What is an Ice Dam and what does it mean to you?
Have you ever heard of an ice dam?
Ice dams can be a little-known, but major problem during the snowy season. They form when heated air melts roof snow downward into the water. When the trapped water cannot flow or run into the gutter system, it can backflow under the roof’s shingles and into the structure’s interior areas, as well as causing gutters and shingles to move or fall.
So what causes ice dams?
They come from poor ventilation and climate control within the attic of a home. The attic gets warm, this can cause snow on the roof of the home to melt. When your home has recessed lighting, skylights, intricate roof designs, and/or heating ducts, you’re at an increased chance for an ice dam to form.
How can you check for ice dams?
You can look for some warning signs that will tip you off to the presence of the elusive ice dam. Icicles can be an initial sign, according to Travelers.com. To spot ice dams inside, “check for water stains or moisture in your attic or along with the ceiling of exterior walls of your house. Water stains or moisture may be an indication that an ice dam has formed and water has penetrated the roof membrane.” Another sign is if ice is coming through the home’s soffits or forming in the gutters, or there’s ice appearing on the exterior walls.
Do you know what to do if you have an ice dam?
Removing an ice dam as soon as it is found is vital to helping prevent damage to your property and can be done using heated cables, a roof shovel, or calcium chloride ice melt. If winter weather causes water damage to your property, we’re here to help. Call us at SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast we’re available 24/7, ready to restore to preloss condition.
Spring Cleaning? Don't forget the carpets.
When’s the last time you’ve had your carpets cleaned at your home or business? Spring cleaning brings visions of dusting off shelves, organizing closets, and decluttering from winter’s hibernation tendencies. Although we don’t want to admit it, most of us can’t remember the last time we’ve had our carpets cleaned!
Our carpets are the most obvious offenders when we think about what makes our home messy or unclean. Unfortunately, according to some recent microbiology research, the average carpet is 4,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat! Gross!
When broken down, that means there's an average of 200,000 bacteria per square inch
Sounds like we need to clean our carpets! And while it may seem like bacterial infections are the risk here, it is allergies.
Springtime itself brings a fresh onset of allergies, but one way to combat those is to have your carpets cleaned (we can help you!).
When shoes from outside and brought into the house, bacteria, pollen, and dust can be tracked into the carpet fibers.
These allergens can later be kicked up into the air, causing household allergy symptoms. Not to mention thousands of dead human skin cells have settled into the carpet fibers, along with pet hair.
This makes for a dust mite buffet, as dead skin cells are their primary food source. Dust mites can inflame allergy symptoms.
So what can you do? Vacuuming is important, so be sure to do this at least weekly. This will help with the dust mites and the pet fur, but you do need to get your carpets deep-cleaned for the best effect.
Although you can clean them yourself with an at-home system, it’s not recommended. Water that can be left behind from cleaning may form mold, which will further irritate allergy symptoms. When you’re ready for a thorough spring cleaning, give us a call! We’ll be over in no time to clean your carpets.
Freezing Temps Mean Your Pipes Can Freeze
Now that winter is here, there are bursting pipes everywhere!
As temperatures drop below freezing, water pipes both at your home and your workplace run the risk of freezing and bursting. When this happens, flooding and damage can occur to the property and possessions. Although bursting pipes can lead to a myriad of issues, the good thing is that this can be avoided. Here are a few tips to help safeguard against freezing pipes:
Add extra insulation
Pipes located in the basement or attic need protection from freezing temperatures. Adding extra insulation, such as fiberglass or foam rubber, can be a solution for exposed pipes in these areas.
Caulk holes and cracks
All holes and cracks near pipes should remain sealed to keep cold air and keep warm air inside. This can be checked on the inside and the outside of the building.
Drip your faucets
Opening the faucet can relieve pressure in the pipe. This keeps the pressure from building up and therefore reducing the chances that the pipe bursts and you have a flooding situation.
Open cabinet doors
Warm air is circulated pipes if cabinet doors are kept open. If the air around the pipe is kept warm, the chances of water freezing within the line decreases.
Make sure the heat is up
Keep your household or business temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even when there’s no one occupying the building for periods of time.
If disaster does strike and damage is done by frozen pipes flooding your property, our team here at SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is ready to spring into action and make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us anytime, we're ready to respond to your emergency 24/7.
Protection From Wind Damage
Many areas of the United States that have experienced heavy winds and storms this season and the strong powerful winds can cause significant damage to your home. Wind damage can cause a range of destruction to your property from broken windows and fallen tree branches to severe damage to the roof, garage, or car. It can happen from the strong wind or indirectly from the wind blowing debris into your house.
