Recent Water Damage Posts

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

8/31/2019 (Permalink)

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Before mold or other issues cost you more contact SERVPRO of Tarpon (727) 934-5555. The longer water is left standing, the more likely mold growth will become a problem. Mold can begin to grow in a flooded commercial site in 24 to 72 hours. Contact SERVPRO of Tarpon to eliminate standing water.
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Tarpon Condos and Houses Depend on SERVPRO for Quick Cleanup And Water Extraction

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Count on SERVPRO of Tarpon to help you restore your home to preloss condition, available 24/7 by calling (727) 934-5555.


Municipalities are responsible for monitoring and repairing their main water distribution system (typically underground pipes). When one of these main lines break, and your house is currently demanding water from that main, the irregularity in pressure can force water intended to be pumped through the main line through your service line at an alarming rate. The overly-pressured indoor plumbing cannot contain the supply and ruptures your plumbing, causing a need for water removal services in your Tarpon Springs home or condo. 


You might find that several things can be the cause of water damages to your Tarpon Springs residence. While you work hard to safeguard your home from these possibilities, instances can occur which can require you to seek out the experience and expedient action of professional restoration services. A typical culprit for excessive water damage in your house are aging appliances, but another cause could have nothing to do with your house at all.


 With the high volume of water that would have made its way through your service line before the city workers could get the mainline valve shut off to repair the break, you have a dire need for water removal. Before the contents of your home are irreparably damaged, and you contend with the weakened structural integrity of its construction, give our SERVPRO professionals a call to help you out.


 As a trusted leader in the restoration industry, we have highly trained technicians that are dedicated to responding faster to any size disaster.

We provide 24-hour emergency service and have the training and expertise to handle your restoration. Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
From the time we arrive at your home, we begin assessing the damage and setting up for extraction efforts. Given the high volume of water that you face in this scenario, our trained technicians would likely opt for a truck-mounted pump from our SERVPRO Green Fleet to pull out the water quickly. This approach is the most efficient path to reach the following step, which is thoroughly drying the entire affected area and reassessing for structural weaknesses and subsequent damages.


While there are circumstances outside of your control that can cause significant water damage to your home, you can count on SERVPRO of Tarpon to help you restore your home to preloss conditions, "Like it never even happened." Our experienced specialists are available 24/7 by calling (727) 934-5555.

The Common Causes of Water Damage in Homes

5/5/2019 (Permalink)

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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Our Specialists Explain The Risks Of Water Damage And How To Prevent It In Your Innisbrook Home

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

If you need help with a water issue in your home, contact SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555 now.

The Dangers Of Water Removal And Preventing Damage To Your Innisbrook Home

Personal property damages may seem like a job for the homeowner, but in 99% of cases, it is better handled by a professional. One of the key reasons for this is equipment and knowledge, but an often underrated reason is guarding against secondary damages. Secondary damages could include things like the growth of mold or mildew from hidden damp spots, unpleasant lingering odors or staining on furniture and fittings.

For those reasons, it is essential to use a professional service for water removal in Innisbrook residences. SERVPRO use local technicians who understand the unique architecture of your home and can make an instant impact. We offer reduced call out times as well as the latest proprietary cleaning solutions to ensure a practical solution to your property problem.

Removing standing water is a time sensitive job. The longer standing water is allowed to sit the more likely it is to tap into subfloor or wall cavities and saturate sheetrock or subfloor mats. This type of saturation can quickly cause long term damages. SERVPRO use emergency gas-powered pumps for any standing water above two inches. These equipment are fully submersible and pump water into an open sewer point making them effective at dealing with larger spills.

Once the standing water has gone, it is essential to proceed with caution for the remainder of the service. Fabrics, upholstery, and furniture can be up to 50% weaker when wet which means a heavy-handed approach could easily cause permanent damage. We use portable extraction units that are fitted with lightweight wands to dry rapidly but without the abrasive nature of some drying equipment. Often, we run equipment several times over the same spot to ensure your possessions are restored rather than in need of replacement.

Our last step is to introduce your walls, carpets, and home to anti-microbial treatments. These help to prevent mold growth occurring after a spill and ensure the damage is dealt with at the first time of asking.

If you need help with a water issue in your home, contact SERVPRO of Tarpon at (727) 934-5555 now.

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Tarpon Springs Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Water Extraction

1/1/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says it takes more than a sea sponge for Water Removal in Tarpon Springs

SERVPRO Explains Why You Need Water Extraction And Specialized Drying Methods In Tarpon Springs

Despite our location on the Florida west coast, many Tarpon Springs residents pay more for damages from faulty sprinklers and broken pipes than hurricanes or tropical storms. The longer water stays in the home, the larger the bill for replacing ruined property.
 
