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St. Petersburg Eats Count on SERVPRO for Water Removal

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan Can Keep Your Business Open for Business during a Water Loss

Commercial Water Cleanup for Your St. Petersburg Business

When you own a restaurant in St. Petersburg, plumbing problems are inevitable. At some point in time, you are going to have to deal with them, and you have two options – Wait for the problems to arise and deal with the unexpected headaches and expenses, or you can be proactive and take actions so that you are prepared when a problem does arise.
 
When your plumbing in your St. Petersburg business fails, you need water cleanup services right away. Any interruption to your business means a loss of revenue when you are not serving food, so you do not want to hesitate in calling for help. At SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, so you can trust that we can get your business back in working order quickly.
 
You can proactively stay up to date with your plumbing needs by developing and using a regular maintenance schedule with your plumber. They can routinely perform assessments on your whole plumbing system, which gives you an accurate and current status of the specific needs for your building. Your plumber can also help go over any upgrade options you can get for more water and energy efficient units. When you upgrade, you extend the life of your plumbing system and save money overall. Ask us about our proactive program to help prevent or at least mitigate potential problems from a water loss. The ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan can be explained with a scheduled visit to your place of business.
 
Our staff works thoroughly but quickly, as we know disruptions for your steady customers is a hassle for both them and you. Before starting, SERVPRO techs can make sure that items in your restaurant are protected from absorbing moisture, such as dry goods in your storeroom.
 
Our goal for drying your structure is to return all affected materials to their normal moisture content levels. SERVPRO staff uses moisture meters to find the actual moisture content of different material to help us determine if your structure is dry once we are done with the restoration process. Penetrating meters have probes that allow us to test within wall cavities or underneath the flooring. They can also test individual layers. Non-penetrating meters use sensors which give readings when the meter is put on the surface of materials.
 
Almost all your plumbing problems result from wear and tear, which is why the preventative maintenance is so essential to a business that runs smoothly. Additional issues come from issues related to your building such as the age of the building, the foundation shifting or settling, plus outdated and poorly performing construction materials.
 
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg wants to help you restore your business building in Vanoy, Shore Acres or Meadowlawn after a water damage emergency. We can get you back up and running, so you lose the least amount of business possible when you call us at (727) 522-0000.

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Storms, Attics, and Water Damage in St. Petersburg

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can damage roofs, allowing water to enter your attic. Did you know that SERVPRO offers emergency tarping services?

Lightning Strike Leads to Water Removal in a St. Petersburg Attic

Florida residents are certainly not strangers to stormy weather. Lightning strikes the ground as much as 3,500 times a day in the Sunshine State. However, most Floridians are unprepared for lightning strikes that cause felled trees to fall on their roofing and cause leaks in their attic.  

If a roof leak from weather-related damage requires water removal in your St. Petersburg home, certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to answer your call and restore your attic. Our professionals dedicate themselves to removing any risk of mold growth or structural warping from water absorption before it can cause long-term issues in your home.  

When removing water from any attic space, one of the biggest questions regards restoring insulation. Waterlogged insulation, especially if made from organic materials such as cellulose, can become a breeding ground for mold. Fiberglass insulation is more common and can often be dried and salvaged, but each type of insulation material requires different treatment. For drying, we place air movers at 45-degree angles, generally in a clockwise arrangement, to pull moisture out of surfaces. Industrial-grade dehumidifiers such as the Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifier are well-suited to absorbing this air moisture, collecting water to be drained, and expelling warm, dry air. If the leak is in a more contained space, polyethylene chambers may be constructed to accelerate drying.  

In an unfinished attic affected by water, it is vital to ensure that all wood is cleaned and dried. If you use your attic for storage, we can also move, clean, and dry your possessions to prevent microbial growth. After ensuring that the moisture levels on your surfaces are safe, we can then clean wood and other fixtures in your attic with an EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaner as another buffer against mold and other odor-causing bacteria.  

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is ready to assist you with emergency response and cleanup 24/7. If disaster strikes in your home or business, give us a call today at (727) 522-0000.

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Flood Damage Restoration In St. Petersburg

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

We make your home safe to live in again after flood damage. We are here 24/7 to restore your home with our expertise, experience and equipment,

The Safe Removal of Black Water in Flood Damage for St. Petersburg Residents

A road overflow can cause significant damage to your property. Usually the result of heavy rainfall, road overflows send flood water contaminated with raw sewage or other pesticides into your home which requires immediate professional assistance. We are a licensed service that can provide an adequate response to the presence of black water in your home; allowing you to get on with your everyday life as quickly as possible.

When we are called to a property to repair flood damage in St. Petersburg, the first concern is the type of water we are dealing with. A visual inspection is vital to ensuring the correct safety equipment and tools are provided for the full service. High levels of contamination are known as black water and could contain animal carcasses, herbicides, pesticides, or raw sewage.

Black water poses a serious threat to your health. SERVPRO technicians can cordon off the affected zone using physical barriers and establish a quarantine for your safety. Since black water is a biohazardous waste, many materials may need removal, packaging, and disposal before being replaced at the end of service-when contamination is completely removed.

Porous materials are especially vulnerable. Carpets, as well as sections of drywall, may need to be removed including the subfloor mat for disposal. Valuable materials can be packed out by SERVPRO and treated with Esporta washing machines to sanitize them. Equally, we can use immersion tanks for denser items which restore them using ultrasonic cleaning technology. These advanced equipment are effective at salvaging items you may not have thought salvageable.

Black water also causes unpleasant odors to permeate the home. The biocides, bleaches, and chlorine that we may use to disinfect the site also carry a thick odor. Your SERVPRO technician can fumigate the whole of the home using thermal foggers. This equipment attaches to odor particles and neutralizes them leaving your home smelling clean and fresh, "Like it never even happened" after flood damage.

Black water can pose a severe risk to your health, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-000.

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Holy St. Petersburg, Water Damage. Just Call SERVPRO

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians, Safety Gear, and Equipment Mitigate Water Damage in St. Petersburg

How SERVPRO Saves Homes and Businesses from Water Damage in St. Petersburg

It can be overwhelming to find water where it should not be in your home or organization. Plumbings issues, roof leaks, and appliance failures are just a few of the many reasons residents and businesses call on SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to handle water damage in their properties.

Common Types of Damage Caused by Water

An essential thing to know about a water intrusion in St. Petersburg is that longer the moisture remains inside the property, the more damage it is doing. Why SERVPRO? We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Exposure to excess moisture can loosen vinyl tiles on floors, cause the subflooring to rot underneath, and in walls, drywall rot can be a problem. On top of all of that, any area that has prolonged moisture has the potential to harbor mold colonies. Even a small amount of water cleanup should be handled by professionals to ensure there is no secondary damage to the building materials and loss of possessions.

How is Water Removed?

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg handles both small and large water removals. Residual moisture is a bigger problem after any standing water is extracted. Our technicians have many specialized tools such as a weighted extractor that connects to a pump. When it moved over the wet carpet, the weight pushes excess water out of padding where it could remain and cause both mold and odor problems. For large scale jobs, we have specially equipped truck mounted pumps that can move out thousands of gallons of water quickly.

Deep Drying Techniques

While the rules of science for air flow and water vapor are finite, how those rules are used is unique to each emergency call our SERVPRO technicians handle. Not every water emergency is going to need to have weep holes drilled in a sagging ceiling for a pipe break or drywall cut away from an appliance accident. Our https://www.IICRC.orgIICRC certified technicians know that eliminating vapor barriers and opening up areas behind walls results in faster overall drying.

All flooring needs to be dried as soon as possible, especially in the case of adhesive tile and any type that has subflooring underneath. Many types of composite and engineered wood may not be restorable through our efforts. However true hardwood floors can be saved on a case by case basis. Because wood has high absorbency, hardwood flooring needs special attention when drying such as tenting or drying mats that direct water vapor up and away while they are systematically moved for even results. Our certified crew members know which elements to focus on when setting up an affected space up for the best drying possible. An example is moving wet items that can leave stains on floorings such as printed materials and stained wood furnishings.

In a category one (clean) water remediation, even the carpet padding can be saved through fast action. We can set up air movers to push air under affected carpeting and over the padding to help it dry even faster; this is called "floating the carpet." In cases where the padding cannot be saved, we remove it with the homeowner's permission to avoid secondary damage such as mold or odor.

Drying is never a one-size-fits-all setup. SERVPRO uses industrial air movers that are carefully positioned at angles unique to the environment they are being used in to move moist air up and out by banking it off walls. We also employ dehumidifiers at the same time to lower air moisture for faster drying. Our assortment of LGR low grain refrigerant, desiccant units, and flat lay temporary ducts are industry leading equipment to grapple with moisture. Our goal is to disrupt the premises as little as possible, and we dry furnishings in place whenever possible, the pieces can be raised on blocks during the drying phase.

What About Items too Wet to Dry in Place?

In the case of items that technicians cannot restore on site, we offer a pack - out service. With the property owner's permission, we carefully move items to an outside facility for drying and restoration efforts. Content drying and cleaning are cornerstones of SERVPRO services, another reason Why we are the water loss restoration company of choice.

Even a Little Water Can Leave Big Odors

Our technicians do not rely on visuals to determine if a structure in St. Petersburg and its contents are dry. We use state-of-the-art moisture probes to ensure the affected areas are thoroughly dried. The amount of moisture behind walls, in subflooring and other areas, is checked to ensure it is dry. The reason for this is two-fold. Even a little dampness can invite mold growth, and there can be odors. Drying eliminates much of the unpleasant odor, but in the cases of residual scents left behind, SERVPRO has a multi-layered approach to that issue.

How do SERVPRO Technicians Deodorize Water Damaged Properties?

There is not one specific way to handle foul odors. Depending on the type of scent, different methods are utilized. SERVPRO technicians clean all surfaces once they are determined to be dry. We use antifungal and antibacterial cleaning agents that leave a pleasant scent, and in many cases, this is enough. While masking agents are useful for combatting mild odors, large-size pungent problems left behind by the water need more attention. Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, sometimes called "wet foggers" are very effective at neutralizing odors as they grab and reconstitute the odor molecule eliminating unpleasant odors in carpeting and upholstered furnishings. Many water cleanup sites require applications of multiple types of odor control to eliminate the smells. The key is, our technicians work with property owners until they are happy with the results.

Water Damage Cleanup Should Never be a DIY Project

Sometimes property owners are reluctant to contact us for emergency water cleanup because only a small area was affected. As you can see, even a little water has the potential to damage flooring and subflooring, harbor mold and leave a lingering odor. It is crucial that an excess of moisture in a property is addressed as quickly as possible to avoid additional damage that can be costly down the road.

Turning around in-property water damage to homes and businesses is a multi-layered approach that requires equal parts of expertise and equipment. If you have experienced an event that caused a water loss in your property, talk to SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg, and we can turn it around and make it "Like it never even happened." We are happy to service the St. Petersburg community and area like 33701, 33702, and 33705.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water Damaged St. Petersburg Business

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Our Green Fleet is always ready to handle your water damage restoration needs.

What to Expect During Commercial Water Removal in Northeast St. Petersburg

Water damage can affect a business even more than a home. If the premises are not safe for employees or people, there is a loss of revenue for the company and paychecks for employees.  

When handling water removal in Northeast St. Petersburg businesses, SERVPRO knows we need to work quickly, and our goal is to cause as little disruption as possible during restoration. The faster the water is extracted and the property dried, the sooner you can get back to the business of being business.  

You can expect us to arrive within hours after your initial call and get to work immediate extracting water. We remove saturated mats for drying outside. If there is carpeting that is affected, it is not automatically a loss if the water cleanup is happening with a Category One or clean water spill. With our weighted extractors and specialized drying methods, our goal is always to restore rather than replace.  

Drying is a crucial step in the restoration process. Our technicians determine that exact angles to set up air movers to bank air off each other and the walls and floors to push moist air up and out. Dehumidifiers are used to pull moisture out of the air for thorough drying. Many large scale items such as desks and chairs can be raised on blocks and dried in place to limit disruption to the business. We do not count on visual determinations for when your structure is dry. We use moisture probes to confirm that the affected areas are dry.  

To avoid mold and mildew, SERVPRO technicians use our specially formulated cleaners to inhibit microbe and fungus on surfaces and leave your commercial property smelling as fresh and clean as it looks.  

SERVPRO of Northeast St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 has commercial water removal services available 24/7 for your business. Our local team of certified technicians can be on-site within hours of your call to mitigate loss with our expertise and specialized equipment.

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Why Our Professionals Are The Best At Handling Water Damage In St. Petersburg

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

We have equipment that can extract the water and dehumidifiers to help in the drying process of water damage. Call us right away.

Drying Water-Damaged Flooring in St. Petersburg Condos

Water loss incidents can affect many materials throughout your St. Petersburg condos quickly, even passing through walls to affect numerous units with one singular substantial incident. Overcoming the effects that can result from spreading water loss incidents can seem daunting and impossible, but the right professional restoration team can save you money and time. With our effective equipment and fast response, our professionals can work to limit the damage to your properties with minimal tear out and reconstruction required.

Protecting your St. Petersburg condos from water damage is something that is often out of your hands the moment that the emergency occurs. Our SERVPRO team remains available 24 hours a day to provide a rapid response to these damaging situations. With a fast response to these incidents, our technicians can limit the spread of the damage, repair the source of the water damage, and also work to dry out saturated elements quickly to protect them from degradation.

As you might expect, the efforts of our professionals begin with a thorough inspection of the property to assess the full spread and scope of the damage that the team faces moving forward. During this process, we can determine the equipment and personnel needed, as well as a base cost for restoring these affected units. If you have an insurance claim filed, this information can help to substantiate this claim and get it approved quickly.

Drying is critical to restoring water damaged condos that you own. We can work to set up our high-powered air movers and LGR or desiccant dehumidifiers to begin noticeably reducing saturation and moisture in the environment fast. We can float carpets with these air movers to dry out subflooring as well. For more intricate drying, we can install our drying mats and injecti-dry system to help regulate and constantly draw out moisture from hardwood flooring and tiled areas.

There are many steps to restoring even one condo that you own after a substantial water loss incident, but choosing the right professional team can make a significant difference in out-of-pocket expenses and the time it takes to complete. You can count on the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team. Give us a call at (727) 522-0000.

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Fire Damage Can Affect Your St. Petersburg Home's Exterior And Spread To Outbuildings

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire can cause significant damage to your property.

Fire Damage

Many times when firefighters deal with a blazing fire, they need to place holes in the roof. This can let some of the heat escape the building, but as this happens, hot ash and burning embers pose a risk to other buildings that are in close proximity.

St. Petersburg firefighters know that this risk exists but doing so outweighs that risk, as the main fire is easier to put out and this alone reduces the amount of fire damage sustained. However, when a fire spreads to other buildings, that fire is more easily extinguished while the fire department is still on the scene than at any other time.

Buildings, such as garages that are already very closely situated to your home can easily catch on fire from flames that are located on your home's exterior. Sometimes this happens because of items stored outside acting as a burning bridge between the two buildings. Other times, it is the garage that catches on fire first, and then that fire spreads to the home. No matter what amount of fire damage involved in your situation, SERVPRO has the experienced professionals with IICRC training who can make things “Like it never even happened.”

Fire damage means not being able to live in your home, in most situations, so we work quickly so that your time living away is reduced as much as possible. We know that not only is the event itself highly stressful but that adjusting to life after a fire can take a toll on family members, too. This is why it is so important to us to reduce the time involved while still erasing the effects of the fire, no matter how extreme.

Inside and out, fire damaged materials are removed and replaced, soiled belongings are cleaned of accumulated soot and grime, water and foam from firefighters' hoses and sprayers are removed, and clothing and other textiles are laundered in special machines to remove as much of the particles that can ruin them as is technologically possible. Carpeting is often destroyed because synthetic fibers often do not hold up to punishing temperatures a fire can produce, so this is removed, as is the padding. The underlay is dried and inspected to ensure that it remains structurally sound and ready for new carpeting.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg does all this and much more when a customer has a fire at their home. We can be reached at (727) 522-0000 at any hour of the day or night, every day of the week. When you and your family must cope with fire damage, calling us is the first step toward returning to pre-fire living.

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Preventing Air Conditioner Water Damage in St. Petersburg

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your cool and have your air conditioner unit checked regularly to prevent water damage to your home.

Precautions to take to prevent water damage caused by your AC unit

Although you might not give it much thought, your air conditioner is one possible cause for water damage in your home. It works very hard for you in St. Petersburg, and the key to avoiding problems with your AC unit is keeping it maintained.

The air conditioner in your St. Petersburg home produces large amounts of condensation. When you do not get routine checkups and maintenance done, this condensation can lead to extreme situations that need repair such as water damage, the growth of mold, and even caved in ceilings. Therefore, take the precautions necessary and have your air conditioner inspected before turning it on after a long period of being shut off.

When a water damage emergency does happen, you need to contact a restoration specialist, such as SERVPRO. Our staff is all specially trained to handle all kinds of water damage, so you can rest assured you are in good hands.

