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Commercial Water Damage Restoration In Your Brandon Business

1/13/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property Practicing legal safety standards for your staff and customers in an emergency is essential.

Discovering Lead during Commercial Water Damage Restoration of your Brandon Business

Older, pre-1970, buildings commonly found in the banking sector can feature dangerous construction materials. Asbestos and lead-based paints are among the chief culprits who, if disturbed, need to be dealt with professionally and responsibly. A natural disaster such as water incidents can bring these materials into sharp focus, requiring specialist training and equipment to remove or restore. As the property manager of the bank, your janitorial team lacks the expertise and equipment to restore the property safely.

In situations where sensitive materials play a role, you must consider professional commercial flood damage restoration services in Brandon.  Here at SERVPRO, our roster includes technicians with Lead-Based Paint and Renovations (RRRP) qualifications. Operators need to be careful about disturbing potentially harmful substances like lead or asbestos during the renovation of your property. Our contacts in the industry mean we can arrange for an asbestos abatement specialist to work with us on-site, meaning you only have to deal with one company throughout service.

There are many specific tools required to remove lead-based paint from a commercial location. All active members of the restoration team, or those entering the site, need to have personal protective equipment (PPE.) Chief among this equipment is respirators. Lead particles can be hazardous with ingestion. Since removing lead requires agitative scrapping or sanding, there is a high risk of lead particles becoming air-borne, creating an unsafe indoor air concern.

Once the removal of lead is complete, SERVPRO technicians can dispose of it at a particular waste management facility. By bagging the materials up in thick, double-sealed bags, we reduce the risk of material cross-contamination. SERVPRO RRRP technicians then use high-particulate air (HEPA) fitted vacuums and air-scrubbers to filter any harmful contaminants from indoor air. Placing box fans in the affected area once complete can help to circulate out any unpleasant odors from water damages.

Practicing legal safety standards for your staff and customers in an emergency is essential. For lead-based paint renovation, contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473.

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Our Team Uses Proper Techniques To Handle Your Mold Damage In Mango

1/10/2020 (Permalink)

Plastic on a wall in this home creating a barrier to keep mold from spreading We created a barrier to prevent the damaged area from releasing mold into other areas of this home. Call us right away to prevent further damage.

How SERVPRO Eliminates Mold Damage in a Mango Residence

Homeowners may be surprised to know that, despite how common mold is as an issue in homes, no one knows exactly how many varieties of mold exist. Estimates for mold varieties are as high as 300,000, if not more. Regardless of the data, however, mold lives both indoors and outdoors and can get out of hand very quickly with enough exposure to moisture, heat, and organic material to eat.

If your Mango residence requires mold damage remediation from experienced technicians, your local SERVPRO experts are trained in mold remediation techniques with EPA-registered antimicrobials. This team knows the ins and outs of addressing mold so that homeowners can enjoy safe and comfortable residences once more. SERVPRO is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Even if your disaster occurs late at night or early in the morning, you can have an emergency response team at your door within hours of your call.

SERVPRO's Dedication to Education

SERVPRO offers a wide variety of education options for franchise staff, restoration technicians, franchise owners, and even real estate and insurance professionals. 

Technicians must undergo the following to be certified:

  • IICRC, Employee Certification, and Initial Franchise training modules
  • Online courses and self-paced continuing education classes

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification, or IICRC, sets a consistent rubric of standards for the cleaning and restoration industries. As a result, technicians must be intimately familiar with these standards and enact best practices in all disaster situations. 

How SERVPRO Saves the Day

One of the most crucial aspects of mold remediation is establishing containment measures before cleanup can begin. Containment involves several different procedures, including erecting negative air chambers by isolating the area with physical barriers and negative air pressure. This prevents mold spores from spreading during cleanup. Fans and HVAC systems are turned off to eliminate the risk of spreading mold. 

To address mold in the air, technicians can use specialized filtration equipment, including HEPA filter vacuums and air scrubbers that can catch microbes as small as 0.3 microns in diameter. That measures a fraction of the size of the average human hair, which is about 40 microns in diameter.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview can ensure that your home looks, "Like it never even happened." When you need fast disaster cleanup, you can call (813) 741-3473.

