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Detecting Home Water Damage in Seminole Walls and Ceilings

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO van in front of an apartment building If your Seminole home has an unexpected water damage emergency, contact SERVPRO.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Techs Can Restore Water Damaged Seminole Structures

Home water damage can go undetected for days, weeks, months, or even longer and can leave extensive damage in its wake. While Seminole homeowners can take steps to lower risk or detect damage early, restoration professionals can fix the damage more thoroughly when it does occur.

SERVPRO water damage cleanup for Seminole properties focuses on remediating damage following a homeowner's insurance policy while helping property owners save on repair and replacement costs incurred by moisture exposure. SERVPRO responds to calls day and night to ensure that service is as timely as it is comprehensive.

How To Detect Moisture in Walls and Ceilings

Many instances of water damage have easily-discerned causes, like leaky under-sink plumbing or washing machine supply line perforations. However, other leaks and issues require a more careful eye to detect.

  • One of the most immediate giveaways of water damage to walls and ceilings is noticeably elevated humidity in the home, which a distinct musty odor can accompany.
  • Drywall that is visibly damaged, stained, or features bubbling and peeling paint is almost certainly suffering from moisture damage in a wall cavity. Push on it very slightly to see if it feels soft or fragile.
  • Look behind appliances where possible for damage to walls or ceilings. Water heaters, dishwashers, and refrigerators are prone to potential leaks that can impact drywall and baseboards, and flooring.
  • Check attics for signs of water damage that can trickle down to the lower floors. Sagging ceilings are often the result of water damage coming from above.
  • Consider installing moisture sensors around the home in vulnerable areas. Many wireless systems can send warnings directly to homeowners' phones.

Mold can grow in as little as 24 hours after damage begins, so take care when performing these inspections to minimize the risk of spreading mold spores. SERVPRO can inspect a home with powerful inspection tools calibrated explicitly for drywall, wood, and other water damaged surfaces.

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage and Salvages Impacted Walls and Ceilings

SERVPRO technicians can respond to calls for moisture mitigation with a full suite of restoration tools that specifically target moisture. This repertoire includes air movement and dehumidification equipment, moisture extractors, and odor control tools that can mitigate moisture odors that affect the comfort of a home.

To save structural materials like drywall, SERVPRO can:

  • Inspect sheetrock with penetrating and non-penetrating moisture measurement tools.
  • Carefully remove baseboards and unsalvageable segments of drywall with controlled demolition practices. Ceilings may require the addition of weep holes for moisture removal.
  • Temporarily remove salvageable insulation from an external wall cavity for drying and reimplementation.
  • Establish containment with sealed polyethylene drying chambers in open spaces for more efficient drying
  • Sanitize water-damaged wall studs and ceiling joists with EPA-registered biocides

Water restoration tactics prepare spaces for restoration to a clean, pre-disaster state ready for repairs. SERVPRO can perform such tasks as reinstalling or replacing baseboards, repairing damaged drywall, and preventing further damage to framing by drying and sealing wood stained by water damage. Technicians can also paint surfaces and deploy wet foggers for deodorization, among other services that improve a home's comfort after a disaster.

We're Faster To Any Size Disaster and can take homeowners' calls 24 hours a day. Call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 for fast-responding inspection, mitigation, and rebuilding services.

Dealing with Fire Damage in a Seminole Home

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee packing contents after fire damage You can depend on our SERVPRO teams to clean up and restore your Seminole property, and personal belongings after fire damage.

SERVPRO Helps Homeowners Save Time and Money on Claims Filing and Fire Cleanup

Even small fires can leave behind potentially expensive damages. HVAC systems, tile grout, appliances, and electronics often need soot cleanup to prevent potential corrosion caused by moisture exposure. Fire damage suppression can exacerbate this and make soot even more challenging for Seminole homeowners to clean and document safely for insurance claims. However, there is a firm available to help with all of these issues and more.

