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What to Look For in a Restoration Company

12/7/2020 (Permalink)

Many professional restoration services like SERVPRO® offer the ability to work with multiple damage types. This is because one type of damage can lead to another. For example, fire eliminated by water can result in mold if the water stands long. Most restoration companies can help fix smoke, fire, water, mold, and storm damage.


  1. The Ability to Deal with Multiple Damage Types

    Many professional restoration services like SERVPRO® offer the ability to work with multiple damage types. This is often because one type of damage can lead to another. For example, fire put out by water can also result in mold if the water is left to stand too long. Most restoration companies can help fix smoke and fire damage, water damage, storm damage, and also offer mold remediation for this exact reason.

    2. A Quick Response Time

    Being faster to any size disaster means arriving with the materials and equipment required to do the job. Locally owned franchises such as SERVPRO® have locations across the country that allow them to respond faster when a disaster strikes.

    3. They Offer a Variety of Services

    A restoration company such as SERVPRO® offers a variety of services designed to help your agent process the insurance claim. These include an electronics inventory service and an online database that provides access to information.

    A restoration company such as SERVPRO® offers a variety of services designed to help your agent process the insurance claim. These include an electronics inventory service and an online database that provides access to information.

Having a company that can coordinate the whole process from start to finish to make your life easier and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.”

If you would like more information on hiring a team experienced in Multiple Types of Restoration Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast today at (813) 694-9092.

Flu Prevention Tips

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

Sneezing. Sniffling. Aching. Fever. It might seem that the flu season should be wrapping up. This year’s flu season is up there with some of the worst recorded today. All states in the US have reported widespread flu activity this season – except Hawaii. The flu spreads and strikes quickly, but you’re not completely defenseless.

When it comes to flu prevention, we’ve got 5 tips for you – and they all involve the place where you likely spend your time: your home.

  1. Wash your hands!

One of the single most important things you can do to prevent the spread of the flu virus is to wash your hands. A great habit to get into is washing your hand's first thing when you get home. This will help to minimize the influx of viruses and bacteria that you may be carrying.

  1. Change your dishtowels regularly, or use a paper towel

You and your family share more than you might realize. Stop sharing germs by making sure that you launder your towels regularly, or better yet, use disposable paper towels to minimize germ transfer from person to person.

  1. Break out your humidifier

Might sound strange, but the flu virus doesn’t thrive in humid, warm environments, so up your defense by utilizing your humidifier.

2. Wipe down all hard surfaces

Flu germs float in the air, but they have to land somewhere! Disinfect hard surfaces like countertops, handles, faucets, light switches, etc.

Look at your home from ‘Kid-Level’

Be sure to wipe down and disinfect areas your children have access to, including those cabinets you may have overlooked during your cleaning or the floors they may be crawling on.

Follow these tips and stay healthy this flu season, and as always, we’re here “Ready for whatever happens” should you need a little help cleaning!

How Can SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast Help with Biohazard Concerns?

12/2/2020 (Permalink)

Biohazard Cleanup needed in Tampa Southeast - image of green icon Contact SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast if you need biohazard cleanup.

SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast offers other services besides fire and water restoration. Our professionals can help you with biohazard, vandalism, and crime scene cleanup. Bloodborne pathogens can be scary. Bodily fluids, tissues, and other risky substances are cleaned and disposed of by our trained technicians. Crime scene residue can be overwhelming. When law enforcement finishes with the area, let our professional technicians come in and deal with the fingerprint powder, evidence-gathering chemicals, and residues from tear gas or pepper spray. Arson and vandalism can leave home or business owners feeling vulnerable, violated, and unsafe.

We're always "Here to Help" in any situation you might encounter. We pride ourselves on being a bright spot in a bad situation. Should you ever need our services, call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 694-9092.

A Smoother Claims Process

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business the last thing you want is more to worry about. For this reason, our team ensures they make the claim process as stress-free as possible. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast will help make it “Like it never even happened.” That way you and your family or business can get back to what is important.

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 directly with your insurer, communicating with you at all times
  • Handle the paperwork to make sure the processing and payment of your claim is as fast as it can be

We are so proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their client. 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 bio-hazard clean up and restoration services. Call us anytime. (813) 694-9092 We are available 24/7.

