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Dangers of Storm Damage to Your Tarpon Home

6/14/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Dangers of Storm Damage to Your Tarpon Home SERVPRO of Tarpon Saves the Day After a Storm or Hurricane

Call SERVPRO of Taron to Help With Storm Damage

Storms can affect a home year round, but there are certain times of the year when homeowners in Florida are most vulnerable to encountering severe damage due to weather. Hurricane season, tornado season, and anytime, when there is the threat of powerful winds and a significant downpour, can threaten your house's structure and its contents.

Storm damage in Tarpon can get especially severe when hurricanes and tropical storms threaten the coastline. Though the range of consequences varies, it can be a very stressful and traumatic event, especially in areas that are closest to bodies of water.

Here are some of the top ways that storm damage can affect your home.  

1. Wind damage

Strong winds have the potential to cause immense devastation to a home, even if no tornado has touched down and a tropical storm never turns into a hurricane. The technicians at SERVPRO have experience handling storm damage caused by the wind and can restore your home so you can get back to your usual routine.  

2. Flood waters

Water is a powerful force, especially when accompanied by strong winds and lightning. Even after the waters have receded, dangers associated with the formation of mold and mildew will linger unless you contact a professional company like us, SERVPRO, for storm damage assistance.  

3. Storm surges

A storm surge can occur when the sea level suddenly rises due to a weather event, and it's a particular threat to homes in Florida that are near the coast. The low pressure and high winds associated with storm surges often result in damage that requires expert cleanup.  

4. Electrical Hazards

Anytime there's water and flooding involved with storm damage; there's the danger of electrical hazards. Downed power lines, water damaged equipment and appliances, and exposed wires all require careful handling.

Contact our team to ensure your home is free from electrical dangers after a major storm.   Here at SERVPRO of Tarpon, our team is equipped to repair storm damage quickly and efficiently, whenever you need our help. For a quote or information about our storm damage restoration services, call us 24/7 at (727) 934-5555.

Air Conditioners Can Cause Mold Damage in Tarpon

6/7/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Air Conditioners Can Cause Mold Damage in Tarpon Mold Can Grow In Your HVAC System
Did You Know That Mold Can Grow In Your HVAC System

When you live in a region where the temperature and humidity require cooling, you risk the possibility of a mold infestation in your HVAC system or in and around your window air conditioners. Because mold spores are so minuscule, any that have collected within the duct work of your ventilation system or in the condenser coils of you AC can grow with the simple addition of moisture. Clogged duct work, drains or loose seals will prevent your air conditioning unit from operating efficiently which can allow condensation to feed mold growth.  SERVPRO of Tarpon has the certified staff who use the proper techniques and the equipment necessary to discover where the mold is hiding. We will use proper procedures to remediate the infestation, ensuring the airflow in your home is purer and less likely to spread mold spores around.

Great care needs to be taken when remediating mold damage in Tarpon. If you smell a musty odor that you cannot pinpoint give us a call to see if we can discover the source. Avoid running your air conditioner until we arrive. We strive to come to your home within hours of your first call. Our mold specialists will evaluate your heating and cooling system to find any mold growth. If a mold infestation is found, we will then develop a plan that contains the colony until it can be safely removed. We work with you to guarantee the safety of you and your family as we investigate and then complete the tasks that will resolve the problem.

SERVPRO of Tarpon will arrange to have the mold remediated, including looking for the source of moisture that is feeding the fungal overgrowth. The remediation is not complete until the moisture has been located and its cause corrected. If necessary,  we will work with experts in the heating and cooling field to eliminate the leak or repair, remove and replace parts of the duct work, condenser or compressor that may be adding the moisture to the mix. Once the mold crisis is remedied, we will advise you on tips to keep your HVAC system or window air conditioner operating at peak performance without the heightened risk of mold development.

Contact SERVPRO of Tarpon when you suspect you may be struggling with a mold problem in your home. Operators are ready 7 days a week, 24 hours a day at (727) 934-5555 to set up a mold inspection appointment.

Mold Damage in Your Tarpon Home Is Sometimes Invisible

6/6/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Your Tarpon Home Is Sometimes Invisible Mold Growth in Tarpon Gets Cleaned up By SERVPRO

SERVPRO Can Check and Remediate Mold Infestations in Your Property

A mold infestation is common anywhere there is standing water or excessive moisture in the air or trapped within wood and carpets. If a room or area previously flooded hasn't been cleaned and dried quickly, the fungi can grow.

Even when the obvious signs such as warped floors and stained carpets have been restored, there may still remain a mold hazard. Mold damage in Tarpon homes has to be addressed quickly, and SERVPRO has the expertise and the equipment to help prevent the proliferation of breeding grounds for mold and remove all known traces.

