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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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Who is Better Equipped To Remediate Disasters in Your Seminole Home?  

7/31/2019 (Permalink)

If disaster strikes in your Seminole home be prepared. Call the remediation professionals at SERVPRO today for help.

How SERVPRO Helps Seminole Homeowners Recover from Property Damage

When home disasters happen, it is good to know help is just a phone call away for the restoration services needed in your Seminole property. Professional level cleanup is essential to avoid costly issues such as foul odors from fire damage or even the development of mold from excessive moisture left behind during cleanup of damage from water and storm damage.

Why SERVPRO? We know when a member of our local community has damage from fire or water in their homes, they need help right then, not the next business day. Our typical call out time is one hour, and that fast response time makes the difference in the restorability factor of both the structure and contents. 

When fire damage hits a Seminole home, the result is destructive, and even small scale fires tend to result in some form of loss to contents or property. Our team members have the training and hold certifications as Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians. They know the best practices as taught through The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, a standard-setting non-profit that works on advancing the restoration and cleaning industries.

Cleaning up a home from fire and smoke damage requires several stages. The first action we take is containment to stop the spread of soot. Then, SERVPRO techs remove charred fire debris that has no restoration potential. We clean smoke damage from the fire loss affected areas and perform any necessary odor control. We look for items that are restorable through our proprietary cleaning methods and attempt to save the property owners the cost of replacement whenever possible. 

We work closely with both homeowners and adjusters to ensure our work is always within service limits for insurance. We know any type of home disaster feels overwhelming and fire damage particularly so. Our technicians create a unique report that details every step of fire loss mitigation and includes before and after photographs to assist with the expediting of insurance claims. 

When a Seminole homeowner with water damage contacts us, our emergency response team arrives quickly. Because the less exposure the home has to water, the better the chances are for restoring more possessions. 

Scoping the moisture within the property and swiftly extracting the water is crucial. We have diverse kinds of detection equipment for different areas of the home. While a probe may be fine for one type of scoping, thermal imaging lets the technicians "see" behind walls and within the flooring to determine if excess moisture has migrated inside and requires removal.  

We have access to state-of-the-art water removal equipment for any size water cleanup. Some of our most commonly used are:

Submersible pumps that we use when water is over two inches deep

Gas-powered pump equipment for situations when there is no electricity at the damage site 

Truck-mounted units pump thousands of gallons of water in fast removal of large quantities needs to occur fast

Portable extraction equipment allows technicians to move quickly through a loss site and use attachments for specialty water removal tasks such as upholstery and carpet

Rover units are ride-on equipment that demands little floor space and is convenient for other techs to work around while it removes water

SERVPRO technicians train in the science of psychrometry or the manipulation of relative humidity and ambient temperature. After extraction, drying also uses tenants of this discipline. For example, the high velocity from our air movers causes embedded moisture to rise where elimination occurs through our dehumidification setup. 

Once dry, our team members concentrate on hand-cleaning and disinfection of the water loss surface areas to ensure they are clean and fresh for the homeowners. If a pack-out was necessary during water damage mitigation, it is at this time our technicians move-in the items and put them back in their exact places.

Storm damage in Seminole properties comes from intense storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and flash floods. When any of these situations occur, our team answers the call for restoration services usually within an hour. It is crucial to begin water extraction efforts as fast as possible to limit further damage to the home. 

Even as quickly as we arrive on-site, often the standing water is not present as it has migrated into other areas of the home. We immediately scope the house with our moisture detection equipment and begin water removal so we can move on to the drying phase quickly.

We attempt to limit disruption of the home during mitigation of water damage from storms. However, when groundwater affects carpeting, it is not restorable and requires removal as does buckled sheetrock as restoration is not possible. SERVPRO technicians examine possessions in the water loss affected area item by item to determine the restorability factor through our proprietary cleaning methods. 

Flood damage leaves behind pungent water odors that applications of ordinary household fresheners do not diminish. Foul odors are the result in some cases of bacteria, and our professional-grade antibacterial and antimicrobial cleaners take care of that issue. When scents in the home require more robust applications, we often look to air scrubbers for airborne particles and ultra-low-volume foggers that deliver a wet fog to eradicate odors.

The need for mold remediation in Seminole properties happens due to different scenarios. When water from extinguishing a fire or water damage is not adequately cleaned up, the excessive moisture sets up a perfect breeding ground for mold growth. Other factors such as poor ventilation in an attic or drainage issues in a crawlspace contribute to raised ambient humidity, and mold spores have the potential to germinate. Once established, mold colonies spread quickly and infest the property. 

Containment is a critical element in the cleanup of mold damage. This action stops spores from becoming airborne and spreading during remediation efforts. We dry the colony and lower the humidity in the mold-affected areas to the point it can no longer support the existence of the mold colonies. Once dry, we carefully remove the mold debris using gentle abatement techniques. SERVPRO technicians then disinfect and treat the areas with an antimicrobial sealer to prevent the germination of spores in the future. 

