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Why Does the Sewer Back Up After a Storm?

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Why Does the Sewer Back Up After a Storm? Sewer Pipe Break in St. Petersburg, FL

As a commercial building owner in St. Petersburg, FL, you are responsible for taking care of your property after a storm. You have to know who to call to take care of a problem. When you first enter your building, you may notice a foul, sewer smell. Sewer backup during a storm does not always happen, but it can. You may have to deal with this problem for the following reasons:

• Excess water
• Blockages
• Breaks

No matter why you have sewage seeping into your building, you may want to call in a commercial storm remediation team right away.

Why Does the Sewer Back Up After a Storm?

Excess Water

Storms are often associated with rain water. When there is a lot of water falling at once, the ground may not be able to hold it all. As the water table rises, flooding happens all over the area. Not only does the rising water table push water into basements and low-lying areas, but it also causes the sewer to run out of space. When the sewer cannot go down, it must come up.

Blockages

Storms can also lead to blockages in your pipes or in other parts of the sewer system. When rocks and other debris are washed into the sewer, it may block up some of the piping. This again leaves the traveling sewage with few options. Because it cannot go forward, you may have to deal with a sewer backup.

Breaks

When trees and powerlines are downed, sewer lines can get broken. When these lines are broken, you may have to deal with contaminated, black water seeping into your commercial building. A break may take a while to take care of, so your sewage may have to be turned off until the problem can be properly addressed.

It is never fun to deal with a sewer backup. When this issue is accompanied by other storm damage, you may feel overwhelmed and worried without the help of a team of experts.

3 Steps for Reducing Water Damage After a Flood at Your Business

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Commercial 3 Steps for Reducing Water Damage After a Flood at Your Business Building Flooded in St. Petersburg, FL

When your St. Petersburg, FL, commercial building is damaged by flooding, it can be difficult to know where to begin with cleanup efforts. Waterlogged drywall, ruined carpeting and damaged machinery may only be a few issues you have to deal with. However, there are a few steps you can take to begin the recovery process, and knowing some helpful damage tips may give you peace of mind as you work to restore your business.

3 Steps for Reducing Water Damage After a Flood at Your Business

1. Reduce Humidity Levels

After a flood, the humidity levels in your building may spike due to increased water vapor in the air. This may accelerate mold growth, especially in the case of black mold. Because this type of fungus can spread quickly, it is wise to lower humidity any way you can. Open the windows, run fans and turn on your building’s air conditioner if you have been told it is safe to do so. These damage tips may help you keep the threat of mold at bay until help arrives.

2. Call for Professional Flood Mitigation

If a pipe burst in your employee restroom and caused a flood, you may believe there is no hurry in calling for cleanup because the damage has already been done. However, calling in a flood damage and restoration company as soon as you can may reduce the risk of long-term problems, such as mold growth and structural weakness. Flood technicians might also be able to prevent the spread of flood waters to other areas of your building and prevent them from reaching major systems, such as electrical fuse panels.

3. Sort and Set Aside Items for Restoration

Flood technicians may be able to offer you cleaning tips and restoration options for your inventory or office equipment. While not all items may be salvageable, having assistance during this process can help you feel more confident about recovery.

Facing a flood at your St. Petersburg, FL, business can be a stressful experience. However, being aware of a few helpful damage tips can give you the peace of mind you need to begin cleanup and restoration efforts.

6 Helpful Hints About Filing a Water Damage Insurance Claim

7/27/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage 6 Helpful Hints About Filing a Water Damage Insurance Claim Gulfport, FL, home with a flooded living room.

Gulfport, FL, Insurance claims for water damage are on the rise. In fact, water damage claims are purportedly the second most reported petitions in Gulfport, FL. However, questions often arise when homeowners try to decipher the legal jargon of insurance policy, and many frequently become frustrated over exemptions and exclusions. Here are six hints to help you decode the steps you to take when making a water damage insurance claim.

6 Helpful Hints About Filing a Water Damage Insurance Claim


1. Take pictures of the damaged area immediately after finding the water. Also, continue taking pictures during all stages of cleanup and restoration. If the damage is due to a pipe burst, take pictures of the pipe as well. Offer a copy of all photos to the insurance adjuster.

2. Contact your insurance agent regarding the loss. Ask the agent questions about your coverage, the time limit to file a claim, and deductibles. Request information on repairs, restoration, and how long a claim takes to process.

3. Establish your claim by filling out the claim forms as soon as you receive the papers. Return the completed documents to the insurance company right after you finish the paperwork.

4. Keep a list of damaged and lost items. Include all steps taken to clean or discard major items, if possible. Also, take pictures and keep the photos with the records to substantiate the loss. If receipts are available for destroyed or damaged items, provide copies with your insurance claim.

5. Request receipts and a detailed list of all work done by your water repair and restoration company. Also, ask the team to include a list of all supplies used to clean and sanitize the area.

6. If your family needs to relocate during cleanup and restoration, keep receipts. Extensive records required may include living expenses, replacement clothing, and meal expenditures.

