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What Resources Are Necessary to Complete Water Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg Properties?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in warehouse SERVPRO has the equipment and skilled technicians to help get your home back in shape after a water mishap.

SERVPRO Combines the Best Technical Skills and the State of the Art Equipment to Deliver Satisfactory Services

The damage left in a St. Petersburg property after water intrusion can be categorized in many ways, including the introduction of foreign materials and deterioration of onsite materials. The restoration resources you use should be strong enough to remove the foreign matter and reinstate the onsite materials to their preloss condition.  

Timing is another crucial aspect that influences resource allocation during water damage restoration in St. Petersburg properties. A professional team like SERVPRO marshals sufficient human resources and equipment to cope with any urgency of resolving water intrusion.

The Resources That Have a Major Impact on Water Restoration Include:

  • Water extraction and cleaning equipment
  • Technical skills in moisture management 
  • Drying equipment
  • Site management resources

The need for some equipment such as water extractors is obvious since the restoration cannot happen if there is still water left stagnating in your house. However, the choice of specific equipment may be challenging. Our SERVPRO technicians decide based on the amount of water or the type of surfaces involved. For high volumes of water or if the affected surface is porous such as a carpet, we choose equipment with high vacuum lift capacity.

Moisture Has Many Detrimental Effects on Materials, Including Causing:

  • Stains
  • Rust and corrosion
  • Swelling and warping
  • Weakening materials

Different materials react differently to moisture exposure. The changes may be immediate or might take some time to manifest. Some problems are reversible if the restoration process is properly planned. For instance, wood swells on absorbing water but can be reinstated with timely corrective action. Our SERVPRO crews evaluate the situation to determine the best approach. If it is a wooden floor, removing some floorboards allows swelling without buckling. We also use drying chambers to control the drying of wet wood. 

Control is essential when handling every aspect of water restoration. For instance, organizing the worksite can improve turnaround time and minimize hazards. That is why SERVPRO teams bring dumpsters or portable storage units for site management.

With assistance from SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg, you have access to all essential water damage restoration resources to resolve an incident "Like it never even happened." Call us at (727) 522-0000.

What Does It Take to Fix Mold Damage in Northeast St. Petersburg Properties?

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Mold inspection SERVPRO will get to the root of your mold problem and work to eliminate and prevent further growth. Call us today for assistance.

SERVPRO Can Help Evaluate the Mold Situation in Your Property for the Best Solutions

Mold readily develops in a house when significant moisture is introduced in unwanted areas, affecting wall surfaces, ceilings, or even areas where water is commonly used, such as the bathrooms. Even though mold damage develops easily, resolving it requires significant work.

It is easy to trivialize the mold damage in your Northeast St. Petersburg home, especially if you do not understand what the signs you observe indicate. For instance, the patches of dark spots on surfaces can mean light or significant deterioration. That is why our SERVPRO technicians probe such an area with a hard tool to test whether the surface is hard or crumbles under pressure. Various other tests, including measuring moisture levels, reveal crucial information and thus the appropriate ways to resolve the issues.

Resolving Mold Contamination Takes Several Actions, Including:

  • Physically agitating surfaces
  • Chemical treatment
  • Drying moisture
  • Tearing down heavily contaminated materials

The actions necessary to resolve the issues at your property can vary depending on the severity of the contamination. When SERVPRO technicians evaluate your property, thoroughness, cost-effectiveness, and safety are the main concerns. For instance, before opting for material teardown, we evaluate whether they are porous and heavily contaminated. If not, other solutions such as cleaning and deodorizing are sufficient.

Cleaning a Mold-infested Property Requires:

  • Vacuuming to remove loose residues
  • Applying antimicrobial agents to cleaned surfaces
  • Deodorization to remove musty odors and other unpleasant smells

Chemicals are commonly used to enhance mold remediation processes. The most crucial aspect of any chemical used for this purpose is its interaction with microbes. Chemical products classified as antimicrobials are the best since they limit or stop growth. 

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg manages any situation involving mold, making it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (727) 522-0000.

What Determines the Loss Levels After Flood Damage in St. Petersburg Homes?

