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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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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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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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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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