Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

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

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Taking quick action is key to mitigating flood damage after a hurricane, and SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is dedicated to helping local homeowners with speed and precision. If your home is in need of repair or assessment after a storm, call us at (813) 694-9092 for a quote or more information about our services.

Preparing for a hurricane: Six Tips

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.

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We live and work in this community too; we might be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Tampa Southeast is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are a proud active member of the Tampa community and want to do our part to make our community better.

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.

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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.