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Water Restoration Services for St. Petersburg Properties

11/24/2023 (Permalink)

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

Fast, Efficient Water Damage Cleanup by SERVPRO®

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Move-Out Help with St. Petersburg Water Damage

3/27/2023 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

What are Some Reasons for a Move-out?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Do We Make Sure No Items Get Lost?

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

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

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

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

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

2/21/2023 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Extraction Equipment and Water Removal in St. Petersburg

8/22/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Water Restoration Services Can Dry your Property Fast

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

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

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

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

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

Trusted Water Damage Restoration Services in Pinellas County

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Specializes in Water Damage Remediation

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/29/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4/26/2022 (Permalink)

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

SERVPRO Technicians Work to Eliminate Water Damage in Your Home

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

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

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

Water damage shows itself in other ways, too.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Common Needs for Water Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg

3/21/2022 (Permalink)

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

Some Situations Require Water Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg Homes

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

Pipe Leaks or Breaks

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

Appliance Damages

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


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

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

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

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

1/13/2022 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moisture Has Many Detrimental Effects on Materials, Including Causing:

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

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

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

With assistance from SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg, you have access to all essential water damage restoration resources to resolve an incident "Like it never even happened." Call us at (727) 522-0000.

How to Handle Water Damage Odors in Your St Petersburg Home

10/12/2021 (Permalink)

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

Combat Odors Caused by Water Damage in Your St Petersburg Home

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

Water Damage Can Lead to Unpleasant Odors

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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Your St. Petersburg Air Conditioner Leak Causes Water Damage

8/6/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

When You Need Water Removal Services, Contact SERVPRO

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

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

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

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

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

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

7/30/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6/3/2021 (Permalink)

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

Avoid Seasonal Water Damage with Help from SERVPRO

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/5/2021 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Mitigation Methods Your St. Petersburg Property Needs

3/23/2021 (Permalink)

water damaged floor; flooring removed exposing subfloor Water damage sometimes requires removing flooring. We have the equipment to dry and restore your home.

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

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

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

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

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

Plenty of Incredible Cultural Attractions to Enjoy

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

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

Famous People from St. Petersburg, Florida

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visitors Can Enjoy a Variety of Attractions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10/18/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is a Staging Area for Water Damage Cleanup?

9/22/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

Can Homeowners Remain in Their Home During Water Removal?  

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

What is Cross-Contamination During Water Damage Cleanup?  

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

  • Establishing containment around the worksite using heavy-gauge 

polyethylene plastic

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

Does Heavy Furniture Pose a Problem During Water Mitigation?  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8/9/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

How can the professionals mitigate water damage?

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

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

What equipment do the technicians use to mitigate water problems?

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

How can I find the professionals?

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

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

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

7/7/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

What is the Restoration Process?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

How do I complete all the restoration steps?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3/16/2020 (Permalink)

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

Water Damage St. Petersburg – Minimizing Water Impacts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1/29/2020 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

12/3/2019 (Permalink)

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

How to Avoid Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9/14/2019 (Permalink)

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Protect Your Floors From Water Damage In St. Petersburg

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

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

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

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

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How to Dry Your Water Damaged St. Petersburg Home

8/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What Should You Do When Water Damages Your St. Petersburg Beach House?

5/16/2019 (Permalink)

Don't let water damage ruin the fun at your beach house. SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is always available to take your call.

Addressing Water Damage in Your St. Petersburg Beach House 

There are many beachfront properties throughout the coastal avenues and streets of St. Petersburg, and protecting these homes and condos comes down to trusting in the experience and fast response of professional restoration technicians like ours. Often in cases of water loss incidents, the effects can spread too quickly for homeowners to contend with on their own, which makes it essential to get the right personnel to the property as quickly as possible to get effective mitigation work started.

Mitigation is one of the most critical activities to protect your St. Petersburg beach house from water damage. With wood being the primary construction element in these properties, even with the reinforcement against severe weather situations, water saturation can be devastating to these materials. Over only a few days of persisting moisture and dampness, wood surfaces can begin to bloat, swell, and distort. Addressing these concerns requires the expertise and advanced equipment of our SERVPRO professionals. 

Our rapid response team arrives with a wide assortment of our recovery equipment, including various implements for extraction and drying. We can even monitor the progress of these activities with moisture content readers and thermal imagery cameras. These devices can determine the presence of moisture pockets and dampness, even behind materials, to ensure that jobs get completed fully and as efficiently as they can.

