Your Belongings and Storm Damage
How Likely is Storm Damage?
With three miles of sandy beach and conventionally sunny weather, it is often difficult to think about the unfortunate side of nature that presents powerful storm systems coming in from the Gulf Coast. In recent years, Clearwater has seen a share of harsh weather systems, making it vital to have a knowledgeable and reliable storm response team to help when your business or home is affected.
What Do You Do About Flooding?
An immediate drawback of storm damage to properties is the possibility of flooding. Standing water of any type in your home can be a challenge and a threat to the structure and its occupants. With natural flooding, there is an added element of potential contamination that must be addressed as well. Careful consideration is made into how to appropriately manage contaminated belongings and building materials and remove any standing water throughout the structure. We arrive with valuable equipment on our service vehicles such as:
- Cleaning products
- Drying equipment
- Antimicrobial biocides
Can SERVPRO Complete Demolition and Repairs?
There are several elements of repair and reconstruction that coincide with storm damage. From the immediate needs of temporary tarping and board-up services when the team first arrives to permanent new construction to replace discarded elements, our general contractor license helps where these services are needed. The build-back process can begin as soon as much of the mitigation and restoration completes within the house.
If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (727) 614-0099
SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach specializes in restoring contents damaged by storms and other water damage events. Our expertise and our “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your contents to determine what items can be restored back to their condition before the water damage. We utilize several methods of cleaning your contents, including:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. A move-out will provide several benefits, including:
- A quicker remodeling process
- Protecting items from potential damage
- Protecting contents from further on-site damage
When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.
Water-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by water. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:
- Television sets
- DVD players
- And more
The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. We start by cleaning the exterior of electronic devices to help stop further corrosion and damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.
Document / Photograph Drying
When your valuable documents, including photographs, are damaged by water, extreme caution should be taken to help ensure the water damage does not destroy the document. Although some documents may not be restored to pre-water damage condition, SERVPRO of Clearwater South / Clearwater Beach can save a great deal and help minimize additional damage.
Depending on the type of documents and the level of water damage, we have five options for the restoration of documents:
- Air Drying
- Freezer Drying
- Vacuum Freeze Drying
- Vacuum Thermal Drying
Contents Claim Inventory Service
When a storm event happens, the damage can often feel overwhelming. We can help ease the worry and confusion during the recovery process by offering our Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS), which provides a detailed and accurate list of your belongings. We take a room-by-room inventory of your contents, including digital photos, and in some instances, bar coding.
Our Contents Claim Inventory Service:
- Preloss list and value of contents
- Detailed and accurate report
- Better information to settle claims quicker
- Assistance with burden of proof for claims
- Peace of mind when you need it most