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Why We Are The Leader In Fire Damage Restoration In St. Petersburg

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage in a family room that suffered fire damage Fire damage in this home led to terrible soot and smoke damage. Damage such as this requires professionals like us to clean it up.

Handle Fire Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home By Hiring Experts 

When fire strikes a home, the first thing many people do is to run for safety. They then call firefighters to extinguish it. However, the problem does not end there. The end of fire signifies the beginning of another significant issue, which is dealing with the destruction.

Dealing with fire damage in your St. Petersburg home can be challenging. You need to hire professionals to assess the damage and restore your property to its preloss state. The fire might not have burned down everything, but it may have left behind the following:

  • Strong odors caused by burned foods, especially proteins.
  • Unbearably noxious smells from the remains of synthetic products.
  • Thick, black smoke residue formed all over your home’s walls and items.
  • Ashes from burned down items that settle around the home.
  • Half-damaged items you might need to replace.
  • Electrical damages on cables and electronics.
  • Burned down trees and landscapes in case of natural fires.

After firefighters help you to extinguish the flames, you must clean up the damaged structures immediately. If you don’t, soot can continue to discolor your walls and floors. Metal, on the other hand, can corrode. Wooden surfaces can deteriorate fast, and this could worsen to the point where you need to repair them. You also need to clean windows and doors quickly. Otherwise, they can become etched with ash and soot, turning them into unattractive ruins.

Everything that the fire damage partially burned can continue to deteriorate gradually. Thankfully, SERVPRO can help you repair the destruction. We have fully trained professionals and the equipment required to fix fire-related damages. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can determine which items to restore and which ones to replace. We can also identify the things that do not require restoration and estimate the odds of restoring questionable items. 

Before cleaning a house, our restorers perform tests to choose the right cleaning method. During testing, we categorize materials as non-washable or washable. We can clean washable materials using water-based cleaning products. We use dry cleaning methods to clean non-washable materials. The residues on a material can also determine the cleaning method to use. For instance, we can use dry solvent cleaning agents to remove grease or oil-based residues, even though water-based products may not ruin the materials we are cleaning. 

If your home has unpleasant odors, our SERVPRO technicians can combine several deodorization techniques to eliminate them. The same deodorizing process or deodorizing process is unlikely to solve all odor issues. Some scents require direct spraying and others fogging. Our technicians use different equipment like hydroxyl generators, Ultra Low Volume (ULV) misters, and thermal foggers to remove the scents. 

The most important task after a fire disaster is to restore your home to its normal condition. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can assist you to clean up and deodorize your residence. Contact us at (727) 522-0000 at any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Our Crew Can Save Your Water Damaged Floors In St. Petersburg

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged home with debris floating “Like it never even happened.”

Protect Your Floors From Water Damage In St. Petersburg

It does not take a hurricane for water to invite itself into your home. Often, water damage results from a broken down water heater, or a faulty dishwasher. Even though there is no natural disaster associated with the water event, your life is still disrupted, and you need help. Many homeowners try to dry the affected areas, without realizing that water has permeated flooring materials, leaving you vulnerable to bacteria, mold, and a compromised structure. When you call a specialized team, you can anticipate complications and take preventive action.

When the water damage happens in your St. Petersburg home, you can count on SERVPRO to walk you through the ramifications of an otherwise minor spill. At its core, it is essential to remember that the sooner you extract the water, the lesser the damage will be. Like you, we want to take care of the incident while reducing your losses, and this includes protecting the longevity of your floors.

