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How Does SERVPRO Reduce St. Petersburg Mold Damage?

7/26/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

How Does Mold Grow?

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

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

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

How Does SERVPRO Reduce Mold Damage Risks?

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

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

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

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

Why is Drying Your Home so Important?

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

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

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

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

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

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

What Can Homeowners Do to Deal with Mold Infestation?

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Where does Mold Grow?

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

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

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

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

Helping Fire Restoration in St. Petersburg Homes to Be Effective

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

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

Focused Action Aids Fire Restoration 

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

Before Surface Cleaning Begins

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

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

Choosing Effective Cleaning Agents

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

Aiding with Mechanical Action Approaches

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

Warming the Work Areas

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

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

What Does It Take to Fix Mold Damage in Northeast St. Petersburg Properties?

1/7/2022 (Permalink)

Mold inspection SERVPRO will get to the root of your mold problem and work to eliminate and prevent further growth. Call us today for assistance.

SERVPRO Can Help Evaluate the Mold Situation in Your Property for the Best Solutions

Mold readily develops in a house when significant moisture is introduced in unwanted areas, affecting wall surfaces, ceilings, or even areas where water is commonly used, such as the bathrooms. Even though mold damage develops easily, resolving it requires significant work.

It is easy to trivialize the mold damage in your Northeast St. Petersburg home, especially if you do not understand what the signs you observe indicate. For instance, the patches of dark spots on surfaces can mean light or significant deterioration. That is why our SERVPRO technicians probe such an area with a hard tool to test whether the surface is hard or crumbles under pressure. Various other tests, including measuring moisture levels, reveal crucial information and thus the appropriate ways to resolve the issues.

Resolving Mold Contamination Takes Several Actions, Including:

  • Physically agitating surfaces
  • Chemical treatment
  • Drying moisture
  • Tearing down heavily contaminated materials

The actions necessary to resolve the issues at your property can vary depending on the severity of the contamination. When SERVPRO technicians evaluate your property, thoroughness, cost-effectiveness, and safety are the main concerns. For instance, before opting for material teardown, we evaluate whether they are porous and heavily contaminated. If not, other solutions such as cleaning and deodorizing are sufficient.

Cleaning a Mold-infested Property Requires:

  • Vacuuming to remove loose residues
  • Applying antimicrobial agents to cleaned surfaces
  • Deodorization to remove musty odors and other unpleasant smells

Chemicals are commonly used to enhance mold remediation processes. The most crucial aspect of any chemical used for this purpose is its interaction with microbes. Chemical products classified as antimicrobials are the best since they limit or stop growth. 

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg manages any situation involving mold, making it “Like it never even happened.” Call us at (727) 522-0000.

Why Call SERVPRO for Storm Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg?

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

flooded street; high water on street Floodwaters bring contaminants. SERVPRO has the training and experience to safely remove the water.

SERVPRO Provides Storm Damage Repair and Restoration Service in St. Petersburg

High winds and heavy rainfall in St Petersburg can cause a great deal of damage to houses and commercial businesses in a matter of minutes. The roof on your house may be compromised, and windows are broken, rainwater or floodwater rushes through your home, bringing all kinds of contaminants into your home. In addition, live electrical circuits may short circuit or create dangerous conditions inside your home. Ensure your family is safe, and then call in the experts to help clean, dry, and restore your home.

SERVPRO provides storm damage cleanup, repair, and restoration services to clients in St. Petersburg after a storm. We can be onsite in less than four hours and deploy truck-mounted water extractors, weighted water extractors, large air movers, and dehumidifiers to dry your home. Fast action on our part reduces the amount of secondary damage caused by water wicking into drywall and compressed wood products.

If floodwaters have entered your home bringing contaminated debris, including bacteria, viruses, biological material, and chemicals, SERVPRO can help sanitize your home and protect your belongings and family. We are equipped with PPE for employee protection. We properly dispose of all material that is contaminated and cannot be cleaned and sanitized. Our team can set up a staging area to store your possessions until we can return everything to your home.

Our services include:

  • Biohazard cleanup and sanitization
  • Emergency services water damage repairs, including board up and tarps on roofs
  • Water removal, flood restoration, and repair

Our goal is to help our clients recover from catastrophic storm damage and return to their homes as soon as possible.

Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for storm damage restoration in Petersburg and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (727) 522-0000.

What Makes Drywall a Common Mold Target in Northeast St. Petersburg Homes?

