Recent Water Damage Posts

How SERVPRO Equipment Dries Clearwater Home Water Damage

9/17/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO car in the parking lot of an apartment complex SERVPRO technicians specialize in water damage remediation for your home in Clearwater.

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.

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. 

You Need Water Cleanup for Leaks in Your Clearwater Rental

6/14/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech using drying equiment SERVPRO water cleanup technicians are IICRC certified and trained. We are ready at a moment's notice.

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.

Water Damage in Clearwater Requires Fast Response – Call SERVPRO

5/12/2022 (Permalink)

Leaky Pipe Contact SERVPRO to effectively tackle the water damage in your property. Call now!

Why is Water Damage Cleanup and Repair Important in Clearwater – Call SERVPRO

Water from plumbing leaks in Clearwater homes can create a mess and cause damage to walls, cupboards, and flooring materials if the leak is not contained and the water removed. Water travels to the lowest point, disguising the source and causing damage as it travels inside walls, under cupboards, and flooring. Residents should shut off the water supply, mop up noticeable water pooling and call for help before permanent damage occurs.

SERVPRO provides water damage remediation in Clearwater and surrounding areas. Our team responds within four hours of your call. It begins deploying whatever resources are needed to remove excess water and start drying operations. We use drying mats on hardwood floors to withdraw moisture lurking in the spaces between the hardwood planks. Water extractors are used to remove water and moisture from carpets and the underpad below to avoid damage to the subfloor.

We use water sensors to check for high moisture levels inside walls or under cupboards. We drill access holes into these areas to remove water and blow dry air in to dry these areas. SERVPRO deploys high-capacity air movers and dehumidifiers to reduce moisture and humidity levels to normal levels.

We believe that the fast response and focused water and moisture removal will limit the amount of secondary damage caused by wood product swelling and mold formation, which can begin in as little as 24 hours. Mold can cause health effects for many consumers.

Our water damage removal services include:

  • Water removal services
  • Water damage remediation
  • Water clean up
  • Mold inspection and removal

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

SERVPRO Saves Time and Money in Water Damage Repair in Clearwater

2/9/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment drying water damaged room Do you know how to dry water damage? SERVPRO does! Call us today!

How Do SERVPRO Techs Measure Humidity During Water Damage Repair in Clearwater Homes? 

Dry air is perhaps one of the most essential tools for drying wet materials at a restorer's disposal. Hence, the SERVPRO techs need to be able to measure the moisture in the air accurately during water damage repair of your Clearwater home.  

SERVPRO techs express the humidity of air during water damage repair in Clearwater using two ways:

  • The relative humidity is the ratio of air's moisture at any given temperature to the maximum moisture it can hold at that temperature expressed as a percentage. As the temperature of the air increases, its moisture-holding capacity also increases.   
  • Humidity ratio is the proportion of the weight of water vapor (measured in grains) preset per pound of dry air measured at a given temperature. 

Why Do SERVPRO Techs Prefer Humidity Ratio Over Relative Humidity During Water Cleanup in Clearwater?

While both relative humidity and humidity ratio are a good measure of the amount of moisture present in the air, SERVPRO techs generally prefer to rely on humidity ratios for their calculations. As the temperature has a tremendous effect on the properties of air, relative humidity is not a good indicator of the quantity of moisture present in the air.  

On the contrary, the humidity ratio measures the actual amount of moisture present in the air, and consequently, it is a better indicator of how wet or dry it is.

What Equipment Can Measure the Humidity Ratio of Air?

One of the most trusted devices that can give a restorer an accurate measure of the humidity ratio of the air is a thermo-hygrometer. These can also measure vapor pressure and dew point of the air.

Call SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach at (727) 614-0099 with any questions or concerns.

SERVPRO Gets Flood Damage Restored in Clearwater Beach Homes Fast

12/24/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with furniture floating everywhere When your home is flooded, both the structure and the contents can be affected. Contact SERVPRO for effective flood damage remediation services.

Clearwater Beach Homeowners Count on SERVPRO for Flood Damage Restoration

Restoring flood damage to your Clearwater Beach home is a complex task. Hiring an experienced company like SERVPRO can help prevent long-term damage to your property by ensuring prompt and reliable remediation. 

SERVPRO technicians are trained and equipped to tackle numerous potential safety hazards during the restoration of flood damage to your Clearwater Beach home. We take safety concerns seriously and address them promptly before proceeding with emergency services and restoration work. Every water damage restoration project is different, and a proper hazard assessment is crucial for the safety of the technicians and the occupants. 

What are some of the safety hazards that SERVPRO techs face during flood restoration in Clearwater Beach?

