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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.     

Why You Really Need Fire Damage Remediation Specialists in Trinity

2/17/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Why You Really Need Fire Damage Remediation Specialists in Trinity Homeowners dealing with residue coated household items can easily spread the damage throughout the home. Call SERVPRO to remediate.

Fire Damage Technicians in Trinity Talk About the Available Restoration Options

Whenever something burns inside your Trinity home, there are several different procedures a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO can take to mitigate your problems. During every fire damage situation, there are several choices and decisions to be made. When we first arrive at your residence after an emergency call, we begin inspecting your entire property for damage. During the first contact with you, the homeowner we determine how far the issues traveled away from the source, and we figure out the severity of the problems. After we get a good idea of what the fire damage project will entail, we then provide an initial work scope and estimate for you and your insurance adjuster.

During the initial inspection, our SERVPRO estimators must determine whether the negatively affected building materials and contents inside your house can be saved or not. Whenever we are writing up the first estimate during your fire damage project in Trinity, we must figure out what will be the most cost-effective method. We have to determine how much the item will cost to replace and how expensive it will be to repair. If the costs involved in cleaning or refinishing the item are cheaper than paying to replace it, we mark it on the estimate as something we can save. If repairing the building materials or contents is more expensive than replacing it, then we remove the items.

When dealing with burnt or residue-coated objects, our SERVPRO technicians know that their options are to clean, resurface, or replace the items. Cleaning is the least expensive and quickest restoration option — the object when cleaning is to remove all of the soot residues that exist. Our primary goal is to preserve fabrics or surfaces and return them to their preloss state.

Resurfacing items inside your home is more expensive than cleaning, and it takes more time to complete. Resurfacing can include the refinishing of wood furniture, the re-upholstering of furniture, and possibly the painting of walls and ceilings. Replacing is the most expensive option and only gets used when the other two methods are either not feasible or not cost-effective. If you ever have something set ablaze inside your house, call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555 immediately after the disaster occurs.

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Our Team At SERVPRO Can Eliminate Odors After A Fire In Your East Lake Home

12/3/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Our Team At SERVPRO Can Eliminate Odors After A Fire In Your East Lake Home The lingering effects can take weeks to eliminate.

Eliminating Fire Damage Odors In East Lake Homes

Most house fires last only an hour or two before firefighter extinguish them. The lingering effects can take weeks to eliminate. Only a small number of fires cause major, structural damage to East Lake homes though. Most cleaning and restoration costs come from the smoke and soot, rather than the heat and flames.

Most of this East Lake fire damage from smoke and soot are the odors they generate. Removing them is a difficult process and requires a professional restoration service. SERVPRO has 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.

Electric Pressure Sprayers
Technicians use them 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 actions 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.

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A Few Things to Consider During Trinity Home Fire Damage Remediation

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage A Few Things to Consider During Trinity Home Fire Damage Remediation In the event that your home office or any other part of your home suffers from a fire, contact SERVPRO for effective remediation.

What to Expect After a Fire in Your Trinity Home

While there might be many disasters that could potentially threaten your Trinity home over the years, there might only be a handful of circumstances that require professional expertise to overcome. With a situation like a fire in your house, the varied and widespread effects of this situation can lead you to quickly determine that professional restoration is the most efficient approach to returning your home to its original state.

Once the first responders have extinguished the flames in your house, you can get your first look at the fire damages in Trinity that affect your property. From the immediate considerations like the structural concerns to the secondary effects like the harsh odor throughout the house, our SERVPRO professionals have the equipment and the expertise to overcome it. More to this point, your insurance company often mandates the use of professional restoration to ensure that the repairs and restoration get done correctly.

From the moment that our experienced technicians arrive at your home following the extinguishing, we too get our first look at the scope of the damage. We can determine at this point what equipment and personnel are necessary to overcome these damaging effects and an idea of how long the restoration process should take to complete. This information gets shared directly with the insurance company to help speed up the claims process to get this restoration process started as quickly as possible.

