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A House Fire Can Spread In Minutes, Odors Can Be Lingering Much Longer

12/2/2019 (Permalink)

The inside of a home is shown with fire damage including blackened walls SERVPRO of Tarpon, our goal is to return your home to its condition before the fire. If you have lingering odors, call us at (727) 934-5555

According to the Department of Homeland Security, in just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames. It is important that your family has an escape plan. A smoke alarm that is working significantly increases your chances of surviving a deadly home fire.
Calling the experts at SERVPRO of Tarpon after the fire is also important. The lingering effects can take weeks to eliminate. Only a small number of fires are likely to cause major, structural damage to your home. Most cleaning and restoration costs come from the smoke and soot, rather than the heat and flames.
Most of the fire damage from smoke and soot are the odors they generate. Removing them is a difficult process and requires a professional restoration service. SERVPRO of Tarpon technicians have the training to understand that placing furniture outside or repainting over smoke damaged walls only hides odors for a few days or weeks at the most. To permanently deal with lingering odors, our office maintains an extensive, on-hand inventory of restoration equipment. We also have certified technicians to restore your home professionally.
Electric Pressure Sprayers
Our technicians use Electric Pressure Sprayers to apply deodorizing agents and other cleaning agents. They spray them directly onto the surface of the carpets, fabrics, and structural materials that have heavy odor-causing residues. Injectors
These special pumps have large needles our technicians use to inject small amounts of deodorizers directly into carpet and upholstery stains. When possible, we prefer using this method instead of pulling up a carpet or soaking a sofa with cleaning agents. Ozone Machines
Technicians use them to produce a gas of oxygen molecules that react with odor-causing molecules that deeply penetrated surfaces. The reaction oxidizes them, which eliminates the odor. After a short period, the ozone gas reverts to normal oxygen, leaving no residues. Ventilation Fans
These industrial exhaust fans move air at high speeds of 3000 to 5000 cubic feet of air per minute. Technicians use them to air out a home that is wet from the work of the firefighters. The fans can quickly remove the damp, interior air containing odor-causing molecules. They reduce the overall odors and assist technicians in finding the source of the stronger odors. These devices are only a small number of the cleaning and restoration equipment we maintain at our office. For SERVPRO of Tarpon, our goal is to return your home to its condition before the fire. If you have lingering odors, call us at (727) 934-5555 today to schedule an inspection.

When You Have Water Damage In Your Tarpon Home, You May Want To Renovate Instead Of Just Repairing

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

A bathroom that is being remodeled is shown while under construction Our team of home restoration and storm damage repair specialists will manage your home project with professional attention to detail.

Water may be essential to human life, but it can cause costly damage to your home. If your home is flooded or damaged by a leak or water overflow, the repairs can be extensive and expensive. The extent is determined by how much water damaged the property and how long it remained in place before a restoration crew could remove it.


In Tarpon Springs, bathroom remodeling is a fairly common requirement for many homeowners.

SERVPRO of Tarpon not only removes water and its damaging effects, but our trained professionals also assist in remodeling and returning the bathroom and other areas of the home to its pre-damage condition.
 
Team members first have to remove everything that was damaged by the water to remodel the bathroom. That usually means pulling up damaged flooring and soaked drywall panels, but if the water in the home remained in place for several days, it can affect the tile around the sink or toilet and break down the seals holding the bathtub or shower in place.
 
Our technicians start with an inspection. In many cases, loose tile indicates water damage, so if any shifts or moves at a touch, they remove several pieces to examine the wall behind them. The same is true with linoleum floor, so if either move at a touch or have visual bubbles, our team removes the damaged surface material and the building material underneath it.

Once we complete the demolition and removal, SERVPRO technicians dry the bathroom interior with dehumidifiers, air movers, and fans.
 
After the air moisture content tests at normal, the teams begin work to return the bathroom to normal condition. They start by rebuilding the floor and hanging new drywall panels to enclose everything. We can lay new linoleum and tile so that everything looks like it did before, or with the owner’s permission, upgrade the look of the bathroom with a better grade of tile along with new fixtures and accessories.

