Build An Emergency Plan
September's big focus has been Emergency Preparedness.
If a disaster strikes, will you be ready? Being prepared before a disaster strikes is important and one way to do that is to have an emergency kit. Emergencies can happen anytime to anyone. Take action now to protect yourself and your property. Some things that SERVPRO recommends are listed below:
- Water, one gallon per person per day
- Food, non-perishable 3-day supply
- Manual can opener
- Battery operated radio, preferably an NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Whistle to signal for help
- Dust masks or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary
- Important documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account of information
- Local maps
- Hygiene items
- Fire extinguisher
- Matches in a waterproof container
Classes of Mold - Did you know?
Mold Growth in St Petersburg
Like we always say, mold is everywhere and not all molds are harmful to us! Molds are often found in wet, damp places and can vary in color and smell. Mold is put into different categories based on their hazard:
Hazard Class C: While this group of molds are not health hazards – they can cause structural damages, and are recommended to be removed.
Hazard Class B: These are molds that if endured over long periods of time can cause allergic reactions
Hazard Class A: These are the molds we want to identify and remove immediately! These molds create toxins and if not handle correctly the air quality of a structure with steadily decline.
Fungi and mold occur naturally in the outside environment. Even though some forms of mold can add value to our lives, other forms can be harmful. Excessive amounts of mold, and/or simple exposure to molds may present health problems for some people.
Intrusion of water into your home or business can cause mold growth, but don't worry. SERVPRO of Central St Petersburg is here to help. Call us today if suspect you may have mold growth in your home or business (727) 521-2562. While we cannot determine what type of mold it may be – we can remediate it with no worry!
Why Flood Damage From Hurricanes Is so Severe
Hurricane season starts from the beginning of June until the end of November.
Why is Flood Damage from Hurricanes So Severe?
Homeowners in Florida are no stranger to hurricanes and the type of damage that they can do to homes and communities. Some liken the water damage that comes from a hurricane to that of a flood from a typical rainstorm, but the former is so much worse.
Flood damage in Pinellas Park that is the result of a hurricane brings not only water but salt from the ocean as well. Brackish water is more hazardous during and after a storm, and it also has the potential to wreak havoc on your home's structure and your possessions. Here's a look at why hurricane flood damage should be taken seriously and resolved as soon as possible.
When salt comes into contact with wire insulation, metals, concrete, zinc, and other materials commonly used in and around homes, it's quite corrosive. Also, saltwater conducts its own charge that increases the likelihood of power outages and electrical shock.
If left to sit, a home damaged by saltwater after a hurricane will decompose more quickly than one that's affected by flood damage following a typical rainstorm. The foundation, walls, flooring, and even decorative stone and brick of your home will start to break down and be much more costly to repair the longer the problem persists.
Contacting experienced professionals, such as our team at SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park, is key to protecting your home after a hurricane. Saltwater can't simply be pumped out of a house; it first has to be washed away with freshwater before pumping can even be started. As time ticks away before repairs commence, your home is left vulnerable to water damage.
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Taking quick action is key to mitigating flood damage after a hurricane, and SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park is dedicated to helping local homeowners with speed and precision. If your home is in need of repair or assessment after a storm, call us at (727) 521-2562 for a quote or more information about our services.
How to Identify Tornadoes During a Hurricane
Severe storms, such as hurricanes, can generate tornadoes.
Hurricanes can Create Favorable Conditions for Tornadoes
The thought of a tornado touching down in a community during a hurricane is a frightening image. Most people have seen movies or television shows where tornadoes have caused mass destruction and significant property damage. Watching it in action on the big screen or television is disheartening enough, yet alone experiencing the situation first hand. Living through a tornado and seeing the devastating impact on a community is a humbling experience. If you have never experienced a tornado, it is necessary to understand how to identify them and react appropriately. Your safety and the safety of those around you depends on your ability to identify tornadoes.
Perhaps the most obvious and well-known characteristics of a tornado is a funnel cloud. During violent hurricanes, meteorologists are often concerned about the development of favorable conditions for tornadoes. The classic signs of an impending tornado include dark skies, large pieces of hail falling to the ground, and a dark sky that appears to be green. People who have witnessed actual tornadoes tend to report a similar claim of hearing a loud noise that resembles a train outside the window. The tornado itself is a rotational cloud that forms in the sky and may or may not touches down to the ground. If the rotating funnel cloud loses formation, it can develop again. Strong, structured funnel clouds may be a single cloud formation that may spur off into another one. This is important to remember in the event the clouds appear to diminish. As quickly as they disappear, they can re-emerge without warning.
