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The Difference Between Largo Mold Damage Remediation and Removal

4/5/2023 (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.

SERVPRO Offers Premier Mold Removal Services in Largo

4/4/2023 (Permalink)

mold top corner wall Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for fast and efficient service

Property Owners in Largo Look to SERVPRO for Mold Removal  

Effective mold removal from your Largo home requires careful assessment, proper equipment, and expert knowledge. Hiring specialists like SERVPRO can ensure mold is safely and completely removed from the affected area as quickly as possible. 

SERVPRO techs use state-of-the-art technology during mold removal from your Largo home. Once the techs establish the scope of the damage, they create a mold remediation strategy following the IICRC S520 guidelines. The goal is to ensure the safety of the techs and occupants and to prevent the spread of mold on unaffected areas of the property. 

Structural Mold Remediation Strategies 

The most crucial objective of structural mold removal is to prevent mold spores and fragments from the surface to the indoor air. Removing mold contamination without taking proper precautions can lead to the aerosolization of the spores and increase the risk of cross-contamination. 

SERVPRO techs use the following engineering controls to prevent this from happening:

  • Isolation of the contamination area
  • Establishing pressure differentials between the contaminated and uncontaminated areas
  • Using air-moving devices to control the airflow
  • Using HEPA vacuums 

SERVPRO mold specialists use engineering controls as the first line of defense for ensuring the safety of workers and occupants. 

The Role of Pressure Differentials

It is crucial to prevent the contaminated air from leaving the containment zone and mixing with the air in uncontaminated regions of the building. SERVPRO techs use pressure differentials to accomplish this goal.  

We use negative air machines (NAMs) fitted with HEPA filters to create low pressure in the containment zone. As air moves from a high to a low-pressure region, the chance of contaminated air leaving the containment zone is significantly reduced using this strategy. SERVPRO techs maintain a pressure differential of about 5 pascals between the contaminated and uncontaminated area. 

Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 if you need a quick and effective mold remediation of your residential or commercial property.

Affordable, High-Quality Fire Damage Remediation in Largo

3/2/2023 (Permalink)

servpro truck parked on street SERVPRO rushes to your fire damaged Largo home and leaves making you feel "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Helps Largo Residents Overcome Fire Damage

Largo homeowners constantly face the very real threat of a house fire. Such catastrophic events could result from one or more of several different causes. Among these potential catalysts are cooking mishaps, often involving hot oil or grease, carelessness while smoking, children playing with matches or heating appliances, and faulty electrical wiring.

Whatever causes your Largo home’s fire damage, your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO can help. Our house fire clean-up experts have routinely completed all smoke remediation and fire damage restoration stages. After your initial call, we usually arrive at your residence in less than four hours to begin addressing its fire and smoke damage. SERVPRO technicians then:

 Following Established Protocols

  • Thoroughly inspect your home, evaluating its overall level of impact, and determine what needs to be done to return your property to its pre-fire state
  • Tarp damaged or destroyed ceilings and walls, board up compromised doors and windows, erect fencing around your residence, and post warning signs about possible hazards
  • Remove irreparably damaged items/materials and professionally dispose of them
  • Use fire remediation industry-approved techniques to eliminate all types of residues from household surfaces
  • Sanitize HVAC networks with specialized cleaning systems, thereby helping to prevent fire-related particles from spreading around your house, and deodorize interiors with powerful deodorant-filled injection devices and foggers
  • Address any destruction present by repainting fire-damaged surfaces, repairing or rebuilding significantly impacted rooms, and replacing destroyed household contents

Once these actions have been taken, fire-impacted residences often show no signs that a blaze ever occurred. This responsiveness is why SERVPRO has gained a strong reputation as one of the area’s best cleanup and restoration firms.

Know that SERVPRO of Largo can help you remediate your fire damage. So, if you ever need assistance overcoming the effects of a house fire, call us at (727) 586-0060.

Water Restoration Services for Commercial Establishments in Largo

2/1/2023 (Permalink)

servpro fleet parked at jobsite Trust SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, to mitigate the water damage in your Largo commercial property

Mitigate Water Damage to Your Largo Business by Calling the Experts

A leak in a Largo home is inconvenient and can hurt the household budget. The stakes can be quite high when a ceiling, plumbing, or window leak happens in a commercial or business setting. The impact on the bottom line is felt in terms of resources spent on water remediation services and time lost if the water intrusion disrupts regular business operations. Calling a certified team of experts is the most efficient way to handle the problem while protecting your business.

SERVPRO provides water restoration services in Largo, and its track record of helping the business community speaks for itself. We have staff available around the clock every day of the week, so we can dispatch a crew shortly after receiving your call. When water threatens your assets, inventory, and operations, time is of the essence, and our rapid response is crucial. Being quick is just as important as having the know-how and tools to perform an effective water remediation job, and at SERVPRO, we have it all.

Making decisions during an emergency can be overwhelming, but our staff is here to help. 

We are also a resource to guide you through uncharted waters, such as deciding what is salvageable and how to dispose of items environmentally conscious. As we develop an action plan, we document the process and assist you in the insurance claim process as needed. Simultaneously we focus on the following key steps-

  • Water extraction with pumps and specialized techniques designed to restore normal moisture levels
  • Disinfection with EPA-approved solutions to help discourage excessive mold and bacteria growth
  • Deodorizing the space by eliminating odor molecules instead of just masking them with scented products

SERVPRO of Largo is reachable by calling (727) 586-0060 whenever you need us. Don’t hesitate. Invite us and let us leave your business “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO Can Repair Your Largo House After Water Damage

1/3/2023 (Permalink)

kids in a bathtub Water damage has a multitude of sources. Call SERVPRO for fast, effective restoration.

Professional Water Damage Repair in Largo is Preferable

Many homeowners have experienced this, coming home to find it flooded due to a burst plumbing pipe or broken appliance. Water can get into unwanted areas in your home in numerous ways, and cleaning up after the incident is always unpleasant. Most people find the job challenging and frustrating, so their best course of action is usually contacting restoration service providers.

There is no need to stress yourself wondering who can repair water damage at your Largo house since SERVPRO is ready to take the burden away from you. We have a ton of experience in the business, industrial-grade equipment, restoration products, and highly-trained technicians. These are some of the guarantees that the work we carry out for you is sure to be of high quality and worth every penny.

SERVPRO’s water damage repair process takes care of various affected structures and items, depending on the situation. We can handle damages in different areas, including the following:

  • Insulation
  • HVAC systems
  • Utility systems like wiring and piping
  • Ceiling material
  • Flooring like carpets
  • Wooden studs and drywall, and
  • Framing, among others

We can use a wide range of extraction tools to remove water from affected areas. To locate the areas that need our attention, SERVPRO uses inspection devices such as thermal imaging cameras, moisture sensors, thermo-hygrometers, and moisture meters. The moisture sensor helps us inspect padding and carpets for moisture, while thermal imaging cameras help check and monitor the water content in building materials.

SERVPRO uses moisture meters to get the actual moisture contents of the different materials, which helps us determine when the drying process has been done successfully. On the other hand, thermo-hygrometers help us decide whether or not we have successfully rebalanced the internal environment inside your house.

For water damage repair and other related services, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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)

SERVPRO tech in PPE suit. SERVPRO mold technicians have the training and experience needed for all properties. Call now!

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.

Floodwater Extraction in Clearwater

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

flood sign barricade on water filled roadway Clearwater homes and condos can suffer dirty floodwater penetration--Call SERVPRO to make it "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO is Here to Help with Your Flood Damage Restoration Needs

Fighting the possibility of flooding in your Clearwater home might not always be something that a homeowner gets fully prepared to do. In many cases, flooding situations can occur with little warning or notice, leaving you uncertain about the construction of your home and its general ability to prevent this natural disaster from entering the lower levels of your home. The unfortunate aspect is that many homeowners do not even realize that their home has vulnerable penetration points for water to pass through until they are amid a flooding crisis.

For the most part, flood damages to your Clearwater residence can happen very suddenly and present an immediate threat to the contents of your home and its structural integrity and strength. While you might be unable to stop the floodwaters as they push through the weakened portions of your foundation, you are not without any options. Contact our team of SERVPRO professionals who can show up and help you keep the situation as contained as possible, even amid the flooding.

In situations where the flood waters are still pouring in from compromised blockwork, applying hydraulic cement to these smaller areas can stop the immediate flow of water and seal to prevent further damages while restoration efforts get underway. Through extraction and drying, our team works to remove all of the moisture and dampness in the area to avoid compounding damage such as mold growth. We typically apply an antimicrobial agent to disinfect the storm damaged areas. We work with your insurance company if you have one.

An assessment can then be done on the structural integrity of all the affected surfaces and construction materials in this area of your house. While many might only require cleaning to get restored, some structural components in significant damage might require removal and replacement with new materials. We provide controlled demolition to minimize the build-back.

A flood in your home is never something you want to see or contend with on your own. Our professionals at SERVPRO of Largo are available 24/7 to help. Give us a call anytime at (727) 586-0060.

SERVPRO is Licensed for Mold Inspection and Remediation in Largo

7/1/2022 (Permalink)

owners and marketeers for servpro Turn to the SERVPRO team for mold remediation in Largo.

Need a Mold Inspection of your Home or Business in Largo – Call SERVPRO

High humidity, condensation, and water leaks are common in our service area of Largo and surrounding locales. With the addition of moisture, mold spores in our environment germinate and produce colonies inside walls, under sinks in kitchens and bathrooms, and shower areas. Mold colonies can also grow inside attics with poor circulation. A strong, musty odor is often the first indication that many people have a mold issue in their homes or businesses.

SERVPRO is licensed to provide mold inspection and remediation in Largo, Florida. The state requires specific inspection and documentation protocols based on the size of the area impacted by the mold colony. For complex mold infestations, a third-party IH industrial hygienist inspects, tests, and provides prescribed remediation, which we must follow.

Two fundamental requirements must be satisfied whenever mold is observed in someone’s home. We can identify the source of the moisture and remove it. Whether it is a water leak or caused by allowing the humidity to remain too high inside your home, either can contribute to mold growth. Often poor circulation in some areas of the house can be the culprit.

Secondly, during the remediation process, we prevent the distribution of mold spores and moldy material to other home areas. We install plastic barriers and create negative pressure areas to control mold spore distribution following industry, state, and local bylaw-mandated protocols. SERVPRO can also assist in repairing structures damaged by mold infestations.

SERVPRO offers the following services to our residential and business clients:

  • Mold visual inspections, remediation, and removal
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Attic mold removal

Call SERVPRO of Largo for mold inspection services. We cover Largo and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (727) 586-0060.

What a Fire Damage Restoration in Your Largo Home Entails

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

a fire damaged house with yellow fire line tape across the door Dealing with what remains after a fire can be stressful. Partner with SERVPRO during this time for effective cleanup and remediation services.

Repairing Fire Damage with SERVPRO in Largo Homes

A fire can be catastrophic to your Largo home, leaving behind damaged structure and contents. Luckily, most damages can be remediated. The level of repair required may vary depending on the size of the fire and the area affected. The damage should be quickly attended to by a professional to minimize exacerbation and completely remove fire residues restoring your home to preloss condition.

SERVPRO offers efficiency during a fire damage restoration process at Largo homes, from inspection and assessment to clean up. Our team thoroughly evaluates your property, determining the level of damage and repair needed. We create a detailed scope for the repair work to be completed and offer a quote for the services.

Types of damage to expect after a fire include:

  • Soot damage
  • Odors
  • Heat damage

The fire may have damaged many items. Damages can arise from severe or minor aspects, including charring, soot accumulation in crevices and other surfaces, or the lingering smell of smoke.

Content and structure cleaning after a fire

Steps to restoring your home

  • Debris removal
  • Decontaminating the property from smoke and soot
  • Repairing the structure and restoring contents

A fire can leave behind an enormous amount of wreckage and debris. SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians sort through burned items and properly dispose of any non-salvageable items, setting aside recoverable items for cleaning. Any item that can be salvaged undergoes a detailed cleaning process to remove any soiling, contamination, and smoke odor.

Repairs also cover structural damage. At this stage, we repair beams, walls, and other structures. Typical actions during such repair include sanding or removing paint that has blistered or begun peeling due to heat exposure. Exposed wood must be sanded down and resealed to prevent damage from escalating.

SERVPRO of Largo offers an expert team and a quick turnaround time to ensure your home is in the best hands and receives efficient fire damage restoration. Call us at (727) 586-0060. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How and Why SERVPRO Restores Largo Home After Damaging Events

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

a small bit of mold growing on a wall of a house Sometimes the mold damage starts out small before the infestation spreads. Keep an eye out and contact SERVPRO to quickly start the remediation.

Largo Homeowners Trust SERVPRO for Mitigation of Structural and Content Damage with Fast Action

When Largo residents find their homes damaged by fire, water, storms, or mold-they require aid immediately to halt further loss. Our SERVPRO is local, and we are members of the community and support our friends and neighbors with whatever type of restoration services they need.

Water damage in Largo homes happens from plumbing, appliances and sometimes accidents such as a forgotten bathtub faucet left running and remember only when the water from the tub dripped from the ceiling. When you contact SERVPRO for water extraction, our certified Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) immediately scope the property to determine areas where water migrated.

We have access to state-of-the-art equipment to perform all types of specialized water removal. Most of our extraction equipment is a combination of a heater, pump and vacuum unit. We use all three components when pulling moisture out of carpeting or upholstered furnishings to prepare them for drying. For most other types of water removal, the vacuum feature alone removes water efficiently.

Drying a water loss in a home requires more powerful airflow than a standard household fan can provide. Our certified technicians perform techniques to aid in the drying of a room such as drilling weep holes in saturated sheetrock or removing baseboards, so a more significant amount of airflow reaches inside wall cavities. Our air movers blow at such high velocity that they cause embedded moisture to rise for easy removal. After drying, we scope the room to ensure that no excess moisture remains and that it meets our preset drying goals. After the completion of water damage restoration efforts, SERVPRO technicians wipe down all water-affected surfaces with our professional-grade cleaners, so life at home gets back to normal quickly for the residents.

If storm damage hits a Largo residence, SERVPRO stands ready to help. We arrive on-site soon after the initial phone call and perform any needed temporary measure to prevent additional damage to the property such as tarping over a damaged roof or broken window to prevent further water from entering.

Flood damage needs cleanup efforts as quickly as possible. If standing water is over two inches deep, we deploy submersible pumps, so no time is lost in performing water extraction. We scope the rooms and determine item by item what our technicians can save through our specialized cleaning methods. Because groundwater is a category three biohazard, many porous objects such as carpeting have no potential for restoration and require removal from the site for health reasons. In this geographic location, saltwater intrusion can complicate the cleanup and restoration services. To prevent secondary damages like rusting, degradation of wood, especially laminated products, SERVPRO should be called in for the service.

SERVPRO technicians undergo extensive training through the methods as taught by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification. When water wicks into sheetrock, once it has warped or buckled, restoration is not an option. We perform a controlled demolition technique known as "flood cuts" to help additional airflow go into wall cavities and save more of the structure for rebuilding.

After completion of flood damage mitigation, our SERVPRO location carries a general contractor license #CBC1250662, and along with storm damage cleanup, we can also rebuild the property and return it to its preloss condition. Using one company for the necessary mitigation and reconstruction saves the hassle and stress of screening and hiring a contractor on top of dealing with the storm damage.

Mold damage in Largo homes needs addressing as soon as you make the discovery. When choosing a company to assist with mold damage, you can rely on SERVPRO as we hold a State of Florida mold remediation certification #MRSR1163 and we follow the best practices to eliminate the colonies and repair the issues that caused the hospitable conditions for spore germination.

Largo homes with fire damage get fast attention from SERVPRO emergency response teams. When a portion of a residence has a fire loss, we contain the area with thick plastic or use negative air chambers dependent on other factors on-site to stop the spread of soot.

Fire debris removal happens quickly as charred items contribute only to the spread of soot and foul odors. We inspect the fire-damaged possessions as we clean to find items with restoration potential. We use different methods from hand wiping with dry-cleaning sponges to a full immersion bath for non-porous items to altogether remove smoke residues, and these techniques assist homeowners in lessening fire loss and avoiding costly replacements. Walls, ceilings and floors receive testing for the type of smoke damage, and we apply the proper cleaning techniques for the best outcome in each case.

Our certified Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians have access to the same type of equipment as the Library of Congress uses for historical documents. When essential papers, books, or other valuable files have damage from smoke or water, we have several different types of restoration methods to use to save them from getting counted as a fire loss including:

  • Air Drying
  • Dehumidification
  • Freezer Drying
  • Vacuum Freeze Drying
  • Vacuum Thermal Drying

We use different types of equipment to eradicate smoke odors in the home. For mild scents, time-release gel pellets overtake residual odors. When the odors are deeply embedded and strong, we have equipment such as thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators that bond with odor-causing soot molecules and neutralize them.

There are cases where the fire damage is so severe that the only option is to perform controlled demolition, save what building materials we can and deploy odor neutralization methods to get the property ready for reconstruction. When this occurs, we can also rebuild for the homeowner.

Why SERVPRO? We know when Largo residents contact us for restoration services, they have experienced a stressful situation in their homes and require assistance. We respond with compassion and professionalism. We communicate with both property owners and adjusters to ensure everyone remains on the same page for each phase of the mitigation process. Our custom-created reports assist with expediting the insurance claim filing process as it contains detailed descriptions along with before and after photos. We do everything to take as much stress as possible off property owners during restoration or reconstruction.

When home disasters happen contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060, and we arrive quickly after your initial call no matter what type of restoration services required, we return your property to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

The Definitive Guide to Belleair Bluffs Storm Damage Remediation

6/5/2022 (Permalink)

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Equipment to Dry Out Flooded Homes in Belleair Bluffs

While our initial mitigation process focuses mostly on extraction and content management for Belleair Bluffs homes after a flooding situation, other actions must begin shortly after that. The faster that drying steps can start, the more likely it becomes that our SERVPRO team can restore and protect exposed construction materials and contents in the house.

While contamination is a threat of natural flooding scenarios, there are many situations where structural breaches during a storm can allow for flood damage in Belleair Bluffs homes. While extraction must occur first with tools like our electric submersible pumps and extractor trucks to remove the standing water throughout damaged areas of the residence, drying out the materials afterward requires equally powerful equipment.

Air movers have become the centerpiece of our drying efforts for decades, and the science behind them changes very little from one year to the next. Their premise is simple in that they send high-velocity bursts of air into a moist environment and against saturated materials to begin an evaporative drying process. Centrifugal air movers can help with a direct saturated point in a material, but axials are useful for widespread flooding in the larger homes of the area.

Axial air movers are one of the staples of widespread drying efforts by our SERVPRO team, as these units can deliver lower pressure at high volumes, which can allow their output to affect more significant open areas. Axials have a higher cubic feet per minute (CFM) output than centrifugal options and consume less power in generating that higher CFM, which can also make them an ideal choice when running a generator is the only available power source in recovery.

Flooding is a situation that many area homes might have to face, but with the right professional assistance, it does not have to be as costly or devastating as it might initially seem. Our SERVPRO of Largo team has a fast response to storm damages, including large loss situations. We have the skills and cutting-edge equipment to make flood damage “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call today at (727) 586-0060.

How a Small Leak Anywhere in a Gift Shop can Create Extensive Commercial Water Damage in Largo

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

lady shopping at gift shop Your gift shop needs to be open so that customers continue to purchase items to take back home with them. Call SERVPRO after a water damage event.

Our SERVPRO Technicians are Trained to Determine the Source of the Water Damage

Florida has many wonderful and spectacular sites to see, and this often includes small and large gift shops. Window shopping and browsing are a part of many vacations to our great state. Out-of-state tourists, and some locals, too, love the various surprises often found inside area gift shops. 

Largo is home to many gift shops, but one emergency that can close doors and ruin businesses is commercial water damage. One route to this disaster is a leak, but this can happen in many ways. Some of these can go unnoticed for weeks or even months. Damage becomes increasingly more extensive the longer water and its existing effects are left alone. 

When SERVPRO technicians are called in to repair water damage, we look for all areas that have been affected. We often locate hidden damage that the business owner was unaware of. These areas need to be repaired so that damage stops. It is easy for water damage to spread, even after the water has been removed, because many materials react when exposed to water. 

Water can cause many building materials to swell up. Swollen materials do not always return to their original condition when the water is removed. They can remain swollen, but instead of having their pores full of water, they are now full of air. These pores hold moisture if the humidity level rises again and decreases the material's strength, but they also create tiny 'breaking points' where the material eventually crumbles apart. 

Flooring can also be damaged by water and elevated moisture levels. Debris is less likely to be swept up when vacuumed, leading to worn areas more quickly. Padding can end up being more heavily compressed prematurely. Stain marks from furniture legs can also develop over time when humid conditions are present. These marks are often brought on by saturation, but this is not the only way they can happen. 

When exposed to moisture, wood frames around doors and windows can swell, leading to problems when opening or closing them. Water stains on ceilings and walls are another issue often related to water damage. 

Because these problems can all exist in one small area, SERVPRO of Largo has experts in these types of situations and more. Calling us at (727) 586-0060 is the first step in discovering all existing damage. Then we can begin repairing and restoring your building so that both current losses are eliminated, and future damage is effectively prevented.

Understanding the Fire Damage to Your Largo Home

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

smoldering fire, smoke rising; fire damaged area Don't deal with fire damage on your own. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services right after the fire fighters leave for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians are Fully Certified in Remediating Fire Damage

Fire damage is a devastating event for any homeowner. However, understanding the effects of fire, smoke and heat can help you prepare better for the restoration process. 

After the professionals arrive at your Largo home after a fire damage incidence, they assess the damage due to smoke and the heat. It is essential to understand the difference between the damage caused by the actual burning of the contents and the smoke residue. SERVPRO technicians use different approaches to tackle the damage depending on the source of that damage. 

Damage Caused Due to Combustion 

Combustion is burning or material due to excessive heat. Technically, this ignition is the same as burning. The three components required for burning are fuel (the component that burns), oxygen, and heat. If these three components are in perfect balance, all the fuel is burnt, and no residue remains. Unfortunately, these components are not always in equilibrium during a house fire. In such a situation, the energy burns inefficiently, leaving a ton of residue in the form of charred surface and smoke. SERVPRO professionals use some of the best equipment and techniques to remove this type of damage. 

If the extent of combustion is extensive, there is a lot of structural damage, and the ability to restore a property takes a hit. 

Damage Caused by Smoke 

Smoke is generated by inefficient combustion, a hallmark of a house fire. It contains suspended particles, gasses, and aerosols. Gasses such as oxides of nitrogen and sulfur are also quite common in smoke. 

The particles in the smoke can be as small as 0.1 to 4 microns and can penetrate surfaces easily. Once the smoke particles settle on surfaces, it is often called soot. Once deposited on the exterior areas, the soot causes discoloration and blackening, which is typical of a fire. 

The soot particles often react with the moisture present in the air and generate acidic residues that are incredibly harmful to the surfaces. It often causes discoloration and corrosion of the exterior areas if not promptly removed. 

Seeking professional help as soon as possible is the best option to limit the damage caused by a fire. Call SERVPRO of Largo today at (727) 586-0060 to schedule an appointment.

Finding Water Restoration Services in Largo is Simple

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

leaking drainpipe under sink A leak under the sink often impacts flooring. SERVPRO arrives equipped to tackle water damage of any scope.

SERVPRO Specialized in Water Damage Remediation in Largo Homes

A leaky kitchen sink can cause significant water damage in a Largo home, even when the homeowner acts quickly. Cabinets and flooring can suffer, and any remaining water deposits can begin to erode walls and create a suitable environment for mold to spread rapidly. If your kitchen features organic materials, their porosity can pose a more significant challenge, so calling a water restoration technician shortly after the incident can prevent costly problems later.

For water restoration in Largo and to mitigate your loss, call SERVPRO as soon as you can. The first 48 hours following a pipe leak are crucial, as primary and secondary damage can escalate quickly. As a general rule, you should seek the help of a professional team if your carpets or upholstery are soaked or if the drywall has absorbed any moisture. Pooled water or water running into a wall cavity is also a cause for concern and requires a thorough inspection to kick off the water extraction process.

When there is a water incident in a kitchen, our SERVPRO staff typically encounters issues with flooring. Delamination, buckling, and swelling can happen quickly, leaving you needing a total floor replacement. To mitigate the negative impact, our team arrives with equipment such as the following to help us with water removal and stop potential damage:

  • Floor mats to suction off excess water, particularly in hardwood and other natural materials
  • Dehumidifiers and air circulators remove excess moisture in the air, which not only preserves your surfaces but helps control mold growth
  • Wand extractors to reach within cabinets and beyond baseboards

However, water damage happened in your Largo home; SERVPRO of Largo is here to help. Call our expert team at (727) 586-0060 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

Establishing a Drying Goal for Flooded Largo Warehouses

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

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Flood-Damaged Largo Commercial Properties Need Set Timelines for Restoration

From the first notice of loss, our large loss recovery team works fast to get our Green Fleet in motion to help flood-damaged businesses throughout the Greater Largo area. Manufacturing warehouses are a common sight, especially in the industrial areas near the ports, so having experienced professionals to respond to flood losses ensures that we can protect these facilities from irreparable harm to:

  • Wares
  • Inventory
  • Equipment
  • Furniture
  • Structural Elements

Drying goals after flood damage to Largo warehouses and production facilities are vital. Property management has to generate loss figures based on projected downtime, and professional restorers work to provide realistic timelines and drying goals that are efficient yet attainable. A careful inspection of the property and scoping loss to contents, equipment, and the structure allows us to determine the total restoration time and estimate costs.

Placement of Drying Equipment

Careful considerations are made to the ideal placement of drying tools and equipment. Units like air movers can only impact a specific surface region of flood damaged building materials. Calculating the frequency and placement of centrifugal air movers balances how rapidly evaporation can happen so that the trailered desiccant dehumidifier can keep up.

Monitoring and Documenting Results

It is critical to regularly interface with the customer and related insurance adjusters to discuss restoration progress and drying goals. SERVPRO DryBook is proprietary software that helps to quickly document and catalog damage and restoration processes for this purpose. Data gathered by moisture monitoring equipment in our inventory become vital elements in the projected restoration timeline and progress documented on DryBook.

Flooding can be a rapidly forming and destructive event for your business, especially those with such open floor plans as warehouses and manufacturing facilities. Mitigating flood losses protects the building's equipment, wares, and products. Our SERVPRO of Largo is a trusted team to help with even significant loss events – call today at (727) 586-0060. 

Stored Items Can Easily Ignite and Leave You with Fire Damage in Your Largo Residence

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

smoke coming from window and roof of home SERVPRO works hard to restore your home after a fire, "Like it never even happened."

Fast and Efficient Fire Damage Restoration Services

Preparing for a hurricane often creates a rush to place everything in safer locations throughout your Largo home. Fire is not something that many see as a risk during such a time.

Because Largo residents store a medley of items together, fire damage can easily happen and then spread quickly. If your home is unattended when a fire ignites within your stored belongings, the damage can become extensive. Even wet contents can burn if exposed to high enough heat. The steam produced can then cause other damage within your home and affect undisturbed belongings elsewhere in your residence.

If you are present and able to catch fires in their initial stages, damage levels often remain low. However, hidden problems can still exist, and experienced professionals can help locate these areas, which is why no job is too small for us to mitigate. Every job is important because the damage, including minor smoke and fire damage, only worsens without restoration.

Our technicians hold certifications from the IICRC in Fire and Smoke Restoration (FSRT), preparing them for any fire-related disaster that homeowners might find inside their residence. Vast buildings or tiny apartments can pose safety hazards, both large and small, but our employees easily handle all of these.

Discussing the individual situation with you means no further surprises can create additional stress for you and your family. We examine and assess the damage to your home and then explain the processes needed to restore your home completely. Our goal- to make your home "Like it never even happened," is made easier when we have your assistance. Partnering with you from the start of the restoration process also alleviates your concerns regarding timing and the financial costs involved.

SERVPRO of Largo's skilled and experienced professionals know you want your home restored as quickly as possible and can work with you during the entire process. Call our local number, (727) 586-0060, to contact us. Fire damage may seem insurmountable, but we assure you that we can mitigate and restore your family to return home again.

How Do Professionals Remove Water from Your Largo Property After Flooding?

4/4/2022 (Permalink)

pooling water on kitchen floor Water damage can happen very quickly and often without any warning. Contact SERVPRO right away after damage for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

Water removal is one of the most crucial steps in successful restoration after a flooding incident. Both standing water and residual moisture need to be removed quickly and efficiently. Professionals have a host of equipment to accomplish this job. 

When SERVPRO professionals arrive for water removal on your Largo property, they bring some of the best equipment. Here are some of the equipment you should expect to see during the restoration process. 


This equipment is used to pump out the stagnant water from your property. Our team utilizes hand-held or truck-mounted depending on the amount of water to be removed. Extractors are one of the first equipment to arrive on site. 


Once the extractors remove the standing water from the property, the next challenge that SERVPRO technicians square off against is the residual moisture. Dehumidifiers are the equipment that gets this job done. They extract water vapor from the air speeding up the drying process. 

SERVPRO technicians use two types of dehumidifying equipment- Refrigerant and Desiccant Dehumidifiers. While the refrigerant dehumidifiers work on the same principle as an air conditioner unit, the desiccant one uses special chemicals that absorb moisture from the air. 

Air Mover 

Dehumidifiers alone can not eliminate the residual moisture. Our team uses air movers to circulate and replace wet air with drier air. Strategic placement of dehumidifiers and air movers ensures a complete and rapid drying process. 

If the residual moisture is not eliminated promptly, it can lead to secondary issues, including mold growth. Seek professional help to remove water as soon as possible after a flooding incident. Both the standing water and residual moisture removal are crucial for a successful restoration process. 

You can trust SERVPRO of Largo during the time of your need. Call us at (727) 586-0060 today for a free consultation. Remember, We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster! 

Using Applied Structural Drying to Fix Storm Damage in Largo Attics

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

Inside view of attic Don't let the water damage in your attic become moldy. Call SERVPRO for quick remediation.

The Four Phases of Applied Structural Drying

Some of the most common forms of storm damage occur in and around the roof. Strong winds, torrential rain, and falling debris (from trees and other sources) are all significant risks, and they can knock tiles and slates clean off. When this happens, space opens up for water to enter the building and compromise roofing materials. 

At SERVPRO, we handle this kind of storm damage in Largo homes all the time. It can be a little trickier to repair than water damage in other parts of the house, as most attics are awkward in shape. Some are difficult to move in and out of, with the only access point typically being a set of stair ladders.

Nevertheless, SERVPRO uses Applied Structural Drying to significant effect when remediating storm damaged attics. 

Stage One: Evaporation by Airflow 

Technically, the first stage of ASD is extraction, but it is unusual for enough water to accumulate in an attic to require motorized pumping. Typically, the SERVPRO technicians move straight in with air movers and ventilation box fans. They are placed around the space and direct clean, dry air into the attic. 

Stage Two: Removing Wet Materials 

If substantial amounts of water have entered the attic through a hole in the roof, there is a possibility that the insulation is wet. Our technicians remove affected sections and decide whether to dry or replace them. Fiberglass insulation responds well to drying. Typically, it is suitable for removal and treatment in a humidity-controlled room. 

Stage Three: Evaporation by Dehumidification 

The next stage of ASD is dehumidification. Even small attics can be dried out in this way because we have access to all kinds of different drying tools. A more significant number of compact dehumidifiers in tight spaces are the best option. They pull in moisture-heavy air and direct it over special chemicals. They capture the water and send the air back out clean and dry. 

Stage Four: Temperature Control 

The Applied Structural Drying stage is a consistent process throughout. The remediation team has to maintain optimal conditions to ensure the success of the drying process. Dry the area too fast, and there’s a risk of secondary water damage, so we control dehumidification by manipulating relative humidity. 

At SERVPRO of Largo, we help homeowners in the local area carry out fast, effective storm repairs. If heavy wind or rain has damaged your roof, get in touch with the team and arrange a consultation. Call us 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.

Sea Surge Can Complicate Largo Flood Damage Recovery

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO’s Saltwater Flooding Experience Improves Largo Storm Damage Outcomes

With Tampa Bay curving in on the east and the Gulf of Mexico on the west, Largo flood damage often features complications from storm surges. Although rainwater and overland flooding already contain contaminants ranging from mud and sand through chemicals and sewage, the addition of saltwater creates significant and potentially long-term damage. The flood water removal technicians responding to your storm damage crisis must train saltwater extraction. 

What Causes Storm Surge in Largo?

The ocean water rises in a circular mound as the fierce winds swirl in a tropical storm or hurricane. As this elevated water approaches Largo, it floods, sometimes twenty or more feet higher than a normal tide. SERVPRO notes that places like Largo near bays experience accelerated water funneling into the narrower space. 

How Does the Saltwater Flood Damage Impact Largo Properties?

Even “pure” floodwater corrodes, causing substantial water damage to building materials in Largo homes. The addition of saltwater requires interventions by SERVPRO crews for safety and efficacy. Flood damage intensifies because of the high salinity of storm surges, manifested by:

  • Weakening, cracking, pitting, and eventual breakdown of otherwise robust building materials such as concrete, stone, plaster, and brick as the salt intrudes into the composites
  • Oxydation (rusting) of metal structural supports and fasteners
  • Destruction of cellulose-based building materials (natural and engineered wood) as the saltwater destroys or “delignifies” cell structure 
  • Heightened electrical conductivity leading to shocks, electrocution, electronic shorts, and fire risks

What SERVPRO Flood Damage Strategies Address Largo Saltwater Related Hazards? 

SERVPRO Water Damage Restoration Technicians (WRT) master protocols during coursework at the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We use techniques learned to assist during flooding restoration tasks, with additional steps vital to eliminate excess salt residue and associated safety and structural risks:

  • Limiting wired power provision, temporarily using SERVPRO generators 
  • Instituting freshwater flushing as part of extraction and contaminated water containment and disposal
  • Seeking out salty residues and adapting cleaning techniques when high levels of salinity are present

Depend on SERVPRO of Largo for extensive flooding and saltwater clean up and structural drying. Call (727) 586-0060 for an assessment and emergency water damage services.

Quality Water Damage Restoration Services in Belleair Beach

3/1/2022 (Permalink)

storm clouds with lightning When major storm systems pop-up, there is always the fear of ending up under water.

Quality Water Damage Restoration Services

When significant storm systems pop up, there is always the fear of ending up underwater. In the Belleair Beach area, it takes a company that understands how to deal with salt water, along with all the regular services they offer, to mitigate damages on our property.

With the help of a trained professional, you can combat water damage in your Belleair Beach home and save a majority of your contents that might otherwise require replacement. All you need to do is make a single phone call to receive quick, efficient services that you can trust after an emergency occurs on your property.

At SERVPRO, we offer full-service solutions to address water damage in your home. We have access to water extractors of every size, which makes removing excess water a breeze. Our technicians also use infrared moisture detectors to ensure hidden pockets of moisture are taken care of by using a fast, efficient drying process to get things under control quickly.

SERVPRO technicians understand how saltwater affects electronics, wiring, and household surfaces. We use fresh water to rinse the entire area, removing chemicals and residues that cause additional damage. Our team focuses on each item individually, ensuring quality results during every aspect of your restoration.

SERVPRO also performs all the repairs, replacement, or reconstruction necessary to return your home to a quality pre-damage condition. Our technicians specialize in water damage restorations, helping you return to your home as quickly as possible. We work with your insurance company, keeping you informed throughout the restoration process and limiting your losses and costs wherever possible. Our goal is to produce proven, quality results that exceed your expectations at every turn. We make damages disappear. "Like it never even happened."

Contact SERVPRO of Largo for quality solutions to water damage on your property and begin your restoration today. Our restoration technicians are standing by, ready to assist with whatever situation you may face, offering emergency service 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365-days a year (727) 586-0060.

What Makes Water Mitigation Done by Professionals in Largo Properties Unique?

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Works Faster and Efficiently When Restoring Largo Businesses After Water Damage

Although you commonly use water, it can be highly destructive when it reaches unwanted areas of your Largo business premises. Simple water spills are easy to handle by wiping the wet areas to dry off the excess moisture. However, significant water volumes or extended exposure leaves damage that can be challenging to address. 

Water mitigation at Largo business premises is better handled by a professional team if there is a significant amount of water or the property is extensively damaged. A team from SERVPRO can work faster, salvage more items or even help reduce the costs involved. All these factors are especially beneficial for the resumption of routine business operations.

Some unique benefits of professional water mitigation include:

  • Better equipment choices
  • Appropriate equipment utilization 
  • Better management of the structure and contents

Mitigating water damage takes various equipment for humidity control, water extraction, and cleaning, among other actions that help manage the negative effects of moisture. Different tools can complete the same task but with varying levels of efficiency. For example, when choosing a dehumidifier, our SERVPRO technicians consider the type of materials involved. For low evaporative materials like hardwood floors, we opt for desiccant dehumidifiers instead of other kinds such as LGR for better efficiency.

Better equipment utilization also helps improve the outcome. An example of better equipment utilization is recirculation of the air exhausted from dehumidifiers back into the wet rooms. It helps boost the drying process without using an additional tool to manage the temperature.

When handling water damage, how you manage the structure also matters. Our SERVPRO technicians enclose specific sections with plastic sheets to quicken or control drying and limit the spread of contaminants around the property.

SERVPRO of Largo offers convenient water mitigation services, restoring any damage at your premises, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (727) 586-0060 whenever you need assistance.

Why Awareness Eases Fire Damage Restoration in Clearwater Properties

2/8/2022 (Permalink)

Chairs on fire SERVPRO IICRC certified fire damage technicians have all the training needed for the disaster in your home. Call now!

Experienced SERVPRO Teams Offer Unique Industry Insight That Assists Clearwater Homeowners

Properties in Clearwater damaged by fire exhibit different signs. The subtle differences may not mean much to an untrained eye, but once restoration starts, they have a significant impact that interferes with the process.

Understanding what different signs mean is as essential for successful fire damage restoration in a Clearwater property as having the right equipment. One advantage our SERVPRO technicians have is significant experience from dealing with several fire incidents over the years, so we interpret the implications of fire residues better.

Essential things to know about fire damage include:

  • What needs urgent attention
  • What signifies severe underlying problems
  • What damages look severe, but it is not

Quickly putting out a fire is essential to limit damage in specific areas or how far it spreads around a structure. However, the urgency does not end when the fire is extinguished. Various destructive processes continue afterward. Residues like soot can cause staining or corrosive deterioration. Any moisture leftover from firefighting is also detrimental and thus requires immediate attention.

Most of the problems caused by fires are readily discernible. For example, you can easily tell whether a material is charred or scorched through a simple physical examination. However, some problems may seem subtle, yet they are severe. Our SERVPRO technicians are wary of residues since it is impossible to clean wet smoke residues from most surfaces. Establishing the char depth is also necessary since depths exceeding 15% lead to loss of structural integrity.

Since a significant percentage of the restoration work done after a fire involves cleaning soiled areas, better knowledge about soiling is necessary.

Understanding these aspects helps streamline cleaning:

  • What different residue patterns mean
  • The residue types deposited by fires
  • The different sizes of smoke residues

Residue patterns such as heat lines indicate the fire was scorching and thus left deeply embedded, which can be difficult to clean. Smoke has different-sized molecules, the smallest ranging from 0.1 to 4 microns penetrating deep into materials and leaving stubborn odors.

SERVPRO of Largo has all the necessary knowledge gained from years of experience doing fire damage restoration. Call us at (727) 586-0060. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Effective Is Fire Damage Restoration for Largo Properties?

2/4/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO state of the art sign Fires may cause significant damage. SERVPRO fire damage restoration specialists will have your home back to preloss condition ASAP.

SERVPRO Tailors Fire Damage Restoration to Match the Conditions at Your Largo Property

Since fire causes significant damages within a room or an entire property, you need a sound plan to manage the destroyed items. A comprehensive restoration plan helps deal with soiling, charring, residues, odors, and any other problem.

The effectiveness of fire damage restoration in Largo homes depends on available resources. That is why the assistance from SERVPRO is crucial since we have IICRC certified Fire Restoration Technicians whose advanced skills are essential in resolving most of the problems that arise. We also have a wide variety of equipment.

Useful equipment during fire restoration includes:

  • HEPA vacuums to remove fire residues from crevices
  • Thermal foggers to modify deeply embedded odors
  • Blast cleaners to remove deeply embedded soils and char residues
  • Ultrasonic cleaners for submersible cleaning

Restoration is more effective when using procedures that match the soiling levels or type of material. In some cases, wet cleaning may be necessary, and in others, such a method would cause significant deterioration of the material being cleaned. Luckily, our SERVPRO technicians have sufficient experience and thus know the best solutions.

Restoration situations that require special care include:

  • Cleaning sensitive structural materials such as acoustic tiles
  • Cleaning sensitive contents such as artworks or chandeliers
  • Tedious work like removing insulation

Specialized resources ensure our SERVPRO crews handle such sensitive tasks without causing additional damage. For example, a technical cleaning method like Peroxide-Active cleaning effectively safely removes residues from acoustic tiles. On the other hand, ultrasonic cleaners simplify cleaning the tiny blisters on glass contents or chandeliers. For tedious processes like removing insulation, specialized vacuums streamline the process.

SERVPRO of Largo can ensure fire damage restoration is worth every ounce of effort you put in. You can reach us at (727) 586-0060. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We Are Available 24/7 For All Your Belleair Beach Flood Damage Restoration

1/20/2022 (Permalink)

Rain on home Storm flooding can quickly cause water damage. Contact SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

A Quick Response to Flood Damage in Your Belleair Beach Home Can Prevent Further Damages

Flooding problems in Belleair Beach have been at the forefront for some time. For instance, the city’s stormwater system is aging, and its infrastructure is undersized or unmaintained. Barnacles may clog some outfalls, and at times, bay water backs up into upstream sewers, and this leads to flooding.

The conditions mentioned above overwhelm the drainage system when there is a torrential downpour in the city. When flood damage happens in Belleair homes, the results can be devastating. You need to handle the issue correctly to prevent costly destruction. You can call SERVPRO to perform flood damage cleanup. A speedy response helps prevent substantial secondary destruction.

How Can SERVPRO Help?

We can perform a thorough inspection on your home to note all affected building materials and contents so that we can restore them to their pre-damaged state whenever possible. If some contents are restorable, our team can organize for restoration. If not, we can dispose of the ruined materials properly.

To remediate flood-damaged or microbially contaminated houses effectively, it is necessary to use the right techniques to promote rapid drying and eradicate contaminated materials. Our restoration specialists can remove the debris and extract the floodwater using powerful portable pumps to prevent further damage. We can apply EPA-registered broad-spectrum disinfectants after extracting the floodwater to control microbial growth and to make the job site safer for our crew.

