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Detecting Home Water Damage in Seminole Walls and Ceilings

11/17/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Water Restoration Techs Can Restore Water Damaged Seminole Structures

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

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

How To Detect Moisture in Walls and Ceilings

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

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

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

SERVPRO Mitigates Water Damage and Salvages Impacted Walls and Ceilings

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

To save structural materials like drywall, SERVPRO can:

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

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

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

Dealing with Fire Damage in a Seminole Home

11/17/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

How to Handle Fire Damage After it Occurs

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

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

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

SERVPRO’s Fire Cleanup Process Includes Documentation and Warehouse Storage

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

During a pack-out, SERVPRO professionals can:

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

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

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

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

How Mold Damage Devours Seminole Home Surfaces

11/17/2022 (Permalink)

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

Seminole SERVPRO Mold Mitigation Provided by Knowledgeable, Trained Technicians

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

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

How Mold Damages Home Structures and Contents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crucial Steps for a Successful Water Restoration Process in Seminole

11/16/2022 (Permalink)

water leaking from copper pipe There are many opportunities for leaks and water damage in homes. Inspect your home often for signs of moisture.

Water Damage to Seminole Properties Can Be Overcome with SERVPRO’s Help

Seminole homes are vulnerable to the impact of water thanks to weather events, but they are also susceptible to water damage when plumbing fails or appliances break. When water seeps through your floors and deteriorates personal items and walls, it is time to call a certified water restoration team. Every minute you allow water to worsen the damage, you leave your home and family at risk of secondary damage and unpleasant consequences.

The professional water restoration team in Seminole that can put your mind at ease is a phone call away. SERVPRO is known for its professionalism and rapid response. Our success begins with our 24/7 hotline and the quick response of our fleet. When we arrive at your home, we carry an arsenal of the latest equipment and technology in the water remediation and restoration industry. We are ready to put it to good use for your benefit.       

Attempting to handle water intrusion on your own can be troublesome, and you risk leaving water hiding under floors and cabinets, which can cause secondary damage. Although helpful, removing water with a mop and installing dehumidifiers is not enough. Our SERVPRO staff has the expertise and equipment to tackle water extraction, drying, disinfection, and deodorization of your home. In the process, you may encounter some of the following equipment in use in your home:

  • Water pumps of varying power ranging from truck-mounted to handheld
  • Desiccants, extractors, and dehumidifiers to restore normal humidity levels
  • Air scrubbers and ultra-low volume foggers to purify the air around you

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is ready to help as soon as you need us. Call us at (727) 391-6212 and let our expertise and professionalism speak for themselves. Like you, our goal is to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

How Do I Clean up My Seminole Home After It Floods?

9/20/2022 (Permalink)

Job-site SERVPRO storm damage restoration services are second to none. we are ready at a moment's notice. Call for the help that is needed for your home.

Bring in Water Restoration Experts from SERVPRO

Tropical storms get attention when it comes to water intrusions, but everyday spills can also cause damage in your home. It does not have to be a considerable amount of water, just a leak that went unnoticed for an extended time.

What can happen with water from a leaky pipe?

In your Seminole home, storm cleanup always includes basic tasks like water removal and drying property. If the water sat for too long, SERVPRO Water Restoration Technicians (WRTs) may have to replace the flooring, drywall panels, and floor trim. To prevent this, our teams work on the following tasks first:

  • Remove the water
  • Dry the structural and personal property
  • Reduce the humidity level to a normal and comfortable level

Quickly accomplishing these three tasks is the best way to lessen damage in your home and reduce the risk of additional damage.

How do you get rid of the water?

We start with pumps and extraction wands. The pumps are for higher water levels of an inch or more. Depending on how much water is present, WRTs can clear most homes of standing water in 2 or 3 days. For water just covering the floor or trapped between floorboards and in carpets, the wands are a better option. Technicians adjust the vacuum speed and heating element to ensure the best result without causing additional damage. Extraction usually takes 1 to 2 days.

How do you dry out my home?

SERVPRO uses a combination of equipment. First, WRTs set air movers to force moisture out of the affected property with a warm, dry air flow. The now airborne moisture is captured by dehumidifiers which can extract over 20 gallons per day. To augment both devices, technicians set up fans to push damp air out of your home completely.

For SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches, these are only our first actions. For more information on what we can do for your home, call us today at (727) 391-6212. 

What Can Homeowners Do About Mold in Their North Redington Beach Home?

8/28/2022 (Permalink)

a room covered in mold that is growing on the cabinets and chair When mold is found on your property, quick action is needed to stop the spread. Call SERVPRO for effective mold damage remediation services.

SERVPRO provides professional mold damage mitigation

Coastal towns are especially susceptible to high humidity, which is a leading cause of mold. Mold should never be ignored as it can spread rapidly and have a negative impact on both property and people.

If you have mold damage in your North Redington Beach home, SERVPRO is here to help. Our workers are Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certified and know how to mitigate the damage. Our crews adhere to EPA standards. We provide the highest level of sanitizing and cleanliness possible. We follow the following EPA guidelines.

  • Moldy materials get cleaned, then dried.
  • Items with mold that cannot get cleaned are properly discarded.
  • Non-moldy items get dried within 48 hours.

