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Restoring Your Belongings after Fire Damage Happens to Your Pinellas County Residence

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Restoring Your Belongings after Fire Damage Happens to Your Pinellas County Residence Who Should You Call After a Fire Loss in Pinellas County? Here is a Hint!!

Pack-Outs Help Preserve and Protect Personal Possessions after a House Fire

Every home in Pinellas County is just that, a home, and much more than a mere house. The people living in a house, their belongings, the house's furnishings, and how it all interacts is what makes it a home. These material items can sustain damage in a disaster, just like the house's structure can. SERVPRO technicians are highly skilled at undoing the damage belongings can sustain.

Damaged items within your Pinellas County home can also suffer smoke and fire damage. Often, a pack-out of these items simplifies salvaging and cleaning at our facility. We pack each item into a box so we can handle all of them more safely. We use packing supplies that do not leave ink on them as a newspaper might. We wrap fragile items in bubble wrap to cushion them, as well and take great care in handling packed boxes. Each of these boxes receives specific labels that detail the items and its status. We update this status as needed to keep accurate records. Our barcoding process also helps with your insurance claim.
 
After thoroughly cleaning all of the belongings in the box, we then deodorize the items. This step ensures that no traces of smoke on these items that once seemed damaged remains. We use two methods that leave no residue or filminess on the items. Thermal fogging and ozone treatments both work wonderfully in removing all remaining odors. After this takes place, your items look and smell like new. Then we repack them in a new box and update the inventory sheet. We also mark the box as 'DONE' and initial it on the corner. We then place it in with other boxes that we have completed for you. All the cartons can be stored until your home is ready to receive them.
 
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg treats your home with the care it deserves, and we handle your possessions with equal care and concern. We know that you need your life back and we can help you achieve this. Fire damage, as well as smoke and soot, can ruin many of your possessions and personal treasures, but we can help you regain control. Call us at (727) 522-0000 if a fire in your Snell Isle, Placido Bayou, or Meadowlawn home has caused disruption and chaos in your life.

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Team SERVPRO Offers Ways to Avoid a Mold Infestation After Flooding in Your St. Petersburg Restaurant

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Team SERVPRO Offers Ways to Avoid a Mold Infestation After Flooding in Your St. Petersburg Restaurant Even though part of your restaurant may be located outside, flooding can cause a great deal of damage. Call SERVPRO right away to remediate.

Plumbing Breaks Can Allow Flooding in Your St. Petersburg Restaurant

As a restaurant entrepreneur in St. Petersburg, you can appreciate the steep competition that you face on a daily basis. There are many choices for hungry patrons throughout the city, and choosing the best place is a matter of the quality food available and the atmosphere that you can provide within the building. When a water emergency occurs, your ability to provide this quality dining experience could become threatened.

While the immediate flood damages in St. Petersburg such as pooling water and saturation of construction materials are the most pressing concerns for your business, there are many effects that a water emergency like a pipe bursting could cause. As soon as the situation occurs, fast action can help to limit the spread of the damage throughout the building. If possible, shut off the water to the building to prevent continual water flow from the broken piping.

Our SERVPRO technicians respond quickly in emergency situations like this. Mitigation is a critical step in avoiding costlier restoration work in the immediate future. Our measures from the moment that we arrive can reduce the impact of the water loss incident, helping to preserve materials and the contents of your restaurant from irreparable damages. One of the services that our team provides is packing out, which removes at-risk items from the affected areas until the damage gets fully restored.

One of the concerns that any restaurant owner should have regarding flooding in their building is the possibility of mold growth. Not only does this provide a clear violation of health codes for serving food to customers, but it poses potential health risks to the staff and third parties that traffic the building. Our SERVPRO team can work to help remove the moisture from the affected areas quickly and have the trained personnel to identify mold colonies and remove them before the situation gets out of control.

There are plenty of stresses in working to be one of the chosen dining spots throughout the bustling city, but a water loss incident could threaten this goal substantially. You can depend on our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg water restoration technicians to respond quickly and help to reduce the time that your doors must remain closed to the customers you serve. Give us a call right away at (727) 522-0000.

