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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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Getting Your Claim Approved For Fire Restoration In Your Pinellas County Home

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Getting Your Claim Approved For Fire Restoration In Your Pinellas County Home With the widespread fire damage in your residence, you might not know where to begin concerning restoring your house back to preloss conditions.

Getting Your Claim Approved For Fire Restoration

As if the damage to your Pinellas County home after a fire was not enough to deal with, now you are going to have to devote time to appeasing your insurance company throughout the often drawn-out process of filing a claim. With the right choice in professional restoration companies, this process of filing your claim and getting the work approved to begin does not have to be as complicated.

With the widespread fire damage in your Pinellas County residence, you might not know where to begin concerning restoring your house back to preloss conditions. Fortunately, this is not something that you have to determine on your own. With the guidance and expertise of our SERVPRO technicians, your home can be well on its way towards its original condition while simultaneously our project manager can work through all of the details with the insurance adjuster assigned to your claim.

From the moment that we receive a call about the effects of a fire in your residence, we dispatch a small team of professionals to your home. Among these individuals is a SERVPRO estimator. His/her job is to determine the full scope of the damage and what needs to get accomplished to restore your house fully. This information that he accrues is shared with the insurance adjuster to help expedite approval of your claim.

The project manager for your restoration can walk you through the work that needs to be done and provide a rough time frame it takes to accomplish these tasks. With the insurance company on the same page as our professionals, work can begin much more quickly, and your home can be significantly closer to preloss conditions once again.

Fire damage in your home presents itself in several ways. From the fundamental issues like soot and smoke damage to the need for material removal for reconstruction, our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg technicians can help you. Give us a call anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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Removing Commercial Fire Damage In Pinellas County Businesses

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Removing Commercial Fire Damage In Pinellas County Businesses We stock a wide variety of cleaning supplies to remove smoke and soot from your business.

Cleaning Smoke and Soot after fire damage

When our teams walk into a Pinellas County business after a fire, the damage they see often appears to be minor. Heat and flames do not cause most of the damage or result in the most significant percentage of cost when it comes to restoration.

Smoke and soot left by fire usually cause most of the commercial damage to Pinellas County businesses. SERVPRO restoration specialists work quickly to clean and remove the residues left behind, but even then, the odors from a fire can be the hardest part to remove. Our teams utilize a plan developed by decades of experience helping our community to rid every home of them.

First, specialists remove all debris and other items that are a source of the odors. Any item that is charred or smells bad, they take out of the structure. While team members remove property, others set up fans to increase circulation and reduce any pungent odors. In businesses that have a significant amount of inventory or records in storage, this may take several days to accomplish. It is necessary though, so our teams can determine how strong the odors are and what needs to be done to remove them.

After clearing the building, SERVPRO inspectors and technicians examine the structure. If the remaining building materials, such as carpets and ceiling tiles, are free of other damage, they begin the cleaning process. For carpets, they shampoo or steam clean them with a deodorizing agent mixed into the cleaning solution. For ceiling tiles and other building material, our technicians carefully spray surfaces with a cleaning/deodorizing agent and wipe them down with a sponge or cleaning cloth.

The spray-and-wipe method works on most odors, but for powerful odors or ones in hard to reach areas, it may be necessary to use a fogging device. The machine our technicians utilize breaks down the cleaning/deodorizing agent into a cloud which is then carefully blown into the area using fans where it neutralizes the odor-causing residues.

Our goal at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is to help you reopen your doors to customers as quickly as possible. So regardless of where you are in Pinellas County, call us at (727) 522-0000 today to schedule a visit. We are here for you.

