4 Easy Tips to Prevent Water Damage
With the school year coming to an end this means kids will be “flooding” into homes this summer. Check out these suggestions from SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park for preventing a water damage while your kids are home:
- Be careful where you plant
Some plants and trees, like weeping willows, have pretty invasive roots. If you’re not careful, they’ll grow right into your sprinkler system, drainage field, pipes, and septic tanks. Plan before you plant to keep roots away from any water lines.
- Clean out roof gutters
On a rainy day, a clogged gutter can send water spilling into your home’s foundation, through the roof, or down to your basement. That could cause some serious water damage! So next time you’re doing some seasonal cleaning, make sure those gutters are clean. If your gutters are too high, be safe and get a professional to check them.
- Use a drain snake instead of unclogging chemicals
Most folks don’t realize these chemicals are eating away at their pipes (and they might not be too good for you either). If you rely on them a lot, you could be setting yourself up for leaks. That’s why owning a drain snake is a good solution to clear away clogs. They’re pretty inexpensive, you can get them at your local hardware store, and they can cut through most any clog you’ll have without damaging pipes or making your eyes red and teary.
- Never pour grease down your sink
It doesn’t matter if you flush it with hot or cold water, grease can still cling to your pipes and could still cause some serious damage and blockage. The safest thing to do is just to pour your grease in an empty can, and either let it sit or put it in the refrigerator. Once it hardens you can toss it in the trash and get rid of it. Done and done. However, we know that water and flooding emergencies can happen any time, so we’re ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – including holidays. Call SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park at (727) 521-2562.
Storm Restoration Services
Water restoration services are needed in cases of water damage caused by flood water, roof leak, ice damage, oozing of ground water, leaking or bursting of frozen pipes, and ice dam bursting. Water restoration companies, like SERVPRO of Centra St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park, come up with various storm remediation services to ensure successful home restoration tasks. During the home restoration process, the storm restoration companies concentrate on storm damages such as roof damages that may cause a roof leak hence the need for roof repair. Hail damage and wind damage may for instance cause roof damage.
Ice damming is also problematic in cold places like Tundra that forms an ice dam that can burst any moment causing ice damage to your property or home. When frozen pipes burst, they may cause flooding in homes hence the need for the cleaning of flood water before any damage occurs. River flooding on the other hand can be minimized through the construction of a flood pump that helps in the water restoration process when conducting home restoration exercises.
Ice damage, hail damage, hurricane damage, ice damming (forming ice dam), bursting of ground water, wind damage, and flood water occur naturally. As a result, wind damage can also be resolved through storm remediation. Hurricane damage is particularly common and its impact may be overwhelming. All of these damages may result to roof damage that calls for roof repairs to avoid a roof leak.
Call SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park today at (727) 521-2562
The Nature of Smoke and Soot Dictate Clean Up Practices after St. Petersburg Fire Damage
Professionals Who Mitigate Fire Damage in St. Petersburg Describe the Different Types of Smoke
If you ever suffer from a structural blaze inside your St. Petersburg/ Pinellas Park home, it is always smart to contact a professional restoration company such as SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park immediately. Our fire damage restoration crews know the best techniques to refinish and restore burnt and soiled items to prevent replacement. When dealing with burnt materials, smoke, which consists of partially combusted particles, can add to the extent of your problems.
When mitigating any fire damage in Orlando, our SERVPRO technicians know to use different chemicals and techniques when removing residues left behind by the various types of smoke. In most situations, smoke, and the soils it leaves behind can be classified into one of the following four categories or a combination of them. By knowing what type of smoke was present, we can pick the best method to remove soot residues on the various surfaces of your building materials and contents.
1. Dry Smoke
Most fires go through stages of creating both wet and dry smoke. However, usually, fires will have more of one type than the other. Dry smoke gets created by fast-burning, oxygen-rich burns. Dry smoke is also usually created when organic materials like wood, paper, or natural fabrics burn.
2. Wet Smoke
Whether a fire produces a majority of wet or dry smoke depends on the amount of oxygen present, the rate of combustion, and the type of substance that is burning. When the fire is starved by oxygen and burns at a lower temperature, it produces a wet smoke. Wet smoke is also created when synthetic materials such as rubber or plastic burns. Wet smoke usually adheres stronger to most surfaces and is difficult to remove and clean.
