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SERVPRO's Hurricane Preparedness Guide for St. Petersburg Residents

5/2/2024 (Permalink)

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What to do Before, During and After Storm Damage

A formidable force of nature for residents of Northeast St. Petersburg--Hurricanes. Being prepared is not just advisable; it's essential. This guide, provided by SERVPRO® of NE St. Petersburg, outlines critical steps to take before, during, and after a hurricane to safeguard your family and property.

Before the Hurricane

Begin by creating an emergency kit that includes must-haves such as one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, non-perishable food, a flashlight, extra batteries, a first aid kit, medications, and essential documents in waterproof containers.

Planning for evacuations is crucial; identify your local evacuation route and have a pre-determined place to stay that is out of the evacuation zone. Keep your car's gas tank full as the storm approaches, and ensure you have a charger for your mobile devices. Secure your residence by installing storm shutters or boarding up windows with plywood, securing loose outdoor items or bringing them inside to prevent them from becoming projectiles, and trimming trees and shrubs to make them more wind-resistant. Include a plan for how you will transport and care for your pets.

It's also vital to stay informed by monitoring local news and government sites for updates on the hurricane's path and severity and keeping a battery-operated or hand-crank radio ready in case of power outages. It's a good idea to get on SERVPRO's Storm Emergency List early and sign up for priority assistance after storm damage. 

During the Hurricane

If you remain in your home, it is safest to stay indoors, away from windows, skylights, and glass doors. If you don't have storm shutters, close all interior doors and brace external doors. Find a safe room, such as a small interior room with few to no windows or a hallway on the lowest level, without the probability of flooding. Use a battery-powered radio to keep informed of the hurricane's progress and any emergency instructions.

After the Hurricane

Once the authorities have given the all-clear, cautiously assess your property for damage. Only enter a damaged residence once professionals have inspected it. Document the damage by creating a list with photos or video of the damaged property before cleaning up, as this documentation is crucial for insurance claims and possible federal assistance.

 Prevent further damage by temporarily covering broken windows and damaged roofs and removing water-logged items from your home to prevent mold growth. Please avoid downed power lines and report them to the utility company immediately.

There is likely no power after a hurricane. If you have a generator, only operate it outdoors due to the threat of carbon monoxide poisoning. Also, be careful not to overload the generator with too many appliances.

How SERVPRO Can Help

Remember, after the storm, professional services like SERVPRO experts are available to help restore your home and belongings to pre-storm conditions. We can not only mitigate and remove damaged building material and dry out your structure but also are licensed and insured contractors who can rebuild your residential or commercial property to preloss conditions.

Preparing for a hurricane requires detailed planning and proactive steps to ensure safety and property protection. By following these guidelines, St. Petersburg residents can better withstand the effects of a hurricane and recover more quickly.  SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 is Faster to any size disaster™.

Ceiling Fire Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg with SERVPRO

4/8/2024 (Permalink)

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St. Petersburg Ceiling Fire Damage Effects and Components Affected

The history of St. Petersburg is showcased through its museums and significant landmarks. Tourists have the opportunity to meander along the charming lanes of the old Northeast, delve into the displays at the St. Petersburg Museum of History, or marvel at the unique architecture of the Vinoy Renaissance Resort. The city has lush green spaces, tranquil waterfront parks, and sprawling nature preserves. Visitors can hike, bike, or relax amidst the serene beauty of places like Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Weedon Island Preserve, Sawgrass Lake Park, and Fort De Soto Park. 

Fire damage restoration in St. Petersburg properties begins with assessing the extent of damage inflicted on areas like the ceiling, recognizing it as one of the most vulnerable areas during a fire due to direct exposure to flames, heat, and smoke. The devastation can worsen due to water damage caused by firefighting activities, as excessive water can saturate ceiling materials, leading to warping, bulging, and eventual deterioration. This creates an optimal setting for the proliferation of mold, further exacerbating the damage. SERVPRO® crews evaluate the extent of fire and water damage and the components affected for effective restoration and repair efforts.

Several components of the ceiling impacted by fire damage

  • Structural elements like beams, joists, and supports
  • Ceiling Materials such as drywall, plaster, and wood
  • Insulation

The extent of damage to ceiling materials varies depending on the type of ceiling. Drywalls might experience charring and disintegration, whereas plaster could develop cracks and deformations. Wooden ceilings are especially prone to charring and may need thorough restoration or replacement.

Smoke Effects on Ceilings and the Strategies Employed By SERVPRO Professionals 

When a fire occurs, smoke billows upwards, filling the space and adhering to the ceilings. Smoke residues can permeate ceiling materials, leaving stubborn stains and odors behind. The elements influencing our optimal cleaning approach are the nature of the soil, the surface type, and whether the surface is suitable for wet or dry cleaning.

