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Restoration Vs. Replacement

5/20/2020 (Permalink)

The first 48 hours after fire damage occurs can make the difference between restoring versus replacing your property and personal belongings.  SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg can help prevent fire damage from creating long-term problems. Our trained professionals provide timely response with mitigation services ranging from fire, smoke and soot removal to contents claims inventory and document restoration. These services help ensure your property, belongings and memories are restored to preloss condition when possible.  

A back draft of emotions often sweeps over the homeowners after a fire ravages a home.  Fear, uncertainty, stress and doubt about the future of the property can overwhelm the homeowner long after the flames have been extinguished and the smoke has cleared. 

After the first wave of heroes have rescued the property, let SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg help you restore it.  

So, before you risk doing further damage by attempting to do it yourself. Call SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg (727)-341-1001

Flood Damage

4/29/2020 (Permalink)

water splashing SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South/West St. Petersburg is available 24/7 to quickly respond to your flood damage emergency!

Knowing What to Do before Floodwaters enter the Clearwater Home 

Homeowners are tasked with many different responsibilities including taking care of Clearwater damage when they purchase a home. Any repairs that are needed can't be made by the landlord since the individual may be changing from renting to owning the property that they are investing. Some problems that a homeowner experience is relatively standard, while others may be the exception or an only one-time occurrence. A unique event may be a natural disaster like a Clearwater water damage in the home that comes from thunderstorms, tornadoes or nearby river that overflows. Regardless of the situation, people should know what they can do before tragedy strikes so that they are ready to protect their family and salvage anything that the flood water leaves. With this said, here are a few essential items of information that everyone should know, especially if they live in a high risks area for flooding. 

Tip #1 – Make Sure Home Insurance Policies Include Flooding 

When a homeowner purchases insurance for their home and property, it is important to review the policies very carefully in detail. Considering this information can save the homeowner hundreds to thousands of dollars. This is because the policies that they purchase must cover natural disasters like Clearwater floods so that they do not lose their investment entirely. 

Tip #2 – Ensure Carpeting on the Floors is Completely Dry

Preventing mold and mildew is a necessity if flood waters enter the home. By hiring a professional to get the carpets thoroughly dry, the owner can save money in water flood damages in the long run. 

Tip #3 – Move Furniture Items to a Higher Level 

Whenever possible, the homeowner should move the furniture in the home to a higher level. This can help to minimize the damages and can also save items that may not be replaceable. 

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Knowing what to do before floodwaters invade the home can save homeowners hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars. For those of you who want to know about flooding and how to minimize the damages, please contact SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg at (727) 341-1001.

Preventing Water Damage On Vacation

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of flooded basement. Flooded basement, SERVPRO can extract the water and make it "Like it never even happened."

One of the highest insurance claims by homeowners is water damage, according to a study done by the Insurance Institute. In fact, leaky pipes and in often cases appliances cause millions of dollars of damage in freezing weather and storms annually. While you’re on vacation, it’s no surprise that a leaky pipe can burst and cause hundreds of dollars of repairs.

Here are 7 Steps to follow before you go on vacation.

Step 1. Check for Leaks Before Going on Vacation

Before embarking on your trip, check pipes under your sinks and the water heater for any rust, cracks, or damage. You should also check the seals around your windows to make sure there are no cracks that might cause water damage. Additionally, check the exterior of your house and see what condition your roof shingles are in. If any show damage, getting them replaced before leaving for vacation is a good idea.

Step 2. Inspect Your Major Appliances

It’s important that you inspect the hoses that connect to important appliances in your home, such as dishwashers, washer/dryers, and refrigerator. If there is any damage, you should get the hose replaced before you leave to prevent extensive water damage.

Step 3. Clear Out Your Gutters

Make sure to get any debris out of your rain gutters before leaving for vacation. This way, you won’t have any blockages that can cause damage while you’re away.

Step 4. Inspect Your Sump Pump

Make sure it is in good condition and clear any debris from clogging the pit. You should also run a few tests, listening to the sounds it makes and making sure that the water in the pump is actually going outside. You should also install a battery-powered backup in case there is a power outage while you’re away.

