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St. Petersburg Fire Damage Causing Foul Smells

3/27/2023 (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 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.

SERVPRO Reduces St. Petersburg Mold Damage

3/27/2023 (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.

St. Petersburg Mold Inspection Firm Saves Residents Time & Money

3/25/2023 (Permalink)

mold under sink with a water leak Our SERVPRO techs discover water leaks leading to mold damage. Once found, we remediate the mold damage in your St. Petersburg home.

Mold Inspection Aids Remediation in St. Petersburg

A good understanding of mold and its life cycle greatly facilitates restoration efforts in St. Petersburg. This crucial knowledge enables top remediators like SERVPRO to locate fungal issues more easily and swiftly get to work on addressing them. Once work begins, trained company technicians then know how to deal with mold and better eliminate it using the fewest resources possible.

SERVPRO has been performing top-notch mold inspection work in St. Petersburg for several years. Our inspectors and mold specialists have successfully located all types of microbial threats, including dry rot, black mold, various kinds of fungal growths in bathrooms and basements, and hidden attic mold. Armed with this essential information, SERVPRO can start its mold remediation procedures. As for our initial damage assessment efforts, they typically include:

  • Arriving at your home promptly, often within an hour of your initial call, completing our damage evaluation swiftly, and attempting to minimize the time mold has to expand
  • Thoroughly examining interior areas where relative humidity reaches 60% or more and, therefore, fosters fungal development
  • Looking for potential water sources that could promote microbial growth with state-of-the-art tools like infrared cameras, sensors, and moisture meters
  • Closely examining household surfaces, such as wallpaper, drywall, and wooden walls, which could serve as organic food sources
  • Checking the temperature of rooms and noting any areas that are 68F or hotter because those are the readings that are best for mold

Even after a good inspection, preventing or combating these microorganisms is still a daunting task. Mold spores are omnipresent in the environment and exist in masses of thousands. All they need to develop are conditions often found in water-damaged homes.

Fortunately, though, your friends at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg are well-equipped and dedicated to doing high-quality mold inspections and effectively resolving your home’s problems. Call us at (727) 522-0000 for fast assistance.

Finding a Water Damage Repair Company in St. Petersburg Isn’t Hard

2/21/2023 (Permalink)

SERVPRO techs walking among SERVPRO drying equipment outside Our team has the training, experience, and equipment to make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Offers Water Remediation and Restoration Services to St. Petersburg Homeowners

Water damage repairs may be necessary, thanks to many unfortunate events. Generally, we think of the most catastrophic circumstances, such as heavy rains or a burst pipe, but even smaller events can wreak havoc. For example, your HVAC system may leak or cause excessive condensation that slowly erodes the area around it, causing extensive damage. Alternatively, leaky faucets, poorly sealed windows, and malfunctioning appliances can also set the stage for cumulative damage in a home.

Water damage repairs in St. Petersburg don’t need to be overwhelming, thanks to SERVPRO and its expert team. Our staff is ready to jump into action when we receive your call, day or night. Not only are we IICRC-certified and prepared to put our expertise to work for you, but we also count on the latest industry technology in restoration. As soon as our fleet arrives at your home, you’ll know you’re in good hands.

So what exactly needs to be done to repair the damage left behind by a water event? Although every home’s needs are different, there are three basic steps to a successful restoration job:

  • Water extraction- even if the volume of water doesn’t seem excessive, extraction is critical. Our team is ready with truck-mounted pumps, handheld extractors, and submersible pumps.
  • Drying- once we remove standing water, we dry with dehumidifiers, drying mats, air movers, and circulators. All this equipment works to restore normal humidity levels in your home to avoid mold growth and secondary damage.
  • Disinfecting and deodorizing- our crew uses foggers, deodorizers, and EPA-approved cleaning solutions to leave your home in mint condition.

When you call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000, you reach the answer to your water damage needs. We aim to leave your home “Like it never even happened.”

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." 

Don't Let Storms Waterlog Your St. Petersburg Church

7/25/2022 (Permalink)

bird's eye view of church steeple Storm water can damage churches. SERVPRO has the equipment, expertise and experience to quickly restore your church.

Water Removal Services for Your St. Petersburg Church

Recovering your St. Petersburg church after a disaster can prove problematic when those available to you lack the equipment or resources to help in the time frame where it is most beneficial. With water loss incidents happening within your church, construction materials and the contents of the various rooms are at risk for saturation and moisture effects which could cause irreparable damage. These time-sensitive situations are why our emergency response team exists.

When your St. Petersburg church requires water removal services, it often follows some water loss incident within the building. From plumbing breaks to sprinkler system failures, high volumes of water can spread quickly throughout your property and begin saturating into materials almost immediately. Our SERVPRO professionals are available 24/7 to help you mitigate this situation through fast extraction work and preserving the things most precious to you in the building.

One of the things that often initially gets overlooked is water damage spreading throughout the church in the pews and altar. These wooden constructions are particularly susceptible to saturation when exposed to pooling water, and this saturation can cause warping and bloating of the submerged portions. With extraction work happening quickly, this saturation has less opportunity to take hold, and its effects get negated through the following dehumidification and drying efforts.

The same could be said for the flooring, as many sanctuaries get covered with wall-to-wall carpeting. Pooling water can penetrate and collect in the fibers of this carpeting and seep into the padding and supports for the floor beneath it. Our weighted extraction equipment can force water out of the padding and carpet to get removed with a high-powered vacuum.

These might be specific examples of how water damage can get overcome in your church. Still, they can also display the level of care and appreciation that our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg franchise has for our communities' churches and commercial properties. When disaster strikes, give our emergency response team a call 24/7 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.

St. Petersburg Commercial Property Fire Damage Preparation

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Flame Close Up If you find yourself in need of assistance with fire damage remediation, call SERVPRO.

SERVPRO is Here 24/7 in St. Petersburg for Skilled Fire Damage Restoration

Fire damage cleanup and restoration within St. Petersburg commercial properties involve much more than simple cleaning. This process is quite complicated, even more so when you add in production machinery, office equipment, commercial kitchen appliances, and anything else you have inside your business. Should you have a fire restoration plan ahead of time, it can help you determine the necessary steps to ensure your business gets running again as soon as possible. SERVPRO is here to help with our Emergency Ready Profile and prompt response once you call us to handle fire and smoke remediation. 

When you have a plan in place and ready to go should you have commercial fire damage in St. Petersburg, it can help save you time and money. The initial 48 hours post-fire will be the most crucial for recovery. Rather than getting wrapped up in the chaos of not knowing what to do, the plan helps you understand what needs to get done to ensure your business gets back on track.

Getting Started With Fire Restoration Planning

These are common steps we tell our commercial clients to expect during the fire restoration process:

  • Building safety assessment – Your structure being safe and stable for restoration will be the first order of business. Depending on the damage, many parties could be involved, including insurance providers, municipalities, fire departments, engineers, and environmental agencies.
  • Securing your commercial property – Fires attract attention, so you must ensure the property keeps looters and trespassers out. SERVPRO offers emergency board-up and tarping for this and protection from the elements.
  • Backup power – You may not realize that you could be out of power to your building after a fire. This may include the temporary loss of gas, electrical, and phone systems. SERVPRO offers a backup power source, so restoration and cleanup may go on without a hitch. 

When you need commercial fire damage assistance, SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is here 24/7. Call us at (727) 522-0000, and we can send a crew as soon as possible.

Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services in Pinellas County

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Water Caused Mold In Wall If water damage is left untreated, it can cause mold and mildew to grow.

SERVPRO Specializes in Water Damage Remediation

After experiencing a water damage incident, most people do not know the next step to take. If left unattended, the water can seep and cause permanent damage to your valuable contents. When you opt for professional restoration services in Pinellas County, it is possible to reduce the extent of the damage. That is why it is crucial to learn how the experts work to alleviate the loss.

Indoor water damage incidents in Pinellas County require specific drying equipment to minimize the resulting loss. It is common to see our SERVPRO technicians using air scrubbers, dehumidifiers, and air movers when restoring your property. The role of air movers is to increase the rate at which moist areas dry by facilitating air circulation; for them to work efficiently, positioning them correctly as by the IICRC standards is necessary.

The additional moisture in the air may cause conditions favorable for mildew and mold growth. That is why SERVPRO technicians use dehumidifiers to remove that excess moisture from the air. On the other hand, air scrubbers are used to remove particles and odors from the air efficiently. We classify them into two types: dry scrubbers that have an ionic purifier and wet ones that eliminate and trap particulates by using a moist filter.

Another way of combating unpleasant odors is through deodorization. Since a single deodorant cannot neutralize all types of odors, there are many deodorant types out there, with each working differently. For instance, when our technicians use masking deodorants, they cover the unpleasant smells with a pleasant smell. Pairing deodorants combine with particles in the air and then fall, thus making it easy to clean them. The secret behind doing away with an unpleasant smell is identifying its source and removing it.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is a trusted leader in a commercial and residential storm, water, fire, and mold damage restoration. Call us at (727) 522-0000 to learn more about our restoration services. 

Water Damage from a Clogged Drain in Your Shore Acres Laundry Room

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

Clogged Pipes Clogged drains can cause more than one type of water damage problem in your home. If you suffer water damage after a clog, contact SERVPRO.

Our Technicians Determine the Cause of Water Damage in Your Home Before Commencing the Remediation Process

You already know that lint accumulates in your dryer's vent, but lint starts coming off your clothing before that while it is in the washing machine, also. Pet hair and other debris also get washed off, and this all ends up getting flushed down the drain of your Shore Acres home. Similar to your dryer's vent system, the drain can accumulate clogs and blocked areas, leading to avoidable situations.

Your home can end up with water damage in Shore Acres from clogged drain lines. It is especially true with washing machines because they force the water down through the drain during not only one but at least two cycles. If the tubing has clogs or other blockages, the water has no other place to go except over the top of your washer and onto the floor.

At SERVPRO, we train our technicians in several fields of home restoration. One training area includes Water Damage Restoration (WRT) certification from the IICRC, an internationally recognized organization. This ensures that our services remain up-to-date and current with the latest developments. We want to help you in protecting your home from the devastating effects of misplaced water. 

We clean up wet messes before they become too widespread. We keep the equipment in good operating condition, so it is always ready when needed to perform any size job. Removing the water includes the extraction of moisture in the air and any places that absorb water, as well.

The state of your home's interior must remain dry at all times. Huge losses can raise humidity levels and cause dehumidifiers to work overtime. In homes that do not have one, dampness can lead to mold growth and materials that fall apart at the slightest touch. In areas that receive only a slight amount, they might not become heavily damaged but instead, only suffer staining. However, that staining can ruin the aesthetics in even the most gorgeous rooms, making your home seem ugly and dirty.

Regardless of the situation involving a water damage event in your home, we are ready to assist you with our 24-hour service. Calling SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 is all you need to do to start the services your home requires.

Commercial Water Damage Repair in St. Petersburg Requires Expertise

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

office with open workspace, workstations at tables Water damage affects not only the building's structure but also workstation electronics.

SERVPRO Offers Commercial Water Damage Repair in St. Petersburg

Commercial properties usually have larger structures, more costly equipment, and more people than homes. Water damage in such buildings is typically more extensive than in residential buildings, given their complexity and size. 

It is vital to perform commercial water damage repair in your St. Petersburg property as soon as possible to prevent severe losses. Water can ruin valuable equipment like the electronics many businesses use for stock-keeping, payment, or managing employee hours.

More oversized items such as custom workstations can be hard to replace since they may be limited stock or special orders. SERVPRO can handle commercial water losses of any magnitude. We can also preserve the electronics, furnishings, or retail products required for commerce to continue. Our commercial water repair process may involve these steps:

  • Inspection
  • Water extraction
  • Removing ruined materials
  • Cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing
  • Drying 


Our SERVPRO technicians can use advanced technology to see the extent of water damage in the building. We can inform you about the hazards present and determine what is salvageable or unsalvageable. 

Water extraction 

We can use extraction equipment to remove as much water as possible from the building to minimize drying time and prevent damage to unexposed areas. 

Removing ruined materials

Our SERVPRO crew can remove the unsalvageable materials to give way for drying the salvageable ones. 

Cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing.

This involves eliminating contaminants that may lead to problems or costlier repair work. The cleaning and sanitization process may include dry cleaning, spray and wipe cleaning, and wet cleaning. We can also remove unpleasant odors.


The air that touches saturated materials has high humidity. Our SERVPRO team can use air movers to introduce airflow at the surface level and substitute the highly saturated air with drier air to improve evaporation. We can use dehumidifiers to remove moisture from the air after evaporation. Dehumidifiers offer a continuous source of dry air to improve the restoration process. 

After water damage, getting back in business is a priority for commercial property owners. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is available around the clock to assist you in recovering your property. Call us at (727) 522-0000.

SERVPRO Helps Minimize the Damage after a Commercial Fire in St. Petersburg

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

burned outlet Small electrical fires can require more than conventional cleaning methods, call the professionals at SERVPRO for help.

Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage, Big or Small

Small electrical fires are not all that uncommon in residences. When your St. Petersburg home has fallen victim to one of these minuscule situations, you might not be dealing with a substantial structural loss or devastating lingering effects from the blaze, yet you still have problems to overcome. Since most people only have conventional methods for cleaning up their home, it is unlikely they possess the skillset to professionally restore a house after a fire of any size successfully.

So when your St. Petersburg home suffers from low-scale fire damage, it is still something that you want to get remedied as quickly as you can. Even without the vast structural concerns and pressing losses, some of the effects can make it challenging to live comfortably in your home. With this in mind, it is advisable to speak with the experienced and dedicated technicians we have at SERVPRO.

With years of experience and thorough IICRC training in all aspects of fire restoration, our professionals can work quickly to make your small fire a distant memory. Damage assessment is typically a short process with smaller, contained blazes like what you have experienced. The most palpable culprits that make it difficult to move on from the incident are often the lingering odor and smoke or soot damage.

Our SERVPRO team can utilize air scrubbers (either dryly or using a wet solution for more challenging soot damages) to restore surfaces, walls, ceilings, and floors back to preloss conditions. The same equipment can often get used for furniture and select affected contents of your home.

Removing the lingering odor from the smoke and charring familiar to a house fire can often prove a challenge for those looking to try and restore damages on their own. However, with our equipment, like dense fogging machines with an unscented chemical compound, we can neutralize and nullify noxious odors on a molecular level.

No instance of fire damage is something you should have to endure alone. You can always count on the experienced and reliable team at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg. It is easy to reach our emergency response team 24/7; you just have to dial (727) 522-0000.

Flood Damage Left Behind in St. Petersburg after a Hurricane Requires Specialized Services

5/25/2022 (Permalink)

flood damaged road; water covering road If your home is affected by a storm, call the certified technicians at SERVPRO to restore your home.

Restoring Your Home After Flood Damage

After any storm, damages become more apparent than they were as they happened. Many of the homes in St. Petersburg remained upright after weathering fierce storms and hurricanes in the past. The water washed in by wind and rain and by rising tidal waters was seen as minor flooding compared to the losses involving completely destroyed homes. 

St. Petersburg's perfect weather rarely has storm-related flood damage, but you can contact SERVPRO technicians whenever needed for this and other catastrophes. In the likely event that the power is off in the neighborhood, we supply our own. You and your family can depend on us to make everything "Like it never even happened." Being your neighbors and living in the same area, we understand the stresses that disasters cause the people in our community.

Going beyond compassion toward others around us, we know that to help them as fully as possible, we need extensive training in remediating damaged homes. We hold certifications from the IICRC in many fields related to disaster cleanup, including Commercial Drying (CDS) and Applied Structural Drying (ASD). 

Flood damage can affect a home in many ways, none of which benefit the homeowners or their family members. Hurricanes manage to wreak damage in unexpected ways. We remove all of these and ensure that even the microbial-laden residues no longer remain. Our measuring devices include those that detect microbial activity and the number of biological materials on surfaces. Used both before and after cleaning, we compare the results to ensure high standards of cleanliness to protect your family.

Carpets most likely need removal and replacement, so we prepare the floor by drying it out and removing any remaining hazards. These can also impede the installation process of new flooring later. Saturated walls also require replacement, although most ceilings can stay with little or no repairs. Stairs and handrails must dry quickly to avoid damage to the wood. Door and window frames and sliding tracks often warp from the wind's strength, requiring the installation of new ones.

No matter what it takes to restore your home, the friendly and professional technicians at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can perform the work. Contact us for the restoration of your home after a hurricane or storm-related flood damage takes its toll. (727) 522- 0000

Water Removal Options from St. Petersburg Office Carpeting

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Wet Carpet SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg understands how important your business is. Let us help you out.

Short Pile Carpets Can Suffer Water Damage in St. Petersburg Offices

Water damage incidents are more common in office buildings than management might realize. With how even a concentrated and isolated event can shut down production until the situation is resolved and cleaned, it is vital to have SERVPRO professionals mobilized and helping as soon as possible. We have three main focuses with water removal and drying of damaged office buildings, and these include:

  • Standing water
  • Saturation of flooring
  • Development of secondary threats

Non-Porous Subflooring

One of the primary obstacles with water removal in St. Petersburg office buildings is pooling water on the floors. Short pile carpeting is often supported by non-porous subflooring like finished concrete, preventing absorption and saturation beyond the surface carpet layer. With situations like burst pipes, standing water concerns could be substantial when no absorption beyond the carpet is possible.

Thin Carpet Material

Another concern of responding technicians is the thin material used as carpeting for the offices. The short pile is a very lightweight product, making it easy to adhere into place to complete this phase of construction. The thickness of the carpeting can benefit the restoration process, however, as this can more easily allow our technicians to administer extraction and drying approaches successfully.  

Tools of the Trade

Extraction is one of the most direct methods of limiting the present moisture trapped in short pile carpeting or pooling above this material. Standing water can be addressed with wet vacuums and submersible pumps. Trapped water in the carpet fibers can be removed with high-efficiency carpet wands.

Carpets are a popular flooring choice for office buildings in the region, making it something that our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg water restoration team must prepare to experience when responding to emergencies. We mobilize with the appropriate tools for extraction, drying, and carpet cleaning. Give our rapid response team a call now at (727) 522-0000.

Water Damage in St. Petersburg Can Cause Odors and Other Problems

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Water Damaged Wall Stained walls and ceilings can be signs of water damage.

SERVPRO Technicians Work to Eliminate Water Damage in Your Home

Many people in St. Petersburg enjoy time by the ocean, but even a small amount of water inside a home can create substantial and costly problems. It is preferable if homeowners can prevent these from happening, but restoration can also help a home after damage starts.

Water seeping into areas of your St. Petersburg residence that should remain dry can cause water damage to develop. It is also possible for moisture to cause damage if it steadily, although slowly, enters through cracks in the foundation or via a loosened washing machine line. Numerous ways exist that permit water to impact your otherwise dry home.

One problem that water causes in a home are the development of odors. Mustiness that seems to come from everywhere can indicate a problem with raised humidity. Sometimes, odors remain concentrated in one location within the home, such as an unventilated bathroom. Stagnant air that remains humid is also perfect for the development of microbial problems, which can also produce foul smells.

Water damage shows itself in other ways, too.

Walls and ceilings are only one surface in your home that paint covers. Other items can have a coat covering them. High humidity can cause many paints to begin chipping and flaking. Other times, bubbling under large areas of paint indicates water damage to an area.

Walls and ceilings with staining can often point to water damage as the underlying cause. The cause is often a drip or other leak somewhere above.

Rust and corrosion of metal décor, hinges, and the tarnishing of polished metals, can show a problem with water damage. This problem can cause health effects to occupants.

Carpets can become loose or begin to disintegrate when exposed to water. Other textiles can slowly become brittle and tear easily.

SERVPRO technicians recognize the signs of water damage inside a home, and we know that many sources of water damage exist. We can eliminate these sources, preventing additional damage from affecting your home. Elimination of odors, as well as stains and other visible signs of water damage, help us reach our goal of making your home “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can remove water damage from your home, regardless of how it affects your home. From stains to odors to disintegration of solid materials, we know how to counteract the effects of too much moisture. Contacting us 24/7 at our local number, (727) 522-0000, is the first step toward making your home fresh, clean, and bright again.

Fix Smoke and Fire Damage in Pinellas County Sooner Rather Than Later

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

Lit Cigarette Smoke odor, whether from a fire or years of cigarette smoking, can linger for years in a home. Contact SERVPRO for smoke remediation efforts.

SERVPRO Expertly Remediates Smoke Odors in Your Home

While smoking has become less prevalent across the United States in recent years, many homes still reek of tobacco and decades of smoke exposure. Whether you inherited the property, purchased it, or just want to fix a years-old problem, SERVPRO is there to help you eliminate the smell of smoke from your home.

Over years of tobacco product usage in a home, the entire building can begin to smell smoke and cigarettes. Smoke damage is one of the most common and unfortunate types of fire damage to Pinellas County homes because many different sources can cause it.

While we are known best for our assistance with more large-scale fire damage restoration in Pinellas County, we also help local homeowners with fire and smoke-related issues, including many different types and scales of smoke damage. While a subtle and slow-building issue, Smoke is nonetheless costly to remove with the proper tools and impossible to eliminate without them. Smoke particles can embed in walls, floors, clothing, and anything else in your home, creating sources of odor that can last for many years after all smoking activity in the home stops. Rather than waiting decades for the smell to go away naturally, call SERVPRO to learn how we can help fix the issue now.

We use an array of powerful odor elimination tools known as fogging devices that create a thick chemical fog that works its way into the tiniest crevices of your home and neutralizes individual smoke odor particles within them. We have multiple variants of this technology, such as Ultra-Low Volume foggers, that allow us to eliminate smoke odors from HVAC systems and other tight spaces. No matter where the smoke is concentrated and how deep-rooted it may be, we have the power to flush it out of your home entirely.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg provides expert advice, assistance, and restoration services to those dealing with the effects of smoke and fire damage in the local area. Call us at (727) 522-0000.

Common Needs for Water Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

yellow duck floating in flooded basement SERVPRO says to DUCK the job of water damage cleanup and drying in your St. Petersburg home--call us

Some Situations Require Water Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg Homes

Water damage restoration is the most common need homes or commercial properties have throughout Pinellas County, so we have experienced professionals ready to help when you need it. We are a full-service solution to help however your property requires, from mitigation to repairs and reconstruction.

Pipe Leaks or Breaks

Among the usual reasons for water damage restoration in St. Petersburg homes and businesses is damage to the plumbing network. From leaks to pipe bursts, there are varying levels of potential harm that could result. A break in the line can introduce hundreds of gallons or more in damage around the immediate area.

Appliance Damages

Nearly every modern home has several water-fed appliances, making the possibilities of these pieces of equipment malfunctioning a greater reality. From disconnected hoses to missing or damaged seals that do not keep the water inside of the basins or the washing machines, there are several ways that water damage can result from a failing appliance. These situations require fast extraction and drying solutions to prevent moisture spread to new areas.


Pinellas County has seen enough storm and water damage over several decades. While interior damage can often result from a combination of water damage incidents, the possibilities of flooding cannot be discredited. With the frequencies of severe storm events and the results of these incidents, we must have a rapid response to potential flood damage. Fast responding technicians help with efforts such as:

  • Water removal
  • Controlled demolition
  • Disinfection cleaning
  • Content management

There are multiple causes for water damage and flooding incidents in homes and businesses throughout the Greater St. Petersburg area. Because of how destructive these common restoration needs might be, we have skilled professionals ready to help 24/7. Most of our recovery roster has WRT certifications. Trust our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to help by calling (727) 522-0000.

Restoring Your St. Petersburg Home After Fire Damage

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

toaster on fire When an electrical fire damaging event happens at your St. Petersburg home--Call SERVPRO

Fast Relief after an Electrical Fire Damages Your St. Pete Home

Electrical fires are a real and present danger in homes in St. Petersburg. Several things could trigger them, including faulty appliances and outlets. Lamps, light fixtures, and light bulbs are another common cause of electrical fires. Extension cords, bad wiring, and space heaters are other things that can create fire hazards.

If any of these items have caused an electrical fire in your St. Petersburg home and you are left with fire damage, you need professional help to restore and clean your property. SERVPRO, fire damage remediation specialists, can be at your home quickly once you contact us.

The first twenty-four to forty-eight hours after a fire is known to be the golden hours of recovery. Our fast response to your call helps to quickly stabilize your property and ensure the recovery of as much of it as possible. The smoke and acidic soot damage which is often produced when fires are extinguished speeds up the corrosion and deterioration of building elements and personal possessions. To make matters worse, fires are frequently extinguished with water or dry chemicals, and the toxic smoke odor that remains has to be neutralized and deodorized.

SERVPRO’s process for fire damage restoration includes mitigating the damage, cleaning up smoke and soot damage, and restoration of water damage as soon as we can after the damage initially occurred. Beyond any visible structural damage, the contents inside your home have to be assessed for recovery depending on several factors. These include loss of use, replacement cost versus restoration cost, loss of value, the effect of smoke and heat, decreased life expectancy, and sentimental value.

Our restoration services include demolition, emergency board-up, thermal deodorization to remove smoke damage, plus soot removal film application. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can be trusted to take care of your fire-damaged home in the areas of Meadowlawn, Placido Bayou, or Shore Acres. Just reach out to us at (727) 522-0000 as soon as the fire is out so we can get your life back on track.

Storms in St Petersburg Happen All Too Often

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

FLOODED harbor area When that tropical storm hits your St. Petersburg property--Call SERVPRO for restoration--We're Faster To Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO Restores Your Storm Damaged Home or St. Pete Condo Swiftly

Caught between Tampa Bay and the barrier islands on the Gulf, water is a brutal force of nature in our area. A storm surge can send water flooding throughout your Florida home even when you prepare. SERVPRO is prepared to help homeowners with the challenges posed by severe weather and its aftermath.

This area is flat and surrounded by bay and ocean, with little to hold back the waters that cause flood damage to your St. Petersburg home. Tropical storms send walls of water flooding over land and into your home. When this happens, it is crucial to call upon a reputable flood damage restoration company like us on-site fast to remove the water and dry structure and contents.

If electrical power is lacking in the hours after the flood, SERVPRO is still on top of water extraction with truck-mounted pumps and wet vacuums. This specialized equipment works best when operated by our trained and experienced technicians. Your wall-to-wall carpeting tests their skills, but our team dries it in place by extracting water with care not to stress or stretch the backing or fibers. Padding may be discarded as it is harder to dry and is inexpensive to replace. The subfloor must be monitored for moisture with precision meters so that it does not saturate the carpeting from below or provide food and shelter for mold growth

The flooding affected the trim and the drywall inches above the floor. We test for moisture content and consider drilling some holes near the bottom of the wall if it seems that water is trapped behind. Failing to remove all pockets of water in wall or floor cavities threatens to continue and intensify the water damage issues. Once all water is released and removed, SERVPRO moves in air movers and dehumidifiers to meet our certified staff's drying targets during the restoration planning phase.

Floodwaters usually test positive for contamination, making professional removal and cleanup necessary. SERVPRO team members take advanced classes in identifying and managing contaminated water. Recovery includes drying, cleaning, and sanitizing. We work with you and your insurance company to determine what contents we must discard and replace because they cannot be sanitized. Non-porous items usually handle brisk cleaning and disinfection well to continue their useful life.

Rely upon SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to respond quickly and efficiently to resolve your flooding issues. Call (727) 522-0000 for a full-service crew to arrive as soon as possible to begin the restoration process.

Our Fire Damage Experts Discuss The Principles Of Cleaning In St. Petersburg

2/10/2022 (Permalink)

Soot on wall After Fire Explore your options with SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg.

Fire Damage Pros In St. Petersburg Spell Out The Principles Of Cleaning

After a fire starts inside your St. Petersburg home, the elements created by the blaze can ruin many of your contents and building materials. Smoke and heat entering the interior of your house can cause excessive fire damage. Whenever something burns on your property, it is wise to call in a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO. Our technicians know that anything we can clean and restore is cheaper than removing and replacing items.

That being said, cleaning soot residues and debris created by your fire damage project in St. Petersburg can become a significant part of the restoration process. Our SERVPRO technicians always utilize a standard set of processes and procedures when conducting cleaning services. The following six basic principles are helpful to know and put into use when attempting to clean your structural components and contents.

  1. Find Residues

During any restoration project, the first step our SERVPRO team takes is to inspect your entire building for the presence of soils and soot residues created by charring and smoke. Sometimes smoke can get to places that are not easily noticed. We make it a point to find all of the cracks and crevices that smoke went to. Then we test clean the affected areas to figure out the best products and techniques to use during restoration.

  1. Identify The Types Of Residues

Soot residues can come in a large variety of forms. The composition of soils and residues can change based upon what fuels were burned during the fire and other conditions, including the amount of oxygen and the temperature at which the fire burned.

  1. Identify The Type Of Surface The Residue Is On

Various soils and soot residues can adhere to surfaces in different ways. A cleaning technique that works with one type of soil on one surface may not work when attempting to clean a different kind of surface.

  1. Capture Residues In Dry Particulate Form Or In A Solution

Dry cleaning techniques remove and capture residues so that they can be removed, whereas wet cleaning methods capture them inside the water-based cleaning product.

  1. Remove And Properly Dispose of The Residues

Once the soils get captured, we then remove them from the affected area and dispose of them in a way that will not contaminate any previously unaffected areas inside your home.

When a fire adds stress to your life, we can help. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 24/7 because We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

When Flooding Damages Warehouses in St. Petersburg

2/7/2022 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Trucks Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg, “We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.”

Steps for Handling Commercial Flood Damage in a St. Petersburg Warehouse

In recent years, warehouse construction has taken off as companies try to claim their space close to high-populated areas. Regardless of the great need for space, every warehouse needs development while considering the area's unique requirements.

Some areas are prone to flooding, while other earthquakes and tornadoes. A disaster such as flooding can cause many kinds of commercial flood damage in your St. Petersburg warehouse, including:

Structural damage

Engineers construct many warehouses with aluminum doors and long walls that can buckle under the weight of floodwater. Not sealing concrete flooring correctly causes water to pool in access areas, leading to damage to HVAC systems. Floodwaters can ruin both metal and wooden structural components with rust or rot, affecting their structural integrity.

Ruined inventory

Water can destroy most items stored in your warehouse, particularly paper, electrical, and comestible inventory. You may have to discard many things because of safety and health reasons.

Affect business continuity

Flooding can also ruin daily business operations, and this can interrupt the supply chain. You may not fill orders or process sales until you have completed cleanup and repairs.

To prevent these and other repercussions of flood damage from worsening, you need to hire a restoration company that can restore your warehouse quickly. SERVPRO offers a quick response to flooding disasters of any magnitude and can get to your warehouse a short time after receiving your call.

Our team can assess the severity of the destruction. We can inspect for potential issues and fix them before they become significant problems. After a torrential downpour, you can realize that some parts of the roof of your warehouse are leaking. If that is the case, our SERVPRO team can inspect the roof and the inner ceiling to find the leaks and then perform the repairs.

If there is water on the floor, we can use portable or truck-mounted extractors to remove it. 

Truck-mounted extractors provide a more powerful vacuum compared to portable extractors. Their waste tanks can fill up quickly when we are removing water from your warehouse. Our SERVPRO team can use units equipped with automatic waste pumps on the waste tanks to remove the water so we can quickly move it to a sanitary sewer system.

We also use advanced drying techniques that can quickly dry the affected areas, including the spaces between the walls. We can use air moving and dehumidifying equipment to achieve this. Once we clean and dry the flooded areas, we can disinfect them using antimicrobial products.

When your warehouse has flooded, you can trust SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to bring things back to normal. Call us any time at (727) 522-0000 for effective restoration services. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Storm Flood Damage Is More Than Water Removal in St. Petersburg

2/2/2022 (Permalink)

Floor water damage If flood waters wreak havoc on your property, call the professionals at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg.

SERVPRO is Here to Help with St. Petersburg Wind and Storm Flood Damage

Rain, wind, flash flooding, contaminated water – these are all areas of concern when St. Petersburg residents get hit with a significant storm front. The good news is that wind and rain are no match for the highly-trained team at SERVPRO. We have the best protocols to handle water removal services and other assistance that helps you get back on your feet fast. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Personal health and safety come first with flood damage in St. Petersburg. Always avoid exposure to contaminated water and toxins whenever possible. If you need to enter your home until we arrive, wear rubber boots, eye protection, and take respiratory precautions. 

Addressing Your Flood-Impacted Contents

Many porous materials that become saturated with floodwater must get disposed of. However, our emergency response team knows how to thoroughly assess all contents to categorize them accordingly:

  • Unsalvageable Items – These include saturated porous materials such as particleboard, drywall, and many types of flooring - they get removed before cleaning. This also involves contents like mattresses, sofas, and other belongings saturated by floodwater.
  • Salvageable Items – Any non-porous building materials like concrete and steel can get cleaned. Other contents like plastics and non-porous items that can withstand cleaning will also be salvageable. 

While water removal services commence, we set up drying equipment and dehumidifiers to work in tandem. The team also works to disinfect surfaces by applying antimicrobial disinfectants. Moisture meters and other equipment get used by our team to ensure any areas where water migrated get addressed accordingly. Our Odor Control Technicians (OCT) then work to ensure no foul, musty odors are left behind. 

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is your answer when you require assistance with storm flood damage. You can call us 24-hours a day for emergency response at (727) 522-0000.

What Resources Are Necessary to Complete Water Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg Properties?

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

Drying equipment in warehouse SERVPRO has the equipment and skilled technicians to help get your home back in shape after a water mishap.

SERVPRO Combines the Best Technical Skills and the State of the Art Equipment to Deliver Satisfactory Services

The damage left in a St. Petersburg property after water intrusion can be categorized in many ways, including the introduction of foreign materials and deterioration of onsite materials. The restoration resources you use should be strong enough to remove the foreign matter and reinstate the onsite materials to their preloss condition.  

Timing is another crucial aspect that influences resource allocation during water damage restoration in St. Petersburg properties. A professional team like SERVPRO marshals sufficient human resources and equipment to cope with any urgency of resolving water intrusion.

The Resources That Have a Major Impact on Water Restoration Include:

  • Water extraction and cleaning equipment
  • Technical skills in moisture management 
  • Drying equipment
  • Site management resources

The need for some equipment such as water extractors is obvious since the restoration cannot happen if there is still water left stagnating in your house. However, the choice of specific equipment may be challenging. Our SERVPRO technicians decide based on the amount of water or the type of surfaces involved. For high volumes of water or if the affected surface is porous such as a carpet, we choose equipment with high vacuum lift capacity.

Moisture Has Many Detrimental Effects on Materials, Including Causing:

  • Stains
  • Rust and corrosion
  • Swelling and warping
  • Weakening materials

Different materials react differently to moisture exposure. The changes may be immediate or might take some time to manifest. Some problems are reversible if the restoration process is properly planned. For instance, wood swells on absorbing water but can be reinstated with timely corrective action. Our SERVPRO crews evaluate the situation to determine the best approach. If it is a wooden floor, removing some floorboards allows swelling without buckling. We also use drying chambers to control the drying of wet wood. 

Control is essential when handling every aspect of water restoration. For instance, organizing the worksite can improve turnaround time and minimize hazards. That is why SERVPRO teams bring dumpsters or portable storage units for site management.

With assistance from SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg, you have access to all essential water damage restoration resources to resolve an incident "Like it never even happened." Call us at (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.

What Determines the Loss Levels After Flood Damage in St. Petersburg Homes?

12/29/2021 (Permalink)

Boots in flood water If you are faced with flood damage, call on our experts for help. We are available to assist you 24/7.

An Experienced Restoration Team From SERVPRO Can Help You Respond to Any Loss From Flooding

Flooding is generally destructive to properties, but the severity of each incident varies. Many factors influence the destructiveness of flood damage on your structure and thus determine the resources needed for restoration.