Seminole SERVPRO fire restoration professionals can perform documentation and cleanup before claims adjusters arrive. This service helps homeowners file their proof of loss claims and return their property to a safe and comfortable condition as quickly as possible. SERVPRO restoration strategies comply with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for fire cleanup.

How to Handle Fire Damage After it Occurs

Regardless of where the damage happens, homeowners are encouraged to secure the safety of occupants first and foremost. After the fire has been suppressed and occupants are guaranteed safe, homeowners can:

  • Call their insurer as soon as possible. The more quickly a claim is filed, the more quickly property owners can be compensated for damages caused by the flames. Insurance agents can also guide you through securing temporary lodgings as needed.
  • Another step that can aid a claim is getting a copy of the report from the local fire department.
  • If possible, take pictures of damages after the fire department has determined that the home is safe to enter. Collect necessary paperwork and valuables from the residence and medication packaging. Do not consume medication affected by the fire–instead, secure replacements for affected prescriptions.
  • Avoid food, cosmetics, toiletries, and other consumable items affected by a house fire. High temperatures and smoke damage often compromise these contents and render them unsafe for use.

SERVPRO can arrive on the scene and begin cleanup before claims adjusters arrive. Technicians coordinate with insurance companies to perform cleanup and restoration services per homeowners’ needs and coverage.

SERVPRO’s Fire Cleanup Process Includes Documentation and Warehouse Storage

When SERVPRO professionals begin work on a home fire, they inspect surfaces and take pictures of structures and contents. Photo and video documentation are also supplemented by SERVPRO’s electronic and paper inventory records, typically used during pack-outs.

During a pack-out, SERVPRO professionals can:

  • Pack restorable contents room by room
  • Take inventory of items as they are packed for ease of searching later
  • Move packed items to an approved SERVPRO warehouse
  • Perform restoration of belongings per IICRC protocols
  • Allow homeowners access to valuables, documents, and more that they urgently need with the help of the highly-organized inventory system.

SERVPRO pack-out services allow technicians at the property to focus on restoring the structure as thoroughly as possible. Steps to this end include careful debris removal, soot mitigation with everything from dry cleaning sponges to abrasion blasting, and rebuilding services like drywall installation and flooring repair.

Restoration services also include odor control and water removal for fire suppression that is implemented before soot cleanup begins. Simultaneous cleanup of structures onsite and contents off-site can quickly and thoroughly return a Seminole home to a clean and safe condition.

When homeowners need 24/7 service, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Property owners can call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches for their restoration needs at (727) 391-6212.

How Mold Damage Devours Seminole Home Surfaces

6/21/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee in PPE in a mold damaged bathroom Bathrooms in Seminole are vulnerable to mold damage because they are usually warm and wet – conditions favorable for mold growth.

Seminole SERVPRO Mold Mitigation Provided by Knowledgeable, Trained Technicians

While tackling mold removal can often seem feasible enough for Seminole property owners, DIY solutions can expose occupants to spores. Moreover, dislodging spored without the proper safeguards can unintentionally spread them throughout the property and create additional damages.

Seminole SERVPRO mold mitigation professionals render cleanup and repair services around the clock. These technicians are trained to safely handle microbes and prevent them from spreading throughout the property during remediation.

How Mold Damages Home Structures and Contents

Mold seeps into and eats away at structural materials by exuding digestive enzymes that gradually break down these materials.

  • Wood surfaces, including wall framing, can often be restored after mold exposure, but extensive microbe proliferation can cause staining.
  • Finished ceramic tile and masonry are restorable and often unaffected by microbes. Grout, however, is much more porous and more likely to need replacement after microbial exposure.
  • Drywall impacted by mold to the point that it is crumbling, bubbling, or sagging is more economical to replace than repair. However, controlled demolition of only unsalvageable areas minimizes replacement expenses.

SERVPRO technicians cannot guarantee total mold removal, but they can remediate microbe populations to pre-disaster levels that are safe and sanitary for residential spaces.

