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What Approaches Work Best for Mold Remediation?

10/22/2021 (Permalink)

a man discovering mold growing underneath his cabinets Mold infestations spread rather quickly. Take heed and contact SERVPRO right away before the situation escalates. Our team is standing by 24/7.

Removing mold colonies from your Brandon home requires sophisticated tools and experienced professionals like the remediators of our SERVPRO team.

Mold remediation differs from broader claims of mold removal from other companies working in the Brandon area. It is impractical and would be incredibly costly to attempt to remove all the mold spores naturally occurring microscopically in every environment. Therefore, we work to remove colonies and active organisms moving through the property and what can lead to health hazards for those exposed. Remediation requires several advanced tools and technologies and can include many of our technicians, both the water restorers (WRT) and microbial remediation technicians (AMRT.)

Between the practices necessary to remove active colonization and the equipment for mold remediation in Brandon homes, our technicians are among the most educated and well-trained. We encourage continued growth and development in restoration niches to provide a continued, confident response for any emergencies we experience in the future. From the time we are first notified of a loss situation, there is a finite timeline to protect and preserve exposed material before too much damage has taken place.

How Do You Know Mold Damage Exists? 

As detrimental and challenging as mold damage can be, there are still many situations in which you might not know for sure that you have this emergency happening at all. If you suspect that you have mold growth, you can call on our SERVPRO team for a thorough inspection of the property to know for certain. If you would like to work to identify possible threatening situations on your own, there are a few red flags that you are looking for when colonies begin to develop and spread:

  • Odor – Even if you cannot see the mold colonization, there is a good chance that you can notice something amiss by the smell. Active colonies emit a harsh, musty odor that you are unlikely to encounter otherwise.
  • Visible Colonization – Spotting or even more blatant damage can be a reliable indicator that mold obviously exists, but the problem can be worse than the surface layers you can see.
  • Damp Areas – Persistent moisture and dampness might not alone indicate that mold colonization has occurred. However, a moisture pocket that lasts for days can often be enough to facilitate the colonization of spores in the environment.

How Can Our Team Dry Damaged Areas? 

Ultimately, one of the primary objectives of our responding technicians is to dry out the damaged areas. The removal of moisture can rob active colonies of their source of food and conditions necessary to spread and thrive. Essentially, the organism starves out. Drying damp areas of the house can be more challenging than it might initially appear, precisely because so many areas could now be affected by this persistent wetness. We can utilize many tools in our recovery inventory to address the threatening moisture conditions in the affected areas. Some of the essential tools for drying out the structure and regaining control of a house's mold-ridden area are:

  • Air Movers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Electric Heaters
  • Injecti-Dry System

Can SERVPRO Address Harsh Musty Odors? 

As you now know from your preliminary inspection of the property, mold gives off a strong, musty odor that must get addressed as soon as possible. As much as colonies can spread, the strong scent of this organism can affect more than just the environment where the organism gets found. Multiple deodorization tools can neutralize odors and eliminate even trapped noxious smells in textiles, fabrics, and building materials. Some of these options include:

  • Thermal Fogger
  • Ozone Machine
  • Hydroxyl Generator
  • Air Scrubber

How Can Colonies Get Removed? 

The remediation of active colonization requires trained professionals addressing various areas of your home on a case-by-case basis. There are multiple strategies for removing colonies present on the property. The choice among these varies based on the severity of the damage, the material affected, and even the environmental conditions that could impact success. In most houses, multiple strategies get used on the same remediation job because of how much damage can change from one area to another. Some of the commonly used procedures include:

  • Soda Blasting
  • Sanding
  • Antimicrobial Wipe Cleaning
  • Controlled Demolition

Microbial colony removal can be challenging without the right tools, equipment, and trained personnel. With accreditation through the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team stays prepared for mold threats and water loss recovery as necessary. Give our experienced team a call today at (813) 741-3473.

Creating a Clear Restoration Plan for Your Damaged Brandon Home

10/17/2021 (Permalink)

windows on fire with smoke billowing from them Smoke and fire can leave soot and debris on your wall. Contact SERVPRO for cleanup and odor removal. We have certified technicians for you.

