize dust, including sealing off bedroom doors to prevent dust entering other areas of the home.

All of the guys (Mike, Nick, Dan and Tom) worked hard to get the work done as quickly yet carefully as possible. I particularly want to acknowledge Mike who operated an impact hammer and chisel for two straight days to remove all the flooring tile and concrete. That was very hard work yet he remained cheerful despite the arduous task. All-in-all my experience with SERVPRO of Largo was very positive and I would highly recommend them to anyone going through such a disaster in their home. Every representative I dealt with was courteous, professional and competent in their role. I thank them all very much for working with me so cooperatively through a very trying time.

SERVPRO of Largo is available to help 24/7 with scheduled or emergency water, fire, and mold damage cleanup and restoration services. Call or click for a stress-free experience. (727) 586-0060

Avoid Delays in Clearwater When Water is Flowing into Your Property

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Our certified technicians come prepared with state of the art equipment your property needs after a water incident occurs.

Toilet Supply Line Break Can Damage Your Home

Disasters can strike your Clearwater home without warning and cause widespread damages, especially in centrally located regions of your house. When there is a water damage incident that originates in the bathroom, the materials exposed can absorb a lot of this flowing water. Still, it can also spread quickly to adjoining spaces over just a short period. Overcoming this damage requires fast response times and technicians with the training and certifications to make a difference quickly. 

When it comes to overcoming water damage in Clearwater, like a toilet supply line break in your residence, you want a team of experts to arrive when the situation occurs. Our SERVPRO franchise is a 24-hour response center offering immediate attention to the disasters that affect your property. With a fast response time, we can help limit the necessary restoration work required and preserve at-risk elements of the property with our initial arrival. 

Water Damage Restoration Equipment

Much of our restoration and mitigation work relies heavily on the advanced technology and equipment our technicians have at their disposal for water cleanup and extraction. With high volumes of water affecting the bathroom of your home, we can utilize equipment like our truck-mounted and gas-powered pumps to pull water from the damaged areas of your home fast. With the excess removed, our SERVPRO professionals can focus on restorative actions like thoroughly drying the saturated materials and contents of your house. 

When it comes to choosing the right professionals to help you overcome the water damaged elements of your home, you need a team that has industry-leading equipment capable of doing the job correctly and as quickly as possible. 

While you might not get prepared to face water damages resulting from an emergency like a water line break in your bathroom, having a trusted group of highly trained water restoration specialists available 24-hours a day can help ease your mind. Give our SERVPRO of Largo emergency response team a call anytime. You can reach us at (727) 586-0060.

Importance Of Regulating Humidity For Mold Damage Control In Your Largo Home

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

"Humidity" Mold is a serious issue that should be taken care of right away. Don't wait, call in the experts at SERVPRO!

Regulating Humidity And Mold Damage

Usually, something reasonably obvious like a leak or a flood is the cause of a mold outbreak. You trust this to be the rule to explain mold growth, so microbial activity in non-water damaged areas of your home takes you completely by surprise. SERVPRO knows microbial outbreaks do not always play by the rules, but we have confidence in our mold remediation methods.

Why would mold damage be a problem in your Largo home if the roof is sound and all plumbing up to date? The average on the Gulf Coast of Florida high temperature is 80 degrees all year round, edging into the 90s during the summer months. The humidity is also oppressive. Many homes have central air conditioning or window units to minimize the discomfort of extreme heat and excessive moisture in the air. If your air conditioning system malfunctions or underperforms, the air quality in your home suffers, feeling moist and sticky.

Humidity in your home of more than 60 percent supports mold growth even without any water seeping out of leaky pipes, a hole in the roof, or other water flooding situations. If you try to save on energy use by running your air conditioner infrequently or not at all when the humidity is high, do not be surprised that mold damage is an unintended consequence. When SERVPRO hears a story of mold growth absent an apparent leak, we pay close attention to the moisture level in your home's air. We use precise measuring tools to monitor the humidity levels as we take all the steps necessary to decrease the fungal damage.