Cleaning techniques sufficient to address the majority of ceiling cleaning needs

  • Wet cleaning for painted or wood ceilings with heavy dry soot or light-to-heavy oil-based residues
  • Peroxide active cleaning for acoustical ceilings and other porous and nonporous ceiling surfaces
  • Dry cleaning sponge for cleaning ceilings with light-to-medium non-grease-based soiling

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg implements effective fire damage restoration solutions. Call us at (727) 522-0000. Faster to any size disaster™.

Mold Assessor vs Mold Remediation in St Petersburg Properties

3/5/2024 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® Performs Mold Cleanup Protocols 

Mold assessment is a crucial first step towards ensuring your property is almost mold-free. A proper inspection by a competent and Florida-licensed third-party firm can determine the extent of the mold problem, the mold variety, and the cause of mold growth. Identifying the mold growth source is essential as it's the only way to remediate the issue effectively. This process could include air sampling and tape grabs, confirming the presence of active microbial spores on surfaces that indicate a problem exists.  

Mold assessors:  

  • Sample the air and surfaces for the presence of mold 
  • Confirm microbial growth 
  • Document the damage  
  • Create a remediation plan for the cleaning and repair crew to follow 
  • Return to document the successful mold removal process 

SERVPRO Technicians Are Remediation Specialists 

Regarding mold assessment and remediation in St. Petersburg, Florida, it's crucial to choose one team that can identify the problem and another to resolve it effectively. That's where SERVPRO of NE St Petersburg shines. Our AMRT-certified technicians are experts in comprehensive remediation and build-back services. We don't just clean and repair the property. We help prevent further growth, ensuring an almost mold-free environment for you. After your mold assessment, please make us your first call for a thorough and professional solution. 

At SERVPRO, we believe in a collaborative approach to mold remediation. Our experts will work closely with the mold assessment firm to develop a remediation plan customized to your property's unique needs. We will utilize the latest equipment and methods to remove the spores and growth and repair any damage caused by the mold. Our aim is to address the current mold issue and prevent future growth by tackling the underlying causes. 

 Mold assessment is essential to ensure that your property is free from mold. However, hiring an experienced remediation team like SERVPRO of NE St Petersburg is equally vital to follow up on the mold assessment report to fully clean, repair the property, and prevent further growth. We assuredly offer comprehensive remediation and build-back services with our licensed remediators (MRSR1163) and general contractor license # CBC1250662. Call us today at (727) 522-0000.

Flood Damage Restoration You Can Trust in St Petersburg 

1/23/2024 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck going through flood water with the caption: FASTER TO ANY SIZE DISASTER If your St. Petersburg property has flood damage after a storm, call SERVPRO. We're Here to Help® 24/7.

St. Petersburg Flooding Problems Have a Solution

Your home may experience flooding due to internal issues such as burst pipes, sewage backups caused by broken drainage tiles or tree roots, and sump pump failures. External sources like a leaking foundation, heavy rain with inadequate drainage, and overflowing sewers, creeks, or rivers can cause flooding.

Flood damage in St Petersburg can bring many challenges for your home, belongings, and family. Knowing how to clean up flood damage safely can make a big difference in how you recover from such disasters. Proper steps can help reduce health risks and limit property damage.

Safely Cleaning Up from Flood Damage

It is crucial to emphasize that cleaning is an essential element when it comes to restoring your home to its pre-flood conditions. The truth is that these tasks may seem overwhelming to most homeowners. However, it is crucial to remember that they should be performed most effectively – and safely – by professionals. Our SERVPRO® team is already preparing to have boots on the ground after natural disasters. You only need to contact our offices to make your home a stop on our restoration plan.

Your home is a significant investment, and mishandling the restoration process can cause further damage and health risks. Hiring a certified and well-equipped team for proper drying, rebuilding, and cleaning is crucial to ensure successful restoration.

  • Training – Our professionals are recovery experts. They are well-trained in removal, drying, disinfecting, and rebuilding.
  • Certification – Our restoration professionals are industry-certified and follow the best safety procedures and practices.
  • Equipment – Specialized equipment such as pressure washers, cleaners, industrial fans, moisture meters, and more are required to do the job correctly.

How SERVPRO Can Help

We at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg have been helping homeowners recover from flood, mold, fire, and smoke damage for decades. Our IICRC-certified technicians provide fast and safe restoration services to ensure a successful outcome. We're available 24/7 for emergency restoration, storm damage recovery, and flood removal. If you need our assistance, please get in touch with us at (727) 522-0000.