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We Have The Best Drying Practices In Brandon After A Flood

1/8/2020 (Permalink)

Water stains on a ceiling after a storm We have the equipment, training, and experience to restore your home to pre-damage condition after a flood. We respond 24/7 so call us right away.

How to Dry Your Brandon Residence Thoroughly After Flood Damage

Data from the federal emergency management agency (FEMA) shows that flooding is a significant cause of property damage. It may happen when you least expected and catch you off guard. When flooding occurs, your safety and that of your loved ones is the priority. You can turn to SERVPRO for high-quality flood restoration services.

Our team can handle the flood damage in your Brandon residence so that you can concentrate on other important matters. Our restorers are skilled and equipped with advanced flood restoration equipment. We also use advanced strategies to restore flood-damaged homes to their preloss state. We offer a comprehensive consultation where our team inspects the affected home and assesses the destruction. We can provide you with a detailed restoration plan, enabling you to make an informed decision about your home.

Floodwater can continue causing damage the longer it remains in your home. Our SERVPRO crew can set up water removal equipment to remove the water. After removing the water, we can set up air movers and dehumidifiers in your home to eliminate the moisture. Identifying hidden moisture is also vital because it can cause mold infestation. Our restorers use various types of moisture detection equipment to check for moisture in the structures and contents of a house. They include:

  • Thermo-hygrometers
  • Penetrating and non-penetrating moisture
  • meters
  • Moisture sensors
  • Thermal imaging cameras


To eliminate the moisture, we can use desiccant dehumidifiers to dry your property. This equipment releases dry, warm air in high humidity conditions to remove moisture from the air. Desiccant dehumidifiers use chemicals known as desiccants to absorb moisture. Desiccants have a high affinity for water and they absorb moisture from the air a dehumidifier processes. As the air passes across the desiccant material, it is heated and this causes it to release the water it contains. The moisture-laden air is then vented out of the building.

Our team can also dry the inside of walls using structural cavity drying equipment. We can remove the baseboards and drill small holes through the drywall. We then push air into the cavity behind the walls, speeding up the drying time. This process is also useful for drying different kinds of insulation without having to remove the drywall.

By using advanced drying techniques, we achieve faster drying times that minimize the risk of mold growth. The reduced drying time also helps minimize restoration expenses and you can return to your home sooner with minimal disruption.

Eliminating moisture quickly also allows for porous materials like drywall and wood to be restored fully without swelling. The fabric in drapes, upholstery and other furnishings also dries faster. Furthermore, quick drying can help prevent the rusting of metals in hinges and doorknobs. It can also prevent electronics from sustaining flood damage due to high humidity levels. 

When you need flood restoration services, contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473. We offer 24-hour emergency services and can handle the flood damage to make it seem, “Like it never even happened.”

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The Real Truth Behind Fire Damage Remediation Situations in Brandon

1/5/2020 (Permalink)

fire damaged yellow room with stairs Make sure that fire residues are removed from the home right away to help ward off lingering odors. Contact SERVPRO after the firefighters leave.

Efficient Fire Smoke Odor Removal from Affected Brandon Properties 

When a fire starts in your Brandon home, smoke poses a significant threat because it filters into different sections of the property through convectional currents, leaving residues on surfaces and bad odor in the air. Removing the odor is essential to restore the property to its preloss state, but it takes several steps to accomplish the desired results.

Removing any remains left over after the fire helps with fire smoke odor removal from affected Brandon properties. Fire consumes organic and synthetic materials in the home, leaving varying degrees of damage. Our SERVPRO technicians scope the damage to such materials to establish whether they are salvageable or not.  We clean the salvageable ones and remove the unsalvageable ones for disposal to deal with the effects of the fire incident, “Like it never even happened.”

The smoke residues released during combustion might bond with the surfaces they contact, necessitating mechanical, or chemical force to dislodge them. Our SERVPRO technicians use methods such as vacuuming or wiping with dry cleaning sponges to dislodge residues from surfaces mechanically.  We also use wet cleaning procedures because water and detergents help break the bonds residues form with the surfaces they affect. Mixing the cleaning solution with water-soluble deodorizing agents helps ensure no odors remain after removing the residues.

