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How Can a Move-Out Help with St. Petersburg Water Damage?

1/24/2023 (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.

How Does SERVPRO Reduce St. Petersburg Mold Damage?

1/24/2023 (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.

Why Does My Home Smell So Following St. Petersburg Fire Damage?

1/24/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck parked on the road Call SERVPRO to eliminate house fire odors and soot from your St. Petersburg residence.

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

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.

SERVPRO Helping with Storm Damage Water Cleanup in St. Petersburg

1/23/2023 (Permalink)

tree fallen on roof Storms frequent our area. Did you know that SERVPRO offers roof tarping services?

Protecting Your Home from Further Damage and Emergency Water Cleanup in St Petersburg

A storm takes a few minutes to cause significant damage to St Petersburg homes. Roofs are punctured, windows are broken, and even doors are blown in. Water penetrates the house through multiple entry points, causing more damage to contents, flooring, furniture, and interior structures. SERVPRO emergency response teams can provide immediate assistance to homeowners with the following:

  • Board up of broken windows and doors
  • Tarps to cover roof punctures
  • Debris removal inside and outside your home
  • Emergency power to operate equipment

In addition to physical storm damage, water cleanup of St Petersburg homes is another crucial attribute of our SERVPRO service. Fast response and cleanup of excess water, debris removal, and drying reduce secondary damage. The water inside walls, inside the ceiling, and on flooring is absorbed by porous materials causing swelling of these materials and loss of structural integrity:

  • Drywall absorbs moisture and swells
  • Hardwood floors cup, buckle, and warp
  • Cabinets and furniture are damaged
  • Mold colonies can begin forming in 24 to 48 hours

SERVPRO storm response includes many services that homeowners require after a storm:

  • Water cleanup and removal on flooring, inside walls, and ceilings
  • Building services to make temporary repairs, repair broken windows, and roof damage.
  • Moving furniture and contents to undamaged areas of the home or packing and removal of contents to one of our secure storage facilities while repair and restoration are completed
  • High-capacity dehumidification and air movers rapidly remove moisture and dry your home.
  • Demolition of permanently damaged materials, repair, and restoration

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and we aim to return your home to you “Like it never even happened.” SERVPRO also works closely with insurance company adjusters to manage all activity, including insurance paperwork, during the claims process.

Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for water cleanup services. We provide service to St Petersburg and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (727) 522-0000.

Controlled Floor Demolition for Water Damage Repair in St. Petersburg

12/28/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO commercial job Commercial water damage remediation is no easy task. SERVPRO provides fast and quality work 24/7, 365 days a year.

SERVPRO Offers St. Petersburg Properties Quality Water Restoration 

Water intrusion incidents can affect any section of your facility. However, the floor where all the water, debris, and other materials accumulate is significantly impacted. You might face two challenges when dealing with the floor – removing soiling and drying the accumulated moisture. Sometimes the only way to facilitate water damage repair is to do some demolition.

When done properly during water damage repair in St. Petersburg properties, demolition helps remove unsalvageable materials and accelerate drying. It requires the right skill sets and tools to ensure the process goes according to plan, helping facilitate restoration. SERVPRO can assist with regular or specialized demolition tasks.

Typical Activities during Floor Demolition

  • Carpet and pad removal
  • Baseboard removal
  • Wall ventilation
  • Post-demolition cleaning

Demolition usually removes contaminated porous materials such as moldy carpets. However, with the floor area, other factors might necessitate the process. Removing any floor covering is among the things you need to do. In most cases, that means removing the carpet and pad. If the water is clean, the carpet is salvageable, so extra care is essential to avoid damaging it during removal. Our SERVPRO technicians use carpet awls and knee kickers to detach it. We cut minimal carpet seams when removing the pad and avoid excessive folding, which can delaminate or stretch the carpet. Pad is rarely salvageable, but that does not mean haphazard removal. Our technicians use utility knives to cut it into 2-by-2 feet pieces for easier handling.

Addressing Wall Water Affecting the Floors

Water can accumulate within wall cavities if the breach point is elevated. No matter how well you dry the floor, such water keeps causing problems. Removing the baseboard and ventilating the wall cavities resolves the issue. First, our technicians determine whether the wall is insulated since it determines the level of ventilation needed. Then we use a pry bar to remove the vinyl baseboard. Drilling holes through the wall releases the water.

Precautions When Drilling Vent Holes

  • Drill only one side of the wall
  • Drill between the wall studs
  • Keep the hole below the baseboard line
  • Cleanup up the area after demolition

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg handles all tasks professionally, including demolition during water damage repair. Call (727) 522-0000. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Dealing With Smoke during Fire Restoration in St. Petersburg Homes

11/21/2022 (Permalink)

smoke damaged kitchen; charred cabinets A small flare-up can quickly get out of control. Our SERVPRO team is trained for complete fire damage restoration.

