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Fire Restoration Services Are a Specialty of SERVPRO Dunedin

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

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The Experienced, Certified SERVPRO Technicians Are Available 24/7 and Arrive Quickly to Cleanup Post-Fire in Palm Harbor

Palm Harbor is a beautiful locale located just 22 miles north of downtown St. Petersburg. This is a mostly residential community with some areas of commerce around the city. One of the most vibrant areas of the town is the historic downtown district. Numerous craft fairs, art exhibitions, and festivals take place in this area every year. The first Friday of every month is "Palm Harbor's First Friday Celebrations," and youngsters and adults are welcome at the venue to create a sense of community. There are rides and games to play for the kids and food featured from many local eateries. 

Another popular annual event takes place every October with the Taste of Palm Harbor happening. The Palm Harbor Junior Women's Club sponsors this event, and proceeds go towards their "Making a Difference" grants & scholarships program. Along with excellent foodstuffs to try, mainly the locally sourced seafood is the highlight, this venue has live music, and an average of 20 local restaurants participate each year. 

Local Government 

The town of Palm Harbor remains an unincorporated part of Pinellas County. The last bill to incorporate the city died in committee in 2009, and it has not been readdressed. The Pinellas County legislators voted that same year and supported a bill that voters would have the final say on whether it would incorporate in the future. A feasibility board is on the books to determine if it is financially feasible and in the best interest of the city to incorporate. 

Recreational Opportunities Abound in Palm Harbor

Palm Harbor has a large number of excellent venues for activities. There are numerous parks, such as:

  • John Chesnut, Sr. Park
  • H.S. "Pop" Stansell Park
  • Steve Putnam Park
  • Palm Field 
  • Sunderman Recreation Complex


In 1888, the original name of Palm Harbor was Sutherland, which was a shortening of the name of the holding company, the Southern Land and Development Company. In 1925, the name change occurred, and the area began to get settled. Notably, J.C. Craver was the first settler that hailed from the Northern U.S. to call this area of Florida home permanently. Craver kept a diary and wrote that his physicians advised him to settle in Palm Harbor. Briefly, the post office was known as Yellow Bluff, but that name was changed to the Palm Harbor post office due to the negative connotations with the yellow fever epidemic that ravaged the area. 

Palm Harbor Climate

This Florida area would get considered wet as it gets an average of 51 inches of rain yearly. The average rainfall across the United States is 38 inches. Consequently, snow is never an issue as there are 246 sunny days per year, and the Winter lows average around 51 degrees Fahrenheit. The summers are hot and muggy, with an average July temperature of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. This area recorded 68 hurricanes since 1930. The most massive named storm to hit Palm Harbor was Frances in 2004, with sustained winds of 130mph. 

Notable People From Palm Harbor

A significant number of sports stars have come from this city, such as: 

  • Christopher B. Coghlan an MLB star that got named Rookie of the Year in 2009
  • John James Davis, an American Football guard
  • Dakoda Dowd an American Amatuer Golfer
  • Johnny Ray Huston, a professional golfer that won seven PGA tours
  • Theodore Larsen, an NFL guard
  • Justin Mark Miller, an MLB player

Palm Harbor Fire Rescue

In the summer of 1956, an early version of the current fire department started as the "Ozona, Palm Harbor, Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department." The goal was to give residents peace of mind through organized fire protection to answer calls expediently. Volunteers built the first fire station in the 1960s and it remained in place until Station 65 replaced that structure in 1988. In the summer of 2000, the department's legal name changed to Palm Harbor Special Fire Control and Rescue District. This fire rescue service services the local community of approximately 62,000 residents with a total of four fire-rescue service stations in operation. 

Is Fire Restoration By SERVPRO Techs Possible for Furniture in Palm Harbor Properties?

After a fire in your Palm Harbor home, the fire restoration should begin as rapidly as possible. The sooner the cleanup efforts start the less chance of cross-contamination throughout the property. SERVPRO technicians have a great deal of comprehensive training and state-of-the-art equipment to clean up and restore many items that may not look like they have the potential. The technicians carefully test all fabrics and surfaces before applying any type of cleaning method to ensure that they do not mar any object through their chosen application.

