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Preventing A Dryer Fire In Your Redington Beach Home

7/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Preventing A Dryer Fire In Your Redington Beach Home Not many people realize how dangerous clothes dryers can be.

Preventing A Dryer Fire

Not many people realize how dangerous clothes dryers can be. However, each year, there are thousands of fires caused by dryers, plus several hundred individuals who are subjected to carbon monoxide poisoning from dryer vent setups which were not set up properly. Sometimes, a faulty appliance is to blame, but many times, fires can be prevented when dryers are vented properly.

Accumulation of lint and reduced airflow together give the perfect conditions for creating a fire and fire damage in your Redington Beach home. Most dryers include lint traps or filters made to capture the lint. However, these filters do not capture all the lint, and the assumption is that regularly emptying them is enough to protect the dryer. Half of all dryer fires can be accounted for by this since they start within lint traps. When you have been unfortunate enough to experience a dryer fire, SERVPRO is the one you want to contact for help. We are a highly professional and experienced fire damage remediation company, and we take care to get your home back in order.

Proper maintenance can help you avoid these fires. Cleaning and emptying the lint from the exhaust pipe and the rear of the dryer after each use is the first step. Once you clean the lint filter, you should check for rips or tears and replace a damaged lint trap right away. Do not ever put any synthetic substances like foams, plastics, rubber, or any cloth which has been used to clean any potentially combustible or flammable liquids in the dryer, even if you have thoroughly washed them.

The exhaust pipe on your dryer should be short as is allowable based on the dryer’s location in your home. Keep it as straight as possible and limit any bends to allow for an airflow that is unrestricted. It is recommended to use a spiral-wound, aluminum, or steel duct aluminum flex hose, and not white vinyl hose.

If your dryer is powered by gas instead of electric, get it inspected routinely by a professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact. Keep any combustible objects away from the dryer. Things like paper, boxes, chemicals or anything else which would be an accelerant needs to be kept away. Of course, do not ever run the dryer when you are not at home.

When SERVPRO is called to repair fire damage, we work quickly and efficiently. Smoke and soot, plus water left behind from firefighting efforts, are still creating problems for your home. We take care of everything to prevent additional damage.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is always professional and courteous when we come to your home. Contact us right away at (727) 391-6212 once your fire is out so we can clean and repair your home properly.

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Seminole Flood Damage and You

7/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Seminole Flood Damage and You Seminole Flood Water Is Handled and Removed Safely by SERVPRO

Trust and Call SERVPRO to Restore and Cleanup Your Storm Damaged Property in Seminole

It is important that the restoration company you hire keeps you involved with every step. Seeing your home under water is bad enough without dealing with a work crew that ignores your concerns and does not explain what is happening.

The first step SERVPRO takes to restore the effects of Seminole flood damage is to ask you the questions we need to stop and contain the source of the water. Our technicians then inspect your home (with you, if it is safe to do so) and develop a plan to clean and repair your home.

We need to know if the water is clean, gray, or black. Clean water means that pipe ruptured carried potable water and had not released any contamination into your home; this is the simplest flooding to remove. With gray water, there may be soap released into your home from a broken dishwasher, but this is not a health threat and get removed almost as easily as clean water.

Black Water has human or animal waste or a heavy amount of soil in it; sometimes both. This flooding comes from a blocked toilet, sewer line, or a failing septic tank. The intrusion of water from a rising creek or river carries many contaminants into your property. Our technicians must take extra precautions to avoid further contaminating your home. These pollutants may mean removing the water into a special truck or pumping it directly into the sewer. They have to wear protective boots and gloves at a minimum.

Our inspectors make a note of every item the water has affected. The checklist includes not just carpets and floorboards, but also electrical outlets and the floor vents of your HVAC system. In addition to a written or digital report, we also take pictures to record damage before we begin restoration. Once we complete the report, we sit down and go over everything with you. Our team leader answers each question and only begin work after you are satisfied and sign-off on the report.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches knows that you are the best source of data to create a restoration plan and wants you to understand every action we take until we are finished. If you need us, call (727) 391-6212 today.

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Heavy Smoke Damage Possible Despite Little Fire Damage in North Redington Beach

6/27/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Heavy Smoke Damage Possible Despite Little Fire Damage in North Redington Beach Kitchen fires can flare up quickly and be very damaging. Call SERVPRO right after a kitchen fire for quick remediation efforts that can reduce costs.

