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How to Handle Water Damage Odors in Your St Petersburg Home

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling Water damage that affects your walls can quickly turn into a smelly mold infestation. Call our certified SERVPRO team.

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.

Water Damage Can Lead to Unpleasant Odors

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: This 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 pleasing ones.

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

How SERVPRO Remediate’s Flood Damage in St. Petersburg

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with items floating everywhere Flooding can affect your home quickly as a result of a storm. Call our certified team for flood damage remediation services.

Flood Damage for Your St. Petersburg Home

Whether your home in St. Petersburg is underwater due to groundwater or excess falling rain, some practices are best for you to follow within the first twenty-four hours after the flood so that you and your family remain safe. You also ensure the best possible outcome with your insurance company.

The first thing to do once the initial danger is over, whether you had to evacuate your home or not, is to contact a professional remediation company for help with the flood damage in St. Petersburg. SERVPRO has trained and experienced staff who quickly come when you call us so we can attempt to avoid additional damage to your structure.

Before beginning any repairs or removing the water, you should thoroughly document all the damage by taking photos or even video. Doing so gives you a good record of everything that happened, which you can present to your insurance agent, so you get the coverage you need. If you do not take the pictures before beginning repairs, you could decrease how much coverage you receive.

In any flooding situation, safety is the first concern of SERVPRO techs. Not only do we wear proper protective equipment, including full suits, gloves, boots, and masks, but we have you and your family stay out of the residence while we work. Floodwaters usually contain various contaminants, which can include sewage and chemical runoff. We can also speak with your insurance adjuster for you so you can concentrate on your family during this stressful time. 

We will likely need to replace certain items if they have become saturated with floodwaters, such as carpeting and any drywall up to where the waters rose. We can cut out the section that got wet and replace it with new material.

Storm Flood Damage

After a flood, you can also find out if your home is in a disaster area. If it has been deemed so by government authorities, homeowners usually have access to additional resources that include public services to remediate and protect the area. Plus, you might even be able to get financial assistance. You can contact your insurance company or FEMA directly for more information. 

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg understands that after flooding in your home in Coffeepot Bayou, Snell Isle, or Placido Bayou, you are under much stress. Give us a call at (727) 522-0000 as soon as possible so we can come and help you restore your home and take a lot of the pressure off of you.

Is Professional Restoration Needed After a St. Petersburg Housefire?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering everything Dealing with the insurance company after a fire can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to help with the process. Our team is standing by for you.

There are many reasons why choosing SERVPRO for fire restoration makes sense for St. Petersburg properties.

Professional restoration might seem like a much higher upfront cost than cleaning after a fire on your own, but this choice is not always yours to make alone. With the requirements of home insurance providers and the delicate nature of contents and specific building materials, SERVPRO is a trusted name for fire restoration.

A Preferred Insurance Vendor

When fire damage restoration for St. Petersburg begins, your home insurance company often is involved to ensure that the work being done for the property meets specific standards. As a preferred insurance vendor in the area, our team can provide mitigation and restoration while communicating directly with the insurance adjuster.

Experienced Professionals for Fast Results

Among the most direct advantages to choosing professional restoration is the experience and training of the personnel. With multiple avenues for cleaning and repair in a household after a fire, a versatile assortment of skilled technicians is necessary. With accreditation through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we provide a roster including:

  • FSRT – Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians
  • OCT – Odor Control Technicians
  • WRT – Water Restoration Technicians
  • CCT – Carpet Cleaning Technicians
  • UFT – Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technicians

Professional Repair and Reconstruction Services

After a fire damage scenario, some degree of repair and reconstruction is often necessary to make it "Like it never even happened." Our experienced team utilizes our general contractor license to provide the required rehabilitation and build-back when soot and smoke damage overwhelm building materials. 

The possibilities of DIY cleaning and restoration can seem enticing, but it often leaves a fire-damaged home without the complete restoration and reconstruction it needs. As a comprehensive offering for repair and recovery, our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team is ready to help 24/7 when disaster strikes at (727) 522-0000. 

