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Fire Hazards Your Business Should Avoid

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

Fire damage in your business is a serious concern. Even moderate damage can result in your facility being closed for repairs for weeks on end, and this can be financially devastating. The unfortunate reality is that no business is immune to the risk of fire. Some facilities may be more likely to endure damage from a fire, such as a restaurant that uses open flames throughout the day. However, there are many fire hazards that are present in most workplaces on a daily basis regardless of the type of activities that take place in the building. When you know what these hazards are, you can take proper steps to address and mitigate those risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage.

Below we have included the 3 main things to pay attention to.

1. Electrical Concerns

Damage to electrical wiring can result in sparks that quickly lead to damaging fires. Electrical wiring damage may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets. It may also include damage to internal wiring inside the walls, and these may be damaged by pests and other forces. Electrical fires may also start when power sockets are overloaded or when equipment gets too hot. Periodically review your company's wiring to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed.

2. Poor Equipment Maintenance

Other hazards in workplaces are related to poor equipment maintenance. For example, failing to service your furnace regularly may result in the accumulation of dust and other flammable debris. A gas leak in the furnace could result in a fire or an explosion. Fire hazards related to poor maintenance may also include dusty, dirty or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents and many other features that are used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas.

3. Flammable or Combustible Materials

Flammable and combustible materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments, but even restaurants, hotels, dry cleaners and many other types of business may store combustible materials on-site. These materials should remain properly sealed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations at all times.

As you can see, there are numerous fire hazards that could result in serious damage in your business. If your business has already experienced fire damage, it is essential that repair work is completed as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park is your trusted source for quality repair services. We can quickly restore your building to its previous condition so that operations can resume in your place of business. To request assistance with your damaged building, contact us today.

The 3 Types of Contaminated Water

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

Category 1: "Clean Water"

This is water from a clean source, such as a broken clean water supply line or faucet is the most common. If left untreated, category 1 water can quickly degrade into category 2 or 3 water depending upon such factors as time, temperature, and contact with contaminants.

Category 2: "Gray Water"

This water has a significant level of contamination that could cause discomfort or illness if ingested. Sources for category 2 water may include washing machine overflow; toilet overflow with some urine, but no feces; or dishwasher overflow.

Category 3: "Black Water"

This water is grossly unsanitary and could cause severe illness or death if ingested, and any contact should be avoided. Sources for category 3 water could include flooding from rivers or streams, water from beyond the toilet trap, water from the toilet bowl with feces, or standing water that has begun to support microbial growth. This category cleanup require specialized hazmat suits and total demolition of all affected materials. 

Secondary Water Damage

3/3/2019 (Permalink)

Water damage is a serious issue that you need to deal with promptly when it happens.

If water damage is not fixed quickly can destroy the integrity of your house.

Structural Damage

The biggest problem faced by homeowners after their houses are damaged by water is structural damage. It might sound obvious, but when your house has been hit by a lot of water the whole structure can be weakened. That’s particularly true in any area where water was allowed to sit for more than a few hours.If you have water sitting on the floors and on your walls for days, after a major catastrophe you could really be facing some serious structural issues. Hire a professional to look at your home and don’t walk on floors, else it could be very badly damaged.

Even if your home doesn’t have significant structural damage, being in a home that’s been badly damaged by water can create some other serious issues. Mold and mildew are the most common problems, and walls and floors that have been soaked by water can start growing unpleasant mold in just a few hours.

Homes in climates with high humidity are even more susceptible to mold and mildew.

Call SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park if a water damage strikes your home. We will be there to help you make it “Like it never even happened.”

Mold Remediation In Your St. Petersburg Home

12/29/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Remediation In Your St. Petersburg Home Let the professionals at SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park take care of your mold remediation process!

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. Our professional 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 at SERVPRO 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.

Professionalism

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

Some Fire Restoration Services

12/4/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Some Fire Restoration Services Call today to hear more about SERVPRO's fire restoration services!