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches stands ready to assist property owners with restoration services. Our certified technicians handle fire, water, storm, or mold damage with the latest equipment and techniques. We are available 24-hours at (727) 391-6212 to make the loss in your home or commercial property "Like it never even happened."

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Fun Facts About Flood Damage For Your Seminole Business

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let flood damage to your Seminole home overwhelm you. Call the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Rental Managers Need Reliable Flood Damage Resources in Seminole

Many people have seasonal residences in Seminole or decide to downsize to condos or townhomes in part to pass the responsibility for home maintenance to a professional entity. Property managers seek reliable partners to assist when severe weather causes flooding. Your cleaning and maintenance staff provides high-quality services for day to day tasks, but when a disaster strikes our Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-trained team delivers the specialized response you need for your residents.

Seasonal storms expose multi-family residences to flood damage in Seminole from wind, rain, and storm surge. Tropical weather systems in the Gulf can tear off roofs, destroy siding, and break windows and doors, allowing copious quantities of rain to invade the living and common areas of the properties you manage. Our crews arrive with commercial-grade water removal and structural drying equipment instantly available on our service vehicles. Once we secure your complex with tarps and boards, technicians begin water evacuation immediately.

Flood water is by definition contaminated, and SERVPRO is familiar with and follows local rules concerning containment and disposal of the hazardous fluid. Our crew members wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and follow a containment protocol during the cleanup to guard against infection from any pathogens and to prevent the spread of dangerous materials outside the affected areas.

We scan for water migration behind walls, using controlled demolition techniques like weep holes and flood cuts to release the fluid. SERVPRO uses increased access to enhance structural drying efforts. Throughout the drying phase, we monitor the moisture levels of flood-damaged structural components so that we can make informed decisions on the positioning of the air movers, heaters, and dehumidifiers used to pull moisture out of wet building materials and eventually discard it. Because of the contaminants in the floodwater, we use EPS-registered products to clean and disinfect surfaces.

After water removal and drying SERVPRO arranges for build-back and repair of the damaged exterior from the storm and the controlled demolition done to access trapped water and remove badly deteriorated building materials. Our ability to manage tasks from initial post-storm securing to rehabbing eliminates your need to line up multiple contractors to resolve flood damage in the buildings you manage.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches can manage even a substantial flooding loss after tropical storm damage. Call (727) 391-6212 for help from assessment to rebuilding.

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Professionals Talk About Restoring Your Fire Damaged North Redington Beach Home

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Not everything that fire touches is ruined. Call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches to restore your home.

Remediating Fire Damage To North Redington Beach Homes

Storm season is just beginning, but many Redington Beach residents are still rightly concerned about the risk of fire to their homes. A house fire can go through the structure in minutes depending on what burns, how quickly it burns, and how much heat it generates.  

At SERVPRO, remediating Redington Beach fire damage is a task that needs a quick and professional response. Every team member that arrives at an affected home is trained and certified as a Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT). Team leaders ensure they have the skills and equipment to restore homes from the effects of heat, flame, and smoke.  

Property that is scorched or burnt in a fire requires demolition and disposal. FSRTs carefully examine furniture items and other personal property to make sure it can be carried out safely or break it down into smaller pieces for easy disposal. They apply the same procedure to structural property like drywall panels and ceiling tiles. Team members carefully pull them off wall and ceiling framing and break them down for disposal. FSRTs bag or wrap everything when needed to prevent spreading ash and smoke residues.  

Next, SERVPRO technicians remediate residues and odors. Disposal of personal and structural property eliminates the source of both, but items not physically damaged require thorough cleaning. To start, FSRTs wipe down everything remaining in the home with a cleaner that contains a deodorizing agent. This initial action eliminates many layers of residues and clears out the odors they exude.  

For thicker residue layers, teams also have the option to use vacuums with specially designed filters to capture all residue particulates. If the smoke residues were able to penetrate thicker items like wall framing, FSRTs use sanders to remove enough layers of wood to clean them or a fogger to generate a cloud of cleaning and deodorizing chemicals that neutralizing the particulates.  

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is proud to serve our community, as well as Madeira Beach, North Redington Beach, and Redington Shores, among others. If there is any damage to your home from a fire, call our offices today at (727) 391-6212 for a professional inspection and restoration.

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A Leak Can Put Your North Redington Beach Home in Need of Water Removal Services

6/30/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO will take the job over for you.

Don’t let water damage be your 2nd job.

A washing machine is not a device that you need to babysit once it begins to do its job. For this reason, you may not catch a leak immediately as it happens. Instead, you can end up finding the spilled water when you return to your laundry room an hour later. No matter what, it is imperative in this situation that you act and not panic. The faster that the water is cleaned up, the better your home can fair.