Moisture can cause mold infestation, especially in hard-to-reach areas of your home. Our crew can set up air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your property thoroughly. Remember that the duration in which air moving and dehumidification equipment is used to dispel the remnant of water vapor in your house depends on how much moisture there is. After running the drying equipment for some time, our SERVPRO crew can use hygrometers to ascertain that the affected structures and contents are dry.

When it comes to restoring your flooded home to normal, there is no big challenge our crew cannot handle. We have the workforce, tools, and skills to resolve the situation quickly so that you can go back to your daily routine.

If you experience flood damage in your home, SERVPRO of Largo can help with flood water removal and cleanup. Contact us at (727) 586-0060 any day anytime for fast, efficient restoration services.

Commercial Water Removal Dunedin – Protecting Your Contents

1/14/2022 (Permalink)

Drying equipment Contact SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage to avoid further damages of your business property.

Let SERVPRO’s Expertise Assist You Through your Dunedin Commercial Water Damage

Plumbing fittings inside walls or under employee kitchen sinks can break at any time. If it is during regular office hours, an employee may observe the water and turn off the main water valve to limit the damage. A break during non-office hours when no one is around can lead to hundreds of gallons of water spreading over the entire office to greet employees when arriving for work in the morning. A break like this example can lead to closing the office and sending everyone home until the water is removed and the office is returned to normal.

SERVPRO provides commercial water removal services in Dunedin and surrounding areas. We are available 24/7 and can be onsite in less than 4 hours. We have operated in the Dunedin area for over 35 years and know how important it is to respond fast to water disasters of all types. We also offer our Emergency READY Program (ERP) to customers who appreciate the value of emergency planning to manage emergencies of all types.

Drying Structure and Floors 

Our experience has shown that whenever carpets sitting on cement floors become wet, the carpet separates from the backing. This process is called delamination. In many cases, the carpets and padding must be removed and replaced. Office furniture is either moved to a dry area or supported on blocks while floors are dried. Extensive water leaks may require flood cuts along the walls to expose the inside of the wall to enable complete drying.

Customers interested in joining our ERP program can work with one of our employees to create a SERVPRO Emergency READY Profile. Once we develop a profile, it helps everyone involved in a disaster to initiate the appropriate response. For example, we include phone numbers to call to trigger assistance, location of water shutoff valves and keys to locked rooms, and much more. This information can reduce the reaction time significantly, limit the damage, and the time the business must shut down until we complete repairs.

We also have Contractor Licenses: General: CBC1250662, Mold Remediation: MRSR1163 enabling our company to provide a full suite of services from water removal to drying, damage repair, and reconstruction.

Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Harbor Bluffs, Indian Rocks Beach, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Could Mold in the Closet of Your Largo Home Mean?

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Mold on walls SERVPRO will get to the root of your mold problem and work to eliminate and prevent further growth. Call us today for assistance.

Addressing Mold Damage as you Discover it in Your Largo Property is Crucial. 

With such a confined space as a closet in your home, mold and microbial threats could quickly impact many items in the immediate area. Active colonization could indicate several possible threats to your house or underlying issues that you might want to consider. 

Underlying Water Damage 

Wet and moist conditions are a catalyst for effects that require mold damage remediation in Largo homes. When you see spotting on areas like the drywall or other structural elements, humidity and moisture have likely been long-standing enough to facilitate ideal colony growth and spread conditions. Addressing mold damage means also identifying the cause of moisture concerns in the process. 

Effects on Drywall and Structure

Remediation targets hosting materials that can be salvaged with deep cleaning approaches and mold removal tactics. For construction elements like drywall, it is unlikely that our professionals will have the appropriate environmental conditions or state of the sheetrock to protect this surface material. Controlled demolition is a last resort approach but a definitive answer to preventing the further spread of active colonies. 

Contents and Fabric Damage 

Storage areas like the closet are home to many types of contents and varying materials. Organic matter is food for mold colonies, so products like cardboard boxes storing next season's wardrobe or keepsakes become a vulnerable point for additional colonization. With clothes and loose contents, we have a few needed actions to prevent greater damage to affected belongings, such as:

  • Relocation
  • Soft Material Cleaning
  • Deodorization

Mold does not typically begin as a widespread and threatening situation for area homes and businesses. Small areas are usually impacted first, and the problem spreads. Our SERVPRO of Largo team can help remediate mold damage before it overwhelms a household. Call us at (727) 586-0060.

What Companies in Clearwater Can Provide Flood Damage Restoration?

12/21/2021 (Permalink)

A roof with damaged shingles SERVPRO of Largo is here to assist with your leaky roof. Just give us a shout today.

SERVPRO Can Assist Homeowners in Clearwater with Things Like Repairing a Leaky Roof from a Storm

Even though hurricane season has pretty much ended, it is still possible that a vicious storm could strike over the winter. Many know that when the rest of the country gets hit with blizzards and snowstorms, the state of Florida usually gets drilled by the same storm systems with excessive amounts of rain. When the rain pour gets heavy, trees around your house could get weighed down with water, and branches could come crashing into your roof. Once you have damage to your roof, moisture can find its way into the interior of your home.

Flood damage in Clearwater can occur anytime H2O from the outdoors enters your house and comes into contact with your contents and building materials. Even if the amount of moisture that leaked in is small, it could still cause you problems. For one, rainwater could be contaminated, so if it contacts porous materials like carpets, they must be removed due to potential contamination. Secondly, mold can develop if organic items inside your house, such as your roof trusses or ceiling drywall, stay wet for more than 48 hours. Once a fungus starts to grow, it can spread easily and cause your structure more damage.

Whenever our SERVPRO technicians respond to a situation where there is flood damage, one of our main goals is to prevent fungal growth. We can do this by using antimicrobial products and drying out any wet building materials or contents in less than 48 hours. We will return your home to the preloss state by doing the following:

  • Repair Leaking Roofs after a Storm
  • Provide Water Removal
  • Flood Clean Up
  • Repairing Leaky Ceilings
  • Flood Damage Repairs

If you ever suffer from a leaking roof after a winter rainstorm, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

Are There Businesses in Belleair Bluffs that Can Help me with Water Damage Remediation?

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

A home in florida with holiday decorations Let SERVPRO of Largo help you keep your home from water damage this holiday season.

SERVPRO Provides Water Removal Services in Belleair Bluffs 24/7

The holiday season is officially here, and for many, it is a time to get together with loved ones. During the holidays, travel nationwide is up due to people going where they have friends and relatives. However, one negative factor about traveling is that you are not home if a disaster happens. For example, if a pipe bursts while you are not home to shut off the water or notice the issue, excessive amounts of H2O can pour into your structure.

Water removal in Belleair Bluffs can become quite a process if the liquid has a lot of time to build up inside your house. It is possible that if a pipe breaks while you are out of town, you could come home to deep standing water. Many procedures will have to be taken to restore your home to its preloss state if this ever occurs. 

Whenever there are more than two inches of standing water, our SERVPRO technicians' first step is to remove the liquid as quickly as possible. For deep, standing water, we can use a submersible pump. These pumps suck out the fluids from your structure and then pump them into one of your sewage drains. Once all of the liquid H2O gets removed from your home, we can then take the following steps to remediate the issues:

  • Emergency Services for Water Leaks
  • Water Damage Debris Removal
  • Applied Structural Drying (ASD)
  • Repair Water Damaged Building Materials
  • Removal of Wet Carpets and Pad
  • Restorative Carpet Cleaning

If the water gets deep inside your house, there is a good chance the flooring will have to be removed. The fibers can separate from the backing when your carpet gets wet, and hardwood floors can cup or buckle.

If you come home from a holiday vacation and notice standing water in your house, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. 

Who Can Help with Fire Restoration in Largo?

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

A person standing in front of an oven on fire. Don't let a fire take away your holiday cheer. Call SERVPRO of Largo.

SERVPRO Can Help Repair Fire Damaged Homes in Largo

Many people like to try different recipes for dinners during the holiday season to mix things up a bit. Turkey is a popular item for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and many choose to fry them using a large deep fryer. Frying a turkey can be a delicious twist to your normal holiday dinner, but the process could result in a disaster. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), deep fryers cause over 1,000 fires each year, resulting in more than $15 million in property damage annually.

When conducting fire restoration in Largo, our SERVPRO technicians find that cooking is a major source of structural blazes. When you are deep frying a turkey, for instance, the hot grease can splash around, possibly causing fuels nearby to ignite. The flames could then spread to your house and catch part of your building on fire. Even if the blaze did not reach the interior of your home, it is still possible that your structure suffered from smoke damage. 

Whenever your building materials get burnt, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. We can administer a thorough inspection of your building and determine what areas got damaged by the fire or smoke. Once we know the extent of your problems, we can then help your restore your home using the following procedures:

  • Fire Debris Removal
  • Smoke Damage Mitigation
  • Soot and Soil Removal
  • Smoke Odor Deodorization
  • Fire Clean Up and Remediation
  • Content Cleaning

If part of your house got burnt during a turkey deep-frying mishap, the first step we can take is to remove any severely charred building materials. 

If you ever have a cooking mishap over the holidays that results in a fire, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

Can Largo Businesses Fail Because of Flooding?

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded basement with puddles of water everywhere When flooding affects your business, quick action is necessary. Contact SERVPRO for effective flood damage remediation services.

SERVPRO is a Commercial Flood Damage Team that can Fix your Largo Property Faster.

Are high street stores at risk of flooding?

A high street retailer located in the center of a Largo, where there may be more congested drainage systems, may fare worse than malls and retail parks in the face of flooding. Unfortunately, business flooding can affect retail stores and give them little opportunity to re-open their doors in the immediate future. This can be incredibly tough for independent retailers as local economies are squeezed, and temporary closure affects monthly trade revenues. SERVPRO is a qualified commercial flood recovery service that can enter the property, remove water, and restore any damages to a preloss condition.

When is it safe to re-open a business after flooding?

  • Once the property is dry and free from contamination
  • The property has had a full safety inspection
  • Sometimes, a visit from an industrial hygienist may be necessary before re-opening

Is my business safe after flooding?

Part of the job of commercial flood damage technicians is to protect your Largo business. Most retailers have large window displays. These can often be broken by flash flooding, high winds, or flying debris. SERVPRO technicians can install full boards over windows to secure a structure during the period of closure. These board-ups can be essential to preventing looting or unlawful entry while restoration services are underway.

Our IICRC-certified technicians may also be able to recommend temporary security services to protect the premises and include fees within our overall service to ensure you only deal with one point of contact.

How does flooding hurt a business?

  • Stock damages as well as building damage that can be expensive to repair
  • A loss of revenues during a temporary closure or restoration
  • Higher chances of looting, trespass, or other forms of illegal activity

If your retail outlet becomes flooded, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

How Can I Make Sure My Home is Safe for Myself and Workers During the Fire Restoration Process?

11/12/2021 (Permalink)

a house on fire with firemen and firetrucks outside trying to put it out Facing a fire can be devastating. Contact SERVPRO right after the fire fighters leave to help you through the remediation process. We are here 24/7.

SERVPRO Takes Safety Precautions Seriously when Cleaning Your Largo Residence.

A fire in your Largo home in Pinellas County can be utterly overwhelming as you decide what course of action to take. Safety is the first concern, and it is vital to remove all imminent dangers from your house. Technicians thoroughly scope the damage while ensuring a safe working environment.

Do I Need to Leave My House During the Cleanup Process?

SERVPRO Creates an Individualized Plan Catered to Your Unique Situation in Largo. We understand that each fire damage restoration project in Largo comes with its own set of issues and that property owners may not want to leave the property during the cleanup and repair process. However, it would be best for you to consider factors such as your electricity and water status. Together, you decide with the SERVPRO project manager or team leader, whether or not your home is inhabitable during the restoration process. 

What Are Some Safety Issues to Consider?

  • Homeowners and restorers must communicate throughout the restoration process to establish procedures, particularly on securing the worksite. 
  • Both homeowners and technicians should keep the area clean and organized to eliminate further safety hazards.
  • Technicians should wear PPE (personal protective equipment) during the restoration process.

What Is Proper PPE Protocol for Fire Restoration?

  • PPE should be clean before each use. 
  • Technicians wear respirators when dealing with organic or chemical vapors and debris. As a homeowner, if you see a technician wearing a respirator, it is safe to say that you either need a respirator or you should steer clear of the area where they are working.
  • When wearing gloves, they should be chemical resistant for skin safety to avoid blisters or irritation. 

For 24/7 assistance completing your home restoration project, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

What are Common Reasons for Commercial Water Restoration in Largo

11/7/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling with water marks all over it Water damage can be the result of many causes. Regardless of what it is, team SERVPRO can help. Contact us 24/7 to discuss how we can help.

SERVPRO Techs Can Handle Any Size or Type of Water Damage in Largo Properties

There are a huge number of reasons a business owner might call in SERVPRO for water damage cleanup. Since floodwater and pipe breaks do not bother scheduling occurring at the most convenient time, the techs are ready to come to perform mitigation actions 24/7.

SERVPRO technicians handle commercial water restoration for Largo businesses, and here are the most common reasons:

  • HVAC leaks
  • Plumbing issues
  • Roof leak
  • Sprinkler malfunction
  • Flooding

When SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians arrive on-site, they immediately scope the property to determine the root cause and the scale of the job. Water migrates rapidly, and finding every location with elevated moisture levels is crucial to ensure that there are no water-related secondary damages once the restoration job is completed.

Protecting the interior contents from damages from water is another priority. The techs can move items and equipment to a safe location on-site or perform a pack-up and bring the articles to a secure area off-site. The techs bring the things back in and put them back exactly where they belong, so there are no disruptions when the business reopens looking for items.

This SERVPRO location has a general contractor license #CBC1250662. This means once the team finishes removing the water and drying the structure and contents, they can also handle any repairs needed, from structural rebuilding right down to the painting of freshly installed walls and trim. For example, a wall with water damage may show deterioration in the form of warping or buckling. Sagging ceilings from a roof leak need to be removed as they cannot be repaired and pose a safety threat.

SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 brings professional water restoration services to local Largo businesses. The trained, certified technicians work to make the damage to the building, "Like it never even happened."

Will SERVPRO Restore Mold Damage in Belleair Bluffs?

10/21/2021 (Permalink)

Got mold? Call SERVPRO! If mold is left unchecked, it can spread very quickly. Contact our IICRC certified mold damage remediation team for an assessment today.

Yes, SERVPRO's Mold Remediation Process is Here For Your Property.

Fire and water damage is easy to spot and remove from homes in Belleair Bluffs. Since mold is a quiet disaster, it is much harder to find and just as challenging to clean and remove.

Mold damage in Belleair Bluffs starts with tiny mold spores. Typically, these spores are harmless to people and property in their homes. When they come into contact with a source of water, they begin to expand and grow, sending extensions called hyphae to search for a food source. When a colony of mold grows large enough, it can damage property and cause other issues. Fortunately, SERVPRO has a plan.

How Does SERVPRO Deal With Mold?

To remove and clean mold from homes, we have developed a series of tasks that stop growth, protect property and clear out spores quickly. Our first step is to reduce exposure to mold. Our technicians isolate contaminated areas to prevent accidentally exposing uncontaminated parts of the home to active mold spores.

We document everything. The restoration team leader starts with our initial inspection and then records the location and size of each instance of mold. We also record the results of the air content testing we make to see how many spores are floating in the air along with moisture levels. We also record air content levels in unaffected rooms to understand the normal levels for each home.

After testing and isolation, we move to control the contamination at its source. To do this, we set up negative air machines which force spores, dust, and other particulates out of the air. Next, we use commercial vacuums with HEPA filters to remove spores from every surface. That includes not just floors and personal property but drywall and ceiling tiles as well.

Now we remove the mold from the contaminated area. In addition to the vacuums, SERVPRO restoration teams also wipe down every surface with a dry cloth or sponge. If the mold layer is very thick, we use water or a cleaning agent to break it up and remove it with a damp cloth or sponge. If the hyphae have grown into building material like drywall, we remove and replace it.

Our last task is to lower moisture levels to normal. It reduces the chance of new mold growth and makes the home more comfortable for residents. We use dehumidifiers to draw water from the air and nearby property.

Returning your Florida home to its pre-mold state is not an easy or quick process. SERVPRO of Largo is here to walk you through each step and even help you with your homeowner insurance company. For more information on what our teams can do for you, call today at (727) 586-0060.

Water Leaked into My Tiled Florida Room. How Do I Know There is No Lasting Damage?

10/15/2021 (Permalink)

Here to help Don't let moisture take over your property. SERVPRO is Here to Help!

Our SERVPRO Technicians in Largo Mitigate Water Damage with Rapid Extraction

Moisture and humidity are an uncomfortable part of living in Largo. Anything that adds excess moisture is undesirable. For instance, water leaking into your Florida room from your kitchen adds to already-high humidity levels. If left too long, excess moisture may attract insects or foster difficult-to-remove mold growth. Detecting, drying, and removing the moisture right away is crucial to the timely repair of your home.

How Did Water Get Under the Tiles?

SERVPRO Inspects to Detect Hidden Moisture

There are always unique obstacles to water restoration projects in Largo, each requiring customized solutions. For instance, our technicians may find water under the tiles when using moisture detection equipment during their preliminary damage scope. Typically, moisture can appear under flooring when there is pre-existing damage like cracks in the tiles themselves or damaged grouting. If moisture goes undetected under the tiles, you may face more extensive damage like the tiles lifting.

What Equipment Does SERVPRO Use to Remove the Excess Moisture?

  • To dry hidden areas in hard-surfaced flooring, technicians may use Injectidry equipment by the trim work and lower walls.
  • A combination of panels and hosing make up our Injectidry system that pulls excess moisture from the tiles.
  • Technicians use low-profile air moving equipment such as the Velo™ Air Mover in conjunction with a dehumidifier that pulls moisture from the air while blowing warm air over the tiles to dry them.

What Makes Low-Profile Air Movers Different from Regular Box Fans?

  • Velo™ air movers feature high-velocity air movement while only drawing 1.9 amps.
  • They have broad airflow that covers a larger surface area, allowing for uniform drying across your tile flooring.
  • Technicians can position them both horizontally and vertically for optimal drying. 

For prompt 24/7 assistance dealing with water damage, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. We make it "Like it never even happened. "

What Unique Fire Restoration Approaches Help in Case of Stubborn Odor in Largo Homes?

10/7/2021 (Permalink)

"Call SERVPRO" - woman smelling something bad SERVPRO can help rid your home of those lingering odors after a fire incident. Just call us at (727) 586-0060. We are Here to Help!

SERVPRO Uses a Phased Approach to Ensure Effective Yet Affordable Deodorization 

Bad odor can keep you from enjoying the comfort of your property even after you complete the other fire restoration processes. Odor molecules penetrate deep within some materials in your Largo home, thus acting as a reservoir that keeps resupplying the entire house environment.

Using a single method to eliminate all odors during fire restoration at your Largo home is rarely possible. Although the odor is created in one incident, and your nose probably detects only one type of smell, technically, a bad odor issue is not a single problem. Luckily professional teams like SERVPRO combine several approaches during restoration, so it is possible to eliminate the problem “Like it never even happened.” 

Various Reasons Can Make Odor Linger in Your Property, Including:

  • Deep penetration into porous and semi-porous materials
  • Recirculation of odorous materials by the HVAC system
  • Failure to eliminate all odorous materials

Every deodorization method used within a property has some cost attached. Therefore using several methods can lead to an unnecessarily expensive restoration exercise. Our SERVPRO teams find ways to strike a balance between cost and efficiency. Using phased deodorization is one way to limit cost while maintaining efficiency levels.

Phased Deodorization After a Fire Incident Involves:

  • Physical cleaning of burnt residues
  • Chemical containment that blocks vaporization of odor molecules
  • Vapor odor control by releasing deodorizers that vaporize neutralizing airborne odors
  • Fogging to counteract deeply embedded odor molecules

Phasing means that the deodorization is done in phases and the results evaluated before proceeding to the next stage. That way, the process can be stopped at any stage if the results are deemed satisfactory, thus eliminating further costs.

SERVPRO of Largo can help you find solutions for any challenging aspect of fire restoration. Call us at (727) 586-0060 for immediate assistance.

How Does Water in My Crawlspace Get Removed?

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

sunlight shining through a window into a crawlspace or basement Flooding in your crawlspace area can quickly cause structural damage and create a potential for mold. Contact SERVPRO to assess and remediate.

Flooding Underneath Your House Can Cause Problems for Your Largo Property

Our SERVPRO professionals can help with fast and reliable water extraction. Your crawlspace for your Largo house is a structural design to reduce the exposure of your main floor to situations like flooding. Unfortunately, this area can also get flooded. While this might not be as pressing and severe as several inches of standing water in the main level of your residence, it is a situation that you want to take care of as soon as possible.

Flood extraction for Largo homes and their crawl spaces requires a series of powerful tools and proven approaches. Because of this being a confined space, the methods of extraction and drying change and can be much more complicated. Between removing standing water and preventing recurrences in the future, you can count on our SERVPRO professionals to help however you need.

Should I Do Anything About Flood Water in My Crawl Space?

You would not be alone to think that standing flood water in your crawlspace is not a considerable problem. You might even be among the homeowners that initially choose to do nothing about this circumstance, assuming that it can get better on its own. In truth, there are many reasons that crawl space flooding should be resolved as soon as you can. These include:

  • Deteriorating Structural Elements – Supports and subflooring exposed in this open area beneath your house can become damaged by direct exposure to flooding or the elevated moisture beneath the house. 
  • Microbial Growth – Increased moisture and dampness throughout this area can facilitate mold growth. This spreading organism can quickly penetrate flooring and wall systems to damage the living area above the crawlspace.
  • Bacterial or Viral Pathogens – With natural flooding, there is a high probability that the standing water in your crawl space has some form of bacteria or contaminant. From sewage to decaying carcasses, many dangerous substances and solids can get brought near your home with a flood.

What Contaminants Are Professionals Worried About with Flooding?

Natural flooding often gets treated the same as a biohazard like sewage backup in your house. Because we cannot disprove the presence of harmful or hazardous bacteria and other contaminants, it is a better practice to work as though it is present. For the technicians that must enter the crawlspace to set up extraction equipment and drying tools, we ensure that each of these professionals wears the appropriate personal protective equipment. This gear includes Tyvek full-body suits, respirators, gloves, and closed shoes. This head-to-toe protection of our technicians can keep them safe from contaminants such as:

  • Bacteria
  • Debris
  • Mud
  • Decaying Materials 
  • Oil
  • Chemical Substances 

How Do Water and Moisture Get Removed from a Confined Space?

Confined spaces can be potentially problematic for extraction and drying, especially regarding setting up the equipment in the appropriate areas. The right choices can ensure that water gets removed promptly, and the necessary drying follows after that. With some of the pumps and extractors having a limited discharge and intake hose available, only specific extractors and drying tools can be efficient and effective in flood events damaging a crawlspace. These include:

  • Submersible Pumps – Sump pumps can vary in their power supply, sizes, and strength. While one of the most common extractors used by our SERVPRO team is the electric submersible pump, these are often ineffective in standing water that has solids and debris floating in it. In these cases, gas-powered trash pumps can move this water out of the damaged areas.
  • Wet Vacuums – For standing water that is only a few inches deep, wet vacuums can often complete the removal process. These are versatile machines that are highly portable, making extraction of the entire crawlspace fast and efficient. 
  • Air Movers – Centrifugal and axial air movers both can play a vital role in the evaporative drying of structural elements and the open-air beneath your house. Before permanent long-term solutions can get installed, thorough drying must take place. 

Are There Long-Term Solutions to Prevent Flood Damage?

Preventing further flooding moving forward might not be as complicated as it seems. With crawl space encapsulation, we can take thick plastic sheeting and coat every exposed surface in the crawlspace to prevent water exposure. The installation of drainage and a permanent sump pump can also help to divert water from pooling in this area.

When your crawlspace gets flooded, it might be more critical than you realize to dry up the damage. Our SERVPRO of Largo team can work quickly to protect your home, its contents, and its occupants. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (727) 586-0060.

What Should I Do if My Dishwasher in Largo Leaks and Water Gets Behind My Kitchen Cabinets?

9/17/2021 (Permalink)

puddles of water on the tile floor of a kitchen When your dishwasher leaks, a large amount of water can fall on your floor. Contact SERVPRO right away for water removal and remediation services.

For Water Mitigation Inside Your Kitchen in Largo, Call SERVPRO

Any appliance inside your Largo home that has water running to it is susceptible to malfunctioning and leaking out moisture. For instance, your dishwasher could develop a break in one of its hoses or leak from the machine itself, causing H2O to enter your kitchen.

How can you tell if my kitchen cabinets got wet or if there is moisture underneath them?

During water mitigation inside your Largo kitchen, our SERVPRO technicians can use a non-penetrating moisture meter to detect the presence of moisture in, behind, and underneath your cabinets. Most kitchen cabinets are made with either laminated MDF, solid or engineered wood. Engineered cabinets are similar to solid wood cabinets, but they are made by pressing thin pieces of wood together and then laminating the surface. MDF also has a laminated layer on each side of the material.

Can you restore my cabinets once they get wet?

When dealing with solid wood cabinets, most of the time, they are restorable. Engineered wooden cabinets, though, may delaminate, which can ruin them. Laminate cabinets can also swell and delaminate, making them unrestorable. However, in many cases, we can dry out your cabinets before any swelling or delamination takes place.

How can you dry out my cabinets?

Air Movers- We can set up air movers to create an air circulation that can speed up the natural evaporation process. If possible, we can remove the bottom part of your cabinets so that the air can get pushed underneath them.

  • Dehumidifiers- These machines can speed up drying and evaporation by removing moisture from the atmosphere.
  • Injection Drying- In some cases, the baseboard can be removed from the bottom of your cabinets, and holes can get drilled so that an injection drying system can pump air into the bottom cavity of your cabinets.

If you ever notice that your kitchen floor got wet after your dishwasher leaked, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

Why SERVPRO Is the Right Choice for Water Damage Restoration in Largo

9/15/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vans at a job site Why SERVPRO for Restoration Services in the Largo Area? The team with skills, equipment, and vehicles to respond--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

Many Delighted Largo Area Customers Attest to the Professionalism of SERVPRO's Cleanup and Restoration Services

Our family operated SERVPRO of Largo franchise is proud to receive testimonials from our neighbors like the one below. From a short note to an extensive letter that we receive from our customers, our goals are achieved when they are satisfied with the results of the water, fire, or mold restoration service.

Largo area residential and commercial properties always receive first-class treatments, as evidenced by our numerous awards.

  • Franchise of the Year Award
  • Executive Gold Awards
  • Chairman's Bronze Recognition
  • 8-Times and Counting Millionaires Platinum Awards

A Very Happy Customer

I hired SERVPRO of Largo to respond to an emergency involving a water line break and significant flooding of my Mom's home. They were quick to respond to help mitigate damage by use of dehumidifiers and air movers. David was most helpful in identifying moisture impacted areas, continued monitoring through the drying process, and decision-making all along the way. His consistent availability was very helpful throughout this ordeal. Ryan was very helpful as Production manager in scheduling the work crews needed ultimately to remove impacted sheetrock from walls and tile floor to expose any trapped moisture. Unfortunately, we did discover mold in some of the walls. The crews worked diligently and carefully to remove the mold-impacted debris in a safe and careful manner. SERVPRO brought in air scrubbers to prevent any migration of mold to other areas of the home. They treated wall voids with a botanical disinfectant to kill any mold spores and encapsulated areas to reduce odors until repairs of compromised wood could be made. All of the employees who responded were very professional, polite, and hard working. A very large area of tile and concrete board underneath had to be removed down to the subflooring. It was very hard work, dusty and labor-intensive. The guys work as neatly as anyone could to minimize dust, including sealing off bedroom doors to prevent dust entering other areas of the home.

All of the guys (Mike, Nick, Dan and Tom) worked hard to get the work done as quickly yet carefully as possible. I particularly want to acknowledge Mike who operated an impact hammer and chisel for two straight days to remove all the flooring tile and concrete. That was very hard work yet he remained cheerful despite the arduous task. All-in-all my experience with SERVPRO of Largo was very positive and I would highly recommend them to anyone going through such a disaster in their home. Every representative I dealt with was courteous, professional and competent in their role. I thank them all very much for working with me so cooperatively through a very trying time.

SERVPRO of Largo is available to help 24/7 with scheduled or emergency water, fire, and mold damage cleanup and restoration services. Call or click for a stress-free experience. (727) 586-0060

What Kind of Flood Damage Can Largo Remediators Effectively Handle?

9/12/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with items floating everywhere Flooding is certainly a situation that needs your quick attention. Contact our certified SERVPRO technicians for effective flood damage remediation.

Local Flood Damage Services Routinely Deal With Numerous Storm-Related Issues.

Coastal Florida cities like Largo are notorious for the tropical storm-related damage they suffer annually. The destruction caused varies in severity from year to year and comes in many forms. With that said, it is comforting to know that whatever its severity or form, there are local services that can remediate these problems.

The potential for flood damage after a storm greatly concerns Largo homeowners and prompts many of them to seek help from companies like SERVPRO. Often tropical storms fill locals with fear because these powerful weather patterns can potentially impact their lifestyles and finances for many years to come. In response to these concerns, SERVPRO provides emergency water damage services, including sewage cleanup and other biohazard remediation work, as well as water removal services and water damage repairs. Some of the specific work we do is: 

  • Thorough water damage inspections using infrared cameras, moisture sensors, moisture meters, and thermohygrometers
  • Extensive, large volume water extractions using state-of-the-art portable and truck-mounted extractors
  • Complete interior drying using networks of cutting-edge air movers, dehumidifiers, and innovative Injectidry systems 
  • Expert treatment of structural elements and other interior surfaces with industrial-grade antimicrobials to prevent health effects and eradicate building material-eating microbes
  • Full house deodorization with sophisticated foggers and EPA-approved deodorants

All of these efforts generally return our neighbors’ homes to their pre-flood condition in less time than other area remediators can. 

Considering all this, it’s easy to understand why so many trust SERVPRO of Largo to clean up and restore their flood damage. So, regardless of the extent of your flood-related issues, rest assured in knowing that we can likely help. Call us anytime at (727) 586-0060 for assistance.

Avoid Delays in Clearwater When Water is Flowing into Your Property

8/19/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment Our certified technicians come prepared with state of the art equipment your property needs after a water incident occurs.

Toilet Supply Line Break Can Damage Your Home

Disasters can strike your Clearwater home without warning and cause widespread damages, especially in centrally located regions of your house. When there is a water damage incident that originates in the bathroom, the materials exposed can absorb a lot of this flowing water. Still, it can also spread quickly to adjoining spaces over just a short period. Overcoming this damage requires fast response times and technicians with the training and certifications to make a difference quickly. 

When it comes to overcoming water damage in Clearwater, like a toilet supply line break in your residence, you want a team of experts to arrive when the situation occurs. Our SERVPRO franchise is a 24-hour response center offering immediate attention to the disasters that affect your property. With a fast response time, we can help limit the necessary restoration work required and preserve at-risk elements of the property with our initial arrival. 

Water Damage Restoration Equipment

Much of our restoration and mitigation work relies heavily on the advanced technology and equipment our technicians have at their disposal for water cleanup and extraction. With high volumes of water affecting the bathroom of your home, we can utilize equipment like our truck-mounted and gas-powered pumps to pull water from the damaged areas of your home fast. With the excess removed, our SERVPRO professionals can focus on restorative actions like thoroughly drying the saturated materials and contents of your house. 

When it comes to choosing the right professionals to help you overcome the water damaged elements of your home, you need a team that has industry-leading equipment capable of doing the job correctly and as quickly as possible. 

While you might not get prepared to face water damages resulting from an emergency like a water line break in your bathroom, having a trusted group of highly trained water restoration specialists available 24-hours a day can help ease your mind. Give our SERVPRO of Largo emergency response team a call anytime. You can reach us at (727) 586-0060.

Importance Of Regulating Humidity For Mold Damage Control In Your Largo Home

8/13/2021 (Permalink)

"Humidity" Mold is a serious issue that should be taken care of right away. Don't wait, call in the experts at SERVPRO!

Regulating Humidity And Mold Damage

Usually, something reasonably obvious like a leak or a flood is the cause of a mold outbreak. You trust this to be the rule to explain mold growth, so microbial activity in non-water damaged areas of your home takes you completely by surprise. SERVPRO knows microbial outbreaks do not always play by the rules, but we have confidence in our mold remediation methods.

Why would mold damage be a problem in your Largo home if the roof is sound and all plumbing up to date? The average on the Gulf Coast of Florida high temperature is 80 degrees all year round, edging into the 90s during the summer months. The humidity is also oppressive. Many homes have central air conditioning or window units to minimize the discomfort of extreme heat and excessive moisture in the air. If your air conditioning system malfunctions or underperforms, the air quality in your home suffers, feeling moist and sticky.

Humidity in your home of more than 60 percent supports mold growth even without any water seeping out of leaky pipes, a hole in the roof, or other water flooding situations. If you try to save on energy use by running your air conditioner infrequently or not at all when the humidity is high, do not be surprised that mold damage is an unintended consequence. When SERVPRO hears a story of mold growth absent an apparent leak, we pay close attention to the moisture level in your home's air. We use precise measuring tools to monitor the humidity levels as we take all the steps necessary to decrease the fungal damage.

Why SERVPRO for Mold Inspections, Remediations, and Removal

Once we contain and remove the mold and disinfect the area, we turn to reducing the moisture content of the air to prevent future mold outbreaks. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers both remove dampness, and we advise continuous operation until the humidity drops. The ideal range is between 30 and 50 percent ambient moisture. Our technicians evaluate the operation of your air conditioners, checking for clogged drainage hoses or other easily repaired issues to improve their air drying capacity. We have portable dehumidifiers to decrease humidity if necessary. As a final step, we help you set up your own AC and dehumidifiers to maintain the levels we achieve with our professional equipment.

Contact SERVPRO of Largo whenever a musty smell or mold growth invades your home. Call (727) 586-0060 for an inspection and depend on us to craft a plan to remove the mold and limit moisture to prevent more growth.

What Factors Impact Cleaning Fire-Damaged Largo Warehouses?

8/3/2021 (Permalink)

Warehouse Fire damage in your warehouse? You need help from certified professionals. Call SERVPRO right away!

Post-fire Cleanup of Largo Commercial Property Focuses on Many Variables. 

After fire impacts your Largo warehouse, you need fast and focused cleaning and restoration efforts. Our fast response throughout the city can help when disaster strikes. 

What Factors Might Impact Smoke Removal? 

Fire damage restoration for Largo businesses like warehouses and manufacturing facilities can require several types of cleaning and restoration approaches. From the large open areas to stored stock and inventory, the spread and severity of smoke damages can significantly affect a structure immediately following a fire. Some of the factors that determine the type of soil or smoke damage left behind include:

  • Age of Materials – The older specific building materials are, the harder they will be to clean. While a warehouse might be made of many non-porous materials, those susceptible to fire damage are even more prone to harm if they are older.
  • Heat of the Fire – Even with the basic construction materials common to the smaller rooms and offices of the warehouse, the higher the heat, the greater the effects like charring or melting. 
  • Humidity – The moisture content of the property can leave more surfaces and contents open to permanent damage like staining. This wetness of the materials could result from firefighting efforts or higher relative humidity in the Greater Largo region. 
  • Impingement – Impinging is a collision of smoke and soils with surfaces and contents throughout the structure. An increase in warm air can cause a greater velocity and turbulence of the air and more contents and materials in the facility impacted. 

With so many factors that can influence the type of smoke, the thickness of residues, and the ease of cleaning commercial properties like your warehouse, fire restoration should be left to professionals. Our SERVPRO of Largo team is standing by to help 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.

Types of Home Fires and Fire Damage in Largo

7/22/2021 (Permalink)

fire line You can depend on our professionals with state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your property so you can return safely after a fire.

SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Fire Damage Methodically After a Fire on Your Property

Although home fires can begin anytime and anywhere in Largo, you should be aware of a few different types of fires. Knowing them can help you to lower or even eliminate the risk of a fire starting in your home. 

The most common kind of fire and fire damage in your Largo home is a grease fire in your kitchen. Grease fires are hazardous since they can get out of hand fast and spread from the stove through the whole kitchen and other rooms of the house. Many grease fires happen when a frying pan is left unattended on the stove. They also occur if a pan is overheated and the grease catches fire. These types of fires can seriously injure you and cause extensive damage to your property. Other kitchen fires can include appliance and oven fires. Fires also begin in your kitchen when electricity contacts water. 

After a kitchen fire, you need the assistance of a professional fire damage remediation company. SERVPRO has trained and experienced technicians who can help you clean up after fire damage and do so in a timely fashion. 

Wiring can Lead to Fire Damage

If your home is older, it may not have the proper wiring to handle the number of electrical appliances many people use today. Old wiring can be frayed or worn, which causes sparks and shorts that can ignite. 

Older breaker boxes are built to shut off electrical current when the circuit is overloaded to prevent fire, but these connections are often broken or worn and do not activate the switch. 

Lighting can also cause electrical fires, which can be started by improper wiring or the use of light bulbs that are higher in wattage than what the appliance recommended. 

Coil space heaters are very hazardous since the coils ignite anything nearby which is combustible. Keep any space heater at least three feet away from anything that can catch fire, including bedding, curtains, furniture, and clothing. 

Our SERVPRO staff can assist you with clean up and repair after fire damage. We also clean up water damage from firefighting efforts and help you speak with an insurance agent. We understand that any fire, large or small, is a stressful event, so we strive to make the process of restoration as simple for you as possible. 

SERVPRO of Largo can come to your home any time that you need us to help you get your home back to normal. Residents of Largo, Clearwater, and Belleair Bluffs can reach us whenever needed by dialing (727) 586-0060. 

Top Reasons that Require Water Removal in Your Clearwater Home

7/14/2021 (Permalink)

Home in water Don't let water take over your home. Call in the experts at SERVPRO right away after a water incident.

Count on SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration to Your Property

It may be called the "Sunshine State," but Florida sees its fair amount of water damage to property every year. It is more important than ever to understand and prevent water damage from occurring on your property.

Common Causes of Water Damage 

To prevent water damage and the need for Clearwater water removal services, you should know where and how water damage typically starts - and it is not from hurricanes. Here are the most common causes of water damage to watch out for in your home: 

Burst or Leaking Pipes 

"Out of sight, out of mind," right? Our pipes hide behind walls, and we hardly ever think about them, even when we turn on the tap. If something goes wrong, however, it could spell disaster for your property. The most common causes of burst or leaking pipes are drastic changes in temperature, clogged lines, and wear and tear through age. At SERVPRO, we recommend having your pipes inspected from time to time and if a burst or leak does occur, call us immediately. 

Appliance Malfunctions 

When a washing machine or dishwasher malfunctions, it can cause a severe amount of water damage by flooding the walls and seeping under the floorboards. The best way to prevent this from happening is to keep up with the maintenance of appliances and replace old, worn appliances with new ones when necessary. 

Air Conditioners 

Staying cool in Florida is a must on hot, humid days. However, HVAC systems are at risk of causing water damage to your property. This is because, in Florida, the lines that are responsible for transporting and disposing of collected water can get clogged with algae. The result is a backup that can cause a leak or spill resulting in water damage. For this reason, it is essential to maintain the efficiency of an HVAC system and call us at SERVPRO at the first sign of water damage. 

Attics and Crawl Spaces

Another common cause of water damage includes the spaces where water is more apt to accumulate. Attics and crawl spaces are all areas where water damage and mold growth can go unnoticed for quite some time. 

If you have a problem with water, contact SERVPRO of Largo 24/7 at (727) 586-0060 for a speedy response.

Is Cleanup Sufficient To Restore A Largo Dental Office After Flood Damage?

7/8/2021 (Permalink)

Dental office SERVPRO has reliable technicians with state of the art equipment to handle any level of flood damage in your business.

SERVPRO Handles Cleanup and Other Flood Restoration Processes Simultaneously

A flooding incident can pose a significant risk for your dental practice when your office is flooded with contaminated water. The high humidity levels in the building following such an incident can also lead to secondary damage to the expensive dental equipment in your facility. Involving a professional cleaner changes the outcome of flood damage.

Evacuation of standing water or vulnerable equipment is one crucial process for containing flood damage in your Largo dental office. SERVPRO is well equipped to handle both processes since we can arrange pack-outs to a safe section of the building. We also have powerful extraction equipment to remove clear or residue-filled water within a short while. 

Experienced professionals can readily handle:

  • Biohazard remediation
  • Sewage cleanup
  • Flood restoration
  • Water Clean Up

Before deciding whether cleanup is sufficient or we have to take other steps to restore your facility, our SERVPRO technicians perform a thorough inspection of the loss. If there are porous materials such as carpets on the floors or soggy drywall, we need to perform controlled demolition to remove these materials before embarking on cleanup.

During cleanup, our technicians ensure sufficient agitation and sanitization of all affected areas. We spray EPA-registered disinfectants directly into the inundated sections before starting cleanup. We use cleaning agents with antimicrobial properties or apply sanitizers after finishing cleanup to guarantee sanitary conditions.

To finish up the restoration process we:

  • Refinish any structural areas stripped down
  • Dry all excess moisture
  • Perform deodorization

SERVPRO of Largo has significant experience handling flood damage in commercial establishments. Call us at (727) 586-0060 whenever you need assistance. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Preventing Water Damage While You Are Away from Your Largo Home

6/16/2021 (Permalink)

Woman holding buckets for leak When you have an unexpected water incident in your home, you can trust the skilled experts at SERVPRO to be there. We are always available to assist.

Damage to Your Condo from Water Can Be Prevented

When you are away for a while is not the time you want your home or condo to suffer from water damage. It is a surprise event that you do not expect upon your return. The damage can be devastating, and you need professional help to clean it up and repair your home, which is why you need to call the team at SERVPRO. 

A few causes of Largo water damage include leaking supply lines, dripping water heaters, and ruptured washer hoses. Before you leave your Largo home for a short while or the season, there are steps you can take to prevent water damage from happening.

Shut Off the Main Water Valve 

The simplest way to avoid water damage is to turn off the water at the main valve, which controls the water which enters your home. Make sure your entire family knows where it is located in case an emergency arises. If you have not ever shut off the main water valve before, be sure to test it by turning on a faucet before leaving. 

Think About Your Appliances 

If someone is taking care of your home or pets while you are gone or have automatic sprinklers, turn off the valves to any major appliances. Your ice maker, dishwasher, and washing machine all have shut-off valves or switches which can be turned off. 

Remember your sinks and toilets. These fixtures have a valve underneath that is easy to shut off. These devices are where leaks occur quite frequently. Leaks can become floods. SERVPRO has plenty of experience cleaning up water damage from various water leaks, so if something does happen, be sure to have our staff help you do the cleanup and repairs. 