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

Boots in flood water If you are faced with flood damage, call on our experts for help. We are available to assist you 24/7.

An Experienced Restoration Team From SERVPRO Can Help You Respond to Any Loss From Flooding

Flooding is generally destructive to properties, but the severity of each incident varies. Many factors influence the destructiveness of flood damage on your structure and thus determine the resources needed for restoration.

Estimating the destructiveness of flood damage at your St. Petersburg home from a casual observation is not easy because flooding causes visible and invisible problems. For example, you cannot estimate the contamination levels in your house from casual observation. Seeking help from a professional like SERVPRO eases evaluation and resolving damages.

Some Factors That Help Reveal the Destructiveness of a Flooding Incident Include: 

  • The depth of water involved
  • Structural breaches such as shattered windows or a torn roof
  • The time taken before restoration starts

Moving water exerts great forces on standing structures. The force increases with the depth of the water. Therefore, if your property lies in the path of a moving stream of water, you can expect significant devastation. Apart from physical force, water also causes deterioration of materials once absorbed. Therefore an incident that heavily inundates your house provides an uninterrupted moisture supply leading to significant deterioration.

Unlike the exterior parts of your structure, which are designed to withstand weather elements, the interiors are highly vulnerable. When storm winds shatter windows or blow off shingles, the interiors, including ceilings, walls, and contents, are exposed to precipitation and changing temperatures, among other things. Our SERVPRO crew can intervene to limit the damage by installing a roof tarp or boarding up any wall openings. 

If possible, flood restoration should start soon after discovery. However, delays can occur, especially if the storm affects vast areas since water takes longer to recede and important utilities like roads may be blocked. 

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is a reliable partner to help you cope with any type of flood damage at your property, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (727) 522-0000.

Do You Need Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in St. Petersburg – Call SERVPRO

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke and soot damage on walls and ceiling Smoke and soot residues leave their mark long after a fire is extinguished. Don't DIY! Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Demolition, Cleanup and Restoration Services

After the St Petersburg fire department leaves and you survey the damage caused by the fire and the efforts of the firemen to quell the fire, many people ask themselves, where do we start? The fire may have charred cupboards, water, and chemicals used to suppress the fire cover the floor, and smoke residues coat everything in the immediate area of the fire. Is it safe to enter your home? Will the water and chemicals cause additional secondary damage?

SERVPRO has the experience, equipment, and team members to help with fire damage demolition, cleanup, and restoration in St. Petersburg. Our team typically responds in less than four hours after receiving your call, assesses the situation, the damage, and what resources will be needed to help you recover from this disaster. Once the fire department gives the all-clear sign, we can get to work.

Removing water and chemicals helps minimize secondary damage to flooring materials and structures untouched by the flames. We document your items that need removing for disposal. Structural components damaged by the fire are also demolished and removed. We clean everything, paying particular attention to porous and non-porous items, the type of smoke residues, and odors coating the interior of your home.

SERVPRO will organize and manage the entire recovery process while working closely with your insurance adjuster to handle claims. Our services include:

  • Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup
  • Minimization of secondary damage
  • Use odor removal equipment, sanitizing agents, germicides, and deodorization agents to remove all signs of damage caused by the fire.

Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for fire damage restoration in St. Petersburg and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (727) 522-0000.

Need Help Clearing Storm Flood Damage to Your Home in Northeast St. Petersburg? – Call SERVPRO

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain on roof It is always storm season in Florida. SERVPRO is your one-stop-shop for all of your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Provides Storm Flood Damage Restoration to Your Northeast St. Petersburg Home

Floodwaters absorb all sorts of nasty things as floodwater rages through the streets, our yards, and our homes in Northeast St. Petersburg. There are chemicals from various storage areas around our homes. There may be biological material from uncollected garbage. Then there are the viruses and bacteria absorbed by the water and carried into our homes along with debris such as mud, tree limbs, and waste. Cleaning up a mess like this requires the appropriate knowledge and safety gear to prevent illness and accidents.