Why SERVPRO for Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal

Once we contain and remove the mold and disinfect the area, we turn to reducing the moisture content of the air to prevent future mold outbreaks. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers both remove dampness, and we advise continuous operation until the humidity drops. The ideal range is between 30 and 50 percent ambient moisture. Our technicians evaluate the operation of your air conditioners, checking for clogged drainage hoses or other easily repaired issues to improve their air drying capacity. We have portable dehumidifiers to decrease humidity if necessary. As a final step, we help you set up your own AC and dehumidifiers to maintain the levels we achieve with our professional equipment.

Contact SERVPRO of Largo whenever a musty smell or mold growth invades your home. Call (727) 586-0060 for an inspection and depend on us to craft a plan to remove the mold and limit moisture to prevent more growth.

Is Mold Infestation Permanent?

3/15/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage on wall and ceiling Don't let water damage become a breeding ground for mold. Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Technicians Can Reduce the Impact of Microbial Growth in your Largo Home

Molds can occur due to poor insulation in the home, slow leaks, or other root causes leading to moisture in the property. The microscopic fungi thrive in warm, humid conditions and use enzymes to breakdown and digest organic matter. Over a prolonged period, mold can eat away at drywall or other parts of your building's assembly.

If you spot signs or symptoms of microbial growth, it is essential to enlist professional mold remediation services in Largo. An infestation can continue to damage your home and make it unsanitary. Our technicians work quickly to address the moisture issue in your property. We can remove infested materials, clean salvageable frameworks or woods, and control the microbial outbreak. SERVPRO uses qualified technicians for mold remediation.

  • Anti-microbial chemicals can prevent mold spores from building through their stages of growth.
  • We can correctly ascertain the extent of mold infestation by assessing the property thoroughly.
  • Our technicians dispose of infectious waste like mold in the correct, legal method.

Reduce microbial growth in your property. Contact SERVPRO of Largo for mold remediation at (727) 586-0060.

How can SERVPRO Help with Water Damage Restoration?

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians at work. Water damage is no easy task. Call the professionals at SERV PRO for the water restoration services needed for your home.

We know Largo residents are relying on us.

Water damage restoration is an exact science. It is tempting to try and mop the water up yourself after an appliance or pipe breaks, but it is better to call in the professionals.

If you need water damage restoration in Largo, SERVPRO has the know-how and equipment to remediate the situation. We take care of every aspect of water damage restoration, including:

  • Drying water-damaged furniture and upholstery
  • Cleaning household items and toys
  • Deodorizing your home to leave it smelling fresh

If necessary, we can send clothes, accessories, and textiles to our facility for specialist ESPORTA cleaning. We also have sonic cleaning tanks for utensils, blinds, and other household items.

We can use spot cleaning to tackle water stains on delicate materials such as a favorite chair or ULV fogging to disinfect and deodorize all the hidden nooks and crannies.

We monitor moisture levels in your home throughout the restoration, and we use the readings to adjust our approach as necessary. The result is a clean, dry home that feels “Like it never even happened.”

For a professional water damage restoration service, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

The Remarkable Environment of the Largo Area

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

blue heron in water Let SERVPRO remediate your water damage while you enjoy all Largo has to offer.

Largo’s Beautiful Natural Landscapes and Unique Wildlife

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

The Diverse and Picturesque Beaches Near Largo  

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

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

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

Largo’s Various Parks

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

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

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

Fauna of the Largo Area

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

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

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

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

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

What Does Water Cleanup Involve?

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

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

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

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

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Santa typing Don't let a water leak lead into mold in your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the water mitigation you need.

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

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

  • A phone call
  • A letter

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

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

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

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

truck outside damaged home Our crew at SERVPRO can restore your damaged property!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    •    Nursing Home Fire – March 1953

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

    •    Turkey Smoker Housefire – November 2017

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

    •    Abandoned Building Fire – January 2020

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

    •    Wildfires – Yearly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

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

Largo Homeowners Need State of the Art Mold Remediation

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

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

Largo Homeowners are Concerned about Coordinating Flood Damage Cleanup Efforts

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

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

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

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

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

What happens when you call SERVPRO?

