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
- Dust masks or bandanas
- Plastic sheeting, garbage bags and duct tape
- Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, if necessary
- 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?
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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."
Drainage Problems Can Result in Water Damage
Grease in Drains Leads to Flooding in South Pasadena Kitchen
Prevent Water Damage, SERVPRO Offers Tips to Avoid Clogged Lines
Most homeowners do not know that they are responsible for repairing and maintaining the pipeline that connects the city sanitary sewer main to their home. If you encounter a problem with a cracked or failed sewer lateral (which is owned by you, the homeowner), you can experience sewer backup flooding.
Flood damage in South Pasadena can come in many forms. Unfortunately, while natural causes are familiar to every homeowner, considering on-property causes of flooding are not as anticipated. Our SERVPRO experts are ready to respond to any flooding that you encounter.
Causes of Sewer Backups
Having your property or home flooded because of sewer line cracks can come as a complete surprise. To help you avoid flooding from this type of water event, we have included ways of preventing backups in your lateral and city main pipes as to prevent flooding in the first place.
Dispose of Grease Properly
There is a universal truth that most of us have learned from our grandmothers or mothers: “never pour grease down the kitchen drain.” They were right, and most of us are guilty of breaking this rule a time or two. Pour used cooking oil into a container and disposed of after it cools off. Do not pour it down the drain. Flushing grease down the drain with hot water can cause serious problems. When the grease cools, it solidifies in the drain, in your line to the sewers, or in the main city sewer which causes the line to constrict and clog. It is like plaque in the human arteries. Dispose of grease and oil properly and save yourself a lot of trouble.
SERVPRO recommends Not To Flush Anything but Bathroom Tissue Down the Toilet
You would be surprised by the things people flush down the commode. From paper towels, diapers, to feminine products, these things can cause some serious problems in your lateral and city main sewer. Even if you manage to get something down the toilet, doesn’t mean you are in the clear. Paper products such as paper towels and women’s sanitary products do not deteriorate as quickly as approved bathroom tissue does. Be conscious of what you are flushing, and you can avoid damage later on.
Replace line with new PVC pipe
One great way of preventing tree roots from getting inside your lateral line is to replace it with new plastic piping. Also be sure to have any worrisome tree roots cut periodically to ensure they do become a problem for you later on.
Do not let prolonged water exposure ruin your home. Contact SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg at (727) 341-1001. Our 24/7 Emergency Services are available to take your call day or night.
Mold Damage Issues in Your Home
Call SERVPRO to quickly respond to mold damage!
Assessing Mold Damage is the First Step in Remediation
You could be dealing with a mold problem and not even realize it. One of the most common places for mold to grow is in basements. Humidity from constant dampness in a wet basement, plus the abundance of food for mold, gives the perfect conditions for mold to grow and to thrive. In a basement which has been finished, mold will feed on wood studs, sheetrock, doors, insulation, wood molding and window frames. Mold can thrive in unfinished basements as well by growing on books, cardboard boxes, leather, papers, upholstered and wooden furniture and wood beams in the ceiling can all grow mold.
There are several kinds of mold and mold damage in St. Petersburg, with some being more dangerous than others. From person to person, sensitives to the different varieties of mold can vary. Exposure which is prolonged to mold that is even fairly non-toxic can cause certain health problems. At SERVPRO, our technicians offer comprehensive mold testing that can be done in a timely manner. The testing process will involve getting two air samples – one from the outside air of your home to be used as a control, and another from inside your basement to figure out what kinds of mold, the concentration of each kind, and how elevated the levels of mold are when considered with the normal levels in your particular neighborhood.
Many times, mold growth can look like spots and can be a lot of different colors, plus give off a musty smell. If you can smell or see mold, you have a present health risk in your home. No matter the type of mold that is there, it will need to be removed and cleaned up as soon as possible, so it does not spread and create a larger problem. That is why the best thing to do is to get a hold of our professionals at SERVPRO as soon as you suspect that you have an issue with mold in your home.
The source of the moisture will have to be taken care of first to eliminate the mold. When you contact us at SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South/West St. Petersburg, we will come out to your home and find where the water is originating and then create a plan for mold remediation. Give us a call anytime that you need by dialing (727) 341-1001.
Fire Damage and its Complications
You should be satisfied after remediation. 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.