If the mold has developed inside the walls, that area of drywall and its framing will probably have to be replaced if the cardboard backing has been ruined. If no mold is uncovered but excess moisture is detected, our tech teams have a series of dehumidifiers to take care of the problem and help prevent future outbreaks. These same exhaust fans are also used to blow mold spores through your HVAC system and out of your home using negative pressure. To make sure the process is complete, your HVAC will also require vacuuming using HEPA filtered devices, scrubbing using anti-fungal foggers along with the fans to destroy as much of the mold and spores as is possible. Every air filter must also be replaced. 

If you would like to try and stay ahead of a possible mold infestation or are concerned about recent flooding, we also offer a complimentary inspection for your home. Our inspectors can help determine if there are any areas at risk. SERVPRO recommends having a reputable, third party inspect and send out samples for analysis for possible mold infestations. Bear in mind, if you smell and see mold, there is no need to spend money on testing. Our Certified Mold Remediation Technicians can begin the service. 

The predicted weather for our corner of Florida is nothing but rain and thunderstorms. Before you have to deal with another flood and the resulting mold, call us today at 727-934-5555. If you suspect that there is already a mold infestation, contact us at SERVPRO of Tarpon. We are part of this community and wish to help.

Preventative Measures To Take Before A Hurricane In Tarpon

5/31/2019 (Permalink)

The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 1st. Take these measures to protect your property and belongings during the storm to reduce damage.

Precautions To Take To Avoid Storm Damage

When a hurricane strikes, your first priority should be to protect yourself and anyone else in your household. Get to a safe place and, if there is a government recommendation or order, evacuate if necessary. Once you are sure you are safe, there are also measures you can take to protect your property and belongings during the storm, reducing damages and work for SERVPRO technicians with just a few preventative measures. If you are able, try to employ these simple tips before the next hurricane or major storm to prevent damages.

Keep Breakables Secure 
Many homeowners keep breakable objects such as glasses and ceramics out in plain view. During storm damage in Tarpon, these can be smashed, creating a major safety hazard and causing irreparable damage to the object. By locking those objects inside of cabinets and away from windows and doors, you can help to prevent many disasters that would otherwise befall these fragile belongings. Try to keep them in mounted, secured places, such as a floor cabinet, while avoiding containers that can tip over or move.

Elevate Your Furniture 
Placing ground floor furniture on supports to elevate them slightly off the ground can make a big difference should a flood hit. By putting blocks or barriers underneath their legs, you can help furniture to avoid the reaching touch of floodwater, and expedite any drying process that the furniture may need. If you can, throwing waterproof tarps over it may also stop a good deal of damage.

Batten Down The Hatches 
Although it may seem obvious, giving your home a check-over to make sure that all doors and windows are locked and secured may ultimately save you thousands in damages. Many damages that SERVPRO of Tarpon is called in for can be prevented by these simple checks, but many homeowners forget or simply don't bother to do them. Before the storm hits, always double-check each opening in every corner of the house to make sure it is closed tight.

When disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Tarpon is ready and waiting to respond to your call. Contact us 24/7 at the first sign of damage at (727) 934-5555.

The Common Causes of Water Damage in Homes

5/5/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Common Causes of Water Damage in Homes The average age of a sump pump is 10 years.

Water Damage in Trinity Requires Timely Identification and Appropriate Mitigation

All households require proper knowledge to prepare adequately for potential water damage in Trinity.  SERVPRO of Tarpon, has identified some of the most common causes of water damage in the typical Trinity home.

Some of these include blocked drain lines, broken pipes inside walls, failing pumps and malfunction appliances such as washing machines and dishwashers.  

Blocked drain lines have the potential to cause significant property damage due to the fact that drain lines can handle large amounts of water as compared to other plumbing in the home. In the event that the pipes become obsolete or overwhelmed, they often burst and release plenty of water to the homes.


Some plumbing equipment includes pumps. These include water pumps, sump pumps, and sewage pumps, to mention a few. Industry experts state that the average age of a household sump pump is only 10 years. When there is a power outage or when these pumps develop malfunctions or faults, their functionality is compromised which then causes extensive property damage.  

Nothing lasts for eternity, not the household plumbing at least. The plumbing, just like every other piece of equipment, is prone to deterioration and can fail. This subsequently makes them more likely to cause water damage. 

If you experience a water damage related emergency it is critical that the water is removed quickly and properly by a certified team of experts. SERVPRO of Tarpon is locally owned and operated and is ready to help you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Call us! (727) 934-5555. 

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Take These Steps to Prevent Mold Infestation in Your Home or Apartment

4/29/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Take These Steps to Prevent Mold Infestation in Your Home or Apartment Mold can grow quickly in a moist damp environment.

No matter where you go in Tarpon Springs, a microbial population resides, either actively or in a dormant state. This includes the cleanest of homes, as well as the outdoor world. A small amount of moisture or increased humidity can revive dormant microbes and allow active to flourish even more vibrantly.

