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Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment

8/7/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Our State-Of-The-Art Equipment Setting up air movers before starting the job.

The past few decades has seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow us to restore a property back to preloss condition quickly and more effectively.

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) sets practical standards for restoration and cleaning. The IICRC S500 Water Damage Guide is a specific set of practical standards that incorporate the field of psychometry, which involves the manipulation of temperature and relative humidity to remove moisture and dry a property quickly and effectively.

Moisture Detection and Measurement Equipment

Scientific drying principles rely upon specialized equipment to detect, measure, and monitor a property’s moisture levels. Recent advances, like infrared cameras, can help us detect water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.

  • An infrared camera may be used to identify water location for thorough water removal.
  • Sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation

Water Extraction Equipment

Powerful extraction equipment speeds the drying process by removing the bulk of the water from your home or business.

  • Submersible and gas-powered pumps for continuous pumping of high-level water. 
  • Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.

Drying Equipment

Industrial strength air movers and dehumidifiers are needed to remove the remaining moisture from ceiling, walls, and floors of your home or business. Proper drying helps to prevent swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.

  • High-speed air movers causes moisture to evaporate at a faster pace
  • Industrial grade dehumidifiers pull the water vapor from the air.

Have Water or Flood Damage?
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When and Where Do Hurricanes Likely Occur?

7/30/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage When and Where Do Hurricanes Likely Occur? The different categories for hurricanes depend on the wind speed and damage at landfall.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1st to November 30th. However, storms outside of these dates are not unheard of. Hurricane activity ramps up in August, and peaks in early September, then again in October. 

Hurricanes form during this season because of two factors: warm ocean waters (80 degrees or higher) and weak vertical winds (little change in wind direction and/or speed with height) are most common. This is also the season with the highest frequency of west-moving weather disturbances in the tropics that eventually develop into hurricanes. 

The only difference between a hurricane, cyclone, and typhoon is where you're located on the globe. People in our area refer to violent thunderstorms as hurricanes while people near the equator in Africa and Austraila refer to them as cyclones. 

Fire Extinguisher Ready

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Extinguisher Ready Having the proper fire extinguisher and emergency help can help prevent a house fire like this.

By now, fire extinguishers have become staples in most disaster-ready homes and provide billions worldwide with a quick, straightforward way to respond to sudden blazes. Generally, all fire extinguishers are alike, as they typically follow the same usage procedure known as PASS:

* Pull the pin to break the tamper seal.
* Aim the nozzle at the bottom of the fire.
* Squeeze the handle and release extinguisher chemicals.
* Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire until it’s extinguished.


Knowing these steps can save you a ton of hassle with instances like the average kitchen fire in St. Pete but to really mitigate as much fire damage as possible, there are a few other things you need to take into account.

Choosing Your Extinguisher

The first thing you should always be aware of is that not every fire extinguisher is good for every job. For example, when dealing with a grease fire, you’ll need a class B extinguisher to really get the job done safely. It’s a good idea to research different extinguisher uses before deciding where to allocate these appliances around your home.

Emergency Services

Just because you have an extinguisher on your side doesn’t mean you won’t need emergency services. Ideally, you should have someone call 911 as you attempt to extinguish the flames. This ensures you’re able to get the assistance you need in the event that your attempts are unsuccessful.

Furthermore, know when to leave the house. If the blaze becomes too large or your extinguisher runs out of fumes, it’s time to get out of the house. You can pass over the firefighting responsibilities to emergency responders and work with a fire cleanup crew, like SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park, afterward to get your home back to normal again.


Keeping proper fire extinguisher handling tips in mind may be able to save your home and your family in the coming years. Be sure to discuss the above tips with every member of your family. Visit http://www.SERVPROcentralstpetersburgpinellaspark.com for more information on fire damage cleanup. 

Why Choose SERVPRO?

7/23/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Why Choose SERVPRO? Faster to any emergency.

We understand you have the choice in deciding which restoration company you want when disaster strikes. When you are dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park responds immediately and uses advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. We closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park is dedicated to responding immediately to water emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

We're Highly Trained Water Damage Specialists

SERVPRO specializes in water damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. We have extensive water damage restoration training with an emphasis on monitoring and documenting the drying process until completion.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Use Advanced Water Restoration Equipment and Techniques

Our advanced equipment helps to detect hidden moisture, extract the standing water quickly, and thoroughly clean and dry your home and belongings. We finish the job with professional deodorization and sanitizing agents for your comfort and safety.

When disaster strikes your home or business, get the professionals. Call SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park today. 

Water Damage Emergency Tips

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage Emergency Tips Protect your property and furniture before help arrives to minimize damage.

When you're dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg & Pinellas Park responds immediately and uses advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water quickly. They closely monitor and document the drying process to verify your property is dried properly and thoroughly.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Only do activities that are safe for you to perform.
  • Wet materials can be VERY heavy. Be careful!

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What To Do After Flooding 

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors. 

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

However, if disaster does strike, trust your local SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park to be by your side when you need us. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- including holidays! 

Mold Remediation In Coast Guard Building

7/13/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation In Coast Guard Building Mold can grow anywhere and everywhere. Contact your local SERVPRO for an Action Ready plan on how to eliminate and prevent future mold growth.

Mold spores come in all sort of shapes, sizes, and colors and can happen on almost any material. That was the case in this Coast Guard facility when mold was spotted growing on the ceilings and walls. Learn more about what mold is and SERVPRO's mold remediation process.