Bad odor might persist even after carrying out a thorough cleaning exercise in your fire-damaged home. Some odors penetrate deep into materials, especially such materials are porous. The volatile nature of odor molecules means the bad smell remains in the property until you deal with the source.  Among the best ways to deal with such odor is to replicate the conditions that create it in the first place. Our SERVPRO technicians can use ULV foggers to deliver a fine mist of deodorizing agent in the affected area. Alternatively, we can use thermal foggers that deliver solvent or water-based deodorizers. We can leave the smoke for periods ranging from 30 minutes to the whole night, depending on the severity of the malodors. Ventilating the area after fogging helps remove the fog.

Removal of all odors after a fire helps complete the restoration process. Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 to help deodorize your home. We are available 24/7.

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Our Water Damage Experts Can Save Your Mango Home

12/8/2019 (Permalink)

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Removing Refrigerator Water Damage from a Mango Home

Florida homeowners know to be wary of water damage, but they may be surprised to know that homes are as much as ten times more likely to be damaged by water than fire. While fire can be a devastating disaster to endure, water comes from a variety of sources as small as a cracked pipe and as large as a torrential downpour. There are times when it can be subtle and hard to detect until it has done thousands of dollars of damage.

If you notice signs of water damage in your Mango home, SERVPRO technicians can come to your residence within hours of your call to address the source of the disaster. This team undergoes extensive training in water damage mitigation to restore your home to a preloss condition. On top of that, you can expect SERVPRO professionals to work with property owners and insurance adjusters every step of the way to ensure that cleanup is done in compliance with your policy.

Common Causes of Refrigerator Leaks
    •    A blocked defroster. This issue can stop the defrost cycle water from draining correctly.
    •    Filters. Not every refrigerator has a filter, but if yours does, it may not have been installed correctly, or it may be the wrong size.
    •    Water line leaks. If your refrigerator has an ice maker or water dispenser, a cracked hose or loose connection in the supply line can cause leaks.
    •    Drain pans. There are times when the drain pan itself can leak, so be sure to check this area for cracks. If there is persistent and overflowing condensation from the drip pan, it is time to call in a repairman.

How SERVPRO Restores Your Home
When SERVPRO technicians come to your residence, one of the things they must do is establish a drying goal. Drying goals vary based on the materials involved and the extent of the disaster. If you have a refrigerator leak that is affecting laminate flooring and drywall, for example, adequate drying needs are based on the recommended relative humidity for these materials.

To monitor drying goals, technicians use moisture content readings from dry contents unaffected by water as a frame of reference for the adequate drying needs of water-damaged materials. One of the most crucial aspects of successful drying is ensuring that relative humidity is below 40%.

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview can ensure that your home looks, “Like it never even happened.” Call (813) 741-3473 today for Rapid Water Loss Cleanup from an experienced team.

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How SERVPRO Restores the Water Damaged Contents in Your Brandon Home

11/27/2019 (Permalink)

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Using Rusticide for Fabrics and Contents with Extended Water Damage in Brandon

Long term exposure to moisture can have a catastrophic effect on appliances, equipment, and structure. Sometimes a homeowner may only realize they have a significant water issue after a long period has passed, and exposure to moisture is at a late stage. These issues can crop up in areas of the home with an infrequent inspection. These areas may include garage, basements, or other exterior workspaces. They may also include crawlspaces or challenging to reach places. Unfortunately, the longer a water issue is present, the more harm it is going to cause.

You do not need to fear when you discover water damage in your Brandon home. There are professional restoration services that provide expert assistance, which can help to limit costs and reverse the damage. SERVPRO uses local technicians who can arrive on site promptly, inspect the issue thoroughly, and perform vital restoration services. We specialize in areas of the home that may have inadequate insulation or malfunctioning equipment like sump pumps and can provide experience and know-how to find you a solution.

Temperatures can rise and fall over the year. In areas of the home with reduced insulation, condensation can result in water issues, damp spots, and microbial growth. Older appliances may become overloaded and begin to cause problems like flooding or odors. We equip SERVPRO technicians with thermal imaging cameras as well as moisture sensors and meters that can help us to find sources of water damage that may otherwise be invisible to the naked eye.

