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Complications Due to Water Damage Migration Are Why SERVPRO Offers Innovative Solutions

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

Wood flooring with with water damage. Water damage in your Seminole home can cause large complications. Let SERVPRO fix the issues.

Let SERVPRO handle your Seminole water damage.

When your Seminole home experiences a plumbing leak, sink overflow, or appliance malfunction, the floors in your home can suffer. Responders must understand the principles of water migration or significant water damage can go unaddressed. Reliable assessment of all aspects of a water loss is why our team can deliver successful results. We ready our technicians with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training in the industry’s best practices and invest in state of the art equipment.

Water Damaged Hardwood Floors Need Special Strategies 

Protect your hardwood floors from permanent water damage in your Seminole home. Our crews are familiar with the challenges posed by water migration, why we spend time using thermal imaging and various types of moisture probes to detect where water percolated after spreading across the floor. Failing to follow the flow exposes your home to progressive deterioration and secondary damage, such as mold growth.

Soaked Subfloors Require Attention

Water is always on the move after a leak, dripping through joints and seeping through crevices in hardwood floors. You might believe the problems disappear with the draining of puddles, but the water is still there, soaked into subfloor and joists. The moisture wicks up into planks or strips of hardwood, causing them to swell on the edges (cupping) or in the center (crowning) of each separate piece of wood. Proven techniques learned during IICRC courses and implemented on our previous jobs are why SERVPRO is confident of our recommended mitigation and remediation plans.

Water Removal and Drying Innovations that Span the Layers

Hardwood floor configurations need remediation strategies that pull moisture from all layers. Negative and positive pressure systems work well to suction fluids and then force warmed into all affected building materials and cavities. The effectiveness of these approaches is why SERVPRO invests in floor mat and baseboard hose-linked Injectidry systems that first use powerful negative air pressure (suction) to remove water. Once all fluids evacuate the layers, we switch to heated air movers and dehumidifiers that speed evaporation and then collect the water vapor for disposal.

Continuing education and inventories of up to date water removal and drying equipment are why SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches can fulfill our promise to make water loss “Like it never even happened.” Have confidence in our preparation and call (727) 391-6212 for a water damage consultation.

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Why Controlled Demolition is Sometimes Necessary After Water Damage in Seminole

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

flood cuts along water damaged wall.  drywall debris on floor We made flood cuts to remove the water damaged drywall and dry the structure, and then rebuilt the damaged area.

Controlled Demolition and Cleanup After Seminole Water Damage

Most of the restoration companies that you can come into contact with after a water loss incident can only help your Seminole property in specific ways. Many get limited to the experience of their technicians, molding their services to a limited window of potential actions to address saturation and dampness throughout your property. Our team, on the other hand, has years of experience in restoring water damage scenarios and can help you to manage many effects after a loss incident quickly.  

A comprehensive solution for your household is our SERVPRO team, as we can address most restoration needs that you have following water damage in Seminole properties. Choosing experienced technicians and a fast response can ensure that work begins on your home promptly, which can help us save our customers time and money on the restoration project.  

Controlled Demolition  

We provide controlled demolition, which is one of the underappreciated tasks that our full-service team of professionals can accomplish upon arrival to the water damaged residence. Because elements like drywall can absorb substantial volumes of water, oversaturation can lead to bloating and deterioration of this construction material. Flood cuts provide a means of removing the worst of these damaged walls with our intricate demolition techniques. We establish a dryline, ensuring that we only remove the unsalvageable portions of sheetrock.  

Cleaning 

Cleanup after demolition and new construction is a vital element to getting your property back to preloss condition. We have multiple levels of cleaning technicians, each accredited in various areas, prepared to help with mitigation, restoration, and final touches to a completed project whenever necessary. We have technicians endorsed through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in:  

  • CCT – Carpet Cleaning
  • OCT – Odor Control
  • UFT – Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning
  • RCT – Rug Cleaning  

The better prepared our professionals are for every aspect of recovery and restoration after a water loss incident, the sooner that you can get back to life as usual. Let our SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches help you to make any loss incident “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (727) 391-6212. 

