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

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

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

Storm Damage Why Professional Cleanup is Necessary for Flood Cleanup in St. Petersburg 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)

Water Damage How to Handle Water Damage Odors in Your St Petersburg Home 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)

Storm Damage Why Handle Flood Damage Remediation in Your St. Petersburg Home Alone? 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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After the Fire: How to Remove Smoke Odors in St. Petersburg

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage After the Fire: How to Remove Smoke Odors in St. Petersburg Long after the fire is out,smoke and soot remain. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg knows how to restore your home and leave it fresh smelling!

Fire Damage Experts In St. Petersburg Talk About Thermal Fogging

Many types of problems can occur any time something burns on your St. Petersburg property. The heat and smoke coming from the blaze can both cause different types of fire damage to plague your home. The flames coming from a burn can consume many of your building materials and contents. When the fire only partially combusts items, these partially combusted particles get released into the atmosphere in the form of smoke. The smoke then solidifies and attaches itself to cooler surfaces in the form of soots and soils, making soot residue cleaning a significant portion of fire damage remediation.  

Smoke can also penetrate deep into porous materials inside your home and cause foul aromas to exist inside your structure. During any fire damage project in St. Petersburg, our SERVPRO team knows that deodorization can be an essential portion of the restoration work. First, we remove everything inside your home that is too burnt to save. Next, we use specialized chemicals and detergents to remove soot residues from all affected surfaces. If unpleasant smells are still present after we complete these first two steps, then we conduct further deodorization procedures.  

When conducting smoke odor restoration, our fire and smoke restoration technicians or FSTs at SERVPRO know that it is best to mimic the behavior of smoke to complete full deodorization. One of the best ways to remediate smoke odors is to use a thermal fogging machine. Thermal foggers heat deodorant chemicals which breaks them down into microscopic particles. These deodorant particles then act in the same way the smoke did and penetrate deeply into your permeable contents and building materials.  

Whenever we conduct thermal fogging, we first seal your entire home by shutting all doors and windows. We then open up all cabinets, drawers, and closets inside the affected area. Many times we conduct thermal fogging in small areas or one room at a time to achieve the best results possible. If you ever have something burn on your property, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 any time of the day.

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How SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage in St. Petersburg

5/30/2019 (Permalink)

Storm Damage How SERVPRO Remediates Water Damage in St. Petersburg SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is ready able to handle your water damage restoration needs.

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. Flood waters 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 flood water 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.  

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.

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What Should You Do When Water Damages Your St. Petersburg Beach House?

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage What Should You Do When Water Damages Your St. Petersburg Beach House? Don't let water damage ruin the fun at your beach house. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is always available to take your call.

Addressing Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Beach House 

There are many beachfront properties throughout the coastal avenues and streets of St. Petersburg, and protecting these homes and condos comes down to trusting in the experience and fast response of professional restoration technicians like ours. Often in cases of water loss incidents, the effects can spread too quickly for homeowners to contend with on their own, which makes it essential to get the right personnel to the property as quickly as possible to get effective mitigation work started.

Mitigation is one of the most critical activities to protect your St. Petersburg beach house from water damage. With wood being the primary construction element in these properties, even with the reinforcement against severe weather situations, water saturation can be devastating to these materials. Over only a few days of persisting moisture and dampness, wood surfaces can begin to bloat, swell, and distort. Addressing these concerns requires the expertise and advanced equipment of our SERVPRO professionals. 

Our rapid response team arrives with a wide assortment of our recovery equipment, including various implements for extraction and drying. We can even monitor the progress of these activities with moisture content readers and thermal imagery cameras. These devices can determine the presence of moisture pockets and dampness, even behind materials, to ensure that jobs get completed fully and as efficiently as they can.

We know that many situations could cause water loss effects in your beach house, but to protect the affected construction materials, you have to get drying efforts started quickly. Our SERVPRO team can set up multiple high-velocity air movers throughout the house to work simultaneously to rapidly reduce moisture levels and humidity in the affected regions of the residence. 

There are many tools and devices that our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg professionals rely on to provide each customer with fast and effective recovery after a water loss incident, and with the time-sensitive situation of your beach house, you can count on our expertise and response to help. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (727) 522-0000.

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Your St. Petersburg Condo Can Be Restored To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire Damage Disaster

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Your St. Petersburg Condo Can Be Restored To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire Damage Disaster We know how to address the negative impacts that can come from fire incidents in your condo.

Soot And Smoke Residue Removal For St. Petersburg Condos

With so many effects that could stem from a fire incident in your St. Petersburg condo, our professionals must undergo extensive and ongoing training to confidently address all of these impacts to recover your property entirely. Among the most widespread and damaging of these lingering results to contend with are soot and smoke residue. These carcinogens and particulates can come to rest on all surfaces and contents throughout an affected area and require a delicate approach to successfully removing.

Fire cleanup in St. Petersburg is an involved process that requires extensive training and patience. Our SERVPRO professionals are certified by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification as cleaning technicians, and continue that education in this niche to become knowledgeable assets for our customers in their time of need. Removing soot and smoke staining and residues requires a specific approach with advanced equipment that arrives with our professionals when they first roll out from our warehouse.