SERVPRO Mold Mitigation Processes Halt the Damage and Help Property Owners Save

SERVPRO’s responsiveness and training are crucial for ensuring that homes are restored to a pre-disaster state. Still, their commercial-grade tools and EPA-registered biocide solutions allow them to carry out necessary mitigation and restoration tasks. This team’s restoration loadout is designed to perform per Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards.

Some of the tools SERVPRO uses in a typical mold damage scenario may include:

  • Penetrating and non-penetrating moisture sensors and meters and thermal imaging cameras can peer behind walls, floors, and ceilings.
  • When used over open wall cavities, vents, and doorways, polyethylene sheeting and tape can prevent mold spores from migrating to other rooms or through ductwork.
  • SERVPRO personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential for mitigating mold without the accidental spread of spores. Equipment, including bodysuits, shoe coverings, respirators, and gloves, protects technicians during remediation and can be decontaminated in designated spaces for additional safety.
  • Moisture extraction tools, including portable and truck-mounted units, remediate moisture than can exacerbate microbial growth. This process uses a combination of vacuuming, heating, and pumping systems to address the excess water on various surfaces. While most may only need the vacuum component, salvageable porous contents like drapes and upholstery may require the other two systems.
  • Drying equipment, including air movers and dehumidification units, are carefully positioned to control relative humidity in the air and specific humidity on surfaces. Air movement pulls moisture off wet surfaces like flooring and drywall and pushes it toward the dehumidifier. The dehumidifier then passes this air over surfaces like refrigerant coils or silica gel to create condensation, isolated and collected for disposal.
  • HEPA-filter vacuums and air scrubbers help control mold spore travel by lowering air pressure and collecting loose spores that fall to the ground. This process ensures safer and more thorough mitigation of mold populations.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches renders 24/7 mitigation and restoration services that return homes to a “Like it never even happened” state. Contact the team at (727) 391-6212 for emergency-response inspection and cleanup.

Why You Need Professional Help In Tackling Commercial Water Damage To Your Seminole Restaurant?

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

Fancy restaurant table set Unfortunately, your Seminole restaurant is not immune to flooding and the resulting water damage.

Commercial Water Damage To Your Restaurant

A flooded restaurant is an ominous sign for a business. Unfortunately, your Seminole restaurant is not immune to flooding and the resulting water damage. However, the good news is if you seek professional help, it is possible to minimize the structural damage and get your business back on track.

Here at SERVPRO, we have a team of expert technicians with years of experience managing and restoring commercial water damage in Seminole. We use state-of-the-art technologies to get your Seminole restaurant up and running in no time. Our technicians have certifications in Applied Structural Drying and Commercial Drying that prepare them to efficiently handle any size disaster.

Water damage to your restaurant can not only result in structural damage and loss of business, but it can also have long-term consequences if not appropriately restored. Secondary damage due to residual moisture is quite common in flooded restaurants. If the water is not promptly and completely removed, it can also create a conducive atmosphere for mold growth.

SERVPRO IICRC trained technicians use some of the best and highly efficient equipment to eliminate the residual moisture as entirely and efficiently as possible. We use a multi-step approach to minimize secondary damage and get your restaurant in working condition as quickly as possible.

Our technicians are also trained to handle contaminations due to busted sewer and water lines. A restaurant must get the contamination under control, and our decontamination protocols are designed to achieve just that. We understand the importance of cleanliness in the restaurant business, and our technicians work tirelessly to help you pass any inspection with ease. We also make an inventory of any contaminated food items and dispose of them following standard industrial protocol. We understand that your business is essential to you and our experts work with you to find a way to keep your business open while we take care of the problem.

Call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 today to speak to one of our commercial water damage restoration experts. We can help you get your restaurant cooking and serving in no time!

Surprising Causes Of North Redington Beach Mold Damage

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

close up of mold growth on wall Florida is a warm and damp area, the perfect environment for molds of many strains to multiply.