Estimating the destructiveness of flood damage at your St. Petersburg home from a casual observation is not easy because flooding causes visible and invisible problems. For example, you cannot estimate the contamination levels in your house from casual observation. Seeking help from a professional like SERVPRO eases evaluation and resolving damages.

Some Factors That Help Reveal the Destructiveness of a Flooding Incident Include: 

  • The depth of water involved
  • Structural breaches such as shattered windows or a torn roof
  • The time taken before restoration starts

Moving water exerts great forces on standing structures. The force increases with the depth of the water. Therefore, if your property lies in the path of a moving stream of water, you can expect significant devastation. Apart from physical force, water also causes deterioration of materials once absorbed. Therefore an incident that heavily inundates your house provides an uninterrupted moisture supply leading to significant deterioration.

Unlike the exterior parts of your structure, which are designed to withstand weather elements, the interiors are highly vulnerable. When storm winds shatter windows or blow off shingles, the interiors, including ceilings, walls, and contents, are exposed to precipitation and changing temperatures, among other things. Our SERVPRO crew can intervene to limit the damage by installing a roof tarp or boarding up any wall openings. 

If possible, flood restoration should start soon after discovery. However, delays can occur, especially if the storm affects vast areas since water takes longer to recede and important utilities like roads may be blocked. 

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is a reliable partner to help you cope with any type of flood damage at your property, "Like it never even happened." Call us at (727) 522-0000.

Do You Need Fire Damage Cleanup and Restoration in St. Petersburg – Call SERVPRO

12/14/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke and soot damage on walls and ceiling Smoke and soot residues leave their mark long after a fire is extinguished. Don't DIY! Call SERVPRO!

SERVPRO Provides Fire Damage Demolition, Cleanup and Restoration Services

After the St Petersburg fire department leaves and you survey the damage caused by the fire and the efforts of the firemen to quell the fire, many people ask themselves, where do we start? The fire may have charred cupboards, water, and chemicals used to suppress the fire cover the floor, and smoke residues coat everything in the immediate area of the fire. Is it safe to enter your home? Will the water and chemicals cause additional secondary damage?

SERVPRO has the experience, equipment, and team members to help with fire damage demolition, cleanup, and restoration in St. Petersburg. Our team typically responds in less than four hours after receiving your call, assesses the situation, the damage, and what resources will be needed to help you recover from this disaster. Once the fire department gives the all-clear sign, we can get to work.

Removing water and chemicals helps minimize secondary damage to flooring materials and structures untouched by the flames. We document your items that need removing for disposal. Structural components damaged by the fire are also demolished and removed. We clean everything, paying particular attention to porous and non-porous items, the type of smoke residues, and odors coating the interior of your home.

SERVPRO will organize and manage the entire recovery process while working closely with your insurance adjuster to handle claims. Our services include:

  • Fire and smoke damage restoration and cleanup
  • Minimization of secondary damage
  • Use odor removal equipment, sanitizing agents, germicides, and deodorization agents to remove all signs of damage caused by the fire.

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

Need Help Clearing Storm Flood Damage to Your Home in Northeast St. Petersburg? – Call SERVPRO

12/6/2021 (Permalink)

heavy rain on roof It is always storm season in Florida. SERVPRO is your one-stop-shop for all of your water damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Provides Storm Flood Damage Restoration to Your Northeast St. Petersburg Home

Floodwaters absorb all sorts of nasty things as floodwater rages through the streets, our yards, and our homes in Northeast St. Petersburg. There are chemicals from various storage areas around our homes. There may be biological material from uncollected garbage. Then there are the viruses and bacteria absorbed by the water and carried into our homes along with debris such as mud, tree limbs, and waste. Cleaning up a mess like this requires the appropriate knowledge and safety gear to prevent illness and accidents.

SERVPRO provides flood damage cleanup from storms for homes in Northeast St. Petersburg. Our team is onsite within four hours of your initial call. In addition, we can call on our partners in other franchises to assist with sizable multi-building repair and restoration activities. Once we assess the situation, we deploy the equipment and human resources to safely remove debris and damaged contents. Anything that can be cleaned and sanitized is stored in a separate staging area until we return it to your home. Most non-porous contents can be cleaned and sanitized.

The repair and restoration may involve flood cuts in the drywall above the water line to remove damaged drywall and insulation. Water tends to wick up porous walls such as drywall. Your call to us and our fast response can often reduce the amount of secondary damage caused to flooring materials, walls, and insulation.

SERVPRO responds to calls for flood damage restoration after a storm and provides the following services:

  • Water removal services, repair, and restoration
  • Controlled demolition to reduce secondary damage
  • Cleaned and sanitized contents are stored in secure staging areas

Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for storm flood damage restoration in Northeast St. Petersburg and nearby areas. We can help 24/7. Call (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.

In St. Petersburg, Professional Water Removal is Critical For Museum Damage Mitigation

11/11/2021 (Permalink)

a men's bathroom with urinals on the wall When water damage affects your commercial property, time is of the essence. Our certified technicians are standing by to take your emergency call.

Commercial Water Damage is Always Minimized by Calling SERVPRO

Our beautiful city is home to many museums, preserving the arts and history of our community. The buildings housing these treasures are as vulnerable as any to water incursion from failed plumbing, leaky roofs, and storm surges. SERVPRO has the expertise, trained technicians, and powerful equipment to remove the water swiftly before lasting damage occurs.

A malfunction in the automatic flushing system in patron restrooms floods exhibit floors, necessitating water removal in a St. Petersburg museum. Along with the threat to priceless artwork, the health and well-being of museum employees and visitors hang in the balance if cleanup does not complete quickly and to industry standards. We have the capability to remove large quantities of water fast, with enough workers and equipment to return the museum to preloss condition while limiting any disappointing or costly closures.

Because the water may contain infectious waste, it is crucial to engage a restoration company with restoration industry certifications and experience with the large-scale removal of contaminated water. SERVPRO meets these criteria. We are familiar with local laws and regulations concerning removing hazardous waste and the required sanitation protocols after the water is gone. Our equipment is truck-mounted and secures the tainted water for proper disposal.

We are a local company connected to a nationwide network of restoration companies. This permits us to leverage more trained restoration workers and equipment from neighboring SERVPRO franchises to complete an extensive cleanup quickly. Pumps and extractors take care of standing water while technicians move in to take moisture readings and establish drying goals once the areas affected are sanitized. Air movers and dehumidifiers correctly positioned begin the task of drying flooring, walls, and trim.

Water Damage Equipment

Drying Mats ensure water is removed to the subfloor as well. Our technicians determine if other strategies, such as removing some tile or hardwood flooring sections, are necessary to dry thoroughly every layer. Pinpoint holes drilled in the wooden floor allow moisture to evaporate if the finish prevents it. Once the moisture levels drop below-designated levels, we complete the final restoration touches, reinstalling tiles and refinishing wooden trim and flooring.

Transforming a museum awash in water is a task SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg awaits with confidence. Call (727) 522-0000, and we deliver the team and equipment needed to restore museum exhibits and spaces to their glory.

How To Effortlessly Solve Fire Damage Problems In St. Petersburg

11/4/2021 (Permalink)

a house with fire blazing out of its windows Dealing with the aftermath of a fire can be quite overwhelming. SERVPRO will assess the situation and remediate the remaining fire damage.

Call SERVPRO for Cleanup and Fire & Smoke Restoration Help

While none of us likes it when a fire disaster comes calling, the best you can do to counter such situations is by being prepared. As a resident of St. Petersburg, you need to take caution by knowing the different options you have when faced with such a situation. Going for the services of a restoration service provider can make such a big difference.

Fire damage issues in St. Petersburg can make you panic, and that is where the services of a company like SERVPRO can prove vital. During such scenarios, move-outs may be necessary and usually require significant labor. When we, as restorers, do a move-out, your valuables are moved to a remote location so that we can restore your property. We are highly professional since we have to pack, move, unpack, clean, repack and move back your contents.

Fire Restoration

The restoration process typically begins by inspecting the kind of damage that the fire caused. Even if firefighters put out the fire, all is not safe since the extinguishing agents can combine with water and lead to more damage. That means different kinds of damage such as water damage, smoke damage, heat damage, and charring can result from the incident.

As a property owner, you may fail to identify the level of damage that was left behind. Experts from SERVPRO have the right tools to address the three primary levels of fire damage – major, medium, and minor – to achieve the preloss state of your property. You should note that a restoration process does not entail routine cleaning and repair services. Here, experts go the extra mile and perform duties like identifying the source of electricity, locating the charred debris.

In a nutshell, you should not gamble with fire damage incidents. Some of the emitted gases are carcinogenic. A certified company uses the proper cleaning procedures and tools to secure your safety.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is here to restore your property after a fire damage incident at any time of the day. Call us at (727) 522-0000 and get the professional services you deserve.

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.

How to Handle Water Damage Odors in Your St Petersburg Home

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

a water damaged ceiling Water damage that affects your walls can quickly turn into a smelly mold infestation. Call our certified SERVPRO team.

Combat Odors Caused by Water Damage in Your St Petersburg Home

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

Water Damage Can Lead to Unpleasant Odors

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

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

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

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

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

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

How SERVPRO Remediate’s Flood Damage in St. Petersburg

10/5/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded kitchen with items floating everywhere Flooding can affect your home quickly as a result of a storm. Call our certified team for flood damage remediation services.

Flood Damage for Your St. Petersburg Home

Whether your home in St. Petersburg is underwater due to groundwater or excess falling rain, some practices are best for you to follow within the first twenty-four hours after the flood so that you and your family remain safe. You also ensure the best possible outcome with your insurance company.

The first thing to do once the initial danger is over, whether you had to evacuate your home or not, is to contact a professional remediation company for help with the flood damage in St. Petersburg. SERVPRO has trained and experienced staff who quickly come when you call us so we can attempt to avoid additional damage to your structure.

Before beginning any repairs or removing the water, you should thoroughly document all the damage by taking photos or even video. Doing so gives you a good record of everything that happened, which you can present to your insurance agent, so you get the coverage you need. If you do not take the pictures before beginning repairs, you could decrease how much coverage you receive.

In any flooding situation, safety is the first concern of SERVPRO techs. Not only do we wear proper protective equipment, including full suits, gloves, boots, and masks, but we have you and your family stay out of the residence while we work. Floodwaters usually contain various contaminants, which can include sewage and chemical runoff. We can also speak with your insurance adjuster for you so you can concentrate on your family during this stressful time. 

We will likely need to replace certain items if they have become saturated with floodwaters, such as carpeting and any drywall up to where the waters rose. We can cut out the section that got wet and replace it with new material.

Storm Flood Damage

After a flood, you can also find out if your home is in a disaster area. If it has been deemed so by government authorities, homeowners usually have access to additional resources that include public services to remediate and protect the area. Plus, you might even be able to get financial assistance. You can contact your insurance company or FEMA directly for more information. 

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg understands that after flooding in your home in Coffeepot Bayou, Snell Isle, or Placido Bayou, you are under much stress. Give us a call at (727) 522-0000 as soon as possible so we can come and help you restore your home and take a lot of the pressure off of you.

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. 

Who Can Restore St. Petersburg Rental Condos After Water Intrusion?

9/18/2021 (Permalink)

water damage ceiling tiles and insulation Water damage restoration for your place of business is not a hard decision. SERVPRO specializes in all phases of water damage restoration.

SERVPRO Offers Commercial Water Damage Restoration to St. Petersburg Summer Condo Owners

How does water intrusion occur?

As the owner of a summer rental service in St. Petersburg, there are several ways that water intrusion can occur in your rental properties. Some of these may be the result of guests failing to shut off water or leaving faucets running. In other situations, a severe weather event or failure of an air-conditioning unit (HVAC) can lead to unchecked water intrusion. SERVPRO operates locally so we can quickly arrive at your summer rental condos and prevent water intrusion from causing permanent harm or spreading to other properties. Our technicians can remove moisture from the property using portable water extractors before conducting a professional inspection of the damaged areas. 

Do I Need To Be At The Property During Restoration?

We appreciate that business owners have different requirements when dealing with Water Damage in St. Petersburg. So long as we can access the building, we can perform effective water mitigation and restoration. We record any inspection, drying equipment usage, and outcomes within a digital dry book. This is usually recorded in real-time when working with commercial business owners. As such, you can remain in contact with the drying process every step of the way. Our commercial crew chiefs can conduct a walkthrough with you at the end of service to point out any areas of damage, and pass on the paperwork to your insurer on your behalf to complete a stress-free claim. 

What Do Commercial Water Restoration Services Offer Businesses?

  • Water restoration technicians (WRT) qualified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certifications body
  • Twenty-four-hour emergency operator
  • Call-out times within four hours of notification of damage

Water intrusion can affect your revenues and your reputation as a business. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg 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.

Resuming Full Operations After Flood Damage in a St. Petersburg Processed Food Factory

8/12/2021 (Permalink)

"Here to help" You might not be able to avoid water incidents, but SERVPRO is here to help if they occur.

St. Petersburg Businesses Benefit from SERVPRO's Swift Service after Flooding

Any business is at risk of sustaining damages, with some being foreseeable and therefore preventable, even if only partially, and other damages being completely unexpected. Some, such as broken water lines or other mishaps involving appliances and equipment that rely on water use, can only be partially prevented by proper maintenance. Sometimes, water lines leak, burst open, or fall apart even when they have been maintained fastidiously. 

The production of food items must adhere to strict rules, and flood damage in St. Petersburg can interfere with this adherence to the rules, making the final products unusable. SERVPRO understands that you have not only deadlines to meet but also outside regulations to follow. Without the ability to fulfill both, your company, employees, and even those on the supply end can all suffer. 

Water Removal Services

With water damage, unlike other types of damage, water can get into areas where it can remain hidden, making it difficult to extract. This is why after we are finished with our pump trucks and handheld units, we then implement the use of smaller units that can extract moisture from highly porous materials, including wood flooring and insulation. 

Whenever foodstuffs are involved in flooding incidents, even if the water is considered clean at its origin, wet items must be disposed of responsibly. This includes food in cans, as well as those that are in less-durable packages and dry goods. Because this kind of damage can be quite costly, we are ready to help you with inventory sheets that you can present to your insurance carrier. Doing so can speed up the claims process significantly. 

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is an experienced restoration company. We have aided many customers over the years in recovering their businesses after flood damage, and other catastrophes have caused significant losses and created interference of normal operations. When you have damages that do the same to you, call us at (727) 522-0000, at any hour of the day, any day of the week. We have the experience necessary to make it "Like it never even happened."

Why Your St. Petersburg Air Conditioner Leak Causes Water Damage

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

AC unit Water in your home can be a hassle. Call SERVPRO for help right away.

Trust SERVPRO to Restore Your St. Petersburg Condo Post Water Problems

Especially in the warmer months, you may discover that your air conditioning unit is leaking inside your home. There are several reasons why this can happen. If it does, the first thing to do is to turn off the thermostat for your AC to stop further damage to your home. When enough water has leaked into your home, water removal is necessary. Water forms in your air conditioner in the first place because it contains an evaporator coil that cools the warm air, which is blown over it. Moisture, or condensation, forms on the coil because of this. The moisture then drops into a drain pan and down a condensate drain line leading outside your home.

When You Need Water Removal Services, Contact SERVPRO

One of the main reasons you find the need for water removal from your St. Petersburg AC unit is a clogged condensate drain line. If it gets clogged with dirt, dust, mold, or sludge, the water backs up inside your home. You then need the professional help of SERVPRO, a professional water removal company, to help you clean up the water and possibly fix the problem of unclogging the line. A specific vacuum is used to suck the blockage material out. 

Other causes of a leaking air conditioner are a rusted or damaged drain pain, allowing the water to fall right through, or a broken condensate pump. When you have your AC unit installed within the home, a condensate pump channels the water outdoors through a PVC pipe. If this pump breaks or the microswitch malfunctions, the water does not go outside anymore, causing water accumulation.

Your air conditioner could also have a dirty filter, which blocks air flow over the evaporator coil. The coil then gets too cold and freezes over. As it melts, it drops an extra amount of water that the pan might not hold. A similar problem is that low refrigerant lowers the pressure in the AC system, making the evaporator coil freeze over, overflowing the pan. 

No matter the cause, our technicians from SERVPRO arrive at your home quickly when damage is evident. We use professional equipment such as portable wet-vacs, and in extreme cases, truck-mounted extraction units for efficient water removal. We also have devices to find hidden moisture like hygrometers and moisture detectors, plus infrared cameras to detect water trapped behind your walls. Complete drying is key to professional water damage restoration.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can thoroughly dry your home out when your AC unit has leaked or another issue caused a water intrusion. Just call us at (727) 522-0000 to make "Like it never even happened."

Is there a Solution to Water Damage in a St. Petersburg Home?

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO call now You can count on SERVPRO’s experienced professionals to eliminate water damage on your property. Call us today.

St. Petersburg Homeowners Can Call SERVPRO for Premier Water Restoration Services

Most people in St. Petersburg may think of water restoration services only in passing, without ever considering they might need them one day. Extreme storms, plumbing problems, and ceiling leaks can wreak havoc to your home, leading you to call a reputable company to provide emergency services and restore water damage. Acting quickly and relying on a certified team of water restoration technicians sets the stage for a successful cleanup process and minimal disruption.

The most capable water restoration team in St. Petersburg is SERVPRO. Our staff trains diligently with experts in our field and prepares to take action when emergencies happen. Not only are we fast to arrive thanks to our round-the-clock coverage, but we have at our fingertips the necessary equipment to begin the water extraction and drying essential to a comprehensive water cleanup process.

With the right team equipped with the right tools, the water restoration process becomes possible. Our SERVPRO staff goes above and beyond what the average homeowner can do and instead relies on industry-grade air circulators, water extraction pumps, and desiccants to remove excess humidity from your home. As we work, we use advanced measuring tools that help us assess our progress and identify problem areas hiding from plain view. Homeowners with unattended water issues inadvertently create a hospitable environment for mold growth, which is a common escalation to water damage.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is much more than a drying service. When you call us at (727) 522-0000, you are assured of having the best in the field, including staff, equipment, and processes. Invite us into your home and let us leave it “Like it never even happened.”

Qualified Fire Damage Restoration Services Available Throughout the St. Petersburg Area

7/15/2021 (Permalink)

fire line Call our experts after you experience a fire disaster, we have the training your home needs after a fire occurs.

Quick and Efficient Emergency Fire Damage Restoration Services

You awake in the middle of the night to the smell of smoke, reaching your kitchen to discover flames soaring out of control. Regardless of what caused the problem in your St. Petersburg home, you now need help to recover; that is where we come in. 

We understand that experiencing fire damage on your St. Petersburg property can be difficult. Fires create terrible damage that takes a severe toll on your living environment. However, having a trusted partner with years of experience returning homes just like yours to normal after a fire can help you receive fast, efficient results. 

You are not alone; SERVPRO professionals are available 365-days a year, 24-hours a day to provide critical fire damage restoration services in your home. We make it possible for you to gain access to qualified professionals right here in your community. Our job is to minimize any damages you experience and provide you with stress-free services that make it easier to get back on track after a fire.

Fire Restoration Training

A small kitchen fire or an event that makes its way through your entire structure is no problem for SERVPRO technicians to handle. All of our technicians receive rigorous in-house training and obtain full IICRC-industry certification before setting foot on your property. With full access to advanced equipment and resources, we work hard to make your recovery faster than you might imagine. 

We understand that your home is of vital importance and whether the fire damage is large or small, receiving quality results is a significant concern. At SERVPRO, we take providing restoration services to our neighbors seriously and do everything possible to restore your property to a quality pre-fire damage condition, “Like it never even happened.”

Water & Fire Damage Restorations

The damage itself can grow exponentially worse the longer you wait, mainly since most fires also include water damage that can allow residues to dig into surfaces faster and lead to mold damage as well. So, should you be facing a fire problem on your property, call a professional for help as soon as possible.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is ready to assist you with any emergency situation you may face; call today. We serve St. Petersburg, Northeast St. Petersburg, and Shore Acres anytime, day or night. (727) 522-0000

Dealing with Minor Flood Damage in Your St. Petersburg Kitchen

7/9/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO vehicle SERVPRO technicians are available around the clock to assist with any type of damage in your home. Call our professionals at (727) 522-0000.

SERVPRO Technicians Quickly Figure Out the Flooding Path in Your Home

Many homeowners have recently opted to replace their cabinets with newer-looking ones while deciding to replace various appliances. Sometimes, however, this can backfire. The wood used to make cabinets often needs time to adjust to the higher Florida humidity. This is a slight adjustment, but when older appliances fail, these same cabinets are often exposed to copious amounts of water that they were never expected to withstand. 

Many St. Petersburg area homes sustain minor flood damage because of problems with kitchen appliances. These appliances do not necessarily need to be repaired themselves, but the washer rings, fittings, hoses, and other water-feeding and draining parts are often not inspected. When these parts fail, they can spew water, sometimes clean, and other times, not-so-clean, all over the kitchen, including the cabinetry. 

Water Removal Services

Allowing this to dry off in the air can lead to dramatic warping. Cabinetry of all ages needs to be cared for correctly. Metal fittings such as hinges and doorknobs, drawer runners, and latches can rust quickly. This rust can, in turn, run whenever there are slight elevations in humidity, staining cabinet doors. 

Also, water from appliance malfunction problems can pool under flooring, entering through even the smallest cracks, forming future problems and possibly mold damage. This moisture can keep your kitchen damp-feeling, and when air conditioning or central air is used, this cooler environment, along with closed doors and windows, can keep the water trapped inside. 

At SERVPRO, knowing how to solve situations such as this, although seemingly minor, can prevent much more costly situations from becoming a reality. Moisture travels – it never stays put in one spot. When even minor flood damage exists, we realize much more damage that a lack of action can create. Moisture from an overflowing dishwasher or broken garbage disposal can eventually end up as far away as your attic! 

No job is too big, nor too small, for SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg. Call us for your flood damage control needs at (727) 522-0000, anytime, day or night. We can help prevent more significant problems from happening elsewhere in your home.

Efficient Commercial Mold Remediation is Handled by Pros in St. Petersburg

6/23/2021 (Permalink)

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

When Your St. Petersburg Commercial Space Needs Mold Remediation, Hire SERVPRO for the Job

If you suspect mold growth at the beginning of colonization within your St. Petersburg office building, it can be alarming. No matter what, you must address it completely and safely, which is why it is better to contact trained mold specialists for the task. SERVPRO wants you to know that failure to implement best practices for mold removal could generate harmful conditions, such as:

  • Harsh, musty odors
  • Moist conditions that persist
  • The spread of mold organisms
  • Deterioration of building and structural materials
  • Potential health effects

When you contact SERVPRO to help with mold remediation in your St. Petersburg commercial location, we take a multi-faceted approach. There could also be some level of controlled demolition and material replacement as part of our black mold damage repairs when it comes to mold removal. 

Note: A common misconception is that mold remediation services completely eradicate mold from your premises. Spores are microscopic, and they are everywhere within the natural world. While it might be impossible for total removal, SERVPRO works diligently to handle any existing spores and discourage new growth.

Devices We Often Use for Mold Remediation

Our skilled technicians have access to a vast selection of tools and products, including:

  • Infrared imaging
  • Non-penetrating and penetrating moisture meters
  • Moisture sensors
  • Thermo-hygrometers
  • EPA-registered antimicrobials and disinfectant cleaning agents
  • Dehumidifiers and air movers

With our detailed monitoring, we can tackle mold growth wherever it hides. We consistently adjust our methods to achieve our remediation goals as quickly as possible so that your office building sees less downtime. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 when you want a team onsite and ready to get started with mold remediation. 

Typical Treatments for Walls and Ceilings with Smoke Damage in St. Petersburg

6/10/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke and soot on wall and ceiling Don't DIY your smoke and soot damage. Call SERVPRO. We are trained and equipped to restore your home.

SERVPRO Techniques Mitigate Fire & Smoke Damage 

Most fires damage walls and ceilings primarily through the smoke and its residues. As such, cleaning these surfaces is complicated by the many changes and variations of smoke present in the aftermath of fire damage. SERVPRO uses various approaches to clean and remove smoke from walls and ceilings, including specialized brushes, cleaning agents, and techniques designed specifically for niche scenarios. Here's an overview of the cleaning methods you are most likely to see our crews using during restorations.

Dry Sponge Cleaning

Dry sponges get regularly used in the field as they apply to a wide variety of St. Petersburg fire damage scenarios. Dry Cleaning Sponges are used when damage is relatively light or a precursor to more heavy-duty cleaning methods. These can pick up scattered dust, ash, debris, and other factors which can inhibit and slow down wet cleaning processes. In lighter cases of fire damage, these may be all we need to clean your walls and ceilings adequately. In upholstery and soft fabrics being covered with dry smoke (powder), vacuuming is the first action taken.

Wet Sponge Cleaning

Wet sponge cleaning is not merely a variation of its dry counterpart: this process requires different sponges, specialty cleaning agents, and much more careful application. In return, cleaning is much deeper and leaves behind less residue. However, this type of cleaning is limited by the material composing the wall or ceiling. Typically, we only apply wet sponge treatments to paint, metal, or wood ceilings and walls. Surfaces are always pre-tested to ensure no secondary damage will result from the fire damage cleanup.

Peroxide Active Cleaning

Some types of ceilings cannot be cleaned with water-based liquids or may otherwise have damaging elements such as tar that make wet sponge treatments improper. For these, SERVPRO uses peroxide active cleaning regiments, a type of cleaning based on the application of hydrogen peroxide. These treatments are not different from wet sponge treatments, but they rely on a very different chemical process. Quite often, by successfully cleaning surfaces of most of the residue of smoke and soot, our IICRC certified technicians can limit these materials' replacement and rely upon odor suppressing primers and then a newly finished coat of paint. We always strive to restore, not replace.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is a locally owned franchise with national resources dedicated to mitigating and restoring local homes taking damage from fire, water, and mold damage. Call us around the clock at (727) 522-0000.

Inspect Your Cooling System to Avoid Seasonal Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

AC units outside of residential building Summer is almost here. Water infiltration from air conditioners cause damage your home. SERVPRO is ready to take your call!

Avoid Seasonal Water Damage with Help from SERVPRO

The hot and humid summers experienced on the Gulf Coast take a real toll on your cooling system. Unfortunately, the hard work done by air conditioners sometimes results in water damage to your home. Although this type of water infiltration surprises homeowners, SERVPRO technicians know to look for it as a common source of moisture that harms structures and contents.

Cooling systems are a significant source of water damage in St. Petersburg homes. Whether your home features central air or window units, the mechanism is the same. The warm, humid air flows over condenser coils, the freezing temperature causing the water vapor to condense into a liquid. In a properly operating and well-maintained AC configuration, the condensation collects and then drains through a series of hoses. Typically, the hoses direct the water outside your home or into an interior drain.

The problem arises when the drain becomes clogged, and water backs up into the pan, collecting water under the coils. Moisture spills out of the AC unit and seeps into walls or drips onto floors. Because the humid air condenses into water drop by drop, the movement from the air conditioner to the structures or contents of your home is slow and subtle. A soaked carpet or bulging wall beneath the condenser is often the first you know of the damage. Occasionally the water travels far from the condenser through walls and over window sills, requiring a trained SERVPRO technician to trace the flow.

Water damage from a malfunctioning air conditioner poses a risk of contamination and microbial growth as it sits within a hardworking, hot machine. Raised temperatures and close quarters are the perfect conditions for clean water to transform from gray to even black. An experienced water damage restoration company deals swiftly to address the complications of contaminated water. The training and experience SERVPRO technicians offer ensures proper procedures, avoiding spreading any infestation, and educated removal of mold, mildew, and infectious wastewater. Only when the abatement of any hazardous water-borne contamination concludes, our staff use air movers, dehumidifiers, and cleaning products to bring a saturated rug, wet ceiling or wall, or sodden woodwork back to preloss condition.

Rely upon the highly qualified staff of SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to investigate and solve water damage stemming from poorly operating or maintained AC. Operators at (727) 522-0000 send our talented crews to your rescue as soon as possible.

Causes of Commercial Flood Damage in St. Petersburg

5/27/2021 (Permalink)

palm trees blowing in heavy rain, storm It always seems like it is storm season in Florida. SERVPRO is always on call to dry and restore your business.

Several Issues Often Lead to Flood Damage in St. Petersburg

As you can imagine, given its location, St. Petersburg businesses often suffer flood damage due to several common issues that routinely affect this part of Florida.

SERVPRO, through its decades of experience, has successfully dealt with commercial flood damage in St. Petersburg arising from just about every situation imaginable. These situations have involved everything from catastrophic cyclonic storms and the torrential subtropical rains of the region’s rainy season to city drainage system issues. Specifically, some of these problems have been:

  • Hurricanes passing over the area and quickly deluging it with inches of rain
  • Heavier than usual rains during Florida’s rainy period between May and the end of October
  • Powerful storm surges that push excessive amounts of water into Tampa Bay
  • Clogged, damaged, or otherwise overwhelmed gutters, canals, and other drainage networks

What SERVPRO Does to Remediate the Effects of Flooding

As one of the best biohazard remediation and flood restoration companies in St. Petersburg, we can do several things to clean up and restore flood-damaged businesses. These services include:

Regardless of the damage flooding does to your restaurant, retail store, hotel, or other commercial facilities, SERVPRO is likely able to remediate it effectively.

With all that said, if you ever need help cleaning up and restoring your business’ flood damage, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

Why Choose SERVPRO® for Hurricane Clean Up?

5/17/2021 (Permalink)

palm trees blowing in a storm with rain droplets Hurricane Preparedness Guide for residents in St. Petersburg.

SERVPRO Offers St. Petersburg Residents Rapid Water Removal Services and Restoration, 24/7!

Every household within the St. Petersburg area should have a solid emergency plan in place should you experience a hurricane or significant storm surge. Keeping safe is just half of the battle once the storm is here. You also need to know who you can call to ensure you limit loss and secondary damage to your home.

Whenever torrential rain and wind hit St. Petersburg, there is the danger of a powerful tidal surge. If you experience groundwater flooding, rapid water extraction must follow before saltwater corrosion settles in. Rather than risk your property and pocketbook on unlicensed contractors, SERVPRO of N.E. St. Petersburg is available with IICRC-certified water restoration technicians (WRT) and dependable controlled demolition services. We specialize in water cleanup and restoration after:

  • Tropical storms
  • Hurricanes
  • Wind damage
  • Storm surges

Click here to view our complete '2021 Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Within your emergency contacts, be sure that you include (727) 522-0000 so that you can reach SERVPRO of N.E. St. Petersburg 24/7 for emergency storm recovery services. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster and available to help you get your property back to preloss condition.

Shore Acres Homes Deserve SERVPRO Fire Restoration

5/12/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged room with soot and debris everywhere Soot residues and smoke are difficult to deal with after a fire. SERVPRO technicians are certified in fire damage remediation. Contact us right away.

SERVPRO Knows How to Address Soot and Smoke Residue With Careful Fire Restoration Techniques – Call Us to Your Shore Acres Home!

Within all fire damaged homes, there is more than just charred debris to be concerned with. Smoke damage must get addressed so that your Shore Acres property is left like-new once again. By calling SERVPRO to the scene, we ensure all measures get put into place to restore your property, so it is “Like it never even happened.”

When called for fire restoration in Shore Acres, our SERVPRO technicians and managers have received training to identify different residues that have soiled surfaces. Soot and smoke residue generally fall into three categories:

  • Dry – Whenever a fire burns fast and hot while consuming paper and wood as fuel, it will put out a light, ashy, dry soot.
  • Wet – Whenever a fire burns, including rubber, plastics, or damp fabric and padding, it will put out a thick, sticky, wet soot.
  • Protein-Based – Whenever a fire includes food and grease with high flames and heat, usually a kitchen fire, it will produce sticky, highly malodorous soot.

After our technicians determine the types of soot residue present, we will begin smoke remediation and damage cleanup. We carefully select the right solutions and methods to get the job done as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Everything is wrapped up with EPA-registered sanitizers and deodorizers, leaving your interior Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned!

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is the team to call when you need skilled fire restoration. You can reach us 24 hours a day by dialing (727) 522-0000.

Ceiling Leaks in St. Petersburg? Call SERVPRO for Water Damage Restoration!

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

a woman holding a bucket to catch water falling from her ceiling Regardless of the size of the leak, team SERVPRO can help with water removal and remediation services. Call right away for best results!

SERVPRO Ensures St. Petersburg Residents Get the Prompt, Reliable Water Clean Up and Damage Restoration They Need

Whenever there is a leaking roof from storms is an issue with leaky plumbing, it could go for a while before starting to spot the signs of damage. When handling ceiling repairs from water damages, we have skilled water restoration technicians (WRT) here at SERVPRO to get the job done as quickly and efficiently as possible.

No matter the size of the water leak, calling in the help of trained and certified technicians gets you the water damage restoration in St. Petersburg that you deserve. There are many good reasons to call SERVPRO for water damage remediation and clean up whether you have a burst pipe, ceiling leaks, or another need for emergency services water damage assistance:

  • A water leak introduces moisture, which brings on mildew, black mold, and secondary damage – thus increasing costs
  • A water leak that is even a trickle or slow drip could mean that your drywall or plaster gets saturated
  • A water leak can sometimes bring contaminants into your home, which can permeate any porous building materials it comes into contact with

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg has advanced technology in moisture detection tools to pinpoint the source of your leak. We will work quickly to provide professional water damage restoration, so your interior is “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at (727) 522-0000.

Limit Cost and Fire Restoration Time by Calling SERVPRO First

4/30/2021 (Permalink)

a fire damaged building with a fire truck outside of it Fire damage needs to be dealt with quickly and effectively. Contact SERVPRO to help you during this trying time.

St. Petersburg Residents Can Trust SERVPRO to Arrive Quickly to Get to Work on Fire Restoration and Clean Up!

St. Petersburg is a city located between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, Florida. With an average of about 360 days of beautiful sunshine each year, it is easy to see why the region is a popular destination for retirees and tourists. Because of the amount of sun that St. Petersburg gets per calendar year, it has been given the nickname “The Sunshine City.”

Getting Out to Experience St. Petersburg with Local Excursions

Due to the location of St. Petersburg and the gorgeous weather, it is no wonder why this has become an area for travelers and those looking to put down roots. If you are going to be in the area and you want to immerse yourself in all that is St. Petersburg, these are some beautiful experiences not to miss:

  • St. Petersburg Speed Boat Adventures
  • Evening Yacht Cruise with Dining Option
  • Clear Kayak Tour through Tampa Bay Area Shell Key Preserve
  • St. Petersburg Jungle Prada Site History Tour

Exploring Some of the Local Flavor in St. Petersburg, Florida

The St. Petersburg region is known for its diverse flavor when it comes to dining experiences. There is a bit of something for everyone, whether you are looking to plan a date night, dinner out with friends, or a quick lunch by the ocean. Some of the top options for dining in St. Petersburg include:

  • Jacks London Grill – This restaurant on 62nd Avenue North is known for several crave-worthy menu selections. Some of the local favorites include Bombay Chicken and Lentil Pie, Scotch Eggs, Classic Fish N’ Chips, and Herb Butter Chicken Tenders.
  • Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille – When you are looking for a lively atmosphere, and fresh menu selections, this eatery on 2nd Avenue NE fits the bill. Try the favorite Yucatan Shrimp and wash it down with one of the Doc Ford Mojitos as the waves crash nearby.
  • Chiefs Creole Café – Are you looking to spice things up a bit? This café on 22nd Street S has a menu filled with creole favorites like shrimp and grits, red beans and rice, and perfectly-made beignets for dessert.

Fire Restoration with SERVPRO Can Save St. Petersburg Residents Time and Money – Call Us First!

