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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 renovating 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 Tyvec 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)

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 be helpful to understand how this type of water can cause long-term damage and what you can do to mitigate it. 

1. 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 a variety of 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 have it removed. 

2. 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 completely and wait for professional cleanup services to arrive. 

3. Acting Quickly Can Be Essential 

Because contaminated water can become more dangerous the longer it sits, it is a good idea 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 difficult to treat once it takes hold. 

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

When a Disaster Strikes in Your Gulf Beach Home, Call Us

10/15/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO is the restoration company for you in St. Petersburg - image of technician and customer in home Call SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg today!

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


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.

Water


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.

Fire


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.

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. 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.

Removing Odors in Your Home

10/13/2020 (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 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.

Why Professional Mold Remediation Is Necessary

10/8/2020 (Permalink)

Mold remediation in St. Petersburg Contact SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg to handle your mold damage!

Professional Remediation Vs. DIY for Your St. Petersburg Home

Many Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg homeowners would argue that their repairing methods and restoring damage to their home are as effective as the professionals could produce. While there might be instances where this could be as effective or more money-saving, mold remediation is not one of these situations. There're some things that every homeowner should know about the differences between DIY mold removal and professional remediation work for their property.

One of the first concerns about mold damage that any Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg homeowner should have is the extent of the damage that they are currently facing. Even a small colony can spread quickly throughout a home and pose a significant risk to both the property's structural integrity and those exposed to the colony. This safety concern is one of the defining factors that should deter homeowners from DIY removal. Without the appropriate personal protective equipment and training, removal efforts could cause acute health effects.

DIY approaches encourage homeowners to use a harsh detergent like bleach and scrub over present colonies to remove them, but this can prove problematic for multiple reasons. The first of these concerns is bleach can react adversely with certain mold types and become more volatile. Bleach is less effective because this approach only takes off surface mold and does not remove the entire hyphae like the equipment our SERVPRO professionals can use.

Another concern is the spread of the organism. Homeowners do not have the available equipment to contain a spreading mold colony as our SERVPRO professionals do. With air scrubbers, hydroxyl generators, and physical plastic sheeting barriers, we can effectively prevent the organism's spread to new areas of the home. At the same time, remediation and mold removal efforts get underway.

As tempting as it might sound to save money and take care of mold growth on your own, many homeowners find that the situation only ends up continually getting worse despite their efforts. Give our SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg remediation specialists a call at (727) 341-1001 to make mold damage "Like it never even happened."

Signs Of Mold in Your Home

10/1/2020 (Permalink)

Mold on a wall in St. Petersburg Mold growth in a St. Petersburg, Florida, home.

In as little as 48 hours, mold can quickly become a problem in your home or business when there’s a water intrusion, like a roof leak or leaking water line. If you have a mold problem in your home or business, your primary focus should be safety.

Make sure you stay out of affected areas and turn off the HVAC system and fans. Then contact SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg for mold remediation services.

Remember, significant mold growth can occur in as little as 48-72 hours. You might notice a strong, musty odor; this may indicate hidden mold behind drywall or under carpeting; mold isn’t always visible, but the odor can help identify it. Mold may present a greater risk to children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems.

If you suspect mold growth in your home or business, give SERVPRO of Gulf Beaches South / West St. Petersburg a call at (727) 341-1001.