Call for local North Redington Beach water removal services instead of trying to clean up the soapy standing water by yourself. While it may seem like a job you can handle, you may not be able to see all of the water in the room. Leaving any of the mess could lead to the formation of water damage. Furthermore, as time goes on, it can even lead to mold damage, as mold spores become active when exposed to excess moisture. For the best results, reach out for professional services as quickly as you can.

The moment that SERVPRO receives your call, and begins to talk through the situation with you, we begin to assemble a team of our Institution of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration (IICRC)-certified technicians. At SERVPRO, our goal is to get help to your home as soon as possible.

Once we arrive, SERVPRO can immediately bring a wet/dry vacuum and a wand extractor to your laundry room. Our immediate goal is to begin the water removal process. As a couple of our IICRC-technicians begin to remove the standing water, another can use the extraction wand to pull moisture from your floor-length drapes, as well as the rug on the floor.

Once SERVPRO has successfully removed the standing water, we can advance to technological devices, such as an infrared camera, to look for any pockets of water that we missed. Additionally, moisture meters can be used by our technicians to check the overall moisture levels in the room. Once satisfied that the moisture levels have returned to the appropriate level, our job is done. We can leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

When your home suffers a sudden leak, always try to get help fast. Speak with SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches by dialing (727) 391-6212. Night or day, we're here to take your call.

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Storm Restoration for North Redington Beach Is a SERVPRO Cornerstone of Assistance

6/27/2019 (Permalink)

North Redington Beachers Enjoy Their Water at the Gulf, Not in Their Homes--They Call SERVPRO for Restoration and Removal

Tree Damage to North Redington Beach Homes Can Allow Flooding

Harsh weather systems can have a destructive effect on the entirety of your North Redington Beach property, including well-rooted trees throughout the grounds. With powerful enough winds and hurricane-strength conditions, these fixtures of your yard can lose limbs, split into pieces, or entirely fall over into your house. No matter how a tree affects your home, it can leave an opening ideal for rain runoff and direct rainfall to penetrate. Not only do you have to worry about the structural concerns of this situation, but you also have to worry about the water damage that can come along with it.

Whenever North Redington Beach flood damage occurs in this manner, you can count on our SERVPRO professionals to respond quickly to your home with effective mitigation equipment to help. We can reduce the presence of standing water with advanced extraction and drying techniques. In addition to the work that we can do inside of your home to contend with the spreading water effects, we can also bring the personnel to help with the structural concerns that you face as well.

The unique environment with excess humidity coming in from the Gulf of Mexico can also pose a problem during the restoration service. Our WRT team can use plastic sheets to form barriers to decrease the volume of space where our LGR low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers are drawing water vapor for condensing. We monitor the progress until we achieve our drying goals of the contents, building materials, and a normal RH relative humidity range.

We know how traumatic and stressful severe storm systems can be, especially when they are powerful enough to directly or indirectly damage the exterior of your home. Our SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches professionals have the training and the expertise to make flood consequences “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call anytime disaster strikes at (727) 391-6212.

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Why it is Important to be Prepared for Flooding in North Redington Beach

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane season has begun. Are you prepared for flooding? SERVPRO has you covered with the equipment to dry your home fast!

Are you Prepared for Flood Damage in North Redington Beach?

June in Florida means that every homeowner stocks up on water, batteries and other hurricane supplies in preparation for the season ahead. Stores and residents alike review their checklists to make sure everything is in place for storms and strong winds, but homeowners usually don't think beyond the storm. When torrential downpours threaten the area, flood damage may be a part of your life, even if a hurricane does not make landfall near you. Knowing the best professional service to restore your home can save you time and money when the time comes.  

If you worry about flood damage to your home in North Redington Beach make sure to speak to SERVPRO as soon as hurricane season begins. Our certified technicians can help you devise a plan to prepare for flooding. Understanding the different concerns associated with floodwaters allows you to put safeguards in place to protect your family. As prevalent as a do-it-yourself approach may be, it is best to leave this restoration to the professionals.  

When a disaster is widespread within a community, damage can escalate quickly. Quick escalation is especially true for flooding because the longer your home is immersed in water, the weaker its structure becomes. Similarly, any bacteria brought in by floodwaters multiplies and spreads quickly throughout your home. When our SERVPRO crew arrives, we quickly identify materials that we can not salvage and dispose of them. Carpeting, upholstery and other porous surfaces are typically the first ones to go. From there, we focus on using industrial grade equipment to remove any standing water to prepare your home for disinfection. As simple as it sounds, each step involved requires the use of proper equipment such as truck-mounted pumps and extraction wands, as well as hygrometers, moisture sensors, and dehumidifiers. At SERVPRO, we know that flood restoration is not a one-size-fits-all process.  

Make SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches part of your hurricane preparedness plan. Call us at (727) 391-6212 and let us join your team.

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