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Hurricane Season Can Cause Flood Damage to Your St. Petersburg Home

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Season Can Cause Flood Damage to Your St. Petersburg Home When your home suffers from flooding after a storm, call SERVPRO immediately for efficient remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Makes Your Flooded Home Our Priority After a Call for Drying Out Services

Hurricane season is notorious in Florida for causing flood damage to businesses and homes alike, especially in cities that are settled coast-side. These tropical ocean-based storms hit hard and bring thousands of gallons of rain in a small allotment of time. In fact, some of these floodings can be so bad that streetways become flooded to the point where it is no longer possible to use cars or walk outside. However, in the case of your home, the storm was not nearly as devastating.
 
Most people take a summer vacation when they can, however, needing to schedule an emergency return flight the day after a hurricane causes flood damage to your St. Petersburg home can be a nauseating concept. Coming home and finding your single-level home flooded up to your knees is never something that anyone wishes to come back to. It is essential that when you discover the flooding inside of your home, you call for professional remediation services as swiftly as possible.
 
When you call SERVPRO, our techs make it a priority to arrive at your residence within hours. We understand that time is a crucial factor in remediation and promptly getting to your property helps ensure a successful job. Upon arrival at your property, SERVPRO can begin to discuss a plan to remediate the damage to your furniture, walls, floors, carpets, drapes and other belongings. Seeing as the flood is house-wide, our technicians can recommend for you to stay elsewhere while we attempt to remediate the damage.
 
The first job for our SERVPRO techs is to get the standing water out of your house. We can use tools such as submersible pumps, wet/dry vacuums, and extractors to remove the water at a faster pace. Extractors are particularly useful with carpets, fabric furniture, and drapes as they have a heating element that helps dry the material as we draw the moisture out.
 
Once we manage to get all of the stagnant water out of your home and help reduce the chances of microbial growth, we can use moisture meters to determine the level of dryness throughout your home. Should you need further moisture-reduction, SERVPRO can set up tools such as ventilation fans and dehumidifiers to help eliminate the excess.
 
If a hurricane causes flood damage to your house, never hesitate or wait to call for help. Reach out to SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg by calling (727) 522-0000. Day or night, we are always ready to take the job.

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Technicians Use Water Removal Strategies Before Other Work Can Begin In St. Petersburg

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Technicians Use Water Removal Strategies Before Other Work Can Begin In St. Petersburg Flooding in your home in St. Petersburg can happen without warning, leaving you completely unprepared.

Water Removal Strategies

Flooding in your home in St. Petersburg can happen without warning, leaving you completely unprepared. Water that covers your home's floors can cause severe damage to interior structures and personal belongings, in addition to furnishings throughout your residence. We know which methods give excellent results, as well as when replacing items becomes the more cost-effective option.

When homeowners in St. Petersburg call SERVPRO about flooding and overflowing sinks, we send out our water removal team to get the restoration process started off right. While the emergency may seem resolved once we remove standing water, we keep going. We know that restoring your home, as well as protecting it, requires a completely dry environment to achieve the best results.

Water removal only begins with the pump trucks extracting any standing water wherever it might exist in your home, but after we finish with this step, we use smaller handheld units with extendable wands that remove water along the bottom of walls. We also remove any furniture or place them on non-staining blocks to protect your carpeting. However, this step only occurs in situations involving clean water. When flooding from adverse weather is involved, we remove affected carpeting to prevent more serious complications later.

Using desiccant machines and dehumidifiers removes water vapor from the air, but for this to work efficiently, we must first force more of the water absorbed by materials in your home to enter the air. We accomplish this by raising the temperature while increasing the circulation of the air. Once moisture enters the air, the desiccant machine or dehumidifier can quickly remove it from circulation.