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

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

What can SERVPRO help with?

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

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

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

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

What about cleaning?

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

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

What happens if a project needs specialist expertise?

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

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

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

What about the insurance adjuster?

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

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

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

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Largo, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Largo today at (727) 586-0060 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

What Are Some Various Sanitization Solutions to Help Fight Viruses in Largo?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Uses Medical-Grade Disinfectants

The latest virus outbreak, which is characterized by high transmission rates, is necessitating effective preventative procedures to minimize the spread. There are various procedures that can help Largo property and business owners achieve the intended goals.

SERVPRO of Largo is a professional specialty cleaning company, serving our area. Although there is no cleaning agent specially formulated to work against this new virus, there are cleaning agents available in the market that destroy related pathogens. Our SERVPRO technicians use these kinds of medical-grade products on a daily basis for Bio cleaning of sewage spills, crime and death scenes, and others.  Many of the products we use are included in the CDC and the EPA approved cleaning chemical lists for viruses.  Because our SERVPRO cleaning teams handle biohazard situations regularly, they are also equipped to provide preventative cleaning for this pandemic.  We have the people, tools, and equipment to complete a preventative cleaning project of any size.

Since the infectious disease emerged, the primary transmission mode has been identified as respiratory droplets released when a person sneezes or coughs. SERVPRO of Lago is able to help with indoor air cleaning using wet-mist fogging and other techniques.

If you want to explore the options available for preventative cleaning and disinfection, please reach out to our office. We have services for private homes, open and closed businesses, and public buildings.

Your best solution depends on the specific requirements at each property. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for more detailed information. 

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Our SERVPRO Of Largo Team Is Ready To Help During This Time Of Need

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with the word CARES on a green background SERVPRO Cares during this time of need

While our local communities continue to react to the ever-changing news regarding the global pandemic of Coronavirus, this is a reminder that we are ready to help. We are specialist in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. Our highly trained SERVPRO professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your commercial property or public space back in business.


We are prepared to clean and disinfect your business or home, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, light switches, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, phones, tablets and tables.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS CLEANING PROTOCOLS

SERVPRO of Largo is certified through the American Bio-Waste Solutions and trained to dispose of biohazard materials inline with EPA, OSHA, Florida State laws and local Pinellas County regulations. We are also a member of the local community and do our part to make the clearing of biohazard as painless as possible for our Largo area residents.

You can trust SERVPRO of Largo. This Dunedin family is happy they called our team.

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

A customer review “You were a 'lifeline' for us through the entire process.” Written on a black background. Call SERVPRO of Largo today, we want to help you all the way through!

Our team will be there for your water damage in Dunedin. 

On December 4th, in the very early morning hours, water damage occurred in our condo unit. Your company, SERVPRO of Largo, came immediately to mitigate the water. The monitoring, the drying period, and the tear-out for renovation was completed by December 27th.

Following the Christmas holiday, we assumed workmen would resume work, but we sat idle. No one showed up. Our frustration grew. On December 30th , we met with you to learn what would happen next. We were very stressed. The destruction had happened nearly a month ago and we had to turn family away from visiting us for the holiday. Due to the holiday, we went days without any action, and that elevated our stress level. So... when you came for our first face-to-face meeting, we unloaded on you with our complaints and concerns. You listened patiently, absorbed our distress, and you were so calm that you defused the situation and immediately earned our respect! You talked us through the process of selecting the company we would choose to begin the reconstruction. You assured us that we had the option of selecting the company for reconstruction if we wanted to be in control of each step of the renovation (as per a project manager role), or choosing SERVPRO to handle it. As we spoke with you, you presented facts to consider, you reassured us that if we chose SERVPRO, the completed work would look "Like it never even happened." You stated that if anything was not to our approval, you would work to make it right. We believed you.