For our Tarpon Springs customers, however, water removal is only the first step. SERVPRO specialists know that water extraction and thorough drying are the next methods needed to ensure the full restoration of personal and structural property to their original condition.
 
Extraction is a removal technique that draws smaller amounts of water from out of carpets and between wood floorboards. Among the tools our specialists use are extraction wands and self-propelled extractors called Rovers. The smaller wands are ideal for removing water from carpets, without damaging the nape, in smaller rooms. They also draw out water trapped in the carpet pad.
 
For larger areas, the self-propelled extractors work very well. Many of the models we use have a platform so our specialists can ride on the device, to better control the direction and provide additional weight and pressure on the carpet or floorboards. Restoration team members can adjust the speed and heat used on both devices to begin the drying process simultaneously.
 
If the water started from an overhead sprinkler or a busted pipe that allowed water to wick into the walls and building elements, there could be damage to building materials like wooden floor trim or drywall panels that need immediate attention to preserve and restore. SERVPRO personnel uses a combination of air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to draw out moisture and lower the inside humidity level.
 
To dry floor trim and panels, specialists direct the air mover to force warm air over the damp surfaces. The increased airflow pushes out the moisture into the air where it is pulled out of the home by the fans. Team members install dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity level which enables the fans and air movers to operate more efficiently. They also use these machines to help dry carpets and floorboards after completing the extraction process.
 
At SERVPRO of Tarpon, we know from experience that is simply removing visible water does not stop all damage. Quickly extracting water can help preserve homes and property that might be severely damaged otherwise. If your home has suffered a water disaster of any type, call us at (727) 934-5555 today. We are here for you.

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The Four Factors That Determine The Time It Takes To Dry Your East Lake Home After A Water Damage Incident

11/14/2018 (Permalink)

Before choosing an extraction method, we have to look at various factors.

Factors To Consider When Drying Your Water Damaged East Lake Home

Using varying water extraction techniques is necessary when we are restoring your water damaged structure. Before choosing an extraction method, we have to look at various factors. For instance, we have to determine whether the water has sediments, is from a white, gray, or black source. It means we have to inspect your East Lake property to come up with working solutions.

Four primary factors determine the time your East Lake property takes to dry during water damage restoration. The first factor is temperature. Usually, drying takes place faster when the temperature of the room is between 70° to 90°. At such a temperature, the air can hold more moisture enabling the surrounding surfaces to lose moisture. When the temperature of the area is too low, our SERVPRO technicians use portable heaters to increase it to the required standards. Our team installs Dehumidifiers to absorb the water vapors from the air to reduce the chances of secondary damage taking place.

To reduce the quantity of water we have to remove from the structure using Dehumidifiers, we perform a physical extraction. We have to use pumps and portable or truck-mounted extractors to remove liquid water from your property. The process of eliminating water that is in a liquid state is a little bit quicker when compared to removing it when it is in a gaseous state. Never think it is a waste of time when you see us spending much time using submersible pumps. During the extraction process, we are careful not to drip water on dry areas.

Air movement is crucial when we are drying your property. Wet surfaces usually have humid air that slows down the rate of evaporation. To speed up the drying process, our SERVPRO technicians properly position air movers in the room. These devices blow dry air onto wet surfaces and force the damp air out. For even distribution of dry air across the surfaces, we change the position of the air movers.

You can trust SERVPRO of Tarpon with your commercial or residential cleaning and restoration needs after experiencing a water damage incident. Our highly experienced technicians respond immediately and use advanced equipment to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call (727) 934-5555 to learn more.

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Renovating Bathrooms In Tarpon Springs After Water Damage

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

No one likes water damage in their Tarpon Springs home.

Renovating Bathrooms After Water Damage

No one likes water damage in their Tarpon Springs home. It not only results in hundreds or even thousands of dollars in repair and restoration costs, but it also disrupts the normal routine until a restoration company finishes work. That is particularly true when a bathroom is rendered unusable.

For a Tarpon Springs bathroom renovation, our SERVPRO office can do complete remediation of the water damage and then rebuild everything from changing out the bathtub to installing new tile and fixtures.

Despite it being the room with designed to have water in it. Faulty plumbing misdirects it, ruining drywall, cabinets, tile, and more. Our team finds the leak that caused the problem. In a bathroom, that is usually a water line that leads to either the sink or the bath/shower. Technicians can replace the leaking or broken pipe or connection, and quickly get the water flowing correctly again.

