Water Damage Emergency Tips
When you're dealing with water damage, immediate action is crucial. SERVPRO of Tampa South 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're 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!
Have A Water Damage Emergency?
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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 ceiling is wet and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.
However, if disaster does strike, trust your local SERVPRO of South Tampa to be by your side when you need us. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- including holidays!
3 step plan for a flooded furnace
Plan ahead in case of a flooded furnace in your home.
Dealing a burst pipe can feel like an all-encompassing task. Divide the process into manageable steps to decrease anxiety, increase efficiency in the claims process and get your business up and running again.
The furnace is most likely your top priority. However, it’s important to note other property damaged in the area. Use the following process to document losses and assign values in a notebook or spreadsheet.
• Photograph the damage.
• Write down the serial number or another unique identifier if available.
• Assign a value.
Don’t forget to include items that may have no monetary value but are still of high value to your business. Professional recovery services are available to try and save irreplaceable items such as documents or photographs.
Investigate Coverage and Decide To Repair or Replace
A burst pipe resulting in a furnace flood is an insurable event, so make sure to check with your provider. The AHRI recommends replacement versus repair of a flooded furnace. Property owners may receive advice that the furnace will work again after a total dry-out and perhaps some minor electrical repair. This is the case and good news if the furnace remains uncovered. However, the life of the unit reduces. You likely don’t want to choose repair over replacement and have a related problem surface a couple years later, long after the claim closes.
Care of Air Ducts
The quality of air from a furnace is often only as good as the ducts it travels through. Your final task is to schedule a professional air duct cleaning to ensure ducts are clean, dry and free of mold and debris.
Tasks associated with a furnace flood are something nobody wants on their to-do list. Take this systematic approach to efficiently ensure the return of a safe and comfortable environment in your commercial property in Tampa, FL for years to come.
For more information, please visit us at SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast.
Inspecting your home for damage after a fire
Know what to look after a fire in your home.
When it comes to loss incidents, fire in your Tampa home can prove challenging to overcome. Fire damage effects can be reaching for the average homeowner to face on their own. Conventional cleaning efforts and general deodorization, for example, pale in comparison to the effectiveness of professional restoration services.
Reacting to the fire damage in your Tampa home can seem impossible. When the extinguishing process completes, you can begin restoring it back to normal. Fortunately, this isn't a battle that you have to fight on your own. Our SERVPRO team handles all manner of fire restoration, from soot clean-up to deodorization to help make the steps towards getting your house to original condition.
Our estimator and project manager work to identify the full scope of the damage from the time that we arrive at your home. We survey every area, whether connected to the fire in your home or not. This thorough inspection records the damage and our SERVPRO professionals have the equipment and strategies to contend with what they face. This assessment of your damage is delivered to the insurance company that covers your home. Most claims aren't issued until further details are discussed.
Whether the damage in your home was widespread or not, this process remains the same. Our professionals take great care in assessing the scope of the damage that your home faces so that no stone gets left unturned in the restoration process. You can trust our SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast fire restoration specialists to work quickly to bring your home back to how it should be. Give us a call anytime at (813) 694-9092.
Fire Hazards Your Business Should Avoid
Fire damage in your business is a serious concern. Moderate damage can result in your facility closing for repairs for weeks on end, and this can be devastating. The unfortunate reality is that no business is immune to the risk of fire. Some facilities may likely to endure damage from a fire, such as a restaurant that uses open flames throughout the day. However, many fire hazards are present in workplaces regardless of activities that take place in the building. When you know what these hazards are, you can take proper steps to address and mitigate those risks and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage.
Below we have included the 3 main things to pay attention to.
1. Electrical Concerns
Damage to electrical wiring can result in sparks that lead to damaging fires. Electrical wiring damage may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets. It may includes damage to internal wiring inside the walls, and these damage pests and other forces. Electrical fires may start when power sockets overload or when equipment gets hot. Periodically review your company's wiring to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed.
2. Poor Equipment Maintenance
Other hazards in workplaces relate to poor equipment maintenance. For example, failing to service your furnace may result in the accumulation of dust and other flammable debris. A gas leak in the furnace could result in a fire or an explosion. Fire hazards related to poor maintenance may include dusty, dirty or greasy components, such as air ducts and vents, kitchen exhaust vents and many other features used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas.
3. Flammable or Combustible Materials
Flammable and combustible materials are most commonly associated with industrial and warehouse environments, but restaurants, hotels, dry cleaners and many other types of business may store combustible materials on-site. These materials should remain sealed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. As you can see, numerous fire hazards that could result in serious damage in your business.