Fire damage, including smoke and soot, affects not only the structure of your house but also your belongings. SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home. Check out some of SERVPRO's fire restoration services below:

Contents Restoration

SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. We use several methods of cleaning your contents, including:

  • Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
  • Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
  • Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
  • Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
  • Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
  • Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
     

Move-Outs/Pack-Outs

If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park can conduct an organized, efficient move-out of the affected area. Move-out will provide several benefits, including:

  • A quicker remodeling process
  • Protecting items from potential damage
  • Protecting contents from further on-site damage

When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.

Electronic Cleanup

Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Do not attempt to turn on or operate any electrical device that you suspect has been damaged by fire. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If the residues are not removed, corrosion causes electronic failure in the device. We will coordinate the restoration of your electronics, including:

  • Television sets
  • DVD players
  • Computers
  • And more

The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.

If You Have Questions or Need Help, Call Us Today – (727) 521-2562

Award Winning Team

10/2/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Award Winning Team 2018 Legend Silver Award received at the annual SERVPRO convention.

We take pride in being the best of the best. Our award-winning crew is here to work for you. Our accomplishments include:

  • 2018 SERVPRO Franchise of The Year
  • 2018 Legend Silver Award 
  • 2017 SERVPRO Top 15 
  • 2016 SERVPRO Top 15

We are also proud members of the Better Business Bureau and St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. 

Our highly-trained, professional, courteous crew and staff are here for you 24/7 for any emergency! You can trust your locally owned and operated SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park to take care of your home or business quickly and thoroughly "Like it never even happened." 

IICRC Training and Certification

The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) certifies and sets the standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. Our Professionals study IICRC standards and best practices in water restoration, fire restoration, mold remediation, carpet and upholstery cleaning, and other cleaning and restoration courses.

Employee Certification Training

The Employee Certification Training is a voluntary, self-paced program designed for SERVPRO Franchise employees. Certification is awarded after successful completion of course materials and an examination. Modules include:

  • Crew Training
  • Fire Restoration
  • Water Restoration
  • Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning

Faster To Any Sized Emergency

9/19/2018 (Permalink)

In many cleaning and restoration situations, immediate action is needed. With over 1,700 U.S. and Canadian Franchise locations, SERVPRO is strategically positioned to be faster to any size emergency. An immediate response helps to minimize the damage and the cleaning and restoration costs.

Water is particularly invasive, quickly spreading throughout your property and being absorbed into floors, walls, furniture, etc. SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park arrives quickly and starts the water extraction process almost immediately.

SERVPRO's 24/7 emergency services allows us to better serve our community by arriving to any situation faster than our competitors. This is because when water intrusion begins in your home or property, time is of the essence. After 24 to 48 hours, mold growth begins to show which can become more costly for you. When it comes to disaster, trust the professionals, trust SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park. 

Preparing An Emergency Plan

9/3/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Preparing An Emergency Plan SERVPRO Emergency Ready

September's big focus is being Emergency Prepared.

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
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape 
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary
  • Cash
  • 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

Types of Mold

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Types of Mold Protect your loved ones, call the professionals at SERVPRO today for a free mold scope!

There are three different classes of mold. Mold found in homes can be broken down into different classes based on their level of health risks.

  • Hazard Class A - Molds classified as Class A are the most hazardous types. These molds can directly impact health. It is critical to remove this classification of mold from the home immediately in order to eliminate the dangers. 
  • Hazard Class B - This classification is less hazardous than Class A molds, but can still affect people's health. This group can cause allergic reactions, especially with prolonged exposure.
  • Hazard Class C - The types of mold in this group are not known for causing health risks but it can cause structural damage if left untouched.

If mold is present in the home then it is important to have it removed as soon as possible to eliminate possible health risks and further damages. The professionals at SERVPRO of Central Petersburg / Pinellas Park will be able to efficiently remove the mold infestation from the property. 

Danger Of Hurricane Flood Damage

8/31/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Danger Of Hurricane Flood Damage Hurricane season in the Southeast goes from June to November.

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. Time is of the essence! 

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park is close by and ready to respond to your cleaning or restoration needs. We are proud to be an active member of the St. Petersburg community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

SERVPRO Is More Than Just Water Cleanup

8/30/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO SERVPRO Is More Than Just Water Cleanup SERVPRO provides building services to better assist our customers.

SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park does more than just water damage cleanup, fire cleanup, mold clean up, and carpet cleanings. With our addition of a construction division we are able provide building services most restoration companies can not. Like for example, the removal of graffiti.

