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Prevent Fires in Your Dryers

12/27/2021 (Permalink)

old washing and drying machine, covered in soot from a fire in Tampa Southeast near me, caution tape on the front Contact SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at the first sign of fire damage so that issues are resolved immediately.

It's no surprise that having a fire damages anything in its path. Your household dryer is an excellent 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 is preventable 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.

Some homeowners are new to appliances, and home maintenance doesn't know that their dryer needs 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 is located on the outside of your home so that the hot air goes outside. A lot of heat attracts lint built up in that area from dryers being so hot and causes a fire. Fires related to clogged dryer vents can generate tons of damage to a person's home.

The best way to prevent fires, in this case, is to clean the lint hose. Special tools and services exist that can help to get this particular vent cleaned for you.

Warning Signs Your Dryer is Clogged and May Result in a Fire

1. If it takes longer than 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 when the appliance is 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 the lint trap inside the dryer before each cycle.

3. For those individuals who're noticing any of the warning mentioned above signs, make sure to contact a professional company to repaired and clean the appliance.

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.

Locally Owned Company with National Resources

SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is locally owned and operated—so we are part of the Tampa community. We are part of a national network of over 1,650 SERVPRO Franchises and special Disaster Recovery Teams strategically located throughout the country. We're able to respond to large-scale disasters quickly. Give us a call today.


What is SERVPRO’s Cleaning Process for a Commercial Large Loss?

12/22/2021 (Permalink)

Two SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast crew in orange vests walking into a school next to a big, green desiccant dehumidifier SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast crews are ready to clean after a commercial large loss. We can handle large restoration jobs in Tampa, FL.

SERVPRO Cleaning Process After Catastrophic Commercial Emergencies

From 1980 to 2020, on average, the U.S. endured 7 severe climate events per year. Throughout the past year, that number has more than doubled, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. Although statistics help describe the destruction brought on by natural disasters, no measurement can quantify the loss and trauma to individuals, families, and communities. The struggle of those involved as they work to rebuild a sense of normalcy is often not seen.

SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is proud to assist by offering Commercial Large Loss and Disaster Recovery services after any catastrophic emergency in the United States. With the resources of 17 SERVPRO franchise licenses in 6 locations throughout 3 southern states, we are well-positioned to respond to any disaster.

Our flexible, efficient team can tackle damage at private businesses, hospitals, schools, government facilities, and more. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast professionals are highly trained in fire, storm, and water damage mitigation. When mitigating damage on a large scale, our team uses the following framework:

Control the Environment

Commercial-sized desiccant dehumidifiers remove water from the air and dense materials while increasing the air temperature, further drying the structure, and helping to better control the environment.

Remove Contaminated Material 

To ensure a safe and efficient clean-up, SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast crews will remove contaminated material and items that are beyond repair and remove restorable items for off-site cleaning. 

Dry the Structure

Various sized air movers and dehumidifiers are strategically placed throughout the structure to accelerate the drying process. 

Our crews can be ready at a moment’s notice, deploying cutting-edge drying equipment and service vehicles that feature truck-mounted water extractors that operate even without electricity. Response time is critical for communities to get up and running again. When disaster strikes, we are ready to answer the call and make it “Like it never even happened.”

Inspecting Your Home for Damages after a Fire

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

stove with fire damage on the adjacent wall in Tampa Southeast, SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast logo SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast will meticulously inspect and record fire damage in your home.

A house fire is life-altering and leaves homeowners feeling heartbroken and directionless. Knowing where to begin and who can help is important. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is here to assist our Tampa, FL community mitigate damage after a house fire. We are available 24/7 and specialize in smoke and soot removal, water removal, cleaning, repairs, and restoration. Do not face fire damage on your own, contact us at (813) 722-1276. 

