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Largo Homeowners Consider Tankless Water Heaters to Avoid Water Damage

12/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician testing the moisture content of a wall Water damage can happen very quickly and often without any warning. Contact SERVPRO right away after damage for the best results.

SERVPRO Techs Handle Large Scale Water Cleanup Jobs in Largo Properties

A water heater in a Largo property lasts for eight to twelve years in service on average. Most tanks fail in two ways; the first is through a slow leak. The second way is a sudden failure of the containment resulting in tens of gallons of water suddenly getting dumped within the home. Even if the water gets shut off at the main, the water spreads throughout the area once the tank opens. SERVPRO technicians use specific devices depending on the surface getting scoped to determine the migration path of the water.

Why is the Migration Path Important During Water Cleanup?

Something as small as tracking water damage within a Largo structure can significantly impact the water damage mitigation service outcome. If moisture gets left behind, it can cause issues from softened sheetrock from wicking to creating a perfect environment that invites mold growth. SERVPRO technicians bring multiple types of equipment to water restoration services to locate the accurate scale of the water removal needed, such as:

  • Moisture sensors
  • Moisture meters
  • Thermo hygrometers
  • Infrared cameras

Common Areas Water Damage Collects After a Water Tank Failure

The average size water heater is around thirty gallons. Many homes have larger sizes to accommodate multiple residents and extended showers. When that amount of water leaves the tank, it typically spreads and runs down, creating issues such as:

  • Water damage to floor joists or the subfloor
  • Foundation harm
  • Ruining the adhesion of glue-down tile and carpet

Can Homeowners Avoid Water Damage With Tankless Water Heaters?

The perks of a tankless water heater for a homeowner are many. These appliances do not require a tank to hold and heat water which lessens the chances of a large amount of water getting discharged within the property. Additionally, there's no waiting for the water to heat up for use, and it arrives hot out of the tap. Best of all, these appliances are energy-savers and use up to 50% less energy to provide hot water to the home than traditional tank heaters.

SERVPRO Techs Have Comprehensive Training in Water Removal

The ongoing education and many IICRC certifications SERVPRO techs hold can directly affect the damage from a water heater failure. The team may need to call upon their training as Applied Structural Drying Technicians, Floor Care Tech, Carpet Repair, Reinstallation, and Water Damage Restoration Tech credentials.

At the root level, the science shows the less time the water remains within the structure, the less harm it can do. SERVPRO technicians find and perform water removal using a diverse array of equipment depending on the amount of water that requires extraction.

Special Areas of Consideration During Water Mitigation

The flooring tends to take a beating after a water heater incident. Our SERVPRO techs work quickly to extract the moisture to stop the deterioration of carpet, area rugs, and hardwood floorboards. There can be wet printed materials such as newspapers and magazines bleeding ink onto damp surfaces. In many cases, the techs can remove the staining through various methods using their cleaning agents. Laminate flooring often does not fare well after exposure to this amount of water damage. The materials in the boards' core react badly to excessive moisture and get ruined rapidly.

Calling SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 when local Largo property owners need water removal in their homes is the right choice. The technicians stand ready 24/7 with their professional equipment to make the damage "Like it never even happened."

Largo Fire Damage Cleanup: Crucial Areas of the Home

12/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician packing up contents from a fire damaged home Don't deal with fire damage on your own. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services right after the firefighters leave for the best results.

SERVPRO Can Handle Top to Bottom Fire Restoration in Largo Properties

Typically, the most common area of a Largo home likely to need fire damage mitigation is the kitchen. A resident in a house doing the simple act of making a meal on the stove can cause massive amounts of damage by leaving a hot pan with grease in it unattended. Another issue is putting a frozen piece of meat or another frozen item into a hot pan with oil. The result is the same for both scenarios: a fire occurs in the kitchen. Water used on the fire can compound the situation further. When water encounters hot oil, it vaporizes immediately and brings the flames upward with it. This situation allows a small pan on fire to destroy an entire kitchen quickly. Other issues that cause fire damage in Largo properties within a home include:

  • HVAC malfunctions
  • Lit cigarettes left unattended in bedrooms
  • Overloaded fuses or faulty wiring
  • Candles too close to flammable objects
  • Fires caused by lightning strikes

SERVPRO Uses Professional Cleaners for Fire and Smoke Damage Removal

Unfortunately, there is no single magic secret formula for smoke and fire damage cleanup in Largo. SERVPRO technicians rely on various factors when choosing the right cleaning agent for the job. The techs undergo extensive training to obtain FSRT - Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians certification. They use an organized method to drill down to the best approach for cleaning. This process involves:

  • Visual inspection to determine residue type
  • Identifying surfaces and building materials
  • Mixing solutions with solvents as needed

Why is the Smoke Damage Type So Important?