In particular, furniture may get covered in soot and still have the potential for restoration and reuse. Here are some of the most common types of furnishings and how SERVPRO technicians clean them: 

  • Leather and faux-leather furniture - The technicians often use dry cleaning sponges to lift away the layer covering the leather gently and use specially developed restorative cleaning agents for use on the leather. 
  • Upholstered furniture - first, the techs inspect and test the fibers to determine the type of construction materials and if the piece has the potential for restoration.
  • Hardwood furniture - The techs utilize different kinds of wood soaps, along with wet and dry cleaning agents, to address the different types of smoke that settle on the wood. In some cases, a wood paste or solvent gets needed to remove a thin layer of finish to rid the item of smoke damage successfully. 

SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South at (727) 793-1333 supports the local Palm Harbor community with fire restoration services. Through the use of their training, expertise, and equipment, the technicians make the damage, "Like it never even happened."

Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration in Dunedin

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

smoke pouring from a house fire Identifying the type of smoke damage is critical for restoration to be effective.

SERVPRO Provides Dunedin Residents with Expert Fire Damage Restoration Technicians.

What is the best method for cleaning smoke residues?
After a house fire in your Dunedin home, there is likely to be significant blackening of walls, ceilings, and surfaces due to smoke. Cleaning these residues requires careful planning. Not all smoke residues are the same, with each residue requiring different methods of cleaning. There are four broad categories for smoke damages that technicians need to be aware of when performing restoration. An excellent way to identify smoke residue is by asking what type of material, or fuel combusted to cause the fire. The material composition that burns is an influential factor in smoke damages.

What are the four types of smoke residue?
    •    Dry smoke residues which are usually the result of natural materials combusting
    •    Wet smoke residues, which include synthetic materials like plastics
    •    Protein smoke residues are the result of burning animal fats and common in kitchen fires.
    •    Fuel oil smoke residues can occur from furnace puff back or other fires involving an oil fuel source.

What ways are useful for identifying protein fire residues?
A kitchen is a common site for fire damage restoration to take place in your Dunedin home. Kitchen fires typically involve burning meat such as poultry, rudiment meat, and fish. An excellent way to identify protein smoke residues is by inspecting the color of the soils. These soils are typically greasy and yellow or amber. Wiping a small part of the wall can help determine smoke residues since these are often pale yellow or amber but can be invisible. A sure sign that protein residues exist is pungent malodors. SERVPRO uses an oil-based solvent to tackle these greasy deposits and typically resort to deodorizing the area to deal with malodors.

What other factors influence smoke residues?
    •    Fast-combusting fires with much oxygen produce dry smokes.
    •    Slow-burning fires typically produce a wet smoke residue.
    •    Material composition, either natural or synthetic, can produce wet or dry smoke, respectively.

Identifying the type of smoke residues in your home is vital to performing the necessary restoration steps. Contact SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South at (727) 793-1333.

Select SERVPRO of Dunedin/Palm Harbor South to Restore Water Damaged Property

11/24/2021 (Permalink)

warning sign amid storm Restoring water damage from a storm or a broken pipe is a job for professionals.

SERVPRO Restoration Specializes in Returning Homeowners to a Dry, Safe Residence After a Storm.

Is There a Difference Between Storm Flooding and Water from a Broken Pipe?

There is a risk with any water in Palm Harbor homes. SERVPRO specialists know that storm flooding contains soil and other contaminants that can stain property and make carpets so unsafe to use again that we do not attempt to restore them. Quick removal and cleaning can restore much of a home to its pre-flood condition. 

How Else Does It Affect Restoration?

Specialists’ first step in Palm harbor flood damage is to spray an anti-bacterial agent over the water and affected surfaces. This reduces the risk to anyone that steps into the water or removes contaminated property to a dry location. They follow up with these actions and equipment:

  • Specialists use pumps and other extraction devices to draw out any standing water and water trapped in carpets and floorboards. This reduces further damage and makes removing the carpets far easier. 
  • They next use additional anti-bacterial cleaners with sponges and cloths to clean and disinfect affected surfaces. For items like upholstered property, they have the option of using injectors to directly apply a cleaner to spots where the flooding reached, and foggers to generate a cloud of cleaning particles that penetrate deeply to eliminate contaminants and the odors they can leave behind. 

How Can Technicians Know They Removed Enough Water Before Damaging Something?

