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Hurricane Irma and Your Winter Home in NE St. Petersburg

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Hurricane Irma and Your Winter Home in NE St. Petersburg St. Petersburg Meets Up with Hurricane Irma

Water and Mold Damage Result from Tropical Storms

Hundreds of thousands of people enjoy living in more northern parts of the country during the warmer months and then return to sunnier places, such as St. Petersburg, for the winter months. Avoiding the inclement weather that living in their winter homes would force upon them, our winter residents can usually depend on sunny beaches, warm breezes, and stress-free daily activities in a healthy environment.

Hurricane Irma came to our beautiful Florida coasts like few hurricanes ever have, and many of the homes and condos in St. Petersburg suffered terribly. Battered by the wind and the rain, with many physical objects adding to the tumult, residences took on water in vast amounts. Allowed to sit, saturating materials even more thoroughly, these homes become more damaged with each passing day.

Within these homes' closed-off interiors, evaporation slows significantly. However, the moisture moves around the inside of the residence, leaving trace amounts of moisture wherever it goes. The moisture then allows molds to take over a home, infesting walls, ceilings, the insides of closets and cabinets where these pervasive microbes can gain a foothold.
    
Textiles, a favorite of fungi, can hold enough moisture to permit extensive growth. At SERVPRO, we can clean even the worst examples. If we can begin restoration services soon after the damage starts, we can gain better results for our customers. As our team works on cleanup and restoration of your home's structure, other members provide the care that many softer materials require. While some may nicely and adequately respond to our restoration efforts, others might not. In those instances, we always discuss the matter before the disposal of these items. When removing such items, we must make sure that we bag the items, so mold and spores remain confined.

Enduring a hurricane like Irma means can result in severe mold damage problems. If so, your home needs to receive professional restoration services focused on the exact state of the damages. Doing otherwise can result in increased damages in the future. Water damage cannot go away on its own, and it never gets better.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is always ready to help winter residents by making sure they have full use of their winter homes again. Even severe hurricane damage can be mitigated and your residence restored from top to bottom, quickly and professionally. Call us at (727) 522-0000 as soon as you know your home or condo needs our restoration services.

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Mold Remediation Services Available to Homeowners in St. Petersburg

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Services Available to Homeowners in St. Petersburg A musty, foul smell can be a sign of mold growth in your HVAC system.

SERVPRO’s Certified Technicians Remediate Mold Damage in Your Ventilation System

Having mold in your St. Petersburg home is one thing, it invading your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is something else entirely. Since you cannot see these microscopic airborne spores, every time you turn your system on hundreds of thousands of mold spores spread throughout your home.

The most obvious sign of mold damage in your St. Petersburg home is the accompanying odor. If you have growth in more than one room, the odor can be rather overwhelming. Therefore, never ignore foul, musty odors that develop anywhere in your home, there is a possibility that mold exists and things can get out of hand rather quickly.

A sure-fire way to determine whether mold exists in your home, or its HVAC system, involves hiring a qualified professional to test for the presence of mold. Companies, like SERVPRO, can help you locate mold growth in your home and perform mold remediation services that put control back in your hands. 

SERVPRO uses various techniques to remove mold from your ductwork, including manual and mechanical brushes that loosen mold growing on the walls of ducting. While blowguns, air skippers, and air whips drive mold and other debris into collection devices. Vacuums equipped with HEPA filters also help, along with chemical biocides that kill off any remaining mold spores.

The EPA highly recommends hiring a professional to perform these services. SERVPRO NADCA certified technicians use a variety of specialized equipment, and always take pride in providing you with quality services. We take care to avoid damaging ducting, clean the entire system, and work hard to ensure we remove mold spores quickly and efficiently. 

If we determine that mold exists in the ductwork of your ventilation system, we also inspect the rest of the house to locate the source of the problem. Our cleaning services help improve your indoor air quality, as well as the performance and costs associated with running the ventilation system itself. 

Obtain quality mold remediation services for your HVAC system, today. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg has technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, anytime, day or night providing services for several local communities, including Meadowlawn, ShoreAcres, and Vinoy. (727) 522-0000 

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Qualified Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout the St. Petersburg Area

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Qualified Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout the St. Petersburg Area Waking up to a house fire can be devastating, call SERVPRO to restore your home back to its original condition "Like it never even happened."