Determining the residue type on a surface impacts the technicians' cleaning application against the smoke damage. For example, high heat fires leave lightweight soot around the job site area. SERVPRO technicians know the proper way to clean up this issue by using dry cleaning sponges to lift off the soot gently. Adding a liquid solution to this smoke can damage a porous surface by driving the particles deeper into the article instead of removing it. Furthermore, the other common fire damage residue that SERVPRO team members handle is wet smoke. This kind usually needs extra effort because it tends to be greasy and stick to surfaces. The techs choose or mix their own liquid solutions with solvents based on the surface type getting wiped down. Part of selecting a method for cleaning involves the color fastness and durability of the surface to handle the cleaning method used for a successful outcome to the restoration.

Fabrics, Textiles, and Carpet with Fire Damage

A carpeted home that experiences fire damage is not necessarily looking at removing the carpet. If there is no heat damage, fire restoration services may clean it for reuse by utilizing vacuums with HEPA filtration, steam cleaning with proprietary agents, and odor control methods. Washable fabrics and textiles can undergo restorative cleaning with the Esporta Washing System. The powerful piece of equipment removes soot and odors, saving property owners the cost and stress of replacing them.

SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 offers professional fire damage restoration services to the Largo area. Their fire cleanup team is available 24/7.

The Difference Between Largo Mold Damage Remediation and Removal

12/5/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician cleaning an air filter affected by mold damage Discovering mold in your home can be a difficult situation to deal with. Contact SERVPRO for an investigation and remediation services.

SERVPRO Handles Mold Remediation Safely in Largo Properties

The terms mold remediation and removal get used almost interchangeably, but they mean different things. Remediation refers to removing building materials and articles that have no restoration potential. The term mold removal is not accurate regarding the mitigation in a Largo home. Mold spores are naturally occurring in most environments, except for spaces where the air and surfaces received a hospital-sterile level of cleaning.

SERVPRO technicians have several applications to handle mold damage remediation in Largo. First and foremost, while the technicians define the scale and scope of the infestation, they also root out the cause creating the ideal environment to sustain mold colonies. Reasons for a mold damage situation vary from:

  • Mold spores float harmlessly both inside and outside structures
  • When the climate is warm and humid, the likelihood of spores germinating and growing increases
  • Although mold can exist in temperatures ranging from just over the freezing mark to 120 degrees F, it prefers a range from the seventies to the nineties.

How Does Mold Damage Look on Flooring?

It is impossible to look at the flooring and know if mold colonies exist beneath. However, there are tell-tale signs that the need for mold mitigation exists:

  • A musty odor in the room that never dissipates
  • Pushed up nails in floorboards
  • Visible mold growth on boards or carpet
  • An area of carpet that feels damp consistently

Common Reasons for Mold Within a Home

Mold damage behind a wall is not unusual and commonly results from a leak the homeowner was previously unaware existed. Another frequently seen issue SERVPRO technicians deal with regularly is improperly installed or the lack of a vapor barrier between the interior and exterior walls.

How Much is Too Much Damage From Mold?

When sheetrock-constructed walls have mold colony growth, this type of mold damage is too severe to clean and reuse the building materials, requiring disposal. While fiberglass insulation can often get washed and dried for reuse after a water damage incident, the presence of mold changes the outcome. SERVPRO technicians have vacuum attachments specifically designed to collect insulation from within walls.

When the mold damage affects areas of the property, such as closets where clothing items are present, the Esporta System can clean and sanitize washable fabric items in a single cycle. While SERVPRO technicians have access to powerful steam cleaning equipment, upholstery with mold damage rarely has the potential for use due to the probability of mold spore penetration and existence within the piece of furniture.

Special Considerations for Homes With HVAC Systems After Mold Damage

When SERVPRO technicians handle mold remediation services, they carefully section off the worksite to limit the number of spores traveling to another area. The techs can also inspect the ductwork in the home to see if it needs cleaning due to the mold infestation.

Mold Damage Treatments

After removing the mold-damaged articles, SERVPRO’s AMRT applied microbial remediation techs to verify the issue causing the infestation. By following the IICRC guidelines S520, our team can address and work to apply lasting mold mitigation treatments to inhibit the return of the problem. These applications range from antimicrobial cleaners to sealants.

SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 brings decades of experience and professional equipment to handle any size mold damage remediation safely within Largo residential properties.

Water Damage Repair for Largo Homes After Flooding 

12/2/2022 (Permalink)

Hurricane Ian sign with clouds Repair work and salvaging your home after storm damage is a SERVPRO priority. We serve Largo after water leaks and hurricanes.

Identifying Common Water Damage Repair Needs

Storm systems are not uncommon in Florida, with a few in recent years showing the destructive side of nature throughout the state. Hurricane Ian recently left his mark on our West Coast. The need for damage repairs can be evident after these storms pass through and you get your first look at the impact.

Controlled Demolition

There is no mistaking the need for controlled demolition when water damage repair for Largo homes gets considered after storms. From the impact on the roofing system to floodwater infiltrating the main level of the house, severe storm systems commonly faced by this coastal community leave behind a pressing need for repairs and reconstruction.

Removing Wall System Components

The infiltration of floodwaters creates an immediate issue for wall systems. Nearly all components of these structural assemblies are porous and absorb water infiltrating from the outside or interior rooms. Flooding can be particularly threatening to these elements as any porous material must be removed if the threat of contaminants exists. Hydrostatic pressures can introduce these threatening blackwater intrusions to materials like:

  • Drywall
  • Insulation
  • Utilities
  • Wood framing
  • Plywood

Replacing Flooded Floors

Many flooring materials used in your home cannot withstand long contact times with pooling water. Flood infiltration can immediately compromise many flooring elements like carpeting, and the possibility of contaminants increases the need to remove these installed floors and replace them with new options. This removal is the only way to overcome introduced contaminants sufficiently.

Is Mold Present?

The presence of mold can also require damage repairs. When these organisms infiltrate porous materials used for building your home, they can degrade structural integrity and force controlled demolition. The presence of mold alone can indicate that structural deterioration is already well underway, though the contaminants and potential bacterial threats brought in with floodwater increase the development and spread of microbial colonization.

Flooding can cause an immediate need for water damage repairs in Largo homes. When these storm damage conditions exist, our professionals act quickly to help. Give SERVPRO of Largo a call today at (727) 586-0060. 

Does SERVPRO Offer Mold Inspection at Largo Properties? 

11/3/2022 (Permalink)

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Mold Inspection for Largo Properties

Mold can go undetected for a long time while continuing to damage the structural components of your property. It pays to get professional mold inspections for your Largo property if you have a water damage issue or suspect contamination.  

SERVPRO techs use IICRC-S520 mold remediation guidelines during the mold inspection of your Largo property. Our mold specialists use advanced tools and moisture-sensing equipment to detect problem areas of the structure where conducive conditions are present for mold growth.  

Need for Controlled Demolition and Surface Cleaning After Mold Damage 

If visible mold damage occurs in porous materials such as drywall, insulation, or ceiling tiles, SERVPRO techs must carry out a controlled demolition to remove the contaminated material. We take care to limit the aerosolization of the spores during the process.  

SERVPRO techs remove the contaminated material in as large sections as possible for bagging or wrapping. We use heavy-gauge 6-mil polyethylene bags to hold the contaminated material. 

Techs perform demolition work with proper engineering controls in place, including-

  • Designated containment zones
  • Humidity control
  • Maintaining negative air pressure

HEPA Filters in Mold Remediation 

SERVPRO techs use HEPA filters to capture dust and aerosolized mold spores before spreading to unaffected building areas. Our experienced technicians understand the risk of spreading the contamination and take every possible precaution to prevent it.  

We also ensure that the contaminated materials are disposed of according to local and city regulations. 

Early detection of mold damage can prevent it from getting out of hand. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for a 24/7 service.

Largo Residents' Expectations Following Fire Damage

9/1/2022 (Permalink)

servpro parked vehicles at work "Like it never even happened" -- SERVPRO's goal following a fire damaging cleanup for a Largo property.

SERVPRO Features Proven Fire Damage Restoration Methods for Restoring a Largo Property Fast

Any damage stemming from a fire can be immense. However, there are levels to the damage that many Largo homeowners are not aware of. There is usually some structural damage, overwhelming soot and smoke odor, damage to your contents, and water damage from first responders extinguishing the flames. SERVPRO is happy to come out, day or night, to get started on your smoke and fire damage restoration needs.