SERVPRO is committed to the safety of our technicians and our customers. Our technicians abide by the rules and regulations under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. As soon as the restorers arrive at your Clearwater Beach home, they undertake the process of identifying hazards and managing the associated risk. The technicians look for potential hazards within the building and any operations or activities that expose workers or bystanders to harm. Some considerations examined at this time include- 

  • Overhead hazards include ceilings that may collapse due to accumulated water
  • Electric hazards due to the intrusion of water in electric systems
  • Slip, trip, and fall hazards due to wet surfaces
  • Contaminated water
  • Inadequate lighting hazards

Control measures are then initiated to manage the risk created by the identified hazards successfully.

Call SERVPRO of SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach at (727) 614-0099 with any query regarding flood damage restoration. 

What Can One Expect After Water Damage in a Clearwater Beach Condo?

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

a bucket catching water falling from the ceiling in a living room Leaks can quickly damage your home. Contact SERVPRO for the trained technicians and effective equipment to tackle the water damage.

SERVPRO Can Help Inspect Your Condo Revealing Any Hidden Moisture Damages

Although it might not seem so, determining the outcome of a Condo water leak is challenging. A wide range of damages can develop immediately or later on if the water sits in the property for long. Involving a professional ensures that any negative effects are readily identified and resolved.

The type of water damage in your Clearwater condo may depend on the amount of water spilled or the time it takes to start the restoration. Water leaks originating in unoccupied units can remain unnoticed for some time. Even water leaks that start in occupied units and are identified immediately can spread moisture to other unoccupied units where it can remain unnoticed. SERVPRO has significant experience dealing with water intrusions and thus expects such unique challenges. 

Some of the typical issues caused by water include:

  • Material deterioration through rusting, rotting, or swelling
  • Changes to the aesthetic appeal because stains or patches
  • Damaged utilities such as electrical systems

Material deterioration can affect hidden structural elements such as the frames, transforming simple water intrusion into extensive repair works. Luckily, such deterioration takes a long time and can be prevented by focusing on reversing moisture migration. 

One simple approach our SERVPRO IICRC-certified technicians apply is using thermal cameras to check for moisture within the walls and floors. With such noninvasive resources, it is easier to probe vast sections establishing if the problem spreads from one unit to another even when such units are unoccupied. Tracing moisture migration patterns may also be necessary if there is a need to apportion responsibility to different parties.

SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach handles water damage in condos and other properties conveniently since we go in knowing what to expect. Call us at (727) 614-0099. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Which Water Mitigation Processes are Necessary to Save Electronics in Clearwater Properties?

9/19/2021 (Permalink)

water next to an electrical strip and appliance Team SERVPRO technicians specialize in water damage remediation especially when it comes to dealing with electronics, books and fine art.

SERVPRO Helps Establish Safeguards While Performing Water Damage Repairs

Water leaks affect many contents in a house, including electronics such as TVs, microwaves, stereos, and appliances. Unlike dealing with other items such as furniture, water mitigation involving electronics is challenging since it takes more than drying to reverse the damages. 

Successful water mitigation in your Clearwater home should help prevent corrosion of the internal components of your electronic appliances after a water leak. Even if the spilled water does not affect appliances directly, the high humidity in the house poses significant risks. SERVPRO takes steps to minimize the chances of corrosion while performing other restoration processes.

Damage to electronics is more likely during incidents involving significant amounts of water like:

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Leaking roof from storms

The risk posed by water to electronics can be immediate or long-term.  Short circuits fall in the immediate damage category and can cause irreparable damage. Our SERVPRO technicians confirm that all electronics are unplugged. We also disconnect backup batteries and remove fuses or trip breakers. 

Temperature changes also pose risks to electronic items, especially in a humidity-filled house. Letting the items cool down beyond the dew point leads to condensation and corrosion. Our SERVPRO technicians take various steps to ensure the temperatures in the storage areas where we put electronics do not dip below the dew point. In case power is turned off in the house, we use portable generators and portable heaters.

SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach can take the necessary steps during water mitigation to save electronics or other valuable items in your home. Call us at (727) 614-0099. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO Emerges as One of the Most Trusted Water Restoration Companies in Clearwater

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tech removing drywall from water damaged room Sometimes we need to remove construction elements to thoroughly dry your home. Here we have made flood cuts, exposing the structure for drying.

What Makes SERVPRO Stand Out Among Other Water Restoration Companies in Clearwater?

Very few water restoration companies in Clearwater have the experience and expertise that SERVPRO has in dealing with the aftermath of water damage. Whether it is due to burst pipes, ceiling leaks, or basement flooding, SERVPRO has you covered. 

SERVPRO's team of IICRC certified experts who understand the local conditions makes it consistently stand out among other water restoration companies in Clearwater. Our technicians work closely with homeowners during all stages of the restoration, right from planning a strategy to its execution. Our restorers are not only the fastest to the job site; we strive to get your home restored "Like it never even happened." While we work hard to salvage as much material we can during water damage restoration, controlled demolition is sometimes inevitable. 

