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Is Water Damage Cleanup a DIY Job?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Many Seminole Homeowners Want to Take the Future of Their Properties into Their Own Hands with Cleaning and Restoration After a Water Loss Incident, but This is Very Rarely Advisable 

Cleaning up after a water damage event can be a challenge for Seminole property owners, especially without a credible understanding of the situation's severity. It is often believed that surface water is the extent of any threat to the property, but this is not typically where the damage ends.   

There are many stages of water mitigation for Seminole homes, and unsurprisingly, many homeowners believe that they can resolve these situations on their own. A varied level of action is necessary to manage immediate damaging concerns, not to mention the full restoration, cleaning, and repair of your property after these disasters occur. There are several advantages to choosing SERVPRO for our comprehensive restoration solutions. Some of these benefits include: 

  • Fast Response 
  • Experienced Technicians 
  • Industry-Leading Inventory of Recovery Tools 
  • Extensive Roster of Professionals for Jobs of All Sizes
  • Experience Working with Area Insurance Providers  

Can SERVPRO Provide Repairs?  

Repairs are among the first steps needed in a home after a water loss incident. Many homeowners might not realize the extent of construction expertise required to address current conditions and prevent worsening circumstances. Our SERVPRO team has a full team of experienced and knowledgeable general contractors to offer a variety of efficient services, including:  

  • Plumbing – When your house's plumbing network plays a role in the water damage, repairs to this utility are necessary. Our experienced contractors can access the breach and reinstall new connectors, portions of pipe, or fittings.  
  • Structural Damage – Assessing the structure's damage is one of the first steps in managing loss incidents. When structural breaches leave the home vulnerable to additional losses, we can rely on board up and tarping to help.  
  • Controlled Demolition – With the initial actions of highly-trained general contractors, controlled demolition can often be instrumental in providing the appropriate access for drying and recovery. These efforts also reduce phenomena like moisture-wicking that can damage a greater area of sensitive materials.  

What Are the Potential Concerns with Standing Water?  

Standing water in Seminole is a situation that presents multiple threats to the property, your personal belongings, and the occupants of the house. As insurmountable as this can feel, the right tools can make a difference in the efficient removal of any pooling. Unaddressed, absorption and saturation become overwhelming concerns for all exposed porous materials like engineered wood flooring, carpeting, drywall, and other similar compositions. Some of the efficient removal tools to overcome these concerns include:  

  • Submersible Pumps – Electric and gas-powered submersible pumps are ideal for standing water several inches in depth or more. With continuous, quiet operation, electric pumps are the standard for clean water incidents. 
  • Wet Vacuums – The versatility of wet vacuums makes them an everyday staple for water removal in homes. These are highly portable and can get used with various attachments to make them even more useful. 
  • Carpet Wands – As one of the attachments usable with specific pumps or wet vacuums in our water removal inventory, carpet wands are ideal for removing water from the carpet layer when the padding is removed. 

How Can Moisture Pockets Get Identified?  

Understanding where water has moved into the house is vital to addressing any of these concerns to prevent worsening conditions. Prolonged exposure can create mold threats or allow for the destruction of building materials used in your house's construction. Finding moisture beyond the surface often falls to our advanced technologies and detection devices, ranging from moisture meters and hygrometers to probing meters and thermal imagery. These options can help identify when focused drying efforts are necessary to evaporate trapped water in wall cavities and other sensitive materials.  

Is Mold a Common Concern?  

Mold is a condition that could develop quickly without the appropriate cleaning and water removal. Because of inadequate drying practices common to homeowner DIY restoration approaches, dampness and moisture become catalysts to microbial colonies' development. Fungal organisms feed on organic matter like drywall and wood standard in residences, and deterioration and degradation of these structural elements is a considerable threat.  

Mitigation is one of the most critical efforts that professional restoration technicians like our SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches team can offer customers. These initial actions taken at the onset of water damage in your home can do more to prevent widespread irreparable harm to structural elements and secondary effects like mold and microbial growth. Contact us anytime at (727) 391-6212.