During the water restoration process, from start to finish, we monitor the amount of water in various items inside your home. A consistent reduction in moisture lets us know if our work progresses correctly. Any need for changes becomes apparent almost immediately.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can help you restore your home “Like it never even happened” after a disaster involving water. Our water removal techniques work well for resolving situations stemming from broken pipes, overflowed basins, flooding, and the aftermath of firefighting efforts to save your home. Call us at (727) 522-0000, so we can get things back to normal in your home.

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Restoring Foundation Damage Leading To Flooding In Your Pinellas County House

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Restoring Foundation Damage Leading To Flooding In Your Pinellas County House A leaking foundation can be an initial warning sign for substantial water damage to your Pinellas County home.

Restoring Foundation Damage

A leaking foundation can be an initial warning sign for substantial water damage to your Pinellas County home. While a concrete slab might just begin to allow small streams of moisture into the underside of your home, after even a short period, these avenues become wider and easier to pass through. Once this occurs, you need professional restoration services to overcome flooding in your house or underneath it.

You might be among the many homeowners that do not see the potential concerns with moisture and water damages leeching up through the concrete and pooling under your house. Since the problem often begins on such a minuscule scale, it can give you the impression that it goes away on its own. What happens can be widespread flooding damage and worse for your Pinellas County residence.

Once water pools underneath the flooring and supports for your house, this can prove a challenging issue to overcome. While extraction and drying remain the initial steps that our SERVPRO technicians take to restore the issue, this is only a small piece of the work that must get completed to bring the area back to preloss condition.

The present moisture within this area worsens the longer that it sits and comes up through the avenues in the concrete. These conditions can lead to degradation of the wooden framework, warping of wooden flooring materials, oversaturation of carpeting and drywall, and even mold growth.

An initial assessment and structure and water source can help our SERVPRO team determine what equipment is necessary to restore the damage. This isolation of the cause can help you to get this repaired as quickly as possible.

Hydrostatic pressure can force external water up through concrete slabs, providing a quick avenue for flooding to affect this area as well. To keep your home from shifting under a saturated concrete slab or blockwork, trust in our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg emergency response team to arrive quickly and work efficiently until the restoration job gets completed. You can give our team a call anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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Eliminating Mold Damage To St. Petersburg Homes

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Eliminating Mold Damage To St. Petersburg Homes If a homeowner suspects or sees mold, our specialists begin with an inspection.

Eliminating Mold Damage

St. Petersburg, like much of Florida, saw more than enough water last year. Clean-up occurred fairly quickly, but many homeowners and residents are finding secondary damage from the storms and flooding in the form of mold.

Eliminating St. Petersburg mold damage is a process SERVPRO specialists learned not just from training, but also the experiences of the last year. Since mold can cause as much damage as a flood, we work quickly to clean and remove it from homes, and also work with every major insurance carrier in Florida to ensure our actions meet their requirements.

If a homeowner suspects or sees mold, our specialists begin with an inspection. They perform a visual check and use an air content meter to determine the highest concentration of mold spores and to find the origin of the mold growth.

SERVPRO technicians then find the water or moisture source of the growth. Spores require just a small amount of moisture, but they cannot expand and grow without it. Once they find it, team members dry and clean the area completely. If the source is a minor plumbing issue like a cracked connection or a leaking toilet, our specialists can repair or replace the problem. For major plumbing issues, the team leader always advises using a licensed contractor or plumber to make repairs.

With the water source removed and further mold growth stopped, technicians remove affected property and clean off mold spores. If the weather permits, team members remove items outside for cleaning. Often, this means wiping down surfaces with dry or wet sponges. When the mold layer is thicker, they may need to use an anti-fungal cleaning agent to break up the mold growth and then either wipe it away or use a brush to remove it from items like curtains or upholstered furniture.

As technicians remove property, others begin cleaning the interior of the home. They wipe down ceilings, floors, and walls using cloths or sponges attached to long-handles to reach overhead. If mold infested the carpets, team members use carpet shampooers with an anti-fungal cleaning agent to kill the spores and then dispose of them with the used water and cleaner.

Returning a home to its original condition after a mold infestation requires much more than bleach, sponges, and a ‘rent-a-vac’ from a local retailer. If you have active, growing mold in your home, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg today at (727) 522-0000. We are here for you.