We know that many situations could cause water loss effects in your beach house, but to protect the affected construction materials, you have to get drying efforts started quickly. Our SERVPRO team can set up multiple high-velocity air movers throughout the house to work simultaneously to rapidly reduce moisture levels and humidity in the affected regions of the residence. 

There are many tools and devices that our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg professionals rely on to provide each customer with fast and effective recovery after a water loss incident, and with the time-sensitive situation of your beach house, you can count on our expertise and response to help. Give us a call anytime that you need us at (727) 522-0000.

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Storms, Attics, and Water Damage in St. Petersburg

4/18/2019 (Permalink)

Storms can damage roofs, allowing water to enter your attic. Did you know that SERVPRO offers emergency tarping services?

Lightning Strike Leads to Water Removal in a St. Petersburg Attic

Florida residents are certainly not strangers to stormy weather. Lightning strikes the ground as much as 3,500 times a day in the Sunshine State. However, most Floridians are unprepared for lightning strikes that cause felled trees to fall on their roofing and cause leaks in their attic.  

If a roof leak from weather-related damage requires water removal in your St. Petersburg home, certified SERVPRO technicians are ready to answer your call and restore your attic. Our professionals dedicate themselves to removing any risk of mold growth or structural warping from water absorption before it can cause long-term issues in your home.  

When removing water from any attic space, one of the biggest questions regards restoring insulation. Waterlogged insulation, especially if made from organic materials such as cellulose, can become a breeding ground for mold. Fiberglass insulation is more common and can often be dried and salvaged, but each type of insulation material requires different treatment. For drying, we place air movers at 45-degree angles, generally in a clockwise arrangement, to pull moisture out of surfaces. Industrial-grade dehumidifiers such as the Low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) dehumidifier are well-suited to absorbing this air moisture, collecting water to be drained, and expelling warm, dry air. If the leak is in a more contained space, polyethylene chambers may be constructed to accelerate drying.  

In an unfinished attic affected by water, it is vital to ensure that all wood is cleaned and dried. If you use your attic for storage, we can also move, clean, and dry your possessions to prevent microbial growth. After ensuring that the moisture levels on your surfaces are safe, we can then clean wood and other fixtures in your attic with an EPA-registered antimicrobial cleaner as another buffer against mold and other odor-causing bacteria.  

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is ready to assist you with emergency response and cleanup 24/7. If disaster strikes in your home or business, give us a call today at (727) 522-0000.

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Holy St. Petersburg, Water Damage. Just Call SERVPRO

4/4/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Technicians, Safety Gear, and Equipment Mitigate Water Damage in St. Petersburg

How SERVPRO Saves Homes and Businesses from Water Damage in St. Petersburg

It can be overwhelming to find water where it should not be in your home or organization. Plumbings issues, roof leaks, and appliance failures are just a few of the many reasons residents and businesses call on SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg to handle water damage in their properties.

Common Types of Damage Caused by Water

An essential thing to know about a water intrusion in St. Petersburg is that longer the moisture remains inside the property, the more damage it is doing. Why SERVPRO? We're Faster To Any Size Disaster. Exposure to excess moisture can loosen vinyl tiles on floors, cause the subflooring to rot underneath, and in walls, drywall rot can be a problem. On top of all of that, any area that has prolonged moisture has the potential to harbor mold colonies. Even a small amount of water cleanup should be handled by professionals to ensure there is no secondary damage to the building materials and loss of possessions.

How is Water Removed?

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg handles both small and large water removals. Residual moisture is a bigger problem after any standing water is extracted. Our technicians have many specialized tools such as a weighted extractor that connects to a pump. When it moved over the wet carpet, the weight pushes excess water out of padding where it could remain and cause both mold and odor problems. For large scale jobs, we have specially equipped truck mounted pumps that can move out thousands of gallons of water quickly.

Deep Drying Techniques

While the rules of science for air flow and water vapor are finite, how those rules are used is unique to each emergency call our SERVPRO technicians handle. Not every water emergency is going to need to have weep holes drilled in a sagging ceiling for a pipe break or drywall cut away from an appliance accident. Our https://www.IICRC.orgIICRC certified technicians know that eliminating vapor barriers and opening up areas behind walls results in faster overall drying.