Understanding the obvious signs of a tornado is essential for safety. Seek immediate shelter in the lowest lying area of the home or business such as a basement. Avoid being near windows and glass doors because there could be broken glass that becomes airborne. Cover your head with pillows if they are accessible to protect your head and face. You must be aware that common household objects can get picked up in the wind if the windows or doors are broken. These objects can become airborne and cause interior property damage and bodily harm.
If you are traveling by car when this emergency strikes, seek shelter in a ditch on the side of the road. Never drive your vehicle towards a clear twister to photograph the tornado as this could be a fatal mistake. Tornadoes cause mass destruction and have been known to kill people, destroy property, and wipe out miles of communities, housing developments, businesses, farms, and roads. It is crucial to recognize that personal safety is the top priority. Since violent storms, such as hurricanes, can spawn tornadoes with little or no warning, everyone needs to know how to identify tornadoes.
As a leader in storm and water damage restoration, SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park has the specialized training and expertise to restore your home back to its pre-storm condition. Get help 24 hours a day (727) 521-2562.
Commercial Emergency Ready Plan App
EMERGENCY READY APP - CALL 727-521-2562
While SERVPRO is mostly known for residential water and fire restoration, it is important to know that we can also handle commercial losses! Those losses go beyond just water and fire though, as we remediate mold and provide general cleaning services.
We know when emergencies happen there is a lot at stake -- especially at commercial properties! Why not have help at your fingertips with SERVPRO's Ready App!
Use this for your home and business, as a owner, property manager, risk manager and facility management. We will help you create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) using the Ready App, it gives us access to critical facility information that helps speed up our response time.
If you want helping setting up an ERP, call us at (727) 521-2562 and we can have one of our Marketing Representatives come out and walk you through the process!
How To Protect Your Business From Scary Commercial Water Damage
Commercial Water Damage Tip: Always ask "what if"
While there are many different scenerios in which commercial water damage can take place, there are also many solutions. By asking yourself "what if" questions, you can create a thorough action plan for your business. This emergency plan should provide safety for all people who enter your business. This includes a set of processes and procedures for carrying on with business during these challenges.
This emergency plan in the event of commercial water damage should include:
- An emergency contact list
- Emergency procedures
- Staffing instructions
- Vendor lists and contact info
- In the case of temporary business relocation, backup plans and resources
During any business challenge, this emergency plan should be updated and reviewed in order to keep improving.
Commercial Water Damage in St. Petersburg
Prevent secondary damage by taking care of leaks right away. SERVPRO can help set up a plan to remediate!
Don't Let Plumbing Issues Cause Secondary Damage to Your Property
A common problem in 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.
When this space is very tight, and a fan might not be useful, our technicians will place a chemical desiccant to dry out the moisture. The silica gel we use is the same commercial product in those little packets you find in shipping boxes to prevent moisture from forming in clothing and electronic devices.
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.
How Did Mold Damage Get Into My Pinellas Park Home?
Rely on SERVPRO to Remediate Mold Damage in Pinellas Park
Spores Can Develop into Mold Patches with the Right Conditions
If you’re currently dealing with a domestic mold problem, you might be wondering how it happened. After all, this type of damage is often misleading. A lot of people assume that there must be dirt or grime in a home for mold to develop, but this is not usually the case.
Flooding is the most common culprit. Standing water penetrates soft materials and provides the perfect environment for mold spores to flourish. Crucially, these spores are around us all the time. They collect on surfaces and do not pose a threat until excess moisture becomes a problem. Therefore, mold damage in Pinellas Park homes is directly related to underlying dampness, and this must also be fixed to stop its spread.
The Life of a Mold Spore
At SERVPRO, we’re keen to remind homeowners that mold spores only become a destructive presence if the right conditions are provided. This means food, moisture, and a warm temperature. So, if your home is clean and dry, a few stray mold spots on a window aren’t going to cause you a problem. In fact, they will stay entirely dormant. This can all change if a leak occurs or there’s flooding in one part of the house (the kitchen, for example). Then, having been given water, the spores will immediately start to grow and swell.
The Root of the Damage
They send out organic ‘tendrils’ or ‘feelers’ called hyphae. These feelers spread like tree roots and penetrate any materials that are nearby. Some others grow directly upright, to increase their potential for migration. These spores circulate whenever so slight breezes and movements within the air will lift and carry them to different locations. If there are lots of organic materials in the house – things like wood, wool, cotton, and jute – the mold will grow more quickly, as it has an abundant food source. Sufficient moisture will enhance the growth speed and depth.
