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Diary of a Virtually Dustless Floor Removal

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If you have ever gone through a floor removal or replacement, you know it can traditionally be a grueling process. At Speedy Floor Removal, it’s our job to make your experience with floor removal dust-free and hassle-free! This month, we’re walking you through a dustless floor removal job, from start to finish, so you know exactly what you can expect from our licensed and professional employees.

Our team of professionals arrives on time.

The Speedy Floor Removal team outside their truck ready to get to work.The Speedy Floor Removal team outside their truck ready to get to work.

Punctuality is a given. We will arrive on time at your house or business with all the equipment we need to get the job done, from start to finish. (No need to worry about trucks or machines coming in and out of your neighborhood all day.) Our team is licensed, insured, and highly trained so that you can be certain your floors are in good hands. Our top priority is that you always feel comfortable with us in your home.

 

We get right to work.

Speedy Floor Removal begins removing tile floor in a children's hospital.Speedy Floor Removal begins removing tile floor in a children's hospital.

We respect your time and space. Our team always consults with the home or business owners to attend to their needs and requests,

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7 Reasons to Choose Speedy Floor Removal

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You have a lot of choices when selecting a floor removal company. Speedy Floor Removal is your number one choice for efficient, reliable, and cost effective floor removal. Not only do we remove your old floor with our state-of-the-art, virtually dustless removal system, we expertly prepare your subfloors for new installation. Speedy Floor Removal is your partner through the whole floor removal process.

#1: No Dust

We have invested thousands of dollars in dustless sub-floor preparation equipment to keep your home or business dust-free.

Did you know that just one square foot of floor removal can produce more than one pound of dust? Our state-of the-art machines suction dust and residue away as they work, making our floor removal process virtually dustless.

Other companies try to mitigate dust with tape and plastic sheeting, but we know from experience that these methods do not adequately contain the copious amounts of potentially dangerous dust created by traditional floor removal processes. This is why our suction machines use HEPA Certified Air Cleaners to capture dust before it spreads around your home or business.

#2: Speed

It’s in our name! Our battery powered, emissions free machines can remove the floors from an entire house or building in just one day.

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Is My Carpet Ruined When It Gets Wet?

Are my carpets ruined if they get wet?

In Florida flooding can be a concern – especially if you live in a low lying area. Heavy summer rains or tropical storms and hurricanes can bring lots of rain and provide a potential for flooding. Additionally, a broken pipe or overflowing tub or sink adds to your risk of flooding.

If your home floods and you have carpet flooring, you may be worried that you won’t be able to keep your flooring. While wet carpet and padding can be a problem, fast action can save you from having to replace your flooring.

The Hidden Danger of Wet Carpet

The big danger with wet carpet is mold. If your carpet and padding stay wet for a long period of time, mold can begin to grow quickly. Mold loves dark, humid environments – and wet carpet provides the perfect environment for it to multiply.

Mold can be a major health risk. Signs of mold irritation are similar to that of allergies or asthma. It can irritate your nose, eyes, throat, and lungs. A sure sign that mold has begun to grow is a bad smell coming from your carpet. Mold can be cleaned up and eliminated, but it requires fast action.

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8 Things to Consider Before Buying New Flooring

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Before starting the floor removal process, you have to buy new flooring to replace your current flooring. Purchasing new flooring for your home can be an intimidating process. There are several considerations you need to think about when making this decision. Here are the eight most important things, according to Speedy Floor Removal, to keep in mind before buying new flooring.

Room Location and Use

Where is the room located? What is it used for? If the room is located where people will be coming and going from outside, you might want to think about hardwood flooring or tile because they are easier to clean and maintain. If you will be standing for a long period of time in that room, you may want to go a different direction other than tile, due to how uncomfortable it can be to stand on tile flooring for long periods of time.

Climate

Before choosing your new flooring, you should consider where you live and the climate. Wood can warp and buckle and carpet can mold in humid environments. In Florida, the best types of flooring for the climate are tile or laminate flooring.

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What’s So Bad About Tile Dust?

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Not only is tile dust messy, it is also dangerous. Long-term exposure to tile dust can bring about a number of health issues. When renovating your home, you want to take as many precautions as possible to keep you and your family safe.

What is Dust?

Everyone has probably heard of dust, but do you really know what it is? More than half of the household dust is soil that has been brought into your home by shoes, bare feet, or airborne particles. The other half is an assortment of debris such as skin cells, food products, mold, kitchen grease, and more.

Dust also contains bacteria and fungi. The average American household contains up to 7,000 types of dust-related bacteria and 2,000 species of fungi. Your carpet alone can contain up to 200,000 bacteria per square inch. During the floor removal process, any of the bacteria or fungi trapped under the tiles can be released into the air with the tile dust.

Chemicals can be found in dust. Many popular construction materials, such as tile, contain a material called crystalline silica.