How Do You Rid Mold from a Business?

10/5/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Remediates Commercial Mold Damage for Seminole Businesses Using Professional Mitigation Techniques

What professionals do you need for mold remediation?

Scientists and industrial hygienists can direct remediation services at your Seminole business. However, the heavy lifting is carried out by an applied microbial remediation technician (AMRT). AMRT's can operate under the guidance of an indoor environmental specialist (IEQ) or follow S500 guidelines for mold remediation in commercial settings. The S500 is a framework that the nationally recognized Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications (IICRC) produces for restoration services across the country. SERVPRO technicians are capable of remediating your business safely and responsibly.

How do you manage mold in business premises?

  • Contact a mold remediator to make a notification of loss
  • Inform staff of the affected areas and avoid unnecessary foot traffic
  • Provide any relevant historical information (e.g., flood losses, water damage, etc.) to a mold remediator at the first opportunity

Is it possible to make mold problems worse?

By not enlisting a commercial mold remediator for your Seminole business, the problem is likely to worsen. Cross-contamination may also significantly aggravate an existing microbial growth issue. As a business owner, it is essential to communicate to staff about the dangers of spreading mold by entering or coming into contact with infested areas. You may also want to consider turning off air-conditioning to prevent spreading spores. SERVPRO technicians take extra care to avoid cross-contamination in your business premises. We use engineering controls and strict decontamination and containment criteria.

How do you contain mold growth?

  • Control entry and exit of the affected area to professional remediators only
  • Switch off fans, close windows, turn off air-conditioning or other air-moving devices
  • Attempt to seal the area through tenting or negative air-pressure

Commercial mold in business premises can affect your bottom line. Contact SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212.

Should I Be Concerned About Coastal Flooding in Seminole?

9/24/2020 (Permalink)

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When a Home is Located on the Coast Flooding, Can Be a Worry – SERVPRO Provides Professional Mitigation if It Should Happen

Over the past 34 years, Seminole has experienced approximately 4” of sea-level rise. This means the residents are more likely to experience coastal flooding now than in the past. When sea levels rise, the starting point for storm surges and high tides increase. If flooding does occur, SERVPRO is ready to provide the needed flood mitigation to restore your home. 

What Increases the Risks of Flooding in My Area?

 In 1993 a flood of 4.1 feet occurred. There are many homes below the 5’ level used to determine flood damage risks in Seminole. Coastal waters rising can be caused by many different things. They include:

  • Rainfall
  • Tidal surge
  • Construction in the area
  • Changes in topography
  • Flood control measures

 If living in a high-risk flood zone area, one thing you want to do is make sure you have adequate insurance. The usual homeowner’s insurance policy does not cover flood insurance.

What Does SERVPRO Do if Flooding Occurs?

The first step our technicians do when we arrive is to ensure safety for you and the crew. This can include tarping roofs, shutting down electricity, and containing the floodwaters. The main focus then shifts to extracting the floodwater as it is highly contaminated. Our technicians are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified and know precisely what to do in situations like this. We then move on to cleaning up the damage and involves:

  • Using the proper PPE (personal protective equipment)
  • Spraying the water and all impacted areas with an EPA approved disinfectant.
  • Removing debris and silt
  • Water extraction with trash pumps if needed
  • Drawing the water from the floors
  • Assessing what gets salvaged
  • Content management
  • Cleaning surfaces and content
  • Drying with air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Continual disinfecting
  • Deodorizing methods

When floodwater surges through your home, it causes contamination. Bacteria, dirt, sewage, chemicals – these are all things contained within the water. This means certain items cannot get restored. Carpet, padding, and upholstered furniture often need discarding. SERVPRO helps you decide what stays and what goes, though the final decision rests with you and your insurance adjuster.

Contact SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 for expert flood damage service.

Who Can Restore a Seminole Condo After a Kitchen Fire?

9/20/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Technicians Perform 24/7 Fire Damage Restoration for Seminole Homes

Kitchen fires are among the most common types of home fire-related disasters in the US today, as well as among the most underreported in the country. However, even a small flare-up can leave behind hard-to-remove soot, odors, and residues in nooks and crannies in your Seminole property that can cause further damage and property loss over time.