3. Protein Residues
Protein residues can be found any time products such as meat, poultry, or fish burn. When a fire starts inside your kitchen, there is a good chance that protein residues can exist. These residues leave behind a yellow or amber discoloration, but it can sometimes be clear and hard to see on a surface. Protein residues leave behind strong odors making deodorization the biggest issue when dealing with them.
4. Fuel Oil Soots
Furnace puff-backs can create fuel oil residues that consist of dust particles from the ventilation system and fuel oils that did not burn all the way. This type of soot usually has a gray or black color and can consist of large or small particles. Often, the electrically charged ions form spiderweb-like formations in corners that can smear readily if not vacuumed and sponged off correctly.
If a fire ever ignites inside your St. Petersburg home it is wise to contact SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park at
We provide immediate service day or night!
SERVPRO of Central St. Pete/Pinellas Park provides 24-hour emergency service and is dedicated to being faster to any-sized disaster in Clarksville! We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs.
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
- Advanced Restoration and Cleaning Equipment
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Whether your home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There's never a convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond promptly with highly trained technicians to get your property back to business.
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
Expect Advanced Technology and Techniques
At SERVPRO of Central St. Pete/Pinellas Park, we stay up-to-date and with most advanced technology and techniques. With these advancements, SERVPRO can restore your property swiftly, reliably, and more effectively to its preloss condition. You can count on a timely turnaround whether using SERVPRO for your commercial or residential needs.. Practical standards for cleaning and restoration are put in place by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC);Some of the equipment that helps SERVPRO adhere to the standards and stay true to the technological advancements are as follows:
Moisture Detection and Measurement
Specialized equipment detects, measures, and monitors a property’s moisture levels to fit certain scientific drying principles. Recent technology, like infrared cameras, helps us find water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.
- For thorough water removal, an infrared camera may be used to identify water location.
- To measure the extent of saturation, we use sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters.
Powerful extraction equipment removes the majority of the water from your home or business which in turn accelerates the drying process.
- For continuous draining of high-level water, we use submersible and gas-powered pumps.
- For efficient water removal, we prefer truck-mounted and portable extraction units.
The remaining moisture from ceilings, walls, and floors of your home or business can be removed using industrial strength fans and dehumidifiers. Proper drying techniques help to avoid swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
- High-speed fans quickly evaporate excess moisture
- Industrial-grade dehumidifiers extract water vapor from the air.
With water and fire damage, often powerful odors follow. Our advanced machines eliminate airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup procedure.
- Air scrubbers
- Thermal foggers and deodorization cleaners
Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Antimicrobial Treatments
To fully clean and remove odors and/or contaminants on your property, OSHA-approved cleaning agents may be required.
- Deodorization products control smells from an abundance of moisture.
- Disinfectants ends bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganism growth.
SERVPRO of Central St. Pete/Pinellas Park will provide you with the most advanced technology and techniques. With these advancements, SERVPRO can restore your property swiftly, reliably, and more effectively to its preloss condition.
IICRC Certified Business
Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) creates the standards for the restoration industry and provides training and certification to restoration companies. IICRC Certified Firms have the right to display the IICRC Certified Logo.
IICRC Certified Firms must
- Present accurate information to consumers and conduct business with honesty and integrity.
- Require a technician on all jobs who has been formally trained and passed all required tests.
- Require a continuing education program to keep technicians up-to-date on the latest changes in the industry.
- Maintain liability insurance to protect all parties in the event of an accident.
- Maintain a written complaint policy and agree to Better Business Bureau or similar arbitration to resolve disputes, and accept the conclusions and recommendations of arbitration.
The IICRC Develops the Standards for The Restoration Industry
TheIICRC has been the driving force in establishing the main industry standards and reference guides for professional carpet cleaning, water damage restoration and mold remediation. TheseIICRC standards take years to develop and require the coordination of experts in the field: manufacturers, industry organizations, insurance professionals, training schools, contractors, and public health professionals.
Every five years, the standards are reviewed and updated. The water damage restoration field changes rapidly with advancements in technology and science, and therefore the standards must evolve to keep pace.
About SERVPRO ofCentral St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park
SERVPRO ofCentral St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park 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 and we are an IICRC Certified Firm. We believe in continuous training: 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.
We cover a range of restoration and cleaning services for your commercial or residential property. When the unexpected happens, you can count on SERVPRO of St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park to make it "Like it never even happened."
