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Stopping Mold Damage and Odors in Clearwater Homes

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician removing mold damaged kitchen cabinets A mold infestation can quickly overtake your home in Clearwater. Call our certified SERVPRO team to investigate and remediate the damage.

SERVPRO 24/7 Mold Cleanup Restores Residences in Clearwater

Home mold damage impacts homes with humidity levels above 40-50 percent every year. Even dead spores can leave behind unpleasant stains and odors and negatively affect indoor air quality. While homeowners can perform some remediation tasks themselves, it is recommended that they contact a mold cleanup professional to mitigate the damage.

Mold damage remediation professionals in Clearwater are trained to perform inspection, sanitation, disposal, and odor control for microbial growth and the conditions that allow it to grow. Our AMRT team adheres to IICRC guidelines and protocols. Total mold removal is not possible because mold exists on some level in all spaces. However, restoration can return an affected property to a safe, sanitary pre-damage state.

Most vulnerable areas in the home for mold

While DIY remediation may not be feasible for many homeowners, they can safely monitor problem areas in most homes for mold. Vulnerable spots in residential structures include the following:

  • Bathrooms, especially around sinks, showers, bathtubs, windows, and mirrors, are regularly exposed to large amounts of condensation. Wall and ceiling cavities around ventilation and exhaust fans may also be vulnerable, mainly when plumbing leaks or failures occur
  • Kitchens, particularly around sink plumbing or refrigerator lines. Loose connectors or damaged supply lines are common culprits. Refrigerator drip trays can also overflow and damage kitchen flooring, baseboards, and drywall
  • Laundry rooms, especially around washing machine lines or utility sinks. 
  • Utility room fixtures like water heaters are also vulnerable to leaks or failures, especially if they are at least eight years old. Homeowners are recommended to get their water heaters serviced annually to minimize the risk of moisture damage that can encourage microbial growth

The key to minimizing mold risk in any residence is keeping airflow consistent, cleaning surfaces regularly, and maintaining relative humidity levels below 40%. This is crucial to successful mold remediation.

How SERVPRO availability preserves homes after mold damage

A crucial component of SERVPRO’s restoration strategy is the ability to respond to homeowners’ calls 24 hours a day, including during weekends and holidays. Crews provide personal protective equipment and commercial-grade tools to remediate mold spores, debris, and moisture that impact the safety and comfort of a residence.

SERVPRO’s mold remediation process includes:

  • Sanitation of surfaces with EPA-registered biocide solutions
  • Hot water extraction for vulnerable salvageable surfaces like rugs, upholstery, or drapes
  • Drying units coordinate to wick up and remove excess moisture after extraction. Air movement units push moist air off of surfaces and toward dehumidifiers
  • Odor Control Technicians (OCTs) can take on various tasks that minimize mold odors. Debris removal, moisture extraction, and sanitation are vital to keeping a property safe. Wet fogging may also be necessary, particularly for ductwork and other surfaces impacted by spores
  • SERVPRO HEPA-filter vacuums can catch spores as tiny as 0.3 microns and use negative air pressure machines to prevent stray spores from migrating out of contained restoration spaces or sealed ducts

After mitigating mold damage with these tools, SERVPRO professionals can focus on repainting and restoring structures where needed, reinstalling baseboards, and replacing contents in their proper place wherever possible following the homeowners’ wishes. Restoration is about mitigating damage, preventing it from returning, and keeping damage to personal property to a minimum.

Homeowners can count on SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach to clean to a “Like it never even happened” condition. Call (727) 614-0099 to get started.

How SERVPRO Equipment Dries Clearwater Home Water Damage

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Clearwater Water Restoration Techs Deploy Air Movers and Dehumidifiers

Clearwater residential water damage can be challenging to detect and clean in full. Moisture can come from hard-to-reach sources like wall and ceiling plumbing and persist for hours, days, or even longer. Before long, homeowners can smell water-damaged odors that are likely paired with microbial growth if the moisture exposure has lasted more than 24-48 hours.