Once you have fire and smoke damage in your St. Petersburg home after a blaze, contacting a certified fire restoration company should be one of your first steps. SERVPRO arrives quickly at your property to begin paperwork and assessment so that you can get your life back to routine faster. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster, and it is our goal to ensure your home gets back to preloss condition as smoothly as possible.

When calling SERVPRO for fire restoration in St. Petersburg, you will enjoy:

  • Cut Costs – the less time necessary for restorations means fewer expenditures. Additionally, we always work to restore rather than replace whenever possible.
  • Minimized Fire Restoration Times – Our proven methods and advanced technology help us to cut restoration time.
  • Safety Assessments – Safety of your structure and interior air for your family are paramount. We take the time to inspect every aspect of the job to identify and address all risks.

House fire clean up and fire restoration with SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg get you incredible results every time. Call us 24-hours a day for emergency response at (727) 522-0000.

What if Your St. Petersburg Commercial Building Requires Mold Removal?

4/13/2021 (Permalink)

heavy mold growth on walls and ceiling Mold is off-putting to customers. SERVPRO knows how to remove the mold and keep your business open!

Petersburg Businesses can Trust SERVPRO for Mold Inspections, Remediation, and Removal

Mold removal does not have to be complicated, but it must get addressed with caution. Rather than risking the potential health effects with DIY methods or missing patches of mold spores, SERVPRO is available to help with all the mold remediation your St. Petersburg business requires.

Homeowners may often see small patches of attic basement mold, but what does a business owner do for commercial mold removal in St. Petersburg? SERVPRO makes safety a priority to ensure our team and your employees are safe at all times.

Mold inspection followed by mold remediation means containment. We will set up a plan of action that includes containment, which may look like:

  • Plastic sheeting that gets put up as containment barriers
  • Sealing off the vents of your HVAC system to limit duct system contamination
  • Initiating negative air pressure within the contamination zone
  • Putting together decontamination rooms, aka clean rooms, for smooth when entering and leaving – including decontaminating all materials and equipment

Mold remediation is nothing to take lightly, so call us at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg when you need commercial mold removal assistance. Contact us 24 hours a day at (727) 522-0000.

Handling Flood Damage After a St. Petersburg Storm

4/6/2021 (Permalink)

dark storm cloud Hurricane season is fast approaching. Know that should your home incur storm damage, SERVPRO is always on call.

Flood Restoration and Damage Cleanup in St. Petersburg is Easier When you Enlist SERVPRO’s Help

Are you dealing with a leaking roof from storms that rolled through? It would be best if you thought about having any ceiling repairs from water damages handled sooner than later. If you let moisture fester for too long, it brings the potential for mold growth and costly secondary damage. SERVPRO will arrive quickly at your St. Petersburg home to get to work on the cleanup and restoration!

Water removal services are just part of the process when you call us for flood damage in St. Petersburg. SERVPRO puts a plan into action to include steps such as:

  • Excess water extraction
  • Setting up measures for humidity control
  • Removal of all damaged materials
  • Demo, as needed, to help accelerate drying
  • Deodorize surfaces to eliminate the onset of musty odors
  • Establish drying zones by carefully positioning drying equipment

Our Green Fleet arrives stocked and ready to tackle your water cleanup to facilitate our proven methods for water damage restoration. Flood restoration is something that our IICRC-certified technicians thrive in, so call us first!

Flood damage after a storm is no match for our crew at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg. Call us for emergency restoration services 24/7 at (727) 522-0000. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster!

Water Mitigation Methods Your St. Petersburg Property Needs

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is Available for Water Restoration and Mitigation 24/7 in St. Petersburg

Award-winning beaches, friendly locals, and top-rated restaurants make up just a few of the many reasons people flock to the St. Petersburg, Florida, area. Whether you are looking to relocate, purchase a vacation home, or stop in for a visit, there truly is something for everyone. With so many things to see and do, it is no wonder why this area is the perfect place to get away.

Often called St. Pete by Florida locals, you will find this city within Pinellas County. Home to the Tampa Bay Rays MLB team, St. Petersburg is the fifth most populous city within the state. If you are a lover of all things beach sand and sun, you will find some of the best beaches on the East coast along the shores here.

Some of the top places to stop for a quick drink or a bite to eat in St. Petersburg, FL, include:

  • Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille
  • Jack’s London Grill
  • Brick & Mortar
  • Chiefs Creole Café
  • Mazzaro’s Italian Market
  • Annata Wine Bar
  • Noble Crust
  • BellaBrava

Plenty of Incredible Cultural Attractions to Enjoy

Not only will you have fantastic shopping destinations, cozy bars, great food at local restaurants to enjoy, but St. Petersburg is also home to a vast assortment of cultural attractions. These are some of the finest attractions in the area to put on your to-do list:

  • The Dali Museum –When visiting this museum, you will find an astounding collection of nearly 2,500 works from Salvador Dali, including over 2,100 photographs, sculptures, 300 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and so much more. 
  • The Morean Arts Center –This is an excellent stop to make if you are looking to see a range of exhibits like the Chihuly Collection. Known as a master glass sculptor, Dave Chihuly is known for pushing the boundaries within the contemporary art world. 
  • The Capitol Theater –Since 1921, this establishment has been brimming with memorable performances, seeing a vast selection of shows and performers throughout the years. 

Famous People from St. Petersburg, Florida

There are several names of people that come from St. Petersburg that you may recognize. Some of the famous top names from the area include:

  • Macy Kate – Pop singer
  • Dustin Michael – R & B singer
  • Monica Raymund – Television actress
  • Violett Beane – Television actress
  • Kevin Burgess – Rapper
  • Dante Fowler – Football player
  • Trayvon Bromell – Professional runner
  • Dawn Olivieri – Television actress

What Happens When St. Petersburg Residents Need Help with Water Mitigation?

Prompt water mitigation in St. Petersburg can save you plenty of time and money. Working with us at SERVPRO ensures your property gets the attention it deserves.

Understanding water mitigation so your St. Petersburg project goes faster is for which our skilled technicians are here. Water damage remediation and water cleanup go hand-in-hand. Whether you need cleaning up after a sewer backup or burst pipes sent gallons of water into your interior, we can help! Look to us for:

  • Careful monitoring and humidity control
  • Skilled demoing of all unsalvageable materials 
  • Moisture detection using moisture meters and sensors
  • Detailed cleaning and decontamination of all salvageable materials

Water removal services and water mitigation are just two areas we excel in at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg. Call our team 24/7 for emergency services water damage help at (727) 522-0000.

Can Water Intrusion Make a Home Unsanitary?

3/11/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

What is the Time Frame to Repair Flood Damage?

3/4/2021 (Permalink)

Storm clouds and lightning It's spring storm season, and that means potential flooding. SERVPRO is always available for your flood damage restoration needs.

SERVPRO Work Quickly to Mitigate and Restore your St. Petersburg Home after Flooding

Harsh weather conditions can lead to the flooding of residential properties. Standing water, a common symptom of flooding, can put excessive pressure on a home's structure. As time passes, water migrates into parts of the property that may be tough to reach.

Professional flood damage restoration services in St. Petersburg can help to mitigate losses in your property. SERVPRO operates in the local area, which allows us to arrive quickly at the scene and begin urgent mitigation. Usually, flood restoration starts with a safety assessment and draining the property using powerful submersible pumps. Afterward, a water restoration technician can work with an insurance adjuster to produce a verbal estimate.

  • We utilize a restore over replace mentality that can keep claim expenses low.
  • Project Managers and Crew chiefs have experience working together with insurance adjusters.
  • We promise to take a contaminated property back to a sanitary level using our exceptional expertise and equipment.

Storms can lead to significant personal property damages. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for flood damage restoration at (727) 522-0000.

What is the best way to Remove Smoke and Soot After a Fire

2/25/2021 (Permalink)

smoke entering room from under door; flames seen under door Even in a small fire, smoke and soot travel throughout the home. SERVPRO can help restore the damage and your possessions.

SERVPRO Can Help St. Petersburg Residents Recover their Home and Contents after a Fire

The city of St. Petersburg is within the Tampa Bay area but has a large enough population to place in the top-five of cities in Florida State. The 271,842 permanent residents enjoy a thriving arts and culture scene and excellent economic opportunities in retail, healthcare, real estate, and financial centers. The region is part of a tri-city area that includes Tampa, Petersburg, and Clearwater. Together these three cities are home to 2.8 million residents and the second-most-populous region in Florida after Miami. The area has a significant modern contemporary history and was a stopping point for early Spanish exploration and missionaries. True to its reputation as the Sunshine State, St. Petersburg holds the world record for most sun days with 768 consecutive days.

The earliest records of settlers and explorers in St. Petersburg were in 1528. However, the region would have to wait over four hundred and fifty years to receive formal recognition as a township. The earliest adopter of the area was John C. Williams, who purchased the land at the end of the nineteenth century in 1875. By 1892 it was formally incorporated as a township with a population of just three hundred people. By 1903, St. Petersburg had grown to be a fully-fledged city with an estimated population of over four-thousand citizens. One of the primary factors for growth was the dredging of waterways and construction of a port, which connected the area to broader import and export trade, improving employment opportunities and settlers. The exceptional climate saw the area become a prime tourist destination from the 1920s onward, and it maintains a strong tourist economy to this day.

  • Tropicana Field is home to a Major League Baseball Franchise, the Tampa Bay Rays. The seating within the stadium extends over ten levels and allows 42,735 fans in on any day. The Trop also plays host to WWE event, Thunderdome, for parts of the year and during the off-season.
  • The Downtown neighborhood of St. Petersburg features a business district and cultural centers such as the Mahaffey Theatre, the Morean Arts Center, and the Salvador Dali Museum. On the edges of Downtown are several smaller museums, including the St. Petersburg Museum of History.
  • Just ten miles away from the downtown district are beaches and the bay. The beaches in this region are considered among the finest in Florida, with numerous hotels and nightlife venues lining the waterfront. The highly-anticipated St. Petersburg pier is a leisure area that was due to open in 2020 but was delayed by the virus pandemic. A later opening date is imminent.

SERVPRO Can Assist with Fire Damage Restoration and Textile Cleaning in your St. Petersburg Home.

After a property fire, air-borne soots and dust particles can settle onto fabrics or carpets. The water used in the fire-fighting procedure can often cause these particles to become embedded into the fabric and cause blackening soils or odor issues. SERVPRO can help to restore your textiles quickly and efficiently, returning them to a preloss condition.

  • Introducing water to textiles can cause material damage. We can apply emulsifying agents to attract soot, dust, or odor particles without introducing moisture.
  • Heavily soiled carpets can benefit from hot-water extraction, removing both the soils and cleaning the carpet fibers.
  • Using a rotary machine frequently throughout the fabric restoration stages can help to return carpet fibers to their preloss condition.

Avoid causing permanent damage to textiles in your home. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for fire damage restoration at (727) 522-0000.

What Can St. Petersburg Residents Do when their Homes Sustain Flood Damage?

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Cloud to ground lightning against night sky Storms are frequent in our neck of the woods. You can rest easy because SERVPRO is always on call to remediate your storm and flood damage.

Property Owners Can Hire SERVPRO Restorers Handle the Storm Flood Damage

Even a minor storm can cause significant flood damage in your residence. Water can travel in hard-to-reach areas within a short period. Therefore, mopping floodwater and waiting for the surface to dry is not the best solution.

Drywall, ceilings, and other surfaces are made of porous materials. Drying these surfaces may require innovative technology to minimize the spread of storm flood damage in your St. Petersburg home. Therefore, it is essential to involve a renowned restoration company like SERVPRO immediately after the unfortunate incident happens.

Several problems may occur when water gets into your home, including:

  • Water spots on fabric
  • Swelling and warping of wood
  • Corrosion of metallic surfaces

How does SERVPRO Restore Homes?

Our technicians have decades of experience and groundbreaking equipment and tools. Since porous materials can hold water for an extended period, our restorers can use indirect-fired furnaces, which use heat exchangers to raise the affected building's temperatures. That speeds up the evaporation rate on porous surfaces and cavities, expediting the drying process.

Should flood damage occur in your St. Petersburg home, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for an excellent restoration "Like it never even happened." You can reach us at (727) 522-0000.

Quick Assistance When Water Damage Affects St. Petersburg Businesses

1/26/2021 (Permalink)

Ariel view of St. Petersburg No matter the size of your business, SERVPRO can handle all of your water damage needs..

SERVPRO Restorers Respond Fast to Perform Commercial Water Damage Restoration in Affected St. Petersburg Properties

The city of St. Petersburg is situated in Pinellas County, in Florida, United States. In 2020, it was estimated that the city had a population of 271,842, ranking it as the fifth most heavily populated city in Florida. It is also the second largest in the Tampa Bay Area, with Tampa being the largest. Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater together create the second largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in Florida. It has an estimated population of 2.8 million. The city is located between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay in the Pinellas peninsula. Mainland Florida connects with the town to the north.

John Constantine Williams founded the city in 1888. Williams bought the land, and then Peter Demens brought railroads into the area. Williams and Demens held a coin toss to name the community. Demens named the land Saint Petersburg, Russia, after winning the bet. Sr. Williams also titled the first hotel, calling it Detroit Hotel. On February 29, 1892, the city was incorporated as a town, and on June 6, 1903, it was re-incorporated as a city.       

The Home of Arts

In 2011, the American Style magazine categorized the city as its top mid-size city, naming it as a vibrant arts scene. St. Petersburg is home to various arts, making it one of the best street art cities worldwide. The town is among the top three places to visit in Florida.

According to CNN, around 15 percent of the population is above 65 years, making it the seventh-best place to retire.

The city's historic destinations and iconic beaches make it a perfect getaway. Recently, the International Cities of Peace granted St Petersburg the honor of joining 290 other cities in the U.S as an International City of Peace. It was the second city in Florida to have the title.

Tourism in St. Petersburg

The city is home to a children's museum, the Great Explorations, which includes a program center and a pre-school. The city also hosts the Dr. Carter G. Woodson museum. The African American Museum highlights Carter G. Woodson's life. Some of Woodson's accomplishments include founding the Associated Publishers and writing close to 30 books.

How do SERVPRO Technicians Perform Commercial Water Damage in St. Petersburg?

If your commercial property has incurred water damage from a burst pipe or leaky roof, it is essential to handle the problem immediately. That is why SERVPRO restorers are available 24-hours every day.

Immediately we receive your call, our team of technicians can respond within the shortest time possible.

Even small amounts of water can result in long-term problems like mold growth and odors. If the damage goes unnoticed for an extended period, wooden structures may swell and warp, leading to costly repairs. We can dry and dehumidify your property using state of the art equipment to bring things back to normal.

Water damage can cause severe damage to your business within a short period. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for a reliable restoration to make it "Like it never even happened."    

Shop at a Weekly Farmers' Not Too Far Away from Northeast St. Petersburg

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

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Treasure Island's Friday Morning Market Is Only a Quick Trip from Northeast St. Petersburg

One good thing about Florida is that it is one of the few places where you can find fresh produce during the cooler months. Even during January, when crops are not harvestable in other states due to the cold weather, many fresh items in the Tamba Bay region are available. Every Friday morning in January, the Friday morning market is open in Treasure Island from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The only time of the year that the market is closed is between the hot months of May through November.

Shoppers that choose to go to this Friday morning market will have the chance to purchase a variety of goods, including:

  • Over 50 local vendors providing all types of merchandise and food products
  • Locally, hand-made crafts
  • Jewelry
  • Art
  • Home Décor
  • Live musical performances
  • Freshly cooked food

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can help if you ever suffer from fire damage inside your residence. You can call us 24/7 at (727) 522-0000. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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

1/13/2021 (Permalink)

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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."

SERVPRO Can Provide Prompt Water Damage Repair Services in St. Petersburg

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

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If a Pipe Ever Breaks Inside Your St. Petersburg Home, Call SERVPRO for Fast 24/7 Service

St. Petersburg is also known as "The Sunshine City," as residents see on average around 360 days of sunshine. The city had won the record for having the most consecutive sunshine days in a row when the sun never went away for 768 days between 1967 and 1969. The city is proud to be a famous resort town known for its beloved communities of porpoises, pelicans, and sailboats. 

The city sits on Tampa Bay and is the second largest in the Tampa Bay Metro area. Making it the fifth-largest municipality in the state, the latest counts put the town population at around 270,000. The metro region consists of St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and Tampa and has nearly 3 million. 

The City Was Named from One of the Founders' Home Towns

The first person to buy land in the Tampa Bay area was General John Williams when he traveled from Detroit, Michigan to purchase 2,500 acres of land. His dream was to build a city at the location with plenty of public parks and pleasant neighborhoods, and his dream eventually came true.

More than a decade later, in 1888, a prominent Russian Aristocrat named Peters Demens brought the railroad industry into the city. As the story goes, since the two men were the area's most well-known founders, the two decided that they would toss a coin to determine who would get to name their new town. Demens ended winning the bet, and he chose to name the city after his home town in Russia of the same name. As a conciliation prize, Williams was given the right to call the community's first hotel, the Detroit Hotel after his beloved home town.

In 1903, St. Petersburg was officially incorporated as a town, and a decade later, it would start gaining some fame. In 1914, the city's former mayor Al Lang made history for the town. He talked the St. Louis Browns owner into holding their spring training in the city. The Tampa area is now known as one of the best places to watch baseball spring training. 

During that same year, pilot Tony Jannus flew a Benoist airplane entirely over Tampa Bay. The flight took him a little over 20 minutes, and he only got about 50 feet above the bay waters. The flight put Jannus in the history books as his expedition is now accredited to being the start of commercial aviation. The city then built the first public library the next year on Mirror Lake, and it is still in operation.

The City Lives Up to its Founder's Dream with its Beautiful Park System

The St. Petersburg public parks system has several public lands that offer something for just about anyone. The city's 2,400 acres of parklands have the following to provide both residents and visitors:

  • Over 150 parks in the town
  • More than 80 playgrounds for children and a splash pad
  • There are 77 athletic fields as well as 76 separate tennis courts
  • Hiking and biking trails that stretch 44 miles
  • Boaters have the choice of choosing more than 20 boat ramps
  • Disc golfers can play on two different courses
  • There are five public beaches to enjoy
  • Three nature preserves for outdoor enthusiasts

Visitors Can Enjoy a Variety of Attractions

The city is known to be a mecca for arts and culture, and people there find themselves having plenty to do. St. Petersburg is known for the following attractions:

  • Sunken Gardens:This garden is over 100 years old, and it is home to some of the region's oldest plants. Visitors can take paths through the gardens, where they can enjoy over 50,000 tropical plants, pink flamingos, and waterfalls.
  • Manhattan Casino:The casino, constructed in 1925, is in the center of the city's African American community. The casino has been known for its contribution to African American culture and entertainment, including hosting famous performers such as Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Ray Charles, and James Brown.
  • Coliseum:This glorious ballroom was built in 1924, and its oak dance floor hosts everything from corporate events to dances. This historic building is most commonly known as "The Finest Ballroom in the South."
  • Pete Pier:This pier is one of the city's newest attractions, and its 26 acres gives tourists a chance to enjoy the area's gorgeous waterfront. The pier has a marketplace that is home to several vendors selling unique items. 

SERVPRO Can Utilize a Variety of Equipment to Aid in Water Damage Restoration Efforts 

If you ever suffer from a pipe break inside your house, it is wise to call in a professional company like SERVPRO. Once building materials in your house get wet other secondary issues can cause you more problems. For example, if organic materials inside your home, such as your drywall or wooden studs, get wet, then mold could develop. Elevated humidity levels can also damage your walls and ceiling in areas away from the initial source. 

We can respond quickly to your home after you notice that water has leaked into your structure. Our number one goal when mitigating fire damage is to prevent secondary problems from taking place. To quickly dry out your residence, we can use the following equipment:

  • Extraction Machines:We can use extractors to pull up all of the water while it is a liquid.
  • Air Movers: We can set up fans and air movers to create a counterclockwise air circulation that helps speed up the natural evaporation process.
  • Dehumidifiers:These machines work by removing moisture from the air, dispensing it as a liquid, and then pumping out warm, dry air to be used in the circulation created by the fans and air movers.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can assist whether your restoration project is big or small. Call us at (727) 522-0000 24/7 because We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

St. Petersburg Residents Unleash Their Inner Artist

12/11/2020 (Permalink)

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Create Pour Painting Masterpieces in St. Petersburg

On December 13, The Missing Muse is hosting pour painting sessions for aspiring creatives. Lessons take place at The Centre of St. Pete Beach on Blind Pass Road, just west of St. Petersburg. Learn more about this accessible and fun craft from artist Beth Thomas.

This workshop aims to teach participants the following pour painting skills:

  • Preparing your canvas for a pour painting
  • New techniques during each session diversify your pieces for unique results each time
  • How to mix different types of paints and differentiate between craft paints, fluid paints, and heavy body paints
  • Utilizing various pouring vessels, recipes, and media

Pour painting is not only a fun and creative way to create abstractions: it allows anyone at any skill level to craft beautiful artworks. This creative outlet is also highly therapeutic and exciting and will enable participants to relax and “go with the flow.”

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg mitigates condo flooding in St. Petersburg 24 hours a day, seven days a week when you call (727) 522-0000.

A New Art Exhibit in St. Petersburg

12/4/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

Keeping St. Petersburg Businesses Clean and Safe After Disaster

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg Ensures That St. Petersburg Businesses Look and Feel “Like it never even happened.”

St. Petersburg is among the sunniest cities in the Sunshine State in a very literal sense. This locale holds the record for most consecutive days of sunshine at a whopping 768 days. The warm climate and sandy shores have long since established St. Petersburg as a favored vacation spot. St. Pete’s motto is, “Always in Season.”

This tranquil coastal city was founded in the late 1880s to establish a railroad in the area. The name was decided by a coin flip between founders Peter Demens and John C. Williams, with Demens choosing his Russian hometown as the city’s namesake. Williams was permitted to name the first hotel after a town of his choice, which would end up being the Detroit Hotel.

Famous folks from St. Pete among a multitude of prominent people include:

  • Mid-20th century beat author Jack Kerouac
  • Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales
  • Major League Baseball pitchers Jeff D’Amico, Jack Hardy, Doug Waechter, Roy Smith, and Nick Masset, among many others
  • Congressman and former governor of Florida Charlie Crist
  • Tuskeegee Airmen member and jazz musician Al Downing
  1. Petersburg’s Historic Detroit Hotel

John C. Williams named the first hotel in St. Petersburg The Detroit Hotel, a nod to his hometown. However, the land belonged to Demens in exchange for his providing a railway through St. Petersburg instead of routing it directly to Gulfport. Today, the train station St. Pete was founded upon is occupied by the One Progress Plaza, a towering downtown business center on Central Avenue.

The Detroit Hotel originally had 40 rooms to spare, which was more than the number of people living on the land of St. Pete’s early history. Since those early days, however, St. Petersburg has grown into one of Florida’s largest cities, with over 265,000 living in it as of 2018.

To this day, more and more discoveries are being made about this unique historic building. In September 2020, the Tampa Bay Times reported that a construction team performing demolition for the Segreti Hospitality Group found an intact 115-year-old electric elevator inside the hotel while preparing for renovations. However, what makes the elevator an especially intriguing find is the rarity of electricity even at its construction time. St. Petersburg did not have electrical power until 1897 at the earliest.

Steampunk-themed brewpub Club 201 on Central Avenue has since taken in the find, among others, to preserve pieces of St. Pete’s early history. During this excavation, other findings included a staircase, hand-painted wallpaper, a fireplace, and a wooden switchboard.

The Sunken Gardens of St. Petersburg

The Sunken Gardens on 4th Street North is an idyllic getaway from urban sprawl packed with century-old plants and some of the oldest tropical flora cultivated in the Tampa Bay area. Over 50,000 tropical flowers and plants thrive in this roadside sanctuary. Cultivation in captivity over an extended period has created plants that are much larger than usual. These gardens were first established in 1903, the same year St. Pete was re-incorporated and is among the oldest operational tourist attractions in western Florida.

Plant and animal species found in the Sunken Gardens include:

  • Florida royal palms (Roystonea regia)
  • Water lilies (Nymphaea odorata)
  • Bougainvilleas (Bougainvillea spectabilis Willd.)
  • Mexican shrimp plants (Justicia brandegeeana)

Because of the age and care that has gone into the gardens, a diverse array of themes can be found within this botanical sanctuary. There are specific areas for cacti, butterflies, and even a Japanese-themed garden. The Sunken Gardens also host a broad array of events and programs for visitors, including gardening workshops, nature photography lessons, and rain garden planning.

The Sunken Gardens are especially noteworthy for its flamingos, including a young flock of 20 purchased from the San Antonio Zoo in 2016. This effort was accomplished with fundraising from a nonprofit formerly known as Flamingos Forever. This organization has since changed its name to Sunken Gardens Forever, and Mayor Rick Kriseman dedicated May as a month of appreciation for their efforts in preserving and revitalizing the gardens.

How Does SERVPRO Odor Control Protect St. Petersburg Businesses?

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) accredited professionals at SERVPRO have extensive experience and training that places this firm among the top water restoration companies for St. Petersburg businesses. Commercial cleanup requires a strict adherence to local codes and regulations that maintains optimal safety and comfort levels for both employees and customers.

Odor control technicians (OCTs) implement a broad swathe of techniques to address odor-causing particles and microbes on different surfaces, which can include, but are not limited to:

  • Injection systems, which are ideal for controlling water damage odors embedded in carpeting and upholstery
  • Ultra-low volume foggers address widespread water odors in a disaster-affected space through the use of water- or solvent-based deodorizers
  • Odor counteractant beads, time-release pellets, and granules all work to eliminate unpleasant odors from carpet, HVAC intakes, and porous surfaces
  • EPA-registered biocides eliminate odor-causing bacteria and mold to create a sanitary space compliant with local and state business regulations
  • Hydroxyl generators eliminate odors from contents without the use of solvents of masking agents

With everything from commercial-grade spray cleaners to HEPA-filter air scrubbers at their disposal, SERVPRO teams can thoroughly mitigate odor-causing substances in a commercial facility at the particle level in tandem with moisture extraction and structural and contents drying. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg also offers building and repair services that include tile flooring repair, roof repair and tarping, plumbing, electrical, and general contracting services.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg serves businesses with We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster mitigation and restoration. Call (727) 522-0000 to return your business to a preloss state.

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

11/17/2020 (Permalink)

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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)

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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.

What are Some Common Myths about Mold Remediation in Your St. Petersburg Business?

10/31/2020 (Permalink)

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St. Petersburg Entrepreneurs only Want the Facts about Mold Remediation

St. Petersburg downtown is rated as one of the best downtown areas in the state. Museums, art galleries and music venues share the space with modern office buildings and high-rises. It is a great place to run a business. Unfortunately, given the humidity of Florida, any business in the area needs to be vigilant about fungal growth.

If you need mold remediation in your St. Petersburg business, it is important to know the facts about remediation. There are a lot of rumours and a great deal of conflicting information out there. Following such false information could lead to a less than satisfactory remediation project. What are some myths to be aware of when choosing a fungus remediation company?

Is it true that you should worry about black mold?

People online like to fear-monger about black mold. However, although mold can cause health effects, it is not necessary to panic. SERVPRO’s St. Petersburg mold remediation process works equally well for all kinds of mold, so the best thing you can do is call us as soon as you see mold in your business premises – no matter what the color.

Is it true that if you cannot see mold there is nothing to worry about?

Unfortunately many local business people believe this myth. Mold can grow in hidden places such as:

  • Inside walls or behind wallpaper
  • Under sinks or behind toilets
  • Inside or under carpets
  • Behind baseboards or appliances
  • In storage areas, crawl spaces, attics and basements

Even if you cannot see patches of mold, you can look out for signs such as:

  • Damp patches on the walls or ceilings
  • Leaks, drips, and small puddles of water anywhere on your premises
  • A moldy smell that you cannot trace the source of

If you notice any of these issues, call us straight away. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster, and the sooner we act, the less chance the mold has of spreading. We can use a range of testing and imaging equipment to seek out hidden fungal patches, and tackle them.

Is it true that a little bit of fungus is not a problem?

The patches of mold you can see are comprised of tiny tube-like cells called hyphae. Mold spores can break off from these patches and drift throughout your business, looking for a new place to set up camp. The tiniest patch of mold can produce spores, and because the spores are microscopic, it is difficult to stop them.

It is a good idea to call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg no matter the size of mold patch. We can help stop the spread of spores by using:

  • HEPA filter vacuums to vacuum up loose mold
  • Containment to create a physical barrier
  • Air scrubbers and negative air machines to trap mold spores and prevent them from spreading

We boost containment by using personal protective equipment, staging areas, and decontamination areas, to ensure our team does not cross-contaminate the rest of your office.

Is it true that you need to know the species of mold?

In most cases we do not need to know the exact species of mold. However, in rare cases where the spread of mold is extensive, it might become necessary. If that is the case for your business, SERVPRO will call in a professional mold inspection team, and liaise with them on your behalf.

Is it true that you can tackle a small patch of mold yourself?

This is a very common myth about fungus. Many business people think that if it is only a small patch, they can tackle it, or ask their cleaning team to do so. However, SERVPRO does not recommend that you try. As we have seen, even a small patch of mold can lead to greater damage. If you tackle it without proper care and containment it could spread. Not to mention that you most likely do not have professional grade gloves, suits, and respirators on hand.

Please do not spray commercial cleaners or bleach on a patch of mold. The moisture in these products can soak into the surface and make the conditions even better for mold growth, thus worsening the problem.

Is it true that once the mold is gone it will not come back?

Because mold spores are so small, and can be found everywhere in nature, it is impossible to guarantee that mold will not return. Mold remediation can go a long way to removing the current mold growth, and discouraging regrowth, however. 

The key factor in any mold situation is moisture. Without moisture, the spores cannot propagate. That is why we focus on drying your business premises and lowering the humidity. Tackling the moisture issue is the only way to reduce the risk of mold coming back.

For mold remediation you can trust, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

How Do Professionals Keep Flood Recovery Costs Down?

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is a Highly Trained Flood Removal Expert that Can Keep the Restoration of your St. Petersburg Home Low

Why is expense control important to flood restoration?

Restoration companies practice responsible cost management when carrying out flood removal in your St. Petersburg home to ensure services are efficient and easy to claim. Controlling expenses can also influence the time it takes to restore a property. Cleaning items that later need replacing can make the difference between taking two weeks to return a flooded property to preloss condition and two months. Careful planning and scoping of a property is one of the most valuable methods in reducing restoration timeframes. The sooner we can return your parcel to a safe condition, the sooner you can return home.

What stages of planning influence restoration timeframes?

  • Diligently preparing can ensure that multiple trips for resources or equipment are avoided saving both time and money.
  • Documenting job-site requirements can significantly speed up the administrative aspects of accessing equipment or processing your estimate.
  • Completing each day of restoration with thorough walkthroughs to identify any potential issues or successes in real-time.

Can homeowner possessions become damaged by restoration?

When flood removal occurs in your St. Petersburg home, there is likely to be a significant movement of personal contents, documents, and clothing. Affected rooms may need to be temporarily cleared to allow for restoration equipment or our workforce. SERVPRO takes pride in protecting the possessions of homeowners throughout a restoration. Damage reimbursement is always available; however, our technicians thoroughly document and carefully pack any materials or possessions that are restorable. Taking extra care can help to significantly reduce the stresses associated with a storm or flood recovery

How does professional restoration reduce expenses?

  • Documenting the scoping process of restoration work which can help to create a detailed estimate.
  • Providing value by offering add-on repair to structural components that may have a limited lifespan or could cause harm to your home
  • Implementing strategies to prevent secondary damages or structural deficiencies, like poor insulation, from affecting the home after restoration is complete.

Recovering your home quickly and cost-efficiently can help to ease the burden of a flood event. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

What Should a St. Petersburg Homeowner Do if a Toilet Leaks?

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged home For professional assistance when dealing with a failing sewage drain, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

Call SERVPRO for Water Mitigation After a Toilet Leaks in a St. Petersburg Residence

Over time your toilet inside your St. Petersburg can develop a leak, causing numerous issues inside your house. The moisture can leak from the old wax ring that seals your toilet from the sewer drain. From there, water can negatively affect your flooring, subfloor, and structural components underneath your house.

What problems can occur when the wax ring connecting my toilet fails?
If the seal connecting the toilet inside your home in St. Petersburg fails, then water mitigation efforts may be necessary. Our SERVPRO technicians can start by inspecting the building materials in your bathroom to see if there is moisture or damage present. We can then call in a certified plumber to shut off your water, remove your toilet, inspect the wax rings, and verify that the failure is the leak source. The plumber can then replace the wax ring and reinstall your toilet after any restoration work is complete.

How can you tell if my floor and other building materials got wet?
    •    Penetrating Moisture Meter: If your bathroom contains carpet or linoleum, our SERVPRO crew can pound in the probes of this meter to see how much moisture is inside your subfloor or drywall.
    •    Non-Penetrating Moisture Meter: If your bathroom has tile floors, we can use this instrument to tell if water traveled beneath your floor tiles.
    •    Infrared Camera: Using thermal imaging, we can determine where moisture has gone by calculating surface temperature differences between your various building materials.

What do you have to do when dealing with sewage water?
    •    Removal of Porous Items: If any porous building materials or contents contacted the black water coming from your toilet, such as your drywall or a rug, then they must be removed.
    •    Decontamination of Affected Materials: Anything that came into contact with the moisture leaking out of your toilet should be sprayed down with a chemical product like Vanquish.

A leaky toilet can cause many of the structural components in your house to become contaminated. For professional assistance when dealing with a failing sewage drain, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

What is a Staging Area for Water Damage Cleanup?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

Red wood home in water puddle Our water damage experts are trained in a wide variety of restoration needs, even upholstery and fabric cleaning and odor control. Call us today.

SERVPRO Techs Streamline the Restoration Process From Start to Finish in St. Petersburg Properties.

The crew chief usually sets up a staging area in the house to keep the water damage cleanup process as fast and efficient as possible when SERVPRO works on St. Petersburg homes. This accomplishes multiple goals for the restoration process, such as:  

  • Eliminates the need to make repeated trips out to the service van for equipment or cleaning supplies  
  • Equipment can get set up in the order needed for more efficiency  
  • The floor and area gets protected with plastic drop cloths  
  • Allows for the easy mixing of customized cleaning solvents and solutions as needed to handle special cleanup situations  

Can Homeowners Remain in Their Home During Water Removal?  

Whether or not a property owner can remain in their St. Petersburg home during water removal and restoration depends on the scale of the damage and the type of water in the house. There are 3 main categories of water: clean, gray, and black. The first two types do not carry significant health risks, although gray water should get handled with gloves, however black water contains sewage, bacteria, chemicals, or other harmful elements. In cases of black water cleanup in a home, the homeowners should make arrangements for people and pets to stay elsewhere until the mitigation completes as coming into contact with this water can be harmful and can cause health issues. 

What is Cross-Contamination During Water Damage Cleanup?  

When SERVPRO technicians work on a home with water extraction needs, particularly in situations involving black water, the air vapor can contain contaminants and harmful elements. The techs use a multi-layered approach to avoid cross-contamination in the worksite:  

  • Establishing containment around the worksite using heavy-gauge 

polyethylene plastic

  • Air scrubbers get used to capture airborne particulates   
  • Negative air chambers assist in the removal of contaminants  
  • This setup allows "clean" air to enter and ports away contaminated air

Does Heavy Furniture Pose a Problem During Water Mitigation?  

When SERVPRO techs handle the removal of water in a home, they attempt to limit the disruptions to the house as much as possible. If a home has large articles or moving cumbersome pieces poses difficulties, the techs can place it on blocks to inhibit the changes of wood stain spreading onto the wet carpet.   

