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Dunedin Residents Can See Van Gogh In A New Light

1/4/2021 (Permalink)

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A New Van Gogh Exhibition Is Sure To Delight People In Dunedin

Art lovers in Dunedin will want to visit the Dali Museum in nearby Tampa during their Van Gogh Alive exhibit. This unusual exhibition is designed to let you experience the famous painter’s work like never before. The Dali Museum is the first museum in North America to show this sign.

  • See Van Gogh’s most famous works, including Starry Night and Sunflowers blown up to a larger-than-life-size.
  • View the paintings through high definition projections for an experience like no other.
  • It is synchronized to a powerful classical music score for a fully immersive experience.

This is a multi-sensory exhibit that features large moving images, loud sounds, and theatrical lighting. Van Gogh Alive runs till April 11, 2021. Tickets cost $25 and must be pre-booked via the museum website.

Hopefully, a visit to the exhibit will be the only dramatic thing that happens to you this season. However, in the unfortunate event of flood damage due to storms, SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South is here to help. Call us at (727) 793-1333.

Enjoy Rides And Games For All Ages Near Palm Harbor This December

12/28/2020 (Permalink)

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Stop Kids Getting Bored In Palm Harbor With A Family Trip To A Holiday Village

If you are looking for some family fun this winter, look no further than Ellenton Holiday Village, about an hour’s drive from Palm Harbor. The village is well worth the trip, so make a day of it and make some festive memories with your family.

  • Have fun with thrilling midway rides for all ages, including the brand new Jumbos ride and Bertazzon Himalaya ride.
  • Traditional fair food is available.
  • Listen to lively music from the community entertainment stages.

The Ellenton Holiday Village is at Ellenton Premium Outlets in Ellenton. The village is open from noon – 11 PM (4 PM – 11 PM on Christmas Day) until January 3. Ride tickets are $1.50 each or purchase an unlimited rides wristband for $30.

SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South is here to help businesses cope with fire damage this festive season. If your premises has fire damage, call us at (727) 793-1333.

Enjoy Holiday Lights And Rides Near Palm Harbor

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

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The Festive Season In Palm Harbor Is Looking Bright

There is nothing quite like holiday lights for getting you in the festive spirit. Holiday Lights & Rides In The Park, in the nearby City of Largo, offers seasonal fun for all the family.

  • Be amazed at the impressive holiday lights displays.
  • Ride on the whimsical Jumbo-themed ride.
  • Get a bird’s eye view from the magnificent seven-story Ferris wheel.

Largo Central Park will be decorated with over 2 million sparkling LED lights for the occasion. Park entry is free, and rides cost $5 each. You can also take advantage of savings when you buy five ride passes for $20. There are plenty of food and drinks vendors on-site for when you need refreshments.

Holiday Lights & Rides runs until January 3, from 5 PM – 11 PM (light displays are switched off at 10 PM.)

SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South is here to help businesses cope with water damage this festive season. If you notice water damage or water stains, call us at (727) 793-1333.

Soak In Some Arts and Culture In Palm Harbor

12/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Sun, Sea, and Culture Abound In Beautiful Florida

Palm Harbor is a popular town in Florida, situated close to Tampa and St Petersburg.

The Southern Land and Development Company originally plotted the town back in 1888. They initially called it "Sutherland," as a short form of their name. There are one or two references to the area being called Bay St. Joseph and Yellow Bluff before it was named Palm Harbor. Unfortunately, the name Yellow Bluff came to have negative connotations with the Yellow Fever, so it changed. By 1925, the town was known as Palm Harbor.

These days Palm Harbor is a popular residential area with a population of 64,301. The town boasts several sports facilities and parks and is home to the famous Innisbrook Golf Resort. The resort boasts four championship courses, a spa, and luxurious rooms for guests to stay in. You can book luxury golf packages, receive instruction, and tee off in the place where champions love to play.

However, golf is not all there is to Palm Harbor. The community, and surrounding areas such as Tampa and St Petersburg, offers ample opportunity to enjoy arts and culture.

Get Into The Festival Vibe 

The area is rich in festivals for everything from blues music to local cuisine.