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SERVPRO Assists in Water Damage Remediation for Seminole Businesses

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

empty community center gymnasium Water damage can affect many utilized rooms in your community center. Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 365 days a year to take your call.

Addressing Commercial Water Damage in a Seminole Community Center

While water damage is a common occurrence in Florida, one may expect it more often from tropical storms or hurricanes than from a loose seal on a water connector or a damaged pipe joint. Facilities that interface directly with tenants and guests, such as a community center in a condominium complex, must be vigilant to maintain a clean and safe environment for all to enjoy. Without effective professional cleaning that is to code, visitors can risk of exposure to mold and microbes.

If your Seminole facilities need commercial water damage cleanup from sudden plumbing failures, SERVPRO professionals can be at your facility within hours to address issues. The focus is always on restoring your structure to a preloss condition so you can get back to business as usual without worrying about bacterial growth, structural damage, and other complications from water-related disasters.

When SERVPRO comes to your community center, you can expect rapid results from highly-trained technicians. Tables, chairs, and other furniture can be quickly moved to address water damage. While a leaky floor pipe may thoroughly soak the carpet, flooring can be dried in place with a Rover. This device can be thought of as an industrial-grade Segway with a large hose attached to the back to suck up moisture. Not only are Rovers excellent for carpet cleaning, but pad and carpet can be salvaged in small disasters with the help of this piece of equipment.

When it comes to water damage, thorough disinfection is a must, especially for flooring used by dozens of people per day. SERVPRO focuses on using environmentally friendly cleaners that are EPA-registered and OSHA-approved, such as pH-neutral Green Clean for carpets and upholstery. This cleaner is free of dyes, fragrances, and phosphates, and is biodegradable and VOC compliant. If spot cleaning on carpet or furniture is required, Green Clean is one of many tools available to SERVPRO. Cleaning materials like these allow technicians to maintain high standards of cleanliness that are safe for commercial use while minimizing the risk of allergic reactions for visitors.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is Faster to Any Size Disaster because speed, efficiency, and thorough education save structures and keep communities safe. If your business requires disaster mitigation at a moment's notice, call (727) 391-6212 today.

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SERVPRO, Seminole Area Homes, and Water Damage!

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

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Five Signs Your Roof and Home in Seminole May Suffer Water Damage

 Are you dealing with water damage on your roof, attic, or interior? Invest in water removal services as quickly as possible. Here are five signs that your roof needs repair.

  1. Your Shingles Are Cracking And Falling Apart

Your shingles hold the roof together. If they are blistered and falling apart, a new surface may be in order. The worse shape your shingles are in, the more likely your Seminole home gets water damaged from outside sources. We suggest getting it repaired or replaced to prevent future water losses.

  1. There Are Water Spots On Your Ceiling

Have you ever looked up and noticed blotches and spots on your ceiling? They may appear discolored, like coffee stains, indicating there may be leakage entering through the roof. If a slow drip, it may take a while to identify the source of the water intrusion. SERVPRO technicians can discover the source with the use of moisture sensors and eye-inspections.

  1. There Are Damp Spots On Your Walls

Water leaking from the walls may be a sign of water coming from another part of the home, but it is important not to rule out the roof. Often in more modern homes, PVC pipes or Plex lines may spring a tiny leak which eventually saturates the drywall material. We can seek out hidden moisture with an infrared thermal imaging camera. SERVPRO has advanced detection instruments to discovery dampness inside of wall cavities.

  1. Your Wood Is Spongy

Spongy or soft-wood means water damage. Wood is a porous substance, making it susceptible to absorbing moisture and decaying over time. Water removal services are essential in these situations, as acting fast is the best solution to saving your wooden deck or structural components. SERVPRO strives to restore and not replaced water-damaged building elements and content whenever possible.

  1. Your Gutters Are Dirty

Dirty gutters filled with debris, can dam water and result in seepage via the eaves into the attic.  When cleaning your gutters, pay special attention to what is inside of them. If you see granules (cinders) of what looks like tar or rubber, it is likely coming from the shingles. Roofs can wear down over time due to exposure to the elements, increasing your risk of getting water damage in the home.

Do not wait until your roof is in full disrepair. Contact SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 for full water removal and restoration services.