Many homeowners might not realize all the layers involved when it comes to fire damage restoration in Largo. Some types of damage that we often experience when called to house fire clean-up include:

  • Odors – Fire leaves overwhelming odors, especially if there is a mixture of soot, smoke, and mildew growth.
  • Soot – This is a carbon byproduct generated when materials burn. Soot is corrosive by nature, and it wreaks havoc on textured and porous surfaces like textiles, carpeting, wood, grout, and stone.
  • Rust – Speaking of corrosion, you could see issues with metal corrosion after a fire. This can be potentially risky when it comes to damaged electrical items.
  • Mold – Because mold thrives in dark, damp areas, there are plenty of nooks and crannies for it to colonize after a fire. After the moisture throughout the air starts to interact with mold spores, mildew grows and causes damage to any porous surfaces.

Always Hire Professional Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT)

Fire disasters strike at any time, but how you act speaks volumes about the result. SERVPRO will come out and begin assessments so that we can formulate a plan of action for debris clean-up, smoke odor control, drying, and restoration services. We understand that no two fires are alike, so we continuously adapt to reach our goals.

Call (727) 586-0060 if you need a team ready for fire damage restoration. SERVPRO of Largo is available 24 hours a day.

SERVPRO has the Manpower to Conduct Fire Damage Restoration in Your Largo Home

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged living room with debris on the floor and soot everywhere After a fire in your home, you want the damage repaired quickly and effectively. Call SERVPRO for certified professionals who are here to help you.

Fire Damage Restoration in Largo Requires Professionals

A fire can cause untold damage in your house in minutes due to the charring, soot, and water damage. This is one reason you are not supposed to wait to contact a restoration company after the fire engines have left.

SERVPRO can save you from the agony of performing fire damage restoration in your Largo home. We have a team of experienced professional restorers who can get your house back on its feet in the shortest time possible. If you leave the situation unaddressed for several days, some issues are sure to come up, which include:

  • The permanent yellowing of the walls.
  • Corrosion and rusting of metallic surfaces and objects.
  • Having to replace vinyl flooring.
  • Having to refinish affected wooden furniture.
  • Permanently stained upholstery.

Our restoration process is extensive and varies from house to house, depending on the type and level of damage the home has sustained. Our SERVPRO team can clean up all the structures and materials of smoke and soot. We can remove the odor left behind by using thermal foggers to disperse water-based thermal fog deodorizers to all affected parts of your house. These deodorizers blend odor counteractants, fragrances, and aromatic phenolics in a solvent base.

Our SERVPRO technicians allow a reaction period from thirty minutes to overnight for the fog to penetrate materials and counteract smoke smells. The reaction period’s length varies based on the odor’s severity.

To maintain our delivery of high-quality services to our clients, SERVPRO conducts regular up-to-date training for our technicians to keep them fully equipped and ready. We also ensure we have health and safety certifications from the relevant authorities, confirming our expertise in fire damage restoration.

The only way of preventing the situation in your house from worsening after fire damage is to contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for prompt repairs. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Is Mold Infestation Permanent?

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

a mold damaged wall with mold growing from the baseboards up Finding mold in your home does not need to send you in a tailspin. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediation the mold damage.

SERVPRO Mold Remediation Technicians Can Reduce the Impact of Microbial Growth in your Largo Home

Molds can occur due to poor insulation in the home, slow leaks, or other root causes leading to moisture in the property. The microscopic fungi thrive in warm, humid conditions and use enzymes to break down and digest organic matter. Over a prolonged period, mold can eat away at drywall or other parts of your building's assembly.

If you spot signs or symptoms of microbial growth, it is essential to enlist professional mold remediation services in Largo. An infestation can continue to damage your home and make it unsanitary. Our technicians work quickly to address the moisture issue in your property. We can remove infested materials, clean salvageable frameworks or woods, and control the microbial outbreak. SERVPRO uses qualified technicians for mold remediation.

  • Antimicrobial chemicals can prevent mold spores from building through their stages of growth.
  • We can correctly ascertain the extent of mold infestation by assessing the property thoroughly.
  • Our technicians dispose of infectious waste like mold in the correct, legal method.

Reduce microbial growth in your property. Contact SERVPRO of Largo for mold remediation at (727) 586-0060.

Why Does Paintwork and Wallpaper Crack?

8/7/2022 (Permalink)

shelves of SERVPRO equipment in a warehouse Team SERVPRO stocks plenty of drying equipment to tackle urgent water damage situations. Contact our technicians right away for remediation services.

