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Our SERVPRO Team Is Ready To Help

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

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While St Petersburg area communities respond to the news regarding the global pandemic of Coronavirus, this is a reminder that our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team is ready to help during this time of need. We are specialist in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest sanitation and cleaning standards. Our experienced SERVPRO professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your public space or commercial property back in business.

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your business or home, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, phones and tables.

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SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is a member of American Bio-Waste Solutions which ensures we can remove and dispose of BioHazard substances correctly. We are committed to treating all our customers with compassion in what can be unpleasant circumstances. You can count on us.

SERVPRO Tips To Mitigate Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home Until We Arrive

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

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Water Damage St. Petersburg – Minimizing Water Impacts

Water causes millions of dollars in damage to homes every year. There are frequent leaks in the plumbing, overflowing bathtubs, malfunctioning dishwashers and washing machines, and many more too numerous to mention. The water spreads from the source, and if the cause is not contained quickly, water can spread to every area of the home. There are steps the average homeowner can take to mitigate the damage until help arrives.

SERVPRO provides water damage mitigation and restoration services in St. Petersburg and surrounding areas, including the fishing communities in the area. We train our teams to follow IICRC certified water mitigation and removal techniques to minimize the damage to your home. We aim to remove all moisture and dry your home to avoid potential mold infestations that can affect your health as well as the structure of your home.

What Can You Do to Minimize the Impact of Water in Your Home?

After shutting off the valve to the central water intake to your home and calling SERVPRO for help, there are several things that homeowners can consider to minimize the damage. First and foremost, make sure that it is safe to enter the area. There is no need to make a bad situation worse by slipping and falling or being shocked by an exposed electrical connection that has been immersed in water.

Also, colorful items such as cushions and magazines can leach colored inks and dyes onto surfaces. If possible, remove or prop all wet items away from wet carpeting and furniture. Lift furniture legs and place aluminum foil under the legs. High humidity can damage decorative items such as paintings and other valuable items. Remove these items to another area where there are lower humidity levels. Turn on the AC, if possible. The AC system can also help to lower humidity levels.

SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day and arrives on-site in less than four hours. Our teams can assist in moving heavier items if needed and begin removing water and moisture from your home. We want to return your home to normal humidity levels to avoid mold infestations as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Coffeepot Bayou, Placido Bayou, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Faster Recovery After Flood Damage Incidents in St. Petersburg

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

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You should always have a plan for when your St. Petersburg home floods

After a flooding incident, homeowners in St. Petersburg go through different stages of coping with the loss. At the beginning is the hope that the incident is not as severe as it seems, which is later followed by acceptance of loss. After establishing that various restoration steps can help salvage the property, the final worry is how long the process is likely to take. Engaging professional restorers is one way to ensure faster restoration.

Avoiding Repetitive Steps

One aspect that can lengthen flood damage restoration in St. Petersburg is the repetition of tasks or performing unnecessary restoration work. Our SERVPRO technicians use the combined skills learned on the job and through training to establish which tasks are necessary at each loss site. We avoid steps such as cleaning carpets or other porous materials submerged in flooding involving groundwater. Such efforts are usually futile because cleaning cannot remove all contaminants. We remove all affected porous materials, including the wet carpet and pad for disposal, and prepare the affected area for replacement, thus expediting the entire process.

Extraction Instead of Evaporation

The drying phase after a flooding incident takes considerable time. Proper drying is crucial to help prevent severe problems such as mold development, bad odor, and deterioration of various materials, including wood and metals, which can rot, rust, or develop other problems. One way our SERVPRO technicians expedite drying is by focusing more efforts on extraction before considering evaporation. We use high-efficiency extraction equipment such as truck-mounted water extractors, which offer more power, especially during processes such as wet vacuuming. We also have specialized extraction equipment such as drying mats, which help remove water trapped beneath hard floors.

Closed Drying System over Open Drying System 

After completing water extraction, cleanup, and other restoration steps, there is a need to manage moisture levels in the air and wet materials. Although it is possible to accomplish this by opening doors and windows, such steps only work when conditions are perfect. Our crews use a closed drying system whereby air movers boost evaporation rates, while dehumidifiers extract the moisture from the air expediting the process.

It is possible to expedite flood damage recovery by taking appropriate steps during restoration. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Is Your St. Petersburg Home in Need of Water Damage Restoration/

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Delivers Successful Water Damage Recovery Results in St. Petersburg 

Achieving professional proficiency in water loss mitigation and remediation requires mastery of an interrelated system of strategies and training in proper equipment operation. Our managers and crews complete basic and ongoing advanced training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the restoration industry’s international standards-setting organization. This commitment to proper education in our field is why we can achieve the highest quality results for our customers. 