One of the first steps to reducing the severity of the fire damage is to install and operate machines like our hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers. Both of these devices have interior HEPA filters and circulate air through the unit to begin pulling particulates, dust, debris, soot, and smoke from the air. By trapping these airborne elements in the filter, we can reduce the effects that these particulates have on the surfaces and contents of the stricken areas while also immediately improving indoor air quality-IAQ.

Removing the sediment on surfaces is a careful process. Scrubbing soot and smoke residues can often result in staining or smearing of the material beneath, so high-powered vacuums get used several inches from the surface. This approach can get used from individual contents affected by spreading debris and soot to carpeting, countertops, and ceilings.

We know how to address the negative impacts that can come from fire incidents in your condo. You can depend on the expertise and fire damage experience of our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg certified restoration technicians to make the fire-damaging event “Like it never even happened.” Contact us anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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St. Petersburg Eats Count on SERVPRO for Water Removal

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial St. Petersburg Eats Count on SERVPRO for Water Removal The SERVPRO ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan Can Keep Your Business Open for Business during a Water Loss

Commercial Water Cleanup for Your St. Petersburg Business

When you own a restaurant in St. Petersburg, plumbing problems are inevitable. At some point in time, you are going to have to deal with them, and you have two options – Wait for the problems to arise and deal with the unexpected headaches and expenses, or you can be proactive and take actions so that you are prepared when a problem does arise.
 
When your plumbing in your St. Petersburg business fails, you need water cleanup services right away. Any interruption to your business means a loss of revenue when you are not serving food, so you do not want to hesitate in calling for help. At SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, so you can trust that we can get your business back in working order quickly.
 
You can proactively stay up to date with your plumbing needs by developing and using a regular maintenance schedule with your plumber. They can routinely perform assessments on your whole plumbing system, which gives you an accurate and current status of the specific needs for your building. Your plumber can also help go over any upgrade options you can get for more water and energy efficient units. When you upgrade, you extend the life of your plumbing system and save money overall. Ask us about our proactive program to help prevent or at least mitigate potential problems from a water loss. The ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan can be explained with a scheduled visit to your place of business.
 
Our staff works thoroughly but quickly, as we know disruptions for your steady customers is a hassle for both them and you. Before starting, SERVPRO techs can make sure that items in your restaurant are protected from absorbing moisture, such as dry goods in your storeroom.
 
Our goal for drying your structure is to return all affected materials to their normal moisture content levels. SERVPRO staff uses moisture meters to find the actual moisture content of different material to help us determine if your structure is dry once we are done with the restoration process. Penetrating meters have probes that allow us to test within wall cavities or underneath the flooring. They can also test individual layers. Non-penetrating meters use sensors which give readings when the meter is put on the surface of materials.
 
Almost all your plumbing problems result from wear and tear, which is why the preventative maintenance is so essential to a business that runs smoothly. Additional issues come from issues related to your building such as the age of the building, the foundation shifting or settling, plus outdated and poorly performing construction materials.
 
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg wants to help you restore your business building in Vanoy, Shore Acres or Meadowlawn after a water damage emergency. We can get you back up and running, so you lose the least amount of business possible when you call us at (727) 522-0000.

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Storms, Attics, and Water Damage in St. Petersburg

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Water Damage Storms, Attics, and Water Damage in St. Petersburg Storms can damage roofs, allowing water to enter your attic. Did you know that SERVPRO offers emergency tarping services?

Lightning Strike Leads to Water Removal in a St. Petersburg Attic

Florida residents are certainly not strangers to stormy weather. Lightning strikes the ground as much as 3,500 times a day in the Sunshine State. However, most Floridians are unprepared for lightning strikes that cause felled trees to fall on their roofing and cause leaks in their attic.  

If a roof leak from weather-related damage requires water removal in your St. Petersburg home, certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to answer your call and restore your attic. Our professionals dedicate themselves to removing any risk of mold growth or structural warping from water absorption before it can cause long-term issues in your home.  

When removing water from any attic space, one of the biggest questions regards restoring insulation. Waterlogged insulation, especially if made from organic materials such as cellulose, can become a breeding ground for mold. Fiberglass insulation is more common and can often be dried and salvaged, but each type of insulation material requires different treatment. For drying, we place air movers at 45-degree angles, generally in a clockwise arrangement, to pull moisture out of surfaces. Industrial-grade dehumidifiers such as the Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifier are well-suited to absorbing this air moisture, collecting water to be drained, and expelling warm, dry air. If the leak is in a more contained space, polyethylene chambers may be constructed to accelerate drying.  

In an unfinished attic affected by water, it is vital to ensure that all wood is cleaned and dried. If you use your attic for storage, we can also move, clean, and dry your possessions to prevent microbial growth. After ensuring that the moisture levels on your surfaces are safe, we can then clean wood and other fixtures in your attic with an EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaner as another buffer against mold and other odor-causing bacteria.  

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is ready to assist you with emergency response and cleanup 24/7. If disaster strikes in your home or business, give us a call today at (727) 522-0000.

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