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How Can a Move-Out Help with St. Petersburg Water Damage?

9/29/2022 (Permalink)

tech sealing carton for move out SERVPRO protects and restores water damaged possession in St. Petersburg area homes. We can pack out, dry, and clean at our facility.

Move-Outs Help with Preserving and Cleaning Water Damaged Items in St. Petersburg

Water damage in St. Petersburg is a severe concern for homeowners. A broken appliance, a leaking pipe, or bad weather can all cause damage to your home. Water can seep into soft furnishings, wood, and linens of all kinds. When that happens, you can rely on SERVPRO to remedy the problem and leave your house “Like it never even happened.”

A move-out or pack-out means our team can take your St. Petersburg water damaged belongings to our facility for cleaning. When they are clean, dry, and sanitized we will return them to your home. A move-out (pack-out) can help the restoration process.

What are Some Reasons for a Move-out?

There are several reasons that our water damage experts might suggest a move-out:

  • A move-out can make it easier to clean and restore the structure of your home
  • A move-out can speed up remodeling work
  • Removing the contents can help protect them from further damage
  • We can transport items to our cleaning facility

In some cases, we do not need to remove all your belongings. Depending on the extent of the water damage in your home, we can leave some contents in place. If the water did not affect every room, we might be able to store them in a secure location in your house such as in the garage or in another room.

Our team will advise you about how many items need to be taken off-site. The contents we handle include:

  • Bedding and linens
  • Curtains, blinds, and rugs
  • Clothing and accessories
  • Appliances and electronic items
  • Furniture such as beds, chairs, and tables

How Does SERVPRO Make Sure the Move-out Goes Smoothly?

Our SERVPRO teams understand that water problems are disruptive. You want to get back to your daily life as soon as you can. You also want your home restored to its preloss state.

We train our staff members in remediation and move-out best practices. Good training ensures the process goes smoothly from beginning to end.

We know that you may be concerned about whether a move-out will mean more expense. That is why we only take away items when we need to. We will clean items at the loss site first if possible. Cleaning first saves the extra time needed to move the contents to a facility, then unpack and clean them, and then pack them up again.

We only pack salvageable items. We do not waste time or space on items that we know cannot be rescued. If you have concerns about specific items, we can liaise with your insurance adjuster on your behalf.

How Do We Make Sure No Items Get Lost?

It is natural to worry about items getting lost. Your SERVPRO team will list the make, model, and serial number of everything we pack out. We use industry software to keep a thorough inventory, and we take photographs and videos of all content.

We also take inventory again before we re-pack your items to move them back to your home. We always account for every item, so you can rest assured your possessions are in safe hands.

Our facilities are equipped to thoroughly clean and deodorize your items. We can advise you of what to expect, and we can conduct a walk-through with you before you sign off on the project.

If you need help cleaning and salvaging your contents after water damage, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

Why Does My Home Smell So Following St. Petersburg Fire Damage?

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Eliminate Odors in Fire-Damaged St. Petersburg Home

Residents of St. Petersburg fire-damaged homes might wonder why their house smells so awful after the fire. Everybody knows that smoke smells terrible, but the malodors can be especially strong after a house fire.

SERVPRO understands the difficulties in restoring a St. Petersburg fire damaged home. It is hard to enjoy your home if it still smells smoky. Your residence's initial inspection and scoping provide an action plan to mitigate the fire damage and eliminate pungent odors.

Why is the Smell so Strong After a Blaze?

During a fire, the heat interacts with the surfaces that the flames contact. If the material burns away completely, this is known as complete combustion. But if the material only burns away partially, that is known as incomplete combustion. Incomplete combustion results in soot and smoke particles that enter the air, cling to surfaces, and cause bad smells.

Many surfaces in your home can become coated with soot and be the source of unpleasant smells:

  • Wood furniture such as tables and dining chairs
  • All paper products, including wallpaper
  • Soft materials and fabrics like bedding or curtains
  • Plastics such as electronics or children's toys
  • Proteins from a kitchen fire

How can SERVPRO Help with Smoky Smells?

We follow a series of steps that can work well for removing odors.

We discard soot-damaged materials whenever we can. Sometimes a fire leaves behind debris such as building materials, wood, and drywall. Our teams safely clear up the trash. Clean-up makes the site safer and also removes a source of sooty smells.

