Recent Why SERVPRO Posts

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.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in Seminole, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches today at (727) 391-6212 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

Looking for Assistance with Preventative Cleaning near Seminole?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

hands spraying a liquid on a black office phone Remind employees to clean things on their desks. SERVPRO does the rest.

SERVPRO of Seminole and Central Gulf Beaches Can Help.

Our area has been a hub of social activity and business.  It’s only reasonable that we all worry about the possibility of coronavirus spreading throughout our communities. It can cause concern for anyone, but especially those working in necessary service-jobs and at a business that remains open.

So, how can our SERVPRO operation help to provide preventative cleaning for your Seminole property?

  • Advanced cleaning techniques that deliver wet mists and wet fog applications to hard to reach surfaces. We also offer advanced HEPA air cleaning technology. Of course, we clean often used touchpoints and surfaces as suggested by the CDC and state and county agencies.
  • SERVPRO mitigation/restoration personnel are highly trained in biohazard cleaning. These individuals have completed certification programs and they understand CDC, EPA and OSHA protocols concerning bacteria, viruses, and microbial cleaning. They do this work on a consistent basis.
  • Our team members live and work in this part of southwest Florida and we all have a desire to help our community as we defend our families, friends, business acquaintances, and neighbors against the spread of the coronavirus infection.
  • Service is available 24/7 with the flexibility to meet your needs. One time and multi-service plans are available.
  • Consulting is available. We can customize a cleaning and disinfecting plan for your Seminole area commercial property or public space.

If you have any concerns about the safety of your business, home or workplace, please contact SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at 727-391-6212. We are open and ready to help.

Advice from the medical and scientific community regarding how to deal with the coronavirus is based on present knowledge, which is subject to change as the situation changes.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches Can Help During This Time Of Need

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with the word CARES on a green background SERVPRO Cares during this time of need

While our Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches communities continue to react to the most recent news updates about the global pandemic of Coronavirus, this is a reminder that our local team members are ready to help. We are specialist in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest cleaning and sanitation standards. Our highly trained SERVPRO professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your commercial property or public space back in business and open to the public.

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your business or home, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as tabletops, counters, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, light switches, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and tables.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS CLEANING PROTOCOLS

The decontamination of a business or home can be both dangerous and emotional. Specialized training and experience is important when choosing a local cleanup company to resolve these special circumstances. You can count on the team from SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches during this time of need.

SERVPRO’S Commitment to Education Make Them the Best Choice for Flood Damage Remediation in Seminole

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded driveway and street. Heavy rain. Flooding is always a threat in Florida. Should your home experience water damage, call SERVPRO for fast remediation.

Technicians Mitigate Flood Damage in a Seminole Home 

Flood is the most common natural disaster in the United States today. From 2003 to 2012 alone, the average total flood insurance claims exceeded $4 billion per year. Not only has this type of disaster proven incredibly costly for Florida homeowners, but it can lead to further risks. Without professional mitigation, flood damage can lead to structural damage as well as mold proliferation. 

If your Seminole home has suffered flood damage, IICRC-certified SERVPRO technicians are always available to assist you. This team has extensive experience in eliminating damages from home flooding as well as restoring residences to a preloss condition. The emphasis is consistently put on safety for homeowners while preserving possessions whenever it is safe and feasible to do so. 

SERVPRO's Dedication to Education 

SERVPRO offers a wide variety of learning applications for franchise staff, technicians, and franchise owners alike to benefit from via web-based training. These classes are ongoing and self-paced to encourage continuous education that benefits employees as well as clients. Classes consist of video presentations and support materials, as well as knowledge tests that reinforce the lessons of each module. These self-paced courses ensure that technicians and staff stay ahead of the Curve regarding industry standards to maintain a high quality of cleanliness and professionalism for homeowners in need. 

SERVPRO also offers credit and non-credit courses for professionals in other fields, including real estate and insurance. These include courses on fire and water damage restoration, understanding mold in the context of the restoration industry, restorative drying methods for loss control, and a non-credit mitigation awareness response seminar. We design these courses to help professionals outside of disaster cleanup understand these processes. 