When the drywall behind everything starts dissolving after soaking up water, the only option is demolition. Technicians examine and pull down every panel that shows damage. While it is possible to dry panels in place, the method is time-consuming, and it is often cheaper to replace them than attempt restoration.

With the panels removed and the plumbing fixed, SERVPRO technicians dry the soaked wall space with a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the surrounding air. They also direct warm, dry air into space with an air mover to prevent further damage such as splitting or cracking.

Now, our renovation team installs new drywall and lays tile on top of it. For many homeowners, this is an opportunity to upgrade not just the tile, but to set in a better sink, sink cabinet, bathtub, and install new lighting. Our team can do all of this, and then apply a new coat of paint as well.

With extensive experience renovating baths and other rooms in area homes, SERVPRO of Tarpon has the knowledge and skills to help every homeowner rebuild their home after water and other types of damage. If you have a bathroom falling around you, call us today at (727) 934-55555 to help you not just rebuild, but put together the relaxing, personal facility of your dreams.

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SERVPRO Bathroom Remodeling After Water Damage in Tarpon Springs

4/30/2018 (Permalink)

After water damage in your bathroom, the homeowner will be presented with many restoration options. Contact SERVPRO today to begin the process.

Water Damage in Your Bathroom Can Often Create Improvement Options for the Homeowner

Water damage affects Tarpon Springs homes in every room. The extent is determined by how much water soaked the property and how long it remained in place before a restoration crew could remove it.
 
In Tarpon Springs, bathroom remodeling is a fairly common requirement and cost too many homeowners. The SERVPRO office of Tarpon not only removes water and its damaging effects, but our trained professionals also assist in remodeling and returning the bathroom and other areas of the home to its pre-disaster condition.
 
Team members first have to tear out everything that was damaged by the water to remodel the bathroom. That usually means pulling up damaged flooring and soaked drywall panels, but if the water in the home remained in place for several days, it can affect the tile around the sink or toilet and break down the seals holding the bathtub or shower in place.
 
Our technicians start with an inspection. In many cases, loose tile indicates water damage, so if any shifts or moves at a touch, they remove several pieces to examine the wall behind them. The same is true with linoleum floor, so if either move at a touch or have visual bubbles, our team removes the damaged surface material and the building material underneath it. Once we complete the demolition and removal, SERVPRO technicians dry the bathroom interior with dehumidifiers, air movers, and fans.
 
After the air moisture content tests at normal, the teams begin work to return the bathroom to normal condition. They start by rebuilding the floor and hanging new drywall panels to enclose everything. Our team is trained to lay new linoleum and tile so that everything looks like it did before, or with the owner’s permission, upgrade the look of the bathroom with a better grade of tile along with new fixtures and accessories.
 
For SERVPRO of Tarpon, restoration is much more than relaying carpet, drying floors, and drawing moisture from your home or property. Our technicians do everything possible to make your residence look like it did before the hurricane or the damaged inlet pipe dumps hundreds of gallons of water in it. If you need our services, call us today at (727) 934-5555.

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Learn Your Options When Faced with Water Damage Challenges in Trinity

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO's first step to restore your home after water damage is to remove any standing water.

SERVPRO Works Hard to Restore Your Home after Water Damage 

Water damage is one of the prevalent issues that most homeowners might come across at one time. When such problems occur, Trinity property owners are likely to experience extensive losses and emotional stress. Despite that, you can act quickly and salvage your contents by working with a reliable IICRC certified service provider.

One of the first steps that our experienced SERVPRO technicians perform while tending to water damage challenges in Trinity 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 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.

Sometimes, 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.  

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Reliable Water Damage Restoration Options in Tarpon Springs

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storms causing your home to flood is one of many ways your home could suffer water damage.

SERVPRO’s Water Damage Remediation Process

Mild to severe effects can result from water damage when heavy storms, leaky pipes, hurricanes and flash floods strike. Tarpon Springs is not an exception to such challenges, and thus it is prudent for its residents to know the right options to consider when they face such situations. If you fail to treat such incidents as emergencies, your property is likely to suffer further damage and make some of the contents unsalvageable.

There are three categories of water quality that we expect when a water damage disaster strikes in Tarpon Springs. Our SERVPRO technicians anticipate to deal with clean, unsanitary or black water and the source of the water determines the category of the water. There are chances of microbial contamination porous materials such as wallboards, textiles, carpets, insulation and ceiling tiles. That means the remediation process should start as soon as possible.