We check for hidden sources of odors that may include:

  • Ventilation systems
  • Behind furniture or appliances
  • Cooker hoods or fans
  • Crawl spaces
  • Wall cavities

Once we have removed fire-damaged materials and found other sources of odors, we can contain and deodorize the smells.

How Does SERVPRO Contain Odors?

Containing sooty smells is vital because it prevents them from spreading further throughout your home. We use portable, pump-up sprayers to apply counteractants directly to smoke damaged surfaces and prevent molecules from escaping.

Odor molecules are released into the air as soon as a surface burns. That means that by the time our team arrives, some smells are already in the air. We use deodorant products to counteract airborne odors. One of the most effective products for this is neutralizing gel beads.

We also use thermal fogging to combat smoke scents. A good rule of thumb is "like to like." That means that we use deodorizing fog to tackle the problem in the case of smoke damage. Thermal fogging means using a fogging machine to distribute odor-fighting compounds. These compounds bond to the odor-causing molecules and change their composition. This neutralizes the smell. Hydroxyl generators can be placed to neutralize airborne compounds while our SERVPRO IICRC-certified team continues with the cleanup. Air scrubbers outfitted with HEPA filters can also capture airborne particulates. Negative pressure can be set up to port the circulating air to the exterior, further relieving the ambient air of odors.

What About Cleaning Smoke Damaged Surfaces?

SERVPRO teams can also help by cleaning smoke-damaged surfaces. We thoroughly train our FRST fire and smoke restoration technicians to decide which surfaces are suitable for cleaning and which surfaces we cannot salvage. We use various cleaning techniques to dislodge smoke particles, including dry scrubbing, wet wiping, and UV cleaning.

Our combination of odor containment, cleaning, deodorizing, and ventilation means that before long, your home can smell fresh, "Like it never even happened."

If you are concerned about malodors after a house fire, we can help. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

How Does SERVPRO Reduce St. Petersburg Mold Damage?

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO employee in PPE setting up a containment barrier SERVPRO can remediate mold damage in St. Petersburg Properties following industry best standards.

Mold Remediation Requires Specific Procedures for a St. Petersburg Area Home

No one wants mold in their St. Petersburg home. Unfortunately, mold spores occur almost everywhere, making it hard to avoid them altogether. It is challenging to prevent mold growth after a water leak or spill, and many homeowners struggle with fungal growth at some point.

St. Petersburg mold damage can occur in many places in your home. The fungus could grow after an appliance leak or because the rain seeped into the basement. The mold colonies can develop if a pipe bursts and water soaks into the structure of your home or soft furnishings and materials such as drapes or carpets, and it can grow on the surface of walls.

How Does Mold Grow?

Molds are microscopic organisms that combine with interconnected hyphae to colonize around and consume a food source. Mold can grow wherever the conditions are ripe for it. The fungus needs:

  • An organic food source such as cotton, paper, or wood
  • Moisture
  • Oxygen

Mold grows best in cool and dark conditions. The spores reproduce rapidly and can create a significant problem in as little as 24-72 hours.

How Does SERVPRO Reduce Mold Damage Risks?

You might call our team because you are concerned about visible fungi, a moldy smell, or a water leak. Mold remediation can contain the damage, demolition, and costs.

We know that looking for visible signs of mold is not enough. The fungus often grows in dark, hidden corners of your home or hard-to-reach places like inside wall cavities. We can use various equipment to assess moisture levels in your home's walls and carpets and check humidity levels.

  • Moisture meters use small probes that assess the amount of water in materials such as carpets or drywall
  • Non-penetrating moisture sensors help us discover dampness in hidden places such as behind furniture
  • Thermo-hygrometers measure humidity in the air

Because we measure exact numbers, we can monitor the progress of mold remediation. We can continually assess the readings to ensure our techniques are working.

Why is Drying Your Home so Important?

Because fungi need water to thrive, properly drying your home reduces mold damage risks. This is especially important if your house has suffered water damage or a water leak.

Getting your home dry is a crucial part of our process. There are several ways we can do that.

  • Setting up air movers to help dry the surface of wet flooring or walls
  • Using dehumidifiers to reduce the amount of moisture in the air
  • Using portable extractors to remove water from floors and help dry carpets

Our IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification) certified teams can also help deal with the fungus already present. Trained SERVPRO AMRT applied microbial remediation technicians have the skills, experience, equipment, and products to leave your home looking "Like it never even happened."