Having a specialist check your system each year before you start it up is best. They should examine the emergency and main drain lines for any leaks or blockage. They also test the contractor for contacts which are burned, the refrigerant pressure, and all the coils to see if they need cleaning.

Your air conditioner filter also needs to be changed around once a month. You can have restricted airflow if the filter is dirty, possibly causing water damage. If the unit is close to the ground outside, don’t let shrubs or tall grass grow around it. The condenser can make the evaporator coil work harder and longer than it should, causing it to freeze over and defrost into your home.

Install a safety float, which shuts off the power to your AC unit when water builds up in the drain pan. Doing so alerts you of a serious problem before it creates a water damage repair problem.

At SERVPRO, we can help you whenever you need, so when your air conditioner fails despite your precautions, get in touch with us right away. We have the industrial tools needed to dry your home out quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is your go to source for water damage remediation. When you reside in Northeast St. Petersburg or Shore Acres you can reach us anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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Mold Damage Remediation on Ceilings in St. Petersburg Properties

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

When mold appears on your ceiling, call the certified technicians at SERVPRO for quick remediation efforts. Call quickly for best results.

SERVPRO Technicians Remediate Mold Damage Regardless of Where it Appears on Your Property

Ceiling mold is unpleasant, unhealthy, and slightly challenging to clean off. It can also cause permanent damage to the structure if it is not treated sooner rather than later. Indeed, the health impact of mold and high cost of remediation efforts have been widely publicized on numerous occasions. Unfortunately, the ceiling is one of the most forgettable areas when it comes to mold detection. 
 
If you suspect the presence of mold in your house, contact SERVPRO immediately to deal with the situation before it gets out of hand. Along with industry standard equipment, our technicians have the skills and techniques to clean up any mold damage in your St. Petersburg property quickly and efficiently. 
 
Most ceiling mold comes from water damage in the roof. If water is still leaking through the roof, we must repair the damage before removing the mold. Otherwise; we risk the mold growing back. 
 
Air circulation and proper ventilation are important in mold and mildew control. Mold usually develops where there is inadequate ventilation, especially when it comes to kitchen or bathroom ceilings. In this case, we have to replace the moist air with dry air, often using fans or extractors. Dehumidifiers can also come in handy when removing humidity from the air, hindering the ability of mold to grow. 
 
Insulation plays a significant role in mold growth. If your insulation sustained water damage, it could lead to mold damage on the ceiling too. The effect of warm air on the inside and cold air on the outside of walls can cause condensation, contributing to mold issues. Depending on the extent of the damage, our technicians can replace or repair the insulation to promote heat transfer. 
 
Mold prefers dark and moist conditions, so it can be difficult to detect.  Some molds can produce dangerous mycotoxins that can cause health effects. 
 
Whether the mold growth occurred after a flood or pipe leakage, you can count on SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to control the mold damage. Our IICR certified experts understand that time is of the essence, so they are quick to respond to any emergency. Call us anytime at (727) 522-0000. 

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When Floodwaters Penetrate the Structural Cavities of Your St. Petersburg Home

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rains in Florida are a common occurrence. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to restore your home.

Clearing Flood Damage in the Structural Cavities of Your St. Petersburg Home

Water, by nature, moves from wet to dry. This natural migration is what makes professional restoration a necessity if your home falls victim to flooding. Standing water causes more harm the longer it is allowed to sit; saturating fabrics, fittings and absorbing into your subfloor. One area of particular concern is wall cavities where water can reside unnoticed and potentially stagnant or cause complicated secondary damages.

We have helped residents deal with flood damage in St. Petersburg for decades because we train our technicians comprehensively. These property damages are time sensitive which is why we organize a rapid response unit that is on hand to help you in this situation. As an organization with national resources, SERVPRO can mobilize extensive remediation equipment specially designed for these circumstances.

When water migrates into wall cavities, it can quickly saturate sheetrock which needs to be demolished and disposed of in most cases. Failure to do so can lead to mold or mildew growth inside your walls which is far more time consuming and expensive to remove properly. SERVPRO has the equipment to both measure saturation levels and draws water from cavities in your home's structure.

Thermal imaging cameras use infrared light to help us see behind opaque structures in the home, like walls, and assess the level of moisture present. We can also deploy moisture meters to ascertain the actual water content behind structures as well as Thermo-Hygrometers which tell us the relative humidity. This equipment is vital in the planning stage as they tell your SERVPRO technician precisely what we need to get your home back to preloss condition.

The second phase of water damage remediation is to deploy structural cavity drying equipment. These could include injectidry systems which use several individual injectors to blast warm air into the cavity and evaporate moisture. If your home as hardwood floorboards or tiling we can use specialized drying mats to pull the moisture from underneath them without having to remove and replace the existing floor. An approach like this ensures that not only is the evidence of flood damage removed but reduces the likelihood of long-term damages.

Advanced equipment is critical to proper remediation, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 today.

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Contact Our Crew After Your Bed And Breakfast In St. Petersburg Experiences A Fire Damage Disaster

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

We are here, at (727) 522-0000, always ready to help you achieve your goals by helping you clean and maintain your bed and breakfast.

Sources Of Commercial Fire Damage In Your New St. Petersburg's Bed And Breakfast

When buying a new bed and breakfast in the St. Petersburg area, keeping a smoothly running business going might seem to only center on how well your services match the needs of your guests. While having a good business plan in place helps immensely, as does completing one of our READY Plans, unexpected issues can affect the quality of individual areas of your establishment.

Past occupants who smoked cigarettes can leave your St. Petersburg business with fire damage on walls and ceilings. The film left behind can seem slight, but when you remove paintings or other wall coverings, you can quickly see the difference between exposed and protected areas.

Before you open your doors for business or even take pictures to use in advertising, cleaning of the business must take place to give you the best possible start. SERVPRO can help in this deep cleaning, especially in removing smoke residue from fire damage. Cigarette smoke is particularly sticky because of the high amounts of nicotine and tar content. Over time, the layer of cigarette smoke becomes much more difficult to remove.

Ashes that miss their mark and end up on the floor instead of in an ashtray can also add to the unpleasant odors in a room. We have teams that work together to rid our walls and ceilings of smoke residue, and other crews who concentrate on revitalizing your floors.

Carpeting can often give up odors when cleaned professionally. Sometimes this requires two attempts, followed by injected deodorizing chemicals that slowly add a more desirable scent into the air. Wood floors can hide ashes in between the boards, with significant amounts pushed underneath. We can remove the debris using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. For concentrated areas on carpeting, we often use a Claw attachment after saturating the area with a liquid cleaning solution.

Because not all fire damage comes from a one-time blaze, SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg uses a multitude of techniques to make your property “Like it never even happened.” We are here, at (727) 522-0000, always ready to help you achieve your goals by helping you clean and maintain your bed and breakfast in Vinoy, Shore Acres, or Meadowlawn.

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Your Best Guide to Water Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can seem to literally overtake your home. Contact SERVPRO after an incident or to investigate the cause of excess water in your home.

An Efficient Method for Water Removal in St. Petersburg Properties

A common mantra in the restoration industry is that water moves from wet to dry. Standing water then can rapidly saturate subfloor mats, sheetrock or pool underneath fittings and furniture. The significant risk is that, if not dealt with correctly, hidden water pockets can become odorous or provide the ideal conditions for mold growth which can cause expensive secondary damages. As a general rule, the removal of standing water should be completed as quickly as possible to prevent permanent issues.

We are available 24 hours a day for water removal in St. Petersburg. Simply contact our emergency call line to arrange a service within an hour. When arranging a service providing as much detail as possible is essential to ensure we send the right equipment and technicians with the right expertise to solve the problem. At SERVPRO, we have technicians with IICRC certificates in a range of water damage areas like applied structural drying (ASD) and odor control.

The most efficient method of removing standing water is with gas-powered pumps. We deploy these when the water level is above two inches and run the pumps into an open sewer point. The advantage of this method is that the amount of water we can remove is limitless and can be done faster than any other method. This process alone can significantly reduce the risk of permanent damages.

With standing water removed SERVPRO then utilizes an approach that is kind to your furniture, carpets, and fittings. Portable extraction units combine heating elements with vacuum power to help pull moisture from floorboards and carpets. A fabric is up to 50% weaker when wet so using extraction units ensures that we do not damage any fittings unnecessarily during cleanup.

SERVPRO uses a triple lock technique to make the damage "Like it never even happened." After pumps and extraction units we bring in rapid air-movers in tandem with dehumidifiers. These equipment evaporate moisture into the air then remove the evaporated moisture to ensure the humidity levels in your home remain at an average level. This technique helps to prevent secondary mold damages after service.

Our equipment helps us get the job done faster. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for efficient remediation services.

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Why You Should Not Procrastinate When You Discover Mold In Your St. Petersburg Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Call us right away when you discover mold, our team is ready 24/7 to come to your aid and start restoration so you can live safely in your home.

Is All Mold Dangerous in Your St. Petersburg Home?

Every type of disaster that can affect your St. Petersburg home provides its own manner of risk and threats that you can prepare to face. With mold growth, there seems to be a divided camp of homeowners who believe that because mold spores occur naturally that there are no perceived risks to allowing its presence in the house. Unfortunately, this same bad information is causing problems for area residents when their homes and their families face the hazardous effects of mold colonization.

Mold damage in St. Petersburg is something every homeowner should strive to correct immediately. The reason for this is the effect that mold growth can have on structural elements of the house. As mold colonies form and spread, they require organic matter to feed and grow. This food source can get found through the erosion and degradation of affected materials throughout the damaged areas of your house the organism uses to host its colonies.

If caught early enough, our SERVPRO professionals can often protect and preserve structural elements like studs, framing and support beams that make up the skeleton of your home’s construction. Without a fast response, these materials can facilitate mold colonization and can become structurally unstable through prolonged degradation. Protecting the investment in your home means striving to act quickly at the first sign of mold growth.

Many ask if mold is even dangerous to those exposed, but this question requires specifics like the type of mold involved. With thousands of varieties of mold that could grow within your home, it should get known that the majority of these can cause potential health effects to humans and pets who become exposed to the active colonization. Our SERVPRO team can contain these thriving colonies and limit exposure while remediation work gets underway.

Mold growth is nothing that you should wait to determine its threat level. With many of the varieties toxic and harmful to respiratory systems, let our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg technicians work safely and efficiently to remove this threat from your home. Give us a call anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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What Everyone Must Know About Shore Acres Flood Damage Remediation

1/31/2019 (Permalink)

Sometimes flooding is simply not avoidable. Make sure that you and your family and safe and then call SERVPRO for water removal and remediation.

Why SERVPRO Relies on Advanced Skills to Fix Flood Damage in Shore Acres

Flooding from a storm or other weather event can damage your home in seconds. However, it takes days or even weeks to fix these damages. Different aspects of flooding such as spaces filling up with muddy contaminated water or organic materials like wood in floors and walls soaking up and losing structural integrity can ruin your Shore Acres home. Relying on a highly skilled restoration team makes it easier to overcome the challenges of the disaster.
 
Since every flooding incident is unique, it is essential to evaluate each case of flood damage in Shore Acres before starting restoration efforts. The main aspects that make each incident unique include the layout of the home, the intensity of flooding and the period taken before restoration starts. Our SERVPRO technicians are trained to take different evaluation steps before starting the restoration. These include checking the level of water migration into concealed spaces and checking for hazards such as power cords in the flooded section.
 
Removing the floodwaters is a matter of priority because leaving standing water in your property for long creates an opportunity for secondary damages like mold infestations. Having sophisticated equipment such as truck-mounted water extractors and submersible pumps helps quicken the removal process. Our SERVPRO technicians also combine the use of equipment with advanced skills easing the process further. To remove water trapped in ceilings or wall cavities, we perform flood cuts or drill weep holes. A flood cut is a controlled teardown of a wall 2 feet above the waterline. Weep holes, on the other hand, are several ¼-inch holes that we drill on surfaces allowing water to flow.
 
Cleaning the flood-damaged property is also part of the restoration. It helps remove debris and other wastes like sewage, mud, and silt from the affected areas. Cleaning the affected areas to sanitary levels is essential. Our SERVPRO technicians spray EPA-registered disinfectants in the affected areas to deal with contamination. We then use pressure washers and hand tools like brushes to get rid of all materials soiling the area.
 
If flooding drives you out of your property call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to help you take back control. You can reach us at (727) 522-0000 any time.

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Revealed: IICRC Certified Technicians in St. Petersburg Exceed Fire Damage Remediation Standards

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

Test your smoke alarms regularly because they can help save your life. Contact SERVPRO if your home has suffered from a fire.

St. Petersburg's Fire Damage Technicians Talk About Prevention Tactics

Thousands of structures burn every year, and many of them are located in the St. Petersburg area. Once the blaze ignites, fire damage becomes inevitable. If there is enough heat created, many of your contents and building materials can get consumed within minutes. Besides that, partially combusted particles in the form of smoke can circulate throughout your house and cause problems far away from the initial source. Once something burns inside your residence, it is a wise idea to call in a professional fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.
 
Our technicians know how to mitigate just about any issue you may run into. Our SERVPRO technicians are used to dealing with a large variety of fire damage situations in St. Petersburg. We can deal with problems ranging from rebuilding burnt structural components to cleaning soot residues. If the blaze is minor, we know how to deal with odors the burn could have caused. When mitigating any type of issue with your home, we utilize the industry's most advanced technology and techniques. Our goal is to always restore your building to what it was before the disaster happened and make it look like the problem never occurred.
 
However, if you follow proper prevention procedures, you can greatly lower the chances of anything burning inside your home. The number one rule is to be careful with and pay attention to any heat source inside your house. While cooking, it is never a good idea to leave any hot pots or pans unattended. If you use electric space heaters in the winter time, make sure they are not located near any sort of flammable materials. Smoking cigarettes indoors is never a good idea, but if someone does smoke inside your structure, make sure they use an ashtray and properly dispose of their cigarette butts.
 
Making sure you have operating smoke alarms can also help prevent structure fires and save lives. If you ever want a detailed list of ways to prevent fires or designate SERVPRO as your official restoration contractor, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 24/7.
 
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After A Fire In Your St. Petersburg Kitchen, Our Experts Can Remove The Foul Odors!

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

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Reducing Odor In Your St. Petersburg Eatery After A Kitchen Fire

Fires present multiple effects to overcome in your St. Petersburg eatery. While some incidents stay focused to a specific room or area of your building, certain effects can spread out farther than the initial combustion site, regardless of the size or severity of the fire before it got extinguished. It is our focus to provide a legitimate and efficient solution to each of these symptoms within your property, and that extends to challenging odor removal throughout the restaurant.

As a location that serves hot food to hungry patrons, you always stand at a slight risk of something going wrong that allows for fire damage in your St. Petersburg kitchen. From grease fires on the stovetop to appliance surges from overloaded outlets, the possibility for potential ignition persists. Amid the extinguishment of this fire, you should reach out to our professionals at SERVPRO for an honest assessment and accurate of the damage to help you move forward with cleanup and odor removal as promptly as you can.

Soot damage and odors are often among the worst effects for smaller kitchen fires in restaurants, but these same effects can also spread far beyond the ignition point to affect patrons that would come into the restaurant for dining. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly in this situation to work towards protecting all of the equipment and areas of your restaurant so that you do not have to keep your doors closed to the public a moment longer than necessary.

Odor removal often falls to set equipment available to our SERVPRO technicians that respond to your address following an emergency. Between our thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators, our professionals can work to significantly reduce or entirely permanently remove foul odors lingering in both the primary area for the fire and secondary locations like the dining area and lobby.

Whenever a small fire breaks out in your eatery, you need professional assistance to return the property to its original condition quickly. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg rapid response team is available 24/7 by calling (727) 522-0000.

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Holy St. Petersburg Fire Damage--SERVPRO Answers Your Prayer for Cleanup

12/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Says Click the Button for Fast Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in St. Petersburg

Why SERVPRO is Quick to Restore Fire Damage in St. Petersburg

After a fire damages St. Petersburg property, there is a need to take immediate steps to restore the property. Although there are many ways to achieve this goal, involving a professional restorer immediately after the fire goes out helps in many ways including salvaging items, cleaning affected surfaces and rebuilding the structure.
 
One way we help property owners recover from fire damage in St. Petersburg is through fast response. We respond to calls within an hour and our production teams arrive on site in time to take over from emergency crews. Fast response helps ensure immediate removal of wastes or debris that might cause additional damage if left on site for long. For example, residues such as soot, which is acidic, can lead to corrosion and staining on metallic or stone surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians take measures to eliminate such residues or pre-clean surface to protect them.
 
The debris left after a fire can be stubborn to remove, and in some cases, it might damage the surfaces where it is deposited. Such secondary damage worsens the outcome of fire incidents because it affects even places untouched by flames. Our SERVPRO teams use specialized restoration techniques like soda blasting and peroxide active cleaning to remove stubborn residues. Soda blasting utilizes sodium bicarbonate particles blasted through compressed air at speeds over 600 miles per hour over the affected surface. Blasting removes residues without damaging the surfaces. Peroxide Active cleaning helps remove smoke residues from acoustic tiles without damaging the acoustic properties.
 
