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Exceptional Cookery Classes for Brandon Residents this January

1/19/2021 (Permalink)

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The Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium Runs Cookery Classes for Tapas, Steak Dinners, and World Cuisine.

Explore the techniques used by professional chefs in creating dishes and perfecting a restaurant ready meal at the Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium from January 24th. Cookery classes are suitable for both groups or couples and individual learners who want to brush up on their culinary skills. The emporium owner is a Cordon Bleu chef, while instructors work professionally in some restaurants around Brandon and Tampa Bay. A typical evening might include creating a range of Venetian tapas dishes or an English Tea. It is suggested to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment as class sizes are typically small. Classes run every month for both cookery skills and prepping. Prepping classes typically include pasta-making or cheese making.

  • All cookery class attendees receive a meal and wine-tasting during the session
  • Classes can be booked for a single day or as a course spanning three days 
  • A rotating roster of professional guest chefs provide new world cuisines to keep instruction fresh and interesting

A fire in your business could cause expensive damages or force a temporary closure. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 for commercial restoration assistance.

Riverview Residents Can Reduce Water-related Losses in their Properties by Using Professional Restoration

1/11/2021 (Permalink)

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SERVPRO is a Licensed Water Restoration Provider for Riverview Residents

The city of Riverview is a fast-growing region in Florida. Situated close to Tampa Bay with its famous beaches and culture while also being close to Brandon, Riverview is a prime location. In the past twenty years, this region's population has exploded with over triple the number of people moving to the area. There are 71,050 residents living today in Riverview, a sharp increase from the last census's 12 035 residents. The reasonably priced rental market has been a huge reason behind the influx of residents over the past twenty years despite living expenses being roughly the same as other Floridian cities. What this city does provide, though, is space, with over 50 square miles marking the borders of the small suburban city. Boyette Springs and Lake St. Charles's neighborhoods offer much natural beauty alongside Florida's excellent summer weather. Ashley Oaks is a revitalized downtown neighborhood that keeps new residents in touch with the upsell of eateries, shopping, and nightlife. The region attracts young professionals while the improving school system has proven a big draw for Floridian families. 

The region's original naming alongside the Alafia river was Peru and remained under that guise for over one hundred years. The founding of Riverview began in 1885, making it a relatively new township in comparison with some of Florida's larger cities. During the twentieth century, Riverview expanded and engulfed the southside Peru. Many of the early companies in the region carry remnants of the original settlement, including the Peruvian Mining Company, which took Phosphate from the riverbed and sold it across the United States. The excellent commuter location of Riverview has seen it become something of a satellite to some of Florida's larger counties but, with the rising population of young adults, it is gaining an increasingly high reputation. While tourism remains somewhat limited for now, the closeness of Riverview to Tampa Bay suggests that this city may grow into a sought-after holiday destination for those looking to enjoy the beaches, weather, and culture of Florida's second city. 

  • The International Independent Showmen's Museum on Riverview drive is a quirky historical center that celebrates the American tradition of showmanship. Inside the 54,000 square-foot museum is a host of magicians' equipment, trapeze, traveling circuses, and carnival rides. Some of the displays go back to the eighteenth century, while the overall experience is quite unlike any other museum.
  • Behind the Fence is an excellent bed and breakfast place for savvy travelers looking to explore Brandon or Tampa without staying in the busier downtown districts. Located on Viola Drive in Riverview, Behind the Fence has a swimming pool, free wi-fi, and a great location near popular restaurants Ford's Garage and the Bonefish Grill. 
  • The Alley at Southshore is a family-run bowling alley that features over 42,000 square feet of lanes, food, and entertainment. This entertainment center's highlight is its recently renovated bowling alley, which provides state of the art technology to create a sufficient bowling experience. The Alley also boasts pool tables and a sports bar with massive screens for catching the latest game.

