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Call Us If Your St. Petersburg Attic Suffers Flooding

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

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Attic Flooding Concerns for St. Petersburg Homes

Because of how often St. Petersburg homes and businesses find themselves in the path of destruction for powerful and devastating storm systems, it is not unlikely to expect to contend with flooding and other related circumstances over the life of your property. When roofs become damaged by a weather event, the vulnerability can quickly expand to allow runoff and direct torrential rainfall to penetrate the attic space. In homes where this area has gotten finished with drywall and is a livable space, this can be an even costlier loss incident.

As hazardous and stressful as flood damage in St. Petersburg homes can be, we are among the most well-equipped and experienced professionals in the restoration industry. We have education and accreditations from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT.) This experience and education drive our team to provide confident and efficient recovery solutions.

While flooding might occur in the attic space, it does not take long for this damage to migrate without the appropriate containment solutions. We have effective extraction and drying tools that we can use even in this confined area to prevent the spread of water damage to the lower levels of your house. In situations where the moisture has gotten trapped between the floor of the attic and the ceiling of your first or second floor, we can deploy positive pressure systems to force air into these structural vacancies and dry them out.

Among the most substantial concerns with roof, vulnerabilities are the persistent exposure to dampness and moisture until the area can get reconstructed and repaired. To prevent situations like microbial growth from the beginning, we can spray exposed surfaces and materials with our antimicrobial spray that can eliminate a concentration of spores and make the material uninhabitable to spores attempting to colonize.

You cannot predict how vulnerable your home might become a passing severe storm, but you can choose the right team to help you deal with the aftermath. No matter how severe the flooding in your house, our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give our technicians a call anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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When Water Damage Checks into Your St. Petersburg Hotel

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Man, woman and clerk at front desk of motel Water damage in your hotel? It's no problem for SERVPRO! Call us today!

Mitigating Your Small Hotel's Commercial Water Damage in St. Petersburg 

During hurricane season, many businesses in St. Petersburg stay vigilant against oncoming storms with pre-cut boards ready to go and supplies of drinking water and easily prepared meals. Keeping these supplies ready help protect any employees stranded from hunger or thirst. With such supplies, many employees opt to remain at work instead of going home or to a shelter.  

However, hurricanes are not the only way your hotel in St. Petersburg might sustain commercial water damage. Guests can also cause damage, and emergencies like a broken faucet or loosened drain pipe that never get reported can seriously destroy a room's interior. Water can seep into materials and damage adjoining rooms, both to the side, behind, and below.  

To mitigate such types of situations, SERVPRO works quickly after a call to our service line. We want to start as soon as possible so we can put a stop to water spreading. Our building department staff gets to work right away on fixing any plumbing leaks. If the damage stems from something a guest did, but additional water is not creating increased damage, we can begin immediately with the drying stage.   

Floors and walls need help from our air movers and Injectidry system. We use these in specific ways to achieve the best drying time possible. When floors have a wooden underlay, we often float any carpeting so both can dry out at the same time. Tiled areas might require us to remove the tiles to reach the subflooring. Before doing this more invasive procedure, we check to ensure that the subfloor's moisture content warrants this. Many situations involving tile allow us to use the same method used to dry out wood floors without first removing any of the tiles.   

When guests do alert you of potential problems, acting fast on your part can save significant portions of your hotel and decrease the cost involved in restoring damaged areas. We are always nearby, even when it is not hurricane season, to help mitigate water damage from your hotel. Water from any source can leave your property at risk of mold and pest infestations. Water also causes deterioration to exposed wiring and other components hidden in walls, and odors, and stained walls and ceilings.   

SERVPRO can repair all of these situations through appropriate methods that mitigate the problem. Still, we recommend calling as soon as possible to minimize the damage and keep things under control. We partner with you from the first time you call, and throughout the entire process. 

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg handles mitigation, restoration, and rebuilding of businesses in and near Shore Acres, Meadowlawn, and Snell Isle. Call us at (727) 522-0000 for the highly trained restoration professionals needed to handle any degree of water damage your business experiences. 