We carefully considered our choices. We asked you if we chose to go with SERVPRO, how would it work?  You said you would first receive the adjuster's report, assess the damage, write up a step-by-step for the renovation, and show the cost for each step in the renovation. You would send us this bid, and if we chose to go with SERVPRO, we would sign an agreement that could be presented to our insurance company. You promised to send us the bid that night.  True to your word, you did. (In fact, anytime you said you would do something, you followed through!)

When we reviewed the bid and signed the agreement, we said we'd like your best team to be assigned to us, so who would you recommend? You immediately answered:

"Medji, and his team". We met you on January 6th You arranged for the green wallboard installation. You also had arranged for us to meet Medji for the first time. Three days later, the wallboard installation was complete. In preparation for the renovation, we sent you and Medji 6 pages of diagrams and many pictures of the kitchen before the water damage.

Over time we met Medji's good team of hard-working men: Espiro, Romano, Gazi, Landie. They did every task as Medji instructed. Their care of our property was commendable. They fixed things as if it was their own. We respected the pride they took in their work, and the desire to please us. We also respected the creative and careful approach that Medji took to replace the cabinets and island with like-to-like product, and to follow the footprint of the original island (an important detail, since the space in the kitchen is tight.)

The major work was accomplished by February 3rd, just 2 months after the disaster!  It was completed with skill and care, and when walking through the finished condo, it looked the same as it originally had... nothing out of place, and no evidence that anything had ever happened! Later, Medji called us and set a time on Feb. 13th to complete the final tick list. Again, a happy surprise! In today's "work style", it is not usual for a company to complete a job in such a timely fashion.

We are writing this evaluation to state how completely happy we are that we met you, we trusted you, and you came through for us. We were happy with each team that came to perform a task related to this catastrophe. We remain completely delighted with the work that Medji and his fine team of men did for us. We thank Universal Insurance for having the special relationship with your company to provide excellent work and to be paid directly through our insurance.

Special thanks to you, Allen, for representing SERVPRO in such an excellent manner. You are an amazing asset to your company. Your personality, your listening skills, your demeanor, and your professionalism gave us confidence in you and belief in your company. You orchestrated the entire process to move through each stage, with different teams of workers. Any time we called, texted or emailed you, you responded in a timely fashion. You were a "lifeline" for us through the entire process.

We are very appreciative to all of you. Cyrilla and Carey B. Dunedin FL.

SERVPRO Uses Technology to Locate Moisture in Your Dunedin Home

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment stacked inside storage facility Water damage? We have the instrumentation to locate moisture and equipment to dry your home.

During Water Removal in Dunedin There are Many Instruments Used to Find Moisture

If your house in Dunedin ever suffers from any plumbing failure, damage to your contents and building materials could result. If water removal is conducted promptly by a professional restoration company like SERVPRO, many of your possessions and building's structural components could are salvageable. In some situations, excessive moisture can ruin items inside your home, such as your carpet and pad.

However, if restoration procedures get implemented correctly, our SERVPRO technicians can often prevent some items inside your home from having to be removed and replaced. The first step to water removal in your Dunedin residence is to find the source of the leak. Once we locate where moisture is entering your structure, we can then take steps to either temporarily or permanently fix the problem. After the leak gets repaired and no more moisture is entering your building, we then can then attempt to figure out where the moisture traveled.

One aspect that sets SERVPRO apart from other restoration companies is the moisture detection instruments we have at our disposal. During every restoration project, we use a variety of different tools to test for the presence of moisture as well as take readings of your house's indoor environment. When extracting water and drying out wet materials, it helps our team to know where the water went. We also test the temperature and humidity inside your home to figure out how we can create an environment that is favorable for rapid drying.

During many plumbing failure situations, your carpet and other floors are the first to get wet. When figuring out what sections of your carpet got wet, we can use a moisture sensor. The sensor consists of a handle with two probes, and should the carpet be wet, the instrument beeps and the handle lights up.

We can also use other moisture meters to get a level of how wet an item is. For example, we can use a non-penetrating moisture meter that can find where areas of your drywall are wetter than others. We can also use a penetrating moisture meter that gets hammered into wooden items like your wall studs to give us a moisture number. When testing your home for wet materials, we take measurements in affected areas and rooms that didn't get wet to come up with a drying goal.