Our technicians use Moisture Meters calibrated for the type of property they are inspecting. As an example, a gypsum wall panel with too much moisture can read at 40 points, too high to allow for natural evaporation before it begins to crack and crumble. Technicians use a combination of fans and air movers, along with regular checks, to bring the number down to an acceptable 12 points. 

At SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor, We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. To schedule a service call, you can contact our office today at (727) 793-1333. 

Water Damage is Especially Problematic in Your Business

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Water Leaks Can Damage Flooring Leaking or Unwanted Water is Tough on Flooring.

Unwanted Water Can be Destructive to Your Building, and Flooring Materials Can Often Experience This Damage the Worst.

When many business owners consider water restoration and recovery, they fixate on the drying and extraction necessary to protect their Palm Harbor shop. In addition to the mitigation and restoration actions required to preserve the exposed materials and content in the building, a certain degree of structural repair and other reconstruction efforts are often necessary. Substantial water loss situations, such as burst pipes or malfunctioning sprinkler systems, can leave high volumes of water saturating into the flooring materials throughout the building.

Is Water Damage Repair Necessary?

While it might be challenging to initially determine the extent of water damage repair necessary for Palm Harbor jobs like yours, the sooner you can secure professional restoration and competent contractors, the better. Water damage often leaves just a 48-hour window to restore many of the damaged structural elements. When migrating water penetrates beyond the surface flooring material, subflooring and underlayment materials could become damaged. Identifying whether or not subflooring has become too damaged to preserve involves a series of advanced detection devices including:

Can SERVPRO Repair and Reinstall Flooring Materials?

We do not waste time with the restoration of materials that could be too damaged to protect. It is often more cost-effective to discard saturated materials and replace them rather than spending time to dry what might not be salvageable. Removing surface material and underlayment can often allow our technicians a better opportunity to dry subflooring before irreparable damage occurs to this area. With in-house contractors, we can replace discarded materials immediately following mitigation services. We do emphasize the goal of restoring and not replacing building materials and members whenever feasible.

Many structural elements in your shop could become damaged by migrating water. We have contractors and recovery technicians that can work quickly to help. Give our SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South team a call today at (727) 793-1333.

Water Damage in Your Yoga Studio? You Need Help Fast!

10/4/2021 (Permalink)

Water Damage in a Yoga Studio No Matter What Type of Business You Have, Water Damage Can Be Devastating.

Palm Harbor Business Owners Looking For A Smooth Water Restoration Process

Running a yoga studio in Palm Harbor can be very satisfying. Yoga is an exciting exercise that helps local residents take time out of their busy lives and enjoy some me-time. To keep your yoga studio thriving, it is a good idea to prepare ahead for potential disasters.

There are many reasons you might need water restoration in your Palm Harbor yoga studio:

  • Heavy winds and rain broke a window and let water in
  • Broken or overflowing guttering caused water to seep under the studio door
  • A broken pipe or faucet soaked the floor or caused a small flood in the bathroom
  • The kitchen dishwasher broke and flooded the floor

Unfortunately, yoga studios often have lots of soft furnishings, such as yoga mats and foam blocks, that are susceptible to water damage. Water can also warp wooden fittings such as the front desk, pool across the floor, and soak into essential papers such as customer records or staff training manuals.

Why is Preparation Key to Handling a Disaster?

If you have a disaster in your business, time is of the essence. The risks of leaving water damage untreated include:

  • Water can soak further into rugs and yoga mats.
  • Water might spread to damage baseboards, drywall, wallpaper, and drapes
  • The risk of microbial growth gets more significant with every passing hour

We suggest calling us as soon as you spot the need for water damage restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and our teams are waiting to clean and restore your business.

What Can SERVPRO Do If I Need Water Restoration?

We can help with every aspect of water restoration. Our process includes:

  • An assessment so we can devise the best remediation plan and discuss it with you
  • Pumping out water using handheld wands, free-standing pumps, and truck-mounted pumps
  • Remedying water damage using wet and dry cleaning, spot cleaning, and fogging
  • Drying out your studio with air movers and dehumidifiers
  • Deodorizing with air scrubbers and odor-controlling pellets, so your premises smell fresh again

We can also liaise with insurers on your behalf.

Is Any Job Too Small?

No – we are here to help with any incident, big or small. Even a tiny leak can cause you to shut your studio. Every day your studio is closed is a day you cannot earn money from it. SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South understands that you need to get your business up and running again as soon as possible. That is why we designed the SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan (ERP).