Wind Damage from Different Types of Storms
Thunderstorms are the most common source of wind and storm damage but winds from hurricanes or tornadoes are stronger and can cause severe damage. It can produce many types of damaging weather such as lightning, hail, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding etc. Thunderstorms are responsible for wind damage cases in the U.S. However, storm damage repair may be costly for hurricane or tornado wind damage. Billions of dollars is spent on wind damage repair and storm damage restoration each year; understanding the nature of wind damage can help you limit the amount of damage to your property and save on restoration and repair costs.
It's important to know when a storm is approaching your area and what type of storm it is so you know the potential and level of damage to expect. These wind damage facts will help you better understand the potential for wind damage and how to prevent it. Here are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of damage to your home when severe weather strikes.
Preventing Wind and Storm Damage
Most wind damage starts by flying debris either from plants or other structures unsecured. If a storm is approaching your area, make sure any potential debris in your home such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects are either secured or brought inside. Secure your doors and windows to help minimize the potential storm damage to the home.
Roof damage reduces during the construction phase when the roof deck, shingles or membrane is applied over the decking. A well-designed roofing system will anchor the trusses and decking to the walls and foundation to keep the entire roof from lifting off the building in a strong wind. Roofing material should latch to the deck.
Loose connected shingles will lift from the deck. Siding damage reduces at the construction phase. Fastened siding isn't as likely to lift off a structure in strong wind. Building codes will likely direct the minimum standards for connections. You, your architect, or your contractor may decide to exceed these minimums for a stronger storm-resistant structure.
Falling trees and tree limbs are another significant type of damage to structures in a windstorm. Tree maintenance to remove dead limbs or identify and remove weakened trees will reduce the likelihood of structure damage.
Mitigating Damage after a Storm
Close any openings made in the structure by the wind. Roof openings and broken windows are the most common problem.
Keep a roll of plastic sheeting that cuts to size and nailed over the opening. Your insurance policy will likely cover the cost of emergency close up. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed. Falling trees and tree limbs can open a structure with sudden violence. Tree on a structure is a serious personal and structural safety issue.
Trees at times won't shift positions. It can shift and cause serious injury to the unwary. Fallen trees may mask other serious safety issues, such as downed electrical wires. The wires may still be live and the tree itself energized. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.
If your home or business sustains wind damage during a storm, it is important to contact a storm damage restoration professional as soon as the storm is over to help limit and repair the damage. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions. Our quick response will help prevent secondary damage and help reduce restoration costs.
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Why flood damage after a hurricane is so severe
Why is Flood Damage from Hurricanes So Severe?
Florida homeowners are no stranger to hurricanes and the damage that they can do to homes and communities. Some liken the water damage that comes from a hurricane to that of a flood from a typical rainstorm, but the former is so much worse.
Flood damage in Pinellas Park is the result of a hurricane bringing water and salt from the ocean. Brackish water is hazardous and it has the potential to create havoc on your home's structure and your possessions. Here's a look at why hurricane flood damage is serious and needs action immediately.
When salt comes into contact with wire insulation, metals, concrete, zinc, and other materials commonly used in homes, it's corrosive. Also, saltwater conducts its own charge that increases the likelihood of power outages and electrical shock.
A home damaged by saltwater decomposes faster if left sitting. The foundation, walls, flooring, and decorative stone and brick of your home will start to break down and be costly to repair the longer the problem persists.
Contacting experienced professionals, such as our team at SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast, is key to protecting your home after a hurricane. It's isn't easy removing saltwater from a home; First washing with freshwater before pumping can start. As time ticks before repairs commence, your home is vulnerable to water damage. Locally Owned Company with National Resources
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Taking quick action is key to mitigating flood damage after a hurricane, and SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is dedicated to helping local homeowners with speed and precision. If your home is in need of repair or assessment after a storm, call us at (813) 694-9092 for a quote or more information about our services.
Preparing for a hurricane: Six Tips
Do you live in an area that's prone to hurricane activity? Are you new to the area and want to know what you should do when a hurricane warning issue is occurring? When a hurricane is approaching, be ready. Follow our guide listing the top six tips you need to know to stay safe during hurricane season.
Tip #1: Stock Up on Essentials
Depending on the severity of the hurricane, you want to prepare for the loss of electricity and the ability to cook. Stock up on water, bread, non-perishables, and items that you can eat without cooking. Also, make sure you have extra batteries for flashlights and headlamps and buy candles and matches.