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The Correct Water Removal Equipment Can Correct Any Water Event in St. Petersburg

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage The Correct Water Removal Equipment Can Correct Any Water Event in St. Petersburg SERVPRO Freshens Up St. Petersburg Properties During Water Removal Services

SERVPRO Eliminates Odors As We Extract Unwanted Water from Your Home or Business

After a water damage incident, the use of specialized equipment is necessary to make the water removal job easier. As a property owner, you may not have or know how to operate some of the tools correctly, and that raises the need to work with professional service providers in the industry. It all starts with analyzing and selecting the most suitable procedures to correct such situations in St. Petersburg.

We are going to highlight the different types of equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use when conducting water removal in St. Petersburg. To identify water intrusion in a structure, we use detection equipment such as a moisture sensor and moisture meters. These devices also let us know whether the structure is dry and meets the standard conditions at the end of the process.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians also combat smells by finding their sources and doing the necessary removal. Sometimes the water may cause organic materials to decompose in cracks, which may make it difficult to access the odor source. Therefore, we perform deodorization. Some of the common types of deodorants we use are pairing agents, filtration and absorption agents, masking agents, disinfectants, and sanitizers.
 
Deodorization is such a critical process since apart from improving the quality of air in the structure when we use sanitizers and disinfectants, they can inhibit fungi and bacteria growth which can cause health effects. Thermal foggers and Ultra Low Volume Foggers are part of the standard deodorization equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use. When these devices dispense the solvent based agents, they neutralize the odor-causing particles. But, they cannot be used in areas containing rubber or vinyl.
 
We observe safety measures when working at the site and in most cases, our technicians wear the right personal protective equipment that fit the situation at hand. If we are mixing or spraying chemicals, we wear splash goggles and chemical resistant gloves. If we are handling organic vapors, we put on respirators. Generally, we abide by all state regulations and follow IICRC standards in our operations.
 
The goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened." after experiencing any storm, mold, fire and water damage event. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 if you need to work with an industry leader with a proven record.

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Key Factors That Mitigate Flood Damage in Shore Acres

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Key Factors That Mitigate Flood Damage  in Shore Acres After a Shore Acres Storm, Call SERVPRO for Water, not Gator, Removal

SERVPRO Follows Protocols to Minimize Storm Damage to Properties and Possessions

After experiencing flood damage, drying your contents and building needs to be done as soon as possible. For successful drying, there are four key factors that we take into consideration, and these are air movement, temperature, humidity, and the quantity of water to extract and evaporate from the site. We are going to let you know how these factors relate when salvaging and restoring your Shore Acres property to its earlier state.
 
The practice that our SERVPRO technicians follow when attending to flood damage incidents in Shore Acres is to remove the moisture from wet materials to the drier surrounding and establish equilibrium. If there is standing water on the site, we first conduct physical extraction before carrying out evaporation and dehumidification processes. That is because removing gases is on-going while physically removing liquids. We use submersible pumps, portable and truck-mounted pumps to extract the water. The choice of equipment depends on the quantity of water and the accessibility of the structure. Sometimes, a mob and bucket suffice for surface removal of water.
 
When we increase the temperature of the rooms to around 70° to 90° using portable heaters if necessary in this sub-tropical area of Florida, the wet materials lose moisture to the surrounding air. Often storms occur during the heat of the summer. With time, we end up with too much moisture in the air, and we have to install dehumidifiers to prevent secondary damage when condensation sets in. The work of dehumidifiers is to absorb the water vapor. When using these devices, we aim at achieving a relative humidity which is lower than 40% so that the additional moisture in the air does not slow the rate of evaporation.
 
Air movement is another essential process since it increases the rate of drying. It achieves this by moving the humid and damp air from the wet surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians adhere to IICRC regulations when positioning air movers for high efficiency. It is vital to understand that there is a big difference between fans and air movers. Directional, high-velocity air movers weep wetness from surfaces mitigating water damage.
 
The goal of SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is to make your property be restored to its preloss condition “Like it never even happened." Call us at (727) 522-0000 when you face water, fire, mold and storm damage, and we can give you proven services.