When the water extract needs include removing carpet or tile that has heavy furniture on it, the techs can move it to a safe, secure area. In situations where a pack-out gets performed, the techs move out an entire room to another location; it is an exacting process:  

  • The techs notate every item and its location in the room  
  • Photographs get taken of the articles to document the process  
  • The items are stored either on-site or in-facility

Why Do SERVPRO Techs Keep Moving the Extraction Equipment Over the Wet Area?   

This is an action known as a "dry pass." The techs use their professional equipment to extract the water and then do several passes with their wands to remove the maximum moisture. This tactic assists in lowering the amount of time needed to dry the structure. 

One of the biggest challenges on any water damage job is locating all areas of moisture that need attention. Water can run rapidly and wind up far away from the point of origin. With this in mind, SERVPRO techs rely on their array of moisture detection equipment to find the water within the structure. Sheetrock is usually apparent as it deteriorates rapidly upon exposure. Still, a subfloor that has seepage from above needs diagnosing through probes or other types of penetrating devices.

Drying the structure and contents of the home post-extraction is never a one-size-fits-all process. The technicians carefully measure the air-moisture levels and determine what the baseline humidity levels are for the home. Then they set interior humidity goals and monitor the process by taking readings while the drying equipment runs. This attention to the process ensures that the goals get attained, and the structure verifies as dry before continuing on to the final step of cleaning surfaces and the application of any odor control methods. 

Once the mitigation efforts complete, the SERVPRO crew chief walks the property owner through the worksite and goes over the actions taken to ensure the homeowner is pleased with the outcome. 

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 stands ready to assist local homeowners to address their water removal needs. The trained, certified technicians are available 24/7 and arrive within hours of the initial call to extract the moisture and dry the property to get back to normal more quickly. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

What Needs to Be Done When a Science Experiment Catches Fire?

9/16/2020 (Permalink)

A child with a burning science experiment with smoke on his face. Creativity is a must, but so is fire restoration, let SERVPRO help you get back to experimenting.

When a Science Experiment Catches on Fire in Your St. Petersburg Home, Let a Professional Fire Restoration Technician Help You

Creativity is essential to the growth of each one of us as human beings. Scientific experiments and pushing the limits of what we know play a role in our development, but when your experiment goes awry and threatens your St. Petersburg home, the result can be discouraging. Rather than grabbing a gallon of paint and cleaning solutions to eliminate traces of the accident, reach out to a professional fire restoration team to help you assess the damage and protect your home.

Your ally to handle fire damage restoration in St. Petersburg is our SERVPRO team. We know how important it is to preserve your home and avoid any threats to its integrity or the health of your family, which is why we keep safety top of mind. Our certified technicians arrive at your home once you call our 24/7 hotline and enlist our services. If necessary, we coordinate with electricians or other repair services to verify that all potential threats are under control. As we follow the fire's path and determine how far into your home it lives, we review each surface and identify the best cleaning solution for each material.

Does a fire restoration technician also remove the smell of smoke?

The substance causing the fire in your home plays a vital role in our restoration efforts. Organic materials burn differently than inorganic surfaces, and we tailor ourselves accordingly. What our SERVPRO technicians often encounter is that the smell molecules in the air can be as offensive as the visual residue left behind. To combat that intangible odor, our team has at its disposal several techniques, including the following-

  • Air scrubbers to neutralize smell molecule
  • Ozone generators to kill the scent by using ozone molecules
  • Foggers to spray deodorizing solutions throughout every corner of your home

Regardless of the fire's size in your home, our team at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is here to help simply by calling us at (727) 522-0000. Our staff is ready to become your best resource and leave your home, "Like it never even happened."

How Do Homeowners Cleanup a Flooded Entryway?

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

stacked on grass drying equipment This Photo illustrates that SERVPRO has the team and the drying equipment to overcome flooding in the St. Petersburg Area

SERVPRO Cleans and Dries Flooded Areas in St. Petersburg

If you are a resident of St. Pete, you are no stranger to floods. Shore Acres and surrounding areas often experience flooding during a storm or sometimes even during high tide. The combination of saltwater and contaminated black floodwater poses a unique challenge to residents. Not only are you removing blackwater, but you are also dealing with the added detriment of salt.

What Steps Do I Take to Ensure Moisture is Not Under My Baseboards?

SERVPRO Technicians Remove Baseboards and Perform Flood Cuts

Even though flood damage in St. Petersburg is a fairly common occurrence, that does not mean that it is any less destructive to items at the floor level. Fortunately, baseboards are easy to remove and replace with minimal effort and finishing nails or staples. However, it is essential to consider that more than your baseboards may be wet. A small amount of moisture in your walls can cause a lot of damage if not dealt with right away. If technicians detect water in your drywall, they can perform flood cuts, typically at the 24 or 48-inch mark, to allow for easy replacement. Flood cuts allow technicians to dry the cavity and remove impacted insulation.

What Could Happen To Other Materials in My Home?

  • Nails: Water alone can rust nails; however, the addition of salt water may cause corrosion.
  • Insulation: Soaked insulation often needs replacing since moisture reduces its effectiveness. Excess moisture also may foster mold growth.
  • Belongings resting on the floor could undergo damage such as warped surfaces or compromised vapor barriers if not relocated to a dry, safe place.

Each loss situation is unique. However, it is essential to take quick action after the floodwater recedes to mitigate long-term secondary damage. Since flooding often comes in from the street and into the front of the home.  You may also choose to explore long-term options to seal off your entryway.

For 24/7 assistance after a flood, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000. We make it, "Like it never even happened."

Is There an Alternative to Merely Hoping Flooding Will Not Damage My St. Petersburg Retail Space During the Hurricane Season?

8/30/2020 (Permalink)

shopping cart view in supermarket aisle with product shelves abstract blur defocused background If your store is suffering from storm damage, you are losing business. Call our experienced team to mitigate the situation.

Nothing Is Certain for St. Petersburg Businesses During the Hurricane and Tropical Storm Season Except that SERVPRO Is Ready to Assess and Respond for Fast Flood Damage Recovery -- and to Offer Our Proactive Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP)

There is little evidence that the summer and fall hurricane season will become less extreme in St. Petersburg as each year passes. Because fierce winds, torrential rains, and storm surge are always just over the horizon for your beachside retail space, it makes sense to anticipate the damage and adapt to minimize the harm to your commercial building, your inventory, and the continuation of your business.

What Are the Advantages of Crafting an Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP)?

If you have operated a business over some number of years in St. Petersburg, flood damage likely preys on your mind as the severe storm season approaches. You no doubt have instituted some procedures intended to limit the harm, but you are an expert in your own industry, not disaster preparedness professional. When you reach out to our experienced project managers to assess your commercial space, the professional restorer's years of anticipating and responding to storm-related flooding come into play. We can help you fine-tune your flood watch toolkit, and we adapt generic suggestions for flood preparation to your unique circumstances.

How Do We Begin the Work Needed to Develop the ERP?

Business owners give the SERVPRO office a call to schedule an assessment by a project manager well-versed in damage response in St. Petersburg. Since our region can expect intense storms, including hurricanes, regularly, our trained and certified managers are incredibly familiar with storm flooding and the damage it can visit on commercial buildings. Still, we know your property layout and business operations are unlike others, encompassing a range of circumstances our team needs to view and evaluate to craft a plan. Things we consider include:

  • Location of utility lines and shutoffs
  • A review of the types of building materials and fixtures inside your space
  • Reports of previous flood damage and a tour of the areas affected
  • Setup of the equipment used in your operations, including any current adaptations you have implemented to minimize damage in case of flooding
  • Inspection of storage areas for materials and inventory, sales floors, shared spaces, offices, break areas, locker rooms, restrooms, and more -- sketching out a blueprint of your site, or using one provided by you, with our annotations
  • Your description of your endeavor's mission, production schedule, operating procedures, hours of operation, number of employees, interface with customers or clients, and any ideas you have on how the business could continue while flood damage restoration proceeds

Following the Assessment, What Comes  Next for Me and for You?

  • First, we encourage you to use our mobile app to add details to the ERP. You know better than we ever can how your company evolved, and you also have options among which to choose to make it clear that you have chosen your flood damage recovery partner. The app allows you to:
    • Designate our firm as your preferred flood restorer
    • Select and choose agents from your employees, family, or other individuals to act on your behalf if you are temporarily unavailable
    • List the contact information for contractors and vendors that provided, built, or installed your equipment so we can consult if needed
    • Add any data or information helpful to the ultimate restoration of your commercial building
  • Second, we make recommendations for adaptations or changes within your business spaces to minimize the effects of any flood damage. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Moving supplies, documents, and inventory above potential flood lines
    • Raising equipment on sturdy supports to prevent flood waters from damaging expensive to repair and replace items
    • Suggesting repairs and maintenance inside and out to enhance resistance to flood waters
  • Third, we share our complete draft of the concise, digital ERP. The ERP is a dynamic, changeable agenda, and we invite your comments and suggestions to evolve our potential response into a better fit for your scenario.

Team up with the highly-qualified management and technicians at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg during the aftermath of flood damage to your commercial building due to severe storms. We also urge our business customers to contact us ahead of the extreme weather season at (727) 522-0000 to explore creating an Emergency READY Profile and Plan (ERP) to prepare for and conquer flooding challenges.

What Is the First Focus for Restoration Professionals Responding to Fire Damage in St. Petersburg?

8/16/2020 (Permalink)

smoke coming out of a window outside of a house The flames from a fire will damage your home, but the water from the fire department will damage it too. Call SERVPRO for professional help.

Fire Damage Restoration Agendas for St. Petersburg Residences Often Rank Water Removal As the Initial Task -- SERVPRO Explains Why

A shocking aspect of the aftermath of a fire loss in St. Petersburg is the sheer volume of water left after professional firefighting. The water does its job of saving your home from the conflagration, but then it begins damaging structures and contents. It also contributes to safety hazards that must be controlled before technicians begin clearing the toxic fire debris away.

What Kinds of Hazards Are Present After Fire Damage?

Your St. Petersburg fire damage restoration project requires a safe environment for your family and restorers' well-being. Significant safety issues relate to the toxic fire residues, but to address the smoke and soot the spaces must be secure and free of water-related hazards:

  • Slip, trip, and fall
  • Structural collapse -- is particularly troublesome where heat and burning damaged ceilings or walls  now holding a substantial amount of water threatening to break through and harm nearby individuals or structures
  • Contamination -- present because of the toxins released during the burning, and now spread wherever the dirty water reaches
  • Confined areas -- recesses with low ceilings, pipes, narrow one-way passages, hiding debris and increasing the potential for mold damage if water remains

Should  I Hire A Different Contractor to Cleanup the Water for a Fire Restoration Project?

A benefit of using SERVPRO is our broad range of restoration expertise, and fire and water damage recovery are the foundations of our business. Nearly all fire damage restorations require water extraction and drying as a first step. We prepare for this and have all the needed equipment and products on our service vehicles to:

  • Pump or extract water
  • Contain contaminated water for lawful disposal
  • Dry the space 
  • Inhibit the potential of secondary water damage like mold growth with EPA-registered antimicrobials

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg covers all the bases of property disaster recovery, including complex water and fire restoration. Call (727) 522-0000 immediately after your loved ones are in a safe space during the fire so we can prepare to exceed your hopes and expectations. 

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How Can I Mitigate Water Damage in my St. Petersburg House From a Faulty Plumbing Line?

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

water leaking out of a stainless steel pipe Pipes cracking or leaking in your home can create water damage and lead to more severe damages in your home. Call SERVPRO for remediation services.

Residents of NE St. Petersburg call SERVPRO technicians for water damage mitigation.

Sometimes a pipe in the plumbing system may burst or loosen causing water to flow and flood your home in NE St. Petersburg. Unfortunately, if the problem is not addressed in good time, the situation may deteriorate. Chances of microbial hazard, damage to structures and contents inside your house may occur. Fortunately, if you are quick to notify our experts, they professionally deal with the situation leaving your house looking "Like it never even happened."

How can the professionals mitigate water damage?

Our skilled personnel undergo extensive training in water damage restoration. Furthermore, SERVPRO provides all the necessary equipment to ensure they do a thorough job at restoring your home. Upon arrival at your home in NE St Petersburg, the crew will first determine the scope of water damage. After the necessary paperwork is dealt with, the team embarks on mitigation procedures. The following steps may be followed to complete the extraction and drying of water.

  • Inspecting the house for potential damage areas
  • Extracting excess water
  • Cleaning dirty and recoverable contents
  • Sanitizing to eliminate the microbial risk
  • Deodorization to get rid of off-odors

What equipment do the technicians use to mitigate water problems?

SERVPRO boasts some of the best water mitigation equipment in the restoration industry. If the water level is above 2 inches, the experts use submersible pumps. After extraction, the remaining water is removed using air movers and dehumidifiers. Our skilled workers use moisture sensors and meters to detect traces of moisture. Infrared cameras help detect water in hidden areas. Using many more pieces of equipment, the crew members ensure everything is dry and tidy.

How can I find the professionals?

Water mitigation issues may arise at any time. As such, it’s important that you be able to find our team as soon as possible. Luckily, we operate around the clock, always ready to come to your rescue. In case of an emergency, do not hesitate.

Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for a rapid response and quality affordable service. Our experts transform your home leaving it like it never even happened.

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How Can My St. Petersburg Office Building Get Dried Efficiently?

7/30/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Equipment and technicians After your business suffers water damage, you need a team of professionals to assist with cleanup. Call SERVPRO right away! We are always available.

The equipment used for drying and extraction is only part of the water mitigation process; the rest relies on the education and experience of our SERVPRO professionals responding. 

Water loss incidents can be a destructive force in your St. Petersburg office building, especially when sensitive materials, documents, furniture, and other areas fall victim. Mitigation is an effort to reduce the overall loss that your business experiences when water loss incidents occur. These services must get started as soon as possible, especially when standing water or other surface concerns exist. We have multiple tools that can help manage these conditions to safely and thoroughly remove water and dry the structure.

Water mitigation in St. Petersburg structures like yours requires several actions happening simultaneously. Because most of our technicians on our roster have certifications and water restoration and commercial drying, we have the available personnel when you need it to handle even substantial loss incidents. Much of our success and efficiency in this area rely on our assortment of powerful extraction and drying equipment arriving with our technicians when we reach the scene.

Where Are the Damaged Areas? 

Understanding the origin and cause of the loss incident can help save time when our technicians arrive. Because we have in-house contractors that can help perform repairs and controlled demolition, knowing how water loss began can focus these professionals in the right area. Often you can trace the migration and movement of water throughout the structure from the origin point based on the severity of these conditions in different locations of your building. When our professionals arrive to help, you might have more information about the cause of the disaster so that we could take immediate action, such as shutting off water service to the building to do emergency repairs on the plumbing network.

How Bad is the Damage? 

It is critical to understand the severity of the situation from the onset of water damage through prolonged exposure. During what is known as a job scoping phase, we can identify moisture pockets and dampness in wall systems and other exposed materials using sophisticated equipment in our inventory. And specific technologies get used to quickly identify these problem areas to direct our attention to potential problems before they get out of control. Lingering moisture and dampness can lead to microbial threats and the deterioration of exposed materials. Identifying where these moisture pockets exist often falls to several devices and tools such as:  

How Can Standing Water Get Efficiently Removed? 

Water removal is a needed service with more significant loss incidents, and migrating effects can get absorbed by carpeting, furniture, and other sensitive materials in the area. Numerous tools can be instrumental in extraction and water removal, but few can work as well for your office space as:

  • Light Wands – These attachments for extractors are also known as carpet wands. These are ideal for surface water removal and for clearing out trapped moisture in glue-down carpets common to commercial office spaces.
  • Pumps – For more substantial loss incidents that feature deeper standing water, pumps might be the best approach. These units vary in capabilities both in lift and volume.For clean water incidents, we typically stick with the smaller electric submersible pumps in our inventory. 
  • Vacuums – When water depths drop below two inches, vacuums can be a suitable next step. These do not rely on holding a prime to operate, making them ideal for shallower depths of standing water.

What Factors Can Slow Drying in Your Office Building? 

Drying is an intricate science that involves multiple factors working simultaneously to reach the same goals. When one of these factors becomes askew by environmental conditions or other situations, it could indicate a longer or costlier restoration of your office space without corrective actions. Our SERVPRO team understands the balance of these drying elements to consistently provide the fastest route to return your business to preloss condition. 

  • Changing Drying Areas – The modification of drying zones by property owners or even customers can impact the effectiveness of tools and equipment in use.
  • Temperature – Warmer temperatures often accelerate evaporation, but overly hot conditions can damage surfaces and affected materials. 
  • Airflow – The air movement throughout the drying zone can often help make drying more efficient and reduce the possibility of mold growth. 

Multiple factors play a role in restoring your office building after a water loss incident. From efficient drying and extraction to balancing numerous factors for practical restoration, you can count on our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team to help. Give us a call anytime at (727) 522-0000.

How Soon After a Fire in St. Petersburg Can the Cleanup Begin?

7/27/2020 (Permalink)

fire on second floor of a house with flames coming out of the windows Fire damage remediation is not an easy situation for anyone to go through alone. Call SERVPRO and get help from the professionals.

Call SERVPRO to begin restoration services in your St. Petersburg home as soon as the fire department states it is safe to enter for the best outcome

A fire loss can happen in the blink of an eye and leave behind copious amounts of work to clean up in your home. There are numerous dangers associated with this type of restoration, such as:  

  • Sagging ceilings or unsafe walls and floors
  • Soot can be a potential irritant to breathe or come into contact with
  • It can be unsafe to clean up fire loss on your own, and over-the-counter cleaning solutions can cause more damage to surfaces. 

What Should I Expect During Fire Damage Restoration?

SERVPRO techs approach each fire damage restoration job in St. Petersburg properties in an organized manner. They remove the charred items and carefully describe and photograph them before taking them off-site. This information goes into a report to assist homeowners in expediting insurance claims. The techs use controlled demolition to remove the damaged portions and leave anything part of the structure that needs repairs to return to normal within the home.  

When it comes to repairs, there is no way to rebuild on top of smoke odors. The technicians use different methods to ensure there are no remaining fire scents left in the property including:   

  • Air quality improvements such as air scrubbers during mitigation to capture airborne particulate
  • Cleaning agents to lift away soot off surfaces
  • Hydroxyl generators to neutralize fire odors
  • Thermal fogging to penetrate porous items and halt odors within

Washable fabrics such as pillow covers, clothing, and bedding have a chance for restoration through the use of the powerful Esporta Washing System, which can clean smelly items with pungent smoke odors and leave them like new after just one wash.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 has years of experience performing fire damage restoration in local properties. With their state-of-the-art equipment and advanced methods, the techs can return your home to its preloss condition.

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What Impact Will a Water Loss Have on My St. Petersburg Home?

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

A man holding two pots catching water falling from the ceiling. Emergency water damage to your St. Petersburg home is no problem SERVPRO has you covered.

SERVPRO Works Quickly to Mitigate Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home

Dealing with water intrusion of any kind is something that many property owners face at one time or another. Whether you have excessive rain that results in a leak that shows up on your ceiling or a pipe bursts in your home, prompt mitigation is critical. SERVPRO is available 24/7 for emergency service to ensure your St. Petersburg home is back to preloss condition fast. 

What is the Restoration Process?

Handling your water damage in St. Petersburg involves a vital process that we have worked hard to develop. It is imperative that we use the right methods and equipment to salvage your cherished belongings.

When you enlist our team of skilled water restoration technicians (WRT), you can count on us to:

  •   Work quickly to extract standing water
  •   Limit the amount of damage and loss
  •   Clean and restore your interior
  •   Prevent potential health risks
  •   Assist with necessary paperwork and details needed for your insurance claim

Once you know that you have water damage somewhere in your home, it is essential to keep safety a number one priority:

  •   Can you tell what the extent of the damage might be?
  •   Will it be safe for you to remain in your home?
  •   Do you see any possible electrical hazards?

Once our crew chief arrives, there will be a full walkthrough to determine the level of damage so that we know how to proceed. We cordon off zones to limit the amount of contamination tracked from one room to the next. We also address any safety issues for our crew as well as your family if you will be staying in the home during the restoration.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is available whenever you need us for emergency water damage restoration. Call us anytime at (727) 522-0000 to have a crew deployed to your home.

What Obstacles Exist with Cleaning Up After a Fire in My St. Petersburg Home?

6/25/2020 (Permalink)

House Fire We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

Fire loss recovery can be time-consuming and involved, but our SERVPRO professionals have strategies and experience that make the process more efficient. 

Cleaning is one of the vital elements of any loss recovery for St. Petersburg homes. After fire losses, especially, the work that goes into premier cleaning and recovery can make a substantial difference in the final product that we present to our customers. In some regards, the cleaning effort that takes place after mitigation is one of the most vital steps in making fire losses "Like it never even happened."

Before thorough cleaning for the final stages of restoration can begin, other elements of fire damage in your St. Petersburg property must get addressed and resolved. Identifying these potential problems is one of the first steps. To accomplish this task, our management team performs a job scoping along with the customer when it is safe to do so. We include the property owner because they can better identify the most pressing damages that have developed, situations that existed before the fire and divulge their priorities for the restoration to come.

How Can Job Scoping Help to Make Cleaning More Efficient? 

An extensive evaluation of the damaged home before our full team of SERVPRO professionals arrive can be beneficial. With so many stages of restoration, including even the need for temporary construction solutions like board up and tarping following extinguishing, the more that our technicians know about the loss site, the better. Whether the property needs reconstruction and emergency services or not, job scoping can begin around this same time, helping to identify:

  • The extent of the damage
  • Materials and contents affected by the fire
  • Areas in need of deodorization, cleaning, and water recovery
  • Damaged structural elements that require replacement
  • Appropriate tools and personnel needed for complete restoration

What Effective Practices Can Clean Fire Damage? 

Much like nearly all of the aspects of the professional restoration services that we provide, there is usually a more profound scientific process at work. Every approach of cleaning surfaces, contents, and materials all must adhere to the known elements of cleaning after a fire loss. Because there are so many different residues and areas that need to be cleaned after a fire loss, each of these elements vary from one cleaning approach to the next. These include:

  • Temperature – Higher temperatures might not always be the best for cleaning. With varying approaches, our technicians carefully determine ideal conditions to promote the desired chemical reactions.
  • Agitation – Many agitative practices can loosen and free packed soiling from the surface to more easily wipe it away or clean it. These include brushing, vacuuming, dusting, pressurized air, and more.
  • Chemical Action – Depending on the affected surface and the type of damaging substance, there are varying results that our team can hope to achieve. We have potent cleaning products to produce these desired effects, whether it is dissolving, emulsifying, bleaching, or oxidizing.
  • Time – Time is one of the most valuable elements to appropriate cleaning. Our education of fire loss recovery can ensure that chemical agents work for the appropriate length of time before getting removed. 

What Are the Best Tools for Removing Harsh Smoke Odors? 

Much like surface cleaning, odors can present an equally formidable challenge for even our experienced restoration professionals. With these loss effects, our responding technicians must address both the environmental scents circulating throughout the house as well as trapped odors in porous surfaces like the walls, flooring, and various fabrics. While there are dozens of deodorizing tools that our team can use to neutralize smoke and burning scents, some of the most popular and reliable of these approaches include:

Is Controlled Demolition a Better Option? 

Many people think that a home needing reconstruction and repair means that restoration costs are astronomical. In many situations, however, calculated reconstruction following carefully completed controlled demolition can be a cost-effective solution. It can be easier to remove and discard damaged materials like cabinets, flooring, and wall systems in some situations than to attempt to take considerable time to deodorize, clean, and dry them. 

Cleaning up your fire-damaged home is a substantial undertaking that must begin as soon as we get notified of a disaster. From debris removal when our technicians arrive to post-construction cleanup, our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team can help you through nearly every phase of post-fire recovery. Give us a call anytime at (727) 522-0000.

How Do I Remove Floodwaters From my House?

6/8/2020 (Permalink)

boots in flood water Our team of SERVPRO professionals have the experience and state pf the art equipment to get your home back to the state it was in before the incident.

Our Restorers Mitigate Flood Damage by Extracting Water Quickly and Efficiently

How can I assess the level of harm caused by flooding?

When a storm hits St. Petersburg, it is likely to cause issues for your property. These can often be due to a flood that can occur from heavy rainfall or river and road overflow. To measure the extent of harm caused by a wave, we need to extract water from your home. When standing water levels affect the first floor, only we can deploy electric submersible pumps. These pumps have enough lift volume to transport water up to twenty-five feet away from your property and are the most effective method of water removal. Once the standing water level reduces, we can assess what category of harm you are experiencing.

How can I remove water from the subfloor?

When flood damage occurs in your St. Petersburg home, it may affect your subfloor. The subfloor is a cavity that supports the floorboards or carpets. Removing the floor or carpet to allow air-movers and extractors can be useful, but it is also time-consuming. SERVPRO can use drying mats which position directly onto the surface of your floor and use water tubing as well as centrifugal pressure to draw moisture up through the floorboards. 

What happens to a property during a flood?

- Water intrusion into the property which can result in standing water

- Water migration over time which can affect the subfloor or cavities of your home

- Secondary damages like mold growth can buildup in as little as seventy-two hours

Is deodorization important in flood restoration?

Floodwaters classify as blackwater emergencies, which means there is a strong chance of contamination in the water. Our technicians have experience dealing with contaminated water intrusion, which can often be a sufficient guard against unpleasant odors. If malodors do persist after restoration is complete, we can use ultra-low-volume thermal foggers to control odor in the property until it disperses naturally.

Getting rid of floodwaters after a storm is a professional job. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

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Should I Restore Items or Opt For Replacement after Water Damage in My St. Petersburg Home

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO Helps Evaluate the Affected Items to Ensure the Best Course of Action when Restoring Properties 

Exposure to water in St. Petersburg, whether sudden or gradual, affects a wide range of contents and building materials negatively. The damages can touch floor materials such as floorboards, wall panels, and even contents such as furniture. One question that you may have a hard time answering is whether to throw away the affected items or find a way to save them. Several factors can influence the decision you make:

What are the common effects of water damage in St. Petersburg homes?

  • Moisture retention by porous and semi-porous materials
  • Chemical changes such as running of dyes or staining
  • Physical changes such as swelling of wood or stretching of carpets
  • Deep soiling

A wide range of outcomes is possible when there is water intrusion in a property. The variations arise because of the unique materials found in the property, the amount of water released, and the exposure time, among other things. A flexible response plan is necessary to deal with different problems effectively. A rigid plan such as extracting water only cannot help you deal with soiling or chemical changes caused by the water spill.

How do I complete all the restoration steps?

The different things you have to do to restore damaged materials can overwhelm you, jeopardizing the chances of restoring the home to its preloss state.  For instance, if you have to extract gallons of water around the property, clean soiled or stained areas, and protect materials such as carpets from permanent damage through stretching, you may have a hard time deciding what to deal with first.

One way to deal with the different restoration processes conveniently is by identifying the level of urgency for each process. For instance, instead of assuming that extracting standing water is the most crucial step when dealing with water loss, you should evaluate the loss and determine whether other steps need to be addressed first. In case there is a carpet on the floor, a step like removing items such as furniture, which might stain it with dyes or rust, has a higher priority. Such prioritization helps prevent severe damages while allowing you to complete restoration.

Another way to overcome the challenge posed by restoration processes is dedicating more resources to the job, thus tackling different processes faster or simultaneously. When you hire our SERVPRO team to handle the restoration, we bring a wide range of equipment to the loss site to tackle a wide range of tasks including:

  • Water extraction
  • Heating where necessary
  • Special storage such as freezing to halt deterioration
  • Drying or other forms of moisture management

Can factors beyond the level of damage influence the decision of whether to save items?

Sometimes the decision whether to restore an item or material damaged by water depends on factors beyond the level of damage. One such reason is the cost of restoration. If the costs involved in restoring an item are equal or slightly lower than replacement, it might be better to replace, which also creates a chance to focus on other issues. Another reason that may influence the decision of whether to restore or not is the sentimental value the item might have. Saving family heirlooms or other items that you hold dear is worth the extra work or cost that you might incur. Our SERVPRO technicians help in many ways to achieve the intended goal, including using sophisticated drying procedures like:

  • Using drying chambers 
  • Using specialized cavity drying equipment
  • Using specialized document drying techniques such as freeze-drying

When restoring your property after a water intrusion, you should not forget that sometimes the steps you take might not achieve the goal you have in mind. At times, your restoration efforts may not reverse all the damages caused by the water. For example, when the wood swells, drying may remove all the moisture, but the wood might not regain its original shape, thus rendering it useless for the original purpose. In other cases, restoration processes might create new problems. For example, if the issue is a stain on a carpet, spot cleaning can remove it, but also discolor the fibers. A patch is almost as bad as the stain, so such an outcome is not acceptable. Because of the extensive training and experience our technicians have, we can identify damages that can worsen when we attempt restoration, thus allowing you to opt for alternatives early.

The knowhow SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg offers, helps ease decision-making when restoring items affected by water intrusion in your Northeast St. Petersburg, Shore Acres, or Meadowlawn home. Call us any time at (727) 522-0000. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Certified: SERVPRO Cleaned – a defensive cleaning program

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

A Flood Has Ruined My Home, What Should I Do?

5/19/2020 (Permalink)

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Contact SERVPRO Franchise Professionals to Provide Flood Damage Cleanup and Restoration in Your St. Petersburg Home

Flooding can cause damage, leading to serious issues both to the interior and exterior of a St. Petersburg home. Flooding can take place fast with minimal warning, and flood damage can leave your home requiring significant repairs. It can be daunting to recover from a flood and understand the steps to take afterward.

Why is floodwater dangerous?

Floodwater can affect human health significantly because there could be bacteria, fungi, viruses, pesticides, sharp objects, pests, and chemicals, among other hazardous substances in it. You need experts who can perform efficient flood damage cleanup in your St. Petersburg home. SERVPRO franchise professionals know what it takes to clean up, dry, disinfect and deodorize a flooded house.

What precautions should I take after a flood?

After a flood, you should take some precautions to avoid injury and extensive damage to your property. They include:

  • Avoid walking in floodwater and wear personal protective gear like boots and gloves if you must walk in it.
  • Turn off the electricity at the mains.
  • Call your insurance firm to inform it about the incident.
  • Check your home for signs of damage that needs professional help to repair such as bulges or cracks in the walls and changes to the structure.

How do you restore a flooded property?

The task of cleaning up your flood-damaged home can be a lengthy process, particularly in the case of severe water infiltration. Our SERVPRO team seeks to understand the nature of the flood. The existence of biological or chemical contaminants, sewage effluent or sands, silts, and solids in the floodwater dictates the way we manage recovery. For standing water containing the above items, we can deplore powerful trash-pumps for extraction.

We also consider the height the floodwater reached and its rate of flow around and inside the building. We use powerful extractors to remove water quickly. Our team then uses air moving and dehumidifying equipment to dry the home. We also use deodorization, antibacterial and anti-fungal products to eliminate odors and microorganisms from the affected areas of a structure.

When your home has flood damage, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for effective restoration. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

We Just Had a Fire In Petersburg, How Do I Start the Cleanup?

5/11/2020 (Permalink)

Fire damaged personal belongings Smoke and soot damage are difficult to remove. SERVPRO has the experience and training to handle the project.

Fire Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home is Devastating, But SERVPRO is Here to Help! 

Any fire, regardless of the size, leaves sizable damage in your home. The faster you act to have everything cleaned up, the more it is possible to minimize the impact of the loss. Waiting too long after the fire to have cleanup begin can leave awful odors. There is also the potential for mold and mildew growth for any moisture left behind from the water used to extinguish the fire. SERVPRO has trained restoration technicians ready to help you get your home back to normal. 

What Can I Do After Extinguishing the Fire? 

We can help you with fire damage in St. Petersburg 24/7, so you can call us whenever you need emergency restoration. Our team arrives and gets started immediately on an assessment of the damage once authorities deem your structure safe to enter. We have a range of tools that we bring with us that facilitate cleanup so that we can make your interior “Like it never even happened.” 

What is Done to Handle Soot and Smoke Odors? 

Stubborn odors from sook and smoke residue can leave a constant reminder of the fire if not addressed adequately. Our IICRC-certified technicians address soot, smoke, and air quality in your home in a variety of ways: 

  • Equipment, such as air scrubbers and hydroxyl generators, help remove particles from the air that improve air quality while addressing odorous elements.
  • We wear personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent the tracking of soot and debris from the fire loss zone to other areas of the house.
  • EPA-registered disinfectants and cleaning agents help us clean and also deodorize your interior. 

No matter the cause or the scope of the fire damage to your home, you can trust that our skilled team at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is here to help. Call us at (727) 552-0000 to deploy a crew to your location. 

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How Do I Deal with Flash Flooding in My St. Petersburg Home?

4/30/2020 (Permalink)

flooded bedroom with queen size bed Quick action towards water removal can help mitigate the situation. Contact team SERVPRO for efficient remediation services right away after damage.

We Can Arrive Quickly to Help Extract Water, Dry, and Thoroughly Clean Your House After Natural Flooding. 

A phenomenon like flash flooding can be a rapidly developing disaster that can be severely destructive to St. Petersburg homes. With the force that this high volume of water reaches your property, it can penetrate your main floor and crawl space, leaving you substantial water cleanup, extraction, and structural damage to face. Our professionals have a fast response to these emergencies because getting mitigation and debris removal started as soon as possible is the only method of protecting what you can of your property.

Because flood damage in St. Petersburg homes and apartments can vary so significantly, our technicians must stay prepared for many potential outcomes and situations that could develop. A thorough inspection of the property gets conducted as soon as possible to determine the full extent of the damage and what steps are necessary to return it to pre-flood conditions.

What Are the First Steps After Flooding? 

Dealing with the flash flooding damage in your St. Petersburg home involves you acting quickly. While having a set emergency plan is the right approach for you and your family, many residents do not understand the importance of these plans until after a disaster takes place. Because there is such a small window to save some of the contents and structural materials in your home, you should begin by:

  • Contacting Restoration Professionals 

Our SERVPRO professionals have a 24/7 response to flood losses. We are the first call you make because your insurance company wants documentation and evidence to approve a damage claim, and we can do this alongside vital mitigation steps and content management.

  • Preserve Treasured Belongings

Your belongings are at risk when floodwater stands in your house. Some of these items have monetary value and can get replaced rather quickly, but others are invaluable keepsakes. Do what you can to preserve irreplaceable items if it is possible to do this safely.

  • Reach Out to Your Insurance Provider

Living in Florida, many homeowners have sought out broader insurance coverage options that can help to defend their properties against natural disasters like hurricanes and subsequent flooding. Speak with your provider about your specific plan and what they need to begin helping you put the pieces back together.

  • Get Everyone to Safety

The safety of the occupants in your house should be one of the top priorities, and even more vital when you consider that many natural flooding scenarios bring in bacterial and viral threats.

How Fast Can Restorers Arrive?

While we have said that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster for years, we have also been the first in line to prove that statement as well. There is no emergency that our SERVPRO team seeks to help that is not worsened by the passing of time. The faster that our team can arrive and begin mitigation and restoration efforts, the better the outcome for the house and its contents. Much of our fast response can get attributed to:

  • Loaded job trailers and production vehicles
  • 24/7 availability of our experienced technicians
  • Local professionals that can mobilize fast

What Cleaning Steps Must Happen After Flooding?

Cleaning up after a flood involves the use of sophisticated tools and potent chemicals and solvents. Through different phases of restoration and recovery, we have multiple approaches that can help to return your house to its original condition before the disaster. These include:

  • Muck Out

Early in the mitigation stages, when our professionals first arrive at a damaged property, we focus on removing standing water from the premises. Once the standing water has gotten resolved, mud, debris, and other sediments can leave thick soiling of the property. We can shovel and vacuum these areas to begin cleaning it up.