SERVPRO water damage restoration technicians preserve Clearwater properties with 24/7 availability and cutting-edge inspection and mitigation tools. Highly trained technicians can also implement necessary repair and replacement services per a homeowner's insurance policy.

How water damage affects walls and ceilings

Water damage can come from plumbing or appliances, which can have equally varied impacts on a residence depending on the location and materials affected.

One of the most commonly impacted materials in a water damage situation is drywall, which can:

  • Wick up excess moisture
  • Warp
  • Crack
  • Crumble
  • Cause paint to bubble and peel

Moisture can also impact wallpapers and their adhesives. In tandem, water and mold can impart unpleasant odors and stains that require sanitation and drying to clean. Eventually, drywall's paper board and gypsum construction can deteriorate enough to crumble. Insulation and wall studs may also require cleanup. Ceiling drywall, meanwhile, may sag from the weight of excess moisture and eventually collapse.

SERVPRO's water restoration process for walls and other structural materials

Restoration crews certified by the IICRC can use specialized inspection tools, such as sensors calibrated for drywall moisture measurement. This moisture is evaluated on a point system, as it is for most surfaces. The primary exception is wood, the moisture content of which is measured in percentages. 

After performing inspection and formulating a restoration plan, SERVPRO can:

  • Use portable or truck-mounted extractors to salvage flooring, drywall, and upholstery impacted by moisture
  • Perform controlled demolition of drywall for ventilation during structural drying 
  • Deploy air movement and dehumidification units that work together to pull up and eliminate excess moisture
  • Sanitize contaminated surfaces with EPA-registered biocides
  • Deodorize porous surfaces with solvent- or water-based solutions dispensed by ultra-low volume foggers

SERPVRO's water remediation process ensures that spaces are preserved as much as possible after moisture exposure impacts property. One of the most crucial steps is structural drying. While extraction removes most immediately accessible moisture, drying devices can mitigate the rest. In cases with small-scale water damage in larger, open spaces, this process is accelerated with the help of sealed polyethylene drying chambers.

Situations where only the flooring is saturated usually require fewer air movers than those disasters in which walls and ceilings are also affected. If a home has multiple wet walls, air movement tools are often necessary to create a circular airflow that pulls water off surfaces and toward dehumidifiers. This moist air is passed over materials that create condensation, like cold low-grain refrigerant coils or desiccant materials like silica gel, to isolate the remaining water and dry the space.

In situations where homeowners need in-place drying of such materials as upholstery or rugs, air movers may be placed every 150 to 300 feet. More severe damage from burst pipes or other disasters may necessitate air mover placement every 50 to 60 square feet instead. A careful balance of air movement and dehumidification is necessary for successful drying to a safe moisture content typical of the impacted materials.

SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach answers the needs of homeowners who call (727) 614-0099. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster regardless of when it occurs.

How Home Fire Damage Affects Kitchen Cabinets and Storage

11/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician packing items into boxes If your home in Clearwater sustains fire damage, SERVPRO is Here to Help. Contact us for content pack-out and fire damage restoration.

SERVPRO Fire Restoration for Clearwater Kitchens Cleans Fixtures and Cabinets

The kitchen is arguably the common source of fire damage in a given home in Clearwater. According to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) data, even minor ignitions that often go unreported can leave behind soot residues that can become acidic on exposure to moisture. This acidity can corrode metal components in appliances and HVAC systems and leave unpleasant odors and hard-to-remove stains.

SERVPRO fire damage cleanup crews restore Clearwater homes to a pre-damage state with a combination of cleanup and repair strategies. While some surfaces may necessitate replacement, SERVPRO focuses on restoring contents where possible according to homeowners’ wishes and their insurance policy.