Reacting to the fire damage in your Tampa home can seem impossible. When the extinguishing process is completed, you can begin restoration. However, DIY fire cleanup methods are not the most effective way to rehabilitate your home. Conventional cleaning efforts and general deodorization pale in comparison to professional restoration services. Fortunately, this isn't a battle that you have to fight alone. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast handles fire restoration, from soot clean-up to deodorization. 

Our estimator and project manager work to identify the full scope of the damage at your home. We survey every area, whether connected to the fire in your home or not. This thorough inspection records the damage for insurance, and our SERVPRO professionals have the commercial-grade equipment and strategies to contend with the damage. We'll deliver the assessment of your damages to the insurance company that covers your home, which will help process your claim efficiently. 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 is left unturned in the restoration process.

You can trust our SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast fire restoration specialists to work quickly to make your home “Like it never even happened,” giving you peace of mind and a sense of normalcy. We’re available for you 24/7, 7 days a week at (813) 722-1276. 

3 Areas of Concern for Business Fire Hazards

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

warehouse, large garage doors, covered in soot after a commercial fire Make workplace fire safety a priority!

The unfortunate reality is that no business is immune to the risk of fire. Even moderate damage can result in your facility closing for repairs for weeks on end, which can be devastating. Some facilities are more prone to 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 steps to address and mitigate unsafe conditions and prevent possible fire damage and smoke damage.

3 Areas of Concern 

  1. Electrical Concerns

Faulty electrical wiring can result in sparks that lead to damaging fires. Electrical wiring impairment may include frayed cords, such as those connecting desktop computers to the wall power outlets. For example, desktop computers that are connected to power outlets can damage wiring inside the walls, potentially causing a spark. Additionally, electrical fires may start when power sockets overload or when equipment gets too hot. Periodically review your company's wiring to identify areas of concern that need to be addressed.

  1. Poor Equipment Maintenance

Keep a maintenance schedule to provide regular service to business-related equipment. For example, failing to service your furnace may result in dust accumulation and other flammable debris. Furthermore, 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, kitchen exhaust vents, and many other features used throughout your facility. Scheduling necessary maintenance can decrease fire risk in these areas.

  1. 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 businesses may store combustible materials onsite. These materials should remain sealed according to the manufacturer's recommendations. 

If your business has already experienced fire damage, repairs are needed as soon as possible. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is your trusted source for quality repair services. Although we hope your business does not experience a fire emergency, we do hope you keep us in mind for fire emergencies. We can quickly restore your building to its previous condition so that you can resume operations as soon as possible. We are available 24/7 and can respond immediately. Call us at (813) 543-8430.

Fire Extinguisher Ready

12/16/2021 (Permalink)

fire extinguisher, man's hand on the pin of a flame extinguisher near me in Tampa Southeast, SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast logo Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher can save a life!

Fire extinguishers are staples in disaster-ready homes and provide billions of people with a quick, effective way to respond to sudden blazes. With proper training and education, fire extinguishers can save your life and your property. For hands-on training, contact your local fire station. 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.

Choosing Your Extinguisher

Not every fire extinguisher is suitable for every job. Research different types of extinguishers before deciding where to place them around your home. The National Fire Protection Association recommends keeping multipurpose fire extinguishers in your home close to an exit. Class B extinguishers should be located in the kitchen and garage, as they are effective for putting out small grease and gasoline fires. 

Emergency Services

If a fire sparks, call 911 first, then use a fire extinguisher if the situation allows. This ensures you will be able to get the assistance you need if your attempts are unsuccessful. Furthermore, know when to leave the house. The first priority is a safe escape. If the blaze becomes large or your extinguisher runs out of fumes, it’s time to get out of the house. Let firefighters and emergency responders take care of the fire. Work with SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast afterward to get your home back to normal again. We specialize in fire restoration services such as smoke and soot cleanup, water removal, repairs, and more.

Being knowledgeable of fire extinguisher handling tips can save your home and your family. Discuss the above tips with every member of your family and create a fire escape plan. Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 543-8430 for additional information regarding fire damage cleanup.

