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Shop for Unique Local Items in the Seminole Area.

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

Treasure Island Community Center Park If your business suffered fire damage. Need the professional help of SERVPRO for the fire restoration services.

Visit the Treasure Island Friday Morning Market Near Seminole.

The Seminole area community of Treasure Island is celebrating the 13th season of its popular open-air market.  The market, which is held in the Treasure Island Community Center Park every Friday from December through April, next takes place on January 15th, from 9 AM to 2 PM. Attendees have the opportunity to purchase some of the following kinds of unique items from more than fifty different vendors: 

  • Arts & crafts
  • Fair trade items
  • Flea market type offerings
  • Flowers & plants
  • Foodstuffs
  • Fresh produce

Shoppers also enjoy free parking and free admission to the event.  If you are interested in becoming a market vendor, please contact the Treasure Island and Madeira Chamber of Commerce.

Your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches are proud to announce this community market.  At the same time, we would like to remind you of the ever-present risks of a commercial fire.  If your business ever suffers fire damage, call us at (727) 391-6212 for help.

Enjoy Some Holiday Fun Near North Redington Beach.

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

North Redington Beach Have you suffered flood damage? Call SERVPRO for fast and immediate service near you.

Visit the “Holiday Lights & Rides in the Park” Event Just Outside North Redington Beach.

Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids near North Redington Beach over their long holiday break?  Well, the nearby city of Largo has just the activity for you.  The community is holding its annual “Holiday Lights & Rides in the Park” every night in Largo Central Park between Thanksgiving Day and January 3rd, from 5 to 11 PM.  Details about the activity include:

The park features a seven-story Ferris wheel, an elephant-themed ride, and seventy acres decorated with more than two million LED holiday lights.

  • Rides operate until 11 PM, but light displays are turned off at 10 PM.
  • Park admission is free.
  • Rides are $5 each or five for $20
  • Food and drinks are available from onsite vendors.

Regardless of how you choose to celebrate this festive season, your friends at SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches would like to wish you and your family happy holidays.  With that said, we also want you to know that we are always here to help.  If you ever suffer flood damage, call us at (727) 391-6212 for assistance.

There are Many Exciting, Fun Things to Do Around Seminole  

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

Green SERVPRO vehicles ready for action. Water damage mitigation should be handled by the professionals. Call SERVPRO for fast and experience help that is needed for this process.

Seminole Offers Residents Access to Fine Outdoor and Indoor Entertainments 

Seminole’s prime location near Florida’s Gulf Coast gives its residents access to numerous impressive entertainment options. While many of these, of course, involve the great outdoors, not all of them do. Close to the city are several exceedingly beautiful beaches that offer visitors a wide variety of experiences. Also nearby are quite a few parks and other natural areas where it is possible to bike, hike, kayak, fish, bird-watch, or commune with nature. In addition to all this, there are several cultural offerings, like museums and art galleries, for locals to enjoy. With that said, area shoppers can appreciate the sheer number of exciting shopping options to be found around Seminole.           

The Best Local Beaches and What Each Offers

The Gulf seashore, with its diverse beaches, is a mere five-mile drive from Seminole and is, therefore, within easy reach of those living in the community. Beachgoers of all types can also rest assured that they are likely to find a nearby beach that suits their tastes. Some of the more notable beaches that locals have developed an affinity for are:

Bellaire Beach: Northern waterfront area that is a popular place to kayak and windsurf

Indian Rocks Beach: Quieter beach with fewer tourists, but several excellent restaurants, that is great for relaxing, sunbathing, spending time with family, or boating

Indian Shores Beach: Site of the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary and an excellent place to visit if you are interested in bird-watching

Madeira Beach: Known for its superb fishing, a seafood festival, and a 1,100-foot boardwalk

Treasure Island Beach: A wide white sand beach that is busier than others, with a lot of attractions, hotels, and restaurants, where you can swim, snorkel, parasail, or do any number of other water-related activities

As you can see, the Seminole area has a beach for water sport enthusiasts, those seeking local weekend or holiday fun, families wanting to spend some quality time together, and people in search of a little peace and quiet.   

Picturesque Parks and Other Natural Settings Close to Seminole

Those wanting to partake in other outdoor activities away from the beach can also find what they are looking for within close reach. As an area somewhat removed from the urbanized settings of Tampa and St. Petersburg, Seminole boasts several parks and natural areas. They present residents with a wide array of natural habitats and have multi-use trails, boat launch points, fishing areas, playgrounds, and exercise stations, as well as cool shaded areas for them to use. A few nearby parks and gardens include:

  • Boca Ciega Millennium Park
  • John S. Taylor Park
  • Lake Seminole Park
  • Walsingham Park
  • War Veterans Memorial Park
  • The Florida Botanical Gardens

These natural venues give locals a place to refresh without them having to venture far from home and are available for use year-round.