How SERVPRO Saves the Day 

When flooding has affected your home, technicians bring the equipment necessary to remove water, disinfect structures, remove soils, and dry your salvageable furnishings and structural materials. After drying, if odors persist, this team can use ultra low-volume fogging to spread a solvent- or water-based mist to bind with odor-causing particles and eliminate them.  

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is a team you can count on to be Faster to Any Size Disaster. For fast cleanup service from an experienced team, call (727) 391-6212 today.  

More about Seminole.

Why SERVPRO is the First Choice for Water Damage Restoration in Seminole

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO sign in landscaped garden SERVPRO is always ready to handle your water damage emergencies. Call us today!

You Can Call SERVPRO to Help with Water Damage Cleanup in Seminole 

The two most common areas within a home that suffer from water damage are the bathroom and kitchen. Water can infiltrate your home from a range of sources, from flash flooding to a leaking pipe, but it is how you address the water loss that counts. No matter what the cause might be for your water damage, the expert technicians at SERVPRO are here to help. 

Some of the calls that we receive for water damage in Seminole happen after the homeowner tries to tackle the issue using DIY methods. However, strong odors and mildew left behind by water loss can be tough to handle without the right techniques or equipment. We want to let you know why hiring SERVPRO is the best course of action when you have a water disaster in your home. 

Water Migration Tracking 

There is often little water visible to the naked eye if time passes from the initial water loss to the time that SERVPRO arrives. Our technicians use moisture detection equipment to locate water left under the flooring or subfloor, behind baseboards, walls, and more. 

Industrial-Grade Drying Equipment 

We employ specialized drying equipment as part of the cleanup process. For subfloor drying, we remove your floorboards or tile and then use drying mats, high-power air movers, professional-grade dehumidifiers to circulate the air and reduce moisture levels. For small spaces like wall cavities, InjectiDry helps to force air in for total drying without the need for demolition of the wall space. 

Proven Mold Prevention 

Elevated moisture provides the ideal climate for mold to thrive. Our SERVPRO technicians work to proactively treat surfaces with a thorough cleaning and disinfecting methods, eliminating the possibility of mold and mildew spreading.

You can always trust that our trained team at SERVPRO works efficiently to get to the heart of your water damage problems. Regardless of the size or scope of the project, we can be there to make it, “Like it never even happened.” Give SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches a call at (727) 391-6212 to reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

More about Seminole.

Hidden Seminole Water Damage in Wall Voids Is Uncovered and Treated by SERVPRO

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

green hydroxyl generator with the blue light working Water in the Walls in Seminole? Yes, It Is Possible to Have Foul Odors--SERVPRO Offers Advanced Equipment to Help

Why SERVPRO Inspects Your Walls’ Interior Cavities when Called for Water Damage Services in Seminole

After a pipe breaks in an upstairs bathroom in your Seminole house, water steadily gushes out, soaking everything. The amount of force pushing this water out of the pipe depends on the diameter of the pipe and can be strong enough to force water inside the walls. Even when upper-level walls avoid getting soaked, a large amount can still end up inside the walls downstairs. Gravity is not your friend.

Electrical components throughout the walls in your home in Seminole can sustain water damage, which is one reason why SERVPRO checks inside walls and other enclosed spaces. We use infrared technology for this, as well as other diagnostic equipment. Our teams are trained in the latest techniques, from mitigation and restoration, scoping issues, prevention, and rebuilding. Locating hot spots that might otherwise remain undetected – at least until more serious, visible problems become obvious – mitigate the water damage and can help prevent mold infestations.

While our building crew can rewire sections or your entire home if needed, keeping this to a minimum can play a significant role in controlling your overall costs. Mitigating as early as possible also helps considerably. When we can dry out an enclosed space, we eliminate the humidity that can corrode electrical components and render them dangerous. Preventing a fire from corroded, faulty wiring and outlets protects your family from serious risk.