We can set up containment to help prevent spores from spreading further throughout your home. We also used specialized air filtration equipment such as powerful HEPA filters and air scrubbers to capture airborne spores. We safely remove fungus-covered items such as wooden furniture or soft materials and either clean or dispose of them, depending on whether they are salvageable. Typically, an antimicrobial product is sprayed on treated surfaces to help inhibit future mold infestations.

Fungal growth is a genuine concern if your home has a dampness problem or suffers from water damage. These microorganisms can grow easily and spread quickly. However, SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can help. Call us at (727) 522-0000.

Mold Damage Remediation in St. Petersburg Requires a Professional Restorer

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing along wall Unchecked water damage can lead to mold growth. Always check for leaks, and call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold.

Hire SERVPRO to Handle Mold Damage in St. Petersburg

Water intrusion in your house, be it from a leaking roof or water line, can cause a quick spread of mold, which may significantly damage the building’s structure and the contents housed therein. Restraining the spread of the damage requires contacting reputable remediation service providers immediately when you notice the mold.

To handle mold damage in your St. Petersburg residence, you can trust SERVPRO. Our mold remediation experts are well-trained and appropriately certified. We have garnered a lot of experience since our establishment, which is a testimony of our reliability, professionalism, and efficiency. To handle mold damage in the most effective way possible, we have specialized, top-of-the-line equipment and protective gear for the safety of our technicians.

After inspection and assessment of the damage, our IICRC trained SERVPRO team can take a diverse number of steps, dictated mainly by the unique situation of your house, but the typical process proceeds as follows:

  • Containment of the mold-infested area by using physical barriers such as plastic sheeting and establishing negative air pressure.
  • Filtration of the air using HEPA vacuums and powerful air scrubbers.
  • The removal of infested porous materials.
  • Disposing of contaminated materials.
  • Cleaning of the contents and belongings that were in the house.

When our team dries your home’s interior and removes contaminated materials, we can use a HEPA vacuum cleaner and damp wiping to remove visible traces of debris and dust from the remediation process. To restore your house to its former state, SERVPRO primarily considers the level of damage. This determines whether we must tear down the drywall, subfloors, and other structures or conduct minor repairs like replacements, repainting, or installing new carpeting. 

Before concluding the remediation process, our SERVPRO team can use thermal imaging cameras to determine whether mold colonies have remained or whether we have effectively dealt with the water source.

Do not watch as mold eats your house away; contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for a faster, efficient, and cost-effective restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How to Effectively Deal With St. Petersburg Mold Damage

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on wall Mold can quickly destroy the walls and other structural components of your home. Contact SERVPRO to remediate.

Overcoming Mold Growth in Your St. Petersburg Residence

Homeowners often struggle with the moisture and dampness throughout the year in their St. Petersburg houses. While the air is often conditioned, humidity is an ever-present threat that can result in some severe effects if it does not get adequately maintained and regulated. If allowed to persist, moisture can allow naturally occurring mold spores in the environment to colonize and spread throughout your home. 

A troublesome consideration is how little the average homeowner knows about fungal growth and mold damages in their St. Petersburg residence. Many have attributed the occurrence as a typical outcome that cannot be avoided and fail to fully understand the severity of the situation. 

Our SERVPRO remediation technicians understand how critical it is to manage this situation immediately, which is why we work quickly to isolate the affected area to keep the colony from spreading to new regions of your house. It is essential to assess how deeply rooted the organism is in the material to determine if our advanced removal techniques can affect the entire hyphae. 

Regarding the isolation, while the remediation work takes place, our SERVPRO IICRC trained technicians set up specialized equipment to clean the air in this environment called air scrubbers. These special filtering techniques can remove nearly all of the active mold spores attempting to pass through the area. Additionally, our specialists require that air circulation equipment gets turned off throughout the remediation process to further keep your home safe from the possibility of recolonization during the removal. 

Mold growth thrives organism feeds on construction materials and items in your house and potentially causes health effects for the occupants exposed to the colony. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg applied microbial remediation technicians stand by to help you overcome this intruder in your home and restore the damage it has caused. Give us a call today at (727) 522-0000.

