Recent Storm Damage Posts

Storms Roll Out and We Roll In

3/8/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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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.

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. 

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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.

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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

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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.