Eating out in Riverview Florida

This Tampa suburb's growing population has given rise to a host of fantastic restaurants, all offering a diverse set of cuisines and styles. Riverview provides visitors and residents Mexican, Cuban, Greek, Italian, and Asian dishes alongside its famous American traditional food outlets and diners despite the relatively small downtown area. 

  • Stein and Vine on Bloomingdale Avenue source many of the ingredients for their excellent menu locally. The curated wine list is one to remember, while there is also a decent selection of craft brews. Slightly outside of Brandon, the stylish restaurant pulls in lots of local trade. 
  • Fred's Market Restaurant just off Highway 301 in South Riverview is a great dining room with a casual atmosphere and excellent seasonal specials. The lunchtime food buffet pulls in both travelers and locals. The cuisine is traditional southern cooking with large portions and a friendly atmosphere.
  • The Acropolis Greek Taverna is a cozy traditional Greek outlet that is part of the Winthrop Plaza shopping center. This little tavern, tucked away from retail stores, offers an authentic Greek menu and daily Mediterranean breakfasts. 

SERVPRO are Experts at Preventing Lasting Damages to your Riverview Home from Water Damage

Water mitigation is a process that professional restoration services use to prevent long-term damage caused by exposure or soaking. When water enters your residence, it can cause harm from two different outcomes. The first is through liquid water, which can soak into carpets, wooden boards or migrate into cavities. Long term exposure to liquid can lead to permanent harm for both contents and possessions. Increasing humidity is the second type of damage. Evaporating water in a proper can create a vapor that causes damp spots on walls and ceilings. Over time, these wet spots can promote mold growth and other unsanitary microorganisms like bacteria or viruses. Our team can control both types of water damage in your property by using advanced mitigation strategies. Controlling losses reduces both the expense of your claim as well as the time it takes to return your residence to its preloss condition. 

  • Using a combination of rapid air-movers and dehumidification equipment, we can dry your property from liquid moisture and control vapor damages. Our team can mobilize equipment within four hours of notification of loss. 
  • SERVPRO technicians have extensive experience in restoring belongings of residential properties. We can pre-test sensitive or organic fabrics to ensure that the correct cleaning agents are applied without causing unnecessary harm. 
  • Production technicians can run deodorization equipment to rid the home of any unpleasant odors caused by water intrusion. Using a thermal hygrometer, our team can ensure your home is safe from vapor damages by the end of service. 

If a water intrusion event threatens the health and safety of your home, contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473.

Veterans Group Provides Support to Riverview Military Vets

12/21/2020 (Permalink)

Two men sitting on a bench. Take you loved ones out to the Veterans Networking Group to network with other veterans.

Learn New Skills to Assist Transitioning to Civilian Life in Riverview

The Veterans Networking Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month. The group represents an excellent opportunity for veterans to network with other veterans, meet with representatives of various service groups, company recruiters, and coaches to help with career changes. Many veterans benefit from the information they gain about:

  • Changes in trends in the workforce
  • Hiring practices
  • Available job opportunities
  • Building a network of career contacts

Transitioning from the military to civilian life after many years of service can be challenging for many. Finding jobs, rejoining local communities, and starting a new career can be difficult. The VNG, along with members, attempts to ease the process for their members.

The Veterans Networking Group is sponsored by the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce. While the chamber has many areas of interest, the Military Affairs Committee focuses on serving military members, past and present. Former members of the military support the committee in meeting their objectives of supporting the local military community. Former military members are encouraged to join and provide help.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview provides flood damage services to Riverview residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (813) 741-3473. We respond 24/7 to help with all your flood damage needs.