Regardless of the Type of Fire, SERVPRO Technicians are Certified in Remediating the Damage

A fire in your home has many individual quirks. No two homes are constructed the same way, providing a range of effects when fire strikes. Some fires barely feature any flames, but severe smoke damage greatly compromises every square inch of the home. SERVPRO is familiar with dozens of fire damage variants, but our goal is always to restore the house so completely you feel “Like it never even happened.”
 
Some flames burn fast, hot, and bright. Others smolder for hours, sometimes unnoticed. The fire damage caused by a damp, smoldering burn can be a difficult challenge in your North Redington Beach home. Our crews are ready for the tasks a slow burning fire requires to clear away all evidence.
 
A slow burn seems preferable, and you may notice less charring after the fire is extinguished. The problem with this type of fire becomes evident when you realize the smoldering fire created a thick, sticky smoke that coats everything in its path. This type of smoke damage is much harder to remove than the lighter dusting of ashes and dry soot from a hotter fire. Do not be fooled into believing this kind of fire is less damaging. In fact, you need the team at SERVPRO and our training and smoke removal techniques more when the main damage is smoky residues.
 
Smoke and soot is very corrosive and needs clearing as soon as possible after the fire department gives the okay. SERVPRO pledges to begin the cleanup of the thick, greasy debris within hours of your call. Every moment counts and the use of proper products and techniques our technicians mastered during extensive training makes all the difference. We especially take care to evaluate whether this tenacious buildup infiltrates your HVAC system, where it causes havoc until abated. A thorough cleaning of your ventilation and ductwork is the only answer, and our team is up to this challenge.
 
Engage the fire damage eliminators from SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches when a slow burn results in a major cleaning requirement. Our help is on the way fast with a call to (727) 391-6212.

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SERVPRO Takes The Right Precautions When Dealing With Mold Damage In Your Seminole Home

6/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Takes The Right Precautions When Dealing With Mold Damage In Your Seminole Home PPE Protects Mold Remediation Technicians from SERVPRO During Cleanups in Seminole

Rely on SERVPRO for Safe Mold Removal

After you discover mold damage in your home, it is time to call in the professionals. The fungi can damage everything from clothes and soft furnishing to drywall, and can also move throughout your home, thus spreading the contamination. Although it is not possible to completely prevent mold from coming back, there is a lot that can be done regarding remediation and take steps to discourage regrowth.

When it comes to dealing with mold damage to your Seminole home, it is important to contact remediation experts who have both the knowledge and the necessary equipment to deal with the outbreak effectively. One particular note of caution is to be sure the company you contact has good health and safety awareness and takes all the right precautions during cleanup.
 
SERVPRO’s technicians are all IICRC certified, and we make sure all our field staff is adequately trained in the proper precautions to take when dealing with mold, including making sure our teams have the correct personal protective equipment. We closely adhere to the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines for safety when containing a mold outbreak, including following their guidelines that each technician is equipped with:
 
•Chemical resistant gloves to ensure safe handling of any cleaning chemicals and to keep spores from getting onto the skin.
•Eye protection such as goggles to guard eyes against spills or splashes from detergents or other cleaning agents.
•A respirator, so our agents do not breathe in mold spores. The kind of respirator needed varies depending on the extent of the contamination. We provide our people with greater filter respirators for small spaces, half mask models with cartridges for larger spaces, and full face units for cases of extensive damage.
•Protective clothing such as full body suits to keep mold away from the skin and hair.
 
Wearing the correct kit means SERVPRO’s teams are better equipped to deal with mold and carry out cleaning, dusting, scrubbing and vacuuming actions to remediate the issue.
 
We also take care to protect your home by setting up containment in the affected area to prevent spores from spreading further, and by establishing specific working areas and routes in and out of your home to keep cross-contamination to a minimum.
 
Do not let fungal growth damage your home. Our teams are ready with all the right equipment to handle the problem safely, so call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 for help.