10/30/2021 (Permalink)

mold growing on a wall behind a cabinet Mold is quite unattractive. Contact SERVPRO to investigate the cause and remediate the mold damage. We are available 24/7 - 365 days a year for you.

Cleaning and clearing mold damage are vital to recovering Northeast St. Petersburg properties.

Restoring your home after mold gets discovered means determining where these organisms have spread and the materials impacted by active spores. Our experienced remediation team quickly inspects the property and chooses the best approach to help sensitive materials like drywall from allowing more extensive damage.

Moist Conditions in the Living Space

One of the best reasons drywall becomes damaged when mold removal in Northeast St Petersburg homes is necessary is the frequency of use. Gypsum board is among the most common building elements in modern homes, so these wall surface materials are exposed to a range of water damage incidents and concerns, including:

  • Leaks
  • Post-flood damage
  • Humidity
  • Mismanaged water damage

Organic Materials Feed Mold Organisms

The attractiveness of drywall to mold organisms is the organic composition of these materials. Organic matter is a food source for mold organisms, so these colonies thrive and continue to spread when provided adequate sustenance.

Remediation Solutions for Damaged Drywall

Removing mold from drywall surfaces can be more challenging than many property owners believe. Because of how quickly sheetrock can become degraded and deteriorated from hosting mold organisms, it is often preferable to remove the installed elements altogether and replace them with new drywall materials instead. Light spotting can sometimes be addressed with surface treatments and antimicrobial mold inhibitors.

With its popularity of use and its sensitivity to hosting mold colonies, sheetrock can be a common target for microbial growth. With the urgency of managing mold situations in area homes and businesses, our remediation team works quickly to provide suitable solutions to get your property back to preloss conditions. Give our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team a call today at (727) 522-0000.

Is Professional Restoration Needed After a St. Petersburg Housefire?

9/30/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged kitchen with soot covering everything Dealing with the insurance company after a fire can be overwhelming. Contact SERVPRO to help with the process. Our team is standing by for you.

There are many reasons why choosing SERVPRO for fire restoration makes sense for St. Petersburg properties.

Professional restoration might seem like a much higher upfront cost than cleaning after a fire on your own, but this choice is not always yours to make alone. With the requirements of home insurance providers and the delicate nature of contents and specific building materials, SERVPRO is a trusted name for fire restoration.

A Preferred Insurance Vendor

When fire damage restoration for St. Petersburg begins, your home insurance company often is involved to ensure that the work being done for the property meets specific standards. As a preferred insurance vendor in the area, our team can provide mitigation and restoration while communicating directly with the insurance adjuster.

Experienced Professionals for Fast Results

Among the most direct advantages to choosing professional restoration is the experience and training of the personnel. With multiple avenues for cleaning and repair in a household after a fire, a versatile assortment of skilled technicians is necessary. With accreditation through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we provide a roster including:

  • FSRT – Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians
  • OCT – Odor Control Technicians
  • WRT – Water Restoration Technicians
  • CCT – Carpet Cleaning Technicians
  • UFT – Upholstery & Fabric Cleaning Technicians

Professional Repair and Reconstruction Services

After a fire damage scenario, some degree of repair and reconstruction is often necessary to make it "Like it never even happened." Our experienced team utilizes our general contractor license to provide the required rehabilitation and build-back when soot and smoke damage overwhelm building materials. 

The possibilities of DIY cleaning and restoration can seem enticing, but it often leaves a fire-damaged home without the complete restoration and reconstruction it needs. As a comprehensive offering for repair and recovery, our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team is ready to help 24/7 when disaster strikes at (727) 522-0000. 

Mold Damage Remediation on Ceilings in St. Petersburg Properties

9/9/2021 (Permalink)

mold damage door and ceiling Mold will grow fast within the first 24 to 48 hours. SERVPRO uses the latest technology and equipment for every job.

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

Ceiling mold is unpleasant, frustrating, 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 impact of mold and the 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. 

How Does Ceiling Mold Come to Live at Your St. Petersburg Property? 

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 essential 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 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 IICRC 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.

Can Professional Fire Restoration Salvage St. Petersburg Homes?

8/24/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO fire damaged sign SERVPRO IICRC certified technicians are trained and experienced in all phases of fire damage restoration. Call now!