Whenever an apartment suffers from mold damage in Tarpon Springs, the critical ingredient centers on the moisture levels, and not on the mold already existing within the residence. SERVPRO professionals find a variety of sources of unwanted moisture and water within homes and apartments when performing mold damage remediation. Preventing future accumulation of water plays a crucial part in preventing microbial populations from expanding.

Moisture can come into your apartment through many sources, including appliances. Used appliances that come with your rented apartment might not seem faulty but a quick check of drip pans, water lines, and drainage hoses, especially their seals at both ends, can rule this possible situation out. Discovering that such a location does contain defects or loosened seals, a quick repair job can solve the problem. Other sources exist, however, even in the smallest of residences.

Other locations to look at include windows and their frames. Rainfall can result in extensive microbial damage when they allow water to enter inside, dripping down walls, or even inside them. Soaked insulation can harbor microbial growth for long periods before their discovery occurs. 

A leaky roof can also allow precipitation to cause prolific growth all throughout the apartment building, including other units. SERVPRO can remediate mold damage to your apartment after discussing the details with your apartment's owner. Your personal belongings can also become mold-infested, but we can help you recover most, and possibly all, of your affected property.

A leaky toilet, drain under a cabinet, or a shower head that sprays water where it should not go can all cause mold damage inside the bathroom. Loosened shower walls can allow mold to grow behind them, which can then spread to other areas of your home.

SERVPRO of Tarpon helps whenever mold damage becomes a problem, and beforehand, as well. No job is too large and complicated, nor too small and insignificant. All mold damage escalates and should receive expert remediation services as soon as possible. Call our 24-hour service line at (727) 934-5555, any day of the year, and we can help you recover from this and any other disaster.

4 Tips on How to Prevent Dryer Fires | SERVPRO of Tarpon

4/26/2019 (Permalink)

An accumulation of lint can lead to a dangerous situation.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, NFPA, U.S fire departments responded to nearly 16,000 home fires involving clothes dryers or washing machines over a four-year period. These fires resulted in $238 million in property damage. The majority of these fires come from home clothes dryers.    

One-third of clothes dryers related fires are caused by an accumulation of lint, which means that not cleaning out your dryer vent can set you up for a dangerous situation.

Here are 4 simple tips that and ensure safety in the laundry room.

  1. CLEAN THE LINT FILTER AFTER EVERY LOAD- not only will this help prevent a fire, but your clothes will dry faster!
  2. REPLACE ACCORDION-STYLE DUCTS-If you see a plastic or foil accordion-style duct connecting your appliance to the vent, it’s a good idea to replace it with a rigid metal duct that won't sag and collect lint.
  3. CLEAN THE DRYER DUCT ANNUALLY- (at least)-Disconnect the duct from the dryer, and vacuum both the dryer and the duct—as much as you can access, then reassemble, return dryer to original spot and reconnect power.
  4. HANDLE CHEMICAL STAINS WITH CARE-Clothes stained with gas, cooking oil, cleaning agents, or other flammable chemicals or substances need special care. It's recommended to  wash such stained clothing more than once to minimize volatile chemicals, then hang to dry. If you must use a dryer, use the lowest heat setting and a drying cycle that concludes with a cool-down period.

IMPORTANT: In the event that a fire does start, keep the dryer door closed to limit its oxygen supply—a fire needs oxygen to keep it going.

If your family has experienced a fire of any kind and needs help restoring your home call SERVPRO of Tarpon.     

Get the Answers Necessary to Protect Your Trinity Home from Water Damage

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Get the Answers Necessary to Protect Your Trinity Home from Water Damage Call SERVPRO after any type of water damage in your home. We will put all of our expertise to work for you.

SERVPRO Technicians are Well Trained to Handle Your Water Damage Emergency

If you have ever experienced water damage in any form, you understand that having a qualified restoration technicians involved in the process is critical. They can help you address the situation properly and provide any repairs necessary to protect the structure and contents of your home.
 
Water intrusions of any type occurring in your Trinity home often lead to water damage that most homeowners simply are not prepared to handle. In most cases, water takes over quickly, causing significant damages before you have the faintest idea of what just happened. Hesitation turns normal water damage into catastrophic events, making it important for homeowners to understand that they need to address these situations immediately.
 
Hiring expertly trained water damage restoration technicians, like those available at SERVPRO, helps prevent additional damages by removing excess water and providing you with quick drying methods using specialized equipment to restore your home. Giving you the assistance you need to recover from emergency situations properly and maintain a quality environment for you and your family.
 
While some cases can be relatively minor, the damages caused by the intrusion can pose severe risks. Having your entire basement flooded with water containing who knows what, exposes your family to unknown contaminants and causes damage to the foundation, walls, and structural materials found in your home. SERVPRO helps limit the losses you experience and saves time associated with your restoration.
 