Burst Pipe Need Not End The Party Fun in Seminole

5/19/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Burst Pipe Need Not End The Party Fun in Seminole Don't let your patrons find another place to spend their money. Keep your entertainment center open after flooding by calling SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Offers Many Types of Response Options After a Disaster at Your Entertainment Center


Residents and holiday visitors alike enjoy the snacks and games available at your entertainment center. A plumbing emergency threatens to stop the festivities, flooding the building and causing fear of a long-term shut-down. SERVPRO has the experience and equipment to make short work of this water emergency.
 
A burst pipe spells commercial flood damage disaster to your Seminole game arcade and restaurant. Rather than risk even a short shutdown, make an appointment to have your disaster response needs assessed. Developing a comprehensive plan to address issues arising from a flood or other destruction is straightforward. You work with an experienced project manager and fill out all critical information on a mobile app. When disaster strikes, the team follows the blueprint collaboratively written to ensure your business is protected and back online as soon as possible.
 
SERVPRO offers the Emergency Ready Program (ERP), both Profile and Plan, to streamline its response to any disaster. Maps of your physical layout and identification of key shut off valves and other utility information help workers stop the flow of water and keep responders safe. The many electrical connections in your space may mean the power is unavailable when the technicians first arrive. This full-service company has truck mounted pumps, extractors, and other drying equipment, so your current connection issues are irrelevant.
 
Crews pump and extract the water and then set up air movers and dehumidifiers, monitoring moisture levels throughout the areas and the time spent. You inform SERVPRO, during the development of the Emergency Ready Plan what your priorities are and they take care of each in order. This allows you to establish the spaces that you hope to get back into business soonest, so you close for only a minimal time. The team can barricade problem areas and continue work there so that other parts of your business are in operation.
 
Working with SERVPRO both before and after a flood is a smart business decision. Make your needs known to one of the most experienced and reliable restoration companies in the industry.
 
SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches meets all your flooding and water damage needs. Call us at (727) 391-6212 to schedule a no-obligation assessment and develop an individualized Emergency Ready Profile and Plan.

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Three Things Not to Do When You Find Mold in Your Seminole Home

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Three Things Not to Do When You Find Mold in Your Seminole Home Mold Remediation in a Seminole Home or Condo Requires Professional Help

And One Thing You Should Do for Mold Remediation:  Call SERVPRO


Discovering mold in your home can be a jarring experience, especially if growth and damage are widespread. Many homeowners panic at such a discovery, even for relatively small problems, and find themselves clueless on dealing with the problem. The most important consideration is to remain calm. Panicking or acting rashly can only worsen the damage and make a proper remediation more difficult. For almost all mold damage cases, no matter how severe or innocuous they appear at face value, the best path to take should involve calling a certified company like SERVPRO to handle the disaster safely, cleanly, and in agreement with the local law.
 
Don't Put Off the Problem
Above all else, don't put mold damage to your Seminole home at the back of your mind. What one of the riskiest traps homeowners fall into is the assumption that because the mold damage has already been there for a long time, it should not cause much more damage if dealt with later. However, mold tends to grow exponentially and take even firmer root as time goes on, and as little as a few days could drastically exacerbate your mold damage.
 
Don't Clean Things Yourself
Many residents, fearful of the expenses that may come with a professional remediation job, may try to remove mold on their own. However, this is not only ineffective but also potentially dangerous, as some types of mold may be hazardous to handle without proper safety equipment. It is also often less costly to contact SERVPRO before trying anything yourself: insurance companies may penalize you for attempting repairs yourself and often pay for part or all of our fees. Check your homeowner policy for mold remediation coverage.
 
Don't Move Out Permanently
No matter how bad the mold damage is, you should never make arrangements to permanently move out of your home unless the property has been formally condemned (a very rare scenario). Our specialty lies in restoring your home to full functionality and aesthetics no matter how bad damage may be. For the worst mold damage cases, you may have to move out temporarily, but selling the property is fiscally ill-advised and a major strain on your family. The above is the most extreme of circumstances and typically not needed. With our HEPA filtrated equipment and expertise, barriers can be set up to isolate contaminated portions of your home or condo while remediation is ongoing.
 
SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is available 24/7 to come to your aid should you find mold growing in your home. Give us a call at (727) 391-6212.

Country Clubs Face Major Profit Losses when Commercial Mold Damage Happens in Seminole

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Country Clubs Face Major Profit Losses when Commercial Mold Damage Happens in Seminole Mold found at your club or facility needs to be dealt with correctly right away. Call SERVPRO quickly for our technicians to investigate.