Water Loss Frequently Starts Inside 

Water damage in St. Petersburg can trace back to regional events like severe storms, of course, including hurricanes, but the most common causes are ordinary wear and tear. Plumbing leaks and appliance malfunctions are the most likely reasons why we respond when water escapes and spreads in your home.  

Water Detection, Measuring, and Monitoring Is the Key 

Our crews are well-informed on how to locate the source of the damage. Even more crucial to successful restoration is our solid foundation in water migration mapping techniques. This ability, supported by state of the art tools, plus water removal and drying strategies mastered through IICRC training and on the job experience, are why SERVPRO delivers results that meet or exceed industry best practice goals.  

Remove Trapped Water  

Lingering moisture causes progressive deterioration of building materials and exposes your home and family to the risks of mold growth and damage. Extraction is hundreds of time more efficient than structural drying alone, why SERVPRO researchers and implements ways to remove liquid water even in hard to access places. Methods we use include: 

  • Portable extractors with wand extenders to reach water in confined spaces (example: cells of cinder blocks in a foundation) 
  • Negative air pressure systems that use mats sealed to multi-layer surfaces to suction out fluids (example: hardwood or tile and subfloors) 
  • Controlled demolition to release water (examples: holes drilled in baseboards or flood cuts above the waterline on drywall)

Dry All Affected Structures 

Once the bulk of the water exits via our extractors and pumps, drying proceeds rapidly. Effective drying requires balancing temperature and air movement to facilitate drying, followed by positioning dehumidification equipment to capture and contain the vapor for disposal. Humidity levels and temperatures vary in every scenario, why SERVPRO stocks service vehicles with a range of air movers and both refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers.  

Emphasis on thorough preparation is why SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg makes water damage of all types “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (727) 522-0000 to line up an experienced crew to help manage your loss. 

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When Flooding Damages Warehouses in St, Petersburg

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO crew with water damage equipment stacked outside. SERVPRO vehicles in background No matter the size or scope of the water damage, SERVPRO can restore your loss.

Steps for Handling Commercial Flood Damage in a St. Petersburg Warehouse

In recent years, warehouse construction has taken off as companies try to claim their space close to high-populated areas. Regardless of the great need for space, every warehouse needs development while considering the unique requirements of the area.

Some areas are prone to flooding, while other earthquakes and tornadoes. A disaster such as flooding can cause many kinds of commercial flood damage in your St. Petersburg warehouse, including:

Structural damage

Engineers construct many warehouses with aluminum doors and long walls that can buckle under the weight of floodwater. Not sealing concrete flooring correctly, causes water to pool in access areas, leading to damage to HVAC systems. Floodwaters can ruin both metal and wooden structural components with rust or rot, affecting their structural integrity.

Ruined inventory

Water can destroy most items stored in your warehouse, particularly paper, electrical, and comestible inventory. You may have to discard many things because of safety and health reasons.

Affect business continuity

Flooding can also ruin daily business operations, and this can interrupt the supply chain. You may not fill orders or process sales until you have completed cleanup and repairs.

To prevent these and other repercussions of flood damage from worsening, you need to hire a restoration company that can restore your warehouse quickly. SERVPRO offers a quick response to flooding disasters of any magnitude and can get to your warehouse a short time after receiving your call.

Our team can assess the severity of the destruction. We can inspect for potential issues and fix them before they become significant problems. After a torrential downpour, you can realize that some parts of the roof of your warehouse are leaking. If that is the case, our team can inspect the roof and the inner ceiling to find the leaks and then perform the repairs.

If there is water on the floor, we can use portable or truck-mounted extractors to remove it. Truck-mounted extractors provide a more powerful vacuum compared to portable extractors. Their waste tanks can fill up quickly when we are removing water from your warehouse. Our SERVPRO team can use units equipped with automatic waste pumps on the waste tanks to remove the water so we can quickly move it to a sanitary sewer system.

We also use advanced drying techniques that can quickly dry the affected areas, including the spaces between the walls. We can use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to achieve this. Once we clean and dry the flooded areas, we can disinfect them using antimicrobial products.