Check Supply Lines 

If any of your supply lines are plastic, you want to upgrade to stainless steel. Plastic lines easily break and can rupture while you are not at home. They are generally under twenty dollars to replace. Inspect them before you go on vacation or up North instead of waiting until the last minute. Take a flashlight and look at the kind of lines you have on your appliances. 

Check Your Gutters 

Look for debris, sticks, and leaves which could clog the gutters up and overflow or flood. Clean the gutters out to be safe, and make sure all the downspouts discharge around ten feet from your house. If they do not, you need to add an extension to the downspout. When it is raining, you could have hundreds of gallons of water flooding close to your home. If you live in a condo, make sure that the maintenance of your building also includes the above preventative steps to avert water damage.

Check for Automatic Shut-offs 

Many plumbing devices on the market are high-tech and can sense and shut off leaks in your house. Check your local hardware store and online to find the newest gadgets which can save you during an emergency. There are even smart devices that can sense if you have gone out of town. 

SERVPRO of Largo is the expert you need when you do have a water emergency while you are away. They can find the water source, fix the problem, and search for any mold, as it can grow and spread quickly once there is excess moisture present. Give us a call at (727) 586-0060 immediately if you return home from vacation to a water disaster of any kind. 

Electrical Fire Prevention in Your Largo Home

6/11/2021 (Permalink)

Electrical fire/ wall plug SERVPRO knows all the steps to take after an electrical fire in your home. Call us today at (727) 586-0060.

SERVPRO Tips to Stop Smoke and Fire from Damaging Your Property

They can begin small, but electrical fires can spread fast, especially if they are inside a socket and can travel through the wall before you realize there is a fire. Since how these fires start is unique, they also require special measures when dealing with them. Prevention is, of course, the first step; however, in case you have one in your home, you should be prepared how to react. As with any fire, if it is growing too quickly or is unsafe, evacuate you and your family and pets right away. 

You should shut down the power source from the electrical panel to help deter more fire damage to your Largo home. The simplest way to do this is to access the main. Be sure you know where your circuit box is and never obscure your path to it. Once the power is cut, spray the fire with a Class C chemical extinguisher. You can also use baking soda. Do not ever use water since it is a conductor and can electrocute you. Do not restore power until a licensed electrician checks your wiring. 

Fire Damage Restoration

SERVPRO, a licensed fire damage remediation company, can then come in to repair any damages and clean up soot and smoke left behind. 

Basic steps can deter electrical shorts and sparks from leading to full-blown blazes. Begin by not overloading circuits, maintaining electronics and appliances with care, and regularly inspecting your wiring. Exposed or frayed wires should be replaced to stop the risk of shorts. Plus, cut the power to your home so you can open and inspect outlets, looking for singles or frayed wiring, which suggests an electrical problem. 

Never leave any space heaters, stoves, or electric blankets on while you are not home, and keep a good eye on portable heating units, placing them three feet or more away from curtains and furniture. Also, put these devices on sturdy, hard surfaces to eliminate the risk of tipping over. Check your fire detectors twice a year and cut power from any appliance that begins to smell strange, smoke, or run erratically. 

Water & Fire Damage Restorations

Our staff at SERVPRO are specially trained to handle damage after an electrical fire. We repair any damages, plus clean up soot and smoke, deodorize the affected area and dry up any water from firefighting efforts if necessary. 

SERVPRO of Largo arrives at your home quickly after receiving your call for help. You can reach us anytime by dialing (727) 586-0060, so do not hesitate to call.

How Crucial Is Flood Water Removal From Largo Homes?

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO "here to help" SERVPRO teams are ready to assist with storm flood damage remediation 24/7, just call us at (727) 586-0060.

SERVPRO Expedites Water Cleanup for Largo Homes to Minimize Damages

The need to remove the floodwaters that flow into your Largo home is obvious since it causes numerous inconveniences, including slick or soiled surfaces. Apart from the inconveniences, there is a danger in letting water stagnate in the property for long. 

Professionals like SERVPRO seek to achieve different goals when conducting flood water removal from Largo homes. Faster removal can help salvage expensive fixtures such as engineered wood flooring. It also helps reduce the level of secondary microbial growth, which, if left unchecked, can contaminate the property unnecessarily. 

When Done Properly, Flood Water Removal Can Help Reduce:

  • Flood restoration
  • Water damage repairs
  • Ceiling repairs from water damages

SERVPRO technicians employ various techniques to effect the removal depending on where the intruding water concentrates. 

Some of the Practical Water Clean-up Approaches Include:

  • Drilling weep holes in the ceiling
  • Making flood cuts on walls
  • Using vacuum extractors

In most cases, floodwaters contain various dissolved residues which impede removal. Our SERVPRO technicians can overcome such challenges by using superior equipment. For instance, with self-priming trash pumps, it is possible to remove various forms of floodwater, including slurry. The pumps range from semi-trash pumps that can handle solids in water less than a certain amount of inches to full trash pumps that handle solids over 3". 

Water removal also involves drying the wet materials. For instance, drying the wet planks of a wooden floor helps reverse swelling, thus preventing severe damage. Our SERVPRO technicians set up dehumidifiers and air movers to expedite drying.

SERVPRO of Largo handles all aspects of floodwater removal comfortably. Call us at (727) 586-0060. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How Can Water Get Removed After Ceiling Leaks in Clearwater Condos?

5/19/2021 (Permalink)

standing water on hardwood floors Even a small leak can damage structural elements. SERVPRO can remove the water and dry your home.

Ceiling Leaks can Expose Many Materials to Water Damages in Clearwater Residences

With many of the apartments and condos throughout Clearwater featuring premium building materials and fixtures, water damage incidents can have a costly and destructive effect on the residence. Ceiling leaks resulting from drips and sprays at plumbing connections and weakened portions of pipe can expose several structural elements to a compromising volume of moisture and water damage, including:

  • Plumbing
  • Insulation
  • Ceiling drywall
  • Framing
  • Flooring joists

Are Water Damage Repairs Needed? 

When any of these building materials or structural elements have become damaged by water damage in Clearwater homes, there are often several repairs and reconstruction services required. With the general contractor license, we can identify where reconstruction might be necessary and begin controlled demolition to replace only irreparably harmed building materials and structural elements.

When water damage repairs are necessary for your home or business, you can rely on a team that can help with nearly all facets of restoration and recovery. Our SERVPRO of Largo team is available 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.

Rapid Storm Recovery is Imperative for Largo Locals

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

palm trees blowing in a storm with rain droplets SERVPRO is here to help with a Hurricane Preparedness Guide.

The Storm is Here but SERVPRO is Fast to Act with Flooding Clean Up in Largo

Hurricanes are unpredictable and powerful, but you can prepare your home & vehicle to lessen the impact hopefully. Largo residents who have their emergency contacts and disaster supply checklist ready will be ahead of the game, especially if SERVPRO is on that contact list!

Prior to a weather event like a hurricane in Largo, it is best to put together an emergency kit. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has recommended including some of the following items:

  • First aid kit
  • Non-perishables and water, enough to last three days
  • A flashlight and additional batteries
  • Your cell phone, extra charger, or power bank
  • A whistle to call for help, and more

Should you decide to stay in your Largo home during the hurricane, you must always practice portable generator safety. Important notes to remember:

  • You should always keep a portable generator outside
  • Any fuel or combustibles should be kept a safe distance from the unit
  • Never add more fuel to your generator while it is turned on
  • Speak with a licensed electrician in the Largo area about wiring modifications

Click here to view our complete '2021 Hurricane Preparedness Guide

SERVPRO of Largo is available 24/7 when you require flood water extraction and storm cleanup. Call us at (727) 586-0060, and our team can help ensure your property gets restored, “Like it never even happened.”

How Can Fire-Damaged Contents Get Cleaned from Largo Homes?

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

visible smoke and soot damage on wall SERVPRO techs are trained and equipped to clean your fire damaged home.

We Have On-Site and Off-Site Restoration Approaches for Damaged Contents from Largo Homes

Content cleaning is a considerable aspect of fire restoration and house fire cleanup. As leading fire and smoke damage cleaning professionals, we can respond quickly to prevent irreparable harm to your valued possessions.

What Can Be Done at Our Nearby SERVPRO Facility for Fire and Smoke Damage?

When on-site cleaning and fire restoration for Largo home’s contents cannot happen, the suitable solution is to utilize the pack-out process to relocate these possessions to our SERVPRO facility nearby. We have advanced cleaning systems and products to overcome substantial damages based on the condition of the items and the best approach to protecting the underlying substrate. We provide solutions for:

  • Deodorization
  • Gentle surface cleaning
  • Abrasive cleaning
  • Ultrasonic tank cleaning
  • Safe storage

Fire restoration requires our SERVPRO of Largo team to manage consistently changing conditions in area homes and working to protect damaged or exposed contents. Our team is ready 24/7 to make it “Like it never even happened,” when you call (727) 586-0060.

Is Professional Mold Removal Necessary for Largo Businesses?

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians removing standing water from store If water is not completely removed, mold growth can occur. You can trust the professionals of SERVPRO to remediate water and mold damage.

With Potential Health Effects and Destructive Nature, Mold Colonies Should get Removed Immediately in Largo Buildings

An underrated damage situation to area businesses is the development and continued spread of mold and microbial threats. Mold removal companies might be plentiful in the Largo area, but few have the experience and reputation for providing the results you need. Every minute counts when your company suffers loss from disasters like fungal growth, so you need a team equipped to handle all remediation, repair, and restoration facets. Our SERVPRO team can help with:

  • Black mold
  • Attic mold
  • Bathroom mold removal
  • Mold specialists
  • Mold remediation

Immediate Actions to Protect Your Largo Business After Mold Damage

Among the priorities of responding technicians and mold removal companies in Largo is the condition of impacted contents within the property. Your business often hinges on your wares and stock condition, which should also be a focus of any remediator arriving on-site. Using content relocation, we can often avoid unnecessary harm to these items or documents. Our technicians employ focused cleaning and restoration might be required by the cleaning technicians of our SERVPRO team. When belongings or inventory gets relocated to our nearby facility, we can help with:

  • Surface cleaning
  • Drying
  • Deodorization
  • Safe storage

Mold Inspections and Damage Assessment

Mold inspections play a vital role in keeping your business going after mold gets discovered. A thorough examination of the damage can identify where the problem areas exist and allow our responding technicians to establish appropriate containment strategies. These damage assessments can focus on:

  • Structural hazards
  • Active colonization
  • Moist/damp conditions
  • Damaged contents
  • Customer priorities

Mold Removal Strategies to Help Businesses Recover Quickly

There is no one set method for eliminating microbial threats that mold removal companies use. Instead, we utilize the obtained information from mold inspections to determine what hosting materials have become affected and their individual conditions. This information can determine which mold remediation strategy best suits the situation and should get used to maximize the efficacy of our response and ultimate result. Some of the options for mold removal include:

  • Surface sanding
  • Soda blasting
  • Antimicrobial cleaning
  • Controlled demolition

Are Black Mold Damage Repairs Needed? 

Mold can have a devastating effect on building materials and the entire structure. While our experienced remediation professionals work to limit black mold damage repairs and controlled demolition, these outcomes are often inevitable to some degree. When surface treatment remediation practices cannot achieve the intended mold removal outcome, more direct measures such as discarding these hosting materials are necessary. Replacement and repair involve our general contractor license to transition between mold remediation and the damage reconstruction required efficiently.

Choosing the right mold removal companies does not have to be difficult, as we are among the leading organizations in mold remediation, removal, and repairs. You can trust our SERVPRO of Largo team to help you through each stage of getting your business back up and running as usual. Call us today at (727) 586-0060.

What Are Some Causes of Fire Damage in Largo?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

Home Fire Illustration We have the training, expertise, and state-of-the-art equipment to restore your property to pre-damage condition after a fire. Call us right away.

Fire Damage in Largo Results from One or More of a Few Causes. 

Every day, fire hazards threaten your home and its contents. These hazards come in various forms, from the hardly noticeable and seemingly benign to more obvious threats. Measures should be taken to address these potential fire risks. 

SERVPRO, a Largo fire damage restoration company, has effectively dealt with all kinds of residential fire and smoke damage. In performing their work, our skilled technicians have found that most fire damaged homes suffered that fate because of one or more of the following fire hazards:

  • Careless cooking
  • Dropped cigarettes, candles, or incense
  • Overturned halogen lamps
  • Improperly stored fuels or other flammable liquids
  • Electrical shorts or exposed wiring
  • Appliance malfunctions

As you can see, house fires can result from many different causes. This is why it is important to routinely check your home for potential problems before the unthinkable occurs. It is also crucial to remain forever mindful of fire risks and be careful when cooking or doing anything else that might cause a fire.

So, if you ever need house fire clean up or fire damage restoration services for your Largo home, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

How Does SERVPRO Remediate Flood Damage in Clearwater?

4/17/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded home Storms can bring floodwater and storm damage. The professionals at SERVPRO are always on call to handle your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Uses Numerous Tools and Methods to Handle Flood Damage in Clearwater. 

West Florida is prone to powerful storms, heavy rains, and the flooding that often results from these weather patterns. Fortunately, when locals experience these issues, there are well-equipped remediation professionals that can help them.

Often, Clearwater residents suffer flood damage during Florida’s rainy season, which occurs between May and October. It is during these months when SERVPRO, a local biohazard cleaning company, performs most of its flood damage remediation work. Some of the services our technicians provide to impacted residents are:

  • Water removal services using powerful extractors that can rapidly remove gallons of standing floodwater
  • Hazardous waste and sewage cleanup using safe and environmentally-friendly methods
  • House drying using cutting edge air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems
  • Home disinfection with advanced foggers and EPA-approved antimicrobials
  • Deodorization with professional-grade deodorants
  • Repairs of storm-related damage, including roof and ceiling leaks 

With all that said, whenever you need flood damage cleanup or restoration services, do not hesitate to call your neighborhood SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

Why Are Water Damage Cleanup Services Crucial for Largo Businesses?

4/12/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo SERVPRO of Largo is an excellent resource for the property owners of our community who are experiencing water damage.

Largo Commercial Establishments Are at High Risk of Suffering Water Damage. 

Originally an agricultural area primarily dedicated to citrus farming, hog farms, and cattle ranches, Largo has rapidly developed into a thriving commercial center. Today, relatively little of the city’s farming past remains. This past has mostly been covered up by numerous attractive residential developments, some picturesque golf courses, and several diverse businesses. The community’s transformation has been remarkable and so has the prosperity of local commercial enterprises. With that said, these businesses do face certain unique, environmental and weather-related water damage risks. These risks include everything from a greater chance of structural issues and malfunctioning appliances to increased instances of failing water containers. 

The Changing Economy of Largo

The rapid economic development of Largo over the past hundred or so years has been astounding. Incorporated in 1905, the community was initially nicknamed “Citrus City” because of its vast citrus fields and collection of industries related to citrus fruit distribution. This all began to change in the 1960s as the population boomed, increasing from 5,000 to about 20,000 over the decade, and more businesses started to locate in the city. Now, as a result of these changes, Largo’s economy is based primarily on services and retail sales. Some of the major employers in the area are:

  • Florida Suncoast Hospice, care centers for the elderly and chronically infirm
  • The Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), owner of the Largo Medical Center
  • The Palms of Largo, an assisted living facility
  • Publix Supermarkets, Inc., a popular chain of grocery stores in Florida
  • SCC Soft Computer Consultants, Inc., a medical laboratory information systems provider
  • Tech Data Corporation, a multinational distribution company specializing in IT services and products

Of course, in addition to all of these major businesses are several hotels, restaurants, and retail shops.

How Florida’s Environment and Weather Increase Commercial Water Damage Risks

Florida’s environment and weather pose a special threat to Largo business owners. The state’s salty ocean air, blisteringly hot and humid weather, and powerful cyclonic storms with their strong winds and heavy rainfalls, substantially increase these owners’ water damage risks in the following ways:

  • Strong winds often damage roofs and windows
  • Heavy rains increase the severity of leaks
  • Storm debris clogs drainage networks
  • Salty, humid air facilitates corrosion in appliances and water containers

With all this in mind, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 if you ever need commercial-grade water damage cleanup services.

What Water Damage Cleanup Services Does SERVPRO Offer in Largo?

As an experienced Largo water damage cleanup company, SERVPRO offers a remarkable array of innovative services. These offerings, among other things, include:

  • Water removal services using powerful wet vacs and extractors
  • Home interior drying with state-of-the-art Injectidry systems, air movers, and dehumidifiers
  • Water damage repairs, including repair of roof and ceiling leaks, and reconstruction of severely damaged elements
  • Other water damage remediation efforts like mold removal, disinfection of impacted materials, and home deodorization

So, remember, your neighborhood SERVPRO of Largo is always ready to help you with your water damage cleanup efforts. Contact us anytime at (727) 586-0060 for assistance.

What Services Remove Floodwaters from Home?

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

storm damaged roof; tarp on two areas of roof Did you know that SERVPRO provides boarding and tarping services for storm damaged home?

SERVPRO of Largo Can Drain and Dry your Property after Flood Damage

Flooding situations can happen as a result of heavy rainfall, internal plumbing issues, or structural deficiencies. However, the most severe flooding situations usually occur due to storms when high winds and consistent rain can lead to overflowing roads, sewers, or rivers. 

We operate flood damage recovery for Largo residents twenty-four-hours a day, all year round. Our technicians live locally and can guarantee arriving on-site within just four hours of receiving notification of loss. From there, our crew chiefs can scope the property for potential hazards, drain or pump out standing water and begin work to return your home to its preloss condition. 

  • SERVPRO can mobilize industrial equipment quickly to improve flood mitigation and damage reduction.
  • Our technicians are local and have experience restoring similar architectures to your home.
  • We can offer additional repair work, such as installing vapor barriers in the property or expert carpet cleaning and fiber care.

Return your home to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Largo for flood damage assistance at (727) 586-0060.

Does Fire and Smoke Remediation Depend on the Soot?

2/15/2021 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Fire and soot damage should be handled by the professionals. SERVPRO technicians are IICRC certified and trained for the job.

SERVPRO knows each residue needs a different approach

One of the significant parts of fire and smoke remediation is dealing with the different kinds of smoke residue. The sight of blackened walls and ceilings can be very unsettling, but a professional remediation team like SERVPRO can sort it out and leave your home clean again.

When it comes to fire and smoke remediation in Clearwater, it is vital that the restoration crew understands the different types of soot:

  • Dry soot looks black and powdery
  • Wet soot is much more oily and tends to spread across surfaces if you try to brush it away
  • Protein soot is paler in color (brown or yellow) and often smells noxious.

Our teams know how to assess smoke damage and determine the type of soot to draw up an appropriate cleaning plan. For example, we might use a powerful HEPA vacuum to deal with dry soot to prevent it from spreading into the air. We might tackle soot-damaged basement walls or wooden beams with baking soda blasting.

For a knowledgeable fire and smoke remediation service, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

How can SERVPRO Help with Water Damage Restoration?

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technicians at work. Water damage is no easy task. Call the professionals at SERV PRO for the water restoration services needed for your home.

We know Largo residents are relying on us.

Water damage restoration is an exact science. It is tempting to try and mop the water up yourself after an appliance or pipe breaks, but it is better to call in the professionals.

If you need water damage restoration in Largo, SERVPRO has the know-how and equipment to remediate the situation. We take care of every aspect of water damage restoration, including:

  • Drying water-damaged furniture and upholstery
  • Cleaning household items and toys
  • Deodorizing your home to leave it smelling fresh

If necessary, we can send clothes, accessories, and textiles to our facility for specialist ESPORTA cleaning. We also have sonic cleaning tanks for utensils, blinds, and other household items.

We can use spot cleaning to tackle water stains on delicate materials such as a favorite chair or ULV fogging to disinfect and deodorize all the hidden nooks and crannies.

We monitor moisture levels in your home throughout the restoration, and we use the readings to adjust our approach as necessary. The result is a clean, dry home that feels “Like it never even happened.”

For a professional water damage restoration service, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

Do You Need Help with Fire Damage Restoration in Largo?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fleet ready for work SERVPRO is much more than fire restoration services. They will help you throughout the entire process, from start to finish.

SERVPRO helps Largo residents deal with fire’s aftermath

Largo first became famous as a bedroom community – a mostly residential neighborhood that was well-placed for busier towns like Tampa. Largo was first incorporated in 1905. Back then, it was mostly a farming town. The primary sources of income were cattle and hog farming, sawmills, turpentine stills, and, of course, citrus groves. 

After the Great Depression, Largo was left with a lot of debt, and the city’s population dropped by 30%. However, it has enjoyed rapid progress since and even calls itself “The City of Progress.”

Relax around Largo

One of the things residents and tourists love about Largo is that it still has a laid-back oceanside vibe despite its size. If you want to relax and enjoy a slower pace of life, Largo offers plenty of opportunities:

  • George C. McGough Nature Park offers a relaxing oasis that you will not be in a hurry to leave. Stroll through shady oak hammocks, enjoy the mangroves, or visit the butterfly garden. There are lots of interactive activities for children, and the park is home to a large population of turtles.
  • Largo Central Park is an urban park in the heart of the city, but it is so lush and green you will think you are in the countryside! The park features plenty of grasslands, along with water features and picnic areas. There are also several playgrounds for children.
  • Florida Botanical Gardens offers 182 acres of beautifully designed gardens. There are educational activities for children and interpretive nature trails where you can see everything from bald eagles to tortoises. 

If you are looking for something different to do, Largo also offers a wonderful Heritage Museum. Take a step back in time to the early nineteenth century at this fascinating historical village. You can explore everything from authentic greengrocers and a church to homes, schools, and even a railroad. The museum also offers live re-enactments throughout the year.

Enjoy time at the beach.

Largo also offers access to some gorgeous beaches. Some of the most popular include:

  • Clearwater Beach offers miles of white sands, with stunning sunsets in the evening.
  • Indian Rocks Beach is the nearest beach to Largo and offers the same white sands and stunning views as Clearwater, with fewer crowds. It’s also an ideal place for snorkeling.
  • Madeira Beach offers lovely sands and easy access to a wide range of parks, shops, and restaurants.

Do not let fire damage unsettle you – we are here to help.

SERVPRO understands that seeing the results of fire damage is devastating. That is why we designed our fire damage restoration service to be as stress-free and helpful as possible.

Of course, we take care of the core parts of fire damage restoration:

  • Assessing the situation
  • Using monitoring tools to measure water damage from fire-fighting
  • Scrubbing away soot
  • Overseeing structural repairs such as replacing drywall or carpets

However, we take care of other aspects, too. We can send your belongings to specialist facilities for extra cleaning. We can also liaise with your insurance company and provide evidence for your claim. And if you need to move your belongings out, we can take care of that and safely bring them back.

If you need help with fire damage restoration in your home, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

Experience a Multisensory Art Exhibit Near Clearwater

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration vehicles parked in parking lot; back doors open SERVPRO's technicians are masters at remediating commercial flood damage.

The Dali Museum's "Van Gogh Alive" Exhibit is a Short Drive Away from Clearwater

Are you a fan of Van Gogh's works and interested in seeing them in a new immersive way?  Well, over the next few weeks, Clearwater residents can experience the Dali Museum's innovative multisensory Van Gogh exhibit in nearby St. Petersburg.  The display features:

  • More than 3,000 massive, high-definition projected Van Gogh paintings
  • A classical score, synchronized to the visuals, delivered via high-quality surround-sound
  • Informational videos and photographs about the artwork displayed alongside it

This unique art exhibition is being held between November 21st and April 11th, and tickets are available online at the museum's website.

Your neighbors at SERVPRO of Largo are pleased to announce this exciting new cultural event.  And we would also like to remind you that we are always here to help when natural disasters strike.  If your business ever suffers flood damage, call us at (727) 586-0060 for help.

Enjoy a Nice Cultural Outing in Largo

1/21/2021 (Permalink)

City of Largo logo Largo has everything from wildlife to Broadway Shows. And it also offers top notch commercial fire restoration from SERVPRO.

Watch the Broadway Musical Wicked at the Largo Community Center

Do you enjoy Broadway musicals but do not want to venture far from your home or business?  Well, then, the City of Largo’s Department of Recreation, Parks, & Arts (DRPA) has just the thing for you.  During January, the city will present two showings of the musical Wicked, a popular modern retelling of the classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum.  When planning your attendance, remember the following essential details:

  • The musical is being held at the Largo Community Center
  • Showings take place on January 29th at 7 PM and on January 30th at 12 PM
  • Tickets cost $5/show
  • Purchase tickets either online at Largo’s DRPA website or by calling (727) 518-3131

With that said, your helpful neighbors at SERVPRO of Largo would like to welcome you to this entertaining cultural event.  We also would like to take the time to remind you of the ever-present risks of show-stopping commercial fires.  So, remember, if your business ever needs fire damage restoration, call us at (727) 586-0060 for assistance.

The Remarkable Environment of the Largo Area

1/6/2021 (Permalink)

blue heron in water Let SERVPRO remediate your water damage while you enjoy all Largo has to offer.

Largo’s Beautiful Natural Landscapes and Unique Wildlife

As a Largo resident, you may not realize all the natural resources your city has to offer, which is because familiarity often causes us to overlook or miss things that visitors readily notice.  Our city’s prime location in Florida blesses it with access to miles of white sand beaches, numerous parks, and a wide variety of wildlife.  Local beaches cater to every type of beachgoer, whether energetic young people searching for fun in the sun, families with children, or older couples wanting to watch a sunset.  Area parks offer visitors hours of peaceful leisure and play host to many birds, land-based creatures, and aquatic life.

The Diverse and Picturesque Beaches Near Largo  

One of the many advantages to residing on Florida’s Gulf Coast is having easy access to numerous beautiful beaches.  The ones of the Largo area are located just offshore, on a string of barrier islands, and offer visitors remarkably diverse experiences.  The most notable of these oceanfront areas are:

  • Honeymoon Island Beach, an unspoiled natural island seashore, where you can escape the crowds, enjoy miles of white sand beaches, and observe a local eagle population
  • Clearwater Beach, a laid-back oceanfront with calm waters and numerous casual cafes and restaurants
  • Sand Key Beach, a park beach within a short seven-mile drive of Largo that is perfect for seashell hunting, bird-watching, and observing sunsets
  • Belleair Beach, a small family-friendly beach with bathrooms, showers, and a picnic area
  • Indian Rocks Beach, a quiet seashore with shallow waters that is perfect for families with small children
  • Indian Shores Beach, a popular place for locals that has convenient parking and is close to numerous eateries and other conveniences

All located within twenty short miles of Largo, these picturesque seashores range from the exceedingly remote and secluded to those closer to the action.  Taken together, they have something attractive to individuals, couples, and families with children.

Largo’s Various Parks

Several parks perfect for nature watching and other outdoor activities are distributed throughout the city of Largo.  So, regardless of where residents live in town, they are never far from one of these natural oases.  With that said, the primary local parks include:

  • Eagle Lake Park, a natural area boasting several walking trails, a 2,000-foot wetland boardwalk, a couple of ponds, and catch and release fishing spots
  • George McGough Nature Park, home of a large aquatic turtle population, hosts the Narrows Environmental Education Center, which contains several live animal exhibits and offers numerous children’s activities
  • John Bonner Nature Park, a small park with wooded birding trails and a wetland boardwalk to the Intracoastal Waterway
  • John Taylor Park, a large natural area with a big lake, multi-use trails, and a disc golf course
  • Largo Central Park, a community centerpiece that has 70 acres of recreational space, several playgrounds, and a performing arts center that accommodates concerts and plays
  • Largo Central Park Nature Preserve, an area with a butterfly garden, hiking trails, a pond, and a kayak launch, where you can observe various kinds of wildlife

Locals can exercise at each of these nearby venues, watch wildlife, and generally experience the great outdoors.

Fauna of the Largo Area

While residents are out in one of the previously mentioned natural environments, they should keep their eyes peeled for some of the locale’s other residents.  These incredibly diverse creatures can be observed in the air, on land, and in the water.  Some of those commonly seen around our community are:

  • Great Blue Herons, wading birds with long necks that are often found in wetlands
  • Brown Pelicans, birds with large, scoop-like beaks usually seen around coastal areas
  • Red Foxes, a common dog-like animal that is land-based
  • Marsh Rabbits, small cottontail rabbits found in swamps and marshes
  • American Alligators, dark-colored alligators that have a broad snout and are generally found in freshwater wetlands
  • Manatees, large aquatic mammals that live in shallow, marshy coastal areas

Regardless of which natural venue you decide to visit in our area, if you stay long enough, you have a good chance of observing one of these delightful creatures.

As you can see, Largo possesses tons of natural beauty and offers its residents several convenient locations to fully experience it.  Whatever outdoor activities you may desire, our community and its environs likely have for which you are looking.  At the same time, the local environment’s biodiversity often delights even the most experienced wildlife enthusiasts.

With all that said, SERVPRO of Largo would like to remind you that we are always here to help.  Unlike other local services, our highly skilled technicians are specifically trained to handle significant water cleanups.  Moreover, they have all the necessary high-tech equipment to do the job right.  So, when you need assistance, call us at (727) 586-0060. 

What Does Water Cleanup Involve?

Water cleanup services are often needed when pipes leak or rupture, a roof leak develops, your home’s drainage system becomes clogged, or when appliances malfunction.  These problems, and the water-related issues they produce, can develop slowly over the long term, or suddenly happen all at once.  Regardless of the cause of your home’s standing water and excess moisture, SERVPRO professionals work to clean it up by:

  • Using moisture sensors and meters, as well as infrared cameras, to precisely identify the sources of the water and the materials impacted by it
  • Blocking the water source
  • Employing wet vacs and powerful extractors to remove standing water
  • Drying out interior air and impacted surfaces with high-tech air movers, dehumidifiers, and Injectidry systems
  • Treating affected furnishings and carpeting with injection devices
  • Eliminating water-related odors with cutting edge foggers that aerosolize EPA-approved antimicrobials and deodorants

In all these ways, SERVPRO of Largo quickly works to remediate your water-related situation.  Ultimately, our experts’ goal is to effectively complete your job while saving you the most time and money possible.  With that in mind, remember us whenever you need water cleanup services.  Call us anytime at (727) 586-0060 for assistance.

Santa Claus Is Calling and Sending Letters to All Kids Across Largo, FL

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

Santa typing Don't let a water leak lead into mold in your home. Call the professionals at SERVPRO for the water mitigation you need.

Join Other Parents in Largo, FL in Surprising Your Kids This Holiday Season with A Call From Father Christmas

With the holidays around the corner, the most unique and memorable surprise you can create for your child is letting him or her interact with the big man himself. Held on Tuesday, December 15 from 6 PM to 8 PM, Santa can only interact with your kid via either:

  • A phone call
  • A letter

The letter option is best for kids who may not be available for a call. Santa can graft a personalized letter for your kid and have it delivered to your preferred address on the same day. Due to a large number of requests, one can only receive a call or letter. Grab a form at Largo Library and from all Recreation facilities.

SERVPRO of Largo is glad to inform you about Santa's Calling event. If a water leak in your property is ignored for more than 24 hours, mold growth can occur. We have the products and remediation skills required to get your property to its pre-damage state. Contact us at (727) 586-0060 for professional mold remediation in your Largo home to make it "Like it never even happened."

Join Other Residents of Clearwater FL for this Year's Holiday Extravaganza

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Water damage fallen drywall, and moisture cuts into the wall. Minimize the water damage in your home. Call SERVPRO for the help and experience that is needed.

Enjoy a Day Full of Fun Experiences with Other Residents of Clearwater FL

After a long busy day on 7th December, why don't you join your neighbors after work for a night full of fun experiences? From 28th November to 23rd December, Downtown Clearwater is celebrating the holiday season with:

  • Virtual events
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Crafting makes and takes
  • Decorations

This city is excited to continue the yearly holiday celebration and present the Holiday Extravaganza. The safety and health of attendees is a priority, and the organizers have considered how to move forward amidst COVID-19. They monitor the situation closely with state and local authorities' assistance while also observing the response of other large, public events.

Social distancing and masks for attendees are required. It would help if you kept a safe distance as you have fun. Happy holidays!

SERVPRO of Largo welcomes you to the Holiday Extravaganza. We are one of the leading water restoration companies in Clearwater with decades of experience in restoration. If there is water damage to your property, we can help you to restore it. Call us at (727) 586-0060 immediately after the incident to minimize the damage and get your property to its preloss state.

Rely on Professional Restorers for Effective Tidal Groundwater Removal in Largo, FL

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's green fleet outside the Largo Elks Club. Has groundwater destroyed your club or business? Call SERVPRO for the water restoration services to get you back into action.

SERVPRO Technicians Provide Property Owners in Largo, FL with Reliable Groundwater Removal Services

Largo is the fourth-largest city in the Tampa Bay area and the third largest in Pinellas County, Florida. According to the census held in 2010, the city had a population of 77,648. This is a significant increase compared to the census carried out in 2000, which recorded a population of 69,371.

Incorporated in 1905, the city was the first municipality to adopt the council-manager government in Pinellas County. In 1974, it finally became a city after switching back and forth from a town to a city. Until the 1960s, Largo mainly depended on exporting agricultural products. However, due to high population growth, the city could not afford to export anymore.  

The city's population growth expanded city services. Departments across the city witnessed rapid development and improvement in quality due to an increase in population. 

In 1995, city officials opened the Largo Central Park on the old Pinellas County Fairgrounds. After the completion of Largo Central Park, the iconic Largo Clock Tower was constructed. However, on 24th August 2009, the Largo Clock Tower was demolished. The city's officials decided to demolish the tower due to decay and deterioration. Also, the tower's location at the busy intersection turned to an undesirable sight due to its condition. The city officials replaced the area with a small garden area.                                  

The beginnings of Largo City

The Tocobaga Indians, who practiced the Safety Harbor culture, were the native settlers of the Largo area. In the 16th century, the Spanish came to Florida. After years of exposure to diseases believed to have originated from Europe, the Tocobaga had been destroyed by the 18th century. The entire Pinellas County, together with the Largo area, was deserted. Spain transferred Florida's sovereignty to the United Kingdom in 1763. In 1783, Florida's sovereignty fell to the Spanish once more. In 1821, the Spanish transferred it to the United States. 

Around 1852, the families of Daniel and James McMullen were the only homesteaders of the Largo area. McMullen family and other settlers focused mainly on:

  • Growing nuts, citrus, and vegetables 
  • Raising cattle
  • Fishing 

Florida was part of the Confederate States of America during the civil war. Members of Cow Cavalry such as Daniel and James McMullen drove Florida cattle to areas such as the Carolinas and Georgia to support the war effort. Some residents supported the blockade runners, while others served in Confederacy's armies. In 1888, the orange Belt Railway got to the Largo area. The residents had renamed Lake Tolulu to Lake Largo. 

The economy of Largo City

Population growth at the beginning of the 1960s caused the decline of agricultural production and significantly transformed the city into a bedroom community. Agriculture left a big gap behind that electronics could not fill. Other manufacturers in various niches filled the gap and created employment opportunities for the city's residents. Most jobs in Largo city focus on retail sales and services. 

The city is also concerned about its aging population. The local government continues to grow the health care industry. Hospitals are among the major employers across the city. Established in 1978, the (HCA) Hospital Corporation of America owns Largo Medical Center, which includes:

  • The original campus close to downtown Largo
  • The former Sun Coast Hospital 
  • Two different campuses

Largo Arts and culture

Opened in 1916, the Largo Public Library at Town Hall's basement has around 560 different books. However, a new library was opened at a different location to house around 14,000 titles, and in 1977, another library was constructed on a 2.0  (5 acres) piece of donated land. After the library's expansion in 1989, it increased its capacity to hold 250,000 items. The current library building in Largo was built in 2005. 

The city's government

A City Commission made up of seven elected members governs Largo city for a four-year term. The city mayor is the presiding officer and a member of the Commission. The role of this Commission is to set the city's policies, exercising the imposed duties by law. The Commission executes Largo's powers by the passage of a resolution and ordinance. The City Commission also commissions the City Manager, directs, and approves Managers appointments for City Clerk, Assistant Manager, and Attorney.

Among the responsibilities of the City Manager is to provide municipal services across Largo by directing the governing administration. The administration involves:

  • The City Manager's Office
  • Communications and Marketing Office
  • Attorney's office
  • Management and Budget office
  • Clerk's Office

The City Commission appoints the City Manager, responsible for all the operations that the directors conduct. A supermajority of commissioners in Largo is unique in that it is needed to terminate the City Manager.

The climate of the Largo area

The city's location close to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico moderates its climate. Temperatures are high during winter on the Pinellas Peninsula and lower in mainland Florida. The driest season all year round is winter. Most rainfall comes during summer. During summer, a sea breeze carries moisture from the Gulf of Mexico inland. At times, tidal groundwater flooding can occur due to storms. Flooding often leads to inconveniences like compromised infrastructure, overwhelmed storm drains, and flood damage in homes. When this happens, you can trust restation professionals to bring your property back to normal.          

How SERVPRO technicians help property owners with groundwater removal after a heavy storm

Immediately after your property floods, it requires emergency groundwater extraction. Flood damage restoration begins with removing water before drying can start. Home repairs after flood damage can be extensive. Our SERVPRO crew can assess the damage in your home and figure out what needs to be done to repair the affected areas fully. Our technicians can carry out groundwater removal in affected Largo properties properly.

We have a team of highly skilled and experienced restorers who have successfully restored thousands of homes. We are certified by the (IICRC) Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification to meet our customers' restoration needs. 

For fast and efficient restoration, we use state-of-the-art equipment and tools. We can use self-priming trash pumps to extract water with solids. The equipment helps hasten the drying process, and it only leaves moisture on the affected surface. Our team can use air moving and dehumidification equipment to eliminate the moisture. We continuously monitor the drying process to ensure that we meet the drying goals. 

We also have a wide range of approved products that we can use to clean and decontaminate the affected area. If contamination exists, we can use water damage restoration products to return the loss environment to its preloss state. We can use antimicrobial agents such as mildewstats and fungistats to act against microorganisms and stop their growth or limit their development. 

Groundwater in your property can lead to huge losses if ignored for an extended period. Contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for restoration services that exceed your expectations. Our goal is to make the incident seem, "Like it never even happened."

Largo Family Fun – Holiday Lights in Largo Central Park

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

truck outside damaged property We look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Lights in Largo Central Park!

Enjoy Seasonal Festivities with Stunning Holiday Lights and Fun for Largo Families

'Tis is the season for lots of holiday fun – take some time to enjoy safe and free family events like Holiday Lights in Largo Central Park. Stop by to experience the Jumbo Amusement Ride and Ferris wheel while taking in all of the sights and lights - but be sure to follow social distancing guidelines to make this a family fun event to remember.

•    Largo Central Park, Largo, FL
•    November 26th, 2020, and recurring five times through December 31st, 2020
•    On-site food and beverage vendors
•    Limited, free on-site parking except for December 5th, 2020

SERVPRO of Largo is there for the community and likes to take the time out to support incredible events that enrich lives while making memories. When you are looking for flood damage companies near me after a storm, we have a crew on-call and ready to get to work. Get in touch with our local office by calling (727) 586-0060, and we will dispatch a crew to your property within hours.

Shop the Largo Holiday Strolling Market this Season!

11/11/2020 (Permalink)

trucks outside damaged property We look forward to seeing you at the Holiday Strolling Market!

Support Local Business in Largo, FL, and Enjoy the Best Vendors in the Area

There is very little that compares to a bit of shopping to help you get into the holiday spirit. This season, locals in and around the Largo, FL area have the unique opportunity to browse merchandise from crafters and vendors at the Holiday Strolling Market. Shopping begins on Saturday, November 28th, 2020, at 11 am and lasts until 5 pm.

    •    Pick out last-minute holiday gifts
    •    Support local vendors, businesses, and crafters
    •    Free to attend
    •    Free parking available

It always feels good to immerse yourself in the whimsy of the holiday season while taking a bit of fun home with you in the form of local goods.

Don’t miss out on this memorable, one-of-a-kind event in Largo, FL! SERVPRO of Largo is here whenever our local community needs skilled restoration professionals to assist with water removal. We have crews on standby and strive to restore your interior to preloss condition. You can reach us 24/7 for emergency service by calling (727) 586-0060. We make everything, “Like it never even happened.”

Not All Hope is Lost with the Help of Fire Damage Restoration by Skilled Technicians in Largo

11/4/2020 (Permalink)

truck outside damaged home Our crew at SERVPRO can restore your damaged property!

Do Not Handle Fire Cleanup on Your Own – Call SERVPRO to Your Largo Property for Efficient, Reliable Results

Rich with Old Florida vibes, Largo, FL, is an area recently redeveloped to enhance some of the finest dining spots and shops in the region. This parcel of stunning Florida land has a great history that is rooted in citrus farming and is known for immersive culture and local artists.

Located on Florida's Gulf Coast in Pinellas County in the lovely Tampa Bay area, Largo gets its name from what used to be one of the largest lakes in the area. Incorporated in 1905, it happens to be the third-largest city in the county and fourth-largest in all of the Tampa Bay region. This city's total area is just under 19 square miles, with over 650 acres comprised of parklands.

Beautiful Year-Round
In terms of climate, Largo, FL, is moderated by proximity to Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. During the winter months, there will be warmer, drier temps than the rest of the year. Summer months bring the most rainfall, as this is when ocean breezes shift Gulf moisture inland.

Plenty to See and Do in Largo, FL
Whether you are looking to catch some family-friendly events or you want to experience a bit of local flavor, there is never a shortage of great stops and sights along the way. Some of the best of Largo includes:

    •    Unique eateries such as Bruce's Chicago Grill & Dog House or Carmelita's Mexican Restaurant
    •    Experiences of a lifetime with local inshore and nearshore fishing charters
    •    Enjoyment for local history buffs and art-lovers alike with Heritage Village or the Central Performing Arts Center
    •    Incredible outdoor adventures to be found at John R. Bonner Nature Park, Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, and the Largo Central Railroad

Whether you are searching for something to do as a day excursion or you want to get out to enjoy some local nightlife, there is indeed an experience for everyone in and around the Largo, FL area.

Fires That Have Impacted Largo, FL Throughout the Years
With all of the splendor that Largo brings, it is not exempt from tragic fires, with some that have staked their claim in history. Luckily, local first responders and the Largo Fire Rescue team work diligently to ensure local community members' safety and care with rapid response and tireless efforts.

    •    Nursing Home Fire – March 1953

During this tragic event, 33 lives were lost to include one nurse who worked tirelessly to save at least one resident. When a wind-driven fire reached the one-story nursing facility, it turned into the worst disaster that Pinellas County has experienced to date. Once the fire began around 3 am, it quickly raged and levied the heft of its destruction in about 15 minutes.

    •    Turkey Smoker Housefire – November 2017

Kitchen and cooking fires are common. However, more people are now using deep fryers and smokers for cooking their holiday turkey on Thanksgiving. In particular, one fire took place after an ember coming from a smoker ignited a home, resulting in an immense loss.