Highly-Trained St. Petersburg SERVPRO Fire Restoration Techs Eliminate Debris and Odors

Home fire damage accounted for 27% of reported structure fires between 2014 and 2018. During this time, fire departments all over the country responded to approximately 353,100 home fires per year on average. These fires incurred an average direct property damage total of $7.2 billion.

St. Petersburg homeowners receive fire restoration from SERVPRO professionals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Techs use sophisticated technologies to streamline every step of the restoration process while also making claim filing as comprehensive and efficient as possible.

SERVPRO Training Emphasizes Fire Restoration Best Practices

SERVPRO is committed to providing homeowners with staff and technicians who are thoroughly educated about the fire damage restoration process. Along with Crew Training, technicians learn about:

  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

After completing these modules, technicians can undertake self-paced learning to earn additional certifications. These educational tools broaden their knowledge base and stay up-to-date on current Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) protocols and standards. New SERVPRO franchise owners undergo similar training at SERVPRO’s Corporate Training Facility, including a unit about Mold Mitigation.

Available credit and noncredit courses for staff and industry-adjacent professionals include:

  • A noncredit Mitigation Awareness Response Seminar
  • Units on Water Damage Restoration and Fire Damage Restoration
  • Restorative Drying for Loss Control
  • Understanding Mold in the Restoration Industry

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg ensures that property owners’ belongings are returned to a state that feels “Like it never even happened,” when they call (727) 522-0000.

Can Water Intrusion Make a Home Unsanitary?

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs and SERVPRO restoration equipment stacked outside We are equipped and ready to go to handle any water damage you may incur.

SERVPRO offers Expert Water Cleanup Teams for St. Petersburg Residents

A water leak can degrade over time. As each day passes, microorganisms including mold, bacteria, and viruses can develop in and around the water leak. These microbes can affect your furniture, textiles, and drywall.

Performing water cleanup in your St. Petersburg home requires expertise and dedication. Water exposure damages materials, which may need different restoration or cleaning methods to restore effectively. SERVPRO is a local service that uses qualified water restoration technicians (WRT) to ensure that damages remain minimal and your home returns to a standard, preloss condition.

  • Identifying water exposure is possible using moisture sensors, meters, and thermal imaging cameras in parts of the home.
  • Sometimes, parts of the building assembly can become exposed, requiring temporary removal to access clean and dry cavities.
  • We work together with trusted sub-contractors to fix the cause of water intrusion, including appliance, boiler, and plumbing repairs.

Early intervention can help to reduce losses in your home following water intrusion. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for water cleanup at (727) 522-0000.

Spend a Day at St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

Woven Navajo rugs SERVPRO knows flood damage restoration...from fine arts to everyday items.

The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is Now Hosting Their "Color Riot!"

Museums are a fun way to get out of the house and take in some of the city's culture. The Tampa Bay area is the home to several museums that offer all sorts of different kinds of educational opportunities. During the entire month of January, the Museum of Fine Arts is hosting a special exhibit called "Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles."

Those wishing to go to the museum to check out the new art display will get to experience the following:

  • There are over 80 weavings from the 1900s available to view.
  • The special exhibit started in December and will run through the entire months of January and February and then end in mid-March.
  • The artifacts tell the story of the Navajo tribe using unique design techniques and lots of bright colors.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg has access to advanced technology to assist you with all of your flood damage restoration needs. Feel free to call us at (727) 522-0000 24/7 so that we can help you return your residence to its preloss condition, "Like it never even happened."

A New Art Exhibit in St. Petersburg

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO tricked out truck Do you have a mold problem in your home? Call SERVPRO for the remediation process needed to get your home to preloss condition.

Explore Vincent Van Gogh’s Works at St. Petersburg’s Dali Museum

St. Petersburg’s own Dali Museum is proud to be the first museum in North America to present a unique and immersive take on Vincent Van Gogh’s art in the Van Gogh Alive exhibit. This art experience is showing at The Dali now through April 11, 2021. This one-of-a-kind exhibition is designed to enhance the experience of art appreciation while making it accessible and enjoyable for all audiences.

Some of the items showcased at Van Gogh Alive include:

  • Sunflowers (1888)
  • Starry Night (1889)
  • Photos and videos of Van Gogh’s inspirations
  • A total of over 3,000 colossal images displayed in crisp high definition

Images are projected with Australian firm Grande Experiences’ SENSORY4™ technology. This exhibit incorporates immersive surround sound and an immaculately-curated classical score to enhance the feeling conveyed by Van Gogh’s vibrant imagery.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg provides mold damage remediation for northeast St. Petersburg homes when property owners call (727) 522-0000.