Water Restoration Services for St. Petersburg Properties

11/24/2023 (Permalink)

tech on ladder looking into ceiling water damage Our SERVPRO team can stop, mitigate, and repair the water damage in your St. Petersburg property. "Like it never even happened."

Fast, Efficient Water Damage Cleanup by SERVPRO®

In the bustling city of St. Petersburg, water damage can arise unexpectedly, often demanding immediate attention to limit the destruction within the home. From the sun-drenched streets to the cozy neighborhoods, the importance of a fast response to water-related incidents cannot be overstated.

Water restoration in St. Petersburg is a critical service, particularly when a household faces emergencies like a flooded kitchen or a soaked living room. These scenarios are not just inconvenient but can also escalate into more significant problems if not addressed promptly. A common cause is the malfunctioning of household appliances, such as a supply line in a dishwasher leaking copious amounts of water, leading to significant disruption and damage.

The impact of water intrusion in a home can be extensive, involving:

  • Structural Damage: Compromising the integrity of building materials, such as the ruination of tile flooring or hardwood boards.
  • Electrical Hazards: Risking short circuits and potential fires.
  • Mold Growth: Creating potential health risks and damaging property.

SERVPRO specializes in addressing these challenges head-on in St. Petersburg homes. Their expert team arrives equipped with advanced tools and strategies to manage water restoration effectively. Their process includes:

  • Water Extraction: Using high-powered vacuums and pumps to remove standing water.
  • Dehumidification: Employing industrial-grade dehumidifiers to eliminate moisture from the air, which speeds along the drying phase of the cleanup.
  • Advanced Drying Techniques: Assist in saving carpet and hardwood flooring after water damage.
  • Sanitization: Cleaning and disinfecting affected areas to ensure a safe, healthy environment.

SERVPRO's professionals in St. Petersburg tackle each aspect of water restoration with precision and care. From air movers that expedite the drying process to moisture detectors ensuring no wet spot goes unnoticed, their approach is thorough. It guarantees a home not only looks "Like it never even happened" but also returns to a safe, comfortable haven for its residents.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 is the water restoration service company residents can trust.

Engineering Controls for Effective Mold Removal in St. Petersburg

9/22/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO® Mold Cleanup Safeguards St. Petersburg Homes

The unwanted ingress of water in St. Petersburg buildings can lead to mold damage. Mold needs three key elements to grow: moisture, organic material, such as drywall or wood, and warmth. Conditions, especially in hidden or poorly ventilated areas like attics, basements, or wall cavities, provide an ideal breeding ground for mold, allowing it to take hold and multiply rapidly. This potentially leads to content and structural damage.

Regular inspections and moisture control are the first steps in a successful mold removal process in St. Petersburg homes. Without addressing the underlying moisture problem, mold will likely to reappear even after eliminating the visible microbial growth. SERVPRO crews have the knowledge and tools to remove microbial growth effectively. We use specialized methods to clean and disinfect affected materials safely. Depending on how severe the microbial infestation is, we may employ approaches such as HEPA vacuuming, damp wiping, or blast cleaning with different media to remove mold from various surfaces.

Mold growth often manifests through various signs

  • Musty odor
  • Visible discoloration or stains on ceilings, walls, or other surfaces
  • Peeling or bubbling wallpaper or paint

Critical Steps to Remediation

Mold removal involves scraping off visible mold growth and cleaning the affected surfaces. It may also include physically removing mold-contaminated materials, such as heavily contaminated drywall or insulation that cannot be salvaged. If not done correctly, this can spread mold residues to the unaffected areas in your home.

Engineering controls used during the mold removal

  • Building containment barriers
  • Sealing HVAC vents to prevent contamination of the duct system
  • Establishing negative air pressure
  • Air filtration to remove suspended particles

SERVPRO crews follow proper protocols for containment and disposal to prevent the further spread of mold fragments. Containment barriers include plastic sheeting, where the barriers are correctly sealed and might consist of zippers or airlock systems for entry and exit. We also establish decontamination rooms facilitating entry and exit with no cross-contamination. They also help when decontaminating materials and equipment.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg employs effective mold removal techniques. Call us at (727) 522-0000. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Dynamics for Successful Commercial Water Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg

5/24/2023 (Permalink)

Moisture collected Under Paint on Ceiling Disaster may strike at any time. Call SERVPRO for the water damage restoration.

SERVPRO Provides Alternative Power When Restoring Water-Damaged Businesses in St. Petersburg

Many factors contribute to a successful commercial water damage restoration project. Even though your janitorial team may play a role in mitigating the damage, there are specific equipment, supplies, and miscellaneous tools that remediation experts use to do the job correctly and efficiently. Below, we are looking at some dynamics that make our team succeed in most of the projects we handle.