    •    Abandoned Building Fire – January 2020

This two-alarm fire broke out in the middle of the night in a building abandoned for approximately a year. The blaze began in the attic before spreading into the roof. Due to the wind, first responders on the team found it difficult to put out the fire. Luckily, no injuries were reported.

    •    Wildfires – Yearly

Unfortunately, due to the climate and landscape in the area, Florida is known for having the second-highest in wildfire occurrences across the United States. Throughout Largo, FL, and Pinellas County, the risk increases whenever the weather conditions are dry and the temperatures rise. Local first responders warn residents of the dangers when wind shifts and wildfires change course toward residential properties. In addition to the threat of structure fires, homes in the region may be susceptible to smoke damage.

Regardless of the cause of a fire, whether it is residential or commercial, prompt action and skilled fire cleanup ensure the best results. Because Largo is a close-knit community, there is always a focus on rebuilding in a time of need, including fire emergencies on any scale. The team at SERVPRO of Largo is available for all of your fire damage and restoration needs. We work with our local community to ensure rapid results while using our proven methods and industrial-grade equipment. Once you call us for help, we send a team out quickly to begin our restoration efforts. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

What Can I Do After a Fire in My Largo Home to Start the Cleanup Process?
Any fire, big or small, consumes building materials and all contents in its wake. For professional results after a fire in your Largo home, it is better to seek help from skilled technicians rather than take the DIY route. At SERVPRO, we feature IICRC-certified technicians ready to handle the cleanup, including debris, soot, and lingering moisture or odors. All you have to do is give us a call, and we can be there within hours to begin.

Will Cleanup Include Odor Neutralization?
Whenever you enlist our team's help for fire cleanup in Largo, you get our undivided attention. We are here to address all different malodorous elements leading to lingering foul odors after a fire. Not only do we handle all debris and removal of unsalvageable contents, but we are ready to take care of:

•    Light, ashy soot that comes from burning wood or paper
•    Dark, sticky soot from smoldering fires including electrical wiring, fibers, and plastics
•    Protein-based soot that develops from burning grease, oils, and food items

We work hard at SERVPRO of Largo to ensure you get the results you deserve when you require fire cleanup assistance. Call us at (727) 586-0060 to have a crew deployed to your property to get started on emergency cleanup efforts.

What Do Largo Residents Need to Know Evacuating in a Storm?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with furniture floating Flooding in your home can damage many items but we can help fix some. Contact SERVPRO for professional remediation and mitigation services.

Largo Residents May Need to Evacuate When Storms Hit – Prepare Ahead of Time for the Possibility

This year across the United States, storms have been on the rise. It seems they have hit more often and harder. Coastal and non-coastal cities have been impacted as high winds drive torrential rains inward. This is the perfect setting for flash flooding in Largo and the need to evacuate.

What Should I Take with Me?

SERVPRO is here should you need flood damage removal in Largo. But before that is even considered getting your family to safety is priority. If your residence is in the path of a situation where evacuation is called for knowing ahead of time what to do can be a lifesaver. If you live in an area that is prone to flooding having to-go bags ready is a smart idea. Consider one for each member of the family. Include items such as:

  • Change of clothes
  • Water bottles
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Snacks/granola bars
  • Medications
  • First aid kit
  • Toy for kids

Another concern is essential paperwork getting ruined or forgotten when a flood occurs. Keep important documents in a file that is both water and fireproof. This makes it easier to grab if you have to leave. Consider making copies and storing the originals in a safe deposit box. Documents to take with you include:

  • Driver’s license
  • Passports
  • Birth certificates
  • Deeds
  • Proof of insurance
  • Social security cards
  • Medical records
  • Prescription information
  • Personal contact list

If your home has experienced flooding, SERVPRO’s professional technicians are experts at flood water mitigation. They are certified in dealing with contaminated water and the steps needed to mitigate flood damage.

Contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for expert flood damage removal service. We are licensed and bonded – Contractor Licenses: General: CBC1250662 & Mold Remediation: MRSR1163. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why does SERVPRO Use Activated Carbon Filters during Mold Remediation in Largo?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

mold damaged home For help with mold in your house, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

Largo Homeowners Need State of the Art Mold Remediation

Any Largo homeowner who deals with fungal growth knows how frustrating it can be. That is why if you call a professional to help, you want to know they will use the best equipment and techniques.

If you need mold remediation in your Largo home, call SERVPRO. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we train our technicians in the latest industry-standard practices to ensure you get the best results.

What is an activated carbon filter?
Carbon is used in mold remediation in Largo because it has absorbent properties, which means contaminant particles have a chemical reaction to the carbon, which causes them to stick to it. Activated carbon is carbon that is treated to be much more porous. The added pores increase the overall surface area of the carbon so it can trap many more particles.

How can activated carbon help in mold remediation?
Activated carbon can trap many kinds of particles, including:
    •    Dust and dander
    •    Lint and pet hair
    •    Smoke, chemicals, and mold

If mold spores are stuck in a carbon filter, they cannot re-enter the air in your home. If the spores cannot get back into the air, then they cannot find new places in your home to start new mold colonies.

How does SERVPRO use activated carbon filters?
One of our essential pieces of kit during remediation is an air scrubber. An air scrubber is a filtration system that uses HEPA filtration to trap microscopic particles, such as mold, and prevent them from escaping. Air scrubbers often have more than one filter, including an activated carbon filter.
Using activated carbon makes HEPA filters more effective because:
    •    The carbon filter traps larger particles such as dust
    •    Fewer particles make it as far as the HEPA filter
    •    The filter will work for longer.

What else does activated carbon do?
Activated carbon is an excellent deodorizer. This is good news during mold remediation as the fungus has a distinctive and unpleasant odor. Our customers frequently tell us that the moldy smell is one of the worst parts of discovering fungus in their homes. We can use activated carbon alongside odor-eating pellets, spot treatments, and fogging to make sure your home smells better.

For help with mold in your house, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

How Many Companies Should a Homeowner in Largo Call after Flood Damage?

10/11/2020 (Permalink)

flooded living room with couch and coffee table Flood damage can quickly affect your home. Contact our expert technicians for water removal services.

Largo Homeowners are Concerned about Coordinating Flood Damage Cleanup Efforts

Dealing with a home disaster in Largo can be overwhelming. It is a shock when tragedy befalls your home, and you might find yourself feeling unsure of who to call first. Unfortunately, inaction can lead to worse damage, so it is good to know who to call.

If you are the victim of flood damage in your Largo home, you might wonder what to do and how many companies you will need to call. You find yourself wondering:

  • Who will clean up the water?
  • What if the walls or ceiling are damaged and unsafe?
  • What about the soft furnishings – will you need to send them out for specialist cleaning?
  • What happens if a room needs redecorating?

At first, it can seem like you will need a never-ending stream of professionals. You might need a remediation company to pump away the water, a plumber or electrician to fix relevant problems, a builder to replace a sagging ceiling, and a decorator to re-decorate a damaged room.

Thankfully, you can put all of those worries down and call SERVPRO of Largo instead.

What happens when you call SERVPRO?

We will arrange for a callback within the hour, and one of our remediation experts will visit your home within four hours. Timing is crucial when dealing with Largo flood damage. Call us as soon as you can – we are available 24 hours. Delaying puts your home and belongings at risk of:

  • Further damage to personal belongings and soft furnishings
  • An increased chance of fungal growth
  • Deteriorating safety levels if there is damage to your home's structure

What can SERVPRO help with?

We train our technicians to the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration and Certification standards. That means they are experts in all areas of flood damage remediation and can take care of the project from start to finish.

We begin by assessing your home's damage and explaining what we can salvage, what we cannot, and what the cleaning process will look like. Our first step is to make the worksite safe. If necessary, we board up doors and windows, cover roofs with a tarp, and ensure there is a secure electricity supply for our equipment. We provide our teams with heavy-duty aprons, gloves, and respiratory equipment to ensure their safety.

Then we use free-standing and truck-mounted pumps to vacuum water from your home. The more water we extract at the beginning, the easier it is to dry your house and contents. We can also measure moisture in the air and building materials to give a clearer picture of the damage's extent.

We employ air movers and dehumidifiers to dry your home. If necessary, we can also bring in portable heaters. Our SERVPRO teams are experts in the science of drying and know how best to place the equipment. We monitor drying to ensure we get the results we are looking for.

What about cleaning?

We understand that homeowners are worried about cleaning drapes, carpets, textiles, and upholstery after flood damage. Whether we can salvage these items depends on the extent of the damage and whether there are contaminants in the water.

We try to restore items rather than replace them, so you can rest assured that if we can salvage something by cleaning, we will. Some items can be cleaned in place, using hot water extraction or spot cleaning. In some cases, we will send items to our specialist cleaning facility. You do not need to take your items to a dry-cleaner or call in a cleaning company – we will clean for you.

What happens if a project needs specialist expertise?

Flood damage can cause extensive damage to a home. Our technicians can help with:

  • Fixing sagging ceilings or water-logged drywall
  • Replacing damaged doors and windows
  • Restoring or removing damaged electrical items
  • Replacing carpets and repainting and re-papering walls
  • Fixing plumbing and electrical problems

If your home needs specialist repairs that our team cannot carry out, we will bring in contractors and ensure they work to our high standards. That saves you the headache of calling in multiple contractors.

What about the insurance adjuster?

Our team can also liaise with your insurance adjuster for you. We can give them a clear picture of the damage and our remediation suggestions. Our focus on repair rather than replacement reduces the cost of remediation and makes it easier to start an insurance claim.

Whether a disaster is big or small, you can rely on us to take care of everything and leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

For help with flood damage, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

How Do I Choose a Company to Clean Up Water Damage?

9/3/2020 (Permalink)

insurance policy document SERVPRO Cleans Up and Restores Water Damaged Clearwater Properties--While Working within Insurance Guidelines

SERVPRO brings decades of experience and the latest in restoration techniques to local Clearwater properties in need

It seems the most inconvenient times are when hot water tanks fail, toilets back up, pipes burst, or that leak in the roof happens. When you need water cleanup in your Clearwater home, the key is to begin as soon as possible with the extraction and drying. Some of the key elements to look for when choosing a local restoration services company are: 

  • Ask about water-restoration related certifications
  • Find out about the equipment that gets used
  • Will the company work with your insurance carrier?
  • Is there a policy to inhibit out-of-pocket charges by working within the scope of coverage?
  • Does the company have access to professional-grade cleaning agents, antimicrobials, and antibacterial solutions?

Can Water Damage Restoration Companies Do Repairs As Well As Cleanup? 

When choosing among local water restoration companies in Clearwater, you already know the necessary information to ask about. Getting repairs done after the water removal and drying of the structure makes the whole process seamless. With their general contractor license #CBC1250662, SERVPRO technicians can handle any needed repairs or reconstruction to every part of your home. Commonly needed repairs the technicians provide include: 

  • Replacement of sheetrock on walls and ceilings
  • Installation of tile
  • Refinishing or replacement of hardwood floorboards
  • Painting and other cosmetic services

The technicians work to save homeowners the cost of repairs and replacement whenever possible. The use of equipment such as an infrared camera to identify water location assists in assuring that no moisture gets left behind. Other sensitive moisture detectors and hygrometers help the techs measure the amounts of moisture saturation throughout the home. Once they pinpoint all the locations, they can use their powerful extraction equipment to remove the majority of the water. Even if the water in the home is several inches deep, they have the equipment to handle it.

Special Water Damage Situations 

When the water contains sewage, chemicals, or other harmful elements, the techs have training and experience handling biohazard-level cleanup jobs. The job entails wearing protective gear, and most importantly, respiration equipment aspirating water vapor can prove harmful. There are different types of containment, such as simple barriers made from heavy gauge plastic sheeting or setting up negative air chambers, both methods work to inhibit the potential for cross-contamination.

Floodwater from heavy storms or hurricanes is part of living in this part of the state, and it is crucial to work with a restoration services company that has the experience of dealing with this type of damage. This type of water intrusion event frequently needs controlled demolition. Sheetrock deteriorates rapidly and sagging ceilings or buckling walls can present safety hazards and require removal. The techs remove only the damaged portion and leave the rest of the structure intact to limit the amount of rebuilding needed to restore the home.

Removing Mold from a Clearwater, Florida Property? 

In short, it is impossible to remove naturally occurring airborne mold spores that are floating harmlessly both indoors and outdoors. However, when the conditions in your home become right in terms of a damp area with temperatures that sustain growth, you can have a spreading mold infestation in your home. Once mold establishes itself, it will not go away on its own and should have professional remediation to halt the process. The techs will also investigate and find out the reason for the mold growth and suggest remedies to stop the situation from continuing.

SERVPRO technicians have comprehensive training and certification to handle mold remediation #MRSR1163 in your home. They carefully contain the area to prevent any spread of the spores to other areas of the house and dry the existing colonies. Afterward, they remove the dry matter using manual methods or automated techniques such as soda or ice blasting to remove the dried mold without marring the surface it is on.

Once the structure gets dried and treated for any mold issues, the technicians focus their attention on any remaining residual water odors. The distinctive musty smell can get removed through the use of deodorizing cleaning agents, the use of gel pellets, or more robust methods such as thermal fogging or hydroxyl generators. The techs choose the appropriate method based on the level of scent control needed in the home.

SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 is proud to serve the local area as one of the premier water restoration companies. Their trained, certified technicians are available 24/7 and arrive quickly on site. The techs work diligently to return your home to tiptop shape.

Are All Mold Remediation Companies Capable of Restoring Commercial Premises?

8/27/2020 (Permalink)

mold growing on wall and ceiling Mold can be off-putting to customers. Call SERVPRO for remediation.

Commercial Mold Removal Typically Requires Industrial Equipment and Resources. SERVPRO is a Largo-based Mold Remediator for your Business

Can I prevent mold in a commercial building?

Mold can grow if there is ample food supply, moisture, and temperature within your Largo business. Some of the most effective treatment for microbial growth is preventative. Identifying and repairing leaks in the structure or plumbing system can be a cost-saving method of controlling microbial growth. Equally, acting quickly at the first signs of mold using a dehumidifier and ventilating the space can be useful measures. However, there will be periods of inactivity in the building for many commercial businesses, for example, outside of working hours. If a microbial issue gets out of control, it can cause business interruption forcing a temporary closure. SERVPRO is a dedicated mold remediator that can ensure business interruption is minimal.

What measures can be taken against mold growth?

A professional commercial mold damage remediator in Largo typically conducts an air toxicity test when arriving on site. We may perform this test in both the affected area and the surrounding rooms. Depending on the infestation size, our team may need to bring industrial dehumidifiers, disinfectants, air scrubbers, and large air-movers. Our team can disinfect the area to create a sanitary environment. Using negative air pressure or decontamination tents may be set up in your property, ensuring that mold spores do not become airborne or spread.

  • What types of mold commonly affect commercial properties?
  • Penicillium which appears as a yellow or green mold colony
  • Aspergillus which frequently occurs in indoor environments
  • Stachybotrys also known as black mold

To minimize business interruption and maintain your commercial premises' safety due to microbial growth, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. 

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What Emergency Services Do You Provide If A Fire Occurs in My Home?

8/6/2020 (Permalink)

smoke filling room; surrounding smoke detector Smoke and fire can damage are very stressful for homeowners. SERVPRO can help. We are trained and equipped for complete fire damage remediation.

SERVPRO has Professionally Trained Technicians That Can Provide Emergency Fire Mitigation to Any Largo Home Damaged by fire 

If your residence in Largo should ever need fire restoration services, you want a company that will be there from start to finish. SERVPRO steps in and provides emergency services and then moves on to clean up, repair, and restoration. 

What are Emergency Services? 

When you call SERVPRO because of fire damage to your Largo home, emergency fire mitigation happens first. Emergency services: 

  • Reduce losses to the property
  • Reduce claims expense
  • Minimize the disruption to you
  • Provide a safe work site
  • Prepare the site for cleanup and restoration work 

What Are the Steps Taken During This Process? 

Each home and fire are different, but some necessary steps typically happen in the process. Safety is foremost for anyone going into the structure. So, the first step is to conduct building inspections allowing the crew to check for any safety or health hazards present. Here are some other measures we take in the beginning. 

  • Board up the residence.This protection prevents any unwanted intrusions into your home. It also protects against the weather.
  • Extract water and dry the structure. Water is a necessary part of extinguishing a fire. Excessive water needs extracted, and the structure requires drying out. Our crews set up drying equipment and monitor moisture content.
  • Establish emergency electricity. A temporary power source needs set up immediately.
  • Deodorize areas that are affected. Removing odors is not always done right away. If the smoke odors are overpowering, then deodorizing right away may be required. Air scrubbers or thermal fogging get used.
  • Initial cleaning begins. It can include cleaning personal items needed by occupants wherever they are staying. It prevents secondary damage from soot residues. It can also involve pre-treating items such as carpets and removing charred remains.
  • Pest extermination if needed. If there is a problem with pests, this needs to be dealt with right away. We move contents to the warehouse after ensuring the removal of all pests. 

What Can I Do to Help? 

Your home is not just a building where you and your family eat and sleep. It is a treasure trove of memories and items that mean something to you. Your home is grandma’s dishes, a child’s artwork, and dad’s war memorabilia. Your first impulse is naturally going to be to help. But the things you do can impact the cleaning and restoration if not handled the right way. Improper cleaning can make restoration harder, if not impossible.  

Things to Do That Can Help 

If the structure is sound and you can go inside the home safely, certain things are helpful. You can cover carpeting and furniture with towels or old linens to prevent further fire damage in Largo. We ensure they are colorfast. Limit the amount of movement in the house as this spreads the soot. Be sure your hands are clean at all times. If you have residue on your hands, you can cause more fire damage to anything you touch. Things like faucets and appliances can get cleaned with a light lubricant coating in the kitchen and bathroom areas. Empty the refrigerator and freezer of food. You could change furnace filters if your HVAC system were running. 

What Not to Do 

You may want to do things that look easy, but do not attempt them. For example, do not clean any walls. Do not operate electrical appliances or equipment until they have been cleaned and inspected. If you have clothing that is smoke damaged, do not send it out to the dry cleaners. Unless they have the training to treat clothing that has been in a fire, the process can embed the smells and residues. Please keep in mind carbon monoxide, and smoke residue may still be around, so never enter a severely burnt home until you know it is safe. 

Let Us Manage the Stress of the Mess 

The more you leave in the hands of our fire damage experts, the better. Your job is to keep your family together and calm. Our job is to clean and restore your home and leave it, “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO’s crew are professionally trained and certified: 

  • Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)
  • Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT
  • Contractor Licenses: General: CBC1250662
  • Contractor Licenses: Mold Remediation: MRSR1163

Contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for expert fire damage service. We assist you and your insurance, ensuring everything gets handled properly. You can have peace of mind knowing we are doing everything possible to restore your home. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Should I Worry About Flooding if I Have a Concrete Block Largo House?

8/4/2020 (Permalink)

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Yes, Every Type of Largo Home Can Suffer From Flood Damage

As a Florida resident, you understand that you have a high probability of encountering a flood at some point, especially during intense summer storms or even named hurricanes. Homes in Largo typically do not have a basement like homes in northern states. However, being at or below sea level increases the overall flooding risk. Concrete block homes may not have as much visible damage from floods, but there can be underlying issues, especially when they go undetected.

How Can I Tell if There is Damage in My Concrete Block Home?

SERVPRO Uses State-of-the-Art Moisture Sensor Technology to Detect Hidden Moisture
Navigating flood damage to your Largo home can be difficult if you have never experienced a home disaster. This seemingly catastrophic event may be amplified if the damage is not readily visible. Concrete blocks are thick and allow for moisture to fall into cracks, and behind walls easily. There is the potential for excess moisture to rest for long periods. Property owners may only sense a problem when secondary damage, such as unwanted mold growth, appears.

What Processes Do Technicians Use to Mitigate Further Damage in My Home?

• SERVPRO removes excess category three flood water with portable and truck-mounted extraction equipment.
• Technicians use industrial-strength air movers to direct air behind the drywall and into the concrete block cavities.
• Restoration specialists remove excess moisture through the use of dehumidifiers containing HEPA filters.

Our technicians understand the gravity of experiencing loss due to flooding or other natural disasters and take measures to ensure our clients' safety and comfort. For assistance after a flood, Contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”

I Need to Get Started on Fire Restoration, Where Do I Begin?

7/2/2020 (Permalink)

INSURANCE DOCUMENT PRESENTED FROM A SALESMAN IN A SUIT Largo House Fire Cleanup and Restoration by SERVPRO Can Be Part of a Good Insurance Policy

SERVPRO Has the Techniques and Manpower to Handle Fire Restoration to Bring Your Largo Home Back to Life

While DIY efforts may be at the forefront of your mind after a fire in your Largo home, hiring skilled technicians for the job yields the best results. Professional cleaning and restoration reduce the cost of your overall fire damage claim and also shortens the time that you have to wait to return your life to the way it was before the loss. SERVPRO is available to apply all of our proven methods for cleaning to restore your materials and belongings to preloss condition. Our goal with every job we are called to is to make it “Like it never even happened.”

Is There Anything I Can Do Right After the Fire Has Been Extinguished?

When faced with fire damage in Largo, SERVPRO is available and ready to work seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Our emergency restoration services address the airborne threats and debris throughout your home that would be difficult to tackle using do-it-yourself methods alone. Upon arrival, the crew chief does a walkthrough after first responders deem your home safe for entry. This assessment identifies all levels of damage and any unique challenges that may be present so that we can formulate the best practices for proceeding.

Our crews arrive on the scene with advanced equipment and tools geared toward helping to remove stubborn soot and smoke residue. With any fire loss, prompt mitigation helps lessen the severity of damage while reducing the onset of hazardous, long-lasting effects.

Why Should I Enlist the Help of SERVPRO for Fire Restoration?

We have IICRC-certified technicians trained to look for all areas where soot and smoke residue might have traveled, including tight cracks and crevices. Any damaged debris or materials get entirely removed so that we can tackle the rest of the restoration and replacement. We devise a plan that is structured so that we can use our resources in a fast and effective manner, including:

  • If necessary, pack-out services facilitate the removal of personal belongings to our facility so that they can be cleaned in detail.
  • We remove soot from all surfaces to eliminate the onset of corrosion.
  • Technicians get assigned to clean walls, ceilings, and other surfaces
  • All structural elements go through a detailed inspection to ensure safety.
  • Insulation that has taken on a great deal of smoke damage can be replaced with brand-new materials.

Can I Start Cleaning Up Before Your Team Arrives?

It is essential to wait until the first responders declare your interior safe for entry once the flames are extinguished. However, it is recommended that you wait until our crew arrives to address any charred debris or soot within the affected areas. Professional intervention is best after a fire for several reasons:

  • Toxicity is a concern throughout the debris and residue that fire leaves behind. SERVPRO arrives and uses personal protective equipment (PPE) to manage your fire damage project safely.
  • Moisture throughout the affected area must also be addressed. Any water or chemicals left behind after extinguishing the flames have to be cleaned up, and the area dried thoroughly. We use extraction techniques and professional-grade equipment to help speed the process.
  • Our crew chief takes the time to assess portions of your structure to determine stability carefully – this includes the ceilings, walls, and floors.
  • The cleaning methods and products that we use depend on all the materials impacted and how they burned. We take into consideration the chemical composition and nature of all impacted materials and adjust our cleaning methods accordingly.
  • To ensure that your interior is not riddled with lingering odors from the fire, we have a broad range of EPA-cleaning agents and powerful disinfectants that clean and deodorize your home.

We use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to preloss condition, including:

  • Agitation: this involves moving surfaces, cleaning solutions, or both, during the cleaning process. Agitation helps to dislodge soils so that they can easily be washed away. Some of these methods include scrubbing, rotating brushes, water or air pressure, wiping, and sandblasting.
  • Chemical Action: this involves cleaning solutions that make the process of cleaning easier. We use the idea that ‘like dissolves like’ – meaning water-based solutions work best on water-based soils, where oil-based cleaning solutions work best on oil-based soils.
  • Suspension and Dispersion: this is where loosening soils comes in handy as the most common cleaning action. This gets followed by suspending these soils and dispersing them in a cleaning solution. We then extract soils with the cleaning solution.

We have the tried-and-true fire damage techniques that you need after dealing with fire loss in your home. Call SERVPRO of Largo whenever you need us at (727) 586-0060, and we send out a crew as soon as possible to get to work.

Where Do Retail Managers in Largo Look for Fire Recovery?

6/27/2020 (Permalink)

boutique clothing store with chandelier Make sure that your patrons don’t find another favorite store to shop at after a fire at your store. Contact SERVPRO for services.

A Fire in your Retail Outlet Can Affect Both Stock and Contents. SERVPRO is the Largo-based Commercial Fire Restoration Firm for your Store.

What Can I Save from a Fire?

Fires can occur at any time of year in your Largo retail store and cause a significant amount of harm. Not only do hot smokes affect the walls, ceilings, and floors, much of your display likely becomes harmed too. Smoke residues may reside on shelving, clothing rails, hangers, as well as any pictures or decor. To restore a building efficiently, it is essential to understand what is salvageable before any work begins. SERVPRO technicians conduct a thorough visual inspection and use their industry-leading training to assess which materials are restorable accurately versus which materials need replacing. In minor to moderate fires, our technicians can restore the majority of your store's decor using state-of-the-art fire restoration equipment.

What equipment can I use to remove smoke from hanging rails, drapery rods, and pictures?

The benefit of using commercial fire restoration services here in Largo is that many materials damaged by smoke or charring are restorable. Substantial items can often benefit from immersion cleaning. We usually employ immersion cleaning for metals that become soiled by smokes, which can include chandeliers, rails, or lighting fixtures. Our team fully-submerge the affected item into a cleaning solvent. The immersion cleaner then uses ultrasonic waves to agitate the solution creating bubbles. As thousands of these bubbles explode against the metal's surface, it creates both heat and pressure, which is exceptionally effective at removing smoke residues from their surfaces.

What materials are suitable for immersion cleaning?

  • Metal fixtures or hanging rails
  • Some ornaments that are non-porous 
  • Synthetic materials that are resistant to high temperatures including some plastics

Before you dispose of smoke soiled items in your retail store, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

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Do I Know if I Have to Move Out After I Suffer from a Fire?

6/9/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged cabinets House fires are stressful. Let SERVPRO take the pressure off and restore your home.

If You Ever Have Fire Damage in Your Largo Home SERVPRO Can Help Determine if Your House is Livable or Not

Our SERVPRO technicians can take several steps during the initial inspection process to determine if you can stay in your dwelling during the restoration process. It all boils down to whether your building's structure is sound or not and if you can still have your necessities available to you after the blaze occurs.

What factors can force me to move out of my home during the restoration process?

During any fire damage restoration in Largo, our SERVPRO team looks at several occurrences, including the following:

  • Safety Hazards: During some situations, there can be hazards that can make your home unlivable. When the blaze severely burns sections of your structure, then you may have to leave your house during the restoration process.
  • Structural Integrity Issues: Some fires can cause your wooden studs or ceiling trusses to get burnt. If the charring is deep enough, your structural components could become weak and deem your building not safe for occupants.
  • Lack of Access to Utilities: Suffering from a house fire can cause necessary utilities to become unavailable. For example, burnt materials could cause electrical shorts, a loss of water, or natural gas resources. If you are unable to keep up your usual living situation after items burn inside your house, you will most likely have to move out during the remediation procedures.

If I move out of my home during the restoration process, do you have to remove my contents?

During more severe fire restoration procedures, it is more efficient to restore your structural components and personal items separately. It is much easier to clean contents in an unaffected area, just like it works better to restore a structure free of the moveable items in your house.

If you ever happen to have even a small fire torch items inside your house in Belleair Bluffs or Indian Rocks Beach, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

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How Can I Restore My Bedroom After a Storm Flood?

6/4/2020 (Permalink)

"Flood" You want a team of professionals by your side when dealing with flood damage in your Largo home.

Certified Restoration Technicians Have the Tools and Training Needed for Rapid Response Flood Water Removal from Largo Homes

Bedrooms are areas that can experience a large amount of loss during a flood. Contaminants like chemical runoff and sewage can render many items unsafe to keep, including carpet and mattresses. However, there is a team ready to help Largo homeowners preserve as much as possible while emphasizing clients’ safety.

SERVPRO technicians are ready to assist Largo residents with flood water removal services that include cleanup and home restoration. This team is licensed to render both general contracting (license #CBC1250662) and mold remediation services (license #MRSR1163) to return flood-damaged structures and contents to a preloss condition. Minimizing structural and property loss saves homeowners time and money while providing them with peace of mind.

What is SERVPRO Trained to Do?

Technicians, staff, and franchise owners alike receive extensive education on such topics as:

  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Upholstery Cleaning
  • Mold Remediation

This commitment to education ensures that SERVPRO teams are well-versed in restoration industry best practices while providing a consistently high standard of service for homeowners.

SERVPRO also provides education opportunities for insurance and real estate professionals that help them better understand the restoration industry as well as how these disasters can impact homes. Courses include:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • A noncredit Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar

How Do I Choose Plants for a Rain Garden?

One of the most effective ways to keep flooding out of your home is to implement outdoor measures that keep your home as safe and dry as possible. Planting a rain garden is an endeavor you can easily undertake on your own or with loved ones.

  • Choose highly-absorbent native plants. Invasive plant species can be detrimental to local ecosystems and plant life. Plants native to Florida are well-suited to handle the precipitation levels in Largo. Popular options for native trees, shrubs, and flowers include:
    • Florida maple (Acer saccharum var. floridum)
    • Blue Flag Iris (Iris virginica)
    • Cinnamon Fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)
    • Rain Lily (Zephyranthes atamasca)
    • Elderberry(Sambucus nigra (subsp.) canadensis)
  • Plan around your location and the plants you wish to use. When planning your garden, keep shorter plants on higher elevation areas and taller ones in the lowest points of where you choose to plant. Smaller plants can be spaced close together for thinning out later on. Pair native grasses with wildflowers to help keep them upright.
  • Make sure plants can tolerate both wet and dry conditions. Rain gardens allow for as much as 30% more water to soak into the ground compared to the average lawn. While this can be beneficial for your gardening needs, be sure to choose plants that are also well- suited to dry spells between rainy weather.

What Does Landscaping Do to Prevent Home Flooding?

  • Water moves away from your home. Talk to a landscaping professional about grading your yard. This process creates a slope around your home in all directions that helps redirect water to the street and nearby municipal drainage systems.
  • Below-ground drainage removes excess water. Using sub-surface drainage options like a French drain or channel system has a variety of benefits for flood damage prevention, including:
    • Preventing erosion
    • Protecting your grass and plants that are sensitive to drainage.
    • Water is redirected where you need it to go. Endpoints for water can include a drain line, a collection pit, or a drain swale.
  • Dry streambeds redirect water while adding curb appeal. These timeless landscaping additions are both aesthetic and functional, especially for areas of your property with a natural slope. Streambeds lower home flood risk by creating a path for water that also keeps it contained.

How Does SERVPRO Prepare Structures for Drying?

Flooded homes require extensive extraction and sanitation to ensure that they can be dried without spreading secondary water damages and microbes through the air. Measures taken before structural drying may include:

  • Cataloging and moving belongings to a SERVPRO warehouse for restoration.
  • Removing solid debris, including silt, sewage, pests, and flood-damaged porous materials like carpeting and mattresses with the informed consent of homeowners and insurance adjusters.
  • Removing damaged porous structural materials like sheetrock and insulation to be replaced during the reconstruction process.
  • Sanitizing flood-damaged, salvageable surfaces with EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions.
  • Deodorization with a variety of materials and tools, including odor counteractant beads, ultra-low volume (ULV) fogging, and hydroxyl generators.

Call SERVPRO of Largo Faster at (727) 586-0060 for disaster mitigation and restoration services that are Faster to Any Size Disaster.

My Self-Storage Facility Has Fire Damage. Who Do I Call for Help?

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

"Contact us" Contact SERVPRO for restoration on your business property today. We are available 24/7.

Contact SERVPRO to Deal With the Commercial Fire Damage in Your Largo Self Storage Facility

Many self-storage facilities are constructed with metal and concrete. Some owners believe their facilities cannot sustain extensive damage after a fire, but this is not always the case. The intense heat a fire produces can cause concrete to crack and metal to distort, resulting in permanent structural damage to your Largo self-storage facility.

What sort of destruction can I expect to see in my self-storage facility?

Commercial fire damage in a Largo self-storage facility can be significant. Self-storage facilities allow their customers to empty contents from their homes, businesses, and garages and store them at the property. Even though you may have protected your facility with a written contract, stipulating that tenants should not keep hazardous materials, things like paint and flammable home cleaning products can find their way there. Other items that can contribute to the severity of fire include:

Boxes full of old documents


Photo albums

The embers that ignite the contents of one storage unit could cause significant destruction to your facility. Many fires that happen in such facilities go undetected for a while until a facility manager or tenant sees flames or smoke billowing from within the structure. The unit can be in full blaze when the firefighters arrive. They often use water and flame retardant to extinguish fires, which can cause more damage to your facility. Smoke can also ruin the structure and its contents.

What can SERVPRO do to restore my self-storage facility?

We can examine the extent to the damage and identify what we can or cannot salvage. Our expertise enables us to respond to the different challenges created when smoke residues and smells affected different materials and surfaces. We can use different methods to agitate surfaces. Agitation means moving the surfaces we are cleaning, moving the cleaning solutions, or both. Our SERVPRO team uses agitation to dislodge or free soils. We also use different products to produce chemical reactions and different cleaning techniques to eliminate residues. The basic principles we follow when cleaning smoke residues are:

Find the residues.

Identify their type.

Identify the type of surfaces they are on.

Capture the residues in solution or in dry particulate form.

Eliminate the residues.

Dispose of them properly.

Do you perform reconstruction work? 

If your self-storage facility needs reconstruction work to get back to its original condition, we can help. We can make the restoration work easier by mitigating the damage and rebuilding the affected areas. This can enable you to save time and money.

Dealing with fire damage at a business premise is stressful. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 to help you bring things back to normal. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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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 Largo, 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 Largo today at (727) 586-0060 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.

What is a Good Water Cleanup Service to Call in Largo?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Updated technology at work in the bedroom SERVPRO can handle your water damaged home. Call any time in Largo, we will come.

There are Numerous Water Cleanup Services, but SERVPRO is One of the Best.

Early one Sunday morning, a Largo homeowner was unpleasantly surprised by large puddles of water on his kitchen floor. The water flow had been so severe that even portions of his living room carpet were wet. Overnight, pipes behind his kitchen sink had ruptured, damaging the cabinet under his sink, covering his kitchen floor in large puddles of water, and saturating parts of his living room carpet. Not knowing immediately whom to call for help, the homeowner did some quick research and discovered SERVPRO.

What Makes SERVPRO a Good Choice for Water Cleanup?

There are several reasons why our company is an excellent choice when you need water cleanup in Largo. First, we have the training and experience to do the job right. Our company:

- Is the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) – certified
- Has years of experience helping Largo area homeowners clean and restore their homes
- Employs technicians who are highly-trained, skilled, and certified in tasks, like water damage restoration and applied structural drying, that is related to your particular water issue.

Second, not only are we expertly trained and skilled in handling all your water cleanup needs, but we also have the necessary tools to do the job right. Some of the state-of-the-art tools we use are:

• Extractors
• Injectidry systems
• Dehumidifiers
• Air movers
• High-tech foggers

How Can SERVPRO Solve Your Standing Water Problem?

We can solve your water issues like we resolved those of the resident with standing water in his kitchen. Our technicians first evaluated his situation, located the water source, and then shut it off or repair it, if still leaking. Next, workers vacuumed up the pools of water on his kitchen floor with a wet vac. Afterward, using a wand and portable extractor, they dried the affected living room carpeting. The interiors of his home were then further dried with dehumidifiers, air movers, and an injectidry system. Once moisture levels were reduced to appropriate levels, the job was finished.

If you ever need water cleanup services, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

What is the Best way to Deal with Heavy Soot Damage in my Home?

4/22/2020 (Permalink)

Soot on a wall Your Fire Damage needs SERVPRO’s Tools and Reliability.

SERVPRO has the Tools and Equipment along with Experienced Teams to Help you. 

Every fire is different, causing a variety of conditions that homeowners must manage. Some fires produce a great deal of smoke and smoke residue or soot. While others burn hot and do a lot of actual fire damage. In many cases, the smoke residue is distributed throughout the house into every room. Soot may be covering all of the furniture, knick-knacks, walls, and clothing. It can seem very overwhelming to many homeowners.

SERVPRO has been providing fire damage restoration in Largo and surrounding areas for over 35 years. We are a family-run franchise and support the local community in a variety of ways. Damage to residential homes is always unexpected, and that's why our team is available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. We respond to your call immediately and are usually onsite in less than 4 hours.

Removing Soot from Your Home

A fire that does not receive enough oxygen can produce a great deal of soot. Forced air heating systems, along with natural air currents within the home can spread the soot throughout the home. Fortunately, there may not be a great deal of actual damage from the fire. However, everything in the home must be cleaned and deodorized.

SERVPRO technicians are highly trained in all aspects of restoring a home after a fire and removing soot from your home. One of the first actions our crew chief undertakes is to remove the primary source of the odor from your home. We conduct a complete assessment. We examine the spread of smoke within the home and map out a plan for cleaning and deodorization. We discuss everything with the homeowner and their insurance adjuster, including repair, reconstruction, cleaning processes, deodorization, temporary lodgings, and timeline.

We also hold contractor licenses: General: CBC1250662, Mold Remediation: MRSR1163, and can provide complete restoral services at lower costs to our customers without delays. We aim to return your home to its original condition, "Like it never even happened." 

Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Belleair Shores, Harbor Bluffs, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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What Are Some Various Sanitization Solutions to Help Fight Viruses in Largo?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Uses Medical-Grade Disinfectants

The latest virus outbreak, which is characterized by high transmission rates, is necessitating effective preventative procedures to minimize the spread. There are various procedures that can help Largo property and business owners achieve the intended goals.

SERVPRO of Largo is a professional specialty cleaning company, serving our area. Although there is no cleaning agent specially formulated to work against this new virus, there are cleaning agents available in the market that destroy related pathogens. Our SERVPRO technicians use these kinds of medical-grade products on a daily basis for Bio cleaning of sewage spills, crime and death scenes, and others.  Many of the products we use are included in the CDC and the EPA approved cleaning chemical lists for viruses.  Because our SERVPRO cleaning teams handle biohazard situations regularly, they are also equipped to provide preventative cleaning for this pandemic.  We have the people, tools, and equipment to complete a preventative cleaning project of any size.

Since the infectious disease emerged, the primary transmission mode has been identified as respiratory droplets released when a person sneezes or coughs. SERVPRO of Lago is able to help with indoor air cleaning using wet-mist fogging and other techniques.

If you want to explore the options available for preventative cleaning and disinfection, please reach out to our office. We have services for private homes, open and closed businesses, and public buildings.

Your best solution depends on the specific requirements at each property. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for more detailed information. 

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 continues to develop. There can be no assurance that disinfectants alone will be adequate to fully eliminate the virus. We are not physicians or infectious disease professionals. Consult your medical professionals for individual medical advice.

Do I Need Professional Help to Restore My Home and Contents After a Fire?

4/11/2020 (Permalink)

Hands holding home Your home is in good hands with SERVPRO. We are always available to help, call us today at (727) 586-0060.

Avoid Exposure to Toxins and Return Your Largo Home to Safety and Comfort When SERVPRO Is on the Job

You might have heard that recovery from a household fire is not a task a homeowner should take on without expert assistance. Even if you are confident that you possess better than average DIY skills, cleaning up fire residues requires a highly-specialized set of skills backed up by professional training, tools, and products, and the use of personal protective gear. Failure to have the background and take precautions can put you and your family in harm's way.

Why Are Fire Residues More Hazardous Than Ordinary Dirt and Grime?

When a fire moves through your Largo home, it uses building materials and contents as fuel. The incompletely consumed bits of the structure and personal possessions and furnishings comprise the fire damage residues Largo residents must clear away. Heat and combustion causes chemical changes in the substances burned and heated, which in many homes include:

  • Foams
  • Plastics
  • Rubber
  • Plaster
  • Wood and wood products
  • Metals
  • Paper
  • Organic and synthetic fibers
  • Foods and grease

What Kinds of Byproducts Can Household Fires Produce?

Some of the residues created by a fire remain airborne, exposing occupants to respiratory risks. Other particles coat surfaces, corroding, discoloring, and infusing porous materials with malodors. Cleaning of the soot can result in skin contact and reintroduction of the disturbed particles into the air. The byproducts of a household fire depend on the dwelling's construction date, the makeup of the contents, and many other factors. Hazardous substances can include:

Tars Ammonia Sulfur dioxide

Nitrogen oxides Aldehydes Acid gases

Benzene Toluene Styrene

Metals Dioxins Asbestos

Lead Formaldehyde Carbon monoxide

Carbon dioxide Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)

How Do Professionals Protect Occupants and Workers During Fire Cleanup?

Containment and the use of PPE are essential when SERVPRO crews plan for professional smoke, soot, and odor abatement. We frequently choose to wrap the damaged spaces in 1.6 mil polyethylene and employ a negative pressure air scrubbing system to prevent the drift of fire residues into unaffected spaces in your home. The atmosphere inside the partition is forced through HEPA filters, removing nearly all contaminants before exhausting to the outside. The suction created seals the contained space from the rest of the house. 

What Kinds of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Are Essential for Fire Damage Restoration Workers?

When our crews take on cleanup operations, they suit up in appropriate clothing and other equipment to make sure they can complete the tasks safely. The following items and others added if necessary not only guard against skin contact with toxic substances or inhaling contaminants by the technicians, but they also ensure our employees do not track these hazardous residues into unaffected spaces in your home.

  • Hard hats
  • Eye protection
  • Hand protection
  • Protective clothing
  • Boots or safety shoes
  • Respirators that either filter air or supply an alternative "atmosphere" (from air tanks or compressors) according to recommendations of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

Do You Need Special Cleaners and Tools to Remove Soot?

The substances coating the surfaces of your home after a fire are not only potentially hazardous, they also are often tightly adhered and challenging to remove. SERVPRO managers and technicians complete rigorous coursework through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We learn how to match the soils deposited by the fire with safe and effective products and tools that can loosen and clean them from walls, ceilings, floors, furnishings, and other items.

How Do Professionals Clean Off Different Residues?

Soot, generally speaking, presents in one of three primary ways. We approach each type with a plan based on research and best practices taught by the IICRC. 

Dry Soot  

What causes dry soot? 

Usually, dry soot deposits when wood and paper burns fast and hot. The residues are loose and ashy. Cleaning methods are primarily mechanical, and include:

  • Vacuuming
  • Brushing 
  • Dry (chemical) sponging
  • Dusting with feather dusters and cloths

Wet Soot

What causes wet soot?

