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When Flooding Damages Warehouses in St, Petersburg

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

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Steps for Handling Commercial Flood Damage in a St. Petersburg Warehouse

In recent years, warehouse construction has taken off as companies try to claim their space close to high-populated areas. Regardless of the great need for space, every warehouse needs development while considering the unique requirements of the area.

Some areas are prone to flooding, while other earthquakes and tornadoes. A disaster such as flooding can cause many kinds of commercial flood damage in your St. Petersburg warehouse, including:

Structural damage

Engineers construct many warehouses with aluminum doors and long walls that can buckle under the weight of floodwater. Not sealing concrete flooring correctly, causes water to pool in access areas, leading to damage to HVAC systems. Floodwaters can ruin both metal and wooden structural components with rust or rot, affecting their structural integrity.

Ruined inventory

Water can destroy most items stored in your warehouse, particularly paper, electrical, and comestible inventory. You may have to discard many things because of safety and health reasons.

Affect business continuity

Flooding can also ruin daily business operations, and this can interrupt the supply chain. You may not fill orders or process sales until you have completed cleanup and repairs.

To prevent these and other repercussions of flood damage from worsening, you need to hire a restoration company that can restore your warehouse quickly. SERVPRO offers a quick response to flooding disasters of any magnitude and can get to your warehouse a short time after receiving your call.

Our team can assess the severity of the destruction. We can inspect for potential issues and fix them before they become significant problems. After a torrential downpour, you can realize that some parts of the roof of your warehouse are leaking. If that is the case, our team can inspect the roof and the inner ceiling to find the leaks and then perform the repairs.

If there is water on the floor, we can use portable or truck-mounted extractors to remove it. Truck-mounted extractors provide a more powerful vacuum compared to portable extractors. Their waste tanks can fill up quickly when we are removing water from your warehouse. Our SERVPRO team can use units equipped with automatic waste pumps on the waste tanks to remove the water so we can quickly move it to a sanitary sewer system.

We also use advanced drying techniques that can quickly dry the affected areas, including the spaces between the walls. We can use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to achieve this. Once we clean and dry the flooded areas, we can disinfect them using antimicrobial products.

When your warehouse has flooded, you can trust SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to bring things back to normal. Call us any time at (727) 522-0000 for effective restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Centrifugal Air Movers Help Dry St. Petersburg Homes

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

Standing in puddle of water Our professionals have state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your home so you can return safely after a water incident.

Why SERVPRO Uses Certain Products and Equipment For The Best Possible Outcome After Water Damage In Your St. Petersburg Home

Evaporative drying is a fixture of water restoration for St. Petersburg properties, and often involves a variety of cutting-edge tools and machines. Achieving moisture content readings below the established baseline begins with the proper deployment of air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the damaged portions of the house. A balance between these two critical components of moisture removal can maximize drying efforts for saturated materials and contents. 

While there are two types of air movers that our SERVPRO team uses to force dry air across damp surfaces or environments, often the water damage in St. Petersburg residences can benefit from the deployment of centrifugal air movers. These machines pull high volumes of air into the unit and disperse a direct blast of warm, dry air at designated surfaces and materials. 

Higher Pressure

Because airflow created by centrifugal air movers gets directed through a system of tubes in the machine itself, the output has a higher pressure than axial air movers that also can get used in restoration jobs. This increased pressure makes the unit ideal for focused drying efforts on specific portions of materials and contents saturated by a water loss incident. 

Greater Output

While there is a lower force in the output of air from centrifugal machines, the continual flow can offer a steadier delivery than what gets expected from axial options. The steady flow directed at a specific point can make evaporative drying efficient and fast. 

Two Designs

Centrifugal air movers typically come in two separate designs, including the standard shape and a lower profile model. Ordinary air movers have some versatility, given their height off the ground and the force of the output. Low profile models also exist to help our SERVPRO team direct airflow under furniture or into inaccessible areas where migrating water has traveled. 

Air movers of any variety are the centerpiece for useful and timely drying of water-damaged residences. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team can help with a considerable assortment of centrifugal air movers to help after a disaster. Give us a call anytime at (727) 522-0000. 

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Water Extraction In Your St. Petersburg Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Applied Structural Drying Technicians for St. Petersburg Homes

Water extraction might be one of the priorities of responding water restorers reaching your St. Petersburg home, but how your property gets dried after a disaster is equally important. Various methods can force temporary relocations, while other solutions might lean heavier on controlled demolition and build back. We determine the needs of every property individually during the scoping process conducted by our project manager.

No matter how severe water damage to St. Petersburg homes might be, we have skilled technicians and a team of dedicated residential contractors that can help to make it “Like it never even happened.” Along with the majority of our technicians obtaining their Water Restoration (WRT) accreditation through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), many of these same professionals also have an additional endorsement in Applied Structural Drying (ASD.)

