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Understanding Water Damage To Your Tarpon Springs Home

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

Water Damage:

Your Quick Reference Guide


If you're like the majority of Americans, your home is your most valuable possession. As such, you want to do all that you can to protect it against man-made hazards and natural disasters. One of the most severe threats to the structural integrity and safety of your home is water damage. By learning more about what causes water damage in Tarpon Springs and how to correct it, you can keep your residential property in great condition:


What Causes Water Damage?


As water damage experts know, there are several factors that can lead to water damage. One of them includes natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, and storms. Tarpon Springs Water damage can also transpire as a result of household factors like cracks in the roof, overflowing washing machines, leaky dishwashers, and broken pipes.


The Effects Of Water Damage


Unfortunately, water damage can have a profoundly negative impact on your property. For example, the water can corrode your home's foundation, baseboards, and drywall. It can also ruin your electronics, appliances, upholstery, and furniture.

According to statistics, 37% of residential property owners claim financial losses as a result of water damage. Additionally, insurance industry experts report that 98% of U.S. basements will suffer from a water damage-related event at some point.


Water Damage Categories


Generally, water damage is classified into three groups. They include:


Category 1


 Category 1 is referred to as clean water. This type of water damage poses no significant harm to you or members of your household. Category 1 water typically results from broken appliances and overflowing sinks.


Category 2


 Category 2 water is referred to as grey water. This type results from broken sump pumps and toilets. This water can be contaminated with bacteria and is thus a threat to the safety of you and your loved ones.


Category 3


 Category 3 water is water from the sewer. It is contaminated and can have an adverse impact on your health.
Preventing Water Damage


There are several strategies you can implement to prevent water damage from transpiring on your property. Some of them include:


elevating appliances


tightening faucets


shutting off supply valves


Even when you implement strategies to prevent water damage, excess water can erupt on your property at any moment. To ensure that your home is safeguarded against damage from standing water, call the professionals of SERVPRO of Tarpon.

Our IICRC-certified technicians will provide you with the detail-oriented, client-centered care that keeps you calm throughout the remediation process and leaves you satisfied with the results.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tarpon is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When water damage occurs in Tarpon Springs, we have the resources and personnel to help.  (727) 934-5555

Storms In Tarpon Springs Can Bring BIG Headaches

2/20/2020 (Permalink)

A man is shown sitting in a flooded room SERVPRO of Tarpon is ready to help (727) 934-5555. Severe weather can cause major flooding here in Tarpon.

Your hotel reaches capacity; guests line your halls. The visitors of a local convention have you scrambling to meet everyone's needs. A water line breaks in the main conference room, causing flooding that extends to the main hallway, creating hazardous conditions to exist that your staff is not prepared to handle.  A storm or natural disaster may not be the cause of the flood damage situation you face in your business. Instances like this provide you with unique challenges to overcome, but you do not need to face them alone. A single phone call can provide you with the proper professional services and equipment you need to get things back to normal quickly, day or night. SERVPRO of Tarpon is ready to help (727) 934-5555.  When water becomes a threat to your business, SERVPRO can help you take the necessary precautions to keep your guests safe and keep your business running, while getting the damages under control quickly. Our IICRC certified technicians understand how every minute counts during a disaster and use years of experience to provide you with a unique solution to your problem.  Using the proper signs to warn guests about risks that may exist, we can locate the source of moisture causing the issue and make the necessary repairs to eliminate the problem. Our technicians also have access to a variety of water extraction equipment such as portable extractors with 140 inches of water lift and truck mounted extractors with 198.98 inches of water lift available to tackle your situation, regardless of its size.  SERVPRO of Tarpon technicians use moisture sensors to determine how far the water has migrated into other areas of your business, while moisture meters help us locate hidden pockets of moisture and determine how effective our drying process is on various surfaces. Thermo-hygrometers are used to determine the specific humidity of areas affected by moisture to help contribute to the effectiveness of the overall drying process.  SERVPRO has access to three types of dehumidifiers including refrigerant, low grain refrigerant, and desiccant versions. While refrigerant dehumidifiers are efficient enough to lower the relative humidity within your structure to 40-gpp, desiccant dehumidifiers can lower specific humidity to a much lower point. Offering several effective methods for water extraction and drying to gain control of your situation quickly. 
The first 48-72 hours after a water damage event is the most critical time to call SERVPRO of  Tarpon to extract standing water and set up drying equipment to help reduce the effects of water damage to walls, flooring and personal belongings. 
Severe weather can cause major flooding here in Tarpon. When your property is damaged due to severe weather it is important to call on a local, certified team who can respond quickly.