Pungent odors are common after fire incidents. Several factors can influence how strong the odor is including the materials burnt and how intense the fire was. Our SERVPRO teams easily deal with all types of odors including those left by protein residue because we use advanced odor control equipment like Ozone machines and air scrubbers with HEPA filters.
 
To deal with issues arising after fire incidents, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersberg. You can reach us at (727) 522-0000. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Why Residents Need to Locate the Moisture Source Causing Mold Damage in St. Petersburg Homes

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold only needs moisture source and organic material to grow. That moisture can also be in the form of humidity.

Mold Remediation Experts In St. Petersburg Discuss The Importance Of Finding The Source

Fungi can develop inside your St. Petersburg home in places that you may not see on a regular basis. At times, locating all the contamination during the mold remediation process is not possible right away. Fungi often hide in dark, confined spaces due to their tendency to form in warm, humid, and wet environments. Finding the source of the initial water issue is important but can sometimes be difficult depending on the situation. During any mold remediation project, a professional company such as SERVPRO can help you find and repair the problem that is causing moisture to enter.  

All cases of fungal contamination involve some contact with water or vapor in the air. Our SERVPRO technicians have experience and are trained to figure out where the excessive moisture is coming from during your mold remediation project in St. Petersburg. We can use specialized moisture meters to find all of the wet materials inside your home. Once we track the moisture, we can then find out where it originated. Before we begin restoration work, we contact a certified contractor to fix any problem we cannot repair so that no more water can enter your house.  

Not locating the source of moisture causes the mold problems to return in the future. When removing contamination from affected surfaces, we often scrape or sand the materials so that there are not any more surface issues. In some cases, the hyphae grow too far into the materials forcing our SERVPRO technicians to remove them.  

After the contamination is scraped off or the affected building materials get removed, we then test the moisture levels of the items. If the levels are still higher than they are in the materials in unaffected areas of your home, then we can dry out your structural components. Once all of your building materials are dry, we then spray the affected components with a sealant paint that traps in any foul odors. If you ever notice wet areas or visible mold inside your home, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 any day of the week.

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Why are Water Extraction Methods Important to Your Flooded St. Petersburg Home?

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

When you experience a water loss event, you need highly trained and equipped professionals to help.

Trusted Flood Removal Services for Residents of St. Petersburg

After experiencing a stressing incident such as a flood, your priority is to make sure your loved ones are safe before seeking for professional flood removal services. The goal of such services is to return your property to its preloss condition. We can inspect your St. Petersburg property and determine whether it is safe to re-enter, restore power issues, and put in place measures to prevent additional damage.  

Let us start by looking at some of the procedures that our SERVPRO technicians perform during flood removal in St. Petersburg. If there is still water on your property, we have to perform water removal/extraction procedures. By using truck-mounted vacuum systems and powerful pumps, we can remove large quantities of water from your home. If the units we are using cannot access areas with limited space, then we can use portable water extractors to remove water from such areas.  

The water removal process should begin almost immediately to increase the chances of salvaging most of your items. We determine the water removal processes or the equipment used by the amount of water in your home. Physical water extraction methods help in reducing the drying time. Flood water usually is full of contaminants and removing your carpet, and the carpet pad is necessary to protect the subfloor.  

After removing excess water from your home, our SERVPRO technicians perform drying and dehumidification processes. They are necessary procedures, even when the walls and floor appear dry. When the water comes into contact with building materials such as drywall and wood, they can retain water since they are porous. The retained water may cause mold damage or cause the materials to warp. We install Dehumidifiers and air movers in your building to enhance dehumidification and drying. All through, we use we track progress by using monitoring equipment.  

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is Faster to Any Size Disaster when attending to flood damage issues in commercial and residential properties. Our highly trained technicians are available 24 hours a day to attend to all your restoration and cleaning needs. Call us at (727) 522-0000 to get reliable restoration services.

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St. Petersburg Property Owners Know Why to Call SERVPRO for Water Removal from Wood Flooring

11/29/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Strives to Salvage Wood Flooring When Possible in St. Petersburg Properties

Prevent Warping of Floorboards Using Drying Mats in Water Removal for St Petersburg Properties

Water naturally flows downstream. In your property a leak, spill or flood follows the same rules with moisture seeping in between floorboards or gaps between your skirtings. Removing the noticeable pools requires a limited technical skillset and usually involves the deploying of gas pumps, water extractors or rapid air movers to help dry the affected area thoroughly. However, these technologies have limited effectiveness at dealing with water that has reached the subfloor. Saturated subfloors require the use of specialist equipment that may not be accessible to your local handyman or service provider.

Finding the right service to handle water removal in St. Petersburg is harder than you might think. There are differences between service providers and those with less experience or equipment may struggle to access beneath floors without causing damage to the infrastructure. SERVPRO is a water damage restoration specialist and, as such, has invested in the latest technology to provide a better, thorough service to our communities.

The subfloor in your property refers to the foundation underneath your floorboards. In post-1950's builds, subfloors are constructed from plywood which is a porous surface with layers, taking on moisture rapidly. Over time, that moisture can cause mold growth or other secondary structural damages like the warping of floorboards which can be expensive to replace. It is imperative to thoroughly dry the surface of your home and the subfloor beneath it when water is concerned.

SERVPRO uses advanced drying mats to help tackle water issues in your subfloor that may otherwise be left alone. This equipment involves placing specially designed mats directly onto floorboards and connecting them to an industrial powered vacuum hose. As moisture is pulled up through the floor, it is captured by the mat and safely removed. Hardwood floors are particularly receptive to this treatment which reduces mold growth and the potential for lasting damages. The strong suctioning force can extract small amounts of hidden moisture in tongue and groove joints of floor boards.

Relying on a technician is not always enough. For latest drying technologies contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 today.

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If Your St. Petersburg Home Experiences A Fire Call Our Experts!

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

The residues left in your home after fire damage are toxic, necessitating trained personnel who take appropriate precautions during cleanup.

Why Professional Fire Damage Restoration Is Necessary In St. Petersburg

Homeowners who pride themselves upon researching and then performing home maintenance and repair in St. Petersburg need to reconsider taking on fire remediation as a DIY job. Sound reasoning underlies the decision to engage a reputable fire restoration company as the process is complicated and prone to unfortunate results when undertaken by inexperienced individuals with proper equipment and products.

First and foremost, the residues left in your St. Petersburg home after fire damage are toxic, necessitating trained personnel who take appropriate precautions during cleanup. Our technicians receive certification by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a standards-setting organization for the fire remediation industry. Research-based techniques keep inhabitants and restorers safe during remediation and ensure a thorough clearing of the corrosive soot that otherwise exposes structures and contents to progressive damage.

SERVPRO also offers full-spectrum restoration services, including water removal and structural drying. Nearly all fire damage restoration projects require a preliminary water and chemical restoration step, effectuating recovery from the agents used by firefighters to subdue the blaze. The high-efficiency pumps and water extractors we carry in every service vehicle gets the water out a pace and with a thoroughness a homeowner using big-box hardware store equipment cannot replicate.

The devastation facing a homeowner after a fire and firefighting efforts can feel irreparable. Individuals sorting wet and soot-damaged items might be likely to chuck most of it into the trash because restoration seems impossible. SERVPRO production technicians take “ruined” items and transform them back into fully functional and attractive treasured personal possessions and household goods all the time. Time and money saved, our customers find themselves back in their restored home “Like it never even happened,” a resolution far preferable to replacing nearly all items.

Both water and fire damage swiftly deteriorate building materials and the contents of your home. SERVPRO crews power through cleanup and restoration tasks fast, uniquely positioned to halt the processes that threaten to damage the structure and belongings permanently. We also work with your insurance company, limiting your out of pocket costs as we recover the comfortable ambiance of your home using innovative products and specialized equipment.

There is no shame in partnering with SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg when a fire damages your home. Leverage our experience, training, and equipment by calling (727) 522-0000 to get your fire restoration project going.

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The Real Truth Behind Pinellas County Water Damage and Mold

11/11/2018 (Permalink)

If a large pipe breaks in your home, water damage is inevitable. Call SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

How to Handle Water Removal in Pinellas County

Your Pinellas County property can flood in seconds especially if the main pipes burst or someone leaves the tap running. Although the flooding happens fast, extracting the water takes time leading to damages in various items or sections of the house. The damage extent is likely to be higher if no one is home to turn off the water. Involving a certified water restoration technician in the removal process can help ease the task compared to handling it on your own. Technicians rely on equipment, their previous experience, and teamwork to save your property.
 
One of the reasons such technicians can handle water removal in Pinellas County better is the use of advanced moisture detection equipment. The technicians also understand the effects of moisture on various materials such as carpets, furnishings, wood flooring if there is one, and the actual structure. So in addition to extracting the standing water, they can take specific actions to prevent future problems.
 
Fast extraction of water from the affected building is essential. When spilled water is left standing long, other problems begin cropping up. Mold is one such problem, and it only requires 24 – 48 hours to start growing. Bad odor and stains can also develop within the same time span. Our SERVPRO team can help guarantee fast extraction since we have the right equipment including submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors.
 
While extracting spilled water may seem like a daunting task, drying the structure is even more problematic. This extra difficulty is because removing a liquid is easier than a gas yet the only way to dry materials is to turn the moisture they hold into a vapor before removing it. Our SERVPRO technicians use different types of dehumidifiers such as desiccant and refrigerant varieties to handle various stages of the drying process. We also calculate and set a drying goal, which we achieve by using the right number and configuration of air movers.
 
If water spills in your property, avoid guesswork. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 to save your property. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Don't Let Storms Waterlog Your St. Petersburg Church

10/22/2018 (Permalink)

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 which occurs 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 the preservation of the things most precious to you in the building.

One of the things that often initially gets overlooked when it comes to water damage spreading throughout the church is 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 of an opportunity to take hold, and its effects get negated through the dehumidification and drying efforts to follow.

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 damages can get overcome in your church, but it can also display the level of care and appreciation that our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg franchise has for the churches and commercial properties of our communities. When disaster strikes, give our emergency response team a call 24/7 at (727) 522-0000.

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Our Fire Damage Restoration Experts Will Remove Soot And Smoke Residue From Your St. Petersburg Home

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

To come up with efficient fire damage restoration techniques, service providers in the restoration industry must understand the theory of fire.

Controlling Soot and Smoke Residues during Fire Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg

To come up with efficient fire damage restoration techniques, service providers in the restoration industry must understand the theory of fire. It is all about knowing how smoke, heat, and fire affect various items and the structure. Soot residues are not the same, and even if they are the same, they end up resting on different surfaces. Some can be easy to clean, while some are challenging to remove from the various structural components in your St. Petersburg property.

When our SERVPRO team is performing fire damage restoration in your St. Petersburg home, we have to clean the soot and smoke residues that settle on attics, insulation, windows, and glass. It is a big challenge to clean up attics since most of their surfaces are porous, have unfinished wood, their shapes are irregular, and have limited access. During the restoration process, we can use a deodorizing pre-sealer to seal the unexposed structural timber. If you are storing some of your contents in the attics, removing them may be necessary before we can clean the area.

From experience, it cost less to replace insulation than to clean. Though soot residues change the appearance of the insulation, it does not mean its insulation capabilities have been compromised. In most cases, we remove and replace 3 - 4 inches of the insulation's top part. Before covering the lower layer of the insulation with a new one, we make sure it does not have any smoke odor.

We use a low-alkaline glass cleaner to clean window glass. By using a squeegee and a spray bottle to apply the cleaner, we can do the cleaning. We never forget the framework and all the components of the window construction. If there are cavities in the walls, we may decide to use foggers to neutralize the smell.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can offer you the cleaning and restoration help that you need in your residential or commercial property. Call us at (727) 522-0000 and allow our experienced technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Tubs, Leaks, Bathroom Catastrophes in Pinellas County!! Ouch!! Call SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Demolition of Your Pinellas County Condo Bathroom--Call SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal

SERVPRO's Pinellas County Water Removal Can Restore Your Bathroom

The pipe that burst in your bathroom last evening left excess water on your floor. When an accident like this occurs, standing water can damage the walls, floor tile and the ceiling under the tub. To prevent extensive damage to your home act fast and contact our experienced company right away. You can rely on our skilled and professional technicians to handle the job properly.

The SERVPRO water removal services in Pinellas County can restore your bathroom to its preloss condition when possible. Our technicians can quickly eliminate water from the affected areas, which can reduce damages to the structure. This removal is especially crucial if the bathroom mishap occurred in an upper level of the home or townhouse. We can arrive on site within hours after you call us to assess the job and can migrate water quickly from the room. Standing water can cause microbial growth from 24-72-hours, so it is not wise to allow it to sit for too long.
 
Our team can use various pieces of equipment to extract excess water such as vacuums, pumps, wands or portable extractors. If necessary, the crew may need to employ self-contained, gas-powered truck-mounted extractors to eliminate the water. During the drying phase in the restoration process, our team utilizes high-velocity axial fans, heaters, dehumidifiers and air movers to increase dryness and reduce moisture inside the structure. We may also need to dry other items in the bathroom such as window curtains or an upholstered vanity chair or bench.
 
To make sure the affected areas are completely dry; our techs may use moisture detection sensors and probes to find hidden pockets of dampness such as from beneath the floor tile and inside the wall cavities. Water can cause structural damage and rot, which is why our skilled techs employ these tools to ensure they dry the entire structure.
 
Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg water removal restoration services can help in emergency situations like this. We are close by and can make it look “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at (727) 522-0000.

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How to Effectively Deal With St. Petersburg Mold Damage

9/30/2018 (Permalink)

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 get avoided, and fail to fully understand or appreciate the severity of the situation for both their property and those that occupy the house as well.

Our SERVPRO remediation technicians understand how critical it is to manage this situation immediately, and that 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 into 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 technicians set up specialized equipment to clean the air in this environment called air scrubbers. These have special filtering techniques that 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.

While you might have been among the group of homeowners in the area that did not see the risks involved with mold growth consider that this thriving organism feeds on construction materials and items in your house, and potentially causes health effects for the occupants exposed to the colony as well. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg applied microbial remediation technicians are standing 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.

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Restoring Your Belongings after Fire Damage Happens to Your Pinellas County Residence

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Who Should You Call After a Fire Loss in Pinellas County? Here is a Hint!!

Pack-Outs Help Preserve and Protect Personal Possessions after a House Fire

Every home in Pinellas County is just that, a home, and much more than a mere house. The people living in a house, their belongings, the house's furnishings, and how it all interacts is what makes it a home. These material items can sustain damage in a disaster, just like the house's structure can. SERVPRO technicians are highly skilled at undoing the damage belongings can sustain.

Damaged items within your Pinellas County home can also suffer smoke and fire damage. Often, a pack-out of these items simplifies salvaging and cleaning at our facility. We pack each item into a box so we can handle all of them more safely. We use packing supplies that do not leave ink on them as a newspaper might. We wrap fragile items in bubble wrap to cushion them, as well and take great care in handling packed boxes. Each of these boxes receives specific labels that detail the items and its status. We update this status as needed to keep accurate records. Our barcoding process also helps with your insurance claim.
 
After thoroughly cleaning all of the belongings in the box, we then deodorize the items. This step ensures that no traces of smoke on these items that once seemed damaged remains. We use two methods that leave no residue or filminess on the items. Thermal fogging and ozone treatments both work wonderfully in removing all remaining odors. After this takes place, your items look and smell like new. Then we repack them in a new box and update the inventory sheet. We also mark the box as 'DONE' and initial it on the corner. We then place it in with other boxes that we have completed for you. All the cartons can be stored until your home is ready to receive them.
 
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg treats your home with the care it deserves, and we handle your possessions with equal care and concern. We know that you need your life back and we can help you achieve this. Fire damage, as well as smoke and soot, can ruin many of your possessions and personal treasures, but we can help you regain control. Call us at (727) 522-0000 if a fire in your Snell Isle, Placido Bayou, or Meadowlawn home has caused disruption and chaos in your life.

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Team SERVPRO Offers Ways to Avoid a Mold Infestation After Flooding in Your St. Petersburg Restaurant

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Even though part of your restaurant may be located outside, flooding can cause a great deal of damage. Call SERVPRO right away to remediate.

Plumbing Breaks Can Allow Flooding in Your St. Petersburg Restaurant

As a restaurant entrepreneur in St. Petersburg, you can appreciate the steep competition that you face on a daily basis. There are many choices for hungry patrons throughout the city, and choosing the best place is a matter of the quality food available and the atmosphere that you can provide within the building. When a water emergency occurs, your ability to provide this quality dining experience could become threatened.

While the immediate flood damages in St. Petersburg such as pooling water and saturation of construction materials are the most pressing concerns for your business, there are many effects that a water emergency like a pipe bursting could cause. As soon as the situation occurs, fast action can help to limit the spread of the damage throughout the building. If possible, shut off the water to the building to prevent continual water flow from the broken piping.