SERVPRO technicians can also provide you with any reconstruction services necessary to finish the job properly. We handle everything construction related including replacement of cabinetry, countertops, subfloor, flooring materials, framing, and drywall while also painting and providing finish work necessary to complete your restoration entirely.
 
Our technicians work hard to provide you with peace of mind that you made the right decision when you decided to use us to restore your home. Building relationships with our customers mean satisfying your needs, and we try to ensure that all of our services meet or exceed any expectations you may have had when work began.
 
Take care of existing water damage on your property by contacting SERVPRO of Tarpon. We can perform any repairs or restoration services necessary to get things under control, today. (727) 934-5555

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Providing You With Solutions To Mold Damage In Your Tarpon Springs Home Today

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Providing You With Solutions To Mold Damage In Your Tarpon Springs Home Today SERVPRO mold remediation specialists understand how waiting can result in additional exposure and contamination to other areas of your home.

Mold Damage Solutions

Professional mold remediation technicians performing their services can be an amazing thing to see. They quickly, yet safely, follow established containment, handling, cleanup, and decontamination procedures to get contamination under control and prevent mold from growing again in the future.

However, unless you understand whom to call to handle mold damage in your Tarpon Springs area home, you could end up purchasing services from an under-qualified company. You should take a little time to check for certifications and determine how experienced the company is that you decide to use. You can usually spot a fake right away, if a company uses the term “Mold Removal,” or says that they have the ability to eliminate mold on your property permanently, they are generally up to no good. If a company says that they need to send a mold sample to a lab to determine the proper steps to take or methods to use in your remediation process, you should run, not walk, to a more reliable mold remediation provider.

SERVPRO mold remediation specialists understand how waiting can result in additional exposure and contamination to other areas of your home. Regardless of the amount or type that our technicians discover on your property; our mold remediation specialists can provide you with the safe, professional services you deserve to get mold growth in your home under control in a timely, efficient manner. SERVPRO technicians understand where mold comes from, what makes it grow, and how to control contamination spreading throughout your property. We have access to industrial-grade equipment, highly trained personnel, and several years of experience providing homeowners just like you with solutions to mold issues found in your home.

SERVPRO’s IICRC certified technicians follow standards set by the EPA, OSHA, as well as any local or federal regulations while providing you with the services you deserve to obtain a mold-free living environment. We take the time to address customer concerns, explain our services, and make the entire process as stress-free as possible. Contacting SERVPRO of Tarpon provides you with access to expertly trained mold remediation specialists who care about the results they provide to each customer. We are available 24/7, anytime, day or night, giving us the ability to provide you with the solutions you deserve, today (727) 934-5555.

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Soot Damage in Your Trinity Home from Fire

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Soot Damage in Your Trinity Home from Fire Smoke Detectors Provide Safety and Mitigate Fire Damage in Trinity

The Acidic Nature of Smoke and Soot Require Special Cleanup

After a fire, soot damage is very typical. Soot can be a black flaky or oily or powdery substance which forms from incomplete combustion. Fine carbonized compounds cling to surfaces in your home like ceilings and walls, plus your possessions. Soot can be difficult to remove, and sometimes it is not possible to restore the surface to its pre-fire condition.
 
There are two types of sediment you can find after fire damage to your Trinity home – oily and dry. A quick check you can do to discover the type of residue you have is just to run your finger over a soot-covered surface. It is oily residue if it smears. Try not to make a mess. Better yet, leave it to us to inspect and clean.
 
You need an experienced fire damage restoration team working with you to clean the soot from your home thoroughly. SERVPRO is standing by to help you as soon as the fire is out and everyone is safe. The longer you leave the smoky substance sitting in your home, the more damage it does.
 
Heat from the fire pushes the soot and can cover everything in its way. Smoke looks for a kind of equilibrium and travels until its energy is used and it goes to cooler temperatures. When tested, soot can always be found on the acidic side of the pH scale. Acidic materials are destructive to a majority of elements found in nature. Over time, they keep degrading materials by oxidation which leads to discoloration, etching, corrosion or pitting. Stains over metals can yellow and soften. These reactions are ongoing from soot residues until they are removed.
 
We can clean up oily residue with special degreasing agents, while we clean dry soot with cleaning sponges. Sometimes, soot will be oily in one room and dry in another. It all depends on the kinds of materials that were burned, so we check ahead of time before we begin remediation.
 
Many varying types of damage occur after a fire, including water damage from firefighting efforts, but soot damage continues to eat away at the surfaces it is covering if left untouched. SERVPRO of Tarpon knows how important it is to move fast in these situations, so give us a call as soon as possible at (727) 934-5555 so we can restore your home back to its preloss condition.

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