  • Controlled Demolition 

After flooding, there are many circumstances where the removal of compromised structural elements is necessary. Not only can this help to reduce the secondary effects like contamination concerns, but it grants access to our responding technicians to more inaccessible areas.

  • Surface Cleaning

Wipe cleaning is a crucial element of restoring your home after a flood because films and residues are present on many surfaces and structural faces. With the use of numerous potent cleaning products, we can work to recover the surface appeal of these materials when they can get preserved.

  • Disinfection

With natural flooding, the threat of contamination and bacteria entering your home is too much to ignore. Because of this threat, we treat all of these circumstances as though they have the same potential hazards as raw sewage or other bio-threats. Cleaning surfaces with chlorine-based disinfectants and other products can eliminate many bacteria.

  • Post-Reconstruction Cleaning

After flooding, reconstruction is often unavoidable to get your home back to its original condition. Cleaning surfaces and the property after this construction is one of the final steps that our SERVPRO team can take to make the loss “Like it never even happened.”

After a flash flood, there are many cleaning and restoration steps to make your house feel like home again. Give our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg technicians a call right away to help at (727) 522-0000.

SERVPRO Helps St. Petersburg Area Businesses Clean and Apply Disinfectants

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

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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.

What Steps are Necessary for Successful Commercial Water Cleanup in St. Petersburg Food Stores?

4/13/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Team and equipment We understand the need for rapid response and restoration to minimize the loss of your business property. Call us right away we are available 24/7.

SERVPRO Knows all the Steps and has the Experienced Technicians to Help You

Water intrusion in your food store, whether caused by a leak in the plumbing lines or other sources, requires immediate action to avoid a crisis. Although you can handle some cases of commercial water cleanup, involving professional restorers helps because they handle each step restoration procedure properly.

Every water loss is unique, so establishing the level of work involved before starting commercial water cleanup in St. Petersburg food store is essential. Such evaluation helps establish the kind of workforce, equipment, and other resources necessary to complete the job. Our SERVPRO technicians check several factors, including:

  • The size of the affected area
  • The time elapsed since the spill started
  • Whether it is a clean water loss or otherwise
  • The percentage of affected contents

Clean up can take time and also require opening up of various access points to the premises.  Such actions can create an opportunity for vandals to access undamaged stock. Vandals can be human or small animals so they can damage the stock on site or steal it. Our SERVPRO technicians take action to secure the stock to prevent this problem. We can move the stock to a secure section within the property unaffected by the water spill. We can also use storage ponds to hold items temporarily.  

Water loss situations in businesses dealing with food can lead to health concerns since high moisture levels can accelerate decomposition. Some of the spilled water might also contaminate the food. Our SERVPRO crews help by separating damaged and questionable items and cleaning up affected areas thoroughly. You can be confident that your premises can pass scrutiny from a health inspector once the cleanup process is over.

The cleanup process can include risky aspects such as exposure to hazardous materials such as asbestos or ailments such as tetanus due to cuts or pricks. Our crews take precautions when doing the cleanup, including using personal protective equipment such as heavy-duty gloves and rubber boots, allowing us to tackle any risky tasks on your behalf.

Following the right clean up processes is crucial to ensure proper management of water loss incidents. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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After a Fire in My St. Pete Home, What Do I Need to Do to Clean My Belongings?

4/9/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged home and contents Don't hesitate when fire damage affects your living space. Contact SERVPRO for remediation services which include dealing with lingering odors.

SERVPRO Technicians in St. Petersburg Use Specialized Techniques and Cleaning Products 

You may be reeling from shock after your St. Petersburg home withstands fire damage. Once you make sure your family and pets are all safe and accounted for, now it is time to assess the damage. Inevitably, your furniture, appliances, valuables, and other belongings have residue on them that require specialized cleaning. 

Is Restoring a Better Option than Replacing? 

In most cases, restoring the contents after a fire within your St. Petersburg home is a less expensive option than replacing damaged items. Whenever possible, SERVPRO fire restoration technicians clean, deodorize, and repair both the contents of your home and the structure itself. Depending on the severity of the damage and your unique situation, technicians may clean items in an off-site location. 

What Techniques Work to Remove Residue?

  • Dry cleaning:  Removes dry, non-grease based soils
  • Wet cleaning: Saturates the item to remove heavy or grease-based residues
  • Foam cleaning: Foaming agents for delicate items or upholstery that cannot handle saturation such as mattresses
  • Abrasive Cleaning: Agitates residues off of a surface
  • Immersion Cleaning: Submerses the item such as venetian blinds entirely in water containing a cleaning product  
  • Ultrasonic Cleaning: Submerses the item, agitates it and scrubs it through high-frequency sound waves and micro-imploding bubbles

What Types of Cleaning Products Do Technicians Use?  

  • For Wet Cleaning: Specially formulated SERVPRO® Orange, Orange Plus, and Green
  • For Abrasive Cleaning: Stain Scrub Crème Cleanser containing a gritty abrasive
  • Immersion Cleaning: Ultra Content Cleaner to assist in removing soils 
  • Ultrasonic Cleaning: Ultrasonic Cleaning Agent, Marantz Activator, or Morantz Miracle  Chemical all help remove soil while the machine agitates the item

For 24/7 assistance after disaster, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000. We make it, “Like it never even happened.” 

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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.


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.

SERVPRO Tips To Mitigate Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home Until We Arrive

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

stacked green air movers in a field staging area SERVPRO Provides a Large Arsenal of Water Extraction and Drying Equipment to Mitigate Damages to St. Petersburg Properties

Water Damage St. Petersburg – Minimizing Water Impacts

Water causes millions of dollars in damage to homes every year. There are frequent leaks in the plumbing, overflowing bathtubs, malfunctioning dishwashers and washing machines, and many more too numerous to mention. The water spreads from the source, and if the cause is not contained quickly, water can spread to every area of the home. There are steps the average homeowner can take to mitigate the damage until help arrives.

SERVPRO provides water damage mitigation and restoration services in St. Petersburg and surrounding areas, including the fishing communities in the area. We train our teams to follow IICRC certified water mitigation and removal techniques to minimize the damage to your home. We aim to remove all moisture and dry your home to avoid potential mold infestations that can affect your health as well as the structure of your home.

What Can You Do to Minimize the Impact of Water in Your Home?

After shutting off the valve to the central water intake to your home and calling SERVPRO for help, there are several things that homeowners can consider to minimize the damage. First and foremost, make sure that it is safe to enter the area. There is no need to make a bad situation worse by slipping and falling or being shocked by an exposed electrical connection that has been immersed in water.

Also, colorful items such as cushions and magazines can leach colored inks and dyes onto surfaces. If possible, remove or prop all wet items away from wet carpeting and furniture. Lift furniture legs and place aluminum foil under the legs. High humidity can damage decorative items such as paintings and other valuable items. Remove these items to another area where there are lower humidity levels. Turn on the AC, if possible. The AC system can also help to lower humidity levels.

SERVPRO is available 24 hours a day and arrives on-site in less than four hours. Our teams can assist in moving heavier items if needed and begin removing water and moisture from your home. We want to return your home to normal humidity levels to avoid mold infestations as quickly as possible.

Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Coffeepot Bayou, Placido Bayou, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Faster Recovery After Flood Damage Incidents in St. Petersburg

3/9/2020 (Permalink)

Drying equipment We know the steps to get your St. Petersburg home back from flood damage.

You should always have a plan for when your St. Petersburg home floods

After a flooding incident, homeowners in St. Petersburg go through different stages of coping with the loss. At the beginning is the hope that the incident is not as severe as it seems, which is later followed by acceptance of loss. After establishing that various restoration steps can help salvage the property, the final worry is how long the process is likely to take. Engaging professional restorers is one way to ensure faster restoration.

Avoiding Repetitive Steps

One aspect that can lengthen flood damage restoration in St. Petersburg is the repetition of tasks or performing unnecessary restoration work. Our SERVPRO technicians use the combined skills learned on the job and through training to establish which tasks are necessary at each loss site. We avoid steps such as cleaning carpets or other porous materials submerged in flooding involving groundwater. Such efforts are usually futile because cleaning cannot remove all contaminants. We remove all affected porous materials, including the wet carpet and pad for disposal, and prepare the affected area for replacement, thus expediting the entire process.

Extraction Instead of Evaporation

The drying phase after a flooding incident takes considerable time. Proper drying is crucial to help prevent severe problems such as mold development, bad odor, and deterioration of various materials, including wood and metals, which can rot, rust, or develop other problems. One way our SERVPRO technicians expedite drying is by focusing more efforts on extraction before considering evaporation. We use high-efficiency extraction equipment such as truck-mounted water extractors, which offer more power, especially during processes such as wet vacuuming. We also have specialized extraction equipment such as drying mats, which help remove water trapped beneath hard floors.

Closed Drying System over Open Drying System 

After completing water extraction, cleanup, and other restoration steps, there is a need to manage moisture levels in the air and wet materials. Although it is possible to accomplish this by opening doors and windows, such steps only work when conditions are perfect. Our crews use a closed drying system whereby air movers boost evaporation rates, while dehumidifiers extract the moisture from the air expediting the process.

It is possible to expedite flood damage recovery by taking appropriate steps during restoration. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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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)

Standing in puddle of water Our professionals have state of the art equipment to clean up and restore your home so you can return safely after a water incident.

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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Commercial Flood Damage St. Petersburg – Delaminated Carpeting

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

A SERVPRO vehicle parked in front of a business. The flooding in your building plays a huge role, let us help you get back to normal after your St. Petersburg business flood.

Your St. Petersburg business flooring is very important. Let SERVPRO help you save it.

Commercial carpeting in stores and business offices must withstand a great deal of foot traffic along with regular vacuuming and cleaning activities. A flooded commercial building may cause the owner to replace the carpet and underpad instead of drying the carpet in place.

SERVPRO can help owners with these decisions after a commercial flood damage event in our operating territory of St. Petersburg. Water and moisture must still be removed, and the humidity levels within the building reduced to normal levels. Any contents affected by the flood must still be cleaned and dried as well.

Carpet Delamination

The backing of a carpet consists of a primary and secondary backing. The layers are held together by a latex material. Over time, the backing can separate due to deterioration of the latex, causing the two layers to separate. A combination of traffic, sunlight, and in the case of a flood, water can accelerate the separation. Replacing the carpet is required once the layers separate.

Padding Replacement

In most commercial buildings, there is an underpad installed under the carpet, although in some cases, the carpet may be laid directly on the subfloor. Depending on the quality of the underpad, it may tear or disintegrate upon the removal of the carpet. It may also disintegrate when wet. Either way, it must be replaced, and the replacement is often less than the cost of drying.

Once the removal of the carpet and the underpad are complete, normal drying operations can take place to prepare the subfloor and walls for the installation of new underpad and carpet. We install dehumidifiers and air movers to thoroughly dry the area and reduce the humidity to normal levels.

SERVPRO can assist by assessing the condition of the existing flooring and provide estimates to dry the carpet and underpad. The owner can then make an informed decision regarding a replacement.

Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Shore Acres, Coffeepot Bayou, and surrounding areas. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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The Nuances of Storm Damage Remediation in St. Petersburg Revealed

1/30/2020 (Permalink)

bedroom in house flooded with water and chair floating When flooding hits your home, the situation can seem overwhelming.  Contact SERVPRO to help you through this.

Easing the Cleanup Work Associated with Flood Damage When Storm Hit St. Petersburg Home

Flooding from a storm affects homes in a myriad of ways necessitating elaborate restoration processes. Sometimes, the biggest challenge is how to clean up the mess left after an incident, as was the case in St. Petersburg, where a severe storm forced groundwater into a home. Cleaning up loss sites is one of SERVPRO's specialties, so intervention from our team helped ease the restoration.

Managing debris collection

One of the main issues with flood damage from storm incidents in St. Petersburg is debris pile up because most porous materials are unsalvageable after exposure to excess water and contamination. Our SERVPRO technicians incorporate debris management into most of the restoration activities that we do. For instance, when tearing down walls or removing floor materials, we have trash receptors ready, so the waste materials are not strewn all over the site. At the St. Petersburg home, we removed the wall-to-wall carpet and pad, which were affected by groundwater. Slicing them into small square pieces helped them fit perfectly into the trash bins, organizing the restoration site.

Understanding materials when cleaning surfaces

Floodwaters spread everywhere, leaving all sorts of materials soiled. At the St. Petersburg home, we had to clean both finished and unfinished wood surfaces as well as tiles. Our SERVPRO technicians understand various challenges that different materials present and therefore take the right steps to tackle them. For example, wood is semi-porous and tends to swell after exposure to water. Our technicians were able to clean all wooden surfaces by applying professional cleaning agents and thoroughly agitating them to remove soils and traces of contaminants before starting drying procedures.

Final Touches

There is a tendency for flooding sites to develop bad odor or finishes on surfaces to deteriorate. Although there were minimal signs of these issues at the loss site, our technicians took a proactive approach. Mixing water-based deodorizers with the cleaning agents helped ensure a sweet scent once the cleaning was over. Drying excess moisture also helped ensure that no odors would develop later.

Restoring a home to its preloss state after flooding can be difficult. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 to help. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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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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Using Low Grain Refrigerant Dehumidifiers in Water Damage for St. Petersburg Residents

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

Model home in water puddle No matter when you make the call, we have technicians who can assist you.

Our team at SERVPRO works to prevent water damage catastrophes in your St. Petersburg home

There are two crucial aspects to consider when dealing with a water emergency. The first aspect is to remove the water from the contents and structure of your home. This task can be tough for homeowners to manage as most household machineries lack the necessary lift volume and vacuum power to be sufficient water extractors. The second aspect is to remove moisture from the surrounding air. When water evaporates, it raises moisture content. Humid air can promote mold growth, condensate inside walls, or damage fabrics over-time and needs to be brought under control quickly. Homeowners may struggle to ventilate a property by opening windows alone.

Our team is adept at controlling humidity levels during and after water damage in St. Petersburg. Maintaining the correct level of humidity throughout a service requires regular measurements, diligence, and efficient execution. Often, without taking due care and attention, water emergencies can spiral out of control, causing microbial growth issues, rots, and unpleasant water degradation. SERVPRO water restoration technicians (WRT) take regular psychrometric readings to control humidity throughout service.

Dehumidification equipment is essential to the drying procedure. There are many types of dehumidifiers. But among the most common for use in water restoration are low grain refrigerant dehumidifiers (LGR.) LGR dehumidifiers use cooling coils to bring air moisture down to the dew point. When humid air reaches the dew point, it converts back into the water, which can then be drawn into the storage tank or pumped out of the building.

SERVPRO technicians set up LGR dehumidifiers in a closed system drying environment. Closed systems are where there are no windows open or other places for air to circulate and can be much more efficient at drying than open systems. LGRs are set up by attaching an exhausting hose onto nearby drainage systems. As the air passes through the dehumidifier, it dries, replacing humid air with dry indoor air. Since water naturally moves from wet to dry, dehumidifying a wet structure can significantly speed up the overall drying time of your home and contents.

For rapid drying, after a water emergency, your home needs industrial restorative equipment. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

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We Are Available 24/7 to Restore Your St. Petersburg Home

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

A ceiling with  huge water spot caused by a leak When there is a leak in your ceiling we offer the fast action needed to prevent further damage. Call us right away.

How to Avoid Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home

If you have lived in St. Petersburg for any length of time, you know that, like most of Florida, the humidity and hard water often lead to excess moisture or leaking pipes. In 2014, 79 percent of insurance claims made in Florida were from water damage. The best way to avoid water damage is to get ahead of it by understanding how to prevent it. In cases where you cannot stop the water, SERVPRO technicians are available to repair the damage. We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

Here are some prevention tips to keep water from causing harm to your home: 

It is essential to know the location of your water main to prevent water damage in your St. Petersburg home. If you notice a leaky pipe or your dishwasher flooding your kitchen and cannot stop it at the source, knowing how to shut off the water main valve has the potential of saving you a great deal of damage. Typically, you will find your water main on an outside utility wall. After shutting off the valve, you can evaluate and fix the pipe, either on your own or by calling SERVPRO professionals. 

If you have a leak, you should always investigate quickly. A small amount of water from an unknown source does not magically go away. The quicker you take care of a leak, the less damage. If you need help finding the moisture in your home, trained SERVPRO technicians can use state of the art moisture sensors. These sensors have probes that penetrate through surfaces to determine the location of moisture. 

Periodically check around your home for leaks and standing water. It only takes a few minutes to check your kitchen, bathroom(s), and anywhere else that you have water fixtures. You may be able to catch a drip from a pipe and save yourself a giant headache due to water damage

Running a dehumidifier in your home may help to prevent mold infestations. Florida's humid climate tends to create excess moisture in the home, often above the 60 percent range. This excess moisture creates the perfect breeding ground for microbes, which can lead to full mold infestations. Using a dehumidifier will bring the moisture level down in your home and help prevent microbes and other bacteria from growing. 

If you need assistance for water leaks or any other type of water damage, big or small, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000. We are available to help 24/7. 

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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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Call Us If Your St. Petersburg Attic Suffers Flooding

10/31/2019 (Permalink)

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Attic Flooding Concerns for St. Petersburg Homes

Because of how often St. Petersburg homes and businesses find themselves in the path of destruction for powerful and devastating storm systems, it is not unlikely to expect to contend with flooding and other related circumstances over the life of your property. When roofs become damaged by a weather event, the vulnerability can quickly expand to allow runoff and direct torrential rainfall to penetrate the attic space. In homes where this area has gotten finished with drywall and is a livable space, this can be an even costlier loss incident.

As hazardous and stressful as flood damage in St. Petersburg homes can be, we are among the most well-equipped and experienced professionals in the restoration industry. We have education and accreditations from the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) in both Applied Structural Drying (ASD) and as Water Restoration Technicians (WRT.) This experience and education drive our team to provide confident and efficient recovery solutions.

While flooding might occur in the attic space, it does not take long for this damage to migrate without the appropriate containment solutions. We have effective extraction and drying tools that we can use even in this confined area to prevent the spread of water damage to the lower levels of your house. In situations where the moisture has gotten trapped between the floor of the attic and the ceiling of your first or second floor, we can deploy positive pressure systems to force air into these structural vacancies and dry them out.

Among the most substantial concerns with roof, vulnerabilities are the persistent exposure to dampness and moisture until the area can get reconstructed and repaired. To prevent situations like microbial growth from the beginning, we can spray exposed surfaces and materials with our antimicrobial spray that can eliminate a concentration of spores and make the material uninhabitable to spores attempting to colonize.

You cannot predict how vulnerable your home might become a passing severe storm, but you can choose the right team to help you deal with the aftermath. No matter how severe the flooding in your house, our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can make it “Like it never even happened.” Give our technicians a call anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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When Water Damage Checks into Your St. Petersburg Hotel

10/28/2019 (Permalink)

Man, woman and clerk at front desk of motel Water damage in your hotel? It's no problem for SERVPRO! Call us today!

Mitigating Your Small Hotel's Commercial Water Damage in St. Petersburg 

During hurricane season, many businesses in St. Petersburg stay vigilant against oncoming storms with pre-cut boards ready to go and supplies of drinking water and easily prepared meals. Keeping these supplies ready help protect any employees stranded from hunger or thirst. With such supplies, many employees opt to remain at work instead of going home or to a shelter.  

However, hurricanes are not the only way your hotel in St. Petersburg might sustain commercial water damage. Guests can also cause damage, and emergencies like a broken faucet or loosened drain pipe that never get reported can seriously destroy a room's interior. Water can seep into materials and damage adjoining rooms, both to the side, behind, and below.  

To mitigate such types of situations, SERVPRO works quickly after a call to our service line. We want to start as soon as possible so we can put a stop to water spreading. Our building department staff gets to work right away on fixing any plumbing leaks. If the damage stems from something a guest did, but additional water is not creating increased damage, we can begin immediately with the drying stage.   

Floors and walls need help from our air movers and Injectidry system. We use these in specific ways to achieve the best drying time possible. When floors have a wooden underlay, we often float any carpeting so both can dry out at the same time. Tiled areas might require us to remove the tiles to reach the subflooring. Before doing this more invasive procedure, we check to ensure that the subfloor's moisture content warrants this. Many situations involving tile allow us to use the same method used to dry out wood floors without first removing any of the tiles.   

When guests do alert you of potential problems, acting fast on your part can save significant portions of your hotel and decrease the cost involved in restoring damaged areas. We are always nearby, even when it is not hurricane season, to help mitigate water damage from your hotel. Water from any source can leave your property at risk of mold and pest infestations. Water also causes deterioration to exposed wiring and other components hidden in walls, and odors, and stained walls and ceilings.   

SERVPRO can repair all of these situations through appropriate methods that mitigate the problem. Still, we recommend calling as soon as possible to minimize the damage and keep things under control. We partner with you from the first time you call, and throughout the entire process. 

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg handles mitigation, restoration, and rebuilding of businesses in and near Shore Acres, Meadowlawn, and Snell Isle. Call us at (727) 522-0000 for the highly trained restoration professionals needed to handle any degree of water damage your business experiences. 

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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 We Are The Leader In Fire Damage Restoration In St. Petersburg

9/16/2019 (Permalink)

Smoke and soot damage in a family room that suffered fire damage Fire damage in this home led to terrible soot and smoke damage. Damage such as this requires professionals like us to clean it up.

Handle Fire Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home By Hiring Experts 

When fire strikes a home, the first thing many people do is to run for safety. They then call firefighters to extinguish it. However, the problem does not end there. The end of fire signifies the beginning of another significant issue, which is dealing with the destruction.

Dealing with fire damage in your St. Petersburg home can be challenging. You need to hire professionals to assess the damage and restore your property to its preloss state. The fire might not have burned down everything, but it may have left behind the following:

  • Strong odors caused by burned foods, especially proteins.
  • Unbearably noxious smells from the remains of synthetic products.
  • Thick, black smoke residue formed all over your home’s walls and items.
  • Ashes from burned down items that settle around the home.
  • Half-damaged items you might need to replace.
  • Electrical damages on cables and electronics.
  • Burned down trees and landscapes in case of natural fires.

After firefighters help you to extinguish the flames, you must clean up the damaged structures immediately. If you don’t, soot can continue to discolor your walls and floors. Metal, on the other hand, can corrode. Wooden surfaces can deteriorate fast, and this could worsen to the point where you need to repair them. You also need to clean windows and doors quickly. Otherwise, they can become etched with ash and soot, turning them into unattractive ruins.

Everything that the fire damage partially burned can continue to deteriorate gradually. Thankfully, SERVPRO can help you repair the destruction. We have fully trained professionals and the equipment required to fix fire-related damages. Our Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRTs) can determine which items to restore and which ones to replace. We can also identify the things that do not require restoration and estimate the odds of restoring questionable items. 

Before cleaning a house, our restorers perform tests to choose the right cleaning method. During testing, we categorize materials as non-washable or washable. We can clean washable materials using water-based cleaning products. We use dry cleaning methods to clean non-washable materials. The residues on a material can also determine the cleaning method to use. For instance, we can use dry solvent cleaning agents to remove grease or oil-based residues, even though water-based products may not ruin the materials we are cleaning. 

If your home has unpleasant odors, our SERVPRO technicians can combine several deodorization techniques to eliminate them. The same deodorizing process or deodorizing process is unlikely to solve all odor issues. Some scents require direct spraying and others fogging. Our technicians use different equipment like hydroxyl generators, Ultra Low Volume (ULV) misters, and thermal foggers to remove the scents. 

The most important task after a fire disaster is to restore your home to its normal condition. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can assist you to clean up and deodorize your residence. Contact us at (727) 522-0000 at any time. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. 

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Our Crew Can Save Your Water Damaged Floors In St. Petersburg

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

water damaged home with debris floating “Like it never even happened.”

Protect Your Floors From Water Damage In St. Petersburg

It does not take a hurricane for water to invite itself into your home. Often, water damage results from a broken down water heater, or a faulty dishwasher. Even though there is no natural disaster associated with the water event, your life is still disrupted, and you need help. Many homeowners try to dry the affected areas, without realizing that water has permeated flooring materials, leaving you vulnerable to bacteria, mold, and a compromised structure. When you call a specialized team, you can anticipate complications and take preventive action.

When the water damage happens in your St. Petersburg home, you can count on SERVPRO to walk you through the ramifications of an otherwise minor spill. At its core, it is essential to remember that the sooner you extract the water, the lesser the damage will be. Like you, we want to take care of the incident while reducing your losses, and this includes protecting the longevity of your floors.

Properties with beautiful hardwood floors can rely on our SERVPRO team to be knowledgeable of the optimal moisture level for structural wood. When a wooden board expands due to moisture, it can buckle at the joints, and this warping can survive if the floor is allowed to dry in this position. When we come in, we use industry-grade technology to monitor the humidity and restore it to the recommended levels. Engineered wood materials, such as particleboard and laminate flooring, may resist the water. However, the glue used to keep boards together may dissolve with water, causing a shift on the installation. As our water restoration technicians bring in dehumidifiers, water extractors, and pumps, we take into account the moisture in the air and the specific needs of each material we dry.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is your expert guide when water threatens your home. By calling our 24/7 line at (727) 522-0000, you have access to a cadre of specialized technicians who can address your immediate needs while preventing future complications. Let SERVPRO into your home so we can make it look “Like it never even happened.”

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How SERVPRO Remediates Commercial Flood Damage in St. Petersburg

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

Man driving forklift in warehouse. Don’t let water damage your warehouse inventory. SERVPRO has the know-how to quickly remediate the situation.

Limiting Loss with Commercial Flood Damage in St. Petersburg Warehouse 

No type of water damage is more concerning than when it involves a business storage area, especially where there are a significant number of stock items not yet sold. If they are a water loss, even with reimbursement through insurance, the financial hit for replacement of these items is detrimental to the bottom line of the business. 

When the remnants of a tropical storm delivered heavy rains to the St. Petersburg area commercial flood damage struck a local furniture warehouse, and fast action was crucial. Our technicians arrived within an hour of the call and immediately began moving out the boxes of furniture to our climate-controlled facility for secure storage. This is important because: 

  • Excessive moisture warps and swells hardwood.
  • Particle and composite wood furnishings generally do not fare well when they undergo prolonged exposure to water.
  • Porous objects absorb moisture and may emit musty odors unless treated. 

Boxes located at the warehouse entrance where the floodwater came in were saturated, and the soggy cardboard required disposal. Fortunately, we found the plastic-wrapped furnishings inside were in good condition for restoration services. 

SERVPRO technicians know dealing with the temporary closure of your business, repairs from flood damage and other water loss issues is a stressful situation. We communicate with both property owners and insurance adjusters to ensure everyone is on the same page for each phase of restoration services.  We also ensure any efforts completed by us is within the scope of coverage. 

After the removal of the stock, we quickly extracted the remaining water on the cement floor of the warehouse and set up our air movers and dehumidifiers. Because this site stored both upholstered along with solid wood furnishings, odor control was essential. We made sure upon completion of restoration services, the warehouse had zero musty odors and was ready to store stock again. 

Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 when you need assistance with commercial flood damage mitigation. Our certified, trained technicians can handle any storm or water damage in your property and make it "Like it never even happened."

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Fire Damage Restoration Basics That Residents of St. Petersburg Should Understand

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

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Fire damage can set you back in St. Petersburg, we can get you back to normal.

There are several things you need to be aware of when your property experiences fire damage. For instance, different aspects of the resulting damage require specific restoration measures to return your property to its preloss state. Whether your home requires odor removal or addressing the damage caused to the structure, time is crucial when attending such events in St. Petersburg.

Tricky situations arise when your St. Petersburg property suffers fire damage. In some cases, the fire may consume a small portion of a structure, but the restoration process may require the entire structure to be involved. Imagine having to deal with the grime that the smoke makes to appear on the ceiling and walls areas which may be labor-intensive. In some cases, the use of ordinary cleaning methods may not work, and you might require the services of experienced professionals such as SERVPRO.

All DIY enthusiasts should remember that safety comes first when performing fire damage restoration. Firstly, never enter a fire-damaged building unless fire officials declare it safe. During such an event, liquids such as Windex and home cleaners may mix to form an acidic cocktail. If that happens, third-degree burns may result. SERVPRO reminds you to avoid health risks by wearing goggles, waterproof resistant boots, breathing mask, overalls, and chemical resistant gloves.

Determining the resulting breaches should be the first thing you perform when you enter your fire-damaged property. It is the time when you discover which part of the wall or roof is missing as a result of the incident. If you fail to seal the breaches which arise, the weather elements such as humidity and rain are likely to cause secondary damage. Where possible, you can use a tarp to seal the missing sections. If the work is beyond you, then you can consider working with our SERVPRO technicians. The water that the firemen use to extinguish the fire may also cause water damage and lead to mold growth. We can use water extractors and space heaters to dry the area and prevent such outcomes.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg has highly trained technicians who use advanced cleaning and restoration equipment to when attending to commercial and residential restoration needs. You can call (727) 522-0000 at any time of the day to have all your concerns addressed.

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How to Dry Your Water Damaged St. Petersburg Home

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We Follow The Proper Steps To Ensure St. Petersburg Fire Damage Is Restored Efficiently

7/30/2019 (Permalink)

You need our experts handle your fire damage. We have the expertise and experience to handle any disaster big or small so call us right away.

The Sometimes Overlooked Step in St. Petersburg Fire Damage Cleanup

No two ways about it, fire damage, even a small scale one, is distressing. In cases where it was extinguished quickly without much charring or debris, still has the potential to leave behind pungent smoke odors.

When SERVPRO of St. Petersburg answers a call for fire damage cleanup in a home, we thoroughly address the issues, so there are no reminders left over from the fire after the completion of mitigation efforts. Our initial fire cleanup includes the removal of charred debris, containment of the fire loss area to limit the spread of soot and a piece by piece inspection of possessions affected by smoke damage for restorability potential.

Air scrubbers are vital pieces of equipment during fire damage mitigation. These powerful units have a honeycomb of filtration and have the capability of capturing airborne soot particles smaller than the human eye can see.

One mistake often made is the running of the HVAC in the property after a fire. This single action can spread soot throughout the home, and wherever those particles go, odors follow. SERVPRO technicians follow a detailed series of steps to thoroughly clean soot from ductwork, so the house does not carry lingering reminders of the loss.

Standard ductwork cleaning methods include:

  • Inspection of the ductwork
    Cleaning of the return and vent covers
  • Vacuum cleaning of the clean air handling unit
  • Negative air pressure system used to pull particles from the ductwork
    Clean all ducting from vent openings

Once SERVPRO technicians finish with the ductwork, we apply other odor control measures as needed in the fire-damaged areas. Standard equipment our team members rely on for odor eradication are thermal fogging units and hydroxyl generators, both neutralize the pungent scent of smoke.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 is available around the clock to clean up fire damage of any size and leave your home in its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."

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We Get You Back To Business In St. Petersburg After A Flood Disaster

7/15/2019 (Permalink)

A storage room in a commercial suite needed rapid water removal and partial demolition to keep the office running.

Preserving Electronic Equipment after Commercial Flood Damage in St. Petersburg

Flood waters that enter your commercial property are the responsibility of the property manager. During the initial phases of flooding, restorers can perform crucial tasks to help mitigate losses by cleaning and drying the structure as well as its contents. A busy office may have large amounts of electronic equipment, which is at a high risk of permanent damage resulting in expensive replacements. Contacting a professional restoration company with the experience and the human resources to restore a large structure could limit losses significantly.

The cost of commercial flood damage for a St. Petersburg business can be severe. Not only is there a loss of revenue, but also the potential loss of valuable electronic equipment. Chief among these are computers, but any item with a circuit board is considered electronic. That could include televisions, phones, modems, servers, and other appliances. SERVPRO crew chiefs are capable of significantly reducing the likelihood of permanent losses for electronic equipment while third-party electronics restoration vendors are brought in.

In mitigating contents losses, some techniques seem apparent and others that are not so obvious. Electronic equipment must be unplugged, as well as removing fuses, batteries or trip breakers. Removal of electronics from the affected area is advisable, but in some situations, covering them with sealed plastic barriers may also be useful while standing water is pumped out from the affected area.

After the removal of standing water, SERVPRO can deploy dehumidification equipment to stabilize the humidity levels in the affected area. Electronic equipment can become permanently corroded or damaged by condensation so must be kept above the dew point at all times. We manage this using thermal hygrometers and heating equipment to ensure air remains above the dew point. Incidentally, maintaining a higher air temperature increases the rate of evaporation from materials as warm air can hold more moisture. With the environment under control, your SERVPRO technician can arrange for an electronics specialist on your behalf to restore flood damages and mitigate losses.

Electronic equipment is at high risk of permanent damage without expert restorers on hand, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000.

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Why Professional Cleanup is Necessary for Flood Cleanup in St. Petersburg

7/11/2019 (Permalink)

Yikes! Mold growth can cause damage to your drywall behind the visible mold colony. Call SERVPRO to restore your home today.

Learn Why Flood Damage in Your St. Petersburg Residence Calls for Thorough Cleanup

Flooding in St. Petersburg can result after torrential rains, tropical storms, hurricanes, and high tides. When strong winds accompany heavy rainfall, damage can occur to the roofs of homes if tree branches, power lines or debris fall on them, leading to water damage in the interiors. Floodwater can ruin hardwood floors, ceilings, walls, and the contents in almost any room of your house.

Removing the flood water is imperative because it is usually muddy and contaminated with microorganisms like bacteria, fungi, viruses, and pesticides from flooded lawns. When there’s flood damage in your St. Petersburg residence, it is imperative to hire professionals to perform the cleanup. The experienced Water Restoration Technicians (WRT) from SERVPRO can help you remove the black water from your house.  

Our crew can get to your house quickly, assess the severity of the water damage, and begin the critical step of flood damage remediation, which is removing as much water as possible. Water removal includes extracting the water using powerful portable pumps and discarding damp materials like the carpet and carpet pad, insulation, and sheetrock.  

Once we remove the water, we use drying equipment like commercial air movers and high-efficiency dehumidifiers to pull the remaining moisture from the building and the air. Moisture in a building can promote microbial growth. Our restorers use moisture meters to take moisture readings in the affected areas, including behind cabinets and wall cavities throughout the drying process to ensure everything is thoroughly dry.  

Another issue that floodwater can cause is mold growth on walls, ceilings, furniture, and fabrics. Mold can germinate in a moist, warm environment with food sources like drywall, indoor dirt, insulation, wood, and paper. In some conditions, mold spores grow after only 12 hours and can grow into colonies after 24 to 48 hours. Quickly removing the water and moisture helps prevent mold damage from occurring. We have applied microbial remediation technicians (AMRTs) who can use sophisticated tools and products to clean up your home after it has flooded so it can be safe for habitation once the restoration process is over. We can sanitize your home using antimicrobial chemicals or UV ray projectors. Our SERVPRO technicians also offer other restoration services to get a house back to its preloss state, including:

  • Air duct cleaning
  • Eliminating bad odors
  • Removing possible contaminants from the ductwork.
  • Mold remediation

How quickly the flood damage remediation process begins determines its success. We answer our phones 24/7, and we can get one of our trucks on route to your house immediately to start the cleanup process.  

When you have experienced flooding in your home, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for prompt cleanup, drying, and restoration. We have the experience and knowledge to make the destruction seem “Like it never even happened.”

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Why Handle Flood Damage Remediation in Your St. Petersburg Home Alone?

6/15/2019 (Permalink)

Flood damage can't always be prevented. Contact the professionals at SERVPRO today for remediation assistance.

Crucial Steps that Help Keep Flood Damage in St. Petersburg Manageable

Flooding incidents can vary a lot in terms of causes, and the levels of intensity. However, every kind of flooding has the potential to leave severe damages in your St. Petersburg home. Damages can also happen immediately or long after the incident is over. There is a need to take several corrective steps to restore the home to its preloss state.