Our SERVPRO technicians respond quickly in emergency situations like this. Mitigation is a critical step in avoiding costlier restoration work in the immediate future. Our measures from the moment that we arrive can reduce the impact of the water loss incident, helping to preserve materials and the contents of your restaurant from irreparable damages. One of the services that our team provides is packing out, which removes at-risk items from the affected areas until the damage gets fully restored.

One of the concerns that any restaurant owner should have regarding flooding in their building is the possibility of mold growth. Not only does this provide a clear violation of health codes for serving food to customers, but it poses potential health risks to the staff and third parties that traffic the building. Our SERVPRO team can work to help remove the moisture from the affected areas quickly and have the trained personnel to identify mold colonies and remove them before the situation gets out of control.

There are plenty of stresses in working to be one of the chosen dining spots throughout the bustling city, but a water loss incident could threaten this goal substantially. You can depend on our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg water restoration technicians to respond quickly and help to reduce the time that your doors must remain closed to the customers you serve. Give us a call right away at (727) 522-0000.

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Hurricane Season Can Cause Flood Damage to Your St. Petersburg Home

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

When your home suffers from flooding after a storm, call SERVPRO immediately for efficient remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Makes Your Flooded Home Our Priority After a Call for Drying Out Services

Hurricane season is notorious in Florida for causing flood damage to businesses and homes alike, especially in cities that are settled coast-side. These tropical ocean-based storms hit hard and bring thousands of gallons of rain in a small allotment of time. In fact, some of these floodings can be so bad that streetways become flooded to the point where it is no longer possible to use cars or walk outside. However, in the case of your home, the storm was not nearly as devastating.
 
Most people take a summer vacation when they can, however, needing to schedule an emergency return flight the day after a hurricane causes flood damage to your St. Petersburg home can be a nauseating concept. Coming home and finding your single-level home flooded up to your knees is never something that anyone wishes to come back to. It is essential that when you discover the flooding inside of your home, you call for professional remediation services as swiftly as possible.
 
When you call SERVPRO, our techs make it a priority to arrive at your residence within hours. We understand that time is a crucial factor in remediation and promptly getting to your property helps ensure a successful job. Upon arrival at your property, SERVPRO can begin to discuss a plan to remediate the damage to your furniture, walls, floors, carpets, drapes and other belongings. Seeing as the flood is house-wide, our technicians can recommend for you to stay elsewhere while we attempt to remediate the damage.
 
The first job for our SERVPRO techs is to get the standing water out of your house. We can use tools such as submersible pumps, wet/dry vacuums, and extractors to remove the water at a faster pace. Extractors are particularly useful with carpets, fabric furniture, and drapes as they have a heating element that helps dry the material as we draw the moisture out.
 
Once we manage to get all of the stagnant water out of your home and help reduce the chances of microbial growth, we can use moisture meters to determine the level of dryness throughout your home. Should you need further moisture-reduction, SERVPRO can set up tools such as ventilation fans and dehumidifiers to help eliminate the excess.
 
If a hurricane causes flood damage to your house, never hesitate or wait to call for help. Reach out to SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg by calling (727) 522-0000. Day or night, we are always ready to take the job.

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Technicians Use Water Removal Strategies Before Other Work Can Begin In St. Petersburg

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in your home in St. Petersburg can happen without warning, leaving you completely unprepared.

Water Removal Strategies

Flooding in your home in St. Petersburg can happen without warning, leaving you completely unprepared. Water that covers your home's floors can cause severe damage to interior structures and personal belongings, in addition to furnishings throughout your residence. We know which methods give excellent results, as well as when replacing items becomes the more cost-effective option.

When homeowners in St. Petersburg call SERVPRO about flooding and overflowing sinks, we send out our water removal team to get the restoration process started off right. While the emergency may seem resolved once we remove standing water, we keep going. We know that restoring your home, as well as protecting it, requires a completely dry environment to achieve the best results.

Water removal only begins with the pump trucks extracting any standing water wherever it might exist in your home, but after we finish with this step, we use smaller handheld units with extendable wands that remove water along the bottom of walls. We also remove any furniture or place them on non-staining blocks to protect your carpeting. However, this step only occurs in situations involving clean water. When flooding from adverse weather is involved, we remove affected carpeting to prevent more serious complications later.

Using desiccant machines and dehumidifiers removes water vapor from the air, but for this to work efficiently, we must first force more of the water absorbed by materials in your home to enter the air. We accomplish this by raising the temperature while increasing the circulation of the air. Once moisture enters the air, the desiccant machine or dehumidifier can quickly remove it from circulation.

During the water restoration process, from start to finish, we monitor the amount of water in various items inside your home. A consistent reduction in moisture lets us know if our work progresses correctly. Any need for changes becomes apparent almost immediately.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can help you restore your home “Like it never even happened” after a disaster involving water. Our water removal techniques work well for resolving situations stemming from broken pipes, overflowed basins, flooding, and the aftermath of firefighting efforts to save your home. Call us at (727) 522-0000, so we can get things back to normal in your home.

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Restoring Foundation Damage Leading To Flooding In Your Pinellas County House

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

A leaking foundation can be an initial warning sign for substantial water damage to your Pinellas County home.

Restoring Foundation Damage

A leaking foundation can be an initial warning sign for substantial water damage to your Pinellas County home. While a concrete slab might just begin to allow small streams of moisture into the underside of your home, after even a short period, these avenues become wider and easier to pass through. Once this occurs, you need professional restoration services to overcome flooding in your house or underneath it.

You might be among the many homeowners that do not see the potential concerns with moisture and water damages leeching up through the concrete and pooling under your house. Since the problem often begins on such a minuscule scale, it can give you the impression that it goes away on its own. What happens can be widespread flooding damage and worse for your Pinellas County residence.

Once water pools underneath the flooring and supports for your house, this can prove a challenging issue to overcome. While extraction and drying remain the initial steps that our SERVPRO technicians take to restore the issue, this is only a small piece of the work that must get completed to bring the area back to preloss condition.

The present moisture within this area worsens the longer that it sits and comes up through the avenues in the concrete. These conditions can lead to degradation of the wooden framework, warping of wooden flooring materials, oversaturation of carpeting and drywall, and even mold growth.

An initial assessment and structure and water source can help our SERVPRO team determine what equipment is necessary to restore the damage. This isolation of the cause can help you to get this repaired as quickly as possible.

Hydrostatic pressure can force external water up through concrete slabs, providing a quick avenue for flooding to affect this area as well. To keep your home from shifting under a saturated concrete slab or blockwork, trust in our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg emergency response team to arrive quickly and work efficiently until the restoration job gets completed. You can give our team a call anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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Eliminating Mold Damage To St. Petersburg Homes

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

If a homeowner suspects or sees mold, our specialists begin with an inspection.

Eliminating Mold Damage

St. Petersburg, like much of Florida, saw more than enough water last year. Clean-up occurred fairly quickly, but many homeowners and residents are finding secondary damage from the storms and flooding in the form of mold.

Eliminating St. Petersburg mold damage is a process SERVPRO specialists learned not just from training, but also the experiences of the last year. Since mold can cause as much damage as a flood, we work quickly to clean and remove it from homes, and also work with every major insurance carrier in Florida to ensure our actions meet their requirements.

If a homeowner suspects or sees mold, our specialists begin with an inspection. They perform a visual check and use an air content meter to determine the highest concentration of mold spores and to find the origin of the mold growth.

SERVPRO technicians then find the water or moisture source of the growth. Spores require just a small amount of moisture, but they cannot expand and grow without it. Once they find it, team members dry and clean the area completely. If the source is a minor plumbing issue like a cracked connection or a leaking toilet, our specialists can repair or replace the problem. For major plumbing issues, the team leader always advises using a licensed contractor or plumber to make repairs.

With the water source removed and further mold growth stopped, technicians remove affected property and clean off mold spores. If the weather permits, team members remove items outside for cleaning. Often, this means wiping down surfaces with dry or wet sponges. When the mold layer is thicker, they may need to use an anti-fungal cleaning agent to break up the mold growth and then either wipe it away or use a brush to remove it from items like curtains or upholstered furniture.

As technicians remove property, others begin cleaning the interior of the home. They wipe down ceilings, floors, and walls using cloths or sponges attached to long-handles to reach overhead. If mold infested the carpets, team members use carpet shampooers with an anti-fungal cleaning agent to kill the spores and then dispose of them with the used water and cleaner.

Returning a home to its original condition after a mold infestation requires much more than bleach, sponges, and a ‘rent-a-vac’ from a local retailer. If you have active, growing mold in your home, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg today at (727) 522-0000. We are here for you.

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Eliminating The Odors Caused By Fire Damage In Pinellas County Residence

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire is one of the more destructive incidents that can occur inside a home in Pinellas County.

Eliminating The Odors Caused By A Fire

Fire is one of the more destructive incidents that can occur inside a home in Pinellas County. No matter where the fire broke out, the fire's heat pushes the smoke into every corner of the residence. The technicians at SERVPRO focus on clearing your home of charred, burned materials, making way for replacements, but damage also involves changes to your home that you smell.

To protect your Pinellas County home's new materials from any possible residual effects of fire damage, we make sure that your home gets cleaned up of all smoke deposits. Many of the particles in smoke end up in spots that our physical tools can never reach. However, these particles slowly break apart, and the smaller pieces become airborne fairly easily. When your family breathes these tiny particles in, they experience these particles as a strong, acrid scent. This same scent can end up infiltrating new materials.

To keep materials from picking up these foul smells, SERVPRO's Odor Control Technician, certified by the IICRC, performs deodorization techniques to neutralize hidden, hard-to-reach smoke particles. Thermal fogging introduces chemical agents into the same spaces that harbor smoke residue. The heat of the fog helps facilitate the bonding between the fog's chemicals and the odor-producing particles. This chemical bonding makes these particles permanently heavier.

Other particles in furniture and carpeting also require physical removal. Anything that does not show signs of permanent physical fire damage often contains copious amounts of smoke. Cleaning these items with either wet or dry methods removes much of the problem.

However, we must also clean the air to rid it of loose smoke molecules that continue to produce the signature scent of fire damage. We use powerful air scrubbers that remove these and other microscopic debris floating in the air. Once our air scrubbers have cleaned the air, our technicians have removed all traces of smoke from your belongings and the interior of your home, and the thermal fog has cleared the air, we can then bring in the new materials your home requires. We do everything possible to make your home “Like it never even happened” again.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg has the professional crew that you need to eliminate fire damage and its many effects from your Snell Island, Shore Acres, or Vinoy home. Contact us at our emergency service line, (727) 522-0000, at any hour of any day.

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Treating Flood Damage In Shore Acres

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Shore Acres Flooding Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Understands the Ramifications of Contaminated Floodwaters during Extraction and Recovery

Residents of Shore Acres are no strangers to flooding. We occasionally miss some of it from being as inland as you can be in Florida, but storms still wreak havoc on our neighborhoods.
 
When the Shores Acres flood damage is from a storm, SERVPRO technicians understand that removing the water and cleaning surfaces is more important than when the water comes from a source like a failing water heater. Any water from outside the home also brings the threat of contamination in the form of black water.
 
Blackwater does not refer to color, but rather the level and type of contamination. It is considered Category Three, which means it is unsanitary. There are multiple types of contaminants, and if a storm caused a collapse in the sewer system, the flood water also contains human waste and now is a disease threat as well.
 
SERVPRO technicians pump out this water using the same pumps as in any situation, but they pump it back into the sewer if it is available. If not, they use a dedicated tank truck. Once filled, the truck empties into the nearest treatment plant, or EPA approved storage facility.
 
After removing the water, our technicians spray an anti-bacterial cleaner on the floors, walls, and any surface that came into contact with the flood water. Carpets and carpet pads they spray and then dispose of according to the EPA and State health regulations.
 
With the contamination threat removed, our specialists begin testing wood floors for water content. They use non-penetrating moisture meters to determine the highest concentration of water and start there with extraction wands to remove it. At the same time, other specialists set up air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to remove the damp air from inside the home and replace it with dry air.
 
Technicians also use a penetrating moisture meter at the more wet areas to check for excess water in the sub-floor. If they find water, technicians remove flooring near the wall or at a spot where a bookcase might sit and spray the anti-bacterial agent into the sub-floor cavity as a precaution.
 
After waiting enough time to kill any contamination, they use a pump or extraction wand with a hose to remove any standing water. Then, technicians use an air mover and hose to force warm, dry air into the cavity to dry it.
 
At SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg we understand not just how important it is to return families to their home but to do it safely and thoroughly. There are more storms in the forecast, so when you need us, call (727) 522-0000 any day of the week to have one of our crews arrive at your home.

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Water Removal Professionals In St. Petersburg Discuss Problems With Exterior Walls

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

If a pipe breaks inside a wall in your St. Petersburg home, water can affect the entire wall cavity.

Professionals Water Removal

If a pipe breaks inside a wall in your St. Petersburg home, water can affect the entire wall cavity. Materials inside the wall cavity such as the insulation, wood studs, drywall, and exterior walls can all get affected by moisture. When excessive moisture gets inside a wall cavity, microbial growth is a primary concern. The cavities contain several organic materials such as the paper backing on drywall and the wooden exterior walls and studs. Since wall cavities are enclosed, drying them out promptly can be difficult.

In most cases, drywall must be removed, or holes get drilled into it so that air flow can get inside the wall. During the water removal process in St. Petersburg, our SERVPRO technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to speed up evaporation inside wall cavities. The drywall may get cut up a foot or two from the floor to allow proper air circulation inside the walls.

Drying out exterior walls can be difficult but can save sheetrock from getting removed. Insulation inside the walls can slow down the drying process. However, it is still less expensive to dry out exterior walls to prevent having to remove and replace drywall. Even though drying outside walls takes more time, it is still quicker than the sheetrock demolition and reconstruction process.

Drying out exterior walls can take more time than drying out other materials, but it is still possible if the insulation is fiberglass and the source of the water is clean. To help air get into wall cavities, our SERVPRO restoration crew can drill holes in the bottom of the walls. In some situations, we drill holes into the top of walls as well to increase air circulation within wall cavities. If the damage took place inside the kitchen, then holes often get drilled into the cabinetry also.

Knowing the dew point temperature is important when drying out exterior walls. Exterior walls can change temperature more easily than interior materials. If the walls reach the dew point temperature, it can cause moisture to condense indoors, possibly creating secondary damage. If your exterior walls ever get wet after a water leak, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 any day of the week.

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Removing Mold Damage In Your St. Petersburg Home

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

With mold damage present in your home, time is of the essence to get this problem resolved.

Removing Mold Damage

Of all of the detrimental things that can befall your St. Petersburg home, mold growth is one of the hardest to contend with on your own. While there are assuredly multiple websites offering DIY solutions to remove mold colonies as you find them in your house, you might get surprised to learn that these rarely actually remove the entire organism. In fact, you often only remove the very surface mold growth and leave the thriving organism intact below the material surface, just out of eyesight.

With mold damage present in your St. Petersburg home, time is of the essence to get this problem resolved. The more that gets understood about mold exposure, the more potential health effects that get attributed to it. This situation leaves you with a significant risk if you do not immediately seek to resolve the problem and do so professionally. Fortunately, our SERVPRO certified mold remediation team is available any time to help you overcome this intruder in your home and get things back to the way they should be.

Isolating the affected area is a critical first step of remediation. We use air scrubbers with filters to catch airborne mold spores and prevent them from leaving the area while the removal is in progress. Air circulation appliances like your heater or air conditioner must get shut off during removal to aid in preventing the spread of active spores throughout your home.

Removal of the mold colonies often gets accomplished through sanding and soda blasting. These penetrative approaches can reach deep below the surface to remove the entire hyphae. The structural integrity of the construction materials gets assessed after mold removal to ensure that these components are still stable and strong and do not require replacement.

Mold growth in your home is nothing any homeowner wants to have to deal with, but fortunately, it is not a problem that you face alone. With the right professional assistance from our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg mold remediation specialists, you can remove this intruder and return your home to normal conditions. Give us a call today at (727) 522-0000.

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Getting Your Claim Approved For Fire Restoration In Your Pinellas County Home

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

With the widespread fire damage in your residence, you might not know where to begin concerning restoring your house back to preloss conditions.

Getting Your Claim Approved For Fire Restoration

As if the damage to your Pinellas County home after a fire was not enough to deal with, now you are going to have to devote time to appeasing your insurance company throughout the often drawn-out process of filing a claim. With the right choice in professional restoration companies, this process of filing your claim and getting the work approved to begin does not have to be as complicated.

With the widespread fire damage in your Pinellas County residence, you might not know where to begin concerning restoring your house back to preloss conditions. Fortunately, this is not something that you have to determine on your own. With the guidance and expertise of our SERVPRO technicians, your home can be well on its way towards its original condition while simultaneously our project manager can work through all of the details with the insurance adjuster assigned to your claim.