Rubber and plastics create a thick, dark, and sticky residue when they heat and burn. Damp fabrics and low-oxygen fires smolder and deposit wet soot on surfaces. Cleaning methods use heat, chemical reactions, agitation, and dwell time to enhance the dissolving or emulsifying of soils, breaking the bonds between the surface and the soot:

  • Spray and wipe with soaps and detergents plus water, or solvents for oily residues
  • Agitation with cloths, towels, sponges and "elbow grease"
  • Abrasive tools and abrasive substances added to cleaners
  • Immersion cleaning, including ultrasonic machines that use sound waves to dislodge residues

Protein Soot

What is protein soot?

Kitchen fires result in a unique, very malodorous coating from the food, grease, and oils that fueled the blaze. The resulting "mist" of dehydrated proteins is nearly colorless, but clings like lacquer to anything it touches, even far from the point of origin. Dispatching of protein residues requires:

  • Solvents
  • Abrasive tools or additives
  • Extended dwell times
  • Use of immersion or ultrasonic devices and strategies if possible

SERVPRO of Largo is ready 24/7 to discuss your fire damage mitigation and remediation options. Our general contractor license also permits us to offer repair and rebuilding services. Call us at (727) 586-0060 to schedule an assessment.

Contractor Licenses:

General: CBC1250662

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We Help You Get Back In Business In Largo After A Water Loss

4/1/2020 (Permalink)

The hallway in this building is covered in water Our professionals will work quickly and effectively to return your property to pre-damage condition. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

How do I Protect My Dry Goods After a Water Leak in My Largo Cafe?

SERVPRO Technicians Assist with Commercial Water Damage Mitigation Following a Water Leak

As a business, it is vital to make wise decisions with your property, staff, and your merchandise. After a water leak, you may worry about dry goods such as your coffee beans becoming compromised by additional moisture on top of the average Largo humidity. 

What do Our SERVPRO Techs Do to Help Maintain Your Largo Business in Cases of Commercial Water Damage?

  • Protect the Merchandise: We remove the coffee beans from the impacted area and place them in air-tight plastic containers to keep moisture and humidity out while keeping the beans fresh.
  • Water Damage Removal: We extract excess moisture from your property to ensure the absence of slip and fall hazards 
  • Business as Usual: While we are working, we keep a low profile with our equipment and workers to make sure your customers can still enjoy their morning cup of coffee and pastries. 

For 24/7 assistance with any commercial restoration needs, Contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

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Our SERVPRO Of Largo Team Is Ready To 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 local communities continue to react to the ever-changing news regarding the global pandemic of Coronavirus, this is a reminder that we 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.

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 counters, tabletops, light switches, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, phones, tablets and tables.


SERVPRO of Largo is certified through the American Bio-Waste Solutions and trained to dispose of biohazard materials inline with EPA, OSHA, Florida State laws and local Pinellas County regulations. We are also a member of the local community and do our part to make the clearing of biohazard as painless as possible for our Largo area residents.

You can trust SERVPRO of Largo. This Dunedin family is happy they called our team.

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

A customer review “You were a 'lifeline' for us through the entire process.” Written on a black background. Call SERVPRO of Largo today, we want to help you all the way through!

Our team will be there for your water damage in Dunedin. 

On December 4th, in the very early morning hours, water damage occurred in our condo unit. Your company, SERVPRO of Largo, came immediately to mitigate the water. The monitoring, the drying period, and the tear-out for renovation was completed by December 27th.

Following the Christmas holiday, we assumed workmen would resume work, but we sat idle. No one showed up. Our frustration grew. On December 30th , we met with you to learn what would happen next. We were very stressed. The destruction had happened nearly a month ago and we had to turn family away from visiting us for the holiday. Due to the holiday, we went days without any action, and that elevated our stress level. So... when you came for our first face-to-face meeting, we unloaded on you with our complaints and concerns. You listened patiently, absorbed our distress, and you were so calm that you defused the situation and immediately earned our respect! You talked us through the process of selecting the company we would choose to begin the reconstruction. You assured us that we had the option of selecting the company for reconstruction if we wanted to be in control of each step of the renovation (as per a project manager role), or choosing SERVPRO to handle it. As we spoke with you, you presented facts to consider, you reassured us that if we chose SERVPRO, the completed work would look "Like it never even happened." You stated that if anything was not to our approval, you would work to make it right. We believed you.

We carefully considered our choices. We asked you if we chose to go with SERVPRO, how would it work?  You said you would first receive the adjuster's report, assess the damage, write up a step-by-step for the renovation, and show the cost for each step in the renovation. You would send us this bid, and if we chose to go with SERVPRO, we would sign an agreement that could be presented to our insurance company. You promised to send us the bid that night.  True to your word, you did. (In fact, anytime you said you would do something, you followed through!)

When we reviewed the bid and signed the agreement, we said we'd like your best team to be assigned to us, so who would you recommend? You immediately answered:

"Medji, and his team". We met you on January 6th You arranged for the green wallboard installation. You also had arranged for us to meet Medji for the first time. Three days later, the wallboard installation was complete. In preparation for the renovation, we sent you and Medji 6 pages of diagrams and many pictures of the kitchen before the water damage.

Over time we met Medji's good team of hard-working men: Espiro, Romano, Gazi, Landie. They did every task as Medji instructed. Their care of our property was commendable. They fixed things as if it was their own. We respected the pride they took in their work, and the desire to please us. We also respected the creative and careful approach that Medji took to replace the cabinets and island with like-to-like product, and to follow the footprint of the original island (an important detail, since the space in the kitchen is tight.)

The major work was accomplished by February 3rd, just 2 months after the disaster!  It was completed with skill and care, and when walking through the finished condo, it looked the same as it originally had... nothing out of place, and no evidence that anything had ever happened! Later, Medji called us and set a time on Feb. 13th to complete the final tick list. Again, a happy surprise! In today's "work style", it is not usual for a company to complete a job in such a timely fashion.

We are writing this evaluation to state how completely happy we are that we met you, we trusted you, and you came through for us. We were happy with each team that came to perform a task related to this catastrophe. We remain completely delighted with the work that Medji and his fine team of men did for us. We thank Universal Insurance for having the special relationship with your company to provide excellent work and to be paid directly through our insurance.

Special thanks to you, Allen, for representing SERVPRO in such an excellent manner. You are an amazing asset to your company. Your personality, your listening skills, your demeanor, and your professionalism gave us confidence in you and belief in your company. You orchestrated the entire process to move through each stage, with different teams of workers. Any time we called, texted or emailed you, you responded in a timely fashion. You were a "lifeline" for us through the entire process.

We are very appreciative to all of you. Cyrilla and Carey B. Dunedin FL.

SERVPRO Has a Large Inventory of Water Removal Devices for Belleair Beach Water Losses

3/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO pickup truck with company wraps parked on street When SERVPRO Arrives--Homeowners in Belleaire Beach Sigh and Say--There Goes the Water Damage--Thanks SERVPRO

Water Cleanup In Belleair Beach Can Involve Using Stationary Tools

If you ever have an appliance malfunction inside your Belleair Beach home, the machine could spill several gallons of liquid H2O into your residence in a short time. The first step of water cleanup after you have an appliance break is to extract as much moisture as possible while it is still a liquid. Once your building materials and contents start to get saturated, and the humidity rises inside your house or condo, the moisture removal process gets more difficult.

During water cleanup in Belleair Beach, extraction can remove the majority of the liquid H2O if it takes place promptly. When conducting the initial extraction phase, our SERVPRO technicians can use a variety of equipment. For the power to suck up the moisture, we can implement either a heavy-duty truck-mounted extractor (rarely needed for a small spill from an appliance) or a portable unit. We can then attach several different tools to the extractor to get used on the various surfaces inside your home.

For example, when extracting from hard-surfaced floors, our SERVPRO crew can use a handheld extraction wand to soak up excessive moisture. Thick carpets, though, can require the use of specialized extraction tools. One type of tool that is often used during the extraction of high-fiber carpets is a stationary tool.

Stationary tools extract moisture from thick carpet and padding by using the weight of the operator. The SERVPRO technician stands upon the unit, and the carpeting gets compressed so that more moisture can get pulled up by the extractor's vacuum system. These units are available in different sizes. Smaller devices can be used in areas of your house that contain narrow strips of carpeting. The larger stationary extraction tools can pull water from a section of carpet up to 200 square inches in size.

The stationary tools can get used to extract wet carpet one section at a time. When using this type of extraction tool, the operator stands on the unit for ten to fifteen seconds at a time. The more time each section gets, the more liquid can get vacuumed up into the extraction waste tank. Then for room size areas, we can ride a Rover, like a lawnmower, only an extractor.

If one of your appliances ever malfunctions or leaks, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 any day of the week. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Contact Our Experts 24/7 In Largo After A Water Loss

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

A huge hole in the ceiling of this home with drywall falling to the floor below. The leak in this roof caused the drywall to fall to the floor below in this home, we arrived right away and began restoration.

Stain and Water Cleanup in Indian Rocks Beach

It is lovely to have a condo on the beach with the ocean mere steps from your door, but the elements can be tough on both the inside and outside of your home. It is impossible to avoid bringing in sand, dirt, sunscreen residue, and moisture into your condo when you reside near the beach. It is considered a small price to pay for the luxury of being near the ocean. However, having a pipe burst within your kitchen can cause additional clean up on top of the daily routine.

Dealing with water cleanup in Indian Rocks Beach is unique because sand and debris brought in from the beach can add additional cleanup to your condo. In such a small space, water from the kitchen pipes may leak into your living room carpet. Water compounded with debris can create spots and stains in carpet and upholstery that require some extra attention on top of removing the water from the pipe bursting.

If you notice a stain after the pipe burst, you can spot and flush immediately using a mild detergent like SERVPRO's Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner for water-based soils and a dry solvent like Solvent Spotter for oil-based soils. However, you may be preoccupied with sopping up water and not notice the soiled spots on your carpet. Older stains may be more challenging to remove.

The first step in dealing with soil in your carpet is to determine what kind of soil is staining your carpet. Chances are at the beach, you are dealing with the insoluble soil of sand in your carpet. While using a portable extractor to remove the excess water from your carpet, technicians may notice some sand suctioning away with the water. However, any remaining sand can be dry vacuumed after the carpet is clean.

Water-soluble soils such as salt from the ocean may also be an issue and are best removed with a water-based product. Sunscreen, on the other hand, is an oil-soluble soil and consists of oily hydrocarbon components, which can be more challenging to remove. The best tactic is to use oil-based spotting products or use water-based alkaline products such as SERVPRO's StainZap to emulsify the soil for easy removal.

Removing water damage and stains from your home may require specific care and products, but SERVPRO (General Contractor #General: CBC1250662) aims to make it "Like it never even happened." Contact SERVPRO of Largo 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.

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Flood Damage Restoration In Your Belleair Bluffs Home

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged property Correct measuring of water can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to restore your home.

Using Accurate Measurements to Structure Flood Damage Restoration in your Belleair Bluffs Home

Issues with the plumbing system in your home can quickly result in a flooding emergency. These issues are especially prevalent during the winter months when weather can be more extreme. It is vital to regularly conduct checks of your internal and external plumbing to ensure pipes and drains are capable of working correctly under extreme conditions like the heavy rainfall typically associated with a storm. Despite conducting all the best practices, some unfortunate homeowners may still find themselves facing a water emergency in their home.

The advantage of using professional flood damage restorers in your Belleair Bluffs home is that you can ensure all elements of harm are brought under control. Water can migrate quickly from one area of the home to another. It may also enter wall cavities or subfloor in as little as a few hours. Removing standing water from the home but failing to address water migration can result in secondary microbial growth issues. SERVPRO technicians are trained in the assessment and restoration you need to get your home back on track.

To accurately assess the extent of damage in a property with the flooding, we need to use a range of measuring equipment. Moisture sensors can detect the amount of moisture residing in a porous material, and moisture probes can accurately depict the moisture content. Certain natural materials like wood can absorb significant amounts of moisture. When moisture levels rise above 12%, there is a high risk of warping or cupping. SERVPRO technicians take regular measurements to ensure that water damages are kept to a minimum.

Assessment of the home may require removing physical barriers or obstacles. These procedures can become time-consuming as it requires the removal of sections of drywall. It can also be invasive to the home. SERVPRO technicians can avoid removal materials in the home by using thermal imaging cameras. These equipment use infrared rays to assess the temperatures of surfaces. Cooler surfaces may indicate the presence of water behind a wall or beneath a floor.

Correct measuring of water can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to restore your home. Contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060, now.

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SERVPRO Uses Technology to Locate Moisture in Your Dunedin Home

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment stacked inside storage facility Water damage? We have the instrumentation to locate moisture and equipment to dry your home.

During Water Removal in Dunedin There are Many Instruments Used to Find Moisture

If your house in Dunedin ever suffers from any plumbing failure, damage to your contents and building materials could result. If water removal is conducted promptly by a professional restoration company like SERVPRO, many of your possessions and building's structural components could are salvageable. In some situations, excessive moisture can ruin items inside your home, such as your carpet and pad.

However, if restoration procedures get implemented correctly, our SERVPRO technicians can often prevent some items inside your home from having to be removed and replaced. The first step to water removal in your Dunedin residence is to find the source of the leak. Once we locate where moisture is entering your structure, we can then take steps to either temporarily or permanently fix the problem. After the leak gets repaired and no more moisture is entering your building, we then can then attempt to figure out where the moisture traveled.

One aspect that sets SERVPRO apart from other restoration companies is the moisture detection instruments we have at our disposal. During every restoration project, we use a variety of different tools to test for the presence of moisture as well as take readings of your house's indoor environment. When extracting water and drying out wet materials, it helps our team to know where the water went. We also test the temperature and humidity inside your home to figure out how we can create an environment that is favorable for rapid drying.

During many plumbing failure situations, your carpet and other floors are the first to get wet. When figuring out what sections of your carpet got wet, we can use a moisture sensor. The sensor consists of a handle with two probes, and should the carpet be wet, the instrument beeps and the handle lights up.

We can also use other moisture meters to get a level of how wet an item is. For example, we can use a non-penetrating moisture meter that can find where areas of your drywall are wetter than others. We can also use a penetrating moisture meter that gets hammered into wooden items like your wall studs to give us a moisture number. When testing your home for wet materials, we take measurements in affected areas and rooms that didn't get wet to come up with a drying goal.

For professional assistance after you notice a water leak, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 24/7 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Is Trapped Water in Construction Materials Damaging Homes in Dunedin?

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged hardwood floors Water quickly damages flooring materials. We have the tools and the know-how to restore your home.

Removing Trapped Water in Dunedin Home Construction Materials 

Wood flooring and framework can hold water for extended periods, being a challenging area for our SERVPRO team to dry in Dunedin homes after a water loss. While surface water can often get addressed with extraction tools and drying techniques, moisture that has penetrated the seams of wood plank flooring and reached into the subflooring can become a challenge for even our experienced professionals. There are many steps and techniques to remove water from saturated wood flooring. 

Many homeowners might consider the presence of water in their wood flooring to be a total loss, but water removal for Dunedin homes is more probable than you might believe. Removing the trapped water in these planks starts with understanding the severity of the situation. Our technicians have sophisticated discovery devices and tools that can probe beyond the surface to determine moisture content concentrations and surface meters that can detect the presence of moisture beyond the top layer. Both of these approaches offer unique information that can help to designate the placement and number of drying tools used. 

Our SERVPRO team has multiple drying tools like air movers and positive pressure systems to help the evaporative drying processes in structural cavities and specific materials. However, the most effective approach for drawing moisture from water damaged wood plank flooring is drying mats. 

These get placed perpendicular to the seams of the installed plank to maximize the drying approach. If more concentrated drying efforts are necessary, we can utilize lay-flat poly sheeting taped and weighted against the flooring in a tent to expedite the drying process. Our technicians can closely monitor the progress of this drying effort with moisture meters to prevent over-drying the materials.   

Because hardwood and engineered flooring are both accessible construction materials chosen in the construction of modern homes, knowing the best approach to dry out these materials and trapped moisture can save our customers money. No matter how we can help, give our SERVPRO of Largo team a call today at (727) 586-0060. We have the skills and equipment to make water losses “Like it never even happened.” 

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HVAC Water Extraction in Affected Dunedin Properties.

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Calling a professional team to handle the extraction of your Dunedin home water damage can help in so many ways.

It is hard to associate HVAC systems with water extraction. However, since the entire Heating and Ventilation system touches different parts of the house, including walls, ceilings, attics, or basement, water intrusion is possible. Extracting the water and drying the system is not an easy task considering its components are set up in hard to reach areas of the house. Calling a professional team to handle the extraction can help save your system.

Specialized water extraction in affected Dunedin properties requires several steps. Extracting the liquid water from the ducts is the primary step. Our SERVPRO technicians accomplish this by inserting a vacuum hose to the ductwork through a register or vent. We then hook the hose to a portable or truck-mounted water extractor, which provides the suction needed to remove the water. 

Wet-vacuuming may not remove all the water from the HVAC ductwork.  To extract any remaining water, our SERVPRO technicians drill small holes on the ducts to let water weep or drain out through gravity action. After removing the liquid water, we shift focus to drying, which removes excess moisture that can cause other problems such as mold.

HVAC ducts can be made of different types of materials, including fabric ducts, galvanized metal ducts with fiberglass interior, or galvanized metal with exterior fiberglass, among other materials. The type of material determines the effort needed for drying moisture from the system. Typically, our SERVPRO technicians supply hot, dry air into the return portion of the system, drying off moisture. 

Whenever water travels through the ductwork, there is a need to evaluate and clean some of its constituent parts. For example, there is a need to remove the fiberglass lining if present. We understand the need to do this following NADCA ACR standards, so apart from extracting the water, we also ensure a NADCA certified technician inspects the system.

Some water extraction processes require specialized skills. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 to help restore your property to preloss state. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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We Help You Get Back In Business After Water Damage Strikes In Dunedin

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

The floors in this hallway are covered in water When it comes to commercial water damage, we are the experts you can trust. We are available 24/7 so call us right away to prevent further damage.

Commercial Water Removal Dunedin – Remove All Moisture to Avoid Mold Growth

Many commercial building owners are focused on cleaning up any visible standing water, drying their floors, and restarting operations as quickly as possible. Lost workdays mean lost revenue and potentially lost customers, so it is essential to restart everything immediately. Sometimes not all of the moisture is removed, which can lead to issues later on.

SERVPRO has been providing commercial water removal services in Dunedin for 35 years. We are part of the community and participate in many community organizations, including the local chamber of commerce. Over the years, we have helped clients with almost every water damage situation. We have seen clients who assumed everything was dry, only to experience significant mold growth after the initial event.

Why is the Problem Not Fixed When the Water Has Dried?

The floors may be dry, and there are no visible signs of water after your employees have mopped up all of the standing water. Many clients do not realize that water damage may have penetrated the floor to the ceiling of the floor below. Water may have also flowed into wall cavities behind baseboards and drywall. These are perfect conditions for mold to grow, causing a musty odor and even structural damage if not removed.

SERVPRO understands that it is essential to return your commercial business to normal operations as quickly as possible. That's why we are available on a 24/7 basis and can mobilize our team to focus on removing all water and identifying high moisture areas that need attention.

Moisture meters and infrared cameras are used to identify those areas that may still contain moisture. Based on our experience, we can quickly identify the areas that should be checked and verified. Once moisture pockets are identified, SERVPRO can bring in the appropriate equipment to dry these areas. Air movers with hoses attached can blow dry moisture absorbing air into these pockets.

Don't take a chance with mold, remove all of the moisture the first time!

Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Indian Rocks Beach, Clearwater Beach, Belleair Shores, and the surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Professionals Can Reduce Odors In Your Largo Condo After A Fire

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

home destroyed by a fire Give our technicians a call today at (727) 586-0060.

Reducing Odor Damage to a Largo Condo After a Kitchen Fire

Many property owners do not understand the considerable undertaking that odor removal can be in Largo condos. As this is one of the most challenging obstacles that our SERVPRO team faces after fire losses, we have many specific strategies to address odor in various materials, forms, and severities. The better prepared we are for the conditions inside your residence after an extinguished fire, the better able to protect installed construction materials and contents we become.

Effective deodorization strategies for fire damage and odor in Largo condos starts with a thorough assessment of your property conducted by our project manager. Our team is careful to identify airborne contaminants like soot particles during this scoping, as well. Many of our deodorizing machines can simultaneously filter particulates in the air to make the overall environment safer for our technicians and any others exposed. Units like the hydroxyl generator and ozone machines can neutralize scents in a broad area while working to remove debris as well.

Because kitchen fires can affect surfaces like the drywall behind the stove or other porous materials like the cabinetry, approaches like thermal fogging can be useful. Water-based fogging solutions can get heated to a vapor form and dispersed throughout the damaged area, with the highest concentration being in the kitchen. It is customary for our SERVPRO team to utilize these products with a supporting scent like cherry or cinnamon to leave a pleasant odor behind after neutralizing smoke effects. We have unscented deodorization products as well for homes with sensory-sensitive occupants.

Painted walls and surfaces can be challenging to deodorize where they are thoroughly, and the ideal solution is to address these materials with fogging first. Once this phase completes, we can roll on sealants to encapsulate remaining odor residues. We often lean on quick-dry formulas that can allow the top coat of matching paint to get applied after an hour.

Fire loss effects can be challenging to overcome, especially when odors can travel so far from the initial ignition point. You can trust in the premium deodorization solutions our SERVPRO of Largo uses to make fire emergencies “Like it never even happened.” Give our technicians a call today at (727) 586-0060.

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Submersible Pumps Are Standard for Indian Rocks Beach Water Loss

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO vehicles parked on a sidewalk. Pump the breaks on your Indian Rocks Beach water loss! SERVPRO will be there no matter what.

We have the materials it takes to save your Rocks Beach home from water.

In most water loss situations and flooding instances that could affect Indian Rocks Beach properties, the removal tool of choice is a submersible pump. While there are numerous options available to professional outfits like our SERVPRO team when initially clearing out standing water, the sump pump is a versatile piece of equipment capable of meeting the demands of damaged properties quickly and consistently.

To accomplish water removal in Indian Rocks Beach homes, our technicians must address the primary source of the damage and repair it. In many cases where water removal is necessary, plumbing fixtures or portions of pipe have separated or become severely compromised. With a full team of general contractors licensed through the state (#CBC1250662), we can help with repairs to the plumbing, and with carpet repair and drywall installation. With controlled demolition techniques, we can quickly reach and repair damaged plumbing to gain control of the water loss situation.

Standing water is a challenging obstacle for homeowners to overcome, and they often rely instead on the fast response of our SERVPRO team with our submersible pumps. These electric units are among the most heavily used in the water restoration industry, as they eliminate lift limitations. Smaller units like we might traditionally use for standing water in your household can reach up to 18,000 gallons per hour (GPH) with close to 70 feet of discharge head. These smaller units can work in confined spaces, and run on present electric outlets for continual quiet operation.

Discharging from sump pumps goes to the nearest available drain or water outlet leaving the house. Once this productive unit has brought water levels down to a manageable 2 inches in depth or less, we can deploy the combination of light wands, wet-vacs, and stationary deep extraction tools for carpet and pad water removal.

Restoring a water-damaged house is not as straightforward as it might appear and can require sophisticated tools and practices to accomplish. Our SERVPRO of Largo team can help however you need with reliable sump pumps. Give us a call today at (727) 586-0060.

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How Professionals Remove Smoke Odors From Fire Damaged Largo Condos

11/5/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke damaged kitchen vent hood, cabinets and wall Smoke damage restoration involves more than wiping the soot from the wall. Smoke leaves an odor that necessitates professional removal.

What to Do When Your Largo Condo Needs Fire Smoke Remediation 

Having a fire inside of your Largo condo can leave some unpleasant fire smoke-based odors inside of your home. Even after cleaning up the fire damage inside, the malodor can remain behind if the right equipment is not used to remove it. For this reason, reaching out for professional help after experiencing fire damage inside of your home can be a wise decision.

When your condo requires local Largo fire smoke remediation, it is wise to seek out that help right away. Leaving any fire damage for a significant time in your home could make it harder to remediate successfully. Fire damage is often time-sensitive, and the quicker help arrives, the better it is for the longevity of your home.

If your home experienced a fire and you called us here at SERVPRO, we would immediately prepare to rush to your aid. We're committed to basing our schedule around yours. Whenever you need us, 24/7, our highly trained technicians are ready to travel to your home. Once we arrive, we can quickly go inside and begin to use our advanced technological equipment designed to remediate fire damage.

If, for example, leftover smoke damage was the problem in your home, SERVPRO could use a few devices to take care of the issue. Let's say the fire happened inside of your living room two weeks ago, and the visible damage had been dealt with already. However, no matter how much you open windows, or try to ignore the smell with candles, the malodor still lingers. 

SERVPRO could use devices like thermal foggers or air scrubbers equipped with HEPA filters to remove the foul scent from the air. The key to remediating the smell is to remove the particles from the air that is causing it. Thermal foggers dispense a chemical vapor into the air that traps the particles and neutralizes them. Air scrubbers pull them into the filter and eliminate them. No matter which device we chose, you can trust SERVPRO to remediate the malodor in your home, and leave it feeling "Like it never even happened."

If the foul scent of smoke is lingering inside of your home after a fire, never hesitate. Get in contact with SERVPRO of Largo by telephoning (727) 586-0060. Whatever the time of day, we're open and ready to help.

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We Will Eliminate The Traces Of Fire Damage In Your Largo Home

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

The ceiling of a family room effected by a fire in a nome with debris coming out of it We are trained in odor control, upholstery & fabric cleaning and fire & smoke restoration. Call us right away when you have a fire.

Better Management of Stains and Odors after Fire Damage Affects Your Largo Home

Fire damage presents many challenges as you work towards the restoration of your Largo home to its preloss state. Cleaning and rebuilding damaged areas consume most of the resources. However, issues you might consider minor such as unpleasant odor or stains, can ruin the outcome, or delay results. Working with professional FSRT, Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians, from SERVPRO helps manage these problems in different ways.

When performing the initial steps of fire damage restoration in Largo, it is easy to miss stubborn odors and stain through concealments. For example, it is natural to expect odor from charred items. Soot and other smoke residues on surfaces can also conceal stains or cause them if left in place for some time. Our SERVPRO crews have extensive experience dealing with similar incidents so we can anticipate such problems, thus planning to counter them. We achieve this by incorporating odor management and stain removal in the primary cleaning process using products and equipment such as:

Deodorant Granules and Pellets

Odor Counteracting Beads

Liquid Odor Counteractants

Hydroxyl and Ozone Generators

Although odor is invisible, it is made of real volatile particles that the nose senses in the air. The volatile nature of these particles spreads them through the air from the source point to the rest of the house. Hydroxyl and ozone generators produce free radicals into the air. These unstable molecules chemically alter odor molecules through oxidation, neutralizing bad odor. Our SERVPRO technicians set up hydroxyl generators in your house immediately we start the restoration process, ensuring the elimination of unpleasant odor by the time we finish cleaning.

During the fire damage cleaning process, various detergents are necessary to remove soils from surfaces and materials. The detergents might not remove stubborn odors and stains effectively. Our SERVPRO technicians add water-based deodorizers to the cleaning solutions we use to neutralize odors. The deodorizers are formulated to work at different temperatures and pH levels so they are effective even when mixed with other cleaning agents. We also take steps such as pre-cleaning stone surfaces and applying oil on metallic ones preventing stains.

Minor issues can ruin the outcome of a thorough restoration exercise. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 to help eliminate all traces of fire damage, "Like it never even happened."

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Proof That Commercial Mold Damage Remediation in Largo is Exactly What You Are Looking For

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

extensive mold patches on a ceiling When a mold infestation affects your commercial space, you need to contact SERVPRO. Our certified team will find the root cause of the damage.

Mold Recovery in All Stages for a Largo Warehouse

Humidity, water loss incidents, and other situations that allow for persistent dampness can leave a Largo warehouse suffering the effects of mold growth. With how quickly these conditions can spread throughout your facility, you need a team of remediation specialists that can address all stages of mold recovery in your business. Our SERVPRO professionals can help with the initial inspection of your warehouse, the remediation of current mold, and long-term solutions to prevent recurrences.

As the manager of a warehouse, you have a large stock of wares and goods stored in the facility that can quickly become at risk when mold damage affects your Largo business. With the experience of our professionals accredited as Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians (AMRT), we can offer even massive commercial clients the confidence and real-time solutions for their properties.


When our team first arrives at your building, we must begin our assessment of the warehouse to determine the presence of mold and where the highest concentrations of colonization exist. Once we have an understanding of where problem areas exist, we can remove at-risk inventory from this region and establish barriers to prevent the spread of colonies.


Our SERVPRO team has multiple effective remediation strategies, including sanding, soda blasting, dry ice blasting, antimicrobial agents, and controlled demolition. Because we are also a licensed (MRSR1163) mold remediation contractor, we have in-house professionals to accomplish this demolition and full-scale reconstruction when necessary, so your business does not wait for the work that it needs.

Addressing Moisture

Identifying the source of the moisture that allowed mold growth in the first place is an essential step to preventing a recurrence in the immediate future. We can thoroughly inspect the property with hygrometers and other moisture meters to identify vulnerabilities and work to repair and recover these points to reduce the likelihood of another mold growth incident after a short period.

Mold growth can cause health effects for your business and your employees, but our SERVPRO of Largo team has a fast response to help. We can work to protect the stocked inventory of your warehouse along with repairing and restoring damaged areas of the facility to make mold losses “Like it never even happened.” Give us a call at (727) 586-0060.

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Water Damage on Your Hardwood Floors in Largo? Call SERVPRO to Avoid Hefty Expenses

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO drying equipment in bedroom.  Water damaged hardwood floor. Water damaged hardwood floors? Call SERVPRO of Largo to restore your flooring today!

What to Do When Your Hardwood Floors in Largo Have Water Damage

Hardwood floors are a beautiful and sleek flooring option, but they are also highly susceptible to water damage. To keep your floors in good condition, you need to know not only what causes water damage, but how to prevent it. Our SERVPRO experts in Largo have the drying equipment ready to clean your floors immediately - so you aren’t faced with total hardwood replacement costs.

Assess the Cause of the Damage

There are several events or situations leading to water damage in your Largo home, especially on your hardwood floors. Some of the most common causes of water damage on hardwood floors include:

  • Plumbing leaks underneath the floor
  • Spills from a broken dishwasher or washing machine
  • HVAC machine malfunctions
  • Bursting pipes that spill onto the floor
  • Remove and Extract Water

After we determine the cause of the water damage on your hardwood floors, we use our high-tech water removal equipment to extract the water out of the wood safely. Depending on the size of the area damaged by water, you may need to temporarily move yourself and your belongings out of the home to prevent further damage. After using our tools to remove all excess water from the area,  we do another thorough assessment to ensure that that there is no mold or bacterial growth.

Dry and Dehumidify

After removing the water, your hardwood floors need to be dried immediately. SERVPRO experts use a variety of different vacuum and dehumidification tools to carefully ensure the removal of all particles of water from the damaged area. The drying process is meant to keep the area from getting further damaged. After drying the area, we set up monitors to measure the affected area and track our drying goals. We continue working in your home until the completing of all goals.

Don’t let your hardwood floors get ruined. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. We offer water damage services to Largo and all surrounding areas. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.  

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We Are Available 24/7 For All Your Largo Fire Damage Restoration Services

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

A kitchen destroyed by a fire covered in soot and smoke damage We cleaned up the fire damage and water damage and tore out the damaged building materials followed by odor control.

Tiny Wire Worked Loose in a Switch Plate or Socket can cause Extensive Fire Damage in a Largo Residence

It doesn't always take much to start a fire. A small wire that ends up corroded from too much humidity can short out and start a fire in your Largo home. You might never notice any difference in the strength of the electricity in that area from other parts of the house. 

Electrical fires cause some homes in Largo isolated fire damage. Our building services department, General Contractor License # CBC1250662, helps in these situations by making repairs to your electrical wiring where needed. Reconnecting loosened wires or making other needed repairs also helps reduce the chances of another fire.

Depending on the location and its cause, a fire could spread and create additional fire damage, or it might burn plastics and leave thick soot deposits. Cleaning soot away from surfaces helps us in determining which materials need restoring and which others became too damaged for this method. Some materials are damaged beyond our ability to clean them, so we need to remove them and then, once we finish, have our building team reinstall new materials. 

Cleaning happens with a sponge, in many places where flat surfaces exist, but others require smaller tools. Trim around doors and windows, switch plates and sockets, and air vents also need a thorough cleaning. Furniture also requires wiping down with special dry sponges and in some places, light application of cleaning agents, brushes, and vacuuming. 

Household linens often collect large amounts of soot during a fire. This soot can eat away at the fabric if left alone, so we vacuum much of the soot away from the textiles. Different materials require different cleaning types, and we discuss these with you to provide the best results. 

The personal belongings of your family members fall into several different category types and SERVPRO has matching methods to restore most, if not all, of these. We have access to different methods that can clean items made of soft materials or non-porous ones. Anything that needs packed up and taken to our facility for cleaning gets inventoried as we place the items in the boxes. We also do the same for any items and building materials that were too damaged for restoration.

SERVPRO of Largo is always ready and near you when your Dunedin or Clearwater Beach residence sustains fire damage from overheated electrical wires or appliances. Call us at our service line, (727) 586-0060, for help in restoring your property “Like it never even happened.”

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Stay Calm and Make These Calls After Hurricane Dorian Causes Flood Damage in Largo

9/15/2019 (Permalink)

Hurricane on a weather map in blue, green, yellow and orange Don’t take on the storm alone, we will be there in Largo after your hurricane water damage.

SERVPRO can help you through the steps after a hurricane in Largo.

When a major hurricane strikes in Largo and other Florida communities, it can sometimes come as a shock when floodwaters rise to unprecedented levels and cause damage to your home. All buildings are put at risk in every storm, even those that have survived many hurricanes in the past. If the worst happens, stay calm and make the right calls to weather the storm as best as possible.


We provide 24/7 emergency services to prepare for disasters like Hurricane Dorian that can cause flood damage in Largo. You should contact us as soon as possible after the disaster so that we can send out damage mitigation teams to immediately extract water and prevent additional damage from happening to your property. In addition to our damage mitigation and restoration work, we can help with other aspects of flood recovery, including a temporary move-out or negotiations with your insurance company. Our national network of resources allows us to handle large-scale disasters like hurricanes without over-extending our personnel and resources, so never hesitate to call us when you need help.

Your Insurance Provider

Calling your insurance company within hours of the disaster hitting your home can help to make sure that your claims get processed and that you receive as much in your payout as possible. Even if the company's telephone lines are jam-packed after the hurricane strikes, automated phone systems and call logs can be very helpful in proving that you took the right steps to report losses and maintain communication. SERVPRO can also work with your insurance company and provide them with updated cost estimates as the restoration process progresses, eliminating some of the paperwork and hassle on your part.

Family and Relatives

While a call to SERVPRO or your insurance company can make sure that your home survives the disaster, your relatives are probably more concerned about you than your belongings. Make sure to call up those who are important to you and let them know that you are okay.

SERVPRO of Largo can help you to overcome even the worst flooding disasters after Hurricane Dorian. Call us 24/7 on our emergency line at (727) 586-0060.

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Our Water Damage Technicians Are Here To Help Your Largo Home

9/5/2019 (Permalink)

Troubled Woman Looking At Leaking Sink Pipe In Kitchen We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Leaking Cold Water Feed To Your Largo Fridge Can Cause Major Issues

One of our clients came home one day after a weekend vacation to find water all over her kitchen. The water had also flowed into the family room of the home. It appeared to be coming from the fridge area. Many high-end refrigerators have ice makers, cold water dispensers and water filters as features. These refrigerators require a water line installed to the back of the fridge to a solenoid which controls the water flow into the fridge. This line had sprung a significant leak at the junction to the solenoid. Water was spraying against the wall behind the fridge.

She called SERVPRO for help about the water damage from her Largo home. Our dispatcher advised the client to turn off the water line to the fridge. If she could not find the valve to shut the water off, she could also turn the valve off at the main water line coming into her home. He also suggested she mop up as much water as possible from the family room.

Our SERVPRO team quickly got to work and vacuumed up the water. The client, at our suggestion, turned on the air conditioning, which helped to dehumidify the home as well. Fortunately, she caught this leak early enough that there was no significant damage to the flooring. A portable dehumidifier was installed in the kitchen for several days to assist in removing moisture. Several large fans were also installed in the family room to assist in drying out the floor. A final check using moisture meters verified that the humidity level was down to a reasonable level, and the flooring sustained no long term damage.

The client was delighted and relieved to get her home back within a few days. She also hired a plumber to repair the leaking water line to the fridge and to install a readily accessible shut off valve for future access. She mentioned that she plans to shut the water off whenever she is away on vacation in the future as a further precaution.

Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for 24/7 service. We serve Clearwater, Dunedin, Belleair Bluffs, and surrounding areas. We help clients over the phone deal with water damage. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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Don't Let Fire Destroy Your Family Treasures in Your Largo Home

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damaged foyer Often not everything is a loss after a fire. Trust SERVPRO to restore your family treasures.

Steps for Recovery after a Fire Damages Your Largo Home 

Fire disasters are devastating, and they do not discriminate. They can affect any home regardless of its location, condition or age. The flames engulf everything that gets in their way, and this can lead to a significant amount of damage within a short time. Fires also produce a significant amount of smoke that destroys items on its own.

A fire can ruin a lifetime of irreplaceable possessions and precious memories. When your Largo home has fire damage, the first thing you should do is wait until the fire department says it is safe to enter the property. Even though your home may appear to have sustained cosmetic damage, the fire could have severely ruined essential structures, making it unsafe to go back in. A fire can also leave various hazardous debris behind like pieces of broken metals, glass, wood, and plastic. Your property may also have exposed wiring after a fire.

Another vital thing to do after a fire is contacting your insurance firm. Your agent can give you in the right direction and help you take essential steps a few hours after the incident. Some steps may include:

  • Keeping the destruction to a minimum by coverings doors, windows, and other openings to prevent water damage.
  • Putting up a temporary fence around your home to prevent theft and vandalism.
  • Listing the items the fire-damaged and their prices.
  • Locating temporary accommodation for you and your family.
  • Hiring a property inspector to assess the structural damage caused by the fire. Some structures that a home inspector evaluates include the roof, windows, plumbing fixtures, heating systems, floors, doors and door frames, siding, concrete and electrical circuits.

As you speak to your insurance agent, find out what your insurance policy can cover and what it cannot. You should also call a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO to help you clean up your property and restore the damaged structures and contents.

During fire restoration cleaning, our technicians determine which items need salvaging or replacing.  We can also inform you and your insurance company about the condition that may have existed before the fire happened. Addressing preexisting conditions or damages as part of the fire restoration process is not a must, but it is vital to recognize and document them.

Before cleaning structure, our crew tests them to determine the suitable cleaning method. Washable or non-washable are the categories we separate materials. Our SERVPRO technicians can wet clean washable materials using water-based cleaning products. We use dry cleaning methods to clean non-washable materials. Fires may also cause unpleasant odors in your home. We perform deodorization of strong odors like those from a protein fire using equipment like Ultra Low Volume (ULV) foggers and air scrubbers.

If your property in Clearwater, Dunedin, or Clearwater Beach has sustained fire damage, you can trust SERVPRO of Largo with the restoration work. Contact us at (727) 586-0060 to get your home back to livable conditions quickly.

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How Your Auto Shop in Largo Can Stay Prepared for Flood Damages

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Three SERVPRO trucks in front of a building. Flood Damage is serious, call SERVPRO right away in Largo.

Let us help you get your Largo business back to it original state after flood damage.

Safeguarding your auto shop in Largo against dangers and damages is imperative for staying in business long term. Hurricanes and other storms can have the potential to put you out of business if you are unprepared, even if the storm appears less severe than you might have seen in seasons past. Any heavy rainstorm could become the tipping point that causes your shop to sustain flood damage. Staying prepared can help you to control costs and stay afloat even with your revenue cut off while you undergo repairs and restorations. Take these steps to make sure that you don't go under when the next storm hits.

Get Flood Insurance

Perhaps the single most influential factor in whether an auto shop in Largo can survive flood damage is the type and amount of insurance the business has. Most conventional insurance policies cover everything except for flooding unless you pay extra for that coverage. Every year, we get calls from local homes and businesses that believe they have storm damage covered through their insurance policies, but ultimately do not receive their payouts because they do not have a flood coverage policy. Make sure that your insurance policy covers flood damages and, if it does not, we strongly recommend investing in a separate flood damage policy.

Set up a SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile

The SERVPRO Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) system exists to help you get emergency mitigation services to your business as fast as possible after a flood. The ERP system is designed with business owners in mind and allows you to upload relevant documents, information, and building layouts that help our technicians react fast and control the situation better than if you had placed a standard phone call. The ERP system is free to use and has an official mobile app to allow you to call for help at the touch of a button.

Call in Professional Technicians

While minor storm damage can often be fixed with some sealants and a few hours of labor, damage from large storms and hurricanes is often best left to the professionals. Hiring a company like SERVPRO helps to return you to full operations faster and may even be required by your insurance contract.

SERVPRO of Largo has years of experience helping local businesses to overcome hurricanes and other natural disasters. Call us 24/7 at (727) 586-0060 for our emergency services or a quote.

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Fire Damage and a Fast Cleanup at Your Largo Condo--Yeah SERVPRO!

8/2/2019 (Permalink)

The Sign Says It All for Largo Restoration Services

A Largo Summer Gathering Goes Up in Flames

When you live in Largo, a summer gathering with friends is a must.  The heat, longer days, and relaxed atmosphere provide a perfect setting to get together in a half-outdoors, half-indoors event.  It is perfectly normal to set some citronella candles, a grill, and drinks on the patio and then walk in and out of the air-conditioned living room throughout the evening.  What you cannot plan is the billowing curtains catching fire from the citronella candle, causing flames to enter your home and leave a mark on your kitchen while you search for the fire extinguisher to bring the fire under control.

Even as the party resumes, you can already see that your kitchen needs help.  Fire damage to your Largo home is a problem best left to a professional team, such as SERVPRO. Before you attempt to clean the smoke and soot remains with storebought abrasive cleaners, it is best to consult with our fire restoration experts and have them guide you through the process.  By enlisting our expert help, you can prevent subsequent damage caused during the cleanup process.

