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How to Dry Your Water Damaged St. Petersburg Home

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

Water loss incident? Call SERVPRO for fast, efficient remediation.

How to Fast Track Recovery from Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home 

Did you know nearly forty-percent of homeowners state they have experienced loss from water damage? No matter if it is a small-scale pipe leak or a broken washing machine hose dumping a lot of water, it requires fast cleanup. 

There are some actions homeowners in St. Petersburg with water damage can do before SERVPRO technicians arrive on-site for removal and cleanup efforts. Using mops or rags to absorb the visible water on surfaces helps. Remove loose items on the floors or tabletops. If books, magazines, or papers are in an area where they could come into contact with water, move them to a dry area. These actions lessen the chances of the transference of ink onto the wet carpet.  

Upon arrival, our technicians scope the home to determine migration paths of water. We must address all areas of excessive moisture because the average humidity in this area of the State leaves properties at risk of mold infestation when inadequate water cleanup occurs. Among the many certifications SERVPRO technicians attain, three are very applicable to water damage restoration: 

  • Applied Microbial Remediation Technician (AMRT)
  • Applied Structural Drying Technician (ASD)
  • Water Restoration Technician (WRT) 

Each of these areas of knowledge brings elements that help us inhibit mold growth after water damage. The AMRT training gives our technicians the insight for the conditions that encourage mold spore germination and indoor humidity levels that create inhospitable environments. The ASDT information gives our team members the training to set drying goals and perform specialty drying when needed on wall cavities, subflooring, and other hard-to-reach areas. WRT teaches our team members that spending time on extraction and using specific water removal equipment lessens drying time and assists with reducing the loss for the homeowner. 

Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 when water damage happens in your home. Our certified technicians arrive on-site within an hour after your call because We're Faster to Any Size Disaster. 

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How to Handle Water Damage Odors in Your St Petersburg Home

6/28/2019 (Permalink)

What's that smell? Call SERVPRO to remove water damage odors from your home.

Combat Odors Caused by Water Damage in Your St Petersburg Home

When returning to your St Petersburg home after experiencing water damage, you may find yourself combating some pretty pungent odors. Getting rid of the moisture, mildew, dirt, and other trash on your own may not be enough. Sometimes it takes hiring a professional to get the job done right.

Odors caused by water damage on your St Petersburg property usually occur because wet materials have not dried completely. A restoration expert can remove the majority of unwanted odors by returning moisture levels in your home to normal. However, there is also that rare occasion where a specific area goes untouched, or conditions remain that allow odors to linger.

If you smell something, always assume it has a source, and keep looking until you find it. When you fail to locate the source, contact a professional for help. At SERVPRO, our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) often combine multiple deodorization procedures in various ways, as many times as necessary to achieve results.

  • Multiple Methods Approach: Allows an OCT to locate and eliminate many water damage odors at once.
  • Deodorant Types: Technicians work with the homeowner to replace bad odors with a pleasing one.

Sometimes there are phantom odors, or Phantosmia; something you smell that is not there. Deodorant treatments, such as masking agents, disinfectants, sanitizers, and deodorizers, help provide you with a pleasing living environment. SERVPRO teams know all too well that anyone can fall victim to phantom odors, even technicians with years of experience. So, never be afraid to mention that you smell something, even if others do not. Phantom odors often are sensed by residents even years after a house fire.

Alternatively, painting or subcontractor work can leave behind smells that cover odors until later. Using the multiple methods approach keeps odors from coming back. As a homeowner, you want someone on your side that understands your situation and is willing to work with you until completion. Our entire team at SERVPRO shows pride in providing solutions to members of our local community every day.

Gain access to highly trained technicians with the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). We stand ready to answer your call, 24/7 at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg. Call today for access to quality restoration services throughout Shore Acres, Meadowlawn, and Snell Isle. (727) 522-0000

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What Should You Do When Water Damages Your St. Petersburg Beach House?

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage ruin the fun at your beach house. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is always available to take your call.

Addressing Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Beach House 

There are many beachfront properties throughout the coastal avenues and streets of St. Petersburg, and protecting these homes and condos comes down to trusting in the experience and fast response of professional restoration technicians like ours. Often in cases of water loss incidents, the effects can spread too quickly for homeowners to contend with on their own, which makes it essential to get the right personnel to the property as quickly as possible to get effective mitigation work started.

Mitigation is one of the most critical activities to protect your St. Petersburg beach house from water damage. With wood being the primary construction element in these properties, even with the reinforcement against severe weather situations, water saturation can be devastating to these materials. Over only a few days of persisting moisture and dampness, wood surfaces can begin to bloat, swell, and distort. Addressing these concerns requires the expertise and advanced equipment of our SERVPRO professionals. 

Our rapid response team arrives with a wide assortment of our recovery equipment, including various implements for extraction and drying. We can even monitor the progress of these activities with moisture content readers and thermal imagery cameras. These devices can determine the presence of moisture pockets and dampness, even behind materials, to ensure that jobs get completed fully and as efficiently as they can.

We know that many situations could cause water loss effects in your beach house, but to protect the affected construction materials, you have to get drying efforts started quickly. Our SERVPRO team can set up multiple high-velocity air movers throughout the house to work simultaneously to rapidly reduce moisture levels and humidity in the affected regions of the residence. 

There are many tools and devices that our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg professionals rely on to provide each customer with fast and effective recovery after a water loss incident, and with the time-sensitive situation of your beach house, you can count on our expertise and response to help. Give us a call anytime that you need 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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.