Responding fast to flooding incidents can help keep the levels of flood damage in St. Petersburg manageable because it creates an opportunity for preventive measures to be taken in time. Steps such as moving items or securing the structure can help prevent damages that take time to happen. Our SERVPRO teams board up the structure and install roof tarps in case of breach by falling tree branches, or strong winds. We also help with move-outs where necessary.

Since flooding involves significant amounts of water, there is a need for serious removal efforts. In some cases, the water flows out as the flooding recedes outside the structure. However, floodwaters contain mud, silt and other soils necessitating further steps even if the water drains on its own. Our SERVPRO technicians use water extractors, which also have cleaning capabilities. The units have vacuuming, heating, and storage capabilities, which help with the removal of water and cleaning of affected areas.

One of the issues likely to cause long-term damages to property after flooding is residue moisture. Moisture can remain in the air as humidity or in wet materials. In some cases, water that finds a way into concealed sections such as subfloors or wall cavities can remain hidden, leading to rot, mold or other long-term problems. Our SERVPRO teams include IICRC certified WRT, Water Restoration Technicians, who apply their knowledge in different ways to prevent future problems. We use different moisture detection equipment, including moisture meters and sensors with probes to establish the levels of wetness in materials. We also use thermo-hygrometers to check humidity levels inside and outside the house. Once we establish the moisture levels, we can use air movers and dehumidifiers to restore average moisture levels.

For the stress-free restoration of your flood-damaged property, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 to help. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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After the Fire: How to Remove Smoke Odors in St. Petersburg

6/10/2019 (Permalink)

Long after the fire is out,smoke and soot remain. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg knows how to restore your home and leave it fresh smelling!

Fire Damage Experts In St. Petersburg Talk About Thermal Fogging

Many types of problems can occur any time something burns on your St. Petersburg property. The heat and smoke coming from the blaze can both cause different types of fire damage to plague your home. The flames coming from a burn can consume many of your building materials and contents. When the fire only partially combusts items, these partially combusted particles get released into the atmosphere in the form of smoke. The smoke then solidifies and attaches itself to cooler surfaces in the form of soots and soils, making soot residue cleaning a significant portion of fire damage remediation.  

Smoke can also penetrate deep into porous materials inside your home and cause foul aromas to exist inside your structure. During any fire damage project in St. Petersburg, our SERVPRO team knows that deodorization can be an essential portion of the restoration work. First, we remove everything inside your home that is too burnt to save. Next, we use specialized chemicals and detergents to remove soot residues from all affected surfaces. If unpleasant smells are still present after we complete these first two steps, then we conduct further deodorization procedures.  

When conducting smoke odor restoration, our fire and smoke restoration technicians or FSTs at SERVPRO know that it is best to mimic the behavior of smoke to complete full deodorization. One of the best ways to remediate smoke odors is to use a thermal fogging machine. Thermal foggers heat deodorant chemicals which breaks them down into microscopic particles. These deodorant particles then act in the same way the smoke did and penetrate deeply into your permeable contents and building materials.  

Whenever we conduct thermal fogging, we first seal your entire home by shutting all doors and windows. We then open up all cabinets, drawers, and closets inside the affected area. Many times we conduct thermal fogging in small areas or one room at a time to achieve the best results possible. If you ever have something burn on your property, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 any time of the day.

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

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

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

Addressing Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Beach House 

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

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

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

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

There are many tools and devices that our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg professionals rely on to provide each customer with fast and effective recovery after a water loss incident, and with the time-sensitive situation of your beach house, you can count on our expertise and response to help. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (727) 522-0000.

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Your St. Petersburg Condo Can Be Restored To Pre-Damage Condition After A Fire Damage Disaster

5/8/2019 (Permalink)

We know how to address the negative impacts that can come from fire incidents in your condo.

Soot And Smoke Residue Removal For St. Petersburg Condos

With so many effects that could stem from a fire incident in your St. Petersburg condo, our professionals must undergo extensive and ongoing training to confidently address all of these impacts to recover your property entirely. Among the most widespread and damaging of these lingering results to contend with are soot and smoke residue. These carcinogens and particulates can come to rest on all surfaces and contents throughout an affected area and require a delicate approach to successfully removing.

Fire cleanup in St. Petersburg is an involved process that requires extensive training and patience. Our SERVPRO professionals are certified by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification as cleaning technicians, and continue that education in this niche to become knowledgeable assets for our customers in their time of need. Removing soot and smoke staining and residues requires a specific approach with advanced equipment that arrives with our professionals when they first roll out from our warehouse.

One of the first steps to reducing the severity of the fire damage is to install and operate machines like our hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers. Both of these devices have interior HEPA filters and circulate air through the unit to begin pulling particulates, dust, debris, soot, and smoke from the air. By trapping these airborne elements in the filter, we can reduce the effects that these particulates have on the surfaces and contents of the stricken areas while also immediately improving indoor air quality-IAQ.

Removing the sediment on surfaces is a careful process. Scrubbing soot and smoke residues can often result in staining or smearing of the material beneath, so high-powered vacuums get used several inches from the surface. This approach can get used from individual contents affected by spreading debris and soot to carpeting, countertops, and ceilings.

We know how to address the negative impacts that can come from fire incidents in your condo. You can depend on the expertise and fire damage experience of our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg certified restoration technicians to make the fire-damaging event “Like it never even happened.” Contact us anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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St. Petersburg Eats Count on SERVPRO for Water Removal

4/23/2019 (Permalink)

The SERVPRO ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan Can Keep Your Business Open for Business during a Water Loss

Commercial Water Cleanup for Your St. Petersburg Business

When you own a restaurant in St. Petersburg, plumbing problems are inevitable. At some point in time, you are going to have to deal with them, and you have two options – Wait for the problems to arise and deal with the unexpected headaches and expenses, or you can be proactive and take actions so that you are prepared when a problem does arise.
When your plumbing in your St. Petersburg business fails, you need water cleanup services right away. Any interruption to your business means a loss of revenue when you are not serving food, so you do not want to hesitate in calling for help. At SERVPRO, We're Faster To Any Size Disaster, so you can trust that we can get your business back in working order quickly.
You can proactively stay up to date with your plumbing needs by developing and using a regular maintenance schedule with your plumber. They can routinely perform assessments on your whole plumbing system, which gives you an accurate and current status of the specific needs for your building. Your plumber can also help go over any upgrade options you can get for more water and energy efficient units. When you upgrade, you extend the life of your plumbing system and save money overall. Ask us about our proactive program to help prevent or at least mitigate potential problems from a water loss. The ERP Emergency READY Profile Plan can be explained with a scheduled visit to your place of business.
Our staff works thoroughly but quickly, as we know disruptions for your steady customers is a hassle for both them and you. Before starting, SERVPRO techs can make sure that items in your restaurant are protected from absorbing moisture, such as dry goods in your storeroom.
Our goal for drying your structure is to return all affected materials to their normal moisture content levels. SERVPRO staff uses moisture meters to find the actual moisture content of different material to help us determine if your structure is dry once we are done with the restoration process. Penetrating meters have probes that allow us to test within wall cavities or underneath the flooring. They can also test individual layers. Non-penetrating meters use sensors which give readings when the meter is put on the surface of materials.
Almost all your plumbing problems result from wear and tear, which is why the preventative maintenance is so essential to a business that runs smoothly. Additional issues come from issues related to your building such as the age of the building, the foundation shifting or settling, plus outdated and poorly performing construction materials.
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg wants to help you restore your business building in Vanoy, Shore Acres or Meadowlawn after a water damage emergency. We can get you back up and running, so you lose the least amount of business possible when you call us at (727) 522-0000.

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Storms, Attics, and Water Damage in St. Petersburg

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can damage roofs, allowing water to enter your attic. Did you know that SERVPRO offers emergency tarping services?

Lightning Strike Leads to Water Removal in a St. Petersburg Attic

Florida residents are certainly not strangers to stormy weather. Lightning strikes the ground as much as 3,500 times a day in the Sunshine State. However, most Floridians are unprepared for lightning strikes that cause felled trees to fall on their roofing and cause leaks in their attic.  

If a roof leak from weather-related damage requires water removal in your St. Petersburg home, certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to answer your call and restore your attic. Our professionals dedicate themselves to removing any risk of mold growth or structural warping from water absorption before it can cause long-term issues in your home.  

When removing water from any attic space, one of the biggest questions regards restoring insulation. Waterlogged insulation, especially if made from organic materials such as cellulose, can become a breeding ground for mold. Fiberglass insulation is more common and can often be dried and salvaged, but each type of insulation material requires different treatment. For drying, we place air movers at 45-degree angles, generally in a clockwise arrangement, to pull moisture out of surfaces. Industrial-grade dehumidifiers such as the Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifier are well-suited to absorbing this air moisture, collecting water to be drained, and expelling warm, dry air. If the leak is in a more contained space, polyethylene chambers may be constructed to accelerate drying.  

In an unfinished attic affected by water, it is vital to ensure that all wood is cleaned and dried. If you use your attic for storage, we can also move, clean, and dry your possessions to prevent microbial growth. After ensuring that the moisture levels on your surfaces are safe, we can then clean wood and other fixtures in your attic with an EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaner as another buffer against mold and other odor-causing bacteria.  

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is ready to assist you with emergency response and cleanup 24/7. If disaster strikes in your home or business, give us a call today at (727) 522-0000.

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Why SERVPRO Is The Leader In Flood Damage Restoration In St. Petersburg

4/11/2019 (Permalink)

We make your home safe to live in again after flood damage. We are here 24/7 to restore your home with our expertise, experience and equipment,

The Safe Removal of Black Water in Flood Damage for St. Petersburg Residents

A road overflow can cause significant damage to your property. Usually the result of heavy rainfall, road overflows send flood water contaminated with raw sewage or other pesticides into your home which requires immediate professional assistance. We are a licensed service that can provide an adequate response to the presence of black water in your home; allowing you to get on with your everyday life as quickly as possible.

When we are called to a property to repair flood damage in St. Petersburg, the first concern is the type of water we are dealing with. A visual inspection is vital to ensuring the correct safety equipment and tools are provided for the full service. High levels of contamination are known as black water and could contain animal carcasses, herbicides, pesticides, or raw sewage.

Black water poses a serious threat to your health. SERVPRO technicians can cordon off the affected zone using physical barriers and establish a quarantine for your safety. Since black water is a biohazardous waste, many materials may need removal, packaging, and disposal before being replaced at the end of service-when contamination is completely removed.

Porous materials are especially vulnerable. Carpets, as well as sections of drywall, may need to be removed including the subfloor mat for disposal. Valuable materials can be packed out by SERVPRO and treated with Esporta washing machines to sanitize them. Equally, we can use immersion tanks for denser items which restore them using ultrasonic cleaning technology. These advanced equipment are effective at salvaging items you may not have thought salvageable.

Black water also causes unpleasant odors to permeate the home. The biocides, bleaches, and chlorine that we may use to disinfect the site also carry a thick odor. Your SERVPRO technician can fumigate the whole of the home using thermal foggers. This equipment attaches to odor particles and neutralizes them leaving your home smelling clean and fresh, "Like it never even happened" after flood damage.

Black water can pose a severe risk to your health, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-000.

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Holy St. Petersburg, Water Damage. Just Call SERVPRO

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians, Safety Gear, and Equipment Mitigate Water Damage in St. Petersburg

How SERVPRO Saves Homes and Businesses from Water Damage in St. Petersburg

It can be overwhelming to find water where it should not be in your home or organization. Plumbings issues, roof leaks, and appliance failures are just a few of the many reasons residents and businesses call on SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to handle water damage in their properties.

Common Types of Damage Caused by Water

An essential thing to know about a water intrusion in St. Petersburg is that longer the moisture remains inside the property, the more damage it is doing. Why SERVPRO? We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Exposure to excess moisture can loosen vinyl tiles on floors, cause the subflooring to rot underneath, and in walls, drywall rot can be a problem. On top of all of that, any area that has prolonged moisture has the potential to harbor mold colonies. Even a small amount of water cleanup should be handled by professionals to ensure there is no secondary damage to the building materials and loss of possessions.

How is Water Removed?

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg handles both small and large water removals. Residual moisture is a bigger problem after any standing water is extracted. Our technicians have many specialized tools such as a weighted extractor that connects to a pump. When it moved over the wet carpet, the weight pushes excess water out of padding where it could remain and cause both mold and odor problems. For large scale jobs, we have specially equipped truck mounted pumps that can move out thousands of gallons of water quickly.

Deep Drying Techniques

While the rules of science for air flow and water vapor are finite, how those rules are used is unique to each emergency call our SERVPRO technicians handle. Not every water emergency is going to need to have weep holes drilled in a sagging ceiling for a pipe break or drywall cut away from an appliance accident. Our https://www.IICRC.orgIICRC certified technicians know that eliminating vapor barriers and opening up areas behind walls results in faster overall drying.

All flooring needs to be dried as soon as possible, especially in the case of adhesive tile and any type that has subflooring underneath. Many types of composite and engineered wood may not be restorable through our efforts. However true hardwood floors can be saved on a case by case basis. Because wood has high absorbency, hardwood flooring needs special attention when drying such as tenting or drying mats that direct water vapor up and away while they are systematically moved for even results. Our certified crew members know which elements to focus on when setting up an affected space up for the best drying possible. An example is moving wet items that can leave stains on floorings such as printed materials and stained wood furnishings.

In a category one (clean) water remediation, even the carpet padding can be saved through fast action. We can set up air movers to push air under affected carpeting and over the padding to help it dry even faster; this is called "floating the carpet." In cases where the padding cannot be saved, we remove it with the homeowner's permission to avoid secondary damage such as mold or odor.

Drying is never a one-size-fits-all setup. SERVPRO uses industrial air movers that are carefully positioned at angles unique to the environment they are being used in to move moist air up and out by banking it off walls. We also employ dehumidifiers at the same time to lower air moisture for faster drying. Our assortment of LGR low grain refrigerant, desiccant units, and flat lay temporary ducts are industry leading equipment to grapple with moisture. Our goal is to disrupt the premises as little as possible, and we dry furnishings in place whenever possible, the pieces can be raised on blocks during the drying phase.

What About Items too Wet to Dry in Place?

In the case of items that technicians cannot restore on site, we offer a pack - out service. With the property owner's permission, we carefully move items to an outside facility for drying and restoration efforts. Content drying and cleaning are cornerstones of SERVPRO services, another reason Why we are the water loss restoration company of choice.

Even a Little Water Can Leave Big Odors

Our technicians do not rely on visuals to determine if a structure in St. Petersburg and its contents are dry. We use state-of-the-art moisture probes to ensure the affected areas are thoroughly dried. The amount of moisture behind walls, in subflooring and other areas, is checked to ensure it is dry. The reason for this is two-fold. Even a little dampness can invite mold growth, and there can be odors. Drying eliminates much of the unpleasant odor, but in the cases of residual scents left behind, SERVPRO has a multi-layered approach to that issue.

How do SERVPRO Technicians Deodorize Water Damaged Properties?

There is not one specific way to handle foul odors. Depending on the type of scent, different methods are utilized. SERVPRO technicians clean all surfaces once they are determined to be dry. We use antifungal and antibacterial cleaning agents that leave a pleasant scent, and in many cases, this is enough. While masking agents are useful for combatting mild odors, large-size pungent problems left behind by the water need more attention. Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, sometimes called "wet foggers" are very effective at neutralizing odors as they grab and reconstitute the odor molecule eliminating unpleasant odors in carpeting and upholstered furnishings. Many water cleanup sites require applications of multiple types of odor control to eliminate the smells. The key is, our technicians work with property owners until they are happy with the results.

Water Damage Cleanup Should Never be a DIY Project

Sometimes property owners are reluctant to contact us for emergency water cleanup because only a small area was affected. As you can see, even a little water has the potential to damage flooring and subflooring, harbor mold and leave a lingering odor. It is crucial that an excess of moisture in a property is addressed as quickly as possible to avoid additional damage that can be costly down the road.

Turning around in-property water damage to homes and businesses is a multi-layered approach that requires equal parts of expertise and equipment. If you have experienced an event that caused a water loss in your property, talk to SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg, and we can turn it around and make it "Like it never even happened." We are happy to service the St. Petersburg community and area like 33701, 33702, and 33705.

SERVPRO Can Restore Your Water Damaged St. Petersburg Business

3/28/2019 (Permalink)

Our Green Fleet is always ready to handle your water damage restoration needs.

What to Expect During Commercial Water Removal in Northeast St. Petersburg

Water damage can affect a business even more than a home. If the premises are not safe for employees or people, there is a loss of revenue for the company and paychecks for employees.  

When handling water removal in Northeast St. Petersburg businesses, SERVPRO knows we need to work quickly, and our goal is to cause as little disruption as possible during restoration. The faster the water is extracted and the property dried, the sooner you can get back to the business of being business.  

You can expect us to arrive within hours after your initial call and get to work immediate extracting water. We remove saturated mats for drying outside. If there is carpeting that is affected, it is not automatically a loss if the water cleanup is happening with a Category One or clean water spill. With our weighted extractors and specialized drying methods, our goal is always to restore rather than replace.  

Drying is a crucial step in the restoration process. Our technicians determine that exact angles to set up air movers to bank air off each other and the walls and floors to push moist air up and out. Dehumidifiers are used to pull moisture out of the air for thorough drying. Many large scale items such as desks and chairs can be raised on blocks and dried in place to limit disruption to the business. We do not count on visual determinations for when your structure is dry. We use moisture probes to confirm that the affected areas are dry.  

To avoid mold and mildew, SERVPRO technicians use our specially formulated cleaners to inhibit microbe and fungus on surfaces and leave your commercial property smelling as fresh and clean as it looks.  

SERVPRO of Northeast St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 has commercial water removal services available 24/7 for your business. Our local team of certified technicians can be on-site within hours of your call to mitigate loss with our expertise and specialized equipment.

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

3/26/2019 (Permalink)

We have equipment that can extract the water and dehumidifiers to help in the drying process of water damage. Call us right away.

Drying Water-Damaged Flooring in St. Petersburg Condos

Water loss incidents can affect many materials throughout your St. Petersburg condos quickly, even passing through walls to affect numerous units with one singular substantial incident. Overcoming the effects that can result from spreading water loss incidents can seem daunting and impossible, but the right professional restoration team can save you money and time. With our effective equipment and fast response, our professionals can work to limit the damage to your properties with minimal tear out and reconstruction required.

Protecting your St. Petersburg condos from water damage is something that is often out of your hands the moment that the emergency occurs. Our SERVPRO team remains available 24 hours a day to provide a rapid response to these damaging situations. With a fast response to these incidents, our technicians can limit the spread of the damage, repair the source of the water damage, and also work to dry out saturated elements quickly to protect them from degradation.

As you might expect, the efforts of our professionals begin with a thorough inspection of the property to assess the full spread and scope of the damage that the team faces moving forward. During this process, we can determine the equipment and personnel needed, as well as a base cost for restoring these affected units. If you have an insurance claim filed, this information can help to substantiate this claim and get it approved quickly.

Drying is critical to restoring water damaged condos that you own. We can work to set up our high-powered air movers and LGR or desiccant dehumidifiers to begin noticeably reducing saturation and moisture in the environment fast. We can float carpets with these air movers to dry out subflooring as well. For more intricate drying, we can install our drying mats and injecti-dry system to help regulate and constantly draw out moisture from hardwood flooring and tiled areas.

There are many steps to restoring even one condo that you own after a substantial water loss incident, but choosing the right professional team can make a significant difference in out-of-pocket expenses and the time it takes to complete. You can count on the fast response and experience of our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team. Give us a call at (727) 522-0000.

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Fire Damage Can Affect Your St. Petersburg Home's Exterior And Spread To Outbuildings

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Fire can cause significant damage to your property.

Fire Damage

Many times when firefighters deal with a blazing fire, they need to place holes in the roof. This can let some of the heat escape the building, but as this happens, hot ash and burning embers pose a risk to other buildings that are in close proximity.

St. Petersburg firefighters know that this risk exists but doing so outweighs that risk, as the main fire is easier to put out and this alone reduces the amount of fire damage sustained. However, when a fire spreads to other buildings, that fire is more easily extinguished while the fire department is still on the scene than at any other time.

Buildings, such as garages that are already very closely situated to your home can easily catch on fire from flames that are located on your home's exterior. Sometimes this happens because of items stored outside acting as a burning bridge between the two buildings. Other times, it is the garage that catches on fire first, and then that fire spreads to the home. No matter what amount of fire damage involved in your situation, SERVPRO has the experienced professionals with IICRC training who can make things “Like it never even happened.”

Fire damage means not being able to live in your home, in most situations, so we work quickly so that your time living away is reduced as much as possible. We know that not only is the event itself highly stressful but that adjusting to life after a fire can take a toll on family members, too. This is why it is so important to us to reduce the time involved while still erasing the effects of the fire, no matter how extreme.

Inside and out, fire damaged materials are removed and replaced, soiled belongings are cleaned of accumulated soot and grime, water and foam from firefighters' hoses and sprayers are removed, and clothing and other textiles are laundered in special machines to remove as much of the particles that can ruin them as is technologically possible. Carpeting is often destroyed because synthetic fibers often do not hold up to punishing temperatures a fire can produce, so this is removed, as is the padding. The underlay is dried and inspected to ensure that it remains structurally sound and ready for new carpeting.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg does all this and much more when a customer has a fire at their home. We can be reached at (727) 522-0000 at any hour of the day or night, every day of the week. When you and your family must cope with fire damage, calling us is the first step toward returning to pre-fire living.

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Preventing Air Conditioner Water Damage in St. Petersburg

3/21/2019 (Permalink)

Keep your cool and have your air conditioner unit checked regularly to prevent water damage to your home.

Precautions to take to prevent water damage caused by your AC unit

Although you might not give it much thought, your air conditioner is one possible cause for water damage in your home. It works very hard for you in St. Petersburg, and the key to avoiding problems with your AC unit is keeping it maintained.

The air conditioner in your St. Petersburg home produces large amounts of condensation. When you do not get routine checkups and maintenance done, this condensation can lead to extreme situations that need repair such as water damage, the growth of mold, and even caved in ceilings. Therefore, take the precautions necessary and have your air conditioner inspected before turning it on after a long period of being shut off.

When a water damage emergency does happen, you need to contact a restoration specialist, such as SERVPRO. Our staff is all specially trained to handle all kinds of water damage, so you can rest assured you are in good hands.

Having a specialist check your system each year before you start it up is best. They should examine the emergency and main drain lines for any leaks or blockage. They also test the contractor for contacts which are burned, the refrigerant pressure, and all the coils to see if they need cleaning.

Your air conditioner filter also needs to be changed around once a month. You can have restricted airflow if the filter is dirty, possibly causing water damage. If the unit is close to the ground outside, don’t let shrubs or tall grass grow around it. The condenser can make the evaporator coil work harder and longer than it should, causing it to freeze over and defrost into your home.

Install a safety float, which shuts off the power to your AC unit when water builds up in the drain pan. Doing so alerts you of a serious problem before it creates a water damage repair problem.

At SERVPRO, we can help you whenever you need, so when your air conditioner fails despite your precautions, get in touch with us right away. We have the industrial tools needed to dry your home out quickly and efficiently.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is your go to source for water damage remediation. When you reside in Northeast St. Petersburg or Shore Acres you can reach us anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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When Floodwaters Penetrate the Structural Cavities of Your St. Petersburg Home

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Heavy rains in Florida are a common occurrence. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to restore your home.

Clearing Flood Damage in the Structural Cavities of Your St. Petersburg Home

Water, by nature, moves from wet to dry. This natural migration is what makes professional restoration a necessity if your home falls victim to flooding. Standing water causes more harm the longer it is allowed to sit; saturating fabrics, fittings and absorbing into your subfloor. One area of particular concern is wall cavities where water can reside unnoticed and potentially stagnant or cause complicated secondary damages.

We have helped residents deal with flood damage in St. Petersburg for decades because we train our technicians comprehensively. These property damages are time sensitive which is why we organize a rapid response unit that is on hand to help you in this situation. As an organization with national resources, SERVPRO can mobilize extensive remediation equipment specially designed for these circumstances.

When water migrates into wall cavities, it can quickly saturate sheetrock which needs to be demolished and disposed of in most cases. Failure to do so can lead to mold or mildew growth inside your walls which is far more time consuming and expensive to remove properly. SERVPRO has the equipment to both measure saturation levels and draws water from cavities in your home's structure.

Thermal imaging cameras use infrared light to help us see behind opaque structures in the home, like walls, and assess the level of moisture present. We can also deploy moisture meters to ascertain the actual water content behind structures as well as Thermo-Hygrometers which tell us the relative humidity. This equipment is vital in the planning stage as they tell your SERVPRO technician precisely what we need to get your home back to preloss condition.

The second phase of water damage remediation is to deploy structural cavity drying equipment. These could include injectidry systems which use several individual injectors to blast warm air into the cavity and evaporate moisture. If your home as hardwood floorboards or tiling we can use specialized drying mats to pull the moisture from underneath them without having to remove and replace the existing floor. An approach like this ensures that not only is the evidence of flood damage removed but reduces the likelihood of long-term damages.

Advanced equipment is critical to proper remediation, contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 today.

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Contact Our Crew After Your Bed And Breakfast In St. Petersburg Experiences A Fire Damage Disaster

2/25/2019 (Permalink)

We are here, at (727) 522-0000, always ready to help you achieve your goals by helping you clean and maintain your bed and breakfast.

Sources Of Commercial Fire Damage In Your New St. Petersburg's Bed And Breakfast

When buying a new bed and breakfast in the St. Petersburg area, keeping a smoothly running business going might seem to only center on how well your services match the needs of your guests. While having a good business plan in place helps immensely, as does completing one of our READY Plans, unexpected issues can affect the quality of individual areas of your establishment.

Past occupants who smoked cigarettes can leave your St. Petersburg business with fire damage on walls and ceilings. The film left behind can seem slight, but when you remove paintings or other wall coverings, you can quickly see the difference between exposed and protected areas.

Before you open your doors for business or even take pictures to use in advertising, cleaning of the business must take place to give you the best possible start. SERVPRO can help in this deep cleaning, especially in removing smoke residue from fire damage. Cigarette smoke is particularly sticky because of the high amounts of nicotine and tar content. Over time, the layer of cigarette smoke becomes much more difficult to remove.

Ashes that miss their mark and end up on the floor instead of in an ashtray can also add to the unpleasant odors in a room. We have teams that work together to rid our walls and ceilings of smoke residue, and other crews who concentrate on revitalizing your floors.

Carpeting can often give up odors when cleaned professionally. Sometimes this requires two attempts, followed by injected deodorizing chemicals that slowly add a more desirable scent into the air. Wood floors can hide ashes in between the boards, with significant amounts pushed underneath. We can remove the debris using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. For concentrated areas on carpeting, we often use a Claw attachment after saturating the area with a liquid cleaning solution.

Because not all fire damage comes from a one-time blaze, SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg uses a multitude of techniques to make your property “Like it never even happened.” We are here, at (727) 522-0000, always ready to help you achieve your goals by helping you clean and maintain your bed and breakfast in Vinoy, Shore Acres, or Meadowlawn.

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Your Best Guide to Water Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can seem to literally overtake your home. Contact SERVPRO after an incident or to investigate the cause of excess water in your home.

An Efficient Method for Water Removal in St. Petersburg Properties

A common mantra in the restoration industry is that water moves from wet to dry. Standing water then can rapidly saturate subfloor mats, sheetrock or pool underneath fittings and furniture. The significant risk is that, if not dealt with correctly, hidden water pockets can become odorous or provide the ideal conditions for mold growth which can cause expensive secondary damages. As a general rule, the removal of standing water should be completed as quickly as possible to prevent permanent issues.

We are available 24 hours a day for water removal in St. Petersburg. Simply contact our emergency call line to arrange a service within an hour. When arranging a service providing as much detail as possible is essential to ensure we send the right equipment and technicians with the right expertise to solve the problem. At SERVPRO, we have technicians with IICRC certificates in a range of water damage areas like applied structural drying (ASD) and odor control.

The most efficient method of removing standing water is with gas-powered pumps. We deploy these when the water level is above two inches and run the pumps into an open sewer point. The advantage of this method is that the amount of water we can remove is limitless and can be done faster than any other method. This process alone can significantly reduce the risk of permanent damages.

With standing water removed SERVPRO then utilizes an approach that is kind to your furniture, carpets, and fittings. Portable extraction units combine heating elements with vacuum power to help pull moisture from floorboards and carpets. A fabric is up to 50% weaker when wet so using extraction units ensures that we do not damage any fittings unnecessarily during cleanup.

SERVPRO uses a triple lock technique to make the damage "Like it never even happened." After pumps and extraction units we bring in rapid air-movers in tandem with dehumidifiers. These equipment evaporate moisture into the air then remove the evaporated moisture to ensure the humidity levels in your home remain at an average level. This technique helps to prevent secondary mold damages after service.

Our equipment helps us get the job done faster. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for efficient remediation services.

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Why You Should Not Procrastinate When You Discover Mold In Your St. Petersburg Home

2/14/2019 (Permalink)

Call us right away when you discover mold, our team is ready 24/7 to come to your aid and start restoration so you can live safely in your home.

Is All Mold Dangerous in Your St. Petersburg Home?

Every type of disaster that can affect your St. Petersburg home provides its own manner of risk and threats that you can prepare to face. With mold growth, there seems to be a divided camp of homeowners who believe that because mold spores occur naturally that there are no perceived risks to allowing its presence in the house. Unfortunately, this same bad information is causing problems for area residents when their homes and their families face the hazardous effects of mold colonization.

Mold damage in St. Petersburg is something every homeowner should strive to correct immediately. The reason for this is the effect that mold growth can have on structural elements of the house. As mold colonies form and spread, they require organic matter to feed and grow. This food source can get found through the erosion and degradation of affected materials throughout the damaged areas of your house the organism uses to host its colonies.

If caught early enough, our SERVPRO professionals can often protect and preserve structural elements like studs, framing and support beams that make up the skeleton of your home’s construction. Without a fast response, these materials can facilitate mold colonization and can become structurally unstable through prolonged degradation. Protecting the investment in your home means striving to act quickly at the first sign of mold growth.

Many ask if mold is even dangerous to those exposed, but this question requires specifics like the type of mold involved. With thousands of varieties of mold that could grow within your home, it should get known that the majority of these can cause potential health effects to humans and pets who become exposed to the active colonization. Our SERVPRO team can contain these thriving colonies and limit exposure while remediation work gets underway.

Mold growth is nothing that you should wait to determine its threat level. With many of the varieties toxic and harmful to respiratory systems, let our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg technicians work safely and efficiently to remove this threat from your home. Give us a call 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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Revealed: IICRC Certified Technicians in St. Petersburg Exceed Fire Damage Remediation Standards

1/20/2019 (Permalink)

Test your smoke alarms regularly because they can help save your life. Contact SERVPRO if your home has suffered from a fire.

St. Petersburg's Fire Damage Technicians Talk About Prevention Tactics

Thousands of structures burn every year, and many of them are located in the St. Petersburg area. Once the blaze ignites, fire damage becomes inevitable. If there is enough heat created, many of your contents and building materials can get consumed within minutes. Besides that, partially combusted particles in the form of smoke can circulate throughout your house and cause problems far away from the initial source. Once something burns inside your residence, it is a wise idea to call in a professional fire damage restoration company such as SERVPRO.
Our technicians know how to mitigate just about any issue you may run into. Our SERVPRO technicians are used to dealing with a large variety of fire damage situations in St. Petersburg. We can deal with problems ranging from rebuilding burnt structural components to cleaning soot residues. If the blaze is minor, we know how to deal with odors the burn could have caused. When mitigating any type of issue with your home, we utilize the industry's most advanced technology and techniques. Our goal is to always restore your building to what it was before the disaster happened and make it look like the problem never occurred.
However, if you follow proper prevention procedures, you can greatly lower the chances of anything burning inside your home. The number one rule is to be careful with and pay attention to any heat source inside your house. While cooking, it is never a good idea to leave any hot pots or pans unattended. If you use electric space heaters in the winter time, make sure they are not located near any sort of flammable materials. Smoking cigarettes indoors is never a good idea, but if someone does smoke inside your structure, make sure they use an ashtray and properly dispose of their cigarette butts.
Making sure you have operating smoke alarms can also help prevent structure fires and save lives. If you ever want a detailed list of ways to prevent fires or designate SERVPRO as your official restoration contractor, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 24/7.
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After A Fire In Your St. Petersburg Kitchen, Our Experts Can Remove The Foul Odors!

1/7/2019 (Permalink)

Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg rapid response team is available 24/7!

Reducing Odor In Your St. Petersburg Eatery After A Kitchen Fire

Fires present multiple effects to overcome in your St. Petersburg eatery. While some incidents stay focused to a specific room or area of your building, certain effects can spread out farther than the initial combustion site, regardless of the size or severity of the fire before it got extinguished. It is our focus to provide a legitimate and efficient solution to each of these symptoms within your property, and that extends to challenging odor removal throughout the restaurant.

As a location that serves hot food to hungry patrons, you always stand at a slight risk of something going wrong that allows for fire damage in your St. Petersburg kitchen. From grease fires on the stovetop to appliance surges from overloaded outlets, the possibility for potential ignition persists. Amid the extinguishment of this fire, you should reach out to our professionals at SERVPRO for an honest assessment and accurate of the damage to help you move forward with cleanup and odor removal as promptly as you can.

Soot damage and odors are often among the worst effects for smaller kitchen fires in restaurants, but these same effects can also spread far beyond the ignition point to affect patrons that would come into the restaurant for dining. Our SERVPRO professionals can respond quickly in this situation to work towards protecting all of the equipment and areas of your restaurant so that you do not have to keep your doors closed to the public a moment longer than necessary.

Odor removal often falls to set equipment available to our SERVPRO technicians that respond to your address following an emergency. Between our thermal foggers and hydroxyl generators, our professionals can work to significantly reduce or entirely permanently remove foul odors lingering in both the primary area for the fire and secondary locations like the dining area and lobby.

Whenever a small fire breaks out in your eatery, you need professional assistance to return the property to its original condition quickly. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg rapid response team is available 24/7 by calling (727) 522-0000.

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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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Why Residents Need to Locate the Moisture Source Causing Mold Damage in St. Petersburg Homes

12/19/2018 (Permalink)

Mold only needs moisture source and organic material to grow. That moisture can also be in the form of humidity.

Mold Remediation Experts In St. Petersburg Discuss The Importance Of Finding The Source

Fungi can develop inside your St. Petersburg home in places that you may not see on a regular basis. At times, locating all the contamination during the mold remediation process is not possible right away. Fungi often hide in dark, confined spaces due to their tendency to form in warm, humid, and wet environments. Finding the source of the initial water issue is important but can sometimes be difficult depending on the situation. During any mold remediation project, a professional company such as SERVPRO can help you find and repair the problem that is causing moisture to enter.  

All cases of fungal contamination involve some contact with water or vapor in the air. Our SERVPRO technicians have experience and are trained to figure out where the excessive moisture is coming from during your mold remediation project in St. Petersburg. We can use specialized moisture meters to find all of the wet materials inside your home. Once we track the moisture, we can then find out where it originated. Before we begin restoration work, we contact a certified contractor to fix any problem we cannot repair so that no more water can enter your house.  

Not locating the source of moisture causes the mold problems to return in the future. When removing contamination from affected surfaces, we often scrape or sand the materials so that there are not any more surface issues. In some cases, the hyphae grow too far into the materials forcing our SERVPRO technicians to remove them.  

After the contamination is scraped off or the affected building materials get removed, we then test the moisture levels of the items. If the levels are still higher than they are in the materials in unaffected areas of your home, then we can dry out your structural components. Once all of your building materials are dry, we then spray the affected components with a sealant paint that traps in any foul odors. If you ever notice wet areas or visible mold inside your home, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 any day of the week.

