Should I Restore Items or Opt For Replacement after Water Damage in My St. Petersburg Home
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SERVPRO Helps Evaluate the Affected Items to Ensure the Best Course of Action when Restoring Properties
Exposure to water in St. Petersburg, whether sudden or gradual, affects a wide range of contents and building materials negatively. The damages can touch floor materials such as floorboards, wall panels, and even contents such as furniture. One question that you may have a hard time answering is whether to throw away the affected items or find a way to save them. Several factors can influence the decision you make:
What are the common effects of water damage in St. Petersburg homes?
- Moisture retention by porous and semi-porous materials
- Chemical changes such as running of dyes or staining
- Physical changes such as swelling of wood or stretching of carpets
- Deep soiling
A wide range of outcomes is possible when there is water intrusion in a property. The variations arise because of the unique materials found in the property, the amount of water released, and the exposure time, among other things. A flexible response plan is necessary to deal with different problems effectively. A rigid plan such as extracting water only cannot help you deal with soiling or chemical changes caused by the water spill.
How do I complete all the restoration steps?
The different things you have to do to restore damaged materials can overwhelm you, jeopardizing the chances of restoring the home to its preloss state. For instance, if you have to extract gallons of water around the property, clean soiled or stained areas, and protect materials such as carpets from permanent damage through stretching, you may have a hard time deciding what to deal with first.
One way to deal with the different restoration processes conveniently is by identifying the level of urgency for each process. For instance, instead of assuming that extracting standing water is the most crucial step when dealing with water loss, you should evaluate the loss and determine whether other steps need to be addressed first. In case there is a carpet on the floor, a step like removing items such as furniture, which might stain it with dyes or rust, has a higher priority. Such prioritization helps prevent severe damages while allowing you to complete restoration.
Another way to overcome the challenge posed by restoration processes is dedicating more resources to the job, thus tackling different processes faster or simultaneously. When you hire our SERVPRO team to handle the restoration, we bring a wide range of equipment to the loss site to tackle a wide range of tasks including:
- Water extraction
- Heating where necessary
- Special storage such as freezing to halt deterioration
- Drying or other forms of moisture management
Can factors beyond the level of damage influence the decision of whether to save items?
Sometimes the decision whether to restore an item or material damaged by water depends on factors beyond the level of damage. One such reason is the cost of restoration. If the costs involved in restoring an item are equal or slightly lower than replacement, it might be better to replace, which also creates a chance to focus on other issues. Another reason that may influence the decision of whether to restore or not is the sentimental value the item might have. Saving family heirlooms or other items that you hold dear is worth the extra work or cost that you might incur. Our SERVPRO technicians help in many ways to achieve the intended goal, including using sophisticated drying procedures like:
- Using drying chambers
- Using specialized cavity drying equipment
- Using specialized document drying techniques such as freeze-drying
When restoring your property after a water intrusion, you should not forget that sometimes the steps you take might not achieve the goal you have in mind. At times, your restoration efforts may not reverse all the damages caused by the water. For example, when the wood swells, drying may remove all the moisture, but the wood might not regain its original shape, thus rendering it useless for the original purpose. In other cases, restoration processes might create new problems. For example, if the issue is a stain on a carpet, spot cleaning can remove it, but also discolor the fibers. A patch is almost as bad as the stain, so such an outcome is not acceptable. Because of the extensive training and experience our technicians have, we can identify damages that can worsen when we attempt restoration, thus allowing you to opt for alternatives early.
The knowhow SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg offers, helps ease decision-making when restoring items affected by water intrusion in your Northeast St. Petersburg, Shore Acres, or Meadowlawn home. Call us any time at (727) 522-0000. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program
Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.
Let us help you get back to business
As our communities re-open in St. Petersburg, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.
Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.
Extensive training and specialized products
As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned. Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities.
From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.
3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify
When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.
- Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
- Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials. In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible.
- Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.
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We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.
Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg today at (727) 522-0000 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.
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Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience. Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.
A Flood Has Ruined My Home, What Should I Do?
Do you have a flooding problem in your St. Petersburg home? Call SERVPRO to get rid of all that water.
Contact SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to Provide Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Your St. Petersburg Home
Flooding can cause damage, leading to serious issues both to the interior and exterior of a St. Petersburg home. Flooding can take place fast with minimal warning, and flood damage can leave your home requiring significant repairs. It can be daunting to recover from a flood and understand the steps to take afterward.