From the moment that we receive a call about the effects of a fire in your residence, we dispatch a small team of professionals to your home. Among these individuals is a SERVPRO estimator. His/her job is to determine the full scope of the damage and what needs to get accomplished to restore your house fully. This information that he accrues is shared with the insurance adjuster to help expedite approval of your claim.

The project manager for your restoration can walk you through the work that needs to be done and provide a rough time frame it takes to accomplish these tasks. With the insurance company on the same page as our professionals, work can begin much more quickly, and your home can be significantly closer to preloss conditions once again.

Fire damage in your home presents itself in several ways. From the fundamental issues like soot and smoke damage to the need for material removal for reconstruction, our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg technicians can help you. Give us a call anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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Removing Commercial Fire Damage In Pinellas County Businesses

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

We stock a wide variety of cleaning supplies to remove smoke and soot from your business.

Cleaning Smoke and Soot after fire damage

When our teams walk into a Pinellas County business after a fire, the damage they see often appears to be minor. Heat and flames do not cause most of the damage or result in the most significant percentage of cost when it comes to restoration.

Smoke and soot left by fire usually cause most of the commercial damage to Pinellas County businesses. SERVPRO restoration specialists work quickly to clean and remove the residues left behind, but even then, the odors from a fire can be the hardest part to remove. Our teams utilize a plan developed by decades of experience helping our community to rid every home of them.

First, specialists remove all debris and other items that are a source of the odors. Any item that is charred or smells bad, they take out of the structure. While team members remove property, others set up fans to increase circulation and reduce any pungent odors. In businesses that have a significant amount of inventory or records in storage, this may take several days to accomplish. It is necessary though, so our teams can determine how strong the odors are and what needs to be done to remove them.

After clearing the building, SERVPRO inspectors and technicians examine the structure. If the remaining building materials, such as carpets and ceiling tiles, are free of other damage, they begin the cleaning process. For carpets, they shampoo or steam clean them with a deodorizing agent mixed into the cleaning solution. For ceiling tiles and other building material, our technicians carefully spray surfaces with a cleaning/deodorizing agent and wipe them down with a sponge or cleaning cloth.

The spray-and-wipe method works on most odors, but for powerful odors or ones in hard to reach areas, it may be necessary to use a fogging device. The machine our technicians utilize breaks down the cleaning/deodorizing agent into a cloud which is then carefully blown into the area using fans where it neutralizes the odor-causing residues.

Our goal at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is to help you reopen your doors to customers as quickly as possible. So regardless of where you are in Pinellas County, call us at (727) 522-0000 today to schedule a visit. We are here for you.

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The Correct Water Removal Equipment Can Correct Any Water Event in St. Petersburg

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Freshens Up St. Petersburg Properties During Water Removal Services

SERVPRO Eliminates Odors As We Extract Unwanted Water from Your Home or Business

After a water damage incident, the use of specialized equipment is necessary to make the water removal job easier. As a property owner, you may not have or know how to operate some of the tools correctly, and that raises the need to work with professional service providers in the industry. It all starts with analyzing and selecting the most suitable procedures to correct such situations in St. Petersburg.

We are going to highlight the different types of equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use when conducting water removal in St. Petersburg. To identify water intrusion in a structure, we use detection equipment such as a moisture sensor and moisture meters. These devices also let us know whether the structure is dry and meets the standard conditions at the end of the process.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians also combat smells by finding their sources and doing the necessary removal. Sometimes the water may cause organic materials to decompose in cracks, which may make it difficult to access the odor source. Therefore, we perform deodorization. Some of the common types of deodorants we use are pairing agents, filtration and absorption agents, masking agents, disinfectants, and sanitizers.
 
Deodorization is such a critical process since apart from improving the quality of air in the structure when we use sanitizers and disinfectants, they can inhibit fungi and bacteria growth which can cause health effects. Thermal foggers and Ultra Low Volume Foggers are part of the standard deodorization equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use. When these devices dispense the solvent based agents, they neutralize the odor-causing particles. But, they cannot be used in areas containing rubber or vinyl.
 
We observe safety measures when working at the site and in most cases, our technicians wear the right personal protective equipment that fit the situation at hand. If we are mixing or spraying chemicals, we wear splash goggles and chemical resistant gloves. If we are handling organic vapors, we put on respirators. Generally, we abide by all state regulations and follow IICRC standards in our operations.
 
The goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened." after experiencing any storm, mold, fire and water damage event. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 if you need to work with an industry leader with a proven record.

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Key Factors That Mitigate Flood Damage in Shore Acres

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

After a Shore Acres Storm, Call SERVPRO for Water, not Gator, Removal

SERVPRO Follows Protocols to Minimize Storm Damage to Properties and Possessions

After experiencing flood damage, drying your contents and building needs to be done as soon as possible. For successful drying, there are four key factors that we take into consideration, and these are air movement, temperature, humidity, and the quantity of water to extract and evaporate from the site. We are going to let you know how these factors relate when salvaging and restoring your Shore Acres property to its earlier state.
 
The practice that our SERVPRO technicians follow when attending to flood damage incidents in Shore Acres is to remove the moisture from wet materials to the drier surrounding and establish equilibrium. If there is standing water on the site, we first conduct physical extraction before carrying out evaporation and dehumidification processes. That is because removing gases is on-going while physically removing liquids. We use submersible pumps, portable and truck-mounted pumps to extract the water. The choice of equipment depends on the quantity of water and the accessibility of the structure. Sometimes, a mob and bucket suffice for surface removal of water.
 
When we increase the temperature of the rooms to around 70° to 90° using portable heaters if necessary in this sub-tropical area of Florida, the wet materials lose moisture to the surrounding air. Often storms occur during the heat of the summer. With time, we end up with too much moisture in the air, and we have to install dehumidifiers to prevent secondary damage when condensation sets in. The work of dehumidifiers is to absorb the water vapor. When using these devices, we aim at achieving a relative humidity which is lower than 40% so that the additional moisture in the air does not slow the rate of evaporation.
 
Air movement is another essential process since it increases the rate of drying. It achieves this by moving the humid and damp air from the wet surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians adhere to IICRC regulations when positioning air movers for high efficiency. It is vital to understand that there is a big difference between fans and air movers. Directional, high-velocity air movers weep wetness from surfaces mitigating water damage.
 
The goal of SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is to make your property be restored to its preloss condition “Like it never even happened." Call us at (727) 522-0000 when you face water, fire, mold and storm damage, and we can give you proven services.

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When Seasonal Storms Or Leaks Leave Your St. Petersburg Restaurant in Need of Water Removal Services

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen Restaurants in St Petersburg Often Have Water Problems--Until SERVPRO Removes It

Restaurants in St. Petersburg Count on SERVPRO for Water Removal 

Seasonal storms can bring heavy rain, and that can leave you in desperate need of water damage restoration services. Having an inch or two of rain inside of your building is no suitable condition for your restaurant to serve customers. Fortunately, there is professional help nearby to remove the water and get your operation back into working order.

Our technicians can swiftly arrive at your St. Petersburg restaurant to remove the damaging water from your property. If you contact us, our goal is to get our employees there as soon as possible. Your restaurant cannot run naturally until the liquid is gone. Not to mention, the longer the water sits, the more potential it has to cause more significant damage to your property.
 
SERVPRO can use advanced technology to remove the water from your property, such as powerful wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps. Using industrial quality products allows our tools to have the power to remove the liquid from your restaurant swiftly so that SERVPRO can move onto cleaning and drying. After the water is removed, our employees can use devices like moisture meters to detect any overly wet areas of the structure.
 
Once our SERVPRO technicians have used the meter to detect the levels of moisture, we can establish drying goals and select the correct method to help prevent any further damage to your flooring and equipment. There are many pieces of industry-leading equipment that our team can use to help draw moisture from the structure of your restaurant, but some of the most conventional are air movers, axial fans, and LGR dehumidifiers. SERVPRO techs can position them for optimal airflow, to support evaporation, and use infrared cameras to monitor the progress during the drying.
 
When your property needs water removal, do not linger. Get a hold of SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000. No matter the time, our employees can come out to your establishment swiftly.

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Removing Mold Damage In Pinellas County

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Call the Professionals from SERVPRO for Mold Cleanup in Pinellas County

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Infestations and Offers Information Concerning these Fungi

Mold is in every Pinellas County home. Day in and day out, the spores are as harmless as the dust homeowners sweep up once a week. It takes three factors to activate mold spores and turn them into a possible threat: Moisture, temperature, and food source.
 
Mold damage in Pinellas County homes can feed on almost any type of building material. Drywall and insulation are among the most commonly consumed, and since the panels and batten are in every home, SERVPRO understands that makes it impossible to ‘starve’ the growing colony.
 
Temperature presents a similar problem. Most molds grow in a range from 68 to 86 degrees. That makes it extremely difficult to kill spores by either lowering or raising the interior temperature of a home.
 
That makes moisture the simplest factor SERVPRO technicians can effectively alter to halt mold growth. We use an extensive array of equipment to remove water such as dehumidifiers to draw moisture from building material and the surrounding air. For standing water and other large amounts, we use pumps and extraction wands to remove it.
 
Five principles established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC guide us in these efforts. First, we ensure the health and safety of our team members and the residents of each home we clean. Technicians do this by limiting exposure to active mold and preventing the mold from spreading to unaffected rooms and other areas.
 
Second, we record everything. One of our inspectors details every visual check and test result before we take action. We do this to ensure we clean and treat every known point of infestation.
 
Third, we control mold at its source. Technicians do this by sealing off the contaminated areas and set-up negative air pressure to reduce the amount of airborne mold and then force it out using air movers and fans to push the contaminated air out of the home.
 
Fourth, we remove the contamination. That includes not just the mold spores removed by cleaning, but any infested building material or personal property item as well. We clean any personal item that is cost-effective to do so rather than dispose of it with the affected material.
 
Finally, we begin to control the moisture. We do this as the last step since it is simpler and quicker to reduce moisture after removing everything that cannot be cleaned or dried in place. It is necessary not just to stop mold, but to prevent new growth as well.
 
If you have or suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 today. We are here for you.

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Vulnerable Structural Components Could Allow Flood Damage to Your Shore Acres Residence

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

You can rely on the professionals at SERVPRO to restore your home after flood damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Gets to Work Quickly after a Flood to Prevent Further Damage to Your Home

By the time that flooding has begun to affect your Shore Acres home, you are already at significant risk for substantial damages that are as costly as they are time-consuming. The trouble with a scenario like this is that it is all too real for those that live in the line of harsh storm systems. Fortunately, you have a professional restoration outfit at your disposal to help you clean up the mess and prevent reoccurrence for future storms that might pass through.

Most people do not put much thought or concern into the ability of their Shore Acres homes to prevent flood damage until the disaster is underway. Only then do you think of the structural weaknesses and compromised points of the exterior of your home that currently allow water to pass through into your residence unabated. Fortunately, if you react quickly, this situation does not have to get more out of hand and damaging than it already is currently. 

From the time that our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your home, we immediately get to work on identifying the vulnerable points which allow water to enter in. These areas get sealed up by varying methods depending on where in your house the damage originates. After this process gets completed, our IICRC certified technicians can set our sights on extraction. With higher volumes, pump trucks get used to pull the water from the affected area quickly, and this process gets finished with wet vacs fitted with extraction wands.

Drying the area is a critical component of the process, as this allows our SERVPRO team to inspect for structural damage and weakness. This process typically gets achieved using air movers and dehumidification equipment, though some specialty tools might be a requirement if the water has reached challenging areas like underneath flooring or inside of walls.

Flood damage to your home might be par for the course regarding those who live in this area, but it is never something you want to have to contend with in your own home. Trust in the experience and professionalism of our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team to help you restore this damage quickly and bring your home back to the way it used to be. You can call us anytime you need us at (727) 522-0000.  

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What to Do When a Tropical Storm Floods Your St. Petersburg Condominium Parking Lot

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can work around your businesses schedule and dry out your property when it best suits you.

Rely on SERVPRO for Expert Commercial Flood Damage Remediation  

Florida is known for its sunny and gorgeous weather. However, sometimes the weather is not always sunny, and, instead of a beautiful day, a tropical storm hits and brings flood damage with it. Flooding can be a nightmare for your condominium parking lot as it can prevent people from using it. Even just ankle-deep water can be a hassle to take care of when it comes to flooding and sometimes the water is not always clean. Fortunately, when a flood hits your business, professional help is not far.

Our IICRC certified technicians strive to ensure that we do not interrupt the flow of your tenants while we remediate the flood damage in your St. Petersburg property. We can work around your schedule to remove the water and then commence the drying process when it best suits you. Day or night, we can come to your property and work when traffic is less likely to be interrupted.

Here at SERVPRO we can remove the flooded waters from your property, clean up the debris, and then, depending on the damage that your property has taken, we can begin to dry out the structure. We use powerful truck-operated pumps and industrial quality wet/dry vacuums to remove water. SERVPRO knows how crucial it is to remove flood waters immediately, so we strive to get to your property as soon as possible to start the process.

After clean up, our technicians can employ the use of axial fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers in your parking lot to encourage evaporation. A dry environment is ideal for making sure that no water remains behind in the structure, as any remaining water could become a danger to your property. Our technicians are familiar with how water and concrete interact and can clean the chalky calcium deposits off the surface of the concrete swiftly to finish the job.

When flooding damage strikes your property, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of the NE St. Petersburg area at (727) 522-0000. We strive to work fast and efficiently to return your property to its preloss state as swiftly as possible.

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Specialized Water Removal Services Can Make a Big difference in St. Petersburg

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Map Out a Plan for Water Removal in St. Petersburg--Call SERVPRO

Save Property and Possessions with SERVPRO's Swift Water Extraction

Irrespective of whether you are a homeowner or a business person, you need to get everything back to normal after experiencing water intrusion, and water removal is part of the critical processes. While most of us think that extracting the water and cleaning up the area is all we need, that is a big mistake. Drying your St. Petersburg property as well as neutralizing the odor-causing agents are equally important.
 
Let us begin by understanding the main categories of water that our SERVPRO technicians deal with when performing water removal in St. Petersburg. Usually, it is the source of the water that determines the category of water. Clean water is under class 1, and it often comes from clean sources like plumbing systems. Though this category does not carry along contaminants, you have to respond quickly since within 24 -48 hours some microbial growth can start.
 
Category 2 is gray water, and it can be slightly or severely contaminated since it comes from backed up storm drains, fire suppression systems, and treated cooling water. On the other hand, category 3, also known as black water usually comes from rivers, sewers, and seas. Since it is highly contaminated, it presents high health risks.
 
If the water is still flowing into the area, our SERVPRO technicians divert it to safer locations or stop the flow if it is originating from leaking plumbing systems. Water extraction then follows, and we choose the tools we use depending on the surface and amount of moisture. For instance, we can use submersible pumps to extract standing water and portable extractors to remove water and clean your upholstery and carpets.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians also select appropriate drying systems to remove moisture from your structure. We first set a drying goal and install air movers to enhance the evaporation of moisture from contents. Evaporation adds moisture to the air, and if it exceeds the standard levels, we can use dehumidifiers to absorb the additional water vapor.
 
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg attends to all kinds of water disasters and has a proven record in the industry. Get in touch with us by calling (727) 522-0000, and we can make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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Mold Damage Technicians In St. Petersburg

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

When dealing with mold inside your St. Petersburg home, it is essential to know how it gets formed and how it behaves.

Mold Damage Professionals

When dealing with mold inside your St. Petersburg home, it is essential to know how it gets formed and how it behaves. Any time water gets inside your home and does not get dried promptly a fungus possibly gets created. Once any mold gets noticed, it is vital to treat the area so that the fungi do not spread to other locations inside the building.

The presence of mold inside a house possibly causes health effects for some people. St. Petersburg's mold damage experts employed by SERVPRO get educated about fungal behavior and the remediation process. Our primary goal when remediating a fungi problem is to stop growth at the source so that it doesn't spread to other areas of the home.

A fungus first gets created by a spore which is a microscopic, seed-like structure. The spores branch out little structures called hyphae that spread all directions and release more spores into the air. The little seeds then become airborne and float around the building until they land in other rooms.

The first thing SERVPRO does when we start to mitigate mold is to contain the affected area. Plastic gets put up around the region to prevent mold spores from spreading to other areas. Many times, negative air pressure is pulled from the containment chamber sucking the contaminated air into a HEPA filter.

Next, we remove all of the mold contamination found within the contained area. Porous materials often get discarded while non-porous materials possibly get sanded and cleaned with anti-microbial chemicals. Drywall sometimes gets removed, put in a sealed bag and taken to a dumpster.

After all of the items showing mold contamination get removed a final cleaning starts. During the cleaning process dust and settled spores get vacuumed up by a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Then the area gets cleaned one last time with anti-microbial cleaning products.

Lastly, drying equipment gets set up to drop moisture levels in the affected area so that mold doesn't have the moisture it needs to grow back. If you ever have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for help 24/7.