Elaborate Fire Remediation in St. Petersburg by SERVPRO

It only takes seconds for a tiny spark to become an inferno consuming an entire property. Therefore, putting out even a minimal stove flare-up in the kitchen is not trivial because otherwise, the outcome would be devastating. However, stopping a blaze does not eliminate the need for fire restoration. Smoke spreads fast throughout the property, causing soiling and other forms of deterioration.

The kind of fire restoration your St. Petersburg home requires after an incident varies because of the different materials and contents in the house. Some surfaces attract smoke residues leading to significant surface concentration, while others bond with the deposits leading to staining or patches. SERVPRO takes decisive actions to clean all areas restoring preloss conditions.

Smoke Residue Removal Steps

  • Locating residues
  • Identifying residue types
  • Identifying the affected surfaces
  • Capturing and removing the residues

Soot and other smoke residues have varying properties, so removal is rarely a simple process of wiping the affected areas. The first reason for the difficulty is the convection forces that drive smoke movements during combustion. Cavities like wall spaces and concealed areas like cabinets tend to be colder. Thus smoke concentrates there, leaving more residues. 

Why Smoke Residues Need Identifying

Any dark deposit left after a fire is soot to an untrained eye. Also, surfaces are either solid materials or fabrics. This simplistic view complicates restoration because you need to use the correct approaches or dedicate more effort to the process. Professionals like SERVPRO study the residues to determine their physical and chemical properties. Soot can be dry, wet, or smeary. Soot from organic material combustion differs from that of synthetic materials. Variations in materials range from porosity to age, influencing the cleaning processes.

Typical Ways to Remove Smoke Residues

  • Vacuuming
  • Wet cleaning
  • Blast cleaning 

A method like vacuuming is very helpful, especially when dealing with cavities or cleaning porous materials. Wet cleaning, on the other hand, helps remove embedded residues from surfaces. Sometimes the challenge is the surface, especially if it is rough and unfinished. Blast-cleaning with a medium like dry ice simplifies such tasks.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg handles fire restoration under any circumstance making it “Like it never even happened.” You can reach us at (727) 522-0000.

Mold Damage Remediation in St. Petersburg Requires a Professional Restorer

9/27/2022 (Permalink)

mold growing along wall Unchecked water damage can lead to mold growth. Always check for leaks, and call SERVPRO at the first sign of mold.

Hire SERVPRO to Handle Mold Damage in St. Petersburg

Water intrusion in your house, be it from a leaking roof or water line, can cause a quick spread of mold, which may significantly damage the building’s structure and the contents housed therein. Restraining the spread of the damage requires contacting reputable remediation service providers immediately when you notice the mold.

To handle mold damage in your St. Petersburg residence, you can trust SERVPRO. Our mold remediation experts are well-trained and appropriately certified. We have garnered a lot of experience since our establishment, which is a testimony of our reliability, professionalism, and efficiency. To handle mold damage in the most effective way possible, we have specialized, top-of-the-line equipment and protective gear for the safety of our technicians.

After inspection and assessment of the damage, our IICRC trained SERVPRO team can take a diverse number of steps, dictated mainly by the unique situation of your house, but the typical process proceeds as follows:

  • Containment of the mold-infested area by using physical barriers such as plastic sheeting and establishing negative air pressure.
  • Filtration of the air using HEPA vacuums and powerful air scrubbers.
  • The removal of infested porous materials.
  • Disposing of contaminated materials.
  • Cleaning of the contents and belongings that were in the house.

When our team dries your home’s interior and removes contaminated materials, we can use a HEPA vacuum cleaner and damp wiping to remove visible traces of debris and dust from the remediation process. To restore your house to its former state, SERVPRO primarily considers the level of damage. This determines whether we must tear down the drywall, subfloors, and other structures or conduct minor repairs like replacements, repainting, or installing new carpeting. 

Before concluding the remediation process, our SERVPRO team can use thermal imaging cameras to determine whether mold colonies have remained or whether we have effectively dealt with the water source.

Do not watch as mold eats your house away; contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for a faster, efficient, and cost-effective restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

How to Effectively Deal With St. Petersburg Mold Damage

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

mold damage on wall Mold can quickly destroy the walls and other structural components of your home. Contact SERVPRO to remediate.

Overcoming Mold Growth in Your St. Petersburg Residence

Homeowners often struggle with the moisture and dampness throughout the year in their St. Petersburg houses. While the air is often conditioned, humidity is an ever-present threat that can result in some severe effects if it does not get adequately maintained and regulated. If allowed to persist, moisture can allow naturally occurring mold spores in the environment to colonize and spread throughout your home. 