Once your insurance claim has been settled, and the insurance company accepts your submission, a payment is typically sent to cover the terms of the settlement. If the claim is refused, you have the right to contest the refusal and the right to hire an attorney.

SERVPRO Can Clean, Restore and Deodorize Your Property After Fire Damage in Treasure Island

5/10/2018 (Permalink)

Fire Damage SERVPRO Can Clean, Restore and Deodorize Your Property After Fire Damage in Treasure Island Soot finds it's way everywhere. Even underneath the papers there was a light covering and spotting of soot.

After an event as traumatic and devastating as a fire, you'll need to seek restoration specialists as soon as the fire trucks are gone. Prevent further damage to your home by calling in professional help to treat Treasure Island within 24 hours. Time is crucial following a fire because damage continues even after the last flame is extinguished. By bringing in a licensed company immediately after the disaster, you can save your home from further damage that is caused by corrosive chemicals, seeping water and quickly growing mold and rot. Know the four elements of fire damage and what can be done to repair or mitigate the damage to your home's structure, electrical components, HVAC system and personal property.


Fire Damage
Fire damage is the destruction caused by the fire itself and accompanying heat damage. Fire chars what it touches melts many noncombustible items and causes paint and wallpaper to peel. Even when the fire has been extinguished, it continues to destroy through the toxic, corrosive substances left behind.


Smoke Damage
Often more invasive and destructive than the fire itself are the insidious effects of smoke damage, extending far beyond the site of the fire and permeating deep into the building, HVAC system, furniture, insulation and personal possessions. Unless properly cleaned and deodorized, the foul smell of smoke may linger for the long term, and the chemicals caused by the fire's combustion are often corrosive and sometimes toxic. A professional mitigation company will have the right equipment to clean thoroughly and restore your home to its original, safe, scent-free condition. Smoke damage falls into four basic categories.


• Wet smoke: Caused by the low-heat melting of plastics and synthetics, the damage is sticky and smeary with a strong odor.

• Dry smoke: Caused by fast-burning wood and paper, the residue is dry and powdery.

• Protein: This chemical is mostly invisible, but it discolors paint and carries a very pungent odor.

• Fuel oil: The soot from burning fuel oil is known as puff backs.


Water Damage
When firefighters are fighting the flames, fire hoses flood the structure at rates of 95 gallons per minute in order to save your home. Unfortunately, this saturation can cause a new set of problems unless you seek timely intervention from a trained professional. The water will find its way down through the house from the fire-affected area, soaking floors, walls, ceilings, structural voids, electrical components, insulation, furniture and personal possessions. You'll need to act quickly to get a Treasure Island residential fire damage expert on site to clean up and mitigate the destruction.


A locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches S. & W St. Peteis ideally situated to respond quickly to your Treasure Island  residential fire damage problems. Call us at 727-521-2562 for speedy, professional assistance.

Moisture and Water Invite Mold Damage to Your Home

5/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Moisture and Water Invite Mold Damage to Your Home Mold groth on a local Gulf Port home. When the customer called SERVPRO, the team moved in and made it "Like it never even happened".

Mold damage in Gulfport is stressful and nearly always unexpected. After water or moisture damage strikes, it is crucial to call a professional mold removal expert like SERVPRO to immediately respond, inspect for mold growth, and remedy the situation if it has occurred.
 
Mold and Microbes
One of the dangers of leaking or standing water in a structure is microbes. Moisture and humidity levels increase in structures that have water damage. These conducive conditions increase the chance of mold growth and spreading of spores. Typically, the ideal humidity and moisture levels occur between 68 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. This makes Gulfport a perfect place for mold to grow and proliferate.
 
The Necessity of Moisture Removal After Mold Damage
Since mold and spores need a lot of moisture to thrive, the water restoration industry has taken increased measures to ensure the elimination of water and moisture sources within a structure. Containment is another key factor in preventing mold spores from circulating into unaffected areas of the building. 
 
Our highly trained mold remediation and removal specialists at SERVPRO accomplish this by reducing the relative humidity indoors using advanced equipment. This reduces the possibility of mold growth after removing water from your commercial structure. 
 
Regardless of the type of mold damage that your home has suffered, the clock begins ticking the moment it is found. Removing the mold and moisture, assessing the damage, and taking measures to eliminate mold and spores from spreading is crucial. 
 
Contact Us Today!
Contact SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg at (727) 341-1001 day or night. Our AMRT, Applied Microbial Remediation Technicians, can secure your home and restore your property to its pre-mold damage condition "Like it never even happened."

Six Tips to help prepare for storm season

4/27/2018 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Six Tips to help prepare for storm season Always be ready for a storm to impact you and your family. Be prepared, have a plan and stay 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 a Gulf Port Storm .


