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SERVPRO Restores Your Water Damaged Business in St Petersburg

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Restores Your Water Damaged Business in St Petersburg Local St. Pete business after water was extracted. Soon after the team moved in with drying equipment and established drying goals.

St Petersburg water damage can cause a variety of unwanted complications in a commercial property owner's life. In addition to necessitating a temporary relocation, under severe conditions, while the damages are repaired, standing water in your work space can compromise the structural integrity of your property, destroy landscaping and prevent a customer traffic. SERVPRO can restore your commercial space after a water intrusion disaster, help you avoid stress, limit financial loss, and safely restore your business environment.


Damage can strike at any time. Although the water damage can result from natural disasters like floods, storms, hurricanes, and fires, some common issues that can also generate excessive standing water on your property include:
• Poor ventilation--Florida humidity leads to high relative humidity (RH) instances in attics
• Roof leakages
• Damp basements, storage zones, and crawlspaces
• Leaking pipes or appliances
• Excessive humidity
• Flooding--storm surge, rainwater non-percolation, drainage failures
• Damp carpets or inventory 

How SERVPRO Will Assist You. When you call us to address your water damage issue, there are several steps we'll take to correct the problem. First, our IICRC-certified technicians will do a property inspection. This assessment will provide us with the information necessary to determine the scope of damages on your commercial property. We will, in relevant instances, provide an inventory of salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable personal items and building materials. We provide you with documentation to help in an insurance claim. We will also work with your insurance adjuster to efficiently start the water damage restoration process. We can then move forward with the cleanup and drying processes. To ensure that all of the excess water is removed from your property, we will use specialized equipment like water pumps, dehumidifiers, and air movers.

Additional Services. While water extraction, cleanup, and drying are the "meat" of the restoration process, there are numerous other remediation services that the client may require. For this reason, we're pleased to offer comprehensive restoration services to ensure your total satisfaction. Some of these include sanitation, deodorization, air duct cleaning, odor removal, mold prevention, and content restoration.

An Important Note About Safety. It's important that the professionals of SERVPRO offer safe, effective, and thorough water extraction services. The technicians of the company are trained to remove all standing water to ensure that the commercial business owner, employees, and customers are not exposed to issues like mold growth. Our industry professionals understand that this mold prevention work is very important because ongoing exposure to the fungus can lead to unwanted health complications.

Call SERVPRO Immediately. When your St Petersburg business suffers water damage, don't stress out, leave the heavy lifting to us. Our water damage restoration experts provide prompt, precise services that get your property back into pre-water damage condition as quickly as possible. Our goal is to get you back in business.

Tips for Water Damage Emergencies in Pinellas Park

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Tips for Water Damage Emergencies in Pinellas Park Pinellas Park water damages can strike at anytime. Be prepared and have SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg & Pinellas Park number handy and know your.

Tips for Water Damage Emergencies in Pinellas Park

At some point in your life, you may be affected by a water damage emergency in your Pinellas Park home. If this, unfortunately, becomes the case, it's imperative that you have a plan in place to ensure that you maintain your emotional equilibrium.  Proper steps can also mitigate the destruction to your property. To get a basic understanding of what water damage emergencies are and how you can handle them, review the following information: 

Water Damage Emergency Basic

Water intrusion emergencies are events that cause extensive water damage to your residential property. Typically, colossal water damage results from natural disasters like fires, floods, and yes, hurricanes. Here are several factors that may hint that you have a water damage emergency on your hands:

• Your home loses power or power must be shut off.

• A large section of your property is suddenly exposed to the elements.

• You are not able to remain in your home due to extensive, visible water. 

Hiring A Professional Water Damage Restoration Company 

Once you are subjected to a water damage emergency, it is a high priority that you make your home safe.  By hiring a professional water restoration company like SERVPRO, you can gain many restoration specialists immediately at your home lessening the results of the water damage. These professional water damage specialists have years of experience and access to the specialized equipment necessary to initiate cleanup, remove water, repair, and restore your property. Since the SERVPRO technicians work on different aspects of the remediation project simultaneously, these specialists can expedite the process of restoring your property to its original state.   For this reason, attaining assistance from them is advantageous. 