Causes Of Mold Damage

If your North Redington Beach home floods or your roof leaks, you might not be surprised that some areas of your property showed signs of mold growth. We are all familiar with the sight of mold on a forgotten bit of food or on a wet pile of firewood. When you believe you have taken care to avoid the conditions that cause mold infestation and it shows up regardless, you need advice from mold remediation professionals.

Florida is a warm and damp area, the perfect environment for molds of many strains to multiply. Knowing this, you take all the steps necessary to ensure the interior of your home remains as mold-free as possible, including installing a new air conditioning system. Nevertheless, you notice a musty smell and find some feathery growth and dark staining in areas of your home. We can remediate the moldy locations, but to reduce the possibility of the mold returning, we need to work with you to discover what is feeding the North Redington Beach microbial infestation.

Mold spores are present outdoors and indoors in every place on the planet. When they remain dry, they are inert, not growing or producing more spores. Moisture is what activates the spores, causing them to swell and multiply into groups called colonies. SERVPRO uses the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol to contain and remove mold. Even if we treat the affected area with an antimicrobial like Concrobium, mold spores continue to await moisture to begin the cycle again. You know of no leaks or spills that explain where the water originates.

When IICRC trained SERVPRO technicians evaluate a mold outbreak in your home, we look for sources of moisture. One such source can be humidity levels of 60 percent or more. Would it surprise you to be informed that the problem might be that brand new central air conditioner? Air conditioners work in part because they pass moist, hot air over chilled coils. The water vapor in the air condenses, lessening the humidity within your home and making the air feel more comfortable. It takes time for this condensation to occur and the humidity level to drop to between 30 and 50 percent, the recommended window to avoid mold growth.

If you install an AC unit that is too large for your space, it cycles off before the condensation necessary to lower the humidity to the suggested level occurs. Essentially you have cool but moist air, which contains enough moisture to incubate a mold problem. SERVPRO technicians are familiar with this phenomenon through training and experience. We also carefully measure and monitor moisture levels, including air humidity, when we work on mold remediation. Our advice may be to have the AC system recalibrated or replaced with a model that maintains the humidity level needed.

The technicians at SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches are well-qualified to eliminate your current mold problem and suggest strategies to keep it from recurring. Contact us at (727) 391-6212 to evaluate your mold risk.

Finding a Trustworthy Fire Damage Firm in Seminole is Essential

6/20/2022 (Permalink)

close-up of burning match Our SERVPRO team can remediate your fire damage needs. Call us today!

SERVPRO Is a Trustworthy Seminole Fire Damage Firm

When looking for a fire damage remediator in Seminole, finding one that is honest and trustworthy is just as key as finding a skilled one. You need a firm that effectively documents and justifies its actions, keeps track of your property, and communicates what has and needs to be done. Fortunately, there is a local company that does all of that.

Over the past several years, the Seminole fire damage cleanup and restoration service SERVPRO has earned a solid reputation as a trustworthy firm. This reputation has developed because of its technicians' procedures while completing house fire cleanup efforts, smoke remediation, and fire restoration work. These steps ensure that the job is done correctly, unnecessary work is not done, contents are not lost, and homeowners understand what is going on and why. When remediating fire damaged homes, SERVPRO professionals visually document the job site with video recorders and cameras to:

  • Justify the estimate – Workers support their estimates by recording how a fire-damaged home looks before anything is packed or moved and taking pictures of all items before any are discarded
  • Verify the condition of items and prove that none are missing – Contents are all videotaped so that clients/adjusters can see the quality of items present and understand that none have been lost
  • Document pre-existing damages – Pictures/videos of all items are taken to identify pre-existing issues like water rings, scratches, nicks, and gouges so that extra money isn't paid to repair these problems
  • Provide visual evidence to clients and adjusters – The pictures and videos of the job site and all contents are organized, burned to a CD, and given to clients and adjusters as evidence

This is why so many homeowners trust SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches to remediate their fire damage. Contact us anytime at (727) 391-6212 for assistance.