As a general principle, our technicians find the source and work outward from there. We can remove heavier items or machinery from the affected area and place them on clean, protective sheeting for restoration later in the service. Rust can quickly spread onto adjacent materials in the home. We use an oxalic-phosphoric acid solution to combat rust stains from fabrics like cotton, linen, wool, and synthetic fibers. Working with a restore over replace mentality means that SERVPRO always does what we can to get items, possessions, and fabrics back to a usable, preloss condition.

It is never too late to bring in professional restoration for water issues in the home. Contact SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473.

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We Discuss How To Avoid Shock Risks After Flooding In Your Brandon Home

11/23/2019 (Permalink)

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Avoiding Shock Risks After Flooding in Brandon Homes

Most Brandon property owners can convey an understanding that water and electricity do not mix well. Flooding can introduce several inches or even feet of standing water into the lower levels of your property, and as such, can allow for dangerous scenarios involving active electric service in your home. Health risks and hazard assessment are a vital stage of job planning before mitigation and emergency recovery services can begin.

Flood damage in Brandon homes can infiltrate the wiring system throughout your house. Conducting this electricity through standing water and saturated surfaces can become a legitimate threat to both our customers and our technicians. Safeguards need to get implemented to reduce these risks and to provide the right opportunity to fix the problem.

One of the vital steps that our SERVPRO technicians can take when we recognize the potential for electrical hazards is to de-energize circuits. In situations where entire floors or levels of a house have fallen victim to flooding concerns, severing power to the whole house might also be advisable. If the damage remains in one specific region of the residence, you can isolate these breakers at the panel and cut the power to this quadrant of the structure.

Because service to the house might require temporary disconnection, our SERVPRO team must be able to provide portable power solutions to begin vital extraction work immediately. For smaller damaged areas, our portable generators can provide the right continual power supply to run electrical sump pumps, air movers, and dehumidifiers. For larger recovery areas, our trailered generators can provide a much higher potential pool of available power to run many units simultaneously in different regions of the house.

Protecting our technicians and customers after a flood loss incident is a primary focus in how we plan and execute recovery tasks. With the threat of electrical hazards in floodwater and damaged wiring, our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview team must proceed with caution. We rely on our safe practices to efficiently restore your home to preloss conditions. Give our crew a call anytime that you need us at (813) 741-3473.

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Use SERVPRO’s Experience to Tackle Commercial Water Damage in Brandon

11/10/2019 (Permalink)

outside of luxury apartment unit with balconies As a property manager, many families depend on your quick thinking and resourcefulness. Contact SERVPRO when facing water damage.

Large Loss Team for Water Loss to Brandon Apartment Complexes

As the property manager of a multi-story Brandon apartment complex, you must act quickly when any disasters occur that could threaten a single unit – let alone those that can damage multiple simultaneously. As a premier restoration team that has been servicing the area for years, we have adapted to the needs of local businesses, including the formation and growth of our Large Loss Recovery Team (LLRT.) 

We can understand the needs of your aging structure, and can carefully assess the water damage to Brandon apartment units within the migration path. Higher volumes of water within the building require a prompt response, and our SERVPRO team is ready to show you that We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster. Between our accredited Water Restoration (WRT) specialists and those trained in Applied Structural Drying (ASD), we can offer confident and efficient drying of each damaged unit in your complex, as well as common areas like the hallways and lobby.

We have numerous concerns as a recovery team addressing water damages to your apartment complex, and these begin with the drying of structural cavities in shared spaces between units starting where the loss incident began. While heavily saturated materials might require removal, we can minimize our impact on stable and lightly damaged construction materials with the use of positive pressure systems like our InjectiDry unit. The machine features multiple hoses that can fit into drilled holes behind the baseboard in a room and force heated air into the structural cavity to expedite drying.

The migration of water loss effects is another concern for our SERVPRO team on-site. We have to move quickly to contain the spread of damage and reduce the possibility of more units becoming part of the restoration process. With our fast response, even in the middle of the night, we can use our extraction tools and drying equipment to stop the spread.

As the owner or manager of a multi-unit apartment complex, residents look to you to manage and restore severe loss situations that occur in the building. You can count on our SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview LLRT to help. Give us a call anytime at (813) 741-3473.

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How to Eradicate Odors After A Fire Damage In Your Brandon Home

10/29/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO equipment sitting outside the back of a SERVPRO van. SERVPRO will always be first in line when it comes to your Brandon home fire loss.