Quick and Efficient Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Services

You awake in the middle of the night to the smell of smoke, reaching your kitchen to discover flames soaring out of control. Regardless of what caused the problem in your St. Petersburg home, you now need help to recover, that is where we come in. 

We understand that experiencing fire damage on your St. Petersburg property can be difficult. Fires create terrible damage that takes a serious toll on your living environment. However, having a trusted partner with years of experience returning homes just like yours to normal after a fire can help you receive fast, efficient results. 

You are not alone; SERVPRO professionals are available 365-days a year, 24-hours a day to provide critical fire damage restoration services in your home. We make it possible for you to gain access to qualified professionals right here in your community. It is our job to minimize any losses you experience and provide you with stress-free services that make it easier to get back on track after a fire.

A small kitchen fire or an event that makes its way through your entire structure is no problem for SERVPRO technicians to handle. All of our technicians receive rigorous in-house training and obtain full IICRC-industry certification before setting foot on your property. With full access to advanced equipment and resources, we work hard to make your recovery faster than you might imagine. 

We understand that your home is of vital importance and whether the fire damage is large or small, receiving quality results is a major concern. At SERVPRO, we take providing restoration services to our neighbors seriously and do everything possible to restore your property to a quality pre-fire damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”

The damage itself can grow exponentially worse the longer you wait, especially since most fires also include water damage that can allow residues to dig into surfaces faster and lead to mold damage as well. So, should you be facing a fire problem on your property, call a professional for help as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is ready to assist you with any emergency situation you may face, call today. We serve Snell Isle, Vinoy, and Old Northeast anytime, day or night. (727) 522-0000

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Flood Damage Left Behind in St. Petersburg after a Hurricane Requires Specialized Services

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Flood Damage Left Behind in St. Petersburg after a Hurricane Requires Specialized Services If your home is affected by a storm, call the certified technicians at SERVPRO to restore your home.

Restoring Your Home After Flood Damage

After any storm, damages become more apparent than what they were as they happened. Many of the homes in St. Petersburg remained upright after weathering fierce storms and hurricanes in the past. The water washed in by wind and rain, as well as by rising tidal waters, was seen as minor flooding compared to the losses involving completely destroyed homes. 

St. Petersburg's perfect weather rarely has storm-related flood damage, but for this and other catastrophes, you can contact SERVPRO technicians whenever needed. In the likely event that the power is off in the neighborhood, we supply our own. You and your family can depend on us to make everything “Like it never even happened.” Being your neighbors and living in the same area, we understand the stresses that disasters cause the people in our community.

Going beyond compassion toward others around us, we know that to help them as fully as possible, we need extensive and thorough training in remediating damaged homes. We hold certifications from the IICRC in many fields related to disaster clean up, including Commercial Drying (CDS) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD). 

Flood damage can affect a home in a multitude of ways, none of which benefit the homeowners or their family members. Hurricanes manage to wreak damages in unexpected ways, some of which pose severe health effects. We remove all of these and ensure that even the microbial-laden residues no longer remain. Our measuring devices include those that detect microbial activity and the number of biological materials on surfaces. Used both before and after cleaning, we compare the results to ensure high standards of cleanliness to protect your family.

Carpets most likely need removal and replacement, so we prepare the floor by drying it out and removing any hazards that remain. These can also impede the installation process of new flooring later. Saturated walls also require replacement, although most ceilings can stay with little or no repairs. Stairs and banisters must dry quickly to avoid damage to the wood. Door and window frames and sliding tracks often warp from the wind's strength, requiring the installation of new ones.

No matter what it takes to restore your home, the friendly and professional technicians at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can perform the work. Contact us for the restoration of your home after a hurricane or storm-related flood damage takes its toll. (727) 522- 0000

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Preventing Air Conditioner Water Damage in St. Petersburg

8/25/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Preventing Air Conditioner Water Damage in St. Petersburg Keep your cool and have your air conditioner unit checked regularly to prevent water damage to your home.