SERVPRO Has Expertise in Performing Water Damage Restoration in Seminole

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

a blue bucket collecting water from a leaking spot in the ceiling Whether excess water enters your home from above or below, team SERVPRO can help. Call our team right away for water removal and drying services.

How to Conduct Water Damage Restoration in Seminole

Water damage in your house puts you in a stressful situation. Avoid hiring restorers who charge you more than the market price for water damage restoration services since this might increase your anxiety levels.

At SERVPRO, we have state-of-the-art technology and equipment that helps us conduct water damage repair. Our experts have the skills required to be innovative when performing water damage restoration in Seminole houses. You can expect this from us:

  • A restoration process devoid of hiccups.
  • An immediate response to prevent further losses in your home.
  • A team of restoration technicians that is well-trained and licensed to handle water damage.

If you decide to combat water damage by yourself, the repairs you do might appear effective at first, but you are most likely to notice signs of moisture that remain trapped in some areas after some time. High humidity causes materials to dry slowly, while low humidity improves drying.

Our SERVPRO restoration professionals use advanced technologies in water removal and drying. We can pump out water if it is two or more inches deep using electric submersible pumps. Our technicians can check walls and floors below the damaged parts and crawl spaces for standing water and pump it out. We can also use moisture meters to determine how much water has penetrated floors, carpets, and walls.

Our SERVPRO crew can use centrifugal air movers to achieve rapid and successful drying and indirect fired furnaces to move heat and dry air into direct contact with the interior of the building and all wet materials to increase the rate of evaporation.

Depending on the damage levels, the drying process might take a couple of days, but our main goal is to use the shortest time possible to dry a property. During the drying process, our SERVPRO team monitors all the areas of your property that were affected to make sure we achieve the drying goals.

Not addressing water damage might cause your house to experience a detrimental decline in value. Don't hesitate to contact SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 for reliable restoration.

Flood Damage in Your Seminole Home

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

a flooded laundry room with water covering the floor and things floating everywhere Regardless of the cause of the flooding in your home, team SERVPRO can help. Contact our certified technicians for effective water removal services.

Flood Damage Cleanup In Your Seminole Home

A fact of life when you live in Florida is that you have to deal with the potential of flooding quite often, especially during the heavy rains of the summer. Even though you may understand that floods are possible and also may prepare your home, going through the destruction a flood brings is often very traumatic.

Having flood damage in your Seminole home does not just mean that you are dealing with water removal. You have to consider odors and cleaning after the dirty floodwaters.  After SERVPRO technicians remove standing water and unwanted debris, they go about the task of cleaning and deodorizing. They do this as quickly as possible to mitigate secondary damage, such as dangerous mold infestations.

An essential part of the cleaning process is to remove moisture from materials by drying them through the use of extraction devices such as portable wands, high-velocity air movers, and dehumidifiers. They work in conjunction together to replace damp cold air with dry, warm air by pulling the wet air into the dehumidifier and exhausts warm, dry air.

In cases that require deodorization, air scrubbers, or air filtration devices (AFDs) are essential to help improve the air quality in the affected areas. The AFDs help control air contaminants as well as smells. AFDs are most effective when the filtration system works appropriately, usually by layering the filters in three layers. The primary filter near the intake port of the machine serves to grab the large pieces of debris. The secondary layer is a pleated filter that rates a higher capture amount than the primary filter. Here you may find specialty filters for deodorization such as SERVPRO’s Odor-Cleanz filter. The final layer is the HEPA filter that takes 99.97 percent of particles and contaminants out of the air.

After the floodwaters recede, sludge and dirt often remain behind. Upholstery, fabric, and carpet have to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to ensure that dangerous microbes do not grow. Technicians can remove these items from the home to clean them safely in an offsite facility. Extreme flood water contamination can also require discarding content and structural materials.