The impact of kitchen fires on home contents

Kitchen fires, even small ones, can have a farther-reaching impact on kitchen surfaces than homeowners expect. Nearby food storage, for example, might be compromised by soot or high temperatures and may require disposal. Fire suppression with water or extinguishers can also render foodstuffs unsafe to consume. Kitchen tools and appliances, meanwhile, are often restorable with careful cleaning by restoration technicians.

Soot and smoke damage can also impact:

  • Kitchen counter finishes
  • Electrical outlets and wiring
  • Ventilation registers and ductwork
  • Backsplashes, paint, or wallpaper in the kitchen
  • Kitchen exhaust fans and hood ventilation and lights

Over time, soot, especially after exposure to water from sinks, steam, or other moisture sources, can corrode many of these surfaces and increase repair and replacement costs. Professional restorers, meanwhile, can minimize damages and stop further risk to structures and contents after a home fire.

SERVPRO’s fire damage mitigation strategies preserve kitchen cabinets, counters, and contents

Restoration techs from SERVPRO perform fast-acting fire cleanup strategies that mitigate soils from ceiling to floor and from the lightest damages to the heaviest. Suppose moisture or extinguisher residues are present from fire suppression. In that case, SERVPRO techs can clean and dry these before performing soot removal from surfaces and contents.

Food items like produce and canned goods may require disposal to keep homeowners safe. Fire soils, emissions from burnt materials, and high temperatures can compromise these items. Kitchen appliances and tools, meanwhile, are often salvageable after fire damage with careful sanitation and cleaning with EPA-registered antimicrobials.

  • Light soils are typically cleaned from kitchen surfaces with a gentle detergent solution of a dry cleaning sponge. Loose smoke particles can be cleaned from surfaces with HEPA-filter vacuums
  • Containment measures such as negative air pressure and duct or doorway sealing prevent soot from migrating to other areas of the property during restoration
  • Moderate fire soils may require stronger wet cleaning solutions or immersion cleaning. Delicate items such as chandeliers or porcelain can be restored with ultrasonic cleaners, which use a combination of OSHA-approved antimicrobials and ultrasonic frequencies to vibrate particles off affected surfaces
  • Heavy fire damage, such as charring on cabinets, can be remediated with abrasion blasting to prepare the surface for refinishing. Blast media is sprayed at the surface until char is removed. Some materials used for this purpose, like soda ash, also have deodorizing properties. 
  • Cabinet interiors are often affected by soot and can be challenging to fully clean if the interior is unfinished, as is often the case. Technicians can often remediate residues with dry cleaning sponges

Professionals can also clean kitchen appliances and inspect kitchen stove hoods and HVAC systems for signs of soot, debris, or microbes that compromise efficacy.

SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach can be reached at (727) 614-0099. Their solutions allow homeowners to enjoy a property that looks and feels “Like it never even happened.”

Certified Mold Removal Companies in Clearwater

11/13/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing behind a cabinet on the wall When mold damage affects your home, calling an experienced remediation company is your best bet. Team SERVPRO is standing by 24/7 for your call.

Clearwater Residents Use SERVPRO for Mold Remediation

Mold contamination can appear as an unpleasant odor, a discoloration of surfaces, or the decomposition of materials. There are thousands of species of these microbes, and any number of them can affect your home environment. Generally speaking, microbes are at their worst when they infest organic matter because the digestive enzymes they produce can cause permanent damage. Synthetic or dense materials are resistant to these enzymes but require extensive cleaning and agitation to eliminate the mold problem. 

SERVPRO technicians are trained to perform

  • Mold Remediation 
  • Mold removal
  • Mold assessments

When researching mold removal companies in Clearwater, you must check for licenses and certifications to safeguard your home. Our technicians are certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certifications (IICRC). According to the mold remediation standard guide produced by the IICRC, alongside Indoor Air Quality experts, there are five stages to ridding a property of microbial infestation.