Our SERVPRO technicians excel at their job because they train in industry best-practices both in a classroom setting and on the job.  They understand the principles behind the physical and chemical aspects of the fire and have seen them in action on the field. As soon as you call us, we can take targeted steps to remediate your damage and leave your kitchen in pristine condition.  Before we arrive, help us mitigate your losses by taking the following steps:

-Isolate your kitchen as much as possible to prevent airborne particles from traveling to other parts of your home

-Remove items unaffected by the fire and extinguishing agents to preserve them

-Use protective equipment such as gloves when handling the residue

Upon arrival, we can take over and apply industry-grade cleaning solutions made specifically for each surface we clean. We always pre-test surfaces, hard, porous, or fabric, before cleaning with our products. Our SERVPRO crew understands the nature of each flammable item (organic vs. manmade products) and applies products accordingly.  Failure to address each item individually can cause irreversible damage by applying the wrong cleaning solution.  

SERVPRO of Largo is ready to get your summer back on track.  Just call us at (727) 586-0060 even if your damage does not appear extensive.  Together, we can leave your home, "Like it never even happened."  

We Arrive As Soon As Possible To Restore Your Largo Home

7/20/2019 (Permalink)

Storm damage occurred at this home when the roof was damaged during a storm.

Flood Damage in Largo Homes: What to Do Before Help Arrives

Heavy storms and hurricanes are not uncommon weather events for Florida residents. When floodwater enters a home, your safety is the most important thing. One of the first things our technicians determine during the initial phone call is if the property is safe for residents to remain on-site. Post-flood dangers in a home include slip and fall accidents from slick, wet floors to electrical shock from the water inside fixtures or wall plugs.

Rainwater and flood damage in your Largo home generally carry two different categorizations. Rain, from an incident such as a damaged roof allowing water in, that is in the house less than 24 hours, has a classification as "clean water" and poses no real health risks. Floodwater that enters as groundwater such as storm surge or flash flooding has the potential to pick up debris, toxins, even sewage and it all comes inside. Residents should avoid contact until our SERVPRO team arrives onsite for flood water cleanup.

Some things you can do before we arrive can assist in lessening water loss from rainwater to your home and possessions:

Use towels or mops to remove excess water
If cushions on sofas or chairs are wet, prop them up, so airflow reaches all sides
Wood stain leeches into wet carpeting, remove or put foil between the legs and carpet or rugs
Take photos and artwork off the walls and store in a dry place

If the water that has entered the home is groundwater, for your safety, avoid contact until our SERVPRO technician tests the water for contaminants. Once we arrive on-site, our certified technicians quickly extract floodwater and dry the home. If flood cuts or other controlled demolition actions were necessary to dry the property, we also have the expertise and licensing as a general contractor #CBC1250662 so we can perform any reconstruction needed to return your home to its preloss condition.

As mold is a significant threat following flood damage, our certified mold remediation specialists #MRSR1163 know the conditions necessary for mold colony growth and use antimicrobial cleaners and sealers to ensure mold is not an issue after the completion of restoration services.

When flood damage is a problem, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060, and our emergency response teams arrive on-site soon after your call to make the water loss in your home "Like it never even happened."

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If A Water Incident Damages Your Floors In Your Largo Office Building Our Experts Can Help

7/1/2019 (Permalink)

Call us at (727) 586-0060 with your water damage needs so we can protect your floors and the rest of your property.

Restoring An Office Building’s Floors With Commercial Water Damage In Largo

One of the problems facing property owners in many areas near water, including Largo, involves the harm water from both interior leaks and those that come from outdoors. You generally have more control over the situation when intrusive water comes from a broken pipe than when water comes from elsewhere.

We restore all types of businesses in Largo when commercial water damage strikes and makes carrying out or participating in regular activities difficult or even impossible. When your business includes retail and office tenants, the flooring types in each can vary from one to the next. The technicians from SERVPRO understand how these different floors respond to water and what can occur. We also understand which methods provide optimal results.

Some stores prefer harder surfaces, such as painted concrete. While many view this as a non-porous material because of its widespread use outside, concrete’s use outside happens because of its durability. It does absorb water, but evaporation occurs much more slowly than the rate of absorption. Paint can also slow down how fast moisture leaves and enters the air. While this occurs, calcium deposits can temporarily discolor the surface. These deposits disappear upon HEPA vacuuming.

More complex to restore but still well within our expertise, tile made of vinyl or asphalt derivatives require technicians with advanced expertise to assure you of results that minimize permanent damage from water. Part of the reason tile takes more effort to restore lies in the use of glues to adhere each piece onto the subfloor. With these, white deposits arise from the breaking down of sealer wax. We can easily clean this, and the customer should not view this as a sign of permanent damage.

Drying a wood-based subfloor becomes crucial to restoring the floor’s appearance. We may find that we can dry the underlay from below, instead of removing tiles to apply heat and extraction pads. When tiles lie on top of concrete, asphalt tiles often survive where vinyl ones do not. Many times, customers choose to replace instead of restore vinyl tiles, as this is often the less costly option.

When the vibrant colors of ceramic tile play a role in a store’s appearance, the tiles themselves come out perfectly. Water rarely causes damage to these durable pieces, but when grout deteriorated before the water loss event, it can seep in underneath and cause problems there. Checking the amount of moisture reveals a great deal of information on how SERVPRO technicians need to respond. Air movers might suffice, or pulling up an area of tile so drying must take place before resetting the pieces to prevent moisture causing water damage and microbial infestation.

SERVPRO of Largo serves businesses in Dunedin, all of Belleair, and also Indian Rocks Beach. Call us at (727) 586-0060 with your water damage needs so we can protect your floors and the rest of your property. Our General Contractor License means we can make things “Like it never even happened.”

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Let the Experts Handle Water Damage Remediation in Your Largo Home

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

Washing machine mishaps can cause lots of water damage. Contact SERVPRO today for help.

Professional Extraction Equipment Lessens Loss to Water Damage in Largo Homes

Among insurance claims filed annually, water damage is the second most frequent after wind and hail damage to residential properties. The proper cleanup of water loss is vital to ensure mold is not an issue afterward. 

When SERVPRO assists Largo homeowners with water damage cleanup, we pay special attention to this step of mitigation because the more time we spend pulling up moisture, the faster the drying phase of restoration goes. We have several types of equipment to choose from dependent on the scope and scale of the water removal needs, such as: 

  • Portable pumps for fast extraction, especially useful in small spaces
  • Stand on wet vacs called Rovers that use the weight of the technician as part of the water expression process for thorough removal
  • Weighted extraction wands to force water out of carpeting or upholstery
  • Truck mounted pumps for fast, large-scale water extraction

Because of the propensity for water to migrate, we scope all parts of the room to locate it. For example, a supply line leak in a second-floor laundry room can result in water running behind baseboards, wicking into sheetrock and dripping into the floor joists and coming through the ceiling below. An event of this type requires that the flooring, ceiling, and wall cavities are thoroughly dried to inhibit the growth of mold in any of those areas. 

Before drying, SERVPRO technicians set drying goals. These goals are unique to each job site and taken into consideration are the average humidity conditions in the home as well as ambient temperatures to ensure that there is no danger of harboring mold colonies after the water cleanup. 

After drying, we hand-clean and disinfect affected surfaces and objects to leave the area without residual water odors. Our technicians hold certifications in mold remediation #MRSR1163 and we know how to create an inhospitable environment for mold growth, so it is not an issue the homeowner has to worry about from this water loss event.

SERVPRO of Largo is available 24/7 at (727) 586-0060 to handle any type of water damage in your home. Our local emergency response teams arrive soon after your call and work to make your water loss "Like it never even happened."

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When Your Crawlspace In Largo Suffers Flood Damage You Can Count On Our Crew For Help!

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

Trust in the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of Largo professionals to help with thorough extraction and drying solutions.

Flooding In The Crawlspace Of Your Largo Residence

Crawlspaces are common staples to the construction of Largo homes and help to keep houses elevated in flood-prone areas. Also, this space beneath the residence can be a prime location for shutoffs, meters, and other essential components to various utilities running through the property. When this area beneath your house becomes flooded, it can cause many problems for the main floor of the home above. Our professionals have effective techniques for quickly reducing the threats of standing water in a crawlspace, and we can arrive with the full measure of our extraction and drying equipment to help.

With natural disasters that leave flood damage in multiple Largo homes and businesses simultaneously, securing professional restoration quickly is essential to getting work started right away. While our SERVPRO team has a large roster of qualified water restoration and structural drying technicians, not to mention a division of cleaners to handle biohazards and contamination, we have the resources and effective mitigation solutions to address many damaged houses at once.

There are several risks to standing water in the crawlspace of your home, but one of the most pressing of these is meeting the conditions for mold and microbial growth. Colonization of mold can be hazardous, allowing for degradation of structural supports and beams beneath the main floor of your property. Additionally, exposure to active colonization can cause potential health effects. Moisture and dampness can also affect structural elements and construction materials negatively, and force immediate extraction and drying solutions to protect flooring and drywall in the main level of your house.

Our SERVPRO team arrives with production trailers stocked with effective extraction and drying equipment. We can not only remove the standing water and lingering saturation but also work to provide our customers with long-standing solutions that reduce the possibility of further water loss incidents in the crawlspace moving forward.

While crawlspaces can often keep your home from direct flood damages, without the appropriate mitigation and recovery of these damages, your property can still suffer hazardous consequences. Trust in the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of Largo professionals to help with thorough extraction and drying solutions. Give our experts a call anytime at (727) 586-0060.

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Our Professionals Can Restore Your Collectibles After A Fire In Your Largo Property

6/8/2019 (Permalink)

Call us by dialing (727) 586-0060, and speak with an IICRC-certified specialist who can help make everything “Like it never even happened.”

Cleaning Collectibles Is A Crucial Part Of Fire Damage Mitigation In Largo

Finding your pristine collection of 1950’s dolls or once-colorful beer steins covered in a dense layer of dark soot while inspecting your Largo residence after a fire can make you feel like the fire, and its effects invaded every aspect of your home. Even glass cabinets and other enclosures often permit smoke to find its way in and settle on the contents’ surfaces.

At SERVPRO, we take pride in helping our customers reclaiming their homes and their possessions from fire damage in Largo. We lessen its effects by using approved methods we learn through our Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. Before, we cleaned such items by hand, which could produce excellent results, although taking an enormous amount of time to accomplish.

Instead, we now use ultrasonic technology to remove soot and other grime from your most prized possessions. Small imperfections can grip onto soot and make an unsightly, ugly mark that diminishes the beauty of such pieces in a collection. Cleaning by hand often left these defects marred. A short period in our ultrasonic water bath, however, cleans soot from every surface, including in between tightly abutted surfaces that face each other. This ability to clean blemishes and hairline cracks makes a tremendous difference in how your collection appears when you receive it back from us.

While still at your property, we carefully pack each item in its own piece of plain paper and place it inside a clean box. Taking these boxes to our facility also includes inventory sheets that correspond to each box. These sheets follow your items through the entire process. After the water bath, we place them in a drying chamber.

Although the cleaning method eliminates the soot that causes collectible items to smell like smoke, we still provide further deodorization. We do this inside the drying chamber without moving them. Handling them as little as possible reduces the chances of breakage. We then re-wrap each item and place it into a new box so we can return these items to you, along with their inventory sheets.

SERVPRO of Largo takes mitigating fire damage in every part of your Harbor Bluffs, Indian Rocks Beach, or Belleair Shores residence seriously. From structural damage to personal favorite items, we help families recover from the effects of both large and small fires. Call us by dialing (727) 586-0060, and speak with an IICRC-certified specialist who can help make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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Commercial Water Cleanup Operations In A Largo Businesses

5/20/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage do this to your business. Call SERVPRO today.

How SERVPRO can help you clean up your building from water damage.

Despite being surrounded by a bay and the Gulf, most Largo businesses deal with more problems from mundane issues like broken water pipes and other plumbing failures.

For a food processing facility in Largo, commercial water cleanup means restoring the building to a condition that meets city health standards. To do that, SERVPRO restoration specialists have to completely dry the facility and clean surfaces so that preparation and packaging can resume.

In a commercial building, initial water removal is often easier than in a private home. Here, there are no carpets or pads to contend with, so our personnel can quickly clear out all standing water from concrete floors using pumps for large amounts, extraction wands for water just covering the surface, and then long-handled squeegees to push any trace amounts out from corners and under machinery to the nearest exit.

If the water source was from a malfunctioning sprinkler, food preparation and packaging surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned and dried. SERVPRO specialists use cleaning agents designed for the purpose and carefully use them with cloths and brushes when needed to eliminate any possible airborne contaminants that mixed with the water as it fell.

After removing the water from the floor and wiping down other surfaces, our specialists next dry the facility. We use air movers to generate warm, dry air throughout the building. Combined with exhaust fans at main entrances and exits, they force out the damp, inside air and draw moisture out of building materials such as drywall and wood support structure.

If the interior is exceptionally humid, specialists install one or more dehumidifiers to draw moisture out of the air. This action lowers the humidity level and speeds up the natural evaporation process. Once completed, our restoration team examines all preparation and packaging surfaces for any trace amounts of dirt or water for hand-cleaning and drying.

At SERVPRO of Largo, we understand that being shut down interrupts employee paychecks and can drive away customers to other suppliers. Our restoration teams quickly work to help every business reopen their doors and prevent that from happening. If you need our expertise, call (727) 586-0060 today.  

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No More Mistakes With Fire Damage Remediation In Your Largo Home

5/18/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage remediation can be time consuming and difficult. Contact SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Steps that Help Protect a Structure after Fire Damage in Largo

When fire razes your Largo home, there is a need to take some steps to help protect the structure from secondary damages. When performed correctly, such steps help prevent aspects of the damage such as smoke residues from causing additional damages. They also ensure safety for occupants and restorers who may access the building in its damaged state. Our IICRC, Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, certified Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians can help protect your structure.

Conducting building inspection helps establish whether the fire damage incident in Largo left any health or safety hazards. Lingering smoke which might be noxious or contain harmful gases poses health risks. Partially burnt sections such as stairs are safety hazards because they can collapse under the bodyweight of someone using them. Our SERVPRO technicians take note of such areas and secure them or post warning signs to protect anyone visiting the affected property.

Fire damages walls, roofs and even causes windows to shatter depending on the cause or the intensity of the blaze. Firefighters also douse the flames with gallons of water leaving wet areas. These aspects can cause several secondary damages. Our SERVPRO technicians board up the property and install roof tarps which helps prevent damage by weather elements and keep vandals out. We also extract any standing water using our truck-mounted water extractors and take other steps to dry excess moisture.

Initial cleaning of contents affected by the fire is necessary. It helps ensure the occupants have items to use as they wait for the completion of the restoration. Initial cleaning also helps prevent secondary damage from the effects of acidic soot residues. Our SERVPRO crews pre-clean carpets and furniture to remove massive soot deposits. We also wipe porcelain, stone and metal items to prevent staining. We also remove charred item remains immediately from the property because it helps reduce the emotional toll fire incidents have on the occupants.

For proper response after incidents of fire damage, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 to help. We are available 24/7.

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Do Not Give Up When Fire Damages Your Clearwater Business

5/10/2019 (Permalink)

Does your business have fire damage? Worries? No need … because we’ve got the speed for your fire needs!

How to prepare your SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan for your Clearwater Business.

A grim statistic facing business owners in the Clearwater area is that as many as 50 percent of companies go under after a disaster. The single decision that changes this discouraging reality appears to be developing a preparedness plan adaptable for any emergency. It makes sense that you should invest time and attention in a blueprint you and your chosen restoration company can reference if the worst happens.

Commercial fire damage suffered by your Clearwater restaurant can grind business to a halt. We have a comprehensive strategy for our commercial customers that permits us to partner long before any fire crisis occurs. A walkthrough of your business -- storage areas, prep, and other cooking spaces, dining room, bar, and any other sections in your building -- helps us identify fire risks as well as other vulnerabilities. Our experienced project managers can make recommendations that reduce the probability of fire at your business.

 In addition, the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP) allows our team of Fire and Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) to familiarize themselves with the challenges your commercial building might pose if a fire does break out. Our workforce masters the extensive training and knowledge base offered by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC) as part of our preparation for your disaster. Knowing the details about your workspace layout, the location of crucial utility lines and the methods used as your chef and staff prepare your menu of delicious items helps us jump right in to remediate fire damage.

You fine-tune the ERP by using our Mobile App to complete your Profile. Share with SERVPRO information about vendors and contractors that help us get your equipment and systems back online. Designate trusted employees or family members to make decisions about the fire damage restoration process when you are away or otherwise unable to take the reins during the crisis.

With your ERP in the palm of our hand as a concise, digital outline, our SERVPRO team can respond fast and efficiently if a kitchen or dining area fire cancels reservations for a brief time. Knowing that our reliable workforce is on duty gives your loyal customers hope for a dinner date or brunch soon and sweeps away concerns that your eatery is out of the rotation permanently.

Savvy business owners contact SERVPRO of Largo to collaborate on our signature ERP. Schedule an appointment for a consultation long before problems arise by calling (727) 586-0060. Click here to learn more about Americas #1 Beach in Clearwater.

SERVPRO Will Act Fast To Remove Standing Water In You Largo Home

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

We have the equipment to handle any water removal job big or small so don't hesitate and give us a call right away.

Protecting at-Risk Contents of Your Water-Damaged Largo Condo

We have many solutions for protecting the contents of your Largo condo when water loss incidents have left several inches of standing water throughout your property. While this can affect many pieces of furniture, shelving, and belongings throughout the condo, many of these can get protected and restored on-site versus removed entirely from the vicinity and restored/kept at our nearby facility until restoration within the damaged property completes.

Knowing the difference between which items are at risk and which items can stay where they are in your Largo home often comes down to which areas require water removal and which do not. Addressing the standing water is one of the greatest concerns for our SERVPRO professionals when we first arrive at your address. We have an array of extraction equipment that can remove water quickly from the exposed areas of your condo, allowing us to get to work on vital drying efforts shortly after that.

Protecting your belongings through substantial water loss incidents like this can seem challenging, but our rapid response team arrives with members of our contents department to isolate damaged items and possessions to get them to a safe place within the property or packed into our Green Fleet for transport to our nearby facility. It is always our intention to protect and preserve as much of the water damaged components or at-risk items on site rather than transporting them.

If we find that certain items require focused cleaning, deodorization, drying, or other restorative practices that we cannot perform at your condo, we can carefully move them to our SERVPRO warehouse for the attention these items need. Once they get cleaned and dried to the high standards of our contents department, they get stored in a climate controlled wing of our warehouse until the restoration has completed in the condo and these items can get returned to their original positions.

Protecting the contents of your condo in a water loss incident is a vital step to making this damage “Like it never even happened.” Our SERVPRO of Largo rapid response team is available 24/7 to help by calling (727) 586-0060.

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How Professionals Restore Your Flood Damaged Largo Condo

4/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Largo is always on call for your water damage emergency.

Actions that Improve the Outcome of Flood Removal in a Largo Condo

Flooding in a condo poses a great threat because it costs a significant amount to clean up the immediate damages, and deal with the issues that crop up after some time. In such a unit, it is easy for water to sit too long if the owner is away from home. The water also spreads easily from upper levels to lower ones if the incident starts in upper floors. Taking the right steps after discovering the problem should help restore the property to its preloss state.  

Dealing with any standing water is a crucial step during flood water removal in a Largo condo. Using sophisticated equipment such as water extractors and pumps is the most straightforward way to achieve this. However, because the water is also trapped in wall cavities and other concealed areas, other processes such as drilling weep holes and making flood cuts may be necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians use both portable and truck-mounted water extractors to ease access to any section of the property. Our WRT, Water Restoration Technicians also use their skills to perform the other steps expediting water removal.  

When water originates from a higher level, it can cause widespread damages to the contents in the lower levels. Protecting such items from severe damages is vital. Moving such items, or covering them can help protect them from dripping water and the debris produced during the other restoration steps. Our SERVPRO technicians use plastic sheets to protect contents in open spaces such as garages. Protection also allows us to work fast.  

Water permeates different building materials including drywall and insulation damaging their structural integrity. It also damages certain finishes such as paint causing it to bubble or chip away. In many cases, drying such materials cannot restore them to their preloss state. Our SERVPRO technicians carry out controlled teardown to remove all water-damaged materials. We also clean up all the debris eliminating the problems caused by the incident "Like it never even happened."  

When there is a flooding incident in your condo, call SERVPRO of Largo to help with removal. You can reach us at (727) 586-0060 any time of the day. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How SERVPRO Uses Industry Grade Moisture Sensors To Restore Your Largo Home

4/5/2019 (Permalink)

Our equipment restored the hardwoods in this home after water absorption. The"cupping" effect is visible in this photo.

Do Not Let a Storm Take Over Your Home in Largo 

It can be tough to prepare for the elements to come straight into your home and interrupt your life. Living in Largo, that means being ready to face strong winds, torrential downpours, and storms, even when they are not part of a hurricane system. As much as we may install impact windows and take precautions, it only takes one weather event to create an entryway into your home and allow water to seep through.

For your storm water removal needs in Largo SERVPRO is here to help. Whether the emergency is only at your home or extends to a broader area, our response team is available 24/7 to address your needs. An essential part of becoming a part of our SERVPRO family is formally training on water removal techniques. Our crew is IICRC-certified on the best industry practices which we combine with on-the-field experience to provide comprehensive service to you in your time of need.

Depending on the volume of water that made its way into your home, our SERVPRO crew has different options to use in the extraction process. If the water is somewhat contained, we may be able to remove it by using submersible pumps and handheld extractors. For larger volumes, our Green Fleet counts on truck-mounted pumps that provide a more powerful solution. As the operation progresses, we dispose of the storm water keeping in mind any local regulations and municipal sewage requirements we may need to consider.

Once industry-grade moisture sensors confirm that all water is extracted, we proceed to dry your home and belongings. Aside from drying the air itself, we approach each surface with a specific plan to salvage as much as we can. Very often, outside water coming into your home is filled with debris and unwanted bacteria which forces us to dispose of items such as upholstered furniture and carpet. Our SERVPRO team takes charge and removes these items from your home as recommended by environmental considerations.

SERVPRO of Largo is at the ready to help you when storm waters find their way into your life. Just call us at (727) 586-0060 and let us leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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Why Team SERVPRO Can Always Help You in Largo After a Water Damage Debacle

3/31/2019 (Permalink)

When your condo has excess water, contact SERVPRO for effective water removal efforts. We can make your home look “like it never even happened.”

Protecting Materials in Your Largo Condo with Extraction

Condos like yours throughout Largo get constructed with premier construction materials to provide the most aesthetic appeal and alluring appearance for owners. This construction also makes a fast response to water loss incidents essential. Our professionals offer a 24/7 emergency response to water loss threats and other disasters that can affect your condo, arriving with our IICRC-certified technicians and stocked production trucks full of our industry-leading recovery and restoration equipment.

Many property owners mistakenly believe that they can manage Largo water extraction and drying efforts on their own with minimal equipment. These situations can quickly spread beyond the areas that you can see, affected subflooring, wall cavities, ceiling spaces, and other inaccessible areas of the condo. Not only does this scenario encourage secondary effects like mold growth, but it can also continually weaken and damage exposed construction materials, eventually requiring their removal and replacement.

From the time that our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your condo, we work quickly to establish the full scope of the damage that the property has sustained. This process begins with identifying the source of the water damage and repairing this concern if necessary. Moisture detection and thermal imagery play a role in determining inaccessible areas with water damage and dampness and noting the best locations for drying equipment to get installed to maximize their output.

Before we can effectively dry out the damaged condo, we have to address any standing water throughout the damaged rooms of the property. While we arrive with extractor trucks and trash pumps boasting up to 300 psi water removal power, often portable sump pumps and wet-vacs with extraction wands suffice for quickly removing any pooling water from the exposed portions of your condo.

With a fast response to these emergencies, our SERVPRO of Largo team can often preserve original construction materials. Too long battling moisture and dampness, and these same materials become too badly damaged to preserve or restore and must get removed and replaced to recover the property. Give our experienced team a call today at  (727) 586-0060.

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Odor Removal After Fire Damage in Indian Rocks Beach

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

he damage left behind from a fire can be overwhelming, trust SERVPRO to remediate the damage "Like it never even happened."

The Importance of Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services

When there is a fire in your home, it does not take much to be overwhelmed with the damage. The odor alone can make it unbearable just to be in your house, even if you are still able to reside there safely. While odor removal after fire damage might just be one facet of the services our experienced team offers, it is one that is commonly overlooked, misunderstood and undervalued.

The process naturally begins with cleaning up the mess. Professional cleaning means wiping down and removing any of the soot and smoke damage to surfaces and structures throughout the affected area. This procedure begins with using tools like handheld auto scrubbers to directly and thoroughly scrub away the debris and soot left behind after the blaze. Now that you can begin to see what your house looks like underneath the film of fire damage in your Indian Rocks Beach home, it is time to remove the lingering odor.

Odor removal is accomplished in different ways depending on the severity of the smell. At SERVPRO, we use thermal foggers to remove the harsh smell of smoke after a fire. These machines offer a solution of deodorizing chemicals that eliminate the odor present in your home by completely neutralizing it on contact. Deodorizing is a fast process and one that can keep fabrics and upholstery nearby from fully absorbing the odor and requiring more direct cleaning efforts.

While fire damages to your home might seem insurmountable at first, taking steps like removing the smoke and burning smell in the air can help you to appreciate the step-by-step process of fire damage restorations. Our experienced SERVPRO team of professionals has a trained eye and nose for completely bringing your home back to the state it was before the fire ever happened.

Acting quickly can help to not only make the odor removal process much more straightforward, but it can also help to lower claims and potential out-of-pocket expenses. If you are dealing with fire damages now, or if you ever have to, trust our team at SERVPRO of Largo. Call us anytime you need us at (727) 586-0060.

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Why We Are The Leader In Flood Damage Restoration In Indian Rocks Beach

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can cause water to rush downstream and cause significant damage to your home. When this tragedy occurs we are available 24/7 to help you.

Experience is Essential in Flood Damage Restoration of your Indian Rocks Beach Home

Heavy rainfall is a common cause of flash flooding, and during the wet seasons, it is essential to keep an eye on state warning stations. As the name suggests, this phenomenom can cause significant amounts of water to rush downstream with very little warning. The effects can be devastating with as little as two feet of moving water capable of uprooting trees. Your property can sustain damages to both the interior and exterior should you be nearby when flash flooding occurs.

State regulations must be adhered to when dealing with flood damage in Indian Rocks Beach. Exterior parts of the home like trees, doors, garages, vehicles, or windows can be significantly harmed by a flash flood. These debris are then difficult to remove and may require haulage or a temporary dumpster to avoid breaking local laws.

SERVPRO is here to help you sift through the debris, assess which items can be salvaged and dispose of the items that cannot. As a company with extensive experience in flood damages, our rapid response unit can perform some tasks to get you on your way back to recovery. From restoring power your home to making the site safe for general contractors and third-parties to perform remodeling works, we are here to help you every step of the way.

Our technicians are experts in removing and drying structures as well as spotting potential hazards and using a combination of gas-powered pumping systems and industrial water extractors we can, in most cases, remove excess water before it causes undue harm to the structure of your home. In some, but not all, flooding situations water may be contaminated.

We have the correct safety equipment, including hazmat suits, and can demolish sections of drywall to ensure your home is sanitary. The flooding of a property can be extremely debilitating which is why using a service that has the honesty, know-how, and expertise to get the job done efficiently. Our experience helps us to answer important questions on where to store belongings, assessing safety issues or structural deficiencies as well as providing personable customer service.

Our services can help you get your home back to preloss conditions after a natural disaster, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060.

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Signs of Water Damage in Your Older Belleair Bluffs Home

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Signs of water damage or a musty smell are reasons to give SERVPRO a call to come out and assess the situation. Call today.

SERVPRO Remediates Obvious Water Damage and Finds Where it is Hidden As Well

It is no secret that old homes are plagued by problems. The main issue, whether the house is ancient or modern, is the threat of water damage. It does not take long for it to wreak havoc on a home. One broken pipe could be enough to result in damage which requires several hours of labor and thousands of dollars for repair. 
Sometimes the water damage your Belleair Bluff home sustains is very evident and can be spotted easily by the untrained eye. However, it can be a subtle problem as well, creeping up on you and making significant destruction before you realize it is there. No matter the type of water damage, you want to have a professional water damage remediation company come in to help you dry your home out and make the repairs needed. SERVPRO is always ready to assist you with this. 
Spotting the Damage 
Some signs that you could have water damage are good to keep an eye out for, especially in your older home. Water stains are telltale signs on your wall or ceiling and are usually evident. If you see one suddenly appear, it is a good time to call up SERVPRO and get a technician to check your home to see where the water is coming from. 
Buckling walls and floors are another very clear sign, and is often the mark of a severe problem. Wood or drywall absorbs water, making it swell. The result is buckling which you can feel or see when you are walking over the area. It can occur over time like with a small leak in your shower or can happen suddenly like when an appliance floods your home. 
Areas which are crumbling, such as the wood around your windows, molding, or baseboards, is also a sign of water damage. Any crumbling may indicate the wood is disintegrating from water infiltration. 
Trust your nose as well. The damage might be hidden from your sight, but many times you can detect it with your nose. If you smell a mildew or musty scent, there may be moisture damage behind your walls. SERVPRO can use special moisture meters to detect such moisture and fix the problem for you. A lot of old houses have a musty, old smell, but in rooms, with water damage, the smell is much stronger. 
If you cannot see a leak anywhere, you can sometimes sense it, so listen closely. If you believe there is a hidden leak coming from your roof, you should try using your ears to listen. During a rainstorm, turn everything in the house off including the central air or heat. The goal here is to make the house as quiet as possible; then you can stand in different places where you suspect there is a leak and listen. Water dripping through your roof is a very different sound then water landing on your roof. 
SERVPRO of Largo can find the source of the leak in your older home and fix it, dry your home and possessions out and repair any damage. All you have to do is give them a call at (727) 586-0060, and they send a technician out to you in a timely fashion, so your home is dry and safe in no time. 

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Largo Businesses, Water Loss, SERVPRO for Fast Recovery

3/5/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Provides Industry-Leading Water Removal Equipment for Largo Businesses--Really!!

Reasons Water Removal Services Can be Necessary for Your Largo Restaurant

Water damage in your restaurant doesn’t happen only from major storms, flooding, or natural disasters. Sometimes, human error and malfunctioning systems in the structure can cause a great deal of damage. Whatever the cause, the results can be financially and structurally devastating, and you’ll need professional help from a remediation company to help restore your building.
Water removal services for your Largo business are not something you want to ignore. Once you have a problem, you should get in touch with our staff at SERVPRO right away. We can help you any time of the day or week, and we have the training and experience to get your restaurant back up and running as usual in no time.
Broken pipes are one problem that can occur. The sinks and bathrooms in your building are in frequent use, and sometimes pipes can break due to corrosion, improper installation, or a sudden increase in water pressure. SERVPRO techs can clean up the water that is now sitting all over the floor and dry the affected area. Truck-mounted pumps are used if the water is deep enough so that the standing water is removed as quickly as possible. Once that is done, we can get rid of the rest of the moisture with industrial fans and dehumidifiers that are monitored daily.
Your sewage system can become clogged, and water backflows when a toilet is flushed, or water is poured down a drain. It usually happens when items which are non-biodegradable are flushed down the toilet or when oil is poured into sinks, which creates hazardous contaminants in the floodwater that results.
Your building’s roof should also be checked regularly and maintained properly so that it can function as it should. When it is left unchecked instead, you could be missing leaks that have formed from inclement weather or shingles that have fallen off. A slow leak can do a fair amount of damage, especially since they generally go unseen for a long time.
When heavy appliances such as refrigerators, walk-in freezers,  dishwashers or washing machines malfunction, you can easily wind up with indoor flooding that can wreak havoc on your building and other items in your restaurant.
SERVPRO of Largo understands that when your business in Indian Rocks Beach, Harbor Bluffs or Dunedin experiences a water damage emergency, time is of the essence. Call one of our staff members at (727) 586-0060, so we can help you clean up the mess and get you serving customers again like usual.

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Our Crew Can Restore Your Home In Belleair After A Fire Has Caused Significant Damage

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Let our SERVPRO of Largo rapid response team provide this inspection and necessary mitigation for your property in this troubling time.

Fire Debris Removal And Inspection Of Your Belleair Property

If a fire breaks out in your Belleair home, many owners become most concerned with getting their families to safety or grabbing a few irreplaceable items to protect. Structure fires can spread quickly, threatening not only the property but also those that choose to go back inside once the fire has gotten extinguished. It is never advisable to assess damage on your own, as many hazardous variables could injure or adversely affect the inspecting party.

As your insurance company requires a detailed catalog of the fire damage to your Belleair home after the incident to process a claim, many homeowners might believe that they have no choice but to face these potential hazards to get the approval for their claim. Our SERVPRO professionals can arrive quickly after you call to provide this thorough inspection on your behalf, cataloging all of the damage and providing photographic evidence of the effects for your insurance adjuster to expedite your claim’s approval.

The estimator we dispatch to provide this inspection also works to determine the proposed cost to repair and restore the damage to the property. This information includes the personnel required, processes needed, and what areas might require complete reconstruction to get restored entirely.

Additionally, our SERVPRO professionals work to mitigate your loss with this initial visit to your home following the disaster. This process begins with debris removal and indoor air quality control. We can address hazards and risks such as structural failures through this debris removal process, ensuring that glaring concerns get taken care of before the restoration work begins on your property. Our Contents Department can also remove at-risk items through this mitigation process to take to our facility for cleaning and deodorization.

After a fire has affected your home, you do not have much time before your insurance provider needs credible information to substantiate your damage claim. Let our SERVPRO of Largo rapid response team provide this inspection and necessary mitigation for your property in this troubling time. Give us a call at (727) 586-0060.

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Got Mold? We Have A SERVPRO Solution!

2/18/2019 (Permalink)

Leave mold remediation to the pros at SERVPRO of Largo!

SERVPRO Can Uncover Hidden Mold Damage in Largo Condos

The worst kind of mold damage in condo units to find happens when a homeowner believes they have a single issue to repair, and it turns into a mold remediation project. Mold is a problem that continues to get worse as long as it has food, moisture and an ideal temperature range to flourish.

SERVPRO responded to a home for a light water removal job. The technicians searching for the cause of the water determined it was a clogged condensation pan in the HVAC system in the attic. There was a concern because the areas around the HVAC held moisture and upon vacuuming the insulation to get to the wood, mold growth was hidden underneath. Immediate mold remediation efforts in the Largo condo began.

One of the best ways to stop mold is to take away the things it needs to survive, the first to go is moisture. The area was contained to stop the spread of spores in the home. Air movers and a dehumidifier quickly lowered the moisture and dried the surfaces within the contained space. Instead of using wet cleaning methods, SERVPRO technicians chose to use soda blasting which is a waterless, lightly abrasive method that cleans away mold and deodorizes at the same time. After the attic was thoroughly dried, vacuums with HEPA filters to capture mold spores were used to remove remaining dried debris. Then, techs wiped down the wood and affected surfaces with a powerful antifungal solution to inhibit the return of mold.

Mold leaves a very distinctive odor, and in the attic, it would have the potential to get passed through the home through the HVAC system. The use of both a ULV fogger and ventilation fan neutralized the unpleasant musty odor in the attic.

Mold damage in condo units should be removed as soon as you notice dampness or an odor. SERVPRO of Largo has certified technicians that are available 24/7 to help return your home to its preloss condition. Call (727) 586-0060 and talk to one of our experts now.

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Our Technicians Are The Answer When Your Largo Condo Requires Water Removal Services

2/7/2019 (Permalink)

If water removal is suddenly on your agenda, call us at (727) 586-0060 to schedule an inspection.

Condo Water Removal Best Left To The Experts In Largo

Regardless of the cause of water incursion into your Largo condo, the answer to the problems presented is always the same -- call the experts in to remove the water. Getting rid of the water in a condominium complex can be challenging. It often involves water migration, and potential damage, from or to other units, posing complexities our professional team can help manage.

Heavy rains and hurricanes are what you might imagine when speaking of water removal in your Largo condo, but it is more likely that a plumbing or appliance malfunction is the source of unwanted and damaging water. Speed is essential when responding to a water crisis. We are Faster to any size disaster.

When SERVPRO arrives at your condo expect a swift analysis of the situation by an experienced crew leader. We travel with a comprehensive inventory of water removal and structural drying equipment in our green vehicles, so the crew gets immediately to work. Submersible pumps for expanses of water deeper than two inches reduce the water quickly, and truck-mounted extractors take care of the rest of the visible flooding.

SERVPRO technicians receive training in the likely movement of moisture from the original loss to other areas. We use sensitive meters to check the levels of moisture in the building materials, and thermal imaging to find larger pockets of water in hidden cavities. The potential of water movement level to level in a multi-story condo demands careful inspection to ensure that the damage does not spread.

We then set up a drying configuration with air movers and heaters, moving moisture from structural components into the air as vapor. SERVPRO uses evaporative and desiccant dehumidifiers to remove or absorb the airborne moisture for permanent removal.

If your water removal requirement traces to a water emergency in a nearby unit, we can help sort out responsibility, including working with your insurance company. SERVPRO also offers an Emergency Ready Plan and Profile to prepare for water or another disaster before it occurs. Investigating this option can be very comforting if you are a part-time resident of the area, permitting your designated agents to direct restoration efforts.

SERVPRO of Largo is an excellent resource for condo owners in our Tampa Bay area community. If water removal is suddenly on your agenda, call us at (727) 586-0060 to schedule an inspection.

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Important Flood Safety Preparation Information for Your Indian Rocks Beach Home

1/22/2019 (Permalink)

Flooding can occur anytime in Florida. Make sure your family is prepared and have a plan for flood emergencies.

Flood Safety Preparation and Flood Damage in Your Indian Rocks Beach Home

Flooding from heavy storms in Indian Rocks Beach can create a big problem for you and your family. When there is a flood warning issued in your area, that means that flooding is about to start. Sometimes, flooding can begin without warning. If you are lucky enough to know it’s coming, your safest bet is to get you and your family to safety.  

The amount of damage the intruding waters can cause to your Indian Rocks Beach home is too much for you to handle on your own. Once the storms have subsided, get in touch with SERVPRO right away so we can help you get your home dry again. Our highly trained technicians and fast service make it easy to see why SERVPRO is the best choice to cleaning up flood damage in your home.  

Before you leave your house, you can do a few things to prepare your house for the floodwaters. First, let authorities know you are leaving for a safer place if you can so they are not searching for you if there are recovery operations needed in the area. Moving electronics and valuable items to higher areas is advised as well. If possible, put them on beds, the second floor, or countertops. Floodwaters can also contain contamination from sewage runoff, but SERVPRO techs also can sanitize the affected area after we remove the floodwaters and dry everything back out.  

Waterproof bags or containers should be used to store any medical supplies or vital documents. Take your animals with you as well if possible. If not, ensure they have water and food and are in the safest place where you can put them.  

Leave your freezers and refrigerators open. You can prevent them from floating around in this way and causing additional damage to your home. Turn off the water, gas, and electricity to your home, and put sandbags over drains and in your toilet. Doing so prevents sewage from backing up into your home. You can do this even if you do not plan on evacuating.  

We may need to toss some wet and contaminated items, such as carpeting, and replace them with new. We can also cut out drywall to where the water level came up and replace that, too.  

SERVPRO of Largo understands that when your home in Clearwater, Belleair, or Belleair Shores has experienced flooding, it is a very stressful time for you and your family. That is why when you reach out to us at (727) 586-0060, we waste no time in handling all the water and damage to your residence so you can move back in as quickly as possible.

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Our Team Of Specialists Explain Our Hoarding Cleanup Procedures For Belleair Bluffs

1/19/2019 (Permalink)

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Hoarding Cleanup Procedures For Belleair Bluffs Families

For Belleair Bluffs residents, keeping a clean home for themselves and family members is usually a simple process. In some circumstances, this process can become a painful task when a parent, sibling, or other family member is found to be a hoarder.

Hoarding cleanup in Belleair Bluffs homes requires extensive training in mold detection and removal, water damage restoration, and more. SERVPRO restoration technicians meet industry standards in each field to clear out a home from the incredible amount of debris in even a small home and then clean and return it to a livable condition.

SERVPRO teams start with pulling out the massive amount of property for disposal. As they expose any hidden mold, technicians spray it with an anti-fungal agent to kill active spores. In this situation, we recommend complete disposal of all paper and even clothing infested with mold. For larger items like furniture and appliances, our teams can determine if the item is restorable and then rely on the family to decide on disposal.

If they discover water soaking into the floors and carpets, team members remove and dispose of the carpet immediately. For wooden floors, an inspector examines the floorboards for rot, mold, and other damage. If there is only mold or minor warping, they can use anti-fungal cleaners, water extractors, and air movers to remove the infestation and carefully return floorboards to their original condition.

While our technicians work as quickly as possible, we also understand that not everything in the home needs disposal. Some furniture or other items can be heirlooms, or simply important to the family. Our teams can stop as often as needed to determine what might be important, or simply needs to go into a dumpster with the other debris.

At SERVPRO of Largo, we understand that speed is not always the best option to clean out a home. Our goal is to restore each residence to the family in the best manner possible, no matter how long the process may take. If you need our services, call (727) 586-0060. We are here for you.

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Fire Damage? SERVPRO is Here To Help & Respond Immediately!

1/3/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let a fire overwhelm you and stress you out. Call SERVPRO and we'll take care of you and your home!

SERVPRO - Cleaning And Eliminating Fire Damage In Largo Homes

As one of the few cities that touch both coasts, Largo is a unique place to live. Unfortunately, that doesn’t protect homeowners and residents from disasters like extreme thunderstorms and not-as-extreme events like house fires.

Cleaning and restoring Largo fire damage requires a trained, well-equipped, professional agency. SERVPRO restoration teams meet the latest rules and guidelines issued by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification). In addition to our extensive, on-hand inventory of cleaning agents and equipment, our office has access to a support network of thousands of other franchises if needed.

It all is required to deal with the extensive types of damage to a home. Besides the obvious, physical damage from heat and flames, there is the cleaning required to property affected by smoke and soot residues. In addition to those problems, there are the odors exuded from burned material. Cleaning each type of damage depends on different factors: The material that burned, how fast it burned, and what type of surface did the residues or odors settle on.

As an example, eliminating odors and restoring items to their pre-fire condition requires several methods of deodorization, which we refer to as multi-phase odor control. SERVPRO technicians start with Chemical Containment.

They use a pump-up sprayer to release a deodorizing chemical onto materials with residues to block odor-causing molecules from vaporizing into the air. The spray creates a barrier which slows down or stops evaporation until other team members can clean or remove the affected item.

Next, technicians release deodorant particles to counteract odor particles already airborne. This Vapor Odor Control method uses granular counteragents in the form of pellets placed at the most malodorous areas. It works particularly well after using Chemical Containment but is also useful individually.

If the odors deeply penetrated an item of personal or structural property, team members use a final method called Thermal Fogging. With a heated fogger device and solvent-based deodorizers, they create a cloud of deodorizing particles the same size as the original odors. These particles can penetrate to the same level as the malodors and neutralize all they encounter.