Step 5. Insulate Exposed Pipes

If you are planning on being away from your home during the winter, it can be a good idea to insulate any exposed pipes. This will prevent them from freezing while you are away.

Step 6. Get Someone to Check on Your Home

Call a friend or hire a professional house sitter to check on your home every week while you are gone. Instruct them to ensure that the heat is always on if your vacation is during the winter. Also, show them where the water main is in case of an emergency.

Step 7. Turn Off the Water

Lastly, if you cannot find someone to check on your home, you should turn off the water main. You will also want to drain the pipes completely so that they do not freeze or burst during the colder months. To do this, run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water. You should also open the cabinets under your sink to let the warm air surround the pipes.

If you do experience water damage while you are away from your home, contact SERVPRO of West Gulf Beaches / West St. Petersburg as soon as possible. 727.341.1001

How Surface Water May be Causing Your Flooded Basement

3/10/2020 (Permalink)

How To Protect Your Foundation And Prevent This Type Of Flooding

A flooded basement can be caused by surface water flooding, meaning external water that is not draining properly away from your home. There are a few things you can do to help protect your foundation and prevent this type of flooding. SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South/West St. Petersburg is here to help. 

1. Dealing with Roofline Overflow

Overflowing and clogged gutter systems can result in significant damage, overflow from gutters can lead to the wearing away of soil and foundational cracks. The three most common causes of gutter system overflow and basement flooding are:

  • Leaf Buildup: Gutters should be cleaned a few times per year, typically at the change of seasons. When debris is left to clog the gutters, the overflow trickles down exterior walls and into your basement.
    • Insufficient Downspouts: If there are not enough downspouts, or if they are an inadequate diameter, then water can overflow during heavy rains.
    • Inadequate Downspout Length: Downspouts should extend at least 10 feet away from your home.
  1. Preventing Flooding Due to Landscape Design

    If not sloped properly, landscaping can force surface water to settle toward the house, which if left unchecked, will weaken the soil around your foundation and lead to cracks in basement walls, allowing water to enter. Avoid this issue by ensuring all landscaping, pathways, and driveways slope away from your home. If this is not possible, then invest in a proper drainage system around your home that will carry water away from your foundation. 

    3. Reducing the Risk of Storm Water Backing Up

    For many older homes, city storm sewers are connected to a perimeter drain. While a sump pump can prevent the risk of water backing up, when heavy rains hit, storm drains can become overwhelmed and leave your sump pump ill-equipped to handle the surge. Installing a cap on the external drain can resolve the issue but may involve the assistance of storm damage specialists in the Gulf Beaches area.

    A flooded basement may be easily prevented by eliminating common causes of surface water flooding. Ensuring gutter systems are adequate, sloping landscaping away from your foundation, and capping off nuisance drain pipes are several ways to help you prevent future flooding.

When A Disaster Strikes In Your Gulf Beach Home, Call Our Crew!

3/4/2020 (Permalink)

Why SERVPRO Is The Choice For Restoration In Orlando

With decades of experience across the restoration services that we offer the Gulf Beaches South area, we know how to help when every minute counts. We have ready trailers and service vehicles prepared to roll out from our SERVPRO facility 24/7 to address the harsh effects of water, fire, storm, and mold losses. We also have trained professionals to handle more specific recovery niches like air duct cleaning, biohazard cleaning, abatement, and reconstruction efforts. These talents, aiding in every facet of the work that we offer our customers, improve our efficiency and effectiveness in your home or business.

Storm
Storm damage in Florida homes is a common situation that our SERVPRO professionals must address. With central Florida susceptible to the severe storms from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, properties in this midsection must remain prepared for inevitable run-ins with hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes, damaging winds, and other harmful conditions. Our ability to handle these situations is partly due to our commitment to the training and growth of our restoration specialists, ensuring that each of these loss incidents gets technicians that can:

    •    Extract and dry up floodwater (WRT – Water Restoration Technician)
    •    Clean contaminated areas where they exist (Biohazard Cleaning)
    •    Deploy air movers and dehumidifiers for effective drying solutions (ASD – Applied Structural Drying)
    •    Clean Carpets and other flooring types (CCT – Carpet Cleaning Technician)
    •    Prevent microbial growth or address present colonization (AMRT – Applied Microbial Remediation Technician)

The other aspect that has allowed our disaster relief team to become so successful in the Gulf Beaches South area is our commitment to having the top-tier equipment that gets the job done quickly and correctly. We keep storm trucks stocked at all times with a deep inventory of recovery and mitigation tools, including submersible pumps, engine-driven trash pumps, power washers, air movers, and dehumidifiers.