Before our SERVPRO technicians can start restoring your property, we observe some safety aspects. We evaluate the possibility of exposure to toxic gases, electrical shock, and any structural integrity. If we are dealing with black or grey water, we put on protective gear and discourage those without it from the site. We isolate the area and put in place warning signs and barriers.

The next step is to identify the water source and then eliminate, repair or contain it. We then remove the water by using extraction and absorption tools. We use equipment such as wet-vacuums, pumps, and squeegees at this stage. The drying process then follows after that and heaters, fans, dehumidifiers and HVAC systems may be set up by our team. Though opening windows can increase the rate of drying, dehumidifiers are more suitable for the job, especially during warm weather.

You can benefit a lot by working with SERVPRO of Tarpon when faced with storm, water, mold and fire damage incidents. Call us today at (727) 934-5555 and be served by an industry leader.  

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Your Answer To Water Removal Throughout The Trinity Area

8/8/2017 (Permalink)

At SERVPRO, we have a variety of water removal equipment at our disposal.

Water Removal

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 Trinity homeowners, water removal in situations like this make planning crucial. You want to save as many of your contents, as fast as possible, with limited losses. What you need is access to someone who has the experience, equipment, and personnel available to get the job done quickly. Searching through your phone book does not tell you who has done reliable work in the past. However, your insurance company can point you in the right direction, even if you have not had an incident yet.

It might not be surprising to find SERVPRO on the list obtained from your insurance agent. 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.

At SERVPRO, 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.

Have a leaky kitchen sink, a toilet that overflows, a broken pipe, or damaged roof? SERVPRO provides every service that turns your house back into a home after an incident causes problems. When you want IICRC certified technicians to respond to your household needs quickly, give us a call. Our 24-hour emergency services guarantee someone is there when you need us, our dedication to excellence ensures that you receive the results you deserve. Call SERVPRO of Tarpon to schedule your initial appointment, or to get started on your water removal without delay (727) 934-5555.

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Fouled Water Complicates Removal For Local Trinity Hotel

4/16/2017 (Permalink)

Hotel common areas and lobby need to be clean and inviting. Call SERVPRO after a flooding event to make sure that remediation is done properly.

SERVPRO's Quick Assessment and Action Plan can Expedite Remediation of Your Hotel Property


The greater New Port Richey area is home to wetlands, holding ponds, and small waterways on its inland edge. The local hospitality industry often builds near these regions, delighting their guests with sightings of exotic bird species visiting the watery areas. When rains raise the water table, this proximity threatens to flood hotels, putting SERVPRO into action.
 
Hotels faced with this problem need fast and specialized water removal for their Trinity holdings. In this relatively flat area, the surrounding parking lots offer no absorption to encroaching waters, and the neighboring pond joins the rainwater in a rush into the hotel. Common areas and first floor rooms are the first to see the damage. Outdoor pools and spas also fill with the water, bringing guest’s fun-filled activities to a halt. Our crews are familiar with these struggles and take charge immediately upon arriving at your hotel.
 
The presence of birds and other wildlife using the ponds and wetlands makes water removal efforts more complex. Animal droppings taint the water with infectious waste. Runoff from parking areas also pollutes, chemical substances from the concrete or asphalt mixing with gas, oil, and other motor vehicle drainage. We take all of this into consideration as we plan to extract the water from the hotel.
 
Proper professional water removal requires an assessment of the contamination level of the moisture involved. SERVPRO technicians receive thorough training in determining the category, clean, gray, or black, of the water flooding through your property. Local ordinances regulate how to dispose of gray and black water, and we work with the community officials to handle the water we remove from the building and surrounding hotel facilities.
 
Choosing the best remediation and restoration company “near me” is as simple as placing the call to our operators. SERVPRO staff have the experience and the training necessary to make decisions crucial to your business thriving after this setback. Soaked carpeting and padding, wooden floors, and drywall receives appropriate analysis before the decision is made to dry or remove and replace. We treat all surfaces with proven disinfectants when cleaning, sanitizing affected areas, so future guests enjoy your hospitality with no caveats.
 
Our goal is to restore, using original structure, fixtures, and contents, as much as possible. We also work quickly and use industry approved methods to contain our restoration efforts so that you need not close your hotel while we complete restoration. Rely upon our advice and expect a fully refurbished facility faster and with less stress than you believed possible.
 
Flooding is a crisis made more urgent when it affects your hotel guests and staff. SERVPRO of Tarpon is ready to respond immediately. Call (727) 934-5555 for a full-service crew of water removal specialists.

