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

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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Preventing Air Conditioner Water Damage in St. Petersburg

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 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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When Floodwaters Penetrate the Structural Cavities of Your St. Petersburg Home

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When Floodwaters Penetrate the Structural Cavities of Your St. Petersburg Home Heavy rains in Florida are a common occurrence. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to restore your home.

Clearing Flood Damage in the Structural Cavities of Your St. Petersburg Home

Water, by nature, moves from wet to dry. This natural migration is what makes professional restoration a necessity if your home falls victim to flooding. Standing water causes more harm the longer it is allowed to sit; saturating fabrics, fittings and absorbing into your subfloor. One area of particular concern is wall cavities where water can reside unnoticed and potentially stagnant or cause complicated secondary damages.

We have helped residents deal with flood damage in St. Petersburg for decades because we train our technicians comprehensively. These property damages are time sensitive which is why we organize a rapid response unit that is on hand to help you in this situation. As an organization with national resources, SERVPRO can mobilize extensive remediation equipment specially designed for these circumstances.

When water migrates into wall cavities, it can quickly saturate sheetrock which needs to be demolished and disposed of in most cases. Failure to do so can lead to mold or mildew growth inside your walls which is far more time consuming and expensive to remove properly. SERVPRO has the equipment to both measure saturation levels and draws water from cavities in your home's structure.

Thermal imaging cameras use infrared light to help us see behind opaque structures in the home, like walls, and assess the level of moisture present. We can also deploy moisture meters to ascertain the actual water content behind structures as well as Thermo-Hygrometers which tell us the relative humidity. This equipment is vital in the planning stage as they tell your SERVPRO technician precisely what we need to get your home back to preloss condition.

The second phase of water damage remediation is to deploy structural cavity drying equipment. These could include injectidry systems which use several individual injectors to blast warm air into the cavity and evaporate moisture. If your home as hardwood floorboards or tiling we can use specialized drying mats to pull the moisture from underneath them without having to remove and replace the existing floor. An approach like this ensures that not only is the evidence of flood damage removed but reduces the likelihood of long-term damages.

Advanced equipment is critical to proper remediation, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 today.

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Contact Our Crew After Your Bed And Breakfast In St. Petersburg Experiences A Fire Damage Disaster

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial Contact Our Crew After Your Bed And Breakfast In St. Petersburg Experiences A Fire Damage Disaster We are here, at (727) 522-0000, always ready to help you achieve your goals by helping you clean and maintain your bed and breakfast.

Sources Of Commercial Fire Damage In Your New St. Petersburg's Bed And Breakfast

When buying a new bed and breakfast in the St. Petersburg area, keeping a smoothly running business going might seem to only center on how well your services match the needs of your guests. While having a good business plan in place helps immensely, as does completing one of our READY Plans, unexpected issues can affect the quality of individual areas of your establishment.

Past occupants who smoked cigarettes can leave your St. Petersburg business with fire damage on walls and ceilings. The film left behind can seem slight, but when you remove paintings or other wall coverings, you can quickly see the difference between exposed and protected areas.

Before you open your doors for business or even take pictures to use in advertising, cleaning of the business must take place to give you the best possible start. SERVPRO can help in this deep cleaning, especially in removing smoke residue from fire damage. Cigarette smoke is particularly sticky because of the high amounts of nicotine and tar content. Over time, the layer of cigarette smoke becomes much more difficult to remove.

Ashes that miss their mark and end up on the floor instead of in an ashtray can also add to the unpleasant odors in a room. We have teams that work together to rid our walls and ceilings of smoke residue, and other crews who concentrate on revitalizing your floors.

Carpeting can often give up odors when cleaned professionally. Sometimes this requires two attempts, followed by injected deodorizing chemicals that slowly add a more desirable scent into the air. Wood floors can hide ashes in between the boards, with significant amounts pushed underneath. We can remove the debris using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. For concentrated areas on carpeting, we often use a Claw attachment after saturating the area with a liquid cleaning solution.

Because not all fire damage comes from a one-time blaze, SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg uses a multitude of techniques to make your property “Like it never even happened.” We are here, at (727) 522-0000, always ready to help you achieve your goals by helping you clean and maintain your bed and breakfast in Vinoy, Shore Acres, or Meadowlawn.

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Your Best Guide to Water Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Your Best Guide to Water Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg Water damage can seem to literally overtake your home. Contact SERVPRO after an incident or to investigate the cause of excess water in your home.