When dealing with mold, our experts follow five steps:

  1. Provide for health & safety
  2. Document everything
  3. Control the containment
  4. Remove contamination
  5. Fix the moisture problem

When selecting a company to remove the mold from your home, you want a company with the necessary training and experience. That is never a worry when choosing SERVPRO. 

Contact SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 for professional mold damage remediation.

Water Damage Goes Away When SERVPRO Arrives at a Seminole Commercial Building

8/28/2022 (Permalink)

two SERVPRO trucks parked outside of a business Broken pipes behind walls can set off a cascade of issues including commercial water damage. Our certified team is standing by ready to help.

Seminole Office Building Needs Expedited Commercial Water Removal

Security systems are advancing to detection more than intrusions. Many can determine if there are issues such as smoke, fire, or water damage happening and alert the business owner. This alone saves both property and contents because it limits the exposure time.

A Seminole office building needed commercial water removal due to a pipe joint burst within the walls, leaving a large amount of water in the main area and damaging both the walls and flooring.  With the property owner's permission, SERVPRO arranged for a plumber to repair the broken pipes in tandem with the water restoration services.

More Prolonged Exposure Equals More Damage

Because the pipe break happened overnight, copious amounts of water ran within the office and saturated the main hallway. SERVPRO techs used their moisture detection equipment and found seepage behind the baseboards and the sheetrock for a few inches.

The techs removed the baseboards and cut away the damaged sheetrock to open up the wall cavities for drying. The glue-down carpet delaminated from water exposure and needed removal, exposing the slab substrate underneath.

Attention to Extraction

When undertaking water removal, the techs use various types of equipment to ensure the maximum amount of water gets removed. The techs commonly do several passes over the same area and, in this manner, lessen the amount of time needed for drying the property.

Rapid Drying Avoids Secondary Issues

Drying goals are an essential element in the restoration process. The techs take air measurements in other areas of the property to determine a baseline. Lowering the ambient humidity under 46% ensures that mold and musty odors are not an issue after the water loss cleanup completes. The techs use multiple air movers running at once to deliver the maximum amount of airflow to the floor and walls. Because the air blows at high velocity, it causes embedded moisture not previously extracted to rise and get captured by the dehumidification equipment. This cycle continues until the area verifies as dry.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 is available 24/7 for commercial water removal and restoration to restore your property to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

How Can Cleaning After Fire Restoration Help My Insurance Claim?

8/21/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering the tables, counters and walls Regardless of the room affected or the type of insurance you have, team SERVPRO can help after a fire. Contact our technicians today for services.

Seminole Residents Hoping For A Quick Fire Restoration Settlement

People living in Seminole know the importance of home insurance. If you do not have home insurance already, SERVPRO recommends purchasing a suitable policy as soon as possible. In the event of a disaster at home, insurance can help you with:

  • The cost of replacing lost items
  • Finding a place to stay until your home is safe to live in once more
  • Repairing your home, including the basement and attic
  • Repairing adjacent structures such as a garage, shed, or fence

Anyone who tries to make an insurance claim for fire restoration in Seminole will likely meet an insurance adjuster. The loss adjuster’s job is to examine your home and determine the cause of the fire, the extent of damage, whether your insurance covers the incident, and whether the number of losses you wish to claim is reasonable.

What has cleaning got to do with insurance claims?

From the insurance broker’s perspective, replacing lost items is the most expensive option. For example, it costs more to replace a sofa than to have a couch cleaned. Resurfacing is another costly option. It costs more to resurface a wooden floor than it does to refinish it or replace upholstery instead of cleaning it.

The SERVPRO policy is to clean and repair where possible and only resurface or replace an item as a last resort. Our strategy means lower costs for insurance companies, which is good news for homeowners looking for a smooth settlement.

What does cleaning mean after fire damage?

Fire leaves behind smoke and soot residues that look unsightly, smell unpleasant and can damage surfaces. Fire restoration cleaning aims to leave your home and belongings looking “Like it never even happened.”

Our technicians will:

  • Carefully inspect your home to discover the smoke residue
  • Identify the types of smoke residue present so they can choose the most effective cleaning method
  • Identify the type of surface under the residue – different materials require different cleaning processes
  • Capture and remove smoke residue from all affected surfaces, or dispose of surfaces that they cannot salvage
  • Dispose of all cleaning waste and debris to leave your home residue-free

What can SERVPRO clean?

We can clean many kinds of materials during fire restoration.

Our technicians can remove soot from walls, ceilings, and floors. We can often clean residues from furniture, upholstery, drapes, and rugs.

We clean wooden, plaster, metal surfaces, and upholstery. Let our technicians take a look if you are concerned about your home office, your elliptical machine, or your favorite armchair. We are always honest with you about what we can save and what we cannot.

What is the cleaning process?

The cleaning process differs depending on the extent of the fire damage. However, every visit begins with an assessment of the scope of the damage. Our teams will communicate with you at every stage to ensure you are happy with our cleaning plan.

We use powerful vacuums to capture dry smoke particles. Wet smoke particles bond more deeply to surfaces and need more rigorous cleaning, but vacuuming is a good option for dry particles.