Vandalism and graffiti can be very upsetting. It can range from relatively minor pranks to malicious destruction of property. Often simple acts of vandalism, like breaking a window, can cause significant water and mold damage if not addressed in a timely manner.

Need Vandalism and Graffiti Cleanup Services?
Call Us Today – (931) 645-1285

SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park will act quickly to remove vandalism and graffiti from home and commercial spaces. In addition to removing spray-painted graffiti from exterior walls, we can also clean driveways, walkways, asphalt, metals, wood, glass, plastic, and masonry. Our highly trained technicians can offer the following services:

Commercial Emergency Ready Plan

8/28/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Emergency Ready Plan Need help setting up your ERP? Give one of our Marketing Representatives a call today!

While SERVPRO is 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 help 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!

SERVPRO Can Treat St. Pete Commercial Fire Damage

8/22/2018 (Permalink)

If you are experiencing St. Pete commercial fire damage, it is crucial to work with professionals who can help you restore your property. However, fire damage can take many different forms. Watch out for the following types of St. Pete commercial fire damage and call the experts as soon as possible to prevent the damage from getting worse.

One of the first and least dangerous types of fire damage is known as Class A fire damage. This kind of damage can occur on any property, and it is often the result of a solid catching fire and spreading throughout. The fire damage from Class A fires has quantifiable sources, and the solids may include rubber, plastic, paper or cloth. This damage may spread from a single source, and it is often easy for individuals to contain if they are quick and isolate the burning source with a fire extinguisher.


Class B fire damage is another variety, and it is one of the most dangerous types that could occur. Class B fire damage typically results from flammable liquids or from solids that have become liquefied. These are commonly caused by melted plastics and waxes as well as various types of oils, including petrol and grease. While they are often caused by materials similar to cooking oil, cooking oil fires do not often count as Class B fires. These fires often spread quickly and cause tremendous damage because of water displacement issues.


Class C fire damage involves flammable gasses and similar substances. These can include fires caused by gas leaks such as hydrogen or propane, or they may be due to deposits of natural gas. They can spread quickly through the property and result in a great deal of sudden surface damage. More often than not, this type of damage is explosive and can cause tremendous destruction in the property's structure. It is one of the most common examples of Saginaw commercial fire damage, and it may result in a long-term loss if not handled quickly.


Finally, Class D fire damage is a common variety of fire damage that occurs in industrial locations. It is typically caused by combustible metals. Some of the most common metals involved include sodium and potassium, and this type of fire is large and encompassing of the work area. This damage can result in a variety of harmful ambient effects, so if you experience this sort of damage, it is crucial to have it taken care of as soon as possible. If left unattended, unwanted chemicals may become airborne and result in a variety of problems around the work area.


If you are interested in working with a locally owned business you can count on, be sure to call SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park. We can help you manage any and all Saginaw commercial fire damage as necessary. No job is too big or too complicated for us, and we have the resources and experience necessary to help you and your family. Call us today at (727) 521-2562 to learn more about what we can do for you.

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?
Call Us Today – (727) 521-2562

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!

Have A Water Damage Emergency?
Call (727) 521-2562

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.

Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
Call Today – (727) 521-2562

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.

Experienced Water Damage Remediation Services

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Experienced Water Damage Remediation Services Call the professionals, call SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/ Pinellas Park today!

Experienced Water Damage Remediation Services

Experience really does matter when it comes to addressing a water-related emergency. Engaging the assistance of professionals with a strong background in successful addressing water-related emergencies is crucial on a number of levels.

First, at the outset, a person dealing with water in your business issues must access a professional who can make a proper, complete evaluation of the situation. Not only is a proper inspection vital in ascertaining an accurate, reliable estimate, it is vital in determining the course of mitigation and restoration that must be pursued in a particular situation.

Second, experience matters in ensuring that remediation is undertaken in an efficient, effective manner. The stark reality is that not only is time of the essence in regard to the original response by a water-related remediation professional, it is also vital when it comes to implementing and carrying out the actual cleanup efforts.

2018 SERVPRO Franchise Of The Year

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO 2018 SERVPRO Franchise Of The Year Team Nicholson at the 49th annual SERVPRO convention in Orlando, FL.