An Efficient Method for Water Removal in St. Petersburg Properties

A common mantra in the restoration industry is that water moves from wet to dry. Standing water then can rapidly saturate subfloor mats, sheetrock or pool underneath fittings and furniture. The significant risk is that, if not dealt with correctly, hidden water pockets can become odorous or provide the ideal conditions for mold growth which can cause expensive secondary damages. As a general rule, the removal of standing water should be completed as quickly as possible to prevent permanent issues.

We are available 24 hours a day for water removal in St. Petersburg. Simply contact our emergency call line to arrange a service within an hour. When arranging a service providing as much detail as possible is essential to ensure we send the right equipment and technicians with the right expertise to solve the problem. At SERVPRO, we have technicians with IICRC certificates in a range of water damage areas like applied structural drying (ASD) and odor control.

The most efficient method of removing standing water is with gas-powered pumps. We deploy these when the water level is above two inches and run the pumps into an open sewer point. The advantage of this method is that the amount of water we can remove is limitless and can be done faster than any other method. This process alone can significantly reduce the risk of permanent damages.

With standing water removed SERVPRO then utilizes an approach that is kind to your furniture, carpets, and fittings. Portable extraction units combine heating elements with vacuum power to help pull moisture from floorboards and carpets. A fabric is up to 50% weaker when wet so using extraction units ensures that we do not damage any fittings unnecessarily during cleanup.

SERVPRO uses a triple lock technique to make the damage "Like it never even happened." After pumps and extraction units we bring in rapid air-movers in tandem with dehumidifiers. These equipment evaporate moisture into the air then remove the evaporated moisture to ensure the humidity levels in your home remain at an average level. This technique helps to prevent secondary mold damages after service.

Our equipment helps us get the job done faster. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for efficient remediation services.

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Why You Should Not Procrastinate When You Discover Mold In Your St. Petersburg Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Why You Should Not Procrastinate When You Discover Mold In Your St. Petersburg Home Call us right away when you discover mold, our team is ready 24/7 to come to your aid and start restoration so you can live safely in your home.

Is All Mold Dangerous in Your St. Petersburg Home?

Every type of disaster that can affect your St. Petersburg home provides its own manner of risk and threats that you can prepare to face. With mold growth, there seems to be a divided camp of homeowners who believe that because mold spores occur naturally that there are no perceived risks to allowing its presence in the house. Unfortunately, this same bad information is causing problems for area residents when their homes and their families face the hazardous effects of mold colonization.

Mold damage in St. Petersburg is something every homeowner should strive to correct immediately. The reason for this is the effect that mold growth can have on structural elements of the house. As mold colonies form and spread, they require organic matter to feed and grow. This food source can get found through the erosion and degradation of affected materials throughout the damaged areas of your house the organism uses to host its colonies.

If caught early enough, our SERVPRO professionals can often protect and preserve structural elements like studs, framing and support beams that make up the skeleton of your home’s construction. Without a fast response, these materials can facilitate mold colonization and can become structurally unstable through prolonged degradation. Protecting the investment in your home means striving to act quickly at the first sign of mold growth.

Many ask if mold is even dangerous to those exposed, but this question requires specifics like the type of mold involved. With thousands of varieties of mold that could grow within your home, it should get known that the majority of these can cause potential health effects to humans and pets who become exposed to the active colonization. Our SERVPRO team can contain these thriving colonies and limit exposure while remediation work gets underway.

Mold growth is nothing that you should wait to determine its threat level. With many of the varieties toxic and harmful to respiratory systems, let our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg technicians work safely and efficiently to remove this threat from your home. Give us a call anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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What Everyone Must Know About Shore Acres Flood Damage Remediation

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO What Everyone Must Know About Shore Acres Flood Damage Remediation Sometimes flooding is simply not avoidable. Make sure that you and your family and safe and then call SERVPRO for water removal and remediation.

Why SERVPRO Relies on Advanced Skills to Fix Flood Damage in Shore Acres

Flooding from a storm or other weather event can damage your home in seconds. However, it takes days or even weeks to fix these damages. Different aspects of flooding such as spaces filling up with muddy contaminated water or organic materials like wood in floors and walls soaking up and losing structural integrity can ruin your Shore Acres home. Relying on a highly skilled restoration team makes it easier to overcome the challenges of the disaster.
 
Since every flooding incident is unique, it is essential to evaluate each case of flood damage in Shore Acres before starting restoration efforts. The main aspects that make each incident unique include the layout of the home, the intensity of flooding and the period taken before restoration starts. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained to take different evaluation steps before starting the restoration. These include checking the level of water migration into concealed spaces and checking for hazards such as power cords in the flooded section.
 