We can offer a full-service approach amid a crisis so that our customers do not have to waste time finding secondary contractors to handle other aspects of their recovery. We have the skilled professionals to perform board up and tarping services for your residence amid flood penetration. We can also oversee full-scale reconstruction once mitigation completes in your Orlando property.

Water
We know how easily water loss incidents can develop, and that is why training our restoration technicians in this niche is a constant and continual process. The science of restoring water damage in Orlando homes is evolving and consistently changing, and so our professionals have to move along with it – putting these new practices and equipment into use to help our customers with the most efficient and practical approach. This commitment to customer satisfaction and a positive outcome in loss incidents goes far beyond our training with the IICRC.

Our restoration team has access to equipment and machines that far exceed the limitations of conventional recovery tools. The truck-mounted water extractors that our SERVPRO team uses, for example, can handle the removal of thousands of gallons of water every day. This vehicle, combined with multiple other impressive pieces of equipment, sets our professionals apart in water damage restoration for the Gulf Beach South area.

We also have the capability of addressing large loss water damage for commercial properties and houses. With a total of 33 years of industry experience and a roster that features Commercial Drying Specialists (CDS) and those with WRT and ASD endorsements, no job is too big or too complicated for our field technicians with the right approach, equipment, and attitude.

Fire
With the thousands of structures, our team is responsible for in the area alone, the possibility of fire damage is a persistent threat. Knowing the best approach to handle each of these conditions hinges on the severity of the situation and what materials, surfaces, and contents have become affected. Our IICRC-Certified Fire & Smoke Restoration Technicians (FSRT) and those with additional training in areas like odor control and upholstery/carpet cleaning have access to the leading inventory of recovery tools and products that can help our team to make loss incidents quickly “Like it never even happened.”

Much of our efficiency in fire recovery stems from these advanced and cutting-edge machines. Soot removal and cleaning, for example, often fall to a combination of specially-formulated cleaning agents and products with automated surface scrubbers that can eliminate residues on surfaces. We can also reduce or eliminate the damage to other fire and mold damaged surfaces in an Gulf Beach house with dry ice blasting and soda blasting machines.

Every minute counts in fire recovery, so our technicians not only obtain IICRC certifications, but train to gain an understanding of how fire damage in Orlando homes and businesses spreads, and the best approaches to overcome these effects.

Mold
Before our certified AMRTs can set up containment barriers and begin the often-intricate process of mold remediation in your Gulf Beach home or business – our professionals must locate the source of the moisture and dampness. Without adequately identifying how the water damage occurred that facilitated mold growth, these conditions are likely to happen again.

Sometimes the humid conditions are enough to generate these hazardous circumstances, as interior humidity above 60% can allow for mold growth on the walls, ceilings, and other organic materials. The initial approach is to establish isolation zones with the use of our powerful negative air machines in conjunction with physical plastic sheeting. Mold damage in Orlando homes can spread quickly and harmfully without these containment barriers.

If our technicians reach the situation in your Orlando residence fast enough, many of the hosting materials can get repaired with the use of sophisticated equipment like dry ice blasting machines and soda-blasting equipment. These approaches can remove mold debris without harming the surface and substrate.

Orlando is a highly active area of the country, and as such, the threats of emergencies and disasters never cease. You can count on the swift response of our SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South/West St. Petersburg team in a crisis. Give our professionals a call anytime that you need us at (727) 341-1001.