When your warehouse has flooded, you can trust SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to bring things back to normal. Call us any time at (727) 522-0000 for effective restoration services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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How Centrifugal Air Movers Help Dry St. Petersburg Homes

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Uses Certain Products and Equipment For The Best Possible Outcome After Water Damage In Your St. Petersburg Home

Evaporative drying is a fixture of water restoration for St. Petersburg properties, and often involves a variety of cutting-edge tools and machines. Achieving moisture content readings below the established baseline begins with the proper deployment of air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the damaged portions of the house. A balance between these two critical components of moisture removal can maximize drying efforts for saturated materials and contents. 

While there are two types of air movers that our SERVPRO team uses to force dry air across damp surfaces or environments, often the water damage in St. Petersburg residences can benefit from the deployment of centrifugal air movers. These machines pull high volumes of air into the unit and disperse a direct blast of warm, dry air at designated surfaces and materials. 

Higher Pressure

Because airflow created by centrifugal air movers gets directed through a system of tubes in the machine itself, the output has a higher pressure than axial air movers that also can get used in restoration jobs. This increased pressure makes the unit ideal for focused drying efforts on specific portions of materials and contents saturated by a water loss incident. 

Greater Output

While there is a lower force in the output of air from centrifugal machines, the continual flow can offer a steadier delivery than what gets expected from axial options. The steady flow directed at a specific point can make evaporative drying efficient and fast. 

Two Designs

Centrifugal air movers typically come in two separate designs, including the standard shape and a lower profile model. Ordinary air movers have some versatility, given their height off the ground and the force of the output. Low profile models also exist to help our SERVPRO team direct airflow under furniture or into inaccessible areas where migrating water has traveled. 

Air movers of any variety are the centerpiece for useful and timely drying of water-damaged residences. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team can help with a considerable assortment of centrifugal air movers to help after a disaster. Give us a call anytime at (727) 522-0000. 

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Water Extraction In Your St. Petersburg Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Applied Structural Drying Technicians for St. Petersburg Homes

Water extraction might be one of the priorities of responding water restorers reaching your St. Petersburg home, but how your property gets dried after a disaster is equally important. Various methods can force temporary relocations, while other solutions might lean heavier on controlled demolition and build back. We determine the needs of every property individually during the scoping process conducted by our project manager.

No matter how severe water damage to St. Petersburg homes might be, we have skilled technicians and a team of dedicated residential contractors that can help to make it “Like it never even happened.” Along with the majority of our technicians obtaining their Water Restoration (WRT) accreditation through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), many of these same professionals also have an additional endorsement in Applied Structural Drying (ASD.)

The knowledge obtained in the receipt of the ASD certification gives our technicians confidence to find the appropriate drying solution for whatever water damage exists in your home. Part of their knowledge in this field dictates the appropriate drying equipment and techniques for saturated materials. Some structural elements are not salvageable in certain situations, like drywall that has been exposed to standing water for more than a day.

ASD technicians learn timely drying procedures during their training, helping them to make the best drying decisions on-site. For example, while it might take several days to sufficiently dry out saturated wood framing in a residence, it is often more cost-effective for the customer to wait this time than to incur the costs of controlled demolition and reconstruction unnecessarily. Likewise, a wet carpet and pad might be more cost-efficient to remove to protect and dry subflooring material like plywood and OSB board.

Drying a residence involves hundreds of decisions made both ahead of the responding team of technicians and during the restoration process. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg professionals have extensive training and experience in water recovery efforts, and you can reach our crew 24/7 by calling (727) 522-0000.

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Commercial Flood Damage St. Petersburg – Delaminated Carpeting

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of a business. The flooding in your building plays a huge role, let us help you get back to normal after your St. Petersburg business flood.

Your St. Petersburg business flooring is very important. Let SERVPRO help you save it.

Commercial carpeting in stores and business offices must withstand a great deal of foot traffic along with regular vacuuming and cleaning activities. A flooded commercial building may cause the owner to replace the carpet and underpad instead of drying the carpet in place.

SERVPRO can help owners with these decisions after a commercial flood damage event in our operating territory of St. Petersburg. Water and moisture must still be removed, and the humidity levels within the building reduced to normal levels. Any contents affected by the flood must still be cleaned and dried as well.

Carpet Delamination

The backing of a carpet consists of a primary and secondary backing. The layers are held together by a latex material. Over time, the backing can separate due to deterioration of the latex, causing the two layers to separate. A combination of traffic, sunlight, and in the case of a flood, water can accelerate the separation. Replacing the carpet is required once the layers separate.