  • Palm Harbor boasts two popular festivals. The annual Taste of Palm Harbor benefits local charitable organizations and features a lineup of local restaurants, many of whom specialize in seafood. There is also live music to enjoy. On most months, you can enjoy Palm Harbor's First Friday Celebrations, where there are rides and games for the children, plus local arts and crafts displays and local food to sample.
  • Across in St Petersburg, the annual Shine Mural Festival sees the city come to life with unique murals. Each year has a different theme, and the artists paint beautifully intricate murals all around the town.
  • No list of local festivals could be complete without mentioning Gasparilla Pirate Festival in nearby Tampa. A large pirate ship sails into Tampa, accompanied by hundreds of smaller boats. They demand and receive the keys to the city, which kicks off a vibrant parade. The area is busy with Gasparilla events from January to March every year, including multiple arts festivals, a children's parade, and a lit-up parade.

Other popular local events include Bluesfest, The Green Thumb Festival, The St Petersburg Grand Prix, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Parade. No matter what time of year you visit the area, you are sure to find something to entertain you. If you go to nearby St Petersburg, you will find seven distinct arts districts, each with a unique flavor. You'll find everything from modern art and murals to antique books and a lively music scene. Drop by the Duncan McClellan Gallery to see more than 3000 square feet of vibrant glass art, or visit the up and coming M L King North district, where you'll find a fun cafe culture vibe that inspires local artists and writers.

Visit The Local Museums and Learn Something New

As well as arts and festivals, the Palm Harbor area has plenty of museums to explore. There are so many you might feel spoiled for choice. Why not start with some of these favorites:

  • Palm Harbor Museum features artifacts and exhibits dating from when Palm Harbor was first established to the present day. Notable exhibitions include the Faith Mission, where you can learn all about the mission and orphanage, and Citrus Is King, where you can learn all about the history of citrus farming in the Palm Harbor area.
  • Great Exploration Children's Museum is fun and educational for children of all ages. The exhibits are hands-on and include a house where children can learn about being a plumber or engineer and a children's market, where youngsters can learn about budgeting, shopping, and healthy eating. Kids will also love the aquatic-themed play areas and climbing wall.
  • The Museum Of Fine Arts in St Petersburg boasts an impressive collection of more than 20,000 artworks by luminaries such as Bourdelle, Monet, Rodin, Pearlstein, and O'Keeffe. The photography collection is exceptionally well-respected, and you can also view a lovely collection of Tiffany glasswork.
  • Art lovers will not want to miss the Dalí Museum, where you can view an extensive collection of works by the Spanish surrealist artist. There is also an interactive garden exhibit, and when you need a rest, you can enjoy some authentic Spanish cuisine at the on-site Spanish Cafe.
  • Get hands-on with history at the Cracker Country Living Museum. Living history interpreters, knowledgeable artisans, heritage animal breeds, and local plants all enhance the experience and let you taste a real slice of life from the settlers' time.

Palm Harbor also features a small historic district in the downtown area, so you can see the historic architecture for yourself and get a feel for Palm Harbour's past. You'll also find a wealth of boutique shops and restaurants.

SERVPRO Helps Local Businesses Deal With Flood Damage

All businesses in Palm Harbor are concerned about flood damage. Several areas of Palm Harbor have flooded, or nearly flooded, in the past, and so it is essential to be prepared and have a plan of action in place.

SERVPRO encourages local businesses to sign up for a free SERVPRO Emergency READY Plan (ERP.) An ERP helps organizations to prepare for a flood. This is how it works:

  • You sign up for a free account and input your organization details.
  • Walkthrough your facility and put in information when prompted.
  • Take photographs when the app asks you to.
  • Add all the vital information such as the chain of command, contact details for key staff, and what to do in an emergency.

Your ERP makes it easier for staff to know what to do in an emergency. Being able to act quickly increases the chances of getting your business back up and running. You can also establish SERVPRO as your go-to flood damage remediation company, which means you can quickly organize a site visit from our technicians. 

Do not let flood damage impact your business. We are here to get your business back on its feet, "Like it never even happened." Call SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South at (727) 793-1333.

