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Storms Bring Flood Waters to Tarpon

5/4/2022 (Permalink)

A natural sponge is shown When storms bring heavy flood waters a sponge won't be enough.

Severe Storm Damage in Tarpon Springs

Heavy rains are a given in this part of Florida and flash flooding is a valid concern for homeowners in Tarpon Springs. The flood water removal process needs to begin as quickly as possible to mitigate damage when it enters your home. That is why you can rely on us to schedule service and get to your home quickly.

Flood water in Tarpon Springs is never handled as a clean water situation, it is grey water at best and often black water due to contaminants such as sewage or chemicals and debris picked up along the way. SERVPRO of Tarpon IICRC-certified technicians are experts in applied structural drying, odor control and restoration techniques to keep losses from water damage to a minimum.

We utilize powerful truck mounted pumps and gas-powered submersible extractors to pull the water out of the home as quickly as possible. In-place drying is not applicable for carpeting and padding that has been submerged by gray or black water. In some cases, in-plant drying can be done, but often the carpet and padding require replacement due to contaminants. If the flood water was not deep in the home, furniture could dry on raised blocks.

SERVPRO of Tarpon technicians set up powerful air movers and dehumidifiers to dry the subflooring and to speed drying of walls, weep holes can be drilled to allow the air flow to reach behind the drywall and effectively dry the building materials. Along with drying the structure, the technicians want to eliminate conditions that are conducive to mold growth. We use powerful antifungal cleaners to thoroughly wipe down areas affected by water to inhibit mold growth and stop the problem before it starts.

When you call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555, our certified technicians can begin the process of flood water removal by asking questions about your unique situation to determine what type of equipment we need to bring to neutralize the water damage in your home. We are available 24/7 to quickly and efficiently make your loss “Like it never even happened."

Reliable Storm Damage Restoration Specialists in Tarpon

5/3/2022 (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 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 of Tarpon 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.

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 does not tell you who has done reliable work in the past. 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 of Tarpon 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.

SERVPRO of Tarpon Can Help You with Restoration and Rebuilding

4/29/2022 (Permalink)

A remodeled kitchen is shown Restoring a home after fire damage is also a perfect opportunity to schedule a kitchen renovation.

The Team That Can Help You Rebuild in Tarpon


Restoring a home after fire damage is also a perfect opportunity to schedule a kitchen renovation. SERVPRO of Tarpon restoration teams can work with homeowners to replace damaged appliances with the latest model or help rebuild and redesign a kitchen from the floor up.

In addition to handling water, storm and fire damage, our technicians are trained to replace walls, paint, install tile, and much more.

SERVPRO technicians can move and reset a kitchen island to a new position in the kitchen. They can also replace a damaged countertop with a new one and reface kitchen cabinets just as easily. Once the new cabinets and countertops are in place, the team leader then installs the new tile around them to match the color and design of the new appliances.

If there are no load-bearing walls involved, our restoration teams can enlarge a kitchen. They start the process by tearing the drywall off the frame and dispose of it. Even if the panels are not fire damaged, they are fragile, and it is cheaper to replace them than to spend the extra labor hours attempting to remove them for reuse.

Next, the teams detach the wall framing from the floor and ceiling. If there are load-bearing walls, or other support beams and structures involved, our team leader recommends the homeowner bring in a general contractor. Once our specialists install the new framing, they hang drywall on it and then either paint or attach paneling to meet the owner’s demands.

Finally, our teams install the new floors to finish off the look of the renovated kitchen. Each of our technicians on this task is thoroughly trained to lay on the new floor to prevent air pockets and lumps in the adhesive we use to attach it to the concrete floor.

A fire can leave any homeowner at a loss for direction. The goal of SERVPRO of Tarpon is to help every homeowner return to a safe, clean home that is hopefully better than it was before the disaster. Call us today at (727) 934-5555 to find out what we can do for you.

Understanding Water Damage in Your Home

4/28/2022 (Permalink)

An animation of a flooded room is shown SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555


Most homeowners do not spend a lot of time thinking about water damage, until it happens. When water damage occurs, Tarpon property owners can experience extensive losses and stress. You can act quickly and salvage your belongings by working with a reliable IICRC certified service provider. SERVPRO of Tarpon specialists study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.


One of the first steps that our experienced SERVPRO of Tarpon technicians perform while tending to water damage challenges is to identify areas with the effects of moisture. By making use of moisture sensors, we are in a position to detect the presence of moisture in various locations. For accurate readings, we use moisture meters. These readings are so helpful when we are monitoring the drying process of your property.


The next step that follows is water extraction. To extract the water, we may use submersible suction pumps that can drain vast quantities of water. Our SERVPRO of Tarpon technicians also use smaller handheld pumps that remove smaller amounts of water. They are also useful when not enough space allows the use of truck-mounted water extractors.


Moisture might be present even after removal through the use of the pumps. In such cases, we use specialized heated floor mats that help us clean and dry the area. We may also use air movers to enhance the drying process. As the moisture escapes into the surrounding air, it leads to high humidity. Our team may decide to use desiccant or refrigerant dehumidifiers to restore the air's moisture content to acceptable levels.


Once we have managed to get rid of the water, it is time to perform deodorization. It is a process that neutralizes the unpleasant smell and sterilizes areas to reduce chances of mold growth. Dependent on the situation at hand, our team uses thermal foggers or Ultra Low Volume Foggers to dispense the deodorants.


