Recent Storm Damage Posts

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.

Conclusion

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

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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.

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.

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.

Mitigating Damage After a Storm

11/8/2021 (Permalink)

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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.

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)

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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.