SERVPRO provides flood damage cleanup from storms for homes in Northeast St. Petersburg. Our team is onsite within four hours of your initial call. In addition, we can call on our partners in other franchises to assist with sizable multi-building repair and restoration activities. Once we assess the situation, we deploy the equipment and human resources to safely remove debris and damaged contents. Anything that can be cleaned and sanitized is stored in a separate staging area until we return it to your home. Most non-porous contents can be cleaned and sanitized.

The repair and restoration may involve flood cuts in the drywall above the water line to remove damaged drywall and insulation. Water tends to wick up porous walls such as drywall. Your call to us and our fast response can often reduce the amount of secondary damage caused to flooring materials, walls, and insulation.

SERVPRO responds to calls for flood damage restoration after a storm and provides the following services:

  • Water removal services, repair, and restoration
  • Controlled demolition to reduce secondary damage
  • Cleaned and sanitized contents are stored in secure staging areas

Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for storm flood damage restoration in Northeast St. Petersburg and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (727) 522-0000.

Why Call SERVPRO for Storm Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg?

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

flooded street; high water on street Floodwaters bring contaminants. SERVPRO has the training and experience to safely remove the water.

SERVPRO Provides Storm Damage Repair and Restoration Service in St. Petersburg

High winds and heavy rainfall in St Petersburg can cause a great deal of damage to houses and commercial businesses in a matter of minutes. The roof on your house may be compromised, and windows are broken, rainwater or floodwater rushes through your home, bringing all kinds of contaminants into your home. In addition, live electrical circuits may short circuit or create dangerous conditions inside your home. Ensure your family is safe, and then call in the experts to help clean, dry, and restore your home.

SERVPRO provides storm damage cleanup, repair, and restoration services to clients in St. Petersburg after a storm. We can be onsite in less than four hours and deploy truck-mounted water extractors, weighted water extractors, large air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry your home. Fast action on our part reduces the amount of secondary damage caused by water wicking into drywall and compressed wood products.

If floodwaters have entered your home bringing contaminated debris, including bacteria, viruses, biological material, and chemicals, SERVPRO can help sanitize your home and protect your belongings and family. We are equipped with PPE for employee protection. We properly dispose of all material that is contaminated and cannot be cleaned and sanitized. Our team can set up a staging area to store your possessions until we can return everything to your home.

Our services include:

  • Biohazard cleanup and sanitization
  • Emergency services water damage repairs, including board up and tarps on roofs
  • Water removal, flood restoration, and repair

Our goal is to help our clients recover from catastrophic storm damage and return to their homes as soon as possible.

Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for storm damage restoration in Petersburg and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (727) 522-0000.

In St. Petersburg, Professional Water Removal is Critical For Museum Damage Mitigation

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

a men's bathroom with urinals on the wall When water damage affects your commercial property, time is of the essence. Our certified technicians are standing by to take your emergency call.

Commercial Water Damage is Always Minimized by Calling SERVPRO

Our beautiful city is home to many museums, preserving the arts and history of our community. The buildings housing these treasures are as vulnerable as any to water incursion from failed plumbing, leaky roofs, and storm surges. SERVPRO has the expertise, trained technicians, and powerful equipment to remove the water swiftly before lasting damage occurs.

A malfunction in the automatic flushing system in patron restrooms floods exhibit floors, necessitating water removal in a St. Petersburg museum. Along with the threat to priceless artwork, the health and well-being of museum employees and visitors hang in the balance if cleanup does not complete quickly and to industry standards. We have the capability to remove large quantities of water fast, with enough workers and equipment to return the museum to preloss condition while limiting any disappointing or costly closures.

Because the water may contain infectious waste, it is crucial to engage a restoration company with restoration industry certifications and experience with the large-scale removal of contaminated water. SERVPRO meets these criteria. We are familiar with local laws and regulations concerning removing hazardous waste and the required sanitation protocols after the water is gone. Our equipment is truck-mounted and secures the tainted water for proper disposal.

We are a local company connected to a nationwide network of restoration companies. This permits us to leverage more trained restoration workers and equipment from neighboring SERVPRO franchises to complete an extensive cleanup quickly. Pumps and extractors take care of standing water while technicians move in to take moisture readings and establish drying goals once the areas affected are sanitized. Air movers and dehumidifiers correctly positioned begin the task of drying flooring, walls, and trim.