Check Out the Saturday Outdoor Market in Riverview

12/15/2020 (Permalink)

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Riverview Folks Enjoy Outdoor Shopping

There is just something about local outdoor markets that are so enjoyable. The entire family can get out of the house, enjoy some fresh air, and support local businesses. It is nice to take a walk around and browse all that is available. At this Market on the Greens, you can enjoy and take home:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Homemade baked goods
  • Candies, jams, jellies, and more
  • Different types of handcrafted items

It all takes place the 1st Sunday of each month, from October through April at 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM. The location is 1702 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center.  CDC guidelines are being followed so all our customers can shop safely and in comfort.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is proud to offer mold remediation services to Brandon, Riverview, and surrounding areas. SERVPRO believes in supporting local businesses and shopping local whenever possible. We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy some sunshine and support these vendors at the neighboring outdoor market. Contact us at (813) 741-3473 for more information.

Join Networking Groups – Brandon Chamber of Commerce

12/14/2020 (Permalink)

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Leads Plus Group Meets Every Tuesday in Brandon

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Leads Plus Group to allow local business owners and managers to network with other business people within the community. The benefits of regular networking in your community can be many as well as varied. The LPG group meets every Tuesday for lunch, currently at the Just Love Coffee restaurant on Brandon Blvd. The LPG is dedicated to:

  • Building relationships within the community
  • Collaborating to provide opportunities for growth
  • Serving the community

The group meets weekly and is not category-specific. People from all sorts of businesses attend, providing attendees with an opportunity to gain referrals, collaborate on projects, and grow professionally. Many business opportunities are started over a conversation during lunch and potentially expanding into significant business growth.

These meetings also provide a chance to make new contacts in the community. Immediate referrals next week or a month from now may generate additional business opportunities and revenue.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview provides fire restoration services to Brandon residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (813) 741-3473. We respond 24/7 to help with all your fire restoration needs.

Enjoy Arts and Culture in Brandon Florida

12/9/2020 (Permalink)

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Have Fun At One of Several Entertainment Venues in Brandon

Brandon, Florida is considered part of the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan area, however, the area has its unique history and community, separate from the large Tampa metro area. Brandon lies eleven miles east of downtown Tampa, making it a short drive for residents who want to enjoy the city life, commute to work, or travel across the city. 

The area of Brandon was first settled by a gentleman named John Brandon in 1858. Initially named New Hope, he purchased forty acres. Later expanding by 160 acres, the town eventually became known as Brandon in 1890. Rail service was established the same year to Tampa providing the only primary link to the coast and the larger city to the east. There were no roads at the time, and the train service became a welcome addition to the growing community to travel to Tampa and other locations.

Fast forward to the 1960s–1990s, the town grew substantially with many new businesses added, the construction of Interstate 75, and thousands of new residents. The population growth also introduced many new exciting things to do in the community and the surrounding metropolitan area.

Interesting Things To Do in Brandon

  • The Florida Academy of Performing Arts
  • The Entertainment Facility, TopGolf
  • Dave and Busters arcade restaurant attraction
  • County Fair
  • Westfield Brandon Shopping Center
  •  Pinot's Palette
  • Many more parks, attractions, and restaurants

The Florida Academy of Performing Arts

The Florida Academy of Performing Arts, located in Brandon, supports the performing arts for children offering scholarships supporting students as they progress through classes and theaters and further extend their careers. They provide free workshops to young musicians, makeup classes, performance groups, a parent's night out, and theater performances. Parents may purchase tickets to see their children perform and demonstrate their new skills in the performing arts.

There are classes and workshops offered every month for students in various age groups. For example, drama classes teach students a variety of acting techniques and tools to create dramatic presentations. Games and activities are used to make this a fun learning exercise. Storytelling workshops help students with tips and tricks to develop attention-grabbing storytelling that enthralls and retains audience attention to the narrative.

Need a day off from the kids? The parent's day off provides the parents with a free day to enjoy a day without the kids. The kids get to experiment with new musical instruments, play games, make gifts for the family, and have fun. These activities are one of those win-win activities where everyone benefits. They also enjoy lunch served at the facility.

The Entertainment Facility, TopGolf

The TopGolf entertainment facility has something for everyone. TopGolf has combined technology, promotions, food, drinks, and great places to relax and discuss your technique. They also support private events for family groups, company events, fundraisers, team building, and birthday parties. There are activities for everyone, even if you are not really into golf.