The job scoping phase helps create a custom recovery design for your Brandon property.

Structure fires are violent and overwhelming emergencies that expose the vulnerabilities of your home's construction and leave deep physical scarring behind. As restoration professionals, we must determine what can be done to return your property to its original condition as quickly as possible. Initially, emergency services can help to overcome immediate threats before restoration work can begin like: 

  • Structural damages
  • Harsh odors
  • Water damage
  • Carcinogenic airborne particles

Establishing the Work Areas

To create a plan for fire damage restoration in Brandon homes, our experienced production manager and crew chief must first identify the work areas. This evaluation determines the size of the individual spaces, the condition of these rooms, and if there are off-limits areas that might be used for investigating the origin of the fire.

Determining the Priority of Actions

As you would expect, there is a definite order of restoration and recovery for fire-damaged properties. The initial evaluation determining where cleaning and mitigation are needed also categorizes the work often done by the rooms requiring the most restoration effort. Customer input could change these priorities.

Identifying and Disposing of Unsalvageable Materials

The job scoping phase will showcase some of the exposed building materials and contents in a fire-damaged home that restoration efforts cannot recover. These unsalvageables are inventoried in the same manner as restorable items until the necessary documentation gets filed with insurance providers. Once this happens, we can safely discard these items and bulk materials according to industry-standard practices. 

Post-fire recovery is made more efficient and focused with a custom restoration plan created from data collected during a job scoping phase. Our experienced SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team can provide effective mitigation and restoration based on priorities this assessment reveals. Give us a call today at (813) 741-3473.

Call Us 24/7 After A Water Damage Disaster Occurs In Your Brandon Home

9/29/2021 (Permalink)

a woman holding buckets to catch water falling from the ceiling Even when the water damage emergency includes water literally raining down on your head, team SERVPRO can help. Call the certified technicians 24/7.

Water Damage Restoration For Your Brandon Home

Once your home in Brandon has experienced any water damage emergency, removing any water and restoring your home is a time-sensitive task. The water can permanently damage your structure in a short amount of time and needs to be removed right away.

Proper cleaning of water damage in your Brandon home requires a reputable, certified water remediation company that can finish the job in a fraction of the time it would take you as the homeowner to do it. SERVPRO can arrive at your home with all the tools and equipment needed to get to work right away. We know the proper procedures for extracting water and restoring your home.

Even though bathroom towels, shop vacs, bleach, and open windows might seem like a method for water damage cleanup that is effective, they do not treat surfaces that are hidden or create an arid room that lets moisture evaporate. In the end, you waste energy and time only to get results that are less than satisfactory.

Water Damage Clean Up and Restoration

SERVPRO staff won’t just treat the visible signs of damage. We also have the tools to find any hidden moisture, plus antimicrobial cleaners that disinfect the area after we are done restoring any damage. Applying such cleaners also prevents the growth of mold, which your household bleach and cleaners cannot do.

All of the tools and equipment we use are specially made to meet or exceed the highest industry standards when restoring your home after water damage. The air movers that we use can push 100 cubic feet of air around your residence in only sixty seconds. The machine speeds up the evaporation time by circulating the air in the affected area. Industrial grade dehumidifiers do the same thing with water and can extract fifty or more gallons of water out of your structure.

If you try to do all the cleanup yourself, it might take you long enough that you could begin to see the growth of mold. By working as a team, our staff can take on even the most challenging jobs and complete them in record time to get your home looking “Like it never even happened.”

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview is here to help you restore your home in Riverview, Brandon, or Mango after water damage of any kind. Instead of trying to do it yourself, give us a call at (813) 741-3473 as soon as a problem arises.

World Class Tools Make Flood Damage Remediation in Brandon Push Button Easy

9/24/2021 (Permalink)

a flooded living room with furniture floating everywhere When flooding brings excess water into your home, time is of the essence. Contact our experienced flood damage remediation team right away.

An Experienced Provider for Flood Damage in Brandon That You Can Reach Anytime

Heavy rainfall in a city area can cause road overflow. Sewer systems that struggle to cope with excess water begin to pour out, moving raw sewage and other pathogens picked up along the way downstream. We refer to this as Black Water, and it can be hazardous if it enters your home. The first thing you should do after you notice the signs of Black Water is to phone a professional who can safely remove and dispose of it.