Enjoy Van Gogh Alive at the Dali Museum in Saint Petersburg Beginning November 21st

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

A woman looking at a wall with paintings. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg enjoys seeing the local exhibits, and supporting local businesses.

Explore the Larger Than Life Exhibit in Saint Petersburg 

Visiting the Dali Museum is a unique experience all on its own, but this larger-than-life technologically- integrated exhibit is sure to expand your artistic horizons. So, whether you want to visit Dali for the first time or go again to see the new display, Van Gogh Alive offers a fantastic artistic immersion experience. It begins on November 21st and runs through April 11th. Due to capacity restrictions, the Dali Museum recommends making an advance online reservation. Tickets range from $10 - $25. 

What Makes the Van Gogh Alive Exhibit Special?

  • It features more than 3,000 images projected on an enormous scale. 
  • The exhibit synchronizes with classical music.
  • It features surround sound with cinema-quality audio to provide the ultimate experience. 
  • The Dali is the first museum in North America to feature this exhibit. 

If you need comprehensive flood damage repair for your Tampa Bay business, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg (727) 522-0000. We are available to assist any time of the day, any day of the year.

The St. Petersburg, FL CraftArt Festival

11/9/2020 (Permalink)

Painted plates & cups Enjoy local works of art as SERVPRO technicians master the art of Fire restoration in your St. Petersburg property.

Local Crafters and Artists Unite for the Annual CraftArt Festival in the Northeast St. Petersburg, FL, Area

The CraftArt Festival in St. Petersburg has turned into a well-loved event that draws in many crafters, spectators, and shoppers alike. Due to the need for maintaining social distancing, this year’s event is called CraftArt with a Twist! The festival will include 36 artists, with one half showcasing their work on Saturday, November 21, and the remaining half presenting their designs on Saturday, December 5. 

  • Date: Saturday, November 21 and December 5, 2020
  • Time: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Admission: Free for all guests in attendance

As an effort to help the artists, there is no booth fee required this year, allowing everyone to retain 100% of the sales of their work. This is a perfect event for you to browse through local artistry and potentially pick up gifts for friends and family on your holiday shopping list or something nice for yourself.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg supports the arts and local crafters. Why call us for fire damage? We have all of the technology, manpower, and methods to ensure your property gets restored to preloss condition. Call us at (727) 522-0000, and we can deploy a crew as soon as possible.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

Table tent signs describing the Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned program on top of a wooden table. Our defensive cleaning program gives your business a way forward by providing your employees and customers ongoing safety and assuredness.

Let us help you get back to business

As our communities re-open in St. Petersburg, we’re all moving back toward a new kind of normal. The expectations of visitors, customers, and employees who come into our establishments have evolved, and staying safe and well is a top concern. The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed what it means to be clean, and we’ve developed a program to help your business meet the new higher standard of clean that is now expected.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned is a defensive cleaning program we’re offering to businesses and commercial locations to address the current COVID-19 pandemic. This proactive viral pathogen cleaning program goes well beyond janitorial or carpet cleaning. By choosing Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you, your employees, your customers, and your community can rest assured that you’ve selected a higher cleaning standard – you are Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.

Extensive training and specialized products

As the #1 choice in cleanup and restoration*, we stand on more than 50 years of experience and expertise to help your business become Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned.  Beyond fire & water, SERVPRO professionals are trained and experienced in biohazard decontamination and chemical spills – always adhering to the cleaning and decontamination standards set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local authorities. 

From formulating and creating our proprietary cleaning products, like SERVPROXIDE, at our headquarters in Gallatin, TN, to taking the utmost care while disinfecting, we will ensure you and your business are set up to inspire consumer confidence as the economy continues to reopen.

3 C’s – Consult, Clean, and Certify

When the stakes are this high, you want a partner who has developed an industry leading, proprietary training program, cleaning solutions, and remediation processes over decades. We’ve cleaned up some of the most challenging biohazards imaginable. Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned reflects our unique experiences and capabilities. The program is grounded with our unique 3 C’s: Consult, Clean, and Certify.