Why You Should Choose SERVPRO to Handle Your Property's Mold

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

Before we begin to tell you why you should choose SERVPRO to handle your property’s mold, let's begin with what mold actually is. Mold is a living organism belonging to the kingdom fungi. Due to mold, not capable of making its own food, it has to gain its nutrients from other substances. Mold is composed of thread-like filaments called hyphae. The hyphae then form a conglomerate called a mycelium. While mold itself has no mobility, its hyphae can grow quite large. Why should you choose SERVPRO to handle your property’s mold? We can give you two reasons:



#1 We Are Highly Trained Mold Remediation Specialists

SERVPRO professionals specialize in water and mold damage restoration. They have Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist, Water Damage Restoration Technician, and Applied Structural Drying Technician training and expertise to safely handle any mold situation.

#2 We Use Advanced Mold Remediation Techniques and Equipment

While every mold damage scenario is different and requires a unique solution, the general mold remediation process stays the same.

Step 1: Emergency Contact 1-833-683-4550

The mold cleanup and restoration process begins when you call our National Customer Care Center, to receive all the information needed to begin the process. 

Step 2: Inspection and Mold Damage Assessment

SERVPRO professionals will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mold. 

Related: Warning Signs You Have A Mold Problem




Step 3: Mold Containment

SERVPRO professionals will use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mold in your house. 

Related: Mold Health Risks



Step 4: Air Filtration

Their specialized filtration equipment allows their Professionals to capture microscopic mold spores out of the air. They utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mold spores while the mold remediation is in process.

Step 5: Removing Mold and Mold-Infested Materials

The mold remediation process depends on the amount of mold growth and the types of surfaces on which the mold appears. REmoving and disposing of mold-infested porous materials, like drywall and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mold growth. 

Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings

SERVPRO professionals will clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mold. 

Step 7: Restoration

Depending on the level of mold damage, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as painting or installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business. 



Understanding the 3 types of Water Damage

2/4/2020 (Permalink)

There are several occurrences of water damage. It can come fast or occur slowly, it can be a quick fix or a major issue to property, it can be an expensive fix or time-consuming to solve. When this occurs, SERVPRO Gulf Beaches South/West St. Petersburg wants to be there for you!

Being educated on the types of water damage can help give you peace of mind and help you prepare. Here are the three general categories of water damage and what can be done to help with each one.

  • Clean Water

This water is clean and comes from an uncontaminated source. If this occurs, know that it is not dangerous if consumed by pets or people. This type of water damage may occur if an incoming water line bursts, you have a bathroom flood due to an overflowing sink or tub, or have a small leak from an internal water pipe. SERVPRO can help extract the water and dry surfaces out for you. It is important to have this done by an expert, as any remaining wet areas can bring on further issues such as mold, fungus or rotting materials.

  • Grey Water

Grey Water comes from a source with some contaminants in it. If a leak, puddle, or sitting of “Clean Water” is left for too long, this can turn into Grey Water. Other sources include sump pump failures, overflowing washing machines, and even some sewage pipes. This water type may cause people and animals to become sick if their exposure is high or consumed. SERVPRO recommends calling them to handle the water in a professional way. 

  • Black Water

Black Water is the most hazardous type of water damage that can occur. This water is extremely contaminated and likely comes from a natural disaster or sewage plumbing. This water may sometimes look clean, but can actually contain microbes that can be toxic and harmful. When it comes to home flooding emergencies, blackwater floods can be the most destructive. This is due to the unsanitary conditions of the water causing bacteria, chemicals, and toxins to absorbing into the porous items in your home. Carpets, upholstery, and drywall are often destroyed in this unsalvageable disaster. 

Clean and Grey Water has the potential to even turn to Black Water if left standing or unattended to. Please call SERVPRO to help remove water and disinfect your home immediately if this affects your home, and avoid exposing you and your household as it can cause illness. Our team of professionals are here to help in any circumstances needed!



