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Dealing with Contaminated Water

3/11/2019 (Permalink)

Dealing with Contaminated Water

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Best Equipment for the Job

3/9/2019 (Permalink)

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

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

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

Deodorization Equipment: - 

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

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.”

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! 

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams if we need additional resources or personnel.

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