Suppose the water damage incident in your St. Petersburg business resulted from a leaking roof from a severe storm. In that case, electrical power in the property might have been interrupted. When our SERVPRO team responds to such issues, we provide emergency power generation solutions. We have the skills to calculate the site's power requirements and then select the most suitable generator for the job.

The generated power usually serves the following functions:

  • Ensuring your business' key operations continue running
  • Provide power to run our water damage remediation equipment
  • Provide sufficient lighting for the project – for both indoor and outdoor needs

Portable generators can be an option when our SERVPRO technicians offer an initial response during water damage cleanup. We use them to power air filtration, drying, extraction, and hand tools. Since they have a short run time of around 4-12 hours, they are a temporary solution.

When large power output quantities are needed longer to operate a wide range of equipment and perform various tasks, our SERVPRO technicians set up industrial generators. The units can run for up to 24 hours and have an onboard tank to store fuel. If the fuel gets depleted, we can arrange to have it refilled with a local fuel provider.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is a certified water damage mitigation company providing reliable solutions to residential and commercial clients. Call (727) 522-0000 to have your questions answered and work with a team that makes it "Like it never even happened."

Offering New Haven Residents Expert Fire Damage Cleanup

4/25/2023 (Permalink)

smoke entering room from under door For end-to-end fire damage restoration services, nothing beats the team at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg.

Call SERVPRO 24/7 in New Haven for Fire Restoration

For countless reasons, a house fire could occur at your New Haven property without warning. Whether you have a gas leak, an unattended candle, or a kitchen fire, each type of incident could bring various levels of destruction. You need prompt fire damage cleanup, which is where our skilled SERVPRO team comes in. Our franchise is locally owned and operated, acting fast when our local homeowners and businesses need to make it “Like it never even happened.”

What to Expect After a Fire

Whether you had a small fire in the garage or an enormous blaze that impacted several rooms, you need prompt action from local fire damage restoration professionals in New Haven. SERVPRO would like to offer a few insights as to what you can expect when getting the remediation started:

  • Reach out to our customer care team to provide pertinent details regarding your property and the event. 
  • Contact your home insurance provider to report the blaze, letting them know you have SERVPRO handle all fire and smoke damage
  • Our Green Fleet arrives within hours of initial contact to begin the inspection and planning process. The designated crew chief works to select the best methods and equipment to handle the job. 
  • Once your property is deemed safe for entry, you may have the chance to go inside to retrieve any documentation or personal belongings you need.

The SERVPRO fire and smoke restoration technicians (FSRT) also set up containment barriers and staging to limit the tracking of soils and debris while work gets performed. Any unsalvageable contents and building materials get disposed of, and we work to implement drying and moisture control. With the help of our proven controlled demolition methods, our team can pave the way for local contractors and vendors to repair your interior.

For end-to-end fire damage restoration services, nothing beats the team at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg. Call us at (727) 522-0000 for the 24/7 emergency service you can count on. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Move-Out Help with St. Petersburg Water Damage

3/27/2023 (Permalink)

tech sealing carton for move out SERVPRO protects and restores water damaged possession in St. Petersburg area homes. We can pack out, dry, and clean at our facility.

Move-Outs Help with Preserving and Cleaning Water Damaged Items in St. Petersburg

Water damage in St. Petersburg is a severe concern for homeowners. A broken appliance, a leaking pipe, or bad weather can all cause damage to your home. Water can seep into soft furnishings, wood, and linens of all kinds. When that happens, you can rely on SERVPRO to remedy the problem and leave your house “Like it never even happened.”

A move-out or pack-out means our team can take your St. Petersburg water damaged belongings to our facility for cleaning. When they are clean, dry, and sanitized we will return them to your home. A move-out (pack-out) can help the restoration process.

What are Some Reasons for a Move-out?

There are several reasons that our water damage experts might suggest a move-out:

  • A move-out can make it easier to clean and restore the structure of your home
  • A move-out can speed up remodeling work
  • Removing the contents can help protect them from further damage
  • We can transport items to our cleaning facility

In some cases, we do not need to remove all your belongings. Depending on the extent of the water damage in your home, we can leave some contents in place. If the water did not affect every room, we might be able to store them in a secure location in your house such as in the garage or in another room.

Our team will advise you about how many items need to be taken off-site. The contents we handle include:

  • Bedding and linens
  • Curtains, blinds, and rugs
  • Clothing and accessories
  • Appliances and electronic items
  • Furniture such as beds, chairs, and tables

How Does SERVPRO Make Sure the Move-out Goes Smoothly?

