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

6/30/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck parked on the road Call SERVPRO to eliminate house fire odors and soot from your St. Petersburg residence.

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

6/30/2022 (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.

How Does SERVPRO Reduce St. Petersburg Mold Damage?

6/30/2022 (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.

St. Petersburg Commercial Property Fire Damage Preparation

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Flame Close Up If you find yourself in need of assistance with fire damage remediation, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO is Here 24/7 in St. Petersburg for Skilled Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage cleanup and restoration within St. Petersburg commercial properties involve much more than simple cleaning. This process is quite complicated, even more so when you add in production machinery, office equipment, commercial kitchen appliances, and anything else you have inside your business. Should you have a fire restoration plan ahead of time, it can help you determine the necessary steps to ensure your business gets running again as soon as possible. SERVPRO is here to help with our Emergency Ready Profile and prompt response once you call us to handle fire and smoke remediation. 

When you have a plan in place and ready to go should you have commercial fire damage in St. Petersburg, it can help save you time and money. The initial 48 hours post-fire will be the most crucial for recovery. Rather than getting wrapped up in the chaos of not knowing what to do, the plan helps you understand what needs to get done to ensure your business gets back on track.

Getting Started With Fire Restoration Planning

These are common steps we tell our commercial clients to expect during the fire restoration process:

  • Building safety assessment – Your structure being safe and stable for restoration will be the first order of business. Depending on the damage, many parties could be involved, including insurance providers, municipalities, fire departments, engineers, and environmental agencies.
  • Securing your commercial property – Fires attract attention, so you must ensure the property keeps looters and trespassers out. SERVPRO offers emergency board-up and tarping for this and protection from the elements.
  • Backup power – You may not realize that you could be out of power to your building after a fire. This may include the temporary loss of gas, electrical, and phone systems. SERVPRO offers a backup power source, so restoration and cleanup may go on without a hitch. 

When you need commercial fire damage assistance, SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is here 24/7. Call us at (727) 522-0000, and we can send a crew as soon as possible.

Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services in Pinellas County

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Water Caused Mold In Wall If water damage is left untreated, it can cause mold and mildew to grow.

SERVPRO Specializes in Water Damage Remediation

After experiencing a water damage incident, most people do not know the next step to take. If left unattended, the water can seep and cause permanent damage to your valuable contents. When you opt for professional restoration services in Pinellas County, it is possible to reduce the extent of the damage. That is why it is crucial to learn how the experts work to alleviate the loss.

Indoor water damage incidents in Pinellas County require specific drying equipment to minimize the resulting loss. It is common to see our SERVPRO technicians using air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, and air movers when restoring your property. The role of air movers is to increase the rate at which moist areas dry by facilitating air circulation; for them to work efficiently, positioning them correctly as by the IICRC standards is necessary.

The additional moisture in the air may cause conditions favorable for mildew and mold growth. That is why SERVPRO technicians use dehumidifiers to remove that excess moisture from the air. On the other hand, air scrubbers are used to remove particles and odors from the air efficiently. We classify them into two types: dry scrubbers that have an ionic purifier and wet ones that eliminate and trap particulates by using a moist filter.

Another way of combating unpleasant odors is through deodorization. Since a single deodorant cannot neutralize all types of odors, there are many deodorant types out there, with each working differently. For instance, when our technicians use masking deodorants, they cover the unpleasant smells with a pleasant smell. Pairing deodorants combine with particles in the air and then fall, thus making it easy to clean them. The secret behind doing away with an unpleasant smell is identifying its source and removing it.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is a trusted leader in a commercial and residential storm, water, fire, and mold damage restoration. Call us at (727) 522-0000 to learn more about our restoration services. 

Water Damage from a Clogged Drain in Your Shore Acres Laundry Room

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Clogged Pipes Clogged drains can cause more than one type of water damage problem in your home. If you suffer water damage after a clog, contact SERVPRO.

Our Technicians Determine the Cause of Water Damage in Your Home Before Commencing the Remediation Process

You already know that lint accumulates in your dryer's vent, but lint starts coming off your clothing before that while it is in the washing machine, also. Pet hair and other debris also get washed off, and this all ends up getting flushed down the drain of your Shore Acres home. Similar to your dryer's vent system, the drain can accumulate clogs and blocked areas, leading to avoidable situations.