How to Prepare for Atlantic Hurricane Season?

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

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Prepare for Atlantic Hurricane Season

Atlantic hurricane season runs roughly from June 1 thru November 30 each year, with September holding the spot for the peak hurricane month. While, technically, hurricanes can wreak havoc any time of the year, this is the time to be on your guard the most. With that said, there are several ways to prepare for these storms during the off-season so you are not caught unawares.

Stock Up on Essentials

You'll want to prepare for the loss of electricity and the ability to cook by stocking up on water, bread, non-perishables and items you can eat without heating. Also, make sure you have:

  • Extra batteries for flashlights or headlamps,
  • Portable chargers and cables for cell phones,
  • Candles with matches. 

Check Your Insurance

If you live in a hurricane-prone region, make sure your insurance covers flooding and other expenses you may incur because of a Tampa hurricane.  

Make a Video of Your Home

If your home is damaged from hurricane winds and water, a home inventory video will help prove the pre-storm state of your home and make insurance claims processing easier. It would also be beneficial to make electronic versions of important documents related to your home and your personal information in case the originals are destroyed in the storm. Include digital files of documents such as your:

  • Birth certificate
  • Driver's license
  • Home's deed
  • Social security card

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.

Make an Evacuation Plan

When it is time to evacuate, go. Make a plan for where you and your family will stay at least 50 miles from your Tampa home. If you can, pre-pack a bag before the threat of an Atlantic hurricane is severe. Load it with clothes, blankets, food, water, electronics and important papers or photos.


Don't Take Risks. Ultimately, people are more important than things. People hurt in hurricane weather evacuate late or stay in their homes altogether. Be wise and get out early. Prepare in order to mitigate panic and this kind of risky behavior. 

We are a Locally Owned Company with National Storm Resources

We live and work in this community; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated cleaning, damage restoration, and construction business, SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is a proud and active member of this community and is ready to respond to your Tampa home emergency 24/7/365. Call us today at (813) 543-8430


3 Step Plan for a Flooded Furnace

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

furnace and water heater in a basement Know what to do and act quickly if your furnace floods then call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast (813) 710-6316 to take care of the water damage.

A small amount of water from a broken pipe can flood a fully functional basement and result in a water damage nightmare, especially if the water permeates your furnace. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast identified three steps to help keep you stress-free and organized when dealing with a flooded furnace. Following these steps will make the claims process run smoothly and help your business or home get up and running again.

Document the Damage

The furnace can be the most costly loss in a flood, other damaged property also needs to be considered when documenting damage for insurance. Use the following process to record 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 little to no monetary value but are still of high value to your business, like important documents. Search professional recovery services within the area to save irreplaceable items such as documents or photographs.

Investigate Coverage and Decide to Repair or Replace

A burst pipe resulting in a flooded furnace is an insurable event, so be sure to check with your provider that you are covered. If a natural disaster occurred, contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency to inquire if government aid is available. FEMA offers financing options to those who qualify for HVAC and furnace replacement costs.

According to the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, flooded furnaces should be replaced rather than repaired. For a professional opinion, contact a qualified heating and cooling contractor to inspect the damage. They may advise that the furnace will be operational after a total dry-out and minor electrical repair. 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 of years later, long after the claim closes.

Take Care of the Air Ducts

The air quality from a furnace is often only as good as the ducts it travels through. Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 710-6316 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 or residential property in Tampa, FL, for years to come.

Find Your Leaky Roof Source Quickly

12/15/2021 (Permalink)

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After a significant storm, it's a good idea to inspect your damaged property as quickly as you can. Your home's main line of defense is your roof, and it takes a beating. Pay attention to dings in your gutters or tears in your window screens, which indicate hail damage. You may also see missing shingle tiles from the ground, but those don't always represent a need for whole roof replacement. Usually, the leak is coming from a more minor roof feature.

At SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast, we:

  • Find the source of the leak
  • Stop the leak &
  • Clean the water damage.

Find the Leak

During storms in Florida, wind damage can let rain in through your roof. From the inside, look for water stains on your ceiling and walls that indicate the leak.

Common places to see leaky roof damage:

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

Dealing with Water Damage

  1. Check for discolorations and rotting wood, wet drywall and insulation.
  2. If you haven't found mold, start drying any wet materials immediately. Complete drying is critical to preventing mold, and it may take longer than you realize. 
  3. If you find mold, remain careful to not spread it during cleanup. Mold grows on wet, damaged materials in as little as 48 hours. A mold remediation professional creates a containment area while working on the water and mold damage. Specialists have monitoring equipment that they use to ensure materials are dry.

For more assistance, call a local construction, restoration, and mold remediation crew like SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 694-9082.

How can SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast Help with Hazardous Waste?

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

biohazard clean up with SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast Don't hesitate to call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 694-9092 if you experience a biohazard emergency.

Although SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is well-known for fire and water restoration, you may not know that we offer hazardous waste disposal. Our highly-trained professionals can help you or your business with biohazard, vandalism, and crime scene cleanup. We specialize in removing and cleaning common hazardous wastes such as bloodborne pathogens, sewage backups, illegal drugs, hoarding situations, crime scene residues, and more. We are trained to safely decontaminate these situations in accordance with OSHA and CDC regulations. Our sanitizing agents, anti-microbial treatments, thermal foggers, and deodorization agents help us make your property “Like it never even happened.” 

When you experience a biohazard concern or have hazardous waste on your property, leave the responsibility of hard cleanup to us. Bloodborne pathogens, bodily flues, and other contaminated waste can put you at risk. Follow these steps after contamination. 

  • Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast immediately at (813) 694-9092 for biohazard cleanup. 
  • Stay out of infected areas. 
  • Call first responders if the situation is life-threatening. 
  • Treat all areas and/or bodily fluids as if they are contaminated. 
  • Turn off the HVAC system if there is sewage damage. 

Don’t wait to call us when you have a biohazard emergency. These situations can leave home and business owners feeling vulnerable, violated, and unsafe. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is here for you 24/7, 7 days a week at (813) 694-9092. 

What to Look For in a Restoration Company

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

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The Ability to Deal with Multiple Damage Types

Many professional restoration services like SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast offer the ability to work with multiple damage types. This is often because one type of damage can lead to another. For example, fire mitigated by water can also result in mold if the water is left standing for too long. Most restoration companies can help with fire damage, water damage, storm damage, and also offer mold remediation for this exact reason. We have come up with key components to look for in a restoration company when a disaster strikes your home or business. A quick response time, variety of services offered, and 24/7 availability makes SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast your choice restoration company. 

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 immediately. 

Variety of Services

A restoration company such as SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast offers various 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 makes your life easier and gets you back in your home or business faster. “Like it never even happened.” Our list of services is diverse and extensive to better help you. View the full list here


  • Fire, Smoke, and Soot
  • Water Removal & Dehumidification
  • Mold Mitigation & Remediation
  • Catastrophic Storm Response
  • Move-Outs & Contents Restoration
  • Electronics & Equipment
  • Document Drying
  • Contents Claim Inventory Service
  • Lead Abatement (RRP)


  • Air Ducts & HVAC
  • Biohazard & Crime Scene
  • Vandalism
  • Carpet & Upholstery
  • Drapes & Blinds
  • Ceilings, Walls & Hard Floors
  • Deodorization
  • Dumpster & Debris Removal
  • Dry-Cleaning
  • Data Center Cleaning
  • Vandalism & Graffiti
  • Trauma & Crime Scene
  • Sewage & Toilet Overflow

If you would like more information on hiring a team experienced in multiple types of restoration, call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast 24/7, 7 days a week at (813) 694-9092.