The inside of the walls also gives microbes a perfect environment. Such spaces contain abundant cellulose for microbes like mold to consume, an absence of air currents, a shield from solar rays, and trapped water as a source conducive for proliferation. Using an Injecti-dry system, we force air into such places, forcing the area to dry. We can also spray in an antimicrobial agent to protect the wooden frame, as well.

Water damage is also known to strike a condo with pungent, musty odors. Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) can place long-lasting gel packs in walls to combat odors coming from specific areas. For larger areas or mystery odors, our OCT uses Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogging to get rid of odors, wherever their sources exist. Hydroxyl generators and ozone machines are advanced machines for controlling and eliminating unwanted scents.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches helps homeowners near North Redington Beach, Indian Shores, and Madeira Beach with water damage by mitigating the many ways it can affect and damage a house or condo. Call our 24-hour service line at (727) 391-6212 for a rapid response.

Bathtub Causes Water Damage in a Seminole Garage

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded Bathroom SERVPRO professionals are trained to handle all types of water damage.

Why SERVPRO For Water Damage In Seminole

Something as simple as running a bath can go so wrong and cause water damage. The problem comes when the person running the bath gets distracted and forgets the water is running. 

A bathtub caused water damage in a Seminole home when it overflowed and soaked not only the floor in a second-floor bathroom, and the water ran down into the garage below. The water caused extensive staining on the ceiling and walls.

Why SERVPRO?

The technicians undergo rigorous training that involves learning the best practices for handling not only water loss events but also fire, biohazard, mold and secondary issues such as foul odor removal. They learn to attempt to restore items and save property owners the cost of replacement whenever possible. 

Controlled Demolition Necessary

After extracting the water, the techs found moisture breached the subfloor in the bathroom, and the sheetrock on the ceiling and wall in the garage below required removed. The techs cleanly cut it away, so it opened up the wall cavity and floor joists for drying as well as preps the area for repairs to restore the area to its preloss condition.

Drying Above and Below

When working on multiple floors, it is vital to dry both so other problems do not set up in the home. The techs use specialized drying applications such as drying mats on the subfloor above to force air into the floor joists. Downstairs in the garage, the air movers blast warm, dry air into the opened wall cavities to ensure the beams and interior attains drying goals. 

Prepping for Reconstruction

The bathroom floor needed new tile installed, and techs cleaned and readied the room for installation. Downstairs in the garage, they cleaned and treated the support beams with antimicrobial cleaners to inhibit any odors or mold growth. The techs provided the homeowner with a detailed report for actions taken, including photos and also recommendations for the necessary repairs to restore the property to its pre-water loss condition.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 can handle any size water damage and make it "Like it never even happened."

Learn more about Seminole.

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.

To find out more about seminole, click here.

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. 

More about Seminole.

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."

Click here to learn more about the city of Seminole. 

Revealed: Team SERVPRO Arrives With Advanced Tools and Experienced Personnel to Effectively Remove Water From Your Seminole Home

3/24/2019 (Permalink)

When your home has been affected by excess water, it is time to contact the certified water removal professionals at SERVPRO. Call right away.

How the Right Tools Make Extraction Simple for Your Seminole Home

Substantial water loss incidents that affect your Seminole home and require extraction and restoration are not situations that a homeowner can handle on their own. Even without the widespread effects that can happen out of the line of sight, many direct and apparent effects prove challenging to clean up and dry without the advanced technology and tools available to our professionals. With the right equipment, extraction and drying of your damaged home can be cost-effective and efficient.

While there are many steps to recovering your Seminole home after the initial water removal has taken place, this is a vital component to effectively restoring your property. Our SERVPRO professionals arrive with numerous high-powered tools ideal for all aspects of water removal and extraction from high volumes of standing water to areas of your property that could prove challenging to access with conventional extraction equipment.

From the time that our team arrives at your damaged property, we immediately assess the full spread of the damage and what tools are necessary to remove the standing water from the affected areas. We can work to quickly bring out these machines like our portable sump pumps, weight extractors, and wet-vacs with extraction wands to have complete control of the removal and access challenging areas with ease. For more severe pooling, we can utilize the extractor truck that arrives with our SERVPRO Green Fleet to remove water even more effectively from the damaged areas.