Cultural Experiences Available Nearby

Not only do Seminole residents have easy access to a multitude of outdoor recreation options, but they are also in a region with countless cultural activities. These cultural opportunities, found across Pinellas County, range from arts center and museum visits to trips to parks with fully preserved pioneer homesteads. Specifically, our part of Florida is home to:

Morean Arts Center:  This nationally recognized center showcases modern and contemporary art, includes a children’s interactive center, and has a glass studio and workshop.

The Dali Museum: A museum with one of the largest collections of famed surrealist Salvador Dali’s artwork

The Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg: Contains an extensive library and permanent exhibits memorializing the Holocaust with various artifacts.    

Mahaffey Theater: This theater, a part of the Duke Energy Center for the Arts, hosts everything from Broadway-style plays to more contemporary entertainment forms

Downtown Clearwater: A trendy area with numerous retail and dining options that holds a monthly Art Walk and often has live entertainment  

Pinewood Cultural Park: An area inside the Florida Botanical Gardens that encompasses more than twenty acres of preserved historic buildings and grounds from the region’s pioneering past

Each of these activities represents a good day’s worth or more of affordable entertainment and are all within an exceedingly short drive of downtown Seminole.

As you can see, our region is an ideal place to work and live. Residents and visitors can enjoy a host of relaxing natural settings, various exciting outdoor recreations, and numerous culturally enriching activities. However, with all these attractions come increased risks. These risks are largely due to the area’s notorious storm season, and the water damage weather-impacted roofs and drainage systems can potentially cause.      

As your neighbors, SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches would like to remind you that we are always here and ready to help you with water damage mitigation. Call us anytime at (727) 391-6212 for assistance.

What Makes SERVPRO Better Than Other Local Water Damage Mitigation Services?

Unlike other water damage mitigation services in the Seminole area, SERVPRO has both the expertise and equipment to do most jobs effectively. Our skilled technicians receive extensive industry training and have access to all the cutting edge tools of the water damage mitigation and cleanup trade. Our firm benefits from all of the following:

Technicians educated and certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in specific fields like applied structural drying, applied microbial remediation, water damage restoration, carpet cleaning, carpet repair & reinstallation, floor care, upholstery & fabric cleaning, and odor control.

High-tech remediation equipment like air movers, Injectidry systems, refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers, ultra-low volume and thermal foggers, and a wide array of EPA-approved antimicrobials and deodorants

Local facilities and warehouses that make it possible for us to be onsite within four hours of your call, any time of the day or night, 365 days a year   

Equipped with all of these human and equipment resources, SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is in a better position to help you with water damage mitigation than other area services. With that said, contact us anytime at (727) 391-6212 for assistance.

Learn About Seminole’s Heritage at Heritage Village

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Heritage Village Take some time to learn about Seminole’s Heritage at Heritage Village while our team eliminates your homes fire damage.

Plan a Visit from Seminole to Largo to Take a Stroll Down Memory Lane

Heritage Village is a short distance away from Largo, but the history it portrays dates back to colonial times. A true reflection of life when the area was developed, this park is a jewel in Pinellas County. It offers an inexpensive and enriching activity to enjoy with the whole family in an outdoor setting. Typically open Wednesday through Saturday, visitors can enjoy special presentations as well as self-guided tours. Some activities you may enjoy include-

  • Spinning and weaving demonstrations
  • Two museum galleries
  • Restored homes spread out throughout the park’s 21 acres, restored and ready for visitation

The visit to Heritage Village typically takes between two and three hours to complete and is very family-friendly. For more information, always consult its website before visiting.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches also focuses on the restoration of homes, but from a different standpoint. Our strength lies in assisting homeowners needing fire damage restoration services, following industry best practices. Whenever you find your home in trouble, call us at (727) 391-6212 and let us work for you until it feels and looks “Like it never even happened.”

Let Marine Life in North Redington into Your Life

11/26/2020 (Permalink)

sea turtle/ ocean life Enjoy the beauty of the ocean life in North Redington Beach, while SERVPRO works to bring back the beauty of your property after water damage strikes.

At the Beach, on a Kayak, or at the Aquarium, North Redington Residents can Embrace Sea Life Year-round.