Precautions to take to prevent water damage caused by your AC unit

Although you might not give it much thought, your air conditioner is one possible cause for water damage in your home. It works very hard for you in St. Petersburg, and the key to avoiding problems with your AC unit is keeping it maintained.

The air conditioner in your St. Petersburg home produces large amounts of condensation. When you do not get routine checkups and maintenance done, this condensation can lead to extreme situations that need repair such as water damage, the growth of mold, and even caved in ceilings. Therefore, take the precautions necessary and have your air conditioner inspected before turning it on after a long period of being shut off.

When a water damage emergency does happen, you need to contact a restoration specialist, such as SERVPRO. Our staff is all specially trained to handle all kinds of water damage, so you can rest assured you are in good hands.

Having a specialist check your system each year before you start it up is best. They should examine the emergency and main drain lines for any leaks or blockage. They also test the contractor for contacts which are burned, the refrigerant pressure, and all the coils to see if they need cleaning.

Your air conditioner filter also needs to be changed around once a month. You can have restricted airflow if the filter is dirty, possibly causing water damage. If the unit is close to the ground outside, don’t let shrubs or tall grass grow around it. The condenser can make the evaporator coil work harder and longer than it should, causing it to freeze over and defrost into your home.

Install a safety float, which shuts off the power to your AC unit when water builds up in the drain pan. Doing so alerts you of a serious problem before it creates a water damage repair problem.

At SERVPRO, we can help you whenever you need, so when your air conditioner fails despite your precautions, get in touch with us right away. We have the industrial tools needed to dry your home out quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is your go to source for water damage remediation. When you reside in Northeast St. Petersburg or Shore Acres you can reach us anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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Mold Damage Remediation on Ceilings in St. Petersburg Properties

8/9/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage Remediation on Ceilings in St. Petersburg Properties When mold appears on your ceiling, call the certified technicians at SERVPRO for quick remediation efforts. Call quickly for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Damage Regardless of Where it Appears on Your Property

Ceiling mold is unpleasant, unhealthy, and slightly challenging to clean off. It can also cause permanent damage to the structure if it is not treated sooner rather than later. Indeed, the health impact of mold and high cost of remediation efforts have been widely publicized on numerous occasions. Unfortunately, the ceiling is one of the most forgettable areas when it comes to mold detection.
 
If you suspect the presence of mold in your house, contact SERVPRO immediately to deal with the situation before it gets out of hand. Along with industry standard equipment, our technicians have the skills and techniques to clean up any mold damage in your St. Petersburg property quickly and efficiently.
 
Most ceiling mold comes from water damage in the roof. If water is still leaking through the roof, we must repair the damage before removing the mold. Otherwise; we risk the mold growing back.
 
Air circulation and proper ventilation are important in mold and mildew control. Mold usually develops where there is inadequate ventilation, especially when it comes to kitchen or bathroom ceilings. In this case, we have to replace the moist air with dry air, often using fans or extractors. Dehumidifiers can also come in handy when removing humidity from the air, hindering the ability of mold to grow.
 
Insulation plays a significant role in mold growth. If your insulation sustained water damage, it could lead to mold damage on the ceiling too. The effect of warm air on the inside and cold air on the outside of walls can cause condensation, contributing to mold issues. Depending on the extent of the damage, our technicians can replace or repair the insulation to promote heat transfer.
 
Mold prefers dark and moist conditions, so it can be difficult to detect.  Some molds can produce dangerous mycotoxins that can cause health effects.
 
Whether the mold growth occurred after a flood or pipe leakage, you can count on SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to control the mold damage. Our IICR certified experts understand that time is of the essence, so they are quick to respond to any emergency. Call us anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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Fire Damage Can Affect Your St. Petersburg Home's Exterior And Spread To Outbuildings

7/19/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Can Affect Your St. Petersburg Home's Exterior And Spread To Outbuildings Fire can cause significant damage to your property.

Fire Damage

Many times when firefighters deal with a blazing fire, they need to place holes in the roof. This can let some of the heat escape the building, but as this happens, hot ash and burning embers pose a risk to other buildings that are in close proximity.

St. Petersburg firefighters know that this risk exists but doing so outweighs that risk, as the main fire is easier to put out and this alone reduces the amount of fire damage sustained. However, when a fire spreads to other buildings, that fire is more easily extinguished while the fire department is still on the scene than at any other time.