What is an Emergency READY Profile Plan?

A ready profile is an action plan you can put into place as soon as an incident occurs. An ERP shaves valuable time off the restoration process because it allows you to act quickly. 

To get started, download the ERP app and follow the on-screen instructions to carry out a no-cost assessment of your yoga studio. You will log vital information, such as:

  • Water shut-off valves
  • Assembly points
  • Priority contact information
  • insurance details

Having all the right information to hand means you do not have to search for it when a disaster is progressing.

Your profile also includes a concise document with only the most critical information, so your staff does not have to search for essential details in the middle of a crisis. You will also draw up a plan for getting your business running again.

How does the ERP Work?

When you need water restoration, you can launch the app and contact us in just a few clicks. You can submit the first notice of loss, or call us directly from within the app. Your ERP will automatically populate much of the information, saving you valuable time. The app even comes with mitigation tips you can follow while you wait for us to arrive, further hastening the process and helping your business recover faster.

Who Should I Share My Plan With?

We recommend sharing your plan with all key decision-makers in your business and staff members who might be on-site in the event of water damage. The plan gives your staff steps to follow and makes it easier for them to act.

You must email your ERP to us, so we have all the studio information. We hope you will not need us, but we should have the data to hand if you do.

If you are worried about water damage restoration, do not hesitate to get in touch. We will take care of every aspect and leave your business Certified SERVPRO Clean.

For help with water restoration, call SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South at (727) 793-1333.

Fire Restoration for Your Dunedin Home

9/6/2021 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage from a house fire Smoke and soot damage require specialized techniques for the best possible restoration outcome.

A Deeper Understanding of the Combustion Processes Delivers the Right Outcomes for Your Restoration 

When mitigating damages caused by fire, homeowners should know that they have to dispose of some items and save others. Having a deep understanding of fire damage helps determine whether affected materials are restorable and clears things up with insurance adjusters. SERVPRO of Dunedin/Palm Harbor South has the know-how Dunedin homeowners need to streamline recovery. 

Which fire damage problems does superior knowledge help resolve better?  

The entire fire restoration process at your Dunedin home can derail if you fail to understand some basic things about fires. For instance, you might fail to realize that:  

  • Fires pose risks even after they are put out 
  • Even harmless residue can cause permanent damage 
  • Fire residues reach areas that you might not expect 

Apart from damaging your valuables, the combustion process produces a wide range of by-products. For instance, when a fire burns organic compounds, it produces nitrogen oxide, while sulfur dioxide is the by-product of burning inorganic compounds. Other substances such as hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide are also left in the air. Venturing into the damaged property without protection can lead to bodily harm. Our SERVPRO technicians prepare by wearing protective gloves, boots, or respirators when entering the property.  

What are the best examples of harmless residues that lead to damages?  

Fires leave various residues on surfaces, including ash and soot. The seemingly benign nature of soot can fool you into thinking that everything is safe and can stay the same until you are ready to restore it. However, soot has acidic properties and can cause permanent damage to some materials, including:  

  • Chrome or other metallic finished materials 
  • Granite or other stone surfaces 
  • Plastics or related materials  

Soot causes staining or discoloration on materials given sufficient time. Our technicians use simple approaches such as pre-cleaning and applying protective oil films to prevent such damage.  

A deep understanding of the processes that cause damages is the best skill when restoring fire damage. Call SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South at (727) 793-1333 to send highly skilled technicians that help resolve any issue, “Like it never even happened.”

If you experience fire damage in your Dunedin home, call the restoration experts at SERVPRO of Dunedin/Palm Harbor South anytime 24/7. We're ready to help you! Call 727-793-1333.

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When Flooding Happens in Your Home You Need a Quick, Professional Response

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded house with floating furniture Flooding in your home requires a quick, professional response in order to restore as much of the structure and furnishings as possible.