Mold Misconceptions

11/30/2020 (Permalink)

When it comes to mold, there’s information you need to know. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s all correct. From methods of cleaning mold to which types of mold are hazardous to your health, misconceptions are everywhere. If you find yourself browsing through the internet looking for information after encountering mold growth in your home, keep an eye for these common mold misconceptions:

Mold is Only Found in Water-Damaged Homes

While it’s true that mold normally forms in areas that have issues with water damage or flooding, that’s not the whole picture. Molds and mildews are always present—both indoors and outdoors. When mold spores land on a surface that contains any amount of moisture, it can begin to grow. So regardless of whether or not you’ve had recent water damage to your home, all homes have the potential to wind up with a mold problem, especially in high humidity areas like crawlspaces and basements.

It’s Not Dangerous Mold if it isn’t Black

While black mold does have a dark appearance, it’s not the only type of mold that can cause health effects for people. You can’t solely rely on the color of mold to determine its level of toxicity, and some dangerous molds come in colors such as brown, green, yellow, or white. Specific groups of mold types release enough spores in the air. It affects those with allergies, asthma, and other conditions, so it’s important to address any type of mold growth.

Black Mold is “toxic” to Humans and Animals

Calling black mold “toxic” implies that it is somehow poisonous to those who come into contact with it. No "toxic" mold exists, although molds can be toxigenic. If a toxigenic mold is growing and releasing spores into the air, it can create unhealthy air quality conditions that affect members of the household. Black mold is one of the most well-known toxigenic molds associated with health effects.

Mold Can be Treated with DIY Methods

There’s a lot of DIY advice out there from unreliable sources that tell homeowners that treating mold with bleach is enough to fix the problem. Although bleach can indeed be an effective surface cleaner, mold often colonizes porous materials that cannot be treated with this DIY method like behind walls, under floors, inside insulation, etc. For remediation that eliminates the issue for good, a professional team of mold technicians should be contacted to evaluate the scope of the problem.

While there’s no question that mold can be a headache for homeowners, it’s not a problem that has to result in an empty wallet and damaged home! At SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast, we provide fast, highly effective mold remediation. Best of all, our services are guaranteed! 

Don’t rely on random, incorrect information from the internet to treat your mold issues—just give our experts a call for a free estimate at (813) 694-9092

For more information about understanding mold and the mold remediation process check out our website at SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast.

What is an Ice Dam and what does it mean to you?

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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.

11/25/2020 (Permalink)

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

11/18/2020 (Permalink)

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

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

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

11/12/2020 (Permalink)

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

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

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

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

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

10/26/2020 (Permalink)

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.

3. Weather

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"

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

The ERP app on a cellphone Download the ERP app today! Be prepared for anything.

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.

For additional information regarding SERVPRO’s Emergency READY Profile, you can visit http://ready.SERVPRO.com or call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 694-9092.

Time is Important When You Have Water Damage

10/21/2020 (Permalink)

Busted pipe in a commercial property 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

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

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?
Call us today at (813) 694-9092.

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!

When and Where Do Hurricanes Likely Occur?

8/21/2020 (Permalink)

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.

Hurricanes form during this season because of two factors: warm ocean waters (80 degrees or higher) and weak vertical winds (little change in wind direction and/or speed with height) are 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 restorations needs!

Water Damage Emergency Tips

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

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?
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 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! 

Commercial Mold Removal

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Mold Advertisement SERVPRO is here to help your mold infestation

A recent call to check an old restaurant was purchased in hopes of giving it a new life. This result led to a large mold job for SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast. 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 “mold”ing (pun intended), our crew had to suit up with PPE including respirators and Tyvec suits to ensure protection! Mold remediation is a tedious job for a home but when it is a commercial property like a restaurant, containment sets up so contaminated unaffected areas aren't. All items with mold exposure are disposed. When the demo was complete, industrial hygienists came to ensure that the commercial property was good to go! Mold remediation in a commercial property is a tedious yet rewarding job, when we get to see a building brought back to life!

