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

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Mold damage in St. Petersburg, Florida If you have mold, contact SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg.

Before we begin to tell you why you should choose SERVPRO to handle your property's mold, let's start with what mold is. Mold is a living organism belonging to the kingdom fungi. Due to mold not capable of making its 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. We 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 begin 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. 

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 these mold spores' spread 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 mold damage level, drywall, subfloors, and other building materials may need removal. Restoration may involve minor repairs such as painting or installing new carpet, or it may entail major repairs such as reconstructing various areas or rooms in a home or business.

Understanding the 3 Types of Water Damage

2/3/2021 (Permalink)

Categories of water damage - cartoon home deep in water If you have water damage, contact SERVPRO Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg.

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

Being educated on water damage types can help give you peace of mind and help you prepare. There're three general categories of water damage.

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's essential 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 professionally.

Black Water

Black Water is the most hazardous type of water damage that can occur. This water is too contaminated and likely comes from a natural disaster or sewage plumbing. This water may sometimes look clean but can contain microbes that can be toxic and harmful. When it comes to home flooding emergencies, Black Water floods can be the most destructive. This is due to the water's unsanitary conditions, causing bacteria, chemicals, and toxins to absorb 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. 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 can help in any circumstances needed!

Smoother Claims Process

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

insurance claim form SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg is here to help!

If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, the last thing you want is to worry. For this reason, our team ensures they make a claim process as stress-free as possible. SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg will help make it "Like it never even happened." That way, you and your family or business can get back to what is essential.

Our goal is to make the insurance process as smooth as possible. Therefore, we will:

  • Create thorough visual and written documentation of the damage to your home or business.
  • Document the condition of each item we remove for cleaning or storage.
  • Work with your insurer.
  • Handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is quick

We are so proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their clients. They are aware of the benefits that come along with our partnership. We do everything we can to make the entire process as easy as possible.

Our team is here for you if you experience a disaster. Our technicians have specialized training and years of experience in water, fire, mold, and biohazard cleanup and restoration services. Call today; we're available 24/7.

Removing Odors in Your Home

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Odors in St. Petersburg Home - image of smoke Contact us today!

Odors from smoke, pets, decomposition, or mold can cause lingering odors in your home or business. A simple surface clean doesn't necessarily rid the odor smell. 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 offensive odors left by smoke, mold, or other sources. 

Our professionals don't cover up lingering odors with a fragrance. We seek out and remove the odor's sources. Once the source is found, we use SERVPRO's proprietary line of cleaning products to treat and prevent the odor from returning. Any restorable item in affected areas will be cleaned and deodorized professionally. These items include 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 chemicals. While the room is being treated, you cannot occupy the space. However, 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 advantage is that the treated room can be occupied during the deodorization process, though it does work slower. It's used to treat fire and smoke and 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. Helping clean the air and remove odors. 

Whether you're a building manager who needs an apartment cleaned for the next tenant or a homeowner getting ready to sell, get rid of offensive odors. Fire, water, or mold damage odor that refuses to go away, call SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg.

When This Doctor Needed Help They Called SERVPRO

11/13/2020 (Permalink)

Commercial fire damage This doctor's office suffered fire damage.

A doctor's office and a fire. Two things that don't mix. Fortunately, the fire didn't result in any injures. However, SERVPRO needed to help this practice set up a temporary office so 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 SERVPRO crew members to get the damaged contents out and assess what could be cleaned, salvaged, and discarded. SERVPRO cleaned the contents that had light soot damage quickly and thoroughly. Once cleaning, we moved the contents to the business' temporary office space to resume somewhat normal activities. Closely working with the client and the insurance company, we packed contents and cleaned at our warehouse and on-site. As boxes of contents were cleaned and ready to put back into use, we transported the finished items to the temporary office. Contents ranged from waiting room furniture and files to high-end instruments and tools needed needing adequate intricate cleaning.

Meanwhile, our crew was busy doing the necessary demo in the building that suffered fire damage. Debris hauling and cleaning the entire structure to remove soot that had traveled through the whole building was ongoing until that portion of the job was complete. The HVAC system ducts also needed cleaning as the smoke and soot traveled through these systems to escape. We readied the building after the demo and cleaning for a contractor to build-back the structure to make the offices operational.

At this level of damage, the project manager oversaw all activities to complete the job entirely. As you can imagine, this process takes months to complete. We know that situations like these require constant communication with our clients throughout the process. It's always satisfying to see a job of this magnitude come to completion.

Our goal is to minimize our customers' stress and get them back to regular business as smoothly and quickly as possible. When unfortunate circumstances require our services, we do our best to exceed customer expectations. For additional information regarding our commercial services, call SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg.

Sprinkler Water Damage

11/2/2020 (Permalink)

Sprinkler water damage - image of cartoon sprinkler head SERVPRO can handle residential and commercial damages. Give us a call today!

A fire in a commercial property or a property managed real estate complex can be devastating. Still, 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 many different individuals' lives. 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. Our commercial services are an umbrella term that extends our normal services into a commercial setting. SERVPRO simultaneously treats fire and water damages. Our services reduce the cost that businesses pay because they don't need to look for multiple companies. The other additional benefit to SERVPRO is we are a liaison insurance companies and clients. Unfortunately, disasters are not preventable, but companies like SERVPRO are there to make it "Like it never even happened," with our residential and commercial services.