For professional assistance after you notice a water leak, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 24/7 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Is Trapped Water in Construction Materials Damaging Homes in Dunedin?

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floors Water quickly damages flooring materials. We have the tools and the know-how to restore your home.

Removing Trapped Water in Dunedin Home Construction Materials 

Wood flooring and framework can hold water for extended periods, being a challenging area for our SERVPRO team to dry in Dunedin homes after a water loss. While surface water can often get addressed with extraction tools and drying techniques, moisture that has penetrated the seams of wood plank flooring and reached into the subflooring can become a challenge for even our experienced professionals. There are many steps and techniques to remove water from saturated wood flooring. 

Many homeowners might consider the presence of water in their wood flooring to be a total loss, but water removal for Dunedin homes is more probable than you might believe. Removing the trapped water in these planks starts with understanding the severity of the situation. Our technicians have sophisticated discovery devices and tools that can probe beyond the surface to determine moisture content concentrations and surface meters that can detect the presence of moisture beyond the top layer. Both of these approaches offer unique information that can help to designate the placement and number of drying tools used. 

Our SERVPRO team has multiple drying tools like air movers and positive pressure systems to help the evaporative drying processes in structural cavities and specific materials. However, the most effective approach for drawing moisture from water damaged wood plank flooring is drying mats. 

These get placed perpendicular to the seams of the installed plank to maximize the drying approach. If more concentrated drying efforts are necessary, we can utilize lay-flat poly sheeting taped and weighted against the flooring in a tent to expedite the drying process. Our technicians can closely monitor the progress of this drying effort with moisture meters to prevent over-drying the materials.   

Because hardwood and engineered flooring are both accessible construction materials chosen in the construction of modern homes, knowing the best approach to dry out these materials and trapped moisture can save our customers money. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Largo team a call today at (727) 586-0060. We have the skills and equipment to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” 

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HVAC Water Extraction in Affected Dunedin Properties.

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Calling a professional team to handle the extraction of your Dunedin home water damage can help in so many ways.

It is hard to associate HVAC systems with water extraction. However, since the entire Heating and Ventilation system touches different parts of the house, including walls, ceilings, attics, or basement, water intrusion is possible. Extracting the water and drying the system is not an easy task considering its components are set up in hard to reach areas of the house. Calling a professional team to handle the extraction can help save your system.

Specialized water extraction in affected Dunedin properties requires several steps. Extracting the liquid water from the ducts is the primary step. Our SERVPRO technicians accomplish this by inserting a vacuum hose to the ductwork through a register or vent. We then hook the hose to a portable or truck-mounted water extractor, which provides the suction needed to remove the water. 

Wet-vacuuming may not remove all the water from the HVAC ductwork.  To extract any remaining water, our SERVPRO technicians drill small holes on the ducts to let water weep or drain out through gravity action. After removing the liquid water, we shift focus to drying, which removes excess moisture that can cause other problems such as mold.

HVAC ducts can be made of different types of materials, including fabric ducts, galvanized metal ducts with fiberglass interior, or galvanized metal with exterior fiberglass, among other materials. The type of material determines the effort needed for drying moisture from the system. Typically, our SERVPRO technicians supply hot, dry air into the return portion of the system, drying off moisture. 

Whenever water travels through the ductwork, there is a need to evaluate and clean some of its constituent parts. For example, there is a need to remove the fiberglass lining if present. We understand the need to do this following NADCA ACR standards, so apart from extracting the water, we also ensure a NADCA certified technician inspects the system.

Some water extraction processes require specialized skills. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 to help restore your property to preloss state. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Professionals Remove Smoke Odors From Fire Damaged Largo Condos

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke damaged kitchen vent hood, cabinets and wall Smoke damage restoration involves more than wiping the soot from the wall. Smoke leaves an odor that necessitates professional removal.

What to Do When Your Largo Condo Needs Fire Smoke Remediation 

Having a fire inside of your Largo condo can leave some unpleasant fire smoke-based odors inside of your home. Even after cleaning up the fire damage inside, the malodor can remain behind if the right equipment is not used to remove it. For this reason, reaching out for professional help after experiencing fire damage inside of your home can be a wise decision.