As you can see, there are numerous fire hazards that could result in serious damage in your business. If your business has already experienced fire damage, it is essential that repair work is completed as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is your trusted source for quality repair services. We can quickly restore your building to its previous condition so that operations can resume in your place of business. To request assistance with your damaged building, contact us today.
Fire Restoration Services
Had a fire? Call SERVPRO for all your service needs.
FFire damage, including smoke and soot, affects the structure of your house but your belongings. SERVPRO of North Tampa Southeast understands your family’s furniture, clothing, keepsakes, and other belongings make your house more than a structure; they make it home. Check some of SERVPRO's fire restoration services below:
SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast specializes in restoring contents damaged by water, fire, or mold. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes that can’t be replaced. We pretest your belongings to determine what items we can restore to pre-fire condition. Several methods of cleaning your contents, include:
- Dry Cleaning - Used for cleaning light residues or to pre-clean prior to wet cleaning.
- Wet Cleaning - An effective cleaning method for removing moderate to heavy residues.
- Spray and Wipe -Effective for items that can’t withstand wet cleaning.
- Foam Cleaning - Used for upholstery fabrics that might shrink or bleed if wet cleaned.
- Abrasive Cleaning - Involves agitation of the surface being cleaned.
- Immersion Cleaning - Contents are dipped into a bath of the cleaning product.
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning due to fire damage, SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalene can conduct an organized, efficient move of the affected area.
- A quicker remodeling process
- Protecting items from potential damage
- Protecting contents from further on-site damage
When restoration is completed, we will work with you to coordinate the move-in according to your needs. The services offered upon move-in may depend on your insurance coverage.
Fire-damaged electronics can present a serious hazard. Don't attempt to turn on or operate any damaged electrical device. Smoke residues can contain acids that corrode metal surfaces. If not removed the residues corrode causing electronic failure in the device.
- Television sets
- DVD players
- And more
The key to restoring electronics is taking prompt action to prevent further damage. Electronics will be cleaned and inspected by a qualified electronics technician.
Questions? Need Help? Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast today at (813) 694-9092
Fire Extinguisher Ready
Know the importance of a fire extinguisher in your home
By now, fire extinguishers have become staples in most disaster-ready homes and provide billions worldwide with a quick, straightforward way to respond to sudden blazes. Generally, all fire extinguishers are alike, as they follow the same usage procedure known as PASS:
* Pull the pin to break the tamper seal.
* Aim the nozzle at the bottom of the fire.
* Squeeze the handle and release extinguisher chemicals.
* Sweep the nozzle back and forth at the base of the fire until it’s extinguished.
Knowing these steps can save you a ton of hassle with instances like the average kitchen fire in St. Pete but to really mitigate as much fire damage as possible, there are a few other things you need to take into account.
Choosing Your Extinguisher
The first thing you should be aware of is that not every fire extinguisher is good for every job. For example, when dealing with a grease fire, you’ll need a class B extinguisher to get the job done. It’s a good idea to research different extinguisher uses before deciding where to allocate these appliances around your home.
Ideally, you should have someone call 911 as you attempt to extinguish the flames. This ensures you’re able to get the assistance you need in the event that your attempts are unsuccessful. Furthermore, know when to leave the house. If the blaze becomes large or your extinguisher runs out of fumes, it’s time to get out of the house. You can pass over the firefighting responsibilities to emergency responders and work with a fire cleanup crew, like SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast afterward to get your home back to normal again.
Keeping proper fire extinguisher handling tips in mind may be able to save your home and your family in the coming years. Be sure to discuss the above tips with every member of your family. Visit SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast for more information on fire damage cleanup.
Rug Cleaning after a Fire
Save your rugs after a fire by having them professionally cleaned.
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.
Need Carpet or Upholstery Cleaning?
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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.
SERVPRO may be able to save your rugs and carpet after a fire, give us a call today!
Prevent Fires Caused By Clogged Dryer Vents
Prevent clogged dryer vents from starting a fire with these tips
Ways You Can Prevent Fires Caused by Clogged Dryer Vents
t is no surprise that having a fire within the home is damaging to anything in its path. Your household dryer is a great example of this since many homeowners deal with dryer related fires all the time and the usual culprit would be a clogged dryer vent. In this particular case, the fire can be prevented if you maintain your dryer throughout the year and ensure that its vent is clean and clear of buildup.
Over 15,000 calls are to the local fire departments every single year for home-related fires and smoke issues. The unfortunate part is that most fires are due to clogged dryer vents within the home. Some of these fires are minimal, but others have been damaging when not caught in time.