When Will SERVPRO Techs Carry out Controlled Demolition During Water Cleanup of Your Clearwater Home? 

SERVPRO follows the IICRC S500 Standard for Professional Water Damage Restoration, which states that the restorers should open assemblies such as walls, stairs, or flooring to access pockets of saturation and remove any heavily contaminated material. 

As a result, sometimes it becomes a necessity for SERVPRO experts to remove construction components to decontaminate, clean, and dry the interior wall surfaces and other inaccessible areas. 

The material removed during the controlled demolition is then carefully bagged in a 6-mil polyethylene bag and discarded according to the local regulations. SERVPRO technicians always communicate with homeowners before undertaking any of these actions.  

Call SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach at (727) 614-0099 to talk to our professionals 24/7. 

Stop the Smell with Professional Water Cleanup in Clearwater

6/7/2021 (Permalink)

woman holding nose because of foul smell Foul odors often follow water damage. SERVPRO has the tools and cleaners to keep your home smelling fresh after water damage.

Water Cleanup Professionals in Clearwater Help Your Home Smell Fresh After Disasters

One of the ways that SERVPRO stands out is through our deodorizing treatments. We take great care to leave your home smelling “Like it never even happened.”

Deodorization is a standard process in many of our Clearwater water cleanup projects. Many types of water damage, such as storm floodwaters or Sewage Cleanup, carry inherent smells that may be detectable immediately. Other types of damage, such as burst pipes, may take days or weeks to produce foul odors but inevitably do. SERVPRO technicians are trained not just to eliminate odors but also to prevent them. Our rapid response strategy is critical for reducing odors from:

  • Water removal services
  • Cleaning up after a sewer backup
  • Flood restoration

SERVPRO technicians use multiple methods at once or in sequence to ensure that odors are eliminated at the source rather than masked. Less-experienced restoration professionals may mask odors with cleaning products and fresh paint but fail to address the real problem. Instead of ineffective “quick fixes,” we use advanced technologies such as air filtration devices coupled with activated charcoal. Depending on the severity and type of odors encountered, we also have thermal fogging machines and ozone generators to eliminate smells.

SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach provides fast and precise service after your home incurs water damage. Call us at (727) 614-0099.

Are there Water Damage Restoration Technicians in Clearwater?

4/23/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling that is wet Carpets quickly absorb excess water. Contact our certified SERVPRO team to assess the damage and mitigate the situation.

SERVPRO Uses Local Technicians to Conduct Water Damage Remediation for Residents of Clearwater

Returning property to a preloss condition requires expert equipment. When water is involved, this equipment may include water extractors, pumps, and drying equipment. If water contamination is present, technicians may use antimicrobial chemicals or deodorants inside the property. 

The goal of water damage restoration technicians in Clearwater is to return your home to a sanitary condition. Often the draining and drying procedure is the first step in achieving that goal. Once a property is dry, the likelihood of permanent or further damage is significantly reduced. Technicians can then conduct a walkthrough of the structure to identify areas in need of restoration.

  • Inspecting carpet seams is necessary after the drying procedure to ensure there is no permanent damage.
  • Drywall may need to be replaced if the materials have absorbed too much moisture.
  • SERVPRO can conduct painting and refinishing in the home if other restoration methods are ineffective.

Professionals can help to return your home to its preloss condition. Contact SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach for water damage restoration at (727) 614-0099.

Need Help with Water Damage in Clearwater?

2/19/2021 (Permalink)

ceiling panel down, water damage SERVPRO can cleanup and restore to preloss condition a water-damaged ceiling in Clearwater.

SERVPRO Provides Clearwater Properties with Rapid Water Extraction and Drying

In the course of any given year, many homeowners can come to grips with water damage to their Clearwater homes. The reason can be from a leaky bathroom pipe to a broken appliance.

SERVPRO can respond very quickly to water damage in a Clearwater residence. We stand by our slogan--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. The sooner we arrive and extract pooling water by pumps, squeegees, brooms, or portable wet vacs, the less chance of secondary water damage.

SERVPRO checks and begins water damage mitigation for

  • Burst pipes
  • Ceiling leaks
  • Flood restoration

After the FNOL First Notification of Loss

Our IICRC Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification certified technicians follow industry best practices. We strive to preserve your contents, possessions, and structure and not replace them. Our advanced equipment hastens water extraction, and our drying equipment works to prevent excess humidity from causing further water damage.

Many water damaging events are not a danger to the structural integrity of your home, but to have professional assistance can afford many advantages. You can be confident that a mold infestation fueled by hidden water or moisture will not mean a call back for more work and expenses. We liaise with your insurance carrier to maintain a scheduled completion date an agreed-upon budget. We can utilize our General Contractor License #: CBC-1250662 if a build back is required.

Rely on SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach to restore your water damaged home in Clearwater, "Like it never even happened." (727) 614-0099