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Water Damage Emergency Tips

2/16/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded home in Tampa, Florida - water damage tips Have water damage? Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast today!

When you're dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast responds immediately and uses advanced equipment and techniques to remove the water. They monitor and document the process to verify your property dries.

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house? Electrical and "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most prevalent concerns.
  • Do activities that are safe for you to perform. Wet materials can be heavy. Be careful!
  • Have A Water Damage Emergency? Call (813) 694-9092.

What To Do After Flooding 

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors. 

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines, or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if the ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

However, if disaster strikes, trust your local SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast to be by your side when you need us. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- including holidays! 

How to Check for Roof Damage After a Storm

2/8/2021 (Permalink)

Roof damaged after a storm in Tampa, Florida Don't forget to check your roof after the next storm!

After a significant storm, it's a good idea to inspect your property for storm damage. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Pay attention to things like dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens, which indicate hail damage. You may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage from the ground, but most leaks don't represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from something requiring minor roof repair. Find the source of the leak, stop it, and clean the water damage.

Find the Leak Source

During storms in Tampa, Southeast wind damage lets the rain into your roof. From the inside of your home, look for stains that indicate the source leak and areas needing roof repair. You may see water stains on your ceiling or coming down a wall. When you see that, get your flashlight and head to that area. Here are five familiar sources for a roof leak:

  1. Vents and fans
  2. Chimneys
  3. Window dormers
  4. Vent pipes
  5. Unsecured nails and nail holes

Fix Water Damage

To complete your roof repair:

  1. Start looking for materials damaged by water.
  2. Check for discolorations and rotting wood and wet drywall and insulation.
  3. When you find mold, remain careful and don't spread during cleanup.

A mold remediation professional can help create a containment area while working on the water and mold damage. If you haven't found mold, be sure to start drying any wet materials immediately. Mold can begin growing on wet damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. Complete drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize. Specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are dry.

When Storms Hit Tampa Southeast, SERVPRO is Ready!

2/5/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Tampa specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

FASTER RESPONSE

Since we are locally owned and operated, we can respond quicker with the right resources. This is extremely important because a fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

RESOURCES TO HANDLE STORMS

When storms hit Tampa we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of over 1700 franchises across the country as well as our elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.

IF YOU HAVE STORM OR FLOOD DAMAGE WE ARE AVAILABLE 24/7 TO HELP

Call us today! 

Drying Out Water Damage

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Machines drying out a floor affected by water damage Dry out water on your floors as soon as you can. The longer you wait, the worse the damage will be.

After a plumbing disaster, Tampa Southeast homeowners need a water-vac to pull water off the floor, open the doors and windows, and rent a rug shampooer from the local big box store. To restore a home takes a professional restoration service. Drying a home with water damage in Tampa requires attention to four key factors that affect humidity.

SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast restoration specialists train to analyze each one, knowing which drying methods and equipment they need to use in each home. It all comes down to HEAT. Humidity levels determine the level of water vapor in the air in a home compared to its capacity. A level of 60 percent or higher indicates the air is saturated. That greatly slows evaporation and increases drying time. Specialists use dehumidifiers to reduce the humidity level in each affected room. Working dehumidifiers can lower the level up to 20 percent every 24 hours.

Evaporation is the natural process of water converting to vapor. With large amounts of water, it is slow. Our SERVPRO specialists use pumps and smaller extraction devices to remove the bulk of the standing water. They get the amount below two inches in depth; the rate of evaporation increases. An augment rate of evaporation with dehumidifiers is to exhaust fans to increase movement, forcing saturated air outside the home.

Air movement increases by causing dry air to spread across damp surfaces like walls, tables, and countertops to increase the evaporation rate. Air movers and fans' combination to increase air movement is useful to dry clothing in a gentle manner that doesn't damage the fabric. Temperature is an essential factor. Since the preferred range to dry home and property is 70 to 90 degrees, we try to engage the HVAC system if it is operational. If not, specialists use space heaters to raise the internal temperature. They monitor the temperature to keep it under 80 degrees on the first day; however, a higher temperature can increase the humidity.

At SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast, we use every tool and method available to return every residence to a dry, safe condition for families to live in once again. If you have had a recent water issue in your home, call us at (813) 694-9092 to schedule a visit. We are here for you. 

Is Your Small Business "Ready for Whatever Happens"?

2/4/2021 (Permalink)

Picture of a flooded area in Tampa, Florida When disasters happen, be ready.

Does Your Business Have a Plan for When Disaster Strikes?

Preparedness for an emergency is an essential part of a business operation plan because when business slows, it can cause loss of revenue and additional unforeseen expenses. Among many disasters, many businesses have a hard time recovering from the loss of income.