Why is floodwater dangerous?
Floodwater can affect human health significantly because there could be bacteria, fungi, viruses, pesticides, sharp objects, pests, and chemicals, among other hazardous substances in it. You need experts who can perform efficient flood damage cleanup in your St. Petersburg home. SERVPRO franchise professionals know what it takes to clean up, dry, disinfect and deodorize a flooded house.
What precautions should I take after a flood?
After a flood, you should take some precautions to avoid injury and extensive damage to your property. They include:
- Avoid walking in floodwater and wear personal protective gear like boots and gloves if you must walk in it.
- Turn off the electricity at the mains.
- Call your insurance firm to inform it about the incident.
- Check your home for signs of damage that needs professional help to repair such as bulges or cracks in the walls and changes to the structure.
How do you restore a flooded property?
The task of cleaning up your flood-damaged home can be a lengthy process, particularly in the case of severe water infiltration. Our SERVPRO team seeks to understand the nature of the flood. The existence of biological or chemical contaminants, sewage effluent or sands, silts, and solids in the floodwater dictates the way we manage recovery. For standing water containing the above items, we can deplore powerful trash-pumps for extraction.
We also consider the height the floodwater reached and its rate of flow around and inside the building. We use powerful extractors to remove water quickly. Our team then uses air moving and dehumidifying equipment to dry the home. We also use deodorization, antibacterial and anti-fungal products to eliminate odors and microorganisms from the affected areas of a structure.
When your home has flood damage, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for effective restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.
We Just Had a Fire In Petersburg, How Do I Start the Cleanup?
Smoke and soot damage are difficult to remove. SERVPRO has the experience and training to handle the project.
Fire Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home is Devastating, But SERVPRO is Here to Help!
Any fire, regardless of the size, leaves sizable damage in your home. The faster you act to have everything cleaned up, the more it is possible to minimize the impact of the loss. Waiting too long after the fire to have cleanup begin can leave awful odors. There is also the potential for mold and mildew growth for any moisture left behind from the water used to extinguish the fire. SERVPRO has trained restoration technicians ready to help you get your home back to normal.
What Can I Do After Extinguishing the Fire?
We can help you with fire damage in St. Petersburg 24/7, so you can call us whenever you need emergency restoration. Our team arrives and gets started immediately on an assessment of the damage once authorities deem your structure safe to enter. We have a range of tools that we bring with us that facilitate cleanup so that we can make your interior “Like it never even happened.”
What is Done to Handle Soot and Smoke Odors?
Stubborn odors from sook and smoke residue can leave a constant reminder of the fire if not addressed adequately. Our IICRC-certified technicians address soot, smoke, and air quality in your home in a variety of ways:
- Equipment, such as air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, help remove particles from the air that improve air quality while addressing odorous elements.
- We wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent the tracking of soot and debris from the fire loss zone to other areas of the house.
- EPA-registered disinfectants and cleaning agents help us clean and also deodorize your interior.
No matter the cause or the scope of the fire damage to your home, you can trust that our skilled team at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is here to help. Call us at (727) 552-0000 to deploy a crew to your location.
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How Do I Deal with Flash Flooding in My St. Petersburg Home?
Quick action towards water removal can help mitigate the situation. Contact team SERVPRO for efficient remediation services right away after damage.
We Can Arrive Quickly to Help Extract Water, Dry, and Thoroughly Clean Your House After Natural Flooding.
A phenomenon like flash flooding can be a rapidly developing disaster that can be severely destructive to St. Petersburg homes. With the force that this high volume of water reaches your property, it can penetrate your main floor and crawl space, leaving you substantial water cleanup, extraction, and structural damage to face. Our professionals have a fast response to these emergencies because getting mitigation and debris removal started as soon as possible is the only method of protecting what you can of your property.
Because flood damage in St. Petersburg homes and apartments can vary so significantly, our technicians must stay prepared for many potential outcomes and situations that could develop. A thorough inspection of the property gets conducted as soon as possible to determine the full extent of the damage and what steps are necessary to return it to pre-flood conditions.
What Are the First Steps After Flooding?