Our team of home restoration and storm damage repair specialists will manage your home project with professional attention to detail.
 
For SERVPRO of Tarpon, restoration is much more than relaying carpet, drying floors, and drawing moisture from your home or property.

Our technicians do everything possible to make your residence look like it did before the hurricane or the damaged inlet pipe dumps hundreds of gallons of water in it. If you need our services, call us today at (727) 934-5555.

Don't Lose Time and Money When Your Tarpon Hotel Floods

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

Mold is shown along a white wall and ceiling SERVPRO of Tarpon has skilled, IICRC trained technicians to utilize industry leading equipment to extract the water.


It is important to address any hotel water damage immediately. Many things can go wrong if you ignore standing water in a hotel. These issues will result in canceled reservations and guests not come back. It is important to bring in commercial water damage professionals like SERVPRO to extract the water and dry out the affected areas. Do not rely on your abilities to clean up all of the water damage. This can result in some of the water or moisture left in inaccessible areas which can give way to mold growth, musty odors, and weaken the property structure.
 
When calling a professional outfit to resolve the water damage issue in Tarpon, it is important to make sure that they are experienced and equipped to do their job. All moisture needs to be cleaned up and taken care of so that the place does not become hazardous. One thing that you don't want is for mold to get into the airways via the duct work of the hotel. SERVPRO of Tarpon has skilled, IICRC trained technicians to utilize industry leading equipment to extract the water. This process involves inspection equipment that we use to find all of the moisture within the structure. Infrared cameras, thermal hygrometers, and moisture sensors are also used to document and guarantee a complete drying result. One thing you can do to help out is to make sure all of the items that are damaged by the water are dried out quickly so that there is no growth of mold. Wet carpets may be salvaged depending upon the degree of saturation and the nature of the excess water. However, there are cases like Black Water, which is contaminated water that requires special HAZMAT clothing and gear to remove from the premises safely. Blackwater in carpets typically is non-salvageable in a commercial environment and must be discarded. Call the SERVPRO of Tarpon professionals to take care of the issue. We are willing to work with you at any time of the day to make sure that your water gets dried out with the minimum disruption to your guests. Give us a call at (727) 934-5555.

Where To Turn After A Fire In Tarpon

10/10/2019 (Permalink)

The inside of a home is shown with damage after a fire SERVPRO of Tarpon is strategically located to respond quickly to your fire and smoke damaging event. Call us 24/7 at (727) 934-5555.


Although there are a lot of issues residential property owners may have to deal with, a house fire can be a particularly challenging. In addition to losing your possessions, a house fire can have a negative impact your property's structural integrity. Learning more about how to handle house fires can help you avoid some of the unwanted outcomes. Get the information you need regarding how to deal with house fires by reading this short overview: Avoid Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Projects
When you face fire damage in Tarpon, consider not completing the clean-up process on your own. In many cases, residential property owners are so devastated by the destruction generated by the fire that they want to start the clean-up work immediately. This is a dangerous course of action for several reasons, including the fact that most homeowners do not have the professional equipment necessary to expedite and optimize the cleanup process. Additionally, most residential property owners are unaware of the health hazards that cleaning up after a fire entail. Trying to do the work yourself can increase your susceptibility to illness and injury. Attain Professional Services
Rather than attempting to complete a DIY project following a fire, your best course of action is calling the team of professional fire remediation experts at SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555. Our experts will be able to offer you the knowledgeable and detail-oriented work necessary to get your home back in excellent condition "Like it never even happened." Our fire restoration specialists offer comprehensive remediation services, including damage evaluation, drying work, odor control, demolition, and reconstruction. Some of the characteristics you should look for in a top shelf company is:
• 24/7 emergency service
• a proven track record
• excellent online reviews
• exceptional customer service
• IICRC-certified technicians If you have experienced a house fire, there is a place to turn for help. Call the fire remediation professionals of SERVPRO of Tarpon so we can get your home back into excellent shape. All of our technicians are trained in the latest techniques, and we also offer the exceptional customer service that will keep you relaxed and comfortable throughout the remediation process. For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO of Tarpon works with your insurance company to help manage the insurance process and paperwork. We are a Locally Owned Company with National Resources.
SERVPRO of Tarpon is strategically located to respond quickly to your fire and smoke damaging event.
Call us 24/7 at (727) 934-5555.