TopGolf has made the experience at their facility even more impressive by incorporating technology into each golf swing. They can track your ball and score each shot accurately; clients can watch a real-time trace of their ball's flight path, obtain information about speed, distance, and more. The technology helps the serious golfer improve their game and entertain those who enjoy themselves and have fun.

Pinot's Palette

Pinot's Palette is a unique venue where guests learn to paint, drink, and be merry. Enjoy beer, wine, and other non-alcoholic beverages while learning to paint. All supplies are provided. Locally trained artists guide each event in the step by step process of creating a featured painting. These painting events are a great way to meet new friends or bond with the family. There are virtual and in-class events available. Examples of several events include: Christmas wreath monogram, Catching snowflakes, Holiday vintage truck, It's a wonderful life, Cozy winter love, and Snowflake Gnome.

Dave and Busters Arcade Restaurant Attraction

Play your favorite arcade games, get a group together to play an action-packed virtual reality game, watch sports on massive high definition TV screens, all while enjoying your favorite beverages and snacks. There are many activities and games to enjoy, including some of the more popular games to play, such as: 

  • Rampage, Jurassic Park
  • Halo
  • Injustice
  • The Walking Dead
  • Quik Drop

Watch your favorite sports on large screens with your friends. Use your Power Card to play games without needing to always have cash on hand. They also have a full drink, appetizers, and an entire menu to add to your evening's enjoyment.

Avoid Costly Demolition with SERVPRO's Injectidry System

Water leaks often soak carpets and other flooring materials as it spreads from the source of the leak. Many homeowners find that the water has originated inside a wall or spreads to wall cavities that must be dried to avoid future mold infestation issues. Often, homeowners are not aware that moisture inside walls is present until it is observed by SERVPRO technicians using advanced technologies such as.

  • Thermal Imaging Cameras
  • Moisture sensors inserted into cavities

We use specialized equipment to remove the moisture without the need to remove drywall, cabinets, or flooring to reach cavities with high moisture levels. Our Injectidry System effectively removes moisture and dries the cavity's interior without the need to open large holes in the walls. 

There is significantly less demolition needed to dry the interior of the cavity thoroughly. As a result, damage repair requirements are minimized, significantly reducing restoration expenses and the time required to return the water damaged area to its original condition.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview provides water damage repair services to Brandon residential and commercial business customers and the surrounding area. Call (813) 741-3473. We respond 24/7 to help with all your water damage repair needs.

SERVPRO Mitigates Tropical Flooding in Brandon

12/8/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicle and equipment If your home needs water mitigation or storm damage repair, contact our certified professionals at SERVPRO right away.

Brandon Residents Count on Professional Storm Cleanup to Restore Their Homes

The story of Brandon starts with John Brandon. He, his wife, and their six sons arrived at Fort Brooke in 1857. They traveled from Mississippi and were able to purchase forty acres of land. The area was known as New Hope. John would marry again later after his first wife died, and their home was located on what is now the corner of Victoria Street, named after his wife, and Knights Avenue. 

The Community Grows

Brandon would go on to donate land for New Hope Church, the town's first church. The church did double duty as the first schoolhouse as well. The Florida Central and Peninsular Railroad rolled through the community in 1890. It brought excitement and a brand-new depot to the area. When the FC&P surveyed the land, it was named Brandon, after John Brandon. John’s brother James built the Stowers Funeral Home and it is a famous historical landmark.

Moving Into the 20th Century

Dan Galvin would go on to open the first general store. A new school was built in 1905, and teachers were allowed to board with Victoria Brandon, John’s second wife. Her son Lovic moved into the area and opened a general store as well. 

Her other son, Mark, started the Valrico First Baptist Church in 1915, in the neighboring area of Valrico. In 1930 the church moved to Brandon and became the First Baptist Church.