Our SERVPRO teams understand that water problems are disruptive. You want to get back to your daily life as soon as you can. You also want your home restored to its preloss state.

We train our staff members in remediation and move-out best practices. Good training ensures the process goes smoothly from beginning to end.

We know that you may be concerned about whether a move-out will mean more expense. That is why we only take away items when we need to. We will clean items at the loss site first if possible. Cleaning first saves the extra time needed to move the contents to a facility, then unpack and clean them, and then pack them up again.

We only pack salvageable items. We do not waste time or space on items that we know cannot be rescued. If you have concerns about specific items, we can liaise with your insurance adjuster on your behalf.

How Do We Make Sure No Items Get Lost?

It is natural to worry about items getting lost. Your SERVPRO team will list the make, model, and serial number of everything we pack out. We use industry software to keep a thorough inventory, and we take photographs and videos of all content.

We also take inventory again before we re-pack your items to move them back to your home. We always account for every item, so you can rest assured your possessions are in safe hands.

Our facilities are equipped to thoroughly clean and deodorize your items. We can advise you of what to expect, and we can conduct a walk-through with you before you sign off on the project.

If you need help cleaning and salvaging your contents after water damage, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

St. Petersburg Fire Damage Causing Foul Smells

3/27/2023 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Can Eliminate Odors in Fire-Damaged St. Petersburg Homes

Residents of St. Petersburg fire-damaged homes might wonder why their house smells so awful after the fire. Everybody knows that smoke smells terrible, but the malodors can be especially strong after a house fire.

SERVPRO understands the difficulties in restoring a St. Petersburg fire damaged home. It is hard to enjoy your home if it still smells smoky. Your residence's initial inspection and scoping provide an action plan to mitigate the fire damage and eliminate pungent odors.

Why is the Smell so Strong After a Blaze?

During a fire, the heat interacts with the surfaces that the flames contact. If the material burns away completely, this is known as complete combustion. But if the material only burns away partially, that is known as incomplete combustion. Incomplete combustion results in soot and smoke particles that enter the air, cling to surfaces, and cause bad smells.

Many surfaces in your home can become coated with soot and be the source of unpleasant smells:

  • Wood furniture such as tables and dining chairs
  • All paper products, including wallpaper
  • Soft materials and fabrics like bedding or curtains
  • Plastics such as electronics or children's toys
  • Proteins from a kitchen fire

How can SERVPRO Help with Smoky Smells?

We follow a series of steps that can work well for removing odors.

We discard soot-damaged materials whenever we can. Sometimes a fire leaves behind debris such as building materials, wood, and drywall. Our teams safely clear up the trash. Clean-up makes the site safer and also removes a source of sooty smells.

We check for hidden sources of odors that may include:

  • Ventilation systems
  • Behind furniture or appliances
  • Cooker hoods or fans
  • Crawl spaces
  • Wall cavities

Once we have removed fire-damaged materials and found other sources of odors, we can contain and deodorize the smells.

How Does SERVPRO Contain Odors?

Containing sooty smells is vital because it prevents them from spreading further throughout your home. We use portable, pump-up sprayers to apply counteractants directly to smoke damaged surfaces and prevent molecules from escaping.

Odor molecules are released into the air as soon as a surface burns. That means that by the time our team arrives, some smells are already in the air. We use deodorant products to counteract airborne odors. One of the most effective products for this is neutralizing gel beads.

We also use thermal fogging to combat smoke scents. A good rule of thumb is "like to like." That means that we use deodorizing fog to tackle the problem in the case of smoke damage. Thermal fogging means using a fogging machine to distribute odor-fighting compounds. These compounds bond to the odor-causing molecules and change their composition. This neutralizes the smell. Hydroxyl generators can be placed to neutralize airborne compounds while our SERVPRO IICRC-certified team continues with the cleanup. Air scrubbers outfitted with HEPA filters can also capture airborne particulates. Negative pressure can be set up to port the circulating air to the exterior, further relieving the ambient air of odors.

What About Cleaning Smoke Damaged Surfaces?

SERVPRO teams can also help by cleaning smoke-damaged surfaces. We thoroughly train our FRST fire and smoke restoration technicians to decide which surfaces are suitable for cleaning and which surfaces we cannot salvage. We use various cleaning techniques to dislodge smoke particles, including dry scrubbing, wet wiping, and UV cleaning.

Our combination of odor containment, cleaning, deodorizing, and ventilation means that before long, your home can smell fresh, "Like it never even happened."

If you are concerned about malodors after a house fire, we can help. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.