  • Consult – Every business is different, which is why you’ll be assigned a Cleaning Protocol Consultant who understands your business and will create a cleaning program to meet your specific needs. This program will be developed based on your business type, size of space, amount of high frequency touchpoints, foot traffic and congestion points.
  • Clean – Based on your specific business needs, your location will undergo a thorough, deep clean, using exclusive cleaning products, according to protocols set forth by the CDC. Our employees have years of experience, and we will go beyond the scope of work that regular janitorial staff perform. Cleanup procedures generally include cleaning of porous and non-porous surfaces, disinfecting of non-porous surfaces, cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, tools, and/or supplies used for cleanup process, and disposal of hazardous materials.  In the event of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 event, we will be there cleaning within 24 hours to ensure you get back to business as quickly as possible. 
  • Certify - Once your business location has been Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned, you will gain access to proprietary signage, digital emblems, and other collateral that communicates that you’ve selected a higher standard of clean available to help protect your employees and customers. And because we add the day, month, and year to that proprietary stamp of clean, your guests will know that not only did you choose Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned,but that your location is being cleaned regularly at this standard.

Call today for a Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation

We’re Here to Help – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – until life is back to normal in the communities we all call home.

Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg today at (727) 522-0000 for your Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned consultation.

* #1 Choice in cleanup & restoration based Commercial Attitude & Usage Tracking study. Polling 816 commercial business decision makers on first choice for future needs related to cleanup & restoration work. Study conducted by C&R Research: October 2019

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned means professionally trained SERVPRO franchises perform the requested cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection services according to proprietary SERVPRO protocols and recognized industry and CDC standards with EPA approved cleaning products to deliver a SERVPRO certified cleaning experience.  Each SERVPRO franchise is independently owned and operated.

SERVPRO Helps St. Petersburg Area Businesses Clean and Apply Disinfectants

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

hand spraying a blue liquid onto a silver door handle The last thing employees want to do at the end of the day is to disinfect door handles. SERVPRO does the job after they go home.

Deep Cleaning Your St. Petersburg Area Home or Business is a Preventative Measure

"Stay at Home" may be the talk of the town in St. Petersburg, but that means it may also be a good time for doing that extra cleaning in your home. And for businesses with employees who are performing essential services, SERVPRO is here to help you step up your cleaning efforts to help control the viral spread through our community.

At SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg, we provide cleaning services in homes and commercial properties on a regular basis. Our core training focuses on understanding the dangers of pathogens and the appropriate EPA-registered solutions and techniques to eliminate them. When you reach out to our technicians, you are accessing a group of people who perform challenging tasks regularly, and not only in response to the pandemic.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends specific measures for pandemic-level cleaning in homes and businesses. If you are wondering how this recommendation translates into action, our SERVPRO team can help you figure out what to do. The cleaning we perform helps remove pathogens. We pay attention to touchpoints, including counters, doorknobs, handles, stair rails, and other surfaces. Given that the scientific community, including the CDC, indicate that the virus has some unknown characteristics, the recommendation from experts is that we not only clean but also apply a disinfectant.

Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg family is an extension of your own family and friends. Reach out to us at (727) 522-0000 and let us add a layer of protection to everything you touch. We are open and ready to help clean and disinfect your commercial property or home.

Our SERVPRO Team Is Ready To Help

3/18/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO logo with the word CARES on a green background SERVPRO Cares during this time of need

While St Petersburg area communities respond to the news regarding the global pandemic of Coronavirus, this is a reminder that our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team is ready to help during this time of need. We are specialist in cleaning services, and we adhere to the highest sanitation and cleaning standards. Our experienced SERVPRO professionals offer cleaning services including the removal of biohazard contaminants. We have the specialized training and products to get your public space or commercial property back in business.

We are prepared to clean and disinfect your business or home, according to protocols set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We have years of experience in dealing with biological contaminants. The CDC encourages cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, keyboards, tablets, phones and tables.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING CORONAVIRUS CLEANING PROTOCOLS

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is a member of American Bio-Waste Solutions which ensures we can remove and dispose of BioHazard substances correctly. We are committed to treating all our customers with compassion in what can be unpleasant circumstances. You can count on us.

Is Your St. Petersburg Home in Need of Water Damage Restoration/

2/27/2020 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Delivers Successful Water Damage Recovery Results in St. Petersburg 

Achieving professional proficiency in water loss mitigation and remediation requires mastery of an interrelated system of strategies and training in proper equipment operation. Our managers and crews complete basic and ongoing advanced training through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), the restoration industry’s international standards-setting organization. This commitment to proper education in our field is why we can achieve the highest quality results for our customers. 