Extraction Equipment and Water Removal in St. Petersburg

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

copper pipes Water damage? SERVPRO has the extraction tools to remove any water in your home.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Services Can Dry your Property Fast

Water intrusion can be costly and time-consuming for homeowners. Once water enters a home, it begins to degrade, causing harm to building materials and belongings. SERVPRO understands that drying your property is essential to mitigating losses. We have the technicians and equipment to help.

Undertaking a water removal project for St. Petersburg residents requires excellent organization and efficient planning. The faster liquid is removed, the sooner technicians can tackle the existing damages. To remove liquid, we use industrial water extractors. This equipment is commonly truck mounted with a long duct that transports water out of the property and into a storage tank. Extraction equipment can be fitted with various attachments to aid water removal. We can adjust the wand size to allow technicians to extract from tight corners and restricted spaces. An extractor can resemble an industrial vacuum in larger rooms and be run across floors or carpets. SERVPRO technicians may repeat this process several times to ensure as much residual moisture is removed. Extraction equipment is helpful for:

Removing water with extraction tools is the most efficient way to dry your property and mitigate losses. In some circumstances, extraction may not be enough. Water naturally migrates, moving from wet to dry. Sometimes moisture migration can reach the home's inaccessible parts, such as the subfloor or wall cavities. In these situations, the running of venting equipment and dehumidification is necessary to prevent potential mold growth. The drying principles with air movement rely on one tool to evaporate moisture and another to pull the evaporated water from the air. Technicians need to provide a natural equilibrium between the number of air movers and dehumidifiers to maximize drying efficiency. We achieve this by performing psychrometric calculations and monitoring the drying procedure from start to finish. 

  • Extraction tools can be portable on upper floors or in apartment buildings. 
  • All extractors utilize heating, vacuum, and storage elements.
  • Sometimes, extractors can be used on carpets without needing to remove furnishings or flooring- known as in-place drying. 

To stop moisture from damaging your home, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for water removal at (727) 522-0000

How SERVPRO Restores Storm Damaged Homes in St. Petersburg

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

Storm warning sign along black clouds Storm waters bring in bacteria and other contaminants. Don't go it alone. Call SERVPRO!

St. Petersburg Residents Should Call SERVPRO to Disinfect Their Homes After a Tropical Storm

We don't need to experience a hurricane to understand the impact a tropical storm can have on our homes. Even though we build our buildings and homes in South Florida to sustain torrential downpours, heavy winds could knock a tree onto your roof and open a leak into your home. They could also raise water levels for floodwater to enter through your door. Regardless of the incident, disinfecting and repairing your home is extremely important.

Why Should I Call a Professional Crew to Disinfect My Home?

Average household cleaners are sufficient for our everyday needs. They are easily accessible at the grocery store, and you can apply them quickly. However, when water comes into your home from outside sources, it carries bacteria and debris. Rather than allowing these microorganisms to multiply in your home, you should call our SERVPRO technicians so we can apply cleaners and disinfectants to your storm damaged St. Petersburg home. The solutions we use are industry-grade and compliant with EPA regulations.

Similarly, the equipment we use can reach all corners of your storm damaged home. Some best practices to help us enhance our reach within your house include the following:

  • Utilizing EPA approved solutions appropriate for each surface. For example, porous surfaces need different treatment than non-porous surfaces.
  • Allow enough time for the solution to sink in. Our crew knows and understands the recommended times for each agent to react.
  • Know where an application is essential. For example, solutions should not be sprayed into HVAC systems but should permeate subfloors and carpeting.

When your home is at stake, you can rely on SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg. Call us at (727) 522-0000 any time, day or night, and let us into your home. We aim to leave your home "Like it never even happened." 

Don't Let Storms Waterlog Your St. Petersburg Church

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

bird's eye view of church steeple Storm water can damage churches. SERVPRO has the equipment, expertise and experience to quickly restore your church.

Water Removal Services for Your St. Petersburg Church

Recovering your St. Petersburg church after a disaster can prove problematic when those available to you lack the equipment or resources to help in the time frame where it is most beneficial. With water loss incidents happening within your church, construction materials and the contents of the various rooms are at risk for saturation and moisture effects which could cause irreparable damage. These time-sensitive situations are why our emergency response team exists.

When your St. Petersburg church requires water removal services, it often follows some water loss incident within the building. From plumbing breaks to sprinkler system failures, high volumes of water can spread quickly throughout your property and begin saturating into materials almost immediately. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to help you mitigate this situation through fast extraction work and preserving the things most precious to you in the building.