SERVPRO of Tarpon Knows How To Help You Recover From A Fire

2/11/2020 (Permalink)

The inside of a home is shown with severe fire damage SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555 is always ready to help. Trained, certified technicians are available to respond to your fire damage 24/7.


When the immediate danger from a residential fire has passed, the cleanup process can begin. The common misconception is that most damage comes from the flames and high temperatures. In reality, bigger risks come from their by-products; soot, smoke, and ash. These three substances are a major problem for soft furnishings because porous materials take on odors and residues more easily. It is why, when dealing with fire damage in homes, SERVPRO of Tarpon prioritizes the cleaning of sofas, carpets, and other soft items. 
SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555 is always ready to help. Trained, certified technicians are available to respond to your fire damage 24/7.
Here are some ways fire damage technicians rescue and restore soft furnishings. Dry Cleaning The most common form of dry cleaning is suction. Specialized vacuum devices are carefully passed over affected surfaces to pick up fine layers of soot and debris. Usually, it is a preparatory technique applied before more intensive procedures, because it is not efficient for very large items. Dry cleaning is most useful for tackling powdery soot and ash. Wet Cleaning SERVPRO only uses saturation techniques on furniture if they are already wet (for example, from fire extinguishing efforts). Too much moisture can permanently damage some fabrics, so it is crucial to match the cleaning strategy to the needs of the item. For instance, jet washing equipment is a good way to clean heavily soiled walls, but it is not suitable for sofas, carpets, or curtains. Spray and Wipe A more appropriate form of wet cleaning is the spray and wipe routine. It involves only small amounts of water and liquid detergents. The technicians apply water and cleaning products to the heavily stained patches. Care is always needed when applying manual treatments, as wet soot can smear if handled incorrectly. Foam Cleaning This propensity for smearing and moving further into the fabric when touched is one of the reasons why foam cleaning is so helpful. It requires no water, so the furniture is not at risk of moisture damage. Plus, the foam is applied and then left to set. It works deep into the fabric and lifts grime and dirt to the surface, where it gets wiped away. SERVPRO often uses this technique for cleaning mattresses, because the risk of permanent staining is high. You can find out more about the cleaning methods used at SERVPRO of Tarpon by getting in touch with our expert team. They provide a local service and are ideally placed to assist customers in the area. Call us 24/7 on (727) 934-5555.

How Do I Get Rid Of Odors After A Fire? The Right Team, With The Right Equipment

1/21/2020 (Permalink)

Heavy black smoke is shown in the sky Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration (727) 934-5555

After a fire has damaged your home or business there is a lot to think about. You don't ever have to wonder who to call to get rid of the odor left behind by fire. SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555, Call Us First.
When it comes to deodorizing a property after fire damage has taken its toll, there is one key principle which is vital for our technicians. It is the principle of equivalence. In other words, if we want to eliminate the lingering odor of soot and smoke, we have got to follow those smells wherever they go.
On a technical level, this means coming up with a way to make odor killing chemicals move in the same way as the odor causing particles. So, there is more to deodorization than just blowing clean air around a room. To successfully restore fire damage to properties, the experts at SERVPRO need to work with state of the art fogging tools.
This guide to wet fogging will explain a little bit about the process and why it is such an effective form of fire damage restoration.
Introducing ‘The Wet Fogger’
To give it its proper name, the wet fogger is an Ultra Low Volume deodorizing device. It emits a very fine mist which contains deodorant particles. They are tiny, at around 10-15 microns in size. This allows them to move and spread in a similar way to smoke particles and this is why they are so effective at eliminating them. To banish the odor-causing particles, the deodorant needs to follow them into soft furnishings and other materials. This is why the chemical is dispersed in a ‘fog’ or ‘mist.’ It helps the deodorizing agents stay in the air, where they can be sustained with the use of fans and air movers. Wet fogging is a great way to penetrate hard to reach areas where odors accumulate. Setting Up a Wet Fogger in Your HomeWhile highly effective, the wet fogger isn’t the only deodorizing method which the SERVPRO team can use to restore your home. It is often used in combination with dry fogging because there are circumstances in which the application of moisture is not appropriate. Wet fogging is not the best option around electronics or fragile furniture, for example.However, it is usually the first choice when it comes to cleaning attics, crawl spaces, and ventilation ducts. These areas can be impossible to reach in some cases, so the technicians have to direct deodorizing chemicals towards the odor particles inside. An added benefit is that wet foggers can also be used to disperse disinfectants, sealers, and other chemicals. 
Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. We study IICRC standards and best practices in cleaning and restoration standards.
To find out if wet fogging is the right choice for your home after a fire, talk to the experts at SERVPRO of Tarpon. Our technicians are always happy to answer your questions and will respond fast to requests for repair and restoration work. Call us 24/7 on (727) 934-5555. 