Cracks and Discoloration Can Be a Sign of Water Damage. SERVPRO Helps Clearwater Residents Mitigate Loss and Restore their Homes

Clearwater is on the peninsula of a tri-city metropolitan area in Florida. The city of 107,685 residents shares a metro area with St. Petersburg and Tampa, both to the south-east of Clearwater. The metro area is colloquially known as the Tampa Bay Area. The place blends a rich local history on Cleveland Street with excellent surrounding nature. The waterway that runs through the downtown area is an Intracoastal link between the city and its stunning beaches. Clearwater is an essential destination for those with an interest or career in marine life, with bottle-nose dolphins and whales frequenting the beaches and surrounding ocean.

Clearwater grew in stature in the early twentieth century with the establishment of the essential trading infrastructure. In 1914 a large bridge was built connecting the recently incorporated town to Clearwater Beach, which shores Mexico's Gulf. Throughout the Second World War, the city was a stopping point for US military troops en route to mainland Europe. The city's hotels were repurposed as temporary military barracks during this period. The Pinellas County seat is located in Clearwater, while the region itself has been voted in the top ten of places to retire in America. The warm, subtropical climate ensures a steady flow of tourists to the area throughout the year.

  • Clearwater Beach is the main attraction of the area, thanks to the region's superb climate throughout the year. The white sands just off Causeway Boulevard expand for 2.5 miles while the site itself is a marine barrier, bordering both the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico.
  • The harbor, marina, and Pier 60 extend onto the western coast featuring live music and performances throughout the year. The oceanside boulevard is also a popular nightlife destination with late-night bars and fresh seafood restaurants.
  • Regular dolphin and whale-watching tours set off from the marina. People can observe superb marine wildlife from Clearwater's aquarium and the numerous boat and helicopter tours across the shore. The Calypso Queen Tropical Party Buffet Cruise is among the most popular.

SERVPRO Can Help Clearwater Residents Rescue their Home from Long-lasting Water Issues

The signs of water damage in your Clearwater home could be as benign as cracking wallpaper, yellowing paintwork, or unpleasant odor. While these may seem like cosmetic damages, they could be hiding a long-term water exposure issue. SERVPRO can assess, identify and restore potentially costly water intrusion events in your home. You can contact us twenty-four hours a day to arrange service.

  • Advanced structural cavity drying systems are capable of circulating air inside floor and wall spaces. Drying these areas is critical to mitigating losses from water intrusion.
  • We take special care of your personal belongings and can often reverse the damaging effects of water exposure.
  • Our team is local to Clearwater and can arrive at your property within four hours of notification of loss.

Signs of water damage can get exponentially worse without professional intervention. Contact SERVPRO of Largo for water damage technicians at (727) 586-0060.

Home Hobby Aquariums Can Cause Water Damage in Indian Rocks Beach

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

rock and fish marine aquarium SERVPRO removes the ocean from your Indian Rocks Beach condo as part of our water damage restoration service.

SERVPRO Offers Quick Response Water Damage Restoration Services 

Aquariums are a great way to see exotic fish indigenous to Indian Rocks Beach in your home daily. The fact that they are full of water should leave you with an understanding that an underlying structural weakness could result in this aquarium losing its contents onto your floor. While you might be devastated to lose your pet fish in such a startling fashion, you might also be alarmed at the damage that this volume of water can do to your flooring. 

While you might not always correlate an aquarium with impending water damage for your Indian Rocks Beach house, it is something you should keep in the back of your mind. Simple preventative maintenance and inspections can prevent catastrophes like an entire tank from breaking apart and losing its contents. If a water emergency like this occurs (as such accidents do), here is what you can come to expect from our SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians.

First, our SERVPRO team enters your home to see the affected area and begins to assess any damages. The assessment is the foundation for the entire restoration plan, understanding how far spread and involved these issues appear. Water removal is where the restoration process begins, as this poses the most immediate threat of continued damage. Getting rid of this water is typically accomplished by using small portable pumps and wet vacuums, though more massive pumps might get used if the aquarium was large enough.

Drying the floor is going to be the following step, and the process happens through setting up air movers to sweep the remaining moisture from the carpets.

Damage to your flooring is then fully assessed, which might require removal and demolition to make way for new material. Demolition or reconstruction depends significantly on the extent of the water damage and your input into what has to happen for the restoration to be complete.

Call our SERVPRO of Largo emergency response crew today. 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.