When your condo requires local Largo fire smoke remediation, it is wise to seek out that help right away. Leaving any fire damage for a significant time in your home could make it harder to remediate successfully. Fire damage is often time-sensitive, and the quicker help arrives, the better it is for the longevity of your home.

If your home experienced a fire and you called us here at SERVPRO, we would immediately prepare to rush to your aid. We're committed to basing our schedule around yours. Whenever you need us, 24/7, our highly trained technicians are ready to travel to your home. Once we arrive, we can quickly go inside and begin to use our advanced technological equipment designed to remediate fire damage.

If, for example, leftover smoke damage was the problem in your home, SERVPRO could use a few devices to take care of the issue. Let's say the fire happened inside of your living room two weeks ago, and the visible damage had been dealt with already. However, no matter how much you open windows, or try to ignore the smell with candles, the malodor still lingers. 

SERVPRO could use devices like thermal foggers or air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters to remove the foul scent from the air. The key to remediating the smell is to remove the particles from the air that is causing it. Thermal foggers dispense a chemical vapor into the air that traps the particles and neutralizes them. Air scrubbers pull them into the filter and eliminate them. No matter which device we chose, you can trust SERVPRO to remediate the malodor in your home, and leave it feeling "Like it never even happened."

If the foul scent of smoke is lingering inside of your home after a fire, never hesitate. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Largo by telephoning (727) 586-0060. Whatever the time of day, we're open and ready to help.

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We Will Eliminate The Traces Of Fire Damage In Your Largo Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

The ceiling of a family room effected by a fire in a nome with debris coming out of it We are trained in odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning and fire & smoke restoration. Call us right away when you have a fire.

Better Management of Stains and Odors after Fire Damage Affects Your Largo Home

Fire damage presents many challenges as you work towards the restoration of your Largo home to its preloss state. Cleaning and rebuilding damaged areas consume most of the resources. However, issues you might consider minor such as unpleasant odor or stains, can ruin the outcome, or delay results. Working with professional FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians, from SERVPRO helps manage these problems in different ways.

When performing the initial steps of fire damage restoration in Largo, it is easy to miss stubborn odors and stain through concealments. For example, it is natural to expect odor from charred items. Soot and other smoke residues on surfaces can also conceal stains or cause them if left in place for some time. Our SERVPRO crews have extensive experience dealing with similar incidents so we can anticipate such problems, thus planning to counter them. We achieve this by incorporating odor management and stain removal in the primary cleaning process using products and equipment such as:


Deodorant Granules and Pellets

Odor Counteracting Beads

Liquid Odor Counteractants

Hydroxyl and Ozone Generators


Although odor is invisible, it is made of real volatile particles that the nose senses in the air. The volatile nature of these particles spreads them through the air from the source point to the rest of the house. Hydroxyl and ozone generators produce free radicals into the air. These unstable molecules chemically alter odor molecules through oxidation, neutralizing bad odor. Our SERVPRO technicians set up hydroxyl generators in your house immediately we start the restoration process, ensuring the elimination of unpleasant odor by the time we finish cleaning.

During the fire damage cleaning process, various detergents are necessary to remove soils from surfaces and materials. The detergents might not remove stubborn odors and stains effectively. Our SERVPRO technicians add water-based deodorizers to the cleaning solutions we use to neutralize odors. The deodorizers are formulated to work at different temperatures and pH levels so they are effective even when mixed with other cleaning agents. We also take steps such as pre-cleaning stone surfaces and applying oil on metallic ones preventing stains.

Minor issues can ruin the outcome of a thorough restoration exercise. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 to help eliminate all traces of fire damage, "Like it never even happened."

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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."

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Odor Removal After Fire Damage in Indian Rocks Beach

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

he damage left behind from a fire can be overwhelming, trust SERVPRO to remediate the damage "Like it never even happened."