Flooding Has the Potential to Hit any Property in Palm Harbor, and Fast Cleanup Lessens the Loss

Florida gets intense weather throughout the year, including flash floods, more lightning strikes than anywhere else in the United States, and occasionally, hurricanes and tropical storms. In particular, the storm surge that accompanies hurricanes can lead to copious amounts of water hitting your Palm Harbor property. There are some steps homeowners can take to minimize the potential loss, such as:
    •    Landscape your property to direct water away from the home
    •    Ensure weather stripping and seals are intact on doors and windows
    •    Trim tree limbs near the roof and windows so high winds do not cause damage
    •    Clean gutters from debris and ensure they do not drain near the home, add extensions if needed

What is the First Thing I Should Do When My Home has Flood Damage?

If you do not already have a plan for handling flood damage in your Palm Harbor home, make one. A good solid idea includes things like:
    •    Locations of valuable items and important papers
    •    The number for SERVPRO Dunedin/Palm Harbor South to begin cleanup for you
    •    Account and phone numbers for your utilities so you can halt service if necessary
    •    Your banking and credit card information
    •    Personal information for each family member including copies of prescriptions and doctor phone numbers
    •    A plan for what to do with your pets during cleanup in case it happens where you are staying does not allow pets
    •    Items family members need for day-to-day activities

It is crucial to begin the restoration process as soon as possible because even one day can make a difference in whether or not something has restoration potential.

How Does the Flood Damage Cleanup Work?

Technicians from SERVPRO of Dunedin/Palm Harbor South have years of experience and certification for the handling of floodwater. Floodwater carries a rating as a class three biohazard because of the frequency in which the water contains harmful elements such as debris, chemicals, and sewage. The techs test the water, so they know what they are dealing with and apply the appropriate cleaning agents to lessen the risk when handling the water.

Non-porous items have the best potential for restoration, so your Great-Grandmother's vase with sentimental value may have the possibility of reuse while the composite wood accent table the vase got displayed upon may turn out to be a loss due to exposure to floodwater.

Area rugs, carpeting, upholstered furniture, and mattresses exposed to the floodwater usually require disposal as they cannot get cleaned to the point they are suitable for reuse in the home.

A structure with damage from flooding generally undergoes a dramatic transformation when the areas that got affected are widespread. It is not uncommon for the flooring to require removal down to the subfloor or slab. This is an important step, however, because when seepage occurs, the structure needs drying from the bottom up to eliminate the potential for secondary issues such as mold or foul odors.

Along with flooring, walls also bear the brunt of the loss. Once the water is inside the home, it migrates rapidly and runs up against baseboards, under cabinets, and any spaces it can find. When it encounters sheetrock, it will readily wick the water and continue absorbing it until SERVPRO techs halt the process through the use of flood cuts. This removes the ruined sheetrock and leaves undamaged walls in place. This action also opens up the interior of the wall around the framework for complete drying. When insulation gets ruined with floodwater, the techs have specialized vacuums to collect it for disposal. At this time, the vapor barrier also gets inspected to determine if it requires replacement.

When SERVPRO techs dry the structure, they monitor the process carefully to ensure that pre-set drying goals get attained. The property receives a second scoping post-drying to ensure no areas of moisture remain on-site. Then the cleaning of the property and any application of mold preventatives takes place.

Once the efforts are complete, the techs walk the homeowner through the property and go over the actions taken and the repairs or reconstruction needed to bring the home to its original state. This information is also compiled into a report to assist with filing any insurance claims.

SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South at (727) 793-1333 for any size flood damage to your home. The technicians are available 24/7, arrive quickly on-site, and make the water loss in your home, “Like it never even happened.”

Make Sure Ductwork Gets Cleaned After Mold Remediation

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

HVAC Ductwork with mold Mold can often be spread throughout the home via the HVAC ductwork. It's important that SERVPRO technicians clean the ductwork of mold infestations.

SERVPRO Applies Extensive Knowledge and Advanced Methods to Remediate any Size Mold Infestation in Palmdale Properties

One of the worst times to find out you have a mold problem is during the renovation of your Palmdale home. When SERVPRO handles the cleanup for damage from mold infestations, the ductwork often has issues from the airborne mold spores. Air samples in the home, and within the air handler closet for the HVAC system, need to be taken. If the results come back at levels that necessitate cleaning of the handler and ductwork, our technicians have the training and equipment to get the job done.

Can My Air Conditioner Cause the Need for Mold Remediation/HVAC Cleaning?

Unfortunately, the primary way an air conditioner works as a condensation cooling system, creates a friendly environment for mold. This often necessitates the need for mold remediation/HVAC cleaning in Palmdale homes, mainly when the collected moisture does not get adequately diverted away. This happens most often when there is a clog in the condensate drain.