Safety Is Important Even After The Storm Has Passed

9/30/2019 (Permalink)

Flood Waters Are Shown In Front Of A House SERVPRO of Tarpon can dry your home back out quickly and efficiently

Some of the most destructive storms carry with them high winds, heavy rains, and can even create tornadoes. Flooding is always a concern when a hurricanes is forecasted.  Homeowners worry that the wind will break windows, letting rain in or groundwater flooding the area and making its way into your home.


Rain or a storm surge can create severe flood damage to your East Lake home very quickly during a storm.


You may have to evacuate, but as soon as you can return you need to have the damage assessed right away to ensure that time is on your side. SERVPRO of Tarpon can respond quickly to your home to begin restoration and repair the damages.


Many dangers exist in a flooding situation, so we make sure our technicians are trained and certified. Environmental hazards in the water can include structural and electrical hazards, plus harmful materials. Biohazards in the floodwaters can cause health effects. Safety is our first concern for you and your family when we are performing flood damage restoration.


We perform a safety evaluation before starting any mitigation work. We identify any safety risks and ask you if you know of any safety hazards already. Each job and structure are different, and the electrical system and kinds of construction materials are never the same. The water can be dirty itself, plus the building can contain materials that are harmful. We take into account how long your home has been underwater and the possibility of the presence of mold.


Some things SERVPRO techs check include making sure ceilings are not sagging and punching weep holes if necessary, making sure light fixtures do not contain water, and watching for potential electrical hazards. We also make sure electrical cords are out of the way, so they do not cause someone to trip, and we wear the appropriate personal protective equipment like goggles, gloves, and respirators. We also look for any mold growth and check to see if the water is contaminated.


SERVPRO of Tarpon can dry your home back out quickly and efficiently, but we also do not put you or our staff in any danger while we are working on a job. You can be sure we do the job right in the areas of East Lake, Beacon Square, or Innisbrook when you contact us at (727) 934-5555.

Let SERVPRO Take The Worry and Stress Out Of Your Tarpon Springs Fire Recovery

9/27/2019 (Permalink)

An animation is shown depicting a house on fire with flames and dollar signs and a man sitting in front We can assess the full scope of the fire damages to your Tarpon Springs home. Give us a call today at SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.

After a devastating fire in your home, it can be almost impossible to imagine things getting back to normal. Everywhere you look there is damage to your home, and just thinking about the amount of work that needs to be done is overwhelming. Where do you even begin? How will you be sure you are working with the right people?

If you contact your insurance company first they will likely refer you to a professional restoration service like SERVPRO of Tarpon.


We can assess the full scope of the fire damages to your Tarpon Springs home. We can provide your insurance company with an accurate estimate of how much the restoration will ultimately cost.


SERVPRO professionals have experience working with home insurance companies. We work to respond quickly to your call and dispatch our experts. The important thing to remember is that we will work with your insurance.


For a stress free claims process, SERVPRO can help with the process and insurance paperwork.
This estimation process starts by assessing the work that needs to get completed to successfully restore your home to preloss conditions. This figure details the personnel that is necessary as well as the equipment needed to do the job in the most efficient way possible.


Additionally, this estimation details the irreparable damages that your home has suffered on account of the recent fire. Construction materials that require removal and replacement, contents of your home throughout the affected area that have become ruined beyond salvage, are items that fit this secondary assessment. SERVPRO offers the CCIS Contents Claim Inventory Service to track these non-salvageable structural and interior possessions.


Our efforts and attention to detail ensure that your insurance company has everything they need to push your claim through and get the restoration process started in your home. You can count on our SERVPRO of Tarpon restoration specialists to arrive quickly and to do the work as efficiently as possible so you can move past this devastating situation.

Give us a call today at SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.