Consult Your Insurance Provider 

Before contacting a team of water damage restoration specialists, call your insurance provider first. Your agent may very well suggest that you go ahead and contact SERVPRO to stifle immediately the on-going water damage event. This emergency response company works well with many insurance agents with assessment and documentation.

When your home is adversely impacted by water damage, knowing what to do in the face of this unwanted event, is a positive first step. By referring to this brief overview, you can be prepared to implement all of the strategies that will keep you calm and restore your property quickly. Remember to call SERVPRO whenever you find yourself in need of professional water damage or fire damage restoration services.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood or water damage event. 

We use advanced equipment and techniques for water removal.  Call us for help. (727) 521-2562

Water Damage Restoration Process

4/1/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Restoration Process Equipment set at a local St. Pete business after a toilet overflowed.

Water damage of any kind requires water damage restoration. This is a multi-step process that needs to be handled by experts, like our staff at SERVPRO. We are licensed, certified and experienced to give you the services that you would need and expect when water has damaged your home.


Initial Inspection 
A certified water damage technician will come out to do a visual assessment of your water damage in St. Pete. This will help us to determine the right actions needed to reverse any adverse effects from the damage. After this is done and if there are no safety hazards, contents in your home are secured, and restoration will begin.

Extraction 
Containing damage and extracting water as soon as possible is the top priority. Any wet materials on the floor like pillows, throw rugs, toys and clothing are taken out of the affected are. After the water is extracted, we will, if needed, start to remove any surfaces that are wet like ceilings, walls or floors to help speed up the drying process. Sometimes baseboards are removed, and any drywall or wet insulation that is non-salvageable is removed. Cabinet doors and drawers are opened, and toe kicks could be removed to make drying faster as well.

Drying And Stabilizing 
Next, we will start the drying process. We have commercial grade equipment at SERVPRO such as dehumidifiers, air movers, heaters and wood floor drying systems to create dry air, raise air circulation and evaporation. The environment will be carefully monitored each day during the drying process, and the progress will be documented. It is crucial to control moisture to prevent any mold growth. Normal drying time is generally between two and four days, depending on the situation and what materials were impacted.

Re-assessment 
Once drying is complete, our technicians will perform another inspection to ensure there are no pockets of moisture that are hidden. If there are, it could result in additional damage or growth of mold.

Reconstruction 
After the damage has been mitigated, and your home is returned to a dry state, reconstruction will begin if there is structural damage or other building materials need replacement. In the end, your home will once again be a healthy and safe dwelling.

For any of your water damage needs, contact the professionals at SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg & Pinellas Park at (727) 521-2562. We will come out to assess your damages so we can begin a remediation plan right away.

Detecting Mold in Your Home

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Detecting Mold in Your Home Pinellas Park Mold groth discovered after baseboards and carpet was removed after a water damage.

While some Pinellas Park mold growths in a home may be obvious, the mold commonly grows in areas of a home where it is difficult to detect. 


Pinellas Park mold needs moisture to grow. Areas, where moisture is common, are the most likely places for mold to grow. Bathrooms, kitchens, and basements are rooms where moisture and mold growth may be expected. However, roof or pipe leaks, sweating plumbing fixtures and poor ventilation can cause mold to grow in all areas of a home or building. The first step in seeking to uncover mold is to look for signs of moisture. Water will leave stains on untreated wood, drywall, and many painted surfaces. Surfaces that display bubbles in the finish or are warped have likely been exposed to excessive moisture. Moisture will also cause drywall tape and wallpaper to become loose and begin to fall away from the wall.


In addition to looking for signs of water damage, building owners concerned about mold should note any odors in the home that may signal the presence of mold


A building owner who believes his or her building has Pinellas Park mold growth should work quickly to correct the source of the moisture and to have the property inspected for mold. The remediation professionals at SERVPRO are available to assist in the safe removal of mold from a building. Offering a combination of training and experience, SERVPRO should be a home or building owners first choice to rid a property of mold.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park is locally owned and operated—so we live and work here too and are proud to be part of the St Petersburg community. When you have a water or mold damage issue, we’re already nearby and ready to help.

We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large scale disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Ways You Can Prevent Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents

3/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Ways You Can Prevent Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents Firefighters from a local fire DEPT.