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Call Us When You Need Water Damage Restoration Services In Seminole

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Carpet peeled up at the corner because our techs were restoring moisture We use the latest technology in water extraction and drying equipment. We will clean up your carpeting, so it seems “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Handles Water Removal in Your Seminole Kitchen

Did you know that water damage unrelated to weather, including plumbing and appliance failures, account for 19% of homeowners' insurance claims? While it may not seem as severe as storm-related flooding in most cases, any water damage that is not adequately mitigated can affect the safety of your home.

Whether your dishwasher's gasket cracks and allows water through or your kitchen sink has faulty plumbing that creates the need for water removal and your Seminole kitchen, certified technicians at SERVPRO are here to help. These professionals know that disasters do not wait to happen on a 9-to-5 schedule, so their services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Even if your water damage occurs on Halloween, we can have a professional out to help you within hours of your call. 

Cleaning Up Water at Home

  • Shut off water and electricity. Shut off the main water supply, if needed. Unplug appliances and shut off power at your circuit breaker to prevent incidents that can occur while operating electronics near water.
  • Mop up any loose water. Use a wet vac or mop to clean flooring. 
  • Keep an eye on your stove. If you have a gas stove, water can compromise parts that supply gas. Contact your local gas provider for shutoff instructions.
  • Set up fans. This can aid in drying surface moisture more quickly. 

How SERVPRO Can Help 

When SERVPRO comes to your home, technicians can get right to work on assessing moisture levels and devising a cleanup strategy. Non-penetrating moisture sensors may be used to evaluate tile floors, while infrared imaging can help professionals evaluate water damage behind structures. Commercial extractor wands can be used to collect water from hard-to-reach spots. 

If the damage has reached carpeting in your home, SERVPRO can pull up the carpet to dry it from underneath with commercial air movers and dehumidifiers. Padding may require disposal, as continual exposure to water can cause delamination even in new carpets.

After disaster strikes in your home, SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches can leave your home looking, "Like it never even happened." Call (727) 391-6212 today for an emergency response to your disaster cleanup needs.

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Disaster Recovery Team Helping to Rebuild After Seminole Hurricane Damage

9/17/2019 (Permalink)

Lawn with SERVPRO equipment set on the ground and two male employees conversing We have the equipment and training to assist with all your flood damage needs.

How SERVPRO can help you recover after Flood Damage

Our franchise is part of a large-loss Disaster Recovery Team that works not only to address losses after hurricanes and natural disasters to Seminole but to the entire state of Florida and other areas around the country. Our preparedness for these emergencies helps us to provide real-time recovery options, including temporary construction repairs, extraction, and rapid drying approaches. Flooding is often unavoidable after a hurricane, and the fast and confident response of our professionals can lessen the out-of-pocket expenses for our customers. 

Whether from hurricanes or storm, flood damage affecting Seminole properties can happen in multiple ways. Some properties experience flooding from structural damages and breaches in the exterior of their property. While lower-lying residents might get the full brunt of natural flooding when creeks and streams rise even a day or two after the storm officially passes through the region. Trusting our SERVPRO team to help can benefit your property in several ways. 

Deep Roster of Professionals

Our team alone has professionals accredited in nearly every facet of the restoration industry, giving us an advantage over our competitors regarding the fast and efficient recovery of your home. Our large-loss conglomerate features technicians from many SERVPRO branches, ensuring that we always have the personnel to meet the needs of your home. 

Limitless Inventory of Recovery Equipment 

While we have hundreds of air movers and dehumidifiers at our disposal for our team alone, when you combine the inventories of multiple teams in our area, we have more than enough extraction, drying, and cleaning machines for the path of destruction the hurricane left behind.  

Ability to Address Damages Simultaneously 

Because of the wide berth of damage that hurricanes can take passing through the state, hundreds of homes and businesses can become affected at the same time. Between the large assortment of IICRC-Certified technicians and industry-leading equipment, we can spread our efforts between numerous structures simultaneously. 

Hurricanes can present a disastrous situation for homes and businesses in the area, but our Disaster Recovery Team can help. We have a fast and confident response wherever we are needed. Give our SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches team a call anytime that disasters strike at (727) 391-6212.

