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Common Water Issues for Businesses

6/13/2019 (Permalink)

For a commercial property owner, unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, a water damage professional can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.

1. Pipe Breaks
A pipe break can occur in a number of ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can also affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and eventually burst.

2. Plumbing Backup
Blocked plumbing can even lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. When a pipe is blocked, water can take the shortest path out regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages can occur from a number of things, including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.

3. Weather
Extreme weather conditions can also lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or even cause it to burst altogether. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional about what preventive measures to take.

4. Foundation Cracks
Foundation cracks can also become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to further issues such as mold. Any cracks should be investigated and assessed as soon as possible to determine the best course of action.

Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.

10 Reasons to Partner with SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park

4/8/2019 (Permalink)

People and businesses rely on SERVPRO to restore damaged property for many reasons. Here are just 10.

1. We Get It
SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park  understands your situation. You want to keep costs down, repair the damage, and get back to normal. Those are our goals, too.

2. SERVPRO Is Qualified
Our repair and restoration team members have the best training in the industry. Our results will create a measurable difference for you.

3. We Respond to You Immediately
You can reach us 24/7. When a disaster strikes, we respond as quickly as possible. SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park  can draw on more than 1,700 U.S. and Canada locations to get the right equipment and right professionals to you faster than other companies.

4. You’re Part of Our Team
We work with you and for you. You are in charge. You receive a complete explanation of the work we will do and why it needs to be done a certain way. Like you, we don’t appreciate surprises.

5. We Use the Latest Technology
The past few years have seen a rapid advancement in the technology and techniques used in the restoration industry. These advancements allow SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park  to restore your property to preloss condition quickly, reliably, and more effectively.

6. We Practice the Golden Rule of Restoration
Restoring property is less expensive than replacing property. SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park professionals practice the golden rule, "Restore whenever possible, replace only when necessary." We make sure pretesting is completed on every loss to determine restorability.

7. For Claim and Other Purposes, Your Loss Is Itemized
SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park  can give you an itemized loss inventory. You will receive an Excel formatted report and pictures of important items. 

8. We’ll Help You Prevent Losses, Not Just Deal with Them
Our services start with prevention. We’ll come out to your business or home and do a review of how you can protect yourself, your family, your business, and your property from potential losses. That’s another old rule (from Ben Franklin) we like: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Check out our SERVPRO Emergency Ready Plan. 

9. We Handle Any Loss from A Natural Disaster—Big or Small
Have multiple locations? No problem. Suffer a small loss from water or fire or wind? We can handle it. Have a massive, complex disaster to recover from? That’s within our scope of services, too.

10. We’re Approved, Certified, And Experienced
We’re trained to IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) standards in fire and water cleanup and restoration. Our professionals attend SERVPRO continuing education classes. SERVPRO has been in business for more than 45 years. Hard-earned results have made SERVPRO a leader in the fire and water cleanup and restoration industry. 

Tips for Water Damage Emergencies in Pinellas Park

4/6/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Water Damage Restoration Process

4/1/2019 (Permalink)

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.

Tips on How to Prevent Bathroom Mold

3/25/2019 (Permalink)

Mold thrives on lingering moisture, especially in rooms that do not have the correct type of ventilation.  Mold can grow on numerous materials in your bathroom like shower curtains, rugs, wallpaper, drywall, and grout.  

Tips on How to Prevent Bathroom Mold

  1. Do not leave damp towels or any other wet materials on the floor.
  2. Make sure the bathroom is getting proper ventilation. Use the bathroom vent anytime the shower or tub is running and leave the vent on for 30 minutes after you are done. 
  3. After you are done showering, wipe down the tiles and grout in the shower.
  4. Wash your shower curtain regularly.
  5. Wash the rugs in your bathroom regularly. 
  6. Purchase a mildew resistant shower curtain.

Sitting water can cause mold growth. Make sure to keep your tub, shower, and sink clean by cleaning them frequently. A clean and dry environment will prevent mold from ever growing.

Dealing with Contaminated Water

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with Contaminated Water

No one wants to get the news that their home or business has been flooded. However, SERVPRO® of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park will be there to assist you if such an event should occur. 

Below are 5 things to consider in the event of a water Damage.

  1. Avoid all contact with sewage and items contaminated by sewage. Wash your hands thoroughly if you come in contact with contaminated items.

It’s important to understand the damage contaminated water can do. When in doubt if you are dealing with contaminated water it is best to assume that you are handle everything with care and be sure to wash your hands after handling anything and do your best to keep the area off limits until SERVPRO® arrives to assess the situation.

  1. Do not walk through contaminated areas, as you could spread damage to unaffected areas.

In the event this occurs, make sure you remember where you walked so the affected areas can be properly treated. Contaminated water spreads quickly and can cause a multitude of problems in a short amount of time.

  1. Do not turn on the HVAC system if there is a possibility of spreading contaminated air.

Turning on the HVAC system or allowing it to continue to run will cause the contaminates to spread through your home or office. This increases the amount of time for mitigation.

  1. Do not use household fans to dry the structure; air flow could spread contaminates.

It is important to remember that the most challenging aspect of contaminated water is not what you can see, but what you cannot see. Using household fans in a situation like this will only cause more harm to the structure and potentially to the people in the structure.

  1. Discard any food and/or products for personal hygiene and cleanliness if exposed to the contaminated areas.

Again, when in doubt act as though you are dealing with contamination. SERVPRO® will be on site as soon as possible to give a comprehensive breakdown of what you are dealing with. The sooner we are allowed to respond the better.

In the event of a water damage, take no chances. Call SERVPRO® of Central St. Petersburg. 