We operate a 24-hour call line so that homeowners with Flood Damage in Brandon can reach us in an emergency. SERVPRO technicians go through an extensive training procedure to ensure we can actively mitigate damage as soon as we arrive on site. Where Black Water is concerned, it may be necessary to remove and replace sections of drywall to ensure the home is safe to return to and that any workforce arriving has a safe space to work.

The jobs we can carry out onsite include restoring power to your property, removing possessions or furniture to designated clean zones as well as performing emergency board-ups. The experience we bring to each job is invaluable in carrying out these procedures and is of enormous benefit to homeowners who can rely on a professional experience when using SERVPRO.

Storm Damage Clean Up and Remediation

Since flood water can frequently contain harmful pathogens, a thorough cleaning operation using chemical-based sanitizers is essential. Being able to remove carpets for separate treatment or other fittings is within a SERVPRO technician's remit, and using advanced equipment, many of these items are salvageable. We always work toward a restore over replace method, which means inspecting, cleaning, and restoring many items you may have thought needed replacement.

Personal possessions can be ravaged by a flood and are often the priority for homeowners. SERVPRO has external cleaning facilities and, where necessary, can pack out your possessions for the deep restoration procedure. With ultrasonic cleaning tanks and mechanical washing machines, we have a great track record of success restoring valuables and sentimental items.

Experience is essential in dealing with natural disasters. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 anytime, day or night.

Riverview Commercial Properties May Present with Unique Fire Restoration Challenges

9/19/2021 (Permalink)

an outlet with wires on fire Regardless of the type of commercial fire damage sustained, team SERVPRO can remediate. We are standing by 24/7 for your emergency call.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview Adapts to Each Fire Restoration Project to Ensure Businesses Get the Results They Need

If you had an electrical fire in your commercial building that got out of control and left immense damage and strong smoke odors behind, you need skilled odor control technicians (OCT) on the job. Dealing with any fire and the fallout is nothing to tackle on your own, which is where the trained team at SERVPRO is here to help. After you know that everyone within your Riverview building is safe and sound, you can rest assured that our crew can handle all of the inner workings of your fire damage restoration.

For fire restoration in Riverview, we will often talk our clients through the process so that you have a clear picture of what to expect. These are some essential steps that you can take after a fire event at your commercial space:

  • Contact your insurance company and the property owner – Once everyone is safe and the fire gets extinguished, contact your insurance provider or the commercial property owner to let them know what happened. SERVPRO is fully IICRC-certified, and we work with insurance companies all the time to ensure our clients have everything for their claims.
  • Secure your business – After first responders leave and our team arrives, we want to ensure that your commercial building and its contents are not exposed and vulnerable to the elements, vandals, or theft. We provide board-up and tarping services to secure the building until full restoration is complete.
  • Ensure detailed inventory gets taken – No matter the industry you are in, from office space and furniture or inventory inside a store, you always have to conduct inventory to measure the loss and account for what is left for cleaning and restoration. We take care of inventory and offer pack-out services for anything you need stored throughout the restoration process.

SERVPRO of Brandon/North Riverview is the team to call when you want prompt fire restoration help. Contact us 24/7 by calling (813) 741-3473.

Can Kitchen Fires in Brandon Be Prevented?

8/26/2021 (Permalink)

a kitchen with cabinets and appliances on fire Was your home recently affected by a fire? Team SERVPRO is standing by to investigate the situation and remediate any fire damage 24/7.

No Fire is Totally Preventable But There Are Things You Can Do and SERVPRO Can Help if it Happens

One-fourth of all fires are residential. Of those, the kitchen is the place the majority of them occur. It is better to prevent a fire than to need fire removal services. Understanding the cause of kitchen fires can help you stop them from happening. 