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We Act Fast To Limit More Damage To Your Redington Shores Home

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Hydroxyl generator in a box Fire damage can leave unwanted odors from the smoke generated. Hydroxyl generators such as the one shown help restore the air.

Various Cleaning Approaches that Help During Fire Damage Restoration in Redington Shores

You are likely to face several challenges after a fire incident in your Redington Shores property. Apart from consuming different materials, the fire also leaves deposits on surfaces and contents, which require a thorough cleaning to restore the property to its preloss state. Working with SERVPRO during the restoration of fire damage can help you get results faster because we are well versed with different cleaning techniques.

Fire damage in your Redington Shores home is unlikely to be uniform, whether you consider how it consumes materials or soils others. Such a disjointed outcome can be traced back to the conditions prevalent during the fire, which vary at different stages of the blaze and different sections of the house. For example, incomplete combustion leads to thicker smoke production, leaving some areas caked in residues and staining others.

Some combustion processes can produce liquid residues. Firefighting efforts, especially when the flames are doused with water, also dissolve residues. Penetration of soils into fabrics and other materials is a likely outcome in such situations. A cleaning method that absorbs liquid soils is the best way to clean the affected area. Absorption can happen through capillary, osmotic, or chemical action. Our SERVPRO technicians use different mediums when cleaning through absorption, including stain-absorbing powder. We also rely on penetration to reach dissolved soils deposited below the surface better. We use synthetic detergents, which aid penetration by lowering the surface tension of the cleaning solution after fire damage.

Although it might not seem so, cleaning is a chemical process. Just as the cleaning solutions affect soils and change them chemically, the soils also affect cleaning solutions. One effect residues can have, is changing the pH levels of cleaning solutions, which can reduce effectiveness. Our SERVPRO technicians counter this by using buffered cleaning products. The buffer is a chemical that maintains stable pH even as the agent mixes with different soils, thus ensuring uniform or faster cleaning.

Cleaning up after fire incidents in Seminole, North Redington Beach and Madeira Beach can present many challenges. Call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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SERVPRO Understands the Need for Fast Flood Damage Remediation for Your North Redington Beach Business

8/27/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Building with SERVPRO Trucks Outside A leaky roof cause commercial water damage that we were able to remediate quickly. We are ready and available to restore your business.

Commercial Flood Damage North Redington Beach

When storms come rolling in off the Gulf, North Redington Beach residents prepare for the worst. Still, flooding does breach the best efforts sometimes, forcing them into temporary housing like hotels and motels. What happens, though, when flooding takes out those options as well?

North Redington Beach commercial flood damage, especially in a local hotel or motel, needs a rapid response. Business owners require a professional, experienced team to remediate the effects and return their facilities to a clean, dry condition. As a full-service agency, SERVPRO restoration teams can perform every task needed to help each business reopen for residents and tourists. 

Since flood water contains multiple types of contaminants, restoration technicians start by spraying standing water and nearby surfaces with an anti-bacterial cleaner to eliminate the health threat and reduce the risk of mold growth. Next, they bring in commercial-grade pumps and other water extraction devices to remove the standing water so the natural evaporation process can begin for every affected item. 

That is not enough, however, for building material like drywall panels. When they absorb enough water, the panels can begin to crack and even crumble while still attached to the wall frame behind them. SERVPRO technicians stop this using a combination of air movers and fans.

Team members first set up the air movers to direct warm, dry air across the surface of the drywall panels and other affected items. The action augments the evaporation process, forcing moisture out and into the surrounding air. As that happens, other technicians set up the fans at exit points to draw the moisture-heavy air out of the interior and direct it outside. 

As the structure dries, more team members clean every surface now uncovered. Technicians have a large inventory of anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agents to choose from, depending on the amount of soil and other contaminants present in the building material and furniture. Cleaning can be accomplished on-site, avoiding the cost and loss of time needed for moving, and possibly storing property. 

At SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches, we serve our community by helping our fellow businesses reopen quickly after flood damage. If your business here, Madeira Beach, or Indian Shores is or has been underwater, call us immediately at (727) 391-6212 to begin restoration. We are here for you every step of the way back. 

