Recent Fire Damage Posts

Ceiling Fire Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg with SERVPRO

4/8/2024 (Permalink)

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St. Petersburg Ceiling Fire Damage Effects and Components Affected

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

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

Several components of the ceiling impacted by fire damage

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

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

Smoke Effects on Ceilings and the Strategies Employed By SERVPRO Professionals 

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

Cleaning techniques sufficient to address the majority of ceiling cleaning needs

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

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

Offering New Haven Residents Expert Fire Damage Cleanup

4/25/2023 (Permalink)

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

Call SERVPRO 24/7 in New Haven for Fire Restoration

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

What to Expect After a Fire

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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

1/20/2021 (Permalink)

fruits and vegetables in farmers market Let SERVPRO restore your fire damage so you can enjoy Treasure Island!

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.

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."

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 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 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.

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

8/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO truck on the street in front of a property. Our SERVPRO technicians can get you back to the basics, and regular living in St. Petersburg.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fire and Soot Cleanup in St. Petersburg, FL.

11/29/2016 (Permalink)

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