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When Seasonal Storms Or Leaks Leave Your St. Petersburg Restaurant in Need of Water Removal Services

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial When Seasonal Storms Or Leaks Leave Your St. Petersburg Restaurant in Need of Water Removal Services Kitchen Restaurants in St Petersburg Often Have Water Problems--Until SERVPRO Removes It

Restaurants in St. Petersburg Count on SERVPRO for Water Removal 

Seasonal storms can bring heavy rain, and that can leave you in desperate need of water damage restoration services. Having an inch or two of rain inside of your building is no suitable condition for your restaurant to serve customers. Fortunately, there is professional help nearby to remove the water and get your operation back into working order.

Our technicians can swiftly arrive at your St. Petersburg restaurant to remove the damaging water from your property. If you contact us, our goal is to get our employees there as soon as possible. Your restaurant cannot run naturally until the liquid is gone. Not to mention, the longer the water sits, the more potential it has to cause more significant damage to your property.
 
SERVPRO can use advanced technology to remove the water from your property, such as powerful wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps. Using industrial quality products allows our tools to have the power to remove the liquid from your restaurant swiftly so that SERVPRO can move onto cleaning and drying. After the water is removed, our employees can use devices like moisture meters to detect any overly wet areas of the structure.
 
Once our SERVPRO technicians have used the meter to detect the levels of moisture, we can establish drying goals and select the correct method to help prevent any further damage to your flooring and equipment. There are many pieces of industry-leading equipment that our team can use to help draw moisture from the structure of your restaurant, but some of the most conventional are air movers, axial fans, and LGR dehumidifiers. SERVPRO techs can position them for optimal airflow, to support evaporation, and use infrared cameras to monitor the progress during the drying.
 
When your property needs water removal, do not linger. Get a hold of SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000. No matter the time, our employees can come out to your establishment swiftly.

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Removing Mold Damage In Pinellas County

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Removing Mold Damage In Pinellas County Call the Professionals from SERVPRO for Mold Cleanup in Pinellas County

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Infestations and Offers Information Concerning these Fungi

Mold is in every Pinellas County home. Day in and day out, the spores are as harmless as the dust homeowners sweep up once a week. It takes three factors to activate mold spores and turn them into a possible threat: Moisture, temperature, and food source.
 
Mold damage in Pinellas County homes can feed on almost any type of building material. Drywall and insulation are among the most commonly consumed, and since the panels and batten are in every home, SERVPRO understands that makes it impossible to ‘starve’ the growing colony.
 
Temperature presents a similar problem. Most molds grow in a range from 68 to 86 degrees. That makes it extremely difficult to kill spores by either lowering or raising the interior temperature of a home.
 
That makes moisture the simplest factor SERVPRO technicians can effectively alter to halt mold growth. We use an extensive array of equipment to remove water such as dehumidifiers to draw moisture from building material and the surrounding air. For standing water and other large amounts, we use pumps and extraction wands to remove it.
 
Five principles established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC guide us in these efforts. First, we ensure the health and safety of our team members and the residents of each home we clean. Technicians do this by limiting exposure to active mold and preventing the mold from spreading to unaffected rooms and other areas.
 
Second, we record everything. One of our inspectors details every visual check and test result before we take action. We do this to ensure we clean and treat every known point of infestation.
 
Third, we control mold at its source. Technicians do this by sealing off the contaminated areas and set-up negative air pressure to reduce the amount of airborne mold and then force it out using air movers and fans to push the contaminated air out of the home.
 
Fourth, we remove the contamination. That includes not just the mold spores removed by cleaning, but any infested building material or personal property item as well. We clean any personal item that is cost-effective to do so rather than dispose of it with the affected material.
 
Finally, we begin to control the moisture. We do this as the last step since it is simpler and quicker to reduce moisture after removing everything that cannot be cleaned or dried in place. It is necessary not just to stop mold, but to prevent new growth as well.
 
If you have or suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 today. We are here for you.

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