Who Can Restore St. Petersburg Rental Condos After Water Intrusion?

9/18/2021 (Permalink)

water damage ceiling tiles and insulation Water damage restoration for your place of business is not a hard decision. SERVPRO specializes in all phases of water damage restoration.

SERVPRO Offers Commercial Water Damage Restoration to St. Petersburg Summer Condo Owners

How does water intrusion occur?

As the owner of a summer rental service in St. Petersburg, there are several ways that water intrusion can occur in your rental properties. Some of these may be the result of guests failing to shut off water or leaving faucets running. In other situations, a severe weather event or failure of an air-conditioning unit (HVAC) can lead to unchecked water intrusion. SERVPRO operates locally so we can quickly arrive at your summer rental condos and prevent water intrusion from causing permanent harm or spreading to other properties. Our technicians can remove moisture from the property using portable water extractors before conducting a professional inspection of the damaged areas. 

Do I Need To Be At The Property During Restoration?

We appreciate that business owners have different requirements when dealing with Water Damage in St. Petersburg. So long as we can access the building, we can perform effective water mitigation and restoration. We record any inspection, drying equipment usage, and outcomes within a digital dry book. This is usually recorded in real-time when working with commercial business owners. As such, you can remain in contact with the drying process every step of the way. Our commercial crew chiefs can conduct a walkthrough with you at the end of service to point out any areas of damage, and pass on the paperwork to your insurer on your behalf to complete a stress-free claim. 

What Do Commercial Water Restoration Services Offer Businesses?

  • Water restoration technicians (WRT) qualified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications body
  • Twenty-four-hour emergency operator
  • Call-out times within four hours of notification of damage

Water intrusion can affect your revenues and your reputation as a business. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

Mold Damage Remediation on Ceilings in St. Petersburg Properties

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage door and ceiling Mold will grow fast within the first 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every job.

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

Ceiling mold is unpleasant, frustrating, 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 impact of mold and the 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. 

How Does Ceiling Mold Come to Live at Your St. Petersburg Property? 

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 essential 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 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 IICRC 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.

Can Professional Fire Restoration Salvage St. Petersburg Homes?

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire damaged sign SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are trained and experienced in all phases of fire damage restoration. Call now!

Highly-Trained St. Petersburg SERVPRO Fire Restoration Techs Eliminate Debris and Odors

Home fire damage accounted for 27% of reported structure fires between 2014 and 2018. During this time, fire departments all over the country responded to approximately 353,100 home fires per year on average. These fires incurred an average direct property damage total of $7.2 billion.

St. Petersburg homeowners receive fire restoration from SERVPRO professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Techs use sophisticated technologies to streamline every step of the restoration process while also making claim filing as comprehensive and efficient as possible.

SERVPRO Training Emphasizes Fire Restoration Best Practices

SERVPRO is committed to providing homeowners with staff and technicians who are thoroughly educated about the fire damage restoration process. Along with Crew Training, technicians learn about:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

After completing these modules, technicians can undertake self-paced learning to earn additional certifications. These educational tools broaden their knowledge base and stay up-to-date on current Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) protocols and standards. New SERVPRO franchise owners undergo similar training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility, including a unit about Mold Mitigation.

Available credit and noncredit courses for staff and industry-adjacent professionals include:

  • A noncredit Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar
  • Units on Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg ensures that property owners’ belongings are returned to a state that feels “Like it never even happened,” when they call (727) 522-0000.

Resuming Full Operations After Flood Damage in a St. Petersburg Processed Food Factory

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

"Here to help" You might not be able to avoid water incidents, but SERVPRO is here to help if they occur.

St. Petersburg Businesses Benefit from SERVPRO's Swift Service after Flooding

Any business is at risk of sustaining damages, with some being foreseeable and therefore preventable, even if only partially, and other damages being completely unexpected. Some, such as broken water lines or other mishaps involving appliances and equipment that rely on water use, can only be partially prevented by proper maintenance. Sometimes, water lines leak, burst open, or fall apart even when they have been maintained fastidiously. 