One of the most consistent things that homeowners experience once a fire gets put out in their home is an overwhelmed feeling. Our SERVPRO team has thorough training in all aspects of fire restoration from addressing the structural concerns to managing and eliminating the secondary effects, which should help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

While the first call that you should make following an incident like this is to your insurance company, you can make sure that the second is to our SERVPRO of Tarpon emergency response team. We can help you to meet the needs of the insurance company to get the claim process going and help you through every step of the restoration process until your home gets returned to the way it used to be. Give us a call anytime at (727) 934-5555.

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Covering Your Hotel's Requirements after Fire Damage in Innisbrook

8/8/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Covering Your Hotel's Requirements after Fire Damage in Innisbrook Exit Fast from an Innisbrook Hotel Fire--Then Call SERVPRO

Fire, Odors, Water All Require Recovery Techniques for Hotel Owners and Guests--Call SERVPRO

A fire can affect your hotel in Innisbrook for many different reasons. These causes can range from small appliances that malfunction to cigarette smoking, or even arson. Fire departments often find many other reasons, as well, behind a destructive fire's occurrence. We have the skills and training to effectively mitigate most of the problems involved and make your hotel a safe location once again, “Like it never even happened.”
 
We are always ready to provide effective assistance to hotel owners in the Innisbrook area when fire damage becomes an issue. Fire leaves any building with serious and complex issues that require professional mitigation to restore safe conditions to the area and prevent further damage. Unoccupied rooms do not help the bottom line.
 
The visual damage left behind by a fire includes charred materials, which SERVPRO technicians remove and dispose of, and soot-covered wall and ceilings, particularly above doorways. We clean these locations and remove any soot before it can harden and become more difficult to remove. Other aspects of fire damage to your hotel also require professional mitigation.
 
Damage from water used in putting out the fire can spread throughout your hotel and into other areas, causing harm to structures and the belongings of your guests. Sprinkler systems often drench hallways with large volumes of water creating hazardous conditions. Walls and other porous materials can begin deteriorating, and mold and mildew can also begin growing. Bedding and other furnishings in rooms and suites can harbor these and other microorganisms, possibly creating uncomfortable situations for overnight patrons. We bring in highly effective machinery that steadily reduces the amount of water vapor in the air until it reaches normal ranges again. Where porous materials retain water, we use other methods to extract this moisture in similarly effective ways.
 
Odors can also cause a situation involving guests. SERVPRO technicians expertly handle hidden odor-producing soot with different odor-controlling techniques. Ozone and hydroxyl gases both eliminate much of the problem, and we know thermal fogging also provides striking and noticeable relief. Odors form at the molecular level, and these techniques resolve the problem by bonding neutralizing chemical agents to odor-producing ones.
 
The expert team at SERVPRO of Tarpon can be contacted by calling (727) 934-5555. If your hotel in Beacon Square, Trinity, or East Lake needs fire damage mitigation, including removal of water and elimination of odors, we have all your needs covered.

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The Estimation Process for Fire Restoration in Your Tarpon Springs Home

7/5/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage The Estimation Process for Fire Restoration in Your Tarpon Springs Home Don't Stress-Out, SERVPRO Works with You and Your Insurance Carrier for Fire Damage Restoration in Tarpon Springs

SERVPRO's Software, Skilled Technicians, and Equipment Lessen the Burden of Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration

Perhaps one of the worst things about a fire in your Tarpon Springs home is the overwhelming sensation that things might never be the same again. With the kind of devastation and damage that these instances can do, it can often be very defeating to have to stare down the lengthy work involved in bringing it back to preloss conditions. Fortunately, this is not something that you have to contend with alone.

With the high volume of different areas affected by a widespread fire in your house, it is not uncommon for your insurance company to encourage the use of professional restoration services. This decision not only helps them to assess the full scope of the fire damages to your Tarpon Springs residence but gets a solid figure for how much the restoration itself ultimately costs.

Our SERVPRO professionals have much experience working at the behest of home insurance companies. We work to respond quickly to your call and dispatch our personnel responsible for assessing the scope of the job we are to do and to begin the estimations that your insurance company requires to file the claim. Of course, the insurance adjuster is also working on the scope of the restoration while establishing a budget for covered elements of the claim.