The five stages of mold remediation

  • Ensure the safety of occupants and workers
  • Document moisture readings and infestation
  • Stop mold at its source
  • Destroy contaminated materials
  • Fix the moisture issue

Our technicians can work with an IAQ specialist to remedy microbial infestation. We can also implement a standard procedure for eliminating the problem based on the IICRC standard guide without needing an IAQ. Often, microbial infestations are caused by past moisture issues. These can usually be corrected using anti-microbial chemicals to destroy the existing colonies without requiring dramatic demolition or lengthy lab-testing procedures. 

If inspections reveal widespread contamination, our technicians can seal off areas before demolition to ensure mold spores cannot travel. One method of controlling the spread of mold is to establish engineering controls. These allow crew chiefs to control how people enter and exit the affected area. Cleaning remediation equipment thoroughly before bringing it through the house is one example of effective containment through engineering controls.

If you discover microbial contamination in your home, contact SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach for mold remediation at (727) 614-0099.

SERVPRO Provides Expert Fire Restoration for Clearwater Businesses

9/12/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO here to help sign Commercial fire damage restoration services by SERVPRO are second to none. Call now!

The Impacts of Smoke Damage on Clearwater Premises

Running a business can be challenging; however, it can quickly become overwhelming when there has been a fire at your Clearwater business premises. The impact can be widespread and costly to restore, from damage to stock and property to business disruption.

Commercial fire restoration experts in Clearwater offer an essential service when a fire occurs. They work diligently to assist business owners in putting their businesses back together. The process can be laborious if not time-consuming. Professionals must efficiently evaluate smoke damage and perform odor removal as they are complex processes. SERVPRO offers professional smoke damage restoration. Our technicians help you sift through the damage and aid in restoring your premises because we have the necessary training, equipment, and experience.

Common surfaces that may require cleaning include;

  • Floors
  • Office furniture
  • Wallpaper
  • Ceiling fixtures

Smoke odor and soot removal

Every trace of the contaminants responsible for smoke odors ought to be cleaned and underlying surfaces deodorized. Our restoration crews move quickly to remove the debris from the premises. This involves taking out materials such as charred furnishings, rugs, and ceiling tiles, eliminating all burned remnants from the property. SERVPRO then uses high-powered equipment such as air scrubbers to clear the air of particulate matter and aerosols, thus defeating odors. Even though debris removal reduces the intensity of odors, it does not eliminate them.

Thick layers of soot may cover a good portion of your premises, depending on the size of the fire. Also, depending on the material burned, the chemical composition of soot varies and can further damage other materials through staining and discoloration. SERVPRO crews use industrial vacuums to remove layers of powdery soot after fires.

Other effective methods of dealing with smoke odor

  • Fogging with Ultra-low volume misters
  • Injecting deodorizers with the Vaportek unit
  • Thermal fogging
  • Photocatalytic oxidation

SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach is available 24/7 if your business requires fire restoration services. Call us at (727) 614-0099. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

The Obstacles of Fire Damage Restoration in Clearwater Beach

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

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What Factors Influence Fire Damage Cleanup?

After a fire, SERVPRO professionals work fast to mitigate loss and protect your home and its contents. While our response to these sites is rapid, obstacles can sometimes hinder this efficient result. 

The Temperature of the Soiled Surfaces

The heat is an essential component of the salvageability of affected materials during fire damage restoration in Clearwater Beach properties. Warmer conditions allow chemical processes to occur at a faster rate, including the movement of molecules. Cooler surface temperatures can slow the ability of cleaning products to break down soot soils and smoke damage for removal. 

Moisture and Water Damages

Water and moisture present unique and direct obstacles to restoration and cleanup. Wet materials are often more likely to stain, are often more impacted by smoke odors, and can have an additional cause for structural deterioration. Responding fire restorers must be mindful of:

  • Standing water
  • Trapped water in cavities
  • Saturated flooring materials
  • Moist surfaces

Obstacles of the Structure

Areas closed to cleaning and restoration processes by artificial barriers like destroyed structures, or heaped bulk materials can slow the restoration process. Unabated access is essential to introduce the cleaning agents necessary to prevent further destruction of the building materials.

