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Fire Damage and Its Common Complications

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Fire Damage and Its Common Complications Call SERVPRO Today!

Your Home Will Smell Fresh Again after Remediation

If you've been unfortunate enough to have had a recent fire, the unpleasant truth is that there are other complications in addition to the blackened charred mess that has been made of your home. Not only is it now soaked in water, and possibly foam, from the efforts of the firefighters' visit, but the scent of the burnt contents make you cringe whenever you come near your home. 
 
In Bay Pines, fire damage clean-up and restoration should also include odor control. At SERVPRO, we ensure that fire damaged homes aren't only repaired structurally, but that even the fire's smell is eliminated. While we have measuring devices and other equipment that tells us how much moisture is in any particular area, or even how contaminated an item is with soot or other contaminating particles, there is no device that can give us information on how anything, including a room, smells. You or other family members may detect odors that we ourselves cannot. 
 
Because odor detection is an individual thing, we will work with you to ensure that your home doesn't only look great again, but that it also smells like your home should. It's extremely important to us that you are satisfied with all aspects of your fire damage repair, including how your home smells. 
 
While some methods we use require you to vacate your home, others do not. For those that do, we will assist you in also placing other items outdoors that could be harmed by the procedures we will be implementing. Some of these items include not only pets but also plants or even items with rubber components. This is especially true when we use ozone-producing machines. While this will not leave a lingering gas that is harmful, nor a residue on your belongings, the air will be saturated with ozone during the time the machine is running. 
 
When you need to make your home smell like home again, or you want to make sure that fire damage repair is complete in all aspects, call SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg at (727) 341-1001. We are ready 24/7 to not only take your call but to begin the work needed to get you and your home back to normal again.

A Quick Reference Guide for a Water Damage Response in Your St Petersburg Home

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage A Quick Reference Guide for a Water Damage Response in Your St Petersburg Home Waterfront Living Can Become Wet

Your St Pete Home Deserves a Quick Water Damage Response

Once a flood or fire hits your home in St Petersburg, water damage is a strong possible outcome. If you leave the water damage unchecked, the damage can turn your property into a breeding ground for harmful fungi like mildew and mold. Additionally, water damage can adversely impact the structural integrity of your home. If your home's structure and furnishings start to warp and swell due to water absorption, you could be subject to costly repairs. For these reasons, it's important that you contact and hire a water damage restoration company as soon as your home is affected. Water damage specialists are highly skilled in executing the cleanup, water removal, repair, and restoration aspects of the remediation processes. Learn how a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help you by referring to the following quick reference guide: 

Cleaning Your Home

Although there are many important services provided by water damage specialists, two of the most important are the immediate drying and cleaning of damaged areas. As water damage experts from SERVPRO know, it is imperative to start these processes within 24 hours of the flood or fire. Addressing water damage issues early is the most effective way to safeguard against mold and mildew accumulation and growth. If mold growth goes unchecked, you could subject yourself and loved ones to unwanted health complications that could severely compromise your quality of life. Specialized equipment such as water extractors, vacuums, dehumidifiers, and powerful air-movers expedite this process.

Repairing Your Home

In addition to cleaning your home, water damage specialists from SERVPRO are highly skilled in repairing your property. In many cases, natural disasters result in damage to both structural and household items. By hiring this water damage restoration company, you can ensure that your property is restored to its pre-water damaged state, thereby making it safe to live in again. The technicians are skilled, and have the equipment and tools, to tackle most repairs quickly and efficiently.  Restoration, rather than replacement, helps minimize costs for you.

If your property has been impacted by water damage, it's best to call a team of professional restoration experts. These individuals can clean, repair, and restore your residential property with remarkable expedience. When you start looking for the ideal water damage company to call, remember SERVPRO. We offer round the clock assistance for your convenience and necessities, and we're also skilled in offering exceptional customer service. 

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South/West St. Petersburg is locally owned and operated so we are part of this community too. When you have a water or flooding emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. 