Quick Response to Mold Damage at Your Club is How We Get Your Facility Rapidly Remediated

Having a management role in a country club can be a wonderful position, but it comes with lots of responsibility. Making sure that the grounds are well-manicured, those indoor recreational areas are kept clean, and everything else is running as it should be can take lots of time and effort.
 
Finding that your Seminole facility has commercial mold damage can be a disaster. Not only might guests fear the worst, such as contamination of their belongings and subsequent contamination of their homes, but mold can be downright ugly even to see. Patrons who have breathing difficulties might be very upset to find that a mold situation exists. Answering their questions can become time-consuming. We can help alleviate this fiasco in its entirety and do so quickly, easily, and relatively painlessly.
 
Because mold can travel throughout a building via air filtration systems, locating all areas where mold is more likely to be found is easily done with a hygrometer. This device will locate areas that have higher readings of moisture. Mold needs moisture to grow, so there is no need to look in areas that are dry.
 
Some areas, such as locker rooms and showering facilities, are often much more prone toward developing mold damage, while others, such as the pro shop, might be less likely to be stricken with mold growth. However, we always examine anywhere that might be harboring mold. There are many times when we find mold that is hiding in surprising locations!
 
Running a large facility for clientele with diverse interests can be challenging, but we at SERVPRO know that the stability of the environment needs to be just that – stable. When a possible risk to health is found, remediation is the only answer to continuing to remain operational.
 
As we work, we know that it is crucial to your peace of mind that guests and club members are not disturbed. We have experience in remediation in large facilities, including hospitals, where it was necessary to work alongside patients and hospital staff, all while remaining out of the way.
 
For any problems your facility has with commercial mold damage, just call us. We are SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches, and we can make it “Like it never even happened.” Just call us, 24/7, at (727) 391-6212.

Flood Damage in Seminole Can Take the Fun Out of Florida Living

4/4/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage  Flood Damage in Seminole Can Take the Fun Out of Florida Living Water and Flooding Can Ruin Your Seminole Vacation Home--Call SERVPRO


SERVPRO Provides Solutions to Flooding in Seminole


Living near the beaches of Florida is considered by many to be a sign of success, but it also comes with many surprises. Flooding is one of these surprises, but we can help your family regain your home. SERVPRO only uses the most recent industry developments and scientific discoveries in performing restorative work.


Seminole is divided by water, which most of the time provides revenue through tourism, fun, and beauty, but this water can also cause flood damage to affect area homes adversely. There are other ways that water can flood, such as seasonal storms, hurricanes, and indoor plumbing accidents. Outside sources often bring debris and other contaminants with them, and this significantly increases the severity of the problem.

When flooding happens, the materials in your home react to the water. Some, such as wallpaper, carpeting, and furniture, are immediately affected. Other materials take longer to show signs of their contact with the water. Because flooding continues to create more and more damage the longer it remains in a home, we are always available regardless of the hour.

Carpeting can become stained almost immediately by any furniture legs that rest directly on the carpet's surface. Wallpaper and linoleum can both lose their adhesive qualities and can eventually separate from glued surfaces. Drywall can deteriorate over time, slowly becoming worse and worse.

Water from any source can seep into areas that never came into contact with the initial intrusion. Flooded homes always have higher humidity levels than the air outside. Higher humidity in a home can create problems with deterioration and corrosion in a multitude of locations.

These situations stemming from flood damage mean it is imperative to begin cleaning up flood damage immediately. Every minute that goes by with water standing in your home creates additional problematic situations. SERVPRO has the pump trucks needed for any size flooding incident.

After we have reduced the amount of water to the degree that is suitable for handheld equipment, we can continually, step-by-step, work toward bringing the moisture levels in your home back within normal ranges. This includes the humidity levels in the air. We do not stop with just drying your home's walls and floors, and the furnishings inside, but we also reduce the moisture in the air.

After the moisture levels are under control, we then move onto other stages of restoration. Flood damage can include the smell of floodwaters, as well as the sewage or other debris. We can restore a fresh and clean scent to your home, so it does not only look restored, but it smells restored, also.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches, at (727) 391-6212, can be reached anytime, for any emergency. We can help restore your flood damaged home so that you and your family can get back to your normal routines quickly.