Let us help you with your Brandon home fire damage, we know what it takes.

Residential fires can be devastating. Not only can the flames cause physical damage, but the smoke also poses a risk of loss. Smoke is a byproduct of combustion that can leave your home with unpleasant odors. Smoke travels further than flames, spreading to different rooms and getting into HVAC systems and ductwork. 

Restoring your Brandon home after fire damage is essential to prevent additional damage. Removing smoke odors is not as easy as lighting scented candles or using cans of air freshener. Such remedies only mask the odor for a short time. The smell can cling to floors, furniture, walls, and clothing, among other items. Eliminating the smoke smell takes effort and time. You can take some steps to help remove the odor, such as: 

  • Leaving several bowls of baking soda around your home for a few days to absorb the odor. Baking soda is a natural and inexpensive odor absorber. 
  • Placing activated charcoal in bowls around your home for a few days to help absorb the scents.
  • Adding one cup of vinegar along with usual detergents in the washing machine to        
  • eliminate the smoke odor out of clothing. 

Enlisting the services of professionals is also vital when dealing with stubborn smoke odors. Our SERVPRO crew can use various strategies to deal with such odors. The exact deodorization process varies depending on the extent of the smell and the materials affected. We can use equipment and products designed to neutralize smoke smells, such as:

Thermal foggers

These devices vaporize solvent-based or petroleum-based deodorizers to generate a “smoke” or fog comprising tiny particles. The particles produced create a mist similar to smoke, enabling the deodorizer to interact more effectively with odor-causing residues.

Deodorant granules or pellets 

These are odor absorbers. Their main active ingredient is fuller’s earth. It acts as a sponge to absorb and hold odors. We can place the pellets in a shallow pan to deodorize a room or closet. 

Injection devices 

Our SERVPRO technicians can use a pump and injection needle to inject a small amount of deodorants into confined spots on upholstery and carpets. We can use this strategy when it is difficult to lift the carpets to access the padding or backing material. 

It is necessary to encapsulate smoke smells sometimes. We can use odor-blocking paints to seal walls and ceilings. 

SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview has highly trained technicians who can eliminate smoke odor to make it “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at (813) 741-3473 for fire odor removal services in Riverview, Mango, and neighboring areas.

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Our Skilled Experts Are Here To Help After A Water Damage Incident In Brandon

10/18/2019 (Permalink)

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Evaluate the Subfloor After A Water Damage Disaster In Brandon

Imagine coming home to water all over your kitchen floor! It has seeped from behind the fridge, spread across the kitchen and into the family room. Some of the water has begun to find its way into the carpet, the underpad, and the subfloor. The owners were only gone for a week and never turned off the main water valve. The plastic pipe connecting the water line to the fridge for cold water and ice was over ten years old. This pipe had developed a pinhole-sized leak, which over a week caused a great deal of water to spread across the floors of the home.

SERVPRO responds to water damage events in Brandon of all kinds. A water leak from older plastic pipes is becoming quite common. These flexible quarter-inch pipes are aging and can spring a leak at any time. Many unsuspecting homeowners come home from work to find a puddle around their fridge. A great deal of water can leak all over your home over a week or more while the homeowner is on vacation.

Evaluate the Subfloor

One of the first steps a SERVPRO crew chief does is evaluate the condition of the floor and the extent of the water damage. He or she makes sure that it is safe. How far has the water spread? Has the carpet delaminated? Has the water penetrated and been absorbed by the subfloor?

Evaluate the subfloor when the carpet and underpad are soaked in water. Can the subfloor be dried sufficiently, or does it need to be replaced? The subfloor is made up of wood particles glued together and pressed into a four foot by eight-foot sheets in various thicknesses. This type of subfloor expands and loses strength when exposed to water over time. Mold may also develop.

Remove Water and Moisture

Water and moisture are removed using water extractors, air movers, and dehumidifiers. It helps to also turn on the homes AC. If the carpet has not delaminated, pull it away from the floor, and air movers blow air over the subfloor to draw moisture from the floor. Replace several sections if the floor has absorbed water and began to expand.

Call SERVPRO of Brandon / North Riverview at (813) 741-3473 for 24/7 service. We proudly serve Mango and the surrounding areas. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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