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Restoring Small Fire Damages to Your St. Petersburg Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

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 to 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 damages, 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. With smaller, contained blazes like what you have experienced, damage assessment is typically a short and concise process. The most palpable culprits that make it difficult to move on from the incident are often the lingering odor and smoke or soot damages.

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 that you should have to endure alone. You can always count on the experienced and reliable team we have 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.

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Commercial Water Removal Services for Your St. Petersburg Furniture Consignment Shop

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Your consignment shop is filled with many unique pieces that you have been entrusted with selling. Should you face water damage, contact SERVPRO.

Our Certified SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Shop

Faulty plumbing can wreak havoc on your St. Petersburg furniture consignment shop. Water can seep into walls, flooring, carpets, and furniture. All of this can cause rotting, mold, or other damages which can go undetected until it is too late. It is essential that you move quickly to correct the problem as soon as you find it, or you can be looking at much downtime for your business and costly repairs as well.
 
When lousy plumbing has caused a water leak in your St. Petersburg business, you may need commercial water removal services. SERVPRO can help you, as we are a professional water damage remediation company with the experience and equipment needed to help you. We understand you wish to stay open if possible, and we can work around your schedule to help lower any downtime. In a situation like this, we also know that time is of the essence to prevent additional damages.
 
After we assess the damages to see how bad they are, we begin to extract any standing water with special truck-mounted pumps. Once this water is gone, we have other equipment to help us dry out the structure completely such as air-movers, dehumidifiers, and industrial fans. These are checked daily and moved as necessary so that we can ensure the fastest drying time possible.
 
Any items or merchandise which are salvageable may be packed up and moved to another location for cleaning and restoration until the building is restored. Then we return these items after the job at your shop is complete.
 
Our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians have the knowledge and equipment to dry your building back to its preloss conditions thoroughly. We have special moisture meters which we can use as well to find any hidden moisture inside walls, ceilings, or floors. Sometimes, we need to remove baseboards to ensure that our equipment can dry inside wall cavities. Eliminating all the excess moisture prevents further damage including the growth of mildew and mold.
 
Your business in Shore Acres, Meadowlawn, or Snell Isle is essential to you, so it is important to SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg as well. We know that time is of the essence in water damage emergency, and that your business is also significantly affected by a situation like this. We do not hesitate to come out and assist you when you call us at (727) 522-0000 so your business can be running like normal as quickly as possible.

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Making a Fast Recovery from Flood Damage in St. Petersburg

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

React to your flooded situation quickly by contacting SERVPRO and help minimize the damage as well as any secondary damage possibilities.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Arrives at Your Home, Ready to Tackle the Flooding Scenario

Because unexpected flooding can strike at any time in St. Petersburg, it helps to know that experienced and professional crews can help mitigate the damage, no matter how bad things seem. Placing things at a higher level of the home to save them from the incoming water can help calm homeowners, but safety should always remain a primary concern for everyone involved.

When a home or other property suffers from flood damage in St. Petersburg, getting the water out starts the recovery process, but it alone never suffices. Floods bring dirty water into your property, meaning your home needs cleaning and sanitizing, drying out, and removal of debris.

Debris comes in many sizes and includes both inert materials, such as plastics, organic-based substances, and chemicals. Leaving these inside your home allows the disaster to literally grow. Only physical removal can adequately handle this aspect of flood damage. We handle such debris as the organic waste it mingles with requires - double bagging while wearing personal protection equipment.

The professionals at SERVPRO know how overwhelming a flood feels, so we train in all areas of flood damage recovery. Our extensive training not only prepares us for coping with the tasks involved in mitigating flooding and other types of disasters that threaten to take over the homes in our community, but it also earns us our IICRC certificates.

Floors often require substantial care immediately after a flood. Not only do they become saturated, but the silt and other microscopic debris that becomes lodged within carpets, wood floors and under tiles can create problems if still present at installation time for new flooring systems.

Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) helps in this area of flood damage mitigation by using ozone and hydroxyl machines. These produce gasses which quickly bond with leftover particles, particles that can produce foul odors. Accomplishing both a cleaner home and eliminating odors, your home soon looks and smells "Like it never even happened" again.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can be reached by calling (727) 522-0000. Our services are always available, round-the-clock, every day of the year. Locally owned and operated, we serve the communities of Placido and Coffeepot Bayous, St. Petersburg, and the surrounding area.

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Choosing Mold Remediation Services For Your Shore Acres Home

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Stay cool but be vigilant to any excessive moisture coming into your home from your air conditioning unit. Contact SERVPRO to remediate mold problems

Team SERVPRO Investigates Damage Extent Thoroughly to Prevent Recurrences

When the weather starts getting to sweltering temperatures around your Shore Acres home, most homeowners decide to crank up their air conditioners and bask in the cooler temperatures. One thing that you might not consider when you run this appliance at all hours of the day and night is that it allows for a great deal of water to build up inside the machine and also allows for condensation on nearby materials like drywall. While you might not think a little bit of water or moisture is all that big of a deal, it could have some dire implications.
 
One of the typical outcomes from this scenario going unchecked and unregulated is mold damage to your Shore Acres home. Usually, you can hardly even notice its presence until a mold colony has formed entirely, and by this point, has likely spread and started other fungal growths elsewhere in the nearby vicinity. Studies have shown that mold can cause health effects for you and your family, which gives a pretty convincing reason to want to resolve this issue quickly when you notice it.
 
It could be tempting to attempt removal of the mold colonies on your own, but even the most stringent of cleaners cannot usually entirely remove the organism growing throughout the area. An effective strategy is to call our mold remediation specialists here at SERVPRO. We have the tools and expertise to successfully handle whatever kind of fungal growth exists in your home, all while upholding our work to the highest of standards.
 
Our SERVPRO technicians get trained to IICRC standards for mold remediation. The training consists of solutions for eradicating all varieties of mold colonies, restoration, disinfection, and odor removal. Our process involves sophisticated equipment from scrubbers with HEPA filters to deodorizing foggers to nullify foul odor molecules and pungent spores in the air.
 
Let our professional team get to work quickly on remediating your mold situation and providing lasting solutions to prevent recurrences. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg specialists respond quickly to resolve any emergency or restoration need you might have. You can reach our team 24/7 by calling (727) 522-0000.

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Fix Smoke and Fire Damage in Pinellas County Sooner Rather Than Later

1/21/2018 (Permalink)

Smoke odor, whether from a fire or years of cigarette smoking, can linger for years in a home. Contact SERVPRO for smoke remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Expertly Remediates Smoke Odors in Your Home

Over years of tobacco product usage in a home, the entire building can begin to smell of smoke and cigarettes. Smoke damage is one of the most common and unfortunate types of fire damage to Pinellas County homes because many different sources can cause it.

While smoking has become less prevalent across the United States in recent years, many homes still reek of tobacco and decades of smoke exposure. Whether you inherited the property, purchased it, or just want to fix a years-old problem, SERVPRO is there to help you eliminate the smell of smoke from your home.

While we are known best for our assistance with more large-scale fire damage restoration in Pinellas County, we also help local homeowners with all sorts of fire and smoke-related issues, including many different types and scales of smoke damage. Smoke, while a subtle and slow-building issue, is nonetheless costly to remove with the proper tools and impossible to eliminate without them. Smoke particles can embed in walls, floors, clothing, and anything else in your home, creating sources of odor that can last for many years after all smoking activity in the home stops. Rather than waiting decades for the smell to go away naturally, call SERVPRO to learn how we can help fix the issue now.

We use an array of powerful odor elimination tools known as fogging devices that create a thick chemical fog that works its way into the tiniest crevices of your home and neutralizes individual smoke odor particles within them. We have multiple variants of this technology, such as Ultra-Low Volume foggers that allow us to eliminate smoke odors from HVAC systems and other tight spaces. No matter where the smoke is concentrated and how deep-rooted it may be, we have the power to flush it out of your home entirely.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg provides expert advice, assistance, and restoration services to those dealing with the effects of smoke and fire damage in the local area. Call us at (727) 522-0000.

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Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services in Pinellas County

1/8/2018 (Permalink)

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 to, 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 so 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 the wet ones that eliminate and trap particulates by using a moist filter.

Another way of combating the 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 that are present 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 both commercial and residential storm, water, fire and mold damage restoration. Call us at (727) 522-0000 to learn more about our restoration services.  

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

1/3/2018 (Permalink)

Many factors affect the cleaning process after fire damage, SERVPRO acts fast to restore your business as soon as possible.

The Six Major Factors that Affect Fire Damage Restoration

Business fires in St. Petersburg normally get stopped quickly. Fire suppression systems are effective and respond rapidly to too much heat or smoke. They prevent damage from flames, but the cost of smoke and soot adds up quickly.

When it comes to commercial fire damage in St. Petersburg, factory owners can depend on SERVPRO to reduce the cost and reopen their doors as quickly as possible. Our restoration teams have the latest training and equipment to help put every light industry operation back to work. We look at six major factors and tailor each plan accordingly.

The type of material that burned tells us the most. Natural materials like wood leave a dry residue that we can wipe away easily. Synthetic materials like plastic tabletops leave a wet residue that requires more effort to clean. It also pits other surfaces, causing further damage.

Surface types determine the number of hours we put in and what tools and cleaners we need. Non-porous surfaces such as glass and metal are easier to clean and require fewer cleaners. In many cases, our IICRC-certified technicians can wipe off the smoke and soot with dry sponges or with a small amount of water to break up thick layers of soot.

Smoke and soot more easily penetrate porous surfaces such as drywall and other building material. That makes them much harder to clean and our technicians often need a chemical cleaner. If water also soaked the building material, it is usually cheaper for SERVPRO crews to remove and replace it.

Surface age is also a factor. Interior paint breaks down over time and makes it more difficult to clean. The same is true for glass and metal. Scratches and rust break down the surfaces, allowing soot to penetrate. We can still clean all of these, but it does require additional labor hours and stronger cleaning agents. For metal surfaces, we may need a stiff, wire brush to remove all of the soot.

The heat of the fire before it was put out is important also. Higher temperatures cause plastic and laminate surfaces to form bubbles and melt. As they warp, soot and even odors penetrate deeper.

Temperature change can be a problem as well. If a surface cools rapidly, like when water strikes it from the suppression system or the efforts of the fire department, the soot residue on it can form a film which is more difficult to remove.

Finally, moisture can be a problem as well. A high moisture level can cause vinyl to change color and permanently stain other property if it burns at a high temperature. Again, the source of this moisture is often from the suppression system or firefighters trying to preserve the structure.

Reopening your business after a fire is not a fast process, but SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg does everything possible to make it as quick and financially painless as possible. If you need our services, call us at (727) 522-0000 today.

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Restoring Your St. Petersburg Home After Fire Damage

12/27/2017 (Permalink)

Small appliances can easily malfunction and cause an electrical fire in your home.

Fast Relief after an Electrical Fire Damages Your Home

Electrical fires are a real and present danger in homes in St. Petersburg. Several things could trigger them, including faulty appliances and outlets. Lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs are another common cause of electrical fires. Extension cords, bad wiring, and space heaters are other things that can create fire hazards.

If any of these items have caused an electrical fire in your St. Petersburg home and you are left with fire damage, you need professional help to restore and clean your property. SERVPRO, fire damage remediation specialists, can be at your home quickly once you contact us.

The first twenty-four to forty-eight hours after a fire is known to be the golden hours of recovery. Our fast response to your call helps to quickly stabilize your property and ensure the recovery as of much of it as possible. The smoke and acidic soot damage which is often produced when fires are extinguished speeds up the corrosion and deterioration of building components and personal possessions. To make matters worse, fires are frequently extinguished with water or dry chemicals, and the toxic smoke odor that remains has to be neutralized and deodorized.

SERVPRO’s process for fire damage restoration includes mitigating the damage, cleaning up smoke and soot damage, and restoration of water damage as soon as we can after the damage initially occurred. Beyond any visible structural damage, your contents inside your home have to be assessed for recovery depending on several factors. These include loss of use, replacement cost versus restoration cost, loss of value, the effect of smoke and heat, decreased life expectancy, and sentimental value.

Our restoration services include demolition, emergency board-up, thermal deodorization to remove smoke damage, plus soot removal film application. We work fast to restore your home to its original condition.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can be trusted to take care of your fire-damaged home in the areas of Meadowlawn, Placido Bayou, or Shore Acres. Just reach out to us at (727) 522-0000 as soon as the fire is out so we can get your life back on track.  

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Water Damage in St. Petersburg Can Cause Odors and Other Problems

12/12/2017 (Permalink)

Stained walls and ceilings can be signs of water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Work to Eliminate Water Damage in Your Home

Many people in St. Petersburg enjoy time by the ocean, but even a small amount of water inside a home can create substantial and costly problems. It is preferable if homeowners can prevent these from happening, but restoration can also help a home after damage starts.

Water seeping into areas of your St. Petersburg residence that should remain dry can cause water damage to develop. It is also possible for moisture to cause damage if it steadily, although slowly, enters through cracks in the foundation or via a loosened washing machine line. Numerous ways exist that permit water to impact your otherwise dry home.

One problem that water causes in a home is the development of odors. Mustiness that seems to come from everywhere can indicate a problem with raised humidity. Sometimes, odors remain concentrated in one location within the home, such as an unventilated bathroom. Stagnant air that remains humid is also perfect for the development of microbial problems, which can also produce bad smells.

Water damage shows itself in other ways, too.

Walls and ceilings are only one surface in your home that paint covers. Other items can have a coat covering them. High humidity can cause many paints to begin chipping and flaking. Other times, bubbling under large areas of paint indicate water damage to an area.

Walls and ceilings with staining can often point to water damage as the underlying cause. The cause is often a drip or other leak somewhere above.

Rust and corrosion of metal décor, hinges, in addition to the tarnishing of polished metals can show that a problem with water damage. This problem can cause health effects to occupants.

Carpets can become loose or begin to disintegrate when exposed to water. Other textiles can slowly become brittle and tear easily.

SERVPRO technicians recognize the signs of water damage inside a home, and we know that many sources for water damage exist. We can eliminate these sources, preventing additional damage from affecting your home. Elimination of odors, as well as stains and other visible signs of water damage, help us reach our goal of making your home “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can remove water damage from your home, regardless of how it affects your home. From stains to odors to disintegration of solid materials, we know how to counteract the effects of too much moisture. Contacting us, 24/7, at our local number, (727) 522-0000, is the first step toward making your home fresh, clean, and bright again.

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Do Not Worry About Toxic Black Mold Damage In St Petersburg

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can go grow on any surface but our SERVPRO technicians can remediate the mold "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Has The Necessary Tools and Expertise Remediate Your St. Petersburg Mold

If you are connected to the internet (and of course, you are, or you could not read this) you have most likely heard about toxic black mold damage. There are many articles and even whole blogs dedicated to the topic, and it is understandable that reading them worries you. Many of these sources cite damaging health effects and make mold sound terrifying. SERVPRO is glad to reassure St Petersburg homeowners that black mold is not the menace they were led to believe.

We understand that homeowners in St Petersburg are worried about toxic black mold damage because of the information that is available. However, there is no cause for concern. Let us examine the “toxic mold” story and why it is not accurate.

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus. Fungal spores are present throughout nature, and that includes inside buildings and homes. Tiny microscopic spores travel on the air or hitch a lift on clothes, boots, or even pet fur, to set up new colonies in suitable locations.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention state that the term “toxic mold” is not accurate. The CDC states that while some molds do produce so-called “mycotoxins,” there is not a significant risk associated with fungi. Evidence of fungus causing dangerous illness is insufficient indeed.

Does that mean that mold cannot affect your health? The CDC states that there is some link between mold and some health effects but indeed the risk is not as dire as the toxic mold blogs say! Talk of toxic mold is alarmist and unnecessary.

However, it is true that mold damages your home. The fungus needs moisture and an organic food source to grow, and once it finds food and water, it quickly forms new colonies. The visible mold you see is the vegetative stage of the fungus, ready to produce new spores.

SERVPRO recommends calling our experts at the first sign of mold. Our IICRC-certified technicians are ready to remediate the situation and reduce the risk of re-growth.

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St. Petersburg Water Damages Do Not Have To Shut Down Your Motel

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

St. Petersburg Skyline, Your Wet Motel from Water Damage, and the Solution--SERVPRO

Fast Removal of Water Done without Disruptions, Call SERVPRO for Your Business

Water damage to your motel is not always something that can be avoided. There are plenty of unforeseen incidents that can leave you in need of professional restoration. When you are in the middle of such a crisis, you should be thinking about the right team to call to help you get the problem fixed quickly and professionally.
 
While water damage in St. Petersburg is not uncommon news in recent months, especially following the devastation of multiple tropical storms, getting your establishment restored quickly is a wise investment on your part. With a small motel, the number of rooms is limited. When some of these units are directly affected by water damages, this can be a costly hit to your business.
 
You need the motel to be able to run at full capacity as soon as you possibly can, and that is why you should be calling SERVPRO. Our dedicated and experienced team can handle all manner of commercial water removal to mitigate damage. SERVPRO offers a 24-hour emergency line to get our team to you quickly. No matter what time of the day or night, you can reach us to start the restoration service.
 