Understanding fires start within the home, you may want to know how dryers work. Some homeowners are new to appliances and home maintenance don't know that their dryer need maintenance. Dryers work by creating hot air in the drum itself, and this is the hot air going to dry up your clothing. You might know the small lint trap on your dryer when you open its door, but excess lint passes through this filter and goes through the dryer vent. The dryer vent located on the outside of your home so that the hot air goes outside. From dryers being so hot, a lot of heat attracts lint that has built up in that area and causes fire. Fires related to clogged dryer vents can cause tons of damage to a person's home.
The best way to prevent fires, in this case, is to clean the lint hose weekly. Special tools and services exist that can help to get this particular vent cleaned for you.
According to the experts at SERVPRO, they offer some of the best tips for watching out for some of the obvious warning signs that your dryer is clogged and may result in fire at some point in the near future:
1. If it takes longer than about 45 minutes to dry your clothing, it could be a sign that the dryer vent is clogged.
2. Your clothes are roasting hot to the touch after they have gone through a dry cycle.
3. The flapper on the dryer's vent may not open entirely when the appliance is actually on.
Preventing a Fire with Your Dryer
1. You should clean the vent of your dryer at least twice each year.
2. Make sure to clean out the lint trap inside of the dryer thoroughly before each cycle.
3. For those individuals who are noticing any of the above-mentioned warning signs, make sure to contact a professional company to have the appliance repaired and cleaned.
For those homeowners who aren't lucky to catch the warning signs in time, fire damage can be a daunting thing to clean up on your own. Professionals of SERVPRO come in handy, and they can work on your home's fire restoration when it is most convenient for you. Make sure to contact SERVPRO at the first sign of fire damage so that issues are resolved immediately.
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SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the St Petersburg community too. We are also part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country to respond to large-scale disasters.
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SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast provides 24-hour emergency service and dedicates being faster to any-sized disaster in Tampa! We can respond immediately to your emergency and have the expertise to handle your restoration or cleaning needs. 24-Hour Emergency Service
- 24-Hour Emergency Service
- Faster to Any-Sized Disaster
- Highly Trained Restoration Technicians
- A Trusted Leader in the Restoration Industry
- Locally Owned and Operated
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Whether your Florida home needs emergency flood damage or your upholstery cleaned, you can depend on us. Our technicians have extensive cleaning and restoration training and can make your property look its best. Learn more about our residential services:
- Water Damage Restoration
- Fire Damage Restoration
- Mold Remediation
- Storm Damage Restoration
- Cleaning Services
- Building/Reconstruction Services
There's no convenient time for fire or Water damage to strike your Tampa commercial property. Every hour spent cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. So, when the need arises for professional cleaning or emergency restoration services, we have the training and expertise to respond with trained technicians to get your property back to business.
- Commercial Water Damage Restoration
- Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
Expect Advanced Technology and Techniques
At SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast, we stay up-to-date and with most advanced technology and techniques. With these advancements, SERVPRO can restore your property swiftly, reliably, and to its preloss condition. You can count on a turnaround whether using SERVPRO for your commercial or residential needs in Florida. Practical standards for cleaning and restoration are in place by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC);
Some of the equipment that helps SERVPRO adhere to the standards and stay true to the technological advancements are as follows:
Moisture Detection and Measurement
Specialized equipment detects, measures, and monitors a property’s moisture levels to fit certain scientific drying principles. Recent technology, like infrared cameras, helps us find water through a wall, ceiling, or floor.
- For thorough water removal, an infrared camera may be used to identify water location.
- To measure the extent of saturation, we use sensitive moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters.
Powerful extraction equipment removes most of the water from your home or business which in turn accelerates the drying process. For continuous draining of high-level water, we use submersible and gas-powered pumps. For efficient water removal, we prefer truck-mounted and portable extraction units.
- For continuous draining of high-level water, we use submersible and gas-powered pumps.
- For efficient water removal, we prefer truck-mounted and portable extraction units.
The remaining moisture from ceilings, walls, and floors of your home or business removes by using industrial strength fans and dehumidifiers. Proper drying techniques help to avoid swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
- High-speed fans quickly evaporate excess moisture
- Industrial-grade dehumidifiers extract water vapor from the air.
With water and fire damage, powerful odors follow. Our advanced machines eliminate airborne contaminants and control the air quality during the restoration and cleanup procedure.
- Air scrubbers
- Thermal foggers and deodorization cleaners
Sanitizing Agents, Germicides, and Antimicrobial Treatments
To fully clean and remove odors and/or contaminants on your property, OSHA-approved cleaning agents may be required.
- Deodorization products control smells from an abundance of moisture.
- Disinfectants ends bacteria, fungi, mildew, and other harmful microorganism growth.
SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast will provide you with the most advanced technology and techniques. With these advancements, SERVPRO can restore your property swiftly, reliably, and more effectively to its preloss condition.