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Why are Water Extraction Methods Important to Your Flooded St. Petersburg Home?

12/11/2018 (Permalink)

When you experience a water loss event, you need highly trained and equipped professionals to help.

Trusted Flood Removal Services for Residents of St. Petersburg

After experiencing a stressing incident such as a flood, your priority is to make sure your loved ones are safe before seeking for professional flood removal services. The goal of such services is to return your property to its preloss condition. We can inspect your St. Petersburg property and determine whether it is safe to re-enter, restore power issues, and put in place measures to prevent additional damage.  

Let us start by looking at some of the procedures that our SERVPRO technicians perform during flood removal in St. Petersburg. If there is still water on your property, we have to perform water removal/extraction procedures. By using truck-mounted vacuum systems and powerful pumps, we can remove large quantities of water from your home. If the units we are using cannot access areas with limited space, then we can use portable water extractors to remove water from such areas.  

The water removal process should begin almost immediately to increase the chances of salvaging most of your items. We determine the water removal processes or the equipment used by the amount of water in your home. Physical water extraction methods help in reducing the drying time. Flood water usually is full of contaminants and removing your carpet, and the carpet pad is necessary to protect the subfloor.  

After removing excess water from your home, our SERVPRO technicians perform drying and dehumidification processes. They are necessary procedures, even when the walls and floor appear dry. When the water comes into contact with building materials such as drywall and wood, they can retain water since they are porous. The retained water may cause mold damage or cause the materials to warp. We install Dehumidifiers and air movers in your building to enhance dehumidification and drying. All through, we use we track progress by using monitoring equipment.  

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is Faster to Any Size Disaster when attending to flood damage issues in commercial and residential properties. Our highly trained technicians are available 24 hours a day to attend to all your restoration and cleaning needs. Call us at (727) 522-0000 to get reliable restoration services.

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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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If Your St. Petersburg Home Experiences A Fire Call Our Experts!

11/17/2018 (Permalink)

The residues left in your home after fire damage are toxic, necessitating trained personnel who take appropriate precautions during cleanup.

Why Professional Fire Damage Restoration Is Necessary In St. Petersburg

Homeowners who pride themselves upon researching and then performing home maintenance and repair in St. Petersburg need to reconsider taking on fire remediation as a DIY job. Sound reasoning underlies the decision to engage a reputable fire restoration company as the process is complicated and prone to unfortunate results when undertaken by inexperienced individuals with proper equipment and products.

First and foremost, the residues left in your St. Petersburg home after fire damage are toxic, necessitating trained personnel who take appropriate precautions during cleanup. Our technicians receive certification by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Certification (IICRC), a standards-setting organization for the fire remediation industry. Research-based techniques keep inhabitants and restorers safe during remediation and ensure a thorough clearing of the corrosive soot that otherwise exposes structures and contents to progressive damage.

SERVPRO also offers full-spectrum restoration services, including water removal and structural drying. Nearly all fire damage restoration projects require a preliminary water and chemical restoration step, effectuating recovery from the agents used by firefighters to subdue the blaze. The high-efficiency pumps and water extractors we carry in every service vehicle gets the water out a pace and with a thoroughness a homeowner using big-box hardware store equipment cannot replicate.

The devastation facing a homeowner after a fire and firefighting efforts can feel irreparable. Individuals sorting wet and soot-damaged items might be likely to chuck most of it into the trash because restoration seems impossible. SERVPRO production technicians take “ruined” items and transform them back into fully functional and attractive treasured personal possessions and household goods all the time. Time and money saved, our customers find themselves back in their restored home “Like it never even happened,” a resolution far preferable to replacing nearly all items.

Both water and fire damage swiftly deteriorate building materials and the contents of your home. SERVPRO crews power through cleanup and restoration tasks fast, uniquely positioned to halt the processes that threaten to damage the structure and belongings permanently. We also work with your insurance company, limiting your out of pocket costs as we recover the comfortable ambiance of your home using innovative products and specialized equipment.

There is no shame in partnering with SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg when a fire damages your home. Leverage our experience, training, and equipment by calling (727) 522-0000 to get your fire restoration project going.

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The Real Truth Behind Pinellas County Water Damage and Mold

11/11/2018 (Permalink)

If a large pipe breaks in your home, water damage is inevitable. Call SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

How to Handle Water Removal in Pinellas County

Your Pinellas County property can flood in seconds especially if the main pipes burst or someone leaves the tap running. Although the flooding happens fast, extracting the water takes time leading to damages in various items or sections of the house. The damage extent is likely to be higher if no one is home to turn off the water. Involving a certified water restoration technician in the removal process can help ease the task compared to handling it on your own. Technicians rely on equipment, their previous experience, and teamwork to save your property.
One of the reasons such technicians can handle water removal in Pinellas County better is the use of advanced moisture detection equipment. The technicians also understand the effects of moisture on various materials such as carpets, furnishings, wood flooring if there is one, and the actual structure. So in addition to extracting the standing water, they can take specific actions to prevent future problems.
Fast extraction of water from the affected building is essential. When spilled water is left standing long, other problems begin cropping up. Mold is one such problem, and it only requires 24 – 48 hours to start growing. Bad odor and stains can also develop within the same time span. Our SERVPRO team can help guarantee fast extraction since we have the right equipment including submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors.
While extracting spilled water may seem like a daunting task, drying the structure is even more problematic. This extra difficulty is because removing a liquid is easier than a gas yet the only way to dry materials is to turn the moisture they hold into a vapor before removing it. Our SERVPRO technicians use different types of dehumidifiers such as desiccant and refrigerant varieties to handle various stages of the drying process. We also calculate and set a drying goal, which we achieve by using the right number and configuration of air movers.
If water spills in your property, avoid guesswork. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 to save your property. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Our Fire Damage Restoration Experts Will Remove Soot And Smoke Residue From Your St. Petersburg Home

10/17/2018 (Permalink)

To come up with efficient fire damage restoration techniques, service providers in the restoration industry must understand the theory of fire.

Controlling Soot and Smoke Residues during Fire Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg

To come up with efficient fire damage restoration techniques, service providers in the restoration industry must understand the theory of fire. It is all about knowing how smoke, heat, and fire affect various items and the structure. Soot residues are not the same, and even if they are the same, they end up resting on different surfaces. Some can be easy to clean, while some are challenging to remove from the various structural components in your St. Petersburg property.

When our SERVPRO team is performing fire damage restoration in your St. Petersburg home, we have to clean the soot and smoke residues that settle on attics, insulation, windows, and glass. It is a big challenge to clean up attics since most of their surfaces are porous, have unfinished wood, their shapes are irregular, and have limited access. During the restoration process, we can use a deodorizing pre-sealer to seal the unexposed structural timber. If you are storing some of your contents in the attics, removing them may be necessary before we can clean the area.

From experience, it cost less to replace insulation than to clean. Though soot residues change the appearance of the insulation, it does not mean its insulation capabilities have been compromised. In most cases, we remove and replace 3 - 4 inches of the insulation's top part. Before covering the lower layer of the insulation with a new one, we make sure it does not have any smoke odor.

We use a low-alkaline glass cleaner to clean window glass. By using a squeegee and a spray bottle to apply the cleaner, we can do the cleaning. We never forget the framework and all the components of the window construction. If there are cavities in the walls, we may decide to use foggers to neutralize the smell.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can offer you the cleaning and restoration help that you need in your residential or commercial property. Call us at (727) 522-0000 and allow our experienced technicians to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Tubs, Leaks, Bathroom Catastrophes in Pinellas County!! Ouch!! Call SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Demolition of Your Pinellas County Condo Bathroom--Call SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal

SERVPRO's Pinellas County Water Removal Can Restore Your Bathroom

The pipe that burst in your bathroom last evening left excess water on your floor. When an accident like this occurs, standing water can damage the walls, floor tile and the ceiling under the tub. To prevent extensive damage to your home act fast and contact our experienced company right away. You can rely on our skilled and professional technicians to handle the job properly.

The SERVPRO water removal services in Pinellas County can restore your bathroom to its preloss condition when possible. Our technicians can quickly eliminate water from the affected areas, which can reduce damages to the structure. This removal is especially crucial if the bathroom mishap occurred in an upper level of the home or townhouse. We can arrive on site within hours after you call us to assess the job and can migrate water quickly from the room. Standing water can cause microbial growth from 24-72-hours, so it is not wise to allow it to sit for too long.
Our team can use various pieces of equipment to extract excess water such as vacuums, pumps, wands or portable extractors. If necessary, the crew may need to employ self-contained, gas-powered truck-mounted extractors to eliminate the water. During the drying phase in the restoration process, our team utilizes high-velocity axial fans, heaters, dehumidifiers and air movers to increase dryness and reduce moisture inside the structure. We may also need to dry other items in the bathroom such as window curtains or an upholstered vanity chair or bench.
To make sure the affected areas are completely dry; our techs may use moisture detection sensors and probes to find hidden pockets of dampness such as from beneath the floor tile and inside the wall cavities. Water can cause structural damage and rot, which is why our skilled techs employ these tools to ensure they dry the entire structure.
Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg water removal restoration services can help in emergency situations like this. We are close by and can make it look “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at (727) 522-0000.

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Restoring Your Belongings after Fire Damage Happens to Your Pinellas County Residence

9/25/2018 (Permalink)

Who Should You Call After a Fire Loss in Pinellas County? Here is a Hint!!

Pack-Outs Help Preserve and Protect Personal Possessions after a House Fire

Every home in Pinellas County is just that, a home, and much more than a mere house. The people living in a house, their belongings, the house's furnishings, and how it all interacts is what makes it a home. These material items can sustain damage in a disaster, just like the house's structure can. SERVPRO technicians are highly skilled at undoing the damage belongings can sustain.

Damaged items within your Pinellas County home can also suffer smoke and fire damage. Often, a pack-out of these items simplifies salvaging and cleaning at our facility. We pack each item into a box so we can handle all of them more safely. We use packing supplies that do not leave ink on them as a newspaper might. We wrap fragile items in bubble wrap to cushion them, as well and take great care in handling packed boxes. Each of these boxes receives specific labels that detail the items and its status. We update this status as needed to keep accurate records. Our barcoding process also helps with your insurance claim.
After thoroughly cleaning all of the belongings in the box, we then deodorize the items. This step ensures that no traces of smoke on these items that once seemed damaged remains. We use two methods that leave no residue or filminess on the items. Thermal fogging and ozone treatments both work wonderfully in removing all remaining odors. After this takes place, your items look and smell like new. Then we repack them in a new box and update the inventory sheet. We also mark the box as 'DONE' and initial it on the corner. We then place it in with other boxes that we have completed for you. All the cartons can be stored until your home is ready to receive them.
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg treats your home with the care it deserves, and we handle your possessions with equal care and concern. We know that you need your life back and we can help you achieve this. Fire damage, as well as smoke and soot, can ruin many of your possessions and personal treasures, but we can help you regain control. Call us at (727) 522-0000 if a fire in your Snell Isle, Placido Bayou, or Meadowlawn home has caused disruption and chaos in your life.

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Team SERVPRO Offers Ways to Avoid a Mold Infestation After Flooding in Your St. Petersburg Restaurant

9/21/2018 (Permalink)

Even though part of your restaurant may be located outside, flooding can cause a great deal of damage. Call SERVPRO right away to remediate.

Plumbing Breaks Can Allow Flooding in Your St. Petersburg Restaurant

As a restaurant entrepreneur in St. Petersburg, you can appreciate the steep competition that you face on a daily basis. There are many choices for hungry patrons throughout the city, and choosing the best place is a matter of the quality food available and the atmosphere that you can provide within the building. When a water emergency occurs, your ability to provide this quality dining experience could become threatened.

While the immediate flood damages in St. Petersburg such as pooling water and saturation of construction materials are the most pressing concerns for your business, there are many effects that a water emergency like a pipe bursting could cause. As soon as the situation occurs, fast action can help to limit the spread of the damage throughout the building. If possible, shut off the water to the building to prevent continual water flow from the broken piping.

Our SERVPRO technicians respond quickly in emergency situations like this. Mitigation is a critical step in avoiding costlier restoration work in the immediate future. Our measures from the moment that we arrive can reduce the impact of the water loss incident, helping to preserve materials and the contents of your restaurant from irreparable damages. One of the services that our team provides is packing out, which removes at-risk items from the affected areas until the damage gets fully restored.

One of the concerns that any restaurant owner should have regarding flooding in their building is the possibility of mold growth. Not only does this provide a clear violation of health codes for serving food to customers, but it poses potential health risks to the staff and third parties that traffic the building. Our SERVPRO team can work to help remove the moisture from the affected areas quickly and have the trained personnel to identify mold colonies and remove them before the situation gets out of control.

There are plenty of stresses in working to be one of the chosen dining spots throughout the bustling city, but a water loss incident could threaten this goal substantially. You can depend on our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg water restoration technicians to respond quickly and help to reduce the time that your doors must remain closed to the customers you serve. Give us a call right away at (727) 522-0000.

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Hurricane Season Can Cause Flood Damage to Your St. Petersburg Home

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

When your home suffers from flooding after a storm, call SERVPRO immediately for efficient remediation services.

Team SERVPRO Makes Your Flooded Home Our Priority After a Call for Drying Out Services

Hurricane season is notorious in Florida for causing flood damage to businesses and homes alike, especially in cities that are settled coast-side. These tropical ocean-based storms hit hard and bring thousands of gallons of rain in a small allotment of time. In fact, some of these floodings can be so bad that streetways become flooded to the point where it is no longer possible to use cars or walk outside. However, in the case of your home, the storm was not nearly as devastating.
Most people take a summer vacation when they can, however, needing to schedule an emergency return flight the day after a hurricane causes flood damage to your St. Petersburg home can be a nauseating concept. Coming home and finding your single-level home flooded up to your knees is never something that anyone wishes to come back to. It is essential that when you discover the flooding inside of your home, you call for professional remediation services as swiftly as possible.
When you call SERVPRO, our techs make it a priority to arrive at your residence within hours. We understand that time is a crucial factor in remediation and promptly getting to your property helps ensure a successful job. Upon arrival at your property, SERVPRO can begin to discuss a plan to remediate the damage to your furniture, walls, floors, carpets, drapes and other belongings. Seeing as the flood is house-wide, our technicians can recommend for you to stay elsewhere while we attempt to remediate the damage.
The first job for our SERVPRO techs is to get the standing water out of your house. We can use tools such as submersible pumps, wet/dry vacuums, and extractors to remove the water at a faster pace. Extractors are particularly useful with carpets, fabric furniture, and drapes as they have a heating element that helps dry the material as we draw the moisture out.
Once we manage to get all of the stagnant water out of your home and help reduce the chances of microbial growth, we can use moisture meters to determine the level of dryness throughout your home. Should you need further moisture-reduction, SERVPRO can set up tools such as ventilation fans and dehumidifiers to help eliminate the excess.
If a hurricane causes flood damage to your house, never hesitate or wait to call for help. Reach out to SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg by calling (727) 522-0000. Day or night, we are always ready to take the job.

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Technicians Use Water Removal Strategies Before Other Work Can Begin In St. Petersburg

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in your home in St. Petersburg can happen without warning, leaving you completely unprepared.

Water Removal Strategies

Flooding in your home in St. Petersburg can happen without warning, leaving you completely unprepared. Water that covers your home's floors can cause severe damage to interior structures and personal belongings, in addition to furnishings throughout your residence. We know which methods give excellent results, as well as when replacing items becomes the more cost-effective option.

When homeowners in St. Petersburg call SERVPRO about flooding and overflowing sinks, we send out our water removal team to get the restoration process started off right. While the emergency may seem resolved once we remove standing water, we keep going. We know that restoring your home, as well as protecting it, requires a completely dry environment to achieve the best results.

Water removal only begins with the pump trucks extracting any standing water wherever it might exist in your home, but after we finish with this step, we use smaller handheld units with extendable wands that remove water along the bottom of walls. We also remove any furniture or place them on non-staining blocks to protect your carpeting. However, this step only occurs in situations involving clean water. When flooding from adverse weather is involved, we remove affected carpeting to prevent more serious complications later.

Using desiccant machines and dehumidifiers removes water vapor from the air, but for this to work efficiently, we must first force more of the water absorbed by materials in your home to enter the air. We accomplish this by raising the temperature while increasing the circulation of the air. Once moisture enters the air, the desiccant machine or dehumidifier can quickly remove it from circulation.

During the water restoration process, from start to finish, we monitor the amount of water in various items inside your home. A consistent reduction in moisture lets us know if our work progresses correctly. Any need for changes becomes apparent almost immediately.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can help you restore your home “Like it never even happened” after a disaster involving water. Our water removal techniques work well for resolving situations stemming from broken pipes, overflowed basins, flooding, and the aftermath of firefighting efforts to save your home. Call us at (727) 522-0000, so we can get things back to normal in your home.

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Restoring Foundation Damage Leading To Flooding In Your Pinellas County House

8/9/2018 (Permalink)

A leaking foundation can be an initial warning sign for substantial water damage to your Pinellas County home.

Restoring Foundation Damage

A leaking foundation can be an initial warning sign for substantial water damage to your Pinellas County home. While a concrete slab might just begin to allow small streams of moisture into the underside of your home, after even a short period, these avenues become wider and easier to pass through. Once this occurs, you need professional restoration services to overcome flooding in your house or underneath it.

You might be among the many homeowners that do not see the potential concerns with moisture and water damages leeching up through the concrete and pooling under your house. Since the problem often begins on such a minuscule scale, it can give you the impression that it goes away on its own. What happens can be widespread flooding damage and worse for your Pinellas County residence.

Once water pools underneath the flooring and supports for your house, this can prove a challenging issue to overcome. While extraction and drying remain the initial steps that our SERVPRO technicians take to restore the issue, this is only a small piece of the work that must get completed to bring the area back to preloss condition.

The present moisture within this area worsens the longer that it sits and comes up through the avenues in the concrete. These conditions can lead to degradation of the wooden framework, warping of wooden flooring materials, oversaturation of carpeting and drywall, and even mold growth.

An initial assessment and structure and water source can help our SERVPRO team determine what equipment is necessary to restore the damage. This isolation of the cause can help you to get this repaired as quickly as possible.

Hydrostatic pressure can force external water up through concrete slabs, providing a quick avenue for flooding to affect this area as well. To keep your home from shifting under a saturated concrete slab or blockwork, trust in our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg emergency response team to arrive quickly and work efficiently until the restoration job gets completed. You can give our team a call anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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Eliminating Mold Damage To St. Petersburg Homes

7/26/2018 (Permalink)

If a homeowner suspects or sees mold, our specialists begin with an inspection.

Eliminating Mold Damage

St. Petersburg, like much of Florida, saw more than enough water last year. Clean-up occurred fairly quickly, but many homeowners and residents are finding secondary damage from the storms and flooding in the form of mold.

Eliminating St. Petersburg mold damage is a process SERVPRO specialists learned not just from training, but also the experiences of the last year. Since mold can cause as much damage as a flood, we work quickly to clean and remove it from homes, and also work with every major insurance carrier in Florida to ensure our actions meet their requirements.

If a homeowner suspects or sees mold, our specialists begin with an inspection. They perform a visual check and use an air content meter to determine the highest concentration of mold spores and to find the origin of the mold growth.

SERVPRO technicians then find the water or moisture source of the growth. Spores require just a small amount of moisture, but they cannot expand and grow without it. Once they find it, team members dry and clean the area completely. If the source is a minor plumbing issue like a cracked connection or a leaking toilet, our specialists can repair or replace the problem. For major plumbing issues, the team leader always advises using a licensed contractor or plumber to make repairs.

With the water source removed and further mold growth stopped, technicians remove affected property and clean off mold spores. If the weather permits, team members remove items outside for cleaning. Often, this means wiping down surfaces with dry or wet sponges. When the mold layer is thicker, they may need to use an anti-fungal cleaning agent to break up the mold growth and then either wipe it away or use a brush to remove it from items like curtains or upholstered furniture.

As technicians remove property, others begin cleaning the interior of the home. They wipe down ceilings, floors, and walls using cloths or sponges attached to long-handles to reach overhead. If mold infested the carpets, team members use carpet shampooers with an anti-fungal cleaning agent to kill the spores and then dispose of them with the used water and cleaner.

Returning a home to its original condition after a mold infestation requires much more than bleach, sponges, and a ‘rent-a-vac’ from a local retailer. If you have active, growing mold in your home, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg today at (727) 522-0000. We are here for you.

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Eliminating The Odors Caused By Fire Damage In Pinellas County Residence

7/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire is one of the more destructive incidents that can occur inside a home in Pinellas County.

Eliminating The Odors Caused By A Fire

Fire is one of the more destructive incidents that can occur inside a home in Pinellas County. No matter where the fire broke out, the fire's heat pushes the smoke into every corner of the residence. The technicians at SERVPRO focus on clearing your home of charred, burned materials, making way for replacements, but damage also involves changes to your home that you smell.

To protect your Pinellas County home's new materials from any possible residual effects of fire damage, we make sure that your home gets cleaned up of all smoke deposits. Many of the particles in smoke end up in spots that our physical tools can never reach. However, these particles slowly break apart, and the smaller pieces become airborne fairly easily. When your family breathes these tiny particles in, they experience these particles as a strong, acrid scent. This same scent can end up infiltrating new materials.

To keep materials from picking up these foul smells, SERVPRO's Odor Control Technician, certified by the IICRC, performs deodorization techniques to neutralize hidden, hard-to-reach smoke particles. Thermal fogging introduces chemical agents into the same spaces that harbor smoke residue. The heat of the fog helps facilitate the bonding between the fog's chemicals and the odor-producing particles. This chemical bonding makes these particles permanently heavier.

Other particles in furniture and carpeting also require physical removal. Anything that does not show signs of permanent physical fire damage often contains copious amounts of smoke. Cleaning these items with either wet or dry methods removes much of the problem.

However, we must also clean the air to rid it of loose smoke molecules that continue to produce the signature scent of fire damage. We use powerful air scrubbers that remove these and other microscopic debris floating in the air. Once our air scrubbers have cleaned the air, our technicians have removed all traces of smoke from your belongings and the interior of your home, and the thermal fog has cleared the air, we can then bring in the new materials your home requires. We do everything possible to make your home “Like it never even happened” again.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg has the professional crew that you need to eliminate fire damage and its many effects from your Snell Island, Shore Acres, or Vinoy home. Contact us at our emergency service line, (727) 522-0000, at any hour of any day.

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Treating Flood Damage In Shore Acres

7/12/2018 (Permalink)

Shore Acres Flooding Gets Help from SERVPRO

SERVPRO Understands the Ramifications of Contaminated Floodwaters during Extraction and Recovery

Residents of Shore Acres are no strangers to flooding. We occasionally miss some of it from being as inland as you can be in Florida, but storms still wreak havoc on our neighborhoods.
When the Shores Acres flood damage is from a storm, SERVPRO technicians understand that removing the water and cleaning surfaces is more important than when the water comes from a source like a failing water heater. Any water from outside the home also brings the threat of contamination in the form of black water.
Blackwater does not refer to color, but rather the level and type of contamination. It is considered Category Three, which means it is unsanitary. There are multiple types of contaminants, and if a storm caused a collapse in the sewer system, the flood water also contains human waste and now is a disease threat as well.
SERVPRO technicians pump out this water using the same pumps as in any situation, but they pump it back into the sewer if it is available. If not, they use a dedicated tank truck. Once filled, the truck empties into the nearest treatment plant, or EPA approved storage facility.
After removing the water, our technicians spray an anti-bacterial cleaner on the floors, walls, and any surface that came into contact with the flood water. Carpets and carpet pads they spray and then dispose of according to the EPA and State health regulations.
With the contamination threat removed, our specialists begin testing wood floors for water content. They use non-penetrating moisture meters to determine the highest concentration of water and start there with extraction wands to remove it. At the same time, other specialists set up air movers, fans, and dehumidifiers to remove the damp air from inside the home and replace it with dry air.
Technicians also use a penetrating moisture meter at the more wet areas to check for excess water in the sub-floor. If they find water, technicians remove flooring near the wall or at a spot where a bookcase might sit and spray the anti-bacterial agent into the sub-floor cavity as a precaution.
After waiting enough time to kill any contamination, they use a pump or extraction wand with a hose to remove any standing water. Then, technicians use an air mover and hose to force warm, dry air into the cavity to dry it.
At SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg we understand not just how important it is to return families to their home but to do it safely and thoroughly. There are more storms in the forecast, so when you need us, call (727) 522-0000 any day of the week to have one of our crews arrive at your home.

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Water Removal Professionals In St. Petersburg Discuss Problems With Exterior Walls

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

If a pipe breaks inside a wall in your St. Petersburg home, water can affect the entire wall cavity.

Professionals Water Removal

If a pipe breaks inside a wall in your St. Petersburg home, water can affect the entire wall cavity. Materials inside the wall cavity such as the insulation, wood studs, drywall, and exterior walls can all get affected by moisture. When excessive moisture gets inside a wall cavity, microbial growth is a primary concern. The cavities contain several organic materials such as the paper backing on drywall and the wooden exterior walls and studs. Since wall cavities are enclosed, drying them out promptly can be difficult.

In most cases, drywall must be removed, or holes get drilled into it so that air flow can get inside the wall. During the water removal process in St. Petersburg, our SERVPRO technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to speed up evaporation inside wall cavities. The drywall may get cut up a foot or two from the floor to allow proper air circulation inside the walls.

Drying out exterior walls can be difficult but can save sheetrock from getting removed. Insulation inside the walls can slow down the drying process. However, it is still less expensive to dry out exterior walls to prevent having to remove and replace drywall. Even though drying outside walls takes more time, it is still quicker than the sheetrock demolition and reconstruction process.

Drying out exterior walls can take more time than drying out other materials, but it is still possible if the insulation is fiberglass and the source of the water is clean. To help air get into wall cavities, our SERVPRO restoration crew can drill holes in the bottom of the walls. In some situations, we drill holes into the top of walls as well to increase air circulation within wall cavities. If the damage took place inside the kitchen, then holes often get drilled into the cabinetry also.

Knowing the dew point temperature is important when drying out exterior walls. Exterior walls can change temperature more easily than interior materials. If the walls reach the dew point temperature, it can cause moisture to condense indoors, possibly creating secondary damage. If your exterior walls ever get wet after a water leak, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 any day of the week.

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Removing Mold Damage In Your St. Petersburg Home

6/20/2018 (Permalink)

With mold damage present in your home, time is of the essence to get this problem resolved.

Removing Mold Damage

Of all of the detrimental things that can befall your St. Petersburg home, mold growth is one of the hardest to contend with on your own. While there are assuredly multiple websites offering DIY solutions to remove mold colonies as you find them in your house, you might get surprised to learn that these rarely actually remove the entire organism. In fact, you often only remove the very surface mold growth and leave the thriving organism intact below the material surface, just out of eyesight.

With mold damage present in your St. Petersburg home, time is of the essence to get this problem resolved. The more that gets understood about mold exposure, the more potential health effects that get attributed to it. This situation leaves you with a significant risk if you do not immediately seek to resolve the problem and do so professionally. Fortunately, our SERVPRO certified mold remediation team is available any time to help you overcome this intruder in your home and get things back to the way they should be.

Isolating the affected area is a critical first step of remediation. We use air scrubbers with filters to catch airborne mold spores and prevent them from leaving the area while the removal is in progress. Air circulation appliances like your heater or air conditioner must get shut off during removal to aid in preventing the spread of active spores throughout your home.

Removal of the mold colonies often gets accomplished through sanding and soda blasting. These penetrative approaches can reach deep below the surface to remove the entire hyphae. The structural integrity of the construction materials gets assessed after mold removal to ensure that these components are still stable and strong and do not require replacement.

Mold growth in your home is nothing any homeowner wants to have to deal with, but fortunately, it is not a problem that you face alone. With the right professional assistance from our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg mold remediation specialists, you can remove this intruder and return your home to normal conditions. Give us a call today at (727) 522-0000.

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Getting Your Claim Approved For Fire Restoration In Your Pinellas County Home

6/13/2018 (Permalink)

With the widespread fire damage in your residence, you might not know where to begin concerning restoring your house back to preloss conditions.

Getting Your Claim Approved For Fire Restoration

As if the damage to your Pinellas County home after a fire was not enough to deal with, now you are going to have to devote time to appeasing your insurance company throughout the often drawn-out process of filing a claim. With the right choice in professional restoration companies, this process of filing your claim and getting the work approved to begin does not have to be as complicated.

With the widespread fire damage in your Pinellas County residence, you might not know where to begin concerning restoring your house back to preloss conditions. Fortunately, this is not something that you have to determine on your own. With the guidance and expertise of our SERVPRO technicians, your home can be well on its way towards its original condition while simultaneously our project manager can work through all of the details with the insurance adjuster assigned to your claim.

From the moment that we receive a call about the effects of a fire in your residence, we dispatch a small team of professionals to your home. Among these individuals is a SERVPRO estimator. His/her job is to determine the full scope of the damage and what needs to get accomplished to restore your house fully. This information that he accrues is shared with the insurance adjuster to help expedite approval of your claim.

The project manager for your restoration can walk you through the work that needs to be done and provide a rough time frame it takes to accomplish these tasks. With the insurance company on the same page as our professionals, work can begin much more quickly, and your home can be significantly closer to preloss conditions once again.

Fire damage in your home presents itself in several ways. From the fundamental issues like soot and smoke damage to the need for material removal for reconstruction, our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg technicians can help you. Give us a call anytime at (727) 522-0000.

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Removing Commercial Fire Damage In Pinellas County Businesses

6/4/2018 (Permalink)

We stock a wide variety of cleaning supplies to remove smoke and soot from your business.

Cleaning Smoke and Soot after fire damage

When our teams walk into a Pinellas County business after a fire, the damage they see often appears to be minor. Heat and flames do not cause most of the damage or result in the most significant percentage of cost when it comes to restoration.

Smoke and soot left by fire usually cause most of the commercial damage to Pinellas County businesses. SERVPRO restoration specialists work quickly to clean and remove the residues left behind, but even then, the odors from a fire can be the hardest part to remove. Our teams utilize a plan developed by decades of experience helping our community to rid every home of them.

First, specialists remove all debris and other items that are a source of the odors. Any item that is charred or smells bad, they take out of the structure. While team members remove property, others set up fans to increase circulation and reduce any pungent odors. In businesses that have a significant amount of inventory or records in storage, this may take several days to accomplish. It is necessary though, so our teams can determine how strong the odors are and what needs to be done to remove them.

After clearing the building, SERVPRO inspectors and technicians examine the structure. If the remaining building materials, such as carpets and ceiling tiles, are free of other damage, they begin the cleaning process. For carpets, they shampoo or steam clean them with a deodorizing agent mixed into the cleaning solution. For ceiling tiles and other building material, our technicians carefully spray surfaces with a cleaning/deodorizing agent and wipe them down with a sponge or cleaning cloth.

The spray-and-wipe method works on most odors, but for powerful odors or ones in hard to reach areas, it may be necessary to use a fogging device. The machine our technicians utilize breaks down the cleaning/deodorizing agent into a cloud which is then carefully blown into the area using fans where it neutralizes the odor-causing residues.

Our goal at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is to help you reopen your doors to customers as quickly as possible. So regardless of where you are in Pinellas County, call us at (727) 522-0000 today to schedule a visit. We are here for you.

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The Correct Water Removal Equipment Can Correct Any Water Event in St. Petersburg

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Freshens Up St. Petersburg Properties During Water Removal Services

SERVPRO Eliminates Odors As We Extract Unwanted Water from Your Home or Business

After a water damage incident, the use of specialized equipment is necessary to make the water removal job easier. As a property owner, you may not have or know how to operate some of the tools correctly, and that raises the need to work with professional service providers in the industry. It all starts with analyzing and selecting the most suitable procedures to correct such situations in St. Petersburg.

We are going to highlight the different types of equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use when conducting water removal in St. Petersburg. To identify water intrusion in a structure, we use detection equipment such as a moisture sensor and moisture meters. These devices also let us know whether the structure is dry and meets the standard conditions at the end of the process.
Our SERVPRO technicians also combat smells by finding their sources and doing the necessary removal. Sometimes the water may cause organic materials to decompose in cracks, which may make it difficult to access the odor source. Therefore, we perform deodorization. Some of the common types of deodorants we use are pairing agents, filtration and absorption agents, masking agents, disinfectants, and sanitizers.
Deodorization is such a critical process since apart from improving the quality of air in the structure when we use sanitizers and disinfectants, they can inhibit fungi and bacteria growth which can cause health effects. Thermal foggers and Ultra Low Volume Foggers are part of the standard deodorization equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use. When these devices dispense the solvent based agents, they neutralize the odor-causing particles. But, they cannot be used in areas containing rubber or vinyl.
We observe safety measures when working at the site and in most cases, our technicians wear the right personal protective equipment that fit the situation at hand. If we are mixing or spraying chemicals, we wear splash goggles and chemical resistant gloves. If we are handling organic vapors, we put on respirators. Generally, we abide by all state regulations and follow IICRC standards in our operations.
The goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened." after experiencing any storm, mold, fire and water damage event. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 if you need to work with an industry leader with a proven record.

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Key Factors That Mitigate Flood Damage in Shore Acres

5/8/2018 (Permalink)

After a Shore Acres Storm, Call SERVPRO for Water, not Gator, Removal

SERVPRO Follows Protocols to Minimize Storm Damage to Properties and Possessions

After experiencing flood damage, drying your contents and building needs to be done as soon as possible. For successful drying, there are four key factors that we take into consideration, and these are air movement, temperature, humidity, and the quantity of water to extract and evaporate from the site. We are going to let you know how these factors relate when salvaging and restoring your Shore Acres property to its earlier state.
The practice that our SERVPRO technicians follow when attending to flood damage incidents in Shore Acres is to remove the moisture from wet materials to the drier surrounding and establish equilibrium. If there is standing water on the site, we first conduct physical extraction before carrying out evaporation and dehumidification processes. That is because removing gases is on-going while physically removing liquids. We use submersible pumps, portable and truck-mounted pumps to extract the water. The choice of equipment depends on the quantity of water and the accessibility of the structure. Sometimes, a mob and bucket suffice for surface removal of water.
When we increase the temperature of the rooms to around 70° to 90° using portable heaters if necessary in this sub-tropical area of Florida, the wet materials lose moisture to the surrounding air. Often storms occur during the heat of the summer. With time, we end up with too much moisture in the air, and we have to install dehumidifiers to prevent secondary damage when condensation sets in. The work of dehumidifiers is to absorb the water vapor. When using these devices, we aim at achieving a relative humidity which is lower than 40% so that the additional moisture in the air does not slow the rate of evaporation.
Air movement is another essential process since it increases the rate of drying. It achieves this by moving the humid and damp air from the wet surfaces. Our SERVPRO technicians adhere to IICRC regulations when positioning air movers for high efficiency. It is vital to understand that there is a big difference between fans and air movers. Directional, high-velocity air movers weep wetness from surfaces mitigating water damage.
The goal of SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is to make your property be restored to its preloss condition “Like it never even happened." Call us at (727) 522-0000 when you face water, fire, mold and storm damage, and we can give you proven services.

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When Seasonal Storms Or Leaks Leave Your St. Petersburg Restaurant in Need of Water Removal Services

4/25/2018 (Permalink)

Kitchen Restaurants in St Petersburg Often Have Water Problems--Until SERVPRO Removes It

Restaurants in St. Petersburg Count on SERVPRO for Water Removal 

Seasonal storms can bring heavy rain, and that can leave you in desperate need of water damage restoration services. Having an inch or two of rain inside of your building is no suitable condition for your restaurant to serve customers. Fortunately, there is professional help nearby to remove the water and get your operation back into working order.