Ways You Can Prevent Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents

It is no surprise to most people that having a fire  within the home is incredibly damaging to anything in its path. What you probably may not realize is that, most times, fires can easily be prevented from starting in the first place. Your household dryer is a great example of this since many homeowners deal with dryer related fires all the time and the usual culprit would be a completely clogged dryer vent. In this particular case, the fire can be prevented if you maintain your dryer well throughout the year and ensure that its vent is kept clean and clear of buildup.


There are over 15,000 calls to local fire departments every single year for home-related Kenneth City fires and smoke issues. The unfortunate part is that a lot of these fires are caused by clogged dryer vents within the home. Some of these fires are very minimal, but others have been incredibly damaging when not caught in time.


To understand how these types of Kenneth City fires  start within the home, you may want to know more about how dryers work. Some homeowners who are new to appliances and home maintenance may not even know that their dryer needs to be maintained. The way that dryers work is by creating hot air in the drum itself, and this is the hot air that is going to dry up your clothing. You probably know of the small lint trap on the front of your dryer when you open its door, but excess lint passes through this filter and goes through the dryer vent. The dryer vent is often located on the outside of your home so that the hot air can be released outside. Because dryers get so hot, this hot air that is being pushed out of the dryer vent to the outside world can heat up any lint that has built up in that area and start a fire. Fires related to clogged dryer vents can cause tons of damage to a person's home.


The best way to prevent fires, in this case, is to clean out the lint hose often. This is recommended to anyone who happens to own a dryer. There are special tools and services that can help to get this particular vent cleaned for you.


According to the experts at SERVPRO, they offer some of the best tips for watching out for some of the obvious warning signs that your dryer is clogged and may result in fire at some point in the near future:

1. If it takes longer than about 45 minutes to dry your clothing, it could be a sign that the dryer vent is clogged.

2. Your clothes are roasting hot to the touch after they have gone through a dry cycle.

3. The flapper on the dryer's vent may not open entirely when the appliance is actually on.


Preventing a Fire with Your Dryer
1. You should clean the vent of your dryer at least twice each year.

2. Make sure to clean out the lint trap inside of the dryer thoroughly before each cycle.

3. For those individuals who are noticing any of the above-mentioned warning signs, make sure to contact a professional company to have the appliance repaired and cleaned.


For those homeowners who were not so lucky as to catch the warning signs in time, fire damage can be a daunting thing to clean up on your own. This is where the professionals of SERVPRO come in handy, and they can work diligently on your home's fire restoration when it is most convenient for you. Make sure to contact SERVPRO at the first sign of fire damage so that the issue can be addressed immediately.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the St Petersburg community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Don't Let Plumbing Issues Cause Secondary Damage to Your Property

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Don't Let Plumbing Issues Cause Secondary Damage to Your Property Plumbing Issues

A common problem in Pinellas Park rental properties is plumbing failure. It can be due to aging pipes or renters deciding that they can fix a leak themselves. However it happens, the resulting damage to the structure can range from minor trim replacement to complete replacement of cabinetry.

If you have suffered water damage to your rental or other commercial properties in St. Petersburg, then you know much of the damage is to the areas immediately under the leak. SERVPRO has the experience and personnel to dry out any remaining moisture and restore or repair physical damage.

Most cabinets under a sink or tap are open in the back. This means that airflow is pretty good and can be used to help dry out water damage. If the leak is caught quickly, our technicians can vacuum out any standing water and then place a fan pointed inside the cabinet to dry it out.

If the cabinet has its own back, then there is a space between the wall and the back panel where moisture is trapped and can eventually cause drywall to disintegrate and mold to begin to grow. Our technicians will drill one or more holes into the back panel to accelerate airflow and drain any standing water that may have gathered. These holes will be drilled as low as possible where they will be hard to see and can be easily patched once work is completed. If there is trim molding covering the area to be drilled, we will remove it and drill there to help keep the original appearance intact.

Restoring your rental property to its pre-flood state is not a quick process, but it can be done efficiently and in a manner to prevent further damage. Call us here at (727) 521-2562 to get started today. SERVPRO at Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park is ready to help keep you and your renters in business.