Removing of Odors in your Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Odors from smoke, pets, decomposition or mold can cause lingering odors in your home or business. A simple surface clean doesn’t necessarily get rid of these smells. With technicians certified by the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration (IICRC), SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg provides specialized services that can rid your home or business of offensive odors left by smoke, mold or other sources. Our professionals do not cover up lingering odors with a fragrance; they seek out and remove the sources of the odor. Once the source is found, we use SERVPRO’s own proprietary line of cleaning products to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will also be professionally cleaned and deodorized, including furniture, draperies and upholstery, electronics, art, flooring, walls, ceilings, HVAC air ducts, and more. Along with our proprietary line of cleaning products SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg uses various techniques and equipment to treat odors. These techniques are capable of penetrating surfaces to neutralize an unpleasant odor thoroughly. Some of the tools we use include: Ozone Generator: The Ozone Generator is one of the quickest ways to eliminate odors from a home or office. We use the Ozone Generator to oxidize odor and eliminate odors from mold, mildew, pets, nicotine, smoke and more without the use of chemicals. Though the room being treated cannot be occupied while in use, the generator works quickly to clean, sanitize and remove offensive odors. Hydroxyl Generator: The Hydroxyl Generator has several benefits that the Ozone Generator does not. The main benefit is that the room being treated can be occupied during the deodorization process; though it does work slower. The Hydroxyl Generator can be used to treat fire and smoke, as well as biohazard jobs, water damage, crime scene situations, and animal odors. Air Filtration Device: This piece of equipment, also known as an air scrubber, is used to remove airborne contaminants during water, fire, smoke, mold, and sewage restoration work. These work by pulling air through HEPA filtration to remove airborne particles from the air. This helps clean the air and remove odors. Whether you are a building manager who needs an apartment cleaned for the next tenant or homeowner who wants to get your home ready for sale, getting rid of offensive odors is a high priority. Fire, water, or mold damage, or just a stubborn odor that refuses to go away, SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg is here to help make it “Like it never even happened.” Contact us at (727) 341-1001

When This Doctor Needed Help He Called SERVPRO

11/16/2019 (Permalink)

A doctor's office. A fire. Two things that don't mix. Fortunately no one was injured. But we needed to help this practice set up a temporary office so that the doctors could continue to see patients. We know that in a situation like this time is of the essence. We got the call and responded with plenty of crew to get the damaged contents out and assess what could be cleaned and salvaged and what needed to be discarded. Contents that sustained only light soot damage were quickly and thoroughly cleaned and moved to their temporary office space so that their business could resume somewhat normal activities. Closely working with the client and the insurance company, we packed contents and began the cleaning process both at our warehouse and on site in order to get their business back up and running as soon as possible. As boxes of contents were cleaned and ready to put back into use, we transported finished items to their temporary office space. Contents ranged from waiting room furniture and files to high end instruments and tools needed needing fine intricate cleaning. Meanwhile, our crew was busy doing necessary demo in areas of the building that had to be removed due to the fire damage. Debris hauling and cleaning of the entire structure to remove soot that had traveled through the entire building we ongoing until that portion of the job was complete. Ducts of the HVAC system also needed cleaning as the smoke and soot traveled through these systems as a means of escape. We readied the building after demo and cleaning for a contractor to come in and build-back the structure to make the offices operational again.

In a fire of this magnitude, the project manager needs to oversee all of these activities in order to fully complete the job. And as you can imagine this process takes months to complete. We know that situations like these require constant communication with our client throughout the process. It is always satisfying to see a job of this magnitude come to completion. Our goal throughout this process is to minimize the stress for our customers and get them back to normal business as smoothly and quickly as possible.

When unfortunate circumstances require our services, we do our best to exceed customer expectations. We are always here to help.

Sprinkler Water Damage

11/9/2019 (Permalink)

A fire in a commercial business or a property managed real estate complex can be devastating, but when you add in the additional damages from the sprinkler systems kicking on, the commercial damages are enormous. Businesses and apartment complexes cannot afford to close for a day; it affects the lives of many different individuals. SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg offers 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.

Using SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg commercial services is like a one stop shop. Continuing with the example, if a fire burns through a commercial business and the sprinkler system turns on, there are going to be both fire and water damages. SERVPRO’s commercial services are an umbrella term that extends our normal services into a commercial setting. SERVPRO is able to simultaneously treat fire and water damages. Our commercial services reduce the cost that businesses pay because they do not need to look for multiple companies. The other additional benefit to SERVPRO is that they are essentially a liaison between insurance companies and clients.

Unfortunately, disasters are not preventable, but companies like SERVPRO are there to make it “Like it never even happened.” with their residential and commercial services. For questions regarding SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg commercial services, contact the office at (727) 341-1001, visit the website, or message them on Facebook!