If You Suspect Mold Damage In Your Tarpon Springs Home- It's Time To Partner With SERVPRO of Tarpon

9/10/2019 (Permalink)

Moisture is shown on a wall in a home. The wall is white and the effected area is black. It's important to understand the need to bring in properly trained professionals.

If moisture gets into your Tarpon Springs home there is a possibility that microbial growth can occur. A fungus only needs the ideal temperature, elevated moisture levels, and an organic food source to develop. Water damage creates the perfect situations for fungal contamination. The excessive moisture created during a pipe break elevates levels in both materials inside your home and the air. Most homes are kept at around 70 degrees Fahrenheit which is in the ideal temperature range for microbes to activate. Most buildings are constructed with several organic materials including wood and paper that provide a food source for fungi. Once microbes grow, they form structures called hyphae and produce spores that help them reproduce. During any mold damage remediation in Tarpon Springs, our SERVPRO experts take extra caution to keep spores from spreading to unaffected areas and causing more problems. If not mitigated promptly the hyphae will spread deep into a substance possibly ruining the item. If measures to contain spores do not get implemented, then microbes present inside the dust created by the work process can float around the air until they fall and settle in another location.  One area of your home that is susceptible to contamination is your wall cavities. Insulation inside the walls helps keep the area warm enough for mold to grow. Wall cavities are made up of mostly organic materials such as the wooden studs and the paper backing on the drywall. Water pipes often run through the walls and if they break water may leak into the cavities without you realizing it. If a water leak inside the walls occurs, the mold usually starts growing first on the back side of the drywall. The fungus can then spread throughout the cavity and even rot the drywall from the inside out. If a fungus on the back side of drywall is not treated promptly, then the mold could spread to the wooden wall studs and exterior walls. Whenever drywall gets contaminated by fungi, it usually has to be removed in sealed plastic bags. Once the drywall is taken off the walls, our SERVPRO technicians treat the studs and outside walls if needed.
It's important to understand the need to bring in properly trained professionals. Technicians on the SERVPRO of Tarpon team have IICRC industry certifications.
The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses. Once all visible fungal growth has been removed, we treat the affected area with a specialized sealant paint and antimicrobial chemicals. The sealant and antimicrobial solution get used to help prevent future growth in the affected region. If you ever notice a place in your house where mold growth has occurred, call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555 seven days a week.

Minimizing Storm Damage Potential To Your Tarpon Home

9/4/2019 (Permalink)

A Palm Tree is Shown Wind Blown From A Storm and The caption says "Keep Your Eyes On The Storm" If you want a professional opinion about storm damage call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555.

Residents of Tarpon know all too well that they can't control when and where a storm might strike. There are somethings you can do as a homeowner to lessen the effects of severe weather.

If you have trees that hang over your home, you need to ensure that these are trimmed of any dead or weak limbs. Disease in trees is a good sign that some heavy pruning should be done, and insect populations should be treated and eliminated.

During storm season, both in the fall and spring, there are a few different steps you can take to decrease the risk of storm damage becoming a reality. Many homeowners hesitate to have tree maintained or removed. It's messy, loud, and can be costly. It is a good alternative to having a tree fall on your home in the middle of a storm. If there are trees that are growing from your neighbor's property but over your home, you should talk to them about trimming the tree limbs that are on your side before doing so. SERVPRO of Tarpon has covered too many roofs with tarps because of tree damage.


Look around your property for objects that are heavy enough to withstand smaller breezes and gusts of wind, but might be light enough for stronger winds to move around or even pick up. Table-top umbrellas on your deck, lounge chairs, and garden tools can all pose problems in a strong enough wind. Lumber that has been stored up against your home for one reason or another, but unused for lack of time, should be moved to an indoor location such as a garage or shed. Storing these on the ground can harbor pests and kill your grass.


Storm doors and screened windows should be placed in their frames tightly, and latch closed, as well. Storm water seeping or  in from the wind forcing it up against the house can cause water damage. This leaves floors in entryways soft and spongy. The wall and floor under windows can also become soft, or even moldy, if they are not kept tightly closed or are not sealed well.
Storm damage can also happen on the patio. Screened porches may receive a great amount of blown-in moisture that can carry debris that is left behind when the rain evaporates. This debris can contain a silt that can eat at carpets and upholstery on your porch. Similar to flood damage but less invasive, this sediment should be cleaned up on a regular basis to protect your furnishings.