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Eliminating The Odors Caused By Fire Damage In Pinellas County Residence

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Eliminating The Odors Caused By Fire Damage In Pinellas County Residence Fire is one of the more destructive incidents that can occur inside a home in Pinellas County.

Eliminating The Odors Caused By A Fire

Fire is one of the more destructive incidents that can occur inside a home in Pinellas County. No matter where the fire broke out, the fire's heat pushes the smoke into every corner of the residence. The technicians at SERVPRO focus on clearing your home of charred, burned materials, making way for replacements, but damage also involves changes to your home that you smell.

To protect your Pinellas County home's new materials from any possible residual effects of fire damage, we make sure that your home gets cleaned up of all smoke deposits. Many of the particles in smoke end up in spots that our physical tools can never reach. However, these particles slowly break apart, and the smaller pieces become airborne fairly easily. When your family breathes these tiny particles in, they experience these particles as a strong, acrid scent. This same scent can end up infiltrating new materials.

To keep materials from picking up these foul smells, SERVPRO's Odor Control Technician, certified by the IICRC, performs deodorization techniques to neutralize hidden, hard-to-reach smoke particles. Thermal fogging introduces chemical agents into the same spaces that harbor smoke residue. The heat of the fog helps facilitate the bonding between the fog's chemicals and the odor-producing particles. This chemical bonding makes these particles permanently heavier.

Other particles in furniture and carpeting also require physical removal. Anything that does not show signs of permanent physical fire damage often contains copious amounts of smoke. Cleaning these items with either wet or dry methods removes much of the problem.

However, we must also clean the air to rid it of loose smoke molecules that continue to produce the signature scent of fire damage. We use powerful air scrubbers that remove these and other microscopic debris floating in the air. Once our air scrubbers have cleaned the air, our technicians have removed all traces of smoke from your belongings and the interior of your home, and the thermal fog has cleared the air, we can then bring in the new materials your home requires. We do everything possible to make your home “Like it never even happened” again.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg has the professional crew that you need to eliminate fire damage and its many effects from your Snell Island, Shore Acres, or Vinoy home. Contact us at our emergency service line, (727) 522-0000, at any hour of any day.

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Treating Flood Damage In Shore Acres

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Treating Flood Damage In Shore Acres Shore Acres Flooding Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Understands the Ramifications of Contaminated Floodwaters during Extraction and Recovery

Residents of Shore Acres are no strangers to flooding. We occasionally miss some of it from being as inland as you can be in Florida, but storms still wreak havoc on our neighborhoods.
 
When the Shores Acres flood damage is from a storm, SERVPRO technicians understand that removing the water and cleaning surfaces is more important than when the water comes from a source like a failing water heater. Any water from outside the home also brings the threat of contamination in the form of black water.
 
Blackwater does not refer to color, but rather the level and type of contamination. It is considered Category Three, which means it is unsanitary. There are multiple types of contaminants, and if a storm caused a collapse in the sewer system, the flood water also contains human waste and now is a disease threat as well.
 
SERVPRO technicians pump out this water using the same pumps as in any situation, but they pump it back into the sewer if it is available. If not, they use a dedicated tank truck. Once filled, the truck empties into the nearest treatment plant, or EPA approved storage facility.
 
After removing the water, our technicians spray an anti-bacterial cleaner on the floors, walls, and any surface that came into contact with the flood water. Carpets and carpet pads they spray and then dispose of according to the EPA and State health regulations.
 
With the contamination threat removed, our specialists begin testing wood floors for water content. They use non-penetrating moisture meters to determine the highest concentration of water and start there with extraction wands to remove it. At the same time, other specialists set up air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to remove the damp air from inside the home and replace it with dry air.
 
Technicians also use a penetrating moisture meter at the more wet areas to check for excess water in the sub-floor. If they find water, technicians remove flooring near the wall or at a spot where a bookcase might sit and spray the anti-bacterial agent into the sub-floor cavity as a precaution.
 