The Importance of Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services

When there is a fire in your home, it does not take much to be overwhelmed with the damage. The odor alone can make it unbearable just to be in your house, even if you are still able to reside there safely. While odor removal after fire damage might just be one facet of the services our experienced team offers, it is one that is commonly overlooked, misunderstood and undervalued.

The process naturally begins with cleaning up the mess. Professional cleaning means wiping down and removing any of the soot and smoke damage to surfaces and structures throughout the affected area. This procedure begins with using tools like handheld auto scrubbers to directly and thoroughly scrub away the debris and soot left behind after the blaze. Now that you can begin to see what your house looks like underneath the film of fire damage in your Indian Rocks Beach home, it is time to remove the lingering odor.

Odor removal is accomplished in different ways depending on the severity of the smell. At SERVPRO, we use thermal foggers to remove the harsh smell of smoke after a fire. These machines offer a solution of deodorizing chemicals that eliminate the odor present in your home by completely neutralizing it on contact. Deodorizing is a fast process and one that can keep fabrics and upholstery nearby from fully absorbing the odor and requiring more direct cleaning efforts.

While fire damages to your home might seem insurmountable at first, taking steps like removing the smoke and burning smell in the air can help you to appreciate the step-by-step process of fire damage restorations. Our experienced SERVPRO team of professionals has a trained eye and nose for completely bringing your home back to the state it was before the fire ever happened.

Acting quickly can help to not only make the odor removal process much more straightforward, but it can also help to lower claims and potential out-of-pocket expenses. If you are dealing with fire damages now, or if you ever have to, trust our team at SERVPRO of Largo. Call us anytime you need us at (727) 586-0060.

For more information regarding Indian Rocks Beach, click here.

Signs of Water Damage in Your Older Belleair Bluffs Home

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Signs of water damage or a musty smell are reasons to give SERVPRO a call to come out and assess the situation. Call today.

SERVPRO Remediates Obvious Water Damage and Finds Where it is Hidden As Well

It is no secret that old homes are plagued by problems. The main issue, whether the house is ancient or modern, is the threat of water damage. It does not take long for it to wreak havoc on a home. One broken pipe could be enough to result in damage which requires several hours of labor and thousands of dollars for repair. 
 
Sometimes the water damage your Belleair Bluff home sustains is very evident and can be spotted easily by the untrained eye. However, it can be a subtle problem as well, creeping up on you and making significant destruction before you realize it is there. No matter the type of water damage, you want to have a professional water damage remediation company come in to help you dry your home out and make the repairs needed. SERVPRO is always ready to assist you with this. 
 
Spotting the Damage 
 
Some signs that you could have water damage are good to keep an eye out for, especially in your older home. Water stains are telltale signs on your wall or ceiling and are usually evident. If you see one suddenly appear, it is a good time to call up SERVPRO and get a technician to check your home to see where the water is coming from. 
 
Buckling walls and floors are another very clear sign, and is often the mark of a severe problem. Wood or drywall absorbs water, making it swell. The result is buckling which you can feel or see when you are walking over the area. It can occur over time like with a small leak in your shower or can happen suddenly like when an appliance floods your home. 
 
Areas which are crumbling, such as the wood around your windows, molding, or baseboards, is also a sign of water damage. Any crumbling may indicate the wood is disintegrating from water infiltration. 
 
Trust your nose as well. The damage might be hidden from your sight, but many times you can detect it with your nose. If you smell a mildew or musty scent, there may be moisture damage behind your walls. SERVPRO can use special moisture meters to detect such moisture and fix the problem for you. A lot of old houses have a musty, old smell, but in rooms, with water damage, the smell is much stronger. 
 
If you cannot see a leak anywhere, you can sometimes sense it, so listen closely. If you believe there is a hidden leak coming from your roof, you should try using your ears to listen. During a rainstorm, turn everything in the house off including the central air or heat. The goal here is to make the house as quiet as possible; then you can stand in different places where you suspect there is a leak and listen. Water dripping through your roof is a very different sound then water landing on your roof. 
 