If your Seminole condo requires fire damage restoration after a kitchen fire, SERVPRO technicians are available 24/7 to return your home to a preloss state that minimizes both structure and contents loss.

What Types of Cooking Are Most Likely to Cause Fires?

  • Unattended cooking. One of the most common causes of cooking fires in Seminole is leaving food that is cooking or baking unattended. Have someone mind cooking food at all times to minimize the fire damage risk from cooking oils and fats, appliance failures, and nearby flammable materials igniting.
  • Pan-frying and deep-frying. Frying foods can be particularly risky due to its ability to spray grease on counters and other nearby surfaces. This spread gives a potential fire more ways to quickly spread, especially if dousing with water is attempted over other mitigation methods.
  • Cooking on faulty stoves. An old or faulty electrical stove can eventually run the risk of a fire due to electrical arcing or other concerns as well as from cooking. Have a professional evaluate your stove to ensure that it is safe to use or update your Seminole home’s fixtures as soon as you are able.
  • Cooking on gas stoves. Because gas stoves utilize an open flame, it is vital to be particularly careful to prevent a kitchen fire. Utilize fire suppression methods like a Type B fire extinguisher or range hood dispersion system to keep a fire from spreading.

What Does a Typical Homeowners Insurance Policy Cover in Terms of Fire Damage?

As long as the fire is not intentionally set, your policy is likely to cover at least some repair costs. Here is a rundown of the types of coverage you are likely to find in your policy:

  • Personal property coverage. Personal property coverage applies to the contents of your home, which can include items like furniture, clothing, and appliances. Most homeowners’ insurance policies feature some amount of personal property protection so that contents can be replaced or repaired.
  • Dwelling coverage. This type of coverage applies to both the home itself as well as garages and other such structures that may be attached to the home. Dwelling coverage often covers the bulk of repairs to a home’s structure after a fire, as well as additional living costs incurred if your home is uninhabitable during restoration.
  • Detached structures coverage. This aspect of your policy is aimed at covering structures on your property that are not attached to the home, such as detached garages, sheds, and fences.

SERVPRO professionals coordinate with claims adjusters and insurance providers to minimize headaches for Seminole homeowners while streamlining the claims filing process.

Next time you review your policy, consider asking your agent about the following:

  • Does your personal property coverage limit offer adequate compensation for property loss in your home?
  • Is this coverage determined by the actual cash value of items in your home or replacement costs that take depreciation into account?
  • Does your policy also cover damage to landscaping on your property?

How Does SERVPRO Restore Fire-Damaged Dishware?

Ceramics, glass, and other dishes in your kitchen and dining room are highly vulnerable to damage from a fire. These damages can manifest in a variety of ways, including the following:

  • Staining from soot and residues
  • Cracks and warping from heat damage
  • Strong odors, particularly from kitchen grease fires

Dishes may be among the first contents to be cleaned in your kitchen to prevent any damage from oily soils from rendering these items unable to be returned to a preloss state. SERVPRO professionals typically treat dishes with a pre-soak in an alkaline detergent solution or industrial-grade cleaner before washing. Ultrasonic machines are also utilized for cleaning of delicate contents like dishware.

Fine china and crystal, on the other hand, require even more delicate care, as the alkaline cleaners that are well-suited to everyday dishes can damage these more decorative pieces in your Seminole property’s china cabinet. Careful manual cleaning commences quickly to prevent acidic soot residues from etching into these items.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches provides homeowners with peace of mind and cost savings because We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Call (727) 391-6212 to have a team at your home within hours after your initial contact.

A Plumbing Problem Caused Leaks in My Seminole Property Leaving Me With Water Damage. Where Should I Begin?

9/6/2020 (Permalink)

bucket catching leaking water from the ceiling The pipes in your home can cause severe water damage if not looked after properly. Contact SERVPRO for mitigation and remediation services.