Sprinkler Water Damage

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of Sprinkler System shooting water Sprinkler Systems can cause your business water damage after a fire.

A fire in a commercial business or a property managed real estate complex can be devastating, but 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 the lives of many different individuals. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast offers 24/7 commercial damage services to get commercial businesses back on their feet in as little time as possible.

Using SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast commercial services is like a one stop shop. SERVPRO’s commercial services are an umbrella term that extends our normal services into a commercial setting. SERVPRO simultaneously treats fire and water damages. Our commercial services reduce the cost that businesses pay because they don't need to look for multiple companies. The other additional benefit to SERVPRO is that they 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 their residential and commercial services. For questions regarding SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast's commercial services, contact the office at (813) 694-9092, visit the website, or message them on Facebook!

Commercial HVAC Tips

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of Ceiling HVAC system Keep your HVAC system working properly by following these tips.

It’s a good idea to hire a professional to come inspect your HVAC system; if any maintenance is needed, that same company can take care of it immediately. You will want to have an inspection done every fall and again in spring, after the heavier use months during winter and summer. A professional will inspect and clean your unit’s wiring and mechanisms, which would be a bit challenging for anyone without the training or expertise. Using a professional ensures that the future of your business’ HVAC is bright!

As a business owner, there are several simple maintenance chores that you can do to prolong your system’s life and increase its efficiency between professional inspections and maintenance, such as:

Regularly:

  • Get a high-efficiency, pleated air filter for your system
  • Keep your heating units and AC free of pollen, leaves, and grass
  • Keep two feet of space clear around your outdoor AC and heating units
  • Inspect refrigerant lines every month
  • Replace air filters at least every 90 days
  • In the summer, turn off the water running to the furnace humidifier
  • In the fall, replace the humidifier filter and turn the water back on

Annually:

  • Replace the carbon monoxide detector battery
  • Make sure your outdoor AC unit is on firm and level ground
  • Clean AC condensation with a bleach and water mixture

Caring for your HVAC throughout the year will keep your work environment air quality and atmosphere pleasant, which keeps your staff happy and content. It will save you money by improving and maintaining your energy efficiency throughout your building.

The team at SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is always ready to inspect and maintain your HVAC system, and we are here to answer any questions you might have. We are also experienced in large cleanup jobs such as those needed because of fire damage or water damage, and we are pros at mold remediation. Call us today

Commercial Fire Damage

2/6/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a fire with SERVPRO logo in the middle of it Fire loss can happen to anyone at anytime, call SERVPRO!

Commercial fire damage repair is something you never think you will need for your business, but the unfortunate reality is some businesses will experience a fire damaging 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 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 that 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 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.

ERP - Emergency Ready App

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO ADVERTISEMENT ERP APP

While SERVPRO is mostly known for residential water and fire restoration, it is important 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 a 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 helping setting up an ERP, call us at (813) 694-9092 and we can have one of our Marketing Representatives come out and walk you through the process!

Is your small business "ready for whatever happens"?

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Picture of a flooded area in town 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 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 the event of an emergency & saves time and money if ever needed
    • 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 get 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.”

How to check for roof damage after a storm

2/5/2020 (Permalink)

Storm brewing in the sky Don't forget to check your roof after the next storm


After a major storm, it's a good idea to inspect your property for 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. From the ground you may see missing tiles or other signs of roof damage, 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 North Tampa/Magdalene wind damage lets the rain into your roof. From the inside of your home, look for stains that indicate the source of a leak and the area that needs 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 common 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, start looking for materials damaged by water. Check for discolorations and rotting wood and wet drywall and insulation. When you find mold, remain careful and don't spread during cleanup.

A mold remediation professional can help by creating 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.

Drying out water damage

2/5/2020 (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 restoration specialists train to analyze each one, so they know 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 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 evaporation increases. An augment rate of evaporation with dehumidifiers are to exhaust fans to increase movement, forcing saturated air outside the home.

Air movement increases using causing dry air to spread across damp surfaces like walls, tables, and countertops to increase the rate of evaporation. The combination of air movers and fans to increase air movement is useful to dry clothing in a gentle manner which doesn't damage the fabric. Temperature is an important 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, since 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.