Need for a Bigger School

A central, larger schoolhouse was needed by 1914. The area was growing, and children had outgrown the current school. The Brandon Grade School was built. Interesting facts surrounding the school include:

  •   Today, it is McLane Middle school
  •   It originally included grades 1 – 12.
  •   The first principle was John T. Bushong.
  •   119 students were enrolled in 1919.
  •   In 1923, four seniors graduated.

The Census Comes to Town

In 1923 the first census was taken in Brandon. At that time, there were 100 residents. The city continued to develop with some minor setbacks during the Great Depression. Developments included:

  •   In 1927, Clarence Hampton started building businesses along Hopewell Road.
  •   Hampton built the first gas station.
  •   Kingsway Poultry Colony began.
  •   The poultry farm closed during the Depression until 1946.
  •   In 1946, Bill and Ann Hollash started Brandon Egg.
  •   The egg farm was sold to Bells Shoals Baptist Church in the 90s.

Local Residents Work the Packing Plants

There were two orange packing plants in Valrico, and that is where most Brandon residents worked. The town square consisted of a post office, school, train depot, and grocery store. For fun and entertainment venues, folks took the train to Tampa. 

World War II Comes Along

Farmland was a blessing to Brandon residents during WWII, as they could grow their own food. The town saw little growth during that period. But with the end of the war, new developments came along, including a drug store and soda fountain.  The famous Scogin’s Variety Store was opened in 1950, and in 1953 the first doctor came to town. Other events in the 1950s included:

  •   Yates Elementary was built in 1954.
  •   Mann Junior High School followed in 1957.
  •   Brandon Grade School became the 1st Brandon High School.
  •   Brandon became a bedroom community of Tampa.
  •   Subdivisions start to develop.
  •   The Brandon News was started in 1958. 
  •   The Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1959. 

The population in the early ’60s had grown to approximately 8,000. Explosive growth meant new roads, the first shopping center, more schools, and the Brandon Swim and Tennis Club. A library, housing developments, and golf course followed soon after.

Into the Future

Soon it is the 70s, and there are over 430 commercial businesses in Brandon. The population has soared to 40,000, and there are three malls at this point. Hillsborough Community College moves to the city in the mid-1970s.  A cultural center and hospital are now part of the landscape. 

During the 1980s, things expanded even more rapidly. Thousands of residents moved to the area. In 1986 Interstate 75 means easier access and more traffic, and enhanced growth even more.

Storms on the Horizon

Today it is a bustling, thriving city with over 100,000 residents. But like many Florida cities, it is prone to be hit by tropical storms. This year has been a challenging year for much of the US when it comes to storms. Hurricanes and tornadoes brought torrential rains and flooding to many areas. No home is exempt when storms rage through and leave havoc behind. When this happens, professional help is needed to clean up impacted locations and provide fast mitigation. SERVPRO is here to provide that help. 

Storm Damage Cleanup You Can Trust

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview takes its job very seriously. We understand the impact tropical flooding can have on homes and families. Your residence is damaged, you may be displaced, and the stress is incredible. While we cannot alleviate it all, SERVPRO can assist in relieving some of that stress. Our team provides emergency flood mitigation that includes:

  •   Emergency procedures such as ensuring electricity is off.
  •   Floodwater containment to prevent contaminated water from spreading.
  •   Dealing with black water immediately as it is excessively contaminated.
  •   Water extraction using trash pumps that can handle debris. 
  •   Sanitizing surfaces with antimicrobials and antifungals.
  •   Drying the premises with industrial-strength air movers and dehumidifiers.
  •   Cleaning structural elements and content that can be salvaged.
  •   Disposal of material that cannot be saved.
  •   Restoring damaged areas.
  •   Returning your home to preloss condition whenever possible.

Your home is not just a building you go in and out of every day. It is where you enjoy meals with your family, rest, and make memories. It is a haven at the end of a hard day. SERVPRO knows that because we are homeowners in the Brandon area as well. 