Materials which create crystalline silica dust that are found in your flooring include:

  • Quartz
  • Stone
  • Rock
  • Sand
  • Brick

The Dangers of Tile Dust

When the tile is broken apart and removed,

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Carpet vs. Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring is becoming more popular in modern day homes, but carpet isn’t going out of fashion either. When making a flooring decision for your new home or home renovation project, there are several things to consider.

 

Carpet

Pros

Having carpet in your home not only keeps your feet warm, but it is also soft. There is nothing better than the feeling of carpet in the winter time. The variety of types of carpet are endless, allowing you to find the perfect match for your home.

Carpet allows some flexibility in looks. There are carpet types for every occasion, whether you want a formal look in your home or a more casual feel. It is also generally a cheaper option compared to wood and ceramic. If you are remodeling on a budget, this is a great choice.

If your family stomps around the house, carpet may be perfect for you as it can provide noise insulation. No more being disturbed by the pounding of feet on the ground. Carpet will absorb all the sound to create a quiet atmosphere.

Cons

When it comes to carpet, maintenance isn’t as easy as other types of flooring.

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Tile Removal the Easy Way

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How to Remove Tile Flooring at Home

So you want to remove your own tile? You watched a few shows on HGTV and feel like you can handle the job. Well, we’ll be honest with you. It’s not easy. However, with our guidance and powerful tools from Speedy Floor Removal, we can make tile removal as easy as it can be!

 

Steps to DIY

Remove the Baseboards and Trim

The first step to removing tile is first removing the baseboards and trim. While removing, make sure to take care so that they can be reinstalled once the new flooring is installed. Gently remove them with a thin pry bar. Make sure to remove any appliances in the room and built-in furniture, like cabinets.

Without the proper equipment, there will be dust involved in the process. You will want to cover any vents with painter’s tape and plastic to keep any dust from entering the ventilation system.

Remove the Tile

For this part, you will need a hammer and a chisel. Before you can start popping up tiles, you will need to first break one apart with the hammer to get to the others.

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3 Reasons to Remove Your Carpet

Are you vacuuming once a week and scrubbing your carpet with DIY floor cleaners and still not seeing a difference? Carpet can be a hassle to keep up with, especially with kids or animals in the house. The floor removal experts at Speedy Floor Removal has compiled three reasons you may think about removing your carpet.

Why You Should Remove Your Carpet

Extensive Cleaning

Accidents happen in life. People spill drinks, track in dirt with their shoes, drop food on the floor, and so on. Unfortunately, if any of this happens on carpet flooring, you will have a hard time getting the stains out.
Even dirt is hard to get out of carpets. Small dirt particles tend to hide deep in the carpet’s fibers which can only be reached by professional cleaning tools. However, even with a professional’s help, there will always be some areas that just can’t be reached.

Allergens

Carpet is like a magnet for dust mites, pet dander, dead skin particles, mold, and other allergens that may provoke allergic reactions. Carpet fibers then trap these allergens in hard to reach places that are hard to clean. For households with small children,

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3 Reasons Your Tile Floor is Uneven

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Tile is a great flooring choice for many Floridians due to its durability and ease of cleaning. However, after a little wear and tear, homeowners find that their tile floor is uneven. An uneven floor is not only displeasing to the eye, but it is also dangerous. Children and adults of all ages are more likely to trip and fall due to an uneven floor. Uneven floors also allow dirt and moisture to enter below the tiles which can cause damage and mold buildup.

If you find that your tile is uneven, whether it be right after the contractor leaves or years after your tile was completed, there are a few reasons why this could happen. Below, the floor removal experts at Speedy Floor Removal has compiled 3 common reasons tile can be uneven and what you as the homeowner can do to fix it.

Reasons Tile Flooring is Uneven

Epoxy

Epoxy is a high-strength adhesive used to glue down flooring. When replacing tile or carpet, this adhesive needs to be removed by special equipment before installing newly purchased flooring. In some instances, because epoxy is challenging to remove, a contract will smooth over the old layer with a new layer of epoxy.

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Waste Removal Crews Ready for Hurricane Irma Cleanup

After a natural disaster in Florida, homes and businesses often have an extensive cleanup from water damage. Luckily in the Jacksonville, Gainesville, and St. Augustine areas, Speedy Floor Removal specializes in the removal of flooring, cabinets, drywall, and more while keeping costs low to help you and your family get back on track.

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We utilize advanced technology and trained professionals who are dedicated to responding immediately to hurricane damage. Our cleanup crew can remove most flooring and provide these other services in 1-2 days, depending on the scope and size of your restoration job.

If your home experienced water damage from Hurricane Irma and you are looking for a reliable and affordable solution, contact the professionals at Speedy Floor Removal.

Home Restoration Services After a Hurricane

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If your home experienced significant damage from Hurricane Irma, the following services may be needed to restore your home:

  • Drywall Removal
  • Tile, Wood, and Carpet Flooring
  • Cabinet Removal
  • Tile Floor Repair
  • Painting
  • Carpet Repair and Installation
  • Waste and Haul-Off Removal

Luckily,

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