Call SERVPRO Technicians to Help You Perform Water Restoration in Your Seminole Home.

Most modern properties are built upon a cement slab foundation since it is easy to construct, the cost is relatively low, and it offers unparalleled durability. However, plumbing lines such as water input lines, and sewer mains may be running through these slabs. With time, the embedded pipes may develop leaks and cracks that can cause devastating damage to your Seminole property.

Can I do anything before the restorers arrive?

Begin by stopping the water leak, such as by turning off the water main to your property and attempting to remove the water using a wet/dry vacuum. Our SERVPRO crew can help you perform water restoration in your Seminole residence by drying the affected areas thoroughly, disinfecting them, and removing odors. Our team is available 24 hours a day to respond to our customer's emergencies. Since we understand how devastating the situation can turn out, we take the shortest period possible to get to our customers' property.

What are some of the signs of a slab leak?

Slow leaks can go for an extended period without being detected. The changes can also be so incremental and go unnoticed. If you notice any of these signs, chances are you have a slab leak.

  • Cracks on your foundation
  • A foul smell on floors or walls
  • High water bills
  • Uneven growth in foundation plants or lawn
  • Damp or discolored floor coverings

If you have one or more symptoms mentioned above, hire a reputable plumber immediately and a licensed restoration expert to prevent further damage in your property.

How do you identify areas with highly concentrated moisture?

At SERVPRO, we have up-to-date equipment and tools that effectively conduct water cleanup and restoration. Our technicians can use infrared cameras during the inspection process to determine where moisture is highly concentrated. The results provided by the equipment helps our team to determine the most suitable restoration strategies to use.

It is also essential to determine if the water is contaminated. We can use a luminometer to test surfaces and water for organic contamination. The equipment helps us determine the right disinfecting product to use on the affected area.

How do you dry floors?

To prevent mold growth, fast and efficient drying is required. We can use a portable electric heater to direct heat on a specific area. The machine uses heat exchangers to transfer heat from hot coils to air streams produced by air movers. For effective results when using this equipment, we focus our drying on the affected surface only. The machine can dry your floor in a brief period.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches can provide you with effective water cleanup and restoration services. Call us today at (727) 391-6212. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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How do I Protect my Retail Store After Flood Damage?

8/25/2020 (Permalink)

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Protect your North Redington Beach Store by Calling a Professional Water Restoration Crew

As you develop your business plan for your North Redington Beach retail store, you may vaguely contemplate the possibility of a flood. Even when it sounds like a far-fetched occurrence, it only takes a torrential downpour to cause water levels to rise,or crack an opening in your roof or window. Regardless of the cause, floodwater is dangerous, and removing it from your store should be your top priority.

In North Redington Beach, flood damage restoration is our area of expertise. At SERVPRO, we focus on your business's needs and act swiftly to prevent prolonged exposure of your store to the elements. Your initial reaction upon viewing the damage may be to contact your insurance company and wait for their response. Still, any delay in extracting water from your home only exacerbates the damage. Call our 24/7 hotline and let us guide you through the process in coordination with your insurance requirements and mitigate your loss.

What are the steps for water removal and flood damage restoration?

Our SERVPRO team is ready to extract water, make minor repairs, and coordinate with other contractors as appropriate while maintaining a safe environment. We understand that remaining operational is vital to your business's continuity, and we do our best to make it happen. Our friendly technicians can count on industry-grade equipment to handle jobs of all sizes, and we sanitize with EPA-approved cleaning solutions. Our expert team knows the steps and sequence to optimize our cleaning efforts. Some aspects of water cleanup you can trust us to cover include-

  • Discarding items beyond repair and isolating those salvageable and cleaning them
  • Deodorizing your store, so there is no lingering smell reminder of the flood
  • Disinfecting with anti-microbial solutions to control the reproduction of bacteria

Whether your flood damage appears big or small, let our team of SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches be your partner in the cleanup process. Call us at (727) 391-6212 as soon as the emergency occurs and let us leave your store "Like it never even happened."

How Can I Pick from Among Different Seminole Water Restoration Companies?