6 Steps to Prevent Water Damage

12/9/2021 (Permalink)

a man preventing water damage and cleaning guttters In case of water damage, immediately call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 710-6203.

The highest insurance claims by homeowners are from water damage, according to a study by the Insurance Information Institute. Hurricanes and floods are not the only sources of water damage. Blocked gutters, leaky pipes, and broken sump pumps can also be harmful to your home. Thankfully, these issues are preventable; and by minimizing the risk of water damage, homeowners can save more money in the long run. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast recommends the following six steps to homeowners who want to proactively protect their homes before disaster strikes. 

Step 1. Check for Leaks Before Going on Vacation

Check the pipes under your sinks, the water heater for any sign of damage, and the seals by your windows for cracks that might cause water damage. Additionally, examine the exterior of your house, especially the roof shingles where water can leak into the interior. Getting these repairs taken care of before leaving for vacation is key to reducing the risk of disaster. 

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, the hose should be replaced to prevent extensive water damage.

Step 3. Clean Out Your Gutters

Remove any debris out of your rain gutters and downspouts. Gutter blockages can damage your fascia boards, cause foundation leaks, and result in mold. 

Step 4. Inspect Your Sump Pump

Clear out any debris that could clog the pit. Run a few tests, and make sure that the pump's water is going outside. Install a battery-powered backup in case of a power outage. 

Step 5. Get Someone to Check on Your Home When You’re Away

Call a friend or hire a professional house sitter to check on your home every week while you're gone. Also, show them where the water main is in case of an emergency.

Step 6. Turn Off the Water

If you cannot find someone to check on your home, you should turn off the water main and entirely drain your pipes. To do this, run the water and flush your toilet after you turn off the water. 

For 24/7 emergency water damage response contact SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 710-6203. A team of highly trained water damage specialists will quickly dry and restore your home to make it “Like it never even happened.”  

Protection from Wind Damage

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

property damage after a storm Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 543-8430 if you experience wind damage to your home.

Many areas of the United States have experienced heavy winds and storms this season, and the strong, powerful winds can cause significant damage to your home. Wind damage can result in a range of destruction to your property, from broken windows and fallen tree branches to severe damage to your roof, garage, or car. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is “Here to help” with storm restoration and storm damage protection before disaster strikes. We’re available 24/7 at (813) 543-8430. Here are some steps you can take to minimize the risk of harm to your home when severe weather hits your property.

Preventing Wind and Storm Damage 

It is easy to feel overwhelmed when a massive storm is approaching. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast can assist in storm damage protection to help you save time while preparing for the storm. By taking precautions to protect your home, you can ease your mind and reduce the strain on your wallet. 

  • Secure any potential debris around your home such as patio furniture, toys, garbage cans, and other objects. 
  • Keep up with regular tree maintenance, trimming dead limbs, and removing weak trees, to reduce the likelihood of structural damage. 
  • Bolt your doors and windows with foot and head bolts, and reinforce your garage door and tracks. 
  • Ensure your roofing system has anchored trusses and decking to the walls and foundation to keep the entire roof from lifting off the building in a strong wind. 
  • Install a roof covering that will protect the structure from high winds and impact from hail and other debris. 

Mitigating Damage After a Storm

A major storm or hurricane can cause extremely high levels of stress.SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is “Here to help” and to lessen the emotional burden on you and your family. It is our top priority to make you and your family feel safe and cared for. We have identified these three key steps you can take immediately after a storm occurs.  

  1. Review and Assess the Damage 
  2. Contact SERVPRO of North Tampa/Magdalene 
  3. Contact Your Insurance Provider 

Before you begin inspecting the damage to your home, check local news to make sure that your area is safe. Watch out for downed power lines and other hazards such as broken glass, standing water, and collapsing roof materials. Look around your property for holes in the roof, broken shingles, dents in gutters, and split seams. 