For questions regarding SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg commercial services, contact us at (727) 341-1001.

Did You Know?

10/30/2020 (Permalink)

St. Petersburg commercial property Have a plan for your St. Petersburg commercial property.

Residues (such as burning plastics or furnace soot disorders) form long chains of ionized smoke particles that assemble in corners or at junctions of walls and ceilings called smoke webs!

Does Your Business Have a Plan? 

Your employees are your most crucial business asset. These tips can help prevent injuries during a fire.

Fire Plans: Make sure your employees know what to do if there's a fire, including calling 911 immediately. Conduct a fire drill at least once a year to keep employees aware of your workplace fire safety protocol. 

Evacuation Plan: In larger buildings, post a fire evacuation plan in several spots around the workplace. Never include elevators in an evacuation plan; always use the stairs. 

First Aid: Your employees should be familiar with the first aid kit's location in case of a fire. Place the first aid kit where possible hazards can occur most-such as in the kitchen.

If your commercial property has fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South/ St. Petersburg.

Commercial Mold Removal

10/23/2020 (Permalink)

Mold remediation in St. Petersburg - image of green cleaning icon Contact us for mold remediation services.

SERVPRO received a call from a local property owner to check on a restaurant he purchased to renovate. The renovation resulted in a large mold job for SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / St. Petersburg. Upon entering this abandoned space, it became clear immediately this was a mold remediation job for the experts! So we went to work! With mold covering the walls, the bar area, baseboards, and crown molding, our crew had to suit up with PPE, including respirators and Tyvek suits, to ensure protection! Mold remediation is a very tedious job for a home, but it is even more so when it is a commercial property like a restaurant. A containment setup is needed to not contaminate unaffected areas. All items with mold exposure required proper disposal. An industrial hygienist arrived after SERVPRO finished the demo and cleanup to ensure the commercial property checked out.

Mold remediation in a commercial property is a tedious yet rewarding job, especially when we get to see a building brought back to life! Contact us today!

Benefits of a Large Loss Response

10/20/2020 (Permalink)

Flooding in St. Petersburg, Florida SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg has the expertise to handle your disaster.

When a disaster occurs in St. Petersburg, Florida, catastrophic loss often occurs. However, employing a restoration company that can offer a massive loss response can be useful for insurance agents and business owners.

1. Equipped With the Right Tools

When a major disaster strikes, the aftermath can be devastating. Restoration experts will likely be overwhelmed with requests. Some local restoration companies may not be equipped to handle all types of disasters, and these companies may not have access to specialized tools. A restoration company with a broad reach can bring the necessary tools from various locations to assist in the cleanup and restoration process.

2. Experience to Handle Catastrophes

Whether a catastrophic loss occurs due to flooding, storm, or fire damage, it's essential for business owners and insurance agents alike to know experienced professionals restoring commercial properties can help. One person alone may not have the experience to respond to a major disaster. However, when numerous people assist in responding to a disaster, the combined expertise makes the loss response team manage many aspects of commercial property damage.

3. Timely Reactions

When widespread damage occurs to an area, a local restoration company may not assess shortly after the disaster. Unfortunately, a slow response can cause a property to acquire more issues, such as mold growth, structural damage, etc. With a massive loss response, however, professionals can quickly assess a property, and after a thorough assessment, experts can assist in preventing additional damage and can begin restoration.

A massive loss response can make managing the effects of a catastrophic loss easier. An enormous loss response will allow various professionals from different areas to assess the damage. Experts will have the combined experience to handle multiple significant problems. Call SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg.

3 Facts About Commercial Black Water

10/16/2020 (Permalink)

Detected black water - employees in PPE If you suspect black water in your property, contact SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West. St. Petersburg.

Your Florida commercial building can be affected by flooding from several sources. Water damage can include warped flooring and moldy drywall, but one of the immediate issues caused by flooding is the influx of contaminated water. If your business has been damaged by flooding, it can help understand how this type of water can cause long-term damage and what you can do to mitigate it. 

It Can Contain Dangerous Chemicals 

Environmental experts often call contaminated water that stems from flooding Category 3 or “black water.” This means the water did not come from a sterile source and may contain various hazardous components, including harsh sewer and lawn chemicals that entered the water during flooding. These chemicals can make the water dangerous to touch, so calling in flood damage and cleanup service is the safest way to remove it. 

It May Cause Health Effects

Category 3 water damage can be dangerous in more than one way. For example, standing black water can grow microbes that may cause health effects. Urine and feces may also be present, even if they are not immediately visible, so it is wise to avoid this type of water entirely and wait for professional cleanup services to arrive. 

Acting Quickly Can Be Essential 

Because contaminated water can become more dangerous the longer it sits, it is good to call in a cleanup crew right away. This can be important even if you believe the worst of the damage has already been done. Having the water removed may reduce the chances of long-term issues with your building’s affected floors and walls and prevent mold growth, which can be challenging to treat once it takes hold. 

Black water damage can harm your Florida commercial building in several ways. However, when you know its dangers and how to combat them, you may be able to prevent the worst of the destruction.