Even after all of these precautions a storm can damage your home. The final thing you can do to be prepared is to know where to turn for professional help restoring your home.


If you want a professional opinion about storm damage and how you can prevent it, call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555. Open 24/7 and available to take your call every day of the year; we have your storm damage needs covered.

Knowing Who Call When Storms Leave Behind Water Damage in Tarpon Springs

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

A water damaged kitchen is shown There's only one number you need for restoration in Tarpon Springs, call SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.


Many Tarpon Springs residents have experience rebuilding after a disaster. Storms, flooding, wind damage and can cause major damage to your home or business. Most Tarpon Springs residents know evacuation routes and places to shelter, but do they know who to call if they have water damage? A bad decision can be time consuming and costly.


There's only one number you need for restoration in Tarpon Springs, call SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.


The experts at SERVPRO of Tarpon works as quickly as possible to help homeowners put their home back to it's original condition.


Despite the reason for it, many owners take this opportunity to put in the kitchen that they always wanted but perhaps did not have the funds when they built or bought the home. Our teams can help with everything from laying new linoleum and tearing down interior walls, to installing new appliances and cabinets.


If they were restoring a kitchen, the demolition work is carefully done to prevent additional work and costs. That includes removing the flooring, linoleum or wood and the sub-floor to expose the concrete pad underneath. The same actions include tearing out drywall and paneling damaged by the water. Getting the work started immediately will help to prevent major mold issues.


After clearing out the debris, SERVPRO technicians put in a new sub-floor. Before laying a new floor on top of it, they make sure to secure any plumbing, gas, and electrical lines. If they suspect a problem, the team leader recommends bringing in a licensed contractor to make any repairs.


With the new floor in place, our specialists install the new appliances. Each team member is trained to deal with all major manufacturers, saving our customers additional installation fees often not covered by insurance.


Next, teams install and paint or stain the new cabinets. Our specialists can preserve the original cabinets and repaint them, but if they need to cut down or rebuilt to match the new appliances, it is often as cost-efficient to install new cabinets than to spend the labor hours changing and reinstalling the old ones.


SERVPRO of Tarpon teams are well trained and certified. SERVPRO of Tarpon is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


Before mold or other issues cost you more contact SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555. The longer water is left standing, the more likely mold growth will become a problem. Mold can begin to grow in a flooded commercial site in 24 to 72 hours. Contact SERVPRO of Tarpon to eliminate standing water.
Call SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.

Water Damage and What It Means To Your Business After a Fire

8/27/2019 (Permalink)


Hotel fires are more common than you might think. Firefighters in the U.S. respond to an estimated average of 3,520 structure fires in hotels and motels each year. In addition to the fire damage there is the issue of water damage throughout the hotel.


It is very important to address any hotel water damage in a timely manner. There are serious consequences when water damage is ignored. These issues can cause visitors to leave the hotels and not come back. It is important to hire professionals to take care of the cleanup. It is a bad idea to rely entirely on your abilities to clean up all of the water damage. This can result in some of the water left in inaccessible areas which can give way to mold and other issues on the property.

Knowing who to call is an important decision that will have an impact on your business. Call SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555. Any moisture needs to be cleaned up and taken care of to avoid health hazards. You want to avoid mold getting into the airways. SERVPRO of Tarpon has well trained experts that know how to take care of water issues.


SERVPRO of Tarpon is an IICRC firm. The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.


Before mold or other issues cost you more contact SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.

The longer water is left standing, the more likely mold growth will become a problem. Mold can begin to grow in a flooded commercial site in 24 to 72 hours. Contact SERVPRO of Tarpon to eliminate standing water.


We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.


As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, we have highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster. We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.


One thing you can do to help out is to make sure all of the items that are damaged by the water are dried out quickly so that there is no growth of mold. Call SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.