Water Loss Frequently Starts Inside 

Water damage in St. Petersburg can trace back to regional events like severe storms, of course, including hurricanes, but the most common causes are ordinary wear and tear. Plumbing leaks and appliance malfunctions are the most likely reasons why we respond when water escapes and spreads in your home.  

Water Detection, Measuring, and Monitoring Is the Key 

Our crews are well-informed on how to locate the source of the damage. Even more crucial to successful restoration is our solid foundation in water migration mapping techniques. This ability, supported by state of the art tools, plus water removal and drying strategies mastered through IICRC training and on the job experience, are why SERVPRO delivers results that meet or exceed industry best practice goals.  

Remove Trapped Water  

Lingering moisture causes progressive deterioration of building materials and exposes your home and family to the risks of mold growth and damage. Extraction is hundreds of time more efficient than structural drying alone, why SERVPRO researchers and implements ways to remove liquid water even in hard to access places. Methods we use include: 

  • Portable extractors with wand extenders to reach water in confined spaces (example: cells of cinder blocks in a foundation) 
  • Negative air pressure systems that use mats sealed to multi-layer surfaces to suction out fluids (example: hardwood or tile and subfloors) 
  • Controlled demolition to release water (examples: holes drilled in baseboards or flood cuts above the waterline on drywall)

Dry All Affected Structures 

Once the bulk of the water exits via our extractors and pumps, drying proceeds rapidly. Effective drying requires balancing temperature and air movement to facilitate drying, followed by positioning dehumidification equipment to capture and contain the vapor for disposal. Humidity levels and temperatures vary in every scenario, why SERVPRO stocks service vehicles with a range of air movers and both refrigerant and desiccant dehumidifiers.  

Emphasis on thorough preparation is why SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg makes water damage of all types “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (727) 522-0000 to line up an experienced crew to help manage your loss. 

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How Centrifugal Air Movers Help Dry St. Petersburg Homes

2/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Why SERVPRO Uses Certain Products and Equipment For The Best Possible Outcome After Water Damage In Your St. Petersburg Home

Evaporative drying is a fixture of water restoration for St. Petersburg properties, and often involves a variety of cutting-edge tools and machines. Achieving moisture content readings below the established baseline begins with the proper deployment of air movers and dehumidifiers throughout the damaged portions of the house. A balance between these two critical components of moisture removal can maximize drying efforts for saturated materials and contents. 

While there are two types of air movers that our SERVPRO team uses to force dry air across damp surfaces or environments, often the water damage in St. Petersburg residences can benefit from the deployment of centrifugal air movers. These machines pull high volumes of air into the unit and disperse a direct blast of warm, dry air at designated surfaces and materials. 

Higher Pressure

Because airflow created by centrifugal air movers gets directed through a system of tubes in the machine itself, the output has a higher pressure than axial air movers that also can get used in restoration jobs. This increased pressure makes the unit ideal for focused drying efforts on specific portions of materials and contents saturated by a water loss incident. 

Greater Output

While there is a lower force in the output of air from centrifugal machines, the continual flow can offer a steadier delivery than what gets expected from axial options. The steady flow directed at a specific point can make evaporative drying efficient and fast. 

Two Designs

Centrifugal air movers typically come in two separate designs, including the standard shape and a lower profile model. Ordinary air movers have some versatility, given their height off the ground and the force of the output. Low profile models also exist to help our SERVPRO team direct airflow under furniture or into inaccessible areas where migrating water has traveled. 

Air movers of any variety are the centerpiece for useful and timely drying of water-damaged residences. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team can help with a considerable assortment of centrifugal air movers to help after a disaster. Give us a call anytime at (727) 522-0000. 

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Water Extraction In Your St. Petersburg Home

1/31/2020 (Permalink)

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Applied Structural Drying Technicians for St. Petersburg Homes

Water extraction might be one of the priorities of responding water restorers reaching your St. Petersburg home, but how your property gets dried after a disaster is equally important. Various methods can force temporary relocations, while other solutions might lean heavier on controlled demolition and build back. We determine the needs of every property individually during the scoping process conducted by our project manager.

No matter how severe water damage to St. Petersburg homes might be, we have skilled technicians and a team of dedicated residential contractors that can help to make it “Like it never even happened.” Along with the majority of our technicians obtaining their Water Restoration (WRT) accreditation through the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), many of these same professionals also have an additional endorsement in Applied Structural Drying (ASD.)