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 unsalvageably ruined, 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 (727) 934-5555.

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Kitchen Renovation Opportunities in Tarpon Springs after a Fire

5/11/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Kitchen Renovation Opportunities in Tarpon Springs after a Fire SERVPRO can help not only restore your kitchen after a fire, but we can help to renovate it, leaving it better than its pre loss condition.

Let SERVPRO Help You Restore and Renovate Your Home after Fire Damage

Fire can strike a Tarpon Springs home, but that does not mean the owner has to return to the status quo. There is no need for a homeowner to walk into the same rooms as when he left them.

Restoring a home after fire damage is also a perfect opportunity to schedule a kitchen renovation in a Tarpon Springs home. SERVPRO restoration teams can work with homeowners to replace damaged appliances with the latest model or help rebuild and redesign a kitchen from the linoleum up. Our technicians are not interior decorators, but they are trained to replace walls, paint, install tile, and do so much more for each customer.

SERVPRO personnel 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 linoleum 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.

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Get Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services for Your Tarpon Springs Area Home

3/21/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Get Professional Fire Damage Restoration Services for Your Tarpon Springs Area Home SERVPRO works together with your insurance company to guarantee the best results for your fire damaged home.

SERVPRO Works with Your Insurance Company to Make the Restoration Process Easier

Unfortunately, home fires occur far more often than any of us would like. Every home is susceptible, so, when interacting with your insurance company following a fire damage event on your property, it helps to understand which steps to take to get you started in the right direction. 

Obviously, you want to keep everyone in your family safe and call your insurance agent as soon as possible to report a fire damage incident on your Tarpon Springs property. They can help you locate a company that specializes in protecting what remains of your home, someone who can provide board-up services, temporary fencing, or assess structural damages.

Emergency damage restoration and mitigation companies, like SERVPRO, can help restore burnt surfaces, provide you with cleaning and deodorization services that remove soot and smoke residues, along with smoke odors after a fire. Contacting a local restoration company can help you begin cleaning up and prevent additional damage to your personal belongings, furniture, and other household contents, limiting any losses you might experience. 

Your insurance company should know which restoration company in your area can do the job right for you, providing you with stress-free services that help improve your situation. SERVPRO works with your insurance company, locating temporary housing when needed to keep you and your family safe while working in your home. Ask your insurance adjuster if your policy covers food, housing, and transportation costs and keep thorough records of any expenses you accrue.

Working together, SERVPRO and your insurance company can help you determine whether your home is in good enough shape for restoration, or if you should consider rebuilding. Our technicians keep you informed throughout the restoration process and help you mitigate any losses you experience while working hard to restore your home after a fire. 

SERVPRO of Tarpon has IICRC-industry certified professionals that provide you with 24/7 emergency cleanup and restoration services year round. Making the equipment and resources needed to restore your home or business available whenever you need us. Call today for help throughout the Trinity, Innisbrook, and Beacon Square area; we can help. (727) 934-5555

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Fire Damage from an Electrical Short in Your Holiday Home

1/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage from an Electrical Short in Your Holiday Home An electrical short circuit can happen when a nail is hammered through a wire which can create sparks that catch fire to nearby combustible materials.

Call on SERVPRO as Soon as the Fire is Out

An electrical short circuit in your Holiday 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 Holiday home as any other type of fire. If you have experienced a fire like this, you want to contact us at SERVPRO 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 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 leftover 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 takes care of your home in Beacon Square, Innisbrook, or East Lake 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.

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Trusted Fire Damage Restoration Services for Residents of Trinity

11/24/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Trusted Fire Damage Restoration Services for Residents of Trinity SERVPRO professionals have the experience and equipment to thoroughly remove fire damage from your home.

Rely on Professionally Trained SERVPRO Technicians to Restore Your Home after a Fire

Experiencing a fire damage disaster is very devastating, and it is normal for panic to set in. If you are a resident of Trinity, it is important to stay calm and let qualified professionals restore your property. These experts understand the various levels of damage that result from a fire disaster.