8/15/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Works Hard to Build Our Reliable Disaster Recovery Firm, Offering Seminole Residents a Clear Choice When Considering High-Quality Water Restoration Companies

Dealing with a Seminole residential water loss is so much more than finding a restoration company that claims it can manage a significant incursion of water. You need confidence that the company you select can back up their promises. You only get one chance to get it right, and a short time frame within which to complete the water mitigation, remediation, and restoration needed to make it “Like it never even happened.”

How Much Time Can I Take to Choose a Restoration Partner?

Water damage restoration companies in Seminole must be judged first for the promptness of their response to a plea for help. Water damage takes hold of structural components and contents swiftly, causing materials to deteriorate quickly and permanently. You need to line up water damage recovery efforts fast and be sure the response is timely. Our local presence in this community means we can send fully equipped and trained crews to your location as soon as practical, usually within one to four hours.

What Type of Training Does a Premier Water Restoration Company Arrange for Its Workers?

The best practices training standard for water damage restoration companies is the coursework developed by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). Suppose the firms you are considering do not invest in this training. In that case, you have no assurance that their work is in accordance with the latest research and well-established water Damage restoration principles. Courses offered by the IICRC teach up-to-date water extraction and drying theory and hands-on techniques.

How Common Is Trapped Water in Homes Suffering from Water Damage?

If you have never dealt with the aftermath of a supply pipe leak or a malfunctioning dish or clothes washer, the experience is an eye-opener. The standing water in the utility room, kitchen, or bathroom often dissipates rapidly, but do not be fooled into believing the crisis is over. Water spreads out and seeks lower ground. Seepage through cracks, percolation through crevices, and absorption into porous building materials follow the initial sheeting, puddling, and pooling of water. Hidden, but not gone, the water will continue to damage structural components and contents until detected, mapped, and removed. Inadequately prepared water restoration companies might gloss over the potential for trapped moisture. SERVPRO crews use their training and experience to employ the following to find and measure water and absorbed moisture:

  • Infrared Imaging Cameras

Trained operators review the images to interpret the temperature fluctuations behind surfaces, helping establish where caches of liquid water and heavily saturated materials are located.

Probes help determine where water is and must be applied repeatedly to trace the outlines of any incursion.

  • Moisture Meters

Some of these tools have penetrating probes testing the conductivity of the materials that can reach several layers of flooring or walls with woodwork. Others use sensors that occasionally record false positives because of metal supports or fasteners.

NOTE: One technician is assigned the job of sensing, measuring, and testing at our sites. Consistency in obtaining and reading the results is more likely when we follow that IICRC recommendation.

What If My Water Loss Ends Up Being Minor or More Significant Than Anticipated?

Our philosophy is that no water damage scenario suffered by our customers is beneath or above an artificial bar that triggers our response. Finding a water restoration company that is comfortable scaling work crews and equipment inventory up or down is vital. Even a few gallons of water trapped in a subfloor or over a ceiling can cause immense damage if unaddressed. Likewise, just because the water event is inside a residence does not mean that tens of thousands of gallons of water might not be waiting for the professionals, necessitating commercial-grade extractors and multiple sets of drying equipment. Flexibility in the restoration company’s response is the equal of high-quality training, state-of-the-art equipment, and experience.

Some Interventions Destroy Building Materials to Save a House -- What Plans Are in Place to Fix Controlled Demo?

Particularly when water hides in cavities, restoration companies might need to remove sections of walls (flood cuts) or cut or drill weep or release holes. To minimize the stress, time, and expense of completing restoration to turn-key condition, our construction division steps in to repair the demolition and replace or build back other structures deemed too damaged to salvage.

The robust slate of services SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches has available to homeowners covers all aspects and every eventuality of water damage recovery. Call us at (727) 391-6212 to set up an assessment of your unique circumstances and to establish that we are an excellent fit for you as a water restoration company.