It's a great day at SERVPRO! This past week at the 49th annual SERVPRO convention in Orlando, FL, SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/ Pinellas Park was awarded SERVPRO's highest distinction, the franchise of the year. We are proud to serve our community and make it "Like it never even happened" every single day. Thank you to the men and women who allow us to serve them. We will continue to give you our best every single time. For more information on SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/ Pinellas Park's award-winning service, give us a call at (727) 521-2562 or visit our website at http://www.SERVPROcentralstpetersburgpinellaspark.com

Pictured: (left to right)

Josh Hyatt (Office Manager), Billy Morrison (General Manager), Leo Millan (Business Development Manager), Brent Nicholson (Owner), Josh Marazzito (Sales & Marketing Manager), Jeff Williams (Operations Manager), Thomas Durrett (Sales & Marketing Manager). 

Storm Damage To Blue Ocean LLC

7/2/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Storm Damage To Blue Ocean LLC Call the professionals when storm damage affects your home or business.

Commercial storm damage can be disastrous for your business, especially if mold growth is present. Which was the case in this photo at the Blue Ocean LLC in St. Petersburg, FL. The roof collapsed after heavy rain causing water to flood in affecting the entire building in different areas. Because the water sat for such a long time, black mold was starting to form behind walls and inside closets. SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/ Pinellas Park was on the scene to extract all standing water before assessing the mold situation. When your home or business becomes a victim of storm damage, call the experts. Call SERVPRO. 

SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park has experience restoring homes affected by storms and flooding. We can respond immediately with highly trained technicians who employ specialized equipment and techniques to restore your home or business back to pre-storm condition.

Have Storm or Flood Damage?
Call Us Today (727) 521-2562

3 Step Plan For a Flooded Furnace

6/30/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 3 Step Plan For a Flooded Furnace Take action when your flooded furnace is in hot water, give SERVPRO a call today!

Dealing with a furnace flood as the result of a burst pipe in St. Petersburg, FL, can feel like an all-encompassing task. Divide the process into three manageable steps to decrease anxiety, increase efficiency in the claims process and get your business up and running again.


1. Document Damage


The furnace is most likely your top priority. However, it’s important to also note other property damaged in the area. Use the following process to document losses and assign values in a notebook or spreadsheet.

• Photograph the damage.
• Write down the serial number or another unique identifier if available.
• Assign a value.

Don’t forget to include items that may have no monetary value but are still of high value to your business. There are professional recovery services that may be able to save these irreplaceable items such as documents or photographs.


2. Investigate Coverage and Decide To Repair or Replace


A burst pipe resulting in a furnace flood is often an insurable event, so make sure to check with your provider. The AHRI recommends replacement versus repair of a flooded furnace. Property owners may receive advice that the furnace will work again after a total dry-out and perhaps some minor electrical repair. This is often the case and good news if the furnace isn’t covered. However, the life of the unit may have been reduced. You likely don’t want to choose repair over replacement and have a related problem surface a couple years later, long after the claim has been closed.


3. Care of Air Ducts


The quality of air from a furnace is often only as good as the ducts it travels through. Your final task is to schedule a professional air duct cleaning to ensure ducts are clean, dry and free of mold and debris.

Tasks associated with a furnace flood are something nobody wants on their to-do list. Take this systematic approach to efficiently ensure the return of a safe and comfortable environment in your commercial property in St. Petersburg, FL for years to come.

For more information, please visit us at http://www.SERVPROcentralstpetersburgpinellaspark.com

Preventing Disaster In Your Business

6/25/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Preventing Disaster In Your Business Be prepared when disaster strikes, give SERVPRO of Montgomery County a call.

There are plenty of reason you might need to close your business in St. Petersburg, FL. When you're away, your site might be at risk for catastrophic flood damage. Water pipe repair is costly, so consider doing some preventative work if:
• You operate seasonally
• You were recently the victim of a fire or mold damage. 
• Your location was shut down by legal authorities
• You're moving to a different location and selling your former property
• You temporarily suspended operations for an update or remodel

Regardless of the reason you decide to close your shop, the last thing you want is to come back to a disaster area. Here are a few steps that could prevent water damage while you and your staff are elsewhere.