Dealing with the flash flooding damage in your St. Petersburg home involves you acting quickly. While having a set emergency plan is the right approach for you and your family, many residents do not understand the importance of these plans until after a disaster takes place. Because there is such a small window to save some of the contents and structural materials in your home, you should begin by:
- Contacting Restoration Professionals
Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to flood losses. We are the first call you make because your insurance company wants documentation and evidence to approve a damage claim, and we can do this alongside vital mitigation steps and content management.
- Preserve Treasured Belongings
Your belongings are at risk when floodwater stands in your house. Some of these items have monetary value and can get replaced rather quickly, but others are invaluable keepsakes. Do what you can to preserve irreplaceable items if it is possible to do this safely.
- Reach Out to Your Insurance Provider
Living in Florida, many homeowners have sought out broader insurance coverage options that can help to defend their properties against natural disasters like hurricanes and subsequent flooding. Speak with your provider about your specific plan and what they need to begin helping you put the pieces back together.
The safety of the occupants in your house should be one of the top priorities, and even more vital when you consider that many natural flooding scenarios bring in bacterial and viral threats.
How Fast Can Restorers Arrive?
While we have said that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster for years, we have also been the first in line to prove that statement as well. There is no emergency that our SERVPRO team seeks to help that is not worsened by the passing of time. The faster that our team can arrive and begin mitigation and restoration efforts, the better the outcome for the house and its contents. Much of our fast response can get attributed to:
- Loaded job trailers and production vehicles
- 24/7 availability of our experienced technicians
- Local professionals that can mobilize fast
What Cleaning Steps Must Happen After Flooding?
Cleaning up after a flood involves the use of sophisticated tools and potent chemicals and solvents. Through different phases of restoration and recovery, we have multiple approaches that can help to return your house to its original condition before the disaster. These include:
Early in the mitigation stages, when our professionals first arrive at a damaged property, we focus on removing standing water from the premises. Once the standing water has gotten resolved, mud, debris, and other sediments can leave thick soiling of the property. We can shovel and vacuum these areas to begin cleaning it up.
After flooding, there are many circumstances where the removal of compromised structural elements is necessary. Not only can this help to reduce the secondary effects like contamination concerns, but it grants access to our responding technicians to more inaccessible areas.
Wipe cleaning is a crucial element of restoring your home after a flood because films and residues are present on many surfaces and structural faces. With the use of numerous potent cleaning products, we can work to recover the surface appeal of these materials when they can get preserved.
With natural flooding, the threat of contamination and bacteria entering your home is too much to ignore. Because of this threat, we treat all of these circumstances as though they have the same potential hazards as raw sewage or other bio-threats. Cleaning surfaces with chlorine-based disinfectants and other products can eliminate many bacteria.
- Post-Reconstruction Cleaning
After flooding, reconstruction is often unavoidable to get your home back to its original condition. Cleaning surfaces and the property after this construction is one of the final steps that our SERVPRO team can take to make the loss “Like it never even happened.”
After a flash flood, there are many cleaning and restoration steps to make your house feel like home again. Give our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg technicians a call right away to help at (727) 522-0000.
SERVPRO Helps St. Petersburg Area Businesses Clean and Apply Disinfectants
The last thing employees want to do at the end of the day is to disinfect door handles. SERVPRO does the job after they go home.
Deep Cleaning Your St. Petersburg Area Home or Business is a Preventative Measure
"Stay at Home" may be the talk of the town in St. Petersburg, but that means it may also be a good time for doing that extra cleaning in your home. And for businesses with employees who are performing essential services, SERVPRO is here to help you step up your cleaning efforts to help control the viral spread through our community.
At SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg, we provide cleaning services in homes and commercial properties on a regular basis. Our core training focuses on understanding the dangers of pathogens and the appropriate EPA-registered solutions and techniques to eliminate them. When you reach out to our technicians, you are accessing a group of people who perform challenging tasks regularly, and not only in response to the pandemic.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends specific measures for pandemic-level cleaning in homes and businesses. If you are wondering how this recommendation translates into action, our SERVPRO team can help you figure out what to do. The cleaning we perform helps remove pathogens. We pay attention to touchpoints, including counters, doorknobs, handles, stair rails, and other surfaces. Given that the scientific community, including the CDC, indicate that the virus has some unknown characteristics, the recommendation from experts is that we not only clean but also apply a disinfectant.
Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg family is an extension of your own family and friends. Reach out to us at (727) 522-0000 and let us add a layer of protection to everything you touch. We are open and ready to help clean and disinfect your commercial property or home.
What Steps are Necessary for Successful Commercial Water Cleanup in St. Petersburg Food Stores?
We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your business property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.
SERVPRO Knows all the Steps and has the Experienced Technicians to Help You
Water intrusion in your food store, whether caused by a leak in the plumbing lines or other sources, requires immediate action to avoid a crisis. Although you can handle some cases of commercial water cleanup, involving professional restorers helps because they handle each step restoration procedure properly.
Every water loss is unique, so establishing the level of work involved before starting commercial water cleanup in St. Petersburg food store is essential. Such evaluation helps establish the kind of workforce, equipment, and other resources necessary to complete the job. Our SERVPRO technicians check several factors, including:
- The size of the affected area
- The time elapsed since the spill started
- Whether it is a clean water loss or otherwise
- The percentage of affected contents
Clean up can take time and also require opening up of various access points to the premises. Such actions can create an opportunity for vandals to access undamaged stock. Vandals can be human or small animals so they can damage the stock on site or steal it. Our SERVPRO technicians take action to secure the stock to prevent this problem. We can move the stock to a secure section within the property unaffected by the water spill. We can also use storage ponds to hold items temporarily.
Water loss situations in businesses dealing with food can lead to health concerns since high moisture levels can accelerate decomposition. Some of the spilled water might also contaminate the food. Our SERVPRO crews help by separating damaged and questionable items and cleaning up affected areas thoroughly. You can be confident that your premises can pass scrutiny from a health inspector once the cleanup process is over.
The cleanup process can include risky aspects such as exposure to hazardous materials such as asbestos or ailments such as tetanus due to cuts or pricks. Our crews take precautions when doing the cleanup, including using personal protective equipment such as heavy-duty gloves and rubber boots, allowing us to tackle any risky tasks on your behalf.
Following the right clean up processes is crucial to ensure proper management of water loss incidents. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.
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After a Fire in My St. Pete Home, What Do I Need to Do to Clean My Belongings?
Don't hesitate when fire damage affects your living space. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services which include dealing with lingering odors.
SERVPRO Technicians in St. Petersburg Use Specialized Techniques and Cleaning Products
You may be reeling from shock after your St. Petersburg home withstands fire damage. Once you make sure your family and pets are all safe and accounted for, now it is time to assess the damage. Inevitably, your furniture, appliances, valuables, and other belongings have residue on them that require specialized cleaning.
Is Restoring a Better Option than Replacing?
In most cases, restoring the contents after a fire within your St. Petersburg home is a less expensive option than replacing damaged items. Whenever possible, SERVPRO fire restoration technicians clean, deodorize, and repair both the contents of your home and the structure itself. Depending on the severity of the damage and your unique situation, technicians may clean items in an off-site location.
What Techniques Work to Remove Residue?
- Dry cleaning: Removes dry, non-grease based soils
- Wet cleaning: Saturates the item to remove heavy or grease-based residues
- Foam cleaning: Foaming agents for delicate items or upholstery that cannot handle saturation such as mattresses
- Abrasive Cleaning: Agitates residues off of a surface
- Immersion Cleaning: Submerses the item such as venetian blinds entirely in water containing a cleaning product
- Ultrasonic Cleaning: Submerses the item, agitates it and scrubs it through high-frequency sound waves and micro-imploding bubbles
What Types of Cleaning Products Do Technicians Use?
- For Wet Cleaning: Specially formulated SERVPRO® Orange, Orange Plus, and Green
- For Abrasive Cleaning: Stain Scrub Crème Cleanser containing a gritty abrasive
- Immersion Cleaning: Ultra Content Cleaner to assist in removing soils
- Ultrasonic Cleaning: Ultrasonic Cleaning Agent, Marantz Activator, or Morantz Miracle Chemical all help remove soil while the machine agitates the item
For 24/7 assistance after disaster, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000. We make it, “Like it never even happened.”
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Our SERVPRO Team Is Ready To Help
SERVPRO Cares during this time of need
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
SERVPRO Provides a Large Arsenal of Water Extraction and Drying Equipment to Mitigate Damages to St. Petersburg Properties
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.