Scrubbing with a brush or using dry ice or baking soda blasting is an excellent option for ground-in particles, especially on more robust surfaces such as crawl spaces or basement walls. Sometimes abrasive action is the only way to shift smoke residue.

We also use a range of wet cleaning solutions to soak out stubborn soot with immersion cleaning, or we can use targeted applications for spot cleaning on delicate surfaces. Our technicians choose the best product for the situation, then we rinse and dry the area or item. We use fans and dehumidifiers to hasten the drying process.

What about the smoky smell?

Getting rid of the smoky smell is essential to fire damage remediation. The smoke has a distinctive odor, which, if left untreated, can linger for a long time and become an unpleasant reminder of the incident.

Our team knows your home will not feel like your own until the smell has gone. That is why we deodorize your home before wrapping up the job. We use a range of odor capturing and odor repellent chemicals, alongside air scrubbers and foggers, to remove smells.

Can SERVPRO talk to my insurance broker?

Yes, our team will work with you and your broker. We will give a professional estimate of which of your belongings we can save (by cleaning and restoration), and which are a loss. Having SERVPRO liaise with your insurer can expedite the claims process and make it less stressful for you.

If you need a fire restoration company that is on your side, call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212.

Qualified Water Removal Services Available for Your Redington Beach Business

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

bell at reception counter at hotel SERVPRO is here to answer the call when local hotels need water damage restoration services with the latest technology and techniques.

SERVPRO is Dedicated to Restoring Your Commercial Property "Like it Never Even Happened."

After a significant water issue, it is imperative to dry water damaged contents and structural components as quickly as possible. In the past, technological limitations slowed the water removal process in your Redington Beach hotel, often resulting in the removal and replacement of damaged carpeting, furniture, drywall, and even bedding in large-scale situations.

With advances in technology today, our quality restoration company has access to various water removal equipment that can help restore your Redington Beach property and its contents with minimal interruptions or losses. Expertly trained technicians can respond 24-hrs a day, 7-days a week, to any size problem you may encounter and get things under control much sooner than before.

SERVPRO IICRC trained technicians have access to LGR Dehumidifiers that help reduce your building's relative humidity to as low as 10%, remove excess moisture from the air, and speed up the removal and drying process. Damages caused by mold, swelling, and prolonged exposure lessen considerably while new methods such as wall cavity drying techniques allow water removal in hard-to-reach places.

SERVPRO uses various water extraction equipment to remove water related to storms or floods and any exposure caused by plumbing issues or fire prevention efforts. Our technicians give you access to advanced tools and techniques that make restoring your hotel to a quality preloss condition easier while significantly reducing any losses you may experience.

Regardless of your emergency restoration problem, SERVPRO has the solutions you need. We have professional training, expertise, and vast resources available to provide local business owners the attention and detail oriented services they deserve. 

We are proud to serve as active members of our local community, put value in our relationships with our customers and work hard to keep your business running smoothly. We are locally owned and operated, allowing us to respond "Faster To Any Size Disaster."

Contact SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches for access to fully-certified IICRC technicians and the cleanup and restoration services necessary to get things back on track today. (727) 391-6212

After Fire Damage to Your Redington Shores House: Getting Rid of Water and Foul Odors

7/20/2022 (Permalink)

Firefighters climbing ladder to roof to extinguish blaze If your home has fire damage, contact SERVPRO to come out and assess. We come up with an effective remediation plan to suit your needs.

Our IICRC Certified Technicians Remediate ALL Aspects of Fire Damage from the Burned Items to the Smells That Remain

Following a large fire in your Redington Shores residence, you might be overwhelmed with what remains. While the fire department successfully suppressed the flames, this has posed two problems you must remedy as quickly as possible. The first is the water removal needs from the hoses used to quell the fire, and the second is to remove the lingering odor that makes it challenging to be in your home. 

Our SERVPRO technicians are skilled in multiple areas of restoration techniques. A multi-faceted assessment can mean that the fire damage to your Redington Shores home also gets addressed from a water and odor damage standpoint. Comprehensiveness is all a part of your restoration package that gets mapped out when you first meet with our professionals as they arrive to begin their work. 

Water removal techniques and equipment depend on the amount of water in your home following the fire suppression. In many cases, the amount of water damage can be as detrimental as the fire itself was, depending on the time it took to put out the blaze. Pumps are used to remove pooled water, while specifically placed heating fans quickly evaporate the water seeped into fabrics, flooring, and walls. 

Even with the water removal completed, the smoke and charring smell of burned material continues to linger throughout the affected area. SERVPRO experts we employ have advanced fogging equipment that can dispense a dense deodorizing vapor into the air throughout the impacted places in your house. This fog interacts with the smell in the air on a molecular level, bonding with these odorous molecules and neutralizing them. The effect is to remove the present odor without replacing it with a new one. 

Fires are unpredictable and destructive, and the damages they leave behind often go well beyond the combusted materials. When this kind of disaster strikes, you can trust our SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches to restore your home and mitigate your losses effectively. You can reach us anytime by giving us a call at (727) 391-6212.