Keep Your Equipment Working

One of the easiest ways you can safeguard your location against water damage is by maintaining your flood control equipment. Sump pumps are by far the most common water management tools, so check your pump batteries and ensure proper mechanical operation before you leave for any amount of time.

Close the Valves

You could also shut off your main water control. It's always a good idea to be familiar with these control valves: Quick reactions to a broken pipe can save hundreds of dollars in water pipe repair costs down the road.

Insulate

Insulation is usually considered as prevention against freezing. However, you might be able to get something out of insulating your pipes even if you aren't afraid of them bursting. A little bit of insulation could control minor leaks, protecting sensitive equipment or interior finishes.

It's relatively easy to make sure you have a clean and dry site to come back to, not a flooded one. These are not steps you want to perform every time you leave. However, if you are planning on being gone for more than a few days, these simple processes could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on cleanup and water pipe repair. For more information, visit http://www.SERVPROcentralstpetersburgpinellaspark.com

How to protect your commercial building from water damage.

6/7/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial How to protect your commercial building from water damage. Extracting water after a major fire in commercial building

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:

  1. An emergency contact list
  2. Emergency procedures
  3. Staffing instructions
  4. Vendor lists and contact info
  5. 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. 

SERVPRO Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park

Is your commercial business storm ready?

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Is your commercial business storm ready? Water extraction is key to removing all standing water in building. After extraction is done drying equipment is placed to meet drying goals.

Being in St. Pete, FL you should always be ready for a major storm to hit the area. Having a plan for your employees will increase the chances of everyone remaining safe during a storm event.   At SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park we urge everyone to know the location of all electrical panels and also know where the safest places in the buildings are.  Storms can pop up with a blink of an eye or become a major problem like when hurricanes hit the area. Being prepared and knowing who to call can save time, money and most importantly, LIFES.

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, fire or mold damage. 

We specialize in water, fire and damage restoration. Give us a call today (727) 521-2562

Kenneth City Flood Damage

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Kenneth City Flood Damage The calm before the storm. After a major storm even SERVPRO will be here to help

Water damage can come in many various forms. Among the most common types of water damage in Kenneth City is flood damage. Among the different types of flood damage are different natures of the flood damage. Often, the flood damage starts off as minor. However, the damage can grow to be severe if not addressed right away. For one thing, all of the water damage is tough to take care of without the help of a professional. This is why you need to call a service. The professional flood damage restorers are equipped with the right tools to make sure that your property is taken care of thoroughly. 


There are times when you could clean up water damage with a mop and a bucket. At this point, you might be safe enough to handle it on your own. It is when the standing water from your home seems overwhelming to you that you should call a flood damage Kenneth City service. One particular company to call is one that not only deals with water damage but also fire damage because all kinds of damages caused to the property can cause it to wear down over time. 
 


With the state of the art equipment that is used by a professional water damage restoration company, they can clean up all of the water from the floor and remove the moisture from the home. This will make your home safe from any bacteria and mold that could have adverse effects on your health over time. Among the equipment they use to get rid of the moisture are pumps, infrared cameras, and tools that are used for detecting moisture. They understand that even the smallest hint of moisture can cause a lot of damage to your home over time. 
 


SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park offers plenty of services for fire damage and water damage. They are also available at any time of the day including late night hours. They are conveniently located to provide services to Kenneth City. To schedule a service for your home, give them a call at (727) 521-2562.

Kenneth City commercial fire damage

6/6/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial Kenneth City commercial fire damage Cleaning up the water from a Kenneth City commercial fire damage can be more challenging then the fire itself.

Fire damage on a Kenneth City business can be devastating.  Not only can it harm the life’s of your employees but the water to put out the fire can cause multiple problems from damaged building materials to being the cause of the dreaded mold growth. When SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park arrives on site the professionals on our crew know just what to look for.  The first step is water extraction to remove all standing water.  Then the crews set drying equipment to start the drying process.  After all the water problems are taken care of the process starts to get the fire damage cleaned up.  Finding all areas soot has settled and getting the damaged materials out of the building.   

SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park offers plenty of services for fire damage and water damage. They are also available at any time of the day including late night hours. They are conveniently located to provide services to Kenneth City. To schedule a service for your home, give them a call at (727) 521-2562.