Your home can end up with water damage in Shore Acres from clogged drain lines. It is especially true with washing machines because they force the water down through the drain during not only one but at least two cycles. If the tubing has clogs or other blockages, the water has no other place to go except over the top of your washer and onto the floor.

At SERVPRO, we train our technicians in several fields of home restoration. One training area includes Water Damage Restoration (WRT) certification from the IICRC, an internationally recognized organization. This ensures that our services remain up-to-date and current with the latest developments. We want to help you in protecting your home from the devastating effects of misplaced water. 

We clean up wet messes before they become too widespread. We keep the equipment in good operating condition, so it is always ready when needed to perform any size job. Removing the water includes the extraction of moisture in the air and any places that absorb water, as well.

The state of your home's interior must remain dry at all times. Huge losses can raise humidity levels and cause dehumidifiers to work overtime. In homes that do not have one, dampness can lead to mold growth and materials that fall apart at the slightest touch. In areas that receive only a slight amount, they might not become heavily damaged but instead, only suffer staining. However, that staining can ruin the aesthetics in even the most gorgeous rooms, making your home seem ugly and dirty.

Regardless of the situation involving a water damage event in your home, we are ready to assist you with our 24-hour service. Calling SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 is all you need to do to start the services your home requires.

Commercial Water Damage Repair in St. Petersburg Requires Expertise

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

office with open workspace, workstations at tables Water damage affects not only the building's structure but also workstation electronics.

SERVPRO Offers Commercial Water Damage Repair in St. Petersburg

Commercial properties usually have larger structures, more costly equipment, and more people than homes. Water damage in such buildings is typically more extensive than in residential buildings, given their complexity and size. 

It is vital to perform commercial water damage repair in your St. Petersburg property as soon as possible to prevent severe losses. Water can ruin valuable equipment like the electronics many businesses use for stock-keeping, payment, or managing employee hours.

More oversized items such as custom workstations can be hard to replace since they may be limited stock or special orders. SERVPRO can handle commercial water losses of any magnitude. We can also preserve the electronics, furnishings, or retail products required for commerce to continue. Our commercial water repair process may involve these steps:

  • Inspection
  • Water extraction
  • Removing ruined materials
  • Cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing
  • Drying 

Inspection

Our SERVPRO technicians can use advanced technology to see the extent of water damage in the building. We can inform you about the hazards present and determine what is salvageable or unsalvageable. 

Water extraction 

We can use extraction equipment to remove as much water as possible from the building to minimize drying time and prevent damage to unexposed areas. 

Removing ruined materials

Our SERVPRO crew can remove the unsalvageable materials to give way for drying the salvageable ones. 

Cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing.

This involves eliminating contaminants that may lead to problems or costlier repair work. The cleaning and sanitization process may include dry cleaning, spray and wipe cleaning, and wet cleaning. We can also remove unpleasant odors.

Drying 

The air that touches saturated materials has high humidity. Our SERVPRO team can use air movers to introduce airflow at the surface level and substitute the highly saturated air with drier air to improve evaporation. We can use dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air after evaporation. Dehumidifiers offer a continuous source of dry air to improve the restoration process. 

After water damage, getting back in business is a priority for commercial property owners. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is available around the clock to assist you in recovering your property. Call us at (727) 522-0000.

SERVPRO Helps Minimize the Damage after a Commercial Fire in St. Petersburg

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

burned outlet Small electrical fires can require more than conventional cleaning methods, call the professionals at SERVPRO for help.

Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage, Big or Small

Small electrical fires are not all that uncommon in residences. When your St. Petersburg home has fallen victim to one of these minuscule situations, you might not be dealing with a substantial structural loss or devastating lingering effects from the blaze, yet you still have problems to overcome. Since most people only have conventional methods for cleaning up their home, it is unlikely they possess the skillset to professionally restore a house after a fire of any size successfully.

So when your St. Petersburg home suffers from low-scale fire damage, it is still something that you want to get remedied as quickly as you can. Even without the vast structural concerns and pressing losses, some of the effects can make it challenging to live comfortably in your home. With this in mind, it is advisable to speak with the experienced and dedicated technicians we have at SERVPRO.

With years of experience and thorough IICRC training in all aspects of fire restoration, our professionals can work quickly to make your small fire a distant memory. Damage assessment is typically a short process with smaller, contained blazes like what you have experienced. The most palpable culprits that make it difficult to move on from the incident are often the lingering odor and smoke or soot damage.