How do I know if a Water Leak Requires a Restoration Technician?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

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A Visit from a Water Restoration Technician to your Seminole Home Adds a Layer of Protection for you and your Family

There may be water in the kitchen and living room floors of your Seminole home, and it may look insignificant. Still, only a reputable water restoration company can help you make that assessment. Imagine that an appliance or kitchen sink malfunctions and leaks throughout the night or at work. Even if the water volume does not appear to be significant, you probably can't tell whether it is soaking your sub-floors or even beneath your cabinets. Rather than take a guess, call an expert for help.

If you live in Seminole and need water mitigation services, call SERVPRO for an assessment based on facts. When you contact our 24/7 hotline, our team travels to your home with state-of-the-art equipment suitable for detecting standing water and establishing just how severe it is. Using tools such as infra-red technology moisture meters, we guide our steps until your home is back to mint condition.

What does a water restoration team do that I couldn't do myself?

The need to extract water after a leak is visible, so the question is not what our SERVPRO crew does, but how we do it. We have equipment such as truck-mounted and submersible pumps at our fingertips, which allow us to extract large volumes of water from your home. Alternatively, we use handheld wand extractors for hard to reach places. Our industry tools give us the flexibility we need to perform a thorough job within a sensible timeframe. Aside from drying your home, we focus on the following complimentary steps as necessary:

  • Drywall replacement if water has invaded your walls making them weaker
  • Deodorizing if the leak has left a musty smell in your home
  • Disinfecting to avoid the growth of bacteria natural to high-humidity conditions

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is your ally for leaks of all sizes. Take the guessing out of restoring your home and rely on our expert advice by calling (727) 391-6212 and letting us leave your home "Like it never even happened."

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What Can a Good Fire Damage Restoration Company Do?

8/5/2020 (Permalink)

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Seminole Area Restoration Companies, Like SERVPRO, Are Often Able to Remediate Even the Most Severe Fire Damage.

House fires are relatively common occurrences in Seminole that take homeowners by complete surprise.  Without much warning, these destructive events often rapidly cause thousands of dollars in damage that is difficult to restore.  Such fires in the home can result from a myriad of causes, which include:

  • Food preparation mishaps
  • Malfunctioning heaters
  • Electrical shorts
  • Falling asleep while smoking
  • Wildfires

Whatever their cause, the effects of house blazes require professional assistance to remediate.  Knowing which service to call in their aftermath is essential to saving your home and prized possessions and recovering from them quickly.

What Are the Different Types of Fires and How Do They Affect Your Home?

SERVPRO, a local Seminole fire damage restoration company, has experience in dealing with the results of all types of house fires.  This hands-on knowledge is crucial, considering that each type causes different kinds of damage and these require differing restoration methods.  The primary forms of fires in the home are:

  • Fires that produce “dry smoke,” or smoke that deposits dry residues
  • “Wet smoke” blazes that result in the deposition of oily or greasy residues
  • Fires, often caused by cooking mishaps, that involve the burning of animal proteins
  • Fuel/oil fires that often leave behind crusty black soot

Dry smoke fires are usually the products of fast-burning, oxygen-rich, high-heat fires that burn natural materials and leave behind easily wiped up powdery residues. Wet smoke fires, on-the-other-hand, generally arise from slow-burning, low-oxygen, low-heat fires that burn synthetic substances and deposit hard-to-clean, smearable residues.  When protein burns, it coats everything in a sometimes hard-to-see smelly residue.  Soot from fuel/oil fires often covers surfaces with a crusty residue that can damage things if cleaned improperly.    

What Can SERVPRO Restore?

Inspecting your home following a fire can be a disheartening process.  Many times, it may seem that little-to-none of the damage you incurred can be restored.  Fortunately, this is often not the case.  SERVPRO technicians have extensive training and experience in restoring even the most severely impacted materials.  They have successfully remediated:

  • Structural elements, including floors, walls, ceilings, and rafters
  • Upholstered furnishings and items made of various fabrics
  • Different kinds of carpeting
  • HVAC systems
  • Expensive or irreplaceable items like Persian rugs, artwork, business records, or electronics
  • Outside curators and electronic experts when needed

Using specialized tools and techniques, we can often save your fire-damaged home and return it to its pre-fire condition. Moreover, our experts can usually restore all of your most precious and irreplaceable items.