There are different essential fire damage restoration services that certified companies like SERVPRO offer in Trinity. Immediately after a fire incident is reported to SERVPRO, we plan on offering mitigation services. At this time, we work towards protecting your property from further damage by securing it. For instance, administering emergency drying to structures that are wet to restrict secondary water damage. Providing a temporary electricity source to your property is also one of the mitigation services that we perform.

During a fire incident, burning components release smoke residues and odors. Deodorizing the odors and cleaning the waste is necessary and as a result, our restoration technicians advise you as a property owner on what can be cleaned and what is not possible to clean. That is how we come up with a list of the things to replace or repair after the disaster.

When it comes to cleaning smoke residues of your property, it is worth noting that some contents require packaging and then, later on, moved to another area for cleaning. This usually takes place when our technicians access the job site and find it not suitable for on-site cleaning. Some contents like electronics may require specialty restoration services that demand special attention.

Another advantage of working with our certified restorers from SERVPRO is that we are able to identify contents that cannot be restored to their earlier state. When such a situation arises, recommending professional reconstruction services is necessary. It is a job that demands additional skills and the use of specialized tools.

SERVPRO of Tarpon is here to attend to all fire, storm, water, and mold damage disasters. Call us at (727) 934-5555 for reliable restoration services by a trusted industry leader.  

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Minimize Guest Inconvenience After Hotel Fire Damage in East Lake

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Minimize Guest Inconvenience After Hotel Fire Damage in East Lake You can download SERVPRO's Emergency Ready Plan app to help you prepare for a disaster.

Plan Ahead to Reduce the Risk of a Fire

Fire damage is a nightmare for any hotel owner. As well as the frightening potential for injury or loss of life, there is also the cost of replacing damaged items, and profit loss from closing down during cleanup. Another concern for hoteliers is the damage to reputation after a fire. Inconvenienced guests are unlikely to return to your East Lake hotel, or recommend it to a friend.

The best way to preserve your resorts’ reputation is minimizing guest inconvenience after hotel fire damage in East Lake. Disrupting guests as little as possible is important. After all, the people staying in your establishment are looking for a fun and enjoyable Florida holiday. Even in the event of a fire, you must do all you can to give your customers a good experience.

SERVPRO recommends doing everything you can to minimize the risk of a blaze. Make sure you have sprinkler systems and smoke alarms fitted, and appropriate extinguishers throughout the building. Train your staff to respond quickly to emergencies and to tackle small blazes if it is safe to do so.

Plan carefully, so you know what to do when a fire happens. Think about escape routes, gathering points, and alternate arrangements for guests who cannot return to their room. SERVPRO’s Emergency Ready Plan helps with this. The app makes it easy to assess your hotel, plan a course of action in the event of a fire, and make sure all staff knows what to do and whom to contact. We recommend you download it and get started today – it is free.

Double-check your insurance coverage and be sure you have policies in place for damage to guests’ items.

When a fire occurs, we recommend calling SERVPRO as quickly as you can. We train our staff to assess and start work with minimal fuss and disruption. Our IICRC-certified technicians clean soot damage, pack out soft furnishing for professional laundering, and even liaise with insurers on your behalf. Having us on your side reduces guest inconvenience.

For help following a hotel fire in Trinity, Beacon Square, Innisbrook, East Lake and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555 for assistance.

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Keeping Commercial Fire Damage from Destroying Your Trinity Custom Sewing Shop

9/5/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Keeping Commercial Fire Damage from Destroying Your Trinity Custom Sewing Shop Let the professionals at SERVPRO assess the damage to the variety of surfaces and materials affected by a fire in your custom sewing shop.

SERVPRO technicians are specially trained to clean up fire damage

Fire destroys while it burns, rendering almost everything it touches a charred, useless mess. While preventing a fire in the first place is always better, being able to quickly recover after one can help keep your custom sewing shop from failing.

Trinity business owners know commercial fire damage can cause more than the destruction of their inventory. When businesses engage in custom-made work such as boat cushions, curtains, and other one-of-a-kind goods, fires can interfere with your normal business operations. Most customers waiting on their purchases prefer quick production, but often understand that calamities hinder the process.