Because airborne mold spores are ubiquitous, they float harmlessly both inside and outside homes and do not germinate until they encounter the right conditions for growth such as: 

  • Somewhere to grow (dust in air ducts is ideal)
  • Air moisture that is 50% or higher
  • When these conditions are maintained for 48-72 hours

Once established, the colonies can grow at a rapid pace and spread throughout the home via the HVAC ductwork. If spores from these colonies encounter conditions elsewhere in the house favorable to the establishment of new colonies, the infestation can spread rapidly.

SERVPRO technicians found in this home that the mold spread into a closet where there was an air leak due to improper installation of the HVAC air handler unit.

The techs removed the air handler to dry out the collected moisture and perform abatement on the mold growth within. They also cleaned the ductwork throughout the home. Unfortunately, some of the sheetrock and the carpet with mold damage required disposal. 

Once the remediation efforts were completed, an industrial hygienist conducted a clearance test to determine through air sampling if the mold infestation had been cleared.

If your home needs mold remediation/HVAC cleaning, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South (727) 793-1333. Our certified technicians work to ensure your home gets proper remediation as required by law for the best outcome after a mold infestation of any size.

A Full Range of Restoration Services Are Available from SERVPRO of Dunedin/Palm Harbor South

8/25/2021 (Permalink)

Disasters do not occur at convenient times, so you need qualified professionals to respond quickly and knowledgeably to the damage no matter when emergencies arise.

Because you cannot predict when disasters strike your Palm Harbor home or business, many homeowners and property owners are caught off guard by the destruction. Many have looked to the fast response and reliability of our SERVPRO team to address these concerns as they happen. We understand the value of quickly reaching loss incidents, as mitigation can be vital in reducing the spread and severity of emergencies. We offer a variety of restoration services to help in every major area, as well as specialty niches like biohazard cleanup and reconstruction.


How your business gets treated after a loss incident can make a substantial difference in your recovery time. Common threats such as water, fire, and flood losses can spread rapidly throughout the facility, requiring a fast and confident response to begin mitigation and emergency services as soon as possible. Appropriate containment efforts in your Palm Harbor structure can often prevent the need for closing your doors while restoration continues.

Cleaning Up Your Facility Without a Disaster

Disasters do not always make up the full reason that your Palm Harbor business requires cleaning. We have multiple clients scheduled for ongoing appointments to continually renew and revitalize their structure's look and feel. While no two properties are the same in what they need to look their best, we can evaluate each of these situations on a case by case basis, and work with our customer, to meet the priorities and expectations to provide the best final product every time. Some of the cleaning and restoration steps that we take include:

    •    Vandalism Removal
    •    Surface Cleaning
    •    Deodorization
    •    Floor Cleaning
    •    Carpet Cleaning

What Disinfection and Sanitization Practices Exist?

Cleaning services and disinfecting communal areas is a significant effort during this time in our nation's history. Because of situations like the global COVID-19 pandemic, Palm Harbor commercial structures began to see where they lapsed inappropriate sanitation and cleaning of shared surfaces. Our defensive cleaning program called Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, ensures that your business gets the most comprehensive cleaning and sanitizing possible by our experienced technicians.


With our position on the Gulf Coast, Palm Harbor residents and property owners have experienced several devastating storms in our lifetime. Preparedness for these events means that you always have qualified professionals available whenever disasters strike. This preparation ensures that mitigation can begin as it should, and it also allows our in-house contractors to respond to the damage as well. We can also provide temporary construction solutions where needed.

What Repairs Must Occur Before Flood Mitigation?

Mitigation is a vital phase of restoration and recovery. However, it cannot be successful until the appropriate steps get taken to seal up breaches in the exterior of your home. Often roofs and siding can become entry points for runoff and wind-driven rain, flooding the immediate areas. Our contractors offer specific repairs, so the mitigation can begin as scheduled. These include:

    •    Roof Tarping
    •    Board Up
    •    Controlled Demolition

How Does Flooding Get Addressed?

It is challenging to avoid flooding altogether when structural breaches exist in your home, or natural flooding affects the entire community where you live. No matter how standing water has affected your Palm Harbor property, we must promptly address these concerns with our efficient extraction tools and equipment. With machines like submersible pumps, trash pumps, and wet vacuums, we can remove standing water and surface moisture concerns quickly to prevent the migration of floodwater throughout the property.