Golf for a Good Cause in Palm Harbor on December 7th

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

A man walking on a golf course. SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South enjoys a good golf game, especially for a good cause.

Proceeds from the Palm Harbor Golf Tournament Benefit Anti-Child Trafficking Efforts

Get in a great game of golf at the Palm Harbor Copperhead Golf Course and support ending child trafficking through the work of Operation Underground Rescue at this charity tournament sponsored via a partnership with VTech io and Dell EMC. Registrants get 18 holes of golf, a golf cart that seats two, access to the driving range, and a lunch ticket. A sampling of the tournament prizes includes a three-night, two-day stay at the resort with an estimated value of over $1400. Complimentary round of golfing for a group of four at any of the Innisbrook Resort courses, and this prize has a value of over $1200. Other prizes participants can win Microsoft Surface tablets and a weekend with a Jaguar for Hole-in-One.

  • December 7 - Four-person scramble
  • Lunch from 11:30am-12:30pm 
  • 1pm - Shotgun Start for Golfers
  • 5:00pm - Prizes Awarded

SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South at (727) 793-1333 for any size mold removal in Palm Harbor properties. The certified technicians use their experience and equipment to make mold damage a thing of the past.

Kick Off The Holidays in Dunedin

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

Colorful tree lights. Go out and enjoy and support the local youth of Dunedin this holiday season.

The Dunedin Youth Guild Offering Their Annual Tour of Homes

This year, the Dunedin Youth Guild is offering their Annual Home Tour as a virtual event and an in-person offering. The tour showcases the diverse array of architectural styles used in the construction of the local properties. There are unique works of art, stunning kitchens, cozy fireplaces, serene libraries, and holiday-decorated Christmas trees, plus so much more to see in the houses. The cost of ticket sales goes to support youth scholarship programs and other youth-focused community improvement projects. For holiday shopping, there will be vendors showcasing their wares and auctions and the availability of online shopping. The virtual event will feature both live and silent auctions. This event occurs rain or shine.

  • December 5 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm 
  • Virtual event streams at 12 pm on December 5
  • Tickets are $25.00

SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South at (727) 793-1333 proudly assists the local community with flooding cleanup in Dunedin properties.

SERVPRO Helps Local Palm Harbor Residents Get Life Back to Normal Through Fire Restoration Services

11/20/2020 (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

History

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."

Is Professional Restoration and Repair Necessary After Water Damage?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used in water damaged room When water damaged this home, we were ready.

When Water Damage Incidents Impact Your Palm Harbor Home, You Might not Recognize the Extent of the Loss Without Professional Intervention 

Not all water restoration companies are the same, and when it comes to protecting and repairing your Palm Harbor home, you should not leave that to multiple subcontractors. Having the needs of your property met by in-house field technicians and general contractors reduces restoration times and customers' costs.  

There are advantages to choosing water restoration companies for your Palm Harbor residence. A comprehensive approach to recovery ensures that water damage does not develop into more significant concerns for your house. Our SERVPRO professionals can focus on reducing your losses and out-of-pocket expenses through practices like:  

  • Monitoring: Knowing the success of drying practices without removing structural elements requires several sophisticated tools, including thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters. 
  • Containment: Reducing the spread of water loss effects is critical to preventing costlier restoration. With physical containment barriers and quick-drying practices, we can slow migration.
  • Extraction: Removing standing water is a critical element to the mitigation process, and after a water loss, we utilize several tools ranging from wet vacuums to submersible pumps. 
  • Repairs: Many water loss scenarios begin with a broken or leaking plumbing fixture, so our team can identify where the problem exists and correct it.  

How Can SERVPRO Reduce Tear-Out?  

By responding quickly to water loss scenarios in your home, we can implement effective drying and recovery practices that prevent moisture spread to other areas of the house. Reducing the need for tear-out and demolition requires managing current water damage effects, such as drying hardwoods and framing before mold damage begins. 

With our expertise and knowledge of restorative practices after widespread moisture damage, our SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South can use our inventory of recovery tools to make it "Like it never even happened." Call us today at (727) 793-1333.

Why You Need Monitored Mold Remediation in a Palm Harbor Condo

10/24/2020 (Permalink)

wall boards that are wet with mold. Mold can take over before you even know you have it. Let SERVPRO be the professionals you depend on when it comes to your Palm Harbor condo.