The ability to restore normal operations quickly shows your dedication to your customers' needs, building trust and repeat business. SERVPRO knows that each company in our area is an important part of the local economy and we remain dedicated to helping minimize the length of time your business remains unproductive.

The different types of fabrics and materials used in the making of textile-based goods mean they burn differently. Some simply melt because of their high content of synthetics. While often used because of their waterproof qualities, the same qualities can make them one of the first to go when a fire occurs. Smoke can damage more hardy fabric types, but SERVPRO's ability to restore these by removing the microscopic soot particles means less inventory requires replacement.

Machines used for grommet placement, sewing heavy canvas, and other equipment can be cleaned and made free of soot. New work should wait until afterward to protect both machinery from abnormal wear and tear and fabric from becoming stained from soot deposits.

We train our employees according to international standards, resulting in technicians holding certificates in Fire and Smoke Restoration Technician (FSRT) and Commercial Drying Specialist (CDS). We clean up the fire damage, and then we ensure your business is dry, too. Both are required to get you back on your feet and fulfilling customers' orders.

Areas on walls and ceilings that have structural deficits from the fire can become like new through restoration. Carpeting, however, is often largely destroyed by the combination of heat, fire, smoke and soot, and water from firefighting. Other floor types may suffer less damage, but each fire is different from the next. Inspecting and assessing to see the extent of the damage reveals much information specific to that fire.

Always ready to help the local businesses recover from even the worst disasters, SERVPRO of Tarpon can quickly remediate and mitigate both vast and small disasters. Call us at (727) 934-5555 so we can help restore your business, so it is “Like it never even happened” again.

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Four Ways to Rescue Soft Furniture from Fire Damage in Trinity Homes

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Four Ways to Rescue Soft Furniture from Fire Damage in Trinity Homes You would be very surprised to see how we can restore your fire damaged furniture. Call us to discuss.

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Determine the Correct Method for Cleaning Your Furniture After a Fire


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 Trinity homes, SERVPRO prioritizes the cleaning of sofas, carpets, and other soft items.

Keep reading to find out how 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 Trinity area. Call us 24/7 on (727) 934-5555.

What is Wet Fogging and How Can It Repair Fire Damage in Holiday Properties?

1/18/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage What is Wet Fogging and How Can It Repair Fire Damage in Holiday Properties? Don't let the smell of smoke remain after a fire. Call SERVPRO to remove it.

SERVPRO Has the MOST Effective Tools for Dealing with Fire Damage

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 repair fire damage in Holiday 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 Home

While 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.

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.

Clearing the Ashes: Cleaning After a House Fire

9/23/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Clearing the Ashes: Cleaning After a House Fire Rely on SERVPRO to Restore Your Fire Damaged Property in Tarpon

Cleaning and Restoring a Fire & Smoke Damaged Property

Although there are many issues residential property owners may have to grapple with, a Holiday house fire can be a particularly challenging reality to encounter. In addition to resulting in the loss of one's possessions, a house fire can negatively impact your property's structural integrity. However, learning more about how to handle house fires can preclude you from experiencing some of the unwanted outcomes they generate. Get the information you need regarding how to deal with house fires by reading the short overview that appears below:

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. As such, you can increase your susceptibility to illness and injury if you attempt to complete these processes on your own.

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 from SERVPRO. 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 been victimized by a house fire, you don't have to be a victim any longer. Instead, call the fire remediation professionals of SERVPRO so we can whip 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.

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.

Fire Damage Restoration Process

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Process Smoke & Fire Damage in This Tarpon Home Can Be Restored by SERVPRO

How SERVPRO Helps to Restore Your Fire Damaged Home

Witnessing a fire in your home is one of the most devastating experiences that a residential property owner can undergo. However, seeing all of the fire damage in your house drives home the impact. Luckily, knowing the appropriate course of action to take following a fire can limit fire damages and help restore your property with expedience. Here is some information from SERVPRO to help you handle this difficult situation.