According to the Red Cross, 40 percent of small businesses suffer so greatly after a disaster that they shut down and never reopen. SERVPRO offers an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) free of charge to local businesses in the Tampa, FL area. SERVPRO ERPs offer several advantages to your business, including:

  • A concise profile document of your business
    • This contains the critical information needed in an emergency & saves time and money if ever needed.
    • It only takes a little time to complete and doesn’t interfere with your business’s current projects.
  • A description of your facility’s details (i.e., shut-off valve locations, priority areas, and important contact information)
  • A comprehensive guide to getting you back into your building ASAP following a disaster
    • This minimizes the amount of time your business is inactive since you’ll have an immediate plan of action.
  • An established relationship with SERVPRO as your damage mitigation and restoration provider
    • We’re close by, ready to respond, and available 24/7
  • Identification of chain of command for work authorization within your company
    • This expedites the process of beginning damage mitigation and restoration for your company, reducing downtime and costs.

SERVPRO ERPs allow your business to have a quick reference of what to do when an emergency happens and how to do it. Be assured that you’ve got a professional industry leader right nearby who’s “Ready for whatever happens.”

When and Where Do Hurricanes Likely Occur?

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

hurricane heading towards Florida If you have storm damage, call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast!

Hurricane season in the Atlantic runs from June 1st to November 30th. However, storms outside of these dates aren't unheard of. Activity ramps up in August, and peaks in September, and again in October.

During this season, hurricanes form due to two factors: warm ocean waters (80 degrees or higher) and weak vertical winds (little change in wind direction or speed with height) is most common. This is the season with the highest frequency of west-moving weather disturbances in the tropics that develop into hurricanes.

The difference between a hurricane, cyclone, and typhoon is your location. People refer to thunderstorms as hurricanes, while people near the equator in Africa and Australia refer to them as cyclones.

Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast today to restore your Florida property "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7 for any restoration needs!

Emergency Ready App

2/2/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ERP App Set up your profile today!

While SERVPRO is mostly known for residential water and fire restoration, it is essential to know that we can also handle commercial losses! Those losses go beyond just water and fire, though, as we remediate mold and provide general cleaning services.

We know when emergencies happen, there is a lot at stake -- especially at commercial properties! Why not have help at your fingertips with SERVPRO's Ready App!

Use this for your home and business as an owner, property manager, risk manager, and facility management. We will help you create an Emergency Ready Profile (ERP) using the Ready App. It gives us access to critical facility information that helps speed up our response time.

If you want to help setting up an ERP, call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 694-9092, and we can have one of our marketing representatives come out and walk you through the process!

Rug Cleaning After a Fire

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

carpet cleaning in Tampa, Florida Call today to schedule your carpet cleaning!

The highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling overtime after a fire, like in this case. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is here to help!

We offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:

  • Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short pile carpets.
  • Hot Water Extraction: A deeper cleaning method for all carpet types.
  • Deluxe Precondition and Rinse: Helps restore deeply soiled areas.
  • Showcase Premier Cleaning: The most thorough cleaning method in the industry.
  • Dry Cleaning: When color-fastness is an issue.

Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast today to restore your Florida property "Like it never even happened." We are available 24/7 for any restoration needs! For additional information, call (813) 694-9092.

Commercial Fire Damage

1/29/2021 (Permalink)

Kitchen fire in Tampa, Florida Fires happen when you least expect them. Call SERVPRO for your restoration needs!

Commercial fire damage repair is something you never think you will need for your business, but the unfortunate reality is some companies will experience a damaging fire event. Fires can occur by an electrical shortage from overloading an extension cord to a lightning strike. As the flames extinguish, you may begin to worry about what steps to take to resume business. The best advice is to have a plan.

The Damage Caused by a Fire 

When you experience commercial fire damage, you may reflect on the mess left in the charred ruins of the property. However, the damage you need to contend with will go beyond the ashes. To repair the property, seek the help of a professional team like SERVPRO. Water is extracted after the firefighters' efforts. The smoke damage may cause a problem with the burnt materials from the fire. While a fire may be contained in one area of the building, smoke can fill most of the areas, and it can cause significant damage and odors. Our trained Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technicians (FSRT) can resolve these issues. When smoke and water damage are dealt with appropriately, the structure will not show any aftereffects. "Like it never even happened."

A fire loss within your enterprise, whether a retail store, rental apartment building, professional office, or a warehouse, costs you customer goodwill and loss of profitability when a business cannot be conducted. We can generate a corporate program called the Contents Claim Inventory Service (CCIS.) This report will categorize all affected materials, furniture and equipment, stock, electronics, and documents. We suggest what is salvageable, non-salvageable, or questionable. The final decision rests with you and your insurance company as to how we proceed. SERVPRO is a preferred commercial fire damage restoration company to more than 300 insurance companies, federal and municipal entities, and property management companies. We willingly coordinate efforts with your insurance adjuster to efficiently and economically restore your business in the best manner possible.

When to Make the Call 

After you have dealt with commercial fire damage, you may ask yourself when you need to make the call to a professional for assistance. The time to contact SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast as soon as the fire is out. Our business is to get you back in business! Rely on us 24/7 for an immediate response.

Preventing Water Damage on Vacation

1/28/2021 (Permalink)

Flooded basement in Tampa, Florida Do you have a flooded basement? Call SERVPRO today!

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 ensure 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.