For 24/7 assistance, contact SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212.

Salavaging and restoring fire damage from your Seminole home

5/30/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged living room with soot and debris everywhere Dealing with fire damage in your home can be quite devastating. Partner with SERVPRO during this stressful time for effective remediation services.

Fire Damage Restoration in Your Seminole Home Should Be Left to Professionals

The impact of a fire on your property can become a chore after the fact. Restoration duties can be a struggle with many homeowners lacking the expertise to decide which items are salvageable and which are not. Our dedicated team of qualified restorers is here to help you take your home from a blackened mess back to its preloss condition. With qualifications from the Institute of inspection, cleaning, and restoration certifications (IICRC), you can trust us to carry out necessary and complex tasks on your behalf. With the right treatment, many of your most valuable possessions can return to excellent condition. 

The immediate aftermath of fire damage in your Seminole home can be the most stressful. You are sifting through debris to find the cause of the fire as well as being faced with a room full of charred materials and furniture. By contacting SERVPRO, you can ensure that salvageable possessions are given the utmost care and attention. Using a range of advanced restoration equipment and cleaning techniques, we are confident of restoring both the structure and possessions of your home to a preloss condition. 

Charring on the structure of your home is usually indicative of a severe fire that burns at high temperatures. Smoke residues may profoundly affect the walls on both the interior and exterior of the property. SERVPRO technicians can fit truck-mounts with specialist wands to distribute both cleaning solutions as well as vacuuming away loose soots. Removing surface level soots, our technicians can understand the extent of harm on any particular area and clean the surface ready for pre-testing. You may decide to perform light-vacuuming yourself to speed up the restoration process. 

Exterior walls are an eyesore when there is evidence of heavy soot-damage. Using powerful hand-held pressure washers, SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians can remove the visible signs of harm. Interior walls may need sanding using soda or sand-blasting techniques. Where the damage is limited to decor rather than structure, our chemical solutions can dissolve and remove many types of stubborn soiling. 

While property damages can be stressful, they are not necessarily permanent. Contact SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212.

What To Do When Your Condo Suffers Water Damage in Redington Shores

4/23/2022 (Permalink)

a blue bucket on the floor of a living room catching water that is leaking from the ceiling When leaks plague your living space, it’s time to bring in the professionals. Contact SERVPRO for effective water removal and remediation services.

Simple, Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration Post Water Intrusion

Water damage can strike anyone who is unlucky enough to encounter it, and those situations can swiftly spin out of control. Typically, while staying at a Redington Shores beachside condo, you would expect water to remain in the ocean. However, this is not always the case. When the unit above is continually leaking water through the ceiling that homeowner should be notified to stop the water flow and you also want to take action to protect your property. Such a situation easily brings feelings of frustration but, rest assured, a helping hand is never far in these cases.

SERVPRO is nearby and can promptly get to the scene. Our technicians are trained to handle the damaging water on the Redington Shore condo quickly and efficiently, so the loss is kept to the most minimal amount possible. From there, we will thoroughly inspect the property and sort through what is salvageable and what is not.

Once our SERVPRO technicians arrive, we can immediately begin working on your property and ridding it of the water damage caused by the leaking. We can dry out what is safe to keep and, in doing so, save whatever is not beyond repair. We do this through the use of equipment like air movers, axial fans, and dehumidifiers.

Once we have isolated what is not possible to spare, SERVPRO can tear out the overly damaged sections of your property, always doing just what is necessary. While we do not install new structures or materials, we can work in conjunction with another company who can do these installations. As soon as it is possible, we can return your residence to its preloss state.

SERVPRO can work quickly and efficiently to remedy all of the water damage on your property. Once finished, we can point you in the right direction to ensure that you take the appropriate precautions to make sure that further damage does not impact your home. We aim to make you feel "Like it never even happened."

When faced with water damage on your property, do not remain idle. 24/7, contact SERVPRO of Seminole and Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212.