Tip #2: Check Your Insurance
Make sure your insurance coverage covers flooding and other expenses you may incur because of Tampa Damage
Tip #3: Make a Video of Your Home
This helps with proving the current state of your home pre-storm. Insurance companies will have an easier time processing your claims. Also, make electronic versions of important documents related to your home and your personal information in case destroyed in a storm. Documents such as your birth certificate, your driver's license, your home's deed, your social security card, and unpaid bills.
Tip #4: Protect Your Property
Install hurricane shutters or plywood of at least 3/4 inches in thickness. You may need to install hurricane clips to secure the roof of your home to the walls. This is important in areas that may receive a direct hit, and install foot and head bolts on all doors.
Tip #5: Make an Evacuation Plan
When it is time to leave, go. Make a plan for where you and your family will stay at least 50 miles from your home.
Tip #6: Don't Take Risks
People hurt in hurricanes stay in their homes or are taking extreme risks -- like leaving late. Make sure you don't do anything silly when the hurricane begins. Stay from electrical poles and wires. Bunker down in your safe room from windows. Don't go outside when the hurricane has begun.
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We live and work in this community too; we might be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are a proud active member of the Tampa community and want to do our part to make our community better.
Water issues that can affect your business
For a commercial property owner in Tampa, unexpected water problems can be a big issue. Fortunately, a water damage professional can help you assess, clean, and repair damages from any flooding or leaks you may have. Here are a few of the most common water problems a business may face from leaking pipes to foundation cracks.
1. Pipe Breaks
A pipe break can occur in a number of ways. Over time, the pipe can age and loosen in its fittings, or extensive use can lead to pinhole leaks. Extreme heat or cold can affect a pipe’s integrity. A blocked pipe can lead to pressure buildup and burst.
2. Plumbing Backup
Blocked plumbing can lead to a toilet backup or sink overflow. Water in blocked pipes can take the shortest path regardless of its intended flow path. Blockages occur including the buildup of water minerals over time inside a pipe or someone pouring a solidifying material, such as plaster or grease, down a drain.
Extreme weather conditions can lead to leaking pipes. Cold temperatures can cause the water in pipes to freeze and expand. The expansion puts pressure on the pipe and can create a crack or cause it to burst. If you know cold weather is coming, you can check with a local professional what preventive measures to take.
4. Foundation Cracks
Foundation cracks can become a problem leading to water damage. Water can seep through any cracks and pool, leading to issues such as mold. Any cracks should be assessed quickly to determine the best course of action.
Water damage can happen to a commercial property. Fortunately, a professional can fix the damage caused by leaking pipes, foundation cracks, backed up toilet, or weather, and help you repair your property.
When "What If" Becomes "What Now"
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Problems do not care if you are on vacation or out of the office; they can arise 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The key to being prepared before disaster strikes and dealing with these unforeseen circumstances is implementing our Emergency READY Profile.
Did you know, As many 50% of businesses have to close following a disaster? Companies that survive a tragedy had a preparedness plan in place beforehand. Pre-planning can serve as an insurance policy aimed at peace of mind. SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile helps your business have a plan in place and assists in keeping you and your staff members informed on exactly how to handle fire and water damage.
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Time is Important When You Have Water Damage
A burst pipe can mean a big problem for your business.
You depend on your business to keep money flowing in, and you rely on the building where location keeps business going. However, when a pipe or supply line springs a leak, it can throw a kink into your week. The time it takes for you to arrange pipe burst cleanup can make the difference between a simple cleanup or extensive water damage.
The First Few Minutes
A variety of events can cause water damage:
• Pipes breaking
• Supply line leaking
• Toilet overflowing
• Adverse weather flooding
• Foundation cracking
If all you need is pipe burst cleanup or supply line repair, the first few minutes of water cleanup are crucial. Turning off the source stops water from making the problem worse.
The First Few Hours
The longer water sits, the potential havoc it wreaks. Walls can start to disintegrate, and items made of pressed wood can swell and warp if exposed to humidity. Water from burst pipes and supply lines can still damage the furniture, floors, and supplies in your workplace. Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 694-9092.
The First Few Days
In the first few days, the water damage that persists can interrupt your business, harming your business bottom line. It can become a breeding ground for mold and bacteria growth.
To limit the extent of water damage to your business, SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast needs to begin pipe burst cleanup as soon as possible. By acting quickly, you may be able to turn a potentially massive setback into an easy fix. For additional information about commercial restoration, call now at (813) 694-9092.
Rug Cleaning After a Fire
The highest-quality carpet and upholstery can show soiling over time, after a fire like in this case. Protect your investment by calling us to clean and maintain your carpet and upholstery.
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We also offer a range of specialized cleaning methods:
- Bonnet Cleaning: A less aggressive method for short piled 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 restorations needs!