Fire Damage Restoration Explained in Pinellas Park

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage Restoration Explained in Pinellas Park Residential fire damage in Pinellas Park

Fire Damage Restoration: A Brief Overview

One of the most devastating natural disasters that can impact a person's property is a fire. Once the fire has transpired, attaining high-quality fire damage restoration assistance is vital. However, many commercial and residential property owners lack the basic knowledge about Pinellas Park residential fire damage restoration to make smart, informed decisions regarding the matter. The key to getting great services is understanding what fire damage restoration specialists do and which company can offer you the excellent services you need and deserve. To obtain this information, refer to the following brief overview:

The Importance Of Fire Damage Restoration Services

 Residential fire damage in Pinellas Park is a devastating occurrence that necessitates thorough cleanup. The restoration service is a complex process for both business and residential property owners. The extensive damage to property and loss of valuable items that results from fires can engender intense anxiety and economic fears. The very last thing that a disaster survivor needs is excess stress, and this is why knowing who to call for help is important. Whenever you experience a fire, one of the first things you should do is call a team of trained fire damage restoration experts.

Fire Damage Restoration: The First Steps

 When the fire damage restoration company arrives, the first thing they'll do is perform a thorough inspection of your property. This inspection will involve carefully analyzing your home or office space to determine the extent of the damages. The remediation specialists will check for remaining fire hazards, broken windows, and structural integrity. After they have completed the property damage assessment, they will put together a customized remediation plan.

The Recovery Process

 There are typically several parts of the recovery process following a fire in St. Pete If the restoration specialists note any damaged roofs, doors, walls, or windows, they will secure and/or cover these areas. Once the structural integrity of the property is ensured, the specialists will start the clean up process. This process will include water extraction or water removal. It will also involve drying. The remediation experts will utilize specialized equipment like dehumidifiers and air movers to complete these parts of the restoration project.

 In addition to completing the water removal and drying processes, the restoration experts will remove any soot or smoke that lingers on your property. They will also clean your upholstery and carpet. In some cases, the remediation specialists may need to restore vital documents, furniture, and any other materials that have endured damage due to the fire or excess water that results from the extinguishing process.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your flood and water emergency event. When fire damage occurs, we have the resources and personnel to help. Call us today! (727) 521-2562

Water Damage Protection for Buildings

2/18/2018 (Permalink)

A(n) Pinellas Park water damage can be a destructive force to any building. It causes damage that increases maintenance costs and lowers value through poor air quality and reduced productivity. The most effective way to prevent liability is to ensure the structure is sound, well-maintained and water resistant. The following outlines the steps required to identify and eliminate excess moisture problems.

Repair Cracks and Leaks

Common sources of water damage in buildings include:

• Doors and windows. Both should be checked for leaks.

• Roof and foundation. A sloped roof with improper drainage can become an entry point for moisture. Problems may also exist around plumbing, exhaust vents, and air-conditioning units. Holes and cracks in the foundation and exterior walls should be sealed to keep water out.

• Plumbing and ventilation. Plumbing fixtures and HVAC systems can cause both leaks and excess moisture that reduce indoor environment quality. Inspection and maintenance programs can prevent water damage.


Hire an Inspector
The following should be regularly inspected by to ensure proper operation and good condition.

• Sealants and flashing. Flashing, which surrounds windows, doors, and roofs, should be intact to prevent leaks. Caulking and sealants should fully protect building joints.

• Vents. Vents should be hooded, lead to the outside and be unobstructed.

• HVAC systems. These should be checked for leakage in pumps, water lines, and air handlers. Drain lines should be clear and ducts should be insulated to prevent condensation.

• Humidity. With some exceptions, ideal indoor humidity is between 30 and 50 percent. Window condensation, wet spots on ceilings and walls and a musty odor are signs of excessive humidity. The HVAC system should be inspected and all moist areas thoroughly dried.

• Expansion joints. These materials absorb movement between pipes, bricks and other materials. Poor condition of joints can allow water leaks.