We are water removal and cleanup experts.  Call us for help. (727) 341-1001

Water Damage - It Deserves a Quick Response

10/11/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Water Damage - It Deserves a Quick Response Waterfront Living Can Become Wet

Your St Pete Home Deserves a Quick Water Damage Response

Once a flood or fire hits your home in St Petersburg, water damage is a strong possible outcome. If you leave the water damage unchecked, the damage can turn your property into a breeding ground for harmful fungi like mildew and mold. Additionally, water damage can adversely impact the structural integrity of your home. If your home's structure and furnishings start to warp and swell due to water absorption, you could be subject to costly repairs. For these reasons, it's important that you contact and hire a water damage restoration company as soon as your home is affected. Water damage specialists are highly skilled in executing the cleanup, water removal, repair, and restoration aspects of the remediation processes. Learn how a water damage restoration company like SERVPRO can help you by referring to the following quick reference guide: 

Cleaning Your Home

Although there are many important services provided by water damage specialists, two of the most important are the immediate drying and cleaning of damaged areas. As water damage experts from SERVPRO know, it is imperative to start these processes within 24 hours of the flood or fire. Addressing water damage issues early is the most effective way to safeguard against mold and mildew accumulation and growth. If mold growth goes unchecked, you could subject yourself and loved ones to unwanted health complications that could severely compromise your quality of life. Specialized equipment such as water extractors, vacuums, dehumidifiers, and powerful air-movers expedite this process.

Repairing Your Home

In addition to cleaning your home, water damage specialists from SERVPRO are highly skilled in repairing your property. In many cases, natural disasters result in damage to both structural and household items. By hiring this water damage restoration company, you can ensure that your property is restored to its pre-water damaged state, thereby making it safe to live in again. The technicians are skilled, and have the equipment and tools, to tackle most repairs quickly and efficiently.  Restoration, rather than replacement, helps minimize costs for you.

If your property has been impacted by water damage, it's best to call a team of professional restoration experts. These individuals can clean, repair, and restore your residential property with remarkable expedience. When you start looking for the ideal water damage company to call, remember SERVPRO. We offer round the clock assistance for your convenience and necessities, and we're also skilled in offering exceptional customer service. 

Locally Owned and Operated

SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South/West St. Petersburg is locally owned and operated so we are part of this community too. When you have a water or flooding emergency, we’re already nearby and ready to help. 

We are water removal and cleanup experts.  Call us for help. (727) 341-1001

Emergency Kit

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

General Emergency Kit 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

Mold Classes - Did you know?

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Classes - Did you know? Mold 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!

ERP - Emergency Ready App

9/1/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial ERP - Emergency Ready App ERP APP

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!

How Mold May Silently Lose You Customers in St. Petersburg

11/20/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial How Mold May Silently Lose You Customers in St. Petersburg Mold can turn off customers. Call SERVPRO to assess and remediate!

SERVPRO Technicians Can Quickly Detect and Remediate Mold

Long before you found mold growing in your retail location, you may have noticed a decrease in customers and business without explanation. It could have been due to a road change, or perhaps a bump in the economy, or maybe some unexpected competition, but a less common but much more costly adversary may have been mold damage. Customers, clients, and business partners do not like mold, and even if they find a very obvious patch, are unlikely to report the problem to you. These are some of the mold's qualities which serve only to drive away business without you knowing.

Odor
 
Most types of commercial mold damage in St. Petersburg also come with an odor problem, requiring special, separate tools and restoration procedures from the mold growth itself. Many molds emit strong, musty odors, and if a customer encounters these in your store, they may avoid not only the section they detected the odor in, but also perhaps the entire store. This can be an especially hurtful effect if the mold is located in an area rarely visited by you or employees but frequented by customers.
 
Allergens
 
Some types of mold can trigger more serious health effects, but many types can affect the allergies of many customers. Some people have sensitive allergies, and those with pollen allergies are often especially vulnerable. If a regular customer notices a significant surge in allergy symptoms in your store, they may be inclined to do business elsewhere.
 
Visual Qualities

For many, mold has an unsettling appearance, and in a commercial setting, this effect is often compounded. Although many customers will alert you if they find signs of mold growth, most will not, and the image of your business may forever be tarnished in their minds if they find mold growing in it. Fortunately, if mold is in a visible spot, you will probably find it before too many customers can be lost.
 
SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg are local experts in mold remediation and restoration, having helped businesses in town for years with mold issues large and small. Call us at (727) 341-1001 to find out how we can help your commercial establishment.

Causes of Fire Damage in South Pasadena

11/20/2016 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Causes of Fire Damage in South Pasadena Regardless of the cause, fire damage can be devastating to deal with. Call SERVPRO to help!

SERVPRO Professionals are Certified to Deal with all Types of Fire Damage

According to the Florida Division of Emergency Management, thousands of acres of wild land and many homes are destroyed by fires from a variety of causes ranging from natural to man-caused.
 
Fire damage in South Pasadena is something no homeowner wants to deal with. As a Florida homeowner, you already have to deal with the possibility of hurricanes, flooding, flash floods, and other natural forces.
 
Causes of House Fires in Florida
House fires can occur as a result of any different man-caused and natural causes. Electrical fires, unattended candles, and cooking mishaps are common causes of house fires. However, your Florida home can become affected by fire outside of your home as well.
 
Both wild and prescribed burnings can get out of hand, and it is difficult to protect your home from a natural event such as this. In fact, it is recommended that in the event of an exterior fire, that you get out of your home and get to safety immediately.
 
Lightning is another cause of fires in homes -- in Florida, lightning is a deadly reality that can result in lighting your residence up and causing fire and smoke damage. In addition to natural hazards, the amount of people now living in Florida, in areas that were once wildlands, has increased the possibility of a fire hazard in communities. If a neighbor's home goes up in flames, the fire can spread from their home to yours.
 
Also, during the dry seasons of Florida, outdoor burning of leaves and debris is banned, and for good reason. A lit cigarette, burning leaves and yard waste, and burning debris of any sort can cause a fire that the person did not intend to start. It can soon get out of control and cause fire and smoke damage to your and your neighbors’ homes.
 
Contact Us Today
Call SERVPRO of Gulf Beach South / West St. Petersburg at (727) 341-1001 24/7 for a quick response to your fire emergency. No matter how your home has become affected by fire or smoke damage, our Emergency Services are ready to respond to your fire damage emergency.

Getting Back To Business After Commercial Water Damage In Gulfport

11/19/2016 (Permalink)

Commercial Getting Back To Business After Commercial Water Damage In Gulfport Flooding can decimate your business. Contact SERVPRO to assess!

SERVPRO Technicians Expertly Handle the Entire Restoration Process

The April floods this year demonstrated the need for restoration services in our area. First responders give us the help we need to get our families out of harm's way, but there also comes a time for us to obtain the assistance we need to return commercial services and operations to normal as soon as possible.
 
We have a locally owned and operated franchise in Gulfport that offers a variety of commercial water damage restoration services, with the ability to pull additional support from several other franchises located throughout the country if needed. We are a part of this community too and have the training and resources available to us to handle large commercial flooding or water damage emergencies.
 
At SERVPRO we understand that anything is possible, working hard to prepare for these types of situations is a way of life for us. Whether you have a small office building or a high-rise hotel we have the restoration and cleaning services available to mitigate the water damage that your business suffers.
 
SERVPRO technicians are expertly trained and respond quickly. As soon as it is safe to return to your property, we can begin our restoration process that helps limit the damage and prevents subsequent damage to your inventory or company assets. Let us help you gain control, get back on your feet, and return your business's daily operations to normal as soon as possible.
 
All of our staff receives professional training so that we can properly assist you during these types of situations. SERVPRO has technicians specifically trained in every aspect of our restoration process so that we can provide you with the services that your unique circumstances require. You will not need to call anyone else; our staff can provide the services you need for a complete restoration.
 
We go as far as assisting you with communicating with your insurance company representatives and help you fill out the necessary paperwork involved in getting the services started that you need to return things to normal.
 
Make the call to our staff at SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South - West St. Petersburg to begin your restoration services today. We are here to help. - (727) 341-1001

Mold Damage in Gulfport

10/25/2016 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Damage in Gulfport Spores and Mold In Gulfport

Moisture and Water Invite Mold Damage to Your Home

Mold is something that nobody wants to find suddenly in their home. With you and your family’s health at stake, it is important to take care of the situation as soon as possible.
 
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."