One of the beauties about living in the North Redington Beach area is that the water is all around you. Whether you choose to explore it on a kayak or want to spend some quiet fishing time, you only need to walk outside and bask in the warm Florida sun. You can also visit the Clearwater Marine Aquarium for a more academic view of sea life, just a short drive away. If you are worried about enjoying the brand-new Ruth & J.O. Stone Dolphin Complex, where you can hear the story of Winter and other rescued dolphins, you shouldn’t be. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium has taken additional steps to protect its guests at this time, including-

  • Limiting space to allow for social distancing
  • Use of face masks of staff and guests
  • Temperature checks before admission
  • It is best to purchase tickets ahead of time given the reduced capacity guidelines

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is here to maintain your home or business's beauty, so it matches its beautiful surroundings. Call us at (727) 391-6212 when you need the best water restoration company and we will leave your place “Like it never even happened.”

Seminole Residents Enjoy Natural Beauty and City Life Around Them Despite Fire Damage to their Home

11/20/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Logo Our dedicated technicians at SERVPRO will restore every level of fire damage on your property "Like it never even happened."

The Rich History and Landscape of Seminole is the Perfect Backdrop to Homeowners.  SERVPRO Helps Restore Homes in the Area When an Accident Happens.

Seminole and its proximity to the beach provides an ideal backdrop to raise a family, buy a second home, or retire. Located in Pinellas County, historians share that its name comes from the Seminole tribe, who once inhabited the area. Documentation of the first white settlement dates to the 1840s. At its south, Saint Petersburg makes it an easily accessible location for those who visit or reside in Florida but want the benefit of a large airport and a robust healthcare system. Surrounded by natural beauties such as Pinellas Park, Madeira Beach, and Indian Rocks Beach, the town is more affordable than other Florida cities.

Following early settlers, Albert and Dell Meares play a pivotal role in the city’s development. Upon the arrival of their family of twelve in 1879, the family settled into what is now known as Seminole City Park. In their honor, the Park’s lake is named Meares Lake. Their home became central to the town’s growth as it served as its post office and trade spot for its community, known as John’s Pass at the time. The John’s Pass Post Office delivered mail to and from Clearwater.  

In the meantime, Stuart Meares, Albert’s brother, joined forces with him to purchase land in the area. The brothers’ land produced citrus, much like other leading families in the area, while Dell sold shells via mail and locally-grown plants. When Dell passed away, she became the first person to be buried in the Seminole cemetery. It wasn’t until 1970 that Seminole incorporated, and in 1974 it bought the Meares’s property for $200,000. Sadly, the original home was in poor condition and was demolished. Seminole City Park later opened in 2001 after undergoing substantial renovations.

In 1911, a bridge connecting Seminole and St. Petersburg was built across Long Bayou, and in 1914 the Tampa & Gulf Coast Railway kicks off its service to connect Seminole with neighboring towns in Pinellas county. It wasn’t until the 1940s that the area shifted from being mainly agricultural to developing residential areas and causing an economic shift in its activities. Nowadays, commercial development is healthy in this residential community, and it boasts many family-oriented amenities. Senior services are a significant portion of Seminole’s economy, as is the Seminole campus of St. Petersburg College.

What to visit in Seminole?

Seminole’s central location puts many activities within reach of its residents and visitors. 

Whether you are outdoorsy or prefer the comfort of an inside venue, you are sure to find something to explore in the area. Some of the most notable attractions include-

  • The Florida Botanical Gardens- Typically open seven days a week, all are welcome to enjoy trails and a moment with Mother Nature while in the Gardens. Friendly dogs on a leash are invited to enjoy the space as well. No admission fee is necessary, but donations are highly encouraged.
  • St. Pete Pier District- A short drive to St. Petersburg will find you in a newly renovated Pier District along the waterfront. A combination of green space, restaurants, local artisans, public art, and fishing make a visit to the Pier a relaxing and entertaining one.
  • Boca Ciega Millenium Park- A visit to the Park’s observation tower gives you a view of the Boca Ciega Bay from a 35-foot height. Bird-lovers enjoy visiting this park because of the variety of birds visible, including wading birds and upland birds. If you bring your little ones with you, a picnic and a visit to the playground area may just be what you need to spend some quality time as a family, including your small dogs! The history of Boca Ciega Millenium Park continues to be uncovered, and the finding of fossil bones has challenged the academic community to continue its exploration of the land.

Education in Seminole

Many don’t realize that Pinellas County is part of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, a regional initiative led by the University of Central Florida, the University of South Florida, and the University of Florida. The Tech Corridor seeks to encourage partnerships to grow the high tech industry in the region. In Seminole, St. Petersburg College is part of the state college system, and its campus is one of eleven throughout the state. Although not residential, it offers many four-year degrees to students in the area. Several Pinellas County schools are also recognized as top in the state, making the county an excellent option for families with school-aged children.