Water Damage From Violent Storms And Knowing Where To Turn

1/21/2020 (Permalink)


The SERVPRO Disaster Recovery Team can provide help whether you're dealing with a tornado, hurricane, blizzard or flood. Trained, certified technicians are available 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, we are prepared for the unpredictable. With the ability to mobilize local command centers, along with the resources of more than 1,700 Franchises nationwide, no disaster is too big.
Water gushing into your home from various areas can leave anyone helpless. At first, you might be surprised, followed by panic, a bit of scrambling, and then desperation. It is impossible in this state of mind to come up with the right solution unless you already have a plan in place.
For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help manage the insurance paperwork and process. They like working with us because we always try to find a way to stay within budget while supplying homeowners with what they need. A happy customer makes the experience much more efficient, allowing us an opportunity to provide you with the services you deserve.
It's also important to be prepared for storm damage because flood damage is not usually covered by most home insurance policies. You can find out more about national flood insurance on the FEMA website. flood insurance For Tarpon homeowners, water removal in situations like this make planning crucial. You want to save as many of your contents, as fast as possible, with limited losses. What you need is access to someone who has the experience, equipment, and personnel available to get the job done quickly. Searching through your phone book does not tell you who has done reliable work in the past. However, your insurance company can point you in the right direction, even if you have not had an incident yet.
At SERVPRO of Tarpon, we have a variety of water removal equipment at our disposal. Infrared moisture detectors make locating hidden pockets of moisture easier while hygrometers and physical detection methods make adjusting moisture levels in your home a cinch. Our air movers, dehumidifiers, and water extractors come with many attachments that allow us to remove any moisture, anywhere in your home.SERVPRO provides every service that turns your house back into a home after an incident causes problems. When you want IICRC certified technicians to respond to your household needs quickly, give us a call. Our 24-hour emergency services guarantee someone is there when you need us, our dedication to excellence ensures that you receive the results you deserve. Remember to Call Us First, Call SERVPRO of Tarpon to schedule your initial appointment, or to get started on your water removal without delay (727) 934-5555.

It Is Important To Call Trained, Certified Professionals If You Suspect Mold

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

A magnified sample of mold spores are shown to demonstrate how difficult they are to see. SERVPRO of Tarpon provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call Us (727) 934-5555


There are thousands upon thousands of mold species that are found naturally in soils, decaying matter, and plant debris throughout the Tampa area. From Carrollwood to Palm River mold is an ever changing part of our world's ecosystem that everyone should understand more about to help control.
Different species can enter your Oldsmar area home and cause mold damage after entering through a window, doorway, or another avenue, often attaching itself to traffic in and out of your home. Mold spores are simply invisible to the naked eye, making it impossible to know when you might serve as a vessel. Acremonium can be parasitic or saprophytic to plants and other living fungi. The growth rate is moderately rapid, maturing within days. Having colonies at the center of a flat or folded, compact velvety membrane that often produces gritty texture, similar to cotton after aging. Colors include white, pale gray, and pink presenting long, slender phialide and single-celled hyaline connected in a slime drop. Over 100 different species of Acremonium exist today. Alternaria grows on organic debris in soil, leaves, flowers, fruits, and vegetables. It can develop near sewage, leather items, stone, cosmetics, computer disks, and even exist near jet fuel. This type of mold can exist indoors as well, flourishing in house dust, carpeting, household textiles, and window frames. It grows rapidly producing wooly textures and gray, short, aerial hyphae over time. The gray color often turns to a greenish black or olive brown with a light border over time. There are 50 known species of Alternaria today. It is one of the most common fungi worldwide.With an incredible amount of each species present within our ecosystem, it takes professional mold remediation providers, like SERVPRO of Tarpon, to control the spread of mold in your home. You need someone who understands what each species looks like, how each acts, and how to stop them.
We know that from Citrus Park to Palm Harbor, flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. SERVPRO of Tarpon provides emergency cleaning and restoration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Need emergency service in Temple Terrace? Call Us 24/7 – (727) 934-5555 
SERVPRO of Tarpon has the equipment, training, and experience necessary to perform quality mold remediation services on your property. We take the time to explain your situation fully and work hard to provide you with the restoration services you deserve. Our technicians are (IICRC) trained and certified. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries.
Contact SERVPRO of Tarpon for additional information about our mold remediation process, or to schedule your initial inspection, today (727) 934-5555.