The goal of SERVPRO of Tarpon is to make every mold, water, fire and storm disaster to appear “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (727) 934-5555 and be served by a trusted industry leader.

Fire Prevention and Restoration in Tarpon

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

A firefighter is shown putting water on a large fire from an extended ladder Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor of your home and close to any bedrooms.

Residential fires are not something most people really think about on a daily basis. Consider that in just two short minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, an entire home can be engulfed in flames. Staying safe from fires at home begins with you.

Fire prevention begins with properly installing smoke detectors throughout your home. Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor of your home and close to any bedrooms. To make sure that the detectors are in working order, you should test them once a month. Batteries in smoke detectors should be replaced once a year. 3 out of 5 deaths as a result of home fires occur in homes that do not have working smoke alarms installed.

Once you've got the smoke detectors installed, it's time to make sure that you have fire extinguishers readily available throughout your residence. These will come in handy should you experience a small fire.

Developing a plan for escape in advance will save you time which is critical during a fire.


What about after a fire occurs?


After any fire damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:


Is it safe to stay in the house?


Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.


Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.


Wet materials can be very heavy. 

Cleaning and attempting to restore your home requires professional knowledge, equipment, and products. Past results demonstrate that DIY efforts fall short, result in greater personal losses, extend repair time and increase expenses.

SERVPRO of Tarpon is ready to help 24 hours a day. Trained, experienced specialists are available to restore your home or business. 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.

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 standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.

If you have fire damage call SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.

Unpredictable Residential Water Damage

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

A person is shown using a bucket to catch leaking water from a ceiling Unexpected flooding puts your home at risk, so the water needs to be cleaned up as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Tarpon (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. SERVPRO of Tarpon is the answer to your water damage issues.


When you have a water emergency in your 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.

A Proven and Thorough Fire Restoration Process

3/14/2022 (Permalink)

A disorganized circuit breaker is shown SERVPRO of Tarpon takes care of your home after fire damage (727) 934-5555.


An electrical short circuit in your home can often occur when the coating on a wire is stripped or when a nail gets hammered through a wire. It creates a spark, which can then set fire to any nearby combustible materials.

To prevent short circuits, it is a good idea to have fault protection devices installed by an electrician, which can trip the circuit, so it does not overload and cause a fire.


Fires caused by short circuits can cause just as much fire damage to your home as any other type of fire. If you have experienced a fire like this, you want to contact SERVPRO of Tarpon as soon as the fire is out so we can help you.

Our trained and certified technicians come to your home quickly to clean up the damages left behind by the fire, smoke, and water from extinguishing the fire, plus do any needed repairs.

Not all fire damage is the same, so we treat each case on an individual basis. Our fire restoration process is proven and thorough.

We start by identifying the source of the fire to figure out what kind of fire occurred. We also evaluate items which are wet as a result of firefighting which could need treatment. We then remediate any water damage and treat your home to prevent the growth of mildew and mold.

SERVPRO of Tarpon staff also evaluate any sensitive materials which may have been damaged by the soot and smoke particles.

We remove contents from your home including collecting anything immediate you might need within the next seven days like prescriptions, clothing, toys, business needs, and more. We also pack out the remaining contents so we can bring them to a safe location to clean them and store them until your home is restored.

We then perform structural restoration which includes getting rid of charred contents which can seal in smoke like burned wood and insulation. We also evaluate your carpets and floor coverings to see if they need to be removed. The framing of the house and the subfloors are inspected for safety.

The affected surfaces are treated for smoke odors and sealed to keep any odors which are left over from leaking back into the house. We make sure to clean, eliminate odors, and deodorize surfaces to their preloss condition. Lastly, your items which were removed are returned to their original location so you can return to your normal life.

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.

SERVPRO of Tarpon takes care of your home after fire damage so you can concern yourself with other things, like your family. Get in touch with us as soon as possible after the fire at (727) 934-5555 so we can help restore your home.

Advanced Technology and Training are Why You Should Call a Restoration Professional

3/11/2022 (Permalink)

A room and furniture destroyed by a fire are shown If you have storm, water, or fire damage call SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555 today.


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.

Tarpon Springs Storms Lead to Mold in Homes

3/10/2022 (Permalink)

Mold growth is shown up close When mold is disturbed, the mold can release microscopic mold spores which become airborne and can circulate inside your home.

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.

SERVPRO of Tarpon technicians have 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.

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.


Roof/chimney leaks, wet basements, or condensation from ducts that dampen surrounding insulation are just a few examples of issues that make a house a prime target for mold growth. Mold growth can occur in any home, so it’s important to keep an eye out for situations that might promote mold activity.


Our inspectors can help determine if there are any areas at risk. Keep 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. SERVPRO of Tarpon specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. 

Our crews are highly trained, and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.


Storms and heavy rains are a part of living in Tarpon Springs. 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.

Understanding Indoor Mold in Your Tarpon Home

3/7/2022 (Permalink)

Mold is shown close up Call us to effectively remediate mold in your home or business. SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.

Do you suspect mold in your Tarpon Springs home? Are there clues in areas where water is common, like kitchen or bathroom? For example, you may see what looks like mold in the corners of a tub or shower.

Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. That's according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

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.

When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is critical. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage. SERVPRO of Tarpon is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small.


Flooding and water emergencies don’t wait for regular business hours and neither do we. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration.

If you suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of Tarpon to assess the situation. We have the knowledge, tools and track record to effectively remediate mold in your home or business. SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555.