• Fire, Smoke and Soot
• Water Removal & Dehumidification
• Mold Mitigation & Remediation
• Catastrophic Storm Response
• Move Outs & Contents Restoration
• Electronics & Equipment
• Document Drying
• Contents Claim Inventory Service
• Lead Abatement (RRP)
• Air Ducts & HVAC
• Biohazard & Crime Scene
• Carpet & Upholstery
• Drapes & Blinds
• Ceilings, Walls & Hard Floors
• Dumpster & Debris Removal
• Data Center Cleaning
• Vandalism & Graffiti
• Trauma & Crime Scene
• Sewage & Toilet Overflow
No matter what your restoration or cleaning needs are, you can count on SERVPRO of St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park to get things back into working order. Give us a call today!
Residential Lightning Damage Happens More Than You Think
Home Lightning Strikes happen roughly twice a year!
Here at SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park, we can help you with fire damages caused by lightning strikes. When the lightning hits a residence, it travels through the electrical lines to one of the home’s electrical boxes, which can catch fire. These fires can leave severe damage, including smoke damage to your home. SERVPRO's mitigation team has the ability to do a chem-sponge technique that was used to clean soot off of the walls. In doing this, SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park can ensure that no fire damage or smoke damage goes untreated. If needed, affected walls in all damaged rooms can be painted after the cleanup is completed and drywall replaced where necessary. Our professional in-house crew use a white-glove treatment on your residence and complete the entire project quickly; from the first contact to completion here at SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park. Why choose SERVPRO? Because in the event of fire damage or water damages large or small, we’re here to help. Contact us at (727) 521-2562
What Happens When I Have Water Damage
Nobody likes the unexpected – it can be scary and overwhelming and worse case, time and cost consuming. That’s why we here at SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park try and ease the blow of the unexpected. We are a team of highly trained individuals with specialized equipment, tools, and skills needed to make sure that your water damage is taken care of properly and swiftly.
What can you expect when you give us a call then?
One of our ladies in the office will first take your call, we’ll take your name, number, and address down and then ask detailed questions so we know exactly what your situation looks like. As soon as we hang up the phone with you, we are dispatching a team out to your home and business so they can be on site as soon as possible. You will also be assigned an admin within the office to take care of your job – they will give you updates, and work with your insurance provider.
Once we get to your home, we will extract any standing water that needs to be extracted using either a hand held extractor or an extractor that we can ride on. We will then place fans and dehumidifiers to help with the drying process.
The next few days we will continue to monitor the drying process and we will drill holes and pull baseboards if necessary.
If you find yourself with an unexpected water loss give us a call at (727) 521-2562!
Reasons Water Removal May Be Needed
Reasons Water Removal May be Needed For Your Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park Home
Water damage in your Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park home occurs when excess water starts to pool where it shouldn’t. Several factors can make this excess water, and therefore, contribute to damage to your structure. When you know what the potential causes are, you can take precautionary steps to help you avoid a water loss. You can also spot an issue once it arises and gets it fixed before it has a chance to do additional damage.
The faster you see a problem, the less work and extraction there is. Either way, water cleanup needs to be done in your Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park home, and you should hire the help of a professional remediation company to do the job. SERVPRO staff is available to help you at any time with the experience and knowledge that you would expect from a reputable company.
A common cause of water damage in your home is broken hoses and pipes. Things such as aging pipes, a burst water main, or ice maker supply lines and washing machine supply hoses that fail certainly ruin your day. It is a good idea to purchase copper pipes and braided metal lines to replace the original ones, as they hold up much better so you can avoid accidents.
No matter what has happened, SERVPRO techs can help you get your home dry and back in its usual condition. We have various tools to help us get the water out, including moisture meters and sensors to find any hidden moisture, truck-mounted pumps to get rid of any standing water over a few inches deep, plus air movers and dehumidifiers to dry everything back out. We also work promptly, so we avoid additional damage being done to your structure, such as mold growth.
Another common reason for water damage in your home includes broken toilets and overflowing bathtubs. Children are big culprits, so your best defense is to watch them! Water is fascinating to children, especially when it is flowing over the toilet and tub rims.
Sewer backups, unfortunately, happen as well. Tree roots can invade and clog your drain lines. Using an enzyme drain treatment to flush out your lines every month during the spring and summer months when tree roots grow the most is a good idea to avoid this kind of catastrophe.
SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park can help you dry your home after a water damage emergency, no matter what type it is. Just give our crew a call at (727) 521-2562 as soon as you realize there is an issue so we can come quickly and fix things for you.