The knowledge obtained in the receipt of the ASD certification gives our technicians confidence to find the appropriate drying solution for whatever water damage exists in your home. Part of their knowledge in this field dictates the appropriate drying equipment and techniques for saturated materials. Some structural elements are not salvageable in certain situations, like drywall that has been exposed to standing water for more than a day.

ASD technicians learn timely drying procedures during their training, helping them to make the best drying decisions on-site. For example, while it might take several days to sufficiently dry out saturated wood framing in a residence, it is often more cost-effective for the customer to wait this time than to incur the costs of controlled demolition and reconstruction unnecessarily. Likewise, a wet carpet and pad might be more cost-efficient to remove to protect and dry subflooring material like plywood and OSB board.

Drying a residence involves hundreds of decisions made both ahead of the responding team of technicians and during the restoration process. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg professionals have extensive training and experience in water recovery efforts, and you can reach our crew 24/7 by calling (727) 522-0000.

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Commercial Flood Damage St. Petersburg – Delaminated Carpeting

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of a business. The flooding in your building plays a huge role, let us help you get back to normal after your St. Petersburg business flood.

Your St. Petersburg business flooring is very important. Let SERVPRO help you save it.

Commercial carpeting in stores and business offices must withstand a great deal of foot traffic along with regular vacuuming and cleaning activities. A flooded commercial building may cause the owner to replace the carpet and underpad instead of drying the carpet in place.

SERVPRO can help owners with these decisions after a commercial flood damage event in our operating territory of St. Petersburg. Water and moisture must still be removed, and the humidity levels within the building reduced to normal levels. Any contents affected by the flood must still be cleaned and dried as well.

Carpet Delamination

The backing of a carpet consists of a primary and secondary backing. The layers are held together by a latex material. Over time, the backing can separate due to deterioration of the latex, causing the two layers to separate. A combination of traffic, sunlight, and in the case of a flood, water can accelerate the separation. Replacing the carpet is required once the layers separate.

Padding Replacement

In most commercial buildings, there is an underpad installed under the carpet, although in some cases, the carpet may be laid directly on the subfloor. Depending on the quality of the underpad, it may tear or disintegrate upon the removal of the carpet. It may also disintegrate when wet. Either way, it must be replaced, and the replacement is often less than the cost of drying.

Once the removal of the carpet and the underpad are complete, normal drying operations can take place to prepare the subfloor and walls for the installation of new underpad and carpet. We install dehumidifiers and air movers to thoroughly dry the area and reduce the humidity to normal levels.

SERVPRO can assist by assessing the condition of the existing flooring and provide estimates to dry the carpet and underpad. The owner can then make an informed decision regarding a replacement.

Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Shore Acres, Coffeepot Bayou, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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The Nuances of Storm Damage Remediation in St. Petersburg Revealed

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

bedroom in house flooded with water and chair floating When flooding hits your home, the situation can seem overwhelming.  Contact SERVPRO to help you through this.

Easing the Cleanup Work Associated with Flood Damage When Storm Hit St. Petersburg Home

Flooding from a storm affects homes in a myriad of ways necessitating elaborate restoration processes. Sometimes, the biggest challenge is how to clean up the mess left after an incident, as was the case in St. Petersburg, where a severe storm forced groundwater into a home. Cleaning up loss sites is one of SERVPRO's specialties, so intervention from our team helped ease the restoration.

Managing debris collection

One of the main issues with flood damage from storm incidents in St. Petersburg is debris pile up because most porous materials are unsalvageable after exposure to excess water and contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians incorporate debris management into most of the restoration activities that we do. For instance, when tearing down walls or removing floor materials, we have trash receptors ready, so the waste materials are not strewn all over the site. At the St. Petersburg home, we removed the wall-to-wall carpet and pad, which were affected by groundwater. Slicing them into small square pieces helped them fit perfectly into the trash bins, organizing the restoration site.

Understanding materials when cleaning surfaces

Floodwaters spread everywhere, leaving all sorts of materials soiled. At the St. Petersburg home, we had to clean both finished and unfinished wood surfaces as well as tiles. Our SERVPRO technicians understand various challenges that different materials present and therefore take the right steps to tackle them. For example, wood is semi-porous and tends to swell after exposure to water. Our technicians were able to clean all wooden surfaces by applying professional cleaning agents and thoroughly agitating them to remove soils and traces of contaminants before starting drying procedures.

Final Touches

There is a tendency for flooding sites to develop bad odor or finishes on surfaces to deteriorate. Although there were minimal signs of these issues at the loss site, our technicians took a proactive approach. Mixing water-based deodorizers with the cleaning agents helped ensure a sweet scent once the cleaning was over. Drying excess moisture also helped ensure that no odors would develop later.

