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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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