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How Home Fire Damage Affects Kitchen Cabinets and Storage

7/12/2022 (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.”

How SERVPRO Equipment Dries Clearwater Home Water Damage

7/12/2022 (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.

Stopping Mold Damage and Odors in Clearwater Homes

7/12/2022 (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.

Necessary Precautions during Water Cleanup in Clearwater Beach

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

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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.

Valuable Technical Skills for Mold Remediation in Clearwater Homes

7/11/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Mold Restoration in Clearwater Is Professional

Your Clearwater home may be clean and well maintained, but mold might still develop. Mold contamination is driven by natural factors like the presence of moisture and organic compounds providing a food source. Since these factors are readily available everywhere, mold remediation can be challenging once your home is infested.

A suitable skill set can expedite mold remediation in Clearwater. That way, it is easy to address the physical changes the infestation causes and fix the underlying conditions that fuel its growth. SERVPRO provides teams trained in different fields to help resolve mold issues in properties.

Critical skills that facilitate remediation

  • Applied microbial remediation
  • Water restoration
  • Applied structural drying 

Mold development is a multistage process that starts from microscopic matter (spores) and progresses to the visible colonies and, finally, the physical deterioration of materials. The colonies can often develop in hidden areas beneath wallpaper and wall or ceiling spaces covered with sheetrock. Only an AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technician, fully understands all the unique characteristics mold exhibits as it develops in a property. Since our SERVPRO teams include such technicians, we can inform you on the best action to take, whether cleaning or removing the entire materials depending on the development stage.

Moisture Management to Control Mold

Wetness is a catalyst for mold development since it activates the microscopic spores occurring naturally in the air. If an area has a continuous moisture supply, all other steps to control mold can only deliver temporary results. SERVPRO provides water restoration technicians to handle the moisture issues in your house while we deal with the contamination. We can set up dehumidifiers in the house for humidity control and use thermal cameras to locate hidden leaks or moisture spreading in hidden areas.

Moisture sources

  • Steam from cooking and bathing
  • The wetness from pinhole pipe leaks
  • Moisture-wicking from the foundation

SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach has highly skilled teams handling mold remediation, dealing with the contamination "Like it never even happened." Call us at (727) 614-0099.

When Your Dollar Store in Clearwater has Fire Damage

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Keeping Businesses Open by Eliminating Fire Damage

We want to help you keep your store’s doors open in Clearwater. By doing fire damage remediation in Clearwater, we can accomplish that for you. Fires create heat and smoke, along with dangerous flames. Putting them out leaves your business damaged, including strongly unpleasant odors and filthy soot.

Your customers want a pleasant shopping experience. We work diligently to make this a reality again. Our crews use different methods to make it “Like it never even happened.” You might find us using any of the following:

  • Soot-absorbing erasers on walls and other flat surfaces,
  • Air scrubbers and hydroxyl generating machines, and
  • Thermal fogging machines.

Team members also spend time working on upper sections of walls near the corners to prevent soot tags (which resemble spider webs) from forming in the future. These tags commonly appear with fire damage and are not caused by spiders.

When working, we use all applicable protection measures. This includes both those designed for personal wear, such as our use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other general measures. This might include plastic sheeting around areas where soot might exist to prevent its spread to now-clean areas.

As SERVPRO crews work within your store, we typically attempt to work in a manner that poses as little hindrance to your employees and customers as possible. Whenever time constraints require specific activity, please inform us so we do not interfere in your daily operations. As another local business, we understand that the public is crucial for your business’ soundness.

Fire damage is an ongoing threat to your inventory and your furnishings. Soot that works into your computers can cause you to lose anything stored on them. It can cause other electronics to stop working, including security cameras and electronic doorways. It can discolor inventory and foul up the air. When this happens, we can help.

The fire damage remediation crew at SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach is here to help. Just call us at our 24-hour service line, (727) 614-0099.

You Need Water Cleanup for Leaks in Your Clearwater Rental

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Accumulated Dirt and Grime Solved by Water Cleanup

Dust is constantly present in even the cleanest residence, containing microbes, pollen, microfibers, and the finest soil particles. Moisture combined with settled dust can create crud in hard-to-reach areas. SERVPRO’s water cleanup team in Clearwater uses scalable methods to suit each job’s specific, precise needs.

When leaks drip water along water lines in your Clearwater property, water cleanup can preserve things and eliminate the chances of deterioration. SERVPRO’s wide range of tools includes:     

  • Infrared cameras that detect moisture and water,
  • Extraction devices that can handle any quantity of water, from minute amounts to thousands of gallons, and
  • Cleaning equipment – buckets and mops, sponges, brushes, whisks, tubing, and more.