Once you have assessed the damage, SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast at (813) 543-8430. We are available 24/7 and are committed to responding immediately to your flood or storm damage emergency. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast can access resources from 1,700 Franchises across the state and country and even utilize Disaster Recovery Teams for major storms and disasters.

If you have insurance, you should contact your provider as soon as possible. We will work closely with you and your insurance to find the best approach to your storm restoration. 

Contacting a storm damage restoration professional and your insurance provider as soon as the storm is over is imperative to limit secondary damage and restoration costs. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is “Here to help.” Contact us 24/7 at (813) 543-8430.

A Smoother Claims Process

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

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If you have suffered a disaster at your home or business, the last thing you want is more worry. For this reason, our team ensures they make the claim process as stress-free as possible. SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast will 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 are as fast as they can be.

We are so proud that so many insurance companies recommend SERVPRO to their clients. They are aware of the benefits that come along with our partnership. We do everything we can to make the entire process trouble-free.

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 biohazard cleanup and restoration services. Call us anytime at (813) 694-9092. We are available 24/7.

Mold Misconceptions

11/29/2021 (Permalink)

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

Mold is Only Found in Water-Damaged Homes.

While it's true that mold forms in areas that have issues with water damage, that's not the whole picture. Mold and mildew are always present—both indoors and outdoors. When mold spores land on a surface containing moisture, they can begin to grow. Regardless of whether or not you've had recent water damage to your home or business, all structures have the potential for a mold problem, especially in high humidity areas like crawlspaces and basements. 

It's Not a 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 concerns. Color alone cannot determine a mold’s level of toxicity, and some dangerous molds come in colors such as brown, green, yellow, pink, or white. Mold can affect people with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory conditions, so it's important to address any type of mold growth. The CDC recommends that if you believe you have symptoms from mold exposure, you should contact your physician to determine if you should vacate the premises. 

Black Mold is "toxic" to Humans and Animals.

Calling black mold "toxic" implies that it is somehow poisonous to those who contact 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 household members. Black mold is one of the most well-known toxigenic molds associated with health concerns.

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 permanently, contact SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast, your local mold removal professionals. 

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 a 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 additional information about understanding mold and the mold remediation process, check out our website at SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast.

3 Types of Water Damage

11/23/2021 (Permalink)

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Understanding 3 Types of Water Damage

Water damage comes in many forms. It can occur quickly or slowly; it can be a quick fix or a significant, time-consuming property issue. When your property has water damage, SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast wants to help you!

Being educated about water damage types can help give you peace of mind and help you attack the issues quickly and efficiently. There are three general categories of water damage.

1. Clean Water

This water is clean and comes from an uncontaminated source. If this occurs, know that it is not dangerous if consumed by pets or people. This type of water damage may occur if an incoming water line bursts, you have a bathroom flood due to an overflowing sink or tub, or have a small leak from an internal water pipe. SERVPRO can help extract the water and dry surfaces out for you. It's essential to have this done by an expert, as any remaining wet areas can bring on further issues such as mold, fungus, or rotting materials.

2. Grey Water

Grey Water comes from a source with some contaminants in it. If a leak or puddle of "Clean Water" is left for too long, this can turn into Grey Water. Other sources include sump pump failures, overflowing washing machines, and even some sewage pipes. This water type may cause people and animals to become sick if their exposure is high or consumed. SERVPRO recommends calling them to handle the water professionally.

3. Black Water

Black Water is the most hazardous type of water damage that can occur. This water is too contaminated and likely comes from a natural disaster or sewage plumbing. This water may sometimes look clean but can contain microbes that can cause health effects. When it comes to home flooding emergencies, Black Water floods can be the most destructive. This is due to the water's unsanitary conditions, causing bacteria, chemicals, and toxins to absorb into the porous items in your home. Carpets, upholstery, and drywall are often destroyed in this unsalvageable disaster.