All flooring needs to be dried as soon as possible, especially in the case of adhesive tile and any type that has subflooring underneath. Many types of composite and engineered wood may not be restorable through our efforts. However true hardwood floors can be saved on a case by case basis. Because wood has high absorbency, hardwood flooring needs special attention when drying such as tenting or drying mats that direct water vapor up and away while they are systematically moved for even results. Our certified crew members know which elements to focus on when setting up an affected space up for the best drying possible. An example is moving wet items that can leave stains on floorings such as printed materials and stained wood furnishings.

In a category one (clean) water remediation, even the carpet padding can be saved through fast action. We can set up air movers to push air under affected carpeting and over the padding to help it dry even faster; this is called "floating the carpet." In cases where the padding cannot be saved, we remove it with the homeowner's permission to avoid secondary damage such as mold or odor.

Drying is never a one-size-fits-all setup. SERVPRO uses industrial air movers that are carefully positioned at angles unique to the environment they are being used in to move moist air up and out by banking it off walls. We also employ dehumidifiers at the same time to lower air moisture for faster drying. Our assortment of LGR low grain refrigerant, desiccant units, and flat lay temporary ducts are industry leading equipment to grapple with moisture. Our goal is to disrupt the premises as little as possible, and we dry furnishings in place whenever possible, the pieces can be raised on blocks during the drying phase.

What About Items too Wet to Dry in Place?

In the case of items that technicians cannot restore on site, we offer a pack - out service. With the property owner's permission, we carefully move items to an outside facility for drying and restoration efforts. Content drying and cleaning are cornerstones of SERVPRO services, another reason Why we are the water loss restoration company of choice.

Even a Little Water Can Leave Big Odors

Our technicians do not rely on visuals to determine if a structure in St. Petersburg and its contents are dry. We use state-of-the-art moisture probes to ensure the affected areas are thoroughly dried. The amount of moisture behind walls, in subflooring and other areas, is checked to ensure it is dry. The reason for this is two-fold. Even a little dampness can invite mold growth, and there can be odors. Drying eliminates much of the unpleasant odor, but in the cases of residual scents left behind, SERVPRO has a multi-layered approach to that issue.

How do SERVPRO Technicians Deodorize Water Damaged Properties?

There is not one specific way to handle foul odors. Depending on the type of scent, different methods are utilized. SERVPRO technicians clean all surfaces once they are determined to be dry. We use antifungal and antibacterial cleaning agents that leave a pleasant scent, and in many cases, this is enough. While masking agents are useful for combatting mild odors, large-size pungent problems left behind by the water need more attention. Ultra-low volume (ULV) foggers, sometimes called "wet foggers" are very effective at neutralizing odors as they grab and reconstitute the odor molecule eliminating unpleasant odors in carpeting and upholstered furnishings. Many water cleanup sites require applications of multiple types of odor control to eliminate the smells. The key is, our technicians work with property owners until they are happy with the results.

Water Damage Cleanup Should Never be a DIY Project

Sometimes property owners are reluctant to contact us for emergency water cleanup because only a small area was affected. As you can see, even a little water has the potential to damage flooring and subflooring, harbor mold and leave a lingering odor. It is crucial that an excess of moisture in a property is addressed as quickly as possible to avoid additional damage that can be costly down the road.

Turning around in-property water damage to homes and businesses is a multi-layered approach that requires equal parts of expertise and equipment. If you have experienced an event that caused a water loss in your property, talk to SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg, and we can turn it around and make it "Like it never even happened." We are happy to service the St. Petersburg community and area like 33701, 33702, and 33705.

Your Best Guide to Water Damage Restoration in St. Petersburg

2/24/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage can seem to literally overtake your home. Contact SERVPRO after an incident or to investigate the cause of excess water in your home.

An Efficient Method for Water Removal in St. Petersburg Properties

A common mantra in the restoration industry is that water moves from wet to dry. Standing water then can rapidly saturate subfloor mats, sheetrock or pool underneath fittings and furniture. The significant risk is that, if not dealt with correctly, hidden water pockets can become odorous or provide the ideal conditions for mold growth which can cause expensive secondary damages. As a general rule, the removal of standing water should be completed as quickly as possible to prevent permanent issues.

We are available 24 hours a day for water removal in St. Petersburg. Simply contact our emergency call line to arrange a service within an hour. When arranging a service providing as much detail as possible is essential to ensure we send the right equipment and technicians with the right expertise to solve the problem. At SERVPRO, we have technicians with IICRC certificates in a range of water damage areas like applied structural drying (ASD) and odor control.

The most efficient method of removing standing water is with gas-powered pumps. We deploy these when the water level is above two inches and run the pumps into an open sewer point. The advantage of this method is that the amount of water we can remove is limitless and can be done faster than any other method. This process alone can significantly reduce the risk of permanent damages.