Buildings, such as garages that are already very closely situated to your home can easily catch on fire from flames that are located on your home's exterior. Sometimes this happens because of items stored outside acting as a burning bridge between the two buildings. Other times, it is the garage that catches on fire first, and then that fire spreads to the home. No matter what amount of fire damage involved in your situation, SERVPRO has the experienced professionals with IICRC training who can make things “Like it never even happened.”

Fire damage means not being able to live in your home, in most situations, so we work quickly so that your time living away is reduced as much as possible. We know that not only is the event itself highly stressful but that adjusting to life after a fire can take a toll on family members, too. This is why it is so important to us to reduce the time involved while still erasing the effects of the fire, no matter how extreme.

Inside and out, fire damaged materials are removed and replaced, soiled belongings are cleaned of accumulated soot and grime, water and foam from firefighters' hoses and sprayers are removed, and clothing and other textiles are laundered in special machines to remove as much of the particles that can ruin them as is technologically possible. Carpeting is often destroyed because synthetic fibers often do not hold up to punishing temperatures a fire can produce, so this is removed, as is the padding. The underlay is dried and inspected to ensure that it remains structurally sound and ready for new carpeting.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg does all this and much more when a customer has a fire at their home. We can be reached at (727) 522-0000 at any hour of the day or night, every day of the week. When you and your family must cope with fire damage, calling us is the first step toward returning to pre-fire living.

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In St. Petersburg, Professional Water Removal is Critical For Museum Damage Mitigation

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial In St. Petersburg, Professional Water Removal is Critical For Museum Damage Mitigation For Water Removal from Your Commercial Building in St. Pete Rely on SERVPRO

Commercial Water Damage is Always Minimized by Calling SERVPRO

Our beautiful city is home to many museums, preserving both the arts and history for our community and visitors. The buildings housing these treasures are as vulnerable as any to water incursion from failed plumbing, leaky roofs, and storm surges. SERVPRO has the expertise, trained technicians, and powerful equipment to remove the water swiftly before lasting damage occurs.
 
A malfunction in the automatic flushing system in patron restrooms floods exhibit floors, necessitating water removal in a popular St. Petersburg museum. Along with the threat to priceless artwork, the health and well-being of museum employees and visitors hang in the balance if cleanup does not complete quickly and to industry standards. We have the capability to remove large quantities of water fast, with enough workers and equipment to return the museum to preloss condition while limiting any disappointing or costly closures.
 
Because the water may contain infectious waste, it is crucial to engage a restoration company with the restoration industry certifications and experience with large scale removal of contaminated water. SERVPRO meets these criteria. We are familiar with local laws and regulation concerning the removal of hazardous waste and the required sanitation protocols after the water is gone. Our equipment is truck-mounted and secures the tainted water for proper disposal.
 
We are a local company connected to a nationwide network of restoration companies. Though we are a stand alone franchise, this  permits us to leverage more trained restoration workers and equipment from neighboring SERVPRO franchises to complete an extensive cleanup job fast. Pumps and extractors take care of standing water while technicians move in to take moisture readings and establish drying goals once the areas affected are sanitized. Air movers and dehumidifiers properly positioned begin the task of drying flooring, walls, and trim.
 
Drying Mats ensure water is removed to the subfloor as well. Our technicians determine if other strategies such as removing some sections of tile or hardwood flooring are necessary to dry thoroughly every layer. Pinpoint holes drilled in wooden floor allows moisture to evaporate if the finish prevents it. Once the moisture levels drop below-designated levels, we complete the final restoration touches, reinstalling tiles and refinishing wooden trim and flooring.
 
Transforming a museum awash in water is a task SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg awaits with confidence. Call (727) 522-0000 and we deliver the team and equipment needed to restore museum exhibits and spaces to their glory.