Removing the floodwaters is a matter of priority because leaving standing water in your property for long creates an opportunity for secondary damages like mold infestations. Having sophisticated equipment such as truck-mounted water extractors and submersible pumps helps quicken the removal process. Our SERVPRO technicians also combine the use of equipment with advanced skills easing the process further. To remove water trapped in ceilings or wall cavities, we perform flood cuts or drill weep holes. A flood cut is a controlled teardown of a wall 2 feet above the waterline. Weep holes, on the other hand, are several ¼-inch holes that we drill on surfaces allowing water to flow.
 
Cleaning the flood-damaged property is also part of the restoration. It helps remove debris and other wastes like sewage, mud, and silt from the affected areas. Cleaning the affected areas to sanitary levels is essential. Our SERVPRO technicians spray EPA-registered disinfectants in the affected areas to deal with contamination. We then use pressure washers and hand tools like brushes to get rid of all materials soiling the area.
 
If flooding drives you out of your property call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to help you take back control. You can reach us at (727) 522-0000 any time.

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Revealed: IICRC Certified Technicians in St. Petersburg Exceed Fire Damage Remediation Standards

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Revealed: IICRC Certified Technicians in St. Petersburg Exceed Fire Damage Remediation Standards Test your smoke alarms regularly because they can help save your life. Contact SERVPRO if your home has suffered from a fire.

St. Petersburg's Fire Damage Technicians Talk About Prevention Tactics

Thousands of structures burn every year, and many of them are located in the St. Petersburg area. Once the blaze ignites, fire damage becomes inevitable. If there is enough heat created, many of your contents and building materials can get consumed within minutes. Besides that, partially combusted particles in the form of smoke can circulate throughout your house and cause problems far away from the initial source. Once something burns inside your residence, it is a wise idea to call in a professional fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.
 
Our technicians know how to mitigate just about any issue you may run into. Our SERVPRO technicians are used to dealing with a large variety of fire damage situations in St. Petersburg. We can deal with problems ranging from rebuilding burnt structural components to cleaning soot residues. If the blaze is minor, we know how to deal with odors the burn could have caused. When mitigating any type of issue with your home, we utilize the industry's most advanced technology and techniques. Our goal is to always restore your building to what it was before the disaster happened and make it look like the problem never occurred.
 
However, if you follow proper prevention procedures, you can greatly lower the chances of anything burning inside your home. The number one rule is to be careful with and pay attention to any heat source inside your house. While cooking, it is never a good idea to leave any hot pots or pans unattended. If you use electric space heaters in the winter time, make sure they are not located near any sort of flammable materials. Smoking cigarettes indoors is never a good idea, but if someone does smoke inside your structure, make sure they use an ashtray and properly dispose of their cigarette butts.
 
Making sure you have operating smoke alarms can also help prevent structure fires and save lives. If you ever want a detailed list of ways to prevent fires or designate SERVPRO as your official restoration contractor, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 24/7.
 
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After A Fire In Your St. Petersburg Kitchen, Our Experts Can Remove The Foul Odors!

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial After A Fire In Your St. Petersburg Kitchen, Our Experts Can Remove The Foul Odors! Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg rapid response team is available 24/7!

Reducing Odor In Your St. Petersburg Eatery After A Kitchen Fire

Fires present multiple effects to overcome in your St. Petersburg eatery. While some incidents stay focused to a specific room or area of your building, certain effects can spread out farther than the initial combustion site, regardless of the size or severity of the fire before it got extinguished. It is our focus to provide a legitimate and efficient solution to each of these symptoms within your property, and that extends to challenging odor removal throughout the restaurant.

As a location that serves hot food to hungry patrons, you always stand at a slight risk of something going wrong that allows for fire damage in your St. Petersburg kitchen. From grease fires on the stovetop to appliance surges from overloaded outlets, the possibility for potential ignition persists. Amid the extinguishment of this fire, you should reach out to our professionals at SERVPRO for an honest assessment and accurate of the damage to help you move forward with cleanup and odor removal as promptly as you can.

Soot damage and odors are often among the worst effects for smaller kitchen fires in restaurants, but these same effects can also spread far beyond the ignition point to affect patrons that would come into the restaurant for dining. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly in this situation to work towards protecting all of the equipment and areas of your restaurant so that you do not have to keep your doors closed to the public a moment longer than necessary.

Odor removal often falls to set equipment available to our SERVPRO technicians that respond to your address following an emergency. Between our thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators, our professionals can work to significantly reduce or entirely permanently remove foul odors lingering in both the primary area for the fire and secondary locations like the dining area and lobby.

Whenever a small fire breaks out in your eatery, you need professional assistance to return the property to its original condition quickly. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg rapid response team is available 24/7 by calling (727) 522-0000.

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