The knowledge obtained in the receipt of the ASD certification gives our technicians confidence to find the appropriate drying solution for whatever water damage exists in your home. Part of their knowledge in this field dictates the appropriate drying equipment and techniques for saturated materials. Some structural elements are not salvageable in certain situations, like drywall that has been exposed to standing water for more than a day.

ASD technicians learn timely drying procedures during their training, helping them to make the best drying decisions on-site. For example, while it might take several days to sufficiently dry out saturated wood framing in a residence, it is often more cost-effective for the customer to wait this time than to incur the costs of controlled demolition and reconstruction unnecessarily. Likewise, a wet carpet and pad might be more cost-efficient to remove to protect and dry subflooring material like plywood and OSB board.

Drying a residence involves hundreds of decisions made both ahead of the responding team of technicians and during the restoration process. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg professionals have extensive training and experience in water recovery efforts, and you can reach our crew 24/7 by calling (727) 522-0000.

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Why We Are The Right Choice In St. Petersburg After A Flood

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

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Restoration Professionals are here to help St. Petersburg Residents Overcome Flood Damage

Flood Damage St. Petersburg

Flooding in your neighborhood can be a nightmare. Often floodwaters lead to many community issues like road overflow, sewer backups as well as transport problems. Some of these issues may adversely affect your home, and all of them can upset your daily routine. Getting back to normal is a challenge that requires healthy decision making and positive action. Property flooding can make it tough to return to work and cause excessive amounts of stress. 

Residents use restoration services for flood damage in St. Petersburg when the size of the job at hand gets overwhelming. All flooding situations are stressful. However, depending on the scale and breadth of flood damage, some are beyond the scope of a homeowner. There may be severe pressure exerted on the structure of your home as well as infrastructure like doors or windows that need repair. Standing water, in particular, can use significant force unto walls, ceilings, and floors, which could lead to collapses. Reaching out to SERVPRO can help you to negate these losses. 

It is prudent to check your coverage for natural weather events ahead of time. SERVPRO can work with national and local insurance adjusters to provide an assessment that reflects the value of returning your home to its pre-flood condition. You may want to make special mention of personal items or valuable contents during the inspection to ensure that your materials get the attention they need. Our policy is to assist homeowners in all aspects of restoration, including items of sentimental value. 

When massive amounts of water arrive in a home environment, it begins to migrate from the source outward. By not stemming the tide of water, there is a risk of damage occurring in cavities, crawlspaces as well as spreading throughout the home. Our team of qualified SERVPRO restorers can use emergency measures like pumping out water and extracting residues to mitigate against further harm quickly. Negating the immediate risk is essential to keeping your claim expense low. 

When disaster strikes, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

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When a Kitchen Fire Interrupts Your Dinner in St. Petersburg

11/25/2019 (Permalink)

grease fire on stove It only takes seconds for a fire to begin. Never leave pans unattended and have a fire extinguisher nearby.

Local St. Petersburg Fire Damage Remediation Services

An accident that leads to fire damage in your home can feel like an absolute disaster. You may read this and think, "I'm too careful about that. I wouldn't let something catch on fire in my house." Many people have thought the same in the past, and fire damage has still impacted their homes.

The truth is that your St. Petersburg home could suffer fire damage from more sources than just a candle left unattended. The U.S. Fire Administration states that open flames, such as candles, cause only 4.6% of residential fires. However, cooking accounts for 51.6% of fires, and heating accounts for 9.1%. That leaves a lot of potential sources for fire damage inside of your home. You may still think that you would never cause a fire while cooking, but there are so many circumstances at play that could cause a fire to get out of hand under your supervision.

So, what should you do if a fire does break out on your property? Let's stick to cooking for this scenario. We can say that a grease fire began after frying some bacon. Before you managed to smother it and put it out, it caused some minor soot damage to the hood of your stove, blackening the shining silver metal. Standard cleaning methods are not dealing with the greasy mess left behind by the fire as they should, and you have found yourself at a bit of a loss.

In this situation, you should reach out for professional fire damage remediation services. You may think that it is not that big of a mess and doesn't warrant such a call, but here at SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. We train and certify our technicians by the Institution of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration. When you give us a call, we'll immediately assemble a team of our technicians and send them to your location with advanced equipment designed to combat the soot damage in your kitchen.