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Why Your St. Petersburg Air Conditioner Leak Causes Water Damage

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Why Your St. Petersburg Air Conditioner Leak Causes Water Damage Infrared Camera Validating the Dryness in a St. Pete Condo

Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your St. Pete Condo Post Water Problems

Especially in the warmer months, you may discover that your air conditioning unit is leaking inside of your home. There are several reasons why this can happen. If it does, the first thing to do is to turn off the thermostat for your AC to stop further damage to your home. When enough water has leaked into your home, water removal is necessary. Water forms in your air conditioner in the first place because it contains an evaporator coil which cools the warm air which is blown over it. Moisture, or condensation, forms on the coil because of this. The moisture then drops into a drain pan and down a condensate drain line leading outside your home.

One of the main reasons you find the need for water removal from your St. Petersburg AC unit is a clogged condensate drain line. If it gets clogged with dirt, dust, mold, or sludge, the water backs up inside your home. You then need the professional help of SERVPRO, a professional water removal company, to help you clean up the water and possibly fix the problem of unclogging the line. A specific vacuum is used to suck the blockage material out.
 
Other causes of a leaking air conditioner are a rusted or damaged drain pain, allowing the water to fall right through, or a broken condensate pump. When you have your AC unit installed in the within the home, a condensate pump channels the water outdoors through a PVC pipe. If this pump breaks or the microswitch malfunctions, the water does not go outside anymore, causing water accumulation.
 
Your air conditioner could also have a dirty filter, which blocks airflow over the evaporator coil. The coil then gets too cold and freezes over. As it melts, it drops an extra amount of water which the pan might not be able to hold. A similar problem, low refrigerant lowers pressure in the AC system, making the evaporator coil freeze over, overflowing the pan as well.
 
No matter the cause, our technicians from SERVPRO, arrive at your home quickly when damage is evident. We use professional equipment such as portable wet-vacs, and in extreme cases, truck-mounted extraction units for efficient water removal. We also have devices to find hidden moisture like hygrometers and moisture detectors, plus infrared cameras to detect water trapped behind your walls. Total drying is key to professional water damage restoration.
 
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can thoroughly dry your home out when your AC unit has leaked, or another issue caused a water intrusion. Just call us at (727) 522-0000, to make "Like it never even happened."

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Storms in St Petersburg Happen All Too Often

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storms in St Petersburg Happen All Too Often Flooding Gets the SERVPRO Service for Water Removal from Your St. Petersburg Property

SERVPRO Restores Your Storm Damaged Home or St. Pete Condo Swiftly

Caught between Tampa Bay and the barrier islands on the Gulf, water is a serious force of nature in our area. Even when you prepare, a storm surge can send water flooding throughout your Florida home. SERVPRO is always ready to help homeowners with the challenges posed by severe weather and its aftermath.
 
This area is flat and surrounded by bay and ocean, with little to hold back the waters that cause flood damage to your St. Petersburg home. Tropical storms send walls of water flooding over land and into your home. When this happens, it is crucial to call upon a reputable flood damage restoration company like us on site fast to get rid of the water and dry structure and contents.
 
If electrical power is lacking in the hours after the flood, SERVPRO is still on top of water extraction with truck mounted pumps and wet vacuums. This specialized equipment works best when operated by our trained and experienced technicians. Your wall to wall carpeting is a test of their skills, but our team dries it in place by extracting water with care not to stress or stretch the backing or fibers. Padding may be discarded as it is harder to dry and is inexpensive to replace. The subfloor must be monitored for moisture with precision meters so that it does not saturate the carpeting from below or provide food and shelter for mold growth.
 
The flooding affected the trim and the drywall inches above the floor. We test for moisture content and consider drilling some holes near the bottom of the wall if it seems that water is trapped behind. Failing to remove all pockets of water in wall or floor cavities threatens to continue and intensify the water damage issues. Once all water is released and removed, SERVPRO moves in air movers and dehumidifiers to meet the drying targets our certified staff established during the restoration planning phase.
 
Flood waters usually test positive for contamination, making professional removal and cleanup a necessity. SERVPRO team members take advanced classes in identifying and managing contaminated water. Recovery includes through drying, cleaning, and sanitizing. We work with you and your insurance company to determine what contents we must discard and replace because they cannot be sanitized. Non-porous items usually handle a brisk cleaning and disinfection well, to continue their useful life.
 
Rely upon SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to respond quickly and efficiently to resolve your flooding issues. Call (727) 522-0000 for a full-service crew to arrive as soon as possible to begin the restoration process.

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