Our technicians can swiftly arrive at your St. Petersburg restaurant to remove the damaging water from your property. If you contact us, our goal is to get our employees there as soon as possible. Your restaurant cannot run naturally until the liquid is gone. Not to mention, the longer the water sits, the more potential it has to cause more significant damage to your property.
SERVPRO can use advanced technology to remove the water from your property, such as powerful wet/dry vacuums and portable pumps. Using industrial quality products allows our tools to have the power to remove the liquid from your restaurant swiftly so that SERVPRO can move onto cleaning and drying. After the water is removed, our employees can use devices like moisture meters to detect any overly wet areas of the structure.
Once our SERVPRO technicians have used the meter to detect the levels of moisture, we can establish drying goals and select the correct method to help prevent any further damage to your flooring and equipment. There are many pieces of industry-leading equipment that our team can use to help draw moisture from the structure of your restaurant, but some of the most conventional are air movers, axial fans, and LGR dehumidifiers. SERVPRO techs can position them for optimal airflow, to support evaporation, and use infrared cameras to monitor the progress during the drying.
When your property needs water removal, do not linger. Get a hold of SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000. No matter the time, our employees can come out to your establishment swiftly.

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Removing Mold Damage In Pinellas County

4/19/2018 (Permalink)

Call the Professionals from SERVPRO for Mold Cleanup in Pinellas County

SERVPRO Remediates Mold Infestations and Offers Information Concerning these Fungi

Mold is in every Pinellas County home. Day in and day out, the spores are as harmless as the dust homeowners sweep up once a week. It takes three factors to activate mold spores and turn them into a possible threat: Moisture, temperature, and food source.
Mold damage in Pinellas County homes can feed on almost any type of building material. Drywall and insulation are among the most commonly consumed, and since the panels and batten are in every home, SERVPRO understands that makes it impossible to ‘starve’ the growing colony.
Temperature presents a similar problem. Most molds grow in a range from 68 to 86 degrees. That makes it extremely difficult to kill spores by either lowering or raising the interior temperature of a home.
That makes moisture the simplest factor SERVPRO technicians can effectively alter to halt mold growth. We use an extensive array of equipment to remove water such as dehumidifiers to draw moisture from building material and the surrounding air. For standing water and other large amounts, we use pumps and extraction wands to remove it.
Five principles established by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification or IICRC guide us in these efforts. First, we ensure the health and safety of our team members and the residents of each home we clean. Technicians do this by limiting exposure to active mold and preventing the mold from spreading to unaffected rooms and other areas.
Second, we record everything. One of our inspectors details every visual check and test result before we take action. We do this to ensure we clean and treat every known point of infestation.
Third, we control mold at its source. Technicians do this by sealing off the contaminated areas and set-up negative air pressure to reduce the amount of airborne mold and then force it out using air movers and fans to push the contaminated air out of the home.
Fourth, we remove the contamination. That includes not just the mold spores removed by cleaning, but any infested building material or personal property item as well. We clean any personal item that is cost-effective to do so rather than dispose of it with the affected material.
Finally, we begin to control the moisture. We do this as the last step since it is simpler and quicker to reduce moisture after removing everything that cannot be cleaned or dried in place. It is necessary not just to stop mold, but to prevent new growth as well.
If you have or suspect mold in your home, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 today. We are here for you.

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Vulnerable Structural Components Could Allow Flood Damage to Your Shore Acres Residence

4/14/2018 (Permalink)

You can rely on the professionals at SERVPRO to restore your home after flood damage "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Gets to Work Quickly after a Flood to Prevent Further Damage to Your Home

By the time that flooding has begun to affect your Shore Acres home, you are already at significant risk for substantial damages that are as costly as they are time-consuming. The trouble with a scenario like this is that it is all too real for those that live in the line of harsh storm systems. Fortunately, you have a professional restoration outfit at your disposal to help you clean up the mess and prevent reoccurrence for future storms that might pass through.

Most people do not put much thought or concern into the ability of their Shore Acres homes to prevent flood damage until the disaster is underway. Only then do you think of the structural weaknesses and compromised points of the exterior of your home that currently allow water to pass through into your residence unabated. Fortunately, if you react quickly, this situation does not have to get more out of hand and damaging than it already is currently. 

From the time that our SERVPRO professionals arrive at your home, we immediately get to work on identifying the vulnerable points which allow water to enter in. These areas get sealed up by varying methods depending on where in your house the damage originates. After this process gets completed, our IICRC certified technicians can set our sights on extraction. With higher volumes, pump trucks get used to pull the water from the affected area quickly, and this process gets finished with wet vacs fitted with extraction wands.

Drying the area is a critical component of the process, as this allows our SERVPRO team to inspect for structural damage and weakness. This process typically gets achieved using air movers and dehumidification equipment, though some specialty tools might be a requirement if the water has reached challenging areas like underneath flooring or inside of walls.

Flood damage to your home might be par for the course regarding those who live in this area, but it is never something you want to have to contend with in your own home. Trust in the experience and professionalism of our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg team to help you restore this damage quickly and bring your home back to the way it used to be. You can call us anytime you need us at (727) 522-0000.  

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What to Do When a Tropical Storm Floods Your St. Petersburg Condominium Parking Lot

3/26/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO can work around your businesses schedule and dry out your property when it best suits you.

Rely on SERVPRO for Expert Commercial Flood Damage Remediation  

Florida is known for its sunny and gorgeous weather. However, sometimes the weather is not always sunny, and, instead of a beautiful day, a tropical storm hits and brings flood damage with it. Flooding can be a nightmare for your condominium parking lot as it can prevent people from using it. Even just ankle-deep water can be a hassle to take care of when it comes to flooding and sometimes the water is not always clean. Fortunately, when a flood hits your business, professional help is not far.

Our IICRC certified technicians strive to ensure that we do not interrupt the flow of your tenants while we remediate the flood damage in your St. Petersburg property. We can work around your schedule to remove the water and then commence the drying process when it best suits you. Day or night, we can come to your property and work when traffic is less likely to be interrupted.

Here at SERVPRO we can remove the flooded waters from your property, clean up the debris, and then, depending on the damage that your property has taken, we can begin to dry out the structure. We use powerful truck-operated pumps and industrial quality wet/dry vacuums to remove water. SERVPRO knows how crucial it is to remove flood waters immediately, so we strive to get to your property as soon as possible to start the process.

After clean up, our technicians can employ the use of axial fans, dehumidifiers, and air movers in your parking lot to encourage evaporation. A dry environment is ideal for making sure that no water remains behind in the structure, as any remaining water could become a danger to your property. Our technicians are familiar with how water and concrete interact and can clean the chalky calcium deposits off the surface of the concrete swiftly to finish the job.

When flooding damage strikes your property, do not wait. Call SERVPRO of the NE St. Petersburg area at (727) 522-0000. We strive to work fast and efficiently to return your property to its preloss state as swiftly as possible.

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Specialized Water Removal Services Can Make a Big difference in St. Petersburg

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Map Out a Plan for Water Removal in St. Petersburg--Call SERVPRO

Save Property and Possessions with SERVPRO's Swift Water Extraction

Irrespective of whether you are a homeowner or a business person, you need to get everything back to normal after experiencing water intrusion, and water removal is part of the critical processes. While most of us think that extracting the water and cleaning up the area is all we need, that is a big mistake. Drying your St. Petersburg property as well as neutralizing the odor-causing agents are equally important.
Let us begin by understanding the main categories of water that our SERVPRO technicians deal with when performing water removal in St. Petersburg. Usually, it is the source of the water that determines the category of water. Clean water is under class 1, and it often comes from clean sources like plumbing systems. Though this category does not carry along contaminants, you have to respond quickly since within 24 -48 hours some microbial growth can start.
Category 2 is gray water, and it can be slightly or severely contaminated since it comes from backed up storm drains, fire suppression systems, and treated cooling water. On the other hand, category 3, also known as black water usually comes from rivers, sewers, and seas. Since it is highly contaminated, it presents high health risks.
If the water is still flowing into the area, our SERVPRO technicians divert it to safer locations or stop the flow if it is originating from leaking plumbing systems. Water extraction then follows, and we choose the tools we use depending on the surface and amount of moisture. For instance, we can use submersible pumps to extract standing water and portable extractors to remove water and clean your upholstery and carpets.
Our SERVPRO technicians also select appropriate drying systems to remove moisture from your structure. We first set a drying goal and install air movers to enhance the evaporation of moisture from contents. Evaporation adds moisture to the air, and if it exceeds the standard levels, we can use dehumidifiers to absorb the additional water vapor.
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg attends to all kinds of water disasters and has a proven record in the industry. Get in touch with us by calling (727) 522-0000, and we can make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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Mold Damage Technicians In St. Petersburg

3/19/2018 (Permalink)

When dealing with mold inside your St. Petersburg home, it is essential to know how it gets formed and how it behaves.

Mold Damage Professionals

When dealing with mold inside your St. Petersburg home, it is essential to know how it gets formed and how it behaves. Any time water gets inside your home and does not get dried promptly a fungus possibly gets created. Once any mold gets noticed, it is vital to treat the area so that the fungi do not spread to other locations inside the building.

The presence of mold inside a house possibly causes health effects for some people. St. Petersburg's mold damage experts employed by SERVPRO get educated about fungal behavior and the remediation process. Our primary goal when remediating a fungi problem is to stop growth at the source so that it doesn't spread to other areas of the home.

A fungus first gets created by a spore which is a microscopic, seed-like structure. The spores branch out little structures called hyphae that spread all directions and release more spores into the air. The little seeds then become airborne and float around the building until they land in other rooms.

The first thing SERVPRO does when we start to mitigate mold is to contain the affected area. Plastic gets put up around the region to prevent mold spores from spreading to other areas. Many times, negative air pressure is pulled from the containment chamber sucking the contaminated air into a HEPA filter.

Next, we remove all of the mold contamination found within the contained area. Porous materials often get discarded while non-porous materials possibly get sanded and cleaned with anti-microbial chemicals. Drywall sometimes gets removed, put in a sealed bag and taken to a dumpster.

After all of the items showing mold contamination get removed a final cleaning starts. During the cleaning process dust and settled spores get vacuumed up by a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Then the area gets cleaned one last time with anti-microbial cleaning products.

Lastly, drying equipment gets set up to drop moisture levels in the affected area so that mold doesn't have the moisture it needs to grow back. If you ever have a mold problem, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for help 24/7.

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Restoring Small Fire Damages to Your St. Petersburg Home

2/27/2018 (Permalink)

Small electrical fires can require more than conventional cleaning methods, call the professionals at SERVPRO for help.

Call SERVPRO for Fire Damage Big or Small

Small electrical fires are not all that uncommon to residences. When your St. Petersburg home has fallen victim to one of these minuscule situations, you might not be dealing with a substantial structural loss or devastating lingering effects from the blaze, yet you still have problems to overcome. Since most people only have conventional methods for cleaning up their home, it is unlikely they possess the skillset to professionally restore a house after a fire of any size successfully.

So when your St. Petersburg home suffers from low scale fire damage, it is still something that you want to get remedied as quickly as you can. Even without the vast structural concerns and pressing damages, some of the effects can make it challenging to live comfortably in your home. With this in mind, it is advisable to speak with the experienced and dedicated technicians we have at SERVPRO.

With years of experience and thorough IICRC training in all aspects of fire restoration, our professionals can work quickly to make your small fire a distant memory. With smaller, contained blazes like what you have experienced, damage assessment is typically a short and concise process. The most palpable culprits that make it difficult to move on from the incident are often the lingering odor and smoke or soot damages.

Our SERVPRO team can utilize air scrubbers (either dryly or using a wet solution for more challenging soot damages) to restore surfaces, walls, ceilings, and floors back to preloss conditions. The same equipment can often get used for furniture and select affected contents of your home.

Removing the lingering odor from the smoke and charring familiar to a house fire can often prove a challenge for those looking to try and restore damages on their own. However, with our equipment like dense fogging machines with an unscented chemical compound, we can neutralize and nullify noxious odors on a molecular level.

No instance of fire damage is something that you should have to endure alone. You can always count on the experienced and reliable team we have at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg. It is easy to reach our emergency response team 24/7; you just have to dial (727) 522-0000.

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Commercial Water Removal Services for Your St. Petersburg Furniture Consignment Shop

2/25/2018 (Permalink)

Your consignment shop is filled with many unique pieces that you have been entrusted with selling. Should you face water damage, contact SERVPRO.

Our Certified SERVPRO Technicians Arrive Equipped to Dry Out Your Water Damaged Shop

Faulty plumbing can wreak havoc on your St. Petersburg furniture consignment shop. Water can seep into walls, flooring, carpets, and furniture. All of this can cause rotting, mold, or other damages which can go undetected until it is too late. It is essential that you move quickly to correct the problem as soon as you find it, or you can be looking at much downtime for your business and costly repairs as well.
When lousy plumbing has caused a water leak in your St. Petersburg business, you may need commercial water removal services. SERVPRO can help you, as we are a professional water damage remediation company with the experience and equipment needed to help you. We understand you wish to stay open if possible, and we can work around your schedule to help lower any downtime. In a situation like this, we also know that time is of the essence to prevent additional damages.
After we assess the damages to see how bad they are, we begin to extract any standing water with special truck-mounted pumps. Once this water is gone, we have other equipment to help us dry out the structure completely such as air-movers, dehumidifiers, and industrial fans. These are checked daily and moved as necessary so that we can ensure the fastest drying time possible.
Any items or merchandise which are salvageable may be packed up and moved to another location for cleaning and restoration until the building is restored. Then we return these items after the job at your shop is complete.
Our IICRC certified SERVPRO technicians have the knowledge and equipment to dry your building back to its preloss conditions thoroughly. We have special moisture meters which we can use as well to find any hidden moisture inside walls, ceilings, or floors. Sometimes, we need to remove baseboards to ensure that our equipment can dry inside wall cavities. Eliminating all the excess moisture prevents further damage including the growth of mildew and mold.
Your business in Shore Acres, Meadowlawn, or Snell Isle is essential to you, so it is important to SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg as well. We know that time is of the essence in water damage emergency, and that your business is also significantly affected by a situation like this. We do not hesitate to come out and assist you when you call us at (727) 522-0000 so your business can be running like normal as quickly as possible.

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Making a Fast Recovery from Flood Damage in St. Petersburg

2/12/2018 (Permalink)

React to your flooded situation quickly by contacting SERVPRO and help minimize the damage as well as any secondary damage possibilities.

Team SERVPRO Quickly Arrives at Your Home, Ready to Tackle the Flooding Scenario

Because unexpected flooding can strike at any time in St. Petersburg, it helps to know that experienced and professional crews can help mitigate the damage, no matter how bad things seem. Placing things at a higher level of the home to save them from the incoming water can help calm homeowners, but safety should always remain a primary concern for everyone involved.

When a home or other property suffers from flood damage in St. Petersburg, getting the water out starts the recovery process, but it alone never suffices. Floods bring dirty water into your property, meaning your home needs cleaning and sanitizing, drying out, and removal of debris.

Debris comes in many sizes and includes both inert materials, such as plastics, organic-based substances, and chemicals. Leaving these inside your home allows the disaster to literally grow. Only physical removal can adequately handle this aspect of flood damage. We handle such debris as the organic waste it mingles with requires - double bagging while wearing personal protection equipment.

The professionals at SERVPRO know how overwhelming a flood feels, so we train in all areas of flood damage recovery. Our extensive training not only prepares us for coping with the tasks involved in mitigating flooding and other types of disasters that threaten to take over the homes in our community, but it also earns us our IICRC certificates.

Floors often require substantial care immediately after a flood. Not only do they become saturated, but the silt and other microscopic debris that becomes lodged within carpets, wood floors and under tiles can create problems if still present at installation time for new flooring systems.

Our Odor Control Technician (OCT) helps in this area of flood damage mitigation by using ozone and hydroxyl machines. These produce gasses which quickly bond with leftover particles, particles that can produce foul odors. Accomplishing both a cleaner home and eliminating odors, your home soon looks and smells "Like it never even happened" again.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can be reached by calling (727) 522-0000. Our services are always available, round-the-clock, every day of the year. Locally owned and operated, we serve the communities of Placido and Coffeepot Bayous, St. Petersburg, and the surrounding area.

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Choosing Mold Remediation Services For Your Shore Acres Home

1/22/2018 (Permalink)

Stay cool but be vigilant to any excessive moisture coming into your home from your air conditioning unit. Contact SERVPRO to remediate mold problems

Team SERVPRO Investigates Damage Extent Thoroughly to Prevent Recurrences

When the weather starts getting to sweltering temperatures around your Shore Acres home, most homeowners decide to crank up their air conditioners and bask in the cooler temperatures. One thing that you might not consider when you run this appliance at all hours of the day and night is that it allows for a great deal of water to build up inside the machine and also allows for condensation on nearby materials like drywall. While you might not think a little bit of water or moisture is all that big of a deal, it could have some dire implications.
One of the typical outcomes from this scenario going unchecked and unregulated is mold damage to your Shore Acres home. Usually, you can hardly even notice its presence until a mold colony has formed entirely, and by this point, has likely spread and started other fungal growths elsewhere in the nearby vicinity. Studies have shown that mold can cause health effects for you and your family, which gives a pretty convincing reason to want to resolve this issue quickly when you notice it.
It could be tempting to attempt removal of the mold colonies on your own, but even the most stringent of cleaners cannot usually entirely remove the organism growing throughout the area. An effective strategy is to call our mold remediation specialists here at SERVPRO. We have the tools and expertise to successfully handle whatever kind of fungal growth exists in your home, all while upholding our work to the highest of standards.
Our SERVPRO technicians get trained to IICRC standards for mold remediation. The training consists of solutions for eradicating all varieties of mold colonies, restoration, disinfection, and odor removal. Our process involves sophisticated equipment from scrubbers with HEPA filters to deodorizing foggers to nullify foul odor molecules and pungent spores in the air.
Let our professional team get to work quickly on remediating your mold situation and providing lasting solutions to prevent recurrences. Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg specialists respond quickly to resolve any emergency or restoration need you might have. You can reach our team 24/7 by calling (727) 522-0000.

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Do Not Worry About Toxic Black Mold Damage In St Petersburg

11/21/2017 (Permalink)

Mold can go grow on any surface but our SERVPRO technicians can remediate the mold "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Has The Necessary Tools and Expertise Remediate Your St. Petersburg Mold

If you are connected to the internet (and of course, you are, or you could not read this) you have most likely heard about toxic black mold damage. There are many articles and even whole blogs dedicated to the topic, and it is understandable that reading them worries you. Many of these sources cite damaging health effects and make mold sound terrifying. SERVPRO is glad to reassure St Petersburg homeowners that black mold is not the menace they were led to believe.

We understand that homeowners in St Petersburg are worried about toxic black mold damage because of the information that is available. However, there is no cause for concern. Let us examine the “toxic mold” story and why it is not accurate.

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus. Fungal spores are present throughout nature, and that includes inside buildings and homes. Tiny microscopic spores travel on the air or hitch a lift on clothes, boots, or even pet fur, to set up new colonies in suitable locations.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention state that the term “toxic mold” is not accurate. The CDC states that while some molds do produce so-called “mycotoxins,” there is not a significant risk associated with fungi. Evidence of fungus causing dangerous illness is insufficient indeed.

Does that mean that mold cannot affect your health? The CDC states that there is some link between mold and some health effects but indeed the risk is not as dire as the toxic mold blogs say! Talk of toxic mold is alarmist and unnecessary.

However, it is true that mold damages your home. The fungus needs moisture and an organic food source to grow, and once it finds food and water, it quickly forms new colonies. The visible mold you see is the vegetative stage of the fungus, ready to produce new spores.

SERVPRO recommends calling our experts at the first sign of mold. Our IICRC-certified technicians are ready to remediate the situation and reduce the risk of re-growth.

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For help with mold remediation in Meadowlawn, Old North East, Vinoy and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 today. 

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St. Petersburg Water Damages Do Not Have To Shut Down Your Motel

11/16/2017 (Permalink)

St. Petersburg Skyline, Your Wet Motel from Water Damage, and the Solution--SERVPRO

Fast Removal of Water Done without Disruptions, Call SERVPRO for Your Business

Water damage to your motel is not always something that can be avoided. There are plenty of unforeseen incidents that can leave you in need of professional restoration. When you are in the middle of such a crisis, you should be thinking about the right team to call to help you get the problem fixed quickly and professionally.
While water damage in St. Petersburg is not uncommon news in recent months, especially following the devastation of multiple tropical storms, getting your establishment restored quickly is a wise investment on your part. With a small motel, the number of rooms is limited. When some of these units are directly affected by water damages, this can be a costly hit to your business.
You need the motel to be able to run at full capacity as soon as you possibly can, and that is why you should be calling SERVPRO. Our dedicated and experienced team can handle all manner of commercial water removal to mitigate damage. SERVPRO offers a 24-hour emergency line to get our team to you quickly. No matter what time of the day or night, you can reach us to start the restoration service.
This is especially important if time is of the essence. Sometimes pipe breaks or appliance malfunctions are difficult to shut off on your own. In a motel, the primary shutoff for the water can also adversely affect all of the rooms in the entire facility, leaving them without the ability to do something as essential as flushing a toilet, taking a shower or even brushing their teeth.

Even if you are only dealing with a small water damage incident (maybe a single room in your motel), SERVPRO is an excellent choice to call. Their expertise in removing the water can prevent further damage to the affected room, as well as those connected to it. This allows you to keep more of the rooms open and available for guests, and our company’s ability to restore damages quickly can mitigate your financial losses.
Trust our team at SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg for all of your damage restoration needs. You can call us anytime, 24/7, at (727) 522-0000.

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Repairing Flood Damaged Flooring in St. Petersburg

10/23/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damaged Flooring in St. Petersburg Gets Help from SERVPRO "Like it never even happened."

SERVPRO Restores and Replaces Storm Damaged Floor Materials When Required

Flooding in St. Petersburg costs homeowners millions each year. With all of the water that came in and took so much time to remove, this year may be the most expensive in almost two decades.

For so many homes, repairing St. Petersburg flood damage starts from the ground up. Wood floors, although they can look amazing, trap water; sometimes a lot of it. SERVPRO knows that if the water is not removed quickly, floorboards begin to buckle and warp. Worse, the same water also damages the sub-floor and other supporting structures. Fortunately, we can rebuild it.
First though, we have to tear out the old ones if they cannot be dried and salvaged. Our response team can remove the entire floor, sub-floors and other supports in most homes in just a day or two. They set aside any floorboards and floor trim that look potentially salvageable for later. For the rest, any sign of a buckle or twist and the team disposes of the wood. Depending on the condition of the warping, reinstalling and sanding the cupped joints of hardwood flooring can work.
If we tear out enough of the supports, our team may need to bring in temporary jacks to shore up the wall supports until we replace the floor. SERVPRO personnel are trained to do this with minimal risk to the drywall and the rest of the home.

Before laying in a new sub-floor, we check the foundation pad. If the flooding has shifted it, our technicians or our partners in rebuilding use more massive jacks to lift the concrete and then pack in fill dirt to level everything out again. If the sub-floor is laid directly on dirt, we relevel to prevent incorrect installation of the new supports.
Now, we lay on the new floor. To ensure we do it correctly the first time, every line and gap is checked to make sure the boards fit next to each other snugly and that every end is carefully joined with the next piece. Tongue and groove dovetailing is essential for floor restoration. Team members are trained to install most major brands and to use the sanders and other tools on-hand when a floorboard needs to be shaved down to fit. Once it is installed, we also stain or paint the floor to match the existing paint and furniture.
At SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg we do everything possible to remediate the effects of flood damage and return you and your family to a safe, clean environment. For more information about what we can do for your home, call us today at (727) 522-0000.

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Hurricane Irma and Your Winter Home in NE St. Petersburg

10/12/2017 (Permalink)

St. Petersburg Meets Up with Hurricane Irma

Water and Mold Damage Result from Tropical Storms

Hundreds of thousands of people enjoy living in more northern parts of the country during the warmer months and then return to sunnier places, such as St. Petersburg, for the winter months. Avoiding the inclement weather that living in their winter homes would force upon them, our winter residents can usually depend on sunny beaches, warm breezes, and stress-free daily activities in a healthy environment.

Hurricane Irma came to our beautiful Florida coasts like few hurricanes ever have, and many of the homes and condos in St. Petersburg suffered terribly. Battered by the wind and the rain, with many physical objects adding to the tumult, residences took on water in vast amounts. Allowed to sit, saturating materials even more thoroughly, these homes become more damaged with each passing day.

Within these homes' closed-off interiors, evaporation slows significantly. However, the moisture moves around the inside of the residence, leaving trace amounts of moisture wherever it goes. The moisture then allows molds to take over a home, infesting walls, ceilings, the insides of closets and cabinets where these pervasive microbes can gain a foothold.
Textiles, a favorite of fungi, can hold enough moisture to permit extensive growth. At SERVPRO, we can clean even the worst examples. If we can begin restoration services soon after the damage starts, we can gain better results for our customers. As our team works on cleanup and restoration of your home's structure, other members provide the care that many softer materials require. While some may nicely and adequately respond to our restoration efforts, others might not. In those instances, we always discuss the matter before the disposal of these items. When removing such items, we must make sure that we bag the items, so mold and spores remain confined.

Enduring a hurricane like Irma means can result in severe mold damage problems. If so, your home needs to receive professional restoration services focused on the exact state of the damages. Doing otherwise can result in increased damages in the future. Water damage cannot go away on its own, and it never gets better.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is always ready to help winter residents by making sure they have full use of their winter homes again. Even severe hurricane damage can be mitigated and your residence restored from top to bottom, quickly and professionally. Call us at (727) 522-0000 as soon as you know your home or condo needs our restoration services.

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Mold Remediation Services Available to Homeowners in St. Petersburg

9/27/2017 (Permalink)

A musty, foul smell can be a sign of mold growth in your HVAC system.

SERVPRO’s Certified Technicians Remediate Mold Damage in Your Ventilation System

Having mold in your St. Petersburg home is one thing, it invading your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is something else entirely. Since you cannot see these microscopic airborne spores, every time you turn your system on hundreds of thousands of mold spores spread throughout your home.

The most obvious sign of mold damage in your St. Petersburg home is the accompanying odor. If you have growth in more than one room, the odor can be rather overwhelming. Therefore, never ignore foul, musty odors that develop anywhere in your home, there is a possibility that mold exists and things can get out of hand rather quickly.

A sure-fire way to determine whether mold exists in your home, or its HVAC system, involves hiring a qualified professional to test for the presence of mold. Companies, like SERVPRO, can help you locate mold growth in your home and perform mold remediation services that put control back in your hands. 

SERVPRO uses various techniques to remove mold from your ductwork, including manual and mechanical brushes that loosen mold growing on the walls of ducting. While blowguns, air skippers, and air whips drive mold and other debris into collection devices. Vacuums equipped with HEPA filters also help, along with chemical biocides that kill off any remaining mold spores.

The EPA highly recommends hiring a professional to perform these services. SERVPRO NADCA certified technicians use a variety of specialized equipment, and always take pride in providing you with quality services. We take care to avoid damaging ducting, clean the entire system, and work hard to ensure we remove mold spores quickly and efficiently. 

If we determine that mold exists in the ductwork of your ventilation system, we also inspect the rest of the house to locate the source of the problem. Our cleaning services help improve your indoor air quality, as well as the performance and costs associated with running the ventilation system itself. 

Obtain quality mold remediation services for your HVAC system, today. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg has technicians available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, anytime, day or night providing services for several local communities, including Meadowlawn, ShoreAcres, and Vinoy. (727) 522-0000 

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St. Petersburg Mold Damage and Remedies

5/10/2017 (Permalink)

Rely on SERVPRO for Mold Remediation and Cleaning in St. Petersburg Homes and Condos

SERVPRO Offers Specific Mold Remediation Services for Your St. Petersburg Property

Fire and water damage are costly by themselves, but can also lead to further loss of property and structure damage from mold. An infestation often goes undetected until after the first disaster is dealt with and remediated.

When mold damage in a St. Petersburg home goes unnoticed or untreated, the damage can extend to much more than a stain on a wall or ceiling in the bathroom or basement. SERVPRO IICRC certified personnel have the skills and equipment needed to repair, restore, and remove the threat to your home. Once fungi are actively growing, they extend hyphae into and consumes portions of the structure itself. It most easily consumes drywall (cellulose backing), but carpets and wood are at risk as well.

If the mold has barely started growing on a section of drywall, then our technicians may be able to clean it from the surface. If the section is not wet from flooding or rainfall, it may also be possible to remove small pieces from it. This removal and patching of the area is labor-intensive, and can quickly add up to a higher cost than simply replacing the section. In most cases, we recommend replacing drywall if there is any growth at all below the surface.

Carpets are other items which are very tough to clean. If the mold growth is minor, our technicians may be able to use anti-fungal and anti-microbial cleaning agents to destroy the active spores. They apply these agents with sprayers and shampoo machines. The next step is to dry and vacuum the carpet as quickly as possible. If the first two steps are successful, no replacement is needed. If there was a pad underneath, we recommend replacing it if infestations remain post remediation and cleaning.

Wood framing is much more resistant to mold, but an untreated growth can still infest and even compromise the material over time. It is cheaper to purchase and replace new pieces compared to the hours it might take to scrape them clean. If there is only surface mold, our restoration team can quickly clean and dry it before hanging new drywall. The degree of the amount and depth of mold infestations set the parameters for treatment. Restore and clean is always preferred to replacement.

Although mold growth is harder to find compared to water or fire damage, it is still a threat to Florida homes. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg has the experience and training to deal with an infestation and stands ready with a 24-hour response team to serve you. Call our office today at (727) 522-0000 to get started.

Commercial Fire Damage in St. Petersburg Nightclubs

4/12/2017 (Permalink)

St. Petersburg Relies on SERVPRO to Keep the Music Playing After Fire Damaging Events to Commercial Properties

SERVPRO Keeps Patrons Dancing During Fire & Smoke Cleanup

Owning a nightclub comes with a multitude of responsibilities – to patrons, to employees, and to the government. One responsibility that covers all three groups is fire safety. Having various safety protocols in place can help protect against fire, and lower the number of injuries and fatalities if a fire ever does happen, but these same protocols cannot guarantee that the possibility of any fire is eliminated.
Commercial fire damage in St. Petersburg, where there are several nightclubs, can happen to any of them, no matter how many protective measures they seem to have. This is because even with crowd control measures, fires can occur because of recklessness and risky behavior. Illegal activities, such as smoking a cigarette, can cause bathroom fires that might or might not be contained in small areas.
Some fires spread quickly because the soundproofing used inside to prevent nuisance calls from neighboring businesses and residences might not have adequate fire retardant applied. When one part of the soundproofing catches on fire, black smoke is also released in huge amounts. Cleaning this up from materials that have not been damaged by heat or direct fire can be done, but the work must begin immediately to preserve the material from corrosive damage.
Nightclubs invest heavily in décor, and much of this consists of lighting. Lighting is essential to any business' environment. Lighting produces much of the mood people come to associate with any particular business, and night clubs are no exception. Black lights, under-counter lights, and many other types are used in clubs. These can become costly to replace in bulk. If unbroken, SERVPRO can take the time to clean them of soot and then return each one to its original location. We are that thorough, but careful with everything we clean.
Soot settles everywhere, of course, and in addition to removing soot from surfaces, we know from experience that the distinctive smell of fire is left behind by soot particles that have found their way into hidden locations, spots too difficult to reach with even the best cleaning methods.
Very sensitive people can experience headaches, nausea, and other ailments when exposed to the smell of smoke, even when there is no fire present. Hydroxyl generators can solve this problem, even when your club is open, and patrons are present. SERVPRO can set these up, so they are both effective and in out-of-the-way locations.
At SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg, we do more than repair your building. We also remove the foul odors that can ruin your business. Call us at (727) 522-0000 for fire damage disasters. We are always available to take your call.

Get Professional Assistance For Dealing With Mold Damage In Your St. Petersburg Home

3/26/2017 (Permalink)

A quality mold remediation specialist understands how dangerous mold contamination can get.

Dealing With Mold Damage

A quality mold remediation specialist understands how dangerous mold contamination can get. Therefore, they use all of the safety and precautionary measures necessary to protect everyone on your property from exposure and even help you prevent issues like this from developing again in the future.

Even a small amount of mold damage found in your St. Petersburg area home can present you with a variety of possible health issues. While your restoration technician is far from a medical professional, they do understand the risks involved and take the proper steps to contain the contaminated areas of your home. SERVPRO technicians follow specific health and safety regulations and wear the proper personal protective equipment regardless of the extent of mold contamination found on the job. We work hard to ensure the proper safety of everyone throughout the entire process. Our technicians also use full-body suits, chemical resistant gloves, and eye protection if necessary.

For contaminated areas located in small, confined spaces, SERVPRO technicians often use an N95 or greater filter type installed in a respirator to avoid contamination, while half-mask respirators offer sufficient protection in larger contaminated areas. However, full-face respirators used with HEPA filters and powered by air purification machines offer greater protection for extensive contaminations.

SERVPRO technicians avoid mentioning mold until mold contamination becomes certain. We check for strong musty odors in areas where customers may have had previous water damage or have an ongoing water intrusion problem and help determine the length of exposure. If there is evidence of mold, we also check the HVAC system and surrounding areas to get a sense of the amount of contamination involved. We communicate all findings to you and your insurance company, make recommendations on how to proceed and begin our mold damage remediation process immediately, once approved. Our technicians use quality containment and control procedures to limit exposure to the smallest area possible.

Using hygrometers and moisture detectors to locate and repair the source of moisture causing the problem, we remove any remaining water using the proper water extraction equipment and dispose of any saturated materials found in your home. We also use dehumidifiers and air moving equipment to dry the affected areas as quickly as possible while applying cleaning, deodorization, and repair methods necessary to return your property to a quality pre-mold damage condition.

Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to acquire the services you need, gain control over mold growth in your home today (727) 522-0000.

Fire and Soot Cleanup in St. Petersburg, FL.

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg's Fire Cleanup & Restoration Team...Making it "Like it never even happened" (727) 522-0000

Fire Damage

What FEMA Can Do For You!

9/2/2016 (Permalink)

Flooding In St Petersburg

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What do you have to do to get assistance? Just ask for it. Here's how..

Although the government and it's workers are not always quick to respond, you can get the process started by visiting this link. You can also call the FEMA helpline at (800)621-3362. You will enjoy an automated voice service but be patient and you should have your questions answered.


What's next?

After you apply for disaster assistance, FEMA will mail you a copy of your application and a copy of a document entitled "Help After a Disaster." This is especially helpful if you don't have insurance coverage for the disaster event your family is facing. This happens more than you think.

Here is what FEMA says they will do for you, in part, according to the government website:

o If you do not have insurance: An inspector will contact you after you apply to schedule a time to meet with you at your damaged home.

o If you have insurance, you need to file your insurance claim and provide FEMA with a decision letter (settlement or denial) from your insurance company before FEMA issues an inspection.

o There is an exception for damages caused by flooding: if you have flood insurance, FEMA will issue an inspection before receiving a copy of your flood insurance decision letter to evaluate your eligibility for temporary living expenses since these are not covered by flood insurance.

o About 10 days after the inspection FEMA will decide if you qualify for assistance. If so, FEMA will send you a check by mail (or direct deposit) with an explanation of what the money covers (i.e. rent or home repair).

o If FEMA determines that you are ineligible for any reason, you will receive a letter and be given a chance to appeal.
Appeals must be in writing and mailed within 60 days of the determination. Read the letter carefully for the reason of ineligibility before filling your appeal.

But no matter what, when in need SERVPRO can take care of you. Give us a call today! (727) 522-0000

Water Damage

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -727-522-0000

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of NE St Petersburg has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg

SERVPRO of Largo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property. 


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