Once the excess has gotten removed, we can move on to the important drying phase, setting up our air movers, LGR dehumidifiers, and our drying mats for saturated flooring. With a fast response to the emergency, our professionals can limit any need for tear out and reconstruction.

Our SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches water restoration technicians rely heavily on our industry-leading equipment to offer effective and efficient water removal and drying for damaged properties. If you want to make water damage “Like it never even happened.” in your home, give our professionals a call today at (727) 391-6212.

Click here for more information about Seminole.

Mold Damage Remediation Services in Seminole

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we say no to mold and we say yes to mold remediation.

Do you know about SERVPRO's Residential Mold Remediation Services in Seminole?

Mold plays a major role in nature by breaking down organic matter, which in turn replenishes essential nutrients in the soil. When it occurs in the house, however, it should always be removed. Mold colonies quickly develop in the form of microscopic spores, which then spread across the building through your HVAC system. 

If you suspect the presence of mold in your Seminole home, you need to call a professional mold remediation company as soon as possible. At SERVPRO, we have advanced tools and products for mold damage restoration, as well as competent technicians that can easily handle your emergency in Seminole. We're Faster to Any Size Disaster, and our goal is to return your property to preloss conditions swiftly and efficiently. 

Mold colonies in your home can create health and environmental issues. Mold growth commonly occurs in the ductwork of your HVAC system, as the evaporator coil of an air conditioner is usually wet and dirty. Poorly-installed insulation and plumbing leaks are also common causes of mold growth inside exterior walls and underneath floors. 

Before mold damage takes effect, mold colonies release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and mold spores into the air. These spores can lead to various health effects. SERVPRO technicians begin every mold remediation process with an assessment of the extent of the mold damage. We then isolate the contaminated areas by covering furniture, openings, and doorways with plastic sheeting. 

To identify the source of the mold damage, SERVPRO technicians use advanced moisture meters to locate any excess moisture/condensation in or behind the walls. We also have a wide range of air management and odor control systems that not only get rid of the bad smell but also remove the source by eliminating the bacteria causing the problem.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources



If mold growth has taken over your home, you need to act fast to prevent extensive mold damage. As a locally-based mold damage remediation company, SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches can arrive quickly to restore your property. We are available 24/7, every day of the year. Call us today at (727) 391-6212.

For more on Seminole, click here

Water Damage and an Overflowing Sink in Your Madeira Beach Home

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage happens fast and always at the least convenient times. Contact SERVPRO for a quick response when your clogged sink overflows.

Our Technicians Are Trained to Use Efficacious Techniques

A quickly overflowing sink can create more than just a wet mess in your Madeira Beach home. If it gets out of hand, it can result in flooding indoors and severe water damage to your property. It can also create health hazards since sink water is unsanitary and can be a catalyst for fungal and bacterial growth. The best defense is to prevent it from happening in the first place. 
 
Keep in mind that most sink overflows happen due to the drain being clogged. If you can keep the drains clear in your home, you can prevent this problem and Madeira Beach water damage. If, however, you still experience a sink overflow, contact our staff at SERVPRO right away so we can help you to fix the problem and clean up the damage. 
 
To dry a structure, we must remove the moisture from the air. An open drying method trades the moist air inside your home for air from outside that is drier. We open windows and use fans or air movers to exchange air to ventilate the area which is affected. 
 
For the most efficient conditions for drying, air outside should have a higher temperature and low relative humidity. We take measurements to figure out the specific humidity for both outside and inside air. 
 
A drying system which is closed encloses the area off from the air outside and from anywhere that is not affected by the water damage. We use equipment for dehumidification to dehumidify the air inside. In order for this method to work, we have to control the environment indoors using dehumidifiers and air movers. It is easier for smaller areas, so we create a chamber for drying by closing windows and doors or hanging a plastic sheet around the area. Air conditioning can be used as well to help dehumidify, and by setting up a  chamber for drying, we can dry what needs to be dried more thoroughly and quickly. 
 
SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches are the ones to call at (727) 391-6212 during a water damage emergency. We have the tools and knowledge to properly dry your home out again for anyone living in the locations of Madeira Beach, Redington Shores, or Seminole. 

For more information regarding the city of Madeira Beach, click here.

Preventing A Dryer Fire In Your Redington Beach Home

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Not many people realize how dangerous clothes dryers can be.

Preventing A Dryer Fire

Not many people realize how dangerous clothes dryers can be. However, each year, there are thousands of fires caused by dryers, plus several hundred individuals who are subjected to carbon monoxide poisoning from dryer vent setups which were not set up properly. Sometimes, a faulty appliance is to blame, but many times, fires can be prevented when dryers are vented properly.

Accumulation of lint and reduced airflow together give the perfect conditions for creating a fire and fire damage in your Redington Beach home. Most dryers include lint traps or filters made to capture the lint. However, these filters do not capture all the lint, and the assumption is that regularly emptying them is enough to protect the dryer. Half of all dryer fires can be accounted for by this since they start within lint traps. When you have been unfortunate enough to experience a dryer fire, SERVPRO is the one you want to contact for help. We are a highly professional and experienced fire damage remediation company, and we take care to get your home back in order.

Proper maintenance can help you avoid these fires. Cleaning and emptying the lint from the exhaust pipe and the rear of the dryer after each use is the first step. Once you clean the lint filter, you should check for rips or tears and replace a damaged lint trap right away. Do not ever put any synthetic substances like foams, plastics, rubber, or any cloth which has been used to clean any potentially combustible or flammable liquids in the dryer, even if you have thoroughly washed them.

The exhaust pipe on your dryer should be short as is allowable based on the dryer’s location in your home. Keep it as straight as possible and limit any bends to allow for an airflow that is unrestricted. It is recommended to use a spiral-wound, aluminum, or steel duct aluminum flex hose, and not white vinyl hose.

If your dryer is powered by gas instead of electric, get it inspected routinely by a professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact. Keep any combustible objects away from the dryer. Things like paper, boxes, chemicals or anything else which would be an accelerant needs to be kept away. Of course, do not ever run the dryer when you are not at home.

When SERVPRO is called to repair fire damage, we work quickly and efficiently. Smoke and soot, plus water left behind from firefighting efforts, are still creating problems for your home. We take care of everything to prevent additional damage.

SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is always professional and courteous when we come to your home. Contact us right away at (727) 391-6212 once your fire is out so we can clean and repair your home properly.

Click here for more about Redington Beach.

Flood Damage Restoration in North Reddington Beach Done Right

1/24/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding is a fact of life after a storm when living in Florida. Call our certified SERVPRO team for an assessment and water removal.

Why SERVPRO Uses Air Movers and Desiccant Machines in Flood Damaged Homes in North Redington Beach

Flooding events, mudslides, hurricanes, and other terrible weather events can strike in North Redington Beach at any time. There are many things you can do to prepare and minimize the impact, but once the weather clears, residents still have to face the destruction and begin to clean up and rebuild.
 
When we perform flood damage mitigation in North Redington Beach, many customers ask why we SERVPRO specialists use both air movers and desiccant machines. Some people wonder if these two machines might work against each other instead of increasing the other's productivity.
 
We can assure you that these two machines, as well as all of our other devices and tools, work together in a way that makes the entire mitigation process faster, more efficient, and also increasingly thorough. Other pieces of equipment guard our technicians from injuries, and others protect your home from cross-contamination.
 
With flood damage, more than your home's structure and the contents inside get soaked. The air also ends up saturated with water vapor. Our air movers and desiccant machines both work to get your home dried out entirely. We place our air movers facing the direction that gives us the most efficient 'push' to get air either to pass through a desiccant machine, air scrubber, or to the outdoors.
 
Our desiccant machines need to continually pull water vapor from the air, strip it dry, and send dry air out. This can continue for a while because saturated materials slowly give off only the moisture that the exterior of the material contains. Water held in the deeper portions slowly moves toward drier areas, which are the ones most recently dried by the whisking away of moisture on the surface. Desiccant machines remain running until no remaining humidity exists.
 