With standing water removed SERVPRO then utilizes an approach that is kind to your furniture, carpets, and fittings. Portable extraction units combine heating elements with vacuum power to help pull moisture from floorboards and carpets. A fabric is up to 50% weaker when wet so using extraction units ensures that we do not damage any fittings unnecessarily during cleanup.

SERVPRO uses a triple lock technique to make the damage "Like it never even happened." After pumps and extraction units we bring in rapid air-movers in tandem with dehumidifiers. These equipment evaporate moisture into the air then remove the evaporated moisture to ensure the humidity levels in your home remain at an average level. This technique helps to prevent secondary mold damages after service.

Our equipment helps us get the job done faster. Contact SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 for efficient remediation services.

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The Real Truth Behind Pinellas County Water Damage and Mold

11/11/2018 (Permalink)

If a large pipe breaks in your home, water damage is inevitable. Call SERVPRO for water removal and remediation services.

How to Handle Water Removal in Pinellas County

Your Pinellas County property can flood in seconds especially if the main pipes burst or someone leaves the tap running. Although the flooding happens fast, extracting the water takes time leading to damages in various items or sections of the house. The damage extent is likely to be higher if no one is home to turn off the water. Involving a certified water restoration technician in the removal process can help ease the task compared to handling it on your own. Technicians rely on equipment, their previous experience, and teamwork to save your property.
One of the reasons such technicians can handle water removal in Pinellas County better is the use of advanced moisture detection equipment. The technicians also understand the effects of moisture on various materials such as carpets, furnishings, wood flooring if there is one, and the actual structure. So in addition to extracting the standing water, they can take specific actions to prevent future problems.
Fast extraction of water from the affected building is essential. When spilled water is left standing long, other problems begin cropping up. Mold is one such problem, and it only requires 24 – 48 hours to start growing. Bad odor and stains can also develop within the same time span. Our SERVPRO team can help guarantee fast extraction since we have the right equipment including submersible pumps and truck-mounted extractors.
While extracting spilled water may seem like a daunting task, drying the structure is even more problematic. This extra difficulty is because removing a liquid is easier than a gas yet the only way to dry materials is to turn the moisture they hold into a vapor before removing it. Our SERVPRO technicians use different types of dehumidifiers such as desiccant and refrigerant varieties to handle various stages of the drying process. We also calculate and set a drying goal, which we achieve by using the right number and configuration of air movers.
If water spills in your property, avoid guesswork. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 to save your property. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

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Tubs, Leaks, Bathroom Catastrophes in Pinellas County!! Ouch!! Call SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal

10/9/2018 (Permalink)

Prevent Demolition of Your Pinellas County Condo Bathroom--Call SERVPRO for Rapid Water Removal

SERVPRO's Pinellas County Water Removal Can Restore Your Bathroom

The pipe that burst in your bathroom last evening left excess water on your floor. When an accident like this occurs, standing water can damage the walls, floor tile and the ceiling under the tub. To prevent extensive damage to your home act fast and contact our experienced company right away. You can rely on our skilled and professional technicians to handle the job properly.

The SERVPRO water removal services in Pinellas County can restore your bathroom to its preloss condition when possible. Our technicians can quickly eliminate water from the affected areas, which can reduce damages to the structure. This removal is especially crucial if the bathroom mishap occurred in an upper level of the home or townhouse. We can arrive on site within hours after you call us to assess the job and can migrate water quickly from the room. Standing water can cause microbial growth from 24-72-hours, so it is not wise to allow it to sit for too long.
Our team can use various pieces of equipment to extract excess water such as vacuums, pumps, wands or portable extractors. If necessary, the crew may need to employ self-contained, gas-powered truck-mounted extractors to eliminate the water. During the drying phase in the restoration process, our team utilizes high-velocity axial fans, heaters, dehumidifiers and air movers to increase dryness and reduce moisture inside the structure. We may also need to dry other items in the bathroom such as window curtains or an upholstered vanity chair or bench.
To make sure the affected areas are completely dry; our techs may use moisture detection sensors and probes to find hidden pockets of dampness such as from beneath the floor tile and inside the wall cavities. Water can cause structural damage and rot, which is why our skilled techs employ these tools to ensure they dry the entire structure.
Our SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg water removal restoration services can help in emergency situations like this. We are close by and can make it look “Like it never even happened.” Call us 24/7 at (727) 522-0000.