How Does SERVPRO Restore My Fire-Damaged Property?

As previously noted, SERVPRO employs high-tech restoration industry equipment and methods to restore your property. This effectively addresses harmful fire-related airborne particles and destructive odor-causing residues. Many times, after our technicians have completed their work, your home looks and smells as if it never even suffered a fire.  When remediating fire damage, our experienced workers:

  • Quickly ventilate your residence with high-velocity box fans
  • Remove odor-generating airborne particles with state-of-the-art air scrubbers
  • Neutralize unpleasant smells with ozone gas generators and natural oil-aerosolizing Vaportek devices
  • Clean residues from HVAC ducts with specialized cleaning systems
  • Counteract smells in carpeting and upholstered items with injection devices
  • Deodorize difficult-to-reach areas with advanced deodorant-misting foggers

Through all of these actions, SERVPRO helps make your home’s interior air pleasant to breathe again and keeps your furnishings usable.  They also usually safeguard surfaces and furnishing from further damage resulting from acidic residues.

Fires usually catch homeowners off guard, but there are ways of effectively dealing with their effects.  Although it may initially seem as if your fire damage is insurmountable, there are often services that can restore whatever has been impacted.  We understand the unique challenges presented by different types of fires and those related to the kinds of materials burned.  We have successfully dealt with wet smoke-producing fires, those emitting dry smoke, protein-consuming fires, and others burning fuel oil.  Our technicians have also repaired a wide range of fabrics, upholstery, and specialty possessions.  Specialized training and tools, as well as extensive industry experience, have made this all possible.

If you ever experience the effects of a home blaze, remember that all is likely not lost.  There are fire damage restoration services that can return your residence to its pre-fire condition.  The key to effective remediation is being pro-active, properly researching the local restoration companies, and finding one with the right training, tools, and experience to do your particular job right, and then, having your home repaired as soon as possible.

With all that said, do not let a house fire get you down.  Whenever you need assistance remediating residential fire damage, call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212.

What Should I Decontaminate After Flood Damage?

7/28/2020 (Permalink)

cartoon house surrounded by flooding Contaminated Groundwater Damaging Your North Redington Beach Home or Condo? Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Restoration

SERVPRO Can Help You Manage the Multifaceted Process of Removing Contamination When Flood Damage Affects Your North Redington Beach Property

Before you think of what to decontaminate, you should probably ask yourself why you need to decontaminate your property. SERVPRO has resourceful crews that can respond to flooding situations in North Redington Beach properties 7 days a week.

What indicates contamination in a flooded property?

You may question whether all the areas where you notice flood damage in your North Redington Beach property are contaminated, thus necessitating sanitizing. The filthy floodwater contaminates all the areas it reaches since it contains a plethora of contaminants, including chemicals such as herbicides and biological pathogens. However, contamination can spread to the rest of the house too. From experience, our SERVPRO crews understand that pollutants can spread further around the property:

  • If microbial growth in wet areas is not halted
  • Through movement of people and materials around the property
  • If contaminants are aerosolized when using air movers to dry the property

Therefore, decontamination should factor in all these issues to guarantee the restoration of sanitary conditions in the house.

Which areas should I decontaminate?

  • Surfaces
  • Deep within materials
  • The air

The best approach when addressing contamination is to take a holistic approach that reaches all the areas where harmful materials might accumulate. Our SERVPRO technicians can assist you with this. For instance, we perform controlled demolition to remove all porous materials affected by the floodwaters. We also use cleaning products with the right chemical agents, including Phenolics and Quaternary compounds, which neutralize contaminants effectively.

During the drying phase, when contaminants might be aerosolized, we incorporate AFD, air filtration devices in the process. The devices have layered filtration systems with poly-pun primary filters and HEPA filters, ensuring removal of 99.97% of particles and contaminants from the air.

Understanding how contamination affects your property helps ease the cleanup process. Call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.