One of the things that often initially gets overlooked is water damage spreading throughout the church in the pews and altar. These wooden constructions are particularly susceptible to saturation when exposed to pooling water, and this saturation can cause warping and bloating of the submerged portions. With extraction work happening quickly, this saturation has less opportunity to take hold, and its effects get negated through the following dehumidification and drying efforts.

The same could be said for the flooring, as many sanctuaries get covered with wall-to-wall carpeting. Pooling water can penetrate and collect in the fibers of this carpeting and seep into the padding and supports for the floor beneath it. Our weighted extraction equipment can force water out of the padding and carpet to get removed with a high-powered vacuum.

These might be specific examples of how water damage can get overcome in your church. Still, they can also display the level of care and appreciation that our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg franchise has for our communities' churches and commercial properties. When disaster strikes, give our emergency response team a call 24/7 at (727) 522-0000.

What Can Homeowners Do to Deal with Mold Infestation?

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

heavy mold growth on walls and ceiling Unchecked water damage can lead to mold damage, especially in Florida. SERVPRO is the only call you’ll need to make for mold damage remediation.

Property Owners Can Hire SERVPRO Restorers for Professional Mold Removal in their St. Petersburg Homes

If your property has incurred water damage, it is at risk of mold growth. Mold presents a potential threat and can become a problem if ignored for an extended period. Should you notice signs of mold damage on your property, it is essential to act immediately to have it treated by a certified restorer like SERVPRO.

We have professional restorers with access to hi-tech equipment, tools, and products that can ensure effective mold removal in your St. Petersburg home. We stay safe on each mold task by using personal protection gear.

Where does Mold Grow?

Mold growth occurs in areas where flooding or water leaks have taken place. Building materials such as drywall, cardboard, paper products, wood products, and ceiling tiles support mold growth. SERVPRO’s mold removal strategies include:

  • Containment of the affected area: Isolating the area helps prevent mold spores from spreading. 
  • Air filtration: We can use advanced air scrubbing equipment and HEPA filters to remove mold spores from the air. 
  • Mold removal: Our restorers use edge-cutting techniques to effectively remove the mold. 
  • Cleaning the affected area: We treat the affected area using advanced products. We can use antimicrobial agents to prevent further mold growth.

All our IICRC trained technicians are insured, and we guarantee our mold removal services.

Do not wait until mold damage affects your property’s structural stability. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for fast and professional mold removal services. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Helping Fire Restoration in St. Petersburg Homes to Be Effective

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

smoke surrounding a smoke detector SERVPRO has a wide array of cleaning products and equipment to restore your home.

Focused Action Aids Fire Restoration 

Fire restoration is not a universal approach for every home. Technicians must customize solutions to the type of smoke damage present, the location of the impacted surfaces and contents, and how long these materials have been exposed to corrosive soot particles. 

Before Surface Cleaning Begins

Pre-treatment can be a compelling start to fire restoration in St. Petersburg properties. This effort removes loose debris from impacted elements to show what soot damage remains and help determine the needed approach to finish restoration. Some of the pre-cleaning options include: 

  • Dry Vacuuming
  • Brushing
  • Dusting
  • Non-Wet Wiping

Choosing Effective Cleaning Agents

Choosing the right cleaning product is vital to making the right choice for the affected material and the type of smoke damage. Testing the surface with selected cleaning products will help decide if the underlying substrate can withstand the active ingredients of the chemical agent without surface damage. 

Aiding with Mechanical Action Approaches

Mechanical action plays an essential part in the cleaning process and is likely one of the aspects with which the customer is familiar. With spills and stains, it is common to scrub cleaning solutions into the fabric or carpeting, allowing the friction and motion to reach more areas and be more efficient. Similarly, SERVPRO professionals use actions like brush scrubbing, steel wool scrubbing, and other agitation to improve the reach of applied surface cleaning products. 

Warming the Work Areas

Manipulating the temperature of the workspace and the affected materials can directly impact how effective chosen cleaning agents can be. Warmer environments have faster moving molecules, so chemical processes occur quicker. Ultimately, this means less contact between the chemical agent and the soiled surface. 

Several immediate steps can help steer your residence's fire restoration and recovery. We are rapid responders capable of getting these formative steps started in the earliest mitigation phases after the first notice of loss. Give our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg (727) 522-0000.