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Eliminating odors and other fire damage is not a simple process, but SERVPRO of Largo uses the latest training and equipment to return each home to its original condition as quickly as possible. Regardless if it was a large fire, or restricted to only one room like the kitchen, call us at (727) 586-0060 today. We are here for you.

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Mold Could Start To Grow After Your Largo Home Experiences A Flood

12/21/2018 (Permalink)

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Lingering Flood Damages Can Allow Mold Growth In Largo Homes

Many homeowners throughout the Largo area are familiar with the devastation that severe weather systems have caused and continued to cause for the residents here. Since 1930, the area has recorded more than 70 hurricanes that affected homes and businesses. With being such a high risk to the destructive power of these storms, flooding is often a result that impacts entire communities. Without immediate recovery of these situations, you can experience secondary effects like mold growth.

While you might look at storm damage and consider mold damage in your Largo property not to be a problem, there are reasons why you need to take this development seriously. From the effects that it can have on the structural integrity of its material host to the potential health effects that it can have on families and workers helping to rebuild communities after the flooding, there are risks involved from not taking preventative measures and getting the colony removed.

Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly in flooding emergencies to help mitigate the situation and work to prevent effects like mold growth from occurring at all. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not call us at this point, and these conditions get allowed to persist for days or weeks on end before a resident concedes that professional restoration is a wise investment to make. By this point, the damp environments are far more likely to have mold to contend with along with the higher volume of flood water.

Unfortunately, mold growth can also occur when homeowners or unprofessional cleaning and restoration crews perform inadequate recovery on a damaged home after flooding and storm damages. With our moisture detection equipment, we can identify the source of the dampness and dry that up while we simultaneously work to remove the present mold colonies.

While hurricanes and severe weather systems might not be something that area residents are unfamiliar with, taking care of the damages should be the responsibility of highly-trained technicians like our SERVPRO of Largo team. Give SERVPRO a call anytime you need us at (727) 586-0060.

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How Water Damage Affects Your Harbor Bluffs Restaurant

12/10/2018 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage close your restaurant. Call SERVPRO to remove the water and get your restaurant back to serving food.

Commercial Water Removal Makes Your Harbor Bluffs Kitchen Safe Again

Part of operating a restaurant in Harbor Bluffs is keeping a spotless kitchen that always passes health inspector's visits, which requires constant cleaning of equipment, floors, bathrooms, and everywhere else in your business. Water is heavily relied on in such situations, but a small break in a feed line to the ice maker or sinks can create a small flood all over your kitchen.  

SERVPRO can help get your restaurant back on track with our commercial water removal services in Harbor Bluffs. Getting everything dried up after an incident is crucial to keeping your doors open. We can provide you with a detailed history of all our activities, so you can discuss the incident more confidently during any inspections that occur because of the broken water lines. Helping you with a detailed list of lost inventory can hasten your recovery efforts, as well. We do everything possible to help keep your doors from ever closing more than necessary.  

The equipment we choose to remove the water flooding your restaurant depends on the amount covering your floors when we arrive. We may need to use our pump truck, or hand-held extraction wands may prove sufficiently capable of handling the amount satisfactorily.  

Depending on your flooring type, we may need to remove the flooring, either permanently for new replacement flooring, or so to completely dry the underlay that supports the walking surface. Other times, we only need to apply several drying mats to pull the moisture out of the floor to prevent glue from loosening under tiles.  

When foodstuffs become damaged during the initial break, or after flooding happens during closed hours, we dispose of these items for you and include them on the inventory sheets. Appliances that became saturated with water should have an inspection with a certified appliances repair technician. We can arrange for this to speed up your recovery and to help keep costs low if you prefer. Turning such items on can cause additional damage that inspection and minor maintenance could have prevented.  

SERVPRO of Largo can help you keep your restaurant's doors open to the public and service delicious food. Call us when you need commercial water removal after a water line breaks or slips free of its fittings. Our 24-hour service line, (727) 586-0060, is available every day of the year.

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Indian Rocks Beach Fast Water Removal Preserves Properties Says SERVPRO

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Equipment Paired with Skilled Technicians Restores Water Damaged Hardwoods in Indian Rocks Beach

Preserving Your Water-Damaged Indian Rocks Beach Kitchen

Appliances and leaking fixtures have damaged many Indian Rocks Beach kitchens over the years. Finding the right way to handle these situations efficiently often proves to be the difference between reconstruction and rebuilding or preservation of the materials altogether. With expensive materials installed in the flooring and backsplashes like high-grade tile, preserving the material is most often a priority to the homeowner, and why it is a focus of the work that we do.

To preserve quality materials like tile work and wood plank flooring in your water-damaged Indian Rocks Beach kitchen, our technicians must know about the situation as quickly as you do. Failure to secure services that can eliminate the moisture from saturated materials opens the door for distorting these materials and degrading them to the point of requiring tear out and replacement.

Our SERVPRO technicians can assess the situation starting from the moment that we arrive at your address. We have moisture detection and leak detection equipment available to our team to make short work of identifying the source of the problem and where our drying and extraction equipment should get placed to be the most effective for the work involved.

For materials like tile flooring, our drying mats can penetrate below these individual tiles provided that the grout joints are wide enough. Vacuuming is also an option for this type of material. Wood flooring such as planked tongue and groove material can benefit considerably from the use of drying mats when moisture has penetrated these connections and beyond. Our SERVPRO technicians have the tools to help you preserve the investment that you have made in areas of your kitchen from becoming irreparably damaged when we can get to them quickly with our equipment.

As a homeowner, protecting structural elements can often be as important as preserving the contents you have filled your home with over the years. Our SERVPRO of Largo water restoration technicians have the equipment and expertise to prevent unnecessary tear out and reconstruction, though we have licensed contractors available with our franchise to make this process fast as well should the need arise. Give us a call today at (727) 586-0060.

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Why You Need Professional Restoration Sevices for Your Flood Damaged Indian Rocks Home

11/27/2018 (Permalink)

The potential for flood damage never goes away in Florida. Call SERVPRO to restore your water damaged home.

While flooding might not be a strange occurrence to residents of Indian Rocks Beach, many who have to seek professional restoration services for the first time are often unclear as to what they should expect. It is not a surprise that resources become strained throughout the community when multiple properties get affected simultaneously by a flooding event, but that is when choosing the right restoration outfit makes all the difference regarding cost and efficiency.

With widespread flood damages to your Indian Rocks Beach community, many homeowners believe that professional restoration is likely unavailable, and therefore, seek to recover the damage to their property on their own. Without specific training and the appropriate equipment to restore the property adequately, you welcome further degradation of building materials and effects like mold growth to occur.

Our SERVPRO team works hard to be available to every potential and past customer whenever emergencies like flooding affect their property. As a franchise, we can pool resources together from our nearby branches to offer more personnel and equipment to sites as it gets needed, ensuring that no homeowner waits long periods without the appropriate mitigation that the property needs to preserve structural elements and protect the contents of your house that matter the most.

With substantial water loss situations that flooding presents, you can expect that the restoration process as a whole is not a short and concise project. However, with licensed contractors available through our franchise, we can offer more immediate results than most. We can evaluate and preserve your property from our initial arrival, and utilize our personnel to reconstruct and rebuild damaged elements, which can then get followed up with our premier restoration services.

Flooding is not something that area residents forget about, especially considering that many of the properties throughout the area lie below the floodplains. Finding the right restoration and mitigation services is as simple as a phone call to our SERVPRO of Largo rapid response team. You can reach us 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.

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Your Best Guide to Pinellas County Fire Damage Remediation

11/18/2018 (Permalink)

Regardless of the room or rooms that fire damage effects, SERVPRO can provide effective remediation and restoration services.

Expertly Trained Fire Damage Cleanup & Restoration Technicians Available In Pinellas County

Looking at the amount of damage that can occur after a fire rages through your property, it can be easy to think that many of your belongings are lost or not worth having restored. Luckily, for everyone that couldn’t be farther from the truth. A quality restoration company can provide you with a variety of services to restore fire damaged contents in your Pinellas County home.

Consider how much training and experience your local technicians endure to provide you with fire damage restoration services in Pinellas County.  Technicians put their heart and soul into every home restoration process, cleaning countless appliances, furniture, fabrics, and miscellaneous contents without a second thought. Day-in and day-out, you can count on these rugged individuals to be there when you need them, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

When confronting fire-damaged appliances in your home, SERVPRO technicians have to put all of their experience to the test. Appliances can have a variety of surface types, including metal, paint, glass, plastic, composite materials, and even formica. All of these surfaces are nonabsorbent and easily cleaned with a water-based detergent solution. However, smoke damages, involving heavy smoke residues and greasy soils require your technician to increase the alkalinity of the cleaning solution to obtain the best results.

Hardwood surfaces present SERVPRO technicians with many obstacles as well. Since wood finish can contain varnish, shellac, lacquer, paint, or waxes, it can be hard to determine which cleaning methods to use. The finish used on an item affects furniture’s resistance to heat, smoke, moisture, and odors while unfinished wood easily absorbs all kinds of nasty materials that often cause stains. Both dry and wet cleaning options are available for reducing possible losses, although its how a technician introduces the cleaning steps that improve an item’s restorative quality.

Everything from carpets to rugs and mattresses to lampshades generally has fabric woven into their design. Your SERVPRO technicians understand how to apply cleaning services to each of these items and do our best to reduce any losses. In many situations, smoke residues fail to penetrate a fabric items internal areas, making it possible to lift excess soot and restore the item in question.

SERVPRO of Largo stands ready to assist you with all of these cleaning situations and more, providing full fire-damage restoration services throughout the area. (727) 586-0060

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There Are Benefits To Hiring SERVPRO To Handle Your Commercial Flood Damage Disaster In Indian Rocks Beach

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

Finding the right recovery solution for your gym following a flood can seem overwhelming.

Overcoming Flooding In Your Indian Rocks Beach Gym

These days more people are making it a point to get in better shape and take care of themselves, making your Indian Rocks Beach gym a popular destination for these health-conscious individuals. However, much like other homes and businesses throughout the area, severe weather systems and high-powered tropical storms or hurricanes could lead to severe complications for the building. Flooding is among the worst of these potential outcomes, but restoring these effects can happen with efficiency when you choose the right restoration team.

While you might have experienced flooding before living in the Indian Rocks Beach area, overcoming flood damage is not a process that can happen overnight. These restorations take time, but most of all they require unique training and expertise to know what needs to happen and when. Our SERVPRO technicians have continued training in the best approaches to recover properties affected by flooding.

A primary concern for a gym owner is the contents of the building. Throughout the open floor plan, you have many machines that operate electronically to provide accurate information to your customers about their progress and current conditions. Our SERVPRO professionals can work quickly to remove these at-risk machines from the affected area to preserve them as part of our pack-out mitigation process. Once restoration nears completion, these removed items can get returned to their original position.

Our fast extraction can help preserve other elements of your business as well, such as the flooring material that you use. As is customary in many gyms, a softer flooring material can help your customers from getting injured, but it can also absorb water quickly in flooding situations. Through extraction and drying efforts with our advanced equipment, we work to preserve materials throughout your building as much as possible.

Finding the right recovery solution for your gym following a flood can seem overwhelming. With the right professional restoration team, we can shoulder the weight of returning your business to the way it used to be. Give our SERVPRO of Largo emergency response team a call 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.

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Could Your be Making a Mistake Not Asking the Right Questions About Mold In Your Pinellas County Home?

10/14/2018 (Permalink)

Mold spreads quickly under the right conditions. Contact SERVPRO to investigate and contain the mold infestation.

Questions to Ask If You Suspect Mold Damage In The Pinellas County and Tips to Prevent Them

If you are suspicious that there is mold damage in your establishment, then there are some questions that you should ask yourself. Is there water damage anywhere in your home? Is there any material that has been wet for more than 2 to 3 days? Does the building have moisture problems in the past? Is anyone living in your home complaining of some musty odor? If you answer yes to all of these questions, then there is a considerable chance that you might have a mold infestation in your residential area.
If you leave mold damage in the Pinellas County unmanaged, it can lead to serious health hazards. It is recommended to fix any potential plumbing problems, keep your building humidity levels approximately below 70%, inspect your HVAC system, ensure that there is an adequate drainage system in your house, and keep the vents with moist appliances on the outer part of the house. These tips and strategies can help reduce the chance of getting mold infestation in your home.
If you do get mold damage in your place, it is essential to call the SERVPRO technicians to come in for an inspection. They can fix any water problems that are responsible for the growth of mold and spores. They can isolate contaminated areas that are infested by mold. For a level 2 remediation, the SERVPRO tech can cover all doorways and the opening with polyethylene sheets. They can seal and duct tape all openings to prevent further infestation. Afterward, they can get rid of all wet and mold damage porous materials. Sometimes, you might not be sure which material to remove, that is why it is essential to have the experts to help you with this process. They can discard all moldy material in a plastic bag that is sealed tightly and enclosed for safety reasons. They can help clear our all non-porous materials and wooden surface to extract and get rid of moldy residues.
If you are ready for the experts to eradicate and fight off mold damage, then give SERVPRO of Largo a call at (727) 586-0060 for a consultation with our reliable technician.
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How We Help You Recover From A Water Damage Emergency In Indian Rocks Beach

10/5/2018 (Permalink)

Hazards such as water damage require an in-depth level of preparedness to stay protected against unnecessary damage or loss.

Extraction Is Key During Water Damage Restoration In Your Indian Rocks Beach Property

Hazards such as water damage require an in-depth level of preparedness to stay protected against unnecessary damage or loss. It explains why our country has set aside a National Preparedness Month - this September. Every person is advised to take every opportunity to come up with, practice, and uphold emergency plans which focus on what to do before, during, and after experiencing such disasters. Even when your family is ready to face such disasters, residents of Indian Rocks Beach should not forget the role that an experienced restoration provider plays during those stressing moments.

To remove moisture from your water Indian Rocks Beach property after a water damage incident, our SERVPRO technicians have to assess the situation at hand and select the most appropriate extraction equipment and procedures. For instance, if we have to clean your upholstery and carpets as well as remove water from the floors, then we have the option of using either portable or truck-mounted water extractors. Extractors have a vacuum system, pump, and a heater - components that enable them to perform several tasks during the restoration process.

The size and accessibility of the site help our SERVPRO technicians to decide on whether to use truck-mounted or portable extractors. We prefer using the portable option when restoring areas whose access is limited. On the other hand, a truck-mounted type is an option when we need to do restorative cleaning and water removal in larger areas. Its vacuum lift usually ranges from 185.71 -198.98 inches of water lift.

If the depth of the standing water exceeds 2 inches, our SERVPRO technicians can decide to use a submersible pump. We are careful not to use pumps when the water contains solid particles. At the end of the cleaning process, we follow the state and local regulations when disposing of the cleaning wastes. We never dispose such wastes into your home's septic system.

SERVPRO of Largo has the expertise and training to handle all cleaning and restoration needs after experiencing any water, fire, storm, or mold damage incident. Call us at (727) 586-0060, and our highly trained technicians can make your property “Like it never even happened.”

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SERVPRO's Steps To A Successful Mold Damage Remediation In Your Indian Rocks Beach Home

9/26/2018 (Permalink)

Infestations caused by instant water intrusion or burst plumbing lines are easier to fix because there are no underlying issues.

Proper Understanding Of Mold Damage In Indian Rocks Beach Helps In Proper Remediation

Most people are familiar with the musty smell or the discoloration caused by mold infestation in Indian Rocks Beach properties. Those are not the only ways mold affects your property so learning the full extent of the damages you are facing can help you choose the right mitigation procedures. We offer quality restoration services that can help you deal with the problem leaving your property "Like it never even happened."

How the problem of mold damage in your Indian Rocks Beach property develops should indicate whether you are dealing with an underlying problem or not. Infestations caused by instant water intrusion or burst plumbing lines are easier to fix because there are no underlying issues. They only require proper elimination of the moisture and cleaning of the affected areas. Our SERVPRO team can pump all the intruding water and extract excess moisture from your property eliminating the conditions necessary for further infestation.

Infestations that develop slowly over time indicate underlying issues. Slow infestations are likely to start in hidden sections of the property, and by the time of discovery, a huge part of the property is already affected. The problem with such incidences is more than just how far they spread throughout the structure. The conditions that promote mold growth are also ideal for other problems like rotting of wood, which if left to develop can compromise the integrity of the structure. Our SERVPRO team does a full inspection of your structure to establish any underlying issues before starting the remediation process.

The materials present in the affected area determine the extent of the damage. Mold hyphae can penetrate below the surface of a material if it is porous. In such a case, cleaning procedures only get rid of what is on the surface. Our SERVPRO technicians usually remove any porous materials in the affected area to ensure the remediation efforts are successful. We can save semi-porous materials by sanding, wire brushing or damp wiping them. These abrasive procedures help deal with the mold more effectively.

If you detect mold in your property, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. We are available 24/7.

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Want It Clean and Fresh After a Fire? Contact SERVPRO in Pinellas County for Results You Can Love

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire in Your Pinellas County Home? SERVPRO Is Right Behind the Red Trucks with Our Green Ones

The Importance of Testing for Restoration of Fire Damage to Pinellas County Homeowner

Cleaning the mess left behind by fire is more complicated than you might think. The challenges stem from the fact that a fire is not one single action, but rather a series of reactions. Each result is unique and can be influenced by materials, temperature, airflow and surface textures. The only way to combat the varied challenges of fire is by taking a varied, educated approach to restoration.

When we approach fire damage in Pinellas County, we make no assumptions about the best method of cleaning. A SERVPRO technician is trained to thoroughly pre-test the affected area before any work begins. A pre-test provides us with invaluable information about the type of smoke we are dealing with, the nature of the materials that have burned and how well they respond to different methods of cleaning.

It is not uncommon for properties that require restoration to be at high risk of secondary damages. The water used to contain a fire whether by sprinkler or because of fire-fighting efforts can set residues causing permanent damage and staining. Equally, porous materials or older surfaces absorb soot and can be more difficult to clean. By testing for every variable, a SERVPRO technician can accurately assess outcomes and ensure an efficient service.

Cleaning and restoration are more cost-effective than replacement in the majority of services we carry out. These savings you may enjoy by our service remaining within the budget of your insurance claim. By us working with your insurance adjuster, the result can lessen the likelihood of your insurance rates increasing after a claim. SERVPRO has many different methods to restore your home and prevent costs from stacking up.

When it comes to clearing away soot and smoke residues wet cleaning is beneficial. For set residues, we may apply abrasive cleaning solution or steel wool to the affected area. Porous or delicate contents can benefit from dry-cleaning along with expensive fabrics and upholstery. No matter the type of material, SERVPRO can work toward a restore over replace method throughout the service. Often we can continue cleaning of personal possessions at our facility using Esporta washers and ultrasonic tubs. We provide many options in our quest to restore and not replace.

If your property is in need of professional restoration after fire, contact SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 for a tailored solution.

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Ocean Storms Can Cause Flooding inside Your Pinellas County Home

9/13/2018 (Permalink)

Unfortunately, our beautiful location is often near the eye of a storm. Should your home suffer flooding, call SERVPRO quickly to help prevent mold.

Team SERVPRO Understands the Urgency of Drying Out Your Home After Flooding to Help Prevent a Mold Infestation

Due to the unique geographic location of the western coast of Florida, living adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico can make it easier for ocean-based storms to hit your home hard with flood damage. Being prepared for an emergency is key to ensuring that a severe storm does not cause injury to anyone living inside your home. However, when the storm clears, and the aftermath is present, it is wise to call for professional help to address the damage that the flood did to the structure of your home and your belongings.
Rushing storm waters can carry debris in their currents, making simple work of creating an entry point for the flood damage in Pinellas County to enter your home. All of the excess water that entered your home settled in your crawlspace, flooding your storage. In order to prevent complications like water or mold damage, it is imperative for you to call for professional help immediately.
When you get in touch with SERVPRO, we make it our goal to arrive at your home within hours of your initial call. Our team of IICRC-certified technicians can bring advanced technology to combat the flooding inside of your home and return it to its preloss state. Once we investigate the damage and devise the best method of restoration, our team can begin working.
Our SERVPRO techs can use equipment such as extractors and submersible pumps to remove the standing water as fast as possible. Extractors are particularly useful to remove the excess moisture from the extra drapes stored in your crawlspace. Because they are equipped with heating elements, they make drying out heavy fabrics easier.
SERVPRO can measure the moisture levels of your home and employ further equipment to ensure that your home is acceptably dry. Our technicians can set up air movers, ventilation fans, and dehumidifiers to get the moisture under control and help prevent mold or water damage inside your home.
When a severe ocean-based storm causes flood damage to your property, it is not wise to wait. Reach out to SERVPRO of Largo by phoning (727) 586-0060. Night or day, we can take the flooding away.

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How Commercial Flood Damage Remediation Helps Businesses in Indian Rocks Beach

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

When flooding affects the waiting room or any other room in your office, contact SERVPRO to investigate the damage.

Team SERVPRO Considers Safety Before Drying Out Your Flooded Property

You may be left wondering how to address commercial flood damage once the flood waters recede. It is the time to return your business to its earlier state by determining what is salvageable and replacing some items if necessary. If you do not take the right measures, problems such as deterioration of wall and wood coverings, as well as mold growth arise. A professional inspects your Indian Rocks Beach property to determine the most appropriate restoration procedures.
There are many factors that our SERVPRO technicians look at when choosing the most suitable procedures and equipment to use during commercial flood damage in Indian Rocks Beach. For instance, we look at the amount of time the property has experienced exposure to flood water, the degree of damage and the amount of area which need restoration. It means we have to come up with a detailed project timeline after the inspection which addresses the unique needs of the situation at hand.
Removal of standing water is a critical step since the longer the water remains on your property, the more additional damage you should expect. For instance, our SERVPRO technicians can use wholly or partially submerged pumps to pump vast quantities of water from your property. We are careful when using the pumps since they are not tolerant of lumps of mud, stones, leaves and any related particles. The amount of time we take during this step depends on the area we are drying and the quantity of water that is present.
Before we start to dry your commercial building, we address the safety and health concerns of the occupants. Even when the power is off in the neighborhood, we always assume all electrical circuits are live and turn off the power. We also protect our eyes, hands, and mouth by wearing the right personal protective equipment. It is also the work of our team to perform temporary repairs to windows and roofs to protect your building from additional damage as we are drying the site.
SERVPRO of Largo uses advanced technology and techniques to restore your commercial property after a storm, mold, fire, and water damage. Call us at (727) 586-0060 and allow us to return your business to its normal operations.
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We Can Handle Water Removal In Your Pinellas County Home or Beauty Shop

8/11/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's Dehumidification Equipment Dries Many Homes in Pinellas County after Water Intrusions

Fast Service Can Mitigate Water Damage to Customers' Homes and Businesses

Water from an overflowing sink that flowed overnight can interfere with the daily operation of your beauty shop in Largo or your nearby residence. Calling a professional can help reduce the damages to your property if you take immediate action and give us a call. Waiting to contact us may lead to structural damage, which can result in a more costly restoration.
Our SERVPRO water removal services In Pinellas County includes accessing the damage and removing excess water from your structure. It is our goal to get your business back up and running as soon as possible if you found the problem upon arriving to open up your shop. Standing water can cost you money because you may have to close your doors during the restoration period. Fortunately, we train our teams to work fast, which can reduce the amount of time you have to close your shop. Plus, fast water removal can reduce claim costs.
We know that business owners do not appreciate being out of commission for a lengthy period. You depend on your shop for your livelihood, and we understand that migrating water damage quickly is critical, which is why we use professional grade extraction equipment. Our crews can use extractors to remove the water from the structure. In this case, our crew can use portable pumps to remove the water. The crew may also use air moving equipment to enhance evaporation, which helps lessen drying time.
Our team can also use dehumidification equipment to lowers humidity, which increases the rate of evaporation. Dehumidifiers pull in moist air and then releases dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge and absorbs moisture from the area and any wet materials. We can use two types of dehumidifiers, which are refrigerant dehumidifiers that work similarly to air conditioners and desiccant dehumidifiers that use chemicals, called desiccants (like silicone) that absorb moisture from the air.
You can rely on SERVPRO of Largo to restore your property. Our team is highly professional in water removal. We are here to help and can return your home to its preloss condition when possible. Contact us at (727) 586-0060.

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Flood Cuts: Why They Are Important To Flood Restoration In Your Indian Rocks Beach Home

8/2/2018 (Permalink)

One of the first things that you tend to think of once flood damages have affected your residence is getting these damages corrected.

Flood Cuts Are Important To Flood Restoration

More than simply restoring the damage to your Indian Rocks Beach home following a flood, most homeowners want to understand the process better. Certain approaches to the way that we extract the water or clean up the area might not make as much sense without some context, and understanding the restoration work can help you appreciate the necessity of each step we undertake.

One of the first things that you tend to think of once flood damages have affected your Indian Rocks Beach residence is getting these damages corrected. Restoration work is something that might seem intricate and complicated at first, but once you can understand specific tasks you can visualize how they all come together in our specific SERVPRO method of restoring your home back to preloss conditions efficiently.

A good example of a step for flood restoration that often requires explanation is flood cutting. These are portions of drywall and wood paneling that get removed and often discarded beginning at the floor and moving up the wall. These cuts often range as high as several feet from the baseboard up, entirely removing the material damaged by the floodwaters that have gotten extracted from the affected area.

This oversaturation of the material is cause enough to remove this material in most cases, as it is sometimes simply more cost-effective to replace damaged material than to spend long periods and extended resources to restore something as basic as drywall.

Another reason that flood cuts are necessary is to allow our SERVPRO technicians access to wall cavities where moisture and dampness linger. This approach allows our equipment like air movers and dehumidifiers to do their job to eliminate the persistent moisture that can create worsening conditions.

While this might just be one piece of the restoration process to consider, it is something that helps you to appreciate better the complexity of the work that our technicians do to restore your home entirely. You can rely on our SERVPRO of Largo professionals to respond quickly and help to bring your property back to preloss conditions as efficiently as possible. Give us a call 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.

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A Hair Straightener Can Cause a Small Fire in Your Bathroom

7/22/2018 (Permalink)

Hair straighteners look innocent enough but can sometimes cause fires. If your bathroom has suffered through an electrical fire, contact SERVPRO.

Team SERVPRO Tackles BOTH the Fire Damage in Your Bathroom as Well as the Lingering Smell

Hair straighteners can get very hot, but the potential for fire damage does not come from their heating element. A faulty cord or electrical outlet is much more likely to cause a fire in your bathroom, and unfortunately, these types of fires can be somewhat common. Luckily, the fires that break out from these conditions are usually caught swiftly and small in scale, but even a small blaze has the potential to be damaging to your home. It is vital for you to call for professional restoration services after a fire is extinguished in your home.
While the blaze may not have been tremendous, the fire damage in your Pinellas County bathroom can still be worth hundreds upon hundreds of dollars. The drapes of your window caught fire and burned up, while smoke attached itself to your bathtub, toilet, sink, and walls. Additionally, all of the medication in your medicine cabinet have been compromised, and hundreds of dollars worth of self-care products have also been ruined. While your bathroom is structurally sound, the stains from the soot alone must be handled by an expert, as well as the odors left behind. Even a small fire leaves behind damage that needs a professional touch.
When you call SERVPRO, we always aim to arrive at your residence swiftly. Upon getting to your home, the very first thing SERVPRO can do is investigate the soot adhered around your bathroom. Smoke residue cannot only be cleaned with one method.
Depending on how it has attached itself, the temperature of the smoke and the surrounding area, and what it attaches itself to, the method of cleansing may change. Our technicians may need to employ chemical cleaning solutions in your bathtub while using lubricative cleaning methods on your toilet instead.
To rid your bathroom of the odorous scent left behind, SERVPRO can use advanced trade technology to neutralize the smell. We can use devices such as thermal foggers or hydroxyl generators to combat the odor. Once the smell is gone, the job is done.
Even if the fire that breaks out on your property is small, do not idle. Dial (727) 586-0060 to speak with SERVPRO of Largo. We aim to make you feel "Like it never even happened."
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Appliance Failures Can Require Water Removal Services In Your Largo Restaurant

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding and water loss incidents can limit your ability to run a successful business in Largo.

Water Removal Services

Flooding and water loss incidents can limit your ability to run a successful business in Largo. While more substantial events like flooding can affect multiple businesses at once, appliance failures can lead to a similar set of damages inside of your property that require immediate attention. The longer that you wait to remedy the situation, the more structural components weaken and the harder it becomes to restore the affected areas quickly.

Arguably there are many causes of significant water damage to a restaurant. Running an eatery requires a lot of equipment that has to run all day long to keep your food fresh, your dishes clean, or the uniforms pristine. When any of these large appliances decide to quit working correctly, your Largo restaurant could fall victim to a situation which requires professional water removal services.

One of the fortunate aspects is that with appliance failures like these in a restaurant, your normal operating hours can ensure that you discover the issue before your entire facility gets affected. From the moment that you discover the problem, the clock is ticking to get the damage under control and restored before the issues get worse. That’s when you should be calling our experienced SERVPRO professionals.

As you well know, having your restaurant out of commission for restorations and repairs carries more weight than not serving food to hungry patrons. You have a business that your employees depend on for their livelihoods, and a reputation to uphold that can either sink or raise your profit margins. In the food and beverage industry, you cannot expect to succeed with your doors closed, so getting the right professionals like our SERVPRO technicians to work quickly on removing the water and restoring the damage is critical.

When you are contending with a high volume of water inside of your restaurant, you need a team of professionals that can arrive quickly and get to work on restoring the damage that this water has caused. You can always rely on our SERVPRO of Largo water damage restoration specialists to help you overcome any obstacles you face in getting your doors back open. Give us a call today at (727) 586-0060.

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Fire Damage In Pinellas County Can Negatively Affect Your Personal Possessions

7/3/2018 (Permalink)

Removing soot from structural parts of your home is essential to save materials and deodorize the house.

Fire Damage Can Negatively Affect Your Possessions

Any time something burns in Pinellas County whether it is indoor or outdoor, smoke exhausted by the blaze can spread to areas far away from the source. This partially combusted gas then floats around and attaches to cooler surfaces. Once smoke hits items with a lower temperature, soots and soils get left on the objects. Residues can ruin the finish on some things and create pungent aromas to exist inside the building.

Removing soot from structural parts of your home is essential to save materials and deodorize the house. If there is ever fire damage in Pinellas County, our SERVPRO technician's clean soils from your contents as well as building components. Soiled contents can also be a source for foul, burnt fragrances. Some types of smoke residues can force items to get replaced while others clean off with minimal effort.

In many situations where your possessions were affected by smoke, our SERVPRO crew packs up and transports your damaged goods to a clean and disinfected area for extensive content cleaning. Once at the cleaning location, we test different materials and draw up a conclusion as to which methods and detergents will work the best on the various forms of soot possibly present. Since there are thousands of kinds of materials things are made of, we have a vast collection of cleaning tools at our disposal.

If the soils are light and easy to remove, a feather duster or dusting cloth can be effective at removing the contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians use dry sponges for cleaning slightly heavier concentrations of residue that adheres well to affected surfaces. Porous surfaces should always be cleaned with dry methods instead of using wet chemicals because the moisture in the product can soak the soot deeper into the item causing secondary damage.

Foam cleaning uses a foaming agent to clean fabric and upholstery. Polishing is a rather aggressive method and works well cleaning damaged metal objects or furniture. Wet cleaning with high alkaline products can be the only thing that works for heavy soiling. In more severe cases, semi-refinishing takes place, a process that strips off part of something's surface.

Utilizing the correct techniques can save time and money in the long run. If the wrong method gets used in the incorrect scenario, secondary damage can add cost to the overall scope of the project. Make sure your beloved possessions are taken care of by calling SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 immediately after any problem is noticed.

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Why You Should Choose Professional Flood Restoration For Your Indian Rocks Beach Restaurant

6/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Largo is available 24/7 to respond to your restaurant's water damage emergency.

SERVPRO is The #1 Choice When It Comes to Commercial Flood Restoration

As a business owner, you can appreciate that the flow of traffic into your building is critical to your success and overall profits. Having a restaurant in Indian Rocks Beach is no exception to this. While it might be a challenge enough to keep this flow of traffic coming through your doors each and every day, it is almost impossible to do this if your business has fallen victim to a substantial water loss incident or flooding.

From a business standpoint, you might consider trying to remedy the damage from this disaster on your own to save the cost or the insurance claim, but this is unwise. Your Indian Rocks Beach restaurant requires a lot of specific restoration practices following flood damages, and the best choice that you can make is to contact our SERVPRO professionals.

From the moment that our team of technicians arrives at your restaurant, we work quickly to assess the full scope of the damage. We want to understand every task that we must perform to restore your business, and what it takes to get your doors back open to the hungry public the quickest.

Once the assessment completes, our SERVPRO professionals often have to focus on extraction. With a varying degree of materials that this saturation and pooling might impact, several approaches could be necessary. For example, portable pumps might work fine for concrete and tiled areas, but a weighted extractor is also often required for carpeted areas.

Our goal is to limit the structural damage to your building as much as possible and to remove all of the moisture and dampness present throughout the affected areas. This practice eliminates the possibility of worsening conditions like fungal growth, which can shut down your business for a much longer period.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

Flood damages to your restaurant affect much more than your inability to serve food to the loyal patrons in the area. Without the proper restoration, you could be leading your business down a path that keeps your doors shut to these local customers for a long time. Trust the experience of our SERVPRO of Largo technicians to help you clean up the mess and get back to your regular business more efficiently. Give us a call today at (727) 586-0060.

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Tackling Mold Damage For Homeowners Throughout Pinellas County

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

The mold remediation and damage mitigation process on your Pinellas County property can be a complicated and strenuous task.

Tackling Mold Damage

The mold remediation and damage mitigation process on your Pinellas County property can be a complicated and strenuous task. You might have mold located in a small confined space that is easy to clean or mold that hides in your walls, ceiling, and floors contaminating everything in its wake.

Regardless, you need to remember that the most important thing is to safely remove any mold damage you find in your Pinellas County area home as swiftly and efficiently as possible. To do it correctly, you need the proper tools, equipment, and resources or access to someone who does.

SERVPRO teams deal with mold remediation problems throughout the area, all year long, and work hard to provide owners just like you with the services and equipment necessary to regain control of a contaminated living environment. Our IICRC-industry certified technicians are available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week and answer your call for help, immediately, day or night.

SERVPRO technicians train heavily in a repair versus replacement attitude, taking every precaution possible to limit secondary damages that occur, often resulting from mold contamination in your home. Our services include containing the infected area, preventing additional spreading, and helping you learn how to avoid future contamination. Furthermore, we have a high success rate in restoring many personal belongings that you might consider lost.

SERVPRO provides each team member access to a variety of professional equipment including, moisture detectors, extraction units, drying equipment, foggers, and dehumidifiers. We train in advanced cleaning, drying, and deodorization methods that make the entire mold remediation process faster, and more efficient than you might imagine. The condition of your living environment and that of our local community drives us to perform at exception levels.

SERVPRO of Largo has a professional staff ready to help you determine whether mold exists in your home, or if another problem exists that needs your attention. Who knows, we may help you find a problem in your home that you never even knew existed. Call today to find out (727) 586-0060.

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Our App Expedites Water Removal in Pinellas County

6/11/2018 (Permalink)

Whether water damage comes from an inside or outside source, contact SERVPRO immediately for efficient and effective water damage remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians are Experts at Remediating Water Damage in Homes 

Last night’s storm was pretty severe, and now excess water is flooding the inside of your ranch-style Largo home. Water removal is one of the most vital restoration phases after a flood. You must act quickly to save your belongings and to prevent major damage to your home. Luckily, you set up an account with us that allows you to get help to your residence as soon as possible. The Ready Plan is an emergency preparedness tool homeowners can use to speed up response time. It allows users to create an Emergency Ready Profile that contains critical information about their property. Knowing what to do and what to expect in advance is the vital to timely mitigation and can help minimize how water affects your home.
The SERVPRO Ready Plan App allows for fast water removal in Pinellas County. When our team arrives at your residence, expect them to be well-prepared. Using this app can also improve our readiness when responding to various water migration situations. Plus, it speeds up the water removal process. You can create an individual profile for your property, which will save time and can get help to your residence faster. What makes this service so compelling is that property owners enter specific details about their property before an event, like a storm, occurs, which gives us vital information to assess the job better.
For every emergency, our SERVPRO Ready Plan App can aid our technicians during the planning stages. For example, it can assist them when deciding which extractor is best to use. Since there is a significant amount of water inside your home, the techs may opt to use the trunk-mounted extractor. It is a powerful device that can remove water quickly from structures. Water that stands for more than 48 hours can cause bacteria and mold growth, which is why a quick response to a water emergency is critical to success. This app lets our crew act promptly.
Removing moisture from the residence is also crucial during the restoration process. To ensure structural dryness, our team may use several devices. Air movers circulate air and replaces wet air with drier air. For effectiveness, crews strategically place them throughout the structure to increase the drying process. Also, our technicians may use dehumidifiers to push or absorb moisture from the air that speeds up the drying phase. In short, using the SERVPRO Ready plan App may help reduce damages to your property and can help get us to your house faster.
You can rely on SERVPRO of Largo during water emergencies and can expect us to be ready to tackle the job when we arrive. Call us at (727) 586-0060 today. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and can restore your home when possible.
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Keeping Your Things Safe From Flood Damages In Your Pinellas County Home

5/30/2018 (Permalink)

You can trust our flood restoration specialists to help you overcome any issues water might have caused to your home.

Keeping Your Things Safe After A Flood

For all of the beautiful things about the weather and average climate of your Pinellas County home, there are some drawbacks living in a coastal state. One of these drawbacks is the persistent possibility of severe weather and the risks associated with the damage that these storms can cause. Most homeowners in the area carry some degree of flood insurance on the understanding that this could happen with little warning, but that does not make the damages any easier to face.

Perhaps one of the most devastating of flood damages to your Pinellas County home is the effect that this pooling water can have on the aesthetic features, structural components, and contents of your home. Fortunately, with the right professional restoration service, either recommended by your insurance company or solely sought out by you, these effects can get addressed quickly and lessen their impact on your home.

Our SERVPRO team of professionals can help you to better understand the effects that this water has had in your home, and what steps must get taken to restore these issues. Our initial inspection can detail all of the areas in need of attention, as well as identify contents of your home that must get removed from harm's way while restoration continues.

To preserve these items that are at risk in your house, for example, our SERVPRO technicians can activate our pack-out policy. This service removes items from your home that limit restoration work from happening or that stand the most significant risks of irreparable water damage. Once the restoration completes, the team can bring these contents of your home back to where they initially sat, better known as pack-in.

While this procedure is only a small portion of the restoration plan our technicians take when facing flood damage, it shows the dedication that we have to satisfy our customers during a trying time. You can trust our SERVPRO of Largo flood restoration specialists to help you overcome any issues water might have caused to your home. Give SERVPRO a call anytime at (727) 586-0060.

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Overcoming Mold Damage in Your Largo Home

5/25/2018 (Permalink)

Discovering mold in your home can be a difficult situation to deal with. Contact SERVPRO for an investigation and remediation services.

Certified SERVPRO Technicians Will Effectively Remediate Mold Damage in Your Home

The discovery of mold in your Largo home can seem alarming to many of the homeowners that have experienced it over the years. The humid conditions often present in the region present a rather persistent possibility of mold growth if the environment does not get properly maintained and doctored to prevent it.

For many homeowners, the sight of mold damage in their Largo home forces them to attribute these concerns to uncleanliness. The truth is, it does not matter how clean your home is, growth like this occurs from moisture in the atmosphere and warmth combining with the spores microscopically present in the air that we breathe. Overcoming this colonization that you can see, and often smell, is something best left to remediation specialists.

Our SERVPRO professionals have the training and expertise to help you through every facet of mold remediation in your home. This process begins with a thorough inspection of the affected areas and surrounding regions to see the full extent of the damages that your home faces and what our team must do to remediate these damages and restore your home successfully.

Isolation of these affected areas gets achieved through the use of air scrubbers with HEPA filters. This machine can catch active mold spores in the filter and prevent them from moving to new areas of your home while our SERVPRO applied microbial remediation technicians seek to remove the present colonies.

There are several approaches to colony removal, all of which focus on dealing with the full hyphae rather than merely cleaning off surface mold. This process could happen via sanding, soda blasting, antimicrobial sprays, or in the worst cases, removal of the materials and remodeling or reconstruction.

Overcoming the presence of mold in your home is critical to preventing any of the potential health effects that mold can cause to you or your family. Our SERVPRO of Largo remediation technicians are available anytime that you need us for inspection or remediation of mold damages by calling (727) 586-0060.

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What Comes With Water Damage in Pinellas County Kitchens?

4/29/2018 (Permalink)

Whatever the cause of water damage in your kitchen, SERVPRO can shut off the source and dry out your property quickly to help prevent mold.

SERVPRO Technicians Dry Out Your Kitchen to Help Prevent a Mold Infestation

Because kitchen mishaps may be a regular, day-to-day occurrence, it can sometimes be difficult to tell when an accident can cause more significant water damage problems in your Pinellas County home. Kitchen areas are among the most common origins of light and moderate water damage, as many different appliances can malfunction and cause lasting damage to your home. While not every spill and puddle require an advanced restoration procedure to clean up, SERVPRO can help for the rare cases that take more than a mop and a rag to deal with.

Light Flooding
While flooding from an interior water source may be a rare form of water damage in Pinellas County, the fact that it can come from so many different sources keeps SERVPRO aware and ready to handle these situations. Sinks, washing machines, refrigerators, and other water lines can rupture and let loose tens to hundreds of gallons of water in your home before a professional arrives to handle the situation. When this happens, getting your home dried by professionals should be a top priority to eliminate risks of mold damage and further destruction of materials that come with less-efficient cleanup methods.

Over time, leaks can cause extensive and costly damage to areas in and around your kitchen. Even a slow drip can feed a mold colony underneath a fridge or sink cabinet, and with so many water lines around, leaks are bound to happen at some point. Be sure to check in on water sources that are not in regular use for signs of damage and call us before more damage can happen.

Combined Disasters
Kitchens are uniquely at risk of developing other types of damage alongside the water-based problems. Flammable objects and electrical appliances can start fires with excess water in the area, and preexisting mold problems can recover and grow with more water in the environment. SERVPRO excels in handling the fallout from these incidents and can manage a complex project under one banner.

SERVPRO of Largo provides water damage mitigation and restoration services for homes across the local area. Contact us as soon as you identify the first signs of damage at (727) 586-0060.