After waiting enough time to kill any contamination, they use a pump or extraction wand with a hose to remove any standing water. Then, technicians use an air mover and hose to force warm, dry air into the cavity to dry it.
 
At SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg we understand not just how important it is to return families to their home but to do it safely and thoroughly. There are more storms in the forecast, so when you need us, call (727) 522-0000 any day of the week to have one of our crews arrive at your home.

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Water Removal Professionals In St. Petersburg Discuss Problems With Exterior Walls

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Removal Professionals In St. Petersburg Discuss Problems With Exterior Walls If a pipe breaks inside a wall in your St. Petersburg home, water can affect the entire wall cavity.

Professionals Water Removal

If a pipe breaks inside a wall in your St. Petersburg home, water can affect the entire wall cavity. Materials inside the wall cavity such as the insulation, wood studs, drywall, and exterior walls can all get affected by moisture. When excessive moisture gets inside a wall cavity, microbial growth is a primary concern. The cavities contain several organic materials such as the paper backing on drywall and the wooden exterior walls and studs. Since wall cavities are enclosed, drying them out promptly can be difficult.

In most cases, drywall must be removed, or holes get drilled into it so that air flow can get inside the wall. During the water removal process in St. Petersburg, our SERVPRO technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to speed up evaporation inside wall cavities. The drywall may get cut up a foot or two from the floor to allow proper air circulation inside the walls.

Drying out exterior walls can be difficult but can save sheetrock from getting removed. Insulation inside the walls can slow down the drying process. However, it is still less expensive to dry out exterior walls to prevent having to remove and replace drywall. Even though drying outside walls takes more time, it is still quicker than the sheetrock demolition and reconstruction process.

Drying out exterior walls can take more time than drying out other materials, but it is still possible if the insulation is fiberglass and the source of the water is clean. To help air get into wall cavities, our SERVPRO restoration crew can drill holes in the bottom of the walls. In some situations, we drill holes into the top of walls as well to increase air circulation within wall cavities. If the damage took place inside the kitchen, then holes often get drilled into the cabinetry also.

Knowing the dew point temperature is important when drying out exterior walls. Exterior walls can change temperature more easily than interior materials. If the walls reach the dew point temperature, it can cause moisture to condense indoors, possibly creating secondary damage. If your exterior walls ever get wet after a water leak, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 any day of the week.

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Removing Mold Damage In Your St. Petersburg Home

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage In Your St. Petersburg Home With mold damage present in your home, time is of the essence to get this problem resolved.

Removing Mold Damage

Of all of the detrimental things that can befall your St. Petersburg home, mold growth is one of the hardest to contend with on your own. While there are assuredly multiple websites offering DIY solutions to remove mold colonies as you find them in your house, you might get surprised to learn that these rarely actually remove the entire organism. In fact, you often only remove the very surface mold growth and leave the thriving organism intact below the material surface, just out of eyesight.

With mold damage present in your St. Petersburg home, time is of the essence to get this problem resolved. The more that gets understood about mold exposure, the more potential health effects that get attributed to it. This situation leaves you with a significant risk if you do not immediately seek to resolve the problem and do so professionally. Fortunately, our SERVPRO certified mold remediation team is available any time to help you overcome this intruder in your home and get things back to the way they should be.

Isolating the affected area is a critical first step of remediation. We use air scrubbers with filters to catch airborne mold spores and prevent them from leaving the area while the removal is in progress. Air circulation appliances like your heater or air conditioner must get shut off during removal to aid in preventing the spread of active spores throughout your home.

Removal of the mold colonies often gets accomplished through sanding and soda blasting. These penetrative approaches can reach deep below the surface to remove the entire hyphae. The structural integrity of the construction materials gets assessed after mold removal to ensure that these components are still stable and strong and do not require replacement.

Mold growth in your home is nothing any homeowner wants to have to deal with, but fortunately, it is not a problem that you face alone. With the right professional assistance from our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg mold remediation specialists, you can remove this intruder and return your home to normal conditions. Give us a call today at (727) 522-0000.

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