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Technicians Use Water Removal Strategies Before Other Work Can Begin In St. Petersburg

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

Flooding in your home in St. Petersburg can happen without warning, leaving you completely unprepared.

Water Removal Strategies

Flooding in your home in St. Petersburg can happen without warning, leaving you completely unprepared. Water that covers your home's floors can cause severe damage to interior structures and personal belongings, in addition to furnishings throughout your residence. We know which methods give excellent results, as well as when replacing items becomes the more cost-effective option.

When homeowners in St. Petersburg call SERVPRO about flooding and overflowing sinks, we send out our water removal team to get the restoration process started off right. While the emergency may seem resolved once we remove standing water, we keep going. We know that restoring your home, as well as protecting it, requires a completely dry environment to achieve the best results.

Water removal only begins with the pump trucks extracting any standing water wherever it might exist in your home, but after we finish with this step, we use smaller handheld units with extendable wands that remove water along the bottom of walls. We also remove any furniture or place them on non-staining blocks to protect your carpeting. However, this step only occurs in situations involving clean water. When flooding from adverse weather is involved, we remove affected carpeting to prevent more serious complications later.

Using desiccant machines and dehumidifiers removes water vapor from the air, but for this to work efficiently, we must first force more of the water absorbed by materials in your home to enter the air. We accomplish this by raising the temperature while increasing the circulation of the air. Once moisture enters the air, the desiccant machine or dehumidifier can quickly remove it from circulation.

During the water restoration process, from start to finish, we monitor the amount of water in various items inside your home. A consistent reduction in moisture lets us know if our work progresses correctly. Any need for changes becomes apparent almost immediately.

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg can help you restore your home “Like it never even happened” after a disaster involving water. Our water removal techniques work well for resolving situations stemming from broken pipes, overflowed basins, flooding, and the aftermath of firefighting efforts to save your home. Call us at (727) 522-0000, so we can get things back to normal in your home.

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Water Removal Professionals In St. Petersburg Discuss Problems With Exterior Walls

6/29/2018 (Permalink)

If a pipe breaks inside a wall in your St. Petersburg home, water can affect the entire wall cavity.

Professionals Water Removal

If a pipe breaks inside a wall in your St. Petersburg home, water can affect the entire wall cavity. Materials inside the wall cavity such as the insulation, wood studs, drywall, and exterior walls can all get affected by moisture. When excessive moisture gets inside a wall cavity, microbial growth is a primary concern. The cavities contain several organic materials such as the paper backing on drywall and the wooden exterior walls and studs. Since wall cavities are enclosed, drying them out promptly can be difficult.

In most cases, drywall must be removed, or holes get drilled into it so that air flow can get inside the wall. During the water removal process in St. Petersburg, our SERVPRO technicians use specialized equipment and techniques to speed up evaporation inside wall cavities. The drywall may get cut up a foot or two from the floor to allow proper air circulation inside the walls.

Drying out exterior walls can be difficult but can save sheetrock from getting removed. Insulation inside the walls can slow down the drying process. However, it is still less expensive to dry out exterior walls to prevent having to remove and replace drywall. Even though drying outside walls takes more time, it is still quicker than the sheetrock demolition and reconstruction process.

Drying out exterior walls can take more time than drying out other materials, but it is still possible if the insulation is fiberglass and the source of the water is clean. To help air get into wall cavities, our SERVPRO restoration crew can drill holes in the bottom of the walls. In some situations, we drill holes into the top of walls as well to increase air circulation within wall cavities. If the damage took place inside the kitchen, then holes often get drilled into the cabinetry also.

Knowing the dew point temperature is important when drying out exterior walls. Exterior walls can change temperature more easily than interior materials. If the walls reach the dew point temperature, it can cause moisture to condense indoors, possibly creating secondary damage. If your exterior walls ever get wet after a water leak, call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 any day of the week.

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The Correct Water Removal Equipment Can Correct Any Water Event in St. Petersburg

5/22/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Freshens Up St. Petersburg Properties During Water Removal Services

SERVPRO Eliminates Odors As We Extract Unwanted Water from Your Home or Business

After a water damage incident, the use of specialized equipment is necessary to make the water removal job easier. As a property owner, you may not have or know how to operate some of the tools correctly, and that raises the need to work with professional service providers in the industry. It all starts with analyzing and selecting the most suitable procedures to correct such situations in St. Petersburg.