Understanding Mold

When water intrudes into your property, mold growth can start in as little as 48 hours. Consider the following mold facts:

  • Mold is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
  • Mold spores are microscopic, float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or AC/heating systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or a pet.
  • Mold spores thrive on moisture. Mold spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water. These colonies may produce allergens and irritants.
  • Before mold remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mold may return.
  • Mold often produces a strong, musty odor, and that odor can lead you to possible mold problem areas.
  • Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mold growth. Keep indoor humidity below 45 percent.

The Mold Remediation Process

Every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, but the general mold remediation process stays the same. Learn more about our mold remediation process

  1. Emergency Contact - (727) 521-2562
  2. Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment
  3. Mold Containment
  4. Air Filtration
  5. Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials
  6. Cleaning Contents and Belongings

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 this community. We are proud to provide mold remediation services in our local communities:

We are proud to serve our local communities:

  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Pinellas Park, FL
  • Lealman, FL
  • Kenneth City, FL
  • Cross Bayou, FL
  • Ulmerton, FL

Business Fire Prevention Tips

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

A fire can cause critical damage to home equipment, materials, and structures. As a home owner, focusing on fire risk assessment, fire prevention, and education can help reduce your chance of fire and smoke damage. Here are three tips to help:

Assess the risk of fire hazards: The National Fire Protection Association offers handbooks and other publications on the fire safety code in place for homes and apartments. If your local government offers it, a visit from a fire marshal is a great step for your fire prevention plan. If a marshal visit isn't available, ask for a property manager.

Have fire protection equipment: If you have an automatic sprinkler system in place, this will provide primary fire protection for your home.

Standard fire safety practices call for smoke detectors in every home and at least one fire extinguisher. Your best bet is multipurpose extinguishers, which will douse most small fires with ease, without shorting out your electronics.

Protect your people: Your family is your most important asset. These tips can help prevent them from being injured in a fire.

  • Fire Plan: Make sure your family knows what to do if there's a fire, including calling 911 immediately. Conduct a fire drill at least once a year to keep your family aware of fire safety protocol.
  • Evacuation Plan: Coordinate with your friends and family a safe and efficient evacuation plan.
  • First Aid: In case of fire injuries, be familiar with the location of the first-aid kit, which should be kept where possible hazards can occur most-such as in the kitchen.

Whenever disaster strikes, give your local SERVPRO a call today! 

For more information on fire safety and restoration visit our website at http://www.SERVPROcentralstpetersburgpinellaspark.com

 

What Not To Do When Dealing With Mold

7/11/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation What Not To Do When Dealing With Mold Protect your home by giving SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park a call today to consult with a mold specialist.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. Mold can cause health effects and can also cause significant damage to your property. SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park has the training, protective gear, and specialized equipment necessary to handle your mold problem. Check out these tips below on what NOT to do when you spot mold. 

What Not to Do:

Don’t touch or disturb the mold:

Some varieties of mold are infectious. These can cause skin rashes, irritation, and fungal infections on open wounds. You should never touch mold with bare hands or get it on your skin. Whenever you clean mold, protective gloves should be worn. The gloves should be the waterproof, rubber type. This will protect you from the mold, as well as, from any cleaning products or biocides that may be used during the cleaning process.

Don’t blow air across any surfaces with visible or suspected mold growth:

Mold spores are very much like the seeds of a flower, only microscopic in size. If you bump or shake any items or building materials that have mold on them, particularly dry mold, the microscopic spores can easily be released into the air and spread the contamination to other locations in your home. 

Don’t attempt to dry the area yourself:

If a mold-contaminated area is larger than 10 square feet in size, you should consult with a mold specialist to determine a proper remediation procedure. If the area is larger than 100 square feet, you should have the mold professionally remediated. 

Don’t spray bleach or other disinfectants on the mold:

Bleach labels will warn you that chlorine bleach will only be effective on a “hard, non-porous surface.’’ This basically means that chlorine bleach is not made to soak in. Therefore, it's limited to hard surfaces like tile or glass.

For more information on SERVPRO's mold remediation process, visit us at http://www.SERVPROcentralstpetersburgpinellaspark.com

Rug Cleaning After A Fire

7/9/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Rug Cleaning After A Fire Protect your rugs after a fire by calling SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/ Pinellas Park today!

Even the highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time, especially after a fire like in this case. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. The SERVPRO System offers a number of cleaning options to match any type of upholstery or carpet.

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We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

SERVPRO may be able to save your rugs and carpet after a fire, give us a call today!

Tips For Locating A Leaky Roof

7/7/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tips For Locating A Leaky Roof Water moves in mysterious ways, and two water damages aren't the same. Give SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/ Pinellas Park a call today.

Roof leaks can be caused by missing shingles, gaps in the metal flashing around vent pipes, or small holes in the roofing. The source of the leak isn't obvious on the roof and difficult to pinpoint since water moves in mysterious ways. That was the cause in this residential apartment where water flowed from a small crack in the roof. Check out these tips from SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/ Pinellas Park on how to find a roof leak.

  1. Go in the attic with a flashlight shortly after a heavy rain, being careful not to step through the ceiling. In the absence of rain, use a garden hose to thoroughly wet down the roof to create a man-made leak. 
  2. Examine the roof decking and rafters in the attic above the spot where the ceiling is wet.
  3. Follow any water stains or wet spots up the rafters or roof decking to their highest point.
  4. When the roof is dry, go on the roof, and transfer the measurements to the roof, allowing for any overhang on the end of the roof.
  5. Examine the roofing closely for signs of the leak at the location you measured.
  6. If you can’t see the source of the leak, continue to look higher up on the roof, since water can run down behind the shingles before emerging in the attic decking or rafters.

As always, be careful. Give SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/ Pinellas Park a call today for all your tarping and storm restoration needs at (727) 521-2562.