Clean and Grey Water has the potential to even turn to Black Water if left standing or unattended. Please call SERVPRO to help remove water and disinfect your home immediately if this affects your home, and avoid exposing you and your household as it can cause illness. Our team of professionals can help in any circumstances needed!

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We proudly serve Tampa, FL, and surrounding areas.

Protect Your Tampa Home From Freezing Pipes This Winter

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

Frozen pipe that burst open near me SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast helps you if a frozen pipe in your home bursts and causes flooding damage

Freezing Temps Mean Your Pipes Can Freeze and Burst

Now that winter weather is on its way, bursting pipes are a concern—even in locations with a mild winter season, like Tampa, Florida.

If you live in an apartment or townhome, you may receive a newsletter or see signs that tell you to keep the heat on and let your faucets drip, but does that actually protect the pipes from the cold weather effects?

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 insulation

Pipes located in the basement or attic need protection from freezing temperatures, as they are often uninsulated. Adding 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 be securely sealed to keep cold air out and 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 and keep water flowing. This keeps the pressure from building up and keeps water in a moving state, which reduces the chance of frozen water and bursting pipes, potentially causing a flooding situation.

Open cabinet doors

You likely have warmer air circulating throughout the house than what you’d find inside closed cabinets. Open your cabinet doors to let the air warm these uninsulated spaces. This decreases the chance of water freezing inside the hidden pipes.

Turn up the heat

Keep your household or business temperature above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, even when there’s no one occupying the building.

If disaster strikes 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.

As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is close by and ready to respond to your flood or water damage emergency. We proudly serve Tampa, FL, and surrounding areas.

Mitigating Damage After a Storm

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO storm logo with cloud and lightning SERVPRO helps Tampa Southeast with wind damage

Many areas of the United States have experienced heavy winds and storms this year, 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. Damage can be caused by strong winds 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 adverse 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 are 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 homes 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.

Loosely 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 structural 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 nails over the opening. Your insurance policy will likely cover the cost of an 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 severe 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 severe other safety issues, such as downed electrical wires. The wires may still be alive, and the tree itself energized. Contact your agent or claims center to report the damage and seek advice on how to proceed.

Suppose your home or business sustains wind damage during a storm. In that case, it is essential 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.

Water Damage Mitigation Is Time Sensitive

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

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.

Career Opportunities at SERVPRO

7/21/2021 (Permalink)

Interested in being a part of the SERVPRO family? Apply today! Image of cell phone. Interested in being a part of the SERVPRO family? Apply today!

With 17 franchises in 6 locations throughout TN, FL, and TX, SERVPRO Team Nicholson is an exciting, diverse, innovative place to work. We foster positive company culture, offer competitive compensation packages, and prioritize community involvement. Come find out what it takes to be a part of our team! 

Our mission is to be a proud, laser-focused team holding each other accountable while creating positive opportunities for our people and becoming the most efficiently run organization in the markets we serve. We value honesty, reliability, relationships, trustworthiness, and authenticity! Our team develops and provides solutions; we are go-getters and carry a “bring it” attitude to our work environment. We listen and value each other’s thoughts and ideas and strive to bring them to life. We are built on hard work, transparency, good business, and integrity. We believe “You can’t go wrong doing the right thing.” 

Bill Repsel, our Regional Administrator, shared his testimony on what it's like working for SERVPRO. He said "Every day is a new day. It is an opportunity to serve others in our community in a time of need. We have an incredible team of people with great talent that strives to make a difference every day." 

SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is proud of the work we do and is always looking for like-minded people interested in a rewarding career. Please submit your resume to recruiting@SERVPROclarksville.com, stop by our office at 5409 E. Henry Ave, Suite 1003, Tampa, FL . from 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday, or click here to check out our current job openings.

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 trucks - storm damage restoration Have property damage? Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast today!

SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast 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.

Call SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast today! We are here to help.

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.”

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.