The production of food items must adhere to strict rules, and flood damage in St. Petersburg can interfere with this adherence to the rules, making the final products unusable. SERVPRO understands that you have not only deadlines to meet but also outside regulations to follow. Without the ability to fulfill both, your company, employees, and even those on the supply end can all suffer. 

Water Removal Services

With water damage, unlike other types of damage, water can get into areas where it can remain hidden, making it difficult to extract. This is why after we are finished with our pump trucks and handheld units, we then implement the use of smaller units that can extract moisture from highly porous materials, including wood flooring and insulation. 

Whenever foodstuffs are involved in flooding incidents, even if the water is considered clean at its origin, wet items must be disposed of responsibly. This includes food in cans, as well as those that are in less-durable packages and dry goods. Because this kind of damage can be quite costly, we are ready to help you with inventory sheets that you can present to your insurance carrier. Doing so can speed up the claims process significantly. 

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is an experienced restoration company. We have aided many customers over the years in recovering their businesses after flood damage, and other catastrophes have caused significant losses and created interference of normal operations. When you have damages that do the same to you, call us at (727) 522-0000, at any hour of the day, any day of the week. We have the experience necessary to make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Your St. Petersburg Air Conditioner Leak Causes Water Damage

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

AC unit Water in your home can be a hassle. Call SERVPRO for help right away.

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

Especially in the warmer months, you may discover that your air conditioning unit is leaking inside 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 that 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.

When You Need Water Removal Services, Contact SERVPRO

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 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 air flow over the evaporator coil. The coil then gets too cold and freezes over. As it melts, it drops an extra amount of water that the pan might not hold. A similar problem is that low refrigerant lowers the pressure in the AC system, making the evaporator coil freeze over, overflowing the pan. 

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. Complete 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."

Is there a Solution to Water Damage in a St. Petersburg Home?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO call now You can count on SERVPRO’s experienced professionals to eliminate water damage on your property. Call us today.

St. Petersburg Homeowners Can Call SERVPRO for Premier Water Restoration Services

Most people in St. Petersburg may think of water restoration services only in passing, without ever considering they might need them one day. Extreme storms, plumbing problems, and ceiling leaks can wreak havoc to your home, leading you to call a reputable company to provide emergency services and restore water damage. Acting quickly and relying on a certified team of water restoration technicians sets the stage for a successful cleanup process and minimal disruption.

The most capable water restoration team in St. Petersburg is SERVPRO. Our staff trains diligently with experts in our field and prepares to take action when emergencies happen. Not only are we fast to arrive thanks to our round-the-clock coverage, but we have at our fingertips the necessary equipment to begin the water extraction and drying essential to a comprehensive water cleanup process.

With the right team equipped with the right tools, the water restoration process becomes possible. Our SERVPRO staff goes above and beyond what the average homeowner can do and instead relies on industry-grade air circulators, water extraction pumps, and desiccants to remove excess humidity from your home. As we work, we use advanced measuring tools that help us assess our progress and identify problem areas hiding from plain view. Homeowners with unattended water issues inadvertently create a hospitable environment for mold growth, which is a common escalation to water damage.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is much more than a drying service. When you call us at (727) 522-0000, you are assured of having the best in the field, including staff, equipment, and processes. Invite us into your home and let us leave it “Like it never even happened.”

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

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

fire line Call our experts after you experience a fire disaster, we have the training your home needs after a fire occurs.

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 severe 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. Our job is to minimize any damages you experience and provide you with stress-free services that make it easier to get back on track after a fire.

Fire Restoration Training

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 significant 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.”

Water & Fire Damage Restorations

The damage itself can grow exponentially worse the longer you wait, mainly 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 St. Petersburg, Northeast St. Petersburg, and Shore Acres anytime, day or night. (727) 522-0000