Call SERVPRO After Fire Damage in St. Pete

5/7/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Call SERVPRO After Fire Damage in St. Pete After a local business bathroom went up in flames the fire dept. had the fire under control and that's when SERVPRO moved in.

Fire damage in St. Pete is crucial to repair if you are expecting to keep your house safe. Any home can be vulnerable to fire. Even if you have not had a fire yet, it is important to know whom to call in the case you have a fire. While you may be able to put out a fire, this is only the beginning of your problems. Restoring you home after fire damage is quite tricky and can result in you having to pay for expenses down the line if you try to do this without a professional. Professional providers have the proper equipment, certifications, and experience to take care of the fire damages and restore the property to its original shape. 
 
It is imperative to watch out for the testimonials of the service providers. When reading testimonials, you want to read all of the testimonials, good and bad so that you can know what to expect. You have to make certain you get a ton of information about the services. Often, a good testimony mentions the good points and the bad points of a company so that you have a notion of what to anticipate from the professionals. 
 
One St.Pete company that is worth calling is SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg / Pinellas Park. They take the time to make sure every bit of harm caused by the fire is taken care of so that the house that you live in is safe. You do not have to worry about any corrosion or other problems. They make sure that any bit of property that is damaged is either repaired or switched out so that your property value is back up to its highest level before the fire damage occurred.

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. 

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

SERVPRO Has a Thorough Process for Mold Remediation in St. Petersburg

5/5/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation SERVPRO Has a Thorough Process for Mold Remediation in St. Petersburg Cleaning up after a fire or water damage is key to making sure MOLD does not appear in you ST. Pete home or business.

Storm damage, flooding and other water damage can be a  problem in the St. Pete area at times. Homes and businesses deal with it almost every year. What many of them do not realize is that getting rid of the water is just the beginning. 

Mold damage in the St. Pete area can be scary looking. Seeing black streaks or patches on ceilings and walls unnerves most people. SERVPRO has the training necessary to find the extent of the infestation and the equipment and experience to remove it in a timely and effective manner using a number of methods approved by the IICRC (Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification).

Direct Spraying 
We use a hand pump or powered sprayers to apply disinfectants and other chemicals to mold infested areas. Since this method does wet the surface being cleaned, our technicians use this equipment on areas where there is unlikely to be any discoloration of the surface. 

Wet Fogging 
We use ultra low volume (ULV) foggers to disperse water-based disinfectants and deodorizers. They generate tiny particles that penetrate into most areas. Since this does create additional moisture, our technicians will remove any furniture and other property that might be damaged by this method. If there are items that cannot be removed, they will be covered with drop cloths to protect them. 

Dry Fogging 
This type of fogging (also called Thermal Fogging) is used where mold has been discovered, but there has otherwise been little or no water damage. Dry-fogging uses solvent based cleaners and deodorants which are heated and forced through a vaporizer. This converts the chemicals into minuscule particles. As with wet fogging, this allows them to penetrate into most areas. Since there is no significant moisture added, this method is preferred whenever possible. 

Ventilation and Air Scrubbing 
As different cleaning methods are employed; the rooms and other affected areas must be ventilated. Our technicians accomplish this by setting up high-velocity exhaust fans (box fans) to blow out any mold particulates before cleaning begins. This helps to ensure that any mold spores released while cleaning are blown outside your building. This also helps to reduce the amount of time required to elapse before occupants are allowed back in. 

As mold is removed from carpets, floors and other property; the air must be cleaned as well. We use specially designed HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filters to remove mold as well as odors and other particulates from the air in an affected area. They are extremely effective in removing particles and then re-circulating clean air back into the room. 

Mold removal is an extensive process, but it can be done swiftly and effectively with the right team behind you. If you suspect you have a mold infestation, call us today at (727) 521 - 2562. SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg & Pinellas Park is ready to serve you.

Six Tips to Prepare for a Hurricane

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Six Tips to Prepare for a Hurricane Always be prepared for a storm so you can keep your family and yourself safe.

Do you live in an area that is prone to hurricane activity? Are you new to the area and want to know what you should do when a hurricane warning is issued? When a hurricane is approaching, you need to be prepared. Follow our guide listing the top six tips you need to know to stay safe during hurricane season.