Common Causes of House Fires

When residential fire damage restoration is needed in Brandon, there are five main reasons. They include:

  • Cooking
  • Electrical, including lights
  • Heating
  • Arson
  • Smoking

When SERVPRO heads to a fire restoration project, kitchen fires are the cause much of the time. In the past two years, fire stations responded to roughly 190,000 cooking fires, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

Understanding Kitchen Fires

A stove or cooktop is responsible for approximately 62% of kitchen fires. Leaving the stove unattended is the main cause. Electric stoves are involved more often than gas stoves. To prevent cooking fires, never walk away from the stove when it is in use. Keep flammable items away from hot surfaces and clean vents often. If you do have a fire, our crew is available 24/7 to mitigate the damage. We can:

  • Remove debris – charred items and unsalvageable items should get removed immediately
  • Use the appropriate cleaning methods – We use dry and wet cleaning methods as needed
  • Restore wood surfaces – We restore rather than repair whenever we can
  • Clean and replace flooring and content – This may require off-site cleaning
  • Deodorize – We use thermal foggers, air scrubbers, and HEPA filtration systems

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview can mitigate any size fire. We deal with kitchen fires every day. We want you to prevent fires by practicing safety guidelines, but if the worst does happen, we are here for you. Contact us at (813) 741-3473.

Fast Water Extraction is Crucial in Riverview Houses with In-Home Flooding

8/20/2021 (Permalink)

a woman on the phone next to her bubbling dishwasher Whether it’s your dishwasher that has overflowed or other water damage that has recently affected your home, team SERVPRO can help assess.

SERVPRO Hits the Ground Running with Professional Water Removal Tools to Aid Riverview Homes.

Water can enter a home in many ways. It may be a dishwasher overflow, ice maker hose leak, or a burst pipe. While finding the source of the intrusion is important, what you do next is just as vital. It is crucial to remove moisture quickly to prevent further damage. SERVPRO has the expertise, equipment, and experience to deal with any size water restoration project.

Getting the Water Out FAST!

Professionals are the answer to water removal in Riverview homes with in-home flooding. You need the right tools and knowledge to ensure all the moisture gets removed. Water is caustic, and if left sitting, it can damage content and structural elements. It can also lead to other problems such as mold. We understand water extraction at SERVPRO and arrive on the scene ready to go. Each case is different, but some of the things we do include:

  • Perform a scope to determine the extent of the damage.
  • Put together a plan of action and designate jobs.
  • Create a work area for an efficient and safe workspace.
  • Use moisture probes and meters to find hidden moisture.
  • Employ water extraction tools like pumps, squeegees, and wands.
  • Set up dehumidifiers and air movers in the correct ratio for optimal drying.
  • Use controlled demolition if needed.
  • Repair and restore the building and content.

Let the Water Restoration Professionals Handle the Job

SERVRPRO of Brandon / North Riverview provides water removal services that leave your home “Like it never even happened.” Keep our number handy and be prepared for any disaster. We mitigate water, fire, and flood damage in Riverview. Our number is (813) 741-3473.

How Does SERVPRO Handle Floodwater in Brandon Homes?

8/15/2021 (Permalink)

a house with water up to its windows from a flood Flooding can affect both the contents and structure of your home. Make sure to contact SERVPRO to evaluate the situation and remediate any damage.

Brandon Homes with Flood Damage Can Count on SERVPRO for Professional Storm Cleanup

Storms can bring heavy rain, strong winds, and flash flooding. Homes can get flooded fast. The floodwater that enters the home is considered black water. It is highly contaminated with everything from debris to bacteria. SERVPRO professionals understand how to deal with biohazardous water.

Powerful Tools Restore Homes to Pre-loss Condition

When Brandon homes experience flood damage, it is vital to seek professional flood restoration services quickly. The contaminated water is a health risk, and the microorganisms rapidly increase. Letting it sit is not a good idea. The moisture can also cause secondary damage. Water is caustic and destroys structural elements such as wood over time. Mold is another example of secondary damage. We come on the scene prepared to mitigate the situation. We use:

  •   PPE – We use the proper PPE to work with black water. Homeowners should never try to clean this up on their own.
  •   Antifungals and Disinfectants – SERVPROXIDE is an excellent example of EPA-approved products we used to sanitize homes.
  •   Professional Water Extraction Tools – Trash pumps, truck-mounted pumps, and submersible pumps are used depending on the flood situation to extract water fast.
  •   Commercial Air Movers and Dehumidifiers – Drying the facility is a precise science. You need the correct ratio of air movers to dehumidifiers and our techs are well-trained in what to do.