The Best Equipment for the Job

3/9/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg understands that using the proper equipment makes a measurable difference in reducing claims loss expense. When time matters, technology and equipment must be counted on to perform. We will answer your call with fast action, exceptional equipment, and trained, uniformed personnel. Certainly, the right tool for the job is vital to timely mitigation, but perhaps more important, these water damage professionals thoroughly understand how to dry a structure and personal property effectively. 

Dehumidification Equipment: By extracting water vapor from the air, dehumidifiers lower the relative humidity, which in turn increases the rate of evaporation. In a water damaged structure, dehumidifiers pull in the moist, humid air and then discharge dry, warm air. The dry air acts like a sponge, absorbing moisture from wet materials. SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park uses two types of dehumidifiers:

  • Refrigerant Dehumidifiers - work similarly to air conditioners 
  • Desiccant Dehumidifiers - uses chemicals, called desiccants, that readily absorb moisture from the air.

Deodorization Equipment: - 

  • Ultra-Low Volume (ULV) Foggers will atomize liquid deodorizing agents, producing fine mist that easily penetrates sites where odor-causing residues accumulate. The device can also be used to inject fungicides and disinfectants into wall cavities and other difficult-to-access areas.
  • Thermal Foggers dispense solvent-based products in large volume, dense fog suitable for confined areas. The fog consists of tiny particles of deodorant solution that pair with and neutralize odor-causing particles. 

Storms Roll Out and We Roll In

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

Unexpected emergencies like severe weather call for immediate action. SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park knows immediate reaction to the disaster is important to helping you get your life back to normal. 

Utilizing our 1-4-8 Service Response Guidelines we strive to:

  • Contact you within 1 hour from notice of loss to arrange for your service. 
  • Be-on-site to begin mitigation services within 4 hours of notification.
  • Provide verbal briefing of scope to you within 8 business hours of on-site arrival. 

Exceptions to our 1-4-8 Service Response times may apply under certain conditions, such as a local catastrophic event or storm situation. 

We also perform pack-out services, which is removing salvageable personal property from the affected area for off-site cleaning and storage.

If you have storm damage to your home or property, call us today. Timely mitigation is the key to minimize secondary damages caused by severe storms. We are also a one stop shop. We can handle everything from tarping and board ups to all of your post construction needs as well. 

Commercial HVAC Tips

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

It’s always a good idea to hire a professional to come inspect your HVAC system; if any maintenance is needed, that same company can take care of it right away. You will want to have an inspection done every fall and again in spring, after the heavier use months during winter and summer. A professional will inspect and clean all of your unit’s wiring and mechanisms, which would be a bit challenging for anyone without the training or expertise. Using a professional ensures that the future of your business’ HVAC is bright!

As a business owner, there are several simple maintenance chores that you can do to prolong your system’s life and increase its efficiency between professional inspections and maintenance, such as:

Regularly:

  • Get a high-efficiency, pleated air filter for your system
  • Keep your heating units and AC free of pollen, leaves, and grass
  • Keep two feet of space clear around your outdoor AC and heating units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines every month
  • Replace air filters at least every 90 days
  • In the summer, turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier
  • In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on

Annually:

  • Replace the carbon monoxide detector battery
  • Make sure your outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground
  • Clean AC condensation with a bleach and water mixture

Caring for your HVAC properly throughout the year will keep your work environment air quality and atmosphere pleasant, which keeps your staff happy and content. It will also save you money by improving and maintaining your energy efficiency throughout your building.

The team at SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park is always ready to inspect and maintain your HVAC system, and we are here to answer any questions you might have. We are also experienced in large cleanup jobs such as those needed because of fire damage or water damage, and we are pros at mold remediation. Call us today!

Commercial Fire Damage

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage repair may not be something you think you will ever need for your business, but the unfortunate reality is some businesses will experience a fire damaging event. Fires can be caused by an electrical shortage from overloading an extension cord to a lightning strike. Especially common, are cooking accidents in restaurants. As soon as the flames are extinguished by firefighters, you may begin to worry what steps are required to resume business as usual. The best advice is to be prepared for this possible event and have a plan.

The Damage Caused by a Fire 
When you experience commercial fire damage to your business, you may reflect on the mess left behind in the charred ruins of the property. However, the damage you need to contend with will go far beyond the ashes. To repair the property entirely after experiencing a damaging fire, you will need to seek the help of a professional team like SERVPRO. Water may have to be extracted after the firefighters' efforts. The smoke damage may cause more of a problem that the burnt materials from the fire. While a fire may be contained in one area of the building, smoke can fill most or all of the areas, and it can cause significant damage and odors. Our trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can resolve these issues. When smoke and water damage are dealt with appropriately, the structure will not show any aftereffects. "Like it never even happened."

A fire loss within your enterprise, whether a retail store, rental apartment building, professional office, or a warehouse, costs you customer goodwill and loss of profitability when business cannot be conducted. We can generate a corporate program called the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS.) This report will categorize all affected materials, furniture and equipment, stock, electronics, and documents. We suggest what is salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision rests with you and your insurance company as to how we proceed. SERVPRO is a preferred commercial fire damage restoration company to more than 300 insurance companies, federal and municipal entities, and property management companies. We willingly coordinate efforts with your insurance adjuster to efficiently and economically restore your business in the best manner possible.

When to Make the Call 
After you have dealt with commercial fire damage, you may ask yourself when you need to make the call to a professional for assistance. The time to contact SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park as soon as the fire is out. Our business is to get you back in business! Rely on us, 24/7 for an immediate response.