Our goal is always to leave your home, “Like it never even happened.” Let us deal with the stress of getting your house cleaned, repaired, and restored. We work alongside your insurance company as well. Contact us at (813) 741-3473 for more information on tropical flooding mitigation. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.

Santa’s Workshop in Brandon for Kids Ages 5 - 12

12/3/2020 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Vehicle and equipment If your commercial property needs fire remediation, call the professionals at SERVPRO. We're faster to any size disaster.

Brandon Parents Can Enjoy a Night Out While the Kids are Having Fun

It is time for Parent’s Day Out again, and December’s theme is Santa’s Workshop. It is hosted by the Florida Academy of the Performing Arts. The fun begins at the Music Showcase and starts at 11:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM Saturday, December 5th. The kids will be having so much fun; they will not even know you are gone. While you are relaxing or getting some shopping done, they will be:

  • Playing games
  • Watching a movie
  • Chowing down on snacks
  • Make some fun crafts
  • Enjoying dinner with new friends

The cost is $25, and you can register online. Siblings are $10.00 each. It is the perfect time to sneak in that Christmas shopping. You even have time to get the gifts home, wrap them, and hide them! 

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview provides commercial fire restoration for local Brandon and Riverview businesses. You depend on your business to be up and running. When there is a fire, you can count on us to help you achieve that goal.

What Kind of Damage Can Smoke Do to Properties?

10/28/2020 (Permalink)

Smoke in a garage with firefighters. Fire damage and destruction to your Brandon home can be harder than expected. SERVPRO is ready for your call.

While combustion can often be one of the more devastating effects for Brandon homes, smoke can also be a destructive force that can impact the house in several ways. 

Fires are an unexpected and terrible occurrence for Brandon homes. The combustion of structural materials and contents in your home produces smoke and soot that can spread quickly throughout the residence. Addressing these concerns where they are found can only happen once the fire has gotten extinguished, and the property has been handed back over to the owner from the first responders. 

Smoke damage restoration for Brandon homes incorporates multiple approaches. Understanding what a property needs gets based on information gathered during the initial job scoping phase. Project managers and crew chiefs for our SERVPRO team can identify surface concerns, circulating particulates, and odors present in the house attributed to combustion. Our cleaning and restoration of fire-damaged homes often focus on three primary areas: 

  • Surface Residues: With partial combustion creating threats like soot particles, smoke residues become a considerable threat for families. Depending on these soils' composition, multiple strategies exist to remove them, including emulsification, dissolving, and abrasive approaches.
  • Content Damages: Cataloging damage to contents determines if on-site cleaning is possible or relocation to our SERVPRO facility can benefit recovering personal belongings.
  • Lingering Odors: Smoke also impacts properties by leaving harsh, noxious odors in the property. Using actions like thermal fogging and equipment like ozone generators, we can neutralize smoke scents. 

Will Reconstruction Be Necessary? 

There are few instances with structure fires where reconstruction or repair is not necessary. We can implement these essential repairs, demolition, and full-scale build back with in-house contractors when needed. 

Fires can be one of the most devastating disasters that homes contend with, but with a fast response from our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team, we can reduce total losses and customers' expenses. We work directly with insurance companies for efficient service. Give us a call today at (813) 741-3473.

What Can Homeowners Do to Prevent a Dishwasher Overflow?

10/13/2020 (Permalink)

Upside down dishwasher When faulty appliances leave your home covered in water, Call the water damage experts at SERVPRO immediately for remediation assistance.

Restoration Technicians at SERVPRO are Available for Riverview Water Damage Repair 24/7.

Dishwashers, washing machines, and other such fixtures that operate with large amounts of water tend to be left to their own devices more often than not. However, this practice can eventually lead to leaks or even disastrous overflows and appliance failures that saturate carpet, floors, and cabinetry in Riverview homes. Worse still, the average cost of remediating damages from a dishwasher failure is around $5,000–a hefty expense for homeowners.