Comparing the Replacement and Restoration Costs

SERVPRO professionals and property owners must choose what is salvageable with the expected replacement costs versus the estimated restoration charges. After a fire, the condition of building materials and contents often makes replacement and demolition a suitable solution against the lengthy and less cost-efficient surface cleanup and refinishing.

Restoring homes after fire damages is not always straightforward. There are often several obstacles keeping this cleanup and recovery from happening quickly. Our SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach team can help overcome these hurdles and get life back to normal as soon as possible. Give us a call today at (727) 614-0099.

Flood Damage in Clearwater Beach Can Impact the Attic

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

Flood Water On Feet All you need is SERVPRO for all your flood damage needs.

We Overcome Flood Damage in Attic Spaces

A compromised roof or related storm damage can direct flooding to your attic space. With this confined space already a challenge based on its size alone, cleanup can be even more considerable to manage with the additional work to replace a wealth of construction materials for the roof, underlayment, trusses, and wall systems. SERVPRO helps with:

  • Bulk Material Removal
  • Cleanup
  • Drying
  • Repairs

Roof and Underlayment Components

Flood damage in Clearwater Beach can often target the outermost portion of your home first, and in the case of a flooded attic, this would mean the roof. Battered by a storm, shingles and other outermost components of the building's roof assembly can be destroyed. This construction's vulnerability worsens after a brief period, allowing greater and greater volumes of runoff and floodwater to enter the home. Repairs for this damage could include temporary build-back and full-scale reconstruction of roofing materials.

The Ceiling and Flooring Assemblies

The combination of building materials used to construct the attic, the roof, and the structure between the attic and the living floor beneath must be considered. While flooring in the attic can slow how quickly pooling water in this upper portion of your house can reach where it intends to migrate, work is involved. Combining air movers and other drying tools can help to manage trapped water in these situations.

Insulating Materials

Insulation is essential to your attic's construction but can rapidly become overwhelmed by intruding floodwater. Some of the insulation impacted can be dried and reused if SERVPRO professionals have collected and preserved it neatly. We can roll out new sheets of insulation where necessary after the attic space gets dried.

Flood damage does not have to destroy your attic. Call our SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach team to help at (727) 614-0099. 

When SERVPRO Uses Wet Vacuums for Clearwater Water Removal

8/16/2022 (Permalink)

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The Versatility of Wet Vacuums for Water Removal

Extraction is vital in the restoration and mitigation processes SERVPRO professionals undertake. After flooding or damaging water line breaks, high volumes of standing water could threaten the structure. We utilize multiple removal tools to help, though wet vacuums are often the most heavily called upon to complete the job.

Smaller Space Water Extraction

Water removal in Clearwater homes and businesses often relies on wet vacuums for their versatility in smaller workspaces. With many coastal homes having small storage areas for attics, flooding in this portion of the property requires a low profile and versatile extractors to help. 

Overcoming Accessibility Issues

Not all areas requiring water removal services are easy to reach or restore. With multi-story apartment buildings, for example, the portability of wet vacuums could be a benefit over running hoses from stationary units dozens of feet in the air. 

Used with Extensions and Attachments

Another advantage of selecting wet vacuums for water removal services is the attachments and related equipment to use with the machine. For example, light wands and carpet attachments provide a powerful deep suction into the flooring fibers to prevent unnecessary tear-out and replacement. Extensions of wet vacuums can include:

  • Light Wands
  • Weighted Extractors
  • Carpet Wands

Shallow Pooling in the Residence

Wet vacuums are also suitable for managing the last bit of shallow pooling that submersible pumps or trash pumps cannot remove. At a certain depth of a couple of inches or less of standing water, prime cannot be maintained by the larger extraction units. Still, wet vacuums provide a consistent and stable removal and discharge.

Knowing when and how to utilize our water removal tools best to help your residence is an essential part of successful mitigation. Our SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach professionals has a rapid response and industry knowledge to make these loss events "Like it never even happened." Call now at (727) 614-0099. 