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What You Should do When a Storm Causes Flood Damage on Your Indian Rocks Beach Property

4/15/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding requires experienced professional technicians to handle. Contact SERVPRO right away for drying out and remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Rapidly Dries Out Your Flooded House 

Flood damage is a tricky thing to handle. However, a township or city founded beach-side with the Atlantic Ocean can make it even trickier. The ocean pushes several minor storms at the US every year, but during hurricane season, the storms that it conjures can be incredibly damaging to your home. Heavy rainfall can bring rapid flooding to your property and, in the span of a few hours, your home can become filled with several inches or even feet of water. When a situation like this occurs, many homes are in need of water removal and restoration services. Fortunately, qualified help is not far from your reach when a particularly damaging storm hits your home.
After receiving your call, our IICRC-certified technicians can arrive as swiftly as possible at your residence to begin remediating the flood damage in Indian Rocks Beach. Depending on the depth of the water and severity of the damage, our technicians can pick the right equipment for the job and begin the process quickly. The longer water sits stagnant in your home, the more damage it can do to the structure and your belongings inside.
SERVPRO can use portable pumps and industrial-quality wet/dry vacuums to remove the water as quickly as possible. If the flood water contained dangerous bacteria, sewage, or chemicals, you might need to throw away some of your belongings that have been contaminated. Carpets and rugs should not be kept in these situations as the harmful contaminants can remain even after trying to clean them. SERVPRO can help you sort through what is safe to keep and what is not. After the water removal process, we can address cleaning out and drying your home.
When a storm causes flood damage on your property, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060. We strive to get our technicians to your home as soon as possible so we can begin the remediation process.

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Commercial Water Damage Cleanup in Your Indian Rocks Business

4/3/2018 (Permalink)

Sprinkler malfunctions can leave your commercial space with water damage requiring professional restoration services.

Rely on SERVPRO for Thorough Commercial Water Damage Restoration

If your commercial building in Indian Rocks Beach is older, there is a chance that your sprinkler system is outdated. It is essential for the safety and protection of your building, employees, documents, and customers to have a working sprinkler system. However, if your sprinkler system is outdated, broken, or just malfunctions, it can discharge water. If it is not caught quickly, extensive damage can be caused throughout your building.

Although commercial water damage from malfunctioning sprinklers is mostly avoidable by performing regular maintenance on them, sometimes accidents still happen. When your Indian Rocks Business is underwater for any reason, it is essential for you to act quickly. Our staff at SERVPRO are always standing by to help you out when your business suffers a disaster like this.

Once we have dried your business out, structural items such as subfloors and walls may need cleaning. We use professional products and clean restorable materials with an appropriate method for the kind of material. Our goal is to make your building look as good, if not better than, it did before the water loss.

For most cases, SERVPRO techs have a list of items which need to be cleaned after damage like this. All contents exposed to water should be evaluated. Any wood furniture, storage areas, cloth, or closets are checked for contents that need cleaning and deodorizing. We are careful not to overlook anything. At the minimum, we clean any upholstery, furniture, and draperies as is appropriate, clean any contents needed, and return your contents to their original positions.

Our IICRC certified technicians finalize everything by making sure you are happy with the job we did. Moisture levels are checked one last time to ensure your building is dry, and we do a walk-through to see that everything is complete. We also do a walk-through with you and make sure to fix any problems as necessary. All of our supplies and equipment are then removed.

SERVPRO of Largo prides ourselves on being thorough when drying and cleaning your building in Belleair, Largo, or Harbor Bluffs after water damage. Contact us immediately at (727) 586-0060 so we can help you get your business back to the way it was.

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Let SERVPRO Take Care of You and Your Home in Indian Rocks Beach After Flood Damage

3/30/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO arrives quickly to remove water and begin the restoration process after a flood affects your property.

SERVPRO Puts Your Family First During the Flood Damage Restoration Process

With spring here, one thing that everyone in Indian Rocks Beach should do is protect their home from possible flooding. In past years, many homes were not ready for the great amount of rain, so what can you as a homeowner do to ensure you limit flooding damage to your home? Checking your gutters and making sure they are clear of debris is a good start. Also, if you live in an area with torrential downpours, check to ensure there are no holes or gaps in the sealant around your windows and doors.

Storing electrical devices upstairs if you are in for massive storms is also wise, as is covering any air vents with plastic. When flood damage still affects your Indian Rocks Beach, it is essential to get the water removed from your home quickly. More damage accumulates the longer the water sits. The technicians at SERVPRO understand this, which is why we do not hesitate to get to your home once you call us for help.

We recognize that flood damage can create a huge setback for you and your family. Because of this, we do everything we need to so you get your home back to normal with minimal disruptions. Our process of restoration is focused on you and your property.

SERVPRO staff does not call a job done until we have met or exceeded your expectations. We are here to help you and want you to feel that way. With compassion and knowledge, we understand what an emergency water extraction requires.

We inspect your home first to determine the full extent of the damage, both visible and hidden. We use tools such as hygrometers and moisture detectors to do so. We also try to help your feelings of helplessness by explaining our process in a way which you can understand what is going on at all times, what to expect, and what you can do.

SERVPRO of Largo is not just here to restore your home in Harbor Bluffs, Largo, or Clearwater, but instead, we also want to restore your sense of security. Getting in contact with us at (727) 586-0060 as soon as you can after your loss helps us to prevent further damage.

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Mold Damage Cleanup in Your Pinellas County Home

3/14/2018 (Permalink)

Your kitchen sink will continue to have mold growing until the leak is fixed, the extra moisture is dried out and the mold is cleaned up.

If You Find Mold Growing in Your Home, Call the Professionals at SERVPRO for Help

Mold can quickly become a problem in your Pinellas County home when there is an issue with moisture. A leak under your kitchen sink is one of the many culprits which can cause the growth of a mold colony. Plus, it does not take one long to start growing – just 24-48 hours after the leak begins.

Once you find mold and mold damage under your kitchen sink, you want to act quickly to have the problem fixed. Your Pinellas County kitchen continues to suffer from the mold growth until the leak is fixed, the moisture problem is taken care of, and the mold is cleaned up. At SERVPRO, our staff is professionally trained to handle these situations in an efficient and timely manner.

Our first step is to assess the situation and how much the mold has already spread. We have to then ensure that the mold spores do not spread to other areas of your home which are unaffected. It means making sure your heating and cooling systems in the home are off, and it could also mean containing the area around the sink with physical barriers to keep the mold in the affected area.

Depending on the extent of the damage and what materials the spores are on determines how long the actual cleanup and removal process takes. If the colony is thriving on non-porous material, we can likely clean and wipe it up quickly with the right cleaners. Materials which are porous, however, are challenging to clean mold from and may need to be removed and replaced. These include floorboards and drywall.

We lastly do any necessary cleaning and sanitizing to deodorize the area and to prevent more mold from growing again.

SERVPRO of Largo understands that mold grows and spreads quickly, so we do not waste time in helping you clean your home in Belleair, Largo, or Indian Rocks Beach of mold damage. Give us a call right away at (727) 586-0060 as soon as you find mold growth in your home.

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Fire Damage from Oily Rags in Your Pinellas County Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Oily rags left in your garage can ignite without a separate ignition source, this is know as spontaneous combustion.

SERVPRO’s Fire Damage Restoration Process

Although many people in Pinellas County do not realize it, oily rags which are left in a pile on the floor or in a waste can ignite without a separate ignition source. When this happens, it is called spontaneous combustion. Various materials can be prone to self-heating, combusting spontaneously. These can include cotton rags. When there is no ventilation in the area, the process of combustion can be inevitable.

Storing oily rags in metal containers with covers in place can prevent this type of disaster. If a fire did ignite in your garage with an oily rag, you need assistance cleaning up the fire damage to your Pinellas County home. At SERVPRO, all our staff has been professionally trained to handle these situations, and we get to your home quickly with the correct tools to help you out.

When restoring materials that have been smoke-damaged, our goal is to restore them back to their preloss condition. We apply basic principles of cleaning to accomplish this task.

First, SERVPRO staff locate the smoke residues by inspecting the affected areas carefully. We begin our inspection near the fire’s source and trace how far the smoke moved through your structure. We then need to identify the kinds of smoke residues that are present. Different types can exist in the same environment. We choose a cleaning method which effectively removes the kind of residues that we find present.

We also need to identify the kind of surfaces that were affected to determine what products and cleaning methods are safe to use. We are careful to preserve the surface or material we are cleaning, and some materials might not be restorable if they cannot withstand our cleaning process.

Capturing and removing the residues is next. Smoke residues bond with the surfaces they come into contact with. We use wet and dry cleaning processes to release the residue particles and carry them away from the affected area. Lastly, the cleaning waste and debris are disposed of properly.

SERVPRO of Largo knows how to thoroughly clean your home in Largo, Belleair, or Harbor Bluffs of smoke residues after a fire. Just reach out to us as soon as the fire is out at (727) 586-0060.

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The Importance of Expedient Water Removal to Your Largo Apartment Complex

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

Tenants in your apartment buildings look for a dry, great smelling place to live. Contact SERVPRO should your building or unit suffer water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Quickly, Ready to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Property

Owning apartment buildings in Largo can sometimes be quite a hassle. While there are times when everything is running smoothly, you are always at the mercy of something going wrong with an individual apartment unit that requires immediate attention or repair. When you are amid a water emergency in an apartment, acting quickly can mitigate financial losses in several different ways.
Your apartments are never going to get adequately prepared for needing commercial water removal services in Largo. There are many possible scenarios for needing water damage remediation. With this in mind, your best solution is to contact professional restoration specialists like ours at SERVPRO to help you quickly manage the situation and get things back to the way they were before the incident. There are several potential problems with substantial water damage to a single unit, and the more you understand about the threats you face, the more you can appreciate the importance of professional restoration.
One of the primary problems with needing water removal services to one of the apartments that you own is the difficulty that the leasees have in living comfortably amid the damage. If you have not dealt with this concern right away, it can be impossible for a family to continue living in the apartment while you attempt to resolve the damages.
Another concern that you face with substantial water damage that requires SERVPRO removal services is an adjacent unit to the one that suffered the brunt of the damage. Water is not always good at staying in one place, and as it spreads to commonly shared walls between units, the effects and lingering symptoms of the water emergency could spread to these adjoining rooms.
When you think of the kind of costs that you face from attempting to resolve the issue on your own, professional restoration services like the ones our SERVPRO team can offer just make sense. We can quickly dispatch specialists and assess the full range of the damage while we work to extract the water and dry the area thoroughly. We ensure that we have entirely removed the water, as well as made necessary minor repairs to affected surfaces where possible, to offer the most comprehensive restoration process.
Our experienced team at SERVPRO of Largo is available for any level of restoration emergency that you might face. Help to mitigate your out of pocket expenses by getting the job done quickly and correctly. We are available anytime at (727) 586-0060.

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Water Damage in Your Largo Home from a Roof Leak

2/8/2018 (Permalink)

It is important to regularly have your roof inspected to prevent severe damage from an unnoticed leak.

Rely on SERVPRO Professionals for Thorough Water Damage Remediation

A roof which is leaking can create severe damage to your home in Largo. Even though a well-constructed roof can hold up for decades or even longer, it is recommended that your roof is inspected every few years. If you do not do this, you could wind up with long-term damage from a leaky roof which goes unnoticed, leading to further deterioration of your property. You could be dealing with various forms of damage such as mold and mildew growth or drywall fatigue.

As soon as you notice a leak in your Largo home’s roof, you need to take care of the problem right away. Water damage like this can quickly escalate and create additional damages. SERVPRO is always standing by when you need us, so do not hesitate to contact us when you have an issue. We are specially trained and experienced in all types of water damage.

After arriving at your home and inspecting the damage, we remove any standing water if necessary with industrial pumps. Once this is done, dehumidification and drying begin. It is essential to perform this step to get rid of any moisture that remains after water removal. Air-movers, dehumidifiers, and fans can be used, and we monitor these machines daily to ensure the drying time is optimal.

If any personal belongings were affected by water, SERVPRO techs clean and sanitize these for you. Air scrubbers can also be used to remove moisture and particles from the air when needed.

The last big step is restoration, which involves replacing materials such as insulation and drywall. This process sometimes is as simple as installing a few panels of drywall, but in severe cases, it could require replacing an entire wall.

If your roof leak went unnoticed for an extended period, the restoration process could take longer, as more damage such as mold growth has taken place. We can, however, take care of this for you as well, ensuring that your home is safe and dry again before we leave.

SERVPRO of Largo takes pride in being thorough in the restoration of your home in Bellair, Largo, or Indian Rocks Beach after any water damage. Just reach out to us at (727) 586-0060 when you realize there is an issue so we can help you out as fast as possible.

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Remediating Flood Damage In Largo

1/23/2018 (Permalink)

Flood damage to Largo homes from storms brings more than just simply water.

Remediating Flood Damage

Largo homes can be underwater in a matter of hours. The weather of the past year may no longer be an issue, but we still have rain and other weather issues to deal with, some as quickly as this week.

Flood damage to Largo homes from storms brings more than just simply water. Outside, untreated water potentially brings in multiple types of contamination as well. Debris like soil and roadside trash can enter a home with a storm that simply is not present when the water falls out of a damaged water heater. Since this additional problem can result in further property loss, SERVPRO response teams watch for contaminants to clean property as we dry it.

Our first action no matter the contamination level is to remove property out of the water. To do this, we remove water from the home and lift the property out of the water by placing it on pallets, blocks, or moving it to unaffected parts of the home. It stops damage to fabric and wood finish, and by placing the furniture higher up, we get airflow underneath the items to increase drying.

Now we look at each item. SERVPRO inspectors examine everything for both drying and cleaning, then place response team members on the items at greatest risk for permanent damage and disposal. For light contamination, we attempt to remove it with cloths and sponges. If possible, we do this only a small amount of cleaning agent to prevent soaking the items further.

For ticker layers of contamination, we use brushes. These hand tools are very effective in removing most soils, which then allows us to use a cleaning agent to loosen the surface contaminants and remove them with the brushes, cloths, or sponges.

Once we remove the contaminants, technicians begin drying the property. We set up dehumidifiers to lower the humidity inside the home and to carefully remove excess moisture from a nearby property. To increase the efficiency of these devices, we also place air movers to blow warm, dry air over and under surfaces to gently force moisture out of them.

Remediating flood damage requires much more than just removing water from your home. SERVPRO of Largo has the experience, training, and tools needed to restore your property to its original condition. If you need our help, call (727) 586-0060 today.

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Depend on Professional Mold Damage Remediation in Largo

1/17/2018 (Permalink)

Hurricane season can leave behind mold damage in your home, rely on SERVPRO to remediate the damage according to EPA protocols.

Hurricane Season Can Leave Behind Mold Damage Problems

After a hurricane season full of destruction and near-misses in the Largo area, residents grow weary of responding to weather and climate-related disasters. Stories of unlicensed contractors preying on those experiencing problems such as mold growth in the aftermath also make homeowners weary of seeking help. Our reputation and inclusion in a network of disaster remediators with over 40 years in the business set those fears to rest.

The climate Largo experiences makes dealing with the potential for mold damage a constant reality. Mold spores coexist with us everywhere, indoors and out, worldwide, but the warmth, rainfall totals, and humidity on the Gulf Coast increase the risk that spores absorb water and multiply. The skills and experience of our mold remediation crew help you remove current mold colonizations and plan to avoid microbial outbreaks in the future.

Often a homeowner tries to manage a mold outbreak without professional help, thinking a bleach solution or other over the counter remedy is just as effective. The result rarely is satisfactory, as mold recurs or even worsens. This relates to the fact bleach and other ordinary cleaners contain large quantities of water, commonly over 90 percent. Spraying the diluted solution on mold merely lightens the stain, but does not go deep enough into a porous structure to destroy the mold colony. In fact, the water ironically feeds the mold, resulting in more, rather than less infestation. SERVPRO follows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocol on mold remediation with proven positive outcomes.

Mold colonies must be removed, sometimes including portions of your home’s structural components or fixtures if they are compromised. SERVPRO also takes specific steps to contain the mold particles during removal, using barriers and equipment such as air scrubbers and HEPA-filtered vacuums. Even a minute bit of mold left behind can grow into a whole new colony. We apply mold remediation industry-developed and proven antimicrobials to inhibit future mold outbreaks in the affected area.

Solving a mold problem necessitates finding the source of moisture fueling the activation and growth and ridding your dwelling of it. No company can promise mold elimination, but SERVPRO educates our customers on steps that cut off the water mold needs to multiply. Expect us to be relentless as we find leaks, seepage, recesses of water from past flooding or spills, and high humidity in your home. Repairing the infrastructure that allows water to intrude inside your home is the key to successful mold remediation.

SERVPRO of Largo is your trusted mold remediation leader in our community. Call us at (727) 586-0060 if you even suspect a mold problem and we will evaluate and help you mitigate the situation.

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Commercial Water Removal in Belleair Bluffs

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

If contaminated water enters your daycare facility, SERVPRO properly sanitizes all the affected areas.

SERVPRO Acts Fast to Keep Your Belleair Bluffs Daycare Safe after Water Damage

A little water spills into every Belleair Bluffs business at some point. In most cases, it is a simple matter to find the leak and begin removing the water while business goes on around our technicians.

For a few businesses in Belleair Bluffs, commercial water removal is slightly different. When the leak sends water across the floor of a daycare operation, then SERVPRO restoration crews have to get everything dry and safe before this business can reopen its doors. That makes getting it done quickly and correctly more important than ever. No parent is going to leave their child where large pumps and other noisy equipment is running.

In a facility like a daycare center, finding the leak is usually simple. The most common problems are rusted out connections in water lines or a failure in the out-going water line. For a failed connection, our task is fairly simple. Our IICRC-certified technicians turn off the water and then replace the failed connection. Occasionally, technicians have to replace a section of the pipe as well.

If the failure is an out-going water line, the task is more involved. We still replace the pipe, connections, and possibly the toilet, as with other failures, but there is the additional threat of contaminated water. Before we begin the repair and removal, we spray the standing water and affected surfaces like storage cabinets, large toys, and chairs with an anti-fungal cleaning agent to prevent contaminating clean areas of the center as we complete the task.

Once we finish spraying, SERVPRO crews bring in pumps and powered extraction wands. The pumps remove most of the water, and the wands finish the task over the surfaces, to include carpeting. If there is a pad underneath the carpet, however, we recommend removing it. Carpet pads deteriorate quickly, are very difficult to dry, and are usually so cheap that is more cost effective for us to remove and replace them.

SERVPRO of Largo has served our community and other parts of Florida for over twenty years. If your business has flooded or simply has water on a storage room floor, call us today at (727) 586-0060. We are here to help.

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Mold Growth in The Basement Can Cause Mold Damage in Belleair Homes

11/9/2017 (Permalink)

Basements have high humidity levels making it easier for mold to develop and grow.

SERVPRO Offers Professional Mold Damage Remediation Services

For anyone who has had to deal with a flooded basement - a relatively frequent occurrence in the Belleair area - the process of water removal is just the beginning. The resultant damage can cause health effects in the form of mold growth. Even a single inch of water can provide enough humidity for mold spores to grow on surfaces. Carpeting, drywall, and virtually anything indoors is susceptible to mold growth.

If you find signs of mold damage on your building materials, SERVPRO can offer mold remediation services. Our mold damage restoration experts provide 24/7 services to Belleair residents and its environs, and we are available at your request. We follow IICRC guidelines in every restoration project to ensure that the cleanup process matches appropriate industry standards.

Quick action is crucial when faced with a flooded basement. The idea is to dry out damp areas in 24 to 48 hours before the mold takes effect. The longer the mold is exposed to warm, humid conditions, the more property it can take over and the more mold spores it can release into the air.

During a mold damage assessment in the basement, SERVPRO professionals begin by looking for any signs of moisture. Areas with signs of water damage are suitable for mold growth. Mold can thrive on any building material or object made from organic substances. Ares that are prone to mold damage in the basement include cardboard boxes, furniture, wallpaper, insulation, carpet, wooden building frames, and drywall.

If the mold damage is not visible, SERVPRO technicians can carry out mold testing. This involves sampling both air and surfaces for mold spores. Mold testing can be done on furniture, storage boxes, insulation, floors, ceilings, wooden building frames, pipes, ducts & vents, wall cavities, and walls.

High humidity levels in the basement provide the ideal growing environment for mold. It is important to ensure that humidity levels are within acceptable levels to limit mold damage. Our technicians use a hygrometer to measure the level of humidity in this space. A humidity reading of at least 45 percent is enough to support mold growth. A high-quality dehumidifier can go a long way towards keeping humidity levels at bay.

If you are dealing with mold damage in your basement, you can leave the dirty work to SERVPRO of Largo. Our tools and techniques are designed to adapt to every restoration job, leaving the site as clean as new. Call us today at (727) 586-0060.  

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Generator Fire Adds To Hurricane Irma Damage In Largo

11/1/2017 (Permalink)

Largo Area Properties and SERVPRO Help After Hurricane Irma

Tropical Storm Assistance? Call SERVPRO

One of the ways homeowners prepare for the effects of hurricane activity in Largo is to consider a portable or stationary standby generator. This option can be a property saver or the source of a substantially accelerated disaster if a power surge, malfunction, or misuse of the generator causes fire damage in addition to the harm already inflicted by the hurricane. We are ready to assist with hurricane devastation, straightforward or complicated.

The flooding and other hurricane damage start a broad array of deterioration events in your Largo home. Loss of electricity impedes the ability of your HVAC system to guard against humidity-based hurricane damage in Largo. Knowing this you fire up a generator after lights flicker and die, but to your horror, a blaze ignites, and your home sustains double the damage. Our commitment to offering customers both water and fire damage remediation means we increase our efforts to address both events.
Water and fire damage often go hand in hand. A typical home fire is controlled and extinguished by thousands of gallons of water. This time the post-hurricane water arrives first, and shorts out your generator because of the lack of a transfer switch and a worn extension cord. Stored fuel for a portable model also may dislodge, cracking the container because of rising levels of water. Either way, the result is a fire, and SERVPRO adds fire restoration to the hurricane recovery plan.
We remove the water and assess for water damage first, taking care to check for instability within the house before sending SERVPRO workers and equipment inside your home. Although fire damage grabs the attention, standing water and its unattended damage have the potential to cause long-term, continuous harm to your home. They also interfere with ongoing cleaning efforts. Using our truck mounted pumps and extractors, the standing water is evacuated, and air movers and dehumidifiers take over to reduce moisture in structures and the air. Throughout the process, our trained technicians monitor the progress made to achieve our drying targets.
The SERVPRO team then begins fire cleanup, using industry approved techniques and products. Although we complete the water damage abatement first, the acidic nature of smoke and soot damage impels a speedy second round of fire damage remediation. The overall hurricane damage plan is complex, but we persevere, bringing years of experience in complicated restoration projects to your situation.
Rely on the ability of SERVPRO of Largo to respond quickly and successfully to your hurricane damage. Call our dispatchers at (727) 586-0060 for an inspection and assessment of all your restoration needs.

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Drying Methods for Commercial Flood Damage from Storms in Your Largo Clothing Boutique

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

If you experience flood damage in your clothing boutique, call SERVPRO to dry out your space and get your doors open sooner.

Reopen the Doors to Your Clothing Boutique after Flood Damage by Calling SERVPRO

Flooding is a risk to any business, so your Largo company is no exception. It is a fact that one in four businesses shuts down from a natural disaster and never gets to reopen, and over eighty percent of all natural disasters which are presidentially declared involve flooding. If flooding has damaged your clothing boutique, you need professional help right away.

Commercial flood damage to your Largo business can be devastating. It not only ruins merchandise but can damage the structure of your building as well. SERVPRO is a professional remediation company, and all our employees are trained and certified to handle flooding from storms in a timely fashion so your business can be up and running again as soon as possible.

Getting your business back in order does not just involve extracting all the standing water. It also involves our technicians drying and sanitizing the building, plus salvaging anything that we can. Airflow is one of the most important tools which we use. Drying your structure efficiently requires us to know the right techniques for using airflow during the drying process.

We consider a standard pool table to understand the correct way to use airflow. When a billiard ball is banked, it has a reaction to the angle at which it hits the bumper. Airflow works in the same way. If the air mover blows right at a wall, air bounces back, plus it also forces moisture into the wall, which is not good! When the air mover is directed at a forty-five-degree angle, the wall bounces the air back, carrying away the moisture, it is then replaced by drier air.

We put the air movers in a clockwise pattern with the inlet facing the wall and the snout against the wall. We ensure that all the walls affected are in the stream of air. For SERVPRO techs to accomplish this, we might have to put additional air movers in windows, offsets, and closets. Every time we monitor the equipment, we reposition air movers to the left or right in a circular pattern, so your building is evenly dried.

SERVPRO of Largo is thorough, but fast in drying out your clothing boutique and getting your doors open to the public again. If you own a business in the areas of Belleair Bluffs, Largo, or Indian Rocks Beach, you can reach us anytime you are in need at (727) 586-0060.

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Drying Your Basement Flooring After Flood Damage From Heavy Rains In Belleair Bluffs

10/4/2017 (Permalink)

The first thing which needs to be done is to get rid of as much of the standing water as possible.

Drying Your Basement Flooring After A Flood

If you live in a flood zone in Belleair Bluffs, or you are experiencing heavy rains, you might worry about water leaking into your basement through window wells. The only thing you can do immediately after such an event is to mitigate the damage as quickly as possible. The first thing which needs to be done is to get rid of as much of the standing water as possible. However, you have to wait until the storm stops and the waters stop rising.

You need to contact a professional water remediation specialist at SERVPRO to help you with the flood damage in your Belleair Bluffs home. When we first arrive at your home, we assess the damage and write up a scope of the work which needs to be done. We go through all the steps with you before we begin any remediation.

One major thing to consider in a situation such as this is the effects of the water and moisture on your flooring. Painted concrete can blister or flake, which requires repainting. If the paint has lead, we use a qualified subcontractor to remove the original paint.

Concrete floors are porous, meaning water can wick up leaving a chalk-like calcium on the surface. We can usually brush these off. Any surface film or dirt on concrete can support the growth of mold. Our technicians at SERVPRO can clean the concrete after the water is up by HEPA vacuuming and apply an EPA-registered disinfectant if we need to.

Usually, asphalt tile keeps a good bond with concrete after water damage. Chalky or white areas appear sometimes, but they should respond well to our cleaning methods. The whitening is many times caused by a separate of sealer wax or finishes from the floor.

Vinyl tile on concrete isn't as durable as the asphalt tile. It usually comes loose if much water is involved. The motion of the water coming up through concrete could force vinyl tiles to separate from the floor. Since it comes up easily from concrete, replacing them is easier than replacing asphalt tiles. Vinyl tile is many times less expensive to replace than to dry.

You can trust SERVPRO of Largo to take care of your basement flooring after it floods, along with the rest of the cellar. We always check the subflooring as well to ensure your basement in the areas of Indian Rocks Beach, Belleair Bluffs, and Largo is restored properly when you call us at (727) 586-0060.

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Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Belleair Beach

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

If your business experiences water damage, call SERVPRO to restore your property.

Quick and Efficient Water Restoration Services

Water and flood damage in Belleair Beach can have a significant impact on your business. It can destroy valuable items and documents, and undo work that took many years to complete. Worse still, you may have to relocate while the building is undergoing repairs. In the end, you may lose a lot of time and even important clients along the way.

When a water disaster happens, you can count on SERVPRO for quick and efficient commercial water damage restoration services in Belleair Beach. We have a thorough emergency response team that can return your premises to preloss conditions in no time, "Like it never even happened."

The first step our IICRC-trained technicians take is using special equipment to inspect the severity of the commercial water damage. Once this is done, they begin extracting any standing water. The exact process depends on whether the water is inside the property or on the property (or both, in some cases).

To counter water damage under the property, we use an extractor to vacuum up the water so that the contents are no longer soaking wet. If the culprit was a broken pipe, we fix it and then eliminate contaminated soil, spray antimicrobial products, and add new, fresh soil.

To deal with water damage inside the property, we first remove the furniture from the area or place it on blocks. If the carpeting and padding were contaminated with dirty water, we usually throw them away. Clean water can be dried off of the carpet using special procedures. If the wall also sustained water damage, we make small holes to allow air movement for a quicker drying process.

When plumbing leaks happen in a multi-story building like a hotel or office building, switching off the water supply at the main valve is important to prevent further water damage.  We identify where the problem is and then check whether the water valve is located nearby. Turning off the water supply at the mains can also prevent additional damage from mold and mildew. Keep track of your monthly water bills and maintain safety protocols at your business to minimize commercial water damage.

If you detect the presence of water damage in your premises, SERVPRO of Largo can help restore your property. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and our technicians have access to advanced tools and products to ease the restoration process. For queries and emergency services, we are on call 24/7 at (727) 586-0060.

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Commercial Flood Damage Puts Office Functions on Hold in Belleair Bluffs

8/15/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding in your office building can halt current projects and leave the space susceptible to a mold infestation. Contact SERVPRO for remediation.

SERVPRO Technicians Tackle Damage BOTH in Homes and in Commercial Properties

Career advice centers provide information on everything, from education to building skills via non-paid work to dressing for increased success. Office workers put a considerable amount of effort into their resumes and their career development, resulting in the drive for office managers and business owners to provide clean environments for employees and customers to work.
Offices must be healthy, also, but commercial flood damage in Belleair Bluffs can reduce the safety of any building where it occurs. Standing water from broken water lines at one of the top floors can quickly create an increased humidity in the air throughout your office building as moisture works toward finding a natural state of equilibrium. Documents, electronic equipment, HVAC systems, and everything else in your office faces an increasingly higher risk of damage the longer water remains. SERVPRO has the equipment to remove the water that is flooding your office and the technicians to do it correctly the first time.
Just as no job is too large or too small for us to complete, SERVPRO employees can get your office dry at any level of your building. Broken water pipes can spew water out at several gallons per minute, and when this happens at higher levels of a building, lower floors can be affected soon after. Water spreads horizontally, as well, inside structural blockades such as ceilings, only to descend in outer areas, expanding the scope of flooding as water is pulled down by gravity.
The technicians at SERVPRO use hygrometers, moisture meters, and infrared scanners to detect all of the water, no matter where it has 'disappeared' to inside your building's interior structure. Standing water is easily seen and extracted with pump trucks or easily carried, using smaller units that extract water wherever they are needed, but hidden water requires increased technology before being found. Our IICRC certifications show we have the training to restore your entire building to a dry state, “Like it never even happened.”
What we do is important for the future of your building and your employees' health. Increased humidity in a building, which can occur easily if flood damage is not correctly mitigated, can affect both adversely. Microbial growth can begin in as little as two days after water first comes into contact with materials, and rust can affect metal items in a similar amount of time. Both can create problems for your staff and your building's safety. Increased humidity can also damage electronic door locks and other security measures.
SERVPRO of Largo wants to help you and your employees by restoring your place of business to how it should be, safe, healthy, and dry. Contact us at (727) 586-0060, regardless of the day or time so we can begin helping you accomplish the restorations needed.

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Getting The Steps In The Right Order To Remedy Mold Damage In Bellaire Beach

8/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold is an unfortunate but unavoidable risk when one lives in a coastal city, especially in a humid state like Florida.

Mold Remediation

Mold is an unfortunate but unavoidable risk when one lives in a coastal city, especially in a humid state like Florida. Salty air might be good for the constitution, but too much damp and humidity are unfortunately not good for your home. Mold loves a wet environment, give it such an environment plus some organic material such as drywall or fabric to feed on, and you have a mold damage situation in the making.

SERVPRO understands that when it comes to mold damage remediation in your Bellaire Beach home, getting the steps in the right order is of paramount importance. The remediation process is a skilled task, which is why we train all our technicians to IICRC standards. You can rely on SERVPRO to provide the professional help you need when you need it.

The first step in mold remediation is an assessment. Our teams do not just rely on their eyes and noses to ascertain the extent of the fungi. We use moisture meters, penetrating moisture probes, and thermal hygrometers to accurately measure the humidity in the air and the dampness of walls and carpets.

The next thing is establishing containment. We set up containment to make sure the spores cannot spread from the contaminated area into the rest of your home. We use plastic sheeting to create a barrier. After containment is complete, we can introduce negative air machines to vent the contaminated air outside your home. We also set up decontamination areas to protect the rest of your house and make sure we do not carry mold from one place to another.

Now we are confident that the spores cannot travel, we can turn our minds to cleaning the visible colonies. Cleaning begins with HEPA vacuuming to remove loose mold. Next, we use a range of techniques such as wire brushing and damp wiping to clean the fungus from semi porous materials.

SERVPRO knows that getting the right steps in the correct order is important at every stage of the remediation process. For example, when cleaning loose mold, it is vital to clean from top to bottom, because spores tend to settle downwards.

The final stage is to dry out the affected area. We dry any salvageable soft materials and use dehumidifiers to lower the humidity of the room and discourage further growth. For help taking the right steps to remediate mold, call SERVPRO of Largo at (727) 586-0060 today.

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Belleair Beach Mold Damage and How to Avoid It

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

When It Is Time to Call SERVPRO for Mold Remediation to Your Bellair Beach Condo

SERVPRO Uses an Arsenal of Products to Combat Mold Growth in Your Belleair Beach Condo

A mold infestation can be a disaster, just like a fire or flood. It does not grab the attention of homeowners like the other two, but if left unchecked, mold can cost just as much to restore your home regarding cleaning and replacement.

When it comes to stopping mold damage and cleaning it from a Belleair Beach home, SERVPRO maintains an extensive inventory of chemical agents to meet every requirement. These agents are antimicrobials for the most part. An antimicrobial is any chemical used to stop the development or limit the growth of microorganisms.

Disinfectants destroy almost 99 percent of the organisms they come into contact with on affected surfaces. Some of the common types we use are alcohols, chlorines, phenols, and formaldehyde.

Fungistats and Mildewstats slow the growth of fungi on organic materials. They do not harm the surfaces of these items and are the preferred chemical agent for paper, leather, and textiles.

Sanitizers reduce microbial levels to a range considered safe by public health agencies. These are effective to use in kitchens and bathrooms. Mold can grow back under the right conditions when using sanitizers, so regular use is needed.

Sporicides are effective in controlling fungal and bacterial spores. A potent disinfectant, they must be utilized sparingly and according to manufacturer directions.

Sterilants destroy all microorganisms they come into contact with, to include fungi and bacteria. These chemicals are potent and used only on surfaces that do not pit or suffer other damage when exposed to them. Sterilants are particularly useful for metal surfaces such as kitchen countertops, sinks, and faucets. Chlorine (bleach), at high concentrations, is a potent sterilant; but caution must be taken to avoid skin and eye contact.

Cleaning and restoring the effects of a mold infestation is not a quick or easy process. To ensure your home is livable once more, you need a professional company with decades of experience helping Pinellas County residents. SERVPRO of Largo has that experience, and the equipment and training to return your home to its pre-mold condition. Call us today at (727) 586-0060 for an inspection and estimate.

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Flood Damage Restoration For Your Indian Rocks Beach Home

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Indian Rocks Beach Storm Damage Get Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Relieves Your Stress and Restores Your Property After a Flooding

Making quick, informed decisions after flood damage rears its ugly head on your property can make all of the difference in your recovery process. The longer you wait, the more likely secondary damages develop, often leading to mold growth and other hazards that make your homes restoration even worse.

If you find yourself facing flood damage issues in your Indian Rocks Beach home, consider making a call for help that could save you considerable losses. A full-service solution, combined with expertly trained flood damage restoration technicians waits for your call. Make a choice to take control and fight back; there is no reason for you to go it alone.
Consider your options, the longer you wait, the longer your repairs take, the more secondary damages develop on your property. Without the right equipment, knowledge, and ability, you can make things far worse. Why take the chance of injury, heartache, and regret. When faced with such adversity, you want to put your best foot forward.
SERVPRO technicians have years of experience providing flood damage restoration services to customers just like you. With access to the proper training, industry leading equipment, and resources, highly qualified teams address problems found on your property, remove excess water, water-damaged materials, and perform repairs to turn things around quickly.
SERVPRO works with your insurance company to deliver quality services that often meet or exceed any expectations you might have had before work began. We manage your entire restoration process, giving you the opportunity to relax and concentrate on what matters most, family. Keeping them calm, safe, and informed is more important than anything else.
SERVPRO understands how these situations can overwhelm you. We consider every solution before taking action, value your input, and concentrate on areas or belongings that you cherish the most. While every situation is different, it is entirely likely that you can easily receive the results you desire, we just need to be given the opportunity to answer your call.
Contact SERVPRO of Largo for additional information or to schedule your home’s restoration, today. We can help get you on the road to recovery immediately, providing you with the services you deserve. (727) 586-0060

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Flood Damage in Belleair Beach Homes Caused by Overflows

5/4/2017 (Permalink)

Regardless of the cause, SERVPRO technicians are trained to remediate your flood damage quickly in order to help prevent secondary damage.

SERVPRO Technicians can Quickly Remediate Damage Caused by Flooding in Your Home

When people hear about flooding, they often think of acts of nature, such as rivers that overflow their banks. This is not always the case, and flooding can happen because of sources inside the home.
Belleair Beach has beautiful homes that are just as vulnerable to flood damage as homes that are more ordinary. This type of disaster can affect any home but is easy enough to prevent from happening. While a lack of maintenance involving appliances is often to blame, forgetting that water is running in a tub or sink can also create flooding in a home.
Flooding caused by overflows typically involves clean water, but that same water is also often rather warm. Increased temperatures can increase the damage that results. Warm or hot water dissolves tea, coffee, and sugar more quickly than cold water can. Warm tub water or hot water from the sink can more easily dissolve the glue that holds the flooring down to the underlay.
Flooring is not the only thing that can bubble and come loose. Cabinetry in the area can also become damaged by flooding in kitchens and bathrooms. Laminates can become sticky, peel, or bubble and flake off. Composite structures can swell as they absorb water, and become warped as they dry unevenly.
Even for small overflows, the possibility of contamination is high when kitchen and bathroom cabinets hold cleaning supplies. Combinations of cleaners and other items can increase the amount of damage. SERVPRO's technicians know how to handle complicated messes, including those that start out small.
Flooding disasters come in all sizes, but you should not let smaller floods trick you into thinking the damage they can cause is too insignificant to concern you. Flood damage can also include electrical damage. While outlets are often placed in higher locations in these two rooms, water that flows out and down can affect wiring and outlets in other areas of your home.
SERVPRO of Largo has the experience needed to restore your home's affected areas, keeping flood damage from spreading. Give us a call at (727) 586-0060, the next time you have a sink or tub that overflows.

Dealing with Burn Marks and Stains in a Largo Home

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Cleans Smoke Stains in Largo "Like it never even happened."

Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Fire and Smoke Damage

Even if burns are not very deep, fire can leave obvious visual blemishes across a home. Stains and burn marks can happen to any material, from wallpaper to wood to glass to laminate, and each of these materials and types of burns can require a different approach to clean up properly. This complicated burning result is why many companies fail to adequately solve the problem: they simply lack the training or equipment necessary to handle a broad array of situations. SERVPRO technicians are trained extensively and have access to a franchise supply of tools to ensure that every job gets done right the first time. We are also part of a national network for disaster mitigation.

Superficial Burn Marks
Many burns from fire damage in Largo are, aside from their visual appearance, virtually harmless for the building in question. Aside from discoloration and perhaps a layer of smoke residue, these burns have done very little to degrade the material they coat. Typically, these are easy for our technicians to deal with, requiring only a thorough cleaning with professional grade detergents, hand tools, sponges, and repainting. Another issue, for a future article, explores the problems associated with smoke odors and how to eliminate their pervasiveness.
Smoke Staining
Some types of smoke may leave stains on various materials, especially when mixed with water. Here is where SERVPRO’s flexibility comes into play: smoke can be tough to remove without damaging many materials. To name a few materials, upholstery, wood, carpet, fabric, and tile grout all require careful attention to adequately and safely clean away the smoke. Smoke and soot can dig deep into a material, sometimes requiring thorough washing or dry cleaning to remove effectively. The nature of the smoke, whether it is wet or dry, is a key factor in utilizing correct IICRC best practices for restoration. We realize the acidic nature of this combusted residue and how pitting can harm many surfaces.

Deeper Burns
When a fire has burned around an object or surface, it usually causes both visual and structural damage. Materials are often heavily degraded or deformed, and discoloration is typically pervasive. Again, different materials can require different approaches, with flammables such as wood, fabric, and upholstery requiring especially extensive restorations or perhaps replacement.
SERVPRO of Largo is a local fire damage restoration company with national backing and resources. Call us as soon as possible after a fire at (727) 586-0060.

What Our Customers Say!!

8/15/2016 (Permalink)

Quality Is Our Goal

We strive every day to ensure that our quality of work is up to the highest standard and we are always so happy to get positive feedback from our customers.

Here are some recent quotes from real customers:


"You made our emergency a priority and the service provided was outstanding.  As this was my first exposure with SERVPRO, I am impressed with both your office and field staffs, which were always helpful.  It was a pleasure doing business with you." -Rick, Largo

"While we were devastated by our water leak and home getting ruined, your crew stepped up and saved our home.  In the process, they calmed us and made us feel like all was going to be OK.  We can never express how wonderful your crew was and how much they did to make it all OK.  Thank you!." -Evelyn, St Petersburg

If water damage, from the smallest overflow from a toilet to full house flood from a pipe burst, threatens your home or office call us at (727) 586-0060  We are here to help and care for not only your home or office, but for you as an individual.  We are a family owned business and know that each job is not simply a job, but is someone allowing us to come into their lives during a very stressful event.  Our ultimate goal is to help make it a little less stressful on you. 

Mold Tips

7/19/2016 (Permalink)

Hidden Mold!

Does Your Largo Home Have A Mold Problem?

In Largo, mold can spread through a home in as little as 48 hours.

Microscopic mold spores naturally occur almost everywhere, both outdoors and indoors. This makes it impossible to remove all mold from a home or business. Therefore, mold remediation reduces the mold spore count back to its natural or baseline level. Some restoration businesses advertise “mold removal” and even guarantee to remove all mold, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic and float along in the air and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor and can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

If your home or business has a mold problem, we can inspect and assess your property and use our specialized training, equipment, and expertise to remediate your mold infestation.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (727) 586-0060

Largo Residents:  Follow These Mold Safety Tips If You Suspect Mold

 Be careful! Without proper training, you could be spreading mold throughout your home.

If you see visible mold, do not disturb it. You can inadvertently spread the mold infestation throughout your home. When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

What to Do:

  • Stay out of affected areas.
  • Turn off the HVAC system and fans.
  • Contact SERVPRO of Largo for mold remediation services.

What Not to Do:

  • Don’t touch or disturb the mold.
  • Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth.
  • Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself.
  • Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold.

About Our Mold Remediation Services

SERVPRO of Largo specializes in mold cleanup and restoration, in fact, it’s a cornerstone of our business.  Our crews are highly trained restoration professionals that use specialized equipment and techniques to properly remediate your mold problem quickly and safely.

If You See Signs of Mold, Call Us Today – (727) 586-0060


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