We are going to highlight the different types of equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use when conducting water removal in St. Petersburg. To identify water intrusion in a structure, we use detection equipment such as a moisture sensor and moisture meters. These devices also let us know whether the structure is dry and meets the standard conditions at the end of the process.
Our SERVPRO technicians also combat smells by finding their sources and doing the necessary removal. Sometimes the water may cause organic materials to decompose in cracks, which may make it difficult to access the odor source. Therefore, we perform deodorization. Some of the common types of deodorants we use are pairing agents, filtration and absorption agents, masking agents, disinfectants, and sanitizers.
Deodorization is such a critical process since apart from improving the quality of air in the structure when we use sanitizers and disinfectants, they can inhibit fungi and bacteria growth which can cause health effects. Thermal foggers and Ultra Low Volume Foggers are part of the standard deodorization equipment that our SERVPRO technicians use. When these devices dispense the solvent based agents, they neutralize the odor-causing particles. But, they cannot be used in areas containing rubber or vinyl.
We observe safety measures when working at the site and in most cases, our technicians wear the right personal protective equipment that fit the situation at hand. If we are mixing or spraying chemicals, we wear splash goggles and chemical resistant gloves. If we are handling organic vapors, we put on respirators. Generally, we abide by all state regulations and follow IICRC standards in our operations.
The goal is to make you feel "Like it never even happened." after experiencing any storm, mold, fire and water damage event. Call SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg at (727) 522-0000 if you need to work with an industry leader with a proven record.

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Specialized Water Removal Services Can Make a Big difference in St. Petersburg

3/22/2018 (Permalink)

Map Out a Plan for Water Removal in St. Petersburg--Call SERVPRO

Save Property and Possessions with SERVPRO's Swift Water Extraction

Irrespective of whether you are a homeowner or a business person, you need to get everything back to normal after experiencing water intrusion, and water removal is part of the critical processes. While most of us think that extracting the water and cleaning up the area is all we need, that is a big mistake. Drying your St. Petersburg property as well as neutralizing the odor-causing agents are equally important.
Let us begin by understanding the main categories of water that our SERVPRO technicians deal with when performing water removal in St. Petersburg. Usually, it is the source of the water that determines the category of water. Clean water is under class 1, and it often comes from clean sources like plumbing systems. Though this category does not carry along contaminants, you have to respond quickly since within 24 -48 hours some microbial growth can start.
Category 2 is gray water, and it can be slightly or severely contaminated since it comes from backed up storm drains, fire suppression systems, and treated cooling water. On the other hand, category 3, also known as black water usually comes from rivers, sewers, and seas. Since it is highly contaminated, it presents high health risks.
If the water is still flowing into the area, our SERVPRO technicians divert it to safer locations or stop the flow if it is originating from leaking plumbing systems. Water extraction then follows, and we choose the tools we use depending on the surface and amount of moisture. For instance, we can use submersible pumps to extract standing water and portable extractors to remove water and clean your upholstery and carpets.
Our SERVPRO technicians also select appropriate drying systems to remove moisture from your structure. We first set a drying goal and install air movers to enhance the evaporation of moisture from contents. Evaporation adds moisture to the air, and if it exceeds the standard levels, we can use dehumidifiers to absorb the additional water vapor.
SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg attends to all kinds of water disasters and has a proven record in the industry. Get in touch with us by calling (727) 522-0000, and we can make everything “Like it never even happened.”

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Water Damage

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg is available 24 hours a day for water emergencies, large or small. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. A delay of just a few hours can greatly increase the severity of the water damage.

We Answer the Phone Ready to Help
Call Today -727-522-0000

We understand that when you call us, you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. SERVPRO of NE St Petersburg has the specific water damage training and experience to help you through this tough time. We specialize in water damage restoration—in fact, it's the cornerstone of our business.

What to Expect

When you call, we will ask several questions regarding your water damage emergency. These questions will help us determine what equipment and resources to bring, including how many trained SERVPRO Professionals may be needed.

Our SERVPRO Representative will ask several questions:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Your insurance information (if applicable)
  • The street address of the water-damaged home or business
  • When did the flooding or water damage occur?
  • What caused the water damage (if known)?
  • Is there electricity available (on-site)?

About SERVPRO of NE St. Petersburg

SERVPRO of Largo specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke or water damage event. Our staff is highly trained in property damage restoration. From initial and ongoing training at SERVPRO’s corporate training facility to regular IICRC-industry certification, rest assured our staff is equipped with the knowledge to restore your property.