The Most Damaging Part Of A Fire

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

A sprinkler head mounted into a ceiling is shown SERVPRO of Tarpon trained IICRC certified technicians work with our community hotel owners and their insurance companies (727) 934-5555

What causes the most expensive damage in a fire isn't usually the flames. Hotels and other commercial structures now have fire suppression systems in place in compliance with state and federal law.
Fire Damage to Tarpon hotels and other buildings usually comes from soot, smoke, and water. It 's hard to clean and (in the case of water) sometimes difficult to see the hidden damage.  SERVPRO of Tarpon inspectors are trained to find all three and then provide a complete report to speed along the clean-up and restoration process.
Because of a large number of rooms and extended hallways, a hotel requires that the process begins the moment the fire department has cleared people to return to the building.The number of towels and shower curtains alone that must be cleaned can be in the hundreds or even thousands. Even if there is no soot damage, the smell of smoke quickly gets into everything with fabric. The same applies for curtains and furniture along with mattresses and box springs. All of these items can be removed and cleaned by our technicians using commercial washers (Esporta Machines) and dryers, vacuums and cleaning agents exclusive to our inventory.Inside the hotel, all crawlspaces and voids must be checked for soot, smoke, and moisture.  Particles left from soot & smoke can be vacuumed if dry or cleaned and then vacuumed if it is still wet. If there is moisture trapped within, our teams will use a series of dehumidifiers and exhaust fans to remove it, returning the moisture levels to normal. Where smoke and soot damage can be seen, every surface will be cleaned and vacuumed. Ceiling tiles will have to be replaced; even if they can be cleaned, it is usually cheaper to replace them unless the material is particularly expensive.  We use commercial extractors to remove water from carpets. If the areas directly under the sprinklers were heavily soaked, our technicians would use heaters that are designed to dry out the last of the water without damaging the fibers.Finally, the HVAC system will need to be cleaned. First, we'll use the same exhaust fans and dehumidifiers to dry out and remove loose soot and other soil. Then, we use vacuum hoses with HEPA filters to ensure that every particle that can be removed is taken out. Ozone machine (if the hotel is vacated) and hydroxyl machines can capture and remove unwanted odors.  Fire damage can be overwhelming at first and can be expensive.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries.
SERVPRO of Tarpon trained IICRC certified technicians work with our community hotel owners and their insurance companies to ensure everything is done as quickly as possible, allowing you to begin making your current customers comfortable and booking guests again. Call us at (727) 934-5555 today to begin the process.
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What To Do When There's Water Damage In Your Holiday Home

1/3/2020 (Permalink)

A woman is shown holding a bucket under a leak from the ceiling SERVPRO of Tarpon ensures your home is completely dry, and then put everything back in its place. (727) 934-5555

Water emergencies are often unpredictable, happening when you least expect them. Whether there was a flood, a dishwasher leak or washing machine has overflowed, time is of the essence. Unexpected flooding puts your home and property inside at risk, so the water needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible. Using a professional water removal company such as SERVPRO of Tarpon is the answer to your problems.


When you have a water emergency in your Holiday home and need water removal services, there are a few steps to take before the experts get to your home. Start by stopping the leak if possible. Turn off the circuit breakers which go to the affected rooms if it is safe to do so. Take out any small furniture or breakable objects to prevent these items from getting damaged. You can place aluminum foil under the legs of larger pieces of furniture to prevent rust stains. Do not try to use a vacuum to remove the water, as this could cause electric shock.
 
Pin up furniture skirts and hang draperies, so they do not contact the wet floors and plan for our technicians to move furniture to dry areas. Clean your hands after you handle any damaged items and don’t turn on any heating or air conditioning units or fans since they can spread contamination if the problem is sewage-related.
 
When SERVPRO of Tarpon technicians arrive at your home, extraction equipment is brought in to remove any surface water from everything possible, including upholstery, padding, and carpeting, but carpets sometimes need to be replaced or removed from the home for proper drying.

Our SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians then use professional grade dehumidifying and drying equipment to dry the areas affected and get the humidity levels back to normal.
 
Special tools are used to find hidden pockets of water. The right drying and extraction techniques help to lower the chance of secondary damage, lower cost of restoration and prevent the growth of mold.
 