Padding Replacement

In most commercial buildings, there is an underpad installed under the carpet, although in some cases, the carpet may be laid directly on the subfloor. Depending on the quality of the underpad, it may tear or disintegrate upon the removal of the carpet. It may also disintegrate when wet. Either way, it must be replaced, and the replacement is often less than the cost of drying.

Once the removal of the carpet and the underpad are complete, normal drying operations can take place to prepare the subfloor and walls for the installation of new underpad and carpet. We install dehumidifiers and air movers to thoroughly dry the area and reduce the humidity to normal levels.

SERVPRO can assist by assessing the condition of the existing flooring and provide estimates to dry the carpet and underpad. The owner can then make an informed decision regarding a replacement.

Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Shore Acres, Coffeepot Bayou, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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The Nuances of Storm Damage Remediation in St. Petersburg Revealed

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

bedroom in house flooded with water and chair floating When flooding hits your home, the situation can seem overwhelming.  Contact SERVPRO to help you through this.

Easing the Cleanup Work Associated with Flood Damage When Storm Hit St. Petersburg Home

Flooding from a storm affects homes in a myriad of ways necessitating elaborate restoration processes. Sometimes, the biggest challenge is how to clean up the mess left after an incident, as was the case in St. Petersburg, where a severe storm forced groundwater into a home. Cleaning up loss sites is one of SERVPRO's specialties, so intervention from our team helped ease the restoration.

Managing debris collection

One of the main issues with flood damage from storm incidents in St. Petersburg is debris pile up because most porous materials are unsalvageable after exposure to excess water and contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians incorporate debris management into most of the restoration activities that we do. For instance, when tearing down walls or removing floor materials, we have trash receptors ready, so the waste materials are not strewn all over the site. At the St. Petersburg home, we removed the wall-to-wall carpet and pad, which were affected by groundwater. Slicing them into small square pieces helped them fit perfectly into the trash bins, organizing the restoration site.

Understanding materials when cleaning surfaces

Floodwaters spread everywhere, leaving all sorts of materials soiled. At the St. Petersburg home, we had to clean both finished and unfinished wood surfaces as well as tiles. Our SERVPRO technicians understand various challenges that different materials present and therefore take the right steps to tackle them. For example, wood is semi-porous and tends to swell after exposure to water. Our technicians were able to clean all wooden surfaces by applying professional cleaning agents and thoroughly agitating them to remove soils and traces of contaminants before starting drying procedures.

Final Touches

There is a tendency for flooding sites to develop bad odor or finishes on surfaces to deteriorate. Although there were minimal signs of these issues at the loss site, our technicians took a proactive approach. Mixing water-based deodorizers with the cleaning agents helped ensure a sweet scent once the cleaning was over. Drying excess moisture also helped ensure that no odors would develop later.

Restoring a home to its preloss state after flooding can be difficult. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why We Are The Right Choice In St. Petersburg After A Flood

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Restoration Professionals are here to help St. Petersburg Residents Overcome Flood Damage

Flood Damage St. Petersburg

Flooding in your neighborhood can be a nightmare. Often floodwaters lead to many community issues like road overflow, sewer backups as well as transport problems. Some of these issues may adversely affect your home, and all of them can upset your daily routine. Getting back to normal is a challenge that requires healthy decision making and positive action. Property flooding can make it tough to return to work and cause excessive amounts of stress. 

Residents use restoration services for flood damage in St. Petersburg when the size of the job at hand gets overwhelming. All flooding situations are stressful. However, depending on the scale and breadth of flood damage, some are beyond the scope of a homeowner. There may be severe pressure exerted on the structure of your home as well as infrastructure like doors or windows that need repair. Standing water, in particular, can use significant force unto walls, ceilings, and floors, which could lead to collapses. Reaching out to SERVPRO can help you to negate these losses. 

It is prudent to check your coverage for natural weather events ahead of time. SERVPRO can work with national and local insurance adjusters to provide an assessment that reflects the value of returning your home to its pre-flood condition. You may want to make special mention of personal items or valuable contents during the inspection to ensure that your materials get the attention they need. Our policy is to assist homeowners in all aspects of restoration, including items of sentimental value. 

When massive amounts of water arrive in a home environment, it begins to migrate from the source outward. By not stemming the tide of water, there is a risk of damage occurring in cavities, crawlspaces as well as spreading throughout the home. Our team of qualified SERVPRO restorers can use emergency measures like pumping out water and extracting residues to mitigate against further harm quickly. Negating the immediate risk is essential to keeping your claim expense low. 

When disaster strikes, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

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