Water Damage Equipment

Drying Mats ensure water is removed to the subfloor as well. Our technicians determine if other strategies, such as removing some tile or hardwood flooring sections, are necessary to dry thoroughly every layer. Pinpoint holes drilled in the wooden floor allow moisture to evaporate if the finish prevents it. Once the moisture levels drop below-designated levels, we complete the final restoration touches, reinstalling tiles and refinishing wooden trim and flooring.

Transforming a museum awash in water is a task SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg awaits with confidence. Call (727) 522-0000, and we deliver the team and equipment needed to restore museum exhibits and spaces to their glory.

How To Effortlessly Solve Fire Damage Problems In St. Petersburg

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

a house with fire blazing out of its windows Dealing with the aftermath of a fire can be quite overwhelming. SERVPRO will assess the situation and remediate the remaining fire damage.

Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Fire & Smoke Restoration Help

While none of us likes it when a fire disaster comes calling, the best you can do to counter such situations is by being prepared. As a resident of St. Petersburg, you need to take caution by knowing the different options you have when faced with such a situation. Going for the services of a restoration service provider can make such a big difference.

Fire damage issues in St. Petersburg can make you panic, and that is where the services of a company like SERVPRO can prove vital. During such scenarios, move-outs may be necessary and usually require significant labor. When we, as restorers, do a move-out, your valuables are moved to a remote location so that we can restore your property. We are highly professional since we have to pack, move, unpack, clean, repack and move back your contents.

Fire Restoration

The restoration process typically begins by inspecting the kind of damage that the fire caused. Even if firefighters put out the fire, all is not safe since the extinguishing agents can combine with water and lead to more damage. That means different kinds of damage such as water damage, smoke damage, heat damage, and charring can result from the incident.

As a property owner, you may fail to identify the level of damage that was left behind. Experts from SERVPRO have the right tools to address the three primary levels of fire damage – major, medium, and minor – to achieve the preloss state of your property. You should note that a restoration process does not entail routine cleaning and repair services. Here, experts go the extra mile and perform duties like identifying the source of electricity, locating the charred debris.

In a nutshell, you should not gamble with fire damage incidents. Some of the emitted gases are carcinogenic. A certified company uses the proper cleaning procedures and tools to secure your safety.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is here to restore your property after a fire damage incident at any time of the day. Call us at (727) 522-0000 and get the professional services you deserve.

What Makes Drywall a Common Mold Target in Northeast St. Petersburg Homes?

10/30/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on a wall behind a cabinet Mold is quite unattractive. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the mold damage. We are available 24/7 - 365 days a year for you.

Cleaning and clearing mold damage are vital to recovering Northeast St. Petersburg properties.

Restoring your home after mold gets discovered means determining where these organisms have spread and the materials impacted by active spores. Our experienced remediation team quickly inspects the property and chooses the best approach to help sensitive materials like drywall from allowing more extensive damage.

Moist Conditions in the Living Space

One of the best reasons drywall becomes damaged when mold removal in Northeast St Petersburg homes is necessary is the frequency of use. Gypsum board is among the most common building elements in modern homes, so these wall surface materials are exposed to a range of water damage incidents and concerns, including:

  • Leaks
  • Post-flood damage
  • Humidity
  • Mismanaged water damage

Organic Materials Feed Mold Organisms

The attractiveness of drywall to mold organisms is the organic composition of these materials. Organic matter is a food source for mold organisms, so these colonies thrive and continue to spread when provided adequate sustenance.

Remediation Solutions for Damaged Drywall

Removing mold from drywall surfaces can be more challenging than many property owners believe. Because of how quickly sheetrock can become degraded and deteriorated from hosting mold organisms, it is often preferable to remove the installed elements altogether and replace them with new drywall materials instead. Light spotting can sometimes be addressed with surface treatments and antimicrobial mold inhibitors.

With its popularity of use and its sensitivity to hosting mold colonies, sheetrock can be a common target for microbial growth. With the urgency of managing mold situations in area homes and businesses, our remediation team works quickly to provide suitable solutions to get your property back to preloss conditions. Give our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team a call today at (727) 522-0000.

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