Water loss incidents are among the most common callouts that our SERVPRO professionals undertake in Palm Harbor homes and businesses. We must first address the severity of these concerns with a thorough inspection of the property conducted by our project manager. This competent inspector utilizes sophisticated tools and technologies like surface moisture meters and thermal imagery to identify moisture pockets and the migration of water loss effects throughout your home.

Are Repairs Needed Before Mitigation?

Before mitigation and drying efforts can be successful, many repairs, and even controlled demolition, are necessary. Our teams arrive with our restoration technicians to assess the integrity of structural elements in your Palm Harbor home to determine what must get discarded and later replaced. Also, plumbing breaks and other fixture malfunctions must get repaired by our building trade professionals.

What Tools Are Necessary for Water Removal and Drying?

Extraction and drying are vital efforts to the recovery of your water damaged Palm Harbor home. These are fundamental tasks that can ensure we return your property to preloss condition. These phases include multiple tools and devices designed exclusively for the recovery of water losses. These include:

    •    Submersible Pumps
    •    Wet Vacuums
    •    Carpet Wands
    •    Air Movers
    •    Dehumidifiers
    •    Positive Pressure Systems


Fires can be a significant challenge to overcome in your Palm Harbor home or business. We have an entire roster of dedicated fire and smoke restoration professionals that can respond to these emergencies as they happen. We stay alert to changing conditions and breaking disasters in our communities so that we can be prepared to roll out from our facility when we get the word. Because of our preferred status with many insurance companies, we can often be alerted to these structure fires before a customer calls.

What is Content Management?

Protecting your personal belongings is also a considerable challenge after fire loss incidents in your Palm Harbor home. We must assess these items on a case-by-case basis to choose which of three options is best for recovering these possessions and reducing your loss. These options include:

    •    On-Site Relocation
    •    On-Site Cleaning and Deodorization
    •    Off-Site Cleaning and Recovery in Our SERVPRO Facility

How Can Fire Loss Effects Get Removed?

We have many tools and equipment designed for multiple phases of fire recovery, including residue removal, debris removal, air quality control, and deodorization. We can help make losses “Like it never even happened,” for your Palm Harbor property.

Disasters do not wait for a convenient time to strike, so you need restoration professionals to be there when you need it most. Our SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South team is available 24/7 at (727) 793-1333.,_Florida

Water Damage to Flooring? Call SERVPRO of Dunedin/Palm Harbor South

7/16/2021 (Permalink)

Flooring with water damage Flooring almost always gets the worst of it when water damage occurs.

Water damage can be destructive to your building, and flooring materials can often experience this damage the worst.

When most property owners consider water damage restoration and recovery, they fixate on the drying and extraction necessary to protect their Palm Harbor shop. In addition to the mitigation and restoration actions required to preserve many of the exposed materials and content in the building, it is expected that a certain degree of structural repair and other reconstruction efforts will be necessary. Substantial water loss situations, such as burst pipes or malfunctioning sprinkler systems, can leave high volumes of water saturating into the flooring materials throughout the main shop area.

Is water damage repair necessary?

While it might be challenging to initially determine the extent of water damage repair necessary for Palm Harbor jobs like yours, the sooner you can secure professional restoration and competent contractors, the better. Water damage often worsens continually and leaves a 48-hour window to restore many of the structural elements exposed. When migrating water penetrates beyond the surface flooring material, subflooring and underlayment materials could become damaged. Identifying whether or not subflooring has become too damaged to preserve involves a series of advanced detection devices including:

Can SERVPRO Repair and Reinstall Flooring Materials?

We do not waste time with the restoration of materials that could be too damaged to protect. It is often more cost-effective to discard saturated materials and replace them rather than spending time working to dry what might not be salvageable. Removing surface material and underlayment can allow our technicians a better opportunity to dry subflooring before irreparable damage occurs to this area. With in-house contractors, we can replace discarded materials immediately following mitigation services. We do emphasize the goal of restoring and not replacing materials whenever feasible.

Many structural elements in your shop could become damaged by migrating water. We have contractors and recovery technicians that can work quickly to help. Give our SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South team a call today at (727) 793-1333.