Restoring a home to its preloss state after flooding can be difficult. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why We Are The Right Choice In St. Petersburg After A Flood

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

One of our air movers in the corner of this room drying the concrete We have highly trained professionals and specialized equipment that can restore your property to pre-storm condition, call us right away.

Restoration Professionals are here to help St. Petersburg Residents Overcome Flood Damage

Flood Damage St. Petersburg

Flooding in your neighborhood can be a nightmare. Often floodwaters lead to many community issues like road overflow, sewer backups as well as transport problems. Some of these issues may adversely affect your home, and all of them can upset your daily routine. Getting back to normal is a challenge that requires healthy decision making and positive action. Property flooding can make it tough to return to work and cause excessive amounts of stress. 

Residents use restoration services for flood damage in St. Petersburg when the size of the job at hand gets overwhelming. All flooding situations are stressful. However, depending on the scale and breadth of flood damage, some are beyond the scope of a homeowner. There may be severe pressure exerted on the structure of your home as well as infrastructure like doors or windows that need repair. Standing water, in particular, can use significant force unto walls, ceilings, and floors, which could lead to collapses. Reaching out to SERVPRO can help you to negate these losses. 

It is prudent to check your coverage for natural weather events ahead of time. SERVPRO can work with national and local insurance adjusters to provide an assessment that reflects the value of returning your home to its pre-flood condition. You may want to make special mention of personal items or valuable contents during the inspection to ensure that your materials get the attention they need. Our policy is to assist homeowners in all aspects of restoration, including items of sentimental value. 

When massive amounts of water arrive in a home environment, it begins to migrate from the source outward. By not stemming the tide of water, there is a risk of damage occurring in cavities, crawlspaces as well as spreading throughout the home. Our team of qualified SERVPRO restorers can use emergency measures like pumping out water and extracting residues to mitigate against further harm quickly. Negating the immediate risk is essential to keeping your claim expense low. 

When disaster strikes, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

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Using Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers in Water Damage for St. Petersburg Residents

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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Our team at SERVPRO works to prevent water damage catastrophes in your St. Petersburg home

There are two crucial aspects to consider when dealing with a water emergency. The first aspect is to remove the water from the contents and structure of your home. This task can be tough for homeowners to manage as most household machineries lack the necessary lift volume and vacuum power to be sufficient water extractors. The second aspect is to remove moisture from the surrounding air. When water evaporates, it raises moisture content. Humid air can promote mold growth, condensate inside walls, or damage fabrics over-time and needs to be brought under control quickly. Homeowners may struggle to ventilate a property by opening windows alone.

Our team is adept at controlling humidity levels during and after water damage in St. Petersburg. Maintaining the correct level of humidity throughout a service requires regular measurements, diligence, and efficient execution. Often, without taking due care and attention, water emergencies can spiral out of control, causing microbial growth issues, rots, and unpleasant water degradation. SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) take regular psychrometric readings to control humidity throughout service.

Dehumidification equipment is essential to the drying procedure. There are many types of dehumidifiers. But among the most common for use in water restoration are low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers (LGR.) LGR dehumidifiers use cooling coils to bring air moisture down to the dew point. When humid air reaches the dew point, it converts back into the water, which can then be drawn into the storage tank or pumped out of the building.

SERVPRO technicians set up LGR dehumidifiers in a closed system drying environment. Closed systems are where there are no windows open or other places for air to circulate and can be much more efficient at drying than open systems. LGRs are set up by attaching an exhausting hose onto nearby drainage systems. As the air passes through the dehumidifier, it dries, replacing humid air with dry indoor air. Since water naturally moves from wet to dry, dehumidifying a wet structure can significantly speed up the overall drying time of your home and contents.

For rapid drying, after a water emergency, your home needs industrial restorative equipment. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

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We Are Available 24/7 to Restore Your St. Petersburg Home

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

A ceiling with  huge water spot caused by a leak When there is a leak in your ceiling we offer the fast action needed to prevent further damage. Call us right away.

How to Avoid Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home

If you have lived in St. Petersburg for any length of time, you know that, like most of Florida, the humidity and hard water often lead to excess moisture or leaking pipes. In 2014, 79 percent of insurance claims made in Florida were from water damage. The best way to avoid water damage is to get ahead of it by understanding how to prevent it. In cases where you cannot stop the water, SERVPRO technicians are available to repair the damage. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Here are some prevention tips to keep water from causing harm to your home: 

It is essential to know the location of your water main to prevent water damage in your St. Petersburg home. If you notice a leaky pipe or your dishwasher flooding your kitchen and cannot stop it at the source, knowing how to shut off the water main valve has the potential of saving you a great deal of damage. Typically, you will find your water main on an outside utility wall. After shutting off the valve, you can evaluate and fix the pipe, either on your own or by calling SERVPRO professionals. 