Properties with beautiful hardwood floors can rely on our SERVPRO team to be knowledgeable of the optimal moisture level for structural wood. When a wooden board expands due to moisture, it can buckle at the joints, and this warping can survive if the floor is allowed to dry in this position. When we come in, we use industry-grade technology to monitor the humidity and restore it to the recommended levels. Engineered wood materials, such as particleboard and laminate flooring, may resist the water. However, the glue used to keep boards together may dissolve with water, causing a shift on the installation. As our water restoration technicians bring in dehumidifiers, water extractors, and pumps, we take into account the moisture in the air and the specific needs of each material we dry.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is your expert guide when water threatens your home. By calling our 24/7 line at (727) 522-0000, you have access to a cadre of specialized technicians who can address your immediate needs while preventing future complications. Let SERVPRO into your home so we can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Remediates Commercial Flood Damage in St. Petersburg

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Man driving forklift in warehouse. Don’t let water damage your warehouse inventory. SERVPRO has the know-how to quickly remediate the situation.

Limiting Loss with Commercial Flood Damage in St. Petersburg Warehouse 

No type of water damage is more concerning than when it involves a business storage area, especially where there are a significant number of stock items not yet sold. If they are a water loss, even with reimbursement through insurance, the financial hit for replacement of these items is detrimental to the bottom line of the business. 

When the remnants of a tropical storm delivered heavy rains to the St. Petersburg area commercial flood damage struck a local furniture warehouse, and fast action was crucial. Our technicians arrived within an hour of the call and immediately began moving out the boxes of furniture to our climate-controlled facility for secure storage. This is important because: 

  • Excessive moisture warps and swells hardwood.
  • Particle and composite wood furnishings generally do not fare well when they undergo prolonged exposure to water.
  • Porous objects absorb moisture and may emit musty odors unless treated. 

Boxes located at the warehouse entrance where the floodwater came in were saturated, and the soggy cardboard required disposal. Fortunately, we found the plastic-wrapped furnishings inside were in good condition for restoration services. 

SERVPRO technicians know dealing with the temporary closure of your business, repairs from flood damage and other water loss issues is a stressful situation. We communicate with both property owners and insurance adjusters to ensure everyone is on the same page for each phase of restoration services.  We also ensure any efforts completed by us is within the scope of coverage. 

After the removal of the stock, we quickly extracted the remaining water on the cement floor of the warehouse and set up our air movers and dehumidifiers. Because this site stored both upholstered along with solid wood furnishings, odor control was essential. We made sure upon completion of restoration services, the warehouse had zero musty odors and was ready to store stock again. 

Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 when you need assistance with commercial flood damage mitigation. Our certified, trained technicians can handle any storm or water damage in your property and make it "Like it never even happened."

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Fire Damage Restoration Basics That Residents of St. Petersburg Should Understand

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire damage can set you back in St. Petersburg, we can get you back to normal.

There are several things you need to be aware of when your property experiences fire damage. For instance, different aspects of the resulting damage require specific restoration measures to return your property to its preloss state. Whether your home requires odor removal or addressing the damage caused to the structure, time is crucial when attending such events in St. Petersburg.

Tricky situations arise when your St. Petersburg property suffers fire damage. In some cases, the fire may consume a small portion of a structure, but the restoration process may require the entire structure to be involved. Imagine having to deal with the grime that the smoke makes to appear on the ceiling and walls areas which may be labor-intensive. In some cases, the use of ordinary cleaning methods may not work, and you might require the services of experienced professionals such as SERVPRO.

All DIY enthusiasts should remember that safety comes first when performing fire damage restoration. Firstly, never enter a fire-damaged building unless fire officials declare it safe. During such an event, liquids such as Windex and home cleaners may mix to form an acidic cocktail. If that happens, third-degree burns may result. SERVPRO reminds you to avoid health risks by wearing goggles, waterproof resistant boots, breathing mask, overalls, and chemical resistant gloves.

Determining the resulting breaches should be the first thing you perform when you enter your fire-damaged property. It is the time when you discover which part of the wall or roof is missing as a result of the incident. If you fail to seal the breaches which arise, the weather elements such as humidity and rain are likely to cause secondary damage. Where possible, you can use a tarp to seal the missing sections. If the work is beyond you, then you can consider working with our SERVPRO technicians. The water that the firemen use to extinguish the fire may also cause water damage and lead to mold growth. We can use water extractors and space heaters to dry the area and prevent such outcomes.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg has highly trained technicians who use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to when attending to commercial and residential restoration needs. You can call (727) 522-0000 at any time of the day to have all your concerns addressed.