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Our Technicians Have The Right Tools To Handle Your Redington Beach Home

8/26/2019 (Permalink)

large industrial-grade dehumidifiers and air movers removing moisture from hardwood floors Pictured are large industrial-grade dehumidifiers and air movers that are plucking the remaining airborne moisture from the interior of this home.

Water Removal Redington Beach – Leaking Water Pipe Inundates Home

Imagine, coming home one afternoon to find your main floor carpets soaking wet. All of the items on the floor are wet, including a colored area rug, some pillows, books, and newspapers. Your home computer in your den may be damaged from the water — also the high-speed modem. Your WiFi is still working, so the modem is still ok.

The owner called SERVPRO about water removal in his Redington Beach home. He turned off the main water intake valve for the home to stop the water, continuing to leak into his home. Next, you shut off the main breaker at the fuse panel in the garage to avoid any possibility of electrocution. There is water everywhere, and it is difficult to know where to begin.

The SERVPRO technicians immediately assessed the situation and took charge of removing all of the water from your home. Using a high capacity truck-mounted vacuum, the technicians quickly remove all of the surface water from the floors. Next, the furniture is lifted and placed on blocks under each leg. All of the area rugs are vacuumed to remove as much water as possible and brought outside to dry. Our team also remove books and newspapers for disposal.

Fortunately, the water had not entered the den. Your computer and high-speed modem are fine and should work properly once the power is turned on. We found the location of the water leak in the kitchen behind the fridge. The water line that provides water to the fridge for cold water and making ice has cracked spraying water onto the floor.

The fast response by our SERVPRO team, turning off the main water valve and the cleanup reduced this potential water damage disaster significantly. It could have been much worse. The homeowner made arrangements to have a plumber repair the waterline. A combination of several dehumidifiers, large air movers and the homes air conditioning removed the remaining moisture. All surfaces were wiped and cleaned as well.

Call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 for 24/7 service. Quick thinking by the homeowner and fast response by our team made the difference. We serve Madeira Beach, Indian Shores, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Hiring SERVPRO Mitigates Stress Along With Fire Damage to Your Seminole Home

8/7/2019 (Permalink)

Soda Blasting Gently Removes Charring from Burnt Structures in Seminole.

How Advanced Equipment Helps Resolve Fire Damage at Your Seminole Home

The best way to overcome the financial, and emotional loss you feel after fire incidents, is to restore the home to its preloss state fast.  Hiring a restoration team can help deliver results quicker.  We offer professional fire damage mitigation service in Seminole and rely on advanced equipment to deliver quality results and expedite the process.

What you see in the aftermath of fire damage in your Seminole home might not be as bad as it looks.  For example, the damage on surfaces might not be very severe, but when fully covered in soot, it might be hard to tell. Cleanup can readily resolve the issue, but residue impingement might complicate the process.  Our SERVPRO technicians use chemical sponges which have a unique cell structure that absorbs soot and other dirt from surfaces. The sponges do not require wetting to work, so they do not leave smudges.
 
Stains from Soot and Means of Cleaning Them
The heat and flames from a fire can lead to charring of surfaces. Standard restoration procedures would call for resurfacing or replacement of the affected materials. Such processes are expensive and might take longer, especially if demolition is necessary to access the material.  Our SERVPRO technicians can use advanced equipment to address the problem. We can use soda blasting machines to restore charred surfaces faster.  The process utilizes sodium bicarbonate and pressurized air which strip away charred materials and smoke residues. The sodium bicarbonate also has deodorizing properties, so it also removes any odors from the affected materials.

The right equipment simplifies the cleaning process
Soot and other smoke residues quickly settle on walls, ceilings, and other flat surfaces in your home. Cleaning all these areas can be a tiring process because of the repetitive work of scrubbing the expansive surfaces.  By using pressure washers and vacuum cleaners, our SERVPRO technicians can clean soot residues faster.  A strong vacuum with HEPA filters helps remove any loose soot particles without redistributing them into the air.

Whatever damage occurs after a fire ravages your property, call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212. We have the equipment to tackle the damage “Like it never even happened.”

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