Local Residents Looking for Effective Mold Remediation in their Palm Harbor Condos

A condo in Palm Harbor is an excellent piece of real estate. The area offers plenty of amenities and retains a small-town vibe while providing reasonable access to bigger shopping areas, golf courses, and places to eat. Residents of the area want to take good care of their buildings – and that includes dealing with fungus as soon as they spot it.

If you are looking for mold remediation in a condo in Palm Harbor, it is vital to choose a company that monitors the remediation process and does not rely on sight alone. SERVPRO is here for you twenty-four hours, and we train our technicians in the best monitoring techniques.

Does monitoring mean identifying the mold species?

It is a common misconception that mold monitoring means identifying the species of fungus. In many cases, identifying the specific type of fungus is not necessary. The remediation process is the same regardless of species. However, if the mold growth is out of control, there might be a need for mold testing to determine which species are present. In such cases, we can contact a mold testing company on your behalf.

What does SERVPRO monitor?

During mold remediation, we monitor:

  • The amount of moisture present in the area, including walls, baseboards, carpets, and floors
  • The extent of moisture present in building materials
  • The humidity of the air

We take these readings before we begin mold cleanup, and repeat them as necessary throughout the remediation process. We retake them at the end to make sure the moisture and humidity are at optimum levels to prevent mold regrowth.

Why is monitoring critical?

Sight alone does not tell us if remediation is complete. Looking at the area can only tell us whether we have dealt with visible mold growth. Monitoring is vital because:

  • There may be moisture in hidden places such as inside walls or under carpets, which provides an unseen breeding ground for spores
  • If we do not reduce moisture, the mold spores will be able to form new colonies
  • If the area is too humid, there is a greater risk of the mold returning

Monitoring gives us accurate data that we can use to draw up a personalized mold cleaning plan that suits your condo. We use the figures from monitoring to decide:

  • How and where to set up containment
  • How many fans and dehumidifiers to use for drying, and where to position them
  • Whether we need to investigate moisture behind baseboards, inside walls, or in storage areas and crawl spaces

What equipment does SERVPRO use?

SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbour South technicians bring a range of powerful monitoring equipment for every job.

Moisture sensors detect moisture in carpets and padding and let us know whether there is moisture on the subfloor. Moisture sensors are useful if you have mold in a carpeted area, or if you already know the carpet has suffered a spill or leak.

Moisture meters measure the amount of moisture present in a specific material. Some meters are ready-calibrated to a particular material such as wood or drywall, while others are adjustable for different materials. We use penetrating moisture meters, where it is safe to do so. In situations where it is better not to cause even minor surface damage from a penetrating meter, we can use a non-penetrating meter instead. For example, we would use a non-penetrating meter on plaster or drywall, rather than risk piercing it with a penetrating meter.

We use thermal cameras to measure the temperature across the walls and ceilings of your condo. Temperature differences can indicate moisture's presence and let us track the movement of water throughout your living space. This helps us see where we need to examine more thoroughly.

We use thermo-hygrometers to measure the relative humidity in the air. As well as measuring humidity in the affected area, we also measure the humidity of air:

  • In unaffected areas
  • Outside your condo
  • Exiting the HVAC system
  • That has been processed through dehumidifiers

Comparing different air readings helps us determine whether drying is working and whether we need to make any adjustments.

What happens after monitoring?

When we are satisfied that the mold situation is under control and your condo is dry, we deodorize your space. Condos are typically smaller than houses, so thorough deodorization is key to leaving your home "Like it never even happened." Some of the tools we use during remediation, such as air scrubbers and microbial cleaners, help with deodorization. We can also add odor-eating pellets or spot-clean stubborn areas of upholstery. We might also use thermal foggers or ozone machines if necessary.

For mold remediation you can rely on, call SERVPRO of Dunedin / Palm Harbor South at (727) 793-1333.

Is Getting Rid of Smoke Residue Possible without Damaging Surfaces in Dunedin?

10/17/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home Identifying the type of smoke residues in your home is vital to performing the necessary restoration steps.

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.