Contact Your Insurance Agent. When you and your family are safely outside of the house, you need to contact your insurance company. The agent, depending on the scope of the Tarpon fire damage, will guide you through your initial steps. He may dispatch an insurance adjuster to document the damage for arriving at a monetary settlement. Filing a claim will be part of the fire damage restoration process, and it's important that you deal with your agent to secure the broadest coverage possible. You may wish to take detailed photos of your property to confirm the depth and scope of damages to your household possessions and structures. SERVPRO suggests that you ask your agent if our fire damage restoration company is on the approved vendor list. Usually, we are. We can assist in the claims process and paperwork as we coordinate with your agent the services required for restoration.

Cleaning and attempting to repair your house takes professional knowledge, equipment, and products. Past results demonstrate that DIY efforts fall short, result in greater personal losses, extend repair time and increase expenses. Call SERVPRO to assist you in regaining your living space.

Let The Fire Damage Restoration Professionals Work On Your Behalf. We will come to your property and complete a thorough inspection and assessment that provide a clear understanding of the extent of the damages and an expedient and cost effective course of remediation. Some steps that could be a part of this process include:
• water removal, a priority
• content restoration, respond quickly to salvage furnishings, and structural materials, on-site or pack out at our facilities
• sanitation
• deodorization
smoke and soot cleaning and removal
• odor removal, air duct cleaning, vent cleaning
• final walk-through to ensure your complete satisfaction with the restoration

Call us For Effective, Expedient Fire Damage Restoration Services. The well-trained technicians of SERVPRO have been providing residential property owners with top-notch fire damage restoration services for many years. Our IICRC-certified specialists offer 24/7 emergency services, excellent customer service, and innovative fire damage restoration methodologies. We're ready to restore your property to its pre-loss condition--"Like it never even happened."
We’re Fire and Water Damage Specialists

There is no substitute for training and experience. As fire and water damage specialists, our SERVPRO of Tarpon business is built upon fire and water restoration expertise. Call us 24/7 for help at (727) 934-5555.

Fire Damage - Steps for Prevention

8/18/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage - Steps for Prevention Properly install fire alarms in your home.

SERVPRO Tips for Fire Damage Prevention 

Tarpon fire damage restoration services may be needed if you are someone who has suffered from a fire. Fires can get out of hand rather quickly; in fact, it only takes mere seconds for one, single spark to lead to an entire room of smoke. However, there are ways to ensure that you can avoid having to go through the trauma of damage caused by fire. Let's take a moment to discuss three essential steps.

Take Precautions. You should make sure the correct installation of your smoke alarms on each level of your house or condo. It is also recommended to test the smoke alarms every month. Make sure with doors closed that you can hear them. You should also change your alarm batteries twice a year. Many individuals are in the habit of replacing batteries when they alter the clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

Create a Sound Plan. All of your family should be aware of your emergency preparedness plan. Sketch out a quick drawing of your floor plan and then take the time to identify at least two exits in each and every room just in case you need to make a quick escape. Go over your plan together and identify meeting places outside of the building, such as the neighbor’s driveway.

Hold fire drills and start practicing your escape from the house or condo in Tarpon. It is best to do this at least twice a year. Involving your children in these drills is critical, but remember that additional planning is needed when infants or tiny children are involved. Older children need to be taught to stay very low, feel the doors for heat before they try to open them, and never return to the building once they are out. Restrict fire damage to the building, not your family.

Focus On Prevention. There is a genuine possibility that you have already been schooled on ways to fireproof your property, but there are a few tips that you can use to prevent fires during special occasions such as the holidays. These times can be pretty hectic time, so it can be very easy to forget even the simplest things.

For instance, you should always remember to check the water that is standing beneath your Christmas tree. If you use a tree that is fresh-cut, then it has been in the process of drying out for a very long time. Moreover, this can be an extreme fire hazard. Watering it ensures that it retains moisture and help delay the messy needle droppings. SERVPRO of Tarpon suggest that you use LED lights for decorating the tree, less heat and help eliminate a potential fire leading to water damage.

If you want to remain safe all throughout the year and protect your family and property, then it essential that you take the necessary steps. If you are interested in more steps you can take or know someone who has recently suffered from fire damage and is need of restoration, then contact SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555. If you are somebody who has sustained fire damage in Tarpon, then restoration services are crucial.  SERVPRO of Tarpon can restore your home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."