We test the amount of moisture in your walls, floors, and the air. We also examine different items in your furnishings. We can show you the progress made, as we keep records of each tested item's moisture content, from start to finish. SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches is always ready with our equipment and skilled IICRC-certified technicians when your home sustains flood damage. Call us at (727) 391-6212.

Click here for more about North Redington Beach.

How Storm Water Can Cause Structural Damage Your Redington Beach Property

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy downpours bring water and sometimes that water enters your property. Call SERVPRO to remove the water and restore your home.

Flood Removal Technicians In Redington Talk About Possible Structural Issues

The Redington area is known to be a place that can get its fair share of severe rainstorms. When heavy rains pour down, it can create a situation where you need flood removal completed by a professional restoration company like SERVPRO. When water starts to build up in your neighborhood, it can get deep and eventually find its way into your home. Water can up from the ground and negatively affect your flooring materials as well as moisture coming in from worn lower door seals. Any time something inside your dwelling gets wet, professional flood removal becomes a necessity.  

As time goes on, problems with the building materials and contents inside your house can get much worse if not treated promptly. Our SERVPRO crew provides fast 24/7 service to help you with flood removal in Redington. Our technicians are located within proximity so that they can arrive at your residence quickly. As soon as we arrive, we begin assessing the situation before we get work authorization from you. Once we realize what is involved with the project, we start mitigating issues that came about after the rainstorm.  

To comprise the initial scope of the project, our SERVPRO technicians use advanced technology to determine the severity water damage. We use moisture sensors and meters to gauge which of your contents and building materials received damage and the extent of the damage. We then determine which items are salvageable with extraction and drying and which saturated items need discarding.  

In some severe situations, our highly trained team comes to the realization that specific structural components must be removed and replaced. When this occurs, we remove certain items so that we can dry out materials that we can save. After ruined items get discarded and the structure gets dried out, we then rebuild your structural materials or refer the reconstruction to a certified subcontractor. If you ever notice that any of your building materials got wet after a thunderstorm, call SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches at (727) 391-6212 right after the problem occurs.

Redington Beach is named after Charles E. Redington.  Click here to read more.

Revealed: Fire can Damage BOTH the Contents and the Structure of Your Seminole Property

11/11/2018 (Permalink)

When fire attacks your home, the situation can seem bleak and overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to mitigate the damage after the firefighters leave.

Restoring Fire-Damaged Contents in Your Seminole Home

Once disaster strikes your Seminole home, you need assurances that you can secure skilled technicians with the appropriate experience to overcome the effects throughout your property. Fires can have devastating effects on the structure of your home, not to mention the lingering and widespread damages that can occur inside of it. However, as a homeowner, often one of the biggest concerns you face is the contents of your home that now sit at risk of soot and smoke damages.

While fire damages can affect your Seminole property in multiple ways, the effects to the contents and your belongings within the house can be the hardest to ignore. Our SERVPRO franchise has a dedicated Contents Department with the specific job of removing damaged and at-risk items from your home to offer detailed and individual restoration efforts to each one.

One of the ways that we can help to assure that the contents of your home receive the best possible care and treatment throughout the restoration process is with our advanced technology and equipment available to our franchise.

For smoke-damaged items, we have cleaning agents and deodorization products designed to control and neutralize the harsh odor smoke can embed into the contents of your residence. For open areas and furniture/materials not removed from the house, we can utilize equipment like our air scrubbers to improve air quality inside and thermal foggers to address the noxious scent.

Mitigation is a critical component to fire restoration work, and our SERVPRO 24-hour response team reflects this understanding. Our highly-trained IICRC certified fire and smoke restoration technicians are available any time that disaster strikes, able to mobilize quickly and arrive shortly after you call to begin efforts to protect and preserve your home.

Our fire recovery team has ongoing training to be among the most educated and experienced professionals in the industry. Our efforts and advanced equipment ensure that fire restoration work happens fast, starting with our initial response to your emergency. Give our SERVPRO of Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches fire restoration technicians a call anytime that you need us at (727) 391-6212.

Click here for more about Seminole.