Leaks can happen in areas without water lines, also. Around windows, especially if the window is several years old. Seals can warp, shrink, and disintegrate, letting rainwater inside the house’s envelope. Such moisture can become trapped between the exterior and interior surfaces in that area. Missing shingles and gaps in siding provide paths that precipitation can pass through.

Condensation inside refrigerators can overflow the drip pan, and unbalanced dishwashers can leak hot, soapy water onto the floor. Unlike these ongoing situations, water in a washing machine can overfill when too many items are packed inside but can still lead to unfavorable conditions sporadically.

Cleaning up watery messes might seem unimportant and a temporary problem to many. However, we can provide infrared images that show any areas containing excess amounts of moisture. After discovering these locations, we clean them of not only water but also soil, dust, and grime. SERVPRO technicians can help protect your investment from water damage.

Call SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach at (727) 614-0099 for water mitigation services when you discover leaks around appliances, along walls, or anywhere else. We can help with any severity of damage and protect your property.

Why SERVPRO is Chosen for Mold Remediation in Clearwater Beach

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

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Materials Vary in Degrees of Clearwater Mold Damage

Depending on the location of your Clearwater Beach home’s mold damage, SERVPRO’s experts decide on which response is most cost-effective for your family. Your residence's actual building materials, furnishings, and your family's personal belongings inside are all made of different, assorted materials. Plastic, wood, metal, glass, textiles, leather, and much more can all be affected by microbes.

Residents in Clearwater Beach can find mold damage within their domicile on almost anything that has gotten damp for more than a day or two. The first impulse might be to throw away anything with mold or mildew.

Some items, like clothing or paper-based things, can rarely get clean enough to salvage. Dotted stains remain, rendering it unsightly and smelly, regardless of which technique we employ. Other items are more difficult for microbes to ruin, and we can save those for your future use.

SERVPRO technicians know which items we can restore and eliminate microbial damage:

  • Glassware, including most other glazed things,
  • Metal belongings, and
  • Harder plastics.

Spending little time on non-salvageable items except to note their loss for insurance purposes leaves more time to restore those belongings that we can save for you. However, we want you to know that if something holds sentimental value for your family, please, inform us so we can attempt to find a third-party restorer if you wish to pursue that option.

When building materials like your home’s interior walls show mold damage, we can check with a technique that lets us see inside the wall. If mold is present, we can enclose the area, create a negative pressure system, and remove the wall section to eliminate the microbial infestation (Mold Remediation: MRSR1163 license). We then rebuild the wall (CBC-1250662 license), repaint, and leave things “Like it never even happened.” 

SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach has the experienced and skilled team you need when mold damage occurs inside your home. Call us at (727) 614-0099 for prompt service.

SERVPRO Helps with Fire Damage Restoration in Clearwater Beach

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

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Replace or Restore After Fire Damages Your Clearwater Beach Home – Call SERVPRO

Fire damage restoration in Clearwater Beach involves replacing damaged contents and structure and restoring much of the contents. Many homeowners assume that they must replace everything; however, it is often less costly and takes less time to restore and repair damaged contents than it does to replace them.

SERVPRO works closely with the homeowner and their insurance company regarding fire damage restoration decisions in their Clearwater Beach home. 

Many fires are localized in kitchens. Fire damage is often contained to the kitchen. We find smoke residues distributed throughout the home. We use controlled demolition techniques to minimize structure replacement in the kitchen and damage to other home areas. Many nonporous items can be cleaned, sanitized, and held in a staging area until the home is fully restored.

The fire damage is usually contained in the immediate area of the fire. We fine smoke residues and odors distributed throughout the home. We inspect the house for the type of residue and apply the appropriate cleaners to clean all surfaces and contents in the home. Grease fires produce oily residues and smear when rubbed unless you use the proper cleaning agent. Hotter fires have light, fluffy residues, which can be easily removed by sweeping or vacuuming.

SERVPRO fire specialists prepare and review all recommendations for restoring your home with the homeowner and the insurance company. We explain which items we can restore, repair, or need to be replaced and take the appropriate action agreed to by the homeowner and their insurance adjuster.

Services provided by SERVPRO include:

  • Fire and smoke damage restoration
  • House fire clean up
  • Smoke damage removal and cleanup

Call the fire damage restoration specialists from SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach and nearby areas for assistance. We can help 24/7. Call (727) 614-0099.