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How to Dry Your Water Damaged St. Petersburg Home

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

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How to Fast Track Recovery from Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home 

Did you know nearly forty-percent of homeowners state they have experienced loss from water damage? No matter if it is a small-scale pipe leak or a broken washing machine hose dumping a lot of water, it requires fast cleanup. 

There are some actions homeowners in St. Petersburg with water damage can do before SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site for removal and cleanup efforts. Using mops or rags to absorb the visible water on surfaces helps. Remove loose items on the floors or tabletops. If books, magazines, or papers are in an area where they could come into contact with water, move them to a dry area. These actions lessen the chances of the transference of ink onto the wet carpet.  

Upon arrival, our technicians scope the home to determine migration paths of water. We must address all areas of excessive moisture because the average humidity in this area of the State leaves properties at risk of mold infestation when inadequate water cleanup occurs. Among the many certifications SERVPRO technicians attain, three are very applicable to water damage restoration: 

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)
  • Water Restoration Technician (WRT) 

Each of these areas of knowledge brings elements that help us inhibit mold growth after water damage. The AMRT training gives our technicians the insight for the conditions that encourage mold spore germination and indoor humidity levels that create inhospitable environments. The ASDT information gives our team members the training to set drying goals and perform specialty drying when needed on wall cavities, subflooring, and other hard-to-reach areas. WRT teaches our team members that spending time on extraction and using specific water removal equipment lessens drying time and assists with reducing the loss for the homeowner. 

Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 when water damage happens in your home. Our certified technicians arrive on-site within an hour after your call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

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We Follow The Proper Steps To Ensure St. Petersburg Fire Damage Is Restored Efficiently

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

You need our experts handle your fire damage. We have the expertise and experience to handle any disaster big or small so call us right away.

The Sometimes Overlooked Step in St. Petersburg Fire Damage Cleanup

No two ways about it, fire damage, even a small scale one, is distressing. In cases where it was extinguished quickly without much charring or debris, still has the potential to leave behind pungent smoke odors.

When SERVPRO of St. Petersburg answers a call for fire damage cleanup in a home, we thoroughly address the issues, so there are no reminders left over from the fire after the completion of mitigation efforts. Our initial fire cleanup includes the removal of charred debris, containment of the fire loss area to limit the spread of soot and a piece by piece inspection of possessions affected by smoke damage for restorability potential.

Air scrubbers are vital pieces of equipment during fire damage mitigation. These powerful units have a honeycomb of filtration and have the capability of capturing airborne soot particles smaller than the human eye can see.

One mistake often made is the running of the HVAC in the property after a fire. This single action can spread soot throughout the home, and wherever those particles go, odors follow. SERVPRO technicians follow a detailed series of steps to thoroughly clean soot from ductwork, so the house does not carry lingering reminders of the loss.

Standard ductwork cleaning methods include:

  • Inspection of the ductwork
    Cleaning of the return and vent covers
  • Vacuum cleaning of the clean air handling unit
  • Negative air pressure system used to pull particles from the ductwork
    Clean all ducting from vent openings

Once SERVPRO technicians finish with the ductwork, we apply other odor control measures as needed in the fire-damaged areas. Standard equipment our team members rely on for odor eradication are thermal fogging units and hydroxyl generators, both neutralize the pungent scent of smoke.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 is available around the clock to clean up fire damage of any size and leave your home in its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."

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We Get You Back To Business In St. Petersburg After A Flood Disaster

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

A storage room in a commercial suite needed rapid water removal and partial demolition to keep the office running.

Preserving Electronic Equipment after Commercial Flood Damage in St. Petersburg

Flood waters that enter your commercial property are the responsibility of the property manager. During the initial phases of flooding, restorers can perform crucial tasks to help mitigate losses by cleaning and drying the structure as well as its contents. A busy office may have large amounts of electronic equipment, which is at a high risk of permanent damage resulting in expensive replacements. Contacting a professional restoration company with the experience and the human resources to restore a large structure could limit losses significantly.