Our techs can use house-made cleaning solutions to tackle the grime on the hood of your stove. Furthermore, to reduce the smell of smoke in your kitchen, we can also use air scrubbers equipped with carbon filters to pull the particles from the air that cause the malodor. Our goal is always to leave you feeling, "Like it never even happened."

Whenever you need restoration help, don't wait to get it. Get in touch with SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg by dialing (727) 522-0000. No matter the time, we're ready to help.

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We Are Available Day Or Night To Restore Your St. Petersburg Home

10/27/2019 (Permalink)

 air movers, refrigerant dehumidifiers, and desiccant dehumidifiers set up in this home drying the hard wood floors Our specialists completed the drying process with the help of air movers, refrigerant dehumidifiers, and desiccant dehumidifiers in this home.

Gutters and Drains Are Key to Protecting your Home

Life in Florida can be very wet during certain parts of the year. For most of our summer, we experience precipitation ranging from sprinkles to torrential rains, all of which can put an added burden onto our sewage systems as well as cause a rise in water levels. Closer to home, we need to be vigilant about our gutters and drains to avoid the collection of water on roofs and other building structures. Even with conscientious upkeep, you may find yourself in need of a water removal expert.

When the St. Petersburg community has water removal needs, SERVPRO is the place to call. Our water removal technicians (WRT) train with experts in the field to understand the needs of each client, and develop a thorough action plan. We recommend reaching out to our team as soon as you see evidence of water on your ceiling or garage to preempt additional damage. However, it is not uncommon for our team to receive a call after the homeowner attempts to resolve the situation on their own, often with dismal results. We encourage you to let the experts handle the restoration process so you can rest easy.

One of the reasons SERVPRO is your best ally is the inventory of industry-grade tools we have at our disposal. The average homeowner is unlikely to have access to a truck-mounted pump or even a submersible one. Availing ourselves of such equipment allows us to extract water damage  from your house quickly and efficiently. When you combine technology with our expert know-how, you mitigate the impact the water has on your home. Water left unattended can become the root cause for the spread of mold or a weaker structure, amongst others. With our help, we can monitor the water extraction and drying process to avoid future complications.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is ready to serve you. A call to our 24/7 hotline is the beginning of your water removal process. It also marks our commitment to mitigating your losses and leaving your home, “Like it never even happened.” Call (727) 522-0000 and let us be your partner in protecting your home.

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Why SERVPRO is Your First Choice for Flood Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg

10/21/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rain, flooded yard. Car driving through significantly flooded street Flooding in Florida is a given. When the frequent storms invade your home, call SERVPRO.

Professional Integrity and Protocols Are Why SERVPRO Handles St. Petersburg Flood Damage Successfully 

Extreme weather in St. Petersburg places homeowners at risk of significant water damage to their residences. As high winds gather energy and torrential rains fall, water finds many avenues inside your home. Trees or other debris can damage your home’s exterior, leading to gallons of rain pouring inside. Saturated soil surrounding your house illustrates the principle of wet to dry, water seeping into foundations or crawl spaces.  

First Steps -- Securing the Premises and Assessment  

When we arrive at your home in St Petersburg evaluation of flood damage begins. While our experienced project manager walks through, our crew boards up broken windows and doors and starts water extraction. The confidence our crew has from the onset of the project through final touches is why we receive high marks from former customers.  

Decisions About Controlled Demolition  

One challenge faced in a flood damage scenario is how to access water that migrated through the many porous materials in your home. Drywall, wood, and even concrete and cinder blocks permit water to pass through, trapping it inside building cavities. Because flood water is by definition Category 3 or the most contaminated, it is particularly vital to extract and contain for disposal as hazardous waste, even the hidden water. The skill our technicians bring when making flood cuts and weep holes to release the water is why SERVPRO is a highly sought after and reliable flood damage recovery partner.  

Precise Drying Plans and Disinfection 

After the bulk of the floodwater exits your home, we use data gathered using sensitive moisture measuring devices to make drying plans. Not only do we take levels of the saturated components, but we also compare them with measurements taken of unaffected but similar structures elsewhere in your home. We set up air movers and heaters, to facilitate the movement of water from building materials into the air. Dehumidifiers then condense or absorb the vapor for permanent removal from the premises. Disinfection with EPA-registered antimicrobials is a final step.  

Comprehensive services and adherence to industry best practices is SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is the restoration to call for flood damage. Our number at (727) 522-0000 answers day or night. 

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

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

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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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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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