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 Gulf Port 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 Gulf Port 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 Gulf Beaches South and West St. Petersburg  is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Gulf Port community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

SERVPRO Restores Your Water Damaged Business in Treasure Island

4/17/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Restores Your Water Damaged Business in Treasure Island A local Treasure Island business after a water damage. Soon after the SERVPRO team moved in with the drying equipment.

SERVPRO Restores Your Water Damaged Business in St Petersburg

A Treasure Island   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 Treasure Island  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.

If You Have Mold Damage in Your Home Call The Professionals

4/6/2018 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation If You Have Mold Damage in Your Home Call The Professionals Mold groth in a West St. Petersburg business. Let the professionals take care of the mold in your home or business.

If You Have Mold Damage in Your Home Call The Professionals


Mold damage does not only affect your home's solid interior structures; it can affect anything that mold can grow on, and mold can grow on many different materials. Because mold doesn't always appear the same from one kind to another, more than one type of mold is usually present in a home. So if you have found one area where mold is growing, chances are good you have more somewhere else.

This is because, in Madeira Beach, mold damage can happen when conditions are right for any one particular type of mold. If this is the case, environmental conditions are also good for any other types of mold. So if you've found mold growing in one place, you might want to examine your stored books, clothing, and anything else you have put away, for mold growth. While you might think these items will be drier, they also have had more time to accumulate moisture.

Books that are moldy will have a distinctive musty odor, but may or may not show mold on the surfaces of your books. Clothing will often develop spots and blotches that are nearly impossible to remove. Some plastics and rubber-based toys may be stained permanently, while others can be restored. SERVPRO technicians are capable of handling these, so they are restored to the best possible condition. Mold is very damaging, and the sooner restorative work is begun, the better the results will be.

At SERVPRO, we not only know how to remediate mold growths so that they are much less likely to return but also how to help you create an environment that will keep humidity levels at appropriate levels. If you follow our advice on keeping humidity and moisture level slow in your home, mold should not be able to find the moisture needed for it to grow. We can examine and inspect your central air system or air conditioning unit, ensure that any sump pumps are working properly and draining correctly, and install or service any dehumidifiers needed to create a drier environment.

Florida is a more humid state than most, so having measures in place that will help reduce humidity levels can prevent mold growth and subsequent mold damage. For help on preventing mold damage, and remediating mold growths currently in your home, call us, SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg, at (727) 341-1001. We do more than repairs of mold damage – we also hep you prevent mold and mold damage in the first place.

Ways You Can Prevent Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents

3/23/2018 (Permalink)

Cleaning Ways You Can Prevent Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents Local Gulf Port fire department putting out a fire in the area.

It is no surprise to most people that having a Gulf Port 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 Gulf Port  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 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.

SERVPRO Can Control the Water Damage Restoration to Your Kenneth City Home or Condo

3/8/2018 (Permalink)

Water Damage SERVPRO Can Control the Water Damage Restoration to Your Kenneth City Home or Condo Water damage is just not from storm damage.

SERVPRO Can Control the Water Damage Restoration to Your Kenneth City Home or Condo

When a leak or other flooding disaster strikes in Kenneth City, water removal teams are on hand to pick up the pieces. These reliable, highly skilled teams know exactly what needs to be done to get water damaged homes back on their feet. They should be your first port of call in the event of a flood, leak, or burst pipe. 

Once you’ve informed a water removal service of the situation like SERVPRO, they’ll arrive at your home or business within hours. Then, the clean-up process will begin. While this is happening, you can take the time to discuss the incident with your insurer and make sure that you’re covered for the repair costs. 

There are three main stages of professional water removal in Kenneth City. They are as follows: 

Stage One: Water Removal 
This is the phase of first response so, once the experts have assessed and evaluated the damage, they’ll start thinking about the best way to remove ruined materials. Personal belongs of particular interest to you that you’d like to save (like documents or photographs), let the team know before work begins. That way, they locate the items first, to avoid further secondary water damage. In the case of photos and documents, SERVPRO has the capacity to do a special freeze-dry process to mitigate degradation of the items further.

Stage Two: Drying the Air 
After there is no standing water left in the affected building or area, heavy dehumidifiers can be brought in to dry the air. These machines, along with industrial air movers, are extremely effective when it comes to rapid drying. They draw moisture out of structural materials, direct damp air upwards and out, and they prevent progressive damage from occurring in spots that weren’t directly involved with the leak or flood. 

Stage Three: Repairing the Water Damage 
The final stage of the water removal and restoration process is in your hands. The water has been eliminated, the air has been dried, and it’s time for you to make your return. When you do, you might find that carpets have been removed, baseboards have been lifted, and other bits and pieces affected by the flood. With the help of your insurer, you should be able to pay for new fixtures and furnishings and get back to everyday life. SERVPRO may have cooperated with your insurer for a comprehensive restoration service that included returning your home to its preloss condition "Like it never even happened."

With support from SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South/West St. Petersburg, dealing with the effects of water damage doesn’t have to be a nightmare. We can help you clean up and get back on your feet, no matter how extensive the destruction. Call us. (727) 341-1001.