SERVPRO technicians perform water damage repair for Riverview properties 24/7 to ensure that the affected structures and contents return to a preloss condition. This Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)-accredited firm is committed to extensive training and education resources for technicians, staff, and franchise owners alike to maximize the knowledge and benefits available to homeowners in need of mitigation and restoration services.

A Highly-Trained Team Ensures Consistent Results for Clients

SERVPRO’s commitment to education encompasses the following:

  • Hands-on training and certification for restoration technicians per IICRC benchmarks. Employee certification training covers such topics as fire and water damage mitigation, as well as carpet and upholstery cleaning.
  • A thorough 15-day course at the SERVPRO Corporate Training Center for new franchise owners to learn more about restoration.
  • Additional self-paced e-Learning resources for staff to further hone their knowledge.
  • Credit and noncredit courses for SERVPRO staff as well as real estate and insurance professionals who wish to learn more about structural damages from fire, water, and mold, as well as restoration industry best practices.

How Can Homeowners Inspect Their Dishwasher for Signs of Water Damage?

Dishwasher failures are often caused by such factors as overly sudsy detergents, damaged door gaskets, and compromised water inlet valves, sensors, or float switches. While a sudden overflow can be overwhelming to deal with, parts failures may also indicate leakage that may damage your floors and subflooring. If left unchecked, this moisture can create an environment in which mold can thrive.

If you suspect that there might be water damage underneath your dishwasher, you can take the following steps to examine it:

  • Make sure the unit is off. Remove the kickplate at the bottom of your dishwasher and examine the area underneath it with a flashlight.
  • Take note of wet floors or dripping, which can indicate a damaged supply line.
  • If no damage is found while the unit is off, run a full cycle without the kickplate, and continue observing. If leaks occur while your dishwasher is running, you may need to rule out a variety of factors, such as:
    • Leaky solenoid valves or circulation pumps
    • A damaged internal hose
    • A corroded tub

Certified restoration technicians like the team at SERVPRO not only remove moisture from surfaces, but they can also remediate potential mold growth with EPA-registered fungicides. Should floors or subfloor require repairs, this team’s rebuilding services can provide the fixes necessary to return your flooring to a safe and stable condition.

How Can Homeowners Prevent a Dishwasher Overflow Regularly?

While SERVPRO techs are available day and night to preserve Riverview homes, there are several small ways that homeowners can lower the risk of a dishwasher failure, including:

  • Maintaining a clean drain basket. The drain basket at the bottom of your dishwasher catches debris that might otherwise clog the drain line. When removing the drain basket for cleaning, consider clearing the drain itself with baking soda, vinegar, and hot water to mitigate potential clogs.
  • Keeping the garbage disposal clear of debris. If your dishwasher drains water through the garbage disposal, it is crucial to prevent water from backing up into your sink. Flush out the drain periodically.
  • Inspecting the air gap in the drain line. The air gap, typically mounted by the kitchen sink, is crucial for keeping wastewater from getting sucked back into the dishwasher. Keep this chamber free of obstructions to ensure it functions as intended.

How Efficient is SERVPRO’s Moisture Extraction Process?

SERVPRO technicians are thoroughly trained in water extraction with tools like truck-mounted extraction units, wands, pumps, rover vacuums, and mops. Moisture extraction accelerates the structural drying process by as much as 1,200%, which is crucial in sudden, high-volume water damage situations like a dishwasher overflow.

  • Wand extractors are the tool of choice for preventing moisture migration before moving on to other devices.
  • The extraction process may require multiple passes to prepare a space for structural drying.
  • Most extraction units feature heater, pump, and vacuum systems to address water-damaged upholstery and carpeting. However, for most water damage mitigation purposes, only the vacuum portion is used.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview can keep your property looking, “Like it never even happened.” Contact your local disaster cleanup team at (813) 741-3473 24 hours a day, seven days a week.