SERVPRO of Tarpon ensures your home is completely dry, and then put everything back in its place. If needed, we work alongside your insurance company. Just give us a call anytime that you need us at (727) 934-5555.

Don't Let A Small Water Damage Issue Ruin Your Tarpon Home

1/2/2020 (Permalink)

Mold is shown in the corner of a home We have access to state of the art tools and drying equipment. SERVPRO of Tarpon. Call us 24/7 (727) 934-5555

Most homeowners are not aware that water damage comes in different forms. They simply assume that a leak and a flood are much the same, because they have the same consequences.

This is not actually the case; there are three categories of water damage, and they all originate from different sources.

The organization that is responsible for making such distinctions is the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification. It is their job to provide classifications for the water damage in Tarpon properties. Category three is the most severe and carries the biggest risk to health and wellbeing.


SERVPRO of Tarpon technicians are IICRC certified. The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries.


This guide to category three water damage will give you some basic information about how to identify it and what to do.


Where Does It Come From?


Category three water comes from a source which has already been significantly contaminated. For example, sewage lines, floodwater from streams, toilet overflows, and rising ground water. Crucially, all types of water damage have the potential to progress to category three if they are left untreated for long enough (usually around 72 hours).


What Does It Look Like?

In the past, category three water damage was called ‘black water.’ However, this term is not really used by restoration specialists anymore. The technicians at SERVPRO try to avoid the phrase because it can confuse homeowners. Category three water is not always black in color. It can be pretty much any shade or even devoid of color.


How Is It Repaired?

This type of water damage is a tricky thing because it often means that a large portion of the property will need to be destroyed. This could mean the full removal of drywall sections, carpets, and furniture. If we can save it, we will. The problem is not drying the items, however. It is drying and cleaning them in a way which eliminates all bacteria.


We have spent many years working in the water damage restoration industry. We have access to state of the art tools and drying equipment. So, when your home is in trouble, get in touch with SERVPRO of Tarpon.

Call us 24/7 on (727) 934-5555 for fast, efficient repairs.

If You Have Water Damage in Your Tarpon Home- It's Important To Know Why SERVPRO

12/12/2019 (Permalink)

A steam cleaning device is shown on wet carpet When your carpets, furniture, and walls are too wet, and you feel it is beyond you to remedy the wetness, call SERVPRO for fast service (772) 934-5555

Water damage can have many consequences. If you have experienced some water damage to your home it may be due to flooding or a broken pipe. Note that those who experience flooding and power outages both at the same time are very susceptible to seeing a development of mold growth in their homes. If the water damaged carpets in Tarpon are caused by clean water spillage or a minor leak from a water line, you could safely attempt the cleanup yourself. When you use fans to dry out your carpets, the process will move faster. Note that it often does require quite a few days for fans to be able to dry completely an area that has been damaged by water. These fans also help to circulate the air, which is needed in water damaged areas. You must also use at least one dehumidifier to get out as much water as you can. The more equipment that you use, the better chances you are to be successful in salvaging the carpets while reducing potential mold growth. Now you want to take every precaution that no mold begins to grow since it does not require a lot of water to kick start the production of unsightly, musty smelling, and unhealthy mold. You will need some fans, a dehumidifier, don't use bleach, some rags, and some cleaners. It does take a lot of work and effort to get rid of the mold, but is it worth it? It is primarily a lot of scrubbing with chemicals and getting things dried out. So, yes, this will require you to be down on your hands and knees a lot to tackle every area. Unfortunately, the above scenario is not very accurate. Bleach and chemicals may not eradicate mold colonies, and training, experience, and the use of industrial grade pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers are the ticket to success. You can do your part to inhibit the growth of mold by getting things that have been damaged by water dried out as quickly as you can, which includes addressing the wet carpets as well. The sooner that a good clean up after water damage has occurred, the more quickly mold can be prevented from growing beneath your carpet. Consider this. If the carpet and padding are saturated with Black Water (sewage or other highly contaminated water), the professionals from SERVPRO can safely remove and then discard these items. We will wear safety Hazmat clothing and gear for this procedure. Irreversible contamination dictates no other option. Be safe and be healthy. When your carpets, furniture, and walls are too wet, and you feel it is beyond you to remedy the wetness, call SERVPRO to complete the water damage restoration for you. We will alleviate your stress, work in your best interest, mitigate damages and return your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."We’re Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists
SERVPRO of Tarpon technicians is water damage experts who get started promptly to get your property and carpets dry and back to pre-water-damage condition. Call us for fast service (772) 934-5555.