The cost of commercial flood damage for a St. Petersburg business can be severe. Not only is there a loss of revenue, but also the potential loss of valuable electronic equipment. Chief among these are computers, but any item with a circuit board is considered electronic. That could include televisions, phones, modems, servers, and other appliances. SERVPRO crew chiefs are capable of significantly reducing the likelihood of permanent losses for electronic equipment while third-party electronics restoration vendors are brought in.

In mitigating contents losses, some techniques seem apparent and others that are not so obvious. Electronic equipment must be unplugged, as well as removing fuses, batteries or trip breakers. Removal of electronics from the affected area is advisable, but in some situations, covering them with sealed plastic barriers may also be useful while standing water is pumped out from the affected area.

After the removal of standing water, SERVPRO can deploy dehumidification equipment to stabilize the humidity levels in the affected area. Electronic equipment can become permanently corroded or damaged by condensation so must be kept above the dew point at all times. We manage this using thermal hygrometers and heating equipment to ensure air remains above the dew point. Incidentally, maintaining a higher air temperature increases the rate of evaporation from materials as warm air can hold more moisture. With the environment under control, your SERVPRO technician can arrange for an electronics specialist on your behalf to restore flood damages and mitigate losses.

Electronic equipment is at high risk of permanent damage without expert restorers on hand, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

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Why Professional Cleanup is Necessary for Flood Cleanup in St. Petersburg

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Yikes! Mold growth can cause damage to your drywall behind the visible mold colony. Call SERVPRO to restore your home today.

Learn Why Flood Damage in Your St. Petersburg Residence Calls for Thorough Cleanup

Flooding in St. Petersburg can result after torrential rains, tropical storms, hurricanes, and high tides. When strong winds accompany heavy rainfall, damage can occur to the roofs of homes if tree branches, power lines or debris fall on them, leading to water damage in the interiors. Floodwater can ruin hardwood floors, ceilings, walls, and the contents in almost any room of your house.

Removing the flood water is imperative because it is usually muddy and contaminated with microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, viruses, and pesticides from flooded lawns. When there’s flood damage in your St. Petersburg residence, it is imperative to hire professionals to perform the cleanup. The experienced Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) from SERVPRO can help you remove the black water from your house.  

Our crew can get to your house quickly, assess the severity of the water damage, and begin the critical step of flood damage remediation, which is removing as much water as possible. Water removal includes extracting the water using powerful portable pumps and discarding damp materials like the carpet and carpet pad, insulation, and sheetrock.  

Once we remove the water, we use drying equipment like commercial air movers and high-efficiency dehumidifiers to pull the remaining moisture from the building and the air. Moisture in a building can promote microbial growth. Our restorers use moisture meters to take moisture readings in the affected areas, including behind cabinets and wall cavities throughout the drying process to ensure everything is thoroughly dry.  

Another issue that floodwater can cause is mold growth on walls, ceilings, furniture, and fabrics. Mold can germinate in a moist, warm environment with food sources like drywall, indoor dirt, insulation, wood, and paper. In some conditions, mold spores grow after only 12 hours and can grow into colonies after 24 to 48 hours. Quickly removing the water and moisture helps prevent mold damage from occurring. We have applied microbial remediation technicians (AMRTs) who can use sophisticated tools and products to clean up your home after it has flooded so it can be safe for habitation once the restoration process is over. We can sanitize your home using antimicrobial chemicals or UV ray projectors. Our SERVPRO technicians also offer other restoration services to get a house back to its preloss state, including:

  • Air duct cleaning
  • Eliminating bad odors
  • Removing possible contaminants from the ductwork.
  • Mold remediation

How quickly the flood damage remediation process begins determines its success. We answer our phones 24/7, and we can get one of our trucks on route to your house immediately to start the cleanup process.  

When you have experienced flooding in your home, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for prompt cleanup, drying, and restoration. We have the experience and knowledge to make the destruction seem “Like it never even happened.”

