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Odor Removal After Fire Damage in Indian Rocks Beach

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Odor Removal After Fire Damage in Indian Rocks Beach 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.

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Restoring Mold Damage in Belleair Bluffs

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Restoring Mold Damage in Belleair Bluffs ur SERVPRO technicians have a multi-step process to return your home to a pre-mold state "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Process

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 difficult to clean and remove.

Mold damage in Belleair Bluffs starts with tiny mold spores. Normally, 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 health effects. Fortunately, SERVPRO has a plan.

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 the 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 what the normal levels are 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.

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Signs of Water Damage in Your Older Belleair Bluffs Home

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Signs of Water Damage in Your Older Belleair Bluffs Home 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)

Why SERVPRO Important Flood Safety Preparation Information for Your Indian Rocks Beach Home 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)

Why SERVPRO Our Team Of Specialists Explain Our Hoarding Cleanup Procedures For Belleair Bluffs We are here for you!

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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Avoid Delays in Bellair Beach When Water is Flowing into Your Property

11/11/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Avoid Delays in Bellair Beach When Water is Flowing into Your Property Quick action, on your part, of contacting SERVPRO when a water line in your home has broken can lead to successful and less costly remediation.

Toilet Supply Line Break Can Damage Your Belleair Beach Home

Disasters can strike your Belleair Beach home without warning and cause widespread damages, especially in centrally located regions of your house. When there is a water loss incident that originates in the bathroom, the materials exposed can absorb a lot of this flowing water, but 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 Belleair Beach like a toilet supply line break in your residence, you want a team of experts that can 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 to limit the necessary restoration work required and preserve at-risk elements of the property with our initial arrival.

Much of our restoration and mitigation work relies heavily on the advanced technology and equipment that 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 to ease your mind. Give our SERVPRO of Largo emergency response team a call anytime. You can reach us at (727) 586-0060.

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