This is especially important if time is of the essence. Sometimes pipe breaks or appliance malfunctions are difficult to shut off on your own. In a motel, the primary shutoff for the water can also adversely affect all of the rooms in the entire facility, leaving them without the ability to do something as essential as flushing a toilet, taking a shower or even brushing their teeth.

Even if you are only dealing with a small water damage incident (maybe a single room in your motel), SERVPRO is an excellent choice to call. Their expertise in removing the water can prevent further damage to the affected room, as well as those connected to it. This allows you to keep more of the rooms open and available for guests, and our company’s ability to restore damages quickly can mitigate your financial losses.
 
Trust our team at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for all of your damage restoration needs. You can call us anytime, 24/7, at (727) 522-0000.

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How To Effortlessly Solve Fire Damage Problems In St. Petersburg

11/7/2017 (Permalink)

Enjoy the St. Petersburg Area without Fire Damage to Your Condo

Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Fire & Smoke Restoration Help

While none of us likes it when a fire disaster comes calling, the best you can do to counter such situations is by being prepared. As a resident of St. Petersburg you need to take caution by knowing the different options you have when faced with such a situation. Going for the services of a restoration service provider can make such a big difference.
 
Fire damage issues can make you panic, and that is where the services of a company like SERVPRO can prove vital in St. Petersburg. During such scenarios, move-outs may be necessary, and usually, require significant labor. When we as restorers do a move-out, your valuables are moved to a remote location so that we can restore your property. As restorers we are highly professional since we have to pack, move, unpack, clean, repack and move back your contents.
 
The restoration process normally begins by inspecting the kind of damage that the fire caused. Even if the fire was put off by firefighters, all is not safe since the extinguishing agents can combine with water and lead to more damage. That means different kinds of damage such as water damage, smoke damage, heat damage and charring can result from the incident.
 
As a property owner, you may fail to identify the level of damage that was left behind. Experts from SERVPRO have the right tools to address the three primary levels of fire damage – major, medium, and minor – to achieve the preloss state of your property. You should note that a restoration process does not entail the routine cleaning and repair services. Here, experts go an extra mile and perform duties like identifying the source of electricity, locating the charred debris, and if it is during cold weather, we can or suggest winterization to your property.
 
In a nutshell, you should not gamble with fire damage incidents. Some of the emitted gases are carcinogenic. A certified company uses the right cleaning procedures and tools to secure your safety.
 
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is here to restore your property after a fire damage incident at any time of the day. Call us at (727) 522-0000 and get the professional services you deserve.

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Repairing Flood Damaged Flooring in St. Petersburg

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damaged Flooring in St. Petersburg Gets Help from SERVPRO "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Restores and Replaces Storm Damaged Floor Materials When Required

Flooding in St. Petersburg costs homeowners millions each year. With all of the water that came in and took so much time to remove, this year may be the most expensive in almost two decades.

For so many homes, repairing St. Petersburg flood damage starts from the ground up. Wood floors, although they can look amazing, trap water; sometimes a lot of it. SERVPRO knows that if the water is not removed quickly, floorboards begin to buckle and warp. Worse, the same water also damages the sub-floor and other supporting structures. Fortunately, we can rebuild it.
 
First though, we have to tear out the old ones if they cannot be dried and salvaged. Our response team can remove the entire floor, sub-floors and other supports in most homes in just a day or two. They set aside any floorboards and floor trim that look potentially salvageable for later. For the rest, any sign of a buckle or twist and the team disposes of the wood. Depending on the condition of the warping, reinstalling and sanding the cupped joints of hardwood flooring can work.
 
If we tear out enough of the supports, our team may need to bring in temporary jacks to shore up the wall supports until we replace the floor. SERVPRO personnel are trained to do this with minimal risk to the drywall and the rest of the home.

Before laying in a new sub-floor, we check the foundation pad. If the flooding has shifted it, our technicians or our partners in rebuilding use more massive jacks to lift the concrete and then pack in fill dirt to level everything out again. If the sub-floor is laid directly on dirt, we relevel to prevent incorrect installation of the new supports.
 
Now, we lay on the new floor. To ensure we do it correctly the first time, every line and gap is checked to make sure the boards fit next to each other snugly and that every end is carefully joined with the next piece. Tongue and groove dovetailing is essential for floor restoration. Team members are trained to install most major brands and to use the sanders and other tools on-hand when a floorboard needs to be shaved down to fit. Once it is installed, we also stain or paint the floor to match the existing paint and furniture.
 
At SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg we do everything possible to remediate the effects of flood damage and return you and your family to a safe, clean environment. For more information about what we can do for your home, call us today at (727) 522-0000.

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

10/21/2017 (Permalink)

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. This 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 area of training 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 absorbed 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.

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Hurricane Irma and Your Winter Home in NE St. Petersburg

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

St. Petersburg Meets Up with Hurricane Irma

Water and Mold Damage Result from Tropical Storms

Hundreds of thousands of people enjoy living in more northern parts of the country during the warmer months and then return to sunnier places, such as St. Petersburg, for the winter months. Avoiding the inclement weather that living in their winter homes would force upon them, our winter residents can usually depend on sunny beaches, warm breezes, and stress-free daily activities in a healthy environment.

Hurricane Irma came to our beautiful Florida coasts like few hurricanes ever have, and many of the homes and condos in St. Petersburg suffered terribly. Battered by the wind and the rain, with many physical objects adding to the tumult, residences took on water in vast amounts. Allowed to sit, saturating materials even more thoroughly, these homes become more damaged with each passing day.

Within these homes' closed-off interiors, evaporation slows significantly. However, the moisture moves around the inside of the residence, leaving trace amounts of moisture wherever it goes. The moisture then allows molds to take over a home, infesting walls, ceilings, the insides of closets and cabinets where these pervasive microbes can gain a foothold.
    
Textiles, a favorite of fungi, can hold enough moisture to permit extensive growth. At SERVPRO, we can clean even the worst examples. If we can begin restoration services soon after the damage starts, we can gain better results for our customers. As our team works on cleanup and restoration of your home's structure, other members provide the care that many softer materials require. While some may nicely and adequately respond to our restoration efforts, others might not. In those instances, we always discuss the matter before the disposal of these items. When removing such items, we must make sure that we bag the items, so mold and spores remain confined.

Enduring a hurricane like Irma means can result in severe mold damage problems. If so, your home needs to receive professional restoration services focused on the exact state of the damages. Doing otherwise can result in increased damages in the future. Water damage cannot go away on its own, and it never gets better.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is always ready to help winter residents by making sure they have full use of their winter homes again. Even severe hurricane damage can be mitigated and your residence restored from top to bottom, quickly and professionally. Call us at (727) 522-0000 as soon as you know your home or condo needs our restoration services.

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Mold Remediation Services Available to Homeowners in St. Petersburg

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

A musty, foul smell can be a sign of mold growth in your HVAC system.

SERVPRO’s Certified Technicians Remediate Mold Damage in Your Ventilation System

Having mold in your St. Petersburg home is one thing, it invading your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is something else entirely. Since you cannot see these microscopic airborne spores, every time you turn your system on hundreds of thousands of mold spores spread throughout your home.

The most obvious sign of mold damage in your St. Petersburg home is the accompanying odor. If you have growth in more than one room, the odor can be rather overwhelming. Therefore, never ignore foul, musty odors that develop anywhere in your home, there is a possibility that mold exists and things can get out of hand rather quickly.

A sure-fire way to determine whether mold exists in your home, or its HVAC system, involves hiring a qualified professional to test for the presence of mold. Companies, like SERVPRO, can help you locate mold growth in your home and perform mold remediation services that put control back in your hands. 

SERVPRO uses various techniques to remove mold from your ductwork, including manual and mechanical brushes that loosen mold growing on the walls of ducting. While blowguns, air skippers, and air whips drive mold and other debris into collection devices. Vacuums equipped with HEPA filters also help, along with chemical biocides that kill off any remaining mold spores.

The EPA highly recommends hiring a professional to perform these services. SERVPRO NADCA certified technicians use a variety of specialized equipment, and always take pride in providing you with quality services. We take care to avoid damaging ducting, clean the entire system, and work hard to ensure we remove mold spores quickly and efficiently. 

If we determine that mold exists in the ductwork of your ventilation system, we also inspect the rest of the house to locate the source of the problem. Our cleaning services help improve your indoor air quality, as well as the performance and costs associated with running the ventilation system itself. 

Obtain quality mold remediation services for your HVAC system, today. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg has technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, anytime, day or night providing services for several local communities, including Meadowlawn, ShoreAcres, and Vinoy. (727) 522-0000 

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Qualified Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout the St. Petersburg Area

9/20/2017 (Permalink)

Waking up to a house fire can be devastating, call SERVPRO to restore your home back to its original condition "Like it never even happened."

Quick and Efficient Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Services

You awake in the middle of the night to the smell of smoke, reaching your kitchen to discover flames soaring out of control. Regardless of what caused the problem in your St. Petersburg home, you now need help to recover, that is where we come in. 

We understand that experiencing fire damage on your St. Petersburg property can be difficult. Fires create terrible damage that takes a serious toll on your living environment. However, having a trusted partner with years of experience returning homes just like yours to normal after a fire can help you receive fast, efficient results. 

You are not alone; SERVPRO professionals are available 365-days a year, 24-hours a day to provide critical fire damage restoration services in your home. We make it possible for you to gain access to qualified professionals right here in your community. It is our job to minimize any losses you experience and provide you with stress-free services that make it easier to get back on track after a fire.

A small kitchen fire or an event that makes its way through your entire structure is no problem for SERVPRO technicians to handle. All of our technicians receive rigorous in-house training and obtain full IICRC-industry certification before setting foot on your property. With full access to advanced equipment and resources, we work hard to make your recovery faster than you might imagine. 

We understand that your home is of vital importance and whether the fire damage is large or small, receiving quality results is a major concern. At SERVPRO, we take providing restoration services to our neighbors seriously and do everything possible to restore your property to a quality pre-fire damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”

The damage itself can grow exponentially worse the longer you wait, especially since most fires also include water damage that can allow residues to dig into surfaces faster and lead to mold damage as well. So, should you be facing a fire problem on your property, call a professional for help as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is ready to assist you with any emergency situation you may face, call today. We serve Snell Isle, Vinoy, and Old Northeast anytime, day or night. (727) 522-0000

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

9/13/2017 (Permalink)

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 what 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, as well as 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 for this and other catastrophes, you can contact SERVPRO technicians whenever needed. 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 and thorough training in remediating damaged homes. We hold certifications from the IICRC in many fields related to disaster clean up, including Commercial Drying (CDS) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD). 

Flood damage can affect a home in a multitude of ways, none of which benefit the homeowners or their family members. Hurricanes manage to wreak damages in unexpected ways, some of which pose severe health effects. 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 hazards that remain. 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 banisters 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

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

7/1/2017 (Permalink)

For Water Removal from Your Commercial Building in St. Pete Rely on SERVPRO

Commercial Water Damage is Always Minimized by Calling SERVPRO

Our beautiful city is home to many museums, preserving both the arts and history for our community and visitors. The buildings housing these treasures are as vulnerable as any to water incursion from failed plumbing, leaky roofs, and storm surges. SERVPRO has the expertise, trained technicians, and powerful equipment to remove the water swiftly before lasting damage occurs.
 
A malfunction in the automatic flushing system in patron restrooms floods exhibit floors, necessitating water removal in a popular St. Petersburg museum. Along with the threat to priceless artwork, the health and well-being of museum employees and visitors hang in the balance if cleanup does not complete quickly and to industry standards. We have the capability to remove large quantities of water fast, with enough workers and equipment to return the museum to preloss condition while limiting any disappointing or costly closures.
 
Because the water may contain infectious waste, it is crucial to engage a restoration company with the restoration industry certifications and experience with large scale removal of contaminated water. SERVPRO meets these criteria. We are familiar with local laws and regulation concerning the removal of hazardous waste and the required sanitation protocols after the water is gone. Our equipment is truck-mounted and secures the tainted water for proper disposal.
 
We are a local company connected to a nationwide network of restoration companies. Though we are a stand alone franchise, this  permits us to leverage more trained restoration workers and equipment from neighboring SERVPRO franchises to complete an extensive cleanup job fast. Pumps and extractors take care of standing water while technicians move in to take moisture readings and establish drying goals once the areas affected are sanitized. Air movers and dehumidifiers properly positioned begin the task of drying flooring, walls, and trim.
 
Drying Mats ensure water is removed to the subfloor as well. Our technicians determine if other strategies such as removing some sections of tile or hardwood flooring are necessary to dry thoroughly every layer. Pinpoint holes drilled in wooden floor allows moisture to evaporate if the finish prevents it. Once the moisture levels drop below-designated levels, we complete the final restoration touches, reinstalling tiles and refinishing wooden trim and flooring.
 
Transforming a museum awash in water is a task SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg awaits with confidence. Call (727) 522-0000 and we deliver the team and equipment needed to restore museum exhibits and spaces to their glory.

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Why Your St. Petersburg Air Conditioner Leak Causes Water Damage

6/14/2017 (Permalink)

Infrared Camera Validating the Dryness in a St. Pete Condo

Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your St. Pete Condo Post Water Problems

Especially in the warmer months, you may discover that your air conditioning unit is leaking inside of your home. There are several reasons why this can happen. If it does, the first thing to do is to turn off the thermostat for your AC to stop further damage to your home. When enough water has leaked into your home, water removal is necessary. Water forms in your air conditioner in the first place because it contains an evaporator coil which cools the warm air which is blown over it. Moisture, or condensation, forms on the coil because of this. The moisture then drops into a drain pan and down a condensate drain line leading outside your home.

One of the main reasons you find the need for water removal from your St. Petersburg AC unit is a clogged condensate drain line. If it gets clogged with dirt, dust, mold, or sludge, the water backs up inside your home. You then need the professional help of SERVPRO, a professional water removal company, to help you clean up the water and possibly fix the problem of unclogging the line. A specific vacuum is used to suck the blockage material out.
 
Other causes of a leaking air conditioner are a rusted or damaged drain pain, allowing the water to fall right through, or a broken condensate pump. When you have your AC unit installed in the within the home, a condensate pump channels the water outdoors through a PVC pipe. If this pump breaks or the microswitch malfunctions, the water does not go outside anymore, causing water accumulation.
 
Your air conditioner could also have a dirty filter, which blocks airflow over the evaporator coil. The coil then gets too cold and freezes over. As it melts, it drops an extra amount of water which the pan might not be able to hold. A similar problem, low refrigerant lowers pressure in the AC system, making the evaporator coil freeze over, overflowing the pan as well.
 
No matter the cause, our technicians from SERVPRO, arrive at your home quickly when damage is evident. We use professional equipment such as portable wet-vacs, and in extreme cases, truck-mounted extraction units for efficient water removal. We also have devices to find hidden moisture like hygrometers and moisture detectors, plus infrared cameras to detect water trapped behind your walls. Total drying is key to professional water damage restoration.
 
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can thoroughly dry your home out when your AC unit has leaked, or another issue caused a water intrusion. Just call us at (727) 522-0000, to make "Like it never even happened."

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Storms in St Petersburg Happen All Too Often

6/2/2017 (Permalink)

Flooding Gets the SERVPRO Service for Water Removal from Your St. Petersburg Property

SERVPRO Restores Your Storm Damaged Home or St. Pete Condo Swiftly

Caught between Tampa Bay and the barrier islands on the Gulf, water is a serious force of nature in our area. Even when you prepare, a storm surge can send water flooding throughout your Florida home. SERVPRO is always ready to help homeowners with the challenges posed by severe weather and its aftermath.
 
This area is flat and surrounded by bay and ocean, with little to hold back the waters that cause flood damage to your St. Petersburg home. Tropical storms send walls of water flooding over land and into your home. When this happens, it is crucial to call upon a reputable flood damage restoration company like us on site fast to get rid of the water and dry structure and contents.
 
If electrical power is lacking in the hours after the flood, SERVPRO is still on top of water extraction with truck mounted pumps and wet vacuums. This specialized equipment works best when operated by our trained and experienced technicians. Your wall to wall carpeting is a test of their skills, but our team dries it in place by extracting water with care not to stress or stretch the backing or fibers. Padding may be discarded as it is harder to dry and is inexpensive to replace. The subfloor must be monitored for moisture with precision meters so that it does not saturate the carpeting from below or provide food and shelter for mold growth.
 
The flooding affected the trim and the drywall inches above the floor. We test for moisture content and consider drilling some holes near the bottom of the wall if it seems that water is trapped behind. Failing to remove all pockets of water in wall or floor cavities threatens to continue and intensify the water damage issues. Once all water is released and removed, SERVPRO moves in air movers and dehumidifiers to meet the drying targets our certified staff established during the restoration planning phase.
 