Life in Seminole is a great intersection of small-town living with big-city services. As a resident, you have the option of venturing into local adventures or traveling a bit further to St. Petersburg and surrounding areas. Wherever you choose to go, life in sunny Florida won’t disappoint.

SERVPRO Restores Your Home in Seminole 

Although Seminole residential neighborhoods are relatively young by some standards, homes of all ages can suffer fire damage due to electrical malfunctions or human-caused accidents. Thankfully, SERVPRO is ready to help whenever a fire erupts in a home or commercial building and needs restoration. Our staff trains diligently with experts in our field and learns the industry best practices, which we later apply to our job sites. Aside from our fire damage restoration expertise, we also offer ancillary services such as move-outs and drywall replacement. Our goal is to mitigate your loss and minimize the disruption to your daily life.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is part of our community's fabric, and we strive to protect our neighbors whenever water or fire wreak havoc in their homes. 

Our services are accessible around the clock, and all you need to do is place a call at (727) 391-6212 to reach us. When you face damage of any size, do not hesitate to reach out to us and invite us to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Seminole Residents Can Protect their Body, Soul, and Mind this Fall

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

City of Seminole Established 1970 written in black and blue on a white background Enjoy video games with others in the community as SERVPRO completes mold remediation in your home.

The City of Seminole Provides Entertainment Opportunities for Everyone in Your Family

Even though Seminole's weather invites us to be outdoors for much of the year, sometimes we opt for indoor activities.  Luckily, our very own city has developed alternatives for its residents to enjoy from their homes, and they can attract people of all ages.

For our teens and young at heart, the Seminole Recreation Esports Online Series is an excellent opportunity to measure yourself against other video game players.  For a small fee, you can play your preferred video game competitively and reach new heights. If you question the benefits of Esports, consider this:

  • They give us the chance to foster strategic thinking and competitiveness in a moment when in-person sports events are limited
  • They help create a sense of (virtual) community and discover shared interests with others
  • Introduces players to another way to view video games, a growing industry in Florida

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is also here to give you peace of mind whether you need remediation in your home or other restoration services.  Call us at (727) 391-6212 and let us show you how we can leave your home "Like it never even happened."

How Can Seminole Property Owners Perform Fire Damage Restoration After a Fire?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fire damage should not distort your daily activities.

Fire Damage Restoration is a Complicated Task that Requires a Certified Restorer Like SERVPRO in Seminole.

Nothing can prepare a homeowner for the outcome of a fire. Most of the time, property owners are left stranded about where to begin the restoration process. However, if you contact SERVPRO technicians in Seminole immediately after the unfortunate incident, we can prevent further damage and get your property to its former glory in a short period.

What are some of the items that I can clean myself?
We do not advise property owners to carry out any cleanup task after fire damage in a Seminole property. Without the required skills and proper equipment and products, it is possible you could cause more damage in an attempt to clean your damaged home and its contents.

However, you can help sort items by setting aside valuable items that are of high priority before our team of restorers arrives. Fragile items require immediate restoration. Separating the contents by priority can help our technicians save time and minimize damage.

Can I inspect my property after a fire?
If the property is severely damaged, we strongly advise property owners to avoid getting into the affected area. Apart from the concerns of smoke inhalation, fire can weaken the property's stability. Due to lack of proper training, you may contribute the spread of smoke and soot residues in unaffected areas.

SERVPRO professionals have decades of experience and the right equipment to conduct a thorough inspection. We begin with testing the affected surfaces to determine:
    •    If the damages existed before the fire.
    •    The location of smoke residues
    •    If we can clean the residues

The inspection helps us determine the best cleaning action to use. The cleaning process involves breaking the bond between the soils and the surface they adhere to. We use different cleaning actions to loosen the residues depending on the surface. The actions include:
    •    Suspension and dispersion
    •    Mechanical action
    •    Lubrication
    •    Chemical action

How do you clean affected wooden floors?
If the damage on your wooden floor is intense, we may recommend replacement. However, if heavy smoke residues cover your wooden floor, we can use roto pads and brushes to agitate the surface. The roto's drive block can accommodate various types of pads. That helps us pick the most effective pad for the damage. With this equipment, we can agitate, buff, and polish your wooden floor. If the damage only caused yellowing on your wooden floor, we can use a white towel to apply a wood crème paste on the surface.

Fire damage should not distort your daily activities. Contact SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 for effective restoration. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Is Water Damage Cleanup a DIY Job?

10/19/2020 (Permalink)

water pooling on living room floor Are you living with water damage in your living room? Call SERVPRO. We are available 24/7 to restore your home.

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)

Hand peeling wallpaper away, exposing mold Mold can be off-putting to customers. Call an experienced professional. Call SERVPRO.

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.