Tip #1: Stock Up on Essentials
Depending on the severity of the hurricane, you want to prepare for the loss of electricity and the ability to cook. Stock up on water, bread, non-perishables and items that you can eat without cooking. Also, make sure you have extra batteries for flashlights and headlamps, and buy candles and matches.


Tip #2: Check Your Insurance
Make sure your insurance coverage covers flooding and other expenses you may incur because of St. Petersburg storm damage.


Tip #3: Take a Video of Your Home
This helps with proving the current state of your home pre-storm. Insurance companies will have an easier time processing your claims. Also, make electronic versions of all important documents related to your home and your personal information in case they are destroyed in a St. Petersburg storm. Documents such as your birth certificate, your driver's license, your home's deed, your social security card, and unpaid bills.


Tip #4: Protect Your Property
Install hurricane shutters or plywood of at least 3/4 inches in thickness. You also may need to install hurricane clips to secure the roof of your home to the walls. This is especially important in areas that may receive a direct hit. Install foot and head bolts on all doors as well.


Tip #5: Make an Evacuation Plan
When it is time to leave, go. Don't hesitate and think you can face a St. Petersburg storm. Make a plan for where you and your family will stay at least 50 miles away from your home.


Tip #6: Don't Take Risks
The people who get hurt in hurricanes often either stay in their homes or are taking extreme risks -- like leaving to late. Make sure you don't do anything silly when the hurricane begins. Stay away from electrical poles and wires. Bunker down in your safe room away from windows. Don't go outside once the hurricane has begun. Play it safe in the midst of so much danger. 

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the St Petersburg community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

We are proud to serve our local communities:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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

Fire damage to a home

12/4/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire damage to a home Don't let fire damage your home. Call our professional team at SERVPRO of Central St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park!

Fire Damage Guide

As many homeowners know, fire damage to a St Petersburg home can produce extensive trauma on the part of the property owner. However, knowing what steps to take following this type of disaster, caused by nature or human error, can help you minimize emotional distress. You will also be better prepared to mitigate structural damage to your home by being clear-headed. Learn more about what steps you should take after your home has been affected by a fire, refer to this quick reference guide:

There are several steps you need to implement once fire damage has become a reality. 

  1. Determine Where You Will Stay. 

Once a fire has occurred, it's important that you first determine whether it is safe to reenter your home. This decision to possibly reenter your St Petersburg house is reserved for minor fires, not flaming infernos. In the event that there are still signs of smoke, fire, or structural damage, you should never attempt to enter the premises. In this case, it may be necessary for you to stay with a family member or in a hotel. Determining where you'll stay is not the first step to take during the process of returning your life to a state of normalcy, but it can provide an anchor. In addition to determining where you'll stay if you cannot reenter your property, it's important for you to call your loved ones and friends. Provide them with a basic overview of the situation and they may be able to help you with shelter and advice.

  1. Call The Professionals. 

After you've determined where you'll stay, be sure to contact your insurance company and then a professional fire damage restoration company like SERVPRO. These experts will begin assessing the situation, determining a course of action, and then begin the cleanup, repair and if need be, the restoration of your property's structure. The clean-up process will involve the elimination of smoke and fire damage in addition to water removal. The water extraction procedure is of the utmost importance for lessening damage to furnishings, walls, and floors, and for stifling the growth of mold. A SERVPRO representative will also offer to communicate and coordinate the entire process with your insurance adjuster.

Dealing with your fire-damaged home in St Petersburg can be taxing and tiring, however, it doesn't need to be overwhelming. As a team of professionals with extensive experience in the smoke and fire damage restoration field, SERVPRO's skilled technicians can provide you with the detailed, results-driven services you need to restore your property to like the fire never happened.

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 fire or smoke damage event. 

We specialize in fire and water damage restoration. Give us a call. (727) 521-2562

Build An Emergency Plan

9/11/2017 (Permalink)

General Build An Emergency Plan Emergency Kit

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
  • Clothing
  • Dust masks or bandanas
  • Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape 
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary
  • Cash
  • 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?

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation 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

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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

8/31/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage 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

8/28/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial 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!

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