Flood waters usually test positive for contamination, making professional removal and cleanup a necessity. SERVPRO team members take advanced classes in identifying and managing contaminated water. Recovery includes through drying, cleaning, and sanitizing. We work with you and your insurance company to determine what contents we must discard and replace because they cannot be sanitized. Non-porous items usually handle a brisk cleaning and disinfection well, to continue their useful life.
 
Rely upon SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to respond quickly and efficiently to resolve your flooding issues. Call (727) 522-0000 for a full-service crew to arrive as soon as possible to begin the restoration process.

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Resuming Full Operations After Commercial Flood Damage in a St. Petersburg Processed Food Factory

5/15/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Food Processing Plants in St. Petersburg Get Back On-Line Faster with SERVPRO's Help

St. Petersburg Businesses Benefit from SERVPRO's Swift Service after Flooding

Any business is at risk of sustaining losses, with some being foreseeable and therefore preventable, even if only partially, and other losses being completely unexpected. Some, such as broken water lines or other mishaps involving appliances and equipment that rely on the use of water, can only be partially prevented by proper maintenance – sometimes, water lines leak, burst open, or fall apart even when they have been maintained fastidiously.
 
The production of food items must adhere to strict rules, and commercial flood damage in St. Petersburg can interfere with this adherence to the rules, making the final products unusable. SERVPRO understands that you have not only deadlines to meet but also outside regulations to follow. Without the ability to fulfill both, your company, employees, and even those on the supply end, can all suffer.
 
With the problem of water damage, unlike other types of damage, water can get into areas where it can remain hidden, making it difficult to extract. This is why after we are finished with our pump trucks and handheld units, we then implement the use of smaller units that can extract moisture from highly porous materials, including wood flooring and insulation.
 
Whenever foodstuffs are involved in flooding incidents, even if the water is considered clean at its origin, wet items are required to be disposed of responsibly. This includes food in cans, as well as those that are in less-durable packages and dry goods. Because of this kind of loss can be quite costly, we are ready to help you with inventory sheets that you can present to your insurance carrier. Doing so can speed up the claims process significantly.
 
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is an experienced restoration company. We have aided many customers over the years in the recovery of their businesses after flood damage, and other catastrophes have caused significant losses and created interference of normal operations. When you have damages that do the same to you, call us at (727) 522-0000, at any hour of the day, any day of the week. We have the experience necessary to make it “Like it never even happened.”

St. Petersburg Mold Damage and Remedies

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation and Cleaning in St. Petersburg Homes and Condos

SERVPRO Offers Specific Mold Remediation Services for Your St. Petersburg Property


Fire and water damage are costly by themselves, but can also lead to further loss of property and structure damage from mold. An infestation often goes undetected until after the first disaster is dealt with and remediated.

When mold damage in a St. Petersburg home goes unnoticed or untreated, the damage can extend to much more than a stain on a wall or ceiling in the bathroom or basement. SERVPRO IICRC certified personnel have the skills and equipment needed to repair, restore, and remove the threat to your home. Once fungi are actively growing, they extend hyphae into and consumes portions of the structure itself. It most easily consumes drywall (cellulose backing), but carpets and wood are at risk as well.

If the mold has barely started growing on a section of drywall, then our technicians may be able to clean it from the surface. If the section is not wet from flooding or rainfall, it may also be possible to remove small pieces from it. This removal and patching of the area is labor-intensive, and can quickly add up to a higher cost than simply replacing the section. In most cases, we recommend replacing drywall if there is any growth at all below the surface.

Carpets are other items which are very tough to clean. If the mold growth is minor, our technicians may be able to use anti-fungal and anti-microbial cleaning agents to destroy the active spores. They apply these agents with sprayers and shampoo machines. The next step is to dry and vacuum the carpet as quickly as possible. If the first two steps are successful, no replacement is needed. If there was a pad underneath, we recommend replacing it if infestations remain post remediation and cleaning.

Wood framing is much more resistant to mold, but an untreated growth can still infest and even compromise the material over time. It is cheaper to purchase and replace new pieces compared to the hours it might take to scrape them clean. If there is only surface mold, our restoration team can quickly clean and dry it before hanging new drywall. The degree of the amount and depth of mold infestations set the parameters for treatment. Restore and clean is always preferred to replacement.

Although mold growth is harder to find compared to water or fire damage, it is still a threat to Florida homes. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg has the experience and training to deal with an infestation and stands ready with a 24-hour response team to serve you. Call our office today at (727) 522-0000 to get started.

Dealing with Minor Flood Damage in Your St. Petersburg Kitchen

4/27/2017 (Permalink)

Kitchen flooding needs quick remediation to prevent many types of secondary damage. When you call SERVPRO, we start the process rapidly.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Figure Out the Flooding Path in Your Home

Many homeowners have opted to replace their cabinets with newer-looking ones recently while deciding to wait to replace various appliances. Sometimes, however, this can backfire. The wood used to make cabinets often needs time to adjust to the higher Florida humidity. This is a slight adjustment, but when older appliances fail, these same cabinets are often exposed to copious amounts of water that they were never expected to withstand.
 
Many St. Petersburg area homes sustain minor flood damage because of problems with kitchen appliances. These appliances are not necessarily in need of repair themselves, but the washer rings, fittings, hoses and other water-feeding and draining parts are often not inspected. When these parts fail, they can spew water, sometimes, clean, and other times, not-so-clean, all over the kitchen, including the cabinetry.
 
Allowing this to just dry off in the air can lead to dramatic warping. Cabinetry of all ages needs to be cared for correctly. Metal fittings such as hinges and door knobs, drawer runners, and latches can rust quickly. This rust can in turn run whenever there are slight elevations in humidity, staining cabinet doors.
 
Also, water from appliance malfunction problems can pool under flooring, entering through even the smallest of cracks, forming future problems and possibly mold damage. This moisture can keep your kitchen damp-feeling, and when air conditioning or central air is used, this cooler environment, along with closed doors and windows, can keep the water trapped inside.
 
At SERVPRO, knowing how to solve situations such as this, although seemingly minor, can prevent much more costly situations from becoming a reality. Moisture travels – it never stays put in one spot. When even minor flood damage exists, we realize that there is much more damage that can be created by a lack of action. Moisture from an overflowing dishwasher or broken garbage disposal can eventually end up as far away as your attic!
 
No job is too big, nor too small, for SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg. Call us for your flood damage control needs at (727) 522-0000, anytime, day or night. We can help prevent bigger problems from happening elsewhere in your home.

Commercial Fire Damage in St. Petersburg Nightclubs

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

St. Petersburg Relies on SERVPRO to Keep the Music Playing After Fire Damaging Events to Commercial Properties

SERVPRO Keeps Patrons Dancing During Fire & Smoke Cleanup

Owning a nightclub comes with a multitude of responsibilities – to patrons, to employees, and to the government. One responsibility that covers all three groups is fire safety. Having various safety protocols in place can help protect against fire, and lower the number of injuries and fatalities if a fire ever does happen, but these same protocols cannot guarantee that the possibility of any fire is eliminated.
 
Commercial fire damage in St. Petersburg, where there are several nightclubs, can happen to any of them, no matter how many protective measures they seem to have. This is because even with crowd control measures, fires can occur because of recklessness and risky behavior. Illegal activities, such as smoking a cigarette, can cause bathroom fires that might or might not be contained in small areas.
 
Some fires spread quickly because the soundproofing used inside to prevent nuisance calls from neighboring businesses and residences might not have adequate fire retardant applied. When one part of the soundproofing catches on fire, black smoke is also released in huge amounts. Cleaning this up from materials that have not been damaged by heat or direct fire can be done, but the work must begin immediately to preserve the material from corrosive damage.
 
Nightclubs invest heavily in décor, and much of this consists of lighting. Lighting is essential to any business' environment. Lighting produces much of the mood people come to associate with any particular business, and night clubs are no exception. Black lights, under-counter lights, and many other types are used in clubs. These can become costly to replace in bulk. If unbroken, SERVPRO can take the time to clean them of soot and then return each one to its original location. We are that thorough, but careful with everything we clean.
 
Soot settles everywhere, of course, and in addition to removing soot from surfaces, we know from experience that the distinctive smell of fire is left behind by soot particles that have found their way into hidden locations, spots too difficult to reach with even the best cleaning methods.
 
Very sensitive people can experience headaches, nausea, and other ailments when exposed to the smell of smoke, even when there is no fire present. Hydroxyl generators can solve this problem, even when your club is open, and patrons are present. SERVPRO can set these up, so they are both effective and in out-of-the-way locations.
 
At SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg, we do more than repair your building. We also remove the foul odors that can ruin your business. Call us at (727) 522-0000 for fire damage disasters. We are always available to take your call.

Inspect Your Cooling System To Avoid Seasonal Water Damage In Your St. Petersburg Home

3/31/2017 (Permalink)

The training and experience SERVPRO technicians offer ensures proper procedures, avoiding spreading any infestation and educated removal of mold.

Avoid Seasonal Water Damage


The hot and humid summers experienced on the Gulf Coast take a real toll on your cooling system. Unfortunately, the hard work done by air conditioners sometimes results in water damage to your home. Although this type of water infiltration surprises homeowners, SERVPRO technicians know to look for it as a common source of moisture that harms structures and contents.

Cooling systems are a significant source of water damage in St. Petersburg homes. Whether your home features central air or window units, the mechanism is the same. The warm, humid air flows over condenser coils, the freezing temperature causing the water vapor to condense into a liquid. In a properly operating and well maintained AC configuration the condensation collects and then drains through a series of hoses. Typically the hoses direct the water outside your home or into an interior drain.

The problem arises when the drain becomes clogged, and water backs up into the pan collecting water under the coils. Moisture spills out of the AC unit and seeps into walls or drips onto floors. Because the humid air condenses into water drop by drop, the movement from the air conditioner to structures or contents of your home is slow and subtle. A soaked carpet or bulging wall beneath the condenser is often the first you know of the damage. Occasionally the water travels far from the condenser through walls and over windowsills, requiring a trained SERVPRO technician to trace the flow.

Water damage from a malfunctioning air conditioner poses a risk of contamination and microbial growth as it sits within a hardworking, hot machine. Raised temperatures and close quarters are the perfect conditions for clean water to transform from gray to even black. An experienced water damage restoration company deals swiftly to address the complications of tainted water. The training and experience SERVPRO technicians offer ensures proper procedures, avoiding spreading any infestation and educated removal of mold, mildew, and infectious waste water. Only when the abatement of any hazardous water-borne contamination concludes will our staff use air movers, dehumidifiers, and cleaning products to bring a saturated rug, wet ceiling or wall, or sodden woodwork back to preloss condition.

Rely upon the highly-qualified staff of SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to investigate and solve water damage stemming from poorly operating or maintained AC. Operators at (727) 522-0000 send our talented crews to your rescue as soon as possible.

Get Professional Assistance For Dealing With Mold Damage In Your St. Petersburg Home

3/26/2017 (Permalink)

A quality mold remediation specialist understands how dangerous mold contamination can get.

Dealing With Mold Damage


A quality mold remediation specialist understands how dangerous mold contamination can get. Therefore, they use all of the safety and precautionary measures necessary to protect everyone on your property from exposure and even help you prevent issues like this from developing again in the future.

Even a small amount of mold damage found in your St. Petersburg area home can present you with a variety of possible health issues. While your restoration technician is far from a medical professional, they do understand the risks involved and take the proper steps to contain the contaminated areas of your home. SERVPRO technicians follow specific health and safety regulations and wear the proper personal protective equipment regardless of the extent of mold contamination found on the job. We work hard to ensure the proper safety of everyone throughout the entire process. Our technicians also use full-body suits, chemical resistant gloves, and eye protection if necessary.

For contaminated areas located in small, confined spaces, SERVPRO technicians often use an N95 or greater filter type installed in a respirator to avoid contamination, while half-mask respirators offer sufficient protection in larger contaminated areas. However, full-face respirators used with HEPA filters and powered by air purification machines offer greater protection for extensive contaminations.

SERVPRO technicians avoid mentioning mold until mold contamination becomes certain. We check for strong musty odors in areas where customers may have had previous water damage or have an ongoing water intrusion problem and help determine the length of exposure. If there is evidence of mold, we also check the HVAC system and surrounding areas to get a sense of the amount of contamination involved. We communicate all findings to you and your insurance company, make recommendations on how to proceed and begin our mold damage remediation process immediately, once approved. Our technicians use quality containment and control procedures to limit exposure to the smallest area possible.

Using hygrometers and moisture detectors to locate and repair the source of moisture causing the problem, we remove any remaining water using the proper water extraction equipment and dispose of any saturated materials found in your home. We also use dehumidifiers and air moving equipment to dry the affected areas as quickly as possible while applying cleaning, deodorization, and repair methods necessary to return your property to a quality pre-mold damage condition.

Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to acquire the services you need, gain control over mold growth in your home today (727) 522-0000.

Typical Treatments for Walls and Ceilings with Smoke Damage in St. Petersburg

3/20/2017 (Permalink)

St. Pete Smoke Damage to Your Condo? Contact SERVPRO for Great Restoration

SERVPRO Techniques Mitigate Fire & Smoke Damage  

Most fires damage walls and ceilings primarily through the smoke and its residues. As such, cleaning these surfaces is complicated by the many changes and variations of smoke that can be present in the aftermath of a fire, often simultaneously. SERVPRO uses a variety of approaches to clean and remove smoke from walls and ceilings, including specialized brushes, cleaning agents, and techniques designed specifically for niche scenarios. Here's an overview of the cleaning methods you are most likely to see our crews using during restorations.

Dry Sponge Cleaning
Dry sponges get regularly used in the field, as they apply to a wide variety of St. Petersburg fire damage scenarios. Dry Cleaning Sponges are used when damage is relatively light, or as a precursor to more heavy-duty cleaning methods. These can pick up scattered dust, ash, debris, and other factors which can inhibit and slow down wet cleaning processes. In lighter cases of fire damage, these may be all we need to clean your walls and ceilings adequately. In the event of upholstery and soft fabrics being covered with dry smoke (powder), vacuuming is the first action taken.
 
Wet Sponge Cleaning
Wet sponge cleaning is not merely a variation of its dry counterpart: this process requires different types of sponges, specialty cleaning agents, and much more careful application. In return, cleaning is much deeper and leaves behind less residue. However, this type of cleaning is limited by the material composing the wall or ceiling. Typically, we only apply wet sponge treatments to painted, metal, or wood ceilings and walls. Surfaces are always pre-tested to ensure no secondary damage will result from the cleanup.
 
Peroxide Active Cleaning
Some types of ceilings cannot be cleaned with water-based liquids, or may otherwise have damaging elements such as tar that make wet sponge treatments improper. For these, SERVPRO uses peroxide active cleaning regiments, a type of cleaning based on the application of hydrogen peroxide. These treatments are not terribly different from wet sponge treatments, but they rely on a very different chemical process. Quite often, by successfully cleaning surfaces of most of the residue of smoke and soot, our IICRC certified technicians can limit replacement of these materials, and rely upon odor suppressing primers and then a newly finished coat of paint. We always strive to restore, not replace.
 
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is a locally owned franchise with national resources dedicated to mitigating and restoring local homes taking damage from fire, water, and mold. Call us around the clock at (727) 522-0000.
 

Fire and Soot Cleanup in St. Petersburg, FL.

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg's Fire Cleanup & Restoration Team...Making it "Like it never even happened" (727) 522-0000

Fire Damage

What FEMA Can Do For You!

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding In St Petersburg

(35) SERVPRO of Largo, NE St. Petersburg, Seminole & Central Gulf Beaches

What do you have to do to get assistance? Just ask for it. Here's how..

Although the government and it's workers are not always quick to respond, you can get the process started by visiting this link. You can also call the FEMA helpline at (800)621-3362. You will enjoy an automated voice service but be patient and you should have your questions answered.

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What's next?

After you apply for disaster assistance, FEMA will mail you a copy of your application and a copy of a document entitled "Help After a Disaster." This is especially helpful if you don't have insurance coverage for the disaster event your family is facing. This happens more than you think.

Here is what FEMA says they will do for you, in part, according to the government website:

o If you do not have insurance: An inspector will contact you after you apply to schedule a time to meet with you at your damaged home.

o If you have insurance, you need to file your insurance claim and provide FEMA with a decision letter (settlement or denial) from your insurance company before FEMA issues an inspection.

o There is an exception for damages caused by flooding: if you have flood insurance, FEMA will issue an inspection before receiving a copy of your flood insurance decision letter to evaluate your eligibility for temporary living expenses since these are not covered by flood insurance.

o About 10 days after the inspection FEMA will decide if you qualify for assistance. If so, FEMA will send you a check by mail (or direct deposit) with an explanation of what the money covers (i.e. rent or home repair).

o If FEMA determines that you are ineligible for any reason, you will receive a letter and be given a chance to appeal.
Appeals must be in writing and mailed within 60 days of the determination. Read the letter carefully for the reason of ineligibility before filling your appeal.

But no matter what, when in need SERVPRO can take care of you. Give us a call today! (727) 522-0000

Water Damage

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -727-522-0000

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of NE St Petersburg has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg

SERVPRO of Largo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 

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