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We Are Available Day Or Night To Restore Your St. Petersburg Home

10/27/2019 (Permalink)

 air movers, refrigerant dehumidifiers, and desiccant dehumidifiers set up in this home drying the hard wood floors Our specialists completed the drying process with the help of air movers, refrigerant dehumidifiers, and desiccant dehumidifiers in this home.

Gutters and Drains Are Key to Protecting your Home

Life in Florida can be very wet during certain parts of the year. For most of our summer, we experience precipitation ranging from sprinkles to torrential rains, all of which can put an added burden onto our sewage systems as well as cause a rise in water levels. Closer to home, we need to be vigilant about our gutters and drains to avoid the collection of water on roofs and other building structures. Even with conscientious upkeep, you may find yourself in need of a water removal expert.

When the St. Petersburg community has water removal needs, SERVPRO is the place to call. Our water removal technicians (WRT) train with experts in the field to understand the needs of each client, and develop a thorough action plan. We recommend reaching out to our team as soon as you see evidence of water on your ceiling or garage to preempt additional damage. However, it is not uncommon for our team to receive a call after the homeowner attempts to resolve the situation on their own, often with dismal results. We encourage you to let the experts handle the restoration process so you can rest easy.

One of the reasons SERVPRO is your best ally is the inventory of industry-grade tools we have at our disposal. The average homeowner is unlikely to have access to a truck-mounted pump or even a submersible one. Availing ourselves of such equipment allows us to extract water damage  from your house quickly and efficiently. When you combine technology with our expert know-how, you mitigate the impact the water has on your home. Water left unattended can become the root cause for the spread of mold or a weaker structure, amongst others. With our help, we can monitor the water extraction and drying process to avoid future complications.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is ready to serve you. A call to our 24/7 hotline is the beginning of your water removal process. It also marks our commitment to mitigating your losses and leaving your home, “Like it never even happened.” Call (727) 522-0000 and let us be your partner in protecting your home.

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Why SERVPRO is Your First Choice for Flood Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rain, flooded yard. Car driving through significantly flooded street Flooding in Florida is a given. When the frequent storms invade your home, call SERVPRO.

Professional Integrity and Protocols Are Why SERVPRO Handles St. Petersburg Flood Damage Successfully 

Extreme weather in St. Petersburg places homeowners at risk of significant water damage to their residences. As high winds gather energy and torrential rains fall, water finds many avenues inside your home. Trees or other debris can damage your home’s exterior, leading to gallons of rain pouring inside. Saturated soil surrounding your house illustrates the principle of wet to dry, water seeping into foundations or crawl spaces.  

First Steps -- Securing the Premises and Assessment  

When we arrive at your home in St Petersburg evaluation of flood damage begins. While our experienced project manager walks through, our crew boards up broken windows and doors and starts water extraction. The confidence our crew has from the onset of the project through final touches is why we receive high marks from former customers.  

Decisions About Controlled Demolition  

One challenge faced in a flood damage scenario is how to access water that migrated through the many porous materials in your home. Drywall, wood, and even concrete and cinder blocks permit water to pass through, trapping it inside building cavities. Because flood water is by definition Category 3 or the most contaminated, it is particularly vital to extract and contain for disposal as hazardous waste, even the hidden water. The skill our technicians bring when making flood cuts and weep holes to release the water is why SERVPRO is a highly sought after and reliable flood damage recovery partner.  

Precise Drying Plans and Disinfection 

After the bulk of the floodwater exits your home, we use data gathered using sensitive moisture measuring devices to make drying plans. Not only do we take levels of the saturated components, but we also compare them with measurements taken of unaffected but similar structures elsewhere in your home. We set up air movers and heaters, to facilitate the movement of water from building materials into the air. Dehumidifiers then condense or absorb the vapor for permanent removal from the premises. Disinfection with EPA-registered antimicrobials is a final step.  

Comprehensive services and adherence to industry best practices is SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is the restoration to call for flood damage. Our number at (727) 522-0000 answers day or night. 

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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)

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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)

Water loss incident? Call SERVPRO for fast, efficient remediation.

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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