A troublesome consideration is how little the average homeowner knows about fungal growth and mold damages in their St. Petersburg residence. Many have attributed the occurrence as a typical outcome that cannot be avoided and fail to fully understand the severity of the situation. 

Our SERVPRO remediation technicians understand how critical it is to manage this situation immediately, which is why we work quickly to isolate the affected area to keep the colony from spreading to new regions of your house. It is essential to assess how deeply rooted the organism is in the material to determine if our advanced removal techniques can affect the entire hyphae. 

Regarding the isolation, while the remediation work takes place, our SERVPRO IICRC trained technicians set up specialized equipment to clean the air in this environment called air scrubbers. These special filtering techniques can remove nearly all of the active mold spores attempting to pass through the area. Additionally, our specialists require that air circulation equipment gets turned off throughout the remediation process to further keep your home safe from the possibility of recolonization during the removal. 

Mold growth thrives organism feeds on construction materials and items in your house and potentially causes health effects for the occupants exposed to the colony. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg applied microbial remediation technicians stand by to help you overcome this intruder in your home and restore the damage it has caused. Give us a call today at (727) 522-0000.

Extraction Equipment and Water Removal in St. Petersburg

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

copper pipes Water damage? SERVPRO has the extraction tools to remove any water in your home.

SERVPRO Water Restoration Services Can Dry your Property Fast

Water intrusion can be costly and time-consuming for homeowners. Once water enters a home, it begins to degrade, causing harm to building materials and belongings. SERVPRO understands that drying your property is essential to mitigating losses. We have the technicians and equipment to help.

Undertaking a water removal project for St. Petersburg residents requires excellent organization and efficient planning. The faster liquid is removed, the sooner technicians can tackle the existing damages. To remove liquid, we use industrial water extractors. This equipment is commonly truck mounted with a long duct that transports water out of the property and into a storage tank. Extraction equipment can be fitted with various attachments to aid water removal. We can adjust the wand size to allow technicians to extract from tight corners and restricted spaces. An extractor can resemble an industrial vacuum in larger rooms and be run across floors or carpets. SERVPRO technicians may repeat this process several times to ensure as much residual moisture is removed. Extraction equipment is helpful for:

Removing water with extraction tools is the most efficient way to dry your property and mitigate losses. In some circumstances, extraction may not be enough. Water naturally migrates, moving from wet to dry. Sometimes moisture migration can reach the home's inaccessible parts, such as the subfloor or wall cavities. In these situations, the running of venting equipment and dehumidification is necessary to prevent potential mold growth. The drying principles with air movement rely on one tool to evaporate moisture and another to pull the evaporated water from the air. Technicians need to provide a natural equilibrium between the number of air movers and dehumidifiers to maximize drying efficiency. We achieve this by performing psychrometric calculations and monitoring the drying procedure from start to finish. 

  • Extraction tools can be portable on upper floors or in apartment buildings. 
  • All extractors utilize heating, vacuum, and storage elements.
  • Sometimes, extractors can be used on carpets without needing to remove furnishings or flooring- known as in-place drying. 

To stop moisture from damaging your home, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for water removal at (727) 522-0000

How SERVPRO Restores Storm Damaged Homes in St. Petersburg

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

Storm warning sign along black clouds Storm waters bring in bacteria and other contaminants. Don't go it alone. Call SERVPRO!

St. Petersburg Residents Should Call SERVPRO to Disinfect Their Homes After a Tropical Storm

We don't need to experience a hurricane to understand the impact a tropical storm can have on our homes. Even though we build our buildings and homes in South Florida to sustain torrential downpours, heavy winds could knock a tree onto your roof and open a leak into your home. They could also raise water levels for floodwater to enter through your door. Regardless of the incident, disinfecting and repairing your home is extremely important.

Why Should I Call a Professional Crew to Disinfect My Home?

Average household cleaners are sufficient for our everyday needs. They are easily accessible at the grocery store, and you can apply them quickly. However, when water comes into your home from outside sources, it carries bacteria and debris. Rather than allowing these microorganisms to multiply in your home, you should call our SERVPRO technicians so we can apply cleaners and disinfectants to your storm damaged St. Petersburg home. The solutions we use are industry-grade and compliant with EPA regulations.

Similarly, the equipment we use can reach all corners of your storm damaged home. Some best practices to help us enhance our reach within your house include the following:

  • Utilizing EPA approved solutions appropriate for each surface. For example, porous surfaces need different treatment than non-porous surfaces.
  • Allow enough time for the solution to sink in. Our crew knows and understands the recommended times for each agent to react.
  • Know where an application is essential. For example, solutions should not be sprayed into HVAC systems but should permeate subfloors and carpeting.

When your home is at stake, you can rely on SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg. Call us at (727) 522-0000 any time, day or night, and let us into your home. We aim to leave your home "Like it never even happened."