Storm Damage to your Florida Home
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What to Do Before Floodwaters Enter the Clearwater Home
Homeowners have many different responsibilities, including taking care of damages when they purchase a home. The landlord can't make any repairs that are needed since the individual may be changing from renting to owning the property they are investing in. 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 water damage in the home from thunderstorms, tornadoes, or a 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 homeowners purchase insurance for their homes and property, it is essential 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 they purchase must cover natural disasters like Clearwater floods not to lose their investment entirely.
Tip #2 – Ensure Carpeting on the Floors is Completely Dry
Preventing mold and mildew is a necessity if floodwaters enter the home. By hiring a professional to get the carpets thoroughly dry, the owner can save money in water 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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Know what to do before floodwaters invade the home can save homeowners thousands of dollars. For additional information regarding flooding and how to minimize water damage, contact SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg at (727) 341-1001.
Preventing Water Damage on Vacation
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According to a study done by the Insurance Institute, homeowners' highest insurance claims are water damage. Leaky pipes and, in often cases, appliances cause millions of dollars of damage in freezing weather and storms. While you're on vacation, it's no surprise that a leaky pipe can burst and generate hundreds of dollars of repairs.
Step 1. Check for Leaks Before Going on Vacation
Check pipes under your sinks and the water heater for any rust, cracks, or damage. You should check the seals by your windows to make sure 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
You must inspect the hoses connected to essential appliances in your home, such as dishwashers, washers/dryers, and refrigerators. If there's 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. Run a few tests, listen to the sounds it makes, and make sure that the pump's water is going outside. Install a battery-powered backup in case there's a power outage while you're away.
Step 5. Insulate Exposed Pipes
If you plan 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. Drain the pipes 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. Open the cabinets under your sink to let the warm air surround the pipes.
If you experience water damage while you are away from your home, contact SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg today at (727) 341-1001.
How Surface Water May be Causing Your Flooded Basement
Prevent flooded basements in your Gulf Beaches property.
How to Protect Your Foundation and Prevent Basement Flooding
A flooded basement can be caused by surface water flooding, meaning external water that's not draining correctly away from your home. You can do a few things 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're 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.
2. Preventing Flooding Due to Landscape Design
If not appropriately sloped, 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 to 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, storm drains can become overwhelmed and leave your sump pump ill-equipped to handle the surge when heavy rains hit. Installing a cap on the external drain can resolve the issue but may involve storm damage specialists in the Gulf Beaches area.
A flooded basement is preventable 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.
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Why SERVPRO is the Choice For Restoration in St. Petersburg
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 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 our customers' work, improve our efficiency and effectiveness in your home or business.
Storm damage in Florida homes is a common situation that our SERVPRO professionals must address. Florida is susceptible to 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 other harmful conditions. Our ability to handle these situations is partly due to our commitment to the training and growth of our specialists, ensuring that each 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 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 Florida property.
We know how easily water loss incidents can develop, and that's why training our restoration technicians in this niche is a constant and continual process. The science of restoring water damage in St. Petersburg homes is evolving and consistently changing. 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. Our commitment to customer satisfaction and the outcome of your loss incidents goes far beyond our IICRC training.
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. Combined with multiple other impressive equipment pieces, this vehicle sets our professionals apart in water damage restoration for the Gulf Beach South area.
We also have the capability of addressing the massive loss of water damage for commercial properties and houses. 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.
Our team is responsible for many structures in this area alone; the possibility of fire damage is a persistent threat. Knowing the best approach to handle 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 odor control and upholstery/carpet cleaning have access to equipment that can help our team restore loss incidents quickly.
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.
Every minute counts in fire restoration. Our technicians obtain IICRC certifications and train to understand how fire damage in St. Petersburg homes and businesses spreads and the best approach to overcome the damages.
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. These conditions are likely to happen again without adequately identifying how the water damage facilitated mold growth.
Sometimes the humid conditions are enough to generate these hazardous circumstances, as interior humidity above 60% can mold growth on ceilings and other organic materials. The initial approach is to establish isolation zones using our powerful negative air machines in conjunction with physical plastic sheeting. Mold damage in Florida homes can spread quickly and harmfully without these containment barriers.
Suppose our technicians reach the situation in your Orlando residence fast enough. In that case, many of the hosting materials can get repaired using sophisticated equipment like dry ice blasting machines and soda-blasting equipment. These approaches can remove mold debris without harming the surface and substrate.
St. Petersburg is a highly active area of the country, and as such, the threats of emergencies and disasters never cease. You can count the swift response of 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
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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
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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.
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 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 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
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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
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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 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
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
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.