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How to Handle Water Damage Odors in Your St Petersburg Home

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

What's that smell? Call SERVPRO to remove water damage odors from your home.

Combat Odors Caused by Water Damage in Your St Petersburg Home

When returning to your St Petersburg home after experiencing water damage, you may find yourself combating some pretty pungent odors. Getting rid of the moisture, mildew, dirt, and other trash on your own may not be enough. Sometimes it takes hiring a professional to get the job done right.

Odors caused by water damage on your St Petersburg property usually occur because wet materials have not dried completely. A restoration expert can remove the majority of unwanted odors by returning moisture levels in your home to normal. However, there is also that rare occasion where a specific area goes untouched, or conditions remain that allow odors to linger.

If you smell something, always assume it has a source, and keep looking until you find it. When you fail to locate the source, contact a professional for help. At SERVPRO, our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) often combine multiple deodorization procedures in various ways, as many times as necessary to achieve results.

  • Multiple Methods Approach: Allows an OCT to locate and eliminate many water damage odors at once.
  • Deodorant Types: Technicians work with the homeowner to replace bad odors with a pleasing one.

Sometimes there are phantom odors, or Phantosmia; something you smell that is not there. Deodorant treatments, such as masking agents, disinfectants, sanitizers, and deodorizers, help provide you with a pleasing living environment. SERVPRO teams know all too well that anyone can fall victim to phantom odors, even technicians with years of experience. So, never be afraid to mention that you smell something, even if others do not. Phantom odors often are sensed by residents even years after a house fire.

Alternatively, painting or subcontractor work can leave behind smells that cover odors until later. Using the multiple methods approach keeps odors from coming back. As a homeowner, you want someone on your side that understands your situation and is willing to work with you until completion. Our entire team at SERVPRO shows pride in providing solutions to members of our local community every day.

Gain access to highly trained technicians with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We stand ready to answer your call, 24/7 at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg. Call today for access to quality restoration services throughout Shore Acres, Meadowlawn, and Snell Isle. (727) 522-0000

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Why Handle Flood Damage Remediation in Your St. Petersburg Home Alone?

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage can't always be prevented. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Crucial Steps that Help Keep Flood Damage in St. Petersburg Manageable

Flooding incidents can vary a lot in terms of causes, and the levels of intensity. However, every kind of flooding has the potential to leave severe damages in your St. Petersburg home. Damages can also happen immediately or long after the incident is over. There is a need to take several corrective steps to restore the home to its preloss state.

Responding fast to flooding incidents can help keep the levels of flood damage in St. Petersburg manageable because it creates an opportunity for preventive measures to be taken in time. Steps such as moving items or securing the structure can help prevent damages that take time to happen. Our SERVPRO teams board up the structure and install roof tarps in case of breach by falling tree branches, or strong winds. We also help with move-outs where necessary.

Since flooding involves significant amounts of water, there is a need for serious removal efforts. In some cases, the water flows out as the flooding recedes outside the structure. However, floodwaters contain mud, silt and other soils necessitating further steps even if the water drains on its own. Our SERVPRO technicians use water extractors, which also have cleaning capabilities. The units have vacuuming, heating, and storage capabilities, which help with the removal of water and cleaning of affected areas.

One of the issues likely to cause long-term damages to property after flooding is residue moisture. Moisture can remain in the air as humidity or in wet materials. In some cases, water that finds a way into concealed sections such as subfloors or wall cavities can remain hidden, leading to rot, mold or other long-term problems. Our SERVPRO teams include IICRC certified WRT, Water Restoration Technicians, who apply their knowledge in different ways to prevent future problems. We use different moisture detection equipment, including moisture meters and sensors with probes to establish the levels of wetness in materials. We also use thermo-hygrometers to check humidity levels inside and outside the house. Once we establish the moisture levels, we can use air movers and dehumidifiers to restore average moisture levels.

For the stress-free restoration of your flood-damaged property, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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