Further water restoration takes place in the form of controlled demolition, removing debris, and repairing the home. You can count on SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview for high-quality water damage services. Contact us at (813) 741-3473 for more information.

What is the Best Way to Restore Your Fire Damaged Riverview Home?

7/27/2021 (Permalink)

heavy smoke surrounding smoke detector No matter the size of the fire, the smoke and soot produced are difficult to remove. SERVPRO is available for your complete home restoration.

Fire Damage Experts in Riverview Talk About the Restoration Process

When a fire burns inside your Riverview home, several conditions are created that can ruin the items you own. Even if the blaze is minor and does not burn too many objects, it can still cause fire damage existing throughout your house. Fires burn at different temperatures and use various substances as fuel; therefore, every burn creates its unique scenario. Different types of smoke and soot residues create scenarios where our SERVPRO crews are forced to utilize various techniques to mitigate every problem. Most fire damage situations involve removing burnt materials, cleaning soot, and deodorizing the building. 

Smoke Damage

Since different materials get burnt, various types of soot and odors can exist. When mitigating fire damage in Riverview, our SERVPRO technicians use various techniques and equipment to deal with the different kinds of problems. The first step we take when starting a project is to inspect the severity and extent of the issues. We come to your property equipped with a testing kit that helps us determine what we can save and what needs replacing. The kit includes many chemicals and utensils that we use to see what works best on the different building materials and contents inside your home. 

Once we figure out what the job entails, we draft an initial estimate to give to you and your insurance adjuster. Next, we remove all fire damaged materials that we do not think we can save with refinishing or soot removal. We then clean off all of the surfaces that got affected by smoke. 

If foul odors still exist after removing the burnt materials and cleaning off all of the soot residues, we work towards removing all of the burnt smells. We can accomplish this by using one or more different types of deodorizing systems. If you ever notice burnt odors or soot residues after something burns inside your home, it is wise to call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 as soon as you notice an issue.

Brandon Properties that Need Water Removal and Drying Hope Their Owners Call SERVPRO

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO restoration equipment being used to dry carpet in water damaged room Wet carpets present a challenge for water removal. Our team has the know how to restore your home.

Remediating Water Damage to Brandon Homes and Condos

Brandon homes can suffer extensive damage from something as simple as a broken sink. If it happens with the homeowner present, then turning off the water under the sink and getting a mop can take care of the problem. If the same break occurs over a long weekend or in a home belonging to a seasonal resident, water can spill across the entire house, causing extensive damage.

Water Removal

SERVPRO restoration teams first remove any standing water, using commercial grade pumps to stop water damage in Brandon. Once the level is down to just above the floor or carpet surface, they switch to smaller extraction devices to draw the remainder out of carpets and from between floorboards.

Equipment for Water Removal

After removing the water, our technicians lift and examine carpets for delamination, where the top and bottom layers separate from each other. If there is none, they raise the carpet, replace the carpet pad if overly saturated, and then use air movers to force warm air over and under the carpet to dry it and fans at the other end to draw off the moist air. In the trade, this is known as "floating" a carpet. SERVPRO specialists also use air movers and fans to push warm air across the surface of building material, like drywall, carefully forcing out moisture without causing permanent damage.

Before our restoration teams arrive, homeowners can accomplish a couple of things to help reduce damage. Make sure only to do them if it is safe in the home and you are physically capable:

  • Remove books, magazines, and other items with color from the floor. It reduces carpet stains.
  • Hang all fur and leather items. It reduces damage and starts the drying process before we set foot on your property.
  • If the leak was upstairs, avoid downstairs rooms with sagging, wet ceilings, and not turn on any lights or fans mounted to a wet ceiling.

At SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview, our goal is to restore your home to you as soon as we can safely do so. If a failing bathroom sink, dishwasher, or other plumbing issue has turned your home into a wading pool, call us today at (813) 741-3473 to schedule one of our restoration teams to dry any affected property.