The same applies to homes that are always kept very warm. Temperatures between 68-86 degrees Fahrenheit are especially conducive for mold proliferation. At this point, the damage is likely to progress quite fast, and the homeowner will notice either an unpleasant odor or some very clear visual signs of a worsening mold problem.
The Fast, Effective Solution
This is when a homeowner must pick up the phone and call the SERVPRO team. We have years of experience dealing with domestic and commercial mold damage. We also have access to state of the art remediation tools – HEPA filters, air movers, dehumidifiers, etc. – and we are trained in the best mold removal techniques.
As SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg Park/Pinellas Park is a locally based company, we can respond to calls as soon as they come in. This means that we’ll never leave you waiting for emergency mold remediation and repairs. Call us 24/7 at (727) 521-2562.
Unchecked Water Damage can Continue to Ruin and Destroy Property
SERVPRO professionals not only have the necessary certifications to rid your home of not only the water itself but also the contamination in it.
Water Damage Can Destroy and Ruin in Your Residential Home
Water that causes damage to your home can come from different sources. When it's contaminated water, microbial elements can also contaminate your home's interior. Contaminated water can come from floodwaters, overflowing toilets, washing machines that are overloaded with heavily soiled work clothes, or sewage that has been forced into your home because of storms that have overloaded the area's drains with rain water.
Ulmerton homes with water damage from contaminated sources should be handled by professionals with specialized training that has resulted in certification in IICRC methods. SERVPRO professionals not only have the necessary certifications to rid your home of not only the water itself but also of the microbial contamination that can be left behind. We are also capable of then repairing your home's damaged interior while restoring your personal belongings.
Having repairs made immediately after water has created a situation in your home is important because any fluid will saturate porous materials, seep into others that are on horizontal planes, and run downhill when located on anything that has an angle to it. Because water doesn't stay still, tracking it down and removing it with drying methods is easier when water has not had a chance to spread.
After the water has spread from its original location, drywall will swell and then rot and crumble as it dries naturally, wood will swell and then lose its shape, and paint will peel off walls and ceilings. Carpet will become damaged and begin to develop areas of mold and bacterial growth, and this can create a smell that is highly unpleasant. Water will continue to cause problems in your home until it is completely removed. We can also combat any odors that you dislike related to not only water but also from pets, smoke, and mold.
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When you've discovered water in your home that is located where it shouldn't be, contact us. We will get it removed, and get your home and the contents inside dry again. SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park at (727) 521-2562 is ready when you need us, 24 hours, every day.
Can my carpet be saved after flood damage?
Flooding from Clean Water can save you money. Call SERVPRO immediately to remediate!
The Three Types of Water that Can Flood Your Home
One of the major casualties of a flooded home is flooring, particularly carpets. Once it's soaked, both it and the underlying padding will potentially need replacing, which is an added expense that most homeowners would like to avoid. In the case of heavy flooding, whether it's from a natural disaster, broken appliance, burst pipe, or other water emergency, many people think that there's no chance their carpet can ever be saved.
Homeowners who have experienced flood damage in Pinellas Park are often unaware that it's not just the amount of water in a home that affects whether they'll have to get new flooring, but the type of water as well. Here's some information about the three types of water damage that can occur due to flooding and how each affects carpet and rugs.
If the flood damage in your home is caused by a burst pipe, malfunctioning appliance, or tub or sink that has overflowed, odds are it's a result of what's called clean water. Basically, this type of water is treated and contains no contaminants or waste and is the least risky to clean up. When you contact SERVPRO and you have flood damage resulting from clean water, we're typically able to save your area rugs, carpeting, and floor pads so you don't have to incur the extra expense of replacing it.
This type of water doesn't contain any solid animal or human waste, but it has been used. An example of this would be a toilet that's overflown or a broken washing machine that leaks a large amount of water mid-cycle. Flood damage from gray water comes with more risks than clean water, as it has significantly more potential to cause illness if it's touched. However, the threat of disease usually isn't present since there's no solid waste. Though the carpet pad that's been soaked with gray water has to be thrown out for safety reasons, the carpet itself can often be saved. SERVPRO will carefully clean and dry it so that you can save money by only having a new pad installed.
This is the most dangerous type of water involved in flood damage and it's unsanitary because it either has organisms in it that can potentially carry disease or solid waste. If your home was flooded due to a natural disaster, storm, or sewage backup, it likely involves black water. While some area rugs can be disinfected by our team, cleaned, and thoroughly dried, carpet and padding need to be replaced for the sake of keeping your family safe.
The experts at SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park are ready to handle your water emergency, get your home back in great shape, and save your carpeting whenever possible. For a quote or to get more information about our flood damage services, call (727) 521-2562.