Water Removal in Holiday to Stop Damage

2/12/2017 (Permalink)

Holiday Condo Eater Leak, Call SERVPRO to Stop Damage

SERVPRO Mitigates Damage to Your Holiday Condo or Home with Rapid Water Removal

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

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

How to Identify Category 3 Water Damage in Tarpon Homes

1/2/2017 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO quickly after water damage to prevent any secondary mold damage!

SERVPRO Has Experience Remediating All Categories of Water Damage

Most homeowners are not aware that water damage comes in different types and forms. They simply assume that a leak and a flood are much the same, because they have the same consequences. This is not actually the case; there are three categories of water damage, and they all originate from different sources.

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

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

Where Does It Come From?

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

What Does It Look Like?

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

How Is It Repaired?

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

We have spent many years working in the water damage restoration industry. We have access to state of the art tools and drying equipment. So, when your home is in trouble, get in touch with SERVPRO of Tarpon. Call us 24/7 on (727) 934-5555 for fast, efficient repairs.

Water Damage To Carpet--What To Do?

9/14/2016 (Permalink)

For Water Damaged Carpets in Tarpon, Call SERVPRO

When Carpets Are Water Damaged, Call SERVPRO

Water damage can have many consequences. You perhaps have experienced some water that has been intruding into your home may be due to flooding or the cause may be attributed to a broken pipe. Note that those who suffer from flooding and power outages both at the same time are very susceptible to seeing a development of mold growth in their homes.

If the water damaged carpets in Tarpon are caused by clean water spillage or a minor leak from a water line, you could safely attempt the cleanup yourself. When you use fans to dry out your carpets, the process will move faster. Note that it often does require quite a few days for fans to be able to dry completely an area that has been damaged by water. These fans also help to circulate the air, which is needed in water damaged areas.You must also use at least one dehumidifier to get out as much water as you can. The more equipment that you use, the better chances you are to be successful in salvaging the carpets while reducing potential mold growth.

Now you want to take every precaution that no mold begins to grow since it does not require a lot of water to kick start the production of unsightly, musty smelling, and unhealthy mold. You will need some fans, a dehumidifier, don't use bleach, some rags, and some cleaners. It does take a lot of work and effort to get rid of the mold, but is it worth it? It is primarily a lot of scrubbing with chemicals and getting things dried out. So, yes, this will require you to be down on your hands and knees a lot to tackle every area. Unfortunately, the above scenario is not very accurate. Bleach and chemicals may not eradicate mold colonies, and training, experience, and the use of industrial grade pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers are the ticket to success.

You can do your part to inhibit the growth of mold by getting things that have been damaged by water dried out as quickly as you can, which includes addressing the wet carpets as well. The sooner that a good clean up after water damage has occurred, the more quickly mold can be prevented from growing beneath your carpet. Consider this. If the carpet and padding are saturated with Black Water (sewage or other highly contaminated water), the professionals from SERVPRO can safely remove and then discard these items. We will wear safety Hazmat clothing and gear for this procedure. Irreversible contamination dictates no other option. Be safe and be healthy.

When your carpets, furniture, and walls are too wet, and you feel it is beyond you to remedy the wetness, call SERVPRO to complete the water damage restoration for you. We will alleviate your stress, work in your best interest, mitigate damages and return your home to its pre-loss condition "Like it never even happened."

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SERVPRO of Tarpon technicians is water damage experts who get started promptly to get your property and carpets dry and back to pre-water-damage condition. Call us for fast service (772) 934-5555.

Simple Steps to Prevent Tarpon Springs Residential Water Damage

8/30/2016 (Permalink)

When your home or commercial property has water damage from flooding or leaks, we have the expertise and equipment to properly restore your property.

How to Prevent Water Damage in Your Tarpon Springs Home

Water Damage: Your Quick Reference Guide

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

What Causes Water Damage?

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

The Effects Of Water Damage

Unfortunately, water damage can have a profoundly negative impact on your property. For example, the water can corrode your home's foundation, baseboards, and drywall. It can also ruin your electronics, appliances, upholstery, and furniture. According to statistics, 37% of residential property owners claim financial losses as a result of water damage. Additionally, insurance industry experts report that 98% of U.S. basements will suffer from a water damage-related event at some point.

Water Damage Categories

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

  1. Category 1

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

  1. Category 2

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

  1. Category 3

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

Preventing Water Damage

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

  • elevating appliances
  • tightening faucets
  • shutting off supply valves

Even when you implement strategies to prevent water damage, excess water can erupt on your property at any moment. To ensure that your home is safeguarded against damage from standing water, call the professionals of SERVPRO. Our IICRC-certified technicians will provide you with the detail-oriented, client-centered care that keeps you calm throughout the remediation process and leaves you satisfied with the results. 

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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