If you have a leak, you should always investigate quickly. A small amount of water from an unknown source does not magically go away. The quicker you take care of a leak, the less damage. If you need help finding the moisture in your home, trained SERVPRO technicians can use state of the art moisture sensors. These sensors have probes that penetrate through surfaces to determine the location of moisture. 

Periodically check around your home for leaks and standing water. It only takes a few minutes to check your kitchen, bathroom(s), and anywhere else that you have water fixtures. You may be able to catch a drip from a pipe and save yourself a giant headache due to water damage

Running a dehumidifier in your home may help to prevent mold infestations. Florida's humid climate tends to create excess moisture in the home, often above the 60 percent range. This excess moisture creates the perfect breeding ground for microbes, which can lead to full mold infestations. Using a dehumidifier will bring the moisture level down in your home and help prevent microbes and other bacteria from growing. 

If you need assistance for water leaks or any other type of water damage, big or small, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000. We are available to help 24/7. 

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When a Kitchen Fire Interrupts Your Dinner in St. Petersburg

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

grease fire on stove It only takes seconds for a fire to begin. Never leave pans unattended and have a fire extinguisher nearby.

Local St. Petersburg Fire Damage Remediation Services

An accident that leads to fire damage in your home can feel like an absolute disaster. You may read this and think, "I'm too careful about that. I wouldn't let something catch on fire in my house." Many people have thought the same in the past, and fire damage has still impacted their homes.

The truth is that your St. Petersburg home could suffer fire damage from more sources than just a candle left unattended. The U.S. Fire Administration states that open flames, such as candles, cause only 4.6% of residential fires. However, cooking accounts for 51.6% of fires, and heating accounts for 9.1%. That leaves a lot of potential sources for fire damage inside of your home. You may still think that you would never cause a fire while cooking, but there are so many circumstances at play that could cause a fire to get out of hand under your supervision.

So, what should you do if a fire does break out on your property? Let's stick to cooking for this scenario. We can say that a grease fire began after frying some bacon. Before you managed to smother it and put it out, it caused some minor soot damage to the hood of your stove, blackening the shining silver metal. Standard cleaning methods are not dealing with the greasy mess left behind by the fire as they should, and you have found yourself at a bit of a loss.

In this situation, you should reach out for professional fire damage remediation services. You may think that it is not that big of a mess and doesn't warrant such a call, but here at SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We train and certify our technicians by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration. When you give us a call, we'll immediately assemble a team of our technicians and send them to your location with advanced equipment designed to combat the soot damage in your kitchen.

Our techs can use house-made cleaning solutions to tackle the grime on the hood of your stove. Furthermore, to reduce the smell of smoke in your kitchen, we can also use air scrubbers equipped with carbon filters to pull the particles from the air that cause the malodor. Our goal is always to leave you feeling, "Like it never even happened."

Whenever you need restoration help, don't wait to get it. Get in touch with SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg by dialing (727) 522-0000. No matter the time, we're ready to help.

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Our Fire Damage Experts Discuss The Principles Of Cleaning In St. Petersburg

11/17/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage Pros In St. Petersburg Spell Out The Principles Of Cleaning

After a fire starts inside your St. Petersburg home, the elements created by the blaze can ruin many of your contents and building materials. Smoke and heat entering the interior of your house can cause excessive fire damage. Any time something burns on your property, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our technicians know that anything we can clean and restore is cheaper than removing and replacing items.

That being said, cleaning soot residues and debris created by your fire damage project in St. Petersburg can become a significant part of the restoration process. When conducting cleaning services, our SERVPRO technicians always utilize a standard set of processes and procedures. The following six basic principles are all helpful to know and put into use when attempting to clean your structural components and contents.

1. Find Residues
During any restoration project, the first step our SERVPRO team takes is to inspect your entire building for the presence of soils and soot residues created by charring and smoke. Sometimes smoke can get to places that are not easily noticed. We make it a point to find all of the cracks and crevices that smoke went, and then we test clean the affected areas to figure out the best products and techniques to use during restoration.

2. Identify The Types Of Residues
Soot residues can come in a large variety of forms. The composition of soils and residues can change based upon what fuels were burned during the fire and other conditions, including the amount of oxygen and the temperature at which the fire burned.

3. Identify The Type Of Surface The Residue Is On
Various soils and soot residues can adhere to surfaces in different ways. A cleaning technique that works with one type of soil on one surface may not work when attempting to clean a different type of surface.

4. Capture Residues In Dry Particulate Form Or In A Solution
Dry cleaning techniques remove and capture residues so that they can be removed, whereas wet cleaning methods capture them inside the water-based cleaning product.

5. Remove And Properly Dispose of The Residues
Once the soils get captured, we then remove them from the affected area and dispose of them in a way that does not contaminate any previously unaffected areas inside your home.

When a fire adds stress to your life, we can help. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 24/7 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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