Necessary Precautions during Water Cleanup in Clearwater Beach

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO technician handling water damage in a commercial building Commercial water cleanup for your business in Clearwater Beach needs the attention of SERVPRO. Call now!

SERVPRO Closely Monitors Water Restoration in Clearwater

Water leaks significantly impact businesses, so taking immediate action is essential when your Clearwater facility is affected. However, if your effort is haphazard, you might worsen the problems or create new ones. Professional assistance can help ensure water cleanup achieves the intended goals.

Proper planning before starting water cleanup processes for Clearwater Beach businesses premises helps ensure better control of the factors that might create problems later on. Extensive deterioration of materials from moisture exposure and personal injuries are some of the undesirable outcomes that you can prevent. SERVPRO also seeks to fulfill other goals, such as limiting restoration costs.

Crucial factors to control

  • Hazardous incidents 
  • Humidity 
  • Microbial growth

Various hazards can develop when water accumulates on a property or during cleaning. The main risk is slick surfaces because of the wetness and cleaning products. Another problem is the cables and hoses connected to the water extractors, dehumidifiers, and other restoration equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians set up warning signs and group the wires and hoses using zip ties, thus limiting slip and trip hazards.

The Dangers of Humidity

While your focus during cleanup may be on the wet materials, there is another aspect of moisture that you should pay attention to; otherwise, it can lead to problems. The humidity that escapes into the air though invisible can be problematic. One problem from humidity is condensation which can transfer wetness from the affected sections of the house to other unaffected areas. Humid air also slows down the drying processes necessary for finishing the cleanup, creating room for unfettered microbial growth and mold development.

Actions necessary for managing humidity

  • Boosting air circulation with air movers  
  • Controlling humidity using dehumidifiers
  • Temperature control with portable heaters

SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach has sufficient resources to manage water cleanup allowing your business to resume operations. You can reach us at (727) 614-0099. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Factors That Set Fire Restoration Timelines for Clearwater Homes

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Expedites Fire Damage Repairs in Clearwater

It is disappointing when your Clearwater home is gutted by fire, especially if you believe you could have addressed the cause before the damage occurred. It gets worse if fire restoration takes longer than you have anticipated. One unique advantage of seeking professional assistance is getting accurate information on the expected restoration timelines.

When you know what to expect during the fire restoration of your Clearwater home, you can make alternative plans or at least adjust your outlook on the loss, especially considering that some of the tasks you may regard as minor are likely to consume significant time. Our SERVPRO crew chiefs can evaluate your property and inform you of the expected issues.

Factors influencing fire restoration timelines

  • The teardown needed
  • Level of moisture present
  • Smoke odors

Fire damage ranges from partial to complete deterioration of materials. Partial deterioration is common in structural areas like the ceiling, walls, and fixtures like cabinets. Unlike contents that are easily lifted and relocated from the property, structural materials necessitate demolition, which takes time.

Reasons for Demolition

Teardown during fire restoration removes wall and ceiling panels, electrical systems, and insulation. These materials are removed for various reasons. The boards may be heavily soiled or charred. Electrical systems such as wires are compromised by the heat which melts their insulating covers. Wall and ceiling insulation accumulates soot residues or loses its insulating properties. Our SERVPRO technicians have sufficient equipment, including circular saws for cutting and heavy-duty vacuums for removing insulation that helps expedite the demolition.

Moisture and odors are part of fire damage. Although they are less prominent than the rest of the issues, they can be tedious to address. For instance, getting rid of moisture absorbed by materials requires time-consuming evaporation. Our SERVPRO crews set up several air movers and dehumidifier units to expedite drying.

Sources of moisture during fire damage

  • Firefighting processes
  • Cleaning actions
  • Damage appliances or pipes

SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach considers the time required to complete fire restoration critically, thus expediting the process. You can reach us at (727) 614-0099. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.