• Exterior walls and storage areas. An outside wall is the first defense against water intrusion, which requires regular maintenance with resealing or refinishing. Storage areas should be clean and well-ventilated to prevent condensation and other moisture problems.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

Water Damage Protection for Buildings

2/13/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Protection for Buildings The most effective way to prevent liability is to ensure the structure is sound, well-maintained and water resistant

Water damage can be a destructive force to any building. It causes damage that increases maintenance costs and lowers value through poor air quality and reduced productivity. The most effective way to prevent liability is to ensure the structure is sound, well-maintained and water resistant. The following outlines the steps required to identify and eliminate excess moisture problems.



Repair Cracks and Leaks
Common sources of water damage in buildings include:

• Doors and windows. Both should be checked for leaks.

• Roof and foundation. A sloped roof with improper drainage can become an entry point for moisture. Problems may also exist around plumbing, exhaust vents, and air-conditioning units. Holes and cracks in the foundation and exterior walls should be sealed to keep water out.

• Plumbing and ventilation. Plumbing fixtures and HVAC systems can cause both leaks and excess moisture that reduce indoor environment quality. Inspection and maintenance programs can prevent water damage.



Hire a SERVPRO Inspector
The following should be regularly inspected by SERVPRO to ensure proper operation and good condition.

• Sealants and flashing. Flashing, which surrounds windows, doors, and roofs, should be intact to prevent leaks. Caulking and sealants should fully protect building joints.

• Vents. Vents should be hooded, lead to the outside and be unobstructed.

• HVAC systems. These should be checked for leakage in pumps, water lines, and air handlers. Drain lines should be clear and ducts should be insulated to prevent condensation.

• Humidity. With some exceptions, ideal indoor humidity is between 30 and 50 percent. Window condensation, wet spots on ceilings and walls and a musty odor are signs of excessive humidity. The HVAC system should be inspected and all moist areas thoroughly dried.

• Expansion joints. These materials absorb movement between pipes, bricks and other materials. Poor condition of joints can allow water leaks.

• Exterior walls and storage areas. An outside wall is the first defense against water intrusion, which requires regular maintenance with resealing or refinishing. Storage areas should be clean and well-ventilated to prevent condensation and other moisture problems.



Act Fast Against Water
Moving fast on water problems is easier by labeling shut-off valves, removing standing water and consulting with SERVPRO professionals. If there has been a fire or natural disaster, covering the roof with plastic, boarding up windows and removing all wet materials will start the recovery process.


Locally Owned Company with National Resources


As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your water or flood damage event. When a major flooding event occurs, we can call upon our national network of 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.


We are proud to serve our local communities:


Mold Remediation Services in St. Petersburg

12/29/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation Services in St. Petersburg Mold in a local home

In the event that leaking pipes or rainwater create a "damp and dewy" environment on your residential property, you may find yourself subjected to a mold invasion. In many cases, homeowners who are subjected to a mold invasion attempt to complete the remediation process on their own. This is never a prudent course of action. In fact, the St. Petersburg mold remediation process should always be left to a team of trained professionals who have extensive experience and education in the field. Learn more about mold and why attaining professional restoration services is important by reviewing the outline provided below:

Mold Basics

Mold is a type of fungus that grows freely in natural settings. The fungus comes in all types of colors, including black, white, green and orange. St. Petersburg mold can affect each person exposed to it in a distinct way. For example, individuals who have asthma, respiratory problems, or a compromised immune system will frequently experience unwanted, adverse health symptoms when exposed to the fungus. Professional St. Petersburg mold remediation specialists possess the equipment and training necessary to complete the removal process in a safe, sanitary way. This is why homeowners should contact the professionals for remediation services rather than attempting to complete the process on their own.

Types Of Mold

Several types of mold can begin to grow and thrive on your property. Some of the mold types include toxigenic, pathogenic, and allergenic. The toxigenic molds are the most dangerous. In some cases, homeowners may try to research different mold types online to determine what type of fungus is growing on their property. Do not pursue this course of action. Mold classification should always be left to an industry professional who has extensive experience identifying fungus types.

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Call SERVPRO For Excellent, Effective Mold Remediation Services

A mold invasion is not a matter to be taken lightly. Luckily, the professionals of SERVPRO are here to help. We have over 50 years of industry experience and are known for eliminating unwanted mold with lightning speed. We're ready to get your property in safe, sanitary condition immediately, so call us today at (727) 521-2562.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park is strategically located to respond quickly to your mold emergency event. Call us today! (727) 521-2562