SERVPRO of Largo can find the source of the leak in your older home and fix it, dry your home and possessions out and repair any damage. All you have to do is give them a call at (727) 586-0060, and they send a technician out to you in a timely fashion, so your home is dry and safe in no time. 

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Important Flood Safety Preparation Information for Your Indian Rocks Beach Home

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can occur anytime in Florida. Make sure your family is prepared and have a plan for flood emergencies.

Flood Safety Preparation and Flood Damage in Your Indian Rocks Beach Home

Flooding from heavy storms in Indian Rocks Beach can create a big problem for you and your family. When there is a flood warning issued in your area, that means that flooding is about to start. Sometimes, flooding can begin without warning. If you are lucky enough to know it’s coming, your safest bet is to get you and your family to safety.  

The amount of damage the intruding waters can cause to your Indian Rocks Beach home is too much for you to handle on your own. Once the storms have subsided, get in touch with SERVPRO right away so we can help you get your home dry again. Our highly trained technicians and fast service make it easy to see why SERVPRO is the best choice to cleaning up flood damage in your home.  

Before you leave your house, you can do a few things to prepare your house for the floodwaters. First, let authorities know you are leaving for a safer place if you can so they are not searching for you if there are recovery operations needed in the area. Moving electronics and valuable items to higher areas is advised as well. If possible, put them on beds, the second floor, or countertops. Floodwaters can also contain contamination from sewage runoff, but SERVPRO techs also can sanitize the affected area after we remove the floodwaters and dry everything back out.  

Waterproof bags or containers should be used to store any medical supplies or vital documents. Take your animals with you as well if possible. If not, ensure they have water and food and are in the safest place where you can put them.  

Leave your freezers and refrigerators open. You can prevent them from floating around in this way and causing additional damage to your home. Turn off the water, gas, and electricity to your home, and put sandbags over drains and in your toilet. Doing so prevents sewage from backing up into your home. You can do this even if you do not plan on evacuating.  

We may need to toss some wet and contaminated items, such as carpeting, and replace them with new. We can also cut out drywall to where the water level came up and replace that, too.  

SERVPRO of Largo understands that when your home in Clearwater, Belleair, or Belleair Shores has experienced flooding, it is a very stressful time for you and your family. That is why when you reach out to us at (727) 586-0060, we waste no time in handling all the water and damage to your residence so you can move back in as quickly as possible.

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Our Team Of Specialists Explain Our Hoarding Cleanup Procedures For Belleair Bluffs

1/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Hoarding Cleanup Procedures For Belleair Bluffs Families

For Belleair Bluffs residents, keeping a clean home for themselves and family members is usually a simple process. In some circumstances, this process can become a painful task when a parent, sibling, or other family member is found to be a hoarder.

Hoarding cleanup in Belleair Bluffs homes requires extensive training in mold detection and removal, water damage restoration, and more. SERVPRO restoration technicians meet industry standards in each field to clear out a home from the incredible amount of debris in even a small home and then clean and return it to a livable condition.

SERVPRO teams start with pulling out the massive amount of property for disposal. As they expose any hidden mold, technicians spray it with an anti-fungal agent to kill active spores. In this situation, we recommend complete disposal of all paper and even clothing infested with mold. For larger items like furniture and appliances, our teams can determine if the item is restorable and then rely on the family to decide on disposal.

If they discover water soaking into the floors and carpets, team members remove and dispose of the carpet immediately. For wooden floors, an inspector examines the floorboards for rot, mold, and other damage. If there is only mold or minor warping, they can use anti-fungal cleaners, water extractors, and air movers to remove the infestation and carefully return floorboards to their original condition.

While our technicians work as quickly as possible, we also understand that not everything in the home needs disposal. Some furniture or other items can be heirlooms, or simply important to the family. Our teams can stop as often as needed to determine what might be important, or simply needs to go into a dumpster with the other debris.

At SERVPRO of Largo, we understand that speed is not always the best option to clean out a home. Our goal is to restore each residence to the family in the best manner possible, no matter how long the process may take. If you need our services, call (727) 586-0060. We are here for you.

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