Our SERVPRO team can utilize air scrubbers (either dryly or using a wet solution for more challenging soot damages) to restore surfaces, walls, ceilings, and floors back to preloss conditions. The same equipment can often get used for furniture and select affected contents of your home.

Removing the lingering odor from the smoke and charring familiar to a house fire can often prove a challenge for those looking to try and restore damages on their own. However, with our equipment, like dense fogging machines with an unscented chemical compound, we can neutralize and nullify noxious odors on a molecular level.

No instance of fire damage is something you should have to endure alone. You can always count on the experienced and reliable team at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg. It is easy to reach our emergency response team 24/7; you just have to dial (727) 522-0000.

Flood Damage Left Behind in St. Petersburg after a Hurricane Requires Specialized Services

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

flood damaged road; water covering road If your home is affected by a storm, call the certified technicians at SERVPRO to restore your home.

Restoring Your Home After Flood Damage

After any storm, damages become more apparent than they were as they happened. Many of the homes in St. Petersburg remained upright after weathering fierce storms and hurricanes in the past. The water washed in by wind and rain and by rising tidal waters was seen as minor flooding compared to the losses involving completely destroyed homes. 

St. Petersburg's perfect weather rarely has storm-related flood damage, but you can contact SERVPRO technicians whenever needed for this and other catastrophes. In the likely event that the power is off in the neighborhood, we supply our own. You and your family can depend on us to make everything "Like it never even happened." Being your neighbors and living in the same area, we understand the stresses that disasters cause the people in our community.

Going beyond compassion toward others around us, we know that to help them as fully as possible, we need extensive training in remediating damaged homes. We hold certifications from the IICRC in many fields related to disaster cleanup, including Commercial Drying (CDS) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD). 

Flood damage can affect a home in many ways, none of which benefit the homeowners or their family members. Hurricanes manage to wreak damage in unexpected ways. We remove all of these and ensure that even the microbial-laden residues no longer remain. Our measuring devices include those that detect microbial activity and the number of biological materials on surfaces. Used both before and after cleaning, we compare the results to ensure high standards of cleanliness to protect your family.

Carpets most likely need removal and replacement, so we prepare the floor by drying it out and removing any remaining hazards. These can also impede the installation process of new flooring later. Saturated walls also require replacement, although most ceilings can stay with little or no repairs. Stairs and handrails must dry quickly to avoid damage to the wood. Door and window frames and sliding tracks often warp from the wind's strength, requiring the installation of new ones.

No matter what it takes to restore your home, the friendly and professional technicians at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can perform the work. Contact us for the restoration of your home after a hurricane or storm-related flood damage takes its toll. (727) 522- 0000

Water Removal Options from St. Petersburg Office Carpeting

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Wet Carpet SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg understands how important your business is. Let us help you out.

Short Pile Carpets Can Suffer Water Damage in St. Petersburg Offices

Water damage incidents are more common in office buildings than management might realize. With how even a concentrated and isolated event can shut down production until the situation is resolved and cleaned, it is vital to have SERVPRO professionals mobilized and helping as soon as possible. We have three main focuses with water removal and drying of damaged office buildings, and these include:

  • Standing water
  • Saturation of flooring
  • Development of secondary threats

Non-Porous Subflooring

One of the primary obstacles with water removal in St. Petersburg office buildings is pooling water on the floors. Short pile carpeting is often supported by non-porous subflooring like finished concrete, preventing absorption and saturation beyond the surface carpet layer. With situations like burst pipes, standing water concerns could be substantial when no absorption beyond the carpet is possible.

Thin Carpet Material

Another concern of responding technicians is the thin material used as carpeting for the offices. The short pile is a very lightweight product, making it easy to adhere into place to complete this phase of construction. The thickness of the carpeting can benefit the restoration process, however, as this can more easily allow our technicians to administer extraction and drying approaches successfully.  

Tools of the Trade

Extraction is one of the most direct methods of limiting the present moisture trapped in short pile carpeting or pooling above this material. Standing water can be addressed with wet vacuums and submersible pumps. Trapped water in the carpet fibers can be removed with high-efficiency carpet wands.

Carpets are a popular flooring choice for office buildings in the region, making it something that our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg water restoration team must prepare to experience when responding to emergencies. We mobilize with the appropriate tools for extraction, drying, and carpet cleaning. Give our rapid response team a call now at (727) 522-0000.