Smoke Odors Begone With Our Proven Techniques In Seminole

4/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Smoke Odors Begone With Our Proven Techniques In Seminole No matter how quickly you extinguish an accidental fire in your home, odors linger.

Smoke Odor Removal


No matter how quickly you extinguish an accidental fire in your home, odors linger. Clean walls, ceilings, and other surfaces are not enough. To banish the memory of a house fire, all remnants of smoky smells must also exit. SERVPRO has the methodology to erase this most unpleasant of aromas.

You felt lucky that the grease fire in your kitchen swiftly came under control. Whether you had the presence of mind to smother it with a pot lid, a large container of baking soda, or a fire extinguisher the flames created what seemed to be only minor fire damage in your Seminole home. A precise cleaning of the flat surfaces and touch up painting took away all visible signs of the fire. However, the acrid, smoky smell remained.

Even if you were able to clean up the sticky soot of a grease fire without our help, you need SERVPRO’s training and experience to clear up the persistent smells that remain throughout your home. Smoke odors drift on air currents, moving to areas of your house far from the fire location. Smoke trapped within your HVAC system is particularly troublesome. Many homeowners try to get rid of the smell with air fresheners. All that results is a temporary cover up, or, even worse, a far more unpleasant mixture of greasy smoke and artificial fragrances.

We assess the manner in which the odors dispersed around your home. Sometimes overflow from the burned pot still remains in hidden areas of your stove, like under the burners or down the sides of a slide in unit. Perhaps residue ended up beneath the stove. Scrubbing off the spillage removes the source and the smell. Other times the burnt smell is due to tiny, airborne particles that combusted. We have success with that type of odor by a thermal fogging that recreates the combustion and attaches to offending bits to pull them out of the air or render them odorless through a chemical reaction.

Sealing damaged areas remove smells that locked onto surfaces. Ductwork that harbors smells responds to sealing and repainting smoke-infiltrated walls keeps the odors contained. SERVPRO technicians train extensively in deodorization techniques and receive certification to use the products and techniques properly.

When a seemingly simple fire damage scenario results in stubborn smoky smells, SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches has the skilled staff to obliterate the odor. Call us at (727) 391-6212 to eradicate this reminder of fire.

Partner With SERVPRO To Manage Your Water Damage Disaster In Seminole Florida

3/22/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Partner With SERVPRO To Manage Your Water Damage Disaster In Seminole Florida Many issues manifest when water damages your home.

Water Damage Disaster


The carefree beach-centered life that attracted you to the Central Gulf, unfortunately, has another, much less pleasant and violent side. Tropical depressions build and rain and winds intensify, and before you know it your home is in the path of dangerous consequences. After the storm water damage lingers as a reminder and SERVPRO is the answer to your wondering “where can I get restoration services near me?”

Many issues manifest when water damages your Seminole Florida home. The overriding concern you have is that cleaning up after a water disaster is beyond the ability of the typical homeowner. The skills and the equipment necessary to put your home back in order are available 24/7 from our industry leading restoration company. Our technicians train continuously, achieving and maintaining IICRC certification. When you hire us to complete the work needed, be assured the staff working in your home has both the knowledge and the experience to assess your water damage situation and to devise an effective plan to return your property to preloss condition. We are part of the community and committed to maintaining the beauty and the value of all the properties we are privileged to service by using all the resources we have.

Choosing SERVPRO as your water damage restoration partner means every possible effort will be made by our staff to extract moisture from existing structures and fixtures right on site. Cost and time savings result, with your home disrupted for less time than if we did tear outs and replacements. We accomplish restoration in place by using powerful air movers and dehumidifiers. The classes our technicians master cover methods to measure moisture levels and to determine a drying goal based on best industry practices. They also know how to assess for collateral water damage, inspecting for possible mold growth, odor, warping, and rot. The comprehensive plan our project manager develops for your home covers the restoration process from pumping the water out to drying the structure and contents, to replacing furniture, to touching up paint, and to deodorizing.

The first call you make to SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches starts a process that ends when your property is properly restored. Speak to one of our dispatchers at (727) 391-6212 to set up the appointment that causes you to feel “Like it never even happened."